Monthly Round Up: February Wrap Up and March TBR!

February has been quite a busy month for me, except for the last two weeks where I’ve not been able to do anything due to my knee injury. However, I’m surprised I got so much read since I had to get my Masters Dissertation submitted this month (wooo finally over!) I’m also happy because I got all of my original February TBR read and more! Yay progress! So, what did I read, and what will I be reading in March?

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38. Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea- Barbara Demick

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Title: Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea

Author: Barbara Demick

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On the Shelves: Non-Fiction

A National Book Award finalist and National Book Critics Circle finalist, Barbara Demick’s Nothing to Envy is a remarkable view into North Korea, as seen through the lives of six ordinary citizens. “Nothing to Envy” follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years — a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the unchallenged rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape most of us have never before seen, award-winning journalist Barbara Demick brings to life what it means to be living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today — an Orwellian world that is by choice not connected to the Internet, in which radio and television dials are welded to the one government station, and where displays of affection are punished; a police state where informants are rewarded and where an offhand remark can send a person to the gulag for life. Demick takes us deep inside the country, beyond the reach of government censors. Through meticulous and sensitive reporting, we see her six subjects — average North Korean citizens — fall in love, raise families, nurture ambitions, and struggle for survival. One by one, we experience the moments when they realize that their government has betrayed them. “Nothing to Envy” is a groundbreaking addition to the literature of totalitarianism and an eye-opening look at a closed world that is of increasing global importance. (Goodreads 2014)

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Top Ten Tuesday 5: Revist

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it’s “revisit week” where you can go back and pick a past topic and redo it, which is great for all of us who’ve not been here that long.

This week, I’ve picked “Top Ten Books I’m Dying to Read”,except I’m going to be genre specific and pick FANTASY. There are far too many “dystopians” flying around and have been for a while, but thanks to booktube, it looks like FANTASY, one of my favourite genres, is getting more of a popularity boost in the bloggosphere- which I can’t wait for. Why? Because I love wizards, magic, realms, adventures, swordfights, dragons….all that crazy stuff.

So here is my Top Ten Fantasy Books which I am Dying to Read, in no particular order:

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37. Elsewhere- Gabrielle Zevin

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Title: Elsewhere

Author: Gabrielle Zevin

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On the Shelves: Young Adult> Contemporary

Welcome to Elsewhere. It is warm, with a breeze, and the beaches are marvelous. It’s quiet and peaceful. You can’t get sick or any older. Curious to see new paintings by Picasso? Swing by one of Elsewhere’s museums. Need to talk to someone about your problems? Stop by Marilyn Monroe’s psychiatric practice. Elsewhere is where fifteen-year-old Liz Hall ends up, after she has died. It is a place so like Earth, yet completely different. Here Liz will age backward from the day of her death until she becomes a baby again and returns to Earth. But Liz wants to turn sixteen, not fourteen again. She wants to get her driver’s license. She wants to graduate from high school and go to college. And now that she’s dead, Liz is being forced to live a life she doesn’t want with a grandmother she has only just met. And it is not going well. How can Liz let go of the only life she has ever known and embrace a new one? Is it possible that a life lived in reverse is no different from a life lived forward? This moving, often funny book about grief, death, and loss will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned” (Goodreads 2014)

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36. Number the Stars- Lois Lowry

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Title: Number the Stars

Author: Lois Lowry

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On the Shelves: Young Adult> Historical Fiction

Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think of lifebefore the war. It’s now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages,and the Nazi soldiers marching through town. When the Jews of Denmark are “relocated,”Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be one of the family. Soon Annemarie isasked to go on a dangerous mission to save Ellen’s life. (Goodreads 2014)

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35. Fracture- Megan Miranda

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Title: Fracture (Fracture #1)

Author: Megan Miranda

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On the Shelves: Young Adult> Paranormal/Romance

Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she’s far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can’t control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?

Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she’s reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy’s motives aren’t quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening? (Goodreads 2014)

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W-W-W Wednesday: 2

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So I have good and bad news. The good news is that I have just submitted my masters dissertation. The bad news is that while I am now looking for full time work, I have also been told by the doctor to keep off my knee for TWO WEEKS minimum because of a knee injury I got in work. Which means I have literally nothing to do for two weeks minimum. I’ll be doing a crap load of reading during this time just to keep my sanity, but it sucks.

where all you have to do for the meme is answer these three questions:

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next

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Top Ten Tuesday :4

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I’m pretty new at bookblogging, with TheBookHeap only being made on the 12th December 2013 (I can’t quite believe it’s been over 3 months already!), But I can’t think of ten reasons yet, of why I love bookblogging. As I’m not yet one of those popular bloggers who have loads of followers and get offered ARC copies (;3 yet, oh ho I has plans)I can boil it down to simply two, which apply to me:-

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34. Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3)- Marissa Meyer

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Title: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3)

Author: Marissa Meyer

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On the Shelves: Young Adult> Fantasy/Fiction>Retellings

Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard. 

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. 

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can” (Goodreads 2014)

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