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28th July

Wow. Didn’t realise I hadn’t updated in so long – but I did graduate and celebrate my 21st last week so I think I can be forgiven…

Finished reading “Splintered” and then the sequel “Unhinged.” I really loved the twist on Alice in Wonderland that these books take, and how you’re never sure which characters to trust. I had trouble motivating myself to read them though – I liked them and I will be buying the last one to find out what happens but it took me a long time to read them.

Then read “Raging Star” by Moira Young. This is the last book in the Dustlands trilogy, and I loved this series of books. They focus on Saba who in the first book travels to save her brother from being killed as a sacrifice. I love the journey she takes and I thought the last book was a great conclusion, even though (sort of spoiler) it was very sad. Very very sad.

Next was “High and Dry” by Sarah Skilton. Once again, I loved this book, another one to add to the list of favourite YAs. The voice of the main character was really great and felt realistic, I liked the characters and the plot of the book. It was nothing fancy, just a teenage boy struggling with a break-up and being framed for something he didn’t do, but the way it was written was what made this a great story.

I haven’t read for the past six days (see graduation and 21st) so that’s it for now. But going to start reading “The Scorch Trials” by James Dashner today. Should be a good one.

4th July

Another day, another update…

I read “Oh Yeah, Audrey!” by Tucker Shaw. A freebie I got from an interview, and I liked the story and the references to Breakfast at Tiffany’s and some of the twists, but (and I feel mean saying it) it was nothing special in the YA fiction section. It was ok, that’s about it.

I then reread “The Fault in Our Stars.” I think it’s a great book, but similarly to when I first read it, I had such high expectations that it maybe didn’t reach them and therefore I was a little disappointed. But I love the romance and how it doesn’t shy away from the more awful stuff and yeah, it’s still a good ‘un. Really want to watch the film!

I’ve now started “Splintered.” I can’t remember the author but the eighty pages I’ve read so far I really like, so let’s see how it goes!

27th June

Wait…what? I’m updating two days after my last update? What is this madness?

So to get up to date with what I’ve read:

“Otherbound” by Corinne Duyvis – a clash of this world and a fantasy one with a guy able to access the thoughts and memories of a girl in this fantasy world. Lots of interesting characters and plot twists which I liked, but sometimes a little confusing (I feel like I’ve said this a lot, maybe I’m just the kind of person that gets easily confused).

Today finished reading “Why We Broke Up” by Daniel Handler. Min documents the forming and breaking of a relationship, which is told with an amazing narrative voice and accompanied by beautiful illustrations. Another YA book to add to my favourites of this year.

And that’s it, I’m all up to date and going to pick my next book 🙂

25th June

I’m very late with this update, which I have no justifiable excuse for so I’ll just get straight to it.

Finished reading “Gone Girl”, it took me a while to get into it but I loved the twists and the ending, another great book.

Then read Malala’s autobiography. I got a little lost with some of the culture and political stuff, but I loved reading about Malala’s own awful experiences and how she dealt with it.

After that I read “Pretty Deadly” and “Pretty Lethal” by Joe Schreiber. The characters and action were great, and I particularly liked the chapter titles and some of the descriptions.

I will do another update in the next couple of days to update the list.

10th June

Finished “The Bunker’s Diary” and loved it. 

“More Than This” by Patrick Ness – great book, loved the twists and the character development.

“Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason” by Helen Fielding – love the diary style and the voice.

“My Name is Mina” by David Almond – again loved the voice and the experiments with form and how it looks on the page.

Now reading “Gone Girl.” Great stuff.

25th May

Another delay, switched to Google Chrome and couldn’t remember the password…

“Insurgent” by Veronica Roth got good towards the end, and did love the ending.

“Numbers” by Rachel Ward was a great book, not what I expected but I loved the relationship and the idea.

“Noble Conflict” by Malorie Blackman was a good story but some of the tech language and plot points were ever so slightly confusing.

Now reading the amazing “The Bunker Diary” by Kevin Brookes. Only thirty pages to go and it’s brilliant stuff.