#currently reading – aka help I’m reading five books at the same time and I am not coping

#currentlyreading

So I don’t actually have a review for you this week but something a little different instead. Somehow, over the summer, I’ve started books and I’ve forgotten about books and I got distracted with other books and now my currently reading shelf on Goodreads is a mess.. Literally. SO this week I bring to you some snippets on what I’m reading, how I feel about it and so on. Ahh, where do I even begin?

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Yes! I am finally reading the fourth book in my favourite YA series of all time. I don’t believe this book needs and introduction because of how much buzz all of Sarah J. Maas’ books get so let’s just get into it. (No spoilers!) I am absolutely loving this book, as you can imagine! Sarah J. Maas is a queen herself so I wouldn’t expect anything less from her. It’s absolutely massive compared to the others but I am so so glad that nothing has been rushed. Celeana is kick ass as always and although I am not the biggest fan of the romance right now, it’s not stopping me from enjoying the book or loving her character. HOWEVER, I will say that some of my opinions on the characters have changed and I’m not sure if that’s still going to be the case when I finish it but I’ll definitely be talking more about that in my full review. AHHH SO MUCH IS HAPPENING AND EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!

Jane Eyre by Charlotte BronteJane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Now this is a book I didn’t think I’d read. Ever. I mean, have you seen the size of it? If it’s a fantasy, fine. If it’s a contemporary, great. I love big contemporary novels. But a classic? I had a hard enough time getting through Tess of the D’Urbervilles for my English class, let alone a book that has 100 more pages to it. AHH, BUT DO NOT THREAT, I am audiobooking this baby and I have to say that I fell in love with this story and Jane’s character. I am making slow progress through this one as I only listen to it on my way to and from school but I am about half way through. This book is definitely not what I expected from hearing people talk about it here and there. It’s a very charming story (so far!) and I would recommend it to anyone thinking about giving this one a go, even those of you that look at big classics with small font and cringe (like me).

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver SacksThe Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat by Oliver Sacks

This is not a book I’m likely to review as it’s 100% out of my lane. I’m studying psychology this year and this is a book I’ve picked up for a bit of extra reading. I mean, with a title like that it was hard not to reserve it at the library as soon as I got the chance. As the Goodreads summary says, this book “recounts the case histories of patients lost in the bizarre, apparently inescapable world of neurological disorders.” Now that MIGHT SOUND SCARY AND WEIRD but the couple of cases I’ve read so far have been interesting to say the least. It might be just me being a psychology nerd but I love it and if you have even a vague interest in it, I’d definitely recommend it.

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. MartinA Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

I HAVE A CONFESSION TO MAKE. I got this book for my birthday. My birthday was in February. I really really wanted to read this GIANT of a book before season 5 of the TV show hit the screens. The fact that it’s still on my currently reading list should be raising some red flags. I AM SO ASHAMED. If I’m being honest, I’ve been reading it on and off so it’s not like I’m taking forever, it’s just that I keep forgetting about it. As a massive fan of the HBO show, so I already adored the characters (or at least some of them) before going into this book and in the 350 pages that I have read, I fell in love with George R.R. Martin’s writing style. I do plan on reading all of them, just…maybe…not…yet…

House of Leaves by Mark Z. DanielewskiHouse of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

This was supposed to be a book I would read over the summer but if you ever see this book in real life, you’ll see why I’m having a tough time getting into it. It’s HUGE. It’s so so intimidating and it’s written with loads of footnotes and whatnot. When you flip through its 700 pages you’ll see blank pages and filled pages and pages with writing going down the side and blue text and red text and different fonts too. I’m not far into this horror story yet and I still might not finish it for some while but it’s such a bizarre book I’ll have to get through it. Look out for it next time you’re at the bookstore because it’s worth just seeing how strange it is.

Have you had this problem before? Or are you a strictly one-book-at-a-time kind of person? HOW DO I GET OUT OF THIS MESS? Let me know if you’ve read any of the titles I’ve listed and what you thought of them!
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Happy 1st September Everybody!

