The Pages of Inspiration

So life feels a bit hectic at the moment, and actually spending time sitting down to blog feels like a luxury. But I always knew going back to Oxford would be busy, and it’s nice not to have the pressure of needing to finish books now, especially since I’m still under half-wiy through The Programme. I’d been reading it in the gym a lot, but now that training has started again, I’ve been spending time at the Sports Centre and not the gym so progress has been slow. It’s okay so far. I’m not enthralled though – I have no desperation to pick it up and a lot of the time have been opting to continue my Gilmore Girls marathon instead. All of the characters feel quite superficial but I’m not sure how much of that is deliberate. I’m also not sure the story has really got going yet though, so I’m not giving up this soon. I’ll keep you posted.

I’ve spent a lot of the last week or so, beginning to look up DPhil’s for post-graduate study, which, by the way, is terrifying. It means I have to write a bunch of personal statements for various applications, which got me thinking. Here in the UK we have to write a personal statement in order to apply to university, and I remember my Oxford one from four years ago. in it I say that I fell in love with my subject due to a series of children’s books, and looking back, I realise how important books can be in inspiring us, or showing us avenues that we hadn’t previously thought of. The books I was then referring to were the Roman Myteries series by Caroline Lawrence. I read the lot, even though by the time the last ones came out I was basically already going off to university. If you haven’t read them, they’re about 4 kids who are detectives in Ancient Rome and get in to all sorts of trouble and it’s very overblown and it’s great. The thing I really loved though was how accurate it was. Not the characters or the plot, granted, but the world it was set in, which was not only extremely believable but, as a now Classicist, surprisingly similar to the real Ancient Rome. There was even a bibliography in the back. It first introduced me to the details of archaeology and of the classical world and I instantly fell in love. Even now, starting my Masters degree, and having renounced as much Roman stuff as I can in favour of Greek, I owe where I am to those books. They started my love for my subject and they still have pride of place on my bookshelves: all 18 of them.


It’s amazing how important books can be to us. In inspiring us, or making us want to travel (Daughter of Smoke and Bone made me desperate to go to Prague), or even make us want to act or be a certain way, almost encouraging us to be a better version of ourselves, if you will. Whilst many of us, myself included, read for escapism, we shouldn’t forget the huge impact that books can have off of the page as well.

Do you have any books that have influenced you, even just a little bit? Or is there a book that is more important to you than any other because of what it means to you in the real world? Let me know, while I go and plow my way through this packet of chocolate malted milks…

~ Becca x

Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins

Awwwwwwwwwwww. Awwwwwwwwwww pretty much says it all. I genuinely contemplated just typing aw for 500 characters but that probably doesn’t improve anyone’s day. Except maybe mine. Seriously though, this book it cute. It somehow manages to be a pretty damn good portrayal of teenage relationships, at least in my experience. Anna and the French Kiss follows Anna, a 17 year old from Atlanta, who has been sent to boarding school in Paris for her senior year, alone. Leaving behind her best friend Bridge, and her potential love interest Toph, she is initially reluctant to open up to the most romantic city in the world, but after making friends and developing a connection to heartthrob, Etienne St Clair, she begins to feel at home. Unfortunately for Anna, St Clair is taken.


This book basically reminds me of watching the romantic lives of a lot of my friends at Sixth Form. People fight, they confuse lust with love, characters are underhanded, Anna likes St Clair, who is dating Ellie, but likes Anna, but won’t bloody do anything about it. Anna’s new best friend likes St Clair. Frankly everyone likes St Clair. It’s just St Clair who has no bloody clue what he’s doing. It is a complete and total mess for most of the book. But the thing is, that’s why it’s so believable. 17, 18 year olds who have no clue what they’re doing, are full of hormones, and are still working out who they are make mistakes. This book is full of mistakes. But it’s also endearing. It’s cute, and funny, and it makes you squeal. I particularly liked the fact that, even when they do make mistakes, there’s no real animosity. As friends, after the initial reaction, they forgive each other and move on. They support each other. Which is healthy. And which more people need to read about, because I’ve seen, and unfortunately read about, enough friendship groups (thankfully not my own) where arguments mean taking sides, and rumour spreading, and not talking ever again because of some petty disagreement. Eurgh. The only thing I wasn’t really down with was the whole cheating thing. It was mild, and cleared up pretty quick, but it still wasn’t really okay. The not okayness was at least addressed by pretty much every character aside from Anna herself though, which for me was important. Because yes, teenagers make mistakes, but I’m glad Stephanie Perkins isn’t outright condoning it.

