September Wrap-Up and October TBR

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September had it’s very high points (a weekend in York, a weekend in London with family and including a visit to the Harry Potter Studio, spending time with my boyfriend every day, enjoying a couple of weeks of working at a primary school) and a couple low points (losing my supply position at said primary school, catching a bit of a cold…). Despite the minor set back there, it’s been a pretty good month. And it’s been a pretty good month for reading!

 

The Books I Read:

Five books for the month isn’t too shabby I think! Each of these books were pretty good, around 3-4 stars. I haven’t reviewed Tell Me Three Things and The Great American Whatever yet, but you can read reviews for the others somewhere on my blog. Surprisingly, while  All The Birds In The Sky and The Girl From Everywhere win for being super unique, my favourite book of the month was actually The Museum of Heartbreak.

 

Still Reading:

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The Dice Man is certainly a harder book to swallow than the other books I read this month, and miles away in genre/content, etc. I think it’s one of those books I can appreciate in so many ways, but one that I just despise because it’s so cynical!  Only a quarter of the way through, but will definitely finish it.

 

The Books I Meant To Read:

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Only one book I planned to read but didn’t this week! Unfortunately, I had this one sitting at the local library waiting for me for ages, but every time I went to pick it up, the library was closed when it was meant to be open! Anyhow, I now have it in my little pile of library books, so next month…

 

 

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October

Hopefully I get through these! I haven’t chosen toooo many books to read as I am baring in mind that I’ll spend the last week of October in Barcelona, though I’m sure my boyfriend and I will get through our book club book in between exploring the city :).

 

Finish Reading:

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Read/Start:

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Finally 😛

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Very, very excited to start reading this one! It’s been sitting there on my bedside table waiting for me ever since I bought it for my birthday back in August :).

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I pre-ordered this in August and I really can’t wait to read it! 😀 😀 IT’S GOING TO BE AMAZING I CAN JUST TELL.

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I am the most excited of all to read The Prisoner of Heaven, the sequel of The Shadow of the Wind, with my boyfriend. We’ll start it just before we got to Barcelona (which is where these novels are set if you didn’t know) and when we’re there too. Yay!

Well, there’s my September Wrap Up and October TBR! 🙂 How about yours?

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Friday Finds

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Friday Finds is a weekly event hosted by A Daily Rhythm in which we share books we’ve recently added to our tbr:).

I skipped doing Friday Finds the last few weeks due to working, visiting the Harry Potter Studio in London and not really adding a whole load of new books to my tbr. However, I’ve got a few great finds that I’ve added this week and I have a free friday for more blogging fun!

As a side note, I love how each of these YA genre books have covers that turned out, rather coincidentally, all blue! I think I am just naturally drawn to such covers 😛

 

1)

Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner

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Summary:

Otis and Meg were inseparable until her family abruptly moved away after the terrible accident that left Otis’s little brother dead and both of their families changed forever. Since then, it’s been three years of radio silence, during which time Otis has become the unlikely protégé of eighteen-year-old Dara—part drill sergeant, part friend—who’s hell-bent on transforming Otis into the Olympic swimmer she can no longer be. But when Otis learns that Meg is coming back to town, he must face some difficult truths about the girl he’s never forgotten and the brother he’s never stopped grieving. As it becomes achingly clear that he and Meg are not the same people they were, Otis must decide what to hold on to and what to leave behind. Quietly affecting, this compulsively readable debut novel captures all the confusion, heartbreak, and fragile hope of three teens struggling to accept profound absences in their lives.

Why I want to read it:

Besides the fact that I adore the cover, Phantom Limbs just sounds incredible. A deep, anguished, sorrowful kind of novel that I think will really deliver some hard truths about life and death and everything in between. So cliche of me to say, but I have a feeling this book is going to be pretty far away from any kind of cliche.

2)

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

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Summary:

This is a love story.
It’s the story of Howling Books, where readers write letters to strangers, to lovers, to poets.
It’s the story of Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie. They were best friends once, before Rachel moved to the sea.
Now, she’s back, working at the bookstore, grieving for her brother Cal and looking for the future in the books people love, and the words they leave behind.

Why I want to read it:

So, I usually stay away from blurbs/taglines that start with ‘This is a love story.’ Too generic and bleugh. But, I let that pass because it’s a book about books and writing and love and well, I just can’t pass that up.

3)

A Song To Take The World Apart by Zan Romanoff

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Summary:

Hanging out with Chris was supposed to make Lorelei’s life normal. He’s cooler, he’s older, and he’s in a band, which means he can teach her about the music that was forbidden in her house growing up. Her grandmother told her when she was little that she was never allowed to sing, but listening to someone else do it is probably harmless— right?

The more she listens, though, the more keenly she can feel her own voice locked up
in her throat, and how she longs to use it. And as she starts exploring the power her grandmother never wanted her to discover, influencing Chris and everyone around her, the foundations of Lorelei’s life start to crumble. There’s a reason the women in her family never want to talk about what their voices can do.

And a reason Lorelei can’t seem to stop herself from singing anyway.

Why I want to read it:

Simply put, this book just sounds really intriguing. I’m very curious to discover what happens to Lorelei when she starts singing.

4)

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

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Summary:

Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love that he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he’s been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything’s about to change.
 
Grace isn’t who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys’ clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It’s obvious there’s something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn’t your average story of boy meets girl. Krystal Sutherland’s brilliant debut is equal parts wit and heartbreak, a potent reminder of the bittersweet bliss that is first love.

Why I want to read it:

This book just ticks all the right boxes for me. I like what I like, can’t help that. I just hope the book is better than it sounds, because I’ve read a fair few books with this kind of storyline and they’re often a disappointment. Really do hope this isn’t an average boy meets girl tale.

And that’s it for my Friday Finds this week. Will any of these books be added to your tbr?

Book Traveling Thursday: Freebie

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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:).

This week it’s Free Choice!!

I decided on a topic from June:

Yesterday was International Children’s Day!! Choose a book you would read in your childhood if you could go back in time.

The book(s) I chose was a very easy choice, as I’ve always been kicking myself over the fact that I’ve never read them, let alone that I never read them in my childhood. Shameful!! I’m planning to finally read this series this year and I can’t wait because I’ve only ever heard good things 🙂

 

His Dark Materials (1995-2000) by Phillip Pullman

 

Original Covers:

At least I THINK these are the original Scholastic covers. There seemed to be quite a few different ones. Anyhow, I like these ones quite a lot 🙂

Australian Covers:

There doesn’t seem to be any purely Australian publications of His Dark Materials. So I just chose this newer Scholastic (therefore UK/USA publication) which I like and could easily have gone into my Favourites :).

Least Favourite Covers:

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Besides the fact that the title was changed to The Golden Compass for the first one in this lot, I just simply don’t like these covers. They’re too cartoonish. They’re not horrible, though.  I do think the animals look okay and The Amber Spyglass one is certainly interesting. There are probably worse ones out there.

Favourite Covers:

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I love this edition to pieces, it’s so pretty! Just love the design of these, really lovely.

I’m not even sure if you can even buy these ones… They’re HDM publications and I just love them because they’re so different. I especially love the Northern Lights one :).

 

So, that’s it from me this week! What do you guys think of these covers?

Top Five Wednesday: Gateway Books

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Top 5 Wednesday is held hosted by mods Lainey and Samantha over on goodreads  🙂

This week’s topic: Gateway Books to Your Favourite Genre
What books do you think are good to introduce people to your favorite genre? If you have more than one favorite genre, feel free to split it up to cover both.

 

I don’t really have one favourite genre (or I do, but I’ve already mentioned most of my beloved YA books)  so I decided to split my tw5 into 5 separate genres so I could chose a Gateway Book for each 🙂 I tried to choose books that wouldn’t be obvious choices, which is why I haven’t included Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings in here. I love them and they’re ultimate gateway books, no one can dispute that! But I wanted to go with some books that I’ve read that also really made me love different genres.

 

1)

Fantasy

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I only just read Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series in the last year, but it’s really inspired me to want to read more fantasy books! And there are loads I want to read, as I’ve never been a massive Fantasy reader in the past (unless it was YA, but so over that sub-plot of YA now EXCEPT FOR CLASSIC FAVOURITES LIKE HP AND NARNIA). So I definitely see this series as a Gateway book into this genre for me.  I’m almost certain no other Fantasy novel will ever shine as much as this one, but I definitely want to read more :).

 

2)

Young Adult Contemporary

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This is one of the first YA Contemporary novels I read in High School and it definitely made me fall in love with the genre. I found a lot of Dessen’s books a bit stale after I read Just Listen (which I read shortly after The Truth About Forever), she definitely inspired me to discover loads of amazing YA contemporaries that are favourites of mine. Sure, some YA Contemporaries are a bit cliche and predictable, etc. But there really are some treasures out there :).

 

3)

Science Fiction

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Maybe The Handmaid’s Tale is a little bit of an odd choice for Science Fiction, as it’s also largely a Woman’s Fiction, but still. This a marvelous, harrowing dystopian tale, and I adore it. Atwood inspired me to read more Adult fiction as well as delve a little more into Sci-Fi books… though I haven’t done as much reading in those fields as I’d like to!

