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JuneWrap Up

Today I will be sharing with you all the books that I read in June. I didn’t have the best reading month in June as I was only able to finish 5 books. I’ve had quite a busy month as I have started a new job and moved flats. I am also reading The Goldfinch which is over 800 pages so it is taking me quite awhile to get through. I’m hoping that July will be a better reading month but I am moving again in July so I am not sure how much I will be able to read.

Ignite

Ignite by Kaitlyn Davis– This is a vampire novel where conduits are the only people that are able ton kill vampires. The conduits are split into two groups and the main character Kira is a mix of both. At the start of this book, I did get a lot of similarities to Twilight but there are a lot of differences. I wasn’t a huge fan of the romance in this book but I did like Kira as the main character. Overall I thought that this was an ok book but I probably won’t continue on with the series.

The Thousandth Floor

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee– I really enjoyed this book. It is set in a futuristic New York and follows a group of teenagers. This book had a lot of Gossip Girl vibes which I really enjoyed. I can’t wait for the second book to come out as this book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger.

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour Read

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson– If you are looking for a cute summer contemporary read then this is the book for you. This book follows Amy and Roger as they make a road trip across America. This book made me want to go on a road trip so badly. I am really looking forward to reading more from Morgan Matson in the future.

Where Rainbows End Read

Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern– I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy this book as it is told through letters but I ended up really enjoying it. We get to see two best friends group up and start their own lives. I thought that the characters were really realistic and although the ending was predictable it was still an enjoyable read.

Days of Blood and Starlight Read

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor– This book wasn’t as good as the first book but I still really enjoyed it. I find the world in this series really interesting and I love Laini’s writing. I can’t  wait to see how the series will be wrapped up in the next book.

What did you read this month?

Kirsty xoxo

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May Wrap Up

Today I am sharing with you all of the books that I read in the month of May. I had a really good month and read a total of 12 books. This is made up of two 5 stars, two 4 stars, four 3 stars, three 2 stars and one 1 star. I had a really mixed month reading a range of books that I enjoyed and some that I didn’t enjoy.

A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas– I decided to reread this book before reading the second one. I loved this book the second time round and I am really glad that I decided to reread it as I had forgotten a lot of what happened. I found this book to be really addicting and fast paced so I just flew through it.

Oliver Twist Read

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens- This was the classic that I decided to read this month. I really enjoyed reading this. I knew the basic plot of this book but I am glad that I finally read it. I found the characters to be really interesting and although at first, the pacing is a little slow I soon got into it.

Juliet Naked

Juliet Naked by Nick Hornby- I really did not enjoy this story. I felt that not a lot happened for the majority of the book and it moved very slowly. The characters felt very dull and not very memorable.

Ruthless

Ruthless by Sara Shepard- It is my goal to finish this series by the end of this year. I am finding that has these books progress they get even more far fetched and not as enjoyable as the earlier books.

A Court of Mist and Fury

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas- I really enjoyed this book and I thought that it was an excellent continuation of the story. We get to see a lot more of Rhys in this book and I grew to like him a lot more in this book. The ending was very shocking and I can’t wait to see how the story continues in the next book.

Maestra

Maestra by L.S. Hilton- I thought that this book was a thriller and it kind of is but it is more of an erotica novel. There is a lot of graphic sex in this book and very little in the way of plot.

King's Cage

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard- I was nervous going into this book as I didn’t enjoy Glass Sword but this was much better. We get Evangeline’s POV in this book which I found really interesting and I enjoyed seeing her character developed.

Hunted

Hunted by P.C. and Kristin Cast- This book was ok but I felt that not a lot happened. This book focused more on Zoey’s boy troubles rather than the actual story.

Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher- This was a difficult book to rate as I read it really quickly but I felt that it wasn’t as good as the hype. I didn’t like that the characters didn’t really face any consequences to their actions apart from the feeling of guilt. Some of what happened was really serious and I felt that the characters should have received more of a punishment.

The Virgin Suicides

The Virgin Suicides by Jefferey Eugenides- I really did not enjoy this book. I felt that this book moved very slowly and not a lot happened. I didn’t really like the narration as I felt that I didn’t connect with any of the characters.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown Read

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black- This book was a massive struggle to finish. It is a vampire novel but I felt that it lacked any of the excitement that usually goes with this sort of novel. I really did struggle to finish this and I even considered DNFing it.

Paris For One and Other Stories Read

Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes- This was an ok collection of short stories. Some of them were really enjoyable but some of them I really didn’t enjoy. Overall it was just an ok collection and I felt that some of the stories were very unnecessary.

Overall I had a really mixed reading month, I read some really good books but I also read quite a few that I really didn’t enjoy.

What did you read this month?

Kirsty xoxo

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March and April Wrap Up

Today I am sharing my wrap-up for March and April.

Caraval Read

Caraval by Stephanie Garber- Caraval is a mysterious that Scarlett and her sister have wanted to play for years. When they get tickets they are really excited until her sister is kidnapped as part of the game and Scarlett has to find her. I really enjoyed this book there was so much mystery and I didn’t know who to trust. This book was really fast paced and I flew through it. I can’t wait for the sequel to come out.

Number the Stars

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry- This book is set during WW2 in Denmark. Annemarie’s family takes in her Jewish friend Ellen whilst they plan to help her escape to Sweeden. Despite being a short book I thought it was really good. I didn’t know about Denmark’s involvement in the war. The Danish helped the majority of Jews in their country escape to Sweeden. I think this book did a really good job at showing how brave people were and how people risked their lives in order to save others.

Through the Looking Glass

Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll- After reading Alice in Wonderland I was looking forward to reading this book but I thought that it wasn’t as good as the first book. This book seemed to make even less sense than the first book and we are introduced to new characters that weren’t quite as engaging as the characters in the first book. The ending felt very abrupt in this book and ended in the same way as the first with Alice waking from a dream.

Ready Player One

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline- I had heard so many good things about this book but I wasn’t sure if it was for me as it is a science fiction novel about gaming which is not something that I am interested in. I ended up really enjoying this book. It is fast paced and the world was really interesting as it takes place within a virtual reality.

Traitor to the Throne

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton- This is the second book in the Rebel of the Sands series. I was hoping that this book would be an improvement on the first one as I felt it had a lot of potential, unfortunately, it was a bit disappointing. I felt that the story dragged with the majority of the action not happening until the end of the book.

Sushi for Beginners

Sushi for Beginners by Marian Keyes- This book was ok although in places it moved very slowly. I didn’t really connect with any of the characters.

My Name is Victoria

My Name is Victoria by Lucy Worsley- After reading Eliza Rose last year I was really excited to read this book. I really enjoyed this book as it followed a young Queen Victoria and she is someone I have become more interested in after watching the tv show Victoria. I liked Lucy’s take on the events and I can clearly see that she is passionate about history and knows the topic well.

See You in the Cosmos

See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng- I thought that this was an enjoyable read. I liked the main character Alex, we got to see him develop a lot during this book. I also really liked all of the side characters.

Optimists Die First

Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen- I didn’t particularly like the way that the author presented mental health in this book. The main character suffers from anxiety and her friends found it funny and the main love interest wanted to ‘fix’ her which I did not like. I felt that the plot was very predictable and not very different from other YA contemporaries.

One of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus- I thought that this was a really enjoyable read and I was hooked from the start. Although I guessed the culprit early on the author kept revealing details that made me doubt the other characters.

 

April

The Idea of You

The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse- I thought that this was really well written and could feel the characters emotion as they experienced each miscarriage. The way that the author wrote about it made it feel very realistic and it was quite an emotional read.

The Death Cure

The Death Cure by James Dashner- I thought that this was a good conclusion to the series. It was fast-paced and full of action. The ending was a little too convenient but overall I was satisfied with how the story wrapped up.

Midnight Crossroad

Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris- I really did not enjoy this book. I felt that nothing really happened for the majority of the book. I wasn’t a fan of any of the characters and overall this book was not for me.

Peter Pan

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie- I really enjoyed this book. The book is more sinister than the Disney film. I really enjoyed reading about Neverland and I think that this would be a really interesting book to study.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor- This book was amazing. I loved the world and the characters that Laini Taylor has created. I found the plot to be really interesting and I was hooked from the start.

The Names They Gave Us

The Names They Gave US by Emery Lord- This was a disappointing read. I was really hoping to enjoy it but I felt that not much happened. The romance became a big plot point and I wasn’t a huge fan of it.