Which brings me on to Anna herself – I can’t say I’m her biggest fan. Frankly, she’s irritating and self-centred and whiny. But that doesn’t mean that I found her a bad character. She’s not always irritating and self-centred and whiny. I don’t think her character really changes throughout the book, but she does have other traits which appear at various points. She’s funny, smart, persistent, dedicated to her schoolwork, hardworking, she supports her friends, and she tries to be the best person she can be. She even realises when she’s being whiny and self-centred and usually goes to apologise eventually. So she’s definitely a nice, well rounded character. Just if we met in person, I don’t think I could cope…


I also loved the setting. And whilst I imagine that the Parisian location is a draw for a lot of people, it was actually quite a surprise for me. I visited Paris when I was about 12, and I hated it. I am not a city person. And Paris was just, burgh – people were rude, it was busy and dirty and so many pigeons and it smelt weird, and I didn’t much like the food (which might actually say more about where we ate than French food as a whole – I have nothing against French food. it rocks). But I did not enjoy it at all. I often find that books make me open up to places, they make me aware of another side of a place, see it’s beauty in a new way, see it’s magic. Daughter of Smoke and Bone made me desperate to go to Prague; The Chalet School to Vienna, and Anna and the French Kiss has started to make me re-evaluate Paris.

~ Becca x

P.S – I absolutely adore the current covers for this series. I have no clue why, I just think they’re absolutely gorgeous.

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The Liebster Award



I was nominated for the Liebster Award by AppleTaile. We haven’t known about each other for very long but that means nothing in the blogosphere. Thank you for the nomination! Also go and check out her blog because it’s great.

I’m also following the rules set down by 52lettersinthealphabet, with the same change in that I don’t know enough blogs to nominate, so ALL OF YOU are nominated. Go ahead and consider yourselves awarded. And do it.

The rules are:

1. Link to and thank the blogger who nominated you
2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator gives you

3. Tag 11 other bloggers who have 200 or less followers
4. Ask the 11 bloggers you nominated 11 questions and let them know you nominated them!

Anyway, here are the questions:

1. Do you dog-ear the corners of pages in the books you read, or does the idea make you scream?

Yes, so badly. I have a habit of folding over corners of pages containing quotes I particularly like, with a mind to go back and write them don when I get a chance. I inevitably never do end up writing them down, but if you go through my bookshelves you’ll get an insight into my brain just by looking at the folded pages. I also am that annoying person who leaves books open on their spine to mark my page. My best loved books are in the worst condition. But in my opinion a book is there to be loved, not sit in a display case…

2. When you eat, do you save the tastiest food until last or eat it first?

Most of the time I leave it until last, unless it’s something like ice-cream that will melt or taste awful cold. I made the mistake of leaving my halloumi until last once and cold halloumi just isn’t the same.  I remember my mother and my aunt having an argument over this at the kitchen table once though, so it apparently doesn’t run universally in my family.

3. Do you prefer fountain pens, gel pens, biros, or felt tips?

I like the concept of fountain pens, and I love the feel of them as they write, but I’m left handed which means I get the decision between horrendous wrist pain, or blue ink smeared absolutely everywhere. Same problem with gel pens. Which means biros for day to day life, and felt tips for everything I want to look good. Stabilo fineliners are my favourite but they cost a fortune, and you can’t buy the purple ones individually. (For some reason I choose to write in purple).

4. Do you watch any long-standing TV programme?

I’ve watched Doctor Who since Eccleston. I also religiously watch Teen Wolf much to the dismay of my boyfriend, but I don’t know if that counts as long-standing.

