Monday, 5 May 2014

Collective Book Haul

Over the past couple of months that I have been away from here I have collected a few books, but I think I have been quite good. Not too many though :) So on with the books! :D

  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. The 2nd in The Infernal Devices trilogy; I'm looking forward to continuing on with it. 
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. You've probably heard of this one but very, very briefly it is about a girl in Nazi Germany.
  • Paper Towns by John Green. Q and Margo have a night full of adventure, but then the next day Margo disappears and puzzles and roadtrips ensue to find her. 
  • Mystic City by Theo Lawrence. This I picked up on a whim, It seems like a more modern Romeo & Juliet but Juliet no longer loves Romeo as she has lost her memory, so that sounds a bit of a mess. But a mess that could make a good story.
  • Vampire Academy & Frostbite by Richelle Mead. I bought these about a month apart. But I brought the 1st book so I could read it before the movie- of course I now have plenty of time as they aren't releasing it over here till early July it seems. I'm just so desperate to see that film!
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. I already have an edition of this in a bind up with Persuasion but it was published in 1933 and I am scared of damaging it as every time I open it it creaks. So I brought a lovely English Library edition to match my others. 
  • Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid. This is the Austen Project modern version 1 I talked about in my Easter TBR. I'm going to have a bit of a Northanger Abbey fest :)
So they are all the books I've collected since January, a little more than I would have liked, but oh well. This is probably the last haul you'll see for a while as I have to save up for my holiday to America instead of buying books; it is a sacrifice I am willing to make! :)

Jade xx 

Sunday, 4 May 2014


May has arrived along with a good chunk of my exams! But I'm still going to keep reading as it will hopefully keep me sane! I know that I want to finish The Book Thief and there are 2 books that I'm going to read and then I another 2 which I may or may not get through.

Number 1 on the list is Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. I got a beautiful penguin English library edition recently that I can't wait to start!

2. Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid. This is a modern retelling of Austen's and is part of the Austen Project. I love modernised classics but have never read 1 in book form.

3. The Morning gift by Eva Ibbotson. I have had this for nearly a year now, and I don't know why I haven't read it. I adore Eva Ibbotson's books and her writing and this 1 sounds really good. It is however her only adult book I haven't read, and it will be sad when its over.

4. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan. I've never read a collab book before and the premise is intriguing so I'm looking forward to it and hoping that it is a nice, quick easy read.

So they are the books. As I said I will definitely get through the Northanger Abbeys and I'd say one the others too but we will see. I may also end up reading Of Mice & Men and The Women in Black right before my exam again too. Has any of you read these? What are your thoughts?

Speak soon,
Jade xx

Thursday, 1 May 2014

April Wrap-up

April was a pretty good month, even though I had a lot of work to do thankfully I had time to read during Easter. I finished 10 books in April, granted 6 of those were pretty short but I'm still proud of it :) So the books are:

  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer- I adored this book! I did a spoiler free review earlier this month if you want to now my thoughts in more depth. As well as this I read 3 novellas that go with this series all of which I enjoyed:
  • Glitches
  • The Little Android
  • The Queen's Army  (I gave all of these 5 stars)

  • After I read Miki Falls Spring and Summer both by Mark Crilley. These are the first 2 of a series of 4 graphic novels and were re-reads for me. I liked them but unfortunately I didn't like them as much as I did the first time around. I don't really know why I just wasn't as interested in Miki's story. I'd say 2 stars... its rare I go that low but the first time I read it I believe I gave it 3.5 so I did enjoy it last time. 
  • Frostbite by Richelle Mead, I flew through most of this book during the readathon on Saturday. It was really good and I'm planning to do a full review soon. But anyone who is iffy about reading this as its vampires, I urge you to pick it up because I had that feeling and this is these are the 1st Vampire books I've enjoyed!
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. This was also a re-read and I only read it due to the fact it is 1 of my texts for GCSE. I loathe this book so much! 1 day I may go into detail as to why. 
  • Women in Black by Susan Hill. This was my 3rd time reading this book and again it was for my GCSE. However I do like this book; its well written and pretty interesting so I didn't mind it as much.
  • Lastly I just want to mention The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I haven't finished this yet but I have read a good chunk of it this month and I really, really like it. It is beautifully and uniquely written and I will probably finish it very soon and then I'll post a review on here a bit later. 
All in all a collection of pretty good books mostly :) I think Cinder was my favourite this month what was yours?

Speak soon,
Jade xx