Transcribing and the Transcribathon

Supernatural & Natural Worlds

By Amy Powis

Three months ago, transcription was not something that I had ever heard of, yet here I am writing this blog post about my experience with it. How much can change in a short space of time! I was both interested and excited about learning transcription, the form of comprehending early modern handwriting, typing it phonetically into a specially designed website so that they can be preserved online, as original copies of primary sources are not normally something that I view. So getting to analyse and look at the recipe book in its original format was intriguing to me, as I could gain more knowledge about the subject especially the recipe in question.

Transcribing has many perks as these sources are then easier to access, meaning that the sources are easier to view by historians and people. There are specific websites to complete the transcription including Dromio

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Top 5 Wednesday: Side Characters That Deserve Their Own Series

It’s Wednesday so that means that it’s Top 5 Wednesday and this week’s topic is side characters that deserve their own series.  To find more about Top 5 Wednesday’s you can join the GoodReads group and discover the creator of the group Lainey. So let’s get started…

Number 5: Patrick from The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

The Perks of Being a WallflowerWhen I first read the Perks of Being A Wallflower, I feel in love with Patrick and I feel like Ezra Miller playing Patrick in the film increased my love for this character so I feel like I would read a book about him although I know it will never happen.  

Number 4: Minho from The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)I love all the side characters in the Maze Runner series more than the main characters like Teresa and Thomas.  This said I feel like I would rather read a book about Newt and Minho than another about Thomas. Hopefully, we will see more of them in The Fever Code but I have my doubts. 

Number 3: Jackal from The Immortal Rules

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)I love Jackal as a character as I feel like he keeps Allison in line and tells her when she is pining over Zeke in the entire series. Therefore I would love a prequel series with Jackal and would definitely like him to have his own book maybe how he became a vampire?   

Number 2: Puck from The Iron King 

The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)Another Julie Kagawa series on my list. This was the first series by her that I read and I fell in love with Puck as a character. He was the one who added the humour to the series and was just a fun character. I would happily read a whole book about him.  

Number 1: Simon Lewis from The Mortal Instruments series 

Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, #1)It is fair to say that Simon Lewis is my favourite character in the Mortal Instruments series, he is funny and has his nerdy side in which he loves anime. This one, however, is slightly cheating as there is the Shadowhunters Academy series coming out about Simon and I am so excited. Cassandra Clare must have had the same thoughts as I do. As you can see the whole list I go with the guy with a wittiness about him over looks. 


Honourable Mentions: 

Nick and Charlie

-Nick and Charlie from Solitaire– this one is kind of cheating as they have their own novella anyway which came out last week but they were one of the things that I loved about Solitaire and I really loved their relationship. 

-Tiny Cooper from Will Grayson, Will Grayson- again this one is also cheating as Tiny Cooper also has a book of his musical out but he was one of my favourite elements of Will Grayson.
What side characters do you think deserve their own series? Leave them in the comments below. 
See you soon, 
Amy

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Celebrate Diversity

It’s Tuesday which means that it is time for a Top Ten Tuesday post. I didn’t plan to do this feature on my blog but I have seen some book bloggers do it and I like the idea of this week’s feature which is books that celebrate diversity e.g. minority/religious minority groups, socioeconomic diversity, disabled MC, neurotypical characters, LGBTQ etc. The Top Ten Tuesday feature was created by The Broke and the Bookish and more about can be found here. Let’s get started…

 

1. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare 

Often with diverse books, you find that a lot of them are found in the contemporary section of YA reads but this is one of the only exceptions that I can think of. It does well to include LGBTQ+ characters and has characters of minority groups. 
2. Dead Ends by Erin Lange
Dead EndsDead Ends follows Dane who is a bully who meets a boy with Down’s Syndrome called Billy D and they try ad solve puzzles to do with each other lives but reach many a “dead end”. This is definitely a coming of age story that many more people need to read especially considering it has under 1000 rating on Goodreads
3. Every Day by David Levithan 
Every Day (Every Day, #1)This is a fantastic book about someone who every day lives in a different body. It follows as A wakes up in people of different races and different sexual orientation and it is a very interesting read. It is also good to note that David Levithan himself writes a lot of LGBTQ+ characters. 
4. Solitaire by Alice Oseman 
Solitaire
This book follows Tori Spring who follows the solitaire blog that is found around her school and tries to uncover the truth behind it. The story itself includes an LGBTQ+ couple in the form of Nick and Charlie and deals with mental health issues. 

5. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson 

I'll Give You the SunThis book follows twins Jude and Noah in alternative chapters in which Noah’s chapters before the event and Jude’s after. While trying to deal with the issues in this book, it also deals with Noah’s sexuality and overall is a great read. 
6.The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Perks of Being a WallflowerMost people know what this book is about considering it is popular and was made into a film a couple of years ago. However, if you don’t it follows Charlie who writes letters to the anonymous person in which he talks about his problems and friends including Patrick being one of the LGBTQ+ characters and Sam and can be quoted as one of my favourite books.  
7.Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor and Park tell the tale of two misfits set in the 80s who bond mainly due to the school bus that they take together. Park himself is obsessed with listening to music and comics and in of Asian descent and Eleanor is from a poor background which I find is uncommon in books that I tend to read. Apart from this, it is a generally wonderful read and again one of my favourites. 
8.The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)This is a post-apocalyptic vampire novel which has the main character from Asian decent… don’t think I need to say anymore
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeThis book follows the story of Christopher, a fifteen boy with autism who tries to find the murderer of his next door neighbour’s dog. This handles the issues well and is a book that deserves to be read by many. 
10. Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
Am I Normal Yet?This book focuses on mental health especially that of OCD and the idea of relapse with the mental illness. It is done beautifully so far and although I am only 160 pages in, I know that it is going to be one of my favourites of the year. I got an early copy from YALC so it is not out until the beginning of August. 
If you want to find out more about diverse books, an author James Dawson created a diverse book list which you can check out here
What are some of your favourite diverse books? Leave them in the comments below. 
See you soon 
Amy 

Book Unhaul

After the aftermath of YALC, where I bought too many books (book haul coming soon) I needed to have more shelf space so I decided to get rid of some books. Although I see the book unhaul quite often on booktube, I don’t think I have seen them regularly in the blog community however I thought I would still tell you what books I am getting rid of. So let’s get started…

1. Missing Me by Sophie Mckenzie 

Missing Me (Girl, Missing, #3)Although a Sophie Mckenzie fan, I don’t see myself getting to his book very soon. This is the final book in a trilogy and I don’t own any of the others and if I really want to read this book in the future then I can get it from the library it’s just, for now, I need the space for other books that I have just purchased. I also got this book for a pound and it was in hardcover and was more of an impulse buy.

2. Thirteen by Tom Hoyle

ThirteenAlthough I enjoyed this book when I read it, I didn’t enjoy the book that much to leave it on my shelf. Also, I do not see myself rereading it anytime soon or ever and someone could want this book more than I do.

3. The Awakening and The Struggle by L.J Smith

The Awakening and The Struggle (The Vampire Diaries, #1-2)Although I enjoyed these two books, I know that I am never going to reread them. I enjoy the TV show so much more than the books and these two books are taking space needed for the books I bought over the weekend.


4. My Love Lies Bleeding by Alyxandra Harvey 

Unlike the other books on this list, I really enjoyed it and do want to read the rest of the series but at this time there are a lot more books that I want to read and if I want to read the other books libraries are there for a reason.

5.Crave by Melissa Darnell

Crave (The Clann, #1)This is one of the books that I really didn’t like and I am not willing to keep. To me, this book could be a stand-alone and I don’t want it anymore. The only reason it has been staying on my bookshelf is the pretty spine and cover.


6.The Dark Horse by Marcus Sedgewick 

The Dark HorseI only got this book because it was free at Summer in The City, I liked Marcus Sedgewick so I picked up the book but I know I will not read this anytime soon. 

7. White Crow by Marcus Sedgewick 

White CrowI have read this book but like the other books, I don’t see myself reading it anytime soon.


