#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 19 October, 2016

A quick announcement, before I get onto today’s blog hops. The Kindle edition of my novel, A More Complicated Fairytale, will be free this weekend. The GoodReads page is here, if you feel inclined to add it to your TBR, and I’ll do another post here when the promo goes live, as well as remind you on my Facebook page. Just so’s you know. 😉 And now, on with the show!

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

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What have you recently finished reading?

realbookthiefcoverIt’s been a terrible reading week for me this week, and unfortunately, the only thing I finished was The Real Book Thief: (How To Steal an Author’s Work and Nearly Get Away With It) by Ingrid Black, which is the story of how the duo behind Ingrid Black discovered that their books were being plagiarised and published on Kindle under another author’s name. It was interesting also reading the reviews from people who had been friends with Joanne Clancy (the name the plagiarist published under) through social media and had reviewed the books, and seeing how betrayed they felt when this all came out.

I also posted my review of Mara Wilson’s memoir, Where Am I Now: Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame this week.

What are you currently reading?

therookcoverStill going with The Rook! But I’m on the downhill run now. It’s got a bit more interesting again. I am kind of tempted to ignore all responsibiliities for tonight and finish it, but if I do that, I will have no curry to take for lunch tomorrow, and that would make me sad.

badasslibrarianscoverI’ll include these as well, even though I’m only up to about page 6 on each of them: The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu, which is about some archivists who protected priceless manuscripts from destruction by Al Quaeda, and Artie and the Grime Wave by Richard Roxburgh (yes, the actor). Richard did a talk at work last night and I got my book signed. We stood in line for an hour so I started reading the book in the queue.

I’m also beta reading for two members of my writing group, which is fun!

What do you think you’ll read next?

Ifantasticbeastscover picked up Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by Newt Scamander/J. K. Rowling from the library today. I’ve realised that I need to get a bit of a wriggle on with some of my reading challenges this year, and this is nice and short and fits the “a book that’s becoming a movie this year” prompt. And evne though it’s not like it’s the type of book where you read the book first to know the plot going into the movie, the movie does come out soon, so it’ll be good to have this under my belt.

What are you reading this week? 🙂

The other blog hop for this week is WIPpet Wednesday. If you’re a writer, you are very welcome to join us in this one by posting an excerpt from your WIP that somehow relates to the date. You can click the blue guy on the right of this blog to be taken to the link up. This scene follows on from last week’s. General Bauer is the he in question at the start of this.  Nine sentences, which I got by adding the digits of 2016 together.

He looks down at me and he’s all smugness and smarm. I feel sick. But I don’t look away.

“We’ve got a surprise for you, haven’t we, gentlemen?”

I look around, and realise there are two men standing at his shoulders. They aren’t soldiers. They’re not his minions. They’re wearing the robes of the Aligar Mages, a group of magicians who swore to protect my family until I came of age and was trained in my powers. They look guilty.

That’s all from me! See you on your blogs.

~ Emily

“You’re going to fuck up, but most of the time, that’s all right.” // Review of “Where Am I Now?: Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame” by Mara Wilson

Title: Where Am I Now? Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame
Author: Mara Wilson
Genre: Memoir
Date Read: 09/10/2016 – 11/11/2016
Rating: ★★★★

Review:

You may know Mara Wilson from such movies as Matilda and Mrs Doubtfire. She was Hollywood’s darling during the early 1990s, but faded into obscurity when she hit puberty and was no longer “cute enough”. Nowadays, she’s an NYU graduate and writer, with an awesome Twitter account. In this collection of essays, she’s warm and honest and nerdy, and makes you feel like she could be your best friend.

Where Am I Now? covers a variety of topics, from when Mara first learned about sex, to losing her mother to cancer, to being diagnosed with OCD at the age of twelve after struggling with it for four years. There are also more light-hearted topics, like her couple of years spent in show choirs, and how she got up the courage to share a “sexy” story with her writing group, despite fears of anyone seeing a story like that.

A lot of the essays have been honed through her writing groups and the style is so easy to read, I flew through the chapters. I should have been doing uni work but the book kept calling me back. The chapter about Matilda, written in the format of a letter to the character, made me tear up more than once, as did the chapter on her reaction to the death of Robin Williams, whom she describes as one of the few adult actors who never talked down to her on film sets. I related to so much of what Mara wrote about, even if I didn’t have exactly the same experiences.

This review is on the shorter side, but I really feel like I’ve covered everything. It’s well-written, honest, will make you smile and cry in equal measure. Basically, you should read it.


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#WWW Wednesday – 21 September, 2016

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

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nameofthewindcoverWhat have you recently finished reading?

As promised, I read The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss while I was on holidays. It was a very satisfying book, in spite of a few small niggles I had (mostly about characterisation, as the world-building was pretty perfect). You can read my full review here.

Iwhereaminowcover also read Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame by Mara Wilson, who you might know as the girl who was in such movies and Matilda and Mrs Doubtfire in the early 90s. I tweeted that I was reading it and she liked my tweet and I had a total fangirl moment. She’s a great writer; I recommend this to everyone. My review will go up on Friday.

What are you currently reading?

therookcoverI’m back to reading The Rook by Daniel O’Malley, which to be honest I’m a little bored with, but I want to see it through because so many people highly recommended it to me, and maybe it will pick up a bit.

What do you think you’ll read next?

illkeptoathcoverI still haven’t properly started the ARC I have of The Ill-Kept Oath by C. C. Aune and it came out on September 27, so I should probably get onto that. After that, I also have ARCs of Immortal Writers by Jill Bowers and The Infinity of Me and You by J. Q. Coyle, both of which are released in the first week of November. I’m not worried about not getting them handed in on time. I just handed in my last assignment for the year, so now I have all the reading time in the world! (Except for the time when I need to write).

Let me know if you’ve any thoughts on any of these! 🙂

See you all later!

~ Emily