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Serial Reader – An app for book lovers!

This morning I’d noticed on Litsy that people were talking about an app called Serial Reader. Being a book lover, I thought I’d check it out!


I know it’s my first day of using it but so far I’m loving it! It’s  an app for people who love to read the classics. Your book of choice is split up into manageable bite size pieces called issues (like a comic/graphic novel). 


Each day, at a time of your choosing, an issue is sent to you and you’re also given an estimated reading time. – I thought it might also calculate your actual reading time but it doesn’t which is shame. In my opinion, it would be great if they could update it to do that. Once you’ve read an issue, you have the option of waiting until the next day or, if you’re the impatient type and the book is just too exciting to wait, you can read on ahead to the next issue. However, to do that, you have to upgrade which costs £2.99. This unlocks the option to read ahead, sync with iCloud, make highlights and notes, pause & read later, and add more fonts. I love the concept of this app and with the upgrade, it reminds me a lot of the Kindle app. I think maybe £2.99 for the upgrade is a little steep, though, and I’m not in the habit of paying for upgrades in apps anyway but that aside, the app is still  definitely worth downloading and gets a thumbs up from me as I love the idea of looking forward to an issue to read each day.

Have a lovely day, guys!

Dayna.

My Proofreading Door Is Open!

Well, folks, it’s that time again where my proofreading door is open to you guys. Especially now that I have a little one and have a bit more free time on my hands (when she’s lets me, of course 😝). So, if you need a second pair of eyes to go over your work, feel free to contact me. I’d be happy to help in any way I can! You can email me at: secretlivesoffictionlovers@gmail.com.

I look forward to hearing from you. 😊

Happy Friday everyone!

Take care,

Dayna.

Currently Reading: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

A perfect Saturday spent enjoying a cuppa whilst reading a good book!

I know, I know, I’m real slow on the book wagon when it comes to reading If I Stay. BUT I finally am and can honestly say I’m loving it so far. Before picking up If I Stay, I was already a fan of Gayle Forman. I love her writing style. It makes reading her books a breeze and, before you know it, you’ve gotten to the end and find yourself wondering how the heck you got there so quick! This book is turning out to be no different which I’m thrilled about.
I’ve yet to see the movie adaptation so have no idea how it compares to the book. Have any of you guys read the book or seen the movie? What did you think?
I hope you’re all having a lovely Saturday; whatever you may be getting up to.
Take care,
Dayna.

Half Bad By Sally Green – Book Review.

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Title: Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy, #1)
Author: Sally Green
Published: 3rd March 2014
Publisher: Penguin
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400

Blurb:

“Wanted by no one.
Hunted by everyone.

Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

Half Bad is an international sensation and the start of a brilliant trilogy: a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive.”

This is a really short review today so I apologise. I have been reading Half Bad for the past few days now but sadly, I felt here nor there about the book which is such a shame as the idea behind it was great. I struggled to be pulled in by the story and didn’t feel a connection with any of the characters. Maybe it’s a different writing style to what I’m used to? I was also shocked at how much violence the main character endured for someone so young! It was quite surprising to see that in a book. I seem to be one of the few who didn’t get on with the book as it seems to have gotten a lot of good reviews and ratings but it just wasn’t for me. I’m unsure as to whether I’ll read the next book in the series but I’m told it is much better than the first.

Have you read any of the books in this series, or maybe you’re planning to? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Currently Reading: Jane Austen Stole My Boyfriend.

I really needed a break from a book I’m reading on my Kindle at the moment because, sadly, I’m just not enjoying it. 😔 It had quite a promising plot too but the writing leaves a lot to be desired in my opinion. Sooo I looked to my overflowing bookcase to see what I had left to read and noticed I still needed to read Jane Austen Stole My Boyfriend by Cora Harrison. The book was kindly sent to me by the lovely folk at Macmillan some time ago so I thought it time I picked it up and got stuck in.  
Blurb:

“Jane wants to meet a hero worthy of her extraordinary imagination: a gentleman who is dashing and daring and handsome and brave; who can dance like a viscount and duel like a king. Jane and Jenny are whiling away the season in Bath and there are plenty of dances, rumours and scandals to entertain them. But a good reputation, once lost, is gone forever; and Jane is in danger of becoming the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons.”


I’m hoping that this is going to be an easy read, something that I can totally engross myself in. It’s also written like a diary so the writing style flows nicely and I should be finished in no time!

Gifts For Book Lovers…

I love my books and I love escaping into a whole new world that isn’t my own. I find reading really relaxing and can be, more often than not, found with my head stuck in a book rather than my eyes glued to the TV – unless it’s the Winchester brothers, the Salvatore Brothers, Klaus, Daryl Dixon, Oliver or Barry and then maybe, juuust maybe, my attention may waiver just a little to the TV. 😉

I love books so much that I would probably be considered a geek as I love anything book related too! I recently found myself trawling through several shopping sites for all things book! I came across sooo many things that I wanted and I thought I would share a few of my favourites with you all.



