Not A Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Recently, I received a copy of Not A Drop to Drink and I couldn’t have been more excited to read it. Ever since I heard about this book last year, I was so excited to read it but I never ending up getting my hands on it. But now I have one and I’ve read it. I absolutely did adore this book. If you don’t know what this book is about, here’s the synopsis for you:

Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water. 

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn’t leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.

This is a great dystopian novel that is just simply a story of survival. What I did love about this story was that it was just about a girl who was doing whatever she can to survive. When I first started reading this book, it took me a while to get into it but once I got into it, I couldn’t stop reading because it was a fast paced dystopian novel. I have missed reading fast paced dystopians so this one was amazing.

I think Lynn was a great main character. She was strong and she knew what she had to do in order to survive. She did grow throughout that book as she started off as a very lonely and isolated character but she grew to let people in. However she didn’t lose her essential desire to survive. She didn’t let people do things for her, even at the end as she is a very independant person who likes to be in control. However, when she first comes across the other characters and starts talking to them you realize just how much she doesn’t know. Living with her mother in an isolated house for her whole life meant that she wasn’t aware of things that we all know such as flirting or sarcasm. This made her a very weird person around others as she didn’t understand fully. I still did really enjoy Lynn as a character and I think in the second book, I will like her more.

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Whenever Lynn would talk to anyone throughout the book this gif ran through my mind(and not just because it has Dylan O’Brien)

Most of the side characters were good too. I loved Stebbs, Lucy and Eli. I feel like they all bought out a new side to Lynn and they did change her quite a lot. Stebbs made her open up and let people in because he convinced her that she needs to start talking to other people. Lucy made her realise just how much she enjoys the company of others and how she can still take care of others while protecting herself. Eli just changed her and made her better because he helped teach her new things that she wasn’t aware of and he taught her how to love. I really didn’t understand Neva and I didn’t like her character at all.Even after what she did at the end, I didn’t like her. The final side character that appeared was Vera. However, she only appeared about 80% through the book and I hardly got to know her but for now I like her.

This is only a four star read because at the start, I found it to be quite slow until the thing happened that completely changed the book as a whole as well as the pacing of the book. It is also only four stars because I felt as if the ending of this book was too rushed. If this book was slightly longer and the ending was spread out over possibly 100 more pages, I would have enjoyed it a lot more and possibly have given it 5 stars. I also really didn’t like the thing that happened to a character at the end. Why did that have to happen? I felt as if it was unnecessary and the response to what happened was too quick to really appreciate why it happened.

When that thing happened at the end, I didn't feel overwhelmed with sadness. This was basically me when it happened.
When that thing happened at the end, I didn’t feel overwhelmed with sadness. This was basically me when it happened.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. I am very excited to get my hands on the second one and read it as soon as possible. Thank you for reading and see you soon with another post.

Sofia

The One Where Sofia Discusses Her Love For Friends

I love many TV shows(check out my top ten TV couples list) but Friends will always and forever be my favourite TV show so I thought I’d tell you all why I love Friends so much. This is not a book related post but I wanted to do it anyway.

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So why do I love Friends? I got into Friends in year 7. For those of you who live in the UK, Friends used to come on every day on E4 and me and my mum used to watch almost every episode. It has since been replaced by The Big Bang Theory(don’t get me wrong I love The Big Bang Theory but it isn’t Friends) and has been moved over to Comedy Central. I don’t have Comedy Central which is quite annoying so the first big purchase that I ever made with my own money was the complete Friends boxset. This is normally around £100 but it was on sale for £40 so I bought it and I have not regretted it ever since. So I guess the first reason as to why I love Friends is because of sentimental value. I still remember watching the episodes with my mum and my siblings occasionally and I loved that.

I got into Friends at the same time that I got into Harry Potter. I’d seen the odd Friends episode before but I had never started loving it until then and the same thing happened with Harry Potter. I had seen all the films but I had not fully appreciated it’s beauty until then. I made friends in year 7 because of my new found love for Harry Potter and because of my new found love for Friends. As a group we all loved Friends and we would talk about it endlessly and watch episodes together. So the second reason I love Friends is because it helped me make friends.

