Recent Reads #1

The Reading Fangirl is a blog that has changed many times throughout the years. Not even just the design, but the content is constantly evolving. I start new series and end them as abruptly as I started them because I realise that it isn’t working for me anymore. This is what happened with my monthly wrap ups. I did them for almost 3 years but the pressure got too much. The pressure to mention every single book that I read even the trashy romance novels that I couldn’t remember 2 days after I read them. So this is how I decided to start this Recent Reads series. I thought it would be a lot easer to just make a post about some of the books I’ve been reading recently when I have enough that I actually want to talk about. This series would include every book I read but it will just include the noteworthy books – whether they were good or bad.

In the first installment of this series, I’m talking about 4 of the 11 books that I’ve already read in 2018. In this case, they were all fantastic as I haven’t read any bad books yet this year. My relationship with reading has really improved this year. I’m trying not to be scared of starting new series or reading hyped books anymore as well as attempting to tackle my physical TBR. It’s become a hobby again to read popular books rather than a chore so I’m loving it.

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The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

23197837Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 448
Publisher: Gollancz
Source: Publisher
Format: Proof
Rating: 5 stars
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Blurb:

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born grey, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favourite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.

With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

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Anticipated Books of 2018

My reading has been all over the place recently but nonetheless, there are a number of books this year that I’m excited about. Today,  I’m here with a list of some of my anticipated books of 2018. Obviously, this isn’t all of my 2018 anticipated releases but these are my most anticipated releases at the moment.

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Favourite Books of 2017

Around this time, you will see a post like this popping up on blogs and booktube channels everywhere because there’s nothing booknerds like more than counting down their favourite books of the year. It hasn’t been the best reading year for me but I still have 10 books on this list that I love so I can’t wait to share them all with you.

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End of 2017 Book Survey

It has become an annual tradition to do the end of 2017 book survey created by The Perpetual Page Turner so obviously as 2017 draws to a close, it’s time for another year of the book survey.

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November 2017

These wrap up posts are probably sounding exactly the same now. I am just so busy with uni work and having to fend for myself that I just don’t have time to blog, read or watch films. So I’m sorry but this is probably another boring wrap up. However, I do break up for Christmas on the 8th December so I’m hoping that I’ll get a lot of reading and watching movies done during December and January.

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October 2017

Can someone please tell me where October went? I spent most of this month busy with uni life due to assignments and also having to fend for myself so it’s been a busy month for me but not much that I could write about in this blog post. I did somehow manage to read more books this month than I thought I would be able to so I am proud of myself for that.

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In My Head…

So… Hi. It’s been a while since I’ve just sat down and written a blog post out in one go but tonight I felt a sudden burst of energy and immediately felt the need to write down what’s going on in my head at the moment and why my blogging is so sparse currently, even if this makes no sense.

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September 2017

This month’s wrap up is going to very short and sweet sadly. I did a lot this month but didn’t read or watch a lot so not much to blog about. I started university this month which is just crazy and I still can’t believe that I’m here! It has felt very surreal so I have been busy this month settling in and socialising with new people and exploring my new city so sorry for the short post but I did manage to do some things.

 

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August 2017

Ew August is over which means it is September which means I move to university in around 10 days. I’m totally not freaking out about this at all. August was a packed month. I did a week’s internship in London, went to see Wicked and Dreamgirls and got my A Level results whilst preparing for uni so it’s been manic but a lot of fun. I didn’t read much or watch many movies because I was so busy.

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