Looking Forward // December

02 December 2016

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Looking Forward is a regular feature on the blog where I let you know which books I’m looking forward to in the month. They are all books I’m looking forward to being released and want to know if you’re excited about them too.

December is always a slower month for book releases. There are fewer books out which I’m interested in reading and it always feels a bit like the book releases are in wind down for the end of the year too. I will never complain of this fact because it always deludes me into thinking I have time to play catch up before the new year and more books get released. So what am I looking forward to for the end of the year?

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Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: 6th December 2016
Genre: Fantasy, Steampunk
Release Date: 15th December 2016
Lincoln Mathis is legendary for his exploits with the ladies. As Oxford's go-to guy for one-liners, one-night stands, and all things no-strings-attached, Lincoln has yet to meet a woman he couldn't charm into his bed - until he meets the magazine's new copy editor. Shy, bookish, and adorably awkward, she should be grateful for the attention of a handsome bachelor. But to Lincoln's surprise, the harder he tries to win her over, the more she dodges him. Lincoln swore he'd never make himself vulnerable again - but for Tori, he's going to have to break all his rules.
Victoria Blake knows Lincoln's type all too well, and she has zero interest in becoming one more notch in his belt. After winding up as the butt of a mean-spirited prank in college, Tori learned not to believe that a gorgeous playboy could truly be interested in someone like her. And Lincoln is definitely a gorgeous playboy. But the more she gets to know him, the more she suspects that Lincoln's sleazy swagger is a facade, carefully crafted to hide his pain. And maybe Tori can be the one to heal his broken heart - even if it means risking her own.
The third title in Genevieve Cogman's clever and exciting The Invisible Library series, The Burning Page is an action-packed literary adventure!
When it's your job to save the day - where do you start?
Librarian spy Irene has standards to maintain, especially while on probation. And absconding from a mission via a besieged building doesn't look good. But when her escape route home goes up in flames, what's a spy to do? However, it seems Gates back to the Library are malfunctioning across dozens of worlds. Worse still, her nemesis Alberich is responsible -and he plans to annihilate the Library itself.
Irene and assistant Kai are posted to St Petersburg, to help combat this threat. Here Alberich emerges, as Irene tries to save her friend Vale and foil assassination attempts. Then one incredibly dangerous opportunity to save the Library emerges. Saving herself would be a bonus . . .
Irene's adventures feature stolen books, secret agents and forbidden societies - think Doctor Who but with librarian spies!

Why Am I Excited?

I’ve not even started this series and I’m excited about this book being released. I’m a convert to the greatness which is Lauren Layne and her writing. Combine my love for her writing and the summary for this book and I am so excited to get my hands on a copy (even if it will be my grubby digital hands) and get to start reading.

Why Am I Excited?

I loved the first two books in this series. They were a perfect balance of fun and interesting. I mean, a library of spies where librarian’s are tasked with entering alternate universes and different time periods to collect a copy of various rare and interesting texts? That sounds amazing and the first two books delivered with it. I can only hope the third book is just as fun and interesting and I am just as hooked on the character’s stories this time.
(also known as Spindle)
Genre: Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult
Release Date: 15th December 2016
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: 27th December 2016
The world is made safe by a woman...but it is a very big world.

It has been generations since the Storyteller Queen drove the demon out of her husband and saved her country from fire and blood. Her family has prospered beyond the borders of their village, and two new kingdoms have sprouted on either side of the mountains where the demons are kept prisoner by bright iron, and by the creatures the Storyteller Queen made to keep them contained.

But the prison is crumbling. Through years of careful manipulation, a demon has regained her power. She has made one kingdom strong and brought the other to its knees, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. When a princess is born, the demon is ready with the final blow: a curse that will cost the princess her very soul, or force her to destroy her own people to save her life.

The threads of magic are tightly spun, binding princess and exiled spinners into a desperate plot to break the curse before the demon can become a queen of men. But the web of power is dangerously tangled--and they may not see the true pattern until it is unspooled.
From the author of How Not to Fall comes an electrifying, powerful new story about love, trust, and emotional surrender.

Once upon a time, med student Annie Coffey set out to have a purely physical fling with Charles Douglas, a gorgeous British doctor in her lab. It didn’t quite work out that way. Instead, secrets—and desires—were bared, hearts were broken, and Annie knew she had to leave this complicated, compelling man who remains convinced he can never give her what she needs.

Walking away is one thing. Staying away is another. Annie and Charles reunite at a London conference, rekindling a friendship they struggle to protect from their intense physical connection. Little by little, Annie gets a glimpse into Charles’s dark past and his wealthy, dysfunctional family. Soon, she’s discovering what it means to have someone claim her, body and soul. And she’s learning that once in a lifetime you find a love that can make you do anything…except let go.

Why Am I Excited?

I know a lot of people weren’t impressed with the first book in this series. A Thousand Nights was this magical, beautifully written retelling which was inevitably compared to The Wrath & The Dawn as they were released close to each other. I feel like that doesn’t even begin to do that book justice, though. It was a really beautifully written book that just enticed me somehow and I really enjoyed it so was excited to see this book coming out. It sounds like an interesting retelling and I hope it will be just as enchanting as the first book. I really cannot wait to get a hold of a copy.

Why Am I Excited?

I’d almost forgotten about this book until Kaja messaged me about what an emotional rollercoaster the first book was and how much she was enjoying it. I instantly remembered how much I loved the book and remembered there was a second book coming out. When I found out it was the end of this month and that the book was on Netgalley available to request it doesn’t take a genius to figure out what happened next. Now I have this waiting TBR on my Kindle and I am a very happy bunny.

