Archive for March, 2015

I always thought of myself as a simple person when it comes to decide what I want to read at a particular time. Even this year while I have been trying to get myself more organised so that I am able to read more. But it would seem that it is not quite the case, even if it was once, anymore.

During Christmas I received, upon my request, the complete series of The Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. So I have slowly but surely been working my way through that.
Now at this point I need to make an admission. I am a bit of a restless reader. I cannot simply focus on one book or series at a time. I need to break it up with something different alongside. So I have a few going all at once. I also have decided that this year I shall re read all seven Harry Potter books, just because. So I am currently half way through The Philosopher’s Stone.

However because I use to mark my progress in what I am currently reading and have finished reading, because I have already read the Harry Potter books it will not let me count them toward my total read this year’s reading challenge. So even though I am reading them I am not listing them in my current reading list. So excluding those this is my current reading list as it stands so far:

So right now I am in the middle of reading Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice which I hope to finish soon, even though I am only just three quarters of the way in. Then I shall read the next book in the Unfortunate Evens series The Austere Academy, book the fifth by Lemony Snicket followed by Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Lani Taylor, completing the trilogy which I started about seven to eight months ago. The reason being that I was waiting for the paperback copy to come out which I have now received.

Then, the Ersatz Elevator Book the Sixth in the Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, followed by The First Judgement from the Chronicles of Brothers by Wendy Alec, which completes the books I own of this series so far. Then, book the seventh The Vile Village from the Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. Followed by, the Tale of the Body Thief which is book four from The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice then, the Hostile Hospital book the eight from Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.

That is all I have planned so far. From this point on ward I hope to start using my TBR jars. Of which I shall explain at a later date.


This is to go alongside the Book Combe Tag video:


#1. What two authors would you like to see put their writing skills together to write a book?

Anne Rice & Lani Taylor.

Just imagine the detail and history that Anne Rice would put in alongside the imagery from Lani Taylor.
Considering the history that Anne put into the Mayfair Witches trilogy alone and the different characters that Lani put into Daughter of Smoke and Bone it would be an immense read.

Image result for laini taylor Image result for anne rice

#2. What is your favourite author collaboration? Whether it be a short story collection or just a book that the authors worked together on.

Point Crime 13 Murder Mysteries by various authors, including David Belbin, Dennis Hamley and Malcolm Rose.

I have not read this book for a few years yet some of the stories have stayed with me and some details still come back to me every now and then.

13 Murder Mysteries

#3. If you could combine two stories and make them a book of their own, which would they be? & what would the reworked title be?

The Wicked Years Series by Gregory Maguire & Harry Potter by J.k Rowling the reworked title: “The Wicked Who Must Not be Named”
Can you not just imagine the epicness?
Two slightly different types of magic system, the ministry being ran by the Wizard; all the amazingness and politics of the world of Oz alongside the corrupt Ministry, what could be better than that?

Though saying that I have recently read some of the reviews on for Wicked and have found that it has not been very popular, so saying I am very happy that I had not come across them before while deciding to read it for the first time.

WickedHarry Potter

#4. What two characters from different books do you ship?

Richard from The Beach Alex Garland with Lestat de Lioncort, The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice.

I have to admit to not even to remember when I did read The Beach though I know that I have, however I have a memory of Richard being very much a wonderer and philosopher. Someone that has always went off the beaten track, drawn to the dark and mysterious side of things, to question life. So even though he is a straight male I could see him being happy to have caught the attention of Lestat de Lioncort, as Lestat is a so called creature of darkness.
Lestat in his turn would be drawn to Richard in my opinion because he would be fascinated by him. He would see him as an innocent, as someone he could save and someone he could live though.

Lestat would challenge Richard and Richard would fascinate Lestat.

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#5. What two worlds from different stories would you like see come together to be one epic world?

The Forbidden Game Trilogy by L.J Smith with Toys by James Patterson & Neil McMahon
The technology from Toys alongside the supernatural so called Forbidden game could make for one epic read that even adults not just pre-teens, would be interested in reading.

The Forbidden GameToys

#6. What duology/trilogy/series would you have liked to see be combined in to one book?

Fifty Shades of Grey without doubt.
It my opinion it does not need as many sex scenes as it has within its pages; however over all despite anyone’s personal opinion of the content it contains a good story line. It could really easily be easily be condensed into one book with a little bit of careful editing without damaging the overall plot of the story and be all the better for it.

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I hope, for your sake, that you have not chosen to read this book because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience because trust me on this when I say that this book is in fact an unpleasant one.

I must confess that I am starting to find this series a little bit annoying though…

(If you want to read on please click on the link below.)


Book 0.5: The Boy in the Smoke (Published 2014)
Book 1: The Name of the Star (Published 2011)
Book 2: The Madness underneath (Published 2013)
Book 3: The Shadow Cabinet (Published 2015)
Book 4: Untitled

Secret service has never been so intriguing and London has never seemed so shrouded in mystery.
We join Rory as she meets Boo, Callum, Thorpe and Stephen for the first time in The Name of the Star and see how her life is turned inside out through no fault of their or her own.
From Jack the Ripper style killings, to supernatural goings on, to near death experiences. Rory has a lot to deal with in a short space of time and we can come along for the ride.

From what started out as a simple school transfer from Louisiana to London Rory did not realise that she might be giving up a lot more up than she originally thought.

Written in a way that is compelling and convincing with a lot of information about the Shades that are the “secret police” of the undead, this series is not only an amazing read for young adults but also for adults of any age.
With mild amount of violence, ghostly encounters and a touch of romance this series has something for everyone.


The Boy in the Smoke (Shades of London, #0.5)The Name of the Star (Shades of London, #1)The Madness Underneath (Shades of London, #2)The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London, #3)