Library Trip (Oops, I Got More Books!)





Yup, I went to the library again. I only meant to pick up two reservations, but their New Books shelf was right in front of me and, um… Strategic shelf-placing really works!!!


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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline: Everyone and their cat is raving about this. It’s also the Little Book Group‘s August pick. (This was one of my reservations).

Fireborn by Keri Arthur: The synopsis looked so cool, and it’s new. I hate the cover (it’s the creepy girl. She doesn’t look right at all. The hair/eyes are weird, but I guess it’s accurate to the book?), but new book!

Peas and Queues by Sandi Toksvig: I LOVE Sandi Toksvig, particularly when she’s on QI. I picked this up without caring what it was even about. Now I’ve read the synopsis I’m a bit iffy, but I’ll give it a go anyway.

Sea Legs by Guy Grieve: This looked like an awesome summer read. I’m not sure if it’s fiction or not though. (This isn’t the cover I have. The cover I have looks a bit like the Alias Hook cover.)

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne: Another raved about book, and the other one I’d reserved. I reserved this one for my Reading the Future feature in August. (This month’s pick is Pure by Julianna Baggott). Should I read Dress Your Marines in White (Monument 14 #0.5) before this book or after? Some prequels are better read before, some after. Which is this one?

Burn by Julianna Baggott: [Goodreads link will spoil previous books.] The final book in the Pure trilogy. (I’ll be reviewing the first one on Monday). I love how this is a naked hardcover. They seem to be making more and more hardcovers without jackets. However, I hate that it doesn’t match the first two books. WHY MUST THEY DO THIS TO US?!!! I need to get Fuse first, so I reserved that, but brought this home with me anyway because it’s such a nice hardcover, despite being naked and me panicking that I’ve lost the jacket somewhere. (If you’re interested, I read hardcovers naked for comfort.  This means I panic a lot when the book isn’t mine and I can’t find the jacket.) :p (Even if said jacket doesn’t actually exist!)

So that’s my library doings for today! I keep staring at the copy of Burn, partly because it came without a jacket (this is very new to me. Hardcovers are nowhere near as popular in Britain as they are in the USA. Most books don’t even get produced in hardcover. Especially not debut authors. So this new naked hardcover thing probably won’t be as big a thing here which is why I’m so excited about Burn). But also because it just is a really nice shape, size, feel. I just like the aesthetics of it. I don’t like the cover because it doesn’t match Pure and Fuse AND THIS ANNOYS ME SO MUCH!!



Am I weird or do the aesthetics of a book please anyone else?

What have you borrowed/bought/received recently?

Library Trip (Super Excited About This Lot!)



So I caved and ended up going to the library again… But in my defence, I only had two books out that I hadn’t read yet! I still have these from the last few trips:


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And yeah, that really hurt my arm. The Ambassador’s Mission is heavier than it looks! A  Madness of Angels is not so heavy but has tiny print.

So this is my library adventure for today! (I realise that I forgot to pop Maxie the mascot on top of the pile like I usually do. Sorry!)

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The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler: I’ve heard about this one A LOT but never picked it up. Looking on Goodreads though, it doesn’t have great reviews/ratings. So we’ll see.

The Book of Summers by Emylia Hall: Having recently read and ADORED A Heart Bent Out Of Shape by this author (It’s titled The Swiss Affair in the USA), I had to nab this one.

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan: I’d never even heard of this one before this morning. I picked it up to read the blurb based on two things – I’d never heard of it before, and it had fish on the cover. Yep. (Note to publishers: apparently it isn’t hard to get my attention) IT HAS FISH ON THE COVER! What… just… what else do you NEED? Fish! Admittedly, since stalking Goodreads, I’ve found I prefer the other cover, where the fish are coloured on white instead of being monochrome on blue. But yeah. This looks really childish because of the basic cover and font, but on reading the synopsis, the book looks like a heart breaker. Some tough issues going on here.

Cover I Like Best

Cover I Have

Darkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely #5) by Melissa Marr [Synopsis may spoil previous books. First book synopsis here.]: Wicked Lovely was July’s TBR Jar pick, and I loved it so much I binge read the second and third one and am currently 40 pages from finishing the fourth. Darkest Mercy is the last one and the only one I don’t own. This was a reservation I collected.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce: This comes up in Writing Magazine so much. It won the Man Booker prize a year or two ago. That’s all I know. The hype is huge and I’ve never read it but have meant to for ages now.

Wreckers by Julie Hearn: I’ve never heard of this one but it looked good. I didn’t realise until I got home that the image on the front is a mermaid. Doh! I mean, me, missing a mermaid? HOW DID I MANAGE THAT?!

The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan: I just read the Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop novel and loved it, so I wanted more Jenny Colgan.

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen: I picked this up thinking, “Oh that looks good!”, then got home, looked it up on Goodreads and realised what it was. I didn’t recognise the cover! So I hope I will enjoy this one since it’s been a to-read on Goodreads for ages. AND I DIDN’T EVEN RECOGNISE IT! My bad.

The Cover I Recognise

The Cover I Have

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black: My library has FINALLY bought this! I’m so so so happy! I’ve wanted to read this one since Holly Black first released details of it on Tumblr like, forever ago.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell: YAAAAAY! This was a reservation I picked up. Do I… need more words here?

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness: I’ve never read Patrick Ness. My bad. But this was on the shelf, and I didn’t realise the book was an illustrated YA, but it is, so now I’m even more intrigued.

In case you missed them on Twitter, here are my Landline selfie and my Holly Black book excitement thing:

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Now all I have to do is pick what to read first, once I’m done with the Wicked Lovely books…

TBR Jar Picks and Library Trip Update









I thought I’d jump on this particular bandwagon and have my own TBR Jars! I’ll be using one for classics and one for everything else. I’ll then provide mini reviews of the book at the end of the month, or at the start of the next month.

I’m also aware I haven’t shared a Library Trip with you in a while, so I’m going to update you on all my library doings today!

Also, I made graphics for all of my feature things 🙂

We’ll start with the TBR Jars.

I have two. And they aren’t jars. But never mind. On Goodreads, I have a TBR Pile shelf and a Classics TBR Pile shelf. I’m randomly clicking a Goodreads heading to organize my shelf (by author, title, publication date, date I added it, etc), so the books get mixed up a bit, then using a random number generator to select my book. If the book selects a sequel where I haven’t read the first book/s yet, then I will read the first one instead, even if I don’t own it. That said, I should explain, my TBR Pile shelves are made up of books I own and have yet to read. The only books from my Kindle I will include are classics. (I haven’t added these to my TBR shelf yet, but I will get on that in time for next month’s pick.)

So! Numbers I got for this month’s picks were 10 and 13. 10 for the regular TBR and 13 for the classics. 10 gave me book four in a series I’ve not yet started, so I’m reading the first book instead (which is also on the list).  Meet the books!

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr and The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens.

As for my Library Trips, I apologise for the lack of posts lately. I’ve only picked up two books from the library in all this time as I am trying to get on top of what I have out already. They were Divergent and We Were Liars, both of which I’ve now read. Both of which are brilliant reads.

So I have more books left that I plan on devouring in July before I can request more library books! I have Deep Blue Sea, which I’m currently reading, A Madness of Angels, Little Exiles, Echo, and The Ambassador’s Mission.

Library Trip posts will be back once I’m back in the swing of checking books out. 🙂

I also want to read books I have for review; the rest of the Hunger Games trilogy; and a pick for my YA Readers’ Little Black Book Project, Madly. The pick for July’s Reading the Future is Pure by Julianna Baggott, which I’ll be reviewing as well.  If you want to read more about my new features, click here. The Monthly Meet Melanie is already up and running, with post one here.

Happy reading!

What are you reading this month? 

Library Trip: See What I Got Out This Week

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So I went all girly this time round; I’ve no idea how much I’ll enjoy any of these, except the M C Beaton on the top, because that’s a cosy crime instead. And Little Exiles isn’t romance, but neither is it my usual thing.

Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener by M C Beaton

Vivien’s Heavenly Ice Cream Shop by Abby Clements

Little Exiles by Robert Dinsdale

The Letter by Maria Duffy

The Disgrace of Kitty Grey by Mary Hooper

Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James

Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan

What have you got your hands on this week? Do any of these take your fancy? Or have you read them before? What did you think?

Let’s talk books!

Library Trip: See What I Got Out This Week

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Well here’ s what I brought home this week! Except for Maxie, he didn’t come from the library, but he wanted in on the photo-taking 🙂

(Links take you to Goodreads and should open up in a new tab.)

Blindsided by Natalie Whipple : this is the sequel to Transparent, which if you haven’t already read you really should do!! It’s a favourite of mine; I love it. If you like high school stories, a bit of romance (it is only a bit), and superheroes, you will like this. Seriously, if you’re a superhero and YA fan, you need to read this! Almost everyone in this futuristic world has some kind of ability, like invisibility, super-strength etc. But the characters are just regular high school joes.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lain Taylor : I started reading this in the bath on Wednesday after an awful day. I LOVE IT!! It’s been a while since I’ve been so taken with a main character and wanted to crawl into the book and live there with them. Karou is awesome! And I now love Laini Taylor for both boosting my mood and getting me back on the horse with my own writing (which I’d abandoned in favour of a hot bath).

Deep Blue Sea by Tasmina Perry : I spotted this on the new books shelf by the door and decided to go for it as it seemed a bit like Swimming at Night (aka The Sea Sisters), which I LOVED. (And highly recommend!)

The Giver by Lois Lowry : This edition came with lots of extra stuff at the back. I love me some bonus content! You can see my bookmark in this one, but I gave it up after five chapters. It was just a bit too harsh for me. It struck a nerve. Maybe I will go back to it at some point in the future though.

A Heart Bent Out of Shape by Emylia Hall : Another from the new books shelf. I had seen this one on BookBridgr but didn’t request it as I wasn’t sure I would be able to review it.

Have you read any of these?

Library Trip: See What I Got Out This Week!

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I went to the library today, to pick up my reservations! I’m about to start a ton of new series’, most of which are where I’m late to the party and need to catch up on them. Sorry the picture is so bad. Here’s a list of the books in the picture – clicking the title will take you to the Goodreads page. There are others still on hold for me that haven’t come in yet. More new series’ for me! And then some of these are random stand-alones I haven’t read yet (and really should have!)

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton

Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet by M.C. Beaton

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Ragwitch by Garth Nix

The Ambassador’s Mission by Trudi Canavan

Echo by Alyson Noel

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

The Crazy Things Girls Do For Love by Dyan Sheldon

Raven’s Gate by Anthony Horowitz

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith