WWW Wednesdays!

What are you reading Wednesday is a weekly ‘tag’ (a.k.a meme) created by Should be Reading’s. Anyone can join in by answering the following three (3) questions

  1.  What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you will read next?
So lets get going!!
What am I currently reading?

Across the Universe by Beth Revis – I am really enjoying this so far, a really unique and though provoking young adult science fiction. Well worth check out!

What did you recently finish reading?

Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James – I read this because everyone was talking about it and not really sure what all the hype is about! You can read my mini review on my Facebook page where I gave it 5/5.

What do you think you will read next?

Dragondrums by Anne McCaffrey – this is the next book in the Dragonriders of Pern series I have on my TBR pile. I love the last book I read Dragonsinger so I have high expectations for this one!

Let me know what you are reading at the moment in the comments below, and what you think I should be reading next!
Thanks for reading,
Love Rie x

Teaser Tuesday #2

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• Be careful not to include spoilers (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
The Calling by Kelley Armstrong #2 in the Darkness Rising series.

My Teaser:

“I lunged for thje dog’s collar and, just then, I heard a gasp. Everyone was yelling and wind rushed through the half-open door and I shouldn’t have heard anything. But I heard that gasp.” (4%)

I hope this has teased you enough to go out and take a look at this great YA fantasy series!

I have also decided to film my Teaser Tuesday this week, let me know what you think!

Let me know in the comments below your Teaser Tuesday or a link to your post 🙂
Thanks for reading (& watching),
Love Rie x

Book Tag

Apologies for the absence of late. A lot of exciting things have been happening over the last few weeks and along with a lot of uni work for the final push of my degree I haven’t had a lot of time for myself. But I am planning to get back into the YouTube videos very soon and may even try my hand at vlogging 😀

Right so on to today’s post. I have decided to do a Book Tag! 6 rules and tons of questions >>>>

The Rules:
1. Post these rules
2. Post a photo of your favourite book cover
3. Answer the questions below
4. Tag a few people to answer them too
5. Go to their blog/twitter and tell them you’ve tagged them
6. Make sure you tell the person who tagged you that you’ve taken part!

What are you reading right now?
Dragonquest by Anne McCaffery

Do you have any idea what you’ll read when you’re done with that?
The Calling by Kelley Armstrong

What 5 books have you always wanted to read but haven’t got round to?

  1. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R Tolkien
  2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  4. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  5. Divergent by Veronica Roth

What magazines do you have in your bathroom/lounge right now?
I am not a big magazine reader, much preferring to read a book at any opportunity. However I often have a Top Gear magazine lying around that belongs to my boyfriend.

What’s the worst book you’ve ever read?
There are very few books that I hate, and even worse haven’t finished. But I particularly despised Fateful by Cheri Smidt. I got is for free of Amazon with high hopes and didn’t get past the second chapter, it was like Twilight but worse!

What book seems really popular but you actually hated?
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo . This was just not what I was expecting and found it super difficult to read. But I hope that I will tackle it again soon.

What’s the one book you always recommend to just about everyone?
Bitten by Kelley Armstrong, but it comes with a warning! It will hook you in and you won’t be released until you finish the series. So well written and addicting!!

What are your 3 favourite poems?
I have never been the biggest poetry lover. But I do love some of the stuff I studied at school and college. I would recommend to anyone The World’s Wife by Carol Ann Duffy – the whole collection is really clever. Simon Armatiage is also good! Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare is also a gooden!

Where do you usually get your books?
Amazon kindle store and Waterstones thanks for lots of book vouchers from friends and family that know me very well.

Where do you usually read your books?
In bed, at the table whilst eating breakfast/ lunch/ dinner, in the living room whilst other people are eating, on the train, anywhere I can!!

When you were little, did you have any particular reading habits?
Going to the library with my Grandparents or Mum and being able to choose a book to read 🙂

What’s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn’t put it down?
The The Hunger Games and Catching Fire .

Have you ever “faked” reading a book?
Not really. Maybe when listening in to other peoples conversations of the train I am not really reading 😛

Have you ever bought a book just because you liked the cover?
As much as well all say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover we all do it. I was first attracted to the True Blood series because of the cover of the first book!

What was your favourite book when you were a child?
I loved anything by Jacqueline Wilson as a chile, but Harry Potter stole my teen years.

What book changed your life?
I find it difficult to pin down just one book that changed my life. But the book that will always stick with me is one I have not finished – The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, what happened to Hassan in the opening chapters has stuck with me and haunted me since!

