Summer TBR

Carrying on with the summer theme, I thought I’d put together a little TBR for the summer. I’m not typically good at keeping up with TBR’s but I still like to do them to get an idea of what books I want to prioritise, and it’s always a nice reminder of what books I have. I’ll most likely buy more throughout the summer, so as I said it will change, but this is based on what I currently own.

 

juniper lemonJuniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel

I bought this last July at YALC, because there was a lot of hype for it, and it sounds really good, but I still haven’t got round to it. It follows a girl called Juniper who, after her sister dies, finds a love letter written from her sister to someone. The book follows Juniper searching for the identity of the person the letter was addressed to. It sounds like a really fun summery contemporary, so I can’t wait to read it soon!

 

 

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowlinghalf blood prince

As I said in my previous post I really want to finish re-reading the Harry Potter series, so now I have more time over summer it seems like a good time to do it. I’ve re-watched the film of Half Blood Prince recently with my friends and I really enjoy it, so I’m looking forward to reading the book.

 

 

deathly hallowsHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

So carrying on in the reading of the Harry Potter series, obviously next is the Deathly Hallows to finish it off. I know that these two are pretty long and because I’m so busy working it might take me a bit longer than usual, but hopefully I should be able to get through them both other summer.

 

 

House on the Strand by Daphne Du Maurierhouse on the strand

I recently read Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier and loved it, so when we were in Cornwall we went to a cute independent book that had a whole display of books set in Cornwall, and my mum bought House on the Strand for both of us to read. It sounds pretty different from Rebecca from what I’ve heard, although I don’t know a whole lot about it, but if it’s as good as Rebecca was I’m sure I’ll enjoy it.

 

 

moxieMoxie by Jennifer Mathieu 

I also bought Moxie quite a while ago – although not quite as long ago as Juniper Lemon – and still haven’t got round to reading it. I first heard about it as YALC, and I got a feminist pin from the stand, but I didn’t actually buy it until a few months later. I haven’t read many super feminist books, and it just sounds so awesome I can’t wait to read it soon.

 

 

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Warewoman in cabin 10

I wasn’t originally going to have this on my TBR, but my mum just finished reading it and really enjoyed it, so she’s recommended that I read it soon, so I think when I’ve finished what I’m reading at the moment (Circe by Madeline Miller) I’ll read this. I don’t know a lot about it because it a psychological thriller type book I believe, so I think the less I know the better going into it.

 

 

As I said, I might not actually stick to this, because I’m going shopping at the weekend (so I’m obviously going to buy books), but it’s just a general idea of what I’m looking forward to reading soon. If you’ve read any of the books I mentioned let me know what you thought of them!

Izzy xoxo

 

 

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The Summer Book Tag

I fully wrote out a spring book tag at the start of April, but forgot to post it, and then the months went by (I was super busy with Uni) and I never posted it, or anything else. Now I’ve finished uni, and although I have to work a lot over summer,  I’m going to try and be organised and get a lot written in advance so I can hopefully at least try to keep up with blogging over summer.

What better way to start off my summer of blogging that with The Summer Tag, so without further ado I’ll get going.

 

 

What book cover makes you think of summer?the sun is also a stay

The cover of The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon is one of the ones that reminds me the most of summer because it’s just so bright and colourful and happy, I love it. I read the book last summer as well so I really do connect the whole thing with summer, not just the cover.

 

 

91WEx42EdiLWhat book has brightened you day?

Generally reading a good book always brightens my day, so it’s hard to choose just one, but I think I’m going to have to go with Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, because it’s one of my favourite books of all time, and I just adored it so much that it made me happy when I read it, and does when I think about it now.

 

 

Name a book with yellow on it. carry on

One of my favourite books with yellow on it is Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I adore the hardcover copy that I have, and I also adore the story, it’s definitely one of my favourites.

 

 

everything everthing coverWhat is your favourite summer beach read? 

I generally prefer to read contemporary books over summer, but I do occasionally read a few fantasy. One book that I read in the park and on the beach last year at uni that always reminds me of the summer is Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I know that this book got mixed reviews but I really enjoyed it, particularly the writing style (and I did a review, go check it out here).

