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!!!

Series that got better

So bookworms, I thought i’d do a little list of series that I read that actually got better, or I somehow managed to read like two bad books and the last book was great – I actually found loads but I think a list of 15 books would be too extreme so I narrowed it down to the top 5 🙂

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

THIS WHOLE SERIES BLEW MY MIND. Seriously, I read Cinder and was like “ok wow, this is cool” I read Scarlett and was like “oooh yes this is even better” by the time I got to Cress and Winter I was so smitten with the whole world and the characters and i’m pretty sure Cress and Thorne are quite possibly my number one OTP because I love them together so much and would love for a spin off series for them (hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint).

 

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I will say that even to this day i’m still not sure if I like these books xD
I didn’t really like any of the characters other than Kenji and Warner but the fact that they were in every book (especially Warner) and you got to read about them more and more by the last book I was all into this series and I can’t wait for Restore Me to come out so I can get more Warner. Warner. Warner. Warner. Warner. (lol, i just love him, read this book for him alone, you won’t regret it)

 

Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling

I remember reading this as a kid and enjoying it, re-reading it as a teenager and now an adult it amazes me how each book get’s better and better. My favourite book of the whole series is probably Prisoner of Azkaban because Sirius Black is my favourite character (you can guess which book is my least favourite….). This series is 100% one of those series that each book is better than the next and if you haven’t read this then WHAT ARE YOU DOING????!?!?!?!?!!?!1!???!?!?!?!!?!?!?!

 

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I had a hate – hate with this series for the first two books, I wasn’t impressed with it at all and was so dissapointed because it had a lot of hype surrounding it about how amazing it was. THEN I picked up the third book and IT WAS LIKE A WHOLE NEW BOOK. okay, well not really because Mare was still in it but I enjoyed it LOADS LOADS LOADS more than the other books and because of this I will 100% be buying the fourth book when it comes out next year.

 

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

I don’t think I can praise this series enough, when I first picked up Illuminae I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it because the layout was quite confusing and distracting but by the end of the book I was hooked. I read Geminia pretty much straight after and that was even better so I have super high expectations for Obsidio when it comes out in a few months and I seriously can’t wait to get my hands on it!!!!!!

 

Books i’d love to see made into movies

Hi bookworms! 🙂
So I thought i’d list some books that i’d love to see made into movies (but am also really scared to see them made into movies because y’no…)!!!!

       Throne Of Glass by Sarah J Mass

Can you imagine how bad ass this series would be as a film? Also, with how handsome the guys are in the books there are bound to be some eye candy for me! Also, I have so much love for these books I would love to see them adapted onto the big screen, especially if it was adapted well! *grabby hands*

 

 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Now, I’ve only read this book a little while ago and already it has a special place in my top 10 favourite books I’ve read this year, possibly even ever considering how much love I have for it. It’s full of relatable characters and you can also get the glimpses of Simon and Baz and I just think it would make a perfect film!

 

 

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE JOSH PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LUCY PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE JOSH PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LUCY PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE JOSH & LUCY PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE  PLEASE PLEASE JOSH PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LUCY PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE JOSH PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LUCY PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE JOSH & LUCY

 

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I’d probably say the whole Anna and the French Kiss series, the books are so cute and adorable and I can imagine the film being exactly the same. I’d even settle for a cute little TV show for this one because it’s such an adorable set of books and I love them so much!! 💖💖💖

 

 

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

KAZ BREKKER
INEJ GHAFA
NINA ZENIK
JASPER FAHEY
WYLAN VAN EK
MATTHIAS HELVAR

 

We Were Liars by E.Lockhart

Although I wasn’t the biggest fan of the book (I think I gave it 3 stars?), I think this would make an excellent mystery film, especially if you were going into this film blind not knowing what the book is about or what the big twist is I think it would be an excellent and exciting film to watch!

 

 

 

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I’m gonna say the Lunar Chronicles as a whole will make for an excellent film. It as such a diverse range of characters and is full of space and cyborgs and lots of different cultures AND I JUST REALLY WANT TO SEE CRESS AND THORNE TOGETHER PLEASEEEEEEEE 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

 

 

 

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

I absolutely loved this series, it was hilarious and I loved the characters and seeing it on the big screen would be amazing, especially as the main character in this is just awesome and so relatable I think it would be a great YA book to create into a film 🙂

 

I’d love to see what you think in the comments, do you agree with any of my picks?
What one’s would you like to see turned into movies? 🙂

 

Guilty Reader book tag

I have seen this take around the book blogging community and booktube and I’ve been meaning to get around to doing it for a while now, and today is that day! 🙂

1.  Have you ever regifted a book that you’ve been given?

Nope!
Just because not many of my friends read and those who do read completely different things to me xD

2. Have you ever said you’ve read a book when you haven’t?

All the time when I was at school, usually for English Lit and I would then have to actually read the book, or at least some of it. Me and classics just have never really got on that much 🙁

3. Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?

When I was a kid we always we forgot to bring books back xD
I’m also pretty sure iv’e borrowed books from friends and still have them to this day :’)

4. Have you ever read a series out of order?

Nope, unless it can be read out of order but I don’t tend to – unless it’s on accident anyway xD

5. Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?

Not on purpose, i’m pretty sure I probably spoiled a book for my sister at some point tho!

 6. Have you ever doggy eared a book before?

Is that when you fold the corners on the page – if so nope. I hate when people do that to books!
Just use a bookmark 🙂

7. Have you ever told someone you don’t own a book when you do?

Nope 🙂

 8. Have you ever told someone you haven’t read a book when you have?

Nope 🙂

 9. Have you ever skipped a chapter or a section of a book?

Yep, usually when I find myself not enjoying the book and its just a chapter with a lot of info dumping and really boring.

 10. Have you ever bad mouthed a book you actually liked?

No way, I hype up all books I like xD

Books you should read without the synopsis

Hi guys!
So today I thought i’d list some books that you should read without the synopsis.
Some of these I brought without knowing what they are about and others I have actually read without knowing what they are about – some were hits and some were misses 🙂

We Were Liars

Now, the synopsis on this one is very vauge.
‘A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.’

So really, you don’t know much about what’s going to happen really which does make it super interesting – however this book and me just didn’t get along and I ended up not enjoying it very much at all.

Six of Crows

This book I picked up based on the fact it had been all over goodreads and it was written by the marvellous Leigh Bardugo so I had no idea what it was about other than the fact I needed to read it. Looking back at the synopsis on Goodreads I feel like it gives away quite a lot and this would definitely a book to pick up without reading the synopsis.

Every Heart a doorway

This book is on my list to buy based on the fact everyone seems to rave about how good it is and its less than 200 pages, I haven’t read the synopsis yet myself as i’ve heard you don’t really have to read it to love what is happening inside! Fingers crossed I love it when I finally get around to reading it 🙂

Red Rising

This is another book that I picked up (and loved) without really knowing what it was about. Looking back i’m glad I read this without knowing what it was about as the synopsis on goodreads piratically gives away everything that happens in the book 🙁

Throne of glass

I was super late to the party on this one and picked it up based on the fact it was written by Sarah J Mass. This is definitely a book you should go into blind, I think you’d enjoy it a lot more 🙂

What books did you buy without reading the synopsis?
I’d love to know in the comments 🙂

Some of the most intimidating books

So I thought i’d do a little list of some books that I would like to really but the size of them scares the hell out of me.
I’m sure it would take me years to finish some of them.
Then there are ones that are so well loved i’m worried I won’t love them half as much as some people do!

Game of Thrones series by George R. R. Martin.

This one is for two reasons. One because the hype surrounding the book and the tv show is ridiculous. I got only to series 3 with the TV show and fell behind and I just haven’t been bothered to carry on! I will eventually i’m sure. Then of course there is the fact that it is 848 pages!!! I try to read 50 pages a day depending on how busy I am, this book would take me over 2 weeks to finish. CRAAAAZZZZY!!

