Monday, 29 July 2013

August's To-Read List!

I have so many new books to get through and I'm really excited to start reading these next month.

I asked on Goodreads for people to recommend me their favourite fairytale/princess story and these were a few that were suggested. Please let me know what your favourite book of that genre is too :)

Robin McKinley is an author that I've only recently discovered through her book “Beauty”, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Since reading that, I've fallen in love with her writing. I can't wait to read her other books.

“The Hero Strikes Back” is the second book in the series"Hero" by Moira J. Moore. I was orginally put off by their cringe-worthy covers and titles but I encourage you to give this series a go! “Resenting the Hero” had been one of my favourite books that I've read this month! 

And since I'm going through Game of Thrones related withdraw symptoms I decided to get to work on this massive book! 


Monday, 8 July 2013

“I mean, if you're asking a fellow to come out of a room so that you can dismember him with a carving knife, it's absurd to tack a 'sir' on to every sentence. The two things don't go together.”  
- Thank you, Jeeves, P.G Wodehouse

Everything P.G Wodehouse writes is a quote. He is so witty! I laugh all the way through his books and Thank You, Jeeves is one of my favourites!

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Love Triangles: Yay or nay?

Guys, it's happened again. The character I wanted the girl to end up with didn't end up with her. By now, I'm not very surprised. I seem to usually route for the loosing side of the love triangle.

But it made me think... Does anyone actually like love triangles? I know I don't. They just frustrate me. Sure, it's quite fun being “Team whoever” but apart from that? It's usually pretty obvious who the girl is going to end up with, so we have to watch her string along another guy. It's pretty boring to read about because they happen all the time now. I feel like I already know what's going to happen when a love triangle comes into the picture and it makes me want to bang my head against a wall. 

How do you feel about love triangles? If you like them - let me know why. :) 

Team Guy Who Almost Hit Bella With A Car
(Team Ian Somerhalder? I actually haven't read VD...)  
Team Ducky  

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Summer Lovin' Read-A-Thon: Tears on My Pillow

The Amber Spyglass
Noughts & Crosses
Twenties Girl
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Shadow Kiss
Private Peaceful
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend
The Disenchantments

“Tears on My Pillow” Participation Post: 
Share a quote from your current read or tell us about a book that really pulled on your heart strings. What was it about that book/quote that made you cry?

Books can make me cry, though for different reasons. The first reason is obvious: if a book is sad. This usually involves a death of my favourite character - it seems that my favourites always die. This became a running joke when me and my friends watched Lost. Other reasons are if the book's ending is bittersweet. If it's happy/sad that usually has me crying. If I feel a connection the characters, that is. The third reason is if it's just incredibly sweet. I'm a sucker for a happy ending and, seemingly, a bit of a wimp. Happy movies tend to make me cry more than sad ones do. 

I'm going to focus specifically on Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend. A friend lent me this book and, at first, I didn't have high expectations of it. However, I quickly became enthralled and when I finished I realised what an exceptional book it was.

This book tells of a tale of a young boy's imaginary friend. The imaginary friend, Budo, had been around for five years - much longer than imaginary friends usually last. This is because Max needs Budo more than most kids usually need their imaginary friends. And when a kid no longer needs their imaginary friend, they disappear, they die.

This book really made me cry at the end. It falls under category two: a bittersweet ending. When I gave the book back to my friend, I ending up crying all over again and she had to laughingly comfort me. 

It was so beautiful because the character ends up confronting the thing he fears most of all, all for the sake of friendship.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Quote of the Week

"May all your bacon burn."
- Howl's Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones

Today's quote of the week is a curse uttered by Calcifer, the most lovable fire-demon around. This snarky little guy remains one of my favourite characters to date - as you could have probably worked out thanks to my current icon. Billy Crystal, voicing this character in the movie, makes him even more lovable. My friend even got my a toy Calcifer for my birthday!

(Icons by me)


Friday, 28 June 2013

Book of the Month: June

I'm away for the weekend so thought I'd do Book of the Month a few days early. And so, my book of the month for June is...

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard 
Recently, I've developed a new love for road-trip/travel books and this one fits the bill. Not many books manage to make me cry, especially because of their sweetness (though, I must admit, I cry more at happy movies than sad ones... I'm weird) but this one succeeded. It could have won book of the month just from gaining an emotional response from me, as a book that can do that must be something truly special. But it was also well-written, contained likeable, relatable characters and was something different. A beautiful story about letting go and finding yourself.

My review:

Runners Up:  

Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins (Hex Hall #2)
This book just seemed, on the whole, more developed than the first one (which I loved anyway). A really fun read.

Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell
The characters make this book shine. 

My review:

Entwined by Heather Dixon 
A great retelling of a fairytale. Filled with magic, romance and mystery.

My review:

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Mega Challenge: Help needed!

So my favourite group on Goodreads has announced that they will be doing a MEGA CHALLENGE for the month of July! I'm so excited - I love this type of thing!

You can check out the group and its challenge here:

For one of the challenges, you have to make up the word B-U-D-D-Y-R-E-A-D-S using titles of books. So, for example, Alice In Zombieland would count as the "A".

I have therefore put it to you dear followers (....dear conductors?) to help me out with this! Have you found a book that you really enjoyed that begins with any of these letters? Please leave a comment and help me out! It's actually harder than you think!

I will update the list below with the name and the blog link of the person who recommended me the book. I've filled a few numbers myself but feel free to tell me to scrap a letter in favour of a better book. I'd be so thrilled if you could help me with this!

All books must be Young Adult!

So far:
B - Breathe by Sarah Crossan

Recommended by Monique LeBlanc @  
U - Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

D - Delirium by Lauren Oliver 

D -

Y -

R - Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
 Recommended by Delaney @

E - Eden by Keary Taylor

A - Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

D - The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
 Also recommended by Delaney @
S - Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins


E - Erasing Time by C. J Hill
Also recommended by Monique LeBlanc @  
 This just depends on whether or not I can get it. It ships from America and, as I live in England, it might take a while to get here! However, will use this if I find no other E! Thanks again!

Still needed:
Letters D, Y, E

Here's my read list if you want to check if I've already read it first:
(Using the search bar will make it easier) 

Leave your blog link if you're recommending books! :)