February Book Haul

Hello Guys!

I am pretty excited about the books I have bought so far this month. I don’t plan on buying anymore until March because honestly I am so excited about the books I have already bought I feel like I don’t need to. 

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Library Books:

The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater: I have heard nothing but good things about this series but I’ve been really hesitant to read it because the synopsis doesn’t really sound that interesting to me. So I thought rather than buy it and risk wasting my money on something I don’t like I would just get it from the library. I’ve already read and finished the first one and I sort of liked it, but I’l tell you more in my Month of Reading. 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline: Again, everyone loves this but honestly it just doesn’t sound like my type of thing. I’m not really a video game lover which is obviously what this book it bassed so I thought I would get it from the library instead of buying it. I’ve just started this and so far I’m finding it to be okay but I’m not hooked yet, I’ll let you know what I think in my Month of Reading.

Bought:

Knife Edge and Checkmate by Malorie Blackman: I really need to start finished series rather than reading the first one and the leaving it too long to read the rest of the series and just not bother. So I saw these in a charity shop for a pound (I already owned the first one) and thought ‘why not?’ Hopefully I can marathon these and finally finish a series.

Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson: I am so excited to start reading the Mistborn series and when I saw this on amazon for really cheap and in great condition I had to get it. I’m going to start this series really soon. I really liked his book ‘Warbreaker,’ especially the world and the writing so I am sure I’ll love mistborn. 

I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes: I have seen this around for years but was never really interested, but when I heard youtuber Jim Chapman talk about it in one of his videos it put it on my rader and when I saw it for £1.50 I snapped it up. This is a crime/spy thriller and sounds like nothing I have ever read before. I’m excited!

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes: I’m pretty sure everyone and their mother is reading this right now, it is everywhere! At first I wasn’t going to buy it and I was on the waiting list at my library for it. But then the usual happened and I saw it in a charity shop… brand new… for 50p! I couldn’t believe my luck honestly and hopefully I’ll get to it this weekend!

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

 

 

Top 5 Wednesday! February Bind-Up

Hello Guys!


For the past month I have contemplated to start doing top 5 wednesday again but I just never got round to it. I used to do it weekly on my booktube channel so I thought I would make one giant top 5 wednesday post and answer all of February’s topics to help me get back into the swing of it. 
If you don’t know what this is, it was started up by GingerReadsLainey who is a booktuber and every wednesday there is a new book related topic that you pick you top 5 for. There is a goodreads group which shows you all of the topics for that month. 

 

Week 1: Biggest Badasses

(I love this one!)

1: Basically every good person in Harry Potter – I was going through all of the names of characters who I thought were badasses and honestly almost all of them were in Harry Potter. Ginny, Neville, Ron, Hermione, Harry, Remus, Tonks, Kingsley, Molly, Professor Mcgonagall. Everybody has their badass moment and they all choose what is right over what it easy.

2: Sam from Lord of the Rings -This is more because of his loyalty than his fighting skills but I just absolutely loved how he stood by Frodo through it all and never gave up. I just finished the LOTR’s series so the feels are still fresh.

3: Celaena Sardothian from Throne of Glass – Do I really need to explain this one?

4: Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones I have only read the first book and maybe half of the TV show but from what I can tell, Daenerys is so badass. She’s strong minded and powerful and influential, the only reason she’s number four is because I feel I know the least about her, seeing as I haven’t finished it yet. 

5: Kelsea from Queen of the Tearling – I’ve only read the first book but I can tell she is one badass queen (and we all love a badass queen.)

Week 2: Books You Were Spoiled For:

(I am normally really careful with spoilers, my biggest downful is curiosity/impatience and tumblr. Also, these are in no particular order.)

1: Game of Thrones: Tumblr fans have no control when it comes to spoilers! 

2: City of Bones: I did this to myself. I was so angry about the ending of the first book I had to know if it was true or not so I spoiled myself. 

