Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on My Summer 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 a summer reads freebie, so I picked Top Ten Books on My Summer TBR List.

Once summer comes around I start reading the contemporaries on my TBR list. After all there’s nothing better than sitting on the beach or in my garden, the sun shining, with a good book filled with great characters, fluffy romances, and travel all over the world. There are so many YA contemporaries on my to-read list, and even more being released it was hard to choose just ten.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Mother/Child Relationships in YA Books

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 Mother’s Day related freebie, so I picked Top Ten Mother/Child Relationships in YA Books.

I love seeing strong familial relationships in books, unfortunately in fantasy stories that’s an aspect that seems to be missing. I guess it’s hard to risk your life saving the world when you have a loving family at home worrying for you. Not all of the mother/child relationships I featured this week are happy, loving and perfect, but they were all amazingly written.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Fairytales I’d Love to See Retold More

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 Things on my Reading Wishlist.

I gave this week’s theme a little bit of a twist, and instead of Top Ten Things on my Reading Wishlist I went for Top Ten Fairytales I’d Love to See Retold More. I am a huge fan of fairytale retellings, but I’ve noticed it seems to be the most popular ones that are retold over and over again, there are so many I’d love to see given the same treatment and this gives me a chance to showcase them.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Five Cover Changes I Loved and Top Five Cover Changes I Didn’t Like

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 cover theme freebie, so I picked Top Five Cover Changes I Loved and Top Five Cover Changes I Didn’t Like.

Everyone has an opinion on cover changes, and no matter whether you love the new design or prefer the old one everyone (likely) agrees that there is nothing more annoying than when a series changes covers halfway through. For this week’s free cover themed pick I thought it was the perfect time to talk about some of the best and worst (in my opinion) cover changes, all halfway through a series.


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April Recap

April has ended up being a bit of a so-so month for me. I didn’t read as many books as I’d hoped and didn’t post as many reviews as I planned, but I kept blogging throughout the month so I’m going to class April as a success, at least when it comes to blogging. Here’s hoping now we’re in May I can get things back on track.


Monthly Recaps - This Month

Books I Reviewed

April Recap '17, #1

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

This was one of my most anticipated releases for this year, and not only was it everything I hoped it would be it was so much more. Strange the Dreamer is easily a favourite read of 2017 for me.


Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Unfortunately this one wasn’t what I hope it would be. While the plot was fast-paced and the world-building was intricate the characters weren’t well developed, which really let the story down.


The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig

Again this book wasn’t what I hoped it would be. It was a great story but the ending was left too open, it makes me think there’s another book due to be released but I know that isn’t the case.


The Mortal Instruments Series

I finally got around to re-reading the first half of the Mortal Instruments series this month, and while City of Bones wasn’t as good as I remembered City of Ashes and City of Glass were each a lot better.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare


Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

I don’t read many mystery books, but I’d heard great things about Last Seen Leaving and couldn’t resist. Luckily I enjoyed it as much as everyone else did, and was kept guessing right until the end.


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

All I can say for this book is the hype is real. The Hate U Give is such an important book, using Starr and Khalil to tell a powerful story. It was incredibly well written and is a book I highly recommend.


Top Ten Tuesday

Must Have Merchandise for Every Harry Potter Fan

Top Ten of the Most Unique Books I’ve Read

Top Ten Things that Will Make Me Instantly Want to Read a Book

Top Ten Things that Will Make Me Instantly Not Want to Read a Book


Waiting on Wednesday

Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody


Standalone Sunday

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven


Monthly Recaps - Book Haul

I’d say this is an average haul for a month, I didn’t overspend but didn’t under-spend either. Ideally this is the kind of haul I’d like to have each month. Unfortunately I just can’t control my spending when it comes to books. Still I always have some amazing books to show for it, even if I end up with no money left in my bank account.


