Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Aesthetically Pleasing Covers On My TBR

May 2: Top Ten Most Aesthetically Pleasing Covers On My TBR
This week’s TTT was a cover related freebie, and being the superficial individual (when talking about books) I am, I decided to list some of the most beautiful covers of books (complete with mini Goodreads descriptions) I own that I’ve yet to read.

1. A Thousand Pieces Of You by Claudia Gray
“Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who must chase her father’s killer through multiple dimensions.”

2. These Broken Stars by Aime Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
“Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive – alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.”

3. The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
“Sixteen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn’t a member of the court. She’s the executioner.”

4. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
“Inspired by her childhood love of books like The Secret Garden and The Chronicles of Narnia, bestselling author Tahereh Mafi crafts a spellbinding new world where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places.”

5. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
“Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper’s destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.”

6. Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
“Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.”

7. The Marvels by Brian Selznick
“Two seemingly unrelated stories–one in words, the other in pictures–come together. The illustrated story begins in 1766 with Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, and charts the adventures of his family of actors over five generations. The prose story opens in 1990 and follows Joseph, who has run away from school to an estranged uncle’s puzzling house in London, where he, along with the reader, must piece together many mysteries.”

8. The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
“After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy must have been a rare jellyfish sting-things don’t just happen for no reason. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory–even if it means traveling the globe, alone. Suzy’s achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe…and the potential for love and hope right next door.”

9. Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
“Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.”

10. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
“Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Not Want To Read A Book

April 25: Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Not Want To Read A Book
Prior to writing this week’s TTT, I didn’t think that there was a great deal of book turn-offs for me: I was wrong.

1. Required reading 
There’s just something about having to read a book that immediately makes me not want to read it.

2. More than 600 pages
Long books require some serious planning for me to read. I’m generally more in the market for books under 350 pages that I can speed through if I love them.

3. Photograph on the cover
Pet peeve, but I hate photos of people on covers (I can live with cartoon depictions): it’s an instant no from me.

4. In a long series
If I have to commit to a series of four or more books, I’m immediately put off, even if I’ve read book one.

5. Disliked the writing style
I’ve been known to sit down with a book only to toss it aside after only a few sentences (I’m looking at you, The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer) if the writing is terrible.

6. After finishing a really great/intense read
It often takes me a while to get back into reading once I’ve finished an amazing book; I just step away for a week or two.

7. Historical fiction
Bore off. I don’t care what time period it’s set in, I’m really not interested.

8. Friend disliked it
They have to be a good friend who I trust with my recommendations, but if they hated it, I’m not reading it.

9. Too much hype
Sometimes I’m all on the hype, but sometimes it scares me to the extent that I don’t want to read the book.

10. Written by politicians
Urgh. I wasn’t interested in your life when you were in power, and I’m certainly not interested in your life now.

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The Ultimate Game of Thrones Book Tag

April’s book tag is brought to you courtesy of Clockwork Bibliophile. I don’t claim to be the biggest Game of Thrones fan, but I have read the first two novels in the epic saga, and I’m slowly working my way through the TV show.

1. “We do not sow”: A book you would not be willing to invest in
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (1st Edition/1st Print)
Only because I don’t have a spare 30k. Cries. (I legitimately couldn’t think of a book that I wouldn’t buy).

2. “Fire and blood”: A book that produced strong emotions in you
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Very few books make me cry, but this was one of them.

3. “Winter is coming”: Your favourite winter read
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
This treasure hunt across New York City over the Christmas and New Year festive period is insanely cute and heartwarming.

4. “Family. Duty. Honour”: A book about strong family ties
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
The Cullens are one of the most tight-knit families in literature; they are genuinely willing to die for one another.

5. “Growing strong”: A book you had low expectations about but that grew on you
Foe by J.M. Coetzee
I had never heard of this book prior to it appearing on my reading list for my Masters degree, but I genuinely enjoyed the unexpected fantasy element incorporated within the realism.

6. “Ours is the fury”: A book that made you furious
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Quite simply, all of John Green’s books that I’ve read have made me furious. I just don’t get on with his writing, his characters or his endings.

7. “Unbowed. Unbent. Unbroken”: A book you have unwavering devotion to
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
I first read this novel when I was about eleven and everytime I re-read it I love it more.

8. “A Lannister always pays his debts”: A book you feel indebted to
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Having met some of my best friends through the series, I will be eternally grateful to Potter.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

April 18: Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book
There isn’t often a time when I don’t want to read a book (at least to some degree), but there are occasions that increase my desire tenfold.

1. Watching a TV show/movie that mentions/shows a specific book
Gilmore Girls is a prime example: Rory is always reading something, and I always think “I want to read that. Like immediately.”

2. Watching a TV show/movie based on a book
The most recent example of this was when I watched The Martian. I already owned the book but hadn’t had any particular desire to read it. Fast-forward two hours and my nose was buried in the pages.

3. Seeing someone read a book in public
There’s something about watching someone with their nose in a book that instantly makes me want to do the same.

4. A new release by a favourite author
If JKR is releasing a new book, I’ll be up and ready to dive into it at midnight: time for a new novel now, isn’t it Jo?!

