Voila! Today’s book haul. Today I went to the most amazing second hand bookstore called Barter Books. There, you could take your old books and exchange them for credit to buy new books with. I took 11 old books and came home with 5 new books. I was well impressed! Barter books is in Alnwick, England and has a website which can be found here. If you can, I would definitely recommend you go.
- Half Bad By Sally Green
- Tempest By Julie Cross
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians By Rick Riordan (a replacement copy since I lost it.)
- Numbers By Rachel Ward
- The Magician’s Guild By Trudi Canavan
My friend and I bought Numbers together and we intend to pass it around our group of friends, with each person making notes in the margin in a different colour pen as they read. It should be so cool by the end.
The other book I received this week was Heir of Fire By Sarah J. Maas which I can’t wait to read. What makes it even more exciting is the fact that I got a signed copy! Eeeeek!
I am so pleased, I have reached 50 followers (actually 51 but..) I would just like to thank every single person who followed me. You have no idea absolutely how much this means to me. I never really thought anyone would be interested in what I have to say. Have a virtual piece of cake. Yes, you! You know you want to…
Another thing that is really exciting is my blog has been viewed by people in 27 countries. How cool is that! It’s so weird when I get notifications in the middle of the night, because some of you guys are awake in your respective countries blogging.
Thanks again to everyone who follows me! You’re all knowledge ninjas, like me!
- Finding Sky By Joss Stirling
- Assassin’s Blade By Sarah J. Maas
- Angelfall By Susan Ee
- Prince of Wolves By Quinn Loftis
- Pushing the limits By Katie McGarry
- Time Riders By Alex Scarrow
- Poison Study By Maria V. Snyder
- The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer By Michelle Hodgkin
- Slated By Teri Terry
- Starcrossed By Josephine Angelini
Yay! I am absolutely thrilled to have my first ever author interview. The author that has so kindly allowed me to interview her is T.M. Mendes. She is a debut author who’s first published novel is One Night with the Prince which is coming out on the 20th of September.
Anna is a simple girl from a small town. But is as mouthy as they come. One day she wins a radio contest on a stroke of luck, that sends her packing on a trip to the small country of Bantaniomos, where she is accidently mistaken for another girl, who is in the running in winning the prince’s heart.
The rules are simple. 15 girls from all royal blood lines, are to only get 1 night with the prince each. But if he enjoyed your company he may or may not choose you for another night. But in the end only one girl can win. But Anna is hell bent on making sure that girl isn’t her…but how will that work out, when Prince Zachias himself is so hell bent on winning her heart?
T.M. Mendes was born in Mesa Arizona where she and her family moved to Washington State. She has three siblings and two loving parents. When she isn’t writing, T.M. Mendes works as a caregiver to special needs adults and is a youth leader at her church. She loves to read and loves to draw almost as much.
What inspired you write One Night with the Prince?
I was inspired when my sister was talking about the TV show ‘The Bachelor’. It sounded so blah and I thought ‘I can make this funny’.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
My advice would be to never give up if you love to write. No one starts out amazing, have to work at it.
What was the process like going from a Wattpad book to a published book?
The process was, for lack of better words: unbelievable. I couldn’t believe that a publishing company contacted ME. It’s so nerve wracking knowing soon, people I know personally will read one of my books. It was also very quick. Not in a sense I wrote the book and BAM I was getting published, but in a sense once I agreed to get it published it went boom, boom, boom, getting published.
How much has changed since the book was on Wattpad?
A lot has changed since One Night with the Prince. My writing has grown and continues to grow and mature. I feel more comfortable as myself and I’m actually sharing my works with my loved ones which I have never done before.
Who is your favourite character from your book?
My favourite character has to be Anna (original I know) because she’s what I wanted to be at her age. Not afraid of what other’s think, but instead I was more like Missy.
One of the characters, Anna pulls lots of pranks at school and still gets A+’s. Were you like that at school?
Heck no! I was so shy and didn’t like to talk to anyone except my friends. Lol, I was so closed up.
Which scene did you most enjoy writing?
I loved writing the scene with the food fight because I have always wanted to have a food fight.
When and where can you buy your book?
My book comes out on the 20th of September and you can buy it in most countries online on Amazon.
Anything else you would like to add?
Just to thank everyone for the amazing support I never though I’d have. I never thought I was good enough to have it.
Thank you so much to the amazing T.M. Mendes. I certainly will be buying her book on the 20th! It’s in my diary now!
I was tagged by Mariel at Booksthefinalfrontier. Thank you so much to her!
