Top Ten Books That I Resolve To Read in 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is all about resolutions. I decided to go for the Top Ten books I resolve to read this year! These are books that have been on my TBR forever, they’re not necessarily ‘new’ books.

In no particular order (book images go to Goodreads):

I Don’t Want To Be Crazy- Samantha Schutz

I Don't Want To Be Crazy

I really want to read this book, which is said to be a powerful book about anxiety.

If I Stay- Gayle Forman

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

I have been meaning to read this book for so long now! I don’t know why I haven’t got around to it yet…

Flat-Out Celeste- Jessica Park

Flat-Out Celeste (Flat-Out Love, #2)

I adore this author so I’m unsure why I haven’t got around to this book yet! This year for sure.

My Age of Anxiety- Scott Stossel

My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind

My sister gave me this book. I’m not sure why I haven’t read it yet, but I really want to in 2016.

Red At Night- Katie McGarry

Red at Night

I’ve heard so many mixed things about this book, but me being me, I want to form my own opinion of it!

Finding Cinderella- Colleen Hoover

Finding Cinderella (Hopeless, #2.5)

I adored Hopeless, so hopefully I can squeeze this novella somewhere into my reading in 2016.

How To Love- Katie Cotugno

How to Love

This book has been on my TBR for so long now. I need to read it!

Picture Me Gone- Meg Rosoff

Picture Me Gone

Same as above! This book has been on my TBR for ages. I need to get to it!

Sharp Objects- Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects

I read Gone Girl years ago and fully intended to read more from Gillian Flynn. I actually intend to this year!

Don’t Touch- Rachel M.Wilson

Don't Touch

I am so intrigued to read this book. I’m hoping to find time for it this year!

What are your bookish/or not so bookish resolutions for this year? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

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Top Ten Books On My Autumn To-Be-Read list

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books on my Autumn (Fall) To Be Read list. I have failed somewhat at the last two TBR lists, so I’m going to bring those books over to Autumn and hope I can get to them. I really do want to! I’ve also just started a postgraduate course, so my reading is going to be incredibly limited for a while. Therefore, I don’t want to add to many new books to this post as I always feel some sort of weird obligation to read them if I’ve put them in a Top Ten post!

Click on the book image to go to Goodreads.

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Ten Tiny BreathsK.A Tucker– I’ve heard so much about this series. I want to start it and still haven’t!

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Picture Me GoneMeg Rosoff– I’ve had my eye on this one for a while!

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PointeBrandy Colbert– I adore the cover of this book, and can’t wait to see what it’s like. I do love my dance based books, but haven’t for some reason, got around to this book yet!

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The HitMelvin Burgess- I’ve heard good things about The Hit. I’m still intrigued to read it!

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RuleJay Crownover– People have been trying to put me off this book but I want to read this book after reading several positive reviews. I think it could be good…but then I’ve also read some really shocking reviews. Hmmm… we’ll see!

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Once and ThenMorris Gleitzman– This book seems like it’s going to be a challenging read, but I’ve heard that it’s beautifully written and it’s well worth accepting that challenge!

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How To LoveKatie Cotugno- Again, positive reviews have made me want to read this book! I really must get around to it!

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600 Hours of EdwardCraig Lancaster- I’ve had this book for a while and hope to finally read it!

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If You Find MeEmily Murdoch– I am so influenced by positive reviews. This is another book I hope to tackle!

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Maybe SomedayColleen Hoover– That’s it! It’s happening this season. It HAS to.

What are you hoping to read this Autumn/Fall? Please feel free to leave your links to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by!

 

The YALC Experience 12-13 July 2014

Photo credit: @Guardianbooks on twitter

Photo credit: @Guardianbooks on twitter

I was lucky enough to attend the first Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC) in London this weekend.

This was my first experience at a convention/conference and it certainly WAS an experience. It was quite strange to be at an event within a massively popular event. YALC took place within the London Film and Comic Con which I’m sure a lot of you will be aware is massively popular. So amongst the bookish people, I found myself surrounded by some fabulous costumes including Spiderman, Poison Ivy, Elsa, Dobby and many, many more crazy costumes. I was impressed with how creative some people got.

Day 1

There were far too many people though and it was absolutely baking inside. Oh my goodness. 

Where the hell are the books?!

Despite being crowded there were a lot of things to see, and when I finally got in despite having an Early Bird ticket, my sister and I could NOT find the Book area. We got there at the end. Us bookish folk were shoved to the back, but that’s okay, because I was surrounded by books and my kind of people. I also got tickets for the panel that I wanted that day. Woohoo.

Ooh, I found the pretties!

