TBR: Female Authors

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. So I was wondering what to post about and after realising that the majority of books I’ve read so far this year are written by men, I thought I’d share some books I want to read by women. Of the 29 authors I’ve read so far this year, only 9 of them are women, so I’ve got ten women authors on my TBR to share with you guys. The first five are new to me and the other five are authors I’ve already read one or more of their books, if that makes sense. Let’s get started.

 

 

That’s it for today. There are more female authors I could share but I thought 10 would be a good number to share. Have you guys read any books by these authors? Let me know if you have any recommendations for me. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Travelling with anxiety…

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. As you can see from the title this is going to be a non bookish post. Mental health is an important topic to me and so I wanted to chat about it with you guys today. I’ve been struggling with anxiety for quite a few years now and although I work on ways to improve myself, it can still can hard at times. So I wanted to talk about how I deal with my anxiety and since I’m going away I thought I’d talk about travelling with anxiety. I’ve tried diazepam as well as herbal remedies but none of them seemed to work. Instead I’ve had to find ways to manage it.
Although I love travelling and seeing new places, the process of getting there fuels a lot of anxiety for me. Normally we would fly to our destination but this year we’re having to do things a little differently. My dad had an eye operation and so he can’t fly, which means that we will be driving and catching ferries to get to Sicily. While flying is definitely more stressful for me, I’m not looking forward to being stuck in a car for a long time. For me, being stuck in one place with no way out isn’t very nice. I know we’re not flying this time but I wanted to make this post anyway. I think it is so important to have an open discussion about this.
Things that work for me:
  • Be organised – I make packing list and get things together in advance.
  • Music – listening to music helps me to settle into my headspace and hopefully shut out whatever is going on around me.
  • Organised bag – I like to have everything I need in my handbag, from my kindle to earphones to hand cream. I also like to have a stress ball with me because a lot of my anxiety manifests itself in fidgeting hands.
  • Remind myself that I’ve travelled quite a lot in the past and it’s always been fine
  • Stay hydrated
  • Use a stress ball – my anxiety tends to manifest itself into fidgety hand
  • Wear comfy clothing while travelling

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Top tips:
  • Do plenty of research on your destination
  • Travel during off peak season so it’s not super crowded
  • Travel with someone you trust
  • Don’t assume that your anxiety will hinder you
  • Have all important things (e.g. ID, documents, and credit cards) in one place
  • Make a packing list
  • Pack some of your favourite snacks
  • Distract yourself
  • Be kind to yourself and don’t push yourself too hard
  • Focus on your breathing, particularly if you are feeling very anxious
  • Try out meditation/breathing apps such as Headspace and Calm
  • Consult with a doctor and/or therapist
If you can figure out the reason behind your anxiety, because a better understanding of it will hopefully mean you can manage it better. Despite the fact that I’ve been lucky enough to travel to quite a few places in my life I still find it a very anxious experience. I’ve just found ways to come with it as best I can. What are your tips on travelling with anxiety? I hope you have a wonderful day and I will see you next time.
Pippa

Holiday TBR

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. You can probably already tell from the title that I’m going to be sharing my holiday TBR. On the day this is posted I will be making my way to Sicily with my family. I’m quite indecisive so choosing what books to take is always a bit of a long process :). Basically a lot of these are books on my e-reader that I haven’t read yet, because I don’t want to be carry around a load of books.

 

 

I wanted to have a variety of books with me, not just fantasy, because I do tend to stick to that genre :). I don’t know how many books I’ll actually get to but I wanted to make sure I won’t run out of books. I do have some other books on my e-reader, so I may get distracted by them. What books are on your TBR right now? That’s all I have for you guys today. I’ve never been to Sicily before so I’m looking forward to visiting it. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

5 sequels I haven’t read yet

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. As you can see from the title I’m going to be sharing some sequels I haven’t read yet, but really want to get to soon. Some of these I’m waiting for the paperback editions and others I just haven’t read yet. Let’s get started.

 

  • Hyena and the Hawk / book 3 in the Echoes of the Fallen series / Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • A Veil of Spears / book 3 in the Shattered Sand series / Bradley Beaulieu
  • Grey Sister / book 2 in the Book of the Ancestors series / Mark Lawrence
  • Wrath of Empire / book 2 in the Gods of Blood and Powder series / Brian McClellan
  • Assassin’s Fate / book 3 in the Fitz and the Fool trilogy / Robin Hobb

 

 

That’s all I have for today. Hopefully I can get to these sequels soon, because I need to know what happens next in these series. What sequels are on your TBR? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Favourite Fictional Places

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Today I have some more favourite fictional places to share you guys. There are so many I could talk about but I’ve limited myself to four for this post. I’ve done 2 other posts about my favourite fictional places so if you think I’ve missed any be sure to check out those posts too – part 1 and part 2. Some of these books don’t have maps of the world which is a bit of a shame because I love maps but each of these worlds are fantastically written and basically amazing. Let’s get started.

 

The world of The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi – this is such an interesting and vivid world that I love. I would love to see a map of this world and to see more of it.

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Buckkeep from the Realm of the Elderlings series by Robin Hobb – there are so many amazing places in the Six Duchies but I think my favourite is Buckkeep castle and the surrounding town.

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Ebora from the Winnowing Flame trilogy by Jen Williams – the once great city of the Eboran empire, this is one of my favourite places of this series. It is so well written. 

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Pellinor from the Pellinor series by Alison Croggon – Pellinor is a city within the world of Edil-Amarandh and is the place of Maerad’s (main character) birth.

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That’s all for today. Be sure to check out my other posts to find out about more of my favourite fictional places. What are some of your favourite fictional places? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

T5W: Favourite Buzz Words

Top 5 Wednesday was originally created and run by Lainey aka gingerreadslainey (Youtube channel) but it is now being run by Sam aka Thoughts on tomes (Youtube channel). Each week there is a different topic. You can check out the groups Goodreads page here for any more information and the future topics. This month is a Rewind month, so you can use any topic that you may have missed or just fancy doing. For this week I have chosen the topic of favourite buzz words – words used to describe a book that will make you want to buy it. These words aren’t a guarantee that I’ll read a book but they will definitely interest me in checking a book out. Let’s get started.

 

  1. East- Asian influences – I’m really interested in this area of the world and love reading books set in worlds inspired by it.
  2. Animal companion – need I say more
  3. Assassins – pretty self explanatory
  4. Blurb from one of my favourite authors
  5. Strong female protagonist – this doesn’t necessarily mean physically strong, just any woman who can take care of herself

 

There are more that I could mention but I think I’ll leave it at that for today. What are your favourite buzz words? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

 

It’s Monday… What are you reading?

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Today I’m going to talk about the books I am currently reading and maybe some I want to pick up next. We’re roughly half way through the month and I’ve managed to read 4 books already, one of which is a new favourite book. I’ve just started two books so I can’t really comment on them yet but I wanted to share it with you guys anyway.

 

So the two books I am reading are Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman and Heartstone by C. J. Sansom, which is the fifth book in the Shardlake series. As I said I’ve only just started them so I haven’t read more then a hundred pages for either.
I’ve heard so many good things about Neil Gaiman so I thought it was about time I tried one of his books. I didn’t really know where to start with his works but this one sounded fun so I decided to try it out. This edition also has illustrations which is cool. Next up I’m continuing on with the Shardlake series. I think the last book in the series was my favourite so far so I’m excited to see what happens next. I fully expect to love this book as much as I’ve loved the first four books in the series. I’ve also discovered there is a new book coming out in this series sometime this year which is exciting. I hope to finish both of these books by the end of the month. Some other books I’d like to get to soon include Circe by Madeleine Miller and Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.
That’s all I have for today’s post. Of course I’ll let you know my thoughts on all these books once I’ve read them. What are you guys currently reading? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? I’d love to know. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa