Bout of Books 14 Wrap Up

Monday, 24 August 2015

Yippee!! We did it, congratulations to everyone that took part, whether you reached your targets or not!!
I managed to read three of the four books I had hoped to get to, so I'm really pleased with that!

Books I Completed:

The Giver by Lois Lowry
Ross Poldark by Winston Graham
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
The Walking Dead Vol. One: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman

Total Pages Read: 993

Overall I really enjoyed participating in my first Bout of Books, and even managed to take part in a challenge too. I look forward to the next one!
Happy reading!!

Bout of Books Update #6 (Saturday)

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Currently Reading:

Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris

Books Completed:

The Giver by Lois Lowry
Ross Poldark by Winston Graham
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
The Walking Dead Vol. One: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman

Pages Read Today: 207
Total Pages Read: 913

Managed to finish 2 books on Saturday, hooray for the weekend!! I finished the Philip K. Dick novel, and a whole graphic novel, so it was a successful day!
Happy reading everyone :)

Bout of Books Update #5 (Friday)

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Currently Reading:

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

Books Completed:

The Giver by Lois Lowry
Ross Poldark by Winston Graham

Pages Read Today: 79
Total Pages Read: 706

I finished my second book of the week on Friday, and the second book I challenged myself to read, so after my disappointing start, I've managed to pick it up! I also picked up the Philip K. Dick novel that I was reading before Bout of Books, so hopefully I can get it finished too!
Happy reading everyone :)

Bout of Books Update #4 (Thursday)

Friday, 21 August 2015

Currently Reading:

Ross Poldark by Winston Graham

Books Completed:

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Pages Read Today: 245
Total Pages Read: 627

I finally managed to finish a book this week, thanks to having a day off work, and no other plans. I quite enjoyed The Giver, although I did think it was a little simply written for my liking. 

Happy reading everyone :)

Bout of Books Update #3 (Wednesday)

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Currently Reading:

Ross Poldark by Winston Graham
The Giver by Lois Lowry

Books Completed:


Pages Read Today: 150
Total Pages Read: 382

Still not finished any books, but I did get a huge chunk of The Giver read this morning in a coffee shop while waiting for my train.
Happy reading everyone!!

Bout of Books Update #2 (Tuesday)

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Currently Reading:

Ross Poldark by Winston Graham

Books Completed:


Pages Read Today: 152
Total Pages Read: 232

I managed to read a bit more than I did on Monday, but still haven't finished any books which is my aim for Wednesday!
Happy Reading to everyone!!

Bout of Books Update #1

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Currently Reading: 

Ross Poldark by Winston Graham

Books Completed: 


Pages Read Today - 80
Total Pages Read - 80

Didn't manage to get much reading done on Monday, I'm hoping to nail the rest of my book today, so fingers crossed.
Happy reading to everyone taking part, I hope you did better than I did!!

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Making Up for Monday #4

Monday, 17 August 2015

This is a meme hosted by An Avid Reader, A Wannabe Writer. Every week there is a theme or game, or something fun to do that week. 

This week's question: Who is your favorite villian-esque character and why? 

This is quite a difficult question as I always enjoy a good villain in a book, so I've had to think a bit about my answer for this one. I've decided to go with the villain from the last book I read, which was Milady from The Three Musketeers. She was an awesome villain, she was conniving and devious, but was also able to appear weak and angelic, and basically seduce anyone she wanted. I loved her, most badass female villain I've read this year, if not ever!!!

My last review

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Bout of Books '15

Sunday, 16 August 2015
This is my first time doing Bout of Books, but as I've not started classes yet, I thought it would be a good time to start!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
You don't have to set up goals if you don't want to but I've decided to try to read three novels and a graphic novel in the week.

1. Ross Poldark by Winston Graham

2. The Giver by Lois Lowry

3. Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris

4. The Walking Dead Vol 1 Days Gone By by Robert Kirkman

If you're taking part, have fun, and even if you aren't, happy reading!


