Top Ten Tuesday: Books to read in one sitting

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week’s theme is “Books to read in one sitting“.  I’ve tried not to just pick my all-time favourite books but books that I genuinely couldn’t put down the first time I read them.  Interestingly, although I read mostly fantasy and sci-fi, a lot of the books I read in one sitting are contemporary – I love savouring a good fantasy novel, whereas I’ll burn quickly through a contemporary or a thriller with an addictive plot.

Something to make you think

If you’re looking for something thought-provoking with a serious emotional punch, you can’t go wrong with any of the four above.  All four have stuck with me long since finishing, even though they only took a day or so each to read.

Something fun

Fangirl, What’s a Girl Gotta do and Carry On are just great fun, addictive reads I didn’t want to put down, despite the fact I wasn’t necessarily convinced I’d love any of them!

Something escapist

Ah, my favourite – sci-fi and fantasy!  The Martian is one of my absolute favourites because it’s addictive and funny, and both The Girl with All the Gifts and The Three are something totally unusual.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Spring TBR list

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week’s theme is “Books on my Spring TBR list“, and although I’m normally not great at sticking to the seasonal TBRs, they’re such fun I can’t resist making them!

Sequels I can’t wait to read

Robin Hobb is an absolute favourite author, so I’m beyond excited to read Assassin’s Fate, the final book in the Fitz and The Fool trilogy. I ended up enjoying A Court of Thorns and Roses a lot more than I expected so I’ve been looking forward to A Court of Wings and Ruin, especially since the sixth book in the Throne of Glass book has been delayed.

Re-reads

It’s been a long wait for Assassin’s Fate – I finished Fool’s Quest in September 2015, and my memory is a little hazy.  Assassin’s Fate is bound to recap enough for me to remember and keep up, but I’d like to really get the full enjoyment out of the final book, so I’m hoping to re-read books one and two before it arrives.  I’m planning to re-read A Court of Thorns & Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury for similar reasons – although it hasn’t been that long since I read the first two books, I burned through them pretty quickly so I’d like a refresher before the final book!


Upcoming releases

I actually wasn’t 100% convinced about Flame in The Mist based on the cover, but having read the description I’ve totally changed my mind: it sounds awesome!  I’ve only read The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness so far, but I’m intrigued by this one. Plus I have a friend who’ll definitely want to read and discuss it!

Backlist choice

I haven’t read a Maria V. Snyder in ages, but I always really enjoy her books, and I’ve had Dawn Study sat on my kindle for ages, so I think it’s finally time to read it!

Top Ten Tuesday (#84): Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week is a rewind week, so we get to go back to any topic we like that we either missed or want to revisit.  I missed one just a few weeks ago that seems like great fun: “Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them” so I’ve gone back to that.  I’ve stick to things that I could theoretically achieve, rather than fictional experiences I’d like to have, just because otherwise my list would be filled entirely with things like “go to Hogwarts” and “ride a dragon” (not because those are bad experiences to want to have but because I want this to be the kind of list I can look at when I want to set a new goal for myself!).  So, in no particular order…

 

Run/Challenge myself physically

So, I’m not at all an athletic person – I’m the kind of person who’s perfect evening involves pyjamas, some tv, a book and some snacks. But I like the IDEA of being an active person – and definitely of being healthier, so I occasionally drag myself to the gym/to an exercise class etc.  I absolutely adored Born to Run though, and it definitely made me want to do more: not just to do the bare minimum to feel a bit healthier, but to also see just what I can do if I really go for it.  Rule 1: Cardio (my gym shirt says so!). I might have possibly just signed up for a beginner’s triathlon I’m not at all ready for thanks to Born to Run being super inspirational… Now I just have to get fit in like…. 6 weeks. Eep.

Take control (where I can) of my own happiness

The Happiness Project was probably my first real audiobook success: I absolutely loved listening to it on the way to and from uni every day. I found Gretchen so down to earth and normal – her normal might be a bit different to my normal, but I loved the idea of doing what you can to make your life just a little bit happier, and in small ways not “move your life to a whole other country” kind of ways.  I also absolutely loved Matt Haig’s Reasons to Stay Alive. There were so many amazing things in the book, but one that I particularly took away was the idea of a list of things that make you feel good, and things that make you feel bad: it sounds simple, but sometimes when you feel crappy, you don’t really want to do anything, but that list can be a good prompt to find SOMETHING (whether that’s an episode of anime or a walk or a particular song you like) to give you a little boost. You can bet these will be in my bullet journal!

 

Live in Japan/speak Japanese

Okay, so it really just inspired me to want to live in another country and speak another language, but Japan would be particularly high on the list!

Get good at video games

So, confession, I don’t think I’ve finished a video game since about Crash Bandicoot 3… Both of these books though definitely made me want to change that.

Get back into Fanfiction/Write

I loved this book on so many different levels, not least because like Cath, I’m a big fanfiction fan but I’ve never written anything original.  It hadn’t really occurred to me to try because I didn’t have a particular idea in mind.  Fangirl both reignited my love for fanfiction reading and writing, but also opened my mind to the idea of giving original fiction a go too.  Nanowrimo in November maybe?!

Learn some basic survival skills

So, hopefully my newfound exercise enthusiasm (well, maybe more kinda lukewarm enthusiasm) means I won’t be the first to get eaten in the event of the zombie apocalypse/killed in the hunger games etc BUT I probably wouldn’t last very long even after that anyways. There are plenty of dystopian books that make me want to learn some basic survival skills to try and keep me alive!

Travel

This isn’t the result of any particular book, but just seeing other worlds and places always makes me want to see other places in our world too!

Own a house with a library

Again, no particular book that makes me want this, just a selection of books with great houses including libraries!

Be more confident & dress up more

So here’s a thing you might have figured out about me by now: I’m pretty lazy.  I like getting dressed up now and again, but for day to day life I’m pretty much a roll out of bed and throw on jeans and a t-shirt type. But then, I read a book like The Siren or A Court of Mist and Fury which has these awesome kick-ass, feminine women and it always makes me want to be less lazy and more feminine!

Literary tattoo

I’m pretty indecisive, but it would probably be Harry Potter or Red Rising related!

Top Ten Tuesday (#83): Books I’d buy right now if someone gave me a gift card

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week’s topic is “Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card”.  This is a really fun one, and it’s the kind of hypothetical planning I do all the time because who has the money to buy all the books they want all the time?!



Feral

I feel like this is basically compulsory reading for conservationists, and so I feel very lax in having not yet read it!  I definitely don’t agree with everything Monbiot says, but he’s probably one of the best known environmental journalists out there, and his articles definitely always make me think.  Rewilding is something I have HUGE opinions on, so I’d love to read this!

Attack on Titan

I’ve been enjoying the anime, and I’ve read a few of the Before the Fall manga, but none of the originals which seems like a huge oversight! I don’t tend to buy manga though because I get through it so quickly compared to a book of the same price.

Nevernight

I’ve heard SO many great things about this one, BUT I’m loathe to buy it in hardback because more often than I like to admit I’ve bought something in hardback and not read it until after the paperback was out!

False Hearts

This just sounds amazing, but again, I’ll probably wait for the paperback.  A gift card would let me indulge a bit earlier though!

What’s a girl gotta do?

I have heard so many amazing things about Holly Bourne, but I have yet to read anything of hers. I’ve been really curious about this one though so I’d love to give it a chance.

The Final Empire

I feel like I keep coming back to this one, but it’s seriously just been on my TBR for SO long!  AND it’s one I might talk the other half in to reading too, and that’s a plus.

The Rose Cord

I read Dreamwalker on holiday and really enjoyed it – but I’m not desperate enough to read book 2 to rush out and buy it when I’m on such a tight budget. If someone gave me a gift card however, I could afford to splurge!

The Liar’s Key

I really enjoyed Prince of Fools but I haven’t yet picked up a copy of The Liar’s Key.

Personal Demon

Yet another series I haven’t got the sequel to!

The Last Star

I really enjoyed The Fifth Wave but wasn’t quite as convinced by The Infinite Sea. I’d love to pick up The Last Star and see if it could redeem the series for me and bring back the awesomeness of the first book.

Top Ten Tuesday (#82): Reasons I love Bullet Journaling

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week’s theme is “Ten Reasons I Love X“.  I’ve gone with bullet journaling, my current obsession, and I’ve got 8 reasons why I love it.

It keeps me organised

I got through both my university courses by using a diary religiously, and although I don’t have deadlines and different courses to juggle, I’ve discovered I still need a diary to keep on top of things.  Even though I only work a couple of days each week, those shifts aren’t regular, and so a diary keeps me organised.

It’s flexible

Some weeks I have lots on, others (like on holiday!), I might have nothing to plan out at all.  The beauty of the bullet journal is that I can switch my layouts up: maybe using dailies for a busy weekend, or different weekly layouts depending on how many social events or work shifts I’ve got on.

It lets me be creative

I like to think of myself as creative, but aside from writing, I’m just not – I can’t draw, I can’t play an instrument, I don’t paint or anything like that.  Bullet journaling lets me be creative but knowing that in a few days I’ll have moved onto a new page takes away some of the pressure – I don’t mind messing up because it’s not anything important or that’s going on display.

It makes me want to be productive

I’m a big fan of the to-do list – it lets me get to the end of the week and see that I at least got (for example) a couple of blog posts done, or went to the gym, even if I didn’t manage to achieve everything I wanted to. Ticking off little goals, like tracking my food, or reading makes me want to be productive: how many more things can I tick off? What else can I get done?!

I can use it for all kinds of different interests

From review copies and their publication dates to TV trackers to weight loss, if I have an interest, guaranteed I can find a way to work it into my bullet journal!

The community is FULL of awesome inspiration

From instagram to blogs to Pinterest, there is SO much awesome inspiration out there.  Nine times out of ten, if I come up with something I think would be great in my bullet journal, someone else has done it, and beautifully!  I love browsing instagram and getting inspiration from the amazing community.

I get bored easily

I’ve been through a fair few planning set-ups, some of which I’ve truly loved: the dodo-pad in my filofax, the plannerisms planner, the adorable undated piyo diary, a moleskine diary & the Palgrave student planner to name just a few.  For pretty much every one, I LOVED it…for a while.  Then, after a while I get bored, I want to mix things up. I no longer love the cuteness, or the minimalism, or whatever look I was so obsessed with, because I’m in a phase of loving something else.  Bullet journaling mean that’s not a problem: I can have a totally plain, black and white layout one week, followed by a decorative one the week after, followed by one filled with Harry Potter, all in one notebook, without having to start over.

It’s reasonably cheap

I’ve kept my bullet journalling supplies pretty minimal: a leuchtturm 1917, and some coloured pens.  It cost me about £13, which is less than any of my filofaxes (£20-£100 each + inserts).  I know the idea is that a filofax lasts a lot longer – apart from inserts which need replacing each year, the binder itself has a long lifespan.  Unfortunately, because I get bored easily, I end up wanting a new filofax by the end of each year at least.  In comparison I estimate I’ll get through 2 bullet journals a year; I started my current one in January and could probably drag it out to the end of the year, but I know I won’t – back to the boredom 😉 Either way, a new notebook at approximately £13 is cheaper than swapping filofaxes!