Book Review: The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey.

How excited was I for this book?

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 I read Carey’s The Girl With All the Gifts last year and thought it was one of the best thrillers I’d read for a long time. I rarely read horror, especially zombie novels, but it was one of my favourite books of 2016. Needless to say, when I heard Carey was writing another book in that universe, I preordered it immediately.

(I preordered the ebook, which some people might think is a bit stupid, but I bloody love ebooks.)

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April Reads 2017.

Ooh, my April reads were a bit on the small side… I read a grand total of TWO new books!

I did have a book on the go all the way through April, though. First, I started reading I Call Myself a Feminist, which is a collection of essays and other writings by various women, many of whom are well-known for their feminist stance. I read about two-thirds of the way through it in a short time, but for some reason I put it down and I haven’t felt like going back to it since. I will definitely be finishing it soon though as I know I was really enjoying it.

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OK, So Booksically… Tag

I saw the title of this tag and knew I had to do before I’d even watched the video. (Video I saw was this one by LilyCReads, the original by Okay So Booksically is here. I may now need to watch a lot of his videos.) I really shouldn’t be doing tags I haven’t been tagged for when I’ve still not done so many that I have been tagged for, but I am a law unto myself so…

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Question 1: Tell Us About Your User / Blog / Channel Name and Your Real Name.

My blog is primarily about books but I do sometimes post about stuff I’ve been getting up to. I usually try and link it back to books though. I also have a card-making blog (which is more or less abandoned) and a new blog about beauty/fashion etc.

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New Blog!

Just a very quick update today to let you know I’ve started another blog. If you’re interested in beauty, skincare and fun things like that, please take a look and follow if you like what you see 🙂

https://flowerinadversity.wordpress.com/

I actually created this blog a couple of years ago but have never written any posts on it! The name comes from a quote from Mulan:

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I can’t remember the thinking behind it – I think I wanted to mix my love of Disney and beauty and this quote seemed to fit. Even if it’s a bit vague, I like it!

(I will be carrying on with The Bookish Underdog of course. I did consider just doing a few beauty posts on my book blog, but I felt like it might be annoying for people who aren’t really interested in that sort of thing.)

Thanks for stopping by!

March Reads 2017.

*Ahem* This post may be a little bit… same-y. I read several books in one series and that particular series has, er, 13 books in it. I haven’t read all 13 yet but I am well on my way!

But first, in March, I re-read Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. This is actually the last book series I discovered that I really loved. In all my life, I’ve probably only really got 4 series that I would say are absolutely great: Harry PotterHunger Games (although it took me a couple of tries to love the sequels), Percy Jackson and the series I will be talking about today.

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Top 10 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Episodes.

According to Facebook, everyone is talking about the cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer reuniting (don’t get excited) for… an interview. (I told you not to get your hopes up.)

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I mean, you can’t tell who half of those people are. They could have just grabbed people off the street. (Except Angel. Angel looks EXACTLY the same. Which means still gorgeous.)

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 Apparently the interview took place because it was recently the 20-year anniversary of the Buffy premiere – how mad is that? The show is nearly as old as me.

I’m a huge Buffy fan, and I was actually considering going all non-bookish and doing a top 10 Buffy episodes post anyway, so this was the perfect excuse. In terms of the order, I’ve gone with a mix of my favourites and what I think are the most technically good, well-crafted episodes.

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My Life in Books.

I’m always surprised when people say they didn’t always love reading. Like, a lot of book bloggers say that Twilight got them into reading in their teenage years. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I just find it baffling that they didn’t read before. I figured you’re born a reader rather than becoming one.

I have loved books for as long as I’ve been able to read. There have been times when I’ve not read as much, but books have always been a huge part of my life, so I thought it would be interesting to look back on the most important books throughout my life – the ones that moulded me, and stayed with me long after first discovering them.

This isn’t really a tag but I encourage any of you who want to do your own ‘life in books’ to go ahead and do so. I actually got quite emotional thinking about some of the books that have meant so much to me, especially as a child.

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