The third reason is because I see parts of myself in all of the main characters. Even though I am clearly not an adult going through the things they go through, I still feel like I can relate to them all in different ways. Chandler is basically like me in the way that he is quite sarcastic and he uses humour as a defence. I don’t always use humour as a defence but I do sometimes and I can be very sarcastic when I want to be(which is most of the time).  People don’t always think he’s funny because they don’t get his jokes and I’m like that because I make fandom related jokes and nobody understands them. He also has a lot of self esteem issues and that is basically me as well. He also isn’t very good at advice or comforting people and I think we’ve already established that I’m basically Chandler Bing. Also, he can’t cry just like me!

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I am also quite like Monica. I love to cook(mainly baking but I still love to cook) as does Monica. I’m also very annoying without realising. I’m somewhat of a neat freak as well but not as much as Monica is. I am slightly crazy like Phoebe and I’m wacky and weird like her. I also am a bit silly and stupid sometimes like Joey. I’m also just as bad at French as Joey is and I’m doing it for GCSE so I am well and truly screwed. I also get confused over everything just like Joey does. Also I share his love for food, especially pizza. Pizza is just the best thing ever. I am not as similar to Ross and Rachel as I am with the others but I still love them.

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I haven’t yet told you the main reason why I love Friends so much. That is because it is so bloody funny! I love to watch Friends no matter how I’m feeling. Whenever, I’m feeling down I watch Friends because it always cheers me up. I think I’ve seen every Friends episode so many times that  I could probably quote whole episodes to you. I just love Friends so much. I share this love with most of my friends especially Priya and Veena and I think our love for Friends has strengthened our own friendship. So my love for Friends is similar to my love for Harry Potter because it helped me find friends and it’s always there to cheer me up. so thank you Friends and anyone who was ever involved in making it. I love you all because you’ve just made my life happy.

I love everybody who was involved in making Friends as much as Joey loves Chandler.
I love everybody who was involved in making Friends as much as Joey loves Chandler.

Sofia

My Top Celebrity Crushes

I’m doing this list because I have so many male celebrities that I fangirl and obsess over. This is going to be in no specific order(except the fact that the first person is my ultimate obsession). Also these explanations are going to be quite brief and very fangirly so beware.

Grant Gustin:

Grant Gustin will always and forever be my number one obsession in life. I love him and I obsess over him a lot. Ever since he appeared in Glee, I’ve been in love with him. Sebastian was one of my favourite characters despite the fact that he was crazy and annoying. I then watched everything with him in(except 90210 because I didn’t have the motivation to watch it) and I’m currently watching Arrow so that I can see his episodes and so that I can be prepared for The Flash. Not many people know who Grant is but now that he is going to be playing the lead character in the Flash more people will know him and I’m so happy for him. He deserves all the recognition he gets. Also his face. And his voice. And him in general.

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Darren Criss:

I have loved Darren again ever since he appeared on Glee. I then watched AVPM and fell even more in love with him. Darren is an amazing person who is bloody attractive and can sing amazingly. Have you heard him singing? You really should hear him. He sings amazingly. He is just all round fabulousness.

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Dylan O’Brien:

Now I didn’t realise how fabulous Dylan was until season 3 of teen wolf. I’m not a fan of a buzz cut so when he finally got hair, I was like damnnn! But I always knew he was a fabulous and amazing person. He’s so funny(as shown through his youtube channel). I just love him but now everyone likes him and it’s a bit overwhelming. He’s so bloody adorable though and Stiles is my favourite character.

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Zac Efron:

This one is a given right? Who is not obsessed with him? I’ve been in love with him ever since High School Musical came out. He’s just too damn awesome.

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Andrew Garfield:

I love Spider-Man and I have to admit that when they announced a new one I was a bit wary. But ever since I saw it, I have been in love with the movies and Andrew Garfield. He is fabulous and Garstone is just the cutest. I love his hair as well and I will forever be mourning the loss of it(I REALLY DON’T LIKE BUZZCUTS)

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Ed Westwick:

I am a big fan of Gossip Girl and Chuck Bass is my ultimate babe. I loved him in it. I also love Ed Westwick’s voice. He narrates the Clockwork Prince audiobook so I can hear his voice narrate one of my favourite books so yay!

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Alexander Vlahos:

I’m a big Merlin fan and when Alexander Vlahos appeared in series 5, I fell in love. So when I realised that this will be the only season he would be in, I became sad. He is incredibly cute and an amazing actor.

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Daniel Sharman:

Isaac was my second favourite character in Teen Wolf, behind Stiles. Daniel Sharman is just so amazing and funny and cute. I’m sad that he isn’t in Teen Wolf anymore because I honestly do really like him. He also narrates the Clockwork Princess audiobook so I can hear even more of his beautiful voice!

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Benedict Cumberbatch:

I think this is another self explanatory one. I think anyone who watches Sherlock is in love with Benedict Cumberbatch. He is absolutely fabulous obviously and his voice is beautiful.

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There are quite a few others such as Robert Sheehan, Chris Colfer and Shane West but these are the main few that I obsess over a lot. I think this post just shows that I really can’t explain my love for my favourite celebrities very well.I apologize for my lack of explanation. I just love them all so much and it’s hard to explain why.Nevertheless, I loved doing this and I’m trying out putting gifs into my posts. I think I like putting gifs in because I’ve always loved them. I’ll see you guys soon with another post.

Sofia

 

 

On The Fence by Kasie West

Hey. So yesterday after finishing Just One Day by Gayle Forman(which will not be getting it’s own review because I didn’t enjoy this and I found it boring but I’ll talk about that in my July wrap up) I sat down and started reading On the Fence by Kasie West, which just came out at the beginning of July. I read it all in one sitting which isn’t something I usually do. I didn’t love this book just because it is just another fun fluffy contemporary read(which I love) so it didn’t make me think. If you don’t know what this book is about here’s the synopsis for you:

She’s a tomboy. He’s the boy next door..

Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange world. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the fence between their yards. As she grows to depend on their nightly Fence Chats, she realizes she’s got a bigger problem than speeding tickets- she’s falling for Braden. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

Now I went into this book not knowing what it’s about but only knowing that it was a cute contemporary and that Kasie West had written it. I do really enjoy Kasie West’s writing and I’m excited for more books by her hopefully. As soon as Braden was introduced, I knew that he was the love interest. The whole book was generally predictable with her becoming girly and catching another guy’s interest making the other guy feel jealous but I still really enjoyed this book.

Charlie herself was quite interesting. She did remind me a lot of Jordan from Catching Jordan. I am not very sporty so it was intriguing to read in the perspective of a sporty girl. Charlie had a very intriguing family. She has three brothers and a dad but her mum passed away and this made it interesting to see how her family react to her becoming girly. I did really enjoy the aspect of this book about the mother because I was intrigued to find out what happened and how this affected Charlie. Braden himself was another charming love interest. I didn’t fall in love with him but I did really like him.

I’m not really sure what else to say about this book because it was just a cute fun contemporary. I love reading fun romances but I can never write a review for them because I don’t have much to say about them. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars because I did really enjoy it, a lot more compared to her other contemporary The Distance Between Us. I do recommend this book if you enjoy fun romances. Thank you for reading and see you soon with another post, hopefully another review but slightly longer.

Sofia

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Hey! So Landline came out in the UK on Thursday and I was told that I’d have to wait until next week for Amazon to deliver it but it came! On the day as well! I, of course, wanted to read it on the day but alas I was busy but I ended up reading most of it yesterday and finishing all of it today and I’m in love with it. If you don’t know what Landline is, it is Rainbow Rowell’s new adult book so of course I was excited because Rainbow Rowell! Here’s the synopsis of it if you haven’t heard of it:

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

Now if you’re interested in listening to the audiobook rather than reading the book, here is a chapter samplar for you courtesy of Macmillan Audio. Thank you very much for this audio sample.