4)

Literary Classic

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Throughout High School and University, I really enjoyed reading piles of Literary Classics. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was the first 19th Century novel I ever read back when I was 16 or so for my Literature subject, and I loved it more than I ever expected to. Just thinking about it makes me want to re-read it and explore other Literary Classics I haven’t been able to yet!

5)

LGBT

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I remember the librarian at my High School really embarrassed me once because she told me she’d noticed I was interested in LGBT books. It was all hush, hush, like it was a big dirty secret or something. Anyhow, I happen to love reading LGBT, but mainly just because I love any romance/high school/coming-of-age story and wanted to read allll of them, no matter what the sexuality of the characters was! 😛

So, that’s it from me for this week’s tw5! Have you read any of these? What books/genre did you pick? 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Autumn TBR

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

The Topic this week: Books On My Fall TBR List

It’s kind of weird to actually be in the same season as most of the blog world this time around. Usually when these season tbr posts pop up, I’m in Australia and all ‘well, it’s spring right now Australia…’ But now that I’m living in England, I fit right in :P.

Anyhow. I have a load of books I’d love to read over the next couple of months. I haven’t read nearly as much as I did last year so far, and I’m quite behind on my Reading Challenge… But, to be honest, I’ll be pretty happy if I manage to read these 1o books, plus a couple more and the ones I’m currently reading, before the year is through.

So here’s my top ten books on my Autumn TBR:

 

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Do you have any of these on your Autumn/fall tbr? If not, what’s on yours? 🙂

My Day at the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London

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Last Friday was a dream come true!! And the best belated birthday present ever.

I left Manchester on the Thursday to catch the train down to London, where I met up with my Dad, Sisters and Step Mum. We had a lovely Italian for dinner and then an early night, each of us very excited for our visit to the Harry Potter Studio Tour the next day!

After a bit of a tricky ride there on the underground and trains (we were a bit stressed about being late when we got on the wrong, slower train instead of the express one), we finally arrived for our 11:00 slot into the most amazing exhibition in the world!!

It was so incredible. I can’t even fathom into words how amazing it was. To be in and see the sets that were used in the HP films. To see the costumes and props and models the art department created. I don’t want to explain it all in tooooo much detail, because I feel like the magic of being there is a lot to do with not knowing the ins and outs of everything they have, to be surprised every time you turn the corner. I don’t want to spoil anything for those of you who are dying to go and haven’t yet. All I can say is GO GO GO GO. You won’t be disappointed. It’s an amazing place. Magic!

But promise me one thing for when you do go. Try the Butterbeer, it’s delicious! And bring enough money to buy some once in a lifetime souvenirs at the HP Store!!

Here are just a few of the zillions of photos I took. Just a small glimpse of what the HP Studio Tour has to offer :).

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IT’S SO MUCH MORE INCREDIBLE THAN ANY PHOTOGRAPH! A MUST SEE IN REAL LIFE!!

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Characters I Wouldn’t Want To Trade Places With

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Top 5 Wednesday is held hosted by mods Lainey and Samantha over on goodreads  🙂

Topic this week: Characters You WOULDN’T Want to Trade Places With. 

 

1)

Katniss Everdeen

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I wouldn’t want to trade places with because it would be scary and dangerous and way too much pressure and Panem is not the ideal place to be in any sense! Definitely the one of the fictional places I’d never want to find myself in. Also, I still maintain that it would be quite unfortunate to be called Katniss.

2)

Harry Potter

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No matter how much I’d love to be best friends with Ron and Hermione and go to Hogwarts, I’d never want to trade places with Harry. It would be exhausting, I’d hate to be so universally famous and all the pressure would drive me insane. I just wouldn’t be able to cope.

 

3)

Clary Fray

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Again, as much as I’d love a best friend like Simon, I wouldn’t want to trade places with Clary because I just couldn’t deal with a boyfriend like Jace no matter how hot he was and because I simply just wouldn’t want to be Clary. Sorry, she’s just nowhere on my top list of female characters, let alone book characters. Also, Clary isn’t a good name. Sorry.

4)

Frodo Baggins

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Much like with Harry and Katniss,  I wouldn’t want to trade places with Frodo because he has so much pressure on his tiny little shoulders! Like the others, he carries it so well, but with devastating consequences. I just couldn’t take on the same burdens he does.

 

5)

Blue Sargent

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I wouldn’t want to trade places with Blue because, although it’d probably be a lot of fun to hang out at Fox’s Way and with the Raven Boys, I don’t fancy killing my one true love with my lips. Definitely want to keep mine alive, thank you.

And that’s my top 5 this week! What do you think?