Sunday, 16 April 2017

Spring Book Haul

Recently I have been on a little less restrictive on how many books I have been buying, as it has been a good while I feel since I last allowed myself to pick up a few more books than I needed.  I also recently discovered book depository and so couldn't resist ordering a few books from there when I spotted some that I had been wanting to pick up for a while now.  I've been accumulating these books for a few months now, and so decided it was time to haul them all before I forget to, and so enjoy! 

Firstly, I actually picked this one up about two months ago now after being in a really big contemporary mood and realising how few contemporaries I actually own that I haven't read yet.  I've been wanting to read a Huntley Fitzpatrick book for a while now and so I thought that this one seemed like the perfect one to pick up as it was exactly what I was looking for at the time and something that I'm still really looking forward to reading quite soon.

This one was actually one of my most anticipated releases of this year, as I really enjoyed the first book in this duology, The Girl from Everywhere when I read it last year, and so I had to get it almost as soon as it came out in March.  Because of my excitement I have actually already read this book as I just couldn't wait any longer to dive into this story, and whilst I didn't enjoy it as much as the first one, it was still a fun and very addictive read.  

I have actually been wanting to pick this one up for so long now ever since I heard that it was a beauty and the beast retelling, and so I finally gave it and brought it a couple of weeks ago.  I've heard really good things about this series, and am also currently reading and loving her other series, Throne of Glass, and so hopefully this one will be just as amazing! 

I had been debating picking this one up ever since it was released, after hearing about at the end of last year and instantly being drawn into it.  I have also been seeing this one everywhere over the last few months and so when I saw it on book depository  I just had to pick it up.  This one follows Scarlett as she and her sister finally get invited to Caraval, but as her sister is kidnapped and it is revealed that the first to find her is this year's winner, Scarlett must race to find her before the five nights of the game are over.  

 This is the last of my online book purchases and one that I have been meaning to pick up for so long now.  Ever since this came out last year I have been looking for this one everywhere as I really enjoyed To All the Boys I've Loved Before and so really want to continue on with the series, especially now there is also a third book being released very soon.

I heard so many good things about this book when it first came out last year, and ever since have been wanting to read it, the only major thing stopping me being that at the time, I actually still had yet to finish the Mortal Instruments series, and so desperately wanted to finish off those books before I picked up this one.  However, I have now at last completed that series as I read City of Heavenly Fire in January this year, and so decided it was time to allow myself to pick this one up and hopefully I will be diving into it really soon!

This is another that I picked up because of how much of a contemporary mood I have been in lately, as well as how much I enjoyed Everything, Everything when I read it a couple of months ago.  This one takes place over just one day, as Natasha and her family are just 12 hours away from being deported, and as she meets Daniel in crowded New York City and begins to fall in love with him.  I've also just heard such amazing things about this one recently, and so thought I would pick it up and give it a go for myself.  

I'd be lying if I said that, whilst I am really intrigued by this book and am insanely excited to read it, this one wasn't at least partially a cover buy, as this book's cover is one of the beautiful I think I have ever seen in my life.  Not only is it gorgeous to look at, but I also managed to somehow picked up a signed copy of this one, so its safe to say there was no way I was not picking this one up when I saw it.

 Finally, we have reached the end of all the books I have purchased recently, with my most recent and unexpected buy as I definitely wasn't planning on picking this one up as soon as I did.  Despite enjoying Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, the first book in this series, I wasn't in a huge rush to pick up the second book but still wanted to continue on the series.  So when I saw this one discounted I just couldn't resist picking it up and adding it to my collection!

What books have you recently added to your TBR?  Have you read any of these - what did you think?

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Top Ten Tuesday Seventy Five

Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I've Ever Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/ meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.  This week I finally decided to get back into top ten tuesday after having a fair few weeks off from these sort of posts.  I'm always a fan of a good unique read and so thought this week's topic was a perfect one to jump back into and share some of my favourite reads that are quite unique in some way, shape or form.  And so, enjoy!  

This was one of the first one that came to mind as soon as I read the topic for this week, as unlike almost all other books this one is told not just through text, but through documents, messages and many other elements that help to tell the story of Ezra and Kady.  Not only was it told in such a unique way, but the story was also so addicting and one of my favourite reads of last year.  

If anyone ever asked me to really explain what this book is about, I don't think I could ever completely pinpoint or describe the true nature of this story.  I just adore how unique an atmosphere this book manages to create and how real and individual everything about it is, from the plot to the characters to the writing that just makes this book unlike any other. 

This is the most recent of my reads on this list, but one that still managed to draw me in with its unique format and story.  It tells us the story of a relationship and the breakdown of that relationship in one of the most imaginative ways, by taking us right back to the start and taking us through the stories and moments of their time together through the objects they saved from them.  It allows us to see right into their relationship in such a personal and unique way that just makes this book so different from any other YA romance.  

