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Wednesday 31 October 2012

Full title and cover for ZOM-B 3 revealed!

Just yesterday I reviewed the fantastic Zom-B by Darren Shan, and what a beauty of a book it is! The second in the planned series of 12, Zom-B Underground, is due January 2013, but today Mr. Shan has a special Halloween treat for us all! The announcement of the title and the revelation of yet another fantastic cover to add to his collection!

It's called Zom-B City, and it actually comes out in March 2013, so not much of a gap between Underground and itself, all the better as that wait should hopefully go quite quickly!

Anyway, now feast your eyes upon the cover!!!

A zombie clown. With an eye for a nose. Incredible! Cannot wait to read it!

Tuesday 30 October 2012

ZOM-B by Darren Shan [Review]

Written by: Darren Shan.
Published by: Simon and Schuster.
Format: Hardback.
Released: 27th September 2012.
Rating: 4.5/5.

Official synopsis: "Zom-B is a radical new series about a zombie apocalypse, told in the first person by one of its victims. The series combines classic Shan action with a fiendishly twisting plot and hard-hitting and thought-provoking moral questions dealing with racism, abuse of power and more. This is challenging material, which will captivate existing Shan fans and bring in many new ones. As Darren says, "It's a big, sprawling, vicious tale...a grisly piece of escapism, and a barbed look at the world in which we live. Each book in the series is short, fast-paced and bloody. A high body-count is guaranteed!"

 First off, I would like to make it very clear that I am a little annoyed at Mr. Shan. Not because Zom-B is bad. Bad it most certainly is not. But because he's made it so damn hard to review! Practically anything I say is going to spoil the book. Damn you, Shan! Why do you write something so freaking amazing but make it so freaking hard to talk about without spoiling those moments of shock and confusion that make the said book all the more amazing?! Gah!

Zom-B is the first book in a planned series of 12! Yes, that's right. 12 books. 11 to follow, each one published three months after the last. But fear not. Shan is not afraid of writing long series. Cirque Du Freak stretched to twelve books, and his best series so far in my opinion, The Demonata was crafted into ten amazing books. They're quite short. I believe this book is just over 200 pages (I read it on my Kindle so went on the percentage...) but what they lack in size, they make up for in punch.

The book kicks of pretty darn gory. Zombies are attacking a remote village in Ireland. Word spreads. And whilst people are speculating it was a publicity stunt, nothing more, there is always doubt there. The asking of, what if? Life goes on as normal for those outside of the village, and the book tones down on the gore, but something else comes to the foreground. Racism. I'd read the synopsis and saw that racisim is a theme in the series, but I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting it to be like this. It is quite strong in places but it is placed so well and written in such a way that you can't decide whether B, the main character here, is being series or not, or if they're just agreeing with their ogre of a father. That's all I'm going to say on the matter because there is oh so much more.

And the twist! That twist. A massive one, right near the end. I'd heard it mentioned. On twitter, and in other reviews, and Mr. Shan himself tweeted me when I said I was reading the book that all is not as it seems and boy was he not kidding. In fact, when the twist occurred (I'd say 10% before the end on my old Kindle) I actually wondered if it was a typo and read it a couple of times. Huh... that doesn't make sense. What? No. Come of it. That can't be right... I kept reading and lo and behold, it was indeed correct. Well I'll be damned! Totally didn't see it coming and it actually made me feel a bit funny inside. A bit shocked. Brilliant stuff, I'd say.

I have to say aswell, that I love the drawings placed throughout the story. They don't detract from the action like I had feared they would. Anything but. They add to it. Highlighting scenes, characters, blood. In fact, some of my favourite scenes were captured and it was great to imagine them, but also to be able to visualise them with the fantastic illustrations by a man called Warren Pleece.

And the conclusion... ARGH! I CAN'T SAY A WORD! JUST... ARGH! I want book two, Zom-B Underground right now! Shame it's not out until the 3rd January. Such a long wait! One thing is for sure though, if it's anything like this first instalment it will be well and truly worth the wait!

Thanks Mr. Shan for such an awesome read. Here's to another 11!

