Top Ten Books That I Loved But Won’t Reread

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 list is all about books that we enjoyed but we don’t see ourselves re-reading. I have quite a few of these in mind! In no particular order, here are my choices. Book images go to Goodreads!

Wideacre- Philippa Gregory

Wideacre  (The Wideacre Trilogy, #1)

This is almost like a period drama! I thought it was fabulous at the time but don’t see myself reading it again.

The Other Me- Saskia Sarginson

The Other Me

Loved this book! It gripped me, yet I don’t see myself reading it again!

Boy In The Tower- Polly Ho-Yen

Boy In The Tower

A very unique read. I enjoyed it but wouldn’t rush to re-read it!

The One Plus One- Jojo Moyes
The One Plus One

This was a very charming read. I rated it highly but wouldn’t necessarily rush back to it. I’m not a big re-reader.

A Kiss In The Dark- Cat Clarke

A Kiss in the Dark

Cat Clarke is such a great writer. Her books always grip me.

Half Bad- Sally Green

Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy, #1)

I loved the first book in the series, but I didn’t get on with the sequel. Therefore I wouldn’t reread it!

Lies We Tell Ourselves- Robin Talley

Lies We Tell Ourselves

I absolutely loved this book. I just don’t have time to reread it!

Golden Boy- Abigail Tarttelin

Golden Boy

I loved this but I wouldn’t want to put myself through it again! It’s intense!

Pointe- Brandy Colbert

Pointe

I loved this book but it’s not an all time favourite. It is incredible though!

These Broken Stars- Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)

I don’t intend to continue with this series, so I won’t reread this again.

What books have you loved but don’t want to reread? Feel free to leave me a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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Ten Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

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 list is all about books that we no longer want to read. I feel kind of bad making this list. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the author or their efforts in writing the book. It’s just not for me anymore.

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)

Initially I was really excited about this book, but I’ve heard such mixed things and think I need a break from the genre.

The Heir (The Selection, #4)

After reading The One, I totally didn’t feel the need to continue.

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

I tried to start this series, but I totally lost interest.

Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)

I’m working on watching the TV show at the moment (late I know!) and I’ve always had the book series on my radar. I’m not sure I want to commit to it.

Red Rising (Red Rising, #1)

I’ve heard mixed things about this series!

Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark, #1)

I enjoyed the Divergent trilogy, but I’m not that sure I want to read this one!

This Shattered World (Starbound, #2)

I really loved the first book in the duology but I think I’ve left it too long before reading this one, meaning I’m not really that bothered about it.

Jackaby (Jackaby, #1)

I initially really wanted to read this, but reviews have put me off it slightly.

The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die, #2)

I didn’t love the first book, so I’m not compelled to read the next one!

Miss Mayhem (Rebel Belle, #2)

I’m not intending to carry on as I didn’t love Rebel Belle as much as I wanted to!

Do you think I should give any of these books a go? Convince me!

Let me know about the books you’ve decided not to read!

Top Ten Unique Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is all about unique reads. It took me some time to think about them, but here they are!

Illuminae- Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

The format of this book is what makes it so unique. I adored it!

George- Alex Gino

George

I find this book unique because its child-like narration is so authentic.

The Last Beginning- Lauren James

The Last Beginning (The Next Together, #2)

A sci-fi ish book with different formats. I’ve recently finished this book and I absolutely adored it!

One- Sarah Crossan

One

A hard-hitting book told in verse.

Cloud Busting- Malorie Blackman

Cloud Busting

This book deals with bullying through poetry ❤

The Girl With Glass Feet- Ali Shaw

The Girl With Glass Feet

A beautiful book with a fairy tale-esque story. My edition had silver page edges ❤

The Boy With The Cuckoo-Shaped Heart- Mathias Malzieu

The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

Another fairy tale-esque story. So unusual, but so good!

Another Little Piece- Kate Karyus Quinn

Another Little Piece

Such an odd story. Yet, so compelling! I have a feeling that this book is either love or hate it though…

The Girl On Paper- Guillaume Musso

The Girl on Paper

This is definitely one of the most unique stories that I’ve read. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Bird- Crystal Chan

Bird

I’ve included this one because of its beautiful writing. It really stood out for me in the middle grade genre!

I have listed some of these books before on my list, but I’ve added 5 new unique reads since I last made this list in 2014! 

What did you put on your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

How did I get it?:
It was a Christmas gift!

Previously reviewed by Amie Kaufman:
These Broken Stars

Synopsis:

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Thoughts:

Wow, I have really mixed feelings about this book. I was so nervous to read it because it’s been everywhere! Most people seem to love it and when this happens, sometimes I end up raising my expectations too high and don’t end up enjoying the book as much as I hoped I would. I tried to lower my expectations whilst reading this book because I really wanted to give it a fair chance. I thought Illuminae was a really intriguing, unique read. I wasn’t as blown away as I wanted to be by this book, but there’s no denying that it is a brilliant, original read that I think is well worth exploring.

It’s really hard to review this book because it is so different. It’s a story about Kady and Ezra. It’s based in 2575. There is a war over a planet, a deadly plague has broken out and a fleet’s AI could quite possibly be their enemy. Kady hacks into data to try and discover the truth. She needs the help of her ex-boyfriend Ezra. Illuminae is action packed and uses so many formats to tell the story. There’s emails, military files, instant messaging, medical reports and interviews. It really was a unique format which instantly appealed to me.

I think the formats really helped to tell the story in such a gripping way. I love short and snappy chapters. I love creativity in the way information is presented. It really did keep me turning the pages. Some of the art work is simply stunning and this is one of the highlights of this story for me.

