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#MakeMeReadIt Readathon

So I have decided to participate in the #MakeMeReadIt readathon again for the second year running. I love the idea of this readathon,I like the idea that you guys get to choose what I read throughout the week. So vote wisely my friends. This will be my first readathon of 2017 crazy I know and really should do some more. The Readathon starts on the 6th – 13th August and starts at 12am in your timezone.

This readathon is hosted by the lovely Val @ The Innocent Smiley and Ely @ Tea and Titles.

What Is This Readathon About?
Look at the books you own, either physical, e-book or ones you’ve borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It’s up to you how many you pick, personally I’d pick a few more than you expect to be able to read in a week. Example: if you think you’ll only read two, pick out five books or if you think you can read seven, pick out ten.
Make a list of these books on your blog, or make a video, or a Goodreads shelf or post a picture on Instagram—whatever is easiest for you. Then get friends, other bloggers/booktubers/bookstagrammers
etc. to vote on which books you HAVE to read.
When the readathon comes along, you read the books in the order of most votes. For example, if one book gets 10 votes—you read that first, then the one that got 7 and so on. If there’s a tie, then it’s your preference. The goal is to read as many as possible.
So lets get onto the books, now I have a hard time starting/continuing/finishing series so all these books are part of a series and I will let you decide what I should read. You might be shocked that I haven’t read these series yet nevertheless…you guys need to #MakeMeReadIt.
                                      
Thank you for taking the time to vote and hopefully some of you will be joining me in this readathon.
Thanks for reading

 

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Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 Series I’ve been meaning to start but haven’t…YET!

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!

 

So this week I am showing you some series that I would really really like to start but haven’t yet. I have a list longer than my arm but I will stick to 10 just for you guys.  I have commitment problems when it comes to series, I will start them but not finish and some I just haven’t started. I am more of a standalone reader but I have read some series…like two!

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

I know this might be a shock to you all but I haven’t read any Rick Riordan books and I never even heard of these till I started watching booktube videos – I feel like I have missed out on an essential part of my childhood. Anyways, I am looking to start this in 2017 – I still have 6 months to make this happen.

The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1)

I think I must of had a very deprived childhood as this is another that I never really heard of – I have all the books ready for me to read so I just need to get my butt moving and start reading.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

I have heard nothing but great reviews for the Lunar Chronicles and really interested in how these are retold.

Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)

Another series that I need to try out – I have heard nothing but praise for these books – the only thing that puts me off is that there is so many and where do you start?

Poison Study (Study, #1)

Another series that has hundreds of books in it – slight exaggeration. I thought the premise of this book/series is intriguing.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)

The third one is to be published in 2018 but I would love to start reading these at some point as it always gets talked about.

Red Rising (Red Rising, #1)

I think this will be a sci-fi book that I would enjoy reading about – I have Red Rising on my Kindle – so come on Louise read the darn books!

The Constant Princess (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #6)

So I have read the Cousins war series and loved it – what is stopping me from reading the Tudor series is that I don’t know the actual order that I am supposed to be reading them in – so if someone would like to enlighten me that would be super.

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)

I haven’t read these books and I am a bit apprehensive in a way just because I have heard hit and miss reviews – some people love it and some people…don’t.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

I tried reading Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor and had to put it down, not because it was bad but I think to really enjoy her writing and to take everything in, I need to read at a slower pace – so when I have some time I will start this series.

 

I tried to add a selection of series from different genres but essentially these are some of the series that I would like to read – this post could go on forever as there is so many. I did a post like this last year so I have tried to change things up a bit.

What series do you want to read? Do we have any the same?

Thanks for reading

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April TBR

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It’s APRIL!!! Apart from reading a ton of books, I think a lot of us will be gorging on Easter eggs. The eggs are everywhere and just can’t get away from them,my daughter has wanted them since they hit the shelves in February.

So if you remember my March TBR was pretty ambitious and no I didn’t manage to read them all. So most of these books will be carry overs. I am getting there though and I am trying to request fewer books on Netgalley.

If you want to find out more about the books click on the covers to be forwarded to relevant Goodreads page.

Currently reading:

He Said/She Said

32% of the way through this book, admittedly it’s quite slow so I am not sure how long this book is going to take me. This out on the 20th April.

The Upside of Unrequited

I am 15% in to this book.I am liking what I have read so far. I have not read Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda so I am not sure what to expect. This is out for release on the 11th April.

To Be Read:

Zendar: A Tale of Blood and Sand

The Roanoke Girls

The Heart's Invisible Furies

The Breakdown

Fever Dream

Tentative:

Sometimes I Lie

Truly Madly Guilty

Another ambitious TBR for the month of April but I like to have a mixture of physical books and E-books. Some of these are quite hefty, so who knows what will happen.

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?

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Beat the Backlist 2017

beatthebacklistBeat the Backlist challenge is all about knocking off some those books that have been on your TBR for quite a while. If you are like me I have read quite a few new releases this year and not enough of the books that are actually are on my TBR already.

Beat the back list is hosted by NovelKnight-follow the link to sign yourself up

I want to manage to get that lovely 80% badge off of Netgalley so I am going to use some books from there and some from my physical books on my shelf. I have picked 50 books.

This reading challenge starts from the 1st January -31st December 2017 – so I have plenty of time…hopefully to read these books.

There is only one rule for this challenge and that’s the books added are released prior to 2017

List of books:

A

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

B

The Haunting by Alex Bell

The Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Fahrenheit 451 by RayBradbury

Born Scared by Kevin Brooks

C

Boy 23 by Jim Carrington

The light that gets lost by Natasha Carthew

Follow me back by Nicci Cloke

Something in between by Melissa De La Cruz

D

All the above by James Dawson

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

The Guts by Roddy Doyle

Home By Matt Dunn

E

Aspect of Winter by Tom Early

F

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

My Life next door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

The boy most likely to by Huntley Fitpatrick

The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon

H

Nightfall by Jake Halpern

J

Hitman Anders and the meaning of it all by Jonas Jonasson

K

When breath becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Thicker than water by Brigid Kemmerer

Hidden Bodies by Karoline Kepnes

Read me like a book by Liz Kessler

Nina is not OK by Shappi Khorsandi

L

Here comes the King by Philip Lindsay

The Palace Library by Steven Loveridge

M

Did I mention I love you by Estelle Maskame

Did I mention I need you by Estelle Maskame

The Chocolate Lovers Club by Carole Matthews

The Chocolate Lovers Diet by Carole Matthews

The Chocolate Lovers Christmas by Carole Matthews

The Chocolate Lovers Wedding by Carole Mathhews

Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh

Beside Myself by Ann Morgan

O

Asking for it by Louise O’Neill

P

The Painted Ocean by Gabriel Packard

Broken Dolls by Tyrolin Puxty

R

Seven ways we lie by Riley Redgate

Warren the 13th and the all seeing eye by Tania Del Rio

S

Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli

Counting Stars by Keris Stainton

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

T

The Midnight Gardener by R.G Thomas

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

V

The list by Siobhan Vivian

W

The strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

When Giraffes flew by Jeff Weddle

The unfortunate decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone

Z

Help me by Donna M Zadunajsky

 

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)The HauntingPassenger (Passenger, #1)Fahrenheit 451Born Scared

Boy 23The Light that Gets LostFollow Me BackSomething in BetweenAll of the Above

These Shallow GravesThe GutsHomeAspect of WinterThe Great Gatsby

My Life Next DoorThe Boy Most Likely ToThe Bone SparrowNightfallHitman Anders and the Meaning of It All

When Breath Becomes AirThicker Than WaterHidden Bodies (You, #2)Read Me Like a BookNina is Not OK

Here Comes the KingThe Palace Library (Palace Library #1)Did I Mention I Love You? (The DIMILY Trilogy, #1)Did I Mention I Need You? (The DIMILY Trilogy, #2)The Chocolate Lovers' Club

The Chocolate Lovers' WeddingThe Chocolate Lovers' DietThe Chocolate Lovers' ChristmasBurning MidnightBeside Myself

Asking For ItThe Painted OceanBroken Dolls (Broken Dolls, #1)Seven Ways We LieWarren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye

Stargirl (Stargirl, #1)Counting StarsOur Chemical HeartsThe Midnight Gardener (The Town of Superstition, #1)A Spool of Blue Thread

The ListThe Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava LavenderWhen Giraffes FlewThe Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia MossHELP ME! (HELP ME! #1)

 

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The Sims Book Tag

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I  wasn’t tagged to do this but I saw it over at thrice read and thought it was a pretty good tag to do, and since I haven’t done one in a while i thought it was time.

If you have not done so already go and checkout Thrice read’s blog as it’s really cool,there is loads of tags and cool reviews. The creator of the tag is HailsheartsNYC

I loved The Sims years ago, I would spend hours on end playing it but I was never very good at managing my Sim, I used to have house fires all the time, social services would take away my baby and I got robbed A lot. Luckily this doesn’t happen to me in the real world. It’s easy to say that I enjoyed the game but I was crap at it.

OK so here goes….

1. The Original Sims: The Best Author Debut

Ready Player One Ready Player One was Ernest Clines debut novel and it was bloody amazing.

2. The Grim Reaper: The Saddest Character Death

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) It has to be Dumbledore, oh dear god! Where’s the tissues?

3. Sims Getting Stuck: A Character That Just Got In The Way

Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2) Mal, I think if Mal wasn’t in this book then Alina would stop moping about. GRrrr!

4. Simlish: A Book With Amazing Writing

The Night Circus The descriptive writing in this was fantastic and will always be in my mind when someone asks me this question.

5. Expansion Packs: A Series Where The Books Kept On Getting Better

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) These books just get better, I know there has only been two so far but I am expecting great things from the next book.

6. Sims Romance: The Worst Case Of Insta Love

When We Collided God this made me cringe, love at first sight..bleurgh.

7. Cheats: A Book That Was Entirely Unrealistic

Dear AmyThis is one of the worst books that I could think of when it came to the plot.

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8. Needs Fulfillment: A Character Who Made All The Wrong Decisions

Beautiful Broken Things Caddy made some pretty dumb decisions just to fit in.

9. Error Code 12: A Series That Started Off Great But Went Downhill From There

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1) I am sorry to all the lovers of this trilogy but it is just not my cup of tea. The first one wasn’t too bad but  Siege and Storm was pretty bad. I will read Ruin and Rising because I am a weirdo and want to finish the series.

10. The Sims Vortex: A Book/Series That Completely Engrossed You

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)I haven’t read many series or finished the ones I have started but I can pretty much say that I enjoyed all the Harry Potter books.

Thanks for taking the time to read and I tag anyone that wants to do the tag.