Saturday, 4 July 2015

The Sunday Post - #7 - 5th July 2015

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted here @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I'm gonna recap my week and give you an idea of what I have coming up plus anything else newsworthy!

Hello everyone! Thanks for visiting on my seventh Sunday Post!

First of all....

Obviously here in Scotland we don't celebrate it but I'm sending warmest hugs for anything you are up to this holiday weekend!

Right next up, what have I done this week, well work and work! Still busy but I am holiday for definite at the end of this week for about ten days, I can't wait!!

The kids finished school on Thursday but before that happened on what has so far been the hottest day of the year I watched my kids end of year celebration in a hall with no air conditioning.  

My pair didn't win any awards but I did get to see them along with their classmates from primaries one through to seven sing songs from The Lion King and The Little Mermaid. I did shed a little tear, first of all seeing my babies on stage looking all grown up and secondly because we aren't coming to America, more specifically Walt Disney World as we are being sensible and saving money.


In other news, I have been looking more and more at blog templates and have been considering moving to wordpress but I have came across some websites on blogspot with good looking templates.  I may stay where I am but I just don't know.  I want to make a good go at this blog and I want it work seamlessly and of course look pretty.  Anybody who has done the blogspot to wordpress move I'd be glad to hear from you!

I also did a post on what it is like to be a redhead, of course it is mostly awesome but I did discover some rather worrying myths about us! Read about it here!

Oh, I nearly forgot - well what I mean was I am watching Supernatural as I type this and Dean was in the shower, I may have got distracted.  What I wanted to show you was this little cutie!

She is called Eve and she is a Momiji doll, I had never heard of them till the other day but already I want more!!! 

You can see the whole cute collection here! My wonderful cousin gave this book loving doll to me as a thank you gift, I love both her and the doll to bits!!! I forgot to mention (sorry Supernatural is still on) she has a little space in her base where you can put a little message, totally cute!

I wanted to ask the question too, where are y'all from?
I love the fact you guys are from all over but I'm nosey and like to know things!!

Have a great week everyone!

I have received physical and e-copies of some fab books this week, thank you to all the publishers for sending them! Let me know if you have read any of them!

Happy Sunday!

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The A to Z of Dystopia #2 - B is for........

Hey! You came back, you are so sweet!!

Anyway less of the sugar more of the destruction of the planet by some terrible force!

If this is your first week I better remind you exactly what I am getting up to.

I am going to pick one subject from the Dystopian genre, it may be a person, it may be an event, it may be something useful but it will relate to dystopian books that I have been inspired by.

So each week I shall ramble on and on and on, last week was the letter A!
What is it going to be this week (drum roll..........)

So this week, the serious topic in the A to Z of dystopia is the bunker, no I'm not talking about the type of bunker you find down you local 18 hole gold course.

I'm talking about this kind!

At this moment in time I imagine that there are hundreds of thousands of below ground structures designed to house people in the event of some sort of attack.

Some are secret!

This is totally true by the way, definitely not a made up sign! An hour or so from where I live is Scotland's Secret Bunker visitor attraction, which one day I hope to visit!

Some are built in to mountains!

Some are hidden behind big massive doors!

Some can happily fit in lots of people...

In luxury!....

For a long, long time!

Prepping is a way of life for a lot of people, they plan for whatever is coming, some stockpile food, some build bunkers, some do both, they are prepared for whatever apocalyptic event or events hit us.

There have been many books that have covered life living underground, too many to mention here, notable read for me have to be the biggest baddest underground bunker of all.  

Well it's actually a silo but it is still allowed on this page as it has been written by Hugh Howey in the Silo Series which started with WOOL, also ARV-3 by Cameo Renae where the main characters father is a prepper.

A lot of people think preppers are crazy.

I don't, I think, yes some are very eccentric but you have some that are just normal Joe's who want the best for their family if the shit hits the fan.

So would you do the whole bunker thing (assuming you had the chance), could you live underground?

I could if it was this one!

Seriously, I think I could at least give it a try, I would want to give it my best shot.  I would hate not seeing the sky, I would hate missing all those things you take for granted like clean water or WiFi (!!). 

But if it meant my family being safe then yes I could do it.

Of course we could all just hot foot it to the nearest large fridge, as Harrison Ford showed us in the last Indiana Jones it can survive a nuclear blast!

What would your letter B in the dystopian alphabet be?

I did consider....

Buggin' out

Bruce Willis (and the wonderful armaggedon)


Big Brother

Brave New World

Book recommendations for bunkers would be appreciated!!!

Next week the letter C! 

C is for.........

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BLOG TOUR - Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican

Welcome to my blog tour stop for 
Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican

I have a great excerpt for you and a giveaway in which you can win a signed copy!

Brutal Youth
by Anthony Breznican
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: June 2nd 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller, Drama, Literary Fiction, Coming of Age, Psychology, Mystery


Three freshmen must join forces to survive at a troubled, working-class Catholic high school with a student body full of bullies and zealots, and a faculty that's even worse in Anthony Breznican's Brutal Youth.

With a plunging reputation and enrollment rate, Saint Michael’s has become a crumbling dumping ground for expelled delinquents and a haven for the stridently religious when incoming freshman Peter Davidek signs up. On his first day, tensions are clearly on the rise as a picked-upon upperclassmen finally snaps, unleashing a violent attack on both the students who tormented him for so long, and the corrupt, petty faculty that let it happen. But within this desperate place, Peter befriends fellow freshmen Noah Stein, a volatile classmate whose face bears the scars of a hard-fighting past, and the beautiful but lonely Lorelei Paskal —so eager to become popular, she makes only enemies.

To even stand a chance at surviving their freshmen year, the trio must join forces as they navigate a bullying culture dominated by administrators like the once popular Ms. Bromine, their embittered guidance counselor, and Father Mercedes, the parish priest who plans to scapegoat the students as he makes off with church finances. A coming-of-age tale reversed, Brutal Youth follows these students as they discover that instead of growing older and wiser, going bad may be the only way to survive.

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Anthony Breznican was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Pittsurgh in 1998. He has worked as a reporter for The Arizona Republic, Associated Press, and USA Today. He is currently a senior staff writer for Entertainment Weekly.

Brutal Youth is his debut novel.

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