Ten Authors I Own (or have owned!) The Most Books From

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week the topic is Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From. I had to add or have owned into my list this week, because since I’ve started blogging, I’ve become a lot more ruthless with the books I keep.

I’ve mentioned a particular favourite of the author and one I’m looking forward to…because, I can basically!

In no particular order (links go to Goodreads, if there is a page available for the book!):

Cecelia Ahern

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This is one of my favourite chick-lit books. What I like about Cecelia Ahern is that her books always have an element of magic/fairy-tale. If You Could See Me Now is about a lonely woman with an imaginary friend. I can’t find the book cover for Cecelia Ahern’s next release but it’s called The Year I Met You and it’s out in October this year. Despite not liking Cecelia’s recent books as much as her earlier books, she’s still an author I check out whenever she has a new book!

Sophie Kinsella

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My favourite book by Sophie Kinsella is Can You Keep A Secret? I find it laugh out loud funny and just very easy to read. I have gone off Sophie Kinsella’s books as well recently, but she’s still an author I’ll try due to enjoying her books in the past! I’m looking forward to the next Shopaholic book (Shopaholic to the Stars), even though I’m not sure how much further the series can go!

J.K Rowling

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I had to include the first book Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone as it’s what started my Harry Potter love. I’m looking forward to getting around to The Cuckoo’s Calling I know it’s not necessarily the name of J.K Rowling but we all know it’s her.

Dorothy Koomson

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It was hard to pick a favourite for Dorothy Koomson, as I’ve loved so many of her books. The Ice Cream Girls is one of my favourites though.

Philippa Gregory

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I absolutely love reading all things Tudor, so I lapped up Philippa’s Tudor series, starting with The Constant Princess with one of my favourite Queens. I’m yet to start The Order of Darkness series, but I’m hoping to enjoy Changeling!

Veronica Roth

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Divergent is such an amazing book. I couldn’t get over how much I enjoyed it. I really want to read Four soon. I love the character Four, so I’m intrigued to read his tale…

Leigh Bardugo

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Oh, Shadow and Bone, I do love you! I love the whole Grisha trilogy. I can’t wait to see what Leigh does next! In the meantime, I do intend to read the novellas that I never knew existed, starting with The Witch of Duva.

Patrick Ness

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I absolutely adored The Knife of Never Letting Go, I can’t wait to continue with the series. I’m also so tempted to push A Monster Calls up my TBR list. It’s such a beautiful looking book.

Alex Bell

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I am a tad bit biased when I speak about this author, because she is one of my best friends. However, Jasmyn is one of my favourite fantasy reads and it has a GORGEOUS cover. Alex’s next book Frozen Charlotte is her first step into YA fiction… it’s horror! I don’t read a lot of horror, but I can tell you I’ll definitely be reading this one!

Malorie Blackman

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I adored Noughts and Crosses and can’t wait to continue with the series with Knife Edge.

Who are your top read authors on your shelves? Please feel free to leave your links to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by!

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Top Ten “Gateway” Books/Authors In My Reading Journey

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week it is Top Ten ‘Gateway’ Books/Authors In My Reading Journey. I really like this topic, it’s not been easy, but it’s really made me think about what I’ve read and analyse my reading a bit further.  Your list could be made up of a mix of books that got you unto reading, or an author that got you into reading a genre you never thought you would read.

The Help- Kathryn Stockett

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I simply adored this book. The story is located in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960’s. One of the characters dares to make a difference and tell the story of what life is really like for black maids in the local town. With the help of local maids she begins a project to bring awareness to the wider community about what goes on in the households. The author writes so beautifully you can really imagine the scenes unfolding as you read them. Some are humorous, some are truly vile and shocking. This book really made me think. It touched me.

To Kill A Mockingbird- Harper Lee

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This book was required reading when I was at secondary school (high school). I was surprised about how much I enjoyed it. I’ve re-read it as an adult, and still feel as passionate as I did the first time around. I know it’s not a book that is universally loved, but I can completely see why it is required reading. Its message is particularly powerful.

The Reason I Jump- Naoki Higashida

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I find it incredibly hard to express my love for this book. It’s a non-fiction book. Something that I certainly don’t usually read. It’s also not the easiest read. Yet, I still found it powerful and emotional. I’ve worked with a child with autism. This book really resonated with me.

Wonder- R.J Palacio

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Wonder was a recommendation from a friend. It was the first middle grade book I read as an adult. I found this book to be so well written and poignant.

Delirium- Lauren Oliver

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I think this was the first dystopian book I read. Lauren Oliver’s beautiful writing really got me into the dystopian genre. Forever thankful for that!

Snow Flower And The Secret Fan- Lisa See

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Oh, this book is beautiful.  It really got me into reading Chinese historical fiction.

Entangled- Cat Clarke

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Entangled got me into reading Young Adult once more. The genre is SO good at the moment. It deserves to be read by teens, young adults and adults too!

The Other Boleyn Girl- Philippa Gregory

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If you don’t know… I heart Philippa Gregory. I know that many of her books aren’t as historically accurate as they could be, but I enjoy them nonetheless. I absolutely adored the Tudors. Philippa’s Tudor series just blew me away!

Cuckoo- Julia Crouch

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This book really got me into the thriller genre. I wasn’t a fan before, because I have an incredibly vivid imagination and thought it would be too much for me.  Cuckoo is completely disturbing, but oh-so-good!

Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone- J.K Rowling

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Last but not least Harry Potter. I’m so thrilled I grew up with this wonderful series. It really got me into reading books about magic. This series is just brilliant. I’ll always love it!

What or who are your Top Ten Gateway Books/Authors? Please feel free to leave your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Covers I Wish I Could Redesign

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us bloggers to complete.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is about the covers we wish we could redesign. I admit, I do judge books by their covers. I can’t help it. It’s the first thing I’m drawn to, be it a good or bad design. The covers I’ve pictured are the covers of the books I’ve read. I know that sometimes there is a redesign, but I’ve pinpointed the version I’ve read.

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The Casual Vacancy- J.K Rowling– I just find this cover uninspiring. If it wasn’t for the author’s name, I would’ve totally walked past it in a bookstore.

16187The Little HousePhilippa Gregory– I absolutely adore this book, but again, I picked it up because of the author’s name, not the cover. I probably would’ve missed out otherwise!

2728527The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyMary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows– This cover is quite boring to me. I picked up the book on recommendation and because of the cool title. Definitely not because of the cover.

7601302The Swan Thieves- Elizabeth Kostova– I can’t remember what drew me to this book, it could be the author again. I know for sure, it wasn’t the cover.

4541129Little BirdCamilla Way– I think this cover isn’t particularly inspiring, but the story inside is brilliant.

3162006The Other Hand- Chris Cleave– This book has also been published under the name Little Bee. (Don’t you hate it when that happens?!) I absolutely adore this book, but the cover isn’t particularly appealing.

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1162543Breaking DawnStephenie Meyer– I wasn’t particularly blown away by any of the Twilight covers, but this one is particularly odd.

14050The Time Traveler’s WifeAudrey Niffenegger- This is another good book where the cover didn’t immediately appeal to me

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The Bone SeasonSamantha Shannon– I wouldn’t have picked this book up if it wasn’t for the hype surrounding it.

What are the covers you wish you could redesign? Feel free to link me to your posts!

Stacking The Shelves #42 An unexpected biggie!

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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!

Have a click of the title of the book to get to its Goodread’s page!

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This week, I only expected to get Allegiant, as I’m on a book buying ban as I have a holiday coming up in May/June, so I need to be saving the pennies. However, I ended up getting SO many books. My prize pack came through from winning September’s British Book Challenge, Luna from Luna’s Little Library sent me some books and she also arranged for Hot Key Books to send me some books! My mum also bought me some books when she went on holiday. Wow.

Presents:

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Cathy Kelly- The Honey Queen

Philippa Gregory- Stormbringers

Laini Taylor- Days of Blood and Starlight

Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer- Between The Lines

I’m particularly excited to read Between The Lines which I hear is very good!

Won:

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Gina Blaxill- Forget Me Never

Gina Blaxill- Saving Silence

Sita Brahmachari- Kite Spirit

Hayley Long- Downside Up

Andrew Lane- Lost Worlds (couldn’t find on Goodreads!)

I really like the look of Forget Me Never, Saving Silence and Kite Spirit. I’ve read Downside Up before, it’s a good book! I’m not sure if Lost Worlds is for me, but I’ll give it a go at some point.

From Hot Key Books:

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Karen Foxlee- The Midnight Dress

Natalie Whipple- Blindsided

Monica Hesse- Stray

Ellen Renner- Tribute (doesn’t have a cover on Goodreads yet!)

