Saturday, 26 July 2014

Would You Rather Book TAG!!

Hello again everyone!!!

Today I thought I'd do something a little different! On Youtube, there are many many different TAGS, but I LOVED this one, so I kinda tagged myself! Also as I'm from England, I had to change some aspects of it. So here it goes

1. Read only trilogies or stand alones?

Definitely a Trilogy, as  I feel you can get more character development and especially if you love a character or dystopian world, you get more of it.

2. Read only female or male authors?

This is a hard one, but I think I'd choose female as most of my favorite books are written by female authors. But that means I'd have to sacrifice George R. R. Martin, Rick Yancey and Dan Wells.

3. Shop at Waterstones or Amazon?

Well Amazon does books and kindle books so AMAZON!!

4. All books become movies or t.v. shows?

Hmmm...Well I LOVE Vampire Diaries, but I never liked the books. I love Pretty Little Liars, Game of Thrones, loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer when that was on, and loved The White Queen. They are all amazing tv shows but would they of been as good in movie form? VD definitely wouldn't of as I think the reason I love it is that it is everything the books aren't and if they made it movie form, then they would of copied the book.

Also same with True Blood, love the books, but hate the TV show :P

Now lets talk movies. Hunger Games, Twilight, A Fault in our Stars, Harry Potter, the Bond films, The Help, Forrest Gump, Gone With the Wind, One flew out of the Cuckoo's Nest, Shawshank Redemption. Would any of these be any good as tv shows? I don't think so!!!

This is so difficult!

With tv shows, you get hours and hours of the book turned into a visual representation, while with movies you only get 2 hours.

I'll have to say tv show as I'm someone who just needs more! Prolonging the world that I've fallen in love with from reading, is always better!

5. Read 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?

5 BOOKS PER WEEK! No argument!!!

6. Be a professional reviewer or author?

Reviewer as I would never have the skill or patience to write a book.  Also I would love being paid to tell people how amazing my fave books are.

7. Only read your top 20 favorite books over and over or always read new ones that you haven't read before?

Ahh another difficult one. One of my guilty pleasures is to reread books over and over again, but I would choose reading only books I haven't read before as I do love discovering new fave's.

8. Be a librarian or book seller?

One other thing that I love other than reading and drawing, and Vampire Diaries, is money! So Book seller!!

9. Only read your favorite genre, or every genre except your favorite?

Hmm I can find a lot of loop holes in this one as a lot of books are under more than one genre. For instance Throne of Glass could be Fantasy, Action, Adventure or Dystopian. SO if I said every genre except my favorite (Dystopian), I could still read Throne of Glass as its Fantasy, Action and Adventure.

10. Only read physical books or eBooks?

EBooks as they are usually cheaper and I've been an ebook addict for years. But I recently started reading physical books again after I discovered my local charity shop selling books for 10p and found books I've wanted to read for ages.

But ebooks are also more convenient, especially on the go.

So what do you think?

Thank You and Keep Reading!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Unplanned post

So first, apologies to those who just read my blog (and if you do, thank you) for book recommendations then sorry but this post is more me rambling on about something other than books for once. Usually I would bottle up all my feelings and just smile to the world, but for once I'm actually going to tell the world about my life.

Today I was fired from my summer job.

I wasn't shocked, I actually knew in advance that I was going to be fired and I had time to digest it, before going to work and my boss actually saying the words 'I have to let you go'. I understood his reasoning and feel that I acted in a good manner saying thank you for the opportunity, and I enjoyed working there whilst it lasted.

However, thinking over everything, I need to comment on management, and if you are a manager of a company, small business etc. Listen up.

Firstly, at the job I worked at, there were a number of managers. So when you were on shift, you had to do exactly what they told you. And I feel I did a great job, but when each manager contradicts another, such as how you do table service, or put orders through the till, that is when you end up doing mistakes. So managers of the world, just don't contradict each other, have weekly meeting to make sure your telling the staff the same thing.

Second is gossip. I HATE gossip, never liked it, and the times that I myself gossiped, I found I felt gross and just an overall bad person, it only brings drama. But when managers gossip about each other, it is an awful situation as you end up being in the middle of it. You then end up feeling like you have to take sides, or agree with the manager on shift about a different manager. But then if you stay neutral, then both managers hate you, its a no win situation.