So here we go…
Which book most recently did you not finish?
I don’t think I’ve not finished a book. Even books I really aren’t enjoying, I keep going because they might get better. However the one book I wish I hadn’t finish because the entire book was bad was Fallen By Lauren Kate.
Which book is your guilty pleasure?
I don’t feel guilty about any books I read, although sometimes I feel bad when I am rereading a book for the third time whilst I have such a long list of books that I own but have never read.
Which book do you love to hate?
I don’t really hate any books, but I guess I would have to say Twilight.
Which book would you throw into the sea?
Probably Fallen By Lauren Kate, which I have already mentioned. I had to force myself to keep reading, and even when I had finished the entire book I didn’t enjoy it. The characters were quite bland and the plot was cliché.
Which book have you read the most?
I’m not exactly sure, but probably the Harry Potter books. I have read them at least three times each and watched all the movies just as many times. I am a huge Potterhead!
Which book would you hate to receive as a present?
I wouldn’t really hate to receive any book as a present, because even if I already owned the book or didn’t really like it I could always re-gift it to someone else to encourage them to love books.
Which book could you not live without?
I think I’m going to have to copy Mariel and say Harry Potter. I have read all the books and watched all the movies at least three times each. I regularly talk about and quote Harry Potter and recently when someone at my church was trying to describe me to someone else, they used the words “the one with the Harry Potter T-shirts”.
Which book made you the angriest?
Allegiant made me angriest. I don’t want to spoil for anyone but the ending really frustrated me immediately after I had read. Now I’m still a little annoyed, but I read an article by the author why she chose to do that which explained why her decision to do that made sense based on the characters past experiences.
Which book made you cry the most?
I am an extremely emotional reader, I cry whilst reading books semi regularly. That being said, the book I cried the most whilst reading I think was The Fault in Our Stars. I cried so much whilst reading the book and again when I watched the movie.
Which book cover do you hate the most?
I’m not really that bothered about book covers, however I don’t like book covers with real people. I don’t like covers with half of a face, a couple or other things like that. I prefer my covers simple, with pretty fonts and carefully chosen colours.
I have just finished reading The Study Series By Maria V. Snyder and OMG! I absolutely loved them. I read the first book earlier this year but I reread when I finally managed to find and afford the other 2 books in store. I am a huge fan of fantasy novels with a strong badass heroine and this series definitely fits the bill.
First, let’s talk about characters. Yelena is awesome. She is the epitome of badass heroine along with Celaena Sardothien. She overcomes her difficult past, finds out she has magical abilities, manages to fall in love with the man keeping her prisoner and that’s just in the first book! All jokes aside, I love her because she makes the wrong decisions sometimes, and messes up but she keeps going and does the right thing in the end. Valek, well what can I say about him… He’s clever, cunning, a great fighter and his loyalty to friends and the Commander is rivalled by none. I absolutely adore Ari and Janco, they perfectly provide the comic relief required in this epic fantasy. I really want older brothers like them.
Maria V. Snyder’s world building is absolutely great also. She perfectly creates two different nations, Sitia and Ixia. They are cleverly created as each had it’s merits and it’s drawbacks, like every nation. Personally I would rather live in Sitia, with it’s bright colours, although the fire and ice festivals in Ixia sound cool. The way the two nations hate each other, because they fear invasion from the other even though it has been peaceful for years is interesting. I also liked the way Yelena belongs to both Sitia and Ixia and has no bias and wants to help them reconcile.
Finally, the plot. Well, I don’t know about others, but I never knew what was going to happen next. I liked how Valek and Yelena’s romance wasn’t more important that everything else. In fact, the romance wasn’t that important to the plot at all. This book wasn’t short on action, however everything is fully fleshed out and isn’t confusing.
I absolutely loved this series. I cant wait to read the next books!
Looking at my bookshelves and at the list of books on my kindle, I have realised I have an awful lot of classics just sitting there. I really think I should read at least some of these books. So I have decided to make October ‘Classics Month’.
The list of classics I have to choose from is:
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen
Persuasion By Jane Austen
Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens
To Kill a Mockingbird By Harper Lee
The Picture of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde
The Time Machine By H. G. Wells
Emma By Jane Austen
I plan on reading at least three of these classics during the month of October, though I will not only be reading classics for that month. I was wondering if any other bloggers wanted to do this ‘Classics Month’ with me, or just wanted to read any of the above classics in October so we could talk about them and perhaps post a discussion about it on our blogs.
If anyone is interested in doing this with me, please let me know in the comments.