Top 5 Books of this year so far

Hello Guys

As crazy as it sounds, we are officially half way through 2016 (I know, where the hell has the time gone?) Even though this year hasn’t been a particularly great for reading so far for me there are a few books that I absolutely fell in love with. So, here they are. 

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte ~ I love this story so much. Jane’s wit and courage quickly made her is one of my favourite characters of all time and the writing completely drew me into that time period. 

Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig ~ I loved the honesty of this book. Suicide isn’t an easy topic to read/write about but this book definitely helps you understand what could make a person think like that. 

The Kite Runner by Khaled Houssini ~ This is one of those books that stays with you a long time after you’ve finished with it. This book made a huge impression on me and when a book does that you know it’s special. 

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson ~ This book is about a girl in a boys body and it was done so well. This book was entertaining while also exploring the important subject of sexual identity and I’m really glad I read it. 

Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas ~ This is definitely the most entertaining and fun book I’ve read this year. Maas is the queen of plot twists, epic romances and BAMF main characters. I love this world and where this series is going. The next book is going to be epic.

What’s been your favourite book so far this year?

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

Beautiful Books ~ White

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I love pretty books, and while I do try and abide by the rule of ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ I am guilty of being more drawn in by the more eye catching designs. So that is why I thought I would start a new series going through my favourite book covers of each colour. 

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Reasons to Stay Alive: This design is so simple but so eye catching. The bold lettering a slight burst of colour always make my eyes gravitate towards it in bookstores.

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Alice in Wonderland: This one might just be my favourite Alice cover I have ever seen. It was made for the 150th anniversary by Alma Classics and I think it captures everything great about Alice in Wonderland. 

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The Night Circus: All of The Night Circus covers are beautiful, the designers definitely hit the nail on the head with this one. White, black and red are one of my favourite colour combinations and should definitely be used more for book covers. 

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Memoirs of a Geisha: Again with the pop of red. Seriously, so beautiful and really captures what the book is about.

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 (I am now only just realising that basically all of these I love because of the pop of colour against the white background.)

Very Good Lives: I love the entire design of this book, including the illustrated pages on the inside, although I have to say the G on ‘good’ looks a little wonky. 

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So those are my favourite white book covers. Let me know what your favourite of this lot is.

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

June TBR

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Recently I’ve found I haven’t really been reading very much and I’m really hoping to change that. So rather than struggling in between books figuring out what I want to read next I am going to make a TBR and I am going to stick to it.

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The Catcher in the Rye by J.R. Salanger ~ I’ve wanted to read this ever since I reread Perks of Being a Wallflower last December so now it’s time I finally get to it.

Les Miserables (Volume One) by Victor Hugo ~ I can’t wait to know more about Jean Valjan and read the book that inspired one of my favourite musicals.

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson ~ I’m actually not sure if I’ll read this. But I might. Maybe. Possibly.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas ~ I’m actually reading this right now and I am finding it enjoyable but I don’t know if I’m going to be as obsessed with it as a lot of others are.

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson ~ So excited. Please be sunny this weekend.

Question. Anyone else freaked out by how fast this years going?

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

A Month of Reading: May

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I can not believe May has already been and gone. I’m starting to feel overwhelmed by how fast time is passing! May was a better reading month than April (although that isn’t exactly hard) but I didn’t enjoy all of the books that much. 

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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath ~ I have done a full review of this so if you want to know my thoughts on it you can find that here. Overall I gave it 67% and if I had to use one word to describe it, it would be poignant (and unsettling.)

The Heir and The Crown by Kiera Cass ~ I’m putting these together because A) I read both within three days and B) there’s really no reason for them to have been split into two books. I’ve done a review of these also which you can find here but overall I was disappointed by them, especially The Crown.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott ~ I think I’m going to do a full review of this one soon aswell but this was probably the best book I read this month. The characters were fun and relatable, especially Jo (who is a fellow book lover) and the message woven through is so important. It was what I would call a relaxing read (for the most part anyway.) I gave it 71% and I definitely recommend it, especially if you’re fans of Jane Austen.

So those are all fothe books I read in May. I’m hoping to read better books in June and I have a couple of exciting ones lined up.

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx