TOP TEN TUESDAY- 3rd October 2017

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a different topic that one of their bloggers answers, and they invite others to join in, by posting their answers as a comment of by creating their own blog post.

I’ve missed out on the last few weeks of Top Ten Tuesday, but I’m back and looking forward to sharing this weeks picks! The topic is Top Ten Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends (which characters do you have crushes on?), but I’m picking characters who have a special little place in my heart. Continue reading “TOP TEN TUESDAY- 3rd October 2017”

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MISC: Top Ten Tuesday- 21st August 2017

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a different topic that one of their bloggers answers, and they invite others to join in, by posting their answers as a comment or by creating their own blog post.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a back to school freebie. It’s been a few years since I had the dreaded back to school feels, but this week I’m going to reminisce. So here’s my list of ten books set in school, five I’ve read and five I want to read. Continue reading “MISC: Top Ten Tuesday- 21st August 2017”

Top Ten Tuesday- 8th August 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a different topic that one of their bloggers answers, and they invite others to join in, by posting their answers as a comment or by creating their own blog post.

It’s the final week before Top Ten Tuesday starts back again, so I thought I’d look at an earlier topic: Top Ten Books You Loved But Never Wrote A Review For. It seemed like a fitting topic as I’ve been debating whether to review the last book I read. It’s made me wonder what other great reads have fallen through the blogging cracks!

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REVIEW: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

 

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Eleanor & Park has been such a familiar feature on my TBR list that now I’ve finally read it, my TBR feels like it’s missing something. This is the fifth novel I’ve read by Rainbow Rowell, and like the previous four, it didn’t disappoint. Rowell is an author I consider to be ‘good hands’, so I was saving Eleanor & Park for a time when I needed a book I knew would be a safe bet.

Eleanor & Park is a YA novel about finding a lifeline in an unexpected place. Eleanor has just moved back in with her family, after her alcoholic step-father kicked her out a year earlier.  Their reconciliation has been far from smooth. Eleanor and her younger siblings tip-toe around their mother’s husband careful not to infuriate him. It’s easier said than done when he has a fuse so short it’s practically non-existent. The house Eleanor returns to is not their old home, but a smaller one that belonged to her step-father’s mother. It’s too small for a family with five children all sharing one room, but their step-father’s comfort is the priority, not theirs. Continue reading “REVIEW: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell”

WWW Wednesdays: 1st March 2017

Today, isn’t just any old Wednesday, it’s St. David’s Day! It’s a big thing in Wales, and one of the times I miss home the most but I’ve bought myself some daffodils, so that helps!

WWW is hosted by Taking on the World of Words. Each Wednesday book enthusiasts share their reads by answering three questions:

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next? Continue reading “WWW Wednesdays: 1st March 2017”

WWW Wednesdays: 22nd February 2017

I missed last week’s WWW Wednesday post because I didn’t do a whole lot of reading. I’ve gone into a general slump since the resolutions I made in the New Year, but I’m trying to get back on track. I probably would have read more this week, but the family descended over the weekend, so I’ve taken my time. I did finish Eileen though! Hooray!

WWW is hosted by Taking on the World of Words. Each Wednesday book enthusiasts share their read by answering three questions:

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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I know I intended to read Eleanor & Park after I finished reading Eileen but I’m fickle. I find that once I’ve bought it book and had it around for a couple of months, I’m much more relaxed about when I read it. So I end up pushing it back for other books. I rewatched the first season of Bitten on Netflix last week and remembered that it was based on a series of book’s by Kelley Armstrong. I’ve been craving more fantasy based books recently, so I picked it up from the library. It’s interesting to see how the TV adaptation has moved away from the book.

 

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Eileen. I’ve had it waiting patiently to be read since November. I think part of the reason I was holding off is because it’s signed and to me that’s the equivalent of a Fabrege egg in the book world. It wasn’t a disappointment. After reading Eileen, I’m tempted to get Moshfegh’s short story collection. Her prose is just flawless. The characters have so many idiosyncrasies that they feel three-dimensional. The mundane life of an unremarkable young woman is changed irrevocably by her friendship with a new colleague and the events that follow.

 

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What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m going to say Eleanor & Park (again) knowing that I’ve reserved Diana Athill’s Stet: An Editor’s Life from the library. Wishful thinking, but who knows?

 

 

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What are you reading this week?

WWW Wednesdays: 8th February 2017

I managed to finally finish Fates & Furies a couple of days ago and I’m looking forward to another week of reading. I’ve read 6 books so far in 2017, so I’m well on my way to completing my goal of 50 books this year!

WWW is hosted by Taking on the World of Words. Each Wednesday book enthusiasts share their read by answering three questions:

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next? Continue reading “WWW Wednesdays: 8th February 2017”