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2016 Wrap-Up

 

  1. Dark Places – Gillian Flynn (4/5)
  2. Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher (4/5)
  3. If Snow Hadn’t Fallen – Sharon Bolton (4/5)
  4. The End – Charlie Higson (5/5)
  5. Book of Lies – Teri Terry (5/5)
  6. Never, Never (part 1) (4/5)
  7. Never, Never (part 2) (4/5)
  8. Never, Never (part 3) (4/5)
  9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky (4/5)
  10. Good Omens – Neil Gaimen and Terry Pratchett (4/5)
  11. Peter Pan – J. M. Barrie (3/5)
  12. Binge – Tyler Oakley (4/5)
  13. Carry On – Rainbow Rowell (700/5)
  14. It Ends with Us – Colleen Hoover (4/5)
  15. Dear John – Nicholas Sparks (4/5)
  16. Dark Matter – Blake Crouch (5/5)
  17. The Farm – Tom Rob Smith (5/5)
  18. All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven (5/5)
  19. The Rain – Virginia Bergin (4/5)
  20. The Girl with All the Gifts – M. R. Carey (4/5)
  21. Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green (3/5)

I’d also like to take part in the End of Year Survey created by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner . There are a lot of questions though, so I chose a couple of my favourite.

2016 Reading Stats

Number of books you read; 21

Number of Re-Reads; none, although some of the books I read this year I definitely plan on re-reading at some point.

Genre you read most from; YA, Contemporary (surprising…) and Mystery were the top 3.

Best in Books

  1. Best book read; Carry On and Dark Matter were my top 2.
  2. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t; Peter Pan. It’s a childhood favourite of many children but I’ve only ever watched the movies etc. I listened to the audiobook and didn’t really enjoy it.
  3. Most surprising book you read; The Perks of Being a Wallflower. So many people rave about this novel and it was quite enjoyable but not life-changing.
  4. Book you pushed the most people to read; Carry On. I knew a lot of my friends wanted to read the book anyway but I encouraged them to read it sooner, I guess. They did 🙂
  5. Best series you started/Best sequel/Best series ender; Never, Never / Never, Never (I only read this series this year) / The End – it was absolutely spectacular. It tied up all the loose ends and the last chapter was my favourite.
  6. Favourite new author; Colleen Hoover. I read 4 of her books this year and thoroughly loved her writing. I hope to read more of her books this year.
  7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read; Binge. I don’t usually read autobiographies but I watch Tyler’s YouTube channel and decided to give it a try. I was happily surprised. I plan on reading Connor Franta’s book this year too.
  8. Most action packed/thrilling book; The Farm – it’s mostly narrated past tense but that almost added to the suspense. And Dark Matter.
  9. Book you plan on re-reading soon; Carry On. I will forever love this book. Read it, if you haven’t already.
  10. Favourite cover; Dark Matter. pretttyyy.
  11. Most memorable character; Tyrannus Basilton Grimm-Pitch (Carry On) and Melanie (The Girl with All the Gifts)
  12. Most thought-provoking; Dark Matter – the theory behind the novel is one that had me thinking days afterwards. I’m still wrapping my head around it. Also, Thirteen Reasons Why – it really brought to my attention how much something that may seem small to you, a simple remark, could mean so much to someone else. And that the snowball effect is real.
  13. Book you can’t believe you waited so long to finally read; The End – I bought the book almost a year before I actually read it, and almost forgot what the series was about (ha)
  14. Favourite passage/quote; Bingecsa0fhhw0ae22lc
  15. Shortest and longest book; If Snow Hadn’t Fallen and Carry On.
  16. OTP of the year; Obviously Simon Snow and Baz. Spoiler: It’s canon, okay. My children. (Carry On)
  17. Book you read that someone recommended you; All the Bright Places. (Thanks, Mics <3)
  18. Book that made you nearly cry; All the Bright Places. Again, thanks, Mics. I thought I had a heart of steel. I have been proved wrong.

Looking Ahead

  1. One book you didn’t get to in 2016 but will be your number 1 priority in 2017; Don’t get me started on my TBR.
  2. Book you’re most anticipating in 2017; Fall Boys and Dizzy in Paradise by Jandy Nelson. I will, just as Hazel Grace once said, read her shopping lists. I cannot wait for her new novel.
  3. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2017; I hope to actually blog more this year, and stick with it. I took an unexpected hiatus last year and I’m starting fresh this year. In terms of reading? Keep at it 🙂

I think that’s a pretty thorough wrap up. Here’s to the first post of 2017!

