My New Year Resolutions – Book Bonanza

Dear Readers,

2014 has been a very successful year, but there a few things I want to improve on, so I thought I would share my New Year Resolutions with you! Sorry this is isn’t completely dedicated to books, but don’t worry, there will be some book related resolutions…

1) Read more books

This year, unfortunately I didn’t complete my reading challenge on goodreads (although I only started it in June!!).I am determined in 2015 that I will firstly generally find more time to read books (instead of watching TV, YouTube and reading other blog posts!!) and also complete my goodreads challenge.

2) Achieve the grades I want

I want to work as hard as I can to achieve good grades.

3) Blog More

I did have a break from blogging, due to exams and stuff, but I definitely want to post as much as I can in 2015! It is a big hobby, and again, it is just finding the time to post.

4) Write in my 5-year diary every day

My brother gave me a 5-year memory book, where you can write a line a day for five years. Then, after five years have passed, you can go back and read what you have done, each year on a certain day! It is such a great idea, and also very exciting that you can read what you have done in previous years.

5) Eat healthier

Finally, I wan’t to stop eating junk food and eat more vegetables and fruit. I know this is a typical one, but I do think I eat to much rubbish!!

So there were my New Year Resolutions. Thank you all for commenting, liking and following my blog this year, and I cannot wait for more blogging and reading next year! ūüôā

What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

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My Top Five Books of 2014 – Book Bonanza

Dear Readers,

Finally 2014 is coming to an end, which gives me the chance to share with you my most loved books throughout this year!

5. Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

Blurb¬†–¬†Zoe Collins has a dark and terrible secret that she dares to confess to no one. But one day she hears of a criminal on death row who knows all about secrets. And lies. And betrayal. Desperate to confide in someone Zoe picks up a pen.

These are the letters that she wrote…

Genre РCrime/Romance

Star Rating Р3 and a half stars

When I read this book РI finished it quite recently on the 22nd December.

Brief thoughts on the book Р I really enjoyed the style of writing that Annabel used and how the book was a very original idea. Zoe Collins, the main character, writes letters to a man on death row named Mr Stuart Harris. The point of this is so that Zoe can tell someone the terrible and dark things he has done!  I have already given a wider insight and my thoughts on this book in my previous blog post, which you can find here.

4. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Blurb –¬†After the summer break, a mysterious girl turns up at Leo‚Äôs high school called Stargirl. She strums the ukulele at lunch and sings ‚ÄėHappy Birthday‚Äô to people when it‚Äôs their special day. People at the school think she is a ‚Äėfake‚Äô and a ‚Äėset up‚Äô but they soon discover she is not. She soon becomes popular and people start loving her for being unique and for being herself, but sometimes when you‚Äôre unique and stand out from everybody else you are not always admired‚Ķ

Genre – Young Adult/Romance

Star Rating – 3 and a half stars

When I read this book – On the 10th of April

Brief thoughts on the book¬†–¬†Stargirl is quite a short book (192 pages) but is an enjoyable and fun read. I wouldn’t say this has any age limit because it is quite an easy read. Also I have to mention on the vibrant book cover!!¬†It really stands out on my bookshelf with the bright pink, which is probably one of the reasons I picked it up! Again I did a review of this book back in April, so if you want to know a bit more about the book and my thoughts, click here.

3. The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

Blurb A reluctant hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home Рand the gold within it Рfrom the dragon Smaug.

Genre – Fantasy

Star Rating – I gave this book four Stars

When I read this book – Very recently! I finished yesterday (28th December)

Brief thoughts on the book – To¬†be honest, I wouldn’t have picked this up on my own, but when my brother said I had to read some of the classics, he said I should start with The Hobbit. My tbr pile is so large, I was pretty angry I couldn’t read Cinder by Marissa¬†Meyer (which I have been waiting to read forever!!). But, he did prove me wrong! The writing was¬†exquisite and I cannot wait to read the Lord of the Rings!

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Blurb –¬†Despite the tumour-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten

Genre – Romance

Star Rating РI gave this 4 and a half stars

When I read this book –¬†¬†March 28th

Brief thoughts on the book¬†– I absolutely loved this book. John Green, as always got this book spot on! I loved the characters, my favourite being Augustus Waters. It was gripping, and I read in about 24 hours! I am sure you have heard of it, but if you haven’t read it, I urge you to read it! More thoughts on the book can be found on my blog post here.

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1. Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth

Blurb –¬†The futuristic city of Chicago is divided into five different factions, Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave) and Erudite (the intelligent). At the age of sixteen you must choose which faction you wish to stay in or go to for the rest of your life. When it is time for sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior to chose her ‚Äėrightful place‚Äô in the world, she can‚Äôt decide if to choose her family or her own choice. As soon as she has finished her aptitude test, which can help her decide which faction to choose, she is shocked to know she has a secret which she must not tell anyone. When she has chosen her faction¬† she can trust nobody in this new world, but when she meets one of her instructors Four, she seems to trust him more than anyone else‚Ķ..

Genre РDystopia

Star Rating – 4 and a half stars

When I read this book – I read Divergent on the 2nd February, Insurgent on the 25th February, and finally Allegiant on the 1st March,

Brief thoughts on the book – In all three of the books, they were action packed and exciting. It is my favourite trilogy of all time. I just was gripped the whole way though! My favourite character out of all of the books had to be four (played by Theo James in the film ahhhh!!). He was dangerous, hot and in Divergent, I wanted to find out more about him, and what had happened to him as a child. If you take anything away from this blog post, then please read this trilogy if you haven’t already! I cannot praise it highly enough! To find out more about the tree books here are the my reviews:

Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, Four-A Divergent Story Collection and the Divergent Film Review.

So there we have it. My top 5 books of 2014. Thank you all for commenting, following and liking my blog this year, and I look forward, to more posts and reading next year!

What are your top 5 books of 2014?

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher – Book Bonanza

Dear Readers,

Firstly I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and got all of the presents/books you asked for, and ate lots of Christmas dinner! Today I will be reviewing Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher which had been on my tbr list for a while…


Title: Ketchup Clouds

Author: Annabel Pitcher

Publisher: Indigo

Genre: Crime/Romance

Pages: 303

Plot

Zoe Collins has a dark and terrible secret that she dares to confess to no one. But one day she hears of a criminal on death row who knows all about secrets. And lies. And betrayal. Desperate to confide in someone Zoe picks up a pen.

These are the letters that she wrote.

Characters

The main character, as you have probably guessed is Zoe Collins. She is a peculiar character who wants to have freedom and go to parties and meet boys. Here is where Aaron and Max come in. If I am being honest I didn’t like either Max or Aaron as they weren’t exactly truthful to Zoe a lot of the time. My favourite character though was Zoe’s little sister Dot. Dot is around the age of 6, and is deaf. She loves royalty and princesses and is just…so adorable!! At the end of the book (don’t worry, I won’t spoil it for you!) Annabel decided to add part of Dots diary, which I really enjoyed reading, and was a good part to see the same chapter in somebody else’s eyes!

Writing

I thought it wasn’t an easy read as such ¬†but not very complex. I would recommend it to everyone really! Although it was different to anything else I have read before, I was surprised and ¬†really love it!

Overall

Overall, I did enjoy this book, but it was quite strange if I am honest. I haven’t really dwelled on who Zoe’s letter were to. They were to, as mentioned in the plot of the book, ¬†a man on death row called Mr Stuart Harris. She writes to him explaining that they are similar to each other because they both killed someone! So I have decided to give it …

I did enjoy the book, but as I said, it was a bit odd. I know that Annabel has written another book called My sister lives on the mantelpiece which I am intrigued to read!

Thank you for reading this review, and if you did like it then please like and comment what you thought of the review, whether you will read it, or if you have read it then I would love to hear your thoughts on the book! Also please follow my blog as it means an awful lot!!

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg – Book Bonanza

Dear Readers,

So…I am going to be honest and say that this blog and reading wasn’t the biggest of my priorities in the past ¬†few months! I LOVE ¬†reading and have really enjoyed starting my blog, but when you have masses of homework plus music rehearsals, you don’t really have time for it. But, seeing as it is now the Christmas holidays (yay!!!) I have finally had some well deserved reading time. Anyway, I am going to stop ranting ¬†now (which is probably for the best!) and get on with the book review. Today I will be reviewing Girl Online by Zoe Sugg…


Title: Girl Online

Author: Zoe Sugg

Publisher: Penguin

Genre: Young Adult

Pages: 352

Plot

Penny has a secret.

Under the alias Girl-Online, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family – and the panic attacks she’s suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment of it on her blog.

But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover – and her closest friendship – forever…

Characters

Penny, as you have probably have realised is the main character. She is just an average teenage who lives in Brighton. Her mother owns a wedding shop and when two Americans one day catch sight of their ‘Downton Abbey’ display in the window, they whisk Penny and her best friend Elliot to New York, to help cater and organize the wedding! This is where Penny meets Noah and…well I won’t spoil it for you! Personally my favourite character is Penny’s best friend-Elliot. He just seems such an amazing friend, and when Penny and Elliot both knock on each others walls, it seems so exciting and I suppose secret!! I also love Noah’s little sister who you meet to near the end of the book. She is just adorable and innocent and is so excited when Santa brings her presents!!!

Writing Style

It is quite an easy read, and I read it in roughly 3 days (which may seem long but remember I do have school and homework and stuff :/ !!). Seeing as it is Zoe’s first novel, I think it was a definite success!

Am I bias?

So if you are a big you tube fan (like myself) then you will most probably now the name Zoe Sugg, or as she is better known as Zoella on her you tube channel and her blog). But I am giving my honest opinion, and I really enjoyed the book.

Overall and my Rating

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and was the greatest boost I needed to get back into reading. Therefore I am going to give it a mighty four stars….

I would recommend this mainly for teenagers because I think you can really relate to it. Oh… and on that topic, she also mentions panic attacks which I think is really helpful for those who suffer with them, as I know Zoe does.

So to wrap things up, thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoyed this post. Be sure to like this post, share it and comment what you thought!

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