 

 

What action book had you running for the ice cream man?HG4

I don’t really get this question, and I don’t particularly like ice cream, but I guess I just answer with a good action book. I don’t really read ‘action’ books as such, but some books I’ve read do have a fair bit of action in them, particularly some fantasy and dystopian ones. I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary recently, so I’m going to go bit further back to the Hunger Games days. The action and drama in that series kept me so hooked, its one of the main series that got me into reading, so it deserves a little shout out.

 

 

allegiantWhat book has left you with a bad ending? 

I’ve generally like a lot of the endings that I’ve read, although there have been a few I haven’t like, but one that stands out to me as particularly bad is Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I know that I’m not alone in this one, a lot of people don’t like this ending either. I really enjoyed Divergent, but it seemed to go downhill through the series.

 

 

What book gave you the happiest feeling when it ending?city of heavenly fire

For this I’m going to go with an ending that was a bit bittersweet, which is City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare which was sad in some ways, especially because it was the end of the series, but I loved it so much it left me feeling very happy and fuzzy.

 

 

lola and the boy next doorWhat book cover reminds you of sunset?

I have so many beautiful book covers, but the most sunset like one is definitely Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. All her book covers are beautiful, but Lola is a gorgeous orange like sunset. (I loved the book itself too.)

 

 

What is one book series you hope to read this summer?51txnYl47mL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_

I’m not sure there’s a whole new book series I want to commit to because I’m going to be pretty busy, but I do want to finish the Harry Potter series (I still have the last two books to read). Other than that I’ll probably stick to stand-alones mostly, except maybe a few other sequels like Leah on the Offbeat by Becki Albertelli and Spark by Alice Broadway.

 

The weather is glorious, and I’m excited for summer, so I hope you enjoyed this tag to get started for summer reading and blogging, but it’s really motivated me!

Izzy xoxo

 

March Wrap Up/ April TBR

After February’s terrible reading month, I’m pleased to say I picked it up again at the end of March. I submitted all my coursework and came home for Easter and finally found time an motivation to read! I managed to read 2 and a bit books, which although that’s not fantastic, it was only in the very last days of March so it’s not so bad. I’ll go through the books I did read, and what I thought of them, then finish off with a mini- TBR for April. (Although I didn’t really stick to March’s TBR so we’ll see how that goes!)

 

the diabolicThe Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid 

I started this in February (and talked about it on my Feb/March post, but I finally finished! When I finally got time to sit down and read it I couldn’t stop, it was full of twists that I just didn’t see coming and I loved it. I need to buy the sequel – The Empress – ASAP so I can carry on the story! I wish it hadn’t taken me so long to read, but I’m really glad I finally got round the finishing it. I gave it a 4/5

 

Simon Vs The Homosapiens Agenda By Becky Albertellisimon-vs-agenda-homo-sapiens

I had heard it mentioned in the past, and wanted to read it before but never got round to it, however the film came around recently, so leading up to that there has been such hype that I couldn’t not read it! I ordered it at the end of March and read it in a couple of days, and adored it! I’m really into reading cute contemporary books recently, so this was perfect. I gave it 5/5 stars.

 

still meStill Me by JoJo Moyes

I only just started this at the end of March, and didn’t get to finish it before April – although I have finished now because I’m writing this so late, oops – but I read about the first 50 pages in March, and really enjoyed it. I’ll talk more about it in my April Wrap-up.

 

 

Now onto my TBR. I’m so glad to be out of my reading slump, I really hope that it lasts and that April is a much better reading month.

 

S.T.A.G.S by M.A. BennettSTAGS.jpg

I’ve started this book already while I’m writing this (once again because I’m so late!), but I’m only about 50 pages in so far. It seems to be a quick read, and I’m enjoying it so far, but obviously not a whole lot has happened yet so I’m excited to see where it will go. I heard about this originally at YALC in July last year, but only just got round to buying it when I saw it on the 2 for £7 promotion on Amazon.

