Ten Books I Enjoyed Recently That Weren’t My Typical Type of Book

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is all about the books we’ve read recently that were outside of our usual

In no particular order, here are my favourite recent-ish outside of my comfort zone reads!

Bad Girls Don’t Die- Katie Alender

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

I’m not usually a fan of spooky, creepy reads. Especially when it comes to dolls. Ha! I absolutely adored this book. It’s not terrifying, more creepy. It didn’t give me nightmares which I’m very pleased about.

The Haunting- Alex Bell

The Haunting

Again, a creepy one. I absolutely loved this book. I actually preferred it to Frozen Charlotte which was also a brilliant read.

Through The Woods- Emily Carroll

Through the Woods

This was my first creepy graphic novel. I loved it. Not all of the stories are as good as each other, but it was still an enjoyable, eerie read.

Anna Dressed In Blood- Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)

Ooh, look another creepy one! I loved this ghostly tale.

Ten Tiny Breaths- K.A Tucker

Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths, #1)

I had been avoiding this book for a while because I had heard mixed things around it. I’m not a massive fan of the genre but I was pleasantly surprised by this book-despite the ending.

Lighter Than My Shadow- Katie Green

Lighter than My Shadow

I would usually read a book about an eating disorder, but this was a graphic novel. It was incredible.

El Deafo- Cece Bell

El Deafo

I am stepping into middle grade more nowadays, but I would say this is middle grade/graphic novel/memoir which is certainly an interesting combination!

Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief- Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

I didn’t think I’d like this book, but I found myself sucked into the world!

Born Weird- Andrew Kaufman

Born Weird

I don’t think I would have picked this book up, had it not been for my Reading Spa in Bath. I’m so glad I did though!

Always Emily- Michaela MacColl

Always Emily

I’m not the biggest classical literature fan, so I didn’t expect to like this book.

What books have surprised you recently? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll stop by!

Always Emily

Always Emily

How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Luna’s Little Library

Synopsis:

Emily and Charlotte Brontë are about as opposite as two sisters can be. Charlotte is practical and cautious; Emily is headstrong and imaginative. But they do have one thing in common: a love of writing. This shared passion will lead them to be two of the first published female novelists and authors of several enduring works of classic literature. But they’re not there yet. First, they have to figure out if there is a connection between a string of local burglaries, rumors that a neighbor’s death may not have been accidental, and the appearance on the moors of a mysterious and handsome stranger. The girls have a lot of knots to untangle—before someone else gets killed.

Thoughts:

I have to admit that it is purely the synopsis that drew me to this book. Am I a bad bookworm if I also admit that I’m not a massive fan of the Brontë sisters? I try to read classics, but they just don’t work for me! I’m sorry! I did find Always Emily fascinating though. It’s even making me wonder if I should give these classics another try. I think Michaela MacColl has written a brilliant book which is still an interesting read for those that aren’t hardcore Brontë fans.

Always Emily centres around Charlotte and Emily. Charlotte and Emily have lost their older sisters. Charlotte now is the oldest sister and really tries to control her sister. Charlotte is responsible, practical and cautious. Emily couldn’t be more different. She’s imaginative, wild and stubborn. The two sisters care for one another, but their differing personalities mean they clash quite frequently. A series of events brings the sisters together as they try to solve a mystery…

I thought the mystery element of the book was good and gripping, but it wasn’t overly memorable or the best part of the book. I much more enjoyed reading about the relationship between the siblings. I think the best part is how Charlotte and Emily have come to life in this story. Almost Emily is well researched and beautifully written.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

A book that can be enjoyed whether you’re a die hard fan of the Brontë sisters or not!

Ten E-Books I Plan To Read This Summer

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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 I plan to have in my beach bag this summer, or summery books. Now, this year I am actually having a proper summer holiday as a celebration of completing my postgraduate degree! I’ve decided (over much deliberation… I do so love my ‘real’ books) to catch up on some books on my Kindle. My kindle is lighter to take and I could do with some books being read on there! So not all of these books are particularly summery, but they’ll be what I read this summer!

Click on the book title underneath the books to get to Goodreads!

Ask Again LaterWe'll Always Have Summer (Summer, #3)

Ask Again Later Liz Czukas- I have heard good things about this book! I don’t know much about it, but I’m looking forward to reading it!

We’ll Always Have Summer Jenny Han- I am looking forward to finishing this trilogy, which has been much deeper than I expected!

Always Emily#16thingsithoughtweretrue

Almost Emily- Michaela MacColl– I’m intrigued by this historical fiction about Charlotte and Emily Bronte.

16 Things I Thought Were TrueJanet Gurtler– This book sounds like it’ll be an intereresting, possibly heart warming contemporary. A perfect beach read.

Boy In The TowerBeing Jamie Baker (Jamie Baker, #1)

Boy In The TowerPolly Ho-Yen– This book has been on my radar for a long time now, and I’m hoping this summer is the time that I’ll get around to reading it!

Being Jamie BakerKelly Oram– I haven’t read this author before, but my friend Luna recommended this book! So of course, I hope to give it a go!

The Break-Up ArtistBoy Meets Boy

The Break-Up ArtistPhilip Siegel– I can’t believe that I haven’t got around to this book yet, so I’m hoping to change that ASAP!

Boy Meets BoyDavid Levithan– I’m working my way slowly through David Levithan’s books and Boy Meets Boy is the next on my list!

Cruel BeautyChasing Stars (After Eden, #2)

Cruel BeautyRosamund Hodge– It’s about time that I got around to reading this book! Hopefully this summer!

Chasing StarsHelen Douglas- I really enjoyed After Eden, and can’t believe I haven’t got around to reading the next book yet!

What will you be reading this summer? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!