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26 Years, 26 Books – My Ultimate Favourite Reads

Hey guys and welcome back to my blog. I turned 26 on the 22nd January, and in honour of this I decided I wanted to share 26 of my ultimate favourite books! This was harder than I anticipated! I wanted to include some of my childhood favourites as well as some from my teenage and adult life. All these books have impacted me in some way and made me who I am today. Grab yourself a cup of your favourite drink and get comfy, because this is going to be a long one..

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1. Harry Potter Series.

There are never enough words for me to explain what Harry Potter means to me. It’s more than just a favourite book, it’s a world that will stay with me forever, and I mean it when I say I wouldn’t be who I am without it.

You can read my review of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone here.

You can read my book review of Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets here.


2. The Faraway Tree Series by Enid Blyton.

All of Enid Blyton’s books have a special place in my heart, but one series that has stuck with me is The Faraway Tree series. I mean what little girl wouldn’t want to climb up a tree and meet so many unique people.


3. The Story Of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson.

I was obsessed with Tracy Beaker when I was young (and I still watch the spin off today!). I had the books, watched the tv series, was obsessed with the film and I even had the magazine. I haven’t read many of Jacqueline Wilson other books, but I’ve been reading them as an adult and think they are fabulous.


4. Wasted by Marya Hornbacher.

This was a book I first read when I was entrenched in my eating disorder. Marya Hornbacher’s writing is beautiful, raw and emotional. I really appreciate how brutally honest she is and how she shows what really goes on when someone is suffering from an eating disorder.


5. The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen.

One of my favourite authors of all time – Tess Gerritsen’s writing just blows me away. I was obsessed with this book and I love every single book in the Rizzoli and Isles series – not one book has disappointed me and I look forward to the next book she releases.


6. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman.

This series will always hold a special place in my heart. I didn’t read the books until I was an adult, but after watching the film I knew I had to. I went through a period in my life when I couldn’t sleep until I had the film on in the background, and when I read the books I fell in love even more. The characters, the settings, the plot, I love everything.


7. Harriet The Spy by Louise Fitzhugh.

This is another book I didn’t read until later in life. However, one of my fondest memories of my childhood was watching the VHS on the tv in my Nana’s back living room. I related to Harriet because, like her, all I wanted to do was be a writer.


8. The Chronicles Of Narnia by C.S Lewis.

Who wouldn’t love this book as a child? A secret world inside a wardrobe, a snow covered land and quirky characters. There were so many times I wished I could escape to Narnia, and the book let me do just that.


9. Tomorrow When The War Began by John Marsden.

I discovered this series after my best friend set me a reading challenge – one of the prompts was ‘a book published in the year you were born’. I’m so happy I found this gem and I feel like it’s an underrated series. The entire series is fantastic and I’m looking forward to rereading it!


10. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

I don’t read too much sci-fi, but the structure of this book caught my eye. I’m so glad I gave it a chance because I loved it. I was really surprised at how real the characters felt and how well the emotions were portrayed because of the structure, but it was like I was right there in the story.


11. Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

I love retellings and this one is my favourite and also the most unique I’ve ever read. Unfortunately, I haven’t finished the series yet but hopefully it will be worth the wait.


12. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman.

This was the first book I read by thus author and boy had I been missing out. Alice Oseman has a way with words and her characters are just out of this world.


13. Caraval by Stephanie Garber.

I have only good things to say about this book. I was late to the party but at least I didn’t have to wait for the second book, aha! I’m so excited for the final book in the series to be released in May, I need to know how it will all end!

You can read my review of Caraval here.

You can read my review of Legendary (the second book in the Caraval series) here.


14. The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace.

I love poetry, it’s one of my favourite things to write and I love reading other people’s work. This book was a surprise – but I related to so many of the poems and I loved it.


15. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour.

This resonated with me on a whole new level. I didn’t feel like there was much of a plot but it didn’t need one. The character were stunning, the relationships, the emotion was all so beautiful.

You can read my review of We Are Okay here.


16. The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy.

I am fascinated with anything to do with witches and I always have been. This book is so fun and really enhanced my love for witchy things.


17. The Quiet You Carry by Nikki Barthelmess.

A very recent read but it has become a firm favourite. I received an ARC from Netgalley and immediately began reading. By the end of the book I was moved, emotional and so invested in this story.


18. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton.

This was one of those unexpected books that I wasn’t sure I would like but ended up loving. The setting is stunning, the characters well developed and relatable and the plot was so action packed I would nearly forget to take a breath.


19. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.

