February Wrap-Up

February Wrap-Up

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Hey guys, so I’ve been inactive throughout February as it’s been a rather crappy month for me and I’ve not really been in the right frame of mind to be posting a lot. I’ve also done a lousy job of reading all the books I planned on getting through and have only read three this month (that’s including the one I was almost finished at the end of January). So in all it’s been horrible.


Personal Recap

So last month I mentioned that I had been job hunting and that I had received a second interview for a job as a support worker in after school care. I’m pleased to say that I got the job and I’m currently awaiting a start date! I’m honestly so excited to finally be able to do something I’m good at and hopefully will enjoy. Other than that, I’ve not really done much else apart from go to lots of gigs and I also went to Birmingham for a few days which was quite nice.


Bookish Recap

Like I said at the start of the post, my reading was awful in February. The only books I got through were;

  • Even Angels Fall – F.L Darbyshire
  • Seed – Lisa Heathfield
  • Fallout –Gwenda Bond

Seed’ has genuinely became one of my favourite books now that I’ve had time to think about the book, plot and characters. Everything about it was just so unique and different from anything I’ve read and I still love how realistic Lisa Heathfield made it seem.

Books I Received:

  • Solitaire – Alice Oseman

Books I Bought:

  • I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzai*
  • Waiting For Callback – Perdita & Honor Cargill
  • Faceless – Alyssa Sheinmel
  • Kindred Spirits – Rainbow Rowell**
  • Spot The Difference – Juno Dawson**
  • The Lie Tree – Frances Hardinge
  • How Hard Can Love Be? – Holly Bourne

Reviews Posted:

Part of the reason I never did much reading in February is because I wasn’t really enjoying ‘Fallout’ but I felt like I had to finish it because I had been asked to review it for a website. It took almost the full month just to read that one book and it made me realise that with how I’ve been feeling mentally the past few weeks it’s best I no longer take review requests for a while. I’ve got so many books that I’ve bought over the last year and a half and I haven’t had a chance to read any of them yet because I had a huge list of books to review and I’m using a lot of time reading some books that I’m not even enjoying when I could be reading something else. I tried to organise the requests I got better this year and it was all right in January but more have came through than I expected and it’s starting to stress me out a lot and if I don’t do something now, then the list and my mental health is just going to get worse. As of today, I will no longer be accepting review requests however I am more than willing to host blog tours and giveaways for any authors/publishers etc. I do apologise to you all but at the minute I have to put myself first and plus I don’t want to start hating something I’m passionate about.


 

So there we have my February wrap-up guys. I am gutted to be taking my review requests down but for now it’s probably the best thing to do. I’ll still be posting reviews of the books I’m reading so it’s not as if that will be stopping. It will just be books I’ve bought to enjoy that I review instead.

How did you guys get on in February? Let me know in the comments or even link me to your post!!

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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me

*i just realised I have two #8s so one will count as a spare wish if it exists because I have no idea what wish I want to get rid of :’)*

Hi guys! So today is the day I’ve finally decided to take part in the Top Ten Tuesday meme. I’ve seen loads of the people I follow take part in it and it looks like fun! Also it gives me a weekly thing to post when I don’t have any reviews to post.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and Bookish.

This week’s topic is: 10 Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me. YOU DREAM IT AND THE BOOKISH GENIE CAN DO IT!

  1. For an entire room in my house for my own personal library. 

Like who doesn’t want this? A place where I’m surrounded by all my books and can just sit and read for as long as I want without anyone disturbing me.

2. To be able to enter/be part of any story I read.

How amazing would it be if you could jump straight into the book and experience everything along with the characters.

3. To be able to spend the day with my favourite authors with it being one author per day.

I would literally do anything to meet J.K. Rowling, Cassandra Clare, Thomas Hardy etc!

4. For there to be a brilliant adaption of The Mortal Instruments Series.

I honestly didn’t like the City Of Bones movie at all. It felt very rushed and just did nothing at all for the books. I think they were right in choosing Jamie Campbell Bower for the role as Jace lookwise however I feel he tried to hard to get the part right and it just went wrong. Hopefully the series is slightly better but we’ll see.

