Dewey’s 24hr Readathon TBR

Hello Guys

So, ‘genrethon’ was a complete fail for me. I read exactly 0 books last week (and only 1 so far this month) but this Saturday the Dewey readathon is taking place and I will finish a god damn book.

This readathon is just 24 hours long and starts at the same time for everybody. You can find out when it starts in your time zone here. For me it’s 1pm so I plan on having a huge lunch before it starts. I don’t know whether I will stay up for the whole 24 hours, I’m pretty I’m going to get in a little sleep at some point, and obviously I’ll need food, but apart from that the only thing I plan on doing is reading. 

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I plan on starting with Never Fade. I have already read more than half of this book and I think it’s about time I finish it. Then I’m going to try and get through as many of the other small books as I can. Include A Monster Calls, which I have already read before, The Descendants and Stardust. I’ll see how I’m going, I don’t know if I’ll be able to finish all of these, but I do want to try and start The Mime Order before the readathon ends. 

Between each book I (hopefully) finish I plan to read a small fairytale from my Grimms Fairytale collection.

So those are my plans for this readathon. I’ll probably be tweeting a lot throughout so if you’re also taking part feel free to follow me @OnceUponABiblio

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

 

 

Genrethon TBR

I used to take part in readathons all the time but because the last few have been utter fails for me I’ve taken quite a long break from them (christmas booktubeathon being the last one I took part in.) But this week the ‘Genrethon’ is happening and because it seems like such a simple and fun readathon that some of my favourite booktubers are taking part in I thought I would jump back on the readathon train. 

I’ll leave a link here to the announcement video if you want more info but the simple rule/goal is to read three books in 1 week from three different genres. It starts on the 10th of April and runs until the 17th of April. 

So here is what I plan on reading (although it may possibly change. 

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (FANTASY) ~ I’ve already started this but I’m hoping the readathon will help me push myself to read this whenever possible so it doesn’t take me two weeks to read (because it is quite a big book.)

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgsen Burnett (CHILDRENS) ~ This I’m hoping will be a really quick easy read. I loved The Secret Garden by the same author and grew up watching this movie but I’ve never actually read the book so I’m excited to see what the original story is like. 

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (CLASSIC) I’m definitely pushing myself with trying to read a 600 page book AND a 1800’s classic in the same week (both normally take me a long time to read) but I’m not going to rush them and if I fail utterly at this readathon… well… it’s nothing new. 

So that’s what I plan on reading in the upcoming week. 

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

REVIEW: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

 

Publish Date: 2003 

Source: Charity Shop

Pages: 371

Goodreads Average Rating: 4.23

My Rating: 85%

 

Synopsis: Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir’s choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

Review:

I’ve had this book for almost two years and honestly I’ve been putting off reading it because it was daunting to me. It was set in a country I have no connection to and know very little about so I was worried I wouldn’t understand it. However I really wish I hadn’t put it off for so long because the setting was so vividly written that it was actually really interesting to read about a country I have never learnt about it such accessible and reliable detail (because the author himself grew up in the same town this book is set.)

It wasn’t hard to understand although when the book delved deeper into the political disputes taking place in Afghanistan I did kind of get lost. That part for me wasn’t explained enough and I feel like the author did assume that the reader would already know what happened there in the 1980’s. However I do also appreciate that this book wasn’t fact heavy (or it would have started sounding like a text book.) I didn’t actually get confused I just felt like I lost some of the impact because I didn’t know what actually happened but it’s my own fault I don’t know much about Afghanistan’s history, I just wish he had explained a little more why it was so unsafe. 

I was quite surprised by how hard hitting this book was, although I did go into this only knowing it was set in Afghanistan. This book had events that were very disturbing to read and while it was difficult to read I’m glad the Khaled Hosseini included them because it shows just how bad things were/are there. 

The title is one of those ones where when you make the connection to the story you kind of want to cry. I felt a pang in my heart and I actually loved this book and the author all the more for it. This book is about family, dreams, regrets and redemption. So good. I recommend you read it.

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

Top 5 Wednesday: Rainy Day Reads

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I absolutely love this weeks topic! There is nothing I love more than the weather being dreary and cold outside but I’m wrapped up warm indoors with a blanket, hot drink, and a good book. On those types of days I normally like a book with a dreary and mysterious setting but with an uplifting story that will make me feel the feelz.

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5. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – I could definitely see myself tucking into this all day while it’s raining outside. 

4. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgsen Burnett – Even though the majority of this is actually set in summer and it’s about bringing life back to an abandoned garden, I just get so nostalgic which therefore makes me feel warm and safe. However there is definitely a chilling feeling when reading this as the book is set on a moor and a couple of mysteries are thrown into the mix. 

3. Silkworm by Robert Galbraith – This is also set in the cold months in London and the mystery gives it an even more chilling feel.

2. Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey– This book is set in Alaska during the coldest months of the year, so if you’re lucky enough for the rain to turn into snow, this is the book you should be reading. It’s such a beautiful story. 

1! Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – Literally perfect for rainy days. In fact a dull sky and  the sound of rain hitting the window will add to the atmosphere of this book. It’s set mostly in the winter months in a very remote mansion with a chilling mystery. 

So those are my top 5 books I would read on a rainy day. 

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

April TBR

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Okay, I admit. This months TBR is probably a bit too ambitious. I don’t reckon I’ll be able to get though all of them but I’m going to see how far I can get. 

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Virginia Woolf and City of Thieves

These are both library books and have actually decided to just return them without reading them. I started reading a room of ones own and found it dragging and waffly and I’ve lost interest in city of thieves at the moment. (I basically couldn’t be bothered to take another photo.)

All The Light We Cannot See

I have wanted to read this for so long and now I finally have it in my grasp and it always catches my eye when I look at my shelves. So I’m hoping this will be read very soon. This is a WW2 story told by 2 POV’s. Someone in France and someone in Germany. I’m not sure what their connection is but I’ve heard some great things about this book. 

Final Empire

I don’t know why this has taken me so long to get to. I already feel like I love it and I’m only on page one. I loved Brandon Sanderson’s book ‘Warbreaker.’ I loved his writing and characters and world building so I reckon I’m going to really love this. 

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

I know nothing about this but the fact that it was shortlisted for the Manbook Prize, the cover is beautiful and there’s an amazing twist. I’m sold. 

Lolita

I’m really curious and hesitant about this book. It deals with a subject I’ve never read about before and I don’t know how I’m going to feel about it. 

Anna Karenina

I’ve heard mixed things about this book, some say it’s hard to understand, some say it’s easy to read. I’m really intrigued by the story even though I’m pretty sure I’ve been spoiled for the end.

The Kite Runner

It’s about time I read a Khaled Housinni book. I own all of them because I found them all for 20p each and they sounded so different from what I usually read. I feel like that’s why I’ve been putting them off but this month, it’s time.

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

A Month of Reading: March

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I really loved some of the books I read this month but a couple did really disappoint me. 

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Blood Promise

I have mixed feelings about this. I found the first three quarters of it really boring and honestly a lot of the characters where kind of annoying me, but then that second half blew my mind. I ended up giving it 56% (3 stars.)

Me Before You 

Everybody has been going crazy over this and while I don’t think it’s the best thing ever (there were times where I really didn’t like the main character Lou) I was sucked into the story and I just couldn’t stop until I had finished it. This explores a very important topic that you don’t see that often in contemporary books. I could tell JoJo Moyes did a lot of research before hand to make sure she did it justice and she really did. I gave this 87% (4 stars.)

Alice in Wonderland

I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this. The writing and characters where a little strange at times and there was one or two moments where I thought the story dragged a little (even though it’s only 200 pages) but in the end I completely got was Lewis Carrol was trying to do. Spoiler Alert if you don’t know the end: It actually felt like I was reading a dream. The way characters would suddenly appear and disappear and changed from being a baby to being a pig. That aspect really amazed me, I gave it 70% (4 stars.)

Shadowhunter Academy

I found the majority of these stories quite boring. I did really love Nothing But Shadows and it has made me really excited for the ‘Last Hours?’ series she’s writing but apart from that I really don’t think I gained anything from this. I gave it 3 stars but I rated them individually on goodreads. 

Lady Midnight

When this first came out I was a bi hesitant to start it right away. I didn’t really think I would enjoy it. It’s actually been a while since reading a Cassandra Clare book and I was worried that during that time I would’ve gone off her writing. However it was all over twitter so I finally decided that I might as well just read and I am really glad I did. While I definitely have some issues with it (especially the ending) I did really enjoy myself. I was shocked and angry and frustrated and excited. Cassandra Clare has this way of making me feel emotions without me even realising it. I just love her characters but the ending has made me wonder if I even want to continue. I gave it 74% (4 stars.)

Spirit Bound

This was the most disappointing book of this month. I was so pumped after the ending of Blood Promise and I was really excited to finish this series but after this one I’m not sure I even care any more. Honestly I skim read most of this because I found it so dull and predictable. But the ending was shocking but not enough for me to be like’I need to know what happens right now!’ I gave it 24%

Jane Eyre

I finally read it! I’m so happy with how much I loved this story. I loved Jane Eyre so much as a character. She was so independent and sarcastic. I was routing for her to win and have her happy ending because of all the turmoil we see her go through. Her personality shines when she is with Mr Rochester which made me really like him too. The writing was really easy to understand and Jane need for more in her life was really inspiring to read, especially given the year this was published and the fact a women wrote it. Everyone needs to go read this. Now. I gave it 92% (5 stars.)

So that is what I read during March. 

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx