Book Blogger Hop

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This is my first time taking part in the Book Blogger Hop, hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer.

This week’s question: Do you give books as gifts?

My Answer: Yes! Although not as often as I probably could.

I have quite a few friends and family who love to read, yet thinking about it now I don’t give them books as gifts very often.  I should change that! (This Christmas sounds like an expensive one for heavy book shipping now hehe.)

I’m part of a street team for an author, and every year we do a Secret Santa book swap between ourselves – to each send a copy of our favourite book to the random name we draw. It’s a lot of fun and I know the people I’ve sent books to have been excited to try new authors. Likewise for me when I receive my gift!  Last year I sent The Girl With All The Gifts (Amazon), and this year I’m still undecided on what to send – but there is a lot of year left before Christmas (thankfully!).

As it’s my first time taking part in this hop I’m not sure what else I should write… So i’m going to check out the other hoppers before I start babbling, and hopefully I’ll be more prepared next time hehe!

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February Book Haul

How is it the middle of February already?! Things have been really busy here – we’re moving soon and the preparations for that have been taking up a lot of time. We were worried about being able to sell the house with such short notice but…it sold in just 7 days! Woo! Now comes all the paperwork, and then packing, and moving, and oh-my-god-we’re-moving-soon! 😮

My book buying has been reined in, so we don’t have even more books to pack/ship. But I couldn’t resist getting a few.

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  1. Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies, and Revolution by Laurie Penny. Amazon | Book Depository
  2. Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton. Amazon | Book Depository
  3. The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant by Joanna Wiebe. Amazon | Book Depository
  4. Double Life by S. Usher Evans. Amazon | Book Depository

My YouTube channel is taking off, which is really exciting! If you haven’t checked it out yet, here’s a video where I talk about this book haul in more detail. I’d love to hear what you think 🙂

I also got the cutest journal as a going away present from some friends. I’m not sure what I’ll use it for yet – I’ve never been big on journaling (I know, that’s weird coming from a blogger) – but I like the idea of it being somewhere to document new discoveries I make in America. Which is definitely an adventure!

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Well, back to packing for me (such fun times here right now lol)! As usual I’ll be taking part in Stacking The Shelves, and The Sunday Post – check out some of the other posts to find great reads 🙂

I purchased these books with my own money, and received no compensation for my honest opinion.
I am a Book Depository and Amazon Associate, and I receive a small commission if you use my link.

Christmas Book Haul and Goodreads Reading Challenge 2016

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How is it 2016 already?!

Brian and I had a fun Christmas and New Year – the first in our new house! We just stayed at home, cooked lovely food and bought some new games in the Steam Winter Sale. We had some lovely Blanc de Bleu blueberry “champagne” for New Year’s Eve – how gorgeous is that bottle!

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What did you all get up to over the holiday season? And what fun presents did you get? I only got a few books as gifts, but they look like good ones. I can’t wait to read them!

DarkLoverDark Lover by J. R. Ward

The only purebred vampire left on the planet and the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who killed his parents centuries ago. But when his most trusted fighter is killed—orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or her fate—Wrath must put down his dagger and usher the beautiful female into another world.

Racked by a restlessness in her body that wasn’t there before, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her at night with shadows in his eyes. His tales of the Brotherhood and blood frighten her. Yet his touch ignites a dawning new hunger—one that threatens to consume them both….
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I haven’t read anything by this author before but it definitely sounds like my kind of series! The next two on this list are the next two from this same Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I can’t wait to read them!  This is book one and at the time of writing this it’s only $4.92 on Amazon (almost half price!) if you’re intrigued by these books too 🙂

LoverEternalLover Eternal by J. R. Ward

Within the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Rhage is the warrior vampire with the strongest appetites. He’s the deadliest fighter, the most voracious lover, the quickest to act on his impulses. He’s also been cursed with two hundred years of hell. Possessed by a beast, he lives in fear of the times when his inner dragon comes out and he’s a danger to everyone around him.

Mary Luce has unwittingly found herself in the vampire world, and under Rhage’s protection. With her own life-threatening curse to bear, she’s not looking for love. Besides, she’s stopped believing in saving grace and miracles long ago. But when Rhage’s intense sexual attraction turns into emotional bonding, he knows he must have her for his mate. As their enemies close in, Mary finds herself praying for something she fears she’ll never have: life eternal with the one she loves.
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Lover Eternal is book two in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series…

loverAwakenedLover Awakened by J. R. Ward

A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion and terror his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful female from the evil Lessening Society.

Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for each other begins to overtake them, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past and find a future with her….
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And Lover Awakened is book three! I think the series continues on with more books, it isn’t just a trilogy.

CowsInActionCows In Action: The Victorian Moo-ders by Steve Cole

Genius cow Professor McMoo and his trusty sidekicks, Pat and Bo, are star agents of the C.I.A. – short for COWS IN ACTION! They travel through time, fighting evil bulls from the future and keeping history on the right track …There’s DANGER in Victorian England! Important gentleman gardeners are VANISHING one by one – moo-dered by a mysterious GHOSTLY cow. Why is this F.B.I. phantom attacking plant experts? McMoo, Pat and Bo RACE back to the time of soot, steam and AMAZING inventions to find out …but can even they save QUEEN VICTORIA from the most terrifying TER-MOO-NATOR ever built?
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This is a jokey gift from my Mom because I’ve always loved cows – they’re so adorable and inquisitive. It’s book 9 in a series of children’s books and at the time of writing this it’s only 49c on Amazon!

Also I’ve decided to take part in my first ever reading challenge – the Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge. All you do is pledge how many books you’re challenging yourself to read during the year, then try to reach that goal. I’ve set my goal at 30 books (2.5 a month) because I know we have some big things happening later this year and I might not get enough reading time. But hopefully I’ll reach my goal, and even surpass it!

Are you taking part in the Goodreads challenge? Or any other fun reading challenges?

I also made a new YouTube video of this Christmas haul, if you like to watch booktube videos. I definitely appreciate the support for my channel so far 🙂

As usual I’ll be taking part in Stacking The Shelves, and The Sunday Post – check out some of the other posts to find great reads 🙂

These books were Christmas presents, and I received no compensation for my honest opinion.
I am a Book Depository and Amazon affiliate, and I receive a small commission if you use my link.

Black Friday Book Haul

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So my great Black Friday book buys took forever (ok, it was only 3 weeks but it felt like forever) to get here! But now I can hug them, and love them, and curl up to read them complete with a hot chocolate…in 75F Florida heat. Seriously Florida, did you not get the memo that it’s DECEMBER lol!

I’ve also made a video about this book haul, so feel free to check that out 🙂

I got three books from Amazon, and two from Book Depository in the Black Friday sales. The latter were slightly better discounts, but they took the longest to arrive. I think if you’re in England then Book Depository purchases would ship much quicker than they do to those of us outside of the UK.

theDevilYouKnowThe Devil You Know by Mike Carey

Felix Castor is a freelance exorcist, and London is his stamping ground. It may seem like a good ghostbuster can charge what he likes and enjoy a hell of a lifestyle–but there’s a risk: Sooner or later he’s going to take on a spirit that’s too strong for him. While trying to back out of this ill-conceived career, Castor accepts a seemingly simple ghost-hunting case at a museum in the shadowy heart of London–just to pay the bills, you understand. But what should have been a perfectly straightforward exorcism is rapidly turning into the Who Can Kill Castor First Show, with demons and ghosts all keen to claim the big prize. That’s OK: Castor knows how to deal with the dead. It’s the living who piss him off…

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I read another book by Mike Carey (written as M R Carey) called The Girl With All The Gifts, and it was so well written I put his other books on my wishlist right away! I’ve only just got around to buying this one though, but I’m looking forward to reading it.

redQueenRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood–those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard–a growing Red rebellion–even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

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Red Queen has been doing the rounds on book blogs and it sounds really interesting!

InkAndBoneInk And Bone by Rachel Caine

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…

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I’ve read other books by Rachel Caine and this sounds great! The cover is also beautiful – it’s the UK cover, so if you’re in the US you might want to order from Book Depository, or find another way for a UK copy – the US cover isn’t as pretty, in my opinion.

nightvaleWelcome To Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge.

Nineteen-year-old Night Vale pawn shop owner Jackie Fierro is given a paper marked “KING CITY” by a mysterious man in a tan jacket holding a deer skin suitcase. Everything about him and his paper unsettles her, especially the fact that she can’t seem to get the paper to leave her hand, and that no one who meets this man can remember anything about him. Jackie is determined to uncover the mystery of King City and the man in the tan jacket before she herself unravels.

