Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Top 10 Tuesday: Books to Read if you Liked this Popular Book

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today I'll be taking popular books and recommending books that are similar:

1. If you liked 'Percy Jackson and the Olympians' by Rick Riordan, you'll like 'The Companions Quartet' by Julia Golding - both include elements of mythology

Monday, 28 September 2015

Book Review: Ready Player One - DNF

Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Series: No
Genre: Science Fiction
My Rating: 1 star - Did Not Finish
Buy: Book Depository
In 2044, the OASIS is a video game played by all - a virtual reality allowing people to escape the horrors of actual reality. For Wade, it's his only escape. When the creator of the game dies, Wade dedicates his life to following his clues in order to find the hidden Easter egg that will give him access to his fortune. But he isn't the only one after the fortune, and some will stop at nothing to reach it.

I made a vow to no longer force myself to read books I am not enjoying, and unfortunately Ready Player One fell into this category rather quickly.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Diversity in Fiction

Diversity is incredibly important in both the fiction and the media, and the level of diversity has improved immensely in the past few years. But still I find that characters with disabilities, characters who aren't Caucasian and characters across the LGBTQIA+ spectrum are often demoted to secondary characters.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Book Review: The Knife of Never Letting Go

Title: The Knife of Never Letting Go
Author: Patrick Ness
Series: Book 1 of 3
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction
My Rating: 5 stars
Buy: Book Depository
Prentisstown is not the same as other towns. For one, all the women are dead. For another, everyone can hear each others thoughts. The thoughts of men spill out into the open in rivers of constant sound, so keeping secrets is not easy. But when Todd Hewitt finds a spot of silence in the impenetrable Noise, he realises that he knows far less about Prentisstown and its people than he thought.

In a world where boys become men at age thirteen, Todd has a limited time before he comes of age. Before he can ponder on what this means, he is forced to flee from everything he once knew with only his dog by his side.

Friday, 18 September 2015

5 Amazing Colour Palettes for Your Book Blog

I recently revamped my blog theme, and what better way to celebrate than giving you a few colour palettes inspired by books! I was inspired when I saw several other blogs doing this and I wanted to try it for myself. You can use these palettes as a starting point for your blog themes, decorating your room or to discover some books with beautiful covers.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Book Review: Heir of Fire

Title: Heir of Fire
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series:book 3 of 6
My Rating: 4 stars
Buy: Book Depository
If I was not a fan of this series before, I definitly am now. While 'Crown of Midnight' felt like it was making it's way towards a twist in the story, 'Heir of Fire' is a huge step up where we see the end of the previous book plays out.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Top 10 Tuesday: Favourite Covers

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic was a free choice, so I will be listing my top 10 favourite covers (I have not read those marked with * yet):

1. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Friday, 11 September 2015

Recommendation: 'The Raven Cycle' by Maggie Stiefvater

Stiefvater is a popular YA author, but 'The Raven Boys' was the first book of hers that I picked up and truely enjoyed. Sort of.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

My Music Obsession: It Drives Me Wild

'Wild' by Troye Sivan

Troye Sivan's new EP is a hauntingly beautiful string of lyrics and sound.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Top 10 Tuesday: Finished Series I have Yet to Finish

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is finished book series that I have yet to finish (those marked with * are ones that I definitely intend on finishing):

Friday, 4 September 2015

Absolutely Everything to do with Sherlock Holmes

As I've mentioned in earlier posts, I'm writing my Extended Project Qualification (or EPQ for short) on Sherlock Holmes. It's a project where I get to choose my topic and the question I need to answer, and then carry out research in order to write a 5,000 word essay on it.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Top 10 Tuesday: Characters I Just Didn't Click With

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is characters that I didn't click with:

Book Review: Fans of the Impossible Life

'Fans of the Impossible Life' by Kate Scelsa
Rating: 1 stars

A copy of this book was provided to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book has trigger warnings for all sorts of mental health, which I will be briefly discussing in this review. I will also be mentioning student/teacher relationships, although nothing happens within the book that I believe will be classed as a trigger.

Scelsa's debut novel is packed with representation of all kinds, which is what first tempted me to read it. The characters were each from different backgrounds: Sebby being a foster child, Mira being biracial and Jeremy having two dads. It is rare to find a book with racial diversity and extensive LGBT+ representation that also addresses different types of families and mental health, and a lot of the adolescent issues that the characters faced about finding acceptance were what kept me reading initially.