Books I’m Intimidated By

Books I’m Intimidated By

Big books scare me. There. I said it. I don’t like picking up big books as I’m worried they’ll take me a while to get through and I prefer reading things quickly. Unfortunately, there are some big books out there that look good, and I do still plan to read them. They just intimidate the hell out of me.

And that’s not the only thing about certain books that intimidates me. It’s just the main reason. So I just wanted to do a quick post talking about some of these books. Hopefully, you guys can tell me how amazing they are and make me want to pick them up sooner!

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Series I Want To Re-Read (And Hopefully Finish)

Series I Want To Re-Read (And Hopefully Finish)

This was a post a long time in the planning. I was originally going to write it, last summer, I think? And I’ve since started my re-reads of some of these series. But I was thinking of content that I wanted to create, and this was one that still stuck in my mind. So, here we go.

These are all series that I read the first books of a few years ago now. Time has gone on and I’ve always meant to pick up the next books and read on. Only, it’s now reached a point where I can’t really remember what happened in the first book. so I need to re-read that before I can even think about moving on.

It’s a common book-lovers problem, but I’m not usually someone who re-reads before reading the latest instalment in a series. I’ve got too many books to be able to do that. But these are books where I can’t move on yet. One of them I got the second book recently thinking it would be fine, I went to start it and was completely lost. Yeah. That was no fun. So, there’s six series here and where I stand currently, I recommend them all.

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Manga Review: Spy x Family: vol. 1

Manga Review: Spy x Family: vol. 1

I never thought that I’d be reviewing manga. Well, that’s not entirely true. I’ve done a few mini-reviews for manga I’ve gotten on NetGalley but they were only on NetGalley.

I’m moving into the big time by reviewing one on my actual blog! Yeah, okay, no, I’m not. But I am most definitely going to be talking about manga a lot more on here. And what best to start with then a manga book I acquired for Christmas and was super excited to read?

Spy x Family is a shonen comedy series by Tatsuya Endo. It follows a master spy known as Twilight in a country very reminiscent of Germany during the Cold War. Being a spy series, this makes perfect sense and you definitely get a feel for that sort of time period with how people dress and behave. Twilight has been given a new mission but the only way to complete it is if he gets married and has a school-age kid. Sounds like a mess, right?

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Rambling On and On aka the Never Ending TBR

Rambling On and On aka the Never Ending TBR

I’m pretty sure that’s how it feels most of the time.

Like we’ll never get through every book we own. And that’s both a relief and also a nightmare because imagine all the stories we could miss because we have so many other stories and- Yeah, I’m gonna stop there and not drop us all into an existential crisis. That happens enough when I’m trying to sleep.

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Series Reread and Review: The Slated Trilogy by Teri Terry

Series Reread and Review: The Slated Trilogy by Teri Terry

When I made a post about dystopian posts a while back, one of the series I mentioned was The Slated books by Teri Terry. A series set in a post-Brexit Britain many years before it actually happened, it follows a sixteen-year-old girl called Kyla who has been Slated. In this world slating is a process where teenage criminals have their memories erased and are given a device which means they must always remain calm and must never be violent or they could be shocked and killed.

This was one of my all-time favourite series, so having finally gotten my own copy of the first book from a charity shop. I decided it was about time for a reread.

And, unfortunately, though I can still see plenty of good in it, I’m not sure it’s a favourite anymore!

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Why Writers Should Roleplay

Why Writers Should Roleplay

It’s no secret that I love to roleplay. I’ve written posts on it before here and here but consider this a more up to date post. One of the things I’m determined to start blogging about more this year is writing. Not just my own, but tips and places that could help other people too.

For me, one of the things that have helped my writing grow steadily over the years is roleplay. It’s helped me in many different ways and I’ve learned that there are many different forms of roleplay. And I think they can all help in some way.

It’s not just writing every day that’ll help you improve, though that’s one way online roleplaying can help!

Whether you choose to LARP (live-action roleplay for those not in the loop), play DnD or some other form of tabletop campaign or write with friends online, roleplay can be a fun hobby that’s not only a creative way to use your brain but is a fun time-waster too.

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Otherworldalong – Stolen

Otherworldalong – Stolen

Hello!

Yes, I know we’re a few days into the month now. Okay, more than a few, but it’s still plenty of time to join in our reading club! We’ve now moved onto Discord where we have separate channels for each of the books so that means you can catch up and discuss each book even if you join us late. If you’re interested then let me know down below and I’ll find somewhere to privately send you to the join link!

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Book Review: Love Songs For Sceptics by Christina Pishiris

Book Review: Love Songs For Sceptics by Christina Pishiris

So, I got through my books pretty quickly and Love Songs for Sceptics wound up being my first book of 2021. And it did not take me long. At all. It was so good and such an easy read that I had to review it on here. This was actually on my Mini TBR for January which you can check out here!

This book follows Zoë, editor of a music magazine and a woman who has been in love with her best friend Simon since they were kids. Simon has been living in the US but he moves back to London just as Zoë is experiencing some problems in her work life. All areas seem to get mixed together and Zoë has a lot to learn about herself as well as her relationships.

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Anticipated Releases: January 2021

Anticipated Releases: January 2021

Can you believe it’s January already? It feels like yesterday that it was December…though that could be because I’m writing this in December, ha! But, honestly, I can’t believe the year is over with and we’re in 2021.

A new year means I want to try some new things with my blog. Though I’ve had this for a few years, this is going to be the first full year that I put total effort in all year round. I only started to really try with it last summer and the growth has been absolutely amazing. So I’m excited to keep it up and see where it goes. And that means that I need a few regular posts that you guys can look forward to.

You’ve already seen that I’m doing a mini TBR this month but I also want to talk about the books I’m looking forward to seeing released each month as well! Now, I most definitely won’t be buying all these books every month. And there may be months without a post if I can’t find anything that appeals but I’m looking forward to seeing what’s going to be out there each month!

So, without further ado, here are the books I’m excited for in January 2021!

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Mini TBR – January 2021

Mini TBR – January 2021

So, I’ve decided to start doing monthly TBR posts! Not a full TBR, I don’t like picking out a certain number of books each month. I always wind up getting through the books too quickly then having to throw a few more on. I prefer making them as I get through the current pile. But I wanted to be sharing what I’m reading with you guys this year.

So every month I’ll list a few books from my next – or current – pile that I know I should be getting through in that month as well as any books I plan to read for book clubs, review etc.

This first post was hard as my next pile has 15 books on so it’s probably going to be following me into February too. So these books are all from near the top of the pile, but, as I said before, isn’t them all.

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