Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR 2019

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 the books we want to get to this summer. I’m going on a summer holiday this year (woohoo- reading holiday with Beth!) and so I’m going to take my kindle and try to get some books read from there. I don’t want to be carrying loads of books in my suitcase! Here are ten books I’d like to get to this summer.

Book images go to Goodreads!

The Hating Game

I’ve heard such good things about this book! I’m super excited to see if it’s as good as people say it is!

On My Life

I enjoyed Angela Clarke’s social media trilogy so I’m intrigued to read this one!

From Twinkle, with Love

Reading this book on the beach/by the pool? Sounds perfect to me!

Famous in a Small Town

I’ve heard good things about this author! Super intrigued to read this one. It screams summer to me!

Girls with Sharp Sticks (Girls with Sharp Sticks, #1)

I have enjoyed Suzanne Young’s books before, so I’m interested to see what this one is like!

Our Year of Maybe

This sounds like a fabulous book and I really enjoyed the author’s debut, so I have high hopes for this one.

Soulmates

I really like Holly Bourne’s writing, so I’m looking forward to this one!

Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah

This just looks like a fabulous summer read!

Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)

I have been meaning to read this book for years. It’s time to finally get it read…

Call Me Star Girl

I’ve heard good things about this book too! Looking forward to it.

What are you hoping to read this summer? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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The Ten Most Recent Additions To My TBR (2019)

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. 

Today’s list is all about the most recent additions to our TBR. As ever, click on the book image to get to the book’s Goodreads page.

The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali

I really enjoy reading books about characters with different faiths. This one sounds like a good one!

Stain

I’ve pre-ordered this book. I’m really looking forward to reading it! It’s inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and The Pea. 

Our Year of Maybe

I enjoyed this writer’s debut so I’m looking forward to the next one!

Only a Breath Apart

I need to catch up with Katie McGarry’s books, but I’ve added this one to my TBR!

No One Here Is Lonely

This sounds like a fantastic read. They mentioned for fans of Adam Silvera…and I was sold.

Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss

I love Kasie West’s writing. I’m looking forward to reading this one.

Sorry Not Sorry

This book sounds excellent! I’ve heard good buzz around it so far.

Tell Me Everything

I am very intrigued by this book too. It looks like a great contemporary.

Two Can Keep a Secret

I can’t stop thinking of the Pretty Little Liars show when I read the title. Excited about this one!

Famous in a Small Town

I like to dip into fluffy reads every now and then. It’s good for my soul, I promise! This one looks perfect for that.

What have you recently added to your TBR? Let me know!

Annual End of Year Book Survey 2018

I absolutely love taking part in Jamie’s End Of Year Book Survey. It can be a little time consuming, but I adore thinking about my reading in the year.

2018 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 138 (thus far… writing on 8th December!)
Number of Re-Reads: 4
Genre You Read The Most From: Thriller

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1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

Tough one. I really enjoyed Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke.

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

Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington.

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

This Is Not A Love Letter by Kim Purcell. I liked it much more than I thought I would.

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

The Creakers by Tom Fletcher

5. Best series you started in 2018 ? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?

Cheating because it’s a re-read but Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. It wasn’t released this year but it was still the best sequel I’ve read this year.

6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2018?

Cara Hunter! She’s awesome

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

Eek! I can’t say I’ve read outside my comfort zone this year.

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

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I’m not a massive re-reader. I don’t think I’ll re-read a book from this year.

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2018?

The Surface Breaks

11. Most memorable character of 2018?

Zach from Only Child

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

Number The Stars by Lois Lowry

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?

Not life changing, but thought-provoking… Anatomy of Scandal by Sarah Vaughan.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read?

A List Of Cages by Robin Roe. Not an old book but I wish I had read it last year.

15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?

“Getting smacked in the face with a Harry Potter book does not qualify as a fight,” Charlie says.
“First of all, it wasn’t just any Harry Potter book. It was Order of the Phoenix.”
Matt gasps. He knows that Order of the Phoenix is the longest and most potentially dangerous of all the Harry Potter books when used as a weapon.”

A List Of Cages by Robin Roe

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

King & King by Linda De Haan and I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jenningd- both 32 pages (as part of a banned books feature)

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne- 736 pages

How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios. A beautiful book, but so tough to read.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Mateo and Rufus- They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Stevie and Hafiz from Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow by Siobhan Curham

20. Favourite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios!

21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. I’m not a fan of Mr Green, but I wanted to read it because it was recommended so highly.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?

I don’t have one this year!

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Soloman

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

The Showstopper series by Hayley Barker.

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

The Creakers by Tom Fletcher

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

A List Of Cages by Robin Roe

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R Pan

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

I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings- the fact that this gentle picture book is challenged really makes me mad.

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1. New favourite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018?

That’s far too hard. I have loads of favourites. Check out some of them here.

2. Favourite post you wrote in 2018?

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Girls, girls, girls

I loved the support I got for this post.

3. Favourite bookish related photo you took in 2018?

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

Ooh I haven’t. I must participate next year.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?

Seeing my statistics grow more. I’m not focused on them, but it’s nice to see improvement year by year rather than a drop.

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

My reading has slowed considerably due to the busy nature of my job.

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

Top Ten Shows/Movies To Binge Watch

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

They Both Die At The End

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

I haven’t discovered anything new.

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

Yes! I have saved £1 for every book I’ve read.

I’ve also read over 12 British books… my current total being 65 books. Check them out here. 

I also think I’ll finish my Goodreads target of 150 books.

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?

The Dangerous Art Of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?

Fame, Fate and The First Kiss by Kasie West- I love Kasie’s books!

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Wilder Girls– Rory Power

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?

I don’t have one!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?

Step outside my comfort zone with genre!

6. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

I haven’t read one at the time of writing this, but I have an ARC for The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts that I’m really looking forward to.

Please leave me a link if you do this survey. I LOVE reading people’s answers.

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone

You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Eighteen-year-old twins Adina and Tovah have little in common besides their ambitious nature. Viola prodigy Adina yearns to become a soloist—and to convince her music teacher he wants her the way she wants him. Overachiever Tovah awaits her acceptance to Johns Hopkins, the first step on her path toward med school and a career as a surgeon. 

But one thing could wreck their carefully planned futures: a genetic test for Huntington’s, a rare degenerative disease that slowly steals control of the body and mind. It’s turned their Israeli mother into a near stranger and fractured the sisters’ own bond in ways they’ll never admit. While Tovah finds comfort in their Jewish religion, Adina rebels against its rules.

When the results come in, one twin tests negative for Huntington’s. The other tests positive.

These opposite outcomes push them farther apart as they wrestle with guilt, betrayal, and the unexpected thrill of first love. How can they repair their relationship, and is it even worth saving?

Thoughts:

I always enjoy checking out debut authors because sometimes you can really find some gems. This was totally the case with You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone. I thought it was an emotional, thought-provoking read.

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone centres around twins Adina and Tovah. Their mother has Huntington’s Disease and both girls have been tested to see if they will develop the awful disease. One tests negative and the other tests positive. Adina and Tovah’s lives are completely turned around. They was already strain on their relationship but with the outcomes of the test it seems to be worse. The story follows their relationship and their story after the test results.

I really enjoyed reading this book although it is heart-breaking to read about such a horrific disease. It certainly made me think. I also thought it was great how the characters were Jewish. I’m all for plenty of representation in books, especially YA and I felt this book taught me things that I didn’t know about the Jewish faith.

I thought the characters were really well developed. I loved how they were completely different to one another. Yet both characters were fighting their own battles. I was completely invested in their story, desperate for them to find themselves. The story really gripped me from the start and kept me gripped until the end of the story. I’m still thinking about it a week later which really shows the impact that it had on me.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

I thought this was a wonderful, emotional debut novel. I’m intrigued to see what Rachel Lynn Soloman writes next!

Stacking The Shelves #196- The Bibliobeth Feeds My Book Buying Addiction Edition

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!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Birthday gifts from my sister, Bibliobeth

Love Songs & Other Lies

This has been on my TBR for a while, so I was pleased to get my hands on a copy!

You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone

I’m so intrigued by this book about twins who need to undergo the test for Huntington’s Disease.

Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?

Holly Bourne writes mental health very well. I’m looking forward to reading this one.

Magic Under Stone (Magic Under, #2)

I must read this book before the end of the year. It’s been on my radar for a long time now!

This Is Not A Love Letter

Here’s another one that I’ve been meaning to read for a while!

The Brighton Mermaid

I can’t wait to read this one. I love Dorothy Koomson’s writing!

Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah

David Levithan is one of my favourite writers, so I’m really looking forward to this one!

A massive thank you to my sister for her generosity! I think I can safely say I have a wonderful bookish sister! ❤

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What did YOU add to your shelves this week? Let me know.

Feel free to leave a link to your haul and I’ll stop by later!

Ten Books I Would Slay A Dragon To Get Early

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 we’d love to get our hands on early. As ever, the book images go to Goodreads if you want to learn more about the books!

Some of this books have been released now, but I would’ve slain a dragon for!

Restore Me- Tahereh Mafi

Restore Me (Shatter Me, #4)

I’m way too excited about this book. I loved the Shatter Me books and I’m intrigued to see where it goes.

Save The Date- Morgan Matson

Save the Date

I adore Morgan Matson’s books so I’m excited about this one!

Leah On The Offbeat- Becky Albertalli

Leah on the Offbeat

need this book in my life. I would slay a dragon.

A Girl Like That- Tanaz Bhathena

A Girl Like That

I read disturbing and go ‘Ooh, I want to read that!’ What does that say about me!?

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone- Rachel Lynn Solomon

You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone

I think this book is going to be incredibly sad, but I think it’ll be fabulous.

People Like Us- Dana Mele

People Like Us

An eagerly anticipated read for me!

Love Songs & Other Lies- Jessica Pennington

Love Songs & Other Lies

I need to have plenty of contemporary in my reading horizon because I find them so easy to read alongside my busy teaching career.

The Astonishing Color of After- Emily X.R Pan

The Astonishing Color of After

really want this book. It sounds so unique!

More Than We Can Tell- Brigid Kemmerer

More Than We Can Tell

I enjoyed Letters To The Lost so I’m excited to read more.

And She Was- Jessica Verdi

And She Was

This book looks incredible. I want. I want!

Tell me about the books you’d slay a dragon for to read them early! 🙂 Leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Ten Books On My Spring TBR 2018!

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 the books that we want to read in Spring! I’m working on finding some fabulous debut authors this year, so I’ve decided to read some 2018 debuts for Spring.

The Astonishing Color of After

This book sounds absolutely fabulous! It’s about a girl whose mother commits suicide and she’s convinced that her mother has turned into a bird.

The Exact Opposite of Okay

Love this cover. It might be quite simple but I think it’s effective. It centres around Izzy who has all sorts of rumours flying around school about her.

A Girl Like That

I’m intrigued by this book!

The Midnights

Love this cover and I really like the look of this book!

12 Steps to Normal

This is one of my most anticipated reads for 2018!

Nice Try, Jane Sinner

Blurbed by Becky Albertalli… a definite yes for me!

The Dangerous Art of Blending In

This looks fabulous!

See All the Stars

LOVE the look of this one!

People Like Us

This is another highly anticipated read for me!

You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone

I can’t help but be drawn to contemporary YA!

I’m very excited about my Spring TBR! Let’s hope I can get around to these books!