28 July 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Nerd Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is the top ten eight books characters who are fellow book nerds.

So, here we go:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
Hermione Granger

Matilda Wormwood

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Book Thief
Liesel Meminger

 Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)
Meggie and Mortimer Folchart

 A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
Tyrion Lannister

 The Neverending Story

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27 July 2015

ARC Review: Confession of a Queen B* (The Queen B* #1), Crista McHugh

Confessions of a Queen B* (The Queen B* Book 1)

Title: Confessions of a Queen B*
Series: The Queen B*
Author: Crista McHugh
Published: 28/07/2015
Pages: 180
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 4.5/5
"Alexis Wyndham is the other type of Queen B - the Queen Bitch. 
After years of being the subject of ridicule, she revels in her ability to make the in-crowd cower via the exposés on her blog, The Eastline Spy. Now that she's carved out her place in the high school hierarchy, she uses her position to help the unpopular kids walking the hallways. 
Saving a freshman from bullies? Check. 
Swapping insults with the head cheerleader? Check. 
Falling for the star quarterback? So not a part of her plan. 
But then Brett offers to help her solve the mystery of who's posting X-rated videos from the girls' locker room, she'll have to swallow her pride and learn to see past the high school stereotypes she's never questioned - until now."

24 July 2015

Book Beginnings, the Friday 56 and Feature and Follow (24 July)

Book Beginnings is a meme hosted every Friday by Rose City Reader where you share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book,  or anything else the opener inspires.  Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

23 July 2015

Liebster Award Nomination Take 2

I was nominated months ago for the Liebster Award by Ren of Nerdy Champagne and I've only just got around to working on it. Anyway thank you Ren for the nomination.

21 July 2015

Teaser Tuesday (21 July)


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

20 July 2015

Book Review: Since Drew, J. Nathan

Since Drew

Title: Since Drew
Author: J. Nathan
Published: 23 April 2015, Self-published
Pages: 253
Source: Giveaway
Format: Ebook

Rating: 3/5
"All Andi Parker ever wanted, all she's ever dreamed of, is a spot on the Olympic track team. But when an accident leaves her hospitalised with serious injuries and shattered dreams, she's not only uncertain what her future hols but also completely alone.
Drew Slater is a wanted man. Professional football teams want him for his arm. Women want him for his good looks and magnetic personality. But the well-crafted disguise he wears, the one that helps him score on and off the field, hides secrets. Conceals, lies. Threatens the happiness of everyone around him.
One chance encounter brings Andi and Drew together, changing their worlds in ways they never thought possible. Unfortunately, what they thought they knew about themselves - and about each other - might just be the biggest lie of all!"

19 July 2015

I got Twitter!

As the title suggests... I FINALLY GOT TWITTER! You can now follow me @myexpandingbook.

I've been meaning to do so since I first started this blog in February but I kept putting it off. Mainly because I've been so busy. But also because I have no idea how to use Twitter.

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Therefore, any hints and tips any of you lovely people can offer would also be greatly appreciated.

On a side note, as you can see I've made a few (a lot) of changes to my blog design. I'm still not one hundred percent sure if I like it and I'm trying to make myself a snazzy banner but any feedback would also be great.

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17 July 2015

Book Review: The One (The Selection #3), Kiera Cass

The One (The Selection, #3)

Title: The One
Series: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Published: 05/06/2014, HarperCollins Children's Books
Pages: 272
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 4/5
"The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. Now, only one will claim Prince Maxon's heart... 
It's swoon meets the Hunger Games in the third instalment of The Selection series! 
For the four girls who remain at the palace, the friendships they've formed, rivalries they've struggles with and dangers they've faced have bound them to each other for the rest of their lives. 
Now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen. 
America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown - or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the competition approaches it's end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realises just how much she stands to lose - and how she'll have to fight for the future she wants. 
The breathtaking third title in The Selection series will make you swoon!"

14 July 2015

Book Review: The Elite (The Selection #2), Kiera Cass

The Elite (The Selection, #2)

Title: The Elite
Series: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Published: 23/04/2013, HarperCollins Children's Books
Pages: 326
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 4/5
"The Selection get fierce as rivals stake their claim on the prince. Six girls one life-changing prize... America Singer will leave her predestined life for a world of glamour and luxury, if she wins... But surviving The Selection is tough. Rivals are battling to become Prince Maxon's bride as the threat of rebel violence just beyond the palace walls escalates into war. Only six girls are left and sworn friendships are tested to breaking point. America's feelings for Maxon grow stronger, but she suspects darker mysteries in his royal past. With ex-lover Aspen waiting for her in the shadows, where do her royalties truly lie?"

An Explanation

So I've been a bit quiet on here recently and I feel I should give you a small explanation as to why I'm not posting as much as I'd like and taking forever to reply to comments (I have read them).

Basically, I've been not well. Over the past month or so I've been fainting quite a bit and suffering from a lot of dizzy spells, nausea and lethargy and my GP has been clueless. I'm getting frustrated now too! They're using me as a pin cushion and I'm terrified of needles!

