Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday: Best books I have read in 2017 so far!

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!

 

What a great topic this week! I get to share with you some of the best books that I have read so far. Now I haven’t had many 5 star reads so the majority of these reads will be a 4 + stars. It will be great to see at the end of the year if these books will make it to my top 10 reads of 2017.

Forbidden

She is pretty and talented – sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But… they are brother and sister.

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.

So this wasn’t a 2017 release but it is my favourite book of the year so far and if you have not read it yet then I highly recommend it.My review here
Today I'm Alice: a memoir of multiple personality disorder
When Alice was a teenager, strange things started happening to her. Hours of her life simply disappeared. She’d hear voices shouting at her, telling her she was useless. And the nightmares that had haunted her since early childhood, scenes of men abusing her, became more detailed . . . more real. Staring at herself in the mirror she’d catch her face changing, as if someone else was looking out through her eyes.

In “Today I’m Alice,” she describes her extraordinary journey from a teenage girl battling anorexia and OCD, drowning the voices with alcohol, to a young woman slipping further and further into mental illness. It was only after years lost in institutions that she was correctly diagnosed with multiple personality disorder. When her alternative personalities were revealed in therapy she discovered how each one had their own memories of abuse and a full picture of her childhood finally emerged. As she learned to live with her many ‘alters’, she set out to confront the man who had caused her unbearable pain.

Moving and ultimately inspiring, this is a gripping account of a rare condition, and the remarkable story of a courageous woman.

This was the latest book that I have finished and it was a difficult read and a very honest account of muiltple personality disorder but it truly was amazing and I don’t think I have ever given a non fiction/memoir book 5 stars before. (Review to come)
When Dimple Met Rishi
The rom-com that everyone’s talking about! Eleanor & Park meets Bollywood in this hilarious and heartfelt novel about two Indian-American teens whose parents conspire to arrange their marriage.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

I think this is going to be on a lot of peoples lists and for good reason too, this was a great contemporary with all the feels and a great couple. (review to come)
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Heart\’s Invisible FuriesCyril Avery is not a real Avery or at least that\’s what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn\’t a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from – and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more. In this, Boyne\’s most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart\’s Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit
This was a really great read, it had me laughing out loud a lot of the time but there were also heartbreaking moments too. I absolutely loved Cyril and his awkwardness. (Review to come)
The Breakdown
If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside―the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.

But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.

The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.

Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…

I could not this book down – with an unreliable narrator and a murder mystery I was hooked line and sinker.My review here
The Upside of Unrequited
Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

I jumped into this book not knowing what to expect, I knew readers raved about her first novel so I was keeping my fingers and toes crossed. Luckily I really enjoyed the book,I loved the characters, the representation and the references to all things nerdy.My review here
The Manifesto on How to be Interesting
Apparently I’m boring. A nobody. But that’s all about to change. Because I am starting a project. Here. Now. For myself. And if you want to come along for the ride then you’re very welcome.

Bree is a loser, a wannabe author who hides behind words. Most of the time she hates her life, her school, her never-there parents. So she writes.

But when she’s told she needs to start living a life worth writing about, The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting is born. Six steps on how to be interesting. Six steps that will see her infiltrate the popular set, fall in love with someone forbidden and make the biggest mistake of her life.

From the bestselling author of Soulmates comes a fearlessly frank take on school, cliques and crushes.

I really enjoyed this book,I liked the messages that it was trying to get across and the writing style that I find extremely addictive and just devour.
Caraval
Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

I got swept away in this magical book and loved the game that was of course Caraval. I also really liked Julian. I need the next one now and will be very interested how it pans out. My review here
A Quiet Kind of Thunder
Steffi doesn’t talk, but she has so much to say.
Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen.
Their love isn’t a lightning strike, it’s the rumbling roll of thunder.

Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.

From the bestselling author of Beautiful Broken Things comes a love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout.

Sara Barnards work just gets better, she writes about fantastic friendships but what made this book so special was the fact that she delivered a book that had great representation of the deaf community and anxiety. My review here
Only 9 books so far on the list but I am sure this will grow. Do you have any of these on your list? what’s your favourite read of 2017 so far?
Thanks for reading
Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday – Most anticipated books for the second 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 weeks post I am bringing you my top 10 anticipated reads for the second half of 2017, I am not sure if there is actually going to be 10 but we shall see.

Click on the covers to be directed to Goodreads for more info on the book.

Now I Rise (The Conqueror's Saga, #2)

Release date 27th June.

Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy

Release date 11th July

See What I Have Done

Release date 1st August.

The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor #2)

Release date 29th August.

Odd & True

Release date 12th September

Artemis

Release Date 14th November

Every Last Lie

Release date 10th August

Piper

Release date 31st October

Ok so I can only manage 8 today – but I have been trying to focus on reading the books that I have got and have been on my shelves for  a long time – so I have not been adding too many books to my TBR as of late.

What are you anticipating? Do we have some of the same books?

Thanks for reading

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday – 10 Mystery/Thriller books that I have recently added to my TBR.

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..10 Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List. The genre that I have chosen is Mystery/Thriller as at the moment I really enjoy these books. They tend to be fast paced and have you on the edge of your seat. These 10 books are on this list if I am intrigued by the blurb, Some one has recommended or I have read something else by that author.

For more info on the book just click on the cover to be forwarded to Goodreads.

Summer House With Swimming Pool

Mark Schlosser is a doctor to the rich and famous. When his most famous patient, the actor Ralph Meier, invites him and his family on holiday, Marc finds that he can’t refuse. But, several months later, by the time the suntans have faded, Ralph Meier is dead. The medical board accuses Marc of negligence. Ralph’s wife, however, accuses him of murder…

The Couple Next Door

You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She’s gone.

You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there.

What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?

Behind Closed Doors

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.

Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace’s friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn’t Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?

And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

The Leaving

Six were taken. Eleven years later, five come back–with no idea of where they’ve been.

Eleven years ago, six kindergarteners went missing without a trace. After all that time, the people left behind moved on, or tried to.

Until today. Today five of those kids return. They’re sixteen, and they are . . . fine. Scarlett comes home and finds a mom she barely recognizes, and doesn’t really recognize the person she’s supposed to be, either. But she thinks she remembers Lucas. Lucas remembers Scarlett, too, except they’re entirely unable to recall where they’ve been or what happened to them. Neither of them remember the sixth victim, Max. He doesn’t come back. Everyone wants answers. Most of all Max’s sister Avery, who needs to find her brother–dead or alive–and isn’t buying this whole memory-loss story

Friend Request

When Louise Williams receives a message from someone left long in the past she feels sick.

Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook.

Because Maria Weston has been missing for over twenty years. She was last seen the night of a school leavers’ party, and the world believes her to be dead. Particularly Louise, who has lived her adult life knowing herself responsible for Maria’s disappearance. But now Maria is back. Or is she?

Apple Tree Yard

Yvonne Carmichael has worked hard to achieve the life she always wanted: a high-flying career in genetics, a beautiful home, a good relationship with her husband and their two grown-up children.

Then one day she meets a stranger at the Houses of Parliament and, on impulse, begins a passionate affair with him – a decision that will put everything she values at risk.

At first she believes she can keep the relationship separate from the rest of her life, but she can’t control what happens next. All of her careful plans spiral into greater deceit and, eventually, a life-changing act of violence.

Apple Tree Yard is a psychological thriller about one woman’s adultery and an insightful examination of the values we live by and the choices we make, from an acclaimed writer at the height of her powers.

The Black Sheep

rancesca was widowed a year ago. Since then she has focused on her children, trying to soothe their grief as well as her own. Her husband and father never quite saw eye to eye but no one could have cared more for her in the past year than her close-knit family. Finally, she feels she might be ready to move on with life.

Until she is contacted out of the blue by someone who says he must get information to her. That her husband’s death wasn’t what it seemed. And that her family know more than they say …

Who can Francesca trust? And what will happen to her if she puts her faith in the wrong person?

Into the Water

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.

With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.

Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath

Things We Have in Common

Yasmin would give anything to have a friend… And do anything to keep them.

The first time I saw you, you were standing at the far end of the playing field. You were looking down at your brown straggly dog, your mouth going slack as your eyes clocked her. Alice Taylor.

I was no different. I’d catch myself gazing at the back of her head in class, at her thick fair hair swaying between her shoulder blades.

If you’d glanced just once across the field, you’d have seen me standing in the middle on my own looking straight at you, and you’d have gone back through the trees to the path quick, tugging your dog after you. You’d have known you’d given yourself away, even if only to me.

But you didn’t. You only had eyes for Alice.

His Bloody Project

A brutal triple murder in a remote Scottish farming community in 1869 leads to the arrest of seventeen-year-old Roderick Macrae. There is no question that Macrae committed this terrible act. What would lead such a shy and intelligent boy down this bloody path? Will he hang for his crime?

