Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Trying a New Genre

For a while now, I’ve been wanting to read Manga. The only reason I haven’t is because of the cost. I’m not sure for where you are, but here in Australia, it costs a lot of money… Money I’ve been spending on other books.

Well, that has all changed. For Christmas 2017, I got a lot of Manga books.

When we went to the shops, I thought I would be getting just one, or two. But SIX!! I’m a very spoilt lady (yes, I’m a lady).

I’ve only read Legend of Zelda so far, and over half-way through Death Note. Verdict….

I have to admit, it did take me a while to get used to the new (for me) format of reading, there were a few times I read it in the wrong order and confused myself. Luckily, it didn’t take too long, and once I started Death Note, I was an expert… Or close to one anyway.

Sorry bank account, but I think I’ll be reading a lot more of Manga in the future.

It’s good to get out of your comfort zone, try something new. You just never know, you might love it.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

2017 in Books

2017 was a good reading year. And even though towards the end I started to lag, I surpassed my goal of reading 100 books.
Overall, I don’t think I did a bad job.
Goodreads has my year in books, so I thought for this weeks Tea Tuesday I’ll show it to you. Also, I couldn’t think of anything else to post at the last minute, typical Catherine.

Friday, 5 January 2018

Book Review ~ Little Beginners Library by Lake Press

Little Beginners Library by Lake Press

First book review for the year is here, and I had to do a Christmas gift my daughter got from “Santa”. When I first stumbled, I mean when the “elves” first stumbled across Little Beginners Library from Lake Press at the shops, they had to get it. 

Jessica (my daughter) just like her mother, loves books. Just the title alone caught my eye, and the illustrations from Fhiona Galloway made me want it more. The colours that were used are solid and bright, perfect for little ones. Well, in my opinion anyway.

Inside are four books;
On The Farm
My First ABC
My First Phonics
On The Move

Jessica found it easy to follow along with the words and pictures to match. I’ve seen a few children illustrated books where the pictures don’t make sense. Of course, these pictures aren’t “life like”, especially the blue cat and dog, but they aren’t overdone. You will see by the pictures what I mean, bright, easy to the eyes images that pleases not only little eyes, but adult ones too.

Her go to book, that I've probably read countless times, is On The Farm. Maybe because we go to the farm most weekends, she can relate to some of the images. I personally love them all for the illustrations.

Will definitely recommend this book for little kids whether they love reading or not. A great way for them to learn their ABC's and words.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Book Clubbing

A long time ago, I started Tea Tuesday. Who remembers? No one? 
Well it was a short phase, and I thought it would be a place for me to talk about anything that was on my mind, and not book related. It might’ve been because I got lazy that I didn’t continue with it, but not anymore.
Tea Tuesday is back, and like how I planned before, I would be posting about anything. Just sit back with a good cup of tea, and listen (read) to me ramble.

First Tea Tuesday for the new year (and of course a short one), is about something that I’m very excited about. If you read yesterday’s post, you would have seen that I have started a history blog with Tera. We have also decided to start a book club to go along with it. We will be reading one book a month either about someone or something in history, or true crime. For all details, just click the link above.

Our first book is Katherine of Aragon by Alison Weir. I cannot wait to finally read this book. It’s a first in a series about the Queens of Henry VIII of England.

You are more than welcome to join along, just add us on Goodreads.

Until next time.

Monday, 1 January 2018

It's A New Beginning

It has been a very long time since I last posted, actually it has been a long time since I read a book. So that’s why I have decided for the new year I’m going to change this blog up. I’m also going to be a little more organised.

I’m not just going to be posting about books, this blog is going to be about everything. Still reviewing books, but also TV shows, movies, talking about daily life. I didn’t want to be restrained by one topic. And if you haven't noticed already, I'll be using my Bitmoji character. It's better then having my actual mug shot.

I’ll be posting every Tuesday (Tea Tuesday), and Friday
(if there is a review). 

I promise I’ll try and keep this schedule.

If you don’t follow me on Instagram or Twitter (nice plug), then you haven’t seen that myself and my best friend (and we like to believe sisters), Tera, have created a new blog. It’s all about history and true crime. Actually, because of starting that blog, it has gotten me to be more organised in this blog.
If you want to check it out, and I hope you do, just click the image below.
 Discover & Conquer

I hope you like the new direction I'm taking this blog. First post will be up tomorrow.
Stay tuned.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Friday, 3 November 2017

Book Review ~ The Last Hours by Minette Walters



I haven’t read anything to do with the black death. It’s been mentioned in books, but nothing that centers around it. And knowing it was such a horrible disease/plague, reading it really hit me. Especially people’s views of it being Gods will, that really grated me.

My favourite character would have to be Lady Anne. For a woman in that time period, she is very forward thinking, and I think that’s why she is such an admirable character. Her daughter on the other hand, well let’s just say, bitch doesn’t cover it.
I do feel sorry for Lady Eleanor, you will find out later on in the book, but her actions speak louder. No matter how “badly” she was treated, the things she says and does is beyond anything I’ve ever read. Bitch literally does not convey what she truly is.

Minette is a great story teller, you are hooked throughout the book, and the level of research to go into this, amazing.
I’ll definitely be picking up more of her books.

I thought this was a stand-alone book, it wasn’t until I got to the end that I found out there is going to be another book out next year. I don’t know if I can wait that long, I need to know more.

If you love history, even if you don’t, I think everyone should pick this book up. Just to know what it was like when this was happening, is enlightening and fascinating.

My star rating is: