Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Cracking the Spine: How do you like your books?


  A couple of days ago I found myself in Waterstones with a non-book reader. Yup, I have friends that don’t read. Actually I only have one friend that does read, it’s a sad state of affairs but hey, at least no one wants to borrow my precious books! I’ve gone slightly off topic there so back to the point. Said friend started talking about books he read as a child (He doesn’t read anymore, what a loser!) and how he used to love bending a book so much the spine cracked. He seemed confused to why I was staring at him in disbelief and when I finally came around I went on a rant about cracking the spine, I know he wasn't listening though. Personally I cannot bring myself to bend a book that much the spine ends up looking ugly. I like everything looking pristine, okay?

  I will do everything I possibly can to keep my books looking perfect even if that means holding the book open at a 45-degree angle and straining to see what it says on the page. Some may think this is extremely sad but I can’t help it! Unlike American publishers, the ones in the UK seem to think it’s okay to have a really stiff spine in which you have to open the book a ridiculous amount just to read it that then results in a cracked spine. No doubt about it, I prefer American editions of books to the ones in the UK.

  Up until now this post hasn’t really had much of a point other than me talking about my apathetic friend and slightly ranting about UK editions of books. Anyway what I’m really interested in is how other people feel about cracking the spine. I know some people love the battered look when it comes to books, I wont judge you if that’s your thing, each to their own right? Heck, my mum bends book covers all the way round so they're touching the back and I haven’t said anything to her… yet. So please, lets discuss this, as I’m eager to know how other people handle their books. 

Do you like them looking perfect or lovingly read?

Monday, 27 January 2014

Book Review: Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Published March 9th 2010 by Harper Teen
Paperback, 419 Pages
Synopsis:
In this lyrical, absorbing, award-winning novel, nothing is as it seems, and every clue leads to more questions.
At age eleven, Taylor Markham was abandoned by her mother. At fourteen, she ran away from boarding school, only to be tracked down and brought back by a mysterious stranger. Now seventeen, Taylor's the reluctant leader of her school's underground community, whose annual territory war with the Townies and visiting Cadets has just begun. This year, though, the Cadets are led by Jonah Griggs, and Taylor can't avoid his intense gaze for long. To make matters worse, Hannah, the one adult Taylor trusts, has disappeared. But if Taylor can piece together the clues Hannah left behind, the truth she uncovers might not just settle her past, but also change her future.
My Thoughts:
The thought of writing this has been plaguing my mind for two weeks now. You have no idea how hard it’s been for me to put my thoughts into words. So all I’m going to say right now is that this book blew my mind. I can finally understand why it has so won many awards; they don’t give out those bad boys to any author.

I have read my fair share of YA contemporary over the past 2 years and not one of them compares to this book. Yes I have read some excellent books but this one was out of this world. It was much more than a contemporary. It had a hint of mystery to it, which I’m not normally in to but with this it worked. A dash of romance really spiced this book up and it was topped off with a whole load of culture.

What made this book a refreshing read for me was the setting. Lately I’ve come to expect a book to either be set in America, London or Paris. So when I found out that this was set in Australia I jumped at the chance to read it. It’s not that I dislike the places that I mentioned above, I’m just getting bored of seeing the same places in books. I crave something new, something exciting and well, just something different.

I really enjoyed the territory wars aspect of the book, as it was interesting to see how the characters dealt with adult tasks and the political roles they’d been pushed into. I also found this quite amusing as each leader took it quite serious even though it had originally been created as a means of fun.

The subplot of this book was quite dark and at points I found myself having to put the book down as it did make me quite emotional. It wasn’t dark in a scary way but in how the characters acted and the thoughts they were having. I did like how the subplot intertwined with the present and the fact that the reader has to piece it together to understand how and why it brings us back to the main character.

I don’t want to keep you guys any longer, as this is a book you should experience firsthand without reading any spoilers. It’s better to go into it blind rather than knowing because it truly is an amazing read.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Feature & Follow Friday #13

Feature and Follow Friday is a blog hop hosted by AlisonCanRead and Parajunkee, its a simple way to gain some appreciated exposure to bloggers and to make friends while doing so. The two hosts feature a blog for the week, so you never know it could be you one day! If you'd like to follow me then you can do so using Bloglovin or GFC, leave a comment below to say Hey and I'll be sure to follow you back :) Be sure to check out the hosts sites as well as they're awesome.

Q. What books are you looking forward to reading in 2014?


Wow, this question couldn’t have come at a more perfect time! I’ve been slacking lately and haven’t written my most anticipated of 2014 list yet. The amount of books I have preordered this year already is ridiculous, but that just means its going to be a good reading year for me! However, my to be read pile is bulging with some exciting titles and I cant wait to finally get to them. I’m going to keep this short but believe me there are so many more titles I could have listed.


1. The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
This was on my most anticipated of 2013 list and I was absolutely gutted when I found out that the release date had been pushed back to this year. June can’t come quickly enough!

2. Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins
I got into this series at the beginning of last year and was immediately hooked. I can’t remember where I found out about it but I’m glad I did, as it quickly became one of my favourites.

3. The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
Boy oh boy, am I excited for this book? YES! After how the pervious book ended I haven’t been able to get thoughts of this out of my head. I need answers. I also need Jackal with his sarcastic comments.

4. On the Fence by Kasie West
I absolutely adored The Distance Between Us so when I found out Kasie was writing another contemporary I exploded with happiness.

5. Dare You To by Katie McGarry
I still haven’t gotten round to reading this book. Hopefully I’ll actually pick it up this year!

6. Panic by Lauren Oliver
No doubt about it Lauren Oliver’s writing style is gorgeous and I can’t wait to see how this book turns out.

7.  The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
I’ve had this book on my to be read pile for way too long. I am determined to read this book especially as I’ve read many great reviews for it recently.

8. Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
True Blood is one of my favourite tv shows and I started reading the books last year but for some reason didn’t carry on (I probably got distracted by another book). So this year I’d like to read the rest of the books to see how they compare to the show.

As you can see a lot of these books are 2014 releases, I don’t normally keep up with release dates but this year I am counting down the days for some of them! Are you desperately waiting for a book like me?

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