At times, I felt this book got a little slow which is why I haven’t rated it four stars. Most of the time it was action-packed but some of the reports, in my opinion, slowed down the pace and I wanted to quickly skip through them but I was worried that I’d miss something important to the story. I also wasn’t overly convinced by Kady and Ezra’s relationship. It seemed a little forced to me.

Niggles aside, I do think that Illuminae is a decent read and I can definitely see why people have been raving about it. There is so much to enjoy within the pages. When I think of Illuminae it does bring back good memories and I would definitely consider reading the next book in the series. I’m just not in any rush to do so.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

A decent, unique YA science-fiction read!

Stacking The Shelves #155

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!

Christmas Gifts

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

I’m currently reading this book! Well, I say currently reading but I’m just about to start it. Scared about the hype but so happy to have my hands on a copy.

Replica (Replica, #1)

I am so intrigued by this book. I just need to work out how I’m going to read it? Alternate chapters or read one story first? Argh! Decisions.

Furthermore

I want to read more from Tahereh Mafi and I’ve heard great things about this book!

Noggin

I loved Highly Illogical Behaviour from John Corey Whaley so I want to read more of his work!

Bought:

Wing Jones

I’m working on reading more debuts this year and I am excited to try out this one from Katherine Webber, a British author.

Behind Closed Doors

This book was on my Christmas list and I decided I wanted to read it soon! Ha, I say soon but it’ll probably be a few months!

The Girls

I have seen this book around everywhere and I saw it on offer, so I snapped up a copy!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

This Week In Books #48

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!

Click on the book to get to Goodreads!

The Muse The One Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

NOW- The Muse- Jessie Burton- I am currently 80% through this book which is the next in the ‘Talking About’ feature that I do with my sister Beth. I’m hoping to finish it tonight or tomorrow. I’m enjoying it so far, but I wouldn’t say it’s a favourite of mine.

THEN- The One- John Marrs- I was confused at first with this psychological thriller which is all about being romantically matched with someone due to DNA. It’s not the best book in the genre, but I found it intriguing to read despite a slow start.

NEXT- Illuminae- Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff- I’m scared. This book has been SO hyped and I’m worried that I won’t enjoy it. It’s time though… it needs to be read.

What are you reading at the moment? Feel free to let me know or leave a link to a similar post that you do!

Annual End Of Year Survey- 2016 Edition!

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

 

 

Number Of Books You Read:  So far…134
Number of Re-Reads:  2 or 3!
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult

 

best-YA-books-2014

1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

Oh my goodness, that’s hard. I think it would have to be Highly Illogical Behaviour, One or Paper Butterflies. I couldn’t pick one.

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

I thought I was going to love Ballet Shoes more than I did.

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

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did.

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

I still push Me Before You wherever possible. I can’t help myself.

 5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?

Ooh. I’ll go for series. This is a tough one because I have two I have really enjoyed. I’ll pick two! The Spinster Club by Holly Bourne and Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

Holly Bourne

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

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

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

Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield

9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Hmm… I’m not a big re-reader but I’ll say Harry Potter. I read the first book this year and it’s made me want to continue with the series.

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2016?

Made You Up

11. Most memorable character of 2016?

Jeannette from The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

The Last Act Of LoveCathy Rentzenbrink

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?

A Boy Made Of BlocksKeith Stuart

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 

One by Sarah Crossan. I know it only came out in 2015, but still… I should have read it then!

 15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?

“He was afraid of the world, afraid it would find a way to swallow him up. But, maybe everyone was sometimes.”   -John Corey Whaley- Highly Illogical Behaviour.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

Longest- Carry OnRainbow Rowell- 518 pages

Shortest- To DanceSiena Cherson Siegel- 64 pages

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Crush by Eve Ainsworth

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

Celeste and Justin- Flat-Out Celeste by Jessica Park

19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Sam and Alex- A Boy Made Of Blocks by Keith Stuart

20. Favourite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

One by Sarah Crossan

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?

Hmmm… this is a tricky one. I’m not one for fictional crushes. Justin from Flat-Out Celeste was adorable, I guess!

23. Best 2016 debut you read?

Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

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

The Love That Split The WorldEmily Henry

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

On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?

The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzinbrink

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

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

Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas

book-blogging

1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2016?

I am so bad at remembering how long I’ve been enjoying blogs, so I’ll pick a blog that I’ve enjoyed in 2016. That has to be Megan at Love, Literature, Art and Reason.

2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2016?

I never like reading my own reviews as I always find flaws with them! I did enjoy writing A Boy Made Of Blocks.

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

I haven’t had very many this year. Definitely need to get my thinking cap on for 2017.

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

The Transatlantic Book Project with some other wonderful bloggers.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?

Winning an award at the UKYA blogging awards. A surprise to me that’s for sure as I didn’t ever anticipate winning!

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

Balancing blogging and reading with a full time hectic job!

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

Swimming To The Moon– Jane Elson

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Highly Illogical Behaviour– John Corey Whaley

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

I really love the Reading Year subscription from Mr B’s Emporium in Bath that my sister and my mum got for my birthday.

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

At this point not all of them, but by the end of the year I anticipate that I would have made my 140 book challenge and completed the series that I wanted to! I have completed the British Book Challenge that challenges its readers to read 12 books by British Authors. I’ve nailed that one with 64 read so far!

looking-ahead-books-2015

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?

Perfect by Cecelia Ahern

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?

I’m so bad at keeping up with series so I’ll mention one I’m anticipating to finish… What’s A Girl To Do? by Holly Bourne.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?

Continue to add different features to keep my blog fresh!

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

I’m just starting my 2017 ARCS so can’t comment on that yet. I have high hopes for The Edge Of Everything by Jeff Giles though!