Books, General

2015 Bookish Resolutions

2015 is upon us, signalling a new year full of new challenges and of course, new resolutions. I completed a post all about my resolutions for 2015/2558 resolutions and New Years Eve here, so I won’t go repeating myself too much.

This post is all about my love for books, and my new resolutions regarding reading this year. I don’t know how many I am going to make, I expect quite a few, so let’s get started. Continue reading “2015 Bookish Resolutions”

Books, General, The 140 Character Review

The 140 character book review – Catch-up

I have read so many books in recent times, that I have decided to split the reviews over two posts. Partly because I can only cope with posts being so long, partly so readers can actually search for the review of the book they want if they actually feel like it (please, feel like it!!) and also because I can see my blog post number rise (I know, how sad). Continue reading “The 140 character book review – Catch-up”

Books, General

Bout of Books – Day 7


8:30am: I’ve just put the oven on for croissants, a very civilised start to Sunday morning. Not so much can be said in High Rise, which I continued to read last night. It’s still strange. I still don’t get it. I still don’t really think I like it. I am over 150 pages in, of a 208 pages book, so I think the narrative is just going to be lost on me. Oh well.

5pm: I am precisely no further on with High Rise, but I have purchased a couple of new reads, and have decided that from now until I travel at least (and maybe whilst I am on the move) that I am going to do a weekly TBR. I seem to get more reading done when there is a goal. Maybe I should put less than 4 books on it though. I’ve also said goodbye to my friends for the next 12 months. That’s not the most pleasant thought.

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Bout of Books – Day 6

Well, my first read-a-thon is nearly over 😦 I’ve really enjoyed it so far have you? My week has been fun, and I have finally read a book (Pride and Prejudice) that I have meant to read for years. I have finally got going, it’s just a shame at the end of the week. How has you read-a-thon gone? Is this your first one too?


8am: Yes, I am awake this early. I feel pretty alright considering how late I stayed up. This was completely by accident. After I finished Casino Royale and updated yesterday’s blog post  I accidentally started reading High Rise. I’m only up to page 40, mind you it’s not a particularly long book, and so far, I really don’t get it. I’m mainly reading it because Emma recommended it, and because filming has begun on a film adaptation (starring Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, and Jeremy Irons). It just seems a bit strange at the moment, and it’s not the sort of strange I readily go on with so far. We shall see. My friends will be here all day, so I have another day’s worth of fun distractions that will most probably keep me away from reading for today.

4pm: I have spent the day in Liverpool with my friends. Sometimes I forget how great Liverpool is, but when I am showing people round the city, even if it is just wondering aimlessly through the shopping centre, or along the river, I am remind that it really is the best city on Earth. I am going to miss it while I am away 😦

11:45pm: I am now just over half way through High Rise, which, considering my awesome guests, is quite good going. I am confused. It’s like a car crash, I am not enjoying it, it’s deeply unpleasant, and yet you can’t look away. It has this hypnotising quality that I can’t quite explain. The almost post-apocalyptic feel is neither here nor there for me. I do like the way Ballard switches perspective between different tenants within the high-rise, all of different social standings, to portray the intricate relationships and hierarchies that are present. I have a feeling that I am going to slate this, and then as soon as I close the last page, I will miss it, and think it was really good. I can hope. I do think it will make a very interesting film, and I feel like the casting is spot on.

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