February Book Haul and Wrap Up!

Hey everyone! I realised I completely forgot to post my book haul yesterday and so that is why I have combined my book haul and wrap up into one post so you aren’t overwhelmed! Anyway let’s start out with the wrap up!

Last month I managed to read 6 books, now I know that doesn’t sound like much but I think I got into a huge reading slump when I got back to school and I actually found myself putting a book down this month which I definitely don’t do often. Don’t get me wrong the story was amazing, I just think I wasn’t in the right mind set for it what with all the stress from school and stuff. Anyway, let me tell you about all the books I read last month!

Firstly, I read ‘Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour’ by Morgan Matson.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7664334-amy-and-roger-s-epic-detour

amy and roger

I don’t really tend to read many contemporary books but this one makes an exception. This story is about a girl called Amy who’s dad has just died in a tragic way and Amy’s mum wants to pack up and move all the way to the other side of America. Amy is going to drive the car down later after she’s finished her exams but she doesn’t want to drive so she enlists the help of an old family friend Roger to drive. The story is so funny and witty and cute and relatable and all those good things. The characters are so detailed and hilarious so the story flows along with them so well. Not only are there words in this book but there are receipts, photographs and playlists in here which make the book so much more interesting. It’s like a little scrapbook, it’s so cute! I loved this book so much and I gave it a 5 out of 5 stars! Amazing!

Next up, I read ‘The Hallowed Ones’ and ‘ The Outside’ by Laura Bickle.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13018514-the-hallowed-ones?from_search=true

This book is indexall about a girl called Katie who lives in an Amish community. She is about to go out into the outsude world for a taste of outside life when something happens that prevents this, To see more about a summary of this book check out my welcome post where I tell you about it in more detail. I love these books so so much! I love the characters (especially Alex) and I love how the relationships strengthen as they try to survive. I love Laura Bickle’s writing style very much, she keeps you gripped and hung

on her every word. I gasped out loud so many times while reading this book as it surprised me so much (or I’m just really thick). I also gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars. Absolutely fantastic!

And next I read… ‘Never Let Me Go’ by Kazuo Ishiguro.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6334.Never_Let_Me_Go?from_search=truenever let me go

I’m not going to explain this story too much because the enjoyment is in the not knowing and the shocks of the dark truths. I had to read this book for school but I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would. This book is a dark dystopian all about these woman looking back on her days at Hailsham School and discovering the fragility of life. This book made me think about things I never thought of before and hit me really hard with the emotional side of it. The only thing I had a problem with was the jumping between time periods but once you got half way through you forgot about all that. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. So good!

And finally, I read ‘Cinder’ and ‘Scarlet’ by Marissa Meyer- The first two books in The Lunar Chronicles…

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11235712-cinder?ac=1cinder

There are no words to describe how amazing this series is. This series is all about a girl called Cinder and she is a cyborg… I know awesome right? There is nothing else I need to add to that other than it’s all about her trying to live under her stepmother Adri and stepsisters and the plague. Some people say that this book is predictable but I really really enjoyed it and Prince Kai…. If you read this book let me know because I would love to fangirl over Prince Kai with you… I love him… Anyway, I love how the series grows with each book. In Scarlet we meet Scarlet (duh?) who is very similar to Little Red Riding Hood. All of the characters stay throughout the books and so a whole world is created and it’s just amazing! I think I like Cinder a little bit more than Scarlet but that’s just me. I loved these books so much and I gave them both a 5 out of 5 stars.

Now onto my book haul. I bought 15 books last month.

I bought..

The Shatter Me trilogy by Tahareh Mafi- Shatter Me, Unravel Me and Ignite Me.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.

The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare.

The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare- Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess.

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare.

Deep Blue, book one in The Waterfire Saga by Jennifer Donnely.

The bind up of the first three books in the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan- Book of Shadows, The Coven and Bloodwitch.

Scarlet and Cress by Marissa Meyer.

The Outside by Laura Bickle.

And

The Storm by Virginia Bergin.

Thank you guys so much for reading. I’m sorry again that I didn’t read that much last month. How was your reading month? Do you have any new books you’d like to tell me about? I’ll be posting again super soon so keep an eye out. All my social media links are down below, please feel free to use them.

See you soon, bye!

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Read-A-Thons 2015!

Hi guys! This year I am participating in a lot of read-a-thons and I thought I’d share them with you guys so you can join in with me! I definitely don’t have all this year’s read-a-thons on this list so if you know of any please let me know down in the comments below so I can read-a-thon more! So, here we go!

March

~2nd-8th #AYearAThon (Bench Warmer Month- this means a book that has been sat on your shelf for a long, long time) My TBR for this read-a-thon will be up super, super soon!

~1st-31st Take Control of Your TBR! Here’s the link to the website so you can check out the rules:

http://fantasyismorefun.com/2015/02/march-2015-take-control-of-your-tbr-im-so-in.html

April

~6th-12th #AYearAThon (Fantasy & Sc-Fi Month)

~25th April Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon!

May

~4th-10th #AYearAThon (ReRead Month)

~11th-17th Bout of Books 13.0

June

~1st-7th #AYearAThon (Finish/Catch Up On A Series)

~21st-27th Summer Biannual Bibliothon

July

~6th-12th #AYearAThon (Agatha Christie/Mystery Month)

~Booktube-A-Thon?

August

~3rd-9th #AYearAThon (TV/Movie Adaptation Month)

~17th-23rd Bout of Books 14.0

September

~7th-13th #AYearAThon (Banned Book Month)

October

~5th-11th #AYearAThon (LGBT Month)

~Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-aThon?

November

~2nd-8th #AYearAThon (Mythology Month)

December

~7th-13th #AYearAThon (Graphic Novels/Mangas/Comic Books/Picture Books)

~Christmas Booktube-a-Thon

I will definitely update this post if I find any other read-a-thons to participate in. Let me know if you are going to join in with me and leave me a comment if you have any requests or questions. I will also be doing small updates during all the read-a-thons so you can see what I’m up to! Let me know what you’re doing during the read-a-thons too! Thank you so much for reading, my Goodreads link is down below!

Catch up with you later! Bye!

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/38362004-caitlin

Welcome!

Hi! My name is Caitlin, but you can just call me Cait. I am a proud fan girl of everything YA and that is why I decided to write this blog for you guys! I want to share with you all the amazing reads I find and discover brand new stories you guys recommend to me! You guys can expect book hauls, book reviews, monthly wrap ups, recommendations… Anything you guys want!

So, to kick off, I thought I’d tell you guys my top 3 books at the moment!

Starting off, one of my favourite books is…..

THE RAIN BY VIRGINIA BERGIN!

I love this book so much!This story is all about this girl called Ruby and she’s at a party and she’s in a hot tub and she’s about to kiss this dreamy guy when suddenly, it starts raining! Not just any rain, it turns out that the rain can kill you!This book made me laugh out loud and at the same time scared me to death because the fact that this is based in the UK makes me think that this could happen to me!The main character Ruby is so, so funny. Her decisions make be rash and reckless but I think that makes her so much funnier than if she’d thought it through. So, just pick up this book now! It’s so good! Hilarious, suspensful, amazing!

Number Two is….

DIVERGENT BY VERONICA ROTH!

Trust me, this is the only main stream book I’ve chosen but I had to put it in this list because it is just so amazing! This book is all about this dystopian world where the population is split into five factions (all with different traits) as a reason why they think that the government before failed. When the people in the city become a certain age, they have to decide which faction they want to be a part of and if they decide not to be in the same faction as their family they will never seem them again. Harsh life. Anyway, sounds good right? Although all of you guys have probably read it if you haven’t, just read it, it’s so good! In fact, just read the whole Divergent trilogy! Please!

And lastly…..

THE HALLOWED ONES BY LAURA BICKLE!

Now this is probably the least known of the ones on my list. However, I think this one really should be put out there! This story focuses on this teenage girl named Katie who lives in this Amish community. Katie is about to embark on her ‘Rumspringa’ which is when Amish teenagers go out and visit the Outside for a while. However, something happens to prevent her ‘Rumspringa’ from happening. So, it is up to Katie to stop whatever is lurking around the Amish communtiy. Okay, I made it sound really bad but trust me, this is one of my favourite books (actually duologies) out there right now. So please guys, just pick it up and read it, it’s so good! The second one is called The Outside and it is just as good! Sorry the picture wouldn’t upload.. but here’s the Goodreads link so you can check this out!

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13018514-the-hallowed-ones

Okay! That’s all for this update! I hope you guys enjoyed this! Please let me know what other updates you’d like me to do! Thank you guys so much for reading this! Please let me know what your favourite books are that you’d like to recommend to me? Also, have you read any of these books, if so I’d love to talk to you about them! My Goodreads link is down below. Feel free to contact me I’d love to talk to you guys!

Talk to you guys soon! See ya!

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