 

rebecca daphne du maurierRebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

I’ve been meaning to read this for ages, and I even started the first few pages before I picked up S.T.A.G.S, but over the Easter holidays I wanted to read something quicker and easier to get through. When I go back to University, however, I do intend to start reading Rebecca, or even when I finish S.T.A.G.S, which I imagine won’t be too long. I’m pretty sure I talked about Rebecca a few times before on my blog, but its a classic that sounds really interesting, a lot darker that other classics I’ve read, and one of my mum favourites, so I’m looking forward to reading it.

 

The Sun And Her Flowers by Rupi Kaurthe sun and her flowers

I mentioned this on my March TBR, however I never got round to read it, but I really would like to get round to it in the near future, as I adored Milk and Honey (Rupi Kaur’s previous poetry collection), so hopefully April will be the time for it. I have a lot of course work coming up, so hopefully a poetry collection will be the perfect way to de-stress when I don’t feel like committing to a full novel.

 

If it does continue as a good reading month, then hopefully I’ll get to read more than that, but I don’t want to be too ambitious – particularly because classics always take me longer to read and I’ll have lots of coursework coming up at Uni – so I’ll just stick with a few books on my TBR for now and see how it goes.

I hope you enjoyed reading about what I’ve read and plan to read, if you have any opinions on any of the books I’ve mentioned I’d love to hear them. Hopefully I’ll post more blog posts throughout the month than I did last month, so keep a look out!

 

Izzy xoxo

7 Deadly Sins Book Tag

I thought I would mix things up a bit with a book tag. I always love reading and doing these, so I thought I’d give one a go. I saw this tag on Danielle at The Introverted Book Nerd‘s blog and it looked like fun so here it goes.

 

sense and sensibility penguin clothboundGreed: What is the most expensive book you own? What is the least expensive book you own?

This is a hard one because I can’t think of an exact answer to either. I suppose the most expensive are some of the hardback books I have – I don’t tend to buy hardback because they’re most expensive than paperback – although I didn’t buy most of those myself. Although it was a gift, I imagine the most expensive is my gorgeous Sense and Sensibility penguin clothbound editions. The least expensive is hard to say as well because I’ve got a lot that I’ve had as gifts, so they’ve been free to me, and then I’ve bought a lot in charity shops cheap, so it’s hard to say really.

 

Wrath: What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?the fault in our stars

John Green. I think a lot of people feel the same way about John Green, he’s a brilliant man and I really do love him, but not all his books were for me. I started reading John Green books during the Fault in Our Stars hype, and I loved the book. I went on to read Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns and An Abundance of Katherine’s, and while I didn’t necessarily hate any of them (John Green’s unique/awesome way of writing helped me through) I thought that they all followed the same formula which got a bit repetitive. An Abundance of Katherine’s was my least favourite, because although the writing was excellent as always, I found it very much  lacking in plot and therefore pretty boring.

 

twilight.jpgGluttony: What book have you devoured over and over with no shame?

I must confess I’m not a big re-reader. There are a lot of books that I would love to re read, but I never get round to it because there are hundreds that I haven’t read yet  so I don’t want to waste precious time re-reading ones I’ve already read. In the past however, in the height of the Twilight and Hunger Games eras I certainly read both of those series through a few times with no shame.

 

Sloth: What book have you neglected due to laziness?a court of thorns and roses

A lot. There are a couple I’ve started but not finished but that was either that I wasn’t enjoying them or that it wasn’t the right time rather than laziness. There are however a lot of books that have been sitting on my TBR shelf for years that I haven’t got round to yet. The ones that I’d say have been neglected more because of laziness are the first books in series. I’ve had a number of first books such as A Court of Thorns and Roses and Iron Trial sitting on my shelf for so long because I don’t want to commit to a whole series and have to buy the rest of the books.

 

Pride: What book do you talk about in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

I’m not really sure, I talk about books that I’ve enjoyed just because I’ve enjoyed them, I have read a fair few classics that I’ve loved, but I don’t think I ever really talk about them to make me sound smarter.

 

City_of_BonesLust: What attributes do you find attractive in male or female characters?

