How I Chose My Next Book

Hello, hope everyone is having a good week! Today I’ll be discussing how I chose the next book I read so I hope you enjoy!

Goodreads

First thing I do is check what’s hiding in my Goodreads to be read a section and then see what catches my eye or what I’m in the mood for. Then I’ll look at the reviews and ratings and read what people are saying about it and if it still sounds intriguing I’ll pick it up.

Continuing a Series

If I am aware I’ll be having a busy week I tend to chose a book from a series I have already started. This is because you already know the character and the world so it’s likely to be easier to understand what’s happening especially when you don’t have much reading time that week. This is sometimes easier than starting fresh and having to understand plus grasp a new world or group of characters.

My Mood

Sometimes once I’ve finished a book I just find myself needing a break from that genre and the tropes. Equally sometimes I’m just craving certain conventions from books, sometimes all I fancy reading is a simple contemporary, at the moment I seem to be longing for a good coming of age story. (any recommendations?)

Whats everyone talking about  

I’m fully aware that you can’t trust the hype, but sometimes I just want to read what everyone is reading, this means I can be involved in the discussions about the plot or characters.

Price

If I’m ever stuck between two or three books I can guarantee I’ll just go for the cheapest. So if I ever see a book from my tbr at a usually low price I’ll usually pick that one up.

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This has been a much shorter post but I hope you enjoyed reading! How do you choose your next read?

Thanks for Reading x

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25 Bookish Facts About me

Hello, hope you’re having a good week! This is quite a popular tag/post within the book community and I’m surprised I didn’t do this when I started my blog but I’ve decided to do it now so let’s get started!

  1. I’ve become a bit of a book hoarder. Once I’ve read a book I feel some strange connection with it and can’t part with it so it ends up on my shelf. I actually wish I didn’t do this and that I could sell them to get some money from them.
  2. I prefer paperbacks. Simply because they are cheaper than hardbacks but I also find them easier to read and they fit better in my hands.
  3. I love this community. Somehow I never expected this community to be so welcoming and loving and everyone wants to talk to anyone hence why I regret not joining earlier.
  4. I feel pressured to read more and at a faster pace. This is mainly because I just want more content to talk about on here but also with other people, notably when there are a lot of people in the community who read a lot more than me. Though I don’t see this necessarily as a bad thing and more of a motivation, since joining i’ve definitely been paying more attention on the pace I read at.
  5. I feel a reading slump is on its way.
  6. I actually don’t re-read at all.
  7. I want to read more adult books but I’m finding the jump from young adult to adult intimidating. (any recommendations?)
  8. I’ll happily buy second-hand cheap books and don’t mind if they don’t look brand new.
  9. I don’t read ebooks but am considering getting a kindle. (is it worth it ?)
  10. Reading at night makes me tired. I’m so jealous of everyone who can power through the night but my eyes physically give up on me and I get sleepy, though sometimes if I’m near the end I push myself to suck it up and finish it.
  11. I’m a sucker for a good cover. If it has a pretty cover I’ll unquestionably consider it.
  12. I’m put off by bad reviews. Before investing in a book I check Goodreads and if I see that familiar people are giving bad or average ratings or reviews and I’ll be put off. This is because I only like reading books I know I’ll like… I know I need to take more risks.
  13. I usually take breaks between chapters unless they are short chapters. This keeps my concentration levels higher so when I sit down and read I can follow the story better. Breaks are needed at times.
  14. I’m very easily distracted. This is irritating but somewhat because I have a noisy family.
  15. I love writing a review! My book reviews are my favourite kind of post to do because I don’t really have anyone in person that I can talk about my books with henceforth why I enjoy the opportunity to get all my opinions and thoughts down in the review. I love it when I get comments or people genuinely wanting to talk to me about it too!
  16. I really want to do a joint monthly read with a bunch of people.
  17. I never DNF a book. I feel bad for not finishing it and I’m also afraid I’ll stop reading it and then it’ll get intense or interesting.
  18. My favourite genre is fantasy.
  19. I want to be more adventurous with my book choices and not just chose books that I know will like.
  20. I don’t buy the same copy of the same book I tend to save the money I decide to spend on books by spending them on new books. Yet, I do understand why people do buy multiple copies.
  21. I don’t enjoy watching the movie adaptations. I just get irritated.
  22. I love the atmosphere in a bookstore, it’s one of the only public places where I feel really comfortable.
  23. I don’t really have a book I hate, I always seem to find something I genuinely enjoyed about it.
  24. I often reward myself by buying a book, it acts as a surprisingly good motivation.
  25. I’m bad at finishing a series. Only because I end up starting a new series instead of finishing old ones.

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I really enjoyed writing this post and I hope you enjoyed reading it too!

Thanks for Reading x

City of Glass Review

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After taking a little break after reading the second book I primarily found myself struggling to get back into the series. I do enjoy the world but at the moment I’m still questioning the hype around the series, not that it’s not great but this series gets some serious hype and I just found it I don’t know, average? (please don’t fight me) Formerly, I found the majority of the book a little slow and meh nevertheless, when the action kicks off, it kicks off big style. The last 150 pages had me on the edge of my seat, it was intense, action-packed and suspenseful and it’s shame that only the end was like this. Though, it is definitely worth the read.

I think the main reason that leads me to question the hype, is due to the character of Clary. I want her to like her so badly but just can’t and it irritating because shes meant to be the star. Unfortunately, I just feel that shes just a bland and neutral character, the only major relationships I feel like she has to other characters are with either Simon or Jace and maybe Luke whereas everyone else I feel like the connection is just forced. Likewise, I really dislike her attitude and how personally I feel she is portrayed as quite inconsiderate and problematic at a times just clueless and rash. For example, the ending where the Seelie Queen asked for a favour and she could have just agreed to help she decided to be all cocky and rude, I feel like she’s just created another issue for herself. But in summary, I dislike how Clary treats other characters, such as Isabelle or Simon and how she is genuinely kind of mean and unlikeable as well as her annoying bad temper even if her rune powers are badass.

My favourite quote from the whole book has to be…

‘every second you’re not panting after your own sister, you’re whining on and on about how your daddy didn’t love you.’

I was grinning so hard because as cruel as Sebastian was it genuinely just summed Jace up, I felt bad for agreeing with him. Although overall I didn’t mind Jace throughout the book, I think I surprised myself and how much I didn’t want him to die at the end before Clary used her wish to bring him back, until then I guess I hadn’t realised how invested in his character I was. Even if he still is overly dramatic at times, plus I kind of miss Jace from City of Bones as his character development after he met Clary seems a little drastic and pettily prefer him before.

So the other characters… Simon has definitely won me over in comparison to my feelings towards him at the start of the series, therefore, I feel like he is smart, reasonable and one of the most mature characters. I think he has adapted well to being a vampire and for some reason, I had the sinking feeling that he was going to get killed off but never did which I am thankful for, I have a feeling the rune Clary put on him may have further consequences in the next book perhaps? Also, the connection between him and Isabelle I can totally get behind as  I think they’d be entertaining characters to watch grow together plus I adore each of the characters individually. I love the traits Isabelle has and much prefer her over Clary, not to mention she saved Jace before Clary did and I really hope this is as equally recognised in the next book because she clearly deserves more praise.

Magnus and Alec, I loved the part where they were both together fighting demons and he promised if they lived that Alec would show him to his parents… and they did! I felt like we saw a lot less of Magnus in this book which is a shame because I feel like he is such an underrated character. Likewise, I still stand by how underrated Luke is, he’s such a dad to everyone and I’m happy for him that he finally told Jocelyn  (i actually liked Jocelyn so it’ll be nice to finally have her as an active character in the series) how he felt even if did feel a little rushed. I feel like Luke was there for everyone and was willing to put his life on the line for anyone and I was seriously living for him throughout the whole book.

