Welcome to the fourteenth instalment of Ramblings from my pages… I clearly cannot master this weekly rambling thing, so let’s just forget it was ever meant to be weekly, and look upon it as an ‘as and when’ feature.
This post was inspired by It’s Book Talk’s “5 on Friday: Things I’m Loving Lately” – it differs slightly, similar in that it will feature bookish and non-bookish topics, but different in that I will ramble about things I’m loving, hating, wishing for, links I’ve enjoyed, life updates – you name it, I may just ramble about it. The only staple feature of this post will be concluding it with a cool link I found around the web.
Today’s ramblings topics: Chirp Books, Orenda Books: Book Launch, Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine, and a rambling within a rambling. Whether you read the entire post or jump to the section(s) you’re interested in, I hope you enjoy my ramblings.
The search continues for the perfect audiobook platform, and I think I may have found it – well, Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads and Reviews found it, and shared it in her Instagram Story. The point is, it exists – the devastating news, it’s only available in the US 😭.
“No subscription or membership fees. Get access to great deals without the hassle or cost of a membership.”- Chirp Books. That is exactly what I’ve been looking for! It’s like Audible, but without the £7.99 a month membership, and it’s ‘deal of the day’ on loads of audiobooks, not just one! Audiobooks from $1.99, which is a fantastic price! You just download the app, register, and you’re ready to go. As I don’t live in the US, I haven’t tried it, but I wish I could! I remain hopeful that something like this exists in the UK, the search continues…
ORENDA BOOKS: BOOK LAUNCH
On Monday, me and my homegirl Beth @ Bibliobeth attended the joint book launch for Deep Dirty Truth by Steph Broadribb & Changeling by Matt Wesolowski. It’s always awesome to catch up with Beth, and we always have so much fun when we attend book events together.
This launch was hosted at Tottenham Court Road Waterstones, I can’t believe I haven’t been to that Waterstones before, I had no idea they had an events space on the lower ground floor.
As well as mingling with fellow booklovers, Karen, founder of Orenda Books, introduced her authors, we watched trailers for both books, heard the authors speak and read from their books, and I got signed copies of both books! After talking to Karen online for a few years now, it was great to finally meet her in person. There were cakes and cocktails themed to both books. I had a Wentshire Bramble, the cocktail for Changeling, and it was heavenly. And Matt is the sweetest guy, and he wrote the best inscription in my book! The Lori Anderson series by Steph Broadribb is one of my favourite crime series, I already had a signed proof, but it was fantastic to get a signed finished copy.
I now have the complete collection [so far] for both series, and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve read all the books in the Lori Anderson series, and five starred them all, it’s a fantastic crime thriller series, featuring a badass female protagonist, and I highly recommend giving them a read, if you haven’t already. Book 1: Deep Down Dead. Book 2: Deep Blue Trouble. Book 3: Deep Dirty Truth. I’ve read the first two books in the Six Stories series and loved them both, who knew such a sweet guy could write such a chilling series – I love that these books are told in a series of podcasts. Book 1: Six Stories. Book 2: Hydra. That just leaves me with book 3: Changeling to read.
WOLFHUNTER RIVER BY RACHEL CAINE
While were talking about book 3 in series, I thought I’d mention my pre-order of book 3 in the Stillhouse Lake series by Rachel Caine. Wolfhunter River is schedule for publication on April 23rd, and I’m excited for it! This series follows Gwen Proctor, after finding out her husband is a serial killer, she runs, determined to keep herself and her children safe, but danger is never far away. This is also my recommendation to you: if you haven’t started this series yet, I highly recommend it. Bonus points for the matching covers.
A RAMBLING WITHIN A RAMBLING
Let me be clear, I do not like this month, it’s been stressful and just not very nice to me. I’m pretty sure February is trying to kill me, only yesterday I shut my little finger in the door, it hurt like a b*tch, and was the final confirmation that this month hates me. And, someone gifted me out-of-date chocolate, I mean how evil can one month be! There are evil forces at work this month, I’m telling you, stay safe!
Who saw my blog post on Friday? I took part in a blog tour for the first time in ages! I know, I know, I said I wasn’t doing them, but The Glass Woman was one of my 2019 anticipated books, and when the email came through, I couldn’t resist, I’m weak! Anyway, I have another two blog tours coming up in March, and I feel highly stressed out about it, those looming deadlines and the pressure to read those books now! One of those blog tours I’m annoyed about because the publisher asked if I would like to read the book, and join the blog tour if I enjoy the book, (sidenote: I know it’s not practical but I think this is the best way to recruit for a tour); well, before I read the book, I was sent the banner, and it appears I’m a part of this blog tour! The other one I signed up to because I enjoyed the authors previous book.
The point is I’m weak, but I will be stronger, haha, because I can’t take this pressure. I feel like I live my whole book life behind, and I’ve lost what ever balance I did have. I’ve got two 3000 word essays I’d like to complete in the next 4 weeks, before I start my 3 month ‘sign off’ placement. For those new to my blog, I’m training to be a mental health nurse. It’s a tough final year before qualification so that needs to be a priority. This is also my advance apologies if I’m late to reply to comments, or unable to spend as much time in the blogosphere reading, sharing and commenting.
I watched the Ted Bundy Tapes on Netflix, man that was a chilling docuseries. And, I’m appalled at the level of ‘white male privilege’ the CJS (and others) afforded Bundy! Next up, I plan to watch The Innocent Man.
O, I’ve also decided to scrap my monthly book haul posts, they’re so time consuming because I haul so many books, and you know the rule, if it’s not fun, scrap it! I’m not sure how I’ll go about it but I’d still like to showcase the books I’m excited for, so maybe rather than an extensive list, I’ll choose the 5, or 10, new books I’m most excited for and talk about them. I’m not sure yet, but I’ll figure it out!
LINK AROUND THE WEB
I’m sure everyone, and their friend has read, or is at least familiar with, the article in The New Yorker about author, AJ Finn. It’s a long read but definitely worth it – there is also the audio option just before the main body of the article, if you would rather listen to the article.
A Suspense Novelists Trail of Deceptions by Ian Parker
If you’ve read the article, what did you think? I saw a further article that his publisher, in the US, released a statement saying that they do not comment on the personal lives of their author and will still publish his next book, scheduled for release in 2020.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it, and you’ll join me next Sunday for some more ramblings.
If you missed my last rambling you can find it here – topics: Amazon Prime Reading, WordPress Troubleshooting, Bitly, and January Wrap Up