Quotes I Love #16

Hi guys!

Is anyone else feeling like the Summer is taking a really long time to get here? Well I am and because of that I was reminded of some of the quotes from books I’ve loved and read during the months of summer.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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If you know me then you’ve probably heard me rave about Carry On by Rainbow Rowell before. It is one of my favourite books for so many reasons and she is one of my favourite authors for so many reasons (I was even lucky enough to meet her and get my copy signed to me!?). I could very easily go on forever about this book, but I won’t, I’ll just sum it up in my favourite quote from it instead:

“What you are is a fucking tragedy, Simon Snow. You literally couldn’t be a bigger mess.”
He tries to kiss me, but I pull back- “And you like that?”
“I love it.” He says
“Why?”
“Because we match.”

Paper Towns by John Green

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A cult classic in YA, revered and hated by book bloggers around the world, Paper Towns reminds me so much of being a teenager which is weird because I still am one. If you somehow still haven’t read this you should just so you can form a polarising opinion on it and agree with me or think i’m a mad man for actually liking this story. My favourite quote is this one, its makes me feel small and overwhelmed which I love:

“You can see how fake it all is. It’s not even hard enough to be made out of plastic. It’s a paper town. I mean, look at it, Q: look at all those culs-de-sac, those streets that turn in on themselves, all the houses that were built to fall apart. All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm.”

Seriously, please do read both these books you hopefully won’t regret it?

Keep on reading

And thanks again Beth.

The Raven Boys. Book Review #15

Hello fellow book lovers!

Hopefully you all had a wonderfully relaxing Easter break last weekend and you got to spend it with the ones you love and the book/s you love too!

Today I want to give you my take on what has became one of the most popular series in all of YA.

The Raven Boys is a Young Adult magical realism story following Blue Sargent, the daughter of a small town mystic who can see the dead and read the future. Her whole life Blue has been surrounded by people who could do things that didn’t make sense but for some unknown reason she has never been able to do those things herself. That all changes when on an annual visit to her local graveyard on one of the most magical days of the year Blue sees the ghost of a boy she will soon come to know very well, he just so happens to be a raven boy.

With true love curses and trees that can talk this book explores being independent, being wealthy, being different and being young.

There was always so much talk about The Raven Boys in the YA world and I’d heard loads of good things so I decided last week that now was the time to finally pick up this story. It did not disappoint. Aside from being, genuinely very well written one of the biggest things about this book that really jumped out to me was how completely stranded I was within the plot. I mean this in a positive way, of course. Before going into TRB I had a very solid image in my mind about what I thought it was going to be like and instead what I got was something entirely different.

I am a sucker, like many of us, for stories about high school and all of the usual dramas that surround the most momentous time in our lives that we call being a teenager. However, The Raven Boys in a pleasant shock did not build itself up on being a book about being an angsty adolescent with a dark secret and a splash of unrequited love. The boarding school that the Raven Boys go to in the story is an important element but it isn’t shoved in our faces and generally not a lot of time is spent there. The focus of TRB is on the characters and the multitude of events that unfurl around them not the usual cliches of who likes who and will you go to prom with me? I guess what i’m trying to say is that in this book youth is done in a tasteful way.

Not just youth but wealth too. Often in young adult books our protagonists posses some superpower that makes them unique enough for us to care about reading their story. TRB is no different, Gansey has his insatiable curiosity, Blue has her mysticism and Ronan has his money. Stiefvater somehow manages to weave a web of magic and folklore into every day realistic problems that normal people face like family and acceptance. The affluence of the Raven Boys, to me was one of the most intriguing of all of these real life problems. I have always found the young and wealthy to be some of the most interesting characters and Stiefvater paints the effects of wealth, in this book, in a way that feeds that interest profoundly. It can be very easy for normal people like you and me (I apologise if you are a millionaire) to romanticise wealth and picture it as an everlasting comfort blanket of excess. However in TRB, in the most raw and honest way, Stiefvater assures us that its not all rosy in the nicer part of town.

I could of talked about this book all day if I didn’t have an English essay due tomorrow so I’m just going trust that you all are clever enough to go out and buy this masterful piece of literature. The hype around this story exists for a reason- its because its good.

I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars

Keep on reading!

And thanks again Beth

March 2017: All the Good Things

Hi everyone! I was lucky enough to recently receive this book from Penguin Random House and it’s inspired me to do something – talk about the good things!

The synopsis talks about how the main character – coincidentally called Beth – is asked to write down all the good things about her life. The book follows her struggle, and realisation that there is more good out there than you think!

So welcome to today’s non-bookish (although I’m sure books will feature here somewhere), but book inspired post – where I’m going to be talking about good things that happened to me in March. It’s only little things, but it’s the little things that count.

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the weather

It’s been so nice to finally be able to get out this month without a coat and not worry too much about getting cold – I’m so excited for summer!

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photography

Photography is currently one of my favourite pastimes – especially macro photography with the cherry blossom currently dotted around England!

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concerts

I got to see one of my favourite bands again (and meet them face to face!) – and I’ve been looking forward to seeing You Me At Six again in April with my lovely friend Amy 🙂

breath of the wild // nintendo switch

Not only is this game taking up most of my spare time – I’ve also been reading and blogging about it!

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friendship

My friends and family are the most important things in the world to me – and it’s been an incredibly stressful month! I know I couldn’t get through a lot of things without you guys ♥

Of course, reading is another thing that has made me smile this month!

What did you love in March?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Random: Redbubble #1

Here’s something you may not know about me – I own a Redbubble account!

Self admittedly I’m honestly not that great at it, so you could hardly call this self-advertising 😛 But I do have something you guys might be interested in!

So, I’ve just added my second reading related design, which you can find here!

It would be great if you wanted to pop over there and support me – or have any ideas for future designs 🙂 If you do, drop me a comment below!

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Random: My 2016 Year In Books!

Hi guys! Sorry this is so late but I couldn’t not include this important annual event. As I’m sure we all know, Goodreads does a nice wrap-up at the end of the year and I’m going to tell you some info about mine below.

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67 books
23,893 pages

I read an astonishing 23, 893 pages in 2016! That’s 67 books of my goal of 65.

 

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Shortest Book = 96 pages
Longest Book = 629 pages

The shortest book I read last year was Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell and the longest book I read was Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer.

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The highest rated book I read in 2016 was Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and the most popular book I read was (not surprisingly) Twilight by Stephanie Meyer.

year in books 2016.pngLast but not least – here’s all of the books I read in cover/picture form!

Which book did you love in 2016?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽


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Random: 4…3…2…1…Christmas!

Hi bookworms! Today we’re going to be starting my countdown to Christmas. Instead of doing a 25 day advent this year, I’m going to do a weekly countdown. So each Sunday, we’re going to discuss my fourth, third, second and absolute favourite book of 2016.

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What is Kaycee willing to risk for the sake of love?
And what will she risk for acceptance?
In Sunshine, Tennessee, the main event in town is Friday night football, the biggest party of the year is held in a field filled with pickup trucks, and church attendance is mandatory. For Kaycee Jean McCoy, life in Sunshine means dating guys she has no interest in, saying only “yes, ma’am” when the local bigots gossip at her mom’s cosmetics salon, and avoiding certain girls at all costs. Girls like Bren Dawson.
Unlike Kaycee, Bren doesn’t really conceal who she is. But as the cool, worldly new girl, nobody at school seems to give her any trouble. Maybe there’s no harm if Kaycee gets closer to her too, as long as she can keep that part of her life a secret, especially from her family and her best friend. But the more serious things get with Bren, the harder it is to hide from everyone else. Kaycee knows Sunshine has a darker side for people like her, and she’s risking everything for the chance to truly be herself.

My fourth favourite book of the year has got to be South of Sunshine! I absolutely adored this book and I’d recommend it to anyone out there – even though it’s LGBTQIA+ I really enjoyed it.

Note: You’ll love this one if you loved Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda!

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽


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Random: Black Friday/Cyber Monday

Welcome to another post! As you may know, I usually write about a favourite bookish quote on Monday’s – but as I wasn’t at home to blog on Friday, I’m going to be talking about Cyber Monday deals across the internet.

Cyber Monday seems to be a continuation of Black Friday, as there are still deals all over the internet. So today I’m going to be rounding up some bookish deals for both the UK and USA!

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WH Smiths have 10% off when you spend £25 or more! Just enter BLACK2016 at the checkout.

Waterstones have many 50% off and other deals on books across their store (including some great Christmas gift deals)!

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Barnes & Noble have a great deal across their online store – 15% of your entire order simply by entering BNCYBER16 at the checkout.

Book Outlet also have a deal you should definitely check out! 30% off their entire site – no code needed! Note: You can also order from outside the USA, but be warned! Even though it still works out pretty cheap and I’d still check it out, the postage is understandably very expensive for overseas delivery.

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As well as Book Outlet being worldwide, there are a few stores I’d like to mention that openly ship across the globe! Note: If you’re tempted by some of the WH Smiths, Waterstones or B&N deals, I’d also check if they ship where you live. It might be expensive, but feel free to have a look.

Book Depository has money off different books across their site by entering CYBER10 at the checkout. They also have free worldwide shipping and the offers are available all this week!

Wordery has an interesting deal – 12% off every second (third, fourth and so on) book you order. As well as Book Depository, they also offer free delivery to over 100 countries worldwide! Note: You can also get to Wordery by clicking the banner at the bottom of this post or at the side of my blog.

I’ve ordered only 3 books this Black Friday – which I’ll be discussing on Stacking the Shelves this week. Have you bought anything?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽


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