TBR List – The continuation

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Timehop reminded me of this post the other day that I made this massive list a year ago and then kind of never looked at it again but I did add to the list funnily enough. So I figured I would give it a little revamp. I’m still capping it at 100 because otherwise it will just go on for too damn long.

So, the books I’ve read in the last year:

1) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Official Script

2) Scrappy Little Nobody – Anna Kendrick

3) Our Chemical Hearts – Krystal Sutherland

4) Summer Days and Summer Nights – Stephanie Perkins

 

5) Only Dull People Are Brilliant at Breakfast – Oscar Wilde

6) And I Darken – Kiersten White

7) The Mortal Instruments – Cassandra Clare

8) The Infernal Devices – Cassandra Clare

9) All My Friends are Superheroes – Andrew Kauffman

That is not as many as I thought…dammit. Now, I’ve eliminated all the ones that are now currently scheduled to be read this year (of which there are now 22 books remaining) and so my new 100 (that’s not even 100 because there are so many damn book series’ on it…) TBR list is:

1) Everything leads to you – Nina lacour

2) Luckiest Girl Alive – Jessica Knoll

3) The Illuminae Files – Amie Kaufman

4) Starbound Trilogy – Amie Kaufman

5) The Firebird Trilogy – Claudia Gray

6) Not Working – Lisa Owens

7) The Captive Prince Trilogy – C.S Pascat

8) The Raven Cycle series – Maggie Stiefvater

9) Radio Silence – Alice Oseman

10) Internment Chronicles – Lauren DeStefano

11) Rebel Belle – Rachel Hawkins

12) Asking For It – Louise O’Neill

13) M Train – Patti Smith

14) After You – Jojo Moyes

15) Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari

16) Why Not Me? – Mindy Kaling

17) Trigger Warning – Neil Gaiman (I’m gonna run out of Gaiman books at some point)

18) The Lunar Chronicles – Marissa Meyer

19) East of Eden – John Steinbeck

20) Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott

21) A Single Man – Christopher Isherwood

22) His Dark Materials trilogy – Phillip Pullman

23) The Defining Decade- Meg Jay

24) The Marriage Plot – Jeffery Eugenides

25) The Art of Asking – Amanda Palmer

26) The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

27) The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

28) The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom

29) The Opposite of Loneliness – Marina Keegan

30) My Year With Eleanor – Noelle Hancock

31) Love Letters to the Dead – Ava Dellaira

32) Reunion – Hannah Pittard

33) J – Howard Jacobson

34) Ordinary People – Judith Guest

35) Life – Keith Richards

36) The Princess Bride – William Goldman

37) Only Ever Yours – Louise O’Neill

38) Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert

39) Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer

40) It’s Not Me, It’s You – Mhairi McFarlane

41) Horns – Joe Hill

42) Legend Series – Marie Lu

43) Throne of Glass Series – Sarah J Mass

44) Illusions of Fate – Kiersten White

45) Red Queen Series – Victoria Aveyard

46) Solitaire – Alice Oseman

47 ) Dangerous Boys – Abigail Haas

48) Dangerous Girls – Abigail Haas

49) The Martian – Andy Weir

50) The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling

51) Far From The Madding Crow – Thomas Hardy

52) Child 44 – Tom Rob Smith

53) In the Heart of the Sea – Nathaniel Philbrick

54) The D.U.F.F – Kody Keplinger

55) Still Alice – Lisa Genova

56) All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

57) The Beautiful and the Damned – F Scott Fitzgerald – I am also officially extending this to anything that I haven’t read by Fitzgerald, which may actually also include a re-read of Tender is the Night without the English student gaze.

58) World War Z – Max Brooks

59) It – Stephen King – I discovered just how big this book was when I looked it up after watching the trailer for the new film…I am now more concerned about tackling this.

60) In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

61) Invisible Monsters Remix – Chuck Palahniuk

62) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon

63) Kurt Vonnegurt’s anything.

