Georgia Does a Tag: No.1

Wednesday, 13 August 2014


I love making up unoriginal content (this was meant to be a joke) and talking about myself (not so much a joke) so to appease my mind numbing boredom I stumbled across this tag and thought I would just give it a go. I haven't been tagged, nor am I tagging anyone else. So if you read this and want to have a go then by all means do so.
I found this tag here.

1. What are your top three book hates?
Hmm let's see.
Oh! I know;
1. When people use words that don't fit with the tone of the specific section (especially to do with body parts). This is a weird one for me to explain but I just cringe when this happens. It's like a writer pumps out this amazingly emotionally charged scene and right in the middle of it throw in the word 'ass' or 'pimple' (I ran out of examples). But you get my point right?
2. When books happen over a surprisingly short time scale, sometimes so well hidden you don't really realise how small, and by the end of it the two lovers are so madly, deeply in love with each other. And it's been what? A week? (yes I'm looking at you 'The Mortal Instruments').
3. Creepy love interests. These pop up way to much for my liking, especially in YA books. Why would anyone who's sane want to date someone who's been following them around? Or tall dark, mysterious lovers who have a weird habit of threatening them or being unnecessarily violent/aggressive. Mmm yeah, really romantic.

2. Describe your perfect reading spot.
I like reading in bed actually, with just my lamp on. Dark and quiet. I just like having very limited distractions so I can really get lost in the book. Sometimes that's why I prefer reading on my kindle, because I only have one small light on. I can read like in the car and in public, but I just prefer it that way.

3. Tell us three book confessions.
Rereading is something I love to do. Like really love to do. Especially with my favourites. I just adore reliving something I've enjoyed so much. I think I must have read each Harry Potter book maybe twenty plus times each (I almost wish I was exaggerating here).

4. When was the last time you cried at a book?
Definitely The Boleyn Reckoning by Laura Andersen. I was a mess. In some weird, twisted way I enjoy books that make me cry.

5. How many books are on your bedside table?
None. That's a habit I never picked up as a child; I used to share a room with my sister when I was younger and I had the top bunk so there was no where for me to put my book apart from on the bookshelf. Generally after I finish reading for the night I'll just put it back in its place on my shelf. Also I use my bedside table for ornaments and precious things (it's a large beside table; well technically it s a chest of drawers that's beside my bed and happens to be bed height) so knowing me I'd probably break them all if I put books down.

6. What is your favourite snack while you're reading?
I don't generally eat while I'm reading. Like I said before I usually read in bed so I've usually brushed my teeth and it's late so I don't want to eat. Also sticky fingers + paper = no fun.

7.Name three books you'd recommend to everyone.
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. I could talk about that book forever.
Legend by Marie Lu. I think this would appeal to literally everyone.
The Harry Potter series. If they haven't read it they can come back when they have.

8. Show us a picture of your favourite shelf on your bookcase.
I'm too lazy for that and my shelf is pretty ugly.

9. Write how much books mean to you in three words.
Far too much.

10. What is your biggest reading secret?
I dunno. I would never really consider any of my reading habits secrets. 


Review: A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow by George R R Martin

About The Book:
Title:
A Storm of Swords 1: Steel and Snow
Author:
George R R Martin
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire
Genre:
Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Medieval, Adult
Age Range: 16+
Publication Date:
2nd June 2011
Pages:
688 pages (paperback)
Publisher:
Harper Collins
Summary:
Winter approaches Westeros like an angry beast. The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud. In the northern wastes, a horde of hungry, savage people steeped in the dark magic of the wilderness is poised to invade the Kingdom of the North where Robb Stark wears his new-forged crown. And Robb’s defences are ranged against the South, the land of the cunning and cruel Lannisters, who have his younger sisters in their power. Throughout Westeros, the war for the Iron Throne rages more fiercely than ever, but if the Wall is breached, no king will live to claim it.


