Monthly Wrap Ups

A Very Overdue Wrap Up! (June & July!)

Hi everyone!

Oh my gosh is it happening? Am I FINALLY back with a wrap up? YES IT IS! I have been so slack with doing my monthly wrap ups, I always forget to recently but I just need to share the amazing books I read!

This is probably going to be a long post so I’m sorry, but it’s going to have 2 months of wrap up in, and I read a lot of books haha!

Anyway let’s just get straight into it!

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June Wrap Up!

I read some brilliant books, and also re-read a couple favourites this month – AND I FINALLY FINISHED THE RAVEN CYCLE AND I’M STILL NOT OVER IT!


Title: Matilda by Roald Dahl

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: This is one of my favourite books of all time, and I got the boxset of Roald Dahl books for Christmas so I just felt like it deserved a re-read! I still adore it just as much as I did the first time!

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Weekly Book Memes

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 So Far!

Hi everyone!

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these but I thought now was the time to start! This weekly meme was started over at The Broke and the Bookish, so make sure to check out their page!

This weeks TTT post is about the best books that you’ve read this year so far! I have read SO many good books this year, that it might be hard for me to keep it to 10! In no order though, here are my Top 10 Books:

  1. Illuminae (& Gemina) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman 

    Okay so yes I MAY be cheating here by including both the first and second books in the Illuminae Files series as one point…but they’re both so good! I read these at the start of the year and was hooked from the start, they definitely hold the title of favourite books of this year so far! Find my review for Illuminae here, and my Gemina review here!

  2. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

    THIS SERIES. This series has become my entire life recently, and yes I know when it says ‘Top 10 books’, there shouldn’t be one point including FOUR books, but hey, sometimes you just got to, okay? This series was amazing from the first book and did nothing but make me fall further and further in love wit it as the series went on. PLEASE can everyone read this series, okay? Cool. Read my review of the first book in the series, The Raven Boys, here!

  3. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

    I have been desperate to read this book, and this year was finally the time to read it, and it didn’t even slightly disappoint! The action, the characters, the world it’s set in. My heart just couldn’t take it all, and still can’t. It was amazing, and I want to relive it all over again. If I wasn’t still crying over it…oh my life.

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Hauls

August Book Haul!

Hi everyone!

I’m sorry this is so late!!! I forgot to post it haha!!! Anyway:

How is it already the end of August?? Where is 2016 going? So this month was a successful book buying month because I got SO MANY bargains! I love bargain book buying and let me tell you, this month was the best. Here are the books I bought in August:

Charity Shop Book Haul
I had a couple of trips to the local charity shops this month and got some amazing and beautiful books in perfect condition for super cheap, always the best!

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Title:
 John Dies at the End by David Wong

I saw this book at the charity shop and it sounded so intruiging! I loved how it sounded and how the synopsis pulled me in so I was super excited to see it for cheap!

Synopsis: My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you ll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrock, about the invasion, and the future. But it is too late. You touched the book. You are in the game. You are under the eye. The only defence is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part about the bratwurst. Why? You will just have to trust me. Unfortunately for us, if you make the right choice, we will have a much harder time explaining how to fight off the otherwordly invasion currently threatening to enslave humanity. I m sorry to have involved you in this, I really am. But as you read about these terrible events and the very dark epoch the world is about to enter as a result, it is crucial you keep one thing in mind: NONE OF THIS IS MY FAULT.

 

Title: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

I LOVE classic books so much and it’s my goal to basically collect all of the great ones and read them. So you can imagine my happiness when I saw this beautiful edition for £1 in the charity shop! £1 for a perfect classic! I can’t get over how beautiful it is.

Synopsis: Great Expectations traces the growth of the book’s narrator, Philip Pirrip (Pip), from a boy of shallow dreams to a man with depth of character. From its famous dramatic opening on the bleak Kentish marshes, the story abounds with some of Dickens’ most memorable characters.

Among them are the kindly blacksmith Joe Gargery, the mysterious convict Abel Magwitch, the eccentric Miss Haversham and her beautiful ward Estella, Pip’s good-hearted room-mate Herbert Pocket and the pompous Pumblechook.

As Pip unravels the truth behind his own ‘great expectations’ in his quest to become a gentleman, the mysteries of the past and the convolutions of fate through a series of thrilling adventures serve to steer him towards maturity and his most important discovery of all – the truth about himself.

 

Title: Jane Austen Collection by Jane Austen

Another £1 classic in a gorgeous edition! I still need to read a book by Jane Austen, so I really loved this collection so I can finally read her books!

Synopsis: This collection includes: Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Pride & Prejudice, Jane Eyre and Mansfield Park.

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Book Tags

The Narnia Book Tag!

Hi everyone!

Thank you to Clemi over at ClemisBookishWorld for tagging me in this tag! She also recently created the tag too, so well done!

I love these books and the world of Narnia in general, so I am extremely excited to do this! Here are my answers!

1- NARNIA: A magical world you would like to visit

The Vampire Academy world! I love this series of books so much, and I love the difference between Strigoi vampires and Moroi and I love it! I think it’d be so interesting to visit and learn everything about it!

2- THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW: A book you find underrated

Die For Me by Amy Plum. This series of books is one of my favourites series (and they have the most beautiful covers too). I love the story behind them and the characters, yet no one ever seems to talk about them! So underrated yet so amazing!

3- THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE: A classic that you love

Dracula by Bram Stoker. This was one of the first classic books I read and it has stuck with me ever since. It’s such an amazing story and I love the way it’s written and the characters within the book.

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4- THE HORSE AND HIS BOY: A book you picked up without knowing what it was about

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon. I’d heard a lot of things about this book, and about the theatre production of it, but never really knew what it was about. Then I saw it for 20p in the charity shop and had to pick it up, even though I had no idea what it was about!

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Book Tags

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2016!

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2016?

A COURT OF MIST AND FURY! Damn I loved this book so much, if you want to read the reasons why then check out my full review here!

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2016?


Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I loved this book and it was the perfect sequel to Cinder! It kept me on my toes and wanting to read it all in one sitting, it was so brilliant!

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but really want to?

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken! I know it was out in January but still haven’t got round to reading it yet! I’m so excited to so hopefully I do by the end of the year!

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas! I’m so excited for this book, I need more Sarah J. Maas in my life!

5. Biggest Disappointment so far?

Looking for Alaska by John Green. It wasn’t a bad book, but I just didn’t like it as much as I thought I would!

6. Biggest Surprise?

The Creeper Man by Dawn Kurtagich! I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did, it was written so amazing and had a perfect mix of creepiness and also great narrative. Read my full review here!

7. Favourite New Author?

Marissa Meyer. I’d never read anything by her before starting the Lunar Chronicles finally and she is truly amazing. Her writing style is beautiful and her way of telling stories is something else. I’m constantly thinking about her books and wanting to read more! She is so amazing.

8. Newest Fictional Crush?

James (Jem) Carstairs. The fictional love of my entire life.

9. Newest Favourite Character?

Gansey from The Raven Boys! I love his passion for finding Glendower, his loyalty to his friends and also how he messes things up sometimes but genuinely tries his best! He has such a kind heart even though he doesn’t go about it right sometimes, but he’s so great.

10. Book that made you cry?

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. It’s safe to say that the letter ruined me.

11. Book that made you happy?

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare! It made me laugh and cry too, but I’ve never felt so happy and satisfied after finishing a book than I did with this one! It was just perfect and everything I wanted, I loved it!

12. Favorite book to movie adaptation you saw so far this year!

Me Before You! It was such an amazing film and so close to the book, I loved it! I saw it 3 times and cried each time haha.

13. Most beautiful book you’ve  bought this year

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter! I was gifted this present so didn’t technically buy it but it is absolutely stunning. I think it’s pretty much the most beautiful book on my shelves. Both inside and out it is so so gorgeous and I love it so much!!

14. What do you need to read by the end of the year?

All the books I’ve bought this year! But I need to definitely read the Raven Cycle and Empire of Storms!!

I hope you liked my Mid-Year Book Freakout! Leave a comment with what you thought of my answers, and your own answers!

I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for me in the book world!

Love,

Meggan x

Monthly Wrap Ups · Reviews

July Wrap Up!

Hi everyone!

I did pretty well this month at sticking to my TBR! (You can find that here!) I read some pretty great books this month, and to say I was out quite a lot in July, I’m very happy with the amount I read! Here’s my book wrap up for July:
13313406_10204737401354355_104396146_oTitle: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Rating: ★★★★

Review: I’d heard really great things about this book and I’m so glad I decided to pick it up! I love retellings and this one is definitely one of the best ones I’ve read! I loved how the usual Wizard of Oz story was still there and this was set after the events people know so well. I loved the story and the characters, and it was genuinely so much better than I expected! My review is here if you want to read more detail!

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Title:
 The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

Rating: ★★★★

Review: This was such a great sequel, I still preferred Dorothy Must Die that little bit more but it was still brilliant! I loved how the characters all developed in this story, and how they all, especially Amy, developed into such unique people. The ending was also so brilliant that I NEED Yellow Brick War like now, oh my gosh. My full review is here if you wanted to look in more detail!

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Title:
 The Enemy by Charlie Higson

Rating: ★★★★

Review: This was such a good book with such a great and unique concept. I loved that the main characters and the ‘heroes’ of the story was children, and that this included the characters having to grow up, as sad as that is, it shows that children can be just as important and clever as adults. The story was so brilliantly well written, with a perfect balance of horror and narrative. My full review will be up soon!

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Title: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: Now I’ve seen this film 3 times, and thought it was about time I read the book, so I was already prepared for it to ruin me. But not quite to the extent it did. It’s such a brilliantly wonderful story, and I couldn’t help but sob because the characters are just so perfect and wonderful and ugh. This book was just amazing and if you want to read something that will ruin you, I 10/10 recommend this. I’ll have a full review up soon!

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Title: The Creeper Man by Dawn Kurtagich

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: This was such a spur of the moment buy,but I absolutely loved it. It was such a unique story, I honestly don’t think I’ve ever read anything like it before. It was such a great story of personal demons and had an amazing horror element to it too! Definitely one of the best books I read this month! I’ll have a full review up later!

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Title: Say Her Name by Juno Dawson

Rating: ★★★★

Review: I really loved this book! It took a different turn to what I thought it would be, I was expecting an entirely horror novel, but it took the Bloody Mary legend into such a different story, I thought it was so well written and so clever! My review of it is here to read more in detail.

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Title: The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater

Rating: ★★★★

Review: I’ve been meaning to read this FOREVER, and I’m so glad I finally got around to it! I loved this book so much, I genuinely didn’t expect it to be as good as it was. I loved how it focused on psychics and energy rather than magic, and the characters were all so good and I loved them all. I can’t wait to read the rest of the books! My full review is here!

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Title:
 Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: I loved Cinder so much it was unreal, read my review of that here! I needed to read the next book so bad, and I finally picked it up and read it. I loved it so much! I loved the characters of Scarlet and Wolf, and how both stories linked in so well with Cinder. It was so good from start to finish, and I loved how the story developed, sequels are hard to write sometimes but Marissa Meyer has done amazing with this! I can’t wait to read Cress! My review will be up soon!

I hope you enjoyed my wrap up, I read some really great books this month! My TBR for next month will be up soon!

Leave a comment with the books you read this month, I’d love to read them!

Love,

Meggan x

Monthly TBR

July TBR!

Hi everyone! It’s official, we’re now fully into the second half of the year! It’s scary to think half of 2016 has already gone, but I’ve read a lot of books so it’s been well spent haha! Take a look at my June Wrap Up to have a look what I read!

I don’t really have a plan for my TBR this month but I think the theme of it (other than getting down my HUGE TBR list) is to start some series! Saying that my TBR this month is:

  1. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
  2. The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater
  3. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  4. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  5. The Enemy by Charlie Higson

All of these books are the first in either a series or a duology and I thought it was about time I started them! I’ve seen Me Before You 3 times in a month so I think it’s about time I read the book!

Hopefully I stick to it!

What are your TBR’s for this month? Leave a comment with them so I can have a look!

Love,

Meggan x