8. Stealing Phoenix by Joss Stirling

Stealing Phoenix (Benedicts, #2)I have wanted to read Finding Sky by Joss Stirling but I only own the second book in this series and there are newer releases that I would favour over reading this series. 


9. The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles

The Kissing BoothIn the hype of last year’s YALC I purchased some more UKYA titles and this was one of them. Although I still want to read some of them Say Her Name by James Dawson and Trouble by Non Pratt, this is not one of them. I guess someone will enjoy this more than me. 


10. The Blessed by Tonya Hurley 

The Blessed (The Blessed, #1)
This book did look really good when I first got it, however, this is not a stand alone novel and I don’t really want to start this new series and I guess someone else will.

11. Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen

Lock and KeyMost people have read a Sarah Dessen book but I haven’t and I don’t think I will start yet as I have other books that I want to read more compared to this one.

Have you unhauled any books lately? If so what were they? Leave them in the comments below.

See you soon,

Amy

 

The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

I saw the Unpopular Opinion Tag on YouTube and thought it seemed like fun. It was created by The Book Archer and you can view it here. So let’s get started

1. A Popular Book or series that you didn’t like- Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Me and Earl and the Dying GirlAlthough I did enjoy this book, it didn’t live up to the hype that surrounded it. Everyone said that this was the best book they had ever read and I just didn’t feel like this. It just wasn’t the best book ever and I think I will prefer the film more than the movie as it has an indie feel which I know I will like. 

2. A Popular Book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love-Matched by Ally Condie and The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater

Matched (Matched, #1)I really enjoy the Matched series and everyone seems to hate Crossed which I seemed to love however if I read it now I don’t know how far I would agree…

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)The Wolves of Mercy Falls series was one of the first YA series that I read so it holds a special place in my heart and I really enjoy this series and everyone seems to champion the Raven Boys which is a series I enjoyed but again didn’t live up to the hype.

3. A Love Triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with OR an OTP that you don’t like- Wessa or Jessa

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)I preferred Jem to Will so I wanted Jem to be with Tessa but I guess that both get want they wanted…

4. A popular book genre that you hardly reach for-Classics

Pride and PrejudiceI just don’t like reading classics but I am trying to read more this year and hope to get into Jane Austen this year.

5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like-Gale Hawthorne by The Hunger Games 

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)I don’t know if he is really beloved but I am sure people like him, however, I find him whinny and just an irrelevant character. 

6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into- J.R.R Tolkien 

The Hobbit (Middle-Earth Universe)I read the Hobbit last year and it was just not my favourite book. It took me ages to read and I just didn’t really like it. I also read 100 pages of The Fellowship of the Ring and didn’t like it however I do want to read it so I am going to try a reread next month.
 

7. A popular book tropes that you’re tired of seeing. 

Delirium (Delirium, #1)I am tired of the gorgeous girl who finds herself unattractive but a boy finds her really attractive trope. I think that it is bad about girl’s self-confidence as it makes the reader who is mainly girls feel bad about themselves when no girl all the time has hate for their body. I don’t like how it is done in Delirium as Lena herself has two guys after her but still thinks she is unattractive.

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading- 50 Shades of Grey by E.L James

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)I really don’t want to read the book. It is erotica and that’s just not something that I really want to read ever. Just NO.

9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

The DUFF as I thought the film was done well in the fact that they used social media and it was a well done high school film, this is also one of those where the book just didn’t live up to the hype. 

The Spectacular Now, I didn’t like the ending to the book and they changed the ending which made it really good. It also had an indie feel which I liked.

Do you have any unpopular book opinions? If so, leave them in the comments below. 

See you soon, 

Amy

Top 5 Wednesday: Anticipated Pre-Orders for the Rest of the Year

It’s Wednesday so that means that it’s Top 5 Wednesday and this week’s topic is anticipated pre-orders for the rest of the year. However I don’t really pre-order books so these will be the ones that I am most excited about. To find more about Top 5 Wednesday’s you can join the goodreads group and discover the creator of the group Lainey. So let’s get started…

Number 5: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything
Published: 3rd September 2015

Plot from Goodreads:
Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window, and suddenly, a door opens. But does Maddie dare to step outside her comfort zone?Everything, Everything is about the thrill and heartbreak that happens when we break out of our shell to do crazy, sometimes death-defying things for love. 

