2017, You’ve Flown By!

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke And The Bookish, where 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 Books of 2017. I haven’t read as many books as I would’ve liked to this year, but I have read some great ones, and there’s still time to squeeze a few more in! Here are just a few that really wowed me this year…

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

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I’ve read so many great books this year (and discovered Cassandra Clare’s incredible writing which I look forward to more of!) and hope to read a few more good ones before the year is out! Let me know what your best reads are of this year, feel free to link your lists in the comments!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

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Reader Problems… We All Have Them

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Hello fellow bookworms! It’s been a while since I’ve had time to do a tag (any post really!); it’s been a busy end to the year, but hopefully more posts will come over Christmas time! The creator of this tag is About To Read over on YouTube, the link to her video is at the end of this post!

How do you decide what book to read next?

I’m very much a mood reader, so if I’m reading a stand-alone, I just pick up whatever I feel like reading. If I’m reading a series, I usually read them all in one go, instead of staggering them with other books. I’m also quite a seasonal reader, so there are certain books I enjoy reading at different times of year. For example, I’m really into Young Adult Contemporary at the moment, for something light hearted at this festive time of year!

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If you’re not enjoying a book, do you DNF it, or do continue to the very end?

I hate DNF-ing books, I really do try and push through it! However, I have been trying to do the opposite, so I can continue to read the books that I do enjoy.

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You’re behind on your Goodreads Reading Challenge, and the end of the year is near! Do you accept your fate or try your best to catch up?

I’m really trying to catch up on my Goodreads Challenge, and I haven’t given up in previous years, but I think I’ll ending up accepting my fate this year (I’ve already had to change my goal 3 times!)

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The covers of a series on your bookshelf don’t match, what do you do?

I keep searching for books that match… isn’t that what everyone else does?

I can’t stand when my book series covers don’t match, and I’m constantly on the look out to find ones that match, even if I have to get them second hand!

Who do you turn to when you need to complain about a bad book that everyone else seems to like?

I tend to rant to one my family members or friends who I know doesn’t really care what I’m saying, but even if they’re not listening, at least I’ve got my anger about the book out!

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You’re in public and you’re about to start crying over a book, what do you do?

Hmm, this is a tough one, because I tend to cry at most books! I don’t often read in public, but if I was in this situation, and I could myself welling up, I would promptly close the book and wait until I was at home so I could fully embrace my emotional state!

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The next book in a series has just been released, but you can’t remember a thing about the last book! Do you re-read the first book, look up the synopsis or just pretend you remember and read the sequel?

I’ll be too excited about the release of the sequel to re-read the previous book, so I usually just look up a detailed synopsis, this usually sparks my memory of what has happened already in the series.

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No one is allowed to borrow your books! How do you let them down gently?

I’ll only lend out books to people I know will a) keep them in good condition and b) return them back to me! If I don’t want to lend you my books, I’ll just say that I don’t lend books because I’m very protective over them and want to keep them in good condition. Or I just say I don’t own the book/it’s on my Kindle (which I never use!)

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How do you get over a reading slump?

Reading slumps are an actual nightmare! I tend to pick up a book I’ve read before and know I like to get me back into the reading mood, or I just take a break, watch some TV and do stuff that’s not reading. I usually find I miss having a book in my hands soon enough!

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All of your highly anticipated books are being released at the same time! Do you buy them all, or prioritise some over others?

I’ve never actually been in this situation, but I would probably prioritise certain books over others (that would be a lot of money if they were all released in hardback!) I’d decide which one I would want to read first and then buy them as I finish one (maybe, if I could exercise some self control) I think it also depends on the author, I would obviously prioritise my favourites!

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Once you’ve bought those highly anticipated books, do you pick them up straight away, or surrender them to your shelves for a year?

I would read my most anticipated one straight away! If I know a book’s being released that I’m desperate to read, I make sure I’ve finished my current read before the release date so I can dive right in (and finish that day usually!)

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So those are a few of my problems and habits as a reader, I’m sure we all share some of these difficulties! Let me know in the comments if you have any of the same problems as me!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

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Link to original tag creator: https://youtu.be/7SfhSV-L3eo

Goodreads Challenge, I Will Beat You!

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke And The Bookish, where 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 Winter TBR. I have had to change my Goodreads goal a few times this year, because I didn’t realise how little time I would have for reading, being in my final year of my degree. I have set it at 48 now, which I feel is just about achievable, and is less stressful for me! I might even manage 50, but we’ll see, I’ve read 42 so far, so only 6 more to go to reach my goal! These are the books I plan on cramming in to my 2017 read list…

Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle (currently reading)

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Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild (re-read)

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

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Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

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One of Us is Lying  by Karen McManus

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An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

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The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

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I probably won’t end up reading half of these books on my list, because I am such a mood reader, but I am looking at reading shorter books for a better chance of completing that Goodreads goal! If anyone has any recommendations for me, or want to link your Winter TBR, then go ahead, I’d love to know what you’re reading at the end of this year!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

Thank You for the Literature

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke And The Bookish, where 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 Am Grateful For. As Thanksgiving fast approaches for America, it’s nice to take a moment and think back to the books I’ve read that I’m so glad are in my life…

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

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I feel like this will appear on a lot of lists today! Everyone who has ever loved Harry Potter should be thankful for what it has given us. For me, it gives me somewhere to turn when I’m down, a magical place I can go in my mind escape reality. I’ve also learnt so much from so many of the characters, so many life lessons that I will carry with me for a long time!

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

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As most of you know by now, Ballet Shoes is a very special book for me. It’s the book that got me in to reading (I read before this, but I can’t remember what…) and taught me so much that I have lived by ever since.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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I am so incredibly grateful for all of John Green’s books, but TFIOS in particular is really special to me. There are some moments that really touched me, and there are plenty of life lessons as well!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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A more recent book for me, but I can’t stop thinking about the story and the characters! I’m so grateful for having read this book because I feel like I learnt a lot about myself as a fangirl and book lover, as well as falling in love with a few of the characters.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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Another book series I only read this year but completely changed my outlook on the fantasy genre. The relationships between the characters were amazing and I’m so thankful for Cassie Clare’s ingenious world building.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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I’m so happy that I got round to reading this when I did. It was the first classic I read after starting my blog and I’m grateful for the fact that it opened me up to whole other world of classical literature.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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The Book Thief is such an incredible book! For 3 days I was consumed by the story of Liesel and her family and friends in wartime Germany, and it made me see the war in completely different way, and feel emotions I never I had in me. I am so grateful for this story!

That’s all for today! I’m extremely picky about the books I call ‘important’ to me, because, like a lot of us bookworms, they really have to speak to us to earn a special place in our hearts. Let me know what books you’re grateful for in the comments below, and feel free to link your Top Ten list so I can check it out!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

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Like so many others, I am jumping on the Orient Express to find out who did ‘it’ before I see the movie at the cinema. I’ve been desperately wanting to read Agatha Christie’s books for a while, and there was no better one to start with! (very minor spoiler ahead that you might not spot but hey I’m warning you just in case!)

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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Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

“The murderer is with us – on the train now…”

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.

Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again..

My Review

Murder on the Orient Express is a classic crime thriller, and one of Christie’s many Poirot novels. Set primarily on a train called, you won’t believe this, the Orient Express, travelling to England, the story follows Poirot when it comes to his knowledge that someone on the trains been murdered. Temporarily employed by Company Director, M. Bouc, Poirot sets about interviewing the passengers and gathering evidence that will ultimately solve the crime. Everything that happens in the book has been meticulously planned, like any good crime novel should be, and we are shown through Poirot’s though process as he works his way through the evidence. The ending was certainly not predictable, and the ending was definitely climactic. I almost thought it would end on a cliffhanger, but it reigned in on the very last page. Christie really does leave you having until the last moment, which is a very clever writing skill to have. Everything mentioned throughout the fast paced plot was brought together at the end, nothing was left for us to wonder.

It is difficult to get attached to any characters in these sorts of books, as they all seem guilty until proven innocent. There is something very much reserved about all the passengers on the train, and M. Bouc didn’t seem the friendliest at times. I did find it strange in parts when we read Poirot’s thoughts as though he were speaking out loud, and he could also seem a little bit closed off at times, but as with many great detectives, they need time to organise their thoughts to solve the crime. The characters were certainly given plenty of background to their passenger personalities and their real identities, which made them feel a lot more realistic than some characters in crime novels can be. Especially seeing as this book is under 300 pages, it is packed with at least 12 very well developed characters.

As mentioned earlier, I was constantly trying to guess throughout the novel who the murderer was, and there were times when I guessed correctly, but when you’ve read the book you will understand why that’s the case! I felt like Poirot’s sidekick, trying to work through the evidence and unfold the crime. My favourite part was definitely the end when you finally find out who did it and how it all happened, it was extremely clever and well constructed on Christie’s part! The entire book was very well written, if a little difficult to grasp the wording at times, but this is probably due to the lack of classical literature in my read pile, and through no fault of the author. I was certainly gripped, and wish I had more time to sit down and really get deep into the novel, rather than reading it chapter at a time.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of crime novels, and all Christie fanatics who haven’t got to it yet!

My Rating: 4 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)

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Future Classics? Books the Next Generation Should Read

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke And The Bookish, where 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 the Next Generation Should Read.  In an increasingly technologically demanding world, a lot of children are now turning to iPads and phones rather than books. I can allow an eReader if they are really attached to having a robot run life, but I think it’s important to teach the next generation to love books as much as we do, and to be engaged in literature. I think these books will do just that…

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

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Of course this will continue to be one of the greatest book series of all time, even when we’re disappearing off the face of the earth! If you can get a future child to pick up Harry Potter, they will fall in love with reading for life!

Matilda by Roald Dahl

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Every young bookworm should read Matilda! It’s also a great book to encourage children to read instead of watching the TV, and how reading can be so much more beneficial for you!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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For the slightly older children of the upcoming generation, Fangirl is great to see what an affect a book or book series can have on you life.

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Another one that’s not for the young’ens, but Miss Peregrine’s will present them with such a magical and powerfully constructed world that (hopefully) they won’t want to leave!

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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This might be a struggle to get through for some, because it is a classic, and by the time they’re reading it, I predict everything will be written in abbreviations and emojis anyway. This would be a great one to continue teaching in schools, because it would let them see how privileged they are to live in a society which now (pretty much) wholly accepts race and gender equality.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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I stand by my opinion that John Green is one of the best YA writers in history and will continue to be in many years to come. TFIOS was my first Green book, and I do believe the lessons it teaches will be invaluable to the next generation of YA readers

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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This book will be particularly important to those in the future who unfortunately end up struggling with grief, and/or caring for a loved one in pain. It will show them that it is ok to want to have some time when you don’t have to think about what’s going through your head.

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

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Ending on a slightly lighter note, Ballet Shoes was my favourite book as a child, and still remains so. While the story is an uplifting one that will fill young girls hearts with joy, it can also tell them it’s ok to not like the girly stuff, and you can do whatever you set your mind to. Beyond that, it shows them how important it is to help your family out, not necessarily if they are in times of financial worry, but just small good deeds that they will be grateful for.

That’s all for today everyone! Let me know in the comments what books you think will make it to be the classics of the next generation, and do you agree with any of mine?! Feel free to link your Top Ten Tuesday too so I can see what you’re writing about this week!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

Questions I Frequently Get Asked as a Reader

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Hello fellow bookworms! I haven’t posted a Time for Tea in a while, and I’ve had this idea sitting in my drafts for a while, so I thought it was about time I actually posted it! How many times do family and friends comment on your reading habits? Are they awestruck by your commitment to literature, or annoyed by your devotion to something fictional? Either was, we all get those questions from people who just don’t understand what it’s like to be one of us, so I’d like to share some of those I frequently get asked…

How do you find time to read so much?

I don’t find time, I make time. Between university, part time job, and seeing family and friends, it is crucial I make time for myself. I have certain points in the day when I know I can get some reading time in, so I use them wisely!

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Why don’t you just watch TV?

I find it a lot more difficult to stay focused on what’s going on in a TV show than I do staying focused on a book. I am actively engaged in what I’m reading, whereas staring at a screen seems a bit mundane for me. Don’t get me wrong, I do watch TV, but it probably averages out to about 4-5 hours a week! This is also ties in with the next question…

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Why read the book when you can just watch the movie?

I like to have read a book before I see it as a movie, whether that’s before it’s even announced as a movie, or whizzing through it before a cinema showing. Reading a book beforehand allows me to use my own imagination for character appearances and setting, and seeing the movie definitely ruins this for me! Once I have my own image in my head, even if I then go and watch the movie, I still have my own imagined scenarios if I come to re-read the book.

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Why do you not get rid of your books?

I’m sorry, what? Shall I ask you why you don’t get rid of stamps from your stamp collection? Or a rubber duck from your rubber duck collection? I am a collector of books, and each book on my shelf, whether read or un-read, has a meaning to me. It might be where I got it from, or who gave it to me, or why I chose to pick it up in the first place. I am also a designer, so I have some books I picked up purely because I like the cover. There’s a reason behind each book on my shelf, and no, I won’t get rid of them! (I do occasionally unhaul books I know for a fact I won’t read, and I’m keeping for no particular reason, but my unhauls are few and far between!)

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It would be so much easier to use a Kindle, wouldn’t it?

I own a Kindle, I just don’t use it. I’ve had one for quite a few years now, in fact, I’ve two Kindles in my lifetime, and I did use them religiously at first. It was actually book blogging and bookstagram that took me away from eBooks and back to physical copies. I just love the feeling of a book in my hands, and looking at them all lined up neatly on my shelf. They smell amazing and they’re pretty. What more is there to say?

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Why do you keep re-reading [insert book title here]?

Re-reading my favourite books is so important to me! It gives me somewhere to go, somewhere I trust will make me feel better whatever mood I’m in. Reading new books is great, but you never know until you finish a book if it’s going to turn out the way you want, so it’s important to have those books you know and understand, the same as they know and understand you. For me, Harry Potter is an obvious choice, but I also turn to The Fault In Our Stars a lot as well (I’ve read this a total of 5 times now!) because there are messages within it that are quite comforting for me.

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You read how many books a year?!

Again, this comes back to the first question. Making time to read means I get through a lot more books than most people I know, but I also know there are people out there who read a lot more than I can manage! I am devoted to my Goodreads Reading Challenge cause, and particularly now, towards the end of the year, I am focused on cramming those books in to try my hardest to reach my goal (although it doesn’t look good for me at the moment!) My reading goal is important to me because it gives me something to accomplish and feel proud of at the end of the year, and also gives me an aim to beat the following year.

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Is it just me? Or does anyone else get used these questions so frequently you have an organised answer in your head for each? I’d love to know what questions you get asked as a reader, let me know in the comments!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

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