Books I NEED!

I haven’t written a post in a while because I’ve been quite busy with work and life, but I’m going to try to write a bit more now.

So, I don’t know about anyone else but I have a list of books I want to buy; it helps me remember to buy them which is handy! There are so many books I need, but here are a few books I really really realllyyyyy NEED to buy;

A Poem for Every Day of the Year – Allie Esiri.

I heard about this book on GoodReads – ironically, the person read it in a couple of days instead. Which, I guess, is actually a good thing, since it means it was too good to put down! This seems like such a cute thing to have and a great way to get into poetry more.

Sun and Her Flowers – Rupi Kaur.

About a year ago, I read Milk and Honey (twice) and thoroughly enjoyed it. If you haven’t read it already, you can find my posts on it here and here. Kaur is very talented, so I’m looking forward to reading more of her work.

The rest of A Court of Thorns and Roses series – Sarah J. Maas.

A couple of months ago, I read the first novel of the series (you can find that review here), and loved it. I’ve heard so much about the rest of the series – I have to read the rest! Plus, apparently it’s being made into a movie (or a TV show?), so I have to read it before it’s released.

Disney’s ‘Twisted Tales’ series – Reflection and Tale as Old as Time.

These series sound amazing. I’ve bought ‘Once Upon a Dream’ and ‘A Whole New World’ already, but haven’t had a chance to read them yet. Nevertheless, I need to complete my collection.

Percy Jackson series – Rick Riordan.

As a big fan of the movies, it was a dream come true when I found out that they were based off of books. I’m ashamed that I still haven’t bought or read the books – the movies came out years ago! What have I been doing?! I will eventually get the books, though!

To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han.

If I’m honest, I don’t know an awful lot about this book, but there’s so much hype about it that I want to read and buy it anyway. It must be good if it has so much hype!

True Blood series – Charlaine Harris.

I’m a big fan of the TV show and my sister read the books and recommended them. I will most likely borrow hers, but if I enjoy them, then I’ll be buying them myself.

There’s so many more books I want to buy, but it’ll take too much time to list all of them.

 

Have a magical day!

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‘I Hate Myselfie’ by Shane Dawson review

I submitted this as part of my university course work. I’m quite pleased with it and received a great mark, so hopefully you’ll enjoy it too!

Shane Dawson is a YouTuber, comedian, and is now also an author. His new book, I Hate Myselfie, gives you a detailed insight to his life, and how he became the funny, caring man he is today.
Growing up, we are told the cliché, “your teen years will be the best years of your life.” I never truly bought that, and neither did Shane. His book is a collection of essays that tell us exactly why our teen years are memorable for all of the wrong reasons. The thought of an “essay” may seem daunting, but it is more of an autobiography, in a part script form. It really isn’t written as serious as it sounds.
I have been a fan of Shane Dawson for years because of his YouTube channel, and was so happy when my friend bought me his book for my birthday. I already had a feeling that it would be hilarious and entertaining. I finished reading it within two days which is very impressive for a slow reader, like myself! I laughed, cried and was “shook,” as Shane says.
Like his YouTube channels, filled with conspiracy theories, vlogs and messy food videos, Shane kept his stories empathetic and awkward, with dark humour. “I opened my eyes and what I saw wasn’t a haircut, it was a hair MASSACRE. It was a bed head if I slept on a bed of starving rats.” He has a je ne sais quoi about him. He knows when to add a joke and how to make it funny enough so that it doesn’t drag on and isn’t difficult to understand. When he makes references to shows or celebrities that were popular when he was growing up, he’d let you know that mainly people his age would understand it. You won’t feel stupid for not understanding it the first time you read it.
Each chapter is a different story, and are rather short. They range from his “two first kisses,” being the “original catfish,” to his Grandmother dying and almost going into a coma and dying himself. There is a nice variety between sad and entertaining stories. Reading it, you can really sympathise and understand him. He’s been through a lot and is so much more than just a “loud, outrageous, confident guy who acts like nothing bothers him and [he] has the whole world at his fingertips.” I’m also extremely insecure, so it was nice to read about someone else who is insecure, without them saying “but then I looked in the mirror, told myself I was pretty, and carried on with my day.” It isn’t that easy, come on!
Shane Dawson has recently released another collection of essays entitled, It Gets Worse and I’m so excited to get a copy and read it. If it’s anything like I Hate Myselfie, I will not be disappointed at all.
Whilst this is mainly aimed at his fans, I would also recommend it for anyone simply looking for a light, comedic read. I can guarantee that you’ll love it as much as I did.

 

Thanks for reading. Have a magical day!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas Review

“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

Two of my friends from University have been asking me to read this book for quite a while, and this summer, when one of them lent it to me, I finally read it. All I can say is; I know why they wanted me to read it so much. I can understand the hype now and regret not reading it sooner!

This is a fantasy adventure novel with a close link to Beauty and the Beast. Needless to say; Disney fans will love it especially. When Feyre, a mere mortal human, shoots a fae whose in disguise as a wolf, she must become a prisoner to Tamlin. He shows up at her house. Feyre, obviously, finds this change hard; not only is she in a dangerous place, but she’s also with powerful strangers, and she had to leave her vulnerable family behind, whom have always relied on her since the mother died.

Soon, Feyre uncovers secrets about the fae world which changes everything. And when her heart finds a soft spot for Tamlin, things alter in a way she would never have expected; “‘I love you,’ I said, and stabbed him.”

Although I spent about a month reading this (I was also doing University work, doing long hour shifts and then work experience at a primary school not long after, so didn’t have a lot of spare time), I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. This is a book that is very hard to put down.

As well as the narrative, there are so many things that I love about this novel. Firstly, are the names. I have a weird thing about names; I love quirky, unusual and interesting names. And this book was filled with them. What was also pretty cool, is that at the end of the novel, is a pronunciation guide. I actually pronounced some of their names wrong, so I found it quite funny when I realised it. But it also adds that little ‘something’ to it.

Another thing I loved, was that the narrative moved along realistically. Feyre was still bitter about certain things, but eventually moved on and became more forgiving and soft. We don’t find everything out about the fae world all at once; we learn as Feyre learns, which isn’t too slow or quick, it’s sensibly progressive. Even how Tamlin and Lucien become more likeable. Obviously, we wouldn’t really like them at first because they’re mean to our heroine, although we can sort of understand why – after all, she did kill one of their friends.

However, I did find that Sarah J. Maas could be slightly repetitive at some points. Even so, with the busy schedule I had, I did sometimes forget things, so it proved to be helpful to me.

With these points in mind, it could be seen as a coming-of-age novel as well as a fantasy. Feyre has to leave home, leave her family behind, falls in love, takes risks, learns new things; ‘don’t feel bad for one moment about what brings you joy.” It’s perfect for a young adult, although anyone would enjoy it.

Overall, this book is brilliant and quite underrated. There are strong, realistic characters who can be relatable to a certain extent to people. There are other books to this one – this is a trilogy. A movie is to be released soon, so fingers crossed they won’t butcher it! I highly recommend this book, so, either ask a friend to lend it or buy it. You really won’t regret it!

 

GoodReads Rating: 5/5

 

What did you think of this book?

 

Have a magical day!

2018; 6 Month Reading Progress

2018, for me, has been a super stressful, exhausting year so far. Through university and some personal things that have gone on, it’s been hard to keep up for the most part. It’s surreal that it’s already June!! Nevertheless; there have been good times and bad. I wish I had read more books, but like I said, there have been some things preventing me at times. Hopefully the next 6 months will be double the amount!

  1. A Street Cat Named Bob – James Bowen. Rating: 5/5
  2. I Hate Myselfie – Shane Dawson. Rating: 5/5
  3. The Twelfth Night – William Shakespeare. Rating: 5/5
  4. The Life and Death of Harriett Frean –  Mary Sinclair. Rating: 4/5
  5. How to Stop Time – Matt Haig. Rating: 5/5
  6. The Lost Art of Being a Lady – Susie Foster. Rating; 4/5
  7. Revolting Rymes – Roald Dahl. Rating: 4/5
  8. The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus – Christopher Marlowe. Rating: 4/5
  9. Women in Love – D. H. Lawrence. Rating: 3/5
  10. A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas. Rating: 5/5
  11. Pet Tales: Extraordinary Pets from Ordinary Homes – The Telegraph/Anne Cuthbertson. Rating: 4/5
  12. Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon. Rating: 5/5

What book has been your favourite so far this year? I think mine would be either A Street Cat Named Bob or I Hate Myselfie!

