April and May Book Haul!

I’ve gotten a lot of books in the last two months. I thought I was done buying books for a few months but after I finished second year at University, I kind of went on a splurge… I had loads of points to spend in Waterstones along with lots of new releases that I had preordered which has led to me having 14 books to haul!



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Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

I’m going to start with this book because it’s the one I got most recently. I went to Brighton on Friday and my friend and I decided to take advantage of the hot weather by sitting at the beach and reading. By take advantage I mean it was too hot to be walking around and it was so much cooler by the water (because I hate the heat). We didn’t bring any books with us so we popped into Waterstones before and both picked up a book. I was really happy when I saw this book because I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, and so far so good!

img_3297Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

This is another new release that I was so excited for! I haven’t had the chance to start reading it yet, but it’s so beautiful. It’s definitely been hard to avoid the spoilers for this one though because it’s all everyone is talking about.

 

 

 

img_3314Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

I have a bad habit of buying books that I never see in book shops. This is a book that I’ve wanted to read for ages but I had so many other books on my TBR that I was going to wait a while before purchasing it… But then I saw it in the book shop for the first time ever and I took it as a sign that I needed to read it asap.

 

 

img_3323The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This book covers such an important topic, especially something that is present within society at the moment. I started reading this last month, but I picked a bad time to read it because I had assignments due at the same time. I will be restarting it in the next week which I’m really excited about!

 

 

img_3315A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

This cover is so beautiful! It’s definitely my favourite cover from the whole series so far, I keep forgetting that there’s going to be more books. Even though this book has been out for a few weeks now, I’ve not really heard anything about it yet. Which is good because I don’t want to be spoiled!

 

 

img_3319Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

This book sounds like it’s going to be really good. The synposis kind of gives the impresision that it’s going to be similar to Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven and Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon which were both really amazing books. I really can’t wait to start this one because it seems like the kind of book that I won’t be able to put down.

 

 

img_3318With Malice by Eileen Cook

I actually got this book because it was on a buy two for £7 offer. Even though it was an offer that encouraged me to buy it, it does sound really interesting. I haven’t heard anything about this book anywhere, but because of the synposis it’s definitely made me want to pick this up really soon.

 

 

img_3321Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

This book was on the same offer as the previous book I mentioned. It’s actually a book that I wanted to get so I’m really happy that it was on offer. I’ve only ever read one of Cecelia Ahern’s book and that was Love, Rosie. It was really good so I hope that this one is too!

 

 

 

img_3316The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

It’s impossible for me to not get excited over a new Rick Riordan release. The first book in this series, The Hidden Oracle, was so funny, so I have no doubts that this one will be even better.

 

 

 

img_3320Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

I haven’t been in the mood to read any long books or anything that’s fantasy recently. When I read the synposis for this book, it got me really excited to read it which hasn’t happend in a long time. It also helps that the cover is stunning!

 

 

 

img_3322Geekerella by Ashley Poston

This sounds like it’s going to be such a fun read. It also looks like it’s a retelling of Cinderella but in a contemporary setting which could be really interesting. It’s definitely a book that I’m really looking forward to reading!

 

 

 

img_3317The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

I’m planning on doing my dissertation on fairy tales, so I need to start doing some research for it. It also gives me an excuse to read the original tales rather than watching the Disney ones.

 

 

 

img_3325The Fairy Tales of Han Christian Andersen

I’m actually going to be focusing more upon the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, but when I saw this edition of Hans Christian Andersen’s I had to get it. It’s so beautiful and it’s definitely something that I’m going to keep forever.

 

 

 

img_3233Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

I have been so excited about this book for the longest time! I started reading it as soon as it arrived a couple of days ago and I’m almost halfway through it. I’m really enjoying it so far, and I’m hoping that I’ll finish it this weekend.

 

 


Those are all of the books that I’ve gotten recently! Each book looks like it’ll be a really good read so I’m excited to get started on reading some of these soon. Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts? What are some books that you’ve gotten recently?

Giving Books a Second Chance

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what books I really want to re-read, even though I already have loads of books which I haven’t read yet. I was mainly thinking about books that I didn’t really enjoy that much which I still have on my shelf. I want to make sure that some of these books are definitely ones which I don’t like before I get rid of them.


