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Sunday, 7 February 2016


Headaches are rare for me, and I suspect they’re telling me that I’m cracking under pressure. Aside from being miserable and always feeling unfulfilled, I’m trapped in a ridiculous situation where not being able to write makes me kind of sick and crazy, and yet, writing for any length of time also makes me kind of sick and crazy. I’m isolated and lonely, but I can’t speak to anyone. I’m bored and idle, but nothing holds my attention. I’m stressed and my muscles are so tense that my body aches, and it’s painful, but nothing seems to relax me. I can’t sleep. I’ll keep trying. Depression is the worst kind of mental torture, trapped in the prison of my own insecure psyche. I just want to go to sleep, permanently.

Ashana Lian .

P.S. The image above is from the book Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig. I also wanted to share a writerly quote:

Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.” ― Graham Greene, Ways Of Escape

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Stacking The Shelves With Fantasy (Jan 2016)

I don't think I've actually ever done this before, but today's post is Stacking The Shelves #195, WHOO! Stacking The Shelves is a link-up hosted every Saturday by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews. As my short story The Sorcerer's Secretary (I chose that title for Wattpad. I really wanted to call it Dragon Ellen) is posted here on Saturday, this post was pushed forward. It's been a long time since I've had a haul of any kind, because in 2014 I bought something stupid like 120 books. So this is exciting! Let's start.

Half Wild by Sally Green
YA Fantasy, bought at Waterstones. After I read and reviewed Half Bad, I was sorely disappointed that it was set up to be continued. The story was strong enough to end right there. The only loose end, really, was Annalise, and she was CERTAINLY not interesting enough to make me want to spend £7.99. However, I lent HB to my brother and he loved it, so I begrudgingly bought Half Wild for him.

Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Epic Fantasy, Borrowed from my sister. Technically I already had this one, but I forgot until this month. Does that count? XD I finally read it too. My first five-star fiction book of 2016, and I'm glad I FINALLY read it. It's phenomenal.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
YA Fantasy, bought on Amazon. I decided to return a comic I bought called Low, because I didn't like it at all =( and exchanged it for Truthwitch. I've read no fewer than fifteen reviews of Truthwitch - most have been overwhelmingly positive save two, which were highly critical. Like Throne of Glass, it just seems to be That Book in YA right now that everyone and their mother reads. Because the blurb did intrigue me, I'm giving it a go. Please God, don't let it be as excruciating as Throne of Glass.

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Historical/Science Fiction/Something...? Another borrow. I'm so curious about this book, and also excited because The Thousand Autumns Of Jacob De Zoet was just riveting, although difficult to get into.

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
This one wasn't borrowed from my sister as much as it was forced on me by her XD I have no idea what it's about, but I plan to read and return it this month.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Classic Literature, bought from Amazon for uni last week and I enjoyed it hugely. Well, until Rochester asked Jane to marry him, the book pretty much went downhill from there.

Loop by Karen Akins
YA Sci-Fi, bought from Amazon last week. I remember Charnell at Reviews From A Bookworm mentioned this and I found it really interesting. Amazon UK is selling the hardback copy at something ridiculous like £2, so I couldn't resist. I hope it's good.

England, England by Julian Barnes
Literary Fiction, bought last minute with Amazon Prime. This book I bought over the weekend for my uni class tomorrow. I've read half of it; parts are really good, other bits are a bit boring, but I'm enjoying it overall. I especially loved the beginning.


I was getting bored with my Mum's Netflix, so against all of my suspicions about Amazon taking over the world e_e I decided to sign up for Amazon Prime. As a student, it's only £39 instead of the usual £79. Ha! I say "only" but I know it's not that cheap when you pay a lump sum. However, when Netflix raised their price from £5.99 to £6.99, they actually became more expensive than Prime. PLUS, Prime isn't just movies, it's free one day or evening delivery, Prime music, Kindle Lending library and more. You really do get your money's worth, provided you can pay forty quid at once.

THUS. It was a weird experience this month placing an order and then having it literally turn up the next day, but it made me more excited for my books and I'm reading them faster. Good thing too, because my university essays loom closer and I have a lot of reading to do. o_o

On Prime, if you select No-Rush Guarantee delivery, Amazon awards you with £1 credit for ebooks, music or films. I used that credit to buy the sci-fi novella Binti last week, by Nnedi Okafor (at £1.41, hehe 41p book! That's cheaper than Poundland.) It's INCREDIBLE, I want so many people to read it. I also bought Plato's Symposium (well not really as it was £0.00) and I hope it'll be interesting.

Ashana Lian .

P.S. For those of you who commented on Blogging Communities - thank you so much. I'm still not a hundred percent, but I'm doing a lot better.

P.P.S. Have you read any of these books? What did you buy/borrow this month?

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