Friday 15 July 2016

Friday Reads #3

Friday Reads #3 (July 8 2016)

I'm making some progress on the list of books that I had on my Goodreads currently reading shelf the last time I posted this! And you can see that below...

But, the main book that I am currently reading is....
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas!
I'm so close to the end of this book, just a tad bit more to go and I am loving it! I actually think I shall have this finished today.
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

Now back to what Goodreads say I'm currently reading. I'm gone from 11 down to 8, including ACOMAF!

(By order of most read)
  1. Dreams of Gods and Monsters - 22%
  2. A Clash of Kings - 15%
  3. The Lies of Locke Lamora  13%
  4. Poison Study - 7%
  5. The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen - 5%
  6. The Sin Eater's Daughter - 5%
  7. Ten Thousand Skies Above You - 2%

Again I'm slowly planning to get all these books read before starting any more new ones. I kept to that last time and hopefully I'll keep to it again this time!

Thursday 14 July 2016

Liebster Award - June 2016

Liebster Award - June 2016

Thank you to the lovely Louise @ No Books Given for nominating me for the Liebster Award!

The rules are as follows:
  • 1. Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award.
  • 2. Answer the 11 questions that the blog gives you.
  • 3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  • 4. Nominate 5-11 blogs that you think are deserving of the award that have less than 200 followers.
  • 5. Let the blogs know you have nominated them.
  • 6. Give them 11 questions to answer.

Question Answers:
1. What sparked your passion for reading?
I alwayss read as a child from books like Animal Ark to Dolphin Diaries and all that type of books but what really started my YA reading crazy fanatics was Twilight. I saw the film in the cinema, found out it was a book and just went from there and here I am!

2. What is your favourite reading spot?
Hmmm, well the place I mostly read is in my room on my computer chair so that must be it!

3. What is your favourite cover art ever?
Too hard of a question..... but I absolutely love this cover recently!
Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #2)

4. How do you deal with your TBR shelf?
I don't... I have all my TBR organised on Goodreads, I've recently made a TBR jar that I pick one book a month from. I now have my TBR books seperate from my read books which gives me motivation to read what I have as I am really picky about keeping series and same authors together so this nearly drives me crazy but it is nice to see how many books I have left to read. I also try to minimize my physical TBR by not buying as much books but I haven't succeeded in that yet...

5. Best book you read in the past year? (No rereads)
The best book I've read in the past year, hmmm, can I pick more than one? No... then it'll have to be, so hard.... -
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

6. Who is your favourite booktuber?
I actually have a lot of favourites but one of those favourites is whittynovels!

7. First book you ever read?
I have no idea... Not the first book ever. But Twilight was the first YA book I read and the first book that started my Goodreads journey too.

8. What is your go to reading snack?
Anything with chocolate in it!

9. Why is reading important to you?
A lot, it is a way of entertainment, escape, an addiction and just something that I thoroughly enjoy.

10. Where would you be without reading?
Honestly I don't know. I don't know what I'd be doing with all my time. I'd probably have a lot more money but other than that I have no idea. It's such a big part of my life, I can't imagine what I'd be doing without it. 

11. What is your favourite thing about yourself? (Not book related but still important to know).
Oh God, I hate these questions. They are even worse than the tell me about yourself questions. I love that I'm a compassionate person and animal lover.  

11 Random Facts About Myself:

  1. I'm 20
  2. I have one younger brother
  3. I have six pets
  4. I live in the countryside
  5. I finished school two years ago
  6. I got my first job back in March 2016 and now work full time
  7. I'm applying to go back to college to study Veterinary Nursing
  8. I have weird eating habits 
  9. I always bring my brother to see the kids movies I want to see like The Secret Life of Pets, Ice Age 5 and Finding Dory
  10. I have just started journaling (thanks to whittynovels) and have nearly finished my first one 
  11. I can never think of 11 random facts...

Blogs I Nominate Are:
A Day In Bookland
Lissette's Labyrinth
Crazy For YA
Craving Books
Book Lovers Blog

11 Questions:

  1. Where is your favourite spot to read?
  2. What do you prefer - Series or Standalones?
  3. What book are you currently reading?
  4. What was the last book you read that you absolutely loved?
  5. If you could take three things with you to a desert island, besides books, what would they be?
  6. Which author would you want to meet the most?
  7. What book are you highly anticipating for the end of this year?
  8. Have you been to any book conventions or events? If not, are you planning to?
  9. What are your other hobbies besides reading?
  10. What fictional character would you like to meet the most?
  11. And simply because I'm running out of questions, tell us something about yourself?

Sunday 10 July 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #11

Top Ten Tuesday #11

Top Ten Books I've Enjoyed That Have Under 5000 Ratings On Goodreads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish and consists of them picking a topic each week for us bloggers to list our Top Ten.

I'm so late with this one but hey sure heck! I forgot what days I had and what date..... :/
This was only 2000, but that was too hard so I upped it to 5000. So here are the books:

1. Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
828 Ratings
This is just a 2016 debut that released back in February and it is seriously an amazing book about female friendships. I just finished this book last week and it was just a perfect read.

2. Unbecoming by Jenny Downham
882 Ratings
I read this book solely because I was going to be meeting the author but then it was such an amazing book. And I'm really shocked to see that it has only 840 ratings. Guys this book is amazing! Seriously!

3. Trouble Is A Friend Of Mine by Stephanie Tromly
1,972 Ratings
Honestly, I wouldn't have picked up this book only for I got it in my owlcrate box and it was so good! It was so funny and entertaining and I really just enjoyed this book. I really recommended this and the sequel is coming out this year.

