Reading books, reviewing books, blogging about books – books take up a huge amount of our time. As readers we consume plot after plot, filling our heads with new stories on a regular basis. But how often do we find ourselves reading something dull? Or farfetched, or poorly written, or just bad?
Honestly, this doesn’t happen to me as much as it used to, as since starting this blog I pay much more attention to the books I’m choosing to read. And when it does, before I even worry about whether to review the book or not, and how many stars to give it, I have to think about if I even want to finish reading.
On the one hand, it is important to read books you don’t like so much – it helps shape your tastes as a reader, and in future you’ll know what genres and plots to steer away from. To a degree, it also depends on the book, and where it came from; if you’re a blogger, maybe you requested the book for review, and so feel obligated to finish it. Or maybe a friend gave it to you to read, and you want to see it through to the end for their sake. If a book is problematic, it may be worth finishing it so that you can voice your opinion in a review (although, is always the option of a DNF review). And if it’s a ‘marmite’ book, personally I would want to read it, if only to form my own opinion. There’s also another plus, one that’s quite simple: it will count towards your Goodreads total – because if you’ve made a start, surely it’d be a waste of time to give up?
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Title: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe
Author: Lauren James
Published by: Walker Books
Publication date: 7th September 2017
Pages: 290, paperback
Genre: YA, sci-fi, romance
‘Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away?’
Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.
Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.
But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean?
Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone . . .
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe has been one of the most-anticipated 2017 releases for so many people in the YA community. I too, was dying to read this – I loved Lauren James’ The Next Together, and her newest book sounded just as amazing (as well as having quite possibly one of the most beautiful covers ever). I will say now that I really did enjoy this book, but unfortunately not as much as I was expecting.
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I was tagged by Emillia @ Emillia Blog to do the Social Media Tag – this is not a book-related tag, but I think it’s a really great opportunity to share lovely blogs and bloggers, and so I have been looking forward to doing this so much! Thank you so much to Emillia for tagging me (you can check out her answers here!), and thank you to Chloe, the original creator of this tag.
- Thank the person who tagged you.
- Choose a Blog or Blogger per category and explain why you chose them.
- Tag others to do this (up to you how many)
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It’s time again for another classics related post – as I mentioned not too long ago, I want to really get on top of things, and read more classics alongside YA. Because of this, I have recently acquired a huge number of classics which will take me at least a year to read. There are around twenty books in this haul, so I will simply go into detail about the ones which I bought myself to start!
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I’m slightly late with July’s book haul, but I did get some wonderful books last month that I want to share with you. I decided to do this haul separately from my YALC haul (as well as my upcoming classics haul!), as otherwise this would be far too long. I bought and received seven books this month outside of YALC, and I am super happy with all of them!
From one of my local charity shops I bought a copy of The One by John Marrs – this is a book which caught my eye a while ago, so I was pleasantly surprised to find it in the shop. In this book, ‘soulmates’ are found through a gene that only two people share, and as far as I am aware it is more of a thriller than a romance. Either way, this sounds like just my sort of thing, and I cannot wait to read it!
At this charity shop, I also got The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett – I bought this following a conversation with a friend of mine about fantasy books. We both are fans of the genre, but I tend to read YA fantasy, so she recommended Terry Pratchett to me. A few days later I was at a charity shop and saw The Colour of Magic, and thought it was the perfect opportunity to try some non-YA fantasy! This is the start of a series set in a place called Discworld, a parallel time and place, and it has been shelved as ‘Humor’ many times on Goodreads, so I’m looking forward to it!
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Title: Wing Jones
Author: Katherine Webber
Published by: Walker Books
Publication date: 5th January 2017
Pages: 378, paperback
Genre: YA, contemporary, romance
Jandy Nelson meets Friday Night Lights: a sweeping story about love and family from an exceptional new voice in YA. With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing Jones is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running she never knew she had. Wing’s speed could bring her family everything it needs. It could also stop Wing getting the one thing she wants.
Wing Jones has been sitting patiently on my TBR since the start of the year, and in preparation for YALC, I finally found time to read it. And I am so glad that I did, because I adored it (and got to tell Katie this at YALC myself!).
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July was one of those very bookish months (not that I’m complaining in the slightest). With both YALC, and a glorious lack of exams, July is pretty much the peak time in the YA community. In total I read ten books this month, and I was lucky enough to enjoy all ten of them (some more than others, of course. That’s just how it goes).
At the beginning of the month I read Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt, which I absolutely adored. Part of me wishing that the book was longer, but I also felt that the story was incredibly poignant and benefited from being shorter.
Next I read 1984 by George Orwell whilst on holiday in Spain – I know, it’s hardly a typical poolside read, but I loved loved loved this book. I thought it was so amazingly written, and I found Winston’s world equal parts fancinating and terrifying. This is definitely a book that will stay with me for a long time, and I feel as if I need to read it again and again to get as much as possible out of it.
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