Blogmas Announcement!

Hello Guys!

If you are a part of the YouTube sphere at all you will be aware of a thing called ‘Vlogmas’ where every December up until Christmas YouTube vlog their daily lives or upload daily content onto their channels to celebrate Christmas time.

Christmas is my favourite time of year and I also want to celebrate it in some way so for the first 24 days of December I am going to be posting a new blog post every day. Most will be book related but I’m also going to be doing a few christmassy posts as well.

I did attempt to do it last year but unfortunately I got sick so I didn’t get very far but this year I have planned and pre-written a lot of the posts already so hopefully there won’t be any problems this year.

Thanks for reading

Jess x

Last Book Haul of the Year!

Hi Guys!

Christmas is just around the corner which means I need to start saving the pennies for presents and decorations and, of course, scented candles. This means these will be the last books I buy for myself this year (although I’m certainly not stopping anyone from buying me books for Christmas!)

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For Whom The Bells Toll by Earnest Hemingway: I have never read a Hemingway book before and I am very intrigued to see what I think of it. There was a review on the back that said this was his best written novel so hopefully I made a good choice to start with this one. 

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown: After reading Angels and Demons I couldn’t wait to pick up the next and now I have it ready and waiting (for probably another year (but hopefully not)). 

The Dead Fathers Club by Matt Haig: This is from the same author who wrote Shadow Forest ( a childhood favourite of mine) and Reasons To Stay Alive. I’ve wanted to read some of his other stuff before so when I came across this in a second hand bookshop I snatched it up.

A Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferranti: I was going to wait until next year to get this as it’s definitely a summer read (possibly, maybe?) but then I saw it second hand (but clearly unread) so I decided to get it earlier than planned. But it will probably remain unread for a few months. Nothing new there. 

Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers: I have heard so many amazing things about this and honestly it sounds like the perfect sci-fi book for me because it focuses on the characters more than the sci-fi elements (or so I’ve heard.)

Assassins Apprentice by Robin Hobb: Now, I do keep telling myself I can’t start a new fantasy series until I’ve finished all the ones I already own but this sounded way too intriguing I couldn’t leave the shop without it. It follows a boy who was bastard born and cast out into the world alone and friendless with the ability to connect with animals. He’s eventually let back into the royal household to become the royal assassin. 

1Q84 by Haruki Murikami: I’ve been intrigued by Haruki Murikami for a while now and when I saw two of his books in one I thought it was the perfect opportunity to give him a try. I think he’s a pretty hard author to get into but I want to have a go none the less. 

So those are the last books I have bought this year. Hopefully I can refrain myself. I’m determined not to buy anymore because I literally don’t need any. 

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

 

Stranger Things Book Tag

Hi Guys

I watched and loved Strangers Things around the time it was first released and I absolutely loved it. So, when I found out there was a book tag inspired by it, of course I had to do it. This was created by Sarah SunBeamz.

Let’s get onto the questions…

1. EPIC INTRO. The opening sequence of Stranger Things is amazing and really grabs your attention. Name a book that grabbed your attention from the first page.

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. This book never looses you’re attention and from the first page it was thrilling and intense. It’s one of those books I struggled to put down.

2. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS. Name a fantasy world you would like to experience yourself.

I’m going to try and think of something other than Hogwarts for this. I do love the Lord of the Rings world. Even though most of it seems pretty terrifying and dangerous. But what fantasy world isn’t?

3. SQUAD GOALS. When Eleven met Mike, Dustin and Lucas it was a *mostly* perfect team. Name your favourite bookish group of friends.

Right now I’m reading the Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children and I am loving all of the characters. And the fact that they’re peculiar adds so much to their friendships.

4. ABC’s & CHRISTMAS LIGHTS. Joyce Byers goes mad with grief after Will goes missing. Name your favourite mentally unhinged character.

For this I am going to have to say Charlie from the Perks of Being a Wallflower. I love him because he is a great friend and through the book he goes through so much change and development. I have never been more proud of a character.

