Friday, 4 March 2016

Stacking The Shelves - [9]

 


Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews! It is a list of what books you have received over the previous week or in my case over the previous month.
 
So the beginning of last month I began a new job as a books champion in the WHSmith airport store, a full time job dealing with books all day... heaven. During my first month there I had my eye on the books below so I just had to buy them on pay day!

 
1. Finding Audrey By Sophie Kinsella
An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.
This book was suggested to me by the person whose job I was taking over from in my new job, they raved about it so much and recommended it to a number of different people I just thought that I had to see what all the fuss was about. Also it has a pretty cover.

2. Me Before You By Jojo Moyes

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. 
What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's
   coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He   knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.
I am ashamed to admit that I came across the trailer for the movie adaptation for this book before I even read the blurb of this book and just knew that I had to read it before I went to see the film, I have a feeling I am going to cry my heart out when I get around to reading this.

3. Carry On By Rainbow Rowell
Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.
Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters.
I love love love Rainbow Rowell as a writer and absolutely adored Fangirl, possibly because of the extracts of this book at the beginning of each chapter. When I was doing the delivery in work and unboxed this one I nearly screamed the corridor down.

4. Mobile Library By David Whitehouse
Bobby Nusku is nearly alone in the world. He spends his nights meticulously archiving the traces his long-absent mother left behind. He spends his days plotting with his only friend, Sunny, trying to contrive ways to protect himself from neighborhood bullies and an abusive father. But the stories they tell and the realities they live are painfully far apart, and when Sunny is forced to move away, Bobby fears he has no one else to turn to.
Then Bobby encounters two outcasts like himself: Rosa, a girl with a red tricycle who collects names in her notebook and whose disability invites the scorn of the same bullies that haunt Bobby; and Val, her mother, a lonely divorcee who cleans the towns mobile library for work. They connect deeply, filling the gaps in each others lives, but the bond between the older woman and young boy also draws the towns suspicion and outrage, as rumors begin to fly about the nature of their relationship. Val loses her job, Bobby is beaten severely by his father, and, with worse sure to follow, they abscond with Rosa in their sixteen-wheel bookmobile, embarking on a picaresque adventure that comes to rival those in the classic books that fill their library on wheels.
This tends to be very popular with customers in work and the cover keeps catching my eye its so pretty, It also sounds pretty interesting.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

[[Review]] Room By Emma Donoghue



Title: Room
Author: Emma Donoghue
Published by: Picador
Published date: 18th June 2015
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Drama

Pages: 432
To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

           

I became aware of this book from the movie adaptation trailer. I am not one to watch films first if it is based on a book as I believe the books are always better that the movie but the trailer attracted me attention and now that I have read it I will definitely be seeing the movie. 
At first I found it a little difficult to get into the style of writing used, it is wrote from the perspective of a five year old child and I sometimes find it hard to read un-proper English if that even makes sense. If I hadn't watched the trailer i'll be honest and say this book probably wouldn't have made it into my read pile. My advice to you is that if you are reading this and enjoying the story line but struggling with the style of writing just keep going, you will not regret it. 
I knew that this had the potential of being a very emotional book dealing with situations/issues such as kidnap but I was not prepared for the amount of situations/issues this book kept throwing at me, overall it made the book all the more special and touching. I sympathised with the characters that deserved my sympathy, I hated the characters that I was supposed to hate and I fell in love with little Jack, what more can you ask for in terms of characters, Emma is a fantastic writer and I will be keeping my eye out for more of her work after reading this.
Now that you are at the end of my review you are probably thinking to yourself that I haven't said anything in-particularly bad about this book so why haven't I rated it the full five stars, well the simple reason is because the ending disappointed me. I don't know whether it was just because I wanted more or maybe I was just expecting a little more from it but the ending failed to impress me, I feel as though Emma just didn't know how to conclude it or just got bored of trying.



