Sunday, 29 September 2013

Huge September book haul #1

Today I went to a local car boot sale and went a little crazy with buying books, I bought 19! And today I am showing you all of the second hand books I have bought today. Now, lets get started...

I got all of these books for only 50p each and all but 3 were from the same person. So I will start with the first 3 I got, The secret keeper by Kate Morton, The curious incident of the dog in the night time by Mark Haddon and Harry Potter and the deathly hallows by J.K Rowling. The first 2 books I got were in paperback but Harry Potter was in hardback and still only 50p each!
The next 17 books I got were all from the same person and were all 50p each. I got The Northern Lights by Philip Pullman, Ash by Malinda Lo, The Forbidden Game by L.J Smith, Beautiful creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Shadow kiss by Richelle Mead, Living dead in Dallas, Club dead, Dead as a doornail, definitely dead, All together dead, dead reckoning, Dead in the family, Dead and gone, From dead to worse and A touch of dead all by Charlaine Harris. All of these books are in paperback as well, except for Dead in the family by Charlaine Harris which is in hardback and all of these books were still only 50p.

Thanks for reading and I hope this post gave you some new ideas of some books to read.
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Saturday, 28 September 2013

September Wrap up!

Today I am doing my September wrap up where I will show you what books I read in September. During this month I set a personal record for reading 9 books! This is the most books I have ever read in one month, so I am extremely proud of myself, although I wouldn't have been able to have done this if it wasn't for all of the great books I read this month. 
Anyway lets get started with what books I actually read...

So the first book I read this month was Divergent by Veronica Roth.

Now I will admit that I am a bit late reading this, but either way I am so glad that I did! This is now one of my most favourite books of all time and I will definitely be posting a full review on this soon! I am not going to say much about this book now as I am saving it for the review, but what I will say is that I loved it and I recommend it to anyone whether it is your first time reading a dystopian book or the 100th time, if you have not already read it, do it now! I gave this book a well deserved 5 out of 5 on GoodReads.

The second book I read in the month of September was of course Insurgent by Veronica Roth.

Of course, after reading Divergent I couldn't help but dive straight into Insurgent and I am glad that I did as this did not let me down, whereas with a lot of books in a series the second doesn't tend to be as strong as the first book, this was an amazing exception! I absolutely loved this book just as much as the first and I will also be doing a full review on this book because it was just so damn good! I also gave this a 5 out of 5 on GoodReads.

The third book I read was yet another book from the Divergent series, Free Four Tobias tells the Divergent story.

This book is actually a 43 page eBook, so I was not sure whether it really counted towards this months wrap up, but of course it is still a book (an amazing one at that) so I decided to include it in my September wrap up. I read this eBook straight after finishing Insurgent because I just couldn't wait and I had to read something else from the Divergent series as I still have to wait a month for Allegiant :(. This was a great short story to go along with the series and I may include a small review in the Insurgent and Divergent review so make sure to check that out once it is up. I gave this book another 5 out of 5 on GoodReads. 

The fourth book I read in September was Beneath the glitter by Elle and Blair Fowler.

I actually only read this book because I have watched Elle and Blair's YouTube videos for a couple of years so I wanted to check out their book and I also heard that it was loosely based on their lives which intrigued me even more. I went into this book not really expecting to like it very much and only reading it because I needed something lighter to read whilst I got over my post book depression from the Divergent series, but oh boy was I wrong. This book may be a lighter read than most of the books I read but it still had its own plot twists and was a lot more exciting and interesting than I thought it would be and after that cliff hanger of an ending I have to go out and buy the second book asap. I rated this book 5 out of 5 on GoodReads.
The fifth book I read during September was Eve by Anna Carey.

