Friday, 20 April 2018

Book Blogger Test Tag


I saw this tag at http://jennreneeread.blogspot.co.uk/


Top Three Pet Book Hates
1-Slow plot. I hate a story that takes forever to get into the meat of the thing. I nearly DNFed Twilight for that reason. Just get on with it! If it is slow and over descriptive I quickly lose interest in it.
2-Tropes. I hate things like love triangles, instaluv, mean kids at school.Can't a new kid make friends at a school instead of getting on the wrong side of Queen Bitch or falling for Hottest Guy Ever or finding a soul mate at 14yo after one look in the canteen or having 6 guys lusting after her??? Gah!
3-Annoying characters. Whiny, pathetic, useless, sex obsessed girls or women, domestic abusing rapist thug 'heroes', obnoxious arrogant love interests, bitchy cheerleaders, zombie deniers ('ooh that half eaten dead man has got up and is eating someone ooh I wonder what is happening maybe he is on drugs!'), complete dumbasses...etc

Perfect Reading Spot
If I won the lottery I'd have a big comfy chair in a conservatory, in a quiet house overlooking a lake with mountains all around. As it is, I read in my bed!

Three Book Confessions
1-It can take me an eternity to read a 'must have' book I've just bought. Yes, I really want to have that book RIGHT NOW then I get a buzz of delight when I'm holding it in my hands...but then it joins the other hoardes and it can be years before I finally get to it!
2-I am a book hoarder and collector. I have embraced my inner book buying beast. I shall buy all the books and feel no guilt.
3-I am obsessive about protecting the spines and covers of books from damage and you will never see a dog ear or highlighted passage in my books! *shudders*

4) Last Time You Cried Reading A Book?
I teared up a bit when a favourite character died in PA Glaspy's 'When The Pain Is Gone'. I'm a soft touch and I cry at anything.

5) Number Of Books On Your Bedside Table
I don't have one. I never generally have more than two books being read at the same time anyway so I don't really need one.

6) Favourite Reading Snack
A tasty box of chocolates. Or big sharing bag of crisps with a nacho cheese dip...

7) Three Books You'd Recommend To Anyone
Zombies-Michael Stephen Fuchs-Arisen series 
Horror-JG Faherty-Carnival of Fear 
Urban Fantasy-Sonya Bateman or James R Tuck

8) A Picture Of Your Favourite Bookshelf
I have 6 bookcases in my bedroom...don't really have a favourite and they are currently getting an overhaul...

9) How Much Books Mean To You (in three words)
Want Them All!

10) Biggest Reading Secret
DNFing is a Chuckles best friend! I need to spend time on things I'm enjoying, not waste time wading through stuff I'm bored with.

Interested in taking part? Consider yourself tagged!

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Books From The Backlog


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf.  You might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks. Go to Carole's blog and add your blog post link in to join in the fun! Hosted by Carole at https://carolesrandomlife.blogspot.co.uk/

This seems like a fun feature and I have been planning to take part since Carole launched this so at last, here we go! I have a TON of unread books to choose from in various genres and I'm looking forward to sharing some of them with everybody. 


There's only one place left that’s safe. It’s the last place you should be.

Gabriel remembers the Last Day. He and Mags had been on a tour of the White House with the rest of Miss Kimble’s first-graders when it happened. They fled with the President to a long-abandoned bunker, even as the first of the bombs began to fall. Ten years have passed, and now Gabriel is almost grown. He still lives deep inside the mountain, waiting for the world to thaw. But outside the storms continue to rage, and supplies are running low. The President says it will be okay, because they are the Chosen Ones. But Gabriel isn’t so sure. Gabriel’s their scavenger, and he’s seen what it’s like out there.

Then one day Gabriel finds a bloodstained map. The blood’s not a problem, nor are the frozen remains of the person it once belonged to. Gabriel’s used to seeing dead bodies. There's far worse to be found in any Walmart or Piggly Wiggly you care to wander into. Except this one he recognizes, and it shouldn’t be all the way out here. Now all Gabriel can think is how he's going to make it back to the bunker and let the President know what he's found.

But Gabriel's troubles are only just beginning. For things are not as they seem inside the mountain, and soon he will face a much larger problem: how to get Mags and the others out.


I'm always keen to read apocalypse books of any kind though I generally prefer the books that show the apocalypse unfolding, rather than joining it years after. But this plot sounds intriguing. We have the isolation of the bunker and the people, Gabriel scavenging, the discovery of a dead body that shouldn't be there and danger for those in the bunker. I don't read much YA but this one does sound pretty interesting. I've had it on my tbr for about a year now and really do need to read it!