5. I’d wish for it to be acceptable to read anywhere.

The majority of the time I’m at some sort of gathering etc I just want to sit in a corner and read. Apparently that’s mostly frowned upon.

6. I’d wish for the ability to say the name of a book and it just appear in front of me.

Imagine being able to get any book you want just by saying the name? That would be fab.

7. To meet all my favourite book characters. 

Jace (TMI Series), Levi & Cath (Fangirl), Basically everyone from Harry Potter. Life would be great if I could meet them all.

8. To go to all the Harry Potter theme parks/tours etc.

I want to go to all the Harry Potter themed places but unfortunately at the moment I don’t have money and I’ve been desperate to go to all these places for ages now.

8. To get paid for reading.

Imagine being able to do your favourite thing all day every day and get paid for it? That would honestly be the best thing ever for me. I’d get to spend all day in my own wee library with my cats, eating food and to be honest, what more could you really need in life?

9. For Scotland to have their own Book Festival/BookCon.

I hardly ever see any type of book festival advertised in Scotland other than the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I’m desperate for there to be a Book Con type thing here though.

10. For J.K. Rowling to release a series about the Marauders’ time at Hogwarts.


So, there we have it, my 10 wishes for the Book Genie! I had a lot of fun doing this and I look forward to doing this again next week.

What would you guys wish for? Let me know in the comments below or even take part in this meme! 

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The Fall Time Cozy Book Tag

The Fall Time Cozy Book Tag

It feels so good being able to catch up on all the tags I’ve been tagged in over the past few weeks now that I’m finally off for a few days. I was tagged to do this one by Deanna (A Novel Glimpse) so thank you so much!


Before we start all the book synopsis’ will be taken from Goodreads. So, here we go!

  1. Crunching Leaves: The world is full of colour. Choose a book that has reds, oranges and yellows on the cover.

3473 Synopsis: Every April, when the wind blows from the sea and mingles with the scent of lilacs, Landon Carter remembers his last year at Beaufort High. It was 1958, and Landon had already dated a girl or two. He even swore that he had once been in love. Certainly the last person in town he thought he’d fall for was Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the town’s Baptist minister.

A quiet girl who always carried a Bible with her schoolbooks, Jamie seemed content living in a world apart from the other teens. She took care of her widowed father, rescued hurt animals, and helped out at the local orphanage. No boy had ever asked her out. Landon would never have dreamed of it.

Then a twist of fate made Jamie his partner for the homecoming dance, and Landon Carter’s life would never be the same. Being with Jamie would show him the depths of the human heart and lead him to a decision so stunning it would send him irrevocably on the road to manhood…

I adore this book cover and this story. I watched the movie before I read the book and instantly fell in love with the characters and story. If you haven’t read the book or watched the movie then I highly recommend you do!

2. Cosy Sweater: It’s finally cold enough to don warm cosy clothing. What book gives you the warm fuzzies?

16068905Synopsis: Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?
Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

This is another book that I absolutely loved! The relationship between Cath and Levi was just so sweet and I got fuzzy feelings when reading about them. You can check out my review here.

3. Fall Storm: The wind is howling and the rain is pounding. Choose your favourite book OR genre that you like to read on a stormy day.

Okay so I’m pretty sure plenty of people know what both these series’ are about so I’m not going to add a synopsis but every autumn/winter I try to read one of these series’ as they’re my favourites and I just enjoy sitting in my house with one of these books on a cold chilly night with my hot chocolate.

4. Cool Crisp Air: What’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?

22509768Synopsis: A sexy, funny roller coaster of a story about one date over one very long night in New York. Nick and Norah are both suffering from broken hearts. So when Nick sees the girl who dumped him walk in with a new guy he asks the strange girl next to him to be his girlfriend for the next five minutes. Norah would do anything to avoid conversation with the not-friend girl who dumped Nick, and get over the Evil Ex whom Norah never quite broke up with. And so she agrees. What follows is an epic first date between two people who are just trying to figure out who they want to be – and where the next great band is playing.

I loved both the characters in the story and would love to trade place with either of them to spend the night looking for one of my favourite bands secret gig location and what sounds like a fun and mysterious first date!

