Omelette on the Rampage | Lacie Dearie | Review

Monday, 23 January 2017

Summary:

A short horror story told from the perspective of a slice of bacon trying to survive the ferocity of a three-bird omelette that is set on getting all the food thrown out.

Review:

I really enjoyed this read. For a short book, it was a delightful distraction and I loved the story from the perspective of the food. In such a short amount of pages, Dearie was able to set up the rules of the world very well so that the reader doesn't feel confused about all that's going on. The only part of this was confusing to me was the concept of beans with breakfast, but that's probably because I'm an American. 

This short book was a delightful combination of humor and horror, one of my favorite combinations. It's well written, the characters are endearing and it's an interesting take on breakfast. I highly recommend picking up a copy. 

Bookish Links #26

Sunday, 22 January 2017


It's time for our first Bookish Links instalment of 2017! We hope you're all enjoying the new year so far and have made a great start on all of your 2017 reading goals. If you still haven't quite settled on which challenge to take part in never fear, we're here to help as this month's roundup is focused on posts and articles that are perfect for a new year of reading! 

Challenges Galore! - if you're not sure which reading challenge/s you want to take part in this year Book Riot has you covered with a list of twenty awesome options!

Another great challenge option is '30 Books To Experience This Year' put together by Vee over at Florals & Dragons. It also features a beautiful floral printable for you to keep track of your reads!

New In YA - if YA is your thing be sure to bookmark YALit to keep up with release dates throughout the year.

Rather Be Reading Romance? - Romance more your thing? You'll definitely want to check out this list of 2017 releases from Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist.

If one of your resolutions is to make more time for reading then you may enjoy these eight handy tips from Brit + Co.

A Bookish App - back over at Book Riot Brandi shared a great review of new bookish app Bookout which helps you track your reads, reading time etc. It even creates personalised infographics which you can download and share!

If you've read or written an interesting bookish article you think our readers would enjoy please let us know - it may be featured in a future post! 

Features | Reading When You Don't Want To Read

Friday, 20 January 2017


I have a problem. Over the last few months I've read five of Jane Austen's six completed novels. The only one left is Sense and Sensibility, then I'm done. I'll have read them all. The problem is that I don't want to read Sense and Sensibility.

I don't know why I don't want to read it. I found a few of her other novels a little difficult to get through, yes, but I enjoyed them all in the end and there's really no reason to think that Sense and Sensibility will be any different. But for some reason I'm finding myself picking up magazines, listening to podcasts, even re-watching episodes of TV shows I've seen a dozen times before, anything other than picking up this book.

If someone came to me and asked what they should do in this situation I would not hesitate to tell them to put the book down. If you aren't enjoying a book right now then why read it? Come back to it later if you want, when you think you will enjoy it, but for right now find something else. But the thing is, I want to read this book now. I've been reading Jane Austen's novels as part of a book club on Goodreads and this is January's book. I do want to read it this month but I'm not quite used to reading feeling so much like hard work. Not since I graduated university, anyway. So what do I do?

My only answer so far, and what I have been doing, is to make the reading itself as comfortable as possible and then force myself to just read it. I snuggle up in bed an hour earlier than normal and power through as many chapters as I can before I fall asleep. It's maybe not the most exciting solution but it seems to be working. Still, every night I'm having to fight the urge to re-watch Gossip Girl instead.

I don't know what else to do about it so I thought why not ask you? Do you ever have this problem? I know there are some terribly clever readers reading this blog and I'm sure plenty of you will have tips for exactly this sort of situation so please! Share them with me! What do you do when you find yourself in this situation? Do you do as I'm doing and just power through or do you have some other secret method to actually make yourself want to read? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Blue Moon Vegan | Paula Marie Coomer & Jan Calvert | Review

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

*Review copy & cover image c/o Netgalley 

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In Blue Moon Vegan author Paula Marie Coomer, who also penned Blue Moon Vegetarian, talks about her personal journey and reasons for becoming vegan, including reference to popular documentaries such as Forks Over Knives and Food Inc. She also explains why she was keen for all of the recipes to also be gluten free and to achieve this enlisted the help of gluten free bakery owner Jan Calvert.

Blue Moon Vegan includes over 100 recipes, all of which are both vegan and gluten free, as well as lots of other useful information and resources. The book also shares helpful tips on buying organic produce and essential cupboard staples for the vegan diet.

The recipes included cover every meal of the day as well as extras like ‘on the go’ snacks and smoothies. There were quite a few recipes that I bookmarked and would like to try, including the Mighty Fine Taco Salad, Oat-Walnut Burgers and Foccacia. Personally I always prefer when recipe books have images of the finished products and whilst many of Blue Moon Vegan’s are accompanied by large colour photographs unfortunately not every recipe has this.

At the end of the book there is a short section including information on where to buy supplies and resources used for the book - it is worth noting that some of the information may not be relevant to readers who are based outside of the US. There is also a handy list of protein content found in a whole host of vegan and gluten free foods meaning you don’t have to worry about where you will get your protein if you decide to make the switch.

Whilst this book would be great for anyone following a vegan and/or gluten free diet I also think a lot of the recipes could be adapted to suit other diets, keeping the whole family happy!

Numenera: The Poison Eater | Shanna Germain | Review

Monday, 9 January 2017

*Book and Image provided by NetGalley for an Honest Review

Summary:

Talia is The Poison Eater, a title given to those who risk their lives (and often lose them) by taking poisons that give them clues about the dangers on their way to the city so the zaffre can cut them down and keep everyone safe. Problem is, for the past 7 poisons, Talia doesn't see glimpses of the future, she sees her past and has been continuously lying about dangers so no one sees her true plan. If she survives ten poisonings, she becomes the orness, in charge of the aria, a weapon so strong it can defeat all of Talia's enemies, but take the city out with it.

Review:

I did not find out until well into this book that it was actually the result of a kickstarter and that Germain had written many short stories about Numenera and the poisons before writing this book. Fair warning, this book is definitely for people more familiar with those short stories. Many times I felt a little lost on what was going on in the world or even what the world was. I highly recommend reading through some of the short stories by Germain before reading this book.

That being said, the world I found myself in was an interesting one. A nice blend of technology and belief. A real story about how people can change, and I'm not talking about just the main character. The characters that you meet in this book are interesting and memorable, even though Germain has to speed through some of the introductions and scenes (this isn't a very long book). As per the usual, though, my favorite characters are the little girl and the warbeast who looks out for her. 

Some of the pacing feels a little off. Almost every time we're introduced to a character, we get a flashback to when Talia first met them and it can be little confusing figuring out if you're reading "now" or "then". After a while, however, we stop meeting new characters and pacing gets pretty steady. The ending felt a bit rushed, but it did set itself up pretty well for a sequel without giving us a true cliffhanger. 

Overall this book is a bit rough around the edges, but it was still entertaining enough that I gladly read the whole thing and enjoyed the ride. If you're looking to get into a new science fiction world, start out by reading some of the short stories by Germain to get familiar with it and then dive into The Poison Eater.