Kirsty xoxo

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February Wrap Up

Today I am going to be sharing with the books that I read in the month of February. I had a pretty good month as I was able to read 9 books which is better than last month. Although it isn’t quite as good as last year. The 9 books that I read totaled 3300 pages and I read mainly 3-star books with a couple of 4 stars and one 5-star read. I read a range of genres including; historical fiction, fantasy, contemporary, mystery and one classic.

jane-steele

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye- I was really excited for this book as it is a sort of retelling of Jane Eyre. The main character has many similarities to Jane Eyre except that she is a serial killer. I found the first part of the book to be really enjoyable I especially liked the section where Jane was at school. However, the second half of the book really let it down as it was much slower and became focused on a romance.

the-girl-on-the-train

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins- I really enjoyed Gone Girl and whenever I hear reviews about this book people always compare it to Gone Girl. I didn’t enjoy this as much as Gone Girl. I found the pacing to be a lot slower and it didn’t grip me in the same way that Gone Girl did.

between-shades-of-gray

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys- This was by far the best book that I read this month. I am a huge fan of Ruta’s other books particularly Salt to the Sea. This is another WW2 book and it did not disappoint me. I think that Ruta is very good and creating a story and characters that you care about. I can’t wait to see what she does next.

meet-me-at-beachcomber-bay

Meet Me At Beachcomber Bay by Jill Mansell- This was another fun read by Jill Mansell. I loved all the characters in this book and I thought that it dealt with some difficult topics in a really realistic way. Despite the plot being quite predictable, it was still a really enjoyable read.

tales-from-the-shadowhunter-academy

Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare- It was great to be back in the Shadowhunting world again. I did enjoy this collection but I didn’t think it was as good as The Bane Chronicles. I do wish that I read this before reading Lady Midnight as we learn a lot of things in this collection that are relevant in Lady Midnight.

the-secret-lives-of-the-amir-sisters

The Secret Lives Of The Amir Sisters by Nadiya Hussain- When I found out that Nadiya was writing a book I really wanted to check it out. I really liked that this book focused on a family relationship rather than a romantic one. I also really liked that Nadiya had incorporated her personal background into the story. However, I did think that plot was quite basic and the story was quite predictable. I am interested to see what Nadiya will do in the future.

sense-and-sensibility

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen- This isn’t my favourite book from Austen but it was quite an enjoyable read. I thought that this story was a bit slow and took me awhile to get into. The male leads in this book didn’t really appeal to me so it made it difficult to understand why the characters liked them. I felt that the ending was a bit rushed, I definitely prefer Austen’s later work.

the-gatecrasher

The Gatecrasher by Madeleine Wickham- I have found that I don’t tend to enjoy Madeleine’s books as much as Sophie’s despite them being written by the same person. I find that Sophie’s earlier books written under her real name are not as funny as her more recent work. However, I did really enjoy this story. I thought that the plot was interesting as it is about a woman who preys on grieving men. I found this to be a really enjoyable read and I sped through it.

the-bad-beginning

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket- I decided to reread this as I want to watch the new Netflix series but wanted to refresh myself on the story and the characters. I did originally give this 4 stars but I decided to lower this to 3 after rereading it. I didn’t enjoy the writing style as much. I didn’t like how the author kept explaining words meant although I realise that he does this because it is a children’s book. Overall it was still an enjoyable read but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did when I was younger.

What books did you read in February?

Kirsty xoxo

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January Wrap Up

Today I am sharing with you the books that I read in the month of January. I read 7 books last month which I am quite happy with although it is half of what I read in January in 2016. I am currently in my last year of university so I don’t always get the time to read as much as I would like to. I read quite a lot of 2 and 3-star books this month which isn’t that great. My favourite book of the month is a tie between Room and Beautiful Broken Things.

the-horse-and-his-boy

The Horse and His Boy by C.S.Lewis- I found this story so boring and I really struggled to finish it. It is a really short book but it felt like it took me forever to read it. I found the story really confusing and not a lot happened for the majority of the book.

beautiful-broken-things

Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard- I really like that this book focused on friendship rather than romance. All the characters in this book were really realistic and the situation that they were in felt like a real situation. Sara dealt with a difficult topic in a really successful way.

uprooted

Uprooted by Naomi Novik- I was expecting to really enjoy this book as I had heard so many good things about it but I really did not like it. I found it to be really slow and boring. I struggled to get through it and I even considered DNFing it.

summer-days-summer-nights

Summer Days, Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkins- I was really concerned that I wasn’t going to like this book as I didn’t enjoy the first few stories. However, I did end up enjoying it as the stories got better. I don’t think that this was as good as My True Love Gave To Me but it was still an enjoyable read.

frankenstein

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley- This was my classic of the month and I enjoyed reading it. It took me a while to get into but I ended up liking it. This is a very slow moving book but it is quite an easy read compared to other classics that I have read.

wayfarer-read

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken- I was a little disappointed with this book. I really enjoyed Passenger and I was expecting a lot from the finale but it didn’t deliver for me. It was very slow and it took me a really long time to get into it.

room

Room by Emma Donoghue- This book is just as good as everyone says it is. It took me awhile to get used to Jack’s POV but I think that it worked really well for the book.

What was your favourite book that you read in January?

