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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 šŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸ

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 peopleĀ šŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸ

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June TBR

So here we are at long last, the beginning of Summer! Hopefully my plan is to get a job but while I am doing that these are the books that I am aiming to read. You can tell that I’m home now that the formats are no longer equal.

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Kindle:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

28095737If you haven’t seen my Summer of Austen post yet then you won’t know that I am aiming to read all of Austen’s novels over the summer. Pride and Prejudice will be a re-read for me, but I’m hoping to read it myself instead of the audiobook but maybe I’ll end up doing a little bit of both. Since this is probably the most well known novel in the English language I don’t think you need much of a summary, but here goes nothing. Mrs Bennet mother to five unmarried daughters os over the moon at the arrival of new gentlemen in the neighbourhood. I guess you can see where this is going.

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The Man Booker Shortlist 2016

Would you look at this, a post about last years Man Booker Prize, which probably seems a little out of place. But fear not, this is serving a purpose. Alongside my Summer of Austen, I’m intending to read all of the shortlisted books. Can you tell I’m done with university? Wondering why? Then you might want to check out my New Years Resolutions.

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

22237161This is actually the winner, but not one that immediately grabs my attention, still maybe this will surprise me and be my favourite. Still, I do really like this cover, which is usually a good sign. Centered around a race trial, The Sellout follows one man though his unusualĀ upbringing, presumably somewhere in the US.

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Book Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

ā€œThere is no such thing as bad people. Weā€™re all just people who sometimes do bad things.ā€

Title:Ā It Ends With Us

28336051Author:Ā Colleen Hoover

Release date: August 2nd 2016

Pages:Ā 367

GoodReads Rating: 4.5

My Rating:Ā 5 stars

The Plot:Ā A heart wrenching, novel about love, loss and the price that comes with it, It Ends With Us is a New Adult novel from the queen of NA.Ā We begin with Lily and her new boyfriend, hot, arrogant, neurosurgeon, Ryle, but all is not peachy with the two of them. She begins thinking back to her first love, Atlas, through diary entries made by her 15 year old self.

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Book Tag: Beauty and the Beast

With the film out last month I figured it was the perfect time to try this tag out. I found this tag over on BookFandom1001, andĀ thought it looked like so much fun, so thanks for a great tag Lena. You can check her picks out here!

Rules :Ā 

1)Tag at least four people

2)Thank the creator

3)Make sure you answer honestlyĀ 

Belle: someone who is willing to sarifice themselves for someone they love?Ā 

Chaol Westfall.

We’ll always love you for what you did in Queen of Shadows.

Beast: A good character development?Ā 

Feyre from ACoTaR/ACoMaF

Because what she needs in ACoTaR is so not what she needs in ACoMaF

Lumiere: A character that gives good relationship advice?

Christina from The Dark Artifices by Cassie Clare

Girl always knows what to say

Cogsworth: A loyal character (a person you can trust?)

Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom

You can always trust a dishonest man to be dishonest, it’s the honest ones you have to watch out for.


Mrs. Potts: A mothering character (a character that you would want as a mum)?

Gansey from The Raven Cycle

I mean the boy collects lost causes. He can collect me.

Gaston: A character you hate that everybody else loves?Ā 

Will Herondale fromĀ The Infernal Devices

Once upon a time I was young, and stupid, and bitter, and didn’t like Mr Herondale. fear not though, that is no longer the case. I am now all about the Herondales!

The Enchantress: A person who put a curse on someone?

Not quite a person but remember Marbas, anyone? From The Infernal Devices by Cassie Clare?

Now that was a curse.


I tag:

Elizabeth Ā @ImaginationInPrint| Elen @TheDragonReader| Rendz @ReadingWithRendz|Ā Aisya and Marcela @InkedEpiphanies| Grace @GraceGetsBooks

I haven’t checked, so you may have already done this, but if not, consider yourselves tagged!

Thanks for reading!

