Top Ten Tuesday #50: Spring TBR

March 14, 2017 in Bookish Posts, Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. If you’d like to participate too, see here.

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This week the topic is…

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR

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I realised that it’s been AGES since I participated in TTT so I thought I’d ease myself back in with this week’s topic – my Spring TBR.

 

1

Strange The Dreamer

Strange The Dreamer, Laini Taylor. Out 28th March 2017

Hodder kindly fulfilled my wish on NetGalley so I’m currently reading this and REALLY enjoying it.

2

The Ship Beyond Time

The Ship Beyond Time (The Girl From Everywhere #2), Heidi Heilig. Out now.

I read the first book, The Girl From Everywhere, last year and really enjoyed it (review here) so I’m intrigued to see how this duology ends.

3

Lucky Boy

Lucky Boy, Shanthi Sekaran. Out now.

Penguin International kindly sent me a copy of this book. They feel it’s a very important and timely novel and want to get the word out across the world. I can’t wait to read it.

4

The Twelve Lives

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, Hannah Tinti. Out 28th March 2017.

I’m lucky enough to have an ARC of this book, but I’ve been saving it! Why do I do that? I think I’ll dive in very soon.

5

Red Sister

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1), Mark Lawrence. Out 6th April 2017.

Epic fantasy & a female assassin? Yes please!

6

ACOWAR

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court Of Thorns And Roses #3), Sarah J Maas. Out 2nd May 2017.

No Spring TBR list would be complete without an ACOTAR book!

7

The Walking Dead

I love The Walking Dead TV series and I’m trying to read more graphic novels, so it makes sense that these are on my list!

8

Final Girls

Final Girls, Riley Sager. Out 29th June 2017

I’ve heard a lot of people talk about this thriller and have an eARC from NetGalley so I’m looking forward to seeing what all the online chat is about!

9

The Name of The Wind

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1), Patrick Rothfuss.

I REALLY want Spring 2017 to be when I finally read The Name of the Wind!

10

THUG

The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas. Out 6th April 2017.

I’ve heard so much about this book online! Walker kindly sent me a copy ahead of the UK release and I’m so grateful. I can’t wait to read it.

What books are on your Spring TBR?

Top Ten Tuesday #49: Christmas Wishlist

December 20, 2016 in Bookish Posts, Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. If you’d like to participate too, see here.

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This week the topic is…

10 Bookish Gifts I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been doing your Christmas shopping and making a mental wishlist of all those items that you’d actually really quite like for yourself! So here is a list of bookish gifts I wouldn’t mind Santa leaving under my tree this year!

1

hp-illustrated-2

My parents kindly bought me the first illustrated Harry Potter book last year (it is STUNNING) so I’ve dropped a wee hint that the illustrated Chamber of Secrets would be a lovely gift to receive this year!

2

winter-is-coming

I have a couple of bookmarks from Skinny Hues and they are absolutely beautiful!

3

the-crowns-game

I’ve had my eye on this book all year and have heard great things about it. Book 2 is out in May (I think) so I’d have plenty of time to catch up!

4

geeky-clean

I received a Geeky Clean bath bomb in a Fairyloot box and totally loved it.  I recently found out they do a Geeky Clean Crate, a monthly mystery themed box with 5 exclusive gifts. I love the sound of that!

5

stars-above

A must for every Lunar Chronicles fan I think!

6

the-reaper-candle

I love bookish candles, but I’ve never seen a Red Rising one before! I happened across Book and Nook one day and they have a fab range – including an Antari candle!

7

reality-is-not-what-it-seems

I love a good science book and received a copy of Rovelli’s Seven Brief Lessons On Physics last year for Christmas.

8

paper-fury-mug

I love Paper Fury’s blog and her shop looks gorgeous too. This mug just speaks to me!

9

other-wordly

I mentioned Other-Wordly in my Abrams & Chronicle publisher spotlight post recently, it’s a look at beautiful words from around the world.

10

fairyloot-logo

Obviously, I’d love to find a FairyLoot box under the tree! Considering I bought one for husband to give me, I’d say there’s a pretty good chance of that. 😀

What would you like for Santa to leave under your tree this year?

Top Ten Tuesday #48: Books I Read Because of Bloggers

October 11, 2016 in Bookish Posts, Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. If you’d like to participate too, see here.