Have any of you read it? (no spoilers please!)

Game of Thrones Gossip #63 The Boltons

Welcome to my Game of Thrones Gossip, where us fanatics get the chance to discuss everything we love about this amazing TV series. I decided to do a whole series of these discussion posts that let us say everything we want and enjoy every second of it! Please feel free to comment fully and without restriction!

I have to warn you that it is important that you have seen all six seasons before reading any of these posts because these posts and blogger comments will be exploding spoilers all over the place. If you haven't watched the series and plan to, be warned that it's a bad idea to be here right now! I take no responsibility if you read on and things are spoiled for you.

Now I'm looking at the main characters introduced in season three, what our season two characters were doing and looking at all the bests bits. Enjoy the season three posts! 


Roose Bolton is at Robb Stark's side as the northern army arrive to liberate Harrenhal. Instead they find it the scene of mass murder with all the northern prisoners dead except Qyburn, an injured former maester, and the Lannister forces gone. He receives a message which he passes on to Robb about the death of Hoster Tully, Catelyn's father. Roose is told to take charge at Harrenhal while Robb takes his army to Riverrun for the funeral, leaving Roose unattended. His servant Locke brings him a nice surprise in the form of the captured and injured Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth, but Roose is furious to see the way that Jaime has been maimed, aware that Tywin Lannister is going to be angry at the mutilation of his son.

Jaime does not hold out much hope for his future, assuming that Roose will be handing him back to Robb. He asks about Cersei and Roose gives him all the details of the Battle of the Blackwater, enjoying Jaime's misery before relenting to say that Cersei is alive and at King's Landing with Tywin. Roose makes it clear that he would consider all options. Quietly killing them both would be prudent but Roose is well aware of what he would gain from the Lannisters if he were to return Jaime safe to his father. He agrees to send Jaime home but is determined that Brienne will not go with him. He insists that Jaime makes it clear that Roose was in no way responsible for his maimed arm.

Roose then departs the castle to attend the sudden wedding of Edmure Tully to Roslin Frey at The Twins, where Robb's army have now settled. Jaime tells him to give the Lannisters regards to Robb. Roose has of course been plotting with the Freys and the Lannisters to plan the Red Wedding and he is seated beside Catelyn Stark and her uncle. Roose has not been drinking and informs Catelyn and Brynden Tully that he has been given the choice of wife by Walder Frey, picking the fattest one as he was promised his wife's weight in gold. Brynden excuses himself for a toilet visit and Edmure and his wife are taken away for the bedding ceremony. Catelyn is unnerved by the band playing The Rains of Castamere at a northern wedding and as Robb is called forward by Walder Frey to the front of the room, Roose smirks at Catelyn and urges her to check his arm, showing that he is wearing chainmail. He gets a slap from her as she yells a warning to her son but Talisa is stabbed to death at that moment and the massacre begins. Roose stays out of the way until he is able to deliver the killing blow to the badly injured Robb, telling him 'The Lannisters send their regards'.


The following day, Roose tells Walder that it was not the Ironborn who burned Winterfell, it was actually his bastard son Ramsay who did it. His one concern is that Brynden Tully escaped the massacre and is probably headed back to Riverrun to raise the alarm but Walder is not bothered as he has Edmure as a hostage. Ramsay took Theon prisoner as he burned Winterfell, but put the word out blaming Theon's men. Theon was then tortured at the Dreadfort, the Bolton family home. Ramsay, enjoying the games he was playing with Theon, pretended to be a servant sent by Yara to help him escape, putting him on a horse and telling him where to find his sister. The Bolton men find Theon and are preparing to rape them when Ramsay appears and starts killing them. The final man recognises that Ramsay was using them in a sick game and curses him just before he dies. Trusting Ramsay, Theon follows him. 

Ramsay listens as Theon confesses his jealousy of Robb and never fitting in at Winterfell and that the Stark boys are still alive. It is only when Ramsay leads him into the very room he escaped from that Theon realises his mistake. Ramsay now begins to torture him personally, first playing a guess who I am game, where Theon is unable to get the right answer and has his pinky flayed in punishment. Next he is seduced by Myranda and Violet which Ramsay interrupts to cut off his genitals, then lets Theon believe that the sausage he is eating is Theon. Theon begs for death but Ramsay indicates that a dead hostage is no good and decides to make him his servant, giving him the name of Reek. Theon tries to resist but cracks. Balon and Yara then receive a package of Theon in the post and a threat that more will follow if the ironborn to not leave the Bolton controlled north.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Around The Blog With Chuckles


We all enjoy snooping and lurking on other people's blogs right? Why not share those entertaining things you found with other readers and bloggers too! Welcome to Around the Blogs with Chuckles, where I take time out to show you some of my favourite blog posts from the previous seven days and link you up so you can check them out. 

