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Anticipated Reads: August

How do you counter your ever growing TBR shelf? You add more books of course. I currently have 14 books on my TBR shelf that are being released this month. I have managed to narrow it down to my top 5. Enjoy!

1 –  How to Disappear

Release Date: August 15th
A contemporary novel about a girl who invents her own social life by photoshopping herself into other people’s pictures. This speaks to my introverted soul. It is really easy to have an online persona, but what happens when people demand you to be ‘seen’?

2 – After the Game

Release Date: August 22nd
The third instalment in the ‘Field Party’ series. I absolutely loved the first two novels in this series, so I know this one is going to be just as good. It is finally Riley’s story! The girl who fled town after accusing the towns golden boy of rape. What happens when she goes back to a town where no one has her back?

3 – You Don’t Know Me But I Know You

Release Date: August 29th
Audrey has a letter for her biological mother tucked deep in the back of her closet. When she discovers she is pregnant her life begins to fall apart at the seams and she begins to question everything. Who is Audrey? A story about unconditional love and choosing a future you truly want. Sounds like this one is going to give me the feels.

4  – These Things I’ve Done

Release Date – August 1st
The simplicity of this cover had me. A contemporary fiction about a young girl who accidentally causes her best friends death. A year later she is still struggling to come to terms with the consequences. This sounds similar to ‘Before I Fall’ and ‘If I Stay’. #excited

5 – A Map for Wrecked Girls

Release Date: August 15th
Sisters stranded on an island. I need not say anything else, plus I would have chosen this based on the cover alone.

What books are you looking forward to getting your hands on this month?

4 Stages Of A Book Depression


The Mindblown Stage

I’m not really sure there’s any other way to describe this phase after reading a depressingly good book. This is the point right as you turn the last page and realise that there is no more story to read. The exact moment your heart sinks to the pit of your stomach and you’re just in complete awe of the author that just blessed your life with the most beautiful book you could ever imagine (in that moment of course). A second later the what next questions consume your mind and you’re not really sure if you’re thinking in regards to the book itself, your life or both because if you’re anything like me, reading consumes your world.


The Dream Vs Reality Stage

I don’t know about you but once I’ve finished reading a really good book, I feel so connected to the characters and the storyline that I find myself thinking about it ALL OF THE TIME. For days after finishing a great book, I start having the most vivid dreams about the characters, the world and how I’d fit into it. To the point where I wake up and find that I’m disappointed to discover it wasn’t real. Great books exhaust every spare part in my mind which probably isn’t a good thing when I’m at work but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Daydreaming will be the death of me.


The Dibble Dabble Stage

This is the part where I try to move on (oh my goodness I’m relating books to break-ups, who have I become). This is where I try to pick up a new book, read a few chapters and then close it again because…let’s face it, I would be cheating on the previous one. I do this a few times until I get hooked into the world of words and it begins again.


Acceptance

Now that I’ve found another book that I can eat up, it’s time to move on. I put the characters and everything that was the book before, into the back of my mind because I’m finally ready to read a new book. Then I sit down, start turning pages and put myself through it all, all over again. #areaderslife.

Anticipated Reads: June

How do you counter your ever growing TBR shelf? You add more books of course. These are my most anticipated reads that are being released in the month of June.

1 – Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2)

Release Date: June 13th
I loved ‘Every Heart A Doorway’ and have been waiting ever so patiently for its sequel. To discover it is Jack and Jill’s story has me desperate to get my hands on this. If you haven’t read the first one, then it is an absolute must. The quirky characters and uniqueness of the plot is utterly captivating.

2 – The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Release Date: June 27th
This book had me at its cover! Then to discover it is is a GLBT fantasy romance I was practically squealing with delight. I can’t wait to purchase this and just stare at it on my bookshelf.

3 – Everything All At Once

Release Date: June 6th
24 Dares, 3 weeks and take the leap – what a tagline! Then to discover this book is about mental illness. This is one of my favourite YA book tropes. When it is done well (bows down to ‘All the Bright Places’) it can be a life changing read.

4 – Words in Deep Blue 

Release Date: June 6th
Love letters tucked inside books, in a bookshop…you need not say anything else about this. I am a sucker for a love story and the cover is literally loads of blue books. It is going to look so pretty on my bookcase.

5 – The Impossible Vastness of Us

Release Date: June 27th
Moving across country, a love story, wealthy characters and everything, not all it is cracked up to be. Sounds like a great rainy day speed read. The cover is intriguing and best not mean a love triangle!

What are you dying to get your hands on this month?