Book Review- Bzrk

Sunday, 9 August 2015
Title: Bzrk
Author: Michael Grant
Pages: 416
Series: Bzrk #1
Genre: YA, Sci-fi, Thriller, Adventure, Romance

Rating: 3.5/5

Love The Hunger Games?  Action-adventure thrillers with a dystopian twist? BZRK (Berserk) by Michael Grant, New York Times best-selling author of the GONE series, ramps up the action and suspense to a whole new level of excitement. Set in the near future, BZRK is the story of a war for control of the human mind.  Charles and Benjamin Armstrong, conjoined twins and owners of the Armstrong Fancy Gifts Corporation, have a goal:  to turn the world into their vision of utopia.  No wars, no conflict, no hunger.  And no free will.  Opposing them is a guerrilla group of teens, code name BZRK, who are fighting to protect the right to be messed up, to be human.  This is no ordinary war, though.  Weapons are deployed on the nano-level. The battleground is the human brain.  And there are no stalemates here:  It’s victory . . . or madness. BZRK unfolds with hurricane force around core themes of conspiracy and mystery, insanity and changing realities, engagement and empowerment, and the larger impact of personal choice. Which side would you choose?  How far would you go to win? -Goodreads

This is a book that I've had on my TBR pile for a really long time, once I saw it I bought it immediately. After reading Grant's Gone series, he quickly became one of my favourite YA novelists, and I was excited to read anything else by him. With these high expectations, I began reading this novel.
Unfortunately almost from the beginning I knew this wasn't going to be as good as Gone, apart from being a completely different premise (and genre to a degree) it was completely different in terms of the speed of the plot, and the development of the characters. I know I shouldn't compare these two series, as they are completely different, but I couldn't help but feel disappointed by this offering by Grant. 
The novel got off to a slow start, despite it being quite an action-packed beginning, I struggled to feel drawn in by the action I was reading, or feel anything for the characters involved. The whole novel continued on in this vein, it didn't have any page-turning aspect to it, and at times I really struggled to make it to the end!
Also this novel is chock full of technical jargon, both in a technological sense, and in a science/biological sense. Some of the anatomical information about the brain I already knew from my degree, but a lot of the technical jargon to do with the bugs the characters were controlling was so dense I had to skim over paragraphs of it to get to the story again.
However, one aspect of the novel I did like was the wide range of characters Grant had included in the novel.  On both teams, there was a nice mix of diverse individuals, in terms or nationality, gender and sexuality. It made the novel feel a little more like real life, with the characters seeming more like people one might meet in real life.
Another aspect that redeemed the novel for me was the changing P.O.V within the novel. This was a very strong feature of the Gone novels, and Grant put it to good use in this novel too. The reader got the P.O.V of both groups, fighting against each other. This allowed for an interesting insight into the opinions and mindset of both groups, both thinking that they were the "goodies" and the other side the "baddies". 
This blurring of the ideas of "good" and "bad" in the novel was an interesting part of this novel, I was never sure of either teams reasons for justifying their actions, or who was doing what in terms of good or bad.
If you're at all squeamish, I don't recommend this novel, it goes into extreme details about all the germs and other bacteria that live on the human body, and the other gross stuff!! This made me feel quite dirty and squeamish myself, and it's an aspect of the novel I could've done without reading. 
Overall I gave this novel 3.5/5, because although I was disappointed by the delivery of this novel, it was a fascinating idea, with a nicely diverse group of characters.
Thanks for reading :)

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July Book Haul

Friday, 7 August 2015
I always love reading about the books others have recently bought, and July was a great month for my shelves, but not so good for my wallet!!!
I picked up 8 books last month, 6 physical books, and 2 from Net Galley.

Cujo by Stephen King

This book was one of 4 paperbacks I got for £10 from a bookshop when I went on holiday at the beginning of the month. I have absolutely no idea what this novel is about, although if the cover is anything to go by, it's going to be scary!!! 

Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman

This was also included in the 4 for £10 deal, and I never turn down the chance to buy a discounted Neil Gaiman book, so I didn't even realise this is a collection of short stories until I read the blurb when I left the shop! Still, you can never have too many Neil Gaiman books!!!

