bookhaul

June Book Haul

Library goals

 

Its summer! Supposedly! All it has done in the UK is rain! Maybe because of all the politics and England are out the Euro football thingymajig. So the months are flying by but I am super proud of myself as I have not bought many books at all.  I have bought 1 new release some ebooks and was approached by an author (which is a first for me). So no more rambling because obviously you came here to see the books.

All synopsis’ are from Goodreads and click on the covers to be forwarded.

The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath & the Dawn, #2)

I haven’t even read the first one yet but I have this feeling that I am going to like it so, here it is waiting patiently for me to read the first one.

The Mermaid's Sister

This was only 99p on  Kindle. It’s got faeries and mermaids what more can you ask for. Let me know if you have read this.

There is no cure for being who you truly are…

In a cottage high atop Llanfair Mountain, sixteen-year-old Clara lives with her sister, Maren, and guardian, Auntie. By day, they gather herbs for Auntie’s healing potions; by night, Auntie spins tales of faraway lands and wicked fairies. Clara’s favorite story tells of three orphan infants—Clara, who was brought to Auntie by a stork; Maren, who arrived in a seashell; and their best friend, O’Neill, who was found beneath an apple tree.

One day, Clara discovers shimmering scales just beneath her sister’s skin: Maren is becoming a mermaid and must be taken to the sea or she will die. So Clara, O’Neill, and the mermaid-girl set out for the shore. But the trio encounters trouble around every bend. Ensnared by an evil troupe of traveling performers, Clara and O’Neill must find a way to save themselves and the ever-weakening Maren.

And always in the back of her mind, Clara wonders, if my sister is a mermaid, then what am I?

Follow You Home

Amazon gave me a free kindle book  –which was very nice of them. I have read The Magpies by Mark Edwards and really enjoyed it. So hopefully this is going to be as good.

It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime, a final adventure before settling down.

After a perfect start, Daniel and Laura’s travels end abruptly when they are thrown off a night train in the middle of nowhere. To find their way back to civilisation, they must hike along the tracks through a forest…a haunting journey that ends in unimaginable terror.

Back in London, Daniel and Laura vow never to talk about what they saw that night. But as they try to fit back into their old lives, it becomes clear that their nightmare is just beginning…

Follow You Home is a chilling tale of secrets, lies and deadly consequences from the author of #1 bestsellers The Magpies and Because She Loves Me.

If I Was Your Girl

I really want to read this about a transgirl written by a transwoman and just sounds super interesting.

Amanda Hardy is the new girl at school.

Like everyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is holding back. Even from Grant, the guy she’s falling in love with.

Amanda has a secret.

At her old school, she used to be called Andrew. And secrets always have a way of getting out.

A book about loving yourself and being loved for who you really are.

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

This is a middle grade novel that I have seen here and there and have wanted to pick it up for a long time and it was super cheap on the kindle so I got it.

Ten-year-old Jamie Matthews has just moved to the Lake District with his Dad and his teenage sister, Jasmine for a ‘Fresh New Start’. Five years ago his sister’s twin, Rose, was blown up by a terrorist bomb. His parents are wrecked by their grief, Jasmine turns to piercing, pink hair and stops eating. The family falls apart. But Jamie hasn’t cried in all that time.

To him Rose is just a distant memory. Jamie is far more interested in his cat, Roger, his birthday Spiderman T-shirt, and in keeping his new friend Sunya a secret from his dad. And in his deep longing and unshakeable belief that his Mum will come back to the family she walked out on months ago.

When he sees a TV advert for a talent show, he feels certain that this will change everything and bring them all back together once and for all.

 

We Awaken

I was contacted by the author (first time…woo hoo) to ask if I would like to review this book. This book discusses asexuality and I have never read anything with this topic so I was instantly intrigued and said yes.

Victoria Dinham doesn’t have much left to look forward to. Since her father died in a car accident, she lives only to fulfill her dream of being accepted into the Manhattan Dance Conservatory. But soon she finds another reason to look forward to dreams when she encounters an otherworldly girl named Ashlinn, who bears a message from Victoria’s comatose brother. Ashlinn is tasked with conjuring pleasant dreams for humans, and through the course of their nightly meetings in Victoria’s mind, the two become close. Ashlinn also helps Victoria understand asexuality and realize that she, too, is asexual.

But then Victoria needs Ashlinn’s aid outside the realm of dreams, and Ashlinn assumes human form to help Victoria make it to her dance audition. They take the opportunity to explore New York City, their feelings for each other, and the nature of their shared asexuality. But like any dream, it’s too good to last. Ashlinn must shrug off her human guise and resume her duties creating pleasant nighttime visions—or all of humanity will pay the price

I have also bought my daughter 2 books this month (she is becoming a bookworm)

Gangsta Granny

David Walliams is the modern-day Roald Dahl and his books are funny and entertaining, We have all ready read Demon Dentist and Mr Stink and loved them.

Another hilarious and moving novel from David Walliams, number one bestseller and fastest growing children’s author in the country. A story of prejudice and acceptance, funny lists and silly words, this new book has all the hallmarks of David’s previous bestsellers.

Our hero Ben is bored beyond belief after he is made to stay at his grandma’s house. She’s the boringest grandma ever: all she wants to do is to play Scrabble, and eat cabbage soup. But there are two things Ben doesn’t know about his grandma.
1) She was once an international jewel thief.
2) All her life, she has been plotting to steal the Crown Jewels, and now she needs Ben’s help

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates (Tom Gates, #1)

I haven’t read any of these books and not sure what they are really about but Lucy wanted it. So it’s on the list.

All Tom Gates wants to do is get tickets to see his favourite band when they come to town. It’s not easy when he’s up against Delia, his weirdo big sister. All of his plans seem to get him into major trouble!

Have you read any of these books? Let me know what you thought of them, I did really well and just bought a few but I am struggling with my TBR and it’s putting me off of buying anymore books for the moment.

Readathon

Tome Topple Readathon wrap up

The Tome topple readathon finished on the 19th of June and for those of you that are not familiar with the readathon I will recap on rules and the books that I managed to read.

The challenges:

  1. Read more than one +500 page book
  2. Take a break and read a graphic novel
  3. Read a +500 page book from a series
  4. Read over 500 pages in a week
  5. Read a +500 page adult novel

Week 1:

Week 1, I managed to read a graphic novel which consisted of 148 pages and 399 pages of A Court of Mist and Fury. 547 pages. So that had challenges 2 and 4 scratched off the list.

iZombie, Vol. 1: Dead to the World

 

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

Week 2:

Week 2, I managed to finish A Court of Mist and Fury… which was OMYGOD AMAZING! So that scratched off challenge 3 and possibly number 1 as it states more than one +500 page book…idk!

I also started Night Film my Marisha Pessl, but I didn’t manage to complete this. I got to page 297. I am really not sure about this book at the moment. It’s good but I think it has been overhyped and probably would have read more if I was enjoying it more. So Week 2 I read 522 pages.

Night Film

So this is what it looks like overall.

  1. Read more than one +500 page book  possibly
  2. Take a break and read a graphic novel
  3. Read a +500 page book from a series
  4. Read over 500 pages in a week
  5. Read a +500 page adult novel

Week 1:547 + Week 2: 522 =  1,069 pages read.

That’s my wrap up! How did you guys do? Did you complete all the challenges? And what was your favourite read?

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday – favourite 2016 releases so far.

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 topic is all my favorite books of 2016 so far! Now I haven’t read that many as I am trying to catch up on books that I should have read years ago ,so I will have a list that I think I will enjoy (fingers crossed).

As usual, click on the covers to be directed to Goodreads.

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

This was amazing! need I say more?It just had everything in it to keep you gripped. This was easily 5/5 stars and will be reviewing this sometime in the near future, I am just behind on writing up my reviews.

 

Paper Butterflies

This was such an amazing story, so raw and powerful.I recommend reading this one if you get the chance. 4/5 stars.Review here

 

Don't You Cry

This is my first Mary Kubica book and I was not disappointed,I don’t tend to pick thrillers up that much as they can be somewhat predictable but this had so many twists and turns and had me guessing all the way 4/5 stars.Review here

Paper Girls, Vol. 1

This graphic novel by Brian K Vaughan was definitely different. I really enjoyed it even though I didn’t really know what the hell was going on.It has pterodactyl and a godly like man. 4/5 stars Review here

Beautiful Broken Things

This book was a really good story about friendship among teenage girls and there was no romance in this book. It was a great debut novel by this author and I will pick other books up from her in the future. 4/5 stars Review here

 

Salt to the Sea

This was an amazing story based around the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff which was the worst maritime disaster and I had never heard about it before. This is told from 4 pov’s of Young people trying to board the Wilhelm Gustloff. 5/5 stars Review here

The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror

This a collection of short stories,more thriller than horror. There are some really important topics raised and with each story I got used to the writing and really enjoyed them. 4/5 stars Review here

 

So as I only had 7 books that I enjoyed (4 or more stars), I am to let you know a few I am planning on reading in the next coming months which have been released in 2016.

The Problem with ForeverA Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls (A Tyranny of Petticoats, #1)The Unexpected Everything

Dear AmyThe Square Root of SummerNightfall

 

So there it is, let me know if any of these made your top 10, what is your absolute favourite? Which of the 6 TBR do you think I should read first? Thanks for dropping by.

 

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SPAM! No I am not on about the dodgy meat in a tin. I didn’t realise how many spam comments I received till earlier today and totally shocked. They are pretty dodgy comments from weird sites. Surely I am not the only one? Do you guys receive spam comments and are they dodgy sites like mine are?
Thank you wordpress for automatically spamming them.

Readathon

Make me read it Readathon

 

HOLD THE DOOR! I am going to be doing another readathon! From not doing one before to doing 2 in the space of 2 months is crazyness. However this one piqued my interests as you….yes you, get to vote what I read. This is the perfect time for me to read one of my books on my shelves rather than buying another book…I’m sure you all know what that’s like.

So this readathon is hosted by Valerie@The innocent smiley  and Ely@tea and titles.

This readathon is a week long and runs from the 9th July to the 16th July and starts at 12 am your timezone.

If you would like to participate you need to click here and sign up before the 29th June.

The Rules:

Look at the books you own, either physical, e-book or ones you’ve borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It’s up to you how many you pick, personally I’d pick a few more than you expect to be able to read in a week. Example: if you think you’ll only read two, pick out five books or if you think you can read seven, pick out ten.
Make a list of these books on your blog, or make a video, or a Goodreads shelf or post a picture on Instagram—whatever is easiest for you. Then get friends, other bloggers/booktubers etc. to vote on which books you HAVE to read.
When the readathon comes along, you read the books in the order of most votes. For example, if one book gets 10 votes—you read that first, then the one that got 7 and so on. If there’s a tie, then it’s your preference. The goal is to read as many as possible.
There is also a tag that you can use if you are on Twitter/Instagram which is #MakeMeRead!
I am a slow reader, so I will only be putting 5 books on my poll, but these are all the books that I need to read and I have been putting it off for too darn long.I am hoping to read 2 books depending on the sizes and If I like them, because that always helps.
The poll:
As you will notice they are all books in a series and that’s because I am more of a standalone book sorta gal but I feel I am missing out on some great books.
Thanks for taking the time to view my page and vote.