Monday, 25 August 2014

Where Did Ella Go? || Also, She gets the Sunshine Award

Sooooooooo, what do I say, mmmm?  I basically disappeared off the face of the blogging world and you haven't heard a whisper from me in weeks! >.<

The problem is, is that I haven't really felt like blogging and I've been a bit stressed out with life and such.  I'm also feeling a bit muddled with what and where I want to go with Once Upon a Bookish Time.  Any ideas, frabjous Wonderlings??!!  Leave suggestions in the comments!

Another bit of bother is that I'm actually going into hospital tomorrow for an operation.  Nothing really serious, just to have my tonsils out, but it sounds like I'm going to feel absolutely foul afterwards and as I have quite unusually large tonsils it looks like it's going to be really painful >:/  But don't worry, I plan to rewatch all 3 seasons of Downton Abbey before Season 4 comes out in a few months, all 3 seasons of Miranda because I haven't watched her for yonks, and Miranda Hart is medicinal when you're unwell (Romi agrees with me on this) so I've got quite a bit to take my mind of the pain (although, supposedly, I'm going to be off my face on pain meds).

But I thought I'd give you all a heads up that I won't be on the internet or the blogging world for the next few weeks at least.

Anyway!  I got tagged by one of my favourite bloggers (who I've sadly and embarrassedly neglected the last few months; I'M SORRY SKYLAR.) Skylar!  Skylar tagged me for the Sunshine Award!!  THANK YOU TIMES GOOGLE PLEX, LOVELY!!!!

1. Tell us five facts about yourself.
2. Answer the five questions given. 
3. Write five questions for your nominees to answer.
4. Nominate five bloggers for the award and let them know about it (although this isn't mandatory since there's all kinds of variation here).
5. Thank the person who nominated you!

5 Facts About Me

1. This is slightly pathetic, but I'm EXTREMELY proud of the fact that I have green eyes with a RING OF brownish GOLD AROUND THEM.  OBVIOUSLY I AM A RELATION OF CELAENA SARDOTHIEN.  I know Celaena has blue eyes with a ring of gold round them, not green with gold, BUT WHATEVER.  I'm obviously related to her like...a cousin or something.  STOP LAUGHING.

2. I'm almost 6 foot and I LOVE IT.  You get to squash ignore the smaller annoying people (think my younger siblings) that annoy you.  It's fun.  Try it. ;)

3. I hate horses.  I told you the horrific tale of what a horse did to me at the age of three HERE.

4. Added up, I have over 2000 books in my house. :D

5. I'm one of the biggest Scrooges out there.  I hate spending my lovely money, I hate lending my beautiful money.  I charge Ella-Tax (IT IS TOTALLY A WORD) on every person I lend money too.  If I like you, it'll be less, if I don't, bwahahaha, you owe me big time (*cough* younger brother *cough*).

Skylar's Questions:

1. What colour describes your personality best?  

I took a few colour personality tests because I had NO idea what I'd be, and I got blue in one, pink in another, cyan in the third, so I guess I'm some fabulous mix of all three. ;)

2. Given the choice of swimming in a lake or a pool, which one would you pick?

Depends what KIND of lake.  If it's a clean lake, then yes.  If it's a dirty lake, then NO.  But I don't really like swimming pools as they're normally filthy.  Also, I hate chlorine.

3. Who's your favourite fictional couple?

DON'T MAKE ME CHOOSE, YOU CRUEL PERSON.  But, OK, *deep breath* I'll choose my favourite fictional couple FROM THIS YEAR which goes to...*whacks drums enthusiastically* Hayley and Finn from The Impossible Knife of Memory!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  ARGHH CUTEST COUPLE EVERRRRRRR.  (Although, they did have some jerkish moments in their relationship, I FORGIVE THEM.)

4. If you had the chance to give a foreigner only one American food to convince them it was awesome, what food would you pick? 

I'm a foreigner *grins* So YOU tell ME what's one American food that's awesome.  Hehe, THIS IS FUN XD

5. What is your least favorite part of writing (if you write)?

I write quite a bit of poetry so maybe the editing?  Sometimes editing is really great because it just all comes together frabjously, but normally it sucks and I'm stuck (RHYMED!...somewhat) staring at the godawful first draft. >.<

My Questions:

1. Sweet or Sour?
2. Books or Music?
3. Sleeping or Eating?
4. Comic Books - yay or nay?
5. Art or Crafts?

Sorry for my crappy questions >.<  Brain's not really working at the moment x|

My Nominees

Anyone else that wants to do it!  (Code for I have no idea who to pick.)  Go crazy!  Just leave me a link so I can check your post out! :D

See you in a few weeks, Wonderlings! :D

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Wating On Wenesday {2!}

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming book releases that readers are impatiently waiting to get their greasy little mits on (think me)!

