Coming Back… (maybe?)

It has been more than a year since I have put this site on hiatus, thinking that keeping up with blog posts and reading/reviewing will just add to the stress of being a university student. However, as of late I have been missing the creative freedom of simply writing, which blogging gave me.

I still haven’t picked up a novel and finished it to the end, a shame really. I have picked up books and started reading them, but a quarter of the way through i just seem to forget that I have even picked them up.

Hence, recently I’ve started reading poetry anthologies. I may list a few of them in a following blog post, and perhaps write mini reviews about them. Saying that, I have read quite a few anthologies and they have inspired me to write my own! So, if anyone is still reading this, follow me @j_s.poetry on Instagram 🙈☺️.

Anyway, I will be happy to receive book review requests again, however me accepting to read a novel may be a rare occasion due to other commitments. But I will make a conscious effort to do as much as I can in a reasonable manner. Along with books I have bought myself. If you guys remember, I still have over 50 unread books in my shelf and they’ve collected some dust over the year.

So best tackle those now. Hope everyone is doing well!

Love

Nielle

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Currently Reading | Ballet Shoes, The Gift Knight’s Quest and The BFG

Hello lovely readers and bibliophiles,

As you can probably deduce from the title of this post, I am going to be talking about the books I am currently reading. It has been a while since the last time actually sat down and just told you about the books I am currently reading, and not have already read. So, I just wanted to ramble at you!

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield

I am currently loving everything about this book, and I simply cannot put it down.

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It is a story of three sisters who are all adopted by an eccentric and rich explorer who left them in the care of his great niece, as he disappeared on a voyage to explore the world. The girls grow up in wealth and comfort, but what was essentially their trust-fund was gone. So the sisters have decided to work the moment they turn 12 to help their Garnie (their nickname for their guardian) – it is simply an adorable story and I am in-love with the witty little girls!

The Gift Knight’s Quest by Dylan Madeley

It has been long overdue for me to read this novel by Dylan Madeley – a fantasy novel set in a well imagined world. I was asked to give this book an honest review, and hopefully by the end of this month I would have made that review!

So far, it is taking me a bit long to really get on with the story – it is simply the case of me getting used to the setting and the first chapters of the book is about world building (as well as character introductions) at the moment, there are so many characters to remember as it kind of goes back and forth between narratives.

I am enjoying the story thus far though, I mean someone’s already dead! What happened there?!

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So I am really looking forward to finishing this book!

The BFG by Roald Dahl

I feel like everyone has already read The BFG and have watched the film – but, I have done neither and have only started reading The BFG the other day – and it is quite an odd book.

I say odd, as the book has so many words that has been invented by Roald Dahl himself – and it is interesting reading words that I have never encountered before.


 

Overall I am really looking forward to finishing these books – and it is also looking that I have finally gotten over my horrible reading slump last month.

See you in the next post !

Book Review: The Emotional Edge by Crystal Andrus Morissette

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Format: eARC

Pages: 366

Genre: Self-help

Publisher: Harmony Books (Crown Publishing)

Rating: 4.5/5

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Tips: How to Get out of a Reading Slump

Hello my lovelies,

I have ran out of ideas as to what I can blog about – and I haven’t read many books, as far as the year is going.

Although, I may have something that I can talk to you guys about and maybe an idea/advice I could give you when it comes to tackling a reading slump – even though you have an impressive TBR list.

We all have had those times when we can’t just seem to focus on just reading our books – sometimes we feel even more pressured when just thinking about the long list of books you have yet to read.

Therefore, in today’s blog I will be (hopefully) helping you with your reading slumps! Continue reading

TBR (To Be Read) List

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As you all probably know by now – since I always, always, mention that I am an impulsive book buyer, and I’m not ashamed of it – although my purse/bank account may be suffering a little since I spend so much on books, books, BOOKS! 

And because I am the person that I am I have quite a “few” books on my TBR List – which has been there for quite some time now.

So for the year 2016, I have decided that it will be my aim to read these books, and these books are: Continue reading

Looking Back on 2015

Hello everyone, 

It’s the first day of the year! And today starts with me greeting everyone a happy new year – and with work 😅. So this post, is pretty self-explanatory… And that is what I shall do – looking back on the previous year. 

