#WWW Wednesday – July 19, 2017

Hello everyone! I’m wondering if you could do me a favour? Next year I’m going to be trekking through the Himalayas to raise money for the UN Women National Committee and their work in Nepal assisting women and girls who were displaced after the 2015 earthquake. I’m only $40 away from my first milestone of $1000 raised. Could you donate and help me reach that first target? Any amount would be very much appreciated!

I also have a Facebook page set up where you can see updates of my preparation and fundraising journey. I’d love to see you there!

It’s time for WWW Wednesday! This blog hop is hosted by Sam over at A World Of Words. Link up with us by commenting on Sam’s post for this week, and just answer the three questions.

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What have you recently finished reading?

It’s been a bit of a slow reading week this week. I’ve finished one print book and one audio. The print book was The Year of Freaking Out by Sarah Walker. It was sweet but a bit dated. I reviewed it here.

I also finished The Art of Purring by David Michie. This is the second book in the series The Dalai Lama’s Cat which teaches Buddhist methods of mindfulness and paths to happiness through the perspective of HHC, His Holiness’ Cat. It was cute but not quite as good as the first one, I thought. Though this could be because David Michie was also the narrator and he wasn’t as good a narrator/performer as he is a writer.

What are you currently reading?

 My main read at the moment is 1984 by George Orwell. This is a re-read for me; I’m going to see the critically-acclaimed stage show next week and I wanted to refresh my memory.

am still reading  Dracula by Bram Stoker and The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig, though there has been little movevment on any of them recently.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I really should get back to the two books I just said I’ve had little movement on, but I’m really tempted to start some of my ARCs. Particularly Daughter of the  Burning City by Amanda Foody, which looks awesome! Check out that cover.  (Actually, my ARC has a way less pretty cover, but I’m  just ignoring that).

What are you reading this week? 🙂

~ Emily

 


P.S.
If you feel so inclined, head on over to my writing blog, Letting the Voices Out, where I’ve shared an excerpt from my current WIP today.

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#WWW Wednesday – 14 June 2017

It’s time for WWW Wednesday! This blog hop is hosted by Sam over at A World Of Words. Link up with us by commenting on Sam’s post for this week, and just answer the three questions.

Sorry I wasn’t around last week! Life was too crazy for blogging, and I had barely been reading anyway. Life is back to normal now, though, so I should be around regularly for a while.

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What have you recently finished reading?

I finished Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder, which I felt was about on par with the first book in the series. My review will go up on Friday.

Before that, I finished reading The Dalai Lama’s Cat by David Michie and reviewed it here. It was very cute and I recommend it.

Last but not least, I read The Betrayal of Bindy MacKenzie by Jaclyn Moriarty. This is the 4th book by her that I have read this year and it was a strange one… Bindy Mackenzie read like a Jane Austen heroine, but the book is a YA Contemporary… so it took some getting used to but in the end, I was hooked enough to see it through. It was still weird, though.

What are you currently reading?

Dracula by Bram Stoker and Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice on audio  are still ongoing. I have knocked off another couple of hours of Interview, but haven’t had an opportunity to continue with Dracula.

While I was sure that I had until December to read it, it turns out that Ensnared by Rita Stradling was published at the end of May, so I have started my ARC today. It’s a futuristic Beauty and the Beast retelling so I have high hopes, though the reviews are mixed.

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

I will probably start Fire Study, the third book in the Study series by Maria V. Snyder. General consensus seems to be that the quality goes down as the series goes on, so we’ll see how it goes.

What are you reading this week? 🙂

~ Emily

 

 

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‘Your life is the most important thing in the world to you. Same for this kitten.” // Review of “The Dalai Lama’s Cat” by David Michie

Title: The Dalai Lama’s Cat
Author: David Michie
Genre: Humour/spiritual
Date Read:
27/05/2017 – 01/06/2017
Rating: ★★★★

Review:

This book came highly recommended from my mother. When I first got it, I thought reading a novel  from the perspective of a cat would be weird, as would the inclusion of the Dalai Lama as a character in the fictional account. I needn’t have worried, though, as it was completely adorable.

The Dalai Lama’s Cat sneakily teaches the reader about the main tenents of Buddhism via the perspective of HHC (His Holiness’ Cat), a Himalayan kitten adopted by the Dalai Lama and his household. HHC struggles with the same insecurities we all do: pride, insecurities, jealousy, over-eating and challenges to being a good meditator. Michie cleverly uses some basic stories to incorporate the Buddhist attitudes and solutions to all these foibles in a way that doesn’t even feel like teaching. I found myself trying to incorporate some of the lessons from the book into my daily life.

The writing is quite adorable, and I found myself getting quite invested in HHC’s personal journey. A lot of the characters are archetypes that serve a particular purpose within the story, but that didn’t really bother me for this type of book. I definitely recommend this as a primer for those interested in learning a bit more about Buddhism. I myself will be looking into David Michie’s other books on Buddhism, meditation and mindfulness.


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#WWW Wednesday – 31 May 2017

It’s time for WWW Wednesday! This blog hop is hosted by Sam over at A World Of Words. Link up with us by commenting on Sam’s post for this week, and just answer the three questions.

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What have you recently finished reading?

I finished Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder and enjoyed it quite a lot. I posted my review here. It’s a bit of a different take on usual high fantasy and I enjoyed that a lot.

I also posted my review of Stephen King’s On Writing. Click the title to read it. As I said last week, I wasn’t the biggest fan, and I went into a bit more detail why in the review.

What are you currently reading?

Dracula by Bram Stoker and Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice on audio  are still ongoing. Haven’t really made much progress on either of those this week. Not sure when I’ll have time for more Dracula, but South Pacific opens this Friday and I have a few occasions where my car pool buddy won’t be with me, so I’ll be driving to and from the theatre on my own. I should be able to knock off a few hours then (though driving home at midnight, I often blast show tunes to keep myself awake, so taht might eat into it a bit).

I have also started Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder, and I’m far enough through it I’m ticking if off for May on my April – June TBR. I’m enjoying it so far but the general consensus on this series seems to be that the follow-ups weren’t as good as the first book. So I’m approaching with caution. I think the fact that I wasn’t a fan of the romance aspect of Poison Study, and Valek and Yelena are separated in this one, is helping.

Finally (I know, I have way too  many books on the go at the moment), I am also reading The Dalai Lama’s Cat by David Michie and it is ADORABLE! I worried that the perspective of the cat would be annoying or just plain weird to read, but it’s not at all. And the aspects of Buddhist teachings are woven in so well that you barely even realise you’re learning about a tenet of Buddhism as you go.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I will hopefully want to read Fire Study next, though I did find that I didn’t want to start Magic Study immediately after Poison Study, and that a couple of days’ break between them was good. I might try to find a standalone to go inbetween. There are a few things on my current TBR that would work.

What are you reading this week? 🙂

~ Emily

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#WWW Wednesday – 24 May 2017

It’s time for WWW Wednesday! This blog hop is hosted by Sam over at A World Of Words. Link up with us by commenting on Sam’s post for this week, and just answer the three questions.

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What have you recently finished reading?

I finished On Writing by Stephen King, though I wasn’t really that into it, to be honest. Long story short, I’m not really a King fan or a craft book fan and so I was destined to never really like this one. My review will go up on Friday with more detail.

I have posted two reviews this week, Heart of Brass by Felicity Banks, and The Devil’s Prayer by Luke Gracias. Both were 3* reads for me.

What are you currently reading?

“I don’t like vampires,” she says, then proceeds to read Dracula by Bram Stoker (which continues to be enjoyable, unlike most classics I try to read) and listen to Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice on audio concurrently. The guy who narrates this has the most soothing voice! It’s kind of long but I’m at about 20% going to have a few solitary car trips over the next couple of weeks so I should get through it then.

I have just today started Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. I’ve been really looking forward to starting this series, but as often happens with books I own, I kept putting it aside for library books, ARCs, etc. If nothing else, the covers on these editions are really stunning, but I’ve flown through the first quarter with no trouble today and plan on reading more before bed.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I still have The Dalai Lama’s Cat by David Michie from the library, so I should probably pick that up before too long. But at the same time, if I want to continue the Study series straight away, I’ll do that.

What are you reading this week? 🙂

~ Emily

P.S. If you’ve come here looking for WIPpet Wednesday, head on over to my new writing blog, Letting the Voices Out. Today’s WIPpet isn’t up yet, but you can pass some time reading my other posts for the Story a Day in May challenge.

#WWW Wednesday – 17 May 2017

It’s time for WWW Wednesday! This blog hop is hosted by Sam over at A World Of Words. Link up with us by commenting on Sam’s post for this week, and just answer the three questions.

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What have you recently finished reading?

I finally finished Heart of Brass by Felicity Banks. It picked up a bit in the last quarter, and I actually enjoyed the tie-ins with actualy historical events. My review goes up on Friday.

I then whizzed through The Devil’s Prayer by Luke Gracias. It started strong and remained readable throughout, despite some pacing issues. My review is scheduled for next Monday.

My review of How the Aliens from Alpha Centauri Invaded My Maths Class and Turned Me Into a Writer… and How You Can Be One, Too went up on Monday (and hopefully, I will never have to type that title again! Haha!). I feel like I’m finally back on top of reviews, after falling  off the wagon a bit lately. That review is here.

What are you currently reading?

I’ve  been concentrating on  Dracula by Bram Stoker this week. I’m aiming to read two or three chapters each week, and then it won’t take me forever to read it.  Most of the chapters are under 15 pages, so it shouldn’t be that hard. So far my main takeaway is that I want to give Dr Seward a hug. He’s all sad but stoic after Lucy rejected his proposal.

I also managed to pick up On Writing by Stephen King, since all the cool kids are reading it right now. 😛 Off the top of my head, I think I’m only about 50 pages in, so he’s still mostly talking about his childhood, but I am enjoying it so far.

What do you think you’ll read next?

My mother recently recommended The Dalai Lama’s Cat by David Michie to me, so I have got it from the library. The author is a Buddhist and uses the cat’s perspective to inform the reader about Buddhist teachings. It sounds cute but I’m not entirely sure I will enjoy the perspective. We’ll have to see.

What are you reading this week? 🙂

~ Emily

P.S. If you’ve come here looking for WIPpet Wednesday, head on over to my new writing blog, Letting the Voices Out. Today’s WIPpet isn’t up yet, but you can pass some time reading my other posts for the Story a Day in May challenge.