June TBR

Hi Readers

I’ve decided for now I want to go back to doing monthly TBRs rather than seasonal ones. The reason for this is I’ve come to notice I end up forgetting what I’ve put on my TBR seeing as it’s three months long. So I’m going back to monthly TBR’s in hopes I actually read those books and don’t just forget about them.

It’s June which means it’s finally the month I go see Taylor’s Reputation tour!! I’m so excited for it and a bit of this TBR is based around that day, you’ll see.

Start Harry Potter Audiobooks – This is what I’ll be listening to on the coach on the way to Wembley. I’m a little nervous about the coach ride because I hate the M25 so I plan on sitting back, closing my eyes and focusing on Harry’s adventures at Hogwarts. 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I need a physical book for that day (it feels wrong not carrying a book with me) but I don’t want something huge and I own a very tiny edition of this. Plus, I’ve been meaning to reread it for ages now. 

Finally Read the Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan – I’ve actually already started on this and I’m loving it.

Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon – I’ll be diving into this this weekend. 

Watership Down by Richard Adams – I was meant to read this in Spring but I never got to it but I don’t want to wait another year until I can read this. I’m going to try and get to it soon.

Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – I’m now number 2 on the library waiting list. It’s so close I can almost smell it, I can’t wait to read this book. 

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman – I’ve been waiting for the weather to get a little more Summer-y before I read this. I think we’re almost there. I’ve alread had three barbecues.

Those books I DEFINITELY have to get to. These are some extras that I’ll get to if I have time:

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, 
List of Cages by Robin Roe,
1Q84 by Haruki Maurikami,
Remain of the Days by Kazuo Ishiguro,
Life of Pi by Yann Martel,
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August (I know, I still haven’t read this.)

That’s quite a lot of books for one month but I think it’s doable. 

Thanks for reading,

Jess X

Review: Stranger on the Bridge by Jonny Benjamin

*This book has heavy details of suicidal thoughts and mental health

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Published: May 3rd 2018 by Pan Macmillan

Source: NetGalley

Length: 224 Pages

Genre: Non-fiction

Goodreads Avg. Rating: 4.29

My Rating: Not Rated

Hi Readers

This is a book about Jonny Benjamin’s journey from despair to hope. In January 2008 Jonny planned to jump off Waterloo Bridge but a stranger stopped him with kind words of hope. Since then he’s been fighting his mental illness and has gained the strength to tell his story with unbelievable honesty. 

When Jonny started working on a campaign to get people talking about Mental Illness he decided he wanted to find the stranger that helped him on the bridge that day and took to social media to find him. Eventually he did and it was made into a documentary for Channel 4 and now a book from Jonny’s own words. 

I vaguely remember parts of this story as it was told on the news and morning tv but I never really followed it closely. To say that this story is extraordinary is an understatement, and reading more about Jonny and how his mental illness affected him just solidifies that. Jonny is brave and inspirational and I’m very grateful that he’s shared his story. 

Something that strikes me about this book is how honest and personal he is about everything that happened to him whilst undergoing treatment. He highlights how mental health treatment is so behind what it needs to be and the stigma that holds so many people back from opening up about it. 

What Jonny does with this book is so important. He opens up about everything and he is living proof that things can get better for you. He talked to people, he asked for help and he stayed strong. 

This book was hard to read at times but is so important. I’m very glad I read it. 

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X

 

 

Spring Bank Holiday Weekend Reads

Hi Readers

I’m so excited about my reading plans for this bank holiday weekend that I wanted to share it with you. The weather is supposed to be glorious so all I’m going to do for three days is read in the sun and eat a lot of ice cream. 

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So first I plan on reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. This book sounds like a heartwarming story perfect for book lovers and I couldn’t be more excited to read it!

And then I’m going to read a book I’ve been putting off for so long because I’m so excited about it that I don’t want it to be over too quickly! This is Circe by Madeline Miller. I really loved her first book and this is another Greek myth retelling and it’s been getting amazing reviews. I actually haven’t heard anything bad about it. 

So yes, this weekend is very exciting for me and I’m so excited to (hopefully) discover some new favourite books!

Thanks for reading,

Jess X

The Unique Blogger Award

The Rules:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you
  • Answer the questions
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award
  • Ask them 3 questions

Hi Readers

I was tagged to do this by Ally from AllyWritesThings whose blog I adore so you should definitely go check it out! This tag is a great way of getting to know some of your favourite blogs and just sharing the blogging love. Ally has given me three bookish questions to answer. So, here they are. 

What’s one movie you’d love to see adapted into a novel?

Something I thought whilst watching The Breakfast Club was that it would have make a great book.

What’s the weirdest blog post you’ve ever written?

Probably my review & discussion of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I was very excited to get a new Harry Potter story. But I ended up hating it and that’s very clear in these two blog posts. 