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Legend by Marie Lu.
This isn’t actually a book that I’m planning on getting rid of, but it is a book that I want to re-read. I’ve only read the first book in this trilogy because I kept reading other books, instead of the next books in the series. A while ago I got the box set for the series, so now I have no excuse! I’ve heard so many amazing things about this trilogy, so I’m excited to finally finish it!

 

 

img_3293Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.
When I first read this a few years ago, I had very mixed feelings about it. It was a book that I should have enjoyed but I didn’t and I’m not sure if it’s my fault that I didn’t like it. A few months ago I was planning on getting rid of this because I wasn’t sure if I’d ever read it again. I’m glad I didn’t so now I can give it another go and I’m hoping that my opinion has changed.

 

 

img_3292Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.
I loved this when I first read it. I couldn’t wait to pick up the next book but I could never find it in any book shops near me. I then kept seeing loads of spoilers for the series everywhere, and it became impossible to avoid them. Now I know a lot of the plot twists which put me off for a long time because it would be like I’d already read it. I recently heard that there’s going to be more books in the series which means there is some stuff that hasn’t been spoiled (yet!). If I still like this book after re-reading it, then I’ll carry on with the series and try my best to forget about the spoilers!

img_3288The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.
The only thing I liked about this book was the characters, I pretty much hated everything else. I did read this a few years ago, when this type of book wasn’t really one that I would have normally read at that time. The good reviews about this series make me wish I enjoyed it as much as everyone else. I’ll re-read it eventually at some point, and if I still end up hating it then I’ll be a bit disappointed but at least I know I’ve tried!

 

 

img_3289The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen.
I read this book when I first started University, which was almost two years ago! It took me two months to read it because I was trying to adjust to the workload and Uni schedule. I can remember bits of this book but I wasn’t able to give the book my full attention. Now that I’ve finished for the summer, I want to read it again and enjoy it properly.

 

 


There are loads more books that I want to re-read but these are the main ones that I really want to get to soon. What are some books that you want to give a second chance to?

Harry Potter Book Tag!

I’m so excited to be doing this tag because I love the Harry Potter series so much! I’ve been blogging for over a year and I can’t believe that I haven’t done this tag before. Thankfully, I was tagged by Beth of Divine World of Books, you should definitely check out her response to this tag and her blog as well because it’s amazing!

*This tag was originally created by Trang and Lashaan of Bookidote*

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A book with a theme that you found really interesting, but you’d like to rewrite it.

The Selection series by Kiera Cass.

I did really enjoy the concept of this series but it definitely had quite a few flaws, it could be so good if a few things were changed!

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The first book in a series that got you hooked.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch.

This series is one of my favourites and I love everything about it.

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A book you wish you could have right now. 

The next Morgan Matson book. I don’t know what it’s called, what it’s about or when it’s getting released – but I know that I need it.

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A killer book. Both senses. Take it as you like. 

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare.

This book destroyed me. It’s still my favourite book out of the series though!

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A book that you found really confusing. 

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. 

There’s a time-jump that I wasn’t expecting and for the first half of the book I was so confused because it was never explained.

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Your spirit animal book. 

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. 

I could relate to Andie so much in this book. I also chose this because it has lots of dogs in it and I have three dogs!

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A dark, twisted book.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

I tend to avoid dark and spooky books because I’m not a big fan of them. So this is probably the most dark and twisted book that I’ve read.

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A book that surprised you in a great way, reveals to be more than it is.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.

I’m always so wary of books that have loads of hype surrounding it so I was really happy when it was better than I thought it was going to be!


I’m so happy that I’ve finally done this tag! I’m not going to tag anyone but feel free to do this tag and let me know if you do so I can check out your responses too!

Reading Wishlist

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish – this weeks theme is ‘Ten Things On Our Reading Wishlist’. This is another hard topic for me because I’ve never really thought about what I want more of in books. I’ve tried to think of things that I loved when reading other books whilst making this list!


More Diversity
I think more diversity in books will always be on my wishlist because of how important it is, you can never have enough of it. Contemporary novels are one of the best with representation, but I don’t think I’ve read many diverse sci-fi or fantasy.

Historical Retellings
I love retellings of any kind because it’s such a fun way to read about anything, especially history. If it’s done right, the books are usually amazing even if they aren’t completely accurate.

Victorian Era
I don’t know why but the Victorian period fascinates me so much! I don’t care if it’s historical, fantasy or science fiction, I just want more books that have been set in this period.

Competition Books
I’m re-reading The Hunger Games right now for a university essay and whilst reading it, I’ve realised there are hardly any books that have some sort of competition. I’m not talking about a gory fight to the death battle like in The Hunger Games, but it would be so cool to have more competition books.

Mythology Books
As much as I love Rick Riordan’s books based upon the Greek and Roman Gods, I would love to read about different types of mythology. There’s so much out there, that I just want to read it all.

Different Fairytale Retellings
Snow White, Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast seem to be the most common retellings and as much as I love reading every authors take on the story, I want to see something different. I would love to see a Pocahontas or Mulan retelling!

Study Abroad Contemporary 
Anna and the French Kiss was my inspiration for this one. One of the main reasons I want to visit Paris is because of that book. I really wanted to study abroad for a semester at University but I couldn’t afford it, so I want to live through someone else’s experiences in a book!

Sci-fi 
Fantasy has taken over at the moment and although I do love fantasy books, I want to see more sci-fi again.

Villains Perspective
It’s not common for books to be written from a villains point of view because the hero is always the main character. I want to read from the villains perspective and understand the reasons for their actions or what made them become the villain that they are.

Morgan Matson Books
If I’m ever in a reading slump, as soon as I pick up a Matson book I’m back to reading again. I love all her books and I’m really in the mood to read more books similar to hers but I can’t find any!


Those are all of my reading wishlists! What are some of the things on your wishlists? Do you agree with any of my suggestions? If you take part in Top Ten Tuesday, link me to your post so I can check it out!

UK vs US Book Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly featured hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this weeks theme is anything to do with book covers. I originally wasn’t planning on taking part in this weeks top ten as I’ve done quite a lot of posts recently about book covers. But when I started thinking about what I could do, I immediately thought of UK vs US book covers! I’ve picked 5 US covers that I prefer to the UK edition and then 5 UK editions that I love.


US Covers:

1) And I Darken, Kiersten White.


I still can’t get over how beautiful the US cover is!

2) Eleanor and Park, Rainbow Rowell

Compared to the UK edition, the US one is so simplistic which I definitely prefer. The UK one just seems a little busy to me.

3) Heartless, Marissa Meyer. 

I was so disappointed when I saw the UK edition of this book because it’s nowhere near as good as the US one! There is another UK version as well but this is the version that I managed to get hold of.

4) The Thousandth Floor, Katharine McGee

There are no words for how much I wish I had the US edition.

5) Heroes of Olympus series, Rick Riordan

These covers aren’t too different but the US ones just look so much better.

UK Covers:

1) The Mortal Instruments, Cassandra Clare. 

This series recently had a cover change in the UK and I love them so much! Before, the covers were really similar to the US ones, I still have the old covers but I’m slowly collecting the new ones.

2) Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor

I read this book a few years ago and didn’t really enjoy it that much. I was planning on giving the book away but because it’s so pretty, I can’t! I am going to give the series another go soon so I’m glad I did decide to keep it.

3) Outlander, Diana Gabaldon

The UK covers for this series are some of my favourite covers ever!

4) Three Dark Crowns, Kendare Blake

Both of these covers are beautiful but the UK ones win for me because there’s three different ones, for the three Queens in the book!

5) The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

These covers aren’t really that different but I love the UK one so much.


I still don’t really understand why different countries get different covers, but sometimes it works out okay! Do you prefer US or UK editions of books? What are some of your favourites or least favourites?

 

Review: Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

I did it! I finally finished a book that wasn’t for University! I’m so happy about finally finishing a book, that I couldn’t wait to review Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. Going into this book, I didn’t really know that much about it. It’s been everywhere lately because of the movie adaptation, so I thought I’d come across spoilers at some point – luckily I didn’t so I was able to read this book without knowing anything. I’m going to keep this spoiler free because I really enjoyed not knowing much about the book, other than the synopsis on the back.


The main thing that I loved about this book was the main character, Maddy. She suffers from a rare illness called SCID (severe combined immunodeficiency) and leaving the house could cause her to have an extreme reaction that could kill her. Being completely isolated from the outside world, I expected Maddy to be angry or selfish – but she was the complete opposite which made it really refreshing to read from her perspective. Throughout the book, I admired Maddy so much because of how strong she is as a character, despite her illness. She’s definitely a character who has made me appreciate the little things after finishing the book!

Everything changes for Maddy when a new family moves in next door and she takes a particular interest in her new neighbour, Olly. Before Olly, she was never really tempted to leave the house but her new friendship with Olly makes her realise how much she is missing out on. Both Olly and Maddy were so relatable as characters and I loved how their contrasting personalities worked so well together and how they helped each other through the difficulties that they both face.

I would say that the only thing I had an issue with in the book, was the insta-love between Maddy and Olly. It’s understandable when you put yourself in Maddy’s situation because her only relationships are with her mother and nurse so she’s never really had any other form of friendship before. The insta-love wasn’t a major issue for me but it was more of the fact that as soon as she saw him, she’d fallen for him.


Everything, Everything is definitely worth picking up because of how eye-opening it is. It’s really easy to get into and probably wouldn’t take that long to read either, but it took me about a week because I was writing essays for University at the same time.

Have you read Everything, Everything? What were your thoughts on the book?

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Book Turn Offs

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Last weeks Top Ten was about all the things that made me instantly want to read a book, and this weeks is the opposite – book turn offs. I’ve never really thought about what makes me not want to read a book, so it was quite hard coming up with this list.


The Author –
The author is so important to me as a reader. I mentioned in last weeks Top Ten that I auto-buy certain authors but if I’ve not enjoyed a book by an author, chances are it will take me a while to decide whether I want to read another book by them.

Horror –
I’m not a fan of horror films and I’m definitely not a fan of horror books. I have tried to read horror books before, but I’ve never been able to fully enjoy them.

Giant Books –
I love a big book every now and then but when each book in a series is 700+ pages, I can never bring myself to read it. It takes me ages to get through 700+ pages so I never know if it’s worth investing the time into a series where each book is huge.

Spoilers –
As much as I try to avoid spoilers on social media, it’s impossible. So many book series have been spoiled for me that I don’t see the point in reading the book, unless I’m really invested in the story and its characters.

Over-hyped Books –
Sometimes when I see everyone talking about a book, it prompts me to read it and other times I’m just not interested. I’ve read so many over-hyped books which haven’t been that good so I’m always wary when I see it getting a lot of attention.

Negative Reviews –
I don’t tend to read negative reviews in full because if someone I trust didn’t like the book, then I know that I’m not going to enjoy it either. Sometimes I will pick up a negatively reviewed book just to see what it’s about, but most of the time I avoid them.

Long Series –
I’ve stopped reading so many books because they’ve been dragged on for far too long. There is no way that a series can continue for 12 books and still be interesting, it’s impossible. I can think of two series in particular where there are too many books, and I eventually gave up with them (Morganville Vampires and House of Night).

Multiple POV –
Some authors can do multiple perspectives so well and it makes the story really interesting but sometimes, it’s really unnecessary. It can be so confusing to constantly jump from one point of view to the other as it can be difficult to tell the difference between each characters voice. I’ll still read books that have multiple perspective, but I don’t tend to enjoy them as much as I want to.

Bad Covers –
Just like beautiful front covers can make me buy a book, bad covers can stop me buying books. I own plenty of ugly books and although I’m not completely against buying books with bad covers, it does take me a little longer to decide whether I want to read a certain book.

Cover Changes –
It’s so annoying and disappointing when a series has a cover change before it’s complete. I want my books to match! It’s especially annoying when there are height differences as it makes it more difficult to arrange on bookshelves.


As I said at the beginning, I’ve never thought about book turn offs before but it was quite interesting once I started making a list! What are some of your book turn offs?