The Ten Most Recent Additions To My TBR (2019)

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. 

Today’s list is all about the most recent additions to our TBR. As ever, click on the book image to get to the book’s Goodreads page.

The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali

I really enjoy reading books about characters with different faiths. This one sounds like a good one!

Stain

I’ve pre-ordered this book. I’m really looking forward to reading it! It’s inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and The Pea. 

Our Year of Maybe

I enjoyed this writer’s debut so I’m looking forward to the next one!

Only a Breath Apart

I need to catch up with Katie McGarry’s books, but I’ve added this one to my TBR!

No One Here Is Lonely

This sounds like a fantastic read. They mentioned for fans of Adam Silvera…and I was sold.

Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss

I love Kasie West’s writing. I’m looking forward to reading this one.

Sorry Not Sorry

This book sounds excellent! I’ve heard good buzz around it so far.

Tell Me Everything

I am very intrigued by this book too. It looks like a great contemporary.

Two Can Keep a Secret

I can’t stop thinking of the Pretty Little Liars show when I read the title. Excited about this one!

Famous in a Small Town

I like to dip into fluffy reads every now and then. It’s good for my soul, I promise! This one looks perfect for that.

What have you recently added to your TBR? Let me know!

Advertisements

Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To In The First Half of 2019!

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 our most anticipated releases for the first half of 2019. Now, I have to admit, I haven’t really looked into books in 2019 yet! I’m trying to keep up with my backlist, but it’s a struggle I tell you- a struggle!

Here are the books I’ve come up with (book image goes to Goodreads!)

The Similars (The Similars, #1)

This book sounds very intriguing. It looks like it’ll be part of a series too, which is interesting! It’s been a while since I’ve read a sci-fi esque book.

Girls with Sharp Sticks

I’m intrigued to read another book by Suzanne Young. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book by her. This sounds very dystopian!

Again, But Better

I thought I recognised the author’s name! This is Polandbananasbooks (A well knownYoutuber) novel! I’m excited to see what this book is like.

These Witches Don't Burn

I like witchy books and this is a witchy book!

99 Percent Mine

I still need to read The Hating Game but I’m aiming to do that soon!

Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss

Love Kasie West! It doesn’t take much for her to appear on my lists. She’s one of my favourite contemporary ‘fluff’ writers.

The Bride Test

I like the sounds of this book! Again, I need to read a book from the author- The Kiss Quotient- but I’ve heard good things about that one.

There's Something About Sweetie

I enjoyed When Dimple Met Rishi, so I’m looking forward to reading this one (again, need catch up with her prior release!)

Famous in a Small Town

This book just sounds sweet and I like a sweet read!

Stain

A.G. Howard always has such stunning covers! I’m looking forward to reading this book. It sounds fabulous. It’s inspired by The Princess and The Pea.

What are you looking forward to reading this year?

Annual End of Year Book Survey 2018

I absolutely love taking part in Jamie’s End Of Year Book Survey. It can be a little time consuming, but I adore thinking about my reading in the year.

2018 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 138 (thus far… writing on 8th December!)
Number of Re-Reads: 4
Genre You Read The Most From: Thriller

best-YA-books-2014

1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

Tough one. I really enjoyed Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke.

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

Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

This Is Not A Love Letter by Kim Purcell. I liked it much more than I thought I would.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

The Creakers by Tom Fletcher

5. Best series you started in 2018 ? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?

Cheating because it’s a re-read but Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. It wasn’t released this year but it was still the best sequel I’ve read this year.

6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2018?

Cara Hunter! She’s awesome

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Eek! I can’t say I’ve read outside my comfort zone this year.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I’m not a massive re-reader. I don’t think I’ll re-read a book from this year.

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2018?

The Surface Breaks

11. Most memorable character of 2018?

Zach from Only Child

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

Number The Stars by Lois Lowry

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?

Not life changing, but thought-provoking… Anatomy of Scandal by Sarah Vaughan.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read?

A List Of Cages by Robin Roe. Not an old book but I wish I had read it last year.

15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?

“Getting smacked in the face with a Harry Potter book does not qualify as a fight,” Charlie says.
“First of all, it wasn’t just any Harry Potter book. It was Order of the Phoenix.”
Matt gasps. He knows that Order of the Phoenix is the longest and most potentially dangerous of all the Harry Potter books when used as a weapon.”

A List Of Cages by Robin Roe

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

King & King by Linda De Haan and I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jenningd- both 32 pages (as part of a banned books feature)

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne- 736 pages

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.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios. A beautiful book, but so tough to read.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Mateo and Rufus- They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Stevie and Hafiz from Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow by Siobhan Curham

20. Favourite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios!

21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. I’m not a fan of Mr Green, but I wanted to read it because it was recommended so highly.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?

I don’t have one this year!

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Soloman

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

The Showstopper series by Hayley Barker.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

The Creakers by Tom Fletcher

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

A List Of Cages by Robin Roe

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R Pan

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings- the fact that this gentle picture book is challenged really makes me mad.

book-blogging

1. New favourite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018?

That’s far too hard. I have loads of favourites. Check out some of them here.

2. Favourite post you wrote in 2018?

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Girls, girls, girls

I loved the support I got for this post.

3. Favourite bookish related photo you took in 2018?

Capture.PNG

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

Ooh I haven’t. I must participate next year.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?

Seeing my statistics grow more. I’m not focused on them, but it’s nice to see improvement year by year rather than a drop.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

My reading has slowed considerably due to the busy nature of my job.

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

Top Ten Shows/Movies To Binge Watch

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

They Both Die At The End

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

I haven’t discovered anything new.

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

Yes! I have saved £1 for every book I’ve read.

I’ve also read over 12 British books… my current total being 65 books. Check them out here. 

I also think I’ll finish my Goodreads target of 150 books.

looking-ahead-books-2015

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?

The Dangerous Art Of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?

Fame, Fate and The First Kiss by Kasie West- I love Kasie’s books!

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Wilder Girls– Rory Power

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?

I don’t have one!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?

Step outside my comfort zone with genre!

6. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

I haven’t read one at the time of writing this, but I have an ARC for The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts that I’m really looking forward to.

Please leave me a link if you do this survey. I LOVE reading people’s answers.

Lucky In Love

Lucky in Love

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Standalone

Synopsis:

Can’t buy me love…

Maddie’s not impulsive. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment—

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun…until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

Thoughts:

I’ve mentioned before how Kasie West’s books are perfectly light and easy to read. I needed a light read so I decided to pick up Lucky In Love, the only Kasie West book I was yet to read. Whilst it isn’t my favourite Kasie West book, it was still a quick, easy to read, cute story.

Lucky In Love centres around Maddie who has been working hard to get into college. Money is tight at home and her family aren’t getting on well. Maddie buys a lottery ticket, not expecting to win but ends up winning the jackpot. Her life immediately changes. Maddie gives her brother, Mum and Dad a million dollars each. She hopes that it will solve their problems. Maddie finds out that money only fixes things temporarily. Some problems are much deeper.

Maddie is a bit of a pushover. She easily spends the money, influenced by others and keeping them happy. She buys a sports car, instead of a practical car because she’s influenced by others. She pays for a band that she’s never heard to play at her party because she felt guilty that she didn’t invest in them. She does become a little frustrating to read about as you just want to shake her and tell her to be more responsible with her money. I wanted her to wise up and realise that people were using her!

I did think the romance between Maddie and Seth was very sweet and a slow burner. I would’ve liked to learn more about his story though. Considering that the title of this book is Lucky In Love, it wasn’t really heavy on the romance which I was a little disappointed by.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Not the best Kasie West, but a decent, quick holiday read!

This Week In Books #120

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!

Lucky in Love I Let Him Go: From the mother of James Bulger 18763344

NOWLucky In LoveKasie West- I’m currently reading this very light, contemporary YA read about a girl who wins the lottery. It’s easy to read but not ground-breaking. I needed something like this after my previous read!

THENI Let Him GoDenise Fergus– This was the book that I needed some light relief from. This book is about the murder of James Bulger. It focuses on the aftermath on the terrible crime. It is utterly heart-breaking but I found it to be a compulsive read.

NEXTI Am JazzJessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings– This is the book that Beth and I are reading for our Banned Books feature this month. Our discussion will be out on Monday!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Top Ten Authors Who Can Get Me Out Of A Reading Slump

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. 

I’ve decided to slightly adapt the prompt this week and instead of books that’ll get me out of a slump… authors I can rely on to get me out of a reading slump!

  1. Roald Dahl– His books are just so fun to read!
  2. J.K. Rowling– If it’s a serious slump, I sometimes need to re-read a Harry Potter book!
  3. Kasie West– I can always guarantee that her books will be fun!
  4. Heather Demetrios– Her books are quite deep but they always engross me.
  5. Ceceila Ahern– I love how magical her books are.
  6. Jojo Moyes– She’s a terrific writer.
  7. Paula Daly– She’s one of my favourite thriller writers. Her books always grip me.
  8. Emma Carroll– I can never go wrong with a Emma Carroll book. Her books are enchanting.
  9. David Walliams– David is the closest recent writer to Roald Dahl. His books are fabulous.
  10. Patrick Ness– I do enjoy Patrick’s writing, so the thought of reading one of his books can encourage me to climb out of the slump!

What brings you out of a slump? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Listen To Your Heart

Listen to Your Heart

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Standalone

Synopsis:

Talking to other people isn’t Kate Bailey’s favorite activity. She’d much rather be out on the lake, soaking up the solitude and sunshine. So when her best friend, Alana, convinces Kate to join their high school’s podcast, Kate is not expecting to be chosen as the host. Now she’ll have to answer calls and give advice on the air? Impossible.

But to Kate’s surprise, she turns out to be pretty good at the hosting gig. Then the podcast gets in a call from an anonymous guy, asking for advice about his unnamed crush. Kate is pretty sure that the caller is gorgeous Diego Martinez, and even surer that the girl in question is Alana. Kate is excited for her friend … until Kate herself starts to develop feelings for Diego. Suddenly, Kate finds that while doling out wisdom to others may be easy, asking for help is tougher than it looks, and following your own advice is even harder.

Thoughts:

I’ve spent some of my summer catching up with my Kasie West contemporary books! My goodness, does she release books quickly! It’s quite easy to get a bit behind. I like Kasie West’s books because they are sweet, easy to read and perfect escapism if you love contemporary YA. I did enjoy Listen To Your Heart even though I could tell where it was going to go from quite early on.

Listen To Your Heart centres around Kate and her friend Alana. Alana convinces Kate to sign up for a podcast class. Kate puts forward the idea of featuring advice in the podcast. She never expects her teacher to go for the idea but she does and she wants Kate to host it. Kate ends up throwing herself into the job and finds that she is actually quite good at it. The podcast gets an anonymous call from a guy who has a crush. Kate is sure that it is her Alana’s crush, Diego trying to get closer to Alana. However, Kate starts to develop feelings for Diego…

I’m pretty sure that most people will be able to guess where this story went. It’s not a story that stands out, especially in the genre. However, there was something about it that kept me reading. I really do enjoy Kasie’s writing style. The romance was adorable and the characters were sweet and easy to like. I also adored how close Kate was to her huge family.

Listen To Your Heart definitely screams Summer to me. It’s perfect for the beach or for a lighter read between books. It might not be the most memorable read, but I enjoyed it!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars.

This book may be predictable- but it’s super cute, easy to read and fun for the beach!