Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVOURITE BOOKS

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week the topic are the ten books that we’d class as our all time favourite books within the last 3-5 years. This could be tricky…

In no particular order (with book images leading to Goodreads) here are the books that I picked!

Magic Under Glass (Magic Under, #1) The Sky is Everywhere

Magic Under Glass- Jackie Dolamore– I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this cute little book! I keep intending to pick up the next book in the series!

The Sky Is EverywhereJandy Nelson– A beautifully touching book.

The Ice Cream Girls Undone

The Ice Cream Girls- Dorothy Koomson– I devour everything that Dorothy Koomson writes. This was a particular favourite of mine.

UndoneCat Clarke– I was blown away by the ending.

Dangerous Girls Gone Girl

Dangerous GirlsAbigail Haas– I thought this book was amazing. Totally messed with my mind!

Gone GirlGillian Flynn– I know Gone Girl has its critics but I thought it was a great book with probably one of the characters I hate the most in literature!

A Monster Calls Something Real

A Monster CallsPatrick Ness– A simply beautiful, poignant book which really touched me.

Something RealHeather Demetrios– I loved this book. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

Me Before You Golden Boy

Me Before You- Jojo Moyes– When I first thought about this list I was hoping that this book wasn’t more than 5 years old so I could include it. Regular readers of my blog will know how much I adore this book. It’s not what I expected. I didn’t expect it to still have such an impact on me years later, but it really does.

Golden BoyAbigail Tarttelin– This book crept up on me as well, but I’m glad I was encouraged to read it. Amazing!

What are your all time favourites from the last 3-5 years? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by! 🙂

Top Ten Books I’d Encourage My (imaginary) Book Club To Read!

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books I’d Love to Read With My Book Club/If I Had A Book Club.

Books are in no particular order with book images going to the Goodreads page!

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The Memory Book Rowan Coleman- I have read this book recently and was, I admit, very hesitant to start it because it was compared to Me Before You. Me Before You (regular readers of my blog, you may fall asleep now…) is one of my favourite books of all time. I need not have worried though as I thought it was brilliant!

Lies We Tell OurselvesRobin Talley- Ooh, I loved this book. More people need to read it, so I’d definitely suggest it as a book club read!

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 Golden BoyAbigail Tarttelin– This book will appear on many more of my Top Ten lists. I can’t resist putting it on them. It’s an amazing, emotional read.

The MadnessAlison Rattle– Another book that I rave about whenever given chance. I love Alison Rattle’s writing. This book is so atmospheric and a stunning read!

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TroubleNon Pratt– This book was a stand out debut for me in 2014. I like Non’s incredibly sharp writing style!

Dear KillerKatherine Ewell– This book is the lowest rated book to appear on the list, but it’s such a thought provoking interesting read that I’d be intrigued to discuss it with others. I may not have liked this book as much as the others it shares the list with, but months on I’m still thinking about it.

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Something RealHeather Demetrios– I’m pretty sure my pupils change into love hearts when I think of this book. I’d have to share it with others to see if their feelings are mutual about it!

The Snow ChildEowyn Ivey– A charming book which I’d love more readers to discover!

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Me Before YouJojo Moyes– If I was publishing this list in order than this one would definitely be top. You’d HAVE to read it to be part of my book club! Ha! 😉

The HelpKathryn Stockett– A gorgeous book, beautifully written and so powerful. I LOVE IT!

I think my book club would be incredibly intense but an interesting, thought-provoking book club! What books would you like to discover with your book club? (imaginary book club or real!) Let me know! Please feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

British Books Challenge 2014: The round up!

The British Book Challenge was set up to show support for British Authors. By signing up I promised to read at least 12 books by British Authors. That’s equal to one book a month.

It’s safe to say that I exceeded this challenge this year.

Top Ten Books I Read In 2014

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week the topic is Top Ten Books I Read In 2014. Ooh, this is going to be a tricky list, but with the help of Goodreads, I’m sure I can find books I’ve rated 5 stars this year! There are so much more than 10 amazing reads, but here are 10 of my favourites…So here goes…

Click on the book title underneath the images for the Goodreads page!

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The Girl Who Walked On Air Emma Carroll– I thought this was a beautiful book. It’s great for middle grade but also extends nicely to adult readers looking for a magical, fantastical read.

Prisoner of Night and Fog- Anne Blackman– This was an unexpected gem. I didn’t know much about the book until I requested it on Bookbridgr. I absolutely loved it and I’m eagerly anticipating beginning the next one!

Golden BoyAbigail Tarttelin– This probably comes as no surprise to regular readers of my blog. I include this book wherever I can as I thought it was a stunning, yet brutal read. I can’t recommend this book enough!

The MadnessAlison Rattle- Alison can do no wrong in my eyes. I’ve adored her books. They really capture my attention.

BirdCrystal Chan– This was another gem of the year. It was a wonderful book which I highly recommend!

The Wrong BoySuzy Zail- I think this book should be much more widely read. It’s stunning and emotional!

Something Real Heather Demetrios– Oh yes, this book appears on a Top Ten list again. Have I convinced you to read it yet?

A Monster CallsPatrick Ness– I may be very behind in reading this book, but I’m so glad I took the time to read it. It’s incredibly emotional, but well worth reading.

Ignite MeTahereh Mafi– I loved the conclusion to the Shatter Me trilogy, so it has to be featured on my top ten for 2014!

Shadow and BoneLeigh Bardugo– I can’t mention a top ten books of the year without mentioning the wonderful Leigh Bardugo. I powered through The Grisha Trilogy in the space of a few months. I loved it!

What are your Top Ten Reads of 2014? Do we share any? Please feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2014.

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Sarah J. MaasThrone of Glass-I’ve only read Throne of Glass but I’m soon to read Crown of Midnight. I can’t wait to get stuck into it. I should listen to my blogger friends more!

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Brodi AshtonEverneath series– I have completed the whole of the Everneath series this year. I love Brodi Ashton’s writing!

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Malorie BlackmanNoughts and Crosses, Knife Edge, Cloud Busting– I can’t believe I haven’t read any Malorie Blackman before now. I have learnt from my mistake! 😉

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Robin TalleyLies We Tell Ourselves– I thought this book was stunning! I very much enjoyed it, even though it was a tough read!

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Heather DemetriosSomething Real- This is easily one of my favourite books of the year. I absolutely devoured it. An unexpected gem.

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Mindy McGinnis- Not A Drop To Drink– This is another book that I didn’t expect to like as much as I did!

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Sally GreenHalf Bad– I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I can’t wait to read the next in the series!

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Emery LordOpen Road Summer– I was really impressed with Open Road Summer. I’m happy to read that Emery has another book coming out next year!

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Leigh BardugoThe Grisha Trilogy– This is another series that I’ve devoured this year. I may have been late to the party, but I powered through the series in a few months!

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Abigail Tarttelin Golden Boy– I adored this book. It’s so intense but incredibly well written!

What new-to-you authors have you discovered this year? Please feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

5th Annual End of Year Survey

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Again,  I’m linking up with one of my favourite bloggers, Jamie, from The Perpetual Page Turner. I can’t believe it’s time for another end of year survey! This year has been packed full of good reads, which I’m looking forward to sharing with you. Of course, it’s not technically the end of the year, yet, but if I read a book this month which HAS to go into this list I shall edit!

2014 Reading Stats:

Number Of Books You Read: 125
Number of Re-Reads: 3
Genre You Read The Most From: YA

Best In Books:

1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

Okay, this is hard. Starting with a very hard question! Hmm… I would have to say either Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo or Something Real by Heather Demetrios.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

 To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I enjoyed it, but expected it to be much better than it was!

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014? 

Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin. I didn’t expect it to be as good as it was!

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?

 Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I will forever push that book on everyone that asks for a recommendation!

 5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?

(These are just from books I’ve read this year, they may not necessarily have released this year…)

Best series: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, Best Sequel of 2014: Dead Silent by Sharon Jones, Best Series Ender: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

Sarah J.Maas! Looking forward to reading more from her!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

 Say Her Name by James Dawson

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

 Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson. I couldn’t put it down!

 9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I’m not a big re-reader if I’m honest!

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2014?

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11. Most memorable character of 2014?

Max Walker from Golden Boy.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

 Bird by Crystal Chan.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?

 The Memory Book by Rowan Coleman

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read? 

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

 15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?

“It takes strength to be proud of yourself and to accept yourself when you know that you have something out of the ordinary about you.”- Golden Boy, Abigail Tarttelin

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014?

Shortest- The Snow Queen-a novella at 80 pages.

Longest- Take Me On– 544 pages

(How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest).

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

The twist at the end of Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Haley and West from Take Me On– Katie McGarry

19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Reagan and Dee- Open Road Summer

20. Favourite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

The Girl Who Walked On Air by Emma Carroll

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Sorry to say it again, but Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

Matt from Open Road Summer

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

 Ravka- The Grisha Trilogy

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

This Book is Gay– James Dawson

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?

Lies We Tell Ourselves– Robin Talley

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Half Bad– Sally Green

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

 A Monster Calls– Patrick Ness

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

A Kiss in The Dark- Cat Clarke

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Dear Killer– Katherine Ewell

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2014? 

I have so many favourite blogs, but to name one of my favourites… is Katie from Sherlockianbooklover!

2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2014? 

 A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

Religion in literature

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

The Young Adult Literature Convention in London!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?

Keeping up with my blog considering how busy I am with my postgraduate course!

6. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

You’re The One That I Want– Giovanna Fletcher

7. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

The Drowning– Rachel Ward. Only so more people can see it and hopefully want to read it!

8. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Mr B’s Emporium in Bath!

9. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I completed The British Books Challenge, The 2014 Debut Challenge and by the end of December, I will have completed Luna’s Picks, Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit 2014 and hopefully my goals for the 14 series I wanted to finish/start!

 Looking ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?

There are so many! I’ll go for… Stolen by Lucy Christopher!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?

Half Wild-Sally Green!

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Everything That Makes You– Moriah McStay

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?

Winter– Marissa Meyer

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?

Put less pressure on myself!

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

Eek, unfortunately I haven’t read any yet. Using some of my holiday time in December to do that. I’m looking forward to All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.

So there it is… my answers to Jamie’s End of Year Survey. Please make sure to visit Jamie’s blog to see her answers and link up your post if you have completed the survey. Feel free to link your surveys for me to visit too. I love to see all of the answers!

Top Ten Books I Want To Reread (in an ideal world…)

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week the topic is Top Ten Books I Want To Reread. I don’t actually get to reread very often so this is definitely in an ideal situation!

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Click on the book title to get to Goodreads!

The Help– Kathryn Stockett- Easily one of my favourite books. I wish I could find time to read it!

Golden Boy– Abigail Tarttelin- One of the most powerful books I’ve read in a long time!

Me Before You– Jojo Moyes- I could have just called this list ‘Chrissi’s favourites…’

The Bronze Horseman– Paullina Simons- A beautiful book, but it’s quite a commitment to re-read.

The Book Thief– Markus Zusak- I love this book. I hope at some point I can re-read it.

Something Real– Heather Demetrios- Another great book that came out this year. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book!

Eleanor & Park– Rainbow Rowell- Easily my favourite Rainbow Rowell book!

A Room Full of Chocolate– Jane Elson- I may potentially read this to my future class so perhaps I will get a chance to re-read it in the future.

The Snow Child– Eowyn Ivy- I absolutely loved this book and would love to revisit it.

The Reason I Jump– Naoki Higashida- This book opened my eyes. I do see it as a book I’ll revisit.

Are any of these books on your TBR list or re-read list? Feel free to link me to your posts so I can have a nosey at what you want to re-read!