TBR

August TBR

This is not a TBR as such, I have a couple of readathons that I am participating in and wanted to let you know what I am currently reading and what I hope to read. Once the readathons are finished then I will pick whatever I feel like reading.

If you want to know more about any of the books I am reading – click on the covers and you will be directed to the Goodreads page.

 

So I am participating in the #TomeTopple readathon and I have picked 3 books to cover all the challenges.

The Walking Dead, Compendium 1

I have started reading this as Tome Topple started on the fourth. I am halfway through the second chapter and finding it ok but it’s just a huge book at 1088 pages.

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

House of Leaves

Also #MakeMeRead readathon started today and you guys got to decide on what I read this week with the winner being:

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

Currently reading:

Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

I am about 60% of the way through both of these and will definitely be finished in August.

What are you reading in August? Do we have any of the same books?

Thanks for reading

wrap up

July Wrap Up

I had a really good reading month in July and I truly believe that it’s due to not having such a strict TBR pile which I set up at the start of the month. I read 8 books this month which is pretty much the best I have done in months. I have also tried to read more non-fiction. I usually try to read 2 books at a time either physical or e-book and find this works really well for me. Anyways I will stop with the rambling and get on with what I read as I know that’s the reason your all here.

Stats:

Total books read in 2017: 51 (8 ahead of target)

Total pages read July: 3,189

4 Young Adult

2 Non-fiction

2 Adult fiction

Now I Rise (The Conqueror's Saga, #2)

Now I Rise by Kiersten White: This was so much better than the first book and loved all the action and how bad ass Lada was. I rated this 4 out of 5 stars My review here

Flight of a Starling

Flight of a Starling by Lisa Heathfield: This is another recently released YA, I read another of her books in the past and her stories have such rawness to them. I rated this 4 out of 5 stars. Review to come.

The Gender Games: The Problem with Men and Women, from Someone Who Has Been Both  The Gender Games by Juno Dawson: This was one of my non-fiction reads of the month. Juno Dawson is a UK YA author and was known as James Dawson until she decided to transition. She makes some interesting points on gender but is a bit repetitive at times, this is a sort of memoir book. I rated 3 out of 5 stars.

 

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)

The Diviners by Libba Bray: This has been on my TBR for years and took the plunge and read this hefty book. I enjoyed the book and Bray’s atmospheric writing but I thinks it’s over hyped for what it is. I will probably read the sequel but I am not sure when. I rated this 3 out of 5 stars

Walking Barefoot

Walking Barefoot by Grace Coleman: I was provided with a copy of this book from the author unfortunately I did not like it. The story line was very stilted, there was zero world building and the characters were so bland and uninteresting.I rated this 1 out of 5 stars.

See What I Have Done

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt: This is a story based on true life events back in Massachusetts 1892. I like historical fiction and ones that are based on true stories. I rated this 3 out of 5 stars and will delve into my rating more in my review.

Inconvenient People: Lunacy, Liberty and the Mad-Doctors in Victorian England

Inconvenient People- Lunacy, Liberty and the Mad-Doctors in Victorian England by Sarah Wise: Another non-fiction and this was quite chunky at 473 pages. I learnt about the book from Elena reads books booktube channel as she is reading the Wellcome Book Prize winners and short listed. This one instantly interested me, however the writing was hard going, the stories lacked lustre and again repetitive. Though I did enjoy that the author found true stories about people who were incarcerated wrongly.

None of the Above

None of the Above by I.W.Gregorio: This story has an intersex main character and I loved it. I had so many emotions whilst reading this book. I definitely recommend if you are looking for more LGBTQ reads. I rated this 4.5-5 stars out of 5 (I haven’t decided yet) Review to come.

Favourite book of the Month – None of the above by I.W.Gregoria

Most disappointing book of the month: Walking Barefoot by Grace Coleman

Favorite cover of the month: Now I Rise by Kiersten White.

 


Books reviewed this month:

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Now I Rise by Kiersten White

The Hearts Invisible Furies by John Boyne

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

 

Tags:

The Who I am Tag

 

Other Posts:

June Wrap Up

Discussion Post TBR??

My Top 5 Most Read Authors

#MakeMeRead Readathon

Tome Topple

???BookTube???

 

What Movies I watched:

 

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Yes I have only just watched this film, and apart from the bad graphics (I know it was good for it’s time) I really enjoyed this movie and ready to watch the next one.

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I saw this as soon as it came out and loved it. I really enjoyed the super villan Balthazar Bratt and his love of 80’s dance music. If you haven’t watched this already then you are missing out and recommend getting you arse to cinema pronto.

 

Thanks for reading

bookhaul

July book haul

So I come to you again with another book haul. This haul is very small which is great as my book shelf can’t take anymore books. I have four books to show you and only one of them I bought myself. I am feeling really good about not purchasing too many books. Also the desire to purchase books has faded as I am currently happy reading books that are either on my kindle or shelves.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016. It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

I bought this as it has just come out in paperback and was only £2.99 in sainsburys. My partner started reading it as soon as I got it out the carrier bag. He is big harry potter fan.

Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies… After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed. When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first? After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

I found this in the charity shop for £1 and although I haven’t read Truth witch I couldn’t leave it there. I will surely find the first one eventually for a good price.

Middlesex tells the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides, and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family, who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit, witnessing its glory days as the Motor City and the race riots of 1967 before moving out to the tree-lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe, Michigan. To understand why Calliope is not like other girls, she has to uncover a guilty family secret, and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal, one of the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction. Lyrical and thrilling, Middlesex is an exhilarating reinvention of the American epic

Another one that I am intrigued about. I keep seeing this book everywhere and really want to read more books with intersex characters. Plus it was cheap and in good condition at the charity shop.

Combined for the first time here are Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale and Maus II – the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler’s Europe. By addressing the horror of the Holocaust through cartoons, the author captures the everyday reality of fear and is able to explore the guilt, relief and extraordinary sensation of survival – and how the children of survivors are in their own way affected by the trials of their parents. A contemporary classic of immeasurable significance

I have been eyeing this book up for months. I have heard only great things about this graphic novel. I read the first couple of pages and I think I am going to enjoy it. Fingers crossed.

So that’s my haul, it’s pretty tame to my past ones but I am happy with this amount. What did you buy/receive? Have you read any of theses books? Let me know your thoughts.

Thanks for reading

Discussion

???BookTube???

So I have mulling over the idea of starting a BookTube channel. I am still sitting on the fence. Obviously my first few videos will be rubbish but I have my concerns probably like a lot of other people that have uploaded content.

A lot of the time you see women/girls that are plastered with make up and look stunning. I am not one of those people and my self confidence let’s me down. I am scared of the haters. I know you can disable comments but I would really want to communicate with genuine readers who would like to hear my thoughts.

I have concerns that people will not like my content and be ridiculed for my opinions. I have the kindest comments on my book blog and appreciate everyone for commenting/reading/liking my posts. However I feel the case will be different if I set up a channel. People would be viewing me as a person as well as my thoughts on books, I think the worst thing for me is rejection.

I know that I should not let anyone or their thoughts stop me from what I am doing but these concerns hinder me everytime.

I recently just did a couple of mock videos on my phone and whilst I thought I spoke clearly and didn’t think it was too bad. I felt that I wasn’t camera acceptable (if you know what I mean) I have never been photogenic.

Have any of you thought about setting a BookTube channel? Did you have some of the same concerns? Should I just take the plunge and do it.

Thanks for reading

TBR

Tome Topple TBR

I am going to be participating in Tome Topple Round 4 which starts on the 4th August 12am your local time and finishes 17th August at 11:59pm. This is a chance for me to get some of those massive/daunting books read. I participated last year and really enjoyed myself so I thought why not do it again. However it does overlap with #MakeMeRead readathon so I will try to hit as many challenges as possible.

So the idea is to read books that are 500+ pages that have been waiting patiently to be read and also to make it more fun there are some challenges to follow if you want.

Tome Topple was created by @thoughtsontomes.

It is co-hosted by , @brainsandbooks, & .

You can also find details about it by searching on twitter #TomeTopple

The Rules:

1. Read more than 1 tome
2. Read a graphic novel (that has over 500 pages)
3. Read a tome that’s part of a series
4. Buddy read a tome (use Goodreads and Twitter to find buddies!)
5. Read an adult novel

 

My TBR:

House of Leaves

705 pages

A blind old man, a young apprentice working in a tattoo shop, and a mad woman haunting an Ohio institute narrate this story of a family that encounters an endlessly shifting series of hallways in their new home, eventually coming face to face with the awful darkness lying at its heart.

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

699 pages

A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

The Walking Dead, Compendium 1

1088 pages

Introducing the first eight volumes of the fan-favorite, New York Times Best Seller series collected into one massive paperback collection.

In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally start living. With The Walking Dead #1-48, this compendium features more than one thousand pages chronicling the start of Robert Kirkman’s Eisner Award-winning story of zombie horror, from Rick Grimes waking up alone in a hospital, his band of survivors seeking refuge on an isolated farm and the controversial introduction of Woodbury despot, The Governor.

 

So if I read these I pretty much hit all the goals except one! I need a buddy to read with. I have never done a buddy read and would love to. If there is any of my fellow book readers who want to read any of these books with me then just comment below and we will arrange a platform for discussions.

 

Are you doing the tome topple readathon? What’s on you TBR? Does anyone fancy buddy reading with me?

 

Thanks for reading