Book Blogger Confessions Tag

  1. Which book – most recently – did you not finish reading?

download (2)There are a couple of books recently that I’ve started but not got round to reading, Uprooted by Naomi Novik, and Odysseus: The Oath by Valerio Massimo Manfredi. I was enjoying both books, however I was reading them fairly slowly and there were other books I was more interested in reading therefore I temporarily put them now, however I do want to go back and finish them at some point.

2. Which book is your guilty pleasure?twilight

It’s hard to pick a guilty pleasure books because I wouldn’t really count any that I read as guilty pleasures, but I think I’ll go with Twilight. Twilight gets a lot of criticism for its writing and how cringey it is, and although I do agree with many aspects, I still really enjoyed it and it was one of the series that got me into YA books so it holds a special place in my heart still.

  3. Which book do you love to hate?

I’m sure there are any books I could put into this category, I find if I don’t like a book I simply don’t like it, there’s no loving involved, and then vice versa, therefore I either love or hate a book but I can’t think of a book to fit the combination.

4. Which book would you throw into the sea?

712H-FrdJoLI could never bring myself to throw any book into the sea the poor thing, but I’m just going to choose a book I didn’t enjoy and for this I’m going to go with Crossed by Allie Condie. I really enjoyed the first book Matched, so I went out and bought the next two books, however about 100 pages in to Crossed and I was bored out of my mind, and couldn’t even force myself to try to carry on, so I got rid of both the books and moved onto better things.

  5. Which book have you read the most?HG4

I don’t tend to re-read books anymore because I have so many new books I want to read, so I don’t have a lot of time to re-read others, however when I was younger I did read the Twilight series and The Hunger Games series multiple times, and when I was even younger I used to read all of Cathy Cassidy’s books over and over, I loved them!

 6. Which book would you hate to receive as a present?

I guess anything I already own I wouldn’t like again, in particular one I didn’t enjoy, but although I wouldn’t need them or particularly want them again, hate is a very strong word. I don’t think there’s any book I’d hate to receive.

    7. Which book could you not live without?

City_of_BonesI’ve read so many amazing books throughout the years, and narrowing it down to one book it incredibly hard, so I’m not. I’m going to choose Cassandra Clare’s books. It was The Mortal Instruments series (after Twilight) that got me into reading YA and was the first book I became obsessed with in the way I’m obsessed with books now, but I can’t just stop at The Mortal Instruments, because then I read The Infernal Devices and it quickly became my favourite series, and then The Dark Artifices is also amazing. It’s very dramatic to say I couldn’t live without them, but without them I wouldn’t have been introduced to so many other amazing books, so they are certainly very important to me.

8. Which book made you the angriest?18621194._UY200_

I can’t think of a book that made me particularly angry, I suppose Crossed annoying me slightly because it just wasn’t going anywhere, but I can’t say I got particularly angry. Another book I didn’t like was Half Bad by Sally Green, which I got around the time it came out and I was really excited to read it, however when I did read it I was extremely underwhelmed, I found the plot and characters very underdeveloped and rushed, once again it didn’t make me angry as such, but certainly didn’t make me happy like I’d hoped.

9. Which book made you cry the most?

tumblr_m6yrm3pc0o1r3oy4vo1_500I’ve read a lot of sad books, and cried at a lot of them, and perhaps I just cry too easily, but either away my list is long. Cassandra Clare’s books have been known to make me cry, usually it’s the final book in the series – both City of Heavenly Fire and Clockwork Princess – but Lord of Shadows , the second book in the Dark Artifices series also did. Other books that made me cry include, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Me Before You and The Fault in Our Stars among others.

 10. Which book cover do you hate the most?51Js6G5I9PL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

There are a lot of ugly covers in the world, I’m going to try to narrow it down and choose a cover that I own otherwise I’d be here a while, so I’m going to go with A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night. I loved this book, it was a wonderful story, but the cover I own just doesn’t excite me, I don’t like the colours, and if it hadn’t been recommended and given to me by my mum I probably never would have picked it up.

