Friday Reads | 08/12/17

Hello all! Today is Fri-yay, and that means… Friday Reads!

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me this weekend pretending to read for my degree but just wanting to read saga. img: best animations 

If you didn’t know, Friday reads is a meme where you chat about what you’re reading over the coming weekend. I’m really excited about my TBR, so here we go!

This weekend, I am planning on reading a lot of essays for my medieval writing module for my degree, so I have three books to sift through:

  • The Magical Quest by Anne Wilson – I’m really hoping that this will help me to write about one of my favourite medieval tales, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. 
  • Boundaries in Medieval Romance by the Medieval Romance Conference – I’ve only flicked through this one, and only one essay looks like it will be helpful, but I still think that it’ll be a great one to read.
  • Understanding Genre and Medieval Romance by KS Whetter – nope, no idea what’s in this one, but I hope it’ll be good!

I also have a few online essays to read, as well as The Medieval British Literature Handbook, which I’ve actually had for weeks and barely looked through. Should be interesting!

As for other books, I also would love to finish The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter. I am about half way through it, and I am loving it so far! I’m really excited to read some of the shorter stories, though, and finally finish this epic collection. It’s also really helpful to my short story module for uni, so I’m excited to finish and hopefully it’ll help my final piece!

I also really want to read the poems collected in the Little Black Classic collection Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen. If you didn’t know, I vlog about LBCs all the time, and this was my latest pick. I’ve read a couple of the poems in here already, and I’m so excited to read them. There’s 36 in all.

So that is my Friday Reads! I would love to know what you’re all looking to read this weekend, so let me know in the comments below! Until the next time,

hannah sign off

5 Books That Will Keep You Company This Winter

There are some books that I think are just perfect for snuggling up under the covers with and reading until the morning breaks the next day. Here are 5 that will keep you company this winter!

Image result for animal farmAnimal Farm by George Orwell

A proper classic, this is honestly one of my favourite books. Orwell’s writing, if you haven’t discovered it yet, is astounding, and this novella is one of my favourites of his. Admittedly, you probably won’t stay up all night reading it, unless you’re like me and read it over and over again constantly, but you will definitely stay up all night thinking about it.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco 

Image result for stalking jack the ripperOh.my.gods. This series is absolutely incredible. In this first book, female aspirational forensic scientist, Audrey Rose, is pulled into the dark world of Victorian London and the serial killer, Jack the Ripper, whose vicious murders of women have captured the minds of those wishing to know his identity. Maniscalco’s fabulous retelling of this terrifying murder spree is gritty, and will keep you up all night just desperately wanting to know the murderer. The sequel, Hunting Prince Dracula, is just as gruesome and deliciously gorey; they’ll both have you checking over your shoulder!

Image result for clockwork angelClockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (The Infernal Devices #1 / 3)

This is such a stunning series. It was my first introduction to the Shadowhunter world, and I am still obsessed with this trilogy, despite reading it about two years ago (huh, I really need to re-read this!). I seem to have a thing for Victorian London, although this time, it’s steampunk too! The atmosphere Clare creates is just so dynamic, and the characters are so likeable and fun that it’s not only entirely gripping, but a real pleasure to read these books and the words within them.

Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens (Murder Most Unladylike #1 / ?)

Image result for murder most unladylikeThis one is for the younger years (if you can’t tell, I like to go for a big range in generic book recommendation lists like these!), but as a 19 year old, I truly love these books. They follow Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong, two school girls in Edwardian England, who solve murders and crimes. I have been entirely gripped throughout every single one of these books, because they are simply so incredible, and whilst they are technically “Middle Grade”, I would say that anyone can read them! And also, these covers are AMAZING, and I can guarantee that they will look great on your bookshelves.

Image result for the accident seasonThe Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle 

Whilst the accident season is technically over, this is such a beautifully creepy book that I still think it can be read in the winter! This is a YA standalone featured around a family who have an “accident season” each October – where they have to be careful, because accidents befall the family every year; some so bad that people have even died. It’s also got some supernatural elements and a spike of danger, so basically it’s the perfect novel to hide under the covers with! I am looking forward to reading FD’s second novel, Spellbook of the Lost and Found, this year, too.

I really hope you guys enjoyed this list! What are some books that you’ve read that you’d add to it?

