End of 2014 Book Survey

It is now 2015 so to end my posts wrapping up 2014, I thought I’d do the end of 2014 book survey from The Perpetual Page Turner just to wrap up all of my 2014 end of year posts in one post. I love reading this survey so I thought I’d do it myself. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy reading other peoples.

end of year book survey

Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher

Genre: Chick Litbilly and me
Pages: 416
Publisher: Penguin
Source: Kindle
Format: E-book
Rating: 4 stars
Buy the book: Waterstones, Amazon, The Book Depository
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Blurb:
Sophie May has a secret.

One that she’s successfully kept for years. It’s meant that she’s had to
give up her dreams of going to university and travelling the world to stay
in her little village, living with her mum and working in the local teashop.

But then she meets the gorgeous Billy – an actor with ambitions to make
it to the top. And when they fall in love, Sophie is whisked away from the
comfort of her life into Billy’s glamorous – but ruthless – world.

Their relationship throws Sophie right into the spotlight after years of
shying away from attention. Can she handle the constant scrutiny that
comes with being with Billy? And most of all, is she ready for her secret
heartbreak to be discovered and shared with the nation?

Wrapping up 2014: Every Book I Read

I’m here again with another post to wrap up 2014 and this time, it will just be a simple list of every book I read this year in chronological order starting from January and the rating I gave them.This probably will not be very interesting but it’s really for my own benefit. If I have done a review of the book(which isn’t really that likely for most of them), I will tell you this and put a link to the review next to it. Also just a note, any novellas that I read will be in red.

Top 14 books of 2014

It’s the end of the year so obviously I will need to talk about my favourite books of 2014. I’m going to do a top 14 of 2014 because why not? As I am writing this, it is currently 16th December so I may end up reading more books and these could possibly become a favourite book of mine but hey I feel like doing this list now so I am going to. This list will go from 14 to 1 starting with my least favourite of the 14 books and finishing up with my favourite book of the year. Just know that I definitely recommend all these books and you should definitely go read them.

Welcoming 2015: Reading and Blogging Resolutions

It’s almost the start of a new year and that of course means resolutions. So I thought, today I’d share with you guys some of my reading and blogging resolutions. This year I thought as well as general resolutions, I’d make a list of books that I’m going to call ‘The Books that Finally Need to Be Read in 2015’. This list will consist of books that I’ve owned that I’ve put off for ages as well as books that I’ve been meaning to read for a long time. So let’s start with my three lists of resolutions.

Wrapping Up 2014: 2014 Reading Resolutions

Hey! I thought for today’s wrapping up 2014 post, I’d talk about the reading resolutions I set for myself at the start of this year and talk about how well I did. This post will probably be quite short but meh let’s go.

My 2014 reading resolutions were:

  • Read 50 books
  • Start reading a classic
  • Start reading A Game of Thrones
  • Read a Neil Gaiman book
  • Read an adult book
  •  Start to Re-read the whole Harry Potter series(Re-read the first three)
  • Start reading Lord of The Rings or The Hobbit
  • Read an Autobiography

My first goal was to read 50 books this year and I’ve already surpassed that. I am currently on my 89th book for this year and hopefully I will get to 90 books which is great. Last year I read 101 books but this year I decided to slow down and savour all the books I read.

My second goal was to start reading a classic. I started reading The Great Gatsby earlier this year but I just couldn’t get through it(and I was spoiled!) however I did read Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck this year. It was a required school reading book but it’s still a classic so it counts. I also really enjoyed it.

My next goal was to start reading A Game of Thrones and I actually did! In April this year, I decided to start reading it. I only got about 50 pages into it but hey I started it.I’m not sure if I ever will finish it. Maybe one day I might.

My next one was to read a Neil Gaiman book and I also did this. I read The Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains which I believe is classed as a graphic novel and it was really short but the story was written by Neil Gaiman. I didn’t like it that much but I will give Gaiman a second chance to impress me next year hopefully.

The next goal I set for myself was to read an adult book and I have read some this year. I read 2 Sophie Kinsella books this year as well as Landline by Rainbow Rowell and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline so I think it’s safe to say I did this.

The next goal was to at least re-read the first three Harry Potter books and this I did not do. I re-read the first one earlier this year and I got half way through the second one but then I got distracted by other books and never picked it back up again. 😦

My next goal was to start reading either Lord of The Rings or The Hobbit and over the summer, I did start reading The Hobbit and I got almost half way through it. However, I put it down but I think after I see the final Hobbit movie I will possibly pick it up again.

