Saturday, 21 February 2015

Discussion: My top bookish problems.

I was very sad that I missed out on the top ten tuesday this week and the 10 bookish problems you all seem to have. I feel your pain! So instead I decided I will do a discussion type post on this topic :D

Not enough book events.
I live near flipping London! I would hope that there would be plenty of book signings and author meets and other fun book events but surprise surprise there isn't that many! although I probably should not be complaining about this as some of you live in the middle of nowhere (sorry) where there are no bookish events at all. But my frustration only grows at this. As bloggers and readers we have a right to meet our hero's god damn it!

Price of books.
Believe me if I could afford to pay a lot of money for books I would. I would give all of my money to you fantastic authors out there because you deserve it! But I am a student and I unfortunately do not have money to spend. This is why charity shops and sales are my favourite things! I get to buy used books (I have a weird thing about used books) and cheaply!

However it seems that everybody has read all the books that I have. I keep finding books that I have already read and purchased in many charity shops. Can somebody please donate a brand new book??? Although I already have a copy of that book I tend to still buy the used one. I feel like I owe it to the book and the author to get the book.

Not having enough space.
I have three bookshelves nearly filled with books. I have over 120 books in my room alone, and I want more! Rationally I know that I have no space for these books and that when I move houses I will need to make a lot of heavy trips just to transport them I still have a need for more!

Not being able to say goodbye to some books.
I would love to be able to say goodbye to the ones that I many not have enjoyed as much as others or even to swap with somebody for a different book. But I feel like all of these books are a part of me! I can't just give myself away like that!

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Review: The Sky Is Everwhere by Jandy Nelson

The Sky is EverywhereThe Sky Is Everywhere Jandy Nelson
Published: January 1st 2010
Publisher: Walker.

Goodreads Summary

Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life—and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey's boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie's own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they're the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can't collide without the whole wide world exploding.

The fact that I hardly remember this book truly shows how much this book meant to me... I marked it a 3 when I read it because it was a good enough book for me to reward it three whole stars but thinking about it now I think I might have over rated the book. I mean surely a book that I cannot remember neither enjoying nor hating just shows that I may have not cared one tiny bit about this novel.
I will keep this review brief and go on a hunt around my memory just to try and remember what I thought of the book while reading it. Lennie is a 17 year old bookworm and band geek who doesn't share her sisters spotlight and prefers to stay in the shadows. But once her sister dies unexpectedly she is catapulted into the main stage of her life. With no previous boy troubles Lennie now faces a love triangle with two boys. One her sisters boyfriend who is helping her deal with the grief of losing someone so close and the other a new boy with a fantastic grin who shines on her grief and manages to shine on her darkness.
I found the entire boy situation really strange. Closely after her sisters death Lennie is catapulted into boy trouble world? Especially with her dead sisters boyfriend. I'm not saying that Lennie should have been forever in despair and grief over losing her sister but I find it strange that all of a sudden her life is somewhat good. If that makes any sense to you guys. For all of you that read my reviews you will know that I love big emotional roller coasters in books when it comes to death or anything really.
So this book was a good enough read I guess. I'm not going to lie and say I enjoyed it blah blah blah when I clearly did not. The story line was not at all powerful for me to remember it.
There is one thing which I loved in this book. It was the notes that Lennie would leave on random pieces of paper. I did manage to absorb that habit of hers.
So, for anybody looking to read an okay book with an okay story line and you don't want to remember much of the book I do recommend it.

Halfway through the book a poem kept coming to mind when I was reading this (courtesy to goodreads for letting me update my thoughts while reading this novel)
“Death arrives among all that sound
like a shoe with no foot in it,
like a suit with no man in it,
comes and knocks,
using a ring with no stone in it,
with no finger in it,
comes and shouts with no mouth,
with no tongue, with no throat.
Nevertheless its steps can be heard and its clothing makes a hushed sound, like a tree"

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1)Starcrossed Josephine Angelini
Published: June 2011
Publisher: MacMillan Children's books.

Goodreads Summary
Destiny brought them together. The gods will keep them apart. When shy, awkward Helen Hamilton meets Lucas Delos for the first time, she thinks two things: the first, that he is the most ridiculously beautiful boy she has seen in her life; the second, that she wants to kill him with her bare hands. An ancient curse means Lucas and Helen are destined to loathe one another. But sometimes love is stronger than hate, and not even the gods themselves can prevent what will happen next...

