top ten tuesday // books i like but can’t remember anything about it

THIS HAPPENS SO MUCH.
Like so much!!!
A few weeks ago I was sorting out my bookcases and the number of books I picked up that I couldn’t remember a thing about was crazy, I think some rereads are in order this year 🙂

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1) Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Okay, so this book I intend to re-read this year (hopefully) anyway, I don’t remember much but I gave it three stars the first time around so I don’t think I enjoyed it, I remember it just being very slow paced and I wasn’t feeling something slow at that point. After reading such great reviews about not only this book but the rest of the books in the series so although I don’t remember much I shall 100% be picking this up again for a reread, watch this space and all that jazz 🙂

 

2) Lying About Last Summer by Sue Wallman

Okay, off the top of my head without looking at my old review on Goodreads I think this about a girl who goes to a camp and her best friend has died that summer? BOOM I WAS RIGHT. well, half right is about a summer camp for troubled teens and it’s her sister that dies not her friend so pretty close. I think I enjoyed it when I read it start of last year as I gave it 4 stars but I can’t remember anything that happened. Apparently according to my review past Katherine found the first half boring and the second half really good xD

3) I Was Here by Gayle Forman

HER FRIEND DIES IN THIS ONE. I knew a friend died in one of the books I read, I just couldn’t remember which one. Other than that was what happened in the book (it’s not a spoiler, it’s written in the blurb) I don’t remember a single thing, apparently, I rated it 3.5 stars so I didn’t enjoy it as much as the other two books. Past Katherine thought that the plot was overdone and was overshadowed by the romance, wow! Past Katherine wasn’t easy to please by the sound of it! xD

4) This Lullaby by Sara Dessen

I feel like this was about a wedding? I don’t even remember, it was my first book I read by Sara Dessen and I remember really enjoying it at the time. RIGHT, so according to the blurb her mom is on her fifth husband so maybe that’s where I got weddings from, turns out the main character is Remy and her love interest is Dexter -I REMEMBER NONE OF THAT. But, I gave it four stars at the time so I must have really enjoyed it when I read it! Maybe I’ll give it a reread and see what I think this time around 🙂

 

5) Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales

When sorting out my bookshelf I actually had to check Goodreads to see if I had read this book and it was on the wrong bookcase (I have a bookcase of read books and one of to-read) but it turned out I have no idea what it’s about, even now after reading the blurb not long ago I still can’t remember what it’s about. I gave it three stars and in my review, I talk about how annoying the main character is and her family and that I didn’t really like the plot. I was generous though and gave it 3 stars?

6) My Hearts and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

I think this may be a book that has a mental illness in, I’m not 100% sure, I’m going to definitely have to check Goodreads for this one! Okay, so looks like at the time I read it I gave it 4 stars!! It’s a shame I don’t remember much more about it 🙁
It’s about suicide by reading the blurb so it’s for sure a content warning on this book so if you do plan on reading it, be careful.

 

7) Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins

I loved the first book in the series, Rebel Belle was absolutely amazing and I highly recommend that book, read it seriously, you’ll thank me later, it’s hilarious!!! This book, of course, follows our main character Haper and her boyfriend David but that’s about it, when I read it I know I loved it but whether it’s because it’s part of a series or what but I clearly remember everything about the first book but not much about the rest, I think I may have to re-read this series 🙂

8) Inside Out by Maria V Snyder

The only thing I remember about this book was that I bought it because it was 99p on kindle or it was free, one of them anyway 🙂 Apparently I gave it 3.5 stars according to my review as it felt like a very rushed book! But yeah, I can’t remember much about this book but I have started one of her other books Poison Study and I am loving it, highly recommend! 🙂

 

 

9) The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

The one thing I remember about this book is that I didn’t like it, I can’t remember for the life of me why I just know that I ended up DNFing halfway through, according to my review it was an “it’s not you, it’s me” thing with this book. I am tempted to maybe pick this up again as I’ve heard such good things about this book by lots of people on Goodreads and I believe that Julie is releasing a new book this year that sounds super interesting 🙂

 

10) The Suffering Tree by Elle Cosimano

This is another book that I don’t remember anything about other than the fact I didn’t like it. According to Goodreads, I gave this 2 stars (which means I reaaaalllyyy didn’t like it). I thought there was no build up to the story and there was no character development and it was boring. Wowww, salty Katherine. That’s one book I for sure won’t be picking up to re-read anytime soon xD

 

So, do you agree with any of the books on my list?

