Tuesday, 28 February 2017

February Wrap-Up and March TBR Pile!


HIIII!

I cannot believe it's the end of February. WHAT IS THIS?! Why is 2017 going so fast? SLOW DOWN, gosh. 

I'm super excited for March because SPRING and the clocks go forward which basically means it's summer, right? I am SO ready for the warmer weather, not having to wear 500 layers of clothes and all the pretty flowers springing up (they make great bookstagram props, don't they?).

I had a really good February, actually. It's definitely been one of the best months I've had in awhile. I had my eighteenth birthday which you can read more about here, it was one of the best birthdays I've ever had and just thinking about that day gives me warm, fuzzy feelings! 

I've also had a really great month with my anxiety WHICH IS AWESOME AND MAKES ME WANT TO FLAIL WITH JOY. I went to a homeopath who gave me natural drops for various things (one of those things being anxiety) and I definitely feel like they're starting to work! I've been feeling calmer, I've been sleeping better, I haven't been so "stuck" in all my worries and thoughts as well which has been doing great things for my productivity levels because for once I'm actually thinking of other things besides my anxiety. 😂

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I also finally finished all my school work for this school year so I've started with my intense revision and today went pretty well. I studied all the topics for my one maths exam today and I did 2 past papers which I got pretty good marks for and I went to my English tutor and she was quite pleased with what I'd done so YAY! I'm beginning to get quite nervous now though as I realised my first exam is in two months and one week but if I stick to my schedule, I should manage to get the adequate revision in for all my subjects! 

The Monstrous ChildUnconventionalWindfallJourney To Jo'burg (Essential Modern Classics)One Dream Only (Broken Dreams: Natalya's Story #0)
One, Two, Three (Broken Dreams: Natalya's Story #1)A Summer Like No Other (Broken Dreams #1.5)

The Monstrous Child by Francesca Simon 🍨🍨🍨.5 | Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt 🍨🍨🍨🍨.5 | Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith (NEW FAVOURITE BOOK, GUYS.) 🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨 | Journey to Jo'burg by Beverley Naidoo 🍨🍨🍨.5🍨 | One Dream Only by Elodie Nowodazkij 🍨🍨🍨🍨 | One Two Three by Elodie Nowodazkij 🍨🍨🍨🍨 | A Summer Like No Other by Elodie Nowodazkij🍨🍨🍨🍨.5

I'm actually really proud that I managed to read 7 books, this month - go me! I LOVED Unconventional, it was so geeky and cute and the romance gave me SO MANY feels. I FREAKING LOVED WINDFALL AND I WANT TO SHOVE A COPY OF IT INTO EVERYONE'S HANDS BECAUSE IT'S INCREDIBLE. Like, it's over 400 pages and I read it in an afternoon. THAT NEVER HAPPENS. Ever. I am not one of those people who can sit and read a book for hours straight so if that doesn't scream that it's a brilliant book, I don't know what does. The characters were incredible and the story and the romance and it's definitely a new favourite of mine!

The Monstrous Child and Journey to Jo'burg were okay. The Monstrous Child had so much potential, but the protagonist's bitterness and sarcasm became overbearing and the plot was lacking, so I didn't love it as much as I thought I would. Journey to Jo'burg dealt with a difficult topic in a brutally honest matter but as it's a children's book for a very young age group, I just found it too simply written so I didn't love it *as* much as I would've had I read it when I was younger. 

THEN, I discovered the Broken Dreams series on Amazon and I devoured the three books in a week because they're SO GOOD. They're not the best books ever written, but they tugged at my heart strings and they made me unable to put them down and I just really adored it, guys. Also, now I have a very strong desire to start ballet again. 

I had a pretty good reading month and I discovered a new favourite book which always makes me very happy.



After I read my latest library books, I am not loaning any more books for awhile! I really want to start working on whittling down my TBR pile. I'm at the library pretty much all the time so it's going to be hard going and not checking anything out. BUT I CAN DO THIS. I think.

Another book I'm hoping to read this month is Bone Gap, which I started the weekend but haven't been able to read more of yet because school/socialising etc but I'm so excited to read more of it because the first 60 pages I read were brilliant! 

A pretty hefty TBR pile but hopefully I'll get through it, especially seeing as quite a few of the books are pretty thin. Wish me luck haha!

What books are you planning on reading this month? What was the best book you read last month? LET'S TALK!
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Monday, 27 February 2017

What I've Been Reading #13 - BONE GAP IS MY NEW FAVOURITE THING


HELLO EVERYBODY!

I hope you are well!

My weekend has been quite quiet which is nice, however, I haven't had much time for reading as I've either been out in town/in the car a lot/blogging/bookstagramming so I'm hoping I'll be able to get some reading in this week! From Tuesday my intense revision starts but if I stick to my schedule I should have quite a bit of time to read WHICH MAKES ME HAPPY.

Yesterday we took my miniature schnauzer to get a haircut and let me just insert a picture of her here to make your Monday that much brighter! CAN WE ADMIRE HER LITTLE FACE FOR A SECOND? CAN WE? She's so cute I can't even. I don't think she's a fan of her new haircut, though...



One, Two, Three (Broken Dreams: Natalya's Story #1)Journey To Jo'burg (Essential Modern Classics)

One, Two, Three by Elodie Nowodazkij ⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Journey to Jo'burg by Beverley Naidoo 

YOU KNOW WHAT'S ONE OF THE BEST FEELINGS EVER?? Discovering a new favourite series completely by chance! One, Two, Three is the first book in the Broken Dreams series (self-published) and I LOVED IT. Sometimes it was cliche, the writing could be quite simple and I wasn't swooning over the romance but I still loved it so much? Like, I couldn't put it down. It was tragic and heartbreaking and there was ballet and a strong female protagonist and I really enjoyed it. How did I find this series, you ask? WELL, after downloading the Kindle app on my new phone, I kind of went on a downloading spree (THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD FREE BOOKS IN THE KINDLE STORE OHMYGOSH THIS IS WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF) and I found A Summer Like No Other for free (#1.5 in the series) and I downloaded it, read it and LOVED it. Even though I swore I was on a book buying ban...I needed the next book in the series. And the first book. So I marathoned the series (Except for the last book because I kind of don't want it to end) and I just love it a lot. STORY TIME OVER.

I also read Journey to Jo'burg in half an hour or so before bed (YAY FOR THIN BOOKS) and it was incredibly eye-opening and quite heartbreaking as well. I really enjoyed it because it showed me how it felt for those oppressed during the apartheid. I RECOMMEND.

Bone GapPersepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Persepolis, #1)

SOMEONE FLAIL WITH ME ABOUT BONE GAP. IT'S INCREDIBLE. AND THE WRITING IS INCREDIBLE. AND THE CHARACTERS ARE INCREDIBLE. AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH. Sadly, I haven't read much of it because I've been blogging/bookstagramming/commenting a lot this weekend which hasn't left much time for reading but I'm so excited to read more of it this coming week!

I'm not a huge fan of Persepolis so far, I feel as if it doesn't flow very well and I'm quite confused as to what is happening. Maybe that's just me being stupid idk.

 
Always Second Best (Broken Dreams: Em & Nick #2)

The last book in the Broken Dreams series and I am totally ready. I LOVEEED the previous books and I LOVED Em and Nick's story so I'm SO EXCITED to read more about them! 

What books have you read this past week? Have you read any of these? ALSO, PLEASE READ BONE GAP AND THE BROKEN DREAMS SERIES BECAUSE THEY'RE INCREDIBLE.
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Saturday, 25 February 2017

My first haul of 2017!


Hi everyone!

How has your week been? 

Mine has been quite relaxed, thankfully! I'm nearly done with all my coursework and then I start on all my revision for my exams in May/June. I was feeling pretttyyyy stressed yesterday but then after calculating the amount of time I'll have to complete all the past papers and forming something of a revision timetable, I'm feeling much better about it!

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I also realised I haven't done a book haul this year! WHAT?! I ALWAYS DO BOOKHAULS. I was quite scared to gather all the books I've acquired this year as I thought there would be TONNSSSSS, but there aren't as many as I was expecting there to be and I'm quite proud of myself. Maybe this year I'll actually possess self-control when it comes to books. I doubt it, but miracles do happen.


The BreadwinnerFirst GirlJourney To Jo'burg (Essential Modern Classics)When Hitler Stole Pink RabbitHope Was Here
Where the Mountain Meets the MoonI Rode a Horse of Milk White JadeWhen You Reach MeThe Jesus I Never KnewPersepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Persepolis, #1)This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)

I'M LITERALLY SO EXCITED FOR THESE. They're mostly all diverse, they're not the usual YA books I read, they're set in different time periods and most of them are set in countries other than the USA/UK. I AM EXCITED. I found all these wonderful titles (and many more) on the Sonlight website (a literature-based homeschooling program that I did for a year) so I decided to see if my library had any of them in AND THEY DID! Well, the libraries in my surrounding area had them and I had to order them in and it was torture waiting for them to arrive but they finally arrived after 3 weeks and I'm so excited to read them!

I'm currently reading The Jesus I Never Knew and it's quite interesting. I think we all have this picture of Jesus in our heads, a kind, gentle guy with a beard wearing a robe who performed miracles and it's fascinating reading about the history behind Jesus and seeing him come to life - being able to realise he was human and he was passionate and so full of life and emotion.

I'm SO excited for Journey to Jo'burg (MY SOUTH AFRICA, I MISS YOUUUU), First Girl sounds fascinating and quite heartbreaking too and The Breadwinner sounds utterly riveting (a girl has to disguise herself as a boy in order to leave her house to get food for her family because her father and brother have been captured and due to the Taliban's rule, girls can't leave the house without a male so if she doesn't go out and get her family food, they'll starve)! 

Hope Was Here sounds like a cute contemporary, When You Reach Me sounds VERY intriguing (it's been on my wishlist since I was 12 so I AM READY TO GET MAH READ ON), When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit is going to break my heart (war books always do). 

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon looks SO GOOD!!! Chinese folklore - yes, please! I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade is set in Mongolia and it sounds quite similar to Mulan. I FREAKING LOVE MULAN. I'M SO AMPED TO READ THIS. Persepolis also sounds incredibly interesting and I know nothing about Iran's Islamic Revolution so I'm looking forward to being enlightened on that event. Also, it's a graphic novel! I NEVER read graphic novels so I'm EXCITED!

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When I saw This Savage Song innocently sitting there, directly as I walked into the teen section, I snatched it up. I've heard great things. I've heard the hype and I shall embrace the hype. I BETTER LOVE THIS.
Remember that book buying ban I was on? Ha. Haha. Hahahaha. I bought books and I NEED TO STOP, GOSH.


Living on the Devil's Doorstep: International AdventuresThe Bible Jesus ReadThree Dark CrownsThe Universe in Your Hand: A Journey Through Space, Time and BeyondEvery Soul a StarH.I.V.E.: Higher Institute of Villainous Education (H.I.V.E., #1)

In my defense, they were all really well-priced! I couldn't say no. I've heard quite mixed reviews for Three Dark Crowns but I was incredibly intrigued when it first came out and despite the negative reviews, I'm hoping I might love it. I also bought The Universe in Your Hand as I've been wanting to own more physics books because although my local library has a fantastic selection, I like having my own copies as I can tab all the parts I want to reread or find very interesting! I also bought a copy of H.I.V.E. which I'd never heard of prior to my friend's recommendation but as it's one of his favourite series, I thought I'd give it a go! Every Soul a Star was quite an impulsive buy as I'd never heard of it before and I wasn't planning on buying books (besides one I really, really, really wanted) but after reading the synopsis (ASTRONOMY EVENTS, THREE CHARACTERS THAT VARY FROM COMET-HUNTING, SPACE OBSESSED GIRLS TO POPULAR, GORGEOUS GIRLS WHO ARE HIDING DARK THINGS TO AWKWARD, LONELY BOYS) I knew I needed it! If the synposis wasn't enough to convince me that I needed the book, the glowing reviews finally made me cave!
I'm so blessed to have received such wonderful review books lately! I'm so excited to read these! 

UnconventionalDone Dirt CheapWindfallWintersongReality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum GravityUniversal: A Guide to the CosmosJust Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop BoyA Boy Called HopeGeekerellaWait for Me

EEEK!!! When I was offered a copy of Unconventional I nearly died I was so happy. It was such a cute read and I loved it! Maggie Harcourt is fast becoming one of my new favourite authors.

When my copy of Done Dirt Cheap came in the post I screamed. A strong female friendship and motorcycle clubs?? I LOVE MOTORCYCLE CLUB BOOKS. Which is funny as I'd never get on a motorbike ever but I like reading about it! 
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I also received a copy of Windfall and GUYS, I read it in a few hours and IT'S INCREDIBLE. A lot of the books I've read lately have been so meh so I wasn't feeling very positive about it but IT'S INCREDIBLE. The characters and the storyline and the writing and the love interests - IT'S GIVEN ME 4875 EMOTIONS. It's coming out in May - you have to make sure you get to it!

Then I was offered a copy of Wintersong and I screamed so loud I'm pretty sure the neighbors heard. Whenever I've spoken about 2017 releases I'm super excited about, Wintersong has always been on the top of those lists! I'M SO HAPPY. It looks amazing and I can't wait to read it! 

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THEN, Penguin so kindly sent me a copy of these two physics books and IT MADE MY LIFE. I absolutely adored Carlo Rovelli's Seven Brief Lessons in Physics and I love Brian Cox's books so I'm so excited to read them! 

I absolutely adored The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair so I am SO excited to read Lara Williamson's other novels!

When Wait for Me arrived in the post I literally was so happy because I've been dying to read it since I first heard about it!

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I'm so grateful for all of these books! Now I just need to get around to reading them! 

Netgalley:
Blacklist (Beautiful Idols #2)Goodbye DaysIf Birds Fly BackAntisocialSee You in the Cosmos, Carl Sagan

I try to stay off Netgalley but when I saw these books I had to request them - and I got accepted! Super stoked to read them! I LOVEEEEDDDD Unrivalled by Alyson Noel and once I had finished it I NEEDED the next book so I'm so happy that after months and months and months, I finally have the sequel in my hands! 

I loved The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner but it still causes me actual pain whenever I think about it because IT WAS SO HEARTBREAKING. I know I'm going to love it when I read it but I don't know if I'm ready to have my feelings destroyed again.

Antisocial isn't a book I'd generally read but after reading the synopsis I was utterly intrigued - hacking, secrets and social media? I need to read that.

When I got accepted for If Birds Fly Back I squealed super loud as I had requested a physical copy from the publisher but they had all been sent out so I was super excited to be able to get a copy! IT HAS AN ASPIRING ASTROPHYSICIST IN IT. I am an aspiring astrophysicist. I AM EXCITED.

See You in the Cosmos, Carl Sagan looks SO CUTE and it also has a space-obsessed main character! I know I'm going to love it.

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(DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD IT WAS TO FIT ALL OF THESE INTO THE PICTURE??)

That's my haul for 2017 so far! As of today, I'm on a strict book-buying/library ban. I really want to whittle down that TBR - I AM MUCHLY DETERMINED.

Have you read any of these? What did you think? Which book should I get to as soon as possible? LET ME KNOW!

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