New Purchases and March Reading List

And here I am for another blog post for the third day in a row! It’s like I’m on some sort of reading/blogging extravaganza!

Anyway, I’ll admit it… it’s pay day for me, and probably for a lot of people too, but for me it’s worse. Because I’m pretty sure most of my money goes straight to the books I really want to buy in the future and so far, I’ve only bought one of those which I’ll explain below, because there are so many pretty book covers and enticing stories that sometimes I kinda just want all the books there. And yes, my bank account does weep heavily at the beginning of the month.

I bought four new books this month and I’m excited because two of them can be used for my Sunday Funday 2017 Book Challenge and one of them I have had on my Wishlist Wednesday for a good two weeks now ever since I saw it. And I finally have it! Which means I am super excited!

I’ve also decided to include my March Reads of the Month just because it’s going to be the 1st of March tomorrow and I know that I’m incredibly behind on my reading and the Book Challenge. Therefore, I’ve set myself the goal of reading at least 5 books this month and then hopefully increase that as the month goes on depending what I’m in the mood for.

But let’s dive straight into the new purchases I got today!

  1. Heartless by Marissa Meyer (top left corner of the image below)

If I’m honest, the only reason I picked this book up was because I had recently subscribed to ‘Hailey In Bookland’ on Youtube (if you don’t know who she is, you need to subscribe ASAP because her book recommends are amazingly diverse and wonderful reads! Plus she’s very honest about them!) and she was doing a comparison of the book covers between the UK and the US. This book came up and when she described it I knew instantly I had to get it. Luckily, I was in my local supermarket and decided to have a wander down the book aisle to see if they had any book deals on. Usually it’s either kids books or books with the generic front cover… BUT this time they had a deal on for 2 for £7 and so I started perusing through them and came across Heartless. There was no doubt it my mind! I had to buy this book!

Summary:

“Long before Alice fell down the rabbit hole…

And before the roses were painted red…

The Queen of Hearts was just a girl, in love for the first time.” 

Price I Paid: Part of the 2 for £7 deal

Retail Price: £7.99

 

2. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (top right corner)

This book! OMG! I always try to make a conscious effort to include more diversity into the books I read and I knew when I saw the trailer for this film and saw what every book-lover is excited about reading – “Based on the novel” – I was sold. All these books were bought as part of the 2 for £7 deal and when I saw that this book was included under that deal, my heart skipped a beat and without hesitation, I picked it up and placed it in my basket. I am so excited to read this because first of all, it’s a true historical event (which if you haven’t gathered, historical books are my faves) and second of all, it’s about a untold story that none of us were really taught in school about how African-American women were actually part of a major event in history and they always have been. They deserve every right for their story to be told and I’m really eager to delve into this book. Plus, Octavia Spencer is in the film which I’m really stoked to see because she was absolutely fantastic in The Help. And every film she’s in to be honest.

Summary:

“Genius has no race. Strength has no gender. Courage has no limit.

The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space.

Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, some of the brightest minds of their generation, known as ‘human computers’, used pencils and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War and the Space Race, Hidden Figures is a powerful, revelatory tale of race, discrimination and achievement in the modern world. Now a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst and Kevin Costner.”

Price I Paid: Part of the 2 for £7 deal

Retail Price: £8.99

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3. Beauty And The Beast by Disney (bottom left corner)

This book just gets me super thrilled for the movie with Emma Watson! I honestly cannot wait for the film to come out and to go and see it. It’s going to be amazing, I can tell already! Plus this says at the bottom (you can’t see it on the picture) ‘Book of the Film’ so I’ll probably end up reading this after I watch the film so I’m not spoiling anything for myself either way. And I’ll probably read this in a day so that’s another checked off of my Book Challenge! Anyway, I’m really excited (as you can probably tell by the amount of times I used the word ‘excited’) to read all these books! They are just fantastic and I’ve been eyeing this book for a while but I’ve been very reserved until I realised the movie comes out this month anyway so I might as well!

Summary:

“Belle dreams of adventures like the ones she reads about in her books – until she becomes the prisoner of a fearsome Beast in a mysterious, enchanted castle. But life in the castle isn’t as terrible as Belle imagines, and she soon realizes there is more to the Beast than first meets the eye…

Experience this talk as old as time about adventure and love, about looking past first appearances, and about the inner beauty in all of us.”

Price I Paid: Part of the 2 for £7 deal

Retail Price: £6.99

 

4. The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman

This is the one on my Wishlist Wednesday list and has been for a while. Just the story compels me because of the mystery element that I genuinely didn’t really see coming until I read the blurb. Mainly that was based on the front cover and thought it was a romance book to be honest (*slaps on the wrist for judging a book by its cover*) and how wrong I was! I really cannot wait to read this book and live this adventure and the heartbreaks between Izzy and Tom, the two main characters of this novel, because I’m sure there will be many! It’s been a while since I cried at a book before and I’m talking like My Sister’s Keeper-a while ago. And since I don’t have a boy to break my heart for me, why not do it with a book? 

Summary:

“A boat washes up on the shore of a remote lighthouse keeper’s island. It holds a dead man and a crying baby. The only two islanders, Tom and his wife Izzy, are about to make a devastating decision.

They break the rules and follow their hearts.

What happens next will break yours.”

Price I Paid: Part of the 2 for £7 deal

Retail Price: £7.99

 

If anyone has these books already, please let me know in the comments so I can ask you any questions or if anyone is tempted to buy them, let me know how you get on!

Onto the March Reading List, which is not in reading order. So this was basically just an idea to get me back into the swing of reading again and to basically get through my huge 20-odd pile of books that I currently have in my room.

The first book I have chosen for my March Reading List is;

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Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan – I chose this mainly thinking of my Book Challenge in mind because it has my name as a character/title of the book so I can cross one of the challenges off my list once I have finished reading this. Plus, I’ve already explained the synopsis before in a previous blog, but this plot line is intriguing as heck and is certainly one that I won’t be able to put down.

 

My second choice is;

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Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly – I picked this book for 2 reasons. The 1st was because I want to see the film and I like to read the books beforehand and see if I visualised them the same way. The 2nd was because I can also cross this off my Book Challenge list as a book that has been made into a film!

 

My third choice is;

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer – As soon as I picked this book up I knew I desperately wanted to read it straight away! Who doesn’t love a prequel to an already widely-known story?!

 

My fourth choice for this month is;

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Beauty And The Beast by Disney – I picked this book for this month primarily because the film is being released this month (Friday 17th March to be exact) and I want to read this straight after watching the film.

 

And my final choice for this month is;

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The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon – This book intrigued me so much because of the plot being centered around two young girls who are both ten years old. I’ve never read a book before (none that I can remember anyway) that are from the narrative of children before – discounting the HP series – but that was also a thriller/mystery as well. Plus the completely unrelated, for the time being, title of the book just pulled me in instantly! Can’t wait to read this book.

 

I hope you enjoyed my especially long blog post today! And if you have any questions or you just want to chat to me about the books for my March Reading List or the new books I bought, please leave me a comment and I’ll reply!

Happy reading!

~A.

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