September Recap and an Announcement

Today is the first day of October and all I can say is where has this year gone?! I know I am not the only one out there who thinks so far 2016 has just flown by; it’s going to be Christmas soon and I still feel like we should be in May/June.

I went through a little bit of a fantasy reading slump this month. After reading Empire of Storms, which was one of my most highly anticipated releases for this year, there was no other fantasy book that could compare. Instead I went through some of the YA contemporary books on my to-read list, and even found some new favourite authors.

My book buying ban is still going strong, compared to last month I brought very little this month. Only three more months to go and then in the new year I will be back to buying whatever I want.


Reviews

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

With the film coming out I needed to get to this book sooner rather than later. While A Monster Calls isn’t my favourite Patrick Ness book it is definitely up there; a truly emotional story with beautiful illustrations. I’ve been steadily working my way through all of Patrick Ness’s books and next on my list is the Chaos Walking series.


Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

Like everyone I was eagerly awaiting the release of this book and as soon as my copy arrived I dove right in. Granted there were some issues with this book, I know a lot of people picked up on the similarities between Empire of Storms and A Court of Mist and Fury, but overall I really enjoyed this instalment.


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Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is one of my all-time favourite YA contemporary authors, but for some reason I never picked up any of her new releases after Just Listen. I’m trying to change that so Lock and Key was the first on my to-read list. I really enjoyed this book, Ruby’s development throughout was wonderful to read, and it’s made me wonder why I waited so long to pick up the rest of Sarah Dessen’s books.


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Kasie West

After reading and loving P.S. I Like You I immediately moved the rest of Kasie West’s books up my to-read list. She has quickly become another one of my favourite YA contemporary authors, and while none of the books I read this month could beat out P.S. I Like You as my favourite The Fill-In Boyfriend came very close.

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

On the Fence by Kasie West

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West


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Anna-Marie McLemore

I was lucky enough to receive When the Moon Was Ours from NetGalley. While I am a massive fan of the magical realism genre I haven’t read too many books from it, something I am trying to change. Anna-Marie McLemore is an amazing author; as soon as I finished When the Moon Was Ours, which is easily a favourite book of the year for me, I immediately picked up The Weight of Feathers.

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore


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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

As soon as I heard a play was being released I rushed to get tickets, and then when I saw the screen play was being released as a book I rushed to pre-order the hardcover edition. While I enjoyed this book, and going back to the world of Hogwarts, it was a completely different experience reading the script to seeing the play live with my own eyes.


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Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

I love fairytale retellings so I had high hopes for this book, especially when I saw it was a Snow Queen retelling rather than Snow White one like I first assumed. Unfortunately this book failed to live up to my expectations; the plot had a lot of potential but the characters were not well developed, and considering this book was written in first person POV that was a major downside.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


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Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

When I received an ARC of this book at YALC I was beyond thrilled, and I started it straight away. Gemina was one of my most anticipated releases for this year and this book more than lived up to my expectations. Everything I loved about Illuminae was in Gemina alongside so much more. If this is a book you’re eagerly anticipating you won’t be disappointed.

I received a copy of this book from Rock the Boat.


Top Ten Tuesday

I took part in four Top Ten Tuesday topics over the course of September.

Top Ten TV Shows I Can’t Wait for the Next Season of

Top Ten All Time Favourite Books in the … Genre

Top Five Favourite Artists and Top Ten Favourite Albums

Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR List


Waiting on Wednesday

I featured four books as part of the Waiting on Wednesday tag.

By Your Side by Kasie West

Replica by Lauren Oliver

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

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Wordless Wednesdsay

I started a new weekly tag and posted two Wordless Wednesday features.

Home Sweet Home

Hobbies


Just a quick announcement; I am going to be going on hiatus next week. My friend and I are going to Algarve, flying out on Sunday morning (really early) and flying home late Thursday (really really late). I plan to use Friday to catch up on comments and people’s posts and I will post again next Saturday. However until then I will be away from WordPress and away from my blog.

When I’m back I have a lot of new fantasy books to get around to that I am really excited to start; Crooked Kingdom and Blood for Blood, which are currently sitting on my bookshelves waiting for me to get around to, Vassa in the Night and Uprooted, which I also own and can’t wait to get started on, and Replica, which hasn’t been released yet but that I have pre-ordered.

