This week’s topic is books without romance. This is quite difficult as a lot of books have a romance element to them. The books that I have selected either don’t have any romance at all or the romance element is minimal. If you want to check out the Goodreads group then the link is here.
Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys- This book is set in WW2 and focuses on the events that took place during the Soviets rule. This is an area of WW2 that I knew very little about so it was interesting to read about other events that took place during the war that don’t get talked about as much as other events. I love Ruta’s writing as she makes the characters and situations feel very real and whilst this is a work of fiction it feels very believable.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak– This is another WW2 that absolutely loved. This book is really interesting as it is narrated by Death. I thought that this was a really powerful read with some really heartbreaking moments.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness– Conor’s mum has cancer and a monster comes to visit him to help him come to terms with his mum’s illness. This is another really powerful read although the plot is predictable the way this story is told is really unique. If you do read this I would highly recommend the illustrated edition.
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – This is the first book in a fantasy trilogy. Kelsea has to take the throne after her mum’s death. I think the world in this series is really interesting as it is set in the future but the world has medieval qualities to it. If you are a fan of fantasy then I would suggest checking this trilogy out.
The Giver by Lois Lowry- I find the world in this book really interesting. Everything is controlled and people get assigned their roles. This is definitely the best book in the series but the other ones are good too.
What books are on your lists?
This week’s topic is about hate to love relationships. This seems to be quite a common trope where two characters start off by hating each other but then grow to love one another. If you want to check out the Goodreads group then the link is here.
Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen- This is probably one of the original hate to love relationships. At first, these two characters really do not like one another but as time goes on they get to know one another and begin to fall in love.
Feyre and Rhys from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas- In the first book Rhys is portrayed as a villain but we get to see a different side to him in the second book. Feyre doesn’t like Rhys at first but she makes a deal with which means she has to spend time at his court. She does not want to be in his court but the more time that they spend together the closer they get.
Penryn and Raffe from Angelfall by Susan Ee- These two start off as enemies. Raffe is an angel and they have taken over the world. Angels are portrayed as bad guys in this world and Penryn is human. Whilst the romance isn’t a huge part of the plot there is a bit of a romance between these two characters and I loved it.
Louisa Clark and Will Traynor from Me Before You by Jojo Moyes- When Louisa starts a new job as Will’s carer neither are too happy about the situation. As they spend more time together they grow to love one another. Although this romance doesn’t have a happy ending I still enjoyed seeing it develop.
Yelena and Valek from Poison Study by Maria V Snyder- There was so much sexual tension between these two characters at the start despite them hating one another. Yelena is due to be executed and Valek offers her the job of food taster which involves her tasting foods for poison. I loved these two together and I was disappointed that we got to see them together as much in the later books.
Which couples did you pick?
This week’s topic is all about summer. These are 5 books that I would suggest reading over the summer and they remind me of summer. If you want to check out the Goodreads group then the link is here.
Summer Days, Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkins- This is a collection of short stories all set during the summer. There were some stories in here that I did not like but overall it is a good collection and definitely a must read for the summer.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins– This trilogy, in my opinion, is the best to read during the summer. Each book follows a different character and is set in a different city. This book allows you to travel without actually leaving your house.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – I selected this book because the cover reminds of summer and I also read this during the summer time so when I think of this book I instantly think of summer.
A Thousand Salt Kisses by Josie Demuth– If a book set near the sea and about mermaids doesn’t scream summer to you I don’t know what will. This is a really fun read and it is full of romance.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – I think that this is an excellent book to read during the summer especially towards the end of the summer as it follows Cath as she is starting college. Again I read this whilst I was on holiday in Cornwall in 2015 so I always associate this book with summer.
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This week’s topic is authors that we want to read more from. This is authors that we have read a couple of books from and really want to see more from them. If you want to check out the Goodreads group then the link is here.
Jodi Picoult- I really enjoyed My Sister’s Keeper I thought that it was really well written and I am looking forward to reading more from the author. I own quite a few of her books but the one I am most looking forward to is The Storyteller.
Kelley Armstrong- I have read quite a few of Kelley’s books but she has so many that I thought I would include her on this list as I have barely made a dent on her books. I would really like to finish the Women of the Otherworld series, the Darkest Powers trilogy and the Cainsville series. There are also a number of series and standalones that I would love to get to.
Maria V. Snyder- I read the Study trilogy last year which is part of the Chronicles of Ixia series which I would really like to finish. I also want to check out the Healer trilogy.
Amanda Prowse- I only recently read The Idea of You but I really enjoyed it. I thought that Amanda dealt with a difficult topic really well. Amanda has loads of books out and I can’t wait to check them out.
Jojo Moyes- I read Me Before You and After You and I really enjoyed them. I would love to read more from Jojo Moyes. I have her collection of short stories (Paris For One and Other stories), Sheltering Rain and The Ship of Brides and I am looking forward to checking them out.
What authors made it to your list?
This week we’re sharing books that will help you get out of a reading slump. When I’m in a reading slump I want to read fun books that are quick and easy to read. If you want to check out the Goodreads group then the link is here.
Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella- I really enjoy Sophie Kinsella’s books. They are so much fun to read and they always make me smile. I would suggest any of her books but I find that this series is so funny because Becky is such a hilarious character.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins– This series is such a fun and cute series to read. The books are very light hearted and they are perfect for reading when you are in a slump.
Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll- A classic may seem like a strange choice but this is another fun book that is really quick to read. I love the world that Carroll has created it is a world where nothing makes sense and I think that is part of its charm.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell– Despite being over 500 pages I would still recommend this for getting out of a slump. I love the characters in this book and it is very fun. Many people would pick Harry Potter and this is a similar sort of thing.
The Selection by Kiera Cass– Even though this is a dystopian it is more focused on the romance elements and it isn’t a complicated read. I love reading about Maxon and America and this is perfect for getting out of a slump.
What books did you put on your list?
This week we are sharing our Top 5 favourite underrated books. There are a lot of books that are always talked about but this week I want to share with you some books that you may not have heard about. If you want to check out the Goodreads group then the link is here.
The Witch’s Kiss by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr
This book follows a teenager who discovers that she is a witch and it is her destiny to destroy the King of Hearts. I found this story to be really gripping and I was hooked right from the start. I really enjoyed learning about the curse and I liked how we got to see the past. The sequel comes out on the 2nd February and I can tell you that it is just as good as the first one.
A Thousand Salt Kisses by Josie Demuth
If you are a fan of mermaids and romance then this is the book for you. I really like reading about mermaids but I haven’t found that many books about them so when I saw this one I was really excited. This is such a fun read about a summer romance between a human and a mermaid.
The Sound of Us by Julie Hammerle
This is a perfect summery read. It is set at a music camp which has very strict rules. I love this type of setting as summer camps aren’t really a thing in the UK so it’s always fun to read about something a bit different. There was also a really cute romance in this book.
The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse
I love retellings and I thought that this was an excellent Peter Pan retelling. I thought that the author captured the essence of Peter Pan’s character whilst putting her own twist on the story. I loved her descriptions of Neverland and her writing was really enjoyable as it had a poetic feel to it. I am really excited for the sequel that comes out this year.
Eliza Rose by Lucy Worsley
I am a huge fan of historical fiction particularly when it is set during the Tudor period. This story follows Eliza who is a maid to Anne of Cleves and we get to see the rise of Katharine Howard. Lucy Worsley is the Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces so she is really passionate about history and that shows in her writing. This was her first step into fiction and I really enjoyed it and I am looking forward to her next book which is about Queen Victoria.
Which books did you pick for your list?
Read 100 books
My overall reading goal for 2017 is to read 100 books. I read 147 books in 2016 so I did consider increasing my goal to 150 for 2017 but, I am in my last year at university so I am not sure how much reading I will get done so I decided to stick to 100 books. Hopefully, I will be able to achieve this despite having a busy year ahead.
Read more different genres
As you can see from my 2016 Stats post I read a lot of fantasy and contemporary and I would really like to read more from different genres this year. I love historical fiction but I find myself hardly ever reaching for it so in 2017 I would really like to read more. I also really want to read more classics as I always enjoy reading them. I don’t reach for them often as they tend to take me longer to read but I want to try and read at least one a month.
Read more male authors
I read a lot of female authors and whilst there is nothing wrong with that I would really like to read more from male authors. I know that there are a lot of great male authors out there that I am yet to read and I would really like to get to in 2017.
Read books that have been on my TBR since 2014
My TBR on Goodreads is huge and I would really like to reduce it. I want to read all of the books that have been on there since 2014. If by the end of the year they are still on there then I will remove them as I clearly am not going to get round to reading them.
Post more on Instagram
Lastly, I want to post more book-related pictures on my Instagram. I really enjoy using Instagram but I need to start using it more. I aim to post at least one picture a week.
What goals have you got for 2017?