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!

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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!

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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!

 

 

Monthly Wrap-Up | August 2016

Hello lovely readers,

I feel like I may have redeemed myself this month in terms of last month’s reading slump – I actually manage to read more than 2 books this month! In this post, I want to catch you guys up with what is happening with my life outside of my books, while also talking about the books that I have read this month (as well as the books that I have bought this month!)

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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 !

Book Review | Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel

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  • Title | Faceless
  • Author | Alyssa Sheinmel
  • Publisher | Chicken House
  • Publication Date | 7 January 2016
  • Pages | 343
  • Genres | Young Adult, Contemporary
  • Format |  Paperback

When Maisie is burnt in a terrible accident, her face is partially destroyed. She’s lucky enough to get a face transplant, but how do you live your life when you can’t even recognize yourself any more?

As Maisie discovers how much her looks shaped her relationship to the world, she has to redefine her own identity, and figure out what ‘lucky’ really means.

In an industry where uniqueness can be hard to come by, Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel truly stands out from the broad spectrum of YA fiction. It is unique in the sense that it explores what life is like for a 16-year-old who had had a terrible accident involving lightning and electrical fires, resulting in her having to have a face transplant. This obviously isn’t something that often pops up in any YA stories, what are the odds someone will need a face transplant due to electrical fires caused by lightning? Not very high. The way Alyssa went about writing her story is fascinating in itself – doing her research about the science behind face transplants and the drawbacks post-operation (in terms of immunosuppressive medication, and the psychological effects the transplant may have on the individual).

Also, I liked how honest he protagonist is with her situation – although her reasonings may sound shallow, it is completely understandable, as what she has gone through has changed every single one of her relationship – with her parents, friends, teachers, school mates, and especially her relationship with her boyfriend. But everything about Maisie’s personality and character is fresh and new.

I found Maisie’s story as something inspiring, it is full of hope and determination to be who she wants to be as a person – and accept who she really is as an individual, and redefine every aspect of her life in the way she wants it to be and not what others want it to be.

Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

Tags | This or That Book Tag

Hello!

I’ve been tagged by Emma Jane from The Book Crunch to do this tag, thank you for tagging me!

The Rules:

  • Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks)
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you!
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Blog Challenge | Playlists

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Hello loveys,

I am fully aware that I am a day late with the blog challenge, and I don’t really have a valid excuse, but I am writing this anyway! I hope you stick around and enjoy. Continue reading