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Recent New Releases

Some really awesome PNR and UF books came out recently!!!

The End of Magic (The Witches of Echo Park, #3) Lethal Lies (Blood Brothers, #2) White Hot (Hidden Legacy, #2)

Shadow Reaper (Shadow, #2) Destroyer (The Elemental Series, #7) Blaze (Dark Kings, #11)

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If there’s no link I couldn’t find the book on Book Depository

The End of Magic – Amber Benson
Lethal Lies – Rebecca Zanetti
White Hot – Ilona Andrews
Shadow Reaper – Christine Feehan
Destroyer – Shannon Mayer
Blaze – Donna Grant
Lord of Shadows – Cassandra Clare
Wilde Child – Jenn Stark
A Tangle of Hearts – Bella Forrest
The Silver Spider – Emma Alisyn
Immortal Outcasts – Mandy M. Roth
Jake – Kym Grosso
Persuasion – Jaymin Eve
Shadow Found – D.K. Holmberg
The Music Stopped – Adele Abbott


Ok, so I want White Hot (LOVE!!!), Lethal Lies, Shadow Reaper and maybe Lord of Shadows. I haven’t quite made up my mind yet with Cassandra Clare. A lot of really cool covers there as well….. I have been known to get a book based solely on cover…

Slade House – David Mitchell

28953095Title: Slade House
 
Author: David Mitchell
 
Genre: Horror
 
Series: n/a
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.82/5
 
 

Synopsis: Keep your eyes peeled for a small black iron door.

Down the road from a working-class British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow alley, if the conditions are exactly right, you’ll find the entrance to Slade House. A stranger will greet you by name and invite you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t. Every nine years, the house’s residents—an odd brother and sister—extend a unique invitation to someone who’s different or lonely: a precocious teenager, a recently divorced policeman, a shy college student. But what really goes on inside Slade House? For those who find out, it’s already too late. . . .

Spanning five decades, from the last days of the 1970s to the present, leaping genres, and barreling toward an astonishing conclusion, this intricately woven novel will pull you into a reality-warping new vision of the haunted house story—as only David Mitchell could imagine it.

 
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What I thought about the book: This book sounds so creepy, right?… Well, it’s a little bit meh. It certainly has it’s creepy moments but with the story broken up into a cycle of decades, I felt like I was reading a prologue over and over again. The story only really takes off near the end and then it was really interesting (bit late by then though!).
I found out after reading that this book is set in the same world as The Bone Clocks which I haven’t read. I enjoyed this one enough to get The Bone Clocks, it seems to be a bit more popular (by a bit, I mean double readership).
 
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My Rating: 
3 paws

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May Reading Challenge Update

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Beltaine is the anglicised name for the Gaelic May Day festival. Most commonly it is held on 1 May, or about halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Beltaine signifies the beginning of summer.

description1. Its name appears to derive from the Old Irish words Bel taine meaning ‘bright fire’. Bonfires played an important part in the activities and were often lit on prominent local landmarks.
Read a book with a character with fire magic, or with fire/red/orange on the cover, or where there is a fire.

description2. Witches and the fairies were also believed to be unusually active during this period and a number of actions could be taken to protect your home and especially your livestock. Milk could be poured across the threshold of the house or byre to prevent entry by the ‘wee folk’ or more gruesomely the cattle could be driven to the nearest ringfort or “fairyfort” and some of their blood spilt on the ground to appease the spirits.
Read a book with a witch/wizard, or a book with fae characters, or where a character preforms a ritual of some form (ritaul is open to your own interpretation).

description3. May flowers, such as primrose, gorse or hawthorn blossoms, were gathered before dawn and placed in bundles on door posts to ward off evil. Similarly sprigs of rowan or hawthorn could be placed over the byre door or even across the horns of the cows to prevent ‘milk thieves’, the prevalent belief being that someone could steal your summer’s milk supplies through the incantation of specific curses.
Read a book with flowers on the cover, or a cover you think is pretty, or where a character casts a curse.

description4.‘May bushes’were also erected in farm yards and around villages. These normally consisted of hawthorn branches that had been driven into the ground and then decorated with rags and other items.
Read a book where someone decorates, or where the characters live in or visit a village, or with trees or foliage on the cover.

description5. Some traditions also surrounded human fertility, such as the creation of May babies. In this curious custom a figure of a female (the May baby) was placed on a pole and then covered in flowers, ribbons and straw. A man and a woman, also dressed up in costume, would then dance around the figure and make vulgar displays to the on watching crowd. It was believed that attending this spectacle would help people trying to conceive.
Read a book where someone gets laid, or has kids/is pregnant, or where characters attend an event.

description6. Beltane celebrations had largely died out by the mid-20th century, although some of its customs continued and in some places it has been revived as a cultural event. Since the late 20th century, Celtic neopagans and Wiccans have observed Beltane, or something based on it, as a religious holiday. Neopagans in the Southern Hemisphere often celebrate Beltane at the other end of the year (around 1 November).
Read a book set in summer or winter, or set/published in the 20th century, or with a title/character name that begins with any letter in BELTAINE.

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Read a book where there is a fire. Unmasqued 1/5/17

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Read a book with a witch/wizard. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 10/5/17

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Read a book with a cover you think is pretty. Hard Bitten 11/5/17

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Read a book with trees or foliage on the cover. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 15/5/17

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Read a book where someone gets laid. Master of Seduction 4/5/17

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Read a book set in summer or winter, or set/published in the 20th century. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency 9/5/17

Unmasqued by Colette Gale Master of Seduction (Sea Wolves, #1) by Kinley MacGregor Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently #1) by Douglas Adams Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by J.K. Rowling Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #4) by Chloe Neill Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1) by Ransom Riggs

 

Happy Weekend!

