Top 10 Tuesdays

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.

Caraval Read

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

Review

Every Day by David Levithan Review

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Every Day by David Levithan 

Plot Outline 

A always wakes up in a new body every single day. A tries not to interfere in the person’s life and A never knows whose body they will wake up in. Things change when A wakes up in Justin’s body and meets his girlfriend Rhiannon.

My Opinion 

I liked the overall concept behind this book, however, this book did not impress me as much as I was hoping it would. The story got quite repetitive although I did appreciate that the author tried to show us a range of different characters and show us the different lives that they live. I really didn’t like the romance which is probably why I did not enjoy this book as the romance is a big part of the plot. Overall I was very underwhelmed with this book and I do not plan to read the sequel.

3 Stars

Kirsty xoxo

New Releases

June Releases

I really need to get back into blogging as I haven’t posted in a while. I know June is nearly over but I still want to share with you the books that I am interested in reading that came out this month.

Dividing Eden

Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau- This book follows two royals who were never meant to be on the throne but when the current king and heir are assassinated one of them must take on the responsibility of the crown. They have to take part in a trial in order to determine who will get the throne. This sounds like it is going to be a really interesting start to a series.

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Once and For All by Sarah Dessen- This is going to be a light-hearted contemporary novel that follows the daughter of a wedding planner. I have had mixed experiences with Sarah’s books but this book sounds perfect for me.

The Circus

The Circus by Oliva Levez- I really enjoy books that take place at a circus. This story follows a girl that runs away to join the circus. I am hoping that this book will be really good as I love circus books.

The Lying Game

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware- I am still yet to read Ruth’s other books but this one really interests me. The story follows four women who were school friends and are reunited after a terrible event. They used to play a game called ‘The Lying Game’ and this may be linked to the terrible discovery on the beach. I like the sound of this book although the game does sounds very similar to Sara Shepard’s book with the same title. I am interested in checking this one out as it sounds like it is going to be very gripping.

What books do you want to check out that have been released this month?

Kirsty xoxo

Favourites

Top 5 Books I Read In Spring

Firstly I want to apologise for not posting in quite a while but I have been quite busy and haven’t had time to sit down and write a post. As today marks the official start of the summer I thought I would share with you the top 5 books that I read in the spring which is from March- May. During that time I read a total of 28 books; four 5 stars, ten 4 stars, nine 3 stars, four 2 stars and one 1 star. One of the 5-star books was a reread so I have decided not to include it in this post as I have previously mentioned it but that was also a favourite. The book in question was A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas.

Caraval Read

Caraval by Stephanie Garber- It feels like such a long time ago when I read this book. I was lucky enough to attend a book signing and got to hear Stephanie talk about her book which was really interesting. I found the book to be really fast paced and the world of Caraval was really intriguing. It was very mysterious and you couldn’t trust anything. There were a lot of twists towards the end and I am really looking forward to the next book.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor- This book has angel and demon mythology in it although Laini has put her own unique twist on it. I really enjoyed this book and I liked Laini’s world building and characters.

A Court of Mist and Fury

A Court of Mist and Fury bu Sarah J Maas- I thought that this was a fantastic sequel. In the first book, I wasn’t too keen on Rhys but we got to see his character develop in this book and I grew to like him. The ending was very shocking and I am really looking forward to reading the next book.

Ready Player One

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline- This book is very different from the books that I usually enjoy. This book takes place in a virtual reality which was really interesting to read about. The book was really fast paced and a really enjoyable read despite not being a gamer.

Peter Pan

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie- I found this to be a really enjoyable read. The book is far more sinister than the Disney film. It was interesting to see the lines of make-believe and reality get blurred. Reading this made me view Peter Pan and Tinkerbell in a completely different way.

Kirsty xoxo

TBR

June TBR

Today I am sharing with you my TBR for June. I only have five books planned for this month and the rest I will decide on as I go along.

The Thousandth Floor UK

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee- I had this on my May TBR but I didn’t get around to it. I am really hoping that I will be able to read this one as I think that I will really enjoy it. The second book comes out in September so I want to read the first one before then so I can decide whether I will be continuing with the series.

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson- I am really in the mood for a summer contemporary. This one is about a road trip and I think that this book will suit the mood that I am in.

The Beautiful and Damned

The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald- The Great Gatsby is one of my favourite books and I want to read more of Fitzgerald’s work. I tried to read this a couple of years ago but I couldn’t get into it so I really want to try and finish it this month.

The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt- I don’t know much about this apart from that a couple of years ago everyone was talking about it. This is a big book and I think it might take me awhile to read but I really want to see what all the hype is about.

Where Rainbows End

Where Rainbows End/Love Rosie by Cecelia Ahern- I have only read one book by Cecelia Ahern (Flawed) and I want to check out more from her. This book was turned into a film called Love Rosie which stars Lily Collins and Sam Claflin. I haven’t seen the film but it is something that I want to watch so I thought I would read the book first.

What books are on your TBR this month?

Kirsty xoxo

Review

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver Review

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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Plot Outline 

Samantha dies in a terrible accident but she wakes up to the same day over and over again. She realises that by making small changes to that day she can change some of the events that happened.

My Opinion 

It took me quite awhile to get into this book because at first, it was a bit confusing. The story did get quite repetitive as Sam was reliving the same day so we got to see the same events over and over again which did get a little boring. I think the book does show how important it is to be nice to people. The ending felt very abrupt. It was a bit unexpected but I am not really sure how else the author could have ended the book. Something that I have noticed with other Lauren Oliver books is that the endings often feel very abrupt and rushed and this book was no different. I felt that this was quite good for a debut novel but overall it was just an ok book for me. I am looking forward to the upcoming film as I think that this book will translate well into a film. You can check out my trailer reaction here.

 

 

3 Stars

Kirsty xoxo

Wrap Up

May Wrap Up

Today I am sharing with you all of the books that I read in the month of May. I had a really good month and read a total of 12 books. This is made up of two 5 stars, two 4 stars, four 3 stars, three 2 stars and one 1 star. I had a really mixed month reading a range of books that I enjoyed and some that I didn’t enjoy.

A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas– I decided to reread this book before reading the second one. I loved this book the second time round and I am really glad that I decided to reread it as I had forgotten a lot of what happened. I found this book to be really addicting and fast paced so I just flew through it.

Oliver Twist Read

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens- This was the classic that I decided to read this month. I really enjoyed reading this. I knew the basic plot of this book but I am glad that I finally read it. I found the characters to be really interesting and although at first, the pacing is a little slow I soon got into it.

Juliet Naked

Juliet Naked by Nick Hornby- I really did not enjoy this story. I felt that not a lot happened for the majority of the book and it moved very slowly. The characters felt very dull and not very memorable.

Ruthless

Ruthless by Sara Shepard- It is my goal to finish this series by the end of this year. I am finding that has these books progress they get even more far fetched and not as enjoyable as the earlier books.

A Court of Mist and Fury

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas- I really enjoyed this book and I thought that it was an excellent continuation of the story. We get to see a lot more of Rhys in this book and I grew to like him a lot more in this book. The ending was very shocking and I can’t wait to see how the story continues in the next book.

Maestra

Maestra by L.S. Hilton- I thought that this book was a thriller and it kind of is but it is more of an erotica novel. There is a lot of graphic sex in this book and very little in the way of plot.

King's Cage

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard- I was nervous going into this book as I didn’t enjoy Glass Sword but this was much better. We get Evangeline’s POV in this book which I found really interesting and I enjoyed seeing her character developed.

Hunted

Hunted by P.C. and Kristin Cast- This book was ok but I felt that not a lot happened. This book focused more on Zoey’s boy troubles rather than the actual story.

Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher- This was a difficult book to rate as I read it really quickly but I felt that it wasn’t as good as the hype. I didn’t like that the characters didn’t really face any consequences to their actions apart from the feeling of guilt. Some of what happened was really serious and I felt that the characters should have received more of a punishment.

The Virgin Suicides

The Virgin Suicides by Jefferey Eugenides- I really did not enjoy this book. I felt that this book moved very slowly and not a lot happened. I didn’t really like the narration as I felt that I didn’t connect with any of the characters.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown Read

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black- This book was a massive struggle to finish. It is a vampire novel but I felt that it lacked any of the excitement that usually goes with this sort of novel. I really did struggle to finish this and I even considered DNFing it.

Paris For One and Other Stories Read

Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes- This was an ok collection of short stories. Some of them were really enjoyable but some of them I really didn’t enjoy. Overall it was just an ok collection and I felt that some of the stories were very unnecessary.

Overall I had a really mixed reading month, I read some really good books but I also read quite a few that I really didn’t enjoy.

What did you read this month?

Kirsty xoxo