It’s Monday: What are you reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

 

So I am currently reading three books, which is a bit weird for me. Normally I like to concentrate on one books, or two at most but not this week apparently. The one I am concentrating most on right now is Vanguard by Jack Campbell. I’m currently about 50% through on my kindle and so far I am enjoying it, although it took a little time to get fully into it. Hopefully I’ll finish that in the next few days as it’s quite a quick read. The other book I’m reading is Words of Radiance: Part 1 by Brandon Sanderson. I’m currently only about 100 pages and it’s about 650 pages long. Finally the book that I hope to start today is The Goddess Chronicle by Natsuo Kirino. I read Out by her last year (I think) and while it is pretty dark I did enjoy it so I was interested in trying out more from her.
Once I’ve finished Vanguard, I’ll just concentrate more on the other two books. I know I enjoy Sanderson’s books but I’m interested to see what I think of The Goddess Chronicle. Have you guys read any of these books? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

All Of My Unread Books

Hi guys, to be honest I wasn’t sure what to post today so I thought I’d share all of my unread books. These are all the books I own that I haven’t read yet – I currently have exactly 30 of them. I definitely want to get this down and hopefully read a lot of these before buying any more books :).

 

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  • Little Women / Louisa May Alcott
  • The Blind Assassin / Margaret Atwood
  • Accusations / Bandi
  • Greenmantle / John Buchan

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  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy / John le Carre
  • Call for the Dead / John le Carre
  • Little Dorrit / Charles Dickens
  • Crime and Punishment /  ‎Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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  • The Man in the Iron Mask / Alexandre Dumas
  • Birdcage Walk / Helen Dunmore
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles / Thomas Hardy

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  • Dragon Haven / Robin Hobb
  • A Pale View of Hills / Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Hunting of Eagles / Ben Kane
  • All for Nothing / Walter Kempowski

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  • The Good People / Hannah Kent
  • The Wake / Paul Kingsnorth
  • The Poisonwood Bible / Barbara Kingsolver

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  • The Jungle Book / Rudyard Kipling
  • The Goddess Chronicles / Natsuo Kirino
  • Son of the Shadows / Juliet Marillier
  • The Sound of Waves / Yukio Mishima

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  • The Refugees / Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four / George Orwell
  • A Tale for the Time Being / Ruth Ozeki

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  • Words of Radiance: Part 1 / Brandon Sanderson
  • The Makioka Sisters / Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

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  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn / Mark Twain
  • Germinal / Emile Zola
  • I am the Messenger / Markus Zusak

 

There are so many more books I want to read, but these are the ones that I currently own and have not read yet. I do also have some on my kindle but I thought I’d stick with the physical books today. I don’t think 30 books is too bad, but I would like to get it down a bit. Have you guys read any of these? I’d love to know any thoughts you have on them. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Series I Want To Finish in 2017

Hi guys, I am you are all well. Today I thought I would share some series I want to finish this year or probably more realistically for some make some progress in reading these series. I’ve marked the books I haven’t yet read with an asterisks for you guys.
  • Raven Shadow’s trilogy / Blood SongTower Lord and Queen of Fire* / Anthony Ryan
  • Rain Wild Chronicles / Dragon KeeperDragon Haven*City of Dragons* and Blood of Dragons* / Robin Hobb
  • Commonwealth: Chronicle of the Fallers / The Abyss Beyond Dreams and A Night Without Stars* / Peter F. Hamilton
  • Eagles of Rome trilogy / Eagles At WarHunting the Eagle* and Eagle in the Storm* / Ben Kane
  • Poldark series / Ross Poldark, Demelza, Jeremy Poldark, Warleggan, The Black Moon, The Four Swans, The Angry Tide, The Stranger from the Sea, The Miller’s Dance, The Loving Cup, The Twisted Sword* and Bella Poldark* / Winston Graham
  • Shardlake series / Dissolution, Dark Fire*, Sovereign*, Revelation*, Heartstone* and Lamentation* / C. J. Sansom
I think I’ll also quickly mention some series I want to continue/finish that are currently unfinished, so basically not all the books are out yet. I will complete these series when all the books are out though. These series include the Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon, Echoes of the Fall series by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Gods of Blood and Powder series by Brian McClellan, the Winnowing Flame trilogy by Jen Williams, the Book of Ancestor series by Mark Lawrance, the Draconis Memoria series by Anthony Ryan, the Gentleman Bastard sequence by Scott Lynch and the Legends of the First Empire series by Michael J. Sullivan… I could go on but I think I’ll leave it at that :).
There are so many series out there, it is a little overwhelming really. These are series that I am definitely interested in finishing and I’m excited to see how they all progress. Let me know if you’ve read any of these series and what you thought. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

How I Blog

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Today I thought I would share some insight into how I blog. I don’t know if anyone is interested but I thought I’d do it anyway :). Basically I am going to talk about my blogging routine, things I use etc. I figured it was a pretty good time to do something like this as I’ve been blogging for over a year now. Having said that, I am by no means an expert and I think I still have things to learn/develop. So if you guys have any ideas for improvement or any requests of posts then please let me know!

 

So I’m the type that likes to be organised – it’s how I’ve always been, I think. I will never be able to write up an essay or blog post on short notice. To be at my best I need to be able to take my time, that is just how I am. Consequently I like to schedule my posts in advance. There are some that I may have to be a bit more flexible on, but generally I like to have things done in advance. Even if it’s just a completed draft sitting in my draft file, if that makes sense. I like to have some reviews sitting in drafts, just in case I need them as I like to take plenty of time to write them. Obviously this won’t work for everyone, so you’ll just have to find what works for you. I also like to provide a link for each book mentioned to my affiliate Wordery link – just in case anyone wants to purchase them. It’s a great way of supporting me, if you so wish (no pressure though). In terms of my camera, I either use my Nikon D3100 or my new Nikon Coolpix A900. To be honest I only use the editing stuff in the photo gallery of my laptop, but I want to up my photo taking so if you have any suggestions for improvement or a great photo editor then please let me know. I tend to brighten and sharpen each photo, as well as any cropping that’s needed. Once a post is published I’ll share it on my social media platforms. I always share it on twitter, at least a couple of times on the day I post it and then I’ll share it a few more times later on if I remember :). Sometimes I share it on Instagram as well but I need to do it with more regularity. Other places I share my posts include Bloglovin and Google+.  To be honest, I’m not great at publicising myself or this blog – I just don’t like to put myself out there but you kind of have it. It’s something that I need to work on with my blog. I love getting comments on my blog, so I try to respond to them as soon as I can. If I don’t than I apologise – some comments randomly get put in my spam box so I may not see them until a bit later.
I organise everything blog related in my bullet journal, as I like to have it all in one place. I have pages dedicated to a stats tracker, my blogs schedule, post ideas etc. Everything that may help me with my blog. As I’ve said I like to be organise so I like to have an idea of what I am going to be posting in advance. I tend to try and have an idea of most of the posts I want to share in a month before the month has started. So although we are in May right now, I am currently thinking about what I want to post in June. That’s just how I work. A monthly spread works really well for me as it means I can have what I plan for an entire month in one place.

 

That’s how I blog. I am sure I have a lot of room for improvement but I find that this works for me and I am happy with where things are now. I don’t know if this is the most efficient or best way to do it but it’s just the way I’ve started to do it. I still can’t quite believe it’s been over a year now but I’m excited to see how things will progress in the next year :). I am so thankful to everyone that supports my blog! I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

TTT: Favourite Covers

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It is that time of the week for another Top Ten Tuesday. It is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This weeks topic is a cover freebie, so I am going to be sharing 10 of my favourite covers. I have to admit that if a cover is nice or pretty, than I am more likely to check it out, and there are some really amazing book covers out there. By the way, I also apologise in advance for my shadow in some of the photos – I will work on that in the future. Onto 10 of my favourite covers.

 

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The Penguin English library editions – these are two of my favourites, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and North and South!

 

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This 30th anniversary edition of An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro

 

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Grimm Tales for Young and Old by Philip Pullman

 

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These naked hardbacks of the two books in the Tales of Shikanoko series by Lian Hearn – Emperor of the Eight Islands and Lord of the Darkwood.

 

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The Good People by Hannah Kent

 

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These paperback editions of Brandon Sanderson’s books – Elantris and The Final Empire

 

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The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

 

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Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien – they’ve also released a couple of her other books in similar editions and they are also amazing.

 

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These editions of all Robin Hobb books, designed by Jackie Morris (I think) – Dragon Keeper and Fool’s Errand

 

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Lastly, The Tiger and the Wolf by Adrian Tchaikovsky – it’s sequel, The Bear and the Serpent, also has an stunning cover but I don’t own a copy yet.

 

There are many more amazing covers that I could share but I can leave that for another time :). These covers are definitely some of my favourites at the moment though. I’d be interested if you guys think covers are important… personally I think they are as I think as humans we are drawn by attractive things, obviously this will differ for people. Anyway I hope you guys are having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Big Books on my TBR

Hi guys, how are you? I can’t quite believe we are now in May – this year seems to be going pretty quickly. Anyway it’s time for another blog post and today I thought I would share all of the big books on my tbr. I don’t tend to be intimidated by the size of a book, unless it’s around or over a thousand pages, and I have quite a few big books on my TBR. The ones I am sharing today are all over 500 pages long. So let’s get started.

 

  • Little Dorrit / Charles Dicken
  • Words of Radiance Part 1 / Brandon Sanderson
  • Dragon Haven / Robin Hobb
  • The Poisonwood Bible / Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Blind Assassin / Margaret Atwood
  • Sons of Shadow / Juliet Maurillier
  • Little Women / Louisa May Alcott
  • The Makioka Sisters / Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

 

These are all the big books that I currently own but haven’t got around to reading yet. There are many more that I don’t own yet but I figured I’d start by sharing the ones I own :). Have you guys read any of these? Also I’d be interested to know if you guys are intimidated to the size of books? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

T5W: Authors You Want To Read More From

Top 5 Wednesday was originally created and run by Lainey aka gingerreadslainey (Youtube channel) but it is now being run by Sam aka Thoughts on tomes (Youtube channel). Each week there is a different topic. You can check out the groups Goodreads page here for any more information and the future topics. This week’s topic is authors you want to read more from. I have so many to choose from but I’ll manage to narrow it down :).
  • Juliet Marillier – I recently read and loved Daughter of the Forest so of course I want to read more books by this author. I have Sons of Shadow and I also have Heart’s Blood on my kindle – I hope to read these very soon.
  • Robin Hobb – I am a huge fan of this author and I’ve slowly been making my way through her books. I think so far I’ve read 12 of her books but there are many more that I have on my tbr – she also writes under her real name, Megan Lindholm.
  • Madeleine Thien – I read Do Not Say We Have Nothing earlier this year and loved it – definitely going to be one of my favourite books of this year. I think she has two other books out at the moment, so I hope to pick them up soon.
  • Margaret Atwood – I’ve read two books by this author and I loved both – The Handmaid’s Tale and The Penelopiad. I’ve been meaning to read more from her but I just haven’t got to it. I currently have The Blind Assassin on my shelf, so I hope to read it by the end of the year.
  • Natsuo Kirino – I read Out last year, I think, and although it was pretty dark/disturbing I’m interested to read more from this author. One book in particular I’m interested in is The Goddess Chronicle. 
There you have it – five authors I want to read more from. There are so many more I could talk about but otherwise we’d be here all day :). What author do you want to read more from? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa