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I saw this book tag over at readdreamlivenow. Since the tag was so huge, I decided to split the tag in half – this is the second half!

Harry Potter Book Tag

Anapneo – an author whose books can always get you out of a slump

Alice Oseman, definitely! I Was Born For This dragged me out of a giant reading slump by the feet. I also started reading Queen of the Tearling and found it shoved me out of another reading slump. Generally anything that is fantasy or contemporary, depending on my mood, will help me out of a slump.

Jelly-Legs Jinx – a “swoon-worthy” hero or heroine

 

Arresto Momentum – a book that caused you to stop doing other things until you finished

 

Crucio – a book that was painful to read

 

Rictusempra – a book that had you laughing out loud

 

Expelliarmus – a book that made you want to send it flying

 

Portus – a book world you wish to visit

 

Stupify – a book with a shocking twist or ending

 

Avada Kedavra – a character death that destroyed you

 

Finite Incantatem – best series conclusion

 

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I saw this book tag over at readdreamlivenow. Since the tag was so huge, I decided to split the tag in half – catch the second half on Tuesday next week!

Harry Potter Book Tag

Accio – an upcoming release you wish you could get your hands on right now

I’ve wanted to read The Cruel Prince since I first heard about preorders but I just don’t have the time right now… perhaps once university has started I can justify buying it, but I’m swamped in summer reading that I need to focus on first.

Alohomora – a favourite series starter

Cinder by Marissa Meyer! I enjoyed the series but I especially liked the first book. It had vivid world building that crossed between fantasy and science fiction but at the same time felt believable and concrete – a lot of young adult books could learn from Cinder’s world building.

Cheering Charm – a book that gave you the warm fuzzies

The Sun Is Also A Star is such a warm, happy contemporary that I sped read in less than a day. Nicola Yoon writes the best easy, low maintenance young adult contemporaries with uplifting messages and although I think I’ve begun to outgrow her writing, I would recommend her for anyone on the younger side of young adult.

Aguamenti – a book that made you ugly cry

I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman had me stopping at 3am and I don’t cry easily at books. It was the book I really needed to read and came into my life at the perfect time.

Expecto Patronum – a bookish hero or heroine you want around to protect you in real life

Jace from The Mortal Instruments. he’s witty, sarcastic and good looking. What more do I need?

Lumos – a book you intentionally spoiled for yourself

I can’t think of a time I’ve ever intentionally spoiled something… it takes all the fun of reading out of it! I sometimes do this with TV shows if they’re taking a long time to progress, or if a character I love leaves the show, but those are the only circumstances I in which I would intentionally spoil myself.

Imperio – a book you would make everyone read if you could

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. The book has gained a lot of popularity since the TV series, but I would encourage everyoen to read the book too. It’s scary how realistic the situation could become.

Engorgio – a book series you wish never ended

The Mortal Instruments is a long series but back when I was reading it I really never wanted it to end. I would love for there to be another series focusing on the same characters as adults, but I know it’s a young adult series and that is extremely unlikely to happen. Luckily the same characters appear in The Dark Artifices, so we get to see some aspects of their adult lives.

Wingardium Leviosa – a book with an uplifting message

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S I Still Love You are both great reads – hopefully the series will gain more popularity and recognition with the Netflix film adaptation.

Obliviate – a book you wish you could forget you ever read

I’m staring at my bookshelf as I write this, trying to think of a book I want to forget. Most likely I’ve donated any of the books I bought that I hated, or I borrowed them from the library and quickly returned them. I generally don’t finish reading books that I hate or even dislike, so… there aren’t any books that come to mind that I would love to forget.

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I can’t believe it is already September! I’m moving back to university on the 3rd but thankfully I have a couple of weeks before I start proper lessons because I still have so much to read!

August Wrap Up

Finished Books

In August I finished three books:

  1. Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
  2. The Queen Of The Tearling by Erika Johansen

Player Piano

I started out hating the book but very quickly actually started enjoying it! I didn’t realise this book is actually older than me – it was written in January 1999 and I wasn’t born until June 1999! This is especially impressive considering how relevant the book still is with it’s discussion of capitalism and machines replacing humans. I’m looking forward to studying Player Piano and getting to know it in greater depth.

The Queen Of The Tearling

This is a book I’ve owned for literally years and never got further than the first few pages. I was expecting it to be young adult fantasy, for some reason, but I think it technically is adult fantasy and one of the reasons I loved it so much was how many ‘darker’ issues about being a Queen it covered. It was the perfect ‘coming of age’ book because I’m now the same age as the protagonist and as I’ve begun to grow out of young adult, finding a protagonist my age is becoming increasingly difficult.

Other Reading Progress

I’m continuing to read The Arden of Faversham, Paradise Lost and Devil In A Blue Dress. I really will need to finish these in September, as well as House of Leaves and The Monk – neither of which I am looking forward to, if I’m being honest. I know I’ve read more than I did this time last year, but still, I keep working myself up about not reading enough. Arghh.

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This is my reading wrap up for the month of July – it’s a little late but I wanted to write a summary of what I’ve been reading in July because I’m not quite ready to write full reviews of my university reading until I’ve begun to study them. Read on to find out everything I was up to in July!

July Wrap Up

Finished Books

In July I finished three books:

  1. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  2. The Art of Fiction by David Lodge
  3. I was Born For This by Alice Oseman

Lolita 

I’ve never read a book I feel so conflicted about as Lolita. All reviews highlight how difficult the content matter is, and all reviews talk about how beautiful the writing is – but I feel like many synopsis’ exaggerate the supposed “love story”. Lolita is not, nor do I believe it is intended to be, a love story. It’s about a man who feels owed by the universe, a girl just trying to grow up, and the man, driven to desperate lengths to capture her.

The Art of Fiction

This is a great book looking at the ways classic texts have approached a variety of writing topics, from setting to irony, to naming characters and plot structures and allusions.

I Was Born For This

I am a huge fan of Alice Oseman anyway, so saying it is her best novel yet isn’t an exaggeration. I finished most of the book in one go and ended up sobbing at 3am. Totally worth it!

Other Reading Progress

During July I also started reading John Milton’s Paradise Lost, The Queen of The Tearling and Player Piano. These are all books I hope to finish during August, so I’ll write more about them once I’ve finished them – but keep an eye out for my weekly reading updates where I’ll also be talking about them.

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Read on to see what I’m reading this week and how I feel about each book so far. I’m changing up the format a little bit again so let me know what you think in the comments!

Weekly Novellique Reading #9

The Queen Of The Tearling

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Where can I buy it?

Click here to see The Queen Of The Tearling from Amazon!

Why am I reading it?

I’ve owned this book for years and I finally got the chance to pick it up and start reading it for fun. I love reading it before bed; the writing is easy to get into and is thought-provoking at the same time.

What do I think?

I’m absolutely loving The Queen of The Tearling! I thought it was young adult when I first started reading it, but I think it’s more new adult or adult fantasy. If you love fantasy but are bored or disinterested in young adult fantasy – or even if you just want to read more fantasy – The Queen Of The Tearling is definitely for you.


Paradise Lost

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Where can I buy it?

Click here to see Paradise Lost on Amazon!

Why am I reading it?

Paradise Lost is on my university reading list for my crime module.

What do I think?

I’m struggling along with Paradise Lost – I really don’t like it, but I have to read it so I’m trying to remain positive. Sometimes we have to read books we don’t like and this is one of those times… hopefully I will appreciate it more once I’m studying it at university.


Player Piano

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Where can I buy it?

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Why am I reading it?

Player Piano is also on my university reading list for my crime module!

What do I think?

The first couple of chapter of Player Piano was really difficult to get into, but now I’m over half way through and really enjoying reading it. It has a lot of discussion about capitalism and socialism. Player Piano is set in a world where machines have replaced the majority of manual labour and everything has become effortless – but leaving behind a working class unemployed and in poverty.

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So, I’m back… again.

Where have I been?

A couple of things have happened this summer that I’m not quite ready to talk about yet. I’ve been thinking about my blog for a long time and what sort of content I should be putting onto it; I always intended it to be a book blog, with nothing else – nothing personal, nothing to do with fitness or weight loss or beauty… but over time I’ve wanted to explore more options.

It doesn’t help that WordPress has somehow managed to kill all my traffic. I felt like writing a review to get five views wasn’t worth it – considering I have 300 followers, most of whom I’m beginning to think are either spam accounts or inactive users.

Most of all I want this blog to be fun for me; if I’m enjoying it then it doesn’t matter how much traffic I get. Recently I’ve neither been enjoying it nor getting many views or interactions and it continues to put me off.

What’s coming to Novellique?

The first part is my spring cleaning of my youtube channel. I have one for Novellique, and have done for a while, but never used it for anything. I’ve always thought about fully migrating to Youtube but I think the written format is easier for me and generally fits me better. BUT– I am starting to think about ways I could make videos without making myself uncomfortable. For now I’m going to be using my channel as a place to create playlists for the writing resource I find useful, as well as music I listen to.

I want to talk about more than just book reviews. I want to talk about what university is really like, what video games I’m obsessed with, why Kylo Ren is such an interesting character to me and the new things I’m trying in my life. I want to talk about things that are relevant to me, as well as talking about books.

I’m going to be continuing Instagram but with a less perfectionist attitude; the way I was criticising every post wasn’t productive and burnt me out very quickly. I won’t have time to put this much energy into Instagram once University starts.

I’m also going to be talking more about my writing here, especially with playlists or mood boards or interview your character type posts. I think I want to explore more general writing topics too. I’m a writer now more than I am a reader, I think, which is quite a strange inversion because for years it was the other way around.

Tag posts was the way I got into the book community and I’m thinking about returning to them for the days where I want to post but I don’t have anything concrete to put together. I’m out of practice with blogging and I want to get back into it.

I’m all for hearing things you guys would like to read so stick your suggestions in the comments if you’d like! All in all, I’m ready to rethink this blog and make it feel more like mine. I hope you’ll all stick around for this journey and find what I’m producing more engaging and personalised.

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I finished reading Lolita within a week and I’ve compiled my thoughts into a review. Tell me what you thought in the comments!

REVIEW: Lolita

 

CHARACTERS–––

I think a lot of people don’t pick up on the references to HH’s declining mental health and the evidence there is that his narration is extremely unreliable. Even at the beginning there is a reference to someone he “didn’t kill” – which makes me suspicious that he did in fact kill at least once – and the later chapters go over events with Lolita that feel very confessional: things he didn’t want to admit. The entire book is also written to be read after his and Lolita’s death. HH is manipulative about everything and this reach extends beyond his death. From his narration he doesn’t seem to understand the trauma he has inflicted upon Lolita but we don’t know what he actually feels because he presents a select part of himself for the reader. We don’t have unlimited access to his mind.

PLOT–––

In terms of plot, my only slight issue was how much the last couple of chapters dragged – but I understand why this choice was made. We get to see HH revisit his time with Lolita and some of the things he discusses makes the reader rethink his characterisation yet again. I certainly really began to realise that this character was controlling everything and his narration wasn’t supposed to be reliable in any way. I absolutely adored the poetical style of writing which was strange began I was disturbed by the actual content; I can see why a lot of readers are so split and either absolutely love it or absolutely hate it.

OVERALL–––

Overall, I’m giving Lolita a full 5* rating.

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