I recently reread this book and loved it just as much as the first time. I have a special place in my heart for dystopian books and this one topped the charts for me.


20. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult.

Jodi Picoult is a master writer and has a knack for creating characters you find hard to hate. I haven’t read all of her books yet, but this one is my favourite so far.


21. Legend by Marie Lu.

Although I didn’t particularly like the other books in this series, it didn’t ruin Legend for me. It was a shame I didn’t like them, however I’ll pretend it’s a standalone to make me feel better.


22. Madness by Marya Hornbacher.

Another book by the talented Marya Hornbacher, except this one deals with her Bipolar disorder. Again, like Wasted, I appreciated her raw emotion and her honest portrayal of her disorder with nothing left out.


23. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson.

This was another book I read whilst entrenched in my eating disorder, except this one is fiction, not a memoir. I loved the storyline and instead of the typical plot we normally see in eating disorder stories, it was unique and a different take. The writing is also stunning, and I’m a big fan of beautiful prose.


24. Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne.

Another series of books that I feel is underrated. This was a action packed story that took me a wild adventure full of twists and turns.


25. The Sweep Series by Cate Tiernan.

Another lot of witchy books and another series I discovered during a reading challenge. I haven’t completed the Series yet (it’s a long one!) but the first few books blew my mind and I rushed through them like my life depended on it.


26. The Famous Five by Enid Blyton.

Lastly we have the Famous Five series by Enid Blyton. I can’t tell you how much I love these books. When I was a child I used to be desperate to get back to my book so I could go on more adventures with the five. Nothing much has changed now!


Well, congratulations if you’ve made it this far and I hope you’ve enjoyed this post. What are some of your ultimate favourite books?

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5 Of The Best Books I’ve Read This Year

I feel like December is the perfect time to look back and reflect on what I’ve read during the year. I’ve read some amazing books this year, some not so great and some I’ve not been able to finish. I have some new favourites, books that have disappointed me and some that have surprised me. Here are the favourites I’ve picked out..


I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore.

This year was finally the year I got around to reading the Lorien Legacies. As it’s sci-fi I didn’t imagine I’d enjoy it as much as I did, but I loved it. The first 3 books in the series I rated 5 stars, and the rest came out at 4. I’ve got Generation One waiting for me on my shelf – I’m excited to dive back into the world with a new set of characters.


Caraval and Legendary by Stephanie Garber.

I was super late to the Caraval party and boy was I missing out. This book was an unique, exciting story and the only annoyance I had with it is I have to wait until next year for the final book. They were both a 5 star read, however, I did enjoy Legendary a little more because I preferred the narrator. You can read my review for Caraval here, and my review for Legendary here.


We Are Okay by Nina LaCour.

I bought this book because I loved the cover (guilty). Although I know I should stop my judgy eyes when it comes to books and their covers – I’m really glad this time it worked in my favour. You can read my review here.


Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

As this is the final book in the Illuminae trilogy I knew I was going to feel all kinds of emotions. I’ve loved this whole series so much and Obsidio didn’t let me down. Having everything wrapped up was beautiful and sad at the same time. It’s a series I know I’ll always come back to when I need to get out of a slump or I’m craving reading old favourites.


What are the best books you’ve read this year?

4 Books I’m Most Excited About This November

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Hey guys and welcome to Blogtober day 28. Does anyone else feel weird and out of sorts when the clocks move back or forward? It really knocks me off for a few days. So once again (I feel like I say this more often than not) there are so many amazing books coming out in November. For this post I’ve narrowed it down to 4 and here they are..


The Wren Hunt – Mary Watson.

Release date – 6th November 2018.

Synopsis

Every Christmas, Wren is chased through the woods near her isolated village by her family’s enemies—the Judges—and there’s nothing that she can do to stop it. Once her people, the Augurs, controlled a powerful magic. But now that power lies with the Judges, who are set on destroying her kind for good. 

In a desperate bid to save her family, Wren takes a dangerous undercover assignment—as an intern to an influential Judge named Cassa Harkness. Cassa has spent her life researching a transformative spell, which could bring the war between the factions to its absolute end. Caught in a web of deceit, Wren must decide whether or not to gamble on the spell and seal the Augurs’ fate.’

One of the first things that drew me to this book was it’s cover. I love how you can interpret the picture as a tree or a bird. It’s also set near Christmas, and one of the things I want to do this year is read more books to get into the festive season.


This Splintered Silence by Kayla Olson.

Release date – 13th November 2018.

Synopsis

Lindley Hamilton has been the leader of the space station Lusca since every first-generation crew member on board, including her mother, the commander, were killed by a deadly virus.

