BOOK(tube)-A-Thon

JULY 24th to JULY 3Oth.

I have seen this popping up all over Youtube on the  booksphere. I LOVE BOOKTUBE! Who else loves book tube?

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you will know that I have always wanted to start a youtube channel for books but I haven’t yet (I am scared okay?) So…I have decided to do the challenge on my blog instead.

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Reading Challenge #1 – Read a book with a person on the cover.

img_5085 I posted about this book last week and I am still eager to read it…so now it is on this challenge and HAS to be read now.

Blog Divider_BuntingReading Challenge #2 – Read a hyped book.

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Reading Challenge #3 – Read a book in one day.

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I love this collection of poetry and prose. LOVE LOVE LOVE. I read this a few months ago and I want to revisit it because I keep thinking about it.

Blog Divider_BuntingReading Challenge #4 –Read about a character that is different from you.

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This is an emotional story about a tragic event. A soul-shattering novel that will leave your emotions raw. This story will haunt me forever. Everyone should read it’ Guardian.  A lovely follower also recommended this book so I cannot wait to devour it.

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I was sent this from Canongate to review and I cannot wait to read it. I will definitely read this in the sunshine.

Blog Divider_BuntingReading Challenge #6 – Read a book you bought because of the cover.

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I feel like I am cheating here but I don’t mind because I get to read the first Harry Potter again. Yaaaaassss. Any excuse to read this wonderful story again and I will take it. I did technically buy this just because of the cover (and for my obsessive nature of the series).

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Reading Challenge #7 – Read seven books. 

 

Do you want to join in? Are you planning on doing the challenge already? If so comment below or tag me in your posts because I am super eager to see what you plan on reading!

I did it 🥂🎓👩🏼‍🎓

On Wednesday I graduated from UWE (the University of the West of England) ✨ with a high 2:1! 

I am super proud of myself because it hasn’t been an easy ride but I’ve enjoyed it. Not only have I gained a degree but best friends for life ❣️

My next reads…

 

Asking for It by Louise O’Neill 

The second work of Young Adult Fiction from Louise O’Neill, Asking For It is an uncomfortable but important read that shines a light on rape culture and victim blaming. It would have been an easier read if O’Neill had written it about a smart, sweet girl who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is not. It is about Emma O’Donovan, a nasty, shallow girl from a small Irish town who has in the past encouraged a friend not to bring rape charges to those who violated her. She is a girl who loves male attention, who is a bully and who lies and cheats. She is a girl who goes to a party, who dresses provocatively, who drinks too much and who takes drugs. And she is a girl who wakes up on her front porch the next day in extreme pain, stinging with severe sunburn, peppered with bruises and sticky with vomit. She been clearly abused, and there are photographs of it all over the Internet. But as social media shares her shame, Emma blames only herself – it’s not just society that thinks she was asking for it, she does too. This is a fearless novel about sexual consent, and its discomfort is in part due to the fact that the reader will, even if fleetingly, some point wonder whether Emma was indeed at fault.

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One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

One single mum

With two jobs and two children, Jess Thomas does her best day after day. But it’s hard on your own. And sometimes you take risks you shouldn’t. Because you have to . . .

One chaotic family

Jess’s gifted, quirky daughter Tanzie is brilliant with numbers, but without a helping hand she’ll never get the chance to shine. And Nicky, Jess’s teenage stepson, can’t fight the bullies alone. Sometimes Jess feels like they’re sinking . . .

One handsome stranger

Into their lives comes Ed Nicholls, a man whose life is in chaos, and who is running from a deeply uncertain future. But he has time on his hands. He knows what it’s like to be lonely. And he wants to help . . .

One unexpected love story

The One Plus One is a captivating and unconventional romance about two lost souls meeting in the most unlikely circumstances.

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Twist Me by Anna Zaires 

Kidnapped. Taken to a private island.

I never thought this could happen to me. I never imagined one chance meeting on the eve of my eighteenth birthday could change my life so completely.

Now I belong to him. To Julian. To a man who is as ruthless as he is beautiful—a man whose touch makes me burn. A man whose tenderness I find more devastating than his cruelty.

My captor is an enigma. I don’t know who he is or why he took me. There is a darkness inside him—a darkness that scares me even as it draws me in.

My name is Nora Leston, and this is my story.

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Nocturnal Animals by Austin Wright

Many years after their divorce, Susan Morrow receives a strange gift from her ex-husband. A manuscript that tells the story of a terrible crime: an ambush on the highway, a secluded cabin in the woods; a thrilling chiller of death and corruption. How could such a harrowing story be told by the man she once loved? And why, after so long, has he sent her such a disturbing and personal message…?