Good morning bookish people!

My bestie is visiting this weekend so I will be pretty quite in internetland. I just wanted to say happy weekend to you all and I hope you have a great one! I’d love to know what you’re all reading and where you’ll be reading this weekend?

If the weather was nice I would be sitting in my freshly mowed (love the smell of freshly cut grass!!) on my NEW (well, new to me) garden furniture. Possibly with a glass of wine….. If the rain stays away I’ll sit out with Kit and have a natter and glass of wine instead.

I’ve been listening to this playlist on youtube quite a bit this week. I think listening to Postmodern Jukebox so much has me branching out music wise.

Currently Reading

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently, #1) Rajmund (Vampires in America, #3) Master: An Erotic Novel of the Count of Monte Cristo (Seducing the Classics, #2)

My Goodreads shelf has like 6 books on it….I read a bit of each of these yesterday so I’m just going to count them.

In Other News…

Last night I dreamt I was trying to find a backdoor entrance to Disneyland with Henry Cavil….he was working as a waiter in a cheap hotel…. We didn’t find one and I’m sad to say I had no further adventures with Mr Cavil.

Have a great weekend!!

May TBR & Goals

Ok, so I never stick to my TBR. Never. Maybe I sometimes read one or two books from it but I have never managed to stick to an entire TBR. Knowing I won’t stick to one, it seems silly to keep writing them so instead I’m going to list a handful of books I would like to read this month and my other bookish goals.

Books

Kushiel's Dart (Phèdre's Trilogy, #1) Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #4) Midnight's Daughter (Dorina Basarab, #1) The Historian Rajmund (Vampires in America, #3) Venom (Elemental Assassin, #3)Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1) Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1) The Force of Wind (Elemental Mysteries, #3) Heart of Steel (Iron Seas, #2) Deeper Than Midnight (Midnight Breed, #9) Bloodfever (Fever, #2) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently, #1) River Marked (Mercy Thompson, #6) Beauty of the Beast (Fairy Tale Retellings #1) Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype Captive Prince (Captive Prince, #1)

I expect to read at least two of these books. Some of them I’ve added to my TBR each month since February so we shall see….

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Goals

Even if I don’t read the above books I hope to read at least 10 things in May. I say things because I’m including short stories, novellas, graphic novels, etc. in that. I read about 11 things in April so I should be able to manage this…..hopefully.


I have been so all over the place with posting since I started this blog last year. I really want to get more consistent with posting this month. My aim is to post 5-6 times each week. Which is a lot but I’ve written out a plan to help me. Fingers crossed!


I want to get more active on Instagram as well. I studied photography after school, I really like combining my love of books with my love of photography.

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If you’ve read any of the books I mentioned I’d love to know what you thought of them. I’d also love to know if I mentioned a book above you think I should straight away! (not including Harry Potter, this is my 3rd time reading it anyway)

April Wrap Up

April was a better month than I realised book wise. I thought I only read like 5 books but I read 8 novels, 3 graphic novels, and one short story. Go me!

Ten Little Zombies: A Love Story Ten Little Zombies – Andy Rash ★★★★☆

The Gashlycrumb Tinies (The Vinegar Works, #1) The Gashlycrumb Tinies – Edward Gorey ★★★★☆

Buying Trouble (Dorina Basarab, #1.1) Buying Trouble – Karen Chance ★★★★★

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Kiss of a Demon King (Immortals After Dark #7) Kiss of a Demon King – Kresley Cole ★★★☆☆

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Wintersong Wintersong – S. Jae-Jones ★★★☆☆

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Thorn Queen (Dark Swan, #2) Thorn Queen – Richelle Mead ★★★★☆

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) The Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling ★★★★★

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) The Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling ★★★★☆

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Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The First Death (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter (Marvel Paper)) Anita Blake: The First Death – Laurell K. Hamilton ★★☆☆☆

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Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice (The Austen Project, #4) Eligible – Curtis Sittenfeld ★★★★☆

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Shift (Shifters, #5) Shift – Rachel Vincent ★★★☆☆

Review to follow

Slade House Slade House – David Mitchel ★★★☆☆

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Into the Darkness (Darkness, #1) Into the Darkness – K.F. Breene ★★★★☆

Review to follow

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It’s World Book Night!

It’s Wolrd Book Night tonight!! I’m so excited by the prospect of a worldwide event dedicated to reading! It’s so awesome!

“World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books which takes place on 23 April every year. Books are given out across the UK with a focus on reaching those who don’t regularly read, and are gifted through organisations including prisons, libraries, colleges, hospitals, care homes and homeless shelters, as well as by passionate individuals who give out their own books within their communities.

World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that inspires people to become confident and enthusiastic readers.” – From the World Book Night website

The organisation has compiled a great list of books to check out here in case you need some inspiration.


Tonight is also Cosy Reading Night which is a lovely BookTube event/readathon/dunno what to call it from Lauren and the Books. Lauren is one of my absolute favourite booktubers, she has such a lovely friendly energy in all of her videos and she recommends great books.

I was so excited to join in in this one but I have a big disgusting cold sore on my lip so I am not doing any video until that thing is off my face! I will still take part though and maybe blog about it here or on Instagram.


It’s also Shakespeare’s birthday today (busy busy day in bookland today!) I was going to watch Macbeth but himself seems to have taken over the telly. Maybe tomorrow…

Anyway, I’m off to pick my books for tonight. I think I’ll read a graphic novel and some urban fantasy (it’s been awhile).

What will you read tonight?