June Wrap-Up.

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Well another month comes again and once again I was a terrible blogger. *Hangs head in shame* But it was a rather successful month, I read a grand total of five books! I’m still really behind on my aim to read 80 books but I’m hoping I’m getting back on track!

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The first book I read this month was Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne. This was a really cute collection of stories and I was so pleased reading because I recognised some of the stores from the TV show I used to watch when I was little. Overall, it was really sweet, very cute and I wish I’d read it as a child but, hey, never too late to start! I gave it Four Stars.

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The next book I read was Station Eleven by Emily Sy. John Mandel. This book follows several people who are all connected to a famous actor named Arthur and it is set before and after an outbreak of a deadly flu that wipes out most of the population and it is amazing! Like Oh My God Wow amazing. I read it in about two sittings and got horribly sunburnt because I was so enthralled by it that I forgot about suncream. Absolutely incredible and well worth a read. Five Stars.

the martian

The third book I read in June was the Martian by Andy Weir. This book is about an astronaut who accidentally gets left behind on Mars and must figure out how to survive until the next space mission arrives. This book is being adapted into a movie starring Jessica Chastain and Kate Mara (okay Matt Damon too) and the movie trailer looks really cool so I was really excited to read this but I was a bit disappointed if I’m being honest. It was an entertaining read and at times it was funny though not laugh out loud funny but I never quite felt that sense of urgency. I mean he’s trapped on Mars but I never felt like anything bad was going to happen, so it was just a bit “meh” for me. I gave it Three Stars,

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The next book I read was Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot. This is the eleventh book in the Princess Diaries and it was fantastic. I loved the Princess Diaries when I was a kid ( *cough* teenager *cough*) and I was so excited to hear Meg Cabot was releasing another book and I was not disappointed. It was just so funny and so sweet and Mia was just as neurotic as she was ten years ago it just made me so, so happy! Five Stars.

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And finally the last book I read this month was I Was Here by Gayle Forman. I Was Here follows Cody as she comes to terms with her best friends suicide. This was a really depressing book while still maintaining some of that humour that I associate with Gayle Forman. It was touching and a bit difficult to read at times but I think it handled the very difficult subject very well. I really enjoyed it. Four Stars.

Overall, I had a pretty good reading month and a pretty good life month if I’m being honest. I moved and I’m loving my new apartment, I saw TAYLOR Swift in concert and it was amazing and I got an internship at a Publishing company. I am flying high right now.

Why do I feel like i just jinxed myself?

Anyway, I hope you guys all had a great month and I will see you all with a new post soon! Goodbyee!

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April and May Wrap Up!

Once again it is a two-in-one post. Much like my book haul I didn’t get to do an April wrap-up so once again I am combining with May! In the months of April and May I read a grand total of nine books! (and several dozen papers on the effect of advertising but no one wants to hear about that.)

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The first book I read was Weightless by Sarah Bannan. This book is about a new girl who moved to a small town and becomes incredibly popular and as such she gathered admirers and the typical mean girl enemies who target her through social media. Told in the third person this book is incredible and very reminiscent of online bullying so I think a lot of people can relate to it. Its definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year. I gave it Five Stars on Goodreads.

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The next book I finished in April was Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. Now, I have never read Gone Girl because it was so-overhyped and talk about that I got spoiled and knew everything that was going to happen so I decided to give it a miss. I watched the film though and I loved it! So, knowing that Dark Places was being adapted and starring Charlize Theron (Queen!) I immediately picked up Dark Places and I was disappointed. I didn’t particularly like the writing or the characters and at times, the plot was incredibly predictable. That being said, it was somewhat entertaining so I gave it Three Stars on Goodreads but at times it was closer to Two Point Five.

burial rites The last book I read in the month of April was Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. Burial Rites is the story of Agnes, the last women to be sentenced to death in Iceland, and the people who she is sent to live with as she awaits her sentence and Oh My Sweet Holy Jesus this book is amazing! It’s very bleak but it’s also very beautiful. Its definitely a book that will stay with you long after you finish reading it. One of the best books I’ve read all year and even all of last year. A must read! I gave it Five Stars.

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In May I went on a bit of a Children’s books kick with the first book I read being Mog the Forgetful Cat by Judith Kerr. This was such a sweet book and I wish I had read it as a child. Technically, I’m too old to read the entire series but since I plan on studying Children’s Publishing next year I’m going to read it anyway and chalk it down to research! 😛 I gave Mog and all is adorableness Four Stars.

the little prince

The next book I finished in the month of May was The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. This is another classic children’s book that I never read as a child and it’s a weird one. It’s about this space traveller who comes to visit earth and tells his story to a stranded pilot in the Sahara. It’s a weird one. It didn’t strike me as a children’s book but at the same time it was very much a children’s book. Does that make any sense at all? It wasn’t a favourite, I mean at sometimes it was unbelievably beautiful, some of the passages and quotes were just sublime but overall I found it a bit difficult to get into. I gave it Three Stars.

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Next up is Very Good Lives by JK Rowling. Very Good Lives is the transcript of Rowling’s Harvard Commencement speech from 2008 and it is fantastic. The speech alone is wonderful and beautiful and inspiring. I read it during a time of particular dissertation stress and just after I had received some bad news for a scholarship was applying for and it just picked me up completely and made me feel less despondent about the whole thing. Additionally, the edition itself is just beautiful. It’s a lovely little hardback with really nice subtle illustrations. I highly recommend it. Five Stars.

ready player one

Also in the month of May I read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. This book is set in an/a (post) apocalyptic world and it centres around this virtual reality game called Oasis where people go to escape the horrors of the current reality. When the owner and creator of the Oasis dies he created a competition within the game: whoever obtains the keys hidden within the game will inherit the ownership of the game and the creators fortune. The concept of this book was very interesting and at times it was very enjoyable but sometimes the pace really interfered with my liking of it; sometimes it was fine, other times it was painfully slow. I did like it but the focus was mainly the world of Oasis and the outside world wash;t really touched on and I wanted to see more of that. It was an interesting read but somewhat average too. i gave it Three Point Five Stars.

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The big daddy of May was A Court of Thorns and Roses by (My Queen) Sarah J. Maas. This has been one of my most anticipated books of 2015 and I wasn’t disappointed. This book is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast using Fae and it centres around feyre a human huntress who kills a Fae and is taken into the Fae world as retribution by a Fae High Lord and it is great! A Court of Thorns and Roses has everything I’ve come to expect from Sarah J. Maas: a badass female protagonist, swoon worthy men, an exhilarating plot and suburb world building. I didn’t like it as much as Throne of Glass but it was still an excellent read and I would recommend it. Four Stars.

the bad beginning

Finally, I read The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket. The Bad Beginning is the first book is the A Series of Unfortunate Events series and it centres around the Baudelaire children who have been recently orphaned and are sent to live with a distant relative who has ulterior motives for taking the children in. I really liked this book, it was sometimes funny, sometimes horrendously messed up and just quite fun to read and I am very much looking forward to picking up the rest of the books. I gave it Four Stars. 

And those are all the books I read in May and April. It was a pretty good two months considering that I actually really enjoyed most of what I read. Hopefully June will be even better. I will be writing flu reviews for some of these books and they should be up in the next few weeks. Be sure to let me know in the comments below if you have read any of these books or just to tell me any books you read in May. I will see you all soon with another post! Goodbyee!

March Wrap Up

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Hello, my dears. Another month has come to an end and as is tradition in the year 2015 I am late with a blog post and I did not in fact read that many books but unlike that dark month (let us never speak of it) I did actually read some books in March. As a matter of fact, I completed two and started a third (which was finished on April 3rd ironically enough.)

So, at the start of February I started reading Sabriel and I hit a major reading slump, I wasn’t really enjoying it and of course, I was completely buried in academic reading (which everyone just loves) but this month, I finally, finally! finished it! I found it rather average which was disappointing but the ending saved it for me so at some point I will probably continue with the series just not for a long time!

I then finished Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor and basically I was like:

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Basically. My actual review, which you know has words, will be sometime in the next week. I’m taking full advantage of the long weekend to get some blogging done as April is my final month of university, ever, so I’m very, very, very, busy! 

But anyway, it was a much improved month for me. I got some reading done both for pleasure and academic, handed in some assignments, did work, saw Cinderella. March was pretty solid – other than me breaking my book buying ban – which let’s be honest I’m not actually sad about. Book Haul up tomorrow!

I hope the rest of you had an excellent March and I shall see you next time!

January 2015: Monthly Wrap Up!

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Hello my bookish peeps! It is the end of another month and yes, it was a month where I was rather absent from the blogging world. January was a pretty fun yet hectic month for me but I shall explain all!

Life:

Life was extremely hectic for me this month! Not only did I go back to university, I also (finally!) got a job, was catching up with my boyfriend after a few weeks of being apart, had some roommate drama and some girlfriend of a friend drama and then, of course, my laptop once again broke! Now, if you follow my blog that sentence probably feels like a broken record but it is now fully and completely fixed!


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The first time it broke I took it to a person who was not a Mac/Apple expert so he couldn’t fully fix it but I dealt with it and just said whatever but it completely shut down a few weeks ago so I finally handed it into a Apple store and it was going to cost so much to fix but I needed it for school and life so I just said whatever, do it! Here’s the good news though: due to some clerical error I got my laptop fixed completely for free! 😀 Let us thank the Apple Gods!

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So to celebrate I bought the complete box set of the West Wing – as you do.

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Books:

I only read three books in January and they were Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge and Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. So it wasn’t the best reading month for me in terms of numbers but in terms of quality it was fantabulous! Reviews for Code Name Verity and Cruel Beauty are up and my review of Snow Like Ashes is coming up next week!

One of my resolutions for 2015 was to stop buying books (until the end of March anyway) and I am pleased to say I made it through all of January without buying a single book…it was not without difficulty. There are so many good books out that I wish to own and love. But I will be strong…I will.

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So that was my January! In February I hope to read at least three to four books and I am hoping to do Books and Cupcakes Book Photo Challenge on Instagram and to write a few more discussion posts.

And watch more of the West Wing!

I hope you all had a wonderful month and I shall see you tomorrow with my Top Five Most Anticipated Post!

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November Wrap Up!

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Another month is over and I feel like I missed all of it! I’m serious what happened to November? Where was I? What did I do?

Okay so I know what I did: assignments, postgrad applications and wept for my future…I’m kidding…I’m not.

Books I Read:

But onto the books! I actually started November really well. I read four books in the first week and I didn’t read anymore for the rest of the month. I am an epic fail. But it is more than I read in October and I actually liked these books so be sure to keep an eye out for reviews – which i will start writing again!

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Books I Bought:

It was a pretty slow boo buying month for me – I only picked up three this month (but my wallet suffered in other ways) and as always I will be posting those in a separate book haul which should be up tomorrow.

Non – Bookish Faves:

November has been a pretty hectic month for me with postgraduate applications, assignments, society work and general friend and family commitments but it has been a pretty good, albeit stressful, month for me.

I got Taylor Swift concert tickets! *internal screaming*

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So me and one of my best friends are going to be heading to Manchester to see T-Swizzle in a few months and we’re going to spend a few days there and have ourselves a nice little holiday!

As, I’m writing this I have also just booked flights to Rome with two of my best friends. We’re going for a few days in February and I am so excited! Rome is actually on my 30 Before 3o bucket list so I cannot wait for that. If you guys have any suggestions for what I should go see please let me know!

And finally I became obsessed with penguins this month. I don’t know why although it was probably due to the John Lewis ad.

Anyway penguins are adorable and I now own christmas penguin leggings. I regret nothing.

Happy Christmas Guys!

October Wrap Up and Update!

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Happy Halloween/Christmas Countdown! (No, it is no longer too early!)

What’s this? A wrap up? I know I’m shocked too. I was looking through my archives and it turns out I haven’t done a wrap up in about three months so I’m bringing it back! Tragically, October has not been the most interesting of months but I’ll do my best to jazz it up a bit.

Books I Read:

It was not a fabulous reading month. I only read three books. I know, it’s depressing. University just keeps messing with my reading schedule but alas here they are anyway.

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In another sad note, I wasn’t too impressed by any of these books – it was a decidedly slow and average reading month for me but I am hoping to rectify all of that in November.

Books I Bought:

On a much brighter book note I got some amazing books this month! Close to ten I believe! That definitely made up for my lacklustre reading month and as I am on midterm this week I am hoping to make a nice dent in my TBR pile. (As well as my Assignment pile!) As usual I will be posting a separate book haul and that should be up in the next week.

Non-Bookish Faves:

Ah October – to many it is the month of bobbing for apples, watching Hocus Pocus, dressing up and gorging on candy but not for me! For me October was the month that Taylor Swift’s new album came out.

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1989 is absolutely incredible and I have been listening to it on repeat for the last week! Love me some T-Swizzle. I have also been obsessing over House of Cards, Gotham, Agents of SHIELD and I started a BTVS re-watch. It’s been a pretty good month non-reading wise.

Update:

I know my blog has been a little bare this month so here is just a tiny explanation. I am in my final year of university, I am looking for a job and I am thinking of applying for a postgrad so life has been a little hectic lately. So, I am sorry for the lack of goof content this month but I am hoping to do better in November. As I said I should have a book haul up within the next week, my most anticipated monthly releases will be up tomorrow and I should have three brand spanking new book reviews up in the next two weeks as well as a book excerpt. (Better than all of last month 😉 ) I am also going to be participating in Books and Cupcakes November Photo Challenge so be sure to check me out on Tumblr and Instagram to see some pretty book photos!

Hope you all had a lovely October!

July Wrap Up

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So, another month comes to an end! I’ll be honest July hasn’t been the best of months for me! It all began at the start of the month when I got a call from my friend saying that we had lost our house for the upcoming academic year because the ceilings were the wrong height for bedrooms. (A fact we already knew but were hoping wouldn’t be noticed by the city council or inspectors or whoever. They noticed.) So, my roomies and I have been house hunting for the last month and although we’ve been close on many occasions we still have nowhere to live! I woke up to another rejection email so the homelessness continues!

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IMG_0810 That being said, it hasn’t been the worst of months. I went to Paris in July with my family and a friend and it was beautiful!

Ridiculously warm! It was 34 degrees and I’m from quite a mild place! At 16 degrees we’re out in bikiIMG_1032ni’s thinking the weather will never be better. So we didn’t exactly come prepared for the heat! But it was great!

I saw Notre Damn, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower (btw: if you think going to the tower at 11 o’clock at night will mean there will be less of a line and you’ll get up there faster, it does not mean that. At all!) went on a Seine cruise, ate macaroons, nearly got trampled to death at the Louvre, drank some awful wine and bought at book at Shakespeare & Co. Wonderful, lovely trip. I can’t wait to go again!

But onto the important things in life; the books!

Books I Bought:

IMG_1072At the start of the month I put myself on a bit of a book ban. I figured I was going to Paris – which is insanely expensive – so I better save a bit of money. That didn’t really work out. You know, I just said I’d buy one but it was on Buy One Get Another Half Price, and then there were sales and reductions and then I just wanted more books…

I bought 11 books in total and received one from a publisher in exchange for an honest review. So it brought my total to 12 books for this month, which is less than June so my book ban kinda sorta worked!

To see all the books I got this month check out my July Book Haul here.

Books I Read: 

I thought I didn’t do to well when it came to reading this month but I just looked over my Goodreads shelf and as it turns out I read 12 books this month which I’m pretty impressed by since I felt like my entire month has been taken up by house hunting and sobbing every time we don’t find a house! So here are the books I read:

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Only Ever Yourschampionlolachamber of secretsprisoner of azkabantheassassinsbladedrawing amandaperfect scoundrelsshadow and bone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve reviewed them all except for Harry Potter and Perfect Scoundrels and Shadow and Bone which are due to go up sometime next week. To see all my reviews click here. 

Book of the Month:Only Ever Yours

My book of the month has to be Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill. Insanely good, brilliantly written, a book that should be read by everybody.

Challenges:

I am participating in the Summer of Spells Challenge and the LOTR Buddy-Read Along Challenge. As you can see from the books I’ve read, I did okay for Summer of Spells but I failed miserably for LOTR. I was supposed to read the Twin Towers this month but I just couldn’t bring myself to pick it up! Hopefully I’ll get around to it this month!

At the start of the year I set myself a goal. I wanted to read 50 books and so far I have read 41, so I think I’m track to complete that by the end of August! Here’s hoping!

Non Bookish Faves:

So other than books, what else have I been loving?

Well, this month I joined Tumblr. Originally intended to be just about bookish things, it has turned into a multifandom mess but the heart wants what the heart wants. Check me out here and if you’re on Tumblr leave a link below so I can check you out too 🙂

I also joined instagram. I’m a little bit obsessed with Instagram and I’m always looking for new people to follow, so again leave your username if you feel so inclined!

bbsI have a new TV obsession this month and it is the 100. I know its actually been out for awhile but I marathoned it about two weeks ago and i have become deeply, deeply obsessed.

I watch for the plot. Obviously.

What else would I be watching it for?

I mean, really?

 

Other Faves include:

August’s Rhapsody from the film August Rush. Listen here.

And the Kim Kardashian Hollywood Game. I’m on the A-List. I own two homes in the Kim K Game and none in real life. God!

Okay, so that was my July Wrap up! Hope you guys had a great month!

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