Wednesday, 9 April 2014

What's Up Wednesday - Miss Cole Returns :D

Okay, I'm home and I'm no longer jetlagged, so it's time to rejoin the lovely people at What's Up Wednesday :D You can join in at Jaime and Erin's blogs!

What I'm Reading

I've read quite a few things since I last posted, so I'll do a neat summary:

Sabriel by Garth Nix - Great, as always
Echo Burning by Lee Child - Okay, but not my favourite of the Jack Reacher series.
The Diviners by Libba Bray- WOW
A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz- Meh
Angelfall by Susan Ee - *headdesk*
Genesis by Bernard Beckett- Ooooooh!

And now I'm reading The Archived by Victoria Schwab. So far, so intriguing...

What I'm Writing

Trucking along nicely with my new WiP and Camp NaNo :D I even wiped my big white board clean and started new notes for this book. I got a bit emotional as I obliterated the notes I'd left up there from Colony's early drafts.  Feels like a big step to be taking...

What Else I'm Up To

As always, the two weeks I spent in the US with my amazing friend and her family just wasn't enough.  But we had a great time hanging out and eating all the food.

Pictured: Food

I also went on quite the Barnes and Noble binge.  In fact, when I returned home to England, my suitcase was just 2lbs under the 50lb limit XD

Preeeeeeeetty!

What Inspires Me

I am loving the Petshop Boys right now.  Ladies and gentlemen, travel back in time with me to the land of 1980s music videos...


It's nice to be back. Hope you all have a great week! :D

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  1. Glad you had a good trip, Cole, and also that you're joining us for WUW again! I can see how you'd feel emotional about wiping your notes away. That would be so tough after all that work! In many ways I'm not looking forward to moving on from working on my trilogy, so good for you for taking that big next step! That's quite the impressive book haul you lugged home! Enjoy all that reading and working on your Camp NaNo project!

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    1. Thanks, Erin. I really missed you all ^_^

      I love Barnes and Noble and never manage to not buy huge quantities of books.

      Good luck with the trilogy :D Moving on to new things is exciting!

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  2. Yay on a great trip. Love the books. I plan to go to the USA May 2015 for RT and I plan to have my luggage will be filled with books. It will the first time I have been so far overseas. '

    Have a good week.

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    1. The US is amazing. I love it over there. Hope your trip over there next year will be great!

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  3. Glad to have you back, and glad you had a fun adventure. :)

    I need to read The Diviners, I've heard it's great. But awww, you didn't like Angelfall? But--but--Penryn!

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    1. The Diviners is the rarest of creatures - a book that lived up to the hype.

      No, I really didn't like Angelfall because of the instalove and then that whole end section in San Francisco. I kept hoping against hope there wouldn't be romance... and I'll stop there before I go on some kind of epic rant :p

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  4. Yay for no longer being jetlagged!

    Wow, that's a lot of books!

    That cake looks scrumptious!

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    1. Yay indeed ^_^

      The cheesecake tasted as amazing as it looks. I could really go for another slice right now.

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  5. Welcome back! That cheesecake or whatever it is looks divine.

    And I hear you on the bringing books home from vacation front. The last time I was in England, I did exactly what you did and loaded up with books. I actually had to sit in the middle of Heathrow with two unzipped suitcases, transferring books from this case to that and back again, trying to make sure both made the weight limit. Ah, books. :)

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    1. Thanks! It's cheesecake and definitely divine ^_^

      I've had to do that, too... only for my flight to be cancelled :P

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  6. Glad you had a great time! I know I'd need to leave room in my suitcase for a ton of books if I went to the States. Glad Camp NaNo's going well, too! Moving onto a new project is a big step!

    Hope you enjoy The Archived! It was one of my top reads last year!

    Have a great week!

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    1. The scary thing is I packed lightly knowing I'd be bringing a lot home... Clearly I need to pack nothing in the future :P

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  7. YUM Oreo cheesecake, no? :-) And I know the feeling, my hubby always tries to prevent too many trips to B&N when we go to the US...Hope you enjoy THE ARCHIVED, I have it on my TBR :-) Cheering you on for your WiP?

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    1. YUM indeed. I wish Cheesecake Factory would open in the UK.

      Thanks!

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  8. Mmm...all the food :)

    That Petshop Boys song makes me nostalgic, I can remember hearing it constantly when I was a kid. It still holds up as a great song!

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    1. Mmmmm ^_^

      It's an amazing song. It's a great piece of 80s nostalgia.

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  9. I totally forgot your were in the US. Glad you had a good time! Trips like this are never long enough, are they? Sounds like you got a lot of reading time in, so that's cool. I still haven't read SABRIEL, but I'm pretty certain that's something I need to do sometime soon. I've heard only good things about it. Awesome that your new WiP is coming along nicely. Glad to have you back, Cole. Happy to hear your jetlag is gone!

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    1. Never ever long enough. If only I could temporarily stop time :P

      READ SABRIEL NOW! NOOOOOOOW!!!!!

