New Purchases!

Hello all!

I’m back again with another ‘New Purchases!’ blog post for you all to enjoy! I know I certainly enjoyed purchasing them, although I think my bank account will disagree.

So I’ve literally just got home from another lecture at University in a city about 40 minutes away from the little town I live in. It was definitely a trek and a half but I noticed a quaint little Waterstone’s near the building where my lecture was… and you can probably guess where this is going. So I lied on Twitter yesterday when I said I had purchased 3 new books, it’s now actually 5. And I think I have the problem of purchasing new books faster than I can read them and having a small bedroom probably doesn’t help either. I’ve had to resort to piling them size order on the floor in order to make room elsewhere (I already feel bad!).

Anyway, onto the actual purchases!

 

1. Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

I picked this book up purely because two ladies I work with were talking about the TV show on the BBC. They said it was amazing and they were hooked from the very first episode and that I desperately needed to watch it! Then as I was browsing through my local bookstore, I spotted the book on the shelf and was pleasantly surprised that the show was actually originally based off of a book. Now I love books that turn into films/TV shows, plainly because I can see what other people have in mind for the appearance of specific characters. Plus I love to read the book first and then watch the film/tv show to compare it (the only ones I haven’t done that for are Game of Thrones, the Divergent Series, and The Girl on The Train). I know, slap me on the wrist! It definitely seems to be an interesting novel and I can’t wait to start reading it.

Summary:

“Yvonne Carmichael has a high-flying career, a beautiful home and a good marriage.

But when she meets a stranger she is drawn into a passionate affair.

Keeping the two halves of her life separate seems easy at first.

But she can’t control what happens next…”

Price: £7.99

 

2. Perfect Remains by Helen Fields

Books that are ‘detective’ style books or anything to do with mysteries that the police/FBI/CIA must solve are without a doubt one of my favourite type of books. I love the mystery of it. I love the way you are guessing throughout the whole novel of who you think it might be to find out actually, you were wrong! I love the way the novels are set out and the format of them, the descriptions especially considering I always tend to imagine the scenarios in my head like a little movie screen (please tell me I’m not the only one!). Plus the beginning page really makes you dive first into the action and the mind of the killer. It’s super addicting and seriously makes me want to know more!

Summary:

“The perfect death leaves perfect remains…

On a remote Highland mountain, a body burns. All that’s left behind are the victim’s teeth and a fragment of silk. Meanwhile, in the hidden room of a house in Edinburgh, a second woman screams into the darkness.

It’s D.I. Luc Callanach’s first day with Police Scotland, and he’s handed a homicide investigation. With everything to prove, he and his new colleague D.I. Ava Turner are up against a killer who meticulously covers his tracks.

When a third woman is taken, Callanach is desperate to prevent another innocent death – but the real fate of these women is more twisted than he could ever imagined…”

Price: £7.99

 

3. Corpus by Rory Clements

If I’m honest it was definitely the cover art of this hardback book that really drew me in. It must be the deep red/black contrast that seems to make me gravitate towards specific books. I bought this one in the local bookstore as well a day or two ago along with the other two above. But this book is set in 1936, in the midst of World War II (a definitive favourite subject during my History lessons at school) and much like Dan Brown’s novels surrounding Robert Langdon, the main protagonist is a Professor also. However, I suspect that will be the only similarity of the two books. I’m really looking forward to reading this novel especially because of the historic value and the mystery surrounding the plot. I hope it peaks your interest as well!

Summary:

“1936. Europe is in turmoil. The Nazis have marched into the Rhineland; in Russia, Stalin has unleashed his Great Terror; Spain has erupted in civil war.

In Berlin, a young Englishwoman evades the Gestapo to deliver vital papers to a Jewish scientist. Within weeks, she is found dead in her Cambridge bedroom, a silver syringe clutched in her fingers.