This Week I'm Waiting On...


[click the cover to go to the goodreads page]

Seventeen-year-old Cassie Hobbes has a gift for profiling people. Her talent has landed her a spot in an elite FBI program for teens with innate crime-solving abilities, and into some harrowing situations. After barely escaping a confrontation with an unbalanced killer obsessed with her mother’s murder, Cassie hopes she and the rest of the team can stick to solving cold cases from a distance.

But when victims of a brutal new serial killer start turning up, the Naturals are pulled into an active case that strikes too close to home: the killer is a perfect copycat of Dean’s incarcerated father—a man he’d do anything to forget. Forced deeper into a murderer’s psyche than ever before, will the Naturals be able to outsmart the enigmatic killer’s brutal mind games before this copycat twists them into his web for good?

With her trademark wit, brilliant plotting, and twists that no one will see coming, Jennifer Lynn Barnes will keep readers on the edge of their seats (and looking over their shoulders) as they race through the pages of this thrilling novel. ~blurb from goodreads

Killer Instinct hits the shelves November 4th!

Why I'm Waiting?!

Scuse me while I just go and SOB my eyes out in my little corner.  NOVEMBER IS SO FAR AWAY.  The first book in this loveeeely series, The Naturals, was one of my favourite reads of 2013 as it was just PURE FRABJOUSNESS.  It had blood, murder, snark, blood, murder, mystery, blood, murder, cool talents and a romance that didn't take over the whole book (which is as rare as blue and pink rabbit is these days).  And yes, I do love my blood and murder (and, no, I am not displaying psychopathic qualities).  I AM SO EXCITED FOR KILLER INSTINCT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You can bet ALLLLL your book money in your piggybank that I will be the first one to place a hold on this little munchkin when it FINALLY arrives at our library.  It's a safe bet, I promise you.

What are YOU waiting on?!  (pop quiz:  does it feature blood?!  10 points if it does!)

Monday, 4 August 2014

A Letter to... WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart (i'm a hazelnut, hear me roar)

Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: 13th May 2014
Pages: 240
Source: Library
Purchase: The Book Depository
Read it in: 2 hours
Word Rating: Liar.  Liar.  Liar.

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE. [blurb from goodreads]

Dear We Were Liars,

Let's imagine my feels as a hazelnut (I know.  Of all the dramatic things I could've picked to show my feels...I picked a hazelnut.  Gosh I have an intelligent brain).  

You looked like a book that the whole world had raved about, but when I opened you up, you transformed into a hammer (this is getting humiliating.) and proceeded to beat me, bash me, crack me, crunch me, and powder me (remember: I'm still a hazelnut) into a tiny pile of nutty emotions. 

Your writing was so beautiful and poetic it brought tears to my eyes.  It sang and danced  and made ghostly pictures out of air right in front of my eyes and it smelled of marshmellow and sharpie with hints of longing and envy and cracked beautiful on the edges.  And I swayed to it's hypnotic beat, utterly transfixed, eyes wide and dark.

Your characters made me blush with excitement, gasp and sigh wistfully, wanting to be  to be on the island with those beautiful liars, grin so hard my lip split and still I smiled through the thread of blood trickling down my chin.  I laughed, sang, danced, and sat with you while you talked of what I felt was magic.  

Then you ended.  1.) Why did you end?  You were supposed to go on forever you beautiful liars, living your simple and tangled lives.  2.)  Why did you have to end like that?  My stone heart broke but it was to late -- you were gone.  Burnt to cinder, all was left was ashes that were blown away by my heavy gasps of shock, and slipped out of my desperate grabbing fists and disappeared into the stars leaving me with memories, bitter memories now, tinted with smoke and tears.  You smashed me with one last smash and took my heart, before mashing the rest of me with cocoa and tears and turning me into hazelnut spread.

It is one thing to take one's heart, We Were Liars, but to leave the rest behind is a completely different thing altogether.  

Yours Forever (seeing as you have my heart),

Another Lying Liar [scroll down to see]

By the way, I lied too.  I didn't love you at all.  I know.  I am a fantabulus liar.  And I'm still a whole hazelnut.  Not a powdered one.  Just so you know*.

*For people confused, what I mean, is that I didn't like/didn't enjoy We Were Liars.  I was annoyed at the whole book so decided to get my own back by writing a lying letter.  I still think people should give it a go if they want (goodness knows, the book blogosphere is pounding it into our brains [yes, there is a little resentment in those words, BUT WHY COULDN'T I LOVE IT LIKE THE REST OF THE WORLD DID, HUH?!] times twenty million times)!!  

Hope you enjoyed reading my letter as much as I had writing it!! XD
Interested in seeing any more?!
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