Presented as a collection of documents discovered by the author, His Bloody Project opens with a series of police statements taken from the villagers of Culdie, Ross-shire. They offer conflicting impressions of the accused; one interviewee recalls Macrae as a gentle and quiet child, while another details him as evil and wicked. Chief among the papers is Roderick Macrae’s own memoirs, where he outlines the series of events leading up to the murder in eloquent and affectless prose. There follow medical reports, psychological evaluations, a courtroom transcript from the trial, and other documents that throw both Macrae’s motive and his sanity into question. Graeme Macrae Burnet’s multilayered narrative will keep the reader guessing to the very end.

 

So there it is the latest Mystery/Thriller books that I have added to my TBR. Have you read any of these? What have you recently added to your TBR? What do you think I should read first?

Thanks for reading

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday – The most unique books I have read

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 going to be telling you about the unique books that I have read. This could be for numerous reasons such as format or topic etc etc. Some of these I loved and some not so much.

As per usual, click on the covers to be referred to Goodreads.

Horrorstör

The concept of this book is really cool and the aesthetics are even cooler. The book looks like an Ikea catalogue and very much formatted like one too. However this one left me a little disappointed.Horrorstor review.

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

This book is unique for me in the style of formatting that was used to tell the story. It had IM’s,files,documents etc etc and made it a totally different reading experience. If you haven’t read this yet then I definitely recommend it.Illuminae review

Forbidden

This book was amazing and my first 5 star read of 2017. The reason why this is so unique is because the plot is about an incestuous relationship between brother and sister……Now I don’t go searching for books with this topic but my interests were piqued when I heard of this and I don’t think I will read anything like it again.

You (You, #1)

I have never read about a stalker, what made this book unique was how it was told. It felt like he was talking to me and also at times I felt sorry for the stalker WTF!

The Book Thief

This story is narrated by Death, Death!! I don’t think I am going to be reading another book like this in a long time if ever.

Apocalypse Cow (Apocalypse Cow, #1)

This book is a whole lot of fun about zombie cows. I enjoyed it and so did my partner and he doesn’t read! I have just realised there is a second book to this, hopefully my library holds it.

Kimberly's Capital Punishment

This book is just weird! I have never read anything like it. The first half is a story and the other half is a book where you can sort of choose your own ending. I don’t know anyone else that has read this book. If you have let me know what you thought.

I couldn’t manage 10 unfortunately but I would love to hear if you have any recommendations for unique books.

Thanks for reading

 

 

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday – 10 books that I have read pretty quickly

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

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I am not going to be doing this weeks topic which is top 10 authors you have met or want to meet as I feel like I have done a post like this not so long ago. My dream book panel.

I am actually going to do last weeks topic – which is 10 books that I either read in one or two sittings. There are some books out there that you just can’t put down, you are so invested in the characters and the plot that you must carry on reading into the middle of the night. I have had a few of these books and just love how gripped I get.

I have linked some of my reviews below, you can click on the covers to be directed to the Goodreads page for more information.

 

We Come Apart

The majority of Sarah Crossan’s books are written in verse, so you can either read it as poetry or a novel. Her books are always quick to read with really interesting topics.

Paper Butterflies

This book was quite dark and gripping,I stayed awake reading this till 3am in the morning. Paper Butterflies

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

The format of this book just makes it fun, quick and easy to read. I really enjoyed this book and recommend reading to anyone even if you are not a massive sci-fi reader like me.

The Sleeper and the Spindle

Ok this is a bit of a cheat as it’s only 72 pages, but this book is beautiful and the illustrations are amazing.

George

Another short book but such a powerful read and I really enjoyed this and couldn’t put it down.

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

This is funny but also a really serious topic about mental health and really was an enjoyable read. Furiously Happy

One

I can’t help it, I just love Sarah Crossan’s books and as I said previously they are really easy and quick to read. I found this book really thought provoking.

Thirteen Reasons Why

I read this book in one sitting. I just needed to find out how everyone was involved in the death of Hannah Baker. Thirteen Reasons Why

Wonder

I am sure most people have read this book, I was unable to put this down and there were so many feels going on.

Butter

This book was really good.I read it for the #antibullyreads readathon and just devoured it.

Let me know some of the books that you found quick to read, did you find any of these books quick?

Thanks for reading

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday – 10 books on my Spring TBR

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Ok this weeks topic is always one of my favourites to do.. These are the top 10 books that I hope to pick up in the spring of 2017.

To find more about the book just click on the cover to be directed to Goodreads.

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

Letters to the Lost

Into the Water

Truly Madly Guilty

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)

The Upside of Unrequited

The Doll Funeral

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)

The Guts

Ok, so I have a couple of 2017 releases and some older ones as I just need to read them.

Have you read any of these? Have we got same book listed?

Thanks for reading

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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