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You Too? Blog Tour + Book Review

You Too bannerThis is my stop during the blog tour for You Too? by Janet Gurtler. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 6 till 24 January. See the tour schedule here.

You Too?

Edited by Janet Gurtler.

Genre: Non-fiction.

Age category: Young Adult, New Adult

Release Date: January 7, 2020

You Too

Blurb: A timely and heartfelt collection of essays inspired by the #MeToo movement, edited by acclaimed young adult and middle-grade author Janet Gurtler. Featuring Beth Revis, Mackenzi Lee, Ellen Hopkins, Saundra Mitchell, Jennifer Brown, Cheryl Rainfield and many more.When #MeToo went viral, Janet Gurtler was among the millions of people who began to reflect on her past experiences. Things she had reluctantly accepted—male classmates groping her at recess, harassment at work—came back to her in startling clarity. She needed teens to know what she had not: that no young person should be subject to sexual assault, or made to feel unsafe, less than or degraded.You Too? was born out of that need. By turns thoughtful and explosive, these personal stories encompass a wide range of experiences and will resonate with every reader who has wondered, “Why is this happening to me?” or secretly felt that their own mistreatment or abuse is somehow their fault—it’s not. Candid and empowering, You Too? is written for teens, but also an essential resource for the adults in their lives—an urgent, compassionate call to listen and create change.

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My thought on the book

“But we need to keep talking about the hard stuff. And we need to listen. We need to hear from survivors. We need to work toward making this world a place where other people will be able to say with confidence “NOT ME”. It never happened to me.”

This book is important – so, so important. It highlights issues you don’t want to think about, including – sexual assault, abuse, and harassment. Although, this book is aimed at teenagers, I think adults can also learn a lot from this book. It doesn’t brush anything under the carpet – in fact it bravely fought for attention, letting everyone know that this isn’t ok. It covers the challenges we face in today’s (and in past) societies. It shows how harassment and ‘harmless fun’ is anything but and needs to be shouted about from the rooftops, to let everyone know that it shouldn’t be happening. I think this book will make people who’ve experienced these issues feel heard and less alone. And just because someone may not be physically harmed, it can still live with them for a long time. I also think it will make teens aware that their actions have consequences, and can still damage someone for many years after the original event.

It was painful, but also empowering and inspiring. Everyone who contributed to this book is amazing and brave. The raw honesty in which they told their stories was something I cannot describe.

The beauty of sharing, of people coming together to share their experiences – their raw, personal and painful experiences were inspiring, and I think it will help people who’ve been through these things.

Although aimed at teens, I would recommend this to everyone who has the chance to read it. I have never read a book like it and I hope that it will be read for many years to come.


About the author

Janet Gurtler is a Rita finalist whose young adult books have been chosen for the JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION and as BEST BOOKS FOR TEENS from the Canadian Children’s Book Center. Janet lives in Calgary Alberta, Canada with her husband, son, a chubby black Chihuahua named Bruce and a Golden Retriever named Betty White.

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ARC Book Review | Little White Lies by Philippa East.

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Title – Little White Lies.

Author – Philippa East.

Expected date published – 4th February 2020.

Publisher – HQ.

Series status – Standalone.

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Synopsis

She only looked away for a second…

Anne White only looked away for a second, but that’s all it took to lose sight of her young daughter.

But seven years later, Abigail is found.

And as Anne struggles to connect with her teenage daughter, she begins to question how much Abigail remembers about the day she disappeared…


My thought on the book

*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book*

An intense web of secrets, a mysterious lie hanging over them. Little White Lies was a riveting read showing how complex trauma is, and how it destroys not only the victim but also their families.

The two different perspectives worked well and the voices were distinct. I found Jess naive and somewhat childlike and I felt sorry for her. I didn’t connect well with Anne but only because I knew she was hiding something and I couldn’t trust her.

It was intriguing to see what could happen when a missing child is returned after so many years. How it can tear families apart and change not only the kidnapped child but also the ones closest to them.

I quickly realised that all was not as it seemed and some of the characters were hiding things. Anne’s reaction to her daughter coming home was somewhat strange and angered me at points. I couldn’t understand why she reacted the way she did, however, it all becomes clear at the end.

Overall, this book was riveting, exciting and kept me engaged. I had so many questions and I couldn’t stop reading because I needed to know the whole truth. A great debut novel and I’m so excited for the author’s future books!


Have you read Little White Lies? If so, what did you think?

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Book Review | The Rain Belongs Here by Julie Rogers

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Title – The Rain Belongs Here.

Author – Julie Rogers.

Publication Date – 1st November 2019.

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Synopsis

If she succeeds in finding him, he’ll be charged with murder. If she fails, he won’t likely survive on his own.

It’s 2064. Ana lives in the City, an experimental community that has had little contact with outsiders in decades. When her older brother Finn disappears on her 22nd birthday, a seemingly impossible event given the City’s extensive monitoring, she quits school, moves into her station wagon and embarks on an obsessive manhunt. Unable to find him on her own, she’s forced to partner with Aaron, a detective with his own complicated history and agenda.

Together they comb the dregs of the outside world, encountering both the horrors of lawless survivor communities and the unclaimed beauty of the old world. As Ana comes closer to understanding her brother’s disappearance, she’s forced to confront the truth about herself and her place in the City.


My thought on the book

4 star book review

* I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review*

The Rain Belongs Here follows Ana as she desperately tries to find her older brother Finn. The book is set in 2064 in an isolated city with no access to the outside world.

The author has built this incredible, addictive world. Firstly, we have the city where people have been made to fear the outside world. It was so interesting to read about this new city that had been created to protect people from the horrors of the outside. When we head out into the old world, it was just as compelling. The different factions we read about are fascinating and I only wanted to find out more about them.

Ana was a great protagonist. Her dedication and obsession with finding her brother drew me into the story. I found myself just as invested as she was in finding her brother. I also found it interesting following her journey into the outside, and how she reacts to this strange, new world she had feared her entire life.

I was constantly guessing about what happened to Finn and what his goal was on the outside. I found myself not believing he would leave his sister, not for anything small, it had to be something big or important.

The writing was incredible – it kept me engaged and reading when I probably should’ve been doing other things. The only disappointment is that this isn’t going to be a series, as I’m not ready to let go of these characters and world. (I have since found out the author is writing a sequel which I’m so excited for!)


Have you read The Rain Belongs Here? If so, what did you think?

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Book Review | The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight

Title – The Outliers.

Author – Kimberly McCreight.

Publication date – 3rd May 2016.

Publisher – Harper Collins.

Series status – 1st book in the The Outliers series.


Synopsis

‘It all starts with a text: Please, Wylie, I need your help.

Wylie hasn’t heard from Cassie in over a week, not since their last fight. But that doesn’t matter. Cassie’s in trouble, so Wylie decides to do what she has done so many times before: save her best friend from herself.

This time it’s different, though. Instead of telling Wylie where she is, Cassie sends cryptic clues. And instead of having Wylie come by herself, Jasper shows up saying Cassie sent him to help. Trusting the guy who sent Cassie off the rails doesn’t feel right, but Wylie has no choice: she has to ignore her gut instinct and go with him.

But figuring out where Cassie is goes from difficult to dangerous, fast. As Wylie and Jasper head farther and farther north into the dense woods of Maine, Wylie struggles to control her growing sense that something is really wrong. What isn’t Cassie telling them? And could finding her be only the beginning?’

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My thought on the book

4 star book review

I enjoyed this book and it was an interesting start to a trilogy. It’s mainly a Young Adult thriller with elements of Sci-fi thrown in. It was gripping, intense and super fast paced. It was hard to put down, and every time I did, I instantly wanted to pick it back up again. The mystery was thrilling and even when I thought I’d figured everything out – it got twisted around again.

I thought the portrayal of Wylie’s anxiety was well written and I didn’t find it stereotypical at all. I liked that Wylie was able to leave the house to rescue Cassie. But the author still showed us that just because she was able to do that, it didn’t mean the anxiety had gone away. I’ve read reviews saying they didn’t like the way the author handled Wylie’s anxiety. And how it was unrealistic how Wylie was able to leave the house ‘just like that’. Anxiety works in weird ways and so for that reason I wasn’t annoyed. For example, I am terrible in an emergency and I fall to pieces. However, my best friend who also has an anxiety disorder is able to push through and sort the emergency out. That doesn’t mean her anxiety has gone away, it just means different people are better in situations.

*I can’t explain this next bit without spoilers so beware;*

I was a little miffed towards the end of the book after it‘s revealed Wylie is an ‘Outlier’ and has special abilities. This, in my opinion, doesn’t help in making mental illness a normal topic in everyday life. Saying that, this book isn’t a contemporary novel so it worked in the genre, and I got over it pretty quickly. I still highly enjoyed the book and I’m excited for the series to continue.

*Spoilers over.*

Wylie was a great character, she reminded me of me in some ways. She’s always worrying about everything, always jumping to the worst conclusion. I connected with her, probably because I have an anxiety disorder. I felt myself nodding in parts because I knew exactly how she felt.

I didn’t like Jasper to begin with, but he grew on me. He seemed like a big jerk at the beginning but you can see he cared about Cassie and he started to care about Wylie too. He seemed like he had a big heart and so much kindness inside him but sometimes his anger got the better of him.

Cassie was a weird character. She was the only character that felt a bit flat and it was hard for me to connect with her. She was quite mysterious – and don’t get me wrong I love mysterious – but she was also creepy and I couldn’t figure her out at all.

Overall, there wasn’t much I didn’t like about this book. It was thrilling and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.


About the author

‘Kimberly McCreight is the New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia, which was nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, and Alex Awards and was called Entertainment Weekly’s Favorite Book of the Year. Reconstructing Amelia has been optioned for film by HBO and Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films. Ms. McCreight’s second adult novel, Where They Found Her, was a USA Today bestseller and a Kirkus Best Mystery of the Year. The Outliers, the first book in her teen trilogy, also a New York Times bestseller, has been optioned for film by Lionsgate, Mandeville, and Reese Witherspoon’s Pacific Standard. The second book, The Scattering, is available now, and the third and final book, The Collide, will be published July 3, 2018. Ms. McCreight attended Vassar College and graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two daughters.’

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Have you read The Outliers? If so, what did you think about it? 

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Book Review | Legendary by Stephanie Garber


Title – Legendary.

Author – Stephanie Garber.

Publication date – 29th May 2018.

Publisher – Flatiron Books.

Series status – Second book in the Caraval series.


Synopsis

‘A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister, Scarlett, from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice, but now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever…

Welcome, welcome to Caraval . . . the games have only just begun.’

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My thought on the book

5 star book review

I didn’t think that any sequel could beat Caraval but honestly this book was so much better than the first. Especially because I have this terrible habit of hating the second book in a series.

It sent me on a topsy, turvy rollercoaster ride that I never wanted to get off. It was surprisingly more magical than the first book. I loved the switch up of the game – it was an interesting change to the format but still had the familiar structure seen in Caraval.

I preferred Tella as the narrator and I didn’t realise how annoying Scarlett could be. Every character I came across – I had no idea who I could trust or whether to believe anything that came out of the characters mouths.

The world building was yet again phenomenal. I could literally feel myself walking down the streets with the characters. I was so absorbed I lost track of time.

If I thought Caraval broke my heart – it was nothing compared to Legendary. This series is that good I want to shout it from the rooftops. If you haven’t already read this series what are you waiting for?


About the author

‘When I’m not writing, I teach creative writing at a private college in Northern California, where I’ve been known to turn assignments into games and take students on field trips that involve book signings.

To help pay my bills during college, grad school, and the breaks in between, I worked as a barista, a waitress, a bartender, a customer service representative for an energy consulting company, and as a sales girl at Bath and Bodyworks. I also spent years working with youth; I worked as a counselor at space themed summer camp, volunteered at a school for deaf children in Mexico, and I took multiple groups of college students overseas to spend their winter vacations serving at youth hostels in Amsterdam. But out of everything that I’ve done, writing young adult novels has been my favorite job.

My debut YA fantasy novel, Caraval is out now (Flatiron Books/Macmillan—US and Hodder & Stoughton—UK). Caraval has sold in thirty foreign territories and the movie rights were picked by Twentieth Century Fox.’

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Have you read the Caraval series yet? If so, what did you think about it?

Book Review | Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

TitleAnna Dressed in Blood.

AuthorKendare Blake.

PublisherTor Teen.

Publication date – 17th October 2011.

Series Status – Book One in the Anna Series.


Synopsis

‘Cas Lowood is no ordinary guy – he hunts dead people.

People like Anna. Anna Dressed in Blood. A beautiful, murderous ghost entangled I’m curses and rage. Cas knows he must destroy her, but as her tragic past is revealed, he starts to understand why Anna has killed everyone who’s ever dared to enter her spooky home.

