ARC August


I have been thinking of doing this myself recently as I have a problem…. My name is Louise and I am a Netgalley addict! Yep that’s right I have no control and now inundated with books(I am not complaining). ARC August is hosted by Read sleep repeat click on the link to be directed to the page for more information.

I am going to try to read between 8-10 books this month – it’s quite ambitious but do-able. This challenge starts from the 1st August to 31st and the plan is just to read ARCS.

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

I have one physical book which I got from Bookbridgr which is:

After Alice

Netgalley ARCS:

The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor, #1)A Boy Made of BlocksBaby Doll

The Bone SparrowThe Square Root of SummerRighteous

The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia MossThe Light that Gets LostBoy 23


So there we are as you see some of them are pretty old! Let me know if you have read any of these or are participating in ARC august.

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Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday – 10 things books have made me want to learn more about.


Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

All you need to do is click on the link which is above – follow the weekly criteria and then link your weekly post back to the broke and the bookish…Easy!


This weeks topic is books that inspire you to learn more about. I am really excited to share with you some of the topics that have wanted to explore due to the books I have read. I am not sure if there will be 10 but here goes.

As always click on the covers to be directed to the Goodreads page.


This one was the first book that I thought about when I saw the title of this weeks TTT. One by Sarah Crossan is all about conjoined twins. I haven’t read a book about conjoined twins before and it was thought-provoking. It made me question a lot of things and also take a step back and look at the everyday simple things that I take for granted. I would love to know if anyone has any fiction or non-fiction suggestions.


Salt to the Sea

I was shocked that I had not heard of the biggest maritime disaster and that there isn’t much coverage of Wilhelm Gustloff. I feel I should have learnt this at school and it should be talked about just as much as the titanic. This definitely got me wanting to learn more about this disaster. If you haven’t read this book yet.,then you should as it’s a real eye-opener.

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

This is a non-fiction book from the perspective of Caitlin Doughty, she’s a mortician in America. You may think this is a bit morbid…. but I am always interested in what goes behind the scenes of places and once again this was such an interesting read but what I really want is a British perspective as we do things different over here supposedly.  It was definitely interesting in the cases that they received and how things are done.

Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf, #1)

Another World War 2 fiction novel –  you might start seeing a trend here. As I am getting older I am becoming more and more interested in History. I didn’t do History at school, instead I took Geography for some reason….I obviously thought history wasn’t important in my teenage years….. anyway I will stop rambling now. The point is I don’t know that much about WWII and when I heard about the  Jewish people being tested on, it instantly made me want to learn more.

The King's Curse (The Cousins' War, #6)

The Tudors fascinate me – I knew minimal about the Tudors but just love everything about that era.  To make myself more knowledgeable I actually read Tudors for dummies and It was actually really informative for a beginner like me.

A Thousand Splendid Suns

This book broke me! It was so amazing and had such strong female characters. That I really want to learn more about Afghanistan and the way women are treated there. This was another eye opener for me. I think I am pretty naive or it could be ignorant.

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

This another thought-provoking book on different levels. I obviously don’t want to give any spoilers away but it would be interesting to read a memoir/ non-fiction about being disabled and what choices the world can offer you.

We Awaken

This book I am currently reading at the moment and the main topic is asexuality – This is a first for me and I am struggling to get my head round it. Not because I don’t believe people are asexual and I don’t have anything against it.It’s just they have no sexual desires or attraction. So I am reading this book and for a normal heterosexual women who does have sexual desires…. it’s confusing for me. To me asexuality is just having a best friend for life…..I really need to read up on this to get my head round it.


The right to end your life or Euthanasia.

I have read a couple of books on this topic but didn’t want to add them for spoiler reasons. But I am really interested in the law against Euthanasia and what happens in Switzerland and the thoughts of people who want to end their lives…..sorry to end on this morbid topic


Ok,so I didn’t make it to 10 but 9 is pretty good. Let me know if any of these were in your top 10 and also if you have any recommendations please let me know as I am always looking for memoirs and non-fiction books.

Thanks for stopping by.


The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

I have seen this tag doing the rounds and wanted to do it. They are pretty simple questions about the books that I have read in the first half of 2016.

1.Best book you have read so far in 2016

Ready Player One

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – This book was just hands down amazing. I don’t usually pick up this genre but there was a lot of hype surrounding it and for good reason too. You don’t have to be a gamer to follow and understand this book. 5/5 stars Review here


2. Best sequel you’ve read in 2016.

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas – This is probably on everyone’s lists. I haven’t managed write my review yet. There was so much character development in this book and sexual tension. I can’t wait to read the next one. 5/5 stars


3. New release you haven’t read yet but you want to.

The Unexpected Everything

The unexpected everything by Morgan Matson – I have this book on my shelves I just need to read it!


4.Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)

Do I really need to say anything? I cannot wait, I have pre-ordered Chamber of secrets.

5. Biggest disappointment.

Night Film

Night Film by Marisha Pessl – This wasn’t bad, there is just too much hype surrounding this book and when I read it it was just meh! I have yet to write a review for this but I gave it 3/5 stars.

6 Biggest surprise.

The V Girl

The V Girl by Mya Robarts –  This is a dystopia novel set in America and follows Lila. Lila is looking to lose her virginity to someone she trusts rather than brute force. I was really surprised by this book. It had great character development and love interest. I would recommend. 4/5 stars Review here

7. Favourite new Author.

Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J Maas – I have read both books in the Court of Thorns and Roses series and really enjoyed them. Now I just need to read the throne of glass series.

8. Newest fictional crush

Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)

Nikolai (I think that’s how you spell it)…I wouldn’t say it’s a crush, but I definitely appreciate his character in the book. He is charming and I think…I hope (Fingers crossed) We see more of him in the last book.

9. Newest favourite Character

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

Rhysand! He is such a great character all round. He is a great leader and male protagonist…. I think he would be my other answer for question 8.

10. Book that made you cry.

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – This was so sad – even I cried and I have a heart of stone! This was another fantastic read and loved everything about it. 5/5 stars Review here


11. Book that made you happy.

Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery

Rat Queens Volume 1 Sass and Sorcery –  I loved the wit and sarcasm in this graphic novel it had me laughing a lot.

12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year (or received)

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1)


13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year.

At the start of the year, I asked 12 bloggers to recommend me books that they thought I should read. Book Blogger recommends 2016

This I what I still have to read;


The Thief (The Queen's Thief, #1)The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5)

14.Favourite Book community member

All of you book bloggers,I can’t just choose one. You all have such amazing blogs and qualities.

Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday – books I recently added to my wishlist/TBR

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey – and is  now hosted by Sam@thoughtsontomes you can click on this link to find out how to join.

First off I know it’s Thursday and this is late but I have been busy. Anyway this weeks topic is my last 5 books added to my TBR pile. I love these Meme’s because I get to see what you all want to read and probably get some more ideas of books I want to read.

Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy, #1)

The Thief (The Queen's Thief, #1)

Big Little Lies

Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon

Giant Days, Vol. 1

And I Darken (Conqueror's Saga, #1)

After Alice

Ok so I went a bit over the 5 but these are the books that I have added to my TBR recently. Have you read any of these? or recently added them to your TBR…let me know.