You can find me on Goodreads to keep track of what books I read here.

 

Have a magical day!

Hay on Wye Book Festival, 2018

I haven’t yet posted a review of an event I’ve been to, so please bear with me if this isn’t very good or exciting!

Originally, I wasn’t too keen on going to the festival as I wanted to save money and I wasn’t feeling very well – the last week or so I’ve been suffering with laryngitis but I’m feeling better now. But on the 26th May, my parents thought we should go since it was the weekend and we didn’t have anything else planned, and so we did, along with my Nan. I have to say, I’m so glad they decided we should go as it was so much fun, not at all expensive and it truly put you in the mood to read.

The journey there was about an hour and a half long; not too bad in general, but not too good for people like myself who has travel sickness. Fortunately, I didn’t feel sick! However, there was so much mist on the way there! It looked like something out of a horror movie. It was creepy but also beautiful.

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We finally arrived at Hay on Wye but decided to use the Park and Ride to get to the festival itself. The rain started – luckily for us, we didn’t have to wait for the bus! We were on the bus for five minutes and arrived at the festival. Admittedly, the weather could have been better, but what else can you expect from Wales?

The festival looked beautiful. Definitely heaven for bookworms. Throughout the day, there were interviews from different authors talking about their work and/or someone else’s. There were also book shops, animal and nature charities, cafe and restaurants about. The restaurants were quite expensive but everything else was priced pretty decently.

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I decided not to go to any of the interviews since I missed the one’s I would have liked and didn’t really like any others, though my parents saw the Bear Grylls interview. But we were so lucky to have gone to the book singing when we did! We met Cressida Cowell (author of How to Train Your Dragon) who was so sweet and cute. I loved the movie growing up and can’t believe I actually didn’t know it was based on a book! Sin!! I also met Laura Bates (author of Everyday Sexism) and Owen Sheers (a poet and co-wrote Letters to the Future with Laura Bates). They were doing book singing together, and were so funny and sweet.

 

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After the book singing, my Nan and I wandered around for a bit while my parents watched Bear Grylls. Neither of us are big fans so were happy enough to look at the books on sale, and the other stalls set up.

The hour my parents were gone went by so quickly. It really didn’t feel long at all. We had another wander with them, and had a look at the charity stalls set up. The ones I saw were RSPB and The Woodland Trust. I bought a badge from RSPB and signed up to receive updates from The Woodland Trust and received a free tree in exchange. My Nan and I had a Rowan tree (I named mine Roman because I’m so funny and original) and my Mam has a Crab Apple.

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We spent about five hours there – it felt like two, though! I guess the day was so fun and exciting that it went by quickly.

The festival is on for a few more days, I’m not sure if I’ll be going again this year because I may not have the time. If you have the time though, I definitely recommend going! Or, save a date for next year. It’s definitely worth the trip, there’s so much effort put into it and it’s actually quite heart-warming.

 

Have a magical day!

 

Harry Potter Spells Book Tag!

Quite a while ago, I saw this book tag and decided to have a go at it. But I completely forgot about the tag until today… almost a year later (oops!). Better late than never though, right?

No?

Anyways, let’s begin!

Expelliarmus – a book that took you by surprise.

 

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Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur. This book is full of poetry and prose about life and although I heard a lot of praise about it, I didn’t expect to like it that much, because I’m not a big fan of poetry. At least I wasn’t until I read this beautiful, astounding book. Everyone should read it.

Prior Incanto – the last book you read.

 

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I wasn’t 100% what this meant, so I have two answers. The last book I finished was A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas. I rated it 5/5 stars on my GoodReads page, if you want to follow it;). It’s a stunning fantasy novel about a girl who kills a faerie and has to pay the price.

The current book I’m reading is Far From the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy. I’m finding this very good but is quite slow paced.

Alohamora – a book that introduced you to a genre you hadn’t considered before.

 

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In Cold Blood – Truman Capote. A true crime novel. While I love the horror and crime genre, I hadn’t considered reading a novel based on a true story, especially one as dark as this.

Riddikulus – a funny book you’ve read.

 

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I Hate Myselfie – Shane Dawson. Hilarious doesn’t even describe it! There are some heart breaking moments, but I almost cried of laughter when I was meant to. He doesn’t even try to be funny, it comes natural to him. Keep an eye out for my upcoming review of this.

Expecto Patronum – a childhood book connected to good memories.

 

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Horrid Henry’s Christmas Cracker – Francesca Simon. I used to love this book as a kid, and still do now. Every Christmas Eve I make time especially to read this. It’s become my own little tradition now.

Sonorus – a book you think everyone should know about.

 

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Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur. As said earlier, it’s such a beautiful and powerful book. It helped me a lot and I hope it helps other people too.

Obliviate – a book or spoiler you would like to forget reading.

 

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J. K. Rowling. I wish I could forget reading these just so I can read them again like it was the first time.

Imperio – a book you had to read for school.

 

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Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck. Just like every other person had to in the UK for school. And just like everyone else, I was so angry at the ending!

Crucio – a book that was painful to read.

 

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The True History of the Kelly Gang – Peter Carey. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good plot and well written and everything. But the grammar was AWFUL! Yes, it was intended to be that way to make it seem more realistic, but it honestly gave me a headache.

Avada Kedavra – a book that could kill you (interpret as you will).

 

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If I Stay – Gayle Forman. Tragic, heart breaking, cruel… just a few words to describe this! I loved the book and the movie, but I couldn’t stop crying.

 

If you love Harry Potter and books, answer these questions as well.

 

Have a magical day!

My Top 5 Shakespeare Plays

William Shakespeare is amazing and one of my favourite playwrights/poets ever! His works are so beautiful, clever and are written so amazingly. He’s just… wow! I enjoy watching movie adaption and reading his plays (although sometimes it can take a lot of concentration to read a play). Here are my top 5 favourite plays of his:

  1. Romeo and Juliet. I’m not even sorry. Yes, I am a typical ‘girly-girl.’ Quite a lot of people think that this is awful (especially the movie adaptions with Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio – I actually love that one) but I think he wrote it so beautifully and romantically. Cliché’s aside, it has a strong moral message about love and hate. Cynics may vomit but optimists will see the brighter side!
  2. Macbeth. Total opposite of Romeo and Juliet, but this, again, has such beautiful language. The metaphors, narrative and characters are so interesting and powerful. It is dark, magical, intense and complex. There’s so much to think about whilst reading or watching it. Plus, the three witches! Their chant relates to Harry Potter so much, which I find cool.
  3. A Midsummer Nights Dream. Again, this has such beautiful language – probably something I’ll say for the next two plays. But, this has romantic and magical imagery as well, with all of the fairies and weddings. The narrative is clever with how it all connects and the love triangle… or square, in this case, gets muddled up. Let’s not forget the play on words, though; Nicholas Bottom. Great foreshadowing, Shakespeare!
  4. Othello. *Brief mention of the language.* Othello is a great but tragic story about racism and differences. It truly is underrated, it’s one of the most moving and important plays of his. And it also brings us to the real question – who is the tragedy about?
  5. Twelfth Night. *Another brief mention of the language. Do I even have to keep mentioning it?* This is so entertaining with the fun narrative that also has a great message. But what makes it even more fun is how different the characters are, with them cross-dressing. I’m not making fun of it, but you have to admit, it is quite humorous to think of what it would have been like back then.

 

What are your favourite Shakespeare plays or sonnets?

I hope you enjoyed this post. Have a magical day!

 

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2017 Reading Wrap-Up!

I know, it’s way too late for this! But I fancied writing it anyway, because it’s a nice way to reflect on what I’ve read. You can also visit my (rarely active) Goodreads account here.

  1. Make a Christmas Wish – Julia Williams. Rating: 4/5
  2. Worth the Wait – Destiny Moon. Rating: 4/5
  3. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen. Rating: 2/5
  4. Othello – William Shakespeare. Rating: 4/5
  5. Improving Your Written English: How to Sharpen Up Your Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling for Everyday Use – Marion Field. Rating: 4/5
  6. King Lear – Shakespeare. Rating: 4/5
  7. The Company of Wolves – Angela Carter. Rating: 4/5
  8. Stardust – Neil Gaiman. Rating: 5/5
  9. The Tempest – William Shakespeare. Rating: 4/5
  10. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck. Rating: 5/5
  11. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J. K. Rowling. Rating: 5/5
  12. Milk And Honey – Rupi Kaur. (twice!) Rating: 5/5
  13. The Vegetarian Tigers of Paradise – Crystal Jeans. Rating: 5/5
  14. Quidditch Through The Ages – J. K. Rowling. Rating: 5/5
  15. Pixar Character Encyclopedia – Steve Bynghall. Rating: 4/5
  16. Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Rating: 5/5
  17. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky. Rating: 5/5
  18. The Extraordinary Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Rating: 5/5
  19. The Picture of Dorian Grey – Oscar Wilde. Rating: 5/5
  20. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J. K. Rowling. Rating: 5/5
  21. The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister – George R. R. Martin. Rating: 5/5
  22. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad. Rating: 2/5
  23. Araby – James Joyce. Rating: 4/5
  24. Persuasion – Jane Austen. Rating: 3/5
  25. The Magic of Christmas – Bethany M. Sefchick. Rating: 3/5
  26. The Night Before Christmas – Clement C. Moore. Rating: 5/5

 

What did you read in 2017?

 

Have a magical day!

2018 Reading Goals

Each year, I try to set myself specific goals when it comes to reading. These goals can be from how many books I’d like to read, to specific books I want to read. It’s fun to do and actually help keep myself organised, since I have so many books to read for university. While I don’t always read every book that I specifically planned on reading, it’s nice to at least try, and to have a list in my mind of what to read.

Before I ramble on anymore, let’s get down to it! The amount of books I want to read is 23 (you can follow me on GoodReads here!). I know it’s not an awful lot, but with my university workload, it can sometimes be hard to find time to read. Plus, if I end up reading more than 23 books, I’ll feel proud!

 

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The books I’d like to read this year are mainly books that are on my university reading list for next year. However, this time I’ve been quite lucky, and a lot of these books are ones that I’ve been wanting to read anyway, although not all of them are on this list (lol);

  1. Dracula – Bram Stoker. This one is on one of my university modules next year, but is something I’ve wanted to read for a while but never got around to. It’s a gothic classic, so right down my street.
  2. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens. Another book for university; but this one is what I was meant to read this year, but just haven’t yet. Oops… I will read it, though! But I wanted to read this anyway as well, I love Charles Dickens, I think he’s amazing.
  3. A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas. A couple of my friends recommended this book to me, and one let me borrow it. It sounds amazing and something slightly different for me. I’m very excited to read it!
  4. Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon. I saw this in cinema last year, and thought the movie was pretty good, but slightly cliché. I heard so many good things about the book though, so I’m willing to give it a go!
  5. It – Stephen King. I LOVE Stephen King!!! The movie adaptions of this were absolutely incredible, and I cannot wait to read the book! I purposely left it until I finish my assignments this school year, though, just so I can concentrate on it more.
  6. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks. My English teacher in secondary school recommended this book and I’ve wanted to read it since. Ironically, it’s on one of my university modules next year. Perfect! It’s a horror and a classic, so it should be pretty good.
  7. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson. Another book for university. But I’ve heard so many great things that I’m looking forward to reading it anyway. I helped one of my friends with a couple of extract questions before, when she was studying it at GCSE, so hopefully that’ll come to more use.
  8. Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare. I LOVE Shakespeare! And call me a typical girly-girl, but this is my favourite Shakespeare play. I don’t care! I think it’s beautiful. And yes, I also love the movie adaption with Leonardo DiCaprio – it’s a clever adaption.
  9. I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzai. This is such an inspiring story and seems as though it will be thought provoking. Truly putting your life in to perspective. I plan on reading more biographies/autobiographies, so this will be a good book to read.
  10. Paul O’Grady’s Country Life. Paul O’Grady is adorable! When I saw this book in Tesco, I had to get it. The photo’s were stunning, there’s some pretty good recipes which I’m sure will be easy to turn vegan, as well as an interesting story.
  11. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson. A friend recommended this book to me, and I had a copy for Christmas, so I simply must read it now. It sounds like a good read.
  12. Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie. I saw the movie adaption for my birthday (partly because Johnny Depp was in it) and loved it. The story was so well thought-out, and the ending was unexpected. The book must be just as good, if not, better!
  13. Beauty and the Beast – Disney. Obviously, I have to have something Disney on the list! Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my favourite films so this should be a good, quick read.
  14. Selected Poems – Robert Browning. I’m starting to enjoy poetry more and would like to start reading more of it. Browning’s poems are very interesting, so his poems as well as a couple of other poets’ are definitely on my list.