The final goal was to read an autobiography. I read Lea Michele’s book Brunette Ambition this year and that was sort of an autobiography/self help book so I’m sure that counts. I’m currently reading Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me and Other Concerns by Mandy Kaling and I will probably finish it by the end of the year.

I think my reading resolutions for this year were successful because I achieved most of them and I’m quite proud of myself for that.

Welcoming 2015: Anticipated Releases January – June

It’s almost 2015 and while this scares me, I’m excited for 2015. This is mainly because so many amazing  and fabulous books are finally coming out. So that’s what I’m here to talk to you about. I have a long list of books that I can’t wait for so I thought that for now, I’d just do the releases for the first 6 months of the year. I will not be including any books that do not have a release month but there are some that I’m excited for that don’t have a release date yet(For example, the fourth Land of Stories book. I need that one right now.) There are 28 books that I need to mention so let’s get started. I will not be giving you a synopsis for any of the books because most of them are sequels and also because otherwise this post will be too long. However, if you want to know more about the book click on the title to go to the goodreads page.

The Boy Next Door – Katie Van Ark  (6th January):

After reading A Little Something Different, I got addicted to SwoonReads and I added all of their future releases to my goodreads. This is the one out of all of them that I’m very excited for because it sounds amazing. This one sounds right up my street and I really think that I will love it.

Perfect Couple – Jennifer Echols(13th January):

This is the second book in the Superlatives series by Jennifer Echols which is a series of cute contemporaries. It follows two different characters and it just sounds cute and adorable. I read Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols earlier this year and it was cute but it wasn’t the best contemporary that I’ve ever read. However, I’m still interested to read this one.

Alice and The Fly – James Rice(15th January):

This book is about a guy with severe arachnophobia and this scares me but I’m excited! I have a proof copy of this book and I’m about to start it. I think this book will be popular because it sounds so different so look out for this one!

I Was Here – Gayle Forman(29th January):

I think a lot of people are excited for this book because Gayle Forman is such a popular author that a lot of people love. I have actually already read this book and absolutely loved it. My review will be up around the time of it’s release date but just know for now that you should be excited for this book because it’s great!

Love Hurts – Malorie Blackman (29th January):

This book is similar to My True Love Gave to Me because it is a collection of short stories about love. I love Malorie Blackman and it also has many stories by popular authors such as Gayle Forman, Patrick Ness, E.Lockhart, Phillip Pullman and Markus Zusak. I just got this book on netgalley and I will probably be reading it this month because I think I’m going to love it and it will make me feel happy!

Invaded– Melissa Landers(3rd February):

Can I have this book already? I need this sequel so much because I read Alienated over the summer and I loved it so dearly. I need more Cara and Aelyx so much and I need to see their story continue. Did you know that I’m excited for this book? If you want to know my opinions on the first book, click here for my review.

The Ruby Circle – Richelle Mead(10th February):

It’s the final book in the bloodlines series. I’m so scared yet I need it right now. Especially after Silver Shadows(click here for my review) I need to read this book now. But it’s the last book about Sydney and Adrian and that depresses me.

It has to end. :((
It has to end. :((

The Return – Jennifer L. Armentrout(17th February):

I read the Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout in October and while it wasn’t the best series ever, I still really enjoyed the series because it was fun. Therefore when I found out about this upcoming spin off series, I wanted to read it automatically. This series follows a character about Seth who was in the Covenant series. Most people don’t like Seth but I love him.(click here for my full series review for the Covenant series)

Tales from Shadowhunter Academy – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan(First one 17th February, and one every month following that):

A series of short stories that follows a character from the Mortal Instruments series that I love but alas I cannot tell you who because spoilers for City of Heavenly Fire. But yes, I am bloody excited. Also this series will have appearances from other characters I love!(click here for my spoilery review of City of Heavenly Fire)

My Heart and Other Black Holes – Jasmine Warga (19th February):

This sounds like another adorable contemporary romance that I’m excited to read(By the way adorable contemporary will be a recurring reason for my excitement for most of these books).

The Selection Stories: The Queen and the Favourite – Kiera Cass(3rd March):

I love The Selection series very dearly and I’m excited to read more stories from this world. These two are about Queen Amberly and Marlee. I’m super duper excited because Kiera Cass’ writing is amazing.

