BOOK REVIEW: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

eleanor and park Image is from the Goodreads page

I read Eleanor & Park on holiday while tucked up in bed (yes, I’m so old!) and I read it in a couple of sessions flat. I really enjoyed it, actually. It’s the first Rainbow Rowell book I’ve read, but a few friends have recommended one of her other books, Fangirl. Maybe I’ll read that next – I definitely want to read more Rowell! This is a review so it may contain some spoilers re overarching themes and the like, but I’ll try to keep it relatively major spoiler free. This book tackles the topics of domestical violence, alcohol abuse, childhood abuse (including implied sexual) and bullying. If you are sensitive to any of those topics, you may want to skip this one.

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Book Review: Missing Abby by Lee Weatherly

This review may contain mild spoilers but will not talk in detail about any important plot points. I bought this book second hand from a used book sale sometime last year and just got around to reading it. The book is about a girl called Emma, who is the last person to see her childhood best friend, Abby, before Abby goes missing. The book is centred around Emma trying to find out what happened to Abby while also trying not to let the unsavoury circumstances in her past (that led to her “abandoning” Abby and moving to a different school) bleed through into her present. Check out the Goodreads page here.


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Currently Reading

Hey everyone! I’m going to do a quick post about the books I’m currently reading – what they’re about, how far into them I am, whether I’m enjoying them, that sort of thing. I’m also thinking of starting to watch the TV show Grimm today, and possibly doing a “watch with me” type post, where I write about what’s happening in the episode and my thoughts, and we can discuss it in the comments? If that’s something that will interest you, stay tuned!

But now for my current reads. From top to bottom:

Withering Tights by Louise Rennison – this is the first book in a series about Tallulah Casey, wannabe starlet and completely relatable awkward teenage girl. I’ve read this before but decided to skip through it again before reading the next in the series. Withering Tights is a nice, quick read with both drama and laugh-out-loud bits.

Vicious by V. E. Schwab – this is about two college roommates, Victor and Eli, who plan their dissertation around the hypothetical notion that, under the right “conditions”, people can develop supernatural powers. Their problems arise when they start exploring the…practical…side to their notion and not just the hypothetical side. I haven’t read too much of this yet, but it skips between Victor and Eli in college and Victor several years later, newly escaped from prison and attempting to find Eli. It seems really good so far, and I can’t wait to keep reading and see what happens.

Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult – an Amish teenager gives birth in the middle of the night and when she wakes up, the baby is gone. It seems that God has answered her frantic prayers…until the dead baby’s body is found. I love Jodi Picoult, and this book is no exception. Again, I haven’t read too much of it, but it’s intriguing and saddening in equal measure.

Black Cat by Kentaro Yabuki – this is the first manga I’ve ever read, and it’s a pretty good one! It’s about an ex assassin turned bounty hunter, who’s attempting to track down a dangerous weapons smuggler. He is aided by his bounty hunter partner Sven, and a new allegiance with a burglar. This is going really well, once I got used to the different style of reading! I’m enjoying this a lot, and can’t wait to dive into some other manga too.

Finally, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – a teenage boy, haunted by stories and his grandfather’s death, travels to a little island off the coast of Wales to find out more about his family’s mysterious past. I’m enjoying this book, as well as the beautiful if eery photographs, and am looking forward to seeing what happens at the end. It’s taken me a while to get through because of numerous things getting in the way of my reading but hopefully now I’ll have the chance to finish!

So that’s all the books I’m reading at the moment. Hopefully now that my lectures are over, I’ll have more time to read in between my revision. I hope you enjoyed this post, and let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought of them!

Amazon Haul…Did I go Overboard?

Hey everyone! Books are my passion and I buy more at every opportunity I get – so it makes sense that my first blog post will be a book haul! There is one DVD in there too, to add some variety. So, from the top down:


Hogfather by Terry Pratchett – bought on a good friends recommendation, the plot is something about Death having to pretend to be Father Christmas. It’s the 20th Discworld novel but I’ve been assured I don’t have to have read the ones before it.

The Child Bride by Cathy Glass – as a psych student and aspiring clinical psychologist, I have a fascination with these true story, foster-care-for-abused-children type books. This is as the title suggests; a young girl about to be forced into marriage.

City of Ashes and City of Glass by Cassandra Clare – the second and third book in The Mortal Instruments series. I have the first (City of Bones) on my kindle and I’m saving them up to read on my (long) train journey home for Christmas. The series is about Shadowhunters who fight demons; it’s received a lot of hype and I’m looking forward to reading them!

Gone by Michael Grant – the first book in another series that has lots of good reviews and I’m only now jumping on the bandwagon. Suddenly, all adults in the world disappear and it’s up to the kids to find out what the hell is going on.

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks – a classic which, I’m rather ashamed to say, I haven’t read yet. It’s set in the First World War and, as I love historical novels, I’m sure I’ll love this one too.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton – this won the Man Booker Prize last year and is set in 1866 when a group of people team up to discuss and solve some crimes.

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg – I love YouTube and Zoella is one of my favourite beauty YouTubers. This book is, I imagine, light hearted, read-in-a-day pure unthinking escapism, which we all love every once in a while.

The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis – a companion book to the aforementioned The Mortal Instruments series. I’ll also be saving this for the train (did I mention it’s a LONG journey?).

And, finally, The Little Prince (bilingual version) by Antoine de St. Exupèry – I borrowed this (a standard English version) off a friend and loved the story. I bought the bilingual version, which means it has the English and the original French side by side. I did French and German GCSEs (2 years ago) and enjoyed the languages although I haven’t really kept them up as much as I should. I’m working on it though, and I thought the best way to brush up on my reading skills is to…well…read a book in French! As well as the actual story (and pictures!), the unabridged version of the story, both English and French, is included in audiobook form in a CD at the back of the book.

Well that’s it for the books! Aside from The Little Prince and Girl Online (and Hogfather and The Shadowhunter’s Codex, both of which were bought separately), the other six books were on sale on UK Amazon.

I also got:


The Fault in our Stars DVD, with special features (stick around and you’ll soon learn I have a slight obsession with special features). This too was on sale when I bought it.

Phew! That’s a hell of a lot. Quick disclaimer here though: all of these books and the DVD were purchased, by me, using my own money. I don’t usually buy this kind of thing (I don’t usually have the money) but I had a bit extra and thought I’d treat myself. It’s a rare occurrence for me to have been able to buy more than two books, but hopefully I will love them all! Of course, reviews will follow.

Well I guess that’s it for my first post. I hope you enjoyed it and maybe got some inspiration for lovely new book purchases (Amazon is having a Black Friday sale – hurry, go!). Thank you all for reading and I’ll see you again soon!