Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling Me That I MUST Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read. It was hard to keep it to ten!

Click on the book image for the Goodread’s page!

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Most of these books have been recommended by either my sister Beth, Luna, my non-blogger but avid reader friend Rachel, Jim and others are just intriguing as so many bloggers love them!

Fifteen BonesR.J Morgan– Jim brought this book to my attention. I’m reading it soon and I’m very excited to get to it!

Sweet EvilWendy Higgins– A while back I had a discussion post about religion in literature. This book was recommended to me in the comments by the wonderful blog Overflowing Bookshelves.

Throne of GlassSarah J. Maas– I need to read this book. There is so much hype surrounding it, and every time I mention that I haven’t read it… I get very shocked looks! Eek!

If You Find MeEmily Murdoch- I have heard that this book is brilliant. I hope to get to it as soon as I can!

Maybe SomedayColleen Hoover– Everyone seems to love this book and the playlist that comes with it. Intrigued!

What’s Left Of MeKat Zhang– A lot of my favourite bloggers seem to adore this book. I need to read it!

A Monster CallsPatrick Ness– I’ve recently been bought this book for my birthday (which is today actually, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!) I can’t wait to read it! I’m thinking of reading it ON my birthday as it’s something I’ve been anticipating for a long time now.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar ChildrenRansom Riggs– So many people love this book and I’m so intrigued. I’ve been told to read it so many times now. I’ll be getting to it this month as part of my Luna’s Picks feature!

The OriginalsCat Patrick– This book was recommended to me by my friend Rachel. It does sound fantastic!

The Green Mile- Stephen King– My sister Beth, is a massive Stephen King fan. I’ve read Carrie on her recommendation, but this is another one she really wants me to read!

Who are the book pushers in your life? What books have you been told you HAVE to read? Leave me your links to your posts and I’ll stop by!

Bookish Bingo Wrap Up

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I participated in Bookish Bingo  which was hosted by the lovely ladies over at Great Imaginations. I managed to read a book for EACH of the squares. I’m very proud of the reading I managed in the months of April, May and June. I’m totally getting involved in the summer edition of Bookish Bingo. I found it was a great way to get some of those pesky books off my TBR shelf, and I discovered some new books along the way.

Here are my reviews:

  1. Chains

  2. Flyaway

  3. The Wrong Boy

  4. Shadow and Bone

  5. Wedding Night

  6. A Million Little Pieces

  7. Dandelion Clocks

  8. Fruit Of The Lemon

  9. The Anti-Prom

  10. Breadcrumbs

  11. The Great Gatsby

  12. Birthmarked

  13. Dear Killer

  14. The Fat Girl

  15. Wanderlove

  16. Side Effects May Vary

  17. Where’d you go Bernadette?

  18. Smart Girls Get What They Want

  19. By Any Other Name

  20. Die For Me

  21. Tape

  22. Golden

  23. Just Like Fate

  24. Warm Bodies

Here is the board for the next Bookish Bingo game. Will you be playing along?

Click on the bingo board to get to Great Imaginations blog!

Just Like Fate

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Program- Suzanne Young

Synopsis:

Caroline is at a crossroads. Her whole family is on her back, and her grandmother, the only person who really understands her, is sick, maybe dying. All she wants to do is escape. So when her best friend suggests a night out to forget her troubles, Caroline must choose: stay by her grandmother’s side, or go to the party and live her life . . . and maybe meet the boy of her dreams.

This decision will split Caroline’s fate into two separate paths – and she’s about to live them both. But there can only be one happy ending . . .

Thoughts:

Just Like Fate has been on my TBR list for a long time now. I finally found myself getting around to reading it. I’m really glad I read it, but I couldn’t help but find similarities to Kasie West’s Pivot Point series. Since that is one of my favourite series, I had high expectations for Just Like Fate. I thought it was a good read, but it didn’t blow me away.