5. If you were having a surprise party tomorrow, what cake or dessert would you make?

Betty Crocker’s Devil’s Food Cake. Partly because it’s amazing and partly because I am actually capable of making it.

6. Do you have a lucky number? If so, what is it?

I wouldn’t say I have a lucky number. If I’m ever asked my favourite number I always say 4, but I have no clue why.

7. What’s your typing style? Can you touch type?

I type fairly quickly, but I still look at the keyboard a lot. I can type without looking, and tend to finish words as such, but if I try to touch type whole sentences I end up thinking about it too much and start making mistakes. So kinda? I feel like touch typing is fairly redundant in my generation now anyway, as everyone types pretty fast, having spent our entire lives connected to the internet.

8. Do you like to buy aesthetically pleasing products? Do book covers affect the books you buy?

I am a complete sucker for pretty things. I buy half of what I do based on aesthetics, including books, which means I have a lot of books on my shelf that look nice but are completely unread. On the other hand I’ve also found some really amazing books because of it, like Throne of Glass, usually as my 3rd of Waterstone’s 3 for 2. I also buy wine based on how aesthetically pleasing the label is, but that’s a topic for another time…

9. What’s your favourite kind of sandwich?

I tend to eat wraps so I don’t really eat sandwiches much anymore unless they’re grilled, so either a tuna melt, or a croque monsieur. Fried brie, bacon and cranberry sandwiches are also amazing, but are a heart attack in a pan.

10. Which season do you like best, and why?

I am a summer child. I always feel happiest in the summer, especially by the sea when your skin ends up part sweat from the heat, part salt from the wind. I really hate being cold, but I’m also not a fan of wearing massive coats if I can avoid it, as it feels too bulky. Which is an issue because college haven’t turned the heating on yet so I have to wear thermals. I always feel like I like the idea of winter, but after a few days of enjoying it, the novelty wears off and I am reminded that in Britain winter = rain. Summer all the way.

11. What would you summarise the meaning of life to be, in less than 3 sentences?

42? I don’t know; I don’t think I actually have a serious answer. Be happy? Do what you love? I feel like I haven’t lived enough to have found it myself yet… Come back to me in 30 years and I might be able to tell you (although probably not). (Totally not less that 3 sentences).


My questions are:

1. How do you organise your bookshelves?

2. In what kind of apocalypse do you think you are most likely to survive?

3. Are you are city or a country person? Why?

4. If you could live in any fictional world where would it be?

5. Write a haiku?

6. Who has influenced your perspective the most in life?

7. Do you prefer to buy your books in bookshops, at second-hand stalls or online?

8. If you could marry any fictional character who would it be?

9. Favourite Starbucks drink?

10. Are you a Christmas Jumper person?

11. What are you most looking forwards to?


I’m going to nominate Bookw0rmtales – and all of you!


~ Becca x

When in Oxford: A Bookshelf Switch and Termly TBR

So this is what Oxford looks like today:

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Still as beautiful as ever, if very very wet. And yes, I am finally back. I spent my morning today training to be a consent workshop facilitator, which basically involves leading discussions on consent and the culture surrounding it. Discourse surrounding sexual abuse and consent is incredibly important if we want to break the culture of victim shaming and ‘Blurred Lines’ to quote the incredibly awful Robin Thicke song. Without talking about these subjects, the bad becomes normalised, and incidents get brushed under the carpet; we act as if, by not talking about them, they cease to exist. And that got me to thinking about the role consent plays in books. *Spoilers* In Anna and the French Kiss for instance, she asks Etienne to kiss her – clear consent, even if I have other issues with that particular scene. In Crown of Midnight, Celaena is clearly consenting to her escapades with Chaol. All of which is great. But I think that there is more to be said on how consent is explored and portrayed in books. This post is not where I want to do this – it’s far too big and important a discussion and so I want the chance to go home to my bookshelves and do a bit more research before plunging into the topic headfirst. If I’m going to talk about it then I think it’s important to do it properly, and I don’t feel in a position to do that yet. But I did still want to mention it here to start to get people thinking, especially with the huge importance the conversation on sexual abuse is currently playing within the YouTube community. If you don’t know hat I’m talking about, go and look it up, as a lot of people have great things to say. So this may be just barely touch on the idea, but I do want to come back to it so watch this space, and if you know of any books in which consent is a particularly big theme, or for that matter, a minor one, please do send them my way.

What I did want to do with this post is actually far more trivial, so sorry to disappoint anyone who was hoping for an in depth discussion of what I learnt this morning. You’ll have to wait. Moving back to Oxford means that I had to leave my bookshelves behind. *cries* For the next eight weeks of so, I will be swapping fantasy and dystopia, for these:

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And for anyone whose ever actually read Arrian back to back, you’ll know that a ten page description of troop layout and battle tactics is far less enticing than it is in YA fiction. I did, however, allow myself a few escapist reading books. So without further ado, here is my termly TBR:

THE PROGRAM 0719_LOThe Programme: Suzanne Young

I’m already a fair few chapters into this and it seems okay so far, I’m not completely enthused by it, but it still has time to woo me. It’s set in a dystopian-esque world in which teen depression, leading to suicide, has become an epidemic. In an attempt to cure it, the government instrumented a therapy known as ‘The Program’, but those who go through The Program don’t come out the same. Oooooh dramatic. Tbh, I’m just waiting for the main character, Sloane, to get thrown in already.

calamityThe First Book of Calamity Leek: Paula Lichtarowicz

I think this is about cults? I don’t know. I’ve heard it’s weird but the cover is pretty.

cressCress: Marissa Meyer

I loved Cinder, I loved Scarlett. I hope I love Cress. The entire Lunar chronicles are retellings of classic fairytales in a futuristic society. Cinderella is a cyborg. Red Riding Hood is in love with a mutant wolf man. And now we get Rapunzel – I can’t wait.

shadow-and-bone_hi-res-677x1024Shadow and Bone: Leigh Bardugo

I bought this book because I kept hearing so many good things about it. I bought it without actually reading the blurb though… So I’ve just gone and read the blurb and apparently it’s about an orphan who gets thrown into the world of the elite and has to save the kingdom. There also appears to be a love triangle between her childhood friend, and a potentially evil guy called the Darkling. Because god knows we all need more love triangles. But yeah, I’ve heard good things about it, so maybe there isn’t a love triangle after all… I’ll let you know.

What are you all reading this Autumn?

~ Becca x

Monotony and Changing Times

This summer I have made more blog posts than I have in the entire year I have been writing this blog, but looking back, they are all reviews. 100%. Which for a book review blog sounds about right. Except when I actually got through and read my blog, I want something else. To be honest, I want to write something else – review after review after review is beginning to get a bit monotonous, and you know, that is pretty much the entire point of Goodreads. And Amazon review. Basically we don’t need another site for that.

That isn’t to say that I regret writing so many reviews. I think starting a blog can be hard and daunting, and sometimes you need something basic until you can work out exactly what it is you want to explore with your newfound platform. Writing reviews has allowed me to establish how I like to write, the voice I like to use – through it I have been able to work out where my comfort zone is, and in what ways I want to go beyond it. What I’m saying is that sometimes, monotony is good. It is the monotony of going to school everyday, learning the same subjects and half the time being bored out of our minds that gives us the skill and the knowledge to be able to go off to work, or university, and be able to become our own people. It is the monotony of practice, whether in sport or music or any area of life, that gives us the opportunity to take a skill in our own direction. It was the monotony of learning to read – tracing letters over and over from a Letterland worksheet; the increasing weirdness of yet another Biff, Chip and Kipper book, that shaped our love of books today. Monotony is important. But only if you then choose to do something with it. You have to choose to build.

