A Month of Reading: March

Hello Guys!

March was an off month for me. It may seem like I read a lot, but I didn’t. Sometimes I speed read because I’m not enjoying them and am just reading them to get them over and done with and this month I went through a lot of those. It does however mean that in March I can finally get back to reading books I actually want to read.

Harry Potter

Basically, I still haven’t watched Fantastic Beasts yet (but I’m watching it Saturday) and I really wanted to reread the HP books first, and really, when is a bad time to reread HP. I sped read Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix but I did actually read Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows. 

Miss Peregrines – Ransom Riggs

My first aim for this month was to finish the Miss Peregrines trilogy. Boy, did I struggle with these books. This series just was not for me, I don’t like books to do with time, I don’t really like sci-fi type monsters (which remind me of the Wights) and I also didn’t like the pictures. I gave Hollow City 2 stars and I sped read Library of Souls and gave it 1 star. 

Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller

I loved this book and was able to read this in one day. I’ve done a review of this which you can find here: Song of Achilles Review

Birdsong – Sebastion Faulks

I can barely say I read this but I just did not enjoy it. I just don’t think war fiction is for me. I didn’t give it a rating.

Scarlet – Marissa Meyer

I finally read it! I read Cinder quite a few years ago now (although strangely I remember all of it) but it has taken me so long to get through this book. I’ve picked it up so many times but could never get past chapter two. I don’t really know why because I actually really enjoyed this book, I love fairy tales and the characters in this are really enjoyable to read about. The only thing I struggled with was the whole futuristic sci/fi bit. I gave it 45/100 (3 Stars.)

The Glass Castle – Jeanette Walls

I have wanted to read this for ages but for some reason it took me years to finally give in and buy it. This is a non-fiction memoir following Jeanette’s childhood, with parents who struggle with coping with life and can’t look after her, she learns to look after herself. This book was not what I expected, I went into this thinking that the aim or it was to see how hard Jeanette’s life and despise her parents for not looking after her properly. But it’s a lot more complex than that. I couldn’t myself to hate them wholly. You have got to read this book. 

Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I started reading this in January but wasn’t enjoying it so I put it down and this month I decided I really should finish it. But I sped read the ending. I’m really surprised I didn’t enjoy this more. I gave it 38/100 (2 Stars.)

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

Another one I’ve been in the middle of since January. I do actually like the story but hated the characters and struggled with the writing. I gave it 2 Stars.

Goodnight Stories fror Rebel Girls – Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

I was sent this by the publisher and I’ve already reviewed it, which you can find here: Goodnight Stories Review.  This is a non-fiction story book that tells mini-biographies of inspirational and brave women from history. 

Hopefully April will be a better reading month.

Thanks for reading

Jess X

 

Future Classics

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

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This weeks top 5 wednesday topic is books we think are future classics. 

5.  A Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin: If he ever finishes it.

4. The Kite Runner – Khalid Hosseini: A beautiful story with an important message.

3. Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi: Teaches such an important lesson on black history from slavery to now.

2. Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky: YA classics are scarce, but this is definitely going to be one.

1.Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling: The love people have for these books will never die.

Let me know what books you think are future classics (or if you’ve taken part in this weeks T5W!)

Thanks for reading

Jess X

 

Perks of Being A Wallflower Playlist

Hi Guys

Music plays a very big role in one of my favourite books Perks of Being a Wallflower –

“And I thought how many people have loved those songs. And how many people got through bad times because of those songs. And how many people have enjoyed good times with these songs. And how much these songs really mean” – Charlie

-So I thought I would create a huge playlist. In it I have included all of the songs from the book and movie adaptation (which is one of my favourite soundtracks ever) and below I have listed some extra songs that I think go perfectly with certain points of the book.

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(Songs with a ! are songs you HAVE to listen to if you never have.)

Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi

Shut Up And Dance! – Walk The Moon

I Went Too Far – Aurora

Skinny Love – Birdy

New Americana – Halsey

Dancing In The Street – David Bowie

Tenerife Sea – Ed Sheeran

Even My Dad Does Sometimes – Ed Sheeran

Save Myself! – Ed Sheeran

Royals – Lorde

Real Love – Tom Oddell

She Lays Down – The 1975

Youth – Daughter

Waving Through A Window! – Dear Evan Hansen (broadway)

Here’s a link to the playlist on spotify: ‘Perks of Being A Wallflower Playlist’

Let me know if you have any songs that go perfectly with Perks.

Thanks for reading

Jess X

Review: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls – Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

Hi Guys

This book was sent to me by the publisher but all thoughts are my own, and my initial thought, I’m so excited to share this with you.IMG_3226.JPG

Publisher: Particular Books

Publication Date: 2nd March 2017

Length: 212 Pages

Avg. Goodreads Rating: 4:76

My Rating: 4 Stars

When I first heard of this book I immediately fell in love with it. It is a celebration of widely diverse extraordinary women whose revolutionary actions and achievements are told in the style of fairy tales. 

This book was published through crowd-funding. It raised over a million dollars, making it the most funded book in history (which gives me faith in the human race.)

Even though the stories are very short and simple and definitely aimed at young children I found it so fascinating. A lot of the women featured in this I had never heard of. I had no idea the amount of amazing strong women there are in our history or how long women have been rebelling. 

There is such a diverse amount of women represented in this. I was happy to see no one was left out, no matter what religion, sexuality, race and it even includes transgender women. All children can find someone to relate to and someone to learn from. This book is a good egg.

