Ten Books That Awaken The Travel Bug In Me

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 all about books that awaken the travel bug in you. I found this list particularly tricky for some reason. I guess I just haven’t read many books that do that to me!

Love & Gelato

Love & Gelato

I absolutely adore the setting of Italy in this book. I’ve only ever been to Sicily, but I’d love to go to Italy. I really would!

Open Road Summer

Open Road Summer

I love the idea of touring with my best friends! 🙂 We love a road trip now even if we’re not particularly going anywhere exciting.

Anna and The French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

I need to get to actual Paris one day. I’ve only been to Disneyland!

Wanderlove

Wanderlove

I pretty much think this book is perfect for anyone that’s interested in travelling!

The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

I love the travel element to this story. It’s so adorable! 🙂

Books that are on my TBR that might awaken the travel bug in me

The Alchemist

The Alchemist

I have heard great things about this book and can’t believe I’m still yet to read it!

Charlie, Presumed Dead

Charlie, Presumed Dead

I have heard so many mixed reviews about this book that I’m cautious to read it, but it still remains on my TBR!

Wanderlost

Wanderlost

This is one I’ve heard lots about. I think I’d love it.

Meant To Be

Meant to Be

I know this includes a trip to London which isn’t far from me, but I’m not fussy. A trip to London is a good day for me!

13 Little Blue Envelopes

13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1)

This book has been on my TBR forever. I should really attempt to read it soon! I love the concept of it!

Nobody’s Girl

Nobody's Girl

I enjoy Sarra’s writing, so I’m intrigued to see what this one is like!

What are the books that awaken the travel bug in you? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

 

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Top Ten Series That I Want To Start

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are series that we’d like to start. Ooh, I have many of these, but here are a selection…

Book images go to Goodreads!

Obsidian- Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian (Lux, #1)

I am so intrigued by this series as SO many bloggers seem to rave about it. I want to give it a go and see what I think.

Grave Mercy- Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)

This has been on my TBR for such a long time. I hope to get to it within the next year!

The Name Of The Star- Maureen

The Name of the Star (Shades of London, #1)

This series sounds great. I’m intrigued…

The Girl Of Fire and Thorns- Rae Carson

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)

I have been recommended this book SO many times, I really don’t know why I haven’t picked it up yet. I fail.

Finnikin of The Rock- Melina Marchetta

Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles, #1)

I hear so many wonderful things about this book, goodness knows why I haven’t started it!

Rebel Of The Sands- Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1)

I have heard so many wonderful things about this book. I can’t wait to finally get around to it!

The Madman’s Daughter- Megan Shepherd

The Madman’s Daughter (The Madman’s Daughter, #1)

Another one I want to read ASAP! There’s just too may series to even begin let alone finish the current ones I’m reading.

What’s Left Of Me-

What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles, #1)

I’ve had this book forever, but never seem to get around to reading it! Story of my life!

The Jewel- Amy Ewing

The Jewel (The Lone City, #1)

I have had this book on my radar for a while now too!

13 Little Blue Envelopes- Maureen Johnson

13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1)

This looks like a cute contemporary series! Very easy to read.

What series do you hope to start soon? Have you read any of these? Which would you recommend? Let me know!

Love Hurts

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How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Random House Children’s Publishers UK

Synopsis:

Malorie Blackman brings together the best teen writers of today in a stunningly romantic collection about love against the odds. Featuring short stories and extracts about modern star-crossed lovers from stars such as Gayle Forman, Markus Zusak and Patrick Ness, and with a brand-new story from Malorie Blackman herself, Love Hurts looks at every kind of relationship, from first kiss to final heartbreak.

Thoughts:

I was SO excited about this book. However, I was a little disappointed when I got to it. I thought that this book was going to be original stories from some authors that I loved. There are some great original stories in there, but they’re few and far between. What I actually found was that I skipped a lot of these stories- either because I had read them already and didn’t feel like reading them again…or I have the full book waiting to be read and I didn’t want it to spoil it.

I don’t want to put people off this book though as the extracts from the authors I love like Malorie Blackman and Patrick Ness are such high quality writing- it’s just not what I wanted from this collection of short stories. James Dawson’s original story is good and well worth reading.

This book would be perfect for those wanting to dip into some of these author’s writing or to read the original content that there is. I love the range of diversity there is within this collection.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Some good original content, but don’t expect to go into the book with fresh, new material from all of the authors! 

Let It Snow

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

An ill-timed storm on Christmas Eve buries the residents of Gracetown under multiple feet of snow and causes quite a bit of chaos. One brave soul ventures out into the storm from her stranded train and sets off a chain of events that will change quite a few lives. Over the next three days one girl takes a risky shortcut with an adorable stranger, three friends set out to win a race to the Waffle House (and the hash brown spoils), and the fate of a teacup pig falls into the hands of a lovesick barista.

