Monday, 6 July 2015
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Saturday, 2 May 2015
I felt that Cath was an interesting character and I enjoyed getting to know her and the way she thought and I loved her determination for what she wanted to do. For me, it was interesting to see how Cath was without her sister. Cath and I are kind of different in the way that I think for Cath, being out of her comfort zone was difficult and a bit scary, whereas for me I don't mind it so much, but I think it was good with the way that she dealt with things.
Something that I thought was cool was the relationship that Cath had with her Dad. I haven't really read many books where the only parental figure in the characters life is the Dad, and to see that Cath had such a positive relationship with her father was really nice to read. The relationship between Cath and her sister Wren wasn't too overdone as Wren wasn't in the book all the time, but it was interesting to read how both of them coped with moving to University and not always being together.
To me, Fangirl was quite a light read with a topic that wasn't too heavy. I didn't love it like a lot of people have but I did enjoy it and like it, plus I thought it was a good read.
Would you Recommend?
If someone asked me for a light read, something that involved being at University, new experiences or family relationships then I would definitely recommend this.
Friday, 1 May 2015
May is going to be busy for me as I have 2 exams and two assignment deadlines, although one of the assignments is a portfolio of four pieces of work! So far I haven't started any of my assignments and I'm really struggling to revise for my exams as I feel that my course is a bit flimsy in comparison to other subjects such as Science or Math.
This month I read a total of 5 books which, in comparison to March when I read 10 books, is a little disappointing but I know that it's because this month has been fairly busy what with University coming to end meaning deadlines and exams coming up! Two of my favourite books that I read this month was The Start of Me and You and Ugly Love. I read both of these in a day each which is a bit crazy, I surprised myself if I'm honest! I also completed the Ruby Red trilogy. My reading goal for April was 6 books so I was almost there. I'm reading The Great Gatsby at the moment but I think it's dragged me into a reading slump..
My reading goal for this month is 4 books. It's low but it's because I have exams and deadlines so I'm not too bothered about only reading 4 books in May! In my March look back, I said I wanted to read some Fantasy books for the Flights of Fantasy challenge however that never happened, so hopefully once I've finished my exams, I can really throw myself into reading some Fantasy!
This month I'm hoping to get some more posts written and published, more than likely this will be done after my exams, although I have a lot of reviews to get through! Hope you all have a lovely May!
Saturday, 18 April 2015
I hope you're all having a good month so far. I promise my April look back won't be published in the middle of May next time. I'm hoping that once my exams are out of the way, I can sit down and properly make a blog plan of action, as I feel like I'm a bit all over the place and some months I post loads and other months, there's nothing! If you'd like more frequent updates of what I'm reading, head on over to my instagram at alittlesomethingbookish, where I post which books I've bought/am reading!
Friday, 27 March 2015
One of the things I loved about this book was a big focus on the Suffragette movement and how a young, upper class girl fits into this. Although fiction, you could tell a lot of research had been done on the period and the Suffragettes and that's not just because there was a bibliography at the back. As someone who really enjoys learning about the Suffragette movement, there are things that I leant when reading this that made me go and look into things further.
Another thing I loved was our main character Vicky, and that's not just because we share the same name! Vicky was a unique character, in which she was different from her mother, who I felt was a bit 'all about the image', whereas Vicky was a lot more focused on what she wanted out of life and how to get there. I think that having Vicky as the main character, who was such an empowering figure, was such a good move for this story, and I loved seeing her progression from where the book started to where we saw her at the end of it, if that makes sense!
Obviously as a fictional book, you can't guarantee that it'll be entirely factual, however I think Sharon Biggs Waller has done a really good job of making it as factual but interesting as it can be! Although I haven't read historical fiction before, I get the vibe that sometimes the information can be overwhelming at times whereas I didn't feel overwhelmed at all reading this.