In male characters, I love dark, troubled, sarcastic characters, particularly ones that are sweet really, such as Jace Herondale, Will Herondale, Adrian Ivashkov etc… In female characters I like strong, independent woman, such as Rose Hathaway and Celaena Sardothien.

 

Envy: What book would you most like to receive as a gift?shadow and bone

I don’t even know where to begin with this, there are 100s of books that I hear about all the time that I really want to read. I’ve started writing a wishlist of the books I want to buy the most at the moment that I hope to post soon, so that’ll have more details, but some of the books I want to most include, Shadow and Bone, Eliza and Her Monsters and Dear Martin amongst many many others. As well as just ordinary books I’d love to get a beautiful cover of a classic.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed the tag! It’s been a while since I posted because I’ve been very busy recently so I haven’t had the time or energy to write and post, but I have a few weeks off over Easter, so I hope to get a few posts written.

Izzy xoxo

 

 

 

 

February Wrap Up/ March TBR

This is the time that I should be raving about all the brilliant books I read this month. But I can’t. I finished one book for university and have started reading two other books, but that’s it. I’ve been in a huge slump all month and I really hope I get out of it in March. I didn’t want this to be too short and boring so I though I’d also combine it with a TBR in the hopes I’ll get excited about the books I’m talking about and get out of my slump!

 

joruneys endJourney’s End

This is the only book I read during February, and it’s a very short play so still pretty disappointing. It was required reading for university, but I actually really enjoyed it. It’s set in the trenches during the First World War, and follows a group of soldiers over the period of a couple of days. I was expecting to be slightly bored based on things I’ve heard in the past about it, but I was pleasantly surprised.

 

The other two books that I started are: Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves which wasthe diabolic goodbye to all thatalso for university. This is a memoir by war poet Robert Graves about his experience fighting in the war. (It’s march now that I’m writing this so I’ve finished now but I’ll go into more detail in my March Wrap-up). The second book is The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid, which is about a Nemesis who is a diabolic created to protect the Senator’s daughter, once again I’ll go into more detail of this in my March wrap-up.

 

March TBR

I’m going to keep this short because I’m still in a bit of a reading sump after having a really bad reading month in February, but I hopefully I’ll be able to get out of my slump in March and catch up on some of the books I need to read. The first thing on my TBR is obviously to finish The Diabolic. I’ve read roughly 50 pages so far and I’m enjoying it, so I can’t wait to get into more.

language of thornsThe Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

I got The Language of Thorns for Christmas, and I’ve so excited to read it ever since. I intended to start it in February but I was in such a reading slump I just never got round to it, but I’d really like to read it soon. It’s a collection of short stories based on the folklore of the Grishaverse, the world that her trilogy Shadow and Bone and duology Six of Crows are based in. Other than the fact that the cover is absolutely gorgeous, it sounds really interesting, and I’ve heard really great things about it.

 

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurierrebecca daphne du maurier

I’m not sure if I’ll realistically be able to read this during March, but it’s one of the books that I want to read in the very near future so I thought I might as well include it. I also got this book for Christmas because I’ve wanted to read it for so long, so my parents got it for me. I watched the film ages ago and really enjoyed it so I’d love to read it soon. Rebecca is a fairly dark love story about a young woman who marries a widower, however the wife is more present in their lives then she expected. I don’t rememeber the story well because it’s been a long time since I watched the film, but it sounds really good.

 

the sun and her flowersThe Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

I don’t think I’ll end up reading all the books on my TBR because I have a very busy month, so I didn’t want to get too ahead of myself by putting too many books on. I chose The Sun and Her Flowers  because it’s a poetry collection, and I don’t tend to read poetry all in one go, so I’d like to start reading parts of it when I don’t have like to commit to a whole book.

 

 

I know it isn’t a particularly impressive wrap up, or a very big TBR as they go, but hopefully next months will be better because I’m beginning to get out of my reading slump, so hopefully I’ll be able to get through a decent amount of reading.

