It's my birthday and I'll read books if I want to (spoiler: I want to)
Happy birthday to me! Woo!
I'm 21 today so I guess that means I am well and truly, officially an adult. No pretending I'm still a teenager. Adult. Nope. Not ready.
It feels strange to me that I'm not still 14 and in the middle of high school. I mean, I still can't believe I'm allowed to drive, let alone have held a license for 3 years. But, setting aside all my fears about growing up and having to be responsible* (ha!), I've decided that I want to set myself a goal for this year of my life to read 21 books that I've put off for far too long - be them classics, modern classics or just any old YA/middle grade book that I've had on my shelf for way too many years being overlooked.
*the main thing I wanted for my birthday this year was for my mum to help me gut my bedroom. Yup. Adult.
Last week I went on holiday with my mum and gran to their favourite place (seriously, they NEVER go anywhere else now): Fuengirola, Spain.
This was my second time here, the first being in June 2014 which was the first for mum and gran also. I couldn't tell you how many times my mum has been. She's got friends over their now and with such cheap flights she goes over at least three times a year - if not more! (She's actually going again in about three weeks time...) Anyway, this is not a post about Spain, but rather a post about the ridiculous amount of books I took with me.
Didn't I say I wanted August to fly by? Well, it hasn't half done so for me! To be fair, I think the Edinburgh Festival Fringe had a lot to play in that but I'm not complaining. I saw some great shows (COLIN. FUCKING. CLOUD) and I even chaired my first bookish event as a blogger (thank you again, Ink Road!) - Yes, I'll eventually stop talking about it. Maybe. Not yet.
We're finally creeping into September and that means getting closer and closer to Pumpkin Spice, shorter days, candles and sweater weather (ok so the song by The Neighbourhood just came on as I wrote that... woah) which basically are my favourite things because it's just so cosy. If you ask me to picture my ideal night in, it's a dark autumn evening (thunder storm optional) with candles, a massive knitted jumper, cinnamon hot chocolate, and a gripping book.
I'm not sure what books I'm in the mood to read. I have my October pile sorted with a bunch of thriller-types but as for the weird 'sort of summer-sort of autumn' month of September, I haven't a clue what I'm in the mood for. Luckily, there's a bunch of new releases coming out that sound super interesting!
August is probably my favourite month of the year simply because it means autumn is coming soon. Whilst everyone is making the most of the official last month of summer, I’m sat wishing it away so we can get into knitwear, pumpkin spice and all things fall. There are a few things, however, that have me excited for August itself and it should come as no surprise that those things are BOOKS!
So, if like me, you can’t wait for summer to end and need some help making time fly by, or you just want to get planning your next book haul, click the Read More button below to find out which August Releases I’m most excited for.
Everyone has at least one book or series from their childhood that fills them with nostalgia to think about. We all remember the book(s) that got us hooked on reading, the ones that made us stay up waaaaaay past bedtime and the ones we still hold on to even though we know we’d enjoy it nowhere near as much as our 7-year-old selves did.
I want to share those book with you, the ones I devoured and still fill me with joy to think about, but I also want to share the books I read when I fell out of love with reading. There was a time in my life where I just stopped reading – I didn’t care about it anymore. I think high school is to blame. But somehow, a few books managed to work their way into my life and although they aren’t necessarily from my childhood, I still see them as the books I read before I became a proper bibliophile and they are the books that shaped me into the bookwyrm I am today, so they make this list.
I had big plans to increase my reading this year but unfortunately, life got in the way. I'm slowly getting back on track with reading more and catching up with my schedule!
So far I have read 27 out of 75 books on my Goodreads Reading Goal which also means I am 12 books behind schedule, but we're not going to worry about that! Instead, we're going to focus on the books I have read in 2017 that were my favourites!
I'm a bit of a sheep when it comes to picking up books. I almost always buy the ones that everyone is talking about. However, I actually don't seem to have read a lot of the popular YA books out there. To be fair, some I own but haven't gotten around to yet, but some I just really don't have an excuse for; especially when you consider the fact that some of them sound like books I'll adore! I think my subconscious mind has heard these books so much it just assumed I'd read them - can I use that as an excuse? No... ok..
I originally planned to do a post on popular books in general but it was shamefully long so I've decided we'll start out with the series! First up:
(Apologies for the lack of images in this post. I'm cooped up in bed in pain at the moment!)
There are so many books out there that it actually breaks my heart a little knowing I will NEVER be able to read them all. And I know, at least in my case, that because of this we try to make sure we only read books that are worthy of our time, that are great, exciting, fun... popular... Yep. Be honest - most of the books we buy and read are ones we've heard of. We'll pick up a book which a friend or blogger has recommended, with hype all over social media and with the marketing team behind it to enable it to be on the number one spot of a bestseller list before it's even gone to print over something that sounds decent but has a shoddy, generic cover and has probably only been read by a handful of people (who actually know the author).
We buy books we are guaranteed to love. If EVERYONE else loves it it has to be good, right? But what about all those other books on the shelf? The ones spine on, not face out with a review. That one book that you swear has been there since this store opened and nobody has ever touched. What about all these books that could be wonderful, but will never get the attention they deserve because they weren't written by Cassandra Clare, John Green or Jennifer Niven? So, without further ado - here is my list of the best books you've never read!
I'm writing this post very last minute (as in 45 minutes before I would normally have it scheduled to publish!!) as this weekend was a nightmare; I took a migraine every day from Friday-Sunday and yesterday was just hectic with taking my gran to a hospital appointment, taking my mum to physio and then a trip to the cat cafe before dinner with a friend. I was on the go from 7am until about 11 at night. Needless to say, I'm exhausted! (Let's not mention I woke up at 7:30 this morning and then took a two hour nap at 10am..)
However, not even migraines and non-stop days - ooh Hamilton reference ;) - can get in my way of providing you with some content so here's a look at my Top 5 Must Read books!
Before I start, I have numbered these books from 5-1 but in all honesty that only reflects my feelings right now. Ask me tomorrow and I might tell you number 1 isn't even on the list anymore. I've tried to make this a list of books that are special to me. Every single one of these books has a hold on my heart in some way and although this is not an exhaustive list of my favourites, it's a list of books I think for one reason or another, everyone should read.
Now that is over, let's go!