Recent Reads (2)

I’ve been wanting to talk about these books for a while but I don’t have enough to say about each for a full review.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Stardust had been sitting on my shelves unread for like a year. Since I end up watching the film pretty much every time it’s on TV I figured that I should finally pick it up and read it. I really enjoyed it, even though it’s completely different from the film. The plot is basically the same but some of the best characters from the film like Captain Shakespeare aren’t in it. I enjoyed the writing style, it’s written in the style of fairy tales and is pretty simple.

Black Friday by Robert Muchamore

Black Friday is the final book of the Aramov trilogy. I had been waiting a year to read it and it didn’t disappoint. I loved that James Adams the main character from the previous Cherub series was brought back.

Miss Peregrines home for peculiar children by Ransom Riggs

I’d been wanting to read Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children since I heard about it years ago. I loved the idea that it contained real old pictures and I was expecting it to be really good. It turned out to be kind of average so I was disappointed. I think that’s sort of my fault though because I built it up too much in my head. If you like books that feature supernatural people who are being hunted by other supernatural people you’ll enjoy Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children.

Girl of nightmares by Kendare Blake

This book was hugely disappointing. When I read Anna Dressed in Blood I couldn’t put it down because I wanted to know what going to happen. With this one I had to force myself to keep reading instead of putting it down.  I found it kind of boring as most of the book is spent building up to the ending. It just lacked everything that was good about the first book. [The first book had awesome/interesting ghosts, murder and ghost hunting. Plus a really good ending]  In my opinion Anna Dressed in Blood could have been left as a stand alone book.

A Storm of Swords 2: Blood and Gold by George R.R. Martin

A Storm of Swords 2: Blood and Gold is the best Game of Thrones book I’ve read so far. (I’m still currently reading the next book A Feast for Crows) It’s ridiculously action packed and is basically death after death after death.

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September Rewind

In September I read 4 books. They were:

Geek Girl by Holly Smale
Black Friday by Robert Muchamore
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K Rowling)

September was a pretty busy month for me as I moved from London to university in an entirely new city . I enjoyed all the books that I read. I reviewed Geek Girl and am currently planning reviews of The Cuckoo’s Calling and Fangirl.

August Rewind

In August I read 5 books. They were:

Miss Peregrines home for peculiar children by Ransom Riggs
A Storm of Swords 2: Blood and Gold by George R.R. Martin
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
In the Midst of Life by Jennifer Worth

August was a pretty good month because all of the books I read were new to me and not rereads.

Miss Peregrines home for peculiar children and Girl of nightmares were both disappointing. I was expecting them to be really good and they weren’t. Miss Peregrines home was just a bit average. Girl of nightmares was boring and lacked everything that made the first book good.

I really enjoyed Stardust and A Storm of Swords 2: Blood and Gold.

I’m currently about 300 pages into the next Game of Thrones book A Feast for Crows.

A-Z book survey

The A-Z book survey was created by Jamie at The Perpetual Page-turner. I saw it and thought that it looked like fun. It reminded me of all the Surveys I used to do on Bebo way back in 2007.

Author you’ve read the most books from:

I’m pretty sure that it’s a tie between Robert Muchamore and Jacqueline Wilson.

Best Sequel Ever:

I’m going to go with Unwholly by Neal Shusterman because it was published 5 years after the first and managed to be just as good. It could have so easily been watered down but it wasn’t.

Currently Reading:

A Storm of Swords 2: Blood and Gold by George R.R. Martin.

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Tea

E-reader or Physical Book?

Both. Until last year I was one of those people who always said ‘I’m never going to get a kindle’ but after a holiday where my bags were weighed down with books I bought myself one. I love it but I’m never going to give up on physical books.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

I can’t really answer this because I don’t really crush on people/characters very often.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

The perks of being a wallflower. The first time I tried to read it I got bored and gave up. Then a few months later a friend read it and told me to give it another chance. I’m glad I did because I ended up really enjoying it.

Hidden Gem Book:

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin. It’s been a favourite of mine since I first read it.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Discovering the book blogging and booktubing communities and Goodreads. They’ve given me a place to talk about books that I love with people who also love books. Before that I used to annoy my bestfriend (who wasn’t a reader) by always talking about them to her.

Just Finished:

Brigands M.C. by Robert Muchamore

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Romances and YA vampire/supernatural creature stories. I don’t enjoy love stories and I went through a phase when I was about 14/15 where I read all the vampire books I could get my hands on. Since then I haven’t wanted to read any more about vampires.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

A Clash of Kings (873 pages)

Major book hangover because of:

I had to think really hard about this and the only book I could think of was The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. The first time I read it, I read it in one sitting and it made me cry. I never cry at books.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

1. it’s taller than me and is completely full so I have three stacks of books on the floor next to it.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Preferred Place To Read:

In my bedroom and on the bus.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

‘What a treacherous thing it is to believe that a person is more than a person’ – Paper Towns, John Green

Reading Regret:

I don’t really have any regrets.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. I gave up halfway through book 12 because after book 10 they got really bad. It’s like the author had run out of ideas and was just writing stuff that could be turned into the TV show. At some point I need to finish it and the final book.

Three of your All-Time Favourite Books:

Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Books by Robert Muchamore.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Black Friday by Robert Muchamore, Unsouled by Neal Shusterman and Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

Worst Bookish Habit:

Skipping parts in books that I know will made me unhappy. (Like Sirius’s death in Hp5)

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Your latest book purchase:

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Booktubeathon Wrap up

When I wrote that post last Monday I was so hopeful that I was going to read everything and complete most of the challenges. But then I got an email from my teacher telling me that I had about 14 hours to complete 9 different pieces of work. So I spent the first two days of the Booktubeathon stressed out and not sleeping to get the work done.

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These were the books I was planning to read. I managed to finish reading Unwind, got about 4 chapters into A Storm of Swords 2: Blood and Gold and gave up on the Virgin Suicides. I gave up on it because the writing style was difficult & slow and I just wasn’t very interested.

Instead of rereading Wide Sargasso Sea I read Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin. On Saturday I bought Lola and the Boy Next Door and I read it in one sitting.

Altogether I read 3 books during the Booktubeathon. This whole thing has made me realise that if I put pressure on myself to read I end up not wanting to read. Reading is something that I do because I enjoy it, not because I have to.

Booktubeathon

Hi, sorry for the month long hiatus. I’ve spent that time desperately trying to complete work so that I’ll pass my course with good enough grades to go to university. Anyway moving on, today is the start of the week long BookTubeAThon.

The BookTubeAThon was created by two booktubers Ariel Bissett and Raeleen Lemay and the goal is to read as many books as you can between the 15th – 21st July. There are also 7 different challenges.

  1. Read 300 pages a day
  2. Read a book with over 500 pages
  3. Reread a book
  4. Finish a series or trilogy
  5. Read a book that’s been on your selves for ages
  6. Listen to an audio book
  7. Read a classic

I’ve decided I’m going to read four books: Unwind by Neal Shusterman, Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides and A Storm of Swords 2: Blood and Gold by George R.R Martin. Unwind will be a reread, Wide Sargasso Sea is a classic and A storm of swords is over 500 pages long.

Recent Reads

I’ve been wanting to talk about these books for a while but I don’t have enough to say about each for a full review.

How to be a woman by Caitlin Moran

I found this book really problematic mainly because of the authors choice of words and phrases. Like there’s a bit about 100 or so pages in where she casually compares something to (and I’m directly quoting here) ‘that Vietnamese kid covered in napalm’ and another part where she decides that she’s against people wearing the Burka and says that ‘my politeness accepts your choice’. That just seems wrong to me.

If you consider yourself a feminist I wouldn’t recommend that you read this book, especially as the author doesn’t seem to believe that feminism is intersectional. This book is full of sweeping generalisations and offensive language (I’m not talking about swearwords).

Sever by Lauren Destefano

Sever was disappointing, I only really picked it up because I can’t leave a series unfinished once I start it.  To talk about it I need to reveal major plot details so SPOILER WARNING. This book was a mess, the author managed to go back on all the world building in the first two books and killed off two main characters in about as many chapters.

Call the Midwife trilogy by Jennifer Worth

Earlier this year I kind of fell in love with the BBC TV show Call The Midwife (even though it’s not really aimed at people my age). So when I saw that my local library had the books the show was based off I decided to read them. The Call the Midwife trilogy which consists of Call the Midwife, Shadows of the Workhouse and Farewell to the East end, are three memoirs written by Jennifer Worth who was a nurse in the east end of London in the 1950’s. I found them fascinating, not really the childbirth stuff more the stuff about how people used to live. It’s amazing how much London and this country has changed.