So, there you go, the main books I’d like to read this year! Are there any on the list that you’ve read? If so, what did you think of it/them? And what do you plan on reading this year?

Have a magical day!

Favourite Books I Read In 2017

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and will have an even better new year. It’s been over a month since my last post, but Christmas is a buy time of year – but hopefully I’ll post more this year! Anyway, on with this post!

I read 27 books last year, which, for me, is quite a lot, but this year I would like to read more. Fingers crossed I can do it. Here are my favourite books that I read last year, in the order I read them;

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J. K. Rowling.

I’m 99.9% sure I don’t need to say what this is about. But, even though I love the movies, I have never read the books, so I was so happy that I finally began reading it. I enjoyed every bit of it, and only wish I read the series sooner.

Rating: 5/5.

Stardust – Neil Gaiman

You can read my review for this novel here. While I enjoyed this, I have to admit, I slightly prefer the movie, which I don’t say often. I think it was maybe because of the ending.

Rating: 5/5.

Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

This is the story about two workers, George and Lennie, who start work on a ranch. They have worked on other ranches previously, but trouble always follows them.

This is probably best known as a GCSE book, mainly because of the ending. But this was actually one of the few books I enjoyed reading for school. I’ve read it twice since studying it, and it never gets old. There’ll be a review on this soon!

Rating: 5/5

Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur

A quick and insightful read, this book of poetry and prose is about life. Each chapter contains poetry and short stories on different stages of life, which most people would be able to find relatable in different ways. There are drawings on almost every page which are so beautifully drawn in a somewhat different way. You can read my thoughts on this book here and here.

Rating: 5/5.

The Vegetarian Tigers of Paradise – Crystal Jeans

The Vegetarian Tigers of Paradise is a delightful, humorous and serious collection of stories of Crystal’s life. The stories are something that we can relate to; they are nostalgic and show real struggles.

I was recommended to read this for one of my University modules, and I’m so glad I did. It’s so entertaining and I can’t wait to read more of her books.

Rating: 5/5.

Quidditch Through The Ages – J. K. Rowling

One of the books that Harry Potter read for his first year at Hogwarts, this is truly educational. It was a quick, fun read.

Rating: 5/5.

Shakespeare’s Sonnets

I am obsessed with Shakespeare (not at all a cliché of an English student). So reading this was quite interesting and fun. It was nice yet quite sad to see how he changed his poetry as he aged. Obviously, I will be writing about Shakespeare in future.

Rating: 5/5.

The Extraordinary Adventures of Sherlock Holmes –  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has a fun way of writing and really brings his characters to life. This book was really interesting and gets your mind working.

Rating: 5/5.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J. K. Rowling

It’s Harry Potter – of course a bookworm and Harry Potter nerd will enjoy it! It’s a fun, quick, enjoyable read. I just need to read the rest now :O.

Rating: 5/5.

Araby (Dubliners) – James Joyce

I had to read this short story for one of my University modules and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It’s part of a collection of “Dubliners,” so I will definitely read the rest of them!

Rating: 4/5.

The Night Before Christmas – Clement C. Moore

Obviously read on the night of Christmas Eve, this delightful and nostalgic poem is definitely going to become a tradition for me to read. Everyone should read this on the night of Christmas Eve at least. It’s fun and shows you the true meaning and joy of Christmas.

Rating: 5/5.

 

What were your favourite reads of 2017? And what will you be reading in 2018?

 

Have a magical year!