Friday, June 23, 2017

Books I Want To Read This Summer! [VIDEO]


Today I posted another video on my YouTube channel, all about the books I want to read this summer. I hope to read more than the ones I've mentioned, but these are my priorities.

I also want to apologize as I feel like I've only posted videos lately. The truth is that I enjoy making them a lot, and it's something new and different to me. I will continue to write actual blog posts as well, but I will also share my videos on this blog, as it's just another way of talking to you.

If you have a preference between reading my posts or watching my videos, please let me know in the comments down below! I'm curious to see what you think, and I will also, of course, take your opinions to heart and listen to you as well.

Question: What book is your number one priority this summer?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Want to Finish [VIDEO]

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I finally did another Top Ten Tuesday today. I really want to do them every week, but I don't always feel inspired by the theme, and sometimes I just forget to do it. This week, I made a video of my TTT, which I really enjoyed. I'm really enjoying making videos at the moment, so expect to see a lot more of them!

I really hope you enjoyed it, and I'll talk to you next time!

Which series are on your list this week?

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Rapid Fire Book Tag [VIDEO]


Yesterday I posted my Rapid Fire Book Tag video on my youtube channel. I recently started a booktube channel, and I'm having so much fun with it so far. I'm still writing posts on this blog as well, but I'll also share my youtube videos here.

Without further ado, here's my video:

I really hope you enjoyed this video, and that you're prepared for more tag videos in the future.

Q: Do you have a youtube channel? If so, leave it down below and I'll check it out!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Review: Everything but the Truth

Title: Everything but the Truth
Author: Gillian McAllister
Publisher: Penguin Group
Published: March 2017
How I got this book: I got this as an arc through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
My rating: 4 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
Just how much can you trust the person you love?

It all started with the email.

Rachel didn't even mean to look. She loves Jack and she's pregnant with their child. She trusts him.

But now she's seen it, she can't undo that moment. Or the chain of events it has set in motion.

Why has Jack been lying about his past? Just what exactly is he hiding? And doesn't Rachel have a right to know the truth at any costs?

My thoughts:
This is a great thriller, with plenty of twists and turns. I never knew what to expect from the characters, and I didn't realise what Jack's secret was until Rachel found out.

We see Rachel develop throughout the book, and her relationship with Jack changing. We also get flashbacks from a year before this takes place, where she worked as a doctor with a young patient. Throughout the story I felt like I really got to know her, and though I didn't connect with her that well, I was able to see things from her perspective.

Another thing I enjoyed about this book as the setting. It was set in Newcastle and in the highlands of Scotland. I've actually been to Newcastle before, so it felt familiar. And I absolutely adore Scotland, and enjoy reading stories that are set there.

I won't give away any of the twists or the ending, because that will ruin the book for you, if you want to read it. All I will say is that I was a bit disappointed with how things ended, and especially Rachel's reaction to everything. That's mainly because I view everything different from her, but it still felt a bit weird for me.

Though I wasn't a big fan of the ending, I still enjoyed this book overall, and would definitely recommend it if you like reading thrillers. I only started reading a bit of thrillers this year, and I am loving it so far. This book isn't for everyone, but if you enjoy thrillers and the plot seems exciting, you should pick this up and give it a try.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Edinburgh Book Haul [VIDEO]


I recently went to Edinburgh with my family, and though it was a short trip, I managed to buy quite a few books, which I want to share with you! You can either watch it down below, or you can click here to see it on youtube.

I really hope you enjoyed this video, as I enjoy making them. It's nice to be able to both write and film, having variety on my blog.

Do you have any videos you want to see on my blog?

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Recently Added To My TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Nineteen Minutes - Jodi Picoult

What Alice Forgot - Liane Moriarty

They Both Die at the End - Adam Silvera

The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane - Ellen Berry

Caraval - Stephanie Garber

Alex & Eliza - Melissa De La Cruz

The Girl in 6E - A.R. Torre

The Vegetarian - Han Kang

Flame in the Mist - Renée Ahdieh

The Star-Touched Queen - Roshani Chokshi

What book did you most recently put on your TBR-list?

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Review: My Sister's Wedding

Title: My Sister's Wedding
Author: Vicky Pattison
Publishing date: June 15th 2017
How I got this book: I got this as an arc through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
My rating: 4 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
For better or worse, two families are about to become one...

The Ashworth sisters couldn't be more different. Becky is focused, driven and about to marry her lovely fiance, Daniel Balfour. Lizzie, on the other hand, bounces from one temp job to another, keeps falling for the wrong man and is a whirlwind of chaos in Becky's otherwise well-ordered life. But they love each other fiercely and the Ashworth way has always been family comes first.

As preparations for Becky and Daniel's wedding get underway, it soon becomes clear that the Ashworth way is not the Balfour way. Daniel's family have never thought Becky was good enough for him, but he loves her and that's always been enough for the happy couple. But when Lizzie gets caught in the crossfire between Becky and the Balfours, Becky and Lizzie find themselves drifting apart at a time when they need each other the most. Will they be able to repair the damage before Becky walks down the aisle?

My thoughts:
My Sister's Wedding is the first book I read by Vicky Pattison, not having heard of her before reading this book. I'm glad I didn't really know who she was before picking this up, as I was able to go into this with no expectations or opinions. 

This is a fast read, perfect for warmer weather. We follow two sisters, Becky and Lizzie, who are as different as can be. It was clear that Pattison had put a lot of thought into these characters, and the differences between them. They had a sister-dynamic going on, with Becky being the over-protective older sister. Both characters developed as the story went on, and I felt they both grew from what they experiences.

We have one main plot in this story, but Pattison added a few smaller stories that weave nicely into the larger picture, and they add a layer of depth to the story. Everything is wrapped up nicely in the ending, with the different characters getting what they deserve in the end.