64) Brick Lane – Monica Ali

65) One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Marquez Garcia

66) A Spot of Bother – Mark Haddon

67) Lolito – Ben Brooks

68) How to Lose Friends and Alienate People – Toby Young

69) Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

70) Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

71) The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway

72) Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison

73) The Rachel Papers – Martin Amis

74) Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace

75) White Teeth – Zadie Smith

76) Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin

77) Stargirl – Jerry Spinelli

78) The Boyfriend List – E Lockhart

79) Q: A Love Story – Evan Mandery

80) Anything Ian McEwan that I haven’t already read

81) The Help – Kathyrn Stockett

82) To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

83) Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier

84) London Fields – Martin Amis

85) I Love Dick – Chris Kraus

86) A Girl is a Half Formed Thing – Eimear McBride

87) We Were Liars – E Lockhart

88) Now I Rise – Kiersten White

89) Rebel of the Sands triolgy – Alwyn Hamilton

90) The Curses – Laure Eve

91) Love Letters to the Dead – Ava Dellaria

92) Beautiful Broken Things – Sara Bernard

93) Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty

94) Girl Up – Laura Bates

95) Everyday Sexism – Laura Bates

96)  It’s Called A Break Up Because It’s Broken – Greg Behrendt

97) Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk

98) Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn

99) The Girl of Ink and Stars – Kiran Millwood Hargrave

100) A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E Schwab – And the series that accompanies it.

I really do not want to know how many books this list actually includes when I break it all down. This list just keeps on getting longer and longer and I had honestly forgotten about so many of them. And I’m also still always adding to it and I’m on a book buying ban right now still. And, and, and…

So many books.

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More About Me

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I find that when all else fails the easiest thing to do when you’re a bit stuck is to just talk about yourself. I like to think that myself is a topic I am good at talking about…(I’m not, I actually avoid it all costs).

I was just doing a bit of blog reading last night (finally) and came across this and well I also love an open invitation because it gives me an idea! And I am really running out of those right now…So I’m talking about myself kind of, what I’m actually doing is responding to 11 questions in my usual rambling fashion.

1) When was the last time you laughed? What at?

I am currently listening to My Dad Wrote a Porno as I am writing this post up, so that was the last thing I laughed at.

2) What’s the weather like where you are? How does it affect you?

It’s really fucking hot I cannot lie. My office is stuffy as hell and then going outside is somehow like sweet relief even though it’s 30 degrees or some shit. And then trains are a nightmare to deal with because there is almost no ventilation on them and I travel in rush hour. And dressing for this weather, ugh that’s nigh on impossible because the heat makes me want to wear as little as possible, but I work in an office and that’s not appropriate so…I mean on the one hand I like it because it’s summer but on the other I miss my black skinny jeans…

3) What thoughts keep you awake at night?

What doesn’t keep me awake at night?? I mean work, what I have to do, trying to remember if I’m going to the gym the next day and have to source some work out wear, sometimes I have some other ideas for things and then I start wondering if I can be bothered to reach for my phone and type them down, then I start wondering how long it’s going to take to fall asleep. The list goes on, my mind goes into total overdrive as I get into bed.

4) What conversations do you avoid?

Conversations about myself and things that involve feelings and the such.

5) If you were invisible for a week, what would you do?

Fucking nothing. I would just hide somewhere and be. Which is a really boring answer, but what else can you really do without being incredibly creepy? Also I live in London so going anywhere when invisible is a terrible idea, it’s better to be seen.

6) What’s the oddest thing you’ve ever seen? (Things on the internet don’t count)

I work in East London, I see a lot of weird shit. But obviously I cannot think of a single odd thing that I’ve seen, but there’s been some odd stuff.

7) If you could live the life of any character in a novel, who would it be?

I read so many damn books how can I only pick one??? At the moment I’ll go Elizabeth Bennett, but the Elizabeth Bennett that gets Colin Firth’s Mr Darcy…

8) When do you feel most alive?

