What I've Been Reading June + July TBR

by - 2.7.17


Hey guys! This is a new series that I want to start on my blog, where I basically share everything that I've been reading each month with a short review and my thoughts, sometimes a favourite quote if I found one that particularly stood out. I LOVE to read and I want to share that with you guys as well. Since I'm done with my exams, I've had a lot more free time that I have been using to read, amongst other things. I've shared my thoughts and tried to explain all the books as well as possible without giving away any spoilers. If you have any more questions on any of the books, then as always just comment and I'll 100% answer any of your questions.


I kicked off my Summer reading with my ALL TIME FAVOURITE book; Pride and Prejudice. Okay those of you who may have read it, might have thought that it was boring or just another classic, which is fine, but that's not how I feel at all. If you don't understand the language (which can be hard to understand, I completely get it) then I'm afraid you won't enjoy it at all. I have to admit that no matter how many times I read it, I have to get out my dictionary to look up some word. The language can be sophisticated and quite typical to that used at the time.

Quick Synopsis: The story is set in the early 19th century and is based around the Bingleys who are a newly-moved family and the Bennets who already live in Longbourn. The Bennets have five unmarried daughters. One of them is a young woman called Elizabeth Bennet. The story is about her the proud Mr.Darcy as they get to know each other in the traditional way of the time. At first, Elizabeth despises Darcy due to his obnoxious behaviour but as the situation and circumstances change, they find themselves more and more attracted to each other.

I love how Jane Austen addresses key themes of the time like wealth and social status with her flair in romance and some comedy. It's great how Elizabeth opens up the option that woman can choose love over social status and wealth. The whole novel is so well put together and so perfectly written. I wouldn't change a thing. Jane Austen's writing is so witty and comedic that you can't help but fall in love. Don't get this wrong; it's NOT just some other romance. You are highly mistaken my friend, if you believe that. 

My Favourite Quote: "I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that it had begun." 


Difficulty of Language: 5/5

Story Line: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5 (OFC IT'S MY ALL TIME FAV BOOK!)





I've had this series sitting on my bookshelf for a few months but I never got round to reading it because they got lost amongst all my other books. And I honestly don't know why I haven't read it yet. COME ON NIKITA! GET IT TOGETHER! But towards the beginning of this month, I decided that I would read it.

Quick Synopsis: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is set in Sweden and it's about a girl called Harriet Vagner, who is from a prestigious Swedish family. She went missing years ago and her uncle hires "crusading" journalist, Michael Blomkvist and weirdly intelligent, but very misunderstood investigator, Lisbeth Salander.

The book deals with various issues of violence against women to misogyny. It's a thriller but delves into psychological depths as well.

Before I read this, I had read a lot, A LOT of mixed reviews and many negative reviews as well. Although it has a 4 star rating on Goodreads, many of the positive reviews were just saying the same things over and over again. When I read reviews, I like to read a mix of both 5 star and 1 star reviews because I NEED to see why so many people have differing opinions.

Personally I think I'm in the middle. It's not a 5 star but it's not a 1 star, more like a 3.5-4 star. Let me tell you why. I found the beginning exceptionally slow. It was only when I got about 100 pages in that I was starting to get into it. Larsson introduces loads of characters but I almost feel like they're not being developed. I found myself asking why he was even introducing some the characters. The story picks up and then drops back down in places as well. The moment I feel like I'm getting sucked in, he's like NOPE. NO WAY LET'S MAKE IT BORING AGAIN. Why? Why? It makes me frustrated because the themes are so strong and the female lead is so strong. Lisbeth Salander has a unique character, which is something I want to see in more female protagonists. I don't believe that the book is cliche, or misogynistic or all the things that people say. So although my interest sometimes faded, overall, I felt like the story did have me wanting to read till the end.

I watched the movie a last week and usually, I'm not a fan of movie adaptations of books, but CAN I JUST SAY say how perfectly the whole story was filmed. From the editing, to the actors, to the location, to the way the story was portrayed; I bow down to you Mr. Director.

Difficulty of Language: 3/5
Story Line: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5


THE ONE PLUS ONE BY JOJO MOYES 

After reading Me Before You (also by Jojo Moyes), I became a huuuuge fan of her writing. The way she portrayed the story was impeccable and perfectly executed. I think that book set my expectations so high, I felt a bit disappointed with this one. Don't get me wrong. This is a great book to read if you want to read something light, maybe on a holiday or when you're lounging by the beach/pool.

Quick Synopsis: The story is about a woman called Jess, who is struggling in life to pay her bills. She works as a cleaner and part-time at a bar, as well as managing two kids, and dealing with her husband (they're divorced). Then there's Ed. He's got all the money and runs a successful company called Mayfly with his best friend, Ronan. However, his life turns upside down when he gets caught in an insider trading case. Of course, these two meet each other and it's the story of how they take a "road trip" and discover a new view to life.

Although I enjoyed this, the story was just so predictable and now and then, that's fine. But it's literally your same typical story. As you can probably guess, they fall in love *blah blah*. It's a funny story and an enjoyable one, but don't go into expecting great things because it's nothing special.

Difficulty of Language: 1/5
Story Line: 2/5
Overall Rating: 3/5


FANGIRL BY RAINBOW ROWELL

Fangirl has been on my TBR list for about two years now. I fell in love with Rainbow Rowell's writing since Eleanor and Park. (AHH just thinking about it brings back memories of late nights and tears) I'm going off track here, but if you haven't read Eleanor and Park, then 10000% you should. Fangirl is nothing like Eleanor and Park but you can tell that they were written by the same person.

Quick Synopsis: The story is about two very different twins who are going to UNI. Although they have a lot in common and have grown up very close, they both have different personalities and therefore want different things out of UNI. Wren wants to party and meet boys. On the other hand, Cath wants to stay in her room and write her fanfiction. Fangirl tells the story of how they both deal with their own challenges (especially boys!) and realize the true value of each other's support.

I really enjoyed this book. Once again, it was a light read that didn't require much effort. However, it's not as good as Eleanor and Park; it didn't hit me as hard. I think it depends which one you read first, but they are both worth reading.

Difficulty of Language: 1/5
Story Line: 3/5
Overall Rating: 3.5/5 (maybe 4)



This book has been on my radar since I read We Were Liars and absolutely loved it. E.Lockhart just has a way of telling a story that captures you from the first line.

Quick Synopsis: Fly on the Wall is a story about Gretchen Yee who doesn't feel like she belongs. She wishes that she could be a fly on the wall of the boys' locker room. As you can tell from the title, her wish comes true. The book goes on to tell the story of how the revelations change Gretchen.

I've never read a story like this, with a concept like this. I read it in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it. However, as I had read We Were Liars already, this wasn't as good as that so I don't think that it's a 5/5.

Difficulty of Language: 1/5
Story Line: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5


EVERYTHING EVERYTHING BY NICOLA YOON

What. A. Book.

I have no words for this.

Quick Synopsis: Everything Everything is the story of Madeline who has a rare disease called SCID. This means that she can't leave the house because she's "allergic to everything". But when she meets Olly, the boy next door, everything changes for her.

When I read this book the first time, I was absolutely blown away. Upon reading it the second time, I seem to be finding lots of holes in the story. I don't want to spoil so I'll keep it general. Questions about her mom, the romance, the ending. The way the story starts off makes me think that it's unique but towards the end, I realized that it's the same typical story. Once you read it, you'll understand what I mean.

What I like is the build up of the story and the romance between Madeline and Olly, the fact that Madeline is Afro-American and the illustrations that add to the overall effect. I LOVED the character of Carla as well. She's so sweet.

FIRST TIME READ

Difficulty of Language: 1/5
Story Line: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5

SECOND TIME READ (Not that different but still)

Difficulty of Language: 1/5
Story Line: 4/5 (because of the ending)
Overall Rating: 3.5/5



MY JULY TBR

Here are the books that I plan on reading in July:

- This Side of Paradise by F.Scott Fitzgerald
- The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald
-The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
-Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella (I'm halfway so I want to finish it)
-I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (About 50 more pages to go!)
-The Last Letter From Your Lover by Jojo Moyes (Halfway through this as well)

What have you been reading this month?
x Nikita

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12 comments

  1. I really want to start reading more often, so this post is super helpful! Everything Everything sounds so good!xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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    1. Thank you so much Hannah! You should definitely take some time this Summer to do some reading, you'll fall in love. Trust me! x Nikita

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  2. I'm always looking for new book recs! Thanks for sharing :)

    xo, Allie

    www.champagne-tuesdays.com

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    1. No problem! I hope you found something that interests you! x Nikita

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  3. I loved the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo film but never thought to pick up the book! Might have too now! :) x

    Jenny | www.krystelcouture.com X

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    1. Yes, you should! Let me know what you think of it. x Nikita

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  4. Nice post, thanks for sharing!

    xx
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  5. You suggestions are really adorable.
    Will try to read all of them
    Keep Reading Keep Writing


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  6. Loved this post, Nikita! I didn't read Everything, Everything... but I did see the movie! I really enjoyed the storyline. x

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    1. Thank you Guilianna! I'm waiting until the movie comes out here to go and see it, and I'm SO excited especially if you enjoyed it as well. x Nikita

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