Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Waiting On Wednesday - What Light By Jay Asher


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine.

I can't wait to read:

Expected Publication: 11th October 2016

Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it's a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. 

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb's past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.

Ooooo a Christmas themed story...little bit excited! Love Jay Asher's writing so very exciting to see what this book has to offer.

     


Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Top Ten Tuesday - Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf That You STILL Haven't Read Yet


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.


This weeks topic is books that have been sat on your shelf from before you started blogging that you still haven't read yet...boy do I have a lot to choose from!










I seem to have so many unread series' that I really want to read but haven't gotten around to. I always seem to find books with a lot of hype that I am excited for, I tend to avoid in case I don't end up liking them and then I will be disappointed...crazy I know haha I will read all of these as some point...promise!

        

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - Alex, Approximately By Jenn Bennett




Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine.

I can't wait to read:

Expected Publication: 4th April 2017

In this delightfully charming teen spin on You’ve Got Mail, the one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by “Alex.” Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new arch-nemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever-it-is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately


Sounds like a fun romance and I can't wait to get my hands on it!

      


Saturday, 23 July 2016

Stacking The Shelves #13



Stacking The Shelves in a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviewswhere we share what new books we have added to our shelves whether it be physical copies, Ebooks 
or books borrowed from the library.

                                                        For Review
                                                            
                                                          Netgalley





Ebooks




Physical Copies


I accidentally fell in a second hand book shop again and had a but of A Jenny Han spree! I picked up To all the boys I've loved before for £1! and The summer I turned pretty and It's not summer without you for 50p each...love a bargain!

          










Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Waiting On Wednesday Speak Of Me As I Am By Sonia Belasco


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine.

I can't wait to read:

Expected Publication: April 4th 2017

Damon and Melanie know something about what it means to lose those you love. Months after his best friend Carlos's death, Damon tries to see the world through the viewfinder of his camera, hoping to understand what Carlos saw – or perhaps what he didn’t. With her artist mother gone, Melanie picks up a paintbrush to feel her nearby, but the set pieces she paints are filled with empty spaces. When fate conspires to bring them together, Melanie and Damon quickly become each other's anchors. But as their friendship deepens into romance, things get complicated fast. They find that they can’t ignore the past forever – especially when working on a school production of Othello triggers memories they both wish they could leave behind.

The cover attracted me to this one first and then I fell for the plot as well! Sounds emotional and I can't wait to shed some tears over this one.

      



Monday, 18 July 2016

Book Vs. Movie


Other than books my other passion is movies, so today I thought why not combine the two and do a book Vs. movie comparison. 

Round 1

The Notebook



I adored the book it made me cry... a lot as i'm sure it did everyone who has read it and the film didn't disappoint either. I loved the casting and thought it really brought the book to life. It doesn't happen often but the film has a slight edge for me so I'm going to go with film!

Round 2

Twilight


Twilight is my guilty pleasure, I just can't help it! I really enjoyed the book series and thought they were just fun easy reads.When the films come out I enjoyed them but now the more I watch them the more I cringe... hands down the book wins this round.

Round 3

The Fault In Our Stars

         


I along with the rest of the world fell in love with this book and the characters and I was nervous that the film wouldn't do the book justice...luckily it did! The characters are brought to life perfectly and the story is done perfectly. The film just as good as the book...it has to be a draw!

Round 4

If I Stay


I thought the book was beautifully written and an emotional roller coaster, however for me although I enjoyed the film it didn't bring the emotion out in my like the book managed to. Book wins this round.

Round 5

Dear John




The book broke my heart, i loved every word of Dear John and I still think of the book. The film I was so excited for but I was so disappointed! It was a good film but it was nowhere near on the same level as the book, I just didn't feel the emotion in the film as I did the book. Book wins again!







Saturday, 16 July 2016

Taking my life back...

Sometimes life sucks...I have been unable to dedicate the time to my blog due to being an adult taking over my life. In a short amount of time I've gone from being the girl with chronic fatigue syndrome stuck in bed with plenty of time to read and do the things she loves to working pretty much full time and running my own house...which is exhausting! 

Now don't get me wrong being in control of my illness and taking my life back is the most fantastic feeling in the world...I feel like an actual person again...it's the adjusting I find hard. Being ill meant I had tons of free time (only good thing to come from being ill!) and it is how I found you lovely people and your fantastic blogs! I now have to juggle work and daily running of my house.... I swear washing up multiplies! I spend most of my time working and then sleeping, well that's what it feels like.

I've realised I need to take my life back in a different way, I want to do the things I love and reading and sharing my thoughts with you all is something I love to do. I'm not the most confident person and I struggle with anxiety, I suppose spending years in bed kind of makes you socially awkward but i'm trying my best to be human again and this blog gives me so much more confidence. I have always had such lovely comments from you all and our love of books brings us all together. The book community is such a welcoming place and I've missed it thoroughly. 

So I am back, I will post as regularly as I can and look forward to sharing my thoughts with you once again. 


