This month started off as a really good reading month and I think I could've ended up reading so much more, but school happened. Yep, therefore I haven't been able to read as much as I also had exams as soon as I got back to school, YIPEE! That was supposed to be sarcastic if you couldn't tell.
Anyway, I'm still pretty pleased with the amount I read, 8 things (6 books, 2 picture books), so let's get into the wrap-up!
I am making a change to the way the wrap-ups are layed out, I will be starting with the lowest rated book and ending with my favourite.
Yoga with Iggy the Piggy by Amy Lu - 26 Pages - Picture Book
I was asked whether I would review this for the author (along with another book) and it sounded fun so I accepted. I was sent ebook copies from the author (thank you!) and I read both of the books in about 10 minutes.
I do have a mini-review post of the two books, coming up soon I believe so you can read more about my thoughts then. Overall, it was a fun book, but I think it could've been even better.
Rate - 3/5
The Vampire, The Handler and Me by Eileen Sheehan - 390 Pages - Vampire Romance (Love Triangle)
I was sent an ebook copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thanks Eileen!
This was a big difference to the normal sort of books that I read, therefore I didn't go into it with ridiculously high expectations. In the end, I would say it was good, but I felt it was lacking something, though that could've been down to the fact that it's not exactly my favourite genre.
I have a review up for it here - http://sprinkleofbooks.weebly.com/blog/spoiler-free-review-the-vampire-the-handler-and-me-by-eileen-sheehan
Rate - 3.5/5
I Hate Myselfie by Shane Dawson - 224 Pages - Autobiography in a collection of essays
This book has been on my TBR pile the longest and I suddenly felt in the mood to read it so I took a chance and picked it up.
I'm not really a fan of Shane and I don't even watch his videos anymore (I am still subscribed though), but I know a lot of stuff happened to him as he was growing up and I was interested to how he would talk about it. Also, at the time I picked it up I was a sort of fan of him and it was on 'Buy One Get One Half Price' offer at Waterstones and I needed one more book on the offer to go along with the one I had already picked up, therefore I just picked it up on a whim.
When I was first reading it, I was shocked by the humour and dirty mind and then I remembered that it was Shane and then I was fine. That's the thing, you either love Shane and his humour or you hate it, personally I love it and found myself bursting out laughing many times while reading the book. Despite the fact that it talks about quite a few negative times in Shane's life, it's still entertaining and funny because Shane makes it that way. For example:
'We both looked and saw our fate.. Tara was cast as the second lead, which was amazing! I was cast as 'Fat Funny Tourist'. 'Fat' wasn't in the name but trust me, after reading the script, I knew it should have been. My only line was, "WHO'S HUNGRY!" and I was wearing a safari outfit that was 'two sizes too small.' Just like Patty, I was born for this role.
'I was just a normal fat dude with sweat-gland issues.'
'At one point my skin started to turn yellow, and not in a cute fake-tanner way, in a HOLY-SHIT-WHY-IS-THAT-GUY-YELLOW way.'
Rate - 3.75/5
I don't currently have a review up for this, but if you guys want one then comment below and I'll see what I can do!
Naughty Puppy by Amy Lu - 26 Pages - Picture Book
This was the other book that I got sent for review along with Yoga with Iggy the Piggy. This was another picture book, but I have to say that I enjoyed this one so much more. I think that could be down to the fact that I have a puppy and therefore I related to the naughty and good things the puppy would do.
The book talked/listed the good and bad things a puppy can do, but explained it in a simplistic way so that Children can understand. I really like the idea of this and it really showed that despite how naughty a puppy is, there is always some good thing sit does even if you have to really search for them.
Rate - 4/5
As I mentioned on Yoga with Iggy the Piggy, I do already have a mini-review up for this and I will link it at the end.
Nicky and the Fairy Named Anika by Loren Bukovka - 209 Pages - Middle Grade/Children's story featuring Fairies
I was also sent this book for review (Thank you Loren and also Beck from Word Slinger Publicity!) I received a physical copy and it was a floppy paperback, which I love!
Anyway, this story is about a young girl called Nicky, who has recently lost her Grandma. She's always wanted to go to this science camp that her Grandma used to go to as a little girl herself. This year, Nicky's parents finally have enough money to send Nicky to camp.
When Nicky gets there though she finds herself not enjoying herself as much as she thought she would and all she wants to do is go home. One girl at the camp wants to make friends with Nicky and to help cheer her up. The pair decide to go down to the lake together and Nicky dives in. Her friend begins to panic when Nicky still hasn't resurfaced after a couple of minutes. If only she knew that Nicky had been captured by The Drowner (a mythical creature, who captures people who have lost their dreams) and that she's fighting for her life. Nicky is fighting as best as she can, but The Drowner is just too strong and she feels herself slipping away. Suddenly she reawakens and finds herself in a magical land, fairyland! A fairy who watches over the camp saw Nicky in trouble and saved her and brought her to fairyland. From this moment onwards, Nicky is thrust into a world of magic in an attempt to rediscover her dream.
I really enjoyed this book and found it to be really unique. I loved how Loren incorporated Nicky dealing with the grief other Grandmother's recent death and I think that it added a lot to Nicky's character and I found myself really caring for her within the first couple of pages.
Rate - 4.5/5
I do have a full review up for this already, which I'll link at the end.
The next three books I rated all a 5/5! I loved all three of them so much and can't possibly pick my absolute favourite from the three, so they're mentioned in a random order.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling (Illustrated Edition)
As a lot of you will know, I have never read Harry Potter, but I've wanted to change that for a long time. Well, at the start of the year I started talking to Dahabo (From @admirerofbooks on Instagram and Twitter) and I found out that she also hadn't read Harry Potter. After talking for a while we decided we would buddy read the entire series together. Starting from January, we will read a book a month for 7 months.
As this month was January we buddy read Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. I LOVED IT!
Though I do have the normal paperback edition, I decided that I would rather read out of the illustrated edition so that's what I did. I loved all of the illustrations (well, mainly all of them) and I think they really helped me to get a better feel for the story and characters.
I'm not really going to do a review for it as it's Harry Potter and I don't know how I would really add anything that people don't already know about it. However, I do want to do a post where I talk and show you my favourite illustrations and well as my favourite quotes. I think I'll do that after this post, let mw know down below if that's something you'd like to see.
Also you should definitely follow Dahabo as she's so nice and just awesome (and also because I'm jealous of the fact that she got to meet Melinda Salisbury :))
Rate - 5/5
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness - 317 Pages - YA
For Christmas, I asked my mum for a copy of this as it sounded really interesting. Anyway, I knew she's ordered it for me and leading up to Christmas I kept hearing bad/mixed things about this book and I became really nervous to read it. I got it on Christmas and I was originally thinking of reading it straight away, but I was already reading something so I just left it.
On the first day of 2016 I suddenly felt in the mood to pick it up and so I did and I didn't put it down again till I finished it. Yep, I read the whole thing in 1 day and only got up for food and to walk the dog. I was completely hooked into the story and just couldn't stop. For these reasons and many more I just couldn't help but give it a 5/5.
I was super surprised about my feelings toward this book as about 3 years ago (I think I was in Year 5) I tried to read The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #10 by Patrick Ness. I got about 20 pages in then just DNF-ed it; I didn't understand it and overall it was just boring. Therefore that just added to my nerves of reading this one, however I'm so glad I gave Patrick Ness another chance. Though a lot of Patrick Ness fans say they didn't enjoy this book and that it's their least favourite of his work, I really enjoyed it. So even if you are a proper Patrick Ness and don't think you'll like this, at least give it a go as I completely fell in love with it.
Rate - 5/5
I think I also have a review coming for this one so keep your eyes peeled!
Doctor Who: The Clockwise Man by Justine Richards - 253 Pages - YA
I was hesitant to go into this,but I'm so glad I was because that made the book surprise me even more. I feel in love with this book from the start and honestly felt like crying at the end, actually I'm surprised that I mag=nagged to hold it together. I was so emotionally attached to this book and even now I'm not even sure why. I just absolutely loved the story and the characters were so well put across that there was no way that I couldn't not love them.
A lot of people wouldn't pick this up because it is a Doctor Who novel, buy you honestly don't need to know anything about Doctor Who (apart from what the TARDIS is - a time-travelling capsule thing) in order to connect to the story. I can't wait to carry on with the series, but now I'm hesitant to carry on incase I don't enjoy them as much as this one!
Rate - 5/5
The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
I've started to reread this in preparation for the release of The Sleeping Prince. So far I'm 132 pages in.
M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman
I've only read one of the short stories in here but I'm hoping to continue in February. I'm currently 22 Pages in.
Total Pages Read In January - 1847 Pages
Nicky and the Fairy Named Anika by Loren Bukovka - http://sprinkleofbooks.weebly.com/blog/spoiler-free-review-nicky-and-the-fairy-named-anika-by-loren-bukovka
Yoga with Iggy the Piggy/Naughty Puppy by Amy Lu - http://sprinkleofbooks.weebly.com/blog/mini-reviews-yoga-with-iggy-the-piggy-and-naughty-puppy-by-amy-lu
The Vampire, The Handler and Me by Eileen Sheehan - http://sprinkleofbooks.weebly.com/blog/spoiler-free-review-the-vampire-the-handler-and-me-by-eileen-sheehan
The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness - NOT UP YET
Doctor Who: The Clockwise Man by Justin Richards - NOT UP YET
BUY THE BOOKS
Yoga with Iggy the Piggy by Amy Lu
The Vampire, The Handler and Me by Eileen Sheehan
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28597525-the-vampire-the-handler-and-me?ac=1&from_search=1
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Vampire-the-Handler-and-Me-Dawne-Dominique-Kier-Smith-Eileen-Sheehan/9781629293110
I Hate Myselfie by Shane Dawson
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22886110-i-hate-myselfie?from_search=true&search_version=service
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/I-Hate-Myselfie/9781476791548
Naughty Puppy by Amy Lu
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26843822-naughty-puppy?ac=1&from_search=1
Nicky and the Fairy Named Anika by Loren Bukovka
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28147415-nicky-and-the-fairy-named-anika?ac=1&from_search=1
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Nicky-and-the-Fairy-Named-Anika/9781519708700
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling (ILLUSTRATED EDITION)
GR - www.goodreads.com/book/show/24548235-harry-potter-and-the-philosopher-s-stone
BD - https://http://www.bookdepository.com/Harry-Potter-and-the-Philosopher-s-Stone/9781408845646
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Rest-of-Us-Just-Live-Here--Signed-Edition-/9780062435026
Doctor Who: The Clockwise Man by Justin Richards
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Doctor-Who--The-Clockwise-Man/9781849905442
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