Monday 29 October 2012

Oblivion by Anthony Horowitz [Review]

Written by: Anthony Horowitz/
Published by: Walker.
Format: Hardback.
Released: 4th October 2012.
Rating: 5/5.

Official synopsis: "Having escaped from Hong Kong, the Five Gatekeepers - Matt, Pedro, Scott, Jamie and Scarlett - are scattered in a hostile and dangerous world. As they struggle to re-group and plan their next move, the malevolent King of the Old Ones gathers his forces in Oblivion: a desolate landscape where the last survivors of humanity must fight the ultimate battle."


When you are dedicated to a series for so long, from start to finish as it were, the end is always such a bitter-sweet moment. You're looking for a great conclusion, all the threads of the story brought together, and tied in a pretty little bow so that it all makes sense. You want a sense of closure, both for yourself and for the characters. But then it is also a sad occasion, as you know the characters you love so much are all about to be left behind, no more adventures, you've reached the end of the line. Oblivion is such a book for me. I remember reading Raven's Gate when it first come out, way back in 2005. I'd always loved Anthony's work, and while I enjoyed the Alex Rider series, Raven's Gate really got me going, it got me excited, and I loved it. For me, The Power of Five is a fantastic body of work - all five books - and is easily the best thing Anthony has written.

From the start of Oblivion, it is clear that the world as we know it is gone, and the world as it stands now, albeit ten years in the future, is hanging in only by a thread. Things are changing and at a rapid pace. Economies have crumbled and fallen away, governments have been extinguished, chaos reigns, and indeed Chaos, King of the Old Ones does indeed reign. There's no order any more, and things are only getting worse. The Five appear, ten years later, scattered to the four corners of the globe, further apart than they ever have been before. But weren't they just in Hong Kong? How can they now be all over the world, and have skipped the last ten years?

Oblivion itself poses many questions. Both regarding the series and it's characters, and on a wider scale. It's a tale of pure destruction. A tale of human self-destruction. Man turns on man in Oblivion. The Old Ones themselves initiate it, but this book is very clever in the way that it shows human behaviour and we can see that when faced with horror, we as a race, a species, fall. The book has really touched a nerve with me and made me think big time. Big time! I'll be honest, I like order. I like knowing what's going on, where I'm going and when, what time I have to be there, why I'm going somewhere, and so on. So the world that we're presented with within Oblivion terrifies me. I hate the thought of the End of the World. Just as much as everyone else does, right? When I knew this book would be just that, the End of the World, it did scare me a little before I even sat down to read it. But it's in a far more subtle  and I want to say terrifying, way. Anthony has obviously put so much thought into this book it's unreal. There are so many parallels to what is going on in our own world today - and this for me only made the book all the more effective. The book has a real message and one that shouldn't be shied away from.

And at 668 pages it is pretty damn epic. It's really hard not to say anything which is going to spoil it. By now, it's the fifth in the series, so much has happened, and is in the process of happening when you start the book, that pretty much anything I say will spoil it. So, thanks Anthony for making this book so damn hard to review!

What I can say is that it is beautifully written. I've always been a fan of Anthony's, so his style and well loved in my eyes, but even I did wonder if nearly 700 pages was too much? He's said himself, it's his biggest, longest, and most ambitious body of work ever. And you know what? It's perfect. I wouldn't change it in any way. Not at all...

Well, that is a lie. The concluding scenes, set in Oblivion itself, in the frozen wastes of Antarctica, are stunning, both visually and superbly written, but I felt that because they were so action packed and well written, they seemed to flash by. I was left battered and bruised by what was going on, and I just sat there in a daze. I loved that section so much I read it again before actually going on to finish the remaining pages of the book. Yes, I'd of liked that section to of been a bit longer - but Anthony... wow! You have done yourself proud. Stunning.

I'm going to finish this review before I do spoil anything, so I'll finish it like this. Please, whatever you do, do not let this extra-ordinary series pass you by. In a world at the moment that is filled with paranormal romance, yada yada yada, I do feel that truly amazing pieces of work, like this series, go amiss. I implore you to please, just pick up Raven's Gate, and see what I mean. This series is so intoxicating, so rich, that it just blows you away. Just do it. Please. 

My thanks to the awesome Paul at Walker, for my copy!

P.S... And can I just say, wow, well done to the Walker design team. The book is a stunning thing to look at. I love how the cover actually glistens like snow. Beautiful!


Saturday 27 October 2012

Spooky Reads - Recommendations this Halloween!

October, and in fact autumn and winter in general, is the perfect time of year to snuggle up and read a good book. And there are plenty out there. But at this time of year in particular, around Halloween, a good spooky, often scary, read is just what the doctor ordered. Something to get your adrenaline going, get you scared, make you jump, or even squeal.

Today I'm going to be highlighting some books that I think you should all add to your Halloween/Spooktastic reading lists! First off, I haven't read all of these books. One is next on my to read pile and I shall be making a start this weekend... so here we go...

(Please note, for your ease, I have linked the titles to Amazon. Just click, and away you go!)

Zom-B by Darren Shan.
One that I haven't read yet but cannot wait to start. I've heard nothing but praise for this and with zombies, it's perfect for Halloween. Apparently, it's gory as hell, but what else do you expect from Mr. Shan? The cover says it all. The master of horror! The first in a twelve book saga, it sounds like one to miss at your own peril!

Official synopsis: "Zom-B is a radical new series about a zombie apocalypse, told in the first person by one of its victims. The series combines classic Shan action with a fiendishly twisting plot and hard-hitting and thought-provoking moral questions dealing with racism, abuse of power and more. This is challenging material, which will captivate existing Shan fans and bring in many new ones. As Darren says, "It's a big, sprawling, vicious tale...a grisly piece of escapism, and a barbed look at the world in which we live. Each book in the series is short, fast-paced and bloody. A high body-count is guaranteed!"

 Oblivion by Anthony Horowitz.
The finale in the epic The Power of Five series, this book is equal parts horror and awesome. From start to finish it is a rollercoaster as you see the complete and utter destruction upon the world, wrecked by the Old Ones. A stunning conclusion, my full review is coming next week, but make sure you check out the book itself, weighing in a hefty, and justifiable, 672 pages. And of course the first four books in the series, Raven's Gate, Evil Star, Nightrise and Necropolis!

Official synopsis: "Having escaped from Hong Kong, the Five Gatekeepers - Matt, Pedro, Scott, Jamie and Scarlett - are scattered in a hostile and dangerous world. As they struggle to re-group and plan their next move, the malevolent King of the Old Ones gathers his forces in Oblivion: a desolate landscape where the last survivors of humanity must fight the ultimate battle."

 The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker.
It's dark, creepy, and there are the Weepers - I can't even desribe the fear that they struck in me when I read the book late last year. And with the release of the second book, The Life Beyond just beyond the horizon, March 2013, there's no better time than now to pick up the first instalment!

Official synopsis: "The Other Life: who we were before the virus. How we'll never be again. It's been 3 years, 1 month, 1 week and 6 days since Sherry has seen daylight. When things went wrong up above, she was sealed off from the world in a bunker with her family. But when they run out of food, Sherry and her dad must venture outside. There they find devastation, desolation...and the Weepers: savage mutant killers. When her dad is snatched, Sherry joins forces with gorgeous but troubled Joshua - an Avenger, determined to destroy the Weepers. But can Sherry keep her family and Joshua safe, when his desire for vengeance threatens them all? The seeds of first love are sown amongst the death and destruction of a nightmare future in this incredible debut novel. Beautifully formed and gut-wrenchingly gripping, it's essential reading."

The second book in what is already shaping up to be a fantastic series, it is a big book, coming in at just over 700 pages, but boy is it worth it. It packs a massive punch, and there are buckets of blood, guts and gore to keep you entertained the whole way through. Again, the timing is perfect for you to pick up both the first book, simply Department 19, and The Rising, because the third book, Battle Lines, is due in March, so get on it! What are you waiting for?

Official synopsis: "The pulse-pounding sequel to DEPARTMENT 19 – “The best action horror story I have ever read” according to Bookzoneforboys… 91 DAYS TILL ZERO HOUR. THAT'S 91 DAYS TO RUN. 91 DAYS TO HIDE. OR 91 DAYS TO PRAY FOR DEPARTMENT 19 TO SAVE YOU… After the terrifying attack on Lindisfarne at the end of the first book, Jamie, Larissa and Kate are recovering at Department 19 headquarters, waiting for news of Dracula’s stolen ashes. They won’t be waiting for long. Vampire forces are gathering. Old enemies are getting too close. And Dracula… is rising."

Unrest by Michelle Harrison.
Hands down, this is perhaps the most un-nerving, terrifying books I have read this year, if not in a long time. The chills I got when reading this - it's insane! I can't even desribe it. Just... go. Get it. It's got ghosts. Enough said! Michelle, you're a genius! But you did stop me from sleeping. Thanks, thanks a bunch!

Official synopsis: "Seventeen-year-old Elliott hasn't slept properly for six months. Not since the accident that nearly killed him. Now he is afraid to go to sleep. Sometimes he wakes to find himself paralysed, unable to move a muscle, while shadowy figures move around him. Other times he is the one moving around, while his body lies asleep on the bed. According to his doctor, sleep paralysis and out of body experiences are harmless - but to Elliot they're terrifying. Convinced that his brush with death has opened up connections with the spirit world, Elliott secures a live-in job at one of England's most haunted locations, determined to find out the truth. There he finds Sebastian, the ghost of a long-dead servant boy hanged for stealing bread. He also meets the living, breathing Ophelia, a girl with secrets of her own. She and Elliott grow closer, but things take a terrifying turn when Elliott discovers Sebastian is occupying his body when he leaves it. And the more time Sebastian spends inhabiting a living body, the more resistant he becomes to giving it back. Worse, he seems to have an unhealthy interest in Ophelia. Unless Elliott can lay Sebastian's spirit to rest, he risks being possessed by him for ever, and losing the girl of his dreams..."

So, there you go. Whatever you decide to read this Halloween, even if it isn't scary at all, happy reading!

Friday 26 October 2012

Cover art for Jack Sampsoite 2 (Title too long to say, let alone fit here...)

Tom Clempson won the award last year for the longest title for a YA book, and quite possibly work of literature ever, last year. And 2013 will see him once again come in and smash those records. I'll take a deep breath before I say it...

One Seriously Messed-Up Weekend in the Otherwise Un-Messed-Up Life of Jack Sampsonite... Phew, let me just have a breather... Wow... Thats 12 whole words. 84 characters. 23 (I think...) syllables... Crazy! It's due in March and it sounds awesome...

"Jack Samsonite's Foolish Plan for Being Amazing at Everything(including getting a life, getting into Film School, and getting into a girl's knickers)1.Make an amazing(ly bad) short film about zombies . . . or maybe superheroes . . . or just three idiot friends. It has to be deep and meaningful and (most importantly) has to have a scene where I kiss a girl on the mouth.2.Write the world's best university application ever! (Or at least one that doesn't make me seem like a nob).3.Don't get expelled trying to complete 1 & 2.It can't possibly fail . . . right?!
Right? Awesome! Can't wait, and the cover has been unveiled... Check it out!

Great. Everything is shaping up nicely! If it's anything like the first book, One Seriously Messed-Up Week in the Otherwise Mundane and Uneventful Life of Jack Sampsonite, then it's sure to be a winner as far as I am concerned!

Thursday 25 October 2012

Title and artwork for Insignia Book 2!

Argh! July 2013 is too far away, man! The title and cover art for the second Insignia book by S.J. Kincaid have just been released and boy am I excited! Vortex comes out July next year and it looks like this...

It's blue!!!!! My favourite colour! And it looks freaking awesome! Check out the blurb which was also revealed just moments ago!

The impossible was just the beginning. Now in their second year as superhuman government weapons-in-training at the Pentagonal Spire, Tom Raines and his friends are mid-level cadets in the elite combat corps known as the Intrasolar Forces. But as training intensifies and a moment arrives that could make or break his entire career, Tom’s loyalties are again put to the test. 
Encouraged to betray his ideals and friendships for the sake of his country, Tom is convinced there must be another way. And the more aware he becomes of the corruption surrounding him, the more determined he becomes to fight it, even if he sabotages his own future in the process. 
Drawn into a power struggle more dramatic than he has ever faced before, Tom stays a hyperintelligent step ahead of everyone, like the exceptional gamer he is—or so he believes. But when he learns that he and his friends have unwittingly made the most grievous error imaginable, Tom must find a way to outwit an enemy so nefarious that victory seems hopeless. Will his idealism and bravado cost him everything—and everyone that matters to him?
Filled with action and intelligence, camaraderie and humor, the second book in S.J. Kincaid’s futuristic World War III Insignia trilogy continues to explore fascinating and timely questions about power, politics, technology, loyalty, and friendship.

I cannot wait!

Monday 22 October 2012

Cover revealed for The Life Beyond!

Last year, Susanne Winnacker's debut novel, The Other Life, was one of. Y favourite books I'd read! Released earlier this year, Susanne is now gearing up for the release of the second book, The Life Beyond, which is due out March 2013! And the countdown is officially underway right now, wight the release of the cover art!

Amazing! Cannot wait to read it!

Saturday 6 October 2012

News: New Becca Fitzpatrick book

There are just a few short weeks to go until the worldwide release of Finale, the fourth and final book (ironically, given the title...) in Becca Fitzpatrick's hugely acclaimed Hush, Hush series. And now, it's been announced that we can expect a new book from Becca published sometime in the next few years (I'm not sure if a date is out there yet, but my guess will be Autumn 2013?). It's called Black Ice, and it sounds like this...

BLACK ICE is a riveting stand-alone psychological thriller that takes place against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Seventeen-year-old Britt Pfeiffer has been training to backpack the crest of the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two occupants—who then take her hostage. In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off into the storm, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. But the task isn't as straightforward as it seems. Finding one chilling piece of evidence after another, Britt uncovers the truth about a series of murders that have taken place in the region…and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target. 
 Ooh! Sounds good. And here's a pic of Becca holding the contract she's just signed with longtime publisher Simon and Schuster, in order for the book to be published!

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling [Review]

Written by: J.K. Rowling.
Published by: Little Brown.
Format: Hardback.
Released: 27th September 2012.
Rating: 4/5.

Official synopsis: "When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty fa├žade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other."

I'll be honest, I am completely and utterly at a loss with how on Earth to start this review. So much build up. So much anticipation. Months of waiting after it was announced. And five years of waiting to see what J.K. Rowling, the best selling author of our life time, and indeed ever I do believe, would do next. And it all boils down to this. The Casual Vacancy. Set, in a FICTIONAL town (this point needs to be made clear, press reports of towns being angry that they believe it is set there after the events that take place are ludicrous and pathetic, in my view, get a grip!) called Pagford in the South West of England, all is not well behind closed doors. While the inhabitants of Pagford would like to believe that their lives are perfect, well lived and in some cases of the utmost importance in the day to day life of their town, all is not as it appears on the surface. Like with all human beings, there are cracks, just waiting for the opportunity to burst open and show the ugly truth of it all. The catalyst for these cracks spreading? The death of poor old Barry Fairbrother.

Now, I'll be perfectly honest. JK could write down her shopping list (Tea bags, sugar, eggs, milk, butter, pens and paper) and I would rush out to purchase it, regardless of its subject matter and length. However, that is not to say that she is without fault. None of us are perfect, right? The Casual Vacancy is completely different to what I expected. To what most of us expect, I have no doubt. What was billed as blackly comic, there is barely an ounce of comedy here. Yes there are moments, I'd chuckle and need a moment before I could go back to the story, but what we have here is a dark, dangerous and at times, downright depressing book. My feelings on the book as a whole are very mixed.

