Question for my readers…

Q) Does your constant reading and general love of books annoying or otherwise cause upset within your family?

I am eager to hear what you all have to say about this issue because I feel so alone with this problem. My father is gravely and deeply infuriated by my reading habits and general love of books. He can get very openly aggressive about it and constantly complains if I mention, buy or look at books when he is within earshot. It’s quite upsetting to me personally to know someone I love so much is so angered by something I love so much, but not only that! Something I have to do daily in order to complete my studies – as university, of course,  requires a lot of reading. I am at the point whereas I dare not read when he is around and never ever keep a book on me incase he catches a glimpse of it. Am I the only one in the weird predicament? It’s generally horrible. 

I’d be very interested to hear your thoughts in the comments section. 

Life has been busy here!

Life has been so busy for me lately and I find I’ve been neglecting my reading, my blog and my mind. It’s time to change that and have a moment to reflect on the week before settling down with a book. 

I am in uproar right now and both daily life and my book collection are in chaos. It’s stressful and slightly scary. I’ve managed to read FIVE PAGES in a week… just, just five. What’s with that?!

I’m currently trying to get my reading and blogging back on track after a week of unintentional absence. I have wonderful new ARCs on the way as well as some amazing reads to share with you all!! Carpe Diem! 

The Pagan Night Review

RATING: 3/5 stars
GENRE: Epic Fantasy
AUTHOR: Tim Akers
I was sent this book by the publisher Titan Books in exchange for an honest review. This in NO WAY affects my opinion and I give thanks to the publisher.
Now, before I begin I need to explain that I Did not finish this book. I got about 20% into it and found that I just could not get into the story. It wasn’t quite what I thought it was going to be and I think that made my enjoyment of the story diminished. I feel if I would have had no preconceptions of what I thought the book was then I would have enjoyed it because the writing is wonderful and the plot is very interesting but as I was expecting something different to what it is, I just could not engage with it. 

I feel terrible for reviewing a book I DNFed but I feel like I need to explain there’s nothing wrong with the book. It was simply my understanding of what it was about, I will come back to the book at a later date and try it again – after which I will edit my rating and review accordingly. 

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet Review

RATING: 5/5 stars
GENRE: Science fiction 
AUTHOR: Becky Chambers 
This book had been on my TBR for literally months and months before I’ve finally gotten around to reading it and my first thought is WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG!?! This book is literally one of the most exciting, beautiful and diverse I’ve read in a very long time and has instantly become of the best books I’ve read ever. Becky Chambers might just be infiltrating my favourite author list. 

This book literally has so much to offer. There is perfect and beautiful rep for non-binary persons, LGBT relationships, persons of different ethnicities/shape/size… it’s just… damn, it’s perfect. I am still in awe. Everyone needs to read this. 

The story itself is really cute though nothing all that much really happens until the end. The story really just follows the lives of the people living on the Wayfarer and I think that makes it even more amazing. It’s something not often seen in sci-fi, as the focus is usually on the adventures in space or on another planet or an intergalactic war or whatever. It’s really refreshing and enjoyable.

The characters are all to die for! Rosemary appears to be the MC though all the Wayfarer crew seems to me to be equally important. They are made up of a mix of cultures and species. They are all wonderfully developed characters with back stories that are just so endearing. 
I really recommend this book to everyone. Chambers is such a genius. I just know I’m going to love every book she writes in the future and I hope to see many more books about these fabulous characters. 

