Today’s Monstrous Book Haul

Hello everyone!

Today Natalie and I went to Waterstones and well… I may have bought *some* books. Here’s my book haul!

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The first book I picked up was Love, Hate, & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed. This is a new contemporary that I’ve been really excited about, and I was super in the mood for contemporaries! I’m hoping to get to this one this weekend. It’s about a girl who wants to go to film school but is torn due to her Indian heritage, and what her mum wants from her. When a terrorist attack happens in another city, Maya is faced with Islamophobia from the neighbourhood she’s known all her life. I’m really excited because this is #OwnVoices too.

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The next book I picked up was Witchborn by Nicholas Bowling. I seem to have a thing for witches right now and I am sooo excited! This follows a girl called Alyce who is currently residing in Bedlam asylum – her mother has been executed for being a witch, and Alyce’s powers are beginning to show… Caught between two warring queens – one on the throne and one in the Tower – Alyce has to fight for her life. I’m currently studying Shakespeare too so although I think this is magical realism, it’ll be really fascinating to read something from around the time he was writing!

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The final book I bought in Waterstones today was Where Poppies Blow: The British Soldier, Nature, The Great War by John Lewis-Stempel. This is a non-fiction book about WWI and nature – such as soldiers and their relation to horses, the fields that they fought in, and the vermin that they lived with. I was going to get this over Christmas, but held off – but seeing as I picked it up again, not remembering the title until I read the subtitle, and with a different cover, I thought that it would be something that I would really enjoy so picked it up.

That’s all of the books that I picked up from Waterstones today, but I came home to some book mail!

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I bought The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller from The Book Depository, and it arrived today! I actually have this on Kindle, but I’m seeing Madeline Miller at the UEA Spring Literary Festival and often after them the authors do signings, so I really wanted to have a physical copy! I’m so excited to read this: this follows Achilles and Patroclus during the Trojan War, aka a retelling of the Iliad – and they’re lovers! This sticks, I think, close to the story of the Iliad (come on, having read it, they loved each other so much!), and it has incredible ratings, so I can’t wait to read it.

DSC_1099And that’s my book haul! I also grabbed Grave Matter by Juno Dawson from the library, which seems to be a short novella with illustrations about a girl who died and the boy who mourns her. It seems to have a bit of magical realism too.

I really hope you guys have enjoyed this blog post! Let me know if you’ve read any of these books in the comments below. Once I’ve read them, I’ll be reviewing them on my review blog, Sprinkled With Words, so if you’re interested to hear my thoughts on them make sure to head on over there and give it a follow!

Until the next time,

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My University TBR

This semester at university, in comparison to last semester, I have a rather large reading list, which I thought would be nice to share with you guys! I am taking three modules: Austen and the Brontës, Shakespeare, and Poetry [creative writing].

Austen and the Brontës

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For this module, I am reading 3 books by Jane Austen and one for each of the Brontës.

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë

Shakespeare

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I am so excited to be studying Shakespeare, especially as a week before my module began they changed one of the plays we were studying to Macbeth, which is my favourite! I cannot wait to study it again (although it is in the last week, which is a bit annoying).

  • Henry V 
  • Richard II 
  • Romeo and Juliet 
  • A Midsummer’s Night Dream 
  • Twelfth Night 
  • The Winter’s Tale
  • Hamlet
  • Macbeth

I’ve read/studied/been in Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, and Macbeth, so I’m glad that there are more that I haven’t studied before.

Poetry

For my poetry book, we’re encouraged to read widely of poetry, so there isn’t really a set reading list. Having said that, we do have one anthology:

  • Emergency Kit edited by Jo Shapcott

I’ve read a couple of poems from here already and really enjoyed them. Although we probably won’t have much set reading throughout this module, I’ll enjoy dipping in and out of the book.

If you’re studying this year, what is on your reading list? Have you read anything from mine?

Until the next time,

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18 Books I Want to Read in 2018

Today I thought I would share a list of 18 books I would like to read in 2018! Some of these books are non-fiction; some are YA, some are fantasy; some aren’t even published yet! I would love to get to all of these by the 30th of December 2018, so here’s hoping that I can do that. I’ll keep checking in to this post to update it as I (hopefully) check them off my list. All the books I’ve read will have a strike-through (and will likely have been reviewed either on my Goodreads or other blog).

