Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favourite Books in my Favourite Colour

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books with my Favourite Colour on the Cover.

There are a lot of books that have my favourite colour on the cover. The ones I picked for this week’s theme have just been selected from the books I own, there are plenty more out there I’ve yet to read or that have yet to be released, so I changed the topic to Top Ten Favourite Books in my Favourite Colour.


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Unforgettable Bookish Memories Tag

Despite the fact that this is the Unforgettable Bookish Memories Tag I found some of these questions hard to answer than others, and by some I mean the first two. My memory is terrible, and the first book ever read to me was read to me a long long time ago. I was tagged by The Orangutan Librarian. Thanks for the tag, I had a lot of fun answering the questions for this one so I hope you enjoy reading my answers just as much.

Unforgettable Bookish Memories Tag

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Discussion Time: Why World Building is So Important to me in the Books I Read

When I write my reviews I split them into parts, focusing on the different aspects that make up the story; the plot, the characters, and for sci-fi and fantasy books the setting. It’s not something I look for in contemporary books, but seeing as I mainly pick up fantasy releases the setting is really important to me.

If I go back to why I read in the first place one of the reasons is to escape, and I can’t do that if I’m constantly being dragged out of the story because the world building is too flat. For me, for a book to get more than a three stars rating, it needs to have an incredibly developed world, one that I can fall into, lose myself in.

Why World Building is So Important to me in the Books I Read

Why World Building is So Important to me in the Books I Read.

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ARC Review: From Twinkle, With Love

From Twinkle with Love


Title: From Twinkle, With Love

Author: Sandhya Menon

Series: N/A

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Release Date: May 22nd 2018

Rating:

Three Stars

The next heartwarming YA romcom from Sandhya Menon, bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi.

Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore—if only the world would listen. So when nerdy classmate and fellow film-obsessive Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a film for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle can’t wait.

The chance to showcase her artistic voice?

Dream come true.

The opportunity to get closer to longtime crush, Neil Roy—aka Sahil’s twin brother?

Dream come even truer.

When Twinkle receives an email from a secret admirer – the mysterious ‘N’ – she is sure it’s Neil, finally ready for their happy ending.

The only problem is that, in the course of their movie-making, she has found herself falling for Sahil—the wrong brother.

Twinkle soon realises that resistance is futile:

The romance she’s got isn’t the one she scripted…

But will it be enough?

Told through letters Twinkle writes to her favourite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, With Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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ARC Review: Leah on the Offbeat

Leah on the Offbeat


Title: Leah on the Offbeat

Author: Becky Albertalli

Series: Creekwood, #2

Publisher: Penguin

Release Date: May 3rd 2018

Rating:

Four Stars

In this sequel to the acclaimed Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – soon to be a major motion picture, Love, Simon – we follow Simon’s BFF Leah as she grapples with changing friendships, first love, and senior year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mum, and her life is decidedly less privileged. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realises she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early.

Not that I’m condoning animal violence or anything, but there are so many books I would kill to get my hands on. Some of my favourite series are coming to an end and some intense cliff hangers will finally be resolved which means 2018 is going to be a good year for books. None of my picks this week are debuts, and chances are very few will be a surprise.


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April 2018 Recap

I’m going to be honest and admit that April was pretty much a massive write-off for me.

Granted it wasn’t all bad. Blogging and reading wise I’d say I had a great month, and there were even a few highlights in my day-to-day life, but overall this was the month I just wanted to hibernate and not get out of bed until May arrived. Still, looking on the bright side, my year can only go up from here on out.


Monthly Recaps - This Month

Books I Read

April Recap (1)

The Empress by S.J. Kincaid – Five stars
Check out my review here.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – Four stars
Check out my review here.

Lost Boy by Christina Henry – Five stars
Check out my review here.

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu – Four stars

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – Four stars

Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller – Five stars

From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon – Three stars

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody – Four stars

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – Five stars
Check out my review here.

Leah on the Offbeat – Four stars

Angelfall by Susan Ee – Four stars

World After by Susan Ee – Five stars

April This Month


I am still behind on my Goodreads Reading Challenge, but I’m catching up. I was playing around with the idea of lowering my goal but now I’m more confident that I can catch up and I can read 125 books before the end of 2018. I got through 12 books in April, so I’m aiming to get through the same amount next month.

April GR 2018 Reading Challenge

The best book I picked up in April was Lost Boy. Considering some of the other books I read this month, some of which were highly anticipated releases of mine for 2018, this is definitely a surprise but it was an incredible book. I love fairytale retellings but it’s rare I find a Peter Pan one I enjoy as much as I did this book.

Lost Boy

The worst book I picked up this month was From Twinkle, with Love. I still enjoyed it, I did end up rating it three stars after all, but I just had a few issues with Twinkle’s character and some of the things she did, and as this book was told from Twinkle’s POV it made it hard to move past that and enjoy the other parts of this story as much.

From Twinkle with Love


My WIP

I had planned to start re-writing my WIP this month, unfortunately due to the mess that was my April I never got around to actually writing anything.

What I did do was re-read my original draft from NaNoWriMo last year. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be and I actually found a few scenes and chapters I can use in my new draft, which I am hoping to start writing next month.

I also have a new direction for two of my characters, which makes this about the hundredth new direction some part of my WIP has gone in. Slowly, little by little, I am recognizing less and less of my WIP from the idea I had last November when I started NaNo but that’s part of the fun of writing right?


Life in General

Love, Simon was released in the UK at the beginning of April, so of course I rushed to the cinema to see it. Yes, it was as amazing as everyone has been saying it is, yes, I have already pre-ordered the DVD so I can watch it all over again, and yes, I would highly recommend it to everyone who hasn’t already seen it.

Love Simon

I also went to the midnight showing of Avengers: Infinity War with my friend the day it was released. It was an incredible film, but also shocking, heartbreaking, terrifying. I loved it, but why do we have to wait a whole year for the next one to be released?!

Infinity War

At the end of the month I went to Oxford for the day with my mum. We explored the city and saw some of the locations they filmed parts of the Harry Potter movies in, which was kind of exciting. Oxford is beautiful, and it also gave me another location for my Reading Around the World feature, so you have that to look forwards to at some point in the future.

April Recap (4)


Monthly Recaps - Book Haul

Sometimes when you’re having a bad month and feeling a little down the only answer is to buy books, which is what I ended up doing in April.

April Recap (2)

Books

April Recap (3)


Monthly Recaps - Last Month

There are some incredible books being released in May, and two I really really can’t wait for are Legendary by Stephanie Garber and A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas. However the release of the latter means I need to try and get around to The Assassin’s Blade and Tower of Dawn, which have been sitting on my bookshelves unread now for longer than I care to admit.

Legendary

TTT Sarah J Maas

I think May is going to end up being a quiet month for me. I don’t have a lot of plans and most of my money is going towards my big holiday this year which is coming up in June (not long to go now). So don’t expect a jam-packed May Recap from me at the end of next month.


I hope everyone else had a good April, and I hope you all have an even better May as well.

Are you surprised by how quickly this year has gone so far (how is May here already?!) or do you have exciting plans for the summer coming up that mean you want the year to go by even quicker? Let me know what book you brought this month, has anyone else read Circe yet?

Happy reading!

The Cramm Awards

I have to admit, before being nominated for this award I never really thought much on my motivations for blogging. It made some of these questions harder to answer than I would have thought they would be. I was tagged by Marie at Drizzle and Hurricane Books. Thanks so much for the tag Marie, I had a lot of fun with this one so I hope you enjoy reading my answers just as much.

The Cramm Awards

Rules:

  • Include that tidbit about who created this awesome award; theCramm
  • Mention the person who nominated you
  • Share three things that motivate you to blog
  • Share three people who inspire you to blog
  • Share one thing you hope to do that will improve the world
  • Answer your challenge question
  • Nominate 10+ bloggers and give them a fun challenge question

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Top Ten Tuesday: Frequently Used Title Structures for Young Adult Fantasy Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Frequently Used Title Structures for Young Adult Fantasy Books.

This was always something part of me noticed, but that until this Top Ten Tuesday topic I never paid too much attention to. Now I have and it’s become something I can’t get my mind to un-notice.

When it comes to young adult book titles, especially in the fantasy genre, there’s a common structure that seems to be everywhere; ‘[Something] of [Something] and [Something]’. The titles below aren’t even all the ones I was able to find, they’re just all the ones I managed to find before my brain started melting down.


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