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Top 10 Tuesday: Books On My Fall TBR

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Today’s Top 10 Tuesday is books that we want to read this fall. For this list, I have included books that I have had for quite a while and really need to read.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare- I desperately need to read this as I have had it since it was released in May. I don’t know why I haven’t gotten round to it as I loved Lady Midnight. I think it may be the size that is putting me off but I really do need to read it.

Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

Victoria by Daisy Goodwin- I am currently watching the show on ITV and it is my favourite thing. I look forward to Sunday every week just so I can watch Victoria and Albert on screen. Daisy Goodwin wrote the show so I am very excited to read this book.

Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas- Yes I have still not read this book and I am now behind with this series as the 6th book has come out. I did start this but I couldn’t get into it so I put it down and I’ve never picked it up again but I do really want to read it.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte- This is one of those classics that I feel that everyone has read so I really do want to get round to this one. I have been trying to read a classic each month but I haven’t been able to stick to it but this is very high on my list of classics that I want to read.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr- I have wanted to read this for such a long time and now that I have a copy I don’t have an excuse not to read this book. I really enjoy WW2 fiction and I have heard so many good things about this so I hope it lives up to the hype.

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The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury- This is the last book in The Sin Eater’s Daughter trilogy and I really want to see how this story gets wrapped up.

Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory

Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory- I am so behind with Philippa’s books and I really want to read all of her books as I own them all except her latest one. I love historical fiction particularly the Tudor period so I really need to read them.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard- This book is very popular and I really want to see what the hype is about.

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige- I love retellings so I am really interested to check this one out. It is a retelling of the Snow Queen and I have never read any retellings that are based on this story.

Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy- I recently watched the film when it was on BBC and now I really want to read the book. I enjoyed the film and I am hoping that I will like the book.

What books are on your fall TBR?

Kirsty xoxo

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Top 10 Tuesday: Older Books That I Love

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Today’s Top 10 Tuesday is dedicated to older books that we love. In a world where new books are released constantly, it can be easy to for some of our old favourites to be forgotten. For this post, I have selected books that are over 10 years old to talk about I have not included classics on this list because I don’t feel that I have read enough to create a top 10 list.

The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (originally published in 2003)- This is a love story between two characters. One of them has a condition which pulls them through time and they end up in different periods of time. This is an adult novel but I read it when I was quite young and I really loved it. I would love to revisit this now that I am older as I think I may be able to appreciate it even more now.

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My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult  (originally published in 2004)- I may have read this last year but this story is still fresh in my mind. This book was such an emotional and powerful read and I think the story will stay with me for a long time.

The Book Thief

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak  (originally published in 2005)- I love WW2 fiction and this is one of the best-written books that I have read from this genre. The narrator is Death which makes the story very unique and powerful.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon  (originally published in 2003)- This book follows Christopher who has autism as he tries to discover who murdered his neighbour’s dog. This is such a well-written book and gives a realistic insight into what it can be like for people who are autistic. The play is also incredible.

The Giver

The Giver by Lois Lowry  (originally published in 1993)- I loved this book and the world that Lois Lowry created. I enjoyed the writing and I thought that it was quite a thought provoking novel.

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Holes by Louis Sachar  (originally published in 1998)- I read this book at school in my English class when I started secondary school. I loved this book so much and I had no idea that it is nearly 20 years old.

Confessions of Shopaholic

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella  (originally published in 2000)- I am a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella’s books and she has written so many. For me, the Shopaholic series stands out as I can relate to Becky although my shopping addiction is nowhere near as bad as hers as I am not in debt but I definitely buy things that I don’t need.

 

Journey To The River Sea

Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson  (originally published in 2001)- This is another book that I read when I was younger. This was a favourite of mine for a really long time. I also loved the cover and I remember reading it a couple of times because I loved it so much.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne  (originally published in 2006)- This is another WW2 novel which follows two children who form an unlikely friendship which has devastating consequences. This story will always stay with me due to the very emotional ending but this story really highlights the power of friendship.

Why the Whales Came

Why the Whales Came by Michael Morpurgo  (originally published in 2003)- I read this book at the end of primary school just before starting secondary school as we did a project on it. I really enjoyed this book and I used to read Michael Morpurgo’s all the time but haven’t read any for years.

What books were on your list?

Kirsty xoxo

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Top 10 Tuesday: Best Books I Have Read In 2017 So Far

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Today’s Top 10 Tuesday topic is the best books that we have read so far this year. This topic was quite difficult as I have only read five 5 star books this year and one of them was a reread. It was difficult to narrow down my nineteen four star books to put my favourites on this list. If you want to see more of my favourites then check out my Top 5 books I read in Spring and Winter.

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Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys- This book is set in WW2 and follows the events that took place during the Soviet rule. I love Ruta’s writing and I like that with both of her WW2 novels she has chosen to write about events that are not as well known as some of the other events that took place during the war. This book was a really powerful read and I would highly recommend it if you were looking for some WW2 fiction.

