Stacking The Shelves #156

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!

Received from Hot Key Books

Margot & Me

I absolutely love Juno’s writing, so I’m so intrigued to read this book. I aim to read it within the next week or so!

Bought:

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

I do really want to read this book and I can’t believe that I haven’t yet, but I’m concerned that it’s such a beast at nearly 700 pages! A current almost 600 page read has taken me nearly a week as I’m so busy! I do intend to read it this year though.

The Graces (The Graces, #1)

I have been intrigued by this book by so long that it was time to pick up a copy. I hope to prioritise this book soon!

Lyrebird

I love Cecelia Ahern and have heard such wonderful things about this book. It’s time to add it to my collection…

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your haul and I’ll stop by. Happy Reading!

Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get Around To! (But TOTALLY intend to!)

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list it’s all about those releases in 2016 that we didn’t get around to (but fully intend to at some point!) There could be so many on this list…

Empire of Storms- Sarah J Maas-

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

I don’t know why I haven’t read this book yet. I have been enjoying this series! Hopefully this year!

Stars Above- Marissa Meyer

Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles, #4.5)

Here’s another one that I’m not sure why it’s not been on my radar!

Furthermore- Tahereh Mafi

Furthermore

I can’t wait to read more from Tahereh Mafi. I have heard this book is so good!

Replica- Lauren Oliver

Replica (Replica, #1)

I’ve found Lauren Oliver to be a little bit hit and miss, so I’m certainly intrigued by this story.

Firsts- Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Firsts

I’ve heard so many good things about this book. I must try and read it this year!

Wanderlost- Jen Malone

Wanderlost

Like the sound of this one too. The simple cover really appeals to me.

Tell Me Three Things- Julie Buxbaum

Tell Me Three Things

I’ve heard mixed things about this book, but I still want to give it a go!

As I Descended- Robin Talley

As I Descended

I loved Robin’s debut and was a little let down by her follow up. I am intrigued to read this one though.

The Girls- Emma Cline

The Girls

Another one that seemed to be everywhere last year.

The Graces- Laure Eve

The Graces (The Graces, #1)

LOVE the concept of this book. I’m not sure why I didn’t get around to it.

What did you not get around to in 2016? 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!

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4)

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)

How did I get it?:
It was a gift!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Assassin’s Blade
Throne of Glass
Crown of Midnight
Heir of Fire
A Court Of Thorns and Roses

Synopsis:

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Thoughts:

It is so fricking hard to review a fourth book in the series, especially when you don’t want to spoil the book or the previous books in the series. So I shall try and keep this review brief and as spoiler free as I can. Queen Of Shadows is a beast of a book, it took me so long to read as I am incredibly busy right now. I did enjoy Queen Of Shadows, but I have to admit, my love of this series is somewhat waning a little. I don’t know if it’s because the books are so long, I kind of feel that it drags on for more than is necessary at points. Sarah J Maas’ writing is amazing, and I think I shall be continuing the series, I just wish the books weren’t so long!

I don’t want to describe too much of the plot because of spoilers, so what I will say is that this book is action packed, especially with fighting scenes. So if you’re looking for blood shed, then Queen Of Shadows is definitely for you. There are some new characters to get to grips with, if you’re looking for some new characters to explore. Some of the older characters like Manon and Lysandra get more time in Queen Of Shadows. We also get to read more about some of the older characters which I loved (but I felt like there wasn’t enough of them…). I feel like our kick ass protagonist has changed a lot from the first book, which is good- character development is brilliant, but I’m not sure she’s developing in a way in which I enjoy!

I apologise for this rather vague review but it’s hard to review a fourth book in a series without completely spoiling it. Feel free to leave me a link to your reviews or leave a comment on your thoughts of the series. I’m intrigued to see if anyone else is feeling the same way about this series.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

This book felt too long for me, but it is full of action, and of course… well written!

Stacking The Shelves #127

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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!

As ever, click on the book title to get to the Goodreads page!

Received from publisher:

The Snow Sister

I adore Emma Carroll’s writing and can’t wait to get stuck into this book! Big thanks to Faber for sending me a copy!

Gifts from Beth ❤ (Bibliobeth)

Remember Me

This is the sequel to the wonderful Find Me, which I absolutely adored! I’m looking forward to seeing how the story continues!

Asking For It

I had so much love for Only Ever Yours, so I’m so excited to have my hands on a copy of Louise’s latest read. I can’t wait to read this. It might have to be my next read after Queen of Shadows… 

The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)

I have wanted to read the sequel to The Kiss of Deception for so long now! I’m SO happy to have a copy to get stuck into ASAP!

The Art of Wishing (The Art of Wishing, #1)

I have had this book on my wishlist for quite some time now. Happy to have a copy!

Skinny

Another book that has been sitting in my wishlist for a while now. I’m intrigued by this book.

Behind the Scenes (Daylight Falls, #1)

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Dahlia Adler’s writing, so it was definitely time for me to get my hands on one of her books!

Gift:

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)

I received this book almost a week ago and I’m only 100 pages in! I’ve been so busy. I’m hoping I can read a massive chunk of it this weekend. Here’s hoping!

What have you added to your collection this week? Feel free to leave me a link to your haul and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading 😀

Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

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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 characters who are fellow book nerds. I love this topic! I love a bookworm, but I have found it a bit tricky to think about who to include! Has anyone else had this problem?!

Book images go to Goodreads

Matilda- Roald Dahl

Matilda

Matilda is the ultimate bookworm. I absolutely love her and think she’s such a great character for children!

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Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

I love that Celaena is kick ass and a bookworm! 😀

Jo March- Little Women

Little Women (Little Women, #1)

Jo was one of the first bookworms that I read about. I loved how much she enjoyed books and writing stories.

Cath- Fangirl

Fangirl

Cath is a fantastic, relatable character. I adored her!

Liesel- The Book Thief

The Book Thief

Of course, Liesel has to be mentioned in a list like this. Liesel has a great love for books!

Hermione- Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Hermione is one of the ultimate bookworms. I love how into her books she is and how powerful they are to her.

Juliette- Shatter Me

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

Juliette isn’t the most obvious choice, as when I think of her I think of her strength, but she is a book lover for escapism!

Hazel/Gus- The Fault In Our Stars

The Fault in Our StarsJohn Green doesn’t frequently feature in my Top Ten lists, but there’s no denying that Hazel and Gus are wonderfully bookish.

Isla- Isla And The Happily Ever After

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)It took me a while to think about adding Isla, but when I thought about it, Isla really likes reading about adventures rather than taking part in adventures. She’s shy and unassuming. A character that’s easy to relate to.

Anne- Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)

Another wonderful bookish character. I think it’s lovely that book nerds are represented in children’s literature!

Who did you add to your list? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your posts!

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are our Top Ten most anticipated releases for the rest of 2015. I can already tell that other lists will have me adding many books to my TBR!

As ever, the book image goes to Goodreads!

For Holly- Tanya Byrne- *Just released*

For Holly

Tanya’s previous books Heart Shaped Bruise and Follow Me Down are incredible, so I’m very much looking forward to her next release!

Remix- Non Pratt- *Just released*

Remix

I very much enjoyed Non’s debut Trouble, so I’m looking forward to getting to this book!

Finding Audrey- Sophie Kinsella- *9th June release*

Finding Audrey

Sophie Kinsella has had many books published, but this book is her first step into YA! It centres around a character with anxiety.

Damage Done- Amanda Panitch- *July release*

Damage Done

This book looks incredibly intriguing. I can’t wait to get to it!

I Knew You Were Trouble- Paige Toon- *July release*

I Knew You Were Trouble (Jessie Jefferson, #2)

This is the second book in Paige Toon’s YA series. I really enjoyed Paige’s first book in the YA genre, so I’m excited to read this one!

The Rest of Us Just Live Here- Patrick Ness *August release*

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Patrick Ness is one of my favourite writers. This book sounds incredibly intriguing!

Monster- C J Skuse-*September release*

Monster

I am excited to have an ARC of this book. It sounds fascinating!

Queen of Shadows- Sarah J Maas- *September release*

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Oh yes. I think this book will be on many lists this week! If you’re into the series, how can you NOT be anticipating it?

Winter- Marissa Meyer- *November release*

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

I am SO excited about this book. I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

November 9- Colleen Hoover- *November release*

November 9

This book looks incredibly intriguing. I have enjoyed a lot of Colleen Hoover’s books, so I shall definitely be checking this book out!

What are you eagerly anticipating? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!