Reading, Read and to Read #5

Hello and welcome to Reading, Read and To Read! A series that was intended to be monthly, but I haven’t posted one since April…oops. Essentially I go through all of the books I am reading, have read or that I’m going to read!!

Though, this one is going to be the last in this format, I’m going to stop including repeat books on the ‘to read’ list unless they are the actual next book I’m going to read, since The Help has been on here forever lmao. I’ll get round to it.

Here’s the last one.

Let’s start with what I’m currently reading:

Foxglove Summer – Ben Aaronovitch

FROM THE BACK:

‘In the fifth of his bestselling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London – to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can’t take the London out of the copper.’

MY THOUGHTS:

This is the 5th book in the Rivers of London series, and the last currently available! This one is different, as it’s the first in the series which is predominantly set outside of London!! On a recent trip to the London, I passed where the Folly would be in a cab and lost my metaphorical shit at that. Anyway, this book is great so far, I’ve finished part one, and I was pretty skeptical due to it departing from a lot of staples in the first 4 books, but I’m enjoying it. I don’t want to have to wait for book 6 after this!

This is what I’ve read:

To be honest, I haven’t been reading enough the past couple of months, with exams, I got out of my routine, then I moved home and sorta fell out of a routine and had to find a new one. Plus I keep binging Mad Men until it’s too late to read anymore.

Broken Homes – Ben Aaronovitch

FROM THE BACK:

‘A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil – an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common garden serial killer?

Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case, a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his case-load.

So far so London.

But then Peter gets word of something very odd happening in Elephant and Castle, on an housing estate designed by a nutter, built by charlatans and inhabited by the truly desperate.

Is there a connection?

And if there is, why oh why did it have to be South of the River?’

MY THOUGHTS:

This is the 4th Rivers of London book, and probably my least favourite! That doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it, it just kinda felt disconnected and not entirely sure what it was trying to get to. However, it had some big twists which I did not see coming, and kept me reading over and over. I was a bit sad that the locations predominantly featured aren’t real places like in the rest. That being said, it was still a very solid book and was executed pretty well, just looking back on it, I don’t really know how much was relevant apart from the last chapters.

Indiana Jones and the Seven Veils – Rob MacGregor

FROM THE BACK:

‘Having barely survived a hair-raising archaeological dig in Tikal, Guatemala, Indiana Jones has returned to New York just in time to get caught up in a controversy. The mysterious writings of Colonel Percy Fawcett, a missing British explorer, have turned up, and what they describe could revolutionize history—and make or break several scientific reputations. For Percy paints a tantalizing picture of a lost city in the Brazilian jungle, and a mythical redheaded race who may be the descendants of ancient Celtic Druids.’

MY THOUGHTS:

To put it frankly, this book is shit. Not the shit, but just shit. This is from a diehard Indiana Jones fan who actually kinda likes Crystal Skull. The writing of these books has always been poor, but the plot of this one takes the cake, it’s absolute poo. The thing is, the concept of these books tends to be really great, but the execution is awful, too many unfeasible things happen and there are too many characters to remember or care about. There’s a ton of other books in this series, but I think I’m done with the third one.

You Deserve a Drink: Boozy Misadventures and Tales of Debauchery – Mamrie Hart

FROM THE BACK:

‘Mamrie Hart is a drinking star with a YouTube Problem. Since launching her YouTube channel ‘You Deserve a Drink’ in 2011, comedian Mamrie Hart has built an intensely devoted following of more than half a million viewers. Like her bawdy show, Hart’s eponymous debut pays tribute to her boozy misadventures with an original cocktail recipe accompanying each hilarious tale. You Deserve a Drink is as useful as it is entertaining.’

MY THOUGHTS:

I actually made a video reviewing this book, since I loved it so much. I’ve crowned this book my ‘Book of 2015’ even though there is hella of 2015 left! This book was just so great and so enjoyable to read. I won’t go on about this since I made an almost 10 min long video on it!

Now what’s left is my list of things to read:

A Certain Magical Index Volume 1 – Kazuma Kamachi

FROM THE BACK:

‘In Academy City, magic and science coexist in an unwavering power struggle. Toma Kamijo, an academically-challenged student in Academy City, wields the power of the Imagine Breaker in his right hand, which allows him to completely negate all supernatural powers – as well as his own luck. When he happens upon a mysterious nun named Index, whose mind has been implanted with the Index Librorum Prohibitorum – 103,000 ancient texts banned by the Church – Toma’s luck is about to be pushed to its limits when he finds himself in the middle of a war he never expected!’

WHAT I THINK:

I have been obsessed with the ‘A Certain’ series for a really long time,  as in, I loved the anime, I’ve watched all the series and the film and I just find it so interesting and exciting, and FINALLY the light novels have started being published in the UK. Although, they’re like £10 each and pretty short. I waited a while, and found this for about £7. I’m sad they’re so expensive but I just have to start reading this series.

A Certain Scientific Railgun Volumes 8-10 – Kazuma Kamachi

FROM THE BACK:

‘Welcome to a world where mysticism and science collide, and supernatural powers are derived from either science or religion. At the heart of this world is Academy City, an advanced metropolis whose population is comprised mostly of students. The majority of students are enrolled in the city’s “Power Curriculum Program,” where they must learn to master their latent psychic powers. Out of several million students, only seven are deemed powerful enough to have Level 5 status. Meet Mikoto Misaka, the third most powerful Level 5 esper in Academy City. Together with her best friend Kuroko Shirai and the other members of Judgment, a student-run law enforcement agency, Mikoto delves deep into the dark heart of the scientific sprawl she calls home and uncovers secrets she wishes she hadn’t!’

WHAT I THINK:

This manga is a spinoff of the above, and I prefer it, as I prefer the scientific side rather than the magical side to the series. The spinoff focuses on fan favourite Mikoto Misaka (one of my all time favourite characters from anything) who is a Level 5 esper in Academy City. Essentially, Academy City is a technologically advanced city dedicated to teaching students with ESP abilities- and Mikoto is the 3rd strongest. It’s a great series, and I’m finally catching up with it in print, as I totally don’t keep up with it online as it’s released in Japan, no definitely not….

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying – Marie Kondo

FROM THE BACK:

‘Transform your home into a permanently clear and clutter-free space with the incredible KonMari Method. Japan’s expert declutterer and professional cleaner Marie Kondo will help you tidy your rooms once and for all with her inspirational step-by-step method.’

WHAT I THINK:

My friend Fae recommended this to me, as I HORDE and I love complete sets of things and buy too much. I’ve started doing this with Pop Funkos and it’s an issue! So she recommended me this book to help me clearout things, as I do not need things! I want to exchange these things for money so I can travel and do exciting things instead!

The Maze Runner series – James Dashner

FROM THE BACK:

‘All four books in the pulse-pounding Maze Runner series! When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he’s not alone. He’s surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade – a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze. But the maze is just the beginning …’

WHAT I THINK:

I own my own set now! I got it for my 20th birthday from one of my sisters. I will read these I promise.

Paper Towns – John Green

FROM THE BACK:

‘Quentin Jacobsen has always loved Margo Roth Spiegelman, for Margo (and her adventures) are the stuff of legend at their high school. So when she one day climbs through his window and summons him on an all-night road trip of revenge he cannot help but follow.’

WHAT I THINK:

I said I was gonna read it before the film came out…oops.

Life with a Sprinkle of Glitter – Louise Pentland

FROM THE BACK:

‘Divided into four sections: Glitz, Create, Need to Knows and All About Love , you’ll find all my little tips and tricks, stories and insights and nuggets of advice. I want you to walk away from this book feeling uplifted. I want you to feel as though you are equipped to deal with something in your life and deal with it in the best possible, positive way. I want to show you how I find so much joy and enrichment in my life and how you can do it too, with just a Sprinkle of Glitter…Toodlepip! Xxx’

WHAT I THINK:

Louise is one of my favourite YouTubers, and I’ve heard only amazing things about this little book, so I can’t wait to give it a go.

The Outsider – Albert Camus

FROM THE BACK:

‘In The Outsider (1942), his classic existentialist novel, Camus explores the alienation of an individual who refuses to conform to social norms. Meursault, his anti-hero, will not lie. When his mother dies, he refuses to show his emotions simply to satisfy the expectations of others. And when he commits a random act of violence on a sun-drenched beach near Algiers, his lack of remorse compounds his guilt in the eyes of society and the law. Yet he is as much a victim as a criminal.’

WHAT I THINK:

I found this book in my room when I moved home, I bought it ages ago and I can’t remember why, so maybe I’ll finally read it.

The Help – Kathryn Stockett

FROM THE BACK:

‘Enter a vanished and unjust world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Where black maids raise white children, but aren’t trusted not to steal the silver . . .

There’s Aibileen, raising her seventeenth white child and nursing the hurt caused by her own son’s tragic death; Minny, whose cooking is nearly as sassy as her tongue; and white Miss Skeeter, home from College, who wants to know why her beloved maid has disappeared.’

WHAT I THINK:

ONE DAY I’LL READ YOU.

The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank

FROM THE BACK:

‘In July 1942, thirteen-year-old Anne Frank and her family, fleeing the occupation, went into hiding in an Amsterdam warehouse. Over the next two years Anne vividly describes in her diary the frustrations of living in such close quarters, and her thoughts, feelings and longings as she grows up. Her diary ends abruptly when, in August 1944, they were all betrayed.’

WHAT I THINK:

See above.

We should all be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

FROM THE BACK:

‘A personal and powerful essay from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the bestselling author of ‘Americanah’ and ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’, based on her 2013 TEDx Talk of the same name.’

WHAT I THINK:

I’m a big feminist and want to read this because of that simply. I want to continue to educate myself on feminism and I think this is a good starting place to get into that literature. It’s a very, very short book, as it’s a transcript of a speech. I’m hoping it’s something I can pass onto friends and widen people’s views.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire The Official Illustrated Movie Companion – Scholastic

FROM THE BACK:

‘Go behind the scenes of the making of CATCHING FIRE with exclusive images and interviews. From the screenwriting process to the casting decisions to the elaborate sets and costumes to the actors’ performances and directors’ vision, this is the definitive companion to the breathtaking movie.’

WHAT I THINK:

I read the first movie BTS book, and loved it. I really enjoy behind the scenes things, as you learn a lot of facts you miss on screen, and you understand the logic behind certain decisions. To me, Catching Fire was the perfect book to film adaptation, and I want to know even more about it.

Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones Seasons 3 & 4 – C.A. Taylor

FROM THE BACK:

‘This second official companion book, following the hugely successful INSIDE HBO’S GAME OF THRONES, gives fans new ways to enter the world of Westeros and discover more about the beloved (and reviled) characters and the electrifying plotlines. Hundreds of set photos, production and costume designs, storyboards and insider stories reveal how the show’s creators translate George R.R. Martin’s bestselling fantasy series for the screen.’

WHAT I THINK:

Again, I love BTS stuff. I’ve read the first volume of this series, and really enjoyed it, so I’m excited to read this one, as seasons 3 + 4 of Game of Thrones are my favourites, plus I got this for £5 when the retail is £20! Bargain!

Thanks for reading! I better get reading, now I’ve finished binge watching Mad Men!

 

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