Autumn Reading Recommendations

Hi Readers

Autumn is my favourite season of reading. There’s always so many books that are amazing and are perfect for Autumn reads.

Most of these are atmospheric and dark and are books you should definitely cozy up to when it’s chilly and rainy outside. 

Silkworm by Robert Galbraith: I love all the Cormoron books and think they all make great Autumn reads, but this is my favourite. This follows the murder of an author after he has just finished the manuscript of his masterpiece, which reveals some dirty secrets about those closest to him. 

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier: I wasn’t the biggest fan of this but it’s very atmospheric and almost feels haunting. 

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen: This is considered to be Austen’s parody to gothic fiction and is actually one of my favourites. The main character has a love for reading, and sometimes lets her own imagination run away with her. 

Handmaids Tale by Margeret Atwood: This book is creepy and terrifing. So, perfect for autumn. I’m sure most of you have watched the TV adaptation by now though.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: One of my favourite books ever, and the perfect autumn book. This follows Jane from her childhood until she’s grown up and becomes the governess and a french girl in a huge gothic-ey mansion, where strange haunting things seem to be happening. 

Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson: Am I the only one who gets the urge to read mystery books in Autumn? Well, if you do too I highly recommend this one. It’s kind of a, ‘WTF?’ mystery.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon: I don’t know if I’m going to do a Halloween reading recs yet but if I did this would certainly be on the list. This is a ghosty-spirity-supernatural-dystopia type book.

More Than This by Patrick Ness: Imagine waking up and finding the whole world to be deserted. Well that’s what happens in this book, and it’s terrifying. I love this book and don’t recommend it enough. You should definitely read it if you haven’t.

Final Empire and Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson: Fantasy is another genre I have the urge to read in Autumn, Brandon Sanderson has written some great ones. 

Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee: This is a book to read on the sunnier Autumn days. 

Let me know what book you associate with Autumn.

Thanks for reading

Jess X

Revisiting Old Book Hauls #2

Hi Readers

Inspired by BooksandLala.

In this series I revisit my old hauls and see which books I’ve read, unhauled or have yet to read. 

Sever by Lauren Destefano: READ (unhauled)

Miss Peregrines by Ransom Riggs: Unhauled (rebought)

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Hadden: READ 

Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews: READ (unhauled)

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher: Unhauled

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown: READ

READ: 4
TBR: 0
Unhauled: 1 (technically 4.)

So, the good news is none of these are still on my tbr. Bad news is, the next haul is a bit of a big one.

 Thanks for reading

Jess X

Book Review: The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell

Hi Readers

This book was sent to me for review by the publisher. This does not influence my opinions.

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Published: November 2nd 2017

Publisher: Two Roads

Source: ARC Copy

Length: 272 Pages

My Rating: 76/100 ****

 

This is a magical realism/fantasy short story collection that caught my interest mainly because the author Jen Campbell is one of my favourite booktubers. I never miss a video of hers.

This isn’t her first published book, and I have read her non-fiction series ‘Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops.’ But because it’s non-fiction and some are submissions from other booksellers I did wonder if I would actually like her style. I’m relieved to say her writing and ideas are beautiful, this short story collection made me very excited for her future adult fiction works.

I don’t normally read short story collections and I’ve never reviewed one so I was unsure how to structure this. I did give each story a rating so here those are and some thoughts: 

Animals – 6/10: Loved the concept, would have liked less history and more plot.
Jacob – 8/10: 
Plum pie. Zombie green. Yellow bee. Purple monster – 7/10:
In the Dark – 6/10
Margaret and mary and the end of the world 8/10
Little Deaths 5/10
The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night – 9/10: I loved this one. Quick-witted and strangely relatable. 
Pebbles – 5/10
Aunt Libbys Coffin Hotel – 5/10
Sea Devils – 7/10: I want this to become a full novel.
Human Satellites – 4/10
Bright White Hearts – 6/10

Her writing and ideas are exactly as a pictured. Poetic and whimsical, she has some wacky ideas and I love it. I also loved the way she weaves fairy tales into the stories. You definitely know when you’re reading something by Jen Campbell. 

This is a collection that has some real gems. It’s not perfect but it has perfect moments and has made me very excited for Jen’s future works.

Thanks for reading

Jess X

End of the Year Book Tag

Hi Readers

Thia tag was created by Ariel Bissett and is basically a chance to prepare for the end of the year so you don’t get to December (which is fast approaching) and think crap, I still have so many books to read.

