Autumn/Fall Reading Recommendations

It’s the time of year once again, where bookworms can finally have an excuse to snuggle up with a blanket, a good cup of tea, and read by the fire…

Like we already needed an excuse?! But autumn is upon us, and as the weather gets colder, what better way to spend our free time than being nice and cosy with a great book?

In autumn, I like to read the books that warm my heart, and give me all the feels. After all, we’re safe in our hibernating state, so now’s the perfect time for a tear-jerker!

Historical Fiction and Fantasy (when is Fantasy not?!) are also my go-to’s in the season of golden leaves, so here are some of my favourites.


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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This just had to be top the list! I absolutely adored this book. Set during WW2, this book follows the story of a young girl, Leisel, and her discovery of books and growing friendship to the Jew in her basement.

Narrated by Death, this book has a truly unique perspective which is just utterly engaging.

Wonderfully heartwarming, but equally heartbreaking, this is one of my favourite books of all time. 500 tissues recommended.


18143977All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Another WW2 historical novel for you!

This one is told from multiple perspectives, but mainly those of Werner, a young German boy, and Marie-Laure, a blind young French girl. A story of valiant adventure and courage, the descriptions in Doerr’s writing are incredibly vivid and poignant. This book is stunningly beautiful.


26114463Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

This is one I’ll be reading next month!

With a tagline of #stabstabstab I don’t think I need to say much more!

A fantasy to knock your socks off. This has assassins, a super cool school setting, and a little bit of friskiness…

Lots of death and excitement ahead.


History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

25014114One of my favourite contemporaries of this year. I cried a heap. On the bus. I know, embarassing right?!

This follows the story of Griffin, a teenage boy who has just lost Theo, his ex-boyfriend and love of his life. As he seeks comfort in Theo’s “current” new boyfriend, Jackson, we see him deal with all of the confusion of love and loss, and overcome the past.

Read this one in the safety of your room with a box of tissues, trust me, you’ll thank me later.


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

32613366Best. Book. I. Have. Read. This. Year.

Best book published this year…

Bold statement, I know, but I’m running with it!

It has everything, and seriously, I would put this on every single recommend list if I could. I’d find a way to make it work.

Based on the “Black Lives Matter” movement, this book is diverse, empowering, moving, enthralling, exciting, daring. I could go on with words to describe it. If you haven’t already read it, now is the time!


So those are my recommendations for this season.

What would you recommend? Comment your autumn/fall reads below.


 

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Review: Who Runs The World? – Virginia Bergin 

Rating: ⭐️

33891082Synopsis: 

Welcome to the Matriarchy. 

Sixty years after a virus has wiped out almost all the men on the planet, things are pretty much just as you would imagine a world run by women might be: war has ended; greed is not tolerated; the ecological needs of the planet are always put first. In two generations, the female population has grieved, pulled together and moved on, and life really is pretty good – if you’re a girl. It’s not so great if you’re a boy, but fourteen-year-old River wouldn’t know that. Until she met Mason, she thought they were extinct.


Where to begin with this book…

I’ll start by saying that when this was released, it was a book that I was VERY excited to read. It has an gorgeous cover and I bought it as soon as it arrived in the delivery at work. Seriously, it didn’t even make it onto the shelf…

The principal of the book sounded fantastic – a world where women rule? YES. Seeing the trials and tribulations that men are put through as the oppressed gender? YES. Did I find this when reading? NO.

Unfortunately, the contents of this novel did not live up to my expectations.

I found that instead of this being a refreshing, powerful piece of feminist writing, it just came across as man hating.

The male characters were consistently referred to by the female main character as “it” even after she had spent time with the male and had her mother and grandmother explain it to her, which really just infuriated me.

I’ve heard it said before and I’ll say it again… man hate is not feminism.

I had to leave this book less than 100 pages in, so it has been marked as DNF.


View Who Runs The World? on Goodreads

Blog Award: One Lovely Blogger

Thanks so much to Georgia-Rae @ ShutterPug for nominating me for this!

I was actually nominated way back at the beginning of August, but because of being away haven’t seen it until just this week, so sorry for the delay!

This award is shared with those bloggers in the community who we think are, well, lovely! There are so many of you out there, so EVERYONE should get this award!


So, the rules of being nominated for this award are as follows:

  • Thank the person that nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
  • Post about the award.
  • Share seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate at most 15 people.
  • Tell your nominees they’ve been nominated for one lovely award.

Seven Facts About Me:

  1. I’ve just got back from singing on a ship for 6 weeks!
  2. I had a cold in the penultimate week of said crusade, which has left me with a cough that I’ll probably have for another 2 weeks at least… such is my immune system.
  3. I’ve just broken through a 2 month long reading slump. It was agony…
  4. When I’m not singing I work in a bookshop in London. It’s a dream.
  5. I studied Musical Theatre at a top drama school for 3 years and lived to tell the tale!
  6. Velaris is currently my favourite fictional place, up there next to Hogwarts, obviously.
  7. I have one of the SCC Luna Lovegood with glasses Funko’s on it’s way to me in the post AND I’M SERIOUSLY NERD EXCITED!!!

Turns out I’m rubbish at writing facts…

See if you guys fare any better!

I nominate the following bloggers:

DelphineTheBabbler

ReadingThroughInfinity

ABookishPeach

ItsLuAgain

BookwormWhoLived

Sorry if you’ve already been tagged, don’t feel like you have to do it again! Feel free to leave your post links below though so I can check them out.


Review: Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) – V.E. Schwab

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

34397653Synopsis: Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.


Disclaimer: This review probably isn’t going to be very coherent…

Schwab, you did it again. You took my soul and crushed it in your palms with your incredible words…

This was SO good. Like, SOOOO GOOD.

I devoured This Savage Song (see my review here), and the same went for the sequel.

When I went to see what I wrote on Goodreads about this, this is what I found…

“I’m a mess. It hurts. Review will come tomorrow when I’m emotionally stable.”

Needless to say the review didn’t come “tomorrow”, nor the day after, or the day after that… I guess I’ll never be emotionally stable enough to process the trauma that this book put me through!

And I can’t really say much else about it because of my serious no spoiler policy. You just have to take my word for it when I say that you NEED to read this.

If you love Schwab already from A Darker Shade of Magic, great, but read this.

If you haven’t read any of her stuff before, READ THIS.

Schwab’s writing just goes from strength to strength, and everything of hers that I read just seems to get better and better! Is there any stopping this woman?

I’m sad that there will be no more to read of August and Kate. That ending just ripped my heart out and let’s just say, thank god I was at home when I read it.

The Monsters of Verity has officially become my favourite duology.

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View Our Dark Duet on Goodreads

Back On Land at Long Last…

Hello everyone!

I apologise for my absence over the past 2 months; I’ve been performing on a ship doing pantomime and solo signing. But I’m back! Wooooo!

I had a great time and made wonderful memories, but boy am I glad to be back!

I’ve missed this lovely book community.

So, I want to say first off, that I had planned for some blog posts to go live whilst I was away, however, silly me forgot to schedule them… so sorry if it seemed as though I had literally fallen off the face of the earth!

Becuase of this, my reviews for books that I read before I went away will be going up over the course of this week.

I also feel like I’ve missed out on so many great new releases, so please shout out some awesome books that I simply MUST read down in the comments below, because I seriously hate to miss out!

I’m so happy to be back, and guess what guys..? It’s Christmas soon!

My Instagram is starting to get the autumnal vibes…

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Back to books… What have I been reading whilst I’ve been away?

In all honesty, I’ve been in a bit of a slump until just recently, and haven’t read much at all over the past couple of months in comparison to what I had wanted to.

These are the books I’ve read:

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Salt to The Sea by Ruta Sepetys

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

Currently Reading: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

I am absolutely LOVING Empire of Storms! But I just know that it’s going to break by heart… thankfully I have Tower of Dawn ready to go as soon as I finish it to deepen the wound even more…

Let me know what you guys have been reading, I’d love to know!

June 2017 Book Haul

I can’t believe we’re halfway through the year already! I swear it was a Christmas just last month…

From telling myself not to buy any more books, I still managed to buy 9. I didn’t quite hit 10! Seriously though, no more buying books for me now because I have to move house at the end of this month and I’m just making it even more difficult for myself! 😂

I did get some really great books this month though…


Books I Bought in June:

Good Bones by Margaret Atwood (Read My Review Here)

Our Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab

Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff

The Sleeping Prince (TSED #2) by Melinda Salisbury

The Scarecrow Queen (TSED #3) by Melinda Salisbury

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

Salt to The Sea by Ruta Sepetys

The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss


Publisher Bookmail:

A Shiver of Snow and Sky by Lisa Lueddeke

Wonderling by Mira Bartok

Spellbook of The Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle

Harry Potter & The Philosophers Stone (Hardback Gryffindor Edition) by J.K Rowling

The Griffin’s Feather (Dragon Rider #2) by Cornelia Funke

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

 

June 2017 Wrap-Up!

I’ve had quite a strong reading month! A total of 5 books finished, another 2 which I had to DNF to save my sanity, and another started which I’m currently reading.

I very nearly read everything I set out to this month, plus a couple of extras to replace those I just wasn’t feeling, so I, quite pleased with myself! I have, however, been in a horrible reading slump this past week and so I just haven’t really read anything for the past several days… I’m hoping my current read will drag me out of that though.


What I Set Out To Read:

Good Bones by Margaret Atwood – Bite-sized Atwood. I love this woman’s writing.

This Savage Song by V.E Schwab – THIS. BOOK. I can’t believe I waited an entire year before pulling this off my shelf…

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera – I adored this book. It broke my heart a few too many times, but I know that I’ll read everything Adam Silvera ever writes.

Who Runs The World? by Virginia Bergin – *sigh*. I was disappointed by this one. I DNF’ed at 50%…

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carol – After being on my TBR for ages, I finally picked this up… it really wasn’t for me.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – Didn’t get around to this one this month, but it’s going to stay on my TBR for July!

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – I started to read this towards the end of the month, but with my reading slump I just wasn’t in the mood for more contemporary, so I’ll come back to this at another time.


Books I Read:

Good Bones by Margaret Atwood (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review)

This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Review)

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Review)

Our Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 RTC)

The Last Duchess by Laura Powell (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ RTC)


Did Not Finish:

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol

Who Runs The World? by Virginia Bergin


Currently Reading:

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas


Now to decide potential reads for next month…