A Feast for Crows – George R. R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4)

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A feast for crowsA  Feast for Crows was a bit of a struggle for me. I found the Greyjoy chapters very hard to get through, mainly because none of the characters are very likeable and consequently I am not at all invested in their stories. I don’t care who assumes the position of power for the Iron Islands because all the candidates are equally awful.

I liked the Brienne chapters as well as the Jaime chapters (although I still don’t really like Jaime as a character – I just can’t forgive him for his actions in the first book) and I quite enjoyed the Arya and Cersei chapters too.

Overall, I felt as if this book were a filler; killing time until the next stage of the war begins. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I find A Dance with Dragons Part One more enjoyable.

 

January check-in: New Year Resolutions update

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In order to keep me motivated to achieve my New Year Resolutions I have decided that I will do a monthly check-in post, as close to the last day of the month as I can. In this check-in post I will monitor how well I am doing with my three New Year’s Resolutions (see this post for my full explanation of my New Year’s Resolutions), as well as mentioning anything of note that I’ve achieved in that month.

Here is how I got on with my resolutions in January:

1) Write more – I was aiming for at least 250 words a day and I managed to do that every day, except one, in January. So 30/31 days were successful and in total I wrote 9202 words which is an average of 297 words per day.

2) Improve my cooking skills – I tried several new recipes in January. Not all of them worked perfectly (I may write more about that at a later date) but I know that the only way to improve a skill is by practise.

A recipe that I tried that worked out well was: Chicken tikka masala

A recipe that I felt needed more work was: Vegetable lasagne (which tasted yum but looked a bit of a mess)

3) Read 25 books – I read Let It Snow (click here for my review) at the beginning of January and I finished A Feast For Crows (part of the Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire series) yesterday. So I have read 2/25 books, which Goodreads tells me makes me 8% through my challenge.