Currently Reads – 14.08.2015

Hello there! Thought I’d do a quick #FridayReads kind of thing. I may not get a lot of reading done as I am baking cupcakes tonight as it’s my friends 21st birthday tomorrow and I wanted to be the bestest friend I can be. Then tomorrow I have work, then I’m celebrating with my friends for their birthday. So I’m only really going to get some reading done on Sunday. So here is what I’m reading over the weekend!

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden – Jessica Sorensen

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I am currently loving this! I always forget how much I love New Adult books until I read one. This has me hooked and I’m obsessed!

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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I’m only about 50 pages of the way through this so far but I’m enjoying it. Not loving it but its good.

That’s what I’m reading this weekend. Sorry this was so short but I have to go check on my cupcakes soon! What are you currently reading? Let me know!

Have a great weekend!

Bye!

T5W: Required Reading

Hello you sexy ladies and gents! How are you today? I’m most certainly not okay as I watched the Pretty Little Liars finale today… and I’m just not okay!!

Anyway! Today is Wednesday, so I thought I would do a quick Top Five Wednesday as today’s topic was really interesting. Top Five Wednesday was created by GingerReadsLainey and you can check out the Goodreads group for all the information you could possibly wish for! This weeks topic is your top five favourite books that you were required to read for school.

I had a hard time doing this one as at my schools we didn’t really read whole books for exams and assignments. I’m from England so I will try my best with what years/grades I would have been in when reading these books.But here goes nothing! As always these are not in order.

Kensukes_Kingdom_colour_jacket1.Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo

I read this in Year 3 in Primary School and I was 7, turning 8 (which I believe is the 2nd Grade?). This is about a young boy who washes up on a deserted island after he is thrown over board during a stormy night on his families boat. I loved this, and I think everyone in my class really enjoyed it. We also read Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo, but I didn’t really enjoy that all that much.

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2. The Harry Potter Series (Books 1-4) – J. K. Rowling

Yes! We read the first four books in the Harry Potter series in Year 3 (2nd Grade). It was a wonderful time!

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3. Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare

Now we read a lot of Shakespeare during Secondary School but Romeo and Juliet stuck out the most. We read it in Year 10 (9th Grade) and again in Year 11 (10th Grade). I loved this and we also got to watch the Baz Luhrmann 1996 film with Leonardo DiCaprio in it which was a bonus!

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4. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

A Christmas Classic is it not?! Marley and Scrooge! Christmas Ghosts! What’s not to love? We read this in Year 11 (10th Grade) and we also got to watch A Muppet’s Christmas Carol which is just brilliant.

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5. Of Mice And Men – John Steinbeck

A classic that I think was read by everyone in England (maybe? That’s probably a lie actually). Once again we read this in Year 11 (10th Grade), and I remember the whole class had to take turns reading pages out loud. We then watched the film after reading it, and then we may have read it again before out exams started later that year.

What did you have to read during school? Did you enjoy any of them? Let me know, maybe you read something I have? Until next time guys!

Bye!

August TBR 2015

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Hola! How’re you today?

I thought I’d my TBR for August with you. I read 15 books in July, so hopefully I can keep up with that. I currently have 98 physical books on my TBR shelf, which I hope to knock down to 90 by September.

I’m planning to take part in the BookTubeAThon from the 3rd to the 9th, and you can check out my TBR if you’d like, as I wont mention those in this one.

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Can you believe I’ve never read this? I’m super excited for this one.

Eclipse – Stephanie Meyer

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The third book in the Twilight series. I think its about time I finished this series, and I plan/hope to marathon the last two books and novella soon.

Saving Jackie K – L.D.C. Fitzgerald

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I adored 11.22.63 by Stephen King because I really enjoy reading about JFK, and this is all about Jackie Kennedy. So I’m excited for this.

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden – Jessica Sorensen

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I need to throw a New Adult in the mix every now and then and I’ve heard a lot of good things about this one.

Warm Bodies – Isaac Marion

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A short book about zombies and I’ve still not seen the film!


I hope to get through all of these, as well as the books in my BookTubeAThon TBR. I doubt I will do it, but one can dream!

What do plan on reading this month?

July Reading Wrap Up 2015

Hello humans!

I had a brilliant reading month in July! I read 15 books this month, which is crazy for me! I don’t think I’ve ever read that many books in one month in my life, and I’ve been pretty busy too. I enjoyed most of the books I read this month. There were a few disappointments, but it’s all gravy baby!

Here’s what I read this month:

A Midsummer’s Nightmare – Kody Keplinger

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Sun, sex, and … step-brothers.
Another sizzling story from Hamilton High.

This is the second Kody Keplinger novel I’ve read. The first being The Duff, which I thoroughly enjoyed. A Midsummer’s Nightmare is about teenager Whitley who has a drunken one night stand at her graduation party. She then goes to stay with her dad over the summer and meets his new fiancée…and her new stepbrother who just so happens to be the stranger she slept with. Can you say awkward?!

First let me tell you that I am in love with Nathan! He is geeky and lovely and so sweet. There was some great character development in this book, especially with the main character Whitley. Everyone likes character development right? I also loved how supportive the Caulfield family was. There aren’t many supportive families in YA at the moment so it was great to read about one.

I thought the writing was super easy to read and I flew through this book. I enjoyed this so much!

5/5 stars!

I Am The Messenger – Markus Zusak

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Ed Kennedy is an under age cab driver without much of a future.
That’s when the first ace arrives in the mail.
That’s when Ed becomes The Messenger.

This is one of Markus Zusak’s lesser known novels about a young man who starts receiving playing cards in the post. On each card there’s a number of missions he must complete.

To be honest…This book let me down. I’d heard only good things about Markus Zusak’s books and this one seems like it would be something I’d enjoy. This was a great concept but it just wasn’t done well. I didn’t like any of the character or care about them at all. I also really disliked the writing style, it seems like a lot of the pages were just filled with lots of nothing.

2/5 stars!

Shut Out – Kody Keplinger

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The girls of Hamilton High School are going on strike.

This was the third book I’ve read by Kody Keplinger and I think it may have been my least favourite. It wasn’t awful, but it was kinda of stupid and cheesy. Shut Out is set in Hamilton High School, where all of Keplinger’s books are set and follows Lissa, a student who is sick of the rivalry between the schools football and soccer team, it’s simply ruining her relationship. She decides to get the other girlfriends of the team members to join her sex strike to end the rivalry. Who will break first, the girls or the boys?

This was pretty cliché and predictable if I’m honest and the plot was a bit stupid and far fetched. Like Keplinger’s other books it was very easy to read and flowed nicely and I did get through it quickly. I didn’t really like any of the characters and I felt that Lissa’s controlling OCD type behaviour wasnt dealt with very well in the book.

3/5 stars!

Cress – Marissa Meyer

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The third book from the Lunar Chronicles series! Another great instalment to the book series. I can’t say much about this in case you haven’t read the other two books yet, but wow! So action packed, each chapter was crazy. I really liked how the Rapunzel twist played into the story, I thought that it was really well done.

4.5/5 stars!


CRAM-A-THON BOOKS!

I read three books during the Cram-A-Thon readathon. I don’t want to repeat myself so I’ll just leave the basics here, but I’ll leave the link to my wrap up here if you want to check that out.

  • Lying Our Loud – Kody Keplinger

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You can find the review I wrote here! Kody Keplinger returned to Hamilton High once again yay!

3.5/5 stars!

  • Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson

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A classic I’ve wanted to read for a really long time. It left me rather disappointed.

3/5 stars!

  • Lovesick – Jake Coburn

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This was really good, it touched on some tough subjects but was done in a really good way.

4/5 stars!


Stardust – Neil Gaiman

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I’m sure everyone had seen the film to this! It’s a very popular Neil Gaiman book so I thought I’d pick it up. This follows a young man who goes to collect a fallen star for the woman he hopes to marry.

Honestly, I just didn’t enjoy this. It was written well, but I just found it boring. It felt like nothing happened, but at the same time a lot happened.

2/5 stars.

The Selection – Kiera Cass 

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I have a review for The Selection were I tell you what I thought. I enjoyed this a lot and rushed to read the second one.

5/5 stars!

The Elite – Kiera Cass

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The second book in the selection series. Again, I rote a review for this, which you can find here. I get a little ranty in the review!

3/5 stars!

The One Kiera Cass

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What a final book in a series! You can find my review here, but let me tell you! I really enjoyed this and thought it was a great series final.

4.5/5 stars!

Me, And Earl And The Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews

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I’m sure everyone know what this is about, as I’m always late for the band wagon (which I don’t really mind if I’m honest). Just in case you didn’t know, this is about Greg Gaines, a teenage boy who has pretty much accomplished the art of being invisible, and he likes it that way. He has one friend, well, “co worker” and he’s happy that way, until his mother forces him to spend time with Rachel, a girl recently diagnosed with Leukaemia.

I was expecting a lot from this if I’m honest. I didn’t really find the humour all that funny, and the main character was rather annoying. However, I really did like the way this book was set out, with the lists, and film script and such. I also liked how this was pretty honest about Cancer. It didn’t sugar coat or romanticise it like other books do. It was awkward and honest and a little refreshing.

3/5 stars.

The Heir – Kiera Cass

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The fourth book of The Selection series. I wrote an in depth review of this book, which you can find here. I had a few little issues, but over all really liked it.

4/5 stars!

Fairest – Marissa Meyer

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Mirror, mirror on the wall…
Who is the fairest of them all?

YES! Yes yes! This is a novella and is part of the Lunar Chronicles series. It’s all about the origin of Queen Levana and is losely based on the Evil Queen in Snow White. This follows Levana as she grows up in her sisters shadow, all the way up until she becomes the Queen of Luna. This is all about how she becomes so evil.

I loved this! I thought it was brilliant. Such a fast read and a great addition to the series. I really enjoyed getting to see Queen Levana grow up, and dare I say, I hate her even more? Great back story!

5/5 stars!

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han

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This was the last book I read in July and it started off a little slow. This is about young Lara Jean who rights letters to the boys she loves, then seals them up, never to show them to anyone. However, one day, they get sent out and Lara Jean has to deal with the consequences.

Like I said, it was a little slow to begin with and not much happened at all. I thought that Lara Jean was pretty annoying, and so were her sisters if I’m honest. She seemed to let everyone just walk over her or take her for granted. She was just a very bland character. As I got more into the story, it did get better and I flew through the second half of the book. Sure, Lara Jean was still annoying, but it wasnt so bad. Now I’m excited to pick up the second book!

4/5 stars!


Whew! Now that that’s over!

What did you read in July? Have you read any of the books that I read this month? Let me know below!

BookTubeAThon TBR 2015

 

Hello again all of you beautiful people! How are you today?

The BookTubeAThon is near and I’m here to talk about my TBR for the week. There is a BookTubeAThon YouTube channel that you can checkout. It has all of the information you could ever need there.

There are seven challenges that I hope to complete. (Hopefully).

  • Book With Blue On The Cover AND The Last Book You Acquired

P.S I Still Love You – Jenny Han

I am a little way through this already, so I may finish this before the readathon starts.

  • Read Somebodies Favourite Book

Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl is pretty much everyone’s favourite book and I’m so excited to read it! Even though it is a rather large book.

  • A Book By An Author Who Shares The Same First Letter Of Your Last Name

An Abundance Of Katherines – John Green

My last name begins with a J, but I have no others at all on my TBR shelf that begins with that. So I went for John Green as his first name begins with a J.

  • Finish A Book Without Letting Go Of It

Waiting – Carol Lynch Williams 

This is short, the font is pretty big, and I think it may be written in verse (but don’t quote me on that!)

  • A Book You Really Want To Read

Severed Heads and Broken Hearts (The Beginning Of Everything) – Robyn Schneider

I WANNA READ THIS SO BAD!

  • Read 7 Books Overall

I also hope to get to The Bling Ring by Nancy Jo Sales and Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger too. (But I’m not promising anything)

    

Are you taking part in the Booktubeathon? If so, what are you reading?

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Cram-A-Thon Wrap Up

Hello! How was your weekend? I hope it was wonderful.

So this weekend I participated in the Cram-A-Thon Readathon hosted by Whitney over at WhittyNovels on YouTube.

You can find my overly ambitions Cram-A-Thon TBR here. I had to work on Friday and Saturday so didn’t finish my TBR, but read way more than I thought!

These are the challenges that were set, and I completed none of them…oops.

  • A children’s book
  • A hardback nook
  • Read two books in 24 hours
  • A graphic novel
  • 5 books over the duration of the readathon
  • A book written in verse
  • A novella

Here’s what I read:

Lying Out Loud – Kody Keplinger

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I was on page 150 when the readathon started and I finished this on the first day. I gave this a 3.5/5 stars and you can find my review for it here.

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson

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Before the readathon started I was on page 31. I listened to this on audiobook and read along on my kindle. This is a classic I’ve heard so much about and really wanted to read. This is about Dr Jekyll who develops a potion that unleashes his inner persona Mr Hyde.

I really didn’t enjoy the audiobook, the reader was too slow but the over all book was good. I thought it was written very well but wasnt very hard to read.

I gave this a 3/5 stars!

Love Sick – Jake Coburn

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This is about Ted York, a 17 year old who once had it all going for him. Until he wrapped his car around a tree while drink driving. He loses all chances of a scholarship to a great school and must acknowledge that he has a drinking problem. He then gets the offer of his life. He gets his college tuition paid for, and in return, he must watch over a teenage bulimic girl.

This was written really well, and I thought it felt really real while reading it. It confused me a little at the beginning I got through that bit. I really enjoyed the email and chat room sections in this.

4/5 stars!

Stardust – Neil Gaiman

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I’m sure everyone had seen the film to! This follows a young man who goes to collect a fallen star for the woman he hopes to marry. I only got to page 93 during the Cram-A-Thon but Im really enjoying it and I’m going to carry on reading this.

So that’s everything I read during the Cram-A-Thon Readathon! What did you read? I’m rather proud of what I read, as I’m not a very fast reader. How did you do?

Happy Monday!

Cram-a-thon TBR

Hello again! Today I’m coming at you with my Cram-a-thon TBR. In case you didn’t know, Cram-a-thon is a readathon created by Whitney over at WhittyNovels on YouTube. The whole point of this readathon is to try and read as many of your small books over the weekend. The readathon starts on the 10th July and lasts until the 13th July. There are also 7 challenges you can complete which are:

  • A children’s book
  • A hardback nook
  • Read two books in 24 hours
  • A graphic novel
  • 5 books over the duration of the readathon
  • A book written in verse
  • A novella

So here’s what I’ll be reading during the readathon! It’s a bit overly ambitious and I am working Friday and Saturday, but hey ho! I’m challenging myself.

Love Sick – Jake Coburn
Pages: 228

Honestly not too sure what this is about. An alcoholic much watch over a bulimic. That’s all I really know, but I love going into a book blind.

Stardust – Neil Gaiman

Pages: 194

I’ve seen the film and rather enjoyed it, but I love Neil Gaiman’s writing. This is about a young man who goes to collect a falling star to give to the woman he loves. Bring on a crazy adventure!

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson

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Pages: 92 – Although Im currently on 31. 91-31=61 pages left.

A classic that I’ve never read but I’m enjoying it so far. Im listening to it on audiobook and reading along with it on my Kindle.

Lying Out Loud – Kody Keplinger

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Pages: 309 – Although I am on page 150 already. 309-150=159.

Yes. Another Kody Keplinger book, but I’m on a roll right now. Reading this on my Kindle and enjoying it (like I knew I would). Set in Hamilton, once again, this follows Sonny, who is a professional liar, and everything she gets into. I’m hoping to fly through this and finish it first.

The Selection – Keira Cass

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Pages: 336

This may have the most pages but I’m sure I’m just going to fly through it (that’s if I enjoy it). I’m told it’s like a love competition in a dystopian world? So I should like it!

Are you taking part in the Cram-a-thon? What are you reading? I know I won’t complete any challenges but will you?

Let me know!

Happy Thursday!