2018 in reading…

Yay! I read 97 books in 2018!

  1. An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire 
  2. Dog Songs by Mary Oliver 
  3. A Mighty Dawn (The Wanderer Chronicles #1) by Theodore Brun 
  4. Letters Home by Sylvia Plath 
  5. Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume 1: 1940-1956 by Sylvia Plath 
  6. The Sun Is Also a Star Nicola Yoon 
  7. Secrets for the Mad by Dodie Clark 
  8. The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  9. Idiot Verse by Keaton Henson
  10. You Do You: How to Be Who You Are and Use What You’ve Got to Get What You Want by Sarah Knight
  11. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  12. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella 
  13. The Keeper of Lost Things Ruth Hogan 
  14. My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent 
  15. The Tinder Box by Hans Christian Andersen 
  16. Everything Wrong with You is Beautiful by Tina Sederholm 
  17. Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong 
  18. Burnings by Ocean Vuong 
  19. Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen 
  20. The Suffragettes by various
  21. Equal Power: A Handbook for Men and Women by Jo Swinson 
  22. The Beautifull Cassandra by Jane Austen 
  23. To Be Read At Dusk Charles Dickens 
  24. Places I Stopped on the Way Home: A Memoir of Chaos and Grace by Meg Fee 
  25. The Real Peter Pan: The Tragic Life of Michael Llewelyn Davies by Piers Dudgeon 
  26. The Art of Not Falling Apart by Christina Patterson 
  27. Midnight Sun by Trish Cook 
  28. Post-Truth: How Bullshit Conquered the World by James Ball 
  29. This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay 
  30. Only Ever Yours by Lousie O’Neill 
  31. The Child by Fiona Barton
  32. The Memories of Us by Vanessa Carnevale 
  33. Mad Girl’s Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted by Andrew Wilson 
  34. The Death and Life of Sylvia Plath by Ronald Hayman 
  35. Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953 by Elizabeth Winder 
  36. The Aladdin Trial: A Burton and Lamb Thriller by Abi Silver 
  37. Mind Platter by Najwa Zebian 
  38. 11 Missed Calls by Elizabeth Carpenter 
  39. She Must Be Mad by Charly Cox 
  40. Letters of Ted Hughes by Ted Hughes
  41. Her Husband: Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath – A Marriage by Diane Wood Middlebrook 
  42. Ted Hughes: Poems Selected by Simon Armitage by Ted Hughes 
  43. Ariel’s Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and the Story of Birthday Letters by Erica Wagner 
  44. Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath by Kate Moses
  45. Rough Magic: A Biography of Sylvia Plath by Paul Alexander 
  46. Sylvia Plath by Peter K. Steinberg 
  47. The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes by Janet Malcolm 
  48. Ariel: The Restored Edition by Sylvia Plath 
  49. Sylvia Plath: A Critical Guide by Tim Kendall 
  50. The Cambridge Companion to Sylvia Plath by Jo Gill 
  51. American Isis: The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath by Carl Rollyson 
  52. Crossing the Water by Sylvia Plath 
  53. Sylvia Plath and the Mythology of Women Readers by Janet Badia 
  54. The Unraveling Archive: Essays on Sylvia Plath by Anita Helle 
  55. That Was When People Started to Worry: Windows into Unwell Minds by Nancy Tucker 
  56. I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell 
  57. Normal People by Sally Rooney 
  58. Lullaby by Leila Slimani 
  59. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith 
  60. Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture by Roxane Gay 
  61. My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite 
  62. Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul by Nikita Gill 
  63. Me Mam. Me Dad. Me. by Malcolm Duffy 
  64. How to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo 
  65. Asking For It by Louise O’Neill 
  66. This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl by Esther Earl 
  67. Ted and I: A Brother’s Memoir by Gerald Hughes 
  68. The Letters of Sylvia Plath Vol 2: 1956-1963  by Sylvia Plath 
  69. Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together by Arden Rose
  70. Sunrise by Jessie Cave
  71. Depression & Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim 
  72. Scrapbook of an Unfound Songstress by Vicky Nolan 
  73. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris 
  74. Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh 
  75. Africa’s Tarnished Name by China Achebe
  76. Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton 
  77. Hopeless Romantic by Dolly Alderton 
  78. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton 
  79. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K.Rowling 
  80. The Missing Girl by Shirley Jackson 
  81. The Veiled Woman by Anais Nin 
  82. Lance by Vladimir Nabokov 
  83. P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #2) by Jenny Han 
  84. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  85. It’s Not Summer Without You(Summer, #2) Jenny Han 
  86. We’ll Always Have Summer(Summer, #3) by Jenny Han
  87. Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes
  88. Ted Hughes: Poems Selected by Simon Armitage by Ted Hughes
  89. Lucky by Alice Sebold
  90. Vanity Fair: A Novel without a Hero by William Makepeace Thackeray
  91. It’s Not Me, It’s You by Mhairi McFarlane 
  92. Genuine Fraud by E.Lockhart
  93. The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace
  94. The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
  95. The Child by Fiona Barton
  96. The Necessary Angel by C.K.Stead
  97. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

How was your 2018 year of reading?

