Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday – Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library

Hey booknerds! I’m taking part in another week of Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. You can find more information here

I use my library a lot, it has been so helpful in fuelling my reading obsession when I can’t always buy the book. My local library has a really great selection of books both physical and ebooks and audiobooks. I love using the library but it does leave me wanting to own books I’ve borrowed that I’ve loved. I’ve also been lucky enough to get a couple of these as ARCs but I haven’t been able to actually buy a finished copy.

So here is the books I would love to own:

1 Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates
2 No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter
3 Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
4 Nine From the Nine Worlds by Rick Riordan
5 Ayesha Dean The Seville Secret by Melati Lum
6 The Disasters by M.K. England
7 Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eldo-Lodge
8 Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
9 The Diminshed by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson
10 Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

If you haven’t read these I highly recommend them all! And hopefully I can buy them soon toad to my library!

Fiction Books, Middle Grade Books

The Rise of Winter by Alex Lyttle – ARC Review

Thank you to Central Avenue Publishing and Netgalley for this eARC in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoy reading middle grade books and when I read the synopsis of this it sounded really interesting so I was excited when my request was accepted! I really enjoyed the book and despite it being middle grade it dealt with some really relevant issues that affect all of us today and I felt it was done quite well.

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Centuries ago, Terra, the world, was nearly destroyed by humans. In the wake of that destruction, Terra created the Guardians – a group sworn to protect Her. But humans have returned to their plundering ways and Terra needs the Guardians. The Guardians are now fractured, their leader murdered years before. They need a new leader – a new Terra Protectorum – but when a young girl is chosen outrage ensues. Questions demand answers.

Why has Terra selected a girl with no knowledge of the Guardians? Why has she chosen a human when it is the humans destroying the earth? And most importantly, why has she chosen the girl whose father murdered the last Terra Protectorum?

This book is about a young girl finding out that she has been made into a guardian and needs to help the animals save the earth. She has to quickly learn what it means to be a guardian especially as the humans have once again begun polluting the planet and destroying the homes of the animals.

She is helped along the way by different animals, Vulpeera the fox, is someone who first believes in her and helps her and becomes a teacher and mentor to her. There is also Proctin the racoon, an exile and one who loves to eat. Each of the animals have distinct personalities and their own backstories which I really liked seeing as it helped flesh out their character arcs and made them more complex. This makes the reader really feel for their story and makes us want to root for them and help them save the earth.

The story revolves around Winter needing to save earth so there are lots of environmental issues spoken about in the book, from how humans are polluting the air and rives and land to how animals are being affected by us building everywhere. I did like seeing these mentioned and I felt that younger readers would be able to understand what was being said though I do feel it was portrayed as black and white when in reality it is much more complex. Not all humans are “bad” and we do need to build homes and roads for us to be able to travel and live. There are also lots of humans who do speak about saving the environment yet aside from Winter, every other human was seen as “bad”.

There is lots of action packed, fast paced scenes and I felt they were quite well balanced between more light hearted, fun scenes. I especially liked the conversations between Proctin and Winter and how their friendship developed. I think the characters were all shown really well but I felt the world building wasn’t as great. It was hard for me to truly imagine what the world looked like as it wasn’t explained as well. It seemed like it was a post apocalyptic world yet it also seemed like it was set at the start of the industrial revolution and there was mentions of the lands behind the mountain that no-one had explored. It felt a little confusing.

The ending was really action packed and there was quite a few revelations and plot twists that I didn’t see coming which made the story even more interesting and left me wanting to know more. I especially want to know what will happen next after the last line!

Overall I really enjoyed the book and I think younger readers will enjoy it too. There was lots of issues that are relevant today included in the story like the environment and deciding who you are and not the labels that people give you. And I’m looking forward to reading the next book.

The book releases on 1st May.

Monthly Wrap Up

October Monthly Wrap Up

This month wasn’t the best reading month for me. I didn’t read as many books as I wanted as I wasn’t well and I had decided to take part in blogtober but I found it really stressful to have posts up everyday and it meant I barely had time to read. So I decided to stop halfway through which really helped with my anxiety. But it meant I was able to review a lot more books I’ve read in the previous months.

But back to the books I read this month. I have read some great books and some not so great ones.

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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns – I can’t believe that I didn’t read this before! I really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to reading the next book.

The Kiss of Deception – I was gifted this book and it came highly recommended and I’m glad it did not disappoint! You can read my full spoiler free review here

If Cats Disappeared from the World – any books that feature cats are automatically added to my tbr and this one was really interesting and thought provoking. You can read my full spoiler free review here

Stars Above – the last book in The Lunar Chronicles and a reread. I am so glad to have been back in this world and I’m sad that this is the last book. I hope we get more in this world!

Damsel – I just couldn’t get into this book at all.

OtherEarth – I really loved the first book and this one was even better! I was hooked right from the beginning! You can read my full spoiler free review here

Vengeful – I really enjoyed this book! I loved seeing more of Victor and Eli and Sydney. Though I think I may be one of the few who didn’t love it as much as the first book.

Love and Happiness – this is the second book by Yasmin Mogahed and I loved it! It’s full of reflections and short reminders and it was the perfect book for me to read right now

City of Ghosts – I’m not usually someone who reads books with ghosts but as it’s a V.E. Schwab book I thought I would give it a try. And I really did enjoy it more than I thought I would

Kingdom of Ash – I am dead. That is all.

I really loved most of the books I read this month even if I didn’t read as many as I wanted to read.

I also reviewed these books this month:

The Mime Order

Vicious

Miss Peregrene’s Home for Peculiar Children

No Fixed Address

Our Stories, Our Voices

So that’s all from me! How was your reading month? What was your favourite book this month?

Booksish Discussions

Reading On A Budget

So many books so little money! Every month there are so many amazing books being released and I want to buy them all but my bank account is not so keen on buying them. But there is still ways to feed your reading habit without going bankrupt! And I’m going to share some tips that I’ve found to be really helpful in saving money.

1 Buy second hand books – I’ve found some great bargains buying second hand books both online and at book stalls. One stall in my local market sells books for 75p each! And they often look practically brand new!

2 The clearance or sale section at bookshops – here you can often buy newer books at a much cheaper price. I’ve often found hardbacks for £4/5

3 Bookbub – this is a website that is completely free to use and once you register with them they will send you daily deals on ebooks. Some are free and others are 99p or £1.99 This is the link to the website

4 The library – going to your local library not only helps support keeping it open but they have a wide selection of books from older books to new releases available. They can even get books in for you if you request them. My library also has a great online selection of ebooks and audiobooks that I can borrow.

5 Charity shops – I love having a look through my local charity shops for books and I also donate there. The money goes to a good cause and you can find books for a couple pounds

6 Ebook bargains – I use ibooks and they have a lot of books for cheap on there for a limited time. They also have a free ibook of the week and I’ve downloaded books like Throne of Glass and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. I’m sure there will be something similar for android users

7 Shops like Poundland or B&M – they may not seem like places to find books but they do have a selection in their shops. You never know you may find a great bargain searching there.

So these are some ways in which you can read when you’re on a budget! Is there any tips I’ve missed do share in the comments! I always love a good bargain! Especially when I buy as many books as I read a month!