Goodreads Star Rating! Should we trust it??

Hello Everyone.

Today I want to talk about star rating on Goodreads. Many people have different ways of rating and honestly, should we trust the ratings on Goodreads? Some people give 3 stars to books they hate, some give 1 star. Its all subjective.

When I rate a book, I rate how the story is, how much it captured my interest and how the characters are developed. The only books I tend to have trouble rating are Middle grade books and Nonfiction. Anybody else have trouble rating some books???

So for example I recently read Wild by Cheryl Strayed and I enjoyed it, but I also it found it boring. When it came to giving it a Star rating, I just gave it 3 stars, because I found it was a book that I probably will never read again, and I just didn’t care for it that much. Yet some other people may have given it 3 stars because they enjoyed it and thought that it was okay. Now if I had never read it and I went into to Goodreads to see the ratings and the reviews, the ratings might have either put me off, or made me think I might like it.

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I am honestly having a hard time trusting the ratings on Goodreads. I have now decided that I am no longer looking at the ratings of the book, but I will read the reviews and the synopsis and if it catches my eye then I will read it myself and just rate the book for myself.

Now how I rate my books are:

1 Star = I absolutely did not like this book, didn’t like the plot, the characters, the themes ECT.

2 Star = I didn’t like the book, but it had some redeeming qualities, like a good character, a good ending. ECT.

3 Star = I liked the book, but I wont read it again.

4 Star = Really liked the book and enjoyed many aspects, but there was a tiny problem with it, the writing, the character, not liking what the character does. ECT.

5 Star = This is the best books, with finding no faults.

Hope everyone is having a good day? tell me what you think about star ratings?

Happy Reading.

Thanks bookworms.

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Daisy Jones and The Six: Mini Book Review.

Hello everybody.

Today I am going to do a small review of a book, which in my opinion, is the best thing I ever read. Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

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Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend. (Goodreads) 

OH MY GOSH, this book means everything to me. Taylor is just a master at writing characters that you think are real. The 70s and 80s music scene is my favourite music, and I am just so sad that Daisy Jones and the Six isn’t a real band. Taylor has made me want to go out and buy their albums, she has made me want to buy all their posters, she has made me want to wear gold hoop earrings and bangles going up my arm. She has made me a fangirl for a fake band. I will just have to listen to Fleetwood Mac to get over it.

Daisy Jones is an amazing character, she is flawed, some people have said she is unlikeable, but I don’t think so. I think it is more of the fact that she is strong and she owns her mistakes, OMG the character growth is amazing. The Six are all really different, and the dynamics within the group are so odd.

The plot twists and turns are amazing, by the end I was a crying mess and my feelings were all over the place.

The format of the book is different, it is told in interview style, but please don’t let that out you off, it is such an interesting way to tell the story.  I highly recommend this book.

Goodreads: 5 stars.

Happy Reading.

Thanks Bookworms.

 

 

Top 10 5 Star Reads!

Hello Everyone!

Today I am coming to you with a list of my top 10 5 star reads on Goodreads.

Now these books are not any sort of order, they are just the books that have left the biggest impression on me. You guys may disagree with what I have chosen but they are my opinions. So lets get on with the list. In this I will list the book, give the synopsis from Goodreads, and then a brief note on why I chose the book.

1. The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ’80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Taylor has now become one of my favourite authors. This book was amazing, the character development was amazing. Honestly, after I finished reading the book, I almost when onto IMDB to look Evelyn up, she seemed that real. The story was gripping, heartbreaking and just amazing, if you haven’t read this yet, I highly recommend you do.

2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson

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An international publishing sensation, Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo combines murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel.

Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.

I read this book when I was on holidays in 2016. The story, the characters and the tension of the book was amazing. It was the perfect book to read by the pool.

3. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

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Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan..

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

This is one of my all time favourite books, I don’t even know how many times I have reread this book. I love it so much, because I identify with the main character Cath and her struggle with anxiety, and I class Levi as my perfect book boyfriend.

4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling

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Harry Potter’s third year at Hogwarts is full of new dangers. A convicted murderer, Sirius Black, has broken out of Azkaban prison, and it seems he’s after Harry. Now Hogwarts is being patrolled by the dementors, the Azkaban guards who are hunting Sirius. But Harry can’t imagine that Sirius or, for that matter, the evil Lord Voldemort could be more frightening than the dementors themselves, who have the terrible power to fill anyone they come across with aching loneliness and despair. Meanwhile, life continues as usual at Hogwarts. A top-of-the-line broom takes Harry’s success at Quidditch, the sport of the Wizarding world, to new heights. A cute fourth-year student catches his eye. And he becomes close with the new Defense of the Dark Arts teacher, who was a childhood friend of his father. Yet despite the relative safety of life at Hogwarts and the best efforts of the dementors, the threat of Sirius Black grows ever closer. But if Harry has learned anything from his education in wizardry, it is that things are often not what they seem. Tragic revelations, heartwarming surprises, and high-stakes magical adventures await the boy wizard in this funny and poignant third installment of the beloved series.

I don’t think I have to explain this one.

5. Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery

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As soon as Anne Shirley arrives at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she is sure she wants to stay forever . . . but will the Cuthberts send her back to to the orphanage? Anne knows she’s not what they expected—a skinny girl with fiery red hair and a temper to match. If only she can convince them to let her stay, she’ll try very hard not to keep rushing headlong into scrapes and blurting out the first thing that comes to her mind. Anne is not like anyone else, the Cuthberts agree; she is special—a girl with an enormous imagination. This orphan girl dreams of the day when she can call herself Anne of Green Gables.

I loved the descriptions of Green Gables, and Anne is a fantastic character that I just fell in love with.

6. Outlander – Diana Gabaldon

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The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

This is the best time travel romance, I have ever read. Honestly Jamie Fraser is just the perfect man. EVER.

7. Saga – Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples

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When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. 

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults. 

My boyfriend introduced me to this graphic novel series, and I am so glad he did. The story is amazing, the characters are captivating, and it will slowly break your heart.

8. Game Of Thrones – George RR Martin

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Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.

Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

Also I don’t need to talk about this one.

9. Matilda – Roald Dahl

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Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half she’s knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she’s a super-nerd and the teacher’s pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda’s world. For starters she has two of the most idiotic, self-centered parents who ever lived. Then there’s the large, busty nightmare of a school principal, Miss (“The”) Trunchbull, a former hammer-throwing champion who flings children at will and is approximately as sympathetic as a bulldozer. Fortunately for Matilda, she has the inner resources to deal with such annoyances: astonishing intelligence, saintly patience, and an innate predilection for revenge.

She warms up with some practical jokes aimed at her hapless parents, but the true test comes when she rallies in defense of her teacher, the sweet Miss Honey, against the diabolical Trunchbull. There is never any doubt that Matilda will carry the day. Even so, this wonderful story is far from predictable. Roald Dahl, while keeping the plot moving imaginatively, also has an unerring ear for emotional truth. The reader cares about Matilda because in addition to all her other gifts, she has real feelings

This is my favourite book from my childhood. I always wanted to be able to do magic like Matilda when I was younger.

10. Shadow of The Fox – Julie Kagawa

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One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.

Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.

Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.

There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.

With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.

This was literally like reading an Anime. It was fantastic. If you want a more detailed review of this book let me know, I have a lot of thoughts about it.

Happy Reading.

Thanks Bookworms.

 

February Wrap Up

Hello Everybody.

Today I am going to show you all the book I read during February.

The First book I read was Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.

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Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart. (Goodreads)

I gave this book 5 stars.

The second book I read was Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo.

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Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her—or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

I gave this 4.25 stars.

The Third book I read was Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

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From the acclaimed author of Forever, Interrupted and After I Docomes a breathtaking new novel about a young woman whose fate hinges on the choice she makes after bumping into an old flame; in alternating chapters, we see two possible scenarios unfold—with stunningly different results.

At the age of twenty-nine, Hannah Martin still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningless jobs since graduating college. On the heels of leaving yet another city, Hannah moves back to her hometown of Los Angeles and takes up residence in her best friend Gabby’s guestroom. Shortly after getting back to town, Hannah goes out to a bar one night with Gabby and meets up with her high school boyfriend, Ethan.

Just after midnight, Gabby asks Hannah if she’s ready to go. A moment later, Ethan offers to give her a ride later if she wants to stay. Hannah hesitates. What happens if she leaves with Gabby? What happens if she leaves with Ethan?

