Friday, 8 May 2015
Sunday, 3 May 2015
I have a confession to make, I bought a book! A few months ago, this wouldn't have been a problem, in fact, it would have been commonplace. (I used to like to think that I single-handedly kept Waterstones in business.) However, at the beginning of the year, I vowed to not buy any books for six months in an attempt to save money, test my will and make a significant dent in my TBR pile.
But, as you can see, that hasn't gone to plan. While waiting for a friend of mine this week, I found my way into a Cancer Research charity shop and sitting right in front of me was My Mat Fat Teenage Dairy for just £1.50! Who could honestly resist such a bargain?!
I'm still going to try to stick to buying less books until the ban is lifted in July, however, I'm still quite proud that I managed to stay out of book shops for this long. It's already a giant improvement!
The plot:My Mad Fat Teenage Diary is the real published journal of Rae, a boy-crazed 17 year old living with her crazy mom and fighting some serious body issues. She is a sarcastic and cynical girl who takes herself very seriously.
I'm only a few pages in at the moment but I'm already realy enjoying it. And, although embarrassing to admit, I can see myself a lot in Rae when I was her age. It should be an interesting read for anyone who has kept a diary in their younger years.
What books have you borrowed, received or bought this week?
Saturday, 2 May 2015
I must admit, one of my favourite times is towards the end of the month when I get to choose which books I plan on reading. I know that I probably won't read all of them, but it's so satisfying to form a book list. I can't function if I don't have a list!
Last month was another crazy one for me, so I only managed to read two books; Tampa by Alissa Nutting and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. Now things have settled down again, I'm looking forward to devouring more books.
What I'm reading:My Mad Fat Teenage Diary by Rae Earl
Rae is a boy-crazed 17 year old trying to find her place in the world. After a short stint in a psychiatric ward, she is ready to start college, lose her virginity and tackle her body issues. I fell in love with the TV series when it first aired in 2013, and was delighted when I found out that the show was based on the published diary of the real-life Rae. I can't wait to start reading this!
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lawycka
Snow in Hell by Sophie Sparham
This is one I planned to read last month, but didn't get the chance to. Snow in Hell is Sophie's debut novel filled with necromancers, vampires and angels. I actually went to university with Sophie and can vouch for her stunning imagination. This will be the first book I've read that has been written by someone that I actually know!
World War Z by Max Brooks
I've wanted to read this book since the film version was release. A dear friend of mine read it a while ago and has been pestering me to do the same ever since. It reads as if a journalist has interviewed many different people to provide documentation for future generations, which I think is a great concept. I've not read many zombie books, so this will be a first for me.
What will you be reading this month?