This book was absolutely fabulous and I, of course, gave it 5 out of 5 stars. If you haven’t read it, I strongly suggest you do. And if you haven’t read a Rainbow Rowell novel, what are you doing with your life? I’m not sure where this goes on my ranking of Rainbow Rowell novels but it’s definitely below Fangirl and Eleanor and Park but I’m not sure if I prefer Landline or Attachments. At the moment, I prefer Landline but I think that’s because I just finished it. Now I’m going to jump into my spoilery review so if you haven’t read it, go read it and then come back.

Q&A with Sophie Davis

Hey! Recently, I read the whole of the Talented saga by Sophie Davis in less than a week and let’s just say I got a little obsessed. Sophie Davis had sent me a copy of Talented for review(click here for my review) and then I automatically went and got the rest of my kindle and read them all. I then emailed Sophie and told her that I loved her books and that I was interested in doing a short Q&A with her for the blog. Surprisingly, she agreed! Now I had to think of some questions but since I had never done this before, I ended up coming up with the generic questions but honestly, I was interested in her responses to the questions. I’m not a very creative and original person so I had to go with the generic questions. I loved Talented very much but you can’t buy a physical copy within the UK. However if you have a kindle or a device to read kindle books on, Talented is free! Definitely go check it out. If you don’t know what it’s about here’s the goodreads summary for you:

Block it out. Impossible for Talia Lyons. When you’re a Mind Manipulator, it’s hard enough to block the thoughts of others, let alone your own.

Block it out. The pounding, siren-ready world Talia inhabits as she trains with her fellow Hunters, the country’s top-secret covert operatives. The physical demands. The emotional toll.

Block it out. The secrets that Talia’s boyfriend is hiding. Talia’s unbidden feelings of frustration and annoyance toward her teammate, the Casanova of the compound. The wondering why she cares what he thinks.

Block him out. Ian Crane. The man behind the bloodshed marring Talia’s memories of her murdered parents. The man she’s determined to kill.

Block it all out. Focus.

Talented is an emotionally raw Dystopian Romance, about the life of a girl with extraordinary psychic powers, and what happens when a heart is torn between love and rage.

So without any more waffling from me, I present to you my very short Q&A with Sophie Davis, the author of the Talented saga.

What was your inspiration to get into writing?

 Hmmm, well, let’s see.  I have been making up stories in my head for as long as I can remember.  I used to be an avid runner, and would pass the time on long runs by telling myself stories.  Each run, I’d pick up the story where I left off the last time.  Sometimes I’d start the story over, sort of revising as I went.  But I didn’t actually try to write one of my stories down until I met a work friend who is really into writing.  I started reading her stories and providing feedback, which gave me the idea to give writing a try.  There were a lot of false starts, but eventually, Talented, was finished.

 Any tips for aspiring authors?

 Write every chance you get.  Just like with anything else, the more you practice, the better you will become.

 How did you get the ideas for this unique world?

 The idea for the Talented world came while I was studying for the bar exam just after law school.  I was staying with my parents in the boonies and the only non-studying time I had was during my runs.  I was so overwhelmed that I started to think how much better life would be if I could just read the minds of the smarter students around me.  It all sort of snowballed from there.  By the end of that summer I had the overall storyline for Talented Saga mapped out.  It would take me another three years to actually write the first draft.

Your book centers around people with Talents and they are basically like superheroes. Do you have a favourite superhero?

Favorite superhero….that’s a hard one.  Do the Incredibles count?  I LOVE that movie.

 Do your characters reflect a bit of you in them? Are you more like Erik or Talia or any of your other characters?

 A little bit.  Talia physically resembles me in some aspects.  I, too, am pretty short and have brown hair that I sometimes wear curly.  When I was a teenager, I was a lot like Talia in the act-first-ask-questions-later respect.

 What is your favourite part about being a writer?

 The work wardrobe.  I live in pajamas and yoga pants!

 Do you have a specific area where you love to write?

 I have a large desktop computer where I do most of my writing.  But I do love sitting outside to write.  It helps me block out distractions like my dogs, the overflowing hamper of dirty laundry, and the dishwasher that needs to be emptied.

 Your Talented series contains a lot of romantic scenes, are these easy or difficult to write?

 The romantic scenes are usually pretty easy to write, but extremely hard to revise/edit.  It’s sort of strange reading back through those scenes to make sure they aren’t too steamy or too boring but just the right amount.

 Your book also contains a lot of violence, do you prefer to write violence scenes or romantic scenes?

 It depends what type of mood I’m in.  The fighting scenes are usually easier to come up with since I think a lot about them while I run, when my adrenaline is going.  Both the fighting and the romance scenes are fun to write, though, since they are the most interesting to read.

What is your favourite YA book?

 My favorite YA book is the Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler.

And finally, for a little bit of fun, who would you marry, who would you kiss and who would you throw off of a cliff: Erik, Donavon or Henri?

I’d definitely marry Erik, kiss Henri, and throw Donavon off of a cliff .

 

Thank you all for reading and thank you to Sophie Davis for agreeing to do this Q&A for my blog! Make sure you all go check out Talented because it is absolutely fabulous. See you guys soon with another post.

Sofia

 

June Wrap Up

Hey. I told you to look out for another post soon and here it is! It’s the end of June which means that I have an excuse to make a post. I made an April wrap up but I was so busy at the end of May with exams that I didn’t do a May wrap up but here I am doing a June wrap up. This month I read 14 books and I’m currently on my 15th book. Since I read quite a lot, I won’t be giving a summary and my opinion of them will be very short. Let’s get started.

The first book I finished this month was Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. I started this book back in April and I was so excited for it. I got about 60% through this book but it just became slightly boring and repetitive so I didn’t put it down until one night in June when I just decided that I was going to finish this book. I finished it all that night. I found the book really interesting because it combined two things I loved: Greek mythology and Beauty and The Beast. However, this book was missing something for me. I just couldn’t get into it or love it so I gave it 3 out of 5 stars. I did absolutely adore the ending though so it’s more like a 3.75 stars out of 5.

The second book I read this month was Never Ending by Martyn Bedford. I got this book for review from YABirmingham and I absolutely loved it. It wasn’t like what I normally read at all yet I got addicted. I would say a lot more but I wrote a whole review on it so click here to read about my whole opinion on the book. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars but it would be leaning more towards 5 stars. Let’s say 4.75 stars.

The next book I read this month was If I Stay by Gayle Forman. I didn’t write a review of this book because I didn’t find that there was much to write a review about. I loved it so much and I can’t wait for the movie.  Mia was a great protagonist and I fell slightly in love with Adam. I gave this book 5 stars.

The next book I read was The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman. I got this book for review from Headline. This was my first Neil Gaiman novel but I don’t think it really counts as being fully exposed to his writing as it is a graphic novel. I did enjoy it but it was slightly weird. Click here to see my full review. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.

The next book I read this month was Boy21 by Matthew Quick. This was my second Matthew Quick novel and I got this from Headline for review. I did absolutely adore this book but not as much as Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. Click here to see my full review of this book. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars but  it will be more like 4.5 stars.

The next book I read was Where She Went by Gayle Forman, the sequel to If I Stay. I also did not write a review for this book because I didn’t know what to write about. I did enjoy this less than If I Stay but I did still enjoy it. The reason I enjoyed it less was probably because of the way that Adam was presented. I did however love the ending so this bumped it up to a 4 out of 5 stars.

