Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Top Ten Tuesday Sixty Nine

Top Ten books to buy someone who doesn't read alot

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/ meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.  After not taking part in this for a number of weeks now, I decided that this week's topic was a perfect one to jump back into things with.  I choose to recommend books to buy someone who isn't the biggest reader, but perhaps would like to read more, as I had so many books that I felt could fit this really well.  And so, enjoy!  

Even people who aren't huge readers are likely to have read or seen the movie for The Fault in our Stars, so instead why not give them another of John Green's books that is not only an amazing read with a great plot and a heart-wrenching plot twist, but also includes characters that will keep you reading no matter how little you usually do.  

I don't think I will ever not recommend David Levithan to absolutely anyone, regular reader or not, but this one is a particularly good one to get them for Christmas, as it is set around this time of year as well.  Not only is a gorgeously unique romance, but it is also so well written, and now has a sequel they could get into as well!  

I've only just read this, but can already happily say that it is perfect for anyone who is just starting to or hasn't read alot of YA before.  Whilst it is by no means the most unique or best fantasy out there, it is super fast paced, easy to read, and will sweep you away instantly.

What better to get someone who doesn't read alot than an amazing YA classic that is not only a beautiful story, but also written in such a unique form that they will fly through.

This is another one I feel like I recommend at absolutely every opportunity going, as it is one of my all time favourites, but I also believe it could be perfect for someone who isn't a big a reader as well.  It follows four different characters, meaning that you will never have a problem if there is a slow point in one storyline, as they are faced with the threat of a meteor that is said to spark the end of the world in a number of months, making it such a unique story that I dare them not to love.  

This one is perfect for absolutely anyone who likes a cute little romance, as it follows Hadley and Oliver as they find themselves drawn to each other as they get to know each other during a long plane ride to London.  This one is also quite a short read at only 230 pages, so absolutely anyone can fly through this one in no time at all.  

What better to get someone for Christmas than a Christmassy book?  Not only is it perfect to get you in the mood for both Christmas and the New Year, but it is also a collection of short stories, making it perfect for absolutely anyone, no matter how much time they have or how much they like to read.  

Finally, this is one of my oldest favourites that follows our main character of Daisy who has died and been brought back to life 5 times, as she moves and has to create a new life for herself all over again.  Its fast-paced with an addictive writing style, has a friendship you will fall in love with and has some insanely plot twists, and so will keep absolutely anyone hooked till the very end.  

What books would you recommend someone who isn't a huge reader?  Have you read any of these - what did you think?  

Monday, 21 November 2016

Birthday Book Haul

Over the last couple of months, not only has my reading slump stopped me from reading anywhere near as much as I would like, but it also stopped me from buying books pretty much at all, as I didn't need any new books when I wasn't even reading the ones I currently owned.  But luckily, with the end of October and the beginning of November came not only what I hoped was an escape from my reading slump, but also my birthday.  And so, for the first time in a long while, I used both as an excuse to buy a few new books.  And so, enjoy!  

After reading Illuminae at the beginning of the year, this one went straight to the top of my list for the most anticipated releases of the year.  And so, its safe to say that I was so happy when I recieved this one for my birthday a couple of weeks ago, as it meant I could finally read the sequel to one of my favourite reads of this year.  I can't tell you how excited I am to jump into this one and see where the story goes, and so am pretty sure I will reading this one fairly soon as well!      

After reading the synopsis for this one before it even came out, I was super intrigued in the story, but for some reason never got round to picking it up.  So when I saw it whilst out on my birthday, I decided to give in and actually pick it up for once, instead of just forgetting about it and never getting round to buying it like I do with so many of anticipated releases.  This one sounds like nothing I've ever read before, and I'm really curious to see how the split POV works and ultimately what this book has in store.

Considering The Book Thief has forever held the title of my all time favourite book, I would have never have guessed that I would be putting in one of my book hauls.  I'm not normally one to rebuy books I've already read, let alone already own, but after realising that my copy of this one was the definition of battered, I thought it might be a good idea to get a new copy of it.  And so, I was insanely happy and grateful when I received this new gorgeous edition for my birthday, and can't wait to finally reread this amazing book.  

Similarly to Gemina, as soon as I heard that this one was coming out, it shot straight to the top of my list of anticipated reads.  I absolutely adored Dash and Lily's Book of Dares, and so was over the moon when I spotted this one recently, especially considering I had somehow missed that it was even out!  I couldn't resist picking this one up, and now am even more excited for Christmas to roll around so that I can read this one as well.  

Finally, I actually picked this one up a week or so after my birthday, but still thought I slip it into this book haul anyway.  Recently, for whatever reason I have really loving fantasy, and after attempting to read a contemporary found that I was really not in the mood to read from that genre at the minute.  But because contemporary is usually the genre I do read the most from, that is definitely what dominates my bookshelf, and so I decided it was time to pick up a new fantasy to satisfy my need for one!  

What books have you recently picked up?  Have you read any of these - what did you think?

Thursday, 3 November 2016

November TBR

At last, November, one of my favourite months of the year, is finally here, and so what better way to welcome in the month than with another TBR.  Last month, despite reading books I really enjoyed, wasn't the best for the number of books I actually got round to, but all that means is I am going into this month even more determined to finally get back into my old reading habits.  And so, enjoy!  

1) A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir - 

After reading An Ember in the Ashes earlier this year, I was so excited for the release of the sequel in August, and so can't believe that my reading slump stopped me from picking this up as soon as I could.  The ending of the first one left me wanting to continue the story and read so much more in this world that I can't wait to pick up this book at last and see where things go, so if I end up just reading one book this month (although let's all hope I don't!) then hopefully it is this one.

2) Cinder by Marissa Meyer - 

This is another one that I picked up after hearing so many good things about this series and knew that I needed to give this a go.  This book is a sci-fi cinderella retelling, where Cinder is a cyborg. After reading Throne of Glass last month, and loving it, I really want to give this, another book that has so much hype surrounding it, a go and hope that it lives up to or exceeds my expectations exactly like Throne of Glass.

3) Mosquitoland by David Arnold - 

This was one was one of my most anticipated debuts of last year, and yet somehow I still haven't got round to reading it, and so I would love to finally read it this month.  It follows Mim as she takes a bus back to her old home where her mother has recently become ill.  Recently, I feel like I've been reading alot more fantasy, and so I would also really like to get round to this one to also just get back to reading some good old contemporary.  

4) The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd - 

Although the perfect time to read this book has now past, I am still in the mood to get round to this creepy book that I have been wanting to read for so long now.  This one tells the story of Juliet as she finds out her father is still alive and carrying on his mad experiments on a remote island she must travel to.  Even if Halloween is now over, I am still really wanting to finally read this one, as I haven't read a super creepy book in a while now, so hopefully this one can fill my need for one this month.  

5) Switched by Amanda Hocking - 

Finally, because once again what good is a TBR if its not going to be hard to achieve, I would love to also get round to rereading the first book in one of my favourite series,  since I recently picked up my own copy of it.  I also really hope that if November is still plagued by this slump, then reading not only one of my favourites, but also a book that I know is an addictive and fast paced read, may help me make my way firmly out of one.

What books do you plan to read this month?  Have you read any of these - what did you think?