When a renowned member of the country set and his wife are found horribly murdered, a maverick history professor finds himself dragged into a world of espionage which, until now, he has only read about in books. But the deeper Thomas Wilde delves, the more he wonders whether the murders are linked to the death of the girl with the silver syringe – and, just as worryingly, to the scandal surrounding King Edward VIII and his mistress Wallis Simpson…

Professor Wilde’s specialist subject is the Elizabethan secret service. As the scope of the conspiracy is revealed, he must use all the skills he has learnt to save the woman he loves and prevent a massacre.”

Price: £12.99

 

4. The Many Selves of Katherine North by Emma Geen

This book was one that I bought today from Waterstones. It was on my original wishlist that I had saved a while ago on my laptop but I completely forgot about it until I saw the cover on the shelf. It was so lucky that they had it to be honest as it wasn’t exactly the biggest shop that I’d ever been to so I was so excited when I saw it and I knew I had to buy it then and there otherwise I’d probably not find it for a while. Or have to buy it on Amazon. And the reason I really wanted to buy this book was due to the summary/first page because I don’t think I’d ever read a book like this before. It’s like those stories that you sit back and think ‘How on Earth did the author think of this? It’s brilliant!’ and the cover is so creative yet simplistic at the same time. And judging from the reviews on the back of the hardback copy, it’s more intriguing than even the cover suggests. It’s just going to an absolute favourite of mine, I can already tell.

Summary:

“Since the age of twelve, Kit has been a phenomenaut, her consciousness projected into the bodies of lab-grown animals for the purpose of research.

Kit experiences a multitude of other lives – fighting and fleeing, predator and prey – always hoping, but never quite believing, that her work will help humans better understand the other species living alongside them.

But after a jump as an urban fox ends in disaster, Kit begins to suspect that those she has trusted for her entire working life may be out to cause her harm. And, as she delves deeper into the events of that night, her world begins to shift in ways she had never thought possible.”

Doesn’t that sound amazing?!

Price: £14.99

 

5. Treason by James Jackson

This definitely isn’t the first book that is based around the 5th of November/Guido (Guy) Fawkes and it certainly won’t be the last. But there’s something so interesting to me about historical fiction, along with thriller novels, historical novels come close second of my favourite types of books. It’s the knowledge of it being a genuinely true event that happened in history yet has an interesting spin on it that makes it believable. The 5th of November is quite a big holiday in the UK with fireworks and a huge bonfire, which has been widely celebrated since the Gunpowder Plot took place. It’s a very fascinating part of Britain’s history if anyone would like to have a look around or a search for it (only if you want to though!). This book, like The Many Selves of Katherine North, is a hardback copy and like I’ve said previously I don’t tend to buy the hardback copies if there are paperback copies available. They do look prettier I have to admit but the outer casing really does annoy the living heck out of me, especially when I’m reading the book. Usually I end up taking the cover off but then the cover gets damaged. It’s an endless cycle but I’m probably just being snobby. Anyway, I would highly recommend this for those of you who love historical novels.

Summary:

“Gunpowder. Treason. Plot…

On a cold November night in 1605, Guido Fawkes is discovered with thirty-six kegs of gunpowder beneath the Palace of Westminister.

His plan: to blow to pieces the Kind, royal family and the entire Protestant ruling class. But there is a wider plot, one that goes far beyond a simple explosion… one that calls for an uprising and the kidnap of a nine-year-old princess, with the aim of placing her on the throne.

In a desperate race against time, government spy Christian Hardy must uncover a web of deceit that runs from the cock-fighting pits of Shoe Lane, to the tunnels beneath a bear-baiting arena in Southwark, and from the badlands of Clerkenwell to a brutal reckoning in The Globe theatre.

But, amidst the chaos, one threat above all cannot be ignored: the renegade Spanish agent, codenamed Realm…”

Just as a sidenote, I actually was in York over the 5th of November which is actually where Guy Fawkes was born and where his body parts were eventually placed around certain parts of York as a reminder to the inhabitants of what would happen to them if they ever committed treason. If you live around the York area or are visiting there, I highly recommend doing either one of the ghost tours or the tours surrounding Guy Fawkes! Definitely worth the cold I got afterwards!

Price: £12.99

 

I really hope you enjoyed reading through my new purchases! And I want to know whether or not you’re interested in any of these books? Or whether you’ve already got them and read them? If you have, I’d love to you hear your thoughts on them! Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading!

~A. 

 

The image taken above is from my own copies of the aforementioned books. I do not own any of the summaries listed above, they are from my own copies of the books.

University, Life, And A New Purchase!

Hey guys!

Sorry I’ve been MIA recently! I just wanted to do a quick blog post about my University course (which is why I’ve not been as bloggy), life in general, and a recent book I purchased!

So first things first, I went to my first lecture on Wednesday for my course at University. And I am currently doing an online Uni course due to working and not having the finances to attend University full time at the moment. Plus, it’s more convenient for myself and my situation.

I’m really excited to get started on this course because as I stated in my 50 Facts About Me, my dream job would either be a Publisher or an Author. So this course would just help further my career prospects and give me an edge, I hope, when applying for different jobs later on in my life. Hey, I could even go on to become an English Teacher and pass on my love of books to the next generation!

My University course is for a BA (Honours) in English Literature and Creative Language with Open University. The course is part time, to help around my flexible hours with work, and will take roughly six years depending on how quickly I finish each module. So far the experience had been great! My Tutor is wonderful and really supportive, I’ve already made a couple of friends within the course and look forward to attending more lectures and meeting more people. Especially the part discussing my favourite things… books! 

Which brings me onto my next purchase as it ties into the course and this blog! I bought Doctor Faustus: The A Text by Christopher Marlowe (pictured above) off of Amazon for £10.50 because I need a copy of the book for my first assignment. I might have usually gone to the library to borrow a copy but I thought it would be useful to own one so I could highlight specific passages that will help my essays.

I’m looking forward to read through the book/play as I’ve never really read plays that have been written in a different century! It’s definitely going to be a challenge trying to analyse the language and the understanding behind the play but I’m really eager to try! Plus Jude Law was a part of play back in 2002 at the Young Victoria theatre.

I hope you’re all not too disappointed about my long-ish absence and I hope you enjoyed this blog post!

Happy reading!

~A.

 

The image is taken from my own copy of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe.

Wishlist Wednesday

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening, wherever you are!

Today’s blog is going to be a short one as it’s just a quick list of all the books that I currently have on my Wishlist to purchase sometime in the near future! Let me know what you think and if there are any books that are also on your Wishlist!

The list will probably be updated every other Wednesday with new books as I’m sure they’ll be a lot of exciting releases this year that I’ll want to purchase.

Without further ado, let’s get straight into it!

1. The Girl in the Glass Tower by Elizabeth Fremantle

I saw this book whilst walking through the Waterstones shop near where I live and I was instantly drawn in by the cover and the fact that I already have another book by Elizabeth Fremantle which is called Watch the Lady.

 

2. The Harrowing by James Aitchen

This was another book I saw whilst walking through Waterstones as well after I saw The Girl in the Glass Tower and knew I just had to buy it eventually. Plus it’s set in 1066 and the book cover looks amazing!

 

3. The Crow Girl by Axl Sund

This book really interested me because the author name is actually a conjunction of two different authors and I don’t think I’ve ever read a book written by two different authors, plainly because writers’ writing styles can differ a lot which could potentially ruin the flow of the book. Plus I think this book will be very good for my Sunday Funday challenge of reading a book that has been translated as this one has been translated as it’s been translated from Swedish.

 

4. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

When I saw this book was from the same author that wrote My Sister’s Keeper (which I absolutely loved! Made me cry a bunch of times!) and I’m really intrigued by how her writing will change with the different genres.

 

5. The Clifton Chronicles by Jeffery Archer

I saw the book ‘This Was A Man’ in Waterstones as well in passing and picked it up before realising that it was actually part of a seven-book series so I researched it a bit more and I also realised that I needed to buy the series as any books that are part of a series really interest me. 

 

6. The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman

I saw the trailer for this book first with Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender in it and then saw that it was based on the novel and I’m a sucker for books that are made into films and I knew I just had to buy it soon!

 

So that’s it for now! I’m sure I’ll be adding on and taking away books that I’ve recently purchased so it’ll chop and change quite regularly I assume! I’m excited to see if anyone else has any of the same books on their wishlists and if anyone has any of these books, I’d love to hear what your opinions on them are!

 

Happy reading!

~A.

New Purchases!

Welcome back!

So today’s an exciting blog because I recently just purchased three new books (pictured above) and I’ll be going through my first impressions of each one. Hopefully inspire a few people to go out and purchase these to support the authors. I’ll also put the story synopsis in case you are interested in what these stories are about.

 

Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan

The first book I picked up was Dear Amy and I’ll have to be honest, the first thing that attracted me was the fact my name was in the title of the book but I wasn’t entirely sure about just buying it straight away so the next day I went back to have a proper look at it but unfortunately for me, they didn’t have any left on the shelf so I was quite frustrated. I left it for another two days and went back to the shop and luckily, they had just re-stocked it therefore I grabbed the last copy for a quick read.

The cover is definitely creative and interesting in itself as well, showcasing a gradient read effect along with the illusion that a note has been pinned on the front cover (which ties in with the context of the story). Both this one and another book I purchased were on ‘The Sunday Times Bestseller’ list which was mainly another reason I picked this up. Another reason that intrigued me was after I read the first page (which is something that I ALWAYS do) and it made me want to know more about the first girl that is introduced into the story. 

Synopsis:

“A local schoolgirl has been missing for weeks when Margot Lewis, agony aunt of the ‘Dear Amy’ advice column, receives a letter. 

‘Dear Amy, I’ve been kidnapped by a strange man. I don’t know where I am. Please help me. Bethan Avery.’

This must be a hoax. Because Bethan Avery is another young girl, who went missing twenty years ago. As more letters arrive, Margot becomes consumed by finding the sender and – unlike the police – convinced that the girls’ disappearances are connected.

Solving this puzzle could save someone’s life – but could it also cost Margot her own?”

I am really excited to read this book. Mysteries and thrillers are definitely books that I enjoy reading and can’t seem to put down!

Price: £7.99

 

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

This was the other book on ‘The Sunday Times Bestseller’ list. But the main reason why I was fascinated with this book was definitely the weird and (for now) dissociated title to the context of the story. Along with the colour of the front cover, because as you probably all know, my favourite colour is blue and I tend to be more drawn to things that are blue. This is again another mystery that deeply intrigues me as it is set in Britain in the 1970s rather than a modern era or a fantasy era. The other thing that really persuaded me to purchase this book was the review on the back of the book from Paula Hawkins, who is the author of The Girl on the Train (fantastic book!).

“A quirky, moving and beautifully written tale of life in 1970s Britain… a delight from start to finish.”

My book preferences do tend to vary depending on my mood or whatever catches my eyes the most at the time but I definitely haven’t read any books that were both quirky and moving which is making me excited to get stuck into this one soon!

Synopsis:

“Summer, 1976

Mrs Creasy is missing and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands.

But as doors and mouths begin to open and the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find more than they could have imagined…”

The first page of the book is brilliant, you can instantly tell that it is the narrative of a ten-year-old girl which sometimes is quite hard to do without making the child seem too young at times. Plus it gives you a little map of the cul-de-sac along with which house belongs to who so that you picture it more in your head.

Price: £7.99

 

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

The last book I picked up was completely by chance because I was only planning on buying the two books mentioned above but as I was leaving, I saw this on one of the displays towards the side of the shop and immediately went over to have a look at it. The cover was the thing that definitely drew me in the most because of how fantasy-like and simplistic it was at the same time. Usually I’m a sucker for simplistic book covers because it makes me want to know more about the plot of the book. This is also the only one about the three that is hardback and usually I don’t tend to buy hardback copies of books because although they tend to last longer than paperback copies, the loose cover really does annoy me a little more. I don’t mind buying hardback copies if that’s the only copy they have but if they have both hardback and paperback, I lean more towards the paperback copies.

Reading any book’s synopsis is really important to me (as well as reading the first page) because I feel like it can really make or break my interest in wanting to purchase the book or really want to read it. But this synopsis didn’t disappoint because it immediately throws you into the action of two different worlds, both that have insurmountable animosity between the two for reasons you don’t know yet but are desperate to figure out. I just love it already and given how much I loved the ‘Divergent’ series, I really can’t wait to see whether Veronica Roth’s next unaffiliated book will meet my expectations!

Synopsis:

“In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift…

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power – something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive – no matter what the cost.

Then Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable.  Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?

Carve the Mark is Veronica Roth’s stunning portrayal of the power of friendship – and love – in a galaxy filled with unexpected gifts.

This book really is interesting. I can’t wait to see the relationship between Cyra and Akos, and how that’s going to play out, whether or not Akos’ loyalty to his brother is enough to match Cyra’s mistreatment by her brother. And how on Earth it’ll all play out!

Price: £14.99

 

I hope you enjoyed reading through my first ever blog about my new purchases! And I’m sure I’ll get some more books in the future, who am I kidding… I already have a list a mile long of all the next ones I want to buy! 

See you tomorrow for another exciting blog post I’ve been planning over the last two days!

 

Happy reading!

~A.

 

The image above was taken by me from my own copies of all three books. The extracts were taken from the back of my own copies of the books.

Sunday Funday!

Welcome to what I call ‘Sunday Funday’.

I thought about what days I would be more likely to post on here and Sunday came to mind. Then I had the problem of trying to figure out what posts I could do periodically on a Sunday.

That’s when Sunday Funday came to my mind. And anyone who reads this can get involved too! That’s what’s so brilliant about it! Below will be a list of challenges for me to do over the course of this year (and I know I started late but I’m going to make up for it!) and each Sunday or every other Sunday, depending on how fast I can read the books, I’ll be posting my updates on the challenges, which one I’ll be doing next, what I’m finding difficult about it and so on.

So the 2017 Book Challenge begins!

  1. A book you read in school.
  2. A book from your  childhood.
  3. A book published over 100 years ago.
  4. A book published in the last year.
  5. A non-fiction book.
  6. A book written by a female author.
  7. A book written by a male author.
  8. A book that became a film.
  9. A book published in the 20th Century.
  10. A book set in your hometown/region/country.
  11. A book with someone else’s name in the title.
  12. A book with a character with my first name.
  13. A book with a number in the title.
  14. A book somebody else has recommended to you.
  15. A book with over 500 pages.
  16. A book you can finish in a day.
  17. A book that has previously been banned.
  18. A book with a one-word title.
  19. A book translated from another language.
  20. A book that will improve a specific area in your life.
  21. A book set somewhere you’ll be visiting this year.
  22. An award-winning book.
  23. A book on the New York Bestseller’s List.
  24. A book published in your birth year.

There’s really only one rule for this and that is; a different book MUST be used for each challenge.

These are just a couple of ideas that I have at the moment and I fully expect the list to expand as the year goes on and I get a few more suggestions about what I should read as well.

It would be totally awesome if you would like to take part as well and let me know how you get on. I’ll probably update this list every Sunday as I go along, adding challenges on, updating when I’ve finished a challenge or updating in general. I’m really excited to get started on this and I hope you are too!

Happy reading!

 

~A.

 

The images is from my own copy of The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen.

50 Facts About Me

Hello there!

So I’m back with another blog post which will be a bit more of a welcome kind of thing. Where I just tell you, unsuspecting people, a few weird and unknown facts about myself in the hopes it makes me feel more human. Let’s just dive straight on in there!

