Ramble #32: Changes

Hey-hey guys 🙂

A lot has been going on in my life during the past few months. I’ve been thinking a lot about how I want to really spend my time, how to balance the things in my life that are important to me and some other stuff too. That also got me thinking about the blog, since I spend so much time and energy here and I realized that I needed to rethink and rebalance quality and quantity in my posts again.

All in all, the “big” changes will be that I won’t be posting the weekly memes well… weekly… But I’ll figure out other way to incorporate their content in this blog in a more interesting and creative way, I hope. I’m still not sure about some other aspects but I’ll announce any other upcoming changes so stay tuned! 😉

What I can say will stay the same for sure are the reviews, the rambles (I couldn’t survive without them!), the TBRs and the wrap ups.

April Wrap Up

Getting back on track! 😀

Click on the title of a book to be redirected to the review I wrote about it (not all of them have reviews though).

  • I Am Sleepless by Johan Twiss ★★★★☆
  • Hearing Thoughts by Anthony Diffley ★★☆☆☆
  • Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead ★★★★☆
  • Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead ★★★★☆

April TBR Update #4

  • I Am Sleepless by Johan Twiss – read
  • Hearing Thoughts by Anthony Diffley – read
  • Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead – read
  • Dregs of the Culver Waste by Chris R. Sendrowski

Unplanned reads:

  • Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead – 530 pages in

The Real Neat Blog Award

 

real-neat-blog-awardI was nominated for the The Real Neat Blog Award by the lovelies Kenzie from “Bookish Things and Tea” and Ashley from “Dreaming Through Literature”.

Thank you so much girls!

Theoretically I should answer 7 question from the person I was nominated by but taking into account I was nominated by two different bloggers I decided to do a mix of their questions, answering 7 in total anyway. Here it goes!


Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site
  • Put the award logo on your blog
  • Answer the seven questions made by your nominator
  • Come up with seven new questions for your nominees
  • Nominate seven blogs


My Answers:

  • What’s your go to happy book?
  • “Alice in Wonderland” (the one based on the movie by Tim Burton).
  • Favorite candle scent?
  • Anything ending in “berry”!
  • If you could take a year off from everything without any repercussions, what would you do during that year?
  • I would travel the world and do some volunteering along the way.
  • What’s one of your favorite posts you’ve made on you blog?
  • Probably this one: Bookish How-To #1: Cute Corner Bookmarks
  • Do you journal? If yes, is it habitual or just occasionally?
  • No, I wish I could but I’m too lazy…
  • Do you prefer paperbacks or hard covers? Why?
  • Hummm hard question, I honestly believe they’re both great for different reasons. But if I had to choose one then maybe paperbacks simply because I’m more used to them…
  • What is your favorite color?
  • I’m suuuure you haven’t noticed…it’s pink!

 

My Questions:

  • What’s your favourite place in the whole world?
  • If you had to choose one fictional character as a best friend, which one would it be?
  • If you could choose one foreign language to magically speak fluently, which one would it be?
  • Would you rather read only your favourite book for the rest of your life or be able to read every book except your favourite one for the rest of your life too?
  • What’s your favourite reading spot?
  • Do you listen to music while you’re reading?
  • Who’s the one author you really really really want to meet in person above any other?
  • What’s your favourite reading snack or drink?


My Nominees:

Review: Hearing Thoughts by Anthony Diffley

 

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Book Rate: ★★☆☆☆ (2/5)

Review:

I don’t know if it was the official synopsis that got my expectations so high, but the truth is I am really disappointed with Hearing Thoughts.

The first few chapters were fine, the story sounded promising but then, all of a sudden, Danny (the protagonist) started sounding like a child when he interacted with other characters. I gave him the benefit of the doubt in the beginning because the first time it happened he was under the effects of an alien spaceship, but it continued once he got back to Earth and through the rest of the book.

But I think I could’ve dealt with that and still enjoy the book. Until Danny met Alisha… and one week later they were deeply in love and one or two weeks after that planning to move in together and get married and have kinds and grand kids and planning where they will live after they retire. And the fact that we barely get to know them as individuals and even less as a couple just adds to the awkwardness that their relationships transmits to the reader.

Hearing Thoughts could still have been a 3-stars book for me if the story line was gripping and interesting. But it failed greatly there too in my opinion. As we read from the perspective of different characters, the plot barely holds and surprises and twists. We already know who are the traitors and their plans from the start and it’s very clear how the story will develop.

The only thing I mildly appreciated in Anthony Diffley’s book was his writing style and the pacing of the story itself.

To be very honest, this is not a book I recommend.

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★☆☆☆
  • Characters ★☆☆☆☆
  • Writing ★★★☆☆
  • Pacing ★★★★☆
  • Cover ★★★☆☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

Daniel Burke is a prosecutor in New York City who decided to take a short getaway vacation with two friends to their cabins up in Lake George. All is going well for him and his friends until he is suddenly and discreetly abducted by an alien vessel from outer space.

While on board of the vessel, Danny is given the ability to communicate with the aliens via thought transmission or, in other words, through the ability of hearing their thoughts. Just as they are returning Danny back to earth trouble hits their ship and interrupts the process of removing the thought hearing capability. Danny is safely returned but unintentionally left with the talent to hear other people’s thoughts. When he finally realizes this, he starts to question himself as to how he can put it to good use. Until the CIA contacts him and his life is changed forever.

Publisher: Page Publishing
Date of Publication: March 16th 2015
Genre: Adult, Science Fiction, Policial
Page Count: 208
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Interested in reading more of my reviews? Check out my Reviews page!

One Sentence Wednesday #31

Featured imageOne Sentence Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Rebeca at “Books and Messy Buns”. Anyone can join, you just have to do the following:

  • Pick up the book you’re currently reading (or read last)
  • Think about what it made you feel so far
  • Describe it in one sentence
    • Make a post in your own blog where you share your sentence and link back to my blog as the host
  • Share the link to your post in the comments’ section here for the book community to see 🙂

Note: Please refer the host of the meme (this blog/this post) in your own post and leave a comment down below with a link to your 1SW so all the participant can have a look and share their thoughts too!

My Sentence:

“I kept rolling my eyes…”

– about Hearing Thoughts by Anthony Diffley