Recent Book Buys

19 July 2015

I always want to buy in real life books rather than eBooks, because okay sure with reading something on a kindle you can lie in any position you want and comfort is guaranteed, but real life books are just on a whole other level. Since real life books are more expensive though, I reserve them for books I think will be important to me. For example I read this series called the Mortal Instruments which I adored but they weren't special or important to me and I thought they wouldn't so I got them as eBooks, where was Catcher In The Rye I got as a real life book. The other day on Amazon there was 3 books for £10 on selected paperback books, so I jumped on the bandwagon because I figured thats a pretty good deal. The books I got were I'll Give You The Sun, All The Bright Places and Shock Of the Fall.

This book I got into straight away. It's about a boy and girl who meet at the top of a tower both contemplating suicide and just them kind of moving through life? I don't know, I don't know how to describe books without giving too much away (ahaha I'm typing this on my phone and away just corrected itself to swag my phone is too cool to write book reviews) but I'll like you to good reads or something where you can read the blurb. I really, really enjoyed it and definitely think it's up there in my favourite books. Despite it being about quite a depressing topic, the author manages to include happy things so it's not all too heavy and intense and she also doesn't romanticise suicide or mental illness either. I think a lot of people have read this book and I'm a bit late to the party but you know, I'm glad I enjoyed the party. It's sad and deep but there's also joy. I also like how at the end there's a list of places people can go for help and support. Also when i read the 'about the author' page, she's ha a very hard life, and people close to her committed suicide which is terrible but I also think it makes her qualified to write a book about it? Not saying there's like some qualification to write a book that involves suicide, but she knows more about it then other people so knows kind of the truth around it I suppose and what not to say and how best to handle the topic since it's such a fragile thing, you know? God now I feel a bit cynical saying I enjoyed it, but it's more than just reading a book about people suffering. In fact there's not much about people suffering because (like I said) happy times. But yeah, I recommend reading this one definitely. 

The Shock Of The Fall by Nathan Filer
I read this book first and I think I will have to reread it. The book is about a boy (well maybe not a boy technically, a male) called Matt whose brother dies and about his life with his mental illness. It took me a while to get into this book, I'm not sure why though because I did enjoy it. Although it's quite repetitive and will be talking about one thing then in the next paragraph will go back to a thing that happened ages ago. It doesn't really flow, but I don't think it's meant to flow. I think I will reread it though because I took a long break whilst reading it. It's good though, I wouldn't call it a light read though. It didn't make me cry or anything but it's heavy you know, well of course it is because it's about his life which his mental illness obviously massively controls.

I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
I read this book last and absolutely loved it. It's about twins called Jude and Noah who in their early years are really close, but then through tragedy are barely speaking and they have drastically changed. The early years, before the tragedy are told through Noah's narrative, then after is told from Jude's. I really like the change in narrative, I think it's really smart how the author wrote it and she makes the characters personalities so evident, if that makes sense. I don't know Im that great at book reviews, but it was emotional. I didn't cry during it or anything but it sure is a roller coaster. There's loads of different types of loves involved, more than just your typical 'boy and girl fall in love' and it's just a really good read. Definitely one of my favourites now, its just so smartly written and the way the storylines intertwine. Man, its just great, you should definitely read it. 


Also earlier I read this and I just think you should certainly find time in your day to read this. Anyway, see you guys soon! I'm on holiday at the moment so I will reply to any comments on this post (and the two previous posts) when I am back.

12 comments

  1. Oooh, I just bought 'all the bright places' thanks for the review I must get down to reading it! x

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    1. You should it's so good! Well, I think it was. My friend and sister didn't really like it but I did. x

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  2. These all sound amazing Libby! I really like the sound of All The Bright Places, I've heard so many good things about it!

    Bx
    beccaemilyx.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. You should definitely read it, I couldn't put it down!x

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  3. first of all, the covers of these books are all so gorgeous. i think i'm the type of person who would buy books simply because the covers are beautiful. i'll give you the sun looks interesting, and i tend to favor books written in alternate p.o.v.'s. i'll have to see if my library has it(:

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    1. Ahaha I have a rule where I will only buy the physical copy of books if they're pretty or if I think they will be meaningful to me. You should, it's written so smartly! Although my sister didn't like the way it was written but I don't know, I just thought it was really cleverly done :)x

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  4. These books all look great! I haven't read any of them before, but I may have to now ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

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    1. You should definitely! Maybe not Shock Of The Fall in my opinion, it is good but like if I were force you to read a book I would definitely force the other two x

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  5. I've heard such amazing reviews of All the Bright Places, can't wait to get my hands on it! xx
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  6. Thank you so much for the recommendations! I´m not sure if I´ll pick up All The Bright Places or I´ll Give You The Sun!
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    1. Oh god I don't know which one I would recommend more they're both so different but both deal with some form of tragedy but are so different!x

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