This Week In Books #8

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Click on the book title to take you to Goodreads!

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NOW- Those Girls- Lauren Saft- I am just about to start this book. I received it from NetGalley, but I did have my beady eye on it before!

THEN- Finding Audrey– Sophie Kinsella- Last night I finished this book, which is Sophie Kinsella’s first YA book. I have mixed feelings about this book! My review will be out next week!

NEXT- Every Last Word– Tamara Ireland Stone- Next up is another book about mental health. I’m intrigued by this one.

What are you reading at the moment? Let me know!

Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1)

Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road, #1)

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Harlequin UK!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Pushing The Limits
Dare You To
Crossing The Line
Breaking The Rules
Crash Into You
Take Me On

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she’s curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They’re the good guys. They protect people. They’re…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club’s most respected member—is in town, he’s gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it’s his shot at his dream. What he doesn’t count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

Thoughts:

As you might guess, (from my links to Katie McGarry’s other books above) I think Katie McGarry is a great writer. I’m always excited to read her books and often drop my reading schedule to read her new releases. I was thrilled when I was approved to read Katie’s first book in the new Thunder Road series. Whilst I didn’t enjoy Nowhere But Here as much as I did the first book in the Pushing The Limits series, I can still see myself falling in love with this series. Katie sure knows how to write some great characters!

Nowhere But Here centres around Emily and Oz.  Right from the start we learn that Emily has always been happy with her life the way it was. Everything was safe and she had loving parents. Emily’s biological Dad occasionally visited her, which was fine with Emily. Emily’s biological Dad Eli is part of a motorcycle club, but Emily doesn’t know much about the club or his lifestyle, as he always visited her. One day Emily visits the club, and finds herself staying a lot longer than she had anticipated. It is there that Emily meets Oz, who has always wanted to be a part of the club. Oz is told to look out for Emily, because Emily is in some sort of danger. Emily and Oz start off hating each other, but can’t deny the attraction that grows between them. This book is full of drama, but I’ve definitely come to expect that from a Katie McGarry book.

What gets me about Katie McGarry’s books is how she can make me have an interest in something I had previously had no interest in. With this book, it was motorcycle clubs. I wasn’t interested AT ALL going into the story and felt kind of dubious about it all, yet Katie wrote about it in such an engaging way that I felt myself racing (ha!) through the story.

This book was a little predictable in places, but that really didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story. I liked reading from both Emily and Oz’s point of view. I feel it allowed us to get to know the characters and see how their stories progressed. There are so many characters within this book that I can easily see getting their own story, like Katie’s Pushing The Limits series. I’m trying not to be too judgmental of the characters, as I know from Pushing The Limits, that Katie can transform a character I hate into characters that I at least understand within their own story. Clever!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Another gem from Katie McGarry. Definitely check this out if you’re into your YA Contemporaries!

Ten E-Books I Plan To Read This Summer

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten books I plan to have in my beach bag this summer, or summery books. Now, this year I am actually having a proper summer holiday as a celebration of completing my postgraduate degree! I’ve decided (over much deliberation… I do so love my ‘real’ books) to catch up on some books on my Kindle. My kindle is lighter to take and I could do with some books being read on there! So not all of these books are particularly summery, but they’ll be what I read this summer!

Click on the book title underneath the books to get to Goodreads!

Ask Again LaterWe'll Always Have Summer (Summer, #3)

Ask Again Later Liz Czukas- I have heard good things about this book! I don’t know much about it, but I’m looking forward to reading it!

We’ll Always Have Summer Jenny Han- I am looking forward to finishing this trilogy, which has been much deeper than I expected!

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Almost Emily- Michaela MacColl– I’m intrigued by this historical fiction about Charlotte and Emily Bronte.

16 Things I Thought Were TrueJanet Gurtler– This book sounds like it’ll be an intereresting, possibly heart warming contemporary. A perfect beach read.

Boy In The TowerBeing Jamie Baker (Jamie Baker, #1)

Boy In The TowerPolly Ho-Yen– This book has been on my radar for a long time now, and I’m hoping this summer is the time that I’ll get around to reading it!

Being Jamie BakerKelly Oram– I haven’t read this author before, but my friend Luna recommended this book! So of course, I hope to give it a go!

The Break-Up ArtistBoy Meets Boy

The Break-Up ArtistPhilip Siegel– I can’t believe that I haven’t got around to this book yet, so I’m hoping to change that ASAP!

Boy Meets BoyDavid Levithan– I’m working my way slowly through David Levithan’s books and Boy Meets Boy is the next on my list!

Cruel BeautyChasing Stars (After Eden, #2)

Cruel BeautyRosamund Hodge– It’s about time that I got around to reading this book! Hopefully this summer!

Chasing StarsHelen Douglas- I really enjoyed After Eden, and can’t believe I haven’t got around to reading the next book yet!

What will you be reading this summer? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

Banned Books #11 What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones

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Welcome to this month’s Banned Books feature where Beth and I have read What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones.

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Synopsis:

My name is Sophie.
This book is about me.
It tells
the heart-stoppingly riveting story
of my first love.
And also of my second.
And, okay, my third love, too.

It’s not that I’m boy crazy.
It’s just that even though
I’m almost fifteen
it’s like
my mind
and my body
and my heart
just don’t seem to be able to agree
on anything.

