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Thursday, September 08, 2016


This year I haven't seemed to read as many books as usual. I'm not sure whether I got too busy, or I just didn't find any novels that took my fancy until the summer when I read four books I want to share my thoughts on with you. I'll try and leave my mini reviews spoiler free, wish me luck on that!


 Everything Everything - Nicola Yoon

Everything Everything was a lovely read. I seemed to get through the book quite fast, but nethertheless I really enjoyed it. Madeline, a girl who suffered with an illness meaning she couldn't leave the house falls in love with her next door neighbour Olly, and in doing so longs to venture into the outside world, something she hadn't done in seventeen years.

Madeline's  character was really unique and likeable and I was always rooting for her throughout the book. The twist is incredible and shocking, and I love how Nicola Yoon ended the book. Please do not automatically think this book is very similar to The Fault In Our Stars because they both revolve around a sick girl, they are two very different stories and I think I actually enjoyed this one more.

The Boy Most Likely To - Huntley Fitzpatrick

I featured Huntley Fitzpatrick's first novel, My Life Next Door, in a favourites a few months back, so I was excited to read her next one, The Boy Most Likely To. We met the characters of Tim and Alice in the first book, because although The Boy Most Likely To is a follow up of My Life Next Door, it is from the perspective of two different characters. I'm not sure why but I didn't connect with these characters as much as Samantha and Jase (Alice's brother) in the first book. I even found myself thinking "urghh, I'm only half way through?!" which isn't a good sign!

I did start to like the book and the characters more as the story developed, however the book was so long I'm not surprised I got a little bored! It was also a little confusing because it switches between the two characters (Tim and Alice) narrating the book and sometimes I was unsure who's perspective I was reading. It wasn't a bad book, I just didn't enjoy it as much as others I have read lately.

On The Other Side - Carrie Hope Fletcher

This one is my favourite of the four books I read over the summer and it is certainly has to be one of my favourite books of all time. Interestingly, I cried more at this book than any other book I have read before - it's not even a really upsetting book or anything! I think I just felt sad because I wanted Evie to be able to live the life of her dreams with no obstacles, such as her mother who grew to be my least favourite character. Evie, the main character, was of course my favourite and I really rooted for her throughout the book. 

When I found out there would be a little magic involved in the story, I was a little put off - however it really worked and added to the unique brilliance of the story. Carrie did a fantastic job with her first novel and I strongly recommend giving it a read!

Geek Girl: Head Over Heels - Holly Smale

I have loved all the Geek Girl books by Holly Smale, and the fifth one in the series - Head Over Heels, failed to dissapoint. Harriet tries to do what she thinks is best for everyone - her friends and her modelling agent Wilbur, and I think Head Over Heels made me like Harriet's wonderful character even more. It was lovely to see her grow up a bit in this book.

 Just like the fourth book I reviewed last year, I still missed Nick, but I enjoyed the addition of Jasper to Harriet's friendship group in Head Over Heels. I'm sad that the next Geek Girl will be the last of the series, but the ending of this one gave a little hint to where that one will be going - I'm excited!


What books have you read lately?



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19 comments

  1. Ive found myself not reading much this year either, it's a shame really! Love the sound of these books, I think I need to go on a book shop spree! Lovely post as always :)
    Freya x
    miss-perceived.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I know! I wish I had time to read more! Thank you x

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  2. Great selection! Right now I am reading Legend By Marie Lu. Have you read it?

    http://allornothing-blog.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks! I've actually never heard of that one but I will definitely be checking it out now! x

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  3. I'm a huge bookworm so I was very excited to read this! And I love the photo btw! I want to read Everything Everything so so bad, I've heard a lot of good reviews about it and the story line sounds incredible!
    Becky Shannon xx - Life-by-Becky

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    1. Thank you! I highly recommend Everything Everything, it was a book I couldn't put down! x

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  4. I love seeing posts like this and my reading list always grows after! I really want to read My Life Next Door and On The Other Side now!

    Kizzi xx

    Kizzimay.co.uk

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    1. Haha me too! You should! Especially On The Other Side, the storyline is incredible! x

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  5. I'll be checking all of these out, i've been looking for some new books to read. I've heard a lot about Everything Everything so that's definitely my next read after my current one☺ Leonie x
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    1. I'm always on the look for new books to read too! What are you currently reading? Everything Everything is a must read, so amazing! x

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  6. wow so many books! I haven't read in ages but I definitely want to start whenever I have some free time so great recommendations, will definitely check them out :)
    Kathy x
    www.alongcamekathy.blogspot.co.nz

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    1. Me neither, until I read these 4 books I hadn't read anything in ages! Thank you for reading Kathy x

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  7. Interesting books! :) <33 Have a lovely weekend! xx

    Vildana from Living Like V & Stalia Is BAE

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  8. I've mainly been reading books for school lately but during summer break I got to read for myself a lot :) My favourite one was I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson which I highly recommend! Everything Everything is currently on my to read list as well x

    Sara’sChapters

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    1. Me too, that's why I got to read these 4 books over the summer! I will have to check out I'll Give You The Sun then! x

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  9. This was such a lovely post to read, Erin! I'm a massive bookworm myself, and always have been, but like you, I just haven't been reading as much as I'd like to lately. Thank you for giving me some recommendations!

    Jade x | www.simplyjadey.co.uk

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  10. Ah amazing.. I definitely have to give some of these a read! Thank you for sharing. You have such a lovely blog here, keep up your amazing work gorgeous gal! x

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  11. I love, love, love your book posts!! We have such similar reading tastes - I just ordered Everything, Everything and after reading this I can't wait to get it ♡ Lily xx

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