August Round Up 2016

Books I Read:

  • Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling and Jack Thorne
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  • When We Collided by Emery Lord
  • I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young
  • Lenore:Wedgies by Roman Dirge

I completed my Harry Potter marathon and ended it spectacularly by finally reading The Cursed Child, I really enjoyed it and you can read all my thoughts on it here. I followed that up with the absolutely amazing Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, this also got its own stand alone post here. In between the big reads I read the hilarious (and absolutely not suitable anywhere around kids) I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young. This foul-mouthed little girl had me in absolute fits of laughter, followed by the classically morbid Lenore another cartoon short about a little dead girl.

A Court of Mist and Fury has left me with such a big book hangover, I desperately need the next book, I can’t say anything about it really for fear of spoiler but its safe to say if you haven’t read this and the first book YOU SHOULD! I quickly delved into When We Collided a story of love, friendship, grief and facing up to ones mental health issues, it took me back to my teens and made me realise that no matter how bad it gets things always get better, you just have to work at it.

Highlight of the Month

Nevernight, hands down an absolute must read I just couldn’t put it down and I have such an urge to read it again soon.

Book Haul:

Preloved:

  • Fallen by Lauren Kate
  • Torment by Lauren Kate
  • Rapture by Lauren Kate
  • The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

New Books:

  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  • The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry

Graphic Novels:

  • The Wicked and The Devine by Gillian McKelvie and Wilson Cowels

I feel like I had a very productive reading month but it made me fall behind on social media, specifically my bookstagram and blogging. Yet again I find myself struggling with balance between reading, writing and interacting. This month the kids have gone back to school and I’m working a lot more so I havent set myself a specific reading list, I’m just going to go with the flow because I’m fairly exhausted and some nights I just want to watch Bake Off and curl up into a ball. I would like to spend time colouring this month and relax my brain a bit, early nights are a must!

Did you read anything that really stood out to you in the last month and what are your plans for September?

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff


Before I tell you about this book there are 3 things I want you to know:

  1. If bad language offends you, this book is not for you.
  2. If murder, blood and death are not to your taste, this book is not for you.
  3. If fantasy and impressively detailed imagery are not your thing, this book is not for you.

Still here?

This book comes with a warning,

“Be advised the pages in your hands speak of a girl who was to murder as maestros are to music.

A girl called Pale Daughter. Or Kingmaker. Or Crow.

A killer of killers, whose tally of endings only the goddess and I truly know.”

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff follows the story of Mia Corvere in a world where 3 suns dominate the sky and night only comes every 2 and a half years. At only 10 years old she learns her first lesson in death. Raised in the shadows her Mother’s words stay with her “Never Flinch. Never Fear. Never Forget.” when 6 years later she takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day she lost everything. She finds her way to the Red Church, a school like no other, one where she must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murders, liars and daemons at the heart of a murder cult. Mia is no ordinary student. The shadows love her and they drink her fear.

After seeing this book all over instagram and reading some reviews ahead of its launch I just had to get my hands on it so I put in an order with Book Depository and patiently (tore my hair out) awaited its arrival. I got myself the hardback and I’m so glad I did because visually the book is stunning and it goes so well with the beautifully descriptive and detailed narrative of the story. Hats off to Mr. Jay I became so engrossed in this book, I love the maps which help guide you on your way (always important when immersing oneself in a fantasy world).

On a lot of pages there are side notes that offer further detail and helpful information. There is raw energy and emotion in his words, it wont be to everyone’s taste but I found the bad language and wit very relatable and made it more real, there’s a kind of dark humour about it. I’m not afraid to admit that his words left me blushing on occasion, such was the heat of the moment.

I loved this book, I didn’t want to put it down but I also didn’t want it to end so I tried to take my time with it. Once I was finished I was left feeling hungry like the night and shadows.. craving more. This is the first in a trilogy and the wait for the next book will be endless, I can see many rereadings of this in the near future.

This is the first book I have read by Jay Kristoff and I am eager now to read more. Have you read Nevernight, what did you think?

 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

After spending the last number of weeks rereading the Harry Potter Series I finished them today and started The Cursed Child. I did my best to take my time but I had it read in 3 hours. Just as I couldn’t put my copy of The Philosopher’s Stone down 19 years ago I couldn’t move until I read it all.

Now before I go any further let’s be completely clear here, while it says it’s the 8th story don’t be misguided it is NOT the 8th book. It is separate from the book series, it doesn’t add to it and it shouldn’t take away from it unless you let it. I never wanted an 8th book as it was hard enough to get over the series ending to begin with, but this is a script by Jack Thorne based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne and I really enjoyed it.

I imagine seeing it on stage would be utterly fantastic. It is, in my opinion, aimed at an older audience (perhaps the original Potter generation) I found it funny and enjoyed the friendship that was portrayed. I’m struggling really hard here because I do not want to give anything away but I had a couple of issues centred around 2 characters I felt they didn’t need to be in the story at all and where just there for nostalgia, I didn’t like how their relationship was portrayed as to me it didn’t seem true to them. If you’ve read it lets see if you can figure out who I’m talking about.

I know a lot of people were disappointed but to be honest I think they were expecting too much, there was never going to be an 8th book, the series is perfect the way it is but to have this additional story added on is a welcome addition in my opinion. I would love to read more backstories on some of the original characters.. Luna for instance I would love to read more about what became of her. Recently on Pottermore I read about Ilvermorny the great North American school of magic and I was fascinated by it, the detail J.K. Rowling goes into for these worlds she has created makes them so real for us. I am looking forward to Fantastic Beasts too!

Have you read it, how did you feel about it?? No spoilers please!!

July Round Up 2016

Books I Read:

  • Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  • Trophy Life by Elli Lewis

Is it obvious that I’m a Harry Potter fan? I was disappointed in myself a bit that I didn’t manage to get all of the books read, I got through the first three quick enough and it went a bit downhill from there. Goblet of Fire is a big book and the week I started reading it I was very busy so only got to read a chapter here and there but sure I managed a fair bit and I will continue on with the series.

I always love to revisit the wizarding world, if I could go back and read the Philosophers Stone for the very first time again I would but I would take my time with it and not read it all in one night! So I have been enjoying the reread and the rewatching of all the movies too.

I also read Trophy Life by Elli Lewis and you can read my full review on it here.

Book Haul:

Borrowed:

  • The Inferior by Peadar Ó Guilín
  • The Deserter by Peadar Ó Guilín

New Books:

  • When We Collided by Emery Lord
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne & J.K. Rowling

Comics:

  • I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young
  • Twisted Dark by Neil Gibson
  • Lenore Wedgies by Roman Dirge

I was very good this month and didn’t acquire too many new books as my shelf is already overflowing as it is. My aunty lent me the Peadar Ó Guilín books and I got The Cursed Child for my birthday (Best present EVER). I picked up my new comics at MCM Comic Con at the start of the month and from Forbidden Planet in Dublin. I’m heading to Dublin Comic Con next month so will be sure to add more to my shelf. I will be putting in a new book order soon as I got a small bit of birthday money and it’s always good to treat yourself.. Good thing there’s an ikea opening near us soon because I’m going to need a bigger shelf!

Did you read or pick up any new books in July?

Harry Potter Reread Update

We are just a couple of days away from the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and I have fallen behind a bit with my reread. As usual I powered through the first 3 books only to slow way down once I hit the fourth. A combination of long work days leaving me tired and the fact that the fourth book is far longer than the first 3 has meant that I only just finished The Goblet of Fire now. I know I won’t be finished the series before the release of The Cursed Child but that’s ok I’m still enjoying it, nothing makes me happier then going back to Hogwarts.

Out of the first 4 books The Prisoner of Azkaban is my favourite, we are introduced to Sirius and the series starts to take on a darker feel. It’s one of my favourite movies to watch too! The Chamber of Secrets is my least favourite out of all the books, I still love it it’s just not my first choice and The Goblet of Fire has so much going on in it you really have to give yourself some breathing space.

I will be launching straight into The Order of the Phoenix and fingers crossed on Saturday night I will be attending a midnight launch for Cursed Child. I’m not 100% sure if I can go but I will be sure to take you along if I do. I’m considering preordering on Kindle but I really want the physical copy, what are you planning? Has anyone got any Potter parties planned?

If you have been rereading the series too let me know how you’re getting on, which book are you currently reading?

