Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Reading Recommendations for my Cousin Through the Years

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 I Want my Future Children to Read.

While this could change at the moment I don’t see myself having children. However one of my younger cousins has developed an all-consuming love of Harry Potter, the series that kick-started my obsession with reading, so for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic I’ve done a list of series, author and book recommendations for her for once she’s ready to move on from Harry Potter.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Five Characters who Have Made Great Leaders and Five Characters who Wouldn’t Make Great Leaders

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 Characters who Would Make Great Leaders.

I put a little twist on this week’s theme and instead I’m going to focus on five characters who’ve made great leaders, and five characters who wouldn’t make great leaders and should in no way be put in a leadership position. I read a lot of fantasy, and if there’s one thing there’s plenty of in the fantasy genre it’s leaders, be they lost princesses fighting for their throne or rebels fighting for a cause.


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October Recap and Announcement

October is nearly over (on a side note how are we now at November? Where has this year gone? Does anyone know?) and it may not seem like it given I took a mini hiatus but this was a pretty bust month for me. My days were filled with travel, work, reading and prep for NaNoWriMo.

Yes, once again I am taking part in NaNoWriMo (you can find my profile here in case you want to add me and share the stress of NaNo) and I’m keeping my fingers tightly crossed that this year I manage to read the 50K goal. I’m still not 100% sure how I’m going to manage both blogging and NaNo. It’s going to be a challenge to say the least and, this brings me onto my announcement, to  help there are going to be some small changes on my blog.

I will still be posting but now I’m going to be posting to a schedule. I will publish posts on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, as well as every other Friday. This does mean I will no longer be taking part in the Standalone Sunday or Waiting on Wednesday memes but I will be continuing with Top Ten Tuesday.


Monthly Recaps - This Month

Books I Reviewed

October Recap '17, #1

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

While I still really loved this book, and I’m definitely not comparing it to the film, I think there were a few things the film did better. Overall though Leigh Bardugo managed to write an amazing story with incredible characters.


Warcross by Marie Lu

Marie Lu is now one of my auto-add, auto-buy, auto-everything authors. Warcross was incredible, and while I saw one of the end twists coming the other completely shocked me and has left me desperate for the next book.


The Infernal Devices Trilogy

It took me a long time to get around to the trilogy, but it was definitely worth the wait though I am kicking myself for not picking it up sooner. Everyone has said how amazing the Infernal Devices are, and I 100% agree with them.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare


Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

This was one of my most anticipated releases of this year, and yes Wild Beauty more than lived up to my expectations. While my favourite of McLemore’s books is still When the Moon Was Ours, Wild Beauty was an incredible read.


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Bookish OTPs

Top Ten Books that Make Me Want to Bake

Top Ten Books Where the Title IS the Cover

Top Ten Things Needed for a Perfect Halloween to Yourself


Waiting on Wednesday

Winterfolk by Janel Kolby

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell


Standalone Sunday

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly


Monthly Recaps - Book Haul

Pretty decent month for book buying; most of these were pre-orders with one or two impulse purchases I just couldn’t resist. I ended up with a double copy of one book this month, but honestly it’s an incredible book and it won’t be the first I have more than one edition of. Just ask me how many copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone I own.


October Recap '17, #2

Waterstones

Amazon

Giveaway


October Recap '17, #3

Fairy Loot

October Recap '17, #4


Monthly Recaps - Last Month

Honestly it doesn’t seem like there’s a lot being released in November, not much I’m really excited for at least. I guess towards the end of the year book publishing companies slow down until the new year. I know for sure there are plenty of incredible books coming out in January I am so excited for.


The Becoming of Noah Shaw

The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin

In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.

Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.

They’re wrong.

Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.

He shouldn’t.

And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.

They’re right.


November is going to be an exciting month for two reasons; the first of which is NaNoWriMo, and the second is that in just over two weeks it is my two-year blogiversary. It’s hard to believe at times I’ve been blogging for nearly two years, feels like longer and shorter than that at times. I will be doing a giveaway so stay tuned for that.

Good luck to anyone else taking part in NaNo, and I hope everyone has an incredible November.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things Needed for a Perfect Halloween to Yourself

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 a Halloween freebie, so I picked Top Ten Things Needed for a Perfect Halloween to Yourself.

Happy Halloween everyone!

I’m not a massive fan of Halloween; partly because it’s more of an American thing than a British one and partly because I never went  trick-or-treating as a child. Still I love the atmosphere of October 31st, even if I choose to celebrate Halloween by reading, watching movies, and eating loads of chocolate that should really go to the trick-or-treaters who knock on the door.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books Where the Title IS the Cover

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 Unique Book Titles.

When it comes to books the main thing that draws me to them (other than who wrote it when it comes to authors like V.E. Schwab and Marissa Meyer) is the cover. If a book has a pretty cover chances are I’ll immediately pick it up so for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme rather than focus on unique titles, because I largely read fantasy so I have a lot of unique titles to choose from, I decided to focus on books where the title is the cover.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books that Make Me Want to Bake

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 Yummy Foods Mentioned in Books.

I adapted the theme a little this week. Instead of talking about books that feature yummy foods, I’m going to talk about the books I’ve read that make me want to bake.

Baking is one of my favourite things to do. A year and a half ago it seemed like I was baking all the time; I’d make gingerbread men and sugar cookies, a variety of cupcakes and muffins, cheesecakes and birthday cakes. Granted baking has fallen in the wayside a little as blogging takes up most of my time, but when I read books that feature the most mouth-watering descriptions of food I really want to try my hand at baking them so I can taste the food I’m reading about for myself.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish OTPs

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 Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends.

I don’t have book boyfriends/girlfriends, so instead I’ve adapted the theme a little this week and I’m going to talk about ten of my favourite OTPs.

Now this was a topic I did for one of the Freebie Weeks back in January, so I needed to be careful not to feature the same couples twice. I have plenty of OTPs and favourite couples so this wasn’t an issue, but if there are any characters you expected to see on my list this week (namely two characters from my favourite V.E. Schwab trilogy) that aren’t here, it’s because I’ve already featured them back in January.


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September Recap

September was pretty much all about the ARCs on this blog. Three of my highly anticipated reads  of the year were released and I was incredibly lucky to get an ARC for all three. Granted there were a few disappointments but reading would be boring without any variety, if you knew before going in that you were going to love every single book you picked up.

Just a quick announcement; I will be going on a mini-hiatus this month. On October 10th me and my sister will be travelling to Budapest and then on to Vienna, so I will be unable to post and likely unable to comment as well. This also means in October instead of posting one of my Reading Around the World features I will publishing two Postcard From posts about my holidays.


Monthly Recaps - This Month

Books I Reviewed

September Recap '17, #1

ARC Review: Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

This was incredible. After Nevernight I had high expectations for Godsgrave but this book completely blew them out the water. It was better than I ever expected, and better than the first book as well.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

When I read the blurb for The Loneliest Girl in the Universe I thought I knew what the story would be about, then I actually read the book and it went in another direction that had me hooked.


ARC Review: Invictus by Ryan Graudin

After discovering Ryan Graudin had not only another book being released but a time travel book at that, Invictus went to the top of my to-read list. Luckily I got an ARC for it at YALC, and luckily this book lived up to my expectations.

I received a copy of this book from BKMRK.


ARC Review: Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

While the concept for Beasts Made of Night was interesting, and the world building incredible, the story itself and the character development was a little disappointing. Still a good read but this was a book I’d hoped for more from.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher.


ARC Review: The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo

If I had to pick one book this month that was not only my most anticipated release but also my favourite read, it would be this one. I was beyond thrilled to get an ARC for The Language of Thorns, and of course I loved it. Though I expected nothing else from Leigh Bardugo and the Grishaverse.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


ARC Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Normally I’m not a big reader of horror, but between the fact that There’s Someone Inside Your House was written by Stephanie Perkins and that I’d seen it likened to Scream I thought ‘why not?’

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


ARC Review: The Fandom by Anna Day

Everyone, and I’m guilty of this myself, reads fantasy books and thinks of how incredible it would be to live within that world. The Fandom was an interesting story about why that could end up being very very dangerous.

I received a copy of this book from Chicken House.


ARC Review: All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry

This was a highly anticipated release of mine, simply because I love the magical realism genre. Unfortunately it ended up being my worst read of the month simply because I hated the main character.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

Before Moonrise I’d never read a book written in poetry before, but this was one I discovered at YALC and it sounded interesting. Moonrise ended up being an unexpected discovery but one I loved, and I’ll definitely be checking out more of Sarah Crossan’s releases.


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Books I Struggled to Get into but Ended up Loving

Top Ten Books I Read and Loved While at High School/Uni

Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR List

Top Ten Books that Feature … Characters


Waiting on Wednesday

Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Life, Love, and the List by Kasie West


Standalone Sunday

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde


Monthly Recaps - Book Haul

After my intense YALC books haul, and my aim to read as many of the books I already own but have yet to get to, I’ve been very good about resisting whim purchases. Granted it’s been hard because there are a couple of books I’ve seen which I really want, chances are you’ll see them in my October Recap, but all the books I brought this month were pre-orders that were finally released.


September Recap '17, #2

Waterstones

Amazon


September Recap '17, #3

Fairy Loot


Monthly Recaps - Last Month

There are some incredible books being released next month, a lot of them I cannot wait for, which made picking just one for my September Recap a challenge. In the end I settled on a book that is being released very soon (tomorrow) and that I have been so excited for for such a long time.


Wild Beauty

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Love grows such strange things.

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.


I got through a lot of ARCs last month, and while I discovered some incredible books, some of which have become favourite reads of mine this year, I’m looking forwards to being able to read the books I want to read rather than the books I need to read because their release date is coming up. My aim is to catch up on some of the books I own but have yet to read.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books that Feature … Characters

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 that Feature … Characters.

The Best Villainous/Morally Grey

Everyone loves villains, there’s a whole anthology devoted to them now. When I saw this week’s open prompt the first thing that came to mind was villainous characters, or more specifically morally grey characters who could never be called heroes but are just out for themselves and make no apologies for what they need to do to achieve their goal. There are some brilliant ones in the books I’ve read, and this is my chance to feature my top ten.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on my Fall 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 Fall TBR List.

There are plenty of books on my Fall TBR list; at the end of July I made a mid-year resolution to try and get through all the books I owned but still hadn’t read. There are a lot and I know I’m not going to read them all, especially considering there are so many incredible books still to be released. This list is mainly the books that have been/are being released between July and the end of this year that I want to read, as well two that just sounded so good I couldn’t pass them by.


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