This book does angsty romance right and makes science sexy. It’s genius. Go read the first when and then flail with me in excitement about this coming out. Also, I here Foster’s book Come As You Are is a pretty fantastic read.
And as you can see, my books are limited. I’m sure I’ve missed a book off but these are the ones which are on my radar for December. What books are you looking forward to this month? Any books I’ve missed off and you can’t believe isn’t there? And have you read any of the books mentioned and have words to say about them? All goes below.

Monthly Wrap Up // November

30 November 2016

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I wish I knew where my November went but it was lost in work drama, Christmas shopping, and reading and blogging slumps. It’s been busy and passed with a blink of the eye. I mean, how has it gotten to December already? Before you know it the year will be over and I will be talking about my favourite books of 2016 and what I’m looking forward to read in 2017.

I honestly don’t know where the year goes but it’s exciting to look back on the month and with just one more month left in 2016 I’ve got a lot of reading to catch up on and I need to start thinking about my resolutions for this year and next. Is it a bit early to already be planning for next year when there’s still a month left in the year? Don’t be silly.

Can’t Stop Listening

Love My Life – Robbie Williams
On What You’re On – Busted

November Reads


November Posts

November Links

Confessions of a Book Geek | 2016 Bookish Gift Guide With Exclusive Discounts (I look forward to this post every year as Rachel gets the best discounts, great place to get gift ideas for bookish friends)
The Book Voyagers | Stop Using POC As Plot Devices (a great collection of books which have diversity and show POC should have the starring role in their own stories because we’re approaching 2017 and this shouldn’t be so difficult)
It Starts At Midnight | Does Social media Competence Equal Blog Success? // Bookish Self Care (because it’s been a crazy month and we all need a little self care to get us through)
The Perpetual Page Turner | Phase 1 Is Complete (For Now) (Jamie talks about getting rid of books she’s not going to read and clearing her shelves)
The Fictional Reader | On Diversity, Privilege And Feeling Uneducated (I saw this post last month and forgot to link but it’s actually a really interesting read)
Nick And Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist | Books I Love With Covers I Hate (And it features a few books I agree wholeheartedly with)
The Innocent Smiley | All About Self-Care
The Daydreaming Bookworm | When Blogging Becomes Overwhelming
All About Books | Spreadsheet: Books 2017 (I look forward to this spreadsheet every year and every year it improves. If you want a way to track your reading and spending this is for you)
Boats Against The Current | Are You A Serial Hobbyist?

My November has been crazy (I mean, Trump won an election and I’ve suffered some reading ups and downs) but how has yours been? Anyone read any good books lately or seen anything interesting online? Tell me all below, I’m honestly interested.

Sunday Summary // 27.11.2016

27 November 2016

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Welcome to another Sunday. I hope you’ve had a good week. Mine has been interesting.

So, what has happened since last time? Well, work has been… work. There has been some uncertainty flying around with a few folks at one of our other offices losing jobs. They’ve already stated all year that they’re making cut backs on unnecessary things so, yeah, that has meant a great mood in the office. I mean, we all know we’re pretty safe but it’s disconcerting seeing people you’ve worked with and spoken to over the past couple of years just go. We’ll see what happens.

Any of you here from last week will know I planned Black Friday shopping. I actually had a lot of fun. It was nowhere near as busy as I’m sure the shops were in the US simply because people have to work here, we don’t have a Thanksgiving weekend to look forward to. That, and shops were really encouraging folks to shop online to avoid the chaos. I got a lot of good deals and enjoyed myself. I am over halfway there with my gift buying and I am insanely impressed with myself. Especially as I have even successfully gotten my Secret Santa gift when the challenge is we have to buy gifts that begin with the same letter as the person’s initials. It’s a nightmare! I do need to buy gifts for the friend I went shopping with but that’ll be easy and I need to get my stepdad a gift. How hard can that be?

I do feel the need to speak about blogging today, though. I don’t usually mention blog things as this is where I normally talk about my week but I want to say now I’ve been absent. I’ve not commented on blogs as much and I’m over a week behind on replying to comments on here and I feel bad about it. It’s simply because I’m going through a clump. That and we’re getting to the busiest time of year and I don’t have time to blog as much. As such I want to tell you all now I am not going to be around as much in December. I may get two weeks behind on things and I may only get one post up a week but I am going to get back to the regularly scheduled programming in the New Year. I just want to tell you this now in case you’re wondering why I’m being a bit absent.

What I’ve Been Reading

As you can see, I’ve not been reading much this way. I think it’s linked to the fact I’m busy, but also because I’ve not felt as motivated to blog and for some reason that puts me off my reading. I did enjoy both books which I’ve read, though. After The Kiss was such a good fun book that gave me a strong urge to rewatch How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, it definitely reminds you why Lauren Layne is such a great author. And Far From You was the perfect little mystery YA gem that kept me guessing until about halfway through. It was great, I love when a mystery isn’t blatantly obvious from the beginning

New To Me

As you can see, I may not be reading as much but I’m still getting a few new books in. I’ve already got the first two books in The Sullivan series on my Kindle so when the third went on offer for free I had to get it. I saw Fixing Delilah go on offer for 99p and I already really enjoyed other books by Sarah Ockler so bought that too. As for The Diabolic, it came in a book box and I couldn’t resist. I also got another book in that book box because I’ve been subscribed since the beginning, it was the sequel to the book in the first box… only problem is I already own it. I may have to host a giveaway or something.

Anyway, that is my week. Shopping and work drama. How has your week been? What do you do when you’re in a blogging slump? And any advise for what to do with a duplicate book?