Wrap-Ups

Wrap-Up #5 [2018] – My Next 5 Books!

Hello guys! Here is my wrap-up for the next 5 books I have read. I may have needed to go back and read my thoughts on the book because I had read them about 1-2 months ago and they were not so fresh in my mind, but alas, it’s here! And some of these were truly great books.

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Author: Tracey Lindberg

Rating: 2/5

Format: Audiobook

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I reckon listening to the audiobook for this was a mistake. Right from the beginning I could not grasp what the story was about. By reading to the end I understood the subject matter and I sympathised with the horrible experiences that were endured by the main character, so difficult that they go to extremes to come to terms with the horrible memories. However, the way the novel is structured makes it one of the most difficult reads I have come across in a longtime. There was a lot of jumping to and from different time periods which wasn’t really well explained or executed.

 

 

 

28116966The Princess Diarist

Author: Carrie Fisher

Rating: 3/5

Format: Kindle

Goodreads

As a Star Wars fan, a biography-type of one of the prominent characters would of course hold high expectations. When I was reading this, it felt like I had Carrie Fisher’s voice in my head, which felt really bittersweet since her death. I did enjoy this, and I did learn things about Carrie’s past and what her thoughts/reasonings were behind some key moments in her life. I can say that I really enjoyed it, but that’s all, it won’t really stick with me as much as I would have hoped.

 

 

 

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Author: C. B. Lee

Rating: 3.5/5

Format: Kindle

Goodreads

This was a very fun book and a fantasy concept that I haven’t really come across before! Overall the plot was good, even though I found the ‘twist’ obvious, I still enjoyed the journey. The characters were so lovely and likeable and real. I did feel I wanted a bit more development in the main character and the plot surrounding her. It did feel like just a tip of an iceberg, and I needed more from it. I really did enjoy this book, but I doubt i’ll continue the series.

 

 

37648119Big Little Lies

Author: Liane Moriarty

Rating: 4/5

Format: Paperback

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I had avoided reading this because of the hype and buzz around the TV series, and also that I found the plot to not grip me enough. But something pushed me to pick it up and see what it was really like, as I also heard great things about the book. I loved the characters, especially Madeleine! They were all so well-rounded and flawed. Even though I guessed the big secret I still found it very enjoyable watching everything unravel piece by piece. It was a very suspenseful read, but also very entertaining. This is a book that was meant to be devoured quickly! Who’s have thought that schoolyard drama could be so entertaining!

 

 

 

 

 

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Author: Kristin Hannah

Rating: 4.5/5

Format: Paperback

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This book was written beautifully, Hannah is such a talent. It’s a beautiful story about sister relationships and perseverance. Both sisters were parallel opposites, but were both so strong in different ways. Set in Nazi-occupied France, which is one of my favourite time periods to read from. This novel was done so well, it felt like I was reading about people I knew. Tears were shed, had both horror and joy on my face, it was truly a beautiful book. The only reason I’m not giving it 5 stars is that it took a while to get engrossed into the story.

 

And those are the 5 books I have read recently (recently being used loosely) What books have you guys been enjoying recently? Any new favourite you want to gush about? Any of these you have read and felt similar/differently to me? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx

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Why I’ve Been AWOL

When I saw that my last official post was back in June, I was surprised, but not that much. This post is basically to say why I had been absent, and what’s been going on.

First things first, I had fallen into a major slump. Not just for reading, but for blogging, catching up with Booktubers, etc. I just completely burned out and fell off the wagon (as they say), this was caused by a number of reasons… Mainly because work had been extremely busy over the summer with many colleagues being on holiday and things were short-staffed for a while, so I had been working on average 10 hours a day and whenever I had a spare moment to read, I just wanted to sleep!

Another thing which caused my hiatus was many personal life changes. I had started a new romantic relationship which I’ve been smitten over, I had interview prep for the next step in my career for my dream job, I had to sell my car and sort out my newer one, and I was without my laptop which I had attempted (and failed) to get repaired (and since bought myself a new one!). So yeah! A LOT had been going on in the last few months!

