Poetry Anthologies

Hello lovely people,

Remember that time eons ago when I talked about trying out a different genre/format of books? Yeah, well now I am back with another one of those posts, this time instead of graphic novels, I am going to be talking about Poetry Anthologies.

If I am being honest, the last time I actually read poetry before this month is probably 4 or 5 years ago, when I did my English GCSEs and I wasn't exactly fond of assigned reading in those days and only ever read the poems when I was in school or when revising.

However, since I challenged myself to try a different genres of books I've taken the plunged and bought two books of Poetry collection by Rupi Kaur and Lang Leav.

img_2982Rupi Kaur's milk and honey has been at the back of my mind since it dominated bookstagram for what seemed like years. But I wasn't interested in reading poetry at all until I've decided to widen my horizon a little bit more.

Upon reading Kaur's work, I don't think I have ever felt such raw emotions and the truth within her words definitely shook me. I was affected and I was definitely left speechless and unable to do anything but stare blankly at the page reading the words over and over again, just to see if the ache in my heart would go away.

Kaur is a very talented writer, and I am glad that I bought her poetry collection. She writes about things that are relevant, about things that men and women experience within a relationship (mainly in a woman's perspective). Her words struck me and I am still in awe.

img_2985Lang Leav's Lullabies is more of an impulse purchase. I have yet to read any of the poems, but I remember one of my friends have recommended it. I will write more about these two books in a separated book review.

Maybe next time I'll be spending half of my impulse purchases on poetry books and graphic novels.

Hence if you guys have any recommendations with regards to poetry collections and/or graphic novels – leave them in the comments!

2017 TBR Book List

Hello lovely readers,

It’s Monday, and we all know how we feel about Mondays. Since, I haven’t been the best at keeping up with my schedule I have decided to make a random post listing the books I have decided to read this year.

With my Goodreads challenge stating I am aiming to read 75 books this year. I kind of want to bump it up to at least 80 books, just so that I could read the majority of the things in my bookshelf. Honestly, I don’t know what I was thinking when I kept on buying books, upon books, when I have a full library of them in my own home.

Mind you, it is a pretty big list. These includes books I have had on my bookshelf for roughly two years now. So you could probably imagine how many I have to read.

Without further ado…

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  1. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
  2. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
  3. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  4. Messenger by Lois Lowry
  5. The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
  6. Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  7. Broken Sky by L.A. Weatherly
  8. The Beast Within by Serena Valentino
  9. Fairest of All by Serena Valentino
  10. A Whole New World by Liz Braswell
  11. One by Sarah Crossan
  12. The BFG
  13. Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy
  14. Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty
  15. In the Dark, In the Woods by Eliza Wass
  16. The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
  17. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
  18. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  19. Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom
  20. Nerve by Jeanne Ryan
  21. Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
  22. Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
  23. A Game of Thrones by George Martin
  24. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
  25. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  26. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  27. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  28. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  29. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  30. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  31. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
  32. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
  33. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
  34. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
  35. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  36. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  37. The Special Ones by Em Bailey
  38. Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
  39. A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson
  40. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  41. A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  42. The Muse by Jessie Burton
  43. The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins-Gilman
  44. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery
  45. The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
  46. Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant
  47. Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
  48. Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
  49. The Memory Book
  50. We Come Apart
  51. Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty
  52. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  53. The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness
  54. Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
  55. How They Met and Other Stories by David Levithan
  56. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
  57. Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven
  58. The Farm by Tom Rob Smith
  59. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King
  60. Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguto
  61. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  62. The Vorrh by B Catling
  63. 1984 by George Orwell
  64. Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson
  65. Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking
  66. Notes On Being Teenage by Rosalind Jana
  67. Socrates’ Defence by Plato
  68. Aphorisms of Love and Hate by Friedrich Nietzsche
  69. How We Weep and Laugh at the Same Thing by Michel de Montaigne
  70. Fear and Trembling by Soren Kirkegaard
  71. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaardner
  72. The Tao of Pooh and the Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff
  73. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  74. Pinnochio by Carlo Collodi
  75. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  76. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  77. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  78. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  79. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  80. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  81. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  82. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  83. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  84. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  85. Frankenstein by Mary Shelly

As you can see, in total I have more than 80 books that I want to read this year. I am hoping that this will be possible, otherwise I wont be able to buy anymore books unless I have managed to get this reading pile into a reasonable size.

How many of these books do you have on your TBR pile?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review | No Virgin by Anne Cassidy

Title | No Virgin
Author | Anne Cassidy
Genre | Teens & YA, Contemporary
Publisher | Hot Key Books (November, 2016)
Edition | eARC

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I would like to thank Net Galley and the publisher, Hot Key Books, for providing me an eARC of the novel, No Virgin by Anne Cassidy.

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The Stationery Book Tag

Hello lovely people,

I have been out of action for quite some time now, and since I do not have any book reviews yet to write (I have like a 10 books lined up needing to be read) I have been scrounging my fellow book bloggers’ blogs, and came across this book tag on Emma’s book blog – The Book Crunch Blog. So, I thought I would do it just for fun!

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Monthly Wrap-Up | September 2016

Hello lovely readers and fellow bibliophiles,

A quick life update :

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I cannot believe that it is already October, and that I have been at my new job for a month! Everything has been so hectic lately, so I have not had the time to actually read books, and write blog posts! In addition to, I have had a cold for the past week – so I haven’t been feeling all that well in the past few days.

Also, I am applying for University this year, so I have been writing my personal statement and all that – so it’s been quite stressful as well! However, I am glad that I am almost done with my UCAS application and hopefully this week I will be able to send my application off!

Lastly, I am moving! It may not be as exciting to you as it is for me – but the simple fact remains that the place I am moving in – with the family, of course – has a garden! Mother also consented on me buying a shed where I can make a little outdoor library for myself. Although that may not be happening for at least a few more months. But, it’s exciting and I am looking forward to having my own little nook outdoors.

Enough of that, and let’s move on to the books I have read this month!

September Wrap-Up

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

The last book in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Trilogy – I was so happy when the paperback version came out this year and once I saw it in Waterstone’s I didn’t even think twice about getting the book. It was a wonderful read, and I think it was a great end to the trilogy. Although I have some questions about the characters – I am happy with how it is!

I just now need to buy the new Tales of the Peculiar!!

A Time to Tour Ghost City by Anjum Choundhury

I was given an eARC of the novella by the author, I gave it a 3.5 stars overall. I don’t really know how to explain the story without completely giving it away. So I’ll just say this – they travel back to time. The story itself was interesting, but I had hoped that the characters would have felt more wholesome, and far more complex to make the story more lively. There’s plenty of action, and sexual tension between the characters – but I didn’t think it was as well executed as it could have been. But world building was great!

(I haven’t written anything in a while, and I feel like my writing style is just going downhill at the moment!!!! My grammar and punctuation are appalling! )

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

I stayed up all night just to read this novel! I simply could not put it down, and I cried my eyes out when everything became clear. My heart broke.

In conclusion, this was a brilliant piece of work, and I highly recommend it!

Improbables by Jonathan Charles Bruce

This was a great novel! I loved it, something I didn’t quite expect if I am completely being honest. If you are a fan of vampires and werewolves and other supernatural beings – I think this book would be a good next read for you. Not only that, but this novel actually touches on the more important side of society and actually address social issues – like discrimination.


Well that is all I have for you guys, for now.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post, and hopefully will see you soon on my next one!

 

 

Currently Reading | Ballet Shoes, The Gift Knight’s Quest and The BFG

Hello lovely readers and bibliophiles,

As you can probably deduce from the title of this post, I am going to be talking about the books I am currently reading. It has been a while since the last time actually sat down and just told you about the books I am currently reading, and not have already read. So, I just wanted to ramble at you!

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield

I am currently loving everything about this book, and I simply cannot put it down.

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It is a story of three sisters who are all adopted by an eccentric and rich explorer who left them in the care of his great niece, as he disappeared on a voyage to explore the world. The girls grow up in wealth and comfort, but what was essentially their trust-fund was gone. So the sisters have decided to work the moment they turn 12 to help their Garnie (their nickname for their guardian) – it is simply an adorable story and I am in-love with the witty little girls!

The Gift Knight’s Quest by Dylan Madeley

It has been long overdue for me to read this novel by Dylan Madeley – a fantasy novel set in a well imagined world. I was asked to give this book an honest review, and hopefully by the end of this month I would have made that review!

So far, it is taking me a bit long to really get on with the story – it is simply the case of me getting used to the setting and the first chapters of the book is about world building (as well as character introductions) at the moment, there are so many characters to remember as it kind of goes back and forth between narratives.

I am enjoying the story thus far though, I mean someone’s already dead! What happened there?!

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So I am really looking forward to finishing this book!

The BFG by Roald Dahl

I feel like everyone has already read The BFG and have watched the film – but, I have done neither and have only started reading The BFG the other day – and it is quite an odd book.

I say odd, as the book has so many words that has been invented by Roald Dahl himself – and it is interesting reading words that I have never encountered before.


 

Overall I am really looking forward to finishing these books – and it is also looking that I have finally gotten over my horrible reading slump last month.

See you in the next post !

Script Review |Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

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