Confessions of a Book Addict #2: My Dilemma - Books I Wish I Was Told To Read

I'm a bit of an odd reader.

You must be thinking: "What? Odd? Aren't we all?" - but this is my weird book dilemma. I have issues with reading about characters' that are younger than me....yeah, I know, weird.

I'm not even sure where this issue of mine came from but it normally depends on the book and what the characters are like I guess.
Being 18, I sometimes find it hard to pick up a book based around a 15 year old because of the way they act. It has been easing off slightly since I read Night School and also Geek Girl, but there are some characters who are beyond stupid...and so annoying I could just slap them for being so immature. I can just about cope with books about a 16/17 year old. Just about. 

But as I've grown up, with a reading habit that kicked in quite late (well for me I think it kicked in quite late) and also the fact that when I went book shopping I had no clue which books were good. As a result, during my younger ages, I missed out on some book series and stand alones that I wish I could read but I'm scared about the age gap between me and the characters. For that reason, I have decided to compose a list of those books so that you can ensure you read them before it's too late!

Book Review: Left Drowning by Jessica Parker

Title: Left Drowning
Author: Jessica Parker
Published: 16th July 2013 (Skyscape)
Pages: 399

What does it take to rise from life’s depths, swim against the current, and breathe?

Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning. 

*This book is intended for mature audiences due to strong language and sexual content.
Note: due to mature content recommended for Ages 17+

[via GoodReads]


This book has definitely pushed boundaries. I didn't expect it to be as mature as it was, especially when I'd read Flat-Out Love and Flat-Out Matt which are both, like, PG rating. But the contrast between the books shows that Jessica Parks can write a book with safety and also a book that hangs in danger. 

Confessions of a Book Addict #2: Getting to Know Me - Methods, Aims and Goals

I feel that my blog is quite stale in the fact that all there is is reviews of this, reviews of that and then the one or two events that I go to. Since my climb in twitter followers, I thought maybe it's time to casually blog. I mean, what better way to get to know someone, right? Well the next best option to actually meeting someone. But anyway. I'm starting now, currently sitting in my semi-empty college library, typing whatever comes out of this brain of 9:22am.


I have a confession to make. A cliché confession for an addict reader, rebooter of a book blog and also collector...of books.

When I was younger, I always got that bit excited when I'd go to a Waterstones to look at and then buy books.

100+ Followers on Twitter!

So you may have seen in my 'update' post that I created a Twitter account for this blog. The welcoming was so amazing and I never thought people would even start to follow me! It's now been a month, and as you can guess by the title: I'VE GOT 100+ FOLLOWERS! 


I am still a bit confused how that happened but I wanted to write a thank you to everyone and a special thank you to Lucy (@LucyTheReader) who gave me a shout out when I started!!! 

There are tonnes of other 'booggeeters' (boo/gge/eter - book blogger tweeters? ~ word mash up failed...) and it's really fun to have joined the community. I feel like I need to give you all an individual shout-out but that is kinda impossible, so, if you have twitter and need people to follow: GO TO MY FOLLOWERS LIST!! 

...I feel like I'm writing an acceptance speech or something...ahaha, but the fact that people are starting to look at my blog is a bit crazy, especially because when I first started it, it lay with no views. 

So yes, thank you every single follower.  

*Virtual hugs to all*

Until next time :) 

and if you don't know about my new Twitter: @IHaveToRead_ <- there's a link 

Book Review: Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Title: Crescendo
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Published: October 2010 (Simon & Schuster)
Pages: 472 

Still Nora's point of view, she is completely shocked by the sudden change in Patch and his new attraction. The "new attraction" is none other than her arch-enemy Marcie Millar! How could he?! As a consequence to Patch's actions, she creates these excuses to just rebel against...everything. Not only this, she starts hanging out with Scott Parnell, an old family friend who's moved back to town, even after after Patch's warnings.
But the more pressing issue is who murdered Nora's father? She finds herself questioning if her Nephilim bloodline could be a reason for his death and as she starts putting the pieces together by herself, she finds herself in more danger. 
Thoughts:I have been meaning to pick up Crescendo for a while now. I borrowed Hush Hush from the library more than a year ago but I made myself swear that I'd buy it because I enjoyed it so much! Only this year did I go out and buy Hush Hush, Crescendo and Silence. I was so surprised how easily I managed to slip back into the series even after such a long break between reading the first book.