Author: Rachel Hawkins Length: 296 pages (UK Paperback Edition) Rating: Synopsis Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister… More
What I’m Reading Wednesday is something that I started a while ago to keep track of what I am reading on a weekly basis. I haven’t written a What I’m Reading Wednesday for a while because of exams and such.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor
Page: 50 of 418
Thoughts so far: I can already tell that I’m going to love this whole trilogy. I love Laini Taylor’s use of imagery and I really enjoy the small doses of humour in this book. I can’t wait to continue with this book!
The Unexpected Everything – Morgan Matson
Page: 122 of 517
Thoughts so far: This is the perfect post-exam contemporary read! I love the Summer setting, the friendship and, of course, the dogs. I’m really really enjoying this book so far.
Let me know what you’re reading at the moment in the comments.
Thanks for reading!
I have decided that I would like to use the free time that I will have this summer to catch up on series that I feel I am taking too long to read. I will read a few other books during my time off uni, such as contemporary stand-alones, but I will mostly be focusing on series’ during this long summer.
So, without further ado, here is my June TBR:
City of Ashes – Cassandra Clare
*SYNOPSIS CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR CITY OF BONES*
Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.
To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?
Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor
In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole.
Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.
The Unexpected Everything – Morgan Matson
Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).
But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?
Heir of Fire – Sarah J. Maas
*SYNOPSIS CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THE THRONE OF GLASS SERIES*
Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?
The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Timesbest-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.
Let me know what you’re planning on reading this month in the comments.
Thanks for reading!
I have been slowly plodding along with Scarlet this week. I have decided that it would be best to just put all the other books that I was reading on hold and just work on finishing one book at a time.
I am now halfway through Scarlet and I am really really enjoying it! I am so happy that I decided to delve back into the Lunar Chronicles and I look forward to reading further into this amazing series.
Scarlet is really bringing me out of the horrible reading slump that I was in. I feel like I will fly through the second half of this book. I am loving the new characters that have come into the second book and I love the way in which the stories inter-twine.
I think that these updates are a good way to track what I’m reading and how fast I’m reading. I’m hoping that this will bring me out of my reading slump once and for all.
I’ve found that, since I moved away from home and started university, I’ve completely lost all motivation to read. This is because I’m always either at uni, with my flatmates, working or sleeping. Reading is one of my favourite things to do and I hate that I feel like I have no time for it anymore.
So, to try and motivate myself to read more I am going to set myself the challenge of reading for at least half an hour every night before going to sleep. I am also going to upload short update every Wednesday.
I really hope that this is going to encourage me to do more of something that I really really love to do. It’ll also just give me some time to myself to just relax and read.
I currently have quite a few books on the go due to this terrible reading slump.
The first book that I started reading was ‘They Both Die at the End’ by Adam Silvera. I was absolutely loving this book but I guess I just forgot about it. ‘They Both Die at the End’ is set in a world where people get a phone call on the day that they’re going to die. The book follows two boys who receive the phone call on the same day and end up meeting through an app which helps people find a friend on their last day.
The second book was ‘The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue’ by Mackenzi Lee. I was absolutely loving this book and got about half way through, but, I decided to take a break on it because it was quite a long book and after going through such a huge reading slump, I decided to go back to it later and read something different for a bit. ‘The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue’ follows a boy called Henry Montegue, or ‘Monty’, as he sets off on his tour of the continent with his sister and his best friend, Percy.
I then started reading ‘Shatter Me’ by Tahereh Mafi. I only got a couple of chapters through this book before I decided that I wanted to read something a bit easier to get me out of this slump. I really don’t know anything about the plot of this book as I want to go into it knowing as little as possible.
I am now reading ‘Scarlet’ by Melissa Meyer. I decided to read this book because I read Cinder a few years ago so I already know that this is a world that I love, and I’ve been meaning to carry on the series for a while now. ‘Scarlet’ is the second book in ‘The Lunar Chronicles’ series, so I’m not going to include a synopsis here as I don’t want to spoil ‘Cinder’ for anyone.
Thanks for reading! Comment what you’re currently reading below.
Author: Melissa Albert
Length: 359 pages (UK paperback edition)
Alice and her mother have always lived life on the road, running away from the strange bad luck that plagues their lives. When Alice’s mother is kidnapped Alice must travel to her estranged grandmother’s fairytale estate to retrieve her.
I loved the plot of this book. I found it mysterious, magical and addictive. I thought Albert manipulated the fairytale genre perfectly to create a wonderful and intense book.
The writing style of this novel is very descriptive, and Melissa Albert uses a lot of imagery to make The Hazel Wood almost seem like a fairytale itself. I very much enjoyed this aspect of the book.
I really loved some of the characters such as Ellery Finch and Janet as I enjoyed their backstories and characterisations. I also enjoyed the physical descriptions of characters as I thought there was the perfect amount. However, I didn’t feel like I could really connect to Alice or Ella which made this book feel like it dragged a little because they were two of the main characters, especially seeing as Alice is the protagonist of the book. I believe that the reader should be able to connect with or understand the protagonist to an extent.
I also felt that the proportions of the book were a bit off. I found myself getting bored of the lead up to the main core of the book and I found myself getting confused during the main part of the book as it was too short and rushed.
Overall, I really loved the concept and storyline of this book but I just wish it had been executed a bit more effectively.
Please leave a comment with your own opinions!
Author: Amanda Foody
Length: 404 pages (UK paperback edition)
This story follows sixteen year old Sorina who lives with a travelling circus. Sorina is a very rare illusion-worker and has the ability to make illusions that can be seen by others and have their own characteristics. She and her illusions are the family that make up the Freak Show. Sorina believes that her illusions are not actually real until one of them is murdered.
Daughter of the Burning City is a beautifully written, magical and mysterious novel about a girl living in a travelling festival. I absolutely adored the use of imagery and description to present the extravagancy of the setting and the characters and I felt that the plot was very original.
I loved the relationship between Sorina and her family of illusions and I really enjoyed reading the banterous back-and-forth dialogue that happened between all the family members. I thought that each family member was so different from each other and, more importantly, I was happy to see that all the family members were very different to Sorina as I was worried in the beginning that they would all have very similar characterisations which would have made the story bland, however, I was happy to find that this was very much the opposite and all the characters were very original. The only downside to this was that the very quirky characteristics of the illusions made Sorina seem a bit mundane. I liked the way that each of Sorina’s illusions took on the role of family members that Sorina did not previously have in her life.
I felt that the plot of this book was unlike any book I have read before and I loved the combination of fantasy and murder mystery that Amanda Foody presented in her story. I thought that the drip feeding of information throughout Daughter of the Burning City was done very well and really emphasised the mystery of the story which made this read all the more enjoyable. I delighted in the setting of Gomorrah and its beauty. I really liked the idea of Gomorrah being a home for outcasts with many different and unusual abilities.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a dark yet magical story with a fast paced plot, beautiful imagery and loveable characters. Praise to Amanda Foody for writing such a great book!
I’m quite happy with what I’ve read this month, but I definitely did NOT follow my TBR. I took part in the Read-A-Thon by Zoe which helped increase the amount I read this month a lot.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon: ★★★★☆
Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling: ★★★☆☆
Because You Love to Hate Me edited by Ameriie: ★★★★★
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella: ★★★★☆
Paper Girls Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff ChiangMatthew Wilson
Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings
Alex & Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
Hey! I’ve been seeing this tag around booktube and various blogs for a while now and really wanted to give it a go!
I believe this tag was created by lifeloveandbooks over on YouTube.
Primer – Pick a book that left a lasting impression on you
I am using the Benefit Pore-fessional primer at the minute however I think I am going to change primer after I finish this tube because it just hasn’t lasted very long at all.
The book that has left a lasting impression on me is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I read this book for my GCSEs in high school and it was the first school book that I ever really ended up loving. I loved that this book was written from the point of view of an innocent child with an unbiased opinion of the cruelty that she saw was happening around her. This book was the greatest introduction to classics that I could have wished for.
Foundation – Your favourite book in a series
I have used the Nars Sheer Glow foundation for years now and I don’t plan on changing this any time soon. This foundation gives the perfect amount of coverage as it is quite light but still evens out my skin tone and covers what needs to be covered. (My colour is “Santa Fe”).
The book that I chose for this is A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. This book was just addictive and I couldn’t put it down. I love the characters, the setting and the plot and although I have some issues with the lack of diversity presented in this book I couldn’t not read it. I have never fallen in love with a group of characters in the way I have with the characters in this book (especially Cassian) and this book made me feel all the feels.
Concealer – Pick some characters you wish didn’t exist
I use two concealers on my face. I use the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in the shade “Cool Medium” to cover the ever present dark circles under my eyes and I use the Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher concealer & treatment stick for any blemishes on my face.
I rarely ever wish that characters didn’t exist in books because I mostly believe that even the awful characters help drive the plot of books. But Martin Addison from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli is just the WORST. I know that if he wasn’t in the book most of the plot wouldn’t have happened but still. I really dislike him.
Powder – Pick your favourite last book in a series
I use the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder on my face because, I don’t know, people said it was good and in all fairness it keeps my face matt and it keeps my makeup in place.
I was tempted to put Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as my answer to this one but I decided that it would have been the obvious choice so instead I went for A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (I know that there will be more books in this world but this is the last in the series that tells this story). By this point I was already in love with the characters and the world so I felt like I was able to just read and enjoy this (sort of) finale whilst hardcore shipping Nesta and Cassian.
Eyebrows – Pick a book you think everyone should read
I use the NYX Tinted Brow Mascara in the colour “Brunette” to just keep my eyebrows in place.
I feel like everyone and their mother has already read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak but if you haven’t read it, do it, now, and don’t come back until you have read it. This book is funny, endearing and heartbreaking all at the same time.
Eyeshadow – Pick a book with your favourite colours on the front
I will usually use one or two of the shades from either the Naked 2 or Naked 3 pallets by Urban Decay on my eyes. I’m not very good at eyeshadow so I will mostly just stick to one neutral colour.
The obvious choice for this is The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon, I mean look at those gorgeous colours! I haven’t read this book yet but I want to get to it very soon.
Eyeliner – Pick a dark and mysterious book
My eyeliner changes every time it runs out but a the moment I’m using Charlotte Tilbury’s “The Feline Flick” eyeliner and it does a pretty good job.
I tend to stay away from really dark books as I scare easily so the only one I could think of for this was We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. This book had elements of mystery throughout. This is one of my favourite books that I have read this year.
Mascara – Pick a long book
I use Benefit’s “They’re Real” mascara and it makes my eyelashes look long and full without looking clumpy because I don’t like having clumpy eyelashes.
Any of the books from the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson would work for this one. They’re all long and intimidating and I will get to them one day I just need to ready myself.
Highlighter – Pick a book that brightens your day
I either use the Kylie Cosmetics “Kylighter” in the colour “French Vanilla” or the Jefree Star Skin Frost in the colour “Lavender Snow” depending on my mood or what I’m wearing. They’re both good but the Kylie one isn’t nearly as blinding as the Jefree one.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell makes me so happy. I really felt like I could relate to Cath and Levi is just the absolute sweetest! I think I need to do a re-read of this book soon.
Lipstick – Your favourite book kiss
I usually use the Mac lipstick “Whirl” with the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick “Lolita” over it in an attempt to make my lipstick stay on throughout the day. This is just my day-to-day lip colour as my lipstick varies for different occasions.
I don’t really think much of book kisses, they’re just “meh” for me. However, I thought that the kiss between Lila and Kell in A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab was quite funny.
There you go! I’m definitely not a makeup expert but I hope you enjoyed this post and please comment below a book cover that you think matches your favourite lipstick. ♥
Author: Sandhya Menon
Length: 378 pages (UK paperback edition)
Dimple and Rishi are complete opposites. Dimple is far from traditional and wants to focus on her career before even thinking about settling down and getting married whereas Rishi wants to make his traditional parents proud and thinks that the idea of an arranged marriage is romantic. When Dimple and Rishi meet through a quite intentional mix-up their lives are changed forever as they begin to question their futures and their views on tradition.
I love the plot of this novel, it is well developed and touches on some very important subjects such as people being bullied because of their beliefs and traditions. I think that this book is very important as I have never read a YA book that represents children of Indian immigrants so well. I think that the plot was a bit slow in the beginning but became very fast paced as the story developed. I found some parts of the book to be a bit predictable but this is easily forgiven by the general loveliness of this contemporary.
**SPOILERS FROM THIS POINT ON**
Dimple and Rishi
Dimple and Rishi go through so much character development throughout this story as they learn to understand the world through each other’s perspectives and make compromises for the sake of their relationship. I think that their clashing views on tradition effectively shows readers that not everyone will have the same opinions about tradition and everyone’s views should be respected and should not be diminished because they are different. Dimple and Rishi both have imperfections which just shows how complicated their characters are.
I thought that the Aberzombies were such amazing antagonists. They were a complex group which brought many currently important topics to light as the boys were the clear “leaders” of the group and really had no respect for women or people with different traditions and beliefs to them. Isabelle is a difficult character to label as she is very reluctant to go along with what the boys do and she obviously does not approve of how they treat others, especially women, however she lets them get away with their awful treatment of others and lets herself be humiliated for their gain so I wouldn’t call her an antagonist but she is still far from a hero.
I generally thought that the characters were very well written with very strong character development and a good variation in characterisations.
People have recently argued that Dimple was wrong to throw her coffee at Rishi when they first met which I completely disagree with. Dimple’s reaction is very normal for someone who had just been approached by a complete stranger telling her that they were going to marry. If that happened to me I would probably do worse than just throw my coffee at them as I can imagine I would be very shocked and scared.
I think that this book is very important especially for people with Indian heritage as it is something that is not represented very often in Young Adult books. The story line is done very well and the characters are complex and go through a lot of development. I commend Sandhya Menon for writing such an amazing debut novel and giving the world such a delightful summer read!
Again, this has been a slow reading month for me but I’ve finally finished college so now I have all the time in the world to read!
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han: ★★★★☆
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz: ★★★★☆
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: ★★★★★
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (re-read)
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (re-read)
Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
Jane Eyre by Charotte Brontë