I have been slowly coming out of my reading slump and have had things start to settle down, I did try to start a few posts and I was planning to participate in the Read EH Thon and the NEWTs Magical Readathon which I was so looking forward to! But again I didn’t want to force myself to read, so when I got back into the swing of things I won’t immediately spiral back! I think I needed to take the time away and come back fresher and keener to read.

I hope that has cleared things up and explained my absence well enough. I will be back with a wrap-up of the next 5 books that I read and also some readathon TBR’s as well! I love you guys!

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx

Top 5 Wednesday

T5W – Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year 


“–Halfway through the year, and it’s time to evaluate our reading goals and take a look at our TBRs for the second half of the year!”

Sam (thoughtsontomes)

Top 5 Wednesday (T5W) is a Goodreads group consisting of weekly ‘Top 5’s which is moderated by Booktuber Sam from “thoughtsontomes”. If you would like to explore the group more further, there’s a link right here to take you to the main page!

Right. I haven’t done one of these in AGES. I kinda forgot to check what the prompts were, and whenever I did, I had no ideas for them! But this is one that I’ve been having on my mind a bit (because it’s halfway through the year and that) and it’s kinda similar to the Mid Year Book Freakout Tag, so I thought, why not?

 

 

1/ Strange The Dreamer – Laini Taylor 29748925

What drew me to this was the STUNNING cover, and I judge a book by it’s cover. Also, I have heard many things about it. Great things, and not so great things, which are both what I need to go into a book with not-too-high expectations. Of course I haven’t yet, it is quite a lengthy book, and it might end of a cliffhanger..?

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176754622/ The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater

How have I not started this series yet? I hear rave reviews from people who’s opinions I trust and book tastes are the same as mine, and the book series is sat on my top shelf. Constantly starting at me.

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3/ The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken10576365

The movie is coming out soon, and I’ve told myself that I would read the book before the movie comes out. I said this at the start of the year. The movie is coming in August (in the UK, I think) so I need to get a move on! I own the whole trilogy so I literally have no excuse except that I keep collecting books and not reading them…

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4/ Scythe – Neil Shusterman28954189

The premise of this book sounds incredible and unique. The sequel had come out very recently as well, which brought this book back to the forefront of my mind. I am trying to find a way to squeeze it in to a TBR for an upcoming readathon (stay tuned..?)

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5/ The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch865293

A book which is stamped as a classic in fantasy, and I need to read it soon. I have hopes to read it in the next round of Tome Topple (which would mean more if I had actually read a book for a Tome Topple round)

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So what books are on your TBR for the second half of the year? Have you read any of these, and if so, what were your thoughts? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

Read-a-thons

Cramathon (Summer 2018) Wrap-Up!

Hello readers! It’s getting to the time of year where there are more and more readathons, with 3-4 that I’m interested in during July alone! READATHONS GALORE ❤

So I’m catching up with my posts before things get hectic. So I’m bringing my wrap up for the Cramathon which finished about a week ago (or maybe longer by the time I upload this). There were 7 challenges in total, and I managed to complete 5 of them, which is great going in my opinion! I also got part-way through the other challenges. See below for the books I read for the challenges and my views of them!

 

