T5W: Friendship Groups

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

Hi readers! I’m relishing my last 2 weeks before I start uni, which I’m very excited but nervous about. I’ve been reading around 100-150 pages a day and I’m loving the books I’m reading at the moment (more on that later).

Anyway, I love this topic! Bookish friendship groups warm my heart because YA romance can take the centre of books way too often.

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I couldn’t do this topic without mentioning the most famous trio – Harry, Ron and Hermione have to be the most talked about this week.

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A close second is this beautiful group. I love the dynamic between all six of them in Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.

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The inner circle of the Night Court definitely came to mind this week, because they’re all so interesting and bounce of each other so well. I included this book because for fans of the group and the city, it’s beautiful!

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Simon, Leah, Nick and Abby make such a great group, and they’re so funny to read about. I loved reading about them in this one and Leah on the Offbeat.

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I’m currently just over halfway through The Raven King and I don’t want to finish this series! I adore this group and I never want to stop reading about them.

Which friendship groups do you love?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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August Wrap-Up and September TBR

I read 5 books in August, which isn’t too bad even though it’s less than the 9 I read in July! I’m actually pretty happy because I managed to finish A Court of Thorns and Roses and they are big books.

Books I Read in August

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I’m not going to pick a favourite and least favourite for this month because I’m happy to say these were all 5 star reviews!

Books I Bought in August

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Ravenclaw Paperback) – J.K. Rowling

I’m very happy that I only bought these 3 books this month! That’s such a low amount for me and these were all on sale too.

Books I Want to Read in September

Blue Lily, Lily Blue – Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven King – Maggie Stiefvater

My only goal for September is to finish this series, which shouldn’t be too hard as I’m already almost halfway through Blue Lily, Lily Blue. I start my first year of university this month so I’m not going to push myself other than that and I’m going to mood read when I can!

What did you read in August?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Books for A Mental Health Class

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

This T5Ws theme is required reading books for a class of your choosing, inspired by school starting up again this September. It took me a while to think of a topic, but I was scrolling through Twitter earlier when something sparked my interest. Someone had tweeted that mental health should be discussed more in school, and I couldn’t agree more. So when I came to writing this post, I thought why not focus on mental health?

So for this weeks T5W, here are some of my personal favourite YA books that centre around mental health and that I have found useful.

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What if you aren’t the Chosen One?
The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?
What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.
Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.
Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions…

The MC of this book suffers with anxiety and OCD, and I remember it being very accurate. Not only that, but Patrick Ness explores mental health and grief in his other beautiful books, Release and A Monster Calls.

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Audrey can’t leave the house. she can’t even take off her dark glasses inside the house.
Then her brother’s friend Linus stumbles into her life. With his friendly, orange-slice smile and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again – well, Starbucks is a start. And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she’d thought were too scary. Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable.

I read this book a few years ago and found Audrey very relatable in her suffering with anxiety. I would definitely urge those who suffer with anxiety too to pick this one up!

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Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.
There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution: a teen boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman) who’s haunted by a family tragedy is looking for a partner. 
Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince.

I read this book earlier this year and found it incredibly touching and beautiful. It also sparked a lot of thoughts and conversations about mental health for me and that is the most important thing!

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Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

Aza’s story is also one I found incredibly relatable, and may hold the top spot in my John Green collection.

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Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

How could I post this without including The Perks? It’s such a touching and important novel.

A few mentions for Thirteen Reasons Why, which even though I disliked, I know has helped many people. And to When We Collided and The Sky is Everywhere which deal with bipolar and grief.

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Let’s Discuss! New Bookshelves

Hi readers! Something very exciting happened recently – I got brand new bookshelves. This is because my boyfriend and I have recently moved into our own apartment, and we bought a couple of bookshelves to house our collections.

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As you may notice, I added extra shelves to my bookcases so I could add more paperbacks! I moved my abnormally large hardbacks to the smaller bookcase, where I left height for them. Other than that, I only had a few rules for organising my books.

  1. Don’t split series apart!
  2. Don’t split different editions of the same book apart.
  3. It’s okay to split different books by the same author apart as long as they’re not series.

Using these few rules, I created a beautiful hardback shelf, a few series shelves on both bookcases and my lovely boyfriend helped me create a gorgeous rainbow shelf which is mostly contemporaries!

The only thing I regret is not making myself a TBR shelf/section, but it wouldn’t be practical as I have many unread half-series etc! I’ll keep dreaming about storing my TBR in one of these instead…

IKEA RÅSKOG trolley Perfect as extra storage in your kitchen, hall, bedroom or home office.

How do you organise your shelves?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Review: The Raven Boys (#1) by Maggie Stiefvater

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Even if Blue hadn’t been told her true love would die if she kissed him, she would stay away from boys. Especially the ones from the local private school. Known as Raven Boys, they only mean trouble.
But this is the year that everything will change for Blue.
This is the year that she will be drawn into the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys. And the year Blue will discover that magic does exist.
This is the year she will fall in love.
 

I can’t believe I didn’t carry on with this series the first time I read this book! I picked this up over 2 years ago now in 2016 and I remember really enjoying it. However, I didn’t own the entire series and due to that it has taken me until now to finally decide to carry on reading them! I couldn’t remember what happened at all though, so hence I decided to pick the first one back up and re-read it before I continue.

“She wasn’t interested in telling other people’s futures.”

And I’m so glad I did because I feel like I’ve discovered this book all over again! This series is incredibly compelling, and I know it won’t take me long to get through the rest. It did take me a while to start becoming obsessed with the story, but I’m definitely there now and I can’t stop thinking about Blue’s life.

The first thing that came into my head when reading this book is the originality. I have to admit I have never read a YA book like this one, and that is a bold statement to make, and an incredible thing for an author to achieve.

“She was interested in going out and finding her own.”

I have so much praise for the amazing woman that is Maggie Stiefvater. I could go on forever about what I love about this book, but let’s start with her writing. Easy to read but randomly poetic. Very page-turning but also made me stop and think wow how does someone do that?

The only slight issue I had was this book really ramps up like 100 pages in and the pacing was incredibly slow to start with? It honestly took me around half the book to go from ‘it’s okay’ to ‘omg this is the best thing ever’. Aside from possibly Ronan, who I unfortunately found very 2D, I also love the colourful complex cast of characters Stiefvater has created. Blue is so mature, never whines and is all around calm and cool and intriguing. And I found the other boys so fascinating to read about and very vibrant and alive (ahem).

So to sum up, this book is unique and original and unlike anything I’ve read before. If you’re looking for something a little different, I URGE YOU TO READ THIS.

★★★★★
5 stars

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Books I Love With Tropes I Hate

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday post! This week we’re talking about books I love with tropes I hate. There are many I thought of while researching for this post, and here’s my top 5.

1.’There was only one bed.’

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This line is always something I notice in YA romance, the classic line when two ‘friends’ walk into a room and realise there’s only one bed for them to sleep in. It makes me roll my eyes every time, but I’m still loving A Court of Mist and Fury.

2. ‘I’m angry so let’s break up and inevitably get back together.’

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I loved this book so much, but it definitely falls into this category. So many contemporaries fall under this, when two people split up in anger and inevitably get back together towards at the end of the book.

3. Love triangle

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Twilight is a guilty pleasure of many of ours, myself included. I don’t really enjoy love triangles, but I agree it can work sometimes and I found this and The Vampire Diaries quite entertaining!

4. The Chosen One

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Who doesn’t love Harry Potter – the ultimate Chosen One read!

5. Find Yourself

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And another contemporary to finish up – the classic ‘my best friend has disappeared and I’m going to find her and find myself too’. But I did find this book really fun and definitely one to recommend.

Which books did you love that include tropes you hate?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Let’s Discuss! Buying Books

It’s taking me a while to get through my current read, so I thought today I’d write instead a discussion post! I have a lot of bookish debates with my friends (hi Courtney), and today I’m going to be talking about buying books.

A lot of people have said I have too many books, I collect too many books, I can’t possibly buy any more books, and it goes on. To them, I say…

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But I’m sorry. I will never stop. Partly because of my blog and my social media, I love being able to own and take photos of books I love and can’t wait to read! So here are a few tips for buying books.

  • Second hand! If you can, buy second hand. I’ve saved so much money over the years by trawling through second hand shops and websites.
  • Online. I mostly, always buy online and make sure I check a number of websites before buying
  • Subscribe to newsletters from your favourite bookshops!
  • Use loyalty cards! With every bookshop I shop at a lot, I use loyalty cards and manage to save a lot of money that way.

Which tips do you give for buying books?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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