T5W | Books That Took The Longest To Finish

top 5 wednesdayWelcome one, welcome all, to ‘Emma Remembers Top 5 Wednesdays Exists And Decides To Join In’… again. Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme/challenge which was created by the wonderful Lainey from gingereadslainey and is now overseen by the equally lovely Sam from Thoughts of Tomes. Every Wednesday, participants devise their Top 5 based on a given topic.

This Wednesday’s topic is Books That Took The Longest To Finish. As Sam specified “These are the books that you had on your nightstand “in progress” for months or years. The books that you took weeks to read because they put you in a slump. Those books that were an uphill battle. These are books you started and actually read, not books you’ve just had on your shelf the longest.”

So there might be a few reasons for a book taking for-ev-er to read: it’s rather long and difficult to read, it’s not your cup of tea and you put off reading it, or you don’t want it to be over so you take your sweet time reading it. My Top Five for this week feature a mixture of these reasons but, one thing is for sure, these books took much longer for me to read than they realistically should have.

Continue reading

Friday Reads | 30th September

Well, it’s that time of the week again – the time when I realise I haven’t done quite as much reading as I would like in these past few days and so I foolishly try to claim I’m going to make up for it by reading, reading, reading this weekend. I inevitably won’t but, hey, good intentions are the best kind of intentions. Or so I hear.

Today and into this weekend might potentially be very busy with very boring tasks – the arduous process of unpacking the rest of my belongings which are being brought over to my new abode by my parents this evening. They’ll only be staying with me tonight and they’re off early tomorrow morning so whilst I doubt that will dissuade me from reading, I probably should immediately unpack the (many) boxes they bring with them rather than procrastinating that task by reading. Still, if I get that done early then I’ll have a lot of the weekend for reading… whilst I’m waiting for the coats of paint I’m painting my room with to dry. Fun, fun, fun.

Yesterday I finished my re-read of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, a re-read which I did because I had fallen into kind of a funk with only reading (YA) fantasy recently. I picked up a book I was sure to love and wouldn’t be too hefty to carry with me on the train to/from work. I really enjoyed the change of pace/tone that reading this classic this week provided – but now I’m hoping to try to get back to the fantasy I’m in the middle of with some kind of renewed vigor.

So, in the same vein I intend to read some of the following:

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I’ve been re-reading this one in preparation for picking up A Torch Against the Night which has arrived since I started the re-read but I have yet to get to it because I seem to be taking forever to read the first book! I intend to remedy that this weekend. I even made a start on the train this morning since I happened to have my Kindle with me which, luckily, had An Ember in the Ashes loaded onto it. I hope to continue reading on my train journey home and maybe I’ll pick up the physical copy again this weekend. I really want to try to finish it asap so I can move onto the sequel!

A Feast For Crows by George R.R. Martin

I’ve been reading this one for waaaay too long. I was meant to have it finished this month, as part of the #readasoiaf readalong. I highly doubt that will be happening, since I have some 600 pages to read and the end of the month is today! Still, I hope to finish it sometime next week so I’m not too far behind with the readalong – we’re meant to be moving onto A Dance With Dragons in October. I really don’t want to crash and burn out of the readalong since I’ve got this far and I know if I tried to pick up the series again sometime next year instead, I would have to re-read the volumes I’ve already read because I undoubtedly would have forgotten what had happened. I don’t have time for that, so I need to continue. Yes, it’s a need.


So there we have it, that was my Friday Reads.
Do you have any books lined up for today and into this weekend?
What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments below!


Goodreads | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Bloglovin’

Friday Reads | 9th September

Just a quick Friday Reads post from me today! Here I’ll share what I plan to read this Friday and into the weekend ahead but, as we all know, I rarely follow through on reading plans once I document them here. However, I’m hoping this one sticks since I have the house all to myself this weekend and therefore absolutely zero distractions… well apart from watching Gilmore Girls of course, which is a pretty sizeable distraction in itself. I must resist!

A Feast For Crows – George R.R. Martin (x)

As I’ve mentioned countless times, I’m participating in the #readasoiaf readalong where we read a book from the A Song of Ice and Fire series every month. This month’s book is the fourth in the series – A Feast For Crows – and after the slog that was the first part of A Storm of Swords last month I’m so excited to get to this book. I’ve heard this book is very political and scheming-focused and I’m actually really looking forward to that because that element is my favourite part of the series.

Continue reading

Review | A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

asoscoverTitleA Storm of Swords (2000)
published as Part 1: Steel and Snow, Part 2: Blood and Gold 
Author: George R.R. Martin
Read:  Part 1: 18th July – 17th August | Part 2: 21st August – 29th August
Genre: fantasy
Rating: Part 1: 3.5 out of 5 stars | Part 2: 4.5 out of 5 stars

The third book in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire saga, A Storm of Swords takes the feuding kings and lords of Westeros into a territory fondly know as ‘shit meets fan’ and leaves the series in grittier and darker places than ever before. All the political manoeuvring and scheming to this point, and throughout the course of this book, tips the narrative over a precipice from which it can never return, not to mention many of its principle characters.

” ‘Woman?’ She chuckled. ‘Is that meant to insult me? I would return the slap, if I took you for a man.’ “

Opening in the aftermath of the Battle of Blackwater Bay, A Storm of Swords sees a retreating Stannis Baratheon’s plans pitted against the “rightful” claim of his nephew, King Joffrey, to the throne of the Seven Kingdoms. The Young Wolf, Robb Stark, proclaimed King of the North, continues to rule over territory through a mixture of wars and alliances whose cracks truly begin to splinter and show. Meanwhile, on the edges of the picture, exiled Daenerys Targaryen makes her way across the Dothraki Sea accompanied by the remaining paltry excuse for a khalasar and her three growing dragons, heading for Slaver’s Bay and its army of slave soldiers in the hope of gathering more men behind her. And the fringe threat of the barbaric wilding army also appears, roaring, on the horizon of the Seven Kingdoms, promising terror and blood.

Continue reading

#readasoiaf | Progress Update

Well, since we’re over halfway through August I thought it was high time to share my progress in the #readasoiaf readalong challenge.

readasoiafprogFor those unaware, I’ve been meaning to read George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series for years at this point and, whilst I was at university, the TV show blew up in a huge way and it seemed like I was the only one not watching it. (It’s kind of a running joke between me and one of my ex-housemates that I still haven’t “caught up” yet with the TV show, despite numerous occasions and plenty of time to do so.) Whilst I really want to watch the TV show (and I have a boxset of the first 4 seasons to get me going) I also feel like everyone ever says they will read the series at some point. I was one of those people… until I realised that if I didn’t just commit to the challenge, I would never actually get round to it. So, enter the #readasoiaf readalong, which came at the perfect time for me.

The concept is simple. Read a book a month, until October. It started back in June with Game of Thrones, then came A Clash of Kings in July, and in August we’re reading A Storm of Swords before we’ll move onto A Feast for Crows in September and A Dance with Dragons in October. Continue reading

Friday Reads | 12th August

Just a quick Friday Reads post from me today! I’m going to ambitiously share what I plan to read this Friday and into the weekend ahead but, as we all know, I rarely follow through on reading plans once I document them here. However, I am sitting pretty at 49 out of 52 books in my 2016 Reading Challenge so I think I’m doing just fine.

Which is a good thing because my reading this week thus far hasn’t been brilliant. I should probably finish up some books I am halfway through so I can get my reading down to one, or two, items, but I’m nearly always a polygamous reader so I’m sure I will be diving into all of the following books intermittently over this weekend:

Continue reading

June 2016 | Reading Wrap-Up

I can’t believe we’ve already reached July. It’s scary how fast the first half of the year has gone.

This June has been… well, interesting to say the least.

I finished my job at Teesside University on Tuesday 21st and was suddenly and abruptly very sad to realise I wasn’t going to be working there anymore. My coworkers got me a lovely card and a Waterstones gift voucher, because they know me too well. Then I had a job interview on that Thursday at Liverpool University and I’m still waiting to hear back from that so it doesn’t look brilliant in terms of whether or not I did manage to get the job. Job hunting is a whole different issue that really effects my already pretty shaky self-esteem so it’s not exactly been a barrel of laughs this month. In other news (I swear I’m almost done), we lost my nanna this past weekend so it has been a few weird and unsettling days, to say the least. It probably still hasn’t really sunk it, and won’t until the funeral, but we’re all keeping busy until then.

But the fall out from that combined with job hunting means I probably won’t read a huge tonne of books in July… or maybe I will, as a form of escapism. Who can tell? Only time, it seems.

Now onto the books I did read this past month…

In June I read a total of 8 books – 5 fiction (4 fantasy, 1 contemporary) and 3 non-fiction, which somehow amounted to a total of 3031 pages. I say somehow, I know exactly why I read so many pages – a little thing called #readasoiaf.