Trophy Life by Elli Lewis

I recently read Trophy Life by Elli Lewis who got in touch and asked if I would like to read it. She sent me an ecopy and a few days later a beautiful package arrived in the post containing a paperback and a little bottle of Rosé to go with the high society lifestyle that was the big theme in the book.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book, it’s not something I would think to pick up but the cover definitely attracted me to it (I am very much in the judging a book by its cover camp). I read the entire book in one day, it was an enjoyable read giving a fascinating insight into London’s high society and at just over 250 pages quick to get through, perfect for a break in my Harry Potter marathon.

The story follows Amy a somewhat naive girl who seems to have put her life on hold and just fallen into a mindless whirlwind of glitz and glam, where appearances are everything. Hiding from her past mistake she buries herself in this world where hair appointments, Pilates and getting your nails done are the focus of your week. Married to successful, handsome (creepy, slimy) Harry Green with everything she could ever want her perfect existence soon begins to crumble when she is thrust into the limelight and realises she must face some harsh realities.

This is a tale of growing up, learning from mistakes, finding your true self and moving on for the better. Lessons that are relatable in all walks of life.

I loved the epilogue it made me very happy to read.

The author Elli is from London herself and worked as a solicitor in some of London’s most exclusive firms. She herself was thrust into a world of high society and draws on these experiences to tell Amy’s tale. I would love to know how much of Amy’s story is close to real life, its like a different world really.

The book Trophy Life is due for release on the 26th of July but you can now preorder it on Kindle, so if you’re looking for an enjoyable summer read I recommend this one.

June Round Up 2016

Books I Read:

  • Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  • 11th Hour by James Patterson
  • The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

I set my myself a goal of 5 books to read for June so I was delighted when I had time to fit in a 6th book in the last week. I read Pride & Prejudice for the very first time, it was slow to start while I adjusted to the style of it but I was surprised to find it quite funny, charming and made me want to read more of her books.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas was an absolute stand out for me, I would even say its the best book I have read this year. After seeing it all over instagram naturally I had to try it for myself. A kind of Beauty & the Beast tale reimagined with fairies and a strong bad ass female lead I was just blown away and couldn’t put it down! There are already too many spoilers out there I don’t want to give anything away so I’ll say no more. I have the second book A Court of Mist & Fury and from what I have heard it’s even better (is that even allowed!!) I’m holding off on reading it til next month and lining up some other good reads to prevent major book hangover.

I truly enjoyed reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, I was drawn to this book series by the vintage photographs featured, having followed the Thantos Archive for a few years I have an interest in them and wanted to see where Ransom Riggs was going to go with the story. This book seems to be a bit of a Marmite you either like it or you don’t, not sure how I feel about the upcoming movie now that I have read it.

I love The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare and didn’t think it could get any better, then I read Clockwork Angel the first book in The Infernal Devices series and I think I actually loved it more! It’s a prequel series set in London in 1878 and some of our already favourite characters (namely Magnus Bane) make an appearance, great to see some back story.

Over the years I have dipped in and out of James Patterson’s Womens Murder Club series and having read 10 of them I was happy to come across the 11th, I picked up right where I left off and got to see how Lindsay Boxer and the team are keeping as well as trying to work out the latest murder mystery, great read.

So far everything I read was great, some even better, and then came my bonus read.. I had read a number of great reviews for The Loney but it just didn’t work for me, I found it over all very slow and quite boring. The lack of information meant to create a creepy unsaid space for your head to fill just left me frustrated and bored. Not every book is for everyone and this just wasnt for me.

Book Haul:

Preloved:

  • Cat & Fiddle by Lesley Jorgensen
  • The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer

TheBookShop.ie:

  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkein
  • Snow Blind by P.J. Tracy
  • Kiss The Girls by James Patterson
  • Along Came a Spider by James Patterson
  • Jack & Jill by James Patterson
  • Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice

New Books:

  • The Marble Collector by Cecelia Ahern
  • The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

 Over all I think it was a good book month, the preloved books I picked up from a local charity shop but thebookshop.ie was recommended by Sharon from BehindGreenEyes and I would recommend it too, 10 books for €20 with free delivery (the girls got a book each too) and they are all second-hand but in great condition and delivery was super quick.

Have you read any of the books in this post, what did you think of them?