Rabbiting on about July 2015

July 2015

Hello there! Today I’m going to be talking about book-related things, which took place in July…

Paper Towns by John GreenI didn’t even finish a whole book in July! But, the book I did make some progress with was Paper Towns by John Green. As of 31st July – according to Goodreads – I was up to page 94 (30%). Although now, I am on page 136 (44%)!

I think it was taking me so long because I was almost just waiting for Margo to go missing (it’s not a spoiler as it says it in the blurb). However, I feel that the blurb saying that she disappears, is almost giving too much of the plot away. Despite that, I feel more sucked into the story now that the mystery – of trying to find Margo – has started!

Now it’s time for the books I have borrowed from the library, in July…

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John BoyneFirstly, I have borrowed the book The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne, from the library.

This book follows a boy named Bruno, whose family – during WWII – moves to a new house. From this new house, Bruno can see a place in the distance, which contains strange people. Bruno goes adventuring and comes across a boy at this place, who he then befriends.

I am looking forward to starting to read this book, as I love historical fiction books – especially those set in either WWI or WWII! I’ve already watched the film – I know: *gasp*! And I’ve actually watched it more than once *even bigger gasp*! Although, I’ve heard the ending of the film is different to that of the book, and I’m still excited about actually reading the story. I’ve also heard that this book is sad, and makes people cry, but I’ve don’t think I’ve ever – yet – cried at a book, so we’ll have to wait and see!

Between shades of Gray by Ruta SepetysThe second book that I’ve borrowed from the library is Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.

This book follows a 15-year-old girl – Lina – from Lithuania, also during WWII. One night, Soviet officers come into her home. She is subsequently separated from her father, whilst her, her mother, and her younger brother embark on a journey to Siberia. The book then follows Lina and the – rest of her – family, on their journey.

Again, with this book being set in WWII, I am very excited to read it! I think this book is quite unique, since I don’t think I’ve heard of/seen any other YA historical fiction books that are start in Lithuania/Siberia! If you’ve heard of any others, please let me know in the comments!

The Door That Led to Where by Sally GardnerThe third book that I have borrowed form the library is The Door That Led to Where by Sally Gardner.

I’m not going to give a synopsis for this book since it’s a mystery, so it’s probably best to keep the plot a mystery! However, I will say that as well as being a mystery, there is also an element of time travel in the book! I am looking forward to this book as well, especially because of how the mystery in Paper Towns is sucking me in at the moment.

I like the cover for this book, and I think that it would be pretty without the dust jacket on as well! But sadly, I can’t probably look (as it is a library book).

During July, I also borrowed the book License to Spill by Lisi Harrison, from the library. However, I don’t have a photo for this book as I have already returned it – without reading it. I did this because, upon arriving home and looking on Goodreads, I discovered that this book was the second book in a series! Then I looked on my library’s website, and discovered that they don’t have the first book in the series. So, I took it back, as I only like to read series in order.

And finally on to the books I bought in July…

I only bought two books in July. The first book was Paper Towns by John Green; as I’ve already talked about it, I won’t talk about it again!

Written in the Stars by Aisha SaeedThe second book I bought in July was Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed.

This book follows Naila, whose parents don’t allow her to be friends with a boy, let alone start dating one. Her parents have said that they will be the ones who will, one day, arrange a marriage for her. However, Naila breaks this rule by going out with Saif. When her parents find out about this – unsurprisingly – they are not pleased! So, her parents decide to take her on a trip to Pakistan, in order to discover her roots, where subsequent events unfold…

I haven’t heard about this book very much, but I’m still looking forward to reading it! I was also excited to find out that Aisha Saeed is one of the founding members of We Need Diverse Books!

Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed (without the dust jacket)On a side note: look at the cover… I absolutely LOVE it; it’s so pretty! The book is just as pretty without the dust jacket as well:





That’s it for July! I apologise about the synopsises for the books: I don’t think I have got the hang of them yet! I’ll be posting my plans for August soon, but for now… What are your thoughts on any of these books? What did you read in July? Let me know in the comments!

Please pardon me rabbiting on, and I hope that I’ll see you again on my future posts…


July Books 2015 (Vertical)

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Series I really want to start!

