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June book haul

Hi! Hope you’re all well I wanted to share with you the 6 books that I acquired this month. Most of them I bought as options for the book junkie trials in July, here is my TBR for that readathon. I tried not to spend too much this month so 3 of these are second hand and 3 are from Amazon.

The diary of a young girl by Anne Frank

I’m using this for the first prompt for The book junkie trials as it features war and political themes. I’ve wanted to read this since going to Amsterdam last month because we didn’t get to go to the Anne Frank museum so I want to learn more about her story etc. I’m not normally a fan of historical fiction but I do think I will like this one.

The boy in the striped pyjamas by John Boyne

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I’ve wanted to own a copy of this book since I read it in school about 7 years ago, I really love this book as well as the movie so I’m super happy to now have a copy to reread. If I manage to get to all of the challenges for Rachael’s readathon I will try to get to this too.

Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend

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I’ve wanted to get this book since I read Nevermoor back in December last year so I finally decided to reread that one and then buy Wundersmith. I actually already read this book last week and enjoyed it so ,much, It’s definitely better than the first one in my opinion.

Spellslinger and Shadow Black by Sebastian De Castell

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I saw both of these at my local supermarket for £1 and had heard of them so I decided to pick them both up. I’m actually really excited to get to these they seem right up my street and if I like them there’s 3 more in the series that I can binge. From the synopsis it kind of reminds me of the night circus and a darker shade of magic which is the best thing you could give me.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

I got this one second hand because again I will be reading it for The book junkie trials as it is the group book. I’m not sure if I’m going to enjoy this one hence why I didn’t want to pay full price for it and I just got a gross movie tie in copy.

I’m hoping to get to all of these next month so I will keep you updated on my thoughts at the end of July. What books have you bought recently? Thanks for reading x

Chloe

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The book junkie trials TBR

Hi! Hope you’re all well, I have decided to take part in the book junkie trials hosted by Rachael Marie Book Junkie on YouTube. This is going to be a month long readathon taking place from the 1st to the 31st July and the aim of the readathon is to complete at least 5 challenges to make your way along the map for your chosen team. I will include Rachael’s announcement video in case you want more information.

I will be sharing with you the 5 books i will definitely be completing throughout this readathon, depending how I feel I may go for the full 17 but I won’t get my hopes up. I took the personality test to decide my team and the result was team Bard so here are the books I will be reading for each one.

  1. The Elven Guard – Read a book with war, military or political themes. For this I am going to be reading The diary of a young girl by Anne Frank.
  2. On The Hallow Isle – Read an atmospheric or horror book. For this I am going to for I let you go by Clare Mackintosh.
  3. Empty Barrel Inn – Enjoy an indulgent book. For this I’m thinking of reading The flatshare by Beth O’Leary.
  4. Giant Squid – Read a book that intimidates you. Might be stretching this a little but I’ve chosen Daisy Jones and the six by Taylor Jenkins Reid just because the hype intimidates me.
  5. The Bookie Grail – Read the group book which is Stardust by Neil Gaiman.

Let me know if you plan on participating in this readathon and what team you’re on. Thanks for reading x

Chloe

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WWW Wednesday #3

Hi! hope you’re all well! I have another WWW Wednesday for you which is hosted by Sam @ taking on a world of words and allows us to share books we’re currently reading. just finished and about to start.

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  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you finish reading recently?
  • What will you read next

What are you currently reading?

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Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend

As I said in my last WWW Wednesday I was going to re-read Nevermoor in order to get to Wundersmith so that’s exactly what I did. I’m only 63 pages into this at the moment so I don’t have many opinions so far but I am excited to find out where this story goes. I really like the character of Jupiter in this series so can’t wait to see more of him in the rest of this series.


What did you finish reading recently?

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Maybe in another life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I loved this so much! This book focuses around the idea of ‘everything happens for a reason’ or the Butterfly effect which is something that me and my friend really believe and it’s become sort of a joke between us so I had a real connection with this premise. This is the kind of book that you finish and have to just sit there contemplating life for a little bit and I will force everyone to read it once I get my physical copy. Unpopular opinion but I liked this more than Evelyn Hugo but I do want to give that another chance.


What will you read next?

I’m honestly not sure what I’m going to read next because technically I don’t have anything on my TBR because I’m saving the rest of my books for The book junkie trials {I’ll be posting a TBR for that soon} . Therefore I really want to re-read and annotate Radio silence because I just need it back in my life.


Let me know if you have read any of these as well as your answers to the questions. Thanks for reading x

Chloe

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Mid year book freak out tag

I love seeing this tag floating around at this time of year so I thought I woild give it a go, I’ll probably end up giving more than one answer for some of these because I just can’t choose!


Best book you’ve read so far this year

Aside from my read of the whole Harry Potter series I think my favourite book so far this year has to be Radio silence, I related to the characters so much at this point in my life and am really tempted to re-read if before going back to university in September.

Best sequel you’ve read so far this year

I haven’t actually read that many sequels this year, I’ve only read 5 (again excluding Harry Potter) so I think I would have to say either In an absent dream or Our dark duet. In an absent dream was my second favourite in the series so far but also I just love V.E. Schwab so I can’t decide.

New release you haven’t read yet but want to

I really want to get to I wish you all the best by Mason Deaver and it would be great if I could read it before the end of pride month as it features a non-binary character which is something I want to learn more about so now would be the perfect time to do so.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

THE STARLESS SEA by Erin Morgenstern without a doubt. I’ve already pre-ordered the beautiful Waterstones edition, I have no clue what it’s even about but I can’t wait.

Biggest disappointment

My biggest disappointment so far this year has got to be Evermore by Sara Holland, I really enjoyed the first book, Everless, back in march last year but found this one to be so boring and I didn’t care at all. I have a feeling that my enjoyment of the first book stemmed from the fact that I was just getting back into reading so had nothing to compare it to. So i probably just loved it but sadly that wasn’t the case for the second book and I’m not sure if I will continue the series.

Biggest surprise

I have two for this one, both for the same reason I suppose. The first being The hating game and the second being The woman in the window because I haven’t read much from both of these genres I wasn’t sure what to expect from them but can definitely say I loved them both. So i;m glad i read them both because I want ti try more from these genres in the future now.

Favourite new to you author

I’m sorry but it has to be Alice Oseman, I’ve only read Radio silence but all her other books sound interesting to me so I’m sure I’ll love them too.

Newest fictional crush

JOSHUA TEMPLEMAN I don’t need to say anything else.

Newest favourite character

I would probably say August Flynn from the monsters of Verity duology by V.E. Schwab, I always love her characters and this time was no exception.

Book that made you cry

Like i said in my last post I’m not much of a crier so I think the only book that had=s made me cry as opposed to just tear up is Harry Potter and the deathly hallows, there were actual tears running down my cheeks, I guess they were happy and sad tears at the same time.

Book that made you happy

Red white and royal blue, where do I start, this book was everything. I really loved the banter between the two main characters as well as the Britishisms and i suppose stereotypes. This is one of the only books I have laughed out loud at and I can’t wait to get my hands on a physical copy.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year

The Psychology of time travel by Kate Mascarenhas or Scar by Alice Broadway.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I don’t think there’s any that I NEED to read but, The starless sea is definitely up there.


Let me know your answers to these questions, thanks for reading x

Chloe

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Books that made me cry

I don’t cry at books very often and if I do it’s either a single tear or I’m happy crying , I happy cry way more than I sad cry. So here’s my small list of 8 books that have made me cry, I’m not going to explain my reasoning behind any of these because spoilers!


A man called Ove by Fredrik Backman

The boy in the striped pyjamas by John Boyne

All the bright places by Jennifer Niven

The fault in our stars by John Green

A conjuring of light by V.E. Schwab

The afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

Outwalkers by Fiona Shaw

A list of cages by Robin Roe

If you have any recommendations for really sad books please let me know I need to cry. Which books have made you cry? Thanks for reading x

Chloe

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WWW Wednesday #2

Hi! hope you’re all well! I have another WWW Wednesday for you which is hosted by Sam @ taking on a world of words and allows us to share books we’re currently reading. just finished and about to start.

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  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you finish reading recently?
  • What will you read next

What are you currently reading?

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Eliza and her monsters by Francesca Zappia

I am currently on page 191 and have to say I’m not as obsessed with this as I thought I would be but I am still really enjoying this and it’s a super fast read I will hopefully finish it pretty soon. This books reminds me a lot of Radio silence by Alice Oseman which is on my top 10 all time favourites so it’s a tough one to beat in my eyes but it’s by no means a bad book.


What did you finish reading recently?

