House Cup Reading Challenge: Final Reviews

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#Year Five:
Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks
3/5. Okay, so let me be completely honest about this book. I picked it purely because it was written by Tom Hanks… I actually listened to this one because I love his voice and I think that it was a great way to get into the book. The premise was also something that intrigued me. I love old typewriters and would love to own one so I thought that I would love a collection of stories all featuring a typewriter. I did enjoy some of the stories in the book, but some didn’t thrill me which is why I have rated it 3/5 stars.

#Year Six:
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
4/5. I didn’t need to read the blurb for this book. After reading Rupi Kaur’s first collection Milk and Honey I knew I needed this one. While I can’t say I enjoyed it as much as her first, I did really really like it. Similar to her first collection, this book is split into sections,  all of them exploring similar topics to Milk and Honey; self-love, emotions, feminism, family and sexual assault. Another brilliant poetry book to check out!

#Year Seven:
Ballad for a Mad Girl by Vikki Wakefield
3/5 I recently reviewed this book here, if you would like a more in-depth look. This book was definitely not what I was expecting, and still now, weeks after reading it, I’m not entirely sure what happened. So how can I describe it? School rivalry, relatable female main character, missing girl, mystery and paranormal… I know, it’s a lot! Not a bad read though and worth picking up a copy I’d say!

#Gryffindor : Read a book with an epic hero/heroine:
Moxie – Jennifer Mathieu
5/5. Where do I even begin with this book. This one a poll over on my Twitter and so it became my next read. Everyone spoke so highly of it I thought it couldn’t possibly be THAT good. Oh boy, was I wrong! A brilliant YA feminist tale of empowerment, inspiration and revolution. I wish this was recommended reading in schools. Go buy this book, like right now, so we can gush about it together!

#Time Turner: Read a book set in the future or the past:
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
4/5. I read this one for school as a teenager and didn’t enjoy it too much. Reading as an adult now though, I felt more able to understand the characters and their motives. I have always been fascinated by the 1920’s and Jazz age and that why I’ve given The Great Gatsby 4/5 stars. It’s a lavish tale of what life was like if you had crazy money in 1920’s New York and enjoyed it much more this time around. The movie is also great, because who doesn’t love Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan?!

#Dumbledore’s Army: Buddy-read a book with a friend or group:
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
5/5. I buddy-read this book with Lia and Luna. We gave ourselves the limit of 3 chapters per day but my word I found that so hard! This book had my attention from the first page. The action began immediately! This book follows Diana, daughter of the immortal and Alia, daughter of death, as they come together in the most unconventional and dangerous of ways to try to save both of their worlds. I honestly can’t rave about this book enough. I did not see the twists coming and just ahhhhh! I couldn’t gather my thoughts on this books for two days after reading it… which should tell you how good it is!

#Care of Magical Creatures: Read a book that features an animal or magical / mythical creature:
This Savage Song – V.E Schwab
4/5. This was another book that was decided for me by a Twitter poll. I absolutely LOVED the Dark Shade of Magic series by V.E Schwab and so I knew I needed to pick up this duology. This Savage Song is a brilliantly dark urban fantasy where mortal enemies are forced to come together to save their worlds. I don’t really want to say much more about this book because I went into it pretty blind and think that was the best way of reading this book. So go get it and dive in, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Time Turner: Read a book set in the future or past
Thornhill – Pam Smy
5/5. I picked this up on a recommendation from the lovely ladies at the What Page Are You On? Podcast, and I honestly couldn’t be more excited that I did. I read this book in one sitting and it absolutely shattered my heart. It is a multi-format book, with half being a silent picture book set in the present and the other half a diary written by a young girl in the 80’s. Thronhill follows a young girl whose mother has passed away and she moves with her father. Next door is an old abandoned house which draws her in. I don’t want to say more than that, but I will say this book was PHENOMENAL and will definitely be one of my favourite books of 2017!

 

And there we have it! The final reviews for the books that I read during the second half of the House Cup Reading Challenge. I absolutely loved this challenge for several reasons. Not only did it encourage me to read more, but it also lead me to read a ton of 5 star books! I loved the prompts and the fact that you were able to pick seven of your own books without having any prompts! I really hope this challenge comes around again soon. Did you participate? Did you have as much fun as I did? Comment down below!

Peace and pages
Amy
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