September Book Haul 2016.

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Last month I didn’t do a book haul because I was on a book ban which I successfully stuck to. However, I couldn’t stay away from Waterstones forever and so this month I did do a bit of spending. In total I bought eleven books this month, although two of them I actually forgot to include in the photo above and the other three are ebooks.

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The Autumn Book Tag.

As a lover of autumn I was very happy to have been tagged for this, so thank you very much for tagging me Callum McLaughlin.

1. What is your favourite thing about autumn?

There is a lot I love about autumn: the colours associated with this time of year, the trees, the weather getting cooler, but still having some warmer days. Above all, I love this time of year for reading. On those colder, rainy days I feel so content just sat surrounded by pillows and a comfy jumper and a good book. Meanwhile, on the dryer and slightly warmer days I love going out and seeing the beauty that is autumn. Furthermore, autumn means Halloween and I do quite enjoy a horror/Halloween movie or two.

of mice and men2. What book reminds you of your school days?

A few really. The first book which comes to mind is the classic Of Mice and Men which basically everybody in this country has to read for GCSE English. Unfortunately, my copy is tainted by my brother’s days of studying the book at school, so it is covered in highlighter pen. The second book I remember reading is Lord of the Flies by William Golding and I remember absolutely loathing this book. The book was so dull and boring and while the descriptions were good, they were far too long and frequent throughout the book.

me earl etc3. What book cover reminds you of autumn?

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews.

I chose this book mostly because of the trees and the orange tinge to the green in the middle third of the cover. Additionally, the orange and red tones in the bottom third are rather autumnal as the shades aren’t too bright.

the woman in black4. What is your favourite horror or Halloween story?

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill.

Honestly, I have only read three horror stories before, so I suppose that makes this quite easy. Two books were written by Susan Hill, but I only really enjoyed one of them so The Woman in Black it is!

Also, I don’t count John Dies at the End as a horror story; it was just too weird. Either way, it wouldn’t be my favourite.

5. What is your favourite horror or Halloween film?

I enjoy a good horror movie, but I haven’t really found one that I really like. This has proved difficult because I don’t seem to scare easily. However, I love Halloween and my favourite Halloween film for sure is Hocus Pocus! I have to watch it every year, preferably on Halloween night itself.

6. What fall book release are you most looking forward to?

There are a lot of books being released this season so this is tricky. Firstly, I am excited for Harry Potter, the illustrated edition, although that has been out for a little while now and I do already own it. Similarly, I was excited for Carry On by Rainbow Rowell as Carry On is actually a book from Rowell’s book Fangirl which I greatly enjoyed. There are more I was looking forward to, such as Rick Riordan’s new book, but those two I was anticipating the most.

7. What autumn movie release are you most anticipating?

I am personally more of a TV show kind of person, so I’ve had to do a little research for this question as I struggle to stay up to date with movies. However, my research did remind me that Pan was released this month which I had been excited about for a while.

8. What are three books you plan to read this autumn?

  • The Sisters by Claire Douglas.
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling (reread).
  • Either Dracula or Frankenstein; we are approaching Halloween, afterall.

Those are all my responses to all the tag questions and now I am going to tag three people:

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Also, please leave a comment and let me know whether you think I should read Dracula or Frankenstein first.


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Book Favourites for September.

“Every time you post something online you have a choice. You can either make it something that adds to the happiness levels in the world – or you can make it something that takes away from them.” – Zoe Sugg.

The last time I wrote about some of my favourite books was back in June, already three months ago! Since then I have read a great deal of books, so here are my five favourite books out of the ones I have read over the last three months:

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August Book Haul.

August book haul“So many books, so little time.” – Frank Zappa.

Unfortunately, due to the many books on my bedside table I haven’t actually bought many books this month. However, I couldn’t help, but buy a few. The few I bought includes:

  • The Odyssey by Homer.
  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell.
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson.
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews.

The OdysseyThe Odyssey by Homer:

As someone who greatly enjoyed reading The Iliad, even after having studied it for a year at A level, I had to buy The Odyssey. I also chose this copy because a) look at it, it’s beautiful, b) it matches my hardback Clothbound Classics copy of The Iliad and c) it is by the same translator as the one I read for The Iliad. 

As you can tell, I haven’t yet read this book. As a result I am inserting the synopsis from Goodreads:

The epic tale of Odysseus and his ten-year journey home after the Trojan War forms one of the earliest and greatest works of Western literature. Confronted by natural and supernatural threats – shipwrecks, battles, monsters and the implacable enmity of the sea-god Poseidon – Odysseus must use his wit and native cunning if he is to reach his homeland safely and overcome the obstacles that, even there, await him.

LandlineLandline by Rainbow Rowell:

I love Rowell’s previous books. I have reviewed Eleanor and Park and Fangirl and I greatly enjoyed them so I cannot wait to read Landline.

The Goodread’s synopsis says:

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

I'll give you the sunI’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson:

I have heard a lot about Nelson so I cannot wait to read this. In fact, I still need to buy and read The Sky is Everywhere, maybe next time I’m out book shopping…

Here is Goodread’s description:

Jude and her twin Noah were incredibly close – until a tragedy drove them apart, and now they are barely speaking. Then Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy as well as a captivating new mentor, both of whom may just need her as much as she needs them. What the twins don’t realize is that each of them has only half the story and if they can just find their way back to one another, they have a chance to remake their world.

me earl etcMe and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews:

Anyone who has been following this blog for a little while will be aware of the fact that I have already read this book. As a result of this, the copy I have bought this month isn’t for myself, but for a friend. I hate lending books, especially ones I love, so I decided to buy a copy for my best friend. Also, the fact that it was Result’s Day when I bought it was a contributing factor.

I have already written about this book, so to read my review please click here. It is definitely a book I recommend, especially to people who like Young Adult books.

Those are all of the books I bought throughout August. What books did you buy?

The last thing I would like to mention before I sign off is that earlier this week I created a poll in this post, so if you haven’t responded to it already I would really appreciate you doing so. Even if you are new to this blog, I would be grateful as you can still check the box for what kind of posts you most enjoy reading about regardless of whether you have or not read them on this blog. Thank you for your time.


July Favourites.

“My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library.” – Peter Golkin.

July favouritesIt’s the end of the month again and that means July Favourites. It was a struggle to remember what I enjoyed this month because it has flown by so quickly that I barely remember anything. According to my diary I went shopping a couple of times, but I can barely recall it actually happening. Nevertheless, a few items have surfaced to my memory throughout today as well as some old finds that I have found myself enjoying once again.

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Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews.

“I just murdered the word “weird”. Now it’s just a bunch of letters. It’s like there’s all these dead bodies all over the page now.” – Jesse Andrews.

Originally, I was  going to review John Dies at the End by David Wong today, but I woke up this morning, still having not finished the book due to having spent yesterday at my uncle’s house. As a result of this, I decided to pick this book up to read as it is so much shorter and therefore allows me to keep up with my plan of posting book reviews every Monday. However, I am intending to finish John Dies at the End in the next couple of days so hopefully I will be able to post that review on Thursday.

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