Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR

March 14: Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR
Happy two year anniversary to me: I can’t quite believe that I’ve been posting TTT’s for so long (I’ve been blogging for much longer, but keeping to a regular weekly schedule is something that I’m rather proud of!) TBR posts are some of my favourite to both write and read, so please enjoy ten of the books sitting near the top of my to be read pile.

1. Trouble by Non Pratt
Having read and loved Unboxed, I’m looking forward to exploring more by Non Pratt – and this one immediately jumped out at me because of the striking cover.

2. The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
With the conclusion of the trilogy having just been released, there really couldn’t be a better time to devour this book.

3. History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Although I’ve yet to read Adam Silvera’s debut novel, since this one has been recently released, it seems like a good time to discover this author.

4. Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
This series has been on my radar for an age but I’ve only recently picked up the first in this acclaimed children’s series: I have high hopes.

5. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Despite not really enjoying Cinder, this novel has me interested. I love Alice in Wonderland so I’m hoping for an enthralling read.

6. Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt
This novel has been receiving some wonderful reviews, with many bloggers stating parallels with Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, so I’m very excited for this one.

7. Life In A Fishbowl by Len Vlahos
All I really know about this book is that it is about someone who is dying of cancer who decides to sell his organs: it sounds heart-wrenching and vastly different from anything I’ve ever read before.

8. Ink by Alice Broadway
Besides the gorgeous cover I don’t know much about this new release, but I do know that I am excited to dive into it.

9. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
I’m relatively in the dark as to the plot of this one – I’ve heard comparisons with The Night Circus – but it does sound mysterious and full of magic.

10. Eldest by Christopher Paolini
I read Eragon a few years ago and thought it was average, so I gifted it and its sequel to my younger cousin. At 12, she’s just devoured them both and is about to start the third, so I thought I’d give it another chance.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favourite Authors

March 7: Top Ten Favourite Authors
This week is a freebie week, so I decided to discuss some of my favourite authors, most of whom have held a solid place on this list (which isn’t really in any particular order) for years!

1. J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
The Queen reigns: Jo has been my favourite author for 16 years! I will read anything she writes (and cares to release), probably for eternity.

2. Malorie BlackmanNoughts and Crosses
This series has stayed with me for over a decade, but I should probably read more of Malorie’s novels because I’m pretty sure I’ll love them too.

3. Audrey NiffeneggerThe Time Traveler’s Wife
As the author of my favourite standalone novel of all time (next year it will lose that title!), Audrey obviously had to make the list.

4. Lee ChildKilling Floor
If I ever want to read a thriller, Lee Child is my go-to-author. With a kickass protagonist and amazing plots that keep you guessing until the end, you can’t go wrong.

5. Robert GalbraithThe Cuckoo’s Calling
Cheating slightly, but I love Robert in his own right. Mystery and thrillers are one of my favourite genres, and I’m eagerly anticipating Cormoran Strike #4.

6. Stephenie MeyerTwilight
Although I was late getting into this fandom, I now absolutely adore it and it will probably be among my favourite series for many years.

7. Sarah J. MaasA Court of Thorns and Roses
This was one of my favourite reads of 2015, but for some reason I’ve not got around to reading A Court of Mist and Fury yet. I also enjoyed the first two (plus the prequel novellas) Throne of Glass books.

8. Anthony HorowitzStormbreaker
When I was in primary school this was one of my very favourite series, and I still enjoy jumping into them when I want a quick, fast-paced action novel.

9. Cecelia Ahern PS, I Love You
When I want an adult contemporary, I rarely look any further than Cecelia Ahern. The plots move reasonably quickly and the writing is simple: they are great light pick-me-ups.

10. Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games
As the author of my favourite trilogy, she couldn’t be omitted – but can we have a new YA book sometime soon please?!

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Book Haul: February 2017

February whizzed by in the blink of an eye, and here we are once again for another (less extensive than usual) book haul. I actually only bought eleven books, as two were gifts, which is relatively frugal for me. Just look how pretty they are…

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Most excited to read:
1. All About Mia by Lisa Williamson
2. History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
3. Heartless by Marissa Meyer

A few of the books I purchased this month are in series I’ve yet to begin, so I guess I now have double the reason to crack on with reading certain books!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Currently Reading Pile

February 28: Top Ten Books On My Currently Reading Pile
This week we have a freebie, so I decided to discuss one of the more relevant topics to me, my exhaustive currently reading pile. Since my reading is largely dictated by mood, I always have numerous books on the go, but at present it appears to have reached a critical level. To put a number on it, I am currently in the process of reading 23 books. 23. I know, I have a problem.

1. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2016, and yet I’ve hardly started it. My only defence is that I haven’t been overly drawn to fantasy over the past year or so, but with the conclusion to the trilogy being released in May, I really need to crack on with this.

2. The Martian by Andy Weir
I began this sci-fi recently and was absolutely loving it, but then I picked up something else and have yet to come back to this one (I will do, very soon).

3. Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman
The first novel in this series, Noughts and Crosses, is one of my favourite books of all time, but it’s the kind of novel that you have to be in the mood to read, since the subject matter is dark and often depressing.

4. The Novice by Taran Matharu
I enjoyed the opening chapters, but at present the fantasy genre isn’t attracting me like it once did. I’m sure I’ll devour it when I come full circle though.

5. Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell
I heard about this novel when it was included in Zoella’s book club, and I can’t deny that I was instantly attracted to it due to the presence of my name in the title. I flew through the first third, but for some reason put it down and haven’t picked it back up.

6. The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher
This children’s book complete with cute illustrations is fun and festive, but now that the Christmas period has passed I’ve lost the desire to finish it for the moment.

7. Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer
Despite adoring The Twilight Saga, I just haven’t been gripped by this gender swapped version: it seems gimmicky and forced, yet strangely I want to finish it.

8. The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz
I was expecting to love this book – in theory I should, it’s Disney – but it feels overly juvenile and there is little in the way of plot substance.

9. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
I was thoroughly enthralled in previous E. Lockhart reads (namely We Were Liars), but this particular one isn’t enthralling me.

10. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding
Whilst I’m not a huge fan of the writing style, Bridget Jones novels are light-hearted, fun and easy reads: the perfect pick-me-up.

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You’re Not Good Enough Book Tag

Tonight I was scouring the internet looking for February’s book tag when I stumbled across this incredibly fun looking one on DreamlandBookBlog. The premise involves writing down 30 character names on pieces of paper, putting them in a bowl/cup/jar/black hole, and then choosing two at random for every question. Your job after you’ve picked your two champions is to decide which one of them best fits the question/situation, and which one isn’t “good enough”. Here we go!

1. You only have one more spot on your Spelling Bee team, who would you pick to complete your team?
Esme Cullen (Twilight) OR Jack Reacher
I’d have to pick Esme, on the grounds that she’s had years and years to read and learn; she’s bound to be clever!

2. Both characters want to kill you, which one would you kill first so you have a better chance of surviving?
Celaena Sardothien (Throne of Glass) OR Clare Abshire (The Time Traveler’s Wife)
Definitely Celaena since she’s an assassin!

3. You’re on the bachelor/bachelorette and you’re down to these two characters, which one are you going to give your rose to?
Alex Rider (Stormbreaker) OR Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)
Interesting. Alex is only fifteen, so that’d be weird, but Katniss would hate all the entire concept of the show. I’ll go with Alex since he’s cute.

4. You’ve been chosen for The Hunger Games, who would most likely volunteer in your place?
Noah Calhoun (The Notebook) OR Edward Cullen (Twilight)
Both are incredibly devoted to their loved ones, but I expect Noah would be more likely to volunteer on the grounds that he wouldn’t be exposing himself as a vampire.

5. You’re stranded on an island. Which character would you sacrifice to engage in cannibalism?
Will Traynor (Me Before You) OR Thomas (The Maze Runner)
That’s got to be Will, primarily because of his condition.

6. You’re the next DC/Marvel superhero (with your own TV show of course), who is your sidekick?
Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter) OR Lucy Pevensie (The Chronicles of Narnia)
Lucy would probably be the most useful, but Luna has a mysterious sixth sense: Lucy.

7. You’re a manager of an Avocado admiring company, who would you fire for lack of communication skills?
Jacob Black (Twilight) OR Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones)
First of all, avocado admiring company?! Probably Tyrion, as he keeps too much information to himself.

8. You’ve just finished a book in which your favourite character dies, which character is most likely to comfort you?
Charlie Bucket (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) OR Cath Avery (Fangirl)
Cath, definitely. Since she writes fan fiction she’s entirely immersed in the world of fictional characters.

9. Ugh, it’s high school. Who would most likely be part of the popular clique?
Peeta Mellark (The Hunger Games) OR Christian Grey (50 Shades of Grey)
Hahahaha. Peeta is the most loyal guy and I can see him having a group of friends, but Christian is the bad boy, albeit a loner: Peeta.

10. The day has arrived; you’re finally a year older! Who would have the nerve to forget your birthday?
Lou Clark (Me Before You) OR Georgia Nicholson (Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging)
Both are a bit dipsy in their own way, but Lou is probably more likely to forget.

11. You’ve just found an upcoming booktube star? Who would most likely be?
Linh Cinder (Cinder) OR Clarke Griffin (The 100)
Clarke, because she’s more open about who she is and what she likes. She’s popular but not in an annoying way, plus I think she’d give some awesome sci-fi recommendations.

12. Sleepover time! Unfortunately, you can only invite one person, who would you invite?
Voldemort (Harry Potter) OR Ana Steele (50 Shades of Grey)
Ana. At least we could talk books/publishing.

13. Bam, you’re pregnant. Who’s the father/mother?
Hermione Granger (Harry Potter) OR Percy Jackson
Ooooh, that’s tough. Hermione would produce one smart child, but Percy’s child would have Greek-god blood. I’ll go with Hermione, since I’d be less scared about my child living in a post-Voldemort world than a world dominated by vengeful Greek-gods.

14. You’ve just written a super important text. Who would ‘see’ it, but not reply?
Jane Eyre OR Bridget Jones
Bridget. She’d probably think she’d replied, then write in her diary that I was ignoring her, only to realise that she’d never pressed send.

15. You’ve just woken up and its time for breakfast. Your mum’s been replaced by who?!
Amy Dunne (Gone Girl) OR Effie Trinket (The Hunger Games)
Well I certainly wouldn’t want Amy anywhere near me, so Effie with all her Capitol style and etiquette.

That was fun!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Loved More Than I Thought I Would

February 21: Top Ten Books I Loved More Than I Thought I Would
When I hear a book has received a huge amount of hype, I tend to downplay my expectations for fear of being disappointed. Thankfully, more often than not, I am pleasantly surprised when I too believe the hype.

1. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
This YA story about a transgender teenage girl was wonderful and heartfelt. The main character was interesting and the plot was perfectly constructed.

2. Unboxed by Non Pratt
A fantastic YA contemporary with friendship (and LGBT themes) at the heart: four friends come together to celebrate the life of the fifth member of their group.

3. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
A YA novel with magical realism at the core, this book follows teenage Conor and his battle with both his inner demons and the outside world.

4. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Featuring a teenage girl with a severe illness, this YA contemporary is about friendship and finding your own path.

5. One by Sarah Crossan
This YA tale about twin sisters is told in free verse: its themes include love, friendship and loss.

6. The 100 by Kass Morgan
This YA sci-fi novel features a strong cast of characters and the plot is fast paced – I’m quite literally obsessed with this series.

7. Confessions of a GP by Dr. Benjamin Daniels
A non-fiction work consisting of hilarious anecdotes of a real GP, this is a fun read for all the right reasons.

8. Foe by J.M. Coetzee
A strange story incorporating magical realism, this re-telling of Robinson Crusoe features a quirky character, a shipwreck and a search for a long lost daughter.

9. George by Alex Gino
This important middle grade novel stars a transgender child during her transition, and the issues she faces from her family and peers.

10. I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
I loved this crime/thriller, which followed a terrorist across the globe – I cannot wait for the second novel in the series!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favourite OTPs

February 14: Top Ten Favourite OTPs
I’m not a huge shipper of characters in general as I tend to take fictional relationships at face value, but there are a few that I am more partial to.

1. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)
Katniss and Peeta were the first fictional couple I genuinely shipped (who would pick Gale?!) They balance each other out perfectly.

2. Bella Swan and Edward Cullen (The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer)
I used to proclaim myself a Bella/Jacob shipper, but upon finally finishing reading the series I changed my mind (and Jake’s happy with his conclusion anyway).

3. Allie Nelson and Noah Calhoun (The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks)
Their love story is so cute: who wouldn’t ship the girl with the guy who sent her 365 love letters?!

4. Clare Abshire and Henry DeTamble (The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger)
My favourite standalone novel of all time features two of my favourite characters: the entire story follows the development of their love story throughout time.

5. Sephy Hadley and Callum McGregor (Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman)
There’s something about forbidden love that is so enticing, and it doesn’t come much more forbidden (for all the wrong reasons) than in this fantastic YA dystopian.

6. Maddie Whittier and Olly Bright (Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon)
An unlikely friendship that led to a wonderfully cute romance, the nature of the plot certainly heightened my positive feelings towards these two.

7. Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey (Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James)
Unpopular opinion though it might be, I actually like Ana and Christian’s story – there’s a lot of plot and character development.

8. Rosie Dunne and Alex Stewart (Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern)
Sometimes the right person is standing right infront of you, but it takes losing them to realise it: this novel is all about the character development.

9. John Grogan and Marley (Marley and Me by John Grogan)
In terms of friendships, there really isn’t a tale (or tail) that comes close to man and dog. I love this true story of a family and their furry friend.

10. Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling)
Although they’re not official, anyone with an ounce of sense could see that these two are made for each other. Scorbus 4 lyf!

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