Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday – My 10 books I plan to read on the beach.

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

All you need to do is click on the link which is above – follow the weekly criteria and then link your weekly post back to the broke and the bookish…Easy!

 

This weeks topics is Beach Reads Week — top ten great beach reads, ten books I plan to read on the beach, ten beach reads for those who don’t like typical ~beach reads~, ten authors who are my go-to for beach reads, etc.

I chose 10 books that I plan to read on the beach this summer. Now as a parent, It’s pretty difficult trying to read a book when trying to keep an eye on your child,  so these will be Summer reads/Books I wanna read in the sun. This post is a little late as I have been working all day :(. As usual click on the book covers to be directed to the Goodreads page.

This Song Will Save Your Life

Whisper to Me

The Square Root of Summer

The Unexpected Everything

Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1)

Dumplin' (Dumplin', #1)

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)The Art of Being Normal

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

As you can see I love my contemporary, especially in the summer. I hope to read these as I have heard great things about all of them.So many books such little time. Really looking forward to ACOMAF as I just finished ACOTAR.

 

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I would just like to say a massive thank you. Thank you for reading my rambles and reviews. When I set this blog up it was a place for me to express my feelings on the books that I read. I didn’t count on meeting such like minded people and your comments make my day. Because of you guys I feel accepted, I have people that will listen to me gush about books and because of all of you my TBR has sky rocketed.

So thank you and heres to more reading and reviews…cheers!

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May Book Haul

So another month has passed, and yet again I have a book haul! I know what you must be thinking, “Louise haven’t you got enough books?” or ” Haven’t you run out of space to put these said books?” and the answer people is that you can never have too many books and yes I have run out of space! But will that stop me from buying books….HELL NO!

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Buying books make me really happy and I want to be surrounded by books, like a book wall (Game of thrones on the brain)or a book castle…ok ok you get the gist, I will stop rambling now as I know you have come to see what treasures I have bought this month.

I went a bit crazy this month, I found a Voucher and then just went trawling the charity shops.

A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls (A Tyranny of Petticoats, #1)

The Snow Child

Haunted

Sexing The Cherry

Tyranny of Petticoats – I am so excited to read this collection of short stories, I have seen a few YouTuber’s talk about it.

The Snow Child – I believe this is a slow plot driven story and wanted to give it a try.

Haunted – I really want to read something by Chuck Palanuik and this sounded promising.

Sexing the Cherry – This book is on the list of 1001 books to read before you die and I have heard good things so I picked it up for 99p.

His Dark Materials (His Dark Materials #1-3)

The Life and Death of Sophie Stark

This Song Will Save Your Life

The Runaway Troll

His Dark Materials Trilogy – I have not read these books and feel I have missed out,so I was really pleased to find the whole trilogy in the charity shop and they were all the same edition.

The life and death of Anna Stark – I bought this on a whim, hopefully it’s good.

This song will save your life – I have heard good things about this book.

The Runaway Troll – My daughter picked this up and I only realised just now that is the second book.

Whisper to Me

The Unexpected Everything

Adventure Time Vol. 1

After You (Me Before You, #2)

Whisper to me – I won this on a Goodreads Giveaway! I actually won something, yay go me! I am pretty excited about reading this.

The Unexpected everything – I found some vouchers and bought myself this after reading Since you’ve been gone, I needed more of Morgan Matson’s writing.

Adventure time – I love watching adventure time with my daughter and so does my partner so this was a family buy.

After you – I recently just read me before you and I am not ready to read this just yet but I have to hand when the time comes.

Reconstructing Amelia

Suite Francaise

Gone Girl

The Jungle Book

Reconstructing Amelia – I have heard great things about this book and wanted to give it a go

Suite Francaise – I have wanted to read this book for ages as I love historical fiction.

Gone Girl – I am probably the only person who hasn’t read this book yet.

Jungle Book – I wanted to read this as I haven’t done so and I have heard it’s not as light and fluffy as Disney make it out to be.

Speak

The Scorpio Races

Between the Lines (Between the Lines, #1)

Off the Page (Between the Lines, #2)

Speak – I have seen people rave about this book, I don’t know what it’s about though

Scorpio Races – Another one I don’t know much about but it’s Maggie Stiefvater enough said.

Between the Lines and Off the Page –  These books were buy one get one free so why not.

Ok so listing the books I bought in May proves I have a problem and need to stop buying books. June I am going to try my hardest not to buy any books or maybe just one.

Let me know if you have read any of these books and what I should read first

 

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Me before you by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

Author: Jojo Moyes

Publisher: Penguin/Michael Joseph

Published:5th January 2012

Genre: Romance, contemporary, Women’s Literature

Source: Owned

Date read: 13th May 2016

 

Synopsis from Goodreads:

 

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

 

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My thoughts:

This book has all the feels and is just all round fantastic, in my eyes this book was faultless!

Lou Clark has recently just lost her job and is in desperate need to find an alternative to be able to pay rent and help support her sister, nephew and grandfather. Lou hasn’t got many skills listed on her CV after working at the ‘Buttered Bun’ so it’s difficult to find a job in the small village with decent pay. When her job seeker advises her a position has just come up for a carer/assistant for a paraplegic, Lou is hesitant, she hasn’t the faintest idea if she could do this job and concerned about having to help people to the toilet. Incredibly Lou manages to get the job, and is introduced to Will Traynor. Will is paralysed from the waist down with limited use of his hands and Lou’s job is to help him eat, drink and to just keep him company. With Will grieving for the life he used to have and Lou being a happy-go-lucky sort of gal, they begin to change each others lives in ways they did not expect.

I will start off with the characters, they were great, equally complex and just all round enjoyable to read about. Lou was just brilliant with her quirky dress code and very British humour. She made me laugh quite a lot during this book especially when she felt awkward and would say stupid things.  I loved Will, yeah he was brooding and foreboding but who wouldn’t be if they were put in that situation. Will was very humourous, he was very witty and sarcastic and matched Lou, between them they had some amazing banter that just made me smile throughout this book. The one character who I didn’t particularly like was Patrick, Patrick is Lou’s boyfriend, they have been together for years and it seems they have settled into a somewhat comfortable relationship, maybe too comfortable. Patrick is obsessed with doing a triathlon/marathon, he is constantly training, Lou is always working so they don’t see much each other but what makes him unlikable is his jealousy and that he takes Lou for granted.

This book has one of the best family dynamics I have ever read and I really really loved it. Lou lives with her mum, Dad,Sister, Nephew and Grandad. The interactions between them all were so realistic and relatable and the reasons for them living the way they were is how a lot of families live nowadays. I will keep saying this but everything about the family was so British and I loved it.It made me feel proud to be British….. I dunno why but it just did.

The book is told mainly from Lou’s perspective, however you do get a chapter or two from alternative POV’s such as Camilla (Will’s mother) and I really appreciated it, however I enjoyed Lou so much that I didn’t want the other perspective. If Jojo hadn’t of done this I would probably be writing how much I would have liked an alternative POV. (Sometimes you just can’t win).

Jojo Moyes certainly opened my eyes to how people with spinal cord injuries live and how inadequate they must feel, especially as Will had such a fulfilling job and enjoyed life to the full before his accident.

The book is packed full of emotions, you had the whole awkwardness, the sarcasm and laughs. Banter between the characters and also there were sad moments and I never NEVER! cry at books. But Jojo Moyes broke me and she did the impossible…. she made me cry!  It’s all down to her fantastic storytelling, character development and great writing. The book is quite big (pagewise) but due to Moyes writing style it’s a really fun, quick and easy read.

The Movie! Will I be seeing it? I am not sure! I don’t want it to be really crap and let me down. I watched the trailer and I am just not sure about the cast! When I look at Lou I will always be thinking Daenerys and I pictured Will being more attractive…..more like Patrick Dempsey (even though he is probably too old for the role) The other question that needs to be answered is, Will I be reading the sequel ‘After you’? Again I don’t know! I have heard that it’s not as good and also I don’t want anything to spoil my view of this book. Let me know if any of you have read after you and if it’s worth it. I will be looking into Jojo Moyes other books. I would give this book all the stars in the world I absolutely loved it.

I recommend this to anyone.

Overall I rated this 5 out of 5 stars

 

Knitting

Baby Booties

So some of you know I like to knit. I taught myself through books and YouTube tutorials so I am still learning how to do it. I started these baby booties  ages ago and was going to either give them to charity or to the premature baby ward at my local hospital. However since starting these my sister-in-law has become pregnant so they will be going to a good home. These were really easy to do and I might make some more for the premmie babies.

 

 

So the wonderful website I use to find patterns is Ravelry.com.

This site has pretty much anything you could ever want to knit and more it’s great, if you are thinking of starting knitting or a bit of a pro check it out as it caters for every level of knitter.

 

This pattern is called Prisca’s Baby Bootees by knot sew Prisca and is in written format rather than picture (which I prefer).

Here is Prisca’s version

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As everyone knows when starting out knitting you are not going to be the best and I had my fair share of problems, such as having to unpick parts and also I had the one sock/bootee syndrome (Where I made one but couldn’t get the motivation to do the other)

My next project is to make my daughter a scarf, I have already picked the wool out so I.just need to find a pattern.

 

A few months I also made a ‘LOVE’ pillow for a friend which can be seen here

 

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25 bookish facts about me

 

 

I wasn’t tagged to do this but I recently read marie@drizzleandhurricanebooks 25 bookish facts and was inspired, and if you haven’t done so already take a look at Marie’s blog.

 

  1.  I constantly watch BookTube and then feel guilty for not reading my own books.
  2. I will buy books without knowing much about them or by there covers alone
  3. I buy the majority of my books second hand from the Charity shops.
  4. I have been reading les Miserables for 5 months and only 550 pages  done
  5. I can’t listen to audio books, they make me go to sleep or my mind drifts and then I don’t know what’s going on.
  6. I have never been to a book event. I didn’t really knew they existed till last year (I was currently living under a rock and very naive)
  7. I hardly have any bookish swag or items, I have 2 bookmarks and if I can’t find them or they are in use, I will use a photo or a piece of mail.  I really would like a pop funko.
  8. I tend to read mostly in bed (but end up falling asleep after 10 pages)
  9. I have a ridiculous amount of books currently on loan from the library and some of them I have just kept renewing over and over again.
  • happy excited book books readingI was an idiot and thought I wouldn’t get books agreed on Netgalley that I literally asked for everything and got accepted for a lot so I am inundated with books, but I will still request more as I have a problem.
  • My daughter tells me off every time I come home with a new book.
  • As a kid I used to read the first half of books,put them down for a few weeks, go back to them and start again and repeat so I never actually got to the end of the books. Two that I remember doing this with is The BFG and The diary of Anne Frank.
  • I like reading on my Kindle only for the dictionary use and using the coloured filters (Easier to read for dyslexics)- it’s so easy just to tap the word you don’t know and definition comes up.
  • I prefer reading hardbacksSidechat books reading nerd book nerd problems
  • I try to read the books before I see the movies, If I have seen the film first I won’t read the book.
  • My favourite book of 2016 is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
  • I don’t like loaning my books or someone reading it before I have – no! It’s mine!
  • I cried whilst reading a book for the first time ever this month – Jojo Moyes you bitch!

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  • I can only read when I am alone and it’s quiet as I can’t concentrate.
  • I don’t take notes when reading, I try and remember everything.
  • I only started reading graphic novels/comics last year
  • I don’t like the smell of books…controversial!
  • My favourite genres are contemporary and children’s books.
  • I own the complete series of the lunar chronicles and Throne of glass series but haven’t read any of them.
  • I hate when you borrow a book from the library and some one has written in it(corrected the grammer) or torn a page out or when you find some mysterious stain or the pages are stuck together…yuck.

Sorry to end that on such a disgusting point. I can’t believe I came up with 25 facts…. Crazyness.