Books · Friday Reads

What I’ve Been Reading | #FridayReads

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Last Read: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Thoughts: Worst book I’ve ever read. I hate every page of it and I don’t know how I managed to finish it. I kept telling myself it would get better, it did *slightly* improve but not enough to be considered a good book. I have no idea what other people see in this book, I honestly cannot find a good thing to say about it.
I want to read of all the Bronte’s novels, I started with Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and I absolutely loved it! (Review here) I am so disappointed in Wuthering Heights that I think I’ll put off reading anymore Bronte for a while.

 

the-last-wish-andrzej-sapkowskiCurrently Reading: The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
Thoughts:  This is a collection of short stories, set before the main Witcher series (which I haven’t read yet) and so far it’s going well. The world is interesting and intriguing, I’m definitely excited to learn more. The main character, Geralt, seems like a pretty cool, badass guy. So far it’s a quick and easy read, I’m around 100 pages in so far but those have gone by pretty quickly. Will I finish this before June ends? Hopefully, it’s only 280 pages.

Make sure to check out my wrap up to see whether I can get this done!

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Next Read:  I was sent Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik to review, so I’m definitely picking that up next. It will most likely be July when I get to this, it comes out July 12th so I need to read and review before then!

 

 

Have a great weekend! 🙂


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Books · Top 5 Wednesday

Books I Want to Read Before the End of the Year | Top 5 Wednesday

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Happy Wednesday!
Since I plan on posting a lot over the summer, I realised I’d run out of blog post ideas pretty quickly.  So I decided I’m going to start doing Top 5 Wednesdays. I don’t know if I will do them every single week but I’ll be doing whenever I like the topic!
*Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics!


1) Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

dsc_1473.jpgUntil recently (literally days ago), I didn’t own this book but wanted (desperately) to read it. I had been on the lookout for the UK hardback for ages and couldn’t get ahold of it. Luckily, someone on twitter didn’t want their copy and so we did a trade.
Finally, I can now read Strange the Dreamer! I will be picking this up asap in anticipation of Muse of Nightmares, I love Laini Taylor’s writing and previous series so I have no doubts that I’ll love this too.

 

2) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

dsc_1410.jpgThis is on my list of classics to get to this year, I really want to read this over the summer. I have no idea if it actually is summery but I’m saying it is!
I also really want to watch the BBC miniseries, so I need to read this asap so I can binge watch that afterwards!

 

3) The Hobbit by J.R.R TolkienIMG_20180523_160150_342.jpgUnpopular opinion:  I think Tolkien is overrated. I’ve read the first two Lord of the Rings books and honestly can’t see what the fuss is about. I found them to be pretty boring so I’ve been putting off reading The Hobbit. I found this gorgeous edition, which did make me want to read it more but I’m still worried I’m not going to like it.


4) Obsidio by Amie Kaufman + Jay Kristoff

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Obsidio was one of my most anticipated releases for 2018, why haven’t I read it yet? I have no idea. But now I feel like I should reread the first two, as I read them ages ago before I start this one and I’ve been putting it off. Sigh.

 

5) Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas

9781408872918Another anticipated release, that hasn’t actually been released yet and I can guarantee as soon as I get my hands on this I will be reading it. I am dying to know how this series ends, it’s going to be a big book too, so I’ll be disappearing for a week when this comes out.


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Books · Review

Review: Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne | Sci-Fi Jane Eyre Retelling!?

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Synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Stella Ainsley wants just one thing: to go somewhere—anywhere—else. Her home is a floundering spaceship that offers few prospects, having been orbiting an ice-encased Earth for two hundred years. When a private ship hires her as a governess, Stella jumps at the chance. The captain of the Rochester, nineteen-year-old Hugo Fairfax, is notorious throughout the fleet for being a moody recluse and a drunk. But with Stella he’s kind.

But the Rochester harbours secrets: Stella is certain someone is trying to kill Hugo, and the more she discovers, the more questions she has about his role in a conspiracy threatening the fleet.