In concurrent storylines, Hannah lives out the effects of each decision. Quickly, these parallel universes develop into radically different stories with large-scale consequences for Hannah, as well as the people around her. As the two alternate realities run their course, Maybe in Another Life raises questions about fate and true love: Is anything meant to be? How much in our life is determined by chance? And perhaps, most compellingly: Is there such a thing as a soul mate?

Hannah believes there is. And, in both worlds, she believes she’s found him.

I gave this 5 stars.

The fourth book I read was On the Come Up by Angie Thomas.

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Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

On the Come Up is Angie Thomas’s homage to hip-hop, the art that sparked her passion for storytelling and continues to inspire her to this day. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be; and of the desperate realities of poor and working-class black families.

I gave this 4.5 stars.

The next book I read was a graphic novel called Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

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Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…? 

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore, and he’s sort of got a boyfriend, even if he’s kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret.

Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…

I gave this 4 stars.

The sixth book I read was Fatal Throne by Six different Authors.

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Fatal Throne, a book about Henry VIII and his six wives, coordinated by Candace Fleming. Fleming and six other authors will each contribute a story from different points of view: M.T. Anderson, Jennifer Donnelly, Stephanie Hemphill, Deborah Hopkinson, Linda Sue Park, and Lisa Ann Sandell.

I gave this 2.75 stars.

The next book I read was The Wicker King by K. Ancrum.

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When August learns that his best friend, Jack, shows signs of degenerative hallucinatory disorder, he is determined to help Jack cope. Jack’s vivid and long-term visions take the form of an elaborate fantasy world layered over our own—a world ruled by the Wicker King. As Jack leads them on a quest to fulfill a dark prophecy in this alternate world, even August begins to question what is real or not. 

August and Jack struggle to keep afloat as they teeter between fantasy and their own emotions. In the end, each must choose his own truth.

I gave this 4.5 Stars.

I read The Manga Classics Edition of Jane Eyre.

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As an orphaned child, Jane Eyre is first cruelly abused by her aunt, then cast out and sent to a charity school. Though she meets with further abuse, she receives an education, and eventually takes a job as a governess at the estate of Edward Rochester. Jane and Rochester begin to bond, but his dark moods trouble her. When Jane uncovers the terrible secret Rochester has been hiding, she flees and finds temporary refuge at the home of St. John Rivers.

I gave this 4 stars.

And lastly I read The Secret Diary of Anne Bolyn.

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When the young Queen Elizabeth I is entrusted with Anne Boleyn’s secret diary, she discovers a great deal about the much-maligned mother she never knew. And on learning the truth about her lascivious and despotic father, Henry VIII, she vows never to relinquish control to any man. But this avowal doesn’t prevent Elizabeth from pursuing a torrid love affair with her horsemaster, Robin Dudley — described with near-shocking candor — as too are Anne’s graphic trysts with a very persistent and lustful Henry. Blending a historian’s attention to accuracy with a novelist’s artful rendering, Maxwell weaves compelling descriptions of court life and devastating portraits of actual people into her naughty, page-turning tale. The result is a masterpiece of historical fiction — so prophetic of our time that one would think it were ripped from today’s headlines.

I gave this 2 stars.

I had a really good reading month.

Happy Reading.

Thanks Bookworms.

 

 

Book Review: The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

Hello Everybody!!

Today I am going to be doing a book review of The Wicker King by K. Ancrum.

I really loved this book, and I can’t wait to talk about it more.

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When August learns that his best friend, Jack, shows signs of degenerative hallucinatory disorder, he is determined to help Jack cope. Jack’s vivid and long-term visions take the form of an elaborate fantasy world layered over our own—a world ruled by the Wicker King. As Jack leads them on a quest to fulfill a dark prophecy in this alternate world, even August begins to question what is real or not. 

August and Jack struggle to keep afloat as they teeter between fantasy and their own emotions. In the end, each must choose his own truth. (Goodreads)

This book gave me so many emotions, I was all over the place, it was sad, depressing, and sometimes painful to read, but at the same time I really enjoyed it.

The way the book starts on white pages, and gets darker and darker with the mental health issues get worse within the book, I thought that this added to the story and made illness seem more intense.

August, bless him, he always looks after Jack and needs him in his life so much that he would do anything for him. Anything. Jack I’m still a bit confused about, I felt so sorry for him with the illness he suffered mostly. The fact the boys had basically no parental love, made them cling to each other. The feelings they had for each other were really intense and the way it was written made it seem as if the boys would die without the other. their relationship seemed really toxic but at the same time you routed for them.

The only thing I didn’t really like about it was the introduction of this girl character, which really didn’t add to the story much. She just seemed to be there.

I do recommend this book, but be warned it is a heavy book and deals with a load of difficult subjects.

Happy Reading.

Thanks Bookworms

NonFiction TBR 2019

Hello everybody.

Today I am going to show you the nonfiction books I plan to read in 2019. I’m hoping to read one every 2 months. All the synopsis’s will be from Goodreads.

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At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State — and she would do it alone.
Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

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Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown – Scotland’s largest second-hand bookshop. It contains 100,000 books, spread over a mile of shelving, with twisting corridors and roaring fires, and all set in a beautiful, rural town by the edge of the sea. A book-lover’s paradise? Well, almost … In these wry and hilarious diaries, Shaun provides an inside look at the trials and tribulations of life in the book trade, from struggles with eccentric customers to wrangles with his own staff, who include the ski-suit-wearing, bin-foraging Nicky. He takes us with him on buying trips to old estates and auction houses, recommends books (both lost classics and new discoveries), introduces us to the thrill of the unexpected find, and evokes the rhythms and charms of small-town life, always with a sharp and sympathetic eye.

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A celebrated writer’s irresistible, candid, and eloquent account of her pursuit of worldly pleasure, spiritual devotion, and what she really wanted out of life. 

Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned thirty, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She had everything an educated, ambitious American woman was supposed to want—a husband, a house, a successful career. But instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed with panic, grief, and confusion. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. 

To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. In order to give herself the time and space to find out who she really was and what she really wanted, she got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world—all alone. Eat, Pray, Love is the absorbing chronicle of that year. Her aim was to visit three places where she could examine one aspect of her own nature set against the backdrop of a culture that has traditionally done that one thing very well. In Rome, she studied the art of pleasure, learning to speak Italian and gaining the twenty-three happiest pounds of her life. India was for the art of devotion, and with the help of a native guru and a surprisingly wise cowboy from Texas, she embarked on four uninterrupted months of spiritual exploration. In Bali, she studied the art of balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence. She became the pupil of an elderly medicine man and also fell in love the best way—unexpectedly. 

An intensely articulate and moving memoir of self-discovery, Eat, Pray, Love is about what can happen when you claim responsibility for your own contentment and stop trying to live in imitation of society’s ideals. It is certain to touch anyone who has ever woken up to the unrelenting need for change.

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Obsession, madness, memory, myth, and history combine to achieve a distinctive blend of nature writing and memoir from an outstanding literary innovator.

When Helen Macdonald’s father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer—Helen had been captivated by hawks since childhood—she’d never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk. But in her grief, she saw that the goshawk’s fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own. Resolving to purchase and raise the deadly creature as a means to cope with her loss, she adopted Mabel, and turned to the guidance of The Once and Future King author T.H. White’s chronicle The Goshawk to begin her challenging endeavor. Projecting herself “in the hawk’s wild mind to tame her” tested the limits of Macdonald’s humanity and changed her life. 

Heart-wrenching and humorous, this book is an unflinching account of bereavement and a unique look at the magnetism of an extraordinary beast, with a parallel examination of a legendary writer’s eccentric falconry. Obsession, madness, memory, myth, and history combine to achieve a distinctive blend of nature writing and memoir from an outstanding literary innovator.

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On the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, historian Lucy Worsley leads us into the rooms from which our best-loved novelist quietly changed the world.

This new telling of the story of Jane’s life shows us how and why she lived as she did, examining the places and spaces that mattered to her. It wasn’t all country houses and ballrooms, but a life that was often a painful struggle. Jane famously lived a ‘life without incident’, but with new research and insights, Lucy Worsley reveals a passionate woman who fought for her freedom. A woman who far from being a lonely spinster, in fact, had at least five marriage prospects, but who in the end refused to settle for anything less than Mr Darcy.

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Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills bag”. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father’s junkyard.

Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent.

Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes and the will to change it. 

So this my Nonfiction TBR for 2019, wish me luck!

Happy Reading.

Thanks Bookworms.

Book Tag: 20 Questions Book Tag

Hello everyone,

Today I am coming to you with a book tag, I found this book tag from Perfectly Tolerable.  The book tag I am going to do is the 20 questions book tag.

