five classics i want to read in my lifetime.

A few years ago, classic fiction made up about a quarter of the books I read in a year. Particularly modern classics, such as F.Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, George Orwell (to name but a few). In the last couple of years, no longer studying English literature, classics have not only slipped away from my compulsory reading lists, but they have disappeared from my reading altogether. Which is a shame, because some of my favourite books are classic novels, and I’m certain that I’m missing out on the opportunity to find a new favourite, every month I go without adding a new classic to my TBR. There is something almost as magical in a classic as a fantasy novel; gaining an insight into the past through the eyes of the past; through the eyes of influential individuals whose work has stood the test of time. Continue reading “five classics i want to read in my lifetime.”

Books That Made My Heart Do The Jittery Thing

I recently came across a shelf I made on goodreads a couple of years ago, called: “Books-that-made-my-heart-do-the-jittery-thing”. I only added a few books onto it, but rediscovering that list reminded me of some of the books that made my heart beat a little faster because of the gorgeous romances depicted within them. Here’s some of what I found on the list…  Continue reading “Books That Made My Heart Do The Jittery Thing”

Adult Books for YA Readers

While I now don’t like the term “YA readers” or “adult readers” or “romance readers” or any other category that suggests a person is only a reader of one type of book, I viewed these as very separate things when I was struggling to branch out of reading YA as a teen. I found it difficult finding adult books that were accessible, enjoyable and relatable. So for those of you perhaps struggling with the same thing, I thought I would share some of the books that helped me to branch out of YA!

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Books I’m Taking To Uni

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I start Uni in less than two weeks, (aghhh!) and the packing has begun. Of course, one of the first things this consisted of was deciding which books I would be taking with me!

On average, I read 4-5 books a month, and I will be at Uni for two and a half months until I come home. So working with 4 books a month, I have chosen 10 to take. I’m pretty certain I will buy more when I am there, but just in case, this is what will be keeping me going for the next two and a half months…

  • The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton
    – I have had this book for a while now, and have started and put it down a couple of times. But it is one of the books I aim to finally read and finish before the year is over. I have heard so many great things about it, and it sounds like the sort of book I would love.
  • This Side of Paradise – F. Scott Fitzgerald
    – Fitzgerald is one of the few classic authors that I really enjoy reading. So I will be saving this for a time where I need a good classic!
  • Isla and the Happily Ever After – Stephanie Perkins
    – The third and final book in the Anna/Lola/Isla companion trilogy. Stephanie Perkins writes stories that just make me happy. They are easy to read, romantic, light and have those happily-ever-afters; probably what I’m going to be needing during freshers!
  • Just One Year – Gayle Forman
    – I recently read Just One Day, and it has become one of my all-time favourite books. I LOVED it. (I have a review of Just One Day too, if you want to check it out). Just One Year is the story from the guy’s perspective, which I am really excited for. I love romantic stories from a male perspective, so this is one I cannot wait to get into.
  • Belle Epoque – Elizabeth Ross
    – I haven’t heard much about this book, so in terms of opinions, I am going into this book quite blind. But the story itself sounds great. It follows a girl in Paris who, in need of some money, signs up for a job, only to find out afterwards that it involves ‘ugly women’ being hired to stand next to wealthy people to make the upper class women look more beautiful. It sounds like it is going to be quite a moving and sweet read.
  • A Thousand Pieces of You – Claudia Gray
    – Because I have not read enough sci-fi lately, and I need some in my life.
  • Cruel Beauty – Rosamund Hodge
    – I am aware that this book has VERY mixed reviews. I think it is going to be a love-it-or-hate-it book. But fairytale retellings are one of my favourite things to read at the moment, so I feel it is certainly worth a try.
  • Rook – Sharon Cameron
    – This book sounds really cool! It includes a sunken Paris, rebels and romance; I’m sold! And it’s a standalone, so no worrying about having to find money to pay for sequels.
  • Uprooted – Naomi Novik
    – I have heard nothing but amazing things about this book. Another standalone, and some fantasy to satisfy my fantasy cravings, when I am having them! I recently read that the main characters are quite like Howl and Sophie (from Howl’s Moving Castle) – so I am very intrigued to read this book!
  • The Hero of Ages – Brandon Sanderson
    – I had initially planned to finish the Mistborn trilogy over the Summer – but The Well of Ascension took me nearly ten weeks to finish, so that didn’t happen. Oops! But it shall be completed before the year is up! I promise!

There are also some great books coming out in the next few months, and sequels I am planning on buying soon, so there will be more than these ten by the time I come home for Christmas.

Has anyone read any of these books? I’d love to know your views and opinions. Which books should I prioritise and read sooner? And what books are you taking/have you taken to Uni/College with you, if you are going?

Favourite Book Covers

“Never judge a book by its cover!”
But let’s face it, many of us do.

I think that the cover of a book gives a feel for the story, and having a nicer cover makes for a more enjoyable read. I think that’s because when I look at a pretty book sitting on my shelf, it makes me more excited to read it, so I tend to be more excited when I actually pick it up, which makes me enjoy it more.

Here are some of my favourite book covers…

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
– The colours and feel this cover gives off matches the book so beautifully. It is such a magical cover.
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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
– This cover reminds me of Christmas. I love the edge of mystery it gives with the partially open door and the handprint. It provides you with questions before you have even read the synopsis or opened the book.
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Cinder by Marissa Meyer
– When I first saw this cover I thought that she just had a ladder in her tights! I only realised when I bought the book that it was her cyborg features, which is totally, much, much cooler haha!
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The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister
– This book cover reminds me of the circus. I think the red dress looks a bit like red curtains, like on a stage.
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(Is there a black and red theme going on here?)

A Darker Shade of Magic (and yet to be released sequel) by V. E Schwab
– I own the British cover for ADSOM but I love the US versions much more. I like the way they look a bit like movie posters.
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The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
– I love the sideways title and font.
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Basis and Josephine by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
– I love the Alma Classics collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s books. They are all so pretty, but this is probably my favourite of the ones I own.
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What are some of your favourite book covers?