Here is another one with not only a unique format but also a really unique writing style and plot to go along with it.  With this one, I just adored how the photos were such an integral aspect of the story and as well as how different a story it was to anything else I've read, as well as how magical and fantastical an atmosphere it created throughout the book.

This is my all time favourite book and one that has some of the uniquest writing, narration and characters I have ever read. If the fact that this story told to us from the perspective of death is not enough, then this one also has some of the most beautiful writing and story that will draw you in and take you on a journey you will never forget.  

Another one here that is one of my favourites and a story that I have never read something similar to before or since.  I just love the concept of this one of following four completely different people all facing their own problems but who all manage to make the most of the time they have left.  

What are some of the most unique books you've ever read?  Have you read any of these - what did you think! 

Sunday, 9 April 2017

March Wrap Up

April has somehow crept up on me once again, and I honestly can't believe that we are already a quarter of the way through the year!  But despite my surprise, March is firmly over and so its time for another wrap up of all the books that I managed to read during it.  Honestly, March was just an average reading month for me, as I managed to finish 3 books this month and start another, so it wasn't awful for me, but was definitely not a good month either.  However, I will say that I read some amazing books this month and thoroughly enjoyed everything I did get round to, and so that kind of balances out the actual number of books I read.  And so, enjoy! 

This was the first book that I decided to pick up last month as at the time I was still really in the mood for a contemporary, but didn't want to read just another cute romance story.  This one was also on my winter TBR, and so I knew I should get round to it soon before the first book in this series became too much of a distant memory for me as was getting on for a year since I had read The Raven Boys.  As this one is the second book in a series, I don't really want to say too much about this one other than the fact that I adored how the plot and characters developed and grew in this, as well as how beautiful the writing was once again.  I certainly enjoyed this one as much, in fact probably more than the first book and so I can't wait to continue on with this series and see where it goes next!

Rating - 4.75/5

After The Dream Thieves, I knew I wanted another similar to it or one with some fantastical or more magical aspect to it than your usually contemporary, and so this one seemed like the perfect choice.  This is the sequel or companion novel to Everyday, which follows A as they spend each and  every day in someone else's body for just one day, and so this book lets us read from Rhiannon's, a key character in Everyday, perspective.  Everyday is one of my favourite books, and so its safe to say I was a little scared to read this, not only because personally I am not the biggest fan of stories being told from multiple perspectives but also due to the fact that it had been so long since I read Everyday.  Nonetheless, I ended up really enjoying this book and ended up loving returning to this story, likely even more it had been so long since I first read the story, and so everything felt both familiar and new at the same time.  I also adored how addictive this book was and how easy it was to jump back into this world all over again.

Rating - 4/5

Next up I decided to tackle one of the books on my Spring TBR, and so picked up one that I was insanely excited about reading and couldn't wait to delve into.  Throne of Glass was one of my favorite books of last year, and so ever since then I have been trying to hold off just bingeing through this series at an alarming rate, but this month I thought it was finally time to let myself dive back into this world and this story and read the next installment in this series.  Once again, I don't want to say too much about what actually happens in this one, despite how many overwhelming emotions I may have about it, but I did absolutely adore this book with all my heart.  It was so addictive and took so many twists and turns that I literally couldn't put it down and so spent way too many late nights unable to stop reading this.  I loved how we saw all the characters develop and how the plot grew and evolved into something more amazing than it already was and I think its safe to say its not going to be too long at all before I am returning to this world once again.

Rating -5/5

Finally, although I only managed to actually finish three books this month, I spent the majority of this month reading and making my way through this book.  So far I'm about halfway through and really enjoying it, so hopefully I will be able to finish this one along with many more books next month!

What books did you read last month?  Have you read any of these - what did you think?

Sunday, 2 April 2017

My favourite books about travel

Recently whilst trying to plan out some of my future blog posts, I realised that I was a little bored of the repeated content that I was putting up week after week, and so decided that I wanted to try and do something else a little new and different for me.  So, after searching for some books that had a large focus on or had aspects of travel and different places within them, I realized that I had already read a fair few books with that sort of element in them in, and so thought this would be a perfect topic to recommend some books on.  And so, enjoy!

Firstly, I'm sure so many people have either heard of or read this book by now, but if you have yet to pick it up and enjoy books set in different countries, then why not give it a go.  This one follows Anna as she is sent off to boarding school in Paris in France and has to adapt to her new life there.  It's a perfect little romance that you can insanely fall in into set in one of the most romantic cities in the world and is just a gorgeous contemporary about friendship, relationship and finding your way somewhere new.

This one's a little more underrated than Anna, but a great read all the same, and one that will take you all around Italy, from Venice to Rome to Florence.  Not only did I adore the gorgeous settings of this book, and how you got to see the two brothers that this book focuses on, Elijah and Danny, visit so many amazing places, but it is also a really great book about family and not losing sight of what's important.

