Sorry

I have realised that I have been absent from this blog for a few months. I am very sorry about this and hope that I will find time to come back and carry on blogging soon.

Ze Book Geek

New Year’s Resolutions 2015

These are my New Year’s Bookish Resolutions and Have Written 12.

 

  1. Read a few more classic novels.
  2. Try not to get ‘too’ caught up in fandoms.
  3. Try to read more books and get out of book slumps quicker.
  4. Try not to let my wish list build up so much.
  5. Make sure you don’t spend all your money on books, it won’t end well. (especially when it comes to buying Christmas presents).
  6. Read some graphic novels and comics.
  7. If you do any features/memes, try to keep up with them.
  8. Read out of my ‘comfort zone’
  9. Complete the goodreads 2015 reading challenge with fifty books.
  10. Try to do a few more reviews on books I’ve read.

What are yours? Comment Below!

Book Haul #2: December 2015

Book Haul #1: December 2015

 

Image (1)So aside from the fact it was Christmas, I just sort of went on a book buying spree and bought a load of books. Let’s face it now, I’m broke. After having to buy both Christmas presents and my own books, I have no more money for anything…

But on the plus side, I have lots of books to read now!!!

So these are the books I bought this month (click on the title of each books for a link to goodreads:

 

 

1. The Baker Street Boys Box Set Collection by Anthony Read

This series came in a box set that I found after trying to find a series that was short but thrilling. I chose this series mainly because of my love for thrillers/ mysteries and a love for the BBC show Sherlock.

2. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

I know this book has been out for a while and has won two Carnegie medals. For some reason I never really looked at it but recently I did and I thought it sounded amazing. I then went on to read the first chapter of it and decided to buy it straight away. It is part of the Chaos Walking series and I look forward to reading it in the Christmas holidays in around 4 weeks time.

3. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo   

Wow. I bought this book on the first of November and finished it on the first of November. It was amazing and I thoroughly recommend reading it. It is so well written and I loved it. But… I don’t think I’ll ever finish the series. I think it would have worked better as a single, stand alone book but I guess that’s just my opinion.

4. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

I read the first book after watching the movie *horrified gasp*. Anyway I loved it and now have the second book to read. Some people have told me that the sequel is -meh- but I might as well try it if I enjoyed the first book so much.

5. At First Sight by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Don’t ask why I have this book and not The Death Cure. In a moment of hurry and panic for the waterstones closing for the day, I rushed in and picked up Scorch Trials and what I thought to be The Death Cure, but as you can see, it wasn’t. Hopefully I will enjoy Scorch Trials so that I read the next book and etc… but who knows? We’ll see…

6. The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

I have read the first book and I swear it finished way too soon. They are making a second series of its TV adaptation but I know the TV show is very different and am scared it might give away stuff because I’ve heard it moves much faster. Anyway I enjoyed the 100 and am now going to read the next book some time in the holidays.

7. The Death Cure

Honestly, this book was just bought for school for my GCSE English Literature. I will read it before hand as it is quite famous and well spoken of but I’m not sure, it isn’t a genre or time/era I usually read so who knows?

8. The Giver by Lois Lowry

I have seen this book in shops many times and have stopped to pick it up, but I always then found a book I had been meaning to buy for a longer length of time. Finally I have bought it and though the movie cover, it still looks pretty cool. I am looking forward to this book mainly because though dystopian, it is different. It seems like more than just another ‘evil government’ book.

9. Sabriel by Garth Nix

This book has been around me for years but for some reason – unlike The Giver – I never thought to pick it up. Finally I did and wondered what was wrong with me to constantly miss it out, time and time again.

10. Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder

Two Words: High Fantasy. The reason I even looked at it. Actually this book was tucked away in a box in the bookshop, not yet un-boxed. Trying to find another book to complete the 3 for 2 deal I looked through the box and found this. It is a really lucky find and I am looking forwards to getting to reading it.

Cosy Christmas Reads

Cosy Christmas Reads

As it is only 3 more days till Christmas, (that’s right, you heard me, 3 Days!!!) I have decided to compile a list of 5 books that you can snuggle up to with a mug of whatever hot beverage you desire, some novelty slippers and the Christmas dinner leftovers.

Just to let you know that, for me, ‘cosy reading’ makes me think of high fantasy or a cheesy YA romance novel. Basically I choose to go for, either super light reading or a proper bulky high fantasy book.

