Wrap Up Post- 5 Potential 5 Star Reads On my TBR #3

Welcome to my third wrap up post for this little feature inspired by one of my sister’s favourite book-tubers Mercedes from Mercy’s Bookish Musings 

Mercedes posted a video trying to predict which five books would get the five star treatment in her TBR. She then wrapped up with a video to see if her predictions were correct. I picked 5 books that I thought I might give 5 stars and since I have now read them I thought I’d let you know if I was right!

Click on the book image to learn more about the book and the link below the book to find my review!

Notes On A Nervous Planet- Matt Haig

Notes on a Nervous Planet

Whilst I did enjoy reading this book, I preferred Reasons To Stay Alive. I gave this book 4 stars.

The Surface Breaks- Louise O’Neill

The Surface Breaks

This book was brutal! I did very much enjoy reading it but it wasn’t quite the 5 star that I had anticipated. I gave it 3.5 stars.

Open Your Eyes- Paula Daly

Open Your Eyes

I adore Paula Daly and this book was so close to a 5 star. It didn’t quite get there though. 4 stars.

The Breakdown- B.A. Paris

The Breakdown

This one was SO close to a 5 star. 4.5 stars. There was just something about it that prevented me from giving it 5!

The Dangerous Art Of Blending In- Angelo Surmelis

The Dangerous Art of Blending In

Another one that was close! This was an intense, darker read. I thought it was a very accomplished debut! 4 stars.

So, I may not have predicted any 5 star reads but aside from the Louise O’Neill book, I was very close! These books didn’t let me down. Look out for my new 5 star predictions coming soon! 🙂

 

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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

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

The Surface Breaks

The Surface Breaks

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

Deep beneath the sea, off the cold Irish coast, Gaia is a young mermaid who dreams of freedom from her controlling father. On her first swim to the surface, she is drawn towards a human boy. She longs to join his carefree world, but how much will she have to sacrifice? What will it take for the little mermaid to find her voice? Hans Christian Andersen’s original fairy tale is reimagined through a searing feminist lens, with the stunning, scalpel-sharp writing and world building that has won Louise her legions of devoted fans. A book with the darkest of undercurrents, full of rage and rallying cries: storytelling at its most spellbinding.

Thoughts:

Don’t go into this book thinking that you’re going to get the Disney The Little Mermaid. Oh no. This is definitely the Hans Christian Andersen version reimagined by the ever fierce Louise O’Neill. When I pick up a book by Louise O’Neill, I know I’m going to get a raw story. Louise never holds back. I can certainly see why some people have issues with this book. It is incredibly dark and certainly has feminist elements within its pages.

It starts with the youngest daughter of the Sea King turning fifteen years old. The reader is introduced to Gaia and her sisters. We find out that the monarchy under the sea is corrupt. The Sea King’s daughters are not treated well. They’re expected to look pretty for their men. They are only seen as objects to be sold to men. Urgh.

Gaia, the youngest, is the prettiest and she has a wonderful singing voice. Her future has been decided for her by her father. She is to be married to an older merman (She’s 15 and he’s around 60ish!) Gaia is always told that she is fortunate because she’s been blessed with looks and a beautiful voice. Gaia dreams of swimming up to the surface even though her father is very against it. During her first swim, Gaia sets her eyes on a man up there. She saves him from a shipwreck and from then on, can’t stop thinking of him. Gaia starts to question life under the sea.

Gaia can be a bit of a frustrating character to read about. She’s so naive but I totally forgave that quality because it was clear that she was searching for someone to love her because of who she was. I loved following her story both under the sea and on the surface. I absolutely adored the sea witch. A very strong female character.

This story is so dark and sinister. It really is so far from the Disney version. It’s so close to the original Hans Christian Andersen tale which I absolutely love despite how brutal it is!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

Don’t expect Disney. This reimagining is very close to Hans Christian Andersen’s story. 

This Week In Books #128

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!

The Surface Breaks I Believe in a Thing Called Love Sadie

NOWThe Surface BreaksLouise O’Neill– I have been waiting to get to this book for SO long and it’s really worth the wait. It’s a reimagining of the Hans Christian Andersen The Little Mermaid. I mean Hans Christian Andersen’s version as well… it’s no Disney!

THENI Believe In A Thing Called LoveMaurene Goo– I did enjoy this contemporary. It didn’t take me long to whizz through.

NEXTSadieCourtney Summers- It’s time for a book I’ve been wanting to read for a while. I’m super excited to get to this one.

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

5 Potential 5 Star Reads On My TBR #3

This is the third post of this kind here on Chrissi Reads. The original post was inspired by my sister, Beth over at Bibliobeth. She was inspired by one of her favourite book-tubers Mercedes from Mercy’s Bookish Musings .

Mercedes posted a video trying to predict which five books would get the five star treatment in her TBR. She then wrapped up with a video to see if her predictions were correct. Like Beth, I’m not going to subject you to a video. No-one wants to see me on a video!

Last time I got 3 5 stars out of my predictions! Check out my wrap up post HERE.

Here are the books that I think have potential to get 5 stars from me…

Click on the book image to learn more about the book on Goodreads!

Notes On A Nervous Planet- Matt Haig

Notes on a Nervous Planet

I have high hopes for this book. I absolutely loved Reasons To Stay Alive. Can’t wait to read this one.

The Surface Breaks- Louise O’Neill

The Surface Breaks

Surely a book this pretty has to be just as good inside? Here’s hoping!

Open Your Eyes- Paula Daly

Open Your Eyes

Love Paula Daly. The Trophy Child featured on this challenge before, but it didn’t quite make 5 stars. I’ve heard great things about this one though!

The Breakdown- B.A Paris

The Breakdown

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book! Looking forward to reading it.

The Dangerous Art Of Blending In- Angelo Surmelis

The Dangerous Art of Blending In

Might be a quite bold claim to think that this might get 5 stars from me considering that it is the author’s debut…but I have high hopes!

Have you read any of these books? Did you rate them 5 stars? Let me know!

 

Almost Love

Almost Love

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

When Sarah falls for Matthew, she falls hard.

So it doesn’t matter that he’s twenty years older. That he sees her only in secret. That, slowly but surely, she’s sacrificing everything else in her life to be with him.

Sarah’s friends are worried. Her father can’t understand how she could allow herself to be used like this. And she’s on the verge of losing her job.

But Sarah can’t help it. She is addicted to being desired by Matthew.

And love is supposed to hurt.

Isn’t it?

Thoughts:

I really like Louise O’Neill’s writing, because she pushes some very controversial subjects. Her stories are known for not being the most light and fluffy books that you could read. I’m always expecting a lot when I pick up a book by Louise, whilst I enjoyed this book. I didn’t think it was as good as her other books. Before you go into this book, be aware that you’ll possibly really dislike the main character. She’s awful.

Almost Love centres around Sarah who falls in love with an older man. He is a parent of a child that Sarah teaches. Even though he doesn’t treat Sarah well, Sarah is still drawn to him. Her friends and family try to get her to stay away from him, but there’s just something about him that keeps pulling her in.

I wasn’t a fan of Sarah, if I’m totally honest. I don’t often ‘like’ characters in Louise O’Neill’s books, but that doesn’t usually affect my enjoyment of the book. It did with this one. I just thought Sarah made idiotic decisions. The man that she is obsessed with completely uses her. She knows he will never love her but keeps going back to him to be used awfully. I think I could have felt some compassion for Sarah if she was nice to others in her life. She treats her friends, her father and her boyfriend awfully. I really didn’t like her attitude towards others.

What I do think that Louise O’Neill did well, is to show how easy it is to make the same mistakes over and over again. It’s easy to ignore advice even if the people mean well and are thinking of you. I can imagine that many people can relate to this relationship. This book is raw and I expect true to life for many.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

I thought this book was going to be a 5 star read for me, but it didn’t move or affect me as much as I usually expect with a Louise O’Neill book.

This Week In Books #117

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

Almost Love

I usually really lap up Louise O’Neill’s books. They push the boundaries and intrigue me. I’m enjoying this book, but it’s not the 5 star that I thought it might be.

THEN

The Killing Type: A short story from the bestselling author of My Husband’s Wife

I read this short story before I started Almost Love. I enjoyed it and wished it was longer! My review is up already as it was an ARC from May. Oops. See my review HERE.

NEXT

The Last Piece of My Heart

After reading two heavy going books, I’m in need of some light fiction!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!