Top Ten Tuesday #54: Books That Lived Up To The Hype

July 31, 2018 in Bookish Posts, Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. If you’d like to participate too, see here.

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This week the topic is…

Popular Books That Have Lived Up To The Hype

Sorry for the silence recently, it has been a challenging couple of weeks. Anyway, I’m here and I’m excited about today’s post. All too often I delay reading books because of the hype. I mean, I want to read them but I kind of want to go in on my own terms, without the pressure of the hype – does that make sense?

Anyway, I decided to go rogue in today’s post and share 5 books which lived up to the hype and 5 that I haven’t yet read because of the hype. So here goes!


Popular Books That Have Lived Up To The Hype

The whole A Song of Ice and Fire seriesWhen I first read these books the TV series had just begun and my friends were telling me that I *had* to read the books. I’m so glad I did and I’m glad that I did when I did. I try not to be one of those “you need to read the books” people whenever anyone mentions loving the TV series but I totally am. I just can’t help myself. You need to read the books, guys!


In my opinion, Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give is worth every single word of hype! I posted about it here. It’s a YA novel that everyone should read.


 I finally got around to reading Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale a few years ago. It’s a book that I felt was very hyped at the time that I read it; of course now with the TV series that hype has further exploded. I’ve not watched the TV series so I can’t make a comparison but if you want to read my thoughts on the book click here.


When I first starting reading book blogs it seemed that there was one book or series that was forever being recommended, appearing in Top Ten Tuesday etc and that’s Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles.  It was everywhere I looked, with so much hype surrounding it. So, I took the plunge and didn’t regret it.


Salt to the Sea might not seem an obvious choice for this, but everywhere I looked on book blogs, BookTube, people were raving about this book. I really wanted to read it but was worried that my expectations might be too high. They weren’t. Two years on, I still think about this book. Find my thoughts on it here.


Books I Haven’t Read Yet BECAUSE Of The Hype

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

I need your advice please – which of these five live up to the hype?

What books do you feel have lived up to the hype?

Top Ten Tuesday #53: Best Books I’ve Read In 2018 (So Far)

July 10, 2018 in Bookish Posts, Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. If you’d like to participate too, see here.

Top 10 Tuesday Strupag

This week the topic is…

Top Ten Books I’ve Read In 2018 (So Far)

It has been altogether far too long since I last participated in Top Ten Tuesday. I’ve missed it! So, I decided to reintroduce myself via this week’s topic and share some of my favourite reads of the year (so far) with you.


A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews aka Paper Fury is an emotional rollercoaster. Cait’s writing is brilliant and although I don’t read many YA contemporaries these days, I couldn’t put it down. Find my full review here.


Having said that I don’t read many contemporary YAs these days, here’s another that has made the list! Dear Martin by Nic Stone is such a powerful novel. It is inspired by the heartbreaking cases of racial profiling by police in the US. I urge you all to read it. You can find my review here.


Scythe by Neal Shusterman is the first book in his Arc Of A Scythe series and was finally published here in the UK in February 2018. It’s a YA dystopian where the earth is pretty much perfect and humans are immortal. The only real problem is the overcrowding as a result. So, a very select group of people called Scythes are employed as the only people permitted to take a life. The story follows two teenage characters who find themselves in the position to become Scythes, only they must prove themselves first. I loved this book and the entire concept surrounding it. You can find my review here. I have the second book, Thunderhead, lined up to read soon.


Ok, so technically I read The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris last year but it didn’t come out until 2018 so that counts, right? This is such an incredible historical novel that is based on a true story. It’s a story that I can’t and won’t forget. I’ve been buying this book as gifts this year as I just want to share it with my family and friends. You can find my review here.


It’s no secret that I love Sarah Hilary’s writing, and the fifth book in her DI Marnie Rome series, Come and Find Me, was another fantastic read. If you enjoy a well-written crime novel that will keep you reading then I recommend you check out this series if you haven’t already. You can find my reviews of the series here.


G.X. Todd’s DEFENDER was one of my favourite books of 2017. The second book in The Voices series, HUNTED, is high on my list of 2018 favourites. A dystopian world with fantastic writing, packed action and great characters, I just adore this series. Find my reviews of the series so far here.


Raymond E. Feist’s latest book, the first in his new Firemane Saga, King of Ashes,  made me stop and question why I haven’t read beyond his Riftwar Saga. It’s an epic fantasy with fantastic world building (naturally), engaging characters and plenty of action. Find my full review here.


I don’t tend to dip into series mid-way through, but the premise of Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh had me so intrigued I couldn’t resist. A crime novel where the serial killer isn’t the person on trial; he’s on the jury! You don’t need to have read the rest of the series to enjoy this – I haven’t, but I do intend to read the rest now! Find my review here.


Like most of the world, I was a fan of The Dry by Jane Harper, so Force of Nature, her second Aaron Falk book was high on my 2018 wishlist. Harper has an incredible ability to transport you to the scene of her novels and that was no different with her latest mystery. You can find my full review here.


The Displaced is a collection of essays written by refugee writers and edited by Viet Thang Nguyen. It’s an easy book to dip into, with 19 different pieces to read, each of which with a powerful story to tell. I’ve written more about The Displaced here so if you’re interested pop on over.


Well, that Top Ten Tuesday has actually surprised me! I had no idea that I’d loved so many crime, mystery, thriller types and less fantasy! I think I’ll need to up my fantasy game in the second half of 2018.

What have been your favourite books of 2018 so far?

Summer Wishlist Giveaway

June 30, 2018 in Bookish Posts, Closed Giveaways

It has been a wee while since we’ve had a giveaway in these parts. So I thought it was time to rectify that!

If you’re anything like me, your book wishlist is ever-growing, so why not give you the chance to win one of the books on your list?

The winner will get to select a book of their choice (up to the value of £10), including pre-orders. What will you choose? To enter, simply use the rafflecopter form below.

The giveaway is OPEN INTERNATIONALLY as long as The Book Depository ships to your location for free (check here).

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If you need help entering via Rafflecopter, check out this guide from Super Lucky.

Good luck!

Unboxing: Illumicrate #11

June 4, 2018 in Bookish Posts, Illumicrate

It’s that time again – ILLUMICRATE! As you probably know by now, Illumicrate is a quarterly bookish subscription box. You can find out all the details on their website, and if you fancy a look inside previous boxes then you’ll find all my posts here.

This quarter the theme is “Hidden Talents”. It’s only the second themed quarterly box that Illumicrate have done, so I was intrigued to see what it contained.

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To be honest, I’m still not completely convinced by this latest themed format of boxes – but maybe I’m just grumpy and hate change? That said, I still can’t wait to see what Illumicrate has in store for us with the August box!

Did you get this box? What did you think of it?

Unboxing: Illumicrate #10

March 8, 2018 in Bookish Posts, Illumicrate

I love receiving my Illumicrate box, it’s always such a treat! (You can find all of my previous unboxings here.) This quarter is the first time that Daphne has curated a themed box (outwith the one-off giant limited edition boxes she does) and she selected the theme of “Rise Up!” to align with her choice of book for February. So, obviously, I was excited to see what she’d include!

Since I’m unusually early in posting my unboxing, I’m going to put it all in the spoiler section below.


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If you like what you see and want to sign up for Illumicrate you can find all of the details on their website. It costs £29.99 plus shipping per quarter and ships internationally too.

I’m off to make a coffee in my new mug now!

What do you think of the tenth (!!!) Illumicrate box?