Wrap-Ups

NOVEMBER WRAP-UP! [2017]

This was not such a good reading month… I had started a new job and had to commute for training, which meant 6am wake up’s and not getting home until gone 7pm, so I had been too tired to read by the time I get home. The only reading I could really do was on the train journey to and from. Now things will calm down, so hear’s to a better reading month in December!

  • 1 star –  0               •  >100 pages – 0                 •  Horror/Thriller/Mystery – 2
  • 2 star – 0                • 100-200 pages –  1            •  Classics – 1
  • 3 star – 2                • 200-300 pages – 1             • Fantasy – 2
  • 4 star –  2               • 300-400 pages – 2             • Author gender:  4 female/ 1 male
  • 5 star – 1                • 400-500 pages – 1

                Total pages: 1,536…

So, yeah… almost half of what I read last month! And only five books, which means that I am likely to fail at my yearly challenges, but oh well. I should be better prepared next year. I shouldn’t feel too bummed due to how busy I was, but there are so many books that I was looking forward to but couldn’t get around to.

 

21099828LOWEST RATING – MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

Author: Agatha Christie

No of Pages: 274

Goodread Rating: 3/5

I was intrigued enough to find out who the murderer is, but everything in between didn’t really captivate me. I picked up on the clues and had my suspicions from the beginning and felt certain about halfway through, and so the climax was not that climatic for me. It was a well-crafted mystery and it did keep me interested enough to finish the book, don’t get me wrong. It just didn’t ‘wow’ me like I expected, and there was no major ‘twist’ to second guess myself. A bit disappointed that I didn’t like it as much as others, but I guess murder mysteries aren’t really my thing.

 

 

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Author: Josh Malerman

No of Pages: 378

Goodreads rating: 3.75/5

Basically something is going around which causes people to go crazy and kill others and then themselves. I enjoyed the suspense as we follow the main character, and was hooked from the beginning until the end. It succeeded in creeping me out to the point I could only read it during daytime. Felt much like a zombie apocalypse, and I was right about the characters I didn’t trust. I only felt let down by the ending because I wanted more, it seemed to wrap up too conveniently and I wanted answers as to what ‘the creatures’ were or why/how it made people go crazy.

 

 

18245052Tiger Lily

Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson

No of Pages: 301

Goodreads Rating: 4.5/5

We follow the relationship between Peter Pan and Tiger Lily, and it was really enjoyable, and also heart-breaking at the end. I loved watching Tiger Lily grow as a person, and watching the relationships unfold, that between Peter, and also her Tribe. You really get a family vibe from the Tribe and also the Lost Boys. It was interesting to see what may have happened before Wendy came into the picture, and it was told from Tinkbell’s perspective which worked really well! I really need a movie adaption of this.

 

 

 

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Author: Seanan McGuire

No of Pages: 173

Goodreads Rating: 4.5/5

I just clicked with this story! We follow children at a boarding school, and not just any boarding school, one for kids who have gone through doors to ‘otherworlds’ and have been sent back to reality and are struggling to adapt back. We see from various kids who came from different worlds and have something ‘special’ about them which drew them to their specific world. It also developed to a bit of a murder mystery which was a nice surprise! I really want to pick up the next one, especially as it’s about two characters which I thoroughly enjoyed!

 

 

 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëJane Eyre

Author: Charlotte Brontë

No of Pages: 410

Goodreads Rating: 5/5!!!!

This book needs no explanation or introduction. Everyone know about this, or least the main plot line. This is my second read of it and have bumped it up from a 4 star to a 5 star. The story definitely impacted me more than the first, and I also read along with an audiobook. There were highs and lows; it’s a massive rollercoaster or emotions. I felt more connected to Jane Eyre, and was able to appreciate the story. I absolutely loved it, I really need to re-read it more often than every 4/5 years!

 

BOOKS I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF

A GATHERING OF SHADOWS – V.E. SCHWAB (341/508 pages)

JANE STEELE – LYNDSAY FAYE (160/432 pages)

MY LADY JANE – CYNTHIA HAND/JODI MEADOWS/JODI ASHSTON (176/414 pages_

SHADOW & BONE – LEIGH BARDUGO (78/308 pages)

 

How was your reading month? Has it been better or worse than you were expecting? Any new faves? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

Wrap-Ups

OCTOBER WRAP-UP! [2017]

Sorry this is a tad late! Had a busy few days and have barely had time to sit down and write my wrap-up!

