Top Ten Book Covers That Scream Spring/Summer

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a cover freebie. I love a beautiful cover, especially when it screams contemporary/spring/summer! So here are some of my favourites!

I won’t say anything about these books, I’ll just let you revel in their beauty. However, if you are interested in these books, click the book image to get to Goodreads!

Second Chance Summer- Morgan Matson

Second Chance Summer

The Unexpected Everything- Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything

Open Road Summer- Emery Lord

Open Road Summer

The Start Of Me and You- Emery Lord

The Start of Me and You

The Summer I Found You- Jolene Perry

The Summer I Found You

Love & Gelato- Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Gelato

My Life Next Door- Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next Door

The Distance Between Us- Kasie West

The Distance Between Us

On The Fence- Kasie West

On the Fence

The Ice Cream Girls- Dorothy Koomson

The Ice Cream Girls

What did you do for your cover freebie? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten 2016 Releases So Far

toptentuesday

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.

Click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

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 Bookish Delights

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is about our Top Ten Bookish Delights. I found this topic great fun!

The smell of a new book

My family are quite used to me opening a book and smelling it. It’s just a natural reaction for me. It’s immediate. I LOVE that smell.

Pretty covers

I’m not going to hide it. I love a pretty cover. I judge books by their covers. I can’t help it. I’m not sorry.

Bright page edges

I love it when books have pretty page edges- especially if they’re really vibrant!

Having a bookworm blogging sister

My sister is the best. She read to me when I was younger, we regularly discuss books, we collaborate together and she’s a book blogger too. She is definitely one of my favourite bookish delights. You can find her HERE.

Reading to my class

I am a primary school teacher. I teach 6-7 year olds. I have read so many books to them so far this year. They adore Roald Dahl. I just love the awe and wonder on their faces. ❤

Finding a new favourite author

I just love that warm and fuzzy feeling when you KNOW you’ve found a new favourite author. I’ve had that so much since I started blogging. To name a few… Alison Rattle, Emma Carroll, Patrick Ness and Emery Lord ❤

Reading in coffee shops

One of my favourite things to do when I meet up with my sister is to find a lovely coffee shop and after chatter/food… get stuck into reading. I love that so many shops are so welcoming to us bookworms!

Snuggling up with a book on a cold day

I like reading in all weathers, but I especially like putting on pyjamas, grabbing a blanket and getting stuck into a REAL book.

Reading in the sun

As I said, I like reading in all weathers, but I adore reading out in the sunshine. On a recent holiday I tore through so many books because I just find reading in the sun one of the most relaxing things ever!

Mr B’s Emporium of  Reading Delights-

This bookshop in Bath is simply beautiful. I was lucky enough to have a reading spa a while back which you can read about here. My sister and I are going to return there this summer for another go! 😀

Feel free to leave a link to your post about your favourite bookish delights!

When We Collided

When We Collided

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Open Road Summer
The Start Of Me And You

Synopsis:

Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.

Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.

Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.

In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever.

Thoughts:

Emery Lord is one of my favourite contemporary writers. In fact, she’s become an auto buy author. I preordered this book way before it came out and started it the day that it arrived with me. I didn’t enjoy it as much as Emery’s previous books, however, it was still a brilliant read and if you’re a fan of Emery’s or the YA contemporary genre then I think you’d enjoy it.

When We Collided is told through a dual narrative. We hear from Vivi and Jonah who have a lot going on in ther lives. Vivi and her mother are having a break for the summer, after Vivi really needed to escape. Whilst away, Vivi meets Jonah. Jonah is caring for his huge family after the sudden loss of his father. Jonah’s mum has been completely swallowed by grief. Jonah and his older siblings have to look after the ‘littles.’ Vivi and Jonah meet each other and spend the summer trying to care for one another in their darkest times.

I really appreciate that Emery dealt with mental health issues in contemporary fiction. Throughout the story she writes about grief, depression and bipolar. I appreciated the representation- that’s for sure. It makes the story have a darker edge. I believe it was represented in a realistic way. I liked how the mental health issues were discussed- there was no beating about the bush. It was clear what was happening to both families.

I absolutely adored Jonah. I thought he was a wonderful character, he made me want to get inside the book and just hug him! I’m sad to say that I didn’t enjoy all of the characters as much as I wanted to. Vivi’s mum frustrated me a lot. The warning signs were there and she didn’t seem as supportive as she could be. I also didn’t believe in Vivi and Jonah’s relationship. It felt very instalove-y and also a tad posionous for my liking. That said, there are some swoonworthy moments if you’re into that sort of thing! 😉

Would I recommend it?:
Yes- 3.5 stars

A decent contemporary read! Worth checking out!

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are ten books on our Spring TBR. I’ve decided for this Spring, I’m going to try and get to new releases that I haven’t yet read. I’m trying to keep on top of new releases, but as most bookworms know…it’s somewhat impossible.

The Year We Fell Apart- Emily Martin

The Year We Fell Apart

I have read that this book is incredibly sad, but well written. I can’t wait to sink into it!

Underwater- Marisa Reichardt

Underwater

I have heard such good things about this book. It’s definitely on my radar to read ASAP!

