Tuesday, 22 September 2015

The Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag

What to do: pick 5 books at random. Each book will answer two questions. The first name seen after randomly flipping through the book will be the member of the team for that question. Sounds simply enough right? No then let's see who I'm going to kill.

The books:

  • The One, by Keira Cass
  • Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson 
  • Fire City, by Bali Rai
  • A Song of Fire and Ice: A Clash of Kings, by George R. R. Martin
  • The Colour of Magic, by Terry Pratchett. 
My Zombie fighting team is as follows:

1. The first person to die is America Singer, well it makes sense really. If she couldn't make a simply decision then I doubt she'd be able to survive. 
2. The person you trip to get away from the zombies is King Clarkson. I wouldn't feel bad about that because he is an awful human being!
3. The first person to turn into a zombie is Israel Hands. He might be a second in command but he wouldn't be able to survive a Zombie attack. 
4. The person that trips you to get away from the zombies is Doctor Livesey. That is just rude, Doctor.   I thought you were a decent human being! 
5. The idiot of the team is Mace. He does follow Jonah around so that sort of makes sense. But he's a fairly loving figure. Hopefully he won't die .... straight away. 
6. the 'brains' of the team is Jonah. He does survive a demon infested world on his own. So that makes sense, I guess. 
7. The teams medic is Bronn. We are screwed! 
8. The weapons expert is Tyrion. Why can't he be the brains of the team? 
9. The brawler is Twoflower. Yeah that man is too innocent to be able to do that.
10. The team captain is Rincewind. 

Yep. I am most definitely screwed! Sorry guys but if that was the case then I would most likely die straight away. 

Book Total of 2015 - 51

Monday, 21 September 2015

Autumn TBR | 2015

I think this is an amazing idea of mine (if I do say so myself). Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere officially starts on the 23rd September and finishes on the 21st December. But I'm only going to run until the 1st December because no one wants to admit that winter actually starts that late.

So here are my five books that I am going to read in autumn.

It, by Stephen King:
To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.

It was the children who saw - and felt - what made Derry so horrible different. In the storm drains, 'It' lurked taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes 'It' reached up, seizing, tearing, killing ....

The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.

Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of 'It' was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront It as It stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

West End Girls, by Jenny Colgan:
The streets of London appear to be paved with gold ... apparently. They may be twins but Lizzie and Penny Berry are complete opposites - Penny blonde, thin and outrageous; Lizzie quiet, thoughtful and definitely not thin. The one trait that they do share is a desire to DO something with their lives, and as far as they are concerned, the place to get noticed it London.

Out of the blue they discover they have a grandmother living in Chelsea - and when she has to go into hospital, they find themselves flat-sitting on the King's Road. But, as they discover, it's not as easy to become It Girls as they'd imagined, and west end boy are nothing at all like Hugh Grant.

The Walking Dead: Fall of the Governor, Part One, by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga:
Philip Blake (or the Governor as he is also known) has finally descended into madness erupting his community of Woodbury into a world of action and horror. Beloved characters from the comic book, including Rick, Michonne and Glenn, finally make their entrance onto this nightmarish stage, and fans of The Walking Dead will see these characters in a whole new light. Simmering grudges boil over into thinkable confrontations, battle lines are drawn, and unexpected twists seal the fates of the innocent and guilty alike.

Elizabeth is Missing, by Emma Healey:
An elderly woman (who is descending into dementia) embarks on a desperate quest to find the best friend she believes has disappeared, and her search for the truth will go back decades and have shattering consequences.

Rage against the dying, by Becky Masterman:
In her hey-day, ex-FBI agent Brigid Quinn not only worked serial killer cases but became their prize. Small and blond, from a distance she looked vulnerable and slight .... the perfect bait to catch a killer. But as Quinn got older, she realised she needed to find a protegee, a younger field agent to take her place. So Quinn trains a twenty-two year old and lets her loose in the field. The plain works. Until the Route 66 killer not only takes the bait, but kills the bait too.

Years later, the girl's body has finally been discovered. Quinn is pulled back into the case and teh more she learns about the killer the more she comes to believe, despite the overwhelming forensic evidence to hand, that they have the wrong man.