I wasn’t tagged to do this, I just fancied trying it. I’m not going to tag anyone, but if anyone wants to do it, consider yourself tagged.

1.  How many books is too many books in a series?

I think some series do go on for longer than needed, but I think it all depends on the writing and if all the books are needed. My usual limit is 7 books, if there is anymore than that, then the writing has to be excellent for me to carry on reading it.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

I love a good cliffhanger. If its part of a series, then it gets me excited to read the next book.

3. Hardback or Paperback?

I always tend to buy paperback because they are easy to take with you, but I do like some hardback books.

4. Favourite Book?

Okay this is a really difficult question to answer. For this I will go with Anne Of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.

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5. Least Favourite Book?

My least favourite book is Damsel by Elana K. Arnold, this book was hot garbage.

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6. Love triangle, yes or no?

I don’t mind a love triangle to be honest.

7. The most recent book you couldn’t finish?

Sadly I couldn’t finish Thrawn by Timothy Zahn.

8. A book you are currently reading?

The book I am currently reading is Skyward by Brandon Sanderson.

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9. Last book you recommended to someone?

The last book I recommended was The seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

10. Oldest book you have read?

Macbeth by Shakespeare.

11. Newest book you have read?

Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

12. Favourite author?

It’s going to sound really odd, but I have realised that I don’t have a favourite author. I have authors who I will automatically buy, but I just can’t pick out one.

13. Buying book or borrowing?

Buying.

14. A book you dislike that everyone seems to like?

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.

15. Bookmarks or dogears?

Bookmarks all the way.

16. A book you can always reread?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and Harry Potter.

17. Can you read while hearing music?

Yes, as long as its quiet or classical music.

18. One POV or multiple POVs?

I don’t really mind as long as the story is good and you can follow it.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting, or over multiple days?

It all depends on the book, genre, how into the book I am and how long the book is.

20. A book you read because of the cover?

Before the Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill, this book was awful!!!!

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So there you have the 20 questions book tag.

Happy Reading.

Thanks Bookworms.

Mini Book Review: Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Hello everyone,

Today I am going to be doing a mini book review of The Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s a book full of Japanese legends and lore, Its a fun ride of a book.

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One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.

Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.

Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.

There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.

With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself. (Goodreads) 

While reading this book all I had pictured in my head was anime. This book would make an amazing anime, like a really good anime.

I absolutely loved the main character Yumeko, she was really innocent and mischievous, and if she finds or sees a tough situation she would try to fix it. I loved all her interactions with the characters in this book. She just always seemed to disarm people, it was hilarious.  I loved her mischievous side which was her Kitsune side and, she was just a strong main character.

Tatsumi, was interesting and was the opposite of Yumeko, he was very broody and quiet. he had such an interesting story he is a ninja for the shadow clan, he has been trained to not show emotion, as he carries a sword with a demon trapped within it and if he lets his in to much emotion the demon could take over his body, this sword also makes him the best Demon slayer in the world. He had a lot of character growth within the story.

The ending for this book was amazing! it had me on the edge of my seat. I need to get the second book like now.

Another thing with this book, there were a lot of Japanese words used, but if you didn’t know what they were there was a guide in the back of the book.

I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a quick, fast paced, YA fantasy book.

Goodreads – 5 stars.

Happy Reading.

Thanks Bookworms.

I’m Back!! Christmas Book Haul and 2019 Reading Goals.

I’M BACK.

Hello Bookworms,

I hope you are all doing well, I’m so sorry I have been absent for so long, it started with an epic book slump followed by the busiest months of my life, which included changing my job twice within 2 months. So I felt like my brain was melting for a while, you guys ever feel like that?

So now I’m back and I hope to start posting more, for this post I’m going to show my Christmas book haul and then my reading goals for this year.

Christmas book haul!

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So there are all the books I got for Christmas, I’m super excited to read all of these, and hopefully do reviews for you. I have already finished Shadow of the Fox and I hope to get a review done and Posted on Saturday.

2019 Reading Goals

  • Goodreads Challenge is for 60 books (It’s lower than last years, because of the classics I want to read)
  • Read at least 1 classic a month
  • Read more Nonfiction
  • Read books I have already and go on a book buying ban from March to June.
  • Try to buddy read more books

So thats it for this post, what are some of your reading goals for this year?

Happy Reading.

Thanks Bookworms.