Completed Series: Part 2

Yesterday I made a post about some of my completed series and here I am with the follow up post. Click here to go to the first post. This post consists of all the series that I finished in 2014(which is actually quite a lot!) and this year as well.

Completed Series: Part 1

I decided today that I’d make a post of my completed series because I find these posts interesting to read.I decided to split this post up into two parts so that it wouldn’t be too long. I won’t talk about each one in a lot of detail because then this post would be really long but I will talk about my overall opinion of the series. These will be ordered in chronological order from the first series I completed to the latest series I completed and it will only include series where all the books have been released(excluding companion novels).

Top Ten All Time Favourite Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a Weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

This topic is so hard because as you probably already know, I have many favourite books! It was really hard to narrow it down to just 10 and I know that I’ll probably kick myself for not including a certain book but I got it down to 10 somehow.

September Book Haul

So we’re near the end of September and I’m pretty sure that I won’t buy any more books this month so I’m here today bringing you my September book haul. I thought I didn’t get that many books this month but I ended up getting 9 physical books. I got two books that I won in a giveaway, I got 1 book for review and I bought 6(even though I told myself I’d only buy two).

The first book I technically received at the end of August but because I was on holiday, I didn’t actually open the package until September and that book was Tape by Steven Camden. I won this in a giveaway on twitter at the beginning of August but because it was being held by Harper360, I had to wait for them to send it from America but it finally came and I’m so excited to read it. It sounds odd yet amazing and I want to read it soon but I don’t know when I will be able to read it. So thank you to Harper360 for sending me this book. The other book that I won this month was Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. I opened the package and I spent about an hour trying to figure out where it came from but then I remembered that I had entered a giveaway for it a while ago and somehow I had won. I actually got this book on netgalley and I started reading it around June/July but I just couldn’t get through it. It wasn’t boring or anything, I just wasn’t in the mood for it. However now that I actually own the book, I might pick it up again soon since it is highly recommended.

The book I got for review this month was A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall. I got this from the lovely people over at YABirmingham, so thank you very much! I’ve already devoured this book and it was fabulous. It was so great and you guys should definitely go pick it up because it’s such a unique romance story. This is actually the first book to be published by SwoonReads which is an amazing website where you can read various manuscripts and vote on which ones you want to get published. You can also upload your manuscript onto the site and have it reviewed and maybe even considered to be published one day so you should all definitely go check their site out. I also wrote a review for A Little Something Different so if you want to read it, click here.

So earlier this month, I went to ASDA with my mum and of course, I had to go to the book section. While the book section is limited there, they do have a lot of very popular books at great prices. The first one I found was If I Stay by Gayle Forman. I’ve been looking for this book at a cheap price for such a long time because I absolutely adored the book. I also wanted the movie cover because the movie cover is beautiful so when I saw it in ASDA for ridiculously cheap, I had to buy it. While I was there I also saw The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. Now I own all of Cassandra Clare’s books and I did want to buy this book but I was a bit hesitant. However, when I saw it in ASDA for a relatively cheap price I decided to just go for it and buy it. Hopefully, I’ll read it soon and I’ll like it.

I then went shopping with my family later on in the month and I went out to buy one book and that was Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas. I  got this on my kindle on the day it came out and I read it but I had to buy the physical book. I own the rest of the series and I just needed to get the third one. Heir of Fire was my favourite book out of one of my favourite series’ so of course I had to own it. It is also stunningly beautiful. The UK editions are stunning and I applaud the cover designers. If they ever re-do the covers, I may just have to hunt them down. Of course I didn’t end up coming home with just one book. I saw The Death Cure by James Dashner in WHSmith and while this wasn’t one of my favourite books, I  had to buy it there and then because within the last year, they’ve re-done the UK covers for The Maze Runner trilogy and I had the first two in the original cover design but I was really struggling to find the last one in the same cover design. So when I saw it, I couldn’t pass it up because it might not be there ever again. The book was also on buy one get one for £1 so I had to buy another book, of course. I ended up picking up The Jewel by Amy Ewing because everyone is raving about this book and it sounds amazing. I’m hoping to read it sometime soon.

The final book I bought this month was The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey. I again downloaded this on my kindle the day of its release but I had to buy the physical book at the next available chance I had. While I didn’t love the book as much as I loved The Fifth Wave, it was still interesting so I did want to own my own copy of it.

That’s all the books I got this month and I think I won’t be getting as much in October. I’ll see you soon with another post.

Sofia

July Book Haul

So today I thought I’d post my July book haul since it is the end of the month! It’s a very small one compared to others because I only got 12 books.This month I bought 5 books on my own, received 4 for review and my mother bought me 3 as well. Let’s just get started.

The first book I got at the start of this month is Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I, of course, pre-ordered this book from Amazon expecting it to arrive days after the release but it arrived on the day which I was incredibly happy about! I have of course read this book and have reviewed it, so click here if you are interested in reading it.  If we carry on that trend, the next two books I got were also by Rainbow Rowell and they were the special UK editions of Fangirl and Eleanor and Park. My mother bought me these and I was so happy when I got them. The UK special edition of Fangirl is probably the most beautiful book I have ever seen before in my life. I love it so much. I now own two copies of both of these books but I don’t mind because I love them both so dearly.

This month I got two books from the lovely YABirmingham group which I am eternally grateful for. I probably say this so much but I love them so much and I would like to thank them for everything they’ve done for me. Definitely go check them out(they have some amazing events coming soon). This month they gave me a beautiful finished hardcover copy of Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis which I have already read, loved and reviewed so click here to go read my review of it. They also kindly gave me a proof copy of the sequel, In A Handful of Dust which doesn’t come out until September. I haven’t read this one yet because I’ve been quite busy recently, however I shall be picking it up very soon and writing a review.

I only got two books via Bookbridgr this month. I’ve requested 5 this month yet only this two has arrived. Hopefully, the others should be arriving soon. The one I got was The Book Of Life by Deborah Harkness, which is the final book in the All Souls trilogy. As soon as I requested this one I regretted it because I haven’t read the first two in the trilogy and while they seemed interesting at first, they have become less interesting over time. However, I have got the other two on my kindle so I shall hopefully be reading this trilogy at one point! I did however feel really bad after requesting it and I wish there was some way that I could have cancelled my request. The other book I got was Conquest by Jennifer Ridyard  and John Connolly. I had never heard of this book before seeing it but after reading the synopsis I got hooked. I shall definitely be reading this soon. This book doesn’t come out until late August so hopefully I shall read it before it’s release.

I got three books from the Works from when I went shopping earlier this week. If you are unaware about what the Works is, it is this UK based store that sells a whole range of things at ridiculously low prices. The books are always 3 for £5 or £1.99 each which is ridiculously cheap. Usually they don’t have a good range, but they get new stock every few weeks and they sometimes have some good books. However, if you see a book in the Works, it is recommended you buy it there and then because once they sell out of that particular book, they don’t restock it. I learnt that the hard way with the Delirium trilogy! However this month I got The 100 by Kass Morgan. The TV series recently started in the UK and there has been a lot of buzz about it recently. I really want to watch the TV series but I feel like reading the book first especially since it is a stand alone and it probably won’t take me that long to read. I also got A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I have been wanting to read more classics and the Works have a whole classics section with matching covers so I thought I’d buy one of those. I chose this one particularly because this book is talked about quite often in YA novels and I never know what they are talking about so I wanted to read it. The final book I got that day was a bind up of The Hound of the Baskervilles and the Valley of Fear both by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I got this because next year for my English GCSE, we have to read The Hound of the Baskervilles but I thought I’d get a headstart and start reading it this summer.

Yesterday while at Waterstones, I decided to buy two books that I’ve wanted for a while. I finally bought a physical copy of Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. This is one of my favourite books so of course I’ve been dying to get a physical copy. I was also planning on buying a physical copy of Anna and the French Kiss but they didn’t have any. Hopefully when I buy Isla, I shall also buy a copy of Anna as well so that I can own the whole series. I then bought the  Clockwork Princess Manga. I own the other two in Manga form and I have read them and loved them so I can’t wait to dive into this one. However I am not looking forward to reading certain scenes and actually seeing them as well.

