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!

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!!!

 

 

 

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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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April

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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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March

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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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January 

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

October Wrap Up, mini reviews and November TBR :)

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October

October was quite a busy month and a really nice one, too. I visited my old rellies and went on a couple trips with my boyfriend, a weekend way camping at the Peak District and a week holiday in Barcelona! Not so shabby, if I do say so :).

Reading wise, I’ve done ok. I’ve read a few books I’ve really enjoyed, but didn’t quite hit the mark with the books I meant to read. Oh well, here’s how my reading went. I’ve also included mini reviews for the books I read, as I haven’t had the time to write full reviews for most of them!

Books I Read

 

Highly Illogical Behaviour by John Corey Whaley

I really enjoyed reading this book, but it didn’t have the impact I expected it to. I liked that the story was about a boy whose agoraphobic and the friends he makes out of Lisa and Clark when Lisa decides its her destiny to help him (which begins as her way into writing the best essay to get into college but becomes so much more). I liked the friendship between the three and generally found each character likeable and frequently funny. However, while this is definitely an enjoyable little read, it’s not one of those books that’s going to stick with me forever. I liked it, but I didn’t love it.  Three Stars.

 

Anything That Isn’t This by Chris Priestly

Read my review. I really, really liked this one! Four Stars.

Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

After All The Bright Places, there was a lot of hype about this novel. I was very excited to read it myself and  really hoped that I would love it to pieces. Now, that didn’t quite come true. Don’t get me wrong, I tremendously enjoyed reading this book. I often couldn’t put it down because I was so enjoying being in Libby and Jack’s different worlds. I found each of their personal stories compelling, sad, rich and fascinating. Especially Jack’s big secret and how he deals with it every day. This isn’t a spoiler as we all know what happens in this books, so I’ll say that I did like the romance in the story and the relationship these two build together. It didn’t blow me away, but it was nice. I felt like this was a really good character driven story, but I also thought it was missing something in the plot. The overall story itself just didn’t impact me as much as I’d hoped it would. But, of course, it was certainly worth reading and I’m very glad I did. Three and a half stars. 

The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

I’ve been waiting a long time to finally read the sequel to The Shadow of the Wind,  or the third book in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series but I’m so glad my boyfriend and I waited to read it in Barcelona where the story is set. It was so lovely to read it in that city, whether in little cafes over coffee or at tapas bars or in hammocks on a rooftop. Just wonderful. While I didn’t gush over this book as much as I did it’s prequel, mainly because this book felt largely like a filler as there’s another book coming that will tie everything together, the big finale, I really did enjoy reading it. It was just great to be in Daniel and Fermin’s lives again, and to learn more about the past and how everything fits together. This series altogether is without a doubt a 5 star series, but I’ll rate this one a little lower just because it’s not quite as brilliant as Shadow, but still worth every moment of reading it. Four Stars. 

 

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

I liked this book much more than I expected to. I thought the whole concept of a incurable TB spreading around the world and contagious kids being sent to sanitariums for the first chance of being given the cure (should there ever be one) really interesting and well thought out. So, concept and the complications that go alongside are great for a story. What made the book for me though was the characters. I liked the two protagonists Lane and Sadie (the chapters swap between their perspectives) a lot, and consequently I liked their relationship and also their friendship with three other main characters, Charlie, Nick and Marina. There’s a lot in this novel. Great friendship and romance, and it really delves into important discussions about loneliness, belonging, death and living. I’m saying all that in broad sense as I don’t want to give anything away. Sure, the novel is a little predictable, and the writing itself is nothing out-of-this-world, but it has a punch to it that I wasn’t expecting and I really think this a book worth reading for YA lovers. Three and a half stars.

 

Still Reading 

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This is still proving to be a difficult and slow read for me, but I’m getting there… I’m determined to finish it in November!

 

Meant to Read

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Still haven’t read this… I’m not sure if I will or not. I read the first couple pages and the writing and character of it just kind of annoyed me for some reason… Has anyone read it and thinks it’s a worthwhile read?

 

And that’s it for my October Wrap.

On to….

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November

Here’s the four books I plan to read in November! (Not counting The Dice Man), plus a bonus book if I go well with these!

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BONUS:

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What do you think of my TBR? Have you read any of these? 🙂

Happy November everyone!

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?