5. THE UPSIDE DOWN. Name a book that was the opposite of what you expected.

I’m gonna have to use Angels and Demons by Dan Brown again. I was expecting it to be really hard to understand but it ended up being so tense and thrilling. I got completely swept up in the story line, I was shouting aloud in frustration. It was so much more entertaining than I thought it would be.

6. MAD SCIENTISTS. Dr. Brenner likes to get freaky with humanity. Name the freakiest dystopian government you can think of.

In books definitely The Hunger Games world. It’s so messed up. But I’m actually going to sway from the rules and give a second non-book answer. I just started watching Black Mirror which is a tv show where each episode follows a whole new story with new characters in a new world.

A lot of the episodes are based in dystopias and they are so messed up. It basically explores what happens when humans loose the ability to feel empathy and overcome grief because they are given easier options. If you haven’t watched it you definitely should.  

7. DEMOGORGON. Name a scary bookish creature that you would not want to come through your walls.

All of them. But seriously, the monsters in Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children. They’re the worst. Especially the wights. 

8. CLIFFHANGER ENDING. name a book that left you wanting more.

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. I loved the characters and magic system in it and I would have loved it to be a series. 

So that is the stranger things book tag. I won’t tag anyone but if you’ve watched Stranger Things you should definitely do this. And if you haven’t… why the hell not?!?!

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

Non-Fiction I Want To Read

Hey Guys!

I have always been intrigued by non-fiction but it is the genre I struggle most with picking up. So I thought I would list here some non-fiction I would like to get to in hopes it will motivate me to actually give them a try.

It is also Non-fiction November which is aimed to get people reading more non-fiction than they normally would. I’m not going to officially take part in this because I’m doing nanowrimo this month so I don’t know how much reading I’ll get done but I thought it would be the perfect time to do this post.

So. here are the non-fiction books I want to read.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls: I have heard amazing things about this memoir from people who don’t normally read non-fiction themselves so I’m thinking this will be a good introduction into the subject. 

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafvai: This girls story is so inspiring I think it’s about time I read about her experience. 

A Movable Feast by Ernest Hemingway: I do want to read some of his fiction works first but I’ve heard amazing things about his memoir.

On Writing by Stephen King: It’s NaNoWriMo this month so I might actually read this soon to give me some motivation. 

Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl: I remember reading some of this when I was in Year 7 of secondary school and all I remember is he put a dead rat in a jar in a sweet shop. Or something like that. Sounds entertaining. 

Let me know what your favourite non-fiction book is and I might just add it to the list.

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

 

A Month of Reading: October

Hello Guys

So I will admit I feel like I read more in October than I actually did. But I’m still really happy because I actually enjoyed what I did read (for the most part.)

So obviously it was Halloween this month so I based a lot of what I read around that

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Angels and Demons by Dan Brown ~ This was on my ‘books I must read this year list’ and I have finally gotten to it and honestly I don’t know what took me so long. This was such an entertaining read that grabbed my attention and just did not let go. You have to give it a go.

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier ~ This was good but it just lacked in something and I don’t really know what. I suppose I just got a little bored.

Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carrol ~ This is the only book I was able to read in Deweys (which I’m not surprised about to be honest). I think I actually enjoyed this more than Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland.

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon ~ I didn’t actually finish this. As of right now it’s been DNF’ed because I just lost my interest in it. But I do want to give it another try.

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling ~ Another one I’ve DNF’ed. But I don’t think I’m going to give this another go. Honestly I just did not like this.

Mysterious Case of Styles by Agatha Christie ~ So far I’m not a huge fan of her writing, but I might just not have been in the right mood.

Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs ~ I loved this. It was so entertaining and I loved the whole concept of peculiars. However I did find the ending a little rushed and I feel like some of the characters are a little flat.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman ~ I was going to read this for Halloween but I just ended up not reading any of it… so I’ll leave it for next year. Again. Opps. 

That’s everything I read in October. 

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx