Monday, 31 July 2017

Summer Biannual Bibliothon and Booktubeathon Wrap-Up Post!


I DID IT. I COMPLETED THE READING CHALLENGES. My goal was to read three books during the readathon and I managed to read SEVEN (!!!) - I'm literally so proud of myself and yes, I have celebrated. By buying more books. Of course. 

I've had so, so much fun this week. I can't remember the last time I really just tried to read as much as possible and I'm so grateful for this week as it really reignited my passion for reading. I get so caught up in blogging and TBR stress and all those things that I forget about the pure love I actually have for reading. I felt like I fell in love with reading all over again this week...does that makes sense? It was an epiphany of sorts. Then there was epiphany number two which was me realising I'm not actually a slow reader, I just don't dedicate enough time to reading. I dedicate a lot of time to talking about books, taking pictures of books, blogging about books, watching videos about books, buying books...all these activities surrounding books have been eclipsing the one thing I love most about books which is reading them. I'm definitely going to try to reduce the amount of time I spent on other bookish activities so I can actually read more. I've also noticed that during school time I tend to gravitate to booktube or bookstagram though because sometimes my brain is just too tired to spend more time in front of books after spending 9-4 in front of a textbook, you know? I'm hoping that if I manage my time well enough I'll be able to fit more reading time in during term time as well, though!

ANYWAY, onto the books I read and the challenges I completed!

Summer Biannual Bibliothon: (The Challenges)
1. Group book challenge
2. Read a book from one of the host's favourite genres. These happen to be magical realism, historical fiction, high fantasy, diverse books, dystopian/sci-fi, paranormal, urban fantasy
3. Banned book
4. Throwback challenge (I'm choosing to read a retelling!)
5. Book to movie adaptation
6. Book seen other than booktube
7. LGBTQIA+

Wow, I actually completed way more challenges than I thought I did! For challenge #2 I read A Darker Shade of Magic which is in the high fantasy genre. I did actually read the book I had planned for challenge #4 which was Barefoot on the Wind by Zoe Marriot (a Beauty and the Beast retelling) but I just realised that I finished it a day after the BIBIB ended so I guess it doesn't count. SADNESS.
The book I used for challenge #5 was initially going to be I Capture the Castle but instead I read The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom! I didn't get to watch the movie but I read the book, so I'm counting the challenge as complete. The Hiding Place is a book I've never seen on booktube or in the blogosphere so that counts towards that challenge! For challenge #7 I read And I Darken by Kiersten White. I wasn't planning on reading a book for this challenge as I'm not comfortable with reading m/m/f/f romances and as I'm a Christian it kind of goes against my beliefs (please don't take offense to this, it's nothing personal!). However, one of the main characters in And I Darken - a book I picked for another challenge - is a LGBTQIA+ character so I suppose I completed that challenge too! 

I didn't manage to read Flame in the Mist as my reservation only came in today (go figure), I didn't manage to read Fahrenheit 451 and even though I did manage to read a retelling, I didn't make sure it was in the time frame for the BIBIB readathon (because my management skills are clearly equivalent to that of a carrot's) so I didn't complete that challenge (BUT TO ME I DID SO THAT'S ALL THAT MATTERS, RIGHT?!).

Booktubeathon (the challenges):
1. Read a book with a person on the cover
2. Read a hyped book
3. Finish a book in one day
4. Read about a character that is very different from you
5. Finish a book completely outdoors
6. Read a book you got because of the cover
7. Read seven books

I AM SO PROUD OF MYSELF. LOOK AT THAT PRACTICALLY COMPLETE LIST OF CHALLENGES. Self-five, Kyra, self-five.

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The only challenge I didn't complete was the one where you had to read (and finish) a book completely outdoors. Guys, I live in England. It rains here 95% of the time. We've actually had a pretty good summer but the past two weeks has been nonstop rain, wind and coldness so I just wasn't able to complete this challenge. SAD. TIMES. 