I have read SO much this month, and participated in two readathons! Pretty pleased with myself! In total I read 12 books, which are broken down below.

  • 1 star –  0               •  >100 pages – 1                 •  Horror/Thriller – 2
  • 2 star – 0                • 100-200 pages –  2            •  Classics/Historical Fiction – 6
  • 3 star – 4                • 200-300 pages –  5            • Children/Fantasy – 4
  • 4 star –  6               • 300-400 pages – 4             • Author gender: 5 female/7 male
  • 5 star – 2                • 400-500 pages – 0

                Total pages: 3,058!!

 

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LOWEST RATING – THE SCARLET LETTER

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne

No of Pages: 238

Goodreads Rating: 3/5

I read this as part of the Sbooktacular Readathon, for the path challenge to read a book set in either the future or the past. My full review is at the Readathons Wrap-Up here.

 

 

Vassa In The NightVassa in the Night | Sarah Porter | Macmillan

Author: Sarah Porter

No of Pages: 296

Goodreads Rating: 3/5

I read this as part of Spookathon, and it was for the challenge to read a book based on a childhood fear (for me I was particularly scared of the dark/night-time). For the full review, see the blog post for my Spookathon Wrap-Up here.

 

 

Atmospheric thriller The Sister by Louise Jensen - Jera's ...The Sister

Author: Louise Jenson

No of Pages: 304

Goodreads Rating: 3.5/5

This was read for Spookathon also, for the challenge to read a thriller! For full review, check out the Spookathon Wrap-Up post here.

 

 

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Author: H. G. Wells

No of Pages: 144

Goodreads Rating: 3.5/5

Agaaaain this was part of Spookathon! I read this for the challenge to read a book with orange on the cover. My thoughts are detailed in my Spookathon Warp-Up post found here.

 

 

The Time Machine : H. G. Wells : 9780141439976The Time Machine

Author: H. G. Wells

No of Pages: 96

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

I seem to have had a kick to read HG Wells this month! I had this sat on my shelf for years, and never got around to it, despite its size! So I picked it up one evening and I really, really enjoyed it. I liked the writing style and personally found it easy to read. I was hooked immediately and wanted to find out what the Scientist got up to and felt anxious for him many times when things were difficult! Definitely one for those that are used to reading classics.

 

 

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Author: Marie Lu

No of Pages: 355

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

I picked this up randomly when looking through my shelves of unread series, and I was pleasantly surprised and had a great time reading this story. The main character felt much like an anti-hero, or at least one where their moral compass is grey, and it was fascinating to read. I also got massive X-Men vibes from reading this! The characters I loved and was intrigued with the way the plot was developing. I can’t wait to continue with the series!

 

 

Pre-order A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman ...A House at the Bottom of a Lake

Author: Josh Malerman

No of Pages: 156

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

I read this for Sbooktacular Readathon’s challenge to read a book after sunset. My thoughts of this are more in depth in my Wrap-Up blog post here!

 

 

 

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Author: Moïra Fowley-Doyle

No of Pages: 380

Goodreads Rating: 4.25/5 (review)

This was definitely the most surprising read of the month! I didn’t know what I was expecting, and it definitely wasn’t this! We follow a group of teenagers who attempt witchcraft to find items they lost at a local party, and that’s all you need to know before going in! I found the story to be very intriguing and well-executed, I was hooked from the beginning and it all gelled together in a clever way. Great representation in this book too which was a plus! You learn early on that there are unresolved issues for the characters, and I felt that they were complex and felt very ‘real’ with real flaws.

 

 

 

ad02c-thegraveyardbookThe Graveyard Book

Author: Neil Gaiman

No of Pages: 289

Goodreads Rating: 4.5/5

This was read for Sbooktacular, for the first step to read a book of your choice. I was planning to read this for Spookathon but didn’t get to finish it in time, so it passed over to this readathon! The full review is in my wrap-up blog post found here.

 

 

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Author: Kerri Maniscalco

No of Pages: 318

Goodreads Rating: 4.5/5

I read this for Spookathon and it was for two challenges (spooky setting and spooky word in the title, that being ‘Ripper’). My further thoughts of this book were discussed in the Wrap-Up post I made which can be found here.

