Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Tea Tuesday ~ Writing A Book?

Writing A Book?

I’m doing it. I’m going to do something I’ve always wanted to do and that’s to write my own story.

I was tired of dreaming about it, you don’t achieve anything by just dreaming, you need action. So one day I was just doing my normal thing, cleaning the house and looking after my children, when a story started to form in my mind.
While holding my 6 month old baby girl in one arm, I began to type out the first chapter. I didn’t know where this was going, or what I was actually writing, but I knew I needed to get it down.

After finishing a few paragraphs, I started to think if I should continue with it, or scrap it with the others. But thanks to friends on Instagram, they convinced me to post it up on Wattpad. And that’s what I did.

I wanted to get a feel out, see what everyone thought of my story, even if it was just a few paragraphs.

The title of my books is called….

 Wattpad - Catherine Furfaro
click the title of my book to take you to my Wattpad account

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Tea Tuesday ~ I've Joined A Book Club

I've Joined A Book Club

 Serial Readers Book Club

I have always loved book clubs, getting together with a group of book lovers, everyone reading the same book, then once we are all done we talk about it.

I’ve always wanted to join a book club where you can meet in person, but unfortunately I’ve haven’t met anyone where I live who are obsessed as books as I am. So the next best thing, and probably the best way, is on the internet.
Goodreads have so many book clubs you can join, and they aren’t all the same. I did contemplate about creating my own book club, but knowing the effort in going into it, as well as hoping people will join, was a bit hard. So I decided to join an existing one.

It was by chance that I came across one called, Serial Readers Book Club. And what I saw made me join immediately. Instead of picking one book to read a month, and a certain genre, they pick one book for every genre.
Okay that made no sense, let me clarify that. For every genre there is, there is a book you can read for the month. So you can choose a Young Adult, or Romance, or Thriller. Whatever you want. And that is what sold me. Because I don’t want to only read one genre, and usually I’m not in the mood for a specific one even if I love it. This gives me more options, which I’m all for.

I’m going to officially start next month in April, I rather start at the beginning of the month with everyone else. A new month, a new beginning.

If you would like to check out the page, click the logo image above, it will send you straight to their Goodreads page.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Friday Reads 11.03.16

For those who aren't familiar with what Friday Reads actually is, I've seen, mainly BookTubers, posting about what they will be reading on the weekend. To be honest I'm not sure why they call it Friday Reads, as you're telling us what you're reading on the weekend not just Friday.....but whatever.

Anyway, this weekend I'll probably be consumed in one novel, and that is:

This book is 668 pages, so there is no way I'll be finishing this and going onto others. But knowing me, I might sneak in a Historical Romance novel or two. They are easy reads, and sometimes I'm just in the mood for a light, happy, beautiful story.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Book Review ~ Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin

{click on photo to transfer to Goodreads page}

Over ten years since the Nazis won the war, 18 yr old Yael has one mission: to kill Hitler - a captivating second novel from Walled City author, Ryan Graudin.

Once upon a different time, there was a girl who lived in a kingdom of death. Wolves howled up her arm. A whole pack of them-made of tattoo ink and pain, memory and loss. It was the only thing about her that ever stayed the same. Her story begins on a train. 

Germania, 1956. Over ten years since the Nazis won the war. 18-year-old Yael is part of the resistance, and she has just one mission: to kill Hitler.

But first she's got to get close enough to him to do it. 

Experimented on during her time at Auschwitz, Yael has the unique ability to change her appearance at will. The only part of her which always remains are the five tattooed wolves on her arm; one for each of the people she's lost. Using her abilities, she must transform into Adele Wolfe, Germany's most famous female rider and winner of the legendary Axis Tour; an epic long distance motorcycle race from Berlin to Tokyo, where only the strongest (and wiliest) riders survive. If she can win this, she will be able to get close enough to kill the Fuhrer and change history forever.

But with other riders sabotaging her chances at every turn, Yael's mission won't be easy. . .

It was an okay book. I didn’t love it but I also didn’t hate it.

I’ve seen this book around for a while now, everyone has been raving on about how great this book is. The premise of the story is what really interested my History obsessed self; what if Hitler won the war. Frightening as it is, it’s a very good question.
I’m sure there is a lot of things we wonder, what if I did this differently, where would I be?