2015 has been a year of many ups and downs – a roller coaster ride of emotions and experiences. Although I can’t remember for the life of me what has happened in the past year- I guess there were quite a few experiences that stands out. 

It was the year that I found out I couldn’t go to uni due to financial reasons, and it broke my heart to pieces and made me feel like I have no future. But it is also the year that I realised that I will have my opportunity to go into Uni when I am older and have the financial means to do so. 

It’s the year that I’ve decided that getting a part time job is a must in order to improve my chances of employment later on in life – because everywhere I turn to look for employment requires some sort of experience – and experience in any field is enough to go by for now. 
2015 was the year I didn’t make any resolutions for the year – I didn’t find it useful or had any point to it since I knew deep down that I will never change. However, I did change – whether I (or anyone for that matter) liked it or not. But I do know that this year I have kept my resolutions quite realistic so I know I will keep to it and do them! 
This year I feel like I’ve lost a significant amount of social activity – meaning not enough interaction with my friends at all and I can barely call them my friends anymore because of this. But here’s to hoping that 2016 is going to be different and that next year I will be more sociable and make new friends and reconnect with the old ones!

I made the decision to find a part time job – even if it’s only as Christmas temp, and I’m very happy that I didn’t, and I love what I do. It’s fun and interactive – something I didn’t know I would very much enjoy.

I also managed to travel to places I’ve been wanting to visit for a while – and it was the best birthday gift I’ve ever recieved, so I have my dear parents to thank for that!  

2015 is also the year that I joined wordpress, when I finally decided that I will give blogging a serious go. Beforehand, I had had a handful of blog and all have been deleted in a span of three months because of my inactivity – I didn’t commit to any of them at all and they just fell apart. But, this time around I’m doing fine with blogging, being able to keep it more than 6 months is a great achievement. Also recently I’ve joined the bookstagram community and realising that there are so many people who are just like me. 

It’s also the year where I’ve grown apart from people who were so important to me – and knowing that, I felt so lonely for so long. But, I can say that everything happens for a reason, and I’m still glad that I am able to stay in contact with a few of these people albeit very occasionally – but knowing that they’re still a part of my life makes me feel reassured 😊

It’s like how that saying goes, “you win some, you lose some” 

So thank you 2015 for a year that although I cannot remember the most of, for the experience and the memories that do matter 😊😊

    Book Review: The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

    The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

      

    It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises blooms. The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear. But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?

    • Pages: 280
    • Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
    • Publisher: Corgi Children’s 

    Rating: 3/5

    Likes!

    I liked the idea of the characters, they are quite different and I quite liked how they are depicted in the book – and to a certain extent I can relate to them (just a teeny tiny bit).

    Changelings! I enjoyed reading about the changelings in the book, they were interesting and I loved how they were described – the way Cara (the main character) talked/described them, actually made me picture these odd creatures – made me think what if something like that actually existed.

    It’s a paranormal book, and there is a good sense of creepiness put into it. However, it wasn’t as creepy or scary as I thought it would have been when I’ve read some of the reviews.

    Dislikes?

    I am not a big fan of the writing style, but I suppose that it goes with the plot of the story. Although, I still don’t quite understand the whole plot of the story, since there are two worlds being described and it’s so random.

    It’s great that there are “plot twists”, but they are hardly that (for me anyway) when I could almost see them coming. Then, there’s also the stories which you are told so briefly you aren’t sure whether you’ve read it or it was just your imagination.

    The odd relationships in the book, especially one in particular that I found very, very weird.

    Overall Thoughts?!

    I think that it was an okay book, I can say that it didn’t like any other book that I have read – but there was too much weirdness in one book – and that’s coming from a girl who is quite weird herself.

    I enjoyed the reason, although it took me  awhile to really get into the book and enjoy it’s – I was so confused most of the time and when I did manage to trap the whole concept it became predictable. For instance, the whole Elsie thing and her connection with the accident season.

    Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading the book in all it’s weirdness – and that’s all that matters in the end – I enjoyed reading the book.