 

 

Read the Rainbow: RedThe Wizard of Oz

Author: L. Frank Baum

No of Pages: 224

Goodreads Rating: 5/5

I read this for Sbooktacular’s challenge of a book with a red spine (hence this beautiful edition!) For thoughts are detailed in the blog post found here.

 

 

The Remains of the DayAmerican and British Books: The Remains of the Day - Kazuo ...

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro

No of Pages: 258

Goodreads Rating: 5/5 (review)

The writing. Was. Phenomenal. Every line was like a masterpiece! We follow a well-respected butler of a great house in England, as he travels to the West Country for a break, but there’s so much more to the story I can’t get into! The book has a well-executed, slow-burn and though it was a 250 page book, I took a long time to read this because 1. I didn’t want it to end, and 2. I wanted to digest every single word. I would say this is more of a character driven book, and would be better for those that are used to reading classics.

 

BOOKS I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF

A GATHERING OF SHADOWS – V.E. SCHWAB (203/508 pages)

BIRDBOX – JOSH MALERMAN (45/305 pages)

ANNIHILATION – JEFF VANDERMEER (83/196 pages)

SHADOW & BONE – LEIGH BARDUGO (78/308 pages)

 

So if you made it this far, thank yoooou! I appreciate you sticking all the way through this very long wrap up! What have you been reading this month that you loved/hated? Do you have any new favourites or recommendations? I’d love to know!

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

Read-a-thons · Wrap-Ups

Sbooktacular Readathon 2017 Wrap-Up!

I thought to do my Sbooktacular Readathon Wrap-Up separate from my October TBR, as there have been a considerable amount of books read. Which I am very proud of!

I didn’t get around to completing all the challenges, I managed 4 of the challenges and was halfway through another 2. I was quite busy with employment so my reading went on the back burner this week, but I am still pleased with how I did!

 

1/ The Graveyard Book ad02c-thegraveyardbook

Author: Neil Gaiman

No of Pages: 289

Goodreads Rating: 4.5/5

I was part way through this during Spookathon and couldn’t complete it then, so I carried it over to Sbooktacular instead! I read this for the first challenge of ‘Read a book of your choice’. This was a re-read, but I couldn’t remember much of the story so most of it felt new again. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the characters Neil Gaiman had created! It was just a joy to read about Bod’s adventures. It’s a perfect read for both adults and children alike, and I will no doubt read this to my future children!

 

 

122962/ The Scarlet Letter 

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne

No of Pages: 238

Goodreads Rating: 3/5

I read this for the next stage on the map, which was a book set in the future or past, and I chose the past. I enjoyed this, but I feel sorry for American teenagers who have to read this for classes, as there are many other great pieces of literature which are still relevant. This story is no longer relevant and is quite outdated, although it was interesting reading about a separate time period and how social norms have differed over the years. The story didn’t seem to be one which would ‘stick’ like other famous classics.

 

3/ The Wizard of Oz Read the Rainbow: Red

Author: L. Frank Baum

No of Pages: 224

Goodreads Rating: 5/5

I read this for the next step in my path which was to read a book with a red spine or with orange on the cover, and I chose a red spine, because this book is beautiful! I absolutely loved this book so much!! There was so much more magic that was left out of the movie, and I only just realised the movie adaption was probably the first book to movie flop. The movie does not do the book justice at all, the book was phenomenal and loved every single word. No doubt would read this over and over again! Such a re-readable book, easy to read and just full-on enjoyable!

 

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Author: Josh Malerman

No of Pages: 156

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

The next stage was to read a book after sunset, and as this is the shortest book on my TBR, I chose it to fulfil this, and ended up reading it within a few hours. I really enjoyed this book despite how short it was. Josh Malerman has a real talent of creating the perfect atmosphere for a horror/thriller. You were following the two teenagers, as they discover the house, and begin exploring, it felt like you were there next to them and I felt quite creeped out at a few points. You’re there wanting to find out what’s happening just as much as the teenagers were. The only down point was the ending; it felt slightly anti-climatic and underwhelming, it didn’t really explain what was happening and whether it was actually real. I do have a feeling that was intentional though, to leave the reader unsure as to whether it was real or imagination and Josh Malerman did a good job.

