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

YABirmingham’s John Green Fanparty

Hey! I’m at home, recovering from my amazing and fabulous weekend that I spent with all my awesome friends. We all slept over at one friend’s house after a very amazing Saturday night. I’m not going to talk about my time with my friends but instead I’m going to talk in detail about Saturday night.

First, after meeting one of my old friends, I went down to Waterstones to meet up with my friends: Veena, Priya, Ambi, Makayla, Asmaa and Hadia. We were just hanging out in there before going to eat when Priya and Ambi found a leaflet with a list of all the upcoming events at Waterstones. Now we are all very regular customers at Waterstones and some of us are also part of their reviewer team at YABirmingham(Definitely go check them out, they are fabulous) and they had hinted that they were announcing three exciting new events tonight. We were all excited to find out what it was so when we found this leaflet we all started squealing slightly. The first exciting event was the launch party for Alice Oseman’s Solitaire(which I received this week from HarperCollins). We were all very excited because we all wanted to read Solitaire(I’m actually starting it today!) and had talked to Alice before on twitter and she was freaking amazing. The next event was a signing with the ever so amazing Lauren Oliver! I’m a big fan of Lauren Oliver and I love all of her books(well at least the ones I’ve read) and I’m so excited to meet her. If you’re interested click here to see my review of Panic and click here for my amazing friend Ambi’s review of Delirium. The final event on the leaflet was for their Maze Runner fan party! They had had three fan parties previously(City of Bones, Divergent and City of Heavenly Fire) and we were there on that night for their fourth one which was for The Fault In Our Stars. I would like to go to all their fan parties because I enjoy them all so much! We immediately bought tickets for all three events and went to eat, already buzzing with excitement.

We then went to the party and met some of our twitter friends(Zarin, Madi, Charli and Maryam)and formed the super TFIOS team quiz of “The Hectic Glow”. We all sat down to do the quiz which we were all excited about and wanted to win badly. We had allocated chapters to everyone and made sure that we all knew our trivia. We ended up getting 19 out of 20 and we were scared that someone would get full marks but we won! We honestly started screaming and jumping up and down a bit with excitement. We were so nervous we wouldn’t win because we all started arguing about the French of Hazel’s pipe t-shirt and what the correct grammar was but we didn’t need it and thanks to Priya, we got that question right. We won fabulous t-shirts, a poster SIGNED by John and Hank Green and various other little goodies. We then went downstairs and all of us were handed amazing goodie bags with 2 free books in them, including Will Grayson, Will Grayson! Next was the time for book browsing(as all books were on buy one,get one half price) and raffle ticket buying! At all of these events I had always spent around £7 on raffle tickets and never won. This time I told myself I wouldn’t spend that much but this time the raffle tickets were half the price so I still spent £7…. When it came to the raffle, my raffle tickets were picked out three times! I was so shocked but I had already got the prizes due to winning the quiz. Because of this, the kind worker took us to the cupboard and she let me pick out three books in exchange. I ended up getting Shattered, Code Name Verity and Popular. After that sadly the event was over but we were all so hyper.

Honestly, if you live in Birmingham you should definitely check these parties out as they are only £1 to get a ticket yet they are just so much fun!  At the first ever party, I just stood around and didn’t talk to anyone whereas at this one I talked to so many people and got to know everyone. Honestly, these parties have made me more confident as a person and I have YABirmingham to thank for that. Honestly thank you Gem and Bex and everyone who is involved in organising these events. If you are reading this, I want you to know how much these parties and your blog have changed me and made me a happier and confident person! I’m so happy that you’re getting people to realise that Birmingham is the second biggest city in the UK because we always get missed out! I’m so excited for the future now for YA and for Birmingham. Thank you. If you are interested in checking them out, click here to go their blog and here to go to their twitter.  Also click here to check out the details about the three upcoming events that they are having.

Thank you for reading,

Sofia.

This is all of us in the fabulous t-shirts that we won. Unfortunately, that's me being awkward and still being on the floor when they took the photo! Damn my short legs!!
This is all of us in the fabulous t-shirts that we won. Unfortunately, that’s me being awkward and still being on the floor when they took the photo! Damn my short legs!!

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