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Book Club Friday: Catching Fire...

Book Club Friday: Catching Fire...

Hey everyone

Thanks to Blonde...Undercover Blonde for this link up :) I'm doing tons of reading at the moment (as in 3 books a week - yes, I have a problem :P) so I'm looking forward to sharing my fave book of that week with you all :)

 This week I'm going to admit how late I've jumped on the bandwagon with series by sharing a book I'm sure you've all already read - Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Synopsis (via GoodReads(I don't know why I'm bothering to post this because this book's so well known but heyho!)
Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol-- a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel of the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before... and surprising readers at every turn

My Thoughts
Primarily; good god! This book was awesome! It kept me engaged all the way through and had me turning the pages (well pressing the page turn button!) like a mad women! I got so emotionally invested in the characters that I was literally saying to Ma as I was reading 'ohmigosh, no way, this can't happened...how could she do that' and I know that that's probably due to the characterisation from the first book but this book was so much more that a stop gap between the other two books as I've found some 2nd books in trilogies are. I definitely liked this more so than The Hunger Games and I loved that, so that's saying something! Amazing plot, pace, characterisation - just generally awesome! I'm still kicking myself for not picking up this series before (I'm putting off reading the third book becauseI don't want it to end, haha!)

Did you like reading this book? 
aHm xoxo

P.S. I found this awesome link up via Becky @PreppyPremed's post on her Weekly Blog Directory (go check it out!). 

Everything Changes...

Everything Changes...

*Apologies in advance for this being a downy vein post but I need to vent and here seemed like the only place I could do so.*

Today is not a good in the life of Belle.
Today is the day when my parents get divorced. 
It's been three years since my dad left us and to be honest I don't think I ever dealt with it properly and it's only just hitting me now. 
Life with Belle at the moment isn't great - a lot of thinking and telling of home truths is required me thinks.

This is definitely true for me and the bf. Both are parents are divorced (or will be after today) and yet we have managed to find happiness and love with eachother - and for that I will always be grateful.

Summer Reading List...

Summer Reading List...

Hey everyone

Summer has traditionally been the time of the year when I catch up on my reading. Obviously as the complete bookworm that I am I read through the 'school' year but summer is when I practically spend every day with a book surgically attached to my hand (only kidding...sorta). So, I thought I'd share what I plan on reading this summer with you all :)

Fifty Shades...
Now, this really isn't the type of series I would normally pick up (massive understatement) but there's such a buzz about it on tumblr/blogger/twitter so I had to check it out. I started (and finished) the first one the other day and I have to say that I am hooked; yes there are a couple of words that are repeated constantly throughout and some of the scenes are horrendously graphic but the impeccable characterisation makes me desperate to read the next two books! Have you read this series, what did you think?

The Hunger Games...
Again this series has become a cult favourite with loadsa buzz around it and for some reason I have never read them (shocker) so although it doesn't really sound something I'd generally go for in a book I've decided that I need to see what all of the fuss is about. Are you a Hunger Games fan? Am I mad for not reading this sooner? 

Nicholas Sparks...
Due to the host of movies released/being released I feel I should read some of Nicholas Sparks' books before I see the films. They seem like really girly, easy-reading books to spend the summer on :) Have you read any of his books/seen the movies, what's your fave?!

I feel like my classic literature reading has some what fallen to the wayside during the uni year and after reading 'The Great Gatsby' earlier on this year I figured I really missed getting my teeth into analysing some classic literature.so I'm planning on reading some classics this summer to enrich my literature knowledge. Do any of you read classics for fun or is it just me being a massive nerd?

Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
Catcher in the Rye - J.D Salinger
Romeo & Juliet - Shakespeare
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
Hercules Poirot - Agatha Christie

I'm always looking for new books to read so leave a comment sharing what's on your Summer Reading List?

aHm xoxo