Thirdly, if you have a stressful home life, then don't take it out on your staff.

Fourth, if you hire someone, just for the world cup, then tell them that before they start. As if you fire someone just after the world cup, it then looks a little curious when you hired them when it started, and that your first shift was actually an England game. It also means they can organize another job for once the world cup end, or gives them a choice to say no/yes to the job in the first place.

Fifth, don't use one bad day as an excuse to fire them. You don't know whats happened that day, you could easily just take them to the side on the day and ask whats up? Instead of just watching them struggle on the day and then think 'ah this is the perfect way to fire them with a legitimate reason'.

In my case, my bad day was that I was covering for another newbie and went in to find out that there were 3 reservations, one which was a table of 20. This caused me to become flustered and sick to my stomach. I had never felt as sick as discovering that, not when I waited at Royal Ascot last year (which was actually an amazing experience), and not even when I was fired. But I was completely side tracked at that moment, and then the first reservation came and wanted drinks and food straight away. My manager (lets call them manager 1) had told me that she was going to go through the day with me, reservation by reservation. But when the first group came in, she told me to get their drinks whilst she left to have a fag. So that is exactly what I did, but then they said once I brought the drinks that they would like to order food. What was I meant to do? Say sorry, I can't serve you on my own, I need to get my manager so i can stand next to her and listen to what she says, or simply take their orders? Well anyway, manager 1 walked in whilst I was taking the orders and once I was behind the bar, inputting their food orders to the till she then lectured me saying 'If you don't listen, you wont have a job in 2 weeks'.

I was already flustered from finding out I had a table of twenty, but now I had an angry manager on my back. Now this is when manager 2 and the decision maker of who to fire came down. His first impression of my that day from him was that I was being yelled at. I then for the next hour was trying to hold in tears, which I successfully did. Yes this is an annoying personality trait I have that is basically 'treat others like you want to be treated'. So I treat people very kindly (I hope so), and I'm a very empathising and sympathetic person. But this also causes me to be very sensitive and my heart aches for other peoples pain. But in this case it was my own.

So I calmed down during that hour and was feeling OK. When the 'group of twenty' started arriving, i discovered it was actually an award ceremony for the local kids football team and there where defiantly more than 20 people. This also made me confused as it sort of confused me how 'table service' would work. Especially as everyone was eating at different times,as well as drinks, and where paying separately. I asked my manager how I where to do it, at she completely contradicted her own words. Lets just say her whole speech of 'reservation by reservation' didn't pan out. But the day went on and I was doing OK and ended up only slipping up once and ordering 2 portions of french fries instead of 2 portions of sweet potato fries. But in my defence, the group ordered a lot of food and I read them back the whole order and they said yes to everything. However the day  went on and manager 1 just got more stressed and angrier at me, and at the end of my shift, I was looking for a random piece of paper to write something down, and what do I see? My name, just my name written on a piece of paper face down in manager 1's hand writing.

So I just knew. I was going to get fired.

And low and behold, dah dah!!

However that was my first clue, the second was that the day after, the shift rota for the next 3 weeks was uploaded to the Facebook chat. Guess who had not shifts! Yep, me.

So I then open a new message just to manager 1 and ask whats going on? Am I fired? I then get a new message from manager 2 asking me to come in.

So that was my last day at my (1st hopefully) summer job.

And lastly, while these all relate to my experience with the management at the job I worked at, I also am not arguing my firing, as much as it looks like it. These are just points that I feel should be basic behaviour's all people in management should uphold, or not uphold.

Also, when you fire someone, don't ramble on repeating yourself. Yes the person you are firing may cry like a baby (like unfortunately I did), but make it quick and to the point. 'I apologise for any inconvenience, but we have to let you go, we feel your work has not been up to the standard we expect from our staff', that would be a good generic 'firing' sentence. Especially if the person already knows they are being fired like I did. In addition, when you ask your staff member to come in to basically be fired in person, don't start the message with 'yo'. At least keep it dignified and say, 'please would you come in at [the time], to talk with me'. And while Facebook was my jobs most common form of communication,  the manager should always keep their staff feeling dignified and should at least call them up and ask, NOT 'yo, come in at 2:30, we need to have a chat' on Facebook.