This Hoody from Look Human is me all over! I can see me wearing this at the weekend doing just what the hoody suggests! And to be even more ironic, I can also see me wearing this on a trip to Waterstones, then once I’ve had a lengthy browse through the books, I’d  go upstairs to Cafè Neros, enjoy a lovely cup of Chai whilst reading whatever book/s I’ve purchased!



I love the classics! Although I love Pride & Prejudice, it is my sister’s favourite book and I saw this Cushion from Look Human and thought of her. The quote suits both her and me down to a tee!



This Books and Tea One Cup Teapot from Etsy is so darn cute and perfect for those who love their tea like I do! Hah I could be wearing the hoody from above whilst making a lovely cup of Chai from the teapot!



I love Etsy for their unique gifts and this Bracelet is no different. The quote is so true! I still have a tonne of books that I need to read haha!



These stud earrings from Etsy are so quirky and I love anything quirky! Might just have to buy these as they are so me!



I love Game of Thrones and although I am yet to read the book series (they are amongst the books on my bookcase that I’ve still to read), I felt this quote from A Dance With Dragons is so apt for fellow book addicts:

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”

This Bracelet was another awesome find from Etsy.



I LOVE this Scarf! Also from Etsy. It has a beautiful quote from my favourite of the classics, Romeo & Juliet, which reads:

Romeo: O, wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied?


Juliet: What satisfaction canst thou have to-night?

Romeo: The exchange of thy love’s faithful vow for mine.

Juliet: I gave thee mine before thou didst request it:
And yet I would it were to give again.

Romeo
: Wouldst thou withdraw it? for what purpose, love?

Juliet: But to be frank, and give it thee again.
And yet I wish but for the thing I have:
My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,

The more I have, for both are infinite.”

*sigh* There’s just something so romantic about the way Shakespeare writes.

So those are just a sample of what I found and love. What do you think?

To give the blog a makeover/name change?

For a while now I’ve been thinking about giving the blog a makeover and also a name change. But I’m undecided. I’ve never been a fan of change. It’s something I’ve always found hard to adjust to. Plus, in this case, I’d also have to inform publishers etc of the change, not to mention a new email address. Oh, and a new Twitter name! *sigh*

However, I feel it might be necessary as the blog has really changed over the years. When the blog first started out, it was thought up by myself and 3 other friends. We were keen on reading and reviewing books, talking about movies and TV shows, and writing about celebs and the entertainment world. It was really fun working with the girls on the blog but, after a while, things had gone really quiet which eventually lead to the blog going on hiatus due to my friends having other commitments and myself feeling like I was on some kind of reviewer’s writer’s block. I’m not sure if the girls would agree here but, it could also have been because of the pressure to constantly come up with something to blog about. Anyway, fast forward to 2014; I’d been off work ill and had this sudden urge to start the blog up again as a way to keep me occupied. This time, though, I found that as well as reviewing books, generally chatting about books, and doing a bit of proofreading, I was also talking about beauty and skincare products. Basically, anything that I was interested in. This made it easier for me to blog because it meant my focus wasn’t solely on books. Hence the name change. I feel that Secret Lives of Fiction Lovers no longer encompasses the things I blog about and that I should now come up with a more apt name. What are your thoughts? To keep it or change it?

Really sorry about the long arsed post.

Take care,

Dayna.

Kindle case/cover dilemma!

For christmas my parents bought me a kindle but, as yet, I haven’t used it because I’d rather have it all snug and protected in a case before I do. So here I am trawling through Etsy and Amazon but at a loss as to which to buy! Eek! I have such a varied sense of style that it has me torn over which to choose. There’s soooo many! I have, however, managed to dwindle it down a little as some aren’t made for my kindle type. Kinda gutted about that as it meant I couldn’t have the Buffy Vampyre book one. 😦

Ok so I’ve managed to create a “short” list of cases to choose from:

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I love cats! And the cinema lol!

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I think this is quite classy!

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I like my marvel!

IMG_5306 Gotta love Game of Thrones!

IMG_5307 I like the steampunkyness!

IMG_5308 Roald Dahl is one of my favourite authors. Plus yay books!

IMG_5309 Coz I’m a geek and it’s awesome!

IMG_5310 Loved this when I was a child so it brings back memories!

IMG_5311 Books! Need I say more?

So now do you see what a pickle I’m in? Help! Which should I go for??

An awesome book lover’s find…

Today, on my last day of spending time with my boyfriend in Wales, we went to a huuuge shop called Vincent Davies (in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire). I love this shop. There’s all kinds of nicknacks and little treasures to be found here.

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I came across these amazing book bookends. They would look fab on my bookcase. I really wanted to buy them but I wouldn’t be able to fit them in my weekender bag. 😦 I also love the steampunk style cupboard that the bookends are sat on. I don’t think the shop makes deliveries outside of Wales which is such a shame as I really wanted that, too! Hmmm if only I could store it somewhere at my boyfriend’s house ….

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