2017 Big Book Summer Challenge

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

This challenge is hosted by Sue at Book By Book. The challenge is simply to read 1 or more books over 400 pages long between May 26th and September 4th. I need this challenge, I have way too many books lying around that I never pick up because they're so huge! Hopefully this challenge will encourage me to get through them!
I haven't chosen a definite list for summer, so these are just a number of books I own that I could read for this.


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Happy reading!!

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

Monday, 5 June 2017


This meme is hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date.

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Now I'm officially on my summer break it's great to finally get back into reading and blogging! I've got quite a few books to read for review over the next few months, so I'm hopeful that I'll manage to get quite a few books read!



What I Read Last Week:


The Space Between the Stars- Anne Corlett
I only managed to read 1 book last week, but it was a review book, so I don't feel too disappointed about it. I gave this novel 3.5/5 stars and you can read my review of it here.














What I'm Currently Reading: 

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness- Arundhati Roy



















City of Heavenly Fire- Cassandra Clare

















Up Next:


The Fourth Monkey- J.D. Barker


















Uglies- Scott Westerfeld



















On The Blog: 
June 2017 Anticipated Releases

May Wrap Up

Book Review- The Space Between the Stars


Let me know how your week went.
Happy reading guys!! 

Book Review- The Space Between the Stars

Friday, 2 June 2017
Title: The Space Between the Stars
Author: Anne Corlett
Published: June 1st 2017
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fiction, Space, Fantasy 

 Rating: 3.5/5

In a breathtakingly vivid and emotionally gripping debut novel, one woman must confront the emptiness in the universe—and in her own heart—when a devastating virus reduces most of humanity to dust and memories.
All Jamie Allenby ever wanted was space. Even though she wasn’t forced to emigrate from Earth, she willingly left the overpopulated, claustrophobic planet. And when a long relationship devolved into silence and suffocating sadness, she found work on a frontier world on the edges of civilization. Then the virus hit...
Now Jamie finds herself dreadfully alone, with all that’s left of the dead. Until a garbled message from Earth gives her hope that someone from her past might still be alive. 
Soon Jamie finds other survivors, and their ragtag group will travel through the vast reaches of space, drawn to the promise of a new beginning on Earth. But their dream will pit them against those desperately clinging to the old ways. And Jamie’s own journey home will help her close the distance between who she has become and who she is meant to be... -Goodreads
I received a copy of this novel from Net Galley and the publisher in return for an honest review.
This novel follows Jamie, who awakens to find that she has survived a deadly plague that has ripped through Earth, and the other planets that humans have colonised. She discovers other survivors, and together they try to make their way to Earth, which they have chosen as some sort of 'safe haven' to begin again.
 This novel really wasn't what I was expecting, the blurb suggested a dystopian style novel with end of the world style action, with rebuilding and re-inhabiting of the decimated Earth, and other planets. Instead, there is very little action in this novel, the characters travel through space a lot, but other than this interstellar travel the action is minimal. The majority of the narrative is filled with Jamie's philosophical wonderings on the purpose and meaning of life and the existence of God among other 'big topics'. I'm not sure how I feel about this, some elements of the narrative were quite interesting, and did encourage me to think about how it would be to be one of the last human survivors on a planet. But at the same time it sometimes felt too much. It felt too preachy and it got exhausting to read her constant meandering thoughts.
The above mentioned lack of action made the novel a little slow going, but it did mean that when periods of action took place, I appreciated the change of pace more. In actual fact, the action scenes that Corlett wrote were well done, especially when considered that the novel is written from a first persons P.O.V.
The novel is written completely from Jamie's point of view, and I must admit that I tend to find the 1st person narrative difficult to read if the character isn't intriguing enough. This was the problem I had in this novel, Jamie is not an interesting enough character to warrant my enthusiasm to continue the novel, and I really had to drag myself through it at times. She's a particularly negative person, and she whines for approximately 80% of her narration, which is exhausting to read constantly!! She is also constantly suspicious and thinks the worst of everyone she meets, making the novel quite a dark and moody read, with very little happiness or positivity to lighten it. I can understand that experiencing most of humanity being wiped out by a plague would be a pretty negative experience, but the narrator didn't seem able to think positively about anything, and for me personally this made the novel slow and difficult to get through, and certainly reduced my enjoyment of it.
This novel is set in a fascinating world, with humans inhabiting other planets, and space travel is a totally normal thing. I would've liked more background information about the world; things like how the Government ruled and number of planets inhabited would have been interesting to read about, but obviously I realise that that was not the purpose of the novel. 
One element of this novel that I really enjoyed was the romantic element that ran through it. This was well created by Corlett, it had enough back story to make it believable, and the foundations for their relationship were built gradually but felt stable and realistic throughout. I was really glad these two characters got together, and the whole atmosphere of the book was definitely lightened by the romance.
Overall I gave this novel 3.5/5 stars. I thought it was an interesting take on science fiction and the end of the world narratives, and placing the focus on the human side of it, and how a human would psychologically cope was an interesting take. However, I felt that the whiny narrator paired with a fairly slow meandering narration did not hook me the way I was hoping it would.