Izzy xoxo

Top 10 Series I Want to Read/Finish

I’ve decided to split this Top 10 into two sections, for more like two Top 5’s. These sections are Top 5 series I want to start reading, and Top 5 series I’ve started and want to finish (or continue if the series is still going). There are others I’ve started and others I haven’t that I still really want to read, however I just tried to choose the ones I’m currently more excited to read.

Top 5 series I want to start

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas22839894._UY200_

I’ve read [most of] Sarah J. Maas’ first series ‘Throne of Glass’, and I loved it, therefore when she released ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ I bought it straight away with the intention to read it then, however it’s been sitting on my shelf since, and now two more books have been released and I still haven’t read it. I think what’s stopping me now is the fact there are already three books (and I don’t own the next two) which is very daunting and I don’t know if I’m ready to commit to marathoning the books yet, especially when I have so many unfinished series. Despite that I am interested in reading it, so hopefully I’ll get round to it by the end of the year.

    2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

91WEx42EdiLThis is another book that I own – like A Court of Thorns and Roses – which I bought pretty recently. I haven’t read the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, and while some people have recommended that you should read that first, I believe that they’re unrelated and simply set in the same world, therefore I think I’m just going to start this series, because it appeals to me more that Shadow and Bone.

3. Shatter Me by Tahereh MafiShatter_Me

This is a book that I’ve seen all over booktube and blogs for years and I’ve always wanted to read it but never got round the buying it. The concept of it sounds amazing and I’ve heard good things about the writing. (Also the covers are absolutely beautiful) so when I have time (and money) to dedicate to reading this series it’s definitely high on my list.

4. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

418xpeLSRrLThis series is another one I’ve heard a lot about and always intended reading but just never did. A friend of mine has read the first few and really enjoyed them and has recommended I read them, which has encouraged me, so as with Shatter Me, this is a series I’m really interested in I juts need to find time to be able to sit down and marathon them all.

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5. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

Once again this is one that I’ve heard a lot of good things about. Some friends read the Shiver trilogy by her and hated it, which made me hesitant to read this however I’ve heard so many good things, and the story appeals to me more than Shiver did, so once again when I get time I’d be very interested in reading this series.

 

Top 5 Series to finish/continue

  1. Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

51txnYl47mL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_As I mentioned in my June Wrap-Up video, I never finish reading the series when I was younger, therefore I’ve decided to read them all this summer. I’m having a little break at the moment as I go on holiday next week, so for this week before and the two weeks I’m away I reading other books, then when I get back I plan to finish this series, hopefully by the end of summer.

2. The Sin Eater’s Daughter

I read this book a couple of years ago because the story really appealed to me, and I 61hPgTUorTLloved it, then when the second book – The Sleeping Prince – came out, I had planned to go to a book signing with my friend to meet her and get this new book, however my friend was on holiday so we didn’t end up going, so I planned to go into the shop to buy the signed book anyway, however that never happened, and now it’s two years later and a third book is out and I still haven’t continued. I can barely remember what happened in the first one, so I’ll either read a summary or re-read the first book, but I loved it so much I really do hope to finish at some point in the near future.

3. Study/Soulfinders Series by Maria V Snyder

23561467._UY200_A few years ago I read the Study series, and it is still to this day one of my favourite series, and I then read the Glass series, a spin-off about character Opal, which still featured a number of characters from the original series. However, I then discovered that she was releasing books about the original characters, however set further in the future, I bought and read the first one, Shadow Study, however I lost track after that (and can’t remember what happened in that one) and two more have been released that I’ve yet to buy or read, but because of how much I love the characters, I really do want to get round to it at some point.

4. Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas

My unpopular about this series is that I loved the concept of the first book and then I download (1)really enjoyed the second, however in my opinion it went downhill after that, I just didn’t enjoy them as much as the earlier books, therefore I wasn’t as interested in keeping up with them. I’ve read up to Queen of Shadows, and although I did enjoy them, I’ve just never got round to reading Empire of Storms. I do want to at some point because I don;t like leaving the series unfinished considering I did enjoy it, but as it’s been a while I can’t remember much about what happened previously.

5. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red_Queen_book_coverI’ve read the first two books in this series, as well as the short story companion (which I gave my brief thoughts on in my June Wrap-Up), but I have yet to read the 3rd book in the series, King’s Cage. This book came out fairly recently, and I do own it, and although I can;t remember everything that happened in Glass Sword, it’s fairly recent, so I want to get round to King’s Cage before I completely forget everything.