Summer Time Book Tag

Summer Time Book Tag

Summer is officially over and I am going to spend the next 9 months pining until the hot weather, warm nights and longer hours of daylight return. Now it is time to escape into some Summer reads while I rug up for the cold, rain and miserable days spent indoors.


A book with a summery cover.

‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’ is such a fantastic book. The cover makes me feel like the warmth of the sunlight is shining right on me and if I look in the direction they are facing, I am sure to see the rolling waves reaching the shore.


A fictional place that would be the perfect destination for a summer vacation.

Hmmm this is a hard one. I am not big on being directly in the sunlight. Being red headed and fair skinned means I prefer places in the shade where I can observe others enjoying the sunshine. With that being said, my fictional summer destination would have to be Onslow from the ‘Summer’ series by CJ Duggen. I would get to party all summer, meet cute boys and make friends with some pretty kick ass girls.


You have a case of Summertime Sadness. What happy book do you pick up to shine a smile on your face?

This was a no brainer! I would definitely pick Carry On. I didn’t even take any time to think about this one, it was the first thing to pop into my head. I read this nearly a year ago and I still think about the characters, the setting and where they could be now quite often. I don’t know what it is about the book but magic, friendship and romance is always going to win me over. Simon and Baz forever!


You’re sitting at the beach all alone. Which fictional character would be your beach babe?

How the heck do you choose just one?! I am going to go with an obvious and cliche choice here. I choose Tobias Eaton. He is one of my all time favorite fictional characters. He’s brave and devoted to doing the right thing. Best of all he doesn’t feel the need to protect Tris, he loves her because of her strength. It also doesn’t hurt that he is covered in badass tattoos, is insanely athletic and gorgeous.


To match your ice cream you want an icy cool sidekick! Which fictional sidekick do you pick?

Luna Lovegood! We would get some really odd ice cream flavors and talk about magic, boys, Ravenclaw, Quidditch and all the wonderful creatures that live in the forbidden forest. Then we would meet up with the others and go on a truly epic adventure.


Like a sunburn, what book has left you with a bad and/or painful ending?

I actually hate this book. How can you go from ‘Fault in our Stars’ to this? It is a completely pointless book that begins somewhere and goes nowhere. Ugh! If a girl named Alaska goes missing don’t even bother trying to find her.


Like a sunset, what book gave you the happiest feelings when it ended?

Ooooooh so many books make me happy. The one that stands out the most is ‘Anna and the French Kiss’. This book made me want to run away to Paris just to study all over again. Even writing about it now I have a silly smirk on my face. Awe young love!


If you are reading this, then I nominate you!

Top 5 Wednesday: Books to Television

Today’s Topic Is: Books you want to see as TV shows

This is for those books that need to be adapted and extended for TV.

I often think of what the visual adaption would be like when I read books. This is going to be a hard one to narrow down.


1 – Harry Potter

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What network should pick this book up? – HBO

This is the obvious choice. I mean who wouldn’t want Harry Potter to turn into a 7+ season series where every detail in the books can be honored and savored.


2 – A Court of Mist and Fury

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What network should pick this book up? – The CW

I just want to see the Night Court come to life and have a whole season on random characters that live here. The scenery for each of the courts would be amazing to explore.


3 – Throne of Glass

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What network should pick this book up? – Netflix

There is so much to work with in terms of setting, characters and creatures. I am obsessed with Manon, he story would be my favourite part to watch unfold.


4 – Carry On

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What network should pick this book up? – BBC

I am obsessed with this story! The story itself hints at some many different years at Watford. Each season could be from Year 1 – Year 7. Oh how magical!


5 – Anna and the French Kiss series

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What network should pick this book up? – MTV

Every season could be a new love story. Oh man, someone needs to make this happen!


What are your top 5 choices?

Leave a comment below!

Top 5 Wednesday: Settings you want to see more of

TODAY’S TOPIC IS: Settings you want to see more of

This is where I get to share my top 5 settings. These can be time periods (historical to futuristic) and places (real or fictitious).

I put a lot of thought into this and I am not going to lie, it was really hard. This is such a big category with so many variables and choices. I just had to go with my first reactions.


1 – Hogwarts

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I mean…this is seriously a no brainer.

Anyone that knows me, knows I am a Harry Potter fangirl to my core. I will never be able to get enough of this setting.


2 – The South

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Cowboys, football, great manners and even better food.

I really want some more contemporary romances set in the south. I like the idea that one day I might be able to run away to a ranch and marry a cowboy.


3 – The Night Court

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Can Sarah J Maas just write books that come out every week. I need more of the ‘Court of Thorns and Roses’ series. I would even settle for reading about minor characters and their trivial lives. Pleaassseee I want more! 


