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Top 5 books I want to read this Autumn

So as I am not doing monthly TBR’S at the moment, I thought I would share the top 5 that I definitely want to read in the next few months.

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…

Working as a paid companion to a bitter elderly lady, the timid heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Life is bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she falls in love with Maxim de Winter, a handsome widower whose proposal takes her by surprise. Whisked from Monte Carlo to Manderley, Maxim’s isolated Cornish estate, the friendless young bride begins to realise she barely knows her husband at all. And in every corner of every room is the phantom of his beautiful first wife, Rebecca.

Rebecca is the haunting story of a woman consumed by love and the struggle to find her identity

I have had my eye on this for so long and it needs to be read ASAP.

An electrifyingly creepy tale likely to haunt young readers for many moons…. a real bedtime-buster’. Read an exclusive excerpt at BookBrowse today. Reading age approx. 9 yrs +.

The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring….

In Coraline’s family’s new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close.

The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

Only it’s different.

At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there’s another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.

Critically acclaimed and award-winning author Neil Gaiman will delight readers with his first novel for all ages.

I feel this is going to be a great Halloween read. Dark and eerie…just what I need.

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…

Another book that has been piqued my interest and feel like I should have read this by now.

Adam is a stay-at-home dad who is also working on a history of the bombing and rebuilding of Coventry Cathedral. He is a good man and he is happy. But one day, he receives a call from his daughter’s school to inform him that, for no apparent reason, fifteen-year-old Miriam has collapsed and stopped breathing. In that moment, he is plunged into a world of waiting, agonising, not knowing.

The story of his life and the lives of his family are rewritten and re-told around this shocking central event, around a body that has inexplicably failed. In this exceptionally courageous and unflinching novel of contemporary life Sarah Moss goes where most of us wouldn’t dare to look, and the result is riveting – unbearably sad, but also miraculously funny and ultimately hopeful.

The Tidal Zone explores parental love, overwhelming fear, illness and recovery. It is about clever teenagers and the challenges of marriage. It is about the NHS, academia, sex and gender in the twenty-first century, the work-life juggle, and the politics of packing lunches and loading dishwashers. It confirms Sarah Moss as a unique voice in modern fiction and a writer of luminous intelligence.

The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.”

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

I don’t have an explanation to why I have not read this yet but I need to rectify it pronto…but I do want t reread illuminae first.

So there it is my top 5 books that I want to read this Autumn…I am currently trying to read more of the books that I own.

Have you read any of these? Which one shall I tackle first?

Thanks for reading

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August TBR

This is not a TBR as such, I have a couple of readathons that I am participating in and wanted to let you know what I am currently reading and what I hope to read. Once the readathons are finished then I will pick whatever I feel like reading.

If you want to know more about any of the books I am reading – click on the covers and you will be directed to the Goodreads page.

 

So I am participating in the #TomeTopple readathon and I have picked 3 books to cover all the challenges.

The Walking Dead, Compendium 1

I have started reading this as Tome Topple started on the fourth. I am halfway through the second chapter and finding it ok but it’s just a huge book at 1088 pages.

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

House of Leaves

Also #MakeMeRead readathon started today and you guys got to decide on what I read this week with the winner being:

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

Currently reading:

Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

I am about 60% of the way through both of these and will definitely be finished in August.

What are you reading in August? Do we have any of the same books?

Thanks for reading

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Tome Topple TBR

I am going to be participating in Tome Topple Round 4 which starts on the 4th August 12am your local time and finishes 17th August at 11:59pm. This is a chance for me to get some of those massive/daunting books read. I participated last year and really enjoyed myself so I thought why not do it again. However it does overlap with #MakeMeRead readathon so I will try to hit as many challenges as possible.

So the idea is to read books that are 500+ pages that have been waiting patiently to be read and also to make it more fun there are some challenges to follow if you want.

Tome Topple was created by @thoughtsontomes.

It is co-hosted by , @brainsandbooks, & .

You can also find details about it by searching on twitter #TomeTopple

The Rules:

1. Read more than 1 tome
2. Read a graphic novel (that has over 500 pages)
3. Read a tome that’s part of a series
4. Buddy read a tome (use Goodreads and Twitter to find buddies!)
5. Read an adult novel

 

My TBR:

House of Leaves

705 pages

A blind old man, a young apprentice working in a tattoo shop, and a mad woman haunting an Ohio institute narrate this story of a family that encounters an endlessly shifting series of hallways in their new home, eventually coming face to face with the awful darkness lying at its heart.

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

699 pages

A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

The Walking Dead, Compendium 1

1088 pages

Introducing the first eight volumes of the fan-favorite, New York Times Best Seller series collected into one massive paperback collection.

In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally start living. With The Walking Dead #1-48, this compendium features more than one thousand pages chronicling the start of Robert Kirkman’s Eisner Award-winning story of zombie horror, from Rick Grimes waking up alone in a hospital, his band of survivors seeking refuge on an isolated farm and the controversial introduction of Woodbury despot, The Governor.

 

So if I read these I pretty much hit all the goals except one! I need a buddy to read with. I have never done a buddy read and would love to. If there is any of my fellow book readers who want to read any of these books with me then just comment below and we will arrange a platform for discussions.

 

Are you doing the tome topple readathon? What’s on you TBR? Does anyone fancy buddy reading with me?

 

Thanks for reading

 

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May TBR

I have loads of books that I want to read this month and I don’t think I am going to be able to get to them all as they are quite chunky books. I have 7 books that I want to read plus the two that I am already reading.

Currently Reading:

 

The Heart's Invisible FuriesThe Inexplicable Logic of My LifeStrange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)

I am 9% of the way through ‘The Hearts Invisible Furies’ and really enjoying what I have read and so sad already. I am listening to ‘The Inexplicable Logic of My Life’ on audible – I don’t tend to listen to audiobooks and I probably wont finish it this month but I am on Chapter 26. I am struggling to get in to ‘Strange The Dreamer’ I am on page 46 and it’s going slowly.

What I want to read in May:

Click on the covers to be forwarded to Goodreads

Crimson and Bone

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)

Crazy House

The Names They Gave Us

Walking Barefoot

Ink (Skin Books, #1)

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

So that is my ambitious May TBR pile. I am going to give it my best shot. What’s on your TBR for May? Have you read any of these books?

Thanks for reading

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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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