Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Recently Read #9 // The Favourites


I'm so behind on my 'Recently Read' posts so instead of doing a huge post with all the books I've read since I last posted on, or doing them in a number of posts, I thought I'd just share some of the highlights. Actually since my last Recently Read post I've read 23 books, so minus a few I've done singular posts on that would be a huge post! Thankfully I have Goodreads recording them all or I would've totally forgot some of them.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
I loved this, I can easily see why it's been a favourite around the book world recently. It's your average boy meets girl, falls in love story however the context and the storyline is far different to the regular ones. That's probably why I really enjoyed it. Even if you're not a fan of the lovey dovey type books give this one a go, there's some twists as well. 

A Gathering Of Shadows by V.E Schwab
I have such a love for this series and these characters and the sequel didn't let me down. This isn't the type of book I'd usually go for it's a wee bit too dark but I love it. Read this series if you haven't already. It's very different to all the other magic/dystopian type books around. It's one of 4 books I gave a full 5/5 stars to last year. 

All I Ever Wanted by Lucy Dillon *
There was a point during this book that I was so angry at all of the characters I just wanted to scream, slap them, and then throw the book out the window. You know that scene in Silver Linings Playbook where Bradley Cooper's reading and then throws the book through the window? That was me. I had a very love/hate type relationship with this book, while I thoroughly enjoyed the book there were a number of times it didn't seem like real life. There were some really big life changing moments but then the next minute everything was fine and dandy. I also really loved Eva's character.

Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses by Carole Matthews *
I feel like my mum would really enjoy this book. I just felt like this entire book was just one giant name drop. Like a middle age person listing all the 'cool in things' and latest trends they knew to try and relate to a younger audience. It may have only been a minor thing but once I noticed it, I couldn't stop noticing all the references. But other than that I enjoyed it, it was an easy read and while I wouldn't read it again the writing made it feel like I was one of the family and the characters were relatable and lovely. 

Maus by Art Spiegelman
I read both parts of this series and I really enjoyed them. It's a graphic novel about a Jew's life during the Holocaust so it may not be everyone's cup of tea but I enjoy stories like this (not because people were murdered but because of the history, I love learning about it). It's definitely different than most books or graphic novels, but once you get used to the way it's being told - more like a conversation between father and son than once upon a time - it's really fascinating to read.

I'm currently reading Marley & Me for the first time as it's one of my favourite movies and it's just so heartwarming and enjoyable. It also reminds me of my Grandad as it's the only book I remember him reading while I was younger, other than a lot of readers digest books. What are you enjoying at the moment?

* These were gifted to me by the kind people of HachetteNZ but all opinions are my own x 
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