Vanishing Girls – Lauren Oliver(10th March):

I love Lauren Oliver’s books because her writing is amazing and fabulous. I cannot wait for this one because it sounds so interesting. Also if you want to check out my Q&A with Lauren Oliver, click here.

Finding Mr Brightside – Jay Clark(24th March):

Again this is another cute and adorable contemporary that sounds fluffy and light. I am excited for any cute contemporary, okay?

Half Wild – Sally Green(24th March):

I read Half Bad in November and while I did have quite a few problems with it, I do want to know what will happen so I’m excited to find out.

The Start of Me and You – Emery Lord(31st March):

Again this book just sounds cute and adorable and I really want to read it.

P.S. I Still Love You – Jenny Han(21st April):

To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before was one of my favourite books of this year so to say I’m excited for the sequel is an understatement. Also just slight note, why isn’t this book about Josh? I want more Josh in my life.

99 Days – Katie Cotugno(21st April):

Again another cute and fluffy contemporary.

The Fill In Boyfriend – Kasie West(5th May):

This is again another cute and adorable contemporary romance by one of my favourite authors. I love her writing and I can’t wait for this one.(click here for my review of On the Fence by Kasie West)

The Heir – Kiera Cass(5th May):

I love the Selection series and when she announced that she was carrying it on, I was so incredibly excited to finally read it. I need more Maxon and more of this world. I seriously can’t wait and the cover is absolutely beautiful.

Crimson Bound – Rosamund Hodge(5th May):

While I didn’t completely love Cruel Beauty, I did like the premise and the writing so I would like to read her new book which is a Little Red Riding Hood retelling.

A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas(7th May):

A new Sarah J. Maas book? That book is definitely going to be in my hands on its release day. I love her writing and her new series sounds amazing and fabulous.

This is Not a Love Story – Keren David(7th May):

Again another cute fluffy contemporary that I really want to read!

End of Days – Susan Ee(12th May):

I loved Angelfall but I really didn’t like World After. However, I would like to know how it is going to end.

Love, Fortunes and Other Disasters – Kimberly Karalius(9th June):

Another cute contemporary from SwoonReads that I can’t wait to read.

Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella(9th June):

A YA book from Sophie Kinsella? YES PLEASE!

I feel like I repeated myself a lot in this post. I’m sorry but I’m just so excited for so many books. Thanks for reading this post and I’ll see you soon with another post.

Sofia

 

 

Wrapping Up 2014: YABirmingham

It’s December which means that 2014 is almost over and this scares me. Where did this year go? So many things have happened this year and I have so much to talk about for this year so throughout December and the beginning of January,  I will be making a number of posts about various things. I thought I’d start off by talking about YABirmingham and what this year has meant for me and YABirmingham.

I have mentioned YABirmingham so many times before and I will leave links at the end of this post to those posts but if you are still unaware of what YABirmingham is, it is a group of people(mainly Gem and Bex) who work at Waterstones Birmingham and are YA enthusiasts. They started off by doing events and parties but as of this year they started their own blog, which I will leave a link to down below. This year was really the year of YABirmingham because it just grew and it’s becoming more popular.

Back in April, they started asking for reviewers for their blog so of course, I sent in my review of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I then became a regular reviewer for them and I love reviewing for them. It means that more people get to see my reviews and I love this. They are so lovely and kind. They are always grateful for the reviews and I love them for it. Since I am a reviewer for them, I have become close with the workers there. Gem and Bex are so kind and they are always helpful. I don’t really know how else I can tell you how fabulous the workers are because no matter what I say, I cannot do them justice. I am eternally grateful for everything they’ve done.

Now I’m going to talk about all the events that I went to this year that were held by YABirmingham. However, just so you know, I wasn’t able to go to most of the events and this made me sad! I will not be talking about the events that I didn’t go to because you know I didn’t go to them. However, I’m 100% sure they were as amazing and fabulous as they were.

The first event that I went to in 2014 was their Divergent fan party. Having previously gone to their City of Bones fan party, I knew what to expect from this party. This party was amazing and great! It was a lot of fun because we got to talk to people who were also fans. It started off with a quiz that wasn’t too bad. We got into the final tie breaker and we were so close to winning but we made a silly mistake. We then just socialised with people and there was a raffle(which I didn’t win anything in, suprisingly!). It was a great party however we got no pictures at this event!

Th next event I went to was also a party and that was a party to celebrate the release of City of Heavenly Fire. This was a smaller event because it was arranged at short notice however I really loved this party. Since there weren’t many people there, we got to spend more time socialising with everyone. There wasn’t a quiz however there was a raffle(again I won nothing) and it was just like a small gathering. This was also the first time I actually talked to Bex and Gem in real life which was amazing!

Our runes for the COHF fan party.
Our runes for the COHF fan party.

The next event we went to was another party and this was probably my favourite of all the parties we went to. This was a John Green fan party but it was mainly The Fault In Our Stars. I wrote a whole post about this so I will link that down below because I go into more detail in that post. Basically, we won the quiz and it was so much fun! We socialised a lot and we had a whole bunch of fun basically.

Here's a picture of me and my friends wearing our t shirts that we won! Also look at my failure in this photo *facepalm*
Here’s a picture of me and my friends wearing our t shirts that we won! Also look at my failure in this photo *facepalm*

The next event was technically at the other Warerstones in Birmingham but I have to mention it of course. This event was the Rainbow Rowell event and signing. I made a whole post about this event as well so I will link that down below. I am eternally grateful for the fact that YABirmingham gave me the chance to meet my favourite author.

My picture with Rainbow Rowell.
My picture with Rainbow Rowell.

The next event was also another event that I wrote a whole post about and that was the Solitaire Launch party with Alice Oseman. This was a great event because we got to have a Q&A with Alice, we got to hear her read a passage from the book and we also got to meet her. I had so much fun at this event and Alice was amazing.

Our group photo with Alice Oseman
Our group photo with Alice Oseman

The next events were two small events that I’m going to group together and they were the Isla and the Happily Ever After readathon and the Maze Runner/Shadow and Bone book club. Both of these events were small intimate events which involved a group of people sitting around a table talking about books and I loved them! I really got to talk to more people about a number of things and I loved the fact that we kind of just ended up talking about life in general.

At the Isla readathon.
At the Isla readathon.

The next event was another party and that was The Maze Runner fan party. This was so much fun because we also got to talk to many people. We won the quiz(after a lot of debate) and I also kept winning in the raffle(it wasn’t my fault!). Another great event that I loved.

The final one is the last one that I went to this year despite the fact that there were many authors that I missed and there’s an event next week which I’m also missing. The last one I did go to was the Becca Fitzpatrick Q&A and signing. I had only just started reading her books when I went to meet her but the event was still a lot of fun because Becca was really funny and kind.

Our photo with Becca
Our photo with Becca

So to summarise, YABirmingham are amazing and fabulous and they have really made this year something special. I say it a lot but I still feel as if I don’t say it enough so thank you! I can’t wait to see what you guys have in store for next year and I’m already really excited about all the events that you have announced. I’m going to leave a whole load of links at the bottom so be sure to check them out. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you soon with another post.

Sofia

November Wrap Up

It’s the end of the month(well not really but almost) so that means that I have to wrap up the month. This month I finished 8 full length novels and I’m quite proud of myself for that because for the next two weeks, I will be sitting my mock exams so I have been busy revising this month. So let’s start talking about the books I read this month.

The first book I finished this month was Just Like The Movies by Kelly Fiore. This was a cute romance book that was just sweet and adorable. It follows two girls who work together to make their romances similar to the ones in the movies. I much prefered Lily as a character to Marijke. I also wasn’t a big fan of Marijke’s romance. I thought it was just quite annoying and I didn’t see why Tommy was with her. I ended up giving this book 3 out of 5 stars and I remember writing a review for it, yet I can’t find this review anywhere!

The next book I read was the long awaited final book in the Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin, The Retribution of Mara Dyer. I thought this book was great despite the fact that not a lot of people liked it. I read the first two books in this trilogy around this time last year and while this book is my least favourite in the trilogy, I loved it nonetheless. We get to see Mara really develop more as a character and we get to see her interact with others aside from Noah. My only complaint about this book was the way it all wrapped up. I feel like the ending really didn’t solve anything. There are still a lot of problems and quite a few things still need to be solved, in my opinion. However, I still really loved this book so I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.