For challenge #1 I meant to read The Archived by Victoria Schwab, which has a person on the cover. But The Hiding Place, A Darker Shade of Magic and And I Darken (and the Wonder Woman graphic novels, too!) had people on the cover so I won that challenge! For challenge #2 and #3 I read A Darker Shade of Magic. I was actually going to read The Archived or The Hiding Place for either of these challenges but I ended up reading ADSOM in four hours because it was just that good. I literally never though I'd finish that book in a day but I did because, like I said, it was just that freaking good! 

For challenge #4 I read And I Darken. The main character, Lada, is brutal and cruel, a female version of Vlad the Impaler who lives in Romania in the 1400s. Then there's me, who's a nice, kind girl (at least I hope so!) who lives in 21st century England. I'd say we're pretty different. Anyway, I LOVEEEEEEEEED And I Darken and it's my new favourite book and I'm SO glad I read it!

I don't ever get books purely based on the cover, I always at least know the synopsis and most of the time I look at the reviews as well so this challenge was quite hard. However, I think the main reason I read Barefoot on the Wind was because of its cover. The synopsis sounded really good as well but I think the cover was what truly sold me! 

Challenge #7 was read seven books and hey, guess what, I did just that! I read...

Lying About Last Summer by Sue WallmanWonder Woman, Volume 2: Year OneWonder Woman, Volume 3: The TruthThe Hiding PlaceAnd I Darken (The Conqueror's Saga, #1)Barefoot on the Wind by Zoƫ MarriottA Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

I can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed all of these! The Hiding Place, A Darker Shade of Magic and And I Darken all got 5 cupcakes from me. And I Darken and A Darker Shade of Magic have earned a place on my favourite books EVER shelf because THEY'RE JUST SO INCREDIBLE AND I LOVE THEM SO MUCH I COULD SCREAM. I also really enjoyed the two Wonder Woman volumes I read! I haven't actually read many WW graphic novels/comics but the ones I have read don't really even compare to these ones. They captured Diana perfectly. The only book I didn't really enjoy was Lying About Last Summer. I read it in 2 hours, it was fast-paced and slightly addictive but I was so completely underwhelmed by it. The character knew the truth about her sister as soon as the book starts and although it was only revealed later, it wasn't such a big deal because the main character already knew so it didn't have a shock factor, you get me? I also didn't really care about her older sister as she wasn't written about in a way that made me able to connect to her nor care about her. The book got slightly more thrilling towards the end but not that much more. Everything just felt underdeveloped and meh, to put it simply! However, all the others were AMAZING so I'm not too sad about that!

So, let's talk! Did you participate in the booktubeathon or summer biannual bibliothon? How did you fare? Do you have daily dedicated reading time? Do you, like me, spend too much doing other bookish things instead of actually reading? Have you read any of these books?
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Saturday, 29 July 2017

Graphic Novel Review - Wonder Woman: Year One by Greg Rucka

Wonder Woman, Volume 2: Year OneTitle: Year One
Series: Wonder Woman, Volume #2 (DC Rebirth)
Author: Greg Rucka
Artists: Nicola Scott, Romulo Fajardo Jr, Jodi Wynn, Bilquis Everly
Genre: Graphic Novels, Superheroes
Publication: May 9th 2017, DC Comics
Pages: 168 Pages, Paperback
Source: Thank you to Netgalley and DC for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review!
Rating: 4/5 cupcakes!
A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!
New York Times best-selling writer Greg Rucka continues his return to Wonder Woman! The team of Rucka and artist Nicola Scott weave the definitive and shocking tale of Diana's first year as Earth's protector.
Paradise has been breached, Ares stirs, and the Amazons must answer with a champion of their own...one who is willing to sacrifice her home amongst her sisters to save a world she has never seen. Wonder Woman's journey begins in this epic origin story!

I'm quite new to the DC universe and all of what I know about it is due to the movies. I've only recently begun reading their graphic novels and comics which I LOVE. When I saw DC had put some titles on Netgalley for members to request, I immediately jumped at the chance! I'm so excited to learn more about all the wonderful characters I now realise I know so little about and I'm so excited to go on extraordinary adventures with these fantastic heroes. Here's my first graphic novel review ever – and it definitely won't be my last!

I LOVED this graphic novel. I've read several Batman graphic novels over the past few months and I've read several single issues featuring a variety of DC's most-loved superheroes, but I've read a minuscule amount of Wonder Woman graphic novels. Those that I have read haven't blown me away and made me wonder if the character I'd imagined her to be in my head all these years, wasn't the same as her character represented in the comics. However, Wonder Woman: Year One gifted me with the Wonder Woman I had always imagined her to be. Strong and powerful with a touch of vulnerability that made her that much more relatable – and lovable.

I absolutely loved how Diana was represented in this book. I've read several issues of various Wonder Woman storylines that haven't portrayed her character in the greatest light. This novel captured her strength, her wisdom, her abundant eagerness and most importantly her kindness, her pursuit for truth and justice and her compassion perfectly. Her thirst for knowledge, her empathetic nature and her gentleness features prominently and I think that's what I loved most about this installment – how marvelously they managed to illustrate that one can have immense strength and power whilst simultaneously maintaining a caring, empathetic, humble nature and how beautifully all these traits compliment one another.

I also loved Steve Trevor in this book. There have been several comics I've read that have portrayed him as a lustful man, embodied as man's promiscuous thoughts. I appreciated that in this origin story, he wasn't laden with thoughts and comments that only focused on Diana and the other Amazons' bodies. Instead, he showed gratitude – not only to the Amazons for their respect towards Steve and his comrades – but also for Diana's kindness and compassion. He viewed them as equals, admiring them for the right reasons and respecting them. THAT MADE ME HAPPY.

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Romance wasn't the central focus and I appreciated that as I read a Wonder Woman graphic novel that was inundated with romance and it got quite frustrating at times! I loved the fact that in Wonder Woman: Year One, Diana's main focus was on trying to familiarise herself with our world and protect Earth and its humans from doom and disaster and not on romance - she got her priorities right! I also loved Steve and Diana's relationship that was filled with loyalty, care and kindness - it was so sweet!

I also liked the other relationships that were explored in Year One. Diana's relationship with her mother was beautifully illustrated, their care and love for one another radiated off of the pages. I also loved the relationship between Diana, Barbara Minerva and Etta Candy. It was fuelled with enlightening one another and looking out for one another. It was great seeing females empowering each other!

The artwork is utterly magnificent and inspired me to work on my own art in hopes that one day I could create something half as beautiful as the illustrations in Year One. There were several pages that had me completely enraptured, drinking in every detail. It's seriously stunning.

The plot wasn't the most exciting, the stakes weren't that high and the villains were defeated fairly easily. However, that didn't detract from my enjoyment as I was too in awe of the beautifully written characters and the breathtaking art. The fight scenes – although not terribly exciting – were drawn so beautifully I didn't want to remove my eyes from the pages.

Wonder Woman: Year One is a gorgeous retelling of Wonder Woman's origin story that captured her strength, compassion and gentleness in the most wonderful way! With a variety of incredibly smart female characters that empower one another, a love interest that views women as equals and illustrations that are out-of-this-world beautiful – Wonder Woman: Year One is a must read!

I give it: 4/5 cupcakes!


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Monday, 24 July 2017

Readathon Challenges - Biannual Bibliothon, 24 in 48 and Booktubeathon (even though I'm not a booktuber but hey, why not)


So, I've decided to do something crazy (and very fun) and that crazy-yet-very-fun thing happens to be...participating in not one but two reading challenges. It was initially three (I was going to try to do the 24 in 48 reading challenge but I don't think I could've managed that). I'm on summer holiday, I'm volunteering 3 times a week and as the library has been quite quiet lately, I get around 3 hours of pure reading time. This opportunity probably won't come around again, so time to seize the moment. YAS.

I'll link the videos explaining the biannual bibliothon and booktubeathon here and here! Basically, they are week long reading challenges where you try to read as many books as possible. Biannual bibliothon (bibib for short) started yesterday (the 23rd) and runs until the 29th of July (next Saturday!) and Booktubeathon runs from the 24th of July until the 30th of July. There are also challenges you can complete which I'll try my best to do! 

I've created a TBR pile and I've chosen books that can work towards both of the readathons' challenges and I'll try to read as many as possible. However, I doubt I'll be able to read seven books this week as I'm not a very fast reader and the books I've chosen aren't very thin either. My main goal is just to read as much as possible for several hours a day which hopefully I'll be able to manage! 

WITHOUT FURTHER ADIEU,

THE CHALLENGES: (Booktubeathon)
1. Read a book with a person on the cover
The Archived (The Archived, #1)

For this I'm choosing The Archived! I've heard so many amazing things about this book and I am BEYOND excited to read it!


2. Read a hyped book
A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)


This trilogy – and V.E. Schwab in general – has been receiving so much hype! It's one of the books I have to read for my book club and it's due back the first day of August so it's time to get a move on and read it!


3. Finish a book in one day
The Hiding Place

I'm going to say The Archived again (352 pages) or The Hiding Place (218 pages) – which I should be able to manage!

4. Read about a character that is very different from you
And I Darken (The Conqueror's Saga, #1)

I've heard the main character is brutal and cruel and I like to think I don't share those traits with her.

5. Finish a book completely outdoors
I generally love reading outside but it's literally been raining 24/7 here the past week so I think I'll stay inside, thanks. IF there's sun – which I doubt – I'll try reading The Hiding Place outside.

6. Read a book you got because of the cover
Barefoot on the Wind (The Moonlit Lands, #2)The Archived (The Archived, #1)

I don't think I've ever got a book purely based on the cover. HOWEVER, The Archived and Barefoot on the Wind definitely intrigued me because of their gorgeous covers. I MEAN, JUST LOOK AT THEM.

7. Read seven books
HAHAHAHAHA. That's cute. If I read three books that'll be an achievement.

THE CHALLENGES: Biannual Bibliothon (BIBIB for short)
1. Group book challenge
have reserved a copy of Flame in the Mist but I don't think I'll get it in before the challenge is over. Fingers crossed I will, but I doubt it.

2. Read a book from one of the host's favourite genres. These happen to be magical realism, historical fiction, high fantasy, diverse books, dystopian/sci-fi, paranormal, urban fantasy
A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

For this I'm choosing high fantasy and going with A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab!

3. Banned book
FAHRENHEIT 451. I'm literally so amped to read this. I have no idea what it's about except there's book burning involved (MY HEART, IT BLEEDS) but hopefully I'll love it!

Fahrenheit 451

4. Throwback challenge (I'm choosing retelling!)
Barefoot on the Wind (The Moonlit Lands, #2)

Barefoot on the Wind is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast and it's set in a fictional Japan so if that doesn't sell you, I don't know what will.

5. Book to movie adaptation
I Capture the Castle

I Capture the Castle looks so adorable and I think I'm going to love both the book and the movie!

6. Book seen other than booktube
Barefoot on the Wind, The Hiding Place or I Capture the Castle!

7. LGBTQIA+
I haven't chosen a book for this challenge because – please don't hate, it's personal preference – I don't really feel comfortable reading books in that category. I mean no offence but like I said, personal preference.  

THE TBR (in pictures):


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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The Midyear Book Freak Out Tag

I've seen this tag circling around booktube and the blogosphere and even though I wasn't tagged by anybody, I'ma do it #somuchrebel. BECAUSE I LOVE TAGS. So if you want to do this, I tag you. You're welcome. 

I can not believe it's midyear already! I swear it feels like it was January a month ago. I think the reason my year has flown by so quickly is because I've had so much school work and my life has been utterly consumed with studying, coursework and past papers this year. The days go by so quickly when you're working so much and it's going to be even busier from September. Please send help. ANYWAY, I've read quite a few good books this year. I haven't read a lot of books but I've read a substantial amount, some have been brilliant, others not so much. LET'S GET INTO THE TAG!

