Top Ten Unique Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is all about unique reads. It took me some time to think about them, but here they are!

Illuminae- Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

The format of this book is what makes it so unique. I adored it!

George- Alex Gino

George

I find this book unique because its child-like narration is so authentic.

The Last Beginning- Lauren James

The Last Beginning (The Next Together, #2)

A sci-fi ish book with different formats. I’ve recently finished this book and I absolutely adored it!

One- Sarah Crossan

One

A hard-hitting book told in verse.

Cloud Busting- Malorie Blackman

Cloud Busting

This book deals with bullying through poetry ❤

The Girl With Glass Feet- Ali Shaw

The Girl With Glass Feet

A beautiful book with a fairy tale-esque story. My edition had silver page edges ❤

The Boy With The Cuckoo-Shaped Heart- Mathias Malzieu

The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

Another fairy tale-esque story. So unusual, but so good!

Another Little Piece- Kate Karyus Quinn

Another Little Piece

Such an odd story. Yet, so compelling! I have a feeling that this book is either love or hate it though…

The Girl On Paper- Guillaume Musso

The Girl on Paper

This is definitely one of the most unique stories that I’ve read. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Bird- Crystal Chan

Bird

I’ve included this one because of its beautiful writing. It really stood out for me in the middle grade genre!

I have listed some of these books before on my list, but I’ve added 5 new unique reads since I last made this list in 2014! 

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

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Top Ten Authors I’d LOVE To Meet

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is all about authors. Authors we’d love to meet or can’t believe we’ve met. I’ve decided to go for author’s that I’d love to meet even if I would go a little fangirly on them.

Jojo Moyes-  Me Before You is one of my favourite books of all time. I’d be happy to be able to tell Jojo just how much I loved her books!

Jolene Perry- I have enjoyed Jolene’s books so much! They’re much deeper than you’d expect which is great.

Cecelia Ahern- I have loved Cecelia’s writing since P.S. I Love You. Her writing is just so magical.

Alison Rattle- I adore Alison Rattle. Her books are so evocative.

Emma Carroll- Another writer I adore. I nearly got to meet her last year but I was too nervous to say hi!

Giovanna Fletcher- I love Giovanna’s writing and she seems like a lovely, bubbly person.

David Walliams- My class adore David’s books. I’d love to tell them I met him!

Michael Rosen- I adore Michael Rosen. I saw him talking at a conference the other weekend, but didn’t have chance to meet him. Sad times.

Kate Karyus Quinn- It would be interesting to have a conversation with Kate to see what she’s like as a person as her books are WEIRD (but wonderful!)

Markus Zusak- I think he would also be fascinating to talk to!

Who have you met before? Have you met any of these authors? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

A Spotlight On… Kate Karyus Quinn

Welcome to my ‘A Spotlight On…’ feature. In this feature, I plan to highlight and give some bookish love to some of my favourite authors.

For my third post for this feature, I decided to focus on the wonderful Kate Karyus Quinn. Kate is such a unique author. I can’t even begin to explain her writing style, but there’s something about Kate’s writing that pulls me in.

My reviews

Kate Karyus Quinn website

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Kate on Goodreads

Ten Books To Read To Get You Into The Halloween Spirit!

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, we could recommend our favourite scary/creepy reads. I’ve went for more creepy than anything else as I’m a massive baby when it comes to horror.

For the Goodreads page, please click on the book image!

Hollow Pike- Juno Dawson

Hollow Pike

This was a debut novel and it’s an absolute cracker. A really atmospheric piece.

Cruel Summer- Juno Dawson

Cruel Summer

This totally reminds me of Point Horror. I adored it.

Say Her Name- Juno Dawson

Say Her Name

Bloody Mary used to terrify me (still does if I’m honest…) and this one really creeped me out.

Frozen Charlotte- Alex Bell

Frozen Charlotte

Ahh. Dolls. *shudders*

The Haunting- Alex Bell

The Haunting

I loved this one more than Frozen Charlotte. Probably because I have a personal connection to the place in which its set.

Choker- Elizabeth Woods

Choker

This messes with your head. Unexpected gem!

Bad Girls Don’t Die- Katie Alender

Bad Girls Don't Die (Bad Girls Don't Die, #1)

Dolls. *shudder*

Through The Woods- Emily Carroll

Through the Woods

Why not throw a graphic novel in there? Loved this one!

The Drowning- Rachel Ward

The Drowning (The Drowning #1)

A creepy read. I really enjoyed this one.

Another Little Piece- Kate Karyus Quinn

Another Little Piece

Kate Karyus Quinn is a writer that you’ll either love or hate. I really enjoy her unique books.

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

Down With The Shine

Down with the Shine

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Another Little Piece
(Don’t You) Forget About Me

Synopsis:

Make a wish…

Lennie always thought her uncles’ “important family legacy” was good old-fashioned bootlegging. Then she takes some of her uncles’ moonshine to Michaela Gordon’s annual house party, and finds out just how wrong she was.

At the party, Lennie has everyone make a wish before drinking the shine—it’s tradition. She toasts to wishes for bat wings, for balls of steel, for the party to go on forever. Lennie even makes a wish of her own: to bring back her best friend, Dylan, who was murdered six months ago.

The next morning gives Lennie a whole new understanding of the phrase be careful what you wish for—or in her case, be careful what wishes you grant. Because all those wishes Lennie raised a jar of shine to last night? They came true. Most of them came out bad. And once granted, a wish can’t be unmade…

Thoughts:

I really enjoy Kate Karyus Quinn’s writing. I can imagine that she’s an author you really get on with or you don’t really ‘get’ her books. Kate’s books are highly original and quirky. I absolutely love that about her books, so when I saw that she had a new book out, I immediately bought it without reading the synopsis. I thought that Down With The Shine was a good book. It had me gripped and although I felt it started to slow pace midway through, I was still highly engaged in the story and wanted to know what was going to happen next!

Down With The Shine is a magical realism story aimed at the YA genre- I do think other readers would enjoy this book too. I certainly did. It started off incredibly dark, but it seemed to get lighter along the way despite some terrible things happening. It centres around Lennie, who finds out she can grant wishes using her Uncles’ moonshine. Prior to Lennie finding out she could grant wishes with the moonshine, she goes to a party and grants some wishes…some very dark and some very strange wishes. Lennie then has to deal with the consequences of those wishes and tries hard to rectify the utter chaos that she has made.  If I’m being entirely honest, I would have liked to read more about Dylan, Lennie’s friend who had been murdered. Despite that, I found myself racing through the story, eager to find out if Lennie was going to sort things out.

I really enjoyed Lennie as a character. I think sometimes ‘outcasts’ in YA are so overdone, but Lennie was an exception to this. She’s a fun character with some sass. I also really enjoyed reading about many of the side characters. The only thing I didn’t really get on board with is the relationship between Lennie and Smith. I didn’t like the way Lennie acted around Smith and didn’t really ‘get’ the attraction to him.

As I mentioned, Down With The Shine, is highly original, much like Kate’s other books. It’s such a strange but fun story which I think is worth giving a go.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Another wonderful original story from Kate Karyus Quinn!

This Week In Books #40

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!

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

Down with the Shine The Girl in the Blue Coat Little Girl Gone

NOWDown With The ShineKate Karyus Quinn– I really enjoy Kate’s writing. It’s so unique and her stories are often very, very strange. In this story, there’s some moonshine which happens to grant wishes. I’m about halfway through at the moment and I’m finding it very gripping!

THEN- The Girl In The Blue Coat- Monica Hesse– I love stories that are set in WWII. I find them so interesting yet incredibly harrowing. This was a fantastic story with some very poignant moments.

NEXTLittle Girl Gone Alexandra Burt– I have had this book on my TBR for what seems like forever. I love a psychological thriller, so I can’t wait to step into this one next!

What have you been reading this week? Feel free to leave me a link to your post or a similar meme and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading 😀

Stacking The Shelves #141

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!

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

Bought:

Down with the Shine

For some reason this book completely escaped my attention. I love the author’s wonderfully unique books. I want to say thanks to Lauren for bringing this one to my attention!

Shtum

This is another book that came to my attention via another blogger. Thanks to Hayley for the recommendation. This book looks fantasically diverse which is my sort of thing!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading 🙂