Recently Read #1

Recently Read #1

One of my goals for this year was to read more and I've been doing just that, I'm trying to spend less time on my laptop and I'm making sure that i read in bed before going to sleep even if it's just one chapter. Ive found since doing this; not only have i gotten through more books I've also been sleeping a little better as its relaxing me a lot more than staying up on my laptop. I'm also feeling motivated to read more as i set myself a challenge on goodreads (add me, if you'd like) to read 20 books in 2014.



Recently Read #1

So i thought rather than doing a million and one individual book reviews, id compile them all into one post and share with you the books that I've been reading!

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I technically read I Heart Christmas by Lindsay Kelk before Christmas but i really wanted to give it a mention. I love the I Heart series as it's typical chick lit kind of book, but its such an easy read and because its a series, I've grown quite fond of the characters. This series follows Angela who found herself moving to New York after her she found her boyfriend cheating on her at her best friends wedding, so the series follows Angela's life in New York. I Heart Christmas is the sixth book in the series so i don't want to give anything away for anyone but I really enjoy this book, it's a nice continuation of the story and id really recommend this series to anyone who loves chick lit type books - 4/5

I currently don't have Destined to Play by Indigo Bloome as i donated it to a charity right after reading it. I picked this up on a whim as i was i wanted a book to read but didn't really pay much attention as to what it was about, but its a fifty shades kind of book and it pretty much revolves around sex but its more as an experiment - Jeremy asks Alexandra to spend 48 hours with him and gives her a proposition "‘It’s simple. No sight. No questions. 48 hours" - I'm not a prude or anything but i found this a little rapey and weird to read, he took away her sight using these eyedrops (it didn't blind her permanently) and i just found it weird that he did that and that she let him do that, i know that it was an experiment but i just found it kind of creepy. I don't know how to really explain it very well but i wouldn't not recommend this book at all. This book is part of a trilogy, that i will not be reading as i did not enjoy this book - 1/5

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I read the first book of this trilogy last year so i was finally happy read the next  two instalments. The story focuses mostly on Belly (or Isobel) and the summers she spends in Cousins along with her mum and brother and her mum's friend and her two sons Conrad and Jeramiah. The first book is about the summer she spends there when she a little more grown and the boys start to notice her more.

The second book It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han takes place months after the first one and i don't want to ruin something that happens but this book is a little more sombre because of it. Belly's heartbroken over two things (both of which I'm not going to say), they are at risk of losing the summer house and Conrad's close to failing his finals - 4/5

The third book We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han again takes place a little later on when Belly's in College - it's kind of really hard to talk about the book without ruining it but this book annoyed me a little and i disliked the direction that Jenny Han took it, but the ended made me happy - 3/5

Despite my awful explanations if you like teenage/chick lit kind of books you'll enjoy this trilogy. It's a really easy read and i did enjoy reading this trilogy!

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There was something about Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell that really grabbed me in, i think it might have been the way it switched perspectives and you were able to see the relationship between them build from both sides. It's an unusual book compared to the usual girly books i read but i thought i was really nice and really well written. I feel it was left a little unanswered though at the end unless I've maybe missed the point of it and i was a little unsatisfied over the ending because i love reading the way the relationship had built up from their first encounters to getting to know each other and then the ending just let me down. It was still a really good read though - 4/5

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I really enjoyed reading You Against Me by Jenny Downham as its not your typical girl meets boy kind of story; Mikey's sister claims that she was raped and in an attempt to get some revenge, Mikey meets Ellie - the sister of the boy being accused. The story is told from both perspectives and it's similar to Eleanor & Park in that respect that you get both point of view instead of just the one and i really enjoyed this book - 4/5

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So many people have been raving about this series so i decided to pick up Divergent by Veronica Roth to see what all the fuss is about. I'm not going to go in depth with the story because id hate to ruin it for anyone but it's a dystopian story, where the main character Beatrice has to decide which faction she wants to choose to belong in after she's turned 16 and the book follows her and her decision and also the initiation into that faction (that's all I'm gonna give you) At first, i didn't quite understand the fuss and i was beginning to think it was just an overhype but then i found myself unable to put it down and the story just got better and better and I've ordered the second one and i  really can't wait til it arrives - 5/5

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I really enjoy reading Sarah Dessen books, they are aimed mostly at teens/young adults but there is just something about them that i enjoy (you wouldn't think i was 22, would you?) id been wanting to read What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen for a little while as i believe this is one of her lastest releases (i may be wrong) and it's about a girl called Mclean who since her parents bitter divorce she's been moving around with her father and every town she's in she creates a new identity for herself as a way of letting go of past but in this one particular town she begins to feel like she wants to be herself and that she might want to actually stay in this town. My description probably hasn't sold it to you very well and at first i wasn't too keen on it, i was starting to feel like it was gonna be a disappointment but the more i read the better it got and the story actually turned out okay and it ended up being an enjoyable read - 3/5

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I think Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson ended up being the underdog of all these books, i picked it up because id read someone really rave about it, so even though i was intrigued i didn't really have high expectations but i really enjoyed this book and I'm still quite sad that I've finished it. After Amy's dad died, her mum decided to relocate to Connecticut but let Amy stay in California to finish up school and then join her mum a month or so later and drive the car down, but since the car accident Amy refuses to drive so her mum's friend son Roger joins her and drives the car - her mum has set out a route and hotel stays but they end up taking a big detour and seeing all different places and getting up to all sorts of things - 5/5

That is all the books I've read so far, I'm really proud of myself and i will keep doing these kind of posts every so often as i know i personally love to read these kind of posts as i like getting book recommendations off people too! I know a lot of these books are quite teen/young adult-esque but i love reading those, as they are just such cute and easy reads. Also, I'm sorry if my descriptions are bad its quite hard to describe and review a book without giving anything away.

Do you have any book recommendations?
Natalie xx

20 comments:

  1. ahh i have some of these on my tbr so i cant wait to read them xxx

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    1. Ahh they're really good, i hope you like them :)
      Natalie xx

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  2. There's a few of these on my list to read, so I think I definitely will now you've recommended them! xx

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    1. Aw you should - ive really loved reading them! :) I hope you enjoy them too
      Natalie xx

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  3. Yay Natalie! I really liked Before I Die by Jenny Downham so you against me sounds great. You should read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, much better ending! Also I'm so happy you read Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, so good.
    Hayley
    Water Painted Dreams xxx

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    1. I read Amy & Roger's Epic Detour after seeing you rated it highly on goodreads haha, ill definitely have check out Fangirl :)
      I really enjoyed You Against Me, so id recommend it!
      Natalie xx

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  4. ah i love this post! this is great for when i'm looking for something to read, i think i'll have to check out "you against me", it looks really interesting. plus i basically fell in love with "eleanor and park", i agree with hayley you NEED to read "fangirl" it's her best book in my opinion. i do a few book reviews on my blog too, since i've given myself a similar resolution. (:

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    1. Aw im really glad you enjoyed this post - i will definitely check out Fangirl :)
      Natalie xx

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  5. I absolutely loved The Sumer I Turned Pretty Series and Divergent as well! The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider is a really great read. I also really loved Moonglass by Jessi Kirby, you should read that as well!
    x
    http://daisysuns.blogspot.com/

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    1. Ooh ill have to check those out, thanks for the recommendations :)
      Natalie xx

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  6. You have managed to get through a good amount of books this year. I need to read more, I love reading but don't make enough time for it.
    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

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    1. I know, ive really surprised myself with how many ive managed to read - ive just been trying to make sure i read at least one or two chapters a night :)
      Natalie xx

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  7. I Loved the Summer I turned pretty series, they're really good! I read Eleanor and Park and i didn't like how vague the ending was. You should try some of Ceclia Ahern's books they're really good light reading:) Xo

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    1. I didn't like how vague the ending was in Eleanor & Park either! Ive read P.S I Love You and i adored that book but ive not read any others, are there any that you would recommend?
      Natalie xx

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  8. I'm a new reader to your blog and I'm already a big fan, we seem to have a lot of the same tastes in books. I'm going to be adding Eleanor & Park and Divergent to my wishlist for sure - it's funny, I had no interest whatsoever in the Divergent movie but for some reason the book really appeals to me!

    Nicola // pink-confetti.co.uk

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    1. Aw thank you so much, that really means alot to know your enjoying my blog :) Im more interested in the books than the divergent movies but ill probably watch them anyways to see how they compare!
      Natalie xx

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  9. Love the idea of this feature, I've been thinking about doing something similar on my blog, so it's really interesting to read about some of your recent reads. I'm definitely wanting to pick up Divergent, I love any kind of dystopian future books, so it's definitely on my list. If you're into that kind of thing, you might like the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, or possibly the House of Night series by P.J. & Kristin Cast xx

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    1. Aw glad you like it! I tried reading the House of Night Series a few years ago but couldnt get into it, ill have to check out the Mortal instrument Series though :)
      Thanks for the recommendations!
      Natalie xx

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  10. This is one of my goals too! I have so many books which are unread on my shelf and on my kindle too! But I'm slowly getting through them! Looks like you've read some good books! xo

    Hannah | Glitter and Sparkle

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    1. Ive got loads on my shelf and it bugs me seeing them just sitting there so ive made a more conscious effort to read, even if its just a chapter before i go to bed!
      Natalie xx

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