Paperback vs. Kindle?

I’m sure many of you have thought and even written pieces about this grand debate, but I fancied writing one, too.

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Books vs. Kindle – which do you prefer?

This question is on many lips right now and with the increase in tablets and technology it’s no wonder.  According to Yahoo! News an estimated $4.5 Billion will be made on Kindle Sales in 2013, which suggests that a lot of people are joining the Kindle revolution.

I’m slightly hypercritical because I work in the computing  industry and without technology I wouldn’t have a job. However, I’m using my ‘I love Books’ head and not my ‘But, if you didn’t use Technology you’d be broke’ head.

Well, which one? I can hear you call and my answer is both. (Slightly obvious really, but shush  :P)

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What’s next, Clare?

I realise my blog is a bit stagnant lately and it’s because I need to sort out some great filler posts as I just seem to include reviews!

This post is exactly what it says on the tin ‘What next, Clare?’. I have many great reads in my to read pile and I need to get my bum into gear and start reading,  a lot faster!

The following books are what I’m really looking forward to reading.

SMALL-NSH Penny Reid – The Knitting in the City Series

I first heard about Penny through Twitter and she has always been lovely and talkative. (Even if she has scared me into putting The Shinning into the freezer!)

The Knitting in the City series is full of romance and comedy, which is always a great combination. I don’t think it’s going to be clichéd and full of sickly lovely-dovey nonsense, it’ll be cute, sexy and funny. There’s currently 2 in the Series so I’ll definitely read them both and wait patiently for the 3rd, which is on its way.

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MuttonIndia Knight – Mutton
I was recommended the book Mutton by a friend and I thought the blurb sounded really good. It follows Clara Hutt and how she is going to deal with getting older. Does she copy her friend and get some Botox or even a little nip and tuck?

It’s either going to be a great read and you find it funny or it’s going to make you think Clara is stupid for putting herself under the knife, but we shall see; my friend wouldn’t have recommended it if she thought it was bad.

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The MomentClaire Dyer – The Moment
I have been looking forward to this title for a while now and I’m just annoyed that it’s book three in my review list. However, I think it’ll be worth the wait. The Moment is based on two ex-lovers who meet after 25 years apart and arrange one last time together and to discuss their future.

I’m just very curious as to what’s going to happen and whether or not their futures include one another. I’m a sucker for books like this.

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the-uni-file-cover-art Anna Bloom – The Art of Letting Go

I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but after seeing The Art of Letting Go and how beautiful it was I knew I had to read it. The main character is 25 and as I’m due to turn 26 this week, I can relate to how she is feeling. I just fancy reading something that I feel will open my eyes and make me realise that age doesn’t matter! (No old jokes now Jenny! ;))

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Tethers – Jack Croxall

TethersFormat: Kindle
Series: The Tethers Trilogy

Rating: 5/5

The Blurb

In the wake of a cold Victorian winter, Karl Scheffer and Esther Emerson discover an anonymous journal filled with strange passages and bizarre scribblings.

The journal soon draws them into a covert and sinister conspiracy, a conspiracy centred around an otherworldly artifact with the power to change everything …

Karl and Esther have spent almost every day of their thirteen years in the quiet market town of Shraye. Stifled by their rural surroundings and frustrated by their unfulfilled ambitions, they find the allure of the journal’s mysterious pages impossible to ignore. The book seems to be beckoning them away from Shraye, away from their homes and towards the coast where an unsolved disappearance has set in motion a dark chain of events.

The voyage the teenagers soon find themselves undertaking is one of desperate importance and true peril; it will change the way they see the world, and each other, forever

(Blurb Taken from Goodreads)

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On my ‘to read’ list

It’s been a busy few weeks in the land of Clare. My friend got married, I attended an awards evening with work and was also unfortunately, poorly. However, all is back to normal and I have some exciting reads to get my teeth into.

In the pile I have:-

Stephen King – The Shining
Danny Wallace – Charlotte Street
Nicholas Sparks – The Lucky One
Claire Dyer – The Moment

I’m excited for a few, if not all, of these novels and I can’t wait to get my teeth into them. Plus, The Shining is not really something I’d usually see myself reading so it’ll be interesting to see how that turns out.

I have given myself the ‘challenge’ of reading all by the 18th October. Well, Charlotte Street and The Lucky One are library books and need to be back before then, so who knows?

The Gift – Cecelia Ahern

The GiftFormat: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 305

Rating: 5/5

The Blurb

Step into the magical world of Cecelia Ahern

If you could wish for one gift this Christmas, what would it be?

Everyday Lou Suffern battled with the clock. He always had two places to be at the same time. He always had two things to do at once. When asleep he dreamed. In between dreams, he ran through the events of the day while making plans for the next. When at home with his wife and family, his mind was always someplace else.

On his way into work one early winter morning, Lou meets Gabe, a homeless man sitting outside the office building. Intrigued by him and on discovering that he could also be very useful to have around, Lou gets Gabe a job in the post room.

But soon Lou begins to regret helping Gabe. His very presence unsettles Lou and how does Gabe appear to be in two places at the same time?

As Christmas draws closer, Lou starts to understand the value of time. He sees what is truly important in life yet at the same time he learns the harshest lesson of all.

This is a story about people who not unlike parcels, hide secrets.They cover themselves in layers until the right person unwraps them and discovers what’s inside. Sometimes you have to be unraveled in order to find out who you really are. For Lou Suffern, that took time.

(Blurb taken from Amazon).

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My TV Boyfriends

The lovely Jenny over at Jennyinneverland tagged me in her post ‘Top 5 TV Boyfriends’ and of course, I was only too happy to get involved. I actually found it quite difficult because I don’t tend to watch much TV. However, who doesn’t want to search the Internet for images of hot men?

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1 – Jonas Armstrong – Robin Hood
I first saw Jonas Armstrong in an adaptation of Robin Hood on BBC1 and immediately thought he was gorgeous. I’m sure he has been in recent TV shows, but Robin Hood is what I remember him from.

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