In addition, the fact that I knew that I was going to be fired just made me stress over it for longer. I couldn't sleep at all last night, but I couldn't read for the booktube-a-thon either. My mind was just picking at everything I did in all of my shifts, comparing my work to every other newbie they hired, as well as how much I'd improved since starting.

Anyway, back to the blog, as managers, you are there to keep productivity, to help staff where needed and tell then what to do and what not to do. Not to B**** about each other and sit and have a cup or tea whilst your staff do most of the work, and yes I say 'most' as I do know that managers do have other things to do other than serve costumers.

Also I would like to make this clear, that this post is not an attempt to get back at the place I worked at as you may have noticed, no names where mentioned and I never said where I worked. It is only me rambling about a topic and hopefully giving management for small business tips on how and how not to handle a situation.

And it also is sort of closure so I can move on tomorrow with a fresh attitude towards getting a new job lined up.

But right now, I'm going to spend all my energy to the redecoration of my room.

Thank You and Keep Reading

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Busy busy Busy!!

So I started off a few weeks ago just casually starting my summer holidays off from Uni. I had so much planned, including getting a job, reading and aim to do a lot of costume drawing.

But then I started randomly writing a blog and have talked to amazing authors through it! I also was asked to read and review an AMAZING new book by Nabille De La Luz, which hasn't been release yet!

And...My ceiling in my room collapsed due to 20 year old plumbing:P So whilst doing all this blogging and working and reading, I have had no room and have been sleeping on a couch, in a room full of spiders and dogs who come and jump up on me at 4 in the morning wanting me to take them out to go to the loo.

However ever the optimist, as my ceiling collapsed! I have been able to completely re vamp my room from the Gothic style my older sister had stylised it as, to a bright and sunny room that makes you feel like your being hugged by a marshmallow!

However as all of this has been going on, I haven't been able to read much these few weeks, however I will soon put up the review of The Passage by Nabille De La Luz on my review page!

In addition, I have also in my spare time, been drawing a few costume designs based on the book For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund, which will be posted on the Costume Design page once I've scanned then in!

So as I've sort of updated you on whats been happening with me, lets talk BOOKTUBE-A-THON!!

And yes I know that technically I'm not on booktube, I'm still taking part in the challenges (sort of)! As everyone probably knows the Booktube-a-thon started at midnight on the 14th July and will finish Saturday. And during that time you need to complete specific challenges to 'win', though as its more for fun, and there's no prize except the feeling of achievement, you don't really need to panic. Just enjoy having an excuse to read!!

But here is the list of books I've read/ going to read for the Thon!

Book given to me by someone else
The Passage by Nabille De La Luz! (She sent me her ARC so that counts!)

Book Cover with Red
Daughters of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Finish a Series
If I should Die by Amy Plum

Genre Read Least this Year (Historical Fiction)
/Book movie Adaptation
The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory

Seven Books
The Assassin's Blade (5 stories)
(and all the other books that aren't doubled up so I'm actually reading 8 stories!!)

So far I've read The Passage and will post the review up after the Thon (sorry Nabille, if your reading this I know your eager to see my review), and I'm right now reading daughters of Smoke & Bone (and loving it)!

But I would just like to take the moment and seriously thank Nabille De La Luz for letting me experience what it's like to read an ARC, and see a glimpse of behind the scenes of publishing a book!! I am very interested to see how the final differs from the Beta version, especially as the concept, characters and the scenery was so magical and different, but I'll talk about all that in my review. But truly, thank you Nabille De La Luz!!! I will be recommending your book to everyone and anyone who will listen, and boast that I've read it and they have to wait! MWHAHAHA!!!

Now I'm off to go read on my little couch :P

Thank You and Keep Reading

I've pasted the Goodread pages of the books (not the author as usual) down below

The Passage
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
If I Should Die
The Other Boleyn Girl
The Assasin's Blade