A trio of today’s bestselling authors – John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle – brings all the magic of holidays to life in three hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and kisses that will steal your breath away.

Thoughts:

I’ve seen this book about so much, I felt like I should get to it! The only author that I’ve read before is John Green. I like John Green but I don’t seem to love him as much as everyone else does. Still, I was intrigued by this collection of short stories, perfect for the Christmas season. If you’re not a fan of short stories, don’t be put off. They’re not too short. The action takes place in the same small town, with some recurring characters and links between the stories.

Maureen Johnson’s story is first up, The Jubilee Express. This was my favourite stories in the collection and I think I’m going to have to check out more of Maureen Johnson’s work. Our narrator Jubilee is forced to miss her boyfriend’s Christmas smorgasboard. She’s sent to stay with her grandparents when her parents are arrested in a shopping riot. Jubiliee finds herself stranded in Gracetown on a train in a carriage full of cheerleaders. It’s completely over the top, but well written and witty. I’ll read more from Maureen Johnson.

The second story is John Green’s A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle. I have seen many people list this as their favourite story, but for me, it didn’t overly stand out. Tobin and his friends brave the blizzard to be with the cheerleaders from the previous story.

Lauren Myracle’s story, The Patron Saint of Pigs, finishes the story. I didn’t find Addie, the character in the story very likeable. She’s recently split with her boyfriend, who appears in the previous two stories. She’s about to learn an important life lesson with a help from an older lady.

Let It Snow is an enjoyable, easy to read, seasonable book. I’d definitely recommend it to get into the Christmas spirit.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Reading next:
Vain- Fisher Amelie

WWW Wednesday #49

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday post!

To join in with WWW Wednesday you need to answer 3 questions..

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book!

What are you currently reading?

18272314I’m currently reading John Green’s story in this selection of stories. I’ve read Maureen Johnson’s, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I think I shall probably finish this book today. It’s easy to read and perfect for this time of year.

What did you recently finish reading?

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I am a huge fan of Dorothy Koomson’s writing. I was so captivated by this story. I hope to have a review up within the next couple of days!

What do you think you’ll read next?

17254225I’ve had this book for a while and I’ve finally bumped it up to the TBR list, because my friend Rachel told me to read it ASAP. There must be a good reason for her wanting me to read it soon.. so I’m very intrigued!

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to leave your links in the comments below or leave me a comment to tell me what you’re reading!

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week a new list is posted. This week’s Top Ten is Top Ten Books on My Winter TBR list. I failed with my Autumn TBR only reading 2 of my 10 planned, so I’m going to repeat the list adding two Wintery books!

In no particular order.. (click on images for Goodread’s page!)

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Frost Hollow HallEmma Carroll- This book is coming up very soon. I can’t wait to read it. I’ve heard such wonderful things about it.

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Let It Snow- John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle– I can’t wait to get stuck into this one. I love a holiday read!

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Left DrowningJessica Park- I have wanted to read this book for SO long. Hopefully I’ll get round to it this Winter. I loved Flat-Out Love.

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Reconstructing AmeliaKimberly McCreight– I still really want to read this, I just haven’t had the time to get around to it!

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Fever and SeverLauren Destefano- I aim to finish this series by the end of the year, so hopefully I can strike these off my TBR!

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Pretty Girl-13Liz Coley– Again, I’ve been looking forward to this book for a while! I’ve heard such good things!

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Kiss Me FirstLottie Moggach– My sister really enjoyed this book, so I’m looking forward to starting it!

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SlideJill Hathaway– Another book that was recommended to me, some time back, that I hope to get to really soon!

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The Forgotten Ones- Laura Howard– I’m really looking forward to this one, I just don’t seem to have found the time to get around to it yet. I know a lot of blogs I follow seem to have enjoyed it!

Hopefully this Winter I shall finally get around to these books! Please feel free to leave your link to your Top Ten posts and I’ll come and see what’s on your Winter TBR!

Stacking The Shelves #47

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

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 its Goodread’s page!

NetGalley:

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I really enjoyed Fracture so I’m looking forward to the second book in the series!

Bought:

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I’ve heard so much about Frost Hollow Hall by Emma Carroll, I thought I might as well buy it and see for myself how good it is! I am also looking forward to Eve by Anna Carey, the synopsis sounds incredibly intriguing. I’m ready to start reading Christmassy stories, so Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle seemed perfect for this!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to link me to your Stacking The Shelves post and I’ll come by and visit and some point this weekend!