HUGE BOOK HAUL | APRIL-JUNE

Tuesday, 14 June 2016


Somewhere along the year, probably when I was procrastinating exam revision, I picked up my love for reading again, and haven't looked back. I made Goodreads, which really helps (linked my own profile!) to track what you're reading and it's really motivational too - also, full of amazing books you simply have to read. So naturally, I've spent a lot of money on books recently, and I thought I'd share them all with you! By now I've read some of them, so expect a few mini reviews too!



TINY LITTLE READS


I bought this book because I saw it on Goodreads and I'm a sucker for Japanese/Asian lit. Usually this style of book is very different from Western writing, and is very short, and this is no exception. The Guest Cat is only around 150 pages long, but unfortunately, I couldn't read it in one sitting like I'd expected. I didn't really get into it and found it quite boring, as it's kind of just a snapshot into someone's life, rather than a proper story as I, a western reader, would expect. I thought I'd be okay with it because I do like things like this - My Neighbour Totoro, for example, and I love cats, but I really found this boring!


This, on the other hand, was totally amazing. It's very short, but absolutely lovely and so heartwarming. I couldn't put it down. I got it originally from the library and then bought a copy from Amazon as I knew it was something I wanted to keep and have handy. It's told from the perspective of a hen, which sounds odd, but it is really easy to read. The story itself is basically one of motherhood, and it's simply beautiful. A definite must read.


Obviously this is a classic, and I picked it up from Asda after the new movie (which is AMAZING, by the way) was released for cheap and I'd wanted to read it for ages. It's not much like either of the movie adaptations - it's told in the form of short stories and only one of them really relates to the films. I'm still reading it, but I absolutely love it so far!


CONTEMPORARY READS


I purchased this on a whim in Waterstones when I felt the urge to spend money, but I haven't read it yet. It sounds really good though...since I don't have much to say, I'll just do a copy and paste of the blurb!

"After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the "wastelands" of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.

So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.

Told in an unforgettable, kaleidoscopic voice, "Mosquitoland" is a modern American odyssey, as hilarious as it is heartbreaking."


I got this from Asda as well because they usually have a 2 for £7 deal which I love. It's about a girl with anorexia, whose best friend, also suffering from anorexia, dies. This is a subject close to my heart, so I wanted to read it and see how the author dealt with the topic. I had mixed feelings - on the one hand, it was a good interpretation of the disorder and was written well. It's good to read if you want to understand mental health more. On the other, I did find parts of it incredibly triggering, which I suppose is my own fault, since I did know what I was getting in to. 


I think I'm very late to the party on this one, but I finally picked it up and read it. I won't go into great depth as I'm sure you've heard all about Fangirl before, but I didn't love it as much as I expected. I actually found all of the characters very annoying and kind of wanted to shake Cath and give her a reality check. It was frustrating, but I still couldn't put it down and did enjoy it.



FANTASY SERIES


The second book in this series A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOMAF) has been absolutely everywhere recently, due to it being released in May. I will admit, I saw it in Asda for cheap and picked it up before reading or even owning A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) just because I knew I'd end up reading them! I went home and ordered ACOTAR immediately as I just had to get in on this series. The first book is a kind of Beauty and the Beast retelling set in a fantasy world with humans and Fae split across a country. The main character is a human thrust into the Fae world. I was a bit underwhelmed by this - I by no means hated it, but I didn't understand the hype.

I'm currently reading ACOMAF and am finally getting into it around the 200 page mark (there's 600 in total) and it's already so much better than the original. I won't give away much, but if you're into YA fantasy, you must pick this series up!


ANOTHER FANTASY SERIES

The Bone Season & The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

THESE. BOOKS. ARE. AMAZING. I loved them both so much and I cannot wait for the third to be released. The books are essentially about a dystopian London, controlled by a nasty government, with people who possess a myriad of different clairvoyant powers working in an underground crime syndicate. The first one deals with that to begin with, and then moves into a secret camp kind of setting...I won't give it all away but it's very good, albeit a little weird. The second book brings us back to the crime syndicate and is just as good as the first. SERIOUSLY. READ THESE.


THE REJECT PILE


This is a sequel to the book Splintered, which was an Alice and Wonderland spin-off/retelling set in modern times. I didn't mind the first book - I got it from the library, and liked that the font was purple and pretty, and it was an American print so the book was floppy (if you know, you know). I liked the Alice in Wonderland aspect of the book enough to pick up the second. 
I did not finish the second book. It was such an emo fantasy (way more than the first) and I just hated it. I could get past the corsets, neon tutus and clip in dreadlocks, just. But I could not get past the disgusting and boring love triangle that overtook the book. BLAH.


I'll keep this short and sweet. I've not read this yet, and I have no desire to either. I've not seen the film. I will get round to this eventually, but right now, it's so far away on my radar.

Phew! My fingers are aching now! Hope you enjoyed this huge haul. Have you read any of these books, or have any plans to?

Charlie CP x

9 comments :

  1. I've read the bone season and the mime order too and I adored them both x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

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  2. Luuuuuv a good book haul! Fangirl is one of my faves I loved it! I love fantasy too I need to pick up more of those!!

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    1. OMG read the Court ones and we can cry over whatsapp

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  3. I have Fangirl and A Court Of Thornes and Roses! The rest of these look nice too x

    www.taintedblues.co.uk

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  4. Right that's it! I'm buying ACOMAF right now!! I keep seeing it everywhere and I did actually love the first book, so I cannot wait to read this xx

    http://www.lilyolivia.co.uk

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    1. ACOMAF IS SO MUCH BETTER YOU'RE GONNA SCREAM!!!

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  5. I'm sorry but this haul had me literally laughing out loud. The review of Unhinged!!! I'm half tempted to buy them just to experience that, hahaha. I've also just started ACOTAR last night - almost finished it and ordered the second one on Amazon Prime to arrive tomorrow (yaaas). Can't wait. I love Tamlin.

    Vee ♥ // veeosullivan.co.uk

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