The Reading Habits Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Giselle at Perks of Being a readinghabitReader to do the reading habits tag. I’m tagging Katie and Maisie to do the tag, even though they aren’t specifically book bloggers. If anyone else wants to do it, feel free to post the link in the comments and I’ll take a look. I’m currently on holiday in Scotland, so uploads might be a bit random as I have no idea if I will have Wifi. Anyway, enjoy reading about my reading habits!

 

 

 

1. Do you have a certain place for reading at home?

Normally I read in my bedroom, I get too distracted if I read anywhere else.

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Normally I use a bookmark. I have way too many of them as I collect them everywhere I go.

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter or a certain number of pages?

I normally just stop reading when I feel like it. Although if I’m reading something for school or trying to get through a particually hard book, then I will give myself targets.

4. Do you eat or drink when reading?

Normally I read when I’m in bed, so I don’t have a drink with me. However, if I’m reading during the daytime I won’t eat and will only drink water. This is because I don’t want dirty marks all over my books.

5. Do you watch TV or listen to music whilst reading?

I normally listen to music when I’m reading. It usually changes all the time. Lately I’ve been listening to songs by Darren Criss and Debby Ryan. They are really enjoyable, without being unnecessarily noisy. Saying that, I like to listen to really loud music when I’m not reading, so it’s just what circumstance I’m in.

6. One book at a time or several at once?

I’d like to say one book at a time, however if I’m really looking forward to reading something then I will read two at a time. Most recently I have done this with The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings and City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

Normally at home. I find it hard to concentrate if I am in a car or if there are people around me.

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

In my head. I can’t stand it when people read out loud, unless they are reading to a group of people.

9. Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?

I used to read the last page of every book I read, which was a big mistake on more than one occasion. However, since getting a kindle I have stopped doing this and possibly enjoy reading a little bit more.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it new?

I hate being the one to break the spine. It just makes me uncomfortable. I really like the look of tatty books though and will buy the most destroyed book in the bookstore of given the chance. I think it gives them much more character.

11. Do you write in your books?

NONONONONO. This is literally the worst thing that anyone could do. Although I some time put in markers on certain pages if I really like a quote.

12. What are you currently reading?

I just finished reading Landline by Rainbow Rowell this morning and don’t have anything else to read. I might try and finish off my graphic novel collection before I go on holiday. (This was written before I went to Scotland.)

Erin

Review: Every Second Counts by Sophie McKenzie

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I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley. I was quite excited when I saw that I was approved for this one, mostly because I have read a few of Sophie McKenzie’s books before and quite enjoyed them. I hadn’t read the first book in the series, so I had to buy that and it did not go as expected. I did not enjoy it nearly as much as I should have. You can find my full review here.

I wanted to start out by saying that this book was better than the first one. Not by much, but it was a noticeable difference. I thought the characters were a little bit more developed and they seemed to recognize that there was a world in trouble outside of their little family.

The love story was not as annoying either. I hate it when the love story over shadows the plot line and in the first book it certainly did. However, it seems to have backed off a little. It is still slightly cheesey but it wasn’t the main focus. You could see how much the characters cared about each other and that was enough.

It was very fast paced and not completely predictable. I should probably mention that this book is for a younger target audience than me, so I wasn’t surprised about some of the plot developments. It was nice to be able to read it and be a little bit shocked at some things that happened.

This book could probably be best described as a thriller although I think it lacked in excitement. The book was fast paced, although it kind of bored me a little. How many more times were the main characters going to trust the wrong people and fall into a trap?

The epilogue also was a problem. It was very happily ever after. Not that I’m completely against this, but sometimes it is nice if all 6 of the young characters haven’t paired off with each other. They had just taken down a corrupt government.

Overall I would give this book 3 stars. If you’ve read the first book, then read the second. It might restore your faith a little bit. But otherwise, don’t bother picking it up.

Erin

Review: Split Second by Sophie Mckenzie

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This book was interesting, but not in a particularly good way. I initially bought it because I had been given the second book in the series to review. I looked up the blurb on Goodreads and was intrigued. It seemed like quite a lot of interesting angles that the book could take when discussing terrorism and its effect on the UK. However, I wasn’t expecting a profound novel that was full of interesting philosophical questions as it is aimed at young teenagers.

Bound together by the devastating consequences of a terrorist attack on a London market, teenagers Charlotte (Charlie) and Nat appear at first to have much in common. But, as Charlie gets closer to Nat and his family, she begins to wonder if perhaps he knows more about the attack than he has let on.

