November Wrap-Up

Hi there,
So this is a little late because it’s the second of December but oh well. Today will be me sharing the books I read in November (it’s an appalling amount) and I know I usually pair this with a December TBR but I have no ideas at all about what I’m going to read. Alright so, without further ado, lets get started.

November Wrap-up

1) Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
This is the third book in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas and it was amazing! The characters were incredible and the story was so fun and fast and exciting. I have absolutely no idea what to expect of the story but I am seriously scared for quite a few characters (Dorian). It was an amazing book in an amazing series and I highly, highly recommend it to all of you.
Rating: * * * * *

2) The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
This is a stand-alone that centres around Lex, a girl whose brother killed himself, making it difficult for her to move on. Lex has kept a text that her brother sent on that night secret, a text that could’ve changed everything. This was a book that I expected a lot more from. It gave good insight into the experience of a family after a tragedy such as that but characters were underdeveloped and sub-storylines were bland. This book really effected we though, in a way I didn’t think it would. It made me realize that when people kill themselves they not only lose out on their life, but the lives of those they love. I recommend this to people who love contemporaries but do be wary of the intense subject story.
Rating: * * *

3) The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
This book started off really bizarrely but got really good by the end. It posed so many questions and is a book that really makes you think. It focuses on Hanna and Michael, particularly during Hanna’s trial for charges during the time in which she was a Nazi. It’s incredibly mind-boggling and you just cannot make sound decisions about anything, which I think is possibly the whole point. A thoroughly enjoyable read that really makes you think.
Rating: * * * *

I hope you enjoyed reading the ridiculously slim amount of books I read this month but oh well, maybe this month will be better.

Signing off, Verity

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October Wrap-up/November TBR

Hi there,
So the wonderful month of October is over and we are so close to Christmas! So today (to relax my Christmas spirit) I thought I’d share with you the books I managed to read in October and what I plan to read in November. I read a pretty good number of books in October and hope to read the same in November. So without further ado, lets get started.

October Wrap-up:

1) The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
This was the first book I read in the month of October and it was so good I finished it in less than two days. The characters were so interesting and the plot really excited me. The ending was possibly one of the biggest plot twists I’ve read and I so did not see it coming. Noah was the most amazing guy and Mara, while frustrating, was quirky and cool to read about. I highly recommend this but I would be wary because it deals with some mental illness type scenarios and has murderers and stuff as well.
Rating: * * * * *

2) Cress by Marissa Meyer
Cress is the third book in the Cinder series by Marissa Meyer and I really enjoyed it. I loved Cress, she was such a cool character, and I loved Thorne even more. The lack of Scarlet and the story surrounding her was super annoying but I loved it all the same. I cannot wait for Winter but I’m so scared because I literally have no ideas as to how this will end.
Rating: * * * * *

3) Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone illustrated edition by J.K.Rowling
I re-read this when I got the illustrated version and I am so glad I did. The illustrations added so much more interest to the story and I couldn’t help but feel like a new brand of Harry Potter readers were being born. The illustrations were impossibly beautiful and my favourite of which has to be Harry by the Mirror of Erised. Google it if you want to see it, it is amazing.
Rating: * * * * *

4) Images
This is a book that is, as-of-yet, unpublished and was written by my Dad. It’s a crime novel centering around the protagonist, Jason who, after losing both his wife and daughter, is called to the US to investigate a string of child murders. It was a really well-written book and I really enjoyed the plot. The characters were interesting and I found myself desperate to discover what was coming next. The ending blew my mind and I highly recommend to everyone (once it’s published of course).
Rating: * * * * *

5) Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
This is the final book I read in October and it was so good. I have a booktalk on it (my first in ages) if you want to check that out. It’s a really good book and has a great range of ethnicity’s, cultures and sexuality. It had a Harry Potter meets Percy Jackson vibe and was just a really fun read.
Rating: * * * * *

November TBR

1) Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
This is the third book in the Throne of Glass series and the book that I’m currently reading. This has been on my TBR since about May and I have finally gotten around to it! For the second time! I’m excited to read this because I loved the last book and this should be even better!

2) Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Yes, this is my Sarah J. Maas month. And yes there is a reason. I want to go to Supanova this year and she’s going to be there and I want my books signed! And I want to be able to talk to her about the entire series and how much I love it. So yes, my SJ Maas month.

3) The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
This is the second book in the Mara Dyer series and after the incredibleness of the first I just have to read this. I got it a little while ago but I had other things to read, but I am really excited to read this.

4) The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancy
This is the second book in The Fifth Wave series and something I’ve had on my shelf for a while. I’m excited to read it in preparation for the last book in the trilogy and for the film which looks amazing! Although the Cassie in the film looks a lot younger than the Ethan so it looks like pedophilia. Anyway, back on track: very excited, 4th book for the month.

Okay so that is it for my October wrap-up and my November TBR, feel free to comment down below the books you read in the previous month and the books your planning on reading in this month.

Signing off, Verity

September Wrap-up and October TBR

Hi there,
So the great month of September is over and October is starting. So today I thought I’d share what I read in September and what I am planning on reading during the month of October. I read three books and one novella in September, not the greatest month but not too terrible. So lets just jump right in.

September Wrap-up:
1) Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
This is the second book in the Outlander series and I absolutely loved it! It took me a while to get through because of the length and the beginning of it was rather slow but by the end I was racing through it. It became incredibly fast-paced and the storyline was exciting. The character development was incredible during this book and Jamie was just as incredibly amazing as before.
Rating: * * * * *

2) Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover
This is a novella and the first thing I’ve read by Colleen Hoover. I actually only read it because is was free on google books. I really enjoyed it, it was cute and short and adorable. The ending was disappointing though so it kind of ruined the entire story for me.
Rating: * * * *

3) Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
This is a short contemporary novel focused around a fourteen year old girl withe depression and anxiety. It really showed mental illnesses in an incredibly real way. The subject matter was dealt with appropriately and the characters were really fun to read about. I kind of felt like the Mum may have had some kind of mental illness too though and I would’ve liked to delve into that a bit more. Either way I thoroughly enjoyed it, it was a fun and quick read.
Rating: * * * * *

4) The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Page
This is the second book in the Dorothy Must Die trilogy, a story about a girl named Amy Gumm who is taken to Oz and given the mission to kill Dorothy, who became a corrupted leader upon her return to Oz. This was a really quick read and I enjoyed it a fair amount. The plot was interesting but I feel like the characters are under-developed and Amy is incredibly confusing. She kept swapping between good and evil and between whether Kansas or Oz was her home. A fun read but a frustrating one.
Rating: * * *

October TBR:
1) The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
This is the first book in the Mara Dyer trilogy and the book I am currently reading. It’s about a girl who wakes up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there or of how her boyfriends and her best friends died. I’m really interested in the storyline and am excited to get into it more.

2) Cress by Marissa Myer
This is the third book in the Lunar Chronicles and I need to read it! The first two books were amazing and I’ve had this one on my shelf for a while now and I really want to get to it. I’m hoping this series just keeps getting better because it is already incredibly amazing.

3) Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
This is the third book in the Throne of Glass series and, since I’ve had it on my shelf for ages and have already got Queen of Shadows, I figure it’s time to read it. I’m really excited for it because Crown of Midnight was even better than Throne of Glass so you’d think it would follow the trend.

4) Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K.Rowling
I have already read the Harry Potter series but I ordered the special fully illustrated version of the Philosophers Stone so I figured it was the perfect time to re-read this masterpiece. I’m very excited to read it while getting to enjoy all the images that come with it.

Already so that is it for my September wrap-up and my October TBR, I hope you enjoyed and I’ll see you all soon.

Signing off, Verity

August Wrap-up/September TBR

Hi there,
So the month of August is officially over. . . and I read three books. Pretty bad right? Oh well there’s always a new month. So this post will be my August wrap-up and my September TBR, which I will keep pretty limited because of my previous record.

