MAY 2017 WRAP UP

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May started off as a really good reading month for me. I wanted to read all the time, and for the first couple of weeks I was reading a book every two days (this is when I read a majority of the books I read this month). However, while reading THuG and then ACoWaR, they took me slightly longer than the rest of the books. I wouldn’t call it a slump, it’s just that they’re both long and heavy books! Plus I became obsessed with ‘That ’70s Show’ and watched all eight seasons in less than two weeks… (I shouldn’t have admitted that). I read 11 books this month and I love most of them – I also reached the half way point for my 2017 goal of 100 books (I’m now at 54).

Anyway, here are the books I read this month!

 

My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult

Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate, a life and a role that she has never questioned until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to ask herself who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister – and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and perhaps have fatal consequences for the sister she loves.

I’ve watched this movie a million times, and bawled my eyes out every single time. I finally decided to pick this emotionally captivating story up, and I really enjoyed it. I already knew that the ending was different and when I heard about how this ended, I thought it was stupid, but after reading it I understood it and it made more sense than the movie ending. I didn’t cry as much and I can’t decide which ending I prefer, but it was still a good read.
3.5 Stars

My Sister's Keeper

The Crying Lot of 49 - Thomas Pynchon 

Suffused with rich satire, chaotic brilliance, verbal turbulence and wild humor, The Crying of Lot 49 opens as Oedipa Maas discovers that she has been made executrix of a former lover’s estate. The performance of her duties sets her on a strange trail of detection, in which bizarre characters crowd in to help or confuse her. But gradually, death, drugs, madness and marriage combine to leave Oedipa in isolation on the threshold of revelation, awaiting the Crying of Lot 49.

I had to read this book for my uni class, Intro to English: Ideas of the Real. To be honest, I didn’t really enjoy it or understand the story. I thought it sounded fun in the beginning, but I got bored pretty easy. The cover I own is really pretty though!
2 Stars

The Crying of Lot 49

Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad

The silence of the jungle is broken only by the ominous sound of drumming. Life on the river is brutal and unknown threats lurk in the darkness. Marlow’s mission to captain a steamer upriver into the dense interior leads him into conflict with those who inhabit the forest. But his decision to hunt down the mysterious Mr. Kurtz—an ivory trader who is the subject of sinister rumors—leads him into more than just physical peril. The short story Youth, in which Marlow tells of his unlucky experience onboard a ship where the cargo caught fire, is also included.

Another book I read for uni; Lit and Society in Victorian Britain. I also didn’t really enjoy this one and I struggled to understand what happened. I’ve read so much about it and watched so many explanation videos, and I still don’t get it! It’s a bit annoying because I’m doing a group presentation and individual essay on it. Wish me luck!
2 Stars

Heart of Darkness

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda - 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.

Eeeek! I loved this book so so much! I read THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED last month and freekin loved it, and I knew I was going to enjoy this one too. It was fun, the characters were amazingly written, and the story line was both inciteful, deep and light hearted. I cannot wait for the movie to come out.
5 Stars

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

But Then I Came Back - Estelle Laure

Estelle Laure is a bright new talent with a gorgeous voice – perfect for fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell. Eden has always let her head lead the way. It’s why she excels at ballet, at school, and at life in general. But when she nearly drowns and then wakes from a month-long coma, everything is different. She’s troubled by dreams that seem more real than waking life, and her neat cookie-cutter existence is no longer satisfying. Unable to stifle her passionate heart anymore, she finds herself drawn to a boy with melting-chocolate eyes, and to a future different to what she ever imagined. That’s when Eden discovers that when it comes to love, first you fall, then you have to leap. Estelle Laure’s debut, This Raging Light, was a stunning debut with an unforgettable voice that has captured the hearts for readers.

