Holiday Wrap Up; July 2015

During a lovely two week family holiday in Ibiza, I managed to make a sizeable dent into my to-be-read list.  Here are the books that I completed whilst lazing around the pool and soaking up the vitamin D.

Gray Mountain; John Grisham

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and rated it four out of five stars.  Full review can be found here.
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Paper Towns; John Green

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I didn’t enjoy this book as much as others by John Green and rated it three out of five stars.
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Darkly Dreaming Dexter; Jeff Lindsey

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After watching the TV series, I was really excited to read this series and so far I am really enjoying it.  I rated this book four out of five stars. Full review coming soon.four star

Mr Mercedes; Stephen King

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I’m becoming a huge fan of King’s work and once again really enjoyed this book.  I rated it five out of five stars.  Full review coming soon.
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Mistress; James Patterson & David Ellis

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This is book is nothing like what I was expected and I really enjoyed the plot twists.  I rated it four out of five stars,
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Under the Dome; Stephen King

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As this is such a long book, I have put off reading it for a while but a holiday was the perfect opportunity and I’m so glad I finished it.  I rated this book five out of five stars.  Full review coming soon.
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Those were just my bookish thoughts, but I would love to hear yours in the comments below.

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Book Haul: May 2015

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Over the past month or so I’ve slowly but surely built up my TBR list with new purchases.    Many of which I have been meaning to read for a while, but there are a few new finds in the mix.  I’ve already made a considerable dent in my newest additions to my bookshelf so will be keeping you updated with reviews over the next coming week.

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John Green: Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns & An Abundance of Katherines.

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Scott Westerfeld: Uglies, Pretties & Specials.

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J.K. Rowling: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.

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Gillian Flynn: Sharp Objects & Dark Places.

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Julie Kagawa: Talon.

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Gena Showalter: Alice in Zombieland, Alice through the Zombie glass & The Queen of Zombie Hearts.

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Beth Thomas: His Other Life.

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Victoria Scott: Salt & Stone.

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Looking for Alaska; John Green

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I read ‘The Fault in our Stars’ quite some time ago now, and I’ve been meaning to pick up some more of John Green’s work since.  I finally picked up Looking for Alaska on a whim and decided to get stuck straight in.

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.

When I picked up this book, I decided not to chaco the blurb, or read up on it on Goodreads, I just wanted to go in blind. And I am really happy with this decision.

I really enjoyed this book and finished it in just two sittings, even though it’s not really a long book, it felt like I flew right through it.  I loved Miles’ story.  He is just a no body who deciders that instead of waiting for life to happen, we wants to go out there and do something about it.  He takes himself completely out of his comfort zone and slowly works through his insecurities.  In the beginning of the book, he talks about his ‘skinny’ frame and shows how conscious of his body he is.  However, as we get further through the book, we don’t hear about it and it would seem that it’s though him making real friends and becoming more comfortable with both them and himself.

I loved the writing style used within this story.  Throughout the book, there are no chapters, but instead there are headings that are counting down to an event.  I love the shock factor that I had from not reading about the book before I read it, But I think the count down added to this as well, as I knew something big would happen, without knowing what it was.

After reading this, I can’t wait to read more of John Green’s work and I think I may do the same thing with them, and go into them completely blind.

I rate this book four out of five stars.

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Those were just my bookish thoughts, but I would love to hear yours in the comments below.

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