When I start a new book and have no idea what is about to be unveiled to me. And eating a really good burger.

9) You can have a penfriend from any time in history, who would it be? What kind of letters would you write?

It would be Oscar Wilde and honestly I don’t even know what I would write about, but I feel like his would be full of all kinds of flowery imagery and language and I am here for it.

10) Do you ever feel like you haven’t a clue what you’re doing and you’re about to be found out? What makes you feel like that?

Errr, my job makes me feel like that. I feel someone is gonna be like, ‘um excuse me you are way too young to be holding that much responsibility, what do you think you’re doing?’

11) Would you like your home country to introduce basic income (everybody gets paid enough to live on whether they work or not)? How would it change your life?

I think yeah a basic level income would be good, but not necessarily for people who don’t work…I mean the State here is pretty decent from what I know of it, but I don’t have much interaction with that part of it. Either way, I currently have a full time job so it wouldn’t change my life that much. But yeah, a wage with which you could actually live on seems to be a thing that everyone should have access to.

And that’s me just rambling on about some random shit…

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Four Favourites

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I am for sure a little bit more over the place than usual with these posts I am very well aware but I’m just going where the inspiration takes me…and today it has taken me to talk about some of my favourites in the entertainment sphere of things (Again, I got this from a prompt from The SITs Girls, but I modified it slightly and this is where we are at).

Film, TV and music make up a lot of my life, especially music actually and I am also terrible at picking favourites, so this has proved to be a mountain to climb. But I am going to do it nonetheless because that is the point of this post. So, here we go:

Song

This is SO HARD, but the one that comes to me first and the one that I always think is Iris, The Goo Goo Dolls. I don’t know why, but somehow it always comes back to that. I forget about it often, but when I hear it, it’s like coming home to something.

Album

Again, this is like super hard, because music is so important to me and it permeates literally every element of my life, and I have a super eclectic taste which makes narrowing it down across all the genres that I listen to even harder. I mean I could go down so many avenues, but the one that I am going to say is Rumours, Fleetwood Mac. It is just one of the most well put together albums and it has soooo many good songs. I could have chosen so many songs from it and made it my favourite. The dance parites I’ve had to Don’t Stop. The beauty of Songbird. I will forever love Go Your Own Way deeply in my soul. Having said that if you were to ask me again in 10 minutes I would give you a different answer….probably.

Film

Again, I could go down so many routes. There are so many films that I love so much and will always watch whenever I see that they are on. But, the one that I will list today is Beauty and the Beast. Belle is pretty much everything that I want to be in the world and as much as I hate him Gaston is probably the best Disney song ever. And also, the remake was everything I could have hoped for and more and I may or may not have shed a small tear, but you can’t prove anything.

TV Show

Where do I even start here?? I watch a lot of TV…like a lot. But, I’m gonna go with Breaking Bad. Never has a show had such a clear beginning, middle and end. I got invested with those characters so quickly and fell in love with the storytelling from scene 1. And also, it had such a conclusive ending and although I was sad when it ended I felt satisfied because it ended right.

And there we have. I am not joking that this is very much the 4 favourites that I felt compelled to write down at this particular moment. If I were to do this again at any other time, even a couple of minutes from now, then the answer would be different. I love too many things!

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Bouts of Creativity

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*Obligatory comment about how bloody hot it is right now here*

Now, I have made no secret about it, but my creativity recently has taken a huge hit and yes I am still talking about it. It used to just sort of hum away in the background and I could sort of rely on it to produce something for me if I really wanted it to. I most definitely took that for granted because it’s been all but burned out for the majority of the year. I mean it hasn’t flickered out completely, thankfully, but it’s gotten to the point where it feels like it is so small that it is pretty much non-existent.

