Too Read in April

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What with Camp NaNoWriMo being this month and me wanting to get back into some serious writing, I’m not sure how much time I’ll have to read this month, but I’m going to aim for 4 books at least.

Here are the books I intend to read in April!

Kindle books:

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HALF BAD by Sally Green – This one is being raved about on Twitter atm, I want to see what all the fuss is about.

Actual physical books:

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MISS PERIGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN Children by Ransom Riggs – I’ve heard great things about this book and I’ve also been informed that the writing style is much like Neil Gaiman, needless to say I want to read it!

And my last couple of books will actually be decided by you!

I can’t decide whether to read:

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THRONE OF GLASS & CROWN OF MIDNIGHT by Sarah J. Mass

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SCARLET & CRESS by Marissa Meyer

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RED GLOVE & BLACK HEART by Holly Black

I’ve heard great things about all of them and I just can’t decide. Help me choose?!

What books are you going to be reading in April?

 

The Great TBR Challenge: March Wrap-Up

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The first month of my TBR challenge was a bit of a failure if I’m honest. I only managed to finish 2 books, although I did start another 3. My excuse is that my time was very limited in March, since I was getting ready to move at the end of the month. Hopefully, now that I’ve moved, April will be more successful.

Anyway, onto the books that I actually read in March!

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Attachments by Rainbow Rowell: I absolutely loved this book! It was weird and quirky and sweet and everything that I have come to expect from a Rainbow Rowell book. I loved the format of the story, how we get to learn about all of the main characters in such depth without it being multiple POVs. I gave it 4 stars, because it wasn’t quite up there with Fangirl. I honestly cannot wait to get my hands on Landline later this year.

A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger: This book was a bit hit and miss for me, and I still don’t really know how I feel about it. I didn’t like it to begin with, to the point where I was close to putting it down, because I had no sympathy for Whitley (quite frankly I thought she was annoying). As the story went on though, I understood her more and grew to really like most of the characters. I like how they turned some themes on their head, showing sides that are not usually explored, as well. Ultimately though I thought the book ended too quickly and there was just too much left up in the air for me. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.

Here are the books that I started in March.

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How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff - I watched the film a few weeks ago and it was brilliant and tragic. I started reading the book the next day, but it lacked the power of the film. I’m struggling to get along with the writing style.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – This is my eight or ninth read through of this novel I think. Every time I feel sad or overwhelmed I feel myself reaching for this book. It’s like a warm blanket, something comforting.

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp – This is the book I’m currently reading. I’m really enjoying it after a slow start. I hope to finish it soon.

What did you read in March?

To read in March

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So here are the books I intend to read in March!

Actual physical books:

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ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth - I started this last month but have been reading it at a snails pace. If I’m honest, I’m worried about finishing it, because I have this sense of dread that I’m going to be disappointed with the end of this amazing series. I’ve got to get it done though

SCARLET & CRESS by Marissa Meyer - I really enjoyed Cinder, so I’m excited to get onto these. Plus, I was supposed to read these in February for a book group and didn’t get round too it (oops).

Kindle Books:

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ATTACHMENTS by Rainbow Rowell - I’ve just started this and already loving it!

HOW I LIVE NOW by Meg Rosoff - I’ve tried reading this before and couldn’t get into it, but I’ve wanted to give it another go for a while now. Plus I want to see the film really badly.

A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHTMARE by Kody Keplinger - I adored The DUFF by Kody Keplinger, so I’m looking forward to reading more books by her.

I have a feeling I’m being overly ambitious with this reading list, but you got to aim high right?!

What books are you going to be reading in March?

The Great TBR Challlenge 2014

As a self-proclaimed book addict, my TBR pile has been known to reach scary heights. There have been times when I look at them and think ‘if those were to fall over, they may just bury me’. Well lately, my TBR pile have grown exponentially, to the point where it isn’t even a pile anymore. I would say that about 60-70% of the books I own I have yet to read, which is a scary thought when I own roughly 700 books. So I have decided to set up this TBR challenge in hopes that it will help me conquer my TBR pile once and for all (kind of).

As with every challenge as well, I have set up a few rules:

  • I will write a post at the beginning of every month, outlining the books I intend to read.
  • I will be writing reviews and recommendations of every book that I do read.
  • I will also do a wrap-up post at the end of every month, showing the books I actually read.

And the big rule of course:

NO MORE NEW BOOKS!

Well OK, so I say no more new books, but I know that that’s impossible for me. I can’t go months without buying books. So I’ve decided that I can have some exceptions to that particular rule, which are:

  • I am allowed to buy new release books by these three authors (because I’d have too!):
  1. Stephanie Perkins
  2. Victoria Schwab
  3. Neil Gaiman
  • I can buy new release books in a series, as long as I already own the first books in said series.

I’m kind of hoping that having these exceptions I’ll be able to stick at this challenge a little while longer than I was able to the last time I tried something like this. Also, you’ll notice that I specify new release books, which means books released in this year (no trying to be tricky and buy older books).

Are you like me, with way too may books that need to be read and not enough time to read them? Feel free to join in on the challenge and let me know in the comments, maybe we can turn this into a thing.

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If You Loved Fangirl, You Should Read…

I recently finished reading FANGIRL, oh who am I kidding, I didn’t read this book, I devoured it! Fangirl had everything I could ever want from a contemporary novel; relatable main character (Cath is made of awesome), nerd appreciation, sarcastic friends, realistic family issues, and an amazing boy. What more could you want from a book?! If you haven’t read it yet then I highly recommend this book, but for those of you who have read Fangirl then I thought I would share a few recommendations of other outstanding contemporaries that I adored.

IF YOU LOVED

FANGIRL by RAINBOW ROWELL

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YOU MIGHT LOVE

LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR by STEPHANIE PERKINS*

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Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion…she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit–more sparkly, more fun, more wild–the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket–a gifted inventor–steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

Funny, sweet, and very real. Stephanie Perkins is on of my favourite contemporary authors and I cannot recommend her books enough (you will often hear me fangirling over them). Plus, Levi really reminded me Cricket when I was reading Fangirl.

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THE DUFF: DESIGNATED UGLY FAT FRIEND by KODY KEPLINGER*

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Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

Who hasn’t felt like ‘The DUFF’ at some point in their life?  I connected with this book so much and I would say it’s a must-read for anyone, at any time in their life.

*Book synopsis from Goodreads.

Have you read either of these? What are your recommendations when it comes to stunning contemporary?

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Five Reasons You Should Read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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OK, I’ll admit it, I was hesitant to read this book. I’d picked up Eleanor & Park last year because all my friends raved about it, I mean RAVED! about it. It left me disappointed. I don’t know why, I just didn’t connect with the characters. So, when Fangirl came out, I spent a lot of time ummming and ahhhing about it. Honestly, the only reason I gave it a go was because my friend Sophie spoke so highly of it.

I am so very glad that I did pick it up though. I devoured this book. It was very different from Eleanor & Park and I connected with both the characters and the writing style a lot more. I have so much love for it that I cannot even tell you.

Here’s some of the reasons why I think you should give this book a go!

1. Cath.

Cath is me when I was 18 (even though I wasn’t in college at the time). In fact Cath is probably still me now. It was refreshing to see a nerdy character who was allowed to love something so passionately and unironically, without it being made to seem like it was a bad thing. Cath was happy just being herself, whether people thought she was weird or not. Needless to say, I connected with her character a lot.

2. Simon Snow.

Ah this book gave me so many Harry Potter feels it was unbelievable. There is a scene at the end of the book that really reminded me of the midnight opening for The Deathly Hallows. I worked in a bookstore at the time and had a great time dressing up and being a part of something that was so big, not just for me but for so many people. But I have this distinct memory of getting my book and just standing there thinking ‘this is it, after this there won’t be anymore’.

3. Reagan.

Reagan was one of my favourite characters. She’s so damn funny. I swear, most of the time when I was laughing (and I mean mouth open wide, uncontrollable laughter) it was when Reagan was on the page, usually saying something snarky.

4. Levi.

Levi is adorable. And flawed. I love that Levi was flawed and made stupid mistakes and said the wrong thing, because it made me real. There’s nothing worse than a character that is just perfect, that never screws up, because that’s not what happens in real life. People mess up. Levi made mistakes, and then he made up for them.

5. Unresolved family issues.

The ending of this book is not wrapped up in a neat little bow. There are issues that are raised throughout the story that are not resolved completely, but they are resolved enough (if that makes sense). I don’t like books where every loose end is tied away nicely, because that’s not what happens in real life. Issues linger, they take a long time to sort out.

Have you read Fangirl yet? Did you love it as much as I did?

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If You Loved The Unbound, You Should Read…

I recently finished reading The Unbound, which is the second book in The Archived series, and I absolutely loved it! It’s one of those books that I am just telling everyone about at the moment, and if you haven’t checked out the series then I highly recommend that you do. However, for those of you who have read the book and loved it as much as I did, I thought I would do a little recommendations post.

IF YOU LOVED

THE UNBOUND by VICTORIA SCHWAB

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YOU MIGHT LOVE

THE NAME OF THE STAR (SHADES OF LONDON #1) by MAUREEN JOHNSON*

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The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it’s the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.

Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn’t notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

Creepy, chilling and intriguing. Full of murder, ghosts and unexpected plot twists.

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THE RAVEN BOYS (THE RAVEN CYCLE #1) by MAGGIE STIEFVATER*

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It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Myths, ghosts, prophecies and complicated characters. I loved this book.

* Book synopsis taken from Goodreads.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

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What do you want to see?

Hi guys,

So you might have noticed that I’ve decided to split my blogs up. I now have one blog for writing and book posts (this one), which is why I started blogging in the first place, and a separate blog for beauty related posts (Laura Attempts…). I thought this would be an easier way keep posts organized.

Anyway, onto the point of this post

I’m honestly a bit stuck with this blog at the moment. I have no idea what to post about. Most of my recent posts have been about #WIPmarathon or book hauls, and while those were great #WIPmarathon has now sadly come to the end, and I don’t want this blog to become stale. Therefore I thought I would reach out to you guys and ask what you would like to see on here.

February Haul: Books

 So… Waterstones had a 20% off special over the weekend, which of course meant that I had to go in buy a book or two (or six). I was going to be good this month, considering my TBR pile is actually getting ridiculous, but you know, it was 20% off! Who could resist? Anyway, here’s what I brought.

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Black Heart by Holly Black:I absolutely loved White Cat and Red Glove has been on my TBR pile for a while, hopefully I’ll find the time to catch up on this series.

Infinite Sky by C.J Flood: I’ve heard great things about this novel, and I’m always on the lookout for a great contemporary.

The Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson: I really enjoyed 13 Little Blue Envelopes and the sequel, along with her Name of the Star series, but I’ve been eager to read some of her other contemporaries

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: This book was recommended to me by my lovely friend Sophie. I wasn’t a massive fan of Eleanor & Park, which was disappointing cause I’d heard so many wonderful things, but I am hopeful for Fangirl.

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys: Honestly, I was totally drawn to the cover of this one. It just stood out amongst the other books on offer. I couldn’t resist.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein: This was another recommendation and I can already tell that it’s going to break my heart.

Have you brought anything exciting this month? Did you take advantage of Waterstones 20% off?

As always, if you would like a review on any of these books, let me know if the comments and I’ll see what I can do.

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Five Reasons You Should Read The Unbound by Victoria Schwab!

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I was going to try and write a full review of this book, but I knew that if I even attempted such a thing it would just collapse into a heap of mushy love, where I couldn’t get my words out straight and I would just end up typing: READ THIS BOOK NOW! WHY ARE YOU STILL READING THIS, WHEN YOU COULD BE READING THE UNBOUND? possibly over and over again. So, instead of that madness I thought I would try and portray my love for this book by giving you five simple reasons why you should read it.

1. Victoria’s writing.

It is beautiful and lyrical without being over the top. I get lost in her words until there is nothing left but me and them. Honestly, you can be screaming at me and I just won’t hear you. This happens every time I read one of Victoria’s books, her writing is just THAT good.

It is the sort of writing that demands to be read slowly and out loud. To be savored, not devoured.

2. Mackenzie.

I loved Mackenzie in the first book, The Archived, she is such a complex and emotional character. Strong and brave and afraid and foolish. I was blown away by her character development in this book. She is pushed the point of breaking, constantly struggling to stay on top of everything that life throws at her, while still trying to cling onto her belief and the people that she loves.

3. The Tone.

While I would describe The Archived series as a psychological, supernatural thriller (yes, that is a thing) I really enjoyed how The Unbound lent more towards the psychological and contemporary side of things. Yes The Archive and The Narrows are still there, but this books deals more with Mackenzie’s emotional state, and how she’s coping (or not coping as it were) with what happened during The Archived.

4. The Archive and The Narrows.

Even though they play less of a role in The Unbound than they did in The Archived, they are still there, and as eerie as ever. The world that Victoria had created within the walls of The Narrows and The Archive is incredibly complex, but so well thought out that it’s believable. Plus, with the return of The Archive means the return of one of my favourite characters, Roland, who we all know is awesome. But it also means the return of Agatha, who I’ll tell you, really reminds me of Dolores Umbridge in this book.

5. Wesley Ayers.

Yes, Wesley Ayers. Glorious, beautiful, why-the-hell-isn’t-he-real?, Wesley Ayers. Need I say anymore?! One of my favourite things about this book was getting to see Mac and Wes’s relationship develop throughout. It was beautiful and sincere, and the best type of friendship.

Well have I convinced you to read the book yet? I hope so.

And as a side note, if you have read The Unbound and loved it like I did, then I strongly urge you to read this post by Victoria.

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