[Last updated: 10/09/2018]

  1. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  2. Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan
  3. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
  4. Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard
  5. A Spoonful of Murder by Robin Stevens
  6. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
  7. Secrets For The Mad by dodie
  8. In Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott
  9. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
  10. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
  11. Mythos by Stephen Fry
  12. Saga vol 8 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  13. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
  14. Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
  15. The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan
  16. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  17. River of Ink by Paul MM Cooper
  18. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

How many have you read yourself?

Until the next time,

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Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters | Epic Riordan Readalong

Hello all, and welcome to the second week of the Epic Riordan Readalong! I really enjoyed reading Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief this week, and we’re of course continuing on the series by moving onto Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters! 

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Percy Jackson continues on his journey as a half-blood, this time his quest taking him to the sea from where his father comes from. Percy must travel on the same quest Jason took – to find the Golden Fleece and protect Camp Half-Blood from harm.

The reading schedule is now up on the YouTube channel, and I’ve started to host Twitter chats on Twitter! Make sure to follow our Instagram too to see some great fanart and fan posts too.

ICYMI, the questions from last week’s Twitter chat on Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief were…

  1. Which cabin do you think you would be in at Camp Half-Blood?
  2. Throughout the book, Percy is troubled by prophetic dreams. How important do you think dreams are in literature?
  3. *spoilers* Luke betrays Camp Half-Blood – but do you sympathise with him at all?
  4. The Three Fates appear to Percy early on in the quest. Do you believe in fate?
  5. If you could have a magical object, what would you have?

If you want to answer these questions, feel free to make your own blog post or Tweet using the hashtag/s #EpicRiordanChat and #EpicRiordanReadalong!

I’m really excited to read book 2 in the Percy Jackson series, so, until the next time,

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Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief | The Epic Riordan Readalong

The first week of 2018 brings in the start of Epic Riordan Readalong. I’m so happy to be beginning this readalong, and I hope you guys join along with me and my lovely friend Natalie @ Bookographic.

This week we’re of course starting with the great Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief! Our schedule for this one is the 1st – 7th Jan, and I’m really excited to finally be rereading this after so long.

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If you didn’t know, Percy Jackson is about a boy who discovers his a demigod, the son of Poseidon. In this one, Percy is being accused of a crime he didn’t commit – stealing the thunderbolt of the king of the Gods, Zeus. If Percy doesn’t return the bolt by the summer solstice, it’ll be all out war – but the trouble is, of course, that he doesn’t actually have the bolt to return…

I really hope you guys will join in the with the readalong! I’ll be posting the schedule later this week (sorry that it’s up much later than what I imagined!), so if it’s just a series or two that you want to join in with reading with us, feel free! We’re of course starting with Percy Jackson, so there are your first five weeks of 2018 sorted!

If you want to join in, you can Tweet us, Instagram us, or email us (epicriordanreadalong @ hotmail . com), and remember to use the hashtag #EpicRiordanReadalong.

Until the next time,

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Why You Should Read Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens

Having just finished the first book of short stories and extra info attached to the Wells & Wong series by Robin Stevens, I am embarking on re-reading all of the 5 books currently out, and I thought I would chat about why you should read Robin Stevens’ Wells & Wong series too! Book 6 comes out on February 8th 2018 (you can read more about me rambling about it here!), so you have ample time to read all 5 books before the 6th comes out soon!

The books, in order, are:

  1. Murder Most Unladylike
  2. Arsenic for Tea
  3. First Class Murder
  4. Jolly Foul Play
  5. Mistletoe and Murder
  6. A Spoonful of Murder (out Feb 8th 2018)

And the book of short stories aforementioned is called Cream Buns and Crime.

