Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favourite Books of 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Favourite Books of 2017.

Choosing my top reads of this year was possibly one of the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make, and I didn’t even take the whole year into account. Back in June one of the Top Ten Tuesday themes was ‘Top Ten of the Best Books I’ve Read So Far in 2017’, so for this Top Ten Tuesday post I looked at the books I read between July and now. I had to make some cruel cuts, and incredible books like All the Crooked Saints, Clockwork Princess and Forest of a Thousand Lanterns were taken off my list to make way for the below ten.

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All the Crooked Saints

All the Crooked Saints

Title: All the Crooked Saints

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Series: N/A

Publisher: Scholastic Children’s Books

Release Date: October 10th 2017


Five Stars

Here is a thing everyone wants: a miracle.
Here is a thing everyone fears: what it takes to get one.

Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.

At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.

They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.

– Blurb courtesy of

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Reading Around the World: San Francisco

Reading Around the World is a feature that combines my love of travelling with my love of reading. Each month I plan to spotlight either a city I have visited, or a city I plan to visit in the near future, and recommend some of my favourite books set there. After all even if you can’t visit these cities yourself the next best thing has to be reading about them and living the experience through the eyes of the characters.

San Francisco (1)

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Two Year Blogiversary: Bloggers’ Advice and Giveaway Winner

In order to enter the giveaway I was hosting for my two-year blogiversary I asked people to let me know, looking back at their own blogging journey and the experiences they’ve had since they first started posting, what advice they’d give to a newbie blogger. This post is mainly to highlight what was said because you all came through with some incredible advice, and it’s advice I wish I’d had when I first started blogging because these are all things I learnt from experience that I could have maybe learnt sooner.

(Especially scheduling, why did it take me so long to start posting to a schedule?)

Two Year Blogiversary

But first, the winner of the giveaway is…

Azia at The Uncharted Word

Congratulations Azia! I hope you enjoy your book and the surprise gift that will be making its way to you in January.

Also thanks so much to everyone for entering. I wish I could buy you all a book just to say thank you, but unfortunately my budget doesn’t stretch that far. I’ll be doing a giveaway again next year for my three year blogiversary so there’s that to look forwards to in 2018 in case all the incredible book releases weren’t enough.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit.

This, more than any other topic The Broke and the Bookish have ever done, was made for me. I read fantasy for the world building; for the incredible and fantastical worlds that I can only explore through the writing. If there is one thing I wish more than anything else it’s that I had the power to visit bookish worlds because there are so many places I’d love to visit. Until that becomes a reality, I’ll settle for reading about them.

Top Ten Tuesday #87

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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

First of all I just want to apologise for the unplanned hiatus I went on this past weekend. I had a stomach bug and today has been the first day I’ve felt well enough to do anything but sleep.

The winner for my two year blogiversary giveaway will be emailed Wednesday evening, and announced on my blog in my Thursday post. Sorry for the delay but this bug has really knocked it out of me.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

Title: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

Author: Julie C. Dao

Series: Rise of the Empress, #1

Publisher: Philomel Books

Release Date: October 10th 2017


Five Stars

An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl’s quest to become Empress—and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfil the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins—sorcery fuelled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

– Blurb courtesy of

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November Recap

If I had to pick one month of this year so far that I could say was my favourite month of 2017, November would win. Granted we haven’t had December yet, and given that that’s the month that has Christmas in it November is going to have some heavy competition.

Still this month I not only took part in NaNoWriMo but actually won, for the first time ever, but I got to see Sarah J. Maas in London as part of her Tower of Dawn book tour. Then there were just plenty of other little things that made November incredible.

Monthly Recaps - This Month

Books I Reviewed

November Recap '17, #1

ARC Review: Blackbird by N.D. Gomes

While Blackbird felt darker than most of the thrillers I’ve picked up before it was a great book. It not only made me want to check out more of N.D. Gomes’s books – I’ve already added Dear Charlie to my TBR list – but more of the YA thriller genre.

I received a copy of this book from YA HQ.

ARC Review: The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

At the moment The City of Brass is competing with A Conjuring of Light for my top read of 2017, that’s how incredible I found this book. I’m not going to go into all the reasons I loved the story here, you can check out my review for that, all I’m going to say is that I would recommend The City of Brass to everyone.

I received a copy of this book from YA HQ.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

I am a huge fan of Adam Silvera’s books and They Both Die at the End is, in my opinion, the very best he’s written to date. It completely broke my heart, which is to be expected from Adam Silvera I think, but it made me think as well and it was a story that stayed with me for a long time.

The Young Elites Trilogy

After reading and loving Marie Lu’s other books I bumped The Young Elites trilogy to the top of my to-read list. While I thought this was a good series it wasn’t as good as I’d hoped, Adelina’s character development exceptional but unfortunately the plot wasn’t given that same level of development.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

The Rose Society by Marie Lu

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

Top Ten Tuesday

Five Characters who Have Made Great Leaders and Five Characters who Wouldn’t Make Great Leaders

Top Ten Reading Recommendations for my Cousin Through the Years

Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For

Top Ten Books on my Winter TBR List

Monthly Recaps - Book Haul

If you look at the number of books I brought this month it’s really not that many, but my book haul for November is a case of quality over quantity because this is the most money I have ever spent on books in one month, like ever. I haven’t put myself on a book buying ban, because I am terrible at sticking to them, but for the next few months I am on a strict budget down to the penny.

November Recap '17, #3


November Recap '17, #2


November Recap '17, #4

Fairy Loot

November Recap '17, #5

Meraki Candles

  • The Bone Season Sampler

Monthly Recaps - Last Month

There’s nothing being released next month I’m excited for. I’m not too sure why, maybe it’s just because it’s the last month of the year, but I feel like there are never many books released in December. Instead, for this section of my monthly recap, I am featuring a book that I am excited to get around to, and that I am definitely, 100% going to have read before 2017 is over.

Morning Star

Morning Star by Pierce Brown

#1 New York Times bestseller. Red Rising thrilled readers and announced the presence of a talented new author. Golden Son changed the game and took the story of Darrow to the next level. Now comes the exhilarating conclusion to the Red Rising Trilogy: Morning Star.

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

Finally, the time has come.

But devotion to honour and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied—and too glorious to surrender.

Next month is going to be more of the same for me. I’m going to use December to catch up on some of the books and reviews that have been put on the backburner while I was taking part in NaNoWriMo, and of course I’m getting ready for Christmas. I have some potential exciting new plans for 2018, but more news on that next year.

Happy reading everyone.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on my Winter TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books on my Winter TBR List.

Now that I’ve gotten through more of the ARCs I have that need to be read and reviewed for the new year I’m back to tackling my (humungous) TBR list. I had a mid-year to-read goal, and by now it’s pretty safe to say I’ve kind of failed at managing it, but hopefully the ten books listed below will be more manageable for me to get through than the fifty odd that were part of my mid-year to-read goal.

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The Mystery Blogger Award Part Two

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

Part two of The Mystery Blogger Award comes with answers to all the questions I was asked by my remaining three nominators. I was tagged by Jacquie at Rattle the Stars, Michelle at Sherbet Lemon Reviews, and Tinka at The Crazy Reader. Thanks so much for the tag everyone, I had a lot of fun with this one.

The Mystery Blogger Award


  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well.
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  • Answer questions of nominator.
  • Nominate 10-20 5 people.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.
  • Share your link to your best post(s).

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Discussion Time: NaNoWriMo Update and Introducing my WIP

Instead of doing a normal discussion today I am going to use today to talk about NaNoWriMo and my current WIP. There may even be a few snippets at the end.

Spoiler alert, there are.

So if you’re not aware NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and for the whole of November people taking part try and write 50K words before the month is over. This is not my first year taking part, but it my first year taking part and blogging at the same time, and it’s also the first time I’ve written in a long while.

NaNoWriMo Update and Introducing my WIP

NaNoWriMo Update and Introducing my WIP

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