The Ride That Was 2017 & What I Hope For 2018

The Ride That Was 2017 & What I Hope For 2018

Hey guys! So I mentioned at the end of one of my recently posted reviews that I would update you guys on what’s been happening the past year or so and explain why I haven’t been active on my blog until now.

At the start of 2017 I posted a similar post and that was explaining about my dad leaving in 2016 and me having a mental breakdown and it was just a really bad time. I made the promise of blogging more but then that failed because 2017 really wasn’t a better year. My mum was diagnosed with breast cancer and ended up having a mastectomy to remove her left breast and it was all really tough, constantly going to hospital appointments, taking another 3 months off work because of more stress and depression and then going back to work but struggling to feel better because it was just constant worry about my mum. With all of that going on last year, it was another difficult year for myself and if it wasn’t for my family, boyfriend and friends, I honestly don’t think I would’ve made it because things were just getting too much.

Fortunately on the 11th of this month, my mum had her final round of Chemotherapy and starts Radiotherapy for 3 weeks starting February 5th. Hopefully once she completes this we’ll get the news we’ve been waiting for and she’ll be cancer free. We really need some luck this year!

My hopes for 2018 are obviously for my mum to get the all clear, for us to finally get away from the stress of the house we are in just now and move in somewhere new, hopefully get a job I actually enjoy and of course read more and also get back into blogging regularly because I really have missed it and you guys!

I’m finally thinking positively for 2018 and hope that I’ll be able to achieve everything I want to this year. Just need to keep my mind focused and try and not go back into that slump and let my mind take over.

I hope everything with you guys is all good and well and I look forward to joining the blogging community again! I may even start doing more than bookish posts on this blog but we’ll see what happens! 🙂

 

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REVIEW: TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN – JOHN GREEN

REVIEW: TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN – JOHN GREEN

                                                               

Image result for turtles all the way downTitle: Turtles All The Way Down

Author: John Green

Genre: Young Adult, Mental Health, Contemporary

Format: Hardback

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy Book: Amazon

Review: 2017 saw the return of critically acclaimed author, John Green with his long awaited novel, Turtles All The Way Down. I for one am a huge lover of John Green’s books and when he announced a new book was coming after a 5 year wait, I was really excited to finally have something new from him to devour.

Turtles All The Way Down follows sixteen-year-old Aza as she and her best-friend Daisy investigate the disappearance of billionaire Russell Pickett all in the hope of collecting the one-hundred-thousand dollar reward that is at stake. Whilst starting the investigation, Aza is reunited with an old friend and is introduced to new feelings she’s never felt before. As she tries her best to please everyone around her, Aza, is left struggling with the never-ending spiral of anxieties and worries going on in her own head.

I’ve loved pretty much every John Green book I’ve read and this one was no different at all. He somehow manages to write the perfect story with the perfect characters that you can’t help but fall in love with and I’m an absolute sucker for authors like this. To start with, the story was so well-written and it wasn’t your usual teen romance that is normally featured in a lot of Young Adult books and there was no “boy saves girl” plot to it either which I was really glad about because it’s so generic and predictable and does start to get annoying after a while. There was a strong plot line and I honestly struggled to put the book down. His writing certainly reflected the thoughts and struggles constantly spiralling through her mind and you were experiencing every single thought with her.

Aza was such a perfectly written character and Green did a fantastic job of writing about Aza’s mental health in a realistic way and it’s clear he did the research he needed to do in order for this to be successful. She was a really quiet character and mixed with the loudness and boldness of Daisy, it went really well. Aza spends a lot of the book stuck inside her own head, fighting with her thoughts and trying to overpower them but a lot of the time they take over and it was horrible seeing her struggle with herself so much, all you want is for her to get better.
Daisy is a character I had a love/hate relationship with. Sometimes she brilliant and funny but then other times with the way she treated Aza made me really angry and annoyed because she doesn’t understand what it’s like to be in a constant argument with your own mind and she spent some time making Aza feel guilty and useless which really upset me as it’s a feeling I’ve been made to feel before and it’s really not nice.
All the characters in this book were fantastically written and I honestly loved them all (even though there is the hate there for a part of Daisy).

I really struggled to put the book down and all in all, the book was another successful one from Green and I already can’t wait for whatever he has instore for us all next. It’s such an easy read and is guaranteed to keep you hooked.

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REVIEW: EVERLESS – SARA HOLLAND

REVIEW: EVERLESS – SARA HOLLAND

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Title: Everless

Author: Sara Holland

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Format: eBook/Hardback

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy Book: Amazon 

Review: Wow. Wow. Wow. I’m honestly so surprised by this book in a really good way. When I seen the cover and read a bit about it I had a feeling it was just going to be something similar to Red Queen or Throne of Glass and I was slightly dreading it (don’t shoot me, I actually love both these series’) but boy was I wrong! Sara Holland created such a unique story and world and I was drawn in straight away.

In a world where time is used as currency, allowing the rich to live longer as they bleed the poor of their time leaving them to struggle, Jule Embers and her father are left in a desperate situation after having to flee from their comfortable home at Everless, home of the Gerling family. When Jules finds out her father is running out of time and is behind on the rent and bills, she realises she doesn’t have a choice but to return to Everless as a servant to earn more time for her father so she doesn’t lose him forever. During her time here she discovers secrets and is reunited with two people she never thought she’d see again all in the while meeting new friends. As things start to twist, Jules realises her actions are more powerful than she ever thought and only she has the ability to change the world as she knows it.

I was honestly blown away with this novel. The whole plot was just captivating and interesting and that alone makes you want to pick up the book and see for yourself what kind of world Holland has created. Sempera is the main kingdom (if that’s the right word) that the novel is set in with Jules coming from a small village called Crofton. Pretty much straight away we’re told about bleeders, the people who steal/take time from others. The way it works is that people bleed people of their time and then turn that blood into a coin which is consumable. It’s all about the rich taxing the poor leaving them struggling to survive whilst they add centuries on to their own lives and have all the time they could want.

The characters in this book were all so well written and I fell in love with just about all of them. One of my favourite characters has to be Hinton and it honestly makes me so sad that he was only a minor character as he was just the sweetest wee thing and I instantly adored him when he was introduced.
Ina was another character I really, really liked. As the daughter of the queen she was the complete polar opposite and was kind, caring and a really sweet friend to Caro and Jules, even if it was their job to look after her.
I found Jules to be a really lovable main character. You could tell how much her father meant to her and it was clear she would go to whatever lengths she could to save him. I just really can’t wait for the next book to find out more about her and her background!

Like I said at the beginning, I was expecting it to be similar to Red Queen and when I seen there were two brothers, one good, one evil I was a bit sceptical about how it was going to turn out but I was actually pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t similar at all and I actually enjoyed both the brother characters in this novel.

‘Everless’ truly is a masterpiece and if this is only Holland’s debut novel then I honestly can’t wait to read more of her writing. She’s definitely someone that is going to be huge within the YA community! With so many twists and turns and misleading characters, you’ll really struggle to put Everless down, everything about the story captivates you whether it be the characters, the world or the story building. I also forgot to mention there’s some slight mythology throughout the novel as well so if you’re into this type of thing as well as Fantasy and strong, brave, female characters then this is definitely the book for you!

Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with an ebook copy in exchange of an honest review and also thank you to Fairyloot for including a hardback copy in their December box!

If you guys have read the book then please let me know in the comments below!


In the coming days/weeks I’ll be posting some more reviews, tbr lists as well as a kind of welcome back type of post as it’s been so long since I last blogged properly on here and I miss you guys!

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My Dream Reading Space

My Dream Reading Space

Hey guys, so this is a very late post but I’ve been so exhausted the last few days I’ve not had time to post anything so I do apologise! I was contacted by Molly Kay from Arhaus and asked if I would do a post on ‘My Dream Reading Space’ so I was thrilled to finally be able to get out all the wonderful and fab ideas that I have in my head for my own reading room.

To start with I want a huge room full of bookshelves from floor to ceiling and each one to be themed or have a certain genre/colour on it. For example, I want one bookcase just completely dedicated to Harry Potter things so all my books, DVDs and Harry Potter memorabilia can sit on it. There would also be a bookshelf for my YA novels to be laid out in colour order or alphabetical order. I would then have a shelf for my vinyls and record player to sit on so that wasn’t actually in the way of anything.

Now as well as this being my reading space, I would also have it as my music room to keep all my instruments so I would have a space in the room where I can keep my guitars, bass guitars and CDs/DVDs. This would mean that everything I ever need would be all in the same place and wouldn’t be in anybody’s way (although I can’t promise there won’t be the odd book or five lying around elsewhere in the house).