 

What I read last week…

Last week I travelled to London and stayed with my nan so I had plenty of reading opportunities. *YAY*

Firstly I read The Book of You by Claire Kendal.

  • Thriller novel
  • Woman protagonist

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, although it was slow in starting…the ending was fast pace and interesting.

        The blurb reads – 

“No other man can do to you what I can. No other man will love you like I do. . . . “

His name is Rafe, and he is everywhere Clarissa turns.
At the university where she works. At her favorite sewing shop. At the train station. Outside her apartment. His messages choke her voice mail; his unwanted gifts keep arriving at her door. Since that one regrettable night, his obsession with her has grown, becoming more consuming with each passing day. And as he has made clear, he will never let her go.
With Rafe in pursuit, Clarissa’s only sanctuary is the courtroom in which she is serving jury duty. The rhythm of the trial allows her a sense of normalcy and the space to make new friends, including Robert, an attractive widower. But Clarissa’s deepening relationship with Robert–a source of hope she so desperately needs in her life–will not remain unnoticed for long. As a chilling tale of predator and prey unfolds in front of Clarissa on the stand, Rafe’s relentless fixation, fueled by jealousy, escalates. Her only chance of escape lies in exposing his intentions for what they really are, even if it means immortalising every moment she so desperately wants to forget.
Conceiving a plan, Clarissa begins collecting the evidence of Rafe’s madness to use against him. Strand by strand, she pulls apart the twisted, macabre fairy tale he has spun around them and discovers that the happy ending he envisions is more horrifying than her darkest fears. Masterly constructed, filled with exquisite tension and a pervasive sense of menace, The Book of You is a darkly sophisticated, utterly compelling debut that explores what happens when the lines between love and compulsion, fantasy and reality, become dangerously blurred.

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  • Thriller
  • Change in narrative perspective

I was instantly hooked to this novel, always intrigued by the he said/she said element of it.

The blurb reads – 

Rumours, secrets and lies. It’s all in a day’s work.

Tamsin and her best friend Michelle have been inseparable since they were teenagers. Even now they spend all their time together, along with Patrick, Michelle’s handsome husband.

So when Tamsin hears a rumour that Patrick is having an affair, she is furious. Unwilling to ignore it, Tamsin plots a scheme to catch Patrick in the act, using her assistant Bea as live-bait. It should be fool proof.
After all, Tamsin can trust Bea with anything. From her daily coffee order to fetching her dry-cleaning, writing reports and doing all the filing – Bea does everything with a smile on her face.

Except Tamsin never considered Bea might have her own agenda.

And if she does, then Tamsin really needs to watch her back . . .

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…and lastly I read The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

  • YA (different from the other two)
  • Heartbreaking yet heartwarming

It was refreshing to read this book after two intense reads…however, I cried A LOT. You have been warned that this is a crying book.

Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery sister Bailey.  But when Bailey dies suddenly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life—and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, finds herself struggling to balance two.  Toby was Bailey’s boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie’s own.  Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent.  For Lennie, they’re the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it.  But just like their celestial counterparts, they can’t collide without the whole wide world exploding.

 

Have you read any of these?

Thriller/Grit Lit/Crime Fiction recommendations needed…

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I wrote my final year dissertation on Gillian Flynn. Flynn has written Sharp Objects, Dark Places,Gone Girl and The Grownups! She is a thriller/ crime fiction/ grit- lit writer and I am DESPERATE to read more books like hers because I adore them. 

I have read Before I go to Sleep, The Girl on the Train and othe books like that so I need your help and I need you to give me some more to read…

I am currently reading The Book of You by Claire Kendal!!!

Those books that stay with you forever…

 

I’ve been thinking recently what books I use as a comfort blanket and what books have stayed with me since I read them. 

  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens 
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett 
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac 
  • The Trial by Franz Kafka 
  • The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald 
  • Harry Potter and the Philospher Stone by J.K.Rowling 
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett 
  • Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder 
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R.Tolkien

What books comfort or stay with you? 

3000 + followers…

Over the last academic year, I have dedicated a lot of my time to my final year at university because I knew that if I didn’t give it my all and failed I would be extremely disappointed at myself.  That being said, I have missed blogging frequently and interacting with you guys.  

Sorry for abandoning my blog and thank you for sticking around to read this. 

 

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This blog means soo much to me, its my little place on the internet that allows me to truly be myself and speak freely about topics that I adore. This is also an excellent place for an introvert like me to passionately display my fandoms and interests…while meeting others who feel the same.

I have some how accumulated 3000+ followers while sporadically posting so thank you!!!  

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Thank you for every comment, every like, every follow and every ping back. I cannot express how much they mean to me but THANK YOU. Thank you for making me feel included in this community and thank you for motivating me to blog.