Izzy xoxo

‘Everything, Everything’ by Nicola Yoon Book Review

As I mentioned in my June Wrap-Up post, I’m going to do full review of ‘Everything, Everything’ by Nicola Yoon, one of the books I read last month, as it was one of my favourite books I’ve read recently. Obviously if you haven’t read the book the review is going to contain spoilers, so if you haven’t I recommend you go and read it, it’s worth it!

Synopsis

Live life in a Bubble? Or Risk everything for love?
Maddy is allergic to the world. She hasn’t left the house in seventeen years. Olly is the boy next door. He’s determined to find a way to reach her.
Everything, Everything is about the crazy risks we take for love.

Review 

Before getting into the plot of the story, I want to start with talking about the writing and layout of the story. I didn’t realise when I bought the book, however when I started to read it, I realised that this book did not follow the usual set out. Instead of simply pages of writing, Nicola Yoon has broken up chapters with other types of writing such as IM chats, emails, schedules, book reviews and little drawings, which not only makes it a bit different and exciting, but also made it very quick to read. Not only that, these sections she added corresponded with the characters feelings and with the progression of the story, for example her short book reviews and her dictionary definitions were related to her experiences with the books or words, which was extremely clever.

In terms of the story, it was a very character driven. As Madeline is isolated in her house for a large majority of the book, there is an emphasis on the relationships to drive the story forwards, particularly the mother-daughter dynamic, the relationship between Carla and Madeline, the relationship between Olly and Madeline and then Madeline’s exploration of the world.
At the start of the book there appears to be a good dynamic between Madeline and her mother, with there Friday night routine and their after dinner games, however that appears to deteriorate throughout the novel with her mum seemingly becoming more paranoid and controlling over her daughter.
The relationship between Carla and Madeline remains very close throughout the novel with Carla helping her see Olly and travel to Hawaii without telling her mother. However, despite how nice the character seems I can’t help but think she was slightly reckless by putting Madeline at risk doing these things, although she had her doubts about her illness, she was by no means certain that Madeline wasn’t ill.
In terms of the love story between Olly and Madeline, although it was possibly an example of insta-love see in a love of YA novels, I was still very invested in their story, as for me it wasnt;t just about Madeline discovering what it felt like to be in love for the first time, but her mind being opened to the world she was missing. I also didn’t view her risking her life in going to Hawaii simply as her running off because of a boy, but because he’d made her realise there was a whole world outside her home, and she was exploring that for herself not for him.

I’ve heard a fair bit of criticism about the ending of the novel being convenient and unrealistic, and in a way I see where they’re coming from, however I personally really enjoyed the ending. I don’t think it was random or out of nowhere because Yoon had made Madeline’s mother appear to be losing control throughout the book with her frantic behaviour and by referencing the accident with her dad and brother. Because of this, I think that the ultimate reveal of the illness being created by her mother is somewhat realistic as she was grieving and was protective of her daughter and was not being malicious. Madeline’s decision to leave her mother at the end and go to Olly in New York was also very controversial, as, yes, her mother is ill and wasn’t intentionally harming her daughter, however I understand why she would leave as she felt like she’d lost such a large part of her life being locked away.

Overall I really enjoyed Everything, Everything, and it’s got me wanting to read more contemporary’s recently, so I went out and bought another book by Nicola Yoon – The Sun is Also a Star. Therefore my rating of this book is 4.5/5 and think it’s perfect for people who want a quick cute contemporary romance.

Izzy xoxo

June Wrap-Up

This reading year has been a very slow one for me, and up until the end of May I hadn’t read a single book for pleasure. Yes, you read that right, other than the occasional bit here and there for University, I didn’t read anything. As a girl who loves to read, its hurts to think about, not reading for that long is sad, and I missed it dearly, however when the final week of May came, i went off to Cornwall on holiday with my family, and took a book, determined to fit in time to read, and it happened! I’m going to briefly mention the book here because I didn’t technically read it in June, however it got me back into reading this year so it deserves some credit, and this book is : 13 Reason’s Why by Jay Asher. It was a very quick read – a very useful quality for a book when you haven’t read in such a long period – and was such a page-turner. I won’t go into detail, as i mentioned it isn’t part of my June books, however it was incredibly though provoking, and i certainly recommend it.

