Fandoms I’m No Longer In

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

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Hi Readers

This weeks topic for Top 5 Wednesday is fandoms you are no longer involved in. There are definitely a few I don’t keep up to date with anymore, whether it’s because I fell out of love with the books or something else replaced it.

Shadowhunters (TV Series) – I struggled with finding 5 so this is a non-bookish bonus because I’m still liking Cassandra’s books but this TV show is so poor I can’t watch it. Honestly the minute they cast Dominic as Jace I was like, nah.

Percy Jackson – I don’t know if I was ever completely into fandom but I don’t reckon I’ll be continuing with any of Rick Riordan’s books. I’m not really a fan of his writing.

Sarah J. Maas – I feel like I’m done with her, I don’t really have much desire to finish the Throne of Glass series and honestly I find her characters so generic and boring.

Jacqueline Wilson – She was my favourite author as I child. I kept up to date with all her new releases and read all of the books she had published. I don’t read her books anymore but I did see her on BBC Breakfast the other day which was nice.

Twilight – I have 0 intention of reading Life and Death (is that what it’s called.) Honestly I don’t reckon I’ll ever read another Stephanie Meyer book again.

Let me know if you did this weeks top 5 wednesday.

Thanks for reading

Jess X

 

Book Review: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Hi Readers

The Big Little Lies Mini-Series starring Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley and Reese Witherspoon has gotten so much hype since it’s release but, of course, I had to read the book first.

Image result for big little lies book Published: July 29th 2014

Publisher: Berkley

Source: Kindle

Length: 480 Pages

Goodreads Avg. Rating: 4.19

My Rating: 85/100 (4 Stars)

Synopsis:

Big Little Lies is set in a idyllic town on the Australian coast and follows three women who all have children entering Kindergarten. We follow them as they go through parent-hood, battles with ex husbands and second wives, and the months leading up to a murder.

Review:

Honestly I was not expecting to love it as much as I did.

It’s cleverly structured, the novel starts out with a murder investigation but then the plot starts a few months before the murder so the entire time while reading it you’re wondering who’s dead. 

However, the only thing I have a problem with was that honestly I couldn’t tell the difference between the three womens POV’s. The only way I could tell who it was was by their story line. They didn’t really have their own style.

Moriarty just gets parents, I especially found the mother/teen-daughter relationship, although frustrating, was so honest. It was actually hard to read at times because I hated how Abigail treated her mum. It’s my first time reading that sort of interaction from the perspective of the mother and it definitely gave me more respect for all mothers out there 

This book is not always an easy read, in fact it’s probably the funniest book I’ve ever read that also has such hard topics such as sexual and domestic abuse.

The ending was the best thing about this book. So many jaw-dropping reveals. It had me screaming and shouting and jumping off my seat (literally) in surprise. 

If you’re looking for your next beach read, I would highly suggest this one. 

Let me know if you’ve read the book

Thanks for reading

Jess X

Holiday Weekend Reads: Help Me Decide!

Hi Readers

Next week is bank holiday Monday so I thought I would plan a TBR for the week and share it with you. However I am having trouble deciding.

I know I want to read a long book but I can decide between three. So, can you help me decide? Here are the three books…

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas – This sounds really exciting and I’m pretty sure I’m going to enjoy this book. However, I don’t really know if it’s a good read for a week in the sun. 

Middlemarch by George Elliot: This one seems more summer-y to me (maybe?) and it’s shorter than The Count SO if I read this I could possibly get to others. However I’ve heard mixed things about this. 

Neapolitan Series by Elena Ferrante – This looks like the perfect summers day read, but it’s another I’ve heard such mixed things about. What do you think?

Other Reads I’d Like To Get To:

Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenze – I have wanted to read this since it came out, Honestly I can’t believe I haven’t already. I loved Ari and Dante so it has a lot to live upto. Hopefully it can do it!

Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han – Honestly I didn’t plan on picking this book up because I was not a fan of P.S. I Still Love But I would like to finish this series and see what happens. 

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth – I got this from the library because I heard Whittynovels talking about it. I’m not sure if I will get to it but I will try. 

Let me know what you plan on reading next week. 

