What to do when a Sequel sucks

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We’ve all been there. You find a book/movie/game/TV series or whatever it may be that you adore. It takes over your thoughts with just how amazing it is and then you find out that there is a sequel. If it’s out already you rush to purchase it, if it’s coming out in the future you wait with baited breath for the moment you can get your hands on it. As soon as it’s your’s it’s devoured only to find that you’re left more than a little disappointed. Of course this may still happen if you just kinda liked the first as opposed to an undying love but the point still stands the sequel for whatever reason sucks.

First of all breathe all is not lost, while disappointed there is a chance that your expectations were too high for the poor sequel to meet and some time and considerations may change your feelings. This includes taking a time out and coming back to it weeks maybe months later and really thinking about why you may of hated it so much, try to think of it’s good qualities (if there are any) and see if any of this changes your mind. Trying to see it outside of it’s predecessor may work as well, but is a lot more difficult as there usually intricately related. After this you will either reconsider and be willing to give it another change or it will reaffirm your initial reaction that it really wasn’t worth your time.

If your not one for waiting and you really want to deal with this straight away I would suggest finding reviews from others about how they feel about it. If it was truly awful you can be pretty sure there is someone out there making their feelings known, with this they may list their reasoning and you can be satisfied that it’s not just you, the sequel did just miss the mark. Alternatively you may find that people had the opposite reaction, they adore the very thing you loathe, this could be good for finding out why they had this response and you can either tentatively reconsider or respectfully disagree. Of course if neither of these work you can be the person to let the world know exactly how you feel and see the kind of responses you receive.

Thirdly don’t give up, there may be a perfectly reasonable explanation why this particular sequel was such a flop. Perhaps the pressure of producing something better was just too much stress for the poor author/producer/game developer. You never know the nervous breakdowns they may of experienced to produce something in which they hoped would top there first work. If this is the case there is a good chance that after some r & r they will come back stronger then ever to produce something new which will knock your socks of. If it’s not the last book in a series perhaps the next will turn it all around and you will forget that you ever hated its predecessor in the first place.

Of course you do have to consider that perhaps the original was a one hit wonder, nothing that comes after it is going to feel you with the same excited and awe. If this does become the only option then it’s time to let go accept what’s done is done and try to move on with your life. Alternatively you could refuse to acknowledge any sequels ever existed and live in a bubble of self denial but really whatever works for you.

What do you do when a sequel sucks? Let me know!

Happy New Year! My Goals for the New Year.

Welcome to 2018!!

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I have high hopes for this year and am more than excited to get started on the year and see where life takes me. A new thing already for this year is that I am starting the year with a blog, I started this blog Aprilish last year so I am genuinely excited to start the year a fresh and see where I am at the end of it all.

Goals for 2018

General goals:

  • Become fitter, healthier, happier
  • Don’t give up on things when they become a little bit difficult
  • Do at least 3 things that terrify me

Reading Goals:

  • Read and review 100 books
  • Try out new genres instead of playing it safe
  • Think more critically as I’m reading

Blogging Goals:

  • Blog consistently
  • Be way more organised and utilize that schedule button
  • Try new things

Okay so I do have a heap more for all categories but I’m going to stick to three for now! What are your goals for the new year? Any the same? Let me know!

 

Favorite Quotes from Books

So today I have been thinking about how when reading you never know when your gonna find that one little golden nugget of wisdom in the from of a book quote. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s inspirational, other times it just makes you think. So for fun I thought I would do a post with some of my favorite book quotes.

 

“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” – The Picture of Dorian Grey, Oscar Wilde.

“There are all kinds of courage,” said Dumbledore, smiling. “It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” – Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, J. K. Rowling.

 

 “The only thing worse than a boy who hates you: a boy that loves you.”The Book Thief, Markus Zusak.
“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly then all at once.” The Fault in our Stars, John Green.
“You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.” – My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult.
“Love is blind, there was no doubt about it. In Tara’s case it was also deaf, dumb, dyslexic, had a bad hip and the beginnings of Alzheimer’s”  – Last Chance Saloon, Marian Keyes.
As Carrie Fisher once said in a film, everyone thinks they have good taste and a sense of humour.”Mr Maybe, Jane Green.
if you can smile through the bad times, just imagine how much you will laugh in the good.”Perfect Daughter, Amanda Prowse.
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkein.
“We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.”The Handmaids Tale, Margaret Atwood.
What’s your favorite book quote?? Let me know!

Why do you Read?

I remember as a child being asked ‘but why read when you can watch t.v?’. I could never fully articulate why I loved reading so much, don’t get me wrong I love my Netflix binges but there’s just something about books that seems to draw me in. So here is some top five reasons to read.

Top 5 reasons why I love to read!

1. I love having the ability to sit down and imagine a whole world/universe/life/story all in my head. Although I know I’m reading the same story has everyone else, the way I ‘see’ it or interpret is individual to me and I love that.

2. It calms me down. When life becomes stressful and makes my brain what I like to call ‘jittery’, I know opening a book will not only distract me but put an ease on the jittering.

3. Books provide a window into characters lives with details that you can’t get as much with anything else. You get to see how different ‘people’ react in different situations which is a great non-stalkerish way to see more into the human mind.

4. Books can be great conversation starters, they can cover so many complex issues which can really give some food to thought about the world around us, which in turn can provide some great in-depth conversations.

5. Reading is Fun! It’s something that I know I’m going to like doing pretty much no matter what.

Top 5 Scientific Reasons why you should Read!

1. It can improve your memory, which is something that can help with so many aspects of life.

2. It can improve your concentration, another great aspect which can transitions to other areas of day to day life.

3. It can improve your writing, this doesn’t just apply to authors, but to everyone who has to write anything ever.

4. It can educate you on issues you may not have the best understanding of. Although this probably applies most to non-fiction books, well research issue-focused fiction novels will definitely teach you a think or two.

5. Reading can help you sleep, reading a book before bed has a good chance of making you sleepier and setting you up for a better night of sleep.

Top 5 Reasons Books are better than Movies!

1. As I mentioned above books give you the ability to imagine in your own way what’s going on, while people definitely can have different takes on a movie it’s a bit harder to ‘see’ it too much differently.

2. Books tell you what a character is thinking and feeling, it’s a lot harder to show this on movies.

3. Books are not as rushed, most movies have only a certain amount of time that they can tell a story, a book can add many more scenes and side stories. (This can be combated in a way by making it into a T.V show however).

4. There is no rush with books, you can read them at your own pace and generally take as long as you want, movies are a lot harder to stop and start.

5. You can take a book with you wherever, on the bus, down the beach, pretty much anywhere. While D.V.D’s are portable it’s a lot harder to take your T.V and what not down to the beach!

Why do you read, do you have any different reasons from above? Let me know!

 

Guilty Reader Book Tag

Okay so I have seen this tag floating around and it looked like so much fun so I decided why not, this seems to be one of the few rare tags that I’m not sure who started it, so if anyone knows, send me a message and I will update it.

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1. Have You Ever Re-gifted A Book That You’ve Been Given?

I am definitely not guilty of this one, while I’m fine letting people borrow my books once their mine their mine!

2. Have you ever said you’ve read a book when you haven’t?

Nope! I’m not sure why someone would but I would be way to afraid that someone would ask me something and I would make a complete idiot of myself!

3. Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?

Guilty! Twice I think, neither of them intentional and both times from a library. The first from primary school with a book I still have never read, my bad. The second was from Uni when I completely forgot I had got out some books on plants for my biology test, many regrets were made when I realized I had forgot to take them back and was left with the fine.

4. Have you ever read a series out of order?

Yes! Once again not intentionally as I had just grabbed a heap of books from the library but I had somehow managed to get out the fourth Vampire Diaries book. Once I did realize it was part of a series though I immediately went out and bought the books and read them in order.

5. Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?

I hope not!

6. Have you ever doggy eared a book?

Okay don’t hate me but yes! Most of my books our what I would call a ‘well loved’ condition, mainly because I buy them second hand and it’s not something that has ever bothered me. I would never do it to a newer book or anybody else’s but to my own I if I don’t have a bookmark I don’t have a problem. Saying that I feel I might have a lower standard then everyone else as to what bothers me with books, I may of once accidentally dropped a book in the bath and then proceeded to hair dry it and still managed to reread a few more times after that haha.

7. Have you ever told someone you don’t own a book when you do?

Nope, same as above not sure why you would and I would be way to awkward if I was questioned about it.

8. Have you ever told someone you haven’t read a book when you have?

Nope again, I’m pretty honest when it comes to my books!

9. Have you ever skipped a chapter or a section of a book?

Sometimes I may skim read if the book is getting really repetitive or I’m struggling to get through, but never a whole chapter, a page at most.

10. Have you ever bad mouthed a book you actually like?

Nope haha I pretty much own up to all my books I like, no matter if it might be a bit cringe worthy lol I love my guilty pleasures and quite happy to try and get others to secretly like them too!

Okay so I’m gonna cheat and tag anyone who would answer yes to number 6. Mostly cos I’m lazy but also cos it would be nice to know that there is someone else out there who this isn’t a major pet peeve for haha.

