June Wrap Up and July TBR

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June

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

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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 :).

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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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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May

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

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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

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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!

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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 😛

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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

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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!

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

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April Wrap Up and May TBR

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April

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

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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!

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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 🙂

 

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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 :).

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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! 🙂

Started Reading

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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!

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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!!!

 

 

 

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May

 

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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?

 

March Wrap Up and April TBR

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Although I have been so incredibly slack with blogging this month, having not posted anything since my last Wrap Up/TBR post, March has otherwise been a pretty good month. I’ve eaten far too much junk food (given that my boyfriend and I basically decided it was time to celebrate Easter early on multiple occasions), enjoyed working at a number of different schools with some fantastic kids, seen Little Comets play in Manchester and became obsessed with The Office (US). I’ve also spent a lot of time with my nose in some seriously good books, so here they are!

Books I Read

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I finally, FINALLY read Philip Pullman’s MASTERPIECE! I’ve always meant to read His Dark Materials and I am so happy that I finally have. What can I say about this amazing series?! Really, I need to write out a proper review as it deserves more than just a quick little praise. It was magical, heartbreaking, hopeful. It was unlike everything I have ever read or dreamed of. I am in awe of this story and wish I could re-read it to experience it all again. Keep an eye out for a proper review, I fully intend to write one!

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I enjoyed this way more than I expected to. Don’t be put off by the silly, cliche tagline! It’s actually a really good read and story about two teenagers who find and help each other. Don’t think for a second that, though the plot sounds as though it’ll be like so many other YA contemporaries, there’s not a whole lot to the book, because there is, especially in regard to the characters! They’re really great, and I guarantee they’ll have you smiling and crying.

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This was an amazing read, super fascinating and unlike anything I’ve read before. It does indeed have Curious Dog in the Nighttime feel to it, but it’s got its own unique story and I was taken away by it. Budo, Max’s imaginary friend, is a great character and narrator, his voice is wonderful. This book is surprising, honest and a great look into what it’s like to be an imaginary friend, especially when your human friend is in desperate need of saving.  Just brilliant.

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I wasn’t planning to read this book this month, but I ended up reading it over a couple of days. It’s one of those perfect YA contemporaries you can just relax into. I loved the concept of Steffie, whose a selective mute, falling for Rhys, whose deaf, and the complications this caused for their blooming romance. It was really sweet and touching. But what I liked most about the book was Steffie herself. I thought the way she was written was spot on and hilarious. I also loved how Edinburgh, as one of my favourite cities, made its way into the storyline. Over all, a nice little gem of a book :).

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Looks like a great month of reading if I do say so myself! 😀

February Wrap Up and March TBR

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February 

February was a really nice month. I worked a lot, read a lot and went on a wonderful little week away with my boyfriend and his family to the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, where I ate far too much and almost got blown off Roseberry Topping by a ferocious wind :P. All good things, really.

 

Books I Read

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I really enjoyed finishing this unique trilogy this month. Both Hollow City and Library of Souls were great sequels to the first book and the fact that this series has been so hyped up since last year didn’t change my enjoyment of them. That may be because I didn’t have any particular expectations, but whatever the case I can’t fault this series and will always adore the use of photographs as an integral part of the narrative.

 

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This was a cute little read about a friendship and a boy finding himself. It wasn’t quite what I’d hoped/expected it would be in the case of the romance story, but it was pretty adorable and I did really enjoy reading it. Just a nice standalone :).

 

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There were plenty of great things about Love and First Sight, particularly Sundquist’s insightful and creative exploration of blindness itself. Unfortunately, I found the plot a bit shallow at times and often felt like the writing style was vague and often skimmed over parts of the story I would’ve liked to have had more meat to them. But, still, it was a nice story with likeable characters and I did enjoy it :).

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Adam Silvera wins all the awards.This novel is quite similar to More Happy Than Not in style, which I liked, and of course I enjoyed the narrative of History and Now. It was surprising, harrowing and true in delivery of a story about first love and grief. Though I wish there had been a little more in way of some explanations, I can’t fault the deliverance of Griff’s story and I’m really looking forward to Silvera’s next novel.

 

Started/Currently Reading 

 

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I bought The Bone Clocks for my boyfriend for his birthday last year because I knew how much he loved Cloud Atlas, a novel I wasn’t so taken with myself. He finished Bone Clocks last week and told me immediately after that I had to read it so we could talk about it. I am loving it so far, it’s an incredible book. I’m really looking forward to finding out how the story all pieces together!!

 

Meant To Read

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I was unable to pick-up my copy of this from the library on time, so I’m delayed in reading this now.

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I read the first couple of chapters, so technically I’ve started this novel, but then I was told to read The Bone Clocks by my boyfriend first, so Northern Lights is up next!

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January Wrap-Up and February TBR

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Like many months, January has had its ups and downs (mainly ups, thankfully), but it’s certainly been a good start to the year in regards to reading. I’ve enjoyed the books I’ve read this month heaps! I’d love to have had time to write proper reviews on them because they’re really good!

Books I Read

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I really enjoyed this series and as you can see I flew through the last three in the four-part series this month. It was an amazing, fascinating read about two girls/women growing up in Naples, surrounded by poverty, violence and the complications that arise in being bought up in these kind of circumstances. It was an incredible story and the characters are so real and fascinating. The covers really don’t give these books the justice they deserve or go show in any way the depth these novels have.

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I was surprised by this book. It was in the ball-park of novels like Eleanor & Park and All The Bright Places, though sad in a very different way. It was a really interesting story and different from other contemporary novels, I recommend it definitely!

 

Still Reading…

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I meant to finish this book this month but haven’t had the time yet, but I’m definitely really enjoying reading more of Miss Peregrine’s books and keen to finish this one soon 🙂

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What’s on your TBR this month?

December Wrap-Up and January TBR

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December  

December has been a great month for me, I’ve been on holidays for most of it so I was able to focus on reading! Even though the number of books I read wasn’t much, knowing that one of the books I read is basically three normal sized books means I don’t mind so much :P. I had a lovely Christmas with my boyfriend, missed my family back home terribly, but all good :). A lovely end to 2016, in all :).

The Books I Read:

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Technically I started this at the end of November and finished it mid-December, but still! It’s 1300 pages and I’m super pleased with myself that I managed to read it in such a short amount of time, really. I am planning on writing a proper review on this book next week because it deserves one, but right now I will just say that no matter how daunting and massive this book looks, I promise it is so worth reading. This is an apocalyptic masterpiece. I can’t give it 5 stars like I did The Dark Tower, but it’s very close :).

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I didn’t love this book as much as I hoped to, but it was still an enjoyable read. Marlon is a great main character and the situation he finds himself in is certainly entertaining, believable, frightening and altogether a great back-drop for a novel that explores youth and crime in London.

Started Reading:

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I loved the first book in this series and I’m so happy to have started reading the second. I’m only about a quarter of my way through, and planning to read the rest next week before my holidays end. Such a wonderfully clever series!

Meant To Read:

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Unfortunately, what with reading The Stand, I didn’t have the time to read either of these. I had to return It Ends With Us to the library after not being able to renew it (it’s in high demand, as you’d imagine) and the library copy of Our Chemical Hearts I have on hold wasn’t available for me yet, anyway. So these I will try to read in the next few months!

And that’s it for the wrap-up, now for my January 2017 TBR! 

 

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Can’t wait to get started with reading in 2017! 😀