Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are ten books we feel differently about after time has passed. This has been a tricky one, but good to look back and reflect.

(Images go to Goodreads!)

More of Me- Kathryn Evans

More of Me

Initially, I gave this book 3 stars, but looking back on it, it should have been lower. I really didn’t enjoy it. It was such an interesting concept, but

Another Day- David Levithan

Another Day (Every Day, #2)

I don’t think this book added much to the story of Every Day. It would’ve been fine without it!

All The Rage- Courtney Summers

All the Rage

I should have rated this book higher. I absolutely adored it!

Dear Killer- Katherine Ewell

Dear Killer

Here’s another book that I should have rated higher. I was so torn between it, as I absolutely hated the main character. However, this book still makes me think about it months on!

Of Scars and Stardust- Andrea Hannah

Of Scars and Stardust

I really enjoyed Of Scars and Stardust it was unique and an interesting reading experience! I should have rated it higher.

This Girl- Colleen Hoover

This Girl (Slammed, #3)

I initially really liked this book, but mainly because I was attached to the characters. It wasn’t really necessary to the series.

Only Ever Yours- Louise O’Neill

Only Ever Yours

This book still makes me think and question long after reading. It should have been a 5 star from me!

Cruel Beauty- Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe #1)

I read Cruel Beauty on holiday last year and raced through it. I should have rated it higher!

What We Left Behind- Robin Talley

What We Left Behind

This book just did not sit right with me, which was a shame as I loved the author’s debut.

After You- Jojo Moyes

After You (Me Before You, #2)

I was torn between reading this book or not, because I absolutely adored (and still adore) Me Before You. I wish I hadn’t read it as I don’t really think it was needed. I missed Will way too much!

What have you put on your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

 

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Top Ten Books I’d Encourage My (imaginary) Book Club To Read!

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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’d Love to Read With My Book Club/If I Had A Book Club.

Books are in no particular order with book images going to the Goodreads page!

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The Memory Book Rowan Coleman- I have read this book recently and was, I admit, very hesitant to start it because it was compared to Me Before You. Me Before You (regular readers of my blog, you may fall asleep now…) is one of my favourite books of all time. I need not have worried though as I thought it was brilliant!

Lies We Tell OurselvesRobin Talley- Ooh, I loved this book. More people need to read it, so I’d definitely suggest it as a book club read!

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 Golden BoyAbigail Tarttelin– This book will appear on many more of my Top Ten lists. I can’t resist putting it on them. It’s an amazing, emotional read.

The MadnessAlison Rattle– Another book that I rave about whenever given chance. I love Alison Rattle’s writing. This book is so atmospheric and a stunning read!

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TroubleNon Pratt– This book was a stand out debut for me in 2014. I like Non’s incredibly sharp writing style!

Dear KillerKatherine Ewell– This book is the lowest rated book to appear on the list, but it’s such a thought provoking interesting read that I’d be intrigued to discuss it with others. I may not have liked this book as much as the others it shares the list with, but months on I’m still thinking about it.

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Something RealHeather Demetrios– I’m pretty sure my pupils change into love hearts when I think of this book. I’d have to share it with others to see if their feelings are mutual about it!

The Snow ChildEowyn Ivey– A charming book which I’d love more readers to discover!

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Me Before YouJojo Moyes– If I was publishing this list in order than this one would definitely be top. You’d HAVE to read it to be part of my book club! Ha! 😉

The HelpKathryn Stockett– A gorgeous book, beautifully written and so powerful. I LOVE IT!

I think my book club would be incredibly intense but an interesting, thought-provoking book club! What books would you like to discover with your book club? (imaginary book club or real!) Let me know! Please feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

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!

Dear Killer

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How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Luna’s Little Library!

Synopsis:

Rule One—Nothing is right, nothing is wrong.
Rule Two—Be careful.
Rule Three—Fight using your legs whenever possible, because they’re the strongest part of your body. Your arms are the weakest.
Rule Four—Hit to kill. The first blow should be the last, if at all possible.
Rule Five—The letters are the law.

Kit takes her role as London’s notorious “Perfect Killer” seriously. The letters and cash that come to her via a secret mailbox are not a game; choosing who to kill is not an impulse decision. Every letter she receives begins with “Dear Killer,” and every time Kit murders, she leaves a letter with the dead body. Her moral nihilism and thus her murders are a way of life—the only way of life she has ever known.