Until the next time,

hannah sign off

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Scallywagathon! | TBR

The Scallywagathon started on the 5th November (yesterday!) and runs until the 11th November; it’s a readathon around PIRATES! I’m very excited.

So basically, you read books that follow the prompts set on this treasure map below: [also: host #1: HardBackHoarder and host #2: ReadAllTheBooks]

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I’ve started reading my first book for the ScallywagAThon yesterday and I am loving it so much! Without further ado, let’s go to the plots I’m going to be following via the map…

I’m starting with number 4 – Davy Jones’ locker – a book that involves death. For this prompt I’m reading Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco. This is a sequel to Stalking Jack the Ripper which was awesome! I’m about 60 pages into the book so far (it’s about 430) so I’ve still got a lot of reading to go.

Next I’m planning on moving to plot #8 – tell it to the parrot – an overhyped book (although I’m just going for a hyped book!). For this prompt, I’m reading a graphic novel; Saga #4 by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples. I love, love, love Saga, and I’m so excited to read this graphic novel! (You’re meant to read these in order, but it’s due back at the library, so I may have to read this out of order!)

Then you move onto A, B or C, so I picked A – marooned – a standalone. I think I might read Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright and David Leslie Johnson. I have had this book for about four years and never read it and I said that if I didn’t read it this year, I have to unhaul it.

And finally, I have numbers 9 or 10 to pick from. I’m going to go for #9 – clear the deck – from your own TBR. For this I am going to read Autumn by Ali Smith because I should read it whilst it’s still Autumn otherwise Winter will come out and I won’t have read the first one!

So here is my TBR in quick bullet points (aka the TL;DR part):

  • Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Saga #4 by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples 
  • Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright and David Leslie Johnson
  • Autumn by Ali Smith 

Are you participating in the ScallywagAThon? I’ll be making a Twitter thread on there, so feel free to give me a follow if you want to stay up to date!

10 Years in 10 Books!

One of the challenges for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is 10 years in 10 books; basically, you say a book for each year the readathon has been running. I’ve read all of these – apart from The Siren by Kiera Cass which I’m currently listening to!

2007: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

2008: Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

2009: The Siren by Kiera Cass

2010: Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

2011: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

2012: The Diviners by Libba Bray

2013: HHhH by Laurent Binet

2014: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

2015: The Glory by Lauren St John

2016: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

2017: Stargazing for Beginners by Jenny MacLachlan

Any books you recommend from any of these years?

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! | 21st October 2017

Hello everyone!

Today – well, in about 7 minutes – Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, the 10th Anniversary Edition, will begin. I’m so excited!

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If you didn’t know, Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is a readathon where you read for as much as possible in 24 hours! I had a very late night last night (okay, it was an early morning) so I’m planning on reading as much as possible, but I don’t really know how it’ll go. I’m hoping for 10 hours at least.

For me, the readathon runs from 1pm Saturday to 1pm Sunday. I’ll be posting updates on my Twitter feed, and hope to have a YouTube vlog up afterwards. 🙂

My TBR includes: Stalking Jack the Ripper by kerri Maniscalco; my reading for my medieval writing module; Full Metal Alchemist volumes 4-6; The Siren by Kiera Cass (audiobook); and The Tinder Box by Hans Christian Anderson! I hope I can read a lot this weekend.

Are you participating in the readathon?

Stacking the Shelves #2

Guys. I have been soooo bad this week.

95266-stssmallI’m back in Norwich, and I’ve been here for 7 days. I have picked up… 6 books. (Plus 3 library books.) “Oops” might be an understatement.

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality. Each week, you post about the books that have joined your bookshelves!

Let’s start with the library books; I’m just going to list these real quick. The first is Full Metal Alchemist Volumes 1-3 by Hiromu Arakawa. I am loving this so far, I’m just about to start volume 3! I also picked up History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, which came out… last year, I think? I’m kinda nervous and kinda excited to start this one. And then I picked up Selling Manhattan by Carol Ann Duffy, which is a poetry book and Duffy’s second collection. I loved her first, Standing Female Nude, so I figured that I would really enjoy this one, too!

Image result for the name of the windSo let’s get onto the books that have joined my shelves for the long term. Firstly, we have The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, which is a fantasy book that I’ve been side-eyeing for quite a while. I had a £10 Waterstones voucher, so figured why the hell not and picked it up! This is due to be a trilogy although there’s only two books out right now. Everyone I know who has read it has loved it, so that gives it a good standing so far.

Image result for sabrielNext up we have Sabriel by Garth Nix. I got this book, and the next two following, from a book exchange at my university. When you pick up a book, you can either exchange it for another book, or pop a donation into a box. The suggested donation is a pound, so I just put in at least a pound for these three books (and often a lot of spare change!). I’m really excited to read Sabriel as one of my favourite booktubers, Little Book Owl, raves about it!

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The next book is The Taxidermist’s Daughter by Kate Mosse. I don’t have a lot to say about this one – I read The Winter Ghosts by Mosse, and I didn’t think it was the most incredible thing in the world but it Image result for hollow citywas so deliciously creepy that I really was interested to read this one too. I’m assuming that this book is going to have lots to do with dead things, so I’m excited!

And next is Hollow City by Ransom Riggs. This is the second in the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children trilogy. I really liked the first book but I’ve heard that the next books don’t live up to the hype, so I’ve been really hesitant about picking them up. Because this was so cheap however, I thought I would grab it. If I like it, I’ll pick up the third book, but if not, I’ll take it back to the book exchange!

The next book I received was The Message by Yan Vava. This got to me via my university newspaper, Concrete, and I thought I would give it a shot! There’s not much to say about this except that it seems to be told in many different ways (eg prose, transcript, poetry) and it’s indie!

Image result for exit west amazonAnd finally we have Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. This was actually the only book I “bought”, I suppose – it was from Waterstones, but it had £2 off, so cost me £12.99. However, it’s a Waterstone’s special edition, and it’s signed! This is a Man Booker Shortlist, I think, and I’ve been eyeing it up for ages! It’s a magical realism novel set in a war-torn country, where doors are appearing to different places like London and LA. I’m super excited to get to this one!

I am super excited for all the books that have joined my shelves! Some of them seem to be quite creepy, so will be perfect for October and the Spookathon which I’m planning on partaking in! I’m also really happy that I didn’t spend too much money on books this week. 6 in a week is a lot, especially as I haven’t really been reading this much, but I’m not planning on buying any more books! I’m going to be on a buying ban until October 1st – there are then two books which I am going to pre-order on October 1st. And then I’ll be on a ban until the Christmas holidays. 🙂

Thank you so much for reading this post! What’s joined your shelves this week? Are there any here that you think I should get to ASAP?

Until the next time,

hannah sign off

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Book Review | Pugs & Prejudice! | the most apawable classic yet?

Hey everyone! Today I received Pugs and Prejudice in the post from the publisher, and I thought I would do a quick review on it!

Pugs and Prejudice is absolutely apawable! I loved the illustrations – they looked like old-timey portraits, and the pugs were so cute. The story is told really basically, so it’d be a perfect thing to have if you’re a teacher who has to present this novel to their class. It’d be a great addition to a classroom, because my whole family loved it and two of them barely read!

My mum’s favourite book is Pride and Prejudice, and she absolutely loved Pugs and Prejudice too. It’d be a fantastic gift, and I would definitely get it for that. The puns are both in the text and in the imagery, which is just a lovely touch (ball, anyone?). My favourite page has to be the part where Jane becomes very ill at Bingley’s house – in this edition, the pug is wearing the Cone of Shame, and I just absolutely loved it. I want it framed and hung on my wall, I’m not gonna lie.

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All in all, this is a great little book for fans of Jane Austen, and I had such a great reading experience throughout!

Thanks so much to Hachette and Headline for sending me a review copy! All opinions are entirely my own. Amazon UK

Stacking the Shelves #1

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Hello all! Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga @ Tynga’s Reviews. Every week, you post about the new books winging their way to your shelves! I’m probably not going to do this post every week, but I have some exciting books to share!

 

The first three are actually ones I got last week, but it was less than 7 days ago, so I’m counting it!

Image result for editing emma chloe seagerEditing Emma by Chloe Seager 

This is a book about a girl who gets ghosted and decides to start a private blog. I’d seen so much Twitter hype about this that I just had to pick it up! I’ve actually already read this book and I loved it! I  will be putting up a review on Sprinkled With Words shortly, but basically if you’re a teen, I highly recommend this book! It’s hilarious, it’s relatable, and I just loved it.