IZzy xoxo

 

 

 

 

January 2018 Wrap-up

I didn’t do these last year, then again I wasn’t very good at regular posting last year, so maybe this will help with that. I decided to do monthly wrap-ups so I can show you the books I’ve read each month and what I think about everything, including ones I don’t review, but also so I can keep track of my reading. January was quite a good month for me, there were 2 things I had started last year and just finished this month but I’ve still counted them, because they count towards my Goodreads goal. Other than those two I read 5 other books. I intended to post this on the 1st Feb, but life got in the way, but here it is, even if slightly (very) belated.

 

ill be homeI’ll Be Home For Christmas

This was the first book I completed this year, which I started over Christmas, but I got ill so I didn’t get chance to finish it in 2017, so I carried on into the new year. It’s an anthology of short stories and one poem based around the theme of home at Christmas. I was slightly disappointed by this collection as I expected to love it, and whilst I did really enjoy some of the stories, there were some that I really didn’t enjoy. I gave it 3/5 stars overall.

 

 

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaurmilk and honey

Milk and Honey was the other book that I finished off this year that I’d started the previous year. I don’t tend to sit and read poetry books all in one go, I like to spread it out and read bits at a time, so I was about 3/4 of the way through, and finished it off in January. Milk and Honey is a stunning poetry collection about life and love and heartbreak and so many things and I adored it! I gave it 4.5/5 stars.

 

 

HP and the orderHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

This one needs no introduction, I’m sure you all know about Harry Potter! I’m ashamed to say I’ve never actually read the Harry Potter series all the way through before. I read the first 4 or 4 1/2 books when I was younger, but then I stopped and I don’t remember why, so I decided to re read the first 4 so that I could carry on with the rest, so I got round to Order of the Phoenix in January. Of course I loved, and of course I gave it 5/5 stars.

 

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barrflora banks

I got The One Memory of Flora Banks for very cheap from a charity shop because I thought it sounded interesting, but I had some problems with it. I read it pretty quickly, and I didn’t hate it, but it was quite repetitive and I wasn’t keen on some of the characters and plot points. I gave it 3 stars, because as I said it wasn’t terrible and I did quite enjoy it as I was reading it, but it wasn’t my favourite.

 

 

this heart of mineThis Heart of Mine by C.C Hunter

I won’t go into too much detail about this one, because I’ve done a full review of this book already, so check that out, but I read this on a whim from netgalley and I adored it. I read it super quickly and could not put it down it was such a beautiful, fun story, unsurprisingly I gave this one 5/5 stars.

 

 

Persuasion by Jane Austenpersuasio

I read this as required reading for University, and I was quite excited to read it because I’d only read two Jane Austen books before, and I want to try and read them all in the near future, so now I’m one step closer. Persuasion was the book I’d heard least about out of Jane Austen’s novels, but I really enjoyed it, I gave it 3.5/4 stars.

 

 

a shiver of snow and skyA Shiver of Snow and Sky by Lisa Lueddecke

I had vaguely heard about this before I bought it, but the main reason I picked it up was because of the cover, and then I read the blurb and it sounded really interesting. I read this one really quickly as well, I was just so engrossed in the story I couldn’t stop. Not only was it a brilliant story, the writing was just so so beautiful. Once again, I gave this one 5/5 stars.

 

 

I’m really happy with how many books I read in January, so far February isn’t going well, I appear to be in a bit of a slump, but hopefully by the time I get to my February Wrap-up I’ll have read something.

Izzy xoxo

Contemporary Poetry I Want to Read

I’m a huge poetry fan, but I’ve tended to read a lot more classic poetry rather than contemporary poetry, however I recently read Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur and I loved it, so I would love to read more poetry like it. As I mentioned in my 2018 Reading Goals post, I’m hoping to read more contemporary poetry this year. There are hundreds around, but I’ve made a short list of a few I’ve heard the most about and that appealed most to me. Hopefully I’ll be able to read some of these collections this year.

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaurthe sun and her flowers

As I mentioned, I read Rupi Kaur’s first poetry collection last year, and I loved it, so for christmas by parents bought me her new book The Sun and Her Flowers. One of my friends also got it for christmas and she’s read it and raved about how much she loved it, so I just can’t wait to start reading it!

