Joining The Pre-Ordering Wagon

I have never been hyped about a book enough to warrant even thinking about preordering it…

 I know. I know. Awful, flawed human being that I am I have just never sat and thought “hmm, that book is going to be absolutely amazing, I can tell already let me just go on Amazon/TheBookDepository/Waterstones.com and….” yeah, no – that has never happened. I mean, of

I mean, of course, I do read ARCs that are at times incredibly amusing and I can tell that the proper edition of the book will be amazing, and I can tell that it will eventually end up in my little collection (by little I mean spanning approximately half of my bedroom wall) and yet I was never tempted enough to pre-order it early, even when there were numerous mentions of SWAG and other benefits… Pre-ordering? Not for me.

Or so I thought…

Until this mother trucker came along:

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Image credits to Hodder & Stoughton

 

Could I resist the blue sprayed edges? The gold foil? The premise of the book?

Absolutely not. I didn’t even try – I knew I had to have it the moment I first lay my eyes on it, and I was going to do anything to get it too (and I mean anything).

This sudden newfound resolve to acquire the book by any means necessary wasn’t helped by the fact that I found out I’d have the opportunity to meet the author on her UK tour, this just fueled my excitement even more, because I’d get to meet the creator of some kick-ass books. I’m currently on a re-read of The Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and am planning to read the other two in the trilogy as well as Strange The Dreamer before seeing her – perhaps big goals for someone who barely reads anymore, but we can dream – eh?

So yes, I have finally gotten rid of my prejudice towards pre-ordering books AND I’m going to an author event (which is a rare occurrence, usually happening somewhat biannually?) both of which I’m really excited about, so that’s something I wanted to share.

Have you read any of Laini Taylor’s works?  Better yet, have you been one of the lucky few to read Strange the Dreamer early? Are you also going to meet her (I’ll be going to the London event if anyone is going too) or have met her in the past? Drop me a comment 🙂

Great Big Summer Wrap-Up!!

MY LIFE THIS SUMMER

I think it’s safe to say that this summer has actually been the best summer I have experienced in a loooooooooooooooooooong while.

I had a wonderful time in Poland and managed not to get lost on the way there and back – which I found quite admirable on my part, because it was my first time flying somewhere alone – (planes, you better be aware I am no longer terrified of you).

I enjoyed the natural beauty of my childhood home and revisited an old passion of mine, namely horse-riding; and now wish that it was slightly less expensive to continue riding in this country, because prices here are ridiculous in comparison…

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But this is the sort of thing that I was allowed to see pretty much on a day to day basis seeing as I can’t actually count the number of times I visited the many lakes in the area which makes me want to return to it sooner than it’s probably possible. 

BUT I DO HAVE TO SAY THAT THIS HOLIDAY HAS MADE ME EXTREMELY LAZY WHEN IT COMES TO THIS BLOG. 

And for that I am sorry, and I promise to be a good potato blogger now and post regularly. Or at least try a lot harder to not allow any doubts I may have about the existence of this blog get in my way of doing this. Because in all fairness, I do love writing this blog; it has changed my life – maybe not hugely, but I am now much more confident as a person, but have also had the chance to meet so many amazing people – one of those being one of my ultimate favourite authors whose books are complete auto-reads for me. Namely JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT herself thanks to the Chapter 5 Proof Party.

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My photos with my beloved authors always end up looking a bit dodgy, but what gives.

So yes, I met THE QUEEN and creator of the books that have captured my heart. (Can we also talk about how she wrote a book in 7 days!!!???? I mean,  when I asked her about it she said it was largely caffeine fueled but that’s still a lot to write in a week. Especially something that was that good!) She was also kind enough to sign a pile of about 10 books for me, because she is truly the epitome of awesome 🙂

There were also cupcakes with JLA’s boys’ faces on them, and holy Daemon babies everywhere, they were amazing!

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So yes, this summer has been amazing, but now school starts in what is now basically 5 days, and I am getting ready for the onslaught of work that A Levels will bring!

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Especially after getting the grades I needed to get into my chosen subjects, namely Chemistry, Biology, Maths and French…. I’m not sure if those choices will be something I will be regretting but we’ll see how it goes in the next few weeks and I’m hoping this year will continue to treat me well.


MY SUMMER IN BOOKS

READ: 20% of my Goodreads goal (10 Books)

  • The Deviants by C.J Skuse
  • Replica by Lauren Oliver
  • The Prophecy of Shadows (Elementals #1) by Michelle Madow
  • City in Embers by Stacey Marie Brown
  • The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  • If I Should Remember by K.D Van Brunt
  • The entire  Unbecoming of Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkins
  • The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

Currently Reading:

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Which has somewhat been disappointing so far, but I guess I will finish it seeing as my Kindle informs me I have about 15 mins of reading left in it. 

Received/bought:

So I did break my requesting/buying book ban a wee bit during these past few weeks, but I felt the need to because I was given the opportunity to review titles such as Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven and Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz.

And of course, the budget I was given on holiday also allowed for me to come back with 6 books (well, 3 of which were technically the Wreck This Box set, which included the insanely popular Wreck This Journal I have been meaning to get for a while).

But I do plan to cut back on requesting once again for a while, mainly because my shelves are getting worryingly full and I will soon just end up with stacks of books everywhere which won’t please any of the inhabitants in my house.

Have you read any of the books above? Or perhaps want to recommend any of your Summer reads for me to read this month – drop me a comment below:)

“There’s so much gray to every story—nothing is so black and white.”
Lisa Ling

A Howler’s Party

Those of you who follow me on Twitter may already be aware that the 22nd of February had been a great day. Those of you who don’t and have somehow missed the hype of Pierce Brown’s first UK tour (we’ve all missed something once or twice) are probably sitting there putting the two together right now.

You would be right to assume that I was one of the many who got to meet the man in the flesh, but one of the few that were invited to the Howler Party hosted at the Hodder & Stoughton HQ itself which in itself was incredible because obviously… BOOKS!

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And look at the pretty view it boasted! (photo creds to my father who begrudgingly attended the party with me)

 

So I had never been to a book launch type party before (or any author event actually) and it was painfully obvious that I was the youngest in attendance, both of which equated to a very awkward first 30 minutes of me standing around doing not much at all (if nearly crying from awkwardness and fright counts as nothing) I finally got the courage to go up to the rather large table with a plethora of things on its surface…. pens, funky pieces of paper where you could write the reasons why you loved the series (which of course was everything because it is an amazing trilogy with very little fault to it) and TEMPORARY TATTOOS. Yes, you read that right – a bunch of very mature, (for the most part) adults at a party where temporary tattoos were available – and boy, was everyone excited.

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No… I wasn’t joking

So there was me, the socially awkward potato writing my reason for loving the series (which was Sevro…. amongst other things of course, like the impeccable writing style) and Pierce himself walks up to me… and starts doodling an arrow dripping blood over the heart that I so artistically added to my wonky handwriting…. I totally didn’t panic.

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He stated that it was simply what Sevro would do… and I do wholeheartedly agree!

After a bit of a chat I slowly edged away to allow myself to stop internally squealing (because joy ensues when you meet one of your ultimate favourite authors… believe me) and somehow continued to be a carrot in the corner of the room. That was until I gathered up sufficient courage to go beyond my comfort zone and go up to a group of people who looked like they would  judge me the least for having the social grace of Beast at the beginning of Beauty and the Beast. BEST DECISION EVER!

 We hit off  almost immediately which only seemed to prove to me the welcoming nature of the book blogging community. I want to take a minute to thank them for making my night memorable and so, so much more fun – I don’t think I would have lasted very long at the party without Sally (@TheDarkDictator… although it will always be TheDuckDictator from now on and I’m only partially sorry), Dani (@dani_reviews), Anissa (@anissareads – who introduced me to her bookish subscription box Fairy Loot which I have been considering ordering because of the funky stuff included in it!), Chantelle (@oh_thestories) and many others including Daphne, the owner of Illumicrate and no other but the author, Non Pratt – who was lovely and gave some kick-ass advice when it came to writing, inspiring me to dig out the largely unfinished manuscript hiding under my bed in hope of finishing it one day. I can only hope that I will be able to see them again in the near (after exam) future!

Sally and I then went up to Pierce to ask to get my books signed, as well as take some photos at which point I also decided to sort of… kind of… maybe… berate him for something he did in Morning Star that greatly displeased and hurt me, but also told him that I was also glad he fixed it in the way that he did because I couldn’t have forgiven him otherwise because I nearly yelled at my father on the way to the party  (at which point I got a fist-bump). Instead of becoming inarticulate like I pictured myself being around authors, I did the complete opposite and continued to gush over the series; Pierce somehow didn’t tell me to stop butt-licking him but actually seemed genuine in telling me that my words meant a lot to him. Then came photo time, and luckily Sally’s photo skills were much better than mine, as were her ‘steal Pierce’s drink’ skills which were quite funny to observe.

The night overran for what I presume was much more than the extra hour that I stayed – and yet Pierce was nothing but patient and kind in his encounters with everyone, answering each and every question with care, including mine which involved some perverted unicorns which was of course the most normal thing I could have asked, but hey ho, right?

The night was a huge success so I’d like to say a big thank you to Hodderscape for inviting me to the wonderful evening and giving me the chance to meet some of the loveliest people I’ve met to date!

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Pierce and I – photo creds to Sally

My Rating of the night: 1000/5 Stars 

“Hic sunt leones”

-House Augustus