Merry Christmas!

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Hi Everyone!

Today is just going to be short post as this is my favourite day of the year I have lots of presents to open and food to eat. I hope everyone is having a great day and we should all look at what we should be thankful for. Things I am thankful for:

  • My boyfriend – he makes me really happy and treats me like a princess I could not ask for a better partner.
  • My Beautiful Home – I have lived here now with my boyfriend for two and a half years and it just holds so many happy memories.
  • My Job- I genuinely love what I do and cannot wait to get further in my career.

What are you thankful for? Merry Christmas!

Reality Star Fiction… Books from Unlikely Sources

Hi Everyone,

I bought Lauren Conrad’s Beauty earlier this year and found it to be amazing help when it came to makeup techniques. As a result I went onto her blog and noticed that she also had a fiction trilogy – one that I have since read a number of reviews on. Here are some of the ones I have since noticed and I may be interested in:

  • The Kardashian’s Dollhouse – This has been out for a couple of years now and a number of my friends bought this at the time. I have read the first few pages on Amazon and it actually seems to be quite decent. This has a beautiful leopard print cover. Reading the blurb this does seem a bit cheesy for instance the sisters involved are called Kamille, Kassidy and Kyle. They are deeply loyal and beautiful too. This may turn out not to be my type of thing at all, but I think it could be a fun read. dollhouse
  • Lauren Conrad’s The Fame Game – I have read some great reviews of her work and after reading Beauty I would be very interested to read some more. This follows on with a character called Madison Parker from the Candy books that she also penned. This looks like a chic easy read that could sit quite comfortably next to the Sophie Kinsella and Marian Keyes in my collection. famegame
  • Katie Price’s Crystal – There are a number of books created by Katie Price but they are actually written by a Ghost Writer this is a fact that to her credit, she has never hidden. There are a number of books that feature different women with different names coming from various gems. These books have had huge success here in Britain and every book she brings out has great success. This may be the first one I purchase.crystal

What do you think? Would you read a book by any of these reality starlets?

Book Review: Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King

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Hi Everyone,

If you have read this blog before you will be aware of my love for Stephen King. I just have one issue with his work – his books seem to be too long and strung out. Sometimes irrelevant details are added  and the stories can take a long time to get off the ground.

This why I wanted to try a novella.

This book follows the story of Tarker’s Mills a small town in Maine where every full moon someone is being found killed. There is a joke throughout the town that there is a Werewolf but soon this joke starts to look very real. Later on in the year and a local disabled boy has taken some fireworks out into the back garden when the werewolf comes for him. Quick thinking means that the throws a firework in the beasts face as and a result the creature loses an eye. There is just one person in the town wearing an eye patch and it is hard to believe it could be him committing these murders…

This book is almost a horror and crime mixed in one and it is nice to see that Stephen King has not swayed from his typical setting (I kind of like the small town in Maine stuff). The books’ chapters are set up into months and there is great a funny afterword written by the author.

His usual descriptive flair is present here but it is scaled back, the reader can really enjoy the story without being bogged down by the details. I believe this is book number 11 I have read by King and it is the only one like it. This book would be great to read around Halloween and I don’t think it is too gory or scary for 11+ children.

Probably my favourite thing about this book is that the one person quick witted enough to not be killed by the werewolf (and to ultimately stop him) is the young boy in the wheelchair. This is not done in a patronising way either. I would certainly recommend it to people who are new to this author or the genre in general.

Format: Kindle ( I have something like 56 Stephen King books on there!)

Approx Pages: 128

Goodreads Rating: 3.58 (I gave it a 5)

Book Habits Tag!

Hi Everyone,

So here is another tag that I stole from a variety of Youtube videos – I just love doing them.

Ok so let’s begin.

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading? I do yes, this is normally on the sofa in a kind of lying down position. Sometimes I may also sit on the bed to read.
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper? I don’t often read tree books anymore but when I do, it is definitely a random piece of paper. As much as I would love one of those beautiful leather bookmarks that some people have I would just lose it,
3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain amount of pages? I can stop reading at any time but I generally prefer when I have finished a chapter or when I get a certain  number of pages.
4. Do you eat or drink while reading? Yes normally I like to have a huge cup of tea to keep me going I will also read quite often when eating my lunch at work.
5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading? I can’t really have TV on when I read it just distracts me too much. I also watch shows that I need to concentrate on quite a bit such a film shows or documentaries and I don’t want to miss something. I love to listen to music quietly whilst reading though.
6. One book at a time or several at once? I can only read one book at a time if I read two or more it just confuses me and I don ‘t know where I’m up to.
7. Reading at home or everywhere? I take public transport to and from work so I often read then and also I will read at my desk during break and so on.
8. Reading out loud or silently in your head? Silently.
9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages? No, never.
10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new? I like  a book to stay looking nice and new as long as possible. Inevitably thought the spine is going to break or the corners of the book are going to curl, I just don’t want to rush that process.
11. Do you write in your books? No. When I was school I used to as the notes help me figure things out. Now I read for pleasure so I don’t need to.
12. Who do you tag? Everyone!

 

Life Goals 2014

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Hi Everyone,

2013 has been a great year, a very fast year, but a great one. In this year I have made new friends. got a promotion and travelled to new places. I have so much to be thankful for and I am really looking forward to the new year. I am 23 in April and whilst I know that isn’t old I want to try out as many new things as possible in 2014 and here are some of them:

  • Visit a country I have never been to before. I already have plans to go to Belgium and Germany in March and I am very excited.
  • Do something that scares me – this year I went on a number of rollercoasters at Alton Towers that I would normally never dream of. I hated it but at least I can say I did it.
  • Work towards getting another promotion at work.
  • Get my driving license and buy my first car.
  • Pay off my student overdraft.
  • Start a youtube channel.
  • Successfully blog everyday.
  • Learn a new skill.
  • Go to a gig – I aim to do this most years and more often the not I do. This year it was Thirty Seconds to Mars and they were fantastic.

This is just a small list but they all add up to big things. What do you wish to do in 2014 that will really make it count?

Reading Goals for 2014..

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Hi Everyone,

I know we still have a few days left of this year but I feel it is time to start focusing on my reading goals for the next one. This year I did a simple Goodreads reading challenge of 26 books and I currently stand and 66 books and over 24,000 pages this year. For 2014 I want to do something different. I want to take some more specific goals. Here are some that I have thought of so far:

  1. Read a non- fiction book cover to cover – I am terrible at reading non fiction. I may constantly be checking things out on the internet but I very rarely sit down with a book.
  2. Get to Book 18 in both the Kay Scarpetta and the Jack Reacher series – I am so behind with both of these I have just finished book five for Scarpetta and book seven for Reacher. Being so behind means that I can’t really discuss these series with people as they give too much away!
  3. Find another horror author – I am open to suggestions here. I currently read quite a lot of Stephen King and just as much by James Herbert and not much else in this genre. I want to have more to talk about!
  4. Read  a book outside my comfort zone – This may be a fantasy or sci-fi or even a YA novel.
  5. Read a graphic novel – How have I got to 22 and not read one?

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So that’s my list on top of this I will also put a reading challenge of 30 on Goodreads – this is a goal that I feel is easily accomplished. What are your reading goals for 2014? Let me know.

The Body Farm by Patricia Cornwell

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Hi Everyone,

So yes I finally got a little further along with Kay Scarpetta Series and I am here to review the fifth book in the series. When we join the series Kay appears to be only a year older but Lucy has just turned 21. I did read somewhere that she doesn’t age quite the way she should but hey why shouldn’t Cornwell take some artistic license?

This time Kay is working on the case of a child murder in a small town called Black Mountain. There are certain similarities between this case, and the case of a young boy find dead with bites taken from him. There is also a grieving mother who has lost a child before and also a husband who Marino falls quite easily in love with. His attitude also suddenly changes and he becomes something of a problem. Kay’s niece Lucy is now interning at the FBI in Quantico and having problems of her own. Alongside her own love affair and her forever terrible relationship with her mother and sister will she be able to cope and solve this one?

As always I enjoyed this book this is truly a great series with a great set of characters that all pull together well. Lucy is going through an almost rebellious and totally private time in her life – which is probably very accurate for a 21 year old – and we see a bit more from her mother Dorothy than we have in other books.

When we find  out who killed poor Emily it isn’t a surprise as Kay figured it out two chapters before, but the fact the explanation was hidden behind a possible mental illness doesn’t really work for me. There is also a caretaker in the book who we are made to believe may be some sort of peadophile, but again some of his actions are not clearly explained. I know not everybody wants a totally wants chapter and verse when it comes to the ‘why’ but this is partly why I love crime novels.

This was still a great book and I will continue to read the series but it felt that maybe this was not quite on the same level as the others.

Format: Kindle for me!

Approx Pages: 400

Goodreads Rating: 3.98 (I gave it a 4)

James Herbert Books.. For 99p

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Hi Everyone,

The amount I post about James Herbert may be ridiculous but I was snooping around Amazon looking for some more of his books to add to me kindle. I currently own two in print version and have three others on there already. This was when I noticed some of the amazing prices. Even though these books are E-books these are still great value and from reading reviews etc these prices appear to be on going and not part of a daily deal. Here is what is currently available:

  1. The Rats  – I have written in a previous post about this book and I love it. Giants rats take over London and kill dozens of people enough said.
  2. Domain – I can’t say for certain as there is no blurb available but judging my the cover and the ominous ‘Remember with fear’ contained in the description is probably another one of The Rats series.
  3. Lair – Another one of The Rats books this now means that this trilogy can be bought for £2.97 why wouldn’t you. I have read this and can describe it as terrifying!
  4. Sepulchre – I have just bought this one and have yet to read it but judging by the blurb this is to do with evil lingering in a house. It sounds like a fairly classic ghost story, this is also meant to be over 400 pages so that’s a lot of reading to be getting on with.
  5. Creed –  This sounds so intriguing the blurb seems quite vague but I can see that it is about a photographer who takes some pictures of some very freaky goings on. This may be featuring in a haul post very soon.

There are so many other books available for this price but these are a great starting point and I cannot tempt myself any further. Enjoy reading!

NB Another great place to find these books is in second hand book shops and charity shops for some tiny prices.

TopMystery.Com

Hi Everyone,

The last couple of weeks I have been using a number of different sources for inspiration and whilst doing so I stumbled across http://www.topmystery.com and instantly fell in love.

This is a website devoted to crime books, films, authors, mystery detectives and one part of the site is especially dedicated to Agatha Christie. I cannot rave about this site enough. This has introduced me to stories and authors that I may have not found any other way and has also given me some film inspiration too. The creator has a real knowledge of books from the ages with modern day authors such as Stephen King mentioned and going back as far as the likes of Edgar Allan Poe.

My top three  favourite articles include:

  1. The Most Famous Mystery Detectives Of All Time
  2. Gold Dagger Fiction Award
  3. Author Pages

All of the articles on this site are well written and well researched and it really gets my creative juices flowing.

Are there any book related websites that you would like to recommend? If so include them in the comments section below.

Detectives That I Really Need To Get Into Pre 1950s

Hi Everyone,

The inspiration for this post came from an article I recently read on http://www.topmystery.com discussing the most famous mystery detectives. I realised that bar Sherlock Holmes I had read none of them. This made me consider the ones I was most interested in and I have picked three that I plan to read in the next year.

  • Hercule Poirot – We have all heard of this detective if you haven’t read Agatha Christie the chances are you have seen some sort of film or television adaptation. The idea of a Belgian detective first created in 1920 intrigues me. The fact he was in 33 novels and more than 50 short stories also gives me lots of reading.poirot
  • Perry Mason – To be honest Erle Stanley Gardner’s detective has intrigued me ever since I discovered that Raymond Burr was the original film actor. I also understand Perry Mason was a very popular American TV show. He first about in 1933 making him 80 years old and I cannot wait to get stuck in.perry mason
  • Philip Marlowe – This is where my Film Noir side shows! This hard boiled detective created by Raymond Chandler is well known in the film circuit and a total of seven books. I have seen the Big Sleep which was the first was written and think I may just load this onto my kindle…litreactor-marlowe

Are there any detectives that you wish to associate yourself with?