5. Hot Apple Cider: What under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?

20810072Synopsis: Carey is keeping a terrible secret. If she tells, it could destroy her future. If she doesn’t, will she ever be free?

For almost as long as she can remember, Carey has lived in the heart of the woods with her drug-addicted mother and six-year-old sister, Jenessa.

Their mother routinely disappears for weeks at a time, leaving the girls to cope alone. Survival is Carey’s only priority – until strangers arrive and everything changes…

It makes me so sad that I don’t really see anybody talk about this novel. I thought this novel was incredible for a debut and Murdoch created such amazing characters that made you feel every emotion possible. I also reviewed this book which you can check out here. It was also just announce that this book has been optioned for film too which is exciting news so that’s another reason you should read this book!

6. Coat, Scarves and Mittens: The weather has turned cold and it’s time to cover up. What’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?

I don’t own any embarrassing books but I’ve chosen this collection as I guess many people would say they were childish etc but this collection was a childhood favourite of mine.

7. Pumpkin Spice: What’s your favourite fall time comfort food/foods?

One of my favourite things about autumn/fall is that near enough every week a pot of homemade soup is made which makes me extremely happy as there is nothing better than coming home from a long day at work to a nice hot bowl of soup.


I tag: 

The Autumn Book Tag

The Autumn Book Tag

Hi guys, sorry for the lack of posts over the past few weeks. I’ve been working so much recently and it’ll continue to be like that from now right up to Christmas unfortunately. However, I will try to keep posting at least once a week!

I was tagged by Deanna over at A Novel Glimpse to do the Autumn book tag. You should definitely go and check out her blog and give her a follow.

The Autumn Book Tag

1. What is your favourite thing about Autumn? 

  • I love the jumpers, the weather and the fact that it’s time for Halloween! I also love the colour of the leaves as they fall off the trees. They’re such beautiful colours.

2. What book reminds you of you school days?

  • I think I’m gonna have to say Cathy Cassidy’s books. I read them all when I was younger and they were some of my favourites. I was also lucky enough to meet her one year thanks to one of my teachers taking me on a school trip!

3. What cover reminds you of Autumn?

  • I’m going to have to say Night Owls by Jenn Bennett. The colours remind me of a cold autumn night sky and the gold colour of the leaves.

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4. What is your favourite horror or Halloween story?

  • I don’t read a lot of horror so I’m going to have to say The Demonata series by Darren Shan. This series was one of my favourites as a young teen and it used to scare me every time I read it. It was full of blood and gore and demons. I spoke about the first book in the series briefly in my last post which you can check out here!

5. What is your favourite horror or Halloween film?

  • I don’t watch a lot of horror either but every Halloween I have to watch Hocus Pocus as it’s one of my favourite films! I used to love it as a child and I still do even now! I remember being scared of the Sanderson Sisters when I was younger too haha!

6. What fall book release are you looking forward to?

  • The book I’ve chosen was released a few days ago and it’s Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I love all of Rainbow Rowell’s books with Fangirl being one of my favourites and I’m so glad she released a Simon and Baz story!

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell - The 18 Most Anticipated YA Books to Read in October

7. What autumn movie release are you most anticipating? 

  • Okay so this movie has been out for just over a week now but I’ve been wanting to see this since I seen the trailer for it. The movie is, The Intern. I’m a huge fan of Anne Hathaway and plus this looks like a really good movie. You can check out the trailer here!

8. What are three books you plan to read this autumn?

  • Am I Normal Yet? – Holly Bourne. This is the book that UKYA In The Rain are reading this month. This is a book club started by Ally and if you want to find out more information about it then please do click on the link!
  • The Other Son – Alexander Soderberg
  • Imposter – Chanda Stafford.

I tag:

The Keep It Fresh Award

The Keep It Fresh Award

So just under a week ago the lovely Amy at Warm Days Will Never Cease nominated me for this award and now that I’m off work with a muscle spasm in my neck I can finally get around to doing it! This looks like it’s going to be fun so thank you Amy!

