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2018 In Review

Another year is over! I’m not sure how it happened so fast, but happy New Year! I’m going to list off my top five most noteworthy books from the last year. (That is, the ones I read last year – not necessarily ones that were published within it.)

1822182First up is A Note of MadnessI’ve read three of Tabitha Suzuma’s books and absolutely adored them all. There is so much emotion, suspense and pain in her writing. This particular series was incredibly emotional for me as it strongly reminded me of someone close to me. It was incredibly accurate and potent.

As you know, I always recommend books that discuss mental health. I’d definitely suggest reading this if you’re interested in that area. This addresses bipolar depression and suicide in particular.

30626556Next is History is All You Left MeIt was the first of Adam Silvera’s books that I’ve read, and I immediately fell in love with his writing. Again, this is an incredibly emotional novel, and was particularly relevant to me. The biggest thing I took away from this book was how to stop feeling guilty for replacing a deceased lover. At the time, my boyfriend was still sort of grieving for an ex, and I felt as if “competing with a ghost” (a beautiful quote from this novel). It is also an LGBTQ+ novel, which is always a bonus. It nearly made me cry, too, which is very rare!

7069333Another book I thoroughly enjoyed was the first HG Wells CollectionObviously, this is a collection of several different stories, my favourites being The Time Machine and The First Men in the Moon. It’s a staple for any sci-fi lover for sure. It’s a bit dated, but timeless at the same time. I adored Wells’ writing, feeling fully immersed in each story. The descriptions were lovely, leaving enough to your own imagination while still setting the scene perfectly. I would highly recommend this to anyone, even if you’re not particularly familiar with the genre.

32827036.jpgThe fourth book in this list is Ink, a book I picked up on a whim in the bookstore. I never actually posted a review of this one as I decided to read it purely for enjoyment, without constantly taking notes. I talked to everyone I knew about this and remember it in great detail. It’s about a society where everything in your life is written on your skin as tattoos. Even the bad things – displayed for the whole world to see. But then there are the Blanks, a feared group of unmarked people. I won’t give too much away but there is a lot of exciting, unexpected twists in this and I just loved it. I’m dying to start the sequel!

42192885Finally I’ve chosen Bone & Bread. This was another mental-health-related book, though it was rather different from any others I’d read. Beena is the narrator of this, switching between recalling childhood memories, later events and the current time. Overall, this is about her sister, Sadhana. She’s dead. Her heart gave out due to complications from her eating disorder. Beena notes the early symptoms of her sister’s illness, the struggles they went through together. What made this so unique is that not only is it told from an external point of view, but Beena isn’t sympathetic at all. She’s almost harsh about it. The way the illness is described is accurate, in my opinion, and not romanticised at all.

So that’s it! My top five books from 2018. What did you guys read? What were your favourites? A ton of great books were released that I never got round to reading, so if you have then feel free to tell me about them! Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to 2019!

I’m Back!

Uhhhhh so it’s been a while… Sorry about that! I haven’t done much reading for a while due to my A Level exams and a lot of stuff going on in my personal life, but I’m hoping to be more active again now.

This is just a quick post to apologise for my impromtu hiatus, but here’s a quick summary of the books I’m currently reading:

 This is one of the collections of H.G. Wells’ stories, including War of the WorldsThe Time MachineThe Invisible Man, and several more. The stories are all fantastic, and I’m currently on The First Men in the Moon which I am enjoying immensely. I would definitely recommend this to any sci-fi fans! My favourite story of the collection so far is The Time Machine. I’ve been wanting to read Wells’ work for such a long time, and I was so glad when I was given this book as a gift.

 

I received an e-copy of this book from NetGalley in return for my review, and I’ve been trying to read it for months now. I’m really enjoying it, but I just keep getting distracted. It’s a really interesting book so far though, and I’ve heard so much about it from other bloggers and also friends from school. I’m planning to just sit down and get it read ASAP.

 

 

This book was given to me as a sort of joke by my now-ex-boyfriend. I’m not going to say too much about it for now, but basically Brett Keane is a YouTuber that a group of podcasters, originally called the Drunken Peasants, liked to *ahem* joke about a lot. He published a trilogy of books, with EUL being the first in the series. It. Is. AWFUL. The grammar is horrendous, the font and layout is terrible, the characters are ridiculous… It’s a mess. It was the focus of many DP jokes, hence why my ex heard about it and bought it for me. It’s so painful to read. I’ve been reading it for several months now and am so tempted to just chuck it away, it’s THAT bad.

