Read With Me // 5th November

3pm 5th November

Initial thoughts on this book are what the fuck was I thinking?! It’s huge. How am I supposed to carry this mammoth book around with me?

For anyone reading this that doesn’t know, Illumine is a book that’s essentially a story told in documents. So when you’re reading it, you’re reading hacked files that feature top secret documents, interviews and emails. & there isn’t actually any traditional dialogue or following of the main character in their head if that makes sense?

I’ve started reading and managed to get to page 26 before passing out because I was super tired last night but so far I love it! It’s original but I feel like it reminds me of S by Doug Durst & JJ Abrams. Except for the production value of S seem’s so much better because the pages are printed in colour with any notes made in different colours ink so you can tell who’s talking. In Illuminae you can see from the way the documents are shaded there is meant to be the illusion of colour but it just makes me really aware that it’s reprinted black and white so takes away from the experience just a smidge.

It does give you blueprints and maps which really helps add to the visualisation of the world as like I said, there’s no descriptive passages or world-building outside of the documents!

So it’s like, 4 days later!! It turned out to be a busy week and I still havent got past page 26. Does this happen to anyone else? You finally get a week of quiet that you can really get into your books and boom, family end up sick, you need to work and then general chores just take priority?

I think, I’m going to have to just leave this and post a review if I ever actually manage to finish the book!
In the mean time though, has anyone reading this read it already? I mean that’s a stupid question, everyone in the world has probably read it by now? It’s been out for a while and the hype around this series is immense!
So, how did you like it? Does it get easier to get into the way the story is told? Does it get easier to carry around on the train? These are the questions I need answers to!

 

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Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart // Review & Discussion

If anything, Genuine Fraud is unique. It moves backwards in time so at the start, we’re reading what would be the end? And work towards what would be the start but is actually the end. Confused yet? Don’t worry, I’ll explain why I loved and hated this.

We follow Jule, a social butterfly (kinda) and Imogen a rich girl running away from her problems & parents. We get two perspectives into their friendship, the one Jule perceived and the one Imogen actually experienced.
Both different, both a bit confusing if I’m totally honest. As we move through the book it becomes more and more obvious what’s happening, but I was still invested and managed to read this in 3 days.

Genuine Fraud is branded as a mystery/ thriller but I don’t think I’d really use those words to describe it? It’s really interesting and I was hooked from the get-go but once I reached the midpoint I was pretty sure what was happening and the suspense died a bit.

The end (actually the start) was a bit of a let down for me, I was underwhelmed and disappointed that everything happened because Jule needed rent. I was annoyed because the entire plot is written like there is a bigger purpose to Jule’s story, but if there was I failed to miss it.

The last thing I really have to say about it is that I loved the layout, and I liked the back in time thing we had going on, but I paid no attention to the time-stamp at the top of each chapter. So if you’re like me & skip on details, maybe try and pay a tad more attention to the chapter heads of this one!

I’m super interested to see if you have read this book if you want to read it & what you thought!

If you wan to purchase Genuine Fraud you can here!

Let’s Try This Reading Thing Again

It’s not that I ever fell out of love with reading, it’s just that I always found an excuse. I had no time, I was too tired.. Blah, blah blah. I always managed to put it off which looking back on it makes me quite sad because I love reading. It’s always brought me such joy!

It’s been a while since I bought a book that got me excited to dive into it! The last book I really got into was A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. & I loved it! If my memory is right, it was the 3rd book in the series & I was loving it! But that was ages ago, and I have to admit I have yet to finish it. It’s not that it’s not a fantastic series! Because it’s amazing and let’s be honest, Sarah J. Maas could write about a potato wedge & I’d read it.

Because it’s been so long since I started to read that, I feel like I can’t just pick it up and finish it off. So, I went shopping!
I managed to find my kindle, it’s pretty old at this stage it’s about 4? But works well & I always forget how amazing it is! Especially because I have a longer commute to work now since moving I can use the extra time to read, & I don’t have room in my bad for a big book.

Anyway, I bought Marie Lu’s Warcross! & I’m SUPER excited for it because I remember reading Marie Lu when I was younger and she had a trilogy called Legend & I couldn’t get into it at all. I wasn’t big into trilogies when I was a teen, what can I say.. I loved the first one though, & remember thinking I wanted to read more of her stuff.

FUN FACT: Up until this point I didn’t realise that I had downloaded The Young Elites! I think I read it on holiday, while on a 14 hour flight to Vietnam! & after googling, realised also that Lu wrote that too. Jesus. Does anyone remember when I was an actual good book blogger? Because I sure don’t.

Back to the matter at hand though, I’m even more excited to read Warcross now because I enjoyed The Young Elites.

