Books, Reviews

June Books

I really need to think of something more creative for my book post titles. Then again, this way it’s very clear what this post is about. Hmm. I’ll think on it.

Anyway, in June I read 3 books, bringing my total to 18/30. Very happy with this. Reading is one of my favourite activities anyway, but this reading challenge is that little extra push that I sometimes need to prioritise it over other things that I could be doing.

June started off with the first book that I’ve ever bought just on Kindle. Cry Baby (Callum Doyle #4) by David Jackson. My thoughts after finishing it were ‘I’d give it 3/10. It kept me reading but it lacked … body and soul. Like going to a bonfire but only seeing smoke – no fire or embers, and sure enough you can see some interesting shapes forming from the smoke but that’s not what you went to see. There were a couple of interesting turns but nothing to make me go “OOOOOOOOOOOOH!” or “I can’t believe this unforeseeable twist of events just occurred!” Soooo yeah. Easy read but predictable and.. stuff.’ Overall I was glad to have supported the author by buying his book, but I’m also glad I didn’t pay more for it as I’d have felt a bit robbed.

The second book I read was Killers: Britain’s Deadliest Murderers Tell Their Stories by Kate Kray. I picked it up on a charity sale as it looked interesting at the first glance. Well, it pretty much says it in the title – the author interviewed a series of murderers about their offences. I must admit that some of those stories were quite compelling. However I couldn’t help but think of them as just stories. I did some research on a couple of the people mentioned in the book and it’s like night and day. I understand that some of the articles on the internet would be telling the other side of the story, but you can’t really argue with hard facts. The hard facts that the killers themselves didn’t mention or the author decided to leave out, thus making the stories quite a bit lighter, perhaps even trying for sympathy. Overall not one of my favourite books.

Luckily things started to look a lot brighter with my third read of the month. The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn #6) by Brandon Sanderson. You probably know that I’m quite a fan on Brandon Sanderson’s books by now and that I’m reading my way through his series. I found Bands of Mourning such an enjoyable read that I was absolutely devastated when I found out that I’ll have to wait for the next book in the series to come out. So many loose ends, so much to look forward to. It’s still one of the very few fantasy books that I know where technological advances are happening, but where somehow the author still manages to keep the magic alive and as an essential part of the story. Loooooved it. The main characters are so lovable – they’ve got their flaws and quirks, but that only serves to make them even more interesting and, well, lovable. One of the characters especially really shone in this one. I’m talking of Steris – the organisation and control nutter. I found so much of myself in her that it really made me laugh and even feel better about myself. We’re both just being really prepared, that’s all. Now I’ve just got to wait for the next one…

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I’m glad I finished June with The Bands of Mourning as it would’ve otherwise been a rather bleak month! I don’t even know how those crime and mystery books came about, but I do like to mix it up with different genres.

If you’ve got any reading recommendations for me, fire away 🙂

G.

 

Books, My life

Work it!

I keep writing and then deleting everything and starting all over again. It’s like I can’t even decide what is going on in my head so how on earth am I supposed to decide what goes on here? I think I’ll just do a quick ‘Hi, that’s what I’ve been up to lately!’ post. Just catching up, you know.

I finished reading a book – Cry Baby by David Jackson. That’s 16/30 now. Reading seems to be the only thing that I always really want to do, no matter what’s going on in my life or head (yes, I do realise I’m talking about my head like it’s a whole other world and you know what? It really is. Half the time even I can’t find my way around there). It was the first book in a while that I wasn’t actually that keen on, but I’m glad I read it. I’ll tell you more about it in my next month’s book post.

I also finished watching a Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why. Another thing that I wasn’t actually keen on. It’s not even that it made me uncomfortable or anything, in fact it didn’t at all – should I be worried? – I just felt really, really annoyed throughout watching it. I felt that the main character was entitled, demanding and just really annoying and … well, a typical teenager, I guess? I know because I’ve been there, seen it and done that. So yeah, didn’t like it.

On a more positive note, I talked to someone recently about some things that are going on – I could probably be even more cryptic if I REALLY tried, right? – and for the first time in about a month or so I feel like there’s change for the better again. I have some realistic plans in place again and it’s helped me a lot. So yes, talking helps. Talk to people. Talk to your friends, your family, your doctor, your cat or pet rock. It really does help. Don’t keep it bottled up.

What else? Oh, yes, I’ve been doing my interior design course work. I’m over half way through and have really enjoyed my studies so far, but this unit is really threatening to do me in. It’s twice as long and requires twice as many reports and assignments. That’s where you picture me sliding off my chair into a puddle and just melt out of existence. I still think I should do a little series on it all. What do you think?

To keep on track with my positive life changes and everything, I’ve also been doing my little 30 day fitness challenge. It’s a free app, called just that – 30 days fitness challenge – every day it reminds me to do my little exercises and yes, sometimes I skip a day and do two days worth the next day and yes, there are official rest days in there, too. It’s nice and simple little things like some jumping jacks, planks, mountain climbers, etc. Starts off quite easy, too, and then gets gradually harder. It’s a good way to keep me a bit more active though. Oh, I’m on day 21/30. Can’t believe I’ve actually managed to keep it going for so long. Quite proud of myself actually.

Anyway, I think that’s us caught up, yeah? Great, I’ll see you next time! Time to go to bed and get all rested and stuff. I think that’s how it’s supposed to go. I still haven’t worked out all the finer details – like, sometimes I seem to wake up and still be tired. What’s up with that? Hmpfh.

G.