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Reading outside of my comfort zone (eg not YA)

I bet you never thought you would see a post like this from Flowers in the Brain. I am an avid young adult fiction reader, with the occasional contemporary fiction. I was always embarrassed about adoring these genres, until I realised just to appreciate what I love! Recently though, I have thought about expanding out. Not because I don’t love YA , but to broaden my knowledge.

The first book I read was called ‘The Elephant Tree’ by R.D Ronald. I am a wimp when it comes to anything even slightly scary, so this was a big jump for me. It was a little anxiety provoking, as the book follows a drug dealer, and violence plays a part in that. I read the book in 1 day, but I can’t say I enjoyed it, but am glad I read it. Anyone who has read ‘The Elephant Tree’? Did you notice there was lots of grammatical and spellings mistakes. Or maybe it was just my copy.

I also read ’84 Charing Cross Road’, which I think is non-fiction. I have had this book a while, I bought it for my boyfriend who likes visibly old/vintage looking books. This book was adorable! It was about the correspondence of letters between a bookstore owner in London, and a writer in America. I really enjoyed this book. I could feel and smell the bookstore at 84 Charing Cross Road. I would describe this book as warm!

I am currently reading the very popular ‘Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. I remember beginning this book in my preteens (all those years ago haha) and found it difficult to read. It is probably a good sign I didn’t read this whilst young, and the story isn’t one for the innocent. I have only just started this book, so will comment no more. Although I may do a review depending .on my thoughts on completion.

Next on my ‘outside my comfort one’ book is ‘1984’, ‘To kill a mocking bird, and Go set a watchman’ and ‘Farenheit 451’. I’d love recommendations in the comment! Do stick to your favourite genre when choosing what to read next?

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I thought I’d never use a kindle…

As most of us in the book community, we are dedicated to a beautiful physical copy of a book, being able to turn the pages, appreciate the covers, the smell ect. Well I sure was, and can still appreciate this! I was anti E reader for a long long time. (I even had badges on my ruck sake that were anti kindles haha) Until recently..

To start with, I have taken a much more minimalist approach in life. I decluttered nearly 200 books! I only kept my top 10 all time favorite or sentimental books! I thought I would ‘miss’ my books, but it’s been a while since I did this, and haven’t even thought about them. I had read them all anyway, so I have the books in my head! A kindle is equivalent to millions of books, but only 1 item, my current dream!

The main reason (apart from book clutter) I have switched from hard copy to kindle is finance! There is access to lots of free books, and buying a Ereader copy of a new book is normally cheaper than buying a physical copy! Especially if you order online and have to pay for shipping. Therefore, switching to a kindle is more affordable and cost effective!

I am moving apartments soon, and no longer have a library local to me. Even my current local library doesn’t have a very good YA section, so I don’t often visit. Thus I have found a kindle to give me much easier access to more books!

Lastly, I am currently always on the go. I go on long trains journeys and I travel, in addition to getting public transport to work; I have found a kindle to be more convenient for the travelling aspect of my life, which is quite big this year. It is much lighter than a book, and also takes up less space! It also means I don’t have to take multiple books when I travel/go on holiday.

I thought I would always be against kindles/E readers as I have always been such a physical book fan. But life changes, and suddenly I am a kindle user! It fits my current lifestyle better, and I am actually really enjoying it! Sorry book bloggers…

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My favourite books this year (2018)

  • Picture1When elephants fly by Nancy Richardson Fischer: I didn’t expect to fall so in love with this book. I became so emotionally attached to Swifty the elephant which is the main reason I enjoyed this book so far. I hadn’t read a book quite like this before, I found it interesting that the story also had a huge focus on mental illness, schizophrenia but the illness wasn’t actually present in any of the characters. I really recommend this book!
  • All the little lights by Jamie McGuire: I only read this book a few weeks ago, it was my favourite read of November. Again, the characters is what made me love this book so much. The ending also made it for me, really wasn’t what I was expecting, no spoilers here!
  • Letters to the lost & More than we can tell by Bridid Kemmerer: I loved this sequel, I found it so emotional! I really liked how the second book wasn’t about the same main characters as the first, but still had them in the story. Was a few potential trigger warnings, especially in the second book. If I had to choose, I would choose the second as my favourites! After reading this sequel I’m going to have a look into the author!
  • A list of cages by Robin Roe: I gave this book a very high rating in my monthly wrap up. I had this book on my TBR for a while and am glad I finally got around to it. I enjoyed the diverse of characters, Adam was my favourite. Again I would put a TW on this book as there was a lot of child abuse, and was particularly traumatising towards the end. I felt very strong emotions in this book, and definitely recommend everyone adds this to their TBR!
  • Made you up by Francesca Zappia: I put this book in my top books on mental illness as this is about a girl with schizophrenia. I was interested in the portrayal of complex mental illness, and felt I got a little insight. I really enjoyed this book, and connected with the main character, it felt like I was experiencing everything with her.
  • Words in deep blue by Cath Crowley: I’m putting this book on my yearly favourites purely for the bookstore this book was set in. I became so attached to this setting, one of my all-time favourite environments from a book and yes; tears were shed! This book has beautiful cover too. I recommend to anyone who enjoys YA.
  • When we collided by Emery Lord: I was really surprised by this book as I didn’t enjoy the authors other books. I adored both main characters, as well as the setting of the book. One of the main characters has bipolar disorder. I enjoyed how this book was still light hearted, despite the character being in a manic episode. I feel it was a good YA on mental illness.

 

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Emery Lord Author Review

I’ve never done a review of an author before, but thought it would be a good idea as I feel like some books don’t need a dedicated review post but I’d still like to talk about them. Today’s author review will be Emery Lord:

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I first read The names they gave us, which I enjoyed the writing style and the development of characters, so decided to read another; ‘When we collided’,which is definitely my favourite book by this author. Open road summer is the only book I have a negative opinion on. I have enjoyed half of the books by Emery Lord, so would rate her 3.5/5 overall.

  • When we collided: I put this book on my top ya books on mental illness as I enjoyed this one thoroughly. It is about a young adult with Bipolar disorder. It was unique and felt they were trying to portray a genuine representation of the illness. Although they did entwine a long story into it, which I don’t feel was needed. I fell in love with all the characters in the story. 5/5.
  • Open road summer: Complete opposite to the above book. I didn’t enjoy the characters, I didn’t even complete this book (not like me) as I was far too cringey. Maybe better targeted at a younger audience. 1/5.
  • The names they gave us: This was the first book I read, which I randomly picked up in a charity shop without knowing anything of the author. To start with the cover is beautiful! I really enjoyed the story, again fell in love with of the characters, all very unique. I enjoyed the setting of the story,not something I usually focus on. An emotional read, I did shed a few tears on the main character and her mother. 4/5.
  • The start of me and you: I don’t have much to say about this one, I felt it was a very typical YA book on romance. It wasn’t bad, just nothing special. Sometimes I enjoy easy read books like this. 3/5.
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The Book Buyer Tag

I thought I would join in with this tag as since donating my entire book shelf I wanted to see how my opinions have changed. Not the average book blogger; I only have a small shelf with my ultimate favourite&sentimental books on. I tag anyone who wants to join in!N1PL

  1. Where do you buy your books from? Mostly thrift/charity shops or amazon if I am looking for a particular copy. I would love to shop in independent book stores but as a student I don’t have the expenses to do so.
  2. Do you ever pre-order a book and if so do you do this in store or online? I don’t think I have ever pre ordered a book before..
  3. On average, how many books do you buy a month? It used to be around 5-10, but I no longer buy books so maybe not even 1 per month!
  4. Do you use your local library? Yes, I order and borrow the majority of my books from the  library!
  5. If so- how my books can you/do you borrow at a time? Around 6, I read about 3 library books, and one of kindle a week.
  6. What is your opinion on library books? I adore the library! A free option to read as many books as you can, how could I not adore! At my local library you can even order books they don’t currently stock and borrow them at no charge.
  7. How do you feel about charity shop/secondhand books? I always look in charity shops before buying new. One it’s super affordable (normally around a $1). Two; its recycling therefore better for the environment. Three; It benefits a charity instead of a large brand like amazon. I love browsing second hand stores.
  8. Do you keep your read and TBR pile together/on the same book shelf or not? I donated my entire book shelf so I no longer do this, but I did before! I only own my ultimate favourite books.
  9. Do you plan to read all of the books that you own? I already have!
  10. What do you do with books you that you own that you feel you will never read/felt you did not enjoy? I donate them!
  11. Have you ever donated books? Yes, I once donated 200 books at once.
  12. Have you ever been on a book buying ban? Yes, I used to have a lot of unread books but still constantly bought.
  13. Do you feel that you buy too many books? Not at all! Since be more minimal I feel I have the perfect amount. Just one shelf of my favourites!
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November TBR

It’s about time for this months TBR. I’ve had an overwhelming month, and hope November is a little calmer. I only read 6 books last month, so my only target this month is to read more. I’m struggling a little at the moment, but am plodding through, I have written a few posts on mental health, so expect them among the book posts. Here is what I want to read in November 2018:

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  • We both die at the end by Adam Silvera: I have a beautiful hardback copy of this book, that I need to start reading!
  • Beneath the distant star by Lisa Shambrook: I was given this book to review, so may read this one next.
  • Heretics anonymous by Katie Henry: I have just started this book, and will definitely finish it this month. (At least I’m guaranteed to follow at least one book from my TBR)
  • Girl against the universe by Paula Stokes: I’ve had this on my kindle for a while, so need to get round to reading it.
  • Highly illogical behavior by John Corey Whaley: I read a blog post about this book,and it made me want to read it asap!
  • Girl in pieces by Kathleen Glasgow: I enjoy similar books to this one, therefore have been recommended this one a few times.
  • All the little lights by Jamie McGuire: I saw someone reading this in a coffee shop the other day,and now want to read it myself.
  • Letters to the lost by Brigid Kemmerer: I have been wanting to read this for a while, but found it hard to find a copy, so have just downloaded onto my kindle.
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My blogs name in books

Spell out your blog’s name. Find a book from your TBR that begins with each letter. (I used books I’ve read before) Have fun! I tag anyone who’s reading now. 

Intrusive thoughts are getting the better of me today, so thought doing this tag would be a nice distraction. Instead of using books from my TBR (I don’t really follow one) I used books I’ve read before. I shall be rating each one out of 5 as well. Here goes; 

F- Flowers in the attic by Virginia Andrews (of course) 5/5

L-Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste NG 3.5/5

O- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey 2/5

W- Wonder by R.J. Palacio 4/5

E- Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon 3/5

R- Room by Emma Donoghue 4/5

S- Star girl by Jerry Spinelli 4/5

 

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I- If I stay by Gayle Forman 2/5

N- Never let me go by Kazuo Ishiguro 2.5/5

 

 T- The book their by Markus Zusak 5/5

H- Holes by  Louis Sachar 3/5

E- Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell 2/5

 

B-Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire 3/5

R- Running with scissors by Augusten Burroughs 3/5

A-All the bright places by Jennifer Niven 4.5/5

I- I was here by Gayle Forman 1.5/5

N- Never Never by Colleen Hoover 3/5