Favourite Read of the Year: The Rook

It’s almost the end of 2013!

I actually find it quite difficult to believe how fast this year has gone, and it’s been another fantastic one! It’s also been a year full of good books, some of them have been amazing. There are a lot of amazing tales out there and it’s always really satisfying when you open a book up and you know that it’s going to be great.

For instance, near the beginning of the year I discovered Wool, such a brilliant story and it feels like the tale has been with me for a long time, which meant it came as a shock to look back on my Goodreads account and realise it was in April this year that I finished it. Continue reading

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Any One Book #16

Once again I must apologise for being late and having to skip the vote, but oh well, at least there will be a book for this month!

I’ve chosen George R.R. Martin’s A Dance With Dragons 2: After the Feast. I’ve decided I want to get this final hurdle out of the way. I have, at the moment, a bit of an up down relationship with these books. The first three were amazing, absolutely mind-blowing, but then along came the fourth which was just terrible and the beginning of the fifth was boring. Continue reading


Any One Book: Dust by Hugh Howey

Dust

I am so sorry that I’m late with this one, NaNoWriMo distracted me quite a bit. I had actually planned on keeping you updated with my progress for that last month, but I guess I never managed to get round to it. I finished my first ever NaNo year on the 26th and it was very tough but also very rewarding (although it is fair to say that while I made it to 50,000 words my novel is far from done).

Unfortunately the delay in actually getting this review up means that there is no time for a vote and so I’ve already chosen the book for this month. I shall be announcing it tomorrow evening.

Anyway, enough of the catch up, you want to know about Dust. Well, what can I say, it was amazing. It had so much to live up to and it managed it all. It was thrilling, gripping and ruthless. Hugh Howey did not relent and at times it was difficult to see how the characters would ever be able to find the light at the end of the tunnel. Continue reading


Any One Book #15

I’m a bit late it posting this, you can blame NaNoWriMo for that!

Anyway, the votes are in and counted and I can reveal that the winner is Dust by Hugh Howey. Poor Cujo didn’t get a single one. Thank you to everyone who voted, it’s very much appreciated.
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Oh Gourd, It’s Halloween 2013

Happy Halloween!

Before forcing upon you the annual photos of carved pumpkins I just wanted to share this with you, because I love it so much:

As you may know, every year me, my mum and some friends get together for our annual carving pumpkin night, and not once do we produce one that appears to be grinning form ear to ear. We print off stencils, poke around the lines and basically connect the dots (one day we may even ascend to carving freehand). But below you will find this year’s results:

1: American Werewolf in London

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NaNoWriMo

….Or National Novel Writing Month, whichever you prefer. It starts this Friday and I’m actually, finally, going to be taking part.

Every year for the past few years I kept saying ‘oh yeah, I’m going to do NaNoWriMo this year’ and then never actually got round to signing up. But this year I’ve actually done it and I’m eagerly anticipating 1 November. I made the decision a while ago (I would have told you sooner but I’ve been doing work experience at Celador Radio, which owns Jack FM and The Breeze) kind of on a whim.  Continue reading


Voting Round Two

After running it last month I’ve decided to keep going with the voting for Any One Book….Although I appear to have started reading one of last month’s entries any way (The Rook, it’s quite clever)!

Again, I’m going to list three books below with their blurb and add a poll at the bottom so you can vote for which one you want to be next month’s Any One Book. Hopefully you enjoy the selection I am putting before you. Continue reading


Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Well, well, well. For some reason I never expected this book to be so addictive or haunting, despite everybody I know who’s read it saying otherwise.

But I was pleasantly surprised, and while it was a bit slow to start and neither of the two main characters were particularly likeable to begin with, it was an amazing book, with an amazing tale and a bittersweet ending. There will most likely be spoilers in this review because I think it will be pretty much impossible to discuss the book whilst remaining vague about the events. So for anyone who has yet to read the book, consider this a fair warning. Continue reading


Any One Book #14

Noughts and Crosses

The vote is in and there was one clear winner. Thank you to everyone who voted, I think I’ll continue with this method in the future!

The book that was the most popular, and is therefore the winner of this Any One Book, is Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. As I said in the previous post, I’ve had the book for a while. I bought it when a fellow blogger recommended it to me but actually have yet to crack open the cover. My intrigue for it increased when it was revealed that Malorie Blackman was Waterstones’ next Children’s Laureate (2013-2015).

The more I read about this book (strictly spoiler free information of course) the more excited I am to read the it. It definitely sounds like a thrilling book and one that deals with a serious subject.

As usual, please feel free to read along. The review of Noughts and Crosses will be posted before the 5 November so we have until then to read it. I hope you enjoy the book!


Voting for the Next Any One Book

I thought I might try a new system for Any One Book, since I have many books on my shelf.

I’m going to leave the decision for the next Any One Book up tp you guys. Below you will find a list of three books, complete with their blurbs and an image, and whichever has the most votes by the 4 October will be revealed the next day as our next book. Feel free to vote for whatever reasons you want, if you’ve read it before and want to see what I think, if you haven’t read it and you want to read along, or simply because you like the look of the cover (despite that old saying), just make sure you leave a comment or click one of the choices in the poll below. Continue reading