I have had this book since March and just hadn't got round to reading it so I decided I better read it this month because it had been on my shelf for to long. I was really looking forward to this when I got it because the story sounded really promising and quite different to what I have heard of before, and when I read it this month I wasn't disappointed. Eve is not only an interesting book, but it has a good amount of plot twists and an amazing and strong storyline which makes it even better. I will be posting yet another review of this book which should be up shortly. I gave this book 5 out of 5 on GoodReads.

The sixth book I read was the book which I was most excited about getting this month and that is Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson.

I had ordered this book off of eBay a few days before I started reading Eve but it didn't arrive until a few days after I had finished Eve so I was not reading during that time as I didn't want to have to want to finish another book until I could start reading Hunting Lila. As soon as I read the description for this book on GoodReads I immediately went onto eBay and bought it because it just sounded so good and I was not disappointed at all! This book is now my favourite book of all time and I recommend it to anyone. It is a paranormal romance book about a girl with telekinetic powers (what's not to love!) I am going to be posting a review for this book as well and it should be up soon after this post so look out for that also. I gave this book yet another 5 out of 5 on GoodReads.

The seventh book I read this month was Lord of the flies by William Golding.

I actually was reading this book at school and although we started reading it in around May we only finished it in September (slow reading or what). As this is only the second classic book I have ever read I was quite proud that I finished it, even if it did take 5 months, and I did quite enjoy it. It is not the kind of book which I would normally read but as it was for school I didn't really have a choice but I will say that I am still glad I read it. I gave this book a 3 out of 5 on GoodReads.
The eighth and second to last book I read during September was Blood Red Road by Moira Young.

This book was a-maz-ing and I absolutely loved it. Before reading it I was a little intimated because it is almost 500 pages, but if it wasn't that long than it would not be as good! And even though it took me about the first 15-20 pages to get over some of the language used in it, I quickly got used to it and ended up really enjoying it. Expect yet another review of this book soon. I gave this book another 5 out of 5 stars.

The ninth and final book I read this month was the magicians nephew by C.S Lewis.

I decided to read this because I have owned the chronicles of Narnia box set for about 6 years and have never got round to reading it so I went in and read the first book in the series as my classic book of the month (as well as lord of the flies). This book was surprisingly good but you could definitely tell that it was written in 1955 because of some of the language used, but that was inevitable. I will be reading all of the other books in the chronicles of Narnia series so I may post a series review once I have finished them. I gave this book 4 out of 5 on GoodReads.

Thanks for reading and I hope I gave you some good ideas of some books you may want to check out. It looks like I have a lot of book reviews to be writing so I better get on that soon. Fell free to leave a comment with what books you read in September as I would love to know. Speak to you in my next post.
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Monday, 16 September 2013

August Wrap Up

For my first post on this blog I have decided to do an August wrap up. If you are not familiar with what a wrap up is, it is where I show you what books I read in that month, what I thought about them and what I rated them out of 5 on GoodReads.
In August I was in a bit of a reading slump so I only managed to read 2 books, but I thought I would show you guys anyway.

The first book I read in August was Crossed by Ally Condie, which is the second book in the Matched trilogy.

I am not going to do a full review of this book because I am planning on doing a review of the trilogy once I have read the third and final book, which will hopefully be soon. After reading Matched I was excited to read Crossed and was hoping that the second book lived up to the first... which it didn't. I found Crossed to be boring and repetitive and I don't think that it was necessary to spread out the series over three books when they could have easily condensed the first and only made two books but I am not completely criticizing the series as I really enjoyed the first book but the second just did not live up to it. Anyway I ended up giving this book a 1/5 on GoodReads because I really didn't enjoy it.

The second and only other book I read in August was Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, which is the first in the Twilight series.

To my surprise I actually really enjoyed this book which I was not expecting because I had watched the film a couple of years ago and didn't really enjoy it that much but I decided to read it anyway and I am glad that I did now as it was a very good book. I gave this a 4/5 on GoodReads.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I am planning on doing one for each month. I would love to see what books any of you read in the month of August so please feel free to leave a comment.

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