Lindley always assumed she’d captain the Lusca one day, but she never thought that day would come so soon. And she never thought it would be like this—struggling to survive every day, learning how to keep the Lusca running, figuring out how to communicate with Earth, making sure they don’t run out of food.

When a member of the surviving second generation dies from symptoms that look just like the deadly virus, though, Lindley feels her world shrinking even smaller. The disease was supposed to be over; the second generation was supposed to be immune. But as more people die, Lindley must face the terrifying reality that either the virus has mutated or something worse is happening: one of their own is a killer.’

I’m not one for sci-fi but I’m finding myself reaching more for the genre. This book caught my attention because its sounds like an interesting concept of whether a virus or a person is killing people.


Skyward – Brandon Sanderson.

Release date – 6th November 2018.

Synopsis

Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul.

As this author is known very well in the fantasy genre, I’m really interested to see what he does with the sci fi genre. I also love the concept of a ship having a soul. I think more often than not machines are portrayed as having no feelings and definitely no soul so I’m interested to see where this book will take me.


How She Died, How I Lived – Mary Crockett.

Release date – 13th November 2018.

Synopsis

I was one of five. The five girls Kyle texted that day. The girls it could have been. Only Jamie–beautiful, saintly Jamie–was kind enough to respond. And it got her killed.

On the eve of Kyle’s sentencing a year after Jamie’s death, all the other “chosen ones” are coping in various ways. But our tenacious narrator is full of anger, stuck somewhere between the horrifying past and the unknown future as she tries to piece together why she gets to live, while Jamie is dead.

Now she finds herself drawn to Charlie, Jamie’s boyfriend–knowing all the while that their relationship will always be haunted by what-ifs and why-nots. Is hope possible in the face of such violence? Is forgiveness? How do you go on living when you know it could have been you instead?’

I think the idea of a text being sent to multiple girls and then the one who answered died is intriguing. I feel like this book could be full of twists and turns so I’m excited.


What books are you looking forward to this November?

5 Books I Want To Read By The End Of The Year

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Hey and welcome to Blogtober day 14. Today I’m going to be sharing 5 books I want to read by the end of the year. I can’t believe it’s October already – it feels like January was only yesterday! There are so many amazing books I want to read so it was super hard to just pick 5 but here they are!

All heading titles go to Goodreads.


1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

I’ve been going to read this book for forever! I’ve heard so many amazing things about it in the book community and I can’t not get to read this book before the new year. I don’t know why it’s taking me so long – I think it’s because I have a terrible track record with hyped books.


2. These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch.

I received this book in my August Fairyloot box. It was also on my August Anticipated Releases post. I’m so looking forward to this one and the edition I received in my box is absolutely stunning!


3. Mirage by Somaiya Daud.

This is another one that I received in my September Fairyloot box and another that was on my August Anticipated Releases list (thank you fairyloot – you always know what books are on my mind!)


4. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani.

I absolutely love the artwork on the front of this book, I only hope the story inside is just as good!


5. Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo.

I’m excited to read the entire DC icons series – so I thought I’d start with this one. I love stories about strong badass female leads so I’m really looking forward to this one.


What are the books you’d like to read by the end of the year? Do you have any in common with me?


WWW Wednesday #2

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

The meme consists of answering 3 questions;

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

If you’d like to take part, head on over to Sam’s blog to find out how.


Currently reading.

This book has lurked on my TBR shelf for so long and I have finally gotten around to reading it. It’s slow going at the moment but I think that’s because it’s so hot and I can’t concentrate. I’m loving the magic and mystery of it all and the characters are different and addictive.

I am always learning about the craft of writing and striving to get better and improve. I like this book because it’s combined with a memoir. I love reading about other writers experiences and seeing the world through their eyes. I think it’s important to do this to help our personal growth.

I went into this book blind. It’s not a genre I normally delve into but I decided to give it a go when I saw it on Netgalley. I’m liking it so far – the descriptions are vivid and irresistible so I’m hopeful for the rest of the book.


Recently finished.

We are okay by Nina LaCour

this is a story that will stay with me for a long time. It's an eye opening, coming of age story of loss and survival. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a deep and thoughtful story. A story that will make you think about the horrors of the past but also about the people who fought to survive such harsh conditions.

I loved this book with my whole heart. It’s one of those stories that I know I’ll love forever. My review for this book will be coming soon!

I’ve read some great books lately and this is one of them. You can read my review here.


What I’m Reading Next.

