Predicting 5 Future Favourite Books

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Hi Readers

This is a kind of unofficial tag that has kind of exploded. I’ve been seeing everywhere on BookTube and Bookstagram, although I have yet to see it in the blogosphere.

Basically this is where you try and predict the books you are going to give 5 star reads and then once you have read them all you do a reflection post to see how right/wrong you were. 

I love this idea because I am always trying to find my next favourite, and here are some that I plan to read soon that I think are high contenders. 

The Secret History by Donna Tartt: I have wanted the read this for ages but I want to read it at the perfect moment because I just have a feeling I’m going to devour this. I hope it’s a book I won’t want to put down. 

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith: This is a coming of age book that seems right up my alley and again I’m just waiting for the perfect time to read it. 

Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde: This is a recent one I’ve added to my TBR. I was searching for books to read for halloween (because there’s a lot of readathons happening,) and this one popped up and even though it’s a book I’ve heard about my whole life i never realised how well loved it is. People have great things to say about this. 

Cats Eye by Margeret Atwood: People say mixed this about this but the synopsis has always intrigued my. Plus, the Neapolitan series has been compared to this so maybe that’s a good sign. 

They Both Die in the End by Adam Silvera: I don’t actually know what people think about this one but I do know is that everybody seems to be reading it. I liked Silvera’s second book more than his first so hopefully his books are going to get better and better.

So, those are my predictions. Let’s hope at least one of them becomes a new favourite. 

Thanks for reading,

Jess X

Books I’ve Read Because of Blogs/Booktube

Note: Top 5 Wednesday was created by GingerReadsLainey and is hosted by ThoughtsonTomes on the Goodreads Group.

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Hi Readers

I haven’t been doing Top 5 Wednesday for the past couple of weeks but I want to jump back into it with this one, which is books I have read because of a blog or booktube channel. 

Most of the books I read are because of the online book community, so these are books I probably would never have read had they not been recommended over and over again. 

Cinder by Marissa Meyer: This just isn’t all that big in the UK. I will say, I wouldn’t have minded never reading this. Sci-fi, not my thing. 

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes: I probably would have just seen this as another ‘chick-lit’ book (which I’m just not into) and would never have read it. But since literally every blogger and booktuber was reading it I just had to check it out. 

Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johanson: Maybe I would have read this as this did get quite popular in the UK. But I read this along with the Booksplosion book club and it was quite fun doing it like that. 

Legend by Marie Lu: Another book that is just a staple for bloggers and booktubers. 

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: Worst title ever that would have definitely put me off if it hadn’t been for booktube.

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X

Books I Own But Don’t Want To Read (but can’t get rid of)

Hi Readers

On my shelf I have a rather large amount of books I have not yet read and have owned for years now. But every time I look at my bookshelf for something to read I always pass over them because I never seem to want to read them. 

Normally with books like these I would just Unhaul them but these ones I just can’t part with because something deep inside me feels like they’re worth hanging onto.

Zadie Smith – I own two of her books, N-W and White Teeth. I just hear so many mixed things about her books and I’m not entirely sure if they’re for me.

The Universe VS Alex Woods by Gavin Extence – I’ve just read so many coming-of-age books and none compare to Perks. But I’ve heard such good things.

Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons – The past few war fiction books I’ve read I haven’t enjoyed and these books are so dang long.

Gallows View by Peter Robinson – I bought this when I was into detective shows but now I’m not into detective shows. But you never know I might someday feel the need to read a mystery.

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell – This sounds too weird and whimsical for me. Plus, it’s fantasy.

Atonement by Ian Mcewan – Another war fiction. I actually started reading this but after 10 pages I lost interest.

Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer – I don’t even have an explanation for this one. I just have no interest in reading this. 

The Duchess by Amanda Foreman – I don’t know why I ever thought I would read this. Or why I still think I will.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden – This is because of some things I’ve heard about Arthur Golden. Also it feels weird to read a book about Japenese Geisha Culture by a white male American.

Let me know if you think any of these really are/aren’t worth my time.

Thanks for reading

Jess X

The Autumn Book Tag

Hi Readers

Today is officially the first day of Autumn and I am fully embracing it with and autumnal book tag.

What is your favourite thing about Autumn? 

Jumpers, cozy days in, the fact that Christmas is just on the horizon. And to be honest I love how excited every one gets for Autumn. 

What book reminds you of your school days?

I remember most of the books I read in school but I think the one I have the most memories of is Matt Haig’s Shadow Forest. We read it for the Smarties award and my whole class loved it.

What cover reminds you of Autumn?

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn because the girl on the front is wearing a very cute autumnal outfit. 

What is your favourite horror or Halloween story? 

Yeah, horror isn’t really for me. The scariest book I’ve ever read is Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith.

What is your favourite horror or Halloween film?

Hocus Pocus is the ultimate halloween film. But I also love the Halloween Town series (for nostalgic reasons.)

