TBR · Uncategorized

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

Readathon · Uncategorized

MakeMeReadIt wrap up and mini review.

So the Readathon is over and I would like to thank each and everyone of you for voting. I really enjoyed the book that I read. As I was doing 2 Readathons at once I only read the winner.

So the winner was Percy Jackson and the lightening thief. I had so much fun reading this book. I feel like I have missed out on not reading this. I must admit I was a teenager when this was first published and I wasn’t much of a reader in those days but I actually only heard about it since I started watching BookTube and reading book blogs.

I loved this middle-grade book, the writing style was great it had humour and mostly it teaches you about Greek mythology without too much info dumping. It had a great mix of everything and I couldn’t fault it at all. I will be reading the next book in the next few weeks. I rated this 5 out of 5 stars

Thanks for reading

Uncategorized

#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

 

Uncategorized

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

Uncategorized

April TBR

Image result for EASTER EGGS

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

top 10 2016 · Uncategorized

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.

FUN · Uncategorized

My Dream Book Panel

images

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.

Image result for southampton guildhall

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.

Image result for sarah crossan

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?