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This week the topic is…

10 Books I Read Because of Bloggers / BookTube

I was actually looking through my Goodreads “read” list and realised that I didn’t actually review a lot of these, which is weird because these are all books I enjoyed / loved. So, yeah, apologies for the lack of reviews, but where I have posted about a book I’ll link it up.

1

When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Paul Kalanithi was just 36 and in his final years of his neurology surgery residency when he was diagnosed with cancer. This is his story. It’s truly beautiful, heart breaking yet life affirming. It’s one of those books that I will be recommending to everyone. I wanted to review it, but I didn’t think anything I could say would do it justice. So please, just read it.

2 Persepolis

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

A compilation of two graphic novels, this tells the story of Satrapi’s childhood in Iran, her schooling in Vienna and her return to her home country. It’s insightful, eye-opening, heart-breaking and very readable.

3

Furiously Happy

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

This book by Jenny Lawson aka The Bloggess had me laughing out loud – and that is rare. I was actually driving my husband mad laughing while reading this book. The cat rodeo is a chapter I have tabbed for easy access on bad days!

4

Salt To The Sea

Salt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys

I actually have a review of this one here. This is a stunning book that creates a fictional story around the worst disaster in maritime history, the sinking of the Wilheim Gustloff. The German ship was full of refugees when it was torpedoed by a Russian submarine during WW2 resulting in a loss of over 9000 lives. Sepetys conveys the historical facts through the perspectives of 4 fictional young people.

5

Cinder

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

This series really requires no introduction, but it was fellow bloggers and posts like Top Ten Tuesday that finally made me pick up this series. I AM SO GLAD I DID! See my Worth The Hype? post here.

6

Red Rising

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

I freely admit that I was skeptical about Red Rising – I didn’t think I liked science fiction. I was wrong! I saw many bloggers and BookTubers talk about this series and I finally succumbed when I found the kindle copy for 99p. Best 99p I’ve ever spent! This series turned into one of my absolute favourites. I have a review of Red Rising here if you are yet to be convinced of its awesomeness!

7

The Winner's Curse

The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

This is another series that kept cropping up over and over in Top Ten Tuesdays and across my favourite blogs. It was one of those series that I knew I should read but I worried wouldn’t live up to the hype. It absolutely did, it was fantastic. I have reviews of all three books, but if you’re still to read the trilogy, here’s my review for The Winner’s Curse.

8

In Order To Live

In Order To Live by Yeonmi Park

This is one of the books I really wish I’d reviewed. It’s the story of Yeonmi’s life in North Korea, her escape from the country and everything she had to do to stay alive. It’s an eye-opening, thought-provoking account that I encourage everyone to read. 9

The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I don’t know why it took me so long to read this novel, but I was definitely encouraged by bloggers and BookTubers to finally pick it up and I’m so glad I did. Margaret Atwood is, well she’s Margaret Atwood, she’s incredible. I did write a post about this book so if you’re interested you can find it here.

10

The Sleeper and the Spindle

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman.

Illustrated by Chris Riddell.

This book kept cropping up again and again on blogs and BookTube. It looked so beautiful on the screen but it’s even more stunning in real life. The storytelling of Neil Gaiman with the incredible artwork of Chris Riddell, it’s a beauty. I have a post on this book with a couple of photos to try (I failed) and capture the beauty.

So there we have it – ten books I read because of bloggers and BookTubers. Honestly, this list could’ve been a LOT longer.

What books have you read because of bloggers/BookTubers?

 

Top Ten Tuesday #47: Books With < 2000 Ratings on Goodreads

July 5, 2016 in Bookish Posts, Top Ten Tuesday

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This week the topic is…

10 Top Ten Books I Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads

So I’ve based this list on the actual editions that I’ve read. I guess in some cases other editions may have more than 2000 ratings, but this is based solely on my Goodreads shelves.

I actually have a mass of non-fiction books that fit this list, but I’m going to stick to fiction this week.

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1

Hover

With Anne A Wilson’s second novel Clear To Lift coming out this month (I loved it, review to follow), I couldn’t not include her stunning debut Hover. I read it last summer and loved it. Check out my review for more information.

2

Hollow Gods

A brilliant fantasy series. I’m currently awaiting book 3 and I’m desperate to hear when it will be released! You can find my thoughts on book 1, Smiler’s Fair, here. I’ve also shared my thoughts on the second book, The Hunter’s Kind, here if you are interested.

