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December/Christmas Book Haul

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Well Christmas has come and gone and I hope all of you had a fantastic time with family and friends. I unfortunately was ill but I still managed to enjoy the day and get thoroughly spoilt. This months haul is a collection of what I accumulated throughout the month and what I received for Christmas.

If you want to know more about any of these books just click on the covers to be directed to the Goodreads page.

What I bought myself:

Ketchup Clouds 13 Minutes

The Woman in Cabin 10Armada

Fool's Assassin (The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy, #1)The Woman in Black

Books from Publishers:

Relativity

I received this from Corsair as part of a Blog Tour that is going to be happening Mid January, so look out for that. I am currently reading this and enjoying it so far.

Books/Things I received:

Harry Potter Albus Dumbledore Pop Vinyl Figure

I got my first POP vinyl figure and I love him so much, I just need to find somewhere to put him.

I got this amazing book of literary list book, so now I can just look in this book for my Top 10 Tuesdays or Top 5 Wednesdays. This also has some amazing paintings/pictures for each list for example ‘Fictional Characters I would not get along with’ there is a picture of Madame Bovary. I cannot wait to get writing in this book and making my lists.

This a review log book, which has enough room to review 100 books which is enough for me for a year and It has everything I need. Sometimes I like to write things down on paper first.

The Victoria Letters: The official companion to the ITV Victoria series The Rose Society (The Young Elites, #2)

The Diabolic A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2)

A Little Life Golden Boy

Between Shades of Gray With Malice

Holding Up the Universe Girl in Pieces

A Madness So Discreet Soundless

So as you can see the girl has done well. I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Thanks for reading

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My Top Reads of 2016

So the end of 2016 is nearing and I have managed to read 82 books this year. I had:

 17🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

27 🌟🌟🌟🌟

25 🌟🌟🌟

9 🌟🌟

4 DNF

So not a bad year reading wise. Some of these books were released in 2016 but the majority of them were released before. This is my top books this year.

This was my latest 5 star read and was a 2016 release. This book was magnificent and highly recommend it. I loved the writing style, the alternating POV’s and the back stories of the minor characters.Nicola Yoon manages to make make insta-love not insta-love.

I loved Ms Marvel. This is probably the best comic that I have read. The characters were so fleshed out, it didn’t jump back and forth or get confusing like other comics. The art style was amazing. This is a great starter comic for people looking to try them out for the first time. In my eyes this did no wrong and need to get my hands on volume 2.

I can imagine that this is going to be on a lot of people lists but for good reason. Sarah J Maas has a great imagination and likes to put a lot of twists and turns into her books which leave you wanting more. Plus the intense relationships in these books has you hooked. She was a new to me author this year and I have thoroughly enjoyed them. This book is bordering on new adult so would suggest for older teens and above.

This was a 4-4.5 🌟🌟🌟🌟 for me but it has really made a lasting impression and I  think about it a lot. This is a new adult Dystopian and really good.

Oh God this book! It made me laugh and it made me cry…it was bloody fantastic. I loved the family dynamics, the banter and that it felt very British. Obviously it covers a very serious topic of paraplegia and rights/welfare. All round amazing.

I wasn’t sure about this book at first. I put it off as I didn’t think it would be something I would like… I was totally wrong. This was awesome. Alternative history,a motorcycle race and a badass female protagonist is what made this book brilliant. I read Iron for Iron this year which is a novella following Luka Lowe and what happened between him and Adele. I will be reading Blood for Blood in 2017.

This has to be my favourite of the year. Another book I wasn’t too sure if I was going to like or not. There are references to 80’s pop, tv and gaming culture that leaves you nostalgic. Great world building and great characters. Looking forward to the movie adaptation.

This was another 2016 release and a new to me author aswell. I can’t believe that this book is based on the biggest maritime disaster  and I had not heard of it before. I really appreciated the different nationalities and that the 4 main characters had very different circumstances.

I was recommended this book and loved it. I loved that it had alternating POV’s but they were from different times. I actually hugged this book after finishing and wanted to read all over again.

  Another comic to go on the list. I loved all the women, they were sassy with incredible sense of humour, they were different race,sexual it and all different shapes. Definitely worth the read.

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My Dream Book Panel

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Today I am going to be sharing with you my dream panel of authors that I would personally like to meet. Eventbrite is the largest self-service ticketing platform in the world that helps people create and find events. You can create any sort of events from charity fundraisers to author conference panels using their conference planning software.  All you have to do is create,promote and host. To find out more about their services just click on the link.

Now I haven’t met any authors… which is very sad I know (cue the violins) but this has really got me thinking if I was to create an event who would I pick? Where would it be? What would I want to discuss? This hasn’t been an easy decision.

The genre of my panel would have to be YA Contemporary, mainly because this is the books I tend to reach for and most of the time they make me so happy. YA contemporary novels are for teens and over, you can read them however old you are but they mostly deal with teenagers and focus on specific challenges in that stage of your life or they can be referred to as coming of age. The topics mostly involve family,friendships, race,diversity etc etc.

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Southampton Guildhall is where panel would be held, all bookish events seem to either London or up north so this is for all the Southern readers. This has a big room enough space for a panel and hordes of bookworms.

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Sarah Crossan:

I would love to meet her. She is the only author that I have read from that writes in verse. I have read ‘One’ and ‘The Weight of Water’ and thoroughly enjoyed them. The topics in these books are so thought-provoking.

Questions:

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

How much research did you conduct?

Books by Sarah Crossan:

One The Weight of Water Apple and RainBreathe (Breathe, #1) Resist (Breathe, #2)

Unpublished:

We Come Apart

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell

If I am to be holding a YA contemporary panel then Rainbow has definitely got to be there without a doubt. I have read ‘Fangirl’ and ‘Eleanor and Park’ and loved both of these books.I don’t know if I would be able to ask any questions as I would probably be a bit star struck.

 

What is the best thing about being an author?

What are you currently working on?

 

Books By Rainbow Rowell:

Eleanor & Park Fangirl Landline Carry On Kindred Spirits

Nicola Yoon

 

Nicola Yoon

Yoon is becoming one of my favourite contemporary authors, her two books ‘Everything Everything’ and ‘The sun is also a Star’ are two of my favourite contemporary reads. I loved the diversity and the writing style and the fact she made insta-love not be insta-love is mind blowing. I feel very satisfied after reading her books.

Questions: What is you writing schedule? where do you write?

Books by Nicola Yoon:

Everything, Everything The Sun Is Also a Star

Jandy Nelson

Jandy Nelson

I have only read one book by this author but it was so good that I would love to meet her. I read ‘I’ll give you the sun’ and absolutely loved it. The way she managed to intertwine stories from past and present was pretty impressive.

Questions:

Do you have a favourite author/s? What’s your favourite book? What advise would you give for aspiring authors?

Books by Jandy Nelson:

I'll Give You the Sun The Sky Is Everywhere

Not yet published.

(No cover)Fall Boys and Dizzy in Paradise – 2017

Sara  Barnard

Sara Barnard

Sara is a UK YA author and her debut novel ‘Beautiful Broken Things’ was really good and an honest portrayal of teenage friendships. She also has a new book which is being released on 12th January which I am very excited about.

Questions:

How did you get interested in writing contemporary?Would you try writing another genre? What are you reading at the moment?

Books by Sara Barnard:

Beautiful Broken Things

Not yet published:

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

So my dream panel only consists on 5 but more authors would be more than welcome to come along. But these 5 would be my ultimate picks and there would probably be loads more questions involved.

Who would you have in your dream panel? Would you have a specific genre or loads?

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday -Top Ten Books I am Looking Forward To For The First Half Of 2017

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 week I am sharing 10 of the books that I am most excited about, these are all to be released in the first half of 2017. 2017! how scary, this year has flown by and it’s going to all start again and the most exciting thing is new books! There are some books that are part of a series and some standalones that I am highly anticipating. Anyway I will stop blathering on now as I know you just want to see the books and the awesome covers.

Click on the covers of the books to be forwarded to the Goodreads page for synopsis and more information.

Caraval

I have been provided with a Netgalley copy of this but I am trying not to read it until it’s release date.I have read an excerpt however and really enjoyed it. This is the be published 31st January.

Carve the Mark (Untitled Duology, #1)

I am looking forward to this however it seems of late that it has sparked some controversy as there is racism within the book. I will read and form my own opinion. Publication date: 17th January 2017

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

I read ‘Beautiful Broken Things’ earlier this year and really enjoyed it and have heard good things about this book too. Publication date: 12th January.

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)

I have never read anything by Laini Taylor before and this book is not usually something I would usually gravitate towards but I am looking forward to this.Publication date: 28th March.

The Upside of Unrequited

This sounds so interesting and cannot wait to get my hands on this,I love myself a good old contemporary.Β  Publication date 11th April.

Given to the Sea

I am getting into the fantasy genre and this sounds really good,though I have not read anything by this author before. Publication date 11th April

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

This was obviously going to be on the list for so many reasons,I just can’t wait to revisit the world with Feyre and Rhys. I need a cover though and am highly anticipating this too. Publication date: 2nd May

Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1)

Another fantasy that I am looking forward to,I think 2017 is going to have a helluva lot of fantasy on my TBR.Publication date: 10th January

The Girl Before

I am looking forward to this mystery thriller, I like to read them every so often and this sounds really interesting. Publication date: 24th January

A List of Cages

Another contemporary added to the mix, I have started seeing this do the rounds on booktube and the synopsis sounds right up my street. Publication date: 10th January

Wow there is a lot of good releases in January, hopefully I will have managed to read the majority of these by May. What’s on your list? Do you have some of the same books as me?

Thanks for reading

Louise x

wrap up

November Wrap-up

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I realise this wrap up is late but life has just got in the way recently what with social gatherings, work do’s and school plays to attend, posting was put on hold. This month I did pretty good reading wise. I read 6 books, 2 of them were for the #AntiBullyReads Readathon.

I have been in a reviewing slump, does anyone else get this? I am reading the books as normal and usually I would post my reviews but at the moment I am lacking the motivation to do so. Hopefully in the next few weeks I will get back to my old self. Look out for reviews on ‘Butter’ and ‘George’.

This is what I managed to read in the month of November:

No Virgin

This was my first Anne Cassidy book and definitely want to read more of her books. I feel like this was a very important read and would definitely useful for the younger audience to read to put themselves in Stacey’ shoes and to make sure they don’t make the same mistake.3.5/5 stars See my review here.

The Unseeing

I was sent this book by Tinder Press and Bookbridgr to review. This is based upon a true crime that happened in the 1800’s, it was atmospheric and really well written and I definitely recommend if you like historical fiction.4/5 stars My review here

George

#AntiBullyReads Readathon happened and this was the first book that I read. It was very easy to read and such an important topic and the great thing is this is middle grade. I really enjoyed this book, a review will be up soon but I think I am going to struggle with how to write it and what tense to put it in.I gave this 4/5 stars.

Butter

I had this book on my shelf for the longest time and didn’t get round to reading it because I hadn’t seen any reviews or mentions about it. I am kicking myself as to why I took so long to pick this up. I loved it, I was on the verge of tears most of the time. 4.5/5 stars – review to come.

Iron to Iron (Wolf By Wolf, #1.5)

I read this novella in anticipation for Blood for Blood…which I still haven’t got round to. This was interesting, it follows Luka Lowe in the original race where Adele wins. It’s basically answers everything you wanted to know of what went on between them.I am not sure if I will be reviewing this or not I am undecided. I think this was 3.75-4/5 stars.

Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy, #1)

This was an ok read, I wasn’t to sure of the writing style when I started the book but grew accustomed to it.I rated this 3/5 stars, I am not sure about continuing on with the series but let me know if any of you have read the others and if it’s worth carrying on with.

Reviews Posted

No Virgin

Stealing Snow Review

The Unseeing review

Tags

The TBR Book Tag

Top 10 Tuesday

Books that I have recently added to my TBR

Β My favourite Animated Movies

Β New to me Authors 2016

Top 5 Wednesday

Character’s I used to love but don’t anymore!

Books I want to Re-read

Other posts

October Wrap up

#AntiBullyReads Readathon TBR

#AntiBullyReads Readathon wrap up

Beat the Backlist 2017

November Book Haul

December TBR

I hope you all had a fantastic month reading, watching and living.

Thanks for reading

Louise x