Victoria

 

 

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April Wrap-Up

I feel like all I do in my intros is say how busy this month has been, but, yes April meant the deadline for my dissertation and the start of my exams. Of course I still powered through some books, and here is what I managed to read this month:

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The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicles #1) by Patrick RothfussĀ šŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸ

2913377Annoyingly I finished this the day after my March Wrap-Up went up, so this is still technically a March book, even though it’s here in my April Wrap-Up. Anyway, I really enjoyed this book, and I went into this a bit sceptical after The Lies of Locke Lamora last year, but it really impressed me. Part of a trilogy this book chronicles the first part Kvothe’s life as he tells the story to a Chronicler who has come to his tavern. This is a fantasy book, in case you haven’t guessed, and Rothfuss did an excellent job with the world building. I that department it really reminded me of Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy. Also that characters were excellent, even the minor ones seemed to be fleshed out, reminding me a lot of A Song of Ice and Fire. Even though I am making a fair few comparisons to other high fantasy masterpiecesĀ The Name of the Wind definitely stands proud on its own two feet as an example of fantastic high fantasy, with Rothfuss’ spellbinding world of magic, monsters and myth.

De Profundis by Oscar WildeĀ šŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸ

11060845De Profundis, a 50,000 word letter that Wilde wrote while in prison for homosexuality, was really great. I didn’t realise that the edition I have, the free kindle one because I’m a cheapskate, is not the full text but the edited version that was published at the beginning of the 20th century, but I still really enjoyed it. Wilde explores so many themes from art to the soul, and touches upon so many different sources. It was a little Bible-heavy but that was only a slight issue because my edition is not annotated so quite a few of these referenced went over my head. But on the whole there were so many observations that really resonated with me, and I would love to read a full, annotated edition in the future.

Inside the Magic: The Making of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Ian NathanĀ šŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸ

32998368I was pleasantly surprised by this non-fiction book about the making of the awesome film, and intriguing addition to the Harry Potter universe. I’m nor really a non-fiction person, and I’m not a huge fan of behind-the-scences kind of stuff but this book was super interesting. However I do think that it would have been even better if it hadn’t been spoiler free, because it could’ve gone into so much more depth. But I do understand why this would make it harder to market. Still, I did really enjoy this unique take on a film I adore.

A Court of Mist and Fury (ACoTaR #2) by Sarah J. MaasĀ šŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸ

28477453This is the third time I’ve read this book, and looking back at the first words of my review were ‘I legit have no words right now‘. Let’s just say, not much has changed because I am still speechless. My love for this book is just… If you liked ACoTaR, even if you hated it, please just give this one a go because if perfection is to be found in book form then here it is. Sarah takes the myth of Hades and Persephone and twists it into her own beautiful little thing. Seriously this book has it all, darkness and light, laughter and heartbreak, the Night Court and the Spring Court. Full of magic, desperation, and love, which can be a poison just as much as a balm. At this rate Book 3 will probably kill me. R.I.P Victoria.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry, Planet by Becky ChambersĀ šŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸ

24956528As someone who very rarely reads sci-fi, even though i do enjoy it on the TV, this was a great novel for me. This is an adult sci-fi novel, focused on the crew of a tunnelling ship, The Wayfarer, whose job is to create wormholes for others to travel from one point to the other. Despite that I feel like the focus of this novel is on the inter-species Ā crew’sĀ journey from one job to another. It was definitely what you would call episodic, but once I can to that realisation, I did really enjoy it. Stay tuned for a full review, probably spoiler filled, coming soon, but if you’re a fan of FireflyĀ orĀ Star TrekĀ (But especially Firefly) then this is the book for you.

The Julius House (Aurora Teagarden #4) by Charlaine HarrisĀ šŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸ

21292152Ah, now this book reminded me why I love this series so much, especially after the ‘meh’ last book. In this episode Aurora finds herself the new owner of the Julius House, where a number of years ago the family who lived there disappeared without a trace, and were never seen again. I did actually see the TV adaptation before reading but I felt like the focus of this book was not necessarily the mystery, but Aurora’s marriage. Surprisingly I loved that Harris did that because it made the mystery solving portion flow much smoother. I also really like the introduction of Angel, a new character, and hope to see more of the Youngbloods.

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassie Clare, read by Morena BaccarinĀ šŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸ

25813915I just cannot read this book without smiling (and squeezing, and sighing) and that’s probably because I am a Shadowhunter pro, so even though this is my personal favourite, I would not recommend it as your first shadowhunter books. Anyway, this follows Emma as she investigated the mysterious death of her parents a number of years ago. I’m not going to go on about it because I do have a spoiler free review if you want to know more about plot and characters (spoiler, I love them both), but I will say that Lady Midnight is probably the best first book of Cassie’s, and if the rest of the trilogy is this song, then it might just give The Infernal Devices a run for it’s money.