Photo credit: @YALC_UK on twitter

Photo credit: @YALC_UK on twitter

The set up of YALC was lovely. Books everywhere and plenty of opportunities for those to pick up swag like badges, bookmarks, pens, wristbands etc. I loved that Hot Key Books arranged a book swap. Book lovers could swap one book for another. There were also plenty of places to purchase books from authors appearing at YALC and many more books.

The First Panel

The panel I went to on Day 1 was The End of the World as we Know it: The Ongoing Appeal of Dystopia. This panel included Malorie Blackman, Patrick Ness and Sarah Crossan. Malorie introduced YALC in Klingon and in costume. Of course. There’s no other way when at LFCC.  I felt like this panel was incredibly interesting and brought up some fantastic comments about Dystopia. We learned that no author on the panel really wanted to write a Utopian novel…because where’s the fun in that? I think some very valid points were made about how readers look for escapism in their reading and how it’s interesting to believe that in a world that’s turned crappy, that there’s a glimmer of hope somewhere.

Signings

I have to admit, I didn’t have a good experience with the signings.  I don’t think it helped that the authors I really wanted to see were the hugely popular and wonderful Malorie Blackman and Patrick Ness. I queued with my sister for an hour for Malorie Blackman, only for our line to be cut and be told that Malorie had to attend a talk 😦 Not her fault, but lots of fans were left disappointed. We gave up with Patrick Ness, just too many people and too little time for singings. We weren’t too disheartened though. We had had an amazing time.

I also loved catching up again with some lovely friends and spotting the bloggers I knew of, but I was too shy too approach.

Day 2- The day of 3 panels after another. Because…why not?

Trying to keep this day short and snappy, because I’ve wittered on a lot already and who knows if you’re even reading this far. Well done if you are! 😉

The queuing…

  • We got in much quicker. Yay, us!
  • It was less packed. I could breathe. Always a bonus.

I book swapped…

  • I managed to swap some books I’m not going to re-read and once I went back to the stand I had noticed they had gone. It gave me a really happy buzz to know that some book lover was going to enjoy my pristine condition books.

The three panels…

  1. The first panel was I’m Too Sexy For This Book with Cat Clarke, Non Pratt and Beth Reekles, chaired by the newly crowned Queen of Teen, James Dawson. This panel was incredibly funny. It’s the first time I’ve seen all of these authors and they just made me howl with laughter. I don’t think I’ve ever heard the phrase ‘sexy time’ used so much. The panel spoke about sex within YA. It was hilarious. The tone was er… pretty low and there were innuendos flying everywhere. Everyone seemed to be loving the panel. It certainly was a highlight of the panels I saw. Despite the hilarity, some important points were covered and covered sensitively by this panel of talented writers and the chair. Taboo seemed to come up a lot and how sex in YA can often stop school libraries stocking the book. It certainly made me reflect.
  2. Next up was Crossover-Not Just For Kids with Matt Haig, Meg Rosoff, Anthony McGowen and Nick Lake. It was chaired by David Maybury. He didn’t quite have control over the panel, but it wasn’t surprising with the rowdy bunch of authors he had! 😉 What I found fascinating about this panel was that no-one could really define what crossover was. I think Nick Lake made an interesting point when he said young adult readers are much more open-minded about genres. I completely agree and think that this is such a positive thing for the genre, if we can call Young Adult a genre. Sometimes adult readers can get stuck in one genre and never broaden their horizons. I know, I used to just read one genre…
  3. The last panel for me was Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves with Holly Smale, Julie Mayhew, Isobel Harrop and Tanya Byrne chaired by Sarra Manning. I absolutely loved this panel. I think they all come up with such interesting points. All of these writers are YA writers, but their books are very different. It was intriguing to see how they came to write their heroine. I think Holly Smale made a good point about wanting to create a character that does have flaws. It is SO important for readers to know their literary heroines make mistakes too. She also made such a good point about courage and courage not always being a physical thing, but for some, stepping out of their comfort zone is courageous. I totally agree. Last time I saw Holly talk, I found her quite inspirational and this hasn’t changed. I also loved that Julie Mayhew made the point that characters don’t always have to be likeable and that’s okay. For Julie as an author, as many authors I imagine, the most important thing is the character provokes a reaction. I completely agree with this. I often find myself not liking a character and I never see this as a negative thing.  

With that, my sister and I decided to head off. I had a long journey home and I have work tomorrow! I went home with some lovely new books, a fantastic experience, some good laughs and a wonderful weekend spent with my bookish sister and like-minded people.

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR list (to be read). This list was incredibly difficult to limit to just ten books. Mainly because my TBR list is ridiculous.

