May Reading List!

I’ve come to the conclusion that I often over estimate how much I can read in a month so I’m going to set a smaller reading list for this month.

 

The list:

  • Silver Stars by Michael Grant

The summer of 1943, World War II. The Germans have been bloodied, but Germany is very far from beaten. The North African campaign was only the beginning of the long journey for Frangie, Rainy, Rio, and the millions of other Allies.

Now the American army is moving on to their next target: the Italian island of Sicily. Frangie, Rainy, and Rio now know firsthand what each of them is willing to do to save herself—and the consequences. With their heavy memories of combat, they will find this operation to be even tougher.

Frangie, Rainy, and Rio also know what is at stake. The women are not heroes for fighting alongside their brothers—they are soldiers. But the millions of brave females fighting for their country have become a symbol in the fight for equality. In this war, endless blood has been spilled and millions of lives have been lost, but there could be so much more to gain.

The women won’t conquer Italy alone. But they will brave terrible conditions in an endless siege; they will fight to find themselves on the front lines of World War II; and they will come face-to-face with the brutality of war until they win or die.

  • Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.
Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.
But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?

 

I’m super excited about all these books and I’m really looking forward to reading all these and sharing my thoughts.

Happy reading!

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April Book Reviews!

Okay holy crap I read some bloody good books this month and I’m so excited to share my opinions with you. I didn’t read many, for some reason it took me a long time to get through one of these books, even though it was my favourite. Anyway, lets get into it.

The list:

  • The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

One single mom. One chaotic family. One quirky stranger. One irresistible love story from the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages… maybe ever.

  • 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret… is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

  • The Book Thief by Marcus Zusack

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

 

You may notice that there are two books missing from the original list. Yeah…they’re the ones I didn’t end up reading. I’m sorry but I have so many assignments due at the moment! I hate to say this but…I have barely any time for reading anymore.

Anyway, lets get onto the reviews.

 

The One Plus One:

When I started this book I wasn’t instantly hooked and I felt a bit skeptical about how much I would enjoy this book. It felt slow and a bit weird and at first I couldn’t really figure out the writing style or where the story was going but as it progressed I found myself loving it more and more. By the end of the book I didn’t want it to end and I was begging for more. 

When they first got out on the road trip I thought that the whole thing with the car was a bit boring and nothing would really happen that was that exciting. 

***SPOILER***

 

 

And the outcome was pretty obvious, they were going to get together. But one thing that I didn’t expect, was that Tanzie wouldn’t win the maths competition. I thought she would’ve had that competition in the bag. But I think the second time she did it she would’ve aced it. 

 

 

***SPOILER ENDED***

 

 

But throughout the story as they did more and more weird stuff and had such intimate experiences with each other, the concept of the story just became amazing to me. And I really felt for both of them. I really wanted both of them to be happy. And i think when you start caring about a fictional character, you know the authors done a good job. Because it’s hard to create an emotional attachment between the reader and a character, but by doing that it makes the story 10 times better and I’m so happy that Jojo Moyes was able to achieve that. She is truly an amazing writer and I plan to read many more books by her in the future. I would highly recommend reading ANY of her books and I could almost guarantee that you’ll enjoy it. 

So yes, I would definitely recommend this book and I had a really good time reading it. 

Rating: 4/5 

 

13 reasons why review:

I’m writing this review quite a bit after I read 13 reasons why but I’ll try to give you as best a review as possible. 

For some reason, I’d never gotten round to reading 13 reasons why before the show came out. And I planned to read it before I watched the show but then curiosity got the best of me and I watched the first episode. And as soon as that episode ended, I was completely hooked. I watched the whole series in about 3 days. It was so goooood. And once I finished the series, I decided that I would read the book because I’d heard so many people saying that the show was completely different to the book. 
First of all, yes the show is very different from the book but I think it’s a good difference. In the show we get to see more in depth about the other characters but the book leaves it open to our imagination. That was one of the things I loved most about the book. It didn’t just straight out tell you that something big had happened and it didn’t describe events blandly and matter-of-factly. It sort of took its time to tell you what was going on and I think that it worked really well in this book. It means we can create theories and expectations about all the shit that’s happening and then we can find out if we were right or not. I think it made the book much more enjoyable. 
It was also really suspenseful which always makes a good book if done well. And Jesus Mary and Jospeh, it was done well. I literally could not help myself. I HAD to keep reading. At 12 o’clock at night I found myself saying “just one more page”, “okay, one more then I’ll go to sleep”, “I’ll just finish this chapter”. It was a never ending story. I just couldn’t put it down. At one point I was actually concerned that it was glued to my hands. 
One thing that I was surprised about though, was that not at one point in the book did I cry. I’m not sure if that was intentional or I was just heartless when I was reading it, but I don’t think I cried. Not even when…
 
***SPOILER ALERT***
 
 
 
…The last tape ended and Hannah had just left mr porters office. I don’t think I even cried when Bryce sexually assaulted her. I don’t know maybe I’m just a stone cold rock. 
 