I spent a good week or two trying and failing many times to get into this book. To say that the first two chapters were atrociously boring would be a massive understatement. Just getting into the authors perspective of the book was annoying, not to mention the conversation between Helen and Claire the two best friends. I felt like they were 12 year olds trying to be funny.
Although the beginning of this book is hard to get into it is very much worth sticking out! Helen and Lucas the gorgeous new boy on the island seem to hate each other so much that Helen tries to kill him on their first encounter. So far Helens’ life has been normal and all of a sudden she is seeing three women cry blood at school, she keeps dreaming of a dry desert and waking up with dirt all over her sheets. Not being aware of what she is and how big of a role her and Lucas will play Helen begins to understand her kind with the help of the Delos family.
I love Greek mythology! It’s so incredibly interesting but so confusing! So many gods and so many offspring’s and so much drama! I was scared that it would take me a long time to get the grasp of this story but I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it all rolled off the pages. Josephine managed to not only keep me in with the promise of cute guys but also with the amount of drama only gods could have invented.
Helen is an interesting character, to say the least. Although she’s annoying I can relate to her and most of her feelings. But all of the characters in this book seemed recycled for me. This was just another twilight book disguised as Greek mythology. I’m not saying that it’s necessary a bad thing but I am saying that Helen’s character reminded me a lot like Bella. Jerry, her father would have gotten along well with Charlie. The way that once Helen’s and Lucas’ relationship progresses he turns into a massive worry and tries to shield Helen from all the bad in the world screamed Edward, but a much less pale and sparkly one. The mother hen of the family Noel. By far the most loving mother in young adult book I have encountered in a while! But apart from the fact that she was the only human in the family she still managed to remind me of Esme in Twilight. The twins and hector. Classic Jasper, Alice and Emmett.
It wasn’t just the characters that screamed out teenage vampire book for me. It was the fact that Lucas slept in Helen’s room/ outside her room just like Edward did with Bella to protect her. I won’t mention all the other comparisons because I don’t want to spoil this book for anybody that has yet to read it. But I do suggest that you take the chance to read this.
Starcrossed has been a fantastic start of a thrilling series and I hope that it gets better from here. Although there have been times when I wanted to shoot myself because of how cringy it sounded or how stupid some of the cliff-hangers were it’s a really fun read. 

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Changes, changes, changes

I still cannot believe that my last post was on Halloween, what I can’t believe more is what I was planning for weeks to write in this post.
First of all; happy New Year to all of my lovely fellow book lovers! I hope that the 17 days in 2015 have already been wonderful to you and that Santa brought you loads of shiny new books to read!!
Ever since the dreadful event with my internet being taken away from me, no, STOLEN from me I have been thinking about the time I have until September and just the amount of work I have left to do before I am off to university. I was ready to say my last goodbye to the blog and ask you all to forgive me. It’s a good thing that I still didn’t have internet at that point as I thought more about it and I decided to just take a break and see what it would be like not to log into my blogging life. It was a bliss during the first two or three days, I could read as much as I wanted without feeling bad about not posting a review, and I could finally stop burning my legs with my laptop overheating from hours on book blogs. As the days wore on I kept thinking about my next review, about my next comment, about checking out to see what everyone is up to. That’s when I decided that I will finalise a plan after the new year; I thought that giving myself about 3 months off would make me sure of my plan and stop me from getting all of your hopes up.
The truth is, my internet is poor sometimes (despite the fact that it’s meant to be amazing), my laptop has a broken screen and I have to plug it into my tv for me to use it which causes my neck to cramp and my eyes to hurt which makes blogging a hassle, and the laptop that I borrowed from my brother takes about half an hour to load a page (even though it’s a fairly new laptop!?!?)
Apart from my obvious technological issues I still have the big fat fact that college and my work has become far more demanding this year. It’s my last year therefore I need good grades to get into my university; and I need my job to be able to pass my driving test. Therefore I have about one and a half day during the week where I am not tired and have time for myself which I tend to give away to my books.
Therefore- the big announcement I guess; I am still going to be running Tangled In Pages, I am really busy and so I will post only once a week (if I manage it; although I will try my best to post a review) once a month I will post a big post about everything and run around like crazy on everyone’s blogs. The fact still stands that this school year I will be really busy but I can’t seem to be able to say my final goodbye; and Rashika who started this blog with me would (I hope) understand why I have to take such a drastic step back. I am still looking for a co-blogger to take the load off.

P.S. I am not promising that I will not have to change my plan when September comes. To be completely honest I have no idea what I will decide when I have to go off to university and if I will have the time to even post once a month, but lets worry about that later.

Now if you haven't yet followed me on twitter for whatever reason do it now- @tangledinpages  because it is the best way to reach me!! 

Friday, 31 October 2014

Speaking to you beyond the grave... Internet grave that is.

I was rushed back into the middle ages where internet is nowhere to be found. Although Virgin Media in the UK is meant to be one of the best providers and I'm not saying that their internet is bad their service has proven to be absoluely useless. They gave us a one day notice that our internet will possibly be down until next Wednesday but do they not care about my blogging and my reviews?! When will this end! It's only Friday and I have about 5 days to go and I am going nuts. Well it's not so bad I mean I get to read a ton of books as I have no distractions or anything. If you're wondering what I'm doing right now and how I have managed to write this post I am babysitting my worries away. I am looking after a lovely little boy this evening instead of getting drunk and making bad mistakes. I at least can watch movies and use their internet; and yes I did only agree to this because of internet.
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