Books for 2017!

2016, Uncategorized

Hello!

I’m trying my best to make it part of my routine that I read before I go to sleep at night (recently it’s been a lot of Pokemon, but that’s because it’s the Christmas holiday) but I really enjoyed the couple of book reviews I wrote last year, so I thought making a list of books I want to read next year will motivate me even more, so here are the books on my shelf that I got really excited to read and haven’t read yet!

I’m currently reading On The Other Side, by Carrie Hope Fletcher – I bought this book because it’s Carrie and I’ve been a fan of hers for so long and I love fiction, so I got really excited when a YouTuber was writing a fiction book (that wasn’t Girl Online). So far, On The Other Side is a bit more romantic and idealist than books I normally read but the concept is really exciting and I’m very intrigued as to where the story will go.

And then these are the books I really want to read next year:

Billy and Me: Giovanna Fletcher – similarly to Carrie, I watch Gi on YouTube and considering her main career is as a writer, I feel like I need to read one of her books! I’m not sure Billy and Me is for me but I need to read it to find out.

Where She Went: Gayle Forman – I read If I Stay in three days and absolutely adored it so I really want to reread the book and find out what Forman did with the sequel. I never saw this film either but it’s another one to add to the list!

Love, Rosie: Cecelia Ahern – this is another book which is a bit too ‘romantic drama’ for me and a little bit melodramatic I find but I do tend to really like the male characters, even if the female characters really irritate me. However, the film adaptation of this book is Sam Claflin and Lily Collins and I love Sam Claflin so I’ll use that as my reward system when I finish the book.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: Jesse Andrews – I saw this book whenever I went into Waterstones and I wasn’t sure about it, then I saw the advert for the film and my mum asked if I’d read it and I thought I’d give it a chance – stories that cover more taboo topics, such as children dying of cancer, tend to intrigue me so I’m glad I’ve written this post to remind me why I bought these books!

We All Looked Up: Tommy Wallach – I’ll be honest, being back at home and this book is in Southampton, I can’t remember what it’s about but I remember the cover is really pretty and that’s enough for me.

Carry On: Rainbow Rowell – I loved Fangirl and it’s currently it’s got the glorified position of ‘My Favourite Book’ at the moment, so to read the fanfiction written by the protagonist Cath in a full book form based on a version of Harry Potter? Yes please!

All The Bright Places: Jennifer Niven – I saw this book around book shops and on the kindle store for ages and then I bit the bullet and actually bought it and now I need to actually read it.

I also want to read more nonfiction! This past year has really highlighted how much I used to love learning and how good (?) I was at it and how I’m really not using that now. I miss doing GCSE maths and that’s saying something, so I want to get books on aspects of history I’m interested in, space and maybe some science stuff? I don’t know, I miss learning.

I have goodreads, which is another nice motivator because it tells me what percentage through my book I am and that makes me feel accomplished. If you want to follow me there, you’re more than welcome – I’m not too sure how the website works so watch and learn with me? I don’t know, here’s my profile!

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

 

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Books from my teenage years

2016

Hello!

I used to love reading, as a child I remember sneaking out of bed after my mum had tucked me in for the night to get a book and read until like 10. My bad sleeping habits started young!

I’m trying to inspire myself to read more at the moment so I thought I’d reflect on some of the books I loved when I was younger, aged about 12 to 16 I’d say.

Maximum Ride (James Patterson) – a series about genetically engineered kids with wings and the adventure that ensues, as someone who’s always been fascinated with flying and imagining the sensation of flying, this series was pretty perfect for me. Last time I went home, I brought the first couple of books home with me so I can reread them before the new webseries comes out.

Skulduggery Pleasant (Derek Landy) – the adventures of the skeleton detective – a theme of fantasy humour is arising here! These books are witty, full of adventure and magic (literally) and I still wish they’d make a film with David Tennant because it would be incredible.

Harry Potter (JK Rowling) – who didn’t love Harry Potter though? Really?

Twilight (Stephanie Meyer) – yes, I went through that phase. Yes, I hate myself.

Gallagher Girls, I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You (Ally Carter) – this one’s a bit different – I read the first one in school and we used to have these library lessons once every fortnight and we’d have two weeks to read a book but I couldn’t read that fast. I couldn’t finish a book every two weeks so I barely got to finish this book let alone read the rest of the series. It was a really interesting concept but I never got round to reading the rest of the series – maybe I’ll treat myself to buying it if I do get back into reading.

Kiss of Death (Malcolm Rose) – I may have read this in primary school, I can’t remember but I loved this book. It was about the Black Death and it had very interesting parallel timelines and being reminded it exists has made me want to read it again.

0.4 (Mike Lancaster) – This book I found in a warehouse discount book store and then saw full price in W.H.Smith and it made me really happy that I got it really cheap. It’s a book that I could really easily spoil here, but it’s a very interesting concept about the future of the human race. Definitely worth the read if you like sci-fi-esque books!

These last three are my favourite books to date even now.

The Innocent’s Story (Nicky Singer) – this book has such a personal place in my heart because it was the first book that I really loved and really was comfortable saying it’s my favourite book. It’s about a girl and her sister who get caught up in this bomb attack and it’s a very interesting idea about one afterlife theory. 100% would recommend it.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Steven Chbosky) – yeah I know, how stereotypical? I’m naming this book as one of my favourites, is ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ next? (No, but I do love that book). What I love about this book is how much I identify with Charlie – I’ve not had anything as severe as he has happen to him and situationally and even personality wise I’m very different to him, but there are so many aspects of him – primarily the wallflower one – that just made me feel normal and justified how I behave sometimes. I’m very personally attached to this book and I love the writing style of it, it’s so beautifully written.

Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell) – and finally, my current favourite book – another stereotypical one I think but not as big as Chbosky’s book because it doesn’t have the film but if they ever make one I’m going to be first in line to play Cather because I’m 90% sure this book is about me. This book, in difference to Perks, is one where I found myself becoming more and more obsessed with the character because I empathise with every single aspect of who she is. I think the point of this is that a lot of girls feel this way and it’s meant to bring people together rather than use continuing to face some of our anxieties alone but I absolutely adore this book with all my heart.

If they ever make a film I want to have some part in it because jesus christ I’m in love.

I hope you enjoyed me talking about the books I loved reading as a kid! Hopefully I will be able to write another book review soon!

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

 

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