Delving into nonfiction to find out what actually happened all those years ago | Hiroshima by John Hersey

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My first, proper nonfiction book of this year. And hopefully not my last.

I didn’t know how this was going to go. I don’t read nonfiction – why would I do that when I can read about magic and faeries and dragons in fantasy books? Buuuuut my love for history is gently drawing me into nonfiction, so here we are today.

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Let’s dive into Hiroshima!

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Title: Hiroshima

Author: John Hersey

Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics

Series Status: Standalone

Genre: Nonfiction, History

Number of Pages:  208

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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini | An incredible, but brutally honest story that held my heart on the line throughout

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This book has been on my radar for a while now – all of Khaled Hosseini’s books have been – so when the lovely people at SocialBookCo contacted me through their review programme, asking if I would like to review this for them, of course, I said yes!

This is the 3rd book I’ve reviewed for them. This is basically a site that compares all the different prices of books from different retailers, showing you where you can buy each book for the cheapest price. And then there’s the reviewing side – If you join their programme, there are opportunities for you to be sent books for free in exchange for an honest review by a given date. So check it out if you’re interested!

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Let’s dive into A Thousand Splendid Suns!

(sounds a bit suicidal)

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Title: A Thousand Splendid Suns

Author: Khaled Hosseini

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Series Status: Standalone

Genre: Late Historical Fiction or Early Contemporary (it spans over many years)

Number of Pages:  372

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik | A standalone fantasy with the feel of a dark fairytale (at least to me)

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This book had been sat on my shelves for ages. I think…over a year? Maybe? And I really have no idea why, because it’s intrigued me ever since I first heard about it. But for some reason, there it sat, feeling unloved (even though it very much was, in it’s place on my shelves).

But at last, we’re here. We’ve reached the day where I actually read this book.

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Let’s dive into Uprooted!

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Title: Uprooted

Author: Naomi Novik

Publisher: Pan MacMillan

Series Status: Standalone

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Number of Pages:  448

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The Cavalier Historian by Dorinda Balchin | An interesting book for a history lover like me, but the ending let it down slightly

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Fun fact: To this day, this is the review request that tops my list of “most impressive review requests”.

Not that that’s an actual list…

But when Dorinda contacted me a while ago, I was so impressed with the amount of consideration she handle it with. Not only had she gone through my reviews and seen if there were any books similar to hers, but she also quoted my reviews to me and explained how. And I just feel like that needs to be pointed out, because so often review requests are so blunt and barely thought through – thank you Dorinda, for actually taking the time to do that.

So when I saw the review she’d compared it to was Outlander – one of my favourites – I leapt at the chance to read this book. I love a historical fiction, and so here we are today.

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Let’s dive into The Cavalier Historian!

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Title: The Cavalier Historian

Author: Dorinda Blachin

Publisher: Self Published

Series Status: Standalone

Genre: Historical Fiction, Supernatural

Number of Pages:  382

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Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen | A long book with a lot of toing and froing, but a good read nonetheless

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Yes I know there’s a typo in the title image. Yes it bothers me immensely. Yes we are just going to ignore it and pretend it didn’t happen. 

Sense and Sensibility. The last Jane Austen novel I needed to read to be able to proudly say “I’ve read Jane Austen’s entire works”…kind of. I still have a book of short stories by her. But you know. I read all her full novels so it counts.

I recently made a video of mini-reviews for Jane Austen, going through each of the books in order of least favourite to favourite. So if you’ve seen that, you might remember where this one came. But now, it’s time for the full review.

Let’s dive into Sense and Sensibility!

*Sorry the image looks weird. My phone camera doesn’t get along with clothbound books, apparently?*

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Title: Sense and Sensibility

Author: Jane Austen

Publisher: Penguin

Series Status: Standalone

Genre: Classic, Romance

Number of Pages:  448

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Sitting down and listening to the woeful tale of World War II…The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman

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Well this was meant to go up Wednesday. But things happened, and it meant this review had to be delayed slightly, since I had no time to write it. But never fear, it’s here now.

Of course I read this graphic memoir in January. I’ve been after it for months, and after finally getting it for Christmas, I wanted to read it as soon as possible. I would have read it immediately, but I wanted it to count towards my 2017 Goodreads challenge, not my 2016 one. Anyone else get that towards the end of a year? 

Let’s dive into The Complete Maus!

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Title: The Complete Maus

Author: Art Spiegelman

Publisher: Penguin

Series Status: A bindup of volumes 1 & 2 of Maus

Genre: Nonfiction, Graphic Memoir, History

Number of Pages:   296

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The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett | Wonderful wording for a wonderfully unique world on the back of a turtle

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I feel like everybody loves Terry Pratchett. Or at least, the world he’s created. I’ve never before been intrigued about his books, with there being so many, but at the start of this year…some intrigue sparked. And so, I’ve delved into Discworld.

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Let’s talk about The Colour of Magic!

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Title: The Colour of Magic

Author: Terry Pratchett

Publisher: Corgi Books

Series Status: The 1st Discworld novel

Genre: Fantasy

Number of Pages:  287

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When a fictional life is almost too realistic and I can’t handle the friendship goals | And A Happy new Year? by Holly Bourne

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Today brings to you a mini review, in the form of Holly Bourne’s …And A Happy New Year?

Only a short review, because this is a novella. And with only 200 pages, there’s only so much I can say. Though believe me, with how much I adore this series, I could fangirl for a long while.

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Let’s talk about …And A Happy New Year?

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Title: …And A Happy New Year?

Author: Holly Bourne

Publisher: Usborne

Series Status: Final novella – comes after the Spinster Club series

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Number of Pages:  200

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Sweets, treats, and also things…not so nice in the Queen’s childhood | Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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For some unbeknownst reason, we over here in the UK have to wait until February for Heartless to be released. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC, and so now my review is coming at a strange in between place – where the US readers can relate (if they’ve read it), and the UK lot – as well as anywhere else it’s not released yet – are still waiting eagerly.

I find that kind of interesting, for some reason?

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Let’s talk about Heartless!

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Title: Heartless

Author: Marissa Meyer

Publisher: MacMillan Children’s Books

Series Status: Standalone

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings

Number of Pages:  464

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Journeying through endless dangers but somehow remaining lighthearted…Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

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Another series I managed to finish in 2016! I absolutely nailed my “finish some series” resolution from last year *high fives self*

It’s a good job I pushed myself to read this final book in the trilogy in December. I can tell I was going off the series. But more about that in a moment…

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Let’s talk about Library of Souls!

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Title: Library of Souls

Author: Ransom Riggs

Publisher: Quirk Books

Series Status: The 3rd book in the Miss Peregrine’s trilogy

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Number of Pages:  456

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