In terms of what kind of bookshelves I’d like here are just a few examples of what I would love to have in my own personal library;

  •  Vittoria Bell’ Arte Wall Unit: This beautiful piece is what I would love for my HP collection and books. It’s so vintage looking and I fell in love with it as soon as I seen it!
  • Athens Modular Library: Now this is the bookshelf I’d have for all my YA books/classics. IT’S LIKE THE BOOKSHELF IN BEAUTY AND THE BEAST!!! LOOK HOW NICE IT IS!!!!
  • Spencer Bookcase with Panel Doors: I was automatically drawn to this bookcase when looking for one for my record player/vinyls/CDs etc. The panel doors are the perfect addition for an old vintage record player and I just adore the whole look of it.

Now for the general feel/vibe/look of the reading space, this is the sort of idea I’d like;

Are you Instagram following Alyssa Kapito Interiors? Love this chic window seat in soft neutral grays x
This would be the perfect reading couch, right by the window with all the natural light coming in, bookcase with the record player on it just next to it.

 

She Shed Ideas: More At FOSTERGINGER @ Pinterest. ☂
This would be the perfect little space to fit my bookshelves and chairs/desk in to. I could have it exactly how I want it to be.

 

this could easily be my home away from home...
This right here is another dream reading space. Just look at how perfect it is!!

(All these photos taken from Pinterest)

Trying to describe and come up with my perfect reading space/room would keep me here for days because I do have so many ideas and styles I’d love for it so I think I’ll leave it here and maybe do another one in the near future!

I’d just like to take this moment to thank Molly for getting in touch with me and asking me to do this post because I never would’ve thought to have done a post like this myself! If you do get a chance then please check out the Arhaus website. Their products and the style of them are just stunning and hopefully one day I’ll be able to afford all the things I want from the site!! The bookcases I listed in the post are from the site also so please do have a look!

Please let me know what your dream reading space/room/area would be like in the comments or even do your own post and send me the link so I can check it out!

If you don’t already know then you can follow me on twitter: @kirsty_reads and Instagram: @kirstyreads.

I’ll have another post up soon for you guys! 🙂

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World Book Day 2017

World Book Day 2017

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HAPPY WORLD BOOK DAY GUYS!!! 

This is one of my favourite days simply because it’s all about books! Working with kids too means I get to see them in all their wonderful costumes today as well which is just great as they all put so much effort into their characters!

This World Book Day, I’m currently reading The Warsaw Anagrams by Richard Zimler and so far I’m really enjoying it. Books have always been one of my favourite things and they’re the one thing that can keep me calm and help keep my mind off things. After being off work sick for 2 months I managed to get through a few of the books I wanted to read and I even went back to the library for the first time in years which was fun!

World Book Day is a day I love as it encourages children to read and let them see the fun and all the different worlds books can bring to them and that’s something I enjoy seeing as it’s so rare nowadays to find children who enjoy reading. If you’re looking for something to read, the World Book Day website has posted a list of “50 books that will change your life.” You can check that list out here.

I hope you all have a fantastic book day and enjoy celebrating it in whichever way you are! Let me know if you’re doing anything in the comments!! I’ll be going back to work unfortunately but after that I’ll be spending the rest of my night trying to finish my book.

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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (Day 3)

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (Day 3)

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Hey guys! It’s the final day of my 3 days, 3 quotes challenge! I was tagged to do this by Deanna over at A Novel Glimpse so go head over and check out her blog!


The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  • Nominate 3 new bloggers each day.

 

Today’s quote is taken from John Green’s Looking For Alaska.

“When I look at my room, I see a girl who loves books.”

This quote is literally me. My room has been completely taken over by books as I just keep buying more whenever I’m out!


I nominate:

I had a lot of fun doing this so thank you again to Deanna for tagging me! I’m hoping to have a book review up for you all by the end of next week so keep an eye out for that!

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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (Day 2)

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (Day 2)

ALEX

Hey guys! So I forgot to schedule my posts for this challenge so I’m a few days late in doing day 2. I’ll schedule a post for tomorrow so it actually posts in time! I was tagged to do this challenge by Deanna over at A Novel Glimpse so thank you!


The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  • Nominate 3 new bloggers each day.

Today’s quote is from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

This quote definitely has to be one of my favourites from this book! If you constantly live wondering ‘what if?’ then you end up missing out on so many opportunities in life!


I nominate:

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