Exploring the Isle of Wight

A slightly different post today (which I’ve been meaning to write for a few weeks now), but I hope you guys enjoy it all the same.

Those of you who follow me on Twitter might remember that my boyfriend and I went on an impromptu trip to the Isle of Wight this time last month. And by impromptu I mean the idea literally came to us around 9 p.m on a Friday night. So, since the weather forecast looked quite promising (compared to the freezing temperatures we had in the previous weeks), we quickly booked a room for Saturday night and started making some last-minute plans.

We decided that the easiest way to get there would be to drive down to Portsmouth and take the ferry from there. Which is what we did. Unfortunately, the trip took a bit longer than we expected so we didn’t have time to have a look around in Portsmouth, but the view from the ferry more than made up for it.

Portsmouth

Boats in Portsmouth

Wightlink Ferry

If you’re planning on visiting the Isle of Wight via Portsmouth, my number one tip would be to book your ferry tickets in advance. Since we were absolutely clueless at the time, we ended up buying them when we got there, which was a pretty big mistake. Not only were many of their services sold out already (even for the following day), but our tickets were a lot more expensive than pre-paid ones would have been. I think we paid more than £90 for a return ticket (for the two of us, plus the car), so do book ahead if you go, folks.

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Showcase Sunday #106

Inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and the Story Siren, the aim of Showcase Sunday is to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. For more information about how this feature works and how to join in, click here.

Hello, amigos – how are you all? How was your week? Mine was pretty good and stress-free for a change. In fact, I’m on a mini-holiday in Sweden as we speak! It’s only for the weekend and I’m heading back to the UK tonight, but still – it was nice to get away for a few days.

Since I didn’t have a chance to show you my new books last weekend, I have quite a big pile to go through today! This is about two or three weeks’ worth of books, mind you, so it’s not as bad as it looks, I promise. 😀 Right, let’s get started!

Incoming

The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke

I had to pop into Asda last week and noticed Cat Clarke’s new book on the shelves. I’ve been looking forward to reading this ever since I finished Undone (which is still one of my favourite YA books) so I had to get a copy. Needless to say, I started reading it straight away and I’ve already finished it, so keep an eye on the blog for my review!

I also bought a copy of An Evil Mind by Chris Carter because as it turns out, I’ve been quoted on the front cover! My actual quote has been featured on the actual cover of one of my favourite authors’ book. It’s been a few weeks since I heard about it but I still can’t believe it. It’s literally the loveliest and coolest thing that has ever happened to me as a blogger, so I’ll treasure this book for a long, long time.

Chris Carter - An Evil Mind

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My Top 10 Auto-Buy Authors

Top Ten of My Auto-buy Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. The girls post a new top ten list each week that one of them will answer and everyone is welcome to join in. This week, we’re discussing authors – ones we love so much that we’d buy anything that was written by them, regardless of the genre or what it’s about.

Well, here’s my top ten list!

1. Chris Carter

Anyone who follows me on Twitter (or has ever been to a bookshop with me) will know that I’m a massive fan of Chris and his work. I randomly picked up one of his books, The Night Stalker, on a holiday back in 2010 and I’ve been hooked ever since. I love fast-paced thrillers and his books never, ever disappoint. They’re a bit on the gory side so I know they might not be for everyone, but I love everything he writes and the characters he created in the Robert Hunter series.

2. Sharon Bolton

Another talented crime writer, and another person who excels at genuine page-turners. I fell in love with Bolton’s writing with Now You See Me – something I came across on NetGalley a couple of years ago – and I’ve loved every other books she’s written since. She’s brilliant at creating a dark, eerie atmosphere for her books and keeping you in the dark until the very end.

3. Cat Clarke

Slightly different genre, but another talented writer with a list of unputdownable stories. I read Undone after Jesse’s glowing review at the beginning of last year, and it’s been one of my favourite YA novels ever since. Needless to say, the first thing I did after finishing the book was pop into Foyles and buy all the other books she’s written – she’s that good.

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The Opposite Books Tag

The Opposite Book Tag

As you know, I love doing book tags. They’re always tons of fun to do – and to read – and it’s a nice change from book reviews and book haul posts. Since I haven’t done any book tag posts in a while and I know you guys enjoyed my previous attempts as well, I decided to bring this feature back to the blog.

The tag I’m going to do today is the opposite book tag, which – I believe – was originally created by minhaestante on YouTube. As always, I’m not tagging anyone in particular, but if you’re reading this and you feel like joining the fun, do it! :) I’d love to see your answers, so make sure to let me know if you did it and I’ll stop by your blog.

Right. *rolls up sleeves* Let’s get started.

The first book in your collectionHonestly? I have no idea what my first book was. Reading has always been a massive part of my life, and I’ve been surrounded by books ever since I was little. I got my first books from parents and relatives and since I was just a kid at the time, I have absolutely no clue what these books were. I remember reading Winnie the Pooh many, many times, but I know it wasn’t the first book in my collection.

The last book I bought is The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie. Christie is one of my favourite authors and I’ve read more than 30 of her books so far. I lost count of how many I actually own – I moved house two years ago and most of them are still at my parents’ – but it must be over 40 now. I saw this one in a local charity shop for 50p (!) last week, so I couldn’t resist!

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