Ten Hidden Gems

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 hidden gems. Books that we love that we don’t think get enough loving in the blogosphere.

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads.

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

I absolutely loved this book when I read it a few years back. I don’t see it around enough! It’s a sad book, but so worth reading.

Bird

This book was beautifully written!

The Quietness

The Madness

Alison Rattle is so underrated! I’d recommend all of her books for beautifully written historical fiction.

Indigo Donut

Some beautiful characters are within these pages. I adored this story.

Jasmyn

You might know Alex through her YA and middle grade reads, but she has written some stonking adult fiction too. This is great for those that love fairy tales.

Boy In The Tower

This was such a unique read!

Wait for Me

I thought this was a brilliant read. It reaches different ages too as my Gran loved it!

Johnny Be Good (Johnny Be Good, #1)

This is quite possibly my favourite chick-lit. I love Paige Toon’s writing!

Rites of Passage

I definitely judged this book by its cover. I thought it was going to be a New Adult/Fifty Shades book… it wasn’t.

Tell me about your hidden gems. Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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Top Ten Books That I Loved But Won’t Reread

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 we enjoyed but we don’t see ourselves re-reading. I have quite a few of these in mind! In no particular order, here are my choices. Book images go to Goodreads!

Wideacre- Philippa Gregory

Wideacre  (The Wideacre Trilogy, #1)

This is almost like a period drama! I thought it was fabulous at the time but don’t see myself reading it again.

The Other Me- Saskia Sarginson

The Other Me

Loved this book! It gripped me, yet I don’t see myself reading it again!

Boy In The Tower- Polly Ho-Yen

Boy In The Tower

A very unique read. I enjoyed it but wouldn’t rush to re-read it!

The One Plus One- Jojo Moyes
The One Plus One

This was a very charming read. I rated it highly but wouldn’t necessarily rush back to it. I’m not a big re-reader.

A Kiss In The Dark- Cat Clarke

A Kiss in the Dark

Cat Clarke is such a great writer. Her books always grip me.

Half Bad- Sally Green

Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy, #1)

I loved the first book in the series, but I didn’t get on with the sequel. Therefore I wouldn’t reread it!

Lies We Tell Ourselves- Robin Talley

Lies We Tell Ourselves

I absolutely loved this book. I just don’t have time to reread it!

Golden Boy- Abigail Tarttelin

Golden Boy

I loved this but I wouldn’t want to put myself through it again! It’s intense!

Pointe- Brandy Colbert

Pointe

I loved this book but it’s not an all time favourite. It is incredible though!

These Broken Stars- Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)

I don’t intend to continue with this series, so I won’t reread this again.

What books have you loved but don’t want to reread? Feel free to leave me a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Books I Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are my Top Ten books I have enjoyed that have under 2000 ratings on Goodreads. The way you do this is go to Goodreads, your read list, at the top of your read list where it says settings you can add a column for # of ratings, then you can sort by that. If you aren’t a Goodreads user you can look up books you think are underrated and see what their # of reviews is on Goodreads.

Click on the book image to get to Goodreads! (These books are from lowest-highest of my under 2000 ratings list)

Orangeboy- Patrice Lawrence

Orangeboy

This book came out last month and I wish I saw it around more in the blogosphere!

V is for Violet- Alison Rattle

V for Violet

I love Alison Rattle’s writing so much and this book is so wonderful. It’s a gripping mystery/thriller/period drama. I love it.

The Haunting- Alex Bell

The Haunting

I love Alex’s books and this one really creeped me out!

The Madness- Alison Rattle

The Madness

Another one from the very underrated Alison Rattle. Her books make you feel like you’re inside the story, feeling and experiencing the action. I highly recommend her books.

The Girl Who Walked On Air- Emma Carroll

The Girl Who Walked On Air

Emma Carroll is a fantastic writer for middle grade fiction. I love her books! I can easily see me using them in the classroom in the future!

Boy In The Tower- Polly H0-Yen

Boy In The Tower

This book was a really interesting, unique read. I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did.

