Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read

Honestly I have way too many books that have been on my TBR for years and I still haven't read. So, I've limited it to books I've owned for the longest time and still haven't read (welp that's still a lot of books). Please don't shoot me if any of these are your favourites, I just haven't got around to them but it will happen one day! 

1. City of Heavenly Fire (Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare: I still can't believe I haven't completed this series, but I do feel like the sheer size of this book keeps scaring me away. 2. Shadow and Bone series by Leigh Bardugo: A series I keep meaning to start, especially as I own all the books, but I keep forgetting about! 3. Complete the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer: Funnily enough this is one of my favourite series but I keep intending on reading the whole series again and just binging it but finding the time is difficult. 4. The Sin Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salisbury: I've owned this book for years and really like the sound of it but below average reviews have been putting me off it massively. 5. The Delirium Series by Lauren Oliver: Surprise, surprise another series I own all the books of and haven't read - I still remmeber the days this was a massive book on the book blogs/booktube. 6. Slated series by Teri Terry: I bought these books years ago when I was in secondary school and from what I remember I think I got them when they were included in the 'Buy One Get One Half Price' dealings Waterstones used to have. 7. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton: This is still such a highly rated book and has been compared to some of my favourite contemporaries and seeing as it's a standalone I still can't believe I haven't read it yet! 8. Sweet series by Wendy Higgins: Another series that has been compared to some of my favourite books (Jennifer L Armentrouts series) and this year will be the year I read these [well hopefully]. 9. Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill: A book my sister ended up reading before me and still gets mad at to this day that I haven't read. 10. The Winners Curse series by Marie Rutkoski: Yes.. I know.. Series I own are just not a thing for me it seems.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #1

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that everyone’s excited about! This week I am waiting for…..

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw out 6th March 2018

Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic meets the Salem Witch trials in this haunting story about three sisters on a quest for revenge—and how love may be the only thing powerful enough to stop them.

Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbour and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.


Doesn't this sound so cool? Honestly, I'm so excited for this and love stories about witches!

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Sunday, 28 January 2018

Favourite New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2017

Hi there guys,

Sorry for disappearing off again I was overwhelmed with my exams - but now they've passed and I'm free of feeling guilt for watching a 10minute youtube video I thought I'd catch up on a few posts I originally planned on doing. One of these was my favourite new-to-me authors I read last year. I actually read quite a lot of new authors last year so it was difficult to narrow it down to a decent number but I managed 10!

1. Kylie Scott

I was introduced to Scott via reading Lick from her Stage Dive series, which I ended up loving and found so fun and easy to read! I actually ended up reading the whole book in one sitting straight (may have led to me staying up till 3 in the morning...) I find her writing really enjoyable and easy to read with plenty of plot and action. 

2.  J. K. Rowling

How could I not include this queen in my list?! 2017 was the first time - ever - reading the Harry Potter series (hides in a corner in shame). I'd previously watched the films multiple times but I've always avoided the books due to the hype and I was worried having seen the films I'd find them quite boring. How I was wrong! Even though the books are aimed at the younger audience I believe they're perfect for any age and how J. K. Rowling manages to do that really impresses me. Also her intelligence as a writer is extraordinary.

3. Morgan Matson

2017 was the year of Matson for me in which I read 3 of her 4 (currently) published works. I was so infuriated with myself for having not read any of her works sooner. I adored her stories and characters and how everything she writes seems to be so realistic and emotionally beautiful - to me Matson is simlar to Rainbow Rowell (especially Rowell's Fangirl).

4. Helena Hunting

I loved Pucked by Hunting and it quickly became one of my favourite reads of the year. I adore how she designs her characters, and how Violet was really fun and sassy and yet Alex had an emotional side to him which isn't usually shown in the typical 'alpha male' adult romance world.

5. Patrick Ness

2017 was the year that introduced me to 'A Monster Calls' and with that the feeling of my heart being ripped out and bashed repeatedly. For years I've had friends recommending me to read his Chaos Walking series and since loving his standalone I'm eager to get my hands on it.

6. Leila Sales

Over the summer I had a massive binge contemporaries, of which I was introduced to Sale's 'This Song Will Save Your Life' and I was pleasantly surprised by not only how much I enjoyed it but how beautiful it was and how it had such a wonderful message about being different and not fitting in. 