Ross Poldark by Winston Graham

I bought this novel after thoroughly enjoying the bbc tv adaptation, and Poldark became a kind of theme for this book haul as you'll discover!

Demelza by Winston Graham

This is the second book in the Poldark series, and I was able to grab this one in the 4 for £10 deal, which was handy considering I had only just bought the first one earlier in July. 

Jeremy Poldark by Winston Graham

This was the last book I got in the 4 for £10 deal, and is the third book in the Poldark series. 

The Axeman's Jazz by Ray Celestin

This is the last physical book I got in July, and I bought it almost wholly for its cover. Not only does it look amazing, but it feels matte and parchmenty, and the book is set in the 20s so it's a win win!!

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

This is one of the two books I got from Net Galley, its a science fiction novel, with possible aliens, which I'm looking forward to hopefully reading in August.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

This is the second Net Galley novel I got in July, and is one that I've wanted to read for ages, so I'm super happy that I got accepted for it on Net Galley. This novel is also in my August TBR.

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This Week in Books 05.08.15

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

This is a weekly meme hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found in which we can share what we're reading, now, then and next!


This book has been on my TBR pile for a very very long time, so I'm really pleased to finally get to it. So far it's a little slow, but it's an intriguing novel.


Bzrk - Michael Grant
I finished this novel a couple of days ago, and I had very high hopes for it considering Grant is one of my favourite YA authors. It's a very sci-fi filled novel, which I think would put a lot of people off.


Quiet - Susan Cain                                                                                   This is the non-fiction book on my TBR for this month, and after reading two quite dense, sci-fi novels at the beginning of the month, I feel like I might want to read something completely different.

My last review

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August TBR

Monday, 3 August 2015
I'm hoping to read a few more books this month than I did last month, or I'll never meet my Goodreads challenge. I'm going away on holiday for a week, so hopefully this will give me a chance to catch up with my reading!

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

I've got a copy of this novel from Net Galley, which I'm hoping to read this month. This is a science fiction novel that I've not heard a lot about, but it looks like there may be some aliens involved, which is always a good thing!!

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

This is the second book on my TBR from Net Galley, and unlike the other one, I've heard loads of things about this one!! It's been compared to The Book Thief, as it's a historical novel set in Nazi Paris. It's also won and been nominated for quite a few awards, so I'm excited to see my opinions of it!!

Quiet by Susan Cain

I'm trying to read more non-fiction, and I've had this book in my TBR pile for ages so I thought this would be a good place to start. This is a book all about being an Introvert, and it looks like a really fascinating read!

The Giver by Lois Lowry

This is another book that I've had on my TBR pile for ages, and I've been meaning to get around to it for ages. It's also been made into a movie recently, so hopefully I can do a Book to Movie Adaptation review too!

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

This is the third book in the Mortal Instruments series, and its been quite a long time since I dived into the world of Clary and the Shadowhunters, so hopefully I can make it to this book, and possibly get the rest of the series finished in the next couple of months!!

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July Wrap Up

Saturday, 1 August 2015
This is quite a short wrap up, as I only managed to read 3 books last month, even though I'm not at Uni at the moment, strange!!!
Anyway these are the 3 books I read last month, and their reviews if I did one!

The One by Kiera Cass

4/5 stars

I received this book from Net Galley, and I really enjoyed it. This is the third book in The Selection series, and is a series that I've really liked reading, and I'm looking forward to getting around to the fourth book!

Review here

Changeling by Philippa Gregory

2.5/5 stars

This novel was disappointing, I'd been expecting great things from Gregory, and as a huge lover of historical fiction, I was extremely excited by this YA novel. Unfortunately it didn't live up to my high hopes, it was slow and the characters were so shallow and under-developed I couldn't care about any of them!

Review here

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

5/5 stars

This was a re-read for me this month, and I enjoyed it just as much as the first time I read it. I love the character of Elizabeth, her and her crazy family always make me chuckle. The romances and period setting make this a book I love reading again and again.

Hopefully I can read a couple more books in August, happy reading everyone!!

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