There were two things that I didn’t enjoy with this book; one was this sense the author was trying to get her word count up. What I mean by this is her use of repetitive words.
Right throughout the book she (technically Yael), kept on repeating herself. I actually got to a point where I just skipped it and moved on. Every now and then I probably could of dealt with it, but it literally happened all the time.

My second issue was Yael’s “abilities”. I know it was essential to the plot for her to be able to shape-shift, because without that then this story wouldn’t exist.
My favourite genre is Fantasy and Science Fiction, so in reality this is my type of book. Except I wanted this to be realistic, I want to really know what it would’ve been like if Hitler did win the war.
I actually felt this book to be a bit light, considering that this evil man held concentration camps where he tortured and murdered innocent people, just because they were a different “race”. So you can imagine what the world would've been like if he did win the war. TERRIBLE!

But saying all that, I did enjoy the book. Even though it was a bit Young Adult for me, I was enthralled throughout the bike race and how Yael can keep her identity under wraps. Even though there were some issues with her intelligence on Adele, the identity she stole. Really, the crucial thing to do when stealing an identity is know things about them that wouldn’t be on paper. Just saying.

Would I read book two, probably. Of course it left us with a cliff hanger, and even though it was also supposed to leave you mind blow, unfortunately I kind of saw it coming.

I can’t really explain it because then technically it will give away the ending. So if you have read this, then leave a comment below and I’ll let you know how I came to the endings conclusion. 

My rating out of five is:


Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Watching Wednesday ~ Vikings Season One

Vikings Season One

This is actually the second time I’m watching season one for two reasons; one, season three finally is available to watch on Netflix and two, because I still haven’t watched season two.
So basically starting from the beginning to refresh my memory

Even though I know what happens this season, when watching it through again you realise you might have missed a few things. Key points that make complete sense later on.

I’m currently on episode three (I’ve just started), I just want to take this moment to not only marvel at the actors but the scenery. Everything is visually beautiful, it makes me feel like I’m actually there in this time period where Vikings ruled.

Talking about time period, I was surprised that this is based off true events. I didn’t figure this out until I finished this season a while ago. Maybe this also explains why I want to watch the season again, with fresh eyes and knowledge.

Once I’m more in, or when I finish season one, I’ll give a better report on how I feel. I might even give a proper review….watch this space.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Tea Tuesday ~ Is It A Readers Slump?

Is It A Readers Slump?

I’ve been lazy with reading, that’s what it feels like but in all reality, I just haven’t had the time to.
So this is why I ask myself this question; is it a readers’ slump? Being slack? Or just plain and simple and being a mother?

For example, my youngest (who is 6 months old) is asleep at the moment while the other is playing. This is the perfect time to be reading but instead I’m writing a blog post complaining about not being able to read……. I confuse myself sometimes as well.
I used to be able to multi task and read and do motherly duties at the same time. That was with my first child, who wasn’t fussed if I put him on the floor for a bit just to give my arms a break. But not with a four-year-old and a baby who wants to be hold just by me, it’s starting to get a bit harder.
Would this stop me from reading…NO! Nothing will stop me from doing the one thing that brings me joy. I just have to become an adult and organise my time better. Simply said than done, no harm in trying.

My other problem is, if I’m not getting into the book, which does not mean that I’m not loving it, then instead of making myself suffer and continue to read it, I should just put it down and pick up another book.
I have this feeling that if I put a book down because I’m just not in the mood, I’m offending someone. It’s like I have to finish what I started. I wonder if that mentality is what we are taught when we are younger?

So starting from now, I’m going to be a bit firmer on myself, if I’m not enjoying the book for whatever reason then PUT IT DOWN!
And start organising my life a bit better, get a diary and start planning. Set times for reading, children time and blogging. That way you don’t see the day in one big jumble mess.

In a months’ time I’m going to look back and see if I listened to myself, probably not since I rarely do. Oh well….

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Big Changes

It's not like I have been lazy and not posting anything, well not completely. I have actually been giving my blog a lot of thought about the things I post. I don't just want to post blogs about books, even though it's my number one passion.

There are so many things I would love to post about that doesn't relate to books, but when I do it just doesn't seem right. Why would a book blog be talking about parent stuff?

So I have decided to change my book blog to a lifestyle blog. Which means I will post everything that has to do with my life. Books, parenthood, movies, TV shows, basically anything and everything.
In all honesty there would be more book blogs than anything else, but this just gives me the opportunity to post about anything I like.

I also plan to post something daily, another reason for this change.

Can not wait for this, I'm looking forward to posting more.