Bookish Bingo Wrap Up

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I participated in Bookish Bingo  which was hosted by the lovely ladies over at Great Imaginations. I managed to read a book for EACH of the squares. I’m very proud of the reading I managed in the months of April, May and June. I’m totally getting involved in the summer edition of Bookish Bingo. I found it was a great way to get some of those pesky books off my TBR shelf, and I discovered some new books along the way.

Here are my reviews:

  1. Chains

  2. Flyaway

  3. The Wrong Boy

  4. Shadow and Bone

  5. Wedding Night

  6. A Million Little Pieces

  7. Dandelion Clocks

  8. Fruit Of The Lemon

  9. The Anti-Prom

  10. Breadcrumbs

  11. The Great Gatsby

  12. Birthmarked

  13. Dear Killer

  14. The Fat Girl

  15. Wanderlove

  16. Side Effects May Vary

  17. Where’d you go Bernadette?

  18. Smart Girls Get What They Want

  19. By Any Other Name

  20. Die For Me

  21. Tape

  22. Golden

  23. Just Like Fate

  24. Warm Bodies

Here is the board for the next Bookish Bingo game. Will you be playing along?

Click on the bingo board to get to Great Imaginations blog!

Breadcrumbs

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Once upon a time, Hazel and Jack were best friends. They had been best friends since they were six, spending hot Minneapolis summers and cold Minneapolis winters together, dreaming of Hogwarts and Oz, superheroes and baseball. Now that they were eleven, it was weird for a boy and a girl to be best friends. But they couldn’t help it – Hazel and Jack fit, in that way you only read about in books. And they didn’t fit anywhere else.

And then, one day, it was over. Jack just stopped talking to Hazel. And while her mom tried to tell her that this sometimes happens to boys and girls at this age, Hazel had read enough stories to know that it’s never that simple. And it turns out, she was right. Jack’s heart had been frozen, and he was taken into the woods by a woman dressed in white to live in a palace made of ice. Now, it’s up to Hazel to venture into the woods after him. Hazel finds, however, that these woods are nothing like what she’s read about, and the Jack that Hazel went in to save isn’t the same Jack that will emerge. Or even the same Hazel.

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” Breadcrumbs is a story of the struggle to hold on, and the things we leave behind.

Thoughts:

I heard about this book in a Top Ten Tuesday list a while back. It was one of those lists about books you’d like if you enjoy fairy-tales/Frozen. Breadcrumbs particularly caught my eye and I’m glad it did. I thought it was an incredibly sweet, well written, middle grade read, that would crossover to many different ages. It didn’t take me long to read at all.

Breadcrumbs follows Hazel and Jack, two very good friends. One day Jack disappears. Hazel finds out that Jack has been taken. She goes searching for him encountering many weird and wonderful challenges along the way.  It is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen. I absolutely loved the modern twist. It unfolded so beautifully which made me devour it bit by bit.

I thought Hazel was a fantastic character. Different to everyone else, but a lovely character. She was imaginative, bookish and inquisitive. My sort of person. Hazel has real problems including her adoptive parents’ divorce, being different and an outsider at school and her best friend’s coldness towards her before he disappeared. I loved how much Hazel cared for Jack. Her relationship with Jack I could compare to Anna’s feelings towards Elsa in Frozen.

Something that stood out for me in this book was how modernised the classic story was. There were some incredibly contemporary references from Narnia to Harry Potter, it all felt very relevant to today’s modern day child. I say that it’s relevant to today’s modern day child, but I honestly believe that this book could be enjoyed by

The writing is incredibly evocative. It flows brilliantly and is incredibly descriptive. I could easily picture the scenes and almost feel the coldness and the eeriness of the forest.

I am so impressed by this book. I know it’s going to make its way onto my future classroom’s bookshelf. It teaches some life lessons without being preachy and cutesy. It’s definitely a book to devour and pass on.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Stacking The Shelves #69- The one with fairy-tales and series

 

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

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!

It’s been quite a busy book week! I’m very excited about the books I’ve got though. Again, I’m never sure when I’ll get to them, but hopefully sometime soon! 🙂

NetGalley:

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Stronger Than YouJolene Perry– I thought this book had an intriguing synopsis. I enjoyed Jolene’s previous book, The Summer I Found You, so I thought I’d give this book a try!

Thirteen WeddingsPaige Toon– I’m a big fan of Paige Toon’s writing, so I was delighted to be approved for this book! I always find her writing a bit different to your average chick-lit. The characters connect to previous books and there’s usually a lot more depth too.

LandlineRainbow Rowell– I’m SO happy that I got approved for this book. I fully intend to read it soon.

The Opposite of LoveSarah Lynn Scheergar– Again, I was intrigued by the synopsis.

A Different MeDeborah Blumenthal– I’m not sure what I’ll make of this book, but I’m very willing to try it out!

Big thanks to publishers Orion, Simon and Schuster UK and Albert Whitman & Company for review copies of these books!

Bought for my kindle:

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NumbersRachel Ward– After reading The Drowning and thoroughly enjoying it, I thought it was time to check out this trilogy. I can’t wait to read it, but you know what it’s like… so many books on my kindle to get through!

Throne Of GlassSarah J.Maas– I really shouldn’t be starting more series but I just can’t help it. This author has been on my ‘get-to’ list as soon as I can. Hopefully I can read it soon.

Bought:

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Noughts and CrossesMalorie Blackman– I have heard so many good things about this series. I can’t believe that I haven’t read it before!

The Ask and The AnswerPatrick Ness– I’m looking forward to continuing this series.

WildwoodColin Melot– I’ve seen this book in the shops and around booktube. It looks gorgeous and totally my sort of thing.

BreadcrumbsAnne Ursu– This is based on The Snow Queen. I have a bit of a fairy-tale feel this week!

EverboundBrodi Ashton– I can’t wait to carry on with this series too!

Thousand WordsJennifer Brown– I’ve loved everything that Jennifer’s written so far, so I’m looking forward to seeing if this book gives me the same feels!

Blackberry Blue and Other Fairy-TalesJamila Gavin– I have had this book on my radar for so long now, I’ve finally got my hands on a copy!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to leave your link to your post and I’ll stop by! 🙂