Monday, 27 February 2017

December/January Book Haul

Yet another feature that I am moving from booktube over here! (because I certainly need things to keep the blog updated, sorry for the inconsistency lately everyone...)

Anyway, I'm not planning on having a lot of these posts in the near future, since I am on a self imposed book buying ban for the entirety of this year. I have way too many books that have been on my shelf for years that are still unread, and so I'd rather try and get to those than keep trying to squeeze even more books in the inexistent space I have left.

However, I have still been getting a few books from publishers (even that requesting has been reduced to the bare minimum, but in some cases the publicists are lovely enough to surprise me with books that are just up my alley), so I thought the least I could do would be to dedicate them a post once in a while.

I did get a couple more books than the ones pictured since December, but since I've already read and reviewed them, I thought I'd let it slide this time (and I didn't want to mess up my shelf by taking them out, ups).

Anyway, here are the books I've received in the past two months!

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Pokemon Go Book Tag

It's tag time again, and this week I'm doing the 'Pokemon Go Book Tag'!

I was tagged to do this well over six months ago, just when the game had come out. I don't even play it that much anymore (the little critters don't seem to like the area around my house and uni, where I spend 90% of my time), but Pokemon was a bit part of my childhood so I cannot ignore this tag, even all this time after actually being tagged to do it.

Go along to the wonderful Alisha's blog, Reality's a Bore, who tagged me to do it all those moons ago. Sorry it took me so long!

(you could say I am a real life Slowpoke... *badum tss*)

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Book Trends You're Tired Of - TOP 5 WEDNESDAY!

Welcome to a new Top 5 Wednesday!

This week's topic is one that really got me thinking: What trends do I not like in publishing? I tend to just avoid things I do not like, to the point I even forget they exist (otherwise I just get mad if I happen to remember them), so I had to dig a bit around my mental vault to bring these out.

Most of these are related to YA literature, since that is what I read the most and tend to keep up with when it comes to releases, but not all, and some cross over to other areas of publishing.

Let's get rid of some rage, shall we?

1. Love Triangles

If I could kill a trope with my own bare hands, I would make sure this one was removed from this earth as quickly as humanely possible. From the way most YA books include this trope, you would think that everyone and their mothers suddenly find themselves with two love interests at the same time, and they cannot come to an easy decision regarding who they want to be with (because, you know, those pages where you don't have plot to develop don't fill themselves).

I have had a long standing hate for this trope, because 90% of the time it is used instead of a plot and it makes absolutely no sense. It is very rare that an author can actually pull this off in a way that is satisfying, but I would sacrifice even those for the sake of never seeing this geometrical form in books ever again.

Monday, 6 February 2017

'Heartless', by Marissa Meyer

Title: Heartless
Author(s): Marissa Meyer
Release Date: 9th February 2017
Publisher: Macmillan
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Source: Publisher (ARC)

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.


Friday, 3 February 2017

January Wrap Up

As I made my resolution to not have a quantity reading goal in 2017, it is a bit odd to try and not be disappointed that I didn't read much in January.

I am still in a slump of sorts, in which I can kind of read, but I have no idea what I actually want to pick up. That along with having to read a book for university that is boring me to no end and taking up all my reading time, I only have three books to mention in this wrap up, one of them (that cursed uni read) which I haven't finished yet, but it's taken so much time that I wanted to mention it anyway, otherwise it just seems even more of a waste.