Ten Books That’ll Make You Read The Day Away

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are ten short books/one sitting reads etc. I decided to go for Ten Books That’ll Make You Read The Day Away.

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

The Help- Kathryn Stockett

The Help

I thought this was such a powerful read. I devoured this book and have highly recommend it since!

The Name On Your Wrist- Helen Hiorns

The Name on Your Wrist

I thought that this novella had such a unique story-line. I’d highly recommend it!

Slumber- Tamara Blake

Slumber

I love this fairy tale-esque story. It didn’t take me long to read at all.

George- Alex Gino

George

I could have easily read this book in one sitting. It didn’t take me long to read at all. It’s such a powerful, touching read.

A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls

Another brilliant read. This book moved me and I’ll continue to recommend it highly whenever I can.

The Last Act Of Love- Cathy Rentzenbrink

The Last Act Of Love

This book is amazing. I was entirely moved by it and couldn’t stop turning the pages!

The Quietness- Alison Rattle

The Quietness

I love Alison Rattle’s books and I could have easily listed ALL of her releases. Her writing is incredibly evocative. It’s so easy to read.

The Sky Is Everywhere- Jandy Nelson

The Sky Is Everywhere

I adore this book! I read it so many years ago and it still stays with me.

Crush- Eve Ainsworth

Crush

This book is incredible. From its title, you might think it’s a sweet read, but it’s much darker than you might anticipate…

Dangerous Girls- Abigail Haas

Dangerous Girls

I absolutely love this book and think it’s incredibly underrated. I really enjoyed this book and practically devoured it in one sitting.

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

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Ten Books I Love But Feel I Haven’t Talked About In A While

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are ten books we love but feel like we haven’t talked about much recently!

In no particular order here are the books that I picked (images go to Goodreads!)

Second Chance Summer- Morgan Matson

Second Chance Summer

I adore this book. It was the second Morgan Matson book that I read. I wasn’t expecting to love it as I wasn’t a fan of her debut novel, but I’m glad that I was proved wrong.

My Best Friend’s Girl- Dorothy Koomson

My Best Friend's Girl

I didn’t intend to pick another sad book, but this book by Dorothy Koomson is so good! It’s moving and realistic. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The Name On Your Wrist- Helen Hiorns

The Name on Your Wrist

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It centres around Corin who lives in a world where your carpinomen- your soul mate- is marked onto your wrist at an early age.

Slumber- Tamara Blake

Slumber

I don’t recall talking about this book much on my blog, but I should do! Regular readers of my blog will know I love all things fairy tale, so this book was perfect for me!

The Lost Daughter- Diane Chamberlain

The Lost Daughter

This is the first book of Diane Chamberlain’s that I read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It gripped me from the beginning.

The Boy With The Cuckoo Clock Heart-Mathias Malzieu

The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

This book is ever so unique. I know it has mixed reviews, but I thought it was a quick, enjoyable read.

The Historian- Elizabeth Kostova

The Historian

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I’m not always a fan of vampire reads, but this book was exceptional!

Jasmyn- Alex Bell

Jasmyn

Another fairy tale-esque read. I absolutely adored this story.

The Bronze Horseman- Paullina Simons

The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman, #1)

I still have very fond memories of reading this book! It takes a while to get through, but it’s so beautifully written.

Hate List- Jennifer Brown

Hate List

I adore Jennifer Brown’s writing. This book has a place in my heart because it was the first book I read by her! It involves a school shooting- so it is a difficult read!

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

Top Ten Underrated Authors

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week the topic is Top Ten Underrated Authors or Books in any given genre. I found this list really hard to complete so I thought I’d talk about ten underrated authors in a range of genres.

Click on the book image to take you to Goodreads!

HISTORICAL

Alison Rattle

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I have read two brilliant books by Alison Rattle. The Quietness and The Madness. Alison’s books fit into the historical/YA category. They’re so well written and evocative.

Suzy Zail

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I read The Wrong Boy earlier this year and I was absolutely blown away. A beautiful book that’s so well written. If you’re interested in the Holocaust then definitely check out this little gem.

Anne Blankman

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Here’s another historical/war story. Prisoner of Night and Fog was something different to anything else I’ve read in the genre. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

THRILLER

Paula Daly

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Paula Daly is another author that I’ve read two brilliant thrillers from. These were Just What Kind Of Mother Are You and Keep Your Friends Close. I loved them both. They’re pieces of adult fiction, but definitely ones that young adults could enjoy as well.

