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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.
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.
Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella Riosse dreams of the faraway lands her father once mapped.
When her closest friend disappears into the island’s Forgotten Territories, she volunteers to guide the search. As a cartographer’s daughter, she’s equipped with elaborate ink maps and knowledge of the stars, and is eager to navigate the island’s forgotten heart.
But the world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland – and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a legendary fire demon is stirring from its sleep. Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself.
Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.
Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.
By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.
What Light is a love story that’s moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable.
In the summer of 1976 eight-year-old Peggy Hillcoat is taken from London by her survivalist father to live in a cabin in a remote European forest. When they arrive he tells Peggy that her mother and the rest of the world are gone.
Now the two of them must scratch a living from the earth: trapping squirrels, foraging for berries, surviving winter as best they can. But it is easy to lose you way in the forest, to lose yourself. How long will Peggy trust her father’s story? How long can you stay sane when the world is lost? And what happens when you stop believing in everything?
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
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.
2. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
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!
3.A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
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,
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.
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.
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.
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. University Books- (books read for my course.)
It makes me really really sad that I have only read five books for fun this year so far…ahhh…so annoying!
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!
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?
11. Have you joined any groups?
umm… under My Groups – Addicted to YA, Top 5 Wednesday and Savvy Readers
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