Books I Enjoyed, But Won’t Be Reading Again

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Hello fellow bookworms! Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! Most of us are familiar with Top Ten Tuesday by now, but if your new to this, a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is ‘Top Ten Books You Enjoyed But Won’t Be Re-Reading. I missed last weeks Top Ten post because of the piles of uni work I had over Easter, but I have been blessed with a spare moment to start writing and I’m excited to explore this prompt, so let’s get into it!

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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I really enjoyed this book, but the shock factor would be non-existent reading it a second time!

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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I absolutely love the Shadowhunter series, but both Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows are hence books which I don’t see myself reading again (good thing my memory is quite good so I remember the story well enough for book #3)

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

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The Hunger Games got me into dystopian fiction, and while I loved the story, I don’t think I’d be able to cope with the confusion of what was going on all over again!

Paper Towns by John Green

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This is probably the only John Green book I’ve read that I don’t plan on re-reading, only because, while I absolutely loved it, it wasn’t my favourite out of all of them.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

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I whizzed through this the first time round, the premise was so exciting, but it took a lot to wrap your head around the main idea, and the ending seemed a bit separate to the rest of the story…

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

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This was such an incredible book, but it was so long, and there were some complex ideas and theories to wrap your head around, I think I’ll leave it be for now!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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This book was so good, the story was gripping and had such an amazing premise, but some of the photographs are a bit too scary for my liking (I’ll admit I had some nightmares!)

Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

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This was a cracking book, but the surprise ending has been revealed and I’m not sure it would be quite as exciting to read a second time…

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Another thriller book where I know the ending so it wouldn’t be as exciting reading it for a second time!

The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer

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I loved Twilight… when I was a teenager! I’m not sure I’d be able to read them as an adult without cringing at the romance or anything really!

That’s it for today’s post! Are any of these books on your list today? Feel free to leave a link to your post below so I can check it out!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

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Monthly Book Roundup for March

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Hello fellow bookworms! This month has been another terrible reading month for me, only finishing two books that had previously started in February! I’m going into April with a positive attitude though, with hope I can pick up some books which are easier going or quicker reads which will help me back on track with my Goodreads challenge!

What books have I read this month?

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

What am I currently reading?

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The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith 

Average Rating: 4.5 stars

Number of total pages read: 675 pages

Books read toward 2018 Book Challenge goal: 5/50 books

Books I plan to read in April:

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The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

…So basically the books I said I was going to read this month but never got round to doing so! I will be upping my game, I only have 6 weeks left of uni work which is absolutely crazy but I will make as much time as possible for reading around my very busy schedule, and then get moving when I’m completely finished!

Posts from March

I don’t usually include this in my Monthly Roundup posts, but I thought I made add a little extra, so here are the posts which have appeared on my blog in March…

Literary Quotes I Live By 

Books That Surprised Me

Books on my Spring TBR

Books Set In Other Countries

So all Top Ten Tuesday posts, but that is all I have time to write at the moment because they are quick and easy for me to put together! Come the summer, I am planning to bring more posts your way so keep your eyes peeled…

What do you think of the books I’ve read this month? What about the ones I plan on reading? Leave your comments below, and book recommendations are always welcome!

Happy April and Happy Blogging!

Jade 🙂

In a Land Far, Far Away…

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Hello fellow bookworm! Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! Most of us are familiar with Top Ten Tuesday by now, but if your new to this, a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Books Set In a Different Countries. It’s very rare I come across books which are set in the UK, but a lot of stuff I read is set in America, but I’ll try and spice it up a bit!

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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The Killing Files by Nikki Owen

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

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I’m going to stop there, because the rest of the list will just end up being books from America or fictional places, so if anyone wants to recommend any books from further afield, please do! Feel free to leave a link to your list down below so I can find some more exotic books to read!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

Books on my Spring TBR

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Hello fellow bookworms! Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! Most of us are familiar with Top Ten Tuesday by now, but if you’re new to this, a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is ‘Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR. So we’re only 3 months into the year, and I’m already so behind on my Goodreads Reading Challenge. I’m really hoping I can step up my game over the next few months, and these books should help me on my way…

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

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The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

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The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

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They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

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Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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I’m so excited to get to all of these books as soon as I possibly can! There are two series on here I’m desperate to finish, some stand-clones with great reviews which I can’t believe I haven’t read yet, plus I will be continuing with my Harry Potter re-read. Are any of these books on your Spring TBR? I’d love to know what you’re excited to read in the coming months, feel free to leave a link to your TBR below!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

Books That Surprised Me!

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Hello fellow bookworm! Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! Most of us are familiar with Top Ten Tuesday by now, but if your new to this, a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Books That Surprised Me. This can be either in a good or a bad way, so I’ve included 5 books which were unexpected in a nice way, and 5 which were unexpected in a not so nice way for me…

Pleasantly Surprising…

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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I was pleasantly surprised by how good this story was! I was worried it wouldn’t be to my taste, being aimed at slightly younger readers, but also having a scary edge to it. I proceeded to read the rest of the series which was fairly enjoyable, but the first book was definitely my favourite!

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

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I had heard good things about this book, but I never expected to be as hooked as I was. The storyline was so compelling and there was no way I could’ve guessed the ending!

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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I was worried about buying the entire Mortal Instruments series, because I had absolutely no idea what I would think, but I was so surprised at how much I enjoyed the first book. I’m so glad I read it, and then carried on to read all of the other Shadowhunter books Clare has ever written!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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I had read Eleanor and Park, and it wasn’t really what I expected, especially after all of the good things I had heard, so I was a bit worried going into another on of Rowell’s books. However, I enjoyed Fangirl so much, the characters were a lot more relatable and the storyline as a whole was more driven in my opinion.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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I knew this book was for younger readers, but this was my first Patrick Ness book, and I never knew how amazing his writing was! I pretty much spent the entire book in tears, and devoured it in a single day!


Unexpectedly Not So Great…

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

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I really enjoyed The Girl on the Train, so I had quite high expectations for this book, but I found it to be not so great in the end. There didn’t seem to be any major plot twists or intertwining story lines, and the end was quite predictable. A bit of a let down for me.

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

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Everyone had said how amazing this book is, and all other books by Silvera, but I was disappointed. I thought the characters were good, and the writing style made me want to try out another Silvera book, but I just wasn’t compelled by the storyline as much as I though I would be. It also promised to make me cry, and I do cry at most things, but I barely shed any tears reading this!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne, John Tiffany, and J.K. Rowling

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Everyone on the entire planet was excited about a new Harry Potter book, despite the fact that it was a script and not a novel. I think I was blinkered when I first read it because it was Harry Potter and there’s no way I could ever be disappointed, but on reflection, there were some parts of the story that were a bit far fetched for me. However, because it is a script, as soon as you see it on stage, you experience the story in a completely different way! Reading the script was surprising not so great for me, but seeing the play was a completely different story!

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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I mentioned this when I was talking about Fangirl, but I had really high hopes for this book, and it just seemed a little bit flat to me. I didn’t really feel the romance between the two main characters, which was really disappointing.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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I tried reading this years ago, and I couldn’t get into it, but I thought I would try again when the Netflix series was released, so I could watch it along with everyone else. Sadly, my experience was indifferent to the first time. I managed to finish it, but I wasn’t moved by the storyline at all, and what was supposed to be the climax of the plot was a bit of a let down.

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Literary Quotes I Live By

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Hello fellow bookworm! Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! Most of us are familiar with Top Ten Tuesday by now, but if your new to this, a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Favourite Bookish Quotes. There are so many quotes I absolutely love from literature, and a lot of quotes about books and reading which I love as well, so I’m combining the two today because I just couldn’t decide!

“What’s comin’ will come, an’ we’ll meet it when it does.”

– Rubeus Hagrid, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations”

– Hazel Grace Lancaster, The Fault in Our Stars

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“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing”

– Scout, To Kill a Mockingbird

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“One must always be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

– Tessa Grey, Clockwork Angel

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“She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.”

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“There is no pretending. I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I’ll love you then.”

– Jace Herondale, City of Glass

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“A good book is an event in my life.”

– The Red and the Black
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“Your now is not your forever.”

– Turtles All The Way Down

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“There are good days and hard days for me- even now. Don’t let the hard days win.”

– Mor, A Court of Mist and Fury

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“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”

– Liesel Meminger, The Book Thief

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That’s all for today’s list! I’d love to know how you feel about these quotes, and whether we share any favourites! Also, feel free to link your posts down below, I’d love to see some of your favourite quotes too!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

 

 

Monthly Book Roundup for February


Hello fellow bookworms! Like January, February has been a shocking reading month for me, but I forgive myself because it is the shortest month of the year… is that a good enough excuse? Anyway, I have got some reading done (I use ‘some’ lightly) so before I make any more excuses for my lack of reading, here’s what I’ve been reading…

What books have I read this month?

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

What am I currently reading?

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (again…)

Average Rating: 4 stars

Number of total pages read: 859 (shocking!)

Books read toward 2018 Book Challenge goal: 3/50 books (I’ll go hide in a hole now…)

Books I plan to read in March:

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The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

What do you think of the books I’ve read this month? What about the ones I plan on reading? Leave your comments below, and book recommendations are always welcome!

Happy March and Happy Blogging!

Jade 🙂