May Wrap Up

What a month May has been. I had my final 2 exams ever of uni which stressed me out past the point of being stressed to be honest. I just spent the weekend in Leeds and Birmingham going to 2 dates of Slam Dunk Festival where I saw 13 bands, a few of whom I saw twice, including Panic! At The Disco who were literally insane. Man alive am I tired. I packed up most of my room in Glasgow to go home. I went on a spa day with my mum. I did the race for life. I genuinely feel like I haven’t had time to breathe this month.

I read 8 books this month:
Remember My Name by Abbey Clancy
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Review coming soon)
The Tower Must Fall by S.E.Bennett
The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Review coming soon)
The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater (Review coming soon)
Cupcakes and Confetti: The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea by Jane Linfoot (Review coming soon)

I posted reviews for last month’s  reads:
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
All for the Game trilogy by Nora Sakovic
Truth or Date by Portia MacKintosh

Books I bought:
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Anti-Romance by Cassia Leo
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Throne of Glass colouring book (preorder)
The Bane Chronicles
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (Waterstones exclusive edition with blue pages ITS SO PRETTY)
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (Waterstones exclusive colour in cover edition, signed)
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
You’re the One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher
Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Steifvater
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Steifvater
The Raven King by Maggie Steifvater

I have no self restraint. I’m supposed to be on a book buying ban.

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The Tower Must Fall by S.E. Bennett

I received a copy of this book on NetGalley from Curiosity Quills Press in exchange for an honest review.

In a world where magic and anything related to it is banned, Marek Tobar finds himself caught up in the beginnings of a war between Cryptids and regular people, people who think Cryptids are dangerous. He meets Enyo, an ex assassin and they go on a journey to find Sanctuary. A hundred years after the last fairytales took place they struggle to find their place in their own world.

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The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski | Hype or Like Friday

I haven’t really taken part in the regular Hype or Like (Goodreads group!) posts this month because I’ve been completely buried by exam revision but I was happy enough to add this book to my TBR this month to read along with Hype or Like as I already wanted to read it anyway so it was win win.

Kestrel is the daughter of a general of a huge empire, she lives in one of the captured cities and is being groomed by her father to enter the military like him. One days whilst at a market she takes notice of a slave and bids on him at the auction however this slave is more than meets the eye and part of a much grander scheme than one can imagine.

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The Ultimate Game of Thrones Tag

Thank you to Orang-utan Librarian for tagging me and also making this tag!

Rules:

  1. Mention the creator Orang-utan Librarian (me) so I can see all your your answers
  2. Answer all the questions
  3. Tag people and keep it going!

Part 1: Book Questions

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“We do not sow”- A book you would not be willing to invest in

50 Shades of Gray because fuck that, and After by Anna Todd because it’s literally a book made out of a fanfiction where Harry Styles, precious angel muffin of my world, is a manipulative asshole, so it’s a nope from me.

 

fire and blood

“Fire and blood”- A book that produced strong emotions in you

Harry Potter series, Throne of Glass series and TFIOS

 

winter is coming

“Winter is coming”- Your favourite winter read

Harry Potter, it just takes me back to being a kid and christmas time etc.

 

family duty honour

“Family. Duty. Honour.”- A book about strong family ties

Hmmm, maybe To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, the Song sisters are absolutely adorable.

 

growing strong

“Growing strong”- A book you had low expectations of but that grew on you

Probably City of Bones, as I spoke about in my review, I knew a lot of bad stuff about Cassandra Clare so I was reluctant, but I’m enjoying the series.

 

ours is the fury

“Ours is the fury”- A book that made you furious

Paper Towns, the ending is literally the worst thing

 

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“Unbowed. Unbent.Unbroken.”- A book you have unwavering devotion to

Harry Potter, duh

 

hear me roar

“A Lannister always pays his debts”- A book you feel indebted to

The tag is literally just me saying Harry Potter. I would also maybe say the Princess Diaries, they were quite a big thing for me growing up.

Part 2: Fan Theories

Who do you want to win Game of Thrones?

Jon Snow of course

Who do you think will make it to the end and who do you think will die?

I think all the Lannisters bar Tyrion are gonna kick the bucket, I think Margaery will live she’s got a survivors instinct, I think one of the Stark sisters will live and the other will die but I’m not sure which. Dany might live but I’m not sure.

Part 3: My Game of Thrones

Would you win or die?

I would probably die as I am useless.

What house are you?

House Tyrell according to a quiz I just did.

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Maria @ Bigcitybookworm

Lindsey @ apieceofparadis

Casey @ adoptabookaus

Lauren @ wonderlessreviews

Amy @ thebooklagoon

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City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

First things first, this was definitely the best book in the series that I’ve read so far. The world building was much better, the character’s have finally found their place in the story and the narrative seemed more settled and less erratic that it had in the last book.

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Remember My Name by Abbey Clancy

Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin UK for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Jess is a Liverpudlian who dreams of fame but hasn’t found it yet and makes in income by singing Frozen songs are young girl’s birthday parties. At one of these parties she gets scouted after an embarrassing moment involving mud and she gets caught up in the London lights and fame.

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Burn, Rewrite, Re-read

Thank you to Sammie for tagging me!

Rules:

  • Choose 3 books per round. (Most people have been using the ‘random’ option on their Goodreads read shelf, so I’ll be doing that too.)
  • For each group of books, choose a book to burn, to rewrite, and to reread.
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds.

Round 1:

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Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban

Ohhhhh my god this is so hard wtf. Reread HP3, rewrite TFIOS and burn Size 12. I love all of these books though so I am stressed by this question. HP3 is my favourite of the whole series so I couldn’t touch that, I couldn’t burn TFIOS because god damn that book so looks like Size 12 gets the short end of the stick. As I side note I got to go to a signing for TFIOS in Glasgow a few years ago and actually met John and his brother Hank, they were lovely.

Round 2:

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Colourless Tuzukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

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PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han

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Overbite by Meg Cabot

I’m probably going to go with Reread Colourless Tzukuru, rewrite PS I Still Love You and burn Overbite, mainly because I really enjoyed Insatiable and then in Overbite she killed off the main love interest and had the main character like someone else who was just crap??? And rewriting PS I Still Love You because as I said in my review I just felt like most of the stuff in it was unnecessary. Colourless Tzukuru was one of the most interesting books of Murakami’s that I’ve read.

Round 3:

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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon

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Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

NORWEGIAN WOOD IS IN MY TOP 5 FAVE BOOKS OF ALL TIME I COULD NOT TOUCH IT. If you haven’t read it please do so because it’s so incredible. So I’ll reread that, rewrite TSOA I guess and burn The Curious Incident, mainly because it’s been so long since I read it that I can barely remember what was in it. I do remember there being a lot of maths in it though, which I’m always game for.

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City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

(Cheeky reminder that I’m doing the Race for Life on Sunday if you would like to donate you can click here)

City of Ashes, for me, was a lot better than City of Bones, maybe because less of the plot has been in the adaptations, although that doesn’t really ruin things for me with most books as I do look up spoilers for most things because, as I’ve said in the past, I’m a terrible person.

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100 Followers!

Last night I hit 100 followers and I’m absolutely thrilled. I wasn’t sure how this book blogging thing would go when I started 2 months ago but here I am. Thank you guys for following me and liking my posts and commenting and stuff. It means a lot 

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Thank you to NetGalley and Faber & Faber UK for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Smell of Other People’s Houses is a book set in Alaska/Yukon Country/all up in that snowy area of North America in the 1970s after Alaska became a state. The narrative follows 4 different kid’s lives as they struggle through some pretty tough times and their stories become entwined with each other.

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