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Review:
I think epic fantasy is now listed as one of my new favourite genres, purely off the back of this series and even though I probably won't be able to read any other ones without comparing them to A Song of Ice and Fire.
I feel like, honestly, if I compare this book to others on my bookshelf this deserves five stars for sure. But somehow because I already know the plot (okay, okay there are a few deviations, but pretty much!) there is a certain element I don't experience and therefore I can't give it top marks. But in all other respects I adored this so much. I was actually surprised at certain ways they changed this book when they made it into a show.
(SPOILERS AHEAD!) 
Since this book is pretty much all of season 3 I was expecting the Red Wedding in this book, but it became apparent that it wouldn't be. And it was a lot closer to the Purple Wedding than I thought it was, which I think to readers it would've been an even bigger shock factor than watchers of the show.
I particularly enjoyed the introduction of Jaime's POV in this book; he's quickly become one of my favourite characters, his dynamics with everyone are just great and I'm really hoping we get some of his POV when he's interacting with Cersei and Tyrion later on. Arya's storyline in this book was actually really good, especially compared to the show (don't hate me but I think she's only going to get interesting in season 5). But the highlight for me had to be the Queen of Thorns or Olenna Redwyne/Tyrell, although we only really saw her properly in one chapter, she was god damn amazing! I really hope we see a little more of her soon.
For me it was this book where the story really started to pick up and spread out in its many directions and depths. I think for the most part Martin has completed the majority of his world building and can really pull out all the stops in terms of his plot.

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Summer Reading Book Haul

Tuesday, 12 August 2014


Summer is one of those times that I'm a little guilty of buying a ton of books and not actually reading them, despite what I promise myself. So far I have managed to restrain myself to four books (which is a huge achievement considering I have a to-read list as long as my arm.)

The Marriage Game by Alison Weir: 
the newest of my purchases, bought at Waterstones. I'm looking forward to reading this as a long time fan of Weir and a bit of an Elizabethean history buff.

A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold by George R R Martin: 
I'm planning on reading this as soon as I finish the first ASOS book (which I've very nearly finished!). I bought this from an independent book shop in Edinburgh when I was visiting.

A Feast for Crows by George R R Martin: 
purchased at the same time as ASOS, might be some time before I read this one but I will get round to it eventually!

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantell: 
I didn't actually buy this book as it was given to me by a relative who thought I would enjoy it. And after some research of the plot and finding out that they're making a BBC drama based on it I think this one is going to be pushed up near the top of my to read list.


Upcoming Book to Movie Adaptations

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

2014 seems to be the year of book to movie adaptations, we've already seen the likes of 'The Fault in our Stars', 'Divergent' and 'Vampire Academy'. Some were great, some not so much and some sitting somewhere in the middle. So what's coming up next? 

The Giver


Release Date: August 15th 2014
Director: Phillip Noyce
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Meryl Streep

Admittedly I've never read this book before, although it was published in 1993 by Lois Lowry (which has given me my whole lifetime to read it). From some brief research I have been made aware that there has been some changes made, namely the main character; Jonas' age (rather like other adaptations such as Percy Jackson, though I don't like to think about that movie too much). But as I don't have any emotional connection to the book things like this don't bother me. The trailer does entice me into seeing the film and perhaps reading the book, in fact it does look like a fairly well made film but I think for this one I will be seeing the film before I read the book.

If I Stay


Release Date: August 22nd 2014
Director: R.J Cutler
Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Joshua Leonard

If I Stay was one of those rare contemporary, young adult books that didn't feel cheesy or clich├ęd. I loved the way it was structured to pull us in deeper and deeper as it went on. I don't share the same positive sentiment for the film. From the trailer is does not seem like they will be following the structure of the book (riddled with time jumps and flashbacks) perhaps this would not work so well on film, but I feel like the story will lose all of its magic if it is not done that way. The tone of the trailer does not seem to match the book, and quite honestly I'm not a massive fan of Chloe Grace Moretz. I'll probably watch this but I'm not looking forward to it with any great expectations. 

