February TBR

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February will be mostly about Netgalley books. I’ve requested a crazy amount of books which I want to dedicate most of this month to. I will still have to read short stories for class and I will add a couple of books that I own too. I just hope I can do all this in the shortest month of the year… Which is unlikely so keep in mind that I might not read them all.

  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
  • Ariadnis by Josh Martin
  • Heretics by Steven Nadler & Ben Nadler
  • We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan
  • The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • Bizenghast Volume 1 by M. Alice LeGrow
  • Fall of the Dragon Prince by Dan Allen

Happy Reading!

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January Wrap-Up

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University is back and with it comes work, a lot of writing and some school reading. I read Dread for a class as well as some other short stories. I managed to read three Netgalley books, which is great. I had planned on reading more Netgalley books so I’ll continue to do so in the next months. January was a really good month. Here are the books I read, you can find reviews of some of them in the blog.

  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes
  • Dread by Clive Barker
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  • A-Force Volume 0 by G. Willow Wilson, Marguerite Bennett and Jorge Molina
  • A-Force Volume 1 by G. Willow Wilson, Kelly Thompson and Jorge Molina
  • Gilded Cage by Vic James
  • Mer by Joelle Sellner
  • Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn

Favourite book of the month: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Blogger Recognition Award

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A massive thanks to Jerscomicbooks for the nomination on the Blogger Recognition Award, I was not expecting to be nominated as I’m pretty new on this, so thank!! Please go check out Jer’s blog, you’re sure to find a lot of comics and graphic novels reviews, which I personally enjoy.

Award rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select other bloggers you want to give this award to.
6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

How Glutton For Books started:

I’d wanted to start a blog for some time but I couldn’t figure out WordPress so a couple years ago I decided to start it on Tumblr. Some months ago I finally decided to try to work on WordPress and here I am. I used to write my reviews on Goodreads only and then on my blog, but WordPress always felt neater and a more professional way. Here I share my passion for books and I hope to share some of my writing too in the near future.

Advice To New Bloggers:

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to be great from the beginning and don’t be disappointed if things develop slowly. This is about your passion, focus on that, followers and likes should come eventually. Be optimistic that they will and keep writing on your blog no matter if no one else reads it, the blog should be for you. However, don’t be afraid to connect with the community, it might look scary at first but everyone here is doing the same thing. Lastly, I wish you the best of luck!

My Nominations for the Blogger Recognition Award:

Petyr Baeish Books

The Brunette Bookworm

Elaine Reads Books

Matxi Books

Have fun! 🙂

Current Favourites that Aren’t Books

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February 1st: Current Favourites that Aren’t Books

Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from books and talk about some other things you’ve been obsessed with. These all don’t have to be in the same category. Mix it up! What TV shows have you been enjoying, makeup you’ve been wearing, food you’ve been eating, etc.??

1. Udon Noodles (food)

I’ve been obsessed with these for a month! Every week I must cook it at least once. I’d highly recommend Misato in London Chinatown, it’s cheap and delicious – best Japanese restaurant ever! Tori Udon soup is just heaven.

2. Ministérios do Tempo (tv series)

It’s a Portuguese TV series, originally Spanish, about time travelling. It reminds me a lot of Legends of Tomorrow  (TV series) and Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. Totally recommend it!

3. Hacksaw Ridge (movie)

I hate war movies. I went to the cinema for this one because of Andrew Garfield and Nathaniel Buzolic, so imagine my surprise when I spent 75% of the movie crying and getting invested in the characters. Definitely the best of 2016 (it only released in the UK recently) and I hope it gets the Oscars it deserves later this month.

4. Strawberry Gummies from Malaysia (food)

I need to keep them far away from me otherwise I’ll eat a whole bag in a day…

5. Castle Crashers (game)

I’ve been playing it a lot lately. Whenever my boyfriend and I decide to play a game together I have to stop myself from saying this one. It’s so fun and random!

Favourite Graphic Novels/Comics

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This weekly meme was created by The Broke and Bookish and I decided to join cause I feel that memes keep my memory of books fresh and alive. If you want to find out more about this meme, you can find it here.

January 31: All about the visuals: Top Three Favourite Graphic Novels/Comics or Three Comics on My TBR or Top Three Favourite Picture Books

1. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

This was my first graphic novel and I absolutely loved it. The art is cute, and Nimona is such a quirky random character. The story is engaging and so exciting, it got me hook till the end. I high recommend it as well as her Lumberjanes series!

2. Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu & Sana Takeda

This is a steampunk dark fantasy series set in an alternate world in 1900’s Asia. The art is absolutely gorgeous, my favourite as of today, and the story is so immersive. I love the main character Maika, she’s such a strong character, and Kippa who is the cutest! The conflict between the societies is quite intriguing and keeps you engaged throughout the story. I recommend this to everyone, it’s not cute at all, expect blood.

3. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

This series definitely deserves the hype. There is war, assassinations, romance, cute moments, intrigue and a lot of great world-building. I love that we get to know more than a couple of characters, although there is definitely a protagonist in the story. It’s a Romeo & Juliet kind of story but with a lot of more conflict and they don’t die but have a child, who’s the protagonist and narrator.

Gilded Cage

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Read on: 22/01/2017

Rating: ★★★★ 3.7/5

Release date: 26/01/2017 (UK)

Publisher: Pan Macmillian

*I got this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

“There’s no magic more powerful than the human spirit”

Set in an alternate modern world, some people possess powers, Skill, and some don’t. Whereas in most parts of the world that doesn’t matter, in the United Kingdom those who have power rule, those who don’t have to give ten years of their lives to slavery. Common folk are given the option of either applying to work those ten years in slavetowns or at Equal’s, those with Skill, estates.

Abi tried to get her whole family to work at an estate instead of a slavetown, as the rumours said those in such towns lead ten brutal years void of joy. Although Abi managed to get most of the family accepted at the Jardine’s, the founding family of the system in UK, estate, her brother was placed in Millmoor, a slavetown near Manchester, where the family was from. But a revolution was brewing long before Luke’s arrival at Millmoor. With his family way, Luke feels lonely and his hope to rejoin his family ebbs away with time, so when he gets a proposition to join a rebellious group in Millmoor, Luke accepts. At the Jardine’s estate, Abi finds herself falling in love for one of the sons of the most powerful Equal in UK while she slowly uncovers some of the family’s secrets, which changes her perception of the Equals.

Although set in modern England, it didn’t feel like it until very far into the book. There was never any mention of phones, computers, internet, or any other technology which define our generation and time. The only mentions that could tell you it is set in modern England is the existence of cars, television and technology to read chips and ID electronic cards.

However, the two things that bothered me the most were the ridiculous amount of characters that the reader had to remember right in the first book and the ridiculous names of the Equals. Instead of overwhelming the readers with so many characters it would have made more sense to make us care more about the two main characters, which I don’t think it was well achieved. And if the idea to give the Equals names which sounded posh or rare, stick to the ones given to royalty nowadays, like Charles and Henry, they already carry a certain connotation which would get your idea across without resorting to names like Silyen and Meilyr. Most names sounded out of a high fantasy book set in a whole different world, which is not a good thing in my opinion.

The idea is definitely great and it does have a lot of potential to have a great sequel. The first book had a lot of political intrigue and, although most of the plot twists were quite predictable (I had figured them all out long before they had happened), there are some very complex handful of characters which I thought was refreshing. I particularly liked Silyen, Meilyr and Luke. I liked Bouda but only because she struck me as a very strong female character that knows what she wants.

Although it can be improved, I think Gilded Cage is a great start for an intriguing story with a lot of political conflict and revolutions. I’m definitely looking forward to the sequel.

Favourite Underrated Books

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January 25th: Favourite Underrated Books

Give some love to those books that aren’t as widely talked about. Those hidden gems. Those books that maybe used to be popular but people have forgotten about and they still deserve some love.

1. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

I’ve only read this book by Holly Black so far but I loved it so much, yet I don’t hear it being mentioned enough times. The plot is intriguing, it’s a great adventure for someone who wants to read fantasy but doesn’t have the time to pick up a new series.

2. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Like The Darkest Part of the Forest, this one is perfect for fantasy and fairytales lovers who are looking for standalones to read. It seems to get mixed reviews by the readers but it is one of the best, in my opinion.

3. First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky

This trilogy broke my heart, it is so good! I wish more people read it because it’s one of the most interesting New Adult contemporaries I’ve read.

4. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

One of the best YA contemporaries I came across and it baffles me that there are not enough people reading it. It’s a little mermaid retelling guys!!! I highly recommend it!

5. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

This one, like Uprooted, gets a lot of mixed reviews. Personally, I loved it and I thought it was a refreshing take on Beauty and the Beast. Again, a standalone so you don’t have to wait for sequels.