 
 
***SPOILER ENDED***
 
I also just want to say that this book holds some really deep and meaningful messages that could change a persons view forever. Like those who are bullying someone, people who’ve recovered from bullying or mental illness. But I don’t think this is a book that should be read if you’re suffering from mental illness. I think it could really damage you and halt your progress in recover. I’ll admit, I probably shouldn’t have watched or read 13 reasons why because it did make me a bit depressed for a while. Not so much the book, but more the show when…
 
 
 
***SPOILER ALERT***
 
 
 
…Hannah slits her wrists. It made me really want to self harm so while that scene was playing I had to cover my eyes with my hands because I knew that it would make me depressed. It was extremely graphic and I honestly don’t think that it was necessary to be so confronting. While I understand that they were trying to get a message across, they could have done it in a much less violent and graphic way. And someone who was watching who was suicidal or depressed could have been really affected by that. To be fair, they did have a trigger warning at the start, but I didn’t follow that because I didn’t expect it to be so graphic and I’m assuming a lot of other people wouldn’t have as well. It probably also gave people ideas on how to commit suicide which I’ve experienced before and it’s super bad. 
 
 
 
***SPOILER ENDED***
 
 
So yeah overall, I LOVED the book but I really don’t think it’s for everyone. Always take into account your mental state when reading a book like that and I think for this particular one, it’s not best for victims of depression. 
 
Rating: 5/5


The book theif review:
This was 100% one of the best books I’ve ever read. I can’t flaw it in anyway, except maybe that it was quite drawn out. But I don’t mind cause that means I get to read more of Markus Zusacks writing which is just fucking AMAZING.
You know you’ve read a good book when you find yourself actually missing having that book on your bedside table and reading it at night.
I don’t exactly know why I loved this book so much but for some reason, I really connected with it and became slightly obsessed with it. Not obsessed in a way where I couldn’t stop reading it, more obsessed in the way that I found myself really engaged in the story. I actually took my time reading this book, kind of to let it sink in and sort to lengthen the amount of time I got to read it for.
I think I legit cried for a whole chapter. It was the saddest thing I’ve ever read.
***SPOILER ALERT***
The bits that got me most was when Liesel sees Rudy and kisses him and asks him to wake up. I was legit sobbing. And then when Alex Steiner, Rudy’s dad, comes home to all of his family dead I seriously died inside. He survived through the war but his family who were safe at home didn’t. I actually couldn’t breath in that bit it was so sad. It freaking broke my heart.
***END OF SPOILER***
The writing in this book is so special and unique and I love the authors style. The point of view of death was also really interesting and different. The character development and dialogue was also amazing. You could feel each characters personalities in the ways they talked and how their mannerisms were described. I honestly think that Markus Zusack is one of the best authors of our time. There’s so many things I loved about this book I can’t even put it into words. The most I can say is READ THIS BOOK. It’s seriously one of the best books I’ve ever read and you will not regret reading it. I think this is actually my favourite book now, and if that’s not enough for you then I don’t know what is.
Rating: 5/5

 

 

Sorry about some of the weird formatting, wordpress hasn’t been working too great on my laptop recently and it wouldn’t let me change it. My deepest apologies, friends.

Anyways, there you go! Those were the books I read in April. I’ll be posting the May reading list tomorrow.

Happy reading!

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April Reading List!

If you don’t already know, I’ve started creating monthly reading lists in which I write down all the books I want to read in that month and once I finish them, I write reviews to share with you at the end of the month.

This month I’m probably going to be reading a lot more as it’s the end of term 1! Whoop, whoop, holiday time! Okay, I don’t know what that was…anyway, let’s get into the list!

The list:

  • One plus one by Jojo Moyes
  • 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • The Book Thief by Marcus Zusack
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

I’ve already started reading One Plus One, but I’m not very far into it yet. I’m quite enjoying it, although I’ve still got a long way to go.

Happy reading!

Reading: One Plus One

Page: 76

Thoughts: I feel so sorry for this family aw no 

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My February/March Reading List

As a lot of you may know, I am a massive book nerd. Every shelf in my room is filled with books, and I can sometimes read a whole book in one day if it’s really good.

