Publishing Announcement!

On May 1st 2017 I will release not only The Fifth Warrior- Book One of the Disincarnates Series but Resfeber too.

Yes, folks, I am being serious. I will debut in the world of literature with two books because I’m awesome enough to do that.

The Fifth Warrior is my soul. Resfeber is my heart. I just can’t choose which one gets to be the first one, and I don’t actually see any real reason why I should separate them.

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Noughts & Crosses/ Knife Edge

And so we arrive at the reason why I decided to start posting reviews here: The Noughts & Crosses series by Malorie Blackman. I am halfway in and boy, do I have a lot to say about it. Before I begin, here are 3 things you should know.

  • I read Noughts & Crosses (retitled to Black and White) a few years ago, loved it, and then re-read it at the end of last year. I read Knife Edge about a week ago.
  • I got these books from the library, and when it’s time to return Knife Edge I will get the rest of the series (if they are available of course).
  • It is impossible to express my thoughts about Knife Edge without giving some BIG spoilers to the events of Noughts & Crosses. You have been warned!

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The Ice House: A Re-read

I made up a few reading challenges in February.
One, in honour of my birthday, was to read a book that is as old as I am. I looked up a list of popular books published in 1992 and settled on either one of the original Goosebumps books by R. L. Stine, or, The Pelican Brief by John Grisham. But when I went in search of either at the second hand bookstore around the corner they were nowhere to be found, and I had to improvise.
I found The Ice House by Minette Walters there, and was going to buy it just to have on my shelf. It was a happy coincidence that it was published in ’92- something I missed when doing the research.

When I was in high school, about 16 years old, I read the Ice House and didn’t enjoy it as much as my sister thought I would.  I guessed the end of it from the very first page and I seriously disliked the characters. I admit now that I was too young to appreciate its brilliance.

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Yes Man- A GREAT Read!

I meant to read Yes Man many moons ago when I found it at a charity shop for 5 ZAR (convert that into your currency, and you will understand what a score that was!).
When I bought it, I knew nothing about it apart from the fact that it spawned a Jim Carrey film adaptation. It seemed like a fun read but alas, it gathered dust on my shelf for months.

I picked it up again in February partly because I needed something I knew I would get through quickly, and also because it has red on its cover- symbolic of the month of love. Before I read it, I had a feeling that I would enjoy it. What I didn’t expect is that it would become a firm favourite- one of the best I have read in a while!

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A Wrinkle In Time- Review

After Reading The Lord of the Rings, my plan to reach the goal of 4 books was to read 3 tiny, light and easy books. I picked A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle because I had read it before and enjoyed it. But I read it so long ago, I forgot everything about it except the plot.

For those that don’t know, A Wrinkle in Time tells the story of a pair of young siblings who have to travel through space and time to rescue their father from a planet on which humans are brainwashed to perfection- and thereby enslaved.

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The Lord of the Rings- A Review

I kicked this year off with a book I really should have read years ago. Let it be known (and I say this with no shame) I did NOT want to read The Lord of the Rings.
For many years I tried to get through The Hobbit, but I just couldn’t move past Tolkien’s sing-song, simplified, “Suddenly!” style of writing.

In 2015 I tried to read it for the last time. I really couldn’t take his overrated writing and swore to myself that enough was enough- I will never attempt to read The Hobbit again. I just don’t like it. I have tried and tried and tried, and every experience was painful boredom.

So, when I decided that as a sworn fantasy fanatic I just had to bite the bullet and read the book that started it all, I was not looking forward to it.

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Book Reviews, Anyone?

Every year I tell myself that I will read at least 52 books. That’s a book a week- something I firmly believe should be the absolute minimum for bookworms.
Every year I fail. Last year I came close. I managed to read 30+ books, but it’s just not good enough.

This year, I put together a small book club in the hopes that if I actually tell people I have goals, maybe, just maybe, I will reach them.  The goal is to read at least 4 books a month, but alas, I have been failing at that too. At least I have been reading  consistently though!

I am mentioning this because I just realised that the 5 books I have read so far this year have all been brilliant. I am on a winning streak it seems!

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