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S4S – Books I have put in the freezer

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Once again Sunday has come about again (I’m sure it comes about faster every week?) I’m starting to get restless for Christmas already! I know a lot of people don’t like to even mention it before December but Christmas is my favourite holiday/season and have got pretty much all of our Christmas shopping done early this year I’m ready for the holidays to begin!

I’ve thrown a couple of books to the floor before but I wouldn’t say there were any books I would particularly want to throw in the fire which is the Six for Sunday Prompt today from the lovely Steph over at A Little but A Lot so instead I decided to name for you folk, six books that I have put in my freezer. This might sound a little weird but it started off as a joke having watched the episode of friends where Joey gets so scared of a book he puts it in the freezer and then later on when another book makes him sad it does the same thing. Ever since it’s been a kind of signal between me and my husband that a book has hurt us and we need to take a break, often there are cuddles and shoulder rubs with a coffee or hot chocolate to follow and eventually retrieving the book when we’re ready to dive back in.

When a Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
This started it all. This book made me so incredibly sad and distraught that I didn’t know what to do with myself, I have still to this day never ever cried this hard at a book. When I actually met the author himself at an event later that year my friend made me tell him the story and was actually familiar with the freezer bit and has become one of my favourite author meeting moments.

Warrior Cats: Fire and Ice By Erin Hunter
As may be the case with a few of these I can’t go into huge detail for fear of spoiling these books for people but there was a death in this that really shocked me (I gasped out loud while reading this at work which was fun trying to explain) and it wasn’t until I got back from work and tried to pick the book back up that it really hit me. Thankfully Chris had already read the book and understood this character was one of my favourites and I was pretty damn sad.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
This book spent three days in the freezer. If you’ve read it you’ll understand.

Tides of War by Christie Golden
Another early on victim of the freezer and one of the first character deaths to have ever really affected me in such an emotional way. It’s a fictional moment I will honestly never forget and just a tribute to the character that was added in-game recently moved me to tears.

Once and Future by Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta.
I think I’m starting to see a pattern here as almost all of these freezer moments have been triggered by a characters death because guess what…

The Wicked King by Holly Black
This trip to the freezer was purely inspired by frustration at the end of THAT ending.

(Nevernight and Godsgrave are not mentioned here as Nevernight got thrown across my room and Godgrave got thrown off our balcony but had they not, Nevernight at the very least would have been freezer material. Darkdawn came close.)

I know not everyone experiences emotions from books in the same way but if you did/do, what book would you put in the freezer and is there a book you would throw in the fire as the original prompt suggested.

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S4S – Witch-y Books

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Okay so I’m pretty sure October only started last week but apparently, this is now the last Sunday of the month! I’m off to London MCM Comic-Con today and really rather excited about it! (Report and hopefully Vlog coming next week). First though, it’s time for Six for Sunday with the prompt for this week (from Steph at A Little but A Lot) “Witch-y Books” and I’ve read a fair few witch-y books in my time so this shouldn’t be too difficult.

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
The clue is in the title I guess? I read the first book in the All Souls series last year and I’ve been desperate to get back to the next one! I really loved this book and I like that we have not only witches but also Daemons and Vampires. You can find my spoiler-free review here.

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Andersen
One of my favourite reads from last year, I received an advance copy at YALC and instantly fell in love with this very Halloween-y feeling book. Mila is awesome and the twist in this really threw me. You can find my spoiler-free review here. 

Sanctuary by V.V James
Defintley in my top three reads this year and certainly my favourite new release. This witch-y murder-y book was fantastic. It was also very stressful and full of twists and turns. I adored it. You can find my spoiler-free review here.

A Pocketful of Crows by Joanne Harris
Although not witchy in the exact same sense of most of the other books on the list I defintley think our nameless wild girl from A Pocketful of Crows is someone who would be classed as a witch. Not just because the villagers of the town name her so in an unkind or spiteful way but because of her connection to nature and the ritual of the magic she uses. Guess what? You can find my spoiler-free review here!

The Near Witch by V.E Schwab
Again, this one is a little different to most of the ones on the list as the main character isn’t a magic-user at all but is instead in search of one but this has a witch-y feel to it nether the less as she befriends a witch and goes to another group of witches for help. I loved the spooky, chilly vibes throughout this book. You know the drill, spoiler-free review here.

Finding Home Vol. Two: The Healer by Hari Conner
So this isn’t technically a book that would probably be regarded as a witch-y book BUT it does feature a witch annnd Chepi uses magic? I’m basically obsessed with this book right now and can’t stop going on about it so makes the list okay? Just check out my spoiler-free review for the funny pic of Janek.

So I guess that’s it for October. I’m kicking myself that I never got around to reading Hex-Life (yet) as it’s literally an anthology of witchy stories but things have been SO hectic. I honestly don’t know where all the time went? Anyway, hopefully I’ll see you back here tomorrow for my turn on the Angel Mage Blog Tour! (Part four of my Inktober posts will be Tuesday instead next week!)

 

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#S4S – Books that have made me cry

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This is quite possibly going to be one of the easiest Six for Sunday posts I’ve ever done as I cry at books quite often. I just get too sucked in and I cry at everything. Now the tough part is to only list six of them!

1.The Illuminae Files by  Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I cried horrifically at all three of these for loads of different reasons so I’m going to class the whole series as one entry or we’d be here forever.

2. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
I keep mentioning this book because I think it’s one of the best and most important books I’ve read this year and crying at this felt very different as I’m not really often affected like that with contemporary books but this hit so many nerves and there were some beautiful eye opening moments that had me bawling my eyes out.

3. Hero at the Fall Alwyn Hamilton
I had a passing interest in the first book, rebel of the sands, then fell completely in love with the second book, Traitor to the Throne and I wasn’t sure how the third and final installment would make me feel and I was shocked to find out I had very strong feelings for some of the characters and cried an awful lot through this book.

4. Lord of Shadows by Cassie Clare
I feel like if you’ve read this you’re possibly nodding along to this one as it seemed to have emotionally wrecked a few people and it gave me a humongous book hangover. I also can’t even talk about certain parts without welling up (see booktube review) I’m deliberately trying not to think about it too much even now.

5. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
I loved the hell out of this book, it was so beautifully written, it kept me guessing and it was so decadent and magical but also completely and utterly heartbreaking. Never has a city name been so relevant as Weep.

6. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
I have never cried at another book the way I cried at this one. I sobbed my heart out for at least twenty minutes before becoming a an empty hollow shell curled up on my sofa for another hour. I actually put it in the freezer at one point (I kid you not).

I also want to give an honorable mention to The Last Girl in the Universe by Lauren James because I cried twice from sheer terror and that was the first time I’ve ever done that!

There we have it. Just six of the many books which have broken my heart into tiny little pieces. Two of which have sequels coming out this year that I’m now terrified of! Thank you so much to Steph from a little but a lot for my favorite prompt so far! Don’t forget to check out the #S4S hashtag for other awesome Six for Sunday posts! I can’t wait to read everyone’s and compare! Have a great weekend 💙

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#Six For Sunday – Favourite places to read

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It’s that time of the week again and I’ve been looking forward to this weeks prompt which is “Favorite places to read” because although I can read pretty much anywhere (other than on a car/bus which makes me feel sick usually) I love reading in most of these places and doing so makes me super happy. Thank you, as always  to Steph over at alittlebutalot for this weeks prompt!

1. My bed.
I feel like reading in bed might be a popular one but it’s one of the places I read the most, even though I tend to nod off after about half an hour, usually I’ll get up, potter around a little bit and go back to reading. It’s super comfortable, my bed is HUGE so I can move into loads of different comfy positions and most importantly for me, I can move my legs around a lot. I suffer from mild restless leg syndrome and need to be able to move them around a lot or risk being very uncomfortable, I can do this easily in bed and sit however I like while being snuggly too.

2. A comfy seat in a bookstore.
There is a sofa in the Piccadilly Waterstones branch that I love to sit and read in. I travelled up to London alone for an important dentist appointment but got there so early I decided to check out this huge Waterstones and spent the next five hours on that sofa just reading and it was so peaceful and enjoyable that I completely overcame my anxiety and got through the appointment no problem. Although not easily accessable (£30 train fare!) and I don’t ever really have that amount of free time any more I think it may be my very favourite place to read.

3. Outside in the summer.
This is obviously a weather permitting one but in the Summer I would quite often leave a little earlier for work and spend 10 minutes having a cigarette (I’ve quit now)  and reading under a tree on my route to work, it always calmed me down perfectly to face the day at a time when a lot of things stressed me out or upset me. I’ve always liked to read outside and can remember when I was younger that I used to sit in a tree by the duck pond my family lived near and just read all day. Sadly I’m far too big to fit in the gap on said tree anymore but I love walking past it and remembering. When given the opportunity (rarely) I still like to sit outside in the summer (and if we’re lucky, the spring) breathing in the (mostly) fresh air and listening to the birds.

4. The bath.
I always used to be worried about dropping my book in the bath so never used to do this but since having my little man it’s one of the few times I got any peace for a while so would kill two birds with one stone and read while having a nice relaxing bath. I have a really bad habit of reading for so long though that the water goes cold and I have to re run half of the bath to actually wash.

5. The Library.
I love our local library and almost every Monday after work and usually about an hour or so before my Dungeons and Dragons session about ten minutes down the road I quite often sit in my particular spot there and read or write. I discovered during a lot of time spent there during one NaNoWriMo that I loved the quiet atmosphere and it made me feel relaxed and could focus much easier. Now I look forward to it every week.

6. My Balcony.
I don’t use this one as often as I used to as I used to sit outside there to read and smoke simultaneously and I don’t smoke anymore but on rare occasion the weather has been mild enough I do sometimes sit out there to enjoy my book, we have a little slide out there so my son can play out there too but most of the time I tend to wait until he’s gone to bed so I can read in peace as he is the complete opposite of chill most of the time.

I realised looking back at all my favourite places they have to be reasonably quiet and relaxing with somewhere comfortable to sit, I don’t think I ask for a lot >.< I want to give an honourable mention to coffee shops, especially the Hotel Chocolat in Colchester as they serve my absolute favourite drink (white chocolate hot chocolate)  and this particular branch is often relatively quiet and has, you guessed it! Comfy seats! Also lots and lots of chocolate! It doesn’t hurt that it’s less than five minutes away from the local Waterstones aswell! I’ve only been able to sit and read there a couple of times so far so I didn’t think it had been tested enough yet to make it to the official list quite yet but had to mention it because it’s potentially pretty high up on my list.

Where are your favourite places to read? Do we have some of the same ones? Let me know and make sure you use the #Six For Sunday hashtag if you share on social media so I can check out your posts!

P.S I finsihed Obsidio and my review will be up soon!