Hopefully I'll actually be able to complete this. I do think this will be a better idea for me. Three months to read five books!

Book Total of 2015 - 51

Time for change, a TBR change

This month has confirmed my worst fears, I cannot stick to my monthly TBR. There is something really wrong with my brain as soon I say to myself 'I am going to read this this month' my head goes 'nope, you don't actually want to read these books'. Which is bloody annoying!

So I came up with an idea (well I saw it on instagram and I'm changing the idea slightly so I can say that it's mineish). I still want to do a TBR but maybe not a monthly one; how about a seasonly one?

Each season I shall pick four or five books to read. So I have three months to read a handful of books and then as many other books I want.
How perfect does that sound?

I apologise for the shortness of this post. But there is going to be another following it. I promise!

Book Total of 2015 - 51

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Some of you may know me, but others of you do not so I would like to say a quick hello. Hello, I'm Alisha and I'm in year 13 at a school in Birmingham called BOA. At BOA I do musical theatre as well as two a-levels.

It being our final year, we are completing some shows (it's usually three a year but who knows if they'll keep it that way) and I thought what better way to help us to fill the seats was to announce it on here. Yes I know that this is only a little blog but it would really mean a lot for people to consider coming to see us perform. 

Now on to the important section: 

What even is the show? 
Well I'm glad that you asked. From the 15th to the 17th of October we are going to be putting on Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Old Rep Theatre in Birmingham. 

This show is based on the classic film musical of the same name that came out in 1967. People may know it because it hosts the legendary performer Julie Andrews who is famous for playing Mary Poppins and Maria. In the film version, Julie Andrews plays Millie Dilmount alongside other legends of that era such as James Fox, Beatrice Lille, John Gavin and Mary Tyler Moore. 

What's the show about? 
Set in New York City in the 1922, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of young Millie Dillmount from Kansas who moves to New York in search of a new life for herself. Her grand plan is to find a job as a secretary or stenographer for a wealthy man and then marry him. But things are never going to be that easy.

The height of the Jazz Age in New York is shown with the frisky flappers, dashing leading man and a dragon-lady of complete villainess and all the 'new moderns' like Millie are ready to jump into the heart of this explosive (tap crazy) musical and discover love, life and villainy.

Some facts about the show:
The screenplay for film version Thoroughly Modern Millie was written by Dick Scanlan and Richard Morris. When the film was turned into a musical in 2002, Dick Scanlan and Richard Morris wrote the book as well as this, Dick Scanlan wrote the new lyrics. Whilst Jeanine Tesori composed the new music for musical.

In 2002, this musical was nominated for 11 Tony Awards, which it won 6 of these: including Best Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Sutton Foster), Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical (Harriet Sansom Harris), Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations and Best Costume Design.

This musical started of the career for one of the biggest stars on Broadway at this current moment in time; Sutton Foster. She actually started off as a member in the Ensemble but the leading lady before the musical went onto Broadway left the production and Sutton Foster was promoted to play Millie Dilmount.

Now onto our production:
As I mentioned earlier, our production is running from the 15th to the 17th of October at the Old Rep in Birmingham. We have two casts who are going to be performing two out of the four show run. Both of our casts are absolutely brilliant and I have to say that I have some insanely talented young men and women in my year.
Two beautiful ladies, Ellie Moloney and Tallulah Wheatley, are are leading ladies. Both of whom are insanely talent and hold the show so well. It truly doesn't matter which cast you see because you will not be disappointed with seeing either of these ladies. Their love interests are played but Tom Jones and Billie Downes who are both gifted with gorgeous voices and rugged good looks that make them into the perfect leading man. The best friend to Millie is played by Shona Eaton and Heather Foster who may play the roles very differently but both will one day go places. And the second leading man, Trevor Graydon, is played by Aidan Cutler and Dylan Hartnell. Trust me when I say that none of these actors should be missed.