Sunday, 30 October 2016

October Wrap Up

As I seem to say every month, October is somehow already over, with November now just a couple of days away and the end of the year now even closer.  This month, I once again tried to finally make my way out of this never-ending reading slump, and whilst I think I definitely have been reading a lot more, and definitely alot more regularly than I was.  Unfortunately, that does still mean that this wrap up is not huge, as I only managed to read two books this month, but I was still pretty happy with my reading this month, as I really enjoyed everything I did manage to get round to.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas - 

Firstly, I finally managed to pick this one up this month, and honestly am so glad I did as it became my first five star read since the summer.  This book follows Celaena Sardothien, a notorious assassin as she chosen to become the prince's champion in a tournament to become the king's champion and win back her freedom.  I loved absolutely every aspect of this book, from the beautiful writing to the fast-paced plot and complex characters that I adored.  It's safe to say I am really excited to continue on with this series, and wouldn't be surprised if I picked up the second pretty soon.

Rating - 5/5 

The Last Star by Rick Yancey

After Throne of Glass, I decided that it was finally time to finish this series, after this was another book I have been meaning to get round to for a good while now.  I am always putting off the end of series because I just don't want them to end, so I'm really happy that I actually picked this one up.  Unfortunately, I do still have currently have around 50 pages left of this one, but so far I am absolutely loving it and can't wait to see what happens in the final few pages. 

Rating - 4.5/5 (so far) 

How many books did you get round to this month?  Which was your favourite?  
Have you read any of these - what did you think?  

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Top Ten Tuesday Sixty Eight

Halloween freebie - Top Ten Non-Scary books that will still get you in the mood for Halloween

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/ meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.  This weeks topic was one I have been looking forward to for a good while now, as I am a big fan of Halloween reads and love to read some spooky books to get me in the mood for it.  However, despite loving a good horror book, I haven't read a huge amount of them and so decided to instead recommend some of my favourite non-scary books that will still give you that creepy and spooky feeling.  And so, enjoy!  

1) The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon -

Ghost stories are one of my favourite things to read around Halloween, and so for me this one is one of the first I would recommend to anyone for this time of year.  Not only is it such a captivating and mysterious ghost story with some creepy events along the way, but the writing in this will draw you in with how beautiful it is.  

2) Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff - 

This is a book that, before reading I never would have expected to be putting on this list, but is actually a perfect read if you want a little bit of eeriness without sacrificing an amazing plot, story and characters anyway.  It is one of my favourite reads of the year, and whilst I think everyone should read it at anytime of the year, now is an even more perfect time to do so.  

3) The Accident Season by Moira Foley - 

If you're looking for a super creepy read, that will seriously make you question what is actually going on, then definitely pick this up.  It's such a unique book that follows a family who every year face a month of being extremely accident prone, and so its safe to say this is filled with tragedy, mystery and just all round spookiness.   

4) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater - 

This one is perfect for anyone looking for more unique supernatural element, and for something a little different to your usual Halloween read.  Not only does it have some amazingly creepy elements, but it also has characters you will fall in love with and a plot that will keep you gripped till the very end.  

5) My Blood Approves series by Amanda Hocking - 

If you're really not a fan of the spooky and scary side of Halloween, but still want to get in the mood for it by reading about some supernatural creatures, then this series is perfect.  It follows our main character of Alice as she gets involved with a family of vampires, and honestly this series is just great if you're looking for an addictive, quick read that you will fly through in no time.  

6) Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs - 

One of my more recent reads, this one is just one of the books that I think is a must read for Halloween.  It has everything you could ever want in one, with the creepy children's home and island, supernatural abilities of the children that live there and the eerie photos that just perfectly set the spooky atmosphere.  

7) Half Bad by Sally Green - 

If I think Halloween, one of the first things I think of is witches, and so this book if that is something you think of as well.  I loved the writing and plot of this one, as well as the mysterious aspects of it, and think it is great for including an Halloween-esque aspect, but still doing it in a unique and different way.  

8) The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey - 

Finally, this might be a little different to your usual Halloween picks, but personally I think that this is still a perfect read for providing that spooky, eerie atmosphere.  Whilst aliens aren't usually where my mind goes when I think Halloween, this one is still great for giving you those creepy feelings whilst still not being your typical supernatural-esque book.  

What are some your favourite books to read for Halloween?  Have you read any of these - what did you think?