Top Ten Book Boyfriends

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is all about the book boyfriends. This list was incredibly hard for me to put together. I’m not a book boyfriend kinda gal. However, here are some male characters that I really loved reading about!

Click on the title to get to the Goodreads page for the book!

Dean- Hopeless

There’s something about Dean that made me absolutely adore him. He was a complex character and I always enjoy that. His relationship with Sky melted my heart.

Four- Divergent

I loved Four. Such a strong character.

Jase- My Life Next Door

I liked that Jase was a good guy.

Billy- Billy and Me

Giovanna writes amazing male characters. There was something very appealing about Billy!

Etienne St Clair- Anna and The French Kiss

I think this guy might be on a few lists this week! I can imagine my younger self swooning over him!

Noah- Pushing The Limits

Noah touched my heart!

Cricket- Lola and The Boy Next Door

Cricket may have a silly name, but he stole my heart. I loved Cricket and Lola!

Matt- Flat Out series

I loved Matt’s geekiness!

Landon- A Walk To Remember

Such a beautiful book with wonderful characters!

Xander- The Distance Between Us

This book is just… adorable! I couldn’t get enough of reading about the character’s relationship!

Who are your book boyfriends/girlfriends? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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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!

Flat-Out Celeste (Flat-Out #2)

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

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Flat-Out Love
Flat-Out Matt
Left Drowning

Synopsis:

For high-school senior Celeste Watkins, every day is a brutal test of bravery. And Celeste is scared. Alienated because she’s too smart, her speech too affected, her social skills too far outside the norm, she seems to have no choice but to retreat into isolation.

But college could set her free, right? If she can make it through this grueling senior year, then maybe. If she can just find that one person to throw her a lifeline, then maybe, just maybe.

Justin Milano, a college sophomore with his own set of quirks, could be that person to pull her from a world of solitude. To rescue her—that is, if she’ll let him.

Together, they may work. Together, they may save each other. And together they may also save another couple—two people Celeste knows are absolutely, positively flat-out in love.

Whether you were charmed by Celeste in Flat-Out Love or are meeting her for the first time, this book is a joyous celebration of differences, about battling private wars that rage in our heads and in our hearts, and—very much so— this is a story about first love.

Thoughts:

I have so much love for this series. I read Flat-Out Love quite a while back and thoroughly enjoyed it. I then devoured the novella, Flat-Out Matt. I don’t know why it has taken me so long to get around to Flat-Out Celeste, but I’m glad I did because I thought it was wonderful.

Flat-Out Celeste follows Celeste, the sister from the previous stories, as a senior in high school. Celeste is no longer the scared little girl she once was. She still has her problems, but she’s much stronger than she was before. However, she is lying about her friendships to her family. Really, Celeste doesn’t have any friends. She finds social interaction really tricky. She feels alienated from her peers as she’s different. Her speech is affected (she doesn’t use contractions often) and she’s incredibly smart. All Celeste wants to do, is to get into an Ivy League college and she’s on her way to that dream being realised. One day, Celeste receives an email from Justin who is at Barton College. He’s been told he has to try and ‘woo’ her into applying to Barton. Celeste finds herself bonding with Justin and at the same time making friends with her peers. Celeste finds herself changing, but she’s not sure whether a relationship can work. She has so many insecurities and Justin lives far away.

I thought Flat-Out Celeste was such a strong YA read. Jessica Park creates some amazing characters. I adored Celeste in the previous book and I loved getting to know her more. I felt myself really wanting things to work for Celeste. She’s such a sweet girl.

Jessica Park really takes her readers onto an emotional rollercoaster in this story. I felt like I was inside the book, on Celeste’s journey to find herself. She grows so much as a character, and whilst her quirks might be irritating to some, I found her utterly likeable and her story to be incredibly moving. I just wish there was another book to see how Celeste got on at college…

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Another highly enjoyable book from Jessica Park! I loved it!

This Week In Books #44

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!

Click on the book title to get to Goodreads!

Ballet Shoes: A Story of Three Children on the Stage (Shoes, #1) Flat-Out Celeste (Flat-Out Love, #2) The Glass Castle

NOW- Ballet Shoes- Noel Streatfeild- I am currently about a quarter of the way through this book. It is the choice for this month’s kid-lit feature. I’m finding it quite charming so far!

THEN- Flat-Out Celeste- Jessica Park- Oh my goodness, this book was adorable. It’s part of the Flat-Out series which explores some characters that I’ve grown rather fond of over time!

NEXT- The Glass Castle- Jeannette Walls- This is October’s Banned Book choice. I’ve heard so much about this book in the past, so I’m intrigued to read it and see if I can understand why it was banned.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to let me know or link a similar post that you do! Happy Reading!

Ten Books on my Autumn TBR

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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 we aim to read this coming season. I’ve decided to go for books that have been on my kindle for quite some time. Let’s hope I knock some of these books off the TBR this Autumn!

Book images go to Goodreads

Dark Places- Gillian Flynn

Dark Places

I’m really looking forward to Dark Places after hearing such wonderful things about it. Then I’m all caught up with Gillian Flynn’s books!

Behind The Scenes- Dahlia Adler

Behind the Scenes (Daylight Falls, #1)

I have heard such wonderful things about this book, so I have no idea why I haven’t got around to reading it yet.

Flat-Out Celeste- Jessica Park

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

I have loved the Flat-Out books, so goodness knows why I haven’t got around to this one yet!

How Hard Can Love Be?-Holly Bourne

How Hard Can Love Be? (The Spinster Club, #2)

I loved the first book, but haven’t read the next yet! Holly Bourne is a great writer so this is bound to be good.

P.S. I Still Love You- Jenny Han

P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2)

To be honest, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first book, but I’m intrigued to see how it follows up with the next instalment!

The Half Life of Molly Pierce- Katrina Leno

The Half Life of Molly Pierce

I have been meaning to read this book for quite some time now. I’m hoping that by reminding myself it’ll totally happen?!

Don’t Touch-Rachel M. Wilson

Don't Touch

I totally forgot about this book. The cover is stunning and the synopsis really intrigues me.

The Promise of Amazing-Robin Constantine

The Promise of Amazing

I’ve heard mixed things about this book, but sometimes a book like this is just what I need in busy times.

Uninvited-Sophie Jordan

Uninvited (Uninvited, #1)

I really enjoy dystopian/thriller reads and this one looks like my sort of thing. I’m not sure why I’ve held off.

The Swap- Megan Shull

The Swap

This book looks like a cute read! I hope to get around to it this Autumn.

What is on your Autumn/Fall TBR? Please feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Valentine Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a Valentine’s freebie! I decided to go for ten books which would be great to read around Valentine’s Day!

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

Billy and Me- Giovanna Fletcher

Billy and Me

Giovanna Fletcher is a great writer who creates characters you’ll find it hard to dislike!

Me Before You- Jojo Moyes (I had to… even though it’s a heart breaker!)

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

I know regular readers of my blog are probably getting very bored with seeing this book on my top ten lists, but it’s so good it HAS to be featured. Even if it reminds just one person of its existence that hasn’t got around to it yet. READ IT!

A Walk To Remember- Nicholas Sparks (I’m sorry, another sad one!)

A Walk To Remember

I know that a lot of people roll their eyes at Nicholas Sparks’ books, but I really enjoyed this particular one! A sad, but beautiful story.

Everything, Everything- Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

This book surprised me. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. I bought into the romance and I didn’t expect the twist…

Lola and The Boy Next Door- Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)

I know that this middle book in the companion series wasn’t a favourite for many bloggers, but I really loved it. It is my favourite for sure. I really liked Lola!

Simon Versus The Homo Sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

I really loved this book. It was another that I had heard loads of hype around, so I was a little worried. I need not have been though. It was a fantastic read with great characters.

Maybe Someday- Colleen Hoover

Maybe Someday (Maybe, #1)

I didn’t expect to feel so deeply with this book, but I sure did. I know it’s not for everyone, but I adored it.

Flat-Out Love- Jessica Park

Flat-Out Love (Flat-Out Love, #1)

This book really packs a punch! It’s full of humour but also romance and witty remarks. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

If You Could See Me Now- Cecelia Ahern

If You Could See Me Now

This book is on the lighter side with some magical realism. I think it’s adorable!

Eleanor & Park- Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park

I didn’t expect to enjoy Eleanor & Park as much as I did. I think it’s a great, unusual love to read about in YA!

What did you do for the Valentine’s Freebie? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by! Big love to all ❤

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!