 

Small Hiatus

Hi guys, so I know I haven’t been around as much as I have normally been the last week and a bit, so many unexpected things have been going on and unfortunately it’s my blog that has taken a hit. I have so many half written reviews at the moment it’s ridiculous,I don’t really want to publish them as they are no where near the standard I want them to be and just kind of reiterate books more than anything.

Anyway to the main point of this post, as everything gets sorted out and the fact I will be overseas in a bit I’m going to be taking a break from this blog, not just writing but  probably reading all of you guys wonderful posts as well. I’m hoping this will only be for a month or so and then I can come back and binge read everything and post things people might actually want to read haha. See you in a month!

Author Spotlight – Karl Holton

Hi everyone and welcome to another Author Spotlight. Today we will be focusing on author Karl Holton and his debut novel ‘The Weight of Shadows’. Now I have actually just finished this book and was more than a little impressed! It’s definitely one to watch out for!

Goodreads Book Synopsis

When you have spent your life in the shadows, what would you do at the dying of the The Weight of Shadows (Shadow Series, #1)light?

Three years ago the best murder detective in London is blamed for the death of his colleague and kicked out of the Met.

A man with secrets buried in the past and present returns to London, the city that started the mysterious career which made him a billionaire.

The two need each other.

But they have no idea how much.

Getting to know Karl

Karl was born and grew up in London, England. He is a chartered accountant and worked in the financial markets sector for over thirty years. For years he was carrying around stories in his head so he decided to start writing. His first book is the ‘The Weight of Shadows’ that was published in July 2017. It is the first in a series of books in the crime thriller genre.

He now lives in Surrey, England with his wife and two children.

Some early reviews of ‘The Weight of Shadows’

Elaine Emmerick / The Hybrid Nation – 5 stars

“The ending is absolutely spine-tingling!” ”a story that is intense and heart-pounding!”

Bookgirl Sulagna – 5 stars

“every chapter ended with a cliffhanger”

“irresistible book, impossible to put down.”

Topaz17 – 5 stars

“a thrilling story and keeps you guessing”

Links related to Karl Holton

You can buy ‘The Weight of Shadows’ on Amazon.com here and on every other Amazon website.

You can find out more about Karl or follow/’like’/subscribe to see what is happening here:

Website/Blog = http://karlholton.com

Twitter = https://twitter.com/KarlHolton

Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/karlholtonauthor/

Email = info@thuja.co

Karl would love to hear from readers and discuss the book.

Books that leave you in Tears take Two

Okay so I really wasn’t feeling the discussion post I had originally scheduled to write today, but as I was still in the mood to write something I thought I would revisit on of my favourite previous posts which you may have gleamed from the title was ‘Books that leave you in tears’. Now one of the reasons this was my favourite post was one, cause I got to think back about all the gut wrenching, tear inducing, hot mess kinda reads (a lot of which I remembered the moment I posted the post) and two because I got to hear so many suggestions of more awesome books that would most likely leave me in an unapproachable state. (I will post some of these at the bottom). Now I definitely haven’t got round to all of the ones I wanted to, as is life, but I have read a few more recently which I would like to include now, so without further ado I present Books that leave you in tears take two!

Number 5

Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman

The first time I set eyes on this book was when I had just started high school and it was aNoughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses, #1) prescribed reading book for English. I vaguely remember hearing about it before than but in all honesty I had no idea what it was about. It was only after I had finished amid a pile of tissues that I really started to contemplate all of the messages within the book (and their are a few). I have read it multiple times since as well as the rest of the books in the series and it never fails to make me cry! For those who have not read this it follows the story of Sephy and Callum as they try to navigate a world in which skin colour is the deciding factor in just how well your life is going to turn out. They face prejudice, distrust and terrorist activity when all they really want to be is together. It’s a hard hitting story and if you haven’t read it it’s one I would highly recommend.

Number 4

Handle with Care – Jodi Picoult

Handle with CareOkay so a books that make you cry list for me will probably always include at least one Jodi Picoult book. A few years back I went through a big Jodi Picoult phase and read most if not all of her books. Although she is not an author I can read all the times and her books aren’t actually ones I can read multiple times they do always seemed to end in tears. Handle with Care is a story that follows Willow, a five year old girl born with a sever case brittle bone disease and her family as they embark on a law suit that will change their lives. Now without giving too much away, I don’t actually like this book all that much, and the simple reason for that was the ending. If you have read the book you will know what I’m talking about, but in my opinion it was unnecessary.  But it is still definitely one that will leave you teary eyed when you do get to the end.

