Fiction Friday: A Discount Book Haul!

It’s pretty hard to find discount books in the UK online. And the prices of books, while worth it, has put me off making orders in the past. But the lovely Lianne nudged me towards The Works and oh boy, it was basically my dreams come true. But it was not without issues.


But first- what did I buy?



The Divergent Box Set – £9.99
I was so excited to read these, they’re the ones I reached to read first out of all 22 books I bought. After I read The Hunger Games, this was the one that kept popping up when I googled for similar books to fill the Katniss shaped hole in my life. However, if you read my Books I Read in February post you know that Divergent was not my favourite.



The Georgia Nicolson Collection – £9.99
I read the first five of these books as a teen. But I never finished them, and they still stick with me even now. Unfortunately, only 4 days after getting these in the mail, I found my copies in the depths of a box in my storage unit so… Giveaway maybe?



Bridget Jones’ Diary – £1.99
Bridget Jones, The Edge of Reason – £1.99
I love the Bridget Jones movies so I’m excited to read the books and hopefully find a book in diary format that doesn’t move so slow it makes me want to tear my hair out. *side-eyes Princess Diaries*



Kitty Goes to Washington – £1.99
Kitty Takes a Holiday – 99p
Kitty and the Silver Bullet – £1.99 but no longer on the site
Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand – £1.99
The 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th book in the Kitty Norville series about a werewolf with a late night radio show. Unfortunately I’m a dummy and didn’t realise that there is one book before these four so I had to head over to Amazon to get it. But I’m excited to read these books as I love a good supernatural story!



Destined – £1 but no longer on the site
This is the 9th book in the House of Night series and I never finished to it see a pattern in my book buying? so when I saw this for £1, I think it was a sign :’) I did really like this series when I read it as a teen so I’m hoping I still like it now I’m in my twenties, I do write YA so it is research either way and these are really popular.

Stardust – £2.99
I think I have one Neil Gaiman book and I haven’t read it but people keep telling me how great he is so when I saw this and read the description I decided to take a chance. It’s a lot shorter than the other book I have as well. If I don’t like it then it’s only £2.99 anyway.

21st Century Dead – £1.99
Zombies? Check. Short stories? Check. Perfection! I’m a big fan of zombies in all fiction media so I really didn’t look at this very closely before buying it but it sounds good!

The Works seems to be a bit of a mixed bag. They did email me and refund my money once they found out that two of the books I ordered were out of stock but then again- you’d hope they’d take something off the website if it was no longer in stock. I got free delivery and wasn’t expecting much but half my order came within 1 working day, the other half a couple days later. They have multiple dispatch locations and I was seriously impressed because these packages were large and heavy. Postage costs for The Works must have been pretty high.

So that’s my haul! It seems like their stock rotates fairly frequently so I’ll definitely be checking back soon. And if you fancy 20% on top of the already ridiculously low prices then you can follow this link. Go forth and buy cheap books!
Have you ever read any of these?
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Fiction Friday: Books I Read in February!

February was a month of reading things which as a whole cannot be categorised together. I didn’t want anything too tough as I’m still easing myself into reading more, I just wanted to re-read some of the books I read as a teen to see if I wanted to keep them for the future and some light comedy but then I took a break and came back to read a completely new- and disappointing YA book and a set of short stories that I won off Goodreads. Yeah, no sense can be made of it.

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
The movie is great, I could watch that movie a thousand times and probably have. The book- is interesting. It’s in a diary format which is rarely used in prose but also comes with problems. The main problem being the lack of time passing. This book only covers about a month, a dramatic month, but a month none the less and I missed the wide arc of character development within the everyday occurrences. But I did like these books a lot when I was younger so maybe I’m just getting too old for them!


The Princess Diaries: Take Two/ Princess in the Spotlight by Meg Cabot
This is more of the same from the first book, plus the inclusion of a pregnancy and a secret admirer. It’s pretty dramatic stuff and it is fun to read but I can’t think of anything that stuck. And there was the small matter of Mia’s feelings for Michael from book one of liking his abs turning into omgIlovehim but hey, still better continuity then The Walking Dead. It also suffered from lack-of-time-passing but it was a dramatic month.


Confessions of a GP by Dr. Benjamin Daniels
My dad is a GP so this was a pretty funny read that was close to my heart. However, there were some bits- and a lot of people on Goodreads seem to agree where the writer was a bit callous about certain diagnoses and about female nurses and doctors. It kind of ruined the read for me a little bit because the rest of it was really funny and I guess if you’re less sensitive about certain issues then this book could be four stars but it was a bit hit and miss for me.