Kate Karyus Quinn

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Even though I know quite a few people that have read Another Little Piece and (Don’t You) Forget About Me, I’d love more people to read them. I realise that this author is very unique and her books can be a little confusing, but I LOVE them!

MIDDLE GRADE

Crystal Chan

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Bird is an absolutely beautiful book which I devoured. The writing is stunning. I don’t want to say too much about it. Just read it!

Candy Gourlay

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Another very unique middle grade read that I think should be read more widely.

DYSTOPIAN

Helen Hiorns

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Helen’s debut The Name On Your Wrist really impressed me and I can’t wait to read more from this talented young author!

NEW ADULT

Jessica Park

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I enjoyed Left Drowning but I absolutely adored Flat Out Love and I’m looking forward to reading Flat Out Matt and Flat Out Celeste too. I don’t often read New Adult, but I do like Jessica Park’s writing.

YOUNG ADULT FANTASY

Alexia Casale

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The Bone Dragon is a beautiful book that I think a lot more people should be reading and talking about!

Who are your ten underrated authors? Let me know in the comments or feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Books I’d Give To Adult Readers Who Have Never Read Young Adult

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week’s list is the Top Ten books that we’d give to readers who have never read… a certain genre. I decided to pick Young Adult, as I believe Young Adult is so underestimated by those that don’t read it. I’ve focused on adults that want to read YA! I could’ve picked so many more books, but the books I have selected for this list are strong young adult reads which show that the genre has much more depth than you might expect.

In no particular order (Click on the book cover to go to the Goodreads page for the book!):

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Noughts and CrossesMalorie Blackman– I’d recommend this book because it deals with serious issues. It’s about prejudices and racism of all kinds. It’s incredibly well written and really packed an emotional punch with me.

TroubleNon Pratt– I absolutely adored this book. It wasn’t what I’d expected. I’d recommend it because it’s got complex characters and authentic teenage voices.

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The DrowningRachel Ward– This book was NOT what I expected. It is the first book that I’d read of Rachel Ward’s. I didn’t expect it to be so creepy, but it really was! I’d recommend it because it was so creepy and the supernatural element actually made me shudder!

This Song Will Save Your Life- Leila Sales– Recommended because it’s a story about finding out who you are and accepting who you are. Deeper than I had anticipated.

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Dangerous GirlsAbigail Haas– Ooh, this book! It took me ages to process my thoughts on Dangerous Girls. It was a great book, I’d especially recommend it to those that love an unreliable narrator. This book totally messed with my mind.

The Name On Your WristHelen Hiorns– I found this book so readable! I was thinking about it days after I finished reading it. A very impressive debut from a talented, young author.

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Eleanor & Park- Rainbow Rowell– Whilst I’m not as big a fan of Rainbow Rowell’s as others are, I thoroughly enjoyed Eleanor & Park. I thought it was an incredibly well written young adult read. I liked that Eleanor was such a different character compared to others in Young Adult fiction.

The Unbecoming of Mara DyerMichelle Hodkin– I could rave about this book. I really could. Whilst I appreciate that it’s a book that you either love or hate, I think it would appeal to those that love a psychological thriller or mystery.

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Twenty Boy SummerSarah Ockler– It may look a light-hearted read, but it’s not. It’s more than that. It’s a story about loving and losing someone close to you.

The Sky is EverywhereJandy Nelson– This book is a beauty. A sad storyline but beautifully written and incredibly heart-warming.

So what did you pick this week? Feel free to link me to your posts and I’ll stop by!

Round up of British Book Challenge 2013

I can’t believe it’s been a year, since I accepted the challenge to read 12 books by a British author. I’ve absolutely loved discovering new British authors this year. I’m definitely going to continue the challenge next year. We have far too many brilliant authors in the UK, that deserve much more recognition.

Here are the British Authors I’ve discovered this year, complete with a link to my review!

Here’s to discovering new British Authors in 2014 and continuing to support UK writers!

End of Year Book Survey 2013

Click on the image to get to Jamie's blog!

Click on the image to get to Jamie’s blog!

I am linking up with Jamie from the fantastic blog The Perpetual Page Turner to fill in this bookish survey for 2013.

BEST IN BOOKS 2013

Best Book You Read In 2013? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist -)

YA – Ooh this is a tough one. I’ll go for Undone by Cat Clarke!

Dystopian – This is so hard. I love dystopian reads. I think it has to be Divergent by Veronica Roth though. I read all of the Divergent series this year as I was so late to it. Divergent was by far the best!

Historical Fiction – It has to be Cross My Heart (And Hope to Live) by Carmen Reid.

ParanormalPivot Point by Kasie West.

Science FictionThese Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

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

Gutted by this answer, but it is definitely Requiem by Lauren Oliver. I couldn’t finish it. I was just so disappointed!

Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?

And For Your Information by Denise Deegan. I loved The Butterfly Novels, (which I wasn’t expecting to love as much as I did) but the second book in the series nearly made me cry, and completely changed my opinion of a character I had previously disliked.

Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?

The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida. I’ve got most people at my work to read it. It’s about autism from the point of view of a young boy with autism. It really opened my eyes.

Best series you discovered in 2013?

I’ve discovered so many new series this year, but I haven’t finished all of them yet. So I’ll go with one I have finished. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand. I loved Unearthly and Boundless, but I think Hallowed suffered from middle book syndrome. Other than that, I really enjoyed the series!

Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

Katie McGarry.

Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.

Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I don’t often re-read books any more, but I could possibly re-read Divergent by Veronica Roth.

Favourite cover of a book you read in 2013?

I hate to mention it again, as I want to try and mix things up, but this cover is absolutely stunning…

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Most memorable character in 2013?

There could be SO many answers to this question. I think I’m going to have to say Tris from Divergent. I LOVE her.

Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

Another hard question. I’ve read so many beautifully written books this year. I think it might have to be Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne.

Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?

So many books have had an impact on me this year. But I guess, it’s one I’ve already mentioned, The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida. Purely because I could relate to it so much and it had an impact on my working life.

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?

Divergent by Veronica Roth.

Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?

From The Reason I Jump:

“True compassion is about not bruising the other person’s self-respect. That’s what I think, anyway.”

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

(How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest.)

Shortest– Confession of A Chalet Girl by Lorraine Wilson (80 pages- novella)
Longest — Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese (541 pages)

Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas. I’m just waiting for my sister to read it so we can discuss it! Hurry up, Beth 😉

Favourite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

Would it be completely pathetic to say Todd and Manchee from The Knife of Never Letting Go? Yes, I’m totally going with a friendship between man and dog!

Favourite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier! (Review to follow!)

Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else

A lot of my books are recommended by awesome people but I’d go for The Quietness by Alison Rattle. Recommended by the ever so lovely Luna from Luna’s Little Library.

Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

Young Adult!

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?

Holder from Hopeless/Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover.

Best 2013 debut you read?

There could be so many answers for this, but I’ll go for The Name on Your Wrist by Helen Hiorns.

Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?

Divergent or These Broken Stars.

Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?

Adorkable by Sarra Manning.

Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?

And For Your Information by Denise Deegan and Hurt by Tabitha Suzuma.

Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?

I wish that OCD, The Dude and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn was wider read!

READING LIFE 2013

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New favourite book blog you discovered in 2013?

I can’t really highlight a particular favourite as I love so many book blogs. The blogger that inspires me the most is Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner/The Broke and The Bookish.

Favourite review that you wrote in 2013?

Hmmm… I quite like my Losing Hope review, but I often have issues of thinking my reviews are crap as I don’t have confidence in my writing! I just love to read and share my thoughts!

Best discussion you had on your blog?

By far… Is Reading An Admission of Defeat?

Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

I loved Jamie’s post about her experience of working with a life coach.

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

I loved going to Hay Festival with my sister Bibliobeth!

Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?

Meeting some brilliant book bloggers in person!

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

Boys In Books Are Better– Carrie Hope Fletcher

Review: Billy and Me– Giovanna Fletcher

(Side note- a bit weird that these girls are related! Sister-in-laws!)

Watch the brilliant video of Boys In Books Are Better:

Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Sometimes (quite rarely 😉 ) I’m quite proud of reviews I write and they don’t seem to get as much love as I want them too.

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

I really love Ashley’s new book blogging community website. Check it out HERE!

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

I completed the British Book Challenge. I was supposed to read 12 British Books and I smashed that challenge. See how many I’ve read so far HERE. I didn’t quite complete my Classics Challenge. I’ve read some classics this year, but not all that I’d hoped I would.

LOOKING AHEAD TO 2014

One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?

There are so many books that I need to get to, it’s insane! I really want to read Trish Doller though. So I’m going to start with Something Like Normal.

Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.

2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy. I’ve seen it on so many Top Ten lists that I’m very intrigued…

Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?

Either Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi or again.. I’m sorry.. I’m a big fan.. The Retribution of Mara Dyer.

One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?

I want to keep book blogging, continue to read awesome books and blogs and hopefully connect and meet with many more bloggers.

If you have filled out this survey, please feel free to link me to your posts. I love this sort of thing! I’ll be sure to stop by and check out your posts.

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!