The End Is Here!

As some of you may know, I’ve been participating this month in NaBloPoMo (which is hosted by BlogHer, and stands for National Blog Posting Month). Taking part simply requires posting everyday for a month, and I’m really happy to say I’ve done exactly that!

I’ve got to say, despite the times I moaned and whined about it, I’ve really enjoyed taking part in it. It’s really inspired me to be more invested in my blog, and shown me that I can find material to post about everyday!

It’s been so much fun this month, and I’m really happy with where my blog is at at the moment because of it.

I’m going to miss NaBloPoMo – I have honestly loved the challenge of posting everyday! Though you guys are probably glad it’s over – as it hopefully means no more random and pointless posts (though I can’t make any promises)!

Also, I wanted to say a massive thanks to you guys because…

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THANK YOU!!!!

– Emma

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Review | The Humans by Matt Haig

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I felt the beautiful melancholy of being human, captured perfectly in the setting of a sun. Because, as with a sunset, to be human was to be in-between things; a day, bursting with desperate colour as it headed irreversibly towards night.

Book Synopsis from Goodreads:

Body-snatching has never been so heartwarming . . .

The Humans is a funny, compulsively readable novel about alien abduction, mathematics, and that most interesting subject of all: ourselves. Combine Douglas Adams’s irreverent take on life, the universe, and everything with a genuinely moving love story, and you have some idea of the humor, originality, and poignancy of Matt Haig’s latest novel.

Our hero, Professor Andrew Martin, is dead before the book even begins. As it turns out, though, he wasn’t a very nice man–as the alien imposter who now occupies his body discovers. Sent to Earth to destroy evidence that Andrew had solved a major mathematical problem, the alien soon finds himself learning more about the professor, his family, and “the humans” than he ever expected. When he begins to fall for his own wife and son–who have no idea he’s not the real Andrew–the alien must choose between completing his mission and returning home or finding a new home right here on Earth.

 

Before I officially get into my review, I just wanted to say that this is the first book I’ve read that isn’t Young Adult. Normally, I don’t find Adult books that interesting; nothing’s pulling me in and telling me to pick it up, you know?

I was pleasantly surprised by this book though! Please don’t judge it by it’s description, because as my sister said, it doesn’t do it justice!

Anyway, on with the review!

 

Matt Haig has a way with words. A way that, while it’s obviously not an alien telling this story (because I’m pretty certain this dude isn’t an outer-space dweller), it really made me feel as if it was.

And I love when a book makes you feel like that.

I really liked the majority of this book, and don’t have that many faults with it. I was intrigued to find out where this story was going, from the very first page.

Overall, I’m happy with this book. It was a good, nice read, with an interesting plot line that had you wanting to find what this alien was going to encounter next in the very mysterious world called ‘Earth’.

But unfortunately, I started to lose interest when it came to the last few chapters of the book. So much so, I really had to fight with myself to finish it.

I felt as if the final chapters were sort of…not unnecessary, because they had an important purpose. But the way they were done, I personally feel as if they could have been done better.

However, the last two/three pages of the book really made up for the previous lacking chapters, and I was very happy with the way it ended, all in all.

You can get this book from Amazon: The Humans

Have any of you read this book? If so, what did you think of it?

Thanks!

– Emma

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Kindle Books: It’s A Love/Hate Relationship

I love Kindle books so much, and I love physical books, both for different reasons. If forced to choose, I do prefer actual books, simply because I love the feel of them, and how they look on my shelves.

Saying that, I much prefer actually reading on Kindles. (Love the feel of an actual book; like actually reading on a Kindle).

Anyway, here’s why I love Kindle Books:

  • They’re extremely portable. Though most books are easy to carry around with you, Kindle’s are less likely to get damaged. I don’t like the idea that I could wreck my book while I’m out!
  • They’re so easy and comfortable to read on. While of course, I love holding an actual book when reading, I find it so comfortable to read on a Kindle! (Does anybody else feel like this?)
  • Kindle books are much cheaper. Saving money on Kindle books means in the end, I’ll be able to buy more books. And more books is always the better option!

Here’s why I hate dislike Kindle books:

  • They’re often self-published. Which isn’t normally a problem, and I do love self-published novels! The only problem I have sometimes is that some aren’t edited very well, and my inner grammatically-correct conscience is screaming to correct all the mistakes.
  • Sometimes the format comes out a bit wonky. How the layout of some Kindle books I’ve read just haven’t worked, and are out-of-line. But this isn’t major!
  • Finding books that sound good on the Kindle store, and end up being a major let down. Now, in all fairness, it’s not really fair to limit this to Kindle books, as it happens with physical books too. But I think I’ve ended up buying more dubs on my Kindle, because of how cheap they are!

That’s all today guys!

I know I said this post was planned (and it was!) but I’ve just had to super rush to get it posted before midnight! (The joys of being a NaBloPoMo participant, eh?)

Thanks!

– Emma

Read On! (I think I’m going to stick with it for a bit longer!)

The Ending Line Scenario

If you guys read my post yesterday, you’ll know that I promised to post something interesting today.

But unfortunately, all my ideas are being saved for once I start my new schedule, so I just need to get through NaBloPoMo before the fun can begin!

These next few days are likely to be quite boring, so I’m going to apologise now. But anyway, let’s get on with this post!

If you guys pay close attention to my posts, you’ll know that I always end them with ‘Read On’. However, as I read my posts back to myself, I can’t tell if maybe I need something else to end on.

What do you guys think? Do you think I need a different ending line?

I actually do have an interesting post planned (yes planned, can you believe it?) for tomorrow! Ah, the joys of the weekend.

Hope you guys had a good Friday!

Thanks!

– Emma

(Read On!)

NaBloPoMo, You’ve Devoured My Inspiration

Well, that isn’t actually quite true.

I have loads of inspiration for this next month, but I don’t want to start a new ‘schedule’ just yet, as I feel it would be nice to start with a new month!

So I’m sorry for the boring posts guys, but I promise they will be getting better as soon as this month is over!

The last few days have been a bit stressful for me, so I haven’t really planned any of my posts, and have been writing them really late at night. I haven’t been paying as much attention and putting enough thought into what I’m writing, and I’m really sorry about that.

I’ll be posting something much more interesting tomorrow (hopefully)!

Thanks!

– Emma

Read On!

 

What I’m Currently Reading

I am so all over the place right now when it comes to books.

Yesterday, I couldn’t find a single book that I wanted to read (that I already owned).

Yet today, I’ve found a book that I don’t want to put down!

And what a wonderful book it is! My sister and I were talking earlier, and she suggested (by shoving it very impolitely in my face) a book that she’d just finished reading.

That book is The Humans by Matt Haig, and so far, it’s just fantastic.

It’s taking me quite a while to get through it (I’m only on page 40) but I’m happy taking my time, and just enjoying it.

As soon as I’ve finished it, I’ll have a review up!

Have any of you guys read this book? What did you think of it? (No spoilers please!!)

You can get this book here from Amazon: The Humans

Thanks!

– Emma

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Help!!

Hi guys!

This post is going to have to be a quick one, because I’m super tired!

So I’m in dire need of your help.

Since I finished The Retribution of Mara Dyer (you can see my review here!) I haven’t actually picked up another book to read (except for Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter). Everything I already have just isn’t taking my fancy – and even though I set myself on a ‘rereading mission’, I can’t seem to do that either. (I think I’ll be pushing it back to start in December!)

And so I thought I’d ask you guys your suggestions on what I should read next!

Now, with me being on a book-buying ban, I obviously can’t go out and buy any books to read if I don’t already own them. But there’s no way I could tell you guys all of the books I own, simply because there’s too many!

However, even if I don’t have the book you recommend, I’ll still be grateful to hear it!

Comment below if you have any suggestions for me!

(I really hope this post made sense – I’m so tired, it’s hard to keep my eyes open.)

Thanks!

– Emma

Read On!