I give up!

Sunday, 15 November 2015

So this isn't a thing that I've thought about doing for quite a while, it's actually just a sudden realisation that I know I need to act on. I've always thought that no matter how fed up I got, or how unmotivated I felt I would always come back to this blog, but the truth is that I don't do it frequently enough to really dedicate a whole blog to just writing about bookish things any more.

Instead I am going to combine two of my blogs into one and move over to my wordpress blog. I have been blogging about make up occasionally over at Painted Faces so if you still want the occasional book post or to see what I am up to then please head on over there. I don't know how my booktubing is going to go. I still want to get back into it but between work, wedding planning and trying to find the time to do what I actually enjoy it's just taken a back seat. In all honesty it became more of a chore than a hobby. I hope to get back into loving it but who knows right now.

I feel like I have failed a little bit to be honest but I just need to do things on my own terms and in my own way and if that's infrequently and not on a blog dedicated to just books then that's that.

I still love reading, but blogging about it all the time becomes too much like hard work.

I hope you'll understand. Signing off for the last time on Where is Wallis.

- Iona.

I'm Back!

Saturday, 8 August 2015

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Hello everyone. I recently went on a little impromptu hiatus after moving into a new flat with my boyfriend (now fiancée but more on that at a later date) and finding out we wouldn't be able to get internet in the new flat for two months. Yes I have been internetless for two months and yes it has been very hard indeed! However, that is all over now. The internet man came by today and installed out new speedy internet service. I have never been so happy to see a man in a van before.

It's odd to be back after a while away. I feel like I've grown a lot in the last few months and a lot has changed, but as I said before more on that later. For now just know I'm back and hopefully I will be back for a while.

Serena | Film Review

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Since I have got a film degree I thought I might as well start reviewing films on my blog. Films are something I really enjoy and they can contain excellent stories.

Serena, directed by Susanne Bier, is the story of a beautiful, successful couple who's relationship and life starts to crumble around them. The movie is not at all a light film that makes you feel happy, it's not for a day when you just want to cuddle up on the sofa and watch something to make you feel good. However, if you feel like a happy ending is not necessary for a good story then this might be a film for you.

Giveaway! The Duff Movie Prize Pack #TheDuff

Monday, 6 April 2015

Two posts in one day? Aren't you guys lucky. And one of them is a giveaway!

To celebrate the launch of The Duff which is out today (April 6th) you could win an amazing goody bag which includes the movie tie-in version of the book. If you're interested keep reading.

Books I haven't finished recently #1

I read for fun; not for any high brow reason, just because I enjoy it. That means that when a book just isn't capturing me I think it's totally fine to just put it down and walk away. I'm not trying to learn anything new or find anything amazing out, and I'm barely able to find the time to read as it is, so I might as well not try and struggle through books that make me want to tear my hair out or fall asleep.

The Sin Eater's Daughter

I'm not sure if there is something wrong with me or what but I seem to be the only person not loving this book right now. The premise sounded really great, the world was really interesting but I felt so let down by the two main character's that I just couldn't keep reading. Twylla and the guard were just so boring, I didn't care about any of their romance, I didn't feel invested in anything that happened to either of them and there felt like no character development. I found the prince to be the most interesting character and all the way through they were avoiding him or lying to him and I just didn't get why Twylla was so infatuated with this other guy. Boring characters letting down what could have been an excellent book. I read maybe 2/3rd's of this book before giving up completely. I just didn't care about the ending.

Half Wild

I am so unhappy that this book is one I couldn't finish. I didn't really give it that much of a chance, what with only reading like 40 pages, but hear me out. I loved Half Bad. Like I LOVED it. I think it was one of my favourite books last year and I raved about it so much to everyone who would listen. I bought myself a finished copy even though I had the ARC and I defended it to other people who didn't like it, so I expected to be drawn right back into Half Wild. I expected the writing to be just as good, if not better, and the action to be just as intense and that didn't happen. 

I'm not sure if this book suffers from the classic 'filler book' problem in a trilogy, or if the author just didn't have the time to get it as right as she did with Half Bad. Whatever the reason, after 40 pages I was bored, nothing much had happened, nothing pulled me in and again I just didn't care which is crazy considering I loved the previous book so much. Nathan's unique and slightly disjointed voice was no longer so unique and so edgy. Maybe in an attempt to bring in a wider audience the publishers had it filled out a little? I don't know. Either way I didn't want to continue on with a book that spent it's first 40 pages with the main character doing nothing but thinking and remembering. No thank you.

I think I may make this a regular feature if I don't finish books, just because it's nice to know why people didn't enjoy books just as much as it is to know why that did. Have there been any books that you've abandoned recently?