Summer Bookish Bingo Wrap Up/Sign up for Holiday Bingo!

This summer I took part in Summer Bookish Bingo hosted by Great Imaginations. I’m thrilled that I completed the card! It really gave me chance to knock off some books from my TBR list, so I’ll definitely be joining in again!

  1. Thirteen Reasons Why- Jay Asher
  2. The Girl Who Walked On Air– Emma Carroll
  3. Two Boys Kissing– David Levithan
  4. The Summer I Turned Pretty– Jenny Han
  5. Rebel Belle- Rachel Hawkins
  6. More Than This– Patrick Ness
  7. Don”t You Forget About Me– Kate Karyus Quinn
  8. Siege and Storm– Leigh Bardugo
  9. Kira-Kira– Cynthia Kadohata
  10. Rooftoppers- Katherine Rundell
  11. Ruin and Rising– Leigh Bardugo
  12. Rump– Liesel Shurtliff
  13. Fire and Rain– Diane Chamberlain
  14. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August– Claire North
  15. Salvage- Keren David
  16. On The Fence– Kasie West
  17. She Is Not Invisible– Marcus Sedgwick
  18. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making– Catherynne M. Valente
  19. Ten– Gretchen McNeil
  20. The Snow Queen– Alana Albertson
  21. Open Road Summer– Emery Lord
  22. Unhooking The Moon– Gregory Hughes
  23. Belle Epoque– Elizabeth Ross
  24. Wake– Amanda Hocking

Here is the card for the Holiday bingo! Will you play along?

Click on the bingo card to get to Great Imaginations!

Click on the bingo card to get to Great Imaginations!

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Wake

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How did I get it?:
It was a present!

Synopsis:

Gorgeous. Fearless. Dangerous. They’re the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Lexi and Thea have caught everyone’s attention—but it’s Gemma who’s attracted theirs. She’s the one they’ve chosen to be part of their group.

Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.

Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.

Thoughts:

I have had Wake on my TBR pile for ages now. I’ve always wanted to read more mermaid/siren books and I have to admit, that beautiful cover immediately pulled me in. I thought the synopsis was really intriguing too. I thought it was engaging from the start. I’m not necessarily sure that I’ll read the next one in the series. It’s not that it was a bad read, because I did very much enjoy it, but it just didn’t wow me. With my reading being limited at the moment (because of university) I’m trying to get through the books I already own before adding more to my collection. That said, perhaps I shall return to this series in the future. Let me know if you think I should!

Wake follows alternative point of views from Gemma and Harper who are sisters. Gemma has caught the attention of three gorgeous girls who have got a reputation for being a little strange. The girls have invited Gemma to join their group but it comes at a price. Gemma’s life will never be the same again and she has some important decisions to make.

I really liked the characters in this book. I loved that Harper cares so much about her sister, even if she’s slightly overprotective! I also loved that there wasn’t insta-love flying around with the relationships in the book. The relationships were cute and there wasn’t a love triangle in sight. I always appreciate that!

I think the mythology in this book was very well written and I certainly found it intriguing. I was very impressed with Amanda Hocking’s writing. I’d definitely read more from her. As I mentioned, I hadn’t previously read any mermaid/siren books before. I definitely want to read books with the same topic!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

A lovely, quick read. Well worth reading if you’re interested in mythological books!

Stacking The Shelves #53

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to its Goodread’s page!

NetGalley:

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I’ve heard so many good things about this book, so I was happy to be approved to read it.

Kindle Sale:

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I know I shouldn’t be starting any more series right now (I am in the middle of so many…) but I couldn’t resist getting The Iron King by Julie Kagawa in the kindle sale. I’ve only read one book of Patrick Ness’ but I’ve heard great things about A Monster Calls. I’ve heard amazing things about Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis too. I’ve wanted to read All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry and Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff for a while now too. So, I was incredibly happy to find all these on sale! I don’t know when I’ll get around to them, but hopefully sooner rather than later.

Presents:

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My lovely Gran bought me these books when we went out together last weekend. She picked up more books than me…. (so that’s where I get it from!) I’m really excited to read the Unwind Dystology. I could do without the comparison to The Hunger Games on the cover, but still. I’ve heard good things! Oops. There’s another series to get through too…

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to link me to your posts and I’ll come and visit your blog!

Stacking The Shelves #33- The Birthday Edition: part 1

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to its Goodreads page!

On Monday 19th August it was my birthday! I’m getting my bookish presents from my parents this weekend so I have included what I received from other people and I guess I’ll have more to add to the birthday pile next week.

Borrowed from Bibliobeth:

Every now and then my sister unleashes a stash of books that she’s been storing for me.

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I don’t know anything about these books. Obviously I respect my sister’s opinion on books so if se thinks I’ll like them… then fair enough! I’m particularly intrigued by Reconstructing Amelia from this selection.

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I love Diane Chamberlain’s books so I’m looking forward to reading Necessary Lies. I’m also very excited about reading Kiss Me First. I’m also a huge fan of Jojo Moyes so I can’t wait to read Honeymoon In Paris.

Birthday Gifts (to be continued…):

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I’m pretty excited about all of these books. I can’t wait to read Insurgent and The Evolution of Mara Dyer. I loved the first book in those series, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the next book. I’ve wanted to read The 5th Wave for a while. I’ve also heard great things about Cruel Summer and Forbidden. I’m a bit disappointed that I haven’t got the other cover of Daughter Of Smoke and Bone. I liked the previous cover much better. However, I’m really looking forward to starting that series. I also have really enjoyed Emma Donoghue’s previous books, so Astray looks promising!

What are you stacking your shelves with this week? Please feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll come and check them out at some point this weekend!