I was really excited about this book after reading and watching so many rave reviews. When I finished The Hunger Games which I adored, I googled around looking for something to fill the gap and this was widely seen as similar but different. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t the same. I see the appeal- but I didn’t enjoy it as much and I think it’s because there wasn’t as much world-building. I couldn’t ‘see’ it as much as I could ‘see’ The Hunger Games world. However, I did read it in a day. So I’m confused at what my head and heart are telling me!


The Decapaphiliac: Or Love in the Time of Cappuccinos by Alex Weinle*
All in all, I would say this is a good book for people who don’t have a huge amount of time to read, or have a short commute, and don’t mind the more mature subject matter in some of the stories but it wasn’t something I would read cover-to-cover again. I might dip in and out. 


Have you ever read any of these books? What did you think? And what did you read this month?

*I won this from a Goodreads giveaway, I’m not obligated to talk about it on my blog, I just read it this month.
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Fiction Friday: Valentine’s Day Picks.

Well another year has passed and we find ourselves on the bitchiest holiday of all. Valentine’s Day. The day when those in couples are either being sickeningly cute or trying to prove that they’re not like ‘every other couple’, the day those that are single either become cynical and obtuse or cynical and obtuse about those who are being cynical and obtuse about the day. Me, I spend my evening curled up reading and watching appropriate books, television and movies. So…

Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
I have never read Pride and Prejudice. Please don’t judge me. I know I should, I know it’s a classic, but I just really have no urge to read it. I know classics are classics for a reason but so are clichés. However, since the book has been the inspiration behind not one- but two zombie parodies and one vampire one, as a horror lover I am intrigued and am going to read the classic before delving into ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ and ‘Mr Darcy, Vampyre.”

Movie: My Bloody Valentine!
Nothing says romance more than a murderous killer with a pick-axe, am I right? Valentine’s Day is the only day I can watch this movie because that’s pretty much what it’s made for. It’s set on Valentine’s, the whole theme is Valentine’s and murder, and it really is just a movie that was designed to be watched on Valentine’s day either alone or in a couple. I will be watching it tonight with some friends and eating copious chocolate because it’s Valentine’s and no other reason is needed.

Television: Miranda, Season 1, Episode 5. “Excuse.”
I am going to be watching this once I finish this blog post while I tidy my desk. Miranda is one of my favourite shows and is just- great. This episode is set around Valentine’s Day and has my favourite quote: “I don’t know who St. Valentine was but I hope he died alone surrounded my couples!” 

So those are my Valentine’s Day picks! What are yours?
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Fiction Friday: Books I Read in January

Hey! So since part of my 30 Before 30 is to review about 200 books in my Book Journal (post about this coming soon) I thought I would throw a couple thoughts up on the blog too. I read four books this month, and this is what I thought of them..

Heat Wave by ‘Richard Castle’ 
 I liked it! It had a lot of things in common with the show that it’s based on, ‘Castle’- some scenes were taken straight off of the screen and put on the page but it was nice, as a fan of the show, to be able to recognise certain parts. It was your typical detective novel but with a twist of the reporter Rook getting under everyone’s feet and trying to help out. It was basically the show in book form. The writing was good and I was not expecting who turned out to be the murderer! And even though it wasn’t as gripping as the other books I read this month, I definitely want to read the next one; Naked Heat. I’m dying to know who the writer is though as, obviously, Richard Castle is a fictional character. They said it was someone on the show but many authors have appeared in the 6 seasons so far- I hope they reveal it by the time the show ends!


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Genius. Pure genius. I love these books. I wish I had written them. I hauled them on my old blog literally two years ago, read a couple pages on Christmas day and forgot about them. What an idiot. After watching the first movie on Netflix I dug these books out and devoured all three of them in under a week. I love a good strong female lead character which is annoyingly rare and I thought that having both the brutal games and the romance aspect was awesome. It doesn’t have to be one or the other and this book is proof of that in a nutshell. Urg. I just want to re-read them knowing what I know now but I’m going to hold off- still a lot more to read on my shelves!


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
The second in the trilogy took me a little longer to get into. I started reading straight after I finished the first and found it a little slow at the beginning after the action of the first. But it came into its own and introduced new characters to love/hate/whatever. The more political side of the story was developed from the first book and had me pulling a face at the injustice. I didn’t watch the movie till I finished the book on this one and was pleased that I waited, the books have a heck of a lot more detail. 


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Oh it hurts! I’m a broken record by this point but these books are really good and the ending had me clutching the book and texting my friend in agony. But the good kind of agony that only really great fiction can do. I was actually a fan of the ending unlike the ending of Harry Potter- which I’m allowed to say because even JKR isn’t happy with the ending of Harry Potter- and the development from a girl surrendering herself to almost certain death to where this book ended up was serious literary genius.


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What did you read in January? Have you ever read any of these books?
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