 

~~~CHALLENGES~~~

1. A predicted 5 star book

2. A book out of your comfort zone

3. A book that has been on your TBR for a long time

4. A  LGBTQ+ ownvoices book

5. something that is not a standard novel 

6. A book with your favourite colour on cover

7. Read 7 books

 

 

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1/ The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid

Format: Paperback

Length: 400 pages

Goodreads

Challenges: 1. A predicted 5 star book

Not only was this truly a 5 star book as predicted, it’s also easily one of my favourites of the year so far! I didn’t want this book to end. I was so absorbed in the characters lives, felt for them, cried with them. It felt as if I was reading about a real-life Hollywood star, and wanted to further research the films and famous people mentioned. This book did such a great job of depicting the cost of fame, and how things are not always as they appear within headlines. The LGBT rep was so positive. The message being that you shouldn’t be afraid of loving someone because of how you might be judged, and that life is too short. I could’ve read an extra 1000 pages of this and still find it just as enjoyable and gripping. It was so easy to read as well, which was great because I was recently struggling to keep interest in what I was reading. Everybody should read it, the hype is truly deserved.

5/5 stars!

 

 

 

 

157893102/ Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe – Cullen Bunn & Dalibor Talajić

Format: Kindle

Length: 96 pages

Challenges: 2. A book out of your comfort zone, 5. Something that is not a standard novel (comic)

Goodreads

I found this fun and enjoyable to read. I was surprised with the amount of 1 star reviews, I mean, what were people really expecting with this? My first impression was a comic full of satire and a bit of fun, and that’s what I got so wasn’t disappointed. I won’t continue the series though, I have no desire to see what’s in the rest of the comics, mainly because I struggle to enjoy comics as it is and they’re not something I would necessarily reach for in a hurry. There isn’t really much more to say about this, the title gives away what it’s about and that’s genuinely what happens.

2.75/5 stars

 

 

 

 

3/ 12th of Never – James Patterson & Maxine Paetro15734464

Format: Audio CD

Length: 7h 6m

Challenges: 5. Something that is not a standard novel (Audio CD)

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This was quite disappointing. I’ve read the first few books of the series and really liked them, but this, 12th in the series, didn’t feel on par. The first ones were written solely by James Patterson, and it’s pretty obvious that he had little to no Input for this book. Maxine Paetro has taken a pretty good series and flushed away all that was good about it. Half was about the actual plot and the courts, and the other half was about her baby which was not relevant and nor did it follow the pattern of the other books. I’m glad I haven’t read the books 4-11, because I feel like I would’ve wasted my time and seen the series fall slightly book by book. I think it’s safe to say that this series has had its day.

2/5 stars

 

 

 

 

4/ Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella27823777

Format: Paperback

Length: 280 pages

Challenges: 3. A book that has been on your TBR a long time, 6. Has favourite colour on cover

Goodreads

The book deals with an incredibly difficult topic but in a way that mixes humour into it to make it lighter and easier to read. I really liked how this wasn’t a girl-has-mental-illness-then-meets-boy-and-is-magically-cured story. Audrey helps herself through her family and therapist and even though she isn’t 100% in the end, she’s still working on and coping with her illness. I had some issues with the book. One being that issue Audrey’s recovery seemed a bit fast and unrealistic, and the romance seems very unrealistic as well. Another is that we never got told exactly what happened to Audrey to cause her mental breakdown. Also, Why was the mum so paranoid and obsessed with her son playing video games? It was just annoying.

3/5 stars

 

 

 

 

 

5/ Call Me By Your Name – André Aciman36336078

Format: Audiobook

Length: 7h 43m

Challenges 7. Read 7 books (uncompleted)

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This book was beautifully poetic. It’s difficult to review, as it’s not really plotted. Once I got passed the explicit/sexual nature, I started to really enjoy this. I found myself caring for the main characters and eagerly anticipating what was going to happen with their relationship. I felt quite emotional with the ending as well, but I understand why the author did things that way. This book is so character driven, and also focuses a lot on the writing. Both which was excellent.

4/5 stars

 

 


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2811696629904219 The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher (Read 7 books) 62%

Not Your Sidekick – C. B. Lee (A LGBTQ+ ownvoices) 37%

 

 

 


 

So that’s all the books I read for Cramathon Summer 2018 and the challenges. I always enjoy a good readathon and anticipating the next bunch to start in July/August. Half the fun is the reading, but the other half is choosing the books for the challenges!

Have any of you participated in this readathon? And if so, how did you do? What books did you read for the challenges? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

Read-a-thons

Cramathon (Summer 2018) TBR!

It’s time for another readathon, and another round of Cramathon! The last one was in the winter over New Years’ (and honestly feels like a month ago). The clue is in the title, and you simply need to cram in as many books that you’ve been putting off, along with some challenges.

This years hosts are: Hardback Hoarder, Julia Sapphire, The Awkward Bookworm and dylanthereader5. There is also a twitter account found here to stay up to date!

The dates of this readathon are 10th June – 17th June 2018, so it has already started (like that would put me off posting my TBR…).

So here are the challenges, along with the books I plan to read to fit that prompt, I swear this is my favourite part of readathons! There are 7 challanges so I chose 7 books, and most of them can fit more than one prompt, making it easier for myself to actually complete it.

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1/ The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid

Challenges: 1. A predicted 5 star book

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157893102/ Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe – Cullen Bunn & Dalibor Talajić

Challenges: 2. A book out of your comfort zone, 5. Something that is not a standard novel (comic)

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3/ Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella27823777

Challenges: 3. A book that has been on your TBR a long time, 6. Has favourite colour on cover

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299042194/ Not Your Sidekick – C. B. Lee

Challenges: 4. A book that is LGBTQ+ ownvoices, 6. Has favourite colour on cover

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5/ 12th of Never – James Patterson & Maxine Paetro15734464

Challenges: 5. Something that is not a standard novel (Audio CD)

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281169666/ The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher

Challenges: 3. A book that has been on your TBR a long time, 5. Something that is not a standard novel, 7. Read 7 books

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363360787/ Call Me By Your Name – André Aciman

Challenges 5. Something that is not a standard novel, 7. Read 7 books

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So are any of your participating in this readathon too? What books are you planning to read? I’d love to know!

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

Seasonal Reading Lists

SUMMER Reading List [2018]

It is the 1st of June so it’s time for a new season, and a new season of books! I have quite a lot of fun doing these lists because I try to find books I could be in the mood for during the season, and summer is usually a good one to do because it’ll be mainly contemporary, fun books, and anthologies/short story collections, and others!

 

  1. Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella
  2. I’ll Give You The Sun – Jandy Nelson
  3. Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson
  4. Girl Against the Universe – Paula Stokes
  5. Call Me By Your Name – André Aciman
  6. Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
  7. I Believe in a Thing Called Love – Maureen Goo
  8. The Rosie Project – Graeme Simison
  9. Vinegar Girl – Anne Tyler
  10. Tangleweed & Brine – Deirdre Sullivan
  11. Truly Madly Guilty – Liane Moriarty
  12. Stay With Me – Ayobami Adebayo
  13. The Way Back to You – Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott
  14. My Life Next Door – Huntley Fitzpatrick
  15. Attachments – Rainbow Rowell
  16. I Call Myself a Feminist – Various
  17. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour – Morgan Matson
  18. The Mermaid & Mrs Hancock – Imogen Hermes Gowar
  19. Stargirl – Jerry Spinelli
  20. How To Make a Wish – Ashley Herring Blake
  21. Not Your Sidekick – C. B. Lee
  22. Radio Silence – Alice Oseman
  23. Goodbye, Perfect – Sara Barnard
  24. The Problem with Forever – Jennifer L. Armentrout
  25. Our Own Private Universe – Robin Talley
  26. Let’s Talk About Love – Claire Kann
  27. The City of Brass – S. A. Chakraborty
  28. Summer Days & Summer Nights – Various

So what are your plans for the summer? Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

TBR's

JUNE TBR/PRIORITY READS [2018]

I didn’t do a TBR post for May, mainly because I was still getting used to my new job and adjusting to the routine, which meant I had very little time for reading and I knew I wasn’t going to be reading much, so I just left it for a month to not have the pressure. But I’m now back and ready to get into reading again! Despite feeling quite slumpy, I do think the books I’m planning to read next month will help! And I am hoping to participate in Cramathon later in the month, but a separate TBR post will be up for that!

How I do my TBRs is slightly different, I instead have a ‘Priority’ list of books; 3 as my main priority’, 2 as an ‘average priority‘, and 3 as my ‘lowest priority. This basically organises which books I want to get to the most. Of course I may not stick to this during the month.

I have changed things a bit too, I have written down all the titles of my books and picked some out at random. I have decided to pick out at least 1 classic, 1 non-fiction and 1 ebook, as they are the ones I struggle to get to. So this is the first month I’m using this method!

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1/ The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton
2/ The Surface Breaks – Louise O’Neill
3/ I’ll Give You The Sun – Jandy Nelson
4/ Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty
5/ Cress – Marissa Meyer
6/ Sense & Sensibility – Jane Austen
7/ The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher
8/ Project Semicolon – Amy Bleuel

EXTRAS:

I Believe in a Thing Called Love – Maureen Goo

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid

A Conjuring of Light – V. E. Schwab

Have any of you guys read these? If so, what did you think of them? Also, what are you guys’ reading plans for the month? I’d love to know!

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx