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Stacking the Shelves #52

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Stacking the Shelves is hosted by the wonderful Tynga’s Reviews, and gives bloggers the opportunity to share their latest book hauls.

This week has been a fantastic book week. (I may have spent too much considering that I should be saving money…) But oh well, because I’m so happy with the books I’ve bought. Plus there are a couple of library books mixed in!

What Did I Get?

Sabaa Tahir - An Ember In The Ashes

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

V E Schwab - This Savage Song

This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab

Gail Carriger - Waistcoats and Weaponry

Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger - Manners and Mutiny

Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger

PLUS I GOT THE HAMILTON SOUNDTRACK!!

What Am I Reading?

Right now I’m reading Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman, which is the second book in the Seraphina series. I’m enjoying it, but at the moment it isn’t as good as the first book. That’s mostly because of the lack of time Phina and Kiggs spend together though. Hopefully there’s more of them later?

And On The Telly?

BAKE OFF!!!!!!! I’m so excited for this series.

I’ve also been bingeing Gilmore Girls recently and I’m in love with it. I’m on series four right now and can’t get enough.

In Other News…

  • I’m in London! I’m visiting some uni friends, and we have plans to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: the musical. I’m so excited about it! We’re also eating a lot because food.
  • I have a board games night coming up this week too, which I cannot wait for. The plan is to introduce my friends to some games they haven’t played for. So excited!!

 

How about you? What are you reading? What books have you bought recently?

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Cogheart // Review

When I wandered into Waterstones the other day, I couldn’t help pick up their latest children’s book of the month: Cogheart by Peter Bunzl. It’s a steampunk adventure set in London in 1896, and tells the story of Lily and Robert’s desperate search for Lily’s father. It was so much fun, and I’m so glad that I picked it up on a whim.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child // Review

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So, there’s a new Harry Potter book out in the world. And it seems like the world has been completely divided by it. People either seem to hate it completely, or they enjoyed diving back into Harry’s world. I’m not going to say many loved it though because, based on reviews, because there doesn’t seem to be anyone who’s completely happy.

Where do I stand? Well, I can definitely say that I didn’t hate it. On the whole, I enjoyed it. But if you’re planning on reading it, don’t go in expecting another Harry Potter novel because that is not what it is. Honestly, I’m not sure we can even call it a “Harry Potter” book. If I could, I think I’d rename it “Scorpius Malfoy and his Best Friend”.

Yes, I liked Scorpius a lot.

And now I’m jumping ahead of myself! I should start again.

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Happy 3rd Birthday!

Guess who has a blog anniversary today! Yep, A World of Reviews is officially three years old, which is absolutely insane. I never thought I’d end up blogging for this long, even if it has been very on and off since starting uni.

I started this blog on a whim during the summer holidays before starting my final year of secondary school, and I honestly had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t even realise book blogging was a thing! And then I discovered this mad world of reviews, discussions, bookish events, and bookstagram.

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See How They Run // Review

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I’ve loved Ally Carter’s books for years. The Gallagher Girls hooked me with its spy school and entertaining characters, and I adored the Heist Society books (especially Hale, because he was fab). And I did enjoy All Fall Down, the first book in her new Embassy Row series.

However, I have yet to fall in love with the Embassy Row books, and See How They Run, the second book in the series, didn’t do much to help. There are definitely things I like about these books, but I also have a few issues. And I’m going to share those with you in a little list!

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Fantasy Favourites: Grisha Playlist

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The fantasy favourites read-a-thon is hosted by two wonderful blogs: Olivia’s Catastrophe and Of Wonderland. It’s all about reading fantasy books! (if you hadn’t already guessed that from the title).

The Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon officially started yesterday. Yay! I’m very excited, because I’m currently rereading the Throne of Glass series and have started with The Assassin’s Blade. I’ve actually already finished it (I’m on uni summer holidays, so I’ve got time), so I’ll be starting Throne of Glass tonight!

 One of the series’ for this year’s read-a-thon is the Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo, and that is what today’s challenge is all about. We have to put together a playlist based on the series (and some prompts provided by Inge, Aly and Olivia). I don’t actually listen to a huge amount of music, unless listening to Hamilton on repeat counts, so this one really is a challenge for me. I’ve given it a go though, so on with the playlist!

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Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon: Day 1

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It’s the 10th of July, which today is the day the Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon begins! The read-a-thon is hosted by two wonderful blogs: Olivia’s Catastrophe and Of Wonderland. It’s all about reading fantasy (if you hadn’t already guessed that from the title).

What am I planning on reading this week? Well, one of the series’ being focused on this year are the Throne of Glass books by Sarah J. Maas, which I’ve read before. However, I figured it was about time for a reread, especially with Empire of Storms coming out soonish, so my aim is to read as much of the series as possible this week!

I also have a load of posts scheduled for the week, so keep an eye out for those.

Are you joining in with the Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon? Which books are you reading?

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Let’s Talk About… Les Misérables

Recently, I finally finished Les Misérables, which is probably one of the longest books that I have ever read. I think it took me at least a year and a half to get through? I ended up really liking it, especially the second half of the book. So, I figured I’d share a few thoughts about it.

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Firstly, if you’re a fan of the musical you’ll enjoy it. Reading the book added so much more depth to the characters, and I actually really like Marius and Cosette together. (The book gives them a bit more than one evening to fall in love, although it is still a little guilty of instalove). I now understand the characters motivation so much more, and I’m tempted to rewatch the musical!

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Top Ten Board Games

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and Bookish, and celebrates lists! Particularly lists of books! Head on over to their blog to join in.

This week is a freebie and, until yesterday, I had no idea what topic to choose for this post. All I had in mind was that it should somehow relate to summer and the summer holidays. And then it hit me! I do a lot of reading in the summer, naturally, but I have another hobby that my whole family joins in with. Board games! So, I figured I’d introduce you to ten of my favourite board games which are perfect for the summer holidays.

Top Ten Summer Board Games

Ooga Booga

Ooga Booga

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a caveman? Well, here’s the game for you! This is basically a game where you make caveman noises, and you try to remember the caveman noises other people have made. That description makes it sound a bit pathetic, I’ll admit, but trust me, this game is hilarious. It generally ends with everyone collapsed on the floor giggling.

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