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Sourdough by Robin Sloan

I’m not really sure how to feel about this book, it was probably one of the strangest things I’ve ever read and it was just okay for me. This follows a woman living in San Francisco who works at a robot programming company but ends up getting an unlikely passion for baking bread after her favourite restaurant closes down. Mainly this book just made me want to eat all the bread.


What will you read next?

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Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

I want to re=read this book so that I can move onto the sequel which I bought recently. I feel the need to read this again because when I read it the first time I was in a bit of a slump so I think I will enjoy it more this time and get more out of the story. I did still enjoy this last time and am excited to see where Wundersmith takes us.


Let me know if you have read any of these as well as your answers to these questions. Thanks for reading x

Chloe

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Top 10 all time favourites

Hi! Hope you’re all well. Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shannah @ Bionic book worm that I decided to participate in. This week is all about your all time favourite books but instead of 5 it’s 10 because we all know hard it is to chose your favourite children. This lost is in no particular order, that would make it even harder!


The night circus by Erin Morgenstern

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This is a book that I didn’t expect to like but I absolutely fell in love with it and have now read it twice, I love the descriptions of food in this story and the whole magic system. The characters are also my favourite things ever I love Bailey with all my heart and I just want to go to the circus so bad. I can’t wait for the movie omgggg!


Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman

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This was another one that kind of crept up on me, I had heard it mentioned but wasn’t too interested until I saw a special signed edition in Waterstones which is just the prettiest thing and I had to have it. I then read it and I related to Eleanor so much and I loved the British references throughout the book as i don’t read many books set in the UK so that was nice.


A darker shade of magic by V.E. Schwab

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The last one specifically but the whole series is incredible. I really love this world and was so captivated the whole time, it genuinely made me feel like a child again reading these because I was that obsessed and wanted to be part of this world. Lila Bard is my absolute favourite character ever {haters come at me} but I have an even deeper love for her because {spoiler kinda!} she has one eye and consequently wears a prosthetic which is also the case for me so I connected to her a little more.


Under rose-tainted skies by Louise Gornall

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This was my final read of last year and I’m so glad I managed to squeeze it in because it quickly made it on my favourite reads of the year. This focuses a lot on mental health and it really resonated with me and made me realise a lot of things, reading this was kinda tough because it really represented me and I am so eager to read it again so I can annotate it.


Radio silence by Alice Oseman

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Boy I love this! I really liked how this book centres around friendship rather than romance like most YA novels as well as the diversity in this book, the diversity feels so natural and not forced at all. This also focuses around the characters being unsure about going to university which hit close to home as I myself have never been unsure about going to university even to the point of dropping out last year and taking that time to realise I want to go again this year. I really needed this and again can’t wait to re-read this.


All the bright places by Jennifer Niven

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Another book that just really hit me hard with the amount that I related to it. I’ve said this before in my on my shelf post but I do recognise that this book very much glamorises mental health and suicide and that it could potentially be harmful for people to read. having said that it was something I needed at the time that I read this and fir that reason I am thankful for this book so it remains one of my favourites.


A Christmas carol by Charles Dickens

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A bit of a different one compared to the rest of this list but this is my favourite classic, and one of the few I’ve actually read. I read this in school for my GCSEs and have loved it ever since. I really enjoyed studying this book and I really love Christmas so that helps. Honourable mention to The afterlife of holly chase which is a retelling of A Christmas carol which I will no re=read every December as well as the original.


A man called Ove by Fredrik Backman

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Another unexpected favourite. I borrowed this from a family member after she had finished it and had to by my own copy because I loved it that much. This book is so sad yet so hopeful at the same time and all the characters just make this story for me. It’s beautifully written {also translated} so i can’t wait to read more from Fredrik Backman in the future.


Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone by J.K. Rowling

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I’m sure you don’t need me to explain this one but I actually only read this series in it’s entirety for the first time earlier this year and obviously I fell in love. I had read the first 3 as a child but for some reason never continued, I think I was too intimidated by the size after book 3. Also chamber of secrets is my favourite in the series and I will stand by that and Ron is my absolute babe we love him.


The hating game by Sally Thorne

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Okay so does somebody want to stop me from talking about this book again because this is the third post it’s wiggled it’s way into. I have nothing more to say I just loved this so much and it has opened my eyes to the world of adult romance which I will certainly be diving into soon. I love josh with all my heart can we please protect him.


Let me know some of your favourites. Thanks for reading

Chloe

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