Interrailing reads…

On Wednesday I arrived back in England after exploring Europe for five weeks. During this time, I had to take some long train journeys…which meant READING TIME. YASSSSSS reading time.  

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I read 10 books in 5 weeks… I don’t know if this is good or not hahaha.  So without further ado, this is the list of the books I read.

  1. Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield
  2. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L.James (I read all of these before but I wanted to read something easy and not challenging.)
  3. Fifty Shades Darker by E.L.James
  4. Fifty Shades Freed by E.L.James
  5. Grey by E.L. James
  6. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (I have read this book like three times and it breaks me every time.
  7. How to Mend a Broken Heart by Anna Mansell
  8. Brave is the New Beautiful by Lee Wolfe Blum
  9. Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
  10.  The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

 

 

 

Book to TV adaptation.

I know, I know that adaptations cannot be exactly the same as the book for many many reasons.  BUT despite being slightly different from the book, I loved them so so much! Despite their flaws and differences I thoroughly enjoyed them.

1.Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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Goodreads Summary –

Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realises how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

 The cast are AMAZING!!!!!!!! Shailene Woodley, Reece Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgard, Nicole Kidman and Adam Scott. That’s just naming a few. It is a fast pace, extremely dramatic and thoroughly enjoyable. 

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2. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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Goodreads Summary

You can’t stop the future.

You can’t rewind the past.

The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

I also loved this! There were some MAJOR differences but its okay because the show was still really good!

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3.A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

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Goodreads Summary (first book)

Dear Reader,

I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

A lot of people I know hated this adaptation of the books but I loved it. It reminded me of the tv show Pushing Daisies – LOVED THAT SHOW! I also think the show is more sarcastic and sinister than the film and more like the books.

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4. *UPCOMING* Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn 

You guys know that I am obsessed with Gillian Flynn and her debut novel is being adapted into a tv series and AHHHHHHHHHH adkajsBFKLJVBDKJBRjfb I cannot comprehend that I am going to be able to visually love it. I am very skeptical  but hopefully it will be AMAZING.

 

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Goodreads Summary

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows, a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

What books/ series have you been enjoying? 

What I have read in 2017 so far 👏🏻

Dissertation Books-

SOOOOOOO many research books for my dissertation, I am not going to bore you with all the titles though. It is like 76 or something now and I think don’t want to bombard you with trauma and gender theory. everywordiknow.gifUniversity Books- (books read for my course.)

  • Child of God by Cormac McCarthy
  • Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
  • Close Range by Annie Proulx
  • The Road Cormac McCarthy
  • No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
  • The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban giphyFun books-
  1. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
  2. The Girl Before by J.P.Delaney
  3. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
  4. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  5. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

It makes me really really sad that I have only read five books for fun this year so far…ahhh…so annoying!

Do you have any book recommendations?? 

The Goodreads Tag

1. What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?

I finished Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. I love it, very empowering!

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2. What are you currently reading? 

Hallow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2) by Ransom Riggs

3. What was the last book you marked as ‘TBR’?

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
4. What book do you plan to read next?

The Girls by Emma Cline

5. Do you use the star rating system?

Yep, all the time. I always feel guilty going below a 3 though haha.

6. Are you doing a 2017 Reading Challenge?
Hell yeah! Did 100 last year but with loads of third year university work to do this year…I have put it at 50.

7. Do you have a wishlist?
Oh my god, yes and it gets longer and longer everyday!

8. What book do you plan to buy next?
Lunar Park & The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis

9. Do you have any favorite quotes, would you like to share a few?
“We read to know we’re not alone.” ― William Nicholson, Shadowlands

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

10. Who are your favorite authors?

Gillian Flynn

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11. Have you joined any groups?

umm… under My Groups – Addicted to YA, Top 5 Wednesday and Savvy Readers

2017 reading…

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So, I thought I would update you guys on what I have read in 2017 so far. I haven’t read as much as I wanted so far because I have been busy working on my dissertation.

I am doing my dissertation on the representation of trauma within Gillian Flynn’s novels, so I have been reading a lot about crime fiction. Oh yeah…that means I get to write 10,000 words on my love for Gillian Flynn and look at her novels: Sharp Objects, Dark Places and Gone Girl.

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Dissertation Books- 

  1. Adult Children: The Secrets of Dysfunctional Families by John C. Friel
  2. Twentieth- Century Suspense: The Thriller Comes of Age by Clive Bloom
  3. Thriller: Genesis and Structure of a Popular Genre by Jerry Palmer
  4. Unclaimed Experience: Trauma, Narrative and History by Cathy Caruth
  5. The Cambridge Companion to Crime Fiction by Martin Priestman
  6. Crime Fiction from Poe to the Present by Martin Priestman
  7. Trauma and Survival in Contemporary Fiction by Laurie Vickroy
  8. Too Scared to Cry: Psychic Trauma in Childhood by Lenore Terr

University Books- 

  1. Child of God by Cormac McCarthy
  2. Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison

Fun books-  

  1. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
  2. The Girl Before by J.P.Delaney

What have you guys been reading this year?

Belated 2nd Blog Birthday

 

MY BLOG TURNED TWO ON THE 26TH OF DECEMBER!

I just wanted to say thank you so so much for following my blog, I cannot express how much all of your comments, interaction and follows mean to me. Thank you, thank you, thank you!  

When I first decided to start a blog, I honestly thought that no one would read it and that my content wouldn’t interest anyone but you guys do and it means the world to me.

This blog has encouraged me in more ways than I ever thought possible; my blog has given me a voice, a place and a reason to write. I LOVE that this blog allows me to interact with people about books…AHHHH BOOKS…I f***ing love books!

I am so grateful to all the publishing houses that contact me, the brands and independent authors. (Feel free to message me)

I love hearing what you guys have to say, I absolutely adore when you comment on my posts and most importantly I love love love it when we chat about books.

I also just wanted to thank you to everyone that is supportive when I write about my person life and anxiety/depression. You guys make me feel loved.

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Top Ten Tuesday…

 2016 RELEASES I DIDN’T GET TO (BUT TOTALLY PLAN TO READ)

1.The Girls by Emma Cline (my blog has featured this book a lot recently, I just really want to read it.)

2. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

3.Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

4.Replica by Lauren Oliver

5.Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

 

6. Fire in You by Jennifer L.Armentrout  (I would like to try this because I really like the author.)

7. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

8. This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

9. Whisper to Me by Nick Lake

10. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo