8 February 2014

Reading Wrap Up - January 2014


Lola & The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Once by Morris Gleitzman
Then by Morris Gleitzman
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January was a really great month for reading; I read 6 books and loved every single one. I'm not sure what happened but I found myself feeling extra enthusiastic about reading throughout the month and I spent a lot more time reading than I spent watching TV or sleeping (maybe not the best idea when it's prelim-season...). Out of the 6 books I read, 3 were re-reads. I wouldn't usually re-read so many books in one month, but I hadn't read 2 of them for years so I made an exception. ^_^ I would highly recommend every book that I read and loved throughout January.

'The Catastrophic History Of You & Me' was a bit of a wildcard. Rachel got it for me for Christmas and, although I'd never heard anything about it before, I couldn't wait to read it. I was kind of expecting it to be the usual chick-lit, light-hearted romance book (which I wouldn't have minded) so I was pleasantly surprised when I got into it. I won't give anything away but this book is brilliant and incredibly enjoyable. 'Lola & The Boy Next Door' was another Christmas present from Rachel but, unlike the previous one, I knew a bit about it and had been wanting to read it for a little while. I'd actually read 'Anna & The French Kiss' just a few days before I got this one and I absolutely loved it, so I was really excited to read another book by Stephanie Perkins. This might be quite controversial but I think I might like 'Lola & The Boy Next Door' even more than 'Anna & The French Kiss'. I'd highly recommend both.

Next was my first re-read of the month: 'The Perks Of Being A Wallflower' by Stephen Chbosky. This was my third time reading it and I loved it just as much as I have the other times. Perks is one of my favourite books and favourites films (I absolutely freaking love the casting and think they did an amazing job putting Perks on the screen) and I would highly recommend reading it. I'm yet to meet someone (other than my sister) that actually likes this book, though. The general consensus with everyone I've asked is that it's pretty bad... Don't listen to them!

I'm preparing for an onslaught of fangirling here... I finally read 'Divergent'. I feel kinda stupid for not reading it sooner. It's been on my book wishlist since it came out and has been sitting in my room since the beginning of August (I got it for my birthday last year), yet I only picked it up last month. Long story short; I absolutely loved it. It was written better than I expected and it was so gripping and captivating. I loved the whole premise and would happily read Insurgent and Allegiant - preferably as soon as possible...

The final two books were both re-reads from about 5 or 6 years ago: 'Once' and 'Then' by Morris Gleitzman. These are really short books (only about 160 pages each) but they definitely pack a punch. They deal with a difficult subject - the holocaust - but because they're told through the eyes of a child, an almost lighthearted spin is put on it. The narrator, Felix, goes on a real journey and you see him go from being completely naive and unaware, to dealing with the situation so maturely. 'Once' and 'Then' are the first two books in the trilogy (I read the third installment at the beginning of February) and I would highly recommend reading them, no matter how old you are. I first read them when I was 10-ish and I still love them now.

What did you read in January?
Lots of love, Cat
xxx

14 comments:

  1. I really really want to read Lola and the Boy Next Door! It just looks so goood! I didn't like Perks that much, I found Charlie really whiny! I thought Divergent was okay but not as phenomenal as I thought it would be! Great post! :D x

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    1. You should! It's seriously so enjoyable. ^_^ That's what a lot of people say about Perks and I do see where you're coming from...but I actually love Charlie, even though he's whiny. :'D xx

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  2. Lola and the Boy Next Door is on my book wishlist since Anna and the French Kiss! And I've been meaning to read Divergent but still haven't gotten around to it...
    Have you ever read the butterfly novels? they sound cheesy but I honestly think you'd enjoy them - I wrote a blog post about them a few months ago if you want to check it out - http://niamhsdream.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/my-favourite-teenage-book-series.html
    I'm actually re-reading them at the moment for like the millionth time!

    xxx

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    1. I haven't but I just checked out your blog post and they sound like something I'd enjoy. Thanks for your recommendation! xx

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  3. I have been intending to read Perks of Being a Wallflower - I have heard lots of people recommend it! :)
    theemeralddove21.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It is seriously amazing - one of my all-time favourite books! ^_^ xx

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  4. I felt a bit late reading Divergent, but I'm soo glad I did! And I've been desperate to read Perks, ever since I watched the film! x
    Eden from edenroses xx

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    1. I'm the same; I feel like I'm a little late to the Divergent party but I really love it now that I've finally read it. :D xx

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  5. You're not the only one who read Divergent a little late. I read it over the Christmas holidays and was surprised by how much I loved it. Nearly at the end of Anna & the French kiss and with 30 pages to go I really hope she ends up with St. Clair!!!! Although I've read watched the film of The Perks of Being a Wallflower I've not read the book - I guess I'm scared that I won't like it. I love your cover by the way, I've got the one with a silhouette on.

    Sorry this is rather long... but I'm tempted to read the Once series, is it worth it?
    Holly xx

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    1. No Anna spoilers! I'm so happy you're reading it and (by the sound of it) enjoying it. ^_^
      The book of Perks is just as amazing as the film; you won't be let down. :)
      You should definitely read Once! You can get the full trilogy read in a couple of days and they're honestly amazing. xx

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  6. I really love those books, red most of them through ibooks. Want to have my own hard copy :(

    xx, http://steal-thestyle.blogspot.com/

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    1. I feel that way about quite a few books I have on my Kindle. It's convenient but e-books just aren't the same as physical copies. xx

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  7. I am a new reader and I must admit that I have fallen in love with your blog and its design!
    I have added you to my blogosphere link thing on my sidebar over at my blog, so my readers can link here.
    Also, how did you create your blog button. It is gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you so much! Your comment made my day. ^_^
      I created my blog button on PicMonkey just by cropping and editing a photo I took when I was on holiday. :) xx

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