Patrick Ness’ New Release

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First off can I just say that the UK(right) edition is much nicer than the US(left) edition. It is more aesthetically pleasing and looks way cooler than the US edition. The whole colour scheme works much better and I like how it’s all centered in the middle of the page. With the US cover there’s so much going on, it makes it difficult to look at. I think it looks more juvenile as well with the drawings on it.

Anyway this was published on August 27th by Walker Books. It is a new release as you can tell and is about the people who aren’t the heroes of the story. As in the ones who don’t kick zombie ass or fight Immortals, the people who are going about a normal life in the midst of a totally not normal world. A world filled with supernatural creatures and the fear of not being able to ask out the girl you like before the school might get blown up again. The not Chosen One’s.

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Things are a changin’

So over the coming months things are going to be changing on my blog. I’m going to be much busier and therefor won’t be able to post as often as I’d like, sadly. I’m sorry about that and I’m just as unhappy as you are about it, I hope. Just watch beautiful Zach, you’ll be fine.

So first things first, I am going to be changing my “Weekly Recommendations” posts to Monthly Recommendations. This is partly because I won’t have the time and because I will eventually run out of books to recommend to you guys. I want the books to actually be good ones that you will want to read, not just something that I pick out of a list because I have nothing else left. I will try have the books be one that I have read that previous month, for example which one was the best out of what I had read. It will always be something that I absolutely loved, I will never recommend a mediocre book.

Secondly, I won’t be reviewing every single book I read from now on because at the rate I’m going I will have a major back loge by the time Christmas comes around. I think what I will do is put up a list of the books I have read that month and get you guys to vote and or tell me which ones you want me to do a review on. Depending on the amount of books, I will get you to chose a certain number, for example if I had read 5 books I would get you to chose the top 2-3 that you want me to review for that month. Would you want me to give my rating’s alongside so that you could get a sense of what way the review would go? Let me know how best to do it.

So I have a list here of the books I have read since doing my last review:

-Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

-Magnolia by Kirsti Cook

-Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

-Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

-Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

-A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

-The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre

-Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

-The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

-Poles Apart by Kirsty Moseley

-Frigid by Jennifer L. Armentrout as J. Lynn

So out of those 11, list your top 5 from 1st to last, of which books you would like me to do a review on. Or if there is only one or two that you want me to review then just put those down. Obviously there won’t be that many each month and if I only read one or two books in a month ,I will just do a review on those that I have read without putting a list up. I generally don’t do reviews on re-reads, but if you see a book that is on my currently reading and it doesn’t come up on the list at the end of the month just ask me about it or put it on your list. For example I have re-read lots of the House Of Night series this month, but wasn’t planning on doing reviews on them.

If this ends up not working then I will probably just select which books are for review myself and hope I am providing the type of stuff that you guys find interesting. So, that’s pretty much it with changes for now. If there’s any more I will obviously let you know.

Happy Reading 🙂

The Inside Out Book Tag

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Woo, another book tag! I really like this one and I’ve been meaning to go see the movie in the cinema, it looks just hilarious. I was tagged by HARDWORK BOULEVARD, you should go check out her take on this tag. Now, on to the tag:

Books that bring you joy

How They Met and Other Stories by David Levithan

This book just makes me so happy when I read it and I love love love how cute the romances are in this novel.(It doesn’t hurt that David Levithan is my favorite author either)

A book that made you angry

Dark Flame by Alyson Noel

I’ve already done a book review on this where I ranted about it, but this book just gets to me. Nothing happens in this book, I don’t know how the author manages to write almost 400 pages where there is virtually no plot. So it’s not so much the story or characters as it is the author and book itself that makes me angry.

Books that made you sad

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

This was such a beautiful story and you could just see where it was going at the end, I’m pretty sure I teared up when it was finished.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

The whole concept of this novel is heartbreaking, it really made me think about how we treat people and the impact that it had on others.

The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf

I was given this book to read and was not expecting what happened to happen. I didn’t cry or anything but it was just really sad to think about what happened to the little girl in this story.

A book that disgusts you

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

It sickens and disgusts me that people can act this way, to beat an innocent person is just not right.

A book that brings you fear

The Stand by Stephen King

I haven’t actually finished this book, but the whole idea of a disease spreading so fast is really frightening.

I Tag:

Books And Rita

Teabags and Books

For the Lover of Book

Forwards And Bookwords

Happy Reading 🙂

Weekly Recommendations #8

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Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Published October 12th 2010 by Random House Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Genres: Young Adult, Historical

Pages: 472

Rating:5/5 stars

Buy it here

This book isn’t just a YA Historical, it’s much more than that. It’s half set in modern time and half set in the french revolution. A fantastic mash up of coming of age, romance and how life was if you were a member of the royal family in france at the time. It’s a truly captivating story and I couldn’t put it down. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a bit of history thrown in there with a mystery to solve. This book is suitable for teens of any age.

Synopses:

Readers of If I Stay and Elizabeth George will love Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, author of the award-winning novel A Northern Light. Revolution artfully weaves two girls’ stories into one unforgettable account of life, loss, and enduring love; it spans centuries and vividly depicts the eternal struggles of the human heart.

BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.“

Happy Reading 🙂

The Reading Habits Book Tag

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I have been tagged to do this lovely book tag by Tiffani @TheBookVenom, please go check out her blog, it’s bookish and we all need more of that in our lives. Now on to the questions…

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

I mostly read curled up on the left hand side of my couch in the sitting room(I’m very specific about which side, it has to be that side).

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I am currently using a receipt as a bookmark. So yeah random piece of paper, who needs to go and spend money on fancy bookmarks when your most likely going to lose them anyway. But each to there own.

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain amount of pages?

I usually try to stop reading when the chapter ends, I hate stopping in the middle of a page.

Do you eat or drink while reading?

No, I just can’t get the hang of holding a book and eating at the same time.

Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

Generally I don’t do either because I find it quite distracting. But if I were to, I would listen to music, probably classical since there are no words.

One book at a time or several at once?

One at at time. I like to give all of my attention to the book that I’m currently reading.

Reading at home or everywhere?

I prefer to read at home.

Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently in my head.

Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

Some times my eyes will skim over the next paragraph(without my permission). But I never skip whole pages, unless it is an immensely crap book and I just wanna know what happens.

Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

I try to keep them as new looking as possible, but sometimes it just has to happen. Also depends on how much I liked the book, if it’s good I will want to keep it as pretty as possible.

Do you write in your books?

Never! Its like defiling a book, I just couldn’t make my self do it. I always hated it in school when the teacher would make us underline something or highlight it.

I tag:

The Bibliotheque

Myriad Inklings

Reading With Jenna

Princessica Of Books

Read At Midnight

Happy Reading 🙂

Weekly Recommendations #7

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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Published  September 21st 1937 by HarperCollins

Genres: Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 388

Rating:5/5 stars

Buy it here

So it’s fair to say that this is a classic that everyone needs to read. The book itself is not very long but somehow Tolkien seemed to pack so much in there. I’m not usually a fan of classics and I thought I would find this book boring, but boy was I wrong. The story pulled me in straight away and I couldn’t put this book down. The characters and world building were fascinating, funny at times as well. If you think this book doesn’t sound like your cup of tea like I did, I encourage you to just give it a try anyway, you’d be surprised. I would recommend this book for teens and older readers as the story can be hard to follow at certain points.

**For all who don’t know this is the prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy**

Synopses:

This is the story of how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected…

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further then the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag-End. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day, to whisk him away on a journey ‘there and back again’. They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon…”

Liebster Award!

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Eek! Excitement. So I’m scrolling through my emails and get one from WordPress telling me about a comment and then see that Inside the mind of a bibliophile nominated me for the Liebster Award. This is just so cool, to know that people are reading my posts and have actually gone to the effort of doing something like this. So I just want to say thank you to Chanice from Inside the mind of a bibliophile for nominating me. I’d never heard of this award until today, but it’s to give recognition to new or undiscovered blogs.

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So here are the questions that Chanice left for me:

1. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

I like to organize stuff, so making my blog look pretty and having everything in order is really fun for me.

2.If you could only read one book for the rest of your life which one would it be and why?

The Bible, because I’m a Christian and would never want to be without it.

3. What’s your favorite snack to eat while reading?

I don’t generally eat while I’m reading, but if I did it would be some sort of small chocolate thing, like minstrels or maltesers.

4. If you could be one fictional character for a day, who would you choose?

Macy from The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen.

5. What is your least favorite genre and why?

The classics aren’t really a genre but I almost always find them truly boring to read.

6. What is your favorite contemporary novel?

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

7. Who is your favorite book blogger? (Tag them)

8. Has a book ever changed your life or your perspective on certain things? If so, which book?

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. This book gave me a really good sense of what it’s like to be a black person in a world of white, but the other way around. Things that never would have occurred to me as a white person really gave me something to think about when reading this book. Like how almost all plasters for sale are sold in a pinky beige colour that would completely stand out on a black person.  It just left me in a thought filled haze about how society works.

9. How many books have you read this year and how close are you to your yearly reading challenge goal?

I have read 97 books so far this year out of the 100 that I want to read, so I’m pretty close.

10. What is your favorite book that you’ve read in 2015 so far?

How they Met and Other Stories by David Levithan, this is a compilation of short story’s about love and is so cute and I absolutely loved it.

11. What is the worst book you’ve ever read?

Towering by Alex Flinn. Her other books were so good, but unfortunately this wasn’t.

11 Random Facts About Me:

1. When I was ten I broke both of my arms within two months of each other.

2. My best friends name is Sinead, we’ve known each other since we were three, but only really became friends when we were eight or nine.

3. I’m a vegetarian and have been for a year now.

4. I’m prone to scarfing a whole tub of Ben and Jerry’s even if it makes me sick.

5. I hated reading as a child with a passion.

6. Me and my sister order so often from Pizza Hut Delivery that the staff know us by face and our order off by heart. (Large pizza half peperoni, mince meet and onions,other half plain cheese). They got a new delivery boy, but we all know fantasy’s don’t come true.

7. I found out I was dyslexic when I was twelve.

8. My hair is currently purple and blue.

9. I currently work as a kitchen assistant at a Hostel in the next village over from mine.

10. I crave food and all things sweet.

11. I love to stop and stare at the world around me and just take in all the beauty that’s in it.

I nominate the following bloggers for the Liebster Award:

The Bibliotheque

The Paper Dragon

Ponderingink

A Daily Life Blog

Tea Bags and Books

High on Book Madness

The Book Venom

Enrico Reads

Welcome to Terabithia

Utopia World for Readers

It’s Only Three

Here are the eleven questions for my nominees to answer:

1. If you could spend one day in any fictional world, which one would it be and why?(Book, movie, TV show)

2. What is your favorite book?

3. What novel would you want to be made into a movie and who would play the lead character?

4. What is your favorite quote?

5. What format are you most comfortable reading in?(paperback, hardback, ebook, audiobook)

6. If money was no issue, where would you travel and why?

7. Ice cream or cake, and which flavor?

8. Biggest pet peeve?

9. Who would be your book boyfriend/girlfriend?

10. What book made you feel the most emotion?(Happiness, sadness, anger)

11. Why did you decide to start blogging?

Well that’s it. This was really fun and I hope you guys all go and check out the blogs that I’ve mentioned! For those that I’ve nominated, if you can’t get all of the rules then don’t worry. Between 5-11 bloggers is fine and if the blog has more than 200 followers no worries, if they’re a small blog and deserve it then that’s all that matters.

Happy reading 🙂