Books, Reading, Reviewing

On Reviewing…

I’ve been thinking about what the future holds for the blog and some of the ideas I have had, I’m quite excited about. Although I’ve realised that to start off well, the foundations of the blog have to be right.

In my previous book blog, I realised that my book reviews were good, but lacked a scoring system. When reading book reviews, I’m not usually persuaded entirely by the review. In fact, if a novel has received a complete slating by a reviewer, that actually encourages me to read that novel so that I can make my own mind up about it. However, I do pay slight attention to a star system any review, it would certainly encourage me to read the rest of its contents.

So, that being said, here is my scoring system for any review of books, films or tv featured on the blog:

***** Loved it. Thoroughly recommended.

**** Enjoyed it, but not without faults.

*** It was ok. Neither good nor bad.

** Mildly enjoyable. Had elements which could have been improved.

* Hated this. Wouldn’t recommend.

Whilst I don’t expect everyone to agree with my reviews/ratings, (feel free to disagree, I love a discussion on books and films!) it’ll give you a good idea of what I think. I’ll also tag each book review not only by genre, but by ratings.

I’ll be posting a review tomorrow, so watch this space!

For those of you who review (books, films, tv etc) what’s your rating system? How much attention do you pay to reviews/ratings?

Books, First Paragraph Tuesday

First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday

‘First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday’ is hosted by ‘Bibliophile By The Sea’. Each week, I’ll share the first paragraph of a novel I’m currently reading or want to read in the future.

Here’s this week’s paragraph:

Wife #19: A Desert Mystery by Jordan Scott.

Prologue- Her Big Boy

According to the St. George Register, on a clear night last June, at some point between eleven and half – past, my mom – who isn’t anything like this – tiptoed down to the basement of the house I grew up in with a Big Boy .44 Magnum in her hands. At the foot of the stairs she knocked on the door to my dad’s den. From inside he called, “Who is it?” She answered, “Me, BeckyLyn.” He said – or must have said “Come in.” What happened next? Nearly everyone in southwest Utah can tell you. She nailed an ace shot and blew his heart clean from his chest. The paper says he was in his computer chair, and from the way the blood splattered the drywall they’re pretty sure that blast spun him three times around.

 ‘The 19th Wife’ by David Ebershoff

Would you continue reading this?

Books, Favourites Series, Fiction, Horror, Reading, Stephen King

Favourites Series – Stephen King

I have many favourite things in my life. From clothes to songs, films to food. So I thought that I would share a list of favs with you in this new series.

Like my mind, this favourites list will be random. Each post will be about a completely different subject.

This time I’m going to share with you, my list of 5 favourite Stephen King novels:

The Stand

1.This will forever be my favourite Stephen King novel. At a whopping 1344 pages, it seems an  intimidating read, but trust me, you won’t notice how massive this book is.

The diverse, believable characters combined with fantastic storytelling, will transport you to post virus America with a message of good against evil.

Carrie

2.The character of Carrie, in my opinion, depicts the perfect anti-hero. Yes, she is a hormone fuelled, crazy psychopath, but when reading about what she gets up to at her high school prom, you can’t help but feel pleased for her. Maybe that’s a bit worrying…

Misery

3. Not only is this a gripping story, but as a writer myself, I’m fascinated by the insight the protagonist Paul Sheldon gives on the writing process.

This is a story which will keep you on the edge of your seat and has a twist at the end, that I wasn’t expecting.

cell

4. ‘The Cell’ is a lesser known novel by Stephen King (correct me if I’m wrong), but once I started reading this book, whilst on holiday many years ago, I couldn’t put it down.

It channels into the modern day obsession with technology and mobile phones, to tell a horrifying story. It also sends a very strong message of family.The main character, illustrator Clayton Riddell fights to save his wife and son from being over taken by the power of a vicious, futuristic virus.

Thinner

5. It was hard to think of only five novels to be included in this ‘Favourites’ list. I could have selected ‘Bag of Bones’, ‘The Green Mile’, ‘The Shining’, ‘Doctor Sleep’ and loads of other Stephen King Novels. However, the last in my list is ‘Thinner’.

What I like about this short novel, is the suspense that is built up throughout. I also really like the ending. I won’t give it away, but it’s one of the most bizarre endings I have read!

I will post another ‘Favourite’ list soon. If you would like to join in with this series, post a ‘Favourite’ list on a subject of your choice, on your blog. Then post a comment here, including the link.

Books, Life, Photos, Reading, Writing

The Summer of 2015

Now the nights are drawing in, I’ve been reflecting on the summer.

It has had a few stresses, mostly about money, but overall it has been great. I’ve been to some great events, most recently a blues/rock concert by an up and coming singer/guitarist Joanna Shaw Taylor, a classical concert held in the beautiful surroundings of a rose garden and enjoyed the usual local festivities which happen every year.

My writing mojo has also kept me busy and I’m ploughing into finishing my first ‘proper’ novel, with gusto.

Reading books has been slow and steady during the summer. I’ve read a total of eight books and abandoned two. As I’m developing in my writing, I’m finding that I have become pickier with my reading taste. I don’t think that this is a bad thing though. As I’m getting older (I’m at the ripe old age of 34!), I’ve realised that life is too short to waste time on books that I’m not enjoying. That’s not to say that I won’t give a book a chance. Even if I’m not sure if I am going to like a book, I will still read about 100 pages before deciding whether to ditch it or not.

Over the next few days, I will try and catch up on blog posts I have missed and reviews I’d like to tell you about. For now, here are some photos of my summer:

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