July Wrap-Up and August TBR

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July has been a great month! My boyfriend and I got couple tattoos (they look amazing!) and my Grandma arrived from Australia to visit me and her family that still live over here. It was so nice to see her and can’t wait til she’s back with us in August. It’s also been a great month of reading for me 😀 😀 As you’ll see below…


Books I Read


So, the second book in Justin Cronin’s epic Vampire saga. Much like with the first book, it took me awhile to warm up. But, around a quarter or so in, I was pretty hooked again. My problem was that I wanted to read about the characters I already knew, rather than a new group of them, so I was a little stumped at first. BUT, and this is the important thing about this series, YOU HAVE TO KEEP READING. If you’re ever like me when you read these books, maybe feeling a little bored with some characters or whatever, just keep going! It all makes sense in the end and all falls into place so amazingly. The Twelve keeps you on your toes to the point you really have no idea what’s coming next. It’s exciting, raw and yep, a little bit terrifying. Brilliant read.



I had absolutely no idea what I expected from the third and final book of The Passage series, I only knew that I’d sat next to my boyfriend while he was reading it and it made him so psyched, he couldn’t put it down. I read it shortly after finishing The Twelve and it took me a little less time to read than the others. I think it might be my favourite of the trilogy, though I can’t really pinpoint why. It really just bought the whole story into a whole, everything came together in a way that was unexpected, brave and clever. There’s a whole segment in this book that I didn’t expect to like as it was focused on a character we hadn’t really met yet (NO SPOILERS), but I actually thoroughly enjoyed it. I just loved seeing how everything panned out for the characters I’d gotten to know over the last few weeks. I can’t really fault this book as a finale, it’s pretty spectacular. Definitely think you should read this series if you’re at all interested in an enthralling story, raw characters and of course, vampires. And not one’s that sparkle or are much like anything you’ve probably seen before. I recommend this series to all :).


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The best thing this coming-out novel had going for it was humour. It made me laugh almost on every page. Noah is one funny guy! In some ways, I feel like the book was a bit too far away from my age group (though I can’t really be considered a Young Adult myself anyway anymore, even if I feel like I haven’t changed much since I was one), because some of it was a bit immature/dumb. But I guess that was part of the charm and part of Noah’s discovery of himself. I did really enjoy it overall. Noah’s Grandma is the best character beside Noah himself, and well, his relationship with Harry is pretty darn adorkable. A nice, easy little read :).



Now, this was exactly the kind of feel-good YA contemporary I’ve been looking for. It made me gush and laugh and even get a bit weepy inside. Bailey is a great character. I couldn’t put the book down. I can’t say much else because I don’t want to spoil it, but if you’re looking for a fun book to read, this one’s it.



I am a massive fan of Carlos Ruiz Zafon, so decided to read one of his three young adult novels, the first one he ever published. I enjoyed The Prince of Mist enough to want to check out the other ones, but I think the translation of this particular story got a little lost at times, so I couldn’t connect to it at times. It seemed the language was often over simplified. But, still, Zafon is a fantastic storyteller and he always manages to surprise me with his fantastic mysteries, so I can’t really fault him too much.



I bought this on a whim for 99p on my kindle and soon after I noticed there’s a lot of hate on this book on Goodreads. Which, now that I’ve read it, I can understand but some of it I don’t agree with. People were slamming the main character, Molly, for never learning from her mistakes, but I feel like she had to make those mistakes to learn. Molly wasn’t very in touch with herself, which made it seem like she never knew what she was doing, but there are times that we are all like that. It’s very human to be that way, to have no idea who you are and to make mistakes and to hurt people when you’re simply feeling too much. I think Molly is an interesting, flawed character. I actually liked that this book’s not your normal Contemporary teen romance story. It also contains a good lesson about double standards, so props for that.



Hands down one of the most raw and honest novels about sexuality and belonging I’ve ever read. I adored it. It actually made me cry. I want to write a proper review for this book because I think it deserves it, so hopefully I get some time to. Seth King isn’t always the perfect writer. There were times I thought Cole’s monologues rambled a bit and that feelings and ideas were often repeated. But King knows exactly how to get his points across and how to make you feel, deep in your heart. This is so worth the read and such an important story, telling to the world as it is today, the world that many of us don’t see. Read it.









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Book Traveling Thursdays: First Book In A Series I Want To Read Soooon


I feel like I am always apologising for being the a super neglectful blogger! I can’t count how many Book Traveling Thursdays I’ve missed in the last several months, not to mention other weekly memes or any posts besides my monthly Wrap-Up and TBR. I have NOT been a good member of the blogging community at all, but hopefully I can try to post a little more in the next couple months before my travels begin.

Moving on.

Book Traveling Thursday is an awesome weekly event held by Danielle and Catia over on Goodreads. There’s a new topic every week and the deal is to share why you chose the book and four different covers of the book: The Original Cover, Your Countries Cover, Your Least Favourite and Your Favourite:).

The Topic This Week: Choose the first book in a series you want to start soon.

For my return to Book Traveling Thursdays after approximately 8 months of neglect (yes, it’s been that long), I have chosen Sabriel by Garth Nix, which is the first of The Old Kingdom/Abhorsen Series. Ever sinceI finally read His Dark Materials recently, I’ve wanted to read another fantasy series that would hopefully impress and move me just as much. It sounds amazing and has so many good things said about it, so I can’t wait to see for myself soon! 🙂


The Original Cover:


As first covers go, this one’s not bad. I like the colours and how it probably depicts exactly the kind of story there is inside 🙂


Australian & Favourite Cover:


It’s not very often that the cover from my country is my favourite, but this time it is. I really love this cover and the character design. She looks so badass and it really makes me want to pick it up and see just how kickass she is! 🙂


Least Favourite Cover:


Maybe it’s because I haven’t read the book yet, but I just find this German cover very odd. What’s with the bells floating in the air? Maybe they’re symbolic of something, but either way this cover just doesn’t work for me.


Bonus/2nd Favourite Cover:


Something quite different than the other covers and the most recent edition. I like it. There’s also an even more minimalist cover out there without the bottom images on it which I quite like as well :).


What do you think of the covers? If you’ve read the series, I’d love to hear your thoughts! 🙂

June Wrap Up and July TBR

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I can’t believe we’re over halfway through the year already. It’s almost a whole year sine I moved out of my home in Australia to start a life with my boyfriend here in the UK. Unbelievable! June has been a wonderful end to that year and not a bad one for books, too!


The Books I Finished/Read


I started this in May and finally finished it mid-June. My boyfriend read it together like we read it’s sequels The Shadow of the Wind and The Prisoner of Heaven. Though it’s the weakest of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series (SO FAR! I CAN’T WAIT TO READ THE NEXT INSTALMENT!!) and probably also the craziest and most confusing, I definitely enjoyed reading it and living inside Zafon’s head for awhile :).


Speaking of living inside author’s heads, Neil Gaiman’s is one I have never encountered before in any shape or form. I have no idea how his mind works, it’s incredible and admirable. This book is insane. Half the time I had absolutely no idea what was going on and I’m still not sure if I liked it. It was fascinatingly weird. The TV series is even weirder! Definitely thought-provoking and original.


I enjoyed reading the second Dark Artifices book loads, as I always do when I return to Clare’s Shadowhunter world. Some parts of Clare’s books I’m always happy to overlook (the too many love triangles, for example) because, overall, I just really enjoy the characters and the magic and the monsters and the drama (yeah, okay, so I do love the angst even if I don’t particularly like the triangle storyline). I love Emma and the Blackthorns and Kit and everyone who takes part in this instalment. It was so entertaining and heartbreaking. I cannot wait for the third book and then, many years away, The Wicked Powers! eeeek!!


Emma Mills is a brilliantly creative, hilarious and touching writer. Sloane is a wonderful protagonist, she felt like a friend I’d love to have and that’s a great thing to find in a character. This was a lovely YA read and one I think is worth reading over several cups of tea on rainy days.


I finally finished this mammoth of a book today, which I am quite proud of! I always find it such an accomplishment when I finish a book that’s over 600 pages long. My boyfriend has been begging me to read this pretty much since I turned the last page of The Dark Tower (his most beloved series and now mine as well), and I know before long he’ll be pushing The Twelve into my hands. Now, I wasn’t sure about The Passage at first. It took me awhile to really get into it, which is always how I first react to multi-perspective narratives, because I hate getting into a particular character and then them being taken away for various reasons. I have to say it wasn’t until about half-way through the book that I was really into the story that was taking shape, though of course there were many things about the first half I liked a lot. I found the longer I spent with certain characters, the more I loved the story. So much happens in this book, and it’s pretty insane, but so worth sticking with. Cronin is a crafty and clever writer and his characters are all spot on, even if I didn’t connect with all of them. In the end I was left wanting more, which is always a great sign and I can’t wait to find out what happens next, especially to my favourite characters.







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May Wrap Up and June TBR

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I’m a little late posting this as I’ve been in Switzerland the last week. Had the most amazing time! We spent a week in a holiday home, lots of walking and a couple of hikes up to some peaks. It was beautiful! Besides the holiday, May has been a mixed month. I haven’t read as much as I planned, but hopefully I’ll read a lot more in June!


Book I Read


I always wanted to read this since seeing the film years ago. The book certainly didn’t disappoint. It was fascinating and raw and I definitely recommend it!


Books I Started Reading


I’m not sure if I’ll even continue with this book… I read almost half of it, but just can’t get into it. I don’t think I have the patience for it at the moment. As Flora suffers from short term memory loss, the book is slow and goes around in circles. While I commend the author for her interesting depiction of amnesia, I’m just struggling with connecting to Flora and her memory loss occurring every 10 mins really doesn’t help. But, who knows, perhaps I’ll pick it back up some other time!


I’m very close to finishing this! I’m not finding it an easy read as it’s so strange and confusing, so it’s not a book I can read for hours a day. It’s taking me awhile to read. But I definitely enjoy it when I do read it and will preserver through the last pages before I get stuck into the new TV series 😛


My boyfriend and I started reading this together on the plane to Switzerland and we’ve got about a quarter of it still to read! We had such nice, sunny weather on our holiday, so we didn’t spend a lot of time reading. Hopefully we’ll get to finish it in the next week!


Meant To Read


Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get my hands on this book this month! Hopefully I’ll read it very soon, though I’m waiting to get my hands on a hard copy as I don’t want to buy this on my kindle or borrow from library. Really can’t wait to read it!


I never had the chance to even start reading this book this month 😦







Top Ten Tuesday: Beautiful Book Covers


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.

This Week’s Topic: Cover Theme Freebie!

I’m a day late on this, but for this week’s awesome Cover Freebie, I just decided to something pretty broad and choose 10 book covers I think are super beautiful. Some of these books I love (it’s always perfect when beautiful covers hold even more beautiful words) and some of them I haven’t read yet, but definitely want to based on their covers alone.





















April Wrap Up and May TBR

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April has been a very quiet month for me, which has been nice in the sense that I’ve been able to do quite a lot of reading. Unfortunately, I didn’t get through all of what I planned to, but I definitely read heaps and some of them really good books, too :).


Books I Read


This book was very similar in plot and content to Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything, except not as good. While I liked the main character Norah (she was very sarcastic and  clumsily charming, a combination that made me laugh multiple times) and enjoyed reading her struggles with Agoraphobia and OCD. Louise Gornall certainly does a good job representing mental illness in a creative way in this book. However, I felt the overall plot and flow of the book didn’t fit and I didn’t enjoy the romantic relationship, which I felt progressed in a way that didn’t really make sense. While I was reading this book, I just always felt there was something missing, I’m not sure what, but it made the book feel pretty unforgettable to me once I’d finished it. Shame!



I really, really enjoyed this book! It’s wonderfully written and partly reminded me of I’ll Give You The Sun. Iris is a fantastic character, really unique. She has a dangerous obsession with arson, which is really interesting. I loved her interactions with her family, whether it was in getting to know her dying father or taking the piss out of her self-obsessed, frankly awful mother and stepfather. I also loved her friendship with Thornton, even though most of it was told through flashback (well, a lot of the book is in flashback, to be fair). It has a perfect ending and is just a really unique book told by a really unique voice in Iris and Jenny Valentine. Definitely worth the read!



I thought I was going to love this book, as best friends turned to lovers is kind of a guilty pleasure plot of mine. However, this book just fell flat. It didn’t feel believable enough. Unfortunately, it barely made me root for the pair to get together. Sure, it had some cute bits and it wasn’t so bad that I forced myself to finish it, but it was nothing heart-stopping or amazing. The characters were fine, the plot had its moments though it was pretty predictable (and not in a way that often makes me feel triumphant in these kinds of YA contemporary books), but sadly it just fell through for me.



My boyfriend bought me this way before the film came out and it was a lot of fun to read. It made me want to re-watch the movie. I quite enjoy reading screenplays 🙂



This is a gem of a YA romance/coming of age book. I actually really enjoyed it. It’s not quite on par with Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, but it’s clever, funny and diverse, has wonderful characters and best of all, a super adorable romance story. Now theres a pair anyone would root for! It’s a really fun book, perfect to settle down with for a night (or day) in :).


Though I personally don’t think this is as good as a Rainbow Rowell book, mainly because I found the whole backstage Convention thing a bit odd and also found that there were occasions the plot felt forced as a means to create drama. However, it’s definitely a touching novel and at times very funny and clever as well. The main characters are unique and good at making the reader laugh. While it didn’t inspire me to ever work at a Convention, it made me think it’d actually be quite fun to go to one! 🙂

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I’m almost through with this book, and it’s quite good. It’s about Chris, a 25 year old guy who goes to sleep drunk in the 1980’s and wakes up in 2006, apparently in someone else’s life. It’s very witty and a fast read if you don’t read other books in between like I have :P. There are some parts of the book I haven’t enjoyed, such as a few pages that was very heavy on masturbation,  But, overall, I am definitely enjoying it and I’m keen to see how or if Chris gets himself out of the future!

Meant To Read

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Alas, I haven’t been able to read this what I’m sure will be wonderful book! I’m waiting for my boyfriend to be able to read it with me, and we haven’t been able to this month. Hopefully sometime in the year I will finally be able to read it!!!













Such a happy accident that the covers on my May TBR list ended up are all matching colours! Amazing 🙂 🙂

What do you think, any books here you’re interested in as well?


Top Ten Tuesday: The Most Unique, Out-there, Quirky Books


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.

This Week’s Topic: 10 Must Unique Books I’ve Read. 

I love finding and reading unique books, it’s always a pleasant surprise and something I’m constantly looking for when I read books. There are times I  enjoy something a little predicable or easy, but I much prefer books that make me think wow, that’s different.  So, for this weeks TTT I thought up the best standalone books I can think of that are a combination of super unique, original, quirky, strange, otherworldly, startling etc, etc. Yaya!


The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami 


Murakami is well known for his weird, completely out of this world novels. At least, that’s how I see it based on the books of his I’ve read. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is probably the strangest book I’ve ever read and I love that about it.  Half the time I had no idea what was going on, but there was a lot of fun in that.


Vurt by Jeff Noon


Noon’s Vurt is apparently not a standalone like I thought, but it deserves to be on this list as one as I’ve only read it and not its sequel. This book will make you think you’re high. That’s the only way I can explain it without giving anything at all away. I’ve never been high literally, but I think I might know what it feels like at least a little bit a from reading this book!


The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

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Oh, wowie!! David Mitchell and his time-travelling, multi-character extravagances! I love The Bone Clocks. It’s a true masterpiece and so, so brilliantly bizarre and unexpected and clever. I have no words for how amazing this book is!


Anything That Isn’t This by Chris Priestly 


I’ve praised this book a few times on my blog already, and I must say it’s definitely up there with the most unique books I’ve ever read. It’s the bleak, eerie setting that’s most unique about Anything That Isn’t This, alongside the fact that Priestly doesn’t at all hand you all the details you need to know to understand what exactly is going on. I think it’s really clever in a subtle and beautiful way.


All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders


I have also blogged about this book a couple of times recently. All The Birds In The Sky is the perfect mix of magic, intrigue, quirky characters and a beautifully weird writing style. While I still have to say that too-fast unravelling of the story at its end disappointed me, it still deserves a spot on this list for it’s perfectly sarcastic humour, intelligently weird characters and unique plot.


The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz


Oscar Wao is one of my favourite fictional characters and this book is a masterpiece in diversity, humour and heartbreak, among other things. It deserves a spot on this list because I’ve never read anything quite like it and because Junot Diaz deserves all the praise.


The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides


A novel by Jeffrey Eugenides just had to be on this list and I’m very happy for it to be The Virgin Suicides. I’ve never read a book like this before, for a lot of reasons whether it be the content in general or the fact that it’s told to us from an outsider, a character that we actually never meet. It’s an extraordinary piece of storytelling and I love it.


Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde


Shades of Grey is young adult sci-fi at its best. I love the whole concept of a grey world with the different systems of colours, and just thinking about this novel makes me want to re-read it. When is the sequel coming omg??


The Road by Cormac McCarthy


The Road  is simply amazing. I can’t even. Just read it and you’ll know why it belongs on this list.


I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

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I’ll Give You The Sun is one of the best books I’ve ever read in my entire life and I love it to pieces. It’s my favourite YA book of all time. It’s amazing. Jandy Nelson has one of the most unique writing styles in existence and omgosh dnsdnfnwenfwenfjnfje. Seriously, this book!! How can I even begin to describe how brilliant it is!!



Watership Down by Richard Adams


I couldn’t really complete this list without also including a shout-out to my favourite book, Watership Down. I mean, it’s a book told from the perspective of rabbits! How more unqiue can you get?? 😀

Well, that’s my TTT for this week (a little bit late, but at least I actually posted one for once!) What do you think? What books would you have put on yours?