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.)

weightless

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.

dark places

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.

mog

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.

very good lives

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.

court of thons and roses

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!

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!