Saturday, 26 November 2016

New Beginnings!

Hey guys!

So the last time I posted was over a month ago, I can't believe it's been that long! I have some exciting, but also slightly sad, news to tell you guys today...


I've started a new book blog!

I've been running The Book Crunch for just over a year now, and while I love it, I've changed a lot since I first started it. The look and sound of this blog just doesn't fit with me anymore, and with how busy I've been, I was tempted to just stop running a blog at all.

However, I love blogging and talk about books, so Lost Amongst the Chapters was created! Thank you to everyone who's been supportive of this blog since it began, and I hope you'll follow me in the move!

Thanks!

 - Emma

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Sunday, 23 October 2016

I MISSED MY BLOGIVERSARY + AN UPDATE!

Hey guys!

I've reached the ultimate level of bad blogger status - I missed my one year blogiversary! I started The Book Crunch over on Wordpress a year ago on the 11th of October - how cool is that?

Anyway, to give you guys a quick update on me:

I'm really busy at the moment, and I'm struggling with my anxiety a lot, but I realised something really important today: you have to make time for the things you love. I love blogging and reading (though I've sort of lost track of this love of late), and I've decided that I need to dedicate a little time each day to doing the things that I enjoy.

So hopefully you guys are going to start seeing more of me! I might get involved with Nablopomo again this year, but I can't seem to find any information on it - if you guys know anything about it, please tell me in the comments below!

In regards to what I've been reading since I last posted...I haven't really. I did start reading Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, and it's really great! With moving and college work though, I just really haven't found myself with the time (or the right frame of mind) to sit down and finish it.

But once I've settled into the new house, you can be sure I'm cracking open that book and finding out what happens!

What are you currently reading?

Thanks!

 - Emma

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Sunday, 9 October 2016

Filler Post!

Hey guys!

The terrible fact of the last few months is this: I've been really busy, and my blog is suffering for it. Unfortunately, with starting college and moving, I really haven't had much time to read. I've started reading a few books, but haven't managed to get through them (which makes for a rather boring book blogger).

As I said in my previous post, my college timetable has finally settled down (yay!), but I'm busy with other things, and my actual course work.

However, I'm happy to say that my copy of Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo is here, and I'm actually reading it!

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

This author's writing flows so wonderfully, it's impossible not to find yourself just lost within the pages. I can't promise a review too soon, but it will eventually be up sometime this week (hopefully)!

What are you currently reading?

Also, I haven't forgotten about that Halloween special I promised; I'll work on it this week and give you guys some details!

Thanks!

 - Emma

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Sunday, 2 October 2016

Bookish Update | I'm Finally Reading Again!

Hey guys!

I haven't posted in such a long time! I've been really busy with college stuff and packing, and really haven't had the time to read much. Actually, I haven't read a book in weeks...

Until today!

Vampire University (Book One in the Vampire University Series)


Constantly moving as she grew up, Taylor had learned the hard way how to blend in wherever she went. But when she moves to VanCamp University for her freshman year of college, she immediately finds herself at the center of attention of nearly everyone she encounters. From the charismatic and mysterious Evans twins, to her quirky, clingy roommate Hannah, it seems that the people in Taylor's new college life have no intention of letting her be the wallflower.


It's not just blending in that Taylor has to worry about, though. At VanCamp University, there is more to the staff and students than meets the eye. While trying to adjust to her new life on campus, she finds herself in a world where fairy tales and reality collide, where gargoyles and leprechauns mingle with humans and vampires, and where nothing is as it first appears.


And as she discovers the truth of her own unusual heritage, Taylor learns that fairy tales are just the beginning.

I started Vampire University by V.J. Erickson earlier today, and though it has a few flaws in its story line, I'm actually really enjoying it! Trust it to be a vampire book to drag me out of my reading slump! I've nearly finished it, so I'll have a review up some point later this week!

I'll hopefully soon get my blogging schedule sorted too - my schedule for college is settling down, and though other aspects of my life are getting slightly hectic, I'm going to try to get back into the swing of things, so you'll hopefully be seeing more posts from me!

Also, I'd be amiss if I didn't mention that it's finally October! What a wonderful month! I'm planning a Halloween special for the blog, so stay tuned for more details!

Thanks!

 - Emma

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Let's Talk | The Deal With Cliches (Part 1)

Hey guys!

So if I'm perfectly honest with you, I'm sometimes a sucker for a good cliche. It's come to my attention, however, that the cliches I used to love (and some that I still do), are actually doing more harm than good when it comes to real life situations.

Let me explain where I'm going with this.



Ah yes, the classic bad boy cliche! In YA and NA literature, our bad boys tend to ooze sexual charm and arrogance, which makes them nearly irresistible to our main character, and to us as readers. And don't get me wrong, I used to be a pretty big fan of this cliche - and I still am, because there's nothing terribly wrong with the cliche itself. No, it's the way a lot of authors/writers are interpreting what a 'bad boy' is.

The most common version of this cliche goes along the lines of this:

1. Bad boy is an arse to our main character, though never falters in giving them the 'sexy eyes'.

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He continues to be an arse, all the while our MC becomes more enraged (yet obviously still wildly attracted to him).

2. Bad boy does something that isn't completely horrible to MC (which is generally a daily feat in any normal person's life), and BOOM!

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Our MC is 'in love'.

3. It then comes to light, through more inevitable douchery and no doubt smut, the bad boy loves our MC too, and he really isn't that bad, he's just had a hard past.