And then today, on several different occasions I have felt weirdly overcome with actual ideas that I could actually get out of my head. And I have done just that. I’ve written in small bouts in between finishing tasks at work. Scattered notes that will probably make no sense to me when I go to comb back through them later, but they are there. I ended up standing on the platform waiting for my train and found myself my frantically typing this thing out of my head and into the notes section of my phone.

As it drew closer to me getting ready to leave work I found myself buzzing with this energy to get home and do something creative. Currently the most creative thing I’ve done so far since getting home is type this post, but I have done it with minimal procrastination involved which is kind of a big thing for me (don’t get me wrong I procrastinated it, just not as much as I usually do).

I’m currently sat on this wave of desire to do stuff and I haven’t felt that way for a very long while now.

In fact I am feeling so inspired right now that I am considering giving Camp Nano next month a try again…

We’ll see. What I am going to do tonight at least is try and get some post actually scheduled for the week so that I can direct this newfound energy into the other things that I are buzzing around in my head and are existing in half formats in various places.

Maybe this heat and summer life does have its benefits…

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2017 Reading Challenge, Book 28 – Clockwork Prince

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It’s Sunday, it’s Father’s Day, it’s (supposed to be) hair wash day, it’s the last day of the weekend (always comes too quickly) and it is also time for yet another book review to be posted. Because I just finished another one and I’m in a position to keep on top of them right now.

Given that the last book I read was book 1 of this series, it should come as no surprise that today’s book is book 2:

2017 Reading Challenge, Book 28, Clockwork Prince

2017 Reading Challenge, Book 28, Clockwork Prince

I am also not going to totally slate this book. Believe me I was fully prepared for this to take a turn after I somewhat enjoyed the first one. I did not think that was going to last. I truly didn’t. 6 books where you hated almost everything about them for the most part will jade a person. However this book followed in the footsteps of the first and it was actually enjoyable.

I mean I saw where most things were going from a mile off and the last 100 pages seemed to go on a bit, but you know like it didn’t feel like pulling teeth and I found myself getting almost annoyed when my train journey would come to an end and I would have to stop reading.

In some ways this kind of felt like a filler book in that it was all just building to the inevitable conclusion in book 3 but not in a bad way. I mean there was definitely still some forward progression and the characters did feel like they became more developed. Jem is my actual new fave and I feel both sad knowing his future and also happy because I know his future and it’s all bad..but still I love him and I hate that he is has to suffer. Will is still a tad annoying in that he honestly just seems to be a slightly different brunet version of Jace and also he’s an idiot. The Lightwoods are shady as hell still and there is a large part of me that finds that amusing and also Sophie (feels a bit like I’m talking about myself in the 3rd person there, but ho hey…) coming into her own and being more an actual character was much appreciated.

Seeing a bit more of how other Institutes are run and the way that the the Clave works and getting a small understanding of the wider political infrastructure for the Shadow world was great. Seeing Tessa become more comfortable, or at least more in tune with her with ability and becoming a slightly more well rounded character was great because I really like her. Also the route that Jessamine took, I mean once it registered with me that she was sneaking out I kind of figured out where that was going (although I didn’t see marriage being a thing) but it was still interesting to see how her character arc weaved into the grander scheme of things. Nate was still an idiot.

Overall, I liked the way that it all seemed to build to some serious shit going down in the last book which I am almost excited for. And the standard of writing is a lot better than it was for most of the first series and there are as always some great passages of writing and the literature nerd in me appreciated the way that it was used in a way that I didn’t necessarily fully take on board in the first book. But I will say this, what is the obsession with incest? Why must it be shoe horned in in some capacity at every turn…?

I would maybe recommend it, but ya know, read the first book first.

3/5 stars

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The Summer Reading List

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Oh look, I’m talking about books again.

Now I already have a reading list for the year and it has now approached being 3/5 of the way complete, but I have decided that I am going to start looking forward to the books that I want to try and cross of my list over the summer months.

