Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Book Haul

It gets to this time of year and I just buy books. I think it's probably because all of my exams are over and I suddenly have a lot more spare time in which to read. I'm lagging on my GoodReads 2013 Reading Challenge, to read 75 books this year, so this is good motivation. I've started watching a lot of 'booktubers' lately and it's inspired me to read more. You can add me on GoodReads here, the more the merrier.


When I came out of my last exam I went clothes shopping with my mum and there wasn't much that was catching my eye. She asked if there was anything else I wanted and I said I wouldn't mind going to Waterstones so she gave me a twenty to get myself a book. Little did she know you can get a lot more than a book for £20. I saw an advert on a YouTube video for If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch and it looked really good. It's about two girls who are kidnapped by their mother and kept in the woods for 10 years, then she hands them over to social services and you follow them as they readjust to normal life. I've already read this and it was amazing, really recommend it. I heard one of my favourite booktubers talking about The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey and this made me want to read it. It's about an alien take over of the earth that is done in 5 stages or 'waves'. Hopefully it will be good! And Reached by Ally Condie is the last book in a trilogy that I've been reading for a few years. I'm reading this at the moment and I'm finding it quite hard to get into. I really enjoyed the first two books so hopefully I'll get into it soon.


My town only has one charity shop, not good for hunting for fashion gems but pretty decent for books. I don't go often but I can always find a few I like. The Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger is so well known so I picked it up just to see what the fuss was all about. I don't really know much about the plot but hopefully it'll be as good as everyone makes it out to be. Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson is about a girl who forgets everything every time she goes to sleep(I think). It should be interesting. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion has gotten a lot of press lately because it was made into a film. I like to read the book before seeing the movie so I picked this up. I'd of preferred to not have a movie cover but for the price I couldn't object.


These were all books I bought online. The two on the left are from Waterstones using a gift card and the one on the right is from The Book Depository(which is a really cool website). Shades Of Grey by Jasper Fforde isn't an erotic fiction novel, it's actually dystopian. It's set so that your place in society is determined by your perception of colours. I've heard a lot of good reviews about this so I'm really looking forward to reading it. Unwind by Neal Shusterman has gotten a lot of press recently. In the society in the book, troublesome teenagers can be 'unwound' and their organs donated to other people. I've heard a lot of correlation between this book and abortion debates so this will probably give me a lot to think about. After I read Nothing To Envy I wanted to read a lot more books about North Korea. All the reviews on Amazon pointed me in the direction of The Aquariums Of Pyongyang by Kang Chol-Hwan and I'm so glad they did because I've read it and it was so gripping. A truly amazing life story.

And that's it! What books have you been loving recenly?

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