 

 

love her wildLove Her Wild by Atticus

I heard of this one after I read Milk and Honey because I was searching for similar poetry books and recommendations, and it sounds amazing. I’ve seen snippets of a few poems from the collection and it sounds very much like my type of thing, so I’d really love to buy it soon. (Also the cover is just gorgeous)

 

 

the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelacethe princess

I’ve heard the most about this collection on twitter, and it sounds incredible. As with Rupi Kaur’s books, this collection is split into sections, and from what I understand it deals with similar topics of of love and empowerment. I also love the title of the collection, so if that’s anything to go by I’m sure I’ll love the poems!

 

 

uncaged wallflowerUncaged Wallflower by Jennae Cecelia

This is another collection that I discovered in my research for more poetry collections, and from what I can see it seems like a very inspirational book, almost like self help poems, and I’m so excited to get my hands on this collection to see for myself because I’ve heard great things.

 

 

Depression and Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaimdepression and other magic tricsk

Once again, this is another one that recommended to me when I was looking for new collections. I’ve seen videos of Sabrina performing some of her poems and they’re beautiful, it gave me chills, so I’d love to read a collection of more of her poems. I understand many of them are about mental health, and also love and family, and I can’t wait to read them.

 

I hope you enjoyed me post, if you’ve read any of the poetry books I mentioned I’d love to hear what you thought, and I’d also love to hear any other recommendations you have.

Izzy xoxo

 

This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter Review (spoilers)

This Heart of Mine is an unusual one for me, I’ve got into a bit of a habit of buying and reading popular books that I hear a lot about on booktube and book twitter – only ones I’m interested in of course – but I don’t often just pick up a random book that sounds good without having heard anything about it. That’s where this book comes in. One day a few months ago, I sat down and went on Netgalley and scrolled through, reading some blurbs, and I requested This Heart of Mine based on this blurb, having never heard of it before, and got accepted for it! I decided last week that I wanted to try and go through some books I have on Netgalley, so I chose this one and got started. It was so refreshing going into a book without expectations, and I really want to try reading more books without reading reviews or watching peoples opinions first, because I really enjoyed it.

This Heart of Mine is about a girl called Leah who has an artificial heart and is in desperate need of a heart transplant. She thinks her chances are impossible, when she gets a call saying they have a heart for her, but after her transplant she discovers a boy from her school, Eric Kenner, has killed himself. Whilst Matt, the twin brother of Eric, is in denial about his brothers suicide, Leah and Matt come together to find out the truth of the heart and Eric’s death.

I was expecting it to just be a generic romantic contemporary, but it wasn’t! Although there were of course adorable romantic aspects, there was also the murder mystery aspect which made it so different and so exciting!

I think Leah is one of favourite main characters. I often find the main characters slightly irritating and cliched, but Leah was strong and loving and really great to read about. I loved her development from ‘Old Leah’ to ‘New Leah’ and how much confidence she grew and she learned to stand up for herself and for what she believes. I also loved the character of Matt, he was so driven and motivated, and never gave up trying to prove his brother was killed. He was incredibly passionate, both about his brother and about Leah, and I very much loved him as a character. They worked really well as a couple, and I was rooting for them so much.

The friendship and family dynamic was also brilliant. It’s not often in YA literature that you see such a strong friendship as Leah and Brandy, and it’s so amazing to see a character like Brandy who is so supportive and caring of Leah, I loved their friendship so much. Similarly, the parents in YA literature are also underdeveloped and dull or horrible, however Leah’s parents were an important part of the novel, and – like Brandy – were supportive and caring towards Leah, and the whole dynamic was wonderful. Not just with Leah but also Matt, a large part of the story revolved around the Kenner family, and the love was just so clear through the writing.

The plot was fantastic, the romance, friendship and mystery were weaved together so skillfully, I loved the writing and the progression of the story. The mystery surrounding Eric’s death was built up throughout the novel, with things being gradually revealed, meaning I was constantly intrigued and could not stop reading, I just had to know what had happened!

There were so many other aspects of This Heart of Mine that I loved. Obviously as an avid book reader, the reading aspect that was heavy throughout the book was awesome. I loved that Leah read, and that she started the book club in her school, but I also loved her justification of reading after she was shamed for reading romance. She’s right, you should be able to read whatever you want because reading isn’t just about education.

Finally, another important message from this novel is about organ donation. The note at the end from the author about the inspiration behind the story and how important organ donation was to her and her family was lovely, and the story gave a great message about organ donation (so as well as just reading the book, you should definitely also sign up as an organ donor!)

I can already tell that this is going to be one of my favourite books of 2018, and it’s only January, but I adored it and it definitely deserves the 5 star rating I gave it!

Izzy xoxo

My Favourite Books of 2017

This is a bit later than I intended to post this, but it’s still only January, so better late than never right?. I thought I’d compile a list of my favourite books that I read in 2017. I managed to read 34 in total, so I have a lot to choose from, but I’m managed to narrow it down as much as I can, I was intending to do a top 5 but that was too hard so I added a few more. The list isn’t in order because that’s impossible too, I loved them all too much!

 

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo91WEx42EdiL

I’m cheating slightly and including both Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom in this one, but I really can’t choose one of them, they were both so incredible. These two were possibly my favourite of the year, but I imagine I’ll say that for all the others too because they’re all wonderful. Six of Crows is a fantasy duology set in the ‘Grishaverse’, a universe created in Leigh Bardugo’s original series, Shadow and Bone, about the Grisha,who are people with different powers. I haven’t read the original series, but I really want to soon, although it isn’t crucial reading Six of Crows. The representation was brilliant, the characters were brilliant and the plot was brilliant, I highly recommend.

 

thugThe Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

This book is incredible and also extremely important. It’s about police brutality which is a very relevant issue at the moment, and this book dealt with it very well. The characters were wonderful and relatable and I really loved the family dynamic. I think it’s a book that everyone should read ASAP.

 

 

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silverahistory is all you elft me

I read two of Adam Silvera’s books this year, History Is All You Left Me and They Both Die At The End, and I adored them both, but I didn’t want to put them both on the list, so as hard as it was I chose History Is All You Left Me as my favourite. I’ve done a review of History Is All You Left Me already on my blog, so I won’t go into too much detail now on why I loved it (but if you want to know my thoughts, go check out that post). It’s a wonderful, charming, but heart breaking story and I adored it.

 

IMG_2115Ink by Alice Broadway

I bought Ink on a bit of whim because I saw it in the charity shop and the cover is beautiful, but it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I read it pretty soon after I bought it because I knew otherwise I’d never get round to it, and I read it really quickly, I couldn’t put it down! As with History Is All You Left Me I’m not going to go into too much detail about the book because I’ve already done a review on my blog explaining the premise and why I loved it, but I highly recommend it!

 

Everless by Sara Hollandeverless

I was lucky enough to get two advanced copies of Everless, first on netgalley, but then I also won a copy in a Twitter Giveway. I’m sure you’ll start to see a theme here with my favourite books and the ones I’ve reviewed, but once again, I did a review of Everless very recently which gives more details of my thoughts, but it was an amazing concept and a very exciting quick read.

 

 

Warcross by Marie Luwarcross

I don’t usually buy hardback versions of books, because they’re more expensive, but when I saw the cover for Warcross I fell in love, not just the dust jacket but the cover underneath is gorgeous, and I’d heard a lot about it anyway so I used a Waterstones voucher to buy it. I read it pretty soon after and I loved it. It’s not like anything I’ve read before as it’s about gaming, but it was really incredible.

 

 

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoonthe sun is also a stay

I read both of Nicola Yoon’s books over summer and adored them both. As with Adam Silvera’s books, I decided to just pick one of her books for this list, and as much as I loved Everything, Everything, I’ve decided that The Sun Is Also A Star is my favourite. It takes place over one day, following a girl who is about to be deported and an American-Korean boy she meets on her final day. It was beautiful and I read it so quickly.

 

 

lord of shadowsLord Of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

I forget that it was only last year I read this because it feels longer, but this one needs no introduction really, Cassandra Clare’s series are very popular and rightly so, this book -the second in the Dark Artifices series – did not disappoint, and if you haven’t read any Cassandra Clare books, you need to pick up City of Bones immediately!

 

 

I hope you enjoyed my post, what do you think about the books I mentioned? And what were your favourites books of 2017?

Izzy xoxo

My Reading Goals 2018

2017 wasn’t the greatest reading year for me, but I did read a lot of really great books, so I hope to keep that up this year. I’ve decided to write a list of my reading and book related goals for 2018, and I’ll possibly do a non book related resolutions post later in the month. But for now, here are my reading resolutions:

 

Read 35-40 books.

In 2017 I didn’t start reading properly or even think about it really until around May, at which point I reduced my goal to 35 books. I managed to read 34 and 3/4 books in the year, which was so close, and I’m really disappointed I didn’t manage to finish the final book in time, but I’m still proud that I got so close. This year I’m not in a reading slump going into the year, so although I don’t know what the rest of the year will hold, I’m hoping to be able to stick to my aim.

 

Read more classics. 

I say this all the time, but I’m not great at keeping up with it (other than for University reading), but this year I really want to try harder to read more. I did a post recently a Classics TBR on my blog with the classics I most want to read at the moment to inspire me. As a way to make sure I try a read more, I’m going to try and alternate reading a classic after every 1 or 2 other book I read, and hopefully I’ll be able to get through a few.

 

Read some non-fiction

I’ve never really read a non-fiction before – outside of school anyway – but there are so many brilliant sounding non-fiction books out there, that I really want to try and read a couple. I’m going to compile a list of some that sound interesting to me and try and read 3-5 this year, so if I can get a good list I’ll do a post sharing them .

 

Read more contemporary poetry.

I’m a huge poetry lover, I have been my whole life, but so far I’ve read mostly classic poetry, such as Wilfred Owen, William Blake and Dylan Thomas, however this year I want to venture into more contemporary poetry. Last year I read Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur and I adored it, and so my parents bought me her second book The Sun and her Flowers for Christmas which I can’t wait to start! I’m gathering a list of some poetry books I desperately want to read and as with non-fiction I hope to do a post about it soon, so I won’t go into too much detail now.

 

Make notes when reading.

If there’s a quote I love I often put in a sticky note (or even dog ear the page if I’m feeling lazy, god forbid), however I’ve even got bad at doing that much last year. I always think that I’ll be able to remember everything when I come to write a review, but then I remember that I, in fact, have a terrible memory and have forgotten everything. Therefore, this year I want to try and note down every quote I like as I go through, but also make notes of my thoughts throughout reading, to make it easy for myself really.

 

Finish reading the Harry Potter Series. 

I know, I know, how have I not read the Harry Potter books!? Don’t worry I’m ashamed of myself too. I read the first 4 years and years ago, and I don’t remember choosing to stop, but here I am probably about 10 years later and I haven’t read them. Last year I started again and got – once again – through the first 4, but after a brief pause, I’ve started Order of the Phoenix, and I hope to finish the series this year. I would love to finish it in the first few months, but I know as soon as I start back at university I’ll be swamped with reading, so I might have to delay it a bit, but I definitely want to ASAP.

 

Post on my blog, twitter and instagram more regularly.

This is something that i’m always terrible at, when things get busy, I just completely forget to post. I’m terrible at taking aesthetic bookstagram pictures so that’s something I want to work on, but other than that I really just need to commit more time to it. My blogging aim is going to be at least once a week, and I’ll try to write some ahead of time when I’m less busy to make things easier for myself. I don’t have the most active following on twitter, but I hope to improve that and I hope that dedicating more time to tweeting about books will help that.

 

Read Sequels. 

There are a number of series that I’ve read the first book of but not the rest, so my aim for this year is to try and read some sequels to catch up on the series. I always plan to read the sequel straight away, but then by the time it comes out I don’t get round to reading it, or I’ve forgotten want happened, so I want to complete the series that I’ve started.

 

I probably won’t fulfil all these goals in 2018, but even just writing them out makes me feel far more motivated to try. Now that I’ve written this, I should probably get to reading now!

Izzy xoxo