There are so many reasons I gave this book 5 stars, but mainly it's because the writing was great, the characters stood for something and I learnt something! I love learning new things and this provided that for me.
Sunday, 8 March 2015
I thought that the story was interesting and dealt with the subject of suicide well, particularly as the topic is quite a sensitive and touchy subject. I felt that after reading this I had actually developed a bit more of a better understanding.
I found the characters to be interesting and compelling. I enjoyed reading about the characters and getting to know them better. I particularly liked the relationship that formed between Finch and Violet and was so rooting for them pretty much the whole way through the book. It was interesting to see them develop, both in different ways, but together. I thought that this added something else to the book as it was plain to see that both characters were each others coping mechanism. This book doesn't just focus on the characters and their relationship. It also focuses on her things, including bits of adventure along the way.
The ending was a bit of a knock in the face. This is where the book kicks it up a notch, but ultimately, it ties up and makes for a 'good' ending to the book. I really enjoyed this book and was taken by surprise by it. Again, I wasn't really sure about it as I hadn't heard much but I found it interesting and a good read and would definitely recommend it!
Friday, 6 March 2015
My Life Next Door was a book that I was drawn to mainly because of the book spine..please don't ask me why, but I absolutely loved the stripy spine. Because of that, I obviously looked to see what the book was about and I was sold pretty much straight away. I bought this book back at the end of January (after a good few months of wanting it) and pretty much demolished it within a few days which shows positive things for Huntley Fitzpatrick's writing and stories, both of which I thought were great! I will be sure to visit another book of hers soon.
This book was so fun and so sweet. I absolutely loved the Garrett family, and Jase sounds so swoony! Definitely in the line up for top book boyfriends. Set over the Summer break in Stony Bay (sounds so cute!), this is where our main character Samantha really comes into herself, I think. It was interesting to read about her mother and political campaigns - I basically have no idea when it comes to politics and what goes on behind the scenes in the UK, let alone anywhere else, so this was really interesting to read about.
This book did so well in exploring real, first love. I was excited to see what would happen to Samantha and Jase throughout the story and what would happen to them as the story progressed. It was nice to read a bit of a summer romance, particularly this one as it was so sugar sweet!
I definitely did not see the ending coming at all. You know how pretty much every contemporary typically goes well and then takes a turn for the worst? I really did not see this one coming..at all. But in a way, I think that this makes the book even better as it's not just a typical turn for the worst. Plus I was intrigued to see what would happen!
Despite the fact that I did love this book, there was one thing that got me and that's just how quick the end was. I felt like it was a little rushed and all these things just happened at once, which is great but I just found that the perhaps 50 pages were a bit rushed!
My Life Next Door seriously made me wish for summer as it's such a perfect book for that season. It also made me wish that I had my own balcony to sit out on and gaze at the starts at night..a girl can dream!
Wednesday, 4 March 2015
One thing I loved about this book is how different it was to anything else I'd ever read. Yes, it was all romantic and about love and two people getting together, but the one thing that was different about it, is that it was told from several people's perspectives, but never the couples. For example, a teacher, a barista and a delivery guy as well as the couples friends. We even saw the view points of a bench and a squirrel! It is definitely a unique book in that respect, which is something I definitely enjoyed. I think it was particularly refreshing actually, having a story told but never by the main characters in the story. I thought it was an interesting idea that Sandy Hall did really well.
Other than the unique aspect of the different view points, the book was fairly good but I think it was very predictable, not that this is a problem - it means you don't have to concentrate on it too much at all, making it light read that you can breeze through! It had an adorable but dorky romance which the book was centred around, which was made good by having the different perspectives of it. It is short, but sweet. I got through it fairly quickly so would definitely say that it is a nice, quick read, if that's something that you're looking for.
Oh, and can we just talk about the cover? I know I don't usually talk about book covers in reviews, but I just love this one. I think it's so pretty and I just love the colours and how well they go together. I also like how different parts of the book are featured on the cover!