The plot line was a little bit of a disappointment. I managed to call the ending almost as soon as the story had begun. Maybe it is because I am slightly older than the target audience. It reminded me a lot of Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman, although it was less enjoyable and haunting.

The story line was similar, as was the layout of the book. It’s written in a duel narrative, between a girl and a guy. Of course there is a love connection between the two of them. I thought the love story was kind of unnecessary. The story is meant to be about racism, although this whole idea is marginalized by the annoying love story of two white teenagers.

Whilst the teenagers are helping to destroy the racist terror organisations, they seem to be also quite focused on each other. One cringey moment consisted of them staring deep into each others eyes, almost as if time had frozen. If I was busy trying to destroy terrorists that had pulled my family apart, I’m pretty sure the hot guy wouldn’t be my main focus.

The most disappointing thing about this book is that the main characters have no real explanation for why they are doing what they are doing. Terrorists are destroying anyone who isn’t white, yet the two main characters are doing it for personal gain.

As the book is aimed at younger children, I would’ve thought that a quick paragraph explaining why the terrorists were wrong for killing people in general would’ve been educational. The main message I got from this book was that white people only fight racism if it directly effects us. This is most likely true on a lot of accounts, however I don’t think this is a good lesson to teach children. I think the fact that this wasn’t explained, kind of gave the terrorists more of a valid reason for doing what they are doing and that made me really sad.

I’m only giving this book 2.5 stars. I enjoyed the writing style and the split narrative was interesting. However, If i didn’t already have the second book in the series I would not have gone out to buy it. Did you enjoy this book? Are there any books that you think lacked something that would’ve been important?

Erin

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Shows

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If you know me in any capacity at all, you will realize that I love watching TV. I spend a lot of my time doing  it, although not as much as I used too. Here are a list of my top ten TV shows that I enjoy watching.

  1. Traffic Cops because one of the series was filmed where I live!
  2. Game of Thrones because dragons are awesome.
  3. Criminal Minds because I think the characters are interesting.
  4. Orange is the New Black because Laverne Cox is beautiful!
  5. Orphan Black because Tatiana Maslany manages to play so many characters and she does it well.
  6. Agents of SHIELD because Coulson lives and superheroes rock.
  7. Doctor Who because it’s a classic.
  8. Firefly because Joss Whedon is a genius.
  9. Skins because no matter how hard I try, I will never be as cool as Effie.
  10. Catfish because… I honestly don’t have a reason, I just love it.

Do we share any of the same favorite TV shows?

Erin

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Review: Solitaire by Alice Oseman

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Recently I finished reading Solitaire by Alice Oseman. I received an ARC from the lovely people over at Harper Collins and could not wait to start. The book is released on the 31st of July and I urge you all to pick up a copy.

  I could not put this book down. I read it in a day, possibly not best for my revision, but it was totally worth it. This is 19 year old Alice Oseman’s debut novel and she has done brilliantly. Alice has a great career ahead of her.

Solitaire is a YA book, centred on the life of a teenage girl called Tori, at a sixth form in England. (A sixth form is further education for people aged 16-18.) Tori is antisocial, she only enjoys watching movies and blogging. This means her life is extremely boring, not that she sees anything wrong with that. This all changes when the mysterious group ‘Solitaire’ and the possibly more mysterious Michael Holden enter her life.

The characters in this story are brilliant. Tori is very real and extremely relatable to every day teenagers. There is nothing fake about her personality, and the author is definitely not trying too hard to relate to her readers.

Charlie, Tori’s brother, is another example. Charlie has a boyfriend, but it isn’t made a big deal of. He has more important aspects of his life that Oseman has decided to focus on instead. I think I’ve found an OTP in Charlie and Nick, they are so freaking adorable.

There is also a wide range of people and their issues. It deals with mental health in a really down to earth manner, which is what I really like about this book. All of the issues that are brought up are discussed very well. Whilst the main story line might be a little unrealistic (that’s not a bad thing, it’s a really cool idea) the problems explored in the book are very real.

I think the plot twists in this book are what make it fantastic. I had so many ideas about who the people behind Solitaire were, and none of them were right. If you do read this books, beware of red herrings.

I honestly think that this book will be a best seller. The writing is fantastic and you can really feel the passion that was put into creating it. Oseman has a talent and it is showcased extremely well. That is why I am giving this book 4 stars out of 5.