4 – World War 2

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I love all books set in World War 2. Ever since learning about it in school when I was about 10 years old, I have been fascinated by what transpired. I would like to see more multiple POV books in this time period.


5 – Sport Arenas

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This sounds like a weird one but I didn’t know how else to write it. I am obsessed with sport. I love watching rugby, football, American football, gymnastics…you name it I will watch it.

I want more books about athletes. I loved ‘Kulti’ and ‘Scoring Wilder’ so much that I just neeeeeeeed to see more contemporary romance books set in sporting settings.


What are your top 5 settings you want to see more of?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite Posts

TODAY’S TOPIC IS: Favourite Posts

This is where I get to share my top 5 favourite posts of my own!

I think this is a cool idea. I get to showcase the posts/photos I am really proud of.


1 – Instagram

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I am being a total cheater here! I have created a little collage of my favourite instagram posts I have ever made. I love setting up little book scenes that reflect what the book means to me.


2 – Kulti – Book Review

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Basically I just adored this book and need people to read the review so that we can start a book conversation about it!


3 – Rip it or Ship it  – Book Tag

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This was seriously so much fun! If you have done this book tag please link it in the comments section. You pick a bunch of characters from your favourite books, write their names down and randomly pull them from a jar. Then you get to decide if you would rip or ship them.


4 – A Court of Mist and Fury – Book Review

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When you love a book, it is just so easy to write the review. I had lots of fun getting down my thoughts and feelings about this beauty!


5 – Book Aesthetics

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I recently started another instagram account – Paperlusteraesthetics 

This is where I post book aesthetics that I create. I have started to create one for every book I read and I usually insert it at the bottom of my reviews.

Above are some of my favourites. Can you guess which books they are from?

Top 5 Wednesday: Authors you would love to meet

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey @ gingerreadslainey on YouTube.

You can join the Goodreads group here

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme. you get a new topic every Wednesday, and you then list your top 5 books related to the particular topic.


TODAY’S TOPIC IS: Authors you would love to meet

I am cheating! New Zealand does not have events like this. So this is purely my dream team of the authors I would most like to meet. I didn’t want to look at the line up for Book Expo America or Bookcon because I would be a mixture of depressed and jealous.


1 – JK Rowling 

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This is such an obvious choice, but she will forever by my number one pick. I would love to just sit down and have a coffee (except I would have hot chocolate, because I hate coffee) with her and ask her how she developed the world of Harry Potter. Wouldn’t it be a treat to pick the brain of literary genius!


2 – Sarah J Maas

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Maas is a god when it comes to fantasy writing. She recently came to New Zealand and her Instagram was so gorgeous showing off all the amazing locations we have. I feel like she would be someone so fun to sit down and have a drink with. I would pick her brain for book projects she has in the works and ensure I get an advance copy of every future book.


3 – Rainbow Rowell

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Rowell came out of nowhere for me this year. I read Eleanor and Park last year and enjoyed but didn’t really feel the need to read anything else by her…but one stormy day I picked up Fangirl…OMG I am now such a Rowell fan. I devoured Fangirl, Carry on and Kindred Spirits all in the space of a week. I want to know who does her book cover designs #flawless


4 – Colleen Hoover

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Hoover is the romance/tortured soul specialist. I could pitch her a few of my ideas and she could actually do them some justice. I need Hoover to be my ghost writer. If only.


5 – Pierce Brown

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I need to meet Brown so I can slap him for the emotional torment he put me through when reading Red Rising…that is all.


If you could meet any authors, who would you choose?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books You’re Intimidated By

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey @ gingerreadslainey on YouTube.

You can join the Goodreads group here

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme. you get a new topic every Wednesday, and you then list your top 5 books related to the particular topic.


TODAY’S TOPIC IS: BOOKS YOU’RE INTIMATED BY

This is for those books that make you stop and think ‘Am I ready for this?’

There are three things that contribute to me being too intimidating to pick up a book: Hype, size and content.

I have selected books that I have not read yet due to these factors.


1 – Cassandra Clare Books

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Why I haven’t read them: Hype and Size

I can feel the death glares and eye rolls from here…I’m sorry!

There are sooooooooo many of them now and everyone raves on and on about them all. I have read ‘City of Bones’ and ‘Clockwork Angel’ I just haven’t continued either series. I have since bought all of them and have great intentions of finishing them so I can watch the ‘Shadowhunters’ TV series without spoiling it for myself.


2 – Game of Thrones Series 

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Why I haven’t read it: Size

These books are so daunting. There are so many characters, locations and twists that I need it to be a picture book to be able to follow along without getting lost. I have tried to read the first book 3 or 4 times and have not even be able to get past the first chapter.


