Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Book Turn-Offs

 

This week we’ve been asked by The Broke and The Bookish for our Top Ten Book Turn-Offs. This is a great topic and I can’t wait to see what everyone else is going to put on their lists. For me however I can actually think of only a few things that really put me off a book;

  • Small Print – If there writing in the books is really small it often looks like the page is way too crowded and I just can’t concentrate on it.
  • Large Print – This is makes me sounds really fussy but size of print is important when reading a book for me and too big makes me feel like the books making up for something.
  • No Chapters – I like the natural breather you get from chapters and I hate putting a book down in the middle of one so if there is no chapter I just can’t stand it.
  • Lack of Punctuation – This is something that came up recently with a book I read and it just infuriated me, I couldn’t keep track with the speech and I missed the point and the enjoyment of the book.
  • Girly Covers – I’m not really into girly books and if the cover looks girly I wont go near it
  • Movie Covers – I appreciate for the author their book being made into a movie is a great thing but when I see a book I want to be able to pictures its events as the words inspire me not how someone else has seen them.
  • Vampires – I’ve had my fix of vampires and now I tend to stay away from them unless highly recommended
  • High Fantasy – This is a little vague but I just don’t like knights and fairies and magic and things like that.

What Are Your Book Turn-Offs?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Things That Make Your Life As A Reader/Blogger Easier

Another good topic this week from The Broke and The Bookish, out Top Ten Things That Make Life As A Reader/Blogger Easier. I have to admit I don’t quite have 10 things again this week but I’ve a few things that make both loving reading and blogging just that bit more accessible. 

Reader

  • Goodreads – discovering this website has been amazing for my OCD about reading. I can now keep track of what I’ve read in a year, what I thought of books and discover new ones.
  • Kindle – for me the kindle is a good thing and that’s because I travel, so it saves me a lot of space and weight in my case. and it also saves me a little money but it will never replace a good old fashioned book.
  • Library – again this one is mainly for the money, I couldn’t have afforded to by half the books I’ve read but I also love that the library is full of great books that no-one else really knows about and discovering them is always a pleasure. 
  • Reviews – with so many books out there to choose from and a mind that would happily devour them all it’s good to be able to read others peoples opinions of them so can rule some out and stop the To-Read list reaching the moon. 
  • Friends Who Read – you need to have friends who read as a reader because sometimes when you finish a book you have to talk about it and if you’re friends don’t read the can’t understand that emotionally connection never mind run read the book too so you can feel the pain together.

Blogger

  • Scheduling – this is a vital tool for keeping on top of any weekly posts you like to do, particularly if you have a busy life or like to travel and I love that on a good day I can be on top of my blog for when those weeks come around and I have too much to do 
  • Other Blogs – I still don’t feel very confident in my blogging even though it’s been almost a year and a half so I like to check other blogs out to see how they do things
  • Book Memes – this kind of ties in to the last point as it gives me some content for those weeks I’ve not finished a book but I also enjoy getting involved in them, as it fuels and satisfies my passion for books
  • Comments – I’m not sure if this makes it easier as such but I love comments, reading although everyone does it alone is actually such a social thing because there is always discussion to be had and comments allow us to share out passion as well as feeling a little pleased people like our blogging. 

What Things Help You With A Life Of Reading/ Blogging?

Cover Reveal – A Shard of Ice

Title: A Shard of Ice
Series: Black Symphony Saga
Publisher: Red Alice Press
Release Date: April 14th, 2014
Synopsis:

THEIR SOULS, REAWAKENED

When 13-year-old Lilix Morgan is found alive and floating on a bed of ice at sea, everyone counts it a miracle. Kidnapped nearly four weeks earlier, she remembers nothing of
her mysterious abduction. When she tries to remember what happened, she hears only a melody – a faint and delicate set of notes, strung together in a tune she doesn’t understand.

THEIR POWER, UNMATCHED

A year later and desperate to put the lingering nightmares of her past behind her, Lilix crosses the country to enroll at Baelmorte Academy, aiming to become the violinist she once dreamt of. Things seem to be finally going well, and Lilix settles into a routine of sheet music and inspiration among new friends.

Then the dreams start.

The melody and night terrors she thought she’d left behind return with a vengeance, threatening to ruin her fragile version of normalcy. Then an unlikely ally tells her that she isn’t alone. That there are others just like her, fighting to hide their own shocking truths from coming to light. That they know who she is, and what she’s been through. Now, accompanied by four other girls, Lilix discovers her nightmares are larger than a single trauma; they’re a window to a hidden part of her soul, a place of immense power with a destiny that cannot be ignored.

THEIR BATTLE, IS ONLY BEGINNING

With this knowledge comes a new and frightening reality. For Lilix has been reawakened to stop an age-old enemy, one thought to have been destroyed centuries ago. Trapped by her destiny, Lilix is torn between what feels right and what she remembers. Her memories tell her of a star-crossed love waiting to be reunited, of friendships and trust broken in the past. But can she save that love when reality brings her an enemy, and an evil that will be the undoing of them all if they don’t destroy it?

To Find Out More About This Book,  Alivia Anders and Any Of Her Other Books Check Out The Links Below:

Facebook for Alivia Anders: http://www.facebook.com/aliviaanders

Twitter for Alivia Anders: https://twitter.com/AliviaAnders

Blogger for Alivia Anders: aliviaanders.blogspot.com

Official author website (still under construction): aliviaanders.com

A Shard of Ice on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17207178-a-shard-of-ice

The Fault In Our Stars Live – John and Hank Green at Glasgow Concert Hall

Last Friday evening I joined my friends at the Glasgow Concert Hall to go and see John Green at his last stop in The Fault In Our Stars Live Tour. I must admit that I have only read 2 of the handful of books that John Green has written and I wasn’t really aware of his online community but I had begun to find out things from him on Tumblr that I found amusing so I was looking forward to what I was sure was going to be an amusing evening. This of course it was.

He started off by talking a bit about how he had come up with idea of the story. Telling us about his past training to become a chaplain and how his experience in a ward with terminally ill children changed his dream to writing about them instead. It took him ten years to get to the story we love today though as he original idea’s were all really stories from his point of view. It wasn’t till he met  a terminally ill nerd fighter named Esther that he changed his idea and started the story from one of the ill patients point of view.

This of course was said with added in bits of humour and he did say on a number of occasions that this story was never meant to be sad, it was always intended as more humorous. One of my favourite things he said however was;

 “You can drop out and still achieve your dreams”

Which he said in context of course, talking of how at a previous event he had been talking to the audience from the pulpit of a church which was of course his old dream from his chaplaincy training.

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After reading from the first chapter of the book he then moved on to answer some of our questions which had been handed in before the show. The questions chosen were not the usual; “why did you start writing?” and “what was your inspiration?” but questions about his views on the importance of reading and why he explores the importance of fiction within his fiction. This was a really interesting question which he answered by saying that;

“We live in a world that is obsessed with non-fiction”

This is a brilliant quote I think and one that is very true. He talked about the TV shows we watched today that are scripted by shown like reality and told of us an extreme version in America called Amish Mafia.

After this he invited his brother Hank on to the stage to sing to us. I was aware of his brother but I will admit I had never heard any of his songs. They were of course great fun once we stopped cheering at him waving a little Scottish flag.

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When John returned to the stage he had with him a bottle of Irn-Bru and again we found this reason enough to cheer. It was a moment that concluded it an excellent quote where he shared with us his description of how it tasted;

“Irn-Bru tastes like the collective chewing gum spit of all of Scotland … And I like it!”

Hank rejoined him on stage soon after this and the two of them had a timed question off. Asking one another some more of our questions. Including which was John’s favourite books to write (The Fault In Our Stars) and Hanks favourite fish (The Angler Fish). When the timer went off however was still answering had to be slapped by the other and amusingly Hank got to Slap John(a video of which can be found here). They also posed for us to photoshop ourselves into as they wouldn’t be able to give us individual photo’s. Unfortunately my camera decided to fail for a bit at the exact time.

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To finish off the two brothers sang together for us and after much clapping returned for an encore of The Proclaimers. Who they have been told they are like for years and have now finally got to sing  their song in its home country. (Video can be found here).

The event was on for about an hour and a half and with our ticket we got a free signed copy of the book. We also bought very lovely blue t-shirts and I am definitely going to get my hands on the rest of his books for future reading.

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Happy Birthday! Emily’s Books for Breakfast is 1!

Unbelivable it is a year today since Emily’s Books For Breakfast started and I published my first post reviewing The Named by Marianne Curley.

I have to admit that I am so proud of myself for having kept going with my blog. I have tried several times before and it has never worked out. Clearly I just needed to find the right topic.

This will be my 178th post!. In the past year I have reviewed books, a few movies and shared some of my favourite bookish pictures. I have also discovered the world of meme’s getting involved in Top Ten Tuesday and Friday finds.

I am looking forward to another year of blogging. I have plenty of books that I have discovered that I hope to get a hold of this year and I’m taking part in some new challenges too. Discovering the world of blogging has been great fun and ‘I am just as enthusiastic as when I started to improve my blog and discover so much more.

Here’s to another year!.

Project: Fairy Tale – It’s Here

Project: Fairy Tale is a great project being hosted by The Cheap Reader for February 2013. It a month devoted to fairy tales and their retelling’s with 38 bloggers signed up to read and review a different fairy tale and it’s retelling’s or spin off’s.

The idea of the project is;

  • Have a month devoted to Fairy Tales. February 2013. That will give us adequate time to read and schedule our posts.
  • Each blogger chooses a fairy tale. They must read the original fairy tale and at least 3 retellings/spin offs of the story. They write a review of each book and post them during the month of Project: Fairy Tale.  It’d be awesome if you could compile a list of other retellings  of your fairy tale as well. (Preferably the retellings will be Young Adult books or younger.) That’s it!
  • Other optional fun things to do: You can make a whole month of it on your blog if you’d like. More reviews,  read the fairy tale from another culture, movie reviews, integrate your fairy tale with any features/memes you do, discussion posts, list posts (favorite retelling, most creative retelling, etc), comparing and contrasting the retellings with the original story, anything you can imagine involving your fairy tale! Do as much or as little as you’d like.
  • You don’t have to devote the entire month to the event. Just the reviews are required. :)
  • It’s not required but after I ‘clear’ your fairy tale I would love for you to do a sign up post on your blog. Nothing too fancy.  Just tell your readers about this project, the fairy tale you chose, and maybe brainstorm your ideas. Plus it’s a great, central place for us to suggest or recommend books about your fairy tale.
  • There is a master post for the month and add people’s posts to it as they’re posted.

My Fairy Tale is The Elves and The Shoemaker by Brother Grimm. I picked this tale because it was something a little bit different however one of this issues I have discovered is there isn’t a lot of spin-off’s of it and all of the re-telling’s are very similar.

I do thankfully have three online sources of different versions of the story to start me off though.

I also have a couple of other idea’s for related posts and I’m going to read

  • The ASBO Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Asbosen 
  • and The Tales of Beedle The Bard by JK Rowling (cause fairy tales aren’t just for muggles :))

Please let me know if you know of any other adaptations of The Elves and The Shoemaker and I hope you enjoy Fairy Tale February.

John Green (and Me) on Likeable Character’s

  

My Tumblr dashboard page is often presenting to me new quotes by John Green and almost all are worth reading. This one in particular has caught my attention today however as last night I was writing my Top Ten Tuesday post about frustrating characters.