Oh and there are three more characters that we should mention. The comedic duo and their evil boss, Mrs Meers. The two ladies playing Mrs Meers have this unusual talent to incorporate comedy into their villainous ways and have a marvelous way of grasping accents easily. I have a lot of respect for Katherine Ellis and Casey-joe Dowling. And then the light side to the musical, the henchmen Ching Ho and Bun Foo are played by Harry Jones and Gianni Cantone for Cast A and Harry Sheasby and Lewis Warren for Cast B.

It would take so long to mention every single person in the cast but I am telling you this. This show is not one that people want to miss. You need to come and see this show.

Cast B is performing on Thursday the 15th of October at 7:30pm and on Saturday the 17th of October at 2:30pm. Whilst Cast A is performing on Friday the 16th of October at 7:30pm and on Saturday the 17th of October at 7:30pm.
Here is a link to buy some tickets because it would really be nice to have some more support: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/103304

Please come and see the performance, it really would mean a lot to myself and the rest of the company.

Book Total of 2015 - 51

Friday, 18 September 2015

Living the Single Life

Why is it that literally all of my friends are suddenly being thrown into relationships and I am still single? Literally all of my friends are in a relationship and I am sat here in the corner of the room whilst they are being all coupley (is that a word? I don't think it is but it best describes how I feel) eating some sort of chocolate treat.

So a few years ago I was fat. Not like I had a bit of puppy fat on the stomach and thighs. I mean full blown, baby elephant fat. I was huge! Also I had a lot of spots but they weren't spots, it was full blown acne and it was horrid. Oh and I was (and still am) a full blown Geek. But not the cute type of Geek that people are in love with because they are so adorable. I become a fairly angry fangirl when I'm talking about something that I obsess over. So yeah it makes sense that from the ages 11 - 15 I was spending my friday nights devouring ice cream whilst obsessing over Doctor Who.

But in the past year and a bit I dropped a load of my weight almost overnight (mainly because I was so stressed about exams that it fell off, grew legs and ran away (a bit like an adipose). Yes I'm not a stick thin twig person (I still has some fat on me but really it is only a bit of puppy fat in comparison to before) but I'm nothing in comparison to before. I take these tablets that have really controlled my acne (almost getting rid of most of it) and I know that my weight will always look like I'm huge in comparison to some of my taller friends because I'm only 5f2! But you know I can live with that. My geeky side is as huge as ever but it's starting to become a sort of 'aww that's cute that she's obsessed with that' sort of side to other people.

Yet, I'm still alone. I'm 17 and completely and utterly alone. How depressing is that!

I know that I am going to be that person who meets someone in Uni and learns that they are a completely amazing person who I'd maybe end up marrying. But if that doesn't happen then I probably will turn into a crazy cat lady. But I don't have any cats and I already have 10 ferrets so that would probably make me a crazy ferret lady.

But whilst I might be saying that, I rather like being the only single. They are always complaining about their partners and stuff like that so in a way I am glad that I'm alone. And I'm able to obsess over celebs and fictional characters without my other being slightly worried about my sanity.

Now that I'm thinking about it. Although I complain about being single and stuff and probably being the only almost 18 year old in the universe who hasn't actually been kissed or anything. At least I don't have to attempt to impress anyone or anything. Which actually really fantastic, slightly delusional way. Who knows what is actually going on in my mind but I'll survive.

So, basically, I am living (and sort of loving but also sort of hating) the single life!

Book Total of 2015 - 51

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Line Learning

So rehearsals are underway for the first of our shows. It's Thoroughly Modern Millie and we're performing it at the Old Rep from the 13th of October. So if anybody would like to come and see it, then your are welcome. Sorry I had to do a tiny plug for you all.

Anyway because of this, I have the obvious dilemma of line learning. I don't know how many people understand the pain that is line learning. For me I can pick up lyrics as easy as I can pick up a book. Harmonies are the same. Usually line learning is the same but this time, nope. I only have like four lines to learn but for some reason I can't get them in my head. The girl's who are the main cast have almost all their lines completely down but me. Nope.


I'm picking up the choreography quicker than my lines which is odd for me. Maybe it means that I'm progressing as a performer and my dance is improving but I've never struggled with lines this much before. Maybe it's just pressure settling in because of A-Levels and everything being in a few months. Perhaps my head is just a little bit dead. Maybe. Who knows if I'm honest.