Because it’s October I’m also pretty excited to read some horror! First on the list is IT by Stephen King, for obvious reasons. But I’m in need of more recommendations! So if you have any favourite books to read at this time of year, please, please let me know!

Until then, happy reading!

Road Trips feat. Moana

Even a small 20 minute trip down the road should be accompanied by the Moana Soundtrack. 

This is fact, and I’m happy I’m a 24 year old adult who can make these decisions for myself. 

Documenting My Life

It’s something I’ve thought about constantly, I want to have memories to look back on. I want to relive moments in my life that I could forget. & I want to have fun with a hobby that I love.

It’s no secret that I’m having a hard time finding the joy in work, so I’m making an effort to find more joy out of work.

My spare time however, consists of me attempting to finish books, singing Disney songs (Specifically Moana) at the stop of my voice & sitting at a computer trying to make something of myself.

How the hell do you document that?
I’ve tried an Instagram a day, I’ve tried blogging each day & there’s only so much talking about work and coffee I can do?

I’m leaning towards vlogging as I already enjoying making videos but also, that scares me.
Scared is good sometimes though, right?

I ask myself, ‘is this what people want to see?’. But then need to remind myself that that’s not why I’d be doing this. It’s a completely selfish act.

All for me, but people can share if they want!

Carve the Mark // Review

Oooookay. Let’s start by saying that Veronica Roth is one of my favourite authors and & I love her writing. Which is why I was super excited for Carve the Mark!

I wouldn’t say I was disappointed, but I was a bit lost.
In theory, this book had everything I wanted. It’s set in a different time & place as a dystopian fantasy & had hints at a lesbian romance without it being in your face, but just.. Normal. Which was so refreshing!

Basically everyone has a current gift, some have fates and the fated have been protected until now when there fates have been released to the public so they are in serious danger. Just go with it trust me, it will make sense soon.
Some people can also see into the future. Which is helpful but also not.

Through this story we swap chapters between Akos and Cyra. Yeah I have no idea how to say half of these names so the the sake of this review you should know how I read them in my head. Aa-cos & Ceri-ia, probably wring but hey my head read it and now thats how they will forever be known to me.
Doe anyone else do that? Like a book will say the character has brown hair and blue eyes but you think of them with blonde hair and a glass eye and it’s just how it is. No point in changing it 4 chapters in!

Anyway! Akos and Cyra are jumping through chapters, which I hate. Mainly because if I don’t pay attention I wonder why Akos is doing things Cyra shouldn’t,Processed with VSCO with t1 preset but then realise it’s her chapter not his.
The whole way through this book I struggled. Struggled to understand what was happening, struggling to see the point in things that were happening. Struggling to finish it at times. But I stuck with it because I had nothing else to read and paid 12.99 ON KINDLE for this book. Yeah, I know..

I couldn’t keep track of where they were, what plant was where, and was exhausted trying to keep up!

I guess the last thing to do is address the elephant in the room and talk about the controversy in this book. There were many many issues with book bloggers all over the world (except a choice few, who seemed to have been paid to love it). I don’t want to discuss too much about it because at this point it’s been a while since I read the book, and I’ve read more reviews since writing this one in my notebook where I think I’d be bias in talking about certain issues.
The issues raised won’t affect some people at all, and those people are lucky & will probably enjoy the book in it’s entirety.

 

& that’s all I have to say about this unless anyone wants to continue the discussion in the comments! I’ve had too much coffee today so need some friends to talk about this with!

 

Open Door by Iosi Havilio

Hidden away in the depths of a little bookstore in Scotland, I found a book called Down the Rabbit Hole. Completely unrelated to this book except that it’s published by the same company!
And Other Stories is a fantastic publishing house that specialise in translated fiction.
They have a subscription service where for a fixed price you’ll receive a book by one of their authors either twice or up to six times a year. It’s a great way to discover new books and authors that you wouldn’t normally pick up either due to the language barrier or perhaps it’s just not in your comfort zone!

Long story short I want to give you a small review on one of their books I recently bought, Open Door.
The best way I can describe this book is strange. Strange because it’s beautifully confusing in a way that makes you want more.
It starts with a lesbian vet (YESSSS!) and her troubling relationship with her partner who the main character may or may not have unknowingly seen commit suicide. She becomes more and more drawn to the county side, more specifically a play called Open Door that boasts a lunatic asylum where patients have the ability to roam the town as they please. This concept makes you question all the characters we meet in the town , as we never know if they’re normal so to speak, or just another patient.
Without giving away too much, I gave this book 4/5 stars on GoodReads!

All in all, I read this book in one day. Which is saying something.
While I didn’t mention it above it’s worth saying that all And Other Stories books are also available on the BookDepository and also in some bookshops. Although the latter might be harder to find!