 

And that concludes all the finished books for Sbooktacular Readathon! I am in the middle of two other books which were meant for two other challenges, and another which I quite simply could not get around to sadly! I really enjoyed the path aspect of this readathon and found it really fun. I hope to do it again next year!

 

Who else participated in this readathon? How well did you do? If not, what have you been reading/enjoying recently anyway/ I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx

Read-a-thons · Wrap-Ups

Spookathon 2017 Wrap-Up!

So it’s officially the end of Spookathon 2017, and I had a great time! Just setting my TBR and reading according to the challenges was really fun. It gives a sense of accomplishment when the challenges get completed! This year was my first time, and I set 4 books for the 5 challenges and managed to complete them all which I’m super happy with! It was quite helpful that I’m not working at the moment which helped in me completing 4 books in the week! Sbooktuber readathon is starting tomorrow (24th) and I’m so pumped for it, my TBR will come shortly too. Now let’s get into the books that I read!

 

1/ Stalking Jack the Ripper89608-stalkingjacktheripper_cover

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

No of Pages: 318

Goodreads Rating: 4.5/5

I read this to complete two challenges; read a book with a spooky word in the title (Ripper), and read a book with a spooky setting (Victorian  London whilst a serial killer is loose). I really enjoyed this book. The main character was amazing and strong, not letting her gender stop her from doing what she wants to do and not to be ‘caged’ by the female expectations and gender roles. The romance was so adorable and was such a joy to read, whilst trying to figure out who the murderer was. It wasn’t too difficult to figure out so won’t go as far as to call it a ‘mystery’, but the ‘how’ was what made the book work and I really, really liked it! Tempting to pick up the second book asap!

 

 

The Invisible Man2/ The Invisible Man

Author: H. G. Wells

No of Pages: 144

Goodreads Rating: 3.5/5

I read this for the challenge of ‘Read a book with orange on the cover’. I really liked this book and quite enjoy H.G. Wells’ writing style (I read his other book The Time Machine earlier this month, and enjoyed that also) and can’t wait to pick up his other works. The story basically follows a man who develops an ‘invisibility’ serum and what he does with it. The story was short and sweet, and the main character was ‘questionable’ in some of his actions, and a few of them are things most of us would also try if we were invisible, but won’t admit it. Overall, it was a fun, enjoyable, quick read.

 

 

3/ Vassa In The NightVassa in the Night | Sarah Porter | Macmillan

Author: Sarah Porter

No of Pages: 296

Goodreads Rating: 3/5

I read this for the challenge to read a book based on a childhood fear, and I struggled finding books for this, so I went for the fear of the dark or ‘nighttime’. This book was just so, SO weird. I spent most of the book trying to figure out what was actually happening and constantly was confused with the developments. It was an interesting retelling and Sarah Porter must have an incredible imagination to come up with that story! It ended in a bittersweet way which I enjoyed, and the deeper meaning/life lessons Vassa learned were very positive. So I cannot directly criticize the book, your enjoyment level will be parallel to how much ‘weirdness’ you can take in a book!

 

 

Atmospheric thriller The Sister by Louise Jensen - Jera's ...4/ The Sister

Author: Louise Jenson

No of Pages: 304

Goodreads Rating: 3.5/5

This was read for the challenge to read a thriller. An enjoyable story, but I don’t think I can really call it a psychological thriller; the main character was quite unreliable and the ‘twist’ didn’t seem as much as a shock I was expecting. I still enjoyed the story and the development and it was very quick and fun. We follow Grace who is going through immense grief from losing her best friend, and struggles to keep her life together whilst things just continue getting worse for her. I really didn’t like Dan in how he treated Grace since the very beginning, either. The relationships were very unhealthy, those romantic, friendly, and family, so it was hard to find many of the characters likable.

 

So that concludes my Spookathon for 2017! Overall I enjoyed the books I read and happy to have gotten through the challenges. How did your Spookathon go? Did you finish the challenges? And have you found any new favourites? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!
Abbie xxxx

Wrap-Ups

SEPTEMBER WRAP-UP! [2017]

Compared to last month, 7 books don’t seem like a lot. But the actual page count is not that far off! If it’s over 2,000 then I can’t really complain. I think I fell into a bit of a reading slump as it took me the majority of the month to read two of the finished books, even though I was enjoying them! And whats also funny; 4 of the books I read were pink/with pink spines.

  • 1 star –  0               •  >100 pages – 1                 •  Contemporary/Romance – 5
  • 2 star – 0                • 100-200 pages –  0            •  Classics – 1
  • 3 star – 2                • 200-300 pages –  1            • Historical Fiction – 1
  • 4 star –  4               • 300-400 pages – 3             • Author gender: 6.5 female/0.5 male
  • 5 star – 1                • 400-500 pages – 2

                Total pages: 2,233

 

LOWEST RATING – AND THEN THERE WERE NONE

Agatha Christie - The official information and community siteAuthor: Agatha Christie

No of Pages: 317

Goodreads Rating: 3/5

This was enjoyable, don’t get me wrong, but I felt like Agatha Christie is one of those well-loved authors and I guess I was expecting to be blown away, and I wasn’t. I was interested in the mystery and was guessing who the killer was for most of the book, however I felt that with the vast amount of characters (which were not heavily distinguishable from each other), I found it difficult to keep up with them and got confused quite often. I’m still eager to pick up Murder on the Orient Express and I should be more prepared for the writing style!

 

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Author: Elizabeth Wein

No of Pages: 449

Goodreads Rating: 3.5/5

For the first half of the book, it was a big struggle to get through and tricky to get used to the writing format. I also got easily confused with the characters changing their names or ‘code names’. But the second half of the book was really good, the horrific methods of torture used were described really well and I really felt for the protagonist at the end. I’m not sure what the second book it supposed to be on so I’m not overly reaching for it just yet? I did find it really interesting to be reading about aviation within world war two, and also great to see the female roles, which are things you don’t really hear about, so the author did great for writing about these aspects.

 

 

Because You Love to Hate Me

The Goodreads Book Tag – Reading Every NightAuthor: Misc.

No of Pages: 352

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

(full review)

This is an anthology all about villains. 13 authors were paired with 13 booktubers who provided a prompt for the author to write their story on. I wrote a more detailed review of each of the stories (linked above), some stood out for good reasons, and some stood out for bad reasons. However, all in all I really enjoyed these short stories and the majority of them I really enjoyed, in particular Jack, Shirley & Jim, Beautiful Venom, Death Knell, and Marigold. I have introduced myself to authors I haven’t read from before, and also found more love for authors I had read.

 

 

Under Rose-Tainted SkiesChicken House Books - Under Rose-Tainted Skies

Author: Louise Gornall

No of Pages: 271

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

I had started writing a review for this book, but my laptop somehow lost it (?). This was such an enjoyable read! This book made me feel so many emotions. I found myself feeling happy, sad, anxious, and frustrated, sometimes at the same time! I related to Norah on many levels and my heart hurt for her on so many levels. I’m glad that despite the heavily impacting topic of mental illness, this wasn’t in any way romanticised and neither did Luke end up ‘mixing’ her. Norah felt like a real person and not defined by her mental condition, at times she made little, lighthearted jokes which I related to big time! She really felt like a close friend. The ending, however, seemed a bit misplaced and I didn’t understand why that element was included.

 

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

Looking Forward to 2017 – A Daydreamer's ThoughtsAuthor: Sara Barnard

No of Pages: 307

Goodreads Rating: 4.5/5

Such, such, SUCH an adorable read! After I heard Kate from GirlReading praise this book, I felt the need to pick it up. It had Disney and Harry Potter references, and fantastic anxiety representation, and it also included BSL which I thought was so clever and unique. As the main character, I also had selective mutism, so I thought this was well represented. It didn’t last as long as Steffi’s did, but I still related to a lot of the things in her head even today! The romance as well was just so cute ans sweet, it wasn’t a cringey, sickly romance that’s often found in YA, but it felt like a first relationship with it’s awkwardness, overthinking, and squabbling. The only reason I dropped .5 star was because the ending seemed to just ‘stop’ and it didn’t feel like a concluding, wrapping up ending which I would’ve expected. It’s not a bad thing, it just didn’t seem to fit the flow of the story. Still would recommend!

 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Author: J. K. RowlingFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Hogwarts Library ...

No of Pages: 99

Goodreads Rating: 4.75/5

I had this on my shelf for a year and have seen the movie about 1,000 times, so I don’t know why I’ve only just recently picked it up. I absolutely loved this! It’s a quick read and really interesting if you liked the movie and/or interested in the magical creatures. I think the creativity to think up these creatures is incredible, and I just love them names they came up with, like Horklump, Plimpy, Snidget, Dugbog, and my personal favourites, Niffler and Occamy! They had the different types of dragons, and also had a classification rating (X – boring, XXXXX – impossible to domesticate). The only down side was that I would’ve liked illustrations for all of the creatures, instead of a select few. Also, I loved the note at the beginning for muggles, disclaiming that it is fiction, I found that quite funny! It was such a fun read!

 

HIGHEST RATING – THE HATE U GIVE

Walker Books - The Hate U GiveAuthor: Angie Thomas

No of Pages: 438

Goodreads Rating: 5/5

This book has been hyped to the high-heavens, and for good reason! Even if you don’t enjoy the story, you still find the positive message it’s bringing across. I don’t fee like I need to give a synopsis as I’m sure you’re aware of what it’s about. It’s such an important and current topic, that I feel everyone should be reading this in schools etc. Not only does the author flawlessly describe the racial difficulties of both blacks and whites, she also brings light to the issues of police ‘immunity’, and stereotypes which are overly used in these circumstances. Light was brought upon the ‘ghetto’, and how their life was like and how difficult it can be to get out. I’m so looking forward to the adaption!

 

BOOKS I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF

THE REMAINS OF THE DAY – KAZUO ISHAGURO (119/258 pages)

THE YOUNG ELITES – MARIE LU (106/346 pages)

IT – STEPHEN KING (309/1156 pages)

 

What have you guys been reading, and what did you enjoy? Have you read any of these as well? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx

Wrap-Ups

My Top Reads from Summer! [2017]

The 22nd September officially marks the beginning of Autumn! In the memory of Summer, here are my top reads from the season! It’s been a pretty great reading period and I got a lot read, and found a lot of favourites, so it was tricky to round it down to 5!

 

5 THE WRATH AND THE DAWN10 Books to Read If You Love Watching Once Upon a Time ...

I read seen mixed reviews of this so I wasn’t expecting much, but my god, Renee Ahdieh’s writing is simply stunning and so lyrical, it was no surprised I also ate up the second book and the novellas! I thought the story was amazing and Shazi was such a strong female character, I couldn’t not enjoy this!

 

 

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, Paperback | Barnes ...4 MORE HAPPY THAN NOT

My first taste of Adam Silvera and it was delicious! The furistic element was very clever and the main characters felt so real and they were incredibly likeable, my heart was aching at the end for so many reasons. I can see why Silvera is so popular and he deserves all the hype he’s getting!

 

 

3 GEMINAPyjamas, Ugg boots and blowing things up: What could Amie ...

I didn’t think it could get better after reading Illuminae, but the plot was so captivating and I loved the main characters, and it was great to see Kady again! I read this very quickly and eagerly anticipating what will happen in the next book! The writing style I fell in love with from Illuminae was still there, and Nik was just lovely!

 

 

Drawing On Books2 THE STATE OF GRACE

This book was like reading about my teen life. Even though the character had aspergers, I could very much relate to her in regards to general and social anxiety. It amazed how this book just ‘gets it’ and explained the majority of my own thoughts as a teenager! I so easily liked Grace and sympathised with her. I could never grow tired of this story.

 

 

1 A DARKER SHADE OF MAGICTitan Books - A Darker Shade of Magic - V. E. Schwab

Everything about this book I just LOVED. Easily going to be in my top reads of the year (that is, unless the next books somehow top it!). The characters were so likeable and complex, the magic system was ingenius and innovative, and the plot just sucked me in from page 1! I was scared I had my expectations too high before going into this, but that was never a problem, if anything they were blown out of the water. V.E. Schwab has swiftly become an auto-buy author, and can very likely become a top favourite author (along with the likes of J.K. Rowling and Neil Gaiman!). This deserved all the stars!

 

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Joint Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer | The Book ...The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon — Reviews ...

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx

 

Wrap-Ups

AUGUST WRAP-UP! [2017]

Here is my first wrap-up, and we start off with a good reading month because I READ 12 BOOKS! I have never read more than 10 books in a month before and I’m so pleased with myself! Below are short reviews of all the books I’ve read, if there is a full review on GoodReads I will also link it down. I have listed the books from least to best rated. Firstly, here are my monthly my stats.