So why should you read these books? Read on to find out…

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  1. Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong
    Okay so these two are basically a bad-ass girl version of Sherlock and Watson. Not only do we have epic girl detectives and a lot of talk about women’s rights in the 1930s, but also Hazel is from Hong Kong. She talks a bit about racism and diversity (as in, Hazel as the narrator), and I just love these two and want to be their friends.
  2. Diversity and rights
    Moving on from the racial diversity of the main characters, we have a couple of same-sex relationships, and lots of talks about rights for women. The books begin in 1934, and thus far are up to 1936, so we’re beginning to talk about Germany etc. now as well.
  3. Brilliant mysteries! 
    Robin Stevens is a FANTASTIC mystery writer. The mysteries are fascinating and I love working them out along with the Detective Society! Some of them I spent AGES trying to work out what happened.
  4. Hazel as a narrator
    Hazel is a great narrator, and I am always completely drawn into the world of the mysteries. I think Stevens chose a really good person to narrate the stories. It’s also something I always wanted to do in the story – make the main character not the “main character”. It’s similar with the original Sherlock Holmes stories too.
  5. Historyyyyyyyyyy
    Set in the 1930s, Stevens has really done her research and the stories are so realistic. I really liked this in Cream Buns and Crime where we had recipes from the time period, as well as lots of history about famous unsolved murder mysteries, detectives, spies, and authors.

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Those are just 5 reasons why I think you should read Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens! I absolutely LOVE these books and would highly recommend anyone picking them up. They’re recommended for young readers, but I’m 19 years old, an English Lit BA student, and I really enjoy them!

Have you read Murder Most Unladylike, or any of Robin Stevens’ books?

Until the next time,

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Epic Riordan Readalong! | Announcement

Hello all! I am really excited to make this announcement.

Over the upcoming year, me and my friend Natalie will be reading all of Rick Riordan’s books, one every week, and we would love it if you would come and join us!

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We’re starting the year with the Percy Jackson, with of course Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. Every week, I will be posting a video on our new YouTube channel, and I will also be posting on this blog, so make sure you subscribe to all of our social media!

I honestly cannot WAIT for all this to begin. I haven’t read Percy Jackson in a long, long time, and I’ll be reading the Kane Chronicles for the first time as well!

I hope you’ll be reading alongside us, because I’m really excited! Make sure to subscribe to our social media (and this blog! I might be making a blog about it, but I’m not entirely sure yet) to stay up to date with all of the goings on.

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I really hope you guys come and join, and read Rick Riordan with us!

Upcoming Releases I’m F**king Excited For

I’m not joking. When I saw some of the books I’m about to tell you about, I genuinely screamed aloud. Let’s just say that my bank account may be screaming with me come the release dates. I have three books to chat about today, and I am so frickin’ excited for them all.

1. Saga Vol. 8 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples

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AAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Okay, so I am currently on Vol. 4 – so I have 5, 6, and 7 still to read – but I am so excited for vol. 8! I am avoiding the description for vol. 8, so cannot tell you anything about it (apart from screaming READ SAGA FOR GOODNESS’ SAKE at you), but LOOK AT THIS COVER. Isn’t it just the best thing ever?! I want this as a print and on my wall, let me tell you.

Release date: 2nd Jan 2018

2. The Curses by Laure Eve (The Graces #2)

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Oh. my. god. Okay so #1 – can we talk about how awkward I was when I met the incredible Laure Eve at YALC over summer? (#sorryLaure) #2 CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW I DID NOT KNOW THIS WAS COMING OUT?! I cannot WAIT to continue on with this series and discover what happens, although I will suspect I will need to reread the Graces first. Whilst my hype has not diminished, my memory certainly has, and I need to remember some of the details… #whoops

Release date: 9th Jan 2018

3. A Spoonful of Murder by Robin Stevens (Wells & Wong #6)

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HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS WAS A JANUARY RELEASE?! I knew that this book was coming out soon, but not this soon. ohemgee I am so excited. If you have not read any of Robin Stevens’ books, I recommend that you rectify that immediately, starting with the astonishingly incredible Murder Most Unladylike. Dooooo it.

Release date: Edit: A SPOONFUL OF MURDER’s release date is actually set at February 8th 2018, not January 4th as originally said on Goodreads! 

So here are some new releases I am screaming about (I do not apologise for the sheer amount of enthusiasm in this post). What’re some you’re excited for? Are you flailing about the same books I am?

Until the next time,

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Classics on my TBR

I really would love to read some more classics in the new year. I tried to take part in a couple of classics challenges this year… but it just didn’t really happen.

With that being said, here are some classics on my TBR (to be read). I am doing a module at university next year called Austen and the Brontes, so I have excluded any of their novels that appear on that module list – all bar Pride and Prejudice are on my TBR! – so here are some that I want to read without them being prescribed reading!

Image result for howards end penguin english libraryHowards End by EM Forster

I believe that this has been adapted by the BBC and broadcast in the past couple of weeks, but I would love to read this novel. I read A Room With a View by Forster over summer, and absolutely loved it, so I’m so excited to get to this one!

Image result for dracula penguin english libraryDracula by Bram Stoker 

I’ve wanted to read the original Dracula for a long time, especially as I’ve recently read Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco (incredible series, btw). My incredible friend Natalie bought this for me recently, and I’m so excited to tuck myself up in bed, make sure there’s no vampires hiding in my room, and read it!

Image result for i capture the castle vintageI Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith 

I actually got this for Christmas… last year… and have not read it yet. This is a children’s classic, but that is not stopping me from wanting to read it! I have a beautiful edition too, with a cute cat on the spine (yes, I’m looking at it right now, and wanting to dive right into it) so I’m excited to read it!

Image result for fahrenheit 451 bookFahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury 

I reaaaaaaally want to read this book (sadly, however, it is at home right now). It’s a relatively short book too, so theoretically I should be able to devour it quickly. It’s one of my friend’s favourite books, and she keeps bugging at me to read it, so I should probably get around to that one sharpish.

Image result for down and out in paris and londonDown and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell 

I’ve read a few pieces by George Orwell – Animal Farm is one of my all-time favourite books – and I would really love to read Down & Out. Others on my Orwell TBR include basically the rest of his books! Homage to Catalonia is also high on my Orwell TBR.

I really hope you guys enjoyed this list! What’s on your classical literature TBR? I would love to know! and if you have any recommendations for me, I would love those also.

Until the next time,

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‘Currently Reading’ Goodreads Shelf Tour

Hello all! Today I thought I would chat about my Goodreads’ currently reading shelf.

gr crI used to be a strictly only reading-one-book-at-a-time kinda gal, but recently I noticed that my CR (currently reading) was up to 6! A shocking amount for me.

Why do I have so many? Well, if I talk you through them, it might help you to understand! The first one is one I wanted to mention first, and then the others are just the way they appear on my CR list on Goodreads.

1. The first book that I notice on my currently reading shelf is Facing Up and Facing the Frozen Ocean by Bear Grylls. Holy smokes – the first book in this bind up, Facing Up, is actually incredible.

I started reading this book in 2015 (!) and it’s become a bit of a personal running joke that it’s always on my currently reading. I’m actually kinda nervous for the day I finally finish this bind up (I read the first novel and not the second, if you were curious), because my shelf will be lonely without it!

2. Secondly, we have The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter. This is a pretty recent addition to my shelf, and I’m actually hoping to finish it today! This is one of the books I’m actually actively reading!

3. Next up, we have Bonfire by Krysten Ritter, which is a NetGalley ARC I am reading on my Kindle. I was completely drawn to this because Krysten Ritter is the actress who plays Jessica Jones in the Marvel francise, but I’m not completely hooked on her book just yet. Sadly.

4. Fourthly, we have Autumn by Ali Smith. I’m actually really enjoying this book, but I’m finding it so exhausting to read! It’s told in a kind of prose-poetry kind of way, and every time I put it down, I feel like I’ve read something incredible, but also that I want to leave it on my shelf and never touch it again.

5. Next we have the audiobook I’m listening to – War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. I’m about an hour into this audiobook, and I’m absolutely loving reliving one of my favourite stories!

6. And finally, Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. Not only is this one of my favourite books of all time, but I’m actually annotating this book for my friend as we’re doing a book swap. I’m so excited about it, and although this is slow going as I’m annotating everything, I’m taking it slow and enjoying my reread.

So there you go! I really hope you enjoyed this virtual tour of my Goodreads Currently Reading Shelf. You can add me on Goodreads, and see all these books (and notice when I eventually finish them!).

What’re you currently reading?

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