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Waterstones

Amazon


April Recap '17, #3

Fairy Loot


Monthly Recaps - Last Month

I’ll admit that because of the way this month has gone I don’t have a TBR list for next month. I’m not approaching a book slump or anything, I’m just at the stage of my mood reading mood where I have no idea what I want to read until something catches my eye. The only book I know I’m definitely going to read is…


A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places. 

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.


So at the moment my May seems kind of empty, but I’m playing around with an idea for a new feature on my blog and also playing around with the idea of getting some re-reads read and reviewed. Really May is going to be a month where anything could happen.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things that Will Make me Instantly Not Want to Read a Book

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 Things that Will Make me Instantly Not Want to Read a Book.

For last week’s Top Ten Tuesday post I talked about what things instantly make me add books to my to-read list, so it makes sense that this week’s topic is the opposite. You may notice a lot of these are the same, because if there is a cover design I love that makes me want to pick up a book ASAP you can believe there have been cover designs that have done the opposite and put me off books.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things that Will Make me Instantly Want to Read a Book

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 Things that Will Make me Instantly Want to Read a Book.

I add a lot of books to my to-read list, I think I’m safe in saying we all do because we’re all well aware of the never ending TBR list issues, but what is it that makes me add a book I’ve just discovered onto my to-read list? There are a lot of things; each book has made it onto my to-read list for a different reason but there are definitely the main ones, number one normally being the cover.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten of the Most Unique Books I’ve Read

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 of the Most Unique Books I’ve Read.

For me, what makes a book unique is when it goes in a completely different direction to what I assumed it would when I read the blurb. We’ve all had books like that; where the blurb only reveals a small part of the plot, smaller than it normally would, so you go in with few expectations only for them to be blown out of the water by the story the author has written instead.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Must Have Merchandise for Every Harry Potter Fan

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 fandom freebie, so I picked Must Have Merchandise for Every Harry Potter Fan.

I don’t really belong to many fandoms, and while I could have used this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic to talk more about my favourite books I feel I do that more than enough. By now everyone knows how much I love certain series and there’s only so much I can say about them without repeating myself. So I went back to the first fandom I belonged to, and the one I am still in now.


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March Recap

Another month has been and gone, and with it more of my most anticipated releases of 2017 have been released. Overall March was a great month for me; I unveiled my new blog design, I read and reviewed what was my most anticipated releases of this year, and I finally created a Goodreads account for this blog.

About time right?


Monthly Recaps - This Month

Books I Reviewed

March Recap '17, #1

The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury

This series just seemed to get better with each book. I enjoyed the first and loved the second, so it was no surprise that I thought the third and final book was the best of the trilogy.


A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

Chances are if you’ve been following my blog for a while you know how much I love this series and how excited I was for A Conjuring of Light. This was my most anticipated release for 2017 and it more than lived up to my expectations.


History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

After reading Adam Silvera’s first book I jumped straight into History is All You Left Me. This book was just as moving, just as heartbreaking, and just as beautifully written as More Happy Than Not.


Zeroes Series

Zeroes was a re-read for me before I picked up Swarm, and I enjoyed it just as much the second time as I did the first. After the way Swarm ended I cannot wait to get my hands on the third book in the series.

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti

Swarm by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti


ARC Review: A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Another of my most anticipated releases for 2017 A Crown of Wishes was better than I thought it would be, and even better than The Star-Touched Queen was in my opinion.

I received a copy of this book from St. Martin’s Griffin.


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

There aren’t really enough words to fully describe how much I love this book. It’s one I’m always re-reading, and every time I pick it up there’s something new I discover about the story or the characters that I fall more in love with.


ARC Review: Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

I only requested this from NetGalley on a whim, but it’s one of the best books I’ve picked up this year so far. Defy the Stars reminds me what it is about the sci-fi genre I love so much, and I can’t wait to get my hands on book two.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


The Remnant Chronicles

While I wasn’t that much of a fan of the first book, the pacing was a little too slow for my liking, by the time I got around to the second and third books I could understand what it was about this series everyone loved.

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson


Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

It’s no secret Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series is one of my all-time favourites, so I was really excited to get around to Iko’s story. While I haven’t read many graphic novels Wires and Nerve is still a favourite of mine.


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR List

Top Ten Books You’ll Stay up All Night Reading so You Can Finish Them in One Go

Top Five Authors I’ve Met and Top Five Authors I Want to Meet


Standalone Sunday

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

More Than This by Patrick Ness


Waiting on Wednesday

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore


Monthly Recaps - Book Haul

This was the month all the hardcover editions I pre-ordered arrived from the US, so this was the month I possibly spent more on shipping than I did on books. Still, seeing all of the US editions I brought sitting on my bookshelves I can’t bring myself to regret that decision.


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Waterstones


Amazon


March Recap '17, #3

Fairy Loot


Monthly Recaps - Last Month

Last month something amazing happened, I actually managed to complete my monthly TBR list. Ever since I started including books I wanted to read and review the following month in my recaps I never managed to stick to one, but now that I have I have good feelings for April’s TBR list.


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The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig

The breath-taking sequel to the acclaimed The Girl from Everywhere. Nix has escaped her past, but when the person she loves most is at risk, even the daughter of a time traveller may not be able to outrun her fate—no matter where she goes. Fans of Rae Carson, Alexandra Bracken, and Outlander will fall hard for Heidi Heilig’s sweeping fantasy.

Nix has spent her whole life journeying to places both real and imagined aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. And now it’s finally time for her to take the helm. Her father has given up his obsession to save her mother – and possibly erase Nix’s existence – and Nix’s future lies bright before her. Until she learns that she is destined to lose the one she loves. But her relationship with Kash – best friend, thief, charmer extraordinaire – is only just beginning. How can she bear to lose him? How can she bear to become as adrift and alone as her father?

Desperate to change her fate, Nix takes her crew to a mythical utopia to meet another Navigator who promises to teach her how to manipulate time. But everything in this utopia is constantly changing, and nothing is what it seems—not even her relationship with Kash. Nix must grapple with whether anyone can escape her destiny, her history, her choices. Heidi Heilig weaves fantasy, history, and romance together to tackle questions of free will, fate, and what it means to love another person. But at the centre of this adventure are the extraordinary, multifaceted, and multicultural characters that leap off the page, and an intricate, recognizable world that has no bounds. The sequel – and conclusion – to the indie darling The Girl from Everywhere will be devoured by fans of Rachel Hartman and Maggie Stiefvater. Includes black-and-white maps.


The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder―much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing – not even a smear of blood – to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.


Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

A new epic fantasy by National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy.

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.


Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Crown princess Rhiannon Ta’an wants vengeance.

The only surviving heir to an ancient Kalusian dynasty, Rhee has spent her life training to destroy the people who killed her family. Now, on the eve of her coronation, the time has finally come for Rhee to claim her throne—and her revenge.

Alyosha is a Wraetan who has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. Despite his popularity, Aly struggles with anti-Wraetan prejudices and the pressure of being perfect in the public eye.

Their paths collide with one brutal act of violence: Rhee is attacked, barely escaping with her life. Aly is blamed for her presumed murder.

The princess and her accused killer are forced to go into hiding—even as a war between planets is waged in Rhee’s name. But soon, Rhee and Aly discover that the assassination attempt is just one part of a sinister plot. Bound together by an evil that only they can stop, the two fugitives must join forces to save the galaxy.

In this exhilarating debut for fans of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles and Pierce Brown’s Red Rising trilogy, Rhoda Belleza crafts a powerful saga of vengeance, warfare, and the true meaning of legacy.


After all the work I did on my blog over the course of March I’m going to take a break from major reveals and re-designs. I’ll still be posting the same amount, likely, but there are still some finishing touches I need to finish and April is going to be the month for those.