"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies...The man who never reads lives only one." - George R.R Martin

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

August Wrap Up: A Month in Books!

This is so late but just finding it hard to keep blogging at the moment. But hopefully I'll get back into! August was a good reading month for me mainly because I spent a portion of it lounging on the beach with a book in my hand. I ended up reading 9 books in August and 3 graphic novels so 12 in total. 

I finished A Little in Love by Susan Fletcher, a Les Miserables re-telling of Eponine's story. It was beautiful and heart-wrenching - so lovely. Then I read Saga Volume 1 & 2. Crazy; bat-shit crazy and just plain awesome - was so much fun to read. Not for the faint hearted and those easily shocked! Next I read the mammoth The Walking Dead, Compendium 1 which surprisingly only took me two days to get through and I really enjoyed it but phew was it a rollercoaster ride. No one was safe from the flesh eating zombies or the humans left behind - nail biting stuff. Ruin and Rising was a great ending to an amazing series but it wasn't my favourite of the trilogy. I just wanted more but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. I then read two travel books. I've never read non-fiction or travel literature but I loved it. The Road Headed West was a really insightful read. I loved the ins and outs of traveling by bike across North America. I really enjoyed the film Into the Wild so it was great to read the book it was based on. Chris McCandless was such an inspirational individual but so frustrating that I couldn't make my mind up about him. I loved the sense of adventure that permeated throughout the book though. Since You've Been Gone came next and I especially enjoyed how realistic the characters were. Such a fun summer read! I then read Lola and the Boy Next Door & Isla and the Happily Ever After. The ultimate YA romantic contemporary books. So cute and touching! With This Heart was possibly my favourite read of the month. It was hysterical at times and so touching. I loved the banter between the two characters and the whole road trip aspect was so much fun. Saving June was a little bit of a disappointment and not the right tone of book to read whilst on holiday. So many books and I haven't read any since. Book overload.

Books Read in August:

 The Walking Dead: Compendium 1 - Robert Kirkman (4*)
Saga: Volume 2 - Brian K Vaughan (4*)
Saga: Volume 3 - Brian K Vaughan (4*)
A Little in Love - Susan Fletcher (5*)
Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer (4*)
Ruin and Rising - Leigh Bardugo (4*)
The Road Headed West - Leon McCarron (4*)
Lola and the Boy Next Door - Stephanie Perkins (4*)
Isla and the Happy Ever After - Stephanie Perkins (4.5*)
Since You've Been Gone - Morgan Matson (4.5*)
With This Heart - R S Grey (4.5*)
Saving June - Hannah Harrington (3*)

Monday, 4 August 2014

June & July Wrap Up: A Month in Books!

I completely forgot to do one of these last month so I'm doing a wrap up for both June and July. Even with both months books listed I didn't read quite as much as I'd hoped. I'm really hoping to change that this month as I have a full month off before going back to work in September. I'm on track for my Goodreads challenge of 100 books (69 books read!) so I'm not too worried about that but there's just so many books I want to read that I need to get a move on!

So in June I read 4 books. Not too good but I was busy with work. Heir of Fire was amazing; love this series so so much so far. If I Stay was such an emotional read and I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading Where She Went now which is waiting on my kindle to be read! I went in to my next read with absolutely no idea what it was about. We Were Liars was such a great read (REVIEW HERE!). Last in June I read Take Back the Skies ready to meet Lucy Saxon in YALC. I enjoyed it but the ending really disappointed me so I'm hoping things change in the next book. 

Then July came and I read 4 books, 2 comics and 1 short story. Not great again! I read The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and I really liked the take on vampires in this story and Holly Black's writing. Next I picked up Landline. This was such a quirky and emotionally charged story. I really enjoyed it and Rainbow Rowell is quickly becoming one of my favourite contemporary authors. Then I picked up 2 comics; Sons of Anarchy #1 and Tomb Raider: Survivor's Guilt. Loved the Sons of Anarchy one as I'm obsessed with the show. The Tomb Raider was a little but of a let down. I absolutely loved the new PS4 game and this took place after the events in that but it just didn't wow me. Then came Vivian Versus the Apocalypse. Really enjoyed this one, was just a different take on the whole apocalyptic storyline. I then read Earth 2788 a short story in the Earth Girl trilogy. Really liked this one and I loved both books in the trilogy so far. Lastly I finished the month with Half a King by Joe Abercrombie. Absolutely loved this one; it was full of backstabbing, revenge and twists and turns. Plus Abercrombie's writing was beautiful. A must read.

Books Read in June:
 If I Stay - Gayle Forman (4*)
We Were Liars (4.5*)
Take Back the Skies (3.5*)
Heir of Fire - Sarah J Maas (5*)

Books Read in July:
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown - Holly Black (4*)
Vivian Versus the Apocalypse - Katie Coyle (4*)
Sons of Anarchy #1 - Christopher Golden (4*)
Half a King - Joe Abercrombie (4.5*)
Tomb Raider: Survivor's Guilt - Gail Simone (3*)
Landline - Rainbow Rowell (4*)
Earth 2788 - Janet Edwards (3*)


Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Own The Most Books From

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

10. Jean M Auel & Robin Hobb = 6 Books

9. Cassandra Clare & Nicholas Sparks = 8 Books

8. Maria V Snyder = 9 Books

7. Charlaine Harris = 10 Books

6. Elizabeth Chadwick & George R R Martin & Rachel Vincent = 11 Books

5. Terry Brooks = 12 Books

4. C S Lewis = 14 Books

3. Roald Dahl = 15 Books

2. Terry Pratchett = 18 Books

1. J R R Tolkien & J K Rowling= 19 Books 

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Showcase Sunday #54: YALC Edition

It's Sunday and that means one thing; Showcase Sunday a fun weekly meme hosted by Vicky over @Books, Biscuits and Tea. It's a great way of showing off what we've bought, borrowed and received this week.
So I went to LFCC (London Film & Comic Con) last weekend. I've gone to a few of these events since my first last year and knew I'd definitely be there after they announced that the first YALC (Young Adult Literature Convention) would take place there this year. Super excited I dragged along a huge back of books to get signed for the weekend. Out of the 10 or more that I took I managed to get three signed. Three. I bought two and got those signed too but I was so disappointed. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed the entire weekend but Saturday was manic and after waiting in Rainbow Rowells' line for over an hour and a half I just couldn't do it again. I didn't get to any of the panels or the talks or workshops as it was just so busy and I wanted to see the stalls in the rest of the hall and some of the big guests. Plus some of the authors I wanted to see I didn't see there at all or they had already left without my knowledge. Amazing event, hats off to the organisers but I really hope that if there's one in the future it's in a separate hall or a separate event all together. One thing I loved was the free swag tables and the little book corner with bean bags and a book wall. Anyway on to the books. There's quite a few here that I bought before the event, for the event and during the event. Lots of graphic novels from LFCC too :)




Big thanks goes to Ellie over @ Curiosity Killed the Bookworm :)

Thank you Chicken House! Can't wait to read this one!