Holiday Weekend Reads: Help Me Decide!

Hi Readers

Next week is bank holiday Monday so I thought I would plan a TBR for the week and share it with you. However I am having trouble deciding.

I know I want to read a long book but I can decide between three. So, can you help me decide? Here are the three books…

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas – This sounds really exciting and I’m pretty sure I’m going to enjoy this book. However, I don’t really know if it’s a good read for a week in the sun. 

Middlemarch by George Elliot: This one seems more summer-y to me (maybe?) and it’s shorter than The Count SO if I read this I could possibly get to others. However I’ve heard mixed things about this. 

Neapolitan Series by Elena Ferrante – This looks like the perfect summers day read, but it’s another I’ve heard such mixed things about. What do you think?

Other Reads I’d Like To Get To:

Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenze – I have wanted to read this since it came out, Honestly I can’t believe I haven’t already. I loved Ari and Dante so it has a lot to live upto. Hopefully it can do it!

Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han – Honestly I didn’t plan on picking this book up because I was not a fan of P.S. I Still Love But I would like to finish this series and see what happens. 

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth – I got this from the library because I heard Whittynovels talking about it. I’m not sure if I will get to it but I will try. 

Let me know what you plan on reading next week. 

Thanks for reading

Jess X

 

Favourite Minor Characters

Note: Top 5 Wednesday was created by GingerReadsLainey and is hosted by ThoughtsonTomes on the Goodreads Group.

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Hi Readers

This week top 5 wednesday’s topic is top 5 side characters who I must admit I don’t think about often enough and I must admit I actually struggled to even remember who the side characters in books even were. 

5. Sam – Lord of the Rings: I just love how loyal he is. 

4. Finnick Odair – Hungers Games: Oh Finnick, my poor baby. 

3. Luna Lovegood – Harry Potter: I tried hard to only pick one HP side character but I couldn’t do this post without mentioning the wonderful Luna. She’s an outcast, she’s a weirdo and I can’t get enough of her. 

2. Ty Blackthorn – Dark Artifices Trilogy: I love all of the Blackthorn siblings honestly Cassandra did a great job giving them all such distinct but likeable personalities. But I think Ty might be my favourite. 

1.Hermione Granger – Harry Potter: She counts as a sidekick, right? Harry and Ron would have probably failed all of their OWLs if they’d never fought that troll together. 

Let me know if you did this weeks T5W

Thanks for reading 

Jess X

 

Book Tag: This or That

Hi Readers

Last week I was tagged by Chelsea from Spotlight On Stories- Check out her post here!

I love the look of this tag because the answers and so quick and snappy. 

Rules:

  • Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks)
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you.
  • Choose one of the options, you don’t have to tell the reasons why you chose that but you can also do them if you want to.
  • Tag other people to do this tag to spread the love!

Questions:

Reading on the couch or in bed?

Couch. Reading in bed makes me want to go to sleep.

Male of Female Main Character?

Female. I can relate to them more. 

Sweet or Salty Snacks?

I do not have a sweet tooth so definitely salty. My weakness is crisps.

Trilogies or Quartets?

Trilogies. I barely ever finish quartets. 

First or Third Person POV?

I think third person. Honestly I don’t think I ever really notice. 

Read at Night or In The Morning?

I need to read in the morning more often. I plan on reading at night and I just fall asleep.

Bookstores or Libraries?

Libraries. I actually just made a post about why I love libraries which you can find here: Falling Back In Love With The Library

Black or White Books Covers?

White. Black covers are so overused. Especially in YA. 

Character or Plot Driven Books?

Depends on the characters. If they’re well developed than character driven.

I Tag:

The Literary Huntress 

WriteThroughTheNight 

Thanks for reading

Jess X

Goodreads: Lets Be Friends!

Hi Guys

I saw somebody do this on their blog not too long ago and I thought it was a good idea because I’ve never really gotten the opportunity to let you know where else I talk about books!

I update my reading progress on Goodreads almost religiously. I love reading reviews and tracking my reading so goodreads is one of my favourite social medias.

Add me as a friend here: Goodreads 

The other place I really talk about books is over on twitter. I also like sharing pictures of my dogs. So if you like books and you like dogs we should probably follow each other.

Here’s my twitter: Twitter 

Thanks for reading

Jess X

Summer Reading: Recommendations

Note: Top 5 Wednesday was created by GingerReadsLainey and is hosted by ThoughtsonTomes on the Goodreads Group.

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Hi Readers

This weeks Top 5 Wednesday topic is to pick your top 5 books that remind you of summer. I was planning on doing a blog post like this anyway so I’m going to give you my top 5 and some extras. 

