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

July 31, 2018 in Bookish Posts, Top Ten Tuesday

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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

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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?

Top Ten Tuesday #52: Fall TBR List

September 19, 2017 in Bookish Posts, Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

I have been as behind with reading as I have with blogging lately so I have a bunch of books that I haven’t read yet despite being super excited about them! Let’s try and narrow it down to ten for the autumn.

 

1

Our Dark Duet

Our Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab 

(June 2017)

I want to savour this book. Every single word.

2

Wonder Woman Warbringer

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

(August 2017)

I actually have two editions of this book, the exclusive Illumicrate version and the signed Waterstones limited edition (which you can still get here). I adore Leigh Bardugo’s writing and she just seems to be the nicest person. I can’t wait to dive into this!

3

The Alice Network

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

(June 2017)

I’m really excited to read this, I love a good historical novel and have heard this is excellent.

4

Tower of Dawn

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas

(September 2017)

This is Chaol’s book. I loved Chaol in the first two books and I feel he’s had a bit of a rough time in the more recent books so I can’t wait to read this book all about him! I’m very intrigued to see how Maas deals with Chaol’s health issues and wheelchair use. I really, really hope it doesn’t leave me with a rage!

5

The Last Namsara

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

(October 2017)

Dragons! That’s all.

6

Language of Thorns

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo

(September 2017)

I adore the Grisha Trilogy. Upon finishing it I read all of her novellas online so I’m excited to see that work and all her new stuff in this stunning book!

7

Another Day In The Death of America

Another Day In The Death of America by Gary Younge

(September 2016)

This one has been on my TBR for a year, but I really, really want to get to it soon.

8

You Don't Know Me

You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmood

(May 2017)

I have this on audiobook and I’m told it’s the best way to enjoy this novel, so I think it’ll be my next listen.

9

Flame In The Mist

Flame In The Mist by Renee Ahdieh

(May 2017)

I’ve been meaning to read this for months. I just finished my stunning Mist candle In The Wick of Time and Fairyloot so it’s time to read the actual novel. (I need another of these candles, but the shipping is just so £).

10

Good Me Bad Me

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

(January 2017)

I’ve seen this book mentioned everywhere so I need to know what all of the chat is about!

What books are on your TBR for this autumn?

Top Ten Tuesday #51: Most Anticipated Releases 2017

May 30, 2017 in Bookish Posts, Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half Of 2017

TTT 2017

 

There are so many books to look forward to in the second half of 2017. Here’s my list of most anticipated releases starting from July.

1

City of Saints and Thieves

City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

Published by Rock The Boat on 6th July 2017

2

Because You Love To Hate Me

Because You Love To Hate Me by various authors, edited by Ameriie

Published by Bloomsbury on 13th July 2017

3

Gather The Daughters

Gather The Daughters by Jennie Melamed

Published 25th July 2017 by Tinder Press

4

All The Wicked Girls

All The Wicked Girls by Chris Whitaker

Published 24th August 2017 by Bonnier Zaffre

5

Warbringer

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Published 29th August 2017

6

Godsgrave

Godsgrave (Nevernight #2) by Jay Kristoff

Published 7th September 2017 by Harper Voyager

(awaiting UK cover)

7

Tower of Dawn

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas

Published 5th September 2017 by Bloomsbury

8

The Language of Thorns

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales & Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo

Published 26th September 2017

9

The Beginning of the World

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell

Published 2nd November 2017 by Two Roads

10

Renegades

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Published 7th November 2017

What are your most anticipated reads for the second half of 2017?

Top Ten Tuesday #50: Spring TBR

March 14, 2017 in Bookish Posts, Top Ten Tuesday

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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?