The Maze Runner


Release Date: September 19th 2014
Director: Wes Ball
Starring: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter

This is one adaptation that I am very excited and anxious to see. Like most of my ventures into young adult fiction I read this because I heard of the film being made with Dylan O'Brien as the main character (I'm a massive fan of his). And pretty soon I had read the whole trilogy and was hooked completely. Like all adaptations of my favourites I've learnt not to get my hopes up too high, so I'm holding off singing the film's praises until I've seen it. But the one thing that does make me confident that this was made with good intentions is the director's passion and commitment to the film, which is evident in interviews.

Gone Girl


Release Date: October 3rd 2014
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris

I've come close to buying this book several times but never felt utterly compelled to. It has great reviews and several people have told me to read it. In fact I wasn't actually aware there was going to be a film adaptation until quite recently. The trailer is a little odd for me, perhaps intentionally, it doesn't give away too much of the story but maybe not in the best way for me. I'm sure a lot of people will be excited about this, and maybe if it gets great reviews and high praise I'll consider seeing it in the cinema. But as of now I don't have any intentions, though maybe giving the book a try is in order.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1


Release Date: November 21st 2014
Director: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

This is one film that I am allowing myself to get excited about. After the considerable improvement for The Hunger Games to Catching Fire I'm not particularly worried about this being a flop. Actually I am hoping it does make changes from the book (which is my least favourite in the series by a long way) to speed things and make it more exciting. I don't have a massive attachment to the series, it's not my favourite YA dystopian, but the second film did rekindle my love for a lot of the characters. Touch wood this film does not disappoint. 

Review: The Boleyn Reckoning by Laura Andersen

Monday, 4 August 2014

About The Book:
Title: The Boleyn Reckoning
Author:
Laura Andersen
Series:
The Boleyn Trilogy
Genre:
Historical Fiction, Alternate History, Young Adult, Adult
Age Range:
14+
Publication Date:
 15th July 2014 (kindle only) 16th Juuly 2015 (paperback)
Pages:
417 pages
Publisher:
Ebury Digital
Summary:
The third and final book of Laura Andersen's alternate history trilogy; The Boleyn Trilogy, it follows the king that never was William Tudor - also know an Henry IX -  his sister; the well known Elizabeth Tudor, and his closest friends; Dominic Courtenay and Genevieve 'Minuette' Wyatt. As tensions rise and the web of lies & secrets grows; their story approaches a dangerous cross roads. 

Rating: 


Review:
History just like life is full of 'what ifs'. In fact you can hardly avoid them. The 'what if' that is explored in this trilogy alone was enough to get me interested in the series. I read the first two books earlier this year, they were good (enough to keep me coming back) but this one really blew the others out of the water.

It's not perfect, not by any means, but then again; what book is? For me, the best part has got to be Dominic, one of the main four characters. He's the only one that throughout the whole series has remained my favourite. Elizabeth (as in Elizabeth Tudor, the only main character that is not an original creation) only really comes into her own in this book, William (the son of Henry Tudor and Anne Boleyn) starts to fall from grace in my mind as the series goes on and Minuette (another fictitious character), while she can be endearing and easy to sympathise with, at times was annoying and perhaps 'too perfect'. But it was these four characters (along with some supporting characters) and the dynamics between them that really make this book so special.

Without giving too much away I can honestly say that if you've read the other two books before then prepare for things to change. The events in this book and how everything unfolded were so different from what I predicted (and not in a bad way). Andersen pushed her characters to their absolute limit, unveiling sides to them that we hadn't seen before and perhaps they were not even aware they possessed. She brilliantly ties up all lose ends and then some. It was one of those books where my heart was racing in anticipation, I was crossing my fingers in vain hope that everything would work out and at some points crying so much I couldn't see my kindle. 

For any history lover (who does not mind when people take liberties), or fan of the first two books, this will not disappoint. 

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