Stacking the Shelves #4

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga where we share books we’ve bought or received this week. Find out more and join in here!

Hi everyone! I’m really trying to keep my book-buying under some kind of control but I don’t think it’s going so well…I just keep ending up with new books!

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Longing to escape his island home, a boy named Hodaka runs away during his first summer of high school to find a new life in Tokyo. As rain falls for days on end and Hodaka struggles to adjust, he meets a girl named Hina who holds a mysterious power: With a single prayer, she can part the clouds and bring back the sun. But her power comes at a price, and as the weather spirals further and further out of control, they must choose what future they truly want for themselves.
Written concurrently with production of the 2019 film Weathering With You, this novel comes straight from director Makoto Shinkai, the mind behind 2016’s hit your name.! 

I stumbled across this book in Waterstones Piccadilly, and I adored the movie when I saw it in January. It matches my copy of the light novel of Your Name, and I didn’t hesitate to pick it up!

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It is a year after the action of One of Us Is Lying, and someone has started playing a game of Truth or Dare.
But this is no ordinary Truth or Dare. This game is lethal. Choosing the truth may reveal your darkest secrets, accepting the dare could be dangerous, even deadly.
The teenagers of Bayview must work together once again to find the culprit, before it’s too late . . .

My lovely friend Alex asked me if I wanted to read this with her this week. I said yes, as we’re attending a signing for Karen m McManus in a few weeks and I want to get this one signed! I didn’t realise I hadn’t bought it yet, so I picked it up on Friday.

What did you buy this week?

-Beth

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Stacking the Shelves #3

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga where we share books we’ve bought or received this week. Find out more and join in here!

Hello lovelies! I’ve been lucky enough in the past week or so to have a few weeks in some of my favourite London (and elsewhere) bookshops so naturally I gained some new reads.

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Frances Janvier spends most of her time studying.
Everyone knows Aled Last as that quiet boy who gets straight As.
You probably think that they are going to fall in love or something. Since he is a boy and she is a girl.
They don’t. They make a podcast.
In a world determined to shut them up, knock them down, and set them on a cookie cutter life path, Frances and Aled struggle to find their voices over the course of one life-changing year. Will they have the courage to show everyone who they really are? Or will they be met with radio silence?

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In case you’re wondering, this is not a love story.
My name is Tori Spring. I like to sleep and I like to blog. Last year – before all that stuff with Charlie and before I had to face the harsh realities of A-Levels and university applications and the fact that one day I really will have to start talking to people – I had friends. Things were very different, I guess, but that’s all over now.
Now there’s Solitaire. And Michael Holden.
I don’t know what Solitaire are trying to do, and I don’t care about Michael Holden.
I really don’t.

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In this volume we’ll see the Heartstopper gang go on a school trip to Paris! Not only are Nick and Charlie navigating a new city, but also telling more people about their relationship AND learning more about the challenges each other are facing in private…
Meanwhile Tao and Elle will face their feelings for each other, Tara and Darcy share more about their relationship origin story, and the teachers supervising the trip seem… rather close…?

I was lucky enough to meet Alice Oseman for the third time this week, so I naturally had to complete my collection of her books to have signed. The event happened to fall on the release date for Heartstopper Volume 3, so I also picked up one of those and can’t wait to (re)read it soon!

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Joanna Gordon has been out and proud for years, but when her popular radio evangelist father remarries and decides to move all three of them from Atlanta to the more conservative Rome, Georgia, he asks Jo to do the impossible: to lie low for the rest of her senior year. And Jo reluctantly agrees.
Although it is (mostly) much easier for Jo to fit in as a straight girl, things get complicated when she meets Mary Carlson, the oh-so-tempting sister of her new friend at school. But Jo couldn’t possibly think of breaking her promise to her dad. Even if she’s starting to fall for the girl. Even if there’s a chance Mary Carlson might be interested in her, too. Right?

I had two chances to finally visit Gay’s the Word down in London, and of course one of the times I picked up a memento. I’ve had this book on my TBR for so long and I’ve never seen a physical copy until this visit, so I just had to grab one.

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Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.
Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.
But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?
Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.
Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.
But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?
What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?
What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?
But what if it is?

I also visited Foyle’s Charing Cross Road and always end up being tempted by their American imports. I’ve wanted this for a while and I was tempted to ask my friend Amy to pick it up for me when she visits America in the summer, so I was super glad to find it here so she doesn’t have to lug it home for me!

What did you buy this week?

-Beth

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Stacking the Shelves #1

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga where we share books we’ve bought or received this week. Find out more and join in here!

Hi all! I’m back with a brand new series of Stacking the Shelves posts. I’m trying really hard to control my book-buying in 2020, but working in a bookshop makes it so much harder! I’m proud of myself for only having actually bought one book so far this year, though.

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Rosemary has lived in Brixton all her life, but everything she knows is changing. Only the local lido, where she swims every day, remains a constant reminder of the past and her beloved husband George. Kate has just moved and feels adrift in a city that is too big for her. She’s on the bottom rung of her career as a local journalist, and is determined to make something of it.
So when the lido is threatened with closure, Kate knows this story could be her chance to shine. But for Rosemary, it could be the end of everything. Together they are determined to make a stand, and to prove that the pool is more than just a place to swim – it is the heart of the community.

I guess I’ve always been a wild swimmer in one sense or another, and as I’ve grown up I’ve started swimming in rivers and lakes as well as the sea! I’ve been eyeing up this book for a while, so I finally decided to pick it up.

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Welcome to the café that never sleeps. Day and night Stella’s Café opens its doors for the lonely and the lost, the morning people and the night owls. It is many things to many people but most of all it is a place where life can wait at the door. A place of small kindnesses. A place where anyone can be whoever they want, where everyone is always welcome.
Meet Hannah and Mona: best friends, waitresses, dreamers. They work at Stella’s but they dream of more, of leaving the café behind and making their own way in life.
Come inside and spend twenty-four hours at Stella’s Café; a day when Hannah and Mona’s friendship will be tested, when the community will come together and when lives will be changed…

And here comes the danger of working in a bookshop – we get so many proofs! And this one came in a couple of days before I picked up The Lido, so I thought why not just pick both up.

My only hope is that I don’t build on my TBR this year, and buy less than I read! Wish me luck.

Did you buy any books this week?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Random: My birthday!

Hi everyone! Unfortunately I couldn’t blog yesterday – for two reasons.

  1. I would have posted a Stacking the Shelves post, but that would have meant there would be no reason to post this one!
  2. It was my birthday, and I had a pretty busy day.

So today’s post is all about yesterday! I had a great day ice skating with my friends and going out for a lovely meal. I also received some lovely gifts, a few of those being bookish ones! I’ll go through those with you now.

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My lovely grandparents got me this box set! I’ve wanted to read them for a long, long time now, so I’m very grateful to finally be able to read them soon.

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As I’m sure many of you know, I love Miss Peregrine’s! I blogged a while back all about it, and I’m also going to be posting on Tuesday about my impressions of the movie (clue: I loved it!). My brother knows about my obsession, and he gave me this for my gift 🙂

Overall, I had a lovely birthday and I can’t wait to get round to reading The Selection series! Miss Peregrine already has a good spot on my shelf.

Thanks for reading!

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽


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Review: Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

Book: Library of Souls
By: Ransom Riggs
Edition Published: 2015
By: Quirk
Goodreads description: They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all. Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.
My rating: /5
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As I have a lot to say about these books, I’m going to separate this review into two sections, starting with my thoughts on this book, then a bit about the series as a whole.

I loved the first book, I felt the action was severely lacking in the first half of Hollow City, and then I fell in love with Library of Souls.

Completely fell in love. It changed the series for me completely, from love to like to completely besotted.

Library of Souls has got to be my favorite book of this series. Speaking of which…here’s an extract;

One of the gaurds dragged Perplexus out of the crows and up to the door. Since I’d last seen him, his hair and beard had turned albaster white, his spine had curved, and deep wrinkles grooved his face. He’d spent too long away from his loop, and now his true age was beginning to catch up to him. Perplexus seemed about to open the door when he was struck by a fit of coughing. Once he’d regained his breath, he faced caul, drew in a snorting lungful of air, and spat a glistening wad of phlegm onto his cloak.
“You are an ignorant pig!” Perplexus cried.

If words are even enough to explain how much I loved this series, the best way I think to describe it would be to tell you what it proved to me.

It proved that books that have happy endings can still be amazing.

It also proved that it is possible for authors to enter author-dom with a fresh, never been done before, idea, and succeed. Not only succeed, but thrive. Completely thrive.

It mostly proved though, that this type of book can be one of the best series ever. There must have been a reason I purchased all these books with a certain degree of confidence. And I believe I was right to. They are the most strange but most fascinating books I’ve ever read. Definitely up there.

I would normally recommend books of a certain genre to certain people, but I would actually recommend this to any Young Adult readers.

There is a little bit of romance, just enough to keep me happy. There is a lot of action, it just doesn’t stop.

I still don’t have the words for this review, as you can probably tell.

I just can’t explain it with just 26 letters. It’s impossible.

So let’s just finish this review by saying this:

This series is one I am proud to keep on my shelves. And definitely one I will not be removing anytime soon.

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books!

Review: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

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Book: Hollow City
By: Ransom Riggs
Edition Published: 2014
By: Quirk Books
Goodreads description: Ten peculiar children flee an army of deadly monsters.
And only one person can help them – but she’s trapped in the body of a bird.
The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. There, they hope to find a cure for their beloved headmistress, Miss Peregrine. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. And before Jacob can deliver the peculiar children to safety, he must make an important decision about his love for Emma Bloom.
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I really am enjoying this series, but I am sorry to say I didn’t like Hollow City quite as much as Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children.

It took me a couple of chapters to get into the first book, but it took me almost half of the book to get into Hollow City.

Now, this could be due to me being too busy to really enjoy the first half, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t. For a start, even when I’m busy, I manage to make time for books I enjoy.

Really, I’d been dreaming of such adventures since I was small. Back then I believed in destiny, and believed in it absolutely, with every inch and strand of my little kid heart. I’d felt it like an itch in my chest while listening to my grandfather’s extraordinary stories. One day that will be me. What felt like an obligation now had been a promise back then – that one day I would escape my little town and live an extraordinary life, as he had done; and that one day, like Grandpa Portman, I would do something that mattered. He used to say to me: “You’re going to be a great man, Yakob. A very great man.”

But I really do love a lot of things about this book. I’ve never read a book like it, and I’m not sure I ever will. It’s a completely unique series, and extremely imaginative.

The pictures really bring this book to life. They portray perfectly the story, and I was shocked to find out that the pictures are chosen to fit the novel, rather than the other way round as it was for Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children.

I love the characters, too. And (I’ve heard a few people say this) I love Emma. In the first book, I didn’t really take a fancy to her. I think it was the simple fact that she loved Jacob’s Grandpa, and now loves Jacob. It a) creeped me out and b) I felt like she was manipulating Jacob, like she loved him because of his Grandpa, not because of who Jacob is.

I’m not sure if it’s meant to come across like that, but it did (and still slightly does) to me. Other than that, I do like Emma as a character. I also love Olive, she’s just so sweet, like a little kid who isn’t so young (which is what she is, really).

But I don’t like any of the characters more than Jacob. He is right to be the main character, and I love seeing everything from his point of view. He’s sweet, but also has some interesting inner battles. I find his character amazingly caring, but his love for Emma is the cutest thing. Because he loves Emma for who she is. And above everything, he really cares about her. And I can tell he would do anything for her.


4 out of 5 moons

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books!

Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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Book: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

By: Ransom Riggs

Edition published: 2011

By: Quirk Books

Goodreads description: A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.
A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

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My rating:☽/5

Jacob’s grandad has always told him stories. But he never thought those stories were real – just figments of his grandad’s imagination to amuse his young grandson. Now, only now, when a tragedy means Jacob is left alone, does he begin to unravel the mysteries behind the stories and photographs he hasn’t seen since he was little.

I didn’t go far, just around the perimeter of the neat yard in a slow shuffle, watching the sky, clear now, a billion stars spread across it. Stars, too, were time travelers. How many of those ancient points of light were the last echoes of suns now dead? How many had been born but their light not yet come this far? If all the suns but ours collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realize that we were alone? I had always known the sky was full of mysteries – but not until now had I realized how full of them the earth was.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is now proudly on my list of 5 star books.

I was lucky enough to pick up this book at a bargain £2, which made me read it a lot sooner than I had expected, as it was pretty far down my TBR list! I have to say, I’m extremely glad I got my hands on this book now, instead of next year or later. it was truly beautiful.

Not only is this book intriguing, spectacularly interesting and amazingly spooky, what I loved about it most is its peculiarity.

It is different in so many ways, different from the normal teen-fiction and YA novels. And it is possibly the first dark fantasy and horror book I’ve ever loved.

I don’t know how else to describe this book. It is mind-blowing, original and all round peculiar. And actually, it was a lot better than I expected it to be. I wasn’t really sure what to think of this one, but it was astonishing. Honestly, the perfect book for me. I can’t wait for the movie!

The paragraph italicised in this review is an expert from the book, hand-picked by me. I do this for every review, but this one is special. It is possibly one of the most poetic and beautiful paragraphs I have ever come across, and I’m pretty sure I’m not going to forget it very quickly.

As you can see, I’m a little shell-shocked at just how good this book was. Stars all around, guys.

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books!