June

Not many books read this month unfortunately, it’s been a busy month, but I have read some wonderful books this month and discovered new authors. Lindsay Cummings, Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki – brilliant!

Books read: 10

  • Skellig by David Almond.
  • The Fire Witness by Lars Kepler.
  • The Julius House (Auroura Teagarden #4) by Charlaine Harris.
  • The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood.
  • The Fear Trials by Lindsay Cummings.
  • The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings.
  • The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult.
  • Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki.
  • Alex by Pierre Lemaitre.
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

Favourite book: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult.

Least Favourite book: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon.

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A Fangirl’s Dictionary

Binge read:

A period of unrestrained, excessive and self-indulgent reading, often involves finishing a 400-odd page book in a day or reading multiple books, one after the other, within a short space of time.

Book hangover

The feelings experienced after finishing a really good book, symptoms include; lounging around in a dazed stupor, being unable to function adequately in normal day-to-day activities and suffering from a reading slump (see below).

Book hoarder

Typical traits include; buying books regardless of available funds, shelf space and length of TBR list (see below). Books are often stacked  on the floor or on other items of furniture due to lack of shelf space.

Book-shelfie

A ‘selfie’ style photograph with one’s bookshelf in shot or a proud bookshelf selfie, with just the beauty of the bookcase captured in the photograph.

Bookstagram

The book-loving community on Instagram, members often express their love for their chosen fandoms (see below), post photos of their current reads, favourite books, quotes and book-shelfies etc.

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Bookworm Problems

I am a self-confessed bookworm/fangirl/obsessive reader. I spend more time in fictional worlds than actual reality and I am often in love with a fictional character (much to my fiancé’s chagrin). Books are more than just paper and words; they are modes of transportation to alternate universes. You can learn magic, or even a new language! You can battle evil, go on wild adventures and fly on the backs of dragons, all without having to leave the comfort of your favourite reading spot. To once again quote the now overused words of Tyrion Lannister:

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…The man who never reads lives only one.”

Reading is more than a hobby to me, or a favourite past time, reading is my life. I can’t imagine ever not reading, even during my teen years when reading was most definitely not the cool thing to be doing I still read. I read in the sanctuary that was my house; secret reading, seems pretty pathetic now but at the time it was important to me to maintain a certain facade when I was at school and out with my friends, geeking out and reading just did not fit. I would go home, slip on my pjs, make a hot chocolate and lose myself in a good book; all of the drama of the day would fade away. Let’s face it teenage girls can be vile to one another, there was always some drama.

As I have grown older and matured I am not sorry to say that my reading tastes have largely remained the same; I absolutely adore YA fiction! Although I am no longer the young girl scared of sharing her passion for books, I still find books cause some little problems for me which my non-bookish friends just cannot comprehend. I believe that these are universal bookworm issues;

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The Storyteller

The Storyteller.

By Jodi Picoult.

Pages: 528.

5/5 and then some!

 

From the back cover:

“For seventy years, Josef Weber has been hiding in plain sight. He is a pillar of his local community. He is also a murderer.

When Josef decides to confess, it is to Sage Singer, a young woman who trusts him as her friend. What she hears shatters everything she thought she knew and believed.

As Sage uncovers the truth from the darkest horrors of war, she must follow a twisting trail between terror and mercy, betrayal and forgiveness, love – and revenge.”

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The Murder Complex

The Murder Complex

By Lindsay Cummings

Pages 398 (kindle)

5/5

The Murder Complex
From the back cover:

“In a world where the murder rate is higher than the birth rate, fifteen-year-old Meadow, trained by her father to kill and survive in any situation, falls in love with Zephyr, a government assassin.”

For the last few months I have followed the author, Lindsay Cummings, on Instagram and I have witnessed the build up to the release date of her debut novel The Murder Complex. I was eagerly awaiting the day that I would get to read the book that I had been hearing so much about and seeing so much hype about in the bookstagram community. I was not disappointed.

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