Book Review: Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

IMG_1916According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, written 1655 before she exploded, the world will end on Saturday. Actually… next Saturday. Just after tea. People have been predicting the end of the world almost from its very beginning, so it’s only natural to be sceptical when a new date turns up. However, it seems that the armies of Good and Evil are apparently amassing, and the four Bikers of the Apocalypse are hitting the road. However, there’s one angel and one demon who would quite like the Rapture not to happen. Oh, and they’ve also misplaced the Antichrist.

I read this book a while ago, so I apologise if this review isn’t particularly accurate, but this book was great and I loved it. It’s kind of hard to review a book that I enjoyed so much, because I can’t exactly pin down what I enjoyed so much about it. The witty humour? The awesome characters? The Britishness? ALL OF THE ABOVE?!

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Using Your Phone/Tablet To Your Writing Advantage

phone or tablet in writingAlmost everyone these days has a smartphone and/or a tablet. If you don’t have either, then I really really hope you carry a notebook around with you.

On my Facebook page a while ago I posted about making sure you always have a writing journal (which reminds me, I haven’t written in mine in ages. I think I’m just wayyyy too tired to even think about it!). But I thought I’d post today about using your phone/tablet to your writingly advantage. (Because yes, although people say we’re being “taken over” by technology, don’t you think they’re saying that for a reason? Because the technology is useful?!)

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Book Discussion: School Reads

bd; school readsSchool reads! The bane of people’s lives. Often, it’s not the books themselves that are bad: it’s the system which puts them through the mill until the words “Mice” and “Men” and “Flies” and “Shakespeare” make you squirm with unresolved anger issues.

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Setting Goals for the New Year!

setting goals for the nyAlthough technically it’s the 22nd January 2016, the New Year has yet to get fully underway, so it’s totally fine to be setting New Year goals now. Especially if you forgot (which, I’d like to point out, I didn’t but I didn’t blog about it on here, because I am not very good at that. As you well know).

Plenty of New Years posts have gone up around the web (I’ve seen so many I’ve lost track) including those resolutions. Some of them have been dedicated to write, some reading, some life in general etc. But sometimes it’s really super difficult to come up with resolutions/goals, especially if you’ve got no idea what you’re doing. SO I’M HERE TO HELP!

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Book Discussion: TBRs!

bd; tbrsI have a very, very large TBR list. Like, about two thirds of my bookshelves are my TBR list… plus most of the library. And, uh, about 90 books on my kindle… uh. Yeah. Oops.

A lot of book bloggers and Instagrammers I follow have TBR lists to the ceilings. But do TBRs do any good? Do we ever get through them? (Also TBR stands for ‘to be read’ if you’re reading this and thinking there’s some weird bookish cult.)

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18/01/16

Hello everyone, and happy Monday to you all! I hope you’re well? So, what have you been up to this week?

I’ve been really bad at updating my Wattpad short story collection (oops) but I’ve been reading Maus, Gone Girl and Deadpool’s Art of War (that link’ll take you to my Goodreads review by the way!). So that’s kind of fair deal… right?

Hopefully, I’m going to get my blogging up and running again this week! So that’ll be a Wednesday post, a Friday post and a book review. Who’s excited?! ;D

Have a nice week everyone! 🙂

Book Review: The Year of The Rat by Clare Furniss

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Actual rating: 4.5

To Pearl, there is nothing sweet about her baby sister Rose who caused her mother’s premature death and turned her world upside down. To Pearl? Rose is an imposter. Rose is The Rat.

Well. This was a book I did not expect.

It was a lovely, coming-of-age story dealing with the death of a loved one and going through the grieving process. This book is one that will break you. I was in tears by the end of it (which was a tad embarrassing in a public café but I don’t think anyone noticed), both happy and sad.

Because, yes, this book is also ridiculously funny. It’s not exactly to be expected – a book about death that’s funny? Yes, believe it not. The writing style was just fabulous and I honestly did not want to put it down.

The Year of The Rat isn’t just about death and grief, though. It’s also got beautiful family relationships like between Pearl’s dad(s) and her grandmother, and, yes, her sister Rose. And friendship! Although Pearl has “a thing” for the grandson next door, that’s almost brushed over in this book and it focusses on Pearl’s friendship with Molly. Molly didn’t appear in the book that much, which saddened me, although she was almost constantly referenced. She seemed really fun.

This lost a measly half a star (but it was rounded up for the rating so all is good) because I felt Pearl was a little too harsh. Like, I get that she was grieving, I really do (I’ve lost people too) but she was just too icy and I felt like I really didn’t like her at some points. I also thought she was actually going to kill Rose at one point too and that genuinely scared me. And I don’t like scary books. But nevertheless, Pearl was okay. I just didn’t particularly like her.

This book, though, is honestly brilliant and I would highly recommend it. I was also so so pleased when I discovered my copy had EXTRA CONTENT! – an interview with the author, reading group questions and an extra short story to mention a few! 😀


 

TITLE: The Year of The Rat
AUTHOR: Clare Furniss
GENRE: YA
PUBLISHER//YEAR OF PUBLICATION: Simon & Schuster // 2015 (orig. 2014)
NUMBER OF PAGES: 306 (on GoodReads it says 352 because EXTRA CONTENT AS HAS BEEN ALREADY EXCITEDLY DISCUSSED)
ISBN: 9781471145919
GOODREADS
PERSONAL SOURCE: Present for Christmas- thanks Santa
RATING: 4.5/5

Ah Yes, That Thing Called New Year

Hello all!

So, this thing called New Year happened… 15 days ago. And aside from one (scheduled) book review, I haven’t posted anything on this blog at all! Uh, sorry about that.

I don’t really have much to say in way of apology except that everything that could go wrong, has gone wrong (outside my friendship group that is, thank goodness). I’m sure you’ll have all heard the news about Alan Rickman now, and I was so sad yesterday I couldn’t write let alone blog.

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