If you've watched my latest YouTube video then you'll know that I have finally managed to get a job! Lucky for me, it's at the same place I have been working at for the past two years! I shall now be working at least three days a week which gives me the rest of the time to film and edit videos and of course, write my blog posts! I started the job this week at short notice so unfortunately I ended up being very busy and found it difficult to manage my time, therefore there wasn't any blog posts on the Monday and Wednesday! However, I'm back! And starting today, I'm going to get my life organised! FINALLY! Now that I know I'm going to be earning, it's time to starting doing more of the things I love to do! Seen as reading is something I love to do, I thought I'd start with a short book haul post! Before I do start though, I'd like to apologise for the lack of good quality photos. This blog post was a last minute idea that I really wanted to do and my camera was dead, and I had terrible night lighting, so I just used my phone!
Here's a little book haul for you guys, maybe you'll see a book you want to find out more about or maybe you've already read it and want to tell me how good it is, or maybe how bad it is. We'll see...
1. The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
I only recently read The Winners Curse and I must say, it is without a doubt, my favourite book of the year. I loved the story line, I loved the characters, and most of all I couldn't put it down! When I finally reached the end I wanted more and this is a perfect example of the hurt caused because I didn't have the second book. I immediately logged on to Amazon and bought the second book in the trilogy, The Winner's Crime. Annoyingly I know that once, I have read this book, I shall have to wait for the final book, The Winner's Kiss, which doesn't come out until March 2016. It will be tough, but I need to read the next book as soon as I have finished The Maze Runner (my current read), and that will be very soon!
2. The Kings Speech by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi
I saw this in Poundland and grabbed it while I could. Although I've never even seen the movie I thought this would be an interesting non-fictional read about an important part of British history and then when I eventually do watch the movie, maybe I shall have more of an insight to the context. This book is actually based on the 'recently discovered' diaries of Lionel Logue. I honestly have no idea who that is but I guess I shall find out when I read the book. I also wonder is Mark Logue, one of the authors, is related to him. Hopefully I will find out!
3. Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth & Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
I'm going to be honest, I have read the first three books and although they were good stories and alright books, they felt a bit too young for me. I did read the first book when I was about 8 years old. However, these are actually borrowed off my boyfriend whilst he's at uni. He absolutely loves these books so he has convinced me to read the lot. I will do eventually but right now I have other things to read. I have been told that the second series of these books get a lot better as they are aimed at an older generation and the original Percy Jackson fans will have grown up, so I'm trying to push through the first series in hopes that the second one will be a lot better. What are your thoughts on the Percy Jackson series'?
4. Cress & Fairest by Marissa Meyer
So far, I have loved this retelling of the fairytales. I was never one to watch the Disney versions as a kid because I have never liked animations or cartoons but as I've grown up I have begun to love anything to do with the original fairytales. I love watching Once Upon A Time and any live-action versions of the stories. These books tell of such an unusual version of the stories, they have you hooked from the first page as you try to put together how the story will plan out, although not everything is as it seems. After reading the first two books I found myself caught completely off guard when I realised I couldn't finish it off. I recently bought Cress (book 3) and Fairest (an interim book/novella) so I can continue the story before the fourth book, Winter, comes out on November 12th. I may have already pre-ordered it!
5. Twenty Things by Bethany Jane Speight
If you keep up to date with my blog posts then you'll know that I have already read this book in e-book form. If you don't then how about you follow me on Bloglovin' and on there you can subscribe to me to get updates of when I post! I did a review of Twenty Things, which you can read here. I mentioned that I was going to buy the paperback copy soon and I did! Very soon in fact, I think I bought it on the same day as I wrote the post, or maybe it was the day after, I can't remember now. I enjoy the book though so you should definitely check it out!
6. Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse
Honestly, I didn't even read the blurb before picking this up. I got it from a free book shop where you can choose up to three books for free. The place was closing so I didn't get to look at much and I had seen this book pop up on my Instagram every now and again so I thought why not?! If you've read it, please let me know what you thought!
Now before I finish this post, I do have a little announcement to make:
MISSION: BLITZ IS OUT NOW ON PAPERBACK!
And therefore the final book I got this month was my very own script!
Regarding my own script, I have so much to talk about but I shall save it for another day. I'm just so happy and proud to see it on my shelve next to Shakespeare, Euripides and Sophocles. I hope to write another play or book soon. I'm still amazed at how good and professional it does actually look! If you would like to, you can buy your own copy here! If you do then please let me know, I'd love to hear what you thought of it! So far I've had some great feedback! Use #missionblitz!
Thank you for reading, I hope you liked this slightly different post. I love writing about books so maybe I can do more soon! My mum has asked me to write her a Christmas list of any books I would like so if you have any suggestions of what I might like to read, please do let me know!
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- KC xx