Thursday, 7 November 2019

October 2019 Reading Wrap Up


Sorry for posting this wrap up so late but I've got a ton of uni work due in the next couple of weeks so most of my attention has been on that but it's here! I managed to read a total of 11 books in October which I'm pretty pleased with. Commuting really does help with the amount of books I can read as I have an hour train journey to uni and an hour train journey back so I spend most of my time reading and I'm able to get a good chunk of my book read. I had a bit of a mixed bag this month, with some amazing reads, a couple that were just average and one that really disappointed me.

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Wednesday, 6 November 2019

WWW Wednesday | 06/11/2019


WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words that highlights three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished Brighton Rock by Grahame Greene yesterday and I'm still trying to work my head around it. I'm not gonna lie, there were a few instances where I was really confused about the circumstances so I had to do some googling to kind of figure out what went down. Overall, it was good but not one that I'd ever revisit.

 

What are you currently reading?

I'm currently reading One Day by David Nicholls. I'm only about 35 pages in but I'm already enjoying it a lot although this may be because I've seen the movie adaptation and it's one of my favourite romance films so that might be why I'm liking it so much! I'm excited to continue it!

What do you think you'll read next?  

I'm planning on reading The Places I've Cried in Public by Holly Bourne next which will be a bit of a full circle for my blog as It Only Happens in the Movies was the first book I ever reviewed on here. This has got great reviews so I'm looking forward to some more romance after One Day.

Amelie loved Reese. And she thought he loved her. But she’s starting to realise love isn’t supposed to hurt like this. So now she’s retracing their story and untangling what happened by revisiting all the places he made her cry.

Because if she works out what went wrong, perhaps she can finally learn to get over him.

Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? What are you currently reading and hoping to pick up next? Leave a comment or link your own WWW Wednesdays below for me to check out!
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Monday, 28 October 2019

Book Tag | Pumpkin Spice Latte Tag



Oh look, I'm back. After three months of no desire to blog whatsoever I'm going to attempt to slowly bring myself back into it. I don't really have an explanation for why I disappeared, I think I was just getting stresses and I had no inspiration but I do miss writing posts and I'm also considering starting a booktube channel in January so I want to get some of semi-regular posting going on before I jump into making videos.

Today I'm going to be doing the Pumpkin Spice Latte Tag which I spotted over on The Book Dutchesses and was originally created by The Book Pusher over on booktube. I don't actually like coffee but I am in an autumnal mood so wanted to give this tag a go!

Pumpkin Spice Latte
a book everyone likes to hate on but is delicious

First question and I'm already struggling to think of a book that I liked but that most people don't! I might go for Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher mostly because ever since the tv series was released it's been very controversial and polarizing and people have found lot's of problematic things about it. So whilst I do agree with some of the things being said, I do remember really enjoying it
when I read it as well as the first season of the show (the second was ok, the third was awful)!

“Fall is my favorite season”
a cliche you cant get enough of

I'm a sucker for "bad boys with a heart of gold", there's just something about them that makes me go all swoony. I'm also quite fond of the "royalty falls in love with the peasant" trope because I love seeing couples overcoming obstacles in order to be together.  


T-Shirt Weather to Sweater Weather
A book you thought was one thing but was completely different by the end

I recently read The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time which was really not was I expecting it be. I went into it thinking I was going to get an interesting murder mystery book but it turned into more of a family drama by the middle of the book and I ended up not enjoying it as much as I thought I would.  


“Spoops”
do you have a spooky book on your tbr?

I can't wait to read My Best Friends Exorcism by Grady Hendrix and was really hoping to fit it into my October TBR but it might have to be one I save for next year instead. It sounds super fun and creepy and I love that it takes place in the 80's as it's probably my favourite decade for media like music and films!


Tarot Reading
a five star prediction

I'm always wary about setting five star predictions cause I don't want to set my expectations too high and then end up being disappointed by a book I was really excited for. That being said I think I'm going to really enjoy Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff when I eventually get round to reading it. I love mixed media novels and althought I'm not the biggest of sci-fi, I'm really intrigued by this premise.    

 Sephora Sage + Crystal Set
a book that meant well but missed the mark by a landslide

Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan was the first book that popped into my mind for this. I was super excited to read this YA feminist book about two girls battling racism and sexism but whilst I enjoyed the POV of one of the characters, the other one just got on my nerves and was very selective about what she thought feminism was and was pretty offensive at times. My full review goes into more detail but this book definitely missed the mark for me. 


 This tag was fun, I'm always on the lookout for tags with interesting questions so hit me up if you have any suggestions. Hopefully I'll be back with some new content soon as I get myself back on track with my posting schedule. Happy Reading!  

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Thursday, 11 July 2019

ARC Review | The Stranger's Guide To Talliston by John Tarrow

Title: The Stranger's Guide To Talliston
Author: John Tarrow
Publication Date: 11th July 2019 by Unbound
Format: ARC via Netgalley
Target Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Science-Fiction
Goodreads | Amazon | Waterstones


Synopsis  

Abandoned and alone, thirteen-year-old Joe's world is shattered when he enters a deserted council house and becomes trapped within a labyrinth protecting the last magical places on earth. There, Joe discovers a book charting this immense no-man's land, without time or place, its thirteen doors each leading to a different realm. Hunted by sinister foes, the boy is forced ever deeper into both the maze and the mystery of his missing parents. What will he find at the labyrinth's centre, and can it reunite him with the family he so desperately needs? 




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Friday, 5 July 2019

Book Review | The Life and Death Parade by Eliza Wass

Title: The Life and Death Parade
Author: Eliza Wass
Publication Date: 12th July 2018 by Quercus
Format: Paperback
Target Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Goodreads | Amazon


Synopsis

One year ago, Kitty's boyfriend Nikki Bramley visited a psychic who told him he had no future. Now, he's dead.

With the Bramley family grieving in separate corners of their home, Kitty sets out to find the psychic who read Nikki his fate. Instead she finds Roan, an enigmatic boy posing as a medium who belongs to the Life and Death Parade--a group of supposed charlatans that explore, and exploit, the thin veil between this world and the next. A group whose members include the psychic... and Kitty's late mother.

Desperate to learn more about the group and their connection to Nikki, Kitty convinces Roan to return to the Bramley house with her and secures a position for him within the household. Roan quickly ingratiates himself with the Bramleys, and soon enough it seems like everyone is ready to move on. Kitty, however, increasingly suspects Roan knows more about Nikki than he's letting on. And when they finally locate the Life and Death Parade, and the psychic who made that fateful prophecy to Nikki, Kitty uncovers a secret about Roan that changes everything.

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Thursday, 4 July 2019

Book Tag | Who Am I?


So, again I was doing a little blog hopping and going through some of my favourite blogs archives and I found this tag on Howling Libraries, which is one of my favourite blogs to browse through. This seemed like such a fun tag as I love all those personality tests and it's also a great way to get to know the person behind the blog in a different way.
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Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Top Ten Tuesday | Favourite Childhood Books


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature that highlights ten books that all relate to a certain topic and is  hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This Weeks Topic Is... 

Favourite Childhood Books and this was such a trip down memory lane. I loved looking up all those books I loved when I was younger, so much nostalgia rediscovering books I loved but had forgotten about. I can't wait to read some of these to my neice when she's a bit older and hopefully they'll become some of her childhood favourites as well.

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Monday, 1 July 2019

June 2019 Reading Wrap Up


I managed to read a total of 10 books in June which isn't bad, it's only a couple less then what I read in May, and yet for some reason I'm quite disappointed in myself. I think it's mostly down to the fact that I didn't manage to read all of the books on my June TBR post and therefore didn't reach my monthly goal. I've had a couple of slow weeks so I've only felt like reading a few chapters here and there rather then picking up a book and reading half of it in one sitting. I suppose it brings up the question of whether we should be setting ourselves reading goals and whether or not that applies too much pressure on us as bloggers. We should just be reading what we want when we want and reading simply for pleasure instead. Anyway, here's all the books I read in June and a little of what I thought about them...

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