Links go to Goodreads

Disclaimer: I have not read all these books, instead they are recommendations friends have gi-ven me. I will not necessarily be reading all of them.

1.   Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas

I have not read this series yet but I am planning to read it in 2015. It is part of my new year TBR (which I’ll be posting next year) and I cannot wait to read it. I have only heard good things about it and it is definitely right up my street. High Fantasy, female assassin, lots of mystical creatures? Perfect.

2.   Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Laura Myracle

I have not read this either but just look at the title and guess why I chose it. It’s even set around Christmas. What could be better than that?

3. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

If you have not read this yet then what the hell have you been doing? Pick up this book and get started. It is one of the best books of all time and I thoroughly recommend reading it as soon as possible. I might even reread it this winter it was so good and it’s high fantasy which makes me feel right at home. Don’t listen to all those haters who have something wrong with the book. They’re probably jealous of Clare’s writing style. Haters will be haters, leave them alone in their own worlds and come and read this fantastic, marvellous, awesome, epic novel!!!

4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I am currently reading this and am thoroughly enjoying it. It is high fantasy (how surprising (!)) and has everything that makes you want to snuggle up as you read it by the Christmas lights at night.

5. Ruby Redfort Series by Lauren Child

I know that this is a more ‘junior school’ book but it is honestly amazing. Lauren Child is an amazing author of the books Clarice Bean and Charlie and Lola. The Ruby Redfort books are meant to be the ones that Clarice Bean reads and speaks about a lot through those books. After lots of fans (including me) writing in and asking for Ruby Redfort, an announcement was made saying a contract of six books has been signed.

They are really perfect all year round but I thought, why not suggest them now? They made a great light read for those who have little time to read this Christmas!

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

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Title: The Magnus Bane Chronicles

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson

Published by: McElderry Books

Publication Date: 11th November 2014

Pages: 528

Genres: Teen/YA Fiction/Fantasy/Mystery/Shadowhunters

Book Blurb:  It’s not easy being Magnus Bane. As a warlock, he’s often called upon to fix problems of others. His life has been long, and his loves have been many, and Magnus has a way of making sure he’s at the right place at the right—or perhaps wrong—time. The French Revolution, Prohibition, the first great battle between Valentine and the New York Institute… Magnus was there. But smuggling Marie Antoinette out of France is nothing compared to having a first date with Alec Lightwood.

Though Magnus’ tale is far from over, these stories shed a little light on his often inscrutable character. What happens when an immortal warlock goes mad? Are all Herondales as problematic as Will? (Answer: yes.) And why was Magnus banned from Peru?

Magnus will never be able to tell all of his tales. No one would believe him. But here are eleven stories that fill in some of the blanks—stories he probably wishes had never gotten out.

 

Waterstones ¦ Amazon

Review:
I was actually crazy enough to think about writing a review for each separate story but that would be eleven individual reviews. I, like many other fan-girls out there, have anticipated this book for months. I know it’s been released separately as eBooks but… Well first of all I try to avoid eBooks and use my local book store as often as possible, secondly, it’s so shiny! The cover is awesome with Godfrey Gao (Taiwanese actor and model) on the front cover. He portrayed Magnus Bane in the movie and I wish he could be Magnus in the TV show but that’s unlikely.
Anyway, each story was written by a combination of the three writers, giving us glimpses into Bane’s past. Magnus’ back stories were super interesting, comedic and magical; they also showed glimpses into shadowhunter history as well (at least the parts that involved Magnus).

This book was simply an amazing companion novel to the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices. It all links up beautifully and if you have read either of those series then I thoroughly recommend reading this. If you have not read TMI or TID then I still recommend reading it but there will be points you won’t get because the whole world isn’t introduced again as this was written for those who already have a great background knowledge into the world.