Plot:
As it is a Jane Eyre retelling, the story follows the same basic storyline as Jane Eyre, except it’s set in space!
The story and romance are cute, fun and cheesy in the best way! I really enjoyed every moment of this book. I read the entire book in one day, (around 8 hours incl breaks etc) I was hooked and literally could not put it down!
I don’t believe it is necessary to have read Jane Eyre before this, if you do know the story then it will be ‘predictable’ as in you’ll know how it will end etc. Obviously, there are other plot points thrown in and a few twists, I didn’t see coming! Having read (and loved) Jane Eyre I did love seeing how this compared in a sci-fi, space set story. The sci-fi element is a nice twist on the story of Jane Eyre and in my opinion, it worked brilliantly.

Characters:
Stella:
The protagonist and the ‘Jane’ in this story. She’s a teacher/ engineer who’s desperate to escape the ship she’s currently on and applies to be a governess on another ship. She’s been rejected many times and starts to lose hope of ever leaving.
She’s feisty and sassy and knows how to stick up for herself, similar to Jane Eyre.

Hugo: The love interest and ‘Mr Rochester’ in the story. He’s the captain of the Rochester and like Mr Rochester, has a dark secret lurking. I found him very sweet and likeable and I  loved reading the scenes between Stella and Hugo, so ship them!

There are also some awesome side characters too!
Jessa is a cool kid, I love the relationship she builds with Stella. The crew in general aboard the Rochester are a great cast!

Overall, it’s is really great, fun read, I thoroughly enjoyed myself whilst reading and would I highly recommend it!

Rating: 4.5 Stars!

*Thank you to the lovely Lydia from Titan Books for sending me this in exchange for an honest review. However, all opinions are my own!

 


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Books · Tag

Top 5 Books I Read This Spring! | 2018

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Hey Guys!
I thought I would start doing seasonally favourites, where I talk about the best 5 books I’ve read during that season. These are in no particular order, I don’t think I could actually rank them as they’re all great in completely different ways.
There were a few books that ended up really surprising me, I don’t tend to read outside of my comfort zone (fantasy) but I managed to branch out and found some new favourites!


1) The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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This is surprising to me – I am not usually a dystopian fan – I usually prefer sci-fi in a space setting. However, The Handmaid’s Tale is a really interesting and powerful read. The plot is so intriguing, fascinating and quite frankly terrifying as a woman.
Full review here. 

2) Charmcaster by Sebastien De Castell

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Well… I knew this would be in my top 5. I loved the first two books in this series and the third book, Charmcaster, did not disappoint. I love Sebastien De Castell’s writing, it’s so humorous and entertaining! I cannot wait for the next book!
Full Review here.

 

 3) Hold Back The Stars by Katie Khan

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This was another surprising one, I picked on the audiobook as it was free using my library and I ended up adoring it. I’m not usually a fan of romance-heavy books but with the sci-fi/space setting, I found I really enjoyed it.
Full Review here

4) The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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Probably the biggest surprise – a mystery novel. I never ever read mystery, however, I heard this one had a sci-fi twist and had such great reviews I couldn’t pass when I saw it on my library’s audiobook list!
Full Review here

5) The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green

39127492I received this as an eArc from NetGalley, I requested it on a whim, didn’t really know much about it other than it was YA fantasy. I ended up really enjoying it, it’s a great start to a series with a great cast of characters! I’m looking forward to the next book, sadly I’ll have to wait a while. 
Full Review here



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Books · Reread Review

Reread Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

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As you may or may not know, I have been rereading The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. Two books down, two to go! Review for the first book The Raven Boys is here.
Just a potential spoiler warning, if you haven’t read the first book you could be spoiled!


Synopsis:
Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

 


Plot:
Rereading a favourite book can be hit or miss. You could either love it just as much or more, or you could realise you don’t like it anymore…
The plot is definitely slower than I remembered. The first time around I read this so fast but couldn’t read it fast at all this time. It’s not that it’s boring (it’s really not), I definitely didn’t remember as much as of the plot as I thought. Maybe I was taking it in more this time.
Maggie’s writing just makes everything seem interesting and as the book went on I did find it faster to read. The last 100-150 pages flew by! The book ends on a cliffhanger, which I don’t mind so much this time around as I know what happens. When I first finished The Dream Thieves I immediately picked up Blue Lily, Lily Blue.
Maggie’s whimsical, captivating writing just amazes me, it’s so beautiful to read. I’ll be finishing my reread of this series next month!
Characters:
Gansey – Still as adorable as ever. I love Gansey he’s a total sweetheart. This is the book where you really start shipping Bluesey!!
Blue –  Still as sassy and quirky as ever. I love seeing her friendship with the boys blossom.
Ronan – Still as snarky and badass as ever. I love learning more about
Adam – Poor Adam.
Mr Gray – I really do not like Mr Gray. I don’t like reading from his perspective, I just find him creepy.
Ladies of 300 Foxway – I love these women. It so makes me wish I grew up surrounded by them, as Blue did.

Thoughts whilst reading:

  • I hate Mr Gray.
  • Gansey’s boat shoes!!
  • The boat scene in general!!
  • I totally forgot Ronan trashed the Pig!
  • F-king Kavinsky!

Rating: Still 5 Stars!


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Books · Haul

Collective Book Haul!

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I realised I haven’t done a haul post since April!? Since then I have acquired quite a few books, so I thought I would share them today!
Some I have already read (+ reviewed) so I’ll link my reviews too!


Onto the actual books:

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*Books sent to me for review:

Electrical Venus by Julie Mayhew (review here)

In search of us by Ava  Dellaira

Charmcaster by Sebastien De Castell (review here)

Deposed by David Barbaree

Brightly Burning – Alexa Donne

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The Night brother -Rosie Garland – Won this on GoodReads. Definitely, worth entering the giveaways on there, I’ve won quite a few times!
Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron (signed) – Won this from the author on Twitter
(review here)

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Books bought by me:
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas
+ the preorder pin – Isn’t it gorgeous!  (review here)
The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan 
– Obviously had to pick the next book in the Trials of Apollo!
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson 10th-anniversary edition – I have been dying to get my hands on this edition, I got an Amazon gift card for my birthday and ordered it straight away!
The Power by Naomi Alderman – Charity shop find. 75p + in perfect condition!
The School for Good and Evil by Soman  Chainani – WHSmith clearance section £1
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – WHSmith clearance section also £1 – I already own this but my copy was secondhand and rather beat up!


Have you read any of these books? Let me know your thoughts!
Also, let me know any books you’ve bought/received lately!

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Books

Mid-Year Reading Update!

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Happy Saturday!
Since we’re halfway done with the year (crazy how time flies?!), I thought I would do a mid-year update kinda thing. Just to go over the goals I set and where I can improve for the rest of the year!


reading-challengeReading Stats:
GoodReads goal: 20 books
Read so far this year: 30 books – I underestimated how much I’d be reading. I thought I wouldn’t be able to finish many books due to college but it turns out I like to procrastinate by reading!


At the beginning of the year, I set my reading/bookish goals for 2018.
Update on my progress:

  • Read more diversely –  I have read some diverse books but I definitely still need to pick up more!
  • Read more diverse genres – I have definitely been branching out. I have really got into sci-fi this year, which I have been wanting to do for some time. I still need to branch out into other genres but I’m working on it!
  • Be a more analytical reader – This has definitely improved since doing an English Lit module in college!
  • Listen to more audiobooks – I have listened to some audiobooks this year but I have recently stopped, I need to make this a habit again.
  • Stop hoarding books – this definitely hasn’t happened. Oops.
  • Use the library more – this also hasn’t happened…yet. I plan to use the library over the summer, whilst I’ll have loads of time to read and visit the library!
  • No more TBR’s – Haven’t been setting out monthly TBR’s. Instead, I have been reading whatever I want depending on my mood. So I’ve definitely stuck to that goal, though it does deprive me of a blog post!

Classics I want to read in 2018 update: 

  •  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – Read (and loved) Jane Eyre (Review here). I cannot even put into words how much I loved this book.
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen –  I plan to read this over the summer.
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – Haven’t gotten around to this one but I really need to. It has been sitting on my shelf for a year now.
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

And the last two pretty much have the same reason for not reading yet; I’m trying not to buy as many books. Hopefully, my library will have these and I’ll be able to read them soon!


Let me know how your reading is going so far this year!
Comment below!

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