The next book I read this month was a book that my friend has been trying to get me to read for years but I only just got round to it and that was The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E.Smith. I have read her other two novels before and I do enjoy her books. This is probably her shortest book and it took me one night to read. It was an adorable romance story but not much else happens in it. It was just a cute romance however I did enjoy it so I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

This month I finally started the Hush Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick. I read the first two books in this series which are Hush Hush and Crescendo. I have been putting off these books for years because of the mixed feelings people have towards them however I did enjoy them. There is a term that I used when reading these books to describe them and that term was enjoyable trash. The plot itself wasn’t the best and it was quite annoying but I enjoyed reading it. I gave both of them  3 out of 5 stars. I don’t know when I’ll be carrying on with the series. I only really read the first two because I met Becca Fitzpatrick.

Our photo with Becca who was fabulous
Our photo with Becca who was fabulous

Talking about enjoyable trash, I also read the first two books in the Sweet trilogy by Wendy Higgins, Sweet Evil and Sweet Peril. I feel the same way about these books than I did with the Hush Hush books. However, despite the fact that the main character Anna is even more annoying than Nora from the Hush Hush series(which is a hard thing to do) I enjoy these books more because the actual plot line is really interesting. However, the romance kind of takes over and that can get really annoying. I gave both of these 3 out of 5 stars and I’m currently reading the final book in this trilogy.

The final book I read this month was I Was Here by Gayle Forman. This book comes out in January but I was lucky enough to get a proof copy from the lovely people at YABirmingham so thank you very much! I really loved and adored this book but I’m not going to say that much about how I felt about this book because I have written a whole review on it but I will be posting that sometime near the release date so it’s fresh on your mind when it comes out. Just know that you guys should be excited for this book because I loved it. I gave it a 5 out of 5 stars.

So that’s it for all the books I read this month. I know that I haven’t been posting much recently and it’s because I’ve been feeling quite down about things in my life and also because I have my mock exams for the next two weeks. I don’t know when I’ll get back into posting again but hopefully it shall be sometimes soon. As always, thanks for reading and I hope you liked this post.

Sofia.

October Wrap Up

It’s the end of October and I’m kind of just sitting here wondering where the month went! I feel like this month went incredibly fast and the end of the year is fast approaching. Anyway, I read 8 books this month and I’m quite proud of that despite the fact that I’ve read much more before because my mocks are fast approaching and revision has basically taking over my life. Let’s get on with the actual books I read.

The first four books I read this month were the 2nd,3rd,4th and 5th books in the Covenant series by Jennifer L.Armentrout; Pure, Deity, Apollyon and Sentinel. I really enjoyed all of these and this series is just a whole load of fun. I wrote a whole series review of it so click here if you want to read that. I gave each book 4 out of 5 stars because while I enjoyed them, they weren’t some of the best books I’ve ever read.

The next book I read this month was The Blood Of Olympus by Rick Riordan, the final book in the Heroes of Olympus series. I really loved this book because Rick Riordan can do no wrong. He wrote another fabulous book that was amusing yet still heart breaking at times. However, one complaint I did have about the book was that even though it was a great book, it wasn’t the best conclusion to the series. I felt that it was too easy at the end and we also didn’t really get to see happy endings for our favourite characters. The only character whose ending I was satisfied with and that I felt had a nice ending was Nico. I still ended up giving this book 5 out of 5 stars because I did really love it.

The next book I read was My True Love Gave to Me by various authors but all edited by Stephanie Perkins. This was one of my most anticipated books of the year and it did not disappoint. I loved most of the stories and I didn’t want them to end. I wrote a whole post about it so if you are interested, click here to read it but I of course gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

The next book I read was Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle which was another book that I was looking forward to reading and it was great. I loved the story and it was the perfect romance book however the ending did slightly annoy me because it was quite open. However, Rebecca Serle did tweet me saying that there was going to be a sequel so I’m very excited for it. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars and I did a whole review on it so click here if you are interested.

The final book I read this month was Half Bad by Sally Green. After my friend kept recommending this book to me, I finally picked it up and to be honest I’m not sure how I felt. It was interesting and the story line was great however I didn’t feel anything towards the characters at all. Also at the start it kept changing from first person to second person narrative and that really bugged me. I ended up giving this book 3 out of 5 stars because I’m unsure about how I felt towards it.

Favourite book of the month: My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins.

Books at each star level:

1 star: 0 books

2 stars: 0 books

3 stars: 1 book

4 stars: 5 books

5 stars: 2 books

Overall, this was a good reading month I think because I enjoyed most of them. Hopefully I’ll read some great books in November too. I’ll see you soon with another post.

Sofia