There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. – Ray Bradbury
Hello wonderful readers. I can’t believe I haven’t written a blog post in so long. Truthfully I’ve been in such a massive reading slump for about the past 8 months and it’s been killing me. I’ve started so many books in the hopes of getting myself out of it but nothing seemed to be working. I tried new authors, short stories, long stories and even tried to reread my favourites, but nothing stuck. I feel so bad! So many new and exciting books have been released in that time, I even brought some, but they are still sitting either on the bookshelf or on the kindle waiting to be read and loved.
I haven’t even been blogging either. With the reading slump, I didn’t feel like doing that. I wanted to but just couldn’t get into it either.
So I decided to just take a break from both books and blogging. Not to panic, my time away was not wasted. I’ve still been bookstagramming (since I don’t have to read the actual books for that) and I’ve caught up on so many movies and TV shows that I was putting off because I was too busy reading. And now I feel better for it.
I went to a book signing in September and that was the first time that I felt excited and had the urge to read again. It’s been a slow process coming back, but I will get there.
Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015 — bookish, blogging or otherwise!
1) Complete Goodreads Reading Challenge
Going for 60 again in 2015 I think, still have a few days to change it yet
2) Finishing reading the original James Bond series by Ian Fleming
Have only read the first one so far
3) Complete some book series’s that I have only read the first book of
the blackstone affair
4) Do some different blog posts. I have a few ideas going on in my head at the moment
5) Finishing reading 2014 ARCs or at least shortern the list
6) Shorten my to be watched TV list
I believe in currently sits at around 300+ episodes to watch
7) Get a job to pay for all the new books that I want
8) Hopefully move out of home
9) Improve my time management skills
I thought they were ok, but they are not great
10) Spend more time doing the things that I love
Without fail, see the new Bond movie. The wait has been killing me.
This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is also not book related. For today we are focusing on top ten of our favourite anything. Therefore I have gone with TV shows. Below is a list of the shows that I keep going back to, so clearly they must be my favourite.
- White Collar
A white collar criminal agrees to help the FBI catch other white collar criminals using his expertise as an art and securities thief, counterfeiter, and conman.
- Secret Diary of a Call Girl
The real-life anonymous blog and book of a high-class London call girl known to the world only as “Belle de Jour” becomes this original series starring Billie Piper as Hannah, an ambitious young woman leading an exciting but dangerous double life as an expensive escort named “Belle” that not even her best friend suspects. Cherie Lunghi and Iddo Goldberg costar in this hit British-produced series.
- Da Vinci’s Demons
The series follows the “untold” story of Leonardo Da Vinci: the genius during his early years in Renaissance Florence. As a 25-year old artist, inventor, swordsman, lover, dreamer and idealist, he struggles to live within the confines of his own reality and time as he begins to not only see the future, but invent it.
Chronicles the rise to power of Mary Queen of Scots when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. It details the secret history of survival at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue.
Oliver Queen and his father are lost at sea when their luxury yacht sinks. His father doesn’t survive. Oliver survives on an uncharted island for five years learning to fight, but also learning about his father’s corruption and unscrupulous business dealings. He returns to civilization a changed man, determined to put things right. He disguises himself with the hood of one of his mysterious island mentors, arms himself with a bow and sets about hunting down the men and women who have corrupted his city.
- The Vampire Diaries
A high school girl is torn between two vampire brothers.
- Beauty and the Beast (2012)
Detective Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk), shaken to the core over the fact that everything she thought she knew about her life has been a lie, is determined to get answers to the secrets that have been revealed about her family. Cat must also try to navigate her evolving relationship with handsome doctor Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan), who struggles with becoming a terrifying beast when he is enraged, unable to control his super-strength and heightened senses. Cat and Vincent continue to grapple with the desire to be a normal couple while trying to keep a low profile in order to stay one step ahead of the mysterious organization known as Muirfield, now on the hunt for both of them.
- Sleepy Hollow (2013)
Ichabod Crane is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers.
- The Blacklist
Former government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) has eluded capture for decades. But he suddenly surrenders to the FBI with an offer to help catch a terrorist under the condition that he speaks only to Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Megan Boone), a young FBI profiler who’s just barely out of Quantico.
- True Blood
True Blood is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, detailing the co-existence of vampires and humans in Bon Temps, a fictional, small town in northwestern Louisiana. The series centers on the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), a telepathic waitress with an otherworldly quality.
Other top choices would be Nikita, Dollhouse, The Tudors, Ripper Street and Dragons. What would make your top ten?