Top Ten Tuesday – Summer Reads aka My Summer/Holiday TBR

Hello and welcome to Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where a different ‘challenge’ for a list of ten books/bookish things is set each week. This week’s topic is the open suggestion of Summer Reads so I’ve decided to post my summer/holiday TBR as I’m going on holiday soon and I’m hoping to take a few of these books with me as well as get some reading done over summer in general. Anyway these are the books I’m hoping to read-

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han (though I may reread To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before)

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

When the Moon was Ours by Anne-Marie McLemore

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

 

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Thanks for reading! 🙂

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Autumn TBR

Hello! Since it’s now autumn I thought I’d do a quick post to remind myself to read these five books during the season. I always like to read more thriller and historical books so you’ll probably notice a theme on my TBR. Hopefully I’ll have read these by the end of the year at the very least. If you’d like to find out more about each book I’ve linked the Goodreads pages in the titles. Anyway, the books I’d like to read in Autumn are –

Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto

I’ve owned this book for quite a while and recently I’ve been thinking about it a lot as the blurb is so interesting.  From what I can gather it’s about a girl named Westie and when she was a child cannibals took her arm and her family whilst they traveled a wagon trail and she is now seeking revenge. She is then adopted by an inventor named Nigel who goes onto build a machine that can harvest magic from gold, there is a problem though – the main investors in Nigel’s invention seem to Westie to be the family that killed hers and took her arm. The book seems to focus on Westie’s adventure to prove their guilt and possibly get revenge for her family. Doesn’t that sound amazing? I definitely want to pick this one up as soon as possible.

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

I picked this up not too long ago after hearing a lot of buzz on twitter and the inner history buff in me couldn’t resist. It’s a funny and fantastical retelling of the adventures of Lady Jane Grey – the nine day queen. I love historical fiction and retellings as they always bring something new to a sometimes stale subject even if it doesn’t exactly tell the truth. I’m also looking forward to seeing how having three different authors changes the storytelling.

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Again, another book I’ve had for a while but I’m still really excited to read. I follow the author, Marieke Nijkamp on twitter and immediately wanted to read This Is Where It Ends when she announced it as I love her tweets. The focus of this book is a school shooting and is told from the perspective of four different people at said school. I don’t know much else about it as I really want to go into this book without preconceptions but I think this is going to be a really gripping read.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Though I’ve had this on my TBR for ages I recently read The Likeness by Tana French and it is now one of my favourite books and every book list I’ve seen says people who love that will love The Secret History. I actually don’t know much about the plot as I kind of want to go in without knowing anything but from what I can gather it involves a group of students and a murder. That’s all I know but it’s more than enough for me to want to read it ASAP!

The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

To be honest my main reason for wanting to read this book sooner rather than later is that I really want to see the film. I love anything zombie related so once I saw the trailer I knew that I needed to watch it (it was amazing and Gemma Arterton is in it!) but I usually like to read the book beforehand so I think I might read this book next.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is an weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where a different ‘challenge’ for a list of ten books/bookish things is set each week. This weeks topic is ‘Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR’ where I try to convince myself that I’ll be able to get to all of these books. I haven’t been reading much lately but I do actually want to get to at least half of these before summer as they’ve been high on my TBR for a while. So the books on my Spring TBR are –

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Black Iris by Elliot Wake

Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay

Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig

In The Woods by Tana French

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Thanks for reading! 🙂

February Wrap Up/March TBR

Since I didn’t read a lot in February I figured I’d just combine my February Wrap Up with my March TBR to make it a bit quicker and easier. I only managed to finish 2 books in February (I started 2 others) despite having a really good reading month in January so I’m kind of disappointed. Hopefully I can make up for it in March! So here are the books I read in February –

Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat  ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
This was such a captivating (no pun intended) read, it gripped me from start to finish and I immediately ordered the second book once I finished. Captive Prince focuses on political intrigue and relationships that develop in this historical fantasy-esque society where slavery (particularly sex slavery) is the norm. The main relationship is so unhealthy and messed up and though I fundamentally disagree with the characters actions I just really want to see how it plays out which was the main factor that kept me reading. Captive Prince basically goes against everything I stand for but I couldn’t put it down. It’s very intriguing but very violent and disturbing so I recommend looking into potential triggers before reading. I was really gripped by this book though so I can’t wait to continue on with the series because I just can’t see how the story is going to work itself out.

Stalking Darkness by Lynn Flewelling ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
A great sequel to an amazing first novel. I loved how the story developed in this book and delved deeper into the relationship between Seregil and Alec as well as expanded upon secondary characters such as Beka (who I love). I don’t really want to go into too much detail as this is the sequel but I will say that this book took a lot of unexpected twists and turns and I loved it. I definitely recommend picking this series up if you’re looking for a fun but intriguing epic fantasy. You can find my review of the first book here.

I also started A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab and Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti  and I hope to finish them both in March.

This month’s TBR is a bit big seeing as I didn’t read much in February but these are the books I’d really like to get to and the pile I’ll be choosing from this month so I figured I’d just list them all. The books I hope to read are –

Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens (I’ve started this and I’m really liking it!)

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (I read this a long time ago but I want to refresh my memory for Jane Steele.)

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman

Prince’s Gambit by C. S. Pacat

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

I also want to read a few books that were on last month’s TBR such as Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb and Traitor’s Moon by Lynn Flewelling.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

 

 

 

6 Series I’d Like to Finish/Catch Up On in 2016

Hello! Sorry for the lack of updates, I’ve been a little swamped recently and I haven’t been able to write much so I figured I’d post something that’s been in my drafts for a while. I know this is a bit late in the year for this sort of post but all of these books are still on my 2016 TBR – anyway, better late than never! 🙂

The Realm of the Elderlings series by Robin Hobb 

I only have The Rain Wild Chronicles and the Fitz and the Fool series (which is currently ongoing) left to read so this is a pretty achievable goal as I’ve been reading them consecutively since I started last year. I love these books though (especially the Fitz and the Fool ones) so I definitely recommend them to everybody.

The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater 

I read The Raven Boys towards the end of 2015 and really enjoyed it so I’m hoping to catch up with the series in time for The Raven King. The first book was pretty fast paced so hopefully I can speed through it as they seem like really entertaining books and I loved the first one.

A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin

I read the first book, A Game of Thrones before I even started my book blog and I own the whole box set so I really need to carry on with this series. Another reason is that I also want to catch up with the show but I’d rather read the books first.

The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

I read Throne of Glass when I first started getting into books (and booktube) again and I really liked it. I own the rest of the series and I met S J Maas a few months ago and she was lovely which makes me want to catch up all the more. I also want to read ACOTAR by her!

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I’ve read Cinder and Scarlet in this series and I own Cress, the only reason I stopped reading the series was because I didn’t have a copy of Cress so now I don’t have an excuse! The first two books were really fun from what I remember so I can’t wait to see what happens and how the series is resolved in Winter.

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Again I read the first two but didn’t own the third which prevented me from carrying on with the series but I recently picked up a copy of Ruin and Rising so I may re-read the first two before getting to the last one. I actually reviewed Shadow and Bone when I  first started my blog which you can find here. I also really want to read Six of Crows as well.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these series and what you though! I’m also looking for some recommendations of series to read so if you have any then let me know. Thanks for reading! 🙂

 

February TBR

Since I read a decent amount of books in January I’m hoping to do the same in February. These books are a mix of sequels I’ve been wanting to get to and a few books I’ve picked up recently. I may also read a few others as I have a lot of other books I’d like to read as well. Anyway, here are the books I’d like to read in February –

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (This is a re-read as I want to watch the new show!)

Traitor’s Moon by Lynn Flewelling (I’m currently reading Book 2, Stalking Darkness)

The Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

All The Rage by Courtney Summers

The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

Black Iris by Leah Raeder (Elliot Wake)

Captive Prince by C. S. Pascat

Feel free to let me know your thoughts in the comments! 🙂

 

Top Ten Tuesday | Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is an weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where a different ‘challenge’ for a list of ten books/bookish things is set each week. This weeks topic is ‘Top Ten Books I Recently Added to my TBR’. I’ve found some really interesting books recently and hopefully I’ll be able to pick them up sometime in the future. For more information on each book, select the name of the book to be linked through to the Goodreads page. Sorry if this post is a bit long and has a lot of mistakes as this was kind of last minute! (Also there may be a formatting issues as I get used to this new theme.)


