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!

 

 

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Monthly Wrap-Up| July 2016

Hey guys!

July has been a very slow, unproductive month for me in terms of reading, so I haven’t got much to talk about at all on this post – but I do still want to keep you guys updated.

Hopefully, August will be a better month for me as I am going to be on full-on summer holiday mode (which simply means lazy days everyday, except for Saturday and Sunday for I have work) and 5 days on I have already read 2 books, and reading the third one of the month.

So, without further ado – here is the only book I have read this month!

You Know Me Well by Nina Lacour and David Levithan

I have enjoyed reading You Know Me Well, I have started to familiarise myself with Levitahn’s work and so far I have enjoyed the majority of his writing. It was interesting how two author’s are able to write such a wonderful story – and I am going to have to do my research as to how they did it.

Katie and Mark are such wonderful characters, especially Mark as – I guess, he isn’t what I thought him to be. I thought he was going to be the person who is hiding in the closet or someone who isn’t quite yet ready to fully come-out, but really all he was trying to hide (and not very well) was the fact that he was in-love with his best-friend. Then there’s Kate, the budding artist and a girl who’s in-love with the idea of a girl she has never met, and is afraid of meeting said girl, but they met anyway – and asdfghjkl – it was B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L.

There are so many things going on in just a span of a week, and the friendship that Kate and Mark had, I was pretty jealous of. They have this wonderful dynamic, and they just know each other so well even though they know so little about each other (if that made any sense), but yes – it may be the only book that I have read the whole month but it was a wonderful read.


As you may already know, I also went to YALC and is a part of London Film and Comic Convention. It was a lot of fun, but I do wish that I wasn’t so introverted and said Hi to fellow book lovers there – but, I was just so petrified at the thought of interacting with others that I just looked at the floor and went about the day on my own.

I did still have fun though, I got to meet four of my favourite authors as of late – and got a glimpse of other authors as well.

One thing though that I would like to share is the fact that you have to be prepared to wait in line for hours, and to keep in mind that if you really want an autograph from your favourite author, that you are willing to not attend any of the panel shows just so you could be first in line.

Also, there are a lot of stall where you can get a lot of freebies, and buy novels for a cheaper price – and that you may have to spend quite a fair bit of money to buy every single book you want. I know that I spent approximately £100 on books (and also food) for one single day.

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Urgh, this is the first time I am actually putting my face up for the public to see, and I don’t even particularly care because I am just a happy bunny at the moment.

Well, this is all I have to say for the month of July.

I hope you guys enjoyed my rambling

See you on my next post!

Nielle xx

 

 

Monthly Wrap-Up | May 2016

Hello!

Not a lot happened this month, and I feel like I have abandoned my blog for most of May and I feel terrible for doing so. I have been busy with exams and other things, and I am not like other book bloggers who are able to juggle revision with writing reviews or blog posts, and reading books. Otherwise I would be very distracted from my exams and would have most likely ended up writing an essay about the books I have read, instead of why Marxists believe that the education system is an Ideological State Apparatus that transmits the capitalist ideology of the ruling classes, ensuring that the working class are able to be exploited in their later life as they begin to work ( I am so sorry! I just finished all of my AS Sociology exams and my brain is swimming with sociological theories and I need some kind of outlet). But yes, that is what I have been up to recently. Continue reading

Monthly Wrap-Up | February 2016

Hello everyone,

It has been a while since I have last posted anything on my blog at all – and I have a legitimate reason for this.

I have been away on a school trip/holiday and it has been such an amazing experience! I was able to visit Pompeii and Herculaneum – walk down the streets of Naples and climb the peak of Mount Vesuvius. Not only this, but I also got to see an art made by Banksy!

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