Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

You know how last week I said I had been naughty and bought a stupid amount of books? Well, I maaaay have done it again. I’m not even sorry. It was 3 for £10, how can you say no?

I bought Open Very Carefully and Zog and the Flying Doctors for my class. I was also an idiot and went to buy The Lion Inside but accidentally clicked kindle, so now it’s no use to anyone 😦 I also bough Parsnips, Buttered : How to win at modern life one email at a time, The Light Between Oceans, Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime and The Hufflepuff Edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Although I’ve bought a stupid amount of books I’ve actually done some reading this week! How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends was not my best purchase, but that’ll teach me for not reading the children’s book before I buy it. I completed Parsnips, Buttered : How to win at modern life one email at a time by Joe Lycett, which was so so funny. I also read Saga and Fables (reviews on Thursday).

Saga Vol. 1 by [Vaughan, Brian]Fables, Volume 1: Legends in Exile (Fables, #1)

A child also made me stifle laughter when they randomly asked “Do you know what boozy means?” When I asked them if they did, they replied with “It means when you’re really really cozy.” How adorable is that?!

My friend’s child also seriously thinks babies are conceived by the man weeing on the bed and the lady sitting in the wee. I really hope they haven’t gone around telling their friends that!

What’s made you smile this week?


Sunday Smiles is a weekly meme created by me at Tumbling into Wonderland Books. It runs every Sunday. Want to find out more or join in the fun? Check out the details here.

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Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

I’ve been so naughty this week. I’ve bought a stupid amount of books even though I don’t have the time or space for them!

It didn’t take much persuading but I bought Blood for Blood because I liked the first book so much. I was looking for some good children’s books about friendships (If you know any, please throw your suggestions this way) and ended up buying two books. Then I accidentally bought Sarah Millican’s autobiography.  I’m such a nosey moo and have started getting into autobiographies – mainly about female comedians. Yesterday we were in the Picaddily Waterstones and it would be rude not to buy a book from there, right? So Daz got the the first two Witcher graphic novels and I finally bought Saga.

Wolf by Wolf: Blood for Blood: Book 2 by [Graudin, Ryan]The Witcher Volume 1 by [Tobin, Paul]Saga Vol. 1 by [Vaughan, Brian]

My housemates both watch YouTubers playing video games (don’t ask me what ones, I have no idea….) In one of the videos they were telling each other facts to throw each other off. My house mates have been repeating some throughout the week. my personal favourites are;

Did you know a blue whales’ penis can be over 8ft long?

Did you know the ant eater has the largest penis to body size ratio?

Did you know 1/4 of your bones are in your feet?

 

What’s made you smile this week?


Sunday Smiles is a weekly meme created by me at Tumbling into Wonderland Books. It runs every Sunday. Want to find out more or join in the fun? Check out the details here.

Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

This week I’ve been feeling rally sorry for myself. I’ve been ill. I hate being ill and I’m one Wolf by Wolf (Wolf By Wolf, #1)of these people that pretends I’m not and power through. Seriously, i went to school with the flu and fell asleep before. So the fact that I had to have not one but TWO days off week this week was very frustrating. On the plus side I spend my day just sleeping, reading and having a bath – so it’s not all bad, right?  I managed to finally read Wolf by Wolf which was incredible and I spend the evening gushing about it to my housemates – My review is due to go up on Thursday but to summarise it, if you haven’t read Wolf by Wolf , go and read it! Cheer Up Buttercup

As it was payday, and I used up all my bath supplies having so many baths, I went a bit crazy in Lush and bought lots of lovely new ones. I particularly like Cheer Up Buttercup (it’s so zingy!)

I’m also really excited because I’ve finally been put on a place for Maths training. My Mr finds it weird that I’m so excited about this (and he’s head of Maths…).

What’s made you smile this week?


Sunday Smiles is a weekly meme created by me at Tumbling into Wonderland Books. It runs every Sunday. Want to find out more or join in the fun? Check out the details here.

Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me.

Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me.

Title: Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Jusr Me.
Author: Lily Collins.
Series: N/A
Publication: 27th March 2017 by Harper Collins
Genre: Biography

My Thoughts (2)

Goodreads

In this groundbreaking debut essay collection, featuring never-before-seen photos, actress Lily Collins—star of Mortal Instruments and the upcoming Rules Don’t Apply—is opening a poignant, honest conversation about the things young women struggle with: body image, self-confidence, relationships, family, dating, and so much more.

For the first time ever, Lily shares her life and her own deepest secrets, underlining that every single one of us experiences pain and heartbreak. We all understand what it’s like to live in the light and in the dark. For Lily, it’s about making it through to the other side, where you love what you see in the mirror and where you embrace yourself just as you are. She’s learned that all it takes is one person standing up and saying something for everyone else to realize they’re not alone.

By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Lily’s honest voice will inspire you to be who you are and say what you feel. It’s time to claim your voice! It’s time to live your life unfiltered.

My Thoughts

I have been wanting this book for a while and finally caved and bought it. I started reading it in the bath and didn’t stop until the water turned cold.

This isn’t a biography with a sequenced timeline but is more of a collection of essays, or personally life experiences under a set header – a bit like Anna Kendrick’s book. I imagine this is because it’s more aimed at Young Adult audience.

Lily opens up about a lot of different things; her family, her relationships, her battle with anorexia, her tattoos. She discusses overcoming every day obstacles and issues that many of her audience would experience. It was refreshing, eye opening and relieving to read. Her brutal honesty, especially with her abusive relationships and anorexia, was unexpected and eye opening, and I imagine would come as great support to many of her readers.

As it was done by topic headings rather than being her timeline, it did mean that some things were repeated a few times, her relationships being one of them. However, I absolutely loved the chapter on her tattoos. I love knowing people’s stories and meanings behind their tattoos and Lily has one behind all of them – plus we got to see photos, that’s always great.

I liked Lily before I read this but came out liking her even more afterwards; we’d make great friends discussing Harry Potter over tea. Mine would be hot, yuck to cold tea.

My Thoughts (1)

4-stars

ARC August: Week 2

ARC August begins! graphicWoah, we’ve come to the end of the second week of ARC August (hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat). This week wasn’t anywhere near as good as last week, I only managed to complete Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and I’ve started Age of Swords (The Legends of the First Empire #2). I loved Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. If you haven’t read it yet, I would definitely recommend you go and get it now.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

 

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live.

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.

One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.

Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than… fine?

Age of Swords (The Legends of the First Empire, #2)

Raithe, the God Killer, may have started the rebellion by killing a Fhrey, but long-standing enmities dividing the Rhune make it all but impossible to unite against a common foe. And even if the clans can join forces, how will they defeat an enemy whose magical prowess makes the Fhrey indistinguishable from gods?

The answer lies across the sea in a faraway land populated by a reclusive and dour race who feels nothing but disdain for both Fhrey and mankind. With time running out, Persephone leads the gifted young seer Suri, the Fhrey sorceress Arion, and a small band of misfits in a desperate search for aid—a quest that will take them into the darkest depths of Elan. There, an ancient adversary waits—an enemy as surprising as it is deadly.

In total, I’ve managed to raise my Netgalley percentage from 66% to 72%!


Have you managed to read any ARCs this month?

Love Hurts by Malorie Blackman + more

Love Hurts

Title: Love Hurts
Author: Malorie Blackman, Patrick Ness, Lauren Myracle, Gayle Foreman, Susie Day, Jenny Downham, Maureen Johnson, Laura Dockrill, David Levithan, Markus Zusak, Lauren Kate, Catherine Johnson, James Dawson, Philip Pullman, E. Lockhart, Non Pratt, Bali Rai, Melvin Burgess, Phil Earle, Andrew Smith, Matt haig, Tabitha Suzuma and Marcus Sedgwick
Series: N/A
Publication: 29th January 2015 by Corgi Children’s
Genre: YA, Love and Romance, Fiction.

Around the World in 52 Books Challenge – A book written by at least two authors.

This book counts towards my ARC August 2017

Advanced Reading Copy provided, in exchanged for an honest review, from the publishers.

My Thoughts (2)

Have you ever fallen for someone the rest of the world thought you shouldn’t have? Malorie Blackman brings together the very best young adult authors writing today in a stunningly romantic collection of love against the odds.

Featuring stories and extracts about modern star-crossed lovers, Love Hurts looks at every kind of relationship, from first kiss to final heartbreak. This is a collection for anyone who has ever loved and lost – and loved again…

My Thoughts

This is an anthology combining a mixture of clippings from books and novellas, all about love, by some very famous and talented authors.

It contains clippings from:

  • More Than This by Patrick Ness
  • The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
  • If I Stay by Gayle Foreman
  • Trouble by Non Pratt
  • Rani and Dukh by Bali Rai
  • You Against Me by Jenny Downham
  • 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
  • Junk by Melvin Burgess
  • Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  • Heroic by Phil Earle
  • I Am Messenger by Markus Zusak
  • Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
  • Echo Boyu by Matt Haig
  • Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
  • Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
  • Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
  • We Were Liars by E Lockhart

And short stories by:

  • Malorie Blackman
  • Susie Day
  • Laura Dockrill
  • David Levithan
  • Lauren Kate
  • Catherine Johnson
  • James Dawson

This book is a complete mix, containing something for everyone. It has stories about blindness, transgender, coming out and incest. It has all different stories all with the main theme of love. And best of all, it’s not all straight love and not all from the girl’s perspective.

I had already read some of the clippings in here, like: Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman, Northern Lights by Philip Pullman and Troubled by Non Pratt, so I just skipped these. I’m not going to lie, there were some stories that didn’t grab me, but the best thing is that I could skip that clip and go onto the next bit. I didn’t have to drag myself through tonnes of pages just to complete the story. There were a lot of clipping that did grab my attention, and I know I’ll be adding to my every growing TBR list.

My favourite short story was definitely the first one by Malorie Blackman Humming through my fingers. It was just so interesting and beautiful – I would happily read an entire book about this. I didn’t want it to end.

If you’re expecting a novel by Malorie Blackman then you will be thoroughly disappointed. But if you’re looking for some short stories and new books, this is the book for you.

My Thoughts (1)

4-stars

Top Ten Books I’ve Read Due To The Blogging Community

35fed-toptentuesdayTop 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. They’re currently on a break until mid-August so I’m choosing some past topics I missed out on in the meantime. This week I’ve chosen “ Top Ten Books I’ve Read Due To The Blogging Community”.

Some of these I loved and others not so much….

Click on the book cover to see my reviews!

 

When Dimple Met RishiLady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)One Of Us Is LyingAnna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)Holding Up the UniverseEverything, EverythingAll the Bright PlacesCarry OnWhen We CollidedHarry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8)


Which of these books have you read?

What books have you read because of the blogging community?

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?