Max, I wasnt expecting him to die so yeah it was a surprise but I felt no real emotional impact. Even though I didn’t want a major character to die I felt like killing Max was an easy move (still sad) hence he hasn’t been in the story much yet at the same time his death did add some suspense to the story. Gutted that we hardly saw Maia, I love her attitude and personality yet I do not look forward to the upcoming love triangle that seems to be forming.

However, I did savour the plot as a whole especially the ending, thank goodness everything has finally been explained and we finally get to watch the gratifying defeat of Valentine. The highlight of the whole book has to be the plot twist that reveals the truth about Jace’s identity, I wasn’t expecting the concept that Sebastian was actually Valentine’s son at all but once it was explained I felt like I should have noticed. Still even though Jace had a ton of cringe-worthy moments with Clary I am pretty happy they ended up together and I’m looking forward to seeing how they advance in the series as a duo.

Overall, this book showcases themes of betrayal, friends, family, battles, emotions and will leave you beaming. Despite the slow start, it was all worth it for the last 100 pages. Additionally, I admired the ending where they all stood in a line watching the fireworks as it was such an awe moment. I cherish the group as a whole and they’re dynamic since I’m already three book invested in these characters (even if I’m not fond of them) I do kind of want to see what happens to them all. Henceforth why that alone is a reason to pick up the next book.

3.5/5 stars

What are your non-spoily thoughts on the next book?

 

Thanks for Reading – This turned into a much more lengthy chatty review as I finished the book just before writing this and just wanted to get my thoughts down but I hope you enjoyed!

Readers Confessions Tag

Hello, hope you’re having a good week! I’m currently reading City of Glass but I’ve been quite busy lately so it’s taking me a little longer than anticipated. However, I do enjoy doing a good tag and I’ve seen this one floating about and it looked fun so I decided to take part so here we go!

1. Have you ever damaged a book?

No, well not deliberately. Unfortunately, I always end up ruining the spine but personally, this doesn’t bother me. But I do have a few books that definitely look…worn. Yet I’ve never ripped a page and all my books remain readable. The worst has to be the books I have to read for my English class because those have to survive being in my bag.

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2. Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

Nope, because I genuinely don’t borrow books. I don’t want to risk ruining it likewise I tend to prefer to own them so I can take my time reading it whenever I want. Though, if I was to borrow them I’d be even more careful, but accidents do happen and if it was bad I’d simply have to replace it.

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3. How long does it take you to read a book?

It very much depends, it could take me 2 days to up to 3 weeks. Usually, I read contemporaries really fast because I find that they read easy and flow swiftly. The first half of the book definitely takes me longer, when the book gets going I can sometimes read the last 200 pages in one night since they’re typically the most intense and compelling pages.

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Similarly, it also depends what I’m doing that week as when I’m at college I read a lot less since I have less time. But basically, it all depends on the book, whether I’m understanding whats going on and how gripped I am.

4. Books that you haven’t finished?

Shockingly, I haven’t not finished a book. Therefore, I typically only read books that I’m so excited to be reading anyways and urge myself to just finish it. Don’t get me wrong there have been books I wish finished faster or that I didnt want to finish. However once I’ve started I just have to finish it, then I can least talk about why I had these opinions about it after, but I certainly understand why you might decide not to finish a book.

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5. Hyped/popular books that you don’t like?

Not sure, there hasn’t been any I majorly disliked but then again I have plenty of popular books I have simply decided not to read all together.

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Though I’m currently reading the Mortal Instruments and sadly I’m questioning the hype because I’m not enjoying Clary as a character although I will talk more about this in my review once ive finished the book.

 

6. Is there a book that you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?

Not that I can think of, perhaps if it was some cringe smutty romance maybe I’d leave that out but I don’t read much of that genre anyways so it doesn’t really matter.

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7. How many books do you own?

No clue, I don’t currently have my shelf up since we are moving stuff around the house so I anxiously have piles of books all over so I’m not quite sure at the moment. I wish I could easily sell my books but I’m really bad at just hoarding them instead.

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8. Are you a fast reader or a slow reader?

I’ve always considered myself a slow reader, especially when I see a lot of people on my bookstagram flying through books in a day. I tend to take my time, yet I typically aim to read at least 50 pages a day.

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9. Do you like to buddy read?

Never tried it, but would love to! I’d have to find someone of with similar pace as me and I don’t think I’d buddy read on a college week but I’d definitely do it over summer or on a holiday.

I’ve seen people in the community do it like a buddy read on a bigger scale, where people have a larger group chat here they monthly read a book together and I’d love to take part in one of those. Anyone interested?

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10. Do you read better in your head or out loud?

In my head, I just read quicker plus I genuinely hate reading out loud since I always stumble over words and feel uncomfortable. So definitely reading in my head is just easier.

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11. If you were only allowed to own one book, what would it be and why?

Hard… I love them all and I don’t typically re-read books anyways. But if I had to chose it’d had to be one of the Throne of Glass books probably Empire of Storms since it leaves me wanting more, along with goosebumps. It’s so intense, thrilling and emotional I love it!

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Thanks for reading x

 

 

Goodreads Monday

Hello and happy Monday hope everyone is well!

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. So I’ve decided to take part and it’s also a nice opportunity to showcase a book from my tbr so I hope you enjoy this quick post.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas 

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and be killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

I think I’m one of the only people who hasn’t read this yet, I don’t know why I’ve put this off for so long. I treasure Sarah J. Maas writing style so much, Throne of Glass is by far one of my favourite series so I’m so excited to read this! All I have heard are excellent things about this and I keep seeing the fanart pop up on my Tumblr so I have high hopes for this series. Plus, it’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling how interesting.

Already read it? Let me know some Non – spoilery thoughts, hope you enjoyed!

Thanks for Reading x

Why I Love Reading …

Hello and happy Saturday! Since its the weekend I decided to do a fun (and simple) post discussing my personal reasons for loving reading. Hope you enjoy…

Escape and Relax

This is pretty obvious but reading is such an entertaining escape from my own life. Yes, it’s a bit cringe yet why wouldn’t I want to escape some magical world or be a new person and live through their eyes for 30mins. Society, particularly my generation, are so consumed by social media and reading just lets me take a break from everyday stress. Reading means I can become another character or observe their life and it’s such a pleasant escape and allows my imagination to go wild.

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New Perspectives

When reading you get to witness so many different perspectives and each book opens my eyes to a new viewpoint. As deep as this sounds, reading has benefited my mindset and I feel that I’ve learnt so much about other people and how other people react just from reading.

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Productive 

I hate feeling sluggish and inactive but by setting daily reading goals and by finishing a book I constantly have small goals to work towards. This massively benefits me mentally and helps me feel much better about what I’ve done. It allows me to feel a sense of achievement and satisfaction instead of just sitting on my phone etc. Equally, once reading I’m then motivated to post on my blog and it encourages me to write and keep my brain striving.

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The Community 

I adore the bookish community and since joining it now acts as an outlet to share all my bookish thoughts and talk to people with a similar interest. The community also acts as a motivation to read more as I’m so desperate to read more so I have more to talk about, I feel since starting my blog I’ve definitely upped my reading game!

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Sleep

Maybe it’s just me but after reading a large chunk it sort of drains me or tires me out? Of course, I’ve stayed up to finish a book but it usually keeps my brain running and makes my eyes heavy. Not sure why and I think this might be more of a personal one but reading has definitely positively impacted my sleeping.

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Feeling less alone 

Not to sound so morbid but reading genuinely makes me feel less lonely. If I’m home alone all day I’ll read and I feel much less isolated probably since I’m so concentrated on the world I’ll be sucked into. Books sometimes can be the best companions. Likewise, there are usually traits characters carry that I can relate to hence making me feel less alone and that this character feels similar.