This week! Better late than never thanks to two days of computer issues!

1) Book Review-Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
A review of a much anticipated book...

2) Book Review-The Library by Stuart Kells
Sarah is fangirling over books and libraries and book hoarders!
http://allthebookblognamesaretaken.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/the-library-catalogue-of-wonders.html 

3) Book Review-Ararat by Christopher Golden
Bark looks at demons in a mountain blizzard during a dig...
http://barksbooknonsense.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/springhorror-review-ararat-by.html 

4) Affording Books on a Budget
Danielle looks at good sources for filling your TBR.
https://booksvertigoandtea.com/2018/04/17/my-personal-how-to-affording-books-on-a-budget/ 

5) Book Review-The Oracle Year by Charles Soule
Mogsy goes SF.
https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/04/12/book-review-the-oracle-year-by-charles-soule/ 


Can't Wait Wednesday-300 Miles


Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at http://www.wishfulendings.com/ to spotlight and discuss books we're excited about but haven't read, which may not even be released yet. 

NB: I don't follow or leave comments on blogs run by Google Plus, or DISQUS as I refuse to join something just to leave comments, and I won't allow them to follow new people, update my profile or post tweets 'on my behalf'. I won't comment on any blog that makes me sign in using another account. 



A nuclear warhead detonated at 300 miles above the center of the United States would effectively take out the entire electrical grid and infrastructure of the forty-eight contiguous states. Most people don’t think this is a possibility. But what if it is? What if a country like North Korea actually has the capability to do this but has led us to believe they don’t? What if they had acquired stealth technology that would let them launch a missile that we didn’t know about until it was too late to stop it?

Carly Marshall is a twenty-first century single mom. She works hard and lives modern. Take-out food, the latest technology, and all the modern conveniences of the time make up her life. She doesn’t have to worry about feeding her family. She doesn’t think twice about water coming out of the faucets. She’s on the path to advancement at her firm. Life can’t get much better. But what if it could get worse?


Having just read and loved PA Glaspy's debut apocalypse series, I'm very excited for this new series which readers are saying is even better! Problem is, it is being released as a serial novel and I won't be buying it in paperback until it comes out in an omnibus. That could be a long wait, which is annoying. The first part is already out.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Top Ten Tuesday-YA books that adults will enjoy 2

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  http://www.thatartsyreadergirl.com/top-ten-tuesday/

NB: I don't follow or leave comments on blogs run by Google Plus, or DISQUS as I refuse to join something just to leave comments, and I won't allow them to follow new people, update my profile or post tweets 'on my behalf'. I won't comment on any blog that makes me sign in using another account. 

I'm doing a second week of my look at YA/NA series that adults might like as again, the topic doesn't really suit me. 

1) Suzy Turner-Raven
A teenager is sent to relatives in Canada where she discovers her shifting abilities and a new sense of family and community. I loved the characters and the mythology but have yet to read the whole trilogy.

2) James Todd Cochrane-Max and the Gatekeeper
Max doesn't want to spend the summer with his grandfather but discovers that his grandfather is a gatekeeeper to another world and can move between them. Max discovers that evil people are out to gain control of the gate. Loved the story and an OAP hero was great!

3) Eoin Colfer-Artemis Fowl
Evil child genius Artemis is in all kinds of trouble when he kidnaps a fairy cop. Great characters and a lot of humour. Am I wrong to like this guy? His sidekick Butler is great and you just have to love Foaly.

4) Suzanne Collins-The Hunger Games
Children from each district are chosen to take part in a brutal fight to the death game televised for the rich and bored. This was one of my favourite ever reads and I still haven't watched all the films yet.

5) Sarah Dalton-My Daylight Monsters
Mary has visions, can communicate with ghosts and can see what is wrong with people. It has led to her being trapped in a medical facility with mentally ill teenagers who are all at risk from a killer. Great prequel, loved the characters and look forward to the series. 

6) JK Rowling-Harry Potter
What can I say? Magic, great world building, danger and a lot of laughs.

7) Ambelin Kwaymullina-The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf
Tribe leader Ashala has been betrayed by a friend and captured by their enemy who wants to destroy her illegal homeless group. This was a clever story with lots of twists and I keep meaning to look for sequels.

8) Mark Walden-HIVE
Otto took revenge on the PM by making him moon at journalists and ending his career. It earned him a one way ticket to a school for evil geniuses but all Otto wants to do is escape. Great characters, fun and action scenes.