Happy reading!!

May Wrap Up

Wednesday, 31 May 2017
I honestly cannot believe that May has come to an end. I know everyone says it, but this year, and particularly this month has gone by so quick!! I'm glad it's finished, I had my Uni exams this month, and I'm just super glad that they're finished. Also the end of May signals the beginning of my summer so that's always welcome!
I read a few books this month, not too many because of exams etc, here's what I read, watched, listened to, and what featured on the blog.

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Read:

Goodbye Days: Jeff Zentner
I received this novel for review this month, and I thought it was ok, although it did have some problematic elements. I gave it 3.5/5 stars.














Hamilton: The Revolution- Lin-Manuel Miranda
I'm obsessed with Hamilton, and so this was a wonderful addition to my obsession! 5/5 stars.















At the Going Down of the Sun- Elizabeth Darrell
This is a great novel, set in WWI, with interesting characters, and a well written plot. I gave it 4.5/5 stars.















The Keeper of Lost Things- Ruth Hogan
I read this novel for review too, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! 5/5 stars.















City of Lost Souls- Cassandra Clare
I feel like I have been reading this series for years and years, but this summer I am determined to finish it. This is book 5 of 6, so I'm close to the finishing line! I gave it 3/5 stars.















Watched:

The Night Shift- this is a series set in a hospital during night shifts. It reminds me of ER or Grey's Anatomy, but I like these characters more! Series 1-3 are on Netflix UK, and I highly recommend them!









Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Season 3- The complete 3 seasons of this Australian detective show set in the 1920s is on Netflix UK, and I highly recommend it. The costumes, the characters and the plots are entertaining and fun!



Listened To:

May I Have This Dance- Francis and the Lights









Moana Soundtrack












You're the One That I Want- Lo Fang










On the Blog: 



Happy reading!!

June 2017 Anticipated Releases!

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

I love the summer months for many reasons, but one is definitely because of the large number of books that are published now! Although my bank account and TBR pile don't appreciate it quite so much!! These are the novels I am most excited for in June!!



Have you read any of these? Are you excited for them too? Let me know!!!
Happy reading!

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

Monday, 29 May 2017


This meme is hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date.

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We have enjoyed some of the hottest weather over the past few days, its been 25+ degrees everyday, which for Scotland is something else!! So I've managed to get quite a bit of reading done, I always find that I read a lot more when it's too hot to do anything!!


What I Read Last Week:

Hamilton: The Revolution- Lin-Manuel Miranda
This is a non-fiction book about the hit musical Hamilton. It features lyrics to the songs with annotations and notes from Lin himself, plus features on the performers who brought the roles to Broadway, and chapters on how the musical was created. I really enjoyed this insight into this musical, and gave it 5/5 stars!!






At the Going Down of the Sun- Elizabeth Darrell.
This is a Historical Romance novel set in World War I. Featuring some amazing characters, and with a totally engrossing story, I gave this novel 4.5/5 stars.










City of Lost Souls- Cassandra Clare.
This is the 5th novel in The Mortal Instruments Series, a series which I have an up and down relationship with. If I hadn't bought the whole series I'm not sure I would've even bothered to read them all, but I'm determined to keep going to the end. This novel actually wasn't bad, I gave it 3/5 stars.





What I Am Currently Reading:

























Up Next:
























On the Blog:



Happy reading!!


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