May Wrap-Up and June TBR

May Wrap-Up and June TBR

I managed to read 10 books in May and finally finished the Morganville series! I don’t think it would have been possible without being away on holiday, and reading almost a book a day.

Books I Read in May

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My favourite book of the month was definitely The Quiet at the End of the World and my least favourite was Bitter Blood.

Books I Bought in May

Emergency Contact – Mary H.K. Choi
Finale – Stephanie Garber
Killer T – Robert Muchamore
Arctic Zoo – Robert Muchamore

I’d love to say these are the only books I bought, but I’m actually just super behind on my Stacking the Shelves posts! I usually keep track of my book buying on those posts, but I ended up buying a lot in one go so they’ll slowly trickle out over the next month or so 🙂

Books I Want to Read in June

Meet Cute – Various authors
Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan
Two Can Keep a Secret – Karen McManus
Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman
The Last Namsara – Kirsten Ciccarelli

I basically want to get through as many books as I can for YALC, which as at the end of July. If I manage to get through them super quick then I should be able to pick up some more!

What did you read in May and what’s on your June TBR?

-Beth

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Review: Glass Houses (Morganville #1) by Rachel Caine

Review: Glass Houses (Morganville #1) by Rachel Caine
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College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don’t show many signs of life, but they’ll have Claire’s back when the town’s deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood. Will she be able to face the town’s terror or will she drown like everyone else?

I have owned most of these books for years, but unfortunately I stopped at book 5 on my first read of them because I didn’t have all of the books! It’s now almost 3 years later, and I’ve managed to collect the whole series pretty much secondhand. This might sound weird, as it’s a 16 book long series and a big commitment – but I finally picked it up again because I needed something easy. I needed comfort. Life is busy at the moment, and I knew picking up and re-reading the first 5 books before I carry on with the series is just what I wanted right now.

I honestly wasn’t sure how I’d feel about these books. I was a lot younger – and hadn’t read quite as many books – when I read them 3 years ago. But I have to say I had a pleasant surprise, and I still really enjoyed this one.

‘”Damn, Claire. Warn a guy before you do a face-plant on the floor next time.”‘

I mean, to a degree it just is what it is. It’s definitely more of a guilty pleasure read than anything else for me. It’s a little trashy, and the writing isn’t exactly going to blow your mind. But sometimes you just need a bit of trash.

I have very vague, sporadic memories of the first 5 books of this series, but it didn’t take away from my enjoyment. I was drawn into Morganville from the first chapter, and I found it so fast paced that I didn’t stop reading. I got through this one in around a day, which is super quick for me!

‘”I could have looked all heroic and caught you or something.”‘

Although there are many plot holes in this series, I love it enough to ignore them. The characters are funny and real and love each other more than anything. They’re sometimes stupid, too, but it just makes me love them even more. I’m so glad I finally decided it was time to pick this back up!

The bottom line is, these books aren’t going to blow your mind. But if you need some entertainment, and an easy-going read, they’re just the thing.

★★★★ 
4 out of 5 stars

-Beth

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Review: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Review: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
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Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.
Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

I can’t believe I didn’t read this book sooner! I didn’t pick it up until late, and by that point I’d broken an important bookworm code and watched the movie. 90% of the time I will read the book first, but this time I just happened to watch the Dumplin’ adaptation with my boyfriend when it came out and we both loved it!

I don’t think watching the movie first impacted my opinion too much – thank God they stayed very similar with the adaptation – but I did picture all of the characters as they are in the movie. So Will’s mum was Jennifer Aniston all the way.

‘All my life I’ve had a body worth commenting on’

Anyway, onto the book! Honestly, I loved it so much and it flew by. I haven’t been reading overly fast recently I guess, but I read this one in under 2 days. It was so unexpected, but this is one of those books I could just sit and read for hours on end and not even watch the page numbers. It had such a good flow and pace, and I adored it.

As for the characters, I loved them all. I had my issues with Will but the fact she’s not always perfect is kind of the point. She’s growing up and it’s such a great coming-of-age story. She learns throughout the book and I love that El called bulls**t on her. No one in this story is perfect, everyone is flawed and that felt so real and relatable. I loved how proud she was of her own body, and it made me so proud of her too.

‘and if living in my skin has taught me anything it’s that if it’s not your body, it’s not yours to comment on.’

Honestly, this book was such a pleasant surprise. YA contemporary was my favourite genre for a long time, but I’m just not in that space anymore. And I’m completely fine with that. Having said that, coming across gems every once in a while is so lovely. I don’t think I’ll ever completely stop reading the genre, and this book is proof of how much I love the odd one!