Match-Up Monday: New Weekly Feature!

Hey everyone! So this Monday, I thought of a new little weekly feature. I’m not entirely sure that this (or something like it) doesn’t exist (if it does, please let me know 🙂 ) but if it doesn’t, then I’d love to start it!

Basically, the main point of it is to match up either one song (or create an entire playlist) to a novel, or just your favorite chapter in it. After matching it up, just explain why you thought of that particular song etc.

I got the idea from Rainow Rowell – she has Spotify playlists dedicated to many of her characters and novels. Also, the many times I’ve realized that a certain song and it’s lyrics suite a chapter/novel perfectly.

For this week, to add onto Rainbow’s playlists, I would match up the song Bite – Troye Sivan to a certain chapter in Carry On (the newest novel by Rainbow Rowell). I’d like to say which one – but it would probably be a spoiler to anyone who hasn’t read the (incredible) book.

(if you’re not afraid of spoilers – I’d match it up to Chapter 61. If you have read that chapter, I’m sure you’ll understand why.)

Let me know in the comments if you like this idea, and please feel to participate! (If I’m the first to do this, and you participate, I’d love it if you tagged me! Thanks)

That’s all for now, folks!

Top Ten Tuesday: Cool Gifts for a Book Lover!

Hiya! Is your birthday coming up soon? How about a fellow book lover’s birthday? Even Christmas is so soon! (if you celebrate it)

So, in the spirit of random gift giving, here is my list of Top Ten Cool Gifts for a Book Lover!

(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme over on Broke and Bookish.)

1. Olde Book Pillow Classics  – how great do these look?olde-books

2. Thumb Thing – I have one of these and it’s really convenient sometimes.

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3. Clear Acrylic Book Weight – this is just perfect.

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4.Soy Candles from Frostbeard – they have bookish scents and I’m obsessed!

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5. Literally anything from Out Of Print – their stuff is just so great, I want all of it.

6. A ring with a Dewey code of a genre – this one is for Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Detective and Horror. How cool is that?

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7. Personal Library Kit – I would so use this.

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8. “Open Books, Open Minds” quote on anything – cool quote, cool pictures. Bada bing, bada boom.

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9. An embosser from Ladd Designs – another super stylish way of marking your books. You can also use your own design!

embosser

10. A personalized Book Lover’s locket from Literary Emporium

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All of these are so cool, and as a book lover myself, I recommend these. If you’re running out of bookshelf space (when has that ever stopped us?), now you have some more ideas to help you out. (Also, I’m sorry if the pictures are weirdly spaced or something, this is my first time adding a lot of different sizes etc..)

What items have you received that are not on this list but you’d like to recommend? I have tons more I’d like to share.

That’s all for now, folks!

Bookshelf Tag

Hiya! Sorry for the wait on a new post – school just started up again so I’ve been spending some time just getting ahead on some of the work.

Anyway, I saw this tag on readandreview2016.wordpress.com who saw this on Paper Fury’s blog. It looked really fun and and I recently just bought a bookshelf for my room so the timing is right!

1. Describe your bookshelf. Where did you get it from?

From a little store – it matches the rest of my furniture which is good 🙂

2. How do you organise your books?

By shelf, kind of. The first shelf is most of my series and hardbacks. The next is all of my stand alones including my favs (Jandy Nelson). Third is all of my thrillers (also my favs). Next is my Twilight collection – and my limited amount of classic novels. Lastly, all of my childhood books. I’ll replace those soon when I need the space.

3. What’s the biggest book on your bookshelf?

Probably my hardcover copy of Life & Death: Twilight Imagined.

4. What’s the smallest book on your bookshelf?

At 108 pages, my copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling.

5. Is there a book you received as a birthday gift?

A couple, actually. The Tales of Beedle the BardThe Maze Runner Trilogy (James Dashner), Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell), Hope to Die (James Patterson), Airhead: Being Nikki (Meg Cabot).

6. Is there a book you received from a friend?

Yes, the copy of Eleanor and Park. It was a Christmas gift, and it has such a pretty cover! Rainbow Rowell is one of my favorite authors and this particular novel means so much to me, and I cherish it 🙂

7. What’s the most expensive book on your bookshelf?

Probably my copy of Life & Death: Twilight Imagined again.