Star Wars; The Force Awakens by Alan Dean FosterĀ šŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸ

25387202.jpgConfession time: This is the first Star Wars film that I watched. Scandalous I know. But I absolutely adored every second of it, and the book is… maybe even better, or at the very least just as good. I always find it hard to rate books like this when I’ve already see the film, because, especially in this case, the special effects are just beautiful. I’m not going to summarise the plot, because frankly I don’t know where to begin, but I will say that it’s a very different to the other sci-fi book I read this month. TFA is incredibly action based with a plot that is constantly moving, but if you’ve seen the film, which I’m sure you have, you already know this. There are , however, some extra little character moment, and lines of dialogue that really fresh out the characters even more than the film does, which is why TFA eared that extra star.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline MillerĀ šŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸ

12501590This historical-fiction novel set in classical Greece was a bit disappointing for me. I likes the concept, the exploration of a romantic relationship between Achilles and Patroclus alongside everything else that is, I guess, Achilles’ life story. Admittedly my prior knowledge was very lacking, not that you need any, since the book does do a pretty decent job in that department. However, for me there was a definite problem with a jumpy timeline, and a very slow beginning. I was also not the biggest fan of Patroclus, even though I was totally there for the ship. Ultimately it felt like this was the first novel of someone with a degree in classics and I was right. It’s not a bad book, by any means, but it just wasn’t for me.

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And those were the books that I read in the month of April, clearly my intended TBR kind of went out of the window. My favourite, for the third time reading, is ACoMaF and probably will be for the rest of my mortal life. I’m also currently reading Hero of Ages, which I didn’t want to carry back on the train because it is huge, but hopefully I’ll finish it next month.

What did you read this month? Have you read any of these books, and if so, what did you think?

Thanks for reading!

Victoria

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The Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist 2017

This is part of my Reading Resolutions for this year as I want to try and read a bit more outside YA, and to do that I am hoping to read this years shortlist, and here are those books.

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Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeline Thien

34658262AsĀ Do Not Say We Have Nothing was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize last year, this is the one I know the most about, in theory, anyway, though my lack of contextual knowledge leaves me slightly in the dark about the details. In 1990 a mother and daughter in Canada take in a young woman called Ai-ming, who has fled the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests. From this I gather that we’re going to be getting a story within a story with Ai-ming recounting her own life. The Man Booker is not the only prize that this book has won, and I’m also looking forward to this being much more diverse than my usual reads.

The Power by Naomi Alderman

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Book Tag: Hamilton

I’ve seen this one around YouTube a bit, and now on Tumblr so here I am. I should probably say that this is from Maureen Kevey’s channel over on YouTube and based on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical based one of the founding fathers and first treasury secretary of the USA, Alexander Hamilton. Please enjoy!

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Image from Uponthepages’ tumblr, so all credit goes to her!

1. The Room Where It Happens: AĀ book world you would put yourself in.

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March Wrap-Up

It’s time to say goodbye to the month of March, and to my final proper term at university. Crazy! I had a pretty good reading month, and seemed to absolutely fly though these books, managing to read 10 books in total.

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Broken Dolls (Jefferson Winter #1) by James Carol šŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸ

18216648I used to read a fair few thrillers when I was younger and, having not read one for a while, I definitely forgot how scary they can be.

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Book Discussion: Sex in YA

Even though sex is a part of life, especially the life of a young adult I rarely see it portrayed in young adult fiction. Let’s talk about this shall we?

NA vs. YA

When I look at my bookshelf I see a pretty big divide, almost a chasm really, between YA books and NA books, young-adult and new adult, in case you’re not down with the lingo, which seems strange to me considering they’re not necessarily worlds apart. Maybe, this isĀ just me, and I’m not looking at the right books but NA has become a stand in for books with sex in them, and as a result are contemporary romances, like Christina Lauren and (some) Colleen Hoover books. There is a lot that I could say about NA, but in the interest of being concise I just wanted to clarify that I do see these as two very different genres and I want to focus the discussion on YA in particular. Who knows maybe we’ll save the NA discussion of another day.

Sexy Times in YA

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