Fiction Friday: Books I’m taking on Holiday…

Today I’m off to Florence for two weeks, in fact I’m writing this in the airport. Today I thought I’d show you the books I chose to bring with me for my trip. Even when I wasn’t reading a lot- holidays were the one time that I read more than any other time, probably because the lack of wifi. So picking holiday books is a nightmare. I want easy books, hard books, sad books, happy books. So…

I think I have all my bases covered. Shatter Me was a given since I’m doing a buddy read of it, and so was Lexicon* which I have been reading for about a week and is an incredible book.
My friend Aime demanded I take Uglies and when I asked on instagram, Lianne said I should take Flowers for Algernon that I hauled here, Game of Thrones and The Woman in Black.
I needed my dose of Tolkien so brought along The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring. 
My brother is going to be around for the first week of my holiday so I had to bring John Dies at the End because he keeps telling me to read it.
I won The Ruby Slippers* and The Undertaking* from Goodreads and they’ve been calling to me ever since they arrived.
I Am Legend and Dolores Claiborne will cover any need I have for a scary read.
And The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Muddle Earth cover any comedy needs.

And of course a guidebook. Times like these make me wish I had a kindle. 

Have you read any of these books? Do you have more restraint than I do when packing? 


*I won these from Goodreads, I’m not obligated to talk about them on my blog,

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Fiction Friday: Books I Read in March!

It was not a good month! Call it a slump, a wall, a plateau, whatever, I just wasn’t reading much this month and every time I picked up a book I would read maybe five pages and put it down again. I even gave up on a book. But I have two  books and one  book so at least it wasn’t a complete disaster!



I have a thing for late night radio/ radio talk shows. I think it comes from loving the TV show Frasier as a kid. But when I was googling around for something radio show based, I found the Kitty Norville series which you will have seen me haul here! The main difference being that Kitty is a werewolf and the radio show is a talk show for the supernatural- werewolves and vampires basically. I wasn’t expecting a huge amount from these books though. I was kind of expecting the same kind of thing as the True Blood books- especially with a Charlaine Harris quote on the front. I was guessing it was going to be a fun, supernatural, trashy kinda read. But I was pleasantly surprised. Any book that manages to reference Paradise Lost on the 7th page is not to be treated like a trashy novel because damn. I was taught the first two books at school and that is not a book I would manage to reference easily.

It was fun while managing to deal with some pretty dark stuff with pack dynamics and growing up as a werewolf, and kept me reading long into the night.


Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Yes, I am twenty. I’m an adult. I can read what I want! You may remember me kinda hauling these books and I decided to relive my childhood while reading something easy and enjoyable. And it was, it didn’t suffer from the Princess Diaries problem of no time passing as this book covers a year and is much more like a diary. It was funny and reminded my a lot of my school experiences at that age, horrifying as they were, with boys and my ugly school uniform and friends.
My only issue with the book is the rather problematic references to LBGT people which reflects the time is was written (1999) and unfortunately now. I’m not sure I’d let my future kids read it just because I don’t think I’d want them thinking like that. But as an adult I can see the problem and know better.


Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent*
This book was original, and what I mean by that is that I have never read a book quite like this. Written from several peoples perspective, I read this book in one day and had a constant sense of unease as the story unravelled. It’s hard to explain this book, I would recommend this to someone looking for a bit of a psychological creepy read but beware if you’re someone sensitive to issues such as domestic abuse because that is the overlaying storyline.
“Oliver Ryan is a monster.”


A book I gave up on was Insurgent by Veronica Roth, the sequel to Divergent that I reviewed here. I got 256 pages in before I put it on my Paused shelf on Goodreads so I gave it a good try and maybe I’ll pick it up later but I just couldn’t read it any longer, it was making me sad to see it on my Currently Reading. It’s such a hyped up book and so many people love it but I just couldn’t. 

Have you read any of these books? What did you think?


*I won this from a Goodreads giveaway, I’m not obligated to talk about it on my blog, I just read it this month.

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Fiction Friday: Another Discount Book Haul!

Another book haul Imogen? Didn’t you just do one? Yes! I did! Don’t judge me! In my defence I bought 43 books for £33.95- So these books were around 77 pence each if my math is correct. Not too shabby. And hey- I can always find more nooks and crannys to shove books, right?

So these books are…




The Douglas Adams Collection – £4.99 at the time of buying, now £8.99
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Life, the Universe and Everything
So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish
Mostly Harmless
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
The Salmon of Doubt

I bought two copies of this, one for me and one to give away because even though I own a couple of these books, this set was so cheap it was better value to buy all of these, than the four I don’t have. I love Douglas Adams writing for radio and film and I’ve read enough to know his writing is really fantastic and original. If you haven’t come into contact with his work before I truly recommend it. 



The Gollancz 50th Anniversary Fantasy Collection – £7.99
Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolf
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Eric by Terry Pratchett
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

This is a great selection of Fantasty/SciFi books and I’m really excited to try out some of the work of some very recognisable names. This set includes one of my all time favourite books- I am Legend which considering I paid £7.99 for when I first bought it, makes this set 100% worth it.




The Hidden Classics Collection – £5.99
The Last Day of a Condemned Man by Victor Hugo
The Devil’s Elixirs by E.T.A Hoffman
Peter Schlemihl by Adelbert Von Chamisso
A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille
The Haunted House by Charles Dickens
The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Notes from The Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Monk and the Hangman’s Daughter by Ambrose Bierce
The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
The Black Spider by Jeremias Gotthelf

I don’t read or own many classics, much to the irritation of my mother, so I thought where was a better place to start than these at just 59 pence each? These are all slightly less known, but still great, classics by various authors. “A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder” is just calling to me, what a great name.





The P.G. Wodehouse Collection – £9.99
Summer Lightning
Pigs have Wings
A Pelican at Blandings
Service with a Smile
Uncle Fred in the Springtime
Blandings Castle
Full Moon
Leave it to Psmith
Something Fresh

You may remember that I got a Wodehouse book for Christmas and although I haven’t read it yet, I have flicked through it and decidedly liked Wodehouse’s work enough to buy these to push me over the £25 you need for Free Delivery. I love the colours of the spines as well- they just look so summery.

And where did I find these? The Book People! I love The Book People, they have amazing value collections as you can see and also send out a catalogue every now and then that I used to pour over as a child marking the pages of everything I wanted. They also currently have an extra 12% off! I recommend all the collections I bought and also- The Hunger Games trilogy that I reviewed here! And the Sookie Stackhouse/ True Blood collection which I bought from The Book People years ago.


Have you ever read any of these? What do you think of my haul?
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Fiction Friday: A Discount Book Haul!

It’s pretty hard to find discount books in the UK online. And the prices of books, while worth it, has put me off making orders in the past. But the lovely Lianne nudged me towards The Works and oh boy, it was basically my dreams come true. But it was not without issues.


But first- what did I buy?



The Divergent Box Set – £9.99
I was so excited to read these, they’re the ones I reached to read first out of all 22 books I bought. After I read The Hunger Games, this was the one that kept popping up when I googled for similar books to fill the Katniss shaped hole in my life. However, if you read my Books I Read in February post you know that Divergent was not my favourite.



The Georgia Nicolson Collection – £9.99
I read the first five of these books as a teen. But I never finished them, and they still stick with me even now. Unfortunately, only 4 days after getting these in the mail, I found my copies in the depths of a box in my storage unit so… Giveaway maybe?



Bridget Jones’ Diary – £1.99
Bridget Jones, The Edge of Reason – £1.99
I love the Bridget Jones movies so I’m excited to read the books and hopefully find a book in diary format that doesn’t move so slow it makes me want to tear my hair out. *side-eyes Princess Diaries*



Kitty Goes to Washington – £1.99
Kitty Takes a Holiday – 99p
Kitty and the Silver Bullet – £1.99 but no longer on the site
Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand – £1.99
The 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th book in the Kitty Norville series about a werewolf with a late night radio show. Unfortunately I’m a dummy and didn’t realise that there is one book before these four so I had to head over to Amazon to get it. But I’m excited to read these books as I love a good supernatural story!



Destined – £1 but no longer on the site
This is the 9th book in the House of Night series and I never finished to it see a pattern in my book buying? so when I saw this for £1, I think it was a sign :’) I did really like this series when I read it as a teen so I’m hoping I still like it now I’m in my twenties, I do write YA so it is research either way and these are really popular.

Stardust – £2.99
I think I have one Neil Gaiman book and I haven’t read it but people keep telling me how great he is so when I saw this and read the description I decided to take a chance. It’s a lot shorter than the other book I have as well. If I don’t like it then it’s only £2.99 anyway.

21st Century Dead – £1.99
Zombies? Check. Short stories? Check. Perfection! I’m a big fan of zombies in all fiction media so I really didn’t look at this very closely before buying it but it sounds good!

The Works seems to be a bit of a mixed bag. They did email me and refund my money once they found out that two of the books I ordered were out of stock but then again- you’d hope they’d take something off the website if it was no longer in stock. I got free delivery and wasn’t expecting much but half my order came within 1 working day, the other half a couple days later. They have multiple dispatch locations and I was seriously impressed because these packages were large and heavy. Postage costs for The Works must have been pretty high.

So that’s my haul! It seems like their stock rotates fairly frequently so I’ll definitely be checking back soon. And if you fancy 20% on top of the already ridiculously low prices then you can follow this link. Go forth and buy cheap books!
Have you ever read any of these?
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Fiction Friday: Books I Read in February!

February was a month of reading things which as a whole cannot be categorised together. I didn’t want anything too tough as I’m still easing myself into reading more, I just wanted to re-read some of the books I read as a teen to see if I wanted to keep them for the future and some light comedy but then I took a break and came back to read a completely new- and disappointing YA book and a set of short stories that I won off Goodreads. Yeah, no sense can be made of it.

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
The movie is great, I could watch that movie a thousand times and probably have. The book- is interesting. It’s in a diary format which is rarely used in prose but also comes with problems. The main problem being the lack of time passing. This book only covers about a month, a dramatic month, but a month none the less and I missed the wide arc of character development within the everyday occurrences. But I did like these books a lot when I was younger so maybe I’m just getting too old for them!


The Princess Diaries: Take Two/ Princess in the Spotlight by Meg Cabot
This is more of the same from the first book, plus the inclusion of a pregnancy and a secret admirer. It’s pretty dramatic stuff and it is fun to read but I can’t think of anything that stuck. And there was the small matter of Mia’s feelings for Michael from book one of liking his abs turning into omgIlovehim but hey, still better continuity then The Walking Dead. It also suffered from lack-of-time-passing but it was a dramatic month.


Confessions of a GP by Dr. Benjamin Daniels
My dad is a GP so this was a pretty funny read that was close to my heart. However, there were some bits- and a lot of people on Goodreads seem to agree where the writer was a bit callous about certain diagnoses and about female nurses and doctors. It kind of ruined the read for me a little bit because the rest of it was really funny and I guess if you’re less sensitive about certain issues then this book could be four stars but it was a bit hit and miss for me.


I was really excited about this book after reading and watching so many rave reviews. When I finished The Hunger Games which I adored, I googled around looking for something to fill the gap and this was widely seen as similar but different. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t the same. I see the appeal- but I didn’t enjoy it as much and I think it’s because there wasn’t as much world-building. I couldn’t ‘see’ it as much as I could ‘see’ The Hunger Games world. However, I did read it in a day. So I’m confused at what my head and heart are telling me!


The Decapaphiliac: Or Love in the Time of Cappuccinos by Alex Weinle*
All in all, I would say this is a good book for people who don’t have a huge amount of time to read, or have a short commute, and don’t mind the more mature subject matter in some of the stories but it wasn’t something I would read cover-to-cover again. I might dip in and out. 


Have you ever read any of these books? What did you think? And what did you read this month?