I then read the whole Talented saga by Sophie Davis which consists of Talented, Caged, Hunted, Captivated( A Novella) and Created. I read this series so quickly that they all melded into one slightly. I can’t remember what happened in each book individually because I read it so quickly. I loved this series and when I finished the last one, I felt very upset since it was all over. I loved Talia and Erik as characters, especially Erik. The plot was amazing and it kept me reading. It was very action-packed. The world was very unique. I did write a review of the first book, which the author sent me for review, so click here to see it. Even though I know the writing wasn’t the best, I still loved them so all of the books got 5 out of 5 stars from me.

I then read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.  I was going to write a review for this book but I just couldn’t write a non-spoilery review.  During this book, I didn’t love it. It wasn’t the best thing I had ever read because it was really confusing. Some of the metaphors confused me so much. I thought something was actually happening when it wasn’t. The main character was also very dramatic. However, that ending was just so shocking. I sat there and just stared at the kindle for a while because I couldn’t believe I had just read that. I did end up really liking the book but it wasn’t the best so it got a 3.75 stars out of 5 for me.

The next book I read was definitely my favourite of the whole month and possibly the whole year and that was Solitaire by Alice Oseman. This book was honestly perfection. I got this for review from HarperCollins and I just fell in love with the book. I wrote a whole review in the form of a list with reasons for why you should read it, so click here to go read it. This was one of those books where I love it so much that it’s hard to write a review for it since I loved it so much. Of course this book got a big 5 out of 5 stars from me.

The final book I finished this month was Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman. I have yet to write a review for this book and I don’t think I will because I’m not sure how I feel about this book. It was interesting and it dealt with a lot of serious issues but I just didn’t enjoy it as a book. I did like so that’s why I gave it 3 out of 5 stars but I just found the writing style to be slightly boring. I did however give this book 3 stars because of the plot and the characters but it was the writing that stopped me from giving it anything higher.

Monthly wrap up:

Favourite book: Solitaire by Alice Oseman

Books at each star rating level:

1 star: 0 books

2 stars: 0 books

3 stars:  4 books

4 stars: 3 books

5 stars: 7 books

 

That’s all the books I finished this month. I’m currently reading Just One Day by Gayle Forman but I don’t think I’ll finish it by the end of the month. However, I need to finish it before Thursday because that’s when Landline is officially coming out so obviously I’m going to be reading that. I think I had a good reading month because I loved most of the books I read. I didn’t hate any of them which is always a good thing! I’ll see you soon with another post, hopefully with a review because I need to write more reviews.

Sofia.

 

June Book Haul

Hey. Today, I just felt like blogging but I was lost for what to blog about. I then remembered that it’s the end of the month so I could do a mini June book haul. Let’s get started.

This month I got 11 books, only 3 of which I bought (actually that’s a lie. I bought none of them. My mother bought me 3 and the rest I got for free). The first book I bought was Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. I have of course already read this book. I read this back in November and I loved it obviously. But since Rainbow Rowell is coming to Birmingham and I’m going to her signing, I thought I should actually buy a physical copy of Attachments so I can get it signed.

The second book I bought was Double Cross by Malorie Blackman. I haven’t started the Noughts and Crosses series but I now own the first and final book in this series. I want to own them all and then marathon them. Plus I found this book at a sale for only 50p for a hardback! The third book I bought, which I also got for 50p at the same sale, was The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I have seen the movie of this and it almost made me cry so of course I want to read the book.

The next 5 books I recieved from YABirmingham for various reasons. These guys are just the best so check them out. The first 3 books I recieved because at their John Green Fan Party, my raffle tickets got picked out 3 times but I had already got the prizes because I had won the quiz. They then let me choose three books from their cupboard to make up for it. The first one I picked up was Popular by Maya Van Wagenen. After watching Christine’s video, I had been intrigued by this book so of course I picked it up. I then picked up Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I had heard of this book previously and the synopsis intrigued me so I picked it up. The final book I picked up was Shattered by Teri Terry. This is the final book in a trilogy in which I haven’t even read the first book but it sounded interesting. The next book I got because it was in the goody bag at their party and that book is Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. I have yet to read this book but I will. The final book I got from them was Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman. I won this book in a giveaway that they held and it’s signed! I just finished this book and it was weird yet good. I’m not sure how I feel about it.

The final three books I got for review. The first one was Solitaire by Alice Oseman which the lovely people over at HarperCollins sent to me. I’ve already read and reviewed this book so click here to go see it. I loved this book so much. The final two books I recieved from Headline via BookBridgr so thank you Headline! I’ve already read and reviewed both of this. The first one is Boy21 by Matthew Quick. I loved this book and if you want to know more about my thoughts on it, click here to see my review. The final book in this mini book haul is The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman. This book was intriguing but odd. Click here to see my full review of it.

I did get loads of books on my kindle but I’m not including those because it will make me feel bad for buying so many for my kindle. Thank you for reading and since I’m in a blogging mood, stay tuned for possibly another post later this week.

Sofia

25 Facts About Me tag

Hey. Yesterday I was looking at my blog and I realised that I had only ever written one personal post that isn’t book related or TV related so I tried to find some sort of personal post to make. I then was watching some BookTube videos (as always) and I came across this tag so I thought I’d be fun to do it. I may not be able to find 25 facts but hey let’s try. Hopefully, you can all get to know me a bit more. So let’s go.

1. I’m a Muslim.

2. I’m 15.

3. My birthday is 16th January.

4. I go to an all girls grammar school but if you read my Solitaire review, then you’d know that.

5. I moved schools in year 8. I used to go to a comprehensive school but it just wasn’t for me.

6. I have a weird phobia of ducks. I hate them so much and it’s not just because of Will Herondale that I hate them. I actually do full on hate them.

7. I also hate escalators. I hate how they move for you. I’d much rather take the stairs.

8. I also hate crisps. They are just horrendous. They smell terrible and I hate the way they crunch. *shudder*

9. Ever since year 7, I’ve always said my favourite movie is A Walk To Remember. I still love it but I’m not sure if it’s my favourite. I’m not sure what my favourite would be.

10. My favourite TV show of all time is always going to be Friends. I adore that show.

11. My favourite band is probably The All American Rejects or Imagine Dragons.

12. I love Lea Michele. Her album is my favourite album at the moment.

13. I have an obsession with Grant Gustin. He will always and forever be my number one obsession.

Grant Gustin = Too perfect for life.
Grant Gustin = Too perfect for life.

14. I love muscials. I’m not the biggest fan of them and I haven’t seen most of them but I still love them.

15. My favourite musical is either Legally Blonde: The Musical, A Very Potter Musical or The Phantom of The Opera.

16. I haven’t seen The Lion King.

17. My favourite Disney movie is either Beauty and The Beast or Tangled.

18. However, my favourite Disney princess is either Snow White or Belle. I love Snow White but I don’t love the movie(I like it but not as much as Tangled).

19. My favourite superhero is either Flash or Spider-Man.

20. I love to bake. I absolutely love baking cakes.

21. I love to watch BookTube videos as stated in my introduction. My favourite booktubers are Christine(PolandBananasBOOKS), Kat(Katytastic) and Regan(PeruseProject) but I love them all.

22. My favourite song and the most played song on my iPod is So Close by Jon McLaughlin which is the song used in the ballroom scene in Enchanted.

23. I had a weird Sterling Knight obsession when I was younger. I loved Sonny With A Chance and Starstruck.

24. I love High School Musical. Not even going to lie, I own all the movies, a t-shirt, a flag and a cap.

25. I hate cheese but I love pizza.

That’s my 25 facts. I can’t believe I actually thought of 25. Don’t hate me after learning some of them.  I tag my awesome best friends Priya, Makayla, Ambi and Veena. I’m intrigued to see what your facts are.

Sofia.

