Month: December 2016

My Dream Book Conference Panel

img-20161213-wa0001I haven’t ever posted anything like this before, but I thought I would give it a try. In all my life, I’ve only ever been to two book panels (I know, the horror)! If you’d like to find out about conferences in your area, you could use Eventbrite, to help find and plan conferences. So without further ado, here is my dream panel:


 

  1. Catherine Doyle

Without a doubt the Blood for Blood novels are my favourites books of all time. So it goes without saying that top of my list would be the author behind this series. Among the many questions I would serenade Catherine Doyle with, I would most like to know the inspiration behind her work and what she has planned for the future.

2. Leigh Bardugo

I read the final instalment in the Six of Crows duology and while I loved the involvement of a realistic ending, at the same time a part of me wants to have all the characters live happily ever after. I think, it would be very interesting to see hoe Bardugo came up with the characters and what how why she decided to end the series the way she did.

3. Kiersten White

‘And I Darken’, surprised me in the best way. The sequel is set to release in June next year and during the long wait, an opportunity to pick White’s brain about what we can expect would probably help bridge the gap… ( the early release of Now I Rise would much appreciated too…)

4. Holly Bourne

I think on this panel Holly Bourne would be the perfect moderator. Her books are a perfect mix of humour, feminism and friendship. She writes books I’m proud to read, and I would love to hear her talk about her passions.


Who would be on your dream panel? I’d love to know in the comments!

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DNF Reads

20161201_162008To begin with I would like to apologise for not posting for a VERY long while. I realise that consistency is key and really there is no excuse for my slacker-ish behaviour. However, with school-work dominating almost all free time I have, I haven’t had a chance to read, and therefore review all that much.

While I find I fall in love with almost all of the books I read, there are a few that I cannot come to terms with. Recently I found that a lot of the novels I’ve started to read, I never got around to finishing (maybe I’m in some sort of reading slump?!?) for a variety of reasons. None of these books were bad, rather they just didn’t appeal to me. Even so, I still thought they would be worth writing a little about…

  1. Gemina by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff-

Illuminae was one of my favourite reads from last year and I was counting down the days until the sequel, Gemina, was released. Now though, after trying and trying again to finish the book, it just sits on my shelf, looking sad and unloved. I’m not entirely sure what went wrong for me. The plot and format, something I love from Illuminae, was once again unique and grabbed my attention. However, the characters, Nik in particular, were one of the reasons I stopped reading Gemina.  They did not seem realistic and were frankly quite annoying. Added to that, while I may be wrong,  I don’t think I’ll ever meet someone who says “feel me” quite as much as Nik does.

      2. Kids of Appetite by David Arnold-  

Thank you to Headline for sending me Kids of Appetite through Bookbridgr, in exchange for an honest review. While I haven’t yet read Mosquitoland, another novel written by David Arnold, I was compelled to request Kids of Appetite due to the high praise Mosquitoland got. Kids of Appetite is good. I liked the writing and I liked the characters, yet I still didn’t finish it. I want to finish it, but I haven’t. Maybe I’ll try it again in a few weeks?

      3. Alienated by Melissa Landers-

I got this book sometime Christmas last year and I still haven’t finished it, though not from lack of trying. The blurb caught my attention immediately. I haven’t read a book featuring any sort of aliens ever before and Alienated sounded like a good place to start. However now, I don’t think i’ll be reading any alien books for a while. To be honest, I fell like I’ve read this book before just with different characters, and as a result I couldn’t finish Alienated.

As of today, I am starting The Secret History by Donna Tartt and fingers crossed that I’ll  be able to finish it, too.

~ Kaavya xx