In the Top Ten most frequently challenged books in 2011 (Source)
Chosen by: Chrissi
Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit

Do you understand or agree with any of the reasons for the book being challenged when it was originally published?

BETH: Okay so we are on to our eleventh of the Banned Books in our series and this is one of the books where I really cannot understand why on earth it was challenged/banned. To me, it was very inoffensive and captured the teenage girl struggling with her raging emotions perfectly. Looking at the reasons for why it was banned I still don’t have a clue. I can’t recall any instance of nudity (perhaps there was but it was so mild I glossed over it) and don’t feel it was sexually explicit in the slightest.

CHRISSI: Not one tiny bit. It is ridiculous that this book has been challenged/banned. I was expecting to find something really offensive, but I certainly don’t think there was anything. There was a little bit of cheeky teenage behaviour but it was so mild that it barely even registered! So no!

How about now?

BETH: This book was published fairly recently (2001) and I don’t think things have changed drastically since then so again, no I don’t see any reasons for it being challenged. Sophie is a typical teenager whose feelings are all over the place now she has discovered the wonder of boys. Trying to understand and work through those feelings I think is very important for teenagers today and I think this book speaks to them on a level they understand and can work with. Perhaps it is aimed more towards the female of the species and goes into quite a lot of detail about kissing but it’s a beautiful and unique take on first love.

CHRISSI: Not at all. It should be definitely promoted to teens in my eyes, because I think it’s a beautiful look at love from a teenager’s point of view. It was so easy to read and I think even those that aren’t keen on reading would get something from this book, and that’s totally what it should be promoting!

What did you think of this book?

BETH: I was surprised about how much I enjoyed this book actually. It’s presented in verse, which we also saw in Banned Book #9 Crank by Ellen Hopkins. I’m not sure exactly why, but I preferred this books style of writing compared to Crank which felt a bit disjointed at times. It sent me right back to being a teenager and how it felt when I thought I was in love. The author has captured the teenage voice amazingly and I think it will speak to many kids today.

CHRISSI: When Beth told me that this book was in verse, I have to admit, I was a little worried. I didn’t enjoy Crank which was in verse too, as much as I wanted to. However, this book had a totally different vibe to it and I very much enjoyed reading it. I flew through it in one sitting. I agree with Beth that the teenage voice has been captured wonderfully. This book is a perfect read for teenagers in love!

Would you recommend it?

BETH: Of course!

CHRISSI: Of course!

Tiny Pretty Things

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How did I get it?:
Received from Harper 360 in exchange for an honest review!

Synopsis:

Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars in this soapy, drama-packed novel featuring diverse characters who will do anything to be the prima at their elite ballet school.

Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette’s desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.

Thoughts:

I’ve made no secret of the fact that dance based books are one of my most favourite things to read. I think it’s because I love dance so much, so when dance and books are combined it is a no brainer for me. It has to be read! I thoroughly enjoyed Tiny Pretty Things. I can totally see where the comparison to Black Swan and Pretty Little Liars comes from. This book is certainly dramatic, so if you don’t like drama in your stories then this book is not for you! I didn’t realise that this book was going to have such a diverse range of characters, but it does, and that is a joy to see in Young Adult literature!

Tiny Pretty Things is based in an elite ballet school. Only the best dance there. However, the ballet industry is incredibly competitive and some of the girls will do just about anything to get a principal role. It’s told from three point of views, which is interesting. This book is one of those books that I feel would have worked best from one character’s perspective. I mean, it wasn’t a bad element of the book, but sometimes with multiple point of view perspectives I can become bored with a certain character and lose interest in their chapters. I have to admit, this did happen with Tiny Pretty Things!

If you’re into books that are full of drama and spiteful characters that you love to hate, then Tiny Pretty Things would be a great book for you to explore! I would warn that there are some elements to this story which may trigger some people’s issues (e.g. eating disorders feature), so be wary of that.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

If you’re into dance based revenge stories then this could be a perfect fit for you!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary PGCE Student: No job for me this week, but that’s okay!

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!

To start of this week, I had a job interview! It was my first one, so I was a little nervous. I had to do a lot of tasks. I had to have a group interview, teach a Maths lesson, carry out a Engish and Maths task and then I found out I was through to the interview process. I didn’t end up getting the job (I got fantastic feedback!), but I think in hindsight, it wasn’t the best school for me. So, I’m back on the job hunt. Please send me positive vibes over the next few weeks. I’d love to get a job secured for September.

My week at school went well. I didn’t teach much as we were winding down to the week break we have next week. What I did manage to teach went really well so I’m very proud of myself! I’m really enjoying my placement school which I’m so happy about. At the start of the placement, I was really unsure, but I’ve found my feet and now I really can’t believe that I’ve only got about 6 weeks left with this class. Crazy!

I won’t have a ‘Week In The Life’ post up next week, as it’s a week break, but the week after next will see how my wonderful class got on with their standardised tests. :-(

Stacking The Shelves #120 I’m getting good at these small hauls!

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 title to get to the Goodreads page!

NetGalley:

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I am looking forward to reading Rosamund Lupton’s latest book after really enjoying her writing in the past. This book sounds like a brilliant thriller!

Bought:

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I am reading this book as part of the Banned Books feature that I carry out with my sister and fellow blogger, Beth! Our review will be coming out on Monday!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by this weekend!