Stacking The Shelves #132- The Christmas Edition

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 Goodreads page!

Presents from the lovely Jess at Curiouser and Curiouser

Not That Kind Of Girl- Lena Denham

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"

I have heard so many good things about this book that I was incredibly intrigued!

The Rest Of Us Still Live Here- Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

I am SO excited about this book. I have wanted it for so long, so Jess made a fantastic choice!

The Mindfulness Colouring Diary- Emma Farrorons

I’ve always wanted to try these, so this is perfect.

Presents from the wonderful Becki over at The Flutterby Room

The Accident Season- Moira Fowley-Doyle

The Accident Season

I mentioned that I wanted to read this in my End of Year survey, so I’m extremely pleased that Becki picked this for me!

November 9- Colleen Hoover

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I’m determined to get through Colleen Hoover’s books, I need to read Confess and November 9, so I’m happy that a Colleen Hoover book was picked for me!

Present from my sister-in-law and brother

Carry On- Rainbow Rowell

Carry On

I’m intrigued by this book. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Fangirl but I still liked it enough to want to read Carry On. 

Present from my sister, fellow blogger Bibliobeth!

Extraordinary Means- Robyn Schneider

Extraordinary Means

This book sounds SO good. I can’t wait to get to it!

Hollow City- Ransom Riggs

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2)

I’m behind on this series, but will hopefully get to read it soon!

Hans Christian Andersen Classic Fairytales

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This book is quite possibly the most beautiful book I own. It’s stunning. I am so grateful for it!

To Dance- Siena Cherson Siegel

To Dance: A Ballerina's Graphic Novel

I am massively into dance (even though I can’t dance myself…) this was a surprise from my sister. It’s a gorgeous graphic novel which I have already devoured!

Did you receive any bookish gifts this Christmas? Feel free to leave a link to your hauls. Happy Reading! 🙂

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Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me!

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a wishlist of books that I wouldn’t mind Santa bringing me.

Click on the book image to get to Goodreads/Amazon!

Hans Christian Andersen: Classic Fairy Tales (The beautiful Barnes and Noble edition!)

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This book is an absolutely beauty and I would love it in my possession so I can continue my Fairy Tale Friday feature.

Hollow City- Ransom Riggs

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2)

I am so behind with this series. I don’t know why I haven’t got around to reading the second book, but hopefully I will in 2016!

Made You Up- Francesca Zappia

Made You Up

I have heard a lot of good things about this book, so it immediately went on my TBR!

Uprooted- Naomi Novik

Uprooted

Again, I have heard amazing things about this book. It sounds like something I’d really enjoy!

Carry On- Rainbow Rowell

Carry On

I actually don’t know a lot about this book, but it’s Rainbow Rowell, so I know it’ll be good!

Extraordinary Means- Robyn Schneider

Extraordinary Means

I think this book sounds so incredible! I want to read it ASAP!

Another Day- David Levithan

Another Day (Every Day, #2)

I’m loving David Levithan’s writing and can’t wait to read more from him!

One- Sarah Crossan

OneThis book sounds fantastic and many of my blogging friends have adored it!

The Honest Truth- Dan Gemeinhart

The Honest Truth

I’ve only recently heard of this book. I’ve only read the synopsis, but it sounds like something I’d really enjoy.

Rose Under Fire- Elizabeth Wein

Rose Under Fire (Code Name Verity, #2)

I read Code Name Verity so long ago, but I’ve never got around to reading Rose Under Fire. I definitely want to change that!

What are you asking Santa for this Christmas? Feel free to leave me a link to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!

Luna’s Picks 2014: The Books Are Now Reviewed!

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My good friend Luna at Luna’s Little Library recommended some awesome books for me. Each month of 2014 she gave me a selection of choices out of her collection of books. I picked one and then I left it to readers to decide my next read. Here are the books that I reviewed over the year.

January

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February

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May

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May brought me the first book that I didn’t agree with Luna with. That is Riot. Please check out my review if you’re interested in why I didn’t enjoy it as much. You’ll find a link there to Luna’s review so you can read a differing opinion.

June

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August

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October

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November

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December

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As you can see, I had an amazing year with the books Luna recommended! I have found some authors that I will certainly looking out for in the future. Luna’s Picks will return again, but not this year as both Luna and I are incredibly busy! Thanks once again to Luna for providing this wonderful feature for me!

Books in Colour

This survey was inspired by the lovely Kayla’s feature Saturated Reads. Kayla’s feature is about how she connects emotions with colours. On her feature, she will pick a book and describe what colours that she associates with the book or characters. It’s so interesting. I’ve read books about synaesthesia and it fascinates me. I personally think colours represent a feeling, so I decided to pick an emotion I felt when I thought about a colour and then tried to fit it with a book or character! Please feel free to join in with this little survey!

  • Look at the colours and see if you can fit the emotions (either mine or your own) with a book or a character!

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Red- passion/anger- A book/character that displays a lot of passion

The first book that came to mind when I read the description was Divergent by Veronica Roth. A lot of the characters are determined and ambitious. You can also feel the passion and anger within the story. You can’t deny that the first book is completely action packed!

Orange- optimism- A book/character that you believe demonstrates optimism or your favourite optimistic character

Wonder by R.J Palacio is one of the most optimistic books that I’ve read. Our main character Augustus may face some challenges in his life, but he doesn’t let it hold him back. I was impatient with some of humanity whilst reading this book. The way that some act! Urgh. I also really liked that this book showed the adults in Augustus’ life as supportive. All too often in literature adults are missing. This book gave me hope despite the fact it did feature some awful, cowardly human beings!

Yellow- cheerfulness/happiness- A book/character that makes you feel happy

Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella. Chick-lit reads are just so easy to read! Comfort reading for me, for sure!

Green – growth. A character that grows so much throughout the book

A book that I’ve read recently which displayed an enormous amount of growth was Stronger Than You Know by Jolene Parry. The main character develops so much and begins to overcome a lot of demons within the story.

Blue- peace. A book/character that takes you away from everything else going on around you.

Something Real by Heather Demetrios. Whilst it isn’t a ‘peaceful’ story, I was completely immersed in the story and nothing else around me mattered!

Purple- creativity. A book that stands out to you as a really creative, unusual read.

That has to be Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs mainly because of the vintage photographs.

Pink- romantic. A book that you loved the romance or that you yourself are totally in love with!

For me, Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. Urgh, that relationship ❤

Black- the mysterious, deep and the unknown. A book/character that completely messed with your head. 

I have two for this one. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas because that book completely screwed up my head! It’s brilliant. I also am completely blown away by the Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin so far. I can’t work out what’s real and it’s frustrating but so good!

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

Thoughts:

I was very happy that Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children won this month’s Luna’s Picks as it is a book that I’ve had my eye on for some time now. I finished it quickly, but I’m still going over what I really thought of it. It’s certainly a unique read and not like anything I’ve read before! The thing that immediately caught my eye with this book was the very creepy levitating girl on the cover and the vintage photographs inside. I was so excited to dive into this book and find out what it was all about.

It’s really hard to try and describe the plot of this book without spoiling too much, so please excuse the very vague description of this book. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children centres around Jacob and his grandfather, Abraham. Abraham escaped the Nazis during the Second World War, but unfortunately some of his family weren’t as lucky. Abraham is still haunted by his past though and his past is particularly mysterious. More mysterious than Jacob could possibly imagine, yet things are set to change! Abraham tells Jacob stories about children who can levitate, who can become invisible and other such peculiar things. Jacob is convinced that these are just fairy tales he’s hearing, but he begins to realise how peculiar his life really is…

One thing that really struck me about this book was how well Ransom Riggs built the atmosphere. It was deliciously eerie. I don’t think I’d like to set foot in this setting! As I started the book I was convinced that it was going to be a horror story. It’s not. It’s more like a mystery story. I became immersed in the world so quickly, I loved watching it all unfold as it became clear what exactly was going on. The vintage photographs just really added to the story, and I enjoyed studying them before moving back onto the text. I’ve heard that this book is going to be turned into a movie and I can completely see why it would work and especially under Tim Burton’s magic.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

This book is completely different to anything I’ve read before. It’s eerie and incredibly mysterious with some very creepy vintage photos!

WWW Wednesday #83

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 about a hundred pages away from finishing Replica by Jack Heath. It’s a very short book which is described  as a YA thriller. I’m enjoying it, but I think it would be a better read if it was a longer story.

What did you recently finish reading?

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God knows how I’m going to review A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. It’s hard to say something about it now! I thought this book was incredible. So powerful, so beautiful, so poignant!

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Bit of a creepy vibe on covers this week! I’m excited to read Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. It won my reader’s choice poll this month! I’m very pleased!

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to answer the questions below or leave me your link. Happy Reading! 🙂

Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling Me That I MUST Read

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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 People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read. It was hard to keep it to ten!

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

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Most of these books have been recommended by either my sister Beth, Luna, my non-blogger but avid reader friend Rachel, Jim and others are just intriguing as so many bloggers love them!

Fifteen BonesR.J Morgan– Jim brought this book to my attention. I’m reading it soon and I’m very excited to get to it!

Sweet EvilWendy Higgins– A while back I had a discussion post about religion in literature. This book was recommended to me in the comments by the wonderful blog Overflowing Bookshelves.

Throne of GlassSarah J. Maas– I need to read this book. There is so much hype surrounding it, and every time I mention that I haven’t read it… I get very shocked looks! Eek!

If You Find MeEmily Murdoch- I have heard that this book is brilliant. I hope to get to it as soon as I can!

Maybe SomedayColleen Hoover– Everyone seems to love this book and the playlist that comes with it. Intrigued!

What’s Left Of MeKat Zhang– A lot of my favourite bloggers seem to adore this book. I need to read it!

A Monster CallsPatrick Ness– I’ve recently been bought this book for my birthday (which is today actually, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!) I can’t wait to read it! I’m thinking of reading it ON my birthday as it’s something I’ve been anticipating for a long time now.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar ChildrenRansom Riggs– So many people love this book and I’m so intrigued. I’ve been told to read it so many times now. I’ll be getting to it this month as part of my Luna’s Picks feature!

The OriginalsCat Patrick– This book was recommended to me by my friend Rachel. It does sound fantastic!

The Green Mile- Stephen King– My sister Beth, is a massive Stephen King fan. I’ve read Carrie on her recommendation, but this is another one she really wants me to read!

Who are the book pushers in your life? What books have you been told you HAVE to read? Leave me your links to your posts and I’ll stop by!