Help, please!

I’ve found myself in a bit of reading rut lately. Every book I pick up I’ve ended up putting down after less than 50 pages.

These are the ones I’ve tried reading, with no luck:

Angel of Storms (Millennium’s Rule, #2)Nineteen Eighty-FourGraceling (Graceling Realm, #1)Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It AllThe Best of Adam Sharp

… and these are the last books I’ve read that I enjoyed:

Truth or DareOne of Us Is LyingDreamland

Have you got an suggestions of books I could read to pull me out of this rut? I don’t really have a genre I fancy reading at the moment – I guess just anything easy and enjoyable.

Thaaaaanks!

Ways to Organise Your Bookshelves

Since I’ve been collecting books, I’ve organised my bookshelves in a lot of ways. I’ve seen lots of pictures of other people’s gorgeous shelves. I’ve changed mine around in a lot of ways based on theirs. Some of it works for me and others don’t. I’ve learnt that just because a bookshelf is aesthetically pleasing, doesn’t mean it’s logically pleasing. Mine has ended up being a mixture of everything, it doesn’t always look the best, but it does work for me.

So this post is for you – if you think your shelves are a bit lacking or you just want a switch up.

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One of my shelves

Ways to order your shelf:

By genre

This is my favourite way because it’s so organised and makes it really easy to find a book when I’m in the mood for a certain book.

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Alphabetically by author’s last name

This isn’t one that I tend to do just because I don’t particularly like having hard back books in the middle of the shelf but it is a super easy way to find books. It is the way that I order all my reviews though (here).

By height

I use this method because it makes it easier for shelf size, or I tend to put the larger books to the side of the shelf.

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By colour

Rainbow shelves are simple gorgeous. I think they look simply amazing. The downside I find it that it means some series are split up and it’s a nightmare to find books.

By TBR and Read piles

I’ve just moved my shelves around to do this. I have 3 shelves in my bedroom with the next books on my TBR pile to pick from. Hopefully that way I might actually get through some of them!

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A favourites shelf

I love this way! I put all my favourite books/authors on the same shelf and it’s always a great shelf to go to when I’m stuck for a book. I’ve seen lots of other people’s favourite’s shelves and they look great!

By publication date

This would be a very organised way of doing it. It’s not one that I’ve ever tried, just because I like my series being put together but it could be a very interesting one to look at.

Just make it fit

This is how my shelves always end up being before I cave and buy more shelves. Most of the time I end up having some books on the side and some standing up straight or, in my current situation, on top of others.

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My favourite shelf on by book case isn’t actually books. My favourite shelf is my memory shelf. It has my scrap books and boxes full of memorabilia. I usually also have little figures and photos on my shelves too.

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How do you organise your shelves?

Do you keep yours the same or mix it around?

Are there any ways that you want to try?

Top Ten Books I Loved More Than I Thought I Would.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. This week’s topic is  “Top Ten Books I Loved More Than I Thought I Would″

Nina is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi – a book by a comedian I like. As It was by a celebrity I thought it would be alright but I ended up really enjoying this book (review)

The Hundred-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson – a book that is very unusual and all over the place but very entertaining.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett – This was interesting and very funny.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – I’ve read a few other books by Rainbow and I enjoyed them (Fangirl, Eleanor & Park, Landline) but I LOVED Carry On (review)

One by Sarah Crossan – This was an incredible captivating, emotional and beautifully written book. We hear about the lives of Tippi and Grace, who are conjoined and live as one but are separate people. (review)

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – I read this before the film came out and I picked it up knowing literally nothing about it. I blubbered like a baby. (review)

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde – I studied this s school. I’m not sure what it was about it I liked but I really enjoyed it.

Solitude of a Birdcage by Brielle Skye – one of the first books I got as an ARC by a relatively unknown author but I thoroughly enjoyed. (review)

Trouble by Non Pratt – The book is, as highlighted by the blatant sperm on the front page, about teenage sex and pregnancy. (review)

What books did you enjoy more than you thought you would?

Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes

Paris for One and Other Stories

Title: Paris for One and Other Stories
Author: Jojo Moyes
Series: N/A
Publication: 18th October 2016 by Michael Joseph
Genre: Fiction.

Around the Year in 52 Book Challenge – A collection – short stories

Synopsis (Goodreads)

A collection of 11 unmissable short stories from the number 1 internationally bestselling author of Me Before You and After You

Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She’s never even been on a romantic weekend away-to anywhere-before. Travelling abroad isn’t really her thing. But when Nell’s boyfriend fails to show up, she has the chance to prove to everyone-including herself- that she can be independent and intrepid. Alone in Paris, Nell finds a version of herself she never knew existed . . .

In the ten other stories, Jojo Moyes introduces us to a cast of strong, relatable women in the midst of their everyday lives. In Honeymoon in Paris, featuring characters from her bestselling novel, The Girl You Left Behind, Liv and Sophie – though decades apart – both find that marriage is only the beginning of their love stories. InCrocodile Shoes, a businesswoman’s blossoming confidence emerges from a fateful changing-room mix-up. And in both Love in the Afternoon and A Bird in the Hand, two couples dance around the trickiness of long-time marriage. In this irresistible collection, readers will be whisked from elegant perfume shops to taxis to five-star hotel rooms and more.

My Thoughts

I love Jojo Moyes, she is one of those few authors that can make you cry with sadness and laughter all in one book, sometimes at the same time. I adored  Me Before You and After You So, when I saw this book, I had to read it.

This book contains 11 stories, some are longer than others and I definitely enjoyed some more than others.

My favourites were:
Paris for One: This novella takes up over half of the book. It feels like it has a clear ending book. This was my favourite story in the book. I loved the Paris setting and the heroine’s emotions.

Honeymoon in Paris: The was the second longest story in this book. It flicked between Liv and Sophie who lived decades apart (characters from The Girl You Left Behind, but you don’t have to have read this to love the story). Both newly weds are struggling with the beginning of their marriage.

My least favourites
Last Year’s Coat: A woman is jealous about other people’s lives, mainly that they can afford to buy things and her family can’t. She wants a new coat. She ends up getting the coat..

Thirteen Days with John C: I didn’t enjoy this one at all. Infact, I skim read most of it.

It’s worth reading for the main two stories but the other could be missed.

My Rating

3star

Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. It’s a great way to learn more about the bloggers you follow and to find lots of new books. This week’s topic is “ Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To (But TOTALLY plan to)”

Books I Own

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J Maas

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1)Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) by Alwyn Hamilton

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)Nevernight (The Nevernight Cronicle #1) by Jay Kristoff

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

The Diabolic (The Diabolic, #1)The Diabolic (The Diabolic #1) by S.J.Kincaid

Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The girl who has grown up by her side and who is as much as sister as a master. There’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.

She must become her.

Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have – humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire…

The Graces (The Graces, #1)The Graces (The Graces #1) by Laure Eve

Everyone said the Graces were witches.

They moved through the corridors like sleek fish, ripples in their wake. Stares followed their backs and their hair.

They had friends, but they were just distractions. They were waiting for someone different.

All I had to do was show them that person was me.

Like everyone else in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? And are they more dangerous than they let on?

This beautifully-written thriller will grip you from its very first page.

Beautiful Broken ThingsBeautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

I was brave
She was reckless
We were trouble

Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realises, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.

Books I Need To Own

The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen, #1)The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen #1) by Roshani Chokshi

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.

Three Dark CrownsThree Dark Crowns by Kenare Blake

hen kingdom come, there will be one.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #3)The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #3) by Erika Johansen

In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch.

As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies – including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear.

To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable – she surrendered herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy, and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, Regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign from her prison in Mortmesne.

Now the endgame begins and the fate of Queen Kelsea – and the Tearling itself – will finally be revealed . . .

Top Ten Books To Buy Me For Christmas

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. It’s a great way to learn more about the bloggers you follow and to find lots of new books. This week’s topic is “Holiday Gift Guide freebie (ten books to buy the YA lover in your life, 10 books to buy for your dad, etc.) ”. I have chosen “Top Ten Books To Buy Me For Christmas.”

Crystal Storm (Falling Kingdoms, #5)On the Other SideZog and the Flying DoctorsThe Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

  1. Crystal Storm – Morgan Rhodes
  2. On the Other Side – Carrie Hope Fletcher
  3.  Zog and the Flying Doctors – Julia Donaldson
  4. The Reason I Jump – Naoki Higashida
  5. Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard
  6. The Star Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi
  7. Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
  8. If I Stay – Gayle Forman

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen, #1)Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

Top Ten Books I Would Like To Be Made Into A Movie.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. It’s a great way to learn more about the bloggers you follow and to find lots of new books. This week’s topic is “Movie Freebie”. I have chosen “Top Ten Books I Would Like To Be Made Into A Movie.”