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I go back to university next week and, as seen last year, Oxford isn’t really an environment which allows you a lot of free time to explore your own bookshelves. I spend most of my time in a library anyway, so to be honest when I get back to my room, my desire to read anymore isn’t particularly high. And to be honest, once I take extra-curriculars and having any semblance of a social life into account, I just don’t have time. I’m going back as a Master’s student this year as well, which means the work will be harder, more intense, and at this point I have no clue how my time will have to be divided. Which means reading will probably have to take a backseat. I think the same idea goes for a lot of people going away to university, whether as an Undergrad or a graduate. Change is daunting, but it isn’t something to be afraid of.


So I’m going to use the opportunity to make a few changes here. I’m still going to write reviews. I love reviewing books – it’s basically just an opportunity to rant and fangirl wildly – but I want to explore other things too. I have no clue what, probably just more ramblings like this (I don’t even know what this is) but yeah. Change y’all.

~ Becca x


Why I loved Heir of Fire, and wish I loved The Assassin’s Blade.


Because I did. Love Heir of Fire I mean. It was so good. I don’t want to say too much, because if you haven’t read it YOU NEED TO GO AND READ IT. So much world building; we finally get to see why everything is the way it is, both in terms of the role of magic, and in term’s of Celaena’s past. New characters – Manon is especially interesting I think because I don’t really know what her motives are going to be yet, and I’m just really really hoping Sarah J. Maas doesn’t just decide to make her completely good and moral by the end because I think there is just so much more that can be explored there; I’m trusting her though as she hasn’t let us down with anything else. Celaena especially develops as a character throughout the book, not only because we do get to understand her backstory, but also in the decisions she makes, and the way she views herself, once you get past the angst in the first half of the book (I mean, completely understandable and deserved angst, but still angst of the highest degree). And Rowan and Celaena. Oh my god. Yes. So much yes. For the first time we get a Throne of Glass book where romance isn’t one of the main story arcs, and as much as I loved watching Chaol and Celaena up to now, the platonic relationship between these two was absolutely wonderful, and so, so needed. It’s the relationship I wanted between Paige and Warden in The Bone Season, and it made me SO HAPPY. And then the ending – beautifully brutal. I can’t bear to wait a year for the next one.


Which makes me think that I should actually try and finish The Assassin’s Blade, as a good was to get my Celaena fix during the wait. But the thing is, I really struggled with it. I don’t know why, but I ended up putting it down half-way through, having taken a good month or so to get there, and just never had the desire to get pick it up again. Which makes me sad. I feel like I couldn’t connect with Celaena in anywhere near the same way as I do in the actual novels, and it just felt clunky and rushed and I don’t know. It put me off so much that I actually went across London to Foyles so as not to have the novella that came as bonus material in the Waterstones editions. If anyone has any ideas how to make me like it I will love you forever – I am determined to try it again soon, but in the meantime, I’m going to sit here and think about Rowan.

~ Becca x

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Free Ebooks: The Good – Stray by Andrea K. Höst

So starting off on a high note for the free ebook world, we have Stray, the first in the Touchstone series by Andrea K. Höst. I really enjoyed this book! Written in diary form, it tells the story of an Australian highschooler who accidentally walks through a tear between worlds. Stranded on an apparently abandoned planet she tries to fend for herself – surprisingly well actually; it’s nice to see a lead character using her brain to do what she can (foraging fruit, making wool blankets) but also accepting that she has huge flaws in her knowledge. And certainly things don’t go great for her. I really enjoyed this, it gets boring reading characters who are thrown into alien situations and are suddenly able to survive perfectly without any previous training or knowledge, but due to their pure awesomeness. Not so here – Cass’s future only really looks up when she’s rescued by a group of psychic space ninjas, taken to their planet and eventually ends up entangled in their mission to close the tears between worlds and fight off the monsters produced by them. Let me say it again: psychic space ninjas.


The thing that I really enjoyed about this was it’s believability (alternate planets and telekinesis aside obviously). The whole world is very well thought out. There is an entire history to the people she ends up with which is really very intricate, with the Tarans being descended from a previous race, the Muinans – it’s both too complicated to go into here and too integral to the story line, but it really does fit together well. I’m also interested to know how Earth fits into the mix as that question has yet to be answered. I have a feeling that, as per usual, us Earthlings will end up being some superior original or something, but I’m hoping that Höst is a bit more creative than that.

The characters themselves are diverse. Cassandra is a typical teenager: sarcastic, outspoken and easily aggravated, but she also has a very strong set of values which she follows, even when it’s not in her best interest, without becoming sickeningly altruistic. There’s also a ton of science fiction references packed in there, from Doctor Who to Stargate which appealed to my inner nerd, and made me appreciate certain bits of the humour even more. In contrast there are the Setari (the psychic space ninjas) who are far more formal and reserved. And yet they aren’t just clones of one another. Each has a very distinct personality, from the chivalrous, caring leader Maze, to the stoicism of Ruuel.

So all in all I really enjoyed this book. It’s not necessarily up there with some of the oh-my-god-I-must-buy-the-next-book-as-soon-as-it-comes-out series, but probably will buy the rest of the series at some point. I’m really intrigued to know what happens. And considering the first one is free, I’m seriously impressed.

~ Becca x

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians – Rick Riordan

A lot of people would tell me that I am far too old for these books. And true, I probably should have read them years ago. True, I got some very weird looks as a 21 year old standing in the 9-12 section of Waterstones. But I don’t care because they are AMAZING. Perhaps after two months away from my subject I was getting withdrawal symptoms, but I raced through the entire series in about two weeks. So addictive. I actually had to take an emergency trip to the bookstore because I needed the next ones so badly. Twice. Aah. The Greek mythology is surprisingly accurate,  taking into account that it’s set in the modern day, which was appreciated by this Classics student, and the stories are well and truly entertaining. The plot is fast paced, the characters are lovable; just yes. I feel like a lot of the books I review I either love or hated, probably because those are the ones on which there’s something interesting to actually say – regardless, the pattern seems to be continuing here, because I loved these.


The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series tells the story of Percy Jackson, a boy living with his mother and stepfather in New York, when he finds out that his father is actually Poseidon, Greek god of the sea – the ancient myths are real, and he is a demigod. Along with his friends from Camp Half-Blood, a motley combination of demigods, satyrs, driads, centaurs and giant hellhounds, he must save the world from the evil Titan Kronos, who is attempting to come back to life and destroy the gods…


Percy himself is such a goofball. It’s great because he is not a perfect protagonist. Whilst he is brave and loyal, and smart when he needs to be, he often makes idiotic mistakes, says stupid things, or completely misses the point. Mainly with Annabeth. I love Annabeth. She is by far my favourite character. I’m now reading the Heroes of Olympus series which follows on from Percy Jackson (maybe a review on them to come, we’ll see), and I think the struggle I had with the first two was almost entirely down to the lack of Annabeth. Daughter of Athena, the brains of the outfit, feisty with a strong, independent mind, the series really would be nothing without her. She perfectly plays off Percy’s laidback, goofballish attitude. And whilst the relationship between the two is a ship that practically sails itself, it’s not the main focus of the books at all. It’s barely a sidenote until right at the end, because, dude, they’re 12 in the first one, please don’t try and get them to date. So yeah, no dating until 16 is good. And Rick Riordan’s brilliant shooting down to the many, many people who asked if Percy and Annabeth will get married by the end of Heroes of Olympus makes me so happy – they’re 17, STOP BEING RIDICULOUS. Yay Rick. (I’ve spent like 20 minutes scrolling thorough tumblr though and still can’t find it :( )


So yeah, do it. Get over you’re fear of being horrendously judged for reading books aimed at elementary school and go have one hell of a time. And please, please persevere with it. The first book is a bit underwhelming, and feels like it’s aimed at kids (which is porbably why I never managed to read it in the first place) but get to Sea of Monsters, and seriously, you won’t regret it.

~ Becca x

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Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

This book was really, truly, enjoyable. It’s not something I’d usually go for either. It’s not YA for starters, it’s not a stereotypical dystopian, romance is not the driving factor. Which isn’t to say it is devoid of such factors. The world is post-fuel-crisis with the majority of the population being poor and living in ‘stacks’ of caravans. The protagonist, Parzival/Wade does have his romantic life explored, but it is in a far less idealised manner than in many of the books I read. The fate of the world does not hinge on his epic romance – if anything his romantic interests are more of a hindrance than a help.

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Ready Player One is set in a world where the horrendous reality of real life is avoided by many in favour of a virtual world known as the OASIS – a fully immersive virtual reality created by computer genius, Halliday. And this world is particularly inviting: upon his death Halliday revealed that an easter egg was hidden within the game, the finder of which would inherit the fortune he left behind. This then led to a frantic hunt across the virtual universe, by many, and after years of no progress, by the persistent few known as gunters. One such gunter, 18 year old Wade Watts is the first to unlock the quest. Whilst he attempts to complete the quest and find the final easter egg, he  must go head to head not only with his fellow gunters, but with the Sixers, who work for a company wanting to monetize the game.

The premise as a whole was inviting. Video games and nerd culture galore. The entire book is rammed full of eighties references – the entire plot is hinged on them. Having a vague concept of early video games and eighties pop culture makes the book so much more enjoyable. To be honest, I’m not sure my knowledge was anywhere near good enough to appreciate all of the nuances, but I could at least follow what was going on! And even if you have absolutely no clue what happened in the eighties, the book is fairly good at guiding you through.


The book wasn’t predictable. I mean it was, but deliberately. The blurb implies that Wade is probably going to be the one to find the easter egg, and from the first few chapters you can be relatively sure of it, but to be honest I just didn’t really care. It was how he got there that was interesting, the role the other characters would play, and what the different parts of the quest would be. In the same way as playing a lot of video games is (or at least the ones I’ve played, which admittedly is relatively few because my skills are entirely lacking). You know that in the end the main character is probably going to win/defeat the bad guy/save the world, because that’s kinda the point, but the storyline of the game is still fun because you get to find out how they do it. It’s also nice that the main character isn’t all that likeable. Nor that dislikable. He’s just kind of average. And not in that annoying, ‘Bella Swan is an average girl and in making her so I’ve decided to take away every inch of personality’ way. He’s kind of a dick. Some of the time. Other times he’s lazy, or distracted by hormones (I mean he is 18) or pretty damn kickass. He’s pretty believable and that makes a nice change.

Also I want all the stuff. You’ll see.

So yeah, if you’re looking for something different, this is probably the one to go for, especially if you like video games. Or the Eighties.

~ Becca x

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Following on from my post about The Boss, I realised just how many free ebooks I have stacked up on my Kindle, and thought that now might be a good opportunity to show y’all the joys that the free ebook world has to offer.

Let me introduce you to a wonderful website: BookBub.

This absolute gem of a website collates together all of the cheap/discounted books available from reputable sellers, across a range of devices, including kindle and nook. You can either scroll through the website itself at your own leisure or sign up. Signing up means that you will be sent a daily email based upon your chosen interests, with a selection of books which they’ll think you’ll like. Now I was initially quite wary of doing this, thinking that I’d just end up ignoring their emails and eventually getting annoyed, but that actually hasn’t happened. I actually read their emails daily. It’s great – not only does it open up a whole range of free, less mainstream books without you  having to trawl through pages and pass on Amazon, but it also alerts you when more well known books are going for great deals. The Silkworm was on their a couple of days ago, and I also saw We Were Liars for £0.99, which was almost annoying since I already own the paperback. So all in all, worth a look at least.

Now I know what you’re thinking: aside from those cheap mainstream titles aren’t most of those ‘free’ books pretty awful? And to you I say no! True, they can be rather hit and miss – but if you aren’t enjoying the story three chapters in there is nothing stopping you from putting it down, and since they’re free, you haven’t lost anything, except maybe a bit of storage space on your kindle. On the other hand, you might find something that’s your new thing. I think it’s perhaps one of the most accessible ways to get into a new genre too, especially one you’re not sure you’re going like. I have a few cowboy romances waiting to be picked up that I would no way have bought in a shop, but am rather intrigued by now that I don’t have to pay for them. And if you’re going away on a budget, you’re holiday reading is sorted.