• 1 star – 0                        •  >100 pages – 4                 •  Contemporary/Romance – 4

• 2 star – 1                        • 100-200 pages – 2             •  Classics – 3

• 3 star – 4                        • 200-300 pages – 1             • Fantasy – 5

• 4 star – 6                        • 300-400 pages – 4             • Author gender: 8 female/4 male

• 5 star – 1                       • 400-500 pages – 1

                Total pages: 2,619

 

 

LOWEST RATING: SIMON VS THE HOMOSAPIENS AGENDA... Talks about Writing Her New Book: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becki Albertali

No of Pages: 303

Goodreads Rating: 2/5

(full review)

The curse of the BookTube hype had hit HARD in this case. I have never seen a review for the book that was less than four stars, so I naturally thought that if so many people loved it, I should too! Wrong. I really did not like the main protagonist at all, and that is where it all went wrong because it’s hard to enjoy a book where you cannot stand them. Simon, in my opinion, was very self-centred, horrid, and judgemental all the time, and his closest friends did not deserve him as he barely paid attention to their lives as he was so wrapped up in his own life and just was constantly feeling sorry for himself. This was one of those rare times where I want to un-haul the book; I can’t even remember the last time I wanted to do that! It just didn’t mix well with me unfortunately, which is sad because so many people are head-over-heels with this book!

 

What is the strangest comment you have ever had made about one of your ...ELEANOR AND PARK

Author: Rainbow Rowell

No of Pages: 329

Goodreads Rating: 3/5

Even though it was a very quick read, it took me a while to get through it as I kept putting it down and losing interest. I guess I read this too late, because if I read it as a teenager and not a twenty-something, it probably would have enjoyed it more. I still really enjoyed it and it was a cute story on first love, and the personal struggles they both went through can be relatable at any age. I did feel a bit let down because I loved Fangirl so much and many people said this was their favourite of theirs, my expectations were too high, I guess. Still a good, light read for summer.

 

The Book Challenge: Book 96 - Slaughterhouse FiveSLAUGHTERHOUSE 5

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

No of Pages: 177

Goodreads Rating: 3.5/5

This book was interesting to say the least! I didn’t know what it was about so I went in completely blind. It was a time-travel/war book, and very hard to explain. Vonnegut’s writing style is very simplistic and an overuse of ‘So it goes’ got a bit tiring eventually. It was an eye-opening book on the effects of war, it was very much an anti-war book which was good to read about.

 

WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI28458598

Author: Sandhya Menon

No of Pages: 380

Goodreads Rating: 3.5/5

At first I really loved the story, it was great to learn a bit more about Indian culture. I was a fan of how strong-willed and passionate Dimple was, and also how traditional and romantic Rishi was. It was great to see how they helped each other to follow their passions, they were so cute together! The only problems I had were that I would’ve liked more focus on the technology-side and the Insomnia Con, as it seems there was a lot more focus on the talent show than the app development, and I didn’t care much for the talent show. Also, Dimple seemed to forget her passion during the romance and wasn’t as strong-minded. And it did seem quite predictable at the end, but overall it was a fabulous read and one of my favourite contemporaries.

 

THE CROWN AND THE ARROW

Author: Renée Ahdieh

No of Pages: 11

Goodreads Rating: 3.5/5

The first novella in the Wrath and the Dawn duology mainly focused on Despina and how she came to befriend Khalid’s first wife, Ava. Whilst reading you can already sense how unhappy she was and that the story would not end well. However I would’ve liked to have this story told from either Ava’s or Khalid’s POV, as Despina’s doesn’t really go into much depth about it. Still thoroughly enjoyable though!

 

Fahrenheit 451 (Flamingo Modern Classics): Amazon.co.uk: Ray Bradbury ...FAHRENHEIT 451

Author: Ray Bradbury

No of Pages: 184

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

This was a re-read as when I first read it earlier in the year; I hadn’t let the story sink in and probably missed a fair bit of detail. Ray Bradbury’s writing style is very unique and may not be to everyone’s tastes. But I really enjoyed this book, it was a stand-alone, dystopian-style novel about a world where books are illegal and firemen are not the firemen we are familiar with, as they cause the fires by burning the books. It was a very impactful story highlighting the importance of knowledge and how governments have tried to control people’s free will and free speech. Everyone in the book appears to have settled with the controlled lives they had, except for the protagonist who ended up battling with his thirst for knowledge. It was such an impactful read the second time and is no-doubt a classic.