  1. I’m 20 years old.
  2. My height is 5’7″
  3. My eye colour is dark brown.
  4. I own over 50 books.
  5. My favourite books are Harry Potter.
  6. My favourite TV show is Game of Thrones.
  7. My favourite movies are Harry Potter… obviously.
  8. I have glasses.
  9. My vision is terrible (no joke).
  10. I’m a bit of a teddy bear hoarder.
  11. My favourite colour is blue.
  12. I’m currently doing a BA (Honours) in English Literature and Creative Writing.
  13. My dream job would either be an Author or a Publisher.
  14. I have shaved the right side of my hair off. Now I have an undercut.
  15. I have had red hair, purple hair, black hair, blonde hair, grey hair, and blue hair.
  16. I want to dye my hair pink at least once.
  17. I once pixie cut my hair (like Keira Knightley style) and hated it.
  18. The palest shade of foundation is still too dark for me.
  19. I have an NVQ in Business Administration.
  20. I have a nephew who is the cutest squish in the world.
  21. I probably listen to music 15 out of the 24 hours in a day,
  22. I am completely obsessed with KPop.
  23. I have over 20 KPop albums.
  24. I like to have everything organised around me despite not feeling organised at all.
  25. I go through periods of time when I’m craving different fizzy drinks.
  26. My favourite foods are doughnuts.
  27. My favourite season is Autumn.
  28. My favourite month is October (not because it’s my birthday month or anything…)
  29. My favourite holiday is Halloween.
  30. My least favourite holiday is New Year’s Eve.
  31. My music tastes varies so much.
  32. I have more sets of pyjamas than actual day clothes.
  33. I have so many books I have to put some of them away in the attic because they don’t fit in my bedroom.
  34. I have 3 tattoos and I plan on getting more.
  35. I want a half-sleeve full of Harry Potter inspired tattoos.
  36. Runny noses really annoy me (especially if I have one).
  37. I have really bad Hay Fever.
  38. My hands tend to dry up in the beginnings of Winter and Summer (please tell me I’m not the only one).
  39. My knee-cap once popped out and I decided to have a go putting it back in place by myself.
  40. Whenever I get paid, I usually buy about 6-7 at the beginning of each month.
  41. I go to bookshops/the library just to get a list of books to buy.
  42. I ALWAYS read the first page of a book to get a feel for it before I buy it.
  43. I’m currently saving up to go on holiday to LA with a friend.
  44. My first ‘friends’ holiday was to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
  45. It took me almost a year to save up enough money for the plane, hotel, park tickets, and spending money.
  46. I have a list on my laptop of all the places I’d love to visit someday.
  47. I have two photo albums on the go for all the memories of 2016 for when I’m older.
  48. I have 5 piercings (4 on my ears, 1 lip piercing).
  49. I have an obsession with lists and colour coordinating things.
  50. I’m an introvert.

 

So I hope you enjoyed a little sneak peek into my life! And maybe you can relate to a few of these points too, let me know by leaving me a reply and we could fan girl/boy over the Harry Potter books and movies. Or maybe even Game of Thrones! I’m always up for chatting about books/movies!

 

~ A.

 

The image is taken from my own copy of Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern.

Introductions

So, I believe a big ‘Hello’ is in order. I started this blog in the hopes that maybe I could possibly inspire people to pick up a book/e-reader and read books again and to promote and share my love of books with other similar-minded people. Nowadays it seems like reading books is more of a ‘if I have any spare time’ hobby rather than something to do on the weekend or in the evenings to relax.

I’ve always had such an avid love of books from a young age. I love the way you can get lost in these fantasy/fiction worlds for hours at a time, you can feel the emotions of each character like you are on a journey with them, and that you can see the settings in your mind played like a movie. There’s always been something so satisfying about reading and I hope whoever reads this feels the same way too!

I have quite a few ideas about the way I want to run this blog and I hope to post a good three times a week, four at the most if I’m really hit with a creative streak. I have an idea called ‘Sunday Funday’ which will be released this Sunday 5th February (and every other Sunday from then on) that I hope will peak your interests and maybe you could join in with me and let me know your progress. Maybe you could suggest some books to me that I may be stuck on for ‘Sunday Funday’? Who knows!

My next blog post should be out Friday 3rd February which will be a little something to help you all get to know me a little more and get to know my preferences when it comes to books.

I can’t wait to get started on this new adventure/journey with whoever wants to get involved! See you all tomorrow hopefully!

 

~A

 

The image is taken from my own copy of The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen.