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What Makes You Re-Read A Book?

I find it very difficult to re-read books. Every year I say I’m going to re-read my favourite books and it’ll “finally be the year I re-read The Book Thief” but it never make it happen. There are hundreds upon thousands of new books being released and that have already been published that I could be reading instead and I always make the new books priority instead of the ones I’ve already experienced. It’s a shame, because there was once something incredible enough about a book that I called it one of my favourite books, but I never take the time to read it again. Can it really be your favourite book if you haven’t read it more than once? Probably. But it’s also probably not as important in your mind as you claim. I want 2016 to be the year that I re-read some of my favourite books (The Book Thief, The Night Circus, Harry Potter) so in order to do that I have been thinking over what makes a book ‘re-readable’ for me and what it takes for me to be …

Book Review: Vicious by V. E. Schwab

I must admit that after picking up this novel I am slightly ashamed that I haven’t already read all of Victoria Schwab’s works. This book absolutely blew my expectations out of the water, and they were already exceedingly high! Vicious is an adult-fantasy novel written by American author Victoria Schwab about two college roommates who are driven by ambition and adrenaline to discover how people can obtain extraordinary abilities. However when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental things being to go terribly wrong. Vicious is a tale of superheroes and supervillians and one I definitely recommend if you are a fan of comic books (like myself). The story is split between present and 10 years ago. The present tells the story of Victor, an escaped convict, who is determined to find and face his old friend-turned-enemy who seems to be making his mark around the city. Flash back ten years and Victor is a young, intelligent university student who is practically inseparable from his best friend and roommate – Eli. At the beginning of this book it wasn’t clear who’s side …

Book Review: The Messenger by Markus Zusak

For years, I have been telling people that The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is my favourite book and that Markus Zusak is one of my favourite authors. Looking back, I probably shouldn’t have claimed that Zusak was my favourite author when I’d only read one of his books. However after reading The Messenger I can happily say that he has lived up to the hype! After accidentally stopping a bank robber escaping, Ed Kennedy finds himself receiving cryptic messages written on playing cards in the mail. Each card gives hints to three people who’s life he must change in someway. I don’t know what I was expecting going into this novel, but after only a few chapters I was hooked. Zusak’s writing is superb. Both the premise and the ‘twist’ at the end of the novel really hit the mark for me. The characterisation in this novel was absolutely on point and I found myself unable to put this novel down. He flawlessly creates relatable characters that are witty, funny and at moments touching. The first half of this book was brilliant and …

WWW Wednesday – 27th May 2015

This is WWW Wednesday, a weekly feature revived by samannelizabeth, where you answer three questions: what are you currently reading, what did you recently finish reading, what do you think you’ll read next? So here we go! What are you currently reading? I’m currently reading The Kill Order by James Dashner. Honestly, I’m really, really, REALLY not enjoying this book at all. I loved The Maze Runner trilogy, however I think a major part of me loving that trilogy was the group of characters. Unfortunately in this book, the characters in this prequel are falling completely flat for me and I could not care less about them. Half of them are already dead and I didn’t bat an eyelid. And I figured going into this book I wasn’t going to enjoy it much, I just didn’t realise I would hate it this much. I’m currently listening to In Real Life by Joey Graceffa on audible! I am honestly shocked by how much I am enjoying this book. I realise a lot of youtubers are releasing books at the moment, and while I’m not too fussed about reading …

Top Ten Books That Have Been on My TBR for over a Year

This is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. You can find out more info here! This week was ‘freebie week’ where we got to chose our own topic! Since I’ve been trying to lower my TBR all year, I thought this was a perfect time to be honest with myself and list some books that have been on my TBR for over a year now! 1. The Assassins Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke. I bought this duology just before it went out of print to ensure I would have a copy to read! I was really excited to read this when I first got it (hence buying it before I couldn’t) but it’s been sitting there ever since. 2. Vicious by VIctoria Schwab. Although I have only owned this book a for a few months, it has been a book I have been meaning to read since people began receiving advanced copies in 2013! Ridiculous! 3. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I have heard so many good things about this series that I can’t believe …

RYBSAT Round 5!

  Another week, another read-a-thon! When I’m posting this it’s Monday morning, which means that RYBSAT (read-your-book-shelf-a-thon) Round 5 has officially begun! For those interested, RYBSAT (@RYBSAT15) is a read-a-thon created by booktuber Miranda (@BooKss101M) where you choose a spot on your bookshelf and read on from there! This will be the first #RYBSAT I will be participating in, and I’m pretty excited to read as much as I can this week as I have no assignments due for uni! 1. The Assassins Blade by Sarah J. Maas – I can’t believe I still haven’t read this one! I’ve been putting it off for a while now, simply because I didn’t want to not have any of this world to look forward to. But with Sarah’s new book out, and the 4th Throne of Glass book due out in September, I have lots of Sarah coming my way and no reason to put this off any longer! 2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – I was supposed to read this one …

Just a quick update…

I completely forgot to mention that #CrushYourTBR read-a-thon is happening over on twitter this weekend (Friday 15th – Sunday 17th) and I’m definitely participating! Two lovely ladies, Raeleen (@raeleenlemay) and Jacquelyn (@jacquelynreads), are hosting via the tag. They are possibly two of the biggest participants in #0by16 which has been taking over the online book community this year, and are totally inspiring me to get my TBR shelf down to 0 by next year! My TBR for this read-a-thon is going to stay the same as Bout of Books since they are both happening at the same time, but I really do hope to start prioritising reading during study breaks instead of watching episodes of Boy Meets World. But, priorities right? Good luck if anyone else is participating!