Reviewing Q&A

So basically the purpose of this ramble is to talk about life as a part time book reviewer. I do not do this professionally, nor is it a job. It’s just something I enjoy doing in my spare time and something I am passionate about. I have been doing this for four years now. I started book blogging and reviewing in 2014 where I reviewed my books and eARCs on a blog I ran through tumblr and a bookstagram account. I received eARCs through sites such as NetGalley and Eidelweiss and received paperback review copies from various self published authors too. In November 2015 I shut down my book blogging and reviewing to focus on my first child as I became a mother and found that blogging and reviewing was becoming more a chore and I had no time for it. In July 2016 I returned to bookstagram and continued to publicise some self published authors as and when I could. I began missing reviewing and blogging and so slowly looked into returning to it part time between university and motherhood, on my terms so to speak. In June 2017 I was ready to go and began reviewingmy reads again and opened this new blog and a new bookstagram account. It was one of the best decisions I’ve made as I’ve really enjoyed sharing my thoughts and rambles again. I handpicked a few self published authors I worked with in the past and took to working with them again and have slowly started reviewing ARCs for major publishers as well, which is really exciting and feels like I’m validated as a book blogger now! I’m still rejected for ALOT of ARCs with bigger publishers and I presume this is due to my blog and bookstagram being so new they don’t have enough following and thoroughfare but the fact I’m being acknowledged by some means I’m well on my way to the forefront of where I wanted to be when I began this journey four years ago. 

Many friends ask me why I bother working so hard to do this when I do not want to be an author, work in publicity or for a publisher. The answer is simple really. I love books, I enjoy reading them, collecting them, photographing them and talking about them. I enjoy getting people to read my favourite books and share their thoughts, I enjoy just discussing them. Doing this is a wonderful way to do all of this and I am also helping authors sell their books and get the word out in the process, that’s amazing! If I have the time to do it and I enjoy it, why wouldn’t I? 

Which leads me to wonder why other book bloggers and reviewers do these things? Are they just a fun way of sharing your passions, like me? Or do you dream of working for Penguin or writing a bestseller? Please let me know x

Rat Queens Vol II Review

RATING: 4/5 stars 
GENRE: Fantasy
AUTHOR: Kurtis J Weibe
I have to be honest here, this volume wasn’t as exciting as volume one but the Queens are still pretty awesome and I did enjoy it. The artwork changed halfway through the volume and I have to admit I didn’t like the change, I found Betty went from looking cute and tiny to looking rather like a super short human instead of a smidgen. Hannah went from looking divine to having a really ratty face and awful facial expressions too so I feel like I wasn’t fussed on the new artist. I’m eager to see what the art is like in Vol III and if the story picks up again. 

I’m also really excited for the release of volume four which comes out later this year! It’s very exciting that they’re finally continuing this series and I hope the artist makes the girls look themselves again! 

Artemis Review

RATING: 5/5 stars
GENRE: science fiction 
AUTHOR: Andy Weir
I received this ARC from the publisher Del Rey/Ebury Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This in NO WAY effects my opinion. Thank you to the publishers and author.
So, where to begin with this book? My gosh! I almost died when I saw that Andy Weir was releasing a new book! He’s one of my favourites and so I obviously needed to read it right away. I was actually expecting a kind of sequel or prequel to The Martian but this is a completely separate standalone and that’s awesome too! Again, Weir wields the power of making feisty and fabulous female characters and leading the science fiction genre into representing them well. 

Jazz is a regular Ripley in my opinion. I haven’t seen a more feisty, independent and strong female character than Ripley from the Alien books by Alan Dean Foster, until now. Not only is Jazz an amazing character she is equally as wonderful as Ripley and represents WOC(women of colour). Go Weir! Please can you write more books about amazing and diverse women in space ?
The whole plot line of Artemis is flawless. It is such a unique idea and I loved how action packed and exhilarating it is. You are literally on the edge of your seat the whole time. I could not put the book down! I squeezed a page in wherever I could. I really loved the setting of the book too. Artemis is a city on the moon! This is something science has been looking at for a while and really can be easily imagined as something to happen in the future! And the near(ish) future as well! It’s all just very exciting to read about. The clash over of sci-fi into a bit of a crime novel is a really good twist as well. It’s not often you’d seen such a random crossover of genres but it really works! What’s more exciting than a multimillion pound/dollar heist?! Well, a multimillion pound/dollar heist on the moon for sure! 
I obviously adored this book. I will read it time and again for certain and I highly recommend it to everyone. It has ticked all the boxes for me and I’m still not over the excitement. Keep your eyes peeled for the release on November 14th.