What fall book release are you looking forward to? 

I have yet to read any of the new releases I want to get to but the only one not actually released yet is Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. But I’m scared it’s going to be a big disappointment. 

What Autumn movie release are you anticipating?

None really. I don’t really keep up to date with movie releases. I am quite excited for the Wonder movie though.

What are three books you plan on reading this Autumn?

I have a whole TBR for autumn which you can find here. But I’ve added Middlemarch and 5 of the 6 manbooker shortlist. And I thought I was being ambitious before.

I won’t tag anyone because I feel like this is an old tag that most people have already done. 

Thanks for reading

Jess X

 

Autumn Reading Recommendations

Hi Readers

Autumn is my favourite season of reading. There’s always so many books that are amazing and are perfect for Autumn reads.

Most of these are atmospheric and dark and are books you should definitely cozy up to when it’s chilly and rainy outside. 

Silkworm by Robert Galbraith: I love all the Cormoron books and think they all make great Autumn reads, but this is my favourite. This follows the murder of an author after he has just finished the manuscript of his masterpiece, which reveals some dirty secrets about those closest to him. 

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier: I wasn’t the biggest fan of this but it’s very atmospheric and almost feels haunting. 

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen: This is considered to be Austen’s parody to gothic fiction and is actually one of my favourites. The main character has a love for reading, and sometimes lets her own imagination run away with her. 

Handmaids Tale by Margeret Atwood: This book is creepy and terrifing. So, perfect for autumn. I’m sure most of you have watched the TV adaptation by now though.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: One of my favourite books ever, and the perfect autumn book. This follows Jane from her childhood until she’s grown up and becomes the governess and a french girl in a huge gothic-ey mansion, where strange haunting things seem to be happening. 

Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson: Am I the only one who gets the urge to read mystery books in Autumn? Well, if you do too I highly recommend this one. It’s kind of a, ‘WTF?’ mystery.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon: I don’t know if I’m going to do a Halloween reading recs yet but if I did this would certainly be on the list. This is a ghosty-spirity-supernatural-dystopia type book.

More Than This by Patrick Ness: Imagine waking up and finding the whole world to be deserted. Well that’s what happens in this book, and it’s terrifying. I love this book and don’t recommend it enough. You should definitely read it if you haven’t.

Final Empire and Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson: Fantasy is another genre I have the urge to read in Autumn, Brandon Sanderson has written some great ones. 

Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee: This is a book to read on the sunnier Autumn days. 

Let me know what book you associate with Autumn.

Thanks for reading

Jess X

Revisiting Old Book Hauls #2

Hi Readers

Inspired by BooksandLala.

In this series I revisit my old hauls and see which books I’ve read, unhauled or have yet to read. 

Sever by Lauren Destefano: READ (unhauled)

Miss Peregrines by Ransom Riggs: Unhauled (rebought)

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Hadden: READ 

Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews: READ (unhauled)

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher: Unhauled

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown: READ

READ: 4
TBR: 0
Unhauled: 1 (technically 4.)

So, the good news is none of these are still on my tbr. Bad news is, the next haul is a bit of a big one.

 Thanks for reading

Jess X

Book Review: The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell

Hi Readers

This book was sent to me for review by the publisher. This does not influence my opinions.

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Published: November 2nd 2017

Publisher: Two Roads

Source: ARC Copy

Length: 272 Pages

My Rating: 76/100 ****

 

This is a magical realism/fantasy short story collection that caught my interest mainly because the author Jen Campbell is one of my favourite booktubers. I never miss a video of hers.

This isn’t her first published book, and I have read her non-fiction series ‘Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops.’ But because it’s non-fiction and some are submissions from other booksellers I did wonder if I would actually like her style. I’m relieved to say her writing and ideas are beautiful, this short story collection made me very excited for her future adult fiction works.

I don’t normally read short story collections and I’ve never reviewed one so I was unsure how to structure this. I did give each story a rating so here those are and some thoughts: 

Animals – 6/10: Loved the concept, would have liked less history and more plot.
Jacob – 8/10: 
Plum pie. Zombie green. Yellow bee. Purple monster – 7/10:
In the Dark – 6/10
Margaret and mary and the end of the world 8/10
Little Deaths 5/10
The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night – 9/10: I loved this one. Quick-witted and strangely relatable. 
Pebbles – 5/10
Aunt Libbys Coffin Hotel – 5/10
Sea Devils – 7/10: I want this to become a full novel.
Human Satellites – 4/10
Bright White Hearts – 6/10

Her writing and ideas are exactly as a pictured. Poetic and whimsical, she has some wacky ideas and I love it. I also loved the way she weaves fairy tales into the stories. You definitely know when you’re reading something by Jen Campbell. 

This is a collection that has some real gems. It’s not perfect but it has perfect moments and has made me very excited for Jen’s future works.

Thanks for reading

Jess X