 

 

ANIMAL FARMFURORE SCRIBENDI: Book Review: ANIMAL FARM

Author: George Orwell

No of Pages: 95

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

I had wanted to read this book for so long, and I had no idea why I put it off seeing as it’s less than 100 pages! I really enjoyed this and loved the message in this book. This book is so important that everyone should read in their lifetime. It beautifully illustrates how easy communism can happen and how dangerous it can be. You see the animals’ lives get more and more controlled, but they don’t notice because the changes are so slight. But comparing the start of the book and the end is so devastating that you the reader don’t even realise how bad it had gotten for the animals.

 

THE MIRROR AND THE MAZEThe Wrath and the Dawn short stories by Renee Ahdieh | Heart Via Pages

Author: Renée Ahdieh

No of Pages: 11

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

This novella is the perfect bridge between the first and second book in the duology. It briefly goes into the aftermath of the storm and told from the Khaliph’s POV which was interesting to read about. Although short, it was still a brilliant insight into how Khalid reacted to the devastation that took place at the end of book one. It would’ve been nice, however, for it to be a bit longer.

 

The Moth and the Flame: A Wrath & the Dawn Short Story ISBN ...THE MOTH AND THE FLAME

Author: Renée Ahdieh

No of Pages: 37

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

The longest of the three novellas, and possibly my favourite; It looks into the relationship development between Despina and Jalal. Ahdieh’s writing is so poetic and lyrical that it’s hard to not get lost in the story! Although it can be too descriptive for some readers, it was perfect for me. This is what I needed whilst I was reading the first book, as their relationship was not explained then. And it’s so nice to come across this and get more in depth with the characters.

 

the-rose-and-the-dagger-renee-ahdiehTHE ROSE AND THE DAGGER

Author: Renée Ahdieh

No of Pages: 416

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

(full review) 

This was a beautiful continuation of The Wrath and The Dawn and a brilliant conclusion! Even though I found it quite slow in the first half of the book, the second picked up really well and made up for it. I like that we got to see more of Shazi’s family, especially her sister! The character development of Shazi and Khalid was very well done! Shazi is so fierce and strong-willed. It’s great to see a female protagonist who is willing to stop at nothing to get what she deserves. It was such a unique story and a whirlwind to get through, I now want to hunt down all the other books set in Persia as I absolutely fell in love with the setting!

 

HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT MEHistory Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera — Reviews, Discussion ...

Author: Adam Silvera

No of Pages: 292

Goodreads Rating: 4.5/5

(full review) 

The raw emotion and intensity in this novel is second-to-one. You go through the characters’ lives as they learn to cope with the death of a loved one, and Silvera writes this so perfectly. The books switches between ‘History’ and ‘Today’, so not only do you get the emotional story of mourning a loved one, but you also see how Theo’s and Griffin’s relationship blossomed and how it fell apart. Griffin had always thought that they would get back together in the end, and seeing how Griffin struggled to cope with that never happening, and also his worsening OCD, you truly feel for him as if he’s your best friend. I just wanted to jump into the book and give him a huge hug at times! The ending knocked off the half-star because it felt predictable and too troupy. But overall such a fantastic read!

 

HIGHEST RATING: A DARKER SHADE OF MAGICTitan Books - A Darker Shade of Magic - V. E. Schwab

Author: V.E. Schwab

No of Pages: 384

Goodreads Rating: 5/5

(full review) 

Easily my favourite read of the month, and in a very long time! From the very first page I was sucked in by Schwab’s beautiful writing. I loved the world building and the character development and the plot of the story. This book had everything I loved and wish to have in a fantast book! The magic system was so unique and clever, and yet so simple that it wasn’t too complicated to understand. The characters were some of my favourite characters I have ever read, I felt for every single character (even the bad ones). They were so well developed and flawed that they felt like real people. I cannot say enough good things about this book and cannot wait to continue the series!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOOK I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF:

IT (195/1145 pages)

BECAUSE YOU LOVE TO HATE ME (125/334 pages)

THE HATE U GIVE (31/438 pages)

CODE NAME VERITY (22/441 pages)

 

That concludes my wrap-up for August 2017! Thanks for reading!

Abbie xxxx