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Tag: Mid-Year Book Freak Out

I wasn’t tagged by anyone specific, but I did just see Elizabeth @Imaginationinprint right HERE, if you want to check it out!

Believe it or not but I am about ten books ahead on my GoodReads reading schedule, so I have read 63 books already this year! Still I’m going to choose only new reads to try and cut the down a Β bit, but that still leaves me with 37 books to choose from, so let’s go!

 

The best book of the year so far…

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ACOWAR (ACOTAR #3) by Sarah J. Maas

I was trying to come up with something else, but why bother?

The Best Sequel of the Year so far…

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Book Review: Orbiting Jupiter

Orbiting Jupiter, is one of Zoella’s Book Club pick for 2017, and I would like to discuss it with you guys. This will be completely SPOILER FREE, so fear not, but heads up, it wasn’t may favourite.

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Plot:

The plot is not a bad plot. It’s the story of a fourteen year old boy, Joseph, who moves in with a new foster family, from a juvenile detention centre, or at the very least some sort of school for unruly teens. He’s already got a girl pregnant, and now has a daughter, Jupiter, who he’s not allowed to see. And that’s just the background info, for this book. Schmidt has done a brilliant job fitting so much plot into such a little book, and it’s an interesting, unusual look at teenage life.

Characters:

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Wrap-Up: Camp NaNoWriMo July 2017Β 

And Camp NaNoWriMo, the final Camp of the year is finally over! Hallelujah!

Technically I’d did win Camp This month, but I had to reduce my goal significantly, so I really didn’t get any of my goals accomplished. Of course, I did write 12,500 words, which I wouldn’t have otherwise, so it wasn’t a complete disaster.

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August TBR

This is what I should be reading, but I also have a lot to catch up on from last month, so we’ll see how it goes.Β The final month of summer already, the final month of 2016 Man Booker, the final month of A Summer of Austen and I, for one, am looking forward to Winter.

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Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

18300262.jpgMy penultimate Austen book, and the final one that I haven’t read before, I never thought this day would come. Fanny Price is taken from poverty to be raised by her rich Aunt and uncle at Mansfield Park. Isolated and lonely in her new home, her only friend is her cousin Edmund. Then the Crawley’s arrive, Marry and Henry, bringing with them all the glamour of London. As everyone flirts with each other, wires are closed, hearts are broken and Fanny is the only one with a little bit of doubt about the new arrivals. Without her ally, Fanny finds her self even more alone than usual, as she struggles to deal with new found feelings.

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July Wrap-Up

It’s officially July, and that marks the halfway point of 2017. Can you believe it? As you will see, July meant that I threw my TBR out of the window, almost completely, which is going to leave me catching up in August. But, on the bright side, I did clear my currently reading shelf!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, read by Rosamund Pike 🌟🌟🌟🌟

28095737This is the second time reading Pride and Prejudice, and I have to admit that I enjoyed it far more the second time. I know I don’t have to give you a little plot summary because, well… It’s Pride and Prejudice. What stood out for me, this time, was the banter between Darcy and Elizabeth, which probably isn’t very surprising. Also, and I might be completely alone int his, but I really likes Mr Collins, who is probably one of the most comical characters. Already, I want to read it again!

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, narrated by a whole cast of people 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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July Haul

Oops. Every time I decide to minimise my TBR I seem to end up being another load of books, and here’s what I bought this month.

 

 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, narrated by Thandie Newton

29934717It was the Audible Daily Deal, okay, so don’t judge me for my fourth copy of Jane Eyre. Jane Eyre, if you hadn’t already guessed is my favourite book, and is the faux-autobiographical story of Jane’s life. From a mistreated orphan, to boarding school, to her first position as a governess, we follow Jane as she tries to make a life for herself. Despite the potentially intimidating length, this is a surprisingly accessible classic, partly die to the first person narration, and I’m sure even more so in audiobook form, so I look forward to trying it out.

Titus Andronicus and Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare (RSC Edition)

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My English Lit Degree

Last week I heard back to Reading for, maybe, the final time, to attend my graduation ceremony. So, yeah, I graduation and now it’s official that I have a degree in English Literature.

My Subject

English Literature had always, and will always be my favourite subject, mostly due to the simple fact that I love to read. I didn’t pick it with any career in mind, I just chose it because I loved it. When choosing your own subject the biggest bit of advice is do something that you acre about, because believe me, if you have no motivation going into the course, you will have none by the end.

My Modules

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July TBR

Yay July, my birthday month, although but the time this goes up it’ll probably have already been my birthday! I am hoping to read 6 books this month, and hopefully finished some of those that have been on my ‘Currently Reading’ for the last few months.

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Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

18300264Continuing with my Summer of Austen comes another less well-known, at least by me, Austen novel. Northanger Abbey is supposed to be a Gothic satire, so as a lover of Gothic fiction I am all over this already. Our protagonist, Catherine, falls in love with Henry, who then invites her to his family estate. Sounds legit, so far. Of course, what he probably doesn’t mention is that his family estate, Northanger Abbey, is straight out of a Gothic novel. It’s old it’s creepy, Β it’s ominous and most importantly of all it is full of secrets. I’m really interested in seeing how the satire is presented and also how reliable our protagonist is, weather there s something to fear or is it all a part of her over-active imagination.

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June Wrap-Up

Persuasion by Jane Austen 🌟🌟🌟🌟

18300265I’m not a huge Austen fan (I know, absolutely sinful) but I have to say that after finishing this book, I am (hesitantly) optimistic for my Summer of Austen. Charting the return of Frederick Wentworth, who Anne ended her engagement with due to the interference of others, this is a book about past regrets. I really enjoyed Persuasion, though that’s not to say that it didn’t have it’s dull points. Still, had it’s dramatic points, it was full of angst, and had a really nicely written letter. I am a character focused reader, and while I did feel a little bit indifferent toward Anne, Captain Wentworth kept me interested. Would I read it again? Definitely!

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June Haul

Hello, welcome to June, and it’s over already! But that’s okay because it’s my birthday next month, and by next month I mean in a couple of days time! Until then these are the books that I bought in June.

Mr Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker

29773957Remember when I said that Jane Eyre is my absolute favourite book in the world? Remember when i said how much I love alternative POV’s? Well my prayers may have been answered with this book. The story of Mr Rochester, the main love interest in Jane Eyre, but wait theres more. This books is first person. I’ll just let that sink in for a moment. First person. Mr Rochester. Don’t get me wrong, I have my reservations, since this obviously isn’t written by Charlotte Bronte, but unless I can raise her from the grave and force her to write this book, Mr Rochester is as close as I’m going to get.

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