Top Ten Autumnal Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a cover list. We all like an appealing cover. We can’t get away from that!

Here are some pretty Autumn/Fall covers that caught my eye. They may not look like an Autumn cover, but they’d make me want to read them Autumn if that makes sense.

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Hollow Pike

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

To Kill a Mockingbird

Rebecca

The Catcher in the Rye

Watership Down (Watership Down, #1)Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3)

Little Women (Little Women, #1)

The Accident Season

The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman, #1)

These book covers just give me a colder weather, snuggled up inside with a good book vibe!

How about you? What did you pick this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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The Ones That Got Away #7

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This feature is going to showcase some recent reads that I haven’t fully reviewed. This may be because I didn’t finish the book or that I didn’t have enough to say to warrant a full and fair review of a book that I’m sure others will absolutely adore. I figure this way the books will be highlighted and someone somewhere might find the right book for them!

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Good At Games- Jill Mansell

Good At Games

Synopsis:

Suzy fell for Harry the moment she showed him her husband’s sperm sample. It didn’t really belong to her husband, though, because she wasn’t married. It wasn’t a sperm sample either, it was a drinks carton containing the dregs of her milkshake. But when you’re trying to get off a speeding charge you just have to improvise, don’t you? And it wasn’t actually love at first sight. Still, it was undeniably a healthy attack of lust. And it might just be the beginning of something special…

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The Marble Collector- Cecelia Ahern

The Marble Collector

Synopsis:

When Sabrina Boggs stumbles upon a mysterious collection of her father’s possessions, she discovers a truth where she never knew there was a lie. The familiar man she grew up with is suddenly a stranger to her.

An unexpected break in her monotonous daily routine leaves her just one day to unlock the secrets of the man she thought she knew. A day that unearths memories, stories and people she never knew existed. A day that changes her and those around her forever.

The Marble Collector is a thought-provoking novel about how the most ordinary decisions we make can have the most extraordinary consequences for how we live our lives. And how sometimes it’s only by shining on a light on someone else, that you can truly understand yourself.

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Linger- Maggie Stiefvater

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)

Synopsis:

Once Grace and Sam have found each other, they know they must fight to stay together. For Sam, this means a reckoning with his werewolf past. For Grace, it means facing a future that is less and less certain.

the loss.

Into their world comes a new wolf named Cole, whose past is full of hurt and danger. He is wrestling with his own demons, embracing the life of a wolf while denying the ties of being a human.

the linger.

For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life a constant struggle between two forces–wolf and human–with love baring its two sides as well. It is harrowing and euphoric, freeing and entrapping, enticing and alarming. As their world falls apart, love is what lingers. But will it be enough?

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The Doubt Factory- Paolo Bacigalupi

Synopsis:

Everything Alix knows about her life is a lie. At least that’s what a mysterious young man who’s stalking her keeps saying. But then she begins investigating the disturbing claims he makes against her father. Could her dad really be at the helm of a firm that distorts the truth and covers up wrongdoing by hugely profitable corporations that have allowed innocent victims to die? Is it possible that her father is the bad guy, and that the undeniably alluring criminal who calls himself Moses–and his radical band of teen activists–is right? Alix has to make a choice, and time is running out, but can she truly risk everything and blow the whistle on the man who loves her and raised her?

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Passenger- Alexandra Bracken

Passenger (Passenger, #1)

Synopsis:

Passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.

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Have you read any of these books? Let me know your thoughts! It’s fun to discuss.

15 for 2015: How did I do?

In 2015, I highlighted 15 series that were on my radar- either to finish or to start! Here is how I did with this challenge…

Series I finished…

-Splintered-

Splintered (Splintered, #1)Unhinged (Splintered, #2)Ensnared (Splintered, #3)

I read Unhinged and Ensnared.

-Legend-

Legend (Legend, #1)Prodigy (Legend, #2)Champion (Legend, #3)

I read Champion.

