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July TBR – and a few updates!

I actually managed to read four book in June?? Which to me is mind-blowing since I have been in a huge reading slump for the better part of this year! Rather than posting a wrap-up where I’ll essentially be repeating myself here are the books I read last month and the links to their reviews:

The Deep Blue Between by Ayesha Harruna Attah

Cinderella is Dead by Kalyan Bayron

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

When Life Gives You Mangos by Karen Getten

I currently have two fiction books I plan to read this month and they are:

Take a Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

The reason I have a relatively short fiction TBR is because this month I also plan on focusing on some non-fiction reads that I have started previously but ultimately ended up putting down. With non-fiction books I can almost NEVER read them in one sitting, so I usually read a chapter every few days. I’ve found that if my mind is already occupied with another book I’m reading I tend to just never pick up anything else! The non-fiction book I am currently working through is The Multi-Hyphen Method by Emma Gannon! I’ve always been fascinated by the prospect of being my own boss, simply because of the flexibility that comes with this. This book is essentially a guide on how to turn side hustles into different income streams.

In the past I’ve really strayed away from reading such books, simply because a lot of them tend to be gimmicky with taglines like ‘how to be a millionaire in 2 years’ or ‘Work 2 hours a day and earn $Xthousand. I find that these types of books are a) selling unrealistic dreams to the reader b) often times readers try to directly imitate the factors and habits that have lead someone else to become ‘successful’ and these may not necessarily work for you. There’s this idea that these habits are a one size fits all with these kind of books and that just doesn’t sit well with me.

Well… is it another post if I haven’t side-tracked 45,000 times :)?????

I’ve really been interested in productivity and realistic habits/things I can do to work towards achieving my goals. I had considered creating an entirely separate blog for this but honestly I have trouble keeping up with one let alone two :). So, I will be uploading some productivity-related posts on here from time to time!

Let me know in the comments what some of your anticipated reads are this month!

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Annotating Books?

I’ve been trying to post at least once a week and I feel like a way to be able to do that is to not allow myself to upload shorter posts! Since I’m interested in languages I may also upload language learning posts in the future!

Today’s short topic is annotating books! I think I’ve made a post about this in the past, but I’ve always been absolutely against doing anything to my book! Even if it was just adding sticky markers, it was a NO. Recently I’ve been reading a lot more on the Kindle app so I can annotate without feeling like I am committing a treacherous crime! After trying this for a few books that I’ve read I realised annotating books is just not for me and here are the reasons why:

  1. After finishing the book, I completely lose track of the emotions I felt when I first made that comment/note. So I end up looking back through my annotations (especially when writing a review) and feeling absolutely nothing?
  2. My reviews tend to be lengthy anyway, and this is just me writing based on my general opinion of the book and what I remembered. With annotations I ended up writing reviews that were essentially long essays and NOBODY has the time to read those 😬.

I would like to upload more discussion posts, I love interacting with people in the comments! So how do you feel about annotating books? Maybe I’m doing it wrong? Let me know in the comments!

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A New Mission

Welp… It has almost been a year since my last post… I really thought last time was the one that would get me back on track? I would like to say I’m back for good but honestly, who knows? I’ve officially finished all my exams of my final year at university so that’s not an excuse I can use anymore! I find it really hard to enjoy reading during the school year, it’s something about expending so much energy that in my free time I . just . want . easy . entertainment… Something I can mindlessly get lost in and so, my go to has been Netflix. Since this is a book blog, I felt like if I wasn’t reading then there really wasn’t much to post about! Would it be another blog post if I didn’t have another useless ramble at the beginning :).

Lockdown and officially being done with school has given me so much time that it’s almost overwhelming, so I decided to give myself a goal! I’ve been on a somewhat(?) successful book-buying ban for the past 2 years, only caving in to buy 2 or three books every few months. So I want to embark on the daunting journey that is reading most books on my shelf before purchasing anymore! This… may take a while hence the *most* books to give myself some leeway :). The first book I’ve decided to start with PaperTowns by John Green! I’ve had three John Green books (An Abundance of Katherines, PaperTowns and Looking for Alaska) on my shelf for literally years. A review should be up as soon!

