The (slightly late) Mid Year Freak Out Tag

Today I thought I’d join in with the Mid Year Freak Out Tag after being tagged by my sister over at Bibliobeth.

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The best book you’ve read so far this year?

George

I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. Its narrative really grasped me and I felt captivated by the main character.

Your favourite sequel read this year?

Watch Me (Social Media Murders, #2)

I was really impressed with this sequel to the Social Media Murders series. I liked the first book, but this one made me love the series!

A new release that you haven’t read yet but really want to?

Eliza and Her Monsters

I really enjoyed Francesca’s debut and although I’ve heard mixed things about this book, I’m intrigued to see what it’s like! I always form my own opinion.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

All That She Can See

I enjoyed Carrie’s debut and look forward to seeing what her next book is like!

Your biggest disappointment?

The Cuckoo Sister

I was really looking forward to reading this book after loving it when I was younger. I have to admit to being a little disappointed by it when re-reading!

Biggest surprise of the year?

As I Descended

I wasn’t looking forward to this book, as I didn’t get on well with Robin Talley’s second book. I did enjoy this one! 🙂

Favourite new-to-you or debut author?

Countless

I really enjoyed this debut novel! I enjoy reading books that centre around mental health and this was a good one!

Your new fictional crush?

I fail! I don’t have one!

New favourite character?

The Upside of Unrequited

Molly from Becky Albertalli’s sophomore novel. Loved her!

A book that made you cry?

One Italian Summer

This didn’t make me actually cry, but it did move me at points!

A book that made you happy?

Awful Auntie

I love David Walliams. His writing is fabulous! There were some darker moments, but on the whole it made me happy.

Your favourite book to movie adaptation this year?

Beauty and The Beast!

Favourite book post you’ve published this year?

I’m cheating a bit here and adding my favourite new feature… A Spotlight On.

The most beautiful book you’ve bought/received this year?

Lyrebird

What are some books that you need to read by the end of the year?

Damage by Eve Ainsworth, When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.

I am not going to tag people in this (as I’m sure many people that follow me have done it!) if you do decide to do it, please link me so I can read yours!

 

Top Ten Authors I’d LOVE To Meet

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is all about authors. Authors we’d love to meet or can’t believe we’ve met. I’ve decided to go for author’s that I’d love to meet even if I would go a little fangirly on them.

Jojo Moyes-  Me Before You is one of my favourite books of all time. I’d be happy to be able to tell Jojo just how much I loved her books!

Jolene Perry- I have enjoyed Jolene’s books so much! They’re much deeper than you’d expect which is great.

Cecelia Ahern- I have loved Cecelia’s writing since P.S. I Love You. Her writing is just so magical.

Alison Rattle- I adore Alison Rattle. Her books are so evocative.

Emma Carroll- Another writer I adore. I nearly got to meet her last year but I was too nervous to say hi!

Giovanna Fletcher- I love Giovanna’s writing and she seems like a lovely, bubbly person.

David Walliams- My class adore David’s books. I’d love to tell them I met him!

Michael Rosen- I adore Michael Rosen. I saw him talking at a conference the other weekend, but didn’t have chance to meet him. Sad times.

Kate Karyus Quinn- It would be interesting to have a conversation with Kate to see what she’s like as a person as her books are WEIRD (but wonderful!)

Markus Zusak- I think he would also be fascinating to talk to!

Who have you met before? Have you met any of these authors? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Stacking The Shelves #156

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!

Received from Hot Key Books

Margot & Me

I absolutely love Juno’s writing, so I’m so intrigued to read this book. I aim to read it within the next week or so!

Bought:

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

I do really want to read this book and I can’t believe that I haven’t yet, but I’m concerned that it’s such a beast at nearly 700 pages! A current almost 600 page read has taken me nearly a week as I’m so busy! I do intend to read it this year though.

The Graces (The Graces, #1)

I have been intrigued by this book by so long that it was time to pick up a copy. I hope to prioritise this book soon!

Lyrebird

I love Cecelia Ahern and have heard such wonderful things about this book. It’s time to add it to my collection…

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your haul and I’ll stop by. Happy Reading!

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

 

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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

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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!

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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!

Top Ten Books To Read If Your Book Club Loves Women’s Fiction

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list we are listing ten books that you should read if your book club loves a bit of women’s fiction. I used to read this genre ALL THE TIME and I recently was feeling the love for women’s fiction, hence this list! Here we go…

Book images go to Goodreads

Billy and Me- Giovanna Fletcher

Billy and Me (Billy and Me, #1)

Giovanna Fletcher’s debut novel was brilliant. I find her writing so engaging to read. The story is cute!

Johnny Be Good- Paige Toon

Johnny Be Good (Johnny Be Good, #1)

Paige Toon is one of my favourite writers in the genre. She’s definitely an autobuy author for me. I find her books so easy to devour. She often uses characters in different books, so you get a sense of familiarity.

P.S. I Love You- Cecelia Ahern

PS, I Love You

A beautiful book which is way better than the movie, so if you haven’t read the book but loved the movie, I urge you to check this one out. It’s a stunning read.

If You Could See Me Now- Cecelia Ahern

If You Could See Me Now

One of the reasons why I like Cecelia Ahern’s books so much is because they’re so magical but at the same time there’s usually some inspiration or insight to be gained from them. This one is about a woman who ends up with an imaginary friend…

Me Before You- Jojo Moyes

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

It couldn’t be a woman’s fiction recommendation list without recommending one of my favourite books of all time Me Before You. I know people are probably bored of seeing this book on my list, but I just can’t help it!

The Undomestic Goddess- Sophie Kinsella

The Undomestic Goddess

I love Sophie Kinsella’s writing. She’s an incredibly easy to read author. I’ve lapped all of her chick-lit books up. Wonderfully funny at times and sometimes a little ridiculous but that’s what makes them fun.

A Walk To Remember- Nicholas Sparks

A Walk to Remember

I’m a bit of a sucker for a romance tale and Nicholas Sparks does them well. This one is incredibly moving. I adored it and actually enjoyed its movie adaptation too.

The Husband’s Secret- Liane Moriarty

The Husband's Secret

Love this book! It’s more of a thriller so it would definitely appeal to those that don’t love women’s fiction, but I also think it fits nicely into this genre too. It’s a really compelling read.

Rachel’s Holiday- Marian Keyes

Rachel's Holiday (Walsh Family, #2)

This is a story about a woman who takes recreational drugs. She goes to rehab because she thinks it’s going to be like a holiday. It’s a heart-warming read which has some incredibly fun moments within it!

The Ice Cream Girls- Dorothy Koomson

The Ice Cream Girls

I really enjoy Dorothy Koomson’s writing. It’s much deeper than you might expect. I find her writing so enjoyable to read. It never fails to grip me.

What have you done for your Top Ten list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten 2016 Releases So Far

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are my Top Ten 2016 releases so far! Most of the books I’ve read this year have been previous releases, so this list was somewhat tricky for me.

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Highly Illogical Behaviour- John Corey Whaley

Highly Illogical Behavior

I read this book in early June and absolutely fell in love. It is one of my favourite books of 2016 so far. I highly recommend it, if you are interested in reading books about mental illness.

Orangeboy- Patrice Lawrence

Orangeboy

I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. I really loved the story. It involves drugs, gangs and drama. Not my usual sort of read, but I’m glad that I read it!

This Where It Ends- Marieke Nijkamp

This Is Where It Ends

I had been anticipating this book for a while now. Marieke is an old friend of mine and I was so ever so proud of her after reading this book.

When We Collided- Emery Lord

When We Collided

Even though this isn’t my favourite read by Emery Lord, I really enjoy her writing style, so it earns itself a place on my list!

Flawed- Cecelia Ahern

Flawed (Flawed, #1)

I have loved Cecelia’s adult books, so was excited to see what her YA book brought. I have to admit to being very impressed! I didn’t think I would be.

Radio Silence- Alice Oseman

Radio Silence

I preferred this book to Alice’s debut novel. I was really impressed by this story!

When I Was Invisible- Dorothy Koomson

When I Was Invisible

Again, not my favourite from the author, but it’s still a fantastic piece of women’s fiction!

Walk The Edge- Katie McGarry

Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, #2)

I always enjoy reading about the characters in a Katie McGarry story! This book was no exception.

You Know Me Well- Nina LaCour and David Levithan

You Know Me Well

I thought this was cute and easy to read. Just what you need sometimes!

The Unexpected Everything- Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything

Again, not my favourite Morgan Matson book ever, but still a good contemporary YA release for 2016!

As you can see, a lot of my favourites haven’t been 2016 releases. Nevertheless, these 10 books have been decent reads! What are your favourite 2016 releases so far? Feel free to leave a link to your post!

Top Ten Brilliant Beach Reads

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is all about those beach reads. I haven’t necessarily read these books on the beach, but they are definitely books that I define as perfect for the beach!

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

Big Little Lies Me Before You

Big Little LiesLiane Moriarty– I love a gripping read. If I’ve got a lot of time to sit around and devour a book, it can often be a psychological thriller. This book is about an awful parent’s evening…

Me Before YouJojo Moyes– If you don’t mind crying on the beach, I’d recommend this book. Also because I like to recommend it wherever possible. ❤

16112830  You're the One That I Want

Giovanna Fletcher is a great chick-lit writer. Her books are easy to enjoy and so they qualify for a beach read in my eyes!

Twenty Boy Summer #scandal

I haven’t read a lot of Sarah Ochler’s books, but I enjoy both of these pictured above. Twenty Boy Summer has a more serious edge to it, but #scandal also deals with issues (the perils of social media!)

One Perfect Summer (One Perfect #1)  Johnny Be Good (Johnny Be Good, #1)

Paige Toon’s books are some of my favourites in the genre. I love how her characters appear in other books. It makes every book so familiar!

If You Could See Me Now The Book of Tomorrow

I love Cecelia’s books for how magical they can be. I really like Cecelia’s writing style.

What are your Top Ten Beach Reads? Feel free to leave me a link to your post and I’ll stop by!