But I work good when I'm on a timetable so I think I'm going to have to incorporate some of the Millie line learning and song stuff into that timetable. Maybe at the end of the day. Who knows what I'm going to do.

Ugh! Life!

Book Total of 2015 - 51

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Your Bookish Identity Tag

I am a tiny bit of a geek, something that I do believe most of you already know. If you don't well ... how have you not guessed this already?

This tag is something that I came across whilst I was spending an age crawling around the internet. And I thought that this would be yet another way for people to get to know me. So here is my bookish identity .....

What dystopian/fantasy world would you live in?
Two places instantly come to mind and although I would love to attend Hogwarts I know that I belong in Middle Earth. I am an Elleth at heart so I know that I must live in Middle Earth. Sorry Hogwarts.

Who would your partner be?
People who know me, know that I am completely in love with Legolas and since I am going to be living in Middle Earth (as my OC which I created and you should all go and check out my fan fiction on Wattpad). So my partner shall be Legolas!

Who would your godly mother/father be? (Percy Jackson Series)
I've thought about this for some time. And I have a feeling that I wouldn't be a half blood. I'd like to think that I was a God. Is that really obnoxious of me? I think I would be the daughter of Poseidon and Amphitrite. And I think I would be something to do with the nature. Maybe the Goddess of all the animals in the sea. I dunno. But I think I would be a minor Goddess.

Would you rather be a Downworlder or a Nephilim? (The Mortal Instruments Series)
I'm sure that everyone would quite like to be a Nephilim. But I'd quite like to be a werewolf or something. Basically I would like to be Luke because Aidan Turner! But I also don't think I'd want to be a Werewolf because the transformation is probably very painful. So can I just be a Nephilim please?

What House would you be in? (Harry Potter Series)
I already know this because I am an avid Potterhead so I was sorted into my House a long time ago. I am in Gryffindor.

What faction would you be in? (Divergent)
I'd love to say that I am in Dauntless but I doubt I'd be brave enough. I'm not a peaceful person so I definitely couldn't be in Amity. I'm sort of selfish so I would not be in Abnegation. And I am not that honest, I'm not honest but not so honest that I could be honest ally he time, so Candor is a no for me. So I think that I would have to be Erudite because I'm intelligent. But I hope that I wouldn't go along with Jocelyn's plan. I'd hope that I was divergent too. But I doubt

What would your daemon be? (Northern Lights Trilogy)
I think I know what this would be for me. My daemon (and my patronus) would be a ferret. I am a mad ferret lady so having a ferret as a daemon really makes sense.

So this is my bookish identity. Personally I think that this sort of shows a lot about me as a geeking ginger. Ha, see what I did there? If anyone else feels like doing this tag then feel free to do so but please let me know.

Book Total of 2015 - 49

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Writer's Block

Oh writer's block, you are a cruel mistress.

I'm sure that somewhere along the everyone has dealt with the pain that is writer's block. Whether it's for an essay or for simply writing; it is the biggest pain in the arse that anyone can have.
I've been suffering from writer's block for the past seven months to do with one fanfictions. Nothing else, really, has struck me but for this one piece of work I have been stuck with writer's block and it's really starting to annoy me. I feel like I have this tiny thorn stuck in my shoe and I can't get it out; it's not visible from my soul but I can feel and ugh is it annoying.

So for the past few hours, I've been sat here attempting to write so that my readers don't kill me (trust me when I say that the death threats will likely start coming any time soon). Nothing is working. I have been staring blankly at my keys for the past five or six hours. It is a bloody pain!

To help me get over this writer's block, I've been googling and I think I have found some good cures so I thought I would share them with you all.

Do something else that's creative:
One of the main reasons that I struggle with writer's block is when my creative juices stop flowing. Don't know if this is just me but I find doing something else that uses the creative side helps me get through it. I like to do a bit of singing, attempt to choreograph a dance to one of my favourite pieces of music, I've baked a few times and sometimes I knit. Usually it helps.

Just write:
Simply sit down and write. It doesn't matter if it is bad, just let the chaos fly out of your head and then things should feel a lot calmer inside your head.

Write in a different point of view:
Maybe your main character is no longer clicking with you, so give it a go inside someone else's head. This could be a brand new scene or something you wrote ages ago, who cares. But it should help get a new feel on the book.

Have a conversation with one of your characters:
People may think you are insane for this so it is probably a good idea to do it in the safety of your room. Sit down and have a chat with one of your characters, like an imaginary friend from when you were a kid, and this should help you get a brand new feel for some of your characters.

Write for You:
Forget everyone else and write the story or blog or dictionary or whatever the hell it is for you. Forget about your readers who want it to go a certain way, it is your creativity so why should they be able to pressure you into changing it or updating quicker. Forget everything and just sit down when you have time and write when you are in the mood to do so.

I hope that that helped. Writer's block is evil so hopefully I can actually help people get through it.

Book Total of 2015 - 47

Saturday, 5 September 2015

TBR Shame Tag

I'm a reader, as you all know, and one thing that all readers have in common (other than books) is the humongous TBR pile. Well shelves in my case. I saw this tag a while ago on youtube somewhere, I think it was created by Sarah Churchill but I'm not sure. So who ever created this tag, if it wasn't Sarah, thank you for creating it.

I have a little disclaimer here. I did not buy all of these books in the last month or so. Some of the books have been on my shelves for quite a while or have been books that were given to me by family member (like my Discworld collection, they all belonged to my dad from when he was younger) or presents from Christmases and Birthdays. I wish I could buy this many books in a month but there is no way in hell that I could afford to do that. *Cries*.

Anyway, here is my rather large TBR pile:

Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by David Leviathan and John Green
Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell
The year I met you, by Celia Ahern
A place called here, by Celia Ahern
The time of my life, by Celia Ahern
Thanks for the memories, by Celia Ahern
P.S I love you, by Celia Ahern
Unremembered, by Jessica Brody
Wrapped in white, by Kevin Brooks
Lion Boy, by Zizou Corder
The abbey, by Chris Culver
The Magicians, by Lev Grossman
No Going Back, by Matt Hilton
The Poison Tree, by Erin Kelly
Death Force, by Matt Lynn
The girl who fell from the sky, by Simon Mawer
The outsiders, by Gerald Seymour
Dead Gone, by Luca Veste
The pleasures of man, by Kate Williams
Eldest, by Christopher Paolini
The Greatest Knight, by Elizabeth Chadwick
Burning Bright, by Tracy Chevalier
The Lady and the Unicorn, by Tracy Chevalier
The Templar Cross, by Paul Christopher
The Sixth Wife, by Suzzanah Dunn
Jane Boleyn, by Julia Fox
Arbella, by Sarah Gristwood
When Christ and his Saints Slept, by Sharon Penman
Unravelling, by Elizabeth Norris
The Rats, by James Herbert
Moon, by James Herbert
Dune, by Frank Herbert
The Fog, by Caroline B. Cooney
Insomia, by Stephen King
It, by Stephen King
Needful Things, by Stephen King
Dolores Claiborne, by Stephen King
Four Past Midnight, by Stephen King
Safe for Life, by Katherine Reynolds
Born to Dance, by Katherine Reynolds
The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
Slaughterhouse 5, by Kurt Vonnegut
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende
The Well of Loneliness, by Radclyffe Hall
Betrayal, by Handel Pinter
The Bloody Chamber, by Angela Carter
Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl; The Opal Deception, by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident, by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code, by Eoin Colfer
Bound, by Sarah Bryant
The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
West End Girls, by Jenny Colgen
The Disciple, by Steven Dunne
Prey, by Thomas Emson
Gone Girl, by Gillan Flynn
A Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith
The Pilgrim, by Terry Hayes
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
The Woman in Silk, by R. J. Gadney
Half Bad, by Sally Green
Elizabeth is Missing, by Emma Healey
The Devil in the Marshalsea, by Antonia Hodgson
Department 19, by Will Hill
Talon, by Julie Kagawa
You, by Caroline Kepnes
The Bourne Identity, by Robert Ludlum
Race against the dying, by Becky Masterman
True Fire, by Gary Meehan
The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
The time traveller's wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
All the bright places, by Jennifer Niven
The murder bag, by Tony Parson
The lovely bones, by Alice Sebold
Fragile Minds, by Claire Seeban
The Bone Season, by Samantha Shannon
Mirrorscape, by Mike Wilks
Mother, mother, by Koren Zailckas
All the wrong questions: who could that be at this hour?, by Lemony Snicket
The Camelot Code, by Sam Christer
The Amulet of Samarkand, by Jonathon Stroud
The Healer's Keeper, by Victoria Hanley
Jurassica Park and Congo, by Michael Crichton
Gods and Warriors, by Michelle Paver
A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow, by George R. R. Martin
A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold, by George R. R. Martin
A Feast of Crows, by George R. R. Martin
Four, by Veronica Roth
The Heir, by Kiera Cass
Digital Fortress, by Dan Brown
Deception Point, by Dan Brown
Die Trying, by Lee Child 
The visitor, by Lee Child 
Echo Burning, by Lee Child
Trip Wire, by Lee Child
Hush, hush, by Becca Fitzpactrick 
Crescendo, by Becca Fitzpatrick 
Silence, by Becca Fitzpatrick
Missing me, by Sophie McKenzie 
Sister, missing, by Sophie McKenzie
Girl, missing, by Sophie McKenzie
The Walking Dead: Fall of the Governor; Part One, by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga
The Walking Dead: Fall of the Governor; Part Two, by Robert Kirkman and Kay Bonansinga 
The Atlantis Gene, by A.G. Riddle 
The Atlantis Plague, by A.G. Riddle 
The Atlantis World, by A.G. Riddle
City of Glass, by Cassandra Clare
City of Fall Angels, by Cassandra Clare 
City of Lost Souls, by Cassandra Clare
City of Heavenly Fire, by Cassandra Clare 
Tales from the Perilous Realm, by J.R.R. Tolkien 
The Silmarillion, by J.R.R Tolkien 
The Husbands Secret, by Liane Moriarty
Bones of the Lost, by Kathy Reichs 
The Plumed Serpant, by D.H Lawerence 
John Thomas and Lady Jane, by D.H Lawerence 
Oh dear Silvia, by Dawn French 
The gates of dawn, by Robert Newcomb
The Scrolls of the Ancients, by Robert Newcomb 
The Fifth Sorceress, by Robert Newcomb 
Johnny and the Dead, by Terry Pratchett 
Hectic, by Bernard Cornwell
Abarat: Days of magic, nights of war, by Clive Barker 
The Horse Whisperer, by Nicholas Evans 
Cold Comfort Farm, by A. Gibbons
Guards, guards, by Terry Pratchett
Wyrd Sister, by Terrry Pratchett
Pyramids, by Terry Pratchett
Reaper Man, by Terry Pratchett
Witches Abroad, by Terry Pratchett
Lords and Ladies, by Terry Pratchett
Men at Arms, by Terry Pratchett
Soul Music, by Terry Pratchett
Interesting Times, by Terry Pratchett 
Maskerade, by Terry Pratchett 
Feet of Clay, by Terry Pratchett 
Moving Pictures, by Terry Pratchett 
Jingo, by Terry Pratchett 
Carpe Jugulum, by Terry Pratchett 
The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, by Terry Pratchett 
Raising Steam, by Terry Pratchett 
The Theif of Time, by Terry Pratchett 
The Last Continent, by Terry Pratchett 
Payback, by James Barrington 
Elegy for a Lost Star, by Elizabeth Hayden 
Triptych, by Karin Slaughter 
A Tale of Redwall, by Brian Jacques 
Devil's Own Daughter, by Meg Hutchinson 
OD Centre: Divide and Conquer, by Tom Clancy 
Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaimen 
Bread and Chocolate, by Phillipa Gregory
Hogfather, by Terry Pratchett 
This!, by Terry Pratchett 
Winter smith, by Terry Pratchett 
Monstrous Regiment, by Terry Pratchett 
Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett 
The Fifth Elephant, by Terry Pratchett 
The Truth, by Terry Pratchett 
The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith 
Rose Madder, by Stephen King
Unsaid Things, by Mcfly
Creed, by James Herbert
Inferno, by Dan Brown 
The Shining Girls, by Lauren Beukes
Alfie: my story, by Alfie Boe
On Chesil Beach, by Ian McEwan 
Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens
Around the World in Eighty Days, by Jules Verne 
The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson 
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne 
A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens 
Vaniety Fair, by William Makepeace Thackery 

