Happy New Year Bloglets,

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year. I got some lovely books for Christmas that I cannot wait to delve into. But before I can do that I seriously need to make a dent in my ever growing ‘To Be Read’ pile.

This is the first TBR blog that I have written in two weeks therefore I have a few blog posts to tell you about. The past few books that I reviewed include:

Trouble by Non Pratt

Ticker by Lisa Mantchev

A Christmas Feast and Other Stories by Katie Fforde

Jessie Hearts NYC by Keris Stainton

The Last Virgin Alive by Stephanie Crosby

We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a true story by Josh Sundquist

The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes by Anna McPartlin

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

I Don’t Care About Your Band by Julie Klausner

No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige

I have one review up and coming next week; I really need to get a wiggle on with that.

I am currently reading The Year of Taking Chances by Lucy Diamond. I’ve never read anything by her before but I am really enjoying it so far.

Now, it has come to my attention that I have a lot of books. This is not a big shock or anything but I have realised that I have a lot of books that I am itching to read. Therefore, I have resolved to read one review book and one personal book. I know that this will slow down my reviewing rates on NetGalley and BookBridgr but I do want to read some of the books that I have personally picked up.

With that in mind, from now on I will try to read in the following way:

1 x Review Book

1 x Personal Book

1 x Short Story

1 x Library Book (I work in a school and vet the YA literature before they are available for the students in case they are inappropriate for lower school)

If I have any time after that I will grab another review book.

Sounds like a great plan. How long this plan will last one never knows.

Wish me luck!

L x

Ps – I would love to know what you are all reading so please leave me a comment and let me know.

Having read so many books this year, it was a daunting task having to choose my top 10. I managed to cull my favourites down to a top 25 then I read another book that I wanted to include. Having a blog post of my top 26 books just seemed silly. So I became ruthless.

After much deliberation, debate and soul searching I managed to narrow it down to ten. Here are my top ten books of 2014.

10)          Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel

9)            Just One Day by Gayle Forman

8)            Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

7)            Thirst by Kerry Hudson

6)            Liberty Silk by Kate Beaufoy

5)            Amy, 27: Amy Winehouse and the 27 Club by Howard Sounes

4)            The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

3)            The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes by Anna McPartlin

2)            Trouble by Non Pratt

1)            The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan

What are your top reads for this year?

L x

Title: No Place Like Oz

Author: Danielle Paige

Pages: 125 pages

Synopsis

No Place Like Oz is the prequel to Dorothy Must Die. In this novella we find out how Dorothy made it back to Oz and how she came to be its most feared ruler.

Review

In my review of Dorothy Must Die (posted earlier this week) I said that I felt the book was a bit slow paced in parts. Since reading No Place Like Oz, I can pinpoint why II felt like this. It is because we, the reader, knew nothing of Dorothy’s motivation to be evil. All we knew was Amy’s current view on things and the few things that had been revealed by the Wicked.

No Place Like Oz was a lot more likable because we were seeing how things had evolved into being. How Dorothy had gone from nice sweet girl to tyrannical and fascist dictator. I believe that had we been given either Dorothy’s back story or had been given her perspective in Dorothy Must Die the story would have been more enjoyable.

No Place Like Oz is a really good novella due to how much is revealed. It gives Dorothy Must Die more purpose and in retrospect made the story more enjoyable. In my opinion, it would have been better if these stories had been combined in some way.

No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige is available now.

You can follow Danielle Paige (@daniellempaige) on Twitter

No Place Like Oz

 

Synopsis

I Don’t Care About Your Band (or to give the book its full title – I  Don’t Care About Your Band: What I Learned from Indie Rockers, Trust Funders, Pornographers, Felons, Faux Sensitive Hipsters, and Other Guys I’ve Dated) is a collection of stories chronicling Julie Klausner’s often tragic yet extremely witty dating history.

Review

I Don’t Care About Your Band was another book I bought based on the cover. I thought it looked quirky. And I will admit – although blaming it on being British – I really had no idea who Julie Klausner was or is. However, I picked up her book in hopes of being entertained for 250+ pages.

And for the most part, I was.

I Don’t Care About Your Band has a very relatable feel to it. Whilst you may not know exactly what Klausner went through it does make you look back at your own dating history and realise that yes, you too had gone out with some dodgy dudes.

Klauser’s delivery of these stories is self-deprecating but not to the point that you feel sorry for her, in fact I don’t think that was Klausner’s intention when she wrote this book. I did worry when I first started reading it that it would be a very self indulgent tale (something I have found with other memoirs that I have read) but Klausner’s book was more like a How to guide…no a Who to guide as in Who to avoid when dating. It was genuinely funny.

The one downside for me – and again, I blame my Britishness – is that some of the references were a little lost on me. The book does heavily feature pop culture references, most of which are American so I fumbled along with the ones that I didn’t quite get. This didn’t detract from the entertaining qualities of I Don’t Care About Your Band.

I  Don’t Care About Your Band: What I Learned from Indie Rockers, Trust Funders, Pornographers, Felons, Faux Sensitive Hipsters, and Other Guys I’ve Dated by Julie Klausner is available now.

You can follow Julie Klausner (@JulieKlausner) on Twitter

I Dont Care About Your Band

Ok bloglets,

Welcome to 2015. It is January or as I am calling it – BANUARY.

Why? You may be asking. Well let me tell you. I am not a fan of January because I am always broke. I don’t mean like no money – I mean like NO MONEY. Therefore I am banning myself from buying books.

This self imposed ban will kill me. I am going cold turkey.

If you wish to join me in this challenge then please keep me updated on your progress.

I plan on keeping you posted in my weekly TBR pile updates.

Keep your money in your wallets people.

The Rules:

1)      Books can be bought as a gift for other people.

2)      You can buy a book if it is fiscally irresponsible to not buy it.

3)      Review books can be requested

Yours, with love and book buying cravings,

L x x