So, on to the actual point of this post, my June Wrap up. I read 6 books in June, which, for my usual reading pace, I’m impressed with myself for, so here are the books I read in June:

  1. 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough 

I haven’t had this book that long, I bought it on a whim a couple of months ago because it was buy one get one half price at Waterstones and the blurb sounds good, I’d ne

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ver heard of it before that day. Because I hadn’t heard about it before and therefore hadn’t heard anyone else’s opinion, I didn’t know what to expect going in to the book – which can be quite a nice thing, you haven’t got other people’s opinion’s effecting your reading of the book.

The story follows a girl who is found nearly dead on the bank of a river, and she doesn’t remember how or why she got there, or in fact of the events of the last two days, so she along with the police – DI Bennett – try to discover what happened to her.

I really enjoyed the book and I read it pretty quickly because of the mystery element it makes it hard to put down. I don’t want to go into too much detail because I don’t want to spoil any of the mystery aspect that surrounds the book, but it was well written, including text messages and diary extracts which made it a lot more interesting to read, and I gave it 3.5/5.

2. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

It’s going to be hard to have control here and not write a full review, because there is so much I coulIMG_4638d say about this book. It’s hard to give any sort of summary without any spoilers if you haven’t read the first book in the series (Lady Midnight) or any of the other Shadowhunter books by Cassandra Clare, so if you haven’t I highly recommend you read The Mortal Instruments series and The Infernal Devices trilogy.

The writing was great as always, and I could not put it down, the story was wonderful as were all the characters, it was full of humour, love an heartbreak, and was definitely 5/5.

3. Cruel Crown

As much as I’ve raved about the previous two books I’ve read this month, I have to say I was underwhelmed with this one. Cruel Crown contains two short stories following on from the Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, and while I thoroughly enjoyed

img_4636.jpgboth of the other books I’ve read, i found myself getting bored by her short stories. They were very short and so I finished them fairly quickly, but I didn’t enjoy them much. I’d say the first – Queen’s Song – was my favourite of the two, however I didn’t have a lot of interest in either of the characters who were the protagonists of the short stories. The book also included the first few chapters of Aveyard’s second book Glass Sword, however I’ve already read that previously. Despite being slightly disappointed by this book, I’m still excited to read the next book, King’s Cage. I give Cruel Crown 2/5.

4. Everything Everything

I won’t go into too much detail about this book as I plan on writing a full review of it very soon, but img_4637.jpgI loved it! I recently got quite interested in contemporary books, and I bought this fairly recently – the same time I bought 13 minutes – so I decided to read it now, since I’ve seen the film has recently been released. The writing style was really interesting – emails and drawings etc – and made it a really quick read, and it was a really cute interesting story. I give it 4.5/5.

5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

You’re probably thinking, ‘Harry Potter!? How have you never read Harry Potter before!? Call yourself a book fan!?’ and yes I know it sounds outrageous, but I have read

img_4643.jpgmost of them before. When I was very young I read the first 4 or 5, and then i just didn’t finish, and I don’t remember why not, but I thought it was about time I did, so I’ve finally started again. As I’ve read it before and seen the film millions  of times, I read this very quickly.

There probably not much point in me giving a summary of Harry Potter because I’m sure all of you have read it or at least seen the film, but it follow a boy called Harry who is living a relatively ordinary life with his horrible Aunt and Uncle – his parents are dead – until his 11th birthday when he receives a letter from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and discovers he’s a wizard. If you haven’t read the books I urge that you do immediately, and of course I give it 5/5.

6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

img_4642.jpgNow I’m sure this one wasn’t too hard to guess, but the final book I read in June was the Chamber of Secrets, to continue my rereading of the Harry Potter books. As with Philosopher’s Stone, I read it very quickly as it was a reread and I know the story like the back of my hand, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait to carry on and finish the rest of the series, and of course, 5/5.

Izzy xoxo

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