But when a letter appears in the mailbox that will have the power to topple Kit’s convictions as perfectly as she commits her murders, she must make a decision: follow the only rules she has ever known, or challenge Rule One, and go from there.

Katherine Ewell’s Dear Killer is a sinister psychological thriller that explores the thin line between good and evil, and the messiness of that inevitable moment when life contradicts everything you believe.

Thoughts:

This book is going to be incredibly hard to review, because I have so much to say about it and I’m finding it hard to express just what worked with this book and what didn’t. I’m also, at the time of writing this, undecided about my star rating, so I’m hoping by the time that I’ve articulated my thoughts it will become clear for me how much I rate it. The reason why I liked it was because I thought the idea was incredibly unique and interesting. Yet, I had to complete suspend my disbelief in order to get though the book.

Dear Killer is an incredibly disturbing, dark concept.  It centres around ‘The Perfect Killer’ Kit. Kit is seventeen years old. She has been trained by her mother to murder. Her mother used to be a serial killer who had a trademark stamp on her deaths.. she would draw a heart on her victims. Kit’s mother had been training her since she was a child to murder others with brutality and perfection. She’s taught never to leave her mark. Kit develops her own trademark. She has a mailbox, where people write to her, requesting people for her to kill, Kit leaves their later by the victim’s body. Kit takes her job incredibly seriously.  Her first murder is at the tender age of 9, and with age she just gets better and better. She takes more risks, but still commits ‘perfect’ murder. So much so that she becomes known in London as ‘The Perfect Killer’ because no-one can ever track her down.  Kit’s ‘job’ becomes even more interesting when she starts to recognise the names on the letters.

Katherine Ewell wrote this book when she was seventeen. I don’t think you can particularly tell that the author is a young age, although some readers have mentioned that they thought the writing was very ‘young’. The writing isn’t amazing, but it was readable and I’m sure she’ll get better as she continues to write. Every writer has to start somewhere.

Kit is an interesting character. I found her quite inconsistent. At some times she seemed a bit too pretentious and conceited, other times she seemed incredibly insecure, at times she showed no remorse but then she’d feel some guilt. It was all very unbalanced. Perhaps this was intentional, Kit certainly is an unbalanced character! I did like the way she developed and the good person inside of her was trying to get out, despite her alter ego ‘Diana’ who thrived on the perfect murders. Kit’s mother wasn’t the best role model for her, Kit was raised in a weird and uncomfortable way it’s no doubt that she ended up confused and messed up. Kit’s father is always absent, I would’ve liked to have known more about him. Alex is the police officer in charge of The Perfect Killer case. I found him incredibly unrealistic. I really don’t think a police officer would have been as involved with a teenager without eyebrows being raised but perhaps that’s my own cynicism.

I think for me, it was too unrealistic and I found myself rolling my eyes quite often. I just found it hard to believe that Kit would get away with the things she did, especially the DNA swapping in the restaurant… hmmm….

However, I think this was a really unique read. I haven’t read many books this disturbing and in the perspective of a teenage serial killer. I thought the story was really engaging and I certainly kept turning the pages.  I think Katherine Ewell is a writer to look out for, and as she develops her craft I’m sure her writing will improve as it does with every writer.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! BUT not to everyone– this story is definitely not for everyone. I have seen a lot of negative reviews surrounding it and I can totally see where they’re coming from. The story is flawed and unrealistic, but at the same time I found it engaging and unique. It definitely stands out in the YA market right now as something completely different.

WWW Wednesday #73

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 have just started The Lovely and The Lost by Page Morgan, so I don’t have much to say about it yet. I’m looking forward to continuing the series after enjoying The Beautiful And The Cursed. I’m kind of hoping that this is a duology though, I’m not sure if it’s got enough scope for a trilogy, but perhaps I’ll change my mind!

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I recently finished Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown. This book explores the implications of sexting when the message/photo goes viral. I thought it was another great read. I’m always impressed by this author’s work!

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Next up for me is Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell. I have heard incredibly mixed opinions about this book, so I’m excited to read it and form my own opinion. It certainly looks good?

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to leave your answers in the comments or the link to your WWW Wednesday post! Happy Reading!

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!