JK herself has said that is no beach read and she is completely right. Now there will be no spoilers, as I know, if it'd been spoilt for me there'd be hell to pay. So I'm not going to say anything that Jo herself hasn't already said. Here we have a tale of a town falling apart at the seams. Couples who can't agree with each other, on the verge of splitting up. There's violence. Domestic abuse. Heroin addiction. And a heck of a lot of swearing. I watched the interview Jo did for BBC 2 and as soon as she said the F word, I whooped and got a little excited. Don't ask me why, but it was so radically different to what you'd expect in Harry Potter that I couldn't help but be excited. Now, I swear as much as the next person. I can't always help it. When I'm angry, upset, over excited, in pain, it just comes out. But I have to say that the potty mouths in The Casual Vacancy have well and truly pardoned me of any verbal crimes. At points, I was a little uncomfortable with it all. So many swear words in one little piece of dialogue. Wow. It just made me think and definitely makes me want to cut down on my use of the F word.

Theres sex. There are teenagers, how could there not be? Luckily JK is no E.L. James and its handled well and doesn't really take over. It's just a part of the story, sometimes lasting a paragraph and then it's gone, on to the next character.

While I enjoyed the overall story, I do feel that there were too many characters here. I'm not even going to begin to count them all. But there are some, that I felt if they were cut, it wouldn't of made any difference to the overall effect of the story being told. Some of them, I found to be quite forgetful and when they were mentioned again, later on in the book it'd take a second for me to remember who they were and what they've been doing barely 20 or 30 pages before. Local elections don't interest me, politics as a rule don't interest me. I get that the election for the seat left by the man, Barry, who dies right at the start of the book, is a way in to see peoples faults, but at times the talk of the election did bore me. I just couldn't help it. It's an adult book, and despite the fact that I turn 20 in little over 2 months time, I don't really read adult books. Their subject matters don't interest me. They just do nothing for me. And I'm not going to pretend. If this wasn't written by Jo, I would NEVER of picked it up. Not in a million years. Ever. NEVER! I can't stress this enough. While I enjoyed it, it's not a book I would of actively sought to read. I get what she was trying to do, and I admire her for tackling the issues she tackles, and it is, as ever, well written. There's no denying that. As the synopsis says, JK is a storyteller like no other. 

The ending was heartbreaking, and I liked some of the characters, but I just didn't feel a connection to this cast unlike that of Harry. Maybe because that was over 7 books, but even with stand alones I normally get that connection. I just didn't share any of the wants or characteristics that are on display here. For me, this detracted from the book. I wanted to latch onto a character who I could truly root for, and while I found a inkling of that for Krystal Weedon, it wasn't as strong as I was hoping for.

I'm going to end this review now for fear of rambling on either further. Yes, I liked the book. Would I read it again? Probably not. Was it worth the wait? Hmmm... maybe, I'm still undivided. Will I read whatever she publishes next? Most definitely, and I already cannot wait. I just hope it's nothing like The Casual Vacancy.


So things have been a little quiet on the blogging front for me lately. I haven't even been on Twitter as much as I used to. I kind of felt that I needed a bit of a break from blogging and so tried to cut back. I could feel myself burning out a bit and losing a lot of my enthusiasm for it. I know I haven't reviewed much this year, and for some reason my reading pace has slowed down and I've had some major book blackouts where I've not read for weeks on time. Coming from someone's that's read for as long as I can remember and with some gusto, that's scary. I've just had no enthusiasm at all. I guess, working long hours and having practically no time to myself, time to think, time to breath, it all got on top of me and I wanted to draw a line before I burnt out completely!

Luckily in the last few weeks there have been some books published that I have been waiting for, and getting excited about, for a long time and those seem to have re-kindled my enthusiasm of reading. (Those titles are The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling, and Oblivion by Anthony Horowitz, both of which I've been waiting for for 5, and 4 years respectively.)

So reviews will resume with my review for The Casual Vacancy coming later on today, and with lots of books coming out soon that I'm very excited for, there will be plenty more where that came from!

Just wanted to give a little explanation, I didn't want to make this big thing of a break as I am prone to changing my mind like the flick of a switch and didnt want to just pop up and be like "Oh stuff it,"... I just quietened down and enjoyed a bit of out time. I did read a bit, and enjoyed what I read which is good. A couple of months ago I just couldn't enjoy some of the stuff I was reading but now it's all good. I'm reading when I can and enjoying it again!

(Would like to note that this isn't a "I'm quitting blogging post/I think reading it a chore/BLAH BLAH BLAH" post. Just explaining I wanted some out time and it's all good now. :))