Upcoming reviews





       




Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Review - The List By Siobhan Vivian


It happens every September– the list is posted all over school. Two girls are picked from each year. One is named the prettiest, one the ugliest.

The girls who aren't picked are quickly forgotten. The girls who are become the centre of attention, and each reacts differently to the experience.

With THE LIST, Siobhan Vivian deftly takes you into the lives of eight very different girls struggling with issues of identity, self-esteem, and the judgements of their peers. Prettiest or ugliest, once you're on the list, you'll never be the same.


I received this book in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley.

When I saw this book available for request, I requested based on the blurb alone. The idea that eight girls form the same high school were judged on their looks alone and categorised as beautiful and ugly not only appalled me but intrigued me. I wanted to know how the girls dealt with their new labels and more importantly how the people around them reacted to such a horrible thing.

The book is written from the eight different girls perspectives, which I'm not going to lie was hard to get used to for me, there were too many voices and stories going on and I found it difficult at times to keep up with each character. Certain characters did shine more than others and their voices stood out and I would have loved to delve deeper into their stories and how they felt.

Each character was different and dealt with the list in a different way, some saw it as a good thing and a way to advance their popularity and some were disgusted and had their lives ruined by it and it was interesting to see their reactions and how the list effected their lives and the lives of the people around them.

The List is an excellent read, very honest and tackles how woman can be objectified. No one should be judged by appearance and definitely not labelled. Not only did the list judge the girls but the girls already had their own insecurities and judgements of their bodies. I really enjoyed reading how the girls reacted and tried to find out who the culprit was.

The list was a unique read for me with the use of so many different perspectives and was different to other contemporary reads which made it stand out for me. I look forward to reading other works from Siobhan Vivian in the future.

Rating: 4/5

      




Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Waiting On Wednesday - The Loose Ends List By Carrie Firestone


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine.

I can't wait to read:

Expected Publication: 7th June 2016

Seventeen-year-old Maddie O'Neill Levine lives a charmed life, and is primed to spend the perfect pre-college summer with her best friends and young-at-heart socialite grandmother (also Maddie's closest confidante), tying up high school loose ends. Maddie's plans change the instant Gram announces that she is terminally ill and has booked the family on a secret "death with dignity" cruise ship so that she can leave the world in her own unconventional way - and give the O'Neill clan an unforgettable summer of dreams-come-true in the process.

Soon, Maddie is on the trip of a lifetime with her over-the-top family. As they travel the globe, Maddie bonds with other passengers and falls for Enzo, who is processing his own grief. But despite the laughter, headiness of first love, and excitement of glamorous destinations, Maddie knows she is on the brink of losing Gram. She struggles to find the strength to say good-bye in a whirlwind summer shaped by love, loss, and the power of forgiveness.



I love this cover!!! Such beautiful colours, really caught my eye! Sounds like an emotional read, I'm sure I will be crying with laughter and sadness.

       

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Waiting On Wednesday - When We Collided By Emery Lord


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine.

I can't wait to read:

Expected Publication: 5th April 2016

Meet Vivi and Jonah: A girl and a boy whose love has the power save or destroy them.

Vivi and Jonah couldn't be more different. Vivi craves anything joyful or beautiful that life can offer. Jonah has been burdened by responsibility for his family ever since his father died. As summer begins, Jonah resigns himself to another season of getting by. Then Vivi arrives, and suddenly life seems brighter and better. Jonah is the perfect project for Vivi, and things finally feel right for Jonah. Their love is the answer to everything. But soon Vivi's zest for life falters, as her adventurousness becomes true danger-seeking. Jonah tries to keep her safe, but there's something important Vivi hasn't told him.


I love stories where the characters have to overcome things and we follow them on the journey they go on and this book sounds perfect.

      


Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Review - This Is How It Ends By Marieke Nijkamp

Published: 5th January 2016

10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won't open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.


Has a book ever blown you away and your mind keeps drifting to it weeks later?…well that the reaction I had to This Is How It Ends. A powerful and heart breaking story, that doesn't go easy on the audience.

This Is How It Ends is told through four different POVs, which at first did confuse me at times and I did find it hard to figure out which characters story we were following. All the characters are linked in some way and it takes a while to work it all out and get the characters straight in your mind as you are introduced to all of them at once.

The story is fast paced and I couldn’t stop turning the pages, my heart beating fast as the shooting unfolded. I felt the story was realistic and true to the subject matter. It wasn’t glamorized or far-fetched and that’s why I think this book has hit home to so many people. The shooting was unsuspecting and tackles a difficult subject straight on.

I wanted more background on the characters and to get to know the characters more but I think that was the idea of the book, to randomly cut in on ordinary young people’s lives and see how one individual’s actions can change everything.

This book broke my heart and I will be thinking about if for a long time, I'm looking forward to reading more from Marieke Nijkamp, I think there’s a lot of good things to come from her in the future.

Rating: 5/5