Another incredible book that I loved. After such a streak of boring books, I had two in a row that I loved and finished in a day. The characters were amazing (especially Eden and Joe), the story line was both beautiful and unique, and it is one of the best books I’ve read this year. More thoughts on my review;
5 Stars
Review:

But Then I Came Back

The Names They Gave Us - Emery Lord

Lucy Hansson was ready for a perfect summer with her boyfriend, working at her childhood Bible camp on the lake. But when her mom’s cancer reappears, Lucy falters—in faith, in love, and in her ability to cope. When her boyfriend “pauses” their relationship and her summer job switches to a different camp—one for troubled kids—Lucy isn’t sure how much more she can handle. Attempting to accept a new normal, Lucy slowly regains footing among her vibrant, diverse coworkers, Sundays with her mom, and a crush on a fellow counselor. But when long-hidden family secrets emerge, can Lucy set aside her problems and discover what grace really means?

This was a great story about a teenage girl experiencing new and different things in her life – some good and some bad. Overall I really enjoyed this one; it focused on religion which is something that I rarely read about in YA, but it also focuses on serious topics as well. More thoughts in my review.
4 Stars
Review; June 9

The Names They Gave Us

Countless - Karen Gregory

When Hedda discovers she is pregnant, she doesn’t believe she could ever look after a baby. The numbers just don’t add up. She is young, and still in the grip of an eating disorder that controls every aspect of how she goes about her daily life. She’s even given her eating disorder a name – Nia. But as the days tick by, Hedda comes to a decision: she and Nia will call a truce, just until the baby is born. 17 weeks, 119 days, 357 meals. She can do it, if she takes it one day at a time …

I LOVED this book (I even finished it within a day). It talked about some really touching and heartbreaking topics that aren’t spoken about enough in YA, and I learnt a lot. It was hopeful and emotional, and one of the best books I’ve read this year so far.
5 Stars
Review: June 13

Countless

Rapture - Carol Ann Duffy

The effortless virtuosity, drama and humanity of Carol Ann Duffy’s verse have made her a most admired contemporary poet. Rapture, her seventh collection, is a book-length love poem, and a moving act of personal testimony. But what sets these poems apart from other love poems is Duffy’s refusal to simplify the contradictions of love, and read its transformations–infatuation, longing, passion, commitment, rancour, separation and grief–as either redemptive or destructive. Rapture> is a map of real love, in all its churning complexity; simultaneously direct and subtle, with poems that will find deep resonance in the experience of most readers, it is a collection that speaks for us all.

I read this book of poetry for uni; Intro to English: Ideas of the Real. I love modern poetry, especially love poems, so I thought I was going to enjoy this one. However, I only loved a few, and the rest felt a bit meh. When we start talking about it in class and focusing on individual poems, I might find that I enjoy others too.
3 Stars

Rapture

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

Such a heartbreaking, touching and important read that everyone needs to pick up! I felt such a wide range of emotions while reading this, but overall I loved it (except it was really long). More thoughts in my review coming soon.
4.5 Stars
Review: June 16

The Hate U Give

A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

Overall I enjoyed the conclusion to this trilogy, even though I’m still slightly confused about pretty much the entire second half of the book. I seem to be the only one who prefers ACOTAR to the rest of the books in the series, but I love walking my own path! I’ll have a review up soon!
3.5 Stars
Review: June 20

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

Always and Forever, Lara Jean - Jenny Han

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.
But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

This was such a beautiful and heartwarming end to my favourite contemporary series. There was drama, romance, family, weddings, fights, graduating and so much more going on in this books, and Jenny once again took me on an emotional roller coaster. I just finished reading this less than an hour ago and I already miss the characters and their story (especially Peter who is my number 1 book boyfriend!). If you haven’t read this series and love contemporary, than I HIGHLY recommend you do!
5 Stars

Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #3)

 

Comment below how many books you read in May and what your favourite was. I read so many amazing books this month and it’s hard to pick, but I would have to say my favourite is Lara Jean!!!

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APRIL 2017 WRAP UP

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Hello fellow readers!

Another month done and dusted, and we’re a third of the way through 2017?!? April was another decent reading month;
I read 10 books in total
7 books were for review (reviews coming soon)
2 were for uni
1 was for my own benefit, and it was a poetry book!

I also participated in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon on the 30th and read two and a half books. A blog post will be up about that soon.

Comment below how your reading month was!