8. What’s the last book you read on your bookshelf?

All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven. Has anyone else read this? Did you enjoy it as much as I did? My friend recommended this to me and wow. It is so worth the read!

9. Do you have more than one copy of a book?

I used to have a couple copies of Why the Whales Came – Michael Morpurgo but I usually give any extra copies I have away. I have two different copies of Eleanor and Park though.

10. Do you have any complete series of books?

Yes! I have basically every book related to Twilight (except the graphic novels which I’m dying to get my hands on!). Also, The Hunger Games trilogy (Suzanne Collins), The Slated trilogy (Teri Terry) and The Enemy Series (Charlie Higson)

11. What’s the newest addition to your bookshelf?

Snuff – Terry Practhett. I actually got a copy of this at a thrift book fair thing – it’s super pretty! Also, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which doesn’t count because I can’t actually read it yet until I’ve read the first seven…

12. What’s the most recently published book on your bookshelf?

Probably Harry Potter and the Cursed Child again.

13. What’s the oldest book on your bookshelf?
That’s a hard one. I have a copy of The Clinic by Jonothan Kellerman but I also have some Charles Dickinson novels…

14. Do you have a book you won?

No, not yet! Still holding onto some giveaways though!

15. Is there a book you’d hate to let out of your sight?

Yes! I’ll Give You the Sun – Jandy Nelson. If you haven’t read this, do it. It’s probably my favorite book of all time – Jandy Nelson’s writing style is so incredible and as Just Hazel said about Peter van Houten – I will read her shopping lists. 

16. What’s the most beaten up book on your bookshelf?

My first copy of Eleanor and Park – I gave it to a friend of mine to read and she gave me her copy of Fangirl (also by Rainbow Rowell) and she accidentally spilled water all over it. It’s fine now, and it’s still readable.

17. What’s the most pristine book on your bookshelf?

All of my hardcovers (especially Binge – Tyler Oakley), any book by Rainbow Rowell and my baby I’ll Give You the Sun.

18. Is there a book from your childhood?

Running Wild – Michael Morpurgo is my favorite childhood book that really got me into reading. I also have an entire shelf dedicated to childhood books though, since it wasn’t that long ago 😉

19. Is there a book that doesn’t belong to you?

The Girls with All the Gifts – M. R. Carey is a book from my mom’s bookclub.

20. Is there a book with a particularly special cover?

I have a hard cover of The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness which I’ve never really seen around at regular bookstores – if that counts.

21. Is there a book with a cover in your favourite colour?

Blue – (the pages included) – The Sky is Everywhere – Jandy Nelson. It’s so pretty.

22. Is there a book which has been on your bookshelf the longest and you STILL haven’t read it?

The Three – Sarah Lotz. I bought it about three years ago, and I got about a third of the way in and kind of just stopped reading it and never got around to picking up again.

23. Do you have any signed books?

I wish.

24. Finally, who do you TAG to take part?

Anyone who wishes to take part!

That’s all for now, folks!

Review: It Ends with Us – Colleen Hoover

title: It Ends with Us

author: Colleen Hoover (Goodreads // Twitter // website)

publish date: August 2 2016

publisher: Atria Books

genre: new adult, romance, contemporary

pages: 384

purchase a copy: Amazon // Book Depository

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“SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.” – Goodreads description.

really enjoyed this novel. Some aspects weren’t exactly perfect, although over all I’d rate this novel 4/5. I read it quite fast as well, probably since I’m on holiday and I had a copy of it on my phone.

I haven’t read a lot of Colleen’s other novels, so I’m going to have to believe that this is most definitely new ground for her. Just as her other novels, it reads easily, and the plot is just as enjoyable.

If you haven’t already read the book (you should), I don’t recommend reading on, as this part of the review contains some spoilers. 🙂

One of the things that another bookstagrammer pointed out (I’ve completely forgotten who…) that I agree with is the fact that both male characters seemed almost too perfect. Granted, both Atlas and Ryle definitely had their flaws but… Both are good looking, both have well payed jobs, both donate to charity. Yes, people like this do exist, true.

Another thing the same bookstagrammer mentioned was that it was very convenient that Lily had Atlas, her long-lost, first true love, magically single ex to fall back onto. Having this kind of stability isn’t usual in these kind of situations, although again, it is possible.

Other than these slight things, the novel really opened my eyes to a new side of abuse/ abuse in marriage/relationships. It isn’t as simple as just leaving someone the first time something happens. There are emotions and past situations (such as the incident involving Ryle’s brother) to take into account. These incidents, as they did with Ryle, may have affected the person later on, and their actions – although seemingly unforgiveable – may be uncontrollable. A lot of the time, Lily blamed herself for putting Ryle in situations where he would get angry. Lily’s final decision though, I completely agree with.

Again, I recommend reading this! Have you already? Do you agree with my annoyances? Let me know in the comments! 😉

That’s all for now, folks!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Go-To Authors

Hi everyone! Back at it again with my second Top Ten Tuesday!

This week, I’ve made a list of my top authors that are my go-to when I’m in a bad reading slump (horrible), when I’m not enjoying the book I’m currently reading, or want to read something I know I’ll enjoy. The list is in no particular order. 

  1. April Henry; out of the many books Henry has published, including The Girl I Used to Be, The Night She Disappeared and Girl, Stolen, I’ve only read three of them. But I’ve loved every single one. From beginning to end, the book keeps you on your toes, with interesting characters too. She was also kind enough to help answer some questions over Twitter for a school project of mine!
  2. Sharon Bolton; I first discovered Bolton’s writing when I picked up Like This, For Ever on a whim. Everytime I see her name on a book now, I don’t hesitate to pick it up. They’re so good. LTFE actually began my obsession with thrillers. If you haven’t already read one of her novels, I highly recommend it. Some of them include Dead Scared, Little Black Lies and Now You See Me.
  3. Teri Terry; I recently reviewed Book of Lies, which was amazing. Terry was also kind enough to help me with the same school project as April Henry did – they’re both so awesome!
  4. Rainbow Rowell; somehow, I walked into a bookstore without any intention on buying something and ended up with a copy of Eleanor and Park. How did that happen? I am so happy it did, though. Rainbow’s books are some of my favorite books ever, I cannot recommend them enough. My most recent obsession is with Carry On: The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow. If you haven’t already, go read it. You can thank me later. 
  5. Colleen Hoover; This is a completely new addition. I’ve really been enjoying It Ends with Us, and loved all three parts of Never, Never.
  6. Jandy Nelson; as said by Ransom Riggs, “Jandy Nelson’s writing is so ELECTRIC, so ALIVE, her pages practically GLOW IN THE DARK.” I completely agree, Riggs. I’ll Give You the Sun impacted me so much, and I’m so grateful I found it when I did. She’s releasing a third book next year and I’m super excited!
  7. Charlie Higson; let’s add a male into the mix, shall we? Go feminism! Anyway, do you like zombies? Higson is your guy. If you’re on the fence, like I was, but like a bit of mystery and gore, Higson is still your guy. He’s the author of a seven book long series titled The Enemy Series. The final book (titled The End, nice one) was published last year, and I didn’t know what to do with myself after I finished it. Luckily, I had some help:
  8. Ruta Sepetys; technically, I’ve only read one of her three novels, but it was incredible. The other two are on my ever-growing tbr pile.
  9. Stephanie Meyer; The Twilight Series meant a lot to me when I read it, and it always will. Her most recent book, Life & Death: Twilight Reimanged really solidified the main message of TTS; it’s not a story about a damsel in distress- it’s about a human in distress.
  10. Michael Morpurgo; ah. The man who wrote the book that got me into reading. Running Wild. I remember it like it was yesterday. I’m so thankful I stuck with it; it opened my eyes to the wonderful world of books!

What are some of your go-to authors? Are you excited like me for Jandy Nelson’s next book? Which author got you into reading? I’d love to know, leave a comment! 🙂

That’s all for now, folks!

Reading Update (Aug ’16)

Hiya everyone, this is super late, but I’m here with a Half Way Through 2016 Reading Update 🔥

  1. Dark Places – Gillian Flynn – rated 4,5/5 – I read this for my mom’s bookclub and although the ending wasn’t to my liking, overall I enjoyed this.
  2. Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher – rated 4/5
  3. If Snow Hadn’t Fallen – Sharon Bolton – rated 4/5
  4. The End – Charlie Higson – rated 5/5
  5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky – rated 5/5
  6. Good Omens – Neil Gaimen + Terry Pratchett – rated 3/5
  7. Peter Pan (audio book) – J. M. Barrie – rated 3/5
  8. Binge – Tyler Oakley – rated 4/5
  9. Never Never (part 1 – audiobook) – Colleen Hoover + Caroline Kepnes – rated 4/5
  10. Never Never (part 2 – audiobook) – “ – rated 4/5
  11. Never Never (part 3 – audiobook) – “ – rated 4/5 – all three of these books I read quite quickly, or should I say listen.. I really liked the writing style, and it was fun to listen to people read to me, and the ideas in the story were very interesting.
  12. Carry On – Rainbow Rowell – rated 5/5 – a review of this will be posted soon. 😉
  13. Book of Lies – Teri Terry – rated 4/5 – you can read my review of this here.

currently reading;

  1. All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven – I haven’t really gotten into this yet, but my best friend recommended it and I trust her judgement.
  2. Dear John – Nicholas Sparks – one of my mom’s friends gave me her copy to read, and although I don’t usually read romance novels, I’m actually kind of enjoying it.
  3. It Ends with Us – Colleen Hoover – almost everyone on bookstagram is posting about this book, and hopefully I’ll be able to join them soon.

I’ll probably do a review of each of these novels, but if anyone has a specific request – let me know in the comments. Has anyone else read one of these? Let me know!

That’s all for now, folks!

Review: Book of Lies – Teri Terry

title: Book of Lies

author: Teri Terry (Goodreads // Twitter // website)

publish date: March 24th 2016

publisher: Orchard Books

genre: paranormal / magical realism

pages: 352

purchase a copy: Amazon // Book Depository

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“They are trapped, frozen. Waiting. Straining against the wood that holds them. The unwary catch a glimpse now and then – feel their desperate hunger, see a glint of red eyes – and scurry out of the shadows of the wood, back to the light.
She’s coming; it will be soon.
They will run free on the moors again. The Hunt will return.
And the ground will run with blood.

An ancient curse placed on a family of witches foretells that twins will be born – one good, one evil; and one will destroy the other. But who can be trusted when no one is as they seem?” – Goodreads description.

This is yet another triumph for Teri Terry. Along with the Slated trilogy, this is the only book by Terry that I’ve read but it is just as good.

Two girls, outwardly similar but different inside, meet at a funeral – their mother’s – first the first time, not counting their birth. Since that first moment, they have been separated, for reasons unknown to them, reasons they are soon to find out.

With a small pack of characters, is it easy to keep up, and the pacing was just as easy to keep up with. One of my favorite characters was Zak; almost an extension of Piper, he was kind, honest, and wanted everyone to be happy. In the beginning, his character didn’t seem needed, but towards the end, it definitely did. Least favorite; Piper. Maybe she was meant to irritate the readers, but she seemed very greedy, and needy. Everything had to go her way.

Terry’s writing is one of my favorite’s to read; there is a sense of tension, sitting on the edge of your seat kind of tension. It’s nail biting at some points, but not annoyingly so. There is also a lot of foreshadowing.

Overall, a great story, and if you enjoy paranormal/ magic/ witches, then I would recommend this to you.

Have you read this book? Do you agree with me on Piper’s character? Let me know in the comments 😉

That’s all for now, folks!

Flashback Friday: Dewey – Bret Witter, Vicki Myron

“How much of an impact can an animal have? How many lives can one cat touch? How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world? You can’t even begin to answer those questions until you hear the charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa.” – Goodreads description.

When I was about 10 years old, I read this book, shortly after my mother read it. That’s one of the reasons I have such fond memories of this book. Other than flashbacks of sitting in class, reading about a cat gone wild with catnip, it’s something I can share with my mom. She, as well as my brother, don’t really read much – where did I get it from?

Anyway, this story is one of the cutest stories I’ve read. Dewey is found as a kitten in the library drop bin on a cold winter’s night, and the book continues as Dewey is adopted by Vicki Myron, one of the library staff. He becomes loved by the locals, and soon by many all over the world.

There is also a picture book available for younger readers. dewey picture book

If I was rating this book, I’d most definitely rate it a 4/5 – from what I can remember, I loved the book from start to finish.

Read more about Dewey on the website dedicated to him – Dewey, the small-town library cat who touched the world.

[Flashback Friday is an original meme created Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies]

That’s all for now, folks!

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