Night Vale PTA treasurer Diane Crayton’s son, Josh, is moody and also a shape shifter. And lately Diane’s started to see her son’s father everywhere she goes, looking the same as the day he left years earlier, when they were both teenagers. Josh, looking different every time Diane sees him, shows a stronger and stronger interest in his estranged father, leading to a disaster Diane can see coming, even as she is helpless to prevent it.

Diane’s search to reconnect with her son and Jackie’s search for her former routine life collide as they find themselves coming back to two words: “KING CITY”. It is King City that holds the key to both of their mysteries, and their futures…if they can ever find it.

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Welcome To Night Vale is also a podcast that I enjoy – if you haven’t heard it and you like podcasts you should definitely check it out. It’s a lot of fun!

wickedAndDivineThe Wicked And The Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans.
They are loved.
They are hated.
In two years, they are dead.

The team behind critically thermonuclear floor-fillers Young Avengers and Phonogram reunite to start a new, ongoing, superhero fantasy with a beautiful, oversized issue. Welcome to The Wicked + The Divine, where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.

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This is actually my first ever graphic novel purchase! If you’re a noob like me, I’ve been told this is a great one for beginners to delve into. It definitely sounds intriguing, and the graphics are beautiful.

With Christmas and New Year coming up (how did that happen?!) I’m hoping to get a lot of reading done. My TBR shelf is already overflowing and I need to make some space for more books…and more…and more… *maniacal laughter*

Ahem.

As usual I’ll be taking part in Stacking The Shelves, and The Sunday Post – check out some of the other posts to find great reads 🙂

I purchased these books with my own money, and received no compensation for my honest review.
I am a Book Depository and Amazon affiliate, and I receive a small commission if you use my link.

November Book Haul!

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I’m taking part in NaNoWriMo this year. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s an annual writing challenge (National Novel Writing Month) where you write 50k words of a novel/novella/whatever during the month of November. I’ve taken part every so often since 2005 – some years winning, some years failing miserably!

This year I’m a little behind, but on track to win. I hope. What I forgot though is that winning NaNoWriMo means you get to have no life! Hence the lack of blog posts. Sorry! I’ve managed my time a little better now – no forward planning on my part – and now have some blogging time as well as furiously writing NaNoWriMo catch up words.

Also, I made my first ever YouTube video! Well, the first one with me in it and not just the dog or a bunch of cute kittens hehe. It’s a BookTube video of my November book haul, let me know what you think!

On to the books themselves. It’s been a slow book buying month, but I’m really looking forward to reading these three.

DevilWhiteCityThe Devil In The White City by Erik Larson

Erik Larson—author of #1 bestseller In the Garden of Beasts—intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World’s Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction.

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The Devil In The White City is the book for Book Club this month. I’m really intrigued and can’t wait to read it!

MagicBreaksMagic Breaks (Kate Daniels book 7) by Ilona Andrews

As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, but she must now deal with the affairs of the Pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel, ancient being with godlike powers.

As Roland’s long shadow looms ever nearer, Kate is called to attend a gathering of leaders from Atlanta’s supernatural factions. When one of the Masters of the Dead is found murdered by a shapeshifter, Kate is given less than twenty-four hours to hunt down the killer. And this time, if she fails, she’ll find herself embroiled in a war that could destroy everything she holds dear…
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I love Ilona Andrews work, and the Kate Daniels series is just fantastic – the world building alone is amazing. I’m a bit behind on the series so I’m looking forward to catching up with this one.

ScarletScarlet (Lunar Chronicles book 2) by Marissa Meyer

Cinder is back and trying to break out of prison―even though she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive if she does―in this second installment from Marissa Meyer.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother, or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana.
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I read Cinder (book 1) a while ago and had to take a break from the series – it was good, but frustrating. I really do want to read more though, so I’m giving Scarlet a go and hopefully the frustrations from book one have been taken out of book two.

So that’s my round up this week! As usual I’ll be taking part in Stacking The Shelves, and The Sunday Post – check out some of the other posts to find great reads 🙂

I purchased these books with my own money, and received no compensation for my honest opinion.
I am a Book Depository and Amazon affiliate, and I receive a small commission if you use my link.