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The Journey

After finishing the book I feel like I’ve been on the journey with the character especially when the book is so intense. So from the comfort of my home, I can feel like I’ve been on this epic life-changing journey.

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Choice

So many books so little time! You can never run out on choice and even if you eventually became bored with a certain genre you can mix it up and try another one. There are so many unique stories just in one genre and if I ever get unmotived sometimes I just research all these different sub-genres and just crave all these new stories. Talking about motivations maybe I should do a post about getting motivated to read or get out of reading slumps.

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More detail

Certainly, books have the opportunity to go into so much more depth than movies allowing you get so much invested into the book. I somehow feel so much more connected to the character while reading as well, I feel like I’m with them and that I’ve been on this journey with them.

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This is definitely a much more simplistic post but I relished sharing my reasons and I hope you enjoyed it. Also, I’m currently listening to a lot of podcasts and if anyone knows any bookish podcasts I’d appreciate any recommendations! Why do you love reading?

Thanks for Reading x

 

 

 

 

 

Highly Illogical Behavior Review

*Contains Spoilers*

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Highly Illogical Behaviour is a sweet coming of age story about sixteen-year-old Solomon who is agoraphobic and hasn’t left the house in 3 years. Until Lisa and Clark come along, Lisa is determined to get a scholarship to the university psychology program, and by writing an essay about her personal experience with mental illness she can do just that. Meanwhile, her relaxed boyfriend will do almost anything with her and the three form an unexpected bond. This humorous story touches on friendship, mental illness, sexuality and growing up.

Meh, it wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t amazing. Firstly, I did appreciate  John Corey Whaley construction of realistic characters even if the climax of the story felt a little over the top and unnecessary. I found that Solomon was quite a likeable character and I admired his personality, he was funny, intelligent, aware of his flaws and I could identify with him and I felt like  John Corey Whaley portrayed an accurate representation of anxiety and panic attacks. I loved his parents, his nerdiness and how his parts were a balance of seriousness and humour. I respected Lisa’s ambition and motivation of succeeding I felt like she was a well-rounded character, likewise, I savoured Clark as a character I felt his presence was refreshing and his friendship with Solomon was lovely.

Although, I felt Solomon having a crush on Clark was predictable and I felt it built up to nothing too major I felt like something else needed to happen to give it that extra impact. The fact Lisa admitted her motivation behind the letter didn’t need to be that big of a deal, in my opinion, I felt like it could have been worked around instead of being the main peak. She knew what she did wasn’t great and she admitted it and I think it was oblivious that she genuinely got along with Solomon and was not just using him. Yet I still understand Solomon’s reaction I just felt a little let down by what it built up to. However, it was still nice to have them make up at the end and get out the house in the van.

Since it’s only around 250 pages I managed to read it in 2 days, it flowed well and was easy to follow. So if you like a simple contemporary its worth it (why not?) plus reading from the different perspectives I feel that you could take something away from it. The pace failed to be intense or suspenseful though this might not matter to everyone. Lisa and Solomon’s relationship moved incredibly fast but since its only short, I didn’t expect it to move too slow.

One thing I really disliked was the aim to ‘fix’ the mental illness but depending on the way you view it, it may be plausible that this is what Lisa learnt from her experience.

Overall, the best thing about this book was it showcased the power of friendship but also the importance of it. It wasn’t shocking I just felt like there was something missing to the climax, it does deal with issues such as mental illness and it was interesting seeing how Solomon represented this. Even though it didn’t have a massive emotional impact on me, I suppose it is an easy, quick read that flows well. Equally, I enjoyed reading it as the characters all have the pressure of growing up and life after college and I’m at a similar point in my own life.

“He was afraid of the world, afraid it would find a way to swallow him up. But, maybe everyone was sometimes.” 

2.5/5 Stars

Thanks for reading x