Thanks for reading

Jess X

 

Favourite Minor Characters

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

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Hi Readers

This week top 5 wednesday’s topic is top 5 side characters who I must admit I don’t think about often enough and I must admit I actually struggled to even remember who the side characters in books even were. 

5. Sam – Lord of the Rings: I just love how loyal he is. 

4. Finnick Odair – Hungers Games: Oh Finnick, my poor baby. 

3. Luna Lovegood – Harry Potter: I tried hard to only pick one HP side character but I couldn’t do this post without mentioning the wonderful Luna. She’s an outcast, she’s a weirdo and I can’t get enough of her. 

2. Ty Blackthorn – Dark Artifices Trilogy: I love all of the Blackthorn siblings honestly Cassandra did a great job giving them all such distinct but likeable personalities. But I think Ty might be my favourite. 

1.Hermione Granger – Harry Potter: She counts as a sidekick, right? Harry and Ron would have probably failed all of their OWLs if they’d never fought that troll together. 

Let me know if you did this weeks T5W

Thanks for reading 

Jess X

 

Book Tag: This or That

Hi Readers

Last week I was tagged by Chelsea from Spotlight On Stories- Check out her post here!

I love the look of this tag because the answers and so quick and snappy. 

Rules:

  • Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks)
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you.
  • Choose one of the options, you don’t have to tell the reasons why you chose that but you can also do them if you want to.
  • Tag other people to do this tag to spread the love!

Questions:

Reading on the couch or in bed?

Couch. Reading in bed makes me want to go to sleep.

Male of Female Main Character?

Female. I can relate to them more. 

Sweet or Salty Snacks?

I do not have a sweet tooth so definitely salty. My weakness is crisps.

Trilogies or Quartets?

Trilogies. I barely ever finish quartets. 

First or Third Person POV?

I think third person. Honestly I don’t think I ever really notice. 

Read at Night or In The Morning?

I need to read in the morning more often. I plan on reading at night and I just fall asleep.

Bookstores or Libraries?

Libraries. I actually just made a post about why I love libraries which you can find here: Falling Back In Love With The Library

Black or White Books Covers?

White. Black covers are so overused. Especially in YA. 

Character or Plot Driven Books?

Depends on the characters. If they’re well developed than character driven.

I Tag:

The Literary Huntress 

WriteThroughTheNight 

Thanks for reading

Jess X

Goodreads: Lets Be Friends!

Hi Guys

I saw somebody do this on their blog not too long ago and I thought it was a good idea because I’ve never really gotten the opportunity to let you know where else I talk about books!

I update my reading progress on Goodreads almost religiously. I love reading reviews and tracking my reading so goodreads is one of my favourite social medias.

Add me as a friend here: Goodreads 

The other place I really talk about books is over on twitter. I also like sharing pictures of my dogs. So if you like books and you like dogs we should probably follow each other.

Here’s my twitter: Twitter 

Thanks for reading

Jess X

Summer Reading: Recommendations

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

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Hi Readers

This weeks Top 5 Wednesday topic is to pick your top 5 books that remind you of summer. I was planning on doing a blog post like this anyway so I’m going to give you my top 5 and some extras. 

5. Morgan Matson: I love all of hers, they’re all perfect for summer. 

4. The Hobbit and LOTR: I always think of contemporary when it comes to Summer but this fantasy series would be a great Summer read. 

3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett: I’m not the biggest fan of historical fiction but this one is just perfect.

2. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ee: This is the perfect beach read. It’s so quick and un-put-downable. 

1. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe: This book just screams summer. 

Extras –

Stephanie Perkins: Anna and the French Kiss is definitely the best. So. Cute. 

Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice is my favourite but I also think Emma would make a good Summer read. 

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks: Yes, I went through a Sparks phase. Blame Miley Cyrus. I haven’t watched the movie in ages but this book is so summery. 

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller: A fantasy with a lot of romance, perfect for those who don’t like mushy YA contemporaries.

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown: If you’re more into thrillers than contemporaries than give this a shot this summer.

Let me know if you did this weeks T5W!

Thanks for reading

Jess X