The rules are as follows:

  • Post the rules before starting and link back to this post as a reference for other bloggers.
  • Part A: Answer each of the fruit questions (each fruit corresponds to a book!) & add pictures plus why you thought that particular book deserves that particular fruit if possible.
  • Part B: Choose your favourite fruit (even if it is one of the fruits in part A). Come up with a question that we didn’t ask and answer it.
  • Part C: Create your own smoothie from the fruits in Part A (imagine a Lemon-Tomato-Apple smoothie ~ yuck), and find a book that would correlate to your smoothie!
  • Nominate as many and anyone that you think are deserving of this award but it would be nice if you nominated a minimum of 5!
  • Notify your nominees of the nomination (nom nom nom ~ :D)
  • The most important rules? HAVE FUN and of course, KEEP IT FRESH! 🙂

PART A: Fruit Questions

Strawberries: Name the sweetest book you’ve read. (e.g. sweet in terms of the characters or if the story takes place in a sweet world… etc.)

  • There’s two I could choose from but I think I’m going to have to say Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell as I loved everything about this book and the storyline was just so sweet! You can read my review of it here!

Coconut: What is a book that you would bring on vacation with you to a tropical destination? (Or if you’re just relaxing at the beach…)

  • Oooooh this is a difficult one. I can’t pick just one but any book by Jennifer E Smith as I adore her books and I can just see myself lying on a beach reading one of her books

Pineapple: What is a book that you didn’t think you would like by judging its cover/summary/the first few pages but started to grow on you?

  • Tess Of The D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. I didn’t think I would like this book simply because it was a book I had to study for school but I absolutely adore this book and it is now one of my favourite books

Orange: What’s the juiciest book you’ve read? (e.g. A book with tons of action, romance… etc.)

  • The whole The Mortal Instruments/The Infernal Devices series for me. I loved every single thing about these books, the action, romance, characters etc.

Watermelon: A watery book (e.g. There wasn’t tons of substance to the book/the details were just too watery…etc. Don’t get us wrong though, we love watermelons!)

  • The Good Girl by Mary Kubica. This book sounded so promising and then when I read it I really didn’t enjoy it at all. It was predictable and the ending was just disappointing.

Dragonfruit: What’s the most unique book you’ve read? (e.g. Unique in writing style, characters, plot… etc.)

  • I think I have to go with First by Chanda Stafford. I loved this book! The plot was completely different to anything I’ve ever read and I was lucky enough to receive a copy of the second book from Chanda herself which I’m looking forward to reading. You can read my review of First here!

Lemons: Name a book that made you feel sour. (e.g. The emotions were just sour, you just felt sour reading the book, or the book includes sour characters… etc.)

  • The One You Love by Paul Pilkington. I received a copy of this book from Goodreads about a year ago and I’m glad I didn’t go out of my way to buy this book because it was just awful.

Tomato: What is a wonderful book that you think should be more widely known? Or a fantastic author whom you think deserves more recognition? (Since some may not know that tomatoes are actually fruits!)

  • If You Find Me – Emily Murdoch. For a debut novel this book was incredible! I loved the plot and the characters and it makes me sad that I don’t see a lot of people talk about this book. You can check out my review of it here.

Apple: Name a really stereotypical book of a certain genre just like apples which are typical fruits. In the end was that book good or not? (e.g. A very typical contemporary/fantasy book… etc.)

  • Twilight. Although I plan on re-reading this series it is a very stereotypical teenage romance novel

Blueberries: Name a book that made you feel blue. (Any sad, depressing books that you’ve read?)

  • Wintergirls – Laurie Halse Anderson.

Grapefruit: Any bitter books? (e.g. a book that was blue but MORE… do you have any bitter resentments towards characters from a book? Any sour turned bitter emotions? Any uber hateful villains?)

  • The Changeling – Robin Jenkins. This book was heartbreaking and I absolutely detested Mr Forbes.

Jackfruit: Name the most physically heavy book that you’ve ever read. (Because jackfruits are pretty heavy fruits!)

  • My Jane Austen Collection. I haven’t actually read this yet but it’s the heaviest book I own.

Limes: Name a funny book that you’ve read because limes add flavour and so does humour with every book.