Wordless Wednesday: Baking

Wordless Wednesday is a new weekly tag created by Grace at Kimmie.gg. Each week there’s a new topic, unrelated to books, which will hopefully provide some insight into my life outside of reading.

Each week, I will post a topic for a Wordless Wednesday that you may answer in whatever fashion you may like. All you need to do is link back to Kimmie.gg in your post so that I can also read your content!

This week’s theme was Hobbies but I adapted it a little to fit one of my main hobbies, outside of reading of course, which is baking. I have a few favourite recipes but when it comes down to it I’m willing to give everything a go. Certain recipes worked better than others; I’m really good at making cookies and cheesecakes but not so good at brownies and truffles. I have my favourite tried and true recipes – gingerbread cookies – and ones I have to try the next time I pick up my cookbooks – marshmallows.

I’m taking part in a Great British Bake Off challenge next week for work. Each of us are bringing in some kind of cake or cookie and we’ll vote for one Star Baker. I’m bringing in some gingerbread cookies because they’re my favourite things to make. They probably won’t win but hopefully my colleagues will enjoy them.

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Wordless Wednesday: Home Sweet Home

Wordless Wednesday is a new weekly tag created by Grace at Kimmie.gg. Each week there’s a new topic, unrelated to books, which will hopefully provide some insight into my life outside of reading.

Each week, I will post a topic for a Wordless Wednesday that you may answer in whatever fashion you may like. All you need to do is link back to Kimmie.gg in your post so that I can also read your content!

This week’s theme was Home Sweet Home, and while I have already wrote a post about my home town for the Souvenirs From Across the World feature I enjoyed being able to go back and share more pictures from both Southend and London. After all, despite only living in Southend (at the moment at least) I spend enough time in London that it really does count as my home away from home.

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August Recap

August has been the month that summer finally hit England (better late than never I suppose) and now I’m holding my breath waiting for the colder weather to hit because it’s just too hot.

I managed to get through a fair more books this month, I also started taking part in another weekly feature which I am having a lot of fun with, and honestly not much else happened in August for me. Where July was a really busy month for me things seemed to calm down a little in August and I was able to devote a little more time to blogging. There are still a fair few things I want to do for my blog, creating a Goodreads account remains at the top of that list, but eventually I’ll get around to them all.


Reviews

August Recap, #1

More Than This by Patrick Ness

I had no clue what to expect going into this book, and even while reading it I had no clue what was going on, but it was all part of the reading experience. I had so many theories throughout reading More Than This and even though none of them turned out to be 100% correct guessing was all part of the fun.


And I Darken by Kiersten White

There were so many amazing reviews for this book on WordPress so I was really excited to get started on it. And I Darken was completely different to what I expected it to be but not in a bad way. The book focuses on Lada’s life, it was enjoyable reading her journey and I can’t wait to see where she, Radu and Mehmed go in the next book.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


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My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

This was another book which I saw so many amazing reviews for. I got a copy of My Lady Jane from my June Owl Crate box, and I’m so glad I did because I’m not sure if I would have picked this book up otherwise. A humorous retelling of Jane Grey’s life but with a happier ending I was hooked from the first page to the last.


The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

I love Greek mythology so the fact that I hadn’t picked up this book before was a bit of a surprise. I haven’t read The Iliad but I knew how the story would end for both Achilles and Patroclus before going into The Song of Achilles. This book was heartbreaking; even when I knew what was coming I couldn’t quite believe it when it actually happened.


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An Ember in the Ashes Series

I’ve had this series on my to-read list for a while, and when I received an ARC of A Torch Against the Night from YALC I knew I had to get started on it. I loved both books – the setting, the story, the characters – I didn’t even mind the love square going on. I thought the second book was even better than the first, and I hope the third book will carry on that trend.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

I received a copy of this book from HarperVoyager.


P.S. I Like You

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

I haven’t read any of Kasie West’s books before, despite having them all on my to-read list. But when I saw an amazing five-star review on WordPress I immediately picked up P.S. I Like You and started reading. This book is a cute and fluffy YA contemporary, something I’d recommend for a quick afternoon read.