And to express my love of imaginary worlds and creative writing, I am going to start making reading lists for each month. And I’ll keep you all updated with what I’m reading and my progress with a book at the end of each of my posts. And a bonus, if you think you’d like one of the books I’m reading, you can read along with me and tell me what you thought in the comments! It’ll be like our own little book club. At the end of each month I’ll make a post talking about all the books I loved and read during the month, to give you guys a little review and for us all to talk about the books we read.

Because I’m starting with the February list half way through the month, I’ll extend it to March as well. So this will be my February and March reading list.

The list:

  • Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

Blurb:

There are truths you can only tell a stranger, and this friendship is the strangest.

Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet, because if they ever did, one of them would certainly die. As recluses from society, they develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline.

But when Moritz reveals the key to their shared, disturbing past, their friendship faces a test neither one of them expected.

This is a story of impossible friendship and hope from a brilliant new writer.

  • A Thousand Pieces Of You by Claudia Gray

Blurb:

A thousand lives. A thousand possibilities. One fate.

Marguerite Caine grew up surrounded by cutting edge scientific theories thanks to her brilliant physicist parents. Yet nothing is more astounding than her mother’s latest invention, a device called the Firebird that allows people to leap into alternate dimensions. 

When Marguerite’s father is murdered, all the evidence points to one person – Paul, her parents’ enigmatic star student. Before the law can touch him, Paul slips into another dimension, having committed what seems like the perfect crime. But he didn’t count on Marguerie.

With the help of another physics student, Theo, Marguerite chases Paul through various dimensions. In each new world Marguerite leaps into, she meets another version of Paul that has her doubting his guilt and questioning her heart. Soon, she is swept into an epic love affair as dangerous as it is irresistible.

  • Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray

Blurb:

Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents’ invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions.

Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared.

The second book in the Firebird trilogy, Ten Thousand Skies Above You features Claudia Gray’s lush, romantic language and smart, exciting action, and will have readers clamoring for the next book.

 

  • Lying About Last Summer by Sue Wallman

Blurb:

Last summer Skye’s sister died in a tragic accident. Now she’s looking for an escape from reality. Her parents think that a holiday camp for bereaved teens might help her move on. 

At first camp doesn’t seem so bad. But when Skye starts receiving texts from someone claiming to be her head sister, she fears the past is about to surface.

  •  The Luna Chronicles: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Blurb:

Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.
Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.
But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

  • The Luna Chronicles: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Blurb:

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

  • The Luna Chronicles: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Blurb:

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

  • The Luna Chronicles: Winter by Marissa Meyer

Blurb:

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long. Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.

 

I think that should keep me set for the next month and a half. If I somehow breeze through all these books before the end of March, I’ll be sure to let you know what I’m adding to the list.

At the moment I’m already three quarters of the way through Because You’ll Never Meet Me so if you’d like to read that along with me, then get started because I’m almost done and holy shit it’s getting good. I’m at the bit where the plot twist starts and I’m gripping my seat with every page.

So yeah I hope you guys like this idea and join me in reading all these wonderful books.

Happy reading everyone!

Reading: Because You’ll Never Meet Me

Page: 284

Thoughts: OH MY GOD WHAT IS HAPPENING HELP

Jags xx

6.12.16 | Christmas Book Recommendations

Hey guys!

Another recommendations post here for you today, and this time it’s on Christmas themed books.

First is Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle.

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The three authors wrote a different point of view each of a different person, from memory I think there was a girl who was home alone without her parents and had to get on a train to go to her grandparents, a girl who’d been recently broken up with and a guy with his three friends who get stuck in the snow on their way to a waffle house. So each character has its own section in the book and once their section is done it moves onto the next one. It’s really cute and at the end it all ties together beautifully. It’s also really cool to see different styles of writing from different authors in the same book. Definitely a must read!

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Next is an absolute classic, How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Doctor Seuss.

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I know I put this in my movie recommendations but let’s be honest, the book is always better isn’t it? This was one of my favourites as a child and I think it still is for some children. I actually still enjoy reading it now, even though its for kids.

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Another classic, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

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There have been so many remakes of this in Disney movies, books, etc. but I think the original is definitely the best. Everyone knows this story – Scrooge, the ghosts, past, present, future – but if you haven’t read the original book then I strongly encourage you to do so.

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Lastly is the Nutcracker by  E. T. A. Hoffmann.

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Again, lots of remakes in ballets, movies and books but the original is super good. Of course I first found out about this because of the Barbie movie but when I found the original and read it I was so pleased by what I found. Definitely a good one if you like old books.

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And there you go! My christmas book recommendations, done.

19 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!

Love always

Jags xxx