31 May 2015

[Wrap-up][TBR] May Wrap-up and June TBR!

So this month was a disaster. I was so swamped by school-work I hardly read anything at all. My TBR pile must have grown at least 10 books though. It's sad really. I'm starting to think that I will never manage to actually reduce it to a decent amount. It seems that for every book I read, 3 more are added to the ever-growing list.
This month I managed to read only 3 books, as I was in a bit of a reading slump. I think I'm in the clear now, which is a relief. Those books were:
  1. Finding Cinderella - Colleen Hoover
  2. Anna and the french kiss - Stephanie Perkins
  3. Clockwork angel - Cassandra Clare
Reviews are coming, they're just taking me a bit to write. I still have lots of reviews from the past months to share with you, so stay tuned!

As you might have seen in one of the previews posts, I mentioned a new challenge I was going to attempt, since my April challenge was such a fluke. What this challenge entails is that I will, with the help of a random number generator, select a number from my TBR pile, and that book will be my goal for the month. I hope to take down some of the books that I've been meaning to read for ages, but I never seem to pick up.
So this month, the selected book is...

F. Scott Fitzgerald - The great gatsby

I've been meaning to read this book for a very long time. I actually forbade myself to see the movie just because I wanted to read it first, but I never actually got to it.
I'm going into it with no idea what it is about - just how I like it.
In addition to this, I also wanted to finish both Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, which I'm reading with the wonderful people at Read-Along, and Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

What will you be reading in June? Let me know in the comments! :)

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28 May 2015

[Review] Girl Online - Zoe Sugg

Author: Zoe Sugg
Original Title: Girl Online
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: November 25th, 2014
Finished Date: March 12th, 2015
Pages: 352
Read in: English

From YouTube sensation Zoella comes a debut coming-of-age novel that perfectly captures what it means to grow up and fall in love in today’s digital world. Girl Online is the first book to be published by Keywords Press, an imprint under Simon & Schuster dedicated to today’s digital stars.
I have this dream that, secretly, all teenage girls feel exactly like me. And maybe one day, when we realize that we all feel the same, we can all stop pretending we’re something we’re not. That would be awesome. But until that day, I’m going to keep it real on this blog and keep it unreal in “real” life.
Penny has a secret.
Under the alias GirlOnline, Penny blogs her hidden feelings about friendship, boys, high school drama, her quirky family, and the panic attacks that have begun to take over her life. When things go from bad to worse at school, her parents accept an opportunity to whisk the family away for Christmas at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. There, she meets Noah, a gorgeous, guitar-strumming American. Suddenly Penny is falling in love—and capturing every moment she spends with “Brooklyn Boy” on her blog.
But Noah has a secret, too, one that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover—and her closest friendship—forever.
Award-winning and influential YouTube vlogger Zoe Sugg delivers a heartfelt coming-of-age novel that perfectly captures the highs and lows of first love, friendship, and growing up in the digital age.
Source: GoodReads

Final Rating: ★★ out of 5

I know there has been a lot of controversy around this book and the way it was written, especially about the lack of transparency of the author in regards to her ghost writer.
Despite all that, I decided to give it a try, and judge it as I would judge any other book. The end result differed from what I expected. Although it was not exactly good it wasn't terrible either. 
It deals with very serious issues in a realistic manner, among a (almost too) fluffy romance.
I recommend this to younger teens (12-15 years old).

The following extended review contains spoilers
If you have not yet read the book and/or do not wish to be spoiled, please do not read any further.

27 May 2015

[Wrap-up] April: Incredibly late wrap-ups, reading slumps and TBR plans

Hello everyone!

So, I'm still alive. Shocking, I know. These past two months I have been struggling to keep up with college and still being able to read as much as I'm used to. As a result, I still managed to read 11 books, but I still did not finish my goal for April - I was one book short of that.

These are the books I did read for April:
  1. Sapphire blue - Kerstin Gier
  2. Emerald green - Kerstin Gier
  3. Maybe not - Colleen Hoover
  4. Hush, hush - Becca Fitzpatrick
  5. Confess - Colleen Hoover
  6. Tangled - Emma Chase
  7. Hopeless - Colleen Hoover
  8. Losing hope - Colleen Hoover
  9. Days of blood and starlight - Laini Taylor
  10. Cruel beauty - Rosamund Hodge
  11. The battle of the labyrinth - Rick Riordan

The fact that I did not manage to finish my April goals - which happened because I read too many other books instead of focusing in the ones I had set myself to read - might have thrown me into the reading slump I was in for the majority of the month of May.
Only now am I finally starting to crawl my way out of it.
Therefore, I have decided to try something new. I have recently published my immediate TBR pile. I call it my immediate TBR pile because it does not encompass every single book I own and wish to read, but those I would like to get to soon. I have decided that, with the help of a random number generator, I will select a number, and therefore a book, every month, and that will be my monthly goal. This way, I will have a lot let pressure, and still be able to reduce that ever-growing pile.
May is already ending, so I will begin this new challenge in June.
Wish me luck!