To read #2

You can guarantee that at any given time I'll have a pile of books on my bookshelf just waiting to be read. This might be because I have a bit of a problem when it comes to buying books, I can't stop myself. Even though I have a Kindle, which I do use, you can't beat a real book...

#1 Paper Towns - John Green
'The thing about Margo Roth Spiegelman is that really all I could ever do was let her talk, and then when she stopped talking encourage her to go on, due to the facts that 1. I was incontestably in love with her, and 2. she was absolutely unprecedented in every way, and 3. she never really asked me any questions...'

I first heard about John Green through my boyfriend, who is subscribed to the vlogbrothers YouTube channel. I didn't know he'd written any books until the hype around The Fault in our Stars started to build. In fact, a couple of my friends had read Looking for Alaska and loved it but I had no idea that it was connected to the Swoodilypoopers guy. Anyway, when I got my Kindle the first novel I bought for it was The Fault in our Stars - which was amazing. Because TFIOS was so good I knew I wanted to read more by John Green, and my next choice was Paper Towns. I didn't really have a reason for picking Paper Towns - all of his books sounded good - so it was a bit of an eeny-meeny-miny-moe decision!

#2 The Lady of the Rivers - Philippa Gregory
'This is a man's world, Jacquetta, and some women cannot march to the beat of a man's drum. Do you understand?' 

This is the third book in the Cousins' War series by Philippa Gregory. I read the first two books (The White Queen and The Red Queen) on holiday last year after seeing the BBC's adaptation of the series. The series tells the story of the Wars of the Roses, or the Cousin's war - as it was known at the time, from the point of view of the women involved. The books are fiction, given that historically there aren't many detailed records of what the women were doing in the 15th century. But the events, places and people are real and being a total history nerd, these books are right up my street.

#3 A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin
'Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.'

Do I really need to say much about this book? I only started watching Game of Thrones just before Easter and became totally addicted. I got through the first three series in a couple of weeks, ready for series 4 starting on Sky Atlantic. Now, whenever anything I watch is based on a novel, or series of novels, I feel the need to read the books to compare - or find out how it really happens. It'll be interesting to see how different the books are to the show, but I am looking forward to reading it.

#4 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
'She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing at four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was my Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita...'

Buying books is often an impulsive thing for me, and this book is probably evidence of that. I had no idea what this was about before I got it. The reason I bought it was because in season 2 of Pretty Little Liars (I think), Lolita is one of the clues the girls use to piece together what Alison was doing the summer that she was murdered. Honestly, I did just buy it because it was used on the show and the plot seems like it'll be a tad more...questionable than I thought it would be. Nevertheless, I will read it - even if only to understand the references in PLL a little bit better!

#5 It - Alexa Chung
I got this for my birthday from my lovely Aunty Kayleigh. She said she couldn't  put it down and thought I'd enjoy it as much as she did. I've been dying to read it since I opened it, but with exams, placement and several other half-read books I figured it was probably best that I save it. I'm thinking potential holiday reading for when I go to Lanzarote in August.

#6 The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith
'When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike  to look in on the case.' 

I have to admit, had it not been revealed that J.K. Rowling wrote this under a pseudonym I probably wouldn't have picked it up. That makes me feel really bad, because I'm guessing she did it so people wouldn't do exactly that. However, being a huge fan of hers (I LOVE the Harry Potter books, and the ending to The Casual Vacancy almost made me cry) I couldn't not read it. I haven't read much crime fiction before, but I love anything like that on TV, so I'm guessing I'll enjoy it.

Looks like I'm going to be busy over the summer!


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