August Wrap-up
1) Cinder by Marissa Meyer
The first book I read last month was Cinder, a sci-fi retelling of Cinderella that centers around the city of New Beijing in a new world era during a time of a deadly plague. When Cinder meets Prince Kai she finds herself at the center of the threat of war from Earth’s intergalactic enemies: The Lunars. This book was fun and quirky and I had a really enjoyable time reading it. The characters were so unique and completely adorable and it was the perfect book to start off the month. It wasn’t the most amazing though so it was deducted one star. Still fabulous though.
Rating: * * * *

2) Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
The second book I read in the month of August was Harper Lee’s “lost” prequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird”. It was a fast read despite the intense subject matter and I really enjoyed it. This was a brilliant book that really encapsulated the confusing prejudice surrouding African-Americans in the early 1900s. Reading from the perspective of an older Scout was interesting and thoughtfully comparative during the chapters that looked back in time to her childhood days. I’m a little disappointed Dill wasn’t a featured character but I enjoyed this all the same
Rating: * * * *

3) Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Scarlet is the second book in the Lunar Chronicles series and it was amazing! Seriously, if you thought Cinder was good Scarlet just knocked it out of the park! The new characters introduced were really unique and it was interesting to see how the stories all fell together. I enjoyed the greater prevalence of the lunars and the introduction of Thorne was so much fun. Scarlet and Wolf were even more adorable than Cinder and Kai and the ending was so exciting. I cannot wait to see what Cress brings to the table.
Rating: * * * * *

September TBR

1) Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
This is the second book in the Outlander series and was actually on my TBR for August but as you may know it is a pretty ginormous book. I mean seriously it’s like 900 pages. So this is the first book on my TBR for this month and I am excited to be reading it. Although it’s already annoying me. Really not what I thought it was gonna be.

2) Cress by Marissa Meyer
I have to read Cress this month. I’m mean it’s just a given isn’t it. I’m excited to really get into this and then hopefully be able to get my hands on Fairest to be completely ready for the release of Winter in a few months time. This series is really amazing and I’ve heard that this book is the best yet so I am very excited.

3) Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Queen of Shadows was released this month but I have not yet read the third book in the Throne of Glass series so I was unable to purchase it and read it. So this month is the month! I will read Heir of Fire and I will love it! And then hopefully I can get right onto Queen of Shadows when I buy that.

4) The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Page
This was on my TBR for last month but I didn’t get around to it so I’ve decided to read it this month. This is the second book in the Dorothy Must Die trilogy (?) which I liked and I’m excited to see how the story develops in this book. This may be changed for Queen of Shadows depending on how much Sarah J. Maas I think I can handle in one month.

Alright so that is it for my August wrap-up and my September TBR. I hope you enjoyed and feel free to comment your own reads for the previous or coming month in the comments (not that you ever do).

Signing off, Verity

July wrap-up/August TBR

Hi there,
So I’ve been absent for a while. . . sorry about that. I was away for a while and I’ve been super busy these past two weeks. I’m back now though and back to posting twice a week (hopefully). Today I thought I’d give you my July wrap-up and my August TBR. The TBR books may change but as of now this is my plan. Alright lets jump right in.

July Wrap-up:
I only managed to read three books this month because of my hectic schedule but here they are none-the-less.

1) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
This book is a classic and I read it for an English class and it had been a long time coming. This was a really brilliant novella, focusing on hope and the injustice of life. The characters were all really unique and each one showed a different side of society, making the book less about the people and more about the societal prejudices that existed. It was a short but exciting read and before anyone asks my opinion on the ending: sad but I liked it.
Rating: * * * *

2) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Where do I even start with Outlander. It centres around Claire Beauchamp, an army nurse in 1945 who falls through time and ends up in the 18th century surrounded by Scottish highlands. She wants to get back in time, back to her husband, Frank, but as she grows closer to the Scotsmen that could ensure her escape, particularly young Jamie Fraser, she finds herself finding more reasons to stay. Outlander is one of those books that stays in your head a long time after completion. I absolutely adored Outlander and everything about it. The characters were so perfectly imperfect and the storyline both intriguing and terrifying. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series and I recommend this to anyone who loves romance and history. It takes a little while to get into but it really is fantastic.
Rating: * * * * *

3) Yes Please by Amy Poehler
I actually listened to this as an audiobook because Amy Poehler reads it herself and I love Amy Poehler. It was hilarious and inspirational and beautiful and messy and about a million other things that made it perfect. It was funny and light but included some really important issues in life and spoke truthfully about the good the bad and the ugly. It was really amazing and I recommend it to literally everyone, it was that incredible. You have done well Amy Poehler.
Rating: * * * * *

August TBR:

1) Cinder by Marissa Myer
This is the book that I am currently reading, it’s a take on the classic fairytale Cinderella and focuses on a girl called Cinder who is a cyborg in New Beijing. A terrible plague is spreading throughout the world and when her sister catches it Cinder is taken for experimentation to find an antidote. Secrets will be revealed and truths uncovered, not matter who much Cinder may not want them to.

2) Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
This is the second book in the Outlander and I have no idea what will happen or even a basic synopsis because I wish it to be a complete surprise for me. Excited about this one though

3) Scarlet by Marissa Myer
This is the sequel to Cinder, the book I’m currently reading, and I believe that this is a modern take on Little Red Riding Hood. I don’t really know much about this book at all but I’m excited to read it and see how both Cinder’s story and Scarlet’s connect.

4) The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Page
This is the second book in the Dorothy Must Die series and continues the story of Amy Gumm, who was whisked away to Oz through a tornado. Separated from The Royal Order of the Wicked, Amy must find another way to kill Dorothy and save Oz.

Alright so that is it for my July wrap-up and my August TBR. I hope you enjoyed and I’ll see you soon.

Signing off, Verity

My (pathetic) June wrap-up and July TBR

Hi there,
So the month of June was a rather disappointing one in terms of how many books I managed to read. I read only three books in June, 2 of which seemed to take me forever to finish. In my defense though I had a drama production last week and had a million rehearsals in preparation. Also had exams. I’ll be including a July TBR this time because I have a clear idea of which books I’d like to read in July. So lets just start I suppose.

June Wrap-up:

1) The Assassins Blade (Throne of Glass 0.1-0.5) by Sarah J. Maas
This book is a compilation of novellas that preceded the Throne of Glass series. I read this so that when I came to reading Heir of Fire I knew more of Celaena’s backstory, something I’ve always craved. These books were better than I expected. The first book and the last book were the best in the compilation were the best as they included Sam more strongly, a character I love. I only give this book 4/5 stars thought because there was a couple of novellas, one in particular, that were pretty difficult to get into.
Rating: * * * *

2) Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
This book is a “companion” novel to the book Between the Lines but I treated it as if it were a sequel. It ran exactly like a sequel and I really had fun with it. Ultimately the first book was more enthralling and I enjoyed it to a higher degree, but this book was still cute and fun and told a romance story in an entirely new way. These books are really adorable and I really enjoyed them and I think you would definitely benefit more from reading Between the Lines first.
Rating: * * * *

3) All the Light we Cannot see by Anthony Doerr
This is a book based during WWII and focuses on an innocent civilian and an innocent(ish) German soldier. This book really tugged at my heart strings and it told the story of the Holocaust in a poetic but frighteningly real way. The main issue I had with this book is the fact that the first half was incredibly slow. It took a really long time to set up the story and, ultimately, that isn’t how I find enjoyment in books. It really picked up in the second half though and saved this book from a lower rating.
Rating: * * * *

July TBR

1) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
This is the book I am currently reading and I have been anticipating reading this for a really long time! I’m really excited to be finally reading this because I’ve heard such good things and so far the story is amazing. Looking forward to completing this in July.

2) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
I’m actually reading this for an English class at the moment but I’ve been intending on reading it for years. It’s been on my TBR for ages and I’m excited to finally be getting around to it. It seems like a good book so far so maybe we have a new favourite classic on the table.

3) Yes Please by Amy Poehler
I’m actually going on holiday soon and I hope to get the audiobook to listen to on the plane. I love Amy Poehler and everything about her, she is so funny. I’ve wanted to read her book for a while and then I heard that her audiobook for it is amazing and that she has special guests and everything so I decided to get it as an audiobook. We’ll see.

4) Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
This is the third book in the Throne of Glass series and I intend to read this while I’m away. Her books are always so fast to read and I adore the worlds and the characters she creates. They inspire me and I feel so connected to all of them. Really excited for this read.

Alright so that is all for my June wrap-up and July TBR. Hope you guys enjoyed and feel free to comment your reads.

Signing off, Verity