3: Allegiant (sort of:) When I saw it I didn’t know it was a spoiler because it was cleverly worded but I kind of guessed from the fact that everybody was having a breakdown over it.

4: Fellowship of the Ring: Sort of not really. It’s hard to explain without spoiling you so I’ll put it in brackets for those who have watched/read it here: (Spoiler: I saw a gif of Gandalf falling on tumblr and at first was distraught that I had been spoiled but obviously it’s not really the full story.)

5: Great Gatsby: Okay, long story short. In year 11 my English class was suddenly told we had to do an extra exam for a ‘national qualification’ or something like that. It was really random and it was at first going to be based on the book ‘the great gatsby.’ and my teacher (who wasn’t really my teacher because my real teacher was on maternity leave) thought that rather than have us actually read the book, she should just tell us the whole plot. I know, sometimes I wonder what the hell was wrong with my school. Luckily though the exam ended up not being on the great gatsby and was just a bunch of dumb obvious questions. Heh, fun times.

Week 3 – Best books recommended to me:

(Nobody specific has ever recommended me a book, or not from what I can remember, so basically all of these I found because of booktube.)

1: Every Cassandra Clare book ever: These are so loved on booktube. When I first started these were the must haves. 

2: Anna and the French Kiss: I probably would never have picked this up if booktubers didn’t recommend it so often just because the cover and title seemed really cheesy. But oh man this book was amazing.

3: Kiss of Deception: Basically everyone on booktube was reading this when it first came out and they were all loving it and when I read it I was not disappointed. If it hadn’t been for booktube I would’ve probably never found it.

4: Shatter Me: Everyone loved this for its writing and so did I.

5: The 5th wave: This was everywhere on booktube when it came out. Whenever I think of this book I always think of booktube. 

Week 4 (this weeks) – Worst Love Interests

(Ordered as 1 being the one I feel most strongly about.)

1: Travis and Abby from Beautiful Disaster – So cheesy and unrealistic it’s actually laughable. Travis was a violent asshole who beat people up for almost no reason at all and treated girls like shit. Why would anyone find that attractive?

2: Violet and Finch from All the Bright Places – Could any two people be worse for each other? 

3: Nick and Amy from Gone Girl – These two people are so messed up and should never have gotten together. But I suppose that’s the point of the whole book.   

4: Celaena and Rowen – I just don’t ship them at all. Don’t hate me!

5: Ron and Hermione – A bit controversial I know, and don’t get me wrong I love that they got together, but I cannot see how it would work. All they ever did was argue and they had nothing in common but Harry.


 

So those are all the topics for February! I won’t be doing all the months like this, I will start next weeks as normal, this was just to help me get back into the swing of things and I also loved these topics!

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Coffee Book Tag

Hi Guys!

I have absolutely no idea what I’ll be reading over the weekend and to be honest all I want to do with my time right now is watch the walking dead (I’m only on season 2 so no spoilers!) So, rather than do a weekend reads I am going to do a tag. I was tagged to do this by Louise so thank you for tagging me Louise! You can check out her blog post here.

I, like Louise, hate coffee. I am definitely a classic English tea kinda gal. However I do like these questions so I will put my hate for coffee to one side for the sake of this tag (but just know, I am sipping tea whilst answering these questions #rebel.)

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Black: A series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans.

For this I am going to go with Lord of the Rings. This is basically my reading life at the moment. I’ve been trying so hard for the past two weeks to get into the lord of the rings books, but if I’m honest with you, all I want to do is watch the movies. 

Peppermint mocha: A book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year.

Harry Potter. I swear everybody starts reading Harry Potter around Christmas time, and for good reason. In basically every Harry Potter book there is a great festive chapter and whenever I read HP my heart warms and a smile appears on my face. Exactly what you want for that time of year. (Great now I can’t wait for Christmas again.)

Hot Chocolate: Favourite childrens book.