1 – The Second Footman by Jasper Barry 
The Second Footman

I discovered this book on my Amazon Recommendations and when I looked into it it sounded absolutely amazing. I love historical fiction and the protagonist, Max seems like a really interesting character. Max is involved in some sort of fraud and he manages to find an accomplice in the form of an aristocratic patron to somehow change his circumstances from that of a footman. I love historical intrigue!

2 – In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero and Michelle Burford – Release Date : May 3rd 2016 

In the Country we love

I love Diane Guerrero in OITNB and I can’t wait to watch Jane the Virgin (which she stars in). Diane Guerrero writes about her family’s deportation from America when she was 14 years old which left her to stay with family friends so she could continue her education. In the Country We Love focuses on Diane Guerrero’s life and struggles whilst discussing how she became the amazing actress she is today.

3 – Captive Prince by S. U. Pascat

captive prince

I’ve known about this book for a while but I’ve only just recently added it to my TBR as I’ve been hearing some great things lately. It seems to involve political intrigue and has a really dark storyline so I’m really looking forward to it. The protagonist Damen is stripped of his titles as heir of Akielos and sent to serve as a slave to Prince Laurent which obviously leads to a lot of drama as Damen fights to keep his true identity secret.

4 – Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

leviathan wakes

I’ve been wanting to watch the TV adaptation of Leviathan Wakes which is called Expanse and since I usually read the book before watching any adaptation I thought I’d do the same in this instance. This book is a space opera starring two characters, Jim Holden, an ice miner and a Detective Miller who are driven together after both of there lives lead to a ship called The Scopuli. I can’t wait to get to this!

5 – Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner

swordspoint

I remember seeing some sort of web series trailer involving this book a while ago and I see it on a lot of LGBT fantasy lists so I was really intrigued to see what it was about. It seems like a cheesy feel good epic fantasy about Vier, a swordsman and his relationship with a Alec, a scholar. I’ve heard mixed things but I’m still pretty excited.

6 – Perdido Street Station by China Miéville

perdido street station

I’ve always wanted to read a China Miéville novel and Perdido Street Station seems to be a pretty popular one of his. I’m not entirely sure what it’s about if I’m honest but I know it involves steampunk (which I haven’t read before) and some sort of half-bird half-human creature. I’m really intrigued to get this though!

 

7 – This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

this is where it ends

This Is Where It Ends was really popular on Twitter leading up to it’s release date and has received some rave reviews and some slightly negative reviews lately. Either way the plot sounds interesting as I haven’t read a book on a school shooting and I’m looking forward to seeing how Nijkamp handles such a sensitive subject. I also follow Marieke Nijkamp on Twitter and love her tweets so I’m expecting to love this book just as much.

8 – This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman

this shattered world

I read These Broken Stars recently and gave it 4.5 stars so I’d like to see how this universe is developed in this companion novel. I’m going in blind  by not looking at the synopsis but from the beautiful cover I have a feeling it’s going to be pretty good. I love science fiction and I enjoyed the writing style in the previous novel.

 

9 – Warchild by Karen Lowachee

warchild

Another science fiction novel which I’ve added to my TBR recently. It involves a boy whose family is killed when he is a child and he is then kidnapped by the killers, he later escapes and becomes a spy for the aliens who he is ‘rescued’ by. It seems like an exciting, character-driven novel with the added benefit of being set in space. It’s kind of hard to get a hold of so I may see if my local library can get a copy.

10 – Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff VanderMeer

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I’ve been wanting to start writing again,  and this book seems like the perfect writing guide for fantasy lovers. It’s fully illustrated and has pretty good reviews so I’d love to add it to my collection. I’ve also wanted to read Jeff VanderMeer’s fiction novels so this’ll give me an idea of what to expect and also a look into his thought process which I find interesting.

 


So these are the books I’ve recently added to my TBR! Link me to your TTT posts in the comments and let me know if you’ve read any of the books listed above. 🙂