 

IT By Stephen King

I have never read a book by Stephen King.
There I said it, come at me with your pitchforks if you gotta.
I have watched this feel and it scared the hell out of me so the idea of reading a 1116 page book while being scared for most of it doesn’t sound that appealing. Maybe one day, who knows?

 

The Lord of The Rings by J.R.R Tolkien

I have read the movies and absolutley loved both LOTR and the Hobbit. The books I don’t think I even have on my TBR on good reads. I’m not sure if I will ever read them. I mean its 1216 pages which is a ridiculous amount and i’m not sure how I feel about it? Will the writing draw me in? Will I just be comparing it to the film? Ugh, this is a difficult one.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I do intend to eventually pick this one up. It’s another whopper being 850 pages. The hype is strong with this one, I think nearly everyone who has read it has loved it – same going for the TV show. I do intend to read this one next year (lol yeah sure i will…..).

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

This book I actually intend to read soon. Woo!
It’s only 541 pages which compared to some of these books on this list. It’s not the size that scares me on this one it’s the fact it’s Brandon Sanderson!!! I mean I feel like everybody loves a book that he has wrote so i’m really hoping I enjoy them.

 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

522 Pages which is nowhere near big compares to the others. But I have heard SUCH GOOD THINGS.
I don’t think I have spoken to anybody who didn’t have good things to say about this and the goodreads overall rating of 4.36 stars proves that.

The Diviners by Libba Bray

I have heard good and bad things about Libba Bray but I have heard great things about The Diviners series and I just want to read it and love it and give it 5 stars soooooo bad.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

I am scared to read this for 3 reasons.

1) Its Jane Austin.
2) It’s such a high rates classic
3) I’m actually not sure if I would like it, the writing and stuff I think i’d find so hard to read 🙁

 

I’d love to heard what books you think are intimidating and if you agree with any of the ones i’ve listed above? 🙂

The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

Doing tag’s is really growing on my recently, I think they’re quite fun to do and some of my favourite posts on blogs to read! 🙂

So let’s get into it!!

1) a popular book or book series that you didn’t like

i’m going to go with the red queen series. although i enjoyed the last book the first two were not good and the main character is absolutely awful.

2) a popular book or book series that everyone else seems to hate but you love

i’m going to go with twilight, although i haven’t read it for a long time (and i don’t intend to), when i did read it for the first time i absolutely adored this series, it was some of my favourite books at the time.

3) an otp that you don’t like

this was eaaaasy. and that is of course the grisha series. im sorry to those that do like who ended up with who but i did not want mal and alina to end up together, not one bit. maybe in the first book i liked the idea of them together but by the end i didn’t want them together 🙁

4) a popular book genre that you hardly reach for

i’m gonna go with horror, just because being scared while reading a book isn’t my sort of thing. thrillers i can deal with but full on horror?? no thank youuuu.

5) a popular/beloved character that you do not like

hmmm. probably gale from hunger games. i just thought he was a plain, boring character. to be honest, i forgot what he really did in the books so he must have been boring xD

6) a popular author that you can’t seem to get into

this is really difficult!!! i’d probably say julie kagawa. i tried her iron fey series and i didn’t like them one bittttt. its sort of put me off reading some of her other stuff a little too.

7) a popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing

love triangles! mostly just because its very unrealistic – i just about have one guy who loves me! xD
that and i get really annoyed and salty if she mc doesn’t get with my favourite guy out of the two! :’)

8) a popular series that you have no interest in reading

to be honest, i don’t think there is one! 🙁

9) the saying goes “the book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or tv show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

I loved the tv series for 13 reasons why much better than the book! 🙂

consider yourself tagged if you are reading this!!
i can’t wait to see your answers 🙂
do you agree with any of the ones i listed? 🙂

 

Favourite Bromances

I looooove a good bromance in a book!
So below are five of my favourite bromances 😀

   Kell Maresh & Rhy Maresh

I feel like this is pretty self explanatory but Kell and Maresh are brothers, maybe not by blood but they are in every sense of the word.