Here are the questions:

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

I’ve started the monster of a book that is Count of Monte Cristo and I would like to finish that this year. I know I’ll feel very accomplished when I do, I just need to get to it before it becomes a mad rush at the end of year.

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn looks very autumnal and I plan on reading it this weekend. 

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

Autumn is the best time for new releases, everything is finally coming out! There’s Warcross by Marie Lu (which may have just came out but my library is apparently unaware,) the Prisoner of Azkaban illustrated edition, Little Fires by Celeste Ng and of course, the big release of the year, Turtles all the Way Down by John Green.

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, The Graveyard Book and And the Mountain Echoad. I’ve had all of these books on my TBR for much longer than I ever intended. 

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

I love this question. I’m always looking for a next favourite. I think The Secret History could be a big contender. I want to read it very soon.

Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

I actually haven’t. I might just have to take this years plans into 2018 because I failed pretty much all of them.

I Tag:

Shannel from Rambles of a Reader

The (Book) Supplier

Erin from A Redheads Rambling

Thanks for reading

Jess X

Book Series I Won’t Be Finishing

Hi Readers

I am the sort of person who starts more series than I finish, and the main reason for that is that I finish the first book and then I lose interest. 

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman: I liked the first one, you have no idea how much I hated the second one. 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone: I don’t know about this one. There were moments in the first book I actually really enjoyed but I don’t know if I care enough. 

Robert Langdon Series by Dan Brown: So I read and loved the first, Angels and Demons. Then I started the second and most famous one, the Da Vinci Code and just found it to be exactly the same. It’s the same formula, the same sequence of events. Why is this such a famous book?

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas: I don’t think I’ll ever read another Sarah J Maas book. I’m just over that style of book. 

Vampire Academy by Rachelle Mead: I’ve even got rid of the books. I got to the last book I just waited too long, I do not care anymore. 

Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan: Honestly I’m not that big a fan of Ricks writing, which is a shame because I love the concept of his books.

Some YA trilogies that’s have been lost in the crowd now:

Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken,
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi,
Maze Runner by James Dashner,
Half Bad by Sally Green,
Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin,
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

So, have you finished of these series and think they’re totally worth finishing? Let me know.

Thanks for reading,

Jess X

 

Weekend Reads #10

Hi Readers

If you’ve seen my Autumn TBR you’ll know I am being very ambitious with the amount of books I want to read. So that means I have to do a lot of reading on the weekends. Here’s my plans for this weekend:

Finish Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell: I’m hoping to get this done on the Saturday. I’m just over half-way through. 

Read Tin Man by Sarah Winman: I’ve heard more than one person say that this is best experienced as a one sit read so I’m planning on reading this on the Sunday, and then…

…I’ll start The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead because it has to be returned to the library very soon. 

So those are my plans for this weekend. Let me know what yours are.

Thanks for reading

Jess X 

TV Shows I’m Excited For This Autumn

Hi Readers

 

If I’m not reading a book you can usually find me binge-watching TV shows. Here are some shows that are returning with a new season very soon. 

Strike: This is the BBC adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s mystery series. The first story has just finished (that I have yet to watch) and the second is about the start.

How To Get Away With Murder – Sep 28th: This TV show is addictive. I binge watched the first two seasons and the third season was jaw-dropping and I’m still not over it. This is a mix of murder mystery and law and order. But it’s the lawyers who are the murderers. 

The Walking Dead – Oct. 22nd: I won’t lie, the last season was a bit slow, but I’m excited to see where this season goes. 

Stranger Things – Oct. 27th: It feels like the whole world has been waiting for season two since season one ended. If you haven’t watched this yet, it’s brilliant. I put it off for a little while because I thought it would be scary but trust me, if it didn’t scare me, it won’t scare you. 

Black Mirror – ?: There isn’t actually a return date for this yet but I’m so excited for more episode I think I might go back and re-watch some of the old ones. This show is mind-blowing. Each episode is completely disconnected and they all follow various futures of technology.

The Defenders: This is already on netflix but I want to re-watch Jessica Jones first (she’s really the only one I’m interested in.) I’m not sure if I should watch any of the others though. 

Victoria: Season 2 has just started and I am loving it. This is a TV adaptation of Queen Victoria’s life beginning with the day she became Queen. This show if perfect for Sunday evenings.