Books with Memories… (Top Not Quite Ten Thursday)

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Hello fellow bookworm! Top Ten Tuesday Thursday 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 with Sensory Reading Memories . These are books that, when you think about them and the story within, you can link it to a specific time in your life, or a specific activity you were doing at the time of reading. I do this all the time, constantly remembering the first time I read a book and what I was doing at the time, so this is a great topic for me!

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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I read this book over the weekend, and I remember it being incredible warm. I had the house to myself, ordered a good old Wagamama takeaway, and whizzed through this incredible book. A very sunny, delightful weekend of reading

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling and co.

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This was devoured whole, all in one day, pretty much in one sitting! It was release day, and I remember queuing outside the bookshop (even though my copy was preordered, and I wouldn’t be able to start it until after my Sunday shift at work). A very exciting day!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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I read this while at uni, and I’m surprised I found the time to read it as quickly as I did. The memory that has stuck with me the most is the final day of reading, approaching the end of the book, sat on my bed, wrapped in my duvet, completely sobbing my eyes out!

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

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This was a childhood read, but I still remember it so well! I recall telling my nan it was a bit boring at the beginning, and I definitely remember really getting into it and not being able to out it down (even for my roast dinner

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling

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This is one big book, so of course I read it in many different sittings, in many different places. There are two memories connected to this book. The first is a very quiet Saturday, no plans, curled up in a chair and ploughing my way through about 150 pages in one go. The second is drawing the end the book, reading my lunch break, and sobbing my eyes out at a certain character’s death (no spoilers!)

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

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I read this on holiday in Norfolk, and it was such an uplifting book after a tough few days leading up to our getaway. I remember curling up on the sofa in our holiday cottage really getting into the story.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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I was two weeks into my first full time job, and my parents had gone away on holiday. I remember being allowed the luxury of sleeping in their super king sized bed, and curling up with this great book.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

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When I was in school, I still had a bedtime… which went completely out the window when I was reading Twilight (shh, don’t tell my parents!) My sister and I still had bunk beds, and I recall being on the top bunk, pulling the curtain back slightly and using whatever light there was left in the day to read this book which had my teenage self hooked (in fact, I seem to remember doing this with the entire Twilight series!)

That’s it for today’s list, I know it’s not quite 10 (and it’s not Tuesday… let’s call it Top Not Quite Ten Thursday…) I’d love to know if you have any sensory connections with the books on this list, and please feel free to link your lists too (even though I’m very late with this one… I need to get my act together!)

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

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Series I Will Not Be Finishing (and Some I Still Need To Start)

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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 Series I Won’t Be Finishing. I decided to mix this up a bit and do a few series I haven’t started yet, but really want to read. (PS. I know this isn’t this weeks topic, but I missed it a few weeks ago so I wanted to give it a go!)

Series I Won’t Be Finishing

The Shaw Confessions by Michelle Hodkin

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I really enjoyed the Mara Dyer trilogy, and I was super excited to move onto the new companion series, but I was quite disappointed. The story line continues on from where we left off in the previous series, but it felt very disjointed and confusing compared to the Mara Dyer books.

The Cormoran Strike Series by Robert Galbraith

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I love crime books, and the way the storylines were structured in both The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm was great, however, they are not fast paced thrillers, and that is one thing I really like when I read them. The chapters in these were too longer and there was sometimes a bit too much detail for my liking in a crime story.

A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas

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The first book was great! The second book took me ages to get through. It seemed like it was a bridge book between the first which was all about world building and character development, and the third which I’m assuming is a big war of some kind (as with many fantasy stories). I stopped after ACOMAF because I found the story and the characters increasingly boring.

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

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I have done with this series what I know a lot of other readers have done as well… stopped after the first three books. It felt like the best place to stop, the storyline came to a close, and the rest of the books seemed to continue with new characters. I was happy with where I decided to finish this series.

Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard

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The premise of the first book seemed very ‘same-y’ compared to other fantasy novels, and I started to get very confused towards the end as to what was actually happening. I felt no desire to continue.

Series I Want To Start

The Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo

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I have heard AMAZING things about this duology, and I even have the first book on my shelf, but after my major reading slump caused by lack of interest in fantasy, I am yet to be motivated enough to pick it up.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Confession: I bought this book because it was pretty! Yes, I even spent extra money to get the hardback edition for the gorgeous dust jacket because I’m a designer go weak at the knees for good cover design! However, the synopsis and actual layout of the book does sound very interesting, so I am excited to see where this one takes me…

The Passenger Series by Alexandra Bracken

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Like the Six of Crows duology, I have heard great things about these books, and have Passenger on my shelf right now if I wanted to read it… but I’m a mood reader and my bookworm senses are just not calling me to it right now.

The Shade of Magic Trilogy by V.E. Schwab

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This is exactly the same as Six of Crows and Passenger… on my shelf, just not feeling it (but I most definitely will be reading it!)

To All The Boys I Loved Before Series by Jenny Han

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I love YA romance! Any soppy love story I am all for, especially when I’m looking for something quick I can whizz through, but fall in love with the characters at the same time. This is definitely a book I am in the mood for right now, if only it was on my bookshelf…

That’s it for today’s post! I’d love to know your thought on any of the series I’ve mentioned today, and whether it’s worth my finishing/picking up these series! Also, please feel free to leave a link to your Tuesday lists!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

Books I WILL Read This Summer

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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 on my Summer TBR.

I think I have a bit of explaining to do, considering I’ve missed the last goodness knows how many Top Ten Tuesdays, and I’ve kind of been MIA for the last few weeks. Since finishing uni, I’ve been sucked into the world of job hunting and applications, writing cover letters, updating my CV, and all the things I frankly very bored of doing right now, but it has to be done! I haven’t really had that much time for reading either to be honest ( and I’m scared to even log in to Goodreads to see how far behind I am with my challenge! I have decided to do a bit of catching up, so instead of doing this weeks prompt, I’m going through the ones I have missed (and want to do!), so there might be two TTT posts this week! Anyway, without too many more excuses as to my absence, here are ten books I plan to read this summer…

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

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Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel

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They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

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The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

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Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín

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So that’s what I plan on reading in the coming months, I’m really hoping I can get around to reading more and making time to sit down with book, especially with the sunny weather the UK has been blessed with recently! I’d love to know what everyone reading this summer, please feel free to comment below and leave a link to your lists!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

All cover photos taken from Goodreads. Click on a book cover to see its Goodreads profile.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

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Hello fellow bookworms! I’ve really been slacking on reviews lately (and blog posts in general!) and I feel like I say this at the beginning of every post I’ve written recently… However, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to tell you my feelings towards the critically acclaimed Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. It’s a book that is everywhere at the moment, and probably hasn’t escaped the grasp of many book lovers across the globe, and after reading, I can absolutely understand why this book has been so incredibly successful! Below is my review, plus a sneaky peak at the front cover and description and places to buy:

About The Book

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life. Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than . . . fine?

My Review

Genre? Literary Fiction

Setting? Scotland, UK

Predictable? From the very beginning, Honeyman starts to set up for a twist in the plot line, but what I predicted wasn’t even close to what actually happened! While some smaller points were more predictable, Eleanor as a character is used to such a rigid daily routine that anything she does which is out of the ordinary for her is unpredictable.

Plot Pace? Due to the writing style, the pace was both steady and fast at the same time. It mirrored Eleanor’s feelings and emotions towards her day, being a bit more pedestrian when her life was normal, but speeding up when things started to get exciting, especially when Honeyman slipped something interesting into a seemingly normal scene.  

Favourite Character and why? This is a complex book with very well developed and complex characters. Eleanor was quite relatable in many ways, and I think a lot of people who read this book will think that, because there are so many pieces to her personality. I adored Raymond as a character who developed slowly over the course of the book as Eleanor accepted him into her life more and more.

Least Favourite Character and why? While the main characters were intensely recognised in the story, there were only a few of them, and the majority of them were extremely likeable. I have to make a point that Mummy’s character shocked me, and I was deeply horrified at some of the things she says and the way she says them. There’s a lot of history with her character and the relationship she has with Eleanor as well which made me dislike her even more.

Did you guess the story? Absolutely not! There were so many small parts that were obvious when it came to reading them, but if I was asked what I thought would happen when I started reading, it wouldn’t have been that! Honeyman managed to draw the story out right until the very end of the book which was very skilfully done.

Favourite part of the book? When Eleanor and Raymond visit Sammy, I had no idea what his reaction would be, so it was such a warming and happy scene the way it turned out. There were some hilarious scenes, in particular when Eleanor goes shopping, gets her make up and nails done, etc. which were quite uplifting.

Least favourite part of the book? Moving into the Bad Days section of the book, without giving too much away, was written so well I felt I was in Eleanor’s character, which was quite depressing and disheartening, especially when we had such a great first part during Good Days.

Well written? Absolutely! I can’t remember the last time I read a book with such depth in the story line and characterisation. The writing itself wasn’t complex in terms of vocabulary, but the way the sentences, paragraphs, and chapters were formed made the book move easily yet slightly uncomfortably, reflecting the nature of Eleanor’s character.

Emotional? Yes! I experienced I every emotion possibly reading this book, through awkwardness, embarrassment, happiness, sadness, and hysterics on both ends of the spectrum!

I will happily sing this books praises everywhere I go, and highly recommend to all for true insight into loneliness and the heartfelt meaning of friendship and kindness. A raw, emotional, and heartbreaking read.

My Rating: 5 Muffins out of 5

Where To Buy

If you like the sound of the book, here is where you can buy the book (including, but not limited to):

> Amazon

> The Book Depository

Cover photo and description taken from Goodreads (view book profile here)

Books I Just Couldn’t Finish… and Now I Regret It

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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 I Regret DNF-ing. While I do try my best to persevere with the books I read, and I’m really picky about the books I add to my TBR, there are some books I just couldn’t continue; I felt like I was wasting time when I could be reading other, more exciting books. Here are some of those books I regret DNF-ing, and may eventually end up picking up again in the future…

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

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Stolen: A Letter to My Captor

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Life of Pi by Yann Martel

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The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

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The Last One by Alexandra Oliva

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Early One Morning by Virginia Baily

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That’s all for today! Please feel free to leave a link to your list down below so I can see all of your wonderful lists!

Until next time…

Jade

Monthly Book Roundup for May

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Hello fellow bookworms! I’m still not doing so well on my reading challenge, but I’ve completely finished uni now and I GRADUATE THIS MONTH which is so exciting! I’ve got a bit more free time now so I’m really trying to catch up! All of that aside, I have really enjoyed the books I’ve been reading, take a look at what they are down below…

What books have I read this month?

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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 am I currently reading?

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Average Rating: 5 stars

Number of total pages read: 1270 pages

Books read toward 2018 Book Challenge goal: 9/40 books

Books I plan to read in June:

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Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham

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The Becoming of Noah Shaw 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 June and Happy Blogging!

Jade 🙂

Literary Worlds

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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 Fictional Worlds I Never Want To/Want To Live In. While we all dream of visiting Hogwarts, not all fictional places are so inviting, and there are many that I’d rather avoid, here’s a few of them…

Worlds I’d Never Want To Live In

Divergent

 

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The Hunger Games

 

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Library of Souls

 

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The Giver

 

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A Court of Mist and Fury

 

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Worlds I’d Want To Live In

Harry Potter

 

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The Shadowhunter Chronicles

 

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Carry On

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That’s all for today! I did surprise myself with how few literary worlds there were that I’d be willing to live in, but I guess I’m just very picky! Please feel free to leave a link to your list down below so I can see all of your wonderful lists!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