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On my shelf

Hi! hope you’re all well. I asked people on Instagram to give me a number between 1 and 99 but didn’t say what the number was for. It was in fact for this little game, so each number corresponds with the number of a book on my shelf and depending on the number chosen I will tell you a little bit about said book. Whether I’ve read it, if I liked it, where i got it etc. This tag was originally created by Iain Broome, and I though it would be a good way for you to get to know my shelves and have a bit of fun.

59All the bright places by Jennifer Niven

This was a good number to kick things off seen as this is one of the most meaningful books to me. I read this book back in 2015 after a year long struggle with my own mental health and found so much comfort in this story, the main character struggles with mental health issues and describes his worst periods as “being asleep” which really resonated with me and is something I still think about 4 years later. Last year I re-read this book and decided to annotate it, this was the second time I had done this to a book and I thoroughly enjoyed my time. I understand why some people don’t like this book and it is completely valid it just has a very special place in my heart.

95A monster calls by Patrick Ness

I got this book for Christmas last year and read it in one sitting on boxing day. I was unsure going into this book whether it would live up to the hype or not but I can honestly say this is a beautiful book and the illustrations in this edition just make the experience so much more impactful and left me tearing up at the end. I really liked the message of this story, the idea that in order to move on and accept something we have to confront the truth even if it might hurt or be difficult to process, whether that be in relation to grief (like in this book) or something else it is still an important read.

16Five feet apart by Rachael Lippincott

I read this one earlier this year in preparation for the movie but never ended up going to see it (story of my life) but I didn’t think this was anything too special. This is a very typical YA story about teens with a terminal illness who fall in love, they both have cystic fibrosis, and although I think this could be an important read for someone who is battling CF themselves it didn’t really do anything for me. I would still like to get around to seeing the movie at some point though because Cole Sprouse. 😍

36The keeper of lost things by Ruth Hogan

I picked this book up from a local charity shop for Β£1.49 because I had seen it around and decided to give it a go . Unfortunately i really didn’t this I ended up picking up the audiobook just to get through it because I was so bored the entire time, it’s a very domestic type story which I don’t think is my cup of tea, I need at least some plot to keep me entertained and this just did nothing for me. I would send this book back to the charity shop where it came from but i need it for my rainbow shelves haha.

47The hating game by Sally Thorne

This is the most recently read on this list, i read this one last month and included it in my may wrap up if you want to see some more thoughts but this is one of my favourite books i’ve read so far this year and has opened my eyes to adult contemporary/romance. I really liked the characters and both of their backstories as well as the dynamic between the two of them, their relationship was definitely believable in my mind. Joshua Templeman has stolen my heart.

I really enjoyed doing this, let me know if you would like me to do another one in the future and hopefully some books with a little more importance will come up next time. Have you read any of these? if so let me know your thoughts! Thanks for reading x

Chloe

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May wrap up

Hi! Welcome to my first blog post I hope you’re all doing well. Seen as it is the end of May i thought i would share with you all the books I read this month, thankfully i had a good reading month this month i was worried it would be difficult to keep up the pace after i read so many books in April thanks to the OWL’s readathon which I participated in for the first time and did surprisingly well!

Overall stats

  • Books read – 8
  • Total pages – 2726
  • DNF’s – 2
  • Books acquired – 7

Books read

The fault in our stars by John Green β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜….5

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I have wanted to re-read an annotate this book for a while now and after the OWL’s I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to do so. Upon my re-read I discovered that I still absolutely love this story and all of the characters, especially Isaac and his sense of humour. while I recognise that this book has some differing opinions it will always have a special place in my heart as it was one of the first books I decided to pick up of my own accord back in 2013 and I am therefore forever grateful to this book and John Green for changing my reading life. To me this is one of his best books {besides Turtles all the way down} as the story and characters are more developed and I feel that the plot is much stronger and engaging compared to some of his other books. I will say however that after this re-read I did find Augustus to be a little annoying and pretentious at times but overall I wholeheartedly love this story and it was the perfect preparation for my trip to Amsterdam later on in the month.

We were liars by E. Lockhart β˜…β˜…β˜….5

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I picked this book up sort of on a whim as it was cheap on Amazon but ended up mostly enjoying it. I thought that the writing style was well done, it was very metaphorical and therefore were some parts I had to re-read to fully grasp what was going on but overall this wasn’t a huge issue for me. I was completely surprised by the twist at the end I didn’t see it coming at all and would be really interested to go back and pick up on the clues alluding to the ending because it was done so cleverly. The only thing that I feel stopped me from enjoying this book more was the characters, I felt that they were a little bland and therefore I didn’t feel an emotional attachment to any of them, due to this the book didn’t have as strong of an impact on me as I know it has with some people.

The hating game by Sally Thorne β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

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I absolutely adored this book, it’s the first adult romance I’ve ever read and it certainly won’t be the last. I loved Josh as a character I thought that he was really well developed and I loved that he had so much more to his personality instead of just being a typical male love interest, he is my new favourite character. I can’t completely say the same for Lucy, she was a good character but I didn’t connect to her quite as much but nevertheless I still adored every second of their relationship to the point of tearing up at the end. I have nothing bad to say about this book I just need my own workplace romance ASAP please.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor DNF

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I have had this book on my radar for a while and was initially really excited to read this book however I didn’t enjoy this as much as everybody else seems to. I decided to DNF this book at page 198 as it just felt far too slow for me. I was only invested in one of the characters perspectives but even so felt that the story wasn’t going anywhere and that it would be a really slow read that I didn’t want to waste my time on. Sadly I had already bought the sequel so they will both be finding a new home soon enough.

The great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald β˜…β˜…β˜….5

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I had previously watched the movie before reading the book and didn’t particularly enjoy that so I was apprehensive when going into this book but I have been wanting to read more classics so I thought it was worth a shot and ended up really enjoying my time reading this one in the end. Although this is a classic I found the writing style to be easy to digest and not as intimidating as other classics I’ve read in the past so I really appreciated that aspect. I also found the characters to be what really made this book for me, I really connected with Nick as well as Gatsby himself (we need to protect Nick at all costs} they both just completely melted by heart and I love them a lot. The ending hit me hard in the feels too I was not ready for that!

This savage song by V.E. Schwab β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜….5

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This was also a re-read for me but I wanted to give it another chance so I could continue with the duology and I’m so glad I did because I was so much more invested this time around. I loved the premise of this story so much and felt that it beautifully represented the world we live in today and the idea of monsters wanted to be human was wonderful to me. August is such a precious character and you forget his nature and you realise that people don’t fit in to the moulds or stereotypes of what people expect them to. I also loved learning about all the different types of monsters and the history of the city it made me feel like I was completely in the world and the story, making me eager to continue onto the final book in this series. I really have no complaints with this book it just didn’t feel like a 5 star read for me, probably because the shades of magic series is my favourite thing ever.

Our dark duet by V.E. Schwab β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

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As I mentioned I was excited to finish this duology so I did exactly that! I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as I did the first one, for me the plot didn’t go exactly where I thought it would and I found August to be slightly annoying in the second book with some of the decisions he made but i still loved him overall. The ending completely shocked me, I was not prepared for that but I did actually like the way it ended I thought it made perfect sense. I really love this series as a whole and love Victoria Schwab even more, I can’t wait to read the villains series at some point in the near future.

Alice’s adventures in wonderland by Lewis Carroll β˜…β˜…β˜…

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I am ashamed to say I had never read this book until this month and I have to say I did really enjoy it but would definitely want to re-read this book physically at some point in the future as I listened to the audiobook whilst doing other things so didn’t pay full attention to it and because it is such a strange book I feel it needs more of my attention to fully appreciate it. I did however really enjoy the lightheartedness and whimsy of this story and it was exactly what I needed at the time. I loved finally be able to understand and read some of the iconic scenes/lines that everyone associates with this classic and know for definite I will read this many more times and maybe buy a better edition with the beautiful illustrations.

The strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton DNF

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I know unpopular opinion here but I had to DNF this one at the halfway point, I just couldn’t get into the writing style it read like a historical fiction novel which is my least favourite genre, every single one I’ve read I was bored by and the same applied here. I also feel like the title and explanations I’ve heard of this book are inaccurate as we don’t actually meet Ava herself until a long way into the book and it just felt like a domestic story about all these women’s lives which I really didn’t care about at all. I really wanted to love this book and thought I would but this is the second time I have tried to read it and was just to bored both times so unfortunately I don’t think this one is for me.

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

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This book was absolutely perfect and I’ve hardly heard anyone talk about it, you’re all missing out on this one. This book is told half in text and half in pictures as one of the characters, Rose, is deaf and it adds to the story perfectly, I loved how the pictures went over a few pages zooming in on the details so that you can really take the time to understand and appreciate everything in them. It was amazing to see the emotions etc in picture form and it made it have such a bigger impact on me. This is a children’s book but I thoroughly believe it can be appreciated by everyone and everyone will take something different from the story. I have been looking for more books that feature disabled characters as i am partially sighted myself and this was exactly what i wanted and i will think about this book for a long time to come.

Tell me what you read this month or if you’ve read any of these books I’d love to discyss them with you. Thanks for reading x

Chloe

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