Dawn McNiff- Little Celeste

I was so pleased to get these books, it was such an unexpected surprise. They all look fantastic. Luna picked well!

From Luna:

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Don’t I have the best friends? I’m particularly excited about The Butterfly Novels by Denise Deegan as Luna recommends them so highly!

Helen Grant- Wish Me Dead

Anna Humphrey- Rhymes With Cupid

Mette Ivie Harrison- The Princess and the Hound

Louise Rennison- Fab Confessions of Georgia Nicolson Vol 1.

Beth Goobie- Before Wings

Katherine McMahon- The Alchemist’s Daughter

Lexie Hill- Kissing Booth

Ally Carter- I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You and Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy

Denise Deegan-  And By The Way, And For Your Information, And Actually..

Robin Mellom- Ditched: A Love Story

Catherine Gilbert Murdock- Princess Ben

Robin Palmer- Cindy Ella

What did you get this week? Feel free to leave the link to your Stacking The Shelves post and I’ll stop by your blog at some point this weekend!

Top Ten Best/Worst Series Enders

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week we’re given a topic to create a Top Ten list. This week the list is Top Ten Best/Worst Series Enders.

Now I have a problem with this list. I am in the middle of so many series. I haven’t finished many series, so it’s going to take quite some time to put this list together. It has inspired me to try and get around to finishing some of the series I’ve started though, so that’s a positive thing!

Best:

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Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows J.K Rowling– I really didn’t like the epilogue, but I didn’t want to label it as one of the worst series enders, because aside from the epilogue I think it ended brilliantly. Just how I wanted it to.

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Specials- Scott Westerfeld- Specials was one my favourite books out of the Uglies trilogy. I’m not including Extras. Conveniently forgetting about that book otherwise it would be in the worst series enders section.

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MeridonPhilippa Gregory– I have a lot of love for Philippa Gregory. I loved The Wideacre Trilogy and this for me, was a brilliant ending!

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Mini Shopaholic Sophie Kinsella– I really love the Shopaholic series. I’m not sure if this one is the last in the series, but she hasn’t brought one out for a while. So I’m going with it!

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Boundless Cynthia Hand– I imagine for some people, this book is going to be on their worst series enders section. I think it really depends what ‘team’ you’re on. But for me, I ADORED Boundless, so it’s well worthy of a place of my best series enders list.

Somewhere in the middle:

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Mockingjay- Suzanne Collins– This book falls somewhere in-between best and worst. I loved aspects of it and hated aspects of it. I found it a lot slower than the first two books.

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Breaking Dawn Stephenie Meyer– I know that the Twilight series isn’t the most outstanding piece of literature, but for what it is, I think the final book in the series was okay. Not mind-blowing, but definitely not as awful as I was expecting, given some of the reviews.

Worst:

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The Summer Garden Paullina Simons- The Bronze Horseman series had two amazing books. I was left slightly disappointed with this one. I ended up hating a character I loved for the most part of the book!

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The Other QueenPhilippa Gregory- I loved the Tudor series so much but I was left disappointed with this book, which is such a shame!

I’m throwing back to my childhood with the next book:

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Charlie and The Great Glass Elevator Roald Dahl– I was so disappointed with this book as a child. I think Charlie and The Chocolate Factory is such a magical book that anything that followed was bound to be a disappointment.

Please feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten posts. I’m intrigued to see what series you have loved and/or disliked!

Top Ten Best Sequels Ever

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s Top Ten theme is the best sequels ever. This is going to be a tricky one for me. I have read a lot of series, but most of them I’m stuck on book one, waiting to read book two. It’s highlighted to me how much I need to carry on with the series I have started!

As ever click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page for the book!

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BoundlessCynthia Hand- I wasn’t really sure about reading Boundless, as I didn’t really like Hallowed as much as Unearthly. For me, Boundless completely made up for Hallowed. I was so impressed. I was also SO happy with the way it ended. I know some other readers aren’t, but for what ‘team’ I was on, it ended very well for me.

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Unravel Me– Tahereh Mafi- I loved Shatter Me, but I thought Unravel Me was slightly better. I loved Kenji in this book. Such a great character!

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Losing HopeColleen Hoover– I don’t know why this book worked so much, as essentially it’s much of the same story of Hopeless from a different point of view. But I liked reading it from Holder’s point of view.

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ScarletMarissa Meyer– I enjoyed Cinder, but I really thought that Scarlet was a better read. I think Scarlet is a fabulous protagonist.

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SpecialsScott Westerfeld– This one was my favourite in the series. I was slightly disappointed with Pretties, so this one really made up for it!

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Catching FireSuzanne Collins– I love The Hunger Games series, but this one just had a little extra something for me. It was action packed!

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Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban– J.K Rowling- This is my favourite book in the Harry Potter series. It’s the one that gripped me.

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The Other Boleyn GirlPhilippa Gregory– I fell in love with Philippa’s writing when I started this series. This was my favourite book from the series!

I only have 8 for you, so I’m going to highlight two books that I can’t wait to read:

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Allegiant by Veronica Roth and The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. I can’t wait to see how they finish!

Please feel free to leave your links to your Top Ten Posts so I can come and see what sequels you love. I’m sure I’m going to find lots of series that I need to start!

A-Z Book Survey

 

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This survey is courtesy of one of my favourite bloggers, Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner. Check out her post HERE

Do you remember these kind of surveys on Myspace? I used to love them. I absolutely love the idea of this one, so here it is… My A-Z Book Survey

Author you’ve read the most books from:

According to Goodreads my most read author is Philippa Gregory. That doesn’t surprise me. I adore Philippa Gregory! I think when I was younger it would’ve been Roald Dahl or Enid Blyton.

Best Sequel Ever:

Ooh this is a hard one. I read a lot of series. I really like Scarlet by Marissa Meyer –the second book in the Lunar Chronices. I much preferred it to Cinder.

Currently Reading:

Boundless by Cynthia Hand.

Drink of Choice While Reading:

I don’t really drink that much when I’m reading. One of my favourite things to do with my sister is read in Costa. I don’t drink tea or coffee so I like to have a hot chocolate.

E-reader or Physical Book?

I do read both, but the physical book will ALWAYS win for me. You can’t beat holding (and smelling!) a real book.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Holder from Hopeless/Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover. Please.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Wither by Lauren DeStefano. I had heard such mixed opinions about it, but I’m glad I read it. I loved it!

Hidden Gem Book:

I didn’t expect to love Me Before You by Jojo Moyes as much as I did. That book is honestly one of my favourite books ever.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

I have two things really. My first is my experience reading as a young child. My mum taught me how to read before I started school and my love of books has followed me (and grown) throughout my life. My sister (Bibliobeth) used to read to me and I LOVED that. So I have my family to thank for instilling the love of literature into my life. My second most recent important moment is starting this blog. It’s still a baby blog but it’s inspired me to read more and read different genres.

Just Finished:

I’ve just finished Downside Up by Hayley Long.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I’m not really a fan of horror. My imagination is incredibly vivid. I still remember the monster I read about years ago that scared me SO much. *shudders*

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Gone With The WindMargaret Mitchell. Now that’s a beast of a book. It’s HUGE!

Major book hangover because of:

I didn’t want to mention the same book twice, but I always, always think of Me Before You even though I read it some time ago.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Officially I own one, in my bedroom. But I’ve taken over two in the spare room and one out in the hall. Oops!

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Little Women- Louisa May Alcott. I just love that book!

Preferred Place To Read:

I get a lot of reading done when I’m on the train, in the bath or in the garden on a warm day!

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“The hardest choices in life aren’t between what’s right and what’s wrong but between what’s right and what’s best.” Jamie FordHotel On The Corner of Bitter And Sweet

Reading Regret:

Spending so many years just reading chick-lit. Never stepping outside of that genre. Thank goodness I read more widely now.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

I want to finish the Chemical Gardens Series by Lauren DeStefano.

Three of your All-Time Favourite Books:

In no particular order..

  1. Me Before YouJojo Moyes
  2. Little WomenLouisa May Alcott
  3. Gone Girl- Gillian Flynn

(Wow that was hard! I have too many all time favourites!)

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Cecelia Ahern. I LOVE her books, (bar one, but I love her so much I can forget about that one) they usually have a magical element in them and I’m just a sucker for that..

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

I’m pretty excited for Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. I’m interested to see how the Shatter Me series concludes.

Worst Bookish Habit:

Requesting books from NetGalley when I have so many books to read. Why do I do it?!

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

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Your latest book purchase:

My latest book purchase was The Originals by Cat Patrick

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

The Name On Your Wrist- Helen Hiorns. Look out for this book. I thought it was incredible!