Will Herondale & Jem Carstairs

Not only are they top level bromance but they are also parabati which goes so much further! I absolutely love the two of them! ???

Harry Potter & Ron Weasley

UGH THESE TWO!!!!
These are next level bromance, I love the two of them together and Deathly Hallows nearly broke me when the two of them fell out.
Thankfully, it all worked out in the end! ??

Kaz Brekker & Jesper Fahey

Jesper and Kaz are complete opposites but I think that’s what makes them so special. Kaz is always trying to get Jesper on the right path and Jesper is the one trying to lightenn the mood, its obvious that Kaz looks after Jesper and that Jesper looks up to Kaz. YAY FOR BROMANCE ??

The Raven Boys

Can I really do one of these without mention the precious cinnamon rolls that are Gansey, Ronan, Adam and Noah.
I adore these boys with all my heart and there friendship it just so perfect and special. ??

Who are your favourite bromances?
I’d love to see in the comments!!!

Top Ten Books I’d Want On A Desert Island!

  So today i’m going to the top ten books i’d want on a desert island!!
This was really hard to do!! I felt like I picked right and there includes a few of my all time favourite books 🙂

1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – This is my favourite Harry Potter movie and it’s also a massive book and it’s make me super happy when I read it so I think it will be perfect for when i’m feeling a bit down and alone.

2. A Court of Mist and Fury – Ugh. This book is just everything, I love it and I love the character so of course it had to be on the list!

3. Anna and the French Kiss – This is super adorable and funny and I love Anna she is such a relatable character to me and I think this would be one I would have to have with me!

4. Winter – Cress & Thorne are my all time OTP and I love them in this book so I would have to have it with me.

5. A Conjuring of Light – For when i’m feeling homesick about England and because this book is amazing.

6. One of Us Is Lying – Well, it’s full of romance and drama and amazing characters so I need to bring it with me.

 


7. Letters to the Lost – For when i’m feeling a little sad or a little lost this will be the perfect book to pick up.

8.  Gemina – I DON’T NEED A REASON BECAUSE THIS BOOK IS EVERYTHING.

9. Lady Midnight – I just love the shadowhunters and I need to bring a book with them in!

10. Goodbye Days – It was a beautiful heartbreaking book and I loved it.

Would you take any of the books I did?
I’d love to see in the comments what you think! 🙂

These are a few of my favourite blogs….

So, I thought it was time to do a little shoutout to some blogs I follow that I love, so here’s a quick little post dedicated to a few of my favourite blogs! 😀
There are more of course, these just happen to be ones that I find myself frequenting often!

So the first one is the lovely Marty over at @ the cursed books! She is absolutely lovely and does such fun posts such as book reviews, book tags and an interesting post on what it’s like to be an international blogger! So if you aren’t following her already I highly recommend you go over to her blog and take a look for yourself! ?

Next there is Claire @ books coffee and repeat!! Her blog is one of the first ones I think I started to follow when I got into book blogging. We also buddy read one of the crappest books I’ve read this year which is always fun to do with someone else! You should definitely check out her bog, I get tons of book recommendations from her ?

Then there is Kelly over @ Carty’s Corner, my fellow british potter nerd! She does book reviews, film reviews, top ten Tuesdays and interesting posts such as Social Anxiety vs Introversion! You should definitely check out her blog ?

Lastly there is Cait @ Paper Fury. I’m pretty sure you are probably all following her amazing colourful blog and you probably all also no about her new book deal (YES CAIT!!!!), if you live under a rock and for some reason don’t know about her blog I highly recommend it as she posts some of the most hilarious posts! ?

I’d love to know some of your favourite blogs so leave them in the comments for me to check out! ??
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