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017?

I think you mean best books. I can't simply choose one! The amount of favourite books I've discovered this year is pitifully small compared to previous years which makes me sad. Am I getting fussier or am I just not reading absolutely amazing books? THE WORLD MAY NEVER KNOW. However, I have read three amazing books this year that have made it onto my favourites list. I present to you:
THESE THREE BOOKS MAKE MY LIFE. I read the first book on the second of January this year and if I even think about it I want to start crying. It's one of those books that made me think and it made me feel (boy, oh boy, it made me feel) and I thought about it for months afterward. It was hard-hitting, it was raw, it was funny, honest, unflinching...I loved everything about it. I read it in one day (that virtually never happens) and I stayed up super late reading it and I remember having bad chest pain during *that* scene because I got so, so emotional. Gee, this is turning into a mini review. ANYWAYS, it's absolutely amazing and you should definitely read it! 

Windfall was such a cute story that I also read in a day. I just loved the characters, the themes, the plot, the writing, the romance, the family dynamics - it was so brilliant! Maybe I should reread it soon because I LOVED IT SO MUCH. You can read all my thoughts here: http://blogofabookaholic.blogspot.com/2017/03/16-reasons-why-i-loved-windfall-by.html


Bone Gap...holy heck, Bone Gap. Let me tell you a little story about this freaking gem of a novel. It's magical realism, right? Magical realism and I don't get along. At all. It was a book I was offered to review and I think the only reason I accepted was because I had heard a few bloggers say they had loved it even though I wasn't sure *I* was going to love it but you never know, right? Anyway, I put off reading it for months because there were other books I wanted to read that I was certain I was going to love so it took me awhile to get around to reading it. Then I opened the book. Read a couple of pages. And immediately fell in love. I devoured it, it became a part of me. I loved it so much that a couple of days after finishing it, I read it AGAIN. I HAVE NEVER DONE THAT. EVER. It's such a magical story and you should definitely read it. Here's my review: http://blogofabookaholic.blogspot.com/2017/03/my-2450-word-love-letter-to-bone-gap-by.htmlIt's 2450 words long though, so make sure you have a cup of tea and a snack before you read it. 


Honourable mentions: First Girl by Gloria Whelan, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr, Darkmere by Helen Maslin

2. Best sequel of 2017 so far?

I just realised I've read pretty much no books that are part of a series this year, they've mostly been standalones and the sequels I have read I didn't LOVE enough to mention here. BUT I did read one sequel that I LOVED and that was ...And a Happy New Year? by Holly Bourne. I absolutely LOVEEEE the Spinster Club trilogy and this novella made me so emotional, it made me laugh and it made me cry and I absolutely loved it! 

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?

PRETTY MUCH ALL OF THEM. I'm literally so far behind it's actually pathetic. My top ones that I NEED to get to but haven't yet are: 
CaravalCarve the Mark (Carve the Mark, #1)Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)Once and for AllOne of Us Is LyingFlame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)Never Say Die (Alex Rider)

AND THESE AREN'T EVEN ALL THE 2017 RELEASES I NEED TO GET TO. *runs around screaming, having an existential crisis, the usual* I have Carve the Mark and Once and For All on my bookshelf waiting for me! I'm hoping to purchase Strange the Dreamer (LAINI TAYLOR, I LOVE LAINI TAYLOR), Never Say Die (Alex Rider is one of my all-time favourite series) and Lord of Shadows (Cassandra Clare, duh) soon because I've loved all the authors' other books. I've reserved Caraval, Flame in the Mist and One of Us is Lying from the library so hopefully they'll come in shortly! 

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)

I'M SO EXCITED FOR THIS BECAUSE WONDER WOMAN I LOVE WONDER WOMAN (even though I still haven't seen the movie UGH) BUT I LOVE THE COMICS AND THE ANIMATED FILM AND JUST EVERYTHING DC FOREVER YES PLEASE.

