One Year Blogiversary: Q&A Answers and Giveaway Winner Part One

So, the moment you’ve all been waiting for; my Q&A answers and more importantly the winner of the giveaway I was hosting.

Everything is below the page break but before you move on I just want to thank everyone for entering and for the questions you asked as well. I wish everyone could have won but I don’t have that much money so I limited it to only one person. It was amazing reaching my one year blogiversary so thank you so much for all the congratulations and for the wonderful questions you asked. I had so much fun answering them all and I hope you have fun reading my answers as well.

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One Year Blogiversary: Q&A and Giveaway

So, in case you’ve missed my earlier post today and all the times I’ve mentioned it in passing over the last few weeks, today is my one year blogiversary.

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Being completely honest never in a million years did I expect to be here. I had three other blogs before this one and they all fizzled out long before they reached the one year mark. I know my flaws and one of them is that I’m a massive procrastinator but the closer I got to the one year mark on this blog the more determined I was to make it.

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2016 To-Read List

As well as all the new 2016 releases that I have highlighted in Top Ten Tuesday posts and in the Waiting on Wednesday tag there are quite a few established series which I have been meaning to start for a while now. Most of them I meant to get through in 2015 but since that never happened I’m going to try and get through them all before June is over.

There are some series on my to-read list, which have also been there for a while now, that I haven’t highlights; Bloodlines by Richelle Mead, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. Instead the books below are either series that have been on my to-read list for a long time now, have been recommended to me over and over again, or are just books that I am excited to get started on.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass

I have had this series on my to-read list since before the first book was even released. I have read some bad reviews for the first book, and the general consensus is that it isn’t the best of the series which is probably what’s been putting me off starting. However every review I’ve read says that the series improves with the second, third and fourth books. A lot of people seem to be really excited for the fifth book so I’d like to have the first four read by the time it’s released in September.

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Best of 2015

2015 is nearly over now; and while there are some brilliant books that are being released next year, I have more than a few on my to-read list, there were some amazing books I read this year. I beat my Goodreads Challenge for this year and finished over 200 books so below I am going to highlight the ones that really stood out for me.

I have more than a few favourite books and series that I will re-read each year, The Night Circus and Harry Potter being two of the bigger ones, so I only picked out books that I read for the first time this year. Some were released a few years ago and some were released this year, some are the conclusion to well-loved series and some are brand new series which caught my eye and didn’t let go until I’d read the last page.

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If You’ve Read That Book, Try This One

I’ve said it a few times before, 2015 was the year a lot of my favourite series ended; The Lunar Chronicles, The Soul Eaters series, The Elemental Trilogy, Penryn and the End of Days, Starbound, and Splintered to name a few. And while most of them ended on a high note I needed to find new books I could really enjoy, rave about, and re-read over and over again.

So, if you’re like me and your favourite series have come to an end and you’re looking for new books to try out then I’ve got some recommendations for you. Hopefully you’ll soon have some new books added to your favourite shelf.


If you liked the Splintered series…

The Splintered series retells the story of Alice in Wonderland; and while I was left disappointed by the second book in the trilogy, the third and final one, Ensnared, ended the series on a real high note at the beginning of this year.

…Then start reading The Wrath and the Dawn duology

The Wrath and the Dawn

The Wrath and the Dawn is another retelling but this time of the Shahrzad myth. I haven’t read the original story that this book was based on but The Wrath and the Dawn had some good reviews, the blurb intrigued me, and the cover definitely caught my eye. Each night Shahrzad weaves stories of Aladdin and Bluebeard, thieves and genies for her husband, and each morning she lives to see another sunrise where none of her husband’s other wives have.

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Five Young Adult Book Tropes I’m Tired of Reading

So the title pretty much explains it all.

I’ve read a lot of YA books and there are some plot devices that I see in more than a few of them which I cannot stand no matter what author, what genre I am reading. Now don’t get me wrong some are incredibly well written, the exception to the rule, but in others it just doesn’t work for me.

Below are my top five most hated YA tropes that seem to be in a lot of YA books I’ve read in the past year.


The Love Triangle Trope

Insert deep sigh here.

Love triangles are in so many YA books now I would probably fill up this whole post listing them all. I don’t go out of my way to avoid books with love triangles in them but I don’t enjoy reading about a heroine’s struggle to choose between two guys. Especially when nine times out of ten love triangles are only used to create tension and advance the plot.

Now don’t get me wrong there are books out there where love triangles are well-written, developed, and executed. However there are plenty more where the hero/heroine doesn’t have any chemistry with one, let alone two of their love interests.

No thanks.

The Cure: The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas

The Elemental Trilogy

No love triangles and a well developed relationship between Iolanthe and Titus.

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