This by far is my favourite question (and not just because I LOVE hot chocolate.) Childrens books have a special place in my heart, especially ones I read in my childhood. (Note. I am not including HP in this seeing as I’ve already used it.) For this I am going with the Secret Garden by Frances Hodgsen Burnett. I always used to think Peter Pan was my favourite childhood book but actually when rereading the Secret Garden I found I had so many more good memories attached to it. Especially memories of watching the film whilst growing up over and over again.

Double shot of espresso: A book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

Room by Emma Donoghue. I just finished reading this after finally deciding to give up on LOTR’s and it was so tense and emotional at times I just couldn’t stop reading. 

Starbucks: A book you see everywhere

This changes all the time because whenever an extra exciting new book comes out it’s like everybody has to have it and review it and do all sorts of videos on it immediately. A few months ago it was Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, before that it was Winter, before that it was the Wraith and the Dawn. Right now it’s Me Before You. I swear nobody knew of this book three months ago and now suddenly everybody has read it and been heartbroken by it. Needless to say, I need this book in my life right now and hopefully I will get it tomorrow!

That hipster coffee shop: A book by an indie author (a shoutout)

I’ve never actually purposely read a book by an indie author, in all honesty I don’t really pay much attention to who wrote the book. But as far as I can tell from a listopia on goodreads most indie authors like to put hot shirtless men on their covers so maybe I should start trying them out ;P But I have read one Colleen Hover book called Confess and I loved it! 

Oops! I accidentally got decaf: A book you were expecting more from.

Me, Earl and the Dying Girl. I really hated this book, probably because of the humour. And after everybody raved about it I was expecting a lot and came out with nothing. The only reason I still have it is because it cost me £8 and the covers cool.

The perfect blend: A book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying.

No book series is more bitter sweat than the Infernal Devices, especially Clockwork Princess.

Green tea: A book or series that is quietly beautiful

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. The writing and story was so beautiful and touching.

Chai tea: A book or series that makes you dream of far off places.

Honestly most fantasy worlds have some pretty scary shit going on that actually makes me happy to be where I am right now. However, while I didn’t enjoy reading the Lord of the Rings the way Tolkien described the Shire made it seem so comfortable and welcoming. I wouldn’t mind being a hobbit and living under the hill.

Earl grey: A favourite classic

1984 by George Orwell. I feel like that was the most enjoyable classic I have read so far.


 

So those are all the questions! Now for who I am tagging…

Stephanie from So Many Books

Franciska from Life Is Sweet In Books

Ashley from What’s She Reading?

Annalisse from Hopeful Reads

Sorry if any of you have already done this tag!

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

 

 

Weekend Reads: #4

This weekend I plan on going completely internet free. I just feel I need some time away from social media so that will hopefully leave me a lot of time read.

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I finally finished reading the first lord of the rings book this morning so I do plan on continuing with that series by reading The Two Towers. But before I do I want to read Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (which is a book I got from the library) because I wanted to read smaller books in-between LOTR because each part is quite big. 

So that is my plan for the weekend. Wish me luck with going internet free!

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

My Bookmarks

Hello Guys!

The one accessory every book lover needs with them at all times is a book mark and over the years I have collected a few pretty cool ones. So I thought I would share them with you. 

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This Harry Potter mug I got from the Harry Potter Studio Tour is where I keep my bookmarks. So, I have two reasons why I don’t drink out of this. A) It’s huge, and I always put too much water in so my teas all weak and icky. B) It’s just too pretty to put hot water in it! I really like having it on my shelf, and if I ever go back to the studio tour I will buy another mug that’s a little smaller and not as pretty (probably a hufflepuff one.)

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These bookmarks I’m sure a lot of you have probably already seen. These are the ones you get free from the book depository and I really like these (sometimes I even decide to buy a book from the book depository just to get a new bookmark.) I used to hate them when they were the boring periodic table, but now they have such cool designs! My favourite is the ‘Reading Here’ one (and luckily I have two of those.)