And that is it. My TBR pile. 173 books in total, I think. I may have miscounted but I think that is the right number. I could be wrong but who knows! 

How big is your TBR pile? 
I envy the people who only have 20ish books on their TBR pile. But at least I have a better variety of what I could read. But still some many things I have to read!!!!! 

I need to stop buying books! Oh look a new book! 

Book Total of 2015 - 47 

Friday, 4 September 2015

September 2015 - TBR

So after many many months, I have decided to release my TBR for this month. Hopefully I will be able to stick to it this time, I should have a far amount of free time this month because I'll be in rehearsals most of the time so finally I'll get a large amount of reading done as well as blogging. Anyway time to get back on topic.
I've selected five books to read for this month, I might read them all or I might read some others. Who knows but I am definitely going to try to read them all. A tiny note here is that I won't be reading them in this order, this is simply the order in which I thought 'oh let's read this this month'. So here they are:

1. A Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith.
Cormoran Strike, a private investigator, is asked to look into the case of a young model who supposedly committed suicide. Everyone believes the story that this troubled young woman leapt from her balcony, everyone except her brother.

This case is a financial life line for this for this war veteran. But as he delves deeper into the model's world, things begin to get darker than he could ever imagine - and the closer he gets to the truth, the closer he is pushed towards danger.

2. Half Bad, by Sally Green. 
Nathan Bryn is a disgrace to all of his kind and has be locked in a cage since birth. Well, that's what happens when you are the son of a white witch and a black witch. White witches are good whilst black witches are evil. So what sort of person would sixteen year old Nathan be? Other than an abomination.

Nathan's only hope for survival is to track down his father, Marcus the most terrifying and violent witch there ever was, so that he can come into his magical powers.
But how can he find his father when he can trust no one, not his family, not even the girl he loves?

3. The Camelot Code, by Sam Christer.
On a starlit summer night in the Welsh mountains, an old man suddenly awakens as an ancient prophecy begins to unfold. Whilst in America, an antiques dealer lies dying from a fatal stab wound.

From that shop, a priceless Celtic artifact is stolen and it is up to Mitzi Fallon (the lead investigator for the FBI's Historical, Religious and Unsolved Crimes Department) to solve the mystery embedded in the head of the modern US Government. All of which revolves around one question; what if King Arthur was so much more than a myth?

4. All The Wrong Questions: Who Could That Be At This Hour?, by Lemony Snicket. 
In a fading town, far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket began his appprenticeship in an organisation nobody knows about. And like the curious person he is, he started to ask questions that he shouldn't have.

Now he is finally ready to tell everyone his story.

5. Skulduggery Pleasant, by Derek Landy.
Stephanie Edgley's uncle, Gordan, was an acclaimed horror writer and was just about to release his latest novel when he suddenly died, which was a shock for everyone (especially him). Gordan, being the strange man that he was, left his royalties and estate to Stephanie and who would believe that this one action would alter the girl's life completely.

It turns out that the things that Gordan had been writing about were not entirely fiction and he has thrown his niece right into it, when a dangerous man appears at what is now Stephanie's estate looking for a key. And her hero turns out to be a wise cracking detective called Skulduggery Pleasant who just so happens to be dead.

Turns out that a dead guy and a twelve year old make a pretty could team who hold the fate of the world in their hands. So no pressure then.

So there we have it, my five TBR books for the month. Four of them are new reads whilst one is an umpteenth reread. I wonder if anyone can figure out which is which?

Book Total of 2015 - 47