Turning the Page #5 | a lotta monsters

Turning the Page is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly. In it, I talk about what I read during the week with a Tweet-sized review, and what I’m planning on reading next week, as well as what you might’ve missed on the blog. You’re very welcome to join in if you’d like! Just make sure to link back.

This week I read…

I read two books this week, and thoroughly enjoyed both of them.

  1. Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi – this is the first in a new mythology series, and the first from “Rick Riordan Presents”. I loved the character of Aru, the whole plot, and the mythology, which is based on Indian mythology and contains, of course, plenty of monsters and gods! Can’t wait for book 2!
  2. Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia – this was such a good read! All about the internet, content creating, friendships, and anxiety and depression. I really loved the entire thing, and it was also great because it has comic illustrations throughout, which is something I would love to see more of in novels!

Next week I want to read…

I have a couple in mind…

  1. Friendship Fails of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager – I’m 67% through this book right now (thanks kindle!) and hopefully I’ll finish it tomorrow. I’m LOVING it so far!
  2. The Glass Magician by Charlie M Holmberg – I read book 1 of this series in, like, 2015, and always wanted to finish the trilogy but never did! I recently bought the last two on kindle so would love to finish the trilogy.
  3. The Master Magician by Charle M Holmberg – book 3 in The Paper Magician series.

On the blog…

Two posts went up this week, in case you missed them!

  1. I wrote about my favourite reads of the summer….
  2. And reviewed a book I read on holiday – Save the Date by Morgan Matson

How was your week in lit?

Happy reading! Hx

Portugal 2018 | holiday tbr!

I’m heading to Portugal for 2 weeks (starting today – as you read this, I’m actually there!) and of course I’ve brought a whole bunch of books with me… which I’d love to share with you!

  1. Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton – this is the third and final book in the Rebel of the Sands trilogy and I’m so excited & nervous to see how it’s going to end! Hoping that all of my favourite characters pull through…
  2. The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani – when I was packing I saw this on the shelf and I just desperately want to reread it… this book took my heart when I first read it ages ago.
  3. Howard’s End by EM Forster – I’ve read two EM Forster books now, and thoroughly enjoyed both of them.
  4. Eureka! by Peter Jones – this is a non-fic book in little sections about Ancient Greece. It’s just some extra reading for my dissertation!
  5. Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu – this is an arc I picked up at yalc (read my yalc post here!) and I’m sooo excited to whizz through it!
  6. Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne – I’m so excited to read this book, it’s by a favourite author of mine.
  7. Save the Date by Morgan Matson – I loved The Unexpected Everything, and this seems like another cutesy summery read!
  8. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – omg I’m so excited for this one. I really related to Leah in Simon vs (fat? questioning? wobbly in herself? yes pls) so I hope that I get along with her this time!
  9. A Clash of Kings (Game of Thrones #2) by George RR Martin – I read GOT 1 last year on holiday so brought the second one along this time. Maybe this’ll become a new tradition?!

9 books for 15(ish) days might seem excessive to some, but I’m thinking that there are some I’ll read in a sitting and some that’ll take a few days, so hopefully I’ll be able to get to all of these as, ICYMI, I’m super duper excited for all of them!

How many books would you take on a holiday?!

TBR | Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

Hello all! Prepare yourselves for a bombardment of posts over the next day or so, as it’s Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon and I’m planning on participating in as many challenges as possible!

If you didn’t know, Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is just that – reading as much as possible in 24 hours. However, there are also hourly challenges, and I’ll be partaking via this blog and Twitter.

For me, the readathon starts at 1pm (I’m BST), so I’ll be spending the morning working and having a nice long lie-in before the fun starts! But for now, I thought I’d share my TBR, because I have a variety of reading material that I’m pretty excited for!

  1. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
    I am super excited for this book, and might actually start it before the readathon begins! I’m seeing Madeline Miller talk on May 2 and would have like to have read this before then.
  2. Shakespeare: Text Into Performance by Peter Reynolds
    This is a book that’s really short that I’m reading for one of my essays. I thought that if I felt guilty because I wasn’t doing any work, I could read and partake in the readathon.
  3. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
    I’ve had this one on NetGalley for a while although it’s already out & I keep picking it up at Waterstone’s. Anyway, I got it from the library (although because I have it on Kindle I can read it digitally too!).
  4. Black Widow: Deadly Origin by Paul Cornell et al. 
    This collection of Marvel comics includes #1-4, and I think it’ll be a pretty quick read. I adore Marvel, so it’ll be a nice way to break up time in the readathon if I want to!
  5. Thornhill by Pam Smy
    This book looks chunky af but it’s actually a graphic novel and really doesn’t include a lot of works, so I think it’ll be great for the readathon. It’s also on the Waterstone’s Older Fiction Children’s Book Prize shortlist, which I’m working my way through right now.
  6. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
    I have wanted to read this graphic novel for the longest time, and today when I saw it at the library I just snatched it up! I’m excited!
  7. Witchborn by Nicholas Bowling
    This I think is a MG/YA novel, and is about witches and looks great. I think it’s one I’ll zip through too which is pretty handy!