What’s your favourite hobby other than reading and writing?

I love to journal. I love being creative and artsy (even if I am so bad at it.)

I Nominate: 

LaRonda from FlyingPaperbacks
Kristilyn from ReadingInWinter

Angelica from TheBookCoverGirls
Lisa from OwlBeSatReading
Rita from BookishRita
Breanna from PawsandPaperbacks
Sophie from TheGiraffeFiles
Kate from ReadingThroughInfinity

And my questions are:

  • Starting with a hard one, what is your favourite book?
  • Do you listen to music whilst reading. If you do, what do you listen to?
  • Where is your favourite place to read?

Again thanks for tagging me Ally!

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X

Predicting 5 Star Reads

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Hi Readers

Today I want to share with you 5 books that I predict will be a 5 star read. Basically, I am very excited about these and I have very high expectations for them.

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by  Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer – Just the title itself is charming. I first heard of this when I saw the trailer and I couldn’t quite believe I had never heard of it before. 

Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon – This was longlisted for the Womens Prize but I never got around to reading it. This is one that I’d already planned on reading and I have heard amazing things about it.

Circe by Madeline Miller – I keep putting off reading this because I don’t want it to be over too quickly. I plan on reading it next weekend. Hopefully I love it.

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman – This has some mixed reviews but I think this is something that I’ll enjoy. 

List of Cages by Robin Roe – I’ve been meaning to read this for a while now and I’m finally getting to it and I have very high expectations. 

Fingers crossed these books are as amazing as I hope!

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X

Royal Reads

Hi Readers

In honour of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding I thought today I would recommend books that have royalty in them. However I definitely haven’t read enough of them SO I’m also going to share with you some Royal Reads on my TBR.

Recommendations:

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass: I think we’ve all heard of these books but if you haven’t think The Bachelor but dystopian and with royalty. They’re a lot of fun.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer: Think Cinderella with robots. It’s epic.

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson: This has a Princess whose a bit of a rebel. When she gets put into an arranged marriage

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: A fantasy series that for me has gone down hill but I still love the first couple of books. This is about a female assassin who is assigned to compete against other assassins to become the kings personal assassin. This also has a very cute bookworm of a Prince. 

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh: A retelling of A Thousand and One Nights, this is about a Prince who has gotten married a lot of times but every morning after the wedding, his wife is sacrficed. Until one day he meets a bride he can’t part with.

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johanson: This series went down hill for me but I know a lot of people who loved the ending. The writing is incredible and if you want a fantasy with a bit of a twist give this a go.

My Royal TBR:

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake: I’m going to read this series closer to the final book release.

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray: I’m not sure how there’s royalty in this but I do know I want to read it.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi: There’s been a lot of love for this book since it was released so I’m excited to read it.

Realms of the Elderlings by Robin Hobb: I recently said I’m intimidated by this series because of it’s length but I’ve decided to try and make this my Summer project. I may not get through them all but I definitely want to start them. 

Enjoy the royal wedding this Saturday everybody!

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X

Spring Cleaning Book Tag

Hi Readers

1. The struggle of getting started: a book/book series that you have struggled to begin because of its size.

Probably Robin Hobbs ‘Realm of the Elderlings.’ There are I think 16 books set in this world and that’s just very intimidating. 

2. Cleaning out the closet: a book and/or book series you want to unhaul.

The Vampire Academy books. I could never finish it and now I’ve lost all interest in it. 

3. Opening windows and letting fresh air in: a book that was refreshing.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. I love this book and it’s the first books I’ve LOVED in a long time. 

4. Washing out sheet stains: a book you wish you could rewrite a certain scene in.

I think I’d rewrite the end of Champion by Marie Lu. And have June do the opposite of what she does. If that makes sense to anyone who’s read it.

5. Throwing out unnecessary nick-knacks: a book in a series that you didn’t feel was necessary.

I’ve apparently read The Song Rising, the third book in the Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon, but I remember nothing about it. So I would say that.

6. Polishing the doorknobs: a book that had a clean finish.

One of my favourite finishes of a series/book is the end to the Neapolitan Novels. 

7. Reaching to dust the fan: a book that tried too hard to relay a certain message.

I’m not sure there’s such a thing as ‘trying too hard.’

8. The tiring yet satisfying finish of spring cleaning: a book series that was tiring yet satisfying to get through.

If I find reading tiring I tend to just give up on the series. I did however just finish the DoSaB trilogy by Laini Taylor and I found it difficult to keep interested so I would say that.

9. Looking forward to next spring: tag 4 people you want to do this tag

I Tag:

Dee from Dee Reads Things
Sofi from A Book A Thought
Kathy from Pages Below the Vaulted Sky
Jessie from Dwell in Possibility

Thanks for Reading,

Jess X