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Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Series

This is one of the series which I’ve had on my to-read list for a while now, but with the movie being released at the end of September I knew I had to pick up the first book at least. Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series is a completely unique concept and, although the first book wasn’t as good as the rest, books two and three were beyond amazing.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs


Top Ten Tuesday

I took part in five Top Ten Tuesday topics over the course of August.

Top Ten Books I’d Buy Right This Second if Someone Handed Me a Fully Loaded Gift Card

Top Ten Favourite Beginnings and Endings of Books

Top Ten Books with an … Setting

Top Ten Books I’ve Had on my TBR List Since Before I Started Blogging

Top Ten Books I Loved Set in School


Waiting on Wednesday

I featured five books as part of the Waiting on Wednesday tag.

Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder

Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer

BloodRose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

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Wordless Wednesdsay

I started a new weekly tag this month and posted four Wordless Wednesday features.

Soundtrack of My Life

Wanderlust

Fashion

Best Friends for Life


I haven’t got any set plans for what I’m going to read or do with my blog next month. I have a few ARC reviews which will be posted towards the end of September but otherwise it will be more of the same. I have put myself on a book buying ban, the reasons of which will be obvious to anyone who’s seen my book hauls for this month, so I may get around to some re-reads in September as well.

Wordless Wednesday: Best Friends for Life

Wordless Wednesday is a new weekly tag created by Grace at Kimmie.gg. Each week there’s a new topic, unrelated to books, which will hopefully provide some insight into my life outside of reading.

Each week, I will post a topic for a Wordless Wednesday that you may answer in whatever fashion you may like. All you need to do is link back to Kimmie.gg in your post so that I can also read your content!

This week’s theme was Best Friends for Life, and it’s all about pets. Now I mentioned my dog, Tommy, late last week when I published my Real Neat Blog Award post but any excuse to talk about him a little more is something I’m going to jump on, and it’s also an excuse to share more pictures of him as well. There’s nothing better than coming home from work and having Tommy jump up to greet me, happy to see me again.

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Wordless Wednesday: Fashion

Wordless Wednesday is a new weekly tag created by Grace at Kimmie.gg. Each week there’s a new topic, unrelated to books, which will hopefully provide some insight into my life outside of reading.

Each week, I will post a topic for a Wordless Wednesday that you may answer in whatever fashion you may like. All you need to do is link back to Kimmie.gg in your post so that I can also read your content!

This week’s theme was Art, and while I normally try and stick to the themes that are set for this one the only artist that came to mind when I thought of my favourites was Vincent Van Gogh. I love going to museums and seeing all the work on display, don’t get me wrong, but I never really seek out specific artist. So instead I decided to focus on fashion, because after all, isn’t fashion a form of art?

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Wordless Wednesday: Wanderlust

Wordless Wednesday is a new weekly tag created by Grace at Kimmie.gg. Each week there’s a new topic, unrelated to books, which will hopefully provide some insight into my life outside of reading.

Each week, I will post a topic for a Wordless Wednesday that you may answer in whatever fashion you may like. All you need to do is link back to Kimmie.gg in your post so that I can also read your content!

This week’s theme was Wanderlust and ever since I discovered Grace was making this a weekly tag and saw the topics she’d picked for each week this was the one I was the most excited for. I love travelling, one day I’d like to be able to say I’ve been to every continent and every country. I want to see everything there is to see and do everything there is to do and I’m not going to let anything stand in my way.

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Wordless Wednesday: Soundtrack to My Life

Wordless Wednesday is a new weekly tag created by Grace at Kimmie.gg. Each week there’s a new topic, unrelated to books, which will hopefully provide some insight into my life outside of reading.

Each week, I will post a topic for a Wordless Wednesday that you may answer in whatever fashion you may like. All you need to do is link back to Kimmie.gg in your post so that I can also read your content!

This week’s theme was Songs of Your Life but I adapted it a little and called it Soundtrack of My Life. I wouldn’t say these are songs that relate to turning points in my life, more songs that, no matter how much time will pass, will always be favourites of mine. Asides from books music is one of the big loves of my life. In fact I possibly love music more than I love reading because if it comes down to it I would rather leave my Kindle at home than my iPod.

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