I’m counting those as July and August, although summer is definitely making itself more known in these parts right now. It’s also because I am pretty much booked up book wise with The Infernal Devices which will probably get me through to late June/early July and so it’s starting from whenever I finish that up. I also have the dilemma that I am off for 2 weeks in August and one of them is being spent in Greece, which means I will probably have a lot of downtime and that means that I might have to make amendments accordingly.

I average at a book a week, but these are the 10 books that are on my summer reading list:

1) Nevernight – Jay Kristoff – I think I’m sacred to touch this book because it’s so pretty and the pages are sprayed black, but I keep hearing great things and so when I’m out of the Shadow World I’m going into this.

2) The Best of Adam Sharp – Graeme Simsion – I love The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect and I am so excited to pick this up finally.

3) The House on Sunset Lake – Tasmina Perry – I feel like this will be a holiday read, it just has that kind of vibe.

4) The Muse – Jessie Burton – On the one hand I am so excited to go back to Burton’s writing style. On the other I was a tad let down by her first book so I don’t know how I feel about this going in.

5) Florence Grace – Tracy Rees – Again probably a holiday read.

6) The Secret – Kathryn Hughes – Having 3 books planned for a one week holiday is totally normal right? I’m almost concerned that 3 won’t be enough…

7) The Hope Family Calendar – Mike Gayle – I don’t know why this feels like a summer read, but I have put it on the list.

8) Women – Charles Bukowski – Time to try and decide what my opinion is on Bukowski once and for all. Almost 2 years after I was presented with this dilemma.

9) Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them – JK Rowling – I need to go back to the wizarding world for a little bit. I miss it.

10) Brideshead Revisted – Evelyn Waugh – Gotta have a classic in there somewhere.

And those are the books that I want to try and read over the course of July and August. I’m not too sure what order they will be read in, or even they will all be read during that time period. I mean they will all be read by the end of the year anyway, I just want to have a better idea of what books I am going to read because I find that once I finish a book I feel overwhelmed by all the other books that I have left to read and never know how to pick one.

Now I have an idea of what my next 10 books are going to be. And then I will be left with 10/11 books for the rest of the reading challenge.

It’s starting to feel less like a mountain.

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Learn Something New

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I actually banked up a bunch of posts to write before I took my little hiatus and so I am slowly making my way through them and most of them are from The SITs Girls (May prompts if you want to get really technical). The thing that I am talking about today is about something that I am currently learning about at the moment.

Now, the thing that I am about to start learning about because I have reached the point where I can no longer avoid it and it now needs to be actually properly researched which means that I need to acquire more knowledge on it. The thing in question is mythology.

I’ve outlined everything and have written around 5,000 words or so but I have hit a massive wall. And that is because I have spent no time reading and making notes and slotting all the elements that I need to in order to actually progress any further than the 5,000 words that are currently mocking me in the document.

I have several books on the topic which I will start with to try get a foundation for it all and then I will build it all up and move on from there. I have a feeling that when I finally get something along the lines of a foundation then I will get more of my creative juices flowing and be able to actually add more words to this thing because I really want to do something about the idea and make it real but I’ve hit a stumbling block with it. Once I’ve gone through the books that I already have then I will branch out and build on the knowledge and try to get as rich a picture of it as I can.

There is going to be a lot of notebooks and pens needed and to be honest I am looking forward to it.

Then on the other side, which doesn’t really classifying as learning as such I don’t think, but I am looking into Masters courses. I entertained the idea quite seriously during my year of unemployment just so that I would have the ability to say that I had something to do. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do it in though and so the whole search was a bit aimless.

But then I got a job and pushed it to the backburner, but recently I have been itching to do one again and I actually now know that it want it to be one of two things. Either Shakespeare or Creative Writing, and I am veering more towards the first one. So I am currently also just going through the potential options that there are available in London. It’s been exciting and also slightly horrifying.

That’s what I’m doing though. Starting to read up on mythology and Masters courses.

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