TBR Books I Bought in 2013

Hi Readers

I have been hauling books online since 2013 and I want to start a series where I revisit them and work out what I’ve read or have yet to read. But the 2013 hauls aren’t really that interesting because I’ve read most of them (thank goodness.)

I’m going to casually set myself a rule that if I still haven’t read them by the end of this year I HAVE to unhaul them. 

These books are the few I have let sit on my shelf unread for 4 years. 

Eon by Alison Goodman – This sounded so cool when I bought it and I think I did try and read it, but now I’ve lost interest. 

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke – Another that sounds really cool but I don’t know if I’m maybe too old to really enjoy this now.

Death Cure by James Dashner – Yes, I bought the last book in a series first. 

The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness – Yes I bought the second and third before the forth. I hate my past self. I’ve tried reading the first multiple times and I just can’t get into it. I may have to just let them go.

Small Island by Andrea Levy – I bought this for my A-level but never read it and it ended up being useless in the exam anyway. But it still sounds mildly interesting. 

Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin – I will definitely get to this soon. I am obsessed with the show and I’m currently rereading the first book and LOVING it. 

Let me know what you think. Are some of these just not worth reading?

Thanks for reading

Jess X

TBR Books I Don’t Own

Hi Readers

Most of the time when making TBR piles I will look at my shelf and pick books from there to read. But there are a lot of books I don’t own yet (or have yet to borrow from the library) that I’m really excited to read. These are those books.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – I’ve seen a lot of hype and praise for this dystopia/sci-fi book, I’ve got high hopes for it.

Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – I believe this is a H/F set in WW2. That’s all I know but again I’ve heard nothing but praise.

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith – This is a coming of age that I think it considered a modern classic.

Bird Box by Josh Malerman – This sounds so intriguing. It’s a sci-fi where there’s something outside that you can’t look at but no one knows what it is because no ones lived to tell the tale.

My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout – I saw this on a list of books similar to ‘Neapolitan Series’ and it sounds like a quiet sort of novel.

East Of Eden by John Steinbeck – I’ve only read Of Mice and Men by him for my GCSE’s but I did like that book so I should probably try something else of his.

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith – The MC is a writer and I love books like that.

A Fine Balance by Robinton Mistry – Can you believe I’ve never read a book set in India? Well, I’m hoping to change that with this book. 

Let me know if you’ve read any of these!

Thanks for reading,

Jess X

Book Tag: Mulan

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I have just turned 20 but I am no ashamed to say I love a good Disney movie and Mulan is definitely one of my favourites. So, when I saw that there was a book tag dedicated to that movie I knew I HAD to do it.

This tag was created by Kirsty and the Cat Read.

1. REFLECTION “WHEN WILL MY REFLECTION SHOW WHO I AM INSIDE” – AN INACCURATE BOOK COVER THAT DOESN’T REALLY REFLECT WHAT THE BOOK IS ABOUT

As pretty as they are, the Shatter Me series covers are style over substance.

2. MUSHU – A CHARACTER WITH A LOT TO PROVE

I just finished reading A Daughter of Smoke and Bone so I’m gonna go with the MC Karou.

3. “I’LL MAKE A MAN OUTTA YOU!” – A CHARACTER WHO DEVELOPS THE MOST OR A BOOK WITH SOME KICK-ASS TRAINING SCENES

Can I go with Arya from GOT. I’ve only read the first book but I love her in the TV show.

4. “A GIRL WORTH FIGHTING FOR” – A SHIP YOU WILL DEFEND TILL YOUR LAST BREATH

Elizabeth and Mr Darcy. I’m on a real P&P mood atm.

5.HUNS – A BOOK/CHARACTER THAT GIVES YOU THE CREEPS

Sebastian from TMI. 

6. MULAN – YOUR FAVOURITE BADASS FEMALE PROTAGONIST

There’s so many! I think right now it’s gotta be Daenarys from Game of Thrones. She’s annoying sometimes but boy is she bad ass. 

I won’t tag anyone but if you wanna do this consider yourself tagged!

Thanks for reading

Jess X

The Sequel Was Best

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 second instalments that were the best in the series.

5. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah. J Maas – I feel like this is a universal opinion

4. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo – I loved the new characters introduced in this.

3. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith – I loved the story line in this. Although the series isn’t over.

2. The Story of a New Name – This whole series is amazing but I think this was my favourite. 

1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – Best book and best film. 

Let me know if you’ve done this weeks

Thanks for reading

Jess X

 

Book Review: Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Hi Readers

Today I am going to review The Upside of Unrequited, a new (unexpected) favourite.

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Published: 11th April 2017 by Balzer + Bray

Source: Library

Length: 336 Pages

Goodreads Avg. Rating: 4.08

My Rating: 90/100 *****
As I said, I was not expecting to love this book. I thought it would be a quick easy read for the BookTubeAThon but quickly forgettable (as I did with her first novel, which I thought was just alright.)

However I ended up becoming obsessed with this book. It was a quick read because I couldn’t stop turning the pages and I ended up loving everything about it.

This follows 17 year old Molly who has never gotten past the crush stage (relatable.) But when her twin sister gets a new girlfriend and she’s introduced to her hipster friend she decides it’s time to end her fear of rejection. And then a nerdy, GOT loving work colleague comes into the picture, who definitely isn’t crush material, right?

So lets get into what this book has. Everything. The characters are great, they are flawed and diverse and I really enjoyed reading about them and found them to be very relatable. 

The parents were awesome. They were always present and always saying exactly the right stuff. At one point I was actually teared up when they talked to Molly about growing up because it was so relatable and they said is so perfectly. They were GOOD PARENTS, in a YA NOVEL. Authors take note.

The representation was on point. Becky Albertalli is definitely an author who makes writing diverse books seem so effortless, again, authors take note. It has a MC who struggles with body image, mixed race couples, LGBT+ couples, anxiety in teenagers, and it’s all so well done. 

Also love that this book doesn’t just centre around romance. It’s about family love, sisterly love, friendships, growing up, being a teenager. However I do also really love the romance. 

This book is a fun quick read that will stay with you after finishing it. I highly recommend this. 

Thanks for reading

Jess X

 

 

 

August TBR

Hi Readers

I don’t normally do monthly TBR’s but I’ve already read/tried to read everything on my summer TBR and seeing as I have big plans for this month I thought it only right to share them with you.

I realise this is overly ambitious but I hope to get to some at least. I don’t really have anything to say other than I’m super excited for all of them, so I’m just going to list the off.

  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy – Laini Taylor
  • Corfu Trilogy books 2 & 3 – Gerald Durrell
  • Farseer Trilogy books 2 & 3 – Robin Hobb
  • A Room With A View – E.M. Forster
  • Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Cats Eye – Margaret Atwood
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Princess Bride – William Goldman
  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Let me know what you’re planning on reading in August

Thanks for reading

Jess X

Book Covers I’d Live In

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

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Hi Readers

Today’s Top 5 Wednesday is book covers that you would want to be transported into. Here’s my top 5:

5. The Humans – The dog looks so lonely I wanna reach in and give it a hug.

4. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Who wouldn’t want to lie in the back of a pick-up truck and watch the stars.

3. HP Illustrated Edition – Take me to Hogwarts.

2. Anna and the French Kiss – Take me to Paris. 

1.The Unexpected Everything – Ice cream and dogs, what more could a girl ask for?

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Let me know if you’ve done this weeks T5W!

Thanks for reading

Jess X