February Wrap-Up

Out of three books I only read one. I’ve been in a proper reading slump this month so hopefully next month I can read some more. I haven’t wrote any reviews either but it will be coming in the next few weeks.

The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

The Accident Season

 

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The Infinity Dreams Award

What exactly is the Infinity Dreams Award?

infinity dream award‘The Infinity Dreams Award symbolizes being that breath of life that catalyzes faith in reaching new heights.’

 

Rules:
1. Thank and follow the blog that nominated you
2. Tell us 11 facts about yourself
3. Answer the questions that were set for you to answer
4.  Nominate 11 bloggers and set questions for them

Thanks to Heba at hebasbookblog for nominating me!

11 FACTS ABOUT ME

  1. I have super long ginger hair.
  2. I secretly love classical music.
  3. I tend to judge books by their cover.
  4. I’m in love with everything Disney.
  5. I can fangirl about almost anything.
  6. I am a member of The Senior Section.
  7. I also volunteer at Brownies.
  8. I have a great respect for authors who can kill of one of their main characters (except you G.R.R.M)
  9. I each way to much sugary foods, I should really start exercising.
  10. I still haven’t found my ROA dress(oh god…)
  11. I’m a master at procrastinating.

ANSWER THE QUESTIONS SET

  1. If you could be anywhere in the world where would you be?
    The Biggest library in the world, where ever that is. I’m gonna have to look into it.
  2. What is your favorite fairy tale and why?
    This is so difficult honestly I love them all but if I had to choose Rapunzel because we both have incredibly long hair.
  3. What is your New Years resolution?
    To start thinking before I say things.
  4. Winter or summer?
    Summer.
  5. Blue or Pink?
    Blue. Pink is the worst colour in the world.
  6. Makeup or no makeup?
    No makeup, it’s so much effort to get up early in the morning and do it when I could just stay in bed and read a few more pages…
  7. If you could only buy 1 book in your life, what would it be?
    A Court of Mist and Fury(because I desperately need to find out what is going to happen), and then I would go to the library and borrow all the other books I wanted 😉
  8. Favorite tv show?
    At the moment I have fallen in love with Reign, but seriously, I have so many shows I watch (and fangirl over) so I can’t choose between them.
  9. Favorite movie?
    The whole of the MCU? Mirror Mirror? City of Bones? Beautiful Creatures? There’s just so many to choose from!
  10. Fictional character crush?
    Oh my god, Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses, Chapter 27 just cemented my love 🙂
  11. If you could have any mythological creature as a pet, what would it be?
    A Peaguses, cause I could fly everywhere on it and it would love me and I would love it back.

SET 11 QUESTIONS AND NOMINATIONS

My questions for you are
1. Tea or Coffee?
2. Favourite book and why?
3. High Fantasy books or realistic?
4. Favourite author and why?
5. If there was a zombie apocalypse and you could only save one animal, what would it be?
6. Favourite colour?
7. Unfinished series of books?
8. A Book that made you fangirl?
9. Favourite food?
10. What’s your favourite book so far this year?
11. Why did you start your blog?

And now for my nominations.
Ella @ Ella’s Book Blog
A Bookish Owl
Carrianne @ Carrianne’s Cuppa n’ Critique’s
Emily Rhodes @ EmilyBooks
Aman @ Confessions of a Readaholic

Helen Jones @ Journey to Ambeth
Emily @ Be Book Smart
Justine @ BO O K W OR M A N I A C
Klinta @ Bookowly
Kelsey & Alexa @ Verbosity
Druken Dragon Reviews

Long Time No See

I haven’t posted in so long due to the fact that it was the half-term holidays last week. It’s the last proper holiday I’m going to be getting till the summer, thanks to the about of work thats popped its head around the door and decided to say hello. Usually I use my holidays to read but this didn’t happen this time round, mainly because I slept for half of the holiday but also for some other things, like an unseemly amount of Netflix (which took up most of the other half).

I did do something productive though. I went to my first archery competition and won first place for my category (whoo!) I also started some revision 😦 but its all going to help me eventually so why not.

Unfortunately, with all this going on I didn’t really get a chance to read, I finished The Accident Season and started another but, hopefully now that I’m back in school mode I’ll be able to pick up and read some more.

So over the next few weeks I have a couple of pre-planned posts, A Infinity Dream Award to do, a 3 quotes tag, a review for The Accident Season and some others. I’ve missed this!

An Interview with Matt Weiss

A Day in the park The lovely Matt Weiss, author of A Day in the Park has kindly allowed me to interview him about his book. To find out more keep reading!

