Friday, 13 February 2015

The Shock of the Fall | Nathan Filer

"I'll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name's Simon. I think you're going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he'll be dead. And he was never the same after that."

Nathan Filer's award-winning debut novel, 'The Shock of the Fall' is a wonderfully penned, and deeply compelling novel in which we witness Matt Holmes, a 19-year-old schizophrenic spiral into mental illness after the death of his older brother, Simon. Filer's charming writing style (channeled through Matt's old typewriter) coupled with typographical tricks and doodles makes for a thrilling, and gripping novel. 

13 pages in, and Simon is dead. You only have to lay eyes on this rapid opening, and you already know the next 294 pages are going to be good. Matt goes on to reveal the circumstances of the death as the novel progresses, and his guilt is evident throughout. The way Filer has penned his voice is pure beauty to read: blunt, frank, puzzled but most importantly, determined. He transforms the setting of the book with ease; from the caravan park, to Matt's flat, to the mental ward, and back again. It is as if you have been engulfed by the page and are travelling with our protagonist. 

The novel manages to overcome a rather grim prognosis with the constant use of humour and caustic remarks. Our main character is the main source of these mordant comments; when joking about his medical notes he writes,"Matthew … suffers from command hallucinations, which he attributes to a dead sibling. Crazy shit, eh?"

Filer also successfully intersperses quirky characters in the story to break up some of the possible melancholy. My personal favourites would have to be "Claire-or-maybe-Anna" and Matt's ever-trying grandmother "Nanny-Noo". 

Filer's incredible penmanship, techniques, characters and expressive views all add up to make a beautiful piece of literature -  a thoroughly gripping, and engaging novel. Go and get a copy for yourself!

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Love The Little Things | Week 2

My favourite weekly link up, hosted by But Why Mummy Why in which you appreciate the little things that have made up your week.
I entered the 'Dusting Of The Shelf' Read-A-Thon the other day, and so naturally, I have started to read The Maze Runner by James Dashner. And The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. 


I have been watching ... The Commonwealth Games. And surprisingly, England are beating the Aussies. 

Woop again.

I feel as if every emotion should be portrayed by a cat gif.
P!nk. Her music is incredibly relatable, and she makes tracks with a beat! (so you can run to them!)

Woop for the 3rd Time.

There are two very annoying, yet extremely addictive apps at the moment, much emulating the sensation that was Flappy Bird. They are called Don't Touch The Spikes, and Ninja Up.

...I've only just realised how demonic that bird looks.

I ran my first 5k this week. And my legs, rather unwillingly, managed to get me round in one piece. This is possibly the most effort I have ever put into something, that isn't sleep or blogging...

Woop for effort.

A rather amusing ending gif. 

Who are you supporting in the Commonwealth Games?

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Dusting Off The Shelf Read-A-Thon

I found this little read-a-thon a couple of days ago and jumped at the chance to participate. For one, the topic seemed perfect, as it gave me the excuse to read a few old and neglected reads. The idea is inspired. Also, it only lasted 2 weeks and for once I actually WASN'T LATE TO FIND IT! Plus, the host is only Books & Cleverness, one of my all time favourite blogs!

Who wouldn't want to give it a go?

Here is a post where she discusses the challenges:
And here is a post where she discusses the read-a-thon in general:


  • Read a book set in the past.
  • Read a classic.
  • Read a book written before 2010.
  • Read at least 100 pages a day.
  • And of course…the books must be neglected by you!


  • Read a book set in the past: Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • Read a classic: I'm gunna have to pitch for The Great Gatsby by F. Scott. Fitzgerald. My sister literally raves about this novel... and I know it's shameful of me to say I have not read or watched it.
  • Read a book written before 2010: The Maze Runner by James Dashner. This is the same choice as Emily's, purely because the film is coming out so soon and I need to read it before then. Also my brother raves about this ... we have a very raving family.

I would really love it, and I am sure Emily would too if you could participate in the read-a-thon!
I shall keep you posted on my progress through here and twitter using the hashtag: #dustingofftheshelf 

So what have we achieved in this post? We have learnt of my raving family, my lack in organisational skills when it comes to books as this post is a day before the reading starts, and the shame of me using the word splendiferous in a title.

I'm just that awesome.

Probably the best gif I have ever seen.

Like, Love, Loathe #1

Like, Love, Loathe is a weekly blog meme hosted by Futures and Life in a Break Down. Where we discuss our likes, loves and loathes of the week!


My like of the week would have to be The Commonwealth Games, mainly the swimming, cycling and athletics! It has (kind of) fixed by Olympics craving and will tide me over until Rio 2016.

The funny thing is I am about as sporty as a carrot so I have no clue why I like it so much!


The weather, obviously! It is so sunny here in England (what a surprise!) and we have been taking the full advantage of it, with about a thousand barbecues, a freezer full of ice-cream and a sun lounger.


Summer animals.

I am pretty sure the garden population of wasps, flies and slugs has tripled this summer. The slugs that wade across the grass in formation are rather amusing though, almost like it's an army.

(Crap I bet it is...)

What have you been loving and loathing this summer?

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #2 - Authors I Own The Most Books From

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bloggish meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish in which we list our top 10 of a certain topic. This week's topic was 'Authors I Own The Most Books From' and so here it is (... in reverse order because again, I'm not conforming to society's norms #rebel):

4 Books.
I have 4 books by both Malorie Blackman and Pseudonymous Bosch (that name took a long time to write...). 

The Noughts And Crosses series, as of yet, I am enjoying and have a signed copy of Noble Conflict. 
I can literally feel your intense jealousy.

And the 'secret' series I used to read when I was younger; they were actually really good, and I love the titles, and front page of these books.

5 Books.
I don't know quite how this happened, or if it counts but I have 2 books of both Catching Fire and Mockingjay... And because Suzanne Collins is amazing, I decided to allow it as 5 so she could make the list.

I also have 5 books of the Skullduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy

6 Books.
I'm guessing these are by multiple authors?!

I also have 6 Rick Riordan books. Of which I have probably read 2...

13 Books & 3rd Place.
I have 13 Enid Blyton books from when I was younger. I used to be in love with these mysteries, and my best friend from ages ago bought me the Famous Five book. 

I also have another 13 books from another favourite childhood author - Lemony Snicket (or Daniel Handler, his real name)

15 Books & 2nd Place.
Robert Muchamore and the infamous Cherub and Henderson Boys series. I absolutely still adore these books, and am pretty sure I have read all of them 3 times each.

8 of the books are on my Kindle hence why there are only the 7 in this picture 

20 Books & 1st Place
I'm pretty sure that's some kind of record

Anthony Horowitz. 

My pre-teen writing hero for the StormBreaker series and his horror short-stories, these books have been read at least 5 times each, and remain in the coveted top shelf of the bookcase.

I would love to read your TTTs so comment below the links and I will be sure to check them out! 
Which author has the top shelf of your bookcase?

Monday, 28 July 2014

E-Reader Review | Kindle Fire

My staple holiday pack is my Kindle Fire HD 7", and it always manages to secure a coveted place in my hand-luggage.

The Amazon tablet, not just allows you to read your favourite books, but also play apps, listen to music, and trawl through a plethora of assorted films and TV shows.

You can buy this device for a very cheap price of only 119 pounds, making me believe the buy is worth it.

One of the biggest factors I look for in an E-Reader is whether or not it is easy to read on holiday, in the sun - and I think that once the brightness has been turned up, the device passes this test.

The HD is incredible. 

There is so much more to do than just read books on this device,  such as watching a movie, divulging into copious amounts of apps or listening to music.

There are so many books!

Extensive settings, and parental controls; and the whole device is very easy to use.

The speakers, for an E-Reader are fantastic.

It seems as if Amazon are trying to plug their name everywhere and trying desperately to get you to buy content.

The device can be sluggish to turn on, and slow at times.

There are other devices (such as the iPad) with a wider range of apps to offer, but I suppose the point of the E-Reader is mainly the books.

The camera isn't fantastic.

I really like my E-Reader, and what can I say? It does the job. I know that there are more flexible devices out there, but the Kindle does what it is supposed to, and offers some fantastic other features. Furthermore, for such a cheap price, I would definitely recommend it!

Do you have an E-Reader?

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Love The Little Things | Week 1

Love the Little Things is a weekly blog meme hosted by But Why Mummy Why (I first found it here, by Me, Bookshelf and I) in which we appreciate the little things that have made up our week.


The Shock Of The Fall - Nathan Filer
And Noughts and Crosses - Malorie Blackman


Film-wise: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes,

And you can read the review of that here.

TV-wise: Nothing in particular ... the Hell's Kitchen finals, Big Brother, the Commonwealth Games, a few re-runs of How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory.


I am raving about the album X (Multiply) by Ed Sheeran at the moment, and have heard every single track copious amounts of times... it's almost an obsession.

Also George Ezra's new album 'Wanted On Voyage' is pretty darn incredible.


I am now a master at MarioKart 8. You're all jealous.


I have practically lived in my chino shorts this summer. I have a fair few pairs (namely 7), with a good mixture of pastel and bright colours. They tie in with any outfit and are perfect summer wear in my mind.

A few of my favourite colours. Going down they are:
Mint Green
Light Grey

And due to the adversely sunny weather here in the UK at the moment, I am also loving my SuperDry Sunglasses.


When life gives you lemons, make lemonade and instagram it.

I want to know what you've been reading this past week? Any decent recommendations?

If you want to join the tag, just post on your blog and link to Butwhymummywhy; also comment the posts down below so I can check them out too!