7. R. J. Palacio

During my summer of contemporaries I ended up reading 'Wonder' due to the film coming out in 2017 and wanted to read it before I went to see the movie. And, wow. This film made me cry by the side of a pool and I wasn't even ashamed. The style of this book was wonderful and built upon the ideas of standing out is okay that was portrayed (Albiet differently) in 'This Song Will Save Your Life'. I personally feel this book should be required reading for school children - it teaches such a beautiful lesson and is such a heartwarming story. 

8. R. H. Sin

I ended up finding his poetry work in Barnes and Noble when I visited New York in April 2017 for my birthday and wow I'm so glad I did! His poetry is stunning and is similar to Rupi Kaur and Lang Leav - so if you enjoy either of those poets definitely check him out!

9. Karen Marie Moning

This was the year I started the Fever series and loved the adventure and action-packed pace that concetrated just as much on the story and pace of the character, with a well-crafted slow burn romance that I'm so here for.

10. Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Her Naturals series is so fun and so exciting and something easily possible to read in one night (I speak from experience) and eerily similar to Criminal Minds but with teenages, and I cannot wait to get my hands on more of the series.

Saturday, 30 December 2017

2017 End-of-Year Book Survey!

Today I will be completing the 2017 End of Year Book survey, which was created by The Perpetual Page Turner. I love filling in these surveys as I enjoy looking back and reflecting on what I read and didn't read (oops) and also comparing it to what my friends read. 
Number of books you read: 115 (as of December 23rd)
Number of re-reads: 4 (Not bad but funnily enough I didn't re-read anything I wanted to.)
Genre you read the most from: YA Romance
1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
I'm going to cheat a bit here and say the Harry Potter series (ha) and Since You've Been Gone:

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
I had heard so many rave reviews about this but I really didn't like the topic of cheating and how infuriating the main character was - I seriously don't get how this is rated so highly?
 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

I was expecting to enjoy these two contemporaries but thought they would be easy-reading beach reads - hell was I wrong. This Song Will Save Your Life was so beautiful and having previously read Smith before I wasn't expecting massive things from The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight but damn this hit me in the feels and the character was so relatable and similar to me and my life it was scary! Both of them swiftly became favourite reads.
 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Anything by Morgan Matson though specifically, I pushed people to read Since You've Been Gone and Amy & Rogers Epic Detour. I also gifted so many people ACOTAR and finally got my mum and sister to read The Book Thief.
 5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

Sequel (umm how can I not include Harry Potter? For me  all of them are worthy but my favourite so far was The Prisoner of Azkaban):


 6. Favorite new author, you discovered in 2017?
100% Morgan Matson! I found I could just relate to her characters and her writing so much! (P.s. I've already seen the Harry Potter movies so I felt I'd kinda already been introduced to Rowling's world). 
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I'm rarely if ever in the mood to read middle grade novels but these were such beauiful novels!
 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
For me it was Trial by Fire purely because I read it all in one night and stayed up till 7am to finish it, ha!
 9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

 Will Herondale - 100%. 
 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?
Such an important and moving novel that I believe everyone should really read.
 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? 
 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

“The truth." Dumbledore sighed. "It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”  -  J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?” - Patrick NessA Monster Calls
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?
Shortest (4 pages):
(Isn't a picture for it but;)

               Kate & Sam - The First Encounter (This Man #1.5)

Longest (734 pages):

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Will and Tessa 100% 
19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
The friendship between Harry. Hermione and Ron's friendship is so lovely. 
20. Favourite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Definitely Morgan Matson. I've seen so many booktubers and people on my GR's recommending her to me I thought it was time I finally gave her a go and I was so happy to find out she wasn't overhyped!
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

23. Best 2017 debut you read?
I didn't read any 2017 debuts this year as this year I was trying to catch up on all my backlogged books and series! 
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?
Honestly, it's a little embarrassing how many books made me cry this year...

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
This was honestly just a real disappointment.
1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2017?
2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2017?
Probably my reviews of the HP series. 
10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I met my goodreads goal, my flights of fantasy challenge and love your shelf challenge so super happy!
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number One Priority in 2018?
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)? 
3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?
Read more books published more recently (2018)!