 

1.Tell us a bit about yourself!
Thanks for the opportunity to be on your blog. I live just west of Chicago and one of the things I love about this area is the expanse of land that’s been set aside for parks/nature preserves. I love going for walks in the park when the weather is warm enough. I’m fascinated by the natural world around me, which lead to me studying geology in college. That study allowed me to travel the U.S., see a lot of national parks, and a lot of off the beaten path kinds of places. I’ve continued on that path after college as an environmental geologist. I’m part of a company that investigates properties for environmental impact (think landfills, industrial facilities, etc.). The past couple of years I also teach an evening geology course. It’s been a great way to keep in touch with the fundamentals of the discipline and be able to share that excitement with students.

2. What is A Day in the Park all about?
A Day in the Park is about exploration and adventure in the context of the everyday life of 13 year olds. I’m hopeful this book will help develop that sense of wonder that all kids have and help them understand that that wonder is what drives science.

In the book, a group of middle school age boys take interest in a classroom science experiment. Their teacher tells them that they can expand on that interest if they go out into a preserve near the school and investigate on their own. When the boys do that, they discover something completely unexpected. I say unexpected because the main character, Ryan, literally trips over this thing and falls flat on his face in the process. Their adventure evolves into a research project driven by their own curiosity. It allows the boys to learn about their town going back to prehistoric times as the last ice age ended. They get to experience firsthand a full blown scientific investigation aided by a university professor who happens to be a friend of Ryan’s family.

3. Why did you decide to start writing?
Writing has always been something I’ve enjoyed. I write a lot of technical papers and reports for my full time work and I’ve been told that my writing is easy to read. The idea for this book was quite random. Out of the blue I decided to Google the geology of the town I live in, which gives you a clue about how hip/cool I am. I found this great research article published by the Illinois Geological Survey detailing how artifacts from the last ice age were being found around my area. I had this notion that the only people who find stuff like this were archeologists or paleontologists out in the middle of nowhere or in some ancient ruins or something. It turns out that’s just not the case. Anyone can make important discoveries, you just have to been in the right place at the right time. In the case of this article I thought, why not try to show people this is the case. So I started writing to try and tell a story that would, hopefully, inspire readers to get outside and explore.

4. What are your favourite YA/Middle Grade books at the moment?
I haven’t been keeping up as much as I should in the genre. I’m going to go back to a couple of my favorites. One is Hatchet by Gary Paulsen and the other is Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls.

5. What writers inspire you?
That’s a great question. I normally read non-fiction business or science based books which I think of as more about the content than the author. I like a lot of different authors, but Mitch Albom and Doris Kearns Goodwin are two that come to mind. I think what both of them do really well is take their ideas and convey them so clearly I feel like I’m in the story with the characters or historical figures. It’s amazing how they do it. I’m hoping that I am able to develop into that kind of writer.

6. What is the main character in A Day in the Park like? What is unique about him?
The main character of the book is 13 year old Ryan Hutton. I think he’s a pretty ordinary kid, but what makes him special is his ability to relate to the world around him. In the book he’s able to dream about what the prehistoric world was like and then relate that to the town as it is now. This insight allows him to make connections that others might not be able to.

7. How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Matt weiss
The best way to learn more is to follow me on twitter @mattweissauthor . I’ve set up a Pinterest page for the book so readers can get a sense of the characters and setting. You can get a free sample of the book and sign up for email updates from me here: Email updates

February TBR

As February is a short month and revision is starting to become a priority 😦 I am going to challenge myself to read three books this month.

The Apostates by Lars Teeny

The ApostatesNew Megiddo has been born out of the ashes of America, an America that has sacrificed liberty for security. Ravaged by environmental disaster and shuttered off from the rest of the world by border fortress walls, and the strict dogma of spiritual leader, The Reverend Wilhelm Wainwright, the people take small comfort from the sermons the Reverend delivers straight to the people’s minds via the [Virtue-Net]. However, the President John W. Schrubb Administration has been losing its grip on power. Murmurs and rumors of a resistance group of Apostates emanate from “Database” dens in the slums, financed by a mysterious source, are said to be scheming to free the people. Will the Apostates strike in time before the Born Again Gathering ushers in a state-induced Armageddon?

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

The Accident SeasonIt’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.

The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.

But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?

Chewy Noh and the Phantasm of Winter by Tim Learn

Chewy Noh 2Chewy Noh has many problems. Besides his mom becoming a mu-dang—a Korean fortune-teller possessed by his dead grandmother who can read minds—the school bully, Kent, is still on the warpath to get Chewy kicked out of school. With his secret ability to win at everything, none of this bothers him until he starts disappearing for no reason while a mysterious force attacks his fellow students, and he must scramble to figure out what’s going on before he becomes its next and final victim.