9) Dave Ferraro-Dark Genesis 
Alyssa awakes with amnesia in a strange world of magic and monsters and has to rely on new friends on a dangerous quest to find a way home. Lots of action with fantasy and steampunk elements.  

10) AZ Green-Beasthood 
Jaz is kidnapped and awakes in a compund far from home, told that she is a shifter. Trying to adapt to her new reality and pack, she discovers that betrayal and pack wars could be the death of her. Excellent and different shifter novel.

Sorry for the short and not very exciting descriptions-I've had computer issues for two days and this has taken forever to compose. Look up the books on Goodreads or similar!

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Chuckles Cover Love #71 Richard Castle


If there is one thing that makes a great book even better, it is when it has a cover that we love! The cover design is what catches the eye as we browse through a bookstore shelf or check out the Amazon or Goodreads recommendations. The right cover makes me look closer at a book, to read the blurb and maybe make a purchase. A poor cover might mean I never look at the blurb at all.

NB: I don't follow or leave comments on blogs run by Google Plus, or DISQUS as I refuse to join something just to leave comments, and I won't allow them to follow new people, update my profile or post tweets 'on my behalf'. I won't comment on any blog that makes me sign in using another account.   

This Week-Richard Castle!

Not my genre but interesting covers!

 









































Friday, 13 April 2018

Chuckles Weekend Roundup


Welcome to my feature Chuckles Weekend Roundup where I will be looking at what books I've received, anything interesting I've done or bought or watched and other random stuff. I'll be taking a look back at what happened in my blogging world too, sort of like The Sunday Post that some of you do! 

Please note that I'll be visiting your STS/SP as normal, but I don't follow or leave comments on blogs run by Google Plus, or DISQUS as I refuse to join something just to leave comments, and I won't allow DISQUS to follow new people, update my profile or post tweets 'on my behalf'. I am the only one who does that on my social media! I won't comment on any blog that makes me sign in using another account. Sometimes, I have problems leaving messages on blogs hosted by Wordpress-they try to block me because I deleted my account with them but I will persevere as it only happens the odd time!
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 It's been a while since my last roundup and I have had a horrible time with the Aussie Flu. It is still lingering but in a much reduced form thankfully, but I just want the remnants to go away so I feel up to going out to face the world again! But other than a few sneezes and a headache, at the moment I'm ok and can taste my food, so I've been enjoying a nice box of chocolates! On the reading side of things I'm ploughing through another political non fiction book which I hope to finish today. It is interesting but it's hard going! After this I plan to try and get back to fiction. Trouble is, I'm busy watching the Commonwealth Games and cheering on all the home nations who are competing as Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It has been a great competition but tv coverage has not been as good as I hoped. 

Anyone who saw my post yesterday knows that I released my inner book buying beast and splurged on a pile of ebooks! I seem to have put aside all my fears about the size of my tbr which used to stress me out, and instead I am embracing my book collecting! BUY ALL THE BOOKS! And if I'm going to be buried by the buggers, I'm taking all of you with me! So this week I've got 50 free books that were on my wishlist and I bought 8 other ebooks for around 99p-£2 which I'm also pleased with. It has been a pretty good week and I hope to add some reading to the schedule when the Commonwealth finishes during the week. That's the plan...

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Chuckles Blogging World
 I didn't blog during the worst of the flu so I wasn't too far behind on my blog comments when I came back. I did miss a lot of stuff on other blogs though and I had to miss out a lot of things to get caught up which was a shame. I'm doing fine this week overall.

Book Reviews
 I concentrated on getting a few reviews for books I read last year up onto the blog.

Patricia Highsmith-Ripley's Game

Edwina Currie-Diaries 1987-1992
 
Edwina Currie-Diaries 1992-1997

Hunter Shea-Optical Delusion

Regular Posts
I did my usual Around the Blogs post but didn't have time to put together a samples post which I had planned. Maybe next week! Cover love looked at Mary Weber, Top Ten Tuesday was about YA books for adults to enjoy and Can't Wait Wednesday was about Hunter Shea's new release later this year, which caused some excitement! I also did a Game of Thrones Gossip about Jorah Mormont.
 
Chuckles Cover Love

Around The Blogs With Chuckles

Top Ten Tuesday

Can't Wait Wednesday

Game of Thrones Gossip
 
Film Reviews 
none this week
 
Special Posts 
 
The Out of Control Chuckles Book Grab

Book Tags/Blog Awards
 none this week

Currently Reading/Up Next
 I'm reading a political non fiction book about the fall of Margaret Thatcher, which has been heavy going and I'll be glad to finish it! I'm hoping that I can go on to fiction next and get this one read.


