Book Haul. #37

Hi everyone!

I’m back after a busy few weeks!

Today’s blog post is about some books I have managed to pick up over the course of the past fortnight that I feel were a little different from the usual kind of stuff that I would go for.

The three books that I’m going to talk about are not apart of the YA genre or even remotely related. Even though I will always be a big fan of young adult it’s important, in order to grow as a reader, to branch out from the writing styles that you are most comfortable with!

Book 1- The Greeks by H.D.F Kitto

When I saw this book on a very pretty shelf in a fairly ugly charity shop in London I was instantly interested. Ancient Greece has always been a topic that intrigued me but due to sheer size of the area of study I always found it really difficult to access. ‘The Greeks’ is a light non fiction book that is both extensive and accessible. I’ve read a chapter on the tube so far and it is genuinely enjoyable. If any of you are interested in the Ancient Greeks, their way of life and the Gods they believed in I would definitely recommend this book.

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Book Two: La Chamade by Françoise Sagan

Admittedly this was a chance buy from a cool book shop I went to in Notting Hill (not the one from the film sadly).

The back of the book says:

‘Four people. A woman who has not known the passionate turmoil of love for ten years; and suddenly encounters the need for just such a love. A man with devotion enough to let her go. A younger man with desire enough to keep her too close. A woman who watches, tautly aware that impossible indifference must hide the hurt within her.’

Aside from this mysterious blurb I was also convinced by the fact that La Chamade is set in 60s Paris – a time I find to be massively interesting and massively romantic.

I haven’t read a word yet but it has done well on Goodreads which is always a good sign. If you are into French literature definitely give it a go!

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Book Three: The Outsider by Albert Camus

For all of you who know your classics, The Outsider is a literary essential.

This book was lent to me by a kind and very fancy friend who book-pushed it excitedly.

Also a French book, this short novel tells the story of a young bachelor living in Algeria. It is an exploration of man’s place in the universe and how it feels to be detached from society, how it feels to truly be an outsider in your own world.

I’ve only heard good things about this book and so on that basis, I would certainly recommend it to all of you.

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Thanks for reading this blog post. I hope, wherever you are, that you have a wonderful day.

Keep on reading!

And thanks again Beth.

Book Haul #19

Hey everyone!

I hope you’ve all been reading well and feeling well.

This week is a Book haul- something I haven’t done in a while.

Now that its summer, I have much more time to read so I recently picked up these three books and I thought that I’d share them with you all in case you think they sound any good and want them for yourself.

1Q84 By Haruki Murakami

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1Q84 by the critically acclaimed Japanese author, Haruki Murakami, is a romance dystopian novel set in Tokyo in the eighties. The three book story follows two main characters, a man and a woman who live separate yet parallel lives. The fates become more intertwined then ever when they begin to realise that the world around them is not as it should be, that there are gaps in the fabric of their own reality. The book follows them trying to answer the question of, What is 1Q84?

Sophie’s World By Jostein Gaarder

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Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder has become a worldwide cult classic. The story surrounds Sophie Amundsen, a 14 year old girl living in Norway who begins to ask the big questions about life, love and human existence when she starts receiving mysterious letters in the post. This book is loved by millions and is often considered a must for all beginning philosophers.

Snow Like Ashes By Sara Raasch

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The Snow Like Ashes trilogy is a YA High fantasy novel that imagines a world that is split into nations by the four seasons. In this fast paced political romance there is action around every corner and a race for justice as the Winterians try to escape the grip of the other seasons and be free.

I hope this post has potentially piqued your interest about any of these books!

Keep on reading !

And thanks again Beth.

Book Haul No.1 #4

Hi guys and girls!

Is anyone else genuinely feeling just very tired?

You know, that kind of soul crushing tiredness you get when you’ve just had two weeks off school for winter break and now there is a LOT of work to do and a LOT of things that need to be done NOW.

Yeah me too.

Over the festive season I did, like every other season/month/week/sometimes day(worryingly) buy some books!

And because this is a book blog and we talk about books here I going to share the books I bought.

Broken Sky by L.A. Weatherly

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The blurb of this book is beautifully ambiguous-

Welcome to a ‘perfect’ world.

Where war is illegal, where harmony rules.

And where your date of birth marks your destiny.

But nothing is perfect.

And in a world this broken, who can Amity trust?

It sounds like my perfect book honestly and although there are mixed reviews I cannot wait to get round to this one. It was only £3 too in the Waterstones sale?!?

We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

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From the sound of the blurb it feels like this book was actually written for me. Sci-fi, coming of age, LGBTQ? Sign me up!

There are a few things Henry Denton knows, and a few things he doesn’t.

Henry knows that his mom is struggling to keep the family together, and coping by chain-smoking cigarettes. He knows that his older brother is a college dropout with a pregnant girlfriend. He knows that he is slowly losing his grandmother to Alzheimer’s. And he knows that his boyfriend committed suicide last year.

What Henry doesn’t know is why the aliens chose to abduct him when he was thirteen, and he doesn’t know why they continue to steal him from his bed and take him aboard their ship. He doesn’t know why the world is going to end or why the aliens have offered him the opportunity to avert the impending disaster by pressing a big red button.

But they have. And they’ve only given him 144 days to make up his mind.

The question is whether Henry thinks the world is worth saving. That is, until he meets Diego Vega, an artist with a secret past who forces Henry to question his beliefs, his place in the universe, and whether any of it really matters. But before Henry can save the world, he’s got to figure out how to save himself, and the aliens haven’t given him a button for that.

The Future For Curious People by Gregory Sherl

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This was a very random and out of the blue choice. This book is actually apart of the new adult genre which I don’t read so much of so i’m excited to try it out. Plus, it was also only £1?!?!

Meet Evelyn and Godfrey. Evelyn is breaking up with her boyfriend, who’s passing out advertisements for his band on a snowy street corner in Baltimore. She’s seen their dismal future together at Dr. Chin’s office: she and her boyfriend, both many years older, singing Happy Birthday to a Chihuahua and arguing about cheese. She hopes for more. Meanwhile, Godfrey is proposing to his girlfriend, Madge, who’s not quite willing to take that leap; she wants to see their future together first–just to be sure they re meant for each other. The Future for Curious People follows Evelyn and Godfrey’s soon-to-be-entwined lives, set in motion by the fabulist premise of a world with envisionists like Dr. Chin. As the characters struggle with their pasts and possible futures, they wrestle with sorrow, love, death, and fate. This novel will capture you with its brightness, its hopefulness, its anxious twists and turns; it is a love story that is ultimately a statement about happiness and how to accept our fleeting existence.

The School For Good And Evil by Soman Chainani

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I’ve heard bundles about this on BookTube and its mostly all been good. The premise sounds, quite frankly, incredibly interesting. Yay for reading middle grade?!

This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.

But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?

The School for Good & Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.

Thanks for checking this Book Haul out let me know in the comments if any of you have read any of these books.

I’m currently reading Gemina, the 2nd book in the Iluminae series and OMG yes! Book review to come soon.

Here is a random drawing I did yesterday. Enjoy!

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Keep on reading!

And thanks again Beth.