Hello there!

I thought that today I would write about the series that I would really like to start! I hope that this post will help to motivate me to read the series, whilst you can also tell me your thoughts on them as well! Now, let’s get started…

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

I read some of the books in the series a few years ago, but I know I definitely didn’t finish it! So, it would be nice to start reading them again. The latest book in the series was released quite recently, which has kick-started my interest in the series again! Also, I think that it is the last book in the series, meaning I could binge-read them all!

The Selection by Kiera Cass

I am very interested in this series. I wouldn’t say that dystopian books are what I would normally reach for BUT, I really like the sound of the premise of this book! I’ve heard that you either love or hate these books; I’m hoping I’ll be in the group of people who love them!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

I think this series sounds like a great premise for a contemporary romance book – unlike ‘generic’ romance novels! I love how this series is so short – a dualogy – so I feel like the series would fly by; I can’t wait to read these books!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I really like how these are companion novels: they don’t necessarily carry on from each other, but I think the same characters are in multiple books. I’ve heard that they are light, fluffy novels, meaning that they – hopefully – wouldn’t take me long to read!

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

This series sounds like it would really suck me in (as it’s a mystery). However, IT’S A 16 BOOK SERIES, meaning that it would be a big time commitment! But since the last book was published last year, there’s no worry about the series becoming EVEN BIGGER! I’ve never watched the TV adaptation either, so that hasn’t spoilt me (even though I’ve heard that the books and the adaptation are quite different anyway)!

Geek Girl by Holly Smale

I think that I, myself, would be able to relate to this series, although I prefer to call myself a nerd! I’m hoping that this series would have include some geeky/nerdy facts, and about the way society treats geeks/nerds. I know that the 4th book was released this year, but does anybody know how many books are going to be in this series? If so, please leave a comment 🙂 !

Those are the series for which I have a burning desire to read! Are there any other series you think I might like to read? You can probably tell what sort of books I like to read from those series! Which series do you think I should start to read first? Tell me in the comments!

Please pardon me rabbiting on, and I hope that I’ll see you again on my future posts…



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General Update

Hello there!

As I have only recently started blogging, I’m not aware of very many book bloggers. Although, I watch a lot of BookTube! So, I was wondering if are there any blogs you could recommend to me? If so, please tell me 🙂 ! Even if it’s your own blog, I don’t mind; I just want to be able to find more blogs to read.

Also, I was wondering if anybody has any suggestions of the content they would like to see on my blog! I have a few ideas, but suggestions are always welcome!

Please pardon me rabbiting on, and I hope that I’ll see you again on my future posts…


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Hello there!

Hello there, and welcome to my blog…

On this blog, I will be writing about things that are mainly book-related… But you never know what might happen in the future! As my name might suggest, I have a tendency to ramble on to myself. So, I apologise in advance!

I have decided to start writing a blog, about books, as I would like to use this as motivation to start to dedicate more time to read, and consequently read more books. I haven’t read much at the moment and therefore my content will be limited at present, although I hope this will change soon! As well as this, I hope that this blog will be a place that can document my reading, for myself.

I currently have some plans for this blog (however, these may not materialise):

  • TBR (to be read) lists for each month (I think these will be quite small).
  • Wrap ups of the books I have read each month, probably including some reading statistics (as I love anything maths and science related)!
  • Monthly lists of the books I have bought.
  • Monthly lists of the books that I have borrowed from the library.
  • Lists of words that I have learnt from each book, as I believe that reading is an important way of expanding your vocabulary.

As well as these things, I think that I would also like to participate in things that other book bloggers and booktubers participate in, such as:

Despite me wanting to participate in these things, I do not like to rank things. Therefore, there will only be 5/10 books, which aren’t ordered. Similarly, I will not be giving books star ratings. Instead, I will express my opinions of books through words, and maybe compare books to other books (once I have read enough to do this).

I already know that I won’t be participating in all of the T5W’s or Top Ten Tuesday’s, with one reason being that I haven’t read many books yet, but I hope to participate in some, in the future.

Please pardon me rabbiting on, and I hope that I’ll see you again on my future posts…


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