Top Ten Tuesday- Books With Red, White and Blue On The Covers

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 celebrating the 4th of July! I’m not American but the UK has the same colours in its flag. I’m not going to comment on the books individually. I’m just going to appreciate the pretty covers! So here we go…

I’m not as creative as some who I’m sure are going to make it look like the US flag! I’ll just appreciate the pretties.

The only book out of this selection that I haven’t read is The Life Lucy Knew. All of the others I can recommend! Especially One and Me Before You. 

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

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If I Stay (If I Stay #1)

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, this will change the way you look at life, love, and family.

Thoughts:

According to Goodreads, I read this book in 2011. What? I even mini-reviewed it which I’ve now deleted as it wasn’t what I thought of this book anymore. I have no recollection of reading this book, but I had given it three stars. I’m glad that I reread it, because I would now rate it four stars. I found If I Stay to be incredibly gripping and moving at the same time.

Mia finds herself watching her body being taken away from a car wreck after an awful accident involving Mia and her family. Slowly, Mia finds out what has happened to her. She figures out what she has lost and who/what she has left. Mia realises that she’s in control of her own fate. She has to make a choice whether to return to her body and live her life or give up the fight…

This was an incredibly emotional read. I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to know more about Mia and the choice that she’d make. The accident is something that really got to me, because it’s something that we often see on the roads today or hear about in the news. It’s one of those things that could happen to anyone. That thought is terrifying. It made me think about losing loved ones and that really broke my heart.

Gayle Forman’s writing is incredibly raw. She easily hooks you in and makes you feel like part of the family. She writes the past and present so well and balances it beautifully. As a reader, you learn more about Mia as the story progresses and learn to love her more. It’s such a short book, yet I felt like I knew Mia really well. The romance is utterly adorable and not easy. It’s not a fluffy, instalove romance, it felt incredibly authentic.

I highly recommend giving this book a go. It’s deeper than you might think and makes you question life!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A beautiful read which really moved me!

Stacking The Shelves #171

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!

Sent for review:

Charlotte Says (Red Eye)

I was super excited to receive the next in the series of Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell. This is YA Horror. I’m a big fan of Alex’s writing, so I’m excited to read this book soon. It’s due to be released in September!

Bought:

Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)

I’ve recently read If I Stay, I know, I know I’m so far behind, but at least I’ve read it now! It’s left me eager to read the next book!

All That She Can See

I enjoyed Carrie Hope Fletcher’s debut, so I’m intrigued to see what her next book is like! 🙂

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know!

Top Ten Books That I Resolve To Read in 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is all about resolutions. I decided to go for the Top Ten books I resolve to read this year! These are books that have been on my TBR forever, they’re not necessarily ‘new’ books.

In no particular order (book images go to Goodreads):

I Don’t Want To Be Crazy- Samantha Schutz

I Don't Want To Be Crazy

I really want to read this book, which is said to be a powerful book about anxiety.

If I Stay- Gayle Forman

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

I have been meaning to read this book for so long now! I don’t know why I haven’t got around to it yet…

Flat-Out Celeste- Jessica Park

Flat-Out Celeste (Flat-Out Love, #2)

I adore this author so I’m unsure why I haven’t got around to this book yet! This year for sure.

My Age of Anxiety- Scott Stossel

My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind

My sister gave me this book. I’m not sure why I haven’t read it yet, but I really want to in 2016.

Red At Night- Katie McGarry

Red at Night

I’ve heard so many mixed things about this book, but me being me, I want to form my own opinion of it!

Finding Cinderella- Colleen Hoover

Finding Cinderella (Hopeless, #2.5)

I adored Hopeless, so hopefully I can squeeze this novella somewhere into my reading in 2016.

How To Love- Katie Cotugno

How to Love

This book has been on my TBR for so long now. I need to read it!

Picture Me Gone- Meg Rosoff

Picture Me Gone

Same as above! This book has been on my TBR for ages. I need to get to it!

Sharp Objects- Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects

I read Gone Girl years ago and fully intended to read more from Gillian Flynn. I actually intend to this year!

Don’t Touch- Rachel M.Wilson

Don't Touch

I am so intrigued to read this book. I’m hoping to find time for it this year!

What are your bookish/or not so bookish resolutions for this year? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

Ten Finished Series That I Have YET To Finish

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are our Top Ten finished series that we have yet to finish. I have a few of these… but I must admit that I’m getting much better at catching up with series, and a lot of the series on my TBR at the moment are unfinished!

In no particular order (book images go to Goodreads):

The Cahill Witch Chronicles

Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)

I only have one more book left in this trilogy and I’m looking foward to finishing it ASAP. I’m very much enjoying it, much more than I had anticipated!

Lynburn Legacy

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)

This is another series which I only have one left to read! I love Kami, the main protagonist in this series!

The Giver

The Giver (The Giver, #1)

I’ve read The Giver and Gathering Blue. I’m intrigued to read more of the books!

Anna

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)

Yet another book where there’s only one pending for me! I look forward to reading the next book.

Something Strange and Deadly

Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1)

I have just got the final book to go. I don’t want to complete this series as I love it so much! Totally holding out on reading the final book.

Awaken

Awaken (Awaken, #1)

I’m not sure that I’ll love the next book as I thought this book was just okay, but I’m willing enough to give it a try!

4 finished series that I want to start

Fire and Thorns

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)

I’m really looking forward to reading this book. It’s been on my radar for a while now.

If I Stay

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

I have had this book for ages, but the hype surrounding Gayle Forman worries me.

Goddess Test

The Goddess Test (Goddess Test, #1)

This book doesn’t have the best reviews but I’m intrigued!

The Syrena Legacy

Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy, #1)I haven’t read many books like this. I’ve been put off by the reviews, but I think it’s time to form my own opinion!

What finished series are you yet to complete? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

Love Hurts

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How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Random House Children’s Publishers UK

Synopsis:

Malorie Blackman brings together the best teen writers of today in a stunningly romantic collection about love against the odds. Featuring short stories and extracts about modern star-crossed lovers from stars such as Gayle Forman, Markus Zusak and Patrick Ness, and with a brand-new story from Malorie Blackman herself, Love Hurts looks at every kind of relationship, from first kiss to final heartbreak.

Thoughts:

I was SO excited about this book. However, I was a little disappointed when I got to it. I thought that this book was going to be original stories from some authors that I loved. There are some great original stories in there, but they’re few and far between. What I actually found was that I skipped a lot of these stories- either because I had read them already and didn’t feel like reading them again…or I have the full book waiting to be read and I didn’t want it to spoil it.

I don’t want to put people off this book though as the extracts from the authors I love like Malorie Blackman and Patrick Ness are such high quality writing- it’s just not what I wanted from this collection of short stories. James Dawson’s original story is good and well worth reading.

This book would be perfect for those wanting to dip into some of these author’s writing or to read the original content that there is. I love the range of diversity there is within this collection.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Some good original content, but don’t expect to go into the book with fresh, new material from all of the authors! 

Comparing ‘My True Love Gave To Me’ An Anthology

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If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: TWELVE HOLIDAY STORIES by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins.

 

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Thoughts before you started reading My True Love Gave To Me?

CHRISSI: It’s beautiful. Can I just stare it at for a while? Beautiful cover, just beautiful. I  was hoping it was just as beautiful inside!

LUNA: Those are some neon pink pages! 😀 Ok slightly more seriously I was thinking C’s = Cute, Cosy, Comfort reading.

What did you think of My True Love Gave To Me an anthology?

CHRISSI: I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. I expected it to be a little cheesy. Some stories were. But mostly, I just got the warm fuzzy feeling when you read a very cute, festive, romantic story. Lovely! I think there was something for everyone within this anthology.

LUNA:  My True Love Gave To Me surprised me. I originally thought it was going to be all contemporary Christmas stories but there were other genres in there as well. I was also really happy to see there variety of characters, backgrounds, believes, etc.

There will always be some stories that you prefer more than others but My True Love Gave To Me has a really good collection. I’d be surprised if there isn’t at least one you really love, with a good few more you enjoy a lot.

Favourite story/stories?

CHRISSI: I really liked ‘Angels in the Snow’ by Matt De La Pena. An author I hadn’t heard much about, but I absolutely devoured the story. I also thought ‘Midnights’ by Rainbow Rowell was cute.

LUNA: ‘Angels in the Snow’ by Matt De La Pena was my favourite I think. Also loved: ‘The Lady and the Fox’ by Kelly Link, ‘It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown’ by Stephanie Perkins, ‘Welcome to Christmas, CA’ by Kiersten White and the quirkiness of ‘Krampuslauf’ by Holly Black.

Have you discovered any new authors because of My True Love Gave To Me?

CHRISSI: I’ve read quite a few of these authors, hence my interest in the anthology. I have to add Matt De La Pena to my list, although Luna has discovered he doesn’t have a UK publisher. Boo!

LUNA: I have actually read a fair few and do have books by quite a few others on top of that. Kelly Link’s ‘Pretty Monsters: Stories’ has moved quite a bit higher on my TBR pile and I’ve added Matt De La Pena to my Christmas wish list. He doesn’t seem to have a UK publisher though, which really sucks…

Any you didn’t enjoy?

CHRISSI: I didn’t really dislike any of the stories, but my least favourite was probably Jenny Han’s ‘Polaris Is Where You’ll Find Me.’

LUNA: There weren’t any that I disliked as such but I was expecting to be blown away by David Levithan’s ‘Your Temporary Santa’ (because you know it’s David Levithan!) and I was also really excited about Jenny Han’s story but neither really connected.

Would you recommend it?

CHRISSI: Of course! An anthology full of talented authors. What’s not to like?

LUNA: Absolutely, with a hot drink and a cuddly blanket.