Ugh. 

I think this is possibly the most abused cliche out there, in the sense of how many times it's been reused and remade. Don't get me wrong - I understand the appeal of writing such a book. There's a large marketing group to cater to when it comes to this cliche, and I myself used to be amongst it. I like bad boy cliches, but I think there's a stark difference between someone you can banter with, and someone who treats you like a piece of trash.

For instance: 

Katy and Daemon from the Lux series.

Is Daemon an arse? Sure. But Katy has a backbone, and she gives it right back - all in all, it's a lovely, entertaining and banter filled relationship because they match each other.

Abby and Travis from Beautiful Disaster. 

I read this book when I was a little bit younger than I should have been to read it, and I enjoyed it then. Thinking back to it now, it makes me want to puke. The things Travis does in that book are disgusting, and the way he manipulates Abby is absolutely horrific. This is a new adult book, and thinly veils itself to be the 'bad boy falls for good girl' cliche; just another harmless story, when it's anything but.

Now, I'm not trying to spread hate about any books, and I'm definitely not digging at any authors here. I don't hate the story itself in Beautiful Disaster, but I strongly disagree with the romance. In fact, I could have chosen a lot of books to help explain what I'm about to, so it's definitely not just this book I dislike because of the reasons I do.

But frankly? Books such as these influence young people - especially young girls who feel like they can perhaps relate to the MC - in their lives. It gives them expectations on what a relationship is like, what it should be like, and what they should want it to be like.

And how terrible is that? That someone might look at the way Travis treats Abby in Beautiful Disaster, and actually think, 'I want someone like that'. It's not healthy to want an obsessive, emotionally manipulating jerk in your life!

I think the power of books is under-rated, especially when it comes down to how heavily they can influence people. The purpose of this post, as I said earlier, wasn't to spread any hate at all, but I wanted to share my thoughts on this cliche, and how it's being warped into something so ugly. This is really important to me: No-one should ever find themselves in a place where they want someone to treat them the ways some of these 'bad boys' treat MC's in these books - their views and perspectives shouldn't be changed to see something so horrible as beautiful. Because it's not.

And that brings us to the end of the first part of this blog post, which got much more serious than I was planning. Next week, I'll be uploading the second part, where I'll delve even deeper into the world of cliches!

Tell me what you thought about this post in the comments! How do you feel about bad boy cliches?

Thanks!

 - Emma

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Sunday, 18 September 2016

The Stationary Book Tag

Hey guys!

So I've had a really hectic week! I started college, and I've got other things going on, so I'm super busy at the moment! Unfortunately, that means that I might not be as active on my blog as usual. However, I'm going to try my best to not completely abandon my blogging duties!

And so, as a sort of filler before I have one of my planned posts up, here's a quick book tag that the lovely IceBreaker694 tagged me to do!


Here are the rules:

- Thank the creator Sam from River Moose Books (Thanks!)

- Answer the questions

- Add pictures (if you want to)

- Tag (about) 5 people


Let's begin!

Pencils: Favourite MG or children's book

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (PJO series) by Rick Riordan

This one was a no-brainer. I mean, how sassy is Percy? I love him! I also adore the Greek Gods and myths, so this is definitely my favourite middle-grade book.


Pens: A basic staple for any reader

Carry On


This book is anything but basic, but I'm taking that a 'basic staple' means a book that anybody could read and enjoy. I think Carry On has a little bit of something for everyone in it - humour, romance, and even magic! I adore this book, and can't recommend it enough!


Notebooks: What books do you own multiple copies of?

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I own quite a few different versions of a number of books! However, the most I own of one book is the first book in The Mortal Instruments series - I have four copies!


Markers: A book with a beautiful cover

Ooh, this is too hard! There are so many beautiful book covers out there - how could I ever just choose one?!


Glue: Two characters that work well together even if they aren't together

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Jace & Alec, Emma & Jules, and pretty much every parabatai ever!


Scissors: What book would you like to destroy?

Hmm, good question! Admittedly, there are a few books that I really don't like, but I don't want to spread hate, so I'll keep them unnamed!


Artist Kit: What complete series do you own?

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I own quite a few complete series! You guys would get bored if I listed them all, but to give a couple, I own the Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick, and Leigh Bardugo's Grisha trilogy!


Bonus: Show us your desk/stationery that you own for each question

I don't have the time to photograph it all, sorry!! However, I can tell you I have really cute highlighters with little cartoon faces on!


Who I'm tagging:

Anyone who fancies doing this tag, go for it!

Thanks!

 - Emma

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Monday, 12 September 2016

A (Very) Quick Bookish Update!

Hey guys!

I promise I have more interesting posts lined up than just these bookish updates! Unfortunately, said posts need photos taken for them, and I just haven't had the time recently. I have a lot of things going on right now, so I find myself sitting here late, my eyes bleary and half shut, fingers flying across the keyboard to get this post written and published before my laptop runs out of charge!

Anyway, here's what I'm currently reading:



Bought this one today, and I'm loving it so far!! The artwork is magnificent!


Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1)


Rachel Caine is my favourite author, and to say she hasn't let me down with this book is to say the least! I'm absolutely loving it!

That's all I have time for today guys (laptop battery at a critical level)! I'll hopefully be back tomorrow with a much better, thought out post!

What are you guys currently reading?!

Thanks!

 - Emma

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