So that’s all the physical books I got this month. As always, I got many books on my kindle but again that list would be too long to share with you and it would make me feel guilty for getting so many! See you soon with another post.

Sofia

 

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Yes, it’s a review for City of Heavenly Fire. The book is finally here. I’ve waited so long for this day and I’ve read it all. I have so much to say about this book and honestly I can’t write a non-spoilery review for this book because I need to discuss everything in this book. So if you haven’t read the whole Mortal Instruments series and the whole Infernal Devices trilogy, here’s where you leave. But seriously read Cassandra Clares’ books because they are absolutely fabulous and they improve a lot. Don’t give up after City of Bones, they improved so much. Now go if you haven’t read it because so many spoilers. This review is going to be all over the place because there is so much to talk about.

Top 10 Influential Books Tag

Hey! I haven’t posted a book related thing in a while(well it seems that way to me) so I thought I’d do the Top 10 Influential Books Tag. This is a tag that has been going around the booktube for a while and it looked interesting. In the original version, you aren’t meant to explain why these books are influential to you but I thought I’d give you a brief explanation. These are in no particular order.

Cloud BustingMalorie Blackman:

This book was the one that really sparked my interest in books. This is a short book and every chapter is a poem and honestly if I read it now, it would take me about half an hour but I loved it so much. It made me see friendships in a different light and it affected me so much because without it, I probably wouldn’t have seen how important friendship is.

Harry Potter series- J.K. Rowling:

I think most readers my age would include this on their list because it was the series of our generation. Honestly without this series, I wouldn’t have been friends with any of my main friends now and I wouldn’t have started reading again properly. I have a lot to thank to J.K. Rowling and this series but I won’t bore you with those now.

The Hunger Games trilogy- Suzanne Collins:

Even thought Harry Potter got me back into reading, The Hunger Games got me into YA books and without YA, I don’t know what my life would be like. This series was the first series I read quickly. I read the whole first book in one night and I will always remember how much I loved this series the first time.

Divergent trilogy- Veronica Roth:

Even though the Hunger Games got me into reading YA, it lead me onto Divergent which was another series I devoured quickly. This series has so many morals in it and this is the series that got me into obsessively reading and I will always be eternally grateful.

The Mortal Instruments series- Cassandra Clare:

This series is the series that got me into watching Booktube videos and which then lead me on to creating this blog. I must admit, it’s not the best series out there but I love it and it’s again another series I devoured quickly.

The Infernal Devices trilogy- Cassandra Clare:

This is my favourite series of all time. I could again make a whole other post about this series and I might in the future. The amount of morals in this series is crazy. This is the first series that I extremely fangirled over and it lead me to where I am now. I can’t thank this series enough for what it has done to me.

The Fault In Our StarsJohn Green:

Everyone who has read this book will know how influential this book is. This taught me so much about love and friendship and just life in general. In fact my friend wrote a blog post about The Fault In Our Stars and about why she loved it and I agree with everything she said, so click here to read it.

FangirlRainbow Rowell:

Honestly I talk about this book so much. If you want to know more about why I love this book, click here to go see my review of it. Mainly this book taught me that it is okay to be who I am because there will always be people there who will love me no matter what.

Eleanor and ParkRainbow Rowell:

As well as TFIOS, this book also taught me about love and also about how hard life can get. Even though life can get hard, there will always be someone there to help you and they can make all the difference in the world.

The Perks of Being A WallflowerStephen Chobsky:

This is another book that taught me about how hard life can get and that having people there can make a huge difference. Honestly, this book changed my opinion about so much. I can’t even explain how much I love this book.

The explanations are very brief because it’s hard to explain why a book changes you.  I love reading and I think these books are the reason why I am who I am today. I tag Priya to do this tag.

-S