      Cheers! It's good to be back ^_^

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  10. I need to go on a B&N binge, seriously. I'm going through withdrawal. glad you had fun during your visit, and the food looks scrum-didili-umptious. What doesn *head desk* mean with Angelfall? I sort of love the series and am curious as to what you think :)

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    1. I'm not allowing myself to buy more books until I've read all those books :P

      I was just super disappointed in the direction the book went. I was really hoping they'd be equals somehow, learning something from each other, but the romance really didn't work for me. I couldn't get the idea of Stockholm Syndrome out of my head, because the romance had no real depth or meaning to it. Basically, instalove is almost always a turn off for me. And I really think I need to stop reading dystopians ^^;

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  11. I'm glad you had a good trip. It sounds like you got a lot of reading done while you were traveling too. Good luck with your new project. Have a great week!

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  12. New notes replacing old notes, sounds exciting! You're moving forward, and that means progress. Congrats on that milestone!

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    1. It is exciting, but for a moment part of me really struggled to let go ^^; Thanks so much for your kind words.

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  13. Wow! You've been really reading a ton, and your new books look fantastic. So did the cake (Now, I want cake :) ) Glad you got a little vacation time.

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    1. The cake was amazing. Can't go to the US and not go to The Cheesecake Factory ;)

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  14. I love Sabriel! I'd like to read The Diviners and The Archived, but I've got enough to read already! :s

    Good luck with your WIP and Camp NaNo, and have a lovely week! :)

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    1. They're definitely two books to add to your TBR :D

      Thanks!

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  15. I grew up listening to The Pet Shop Boys so what a flashback!
    I thought The Diviners was aweomse. Libba Bray is sooo good at all the characters and the historical aspect.
    The Archived was good too. I'm currently waiting for the second book from my library. Although it wasn't an edge of your seat read for me, I really like the concept.

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    1. Happy to provide a flashback :D

      Isn't she? The whole book was just so alive with the detail and I just loved it! Really looking forward to the ext one.

      You're right - I'm reading The Archived quite slowly. It's a book to savour rather than race through.

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  16. I really need to read THE DIVINERS. I've heard great things. I liked THE ARCHIVED. I wanted to love it, but it was a slow read for me. The concept was wonderful though.

    Oh, the cheesecake! That looks so delicious!

    Digging on the Pet Shop Boys, too. I'm all nostalgic now for my 80s music.

    Have a great week!

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    1. You dooooo! It's such an amazing book :D

      80s music is so good. They don't make it like they used to ^_^

      Thanks, and you :D

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  17. OMG - LOVE The Pet Shop Boys! And what a book haul! And dessert! Sounds like you had a great week!

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    1. It was a great time indeed, thanks ^_^

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  18. So you didn't like ANGELFALL? Is that what *headdesk* means? I seriously loved it. I also loved that pic of Oreo cheesecake! Yum.

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    1. Yup, found it to be a real letdown. Oh well, that's life.

      The Oreo cheesecake is a thing of true wonder ^_^

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  19. I LOVE SABRIEL SO MUCH.

    My friend's friend from Ireland came to visit, and we took him to all the places to eat in town, because that's basically all there is to do here. He was a big fan of brunch. On an unrelated note, I really want cheesecake now.

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    1. SO DO I! Lirael is my favourite of the trilogy though. I really related to her when I read that book the first time through :)

      Brunch is a wonderful invention that my friend and I enjoyed many times :D

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  20. I gave you a wave from Eastern NC--did you see me? ;) I'm glad you had a good time over here. Trips like that are never long enough, but it looks like you made the most of your time (i.e., good eats and a stack of books). :)

    I'm glad you made it back safe and sound. Have a wonderful week! :)

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    1. I did ;) And yes, the most was definitely made of the time. Can't wait to be back on your side of the pond as soon as I can :D

      Thanks, Colin. You too!

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  21. Both THE DIVINERS and SABRIEL are on my TBR list! I loved the KEYS TO THE KINGDOM series. And, oh, Pet Shop Boys! Whoo- there's a blast from the past! Have a great week!

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    1. And they will both be very enjoyable reads, yay! :D

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  22. Eee, so many awesome books! And foooood. Food is my favorite. I'm curious what your response to Susan Ee's Angelfall is about though XD

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    1. Food is amazing and there's so much wonderful stuff in the US ^_^

      I headdesked because I personally can't be doing with that kind of romance. I just wanted the book to go in a different direction and... oh well!

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  23. Gotta love Sabriel. <3 And I'm glad you had a good visit to the states! Please accept a belated welcome from me. :D (PS--is that Cheesecake factory I spy? Hmmm on second thought maybe it isn't quite as huge as their pieces. Hard to tell.)

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    1. Thank you ^_^ You're right, definitely Cheesecake Factory :D Can't visit the US without stopping off there.

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  24. I've heard such great things about Angelfall, but I haven't read it yet...guess I should come into it with eyes wide open. Thanks for sharing the rest of your reading list!

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    1. I know, which is why I picked it up, but it really wasn't my cup of tea.

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