I’ve decided to split it into 5 books on my kindle and 5 ‘real’ books. I’ve went for books that I actually have, not ones I’m anticipating, because again…we could be here all day if I do that!

Click on the book image for the Goodread’s page!

Kindle books:

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All The Truth That’s In MeJulie Berry– I’ve had this book on my kindle for a while now. I’ve heard such mixed opinions about it, so I can’t wait to read it to form my own opinion!

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Not A Drop To DrinkMindy McGinnis– Another book that I’ve had waiting to be read for a while. I was a bit scared of the hype around it, so I thought I would wait until it had died down a little! Again, I’ve heard really mixed things about this book, so I can’t wait to dive in and see what I think!

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Ten Tiny BreathsK.A Tucker– I’ve heard so much about this series. I really need to read it, don’t I?

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Picture Me GoneMeg Rosoff– I’ve had my eye on this one for a while. So I’m intrigued to see if it’s as good as I’m anticipating!

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Johnny’s GirlPaige Toon– I’m not ashamed to be a fan of chick-lit. I really like Paige Toon’s writing. It’s deeper than your average chick-lit.

‘Real’ books:

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Wedding NightSophie Kinsella– I used to be such a huge fan of chick-lit, but since blogging, I’ve definitely lost some of that love for it, because I’m reading different genres and really enjoying them! I’m intrigued to see if one of my favourite chick-lit writers can interest me enough in their latest book!

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Dear Killer- Katherine Ewell– I’m trying to read more debut authors this year. This is a debut that I’ve heard a lot about, so I’m excited to get to!

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TapeSteven Camden– This is another book that’s on my radar as a 2014 release. I love the bright cover!

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Birthmarked- Caragh O’Brien– This is a series that I aim to start this year. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. It’s time to explore it!

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Dead Girls Don’t LieJennifer Shaw Wolf– My sister bought me this book for Christmas. I still haven’t got around to reading it yet, but putting it on one of these lists will hopefully inspire me to pick it up soon. I really like the sound of it!

Have you read any of the books on my Spring To Be Read list? What did you think? What do you want to read in Spring? Please feel free to leave your link to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by!

Stacking The Shelves #53

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’ve heard so many good things about this book, so I was happy to be approved to read it.

Kindle Sale:

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I know I shouldn’t be starting any more series right now (I am in the middle of so many…) but I couldn’t resist getting The Iron King by Julie Kagawa in the kindle sale. I’ve only read one book of Patrick Ness’ but I’ve heard great things about A Monster Calls. I’ve heard amazing things about Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis too. I’ve wanted to read All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry and Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff for a while now too. So, I was incredibly happy to find all these on sale! I don’t know when I’ll get around to them, but hopefully sooner rather than later.

Presents:

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My lovely Gran bought me these books when we went out together last weekend. She picked up more books than me…. (so that’s where I get it from!) I’m really excited to read the Unwind Dystology. I could do without the comparison to The Hunger Games on the cover, but still. I’ve heard good things! Oops. There’s another series to get through too…

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to link me to your posts and I’ll come and visit your blog!

Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week a new list is posted for us to complete. This week’s list is the Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me. Now, this could easily be a very, very long list. I have far too many books on my TBR list. Here are a selection of the books I’d love (and I’m probably going to buy very soon if I don’t get them 😉 )

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Thirteen Reasons WhyJay Asher– This has been on my TBR pile for so long, I think it’s time I get around to reading it! I’ve seen it on loads of Top Ten lists and I’m intrigued!

Anna and The French KissStephanie Perkins- Another one that I’ve seen on numerous lists every Tuesday. It’s got to be so widely blogged about for a reason?

EverneathBrodi Ashton- I have to admit, the initial reason to being drawn to this series were the beautiful covers. I’ve heard great things about them too. So I’m looking forward to starting this series.

WanderloveKirsten Hubbard-  Again, another book I’ve found through Top Ten lists!

My Life Next DoorHuntley Fitzpatrick- A lot of bloggers like this book! So it was another book to add to my TBR list.

This Is What Happy Looks LikeJennifer E.Smith- I’m intrigued to read another book from Jennifer E.Smith after enjoying The Statistical Probability…

Truly Madly Deadly- Hannah Jayne- Intrigued by this book. I want to read it myself and form my opinion!

Picture Me Gone- Meg Rosoff- I’ve been after this book for a while now.. Please, Santa?

Me Before YouJojo Moyes- I’ve read and loved this book, but I want my own paperback copy. I read it on my Kindle.

BittersweetSarah Ockler- I loved Twenty Boy Summer and want to read more from this author!

What are you asking Santa for? Please feel free to leave your links to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by your blogs! Happy Christmas everyone!