5. Sitting on a sunbed on holiday
Whenever I’m on holiday having a book in my hands is a prerequisite (even before the cocktail!) I fly through novels at the rate of knots whilst sitting in the sun.

6. When it has received stellar reviews on social media
If I’ve seen beautiful Instabooks photos, or read positive Goodreads reviews, I need that book.

7. When I should be doing something (arguably) more productive
Essay to write? Read a book.

8. After an author event
Frequently after meeting an author at an event or signing, if I haven’t already read the relevant book, it’s the first thing on my to-do-list.

9. It’s recommended to me by a friend, author or bookstore employee
In person recommendations are the best, and are a sure-fire way to get me to buy books.

10. Insane hype
The most recent example is Thirteen Reasons Why, which I devoured once it hit Netflix (before I began watching the show).

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I’ve Read

April 11: Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I’ve Read
Whilst each book is unique, there are a number of books that stick in my mind as being especially different.

1. Nod by Adrian Barnes
Right up there with the strangest books I’ve ever read, this novel explores the concept of societal collapse due to the inability to sleep.

2. The One Memory Of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
This YA novel follows amnesiac Flora on her day to day life: it is full of repetition (understandable given the concept), but has a great plot twist.

3. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
This YA novel utilises magical realism in order to tackle important themes including bullying and death.

4. One by Sarah Crossan
Told in free verse, this YA story tells the tale of conjoined twins, their relationship, and the challenges they face.

5. Foe by J.M. Coetzee
The magical realism featured in this novel is incredibly thought provoking: concerning what is real and what is imagined, it is open to a vast array of interpretations.

6. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
With one of the most interesting narrators, this series is amusing and holds relevant life lessons for both young and old.

7. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
That plot twist! You think you know the direction this novel is heading in, and then, bam!

8. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Whilst not an unusual YA dystopian concept, the lexis and syntax used in this book are wildly different to anything I’ve ever read before, which took a bit of getting used to.

9. The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Told from the perspective of a teenage boy with autism, the novel follows Christopher solving a crime.

10. Life With No Breaks by Nick Spalding
This entire book was written in one sitting: 24 hours in front of a computer is probably enough to drive anyone insane, and some of the tales in this autobiographical account are certainly hilarious.

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‘Apple and Rain’ by Sarah Crossan [Book Review]

Having recently finished reading several more high-brow works of fiction than I would normally read, I needed a quick YA to breeze through. I read Sarah Crossan’s One last year and it became one of my favourite books of all time, so I decided to attempt another of her works for the 2017 Reading Challenge.

Title: Apple and Rain
Author: Sarah Crossan
Released: 2014
Pages: 329
Category: #26 A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited
Rating: 7/10

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Review:

“It isn’t easy, but telling something as it is, telling the truth, always seems more beautiful and poetic than anything else.”

Abandoned by her mother as a child, Apple lives with her grandmother and dreams of the day her mum reappears to rescue her. When she turns up one day out of the blue, Apple thinks her world will instantly brighten, but she’s about to discover her mother’s unexpected baggage.

Sarah Crossan’s writing style flows beautifully and is infinitely readable. However, I didn’t connect with any of the characters on an emotional level, possibly because it was aimed at a slightly younger target age than other Crossan works.

Whilst I didn’t emotionally connect with Apple and Rain on the same level as One, (given that it is aimed at a younger audience), the story arc was wonderful and the characters were well developed – I especially loved the relationship between Apple and her neighbour, Del. I am absolutely certain that I will be exploring the rest of Sarah Crossan’s novels and poetry in due course.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Reasons The Harry Potter Fandom Is The Best

April 4: Top Ten Reasons The Harry Potter Fandom Is The Best
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a Fandom related freebie, and considering my undying love for Harry Potter, it made perfect sense to base today’s post on everyone’s favourite boy wizard.

1. It remains as strong today as it was *almost* 20 years ago
A fifth of a century, can you believe it?! Millions of people have grown up with the series, and now we’re into a new era with Fantastic Beasts.

2. All the memes
There’s a meme/gif for every situation, and isn’t that just amazing?!

3. There are actual days in the calendar devoted to it
Harry Potter Book Night is in early February, July 31st is Harry/Jo’s birthday, September 1st draws immense crowds to Platform 9 3/4.

4. It inspired actual real-life theme parks
From Orlando to Japan, the Potter fandom is so die-hard that Universal created three Wizarding World theme parks. Which other fandom could do that?!

5. J.K. Rowling continues to interact with fans on Twitter
Because who doesn’t want to know what Jo’s Patronus is, or have her comment on crazy fan theories?!

6. The actors are still as invested in the series as they were 15 years ago
They still attend Potter conventions and special events, which has allowed me to meet a huge number of them (and even interview a handful!)

7. The insane amount of merchandise 
I myself am guilty of a little large splurge every now and again: from action figures to prop replicas, from cuddly toys to a full wizarding wardrobe, there is an entire array of merch available. *grabby hands*

8. Relevant themes
The series appeals to all most ages, genders, sexualities, races etc, with the themes of friendship and bravery playing pivotal roles.

9. Quidditch
How many books can claim to have invented a sport only to have it played all across the globe in reality?!

10. The friendships that were formed as a result
I met some of my best friends through the series, and that, I believe is true magic!

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