Book Travelling Thursday

Hi guys, so today I thought I would try something new and participate in my first Book Travelling Thursday post I’ve been meaning to try out a new bookish meme and I really liked the idea of this one. It was created by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. This weekly meme consists in picking a book related to the weekly theme that is announced in the group Goodreads page (if you want to join click here) at the beginning of each month. After that you can write a blog post where you explain why you choose that book and choose different covers from different countries. This weeks theme is to choose a book that you still want to read this year. I’ve gone with A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro. I am a big fan of this author and I’ve slowly been making my way through his books. It’s about time that I read his debut book. Onto the different book covers. Scroll over each book cover to see what country it’s from.

 

 

 

It’s kind of hard to pick a favourite, as I quite like a few of them. The UK edition is definitely one of them, but I also really like the Turkish edition and the French one. My least favourite is probably the Japanese edition. Anyway I’m excited to get to the book itself. It’s a pretty short book so I am sure I will be able to get to it by the end of the year. Have you guys read this book? Which edition is your favourite? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next.

 

Pippa

 

 

5 things I love to do other than reading

Hi guys I hope you are all well. Today I thought I would do something a little different and share some things that I love doing other than reading. I don’t know if any of you are interested but this is for anyone who may want to get to know me a little better. So I guess I’ll get straight into it.
  1. Singing – I have always loved singing, or at least as long as I can remember I have. Now I don’t think I’m any good at it but I still love it.
  2. Baking – I remember making chocolate brownies with my mum and sister when I was younger and I have loved baking ever since. My most recent bake was a banana loaf with chocolate. I also enjoy cooking.
  3. Watching TV/films – there are some fantastic TV shows and films out there and I love curling up on the sofa to a good show/film. Some favourite TV shows include the West Wing, NCIS and Orphan Black. Some favourite films include Howl’s Moving Castle, Don’t Say a Word and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
  4. Blogging – as much as I would love to call this my job I can’t because I’m not being paid to do it, so it’s currently just a hobby. I have loved starting this blog though and I look forward to continuing with it.
  5. Video games – again I think I’m rubbish at these but I still enjoy playing them. We’ve always been a Playstation household and I also have a Nintendo 3DS. Some of my favourite games include Horizon: Zero Dawn, Tomb Raider, Pokemon games (favourite Pokemon game is probably soulsilver), Zelda games (favourite Zelda game is Ocarina of Time), Uncharted games and the Jak and Daxter games.

 

I had one of those times where my mind went completely blank while writing this :). Fortunately I got there in the end. I hope you guys don’t mind these more personal posts. What do you love doing other than reading? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

UK vs US Book Covers Part 2

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Since my last UK vs US book covers did quite well, I thought it was about time for another one. I actually struggled a bit finding some of these covers to compare but I got there in the end :). There are so many fantastic covers out there and I quite enjoyed doing this first part, so I decided to do it again. I think there will be more parts to this in the future too. Let’s get started.

 

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – This one has to go to the UK edition. I love the design of the UK editions of Sanderson books – they are seriously amazing and look so good all together. I am also never really a fan of people on the cover.

 

 

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – This one is a tricky one as I really like both, but I think I’m going to go with the US edition. There’s just something about it that I like more and I think it lends itself to the story a little better.

 

 

Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher – I’m giving this one to the UK cover. As I’ve already mention I’m never a big fan of people on the cover and I just prefer the UK covers. Side note this is a really good fantasy series that I feel is pretty underrated.

 

 

Borne by Jeff Vandermeer – Both of these lend themselves to the weirdness of this book, but I definitely prefer the US edition for this one. I love the colours and the font, although I do like the UK version too.

 

 

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – This has to go to the UK cover – I seriously love this one so much. The blue is amazing and I love the illustration of the moth. There’s something about the yellow of the US cover that doesn’t work quite as well.

 

There you have it – some awesome UK and US book covers. I’d love to do another one of these post so if you guys have any recommendations of book covers to compare then please let me know. I hope you are all having a fantastic day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

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!

 

Hi guys I hope you are all well. I started off this month with a pretty great read, which was A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. I’ve had it on my TBR for quite some time so I finally decided to pick it up this month. Anyway, I am currently reading two books – the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain and Accusation by Bandi. The first is my classic pick of the month and to be honest I struggled a little to get into it. I think I found the writing and the language a little tricky to get into but after a couple of chapters I settled into it. I am currently just under 200 pages through and while I am liking it I am not loving it. The second one I am dipping in and out of as it is a collection of stories smuggled out of North Korea. So far it is fantastic (and pretty scary) and definitely well worth a read. I also have some books lined up that I may pick up next – A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley, The Empress of Bright Moon by Weina dai Randal, The Tigers Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera and Servant of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts. Obviously I won’t be able to read all of these but I kind of want to… so wish me luck :).

 

What are you guys reading right now? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

5 Sequels I’m Waiting For.

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Today I thought I would share 5 sequels I’m impatiently waiting for. These are books that have no release date, although there is one that the release date keeps being pushed back. I am very excited for whenever these books are released, hopefully sooner rather than later :). Most of these are fantasy sequels – what a surprise :).  Let’s get started.
  1. The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel – third and final book in the Cromwell trilogy.
  2. Doors of Stone by Patrick Rothfuss – third and final book in the Kingkiller Chronicles
  3. Nightblood by Brandon Sanderson – sequel to Warbreaker 
  4. The Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch – fourth book in the Gentleman Bastards Sequence
  5. A untitled fifth book of the Inheritance cycle by Christopher Paolini

 

Hopefully we won’t have to wait to much longer for these books to be released, but I’m sure the wait means the books will be the best they possibly can be. What book are you impatiently waiting for? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

My Bullet Journal: Six Months On

Hi guys, how are you all? I hope you’ve had a nice beginning of July. I have to admit that I’m kind of impatiently waiting for the start of autumn now 🙂 – I’m not a summer person really. Anyway, today I thought I would revisit my bullet journal with you guys. At the beginning of the year I showed you my bullet journal and I thought now that I’ve been using it for around six months I would share how I’ve got on with it. Also I apologise in advance for the lighting in some of these photos but it was natural lighting so there isn’t alot I can do about it. Let’s get started.
The first two pages are pretty self explanatory – there my 2017 resolutions and a year at a glance page which contains birthdays and holiday dates. The next pages (pictured below) are all blog related. The first is a stats tracker for my blog, Instagram and twitter accounts. I know it’s not all about numbers but it’s nice to see some growth. Next I have a blog post ideas page. I like to be able to come up with new content so this is the place I come up with ideas – although I’m a little bit stuck with ideas at the moment. I then have a blog and YouTube post tracker, as you can see I’ve been pretty inconsistent with my YouTube posts – I’m still trying to get the hang of it. I also have a page set up to track my goodreads challenge and a place to note down my favourite books.
My next pages are all monthly spreads to keep track of all things blog related. I like having it all in one place for me to see. After that I have a place to note down my monthly posts, tbrs and videos as well as a possible daily plan for my Instagram account, although I don’t always stick to it :). Blue ink indicates blog posts, green indicates a YouTube post and black indicates a personal thing. Also a orange dot shows it’s written and scheduled, and once it’s posted I’ll tick it with a red pen.
After all of my monthly spreads I have a page to keep track of my TBR books, although I haven’t been great at keeping this up to date. Then I have a couple of pages dedicated to my anticipated releases of 2017 whether it’s books, films or games. There’s a lot of great stuff coming out this year and I like to keep track of it all.
Next up I have a page to note down any new favourites, whether it’s food, skincare, games etc, for possible posts in the future. Then I have a spread for my mental health tracker. I split these pages into four for each month, so I can note down how the overall month has been for my mental health and how I’ve been feeling. After that I have a fitness tracker. I’ve been trying to be more active this year so this is a great way of keeping track of that – as you can see it is colour coded depending on activity.  I also have a spread to keep track of all the films that I have seen this year.
The next page is a bucket list type page – things I want to learn, places I want to visit, things to see etc. As you can see I then have a page to note down any big moments of 2017 and opposite that a page that reminds me of a few things when you are feeling a bit down. Next I have a place to note down the dates of posting certain posts – just so I know what I’m posting and when. Opposite that I have an Instagram tracker, which is pretty self explanatory. I keep track of when I am posting on Instagram. Then I have a brain dump spread, which is again self explanatory. The next page allows me to plan for future recommendation posts and on the opposite page I’ve noted down all of the authors I’ve talked about so far on my blog in author explorations. The penultimate spread has a page dedicated to my progress on my unfinished series and a place to note down my favourite and disappointing books of 2017. Finally I have a rough packing list for Crete and on the opposite page a couple of quotes – one from J. R. R. Tolkien and the other from Aubrey Hepburn.

 

That is all I have to share with you guys today. I hope some of found this a little interesting. I have to say I have really enjoyed using my bullet journal and will definitely be continuing on with it. Do you guys use a bullet journal? What do you think? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Favourite Films

Hi guys how are you? To be honest with you guys I wasn’t sure what to post today so I thought I’d talk about some of my favourite films. You’re probably aware that I love reading 🙂 but I also love watching films and I’ve got quite a few favourites. I have already talked about some of my favourite films here and I’ve done a post about three of my favourite Studio Ghibli films, which you can check out here. Let’s get started.
  1. Mulan – directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook – this is a Disney classic and by far my favourite Disney film. The live action Mulan film (2009) is also great, but darker.
  2. The Dark Night trilogy – directed by Christopher Nolan – all of these films are so good and I’ve seen each at least twice.
  3. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen – directed Lasse Hallström – this is just such an enjoyable film and would definitely recommend if you’re looking for a new rom-com to watch.
  4. Pitch Perfect – directed by Jason Moore – again this is such an enjoyable and fun film to watch. I love singing so I love that aspect of it and it’s pretty funny. I will say the second, while still good, was a little disappointing.
  5. Star Trek films – first and second films directed by J. J. Abrams and the third is directed by Justin Lin – I love these films and always look out for any new releases. The characters are great, the action is fantastic and there so enjoyable to watch.

 

I love watching films, so I’m always on the lookout for more to watch. These are some of my favourites I’ve found so far – there are more that I could talk about but I’ll leave it at that for now. What are some of your favourite films? I’d love to know. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa