Saturday, 14 April 2018

The TBR Shame Tag

I stole this tag from Erin @ Book Loving Nut

This tag forces you to name and shame every unread book that you own. 

Every. Single. One.  

(You dug your grave. Now lie down in it and suffer.)

My physical TBR of shame...


The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


Pandaemonium by Christopher Brookmyre


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins


The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
The Death Cure by James Dashner
The Kill Order by James Dashner

(You never do seem to make it through boxsets.)

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas


The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith


Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton 


Les Liaisons Dangereux by Choderlos de Laclos (Currently Reading) 


Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Winter by Marissa Meyer 


The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan
The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan


A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab 

Matilda by Mary Shelley


Super Sons Vol. 2: Planet of the Capes by Peter J. Tomasi 

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir (Technically I have read this, but I haven't reread it which is precisely what I bought it for in the first place.)

Mary and Maria by Mary Wollstonecraft

Total: 24

(I'm ashamed to be your acquaintance.)

I tag anyone else who feels like having an epiphany about just how out of control their book buying habits are. 

Is your TBR as tall as you yet?

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Ivyclad Ideas - Norse Mythology

This is the fifth in a series of posts aimed at helping anyone joining my reading challenge to fill the board. Ivyclad Bingo permits basically any type of book: novel, ebook, audiobook, comic, manga... 

The following are not recommendations, they are suggestions.

(What's the difference?)

If I haven't read it, it's a suggestion.

If you want to sign up for the Ivyclad Bingo 2018 Challenge, there's still time! Just click here and follow the instructions.

This box is definitely biased towards my own interests. If I had to pick a favourite mythology, it would definitely be Norse!

"Hearing I ask | from the holy races,
From Heimdall's sons, | both high and low;
Thou wilt, Valfather, | that well I relate
Old tales I remember | of men long ago..."
- Henry Adam Bellows (translator), The Poetic Edda, 1936 Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris

It's not exactly a secret that I think that Joanne Harris writes the best Loki (sorry, Marvel). In this prequel to the Runemarks series, which you may remember from a previous list, Loki recounts the myths that led from his arrival at Asgard to Asgard's fall at Ragnarok in his own sarcastic, unreliable way. Magnus Chase Series by Rick Riordan
 If you fancy some modern-day mythical adventures in the style of Percy Jackson, then you're in luck because Rick Riordan also has a Norse series. Magnus is living on the streets when his life comes to an abrupt end.

Naturally, that's only the beginning.
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman tackles Norse mythology, putting all the old stories into a novel format written in a way that makes it more accessible to the modern reader.

The Poetic Edda/The Prose Edda
Maybe you don't fancy picking up a retelling. Maybe you want to get as close to the source as you can. There are plenty of translations of The Eddas out there, some of which are even free online. Blackwell Pages Series by 

Marvel's Thor Comics
Yes, they're completely inaccurate and they mess up all the character relationships (Loki is Odin's blood brother!), but I'm trying to cut them some slack since I thought Marvel's take on Loki's role in the fall of Asgard in Thor: Ragnarok was really clever.

(Thor: Ragnarok justifies most things.)

Oh, agreed. Marvel can kill off who they like in Infinity War now. (No! Wait! I take that back!) 

Not to mention the fact that Asgardians are aliens anyway in this universe so it's a sci-fi retelling and I'm a sucker for sci-fi retellings.

What's your favourite type of mythology?

Thursday, 5 April 2018

The Sun is Shining Somewhere (All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven)
3/5 Stars

"The thing I realize is that it's not what you take, it's what you leave." - Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places

I feel like I'm the only person in the world who found this book underwhelming.  

There were a few things I liked: Finch's voice and his dislike of labels (not specifically on the mental health front, but I've had people try to slap labels on me before and it's just distressing), the relationships between Finch and his sisters, and the fact that Violet was counting down to something from the beginning. I also thought the author's note at the end was extremely poignant. However I found both characters pretentious at times (I hate pretension) and I didn't particuarly like how the romance was handled.  

Part of it was probably the sheer number of Virginia Woolf quotes. I hate Virginia Woolf.  

For me, there was no spark. At first Violet has no interest in Finch, and some of Finch's early actions come off as creepy. Like taking the number plate. I kept waiting for that to come back and bite him, but it never did. Once they did start kissing, the book became obsessed with their first time. When would it happen? Maybe I'm naive, but I'd like to think there was more to relationships than that. I didn't feel like I was reading a book about teenagers and mental health so much as one about teenagers and sex. 

I think part of the reason I'm disappointed is the hype. It's died down now, but not long after I joined Goodreads this was the book everyone was talking about. I'm not usually someone who reads hyped books simply because they're hyped, but I genuinely don't think this is the type of book I'd have picked up otherwise. Oh well. You win some, you lose some.

Did you enjoy this one?

Saturday, 31 March 2018

March Wrap-up

This is only my fourth post of the month, which is good in a way as it means I'm not using my blog to procrastinate.

(For once.)

How dare you call me out like this! 

Still, let's take a look back at March and check in on my reading challenges.

News from the Reading Front

Books I read this month -   

Pamela by Samuel Richardson - 1 Star - Review

Middlemarch by George Eliot - Five Stars - Review 

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven - Three Stars 

And one comic compilation.

 Reading Challenge Check-in

I've changed my mind. I don't want to check in on my reading challenges.

(It's only March. How far behind can you be?)

I'm four books behind schedule on my Goodreads challenge and we haven't even hit the last month of dissertation season yet.

2018 Witches and Witchcraft Reading Challenge: 0/5

Science Fiction VS Fantasy Bingo 2018: 1/25

  • Fantastic Beasts - All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
The 2018 Swords and Stars Reading Challenge: 1/20
  • Read a Book with Magical Realism in it - All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
Back to the Classics Challenge 2018: 3/12 
  • A classic written by a woman author - Agnes Grey by Anne Bront
  • All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater 
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
 Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge: 0/5

Ivyclad Bingo (2018 Reading Challenge): 4/16
  • Contemporary - All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  • Over 500 Pages - Pamela by Samuel Richardson
  • Historical - A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (Yes, even at the time it was published.)
  • Black Cover - Middlemarch by George Eliot 
News from the Blogging Front

Jen @ Star-Crossed Book Blog and I tag-teamed on a Goodreads guest post for Avalinah @ Avalinah's Books. Click here to check it out. 

How are you doing on your reading challenges?