Books

Books I’m taking with me on holiday

Tonight I’m leaving on holiday. *does happy dance*

We’re driving to the South of France *hurray* with two little kids *sigh* and it will take us about 12 hours… *sigh again* Of course I’m taking books with me!!!

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I’m in a bit of weird place reading-wise. The last thing I read and finished was the ACOTAR series which means I’m kinda on a roll when it comes to fantasy.

I’m actually in the middle of Strange The Dreamer and that’s the book I absolutely want to finish. Other than that, I had no idea what to bring.

So, I decided to take Rebecca too. I started reading this one a month or two ago and then put down. It’s probably a good time to finish it…

And last but not least, I decided on Neil Gaiman’s Trigger Warning. It’s a short story collection, so perfect to pick up every now and then. I already read the first two stories and I’m glad to say that some things never seem to change. I’m still very much in love with his writing.

Have you read any of these? Did you like them?

What books are you currently reading?

Love

Ellen

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite LGBTQ+ Reads

Okay, here goes… I don’t read a lot of LGBTQ+ books. It’s not a concious descision, it’s not that I don’t want to, I can’t remember enough to fill a top 5 Wednesday list.

The only one I can 100% recommend is The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller which was one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read.

So I’m making this into a Top 5 LGBTQ+ books I have on my TBR – list.
Then you can tell me which ones I should get to first. Deal?

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Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

I’ve heard that the audiobook for this was narrated by Lin Manuel Miranda. If that’s true than this could be the first audiobook I’ll ever listen to. People are generally very positive about this book so I’m curious to see if I’ll like it too.

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The miseducation of Cameron Post – Emily M. Danforth

When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they’ll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.

But that relief doesn’t last, and Cam is soon forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone (as her grandmother might say), and Cam becomes an expert at both.

Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship — one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, ultrareligious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to ‘fix’ her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self — even if she’s not exactly sure who that is.

This just grabbed my attention but I haven’t heard anyone else talk about it. So if you’ve read this, let me know if you liked it! I’m going to be on the lookout for this one from now on.

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More happy than not – Adam Silvera

In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard?

This book is going to destroy me, isn’t it?

 

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Oranges are not the only fruit – Jeanette Winterson

This startling novel describes the adolescence of a ferociously bright and rebellious orphan adopted into a Pentecostal household in the dour, industrial Midlands and her coming to terms with her unorthodox sexuality.

I know that this is based on Jeanette Winterson’s own life and that’s exactly why I want to read it. I like the idea of fictionalizing true events to get a message across.

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The Captive Prince – C.S. Pacat

Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos. But when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.

This could be either really good or really bad. I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews but the blurb sounds like something I’d enjoy reading.

 

What do you think? Which one should I read first?

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Booktubeathon 2016 – TBR

Hurray, it’s booktubeathon time again!

Unfortunately, I’m working Monday to Friday so I’m not sure how much reading time I’ll have. (I feel like I say that all the time, but it’s just the way it is..)

I made a TBR pile to go with the reading challenges and I thought I’d share it with you.

1 – A book with yellow on the cover

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I chose Ragnarok by A.S. Byatt because a) I’m already halfway through and I really need to finish it b) it has gold on the cover.. which counts.. right?

2 – A book to read after sunset

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I went for Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. I started reading this after I finished Shadow and Bone but I only got about 10 pages in. If it’s as good as the first book, it will be the perfect book to read in the evening. One I can pick up and put down before going to bed.

3 – A book you discovered through BookTube

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“I know why the caged birds sing” by Maya Angelou. I probably wouldn’t have picked this up if it wasn’t for book tube. I’m not too familiar with Maya Angelou but I’m really looking forward to getting to know her.

4 – A book by your favourite author

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If I have to be honest, I can’t go for anyone else but JK Rowling so I decided to continue my reread of the Harry Potter books. I’m on book three… 🙂

5 – A book that is older than you

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“As I lay Dying” by William Faulkner is probably one of the eldest books on my TBR shelf at the moment. The copyright dates back to 1930. So the book is definitely older than me.

6 – Read a book and watch the movie

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The only book that was adapted to the screen that I have on my TBR shelf is “The Hours” by Michael Cunningham. I hope it’s good, I’ve heard nothing but great things but you never know of course. I only know what’s written on the back..

7 – Read seven books

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Once again, I’ve put Maus on my list. One day I’ll read it! One day!!!

 

And that’s it. I hope I’ll get some reading done. As it is festival season, my Sound Technician husband is very busy at the moment so I should have my evenings free. (After I make sure that my house doesn’t look like a bomb went of inside it.. #momlife… yeeyyyyyy…)

Are you participating?

What are you reading?

And have you read any of the books on my TBR?

Love

Ellen

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To be Read Book TAG

Thank you to Erin (Reading with Wrin) for tagging me in her blogpost.

I love books. I love reading them, browsing for them in shops and just looking at them on my shelf. Loving books can be dangerous.. Before you know it, you have a wall filled with books you are yet to read.

I try to keep my TBR shelf under control but every now and then, I give in to the temptation and I buy all the pretty books.

How do you keep track of your TBR pile.

I have a little list of the books on my phone. (I love Wunderlist as a list-making app) Those are the ones I really, really, really want to read so when I do go into a bookstore, I know what books to look for specifically.

Other than that, I do occasionally add titles to my Goodreads page but honestly, I’m not a huge Goodreads user. I always forget to add reviews. It’s enough of a struggle as it is to try and remember to add the books I’ve read to my reading challenge. (Only 50 books this year, nothing crazy)

But most of my TBR is on my bookshelf. Like I said, I love looking at books. I have always dreamed of having a library of my own (Like Belle in Beauty and the Beast) and I’m slowly but surely collecting the books I loved reading to create a representation of myself.