Each story is a mini biography and is accompanied with a beautiful illustration by female artists. It is a beautiful book and would make a wonderful gift if you know any young girls (or are even still looking for a good Mothers Day present).

I can just picture little girls eyes widening as they hear about the extraordinary things women have done and thinking ‘I could do that.’ This book encourages young girls to dream big and aim high. That there are better things than marrying a Prince Charming. 

Links to buy the book can be found here: Penguin Website

Thanks for reading

Jess X

 

 

Angsty Romances

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

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Hi Guys

This weeks topic is top 5 Angsty romances which I must admit to have a weak spot for. Sometimes you need a bit of relationship drama in your life (that isn’t your own.) Here are my top 5:

5. Cinder and Kai – I’m only on the third one, but boy do they have a lot of issues right now.

4. June and Day – They’re basically an awesome version of Romeo and Juliet.

3. Peeta and Katniss – Gale who?

2. Ron and Hermione – Honestly, why didn’t they just get together in Goblet of Fire?

1.Elizabeth and Mr Darcy – Name a more iconic angsty romance. I dare you.

Let me know if you’ve taken part this week!

Thanks for reading

Jess X

 

Book Tag: You’re Not Good Enough

Hi Guys!

I was stumped on what post to do today but luckily over the weekend A Daily Cloud came to my rescue as they tagged me in the You’re Not Good Enough book tag.

I’ve never seen this tag before but I kind of love it. Basically you put 30 names in a hat and pick two out for each question, then out of those two you have to pick on to answer the question. I actually used the ‘Wheel Decide’ online to pick my names (saves paper.)

1. You only have one more spot on your Spelling B team, who would you pick to complete your team?

Wolf (Lunar Chronicles) Patroclus (Song of Achilles)

2. Both characters want to kill you, which one would you kill first so you have a better chance of surviving?

Vin (Final Empire) – Ramsey (A Game of Thrones)

A. I have no chance against Vin. B. I would happily kill Ramsey. 

3. You’re on the bachelor/bachelorette an you’re down to these two characters, which one are you going to give your rose too?

Achilles (Song of Achilles)Elend (Final Empire)

I have a feeling Achilles wouldn’t be interested in me.

4. You’ve been chosen for the Hunger Games, who would most likely volunteer in your place?

The Darkling (The Grisha Series)Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights)

Heathcliff is way too much of a wuss.

5. You’re stranded on an island. Which character would you sacrifice to engage in cannibalism?

Levena (Lunar Queen) – Bellatrix (Harry Potter)

I’m not too keen on the thought of cannibalism but I’m not sure I’d feel bad about eating either of these.

6. You’re the next DC/Marvel superhero (with your own tv show of course), who is your sidekick?

Jane Eyre (Jane Eyre) Amy (Gone Girl)

I have a feeling I wouldn’t be able to trust Amy. 

7. You’re a manager of an Avocado admiring company, who would you fire for lack of communication skills?

Paige (The Bone Season) – Joffrey (A Game of Thrones)

He never listens!

8. You’ve just finished a book in which your favourite character dies, which character is most likely to comfort you?

Jo (Little Women)Umbridge (Harry Potter)

Umbridge was probably the one to kill my favourite character.

9. Ugh, it’s high school. Who would most likely be part of the popular clique?

President Snow (Hunger Games) Katniss (Hunger Games)

As much as I hate him, Katniss would never be popular.

10. The day has arrived; you’re finally a year older! Who would have the nerve to forget your birthday?

Kai (Lunar Chronicles) – Ginny (Harry Potter)

As she once said ‘growing up with Fred and George, you learn you can do anything if you have enough nerve.’

11. You’ve just found an upcoming booktube star? Who would most likely be?

Voldemort (Harry Potter) Hermione (Harry Potter)

I can just imagine Hermione on booktube.

12. Sleepover time! Unfortunately you can only invite one person, who would you invite?

Peeta (Hunger Games) Luna (Harry Potter)

Sorry Peeta, I love you, but Luna would be a hoot as a party.

13. Bam, you’re pregnant. Who’s the father/mother?

Nikolai (Grisha Trilogy)Tyrion (Game of Thrones)

14. You’ve just written a super important text. Who would ‘see’ it, but not reply?

Harry Potter (Harry Potter) Nick (Gone Girl)

Harry is so clueless he probably wouldn’t even realise how frustrating this is.

15. You’ve just woken up and it’s time for breakfast. Your mum’s been replaced by..who?!

Charlie (Perks of Being A Wallflower)Cinder (Lunar Chronicles)

I don’t think I could handle finding a cyborg in my room. 



Thanks for tagging my A Daily Cloud!

I Tag!

Nikki from ‘The Night Is Dark and Full of Books’

Chanda from ‘Chanda Reads Books’

Thanks for reading

Jess X

Books I Feel Betrayed By

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

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Hi Guys!

When I feel betrayed by a book it’s for one of three reasons. 1) because I was expecting so much more from it 2) I finish reading it and think ‘I can’t believe I wasted so much time on that’ 3) It broke my heart and I wasn’t prepared. But I don’t necessarily dislike all of these books. 

5. Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys – For the longest time I thought this was a cute YA contemporary. Nope, it definitely is not that.

4. Looking For Alaska by John Green – Same as above, why do authors love breaking hearts?

3.  Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith – That ending has me like,  whhhyyy?!?

2. The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern – I just don’t understand the hype surrounding this book.

1.Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johanson – Some people might like the ending to this, me? I felt it was the ultimate betrayal.

Let me know if you’ve done this weeks Top 5 Wednesday!

Thanks for reading

Jess X