June Wrap-Up.

Monthly

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!

winnie

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.

station 11

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,

royal wedding

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.

i was here

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!

June TBR

Hey guys, I am back once again with another blog post. I feel like I’ve blogged more in the last week than I did in the entire month of April – I’m really bad at this sometimes aren’t I? – Moving on though, this post is all about the books I plan to read in June (stress: plan) so lets jump right into it.

First up is Graceling. I started reading this book in May and I got through half of it in about two sittings but then life got a bit busy again because I started back at work and moved into a new apartment but I do plan on finishing it this week. If I’m being honest I’ll probably finish it today. (I might be being a tad optimistic but lets live in hope.)

gracelingAuthor: Kristin Cashore

Publisher: Gollancz

Genre: YA Fantasy

Summary: In a world where people born with an exceptional skill, known as a Grace, are both feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of a skill even she despises: the Grace of killing.

Feared by the court and shunned by those her own age, the darkness of her Grace casts a heavy shadow over Katsa’s life. Yet she remains defiant: when the King of Lienid’s father is kidnapped she investigates, and stumbles across a mystery. Who would want to kidnap the old man, and why? And who was the extraordinary Graced man whose fighting abilities rivalled her own?

The only thing Katsa is sure of is that she no longer wants to kill. The intrigue around this kidnapping offers her a way out – but little does she realise, when she takes it, that something insidious and dark lurks behind the mystery. Something spreading from the shadowy figure of a one-eyed king… (Via Goodreads)

The next book I plan on reading is Winnie the Pooh. Like I said in my April & May Wrap Up I’m reading a lot of Children’s books lately because I’ve been accepted into a Publishing Master’s Degree and one of the modules I am most excited about is Children’s Publishing. So now I’m reading a lot of really famous and influential children’s books to prepare myself for it and also I really love Children’s books. I had planned on reading this in May but just like Graceling I didn’t get around to it but I have very high hopes for June.

winnieAuthor: A.A. Milne

Publisher: Egmont UK

Genre: Children’s Classics

Summary: A.A. Milne’s ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ stories need no introduction. They have been loved by generations of children ever since Pooh, Christopher Robin, Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Kanga and Roo, and Eeyore made their first appearance. (Via Goodreads)

Side note: Am I the only person who didn’t realise A.A. Milne was a man?

Next on my list is Station Eleven. I have been wanting to read this book for ages! I’m pretty sure its made a few appearances on my Waiting on Wednesday and Wishlist Wednesday posts. I haven’t heard a bad thing about this book and now that it’s won the Arthur C. Clarke award I’m even more excited to read it.

station 11Author: Emily St. John Mandel

Publisher: Picador

Genre: Science-Fiction

Summary: DAY ONE

The Georgia Flu explodes over the surface of the earth like a neutron bomb.

News reports put the mortality rate at over 99%.

WEEK TWO

Civilization has crumbled.

YEAR TWENTY

A band of actors and musicians called the Travelling Symphony move through their territories performing concerts and Shakespeare to the settlements that have grown up there. Twenty years after the pandemic, life feels relatively safe.

But now a new danger looms, and he threatens the hopeful world every survivor has tried to rebuild.

STATION ELEVEN

Moving backwards and forwards in time, from the glittering years just before the collapse to the strange and altered world that exists twenty years after, Station Eleven charts the unexpected twists of fate that connect six people: famous actor Arthur Leander; Jeevan – warned about the flu just in time; Arthur’s first wife Miranda; Arthur’s oldest friend Clark; Kirsten, a young actress with the Travelling Symphony; and the mysterious and self-proclaimed ‘prophet’. (Via Goodreads)

This month I also want to read I Was Here. Another book that made a few appearances on my Waiting on Wednesday Posts. I love Gayle Forman, she always manages to punch me in the throat with some of her writing (in the good way) so I cannot wait to pick this book up!

i was hereAuthor: Gayle Forman

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

Genre: Contemporary

Summary: From the bestselling author of If I Stay – this summer’s YA blockbuster film.

This characteristically powerful novel follows eighteen-year-old Cody Reynolds in the months following her best friend’s shocking suicide.

As Cody numbly searches for answers as to why Meg took her own life, she begins a journey of self-discovery which takes her to a terrifying precipice, and forces her to question not only her relationship with the Meg she thought she knew, but her own understanding of life, love, death and forgiveness.

A phenomenally moving story, I Was Here explores the sadly all-too-familiar issue of suicide and self-harm, addressing it in an authentic way with sensitivity and honesty. (Via Goodreads)

And the last book I hope to read in June is The Scorch Trials. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the The Maze Runner book – I really hated the language, I guess, that the gliders used so it kind of put me off but I watched the movie recently and I enjoyed it and the trailer for the second one looks pretty cool so I think I’ll give it a second chance.

the scorch trialsAuthor: James Dashner

Publisher: Chicken House

Genre: Science-Fiction

Summary:  The Scorch Trials picks up where The Maze Runner left off. The Gladers have escaped the Maze, but now they face an even more treacherous challenge on the open roads of a devastated planet.
And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.
Can Thomas survive in such a violent world? (Via Goodreads)

And those are all the books I hope to read in June! Be sure to let me know in the comments below what you guys are reading this month! I’ll see you soon with another blog post! Goodbyee!

April & May Book Haul

Long time no book haul!

I have been really busy for the apart few months so even though I bought some books in April when I was in London I didn’t get a chance to haul them! So, instead of having a book haul mid-May I thought why not wait and combine my April and May book hauls? And here it is! I bought a good few books (some Children’s and Fantasy) in the last two months so lets just get right into it!

mogAuthor: Judith Kerr

Genre: Children’s Picture Books

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

Summary: Mog always seems to be in trouble because she is such a very forgetful cat. She forgets that she has a cat flap and she forgets when she has already eaten her supper. But one night, when an uninvited visitor turns up at the house, Mog’s forgetfulness comes in very handy! (Via Goodreads)

the little princeAuthor: Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Genre: Children’s Classics

Publisher: Harcourt, Inc

Summary: Moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures. (Via Goodreads)

very good livesAuthor: JK Rowling

Genre: Non-Fiction/Inspiration

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Summary: In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University. Now published for the first time in book form, Very Good Lives offers J.K. Rowling’s words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life, asking the profound and provocative questions: How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others?

Drawing from stories of her own post-graduate years, the world-famous author addresses some of life’s most important issues with acuity and emotional force. (Via Goodreads)

ready player oneAuthor: Ernest Cline

Genre: Science-Fiction

Publisher: Random House

Summary: In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape (Via Goodreads)

court of thons and rosesAuthor: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s

Summary: When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever. (Via Goodreads)

winnieAuthor: A.A. Milne

Genre: Children’s Classics

Publisher: Egmont UK

Summary:  A.A. Milne’s ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ stories need no introduction. They have been loved by generations of children ever since Pooh, Christopher Robin, Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Kanga and Roo, and Eeyore made their first appearance. (Via Goodreads)

the bad beginningAuthor: Lemony Snicket

Genre: Children’s Middle Grade

Publisher: Egmont Books LTD

Summary: Dear Reader,

I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in you hands is extremely unpleasant.It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children.Even though they are charming and clever,the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. (Via Goodreads)

gracelingAuthor: Kristin Cashore

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Gollancz

Summary: Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight–she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graces as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po’s friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace–or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away. (Via Goodreads)

name of the windAuthor: Patrick Rothfuss

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Gollancz

Summary: Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard. (Via Goodreads)

lies of lockeAuthor: Scott Lynch

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Gollancz

Summary: The Thorn of Camorr is said to be an unbeatable swordsman, a master thief, a friend to the poor, a ghost that walks through walls.

Slightly built and barely competent with a sword, Locke Lamora is, much to his annoyance, the fabled Thorn. And while Locke does indeed steal from the rich (who else would be worth stealing from?), the poor never see a penny. All of Locke’s gains are strictly for himself and his tight-knit band of thieves. The Gentleman Bastards.

The capricious, colourful underworld of the ancient city of Camorr is the only home they have ever known. But now a clandestine war is threatening to tear it apart. Caught up in a murderous game, Locke and his friends are suddenly struggling just to stay alive…(Via Goodreads)

station 11Author: Emily St. John Mandel

Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: Picador

Summary:  One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur’s chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them.

Fifteen years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten’s arm is a line from Star Trek: “Because survival is insufficient.” But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave.

Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, Station Eleventells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it. (Via Goodreads)

And those are all the books I got in the months of April and May! If you’ve read any of these books be sure to let me know in the comments below! Goodbyeee!

NEW FEATURE: WishList Wednesday

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Hello m’dears! It is a brand new Wednesday and so it is time to introduce a brand spanking new feature here on Books&Tea&Sugar *drum roll* WishList Wednesday…and the crowd goes wild!

I’m over exaggerating but hey, what’s new?

So WishList Wednesday was obviously inspired by Waiting on Wednesday. I’d be writing a post for Waiting On, I’d think of the book and then bam it’s already out! So, I thought why not create a new feature to celebrate all the books on my wish list! And here it is.

Rules are simple: Pick a book thats already out, either one you recently discovered or have known about for a long time that you really, really, want and give some details. Easy Peasy.

Now that explanations are out of the way here’s my first WishList Wednesday Pick!

station 11Author: Emily St. John Mandel

Publisher: Knopf

Genre: Science Fiction – Dystopian

Summary: One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur’s chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theatre, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them.

Fifteen years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten’s arm is a line from Star Trek: “Because survival is insufficient.” But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave.

Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, Station Eleventells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it. (Via Goodreads)

Why I Want It: It a dystopian novel featuring Shakespeare that has a hint of Cloud Atlas to it. I’m so in.