Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To In The First Half of 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 our most anticipated releases for the first half of 2019. Now, I have to admit, I haven’t really looked into books in 2019 yet! I’m trying to keep up with my backlist, but it’s a struggle I tell you- a struggle!

Here are the books I’ve come up with (book image goes to Goodreads!)

The Similars (The Similars, #1)

This book sounds very intriguing. It looks like it’ll be part of a series too, which is interesting! It’s been a while since I’ve read a sci-fi esque book.

Girls with Sharp Sticks

I’m intrigued to read another book by Suzanne Young. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book by her. This sounds very dystopian!

Again, But Better

I thought I recognised the author’s name! This is Polandbananasbooks (A well knownYoutuber) novel! I’m excited to see what this book is like.

These Witches Don't Burn

I like witchy books and this is a witchy book!

99 Percent Mine

I still need to read The Hating Game but I’m aiming to do that soon!

Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss

Love Kasie West! It doesn’t take much for her to appear on my lists. She’s one of my favourite contemporary ‘fluff’ writers.

The Bride Test

I like the sounds of this book! Again, I need to read a book from the author- The Kiss Quotient- but I’ve heard good things about that one.

There's Something About Sweetie

I enjoyed When Dimple Met Rishi, so I’m looking forward to reading this one (again, need catch up with her prior release!)

Famous in a Small Town

This book just sounds sweet and I like a sweet read!

Stain

A.G. Howard always has such stunning covers! I’m looking forward to reading this book. It sounds fabulous. It’s inspired by The Princess and The Pea.

What are you looking forward to reading this year?

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Ten Bookish Worlds That I’d Never Want To Live In

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 Top Ten list is all about bookish worlds that we’d really hate to live in! This is a fun one!

As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

The Program (The Program, #1)

The Program Suzanne Young– Suicide being an epidemic is not a nice world at all.

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

The Selection seriesKiera Cass- I just hate every single thing about this world!

Matched (Matched, #1)

Matched- Ally Condie– This one is just a no no for me. I hate the idea of being matched with someone else and having to live with them forever! What if you hate each other?! I couldn’t cope.

Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)

The Chemical Gardens trilogyLauren DeStefano– This again is a very scary world. People not living past their twenties? People can’t live to see the children they have to pop out for Science!

Not a Drop to Drink (Not a Drop to Drink, #1)

Not A Drop To DrinkMindy McGinnis– This terrifies me. A world where there’s no water? Wah.

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

PanemThe Hunger GamesSuzanne Collins– No. Just no. The amount of fighting? Worst nightmare.

Unwind (Unwind, #1)

UnwindNeal Shusterman– The idea of harvesting body organs and decisions about that being made my parents… I would NOT want to experience that, thank you very much!

Delirium (Delirium, #1)

DeliriumLauren Oliver– The idea of being inoculated against love really makes me sad.

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Divergent Veronica Roth– I don’t like the idea of this world either. It scares me!

1984

1984George Orwell– I haven’t read this book (I know, I know. I’m reading it this year!) but I definitely don’t like the sound of it.

Which worlds would you really not like to live in? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Bookish Bingo Wrap Up

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I participated in Bookish Bingo  which was hosted by the lovely ladies over at Great Imaginations. I managed to read a book for EACH of the squares. I’m very proud of the reading I managed in the months of April, May and June. I’m totally getting involved in the summer edition of Bookish Bingo. I found it was a great way to get some of those pesky books off my TBR shelf, and I discovered some new books along the way.

Here are my reviews:

  1. Chains

  2. Flyaway

  3. The Wrong Boy

  4. Shadow and Bone

  5. Wedding Night

  6. A Million Little Pieces

  7. Dandelion Clocks

  8. Fruit Of The Lemon

  9. The Anti-Prom

  10. Breadcrumbs

  11. The Great Gatsby

  12. Birthmarked

  13. Dear Killer

  14. The Fat Girl

  15. Wanderlove

  16. Side Effects May Vary

  17. Where’d you go Bernadette?

  18. Smart Girls Get What They Want

  19. By Any Other Name

  20. Die For Me

  21. Tape

  22. Golden

  23. Just Like Fate

  24. Warm Bodies

Here is the board for the next Bookish Bingo game. Will you be playing along?

Click on the bingo board to get to Great Imaginations blog!

Just Like Fate

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Program- Suzanne Young

Synopsis:

Caroline is at a crossroads. Her whole family is on her back, and her grandmother, the only person who really understands her, is sick, maybe dying. All she wants to do is escape. So when her best friend suggests a night out to forget her troubles, Caroline must choose: stay by her grandmother’s side, or go to the party and live her life . . . and maybe meet the boy of her dreams.

This decision will split Caroline’s fate into two separate paths – and she’s about to live them both. But there can only be one happy ending . . .

Thoughts:

Just Like Fate has been on my TBR list for a long time now. I finally found myself getting around to reading it. I’m really glad I read it, but I couldn’t help but find similarities to Kasie West’s Pivot Point series. Since that is one of my favourite series, I had high expectations for Just Like Fate. I thought it was a good read, but it didn’t blow me away.

Just Like Fate follows Caroline, who has to make a decision whether to stay with her grandmother at the hospital, or go out for a night out with a good friend to forget about her troubles. Just Like Fate shows the reader what would have happened with both options. I found it quite hard to believe that Caroline would just leave her dying grandmother considering how well they had got on with each other. Once I managed to get over that though, I enjoyed reading the story. Each chapter is  clearly labelled with ‘stay’ and ‘go’ so you always know which path you are following along with Caroline. That’s much needed at times, because the people in both pathways cross and it could potentially become very confusing.

I’ve had about enough of the good boy/bad boy love triangles, but there are some included within the story. I didn’t really connect with any of the male characters, which was a shame, but I think with a fairly short book like Just Like Fate, it’s not easy to form a strong connection with any of the characters. What I really did like about Just Like Fate was how it explored the importance of family. I really liked seeing Caroline rebuild some relationships.

I thought this was a really interesting take on a story about fate. I’m very much a believer in fate, so I found it fascinating to see what would have happened either way. I would be really interested to know more about how the two authors tackled writing this book together. I’m always intrigued by a collaboration of a story.  I think Just Like Fate is an enjoyable, contemporary read, perfect for fans of the film Sliding Doors.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

WWW Wednesday #72

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

 

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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I’m currently reading The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes. It’s a cute read so far!

What did you recently finish reading?

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I read my first Jennifer L. Armentrout book! It was a NetGalley read that I should have read months ago! My review is out already…. HERE

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I’m looking forward to reading The Treatment by Suzanne Young after enjoying The Program.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to answer the questions or leave your link to your WWW Wednesday post!

WWW Wednesday #70

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

 

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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I’m a big fan of Paige Toon’s writing. I love how she uses characters (even in a very minor way) from her other books in each book. It feels like it’s a whole community and makes each book feel so familiar. I’m just over a quarter of the way through Thirteen Weddings. It won’t take me long to finish. It’s got a good pace and characters that I care about.

What did I recently finish reading?

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I finished Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young last night. This is a short read. Caroline has to make a decision about whether to stay or go at the hospital, following her grandmother’s stroke. The story takes the reader on what would have happened if she stayed, or went. I found this book interesting, but it didn’t quite match up to what I had expected from it. It kind of reminded me of Pivot Point by Kasie West at times.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Next up for me, is the very brightly covered Tape by Steven Camden. I’m very intrigued to read this book because I’ve heard such mixed opinions about it!

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to leave your links to your WWW Wednesday posts or answer the questions in the comments below! Happy Reading 🙂

 

Stacking The Shelves #62- Behold the awesome

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

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 image to get to the Goodread’s page!

Bought in London:

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I have been wanting to read Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano for so long. I just couldn’t resist it. I’ve heard great things about She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick too. Dead To You by Lisa McCann looked SO good. It had to be mine. Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin was literally thrown into my hands and demanded that I bought it by my friend Rachel. I hope it’s good! Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young has been on my radar for a while now too. Looking forward to reading that! I also really liked the look of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine by Teddy Wayne.

From Hot Key Books (thanks to the lovely Luna!):

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Luna got me a selection of books from the lovely Hot Key Books. I’m particularly looking forward to reading The Lovely and The Lost by Page Morgan and Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira. Really, I’m looking forward to them all, but these two are being bumped up the TBR pile. Luna also kindly lent me her copy of Say Her Name by James Dawson which I’m reading very soon. So excited about it.

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to link your posts so I can see what you’ve got!