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WWW Wednesday #4

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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rose-tainted skies by Louise Gornall

I’m rereading some of the books I’ve wanted to annotate so this one is the second on my list. I’m currently only 29 pages in but I’m loving it even more than last time. This story really means a lot to me in the way it describes mental health, specifically anxiety. I can’t wait to get more into this and maybe do another ‘thoughts I had while reading’ once I’ve finished.


What did you finish reading recently?

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Radio silence by Alice Oseman

Sorry this post is really boring and repetitive I just finished Radio silence which again was a re-read. Check out my last post called 104 thoughts I had while reading Radio silence if you want to see me gush about this book. Needless to say this is probably my favourite book ever I just love everything about it, the characters are great and the whole overall message of the story.


What will you read next?

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The diary of a young girl by Anne Frank

This is the first book on my Book junkie trials TBR so I think that will be the next thing I read. I don’t know too much about this if I’m being completely honest but I’m expecting it to be an emotional ride.


Let me know your answers to these questions or link your post in the comments. 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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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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Popular books I don’t like

Hi! Hope you’re all well, I took to my Goodreads to see which books were my lowest rated and tell you a little bit about why I didn’t like them as much as other people seem to.


The lovely bones by Alice Sebold

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It took me 5 years to read this book, I initially bought it after reading the first chapter in school and thought it sounded interesting but nevertheless I tried to read this countless times and could never make it past the 30 page mark until last year i was fed up of seeing on my shelf so I just read it. This book is probably the one on this list that I hate the most I feel genuine anger even a year after reading it. The writing was awful and if I remember correctly this was just a load of nonsensical metaphors, extremely long sentences and pointless descriptions. There was absolutely no plot after the first 50 or so pages, the book could literally have ended there because the actual ending made no sense at all and I didn’t care for anything that was happening as I coincidentally didn’t care for any of the characters. Speaking of, the characters had no personality whatsoever and were just flat and boring, even the serial killer in my opinion. It’s safe to say this book did not stay on my shelves for very long.


The boneless mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke

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I really wanted to like this book, I had received an ARC copy of this in a book box club subscription box so was super excited about getting into this one but sadly I was really disappointed by everything in this book. I didn’t understand what was happening most of the time the scenes just seemed to jump all over the place and blurred together, I couldn’t imagine the setting at all. I also didn’t understand the motive and end goal for the characters it never felt like anything was happening and we were just repeating the same things over and over until we got to the end and truthfully I did have to skim read this just to get to the end because I couldn’t take the boredom any longer. I literally couldn’t tell you anything about any of the characters except that they were all women. no idea what their names are or any of their backstories. Granted I’ve never read the original tale that this book is based on but personally I don’t feel that would make a difference to my opinions of this book.


The strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

I got this book for Christmas last year and was eager to read it after seeing all the hype surrounding the story itself and the beautiful writing style. I won’t talk about this one too much as I already mentioned it in my may wrap up but my main thoughts were that the title of the story is misleading as we don;t really follow Ava herself, the story mainly focuses on the previous generations of her family. this therefore made it feel a lot like a historical fiction which is by far one of my least favourite genres and so was a disappointing read for me to say the least.


All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

Like I said I really don’t like historical fiction especially those centred around a war so this mammoth of a book was never going to be my cup of tea. The reason I decided to pick this up was because the main character is blind which is something I am always excited to see in books as I myself am blind in one eye so yes this was the main reason I was drawn to this story. I will admit i was enjoying this book at the beginning but eventually I got bored and felt that this book was way too long and could easily have been cut down. The similarities between this and the book thief were very apparent to me as I had not long since read that book and enjoyed it slightly more than this but again not as much as everybody else. I didn’t feel any emotion to the characters and just wanted to get through it and move on.


They both die at the end by Adam Silvera

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I honestly don’t have much of a reason for disliking this book I just found it to be really underwhelming but definitely not as bad as some of the ones on this list already. I did find the characters to be compelling enough to keep me going through this story they were definitely likeable {I did find their dialogue to be a bit unrealistic}, for me however it was the plot that really let this book down. In my opinion the world needed to be explained a little bit more for me to feel completely engaged with the story and it was really only at the very end where I felt that things picked up/got interesting but the rest of the story was just bland. I would like to read more books by this author in the future and give him a second chance.


Strange the dreamer by Laini Taylor

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And finally we have Strange the dreamer, again I mentioned this one in my may wrap up so I will keep it brief. I ended up DNFing this book so my opinions are only based on the first 200 pages however I don’t think I would have enjoyed it even if I had made it to the end. I was only interested in Lazlo’s perspective as I was confused by the other one that we started to see, I didn’t really mesh well with the writing style I found it to be too flowery and descriptive for me which mean that I didn’t have a very good grasp on the world building because I didn’t understand what Laini Taylor was trying to show us most of the time.


Let me know your opinions of these books and what are some unpopular bookish opinions that you have? Thanks for reading x

Chloe

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