Just Like Fate follows Caroline, who has to make a decision whether to stay with her grandmother at the hospital, or go out for a night out with a good friend to forget about her troubles. Just Like Fate shows the reader what would have happened with both options. I found it quite hard to believe that Caroline would just leave her dying grandmother considering how well they had got on with each other. Once I managed to get over that though, I enjoyed reading the story. Each chapter is  clearly labelled with ‘stay’ and ‘go’ so you always know which path you are following along with Caroline. That’s much needed at times, because the people in both pathways cross and it could potentially become very confusing.

I’ve had about enough of the good boy/bad boy love triangles, but there are some included within the story. I didn’t really connect with any of the male characters, which was a shame, but I think with a fairly short book like Just Like Fate, it’s not easy to form a strong connection with any of the characters. What I really did like about Just Like Fate was how it explored the importance of family. I really liked seeing Caroline rebuild some relationships.

I thought this was a really interesting take on a story about fate. I’m very much a believer in fate, so I found it fascinating to see what would have happened either way. I would be really interested to know more about how the two authors tackled writing this book together. I’m always intrigued by a collaboration of a story.  I think Just Like Fate is an enjoyable, contemporary read, perfect for fans of the film Sliding Doors.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

WWW Wednesday #70

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

 

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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I’m a big fan of Paige Toon’s writing. I love how she uses characters (even in a very minor way) from her other books in each book. It feels like it’s a whole community and makes each book feel so familiar. I’m just over a quarter of the way through Thirteen Weddings. It won’t take me long to finish. It’s got a good pace and characters that I care about.

What did I recently finish reading?

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I finished Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young last night. This is a short read. Caroline has to make a decision about whether to stay or go at the hospital, following her grandmother’s stroke. The story takes the reader on what would have happened if she stayed, or went. I found this book interesting, but it didn’t quite match up to what I had expected from it. It kind of reminded me of Pivot Point by Kasie West at times.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Next up for me, is the very brightly covered Tape by Steven Camden. I’m very intrigued to read this book because I’ve heard such mixed opinions about it!

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to leave your links to your WWW Wednesday posts or answer the questions in the comments below! Happy Reading 🙂

 

Stacking The Shelves #62- Behold the awesome

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 the Goodread’s page!

Bought in London:

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I have been wanting to read Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano for so long. I just couldn’t resist it. I’ve heard great things about She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick too. Dead To You by Lisa McCann looked SO good. It had to be mine. Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin was literally thrown into my hands and demanded that I bought it by my friend Rachel. I hope it’s good! Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young has been on my radar for a while now too. Looking forward to reading that! I also really liked the look of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine by Teddy Wayne.

From Hot Key Books (thanks to the lovely Luna!):

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Luna got me a selection of books from the lovely Hot Key Books. I’m particularly looking forward to reading The Lovely and The Lost by Page Morgan and Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira. Really, I’m looking forward to them all, but these two are being bumped up the TBR pile. Luna also kindly lent me her copy of Say Her Name by James Dawson which I’m reading very soon. So excited about it.

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to link your posts so I can see what you’ve got!

A-Z Book Survey

 

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This survey is courtesy of one of my favourite bloggers, Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner. Check out her post HERE

Do you remember these kind of surveys on Myspace? I used to love them. I absolutely love the idea of this one, so here it is… My A-Z Book Survey

Author you’ve read the most books from:

According to Goodreads my most read author is Philippa Gregory. That doesn’t surprise me. I adore Philippa Gregory! I think when I was younger it would’ve been Roald Dahl or Enid Blyton.

Best Sequel Ever:

Ooh this is a hard one. I read a lot of series. I really like Scarlet by Marissa Meyer –the second book in the Lunar Chronices. I much preferred it to Cinder.

Currently Reading:

Boundless by Cynthia Hand.

Drink of Choice While Reading:

I don’t really drink that much when I’m reading. One of my favourite things to do with my sister is read in Costa. I don’t drink tea or coffee so I like to have a hot chocolate.

E-reader or Physical Book?

I do read both, but the physical book will ALWAYS win for me. You can’t beat holding (and smelling!) a real book.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Holder from Hopeless/Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover. Please.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Wither by Lauren DeStefano. I had heard such mixed opinions about it, but I’m glad I read it. I loved it!

Hidden Gem Book:

I didn’t expect to love Me Before You by Jojo Moyes as much as I did. That book is honestly one of my favourite books ever.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

I have two things really. My first is my experience reading as a young child. My mum taught me how to read before I started school and my love of books has followed me (and grown) throughout my life. My sister (Bibliobeth) used to read to me and I LOVED that. So I have my family to thank for instilling the love of literature into my life. My second most recent important moment is starting this blog. It’s still a baby blog but it’s inspired me to read more and read different genres.

Just Finished:

I’ve just finished Downside Up by Hayley Long.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I’m not really a fan of horror. My imagination is incredibly vivid. I still remember the monster I read about years ago that scared me SO much. *shudders*

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Gone With The WindMargaret Mitchell. Now that’s a beast of a book. It’s HUGE!

Major book hangover because of:

I didn’t want to mention the same book twice, but I always, always think of Me Before You even though I read it some time ago.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Officially I own one, in my bedroom. But I’ve taken over two in the spare room and one out in the hall. Oops!

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Little Women- Louisa May Alcott. I just love that book!

Preferred Place To Read:

I get a lot of reading done when I’m on the train, in the bath or in the garden on a warm day!

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“The hardest choices in life aren’t between what’s right and what’s wrong but between what’s right and what’s best.” Jamie FordHotel On The Corner of Bitter And Sweet

Reading Regret:

Spending so many years just reading chick-lit. Never stepping outside of that genre. Thank goodness I read more widely now.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

I want to finish the Chemical Gardens Series by Lauren DeStefano.

Three of your All-Time Favourite Books:

In no particular order..

  1. Me Before YouJojo Moyes
  2. Little WomenLouisa May Alcott
  3. Gone Girl- Gillian Flynn

(Wow that was hard! I have too many all time favourites!)

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Cecelia Ahern. I LOVE her books, (bar one, but I love her so much I can forget about that one) they usually have a magical element in them and I’m just a sucker for that..

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

I’m pretty excited for Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. I’m interested to see how the Shatter Me series concludes.

Worst Bookish Habit:

Requesting books from NetGalley when I have so many books to read. Why do I do it?!

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

The Undomestic GoddessSophie Kinsella

Your latest book purchase:

My latest book purchase was The Originals by Cat Patrick

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

The Name On Your Wrist- Helen Hiorns. Look out for this book. I thought it was incredible!

Stacking The Shelves #31

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!

Bought:

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These books are the next 5 on my 10 books that I want to read this Summer. I don’t go back to work until 3rd September, so hopefully I have a good chance of reading them. Why We Broke Up is illustrated and oh so beautiful. As is Boundless. I just can’t wait to finish the series. Grow Up is supposed to be very funny so I’m looking forward to reading that one. I also can’t wait to read Attachments. I’ve only read Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell so far, but I really enjoyed it!

Bought for my Kindle:

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I have been wanting to read Left Drowning and The Originals for a while. My friend recently read and recommended The Originals, so I decided to get my hands on a copy. God knows when I’ll actually read it. Perfect Chemistry and Not Pretty Enough were recommended on Read and Repeat’s Two Pound Tuesday feature. They sounded like my sort of read so I snapped them up.

NetGalley:

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I have to admit to being immediately drawn to the cover of These Broken Stars. It’s so pretty. The F List sounds like it’s going to be a tough read. I loved the synopsis of Gretel and The Dark. It looks like it’ll be an intriguing read.

Random House

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Thank you very much to Random House Children’s Publishers for the copy of Hurt. I can’t wait to read it!

What are you stacking your shelves with this week? Feel free to leave your links to your posts and I’ll come and check what you’re reading!