January Book Haul – it’s been a good one

Hey guys,

So I thought I would share my January book haul with you, and include the gorgeous book that I got for Christmas too because I think everyone should appreciate it. I got loads of Waterstones vouchers for Christmas and I think I made a good choice with what I got. I’ve also had an issue with space for books and I keep buying more so it’s been getting a little out of hand. So I decided to reshuffle my bookcase and alcoves to make it look more presentable and I’m quite pleased with how it turned out. So without further adieu, let’s bring on the pretty pictures.

Look at all the Lord of the Rings collectibles. It’s a tiny Minas Tirith

My beautiful Narnia books- a Christmas present from my best from my best friend.

These two are my reshuffled book alcoves in the living room. I finally managed to collect enough pretty hard back books to make them work nicely. The Lego heads are cute and full of so much crap. Secondly, we have these three beauties. The first, I’ll admit, I’m pretty excited about. I’ve never really read anything from the point of view of a creature that isn’t human or supernatural and it’s about bees in case you hadn’t figured and bees always hold a place close to my heart. The next is the Silk Road, a book we’ve all seen in the window of our nearest and dearest book shops. This 100% appeals to the geographer in me and y’know, it’s pretty. The last book here seems like a heart-felt, romance-y kind of book and that’s something we all need sometimes.

These three are my newest additions, bought just yesterday when I was 100% not supposed to be buying more books but did anyway. They’re about mages and magic and this here is the complete trilogy. They are very lovely. On top of these three, there are other books and series within the universe which, if I enjoy these three, I fully intend to enjoy.

Lovely drawings to add to the feels and angst

When I was in Waterstones the other week and I saw Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, I was overjoyed. Everything Cassandra Clare and related to the Shadowhunter series makes me so happy and I honestly had no idea that there was going to be anything else following up the Mortal Instruments so nicely. We get even more Simon Lewis than we deserve and throughout the whole book (and it’s a pretty big book) we have the lovely illustrations by the delightful Cassie Clare that have accompanied the Shadowhunter series non-stop. So, yeah, buzzing for some more TMI.


 I really love these books because they are all really nice colours and they are really big books (each is essentially a trilogy in one book) and I love that because it means there is so much more. The great thing about this author is that she has written so many books and so she always has something that you can read. Most of her books are within the same genre and many are within the same universe which is fab.

Just below we have the two books I was given at Christmas. The First is my lovely new edition of the Hogfather by Terry Pratchett. This was given to by my friend Bridie.You might not have ever read the Hogfather (or any of the Discworld series) but the film is what a lot of people know it by. The program of it was great but the book is even better and I really enjoy having such a pretty copy to gush over. The second is the first Game of Thrones book which is hardback and illustrated (as you can see in the two picture below it). It has a coloured map of Westeros and is illustrated throughout the entire book. My only fear is that they won’t publish the other books in this format and then I can’t have a matching hardback series.

Finally is the first book in the Poison Study series which I’m excited for. My old flat -mate absolutely adored this series and she constantly harassed me about reading it so I finally decided to take the hit and read the first book at least. At least, it has a pretty cover and several sequel books. Anyway, that’s all from me here. Let me know what books are in your January/Christmas haul and if any of mine were on your list!

Bye!

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For the Nostalgia – Twilight Saga (from the view of an adult)

Hey guys.

So I went home at Christmas for a week and, while I was browsing all my old books that never made the cut to come up to Aberdeen with me, I found my old Twilight books. I don’t know what it was; maybe I had too much time on my hands, maybe I was feeling nostalgic for 15 year old me, or maybe I was just subconsciously craving some vamp page time. Whatever the reason, I decided to re-read the Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyers. My memory of Twilight is mostly Kristen Stewart acting like a whiny little so-and-so in the movies and Robert Pattinson showing the emotional capacity of a cabbage so I remembered the books to be equally as cringy. They certainly weren’t brilliant movies. I saw every one in the cinema, nonetheless. I wasn’t disappointed with the book series.

I can say confidently that if we removed the sparkly aspect of the vampires and the crap writing and lack of all the wrong details it could possibly be a pretty decent series. Stephanie Meyer is up there with J.K. Rowling- decent story, rubbish author. And that has to be said for the whole twilight series. Breaking Dawn does get a little better but I never understood why the first 3 books are written from Bella’s perspective but then Breaking Dawn comes along and BOOM! Jacob has a POV. As far as creativity and realism of text goes, Meyer is pretty bad at it. Withing 10 minutes of Bella knowing Edward she is irrevocably in love with him and I know it’s a fictional story about vampires but come on.

 

Twilight wasnt all that terrible from the perspective of a lover of YA novels. We get the vampires and the romance and the beauties that are Carlisle and Jasper. The ending was the downfall of the book, in all honesty. The fight with James was just too easy. Most of the book is wasted over pining over the fact that Edward is probably too good for her and the hunt of Bella from the rogue clan is short-lived. It could have been so much more. More action and violence and epic battles of the immortals. But no. Bella gets bitten, Edward saves her and then she passes out. Yawn.

 

We should all just forget about New Moon. Its the book we can all forget about and the series still flows just as fine. The whole book is spent reminding us that Bella really needs a better hobby. She’s a crap friend, she’s moody and bitter and it makes us depressed just reading it. There are pages, whole pages, just dedicated to the passing of the months she spends living in a shell of herself. It really is depressing. Charlie is concerned. All the drama with the Volturi is because of Bella being stupid. I mean, the love of her life could have killed himself because of her stupidity. She just wants to hear Edwards voice, which is created by her imagination. Like, show some remorse and stop treating him like the bad guy. But can we consider Jessica for just a second? She becomes friends with Bella and then drops her pretty much immediately when she starts dating Edward. She only makes an effort when there is a party or some social event involved that makes a good story. She’s a rubbish friend. I mean, so is Bella but Jessica is just as bad.

 

Eclipse comes along and following it we have the Short Second Life of Bree Tanner which was sad and not really worth the read. Eclipse is about the hunt of James’s mate Victoria. In a similar way to the first fight with James, the fight with Victoria is pretty short lived. The main body of the book is focused around Bella begging for immortality and the hype of the coming battle with the new born vampires. There is something that bothered me about the ending part Eclipse and that was the way that Bella tries to bargain her way into sex with Edward. It’s pretty crappy of her to put off her immortality (which is what Edward wants) and agree to marry him human and in return for that she wants him to try and have sex while she is still human which could be possibly fatal for her. Maybe I’m reading into it too deeply but I really does bother me.
Breaking Dawn was my favourite, and I think it always has been. Breaking Dawn is the written evidence of why vampires and humans should probably not have sex. After the initial horror of the first two sections of the book (no more dying humans and monster babies), it becomes smutty without being too tasteless and we get so much Volturi screen time, it makes me happy. The birth and Bella’s pregnancy were pretty vivid, gruesome and honestly, it’s the type of detail you need in a vampire story. I wish there was more little details like that. However, Reneseme was possibly one of the stupidest names Meyer could have strung together and every time I read the name I die a little inside. We get to meet some old time vampires in the desperate attempt to ready themselves against the Volturi.

 

There is so much that the series needs, it needs a good bit of work but it isn’t the worst series in the world and if you can ignore the cringiness that is Bella Swan (and the stupid name of her daughter) then you can actually sort of enjoy the series. You’ll never be able to appreciate it the same way you did 7 years ago but you can take some enjoyment nonethe less. Take some enjoyment in the Cullens and their origin stories which were my favourite parts of the books. I just would have liked more on Emmit and more on Alice’s history but hey. One thing I’d like to mention that I 100% did not realise the first time I read the books was the reference to the titles of the books. I’m not stupid and I do understand the names and the relationship to the changing states of the moon and the day. However, I never really paid much attention to the mention of the titles in the books and I think it is rather clever. Just think about it. All in, not the worst and I think we should all read them again just for the nostalgia.