September 2017 Reading Summary

I’ve been a bit quiet lately, I’ve been feeling a little off about reviewing – not really been able to find the words to put down. I’m hoping over the next week or so to catch up on a few reviews and get myself back into the swing of things.

For Septemeber, I managed to read twelve books from varying sources. From iBooks, Netgalley, Amazon, Advanced Reading Copies and my own personal paperback collection.

From September’s reads, I have a few favourites.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I bought this book from Amazon for two reasons. The first was because so many people in my book group had said it was a good read and the second was because I wanted to have read it before I see the film due to be released soon.

The Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn. This was a Netgalley Advanced Reading Copy. I read this on a whim and really enjoyed the story. My review will be live on 2nd November 2017 via this link.

Shifters Fate by Alyssa Rose Ivy. This was an Advanced Reading Copy via Sarra Cannon. This is the first book in the Willow Harbor Series. You can read all about the series here.

This month I also started reading the Preacher series of Graphic Novels by Garth Ennis. I read these as after watching season two of the Amazon Prime TV Show based on the same novels, I fell in love. I loved the TV show and HAD to read the books they were based on. (This is one of those reviews I am behind on).

Anyway, thanks for reading and stay tuned for more to come soon.

 

 

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Review: Tunnels of Blood (The Saga of Darren Shan, #3)

Tunnels of Blood (The Saga of Darren Shan, #3)Tunnels of Blood by Darren Shan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Mr Crepsley and Darren are back again in more adventures as a vampire and his assistant. This time, Mr C is contacted by an old friend, who also happens to be a vampire general. Taking Darren and Evra with him, Mr C leaves the Cirque Du Freak on a mission.

As with the other two books, the writing in this one is simplistic and normally I would say that it was too childlike for me to be able to read it, however, with this series it works. It makes the books a quick and easy read for all ages.
I am really enjoying the series so far, but this book is my least favourite up to now.

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Bargain Buys – Charity begins with BOOKS

You’ve probably all heard the saying Charity begins at Home? And if not, you more than likely will at some point in your life. Well, I have taken that saying and changed it to fit my lifestyle.

CHARITY BEGINS AT BOOKS

The reason for me doing this is because:

  • I work in a charity shop
  • I love a bargain and giving back to people that need it
  • I love love love buying books from charity shops.

Buying a book from here is a fabulous way to fill my collection as the books are generally very reasonably priced (most of the UK Charity Shops sell an individual book for anywhere between the 50p and £2 mark). You can sometimes find books that would have cost you a lot more to buy from an actual bookshop, or even in eBook format. Due to this, I am unable to walk into a charity shop without at least checking the books.

I wanted to showcase some of my Charity Shop buys and the bargain prices I paid for them.

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The entire Game of Thrones series of books (so far), boxed, in near perfect condition for a grand total of £3.50. This is probably my best bargain due to the current popularity of this series.

I got these 5 books as part of a 5 for £1 offer. An absolute bargain of a price. The Buffy book wasn’t already on any of my TBR lists but I had to get a fifth to make it up to £1.

All of the books here were priced at £1 each. The Dodger book by Terry Pratchett was definitely the best buy as its a first edition British printing. 

These 4 were all priced at 50p or less, To Kill A Mockingbird only cost 20p.

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This manga version of Beautiful Creatures is my favourite of all my charity shop buys, due to 1) it being quite elusive in the UK, not available in any book shops and 2) so expensive on sites like Amazon. I snagged this, purely by accident, for £1.79.

What about you? Have you had any good charity shop book buys? Which are your favourite or best bargains?

 

 

 

Review: Sons of Anarchy Vol. 4

Sons of Anarchy Vol. 4Sons of Anarchy Vol. 4 by Ed Brisson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was late to the Sons of Anarchy party. I binge watched all seasons of the TV show last year and I left it in tears because it had ended.

Having recently found a ‘thing’ for graphic novels, I got overexcited when I found this book available at my local library. Their GN collection is pretty dire tbh so this was a really good find.

Then, when I got home, my heart sank. Part of me knew it was my own fault but I didn’t read anything about it. Not the blurb or any details, I just got really really excited. However, it was volume 4 and I hadn’t read the first 3 so panic set in. Would I know what was going on? How would I manage to read the story if I had no idea what had happened before? Yadda yadda blah blah

Anyway, back to the book… So I really enjoyed it. It is a compilation of issues. Each issue is a stand alone story featuring a different member of the SOA. The tagline for the book should really be something along the lines of “You’ve seen them together, now see them alone” – however, they aren’t alone in the sense that they are the only member featured in that story but more because it focuses on one character. In this one, we have Jax, Juice, Happy and Bobby.

If you’re a fan, I’d definitely recommend it but if not then it probably won’t make much sense to you.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Harry Potter, along with his best friends, Ron and Hermione, is about to start his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry can’t wait to get back to school after the summer holidays. (Who wouldn’t if they lived with the horrible Dursleys?) But when Harry gets to Hogwarts, the atmosphere is tense. There’s an escaped mass murderer on the loose, and the sinister prison guards of Azkaban have been called in to guard the school…

This is a re-read for me. In fact, I have lost count of the number of times I have read the Harry Potter series of books (and watched the films) but I still keep coming back to them. To me, this shows exactly what kind of world J.K.Rowling has created. I know many people that re-read these books on a regular basis. It really does draw you in, you love (and hate) the characters and you find yourself rooting for them in all their many adventures.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the first in the series that doesn’t follow suit. Do we still get adventure? Yes, but of a different kind to what readers of the first two books only may be used to.
In Azkaban, a crucial new character is properly introduced – along with all the usual ones that we love.

Re-reading this, this time round, I actually do love this book. We have so many firsts happening in this story that I found it impossible to NOT love it (Order of the Phoenix is still my favourite).

I can not wait to start my re-read of book four. Although I am trying to clear out some of my TBR pile… **but Harry Potter wins every time**

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