Milk and Honey - Rupi Kaur

milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

Everyone talks and posts about this poetry book and I’ve wanted to pick it up for so long. They finally had it in stock so I bought it and devoured it in a day because it made me feel so many emotions! I decided to tag all my favourite poems… which ended up being a majority of the book.
5 Stars.

Milk and Honey

Seven Days of You - Cecilia Vinesse

Sophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the States. Seven days to say good-bye to the electric city, her wild best friend, and the boy she’s harbored a semi-secret crush on for years. Seven perfect days…until Jamie Foster-Collins moves back to Japan and ruins everything. Jamie and Sophia have a history of heartbreak, and the last thing Sophia wants is for him to steal her leaving thunder with his stupid arriving thunder. Yet as the week counts down, the relationships she thought were stable begin to explode around her. 

I liked this book, but I feel like it lacked a lot of things that would have made this a great story. I did a spoiler free review where I discussed everything in more detail, but it was a fun and quick contemporary read.
3 Stars.
Review:

Seven Days of You

Windfall - Jennifer E. Smith

Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.

I loved this book! It had been such a long time since I had read a book that I really loved, but as soon as I picked this up I couldn’t put it down! I think I ended up finishing it in a day; it was fun and different and I think it was what I needed to read to get me back into that reading mood. More thoughts in my review!
5 Stars.
Review: May 4th

Windfall

The Upside of Unrequited - Becky Albertalli

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.
Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.
There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

Another incredible book that I couldn’t put down. I also finished this in a day; it was diverse, I loved the romance, there was family aspects, and it was so much fun. I haven’t read Simon but I now own it and plan on reading it soon. More thoughts in my review.
5 Stars.
Review: May 12

The Upside of Unrequited

King's Cage - Victoria Aveyard

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.
As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

Considering I didn’t really like the previous book in this series, I actually really liked this one. I was more interested in the story and I loved how Mare continued to develop throughout. More of my thoughts can be found in my review coming soon.
4 Stars
Review: 16th May

King's Cage (Red Queen, #3)

Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf

Clarissa Dalloway, elegant and vivacious, is preparing for a party and remembering those she once loved. In another part of London, Septimus Warren Smith is shell-shock and on the brink of madness. Smith’s day interweaves with that of Clarissa and her friends, their lives converge as the party reaches its glittering climax.

I had to read this for my Intro to English: Ideas of the Real uni class. To be honest, I really couldn’t get into the story and I ended up skim reading it and just reading a summary. I was just bored and confused and I really didn’t like that it didn’t have chapters because I didn’t know when to put the book down.
2 Stars.

Mrs Dalloway

Middlemarch - George Eliot

Dorothea is bright, beautiful and rebellious and has married the wrong man. Lydgate is the ambitious new doctor in town and has married the wrong woman. Both of them long to make a difference in the world. But their stories do not proceed as expected…
Middlemarch contains all of life – the rich and the poor, literature and science, politics and romance – and is a stunningly compelling insight into the human struggle to find contentment

Another book I read for uni, this time for my ‘Lit and Society in Victorian Britain’ class. I didn’t hate this book; I enjoyed how we got the life stories of two different characters whose lives linked together, but not “too” together (as in they were from the same town but weren’t romantically connected as I initially assumed). It was just SO long and it dragged on (900 pages!) so I began to lose interest in the end.
3 Stars

Middlemarch

Close Your Eyes - Nicci Cloke

Southfield High School is oh so normal, with its good teachers, its bad, and its cliques. But despite the cliques, there’s a particular group of friends who have known each other forever and know that they can rely on each other for anything.
There’s the twins: Aisha, rebellious, kind, and just a tiny bit worried about what the hell she’s going to do once this year is over, and Vis, smart, quiet and observant. Then there’s Remy, the loudmouth, and Gemma, who’s more interested in college boys and getting into the crap club in town. And then there’s Elise: the pretty one.
But at the start of Year 11, when the group befriend the new boy, Elijah, things start to change. The group find themselves not as close as they used to be.
Until one Tuesday, when the students are trapped inside the school building. And one of them has a gun.

Overall, I really liked this book. I’ve never actually read a book based on a school shooting before so I found that really interesting to read about. I also enjoyed how it was told through different forms of communication; interviews, blogs, messages. It was a bit slow to begin with, but the mystery and suspense in the end made up for that.
4 Stars.
Review: May 19 (my birthday!)

