Top Ten Tuesday- The First Ten Books I Reviewed On My Blog

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 it’s all about the first reviews that we’ve written. I decided to go for my first ten reviews on my blog. Well, this was cringy experience for me! Ha! Here they are, with links going to the review!

 

  1. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry– Rachel Joyce
  2. Some Kind Of Fairy Tale– Graham Joyce
  3. In The Time Of Butterflies– Julia Alvarez
  4. The Abigail Affair– Timothy Frost
  5. One Moment, One Morning– Sarah Rayner
  6. The Other Daughter– Lisa Gardner
  7. The Song Of Achilles– Madeline Miller
  8. Specials– Scott Westerfeld
  9. Sense and Sensibility– Jane Austen
  10. Magic Under Glass– Jaclyn Dolamore

What were your first reviews? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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Top Ten Favourite Couples In Books

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 we’re listing books that have our favourite couples in them! So here are mine in no particular order…

  1. Nimira and Erris- Magic Under Stone/Magic Under Glass- Jaclyn Dolamore– I love this couple. A very unusual love but adorable all the same.
  2. Lou and Will- Me Before You- Jojo Moyes- I’ll always love this couple! ❤
  3. Simon and Blue- Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli– I can’t have a couples list and not mention these two, basically.
  4. Mateo and Rufus- They Both Die At The End- Adam Silvera– This relationship may be quick, but it just works for me. ❤
  5. Olly and Madeleine- Everything, Everything- Nicola Yoon– I loved this relationship. I grew fonder of it page by page.
  6. Cain and Charlie- Four Seconds To Lose- K.A. Tucker– A believable relationship. I’m down for that.
  7. Billy and Sophie- Billy and Me- Giovanna Fletcher– A very fabulous book with a relationship that I rooted for.
  8. Katherine and Matthew- The Next Together- Lauren James– I loved this relationship in every era.
  9. Don and Rosie- The Rosie Project- Graeme Simison– A quirky relationship that worked!
  10. Rev and Emma- More Than We Can Tell- Brigid Kemmerer- I thought this relationship built slowly and I appreciated that.

Tell me about your favourite relationships! Do we share any? Let me know!

Ten Books I Meant To Read In 2018 But Didn’t Get Around To

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 we’re looking at 10 books that we intended to read in 2018 but didn’t get around to. As ever, book images go to Goodreads.

When The Curtain Falls

I am intrigued by this book because I’ve heard really mixed reviews. Hopefully I’ll get around to it soon!

People Like Us

Oh my goodness. I’ve mentioned wanting to read this for so long now. I need to make it a priority really.

Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah

I really like David Levithan, so goodness knows why I haven’t got around to this yet.

The Dangerous Art of Blending In

I need to get to this book. I’ve had it for long enough…

Magic Under Stone (Magic Under, #2)

This one is coming up soon for me! I have to do it.

The Visitor

I really need to start reading K.L. Slater. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this author.

Where the Missing Go

I love a good thriller and I intended to read this in December! I might get to it this month though.

The Fear

This is the only C.L. Taylor book that I haven’t read yet, I need to read it!

The Careful Undressing of Love

I adore this cover. I really liked the sound of this when I came across it in 2017, but I’m yet to read it.

Words on Bathroom Walls

This book really appealed me because I enjoy reading books about mental health. I hope to try and read it this year.

What did you intend to read in 2018 but didn’t get around to? Have you read any of these books? Let me know!

Magic Under Stone (Magic Under #2)

Magic Under Stone (Magic Under, #2)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Magic Under Glass

Synopsis:

For star-crossed lovers Nimira and Erris, there can be no happily ever after until Erris is freed from the clockwork form in which his soul is trapped. And so they go in search of the sorcerer Ordorio Valdana, hoping he will know how to grant Erris real life again. When they learn that Valdana has mysteriously vanished, it’s not long before Nimira decides to take matters into her own hands—and begins to study the sorcerer’s spell books in secret. Yet even as she begins to understand the power and limitations of sorcery, it becomes clear that freeing Erris will bring danger—if not out-and-out war—as factions within the faerie world are prepared to stop at nothing to prevent him from regaining the throne. 

Thoughts:

Oh my goodness! I have been meaning to read this book for years. Literal years. No hyperbole. I read the first book in 2013. 2013!!!! It’s ridiculous that this book has been on my shelves for so long. I certainly think it’s a lesson to myself- don’t leave books too long. However, stepping into this story, it didn’t feel like it had been as long. I was super happy to return to Nimira, Erris and the world that Jaclyn Dolamore created.

Erris is trapped in clockwork form. He goes with Nimira to find the great sorcerer Ordorio Valdana, hoping that he will be able to give Erris a real life. They soon found out that Valdana has vanished. Nimira starts to study Valdana’s books in secret, but she realises that freeing Erris brings danger and possible war between the worlds…

It’s always hard to read a sequel of a book that you loved so dearly. Whilst this book didn’t quite capture my heart as much as its predecessor, it was still such an easy to read book.

The characters are incredibly complex, although I’m sad to say some of them did grate on me a little towards the middle of this book. I felt that their actions somewhat brought the book to a slower pace and I just wanted them to get on with saving Erris. I did really enjoy the inclusion of Ifra, a new character to this duology. He was a very interesting character and added something exciting to the story that’s for sure.

I’m not sure that I was overly satisfied with the ending. It felt a little rushed for my liking. I felt like I had a lot of unanswered questions. Whilst I wasn’t disappointed by this book, it lacked some magic of the first.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

I’m thrilled that I finally got around to reading this book. It didn’t quite match the first, but I’m pleased I managed to read it!

This Week In Books #139

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

NOW

Apple of My Eye

I am absolutely loving this book. I just wish I had more time to read in the day! That being sad, I should be finished tonight, if I can squeeze in some reading after work.

THEN

The Flower Girls

This was a really decent read! I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it! My review will be out in a few weeks.

NEXT

Magic Under Stone (Magic Under, #2)

This book has been on my TBR for years. Literally years! I’m hoping to start it by tomorrow.

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Top Ten Backlist Books That I Want To Read

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 those pesky books that we’re yet to get around to.

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

The Alchemist- Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist

I was sent this book quite a while ago and I’ve never got around to reading it. Oops.

Gilded Cage- Vic James

Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts, #1)

Another one that I’ve had for a while and never got around to.

Caraval- Stephanie Garber

Caraval (Caraval, #1)

Are you sensing a theme here? Still haven’t got around to this.

My Not So Perfect Life- Sophie Kinsella

My Not So Perfect Life

I used to read her books religiously, but I’ve had this one waiting to be read for quite some time.

Where She Went- Gayle Forman

Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)

I keep meaning to get around to this one, but never do!

Friend Request- Laura Marshall

Friend Request

I know this book is fairly new, but I still want to get to it, because I’ve had it for a while!

Magic Under Stone- Jaclyn Dolomore

Magic Under Stone (Magic Under, #2)

I need to prioritise this book. I keep putting it on lists and never getting to it.

Safe With Me- K.L Slater

Safe With Me

I keep meaning to read this author and never get around to it…

Gemina-Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)

I would love to continue with this series!

Without Merit- Colleen Hoover

Without Merit

I need to catch up with all things CoHo!

Have you read any of the books on my list? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by.

Stacking The Shelves #196- The Bibliobeth Feeds My Book Buying Addiction Edition

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!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Birthday gifts from my sister, Bibliobeth

Love Songs & Other Lies

This has been on my TBR for a while, so I was pleased to get my hands on a copy!

You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone

I’m so intrigued by this book about twins who need to undergo the test for Huntington’s Disease.

Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?

Holly Bourne writes mental health very well. I’m looking forward to reading this one.

Magic Under Stone (Magic Under, #2)

I must read this book before the end of the year. It’s been on my radar for a long time now!

This Is Not A Love Letter

Here’s another one that I’ve been meaning to read for a while!

The Brighton Mermaid

I can’t wait to read this one. I love Dorothy Koomson’s writing!

Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah

David Levithan is one of my favourite writers, so I’m really looking forward to this one!

A massive thank you to my sister for her generosity! I think I can safely say I have a wonderful bookish sister! ❤

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What did YOU add to your shelves this week? Let me know.

Feel free to leave a link to your haul and I’ll stop by later!