Saturday, 6 February 2016

Another Bookish Hobby Of Mine


When I am not working or reading I like to de-stress using crafts. I am not very good at drawing or making cards so I tried my luck at scrapbooking and absolutely fell in love with it. I also love the idea of documenting my moments in a way that is more personal than a basic photo album. Here is some pictures of the scrapbook I am making for all my memories with my Fiance, it will be good to show our future children!








 

Do you craft? What kind do you do? I'd love to know!

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Stacking The Shelves - [8]


Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews! It is a list of what books you have received over the previous week or in my case over the previous month.
 
I am trying to go easy on the book buying lately on count of saving for a mortgage so I am allowing myself no more than three new books a month... It is killing me believe me but it is also stopping me from impulse buying, buying books that sometimes I don't even necessarily want to read that much.



1. Room By Emma Donoghue
To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.
This year I have decided that it is about time I try to stop reading so many young adult books and make the transition to adult books, I am currently a few chapters into this book and I must say it is helping the transition really well. It is such a good book that I am unable to put down once I pick it up again. If only I had more time.

2. Faceless By Alyssa B. Sheinmel
When Maisie is struck by lightning, her face is partially destroyed. She's lucky enough to get a face transplant, but how do you live your life when you can't even recognize yourself anymore? She was a runner, a girlfriend, a good student ...a normal girl. Now, after a single freak accident, all that has changed. As Maisie discovers how much her looks did and didn't shape her relationship to the world, she has to redefine her own identity, and figure out what 'lucky' really means.
I had no intensions of actually buying this book the first few times I came across it but then it kept popping up everywhere I went so I thought it must be fate and read the back, now I am actually quite intrigued.
 
3. A Monster Calls By Patrick Ness
The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.
But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…
This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.
It wants the truth.
You may already know that Patrick Ness is one of my favourite authors already, I planned on getting around to reading all his books eventually anyway so when completing my Top Ten Tuesday this week on book to movie adaptations I want to see this year, Click Here to see it, I knew I just had to read this one already! I hate watching the movies before i've read the books because the books are always better.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Am Looking Forward To


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we are given a different top ten to complete. For more information and a list of past and future topics, go here.

This week the Top 10 gives us a FREEBIE! So I have decided to list the book to movie adaptations I am looking forward to in 2016.
 
 

1. The 5th Wave
2. The BGF
3. Looking For Alaska
4. Allegiant
5. Before I Fall
6. A Monster Calls
7. The Choice

Saturday, 23 January 2016

[[Review]] Dumplin' By Julie Murphy

Title: Dumplin'
Author: Julie Murphy
Published by: Balzer & Bray
Published date: 15th September 2015
Genre: YA Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 375
 
Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.
               
 
I was convinced that I would be giving this book a five star rating until I got about three quarters of the way through it. It was the ending of the book that disappointed me and left me thinking 'is that it? Really?'. I like a book ending that leaves me feeling an emotion of some sort, whether it be happiness or crying my eyes out. This ending just left me with nothing but disappointment. Having said that I have just noticed that there is a #1 next to the books title on goodreads which is giving me hope that this story will be continued and redeem itself.

In terms of the characters I have no choice but to praise Julie Murphy highly. I loved the relationships she built between them even when there was a lot of ups and downs between them I felt as though they were still there for each other. I loved the personalities of them and how I was made to feel like I knew them personally. However like most other young adult books I read these days I didn't rate the love triangle. 

At certain parts of this book I was confused to whether or not this book actually was based on being positive and confident about the skin you are in, Yes she went out of her comfort zone in some ways but in others she didn't. I also found Willowdean as a bit of a hypocrite, for example describing Millie as

'the type of fat that requires elastic waist pants because they don't make pants with buttons and zippers in her size'

but on the other hand she may have just been trying to make herself feel a bit better about her own body, look at me trying to make excuses for her, I related to this book in a lot of ways, boys, size and relationship between her and her mother, I had such high hopes for a more impressive happy ending and it just didn't happen. I enjoyed the style of writing Julie Murphy used and love how although it was a serious book in some ways she also added humour into it.
 Have you read this? What is your opinion on the ending?