There are a lot of great things about the summer holidays for a university student. We get to eat food that’s actually edible, we are temporarily free from deadlines and we get our warm cozy bed along with the small comfort that nobody gross has slept in it before us! Still, the best part for me has to be the precious time we’re given to catch up with old friends that we have been separated from for the majority of the year.
This week I met up with some of my best budds for coffee (none of us actually drink coffee but you know, meeting for coffee sounds cooler). We brought our drinks and snacks before finding a table, and once again I was surprised to find that on chatting to them, it literally felt like no time had passed. We fell back into the same rhythms we’d always had. Although I had heard of the quote ‘True friendship isn’t about being inseparable, it’s being separated and nothing changes’ I guess I never fully understood it until this year.
So of course falling into our normal rhythm also meant falling back to a certain habit with a certain friend – book swapping. 😀 As I still have ten of my best budd’s books from our swap last year and she still owns several of mine it was a smaller loot than usual, but boy was it an awesome one!
YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!! I’M FINALLY GOING TO GET TO READ GAME OF THRONES!!!!!! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!! I’M SO EXCITED. 😀 Now I don’t have to write any more ranty posts like this or stare longingly at the Waterstones fantasy section! Of course, if I end up loving it I’ll have to buy my own copy and the subsequent books but this is a good way of sneakily getting past my own rules. You see, the books I borrow don’t go on my tbr pile, it’s totally different I swear so it doesn’t break my long imposed book ban. And then if I like it, I will also be within the rights of my own book rules because I am allowed to buy novels from a series that I have already started. You see, it all makes total sense, I’m just bending my own rules which essentially leaves me in exactly the same place as if I had broken them but it makes me feel better, like I’ve gotten away with a con. 😉
See look at it’s cover! Look at it’s shiny beautiful wonderfulness!!!!!! How could anyone resist that?!
So for those that don’t know (which I’m sure isn’t many) A Game of Thrones is the first book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin which follows the Seven Kingdoms as they fight each other to get power so that they can rule the Iron Throne.
With all the rave reviews, my preference for fantasy and my love of the TV show I can only say that I will be hugely disappointed if I don’t like this book. BRING ON THE AWESOMENESS.
The Exceptionals by Erin Cashman is a bit of a wild card because I haven’t got the foggiest clue what it’s about. The blurb tell-eth me the protagonist has some kind of supernatural power along with the rest of her family, but she does something wrong and they send her to some special Academy, it’s the first in a series I think. It’s kind of intriguing me because it has a very odd front cover and it was printed by a publisher called Holiday House who I’ve never come across before. Still, I’m liking the fact that the blurb tells us she has powers but not what they are, which will make a far more interesting read. The book comes highly recommended by my friend too so we shall see how it goes! 🙂
Again I kind of feel that this last book needs no introduction. The world has been going batshit crazy over John Green lately since the The Fault in Ours Stars caught the attention of mainstream readers, plunging him into the limelight while other fans scream ‘We knew about him first!’. It’s had people all over the globe quoting it non-stop and also raised issues about what we should let teens read. The story follows two teen cancer patients which is ohh so cheery. I don’t normally read cancer books because honestly, they scare the bejeezus out of me or reduce me to a quivering mess, or at least the novel Before I Die had that effect. Yet books like this are a great way to ponder the meaning of life and find the good in a bad situations so they are usually very enjoyable. Although I have to admit, I’m a little worried about whether I’m going to like it.
Yesterday I also gave into further temptation. I now volunteer at my favourite second hand bookshop once a week, (yes, the one that sent me on spree’s like this and this) and came across an incredibly battered copy of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. There was something so mysterious and compelling about it that I just had to buy it. Not to mention it also has the most orange, weirdly wonderful smelling pages I have ever come across,
I CAN’T STOP SNIFFING IT. I HAVE A PROBLEM. It was so battered in fact that I got £1 off, buying it for a jammy 99p!!!!! She told me really it was so messed up that it should have been thrown in the bin rather than put on the shelf! Don’t worry beautiful book, SOMEBODY LOVES YOU. I WILL NOT LET YOU BE BIN BOUND. You see I don’t just buy books, I adopt them. 😉
On this same day I also just so happened to be early for the bus, and what could be just round the corner from the bus stop you ask? Why, another second hand book shop! I had a little browse not expecting to find anything when I came across a copy of Stuart Little by E.B. White for 10p!!!!!! LIKE IS THAT EVEN LEGAL?!??!!! SHOULD THAT BE ALLOWED???? Safe to say I snapped it up and had one happy bus journey back home where a random woman started chatting to me.
At least I can comfort myself with the fact that both these book purchases are on The Rory Gilmore Challenge and are also very short books.
I just don’t know where to start with my bookshelf this summer! 😀
My own, please do not reuse.