3 – Outlander

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Why I haven’t read it: Size

I really want to get into this series, but the sheer size of the book puts me off.


4 – Winter

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Why I haven’t read it: Size and not wanting the series to be over

I so badly want to read this but I am just not ready for it to end. I really want to listen to the audio-book, but unfortunately it isn’t available on Audible in New Zealand. I also don’t have enough time to commit to the sheer size of this book.


5 – Passenger 

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Why I haven’t read it: Hype

The hype is far too high on this one. I have read about 25% but then for some reason I put it down.

Room: Book Vs. Movie

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|| Abduction || Isolation || Captive || Family || Freedom ||


Room:

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

The story is told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack. It is about survival, love, family and freedom.

 


“Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.”

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What I loved about the book:

  • Jack’s voice came through so bold and clear. I immediately fell in love with his inquisitiveness and the way he cared for his Ma, Room and everything he comes to discover.
  • The book isn’t only about the escape. It is about before, during and the honest and raw after that follows an ordeal like this
    • So often movies and books like this is all about building up the climax of an escape. This book showed you that the real climax is how to continue on living after so much trauma 
  • It was an emotional roller-coaster
    • You felt Ma’s emotions, Jack’s emotions and everyone who comes into contact with the two
  • I loved Leo
    • I wish he got more book time, he was by far my favourite adult. He seemed to just get it, he knew what Jack needed and was able to be one of the few adults who understood. 

What I loved about the movie:

  • The absence of non diegetic sound. This heightened the tension and made you take notice of all the small details you may have otherwise missed
    • All the sounds you heard were real and happening 
    • There was barely any background noise – this made it feel like I was a fly on wall, I felt like I was genuinely in the room watching every event unfold 
  • There was humour
    • I am not sure if there was meant to be…but I laughed out loud a few times
    • “Ma, the door is ticking”
  • Brie Larson is a phenomenal actress
  • I was totally immersed in the story and the characters, I felt genuine emotions
  • Seeing Room was so much more heart-renching than I thought
  • It was so realistic and jarring when they left Room
    • I felt stressed out by the cacophony of noises and distractions when they got out

“If I was made of cake I’d eat myself before somebody else could.”

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What was missing:

  • The time in room went very fast
    • This needed to be dragged out longer for the audience to understand her desperation and need to get out and how this was it, all or nothing
    • There was a lot more after 
  • Breast feeding
    • This was lightly touched upon
    • Readers will know and understand that this was a huge shock for some people and she was even asked about it in her television interview. She was extremely defensive of this and it was a huge comfort for Jack. He revolved his day about getting some. 
  • Uncle Paul
    • Where was he?
    • Why leave him out? By leaving him out you left out his wife, the cousins and the whole debacle on the museum outing day
    • The grandparents play a much bigger role 
    • Shamus the dog…really?
  • Living in the hospital longer
    • The movie made it seem like they were only there a night and then they were off to Grandma and Leo’s
  • Jack’s love of reading
    • Where oh where was ‘Dylan the Digger’? 
  • The still birth
    • This was huge! 
    • The whole reason Joy is so hellbent on not having Jack buried in the garden and the reason ‘Old Nick’ puts him in the truck is because that is where he buried their still born daughter. He watched as this baby died and did nothing to help. Joy could fell that her baby was buried too close to the shed. 
  • Hospital staff were left out
    • Where was Noreen? I loved her. 
  • Where is the independent facility?
    • This was an integral part of their recovery and independence 
  • Jacks haircut
  • Jack adjusts to the outside world a lot quicker
    • He struggles a lot in the book
    • He is unable to use the stairs 
  • ‘Old Nicks’ fate is not really known
    • In the book we are told more about this, in the movie we are left to make assumptions about his sentencing 

“When I was a little kid I thought like a little kid, but now I’m five I know everything”

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The Winner is:

Tie

I mean honestly how can I possibly choose between the two! It is cruel to even attempt to use logic and reasoning to select a winner. If you have read the book and seen the movie then I am sure you feel my pain. 

The book showed so much more than the movie could have ever shown. The insight from the book when watching the movies I felt was needed at times (friends asked me numerous questions afterwards, because they felt there were some plot holes). Yet the movie was so powerful and raw, I mean Brie Larson (There is a reason she won an Oscar) conveyed Joy and the situation so well that I actually felt like I was in Room with them. The movie made you see and feel the emotions through actually seeing Room, better than my own imagination could conjure up.

I am sorry but it is a tie.

Actually I am not sorry…how can you choose?!? 


“Everyone’s got a different story.”

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Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Cover
four-stars
Overall: four-stars