I’m back, finally, and managed to shift this bug that I’ve had for the last week that has left me practically bed-ridden! But I’m back and full of ‘umph’ to get this blog back up and running again.
So today’s blog is going to be a little update on where I’m up to in regards to my 2017 Book Challenge and some new books that I’ve recently purchased.
As some of you will already know, I finished reading ‘Dear Amy’ by Hellen Callaghan, I put up a blog post about it a couple of days ago, and moved onto ‘Hidden Figures’ by Margot Lee Shetterly and am currently still in the midst of reading that. I haven’t managed to get a lot of reading done this week mainly due to the sickness bug but I want to rectify that because I still have 3 books left for this month and only 2 weeks left to read them! My reading gear needs to shift into overdrive if I want to get this month’s reading list done!
But, without further ado, let’s get into my new purchases from this weekend. It’s a long one again because I have no self-control when it comes to books. I know, it’s a serious problem, but one that I’ll think about another day!
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
I didn’t actually end up getting this book from a normal book shop, which is strange given that that’s practically where I live, but we were walking around Toys R Us in the next city over from us for my nephew’s Christening presents and I thought I’d have a browse through the book section (even though it’s only kids books) and lo and behold, I came across this one. Now I remember reading this in either Year 7 or Year 8 of High School and I absolutely loved it! I used to love reading Michael Morpugo books and I remember reading another one of his books, ‘Born To Run’ about a dog. So I knew I just had to buy this one. Plus it was cheaper than what I would have paid in a bookstore so it’s a win-win!
‘I saw the grey soldiers ahead of us raise their rifles and heard the death rattle of a machine gun…’
A powerful story of the truest of friendships in the worst of wars from the award-winning former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo.
Price I Paid: £3.99
Retail Price: £6.99
2. Mini Classics: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
I was really excited when I saw these as well because we walking through yet another toy shop and I, again, was drawn towards the kids book section. These weren’t obvious at first, I was actually quite disappointed because there weren’t at lot of books to choose from in general as most of it was just nursery rhymes and books to help with reading for very younger children. Then I saw these and immediately picked them up! I’m a sucker for old stories and then I flipped through them, they are so beautifully illustrated as well (by Easter Garcia Cortés). I can’t wait to read through these books as they were part of my childhood as well. Plus, again, I saw how much it should have cost me and how much it actually cost me and it definitely was well worth it the buy!
Summary of The Jungle Book:
When the boy Mowgli is found by a wolf pack he embarks on a series of thrilling adventures with his friends and protectors Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther.
Summary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass:
When Alice sees a white rabbit take a watch out of its waistcoat pocket she decides to follow it, and a sequence of most unusual events is set in motion.
Summary of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz:
After a cyclone carries Dorothy far from home on the grey Kansas prairies, she is stranded in the magical and mysterious land of Oz. Here she encounters adventures and surprising characters, including the Wizard of Oz himself, as she searches for a way back home.
Summary of The Wind in the Willows:
When Mole leaves his little underground home he meets up with a water-loving Rat. Together they mess about it boats, get lost in the Wild Wood, and join Toad and Badger in the battle to take back Toad Hall.
Price I Paid: £4.99
Retail Price: £40.00
3. As Old As Time: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell
These next 3 books were bought in a bookstore this time round and I had just had to pick these up! The first is As Old As Time by Liz Braswell because the premise and the book cover really intrigued me the most. It’s a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast (who doesn’t love re-tellings!) but it’s from the perspective of what if it was Belle’s mother who cursed the Beast. That just sounds mysterious and it makes me wonder how on Earth this is going to play out! I just had to pick this one up! And just in time as well as Beauty and the Beast was just released in the cinema as well!
What I really like about this is that it is the third book of a series where Liz Braswell takes fairytales and twists them into something else. I think the other two are Aladdin and Sleeping Beauty so I’ll have to invest in those two as well and look into whether she’ll be writing anymore in the future!
Can the enchanted rose reveal hidden truths? Could it be that Belle’s mother was the one who cursed the Beast all those years ago?
Experience the third title in a thrilling series that puts a twist in much-loved tales, exploring what would happen if key turning points did not work out as planned.
When Belle touches the enchanted rose hidden away in the Beast’s castle, memories flood her mind – memories of a mother she thought she would never see again.
And, stranger still, it seems her mother was actually the beautiful enchantress who cursed the castle and all its inhabitants.
Shocked and confused, Belle and the Beast will have to unravel the dark mystery about their families that is 21 years in the making.
4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
So, so, so excited for this book! I saw it a while ago, read the blurb and the first page and knew I had to buy it but I was saving up to go to Amsterdam with my friend at the time so I couldn’t. Boo! But I was just browsing through the shelves after picking up the book above and immediately saw the green cover out the corner of my eye! I picked it up almost straight away with no second thought! It’s such an intriguing story and I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where the main character is a fanfiction writer or a twin story for that matter either so really excited to read this!
Cath and Wren are identical twins and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She would rather bury herself in the fanfiction she writes where there’s romance far more intense than anything she’s experience in real life.
Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realising that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible…
5. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
This book was a bit of a guilty pleasure kind of buy because I was watching ‘Hailey in Bookland’ on YouTube again and I saw her mention this book in a couple of her videos (go check her out if you haven’t already!). I saw the cover and picked it up, knowing it’s not usually my cup of tea, and thought I’d give it a go! The synopsis and first page seem interesting enough but only time will tell I guess. Not as excited to read this but I suppose my mind will change once I start reading.
Before the scandal, Andie had important plans. And zero of them involved walking an insane amount of dogs, being in the same house as her dad or hanging out with Clark. Now there’s a whole summer stretching out in front of Andie without a plan. And Andie always sticks to the plan.
But here’s the thing – if everything’s always mapped out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?
I hope you enjoyed my long blog post again and enjoyed reading through the new purchases I have bought! Let me know if any have piqued your interests or if you’ve already read them! I love to read your comments!
As always, happy reading!