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare 

This is the second book in the Dark Artifices series… and I haven’t read the first. But hear me out! I was being really petty and I wanted to get this edition of this book so I a) got the extra content and b) it matched my copy of book 1. Yeah. Anyway, all of my fellow Shadowhunter fans are saying that they’re enjoying this perhaps even more than TMI and TID, so hopefully I will absolutely love it!

Image result for autumn ali smithAutumn by Ali Smith 

I had been eyeing this book up for a while, and the cashier in Waterstones said that loads of her colleagues had read and loved this book… so I decided to get it! I’m excited to read this book because the premise is really intriguing, and Ali Smith is such a famous author that it’d be a pleasure.

Image result for wonder woman leigh bardugoWonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo 

Eeeeeeeeek! My special edition of this arrived in the post this week and I am so excited! This edition is glorious and I can’t wait to dive right in! I think I’ll be bringing this book to university with me and curling up to devour in one sitting. Leigh Bardugo wrote one of my favourite trilogies, the Grisha trilogy, and I’m super excited for Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, but I can’t wait to get to Wonder Woman first!

Image result for the power naomi aldermanThe Power by Naomi Alderman 

Technically, this shouldn’t be on this list because I’m just borrowing it from a friend, but I’m reading it right now and it’s so good so far! I’m excited to see what happens. It’s amusing to see how men react when suddenly they’re the ones who have to fear for their livelihoods every day, instead of the other way around. 🙂

So that is my Stacking the Shelves for this week! Have you read any of the books that I’ve hauled? Obviously The Power will be going back to its owner, but I’m excited to add all of the others hopefully permanently to my shelves! ❤

Until the next time,

Hannah x

YouTubers I’m Watching Right Now!

Hi everyone! So I’m watching a helluva lot of YouTube right now, and I thought I’d share some of the YouTubers I’ve been watching and loving ❤

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Laura is such a down-to-earth, lovely girl, and she does fantastic videos all about Harry Potter! She also does a few videos where she just sits down and chats, and she’s definitely one of the most relatable YouTubers I follow and watch. She’s really funny, and her singing is also amazing! (I had her song 19 Years Later around my head for days!)

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Emma is one of the first BookTubers I started watching, and I still watch her channel to this day! I love her videos, she has such enthusiasm, and she’s definitely one the reasons I started making videos of my own. She’s also the reason I read The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments, so really, I have a lot to thank her for! She also has hecka awesome makeup. If you are looking for videos about books, and also some really good videos about mental health, definitely subscribe to her!

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Zoe is another BookTuber who I adore! I actually started watching her videos after she uploaded a video about anxiety and depression. This is such a brave and inspirational thing to do, that I really just wanted to carry on supporting her. She’s the one who started off the reading for 24 hours craze a while back, and does great videos on these! She’s such a great, bubbly YouTuber, and her videos always brighten me!

So there are three YouTubers whose videos I have been watching all the time lately! If you watch YouTube and want to recommend me a channel (your own? ;P) then feel free to leave a comment below and let me know ❤

Until the next time,

Hannah x

19 Years Later?!

Can you even believe that Harry Potter has, pretty much, come in a full circle today?

I haven’t been a fan of Harry Potter for all of my life, but it’s safe to say that I am a huge lover of it. Today is a really special day for the Potter-verse, and I’ve loved seeing the updates on Twitter and I enjoyed celebrating 11am as much as anyone else!

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Some of my favourite memories of Harry Potter are definitely at the Studio Tours, and the Wizarding World. It’s such an incredible, special community, and I feel so happy to be apart of it!

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Recently, I’ve been both re-reading Harry Potter (and relishing in my love of Prisoner of Azkaban <3) and watching loads of Harry Potter videos on YouTube! Some of my Potter-goals include returning to both the Studio Tours and Wizarding World, visiting King’s Cross and Platform 9 3/4 in the future (yes, I’ve never been!), having a full Harry Potter movie-marathon, and knitting a HP themed jumper. ❤

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So… if you’ve read this far… what’re some of your Potter goals? Leave them in the comments below! I would love to read them. 😀

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