★★★★
4 out of 5 stars

-Beth

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Review: The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

Review: The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
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Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices can get to know warlock Magnus Bane like never before in this paperback collection of New York Times bestselling tales, each with comic-style art.
This collection of eleven short stories illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality, flamboyant style, and sharp wit populate the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.
Originally released one-by-one as e-only short stories by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan, this compilation presents all ten together in print and includes a special eleventh tale, as well as eleven comic illustrations.

This book was a strange one to dive into straight after East of Eden, but like a comfort blanket of being back in the Shadow world. I wasn’t sure what to expect with The Bane Chronicles, but I ended up enjoying it so much!

It has all of the fabulous flamboyant-ness of Magnus, and made me laugh out loud so many times. The humour was definitely the most impressive part of this book. I never really laugh out loud at books. I’ll find things funny, but rarely do I actually chuckle or laugh. But this one did.

‘The universe could be a wondrous thing.’

If you love Magnus (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?), you’ll definitely enjoy this. Although short stories can sometimes be difficult and hard to get right, this collection had a certain flow. It wasn’t in a complete linear order like Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy, but it had enough of a recognisable order that it didn’t feel all over the place!

The pacing was pretty spot on, too. I got through this in just over a weekend, simply because it was so easy to pick up the next story!

‘The universe had outdone herself. The universe would be getting flowers.’

Honestly, this book was a bit of fun. It’s nothing outstanding or breath taking, but any fans of Shadowhunters will enjoy it for sure. I found it so nostalgic and comforting to read about Magnus’ adventures throughout the years of The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments, and the laughter was definitely a plus!

★★★★
4 out of 5 stars

-Beth

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T5W: Collectables on my Shelf

T5W: Collectables on my Shelf

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 everyone! This week we’re talking about items and collectables on our bookshelves. There are many things I adore (books and otherwise) on my shelves, and I’m looking forward to talking about a few.

My Pops are really the only thing I collect other than books themselves. My 10″ Niffler Pop is probably my favourite!

I also have a giant jar of bookmarks, and more recently I’ve been able to add ones that I’ve designed myself! You can find my shop here.

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Of course I couldn’t write this post without including at least one special edition. I have many gorgeous (shiny) special edition books, but this one is one of my favourites!

I also have this gorgeous mug I picked up at Comic Con a while ago. It sits on my Harry Potter shelf and holds makeup brushes!

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One thing I love on my shelves are candles. I burn them almost every day and I’m definitely a candle fanatic! My favourite is my Woodwick one, although Clinton’s Illuminate candles are also amazing.

So those are just a few of my favourite bookshelf items/collectables! What are yours?

-Beth

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March Wrap-Up and April TBR

March Wrap-Up and April TBR

Happy April! I can’t believe I only read 3 books in March, but I’m actually not too sad about it. In total I read almost 2500 pages and that’s still a huge amount! I also managed my first classic in a long time and got caught up with all Cassandra Clare books so both of those are massive achievements.

Books I Read in March

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All of these are super close, but my favourite has to be East of Eden and I guess that makes my least favourite Lord of Shadows!

Books I Received in March

928 Miles from Home – Kim Slater
Flame in the Mist – Renee Ahdieh

Thank you to Chloe for these books! I’ve still been on a book-ban, but I should be done with it very soon so I’m sure April will be a busier month for me with buying books :p

Books I Want to Read in April

Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy
On the Come Up – Angie Thomas
Heartstopper – Alice Oseman

I’m definitely going to just read what I fancy reading, but I’d love to pick up these! I’ve already read all of Heartstopperonline, but when I get volume one in paperback I’d like to give it a re-read 🙂

What did you read in March and what’s on your April TBR?

-Beth

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Beautiful Quotes #122 / A Court of Wings and Ruin

Beautiful Quotes #122 / A Court of Wings and Ruin

Beautiful Quotes is a weekly meme hosted by me, where I post some of my favourite quotes. Any other bloggers are welcome to join me in this and just link my blog!

Hello everyone! Today we’re welcoming a brand new month and the UK has definitely seen some warmer weather recently. I put my sunflowers outside today for some bright sunshine 🙂

Honestly, today has been a pretty awesome day for reasons I’m sure I’ll let you guys know about very soon! This news is keeping me busy (hence I’m struggling to sit down and design bookmarks at the moment), but it’s not stopping me reading or blogging! March wasn’t such a great month for the blog, and I definitely feel like I neglected it a little. However, part of that was definitely because it was taking me a while to get through such long books, and April is definitely going to be more fast-paced!

Neither me or Pete are going to be putting the blog at the forefront of our minds this month – unfortunately we both just can’t – and I feel okay about that. Other things need my focus right now and that’s fine, especially because it’s all good and exciting!

Today’s Beautiful Quote is from A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas. After reading East of Eden it’s been good to start The Bane Chronicles and get back into fantasy for sure!

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“We’re all a broken, in our own ways – In places no one might see.” 
― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Wings and Ruin

-Beth

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