To all my Potterheads, to all my fellow Raveclaws and to everyone else going back to Hogwarts:

Happy 1st September!

Oh, gosh, I’m getting nostalgic just thinking about Harry Potter! Yet, this September is not ordinary by any definition. Take a look:
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James Sirius Potter, Harry’s first son, is going to Hogwarts today! I can’t believe it has been eight years since Deathly Hallows and yet the story lives on and the fandom is still going strong. Days like this that remind me just how much Harry Potter means to me and to everybody else in the fandom. AND, days like this remind me how wonderful J.K. Rowling is:

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So… happy 1st September everyone! I’ll see you all on the train! 

Just a quick update!

Happy Monday everyone! I hope this week will be great for all of you. This is just a quick note from me that you can now follow Book Rambles on Bloglovin’! I’ll be using that site a lot more in the coming weeks and months so I’ll definitely recommend everyone to follow Book Rambles over there.

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That’s all! Happy reading!

July ’15 Wrap Up

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I haven’t done a wrap up in so so so long! My last wrap up was before things got a little more hectic with my other commitments which was end of February (Yikes, I know!). But I figured I’d tell you all about what’s happened, what’s going on currently and what’s coming up for me and Book Rambles in general.

Books I read in the month of July…

This whole year I’ve been in a reading slump so the fact that I’ve only read four books and a play this month doesn’t really surprise me at all. Hopefully as the summer goes on I’ll get more into reading and tackle that Goodreads reading challenge. Speaking of challenges…

Reading Challenge Update

Back to the Classics Challenge – so for this challenge I set out to read a classic for every one of the 12 categories… that may not happen. But I’d doing well! Since last time I have read Medea which is a classic play, Northanger Abby by Jane Austen which I will count towards the 19th century category classic and The Time Machine by H.G. Wells which, since English is not my first language, I can count towards the Classic in Translation category. BUT, FEAR NOT I am actually reading Tess of the D’Urbervilles which is a classic! *victory dance*. Once I finish that, I will have 7 out of the 12 under my belt and let’s be real here, for me, that’s pretty good.

Alphabet Soup Challenge – I haven’t been paying much attention to this challenge since I thought I’d read normally for most of the year and then at the end of the year read books with the specific letters that I have left and I would be fine. Right now, I’ve got 14 out of the 26 letters covered which is not that great if I’m being frank. By the time the next month’s wrap up comes along, I’ll be ready with at least 20 letters covered. Yupp. That’s my goal.

New Author Challenge – I’M DOING SO WELL ON THIS ONE! My goal at the beginning of the year was to read 25-new-to-me authors and guess what? I’m on 24 only 7 months in! Someone give me a medal or at least a pat on the back.

TBR Pile Challenge – I’m… not doing too great on this one either. I’ve read one out of the 12 books I listed that I have to read by the end of 2015 but I still think I can do it! One of the books on my list I couldn’t get into so I’ll have to replace that one, I’m in the middle of A Game of Thrones which I’ll be taking on holiday with me along with four other books from that list so hopefully I’ll get back on track with that challenge soon.

Goodreads Challenge – I had to change my goal of 100 books to 75 books because honestly, I didn’t see myself completing that. I am still behind on this challenge but I’m hoping the month of August will fix that.

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Eleanor and Park by Rainbow RowellJuly Favourite

At first I wanted to go with Red Queen because it was one of the best books I’ve read this year but then I decided to go with the book which made me squeal and laugh and want to scream at the ending: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowel. I’ve got a review on this book ready to be posted soon so stay tuned for that but for now I can tell you that this book is filled with fluff and good things but also really serious topics too so, naturally, everyone should go read it!

Most Anticipated August Release

Never date your best friend

Always be original

Sometimes rules are meant to be broken

Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliché high school kids—the ones who sit at the same lunch table every day, dissecting the drama from homeroom and plotting their campaigns for prom king and queen. They even wrote their own Never List of everything they vowed they’d never, ever do in high school.

Some of the rules have been easy to follow, like #5, never die your hair a color of the rainbow, or #7, never hook up with a teacher. But Dave has a secret: he’s broken rule #8, never pine silently after someone for the entirety of high school. It’s either that or break rule #10, never date your best friend. Dave has loved Julia for as long as he can remember.

Julia is beautiful, wild and impetuous. So when she suggests they do every Never on the list, Dave is happy to play along. He even dyes his hair an unfortunate shade of green. It starts as a joke, but then a funny thing happens: Dave and Julia discover that by skipping the clichés, they’ve actually been missing out on high school. And maybe even on love.

Other Stuff I’m Loving

  • I’ve recently become more active in the bookish side of tumblr which was great! I’ve been on tumblr for years and years now (and it, along with Youtube, is the most addictive site on the internet by far) but I’ve never seen the book community that is on it. It’s been great and there are some amazing and creative people on that site! If you want to follow me, you can find my tumblr HERE.
  • Speaking of booklr, I’VE BEEN MAKING EDITS! Some of them aren’t that great some of them I’m really proud of so it really depends how they turn out. I made a new one every weekend to not get too distracted from blogging on here but if you want you can check out my The Book Thief edit HERE and my A Court of Thorns and Roses one HERE. Those ones turned out pretty good actually!
  • MY BOOKSHELF IS OFFICIALLY IN RAINBOW COLOURS! I’ll probably make a post about it sometime soon but it’s so pretty and every times I look at it I want jump around at how gorgeous it looks ahhhh!
  • Green tea. Green tea green tea green tea. ALL THE GREEN TEA. It’s supposed to be very healthy for you and stuff but for me it’s all about the taste OH BOY IS IT GOOD. I’m kind of scared if I’ll normal tea I’d hate it now because green tea is so good you guys, SO GOOOOOD.

So that’s it! I have to say, July wasn’t that eventful. I’m praying that August will be better…

How has your July been? Are you on top of all the challenges you committed to in January? Hopefully you’re doing better than me!

Book Rambles is back!

As you probably noticed, I have been on a bit of a break over the past few months. I’ve had my exams and lots of other deadlines to meet as well so it’s been a little hectic. I’ve also been in a reading slump which absolutely sucks but I think I might be getting over it now but I guess we’ll see. Now that summer has officially begun, I’m ready to bring this baby back.

And not just bringing it back, but bringing it back in STYLE. You can probably tell that the blog got a bit of a makeover so now it looks better, it’s easier to use etc. and I hope you like it as much as I do!

I’ve got a lot of great books to review and a bunch of discussion post ideas so I can’t wait to get back into blogging.

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Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Today’s post is a little different. I got nominated for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award by the wonderful Emalie form Book Gatherer. Go check out her post here. Thank you very much for nominating me! Because of this, today’s post will be a little bit about me.

The Rules:

  1. Thank and link to the person who nominated you.

  2. List the rules and display the award.

  3. Share seven facts about yourself.

  4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.

  5. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Seven facts? Here they goes:

11 drinking tea1. I’m a big fan of green tea. I wasn’t always. The first time I tasted it I spit it straight back out but now I love how different it tastes from normal tea. I’d even say I like it better than normal tea which is saying something. I’m a tea addict all around I guess.

monsters-inc-boo-scared2. My favourite animated movie, and probably favourite movie of all time is Monsters Inc. When I was little, my mum would play it for me everyday when I came back from school and it was the first ever film to break my little heart. I mean, when Sally had to leave Boo… :C More recently, I’ve loved The Theory of Everything which I can guarantee now is going to be on my list of favourites for a really long time/

tracy beaker3. I didn’t grown up reading Harry Potter. I’ve always been aware of it and I even saw the last three movies when they came out in the cinema with my parents, but it didn’t really interest me so the plot never made sense and I just ignored it. That is until early last year when I decided to read the whole series. If anyone. it would have been Jacqueline Wilson’s books that I grew up with when I was in primary school. Her books were (are?) really popular among the younger kids in the UK and I still love them now.

the theory of everything soundtrack4. I obsess over film scores and soundtrack on daily basis. Even as I am typing this, I’m listening to some of my favourites. I listen to The Arrival of the Birds (The Theory of Everything soundtrack) at every day and since I’ve been feeling a little nostalgic, I’ve got a bit of Narnia on my playlist too. My favourites change all the time so if you have a song recommendation let me know!

tumblr_n58bkbF5MA1r3gb3zo1_4005. I’m a massive Eurovision fan. All of my friends think it’s a bit weird but it’s true. I watch the lead up shows and the backstage bits, both of the semi finals and all the online exclusives too. Going to Eurovision has been on my bucketlist for ages now and I’m hoping I will get to do that in a couple of years.

tumblr_njz4nc1bGi1u61hxso1_5006. I love mushrooms on my pizza. Pretty self-explanatory. I just really like mushrooms. And pizza.

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7. I’ve only ever been to Disneyland once which was last summer. It was school trip to say “Well done for completing your GCSEs! Woo!” It was amazing and I had a great time with my friends seeing the parades and the fireworks show. I’m going again, this time with the family, in the Easter holidays which I am super excited about!

Now to nominate 15 amazing people: The Picture Book Review, The Book Wars, Blogging for a Good Book, Read. Run. Study., Lovely Pages ReviewsA Year of Reading the World, Write Meg!, The Bookshelf of Emily J., Exploring All Genres, Nerdy Book Club, Books Bones & Buffy, A Little Blog of Books, BookPeople’s Blog, A Lick of Romance and BooksandBookmarks.

I follow all these amazing people and love their blogs so make sure to check them out!

February Wrap-Up

celebrationAhh, another reading slump of a month for me! It’s been such a drag with all of the books I’ve read except for the odd two and the fact that I spent the whole month reading more than one book at a time bugged me to no end. On the brighter side… MY BIRTHDAY WAS ON WEDNESDAY! Wooo!

Books I’ve read:

A Time to Reap by Jonas LeeThe Prince and the Pauper by Mark TwainThe Golden Lily by Richelle MeadA Monster Calls by Patrick NessThe Indigo Spell by richelle MeadGeek Girl by Holly Smale

February Favourite:

A Monster Calls by Patrick NessA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (review coming soon!)

This book has been sitting on my shelf for absolute ages and I finally decided to give it a try. It was a really quick read with many gorgeous illustrations and a story that left me thinking. It wasn’t really what I expected!

February Reviews

A Time to Reap (The Legend of Carter Gabel #1) by Jonas Lee – The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) by Richelle Mead – The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

Most anticipated March release

Vanishing Girls by Lauren OliverVanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

I’ve heard really good things about Lauren Oliver, both about her Delirium series and her standalone Panic. This one sounds really interesting and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

Things I’ve done!

  • I case you’ve missed it, the Book Blogger Love-A-Thon took place last weekend! It was a bunch of fun meeting cool new people and following a tonne of new blogs. I’m so glad I participated and I can’t wait until next year!
  • TODAY I went to one of the biggest shopping centres in England to a Holly Smale book signing! Holly Smale is the author of the Geek Girl series and, honestly, she was so lovely! I went along with a friend who was a fan of the books longer than me and we had a great chat about the new book and countries and languages and the inspiration behind it. It was brilliant!

Other stuff

  • Gayle Forman is coming to London! *cue excitement and loads of fangirling* She’s on a UK tour of her new book called I Was Here (which I have reviewed here) and I couldn’t be any more excited! I’ve said before that I don’t get the chance to go to London that often so I’m over the moon to be going to a Q&A + signing with Gayle Forman on the 7th of March as well as getting the chance to roam my favourite city.
  • My exams are next week! There will be no review on the Friday, however, I may do something else that I havent’ done before so stay tuned for that and wish me luck!