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Why I Started Book Blogging:

I’m not sure if I’ve actually ever mentioned why I got into book blogging but if I did I don’t think I made a blog post about it so… HUR WE GOO:

I’ve always loved reading but I feel like I went through phases where I went on a bit of a (very) long slump until I read a book that hooked me back into reading! I’m someone with the shitest memory, even now when someone asks me for book recommendations I have to skim through my posts to jig my memory of what books I’ve read. So around 4/5 years ago when I got back into reading, I had no idea that book blogging was a thing, I thought why would anyone want to hear my rambling thoughts about a book I’ve read??????

Whenever I finished a book I would write up a review and literally just leave it sitting in my documents for future reference. I think I first came across book blogging through Goodreads, where I found bloggers linking their full reviews to their blogs. I really was taken abackkk like huh???? This really was a thing??? I immediately began to look at different blog platforms I could use, and that was that I guess??

WOW when thinking about this post I really thought I’d have a lot more to say but writing it up, it’s actually not that interesting huh 😕

I don’t know if this post’ll see the light of day, but  if it does I would be interested in hearing how you got into book blogging or blogging in general!

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July Book Haul!

Today was the first day in a whileeeeee that I’ve actually been to a bookshop with the intention of buying books (doesn’t make sense right??) . A lot of times I just go to browseee or see what’s just been released! Anyway of course I did some damage… but I only left with four books so I’m counting this as a success OKAY! (I actually picked up around 7 but knocked some sense into myself :’))

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The first book in my haul is one more related to language learning journey. As some of may know if you follow my instagram (shamless plug no.1-@abooknation) I have recently started learning Spanish. Whilst learning Korean realised that once I’m at the appropriate level I really prefer learning the nuance and new vocabulary of the language whilst reading stories rather than just working through text books. Whether they are short stories or poems (I really love studying Korean poems) it just helps me absorb more if I see words/phrases in context! So I picked up a compilation of short stories in Spanish:

 

Recently my friend and I started a stationery business (Shameless plug no.2- http://the-pastel-planet.myshopify.com) but I’ve always been interested in business and a career as an entrepreneur. I’ve also realised that I actually don’t know much about much in the Financial sector which is ironic because my degree is pretty much based around it… After spending an hour browsing I came to one conclusion… It really is difficult finding a book that isn’t gimmicky. I picked up around 6 books and walked away with 1, a majority of them turned out to be providing the most generic information that even I KNOW. In the end the book I settled on is:

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I started reading through this whilst still at the bookshop and it seemed like a book that I could actually learn a lot from, but if anyone out there can give me some recommendations I would be eternally grateful (pleaseee anythingg…)

 

 

 

 

My next stop was the fiction section and more specifically the Sci-fi/Fantasy area. I’m really craving ( I don’t even know if it’s possible to crave books??) a high fantasy read,  I was just looking for a distant world I can throw myself into! There I picked up:

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I’ve heard about this book EVERYWHEREEE, it’s almost like a classic in the fantasy genre. Never actually read anything by Brandon Sanderson but apparently this is the best place to start?? It has amazing reviews on Goodreads so I’m putting a lot of faith in this one! *fingers crossed*

 

 

 

 

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From what I can tell this is pretty much a retelling of Ariel and honestly that’s all I know about it! I’ve heard that Christina Henry is apparently pretty good at writing at dark retelling so I’m realllyy excited to read this.

 

 

 

Have you read any books I’ve listed above? If so I would love to hear your reviews in the comment section!

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JUNE TBR/WRAP-UP

This post is going to be a TBR/Wrap up because I’ve actually already read and even reviewed some of the books on here! I didn’t know if I wanted to do a full TBR for this month because I honestly wasn’t sure how many books I’d read, (if any…))

BUT seen as I seem to be on some kind of roll here we go!

Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

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Replica by Lauren Oliver

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Hamlet (manga adaptation) by Richard Appignanesi (Adapter)Emma Vieceli (Goodreads Author) (Illustrator), William Shakespeare238003

(Also side note (these have become a bit of a habit in my posts now and I don’t really know how to feel about them??) As some of you may know from my previous posts I have been studying Korean (VERY inconsistently) for the past 3/4 years and sometimes want to make blog posts about my progress! I’ve also (very) recently started learning Spanish, so I was debating on whether I should make a new blog just for language learning. Orrrr if people are actually interested in seeing those kind of posts here?? Please let me know in the comments!)

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20 QUESTIONS BOOK TAG!

#1: How many books are too many in a series?

In my very personal opinion 3, although I’ve realised that I don’t tend to read series in general. Actually it’s not that I don’t read series, but rather that I don’t carry on. I think The Mortal Instruments series is the one of the few series that I actually carried on reading but then I kinda gave up after book 5..

I don’t whether it’s that I get bored of reading the same characters/story for more than one book, because it doesn’t even have to be that I didn’t enjoy the first. There are a lot of series where I thoroughly enjoy the first book but I have 0 interest in carrying on??? Is there anyone out there that goes through the same thing??

#2: How do you feel about cliff-hangers?

I woul

#3: Hardcover or paperback?

Hardcover for the aesthetics paperback for the fact that it doesn’t weight 5 TONS IN MY BAG.

#4: Favorite book?

I actually don’t have a favourite book??? A book I recently read that is my favourite of this year so far is Cabin in the Woods by Tim Lebbon (Goodreads Author), Joss Whedon (Creator), Drew Goddard (Creator) I didn’t even know this book was a movie novelisation??? It definitely had elements of horror but it also had some scientific-fi elements too which is why I really flew through this book!

#5: Least Favorite Book?

mmm… I can’t really think of a book that I really hated reading, I usually tend to stick to genres I know I’ll enjoy so although a book might not be my cup of tea I don’t think I’ve ever HATED a book I was reading.

#6: Love Triangles, yes or no?

In my experience (IN BOOKS… NOT PERSONALLY)  I don’t think I’ve ever read a well done love triangle. I feel like they’re always over complicated and give too much importance that it becomes the focus of the story, as someone who doesn’t really read romance when that happens I tend to lose interest in the book.

#8: A book you are currently reading?

Replica by Lauren Oliver! I know I’m soooo late, but I finally got to it!

#9: Last book you recommended to someone?

 Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

#10: Oldest book you’ve read? (publication date)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Publication date: 1813 (WOWW I actually didn’t know it was that old?!?!)

#11: Newest book you’ve read? (publication date)

I think that might be the book that I’m currently reading Replica by Lauren Oliver.

#12: Favorite author?

I don’t think I have one…

#13: Buying books or borrowing?

Buyingggg, although it depends! Some books I really want to keep after finishing, others I feel indifferent. I think it also depends on whether I see myself reading that book again.

#14: A book you dislike that everyone seems to love?

There are actually a lot of books that weren’t particularly my thing whereas everybody seemed to love them, one being Throne of Glass.

#15: Bookmarks or dog-ears?

BOOKMARKS, how DARE you?!!?!? I get panic attacks when I see people dog-earing their books on the train hermahgerdddd.

#16: A book you can always reread?

I’ve actually never reread a book?? I just feel like why waste time reading something I’ve already enjoyed when I could use that time to discover other books?

#17: Can you read while listening to music?

Sometimes I read best whilst listing to music, especially if there’s too much going on around me it helps me zone out. And this might be a bit lame, but I try to find songs that match the vibe of the scene I’m readinggg( but then that turns into me orchestrating a soundtrack for the book from my playlist, which honestly authors holla at meee because I have some bomb ass playlists for your books)

#18: One POV or multiple POVs?

