Tuesday, 30 May 2017

10 Problems Every Bookworm Can Relate To

Why would anyone become a bookworm? They face so many daily struggles. So much pain. So much suffering.

(I think you're getting bookworms confused with protagonists.)

That's rubbish. Here are ten legitimate problems that booksworms face on a daily basis.   

1. "And Now I Have to Carry Them."

How many books do you usually buy at the book shop? What if they have a three for two offer on? And there's £3 off that new hardback you want to read? Oh, and did I mention the by one get one free offer on selected books?

Two hours later, you stagger out of the bookshop with an empty purse, three bags of books, and the dawning realisation that now you have to carry them until your companions have finished shopping. 

2. "You've Reached Your Limit."

"That's impossible!" you tell the poor, unfortunate librarian, even as you count the books you've borrowed in your head and come to the conclusion that, impossibly, you are over the limit.

Library Haul!

 3. "But Where Do I Put It?"

Your shelf looks like it's collapse on top of you. The floor is peppered with piles of shiny hardbacks, scuffed paperbacks, and the odd comic that looks like its been through the washing machine. You stare at the book in your hand. It's only small. Maybe... You shove it into a non-existant gap on your shelf and resign yourself to a fate of drowning in books and, possibly, being knocked on the head by a stray bit of wood.

4. "I Don't Have the Money."

You say, as you stare into your empty cupboard. You are out of pasta. You are out of rice. Your potatoes have turned green. 

It's okay though. This is why libraries were invented.

5. "Why Isn't My Edition on Goodreads?"

It clearly exists. You are literally holding it in your hands. So you add it. 

Four hours later, you return to Goodreads to somehow discover that it was on there all along, hiding from you. You scream curses at the sky, and hope that the Goodreads Librarians aren't calling on the nine muses to smite you.

6. "What Do You Mean They Only Have One, Three, and Four?"

How can book two be nowhere on the library system? What? Did someone steal it? Or did they buy in the whole series except that specific one simply to mess with you?

And now what are you supposed to do? If you buy it, you might as well buy all of them. You could skip it, but then what if you miss something important? What if nothing makes sense anymore? What if the sun swallows the earth, turning us all into nothing more than grease spots on the universe?

7. "Why Is There a Spoiler in the BLURB?"

You accidentally picked up book two first. It wasn't your fault, you'd never heard of the series before, and book one wasn't there. It sounds good, but, as it's book two, you put it down and search for the first one. A couple of weeks (months/years) later, when you sit down to read it, you discover that the blurb for book two spoiled the big reveal in book one. Seriously. What sort of evil, sadistic -

(When are you going to get over the blurb for The Masked City?)


8. "Sleep Is for the Weak."

It's 3am, and if you don't finish this book before morning, you will not be finishing it until the end of term. You press on, the knowledge that you have somewhere to be at 9am weighing heavily on your mind.

9. "What Was That Film?"

You stumble out of the cinema trying to work out what exactly you just watched, because it sure as hell wasn't Percy Jackson.

10. "No. NO. Not a... Cliffhanger."

You really shouldn't have bought that book the day it came out, because now you have to wait at least a year to find out if your favourite characters are still alive. They will be. Probably. But still, you need to know.

(...I doubt the legitimacy of all of these.)

Drop your relatable reading problems in the comments.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Quiz: Which Brontë Sister Wrote...

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I present to you a quiz, for all your procrastination needs.

(That's not something to be encouraged.)

Oh, give us a break, Ivy. It's Friday. Everyone's done with work, expectations, and the cold, unfulfilling curse of human contact. Besides, all work and no play makes for boring writing.

(And all play, no work makes for no writing at all.)

...I'm putting on my headphones.

Here's the quiz. All you have to do is attribute the correct novel to the correct Brontë sister. Enjoy.

Goodreads Quiz
Which Brontë Sister Wrote...
taken 1 time
7 questions

Don't forget to leave your score in the comments! 

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Eight Books I Will (Hopefully) Read This Summer

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

It's summer, and we all know what that means.

(It's going to rain a lot?)

Well, yes, but it's also time to dig out your to-read pile, blow off the dust, and plough through it.

1. The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson

I've started this one. I'm vaguely uncomfortable with it, and not for the reasons you'd think.
2. Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter

It is shameful how long it has taken me to get to this. It is the last book in one of my favourite series so, if I don't enjoy it, I may slump.

(Oh God. I really hope you enjoy it.)

You can be nice!

(I have to live with you.)

3. Shaman King Volumes 20-32 by Hariyuki Takei

I know that, with the exception of volume five, they have all of them up to volume 30 at the library. Hopefully they have all the way up to volume 32. 

4. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I! Am! So! Excited! For! This! One!
...I'm going to slump at least once this summer, aren't I?


(It's about time! You've had it since christmas!)

I know. I'm a failure. 

6. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

(You've had this one since -)

Since Christmas! I know!

7. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Did you watch the BBC series? Because that is so not the reason that this book is on here. 

I bet they don't get arrested half as much in the books.

8. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

(You've had this so long that the third one's out.)

I know. Is it bad that I want it even though I haven't read this one yet?


(You do realise that summer reads are supposed to be light and fluffy, right?)

Hey! The Ice Cream Girls is supposedly chick-lit. It's not my fault that it turned out to be a crime thriller.

What are you reading this summer?

Sunday, 21 May 2017

I'm Back! (Sunday Post #9)

Hosted by Kimberley @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer

There's a strong possibility that I took an unofficial week's hiatus whilst I finished off my coursework, but here I am, back just in time for Sunday Post.

News From the Reading Front

Since the beginning of May, I have only managed to read one novel.

Never Let Me Go: 2 stars. If you want to drown in my disappointment, you can read my review here

The good news is that I can now read however much I want, so today I started The Ice Cream Girls.
This is why I do not do book photography.

News From the Writing Front

Writing is happening too! I have a project for the summer. The word count goal is 75,000 words. It's perfectly managable (just over 600 words a day) and I will be disappointed with myself if I don't reach it.

(You're going to be disappointed then.)

Yeah... I know.

News From the Blogging Front

I now have a profile picture of something that probably isn't, but looks like ivy. By which I mean it's clinging to a wall. I am not a botanist.

Do you have any summer plans? Don't forget to link me to your Sunday Post posts!

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Learning to Let Go (Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/102927.Never_Let_Me_Go2 Stars

I was really looking forward to this! I mean, it's billed as a science fiction novel, do you know how often science fiction and fantasy books appear on my course? Never. Except it's not really a science fiction novel. It's more of a dystopia. Granted, it has sci-fi elements in it, and dystopia is arguably a sub-genre of sci-fi, but it wasn't my cup of tea.

And it wasn't just the genre. There was nothing wrong with Kathy as a character, but I hated her narration. She felt the need to explain EVERYTHING, and she went off on tangents all the time. She'd start telling you one thing, and that would remind her of something else, and something else, and something else...by the time she got to the point, you were more irritated than interested.

That's enough negativity. Here are the things that I did like:

  1. The use of terms like 'donation' and 'completed'. 
  2. I guessed the twists very early on, but I don't think that really affected my enjoyment of the plot. I didn't feel like they were supposed to be shocking - by the time anything was said outright, we were supposed to have accepted it, much like the characters. 
  3. The aversion of the usual fight-the-system plot. 
  4. The lack of exposition. Kathy assumes that she is speaking to someone who is like her, living under the same system and abiding by the same rules. Whilst the plot was tell, tell, tell, the world-building was all showing. It was clever.
  5. Despite her irritating narration, Kathy is genuinely relatable. She's worried about her friends. She's worried about being part of a community. She's worried about whether or not she herself is normal.
  6. You will genuinely care about the characters.

It's an interesting book, and certainly worth a read if you enjoy dystopian fiction, but I'm afraid it just wasn't my cup of tea. 

What's the last book you started reading believing it to be one genre when it was actually another?