What books have you read that you remember barley anything about?

Let’s chat in the comments 💖💖💖💖💖💖

 

extraordinary means review // interesting concept but a flat romance

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
Published May 26th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books.

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Okay, I feel like I should confess that I didn’t know what this book was about when I picked it up, I think it has just been one of those books that had been sitting on my shelf for far too long and it was finally time to pick it up. So, I was shocked to find out it was about terminally ill teens, the last book I read like that which was The Fault in Our Stars and I loved that so I had hopes that this would be a sweet, heart-breaking story.

This book is about teenagers suffering with TB, we see this from two different perspectives from Sadie and Lane who both suffer from TB, we follow their journey in Latham and watch them develop a relationship and sadly, I didn’t feel like I was very devoted to watched their relationship evolve, if anything I found it a little bit boring. I did enjoy the characters on their own (okay, not all of them), I especially loved the idea of Latham and seeing different sides of how teenagers feel, there is even one bit of the book when we get to read about what it was like for one person going back to ” normal society” and how they were treated.

“That’s all you can do in this world, no matter how strong the current beats against you, or how heavy your burden, or how tragic your love story. You keep going.” 

I much preferred Lane as our main character to Sadie, I like how he was still trying to keep up with school, trying to keep out of trouble as he really wanted to go home, until Sadie and her friends let him into their clique. Sadie was an okay character, I just didn’t understand why she risked doing something of the things she did when she was very lucky to be having the care and treatment that not everybody can have.

Overall this book was okay, it was a bit predictable at times, I liked Lane and I really enjoyed the whole idea of Latham and seeing how different these people were treated outside of Latham was quite a shock for me and incredibly eye opening. Robyn Schneider has amazing writing and I will be reading some of her other work in the future.

the hazel wood arc review // creepy setting but a bit of a let down????

Okay, I need to say that this is a good book, the writing is absolutely breath-taking and the world that has been created just blew me away, like I was surprised by just how much this world and it’s dark and creepy fairy tales captivated me.

I think if this book was just set in Hinterland I probably would have rated it higher as that’s what I did expect from it but a lot of it was set in New York with Ella and Alice on the road. ALSO, it was so, so, so slow. Like the pacing in the first half was ridiculous and I was bored, I hate being bored while reading a book but I was.

“Look until the leaves turn red, sew the worlds up with thread. If your journey’s left undone, fear the rising of the sun.” 

Then there were the characters and other than Finch who we didn’t get to see that much of really I didn’t like any of the characters and some of them weren’t really in it long enough or we didn’t find out much about them for me to really care, which is a shame since some of them had potential to be so unique and interesting.

The second half is where it picks up a bit as we get to see the Hinterland and lots of different fairy tales and that was pretty cool, we also got to meet some other character but like I said before they all fell a little flat.

“We were each our own island, gathered together into one messed-up archipelago.” 

As for the ending I just wanted something more?

I wasn’t as impressed with this book as I thought I would be but the story and the writing I can’t deny how good that was, the fairy tales although incredibly creepy at times were amazing and I just wish we had more of them!

Actual rating – 3.5 stars.

Thank you to Netgalley & the publisher for the arc!

Top 10 Tuesday – Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017

So, since its the new year I decided to start partaking in Top 10 Tuesday which is created by Brooke over on The Brooke and the Bookish, I’ve seen it around on loads of blogs and they are some of my favourite posts to read so I thought this year I would join in!!

Below are 10 new to me authors that I read & loved last year! 🙂

1) Sabba Tahir

I read the first two books in the ember in the ashes series (and have pre-orded the third), I absolutely loved the first book in the series, the second book not so much but I’m holding hope for the third one to be as good as the first! 🙂

2) Victoria Schwab

I’m sort of embraced to admit this one, I was quite late getting onto the Schwab band-waggon but I haven’t been disappointed with a single book I have read by the queen yet, I’ve read the monsters of verity series and the gathering of shadows series and they are of course in my top 2017 reads! I hope to pick up vicious this year 🙂

3) Kasie West

This woman has fast become an auto-buy author for me, I read 4 books of hers this year, I think my favourite is either By Your Side orrrrrrr On The Fence, I highly recommend any book by Kasie West if you’re a fan of fluffy ya contemporary as I haven’t been disappointed by her yet!! 😍😍

4) Becky Albertalli

I read two books by Becky this month and Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda has made it into my top 5 books of 2017, I’ve currently leant it to one of my best friends as I’m determined she will love it as much as me, I can’t wait for Love, Simon to come out in the cinema and I’ve already pre ordered Leah on the Offbeat 💖💖

5) Sally Thorne

The Hating Game made it to the top spot of my favourite book of 2017, this book blew my mind and I loved it, I have a review somewhere on Goodreads but it’s mostly me babbling about how amazing Josh is and how lovely Lucy is, this book just made me so happy and I’m so excited for when Sally’s other book comes out later this year.

6) Marie Lu

I know!!! I KNOW!!! I’m so behind on reading amazing author’s work, I read Wacross which is absolutely loved and I read the young elites which sadly I didn’t enjoy as much as I thought I would, I do have the other two books in the series sitting on my shelf to read and I have Batman:Nightwalker pre-orded which I am super excited for as I really enjoyed Wonder Woman! 🙂

7) Rainbow Rowell

YESS. CATH & LEVI 5EVA.
But seriously, I love Rainbow Rowell’s writing and the characters she created are just amazing and I am so ready to read Carry On (time to bump it up on the tbr soon I’m sure!!!).

8) Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands was another book that made it into my top 5, I friggin loved this book. I’m so ready for book two which came in the post a few weeks ago, as for the third book (hero at the fall???) I am so tempted to preorder so I can read book 2 & 3 together so I don’t have to wait 🤣🤣

9) Mackenzie Lee

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue was the last book I read in 2017 and was amazing, it was so funny and I loved Percy, Monty and Felicity and I’m crazily excited for the second book in the series, especially as it’s going to be from Felicity’s point of view which is my favourite character, girl power!!! 👯👯

10) Kerri Maniscalco

THOMAS BLOODY CRESSWELL.
Thank you for giving me another book boyfriend to add to my already stupidly long list! I loved this book so much, it was amazing and full of all the good things such as murder, handsome men and feminism!! I got Hunting Prince Dracula for Christmas and I can’t wait to finally getting around to reading it. 😁😁

***I just want to say it’s so weird that we are in 2018 I can’t wait for it, I’ve already turned about 5 7’s into 8’s while at work as I keep writing 2017***

 

I’d love to see in the comments what new authors you’ve read last year! 🙂
I have read so many new authors but the above are for sure some of my favourite ones that I’ve found this year!!!

GOODBYE 2017 – HELLO 2018 (IM BAAAACCCKKKKKK)

HAPPY NEW YEAR FOLKS!!!!!!!!!

Yep, I’m baaaaccckkkk (is this when you are all like, KAT? YOU WERE GONE), I decided to take a break over Christmas to have some me time but I am back and here to stay!

Right, so things that have been happening while I was gone, let me thinkkkkk.

🌸 I now officially own by first Rick Riordan book, *GASP* I know, how shocking!!! So, I officially own the Percy Jackson series and the Magnus Chase series thanks to my other half so I’m very excited to start it.

🌸 There may have been a spending spree over Christmas leading to me now having over 20 new books, so there may be a haul (don’t watch this space though just incase!!!).

🌸 I am detained to be more organised this year so not only have I got a diary to keep blog posts and my social life in some sort of order – this means I’ll be posting every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday! 🙂

🌸 The lovely Evelina over at AvalinahsBooks has created a discord for book bloggers and I HIGHLY recommend you check it out of you get the chance to 🙂

🌸 I pre-orded 11 books which is a lot for me and then ended up pre-ordering another 10 which just means that 2018 is going to be a year for AMAZING books!!!

So, reading goals! Not going to lie but I love setting myself one, I feel all accomplished if I hit it (and stressed if I don’t) but I love it! I managed to read over 160 books in 2917 which blew my mind as I’ve never read that many books before ever!! This year I’m going to target 200 books (lol please send help already), wish me luck!!!

 

 

I thought I’d give a go at a monthly TBR so here are the 10 books I plan to read this month 🙂

  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  • Along the Idigo by Elsie Chapman
  • Pen & Xander by Laekan Zea Kemp
  • That Secret You Keep by Brenda Benny
  • We are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
  • Ready Player One by Earnest Cline
  • Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
  • Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

 

 

So what’s you reading challenge if you have set yourself one for the new year?
Have you pre-orded any amazing books coming out over the next few months?
AND DID YOU MISS ME? (joke, maybe, sorta??)

 

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