Everyone that is, except Cas…’

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My thought on the book

The book started off promising but then seemed to fall flat. The idea behind the plot was original and the book was well written but I had a few issues.

I loved the idea of Cas falling in love with a ghost. I’m not into the romance genre but I loved this concept. The book had a creepy atmosphere but it didn’t have the ‘scare factor’ I expected.

I loved Cas. At the beginning he came across as been a bit of an idiot and thought he was better than everybody else. But as the story progressed it allowed us to see it was a defence mechanism. The author showed us how Cas was lonely, as most of his life he‘d moved from place to place, and didn’t have any real friends. By the end of the book – Cas had surrounded himself with friendship – showing us the character had changed by the end of the story.

I loved Anna from the very beginning. Throughout the book, she is portrayed as the villain, but she was still likeable. It’s heart-breaking when we find out how she died, but so beautiful when Cas finally frees her.

At times, the story was hard to follow because there was so much going on. The bulk of the book was Cas trying to deal with Anna, but towards the end of the story a bigger villain was introduced. Although it did add a surprise element, it felt like it didn’t belong.

Overall, I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. I liked it, but it didn’t grab my attention enough to continue with the rest of the series. It was an enjoyable and fun read but confused me in parts. It also didn’t give me the scare factor I was looking for. Saying that, the book was well written and the characters were easy to relate to, and the idea was unique. I’d recommend this book to anyone who wants a fun, quick read but not to someone who’s looking for the scare factor.


About the author

‘Kendare Blake is the author of several novels and short stories. Her work is sort of dark, always violent, and features passages describing food from when she writes when hungry. Sue was born in July (for those of you doing book reports) in Seoul, South Korea, but doesn’t speak a lick of Korean, as she was packed off at a very early age to her adoptive parents in the United States. That might be just an excuse, though, as she is pretty bad at learning foreign languages. She enjoys the work of Milan Kundera, Caitlin R Kiernan, Bret Easton Ellis, Richard Linklater, and the late, great Michael Jacksom, I mean, come on, he gave us Thriller.

She lives and writes in Kent, Washington, with her husband, their cat son Tyrion Cattister, red Doberman dog son Obi-Dog Kenobi, rottie mix dog daughter Agent Scully, and naked sphynx cat son Armpit McGee.’

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Book Review | My Real Name is Hanna by Tara Lynn Masih.

 

Title – My Real Name is Hanna.

Author – Tara Lynn Masih.

Expected Publication date – 11th September 2018.

Publisher – Mandel Vilar Press.

Series status – Standalone.


‘Inspired by real Holocaust events, this poignant debut novel is a powerful coming-of-age story that will resonate with fans of The Book Thief and Between Shades of Gray.

Hanna Slivka is on the cusp of fourteen when Hitler’s army crosses the border into Soviet-occupied Ukraine. Soon, the Gestapo closes in, determined to make the shtetele she lives in “free of Jews.” Until the German occupation, Hanna spent her time exploring Kwasova with her younger siblings, admiring the drawings of the handsome Leon Stadnick, and helping her neighbor dye decorative pysanky eggs. But now she, Leon, and their families are forced to flee and hide in the forest outside their shtetele—and then in the dark caves beneath the rolling meadows, rumored to harbor evil spirits. Underground, they battle sickness and starvation, while the hunt continues above. When Hanna’s father disappears, suddenly it’s up to Hanna to find him—and to find a way to keep the rest of her family, and friends, alive.’

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“How can you or me or anyone live through this and be the same again? We know too much of what evil can be and what real, intense fear is. It changes you.”

Wow, it’s taken me a good week to be able to write this review. This book is many things – but it was especially not what I was expecting. I didn’t imagine it affecting me in the way it did. That‘s one of the best things about books – they’re always surprising you.

Lately I’ve been trying to read more historical fiction so when I saw this on Netgalley, I decided to give it a go. The Holocaust is one of those terrible events in history which upsets me and shocks me to the core.

The plot of this book kept me on my toes. The fact they were never safe, how they’d get comfortable and then they’d have to move again. This was something that had me looking over my own shoulder even in the safety of my own home. The thought of human beings having to hide away in a CAVE was shocking and so sad.

