Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday – books with instalove!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!! You guessed it this week is all about LOVE! Now we all know that annoying trope…. INSTALOVE!! God it has me rolling my eyes and cringing but we still see it in books even though it’s annoying. Here are 4 books that I have read with a case of instalove.

Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow, #1)

Ok, so I didn’t particularly like this book for multiple reasons but one thing that got on my nerves was snow basically swooning and falling for every boy her age *gags*. If you have read this I am sure you know what I mean, this is one of the worst cases of instalove that I have read.

The Sun Is Also a Star

I loved this book among thousands of other readers but you can’t deny that this is not instalove, It’s set over a 24 hour period if that’s not instant I don’t know what is. The great thing about this book though is that Yoon,s writing makes it so natural that you just accept it.

When We Collided

I wasn’t a massive fan of this book either but it made me cringe when Vivi said she had to Jonah as soon as she laid eyes on him…URGH! I didn’t really like Vivi as a character.

Everything, Everything

I am sorry to say that both her books have instalove in them, this is not quite so bad but there is a bit from what I remember.

Well I have only read 4 cases of instalove and that’s enough for me, what did you think about the romance in these books and sorry to the Nicola Yoon fans (I am one too).

Thanks for reading

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Awards

Mystery Blogger Award

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Thank you to the two amazing ladies @Graphicnovelty2 for nominating me and my blog for this award. If you haven’t done so already, check out their blog as they have great post and reviews on comics.

Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion. This award was created by Okoto Enigma

RULES

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)

 

Three things about me:

  1. I have a Lion head Rabbit called Sir Nibblelot and I love him way more than I should (he is my fur baby)
  2. I don’t watch any TV apart from Game of Thrones and sometimes quiz shows.
  3. I am an old person in a young persons body

 

Five questions from the nominee:

1)  Who would play you in the movie of your life?

Keira Knightley

Kiera Knightley as she is beautiful and british, and I think she would play me well. This is actually a hard question when you have to think about it.

2) Where would you go if you had a two-week, all expense-paid vacation to anywhere in the world?

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Canada! I have wanted to visit for a long time now and would definitely be a trip of a lifetime for me. The landscapes and the views would just be incredible and I want to experience Poutine! Yes I pretty much think about food – but chips, cheese and gravy sounds awesome.

3) What do you love on your pizza? What do you absolutely LOATHE on your pizza?

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I do love a Dominoes and the topping of choice has to be Meat Feast! Sausage, pepperoni, ham and meatballs….it’s just happiness in your mouth – Sorry if the picture makes you hungry. Oh the worst topping would have to be anything fishy urgh! It shouldn’t be allowed!

4) What would your dream job be if money wasn’t an issue?

I would love to be a doctor! But it’s not just the money issue I would need to get a whole new brain too or train for like 20 years or I would like to get paid to read books ha ha who wouldn’t?

5) Who is the person who has shaped your life significantly?

Wow this is deep! My Grandma…RIP Grandma. She was a wonderful lady and was also a nurse, she was like a second mother and I actually moved in and lived with her for a few years. But she taught me never to give up and just keep trying. Plus she had a fantastic and wicked sense of humour (that’s where I get mine from ;))

My Nominees for the Mystery Blogger Award:

I am only going to nominate a few as 10-20 is overkill.

Krysti@yaandwine

Callum McLaughlin

Chris@fiveminutemoviereviews

Nova@Galaxylocks

Jessica@novelcravings

My questions to nominees:

  1. What was the last film you watched?
  2. What is your favourite series? eg, Game of Thrones, Dexter, Gilmore Girls?
  3. What food do you absolutely detest?
  4. If you could be famous, what would you be famous for?
  5. Something or someone you miss most from your childhood?

 

Thanks for reading

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Milestone

200 Followers!!!

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This is going to be short and sweet but I would like to thank all you lovely people for following my blog. I never thought that people would be interested in what I wrote, but I love it when you guys comment and love the same books. I also love all the posts that you guys create and finding out about new books.

As I have got to another milestone I was wondering if you would like me to do a Q and A post. If you do please ask away in the comments below and I will do a post answering them next week. The questions don’t have to be book related they can be about anything you want.So please ask away.

Anyways, thank you so much, it means a lot to me.

Thanks for reading

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TBR

February TBR

Now I am not going to make a massive TBR this month as well it’s the shortest month of the year and I am going to visit my parents during the month…as it’s my Birthday month. I had a really good reading month in January and hope to continue as I am two books ahead on my Goodreads goal.

Currently reading:

Aspect of Winter

I started reading this in January and only 25% of the way through it, I am just not sure about it at the moment. This is my first book for #beatthebacklist.

It’s hard enough being gay in high school, but Fay must also deal with hiding his magical ability—powers he barely understands and cannot possibly reveal. His best friend Sam is his only confidante, and even with her help, Fay’s life is barely tolerable.

Everything changes when Janus University, a college for individuals with magical capabilities, discovers the pair. When the university sends a student to test them, Fay and Sam, along with their classmate Tyler, are catapulted headfirst into a world of unimaginable danger and magic. Fay and Tyler begin to see each other as more than friends while they prepare for the Trials, the university’s deadly acceptance process. For the first time, the three friends experience firsthand how wonderful and terrible a world with magic can be, especially when the source of Fay’s power turns out to be far deadlier than anyone imagined.

Kids of Appetite

I only on page 47 of this book that I received from Bookbridgr and the publisher.I am not sure about it yet. But the formats it uses and the writing style is quick to read.

The bestselling author of Mosquitoland brings us another batch of unforgettable characters in this tragicomedy about first love and devastating loss.

Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell.
It begins with the death of Vic’s father.
It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle.
The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it.
But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between.

This is a story about:

1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey.
2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter.
3. One dormant submarine.
4. Two songs about flowers.
5. Being cool in the traditional sense.
6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards.
7. Simultaneous extreme opposites.
8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country.
9. A story collector.
10. How to listen to someone who does not talk.
11. Falling in love with a painting.
12. Falling in love with a song.
13. Falling in love.

 

Other books I plan on reading:

The Keeper of Lost Things

A charming, clever, and quietly moving debut novel of of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that explores the promises we make and break, losing and finding ourselves, the objects that hold magic and meaning for our lives, and the surprising connections that bind us.

Lime green plastic flower-shaped hair bobbles—Found, on the playing field, Derrywood Park, 2nd September.

Bone china cup and saucer—

Found, on a bench in Riveria Public Gardens, 31st October.Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago, he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects—the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidently left behind—and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life’s mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost.

Recovering from a bad divorce, Laura, in some ways, is one of Anthony’s lost things. But when the lonely woman moves into his mansion, her life begins to change. She finds a new friend in the neighbor’s quirky daughter, Sunshine, and a welcome distraction in Freddy, the rugged gardener. As the dark cloud engulfing her lifts, Laura, accompanied by her new companions, sets out to realize Anthony’s last wish: reuniting his cherished lost objects with their owners.

Long ago, Eunice found a trinket on the London pavement and kept it through the years. Now, with her own end drawing near, she has lost something precious—a tragic twist of fate that forces her to break a promise she once made.

As the Keeper of Lost Objects, Laura holds the key to Anthony and Eunice’s redemption. But can she unlock the past and make the connections that will lay their spirits to rest?

Full of character, wit, and wisdom, The Keeper of Lost Things is heartwarming tale that will enchant fans of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Garden Spells, Mrs Queen Takes the Train, and The Silver Linings Playbook.

Our Chemical Hearts

John Green meets Rainbow Rowell in this irresistible story of first love, broken hearts, and the golden seams that put them back together again.

Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love that he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he’s been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything’s about to change.

Grace isn’t who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys’ clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It’s obvious there’s something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn’t your average story of boy meets girl. Krystal Sutherland’s brilliant debut is equal parts wit and heartbreak, a potent reminder of the bittersweet bliss that is first love.

We Come Apart

From two acclaimed authors comes an emotional story told in verse about friendship, love, and overcoming unbeatable odds.

Authors Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan have joined forces to tell the story of Nicu and Jess, two troubled teens whose paths cross in the unlikeliest of places.

Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess’s home life is overshadowed by violence. When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship grows into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and hopeful futures. But will they be able to save each other, let alone themselves?
For fans of Una LaMarche’s Like No Other, this illuminating story told in dual points of view through vibrant verse will stay with readers long after they’ve turned the last page.

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)

Hopefully I will manage to read all these this month, I can’t make any promises though. What are you reading in February? Any of the same books as me?

Thanks for reading

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wrap up

January Wrap up

I read 7 books in the month of January and I am really happy as this has been my biggest reading month in the last 6 months. I read some great books, quite a lot of new releases and I stuck to my TBR!

As normal click on the covers to be forwarded to the Goodreads page.

What I read:

Relativity

This was the first book that I read, I enjoyed this, it was something different to read and I participated in the blog tour. I rated it 3 out of 5 stars. My review here

Good Me, Bad Me

I then fancied reading a mystery/thriller novel. This has got a lot of rave reviews but I felt it had some flaws,it could have been darker and the author played it safe. I still did enjoy this and I rated it 3.5 out of 5 stars.My review here

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

This is Sara Barnard’s second novel and was even better than the first. She has amazing writing and the portrayal of mental health was spot on. If you have not read this yet,then you need to go out and buy it. I rated this 4.5 out of 5 stars. My review here

The Girl Before

Another mystery/thriller read and I enjoyed this, I like the alternating POV’s and the plot twist. I rated this 4 out of 5 stars. Review to come.

Burned and Broken

I read and reviewed this for a blog tour that I participated in. This book was ok,pretty meh to be honest. I rated this 2 out of 5 stars.My review here

Caraval (Caraval, #1)

I loved this book, for me this is better than the night circus. I can’t believe this is a debut novel and I need the next book already.I rated this 4.75 out of 5 stars. My review here

The Wonder

I had heard hit and miss reviews about this book, the prose that Donoghue uses are beautiful. However this book is very slow in pace and I can see why it wouldn’t be to everyones liking. I rated this 3 out of 5 stars. Review to come

 

Other posts:

2016 End of year Survey

January TBR

December wrap up

Top 10 Tuesday – 2016 releases I meant to read but didn’t get to

Top 10 Tuesday – Series I want to read in 2017

January book haul

 

So how did January go for you? How many books did you read? Did you stick to your TBR?

Thanks for reading

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