I don’t know if I’ll finish all of these, but I’d like to read The Song of Achilles and a few of the graphic novels/comics throughout the readathon. For me it’s 1pm – 1pm, although I do need sleep as I have a lot of work to do on the Sunday, so I think I’m going to aim to read for about 12 hours or so! I’d like to, anyway. My schedule is cleared, so reading it is!

Are you taking part in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon? If so, do you have a TBR, or just wing it? If you do, what’s on it? I’d love to know!

Until the next time, Hx

Top Ten Books On My TBR

Today is another Top Ten Tuesday, and today I thought I would share the Top Ten Books on my TBR – aka, the top ten books I want to get to as soon as possible!

  1. Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan
    I can’t believe I haven’t finished this series yet. I am so excited to read it!
  2. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller 
    I am seeing Madeline Miller talk at the UEA Spring Literary Festival, and I would love to have read this before I see her.
  3. Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey 
    I am also seeing Emma talk at the literary festival, and as she’s also a UEA alumni, I think it’d be great to have read something by her before I see her!
  4. The White Book by Han Kang 
    I’m soooo excited for this book! I wasn’t the biggest fan of THE VEGETARIAN, but I have flicked through this books so many times in Waterstones and I finally bought it!
  5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 
    Nope. I still haven’t read this… I know! I need to get to it soon, especially before the film comes out.
  6. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor 
    I’ve seen that the second book is coming out in October, and the cover is so gorgeous! I would love to read (and love) this book before the new one comes out in October so I can have beautiful matching series…
  7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    If you saw in my Goodreads tour blog post, JANE EYRE and THE TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL are still on my currently reading list, and although I would love to finish them ASAP, I feel that because I’m already reading them I can’t put them on this list… but I can put this one on!
  8. Spark by Alice Broadway
    This is book two, following INK, which I loved, so I really want to get to this one soon!
  9. Mythos by Stephen Fry 
    This is a collection of Greek myths (and signed! I met Stephen Fry! He was so nice!), and I’m thinking of writing about one for my dissertation, but I can’t choose which, so I’m going to read a couple of collections – also…
  10. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
    This is the same as MYTHOS, because I haven’t even decided whether to do Norse or Greek mythology! Aaah!

So there you go, here are 10 books that are on my TBR! I would love to get to these in the next month or so, so here’s hoping! ❤ What’s on your immediate TBR?

Until the next time,

hannah sign off

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,

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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Friday Reads | 04/08/17

Hello all!

DSC_0605Friday Reads is a meme-y thing where you basically discuss what you want to read over the weekend!

My TBR for this weekend is:

  1. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo
  2. Girl Out Of Water by Laura Silverman
  3. Wing Jones by Katherine Webber
  4. Geek Girl: Model Misfit by Holly Smale

I’m so excited to read these books! Wing Jones has been one that my friend Natalie has been telling me to read for ages so I guess I’ve got to read it soon ;P

Sorry that this blog post has been so short! Remember to follow my other blog where I’ll be posting reviews once all of these books have been read 🙂

What’s on your TBR for this weekend?

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR

Hello! So I know I only have like 10 minutes of Tuesday left so this post is kind of hurriedly typed… here we go. Anywayyyy, Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the wonderful Broke and Bookish! This week’s theme is (in case you didn’t read the title), Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR!

I’d like to say that I have many, many books on my TBR, but I’d like to get to these in the next couple weeks/over the Easter holidays (which are sooooooooon!).

  1. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
    Yes! This is a reread! I really want to reread the entire series, though, and obviously you start with the first one. I also want to read The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan. Because it’s the same author, I’m counting him in one!
  2. The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas
    This book comes out on April 6th and how do I know that? BECAUSE I HAVE AN ARC, PEOPLE! This is my first ~proper~ before-finished-copy ARC, so I am very excited. I follow the wonderful Rachael on Twitter, and she’s so kind so I’m really excited to read this book.
  3. All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher
    This is actually a library book so I kind of have to get to it ASAP, but I’m really excited to read it. Carrie is a YouTube who I’ve been watching of the late, and I really like her videos and music so I, of course, want to read her book.
  4. Anatomy of A Soldier by Harry Parker
    My most recent buy, this is a book about a soldier who has had his life transformed by an IED. What really drew me into the story was that it’s told via forty-five objects. They’re all listed, so here are some: tourniquet, desert boot, digital watch, razor, photograph, snow, twenty dollar bill, letter, wheelchair. I’m really interested to write a similar type of book, so that aspect made me interested as well, but basically it just sounds good (and the cover is gorgeous).
  5. Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly
    Okay, so this is a book about Beauty and the Beast! Beauty (or Belle) gets lost in a book (literally), which is basically perfectomatum for me (what even was that word?). Also, Donnelly wrote These Shallow Graves which I loved, so I’m hoping I’ll like this one, too!
  6. The Muse by Jessie Burton 
    I loved Burton’s The Miniaturist and I received The Muse for Christmas, so I’m really excited to read it. The cover is absolutely gorgeous and by that alone (with all of the mysterious objects incorporated into it!) I am super excited to see what’s inside.
  7. Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
    This is a book I received in Fairyloot, and thankfully it has had very good reviews! (Sadly, one of their books that I won’t mention, has since had not-so-good reviews. Not sure if I’ll read it, but obviously that does not reflect badly on Fairyloot, esp. as the reviews came out well after the box arrived!) It’s a Russian fairytale retelling ,and I can just imagine lying in the sun in the spring reading wearing the cute little Russian doll necklace that came with the book!
  8. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
    This is one I have been so pumped about and when I saw it for £4 on Amazon I just thought “WHY NOT?!” It’s about three sisters who have to kill each other for the crown, but it’s also a series so I’m actually kind of hoping for a cliffhanger ending! There’s also three editions for the book, and I was so glad to get the red edition!
  9. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
    So, coupled with the mystery of different covers printed on the book, plus the fact it has been everywhere on the interwebs, I saw the hardback copy (!!) for £5 on Amazon and also bought it! (I got the rose design, if you were wondering! <3) This seems really interesting and I hope it’s Night Circus-y vibed, because I loved that book. It’s about a circus who kidnaps a girl’s baby sister. I’m also intrigued as to where “Caraval” comes from…
  10. Amsterdam and First Love, Last Rites by Ian McEwan (and Nutshell, and Saturday)
    Basically, I just want in on an Ian McEwan binge. I recently bought Amsterdam at a book sale (for £1!) and I really love his books. I actually tried to read Nutshell, though, and couldn’t get into it.

So there you have my top ten (or, uh, top fourteen…) Tuesday of the week! What’s on your list? 🙂

6 Ways Of Controlling Your TBR!

We all know that TBR*s are wild and dangerous things. They seem to miraculously grow whenever you turn your back even for the briefest of seconds, and the books just seem to mount up… and up.. and up.

*to be read [pile]

I am also the proud and slightly scared owner of a TBR pile, and I understand how nauseating and scary it can be to see the unread books looming over you and even causing reading slumps. *sigh* Unruly things, these.  Continue reading “6 Ways Of Controlling Your TBR!”

Back To Classics Challenge 2017 | TBR!

I want to read more classics this year, and although I was planning to read classics anyway, I thought that this challenge would be a great way to hook up and read a greater array of classics! I want to read at least 1 classic a month, and hopefully these will be those, but if I read other classics as well/instead of, a) this list might change, and b) I may read more than just 12! All books are pre-1967, 50 years ago.

  1. A 19th Century Classic
    A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle. (1887) I’ve wanted to read Sherlock pieces for a long time so I may as well start now!
  2. A 20th Century Classic
    The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. (1963) This is a book I want to read for my book club (join usss…) as it is a feminist book, but also I have wanted to read it for a long time.
  3. A classic by a female author
    Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. (1868) A book I should’ve read in childhood, but one I definitely want to read now!
  4. A classic in translation
    Medea by Euripides. (431 BC, first produced) After reading Jason and the Argonauts (The Argonautica), I wanted to read more. I already know what happens in the story, but I would really like to read it for myself!
  5. A classic published before 1800
    Inferno by Dante. (c. 1308-1320) Do you really want me to explain this one?! *heart eyes*
  6. A romance classic
    Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. (1817) Because I think if I didn’t put a Jane Austen on the list, a) mum would look at me weirdly, b) most people would look at me weirdly, and c) I would be disappointed in myself.
  7. A Gothic or horror classic
    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. (1847) Technically, I’m already 57 (ish) pages through this, but I think I’ll either start it again or just count it for this year, as I haven’t picked it up in months!
  8. A classic with a number in the title 
    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. (1953) And I may have completely messed up the spelling of ‘Fahrenheit’ because what even is that word. Anyway. Not only is this already on my shelf, it is a classic I want to read ASAP so yay.
  9. A classic about an animal or with an animal in the title
    Charlotte’s Web by EB White. (1952) DON’T SHOOT ME, BUT I HAVEN’T READ THIS! I know! It’s awful! I don’t even think I’ve seen the film. But this is the year to read what I want, eh?
  10. A classic in a place you’d like to visit
    Beowulf by Unknown. (c. 700-1000 AD) This is set in Scandinavia, and I really want to visit all of the Scandinavian countries. (Generally speaking, these are Denmark, Sweden and Norway, although Finland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands are also sometimes included.)
  11. An award-winning classic
    The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. (1952) I’ve actually never read a Hemingway novel, and this one should be a good place to start! It won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1953.
  12. A Russian Classic (because it is the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution)
    Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. (1955) Is this worthy to be the Russian Classic of the list?! Probably not, but I am by no means ready for the humongous Russian classics. That might be next year…

So there you have it. This list has taken me a while so I hope it’s worth it! I can’t wait to read a more diverse set of books this year what with the #DiversityBingo2017 already, so hopefully this is a great list of classics to get me going too!

Are you doing the Back to Classics challenge, or even just reading more classics in 2017? What do you think of my list? Anything else you would add? I’m always looking for recs! 😀

Here’s to the classics.