Random Post #2: The Goodreads Tag

The Goodreads Tag

I just found out about this and, well, my life needs goodreads to survive. On birthdays it is literally how friends know what to buy me. Anyway this goodreads tag is amazing and really fun so I thought I should give it a go. If any of you would like to know, my username is zebookgeek

  1. What was the last book you marked as read? – The last book I marked as read was The Magicians Guild by Trudi Canavan to which I gave it five stars. You can click the link to see my review.
  2. What book are you currently reading? – I’m currently reading The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare. I am loving it sooo mch and am on the fifth story but due to school and autumn term mock exams I have not had time to read much recently. Hopefully I will get through around five books in the holidays on the 19th of December. Fingers crossed.
  3. What was the last book you marked as to-read? – Control by Lydia Kang. I came across this book in a weird way. Someone left this book in my form room and I had to take it to reception for lost property. On the way there I ended up reading the first chapter. Whoever it was, it is already amazing and I will be buying it as soon as I can (after the other thirty two books in my shelf)
  4. What do you plan to read next? – Not sure yet. It’s a cross between Eleanor and Park, The Scorch Trials and The Knife of Never Letting Go. I can’t decide at the moment. Leave a comment in the box below if you want me to read one of the books first.
  5. Do you use the star rating? – That is actually my main way of leaving reviews. I always use the star rating because although I write the reviews here on my blog, I almost always forget to paste it into the written review boxes. This is actually a good reminder for me on my Christmas holidays to do list.
  6. Are you doing a 2014 reading challenge? – Yes but i started it quite late – in August – so I set myself quite a low target of 10 and have finished 13 so far so I guess that is O.K.
  7. Do you have a wish list? – Yes, as mentioned in the posts description, I do. It is separate from my to read list because some of my tor read are books I own but haven’t read. The wishlist is (of course) books I want to get.The only problem was that I went on a giant book shopping spree with birthday money only to find out two of the series I bought I’m getting for Christmas. Luckily I was able to return them fully refundable =P. But yes I do have one and aside from that, they are extremely useful.
  8. What book do you plan to buy next? – This is difficult. I don’t usually plan this as it is just whatever is in the store at the time. If I am desperate for a book I will order it online but some part of me prefers the stores as it helps to keep them open so I can still have days where I sit in them for hours on end with my family. (don’t ask, we’re a weird, geeky group)
  9. Who are your favourite authors? – Ooooh. Tough one. You should never ask a book geek this, it is almost impossible. At the moment Cassandra Clare for her shear dedication to the shadowhunter world and the size and love she gets from her fandom. Also because of my OTP, Simon and me.
  10. Have you joined any groups? – I think I did a while ago but I’m not sure if I’m even still in it. I don’t really use the groups feature much. I usually just socialise in forums and comments sections of books.

For all those who haven’t done it: I tag you to do this, whether it be on your blog or in the comments box below. Also feel free to leave your usernames with comments.

New This Month – December 2014

Here is a list of new releases coming out this month so that you can plan ahead.

December 2nd

Pretty Little Liars: Vicious by Sara Shepard

In Rosewood, Pennsylvania, reporters are lined up outside the historic courthouse, typing furiously at their iPhones with freshly manicured nails. Because the trial of the century is happening right here in Rosewood: the four pretty little liars have been accused of killing Alison DiLaurentis. Only Aria, Spencer, Hanna, and Emily know that they’ve been framed. Ali is still out there, laughing as she watches the girls go down for her murder. But when your nickname includes the word “liar,” no one believes you’re telling the truth. . . .

Aria tries to run away from it all but finds that life on the lam is even harder than life as a liar. Spencer gets in touch with someone who can help her disappear–but when a guy from her past reemerges, Spencer no longer knows what she wants. Hanna decides that she’ll hear wedding bells chime before she serves time. And in the face of prison, Emily does something truly drastic–something that will change her friends’ lives forever.

As the trial goes on and the outcome looks grim, the girls are in their darkest hour yet. But maybe they can finally figure out how to beat Ali at her own game. Because once upon a time, she was just a pretty little liar too.

GOODREADS

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Blythewood: Ravencliffe by Carol Goodman19523941

She’s a student at Blythewood Academy, an elite boarding school that trains young women to defend human society from the shadowy forces that live among us.  After the devastating events of her first year at Blythewood, Ava is eager to reunite with her friends—and with Raven, the compelling but elusive winged boy who makes her pulse race. She soon discovers, though, that the sinister Judicus van Drood hasn’t finished wreaking havoc on Blythewood—and wants to use Ava and her classmates to attack a much bigger target.

Ava’s the only one with any hope of stopping van Drood. But to scuttle his plans, she must reveal her deepest secret to everyone at Blythewood. What’s she willing to sacrifice to do what’s right—her school?  Her love?  Or her life?

GOODREADS