Continue reading

#tometopple | Updates Post

As you might have seen on my recent TBR post, I’m participating in the Tome Topple Readathon hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. You can find all the information about the readathon via the aforementioned blog post or pop over to Sam’s channel to see her announcement video for the readathon.

Since it lasts for a fortnight, it seems a good idea to have a single update post I can come back to and edit periodically so this is that post! It will be a nice neat way to collate all my (hopefully daily) updates about my reading so stay tuned if you’re interested…

Continue reading

#tometopple | Stating My Intentions

Clearly, because low-key participating in Hobb-A-Long and #readasoiaf isn’t quite enough to take on (combined with finding a job so I can move and stop wasting hours on the Ikea website for nothing) I’ve decided to also participate in the #tometopple readathon next week.

For those who haven’t yet heard of the readathon, Tome Topple (or #tometopple) was created by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and the idea is to tackle some of those really big books or “tomes” in a fortnight-long readathon.

I really like this concept because my main issue with a lot of readathons is that I feel like I’ve not really accomplished much because I’ve “only” read two books in the course of the readathon. Two books a week is hardly a failure but compared to how avidly some booktubers and book bloggers read during a readathon, it’s pathetic to say the least! So, I prefer the speed of this readathon and I can definitely get onboard with it. Or at least I intend to try.

Some details, for those who might be interested in participating along with me:

Dates:
Starts: 12:00am on Sunday 5th June
Ends: 11:59pm on Sunday 19th June
Purpose: to read books that are 500+ pages

Challenges:
1. Read more than one tome (500+ pages)
2. Take a graphic novel break (doesn’t need to be over 500 pages!)
3. Read a tome that is part of a series
4. Read over 500 pages in one week
5. Read an adult novel

My TBR:
I’ll be choosing from the following books to fulfil the challenges above, with A Game of Thrones being a priority.

gotroyaspqrrqttw

 

 

 

 

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin
Royal Assassin (The Farseer Trilogy #2) by Robin Hobb
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard
Rat Queens: Sass and Sorcery (Volume 1) by Kurtis J. Wiebe
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

For further information, see Sam’s announcement video and the signup post but definitely consider joining in for a fortnight of tackling some tomes together!

Are you planning to participate? Comment below and we can cheer each other on throughout the readathon!


Goodreads | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Bloglovin’

#readasoiaf | Stating My Intentions

Yep, you guessed it, it’s time for ‘Emma signs up for another read-a-long despite the fact she has no sense of sticking power firm enough to last out the duration’. Otherwise known as: I need to re-read the first couple of A Song of Ice and Fire books before trying to get through the third again (I DNFed A Storm of Swords because *yawn* but deeply regret my prior laziness) so, since a readalong is happening, I might as well join in.

Because, if no one knows you failed to finish a book, you’re only disappointing yourself, but if someone else knows you’re committing to something then it makes it nigh on impossible to disappoint them. Or so I’ve heard. And that’s enough reasoning to make me think I should give the #readasoiaf readalong a go – well that and Kayla, one of the readalong hosts, made a pdf with circles for each chapter which you can colour in as you complete each. You know, to track your progress visually? It’s an excuse for colouring so that’s more than reason enough for me to jump aboard that bandwagon.

For those who are interested, there is a Goodreads group, the progress circle checklist I mentioned, and Lizlovesliterature’s announcement video which is where I first stumbled across the readalong.

File_000Basically, grab your copies of A Song of Ice and Fire and read one book per month starting next month and running until the end of October, like so:

June – A Game of Thrones
July – A Clash of Kings
August – A Storm of Swords
September – A Feast For Crows
October – A Dance With Dragons

The beauty is in it simplicity… I say ‘simplicity’, the books are anything but simple but hey, I like a readalong that’s low-key in its challenges, if not in its expectations of how many pages I’ll end up reading if I finish it.

We’ll see how long I stick with this one for.


Please do comment below if you’re planning on participating with the readalong or might be interested in dipping in and out here and there, maybe to read your favourite book of the series? Or, if you’ve read the series, let me know how you find the reading experience. (Back when I read the first two books last year I found myself pleasantly surprised by how quickly I could get through them, once I got into the storylines. I’m curious to know if this continues throughout the series!) Any more thoughts/comments/queries? Leave ’em below!


Goodreads | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Bloglovin’