Number 3

Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

So this I hadn’t read when I wrote my first post, it was one I was pretty sure that would Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)make me cry (I had heard already basically what it was about and what happened) but I had never got around to actually reading it. After I posted the first Leave you in tears, it didn’t take me long to get around to it and if your interested you can read the review here. Me Before you follows the story of Will and Louisa as they face impossible choices in adverse conditions. It is in essence a love story after life doesn’t go as planned and the choices that we face after that. Even knowing the ending to this it had me bawling just as much as if I didn’t. I was hoping it would soften the blow but no such luck, now I just need to work myself up to seeing the movie!

Number 2

Something Beautiful – Amanda Gernentz Hanson

Something BeautifulThis is another I have since posing the first post and if I had would of definitely been included on the initial list! From memory this is one I got accepted for on NetGalley and I’m so glad I did. The story follows the lives of Cordelia and Declan as they navigate from children to adults. It’s told from both past and present perspective as well as from the differing POV. Now what makes this story unique is that it deals with a myriad of different issues while still keeping the story believable. These include depression, self harm, teen pregnancy and the main theme of the book which revolves around fluid sexuality. Now this book left me with both happy and sad tears and an ending which I just didn’t see coming. If you want to check out the review you can read it here.

Number 1

P.S I love you – Cecelia Ahern

Now at number one it had to be P.S I love you, I was actually kicking myself for not including this last time as it’s another book that left me with both happy and sad tears, okay mostly sad but still. Not only that it left me a wreck pretty much the entire book! If you don’t already know it follows the story of Holly as she deals with the grief and aftermath of her husband Gerry’s death, unknown to her however Gerry has provided a little extra assistance in the form of 12 letters which are to be opened each month. Each of the letters ends in P.S I love you hence the title. So theoretically when you read the blurb of this book it basically tells you she is going to be left alone pretty much immediately but I just was not prepared as to how much it would hit me. Although I do love this book from memory I have only read it twice, the second years after the first so I had forgotten a lot of the finer detail. I also still haven’t manage to bring myself to watch the film haha. Either way I’m going to leave it here as my number 1.

So as promised I’m going to leave some of the suggestions from last post down below of more tear inducing novels, but if you have anymore let me know! (Happy tears count too!)

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How long is too long when reviewing a book?

Okay so something I didn’t anticipate when I started my blog was how long it sometimes takes me write a review after I have finished a book. I try to write the review as soon as I can but, if I’m busy or if life decides this would be a great time to just really get in the way generally I’ll wait and write it when I can. The problem with this is that I am still reading books at roughly the same rate which has led to a bit of a backlog when it comes to the reviews. Now this isn’t exactly too much of a problem in itself, but if it’s been awhile and I go to review a book (especially if I’ve read things in between) I have a tendency to forget everything I initially wanted to put in the review, I’ve lost the feeling and the memories of exactly how I felt once I finished and generally just remember the important facts.

The first challenge I had with this is that when I first started writing my reviews and set myself the challenge of 100 book reviews for 2017 it was already April, April 3rd to be precise. Naively I thought, no sweat, I will just go back and write reviews for all the books I read in the first three months of the year. Easy. Apparently not, although they were relatively fresh in my memory, one I had very little motivation to go back through and list all the books I had already read and then set about writing reviews (I was far more interested in just reading new books) and two when I did try it all sounded very basic, I hadn’t considered writing a review when I was reading these books and the reviews reflected this so I scrapped that and moved on.

The next issue I didn’t foresee is that I didn’t always want to post a review of a book I had read. This has been for a variety of reasons and funnily enough not because I didn’t like a book (I am still working on my blog post for books I DNF but that’s another discussion) but either because it was a sequel of a book and I didn’t feel the need to write another review for the sequel so soon after posting the first, or everyone was posting reviews of the book at the same time, e.g. ACOWAR. When I do have a backlog I will also focus on getting up reviews from review requests or NetGalley and others tend to get left behind to the point I consider of no return. My point is that at the time I tell myself no worries I’ll just post it in the future but then it’s back to problem number one, I either forget to post or the review kinda sucks also cos I’ve forgotten. (Okay I acknowledge the main problem is probably my terrible memory but shh)

Now to try to combat this I have started to try and make sure I am recording notes/feelings as I read through the book and a general statement of how I feel after, but  sometimes I get a little bit carried away with the story and before I know it half the books gone and I’ve got nothing, oops.

My question is how do you manage your reviews? Do your write them straight after you have finished a book and then just schedule them to be posted? Or like me end up writing the review a little while later and if you do how long is too long before the review kind of becomes invalid? Let me know!

 

500 Followers!

500 Follows!

Hi guys, just a super quick post to say thank you to every single one of you that have clicked that follow button. I honestly had no expectations going into this blog, about well, anything, I figured it would be a great way to keep track of books and what I’m reading and so on, but I’m definitely super excited to have reached this milestone so Thank You!