Top Ten Rainy Day Reads

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week, we are thinking about rainy day reads. Those books that are perfect for curling up with inside when the weather is horrendous outside. I’ve decided to pick books that are easy to read, fast paced and totally binge-able.

Click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page!

A List of Cages

This book surprised me. I don’t think I’ve seen it enough around the blogosphere. Such an important story to be read. I highly recommend it.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

If you’re avoiding this book because of the hype, please don’t! I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

I bloomin’ loved this book! I really didn’t expect to like it as much.

The Silent Patient

One of my favourite reads of this year! I highly recommend this book.

The Flower Girls

I’m into my thrillers, as you can see and this one is so worth curling up with!

Apple of My Eye

This one had me totally gripped!

What If It's Us

Two of my favourites…writing together. This romance is so easy to get involved in.

Nice Try, Jane Sinner

I think this book is highly original!

A Sky Painted Gold

Such an atmospheric read. I was really impressed by this book.

A Thousand Perfect Notes

Ooh, this is an intense but SO good read. I can imagine that this could be easily read in a few hours. It’s gripping.

Tell me about your favourite rainy day reads! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by.

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Top Ten Favourite Couples In Books

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week we’re listing books that have our favourite couples in them! So here are mine in no particular order…

  1. Nimira and Erris- Magic Under Stone/Magic Under Glass- Jaclyn Dolamore– I love this couple. A very unusual love but adorable all the same.
  2. Lou and Will- Me Before You- Jojo Moyes- I’ll always love this couple! ❤
  3. Simon and Blue- Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli– I can’t have a couples list and not mention these two, basically.
  4. Mateo and Rufus- They Both Die At The End- Adam Silvera– This relationship may be quick, but it just works for me. ❤
  5. Olly and Madeleine- Everything, Everything- Nicola Yoon– I loved this relationship. I grew fonder of it page by page.
  6. Cain and Charlie- Four Seconds To Lose- K.A. Tucker– A believable relationship. I’m down for that.
  7. Billy and Sophie- Billy and Me- Giovanna Fletcher– A very fabulous book with a relationship that I rooted for.
  8. Katherine and Matthew- The Next Together- Lauren James– I loved this relationship in every era.
  9. Don and Rosie- The Rosie Project- Graeme Simison– A quirky relationship that worked!
  10. Rev and Emma- More Than We Can Tell- Brigid Kemmerer- I thought this relationship built slowly and I appreciated that.

Tell me about your favourite relationships! Do we share any? Let me know!

Top Ten Books That I Read In 2018

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s Top Ten list is all about our favourite books that we read in 2018. I like doing these sorts of posts because I get to look back at the books I’ve read!

In no particular order, here’s my list… book images go to Goodreads!

They Both Die at the End

This was a beautiful read. I didn’t want it to end because I knew what was going to happen at the end. It was a really incredible read. I love Adam Silvera’s writing.

Bad Romance

Another fantastic writer here. Heather Demetrios is amazing. I highly recommend her books. This one was heavy going but so worth the read.

A List of Cages

I’d had this book on my radar and was so pleased I made time for it in 2018. I thought it was amazing. So not what I expected.

Close to Home (DI Adam Fawley, #1)

Another unexpected gem!

How to Stop Time

I love Matt Haig’s writing, if you hadn’t guessed.

A Thousand Perfect Notes

I bloomin’ loved this book! 🙂 It’s hard-going but so beautifully written.

Nice Try, Jane Sinner

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I thought it was really unique.

The Creakers

I adored this book! So much so, that I’m reading it with my book club at school! 🙂

This Is Not A Love Letter

This was a beautifully written book!

Flying Tips for Flightless Birds

I read some cracking debut authors in 2018 and this was another one! 🙂

Tell me about your favourite books of 2018! Feel free to leave me a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll stop by!

Annual End of Year Book Survey 2018

I absolutely love taking part in Jamie’s End Of Year Book Survey. It can be a little time consuming, but I adore thinking about my reading in the year.

2018 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 138 (thus far… writing on 8th December!)
Number of Re-Reads: 4
Genre You Read The Most From: Thriller

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1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

Tough one. I really enjoyed Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke.

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

Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington.

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

This Is Not A Love Letter by Kim Purcell. I liked it much more than I thought I would.

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

The Creakers by Tom Fletcher

5. Best series you started in 2018 ? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?

Cheating because it’s a re-read but Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. It wasn’t released this year but it was still the best sequel I’ve read this year.

6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2018?

Cara Hunter! She’s awesome

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

Eek! I can’t say I’ve read outside my comfort zone this year.

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

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I’m not a massive re-reader. I don’t think I’ll re-read a book from this year.

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2018?

The Surface Breaks

11. Most memorable character of 2018?

Zach from Only Child

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

Number The Stars by Lois Lowry

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?

Not life changing, but thought-provoking… Anatomy of Scandal by Sarah Vaughan.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read?

A List Of Cages by Robin Roe. Not an old book but I wish I had read it last year.

15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?

“Getting smacked in the face with a Harry Potter book does not qualify as a fight,” Charlie says.
“First of all, it wasn’t just any Harry Potter book. It was Order of the Phoenix.”
Matt gasps. He knows that Order of the Phoenix is the longest and most potentially dangerous of all the Harry Potter books when used as a weapon.”

A List Of Cages by Robin Roe

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

King & King by Linda De Haan and I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jenningd- both 32 pages (as part of a banned books feature)

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne- 736 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

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios. A beautiful book, but so tough to read.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Mateo and Rufus- They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Stevie and Hafiz from Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow by Siobhan Curham

20. Favourite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios!

21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. I’m not a fan of Mr Green, but I wanted to read it because it was recommended so highly.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?

I don’t have one this year!

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Soloman

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

The Showstopper series by Hayley Barker.

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

The Creakers by Tom Fletcher

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

A List Of Cages by Robin Roe

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R Pan

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

I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings- the fact that this gentle picture book is challenged really makes me mad.

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1. New favourite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018?

That’s far too hard. I have loads of favourites. Check out some of them here.

2. Favourite post you wrote in 2018?

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Girls, girls, girls

I loved the support I got for this post.

3. Favourite bookish related photo you took in 2018?

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

Ooh I haven’t. I must participate next year.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?

Seeing my statistics grow more. I’m not focused on them, but it’s nice to see improvement year by year rather than a drop.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

My reading has slowed considerably due to the busy nature of my job.

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

Top Ten Shows/Movies To Binge Watch

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

They Both Die At The End

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

I haven’t discovered anything new.

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

Yes! I have saved £1 for every book I’ve read.

I’ve also read over 12 British books… my current total being 65 books. Check them out here. 

I also think I’ll finish my Goodreads target of 150 books.

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?

The Dangerous Art Of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?

Fame, Fate and The First Kiss by Kasie West- I love Kasie’s books!

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Wilder Girls– Rory Power

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?

I don’t have one!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?

Step outside my comfort zone with genre!

6. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

I haven’t read one at the time of writing this, but I have an ARC for The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts that I’m really looking forward to.

Please leave me a link if you do this survey. I LOVE reading people’s answers.

What If It’s Us

What If It's Us

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Becky Albertalli

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Adam Silvera

Synopsis:

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

Thoughts:

I’m a big fan of both of these authors, so them writing a book together is pretty much an awesome collaboration in my eyes. Whilst I do prefer their writing separately, I still very much enjoyed reading Arthur and Ben’s story. It is heavily romance based, so if that’s not your thing then I wouldn’t recommend this. If, however, you’re looking for a sweet YA read then What If It’s Us could be the book for you!

The story revolves around a first meeting of Arthur and Ben. They meet at a post office when Ben is returning his ex-boyfriend’s belongings. They end up chatting and connecting but never sharing contact details. After a while, Arthur and Ben manage to reconnect and this is where their story really starts to take off. There are so many bumps along the way. Their foundations are so shaky and you never know whether they’re going to get things together. Added to that, Arthur doesn’t live in New York so will they manage a long distance relationship?

If you’re into really plot heavy books, then this book may put you off. I usually prefer to read a book with a decent plot, but for this book, the character’s really did warm my heart and made me want to read their story, even if it wasn’t the most full plot.

Arthur was a bundle of energy and could be a little frustrating as a character but on the whole I thought he was a cute character. Ben was the more relatable of the two of them, I think. He very much enjoyed being inside, playing Sims and writing. My sort of person for sure. Ben does move on rather quickly from his break up and I did question that, but it didn’t necessarily affect my enjoyment of the story as a whole. Sometimes these things happen, we don’t know when someone might walk into our lives.

Becky and Adam as the authors made a wonderful team in my opinion. There was a great balance of humour and softer moments. I enjoyed reading this book and I’m pleased I got around to reading it!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

This was an incredibly cute story that really warmed my heart. Perfect for fans of YA Contemporary.

This Week In Books #131

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

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Anatomy of a Scandal

I’m about halfway through this book. I can see why people think it’s very relevant for what is going on in the world right now! I hope to read more tonight and have a review out soon!

THEN-

What If It's Us

It took me a while to read this book because I was so busy, however, I did really enjoy it. It definitely warmed my heart.

NEXT- 

Love Songs & Other Lies

I meant to read this book last month so I’m trying to make sure it gets read this month! I’m looking forward to a lighter read!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

This Week In Books #130

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

NOW-

What If It's Us

I keep intending to find time to read this in the evening but I have been pretty swamped with work! Hopefully tonight I can get some read. The authors are two of my favourites and I’m intrigued to see what their work is like together.

THEN-

The Innocent Wife

This is the next book that I will be ‘Talking About’ with Beth. I enjoyed it, but wasn’t particularly blown away.

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Love Songs & Other Lies

I meant to read this book during October, but I haven’t had that much time to read! It looks like an easy to read book!

What are you reading this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post.