I wasn’t sure how well I’d connect with the characters but I found myself becoming so invested in them. Hanna was a gem. She felt like my best friend and it was like I was right there with her, experiencing the story beside her. I also loved Mrs Petrovich – the neighbour who helps the family and refuses to turn them in despite it been a risk to herself. She’s one of those characters who make you feel warm inside because you know she cares and there’s no ulterior motive. I loved how after months of leaving her home, Hanna remembers Mrs Petrovich’s kindness, a friend she will never forget. Even being so far apart, Mrs Petrovich continues to look out for Hanna and keep her going during her time on the run. Another thing I loved was the way the whole family stuck together. They kept each other going in the most terrifying times of their lives, even when they weren’t sure they’d all survive.

The writing in this book was stunning and 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 would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*


Tara Lynn Masih has won multiple book awards as editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction and The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays. Author of My Real Name is Hanna (a Skipping Stones Honor Award Book) and Where the Dog Star Never Glows: Stories, she has published fiction, poetry and essays in numerous anthologies and literacy magazines (including Confrontation, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Natural Bridge, The Los Angeles Review, Pleiades, and the Caribbean Writer). Several limited edition illustrated chapbooks featuring her flash fiction have been published by a The Feral Press and archived at such universities as Yale and NYU, and awards for her work include The Ledge Magazine’s fiction award, The Lou P. Bunce Creative Writing Award, a Massachusetts Cultural Council finalist fiction grant, and Pushcart Prize, Best New American Voices, and Best of the Web nominations.’

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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 😂


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Top 10 Tuesday: Series I Probably Won’t Finish.

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. If you’d like to find out more or take part you can find out more here.

This weeks topics is ‘Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish’. I’ve changed my post to ‘Series I Probably Won’t Finish’, because let’s face it – I change my mind on a monthly basis. There are so many series I’ve mostly given up on which makes me feel so ashamed haha. I hate it when you’re excited to get into a series except you read it and you don’t enjoy it. It’s so disappointing. Without further ado, here are my top 10 series I probably won’t finish.


1. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard.

I didn’t know Pretty Little Liars was a book series until after I’d watched the show. I got to the 7th book and gave up. I preferred the TV series in this case and it’s not very often I say that. The book series dragged and I felt it should have ended at the 5th or 6th book. It’s definitely not one I’m going to finish.


2. Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings.

The 2nd book isn’t even out yet but I know I won’t be continuing with this series. I really wanted to like it, I even tried to force myself to like it but it just wasn’t enjoyable for me. I originally read the eBook they released containing the first part of Zenith and didn’t like it. I wanted to give the re-released, full version a go, and it was a lot better than the original but it was still not the greatest. I’ve watched Sasha on YouTube for years, and I hate saying I didn’t like her book – but I’m honest so there we go.


3. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige.

I read the first book and loved it. I started the second one and got halfway through and gave up. I just wasn’t enjoying it at all which sucks because the first one was so great. I tried to plough through but I found myself not reading at all because I wasn’t enjoying it. So therefore I won’t be finishing this series.


4. Cell 7 Trilogy by Kerry Drewery.

This was another book which I loved but had the same problem as Dorothy Must Die. The worst thing in book land is when sequels don’t live up to the first book.


5. Enclave by Ann Aguirre.

Now, I liked this book. And it isn’t because I hated the book that I won’t be finishing it. The second book has been on my TBR for 2 years but I just don’t have any interest in picking it up. I probably won’t finish this series, but who knows maybe I’ll change my mind!


6. The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.

I debated whether or not I wanted to put this on my list because I really enjoyed the first two books. But I have books on my TBR I’ll probably choose over this series, so I’m not sure I’ll ever get to finish it. We shall see.


7. The Darkest Powers by Kelley Armstrong.

I read the first two books and have never been interested in picking up the 3rd. Looking back on what I’ve wrote on this post, there seems to be a recurring theme! I promise most series I pick up, I do actually finish!


8. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.

I read this book last year and it wasn’t a bad book, I was just expecting more of a scare factor. It was also highly confusing and full on in parts and I don’t have the energy to carry on with this series haha.


9. The Vampire Diaries by L.J Smith.

This was another series I watched the TV show before I read the book. Now I’m putting this on my list because there are so many series that I will read before this, and I don’t know if I’ll ever really get around to it. Hence why I’ve put it on this list.


10. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

I read this because I wanted to watch the TV series. I couldn’t get through half of this before I gave up. It’s not a bad book, just not my cup of tea. And the books are so beasty, I know I’ll never go back to it.


Are any of these on your ‘probably won’t finish’ list? What are some of the series you probably won’t finish? Let me know in the comments!