I really don't want to say too much about this one at all as I know that from anyone who hasn't read this one's perspective this one might come as surprise and so I really don't want to spoil this one for people who do want to read this but have yet to.  What I will say is that I am surprised how much I enjoyed this one and how addictive it was as I read in less than two days which at the moment is unheard for me and would definitely recommend people giving it a go if you haven't already.

If you are a fan of roadtrip books, this one is perfect for you.  This one follows Amy and Roger as they drive across America, learning more about both themselves and each other as they go.  It is such a perfect spring and summer read, and includes such an amazing romance that you will almost certainly adore, and also includes little momento's and playlists from the pairs journey across the country that just make this book even more amazing than it already is.

This one was such a spontaneous read for me but I am so glad I did end up picking it up because it became one of my favourite books of last year, with one of my favourite aspects being the gorgeous setting of Hawaii in which the majority of the book is set.  This book follows our main character of Nix as she and the rest of the crew on her father's ship attempt to gain a map back to a place from his past and includes an awesome time travel aspect that I absolutely adored.  This book just transported me to a setting that I just never wanted to leave and let me escape into its world and its characters.  

This is another very cute, not too heavy contemporary that will just draw you into the romance and take you on a journey with our two main characters.  What I loved most about this one was how it wasn't just set in one place, but actually takes you all around Europe and America and allows you to escape to and visit so many beautiful places through this story.  It was also just a really gorgeous little romance about Lucy and Owen as they get to know each other one night in a blackout in New York before they both leave and are forced to continue their relationship through postcards and emails.

Here's another that's perfect for anyone who's a fan of road trip books, as this one follows Q as he searches for Margo, the girl next door who he's determined to find.  Other than the travel aspect, one of my favourite things about this book was the friendship and almost finding yourself part of this story that showed how strong friendships can be and how far they are willing to go for something that is important to you.  

Finally, I recently picked this one up after realizing that I was in desperate need of reading a classic soon, and one of the key reasons I actually choose to read this one was because of its setting in France and around Europe.  This one follows Nicole and Dick Diver as Rosemary Hoyt enters their circle, as their dark secrets start to reveal themselves.  This one is perfect if you're a lover of classics, or just want to read more of them, and takes you to so many places and through so many events all in the space of one book.   

What are some of your favourite books about travel?  Have you read any of these - what did you think?

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Spring TBR

We are finally into March and so with this new months come a new TBR to hopefully give me a little guidance and inspiration in my reading over the next couple of months.  So far this year I have been fairly happy with my reading habits, but am still determined to make reading more of a habit than it is for me at the minute, and so hopefully read more than I currently am as well.  Hopefully this TBR will also motivate me to keep reading even more than I am as I am really excited about reading all of these books, and so am desparate to get to them soon.  
And so, enjoy! 

 As much as I have been adoring reading some contemporary recently, I still don't want to move completely away from fantasy over the next few months.  This one tells the story of Amani as in her desperation to escape her dead-end town of Dustwalk escapes with Jin, a fugitive wanted for treason.  As soon as read the synopsis for this one, I was instantly drawn into the magical setting and story of it.  Not only does it sound like it hopefully be quite action-packed, but it also sounds as if its set in different fantasy setting to what I've read before, and so along with the romance this sounds like a book I should really enjoy.  

 It has been way too long since I last read a classic ( the last one I read was The Great Gatsby last summer!) and so picking one up soon is definitely a priority of mine.  I actually picked this one up super recently for that very same reason, as well as because of how much I loved The Great Gatsby, and so I thought that for my next classic I would try another book by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  This one follows Nicole and Dick Diver as Rosemary Hoyt enters their circle, as their dark secrets start to reveal themselves.  As this goes up I have actually already started this one, and so far I'm really enjoying it, so hopefully it continues just as well as it has started.  

 I'm pretty sure if I looked back and found which book had been on the most of my TBR's, this one would be the clear winner.  I have been meaning to read this book for so long I can't even remember when I first got it, let alone when I first heard about and was interested in reading it, so I think its well about time I finally got around to actually reading it.  This book is about Cath as she is forced out of her comfort zone as she and her twin sister Wren go off to college.  I have heard so many people say they love this book, so I can't wait to finally give it a go and hopefully love it as well! 

Last year I finally read Throne of Glass after hearing about this series constantly, and so this month it is definitely time to continue on and see where this story is going next.  I absolutely adored everything about the first book in this series and so can't wait to dive deeper into this world and rejoin the amazing characters in it again.  I'm also pretty sure the last book in this series has been pushed back to next year, so now I might just have a chance to catch up before then as long as continue with this book really soon! 

 Finally, as I have recently been in the mood for contemporary I thought I would stick another on here as I am pretty sure I will still be wanting to read so many in the spring.  This is another I have had for a while now and so am really needing to get round to some time soon before I lose interest in it completely.  I just love the concept of this one, as it focuses on all the people around the 'chosen one' and the normal lives they are trying to lead, and so hopefully this one is good as it sounds! 

What books do you hope to read in the springtime?  Have you read any of these - what did you think?