Getting Through the Pile One Book at a Time: September Wrap Up

Wrap Up

We are already six days into the month of October and I still can’t quite believe that it’s here already. Time just moves so quickly I can’t deal with it. My reading game wasn’t too bad this month; it could have been better and could have been worse. I managed to read almost all the books on my September TBR and I’ve become obsessed with a new series (like Hunger Games and Harry Potter level of obsessed), but more on that later.

So without further ado – here are the books I finished in September:

The Death Cure by James Dashner
Quick Review:
I think this was a pretty good conclusion for the trilogy…give or take a few things of course. This book was definitely a slower read than the other two and I didn’t like it quite as much. And Thomas frustrated me to no end. To see my full review of The Maze Runner trilogy click here!
My Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

More Than This by Patrick Ness
Quick Review:
I. Loved. This. Book. LOVE IT. Like I want to climb to the top of a mountain and yell about my love for all the world to hear. One of the best books I’ve read all year. Patrick Ness has a new fan in this girl; I can’t wait to read more of his stuff. See my full review of the novel here!
My Rating:
A perfect 5 out of 5 stars

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Quick Review:
It took me a while to really get into this story, but once I did I enjoyed it. That being said, I do think that its reputation ruined it a bit for me – just wasn’t as good as I was expecting. I will have a full review of this up sometime with week as well as an Adaptation Report for the film!
My Rating: 
3.5 out of 5 stars

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Quick Review:
Kind of cheating with this one as I finished it on October 1st, but SHH. There isn’t much to say other than: I’m obsessed. Totally and completely obsessed. I’ve already finished Crown of Midnight and I can’t deal with it. A review will be up ASAP! SO MANY FEELS. AND CHAOL. Okay, I’m done.
My Rating:
4.5 out of 5 stars

And that’s that! The only book I didn’t end up getting to was The Lightning Thief (aka the first book in the Percy Jackson series), but I did just start that book as I wait for Heir of Fire to arrive in the mail. October may pan out to be a good month as I’ve already finished two books (technically 3) and it’s only the 6th!

What was your favourite book last month?

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Review: More Than This by Patrick Ness

Book Details:
Author: Patrick Ness
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Pages: 480
Released: May 1st 2014
Goodreads Rating: 4.05

Goodreads summary:
A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies.
Then he wakes, naked and bruised and thirsty, but alive.
How can this be? And what is this strange deserted place?
As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife?

My Thoughts:
This book. I honestly don’t know what more I can say about this book other than it is definitely one of the best books I have read this year so far.

I’m not going to give anything away in this review because I think the best way to go into More Than This is without a lot of knowledge about what to expect. I only went into the book having read the blurb on the back and with recommendations from friends – whose judgements I trust – saying the book was fantastic.

I didn’t put this book down. I couldn’t. I was so entranced by this story and the characters’ lives that I had to find out what was going to happen; I needed to know the truth.

You can definitely say I was obsessed with this story and when it was finished I can honestly say that I wanted more! I wanted to know what happened next, I wanted to know more than this (badumtis).

It’s beautiful, thought provoking, funny at times, scary in others; it is the whole package and then some. Like John Green said, “Just read it.”

As I previously mentioned, I don’t want to give anything away, just know that I am officially on the Patrick Ness fan-wagon and I could not be more excited to read more of his work.

EVERYONE READ THIS, OKAY?

My Rating:
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. It has definitely been added to my go-to recommendations pile because I think everyone would enjoy this whether or not you like sci-fi or novels in the YA category.

Favourite Quotes:
“A book… it’s a world all on its own too. A world made of words, where you live for a while.”

“Know yourself and go in swinging.”

“You said we all want there to be more than this! Well, there’s always more than this. There’s always something you don’t know.”

“Real life is only ever just real life. Messy. What it means depends on how you look at it. The only thing you’ve got to do is find a way to live there.”

“We have to lie to ourselves to live. Otherwise, we’d go crazy.”

 

Getting Through the Pile One Book at a Time: September TBR

TBR

Alert the press: I finally have time to read! I’m hoping that my reading game is strong in September and I manage to catch up on my year challenge on Goodreads – I’m six book behind *gulp*. This month is just going to find me applying for jobs (I need money to buy more books after all), writing, reading, and maybe contemplating setting up a book vlog. Maybe. (Seriously though, let me know if that is something you want to see). I’m going to be making this list a little hefty because I want to challenge myself this month to read as much as I possibly can! So without further ado, here is my September TBR:

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I came, I crawled, I conquered: IBW Bookshop Crawl & Haul

In celebration of independent bookshops around the UK I took part in Independent Bookshop Week’s bookshop crawl today (how many time can you use independent in one sentence, am I right?).

I travelled to four of the five bookshops (unfortunately I ran out of time) in Edinburgh that were involved in IBW 2014 and did some shopping. Unfortunately I couldn’t do as much damage as I wanted to because I am going home to Canada in just under two months and my suitcase is already under a lot of threat of being overweight…so you see the issue.

I was so happy I was able to participate in this event because there really is nothing better than going to bookshop to pick up a physical book, and I always find the experience in independent bookshops to be so great. In the shops I visited I engaged in conversation with the workers; gushing over recent favourite reads, complaining about movie covers, and really just enjoying some chat with people who understand your crazy love for books.

It is always a much more intimate experience shopping in an independent bookshop because you know every book there was carefully selected for one reason or another.

The four bookshops I visited were The Edinburgh Bookshop, Looking Glass Books (the only place with IBW stickers, oddly enough), Word Power Books, and Golden Hare Books.

Now on to the fun part….the haul! Here we go:

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Publisher: 
Black Swan
Released: September 8th 2007
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Pages: 560
Goodreads Description (blurb on back):  1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.
Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.
SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION – THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH.
It’s a small story, about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.
ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW – DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES.
Goodreads Rating: 4.37 out of 5
Why I picked it up: I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while now and since there is a movie out I think it is time for me to read this bad boy. Also, LOOK AT THAT BEAUTIFUL COVER.
More Than This by Patrick Ness
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Released: September 1st 2013
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Dystopian
Pages: 480
Goodreads Description (blurb on back): A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies.
Then he wakes, naked and bruised and thirsty, but alive.
How can this be? And what is this strange deserted place?
As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife?
Goodreads Rating: 4.04 out of 5
Why I picked it up: A few of my friends have read this book and recommended it to me. I’ve also heard great things about Patrick Ness in general and wanted to start reading some of his work. Super excited to get started on this one.
BONUS BOOK: When I purchased this from Looking Glass Books I got a copy of Freight Books’ 101 Uses of a Dead Kindle by Adrian Searle and Judith Hastie and it is just as good as you think it is.

The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
Publisher: Borough Press (HarperCollins)
Released: May 9th 2013
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Pages: 314
Goodreads Description (blurb on back): ‘I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name’s Simon. I think you’re going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he’ll be dead. And he was never the same after that.’
Debut novel about one man’s descent into mental illness, following the death of his brother in childhood. Filer is a mental health nurse with a unique and startling insight into mental illness, and this book highlights a much-neglected subject.
Goodreads Rating: 3.86 out of 5
Why I picked it up: I watched a great review of book by Peruse Project’s Regan and I knew it was something I needed to read.

And there you have it.Those are the books I picked up today and, honestly, they all sound like tearjerkers. I guess I was in a mood. I can’t wait to read all these books and I hope everyone who participated in today’s bookshop crawl had as much fun as I did!