What was your favourite book?

Can you recommend any for me?

Five things that satisfy me as a reader…

1. Hardbacks all the way!

I prefer hardback book covers because I think they look lush on my bookshelf! I normally buy a book in softback (because they come out first) and then if I fall in love with it, I purchase it in hardback as well. I also NEED these Harry Potter books!! 

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2.Beautiful book covers!

I know that you should never ever judge a book by its cover but I do and I am often influenced by the book cover. I am also an absolute sucker for limited editions of books that I cherish.  I love that book covers can express elements of the books!f-scott-fitzgerald-spinesbeautiful-book-covers4eba5638f09153171b2445d0762e6d36 JLP2013 - POST DIVIDER

3. Limited Edition books!

Following the previous point, I also need to stress my admiration for limited edition books, ESPECIALLY – if it is a limited release of one of all time favourite books. Signed copies also make me soooooo happy!

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4. Getting hooked on a series!

I love anticipating a new release….ahhh! It is soo exciting, to be so involved in a fandom that you are really eager for the next book. I really enjoy the feeling of being a part of a fandom and feeling the buzz of excitement from everyone.

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5. A perfect movie adaptation!

There is no better feeling than watching a beloved book be beautiful transformed to the big screen. I always feel a mixture of anxiety and curiosity before watching a movie adaptation of a book. At the moment all I can think about it how wonderful and perfect the adaptation of ‘Me Before You’ was.

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  • What do you love about reading? -let me know in the comments below.
  • Do you agree//disagree?

 

My Life in Books Tag…

I thought I would do this tag… 

1.     Find a book for each of your initials. 

I have yet to read Shatter Me, however Papertowns and Wither are two of my favourite books.

pizap.com144545608525812. Count your age along your book shelf- which book is it?

I absolutely love this book! Sylvia Plath’s writing is just extraordinary.

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3. Pick a book set in your city/state/country.

I have gone with the obvious and chosen the Harry Potter series…

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4. Pick a book that represents a destination you would love to travel to.

I am going to have to go with Harry Potter again because ‘Ahhh HOGWARTS’ 

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5. Pick a book that’s your favourite colour.

I choose this book because the ‘feels’ are still there, I read this a few years ago and it broke me. Even now when I read it, I get trapped in the vicious circle of fallen madly in love with the characters and then getting my heart shattered. Blue is also my favourite colour so this cover automatically sprang to mind.

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6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

I choose this book because not only is it my favourite book within the Twilight Saga but it is also has a lot of meaning to me. This book really altered me as a teenager and removing all of the negatively surround the protagonist, Bella made me feel normal because I was awkward and shy. This book also allowed me (fourteen year old Shan) to met the three main characters and interview them in Los Angeles because I won a competition. So, yeah that is why it is associated with fond memories.

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7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading? 

I only choose this book because it is the one I am currently reading for my course and right now it is quite difficult to get into. I am sure it is an amazing book…anyone read it and want to motivate me?

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8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest sense of accomplishment when you finish it?

Clarissa! I will finish this, I WILL. I just want to be able to say ‘woo, I have read the longest book in English’. 

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One Lovely Blog Award…

one-lovely-blod-awardThe rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Add the award logo to your post.
  • List 7 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 bloggers who are deserving of the award.

Thank you so much to Lauren from https://driftinglexi.wordpress.com/. Check out her out, she is amazing. excited-baby

My facts

  1. I am currently studying Victorian Literature and American Literature. Alongside two core modules.
  2. I plan to go and teach in China when I finish my degree in two years time.
  3. After said trip,I plan on doing my Masters or teaching qualification.
  4. I am not sure where I want to end up after  I am finished studying in Bristol but I know I do not want to return home to my little village.
  5. By the end of the year I plan to have read Clarissa written by Samuel Richardson.  It has 1,534 pages, which makes it the longest written book in English. I just think it will be awesome to say that i’ve read the longest book.
  6. I am currently obsessed and I mean obsessed…with the TV show ~ Reign. It is about Mary Queen of Scots.
  7. I am currently writing this as a form of procrastination, so I don’t have to work on planning my assignments.

Nominations-  (Here are 10, I am sorry) 

  1. https://josiethebookworm.wordpress.com/
  2. https://beccaandbooks.wordpress.com/
  3. https://lululovelash.wordpress.com/
  4. https://awayinneverland.wordpress.com/
  5. https://theverydayblogger.wordpress.com/
  6. https://bookishbarrister.wordpress.com/
  7. https://indianbookloveaffair.wordpress.com/
  8. https://underthemidnightsky.wordpress.com/
  9. https://whatdoesonedowiththat.wordpress.com/
  10. http://itsyouandeverything.com

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The One by Kiera Cass

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THE ONE

The Selection changed America Singer’s life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Iléa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen—and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she’s made her choice…and she’s prepared to fight for the future she wants.

Find out who America will choose in The One, the enchanting, beautifully romantic third book in the Selection series!

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I read all of ‘The Selection’ books in three days but work life has taken over, forcing me to abandon my blog. I have miss it! First of all throughout this book I was still shipping Maxon and America hard.

“Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. It was only ever yours to break anyway.”
“Shhh,” I urged.
“I’ll love you until my very last breath. Every beat of my heart is yours. I don’t want to die without you knowing that.”
“Please don’t,” I choked.

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I like how within this book America really wanted to be with Maxon, I felt like it was just them against the world. Especially when they would go against the King’s orders and just live within the moment, in their own little bubble. I am a hopeless romantic okay! I sort of wish I was America because I personally would not mind living in a castle, wearing extravagant  dresses and fighting to be a Princess. What I really appreciated about America was that she stayed true to herself, she did not get lost within all the drama and became submissive to the King, she stood up for herself.  I was literally screaming at the book like ‘YES America! You go girl.’  

Just like the other two books, this book was easy and enjoyable to read. America’s strong and stubborn inner monologue once again compelled me to keep reading and relate to her, it also created a comedic element to the writing. This book answered the questions that The Selection triggered…’who are these rebels?’, ‘what do they want?’ etc every character within this series such as Maxon, Aspen and America evolved throughout this book which make love them even more.

This book got serious quick…America made up her mind, people died, America was injured, the power of the King was a dominant feature and the selection itself got intense.

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This book was also emotional! One of my favorite characters died within this book which absolutely broke me, however I understand that it allowed the story to swiftly move on. One death I was really happy that it happened because the character angered me throughout the book, which made me want to jump into the book and slap them.

I do not want to riddle this review with spoilers so if you have reads this book please comment below because I would absolutely love to discuss this book further.

TOP FIVE BOOKS THAT I WANT TO READ

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  1. .SHATTER ME BY TAHEREH MAFI- I am really disappointed in myself because I still need to buy this.  

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I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I’m more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior

2.  ALL I KNOW NOW BY CARRIE HOPE FLETCHER- I need to buy this but it is out on the 23rd of April. I absolutely love her as a youtuber. 

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We all know that growing up is hard to do, and sometimes the only thing that makes it better are the reassuring words of someone who has walked that bumpy road just a few steps ahead of you and somehow ended up as a fully-functioning adult. Carrie Hope Fletcher is that person.* Thanks to her phenomenally popular YouTube videos, Carrie has become an ‘honorary big sister’ to hundreds of thousands of young people who turn to her for advice, friendship and, most of all, the knowledge that things will get better.

Carrie has created a safe and positive space for young people to connect and share their hopes and concerns online, and now she will share her most personal thoughts and experiences in her first book, ALL I KNOW NOW. Part memoir, part advice guide, it will include Carrie’s thoughts on some of the topics she’s asked about most regularly: bullying, body image, relationships and perhaps the scariest question of all: what does the future hold for me? With warmth, wit and a sprinkling of hard-won wisdom, Carrie will provide the essential tools for growing up gracefully . . . most of the time.

3. CITY OF BONES-  CASSANDRA CLARE 

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When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

4. WE ARE LIARS- E.LOCKHART 

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We are the Liars. We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury. We are cracked and broken. A story of love and romance. A tale of tragedy. Which are lies? Which is truth?

5. MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN- RONSOM RIGGS

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A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here – one of whom was his own grandfather – were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow – impossible though it seems – they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

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Hi, my name is Shannon and I need to be sent to book rehab…

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So over the last two weeks I have purchased a lot of books! I love buying books so much so  prepare yourself…

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I do not have these copies so I thought I would get them…

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I have read The Book Thief but that was when I was at school (so I borrowed it from the library). So I wanted my own copy because I love it so much!

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My bookshelf is already overly full but I cannot seem to stop buying books! FOR MY OWN GOOD, PLEASE SEND ME TO BOOK REHAB! Have you read any of these? ( If so, lets chat)

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