 

 

 

 

 

Solitaire by Alice Oseman

Hey. Last week the lovely people over at HarperCollins were nice enough to send me a proof copy of Solitaire by Alice Oseman and I was so excited! Ever since reading YABirmingham’s review of it, I have wanted to read this book and I was so glad that they sent it to me. I started the book Monday night and by Tuesday night I was finished because it was just so good. This book comes out the 31st July and I really think you guys should get it when it comes out because it is one of my new favourites. If you don’t know what the book is about, here’s the blurb:

In case you’re wondering, this is not a love story.

My name is Tori Spring. I like to sleep and I like to blog. Last year – before all that stuff with Charlie and before I had to face the harsh realities of A-Levels and university applications and the fact that one day I really will have to start talking to people – I had friends. Things were very different, I guess, but that’s all over now.

Now there’s Solitaire. And Michael Holden.

I don’t know what Solitaire are trying to do, and I don’t care about Michael Holden.

I really don’t.

So, as I have nothing at all to say that is bad about this book here is my review in the form of a list as to why you should most definitely be looking forward to this book:

  • The protagonist, Tori Springs is so relatable. I say this about a lot of female protagonists but Tori is definitely the second most relatable character I’ve come across, behind Cath from Fangirl of course. Tori is a pessmist and she generally hates everyone. Honestly, I dislike quite a lot of girls in my school but I don’t openly say it like some others. Tori also has a blog where she can be her true self and apparently I also have a blog. Also since Alice Oseman is British, she has written a book set in Britain and it’s so weird to see terms I recognize in it. Tori goes to a grammar school and I, coincidentally, also go to a grammar school! The way she talked about how the school is like just reminded me so much of my own school and it was shocking. Alice Oseman also includes school terms that I am used to hearing in school, such has C2 and PEE paragraphs(those things will be the death of me). This made the book very relatable for me because I knew what Tori was talking about.
  • There is a mystery element to the book. Throughout the whole book you are trying to guess who is behind this mysterious ‘Solitaire’ and what they are doing exactly. Even though, I guessed who was behind it pretty early on, I still loved this aspect because even though I thought I was pretty certain, I was still second guessing myself.
  • There is a large amount of fandom references. The first chapter has an argument about Drarry and Snily which I loved since I am a Drarry shipper myself! There are references to other fandoms and other ships such as Johnlock, Merthur and Klaine. As I am part of all of these fandoms, I loved this part of the book because it meant that I knew what they were talking about! Usually in books, when they discuss things, they are discussing TV shows I haven’t watched or books I haven’t read so I’m always confused but in this one I understood most of them(except when they talked about Pride and Prejudice.)
  • This book is not focused on romance. This book focuses on Tori and her growth as a person. You see her interact with other people and struggle to make friends but it is not focused on romance. The book mainly is just about Tori having to open herself up to people and to discover how being friends with someone works and I loved that.
  • All the side characters are absolutely fabulous. Becky, Charlie, Michael, Nick and Lucas especially. They all have their own little stories and problems but these aren’t just side plots. They are developed well, even though we are reading from Tori’s perspective. My favourites were definitely Charlie and Michael. Charlie’s story had me gripped and I found myself obsessing over him and how strong he is. Michael was a great character because he was different. He was a bit wacky and crazy but I loved him because of that.

I honestly can’t recommend this book enough. It was one of my new favourites of the year and one of my new favourites of all time! This book is out on the 31st July and Alice Oseman is actually holding her launch party for this book in Birmingham and I’m so excited to go. It’s going to be amazing, so if you live near Birmingham click here for more details about it.  I strongly suggest that you all go get this book when it comes out because I can already predict that this book is going to be huge! Thank you to Alice Oseman and HarperCollins for sending this book to me!

Also check out Alice’s blog and Alice’s twitter.

Thank you for reading and GO PREORDER THIS BOOK!

Sofia.

P.S. I forgot to mention that I obviously gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. It’s a bit obvious I did but I didn’t technically say that I did so here is me saying that I did.