As soon as I’m done with Caraval I’m going to be going straight into Legendary and I honestly cannot wait.


What are you currently reading?


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5 Terrific Books That Handle LGBTQ+ Remarkably

As June was pride month I decided to put together some of my favourite books featuring LGBTQ+ characters. I didn’t plan on posting this a day late however why should LGBTQ+ be celebrated one month a year, how about we celebrate it every month? It’s so important in the book world to highlight that it’s ok to not fit into the ‘normal’ stereotypes of society. Hopefully the more books put out into the world with diverse characters, the more people who don’t feel as alone and the more people who will learn to understand better and accept people for who they are.

Here are my LGBTQ+ recommendations.


Radio Silence by Alice Oseman.

Radio Silence was one of my favourite reads of 2016, and has become one of my all time favourite contemporaries. If you know me – you know I’m not a massive contemporary reader, but when I read the synopsis on Netgalley I decided to give it a chance. I’m so glad I did because I’d not read a book like Radio Silence in forever. The characters are incredibly diverse and there are several characters who fit into the LGBTQ+ community. This book includes bisexual, demisexual, gay and lesbian characters. It’s so important to represent everybody – no matter how they identify and this book did this brilliantly.

You can find my review for Radio Silence here.


Half Bad by Sally Green.

One thing I feel is lacking in the fantasy and sci-fi genre is the representation of the LGBTQ+ community. Sometimes it feels like somehow because were in an alternate world or reality it doesn’t exist. Fortunately there are many books now that are starting to include this, and Half Bad is one of them. I loved how it showed Nathan’s struggle with his sexuality and how he didn’t accept it for a really long time.

If you’d like to check out my review of Half Bad here is the link.


The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.

This is another fantasy book featuring LGBTQ+ characters. The characters in question Alec and Magnus, have become one of my all time favourite ships. It takes Alec a long time to accept his sexuality and it’s beautiful to watch him go on that journey. I also read an article published by The Telegraph, where Cassandra Clare said we need more LGBTQ+ representation in YA fiction and I 100% agree. The article is here if you’d like to check it out. It’s definitely something I’m going to try harder to include in my own writing.


The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

I’ll admit, this book wasn’t one I enjoyed overall, it wasn’t my cup of tea. However, I thought it handled the theme of sexuality very well which is why I’m including it in this list. One of the characters in the book – Charlie, who is the protagonist’s new friend, is openly gay. However as he is currently embroiled in a thing with the high school quarterback Brad, he is forced to keep his sexuality a secret. The quarterback is ashamed of his sexuality and doesn’t want anyone else to know. It handles Brad’s confusion and denial of his sexuality extremely well, and also shows how hard it can be in high school.


Bonus rec – The ABC’s of LGBT by Ash Hardell.

All the books above are YA fiction, but I wanted to also include this gem of a book. I am currently making my way through this and it is filled with a wealth of information on many different identities people identify as. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to find out more about the LGBTQ+ community, anyone who wants to understand and anyone who wants to figure out how they fit into the world. look


That’s it for my recommendations – I know there are so many books now that could have been included in this list. I’m trying to read more books including diverse characters and I know more and more are been released every month.

What are some of your recommendations for books including LGBTQ+ characters? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!


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Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Want to Read by the End of the Year

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Top 5 Wednesday is a meme created by Lainey @ gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. If you’d like to check it out and take part then you can find the Goodreads group here.

As usual, I have a TBR the size of Mount Everest and there are many books I want to read right this second! Unfortunately my brain can only handle reading 1 or 2 books at a time (but believe me I’ve tried to read more!). Here are the 5 books/series I want to read by the end of 2018.


1. Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.

Yes yes, I’m still in in the minority of people who haven’t read this yet. I’ve had both books on my shelf for so long but I’ve not yet picked them up. I don’t know why because I’ve heard such amazing things. I’m determined I’m going to read them by the end of this year.


2. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour.

I shall confess I bought this because of the cover 🙈 However, it is a book I know I will love!


3. Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo.

I was so excited when they announced this series and I have both this and Batman on my shelf. I have no excuses as to why I haven’t read them yet, I shall blame my lack of restraint when it comes to buying new books.


4. Caraval/Legendary by Stephanie Garber.

Another popular series I haven’t read yet. I am terrible at keeping up with new releases (so many books, so little time) but I will be reading this by the end of year. This is on my July TBR but we shall see if I stick to it or not.


5. Witchborn by Nicholas Bowling.

Another one I bought because of the cover. Well, I did read the synopsis before I purchased it so that’s an improvement 😂


What are some of the books you want to read by the end of the year?


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