3

This Savage Song

I’ve no doubt that this is only in the sub-2000 reviews list as it has only been out a month in the UK and isn’t out in the US until today. However, I HAD to include it. V.E. Schwab has quickly become one of my favourite writers and This Savage Song is a beauty! You can find my full thoughts on it here.

4

Sarah hilary 2

Ok, so, I’m cheating a little and putting Sarah Hilary’s DI Marnie Rome series together. Also, note that there are a new set of covers for this series that match Tastes Like Fear. Basically, I love Sarah Hilary’s work. She is amazing and can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned! I have reviews for all three of her books so far, click the links to check them out – Someone Else’s Skin Review, No Other Darkness Review, Tastes Like Fear Review.

 

5

SHTUM

Released in April this year, SHTUM is the eye-opening story of a father and his profoundly autistic son. You can find my full thoughts on it here.

6

Duskfall

Duskfall has only been out for a fortnight which accounts for its low number of reviews. It’s a debut novel. A dark fantasy that will capture you from the first page. I can’t wait for the rest of the series. Full thoughts can be found here.

7

Crush

This is a YA novel that centres around toxic relationships. I truly feel it’s an important book, particularly for its target audience. I have a whole post about this book here.

8

Valentina

Another new release, which explains its place in this list. This is a stunning psychological thriller set in Scotland. It’s 99p on the kindle right now, an absolute bargain. More thoughts on this book can be found here.

9

MORE Trilogy

I happened across the first book in The MORE Trilogy a few years ago on NetGalley and I ended up really enjoying the whole series. I have a post on book 1, More, here and book 2, The Guardians, here, if you are interested in finding out more (sorry).

10

On The Edge of Gone

This diverse dystopian novel was released in March.  It incorporates an interesting mix of sci-fi, autism, LGBT and drug addiction themes. Personally, I think Duyvis did a fantastic job with this book and you can find all of my thoughts here.

 

Phew! I honestly had a list of more than 20 books that I considered for this post, but I tried to incorporate a variety and ensure that I had corresponding posts for each of my selections.

Have you read any of these titles? What books made your list this week?

Top Ten Tuesday #46 – Favourite Releases So Far This Year

June 21, 2016 in Bookish Posts, Top Ten Tuesday

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This week the topic is…

10 Favourite 2016 Releases So Far This Year

2016 has been a fantastic year for new releases so far. Honestly, I found this hard to narrow down to ten… so there *may* be a couple of sneaky special mentions at the end! I’m going to try and put these in order of release date… seems the best way to do it, I hate picking favourites!

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1

Truthwitch

TRUTHWITCH (The Witchlands #1)

Susan Dennard, January 2016

My rating – 5 stars

READ MY THOUGHTS HERE

2

Salt To The Sea

SALT TO THE SEA

Ruta Sepetys, February 2016

My rating – 5 stars

READ MY THOUGHTS HERE

3

Morning Star

MORNING STAR (Red Rising #3)

Pierce Brown, February 2016

My rating – 5 stars

READ MY THOUGHTS HERE

4

AGOS UK COVER small

A GATHERING OF SHADOWS (A Darker Shade of Magic #2)

V.E. Schwab, February 2016

My rating – 5 stars

READ MY THOUGHTS HERE

5

The Winner's Kiss

THE WINNER’S KISS (The Winner’s Trilogy #3)

Marie Rutkoski, March 2016

 My rating – 5 stars

READ MY THOUGHTS HERE

6

SHTUM

SHTUM

Jem Lester, April 2016

My rating – 4.5 stars

READ MY THOUGHTS HERE

7

Tastes Like Fear

TASTES LIKE FEAR (D.I. Marnie Rome #3)

Sarah Hilary, April 2016

My rating – 5 stars

READ MY THOUGHTS HERE

8

ACOMAF

A COURT OF MIST AND FURY (A Court of Thorns & Roses #2)

Sarah J. Maas, May 2016

My rating – 4.5 stars

9

This Savage Song

THIS SAVAGE SONG (Monsters of Verity #1)

V.E. Schwab, June 2016

My rating – 5 stars

READ MY THOUGHTS HERE

10

Duskfall

DUSKFALL (The Chaos Queen #1)

Christopher Husberg, June 2016

My rating – 4.5 stars

READ MY THOUGHTS HERE

 

PLUS

I’ve been lucky enough to read a few books coming out soon and I absolutely couldn’t make this list without mentioning them. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the blog over the coming weeks.

 

Valentina

July 2016

Clear To Lift

July 2016

Nevernight

August 2016