Kirsty xoxo

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November Wrap Up

Today I am sharing with you all the books I read in November. I had a better month but it still isn’t as much as usually read. I’m in my last year at university so I am concentrating on my work so I don’t have as much time to read as I would like.

the-amateurs

The Amateurs by Sara Shepard- This is Sara’s most recent book and I really enjoyed it. Most people will recognise Sara for the Pretty Little Liars and Lying Game series. This is the first book in a new series. This book follows a group of teens who try to find out what happened to a girl who went missing and then later turned up dead. I think that Sara is excellent at creating mysteries. This book was really fast paced and there were so many unexpected twists.

stolen

Stolen by Kelley Armstrong- I really enjoy this series. This is an urban fantasy series which follows different supernatural characters. Elena is kidnapped by a group of supernatural enthusiasts. I missed seeing the romance between Elena and Clay as they were separated for the majority of the book.

shopaholic-and-baby

Shopaholic and Baby by Sophie Kinsella- This was another fun addition to the series. I love following Becky’s journey. She is such a funny character and I really enjoy these books due to how much fun they are to read.

the-kingmakers-daughter

The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory- I love historical fiction especially if it is set during the Tudor period. I really enjoy Philippa Gregory’s books. This one follows Anne Neville and her journey from being married to Edward of Lancaster to marrying Richard the 3rd.

the-sun-is-also-a-star

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon- A lot of people seem to really love this book but for me, it was just ok. It follows Natasha and Daniel who meet the day before Natasha is being deported. This is a love story and for me, it was just too insta-love. I did appreciate the diverse range of characters though and the realistic ending.

the-crown

The Crown by Kiera Cass- This is the conclusion to The Selection series and I ended up enjoying it more than I thought I would. I wasn’t too keen on The Heir but I thought that this was much better. Eadlyn didn’t pick who I was expecting her to which was a nice surprise. I did feel that the ending was a bit rushed  and I would have liked to have seen Eadlyn’s wedding or her life after her wedding.

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer- I was really excited for this book and I am glad to say that it did not disappoint me. I think that Marissa Meyer did an excellent of using the original material in order to create her story. After reading this I really want to read the original book and rewatch the films. I would highly recommend this book and it is definitely my favourite book of the month.

i-heart-london

I Heart London by Lindsey Kelk- Another fun installment to this series. This time Angela, Alex, and Jenny go to London. Whilst there Angela’s parents convince them to get married but obviously things do not go according to plan.

What was your favourite book that you read this month?

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September and October Wrap Up

I am combining my wrap up for September and October because I read hardly any books. I have been in a major reading slump the past couple of months which is why I haven’t blogged very much. I don’t know what happened but I just lost all my motivation to read I am now back to reading and I am hoping that my slump is over.

twisted

Twisted by Sara Shepard- I really think that this series should have stopped at Wanted as this book was really repetitive. I think that Wanted wrapped up the story quite well and carrying on the series seems a bit pointless. I do plan on finishing the series as I want to see where Sara Shepard takes the series.

wintergirls

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson- This book followed Lia who had an eating disorder. I found this book really hard to get into as it was really slow moving. I think that the author did a good job of portraying the eating disorder as it seemed really realistic. I wasn’t a fan of the writing style in this book as the author used a lot of metaphors and at times it was difficult to distinguish between what was real and what was a metaphor. I feel that this book has been overhyped as although I didn’t think it was a bad book it wasn’t as good as I was expecting.

small-great-things

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult- This book deals with racism which I feel is such an important topic. I found this book to be really thought provoking and I think that it is a really important read. I think that it did a good job of highlighting the issues that people can face just because they are of a different race. I felt that the ending was a little bit too convenient although it did wrap up the story well.

before-i-fall

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver- The main character in this book dies and we get to her life the same day over and over again. It took me a really long time to get into this book as I found the story a little confusing at the start. I found it to be really repetitive and I got bored of reading about the same events again and again. The ending felt really abrupt and it just kind of tailed off something I have noticed with Lauren Oliver’s books.

something-in-between

Something In Between by Melissa de la Cruz- This book follows Jasmine who discovers that she is in the country illegally. This book interested me as it is about an important topic and I haven’t seen any other YA books that deal with it. I felt that the romance 0overtook the main plot and I wasn’t a fan of the romance as it had too much drama.

 

we-were-on-a-break

We Were On A Break by Lindsey Kelk- This was a fun read. Adam is about to propose to Liv but they end up taking a break instead. I found parts of this book amusing but I was really annoyed with Adam and Liv they should have just talked to one another instead of avoiding each other. I found the changing perspectives quite confusing as they seemed to change quite abruptly.

Kirsty xoxo