Used Books

Being such a massive book lover I find that I try to stretch my monthly salary too far to cover my obsession. I do not like borrowing from the library, I want to own the books I read. I am quite happy to buy used books from Amazon or charity shops Normal I do this if it is a older book rather than new releases. I know with the books you buy you can tell that they have been pre owned, but sometimes you do come across books that look like they are in mint condition. The used books section in Amazon is quite reliable. If it says the version is Used – Very good I will buy it. The spines of these usually look like they have been read multiple times but hey it’s a good price. I also do this if the book is out of print. I know there is an option to buy the book from new (if there are still copies) but the price difference convinces me that as its an older book I’ll be better off just buying a used copy.

I’ve recently purchased 6 books (which can be seen below) all used for under £18.00 from amazon, for me that’s a really good deal, as I don’t know if I will like them but I read good reviews and recommendations about them on Goodreads.

Used book Haul from Amazon! Purchased due to good recommendations on Goodreads

Used book Haul from Amazon! Purchased due to good recommendations on Goodreads

Not everyone likes used book so I thought I’d do a blog post to find out what other people think about buying used books. Would you do it? Is it something you’ve done before? Leave a comment below!

Happy Reading everyone!

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Am I weird?

I posted about this on my Intagram but also have also had to share this with everyone in Cyberspace. How much does it annoy (or aggravate)  you when the book versions in the same series do not match? I have recently purchased The Lunar Chronicles books, Cinder, Scarlet and Cress by Marissa Meyer. The covers follow the same theme but the spines of the books are different. I cannot deal with this! I have check Amazon to see if I can get the other Scarlet or Cress book with the matching spines as Cinder but the UK book stores do not have them. The only ones they are selling currently is the version I have purchased. This makes me so sad. I’ve taken a picture so you can see for yourself exactly what I’m talking about.

Cinder, Scarlet, Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cinder, Scarlet, Cress by Marissa Meyer

How pretty do the version look? Only if the spines matched now *Takes deep breath*

Leave a comment with what you think!

Never judge a book by its movie! Part 2

The second book/film that I want to talk about it Eragon by Christopher Paolini. I have to admit I thought the film was awful. The only good part of it for me was Saphira the Dragon and Murtagh (He was swoon worthy!).

Yes again I took advantage of the sunny weather to take this picture outside

Yes again I took advantage of the sunny weather to take this picture outside

Synopsis:

One boy . . .

One dragon . . .

A world of adventure.

When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds.

Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands.

Film Rating: 1.5 Stars

Book Rating: 4.5 Stars 

This book is like Marmite you either love it or hate it. I have seen many negative reviews about the book itself, but I personally really enjoyed it. Some reviews say that it too similar to other books like The lord of the rings, I do not find this. Bearing in mind that Christopher Paolini was 15 when he first started to write this book, I still think that the writing is descriptive, flows well and keeps your attention. It is a well paced book, there was no part that I felt like skim reading. It has been a while since I have read this book, but there are bits and pieces I remember off the top of my head. This book is a fantasy adventure book about a boy who finds a stone in a forest that he keeps to sell without realising its a dragon egg. Eragon goes to the market to sell the “stone” but as no one realises it’s a dragon egg no one wants to buy it from him. Eragon keeps the egg and one day it hatches into a Dragon, Dragons are nearly extinct in and the person to have a dragon in the kingdom is the evil king Galbortrox. As soon as Eragon touches the dragon he gets a mark on his hand proclaiming him a dragon rider. Eargon raises his dragon Saphira in secret, when Eragon goes to town next he listen to a story teller called Brom talk about Dragons and their riders. While in town Eargon hears that the  Raz-zoc are looking for what sounds like the Dragon egg he found. Eragon rushes home as everyone knows he found the “stone”. When Eragon get home Saphira flies him away despite his protests to save him from the Raz-zoc, but when they come back the house has been burned down. This is where the adventure truly begins for Eragon and I will not spoil it buy going in what else happens. What I like about this book is Eragon is not perfect, but Saphira is there to guide him. The relationship between the two is so sweet. It makes me happy that Saphira hatches specifcally for Eragon because she believes he is her dragon rider and she tells Eragon this.

Give this book a try despite the bad film and negative reviews, you might be pleasantly surprised.

Happy Reading!

Never judge a book by its movie! Part 1

Hope everyone likes the re-design of my blog. I personally love it!

