May wrap-up & June TBR

May has been a busy month for me – I had my exams, found out my results (I passed!) and went on a plane for the first time! I went abroad for the second time in my life and saw the beautiful Lanzarote with some uni friends and of course the highly anticipated ACOWAR came out which I devoured in two days (and cried at a book for the first time). It has been a crazy month, thankfully full of ups and good news and not to mention some brilliant books!

Books I read in May:

 

A Court of Thorns and RosesImage result for a court of thorns and roses uk

Author: S J Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
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A Court of Mist and FuryImage result for a court of mist and fury uk

Author: S J Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Rating: Image result for starImage result for starImage result for starImage result for starImage result for star (reread)

 

 

 

 

A Court of Wings and RuinImage result for a court of wings and ruin uk

Author: S J Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
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Given To the SeaImage result for given to the sea

Author: Mindy McGinnis
Publisher: Putnam’s Childrens
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Everything, EverythingImage result for everything everything

Author: Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Corgi Children’s
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So the wonderful ACOWAR came out and I absolutely LOVED that book! I couldn’t stop reading and read it in two days, crying on the last page purely because of the terrible sense of loss, of something ending that I didn’t want to end. It was amazing and I loved it, but I still think ACOMAF is my favourite. I got the beautiful colour map of Prythian as well which I’ve stuck on my wall 🙂

I loved rereading ACOTAR and ACOMAF but it’s never quite the same as when you read a book for the first time! It’s interesting picking up on little things you may have missed or get mentioned later on.

Given To the Sea was the book included in the April Fairyloot box and I started it on holiday but only just finished it a few days ago. I have to say it’s not a favourite of mine and I didn’t really enjoy it that much, however Everything, Everything was so good and just what I needed!

My TBR for June will include some more contemporaries I think, like Wing Jones and Summer Days and Summer Nights (a collection of twelve summery short stories). I need to finish off my ACOWAR reread and possibly read the Fantastic Beasts screenplay. Hope you all had a brilliant month and June is even better for you!

Jo x

April wrap-up & May TBR

My exams start tomorrow so this month has been a bit slow on the reading due to revision, but I managed to read five books! One was a poetry and the other a book of quotes so they were very quick reads. I also got to meet Laini Taylor this month and read her brilliant book, Strange the Dreamer. Plus, I got the fabulous April Fairyloot box so even though it’s been a busy month, I’ve had some good bookish treats to get me through!

Books I read in April:

 

Beauty and the Beast Book of the FilmImage result for beauty and the beast book of the film

Author: Elizabeth Rudnick
Publisher: Parragon Book Service
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Beauty and the Beast Lost In a BookImage result for beauty and the beast lost in a book

Author: Jennifer Donnelly
Publisher: Paper Rocket
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Author: Laini Taylor
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Author: Walt Disney Company
Publisher: Disney Press
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Love, and youImage result for love, and you gretchen gomez

Author: Gretchen Gomez
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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My favourites were Strange the Dreamer because the writing was just outstanding and I loved the characters, plus the story was amazing!!! I also really enjoyed reading the Beauty and the Beast Book of the Film after I had watched it and was still hung up on the brilliance of that live action film. Belle’s Library was a really cute collection of quotes and the illustrations were so adorable, whereas I found the Lost In a Book just slightly less interesting and I found Belle and the Beast to be written differently compared to their characters in the film. Love, and you was a really heart-rending collection of poems but personally, I didn’t connect to it much purely because the book was entirely on relationships so it was my least favourite. I recommend all of these books though if you want to experience some awesome writing!

I’m currently rereading ACOTAR in preparation for the release of ACOWAR tomorrow!!!! Unfortunately I have exams so I’ll have to wait till next week to get round to reading it. This month I also want to finally get round to some books that have been sat on my TBR shelf for a while; I need to finish off City of Ashes and maybe read the book that was in the April Fairyloot box!

Have a great month reading everyone! Let me know what you thought of any of these books if you read them.

Jo x

February wrap-up

Considering uni is pretty full on at the moment (just started anaesthesia) I actually managed to do pretty well with reading and read 5 books! I also found the time to do a bit more work on my blog and I’m trying to keep up to date with writing reviews – I love sharing my views of books and discussing books with other bookworms!

Here are the books I read in February:

A Quiet Kind of ThunderImage result for a quiet kind of thunder

Author: Sara Barnard
Publisher: Macmillan
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Crooked KingdomImage result for crooked kingdom

Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
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CaravalImage result for caraval uk

Author: Stephenie Garber
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
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Three Dark CrownsImage result for three dark crowns

Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: Macmillan
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A Conjuring of LightImage result for a conjuring of light

Author: V E Schwab
Publisher: Titan Books
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My favourite book this month was A Conjuring of Light because I absolutely adore this series and it was SO SAD to see it finished!!! I also really loved Caraval though because it was full of magic and so many PLOT TWISTS it was definitely an amazing read. A Quiet Kind of Thunder was a sweet contemporary read to break up the fantasy roll I’m on and it was so cute I loved the story. Crooked Kingdom was another brilliant end to a series and I preferred it to Six of Crows but that ending!

The only book I didn’t really enjoy was Three Dark Crowns – the writing just didn’t grab me and I didn’t see where the story was going so it felt more of a chore to get through.

 

March TBR

It’s coming up to exams soon so I’ll probably have to ease off on the reading soon but I definitely want to read The Mime Order next in time for the launch of The Song Rising which I’m going to in London! I have a couple of stand alones I might read or continue on with some other series too like The Invasion of the Tearling. There are still so many series I want to start but I need to finish off a few first! Oh and I bought the Fairyloot March special anniversary edition book box so I’ll probably read whatever book is in that too! (And I have a good idea what it is!)