-Burn For Burn-

Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn, #1)Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn, #2)Ashes to Ashes (Burn for Burn, #3)

I read Ashes to Ashes!

-The Summer I Turned Pretty-

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)It's Not Summer Without You (Summer, #2)We'll Always Have Summer (Summer, #3)

I read We’ll Always Have Summer (review to follow).

Series I’m nearly finished

-Something Strange and Deadly-

Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1)A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly, #2)Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly, #3)

I read A Darkness Strange and Lovely. Strange and Ever After is coming soon.

Series I didn’t finish and have no intentions of finishing…

-Birthmarked-

Birthmarked (Birthmarked #1)Prized (Birthmarked, #2)Promised

I didn’t enjoy Prized, so didn’t and won’t continue the series…

 -Unwind Dystology-

Unwind (Unwind, #1)Unwholly (Unwind, #2)UnSouled (Unwind, #3)

This one surprised me. I didn’t really enjoy Unwholly, so don’t want to read the rest. A shame!

-The Darkest Minds-

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)

I didn’t enjoy this book, so won’t be continuing!

-Across The Universe-

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

Unfortunately I didn’t connect with this book!

 Series I started-

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)The Giver (The Giver, #1)Awaken (Awaken, #1)Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths, #1)Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)

Unspoken– I’m almost finished this trilogy! (Unspoken, Untold)

Shiver– I started this trilogy, not my favourite trilogy, but decent enough! (Shiver)

The Giver– I’m almost finished this quartet. One book to go! (The Giver, Gathering Blue, The Messenger (review to follow))

Awaken– I started this series, I remember enjoying it at the time, but it’s story isn’t sticking with me. (Awaken)

Ten Tiny Breaths– The ending really annoyed me, but I’m intrigued enough to continue! (Ten Tiny Breaths)

Anna Dressed In Blood– I enjoyed the first book! (Anna Dressed In Blood)

In 2016, I shall continue to conquer my series. Look at the page HERE for series I am aiming to finish!

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1)

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

Thoughts:

This is going to be one of those tricky books to review, because whilst I sped through it and enjoyed reading it, I could tell it wasn’t the best book in the world and it has oh so many flaws. Yet, it was enjoyable at the same time. Hmm.. tricky! I have to admit, I went into reading this book with fairly low expectations because of all the mixed reviews. I think that’s why I was surprised that I found it to be enjoyable enough.

I think one of my biggest bug bears about this book is the insta-love. Grace and Sam have known each other for years, but Sam has often been in the form of a wolf. Grace is obsessed by the wolves after an experience with them when she was younger. One day, Sam (as a human) arrives on Grace’s porch and thus starts the insta-love. They immediately start dating and sleep in the same bed. Woah, now that is fast insta-love. Grace abandons her friends (which really annoys me) and spends most of her time in Sam’s company. They spend every moment possible together. It comes across as an intense and full on relationship. Not healthy.

I did find Maggie Stiefvater’s werewolf mythology interesting. In Shiver, we learn that the werewolves turn when the weather gets cold. There’s something addictive about this book. I couldn’t stop turning the pages and I’m intrigued enough to see where the story goes next. I think I’m really going to like Maggie Stiefvater’s writing. I know from many bloggers, that they believe this series isn’t her best, so I’m looking forward to exploring more!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes- to those that don’t mind a cheesy storyline…

Not for those that can’t stand insta-love!

Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession. I thought I’d list the books I’d purchased rather than review copies.

So here goes.. (book images go to Goodreads)

P.S I Still Love You- Jenny Han

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

I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first book, but I was certainly intrigued enough to pick up a copy of the next instalment!

Challenger Deep- Neal Shusterman

Challenger Deep

I am excited to read this book. I have heard that it is a powerful read dealing with mental illness.

Star Cursed- Jessica Spotswood

Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #2)

This is the second book in the Cahill Witch Chronicles series. I’ve already read it and thoroughly enjoyed it!