I have a bookmark which says ‘Never judge a book by its movie’. I totally agree with this statement. If I only read books on movies I enjoyed I would have missed out on some really good reads. I know most films based on books do not totally stick to the storyline but with the ones I’m going to blog about I did not think the films did any justice to the books. I wanted to do a blog post rather than an actual review on the books so people would give the books a chance.

This will be a 2 part post as there are two books and films I want to speak about.

First book/film is The Golden Compass (The UK book is known as The Northern Lights) by Philip Pullman

Yes I did take advantage of the sun and take this picture outside!

Yes I did take advantage of the sun and take this picture outside!

Synosis:

Here lives an orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua, whose carefree life among the scholars at Oxford’s Jordan College is shattered by the arrival of two powerful visitors. First, her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, appears with evidence of mystery and danger in the far North, including photographs of a mysterious celestial phenomenon called Dust and the dim outline of a city suspended in the Aurora Borealis that he suspects is part of an alternate universe. He leaves Lyra in the care of Mrs. Coulter, an enigmatic scholar and explorer who offers to give Lyra the attention her uncle has long refused her. In this multilayered narrative, however,nothing is as it seems. Lyra sets out for the top of the world in search of her kidnapped playmate, Roger, bearing a rare truth-telling instrument, the compass of the title. All around her children are disappearing—victims of so-called “Gobblers”—and being used as subjects in terrible experiments that separate humans from their daemons, creatures that reflect each person’s inner being. And somehow, both Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter are involved.

Film Rating: 2.5 Stars 

Book Rating: 5 Stars

The film on this book was not great. I loved seeing Iorek Brynison on film as would would not love a talking polar bear?! He was just too cool. The film was very loosely based on the book and the main important event at the end which happens in the book to lead on to the next book in the trilogy was completed missed out. I was so disappointed with the film as I remember I specifically read this book before watching the film. The book is a really good read, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea as there has been some controversy about it. Christianity is not the main religion in the book and so people even go as far as saying this book is anti-Christianity, I don’t believe this as in the end it just a fantasy book, but be warned if you do not like reading books like that.

It’s been a while since I read this book so I remember the main parts about the story, I really should re-read it. Lyra is an orphan, she is staying at Jordan College. He only relative is her uncle Lord Asriel. Lyra being the curious girl she is overhears talk about ‘dust’ when she is hiding which is attracted to grown up but not children. Shortly after this her friend roger suddenly goes missing, Lyra believes that he’s been taken north by the ‘Gobblers’. All of a sudden Lyra is told she can no longer stay at Jordan College, she is to be given more female guidance by a Mrs Coulter. When Lyra is going to leave the master of Jordan college presents her with an Alethiometer (the Golden Compass) and tells her to keep it private as he cannot stop her from leaving. Mrs Coulter at first is nice, she seems aloof and odd but as she has promised to take Lyra north she is happy to overlook this. As the story progresses Mrs Coulter starts to show her true colours, she is mean to Lyra and so Lyra runs away. This is where the story starts to get interesting. You’ll have to read the rest to find out what happens but I can say it is a hard to put down book. I love that each person has their own daemon and that there is a talking polar bear! The writing is really good, you get a understanding of the world and everything about it with the authour having to write pages and pages to make you understand. Even though Lyra is young she was not too childish which is another plus point.

If you did not enjoy the film, then give the book a chance and if you did enjoy the film then you’ll love the book better!

Happy reading!

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

I had a bit of a Rainbow Rowell week. Everyone on Instragram or Booktube goes on about them, so I thought time to give them a go before I come across any spoilers. Taking about spoilers while my review of fangirl is spoiler free, Landline’s review will not be.

If you have not read this book and do not want spoilers, please so not read this! Look away now!!!! You have been warned!

Lanline- Rainbow Rowel

Synopsis:

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

Ratings: 3

I connected with the characters in this book much quicker than Fangirl. As soon as I started this book I did not want to put it down. What can I say about Georgie? Georgie was nicer, I did think she was being a little bit selfish but how can you not be if your life’s dream is going to come true finally? She is well developed and you can see her change and trying to change herself as the story goes on.