Is your TBR mostly print or ebooks?

I’m not an ebook person. I like the feel of the books and the paper when I’m reading them. So most of my TBR pile is in Print. I do have some ebooks but they are mostly free copies. By the way, do you know Riveted? I discovered them last week and it’s all kinds of amazing! The same goes for Glose. Both are reading community platforms and both offer a selection of free ebooks. Definitely worth checking them both out!

A book that’s been on your TBR list the longest.

*walks over to her bookshelf and stares at the books*

Possession by AS Byatt. I remember the film vaguely but I know that I loved the story. I picked it up when I was at college, so probably about eight years ago. (Ow my god, I’m getting old!)

A book you recently added to your TBR.

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Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler. I keep saying that I want to read more Shakespeare and I never come round to it. So why not read the original side to side with an adaptation? This one is based on The Taming of the Shrew. (I have no idea what that play’s about) Equally as important, have you seen that cover. *sigh*

A book in your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover.

Well, I could have said Vinegar Girl but let’s see…

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I saw this picture on Lauren‘s Twitter and I completely fell in love with The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride. I have no idea what the story is about but my god, that cover is GORGEOUS!!!

A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading.

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. It’s the sequel to The Shining (which I have on my TBR as well, but am not feeling like reading any time soon).

I got it for my birthday five years ago and it never really spoke to me but it’s this beautiful hardback version so I’m not ready to give up on it yet.

An unpublished book on your TBR that you are excited for.

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Monterey Bay – Lindsay Hatton.

In 1940, fifteen year-old Margot Fiske arrives on the shores of Monterey Bay with her eccentric entrepreneur father. Margot  has been her father’s apprentice all over the world, until an accident in Monterey’s tide pools drives them apart and plunges her head-first into the mayhem of John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row

It just speaks to me.. and it comes out on the 19th of July (I think).

A book on your TBR that basically everyone’s read except for you.

*Prepares herself for the storm*

Jane Eyre.
I know, I know, I’ve actually started it several times and every time I put it back down. One day, though, one day…

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you.

Hhmm not sure. The last book I bought because someone recommended it was The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber. I heard about it on Jen Campbell‘s Youtube Channel.

I don’t get a lot of recommendations at the moment. So if you want to recommend me something. Feel free to leave it in the comment section below.

A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read.

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I’m actually reading it right now. It’s called Ragnarok and it was written by AS Byatt. The story combines the life of a girl during WW II and Norse mythology. I’m loving it so far!

How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf.

Like I said, I don’t use Goodreads frequently enough to give a correct representation of my TBR list but I promise to work on it. Right now, the TBR shelf stands at a meagre 23 books. 🙂 And they’re mostly classics…

So I guess this is the point where I tag people.

I tag:

Eunice @ Nerdy talks book blog

Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner

Amy @ Read a Latte

 

Anyone who wants to share his/her TBR shelf, feel free to do this TAG.
Let me know when you do. I’m always on the lookout for new books.

Love

Ellen

 

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Blogmas Day 25: Five books to put on my TBR

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

I did it! I blogged every day for 25 days!
Okay, it was close more than once 😉 but I’m happy that I wrote all the posts anyway.

Thank you to everyone who has been following my progress.

Since we’re nearing the end of the year, everyone is looking forward to the upcoming book releases in 2016 but I feel like I’m not finished with 2015 yet.

I read some really good books this year, but I’ve also heard about some great books. So before looking to the future and getting all excited by the new titles, I thought I’d make a little list of the books I heard about and want to read. If I don’t, I will definitely forget..

If you want, you can add your favourite reads of 2015 to my list 🙂

The Enchanted – Rene Denfeld

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“This is an enchanted place. Others don’t see it, but I do.”

The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him, weaving a fantastical story of the people he observes and the world he inhabits. Fearful and reclusive, he senses what others cannot. 

Trigger Warning – Neil Gaiman

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In this new anthology, Neil Gaiman pierces the veil of reality to reveal the enigmatic, shadowy world that lies beneath. Trigger Warning includes previously published pieces of short fiction–stories, verse, and a very special Doctor Who story that was written for the fiftieth anniversary of the beloved series in 2013–as well “Black Dog,” a new tale that revisits the world of American Gods, exclusive to this collection.

The Art of Asking – Amanda Palmer

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Even while Amanda is both celebrated and attacked for her fearlessness in asking for help, she finds that there are important things she cannot ask for-as a musician, as a friend, and as a wife. She learns that she isn’t alone in this, that so many people are afraid to ask for help, and it paralyzes their lives and relationships. In this groundbreaking book, she explores these barriers in her own life and in the lives of those around her, and discovers the emotional, philosophical, and practical aspects of THE ART OF ASKING.

The Gracekeepers – Kirsty Logan

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In a world divided between those inhabiting the mainland (“landlockers”) and those who float on the sea (“damplings”), loneliness has become a way of life for North and Callanish, until a sudden storm offshore brings change to both their lives–offering them a new understanding of the world they live in and the consequences of the past, while restoring hope in an unexpected future. 

Wolf by Wolf – Ryan Graudin

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The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and Russia, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s ball.

Yael, who escaped from a death camp, has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler.

Every year, there are so many great new books. Too many to be able to read them all.
These are just some of the ones that caught my attention in 2015.

I’m sure 2016 will be another amazing literary year.
What books are you looking forward to?

I’ll see you next week with my favourite books of 2015.

Love
and enjoy your Christmas!

Ellen