Friday, 31 October 2014

October Reading Wrap Up

Hello everyone! I feel like I really got my reading mojo back this month and managed to read 7 books this month. This was definitely the month where I settled down and got back into the routine of reading regularly and enjoying it again. I didn't quite manage to get photos of all the books I read this month unfortunately. When I finish a book at uni I normally bring it home with me and leave it at home so when I go to take photos either at home or at uni I find I never have all the books I want to photograph with me. I really need to get into a routine for that! 


Ask The Passengers by A.S. King- Ask The Passengers is yet another absolutely amazing work from King. All of her works are so beautiful and poignant. This is a book about homophobia and bullying in a small town situation but also goes into a lot about self identity and becoming your own person. This got the month off to such a good start and I'm so glad I read it. 5/5 stars.

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler- This was a reread for me so not too much work. Why We Broke Up is made up of letters written by Min to Ed, her ex boyfriend. She is returning a box of all the things that remind her of him and writing a letter to accompany each item. As a teen romance I feel it can be a little cringey at times and that some of the characters are trying painfully hard to be 'cool' and 'unique'. Despite that its so easy to fall completely in love with this book. There are also some beautiful illustrations in it. Also, Daniel Handler is actually Lemony Snicket so if you were a fan of The Series Of Unfortunate Events books then you should give this a read! Another 5/5 star read from me.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte- Oh god I am so glad to have finished this, I've been reading it for months. I hated it. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate its value as a classic but it was just not the book for me. It bored me to death, was so long and the language just totally put me to sleep. I know this is like, everyone's favourite classic but I just didn't enjoy it at all so I gave it 1/5 stars on GoodReads.

Soppy: A Love Story by Philippa Rice - This is a graphic novel about a couple and all the little things they do together. This was a really quick read, it took me 15 minutes! I really enjoyed it but soppy is definitely a good word for this. I wouldn't really recommend it if you're single to be honest. Because it's so short I wouldn't really recommend it as a read but if you have an interest in graphic design/cartoons/art etc then I'm sure you could get a lot of use out of this book. I gave it 4/5 stars.

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare- City Of Heavenly Fire is the final novel in The Mortal Instruments series. And it was a massive one. This book was huge, like 700+ pages huge so it took me quite a while to read. I feel a bit neutral on this one. I didn't hate it but I didn't love it either. I think I'm just really happy to have completed another series! I gave this one 3/5 stars and would definitely recommend finishing the series if you've started it.

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green - Another reread for me! I love going back to read books I really enjoyed as I find I appreciate them more each time I read them. I don't think this is the best book ever written and I find it a little cringey at times but I still can't help but fall in love with it each time I read it. I think this is my 3rd or 4th time reading it now. Its about two teenagers who meet at a cancer support group and end up in a relationship. Its beautiful and also heart breaking. I gave it 4/5 stars. I can't bring myself to give it 5/5 stars as there are some parts of the book that are so cringey and hipstery that make me squirm!

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell - In this book two teenagers meet on the school bus and build an unlikely friendship/relationship. Eleanor is the new kid, she's fat, dresses weird and has unruly red hair. Park is sort of in with the 'in crowd' but feels like being half Korean in a white neighbourhood sets him apart from everyone else. They're an unlikely couple but end up coming together to give this absolutely beautiful story. Eleanor has a really bad home life so this book can be really heartbreaking at times. I would really recommend this to everyone as its such an addictive read, very hard to put down! 5/5 stars.

What did you read this month? And if you've read any of these do you agree with what I had to say?

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