Stacking The Shelves #81- The one where adults/children at work know I read!

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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!

This week I left my job 😦 I’m starting university in September for a one year postgraduate course to train to be a primary school teacher (4-11 years old). The children and the staff got me loads of book vouchers so here is what I picked up with those!

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PrizedCaragh O’Brien– I’m looking forward to continuing with this dystopian series.

Until I DieAmy Plum– I really enjoyed Die For Me, so I’ll try and read the next book soon!

ProdigyMarie Lu- After reading Legend, I just had to get my hands on a copy of the next book as soon as I could!

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A Darkness Strange and Lovely- Susan Dennard– Here’s yet another series that I need to continue!

Lola and the Boy Next DoorStephanie PerkinsAnna and The French Kiss was cute, so I look forward to the next instalment!

It’s Not Summer Without YouJenny Han– I was pleasantly surprised by The Summer I Turned Pretty. Looking forward to this book!

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Everything Leads To You and The DisenchantmentsNina LaCour- I’ve heard such amazing things about Everything Leads To You. I have to read it! The Disenchantments has been on my radar for a while, so I’ll also try to get to it ASAP.

Hunting LilaSarah Alderson– I have been intending to start this series for a while now too. Maybe my summer break is the time to do it!

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

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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!

Birthmarked

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

In the future, in a world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the walled Enclave and those, like sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone, who live outside. Following in her mother’s footsteps Gaia has become a midwife, delivering babies in the world outside the wall and handing a quota over to be “advanced” into the privileged society of the Enclave. Gaia has always believed this is her duty, until the night her mother and father are arrested by the very people they so loyally serve. Now Gaia is forced to question everything she has been taught, but her choice is simple: enter the world of the Enclave to rescue her parents, or die trying.

Thoughts:

I’m trying to start some series this year that I’ve heard a lot of things about. Birthmarked is one of those series. I picked it up a few months back, and I’m only just getting around to it. I was worried within the first 100 pages that I wasn’t going to get into the book, but then it grabbed me and pulled me in.

Birthmarked is set in a dystopian world, where the upper class live behind a wall in wealth, whilst the rest of society struggle for survival in a world wrecked by climate change. It centres around sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone. Gaia has a scarred face, so will never know how the other class live. Gaia has followed the rules set by the Enclave for all of her life. Gaia and her mother ‘advance’ the quota of the first three babies born in a month to the Enclave. These three babies will have a chance to be brought up with the opportunities that other children might not have. The mothers obviously find giving up their children tough, but it is seen as a honour and they are rewarded for their sacrifices.

Gaia hears whispers that the quota is going to go up. Soon after, her parents are arrested as it is believed that they are hiding something. Gaia has a problem now, she wants to find her parents, but she knows she has a duty to serve the Enclave. If she goes against the Enclave, then Gaia could be facing death. Gaia follows her heart and starts to uncover deep secrets.

I was really impressed with Caragh O’Brien’s debut novel. I thought the writing was particularly engaging and the ideas were interesting. I thought Gaia Stone was a brilliant protagonist. She accepted who she was and had learned to live with it, despite her insecurities. Although there is a romance, it’s not the centre of the book, and instead the book’s main focus is centred around family love.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR list (to be read). This list was incredibly difficult to limit to just ten books. Mainly because my TBR list is ridiculous.

I’ve decided to split it into 5 books on my kindle and 5 ‘real’ books. I’ve went for books that I actually have, not ones I’m anticipating, because again…we could be here all day if I do that!

Click on the book image for the Goodread’s page!

Kindle books:

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All The Truth That’s In MeJulie Berry– I’ve had this book on my kindle for a while now. I’ve heard such mixed opinions about it, so I can’t wait to read it to form my own opinion!

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Not A Drop To DrinkMindy McGinnis– Another book that I’ve had waiting to be read for a while. I was a bit scared of the hype around it, so I thought I would wait until it had died down a little! Again, I’ve heard really mixed things about this book, so I can’t wait to dive in and see what I think!

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Ten Tiny BreathsK.A Tucker– I’ve heard so much about this series. I really need to read it, don’t I?

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Picture Me GoneMeg Rosoff– I’ve had my eye on this one for a while. So I’m intrigued to see if it’s as good as I’m anticipating!

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Johnny’s GirlPaige Toon– I’m not ashamed to be a fan of chick-lit. I really like Paige Toon’s writing. It’s deeper than your average chick-lit.

‘Real’ books:

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Wedding NightSophie Kinsella– I used to be such a huge fan of chick-lit, but since blogging, I’ve definitely lost some of that love for it, because I’m reading different genres and really enjoying them! I’m intrigued to see if one of my favourite chick-lit writers can interest me enough in their latest book!

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Dear Killer- Katherine Ewell– I’m trying to read more debut authors this year. This is a debut that I’ve heard a lot about, so I’m excited to get to!

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TapeSteven Camden– This is another book that’s on my radar as a 2014 release. I love the bright cover!

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Birthmarked- Caragh O’Brien– This is a series that I aim to start this year. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. It’s time to explore it!

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Dead Girls Don’t LieJennifer Shaw Wolf– My sister bought me this book for Christmas. I still haven’t got around to reading it yet, but putting it on one of these lists will hopefully inspire me to pick it up soon. I really like the sound of it!

Have you read any of the books on my Spring To Be Read list? What did you think? What do you want to read in Spring? Please feel free to leave your link to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by!