Neglected Book Challenge

We all do it. We see a book; the cover looks interesting, the blurb seems like something we’d be into, we flick through and we like the little bits our eyes take in. And so we buy it. We take it home, and put it on our shelves, ready for when we’ve finished our current read.

And then it never sees the light of day again.

Other books come along, life gets busy, you lose it, you’re in a reading funk… there are a load of different reasons – ahem, excuses – as to why we never quite get around to reading a certain book.

The only problem is, this doesn’t happen to us bookish types just once. Oh no. This’ll happen three, four, five times… until suddenly we can fill a whole shelf with books we haven’t read (yet).

Now, this was never our intention. We love these books. We’re attached to them so much that someone will suggest we get rid of them and we will defiantly say “No! I’m going to read it!” and then we’ll completely forget we ever said that and go on to read something else. Again.

But the point is, we fully intend to read these things at some point. It may take years, but we will.

And so, that is what I am going to do. For the month of September I’m going to be reading and reviewing those books that I’ve had for too long to have not read. You can follow my progress by checking the neglected books tag on my blog, and I’ll also be keeping (and updating) a list of my progress right here for you to follow!

Are you going to join me in reading your neglected books this month? Let me know in the comments below, or tell me which books you’ve had on your shelves but have yet to read. I’d love to know!

SHADOW – K.T. Parker

EMPRESS – Karen Miller

THE SONG OF ACHILLES – Madeline Miller


THE COLOUR OF MAGIC – Terry Pratchett


QUICKIE: The Wise Man’s Fear – Patrick Rothfuss

The Wise Man’s Fear is the second installment in Patrick Rothfuss’s bestselling series The King Killer Chronicle. I’ve read it previously, but this series is so good (and I am so impatient for the third book) that it most certainly deserves a reread.

This book not only manages to lead seemlessly from the first, it manages to be a step above the first installment too. And not just because we do actually discover what “The Wise Man’s Fear” is*, unlike The Name of the Wind, where we’re still none the wiser about the name of the wind by the end of it. The characters are well-rounded, the story-telling is fantastic and has multiple layers and to be quite honest it’s a credit to the genre. It really is must read for any fantasy fan, and whilst the length of each book might be a bit daunting for someone new to the genre, it’s definitely less intimidating than well known fantasy series such as A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin or The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.

So, if fantasy is your thing, or you’re looking for your first step into high-fantasy before you take on the giants of the genre, do not give this series a miss. I think it’s wonderful, and I’m sure you will too.

*Wise blokes should fear a moonless night. Obviously.

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Most Anticipated New Releases 2015

There’s a host of fab looking books coming out in the UK in the latter half of this year, so I thought I’d give you a list of my most eagerly awaited books that’ll be hitting shelves (and e-readers) in the coming months.

(Please Note: The release dates listed are UK release dates. Releases may vary for your country, and books may already be available for purchase.)

SKINilkatampke1) SKIN by Ilka Tampke (6th August 2015)

This historical fiction meets fantasy novel is set in Iron Age Britain, where a young “skinless” woman sets out on a journey to find the knowledge that will help her protect her people.

History, romance, fantasy… it has something to appeal to everyone, it seems, and early reviews are largely positive. Not to mention a cover that is perhaps the most beautiful thing I’ve seen in my life.

The publishers really do need to be commended for what they’ve done to get this book out there. Their publicity on this thing has been phenomenal – some of the most creative and fun publicity I’ve seen for a book this year – and all I can say is that I’m so disappointed I never got my hands on a SKIN themed bottle of mead.

If you’re interested in learning more about SKIN, a free e-reader only extract is available for download from Amazon.

TROUJLHpatrickness2) THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE by Patrick Ness (27th August 2015)

An interesting and exciting take on the post-apocalyptic/dystopian trend that seems to have taken the YA world by storm over the last few years. Ness’s take on the genre centre’s on a kid who is… just a kid. Not the Chosen One, not the Saviour of Human-Kind, just a regular teen with regular dreams and wishes (like graduating, getting the girl,not getting killed…).

Typically I’m not a huge lover of YA dystopians, or any dystopian for that matter, but the premise of this one really caught my eye. The more fantastical elements appealed to me too, of course. It also seems to have a really great message, which I find in most highly rated and poignant YA novels is usually too poncy and ridiculous for my liking. The message that sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life, is a really great one, and one I know I would’ve loved to have when I was this novels target demographic. Heck, I still love it now.

With 5 YA novels under his belt already, and a few awards to his name too, Patrick Ness isn’t new to the scene at all. Early reviews are saying very good things, and if the likes of YA superstar John Green highly rate Ness’s work, then that can only be a good sign.

If you haven’t encountered his work before, I highly recommend it, especially if you love authors like Cassie Clare. An extract of THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE is available on Patrick Ness’s website.

FURIOUSjennylawson3) FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson (22nd September 2015)

Some say laughter is a way of defending ourselves against things that might hurt us, but what those people often forget is that it’s a way of healing our hurts too. The Bloggess hasn’t forgotten this with her newest book, FURIOUSLY HAPPY – a book filled with a funny look on horrible things. Because sometimes, no matter how bad things are, you just have to laugh.

Her first book, a memoir, was a huge hit, and FURIOUSLY HAPPY seems like it will be too. If it’s anything like the first, it’s coming popularity will be entirely justified as there’s no doubt that Lawson has a way with words and, though to some she might seem eclectic with her evident love of bizarre taxidermy, she speaks of mental illness in a way that is refreshing and relatable to so many sufferers.

If you’re unfamiliar with Jenny Lawson, but think this book might be of interest to you, check out her blog, The Bloggess.

June 2015 Book Haul

Summer is here and so is reading season! I’ve acquired way more books than I expected, mostly down to finally having the money to spend on books (and it being Indie Bookshop week here in the UK!) so I went all out on the book buying front. I was also lucky enough to win 2 books this month too (a huge thanks to Penguin for Louise Candlish’s new book and Neel Burton on goodreads for a copy of his book on emotions!)

THE SHADOW CABINET – Maureen Johnson
DIVERGENT – Veronica Roth
INSURGENT – Veronica Roth
ALLEGIANT – Veronica Roth
HALF BAD – Sally Green
HALF WILD – Sally Green

What books have you added to your collection this month?