Erin

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London Adventures #1

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Last Monday I paid a visit to London with 5 of my very lovely friends. We are lucky enough to live about an hour away by train so we can go quite often. The train is quite expensive, but it’s worth it as the day trips are normally awesome.

We started off out day by visiting Camden Market. It is basically a large market area that is filled with stalls and shops selling all sorts of wonderful things. It is big enough to get lost in and the tunnels and lanes are extremely long and winding.

The best part of Camden market is the food. I ate a delicious chicken and cheese wrap that was inspired by a Turkish recipe. There is such a variety of food, you can literally buy anything you want. There was a stall selling delicious looking smoothies that I wanted to try, but I didn’t want to run out of money. Oh well, maybe next time.

My favourite book shop happens to be in Camden Market. It’s called Black Gull books and sells second hand novels. It is in the food court, or the West Yard as it is known. It is the most adorable little shop, with bookshelves that look like they are going to fall down under the weight of the books on them. Unfortunately I don’t have any photos of it, however I honestly think that it is worth a visit.

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What is my face even doing…

After we had finished our food and had a very long browse of all the stalls, we decided to make our way over to Forbidden Planet. Forbidden planet is an extremely large comic book and nerdy shop near Covent Garden in London. I love this shop, they have such a huge supply of fantasy novels and comics. i could literally browse for hours. I almost did too be honest, much to the annoyance of my friends. I bought the comic book that you can see in my June Favourites post.

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The obligatory shoe selfie…

We made a quick visit to Covent Garden, which is extremely posh. I didn’t bother looking in any of the stores because I knew I couldn’t afford it. However, we did watch a few street performers. Covent Garden is famous for its outside entertainment. If you’ve never visited London before, I would definitely recommend taking a trip here.

Table Tennis, the only sport I kind of enjoy

Again, what am I doing with my face…

We decided it would be a good idea to find something to eat, so we left Covent Garden. However, we found a Table Tennis table and got a little bit distracted. Can you imagine the sight of 6 teenage girls playing table tennis during rush hour with their hands? It probably looked pretty odd, but I had fun and that’s all that counts. Then it started raining (typical England) so we decided to go home.

I hope you enjoyed this different kind of post. I think it might be interesting to look back on in a few years and see what I did with my friends. What have you been doing this last week? What’s your favourite place to go to in London?

Erin

June Favourites

I thought I’d shake up the usual book posts and do a June favorites. This will include some books, but also other things including make up and a handbag. Also, Ignore the kind of crappy photo quality. I’m feeling ill so I don’t want to get out of bed to find my camera.

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My first favorite was The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings. This book is incredible. read it in a day and had a serious book hangover afterwards. Go check it out if you like fast paced action and lots of blood.

I also really enjoyed reading Solitaire by Alice Oseman. I was sent an ARC of this and a review will be up next week sometime (fingers crossed). If you’re looking for mystery and self-discovery as well as a sarcastic leading lady, then this is one to try.

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My mum treated me to this lovely handbag from Marks and Spencer, it was £40. I’ve never really had a nice hand bag before, my last one was £10 from Primark and it broke almost immediately. This one is really big and it means I can carry lots of useless stuff around when I go on trips out.

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This was a lifesaver when I recently visited London. My phone tends to run out of battery extremely quickly, even when I’m not using it, and this helps give it a good charge so I can call my parents or find directions. I honestly think that we would have been lost in Camden forever if I didn’t have this with me.

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I have three ‘makeup’ favorites this month. The first one is the Rimmel  London Stay Matt pressed powder. I tend to get a bit shiny during the day and this is brilliant for controlling it. It is small enough to fit in my makeup bag as well.

The second thing is the ‘Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss’ Lipstick. Whilst this lipstick may seem a little bit long winded, it is brilliant. I got shade 101 and it is a lovely dark pink color that stays on for a long time. It also smells heavenly.

I am also enjoying the Aloe Up For The Face sun cream. It is not too greasy and is water proof which means I can wear it whilst swimming. My family bought this when we were in America last year and it stopped me from getting burnt pretty well.

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The last thing I have enjoyed this month is the Young Avengers graphic novel that I bought on a recent trip to London. It’s the second run of Young Avengers comics and is written by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie. I have heard that this is so good and I can’t wait to read it.

I hope you enjoyed this different sort of post. Let me know what you thought. What were your favorite items this month?

Erin

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