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber- Caraval is a mysterious game which people pay to participate in. I really enjoyed this book. The world was really unique and mysterious. There were lots of twists in this book and I really liked the characters. I had no idea who to trust for the whole book and I am looking forward to the second one.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor- I really enjoyed this book. I liked Laini’s unique take on angel and demon mythology. I loved the characters in this book and I sped through this book. I am currently reading the second one and whilst it isn’t as good as the first one I am still really enjoying it.

A Court of Mist and Fury

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas- I thought that this was an excellent continuation of the story. We got to find out a lot more about Rhys in this book which really helped me to like him as a character. We got to see a lot of character development in this book and the ending was very shocking.

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Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard– This book is about friendship which I really enjoyed reading about. It made a change to read about friendship rather than romance. This book also dealt with mental health in a really realistic way. I thought that the characters were very realistic and relatable.

Ready Player One

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline- Not my typical sort of book but I really enjoyed this one. The majority of this book takes place within a virtual reality. The concept behind this book was really interesting. This book was really fast paced and gripping and the only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was because the ending felt a little rushed.

My Name is Victoria

My Name is Victoria by Lucy Worsley- I love historical fiction and this book follows a young Queen Victoria. After watching the TV show Victoria I have wanted to read more about her. I enjoy Lucy’s writing and I hope that she will release more of these novels in the future.

Peter Pan

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie- I really enjoyed reading this book especially as it made me see Peter Pan and Tinkerbell in a different light. This book is quite sinister as the lines between reality and fantasy become blurred.

Oliver Twist Read

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens- This was a little slow to start with but the story soon picked up. I think that Dickens has created really memorable characters particularly Fagin who is a very sinister character.

The Thousandth Floor

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee- This is my perfect sort of book as it follows a group of rich teenagers with a bit of a mystery. This is set in a futuristic New York and all of the characters have secrets which we slowly discover throughout the book.

 

What books made it to your list?

Kirsty xoxo

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Top 10 Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books For Second Half of 2017

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Today’s Top 10 Tuesday is books that we are excited for that are coming out in the second half of this year.

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Once and For All by Sarah Dessen- I have had mixed experiences with Sarah’s books but this one really appeals to me. This book follows the daughter of a famous wedding planning and her cynical view on romance. I love anything to do with weddings and wedding planning so this book sounds perfect and I am really hoping that it won’t disappoint me. 6th June

A Line in the Dark

A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo- This is a mystery which has GLBT characters in. Jess’ best friend befriends a wealthy girl called Margot who has a lot of secrets that Jess knows her friend won’t be able to handle. This sounds really interesting and I love the creepy cover. 17th October

Because You Love To Hate Me

Because You Love To Hate Me- I am sure most people have heard about this book. It is a collection of short stories written by some fantastic YA authors in collaboration with some BookTubers. Each story follows a different villain from a fairy tale which I am excited for. 11th July

Dividing Eden

Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau- The next ruler of Eden has always been known and twins Carys and Andreus knew they would never rule. However, when the King and the Prince are killed the twins have to take part in the Trial of Succession which will test their relationship. This sounds like it is going to be an excellent start to a new fantasy series and I am in love with the cover. 6th June

 

Follow Me

Follow Me by Sara Shepard- This is the sequel to The Amateurs which I read last year and really enjoyed. Sara Shepard is good at writing mysteries that are full of suspense and keep you guessing. I can’t wait to see how the story is continued in this book. 7th November

Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng- This is set in an American suburb and sounds like it is going to be full of drama. I love these type of things where there is a small community with lots of secrets. I’ve heard good things about Celeste’s writing and I am really looking forward to checking this out. 12th September

Mirror Mirror

Mirror, Mirror by Cara Delevingne- Cara is a well-known model and actress and this will be her first novel. This is a coming of age story about a group of teenagers as they try to discover who they are. I am really interested in checking this out and I am hoping that it will be good. 5th October

Renegades

Renegades by Marissa Meyer- I love Marissa Meyer’s writing and the Lunar Chronicles is one of my favourite series so I am really looking forward to her latest novel. This is about a group of humans that have special abilities who restored a society but not everyone is happy with this. 7th November

 

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins- Stephanie Perkins is known for her contemporary novels and this is going to be a horror novel. It is being marketed as YA version of Scream. I really enjoyed the films so I am really interested to read this book. 26th September

Tower of Dawn

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas- This was originally just going to be a novella from Chaol’s POV but Sarah has turned it into a whole novel. This will be the sixth book in the Throne of Glass series. I am not caught up with the series yet but I am still really looking forward to this book. 5th September

Which books were on your list?

Kirsty xoxo

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Top 10 Tuesday: Summery Covers

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Today’s Top 10 Tuesday is a Summer Reads Freebie. I decided to share with you, my 10 favourite covers that remind me of summer.

The Moon and More

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen– This cover just screams summer to me. The blue sky and the grass really remind me of summer.

Pandemonium

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver– This is another cover with a blue sky and grass. This cover has a sun flare which makes it look even more like summer.

The Boy Most Likely To

The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick- The blue sky and sun flare on this cover feels very summery.

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A Thousand Salt Kisses Later by Josie Demuth– This cover has the beach on which makes me think of summer.

I'll Give You the Sun

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson– I picked this cover for its bright yellow cover. Yellow is a colour that I associate with summer and this cover also has an outline of the sun.

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Summer Days, Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkins- This is another cover with a sun outline on. The pale blue cover contrasts well with the yellow sun.

We Were Liars

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart– This cover features characters swimming in the ocean which makes me think of summer of holidays.

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants by Ann Brashares- The group of girls in the sun makes me think of spending time with friends in the sun.

The Good Girls

The Good Girls by Sara Shepard- The bright pink cover and the ice cream immediately make me think of summer.

Second Chance Summer

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson- This makes me think of people going to cabins at the lake for their summer holidays.

Kirsty xoxo

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Top Ten Tuesday: US Vs UK Covers #3

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Today’s Top 10 Tuesday is a cover theme freebie so I decided to do one of my US vs UK covers post.  The purpose of this post is to compare UK and US book covers and say which ones I prefer. I have done this post a couple of times in the past and it is always interesting to see the different covers that books have in different countries. As with all my other posts, the US covers are on the left-hand side and the UK ones are on the right.

Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory- UK- I prefer the blue on the UK cover and the overall layout is better than the US cover. I think that the UK cover stands out more as it’s design is a lot simpler than the US cover.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake- US- I prefer the US cover as it symbolises each sister whereas the UK covers are separate. The UK covers are not bad covers, in fact, I really like them I just don’t like that there are three different covers.

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee- UK- I really like the bold yellow that is used on the UK cover. I also like the skyline view that is used on the cover.

 

Traitor To The Throne by Alwyn Hamilton- UK- I really like the US cover but I chose the UK cover as it matches the first book of the series. Although this second book cover isn’t as nice as the first one.

Seven Days Of You by Cecilia Vinesse- US- I really like the city scene on the US cover and I also really like the font on this cover. I don’t really like the UK cover it looks a bit too  childish to me.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber- UK- When I saw the US cover for this book I really liked it but the UK cover looks a lot more impressive in person. The Uk covers also have an embossed gold picture under the dust jacket which is really pretty.

 

Freeks by Amanda Hocking- UK- I love the use of black, white and red on the UK cover. I think it works for the circus theme. On the US cover, I like the scene that is in the tent opening but I don’t like the rest of the cover.

Gilded Cafe by Vic James- US- I loved the gates on the US cover and the font that has been used. The UK cover is quite simple in comparison.

 

Summer Days and Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkins- US- I was really disappointed when I saw the UK cover for this book. I love the UK version of My True Love Gave To Me but the UK cover for this book is not as good. I love the pale blue cover but I am not a fan of the sun in the middle of it. I prefer the US cover although I own the UK one so that it would match the other book.

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella- US- I love the bright green on the US cover. I think that the UK cover looks too plain and doesn’t really stand out.

Kirsty xoxo

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Top 10 Tuesday Books I Loved Less Than I Thought I Would

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This week’s topic is books that we didn’t like as much as we thought we were going to. This doesn’t necessarily mean that we didn’t like them but they weren’t as good as we were expecting them to be.

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Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken- I really enjoyed Passenger and I was expecting a lot from the conclusion. However, I didn’t like this as much as I thought I was going to and I didn’t think that it was as good as Passenger.

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik- I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book so I was expecting to really like it. I really did not like this book, it took me ages to get into it and I seriously considered DNF’ing it.

When We Collided

When We Collided by Emery Lord– When this book came out so many people were raving about it. I was expecting this to be an amazing story that dealt with mental health and whilst it does deal with mental health it wasn’t as good as I was expecting. I felt that this book focused too much on the romance rather than mental health which is what I was expecting it to focus on.

Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein– This is another book that a lot of people really love but for me, it just wasn’t good as I was expecting. I found this book to be very difficult to get into and I didn’t like the first POV.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky– This is such a popular book but I really did not like it. I couldn’t get into this book and despite being quite short I really struggled to finish it.

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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver- I really enjoyed Lauren Oliver’s books and whilst this wasn’t bad it wasn’t as good as I was expecting. I found the plot to be really repetitive and slow.

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The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon– I enjoyed Everything Everything but I found that I didn’t enjoy this book as much. I really liked the plot but I wasn’t a fan of the romance. It felt unrealistic and I think it took away from the main issue of the book.

Landline

Landline by Rainbow RowellFangirl and Carry On are two of my favourite books so I was expecting to love this but I really did not like this. I really struggled to finish this and it is one of the few books that I have given one star to.

Glass Sword

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard– I really enjoyed Red Queen and I was expecting the sequel to be even better but it fell a bit flat for me. I found this book to be a lot slower and I found it very confusing as so many new characters were being introduced.

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The Girl on the Train by Paule Hawkins- So many people compare this to Gone Girl but I think that Gone Girl is so much better. This was much slower and it didn’t hook me like Gone Girl did.

What books did you put on your list?

Kirsty xoxo