The Love That Split The World- Emily Henry

The Love That Split the World

I am so intrigued by this book. I can’t wait to see what it’s like!

Symptoms Of Being Human- Jeff Garvin

Symptoms of Being Human

I have heard amazing things about this book by bloggers with similar interest to me.

Walk The Edge- Katie McGarry

Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, #2)

I do love a bit of Katie McGarry’s writing. I’m excited to see where this series goes.

Into The Dim- Janet B.Taylor

Into the Dim

Time travel seems to be quite popular this year. I’m intrigued to see where this book goes! 🙂

Flawed- Cecelia Ahern

Flawed

I am excited to read Cecelia Ahern’s YA debut. I know I will get around to this book this month as I have an ARC and I’ve become ever so organised with my ARCS these days! 😉

Truthwitch- Susan Dennard

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

I preordered this book, but still haven’t read it. I need to change that. I’ve heard mixed things about this book, so I’m excited to form my own opinion!

Passenger- Alexandra Bracken

Passenger (Passenger, #1)

I have seen this book around everywhere! I can’t wait to read it and see what all of the fuss is about.

When We Collided- Emery Lord

When We Collided

Emery Lord is one of my auto buy authors. I can’t wait to read her latest book. I expect big things!

What’s on your Spring TBR? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Books Involving Music

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are is a books and music prompt. I found it quite tricky so I decided to look at books with a music/dance plot!

Here are some of my favourites (in no particular order…links go to Goodreads!)

This Song Will Save Your Life-Leila Sales

This Song Will Save Your Life

I was really impressed by this book which didn’t take me long to devour at all. It’s about the power of music which really resonated with me!

Maybe Someday- Colleen Hoover

Maybe Someday (Maybe, #1)

I love this book! I was completely captivated by the story and I loved the musical element.

Open Road Summer- Emery Lord

Open Road Summer

Emery Lord’s writing is amazing. I loved going on tour with Lilah and Reagan!

Remix-Non Pratt

Remix

This book centres around two friends at a festival. I really enjoy the way Non Pratt writes about teenagers. It’s very raw and real.

The Disenchantments- Nina LaCour

The Disenchantments

This book had a lovely mixture of music and art.

You Don’t Know Me- Sophia Bennett

You Don't Know Me

This is a cute YA read which involves music and friendships. An easy book to read!

Saving June- Hannah Harrington

Saving June

I read this book early on in my blogging days. I loved reading about the main character, Harper’s road trip which involved a lot of music, although it was sad as Harper had lost her sister, June, so she was grieving.

A link to music, favourite danced based books-

Pointe- Brandy Colbert

Pointe

I include this book whenever I can because I think it’s just so beautifully written. I loved the dance element, but also that it was such a deeper, darker read than I had anticipated.

Dance of Shadows-Yelena Black

Dance of Shadows (Dance of Shadows, #1)

I read this book quite early on in my blogging days and liked it a lot more than others seemed to. This prompt has totally reminded me to get back to the series to see how it progresses.

The Other Me- Saskia Sarginson

The Other Me

The main character in this moving story is a dancer. I loved this book.

How have you tackled the prompt this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

The Start Of Me And You

The Start of Me and You

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Open Road Summer

Synopsis:

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

Thoughts:

This book made my heart happy. I make no secret of the fact that I ADORE YA Contemporary books. If you’re a fan of the genre and you’re not reading Emery Lord, then you are seriously missing out. She’s now, with her second book, one of my auto buy authors. I won’t even need to read the synopsis. The thing that I love so much about both of Emery’s books is that they’re so realistic. It’s not all light and fluffy. It’s real. She writes about things that people experience and it’s not all neatly wrapped up and solved, but there’s hope. I really admire that!

The Start of Me and You centres around Paige who lost her first boyfriend after he drowned in an accident. Paige has taken two years to feel ready to come to terms with high school. She believes with a plan she can start to move on and make people realise that she is back to normal. She writes a list of things that she wants to achieve, such as dating, socalising, joining a club etc. She believes she’s on her way to recovery, but when she meets Max who encourages Paige to face her fears quicker than she thought she would.

This book does put a lot of obstacles in Paige’s way. That’s SO realistic and I love it. It’s not a straight forward journey to moving on and I really respect that Emery Lord writes so honestly. Another thing that I loved about this book was the amount of support and love Paige got from her friends. It was so inspiring to see Paige’s friends rally around her and support her through tough times. I loved seeing moments when Paige could return the favour as well. Seriously, they had the best friendships and it was so heartwarming.

The romance in this book is utterly adorable. I really wanted Paige to move on because she was such an amazing character. I wanted her to start living her life and enjoying it once more. At first, I wasn’t sure who I wanted Paige to fall for, but I can totally understand and get on board with who Paige developed true feelings for. So realistic and so damn adorable.

Don’t go into this book thinking that it will be light and fluffy. It does have some darker, sad moments, but they are dealt with in such a beautiful and real way. It’s a pleasure to see Paige begin to rebuild her life again and learn who she is instead of being known as ‘The Girl Whose Boyfriend Died’.

Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!

A simply beautiful book from Emery Lord!