WWW Wednesday #87

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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I’m currently just over a quarter of the way through Diane Chamberlain’s Fire and Rain. I’m enjoying it, but it’s not as good as her other books!

What did you recently finish reading?

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I recently finished The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making. It took me a while to get into it as I didn’t feel attached to the characters. It was good though. Lovely writing! My review can be found HERE.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I’m reading Kira-Kira as part of a reading challenge. It sounds good and it’s something I don’t think I would have necessarily picked up on my own.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave your answers or links below! Happy Reading! :-)

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday.

Thoughts:

I have heard so many wonderful things about this series of books by Catherynne M. Valente. I found myself  with a lot of time to spare so I decided to finish this book off. I thought The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making was an easy, fast-paced middle grade read which didn’t take me long at all to devour. I did enjoy this book, but I’m not overly sure if I’ll continue with it-mainly because I’m trying to commit to less series and finish ones off that are pending! If, however, you’ve really enjoyed this series, please let me know and I shall continue!

I’m going to state the blatently obvious now and say that this is a beautiful, magical trip into Fairyland. Everything about it is magical. I thought that the writing was beautiful. It’s not too descriptive, yet you can really picture what Fairyland is like. I found some of the writing utterly quotable which such wonderful sentiments.

Here are two of my favourites:

“She sounds like someone who spends a lot of time in libraries, which are the best sorts of people.” 

and

“When you are born,” the golem said softly, “your courage is new and clean. You are brave enough for anything: crawling off of staircases, saying your first words without fearing that someone will think you are foolish, putting strange things in your mouth. But as you get older, your courage attracts gunk, and crusty things, and dirt, and fear, and knowing how bad things can get and what pain feels like. By the time you’re half-grown, your courage barely moves at all, it’s so grunged up with living. So every once in awhile, you have to scrub it up and get the works going, or else you’ll never be brave again.” 

I think that with these quotes you get just a snippet of the wonderful writing. Catherynne M.Valente is truly a great writer!

I loved September, who is our main character. She’s fiesty, fun and curious. I think it was important that we saw Fairyland through a twelve year olds eyes. They’re less cynical than us adults and pick up such unique and special moments/things. All of the characters are imaginative, creative and fun. Their character names are completely strange, but very fun and, I imagine, enjoyable for children to remember.

It might sound like I should be giving this book four or five stars, but I can’t. I appreciated the beautiful writing and the wonderful, imaginative characters but something in the plot didn’t particularly grab me. I didn’t really feel as connected to the story as I would’ve liked. However, I’m really glad I gave it a try!

Would I recommend it?
Yes!

Although I didn’t feel as gripped as I wanted to, I really enjoyed this magical trip into Fairyland!

Top Ten Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is about the top ten authors that I’ve only read one book from but NEED to read more. This seems like it will be quite a tricky one for me, as most of the authors I’ve read…I’ve read more than one book from. Perhaps I’ll surprise myself as I go through them.

Jandy Nelson- The Sky Is Everywhere

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I have a lot of love for this book. It is one of my favourite books that I read pre-blogging. I’m looking forward to reading Jandy Nelson’s latest book I’ll Give You The Sun. It’s been a long time coming!

Heather Demetrios- Something Real

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I’ve only recently read this book but I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s writing style. It’ll be interesting to see what she writes next!

Amy Talkington- Liv, Forever

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This is another debut this year, there have been so many promising authors that I’ve read so far this year. I can’t wait to see what Amy Talkington writes next.

Mindy McGinnis- Not A Drop To Drink

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I’m very excited to read the next book in the series after being thoroughly impressed with Not A Drop To Drink!

Sally Green- Half Bad

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This is another series that I can’t wait to continue. I’m wondering where this will go.

Marie Lu- Legend

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Oh look at that! Another series I need to continue. I seriously have a series problem.

Emery Lord- Open Road Summer

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I was really impressed with Emery Lord’s debut novel.  I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next!

Tess Sharpe- Far From You

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This was another really brave debut which excited me for the author’s future!

Rachel Ward- The Drowning

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I know that Rachel Ward has had some other books published, but this is the only book that I’ve read of hers thus far. I do fully intend to read more by her and SOON!

Alexia Casale- The Bone Dragon

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The Bone Dragon was such a unique read. I’m so excited to read more from Alexia!

I’ve realised a lot of this authors were debut authors, and I have a lot of potentially exciting second books to look out for! Who have you got on your list this week? Please feel free to link me to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by.

Wake

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How did I get it?:
It was a present!

Synopsis:

Gorgeous. Fearless. Dangerous. They’re the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Lexi and Thea have caught everyone’s attention—but it’s Gemma who’s attracted theirs. She’s the one they’ve chosen to be part of their group.

Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.

Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.

Thoughts:

I have had Wake on my TBR pile for ages now. I’ve always wanted to read more mermaid/siren books and I have to admit, that beautiful cover immediately pulled me in. I thought the synopsis was really intriguing too. I thought it was engaging from the start. I’m not necessarily sure that I’ll read the next one in the series. It’s not that it was a bad read, because I did very much enjoy it, but it just didn’t wow me. With my reading being limited at the moment (because of university) I’m trying to get through the books I already own before adding more to my collection. That said, perhaps I shall return to this series in the future. Let me know if you think I should!

Wake follows alternative point of views from Gemma and Harper who are sisters. Gemma has caught the attention of three gorgeous girls who have got a reputation for being a little strange. The girls have invited Gemma to join their group but it comes at a price. Gemma’s life will never be the same again and she has some important decisions to make.

I really liked the characters in this book. I loved that Harper cares so much about her sister, even if she’s slightly overprotective! I also loved that there wasn’t insta-love flying around with the relationships in the book. The relationships were cute and there wasn’t a love triangle in sight. I always appreciate that!

I think the mythology in this book was very well written and I certainly found it intriguing. I was very impressed with Amanda Hocking’s writing. I’d definitely read more from her. As I mentioned, I hadn’t previously read any mermaid/siren books before. I definitely want to read books with the same topic!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

A lovely, quick read. Well worth reading if you’re interested in mythological books!

A Week In The Life of a Primary PGCE Student: The calm before the storm?

Every Sunday (hopefully) I shall be posting a personal post about my massive new venture. I am going to University to train to be a primary school teacher. I will be trained to work with 5-11 year olds. It’s known to be a very, very stressful time so I’m hoping I can channel my thoughts and feelings into a blog post. It gives you an insight into what’s going on in my life and hopefully it’ll be incredibly therapeutic for me. I will NOT be naming any children, schools or teaching staff. I won’t even mention what University I’m at. I hope that’s understandable. If personal posts aren’t your thing then feel free to skip these posts. I won’t mind!

So it’s finally upon me. Tomorrow I start my PGCE training! I’m looking at my induction timetable and I’m already feeling a bit overwhelmed. It’s jam packed and with my commute time to and from university, I’m going to have very long days. I’m planning to read on my commute time though. I’m determined not to let my reading slow too much.

I’ve spent the last two weeks in a primary school. I’ve been surprised at how much I’m enjoying working with the over 7’s. My experience was previously with 4-7 year olds, so I felt very nervous about older children. I’ve worked out that it’s good to step outside my comfort zone because I was pleasantly surprised.

I’m most nervous about meeting new people. I’m a very shy person in front of other adults- children don’t phase me but adults seem to! I’m sure everything will be fine though.

So let’s hope next week I’m feeling positive and raring to go! I hope you enjoy this new insight into what’s going on with me. The rest of the week will be filled with book reviews and meme posts (if I can schedule them in time! ;) )

Stacking The Shelves #86

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Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more! (Opens in same window)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book Image to get to the Goodread’s page!

Won from the British Books Challenge:

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I won these books (and Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan which I have previously read and reviewed) from the British Books Challenge in June. I’m particularly looking forward to Take Back The Skies by Lucy Saxon. I’ve heard amazing things about Apple and Rain too.

NetGalley:

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The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy- Rachel Joyce- I loved The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, so I’m excited about reading from Queenie’s point of view.

Belzhar- Meg Wolitzer- Belzhar has been around so much recently! I’m looking forward to jumping into it soon!

What have you added to your collection this week? Please feel free to leave your link to your hauls!

 

 

Ten

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How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Luna!

Synopsis:

SHHHH!
Don’t spread the word!
Three-day weekend. Party at White Rock House on Henry Island.
You do NOT want to miss it.

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.

But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.

Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

Thoughts:

I have had Ten by Gretchen McNeil on my TBR pile for a while now, so I was happy to borrow a copy from Luna. I thought it was a decent young adult thriller. It had some incredibly clichéd characters but that didn’t really affect my enjoyment of the story. It definitely had a Cruel Summer (James Dawson) and I Know What You Did Last Summer vibe.

Ten centres around ten teenagers who are invited to a remote island for a party. It’s not a weekend of fun though, one by one the teenagers are being killed off. The murderer has to be found before all of them are dead.

As I mentioned, the characters in this book are clichéd. I didn’t find many of them particularly likeable, which may have been the author’s aim. I did quite like the three main characters Meg, Minnie and T.J, but I didn’t find them overly memorable.

I found Ten to be gripping. It was a short and fast paced read which kept me wanting to find out the killer. I thought I had predicted the killer, but I was wrong! It’s not necessarily a horror read, it’s more of a murder mystery to me.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Ten may not stand out in the genre, but it’s still a fun, fast-paced mystery!