This reallllyyy depends, sometimes multiple POV’s because I can read the same story through different characters eyes. At times though multiple POVs can become overwhelming and confusing. So for me it really depends on the book.

#19: Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

One sitting?? In my current slump situation?? Yeah… that’s a no. LOLOL

It definitely takes me days ( recently weeks to get through a book) But if I’m reading something fast-paced or something that I’m thoroughly enjoying maybe 2/3 days?

#20: Who do you tag?

ANYONE AND EVERYONE.

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Currently Reading Tag!

Every time I get back into blogging I really struggle, because I’ve been out of the loop for os long I don’t even know what posts to make. Especially now, since I read but not at the same pace  I used to if I were to write only reviews I would be posting on here once a month ://////////////

SOO to combat this I decided to take part in some tags, I feel like they make a more structured post, otherwise it would just be me here rambling forever about nonnnnsensee.

(Wow if you could see my first drafts of my posts, they’re literally pages long… then I realise I would never sit there and read this so how can I expect other people tooo…(yupp the final posts are after I’ve cut out so many things :)) and there we go again with the rambling. On with the actual book tag!

1 – How many books do you usually read at once?

I’ve always preferred reading one book at a time, I feel like if I read more than one I lose my focus. Also if I’m reading a book and I’m at a point where I want to read something else, I’m probably don’t want to carry on reading the current one….

I used to be always finish a book even if I’m not enjoying its, but I’ve realised that’s what contributes to my reading slumps!

2 – How do you decide when to switch between multiple reads?

NEVER, I just give up on the one I’m reading now :’)

3 – Do you ever switch bookmarks partially through a book?

WOWW I always lose bookmarks, you know the way most people can’t finish a lip balm pot, I always lose my bookmark half way through and end up using a random piece of paper…

4 – Where do you keep the books you are currently reading?

They’re usually always around me, which is why sometimes reading thick books is SUCH A NUISANCE. If I’m going out anywhereee I always have to carry the book, EVEN IF THERE’S A 99% CHANCE I WON’T READ IT/

5 – What time of day do you read the most?

I actually don’t have a timee, I just read when I feel like it?? Sometimes if I’m in the reading mood I will sit there fore 4 hours reading, but the next day I might not even touch the book.

6 – How long do you typically read in one session?

Again this usually depends on where I am in the book, usually with slow starting books I read for maybe 15/20mins towards the beginnging. When the pace picks upp is when I can sit for a few hours.

7 – Do you read hardbacks with the dust jackets off?

NO BECAUSE I ALWAYS END UP LOSING THE DUST JACKET!! I saw that a few booktubers were doing this so I was like why nottttt, if it’ll help preserve the book. But I’ve come to the conclusion that I’d rather have a damaged dust jacket, than nothing at all :/

8 – What position do you mainly use to read?

As someone in their early 20’s I really have the back problems of grandad because wowwww, reading or not I find it difficult to stay in one position for a long time. When reading I really do the mosttt, I move sooo much. (My backs aching even as a write this posttt, I really don’t know if this is a medical problem or if I just have shite posture…)

9 – Do you take your current read with you everywhere you go?

YES. (Again this is why I have a love-hate relationship with hardback books.

10 – How often do you update your Goodreads reading progress?

I always make this a goal of mine, to constantly update my Goodreads account. But tbh I think I’ve written 5 reviews?? On there EVER. I don’t know I’d kinda rather just post here, but sometimes if I get a book review request then I also post a link to my review on there.

I tag anyone who wants to participate!

(Also side note: I’ve tried to read Illuminae, but I really REALLY couldn’t get through the first chapter… I have actually tried picking it up on two separate occasions but I always end up putting it back down. I don’t know if it’s the format that’s too confusing?? Anyone else experienced this please let me know in the comments!)

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Darkly Dreaming Dexter: Review

Since exams have finished I’ve had a lot more time to read, and catch up on all the Netflix shows I’ve wanted to watch! Is it just me or is watching Netflix without the imminent pressure of studying/exams just not as good? Same goes for reading, I had started a reading list for this summer but as soon as I was finished with school I kind of didn’t know what to do with myself so I ended up doing a whole bunch of…. nothing.

I did however manage to read Darkly Dreaming Dexter. Usually I don’t pick up books based on hype, but I really needed to read something to nudge me back into me back into my reading mood and I loveeee a good crime thriller.

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Title: Darkly Dreaming Dexter

Author: Jeff Lindsay

Length: 288

Source: Purchased.

Honestly I had never watched the TV series and knew absolutely nothing about this going in apart from the fact that it had a highly successful TV adaptation! I think pretty much everyone knows what this is about but for the people who don’t here’s a short synopsis below:

Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep’s clothing. He’s handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He’s a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened—of himself or some other fiend.

Out of all the crime thrillers I’ve read this stood out for multiple reasons:

Reading 234972097 (not an exact number plz don’t quote me on this :)) crime novels I’d come across my fair share of self-righteous series killers, but somehow it all felt very artificial. Whilst reading I’d never really bought into it.  But whilst reading his rationality for why he does what he does I found myself several times almost falling for his justificationss?? Let’s just say I’m grateful that this book was only around 300 pages!

Another overused connection is that the main character had gone through something traumatic when they were younger which inevitable lead them down this path. It was my first time reading about a character who knew he had a traumatic past but doesn’t quite remember what it was. It motivates who he is as a human being and was such a catastrophic event that it left him unable to feel ‘normal’ human emotions yet he still didn’t know what the cause of this was. I really liked that this was revealed towards the beginning of the book,  at this point even though I wasn’t really invested in him as a character I knew I had to stay until the end to at least find what had happened to him.

Wowww it’s really been a while since I’ve written a review I don’t even know how to wrap this shambolic one up… All in all I would recommend this for people who don’t usually pick up crime/thriller reads , it has a great writing style, psycho but relatable main character and is less than 300 pages. Will I carry on reading the rest of the series? Probably not, I’m quite satisfied with the ending of this but if anyones read more from this series let me know what you thought in the comments!

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Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Author: Ransom Riggs

Length: 352

Source: Purchased.

Anyone who remotely follows book releases, will have heard about the buzz this book caused during it’s release. It took me years to get there but I read it! Andddd I’m not sure how I agree with the hype:

This book gave off this creepy/horror vibe, but it left me feeling (REALLY) overwhelmed. This story was more focused on world-building which is perfectly fine… Except I didn’t find the world building compelling enough to keep me interested. The characters had nothing special or personable about them and they were a little two dimensional, and quite frankly boring.

Another reason why I wasn’t really into this book was because I couldn’t relate AT ALL to the main character. This might have been because Jacob  WAS SO DAMN FRUSTRATING. I couldn’t understand him and his the way he thought and to be honest  sometimes he sounded like an ungrateful little prick.

I don’t think any of the elements were developed enough, and so it left the reader feeling like something was missing while reading the entire book. It just felt more like a first draft than an actual published book. I think there was too much emphasis placed on the creepy factor, and the images included rather than the actual content, the plot, the story line etc.

Whilst writing this review I really tried to find something positive to say about this book, but I only carried on reading it because I wanted to see what all the hype was about.  But to be completely honest this was a story I didn’t really feel invested in, barely managed to finish, and once I did I didn’t feel anything at all.

In summary, the world building wasn’t that great and nothing of relevance or significance rarely happened, but because of the characters and their lack of development when it did I really couldn’t care less.

Also side note: If you still haven’t read the book SPOILER ALERT

Another thing I wasn’t exactly on board with was the fact that Emma, who was Jacob’s grandfather’s LOVER has now fallen in love with Jacob and is considered his love interest in this book?? I can’t be the only one that finds that hella weird??