Radio Silence- Alice Oseman

Radio Silence

This book has great ratings on Goodreads, but not nearly enough in my opinion. It’s such a gripping read, which I much preferred to Alice’s debut!

Lighter Than My Shadow- Katie Green

Lighter than My Shadow

I absolutely loved this memoir of Katie’s struggle with an eating disorder. It’s in the form of a graphic novel and I have to say, it completely blew me away.

Of Scars and Stardust- Andrea Hannah

Of Scars and Stardust

I do love this book and wish that more people had read it. I still think of it! It was different and gripping.

A Kiss In The Dark- Cat Clarke

A Kiss in the Dark

I thought this was one of Cat Clarke’s best books. I found it to be utterly gripping and a real page turner.

Which books made it to your list this week? Feel free to leave a link and I’ll stop by later! 🙂

Ten Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are our top ten most recent 5 star reads. Here are the books that have recently stole my heart!

(Book images go to Goodreads)

Made You Up- Francesca Zappia

Made You Up

I don’t know why I stalled with reading this book. Sure, the hype scared me, but I should have made time for it! I’m so glad that I have now. It’s an amazing, intense read. I can’t speak highly enough about this book.

The Other Me- Saskia Sarginson

The Other Me

I’ve said it before, but I really didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. It was another intense read, but so fascinating at the same time.

 The Beloved-Alison Rattle

The Beloved

The wonderful Alison Rattle can do no wrong in my eyes. I absolutely devour everything she writes. I highly recommend you check out Alison’s books if you like historical/period books!

I Let You Go- Clare Mackintosh

I Let You Go

I was utterly gripped by this book. It was completely unpredictable which I really appreciate.

The Last Leaves Falling- Sarah Benwell

The Last Leaves Falling

I absolutely loved this book. It captured my heart and moved me much more than I had ever anticipated.

Simon Versus The Homo Sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

It couldn’t be a recent 5 star read list without including my favourite book of 2015. I can’t recommend this book highly enough! READ IT!

Boy In The Tower- Polly Ho-Yen

Boy In The Tower

This book hit me as a 5 star read out of nowhere. I really didn’t expect to rate it so highly, but I found it to be utterly gripping, unique and so easy to read!

I’ll Meet You There- Heather Demetrios

I'll Meet You There

I really enjoyed Something Real by Heather Demetrios, so I was intrigued and somewhat nervous to read the next book she released. I LOVED this book.

Lighter Than My Shadow- Katie Green

Lighter than My Shadow

This graphic novel is very raw and real. It blew me away.

Pointe- Brandy Colbert

Pointe

Pointe surprised me. It was much deeper than I had anticipated. A very compelling read.

I can’t wait to see other Top Ten 5 star reads this week. Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

End of Year Survey 2015

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This is one of my favourite surveys to do, by one of my favourite bloggers, Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner/The Broke and The Bookish. For some reason, I hadn’t noticed her post this year, but was pleased to see another blogger do the tag, so of course I jumped on board.

The links either go to my review of the book or Goodreads if I haven’t reviewed it already!

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Number Of Books You Read: 144
Number of Re-Reads: 8
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult

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1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

Simon Versus The Homo Sapiens Agenda– Becky Albertalli. This book warmed my heart. I can’t speak highly enough for it!

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

What We Left Behind by Robin Talley. After devouring her debut, I really wanted to like her sophomore novel. I didn’t. I was very disappointed.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

I didn’t expect to like Cruel Beauty as much as I did. I had heard so many bad things about it that I was expecting not to like it.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Still Me Before You. I will ALWAYS push that book.

 5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?

Started: Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Sequel: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E.Pearson

Series Ender- Winter by Marissa Meyer

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Becky Albertalli!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Lighter Than My Shadow– Katie Green. My second graphic novel of the year.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

I Let You Go– Clare Mackintosh

 9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I’m not so sure I’ll re-read a book so soon. I tend to leave it a while in-between!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

Simon (from Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda). I’m totally the heart emoji over that.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

My Heart And Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. I really resonated with this book!

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?

Reasons To Stay Alive– Matt Haig

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read? 

Rites of Passage– Joy N.Hensley

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

“White shouldn’t be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn’t even be a default.” – Err… Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda (again, sorry!)

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

Shortest: Dream A Little Christmas Dream by Giovanna Fletcher- 69 pages

Longest: Winter by Marissa Meyer- 824 pages

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

The Ice Twins– S.K Tremayne

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

I’m sorry not sorry- Simon and Blue- Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

I’m going for friendship and I adore the friendship in The Ladybirds series by Jenny McLachlan

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Ensnared by A.G Howard

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

The Last Leaves Falling– Sarah Benwell. I’m not sure this book would’ve been on my radar otherwise.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

I don’t have one! Sad times.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

Simon Vs…. you get the idea!

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

I’m loving the worldbuilding in the Throne of Glass series. I read Queen of Shadows this year.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Lily and The Christmas Wish– Keris Stainton. All the cuteness.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

The Last Leaves Falling- Sarah Benwell

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Boy In The Tower- Polly Ho-Yen

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman. Highly intriguing but it made such an impact.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

Born Weird- Andrew Kaufman. It totally lives up to its title!

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Hmmm… Those Girls by Lauren Saft. This book just really didn’t sit right with me. At all.

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

I haven’t discovered many new book blogs this year, but I need to get on that. I’m looking forward to seeing how Outlook on a Book grows.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

I liked how I did Reasons To Stay Alive.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

Unhauling Books. I need more discussion posts this year!

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

YA Shot by far. I loved being part of a blogger workshop.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

Continuing to blog even though my life got a hell of a lot busier.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Balancing it with teaching. I had one day where I almost forgot to schedule a post.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Top Ten Books For Readers That Like Plot Twists.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Gracefully Grayson– Ami Polonsky

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I haven’t really discovered much bookishness this year. A goal for next year?

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I’ve read more of the series that I wanted to and I think by 31st December I should have completed my Goodreads challenge. Fingers crossed!

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley Doyle

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?

When We Collided by Emery Lord

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

A Court Of Mist and Fury– Sarah J Maas.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

Find some sort of schedule that I can keep to for visiting other blogs.

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

This Is Where It Ends– Marieke Nijkamp!

Feel free to leave me a link to your survey if you’ve done it too. I love reading these!

Boy In The Tower

Boy In The Tower

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

Synopsis:

When they first arrived, they came quietly and stealthily as if they tip-toed into the world when we were all looking the other way.

Ade loves living at the top of a tower block. From his window, he feels like he can see the whole world stretching out beneath him.

His mum doesn’t really like looking outside – but it’s going outside that she hates.

She’s happier sleeping all day inside their tower, where it’s safe.

But one day, other tower blocks on the estate start falling down around them and strange, menacing plants begin to appear.

Now their tower isn’t safe anymore. Ade and his mum are trapped and there’s no way out . . .

Thoughts:

I have to admit that I didn’t know much about Boy In The Tower when I picked it up. Luna had recommended it to me, so I knew it was going to be good. I thought Boy In The Tower was an incredible debut novel. I was absolutely captivated and sped through the book, but at the same time wanted to devour every word. It’s a quite hard book to review, because I don’t want to spoil anything, but I’ll try and get some coherent thoughts down now…

Boy In The Tower is narrated by Ade who tells us about the moments in his story before and after the incident. Ade and his mother are stuck in a tower. Ade’s mother has become unwell and unable to leave his tower due to something terirble that happened to her. Ade begins to look after himself, but worries when life becomes dangerous outside.

Both Ade and his mother are incredible characters. Ade was adorable and so easy to love. I just wanted him to find help and be cared for. I really felt for Ade’s mother too. Polly Ho-Yen really has a way of creating characters you instantly become fond of. There are some fabulous supporting characters too, who contribute wonderfully to a story which at the heart of it is friendship.

Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!

I wasn’t sure where the book was going, but I ended up absolutely adoring it! Highly recommended.

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!

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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!