BookTubeAThon 2017 Wrap Up

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Hi Readers

Another booktubeathon has come and gone and I had a whale of a time. The sprints, the instagram challenges, the daily vlogs and, of course, the books read.

This year the books I read were a hit or miss for me. I either loved it so much it could possibly make it into or I hated it.  

I was planning on doing daily updates but I decided I just wanted to focus on reading and I’m glad I did because I was able to read 11 (and a bit) books (almost.)

Day 1

I didn’t get off to the best start. I woke up for the first sprints and decided I wanted to read 11/22/63 by Stephen King first. However, I only got 80 pages in before I DNF it. It lost my interest pretty quickly. 

So I decided to pick up Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel (which I had to get on my kindle because my library didn’t get it in on time.) I wasn’t really expecting to enjoy this, and I didn’t. I gave it 2 stars.

Then in the evening I started Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

Day 2

I started off by finished Ready Player One which I really enjoyed although it’s definitely something I would’ve appreciated more if I were a gamer. I gave it 4 stars.

And then I spent the rest of the day painfully trying to read Around the World in 80 Days. Wow this book was boring, most of the travelling was just naming towns and rail lines and the suspenseful part wasn’t suspenseful to me. I gave it 2 stars.

Day 3

I was able to read two books on day 3. The first was Troubling Love by Elena Ferrante which was 130 pages. I was really disappointed and had to give it one star. But I will say you shouldn’t judge her on this book. It’s her debut and I feel like everything she tries to do in this book she gets right in Neapolitan Novels (which I highly recommend).

Then I read Upside of Unrequited and I’m so glad I did. I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did. It has everything, super cute romance that I ship, relatable main character, excellent on the point representation and parents who are actually good at being parents. I think we should all have lesbian Mums. 5 Stars.

Day 4

I decided to read Crooked Kingdom because I randomly found out it was the booksplosion book of the month and I saw so many people reading. So, even though I hated the first one I convinced myself to give it another go. I wish I hadn’t. This duology just doesn’t do anything for me. 2 Stars.

Then I started Golden Boy by Abigail Tatellin and got 50 pages in. But, then the twitter sprints started and they were Disney themed and I remembered a certain tie in book that came free with a certain DVD and was HOW COULD I NOT? So I read Beauty and the Beast book of the film and surprisingly really enjoyed it. I gave it 5 stars (but that’s more for the movie.)

Day 5

Day 5 I slowed down a little (honestly because of Crooked Kingdom) so I only finished Golden Boy. I loved this book though. I learnt about Intersex and how it effects and seeing as I knew nothing about it before I am really thankful for that. I gave it 4 stars.

Day 6

I read half of My Family and Other Animals and then in the evening I started and finished The Humans by Matt Haig which I loved. I was not expecting humour and mockery of human beings but this book had me cracking up multiple times. I gave it 4 stars, I highly recommend it.

Day 7

On the last day I finshed My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell and I loved it. I never watched the ITV TV show of this (but I will now) but I fell in love with this family and their antics. Another book that had me in stitches. 

Then I got stuck on what to read so I decided to reread an old favourite and picked up I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. I can’t believehow much of the plot I had but I still loved it so much and left my rating at 5 stars.

I ended the BookTubeAThon with starting Daughter of Smoke and Bone and read 138 pages of it before the final sprint ended. 

Overall

Challenges:

  • Person on the Cover: Completed – Troubling Love
  • Hyped Book: Completed – Upside of Unrequited
  • Start and Finished a Book In A Day: Completed – The Humans by Matt Haig
  • A Character Different From Me: Completed – Golden Boy
  • Reading A Book Completely Outside: Nope, lol.
  • A Cover Buy: Completed – Around the World In 80 Days

Instagram Challenges:

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Books Completed:

Juniper Lemons Happiness Index by Julie Israel (2 Stars)
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (4 Stars)
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (2 Stars)
Troubling Love by Elena Ferrante (1 Star)
Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (5 Stars)
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (2 Stars)
Beauty and the Beast book of the film (5 Stars)
Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin (4 Stars)
The Humans by Matt Haig (4 Stars)
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell (4 Stars)
I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson (5 Stars)

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Let me know if you took part in BookTubeAThon and how you did!

Thanks for reading

Jess X

 

BookTubeAThon TBR 2017!

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Hi Readers

It’s that time of the year again and I could not be more excited! It’s time to let you know my TBR for the 2017 BookTubeAThon 2017.

The BookTubeAThon, hosted by Ariel Bissett, starts July 24th- and ends July 30th and is a week where you read as many books as you can along with the rest of the online book community.

This year I am going to try and do daily updates where I tell you how my reading’s going. I’m also going to try and do all the Instagram challenges and take part in as many of the sprints as I can. 

As always I have based my TBR around the set challenges. So, here’s my TBR:

A Book With A Person On The Cover

For this I’m going to be a bit crazy and try and read 11/22/63 by Stephen King, which is a 700 pages book. I do normally stick to small quick reads during the booktubeathon but I am really excited to finally read a Stephen King book.

A Hyped Up Book

The Upside of Unrequited by Beck Albertalli is probably the most hyped up book at the moment and it seems like a very quick read.

Start And Finish A Book In One Day

I don’t have a specific book for this but I have quite a few books here I think I can finish in a day.

Read A Character Very Different From ME

 Golden Boy by Abagail Tarttelin follows an intersex main character who identifies as male so definitely very different to me.

Read A Book Completely Outside

For this I wanted a quick read so I can spend as little amount of time outside as possible. Days Of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante is less than 200 pages and I loved her Neapolitan series.

A Book You Bought Because Of The Cover

I just bought Around the World In 80 Days by Jules Verne for this exact reason, seriously, I couldn’t say no to the cover. I bought it thinking it would be on my tbr forever but now is the perfect time to knock it off. 

Read 7 Books

 Juniper Lemons Happiness Index by Julie Israel is the BookTubeAThon group read which I love the idea of, I might just speed read this though because this book doesn’t really sound like my cup of tea.

 

These books are for if I somehow get ahead of schedule or if I end up not liking one of the other books. 

  • A Room With A View by E.M. Forster
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Humans by Matt Haig
  • Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  • Troubling Love by Elena Ferrante
  • Because You Love To Hate Me by 13 Authors and 13 Booktubers.

I’m planning on doing daily updates but I’m still trying to decide how to do them. When would it be best to update, every evening or every morning? Let me know what you think. 

Let me know if you’re taking part. 

Thanks for reading

Jess X

A Month Of Reading: July 2017

Hi Readers

I know what you’re probably thinking, how can I do a month of reading when there’s still over a week left of the month? Well, next week, the last week of the month, is the Booktubeathon (tbr coming soon) which I am going to be doing daily updates and an overall wrap up for.

So basically I’ve split this month into two parts.

I am so grateful that the BookTubeathon is next week because so far this month my reading has not been so good. I’ve DNF’ed three books and read three books, and I haven’t been overly impressed with any of them.

DNF’ed:

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas: I was so looking forward to this but it lost my interest. I did get 300 pages in though and will give it another go sometime. 

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown: Is it me, or is this book very similar to Angels and Demons? 

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy: I know, I shouldn’t have bothered. I only wanted to read this because of The Great Comet of 1812 but I’ve never really cared about reading this book and it turns out the musical is based on literally 20 pages of this book.

Read:

One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus – 37/100 **

I did a full review of this here.

Basically I was really looking forward to this, it’s marketed as a kind of The Breakfast Club retelling murder mystery but in the end it didn’t overly impress me. I will say it’s a fun quick read but I wasn’t a fan of the end. 

Unexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenze – 27/100 **

I don’t think I’ve ever been this disappointed in a book. The plot didn’t really go anywhere. Honestly this book just seems so pointless. 

Assassins Apprentice by Robin Hobb – 56/100 ***

I kind of went into a bit of a reading slump but then I suddenly got the urge to read a fantasy, which is weird because lately I’ve been saying I no longer like fantasy novels. 

I actually enjoyed reading this, I love the main character, who is a bastard of a Prince and starts training as an Assassin to become useful to the royal family. In this novel we see him grow up and he’s such a likeable character for me he’s what made the book. Unfortunately I found a lot of the other characters to be a bit bland. 

Next Few Days:

There’s still a few days before the BookTubeathon actually starts so I do plan on reading a couple of books before then. 

Tenant Of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte: I am currently in the middle of this one and will hopefully finish it in the next couple of days. 

Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb: This is the next in the series and I want to read them all close together so I can do a trilogy review. 

My next post will hopefully be my TBR for the BookTubeathon

Thanks for reading

Jess X

Overly Large Classics Book Haul

Hi Readers

I don’t know how this happened but since the last book haul I have grown a sudden interest in reading those huge intimidating classics I always thought I would stay away from. And bought them all. Opps.

The Count Of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas – I’ve already DNF’ed this. Characters just seemed flat to me.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – I actually started with this one and you’re going to laugh at my reason. I never thought I would read this but recently an amazing musical Natasha and Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 opened on broadway and the cast recording is so beautiful. Basically, I had to read this.

Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell – I don’t have any initial plans to read this but I saw it for 50p and I know I want to get to it one day.

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco – I don’t know why I bought this and I don’t know when I’m going to get to this.

Shirley by Charlotte Bronte – Eventually I want to have read all of the Bronte books so I’ slowly building up my collection of their books. I loved Charlotte’s Jane Eyre so hopefully this is just as good. 

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte – This will be read very soon because Anne is the only Bronte I haven’t read yet.

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne – I never thought I would read this book. But honestly this cover was irresistible. 

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Nishiguro – I’ve heard such amazing things about Kazuo Nishiguro I can’t wait to finally read one of his books. 

Thanks for reading

Jess X

 

Favourite Children’s Books

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 children’s books. I read a lot as a child and these children’s books I still love to this day.

Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll: I definitely didn’t appreciate this as a child but now I love it.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgsen Burnett: One of my favourites as a child and still a beautiful story. 

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie: My love for this has slightly diminished lately but as a child I loved it.

Shadow Forest by Matt Haig: Great memories, it will always hold a special place in my heart.

My Sister Jodie by Jacqueline Wilson: Wilson was one of my favourite authors as a kid and this was my first and favourite.

Thanks for reading

Jess X

Book Tag: Summer Reader

Hi Readers

We are well into the summer right now and while I don’t particularly enjoy the summer I am embracing it with ice creams, barbecues and now book tags.

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Lemonade: Pick A Book That Started Off Bitter But Then Got Better

Honestly if a book starts off rough I very rarely finish it. So, I don’t actually have one.

Golden Sun: Pick A Book That Made You Smile Beyond Compare

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I love the sisterly love, it’s a beautiful book. 

Tropical Flowers: Pick A Book Set In A Different Country

The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Farrente is set in an impoverished part of Italy I never knew existed.

Tree Shade: Pick A Book Where A Mysterious Or Shady Character Is Introduced

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. The entire book you’re questioning someones true intent. 

Beach Sand: Pick A Book That Was Grainy And The Plot Never Developed

I just finished Inexplicable Logic of my Life and this is exactly how I would describe that book. It was very dull and I don’t really see what the point of it was.

Green Grass: Pick A Character That Was Full Of Life Making You Smile

The Weasley twins (although it hurts my heart to say this because the irony.)

Watermelon: Pick A Book That Had Some Juicy Secrets

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. Most shocking ending I have ever read. 

Sun Hat: Pick A Book With A Vast Universe

There is no world that is better developed than J.R.R Tolkien’s Middle Earth.

BBQ: Pick A Book In Which A Character Is Portrayed As A Hunk

Like every Sarah J Maas male character ever. 

Summer Fun: Pass The Tag On!

I Tag:

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Charlotte Annelise

pace, amore, libre

Thanks for reading

Jess X

Book Review: One of Us Is Lying

Hi Readers

I was lucky enough to get this on netgalley (about a month ago now, opps) and I have finally got around to reading it.

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Published: May 30th 2017 by Delacorte Press

Source: Netgalley

Length 370 Pages

Goodreads Rating: 4.07 Stars

My Rating: 37/100 **

This book caught my interest basically the minute I read the premise.

A Princess, a Jock, a Criminal, a Nerd and an Outcast get detention. Sound familiar? Yes, this book was inspired by The Breakfast Club, one of my favourite movies. But this has a twist. By the end of the detention, one of them is dead.

I know, sounds epic right? So even though recently I’ve been really disinterested in YA I had to read it. But I can’t say it lived up to my expectations.

I did enjoy it I will say that. It wasn’t a chore to read and I never wanted to DNF it It reminded me of a mix between The Breakfast Club, Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars. All of which I love. So in that sense it was a fun read.

But I have problems with it. First with the multiple POV’s. They were written like the Allegiant duel POV. If it wasn’t for the fact it had a name at the top of each POV I would have had no idea who I was reading because they were all too similar.

The characters I did like though. While they were stereotypical ‘not the stereotype’ type (like the pretty girl is also smart). I liked the growth and seeing them becoming friends through the shared experience of being murder suspects (it’s definitely a new way of getting friends.)

As for the murder mystery itself. I did guess it but still while reading it I had no idea what was actually going to happen and that made it a real page turner. The reveal itself didn’t make me feel anything. I didn’t gasp and I wasn’t shook. Which I feel like any good mystery book should do.

If you’ve read it, let me know what you think.

Thanks for reading

Jess X