Close Your Eyes

Indelible - Adelia Saunders

Magdalena has an unsettling gift. She sees writing on the body of everyone she meets – names, dates, details both banal and profound – and her only relief from the onslaught of information is to take off her glasses and let the world recede. Mercifully, her own skin is blank.
When she meets Neil, she is intrigued to see her name on his cheek. He’s in Paris for the summer, studying a medieval pilgrimage to the rocky coast of Spain, where the body of Saint Jacques was said to have washed ashore, covered in scallop shells. Desperate to make things right after her best friend dies – a loss she might have prevented – Magdalena embarks on her own pilgrimage, but not before Neil falls for her, captivated by her pale eyes, charming Eastern European accent, and aura of heartbreak.

Despite the blurb sounding really interesting when I first requested it for review, I read it and did not enjoy it at all. Luckily I read it during the 24 Hour Readathon and because it’s a short book I finished it quickly. If it wasn’t for that, I probably would have DNF’ed it because I wasn’t interested in the story or the characters. More details in my review.
2 Stars
Review: May 23

Indelible

The Blue Cat - Ursula Dubosarsky

A boy stood in the playground under the big fig tree. ‘He can’t speak English,’ the children whispered.
Sydney, 1942. The war is coming to Australia – not only with the threat of bombardment, but also the arrival of refugees from Europe. Dreamy Columba’s world is growing larger. She is drawn to Ellery, the little boy from far away, and, together with her highly practical best friend Hilda, the three children embark on an adventure through the harbour-side streets – a journey of discovery and terror, in pursuit of the mysterious blue cat …

I also read this during the 24 Hour Readathon and I managed to finish it in one sitting. It was a nice quick read that was able to educate me on the 40’s war time in Australia. There were some aspects to the story that I enjoyed, but it fell short for me due to the lack of character connection. More of my thoughts will be in my review.
3 Stars
Review: May 26

The Blue Cat

 

Comment below what your favourite book from April was, and what you plan on reading in May!

MARCH READING WRAP UP

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Another average month of reading! I read 10 books again; 4 for uni, 3 for leisure and 3 for review. My favourite book of the month was ‘Love Letters to the Dead’ and it is officially one of my favourite books (everyone check it out if you’re looking for mental health and grief recs)!

Also comment below how many books your read this month and what you’re favourite was!

This Song Will Save Your Life - Leila Sales

Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing.

I really enjoyed this book and it had such a touching story – one that will definitely stay with me for a long time. It probably wasn’t as intriguing of plot driven as I thought it would be, but there was a great representation of mental illness present in the story and the main character and it was described in such a thoughtful way.
4 Stars

This Song Will Save Your Life

* Frogkisser - Garth Nix

Poor Princess Anya. Forced to live with her evil stepmother’s new husband, her evil stepstepfather. Plagued with an unfortunate ability to break curses with a magic-assisted kiss. And forced to go on the run when her stepstepfather decides to make the kingdom entirely his own.

I have a blog post all about this book and fairy tale retellings which I will link below. I was excited for this book because sounded like a fun and intruiging concept, however it didn’t end up meeting my expectations.
2.5 Stars
review:

Frogkisser!

Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

Dickens’s magnificent novel of guilt, desire, and redemption. The orphan Pip’s terrifying encounter with an escaped convict on the Kent marshes, and his mysterious summons to the house of Miss Havisham and her cold, beautiful ward Estella, form the prelude to his “great expectations.” How Pip comes into a fortune, what he does with it, and what he discovers through his secret benefactor are the ingredients of his struggle for moral redemption.

I started reading this book in high school, but stopped now far through because I was bored and didn’t understand it. I had to read it again for my English; Ideas of the Real class, and surprisingly I actually really enjoyed it. Obviously it is a bit slower and focuses on different themes than what I’m used to, but I was invested in the characters and their story. I’m excited to study this further in class!
4 stars.

Great Expectations

Love Letters to the Dead - Ava Dellaira

It begins as an assignment for English class: write a letter to a dead person – any dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain – he died young, and so did Laurel’s sister May – so maybe he’ll understand a bit of what Laurel is going through. Soon Laurel is writing letters to lots of dead people – Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, River Phoenix, Amelia Earhart… it’s like she can’t stop. And she’d certainly never dream of handing them in to her teacher. She writes about what it’s like going to a new high school, meeting new friends, falling in love for the first time – and how her family has shattered since May died.

This is one of the most beautifully written books that I’ve read in a long time, and the story touched me in a way that very few books do. I cried, I laughed, and I fell in love with Laurel and her story. I think it’s a really important story that everyone should read, and I love how Laurel saves herself in the end.
5 stars.

Love Letters to the Dead

* We Come Apart - Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan

Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess’s home life is overshadowed by violence. When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship grows into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and hopeful futures. But will they be able to save each other, let alone themselves?
For fans of Una LaMarche’s Like No Other, this illuminating story told in dual points of view through vibrant verse will stay with readers long after they’ve turned the last page.

Another incredible book that is a really important read and gave me all the feels! It’s the first book I’ve ever read that’s told in free verse and I thought this made the story all the more emotional. More details in my spoiler free review soon to come!
4.5 stars.
Review; April 18th

We Come Apart

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead and subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman’s passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.

I read this last year and to be honest I found it boring and stopped paying attention to the story about half way through. I’m doing an essay on Jane Eyre for my Victorian Britain Lit class so I decided to reread it, and I LOVED IT!!!! It’s become one of my favourite classics and I appreciated Jane as a character and her incredible story.
5 Stars

Jane Eyre

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour - Morgan Matson

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

I’ve read all of Morgan’s other books and I’ve loved all of them – the romances are always adorable and the stories are always fun. Amy and Roger is no exception! Although this isn’t my favourite of her works and the story fell slightly short for me, it was still a fun and light hearted read.
3.5-4 stars (I can’t decide)

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

Because You'll Never Meet Me - Leah Thomas

Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie is allergic to electricity. Contact with it causes debilitating seizures. Moritz’s weak heart is kept pumping by an electronic pacemaker. If they ever did meet, Ollie would seize. But Moritz would die without his pacemaker. Both hermits from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark times—as Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him.

What I loved about this book is that it focused on the developing friendship between two teenage boys, and this is somethings that I rarely read about. Both characters are diverse and have been through a lot in their lives which definitely added to the plot and character development, however I found myself disinterested in most of the story. Find out more of my thoughts in my review coming soon.
3 Stars
Review: April 21st

Because You'll Never Meet Me

Our Mutual Friend - Charles Dickens

Following his father’s death John Harmon returns to London to claim his inheritance, but he finds he is eligible only if he marries Bella Wilfur. To observe her character he assumes another identity and secures work with his father’s foreman, Mr Boffin, who is also Bella’s guardian.

I read this for my Victorian Lit class. I actually struggled to read this because there were so many characters and so many different things going on and I actually couldn’t even understand half of the million story lines! Luckily for me I don’t have to do an assignment on this one!
2 Stars

Our Mutual Friend

The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde’s brilliant play makes fun of the English upper classes with light-hearted satire and dazzling humour. It is 1890’s England and two young gentlemen are being somewhat limited with the truth. To inject some excitement into their lives, Mr Worthing invents a brother, Earnest, as an excuse to leave his dull country life behind him to pursue the object of his desire, the ravishing Gwendolyn. While across town Algernon Montecrieff decides to take the name Earnest, when visiting Worthing’s young ward Cecily.

I enjoyed the play despite the quick and basic story line. However, I watched the 2002 movie and I actually liked it a lot more! The humour definitely came out a lot more, I found anyway, and I really liked the romance between the boys and their love interests.
3 Stars

The Importance of Being Earnest

DECEMBER 2016 READING WRAP UP

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I can’t believe December is over – another year done and dusted! This post is a bit late, but I’ve had so many other posts that I’ve wanted to upload so this one got pushed back a bit. I didn’t read as much as I wanted to last month since I was so busy with Christmas, family and just enjoying the sunshine. It didn’t bother me too much though because I still read seven books, and I not only reached my Goodreads reading goal of 150 books, but I reached the 153 mark!

Comment below what the last book you read in 2016 was!

 

Lyrebird – Cecelia Ahern

I was sent a copy of Lyrebird by Harper Collins in exchange for a review, which you can check out below. I was a little bit dissapointed with this book because I have read two of Ahern’s books before (Love, Rosie and Flawed) and I absolutely loved both of them, so I had high expectations. Unfortunately, I found the story kind of boring and felt like I had to finish the book because I needed to write a review. It is adult chic lit which is different to the usual YA that I read, but I usually like chic lit still (and I loved Love, Rosie). It wasn’t bad, it was just boring.

3 Stars.

Review:  https://alwaysandforeverreading.wordpress.com/2016/12/11/lyrebird-cecelia-ahern/

Lyrebird

Songs About A Girl – Chris Russel

This book put me back in the reading mood and I was so grateful. I’ve talked about it a few times (and it even made it in my Top 16 of 2016) but it was such a fun and creative read. It reminded me a little bit of a fan fiction since the main character falls for two members of a band, but I liked it and it was perfect for the mood that I was in. I don’t usually like love triangles, but I didn’t mind it in this instance and I think Russel did a good job at it. I’m Team Gabriel <3.

5 Stars.

Songs About a Girl

Looking For Alibrandi – Melina Marchetta

Another book that made it on my Top 16 of 2016, and this is probably my new favourite book of all time. It counted as my classic for the month of December – it’s an Australian modern classic that most kids have to read or watch the film in high school. My class never did, so when I watched the movie a few months ago, I fell in love with it straight away. I read the book in less than a day and I loved it even more. I relate to Josie so much, and her Italian family reminds me so much of my own. I already want to read it gain!

5 Stars.

Looking for Alibrandi

My Best Friend Is A Goddess – Tara Eglington

Thanks to Harper Collins for sending me a copy of the book to review, which you can check out below. This book follows the story of two teenage girls in high school, and although I feel like younger readers may appreciate the story a lot more, I found it a fun and lighthearted read which can be good sometimes. I liked how the story was told between the perspectives of the two girls, and we got post present and past stories and thoughts from both of them. I liked the realistic and unpredictable end, and even though romance was a big part of the book, it was more about the friendship between the two girls.

4.5 Stars

Review: https://alwaysandforeverreading.wordpress.com/2016/12/18/my-best-friend-is-a-goddess-tara-eglington/

My Best Friend is a Goddess

My True Love Gave To Me – Stephanie Perkins

This is an anthology or series of short stories with the theme focusing around the time of Christmas and New Year. I read this about a week before Christmas which was good because it really got me in the festive spirit despite all the stories being set in winter and snow, when I was reading the book in 40 degree celcius heat (I’m not even joking)! There were some stories that I absolutely loved, and a few that I just skimmed through because they didn’t really interest me, but overall I liked the book and I just love Christmas in general.

4.5 Stars

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

The Song From Somewhere Else – A.F. Harrold

Thanks to Bloomsbury for sending me a copy to review, which you can check out below. This book is directed to a younger audience and I think it’s classified as a children’s book – it’s short and contains illustrations, but this only made me love the story more. The pictures definitely added character to the book and helped me visualise the story. Although it’s a book for younger readers, it wasn’t childish, despite the main characters being young children. It was dark and scary, yet beautiful at the same time. I was left with goosebumps at the end.

4.5 Stars

Review: https://alwaysandforeverreading.wordpress.com/2016/12/31/the-song-from-somewhere-else-a-f-harrold/

The Song From Somewhere Else

A Quiet Kind Of Thunder – Sara Barnard

This was sent to me by Pan Macmillan to review as part of their official blog tour which you can check out below. This is such a touching and beautifully written book and I am so glad that I read it. Both the characters are so diverse – Rhys is deaf and Steffi is a selective mute and has suffers from anxiety. What I love is that these two completely different characters come together and they really do bring the best out of each other. I have a lot more to say, but you can check it out in my review.

5 Stars

Review:

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

And that’s my last reading wrap up of 2016! Comment below how many books you read in December and if you managed to reach your reading goals!