*I won this from a Goodreads giveaway, I’m not obligated to talk about it on my blog, I just read it this month.
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Fiction Friday: Valentine’s Day Picks.

Well another year has passed and we find ourselves on the bitchiest holiday of all. Valentine’s Day. The day when those in couples are either being sickeningly cute or trying to prove that they’re not like ‘every other couple’, the day those that are single either become cynical and obtuse or cynical and obtuse about those who are being cynical and obtuse about the day. Me, I spend my evening curled up reading and watching appropriate books, television and movies. So…

Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
I have never read Pride and Prejudice. Please don’t judge me. I know I should, I know it’s a classic, but I just really have no urge to read it. I know classics are classics for a reason but so are clichés. However, since the book has been the inspiration behind not one- but two zombie parodies and one vampire one, as a horror lover I am intrigued and am going to read the classic before delving into ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ and ‘Mr Darcy, Vampyre.”

Movie: My Bloody Valentine!
Nothing says romance more than a murderous killer with a pick-axe, am I right? Valentine’s Day is the only day I can watch this movie because that’s pretty much what it’s made for. It’s set on Valentine’s, the whole theme is Valentine’s and murder, and it really is just a movie that was designed to be watched on Valentine’s day either alone or in a couple. I will be watching it tonight with some friends and eating copious chocolate because it’s Valentine’s and no other reason is needed.

Television: Miranda, Season 1, Episode 5. “Excuse.”
I am going to be watching this once I finish this blog post while I tidy my desk. Miranda is one of my favourite shows and is just- great. This episode is set around Valentine’s Day and has my favourite quote: “I don’t know who St. Valentine was but I hope he died alone surrounded my couples!” 

So those are my Valentine’s Day picks! What are yours?
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Fiction Friday: Books I Read in January

Hey! So since part of my 30 Before 30 is to review about 200 books in my Book Journal (post about this coming soon) I thought I would throw a couple thoughts up on the blog too. I read four books this month, and this is what I thought of them..

Heat Wave by ‘Richard Castle’ 
 I liked it! It had a lot of things in common with the show that it’s based on, ‘Castle’- some scenes were taken straight off of the screen and put on the page but it was nice, as a fan of the show, to be able to recognise certain parts. It was your typical detective novel but with a twist of the reporter Rook getting under everyone’s feet and trying to help out. It was basically the show in book form. The writing was good and I was not expecting who turned out to be the murderer! And even though it wasn’t as gripping as the other books I read this month, I definitely want to read the next one; Naked Heat. I’m dying to know who the writer is though as, obviously, Richard Castle is a fictional character. They said it was someone on the show but many authors have appeared in the 6 seasons so far- I hope they reveal it by the time the show ends!


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Genius. Pure genius. I love these books. I wish I had written them. I hauled them on my old blog literally two years ago, read a couple pages on Christmas day and forgot about them. What an idiot. After watching the first movie on Netflix I dug these books out and devoured all three of them in under a week. I love a good strong female lead character which is annoyingly rare and I thought that having both the brutal games and the romance aspect was awesome. It doesn’t have to be one or the other and this book is proof of that in a nutshell. Urg. I just want to re-read them knowing what I know now but I’m going to hold off- still a lot more to read on my shelves!


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
The second in the trilogy took me a little longer to get into. I started reading straight after I finished the first and found it a little slow at the beginning after the action of the first. But it came into its own and introduced new characters to love/hate/whatever. The more political side of the story was developed from the first book and had me pulling a face at the injustice. I didn’t watch the movie till I finished the book on this one and was pleased that I waited, the books have a heck of a lot more detail. 


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Oh it hurts! I’m a broken record by this point but these books are really good and the ending had me clutching the book and texting my friend in agony. But the good kind of agony that only really great fiction can do. I was actually a fan of the ending unlike the ending of Harry Potter- which I’m allowed to say because even JKR isn’t happy with the ending of Harry Potter- and the development from a girl surrendering herself to almost certain death to where this book ended up was serious literary genius.


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What did you read in January? Have you ever read any of these books?
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