Sabriel by Garth Nix.

Lies of Loche Lamora by Scott Lynch

Blood of the Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski

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Skulduggery Pleasant by Derick Landy

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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The Black Guard by A.J.Smith

George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

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Third Quarter Quell – 9 Month Wrap Up

As I no longer read enough books to do a monthly wrap up, I’m doing a 3 monthly one! This makes my third one this year.

At the beginning of the year I set myself the following challenges as did my housemates:

  • To read 45 books
  • To complete The Sherlock Holmes Collection.
  • To complete one other classic
  • To not read ALL picture books
  • To Read my pre-ordered books
  • To get about 70% on Netgallery

    2016 READING CHALLENGE

    2016 READING CHALLENGE

    Congrats!

    You have read 48 books of your goal of 45!

    48/45 (107%)

Here’s the progress I made after 3 months and 6 months.

To read 45 books
So far I have read 48 books:

Not Completed:

  • The complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle – 88% complete
  • Grimm’s Fairy Stories by The Grimm Brothers – 66% complete
  • Allegiant (Divergent #3) – 53%
  • Age of Myth (The Legends of the First Empire #1) by Michael J. Sullivan – 32%
  • Alice in the Country of Hearts Vol. 3 by QuinRose

 

To Complete The Sherlock Holmes Collection
I’m almost there! I just have The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes left!

To Complete One Other Classic

I completed The Secret Garden! 

To Not Read ALL Picture Books
Less than 1/4 of them are picture books. I also don’t add ones that I re-read on here, just new ones, otherwise it would be a lot more!

To Read My Pre-ordered Books
Whoops. I was meant to read the two most recent Sarah J Maas books over summer. That really didn’t happen. I barely read anything. You can see the things that I did do here. Maybe in half term…

To Get Above 70% On Netgallery.
This may be aiming too high… Last summer it was on 50%. In March it was 59% and it’s now 64%! I’ve eased off requesting as many books, so I might make it!

Have you read any of these books?
How are you getting on with your resolutions?

Top Ten Villains

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. It’s a great way to learn more about the bloggers you follow and to find lots of new books. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Villains”

Emily, Daz and Alex’s Choices:

  1. Professor Umbridge from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K.Rowling.
  2. Iago from Othello by William Shakespear.
  3. Miss Trunchbull from Matilda by Roald Dahl.
  4. Bill Sikes from Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  5. White Witch from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S.Lewis
  6. Kerrigor from Sabriel by Garth Nix
  7. Rience from The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski

Who are your top villains?

 

Confessions of an exhausted teacher.

Last year I really struggled to find time to read around work. I would get home and after reading stories and marking books, the last thing I wanted to do is read a book. Whereas this year, despite having a trickier class and a lot more work, I’ve managed to read a lot of books around work. But now I’m struggling to find the motivation to write the reviews! My plan for this new school year was to try and sort out a good work life balance. So far, I think it’s working. My boyfriend and I joined the gym, which means I get out of work at 4 at the latest on Friday to play tennis, and I’m limited to only doing work until 7 on week days and 2 on Sundays. Where possible I try not to bring anything home at all but it’s pretty much inevitable.

So, finally, after letting them build up for a while, the book reviews that are pending are…

The Beastly PiratesThey’re called The Beastly Pirates
and this fearsome ugly bunch
scour the seas for other pirates
they can gobble up for lunch.

Beware THE BEASTLY PIRATES – the scariest sailors on the seven seas.
They’re a cutlass-toting, pirate-eating bunch of renegades and the list of their dastardly deeds is endless. Dare you come to face to face with this motley crew?

WARNING: This is most certainly NOT a book for bedtime . . . unless you like your pirates with a bit more bite! Perfect for fans of Jonny Duddle.

 

Everything, EverythingMy disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

 

All the Bright PlacesTheodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

 

Love, Rosie
Best friends since forever, Rosie and Alex have shared their hopes, dreams – and firsts. But one awkward moment at eighteen, one missed opportunity, and life sends them hurtling in different directions. Although they stay in touch, misunderstandings, circumstances and sheer bad luck seem to be conspiring to keep them apart. Can they gamble everything – even their friendship – on true love?

 

 

 

When We CollidedWe are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know…

Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.

Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.

Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.

In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever.

Have you read any of these? 

Are any of them on your reading list? Or now on your reading list?