Jo x

January wrap-up & February TBR

I had a surprisingly good month for reading in January! A good start to the reading year. I’m back at uni and finding it difficult to balance lectures/practicals and social life as well as keeping myself healthy both mentally and physically. That’s why I like to try and read a bit everyday because it gives me satisfaction seeing me progress through a book and I love posting about books and sharing my reviews of them!

So here are the seven books I read in January:

Stealing SnowImage result for stealing snow uk

 

Author: Danielle Paige
Publisher: Bloomsbury
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The Sky is EverywhereImage result for the sky is everywhere

 

Author: Jandy Nelson
Publisher: Dial Books
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Of Fire and StarsImage result for of fire and stars

 

Author: Audrey Coulthurst
Publisher: Balzer and Bray
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The ChemistImage result for the chemist

 

Author: Stephenie Meyer
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
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ViciousImage result for vicious uk book

 

Author: V E Schwab
Publisher: Titan Books
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Six of CrowsImage result for six of crows uk book

 

Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Hachette Children’s Group
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Milk and HoneyImage result for milk and honey

 

Author: Rupi Kaur
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Hitchhiker’s Guide to the GalaxyImage result for hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy

 

Author: Douglas Adams
Publisher: Random House
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February TBR

I plan to read Crooked Kingdom next to finish off the Six of Crows duology and mix it up with a bit of contemporary and read A Quiet Kind of Thunder. I may start a new series and finally get round to starting the Shadowhunter series and read City of Bones, but I have a couple of stand alones I could read depending on how February goes work wise. A Conjuring of Light will DEFINITELY be on my February TBR as I’ll be buying that as soon as it comes out and reading it straight away. I also just received Caraval in my Fairyloot box (see my unboxing here) and I am so excited to start that!!

Jo x

October wrap-up

I know probably everyone says this but, how is it already November?! You know what this means though – CHRISTMAS NEXT MONTH! Okay I need to calm down but Christmas is my absolute favourite time of the year!

I’m so excited for Christmas and I plan to read a few wintery books hopefully but first I need to wrap up October which was not a good month for me reading wise – I only managed two books but I am hopeful for November.

Books read in October:

  1. Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh (2016) ♥♥
    Book review coming soon
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  2. Vassa In The Night by Sarah Porter (2016) ♥♥♥♥
    Book review coming soon
    Link to Goodreads
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Ivory and Bone was definitely not for me – I really didn’t enjoy the world that was built and I didn’t grow to care for any of the characters whereas even though Vassa In The Night was very different from books I normally read, it was written so well that I looked forward to picking it up. The writing really sways you with whether to carry on reading the book or give up on it, but the story also has influence – if you don’t like the world created then you’re unlikely to want to read it, but then again if it’s written poorly or in a style that doesn’t suit you, you’re again unlikely to feel inclined to continue reading.

I really enjoyed Vassa In The Night though but I probably wouldn’t read it again – it was so strange and unique though so I definitely chose a good time to read it round Halloween!

I’ll post my November TBR tomorrow as I’m still deciding what to put in it!

 

September wrap-up

How has September already come and gone??? It seems like only yesterday it turned September and I was waiting for my copy of Empire of Storms to arrive, and now it’s October!

I didn’t manage to read much this month since I’ve started back at uni again and there’s not a lot of time for reading (makes me sad) but I did manage to read 3 books (which were fairly long).

Books read in September:

  1. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (2013) ♥♥♥♥
    Full book review
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  2. Empire of Storms by S J Maas (2016) ♥♥♥♥
    Book review coming soon
    Link to Goodreads
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  3. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (2016) ♥♥♥
    Book review coming soon
    Link on Goodreads
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My favourite is probably Empire of Storms just because I was so looking forward to reading it, but on reflection, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would – my full review will come soon and you’ll see why I have some conflicting feelings over it. My least favourite read was definitely Nevernight; this book was hyped all over bookstagram and Twitter so I purchased it with high hopes, but unfortunately after the first few chapters, it went down a path I just struggled to follow. It didn’t interest me and I found myself unwilling to pick up the book but I kept reading through till the end – it just wasn’t for me.

I’ll post my October TBR tomorrow and some book hauls will be coming soon!!

 

August wrap-up

August was another brilliant month for reading for me! I started off really well and read a book in just three days but then I got a little slow but I picked up the pace near the end of August and overall I managed to read eight books this month including five rereads!

Books read in August:

  1. A Gathering of Shadows by V E Schwab (2016) ♥♥♥♥♥
    Link to Goodreads
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  2. Summer Shadows by Joss Stirling (2016) ♥♥♥♥
    Full book review
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  3. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye (2016) ♥♥♥♥♥
    Full book review
    Link to Goodreads
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  4. Throne of Glass by S J Maas (2012) ♥♥♥♥♥
    Link to Goodreads
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  5. Crown of Midnight by S J Maas (2013) ♥♥♥♥♥
    Link to Goodreads
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  6. Heir of Fire by S J Maas (2014) ♥♥♥♥♥
    Link to Goodreads
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  7. Queen of Shadows by S J Maas (2015) ♥♥♥♥♥
    Link to Goodreads
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  8. The Cursed Child by Jack Thorne (2016) ♥♥♥
    Full book review coming soon
    Link to Goodreads
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I loved rereading the Throne of Glass series and AGOS but my favourite new book this month was The Crown’s Game, featured in my top five books of the year so far with its magic and beautiful descriptions of Imperial Russia. My least favourite book this month was definitely The Cursed Child. I did not like the story at all, I missed the description when reading this play, but it was the story overall that I felt let down by and I’ll post a review of it soon.

In other news, I can’t wait for the release of Empire of Storms and it will definitely be on my September TBR! Thanks @weereader @pollyandbooks @hunguponbooks_ for hosting the #maasmarathon so I reread this series in time for its release!