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.

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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 🙂

Favourite Character Names Thought Up By The Amazing John Green

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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 Character Names. This could be as broad as you like, so I wanted to narrow it down a bit and explore the world of John Green novels and the amazing characters he brings into the world of literature…

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Paper Towns

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Quentin Jacobson

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A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle (in Let It Snow)

The Duke

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Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan)

Tiny Cooper

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The Fault In Our Stars

Hazel Grace Lancaster

Augustus Waters

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Looking for Alaska

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The Colonel

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Turtles All The Way Down

Noah Pickett

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That’s all for today, I’d love to know if you have any favourite character names from John Green books, or any YA novels, names always seem a lot more exciting and exotic in this particular genre! Feel free to link up down below so I can check out your favourite book characters!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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About The Book

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Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

My Review

*Please be aware of minor spoilers*

Genre: Young Adult

Setting: Creekwood High School, Atlanta

Predictable? There were hints throughout the book as to how it might end and who the mysterious Blue might be, but it was a nice surprise when I did find out.

Plot Pace? Quite fast paced, really quick and easy to read with short chapters and plenty going on all the time. I like the way every other chapter or so was an email conversation between Simon and Blue. It broke the story up a bit and allowed us an insight into their online relationship.

Favourite Character and why? Simon was obviously such a lovable character, but I also loved Abby’s character, and Nora as well. Their personalities were well written and developed into really relatable characters.

Least Favourite Character and why? I know he apologised in the end, but Marty was my least favourite personality wise, he was a bit of a dick (excuse my language!)

Did you guess the story? I knew what was going to happen, I knew we would end up finding out who Blue was in the end, and that they would meet and everything would be happily ever after, but there were a few unexpected twists at the end which was a nice touch, and of course the actual revelation of who Blue was ended up being a nice surprise.

Favourite part of the book? I found myself smiling ridiculously and making little squealing noises when Simon and Blue eventually ended up and meeting and going out together (especially in the supermarket!). It made me so incredibly happy, it’s been a while since a book has done that!

Least favourite part of the book? When Marty posted about Simon and outed him to the entire school, that was possibly the worst thing he could have done, and it made me feel awful for Simon, and for Blue as well. Their relationship was happily anonymous until this…

Well written? Absolutely!

Emotional? Definitely, I did manage to avoid the tears, but only just, but my mouth was aching from smiling so hard in the end!

Gripping? It was an easy book to read, I wouldn’t necessarily say it was gripping like a thriller novel, but the short chapters and the way it was written made it flow well and read easily enough for me to fly through it.

Overall, this book was one of the top YA novels I’ve read in a while, Albertalli definitely understands how to write to make you feel all fuzzy and warm on the inside, as well as bringing every character to life in a unique way. I would highly recommend to every YA lover who hasn’t already read this book (there’s probably not many of you left now!)

My Rating: 4.5 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)