My TBR Shelf

I have around 50 books in my TBR (To Be Read) pile, which I know compared to a lot of other bookworms isn’t actually that many.
A lot of these books make up a series, some of which I have already read but plan to read again because a new book in the series has come out (this is a ‘problem’ I have, whenever a new book in a series comes out I have to read the whole series again from the beginning).

Some of these books are random, stand alone ones that I’ve either been given as a present or got really cheap and decided to give it a go.

Most of the books are fictional but I do have 1 or 2 autobiographies in there.

I know I’ll get around to reading them all but the temptation to buy more never goes away, I’m sure my TBR pile will remain the same size no matter how many of them I get through. 

I don’t really find this a bad thing though, it’s nice to know I’ve always got something to read, also they look really pretty on my shelf.

How many books do you have on your TBR pile? Or do you even have one at all? 

Leave a comment down below and let’s start a discussion šŸ™‚ 

Book Recommendation: Echo Boy by Matt Haig

Book Title: Echo Boy

Author: Matt Haig

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Release Date: 2014

Rating: 3.5/5

I first heard about this book last year, coincidentally just after the series Humans debuted on E4

At first I thought that maybe Humans was based off this book, that’s admittedly the reason I bought it.

Also I was just really interested in the Sci-Fi genre as a whole since I had never really read anything like that before.

However, I quickly discovered that the TV series had nothing to do with this book and was luckily not disappointed. 

The book follows a girl named Audrey whose parents were murdered by a faulty human-like robot called an ‘echo’.

After the incident Audrey has to live with her weird and possibly evil uncle, who just so happens to be the owner of a major business that provides Echos for people’s homes.

When Audrey meets a slightly odd Echo named Daniel she begins to question what life really means and if these ‘robots’ are really as mechanical and emotionless as they seem.

I thought this book was a nice easy read, it didn’t require me to think loads which means it’s a nice ‘book between books’.

I thoroughly enjoyed this read and would highly recommend it if you are interested in futuristic love stories with interesting plots and characters. 

I found it quite enjoyable and would probably read it again.

Comment if you’ve read this book and what you thought of it! 

Starting to Write SomethingĀ 

So I’ve started to write a bit more recently and I’m hoping that this means I will eventually get better at it.

My overall aim it to eventually write a book.

Which doesn’t seem too unlikely at the moment since I’ve actually had some ideas.

One idea, the one that’s exiting me the most, is quite developed.

More developed than anything I’ve ever written before.

I’ve figured out that planning is essential and I have been planning this idea so much that I’ve become so invested in the story, which, I’m assuming, is a good thing! 

Really I’m just incredibly exited about my writing and I hope this excitement continues to exist! 

So are you a writer? 

Are you writing anything at the moment? 

Leave a comment if you are, I’d love to get to know some more aspiring authors! 

Top 5 YA ProtagonistsĀ 

Every fiction book (well all the ones I’ve read anyway) has a protagonsit. 

This is the person that the story follows, the person whose life you are living for the next 500 or so pages, the person you root for and want to see achieve their dreams.

So in this list I will be compiling my top 5  favourite YA protagonists from any book or series not depending on genre. 

And maybe hearing about these characters will make you want to check out the books!

So here goes…

5. Rosie from Love, Rosie

She is confident, funny, relatable and I think the fact that we follow her throughout the majority of her life makes me love her even more. It’s very rare to find a character that is so mundane (insert TMI jokes here…) yet so interesting to read about! By the end of the book I felt like I was her.

4. Will Grayson from Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Which Will Grayson am I talking about? You’ll never know…all I’m going to say is that his character development is paramount and I am completely in love with his story. I’ll let you decide which is the best…

3. Charlie from The Perks of being a Wallflower

Rarely does a character make me cry so much, he is an adorable little muffin and I will have nothing negative said about him. 

2. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games

I don’t think I really have to say much about why I love this character, if you don’t know then I can’t really help you, just read the books. 

(Hint: strong, independent and completely badass)

1. Blue Sargent from The Raven Boys

One thing you should know about me is that I am completely in love with this series in general so it is unsurprising that she tops my list. 

If you want to meet a quirky, headstrong and sarcastic character who doesn’t take any nonsense from anyone then I would advise picking up these books.

Just do it.

You won’t regret it.

And that’s it folks, my top 5 favourite YA protagonists. 

Quite a mixture aye? 

I would highly suggest reading these books if you haven’t, none of them (in my opinion) disappoint.

If you have any more protagonists to add onto my list leave a comment and we can all share our favourite books and character together. 

I really do think the types of characters we love reflects who we are as a person so it would be very interesting to see who you all liked! 

Thanks for reading!

– Louise

Getting Ready For Halloween

It is October and thus the beginning of the festive season, also known as my favourite time of the year.

While others bask in the sun and pray for hot weather, I hide away in the shade and count down the days until I can finally whip out my warm coat and clunky boots.

I’m not a summer person, so as soon at the clock strikes midnight and the 30th of  September becomes the 1st of October I jump for joy and thank the lords I live in a cold country.

October means fun, it means Ghosts and sweets and Disney Halloween movies. 

It also means I can dress up as a pirate and nobody will look at me like I’ve gone mad, sort of.

Halloween is meant for the kids, however, I also think that Halloween can be a great reason for adults to have a bit of fun too. 

I mean, this is the perfect time for you to watch crappy scary movies and eat as much as you want without being judged! 

So go forth and celebrate the festive season with me! 

And remember, after Halloween comes Christmas! 

Jane Eyre Review (No Spoilers)

I loved this book.

I had high expectations before reading it due to its status as a ‘classic’.

In fact, the whole reason why I read it was because English teachers all over the world rave about its existence and as you may know if you are a bookworm like me, when people rave about books, you gotta read em’. Its just the law (don’t argue with me on this one).

I was a bit worried, however, because if theres one thing I know about classics its that they are hard to read. I think it’s a combination of over descriptive scene setting and old styled writing but a lot of the timeĀ old books just make my brain hurt.

However, in a bid to become more sophisticated and because Barnes and Noble’s released an AMAZING collection of classics that I had to own, I decided to give Jane Eyre a go.

And I have to say, I didn’t expect it to be as easy to read as it was.

The language just flows really well and I’d say that for anyone looking to get into reading classics but are a little but intimidated by the old writing style, THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU!

Its such a nice way to ease your brain into that style of writing and the story is very interesting.

While Jane did annoy me sometimes (mostly with relationship choices-SHE COULD DO SO MUCH BETTER) it was very interesting to follow her through her life.

I felt like I was her.

Which, when you’re reading a book thats so long and in-depth, is a really good thing because it lets you forget about that cramp you have in your lower back from lying in a weird position for eight hours and it really absorbs you into the story.

It was also really interesting to read a book thats so authentic and accurate about that time period because it was written during the same time period.

I would 100% recommend this book to people, its something I think everyone should read at least once, especially if you love stories.

I give Jane Eyre a 4/5 stars and wouldn’t object to ever reading it again.