Not only have I been ill but I'm also trying to work two jobs when I am feeling fine and my dad broke his laptop so is constantly on mine so I'm not having as much computer time as I want to have (I can't wait to get a place of my own!).

On the plus side, it's going to be a quite two weeks at one of my jobs as my boss is on holiday. I'm basically only required to be there to answer the telephones. So, I should have plenty time to work on the blog, reply to comments and get a few posts scheduled.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Came into my Possession Recently

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is the last ten books that came into my possession.

10 July 2015

Feature and Follow (10 July)

Increase Blog Followers
The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

The featured blogs this week are Let Me Be Fictional and Lucky Devil Reviews.

bloglovinGFCThis week’s Question:
You can only eat one cuisine type for the rest of your life. What would you choose? (i. e. Italian,  French, Greek, Mexican, Chinese, Indian etc...)

This is a though one. I don't think I would be able to limit myself to one as I'm fussy enough as it is. I don't eat seafood, red meat or chocolate to name but a few. Although I do eat a lot of Italian already, but then I also like Chinese, Mexican and Indian.

I don't think I'd be able to live without any of the traditional Scottish dishes either to be honest. I love my mince and tatties, stovies, and shortie to much.

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07 July 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Hyped Books I Haven't Read... Yet

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is the top ten hyped books I've never read. I could go on for days with this topic, I stopped reading altogether during my time at university and I'm trying to catch up now.

06 July 2015

ARC Review: Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls, Lynn Weingarten

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls
Title: Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls
Author: Lynn Weingarten
Published: 02/07/2015, Egmont Publishing/electric Monkey
Pages: 352
Source: Netgalley & Egmont Publishing/Electric Monkey
Format: Ebook

Rating: 3/5
"Pitched as Gone girl meets Thirteen Reasons Why. June barely has time to mourn the death of her best friend Delia, before Delia's ex-boyfriend convinces her Delia was murdered, and June is swept into a tangle of lies, deceit, and conspiracy."

03 July 2015

COYER Red, White & Blue Read-a-thon (4 - 10 July)


I'm taking part in the first COYER read-a-thon of the year - the Red, White & Blue Read-a-thon to celebrate America's Fourth of July. Red, White & Blue will take place from 4 July to 10 July.

Feature and Follow (3 July)

Increase Blog Followers
The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

The featured blogs this week are Milky Way of Books and Laura's Bunny Tales.

bloglovinGFCThis week’s Question:
What is the first book you remember reading?

I actually have no idea! I don't even think my parents ever read to me as a child, well I don't remember anyway.

I do however remember having all these small children's books, such as Peter Rabbit and Mrs Tiggy Winkle, that belonged to my mum and uncle at one point. My mum also bought me the Disney books and a treasure chest full of Disney's The Little Mermaid books - but I wasn't allowed to touch them until I was a lot older as they very quite expensive. (I can't find the exact copies I owned other than The Little Mermaid ones on Goodreads...)

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02 July 2015

ARC Review: The Dark Light, Julia Bell

The Dark Light

Title: The Dark Light
Author: Julia Bell
Published: 16th July 2015, Macmillan Children's Books
Pages: 256
Source: Netgalley and Macmillan Children's Books
Format: Ebook

Rating: DNF
"'Ten minutes to midnight!' Jonathan shouts over the sound of the blazing fire. Sparks rise into the sky and mingle with the stars. 'Only ten minutes!' Bevins says, falling down on his knees. 'So it begins.' 
Rebekah has lived on the island her whole life, and it's only now that she's starting to wonder what she might experience outside her strict religious community. Alex has been sent to the island to escape her dark past, and through her eyes it's a dark and sinister place. Thrown together by chance, Rebekah and Alex strike up an unlikely friendship and it's together that they attempt to break free of their worlds and make a world of their own. But when a kiss between the girls is witnessed by an islander there is no escape they can make - the Rapture is coming for them all."

01 July 2015

Book Review: War Horse (War Horse #1), Michael Morpurgo

War Horse

Title: War Horse
Series: War Horse #1
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Published: 06/08/2007, Egmont Press
Pages: 182
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback

Rating: 3/5
""War Horse" is the story of Joey, a thoroughbred horse, and how he is forced into the thick of the harrowing, poorly-led battles of First World War."

Monthly Summary - June 2015

Wow! I can't believe it's July already! June just flew past! It was a rather busy June this year though.

Firstly, my parents went away to the Isle of Man TT and so left me to keep my younger brother alive. That took a hell of a lot of time! It must of been because I was actually working all day then going home to cook and make sure he was actually eating healthily.

Then I took part in the Cancer Research Race for Life Pretty Muddy. As you could imagine I ended up filthy (see picture below). But it was so much fun and I can't wait to do it next year!

Then, as I work at a University, I got to attend Graduation. A whole year since I graduated from the same University! It was so weird being a guest this year and I kept thinking that I should have had a robe on! But it was a great day and there was free prosecco and strawberry tarts.

Because of my busyness, June hasn't been that great a month for reading, I only read 5 books and I'm kinda disappointed. This has taken my total to 29 books so far this year. My favourite book this month was The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent.
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