From my blog you may just have realised what a kindle lover I am. I currently have an old battered ladybird cover on mine and I have been looking for a new one. These are really essential if you wish to keep your e reader in top condition. Here are some of the ones I have recently spotted:
- I have started with a cheap and cheerful one that retails for just £4.49 the pink cover and white polka dots are adorable and perfect for a girly girl like me. This one fits the Kindle 4 and similar models.
- Now this one that I will probably never be able to afford. At £49.99 it costs almost as much as my kindle when it was purchased and an awful lot more than what it is worth now. Still this case looks to be amazing quality, has some great reviews and even a built in light so you can read it in bed.
- This one interested me as this is ultra protective. This is for the type of person that throws everything into a huge bag and is really quite rough with it. This is more of a hard case for the kindle as oppose to a cover and comes in a variety of colours. I have naturally chosen pink. This retails for £26.99.
All of the ones I have shown here are from Amazon but Tesco also sell a number of the ‘trendz’ kindle cases. These come in a number of different colours and designs and generally sell for around £10.
Alongside books I have a huge interest in Cinema in particular film noir. When it comes to this time of year I am always looking for books to add to my Christmas list that will really increase my knowledge and here are a few things I found:
- Budget Option: This book in genuinely on my personal Christmas Wishlist. Billy Wilder: Masters of Cinema by Noel Simsolo is bursting with pictures and little titbits about the directors career and personal life. This is for film lovers of The Apartment, Double Indemnity and The Seven YearItch. £5.39 with free delivery.
- Mid Range: The second item I have included in from one of my favourite charities The Film Noir Foundation. They work to refurbish and reclaim old film reels and make them available to the public. One of the ways in which they do this is sell merchandise. The Noir City Annual contains essays and discussion points taken entirely from outside contributors these can only be bought from Amazon US and sell for $25 plus $5 delivery. As they come from the US they may be a little late for the 25th December but if you have a later Christmas these could be perfect.
- Luxury: The Encyclopedia of Film Noir by Geoff Mayer is a hard cover book bursting with information and pictures this discusses the genre and how it should be defined – this is constantly debated by noir film lovers. There is so much information here that it will certainly keep you busy Christmas day. This is also available from Amazon at a cost of £47.95 with free delivery.
What are you hoping for in your stocking?
This is the second book I have reviewed by the Japanese author and hopefully next year when more translations are due I will be reviewing even more. This caught my eye in Waterstone’s when I went for some Kinspiration = kindle inspiration and I was just drawn to the cover. There was a melancholy to it and just like the Devotion of Suspect X I have demolished this in just one day.
This is another book in the Detective Galileo series and is number five. Detective Galileo is actually a nickname for a physicist that consults on various cases. Here is the Goodreads Summary:
Now physics professor Manabu Yukawa—Detective Galileo—returns in a new case of impossible murder, where instincts clash with facts and theory with reality.
Yoshitaka, who was about to leave his marriage and his wife, is poisoned by arsenic-laced coffee and dies. His wife, Ayane, is the logical suspect—except that she was hundreds of miles away when he was murdered. The lead detective, Tokyo Police Detective Kusanagi, is immediately smitten with her and refuses to believe that she could have had anything to do with the crime.
There was more to this on the site but I didn’t want to include the spolier that I thought to be in there. This book is full of twists there is absolutely no way this man could have been murdered by the number one suspect…or is there?
This, just like the previous book was beautifully written and very well translated, with just the odd grammar error. I could not step away from this book once I started and completed it in an afternoon. The way all parts work together to solve the crime – and how a number of secrets are kept so close to the author’s chest until the very end – make this a gripping read.
One tiny criticism I have is that one aspect in the book is not explained too well – the death of a friend – and it would just add something a little bit extra is there was more added.
This again is for lovers of crime and in particular Steig Larsson.
Formats: Mine was on Kindle but available on other E-Readers and in the paper formats.
Approx Pages: 330 pages
Goodreads Rating: 3.75 (I gave this a five)
Booktube houses some great bookish channels and I feel it appropriate to give this one a special mention. Kat who owns the channel does not read the same books as I do at all (normally YA books – which I just cannot seem to enjoy) but her energy keeps me engaged.
Not only does she have a great knowledge of authors, NaNoWriMo and anything Korea related Kat is also very honest. Her reviews can be trusted as can her no nonsense take on other book industry issues. Her favourite video of mine is the Bookish Pet Peeves Tag (which you should look for my version in my blog very soon!). WordPress is saying I can include a YouTube video – hopefully this works!
Do you love Booktube? Who are your favourite Tubers?
After my recent hiatus I have decided to write a little post for myself to help me keep on blogging and think these may be helpful for some of you guys to:
- Find a Schedule and Stick to It: Make it obtainable. When I blogged last time I was putting up two posts a day. Yes I could do it (and I normally wrote in huge blocks on my days off) but I was putting huge pressure on myself and it meant I had to keep thinking of ideas. This gets hard when you get past 250 posts.
- Get a Blogging Notebook: Your blog may be digital but this notebook should be physical. This needs to be easy for you to refer back to. This can be done on the bus to work and you can let your inspiration run wild.
- Use Tags: Books tags are one of my favourite blogging tools. It is so easy to get in a review rut. Some blogs are purely for reviews and that is fine but if you want to share your entire book life this is the way to do.
- Keep Reading: This may seem extremely obvious but I don’t just mean books here. I mean other blogs, the newspapers, magazines and websites. These will inspire you This also can open real discussion on your blog.
Thank you for reading this and I hope some of these have proven useful. How do you keep blogging? What inspires you? Let me know in the comments below.
Most bloggers, actually an awful lot of readers in general set themselves Goodreads Goals. In case you are not sure what this is, it is a number of books that you will set yourself to read in that calendar year. This counter also shows the number of pages you have read, this is a useful tool as ‘books’ can be anything from short stories to epics – it means you can accurately measure the amount you truly are reading.
I set myself a goal this year – 20 books. When I mentioned this to friends and family they all found this a terribly small amount to target myself on but there is a reason I did that. So many people choose to challenge themselves to 104 books for example. In reality two a week is not a lot – but what about the weeks when you are buried in work/assignments and fall behind a couple of books? Or that whole three weeks when you have a reading slump? You may find yourself picking shorter books, speed reading or reading books you simple do not want to to obtain that goal.
You should read a book because you want to and you enjoy it – not because you feel you need to (unless of course you have to for school purposes). I eventually changed mine to 26 and I have now read 64 books with four weeks still to go – but I enjoyed everyone. If I had set myself 104 I would now feel under massive pressure and reading would no longer be a pleasure but a chore.
Do you participate in the Goodreads Challenge if so what are your goals for 2014?
Today I will be talking about Erotica and although I will not be too graphic please do not continue reading if you are easily offended.
I have a love hate relationship with Erotica. I love to read it but I hate most of what is out there. I find most of the back stories to be terrible and the sex scenes to be incredibly cheesy. I have spent an inordinate amount of time trying to find some work that is not fetish based, has good believable sex scenes and has a great back story to match. Well I have found an author – Marc Stevens. I tweet him so much and read his blog so often he probably thinks I am some sort of stalker but I just love his work.
The sex scenes although fantastical are also relatable and the idea of the Points Club in which the participants gain points by acting out others fantasies and spend points by others acting out theirs – means that we can get a real feel for the characters. For once they actually mean something!
There are currently six books out in the series with the seventh on its way very soon. My favourite was Candy’s Virgin – this book actually made me cry (with tears). These are short stories as you would expect but they pack a lot of punch.
What Erotica authors do you like and what are your Erotica Pet Peeves?