February Book Haul

Hello! Hope you have had a great month! I love how short February is, especially after it seemed like years went by in January! 

This month I may have accrued a few too many books. I have in total purchased 12! 10 of which I’ll picture in this post. 2 are still on their way but since they were bought in February. They count! 

Now, February and March seem to be amazing months for book releases. I get so enthralled by all of the new releases that I may overspend sometimes (boyfriend might say otherwise). 

So here are the books in list form: 

  • Tale as old as time – Liz Braswell
  • By your side – Kasie West
  • Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella
  • The Jane Austen book club – Karen Joy Fowler
  • Hystopia- David Means
  • Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman
  • Hold Back The Stars – Katie Khan
  • Empress of a thousand skies – Rhoda Belleza
  • War and peace – Leo Tolstoy
  • Caraval – Stephanie Garber
  • A court of thorns and roses – Sarah J Maas
  • Throne of glass – Sarah J Maas

Now I’ve actually only read one book on this list. It’s been a terrible month for reading. I read Finding Audrey and one other book that’s not listed. Now I’m not sure if it was me or the books but I just couldn’t get into them. 

I’m in a slump. A terrible slump. I’ve given myself the task of reading four books a month. Now I thought it seemed doable, one book a week. I was wrong. In setting myself such a goal, I feel like it’s taken the joy out of reading. 

I’m one of those people that loves reading and everything that comes with it. The feels, the excitement for a book release. The community. I am part of a Facebook group that’s 10,000 strong, full of booklovers and I swear to you some are actually friends that I speak to about books regurlarly. 

I will now give up the reading goal and just concentrate on reading for the sake of reading. For this, I need to give myself more down time and I can’t rush anymore. So for now I haven’t read anything for a few days and I feel terrible but I’ll get back up there. I’m actually waiting on my Sarah J Mass haul, because I am joining this bandwagon. Why not right?! 

I thought this midweek post would be a more honest and insightful one. It was for me. I hope it is for you. 

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige – Review. 

Hi! So this post is going to be a review of a book I just finished. It’s called Stealing Snow and it’s a ‘vague’ retelling of the Snow Queen story. 

Synopsis (as written on Bloomsbury):

Seventeen-year-old Snow lives within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she doesn’t belong there, but she has no memory of life outside, except for the strangest dreams. And then a mysterious, handsome man, an orderly in the hospital, opens a door – and Snow knows that she has to leave … 

She finds herself in icy Algid, her true home, with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she’s destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change everything. Heroine or villain, queen or broken girl, frozen heart or true love, Snow must choose her fate. 

Review: 2.75/5 Stars. 

I read this because I love fairytale retellings. Especially Hans Christian Andersen stories. As is the Snow Queen. 

So there’s Snow who has grown up in a mental institution. It’s all dark and twisted and what I thought very thoroughly researched. 

She has a friend with her that she loves. His name is Bale. Bale loves fire, as you can imagine with patients of a mental institution. 

A lot of things ensue (I will not give the plot away) that cause Snow to end up in the world of Algid. She finds out who she really is and so on. 

I personally do not know how to describe my feelings for this book. It took me ages to finish (two weeks?) it was too slow paced for me. 

Some of the storylines in the book came out of nowhere, they left me dumbfounded. I can’t even say without giving anything away! Sorry! But if you read it, let me know and we can be like,’what the….’ together. 

Also, I’m all for romance in books, in fact I prefer it. It keeps me going during my reading. However this story has, a love square?! Seriously?! Not one boy but three?! She can’t even make up her mind! This is so beyond frustrating because all of the boys (Apart from one in my opinion) are good and they have their own special things about them.  

This is going to be a series!!!! I don’t know if I can handle that story line for another 2+ books!!! Arghhh! So frustrating! 

The story overall is good, lots of magic and witches and evil kings and terrible parents. So I would recommend it if you don’t mind such typical book tropes that exist in every Young Adult fiction novel ever written! 

This is my own opinion of it and although it took a while to read and there were some silly bits, I’d continue with the series. 

Book Box Subscriptions:

Hello guys! How have you been? This week I thought I would do a midweek blog. This is about book subscription boxes. Yay or nay? Personally I love the idea of them! There’s so many out there now that you can pick and choose what you like! 

There’s a website called http://www.cratejoy.com and you can specify what type of box you like and they’ll give you suggestions. 

I am a huge fan of #instagram, if you follow me you know this. I post a lot! A lot about books and bookish things! This is how I discovered, in my opinion one of the best book boxes about! It’s called Fairyloot and they are a monthly subscription box where you get one hard back book and lots of bookish items! 

This month, I bought a one off Fairyloot for the month of February and their theme was Emperors and Fugitives! Look at all the goodies you get in these boxes:

Fairyloot box for February 2017.

In this box, we got a full size candle, a keyring, a preview of a book, a coaster, a boomark, bookplate and even a personal letter from the author! 

I think this is a great way of getting books you wouldn’t normally pick up yourself and discover great stories! This subscription is specific to YA novels but there’s a lot more out there! 

The First Book I ever read:

Hi guys! Sorry this is a bit late but I was struggling with what to write about this post. I have a list of posts that I want to publish and be organised. But this one, is quite hard. I remember clearly reading my first book, this was my first “English” book. For the life of me, I cannot remember reading when I was in Greece (I moved here when I was 9 years of age). 

Anyway, I digress. My first book, wasn’t even the first in the series and in its catergory it was its ‘sequel’! It was RL Stine’s Say Cheese and Die… Again! I can’t remember the story at all, I just remember the yellow cover with the really old style camera on the front! 

I also want to mention that I have other books that I read after. They resonated with me and I would consider them one of my first ever reads also. I was 15, parents were getting divorced (it was the fashion back then, everyone’s parents were getting divorced). I picked up JD Salinger’s Catcher In The Rye. This next bit will be cheesy and a little emo but I felt like I was Holden Caufield. I felt like no one understood me (I was also listening to a lot of Nirvana and Pearl Jam – still do! Haha!) I felt everyone around me was a fake and I was real. I was feeling sad and down. I felt like I was the only one in the whole world who felt like this. 

This is where I began my love affair with books, they offered an escape from everyday mundanities. I would be able to travel all over the world from the confort of my own seat. I would even go as far to say that I even questioned my own mortality because of the books I was reading! This was when I read Sophie’s World. Again, I know. It is very typical of a 15 year old to feel those things! 

So what’s the first book you ever remember reading and how did it make you feel? 

Until next time bookworms! 

PS: images are not my own, thank you google! 

6 recommended reads for Valentine’s Day. 

Hello you, I hope you’re having a lovely Valentine’s Day. Whether it’s on your own or with a loved one, I have picked some books to suit everyone! I have picked from different genres and have given them my very own tag lines. Here it goes……Happy reading!

  1. The Science Fiction/Low Fantasy Book: All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders – When these soulmates shake up the world…literally!
  2. The Romance Book: The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks – He’s searching for the girl he has fallen in love with, although he hasn’t met her yet…..
  3. The Tearjerker Book: First Last Kiss by Ali Harris – What you have to go through for the ones you love. For better or for worse. 
  4. The Dystopian Book: The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood – When a couple makes a sacrifice to lead better lives. Only for it to lead to tragic consequences. 
  5. The Classic Book: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. She gets a job to lead a quite life, only for her to fall in love with her boss….
  6. The Booklover’s Book: How To Fall In Love In Book Shop by Veronica Henry – Because, who doesn’t? 

    These are my choices, have you read any of these? Tell me in the comments. If you have any recommendations please do tell! 

    Bookish Items and Paraphernalia

    Hello again, it’s me! This week’s blog post will be about bookish things. Things that are about books and the love of them, without actually being books. 

    I am obsessed with this online store called Literary Gift Company. They’re great, they sell all sorts. I have recently bought a mug and a book mark from the online store. They’re so much fun. The mug says ‘Go Away I’m Reading’. I use this in work when I’m on lunch. It’s an unspoken way of telling people not to disturb me whilst I’m reading! Haha. 

    The bookmark is cute and plastic. It says ‘So many books, so little time’. The top part that says ‘so many books’ just sits on top of the pages. I like unique bookmarks that aren’t made of paper. This makes it a lot harder for me to lose them. I tend to lose my paper/card ones all the time! 
    I also received a tote for Christmas. This had one of my favourite books of all time on it. It’s The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The backdrop is dark blue with these piercing eyes looking at you. 

    This one was from my boyfriend’s sister. It’s such a treasure and I always use it. 

    All these things are so sweet and so special, I love that there are such things out there for book lovers like me. 
    Do you have any bookish items that you treasure like I do? If so, tell me about them! Also, if you have any shops or online stores that you recommend for bookworms, please do so! 

    January Wrap Up – 3 books 

    Hello there, so in this blog post I’m writing about the books I’ve read in January. I’ll write a short synopsis and how I felt about the books. 

    Ok, let’s start off with:

    • The Girls by Emma Cline. It’s about a girl during the 1960s. She is bored and roams around for some excitement in her life. She becomes fascinated by this group of girls who are ‘outsiders’. She becomes friends with them and then the story unfolds. 

    I honestly don’t know what to say about this book, the writing was so beautiful. So atmospheric. Yet the story failed for me. On so many levels. The story is unoriginal (it reminded me of the Charles Manson story, as it did for many people). Nothing really happens in the book. It is emotive, I definitely got that. Otherwise, it really isn’t something to write about or talk about. I’d give it 3 out of 5 stars. 

    • The Diabolic by SJ Kincaid. It’s about a humanoid, their only function is to live and die for one person.

    What can I say about this book that I’ve not said in my review? I loved it. It has a strong female protagonist. It has betrayal. Love. Battles. Empires and this is all set in SPACE! What more could I ask for? 4 out of 5 stars. Because nothing is perfect. 

    • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. It’s about a 17 year old girl who had her life all set for her. Her dad is a politician who’s running for office. She’ll be spending her summer at anyoung doctors institute getting ready for college. Then scandal strikes! Her dad is made to remove himself from office until there’s an investigation and her acceptance to the inistitute is revoked. So she has nothing left to look forward to for the first time in years. 

    First of all with this book, the character reads a lot older than her 17 years. This is kind of jarring because it can be confusing when she’s referring to her past. Secondly, there are dogs. Dogs are everywhere in this book, I loved this part. They were characters all of their own! And there is also a boy called Clark who writes fantasy books. He’s geektastic! I obviously do not need to say more…. 3 out of 5 stars. This is because it was quite slow paced for its 500+ pages.