5. Biggest disappointment?

The Monstrous Child

This book sounded perfect and can we just admire that cover?! IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL. I really thought I'd love it because NORSE MYTHOLOGY. I hadn't read a book before this one that involved Norse mythology, I'd only read books revolving around Greek mythology. I was fully expecting to love this but it was so boring and the main character whined constantly and I was just so disappointed because it had so much potential. WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME PRETTY BOOK, WHY?! Also: you can read my full review here. It's slightly ranty but those are fun, right?

6. Biggest surprise?

Darkmere

I loved this book so much more than I thought I would have and in fact, I never would have picked it up if it weren't for it being chosen as my library's book club's choice of the month. I was under the false impression that this book was about horses. Dark horses, to be specific. Dark horses in the literal sense and not the metaphorical sense, to be more specific. I swear I saw this book with a horse on it once and also "mere" and "mare", it's easy to misread one for the other. So yes, I avoided this book purely because I thought it was a horse book. I LOVE horses but I don't like reading about them. Anyway, IT'S NOT ABOUT HORSES. THERE ARE PRETTY MUCH NO HORSES IN THIS BOOK. It's actually about haunted castles and ghosts and tragic, gothic romances. It's dual POV from a girl in the 21st century and a girl in the 19th century. It's an absolutely incredible book that I loved a lot and it was definitely a brilliant surprise! You can read more of my thoughts here.

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7. Favorite new author (debut or new to you)? Freaking Laura Ruby and Jeff Zentner! They're absolutely incredible. I adore Laura Ruby's writing, it's utterly beautiful and golden and GOALS (to put it simply). I also LOVEEEDDD being introduced to Jeff Zentner's books. He writes everything with so much honesty, his books feel so real and I love how he's not afraid to talk about difficult topics and I appreciate that he talks about said topics in such a lyrical, poignant manner. 


If you two read this (which I doubt but miracles do happen)...I LOVE YOU AND YOU INSPIRE ME SO MUCH AND YOUR BOOKS HAVE MADE A HUGE IMPACT ON MY LIFE.
Ahem.

8. Newest Fictional crush?

Let me tell you about my boy, Aidan, from Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt. He's a writer and he's funny and he's sweet and adorable and he writes books that make you feel as if they were written for you. He's so adorable and I love him muchly. You can read more of my fangirl ramblings on Unconventional here!

9. Newest favorite character(s)?

OKAY BUT LIKE, THIS IS A REALLY HARD QUESTION BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY, HOW DO YOU EXPECT ME TO ANSWER THIS?? *heavy breathing because pressure*
Okay, so I'm just going to add an s on the end of "character" (who knew I'd turn into such a rule breaker, not I). There we go. Better. 

So, I LOVEEE Dill, Travis and Lydia from The Serpent King. So much. They're all so vastly different and complex and they feel like genuine, real people. I hope I can write characters half as good as Jeff Zentner because he's utterly incredible at writing characters. Dill and Travis have such horrible home lives due to their fathers and Dill is this quiet, wonderful character who I fell completely in love with and Travis is this gentle giant who wants nothing more than to reread his favourite fantasy series over and over again. Lydia is bubbly and has big dreams for herself (she's a highly successful blogger) and I absolutely adored her, too. I just love those three so muchm I can't quite describe it. 

Then there's Finn and Sean O'Sullivan, Petey and Roza from Bone Gap. FREAKING HECK I LOVE THOSE FOUR. Finn and Sean are also so different but so wonderful. Finn is gentle and kind and quiet and a dreamer and Sean is big, gentle and caring - I LOVEEEE THEM. Then there's Petey and Roza who are so inspiring and definitely some of the best female protagonists I've ever encountered. I could fangirl about these four all day but you can go read about that in my freakishly long review. 

10. Book that made you cry?

Counting by 7sThe Serpent King

THESE TWO FREAKING BOOKS TURNED ME INTO EMOTIONAL WRECKS. Counting by 7s is an utterly beautiful, heartbreaking story about a twelve-year-old genius who loses both her parents in a car crash. Reading about that hit me hard because it's my utter worst nightmare. I'm with my parents pretty much all the time and I rely on them a lot because I still have bad anxiety that makes it hard for me to do normal stuff. I'm a lot better but not where I want to be. ANYWAY, it's an incredibly moving story and actually such a positive one which I was surprised about. I cried a lot though.

What a surprise. The Serpent King broke me. I cried three times before I was even halfway through the book and I thought that was the only crying I'd be doing. HAHAHAHAHAHA. Ah, the naivety. I cried so, so much more than I thought I would. I didn't actually cry at *that* scene (if you've read it, you know what I'm talking about) because I was so shocked and I didn't actually think it had happened. I thought I was going to have a panic attack though because I was so upset so I'm going to count that as crying because SEVERE EMOTIONS RIGHT THERE.

11. Book that made you happy?

Othergirl

Othergirl made me happy because it was SO MUCH FUN to read! It had superheroes in, friendship, romance...it was just such a cute book and it definitely made me happy!

12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year?

I HAVEN'T SEEN ONE. *cries* I'm waiting on Everything, Everything to be released in the UK (next month!) and I'll definitely be going to see that as it was one of the best books I read last year!

13. Favorite review you’ve written this year? 

Bone Gap review. Very words, much fangirling. GO READ IT, PLEASE. I also quite like my Windfall review, it's in list form which I've never done before so THAT WAS FUN.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)?

I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. 

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year? 

ALL OF THEM. No but really, I want to try to read quite a lot of 2017 releases before the year is over! And 2016 releases too. WHY AM I SO BEHIND?! I'll probably make a separate post on this because there are SO MANY I want to try to read before the year is done!

THERE'S MY TAG! If you want to participate, I officially tag you. Yes, you. Now go forth and answer these snazzy questions! If you want, leave the link to your post in the comments section so I can check it out!

ALSO, tell me one book you're going to make a priority to read before the year is over?
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Monday, 17 July 2017

What I've Been Reading #17


HELLO!

How's your week going so far? Mine is going quite well! I volunteered for the first time on Saturday and it was so fun. I also volunteered today and on Tuesday - I'll write a full post on how I'm finding it so far! (Spoiler: I'm loving it)

I read a heck of a lot last week but I didn't finish very many books because a lot of the books I was reading were a) really thick and b) nonfiction. I read almost 100 pages of my French grammar book and several pages of this 800 paged theology book (SUCH A BIG BOOK. TINY WRITING. MUCH INTIMIDATING). I also read two YA books which I enjoyed so much! 

OthergirlWonderboy

Other Girl by Nicole Burstein ⭐ | Wonder Boy ⭐.5

I really enjoyed these two and I read them each in a day! Super fun superhero stories with fantastic storylines and lovable characters. I absolutely loved the action and that both books were from the point of view of a normal person with no powers and a character whose superpowers aren't as advanced as other of the superheroes. It's always nice reading from the POV of the underdog.

Mere Christianity

GUYS, this book is so good and it's definitely going to get 5 cupcakes from me! I don't read much non-fiction but lately I've been on a non-fiction kick and I'm LOVING IT. I would highly recommend this book, even if you're not a Christian. In fact, if you have questions about Christianity, about God, about Jesus etc I would really recommend that you read this because C.S. Lewis lays out everything so nicely. He doesn't shove religion down your throat, but he lays out the facts on Christianity and the ideas behind it and the evidence behind the ideas in such an accessible manner. If you are a Christian, it will strengthen your faith and help you understand concepts of Christianity that you might have struggled to come to grips with before. C.S. Lewis is an amazing writer - I MUST FINISH THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA.

The Sign Of OneThe Hiding Place

I'm hoping to get to these two next! The Sign of One sounds like a fantastic sci-fi dystopian thriller and I'm so excited to read it. The Hiding Place is a nonfiction, autobiography and it sounds incredible! 

What did you read last week, what are you currently reading and what do you think you'll be reading next?

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