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Now, these are my special ones. These are ones I normally get on trips out. It’s only recently that I’ve been doing this, I’ve decided as a new tradition that every time I go to a museum or somewhere that has a gift shop I will buy a bookmark to remember my time there.

The top read one I got when I went to Hever castle in the summer. The one below it is from The British Library from when I went on a school trip. The metal butterfly bookmark is from a holiday in great yarmouth a few years ago now, I believe I got it in the Merrivale Model Village. All the others are of course from various trips to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London. Hopefully this collection will grow once I go to more places.


I hope you enjoyed seeing all of my bookmarks. I know it’s not the largest collection in the world, unfortunately I have lost all of my childhood ones (including a really cute winnie the pooh one!) 

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

REVIEW: Wolf by Wolf ~ Ryan Graudin

Published: October 20th 2015

Genre: YA Historical Fiction

Source: NetGalley 

Average Goodreads Rating: 4.34

             My Rating: 37% (2 Stars)              

Synopsis:

Germany and Japan conquered Britain and Russia in WW2, and to celebrate their victory the two nations host a motorcycle race across their conjoined continents.

Yael is a jew who spent the majority of her childhood experimented on in a concentration camp, turning her into a shape shifter. Now she has escaped and is part of the resistance against Hitler. Her mission? To enter this motorcycle race in disguise, win, then kill Hitler.


 

Review:

This is basically a ‘what if’ book. A thought that I myself have definitely thought about while learning about WW2 during GCSE History. What if Hitler had one and was able to conquer Europe and make it all German land? What if concentration camps still existed? This premise sounded so interesting to me, but unfortunately I was left very disappointed. 

The first problem I have with this is the jumping between then and now. It tells the story of both the race and her time in the concentration camp intermittently throughout the novel and to be honest I have never been a fan of this. But in this book it felt choppy and it sometimes confused me as to whether it was then or now. Also, I would just be getting into the whole racing part of the book and then it would start talking about her past and I would feel disappointed. I just wanted to read about the race.

Yael as a character wasn’t enjoyable for me. Firstly she kept claiming throughout the novel that she could take down anyone Celeana Sardothian style at any time, and yet she never did. There was always a reason why she couldn’t show her full potential and she was beaten up multiple times by the other racers who have never been trained in combat. I get that she needs to hide her identity but whats the point of training for this for years when you’re not even going to use it. Also, she was so cocky. She kept on saying how she is the only one able to kill Hitler and that she is the only one who can change things, but apart from the fact that she can shape shift, I really don’t think there’s anything special about her. 

I also felt there needed to be more details on how brutal this new German run world is. If you know much about world war 2 you will know that the Nazis where ruthless to get what they wanted. They starved cities, locked Jews and homosexuals in concentration camps and made them work as labourers and were slaughtered via gas. But I didn’t get that sense of brutality in this book. There were also some lines that felt out of place, like the book was trying to be funny but in situations where it really shouldn’t be funny.

I’m really sad to say that I found the majority of this book incredibly boring. However, I have not seen many reviews as negative as mine. In fact almost everybody else loves this book. I’m thinking maybe it was just a disappointment after reading 1984, or maybe I’m just in a bad mood. Lets just say this is not the popular opinion and if it sounds interesting to you, you should give it a go.

Thanks for reading, 

Jess xxx

 

 

 

Weekend Reads: #3

Hello Guys!

In this blog post I am going to tell you what books I plan on reading over the weekend.

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Right now I am reading Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin on my kindle. I’m hoping to maybe finish this tonight but if not early tomorrow morning.

Then I will go on to read Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda which I recently borrowed from the library because a lot of people have been raving about this book and it looks like a great quick read before going into a pretty heavy fantasy book.

I am hoping to complete the Lord of the Rings books very soon (which is something I’ve been saying for two years now but I swear it will happen this year!) I am in the mood for a good high fantasy, especially since I am now obsessed with the new tv series The Shannara Chronicles. 

So those are the books I plan on getting to over the weekend. My aim, to finally start the Lord of the Rings books!

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend, 

Jess xxx