My Reading Slump And A Little Update

I love reading, it’s the reason I started my blog and buy so many books! But I’ve only read two books this year, two books since October. I’ve been stuck in a reading slump of epic proportions. I honestly could not say why I haven’t really been reading, I have been busy, but not continually so for that whole period of time. I’ve maintained an interest in books and releases during the slump, but I haven’t been able to pick up a book.

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What Paranormal Taught Me

I don’t know about you, but I was once a huge fan of Paranormal books. I fantasised about a fallen angel swooping in, acting all mysterious, and bringing me into a world of angels, were-creatures and demons. Now, this was a fair few years ago, round about the time I read Twilight, which was the start of it all. When I’m picking out books now I never even glance towards the Paranormal section, Fantasy and Contemporary have taken a hold of my heart, although I have learned quite a bit from my Paranormal past!

This is not my first Taught Me post, my first was What Twilight Taught Me which you can read here, and was pretty popular! My other Taught Me posts are the Hunger Games and Dystopian, so go ahead and read them to see what else books have taught me! And feel free to comment and share what they’ve taught you too!

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What I Wish I Was Reading

Life recently has been really busy, I’ve been working on assignments and dissertation, and to top it off hunting for jobs, because my time at uni is nearly up. All of this has meant that I’ve had practically no time to read, and I’ve caught myself on more than one occasion longing to have a book in my hands. Being busy with all this work hasn’t stopped my book buying though! But this is probably just adding to my dilemma, because I know that I have so many wonderful books waiting for me to read. I’ve created a list of all the books I wish I could be reading right now, and as soon as I get some free time I will be diving into these books! Continue reading “What I Wish I Was Reading”

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson | Review

Title: The Unexpected Everything

 

Author: Morgan Matson

 

Release Date: May 3rd, 2016

 

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Description from Goodreads:
Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan.
 
Future? A top-tier medical school.
Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). 
Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby – pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who need’s anyone else?
Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks.
 
So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too.
 
Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the sam house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all – working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad, and maybe, just maybe, letting the super cute Clark get closer than she expected. Palmer, Bri and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but can she really let go of her control?

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Live Me by Celeste Grande | Review

Title: Live Me

 

Author: Celeste Grande

 

Release Date: October 27th, 2015

 

Rating: 1 Star

 

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, this does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review in any way.
Description from Goodreads:
Broken…
 
Shattered…
 
How can you begin to live again when you’ve already been forced to… die?
 
Evangelina Ricci is trapped in a world that’s a never-ending nightmare, a constant ache in which consumes her every breath. Unable to bear the torture any longer, she does the one thing she can to take back control.
 
Run.
 
With her best friend Jace in tow, Evangelina attempts to escape her darkened past by leaving for college and diving head first into an aggressive schedule, determined with everything she is to make a name for herself. There’s only one problem – she can’t run away from the demons she struggles with. The demons that’ll forever be there, locked inside, battering her soul. Hiding behind a flawless facade, Evangelina faces her ghosts until her world is turned upside down, invaded by… him.
 
Blake Turner. Sweet, witty, flirtatious and drop-dead gorgeous, he finds Evangelina at every turn. Scared he’ll uncover the truth she keeps so well guarded, Evangelina tries her best to put on her act, deterring him like she has so many times before – only this guy’s different. He’s relentless. Utterly, absolutely and completely relentless. He sees her and he wants her and won’t stop until she’s his.
 
Will Evangelina succeed in pushing Blake away? Or will he break down her walls and be the person to make her realise life is worth living?

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One, Two, Three by Elodie Nowodazkij | Review

Author: Elodie Nowodazkij
Release Date: June 26th, 2014
Rating: 5 Stars
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, this does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review in any way.
Description from Goodreads:

When seventeen-year-old Natalya’s dreams of being a ballerina are killed in a car accident along with her father, she must choose: shut down – like her mother – or open up to love. 

Last year, seventeen-year-old Natalya Pushkaya was attending the School of Performing Arts in New York City. Last year, she was well on her way to becoming a professional ballerina. Last year, her father was still alive. 

But a car crash changed all that – and Natalya can’t stop blaming herself. Now, she goes to a regular high school in New Jersey; lives with her onetime prima ballerina, now alcoholic mother; and has no hope of a dance career. 

At her new school, however, sexy soccer player Antonio sees a brighter future for Natalya, or at least a more pleasant present. Keeping him an arabesque away proves to be a challenge for Natalya and his patient charms eventually draw her out of her shell. 

When upsetting secrets come to light and Tonio’s own problems draw her in, Natalya shuts down again, this time turning to alcohol herself. 

Can Natalya learn to trust Antonio before she loses him – and destroys herself?

I absolutely adored this book. I have a serious soft spot for ballet, I am in no way a dancer, but a girl can dream. One of my favourite all time films is Center Stage, a ballet film following the lives of students at the ABA, and it got a mention in this book!! There’s no point trying to hide it, I had a full blown fangirl moment to my mum and sister when I got to that page! Now of course the ballet element to this novel is not the reason that I gave it 5 stars; sure it totally added to my enjoyment, but the book was just something else!
Natalya has a whole lot to deal with at only seventeen years-old, her father died in a car crash with her in, her mother turned to alcohol, her uncle has cut communication with her, and she has a serious injury that could call an end to all of her plans as a prima ballerina.

It’s safe to say that Natalya struggles with everything that she is going through, and quite rightly too. Not only is her life changing around her, her outlet has been taken away from her. Natalya has to go to normal school and negotiate this totally new life, she reconnects with an old friend, and makes some new ones along the way. I loved the fact that Natalya endured some real struggles through this book, she one hundred per cent went through her fair share of ups and a lot of downs, but I think going through all of that with her only made me feel for her more.

I felt really connected and invested in Natalya and her story. I loved this book and highly recommend!

‘One, Two, Three’ by Elodie Nowodazkij
5 Stars