What are you currently reading?
What have you recently finished reading?
What do you think you will read next?
Writing this post has somehow just managed to cost me £6, because apparently I am incapable of compiling a list like this without buying every single book on it minus the two I already owned. It was even originally titled ’15 of the best Kindle ebook 99p bargains’ until I realised the trend and had to stop midway for the good of my bank account. I am the worst for rationalising my purchases by saying that they were only a couple of pounds so it is no big deal. But those few pounds add up when you spend them all the time.
Whether you are going away on a relaxing beach holiday soon, or simply enjoy the amazing heatwave we are having at the moment, there’s no better time to stock up on some books for your kindle as when there are some crackers reduced to just 99p each. I definitely didn’t need any more books after just buying a box load of paperbacks in the two for £7 deal on Amazon, but I couldn’t help myself (and I’m telling myself I’ll be thankful of it when I have ‘nothing to read’, as if that ever really happens) (also see above paragraph on excessive spending).
I have tried to keep the list as varied as possible so that there is something for just about everyone. There is the LGBT+ novel that everyone has been talking about lately by Becky Albertalli, as well as one of my favourite books of all time in The Secret Life of Bees. Shadow and Bone is one for all you Sarah J. Maas fans out there (me included now as I have just finished book 1 in ACOTAR), and the hilarious Sarah Millican offers a non fiction option if you like biographies. If you like more of a thrill, then maybe The Missing is more up your street, or The Cows if you are looking for something heartbreaking, yet somehow still witty and entertaining.
Have you read any of these books already?
I don’t want to say I’m a stalker or anything, but I have a very unhealthy obsession with the Fletcher family.
Or maybe it is mainly the Fletcher kids.
What started off as a simple follow on Instagram has become full-blown admiration for possibly the most beautiful family I have ever seen. Buzz and Buddy melt my heart on a daily basis when I make a regular sweep of Instragram stories in the hope that there is a new clip of them being adorable. I also started following Gi’s sister at the beginning of this week when I realised they were all on holiday together and there would be more videos on hers too, only to fully discover just how cute her daughter is too.
But that is not what we are here for today – or at least it wasn’t until I started writing about them and apparently couldn’t stop.
We are gathered here today to say a warm welcome to the best new duo to hit the literary market. In their first novel together, Giovanna and Tom Fletcher have kicked off a dystopian trilogy that I am yet to see a single bad review of. And you won’t find one here either. For the first time in a long while, I have both started and finished a book in just over 24 hours, despite spending a lot of that time sleeping and working.
Three potential males have been selected for her. The future of humanity is in her hands. She’s always accepted her fate. Until she meets Bram.
Eve wants control over her life. She wants freedom.
But how do you choose between love and the future of the human race?
I absolutely flew through this book, eagerly drinking in each word. I had to keep fighting with myself not to skip over several lines at a time, desperate to absorb more. And while I don’t always mind when I do that when I am reading, every word in this incredible novel deserves attention. I don’t even think 5/5 stars is enough for this.
I don’t want to say any more about the plot than what is in the synopsis above, because for this type of book I always think you get the most out of the wonderfully imaginative details if you don’t know too much about it beforehand. What I will say is that I loved Eve and Bram as the two main characters and love interests, particularly because you get to read both POVs, which is my favourite style. Too often we get just the female voice, or an unrealistic male voice, but Gi and Tom’s combined writing made for a perfect balance between the two. Bram, however, did just make me think of Bran in Game of Thrones every single time I saw his name, but I guess that isn’t a downfall.
When you have read as many books as I have, it is difficult for one to sit in such high regard. One of the very few downsides to being an English Lit and creative writing student is that my brain is now wired to pick out tiny details. I often find that books I enjoyed before have little annoyances in them that I would never have noticed, but I can place my hand on my heart and honestly say that I cannot find a single fault in this book. I like to be politely critical when I am reviewing something rather than gush and gush about how wonderful it is in case I sound a bit superficial, but Tom and Gi’s amazing work deserves all the praise it can get.
I seriously urge you to pick up this book as soon as possible. You will not be disappointed.
(And they are already starting on Book 2!)
I’m a huge fan of Goodreads, and I have got into the habit of getting straight online the second I have finished a book to add it to my list and see my number of books towards my 2018 challenge go up. I find so many of the books I read or add to my ever growing to-read list on Goodreads, and it is the most helpful way of keeping track of what I want to read and what is being released and when. There is nothing worse than knowing a vague description about a book but not being able to remember the title and therefore you can no longer find it.
Upon browsing the blog section of the website, I came across their recent article featuring their ultimate Summer Reading Challenge. I have never tried to take part in anything like that before, and I definitely don’t have the focus levels to actually finish, but it seems to me like a great idea if I am unsure what to pick up next.
So here I sit, in the exact spot as in the photograph above, mug of coffee beside me and the fluffiest slippers on my feet, perusing online to make this challenge a tiny bit easier for you. I probably couldn’t look less summery if I tried, but that’s Scottish summer for you. If you know, you know.
Here is a list I have compiled of suggested books to match each of the categories in the challenge – so that you don’t have to! I’ve tried to keep it as varied as possible to suit all different tastes, so there should be something for everyone.
1. The great wide open: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour – Morgan Matson
2. Summer activities: The Summer I Turned Pretty – Jenny Han
3. Yellow, green or sandy cover: The Perfect Couple – Elin Hilderbrand
4. Beach read: Deadly Summer – Denise Grover Swank
5. Takes place on the beach: Along for the Ride – Sarah Dessen
6. Takes place on water: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
7. Features fishing: The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea – Sebastian Junger
8. Features a popular summer sport: Beartown – Fredrik Backman (ok it’s not a summer sport, it’s ice hockey)
9. Scary story: The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
10. Read in a day: Not If I Save You First – Ally Carter
1. Features falling in or out of love: Everything I Know About Love – Dolly Alderton
2. LGBTQIA author/character: History Is All You Left Me – Adam Silvera
3. Another country/culture: The Help – Kathryn Stockett
4. Author of colour: The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
5. Translation: Austerlitz – W.G. Sebald
6. Short story or essay collection: Nasty Women
7. Poetry: The Sun and Her Flowers – Rupi Kaur
8. Spin on a well-known fairytale: Geekerella – Ashley Poston
9. Western: Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
10. TBR pile: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli
11. Goodreads shelf: A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America – T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong
12. Choose-your-own-adventure novel: (What on earth does this one mean? I have chosen a book about embracing change and adventure because I am lost) The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After – Clemantine Wamariya
13. Audio book: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – narrated by Stephen Fry
Grab yourself a little summer cocktail or a refreshing drink, and happy reading x