Georgie is a TV writer and has been told her TV show will be picked up and produced if she and her co-partner Seth can come up with 4 episodes before 27th December. This is a goal Georgie and Seth have been working towards for the last 20 years. The problem is Georgie is suppose to go to Omaha with her husband and kids to see his mum and spend Christmas there. Georgie talks to Neal about this and as she needs to stay back he decides he’s going to go ahead and take the kids for Christmas at his mum’s. The odd thing is they talk about it in Chapter 1 but you get a feeling they are not talking about it and this is where the it starts to occur to Georgie that she has marriage problems. Once Neal has taken the kids to Omaha, Georgie’s family start to say he’s left her and her marriage has broken down. I really felt for Georgie, she wanted her own show but you could tell she did love Neal and the Girls. The storyline starts to go abit crazy when the Landline she calls Neal on is allowing her to talk to Neal in the past. It turns out that before Neal and Georgie married they broke up just before Christmas, but something made Neal change his mind and come propose marriage to her on Christmas. I thought this book was suppose to be about Georgie and Neal sorting out thier problems now, but they never actually talk about their problems. Sure Georgie comes to the realisation of where she’s going wrong or how they do not talk or how Neal compromised for her sake. I would have like more communication in the present between them two. Again finally at the end of the book when Georgie show’s up at Omaha for Christmas and Neal see’s her there’s no actual communication. Well they talk a bit but not enough for what I expect. Again my other issue with the book was the openness of the ending. I need resolution!! The openness was worse in this book compare to Fangirl, I had so many unanswered questions like what happened to Georgie’s TV show. Was it postponed? Did she move to whereever Neal wanted to live? What did Neal want? Did he get another job? Did they move? There were just so many. This is why my rating for this book is just 3 stars even though the book made me cry and I connected with the characters.

What can I say about Neal? He was not the perfect specimen, he short (well for a man), he was not thin and is socially awkward. I found this refreshing about the book, it’s a really nice change. It feels more life like when characters are not perfect. He was sweet in his own way and you could see he would do anything for Georgie. The romance in the flashbacks was sweet and Georgie and Neal made a cute couple in my mind. I do not know whether I would read this book again.

If anyone does pick this up and disagree or agree with my review do tell me, I like knowing what other people think about the same books! If you’re unsure of this book, why not give it a go?!

Happy Reading everyone!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell

Synopsis:

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. 

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Rating: 4 Stars

I have heard so many good things about this book, so when it took me 5/6 chapters to get into it I thought I was the odd one out and that there was something wrong with me. At the start of the book I found it hard to relate to Cath. I do not know whether it was because she is suppose to be 18 years old and I’m 24 or I thought she was too antisocial. Then after 6 chapters or so it started to change, I found I started to care for Cath and wanted to know what happens to her. It dawned on me that Cath is just shy, no matter how popular she is with her fanfiction, she is socially awkward. This I could relate to.

This book is about Cath’s journey of surviving college. Cath’s world is basically Simon Snow and writing her fanfiction on him. She is dragged to college by her twin Wren who is the opposite to Cath. Wren likes to party and be social, while Cath just likes to write. I felt sorry for Cath when Wren would not hang out with her and made certain comments which hurt Cath. It was nice to see Cath grow as a character and find herself. The other characters in this book such as Reagan, Nick and Levi are well developed.

The romance in this book is very sweet. I really really liked Levi, he was so cute, It was nice for a change not to have storyline of the good girl falling for the hot bad boy. It was a refreshing read as Levi was not this hot, physically perfect guy (Well he is the perfect guy!). He had a receding hairline and is described in my opinion as gangly. I would like say I did want to hurt Levi on page 202 and shout Cath is just shy! (This part actually made me tear up) Rainbow did manage to turn it around so I no longer wanted to physically harm him but was rooting for him. My other main niggle with this book was the ending, I loved it do not get me wrong but I felt there were too much openness, I like more resolution. I love things like epilogues. Anyway so this was a good read, I would probably pick it up again.

Happy Reading!

So I brought a new book…

The Hobbit - J R R Tolkien

The Hobbit – J R R Tolkien

I went grocery shopping and came back with The Hobbit (Yes I am on a book buying ban..oops). I thought I’d give reading it a go as I’ve seen so many people post pictures on Instrgram about it. Also I have heard good things about the books and ofcourse I love the films. My way of thinking is this is a introduction, if I enjoy this book I may pick up The Lord Of the Rings trilogy (Yes I have not read these as yet). So now I need some advice,  I love The Lord Of the Rings films but am unsure if reading the books will confuse me too much. I kind of imagine pages of Orcs speaking in their language. Not sure I can keep up with that if it is the case lol.

Anyone who can give me any advice?

Happy Reading (Hopefully :P)!