This book has been on my TBR from the moment that I read the plot as it seemed very unique and like something that I have never read before and it helps that the book cover is very pretty. This has also got really good reviews from those who have already read it. I can’t wait for 3rd September!

Number 4: Winter by Marissa Meyer

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)
Published: 12th November 2015

Plot from Goodreads:
Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

I, like most people have fallen in loved with the Lunar Chronicles series, the characters, the plot, the writing and I can’t wait for what should be a very good finale.

Number 3: Alex & Ada Volume 3 by Jonathon Luna, Sarah Vaughn

Alex + Ada, Vol. 3
Published: 12th August 2015

Summary from Goodreads:
The last thing in the world Alex wanted was an X5, the latest in realistic androids. But after Ada is dropped into his life, he discovers she is more than just a robot. Alex takes a huge risk to unlock Ada so she can think for herself and explore life as a sentient android. As Alex and Ada spend more time together, they become closer. But as restrictions tighten on artificial intelligence, Ada feels unsure about her place in the world, and Alex questions being with an android. In this final arc, Alex and Ada struggle against the growing hatred for sentient robots and their human allies. Can they survive what’s around the corner?

I enjoyed the other two volume in this series and would love to see how the conclusion to this series turns out.

Number 2: The Iron Warrior by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Warrior (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #3)Published:19th November 2015

Plot from Goodreads:
The Iron Prince—my nephew—betrayed us all. He killed me. Then, I woke up.  Waking after a month on the brink of death, Ethan Chase is stunned to learn that the Veil that conceals the fey from human sight was temporarily torn away. Although humankind’s glimpse of the world of Faery lasted just a brief moment, the human world has been cast into chaos, and the emotion and glamour produced by fear and wonder has renewed the tremendous power of the Forgotten Queen. Now, she is at the forefront of an uprising against the courts of Summer and Winter—a reckoning that will have cataclysmic effects on the Nevernever. Leading the Lady’s Forgotten Army is Keirran himself: Ethan’s nephew, and the traitor son of the Iron Queen, Meghan Chase.To stop Keirran, Ethan must disobey his sister once again as he and his girlfriend, Kenzie, search for answers long forgotten. In the face of unprecedented evil and unfathomable power, Ethan’s enemies must become his allies, and the world of the fey will be changed forevermore.

I really enjoy Julie Kagawa as an author and I consider her one of my favourites so I am obviously going to read this one. I also really want to know how this series ends as the second book left on a cliffhanger so it’s fair to say I am excited about this book!!!

Number 1: The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Published: 27th August 2015

Plot from Goodreads:
What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend is worshiped by mountain lions. Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.

I am a massive fan of Patrick Ness’s work, enjoying More Than This which I read last year and The Knife of Never Letting Go and this is no exception. The plot summary to this sounds really good and I am really excited for it’s release.

Honourable Mentions

Am I Normal Yet?
-Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
Published:1st August 2015
Plot from Goodreads:
All Evie wants is to be normal. She’s almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the girl-who-went-crazy. She’s even going to parties and making friends. There’s only one thing left to tick off her list…But relationships are messy – especially relationships with teenage guys. They can make any girl feel like they’re going mad. And if Evie can’t even tell her new friends Amber and Lottie the truth about herself, how will she cope when she falls in love?

All of the Above-All Of The Above by James Dawson
Published: September 2015
Plot from Goodreads:
This is a funny and moving love story about friends, first loves and self-discovery by Queen of Teen 2014. When sixteen-year-old Toria Bland arrives at her new school she needs to work out who her friends are in a crazy whirl of worry, exam pressure and anxiety over fitting in. Things start looking up when Toria meets the funny and foul-mouthed Polly, who’s the coolest girl that Toria has ever seen. Polly and the rest of the ‘alternative’ kids take Toria under their wing. And that’s when she meets the irresistible Nico Mancini, lead singer of a local band – and it’s instalove at first sight! Toria likes Nico, Nico likes Toria, but then there’s Polly…love and friendship have a funny way of going round in circles.

One-One by Sarah Crossan
Published: 26th August 2015
Plot from Goodreads:
Grace and Tippi are twins – conjoined twins. And their lives are about to change.
No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world – a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends? And what about love?But what neither Grace or Tippi realises is that a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead. A decision that could tear them apart. One that will change their lives even more than they ever imagined…From Carnegie Medal shortlisted author Sarah Crossan, this moving and beautifully crafted novel about identity, sisterhood and love ultimately asks one question: what does it mean to want and have a soulmate?


Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)-Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Published: 29th September 2015
Plot from Goodreads:
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
 


The Next Together-The Next Together by Lauren James
Published: 3rd September 2015
Plot from Goodreads:
How many times can you lose the person you love? Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated. Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace? Maybe the next together will be different…

What are your most anticipated pre-order for the rest of the year? Leave them in the comments below.

See you soon,

Amy

Cramathon Wrap Up

So the cramathon is nearly over so here is my wrap up. Cramathon went from the July 10th at 12 AM-midnight (your time zone) – July 13th at 11:59 PM (your timezone) and was hosted by whittynovels. Although the cramathon does not finish until tonight, I don’t see myself reading anything else.The were challenges to the readathon so let’s get started to see if I completed them…

1.Read a children’s book: A Bear called Paddington


A Bear Called Paddington (Paddington, #1)I enjoyed reading this as it took me back to my childhood and was an enjoyable read, however, I thought that each chapter was like an individual story rather than it mounting to a novel in its own right. It was still a 4-star read. I, however, didn’t read Harry Potter as I wasn’t feeling it.

2. Read a hardback: Death House by Sarah Pinborough

The Death House
I really enjoyed this book, I went into it not knowing anything about it, thinking that it was more of a horror when in reality it was a contemporary. Although not knowing about it, in my experience made it better and I really loved it, the characters were very good, as well as an entertaining plot with a twist ending. I also really enjoyed the writing of the book. It is definitely one of my favourites of the year.

3. Read 2 books in 24 hours

I read both A Bear called Paddington, Nimona and On the Beach at Night Alone on the first day of the readathon.

4. Read a graphic novel: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

NimonaAfter really enjoying Noelle Stevenson drawings in Fangirl, I was really excited for her to release her own graphic novel and the premise really attracted me to the read. I did really enjoy it as her artwork has this unpolished feel which I really liked. I also liked the plot of the story and quickly fell in love with the characters especially Nimona herself.

5. Read a book written in verse: On the Beach at Night Alone by Walt Whitman

Image result for little black classics walt whitman
Although not a great lover of all things poetry, I did really enjoy this but I don’t know if I would buy a whole anthology of this poems but this short snippet was enjoyable.

6. Read a novella: The Assassins Blade by Sarah J Maas

The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5)
First of all, I didn’t read all of this book, I just read the first novella which was the Assassin and the Pirate Lord and I really liked it as I gave this a 5 stars rating rather than the 4 stars that I gave Throne of Glass as I didn’t think that it lived up to the hype. I did, however, warm up to Celaena as a character and I enjoyed the new characters introduced to us like Sam. I also enjoyed Maas’s writing and the plot of the story.

7. Read 5 books total

I did read a total of 6 books but I am in the middle of two books one of which I may read tonight and they are…

Muirwood: The Lost Abbey by Jeff Wheeler

Muirwood: The Lost Abbey (Kindle Serial) (Legends of Muirwood)I enjoyed this graphic novel but it was not the best one I have read but I did enjoy the characters and the art work and do want to know what happens in the next issue as this was only the first issue.

Currently reading:

The Beautiful Cassandra by Jane Austen

Image result for jane austen the beautifull cassandraThis so far is a nice introduction to Jane Austen as I am enjoying the short stories inside, this is also making me want to read more of her work such as Pride and Prejudice by her.

Take Back The Skies by Lucy Saxon

Take Back the Skies (Take Back the Skies, #1)I am enjoying this so far and I don’t think that I will finish it before tomorrow but I can always hope…

Did you take part in the cramathon? What did you read? Leave them in the comments below.

See you soon,

Amy