Beautiful Broken ThingsUnbecomingTrouble Is a Friend of Mine (Trouble, #1)

4. The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
2,225 Ratings
A seriously impressive and uniquely written story. This novel is one to read at Halloween when it is late and dark. This book was very, very creepy and thrilling. A book that will definitely keep you on your toes especially with the way it was written through interviews, video tapes and diary entries.

5. Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong
2,937 Ratings
This is the sequel to Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong and honestly it was such an amazing sequel. These books are scarily, horrifically good and this sequel which released in 2015 should have way more ratings!

6. One by Sarah Crossan
3,400 Ratings
A really intriguing and heartbreaking story of conjoined twins. This story was utterly unique in this topic as well as being written in verse. I read this in less than 3 hours and loved every bit of it.

The Dead HouseEmpire of Night (Age of Legends, #2)One

7. Asking For It by Louise O' Neill
3,415 Ratings
Asking For It is such a raw and powerful book about rape and the way that society is around this topic. Louise O Neill really put so much into this book and it is definitely such an inspirational but hard to read novel that is a must read for everyone and I mean everyone.

8. Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick
3,491 Ratings
I loved Ilsa j. Bick after reading her Ashes trilogy and just had to read her standalone novel about a student / teacher relationship and boy, this book broke me apart,. I was hooked to it and it really, literally had me in pieces once I finished. Honestly for a book that has been out for so long I really expected it to have more ratings.

9. Monsters by Ilsa J. Bick
3,601 Ratings
Another book by Ilsa J. Bick that has been out for many years now and should have way more ratings. This book is the conclusion to the Ashes trilogy and lets just say it is mental. Ashes is all about a zombie apocalypse.

Asking For ItDrowning InstinctMonsters (Ashes Trilogy, #3)

10. The Accident Season by Moira Fowley Doyle
4,996 Ratings
This book is a magical realism novel that was so whimsical and confusing that I just instantly loved it!

The Accident Season

What underrated books are your absolute favourites? Did any of mine make your list? Let me know below!

TBR Jar Pick #2

TBR Jar Pick #2

July 2016

TBR Jar Pick is a new little feature, where I pick one book a month from my TBR jar that I have to read during the month.

Last month I got Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar which I gave 3 Stars too and if your interested in my review click here.

My TBR Jar pick for July is .......

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

All The Light We Cannot See was a book that became quite a big deal not too long ago in the book community. This book was everywhere and everyone was saying really great things about this book. So I decided to pick it up while all this hype was going on because I found the concept interesting. I am also a big fan of historical fictions and at that time and even now I am interested in exploring and discovering more in the adult fiction genre. So now that I finally have this book on my TBR I am excited to see what I think. 

Let me know below if you've read this book or whether you've heard anything or if you're interested in reading this book. Or even if you want to join in and tell me what your TBR Jar Pick is, just let me know below! 

Sunday 3 July 2016

June Wrap Up & Collective Book Haul

June Wrap Up & Collective Book Haul

Wow.... I have not done a wrap up or haul since January. What the hell??? Well you know what that means guys, this is going to be one long wrap up and haul!

Collective February - June 2016 Book Haul

Dum, Dum, Dum........
Yup, this haul here is just going to feature a list because well all the books would not fit in the one picture so.....
Here we go
(Also let me know if you guys have read any of these books)

  • Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (Of course I had to get this on release day and I read it and loved it!)
  • The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen by Katherine Howe (I received a finished copy from the publisher but still have to read this....)
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (This was a nice surprise that I found in my local bookstore.)
  • The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman (I heard so much hype around this book that I just had to pick it up.)
  • Book of Lies by Teri Terry (I saw this, knew nothing about it and it was an impulse buy.)
  • The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (Another hyped book I just had to pick up.)
  • Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (Duh, TLC, had to pick it up! And I have read it and loved it!)
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (One of my most anticipated reads of the year and I loved it!)
  • Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard (I was really intrigued by this book and that cover...)
  • An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (I found this book so cheap in my local bookstore, I just could not say no.)
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (Another anticipated read that I just had to get on release day)
  • Whisper To Me by Nick Lane (This was the same situation as Book of Lies, I just saw it, was intrigued and picked it up.)
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (Do I need to say anything? Of course I was picking this up and I again read it and loved it!)
  • These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly (Loved her book Revolution and just needed to get this.)
  • The Last Star by Rick Yancey (Another anticipated book. I can't wait to see how this series ends!)
  • Forest of Ruin by Kelley Armstrong (The exact same as The Last Star applies here)
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik (Everyone just talked so much about this book and then the gorgeous paperback came out that I just had to get)
  • Zoo 2 by James Patterson (I've been wanting to read Zoo so when I saw this I picked it up.)
  • Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (This is the last Morgan Matson book I need to read.)
  • Cujo by Stephen King (I just really wanted to explore some of Stephen Kings novels.)
  • Pet Semetary by Stephen King (Same as above!)
  • After You by Jojo Moyes (The standard paperback came out and I had to get it!)
  • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo (Another book I really want to read and it was on offer, so why not?)

February - June 2016 Wrap Up

What Was Read:

  • You by Caroline Kepnes (3 Stars)
  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (5 Stars)
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (5 Stars)
  • Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (3 Stars)
  • Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (5 Stars)
  • Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (5 Stars)
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (5 Stars)
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (5 Stars)
  • Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar (3 Stars)

Defeating My TBR Progress!!

Ok with all those books bought up there and not much read I can tell you that my TBR is currently on 76!

Other News:

Currently Reading:
Forest of Ruin by Kelley Armstrong

Let me know how you guys have done in June down below!