  • I don’t know if this book will count but I’m going to say Him & Me – Jack & Michael Whitehall. Jack Whitehall is one of my favourite comedians so when he released his autobiography I just had to buy it. No book has made me laugh as much as this did.

PART B: Favourite Fruit

Choose your favourite fruit and then choose a book that would correspond the best and if your fruit is already taken on our list, make up your own question and answer it.

I’m going to mix this up a bit as I can’t seem to come up with my own question for my favourite fruit so I’m going to say Peaches. Peaches are a fruit I’ve never actually ate but I’ve tried so many peach flavoured things so my question is going to be: A book series that you’ve read part of but haven’t completed? I’ve read the first two books in the Noughts & Crosses series but I’ve yet to buy the last two books to complete it. I enjoyed the first two books so hopefully I’ll get the last two sometime soon to re-read the full series!


Part C: Fruit Smoothies

Finally, choose a book that was a mix of some of these fruits to make your own smoothie. (e.g. A strawberry blueberry lemon smoothie would correlate to a sweet and sad but sour book.)

Strawberry, Apple and  Blueberries (sweet, stereotypical and sad)

The Fault In Our Stars – John Green. This is a book loved by pretty much everyone and it has the sweet teen romance and the heartbreaking scenes too.


I nominate:

I really enjoyed doing this and I hope you all do too! I look forward to reading your post!

Thank you again to Amy for nominating me!

Fangirl Review

Fangirl Review

Title: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Genre: Young Adult

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy Book: Book Depository

Review: Okay so first off I absolutely LOVED this book! Not enough to give it a 5/5 rating but I loved it all the same! The characters were great, the storyline was fab and I could relate to Cath in a number of ways which for me, made it an even more enjoyable read. As sisters and twins Cath and Wren always had such a strong bond. Until they went to college. I really disliked how Wren just dropped Cath, as if that bond never existed. I get that as they get older they had to start discovering new things and new people but that doesn’t mean cutting off your sister all the time. For this reason and a few more, Wren was my least favourite character.

Now we move on to Levi. Levi was sweet, charming and genuine and he was the first person Cath was introduced to when she arrived at college. He was always there for her when she needed someone and she knew she could always rely on him. It was obvious from the start that he had feelings for Cath and I’m glad the story went the way it did.

Nick was a character I didn’t really see the point of. Yeah, I get that he was a writing partner for Cath and someone she could talk to in fiction-writing but apart from that he was just there. It angered me as well when he wanted to use the story both he AND Cath had written together for a class project and I didn’t find it very fair that he tried to take most of the credit for it.

Cath. There’s so much I can say about this character. I absolutely ADORED her! I could relate to her in so many ways and it made me love her and the book even more. She liked her own company, spending hours in front of her laptop writing fan-fiction about Simon and Baz from her favourite book the ‘Simon Snow Series.’ This is Rowell’s fictional version of our Harry Potter series. The more I read about ‘Simon Snow’  the more I wished it was real. Cath had a deep love for this series and you could see how passionate she was about it through Rowell’s writing. It was made clear through the book that Cath had anxiety, a lot of the time it got extremely well but thanks to her having a good support around her she managed to fight against it and got better at doing things such as socialising and meeting more new people. I think Cath is probably one of my favourite characters ever as I seen a lot of myself in her and it helped me in the same way it helped Cath throughout the story.

There was little I disliked about this book but one thing that annoyed me was for a brief moment we were introduced to a character who read Cath’s fan-fiction online and loved it but as soon as she appeared she disappeared straight away and we never seen her make another appearance in the book which disappointed me as I wanted to see a friendship appear between this girl and Cath. Another thing was the ending. I don’t really know how to explain it but it just ended. I had expected more from the ending but it just didn’t satisfy me so I’m hoping for more about Cath, Levi and their friends.

Although this novel is called ‘Fangirl’ it doesn’t focus on the fandom and fangirling and has many different themes with love, friendship and family being the main ones. Rainbow Rowell did an excellent job of creating such loveable characters and a fantastic and funny coming-of age story. If you’re looking for a story with a bit of romance and humour then I highly recommend this book. You will not regret reading this book, I promise.