Linger- Maggie Stiefvater

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)

I had really mixed feelings about Shiver, the first book in the series. I’m looking forward to reading this book, so I can sort out whether I like this series or not! (…as ridiculous as that sounds!)

For Holly- Tanya Byrne

For Holly

I adore Tanya Byrne’s writing. Hopefully I can pick up this book very soon!

Remix- Non Pratt

Remix

I will be reading this book later this month as part of my ‘Comparing’ feature with Luna’s Little Library. Look out for our review later this month!

Dream A Little Dream- Giovanna Fletcher

Dream a Little Dream

I have already read and reviewed this book, which is a perfect summer read. Well worth exploring!

The Sun In Her Eyes- Paige Toon

The Sun in Her Eyes

Regular readers of my blog won’t be surprised to see Paige Toon’s latest adult book in this list. I love Paige Toon’s writing, and hope to get to read this book soon!

What My Mother Doesn’t Know- Sonya Sones

What My Mother Doesn't Know (What My Mother Doesn't Know #1)

I reviewed this book several months back as part of my banned books feature with my sister, Beth!

Making Pretty- Cory Ann Haydu

Making PrettyThis book is coming up for me soon. I’ve heard some very mixed things about it, so I look forward to seeing what I make of it!

What have you recently added to your book collection? Feel free to leave me a link to your Top Ten posts this week and I’ll stop by!

Stacking The Shelves #122

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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 title to get to the Goodreads page!

This is my naughtiest haul in a while (I’ve been hauling books half the size of this haul), but I didn’t spend as much last week (on a London trip) as I thought I might… so I had some extra funds! 😉

Bought:

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

I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first book in the series, but I did like it enough to want to know what happened next. I’m hopefully going to read this book soon as part of my month of reading series.

Challenger Deep

Challenger Deep is a book about mental illness. I have heard such wonderful things about this book and I’m hoping that it’s a sensitive look at a very important subject.

Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #2)

I really enjoyed the first book in this series which was Born Wicked. I am looking forward to continuing the series!

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)

My review isn’t out yet of Shiver, the first book in this series, but hopefully I’ll get it out soon (it’s written, there are just book reviews before it to be released 😉 ) I wasn’t the biggest fan of the book, but I’m intrigued enough to see what happens next. I don’t know if I’ll finish this series, but I’ll give it a go…

For Holly

I love Tanya Byrne’s writing, so I’m very much looking forward to this book which sounds like it’ll be another mysterious and intriguing read!

Remix

I liked Non Pratt’s debut, so I’m looking forward to this book! It sounds like it’ll be a great summer read.

Feel free to leave a link to your hauls and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading 😀

This Week In Books #2

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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 and what I’ve recently added to my wishlist. 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!

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NOW- I am just starting Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. I have heard such mixed things about this book. Some of my blogging friends have liked it, some have loved it and some have hated it. Which way will I fall? I don’t know, but I know I want to give the book a go! I have got The Raven Boys as well by the same author, so if I don’t get on with this series by her, then I’ll have The Raven Boys- which I hear good things about!

THEN- I finished The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson yesterday. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I’m not a big fantasy fan, but I thought this book had a nice mixture of action, adventure, romance and some great characters. The main character is fiesty too. I love that. I love a strong female lead.

NEXT- Yep, I’m still carrying on reading books that are series this month. I’m going for Anna Dressed In Blood next by Kendare Blake. Again, I’ve heard mixed things, but I’m intrigued. Oh so intrigued!

Added to my wishlist:

The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)

I enjoyed The Kiss of Deception so much that I immediately added the next book to my wishlist. This book comes out in July. Yay, not long to wait! I knew there was a reason why I’m always so late with series… 😉

Feel free to leave a link to your week in books or your WWW Wednesday posts. I love to have a nosey at what you’re all reading! Happy Reading 😀