Next week on the blog
I'm going to be doing most of my usual things. Cover Love features Richard Castle, Top Ten Tuesday continues with part two of my YA books for adults to enjoy, Can't Wait Wednesday features 300 Miles and Game of Thrones Gossip is all about The Boltons. I hope to get samples done or a discussion post but it will depend on time.
 

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Game of Thrones Gossip #62 Jorah Mormont

Welcome to my Game of Thrones Gossip, where us fanatics get the chance to discuss everything we love about this amazing TV series. I decided to do a whole series of these discussion posts that let us say everything we want and enjoy every second of it! Please feel free to comment fully and without restriction!

I have to warn you that it is important that you have seen all six seasons before reading any of these posts because these posts and blogger comments will be exploding spoilers all over the place. If you haven't watched the series and plan to, be warned that it's a bad idea to be here right now! I take no responsibility if you read on and things are spoiled for you.

Now I'm looking at the main characters introduced in season three, what our season two characters were doing and looking at all the bests bits. Enjoy the season three posts! 


Jorah is relieved to be leaving the dangers of Qarth behind and now has to turn his attention to finding an army to fight for Dany and transport back to reclaim Westeros. He is by her side as they arrange to meet Kraznys, with a view to buying The Unsullied from him. He is unaware of what Kraznys is saying as he does not speak the language, and is unaware that Dany does know what is being said and choosing not to show it. As they leave the meeting, Dany is watching a child that has been following them and when the child gives her a ball, Dany picks it up. A cloaked stranger knocks it from her hands and she falls, and Jorah tackles the stranger seeing him as a threat to Dany. The ball releases a deadly manticore which the stranger destroys. Jorah recognises Ser Barristan Selmy and watches as he pledges himself to Dany's service.

Jorah does not welcome the arrival of the older man. Having been used to being her sole advisor since marrying Drogo, Jorah appears to resent the arrival of someone else she can turn to, especially someone who served her father and then the usurpers Robert and Joffrey. The two men don't agree on many things. Selmy is not in favour of hiring a slave army, thinking that a foreign slave army might not be well received in Westeros. Jorah believes it is their only choice and it eliminates the rape and murder that usually occurs when an army invades, as the Unsullied will only kill those that Dany tells them to. They do agree on how bad an idea it is to exchange a dragon for the Unsullied, and tell Dany so, and she is angry to have them question her decision in public. They are both relieved to see that she has actually cheated Kraznys out of the Unsullied, the dragon and his translator.

Jorah and Selmy discuss former battles that they were once involved in. Selmy mentions Jorah being exiled for dealing with slavers and that it could damage Dany in Westeros if he is by her side. Jorah is annoyed that a newcomer to the party is laying down the law to him as he has been with Dany since the beginning. He reveals in his subtle questions that he is more concerned about whether Selmy knows that Jorah was spying on Dany for Varys and Robert. He is relieved when Selmy says that Robert never fully trusted him despite keeping him in the Kingsguard, but not allowing him to sit on the Small Council. Selmy would not know Jorah's secret so he is safe. 

Jorah is convinced that Yunkai will close their gates and prompt a long and costly siege so he urges her to move on to Westeros but she is determined to free all the slaves in the city. Dany insists on negotiations with leaders from the city and the heads of the armies protecting it. Jorah is annoyed at the way the captain speaks to Dany and after he leaves, Dany agrees that the obnoxious man needs to die first if there is a battle. Daario Naharis does that job for him and insists that he can get her people into the city and open the gates. He takes Jorah and Grey Worm through an unguarded exit and after fighting more men than expected, they win. Yunkai opens its gates and Dany frees the slaves.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

The Out Of Control Chuckles Book Grab!


I've finally decided to set free my inner book beast and let it go wild online. I have to report now that I went hunting online for free books that were on my wishlist today and I managed to find the grand total of 50! What a successful day! OK my ereaders are just about cracking under the strain of all that work but I don't care because I have a new pile of apocalypse, horror and creature feature books to gloat over! Mutant spiders! Sea Monsters! Sasquataches and Yetis! Zombies! Vampires and Werewolves! Dinosaurs! EMPs! Nuclear War! Sharks! I can hardly contain my excitement! A few of these will be on my weekend roundup on Friday and I'm sure they will appeal to a few of you guys!

To cap a good day, I can finally taste my food again after that flu so there is a big box of Thornton's chocolates with my name on them for tonight after I munch into a lovely chinese prawn curry...Yum! And if that wasn't enough, there will be chocolate, books, dvds and video games in amazon packages this week as my dad and I splurged on a bit of flu retail therapy...

What have you been up to this week? Any fun splurges or purchases?