A perfect chick-lit book to bring with you to the beach or travels, as it is easy to get into. The chapters all have a nice length, not too long or too short. If you don't like chick-lit, you'll probably not enjoy this book that much, but if you do, you should definitely give this one a shot.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017

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Once and for All - Sarah Dessen
June 6th
Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) - Victoria Schwab
June 13th

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) - Sarah J. Maas
September 5th
They Both Die at the End - Adam Silvera
September 5th

There's Someone Inside Your House - Stephanie Perkins
September 26th
The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #3) - Rick Riordan
October 3rd

What books are you excited for in the second half of 2017?

Monday, May 22, 2017

Review: The Book of Summer

Title: The Book of Summer
Author: Michelle Gable
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Published: May 9th 2017
How I got this book: I got this as an arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
My rating: 4 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
Physician Bess Codman has returned to her family's Nantucket compound, Cliff House, for the first time in four years. Her great-grandparents built Cliff House almost a century before, but due to erosion, the once-grand home will soon fall into the sea.Though she's purposefully avoided the island, Bess must now pack up the house and deal with her mother, a notorious town rabble-rouser, who refuses to leave.

The Book of Summer unravels the power and secrets of Cliff house as told through the voices of Ruby Packard, a bright-eyed and idealistic newlywed on the eve of WWII, the home's definitive guestbook, and Bess herself. Bess's grandmother always said it was a house of women, and by the very last day of the very last summer at Cliff House, Bess will understand the truth of her grandmother's words in ways she never contemplated.

My thoughts:
This is the second book from Gable that I've read, and I really enjoyed this one as well, perhaps a bit more than I'll See You In Paris (review here).

We follow to perspectives in this book, Bess and Ruby, who are granddaughter and grandmother. Bess' narrative follows her and her journey in Nantucket in 2013, and Ruby's story follows her at the same place in 1940's, during World War II. We also meet Bess' mother during the book, and we learn that this is a really interesting family, with different problems. Cliff House is what matter's most to the family, having been around for almost 100 years, and it has a lot of family history.

Reading about the relationships between the different members of the family was really heartwarming. They don't always get along, but it is clear that they all love each other dearly. The characters are different, and no one is perfect, which makes me connect with them even more. Because of the dual perspective we learn more about both Bess and Ruby as the book goes on, and we see some similarities in their stories. They both endure hard times, and go through some of the same experiences. 

After I finished this book I read that Gable has used real events in this book, with how the bluff in Sconset is disappearing, and even having the weather as accurately as possible.

The ending of this book is unsurprising, but it is sweet and nice, so I didn't really mind. There are mysteries that are unraveled towards the end, but nothing out of the blue. This book is perfect for summer, and reading on the beach. It gives you a warm feeling inside, makes you happy and is easy to get into, perfect for the beach.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Review: All Our Wrong Todays

Title: All Our Wrong Todays
Author: Elan Mastai
Publisher: Dutton
Year published: 2017
How I got this book: I got this as an e-arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
My rating: 3 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we'd have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren's 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed ... because it wasn't necessary.

Except Tom just can't seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that's before his life gets turned upside down. Utterly blindsided by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes not only his own life, but the very fabric of the universe itself. In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland.

But when he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and -maybe, just maybe - his soul mate, Tom has a decision to make. Does he fix the flow of history, bringing his utopian universe back into existence, or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable reality? Tom's search for the answer takes him across countries, continents, and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future - our future - is supposed to be.

My thoughts:
I went into this book wanting to like it, I really did, but I just couldn't. Something didn't feel right to me, and it just irked me the wrong way. With that said, if you have read it and enjoyed it, I'm happy for you. People enjoy different things, and this review is just how I feel about it. This does not mean that any other opinions are wrong, they are just different, and I respect them. 

I have to start with Tom, our main character. He is obnoxious, arrogant and incredibly self-centered. Yes, he is the narrator of this book, but I haven't disliked a main character this much in a long, long time. Several times throughout this book I just wanted to slap him, and yell at him to get himself together and stop acting the way he did. But I couldn't do that, because, obviously, he is just a character in a fictional book. 

All Our Wrong Todays is written as a memoir, from Tom himself. This is clear throughout the book, and I did enjoy that it didn't have the normal narrative style. However, this also made me dislike Tom a lot, maybe more than if it had been written like a novel. One of my biggest problems with Tom is his obsession with Penny/Penelope, depending on which reality we're talking about. He is so infatuated with her, that he literally goes back in time to make sure she doesn't die. However, in doing that, he erases his entire timeline, and ends up in "our" 2016. You would think that would be the end of it, but no. He somehow finds Penny in the other reality, convinced that they're supposed to be together. Never mind the fact that she has now idea who he is, or that time-travel is possible. He is so obsessed with her, and I just couldn't take it. It really irritated be throughout the story. 

The author included a lot of science in this book, which some probably finds really interesting. I wish I did, but it made me lose focus, and I ended up skimming about half the book. I didn't really care for all the science-talk, it only distracted me. And even so, not all of the science made sense. Or even all of the plot, some things were really confusing, and made it hard to follow the story. 

To me, it seems like Elan Mastai had a great idea, but he was, unfortunately, not able to execute it that well. I appreciate the idea he had, and it is interesting, but the book didn't do it for me. The 2016 Tom comes from seems great, and I really wish we could have seen more of that, because that really intrigued me with this story.

Though I am sorry to say that I will not be recommending this to any of my friends, I have to say that this book isn't terrible. If you like time-travel, science, or this book just seems interesting, I think you should give it a go, and hopefully, you'll enjoy it more than I did. 

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