What is your favourite passage from a book?
No single passage has stuck with me as much as this quote:

“Children who don’t eavesdrop on adult conversations are doomed to a childhood of ignorance” Kelley Armstrong, Men of the Otherworld

What are your top five favourite authors?

  1. Kelley Armstrong
  2. Jeffery Deaver
  3. Suzanne Collins
  4. J. K. Rowling
  5. Anne McCaffrey

What book has no one heard about but should read?
City of the Falling Sky by Joseph Evans – first time book of young British author and one of the best YA’s I have read in a long long time.

What 3 books are you an “evangelist” for?

  1. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
  2. City of the Falling Sky by Joseph Evans
  3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

What are your favourite books by a first-time author?
Hopefully you can tell by mentioning this book in the third question in a row: City of the Falling Sky by Joseph Evans!

What is your favourite classic book?
Define a classic?

3 other notable mentions?

  1. If you normally read YA try some adult fantasy fiction. The Women of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong is the best I have ever read!
  2. Hunt for the Phoenix by the Byfords is a great read and I the authors are very friendly on Twitter.
  3. Don’t normally read? Try a Garfunkle Puzzlebook – fun for all the family!

I tag:
Grazing Pages, All Things Urban Fantasy, Moonlights Gleam’s Bookshelf, and YOU!

Thanks for reading,

Love Rie x

Women of the Otherworld Series Challenge #2

Today I am taking part in a series challenge as hosted by Moonlight Gleam’s Bookshelf. Each month the challenge is to re-read a book in the Women of the Otherworld series and write a related blog post and enter the link on the site. I didn’t find out about this until earlier this month, so unfortunately I missed out it taking part in last months re-read of Bitten. But this month is all about the second book in the series Stolen!

I have told the story of how I stumbled upon the Women of the Otherworld series many times now, so I will not repeat it again. But this being the second book in the series was the second book I read of Armstrong’s and cemented my love for her writing style. 

Summary Courtesy of Goodreads: “When a young witch tells Elena that a group of humans are kidnapping supernaturals, Elena ignores the warning. After all, everyone knows there’s no such thing as witches. As for the thought of other ‘supernaturals’, well, she’d just rather not dwell on the possibility. Soon, however, she’s confronted with the truth about her world, when she’s kidnapped and thrown into a cell-block with witches, sorcerers, half-demons and other werewolves. As Elena soon discovers, dealing with her fellow captives is the least of her worries. In this prison, the real monsters carry the keys.”

I first read Stolen a few years ago now and remember loving being introduced to a stream of new characters. Bitten was fantastic at describing the duplicity of the werewolves lives and I fell easily fell in love with each member of the pack. Stolen moves on from this effortlessly to introduce many different supernatural races. From central characters to the smallest of parts, Armstrong ensures they are well rounded without making the narrative to clunky. Elena in particular is such a strong female lead who is determined to both fight her way out but has the compassion to want to save others. She is not too proud of a little help from lover Clay and the rest of the pack making her a truly fantastic protagonist. 

Yet it wasn’t until a read around the series on Kelley Armstrong’s website and some of her free online fiction that I realised the place this books holds in the series. The first book in the series, Bitten, was originally written as a stand alone book. When approached to make a series Armstrong felt that writing so many books just around the werewolves would soon get repetitive and boring for readers so decided to use Stolen to introduce new characters for the rest of the series. I have read some reviews saying that this is a downfall of this book, but I couldn’t disagree more. Knowing this I couldn’t help but enjoy it even more when I re-read this book as I came to appreciate Armstrong’s skill and style in writing in constantly new and well rounded characters and building a relationship between each one and the reader. 

Overall I love this book.But when it comes to rating it I have to take the rest of the series into consideration. This is not the best book in the series, and in that sense I don’t feel I can rank it full marks. Because of this I rate it:


Have you read this book? What did you think? Also part of the Series Challenge, please post the link to your post here so I can check it out!

If you haven’t read this book already – you must! You can pick it up on Amazon from as little as £4.99 for Kindle. I have also seen these kicking around in second hand books shops and charity shops now as they get a bit older so keep your eyes peeled for a bargain! 

Thanks for reading,

Love Rie x

Musing Mondays

Although I have only been away from my bloggy for only a few days, I feel like I am neglecting it! Reading in general has been difficult of late and I felt the need to do this real short tag (a.k.a meme) post to let you guys know I am still alive and what I am up to!

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading, this weeks musing is:

Other than working at a job, what is your biggest interruption to reading? What takes you away from your book(s)?

For me, it is university work. I am coming up to finishing my degree in just over a month now and although I am excited about jumping into the world outside of education and getting myself onto the job market, I still have a lot of work to do to get there! As I type this blog, I have an essay open and in much need of finishing off. I have loved university, I have been lucky enough to find a course that has been small but perfectly formed and jammed packed full of interesting units. However alongside a mounting to do list of assignments, a dissertation and a shed load of reading, my fictional reading can sometimes be left out.

My boyfriend is also often a distraction. Although we don’t live far apart at all, conflicting working schedules mean we don’t get to see each other very much. And although he is very understanding of my reading habits, nothing gives him the hump more than me jumping into bed early just to whip my Kindle out and pretty much ignore him.

Finally it is blogging. Someone once said to me if I spent just half the time I spend reading and writing about books I like reading, I could get an awful lot more of them read! But to me part of the joy of reading is talking about and sharing how you interpreted them, and I wouldn’t give it up for all the reading time in the world.

Despite all this, every night I will read (even if some nights it is just 10 minutes) and have been known to wake up an hour early to fit in a couple of chapters. Just this morning I was awake at 8am just to set my alarm for 9am and climb back into bed with a cuppa and my Kindle, bliss 🙂

I would love know what you think about my Monday Musing, and what is your biggest interruption to reading? If you have a bloggy like me, please feel free to leave the link in the comments, but if not please just place you musings in the comments instead.

Thank you as always for reading,

Love Rie x

Teaser Tuesdays!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme (a.k.a: tag post), hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

Anyone can play along! Just grab your current read, open to a random page and share two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. Be careful not to include spoilers, you don’t want to give too much away and spoil it for others. Share the title and author of the book so that people who like the teasers can check it out!
Click here to find out more.

My teasers:

” ‘That the women in the Lower Caverns fly with dragonriders? Lessa pursed her lips angrily. ‘No. I wasn’t told.’ Nor did it help Lessa’s mood to see the pity and regret in Manora’s eyes.” 

 Dragonflight (1# The Dragon Book series) by Anne McCaffery page 124.

I would love to read your Teaser Tuesday’s, so please place the link to your in the comments below. If you don’t have a blog please just place your teasers in the comments.

Thanks, as always, for popping along and reading my little bloggy,

Love Rie x

Friday Finds

This post is inspired from Should Be Reading’s blog on all the books you have found this week, but I am going to do this post every couple of weeks to let you guys know some of the great books I have found or been recommended.

After a nice lunch with my fellow book worms Sam Crossley & Ross Phillips I came back with 11 books to read, and my list has been building over the last couple of weeks so I will jump into my new Friday Finds!

The First Chronicle of Pern: Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey 

(and the another 9 books from the series). Lent to me by Mr Ross Phillips I ditched all other reading a picked up this book on Tuesday evening and have been storming through it. A lot more difficult to read than some of the YA I have been reading of late, but this has a fantastic style and I am really getting in to it!

One Day by David Nicholls 

Lent to me by Mr Sam Crossley, he has been banging on about this book for months. I have very little knowledge about it, with only what I can gain from the romantic comedy style comments on the back. But Sam has very good taste in books so I will have to trust him!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 

I had heard about this book in numerous places, and finally decided I needed to find out just why it is so popular. With nearly all 5 star reviews on Goodreads it felt this a challenge I needed to read. I have borrowed this from my younger brother’s girlfriend so will be tackling this book soon, and lets hope it lives up to all the hype!

Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowan 

First of all I must bask in the beauty that is this books cover. I had seen it on a number of blogs, but after  seeing it on Paper Book Princess I gave in and added to the TBP (to be purchased) list, as it is not even released yet! The teenage YA theme holds promises of a different sort of romance with vampire, angel and demonic themes that send me in an almost frenzy!

Across the Universe by Beth Revis 

This is another beautiful cover, and a science fiction narrative that sounds right up my street. I first heard about this from Grazing Pages (who I have huge book worm respect for and has given me a number of book suggestions from her YouTube videos and blog posts) and added it straight to the TBP pile. I wish I had a glitch in my bank account that it didn’t charge me for my Amazon purchases, because this would be the first one I would purchase if money was no object!

A Game of Thrones (complete collection so far) by George R.R.Martin

After watching the first few episodes with Sam of this series I am really enjoying it. But these are BIG books, it would take me weeks to trawl through these – maybe one day I will tackle them, but atm I am content with watching the TV series.

That is all for this weeks tag! Next week I will be doing Teaser Tuesday, where I give you a couple of “quotes” and a mini review of the book I’m reading at the time!
Thanks as always for reading 🙂 If you have done a Friday Finds please put your link in the comments as would love to hear what you have found this week. No blog? A list will suffice 😀
Love Rie x