I understand that a book is suppose to be about the story, books were created to allow people to pass on stories to one another, but for me the characters are just as important if not more. I find that if I can’t connect to the main character I struggle to connect to the story, even if I love the idea of the plot. Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series is an example of this as I thought the idea of a totally vain society is something we could easily become but his main character Tally was just awful and so I couldn’t enjoy reading the book because I was to busy being frustrated at how she behaved. Of course all books need to have a ‘bad guy’ in them so the main characters has someone to over come and I am not saying you have to like every character you read but although I appreciate the point John Green is trying to make I think what makes a good book is at least a likeable main character.

Are Likeable Character’s Important To You In Making A Book Good?  

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2013

This week The Broke and The Bookish have continued the New Year theme and given us the topic of Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2013. I have to admit I have struggled to decided on an angle for this post. I wasn’t sure if it should be almost like resolutions, to just put up my challenges I’m signed up for or to include my blogging goals. However I think I am just going to include a bit of them all and it might not be quite ten this week.

Reading Goals

Read more Classics – I think I am going to aim for 6 as I have lots of other reading challenges to get through this year.

Re-Read Harry Potter – Every time I watch the films I want to re-read the books so I plan to do it this year.

Blogging Goals

Set up a rating system – I feel after a year of blogging some work needs to be done to improve my reviews and this is the first step.

Keep notes while reading – I have found that this helps me blog because I have almost a list of things I want to include.

Challenges

Goodreads Reading Challenge 2o13 – this year I have upped my goal to 80 books

Project: Fairy Tale –  The Cheap Reader is hosting this event for February and it is a month all about Fairy Talee, mine is The Elves and the Shoemaker

Dystopian Reading Challenge – Getting my teeth stuck into what I think is my favourite genre and set myself a goal of 24 books for this event hosted by  Blog of Erised

Off The Shelf 2013 – I am only going for the first level of this which is to read 5 books on my TBR pile that I already own because I know that I am planning re-reads and new reads for my other challenges.

What Are Your Goals for 2013?

The Deja Vu Review – Roxy’s Baby

The Deja Vu Review is a Meme hosted by The Book Addict’s Guide that gives us the chance to review books that we read before we became book bloggers. A theme is suggested each week to help us pick a book from our past we might want to rave about.

Our first topic of 2013 is our Favourite Female Protagonist. For this one I have picked picked the book Roxy’s Baby by Catherine MacPhail.

This is the story of a young girl who finds herself pregnant under age and run’s away to where she thinks is a safe place. She has always been wild and selfish and doesn’t care for her parents and sister who is a goody goody. When she finds out she is pregnant however she doesn’t want her family to know so she goes to London. There she meets the Dyce’s, an older couple who offer her sanctuary with other girls in her position. This seems great at first but there is a terrible secret yet to be learnt and Roxy is going to have to do a lot of growing up.

I read this story whilst in my early teens and I was both shocked in and drawn in by the story. I also really liked the main character of Roxy. As a teenager it is easy to find the faults in your family that seem like a good enough reason to not get on with them so this wasn’t an attribute of her personality that made me dislike her even though she was totally selfish. When she goes to London however she  meets lots of other girls in similar positions to her and she see’s how they are all dealing with the situation. This is and the kindness of the Dyce’s are what start to change her I think. However it is only when things turn out to be not as the seem that her changes become more dramatic and she starts to realise that she has no option of being selfish any more . I enjoyed reading her story and how she changed and although it was the story that initially got me into the book it had the right protagonist to make it a great one.

 

Friday Finds 04/01

 

 

Friday Find is a meme I found through Should Be Reading. It is a weekly post where you share the book titles you discovered or heard about during the past week. These can be books you were told about,  discovered while browsing online or you bought.

I thought I didn’t add many books this week but it turns out I was wrong. I picked up a couple of new books at a cheap book store and as always discovered a few whist blogging. This year however I am hoping I wont add to many new books to my list but rather make it smaller.

     

  • Prisoner B-3087 bt Alan Gratz
  • Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz
  • Inventing Elliot by Graham Gardner
  • The Host by Stephenie Meyer
  • Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

What Books Have You Discovered this Week?