5. Morgan Matson: I love all of hers, they’re all perfect for summer. 

4. The Hobbit and LOTR: I always think of contemporary when it comes to Summer but this fantasy series would be a great Summer read. 

3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett: I’m not the biggest fan of historical fiction but this one is just perfect.

2. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ee: This is the perfect beach read. It’s so quick and un-put-downable. 

1. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe: This book just screams summer. 

Extras –

Stephanie Perkins: Anna and the French Kiss is definitely the best. So. Cute. 

Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice is my favourite but I also think Emma would make a good Summer read. 

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks: Yes, I went through a Sparks phase. Blame Miley Cyrus. I haven’t watched the movie in ages but this book is so summery. 

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller: A fantasy with a lot of romance, perfect for those who don’t like mushy YA contemporaries.

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown: If you’re more into thrillers than contemporaries than give this a shot this summer.

Let me know if you did this weeks T5W!

Thanks for reading

Jess X

 

Falling Back In Love With The Library

Hi Readers

This is my 200th blog post! So, I thought I would celebrate something that no book lover (or human being for that matter) should live without. Libraries.

I recently read a book called Public Libraries by Ali Smith. It’s a short story collection with small prologues before each story with somebody speaking about their experiences and connections with public libraries and it got me thinking just how special my memories are of my local library.

I have lived in the same town my entire life and have therefore visited the same library my entire life. The library played a big part in my childhood, I would do Summer challenges and get medals for reading books, I did my work experience there and I would even spend my lunch times exploring the shelves of my school library.

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While my library is small and has more computers than it does books (not quite, but almost) it has always brought me so much joy, the walls bring comfort and familiarity.

I love how I can pick up books and take them away with no guilty feeling about spending too much money. I love that I actually read the book in the same month of bringing it home because I only have three weeks before returning it. And I love that when I return it, somebody else is going to pick it up from the same shelf and read the same story I did. 

I love that libraries make books of entertainment or knowledge or both available to everyone. I love that it means you don’t have to be wealthy to enjoy reading. I feel like this is something I forgot for a little while. 

When I first joined the online book community over on booktube I only had three small shelves of books because I would just borrow them from the library. It was very rare I would buy one. 

But when I started watching booktube I became obsessed with having a big collection of books like you see in the background of the videos. I needed wanted every book in a series with matching covers before even starting it. I would buy a book without even knowing the description of it just because I saw one person holding it in a video. 

Now I have lost all need of owning a copy of a book. I have no problem with only having three weeks to read it because it means I can’t let it sit on my shelf for a year collecting dust. I love that I now allow myself to read whatever whenever because I don’t need to worry about how much moneys in the bank. Plus, the whole saving my money thing is really satisfying. 

How do you feel about libraries? Was it a big part of your childhood? Do you still use yours even though you can afford to buy them? Let me know!

Thanks for reading

Jess X

P.S. Thanks to everyone who answered my feedback survey! I’ve deleted the post now because I wanted my 200th post to be special but here’s a link: Reads and Dreams Feedback Survey.‘ It’s just so I know what I’m doing right and what I need to improve on.

Spring Book Haul

Hi Guys

It’s been a while since I’ve done a book haul, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t bought any. It may seem like I’ve gone a bit crazy but these are all of the books I’ve bought since February and I’ve actually already read a few of them.

Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey: I’ve heard so many amazing things about this book and the movie adaptation however I have no idea what it’s about. But I trust their opinions so hopefully I like it.

Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy: I’ve kind of been loving classic romances at the moment and this is such a well loved one. Can’t wait to read it.

Silmarillion by J.R.R Tolkien: I was never actually planning on reading this but I saw it in a charity shop for 20p so I thought, why not? It might be one of those books that I read a little bit at a time.

Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility & Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen: I bought the Headline Review editions because I wanted all my Austen’s to match and I’d already got Mansfield Park in this edition. I just need to get P&P and Emma in these editions now.

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller: This is one I’ve already read, loved and reviewed. It’s a standalone sexy spin on Greek mythology.

Middlemarch by George Elliot: I’m excited and hesitant about this one. It’s so big and it seems people either love it or DNF it. 

The Humans by Matt Haig: I recently read his upcoming release How To Stop Time and was surprised by how much I loved it, seeing as it’s sci-fi and I’m not the biggest fan of that genre. This is one I’ve heard an endless amount of good things about so hopefully I get to it soon.

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Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what I should get to first!

Thanks for reading

Jess X