I received an e-copy of this book in return for my review from the website OnlineBookClub.org. I haven’t read much of it yet – at all – but it seems to be a rather epic fantasy, with a lot of jumping acros the timeline. There is a note from the author at the start of the books suggesting readers pay close attention to the dates throughout the book in order to avoid confusion. Like I said, I haven’t read that much yet, but I’ve already found the importance of these dates.

 

So that’s it for now. Sorry again for disappearing, and thank you for reading this. I hope to be back and blogging again now, and I have a ton of great books due for review!

WWW Wednesdays

It’s been ages since I last did this (as usual)… Sorry!

What am I currently reading?
I’m still reading The Three Musketeers, Adamant and Apple Tree Yard, as well as Everybody Hurts, The Great Gatsby, Othello and Batman and Robin volume #2.

What have I finished reading recently?The books I’ve finished most recently are The Killing JokeThe SystemThe Earthsea QuartetHarley’s Little Black BookInkheartTyranny and Batman and Robin volume #1.<a href="https://bookmarkedreading.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/graphic-novelcomic-book-review-batman-and-robin-volume-1-born-to-kill/&quot; batman="" and="" robin="" volume="" #1

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What am I reading next?

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Next up are Jestus on Rampage, Sharp Objects, Justice League of America, Hawkeye, Batman and Robin volume #3 and Anything That Isn’t This.


WWW Wednesdays

 

It’s been a very long time since I posted one of these, which means this one will be pretty long… Sorry!

What am I currently reading?

I am reading The Three MusketeersThe SystemApple Tree YardInkheartAdamant and The Earthsea Quartet.

What have I finished recently?

Since it’s been so long since I last posted one of these, I’m going to only list the ten most recently finished books: RipplerThe HeirShade, the Changing Girl Volume #1New Super-Man Volume #1Justice League vs. Suicide SquadGlass SwordBatman Beyond Volume #1DC Essential Graphic Novels 2017Kahayatle and The Monstrous Child.

What am I reading next?

Harley’s Little Black BookSharp Objects and Tales from Earthsea.

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Graphic Novel/Comic Book Review: Gotham Academy Second Semester Volume #1: Welcome Back

Gotham Academy Second Semester, Volume #1: Welcome Back

Gotham Academy Second Semester, Volume #1: Welcome Back by Brenden Fletcher – eBook, 162 pages – Published by DC Entertainment (first published July 25th 2017)

I absolutely love this comic series! My boyfriend introduced me to the first semester and I just adored it right away. The writing is fantastic – the dialogue between characters is so funny. And the art is always great and easy to follow. It’s just so well written overall, I think. So much action and mysteries everywhere; nothing is ever what it seems at Gotham Academy.

The characters are so well written, and I absolutely adore Olive, Pom and Colton. I’m not so keen on some of the others, but that was probably the intended reaction. Not all characters are made to be loved.

This comic ties into others in the Rebirth universe – such as We Are Robin – and features famous characters like Batman, Damian, Clayface and Killer Croc (not all in this particular volume, though). So whether you’re a big superhero comic fan or not, I think everyone can appreciate and enjoy this comic.

The Detective Club is on their way to discovering the true past of Gotham – and Olive’s real heritage. Unexpected allies and foes are found along the way, including Batman himself – Olive’s least favourite hero of all.

Another good aspect in this is the inclusion of homosexuality – which is brilliantly weaved in without defining the character or affecting the plot. I’m not going to give away who the character is, but I so think they could’ve chosen a better “crush”. (Let’s just say it’s one of my favourite characters falling for one of my not-so-favourites.)

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Thank you to the author/publisher for accepting my request to read and review this book

This has definitely encouraged my new-found love of comics to grow, and I’m going to read on right away. 5 stars. A fantastic comic.

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Graphic Novel/Comic Book Review: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Volume #2: Bottled Light

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Volume #2: Bottled Light

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps (DC Universe Rebirth) Volume #2: Bottled Light by Robert Venditti – eBook, 146 pages – Published June 6th 2017 by DC Entertainment

Following on from the previous volume, the Green Lanterns are back but Hal is gone. Sinestro has been defeated, but now the Lanterns are defending a planet from an attack by Starro.

While the Lanterns are fighting Starro, Hal Jordan finds himself in some mysterious realm with Abin Sur and other deceased Green Lanterns. The remaining Guardians of the Universe summon Kyle Rayner to try and retrieve Hal.

The Starro attack turns out to be a lure, though – bait. Brainiac is behind it, having captured the Green Lanterns (as well as the entire planet). But who’s behind him?…

It took me far longer than it should’ve to understand the title of this volume…

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Thank you to the author/publisher for accepting my request to read and review this book

This is a really, really good story arc. I like this comic series in general, but this was really enjoyable and interesting. 4 stars. As well as the great plot, the writing is clever and pretty funny.

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WWW Wednesdays

I keep putting this off again. Oops. Sorry?

What am I currently reading?

I’m just starting Red Queen, and am also reading The Three Musketeers, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Vol. #2 and Kahayatle.

What have I finished recently?

Since the last post, I’ve finished Manga Classics: Emma, Superwoman Volume 1, Supergirl Volume #1, Blue Beetle Volume #1, Superman Action Comics Volume #2, The Jigsaw Man and Dead to You.

What am I reading next?

I’ll be starting Ocean of Secrets Volume #1Rippler and Justice League Volume 1: Origins next.

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Book Review: Dead to You

Dead to You

Dead to You by Lisa McMann – Paperback, 288 pages – Published May 2nd 2013 by Scholastic (first published February 7th 2010)

This is just a short YA book, but it was really interesting. It’s about Ethan, a teenager who was abducted 9 years ago and lived alone on the streets after being abandoned, who has returned to his family at last.

Obviously, it isn’t going to be easy for anyone. But Ethan doesn’t remember a single detail from his life before the abduction, and his brother, Blake, is adamant that he’s an imposter. The family goes through therapy together, and Ethan builds a loving relationship with his young new sister. But even with his new girlfriend, Ethan finds his new life awkward and difficult. The tension in his house is unbearable, and his own anger issues aren’t making things any easier.

I personally found Ethan’s edgy, youthful narration a bit fabricated. Almost like McMann was trying too hard to make him come across a certain way. But it wasn’t a major problem, and I still enjoyed the book.

And the ending was so unexpected, and not in the typical, predictable way. I won’t ruin it for anyone who wants to read it, but the ending raised this book from 3.5 stars to 4.

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Book Review: The Jigsaw Man

The Jigsaw Man

The Jigsaw Man by Paul Britton – Paperback, 672 pages – Published May 15th 1998 by Corgi (first published May 1st 1997)

My psychology teacher recommended this book at the start of the year, and as it’s about the field of work I’m hoping to go into I thought I’d read it. It did take me quite a while to finish, but I still really enjoyed reading it.

Paul Britton, a successful forensic/criminal psychologist, goes into detail on some of the most horrific cases the UK has seen. He discusses his role in the House of Horrors, the contamination of Heinz products, and the abduction of a newborn baby, as well as countless other murders and rapes.

As well as his psychological profiles, Britton talks about his personal experience with working with the police, and how his personal life was affected. He also mentions his NHS career in psychology.

Because this is my ideal career, I found this all very fascinating. It definitely isn’t a book for the fainthearted, though – Britton’s descriptions of crime scenes and offences are brutally honest and vivid, and I was honestly so shocked by the cases he worked on. As Britton says, it really does make you see the world in a whole different light when you’re aware of offenders walking the streets right now.

This was really interesting and gave a lot of insight into the life and career of Paul Britton. It didn’t glamorise the career or the offences committed. 4 stars.

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WWW Wednesdays

What am I currently reading?

Right now I’m reading The Jigsaw Man, Kahayatle and Manga Classics: Emma.

What have I finished recently?

Over the past couple weeks (since I last posted a WWW Wednesday) I’ve finished Belle’s Tale and The Beast’s Tale, Evil Rises, American Vampire Volume #1 and My Heart and Other Black Holes.

What am I reading next?

I plan on reading 07-Ghost Volume #3, The Three Musketeers and Superwoman Volume #1: Who Killed Superman? next.

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