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TTT- What Am I Reading This Spring?

Hi Everyone and welcome to Top Ten Tuesday a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish this weeks topic is – What will I be reading this Spring?

So lets find out shall we!?

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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I’ve recently been reading Cinder and LOVED it so this Spring I want to continue on with this series, it’s so good and so addictive!

The Light Between Oceans by M.L Steadman 

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I own this book already and have been warned it’s a heartbreaking tale of love and loss (I can’t wait to find out, who doesn’t love a good tear jerker?)

The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry 

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I keep seeing this everywhere and it seems like such a fun romp, right up my ally.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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It’s Cassandra Clare, need I say more?

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon 

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I am slowly but surly making may way though this- it’s not as good as Outlander seems like more of a bridge to book three (but hey we’ve all been there). Looking forward to series two of Outlander starting this April though.

The Night Manager by John Le Carre 

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I am OBSESSED with The Night Manager (BBC Drama) that hits UK screens on Sunday nights. Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Coleman and Hugh Laurie are delight. It’s an addictive, sexy, James Bond esk tele! I need to read this NOW!

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken 

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I’m in the mood for some time travel in my life, also I keep hearing great things!

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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This has been on my TBR for awhile now and I’m in the mood for reading some Historical Fiction this Spring.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 

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I know, ambitious and I have made a (small ) start on this whopper which is probably going to take me more than just Spring . But ever since watching the adaptation of the novel of been dying to give it a go and see if I make it through.

The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis

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I have been reading this series for my Problem of Susan Challenge, now I am slightly lagging behind but I am picking them back up again and hope to make some series head way with the challenge this Spring.

I hope you enjoyed my Top Ten Tuesday!

Happy Reading Everyone!

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WWW Wednesday – 9/3/16

It’s WWW Wednesday! This is a weekly meme  currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, so make sure you stop by her blog and send her some love! Anyone and everyone is welcome to join in just remember to leave your link so I can check out you WWW- so lets getting cracking!

The only rules are to answer the following three questions:

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

Currently Reading?

Cinder by Marissa Meyer 

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I’m really enjoying this so far, I love Cinderella and any adaptation or re-telling is always going to get a thumbs up from me.

What did you recently finish reading?

The Girls by Emma Cline

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I recently finished reading The Girls by Emma Cline this was such a well written re-telling of the 1969 US Manson Killings. To read my full review click here.

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Light Between Oceans by M.L Steadman

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My interest in this book peeked recently when I saw the film trailer starring Alicia Vikander and Micheal Fassbender. It looks like an emotional roller coaster and the type of story that really has the potential to pull me in. The film comes out this year so I have to make sure I’m all caught up before it hits the cinemas September 2016!

I hope you have enjoyed my WWW Wednesday, see you next time!

Happy reading everyone!

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Musing Mondays (March 7th)

Hey guys, today I will be taking part in my first Musing Mondays – A weekly Meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer, Musing Mondays is hosted by Jenn at Books And A Beat go check her out!

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Which characters (from which book) do you think deserve their own spin-off story? Why?

I’m currently reading 

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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I have been meaning to read this for ages but just haven’t been in the mood for fairy-tale re-tellings, but this month Cinder has been screaming at me from my book shelf dying to be read. I am about two chapters in – so far, so good!

Which characters (from which book) do you think deserve their own spin-off story? Why?

Ian and Wanda from The Host

Ian and Wanda

My desperation for a sequel from The Host knows no bounds even though I have (almost)  come to terms with the fact that is never going to happen but still a girl can dream.

Well thanks for joining me on my very first Musings Monday,

Happy reading everyone!

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WWW Wednesday – 17/2/16

Hi guys! So once again it’s time for WWW Wednesday – a meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words. (Formally hosted at Should Be Reading)

The only rules are to answer the following three questions:

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

I’m currently reading 

The Girls by Emma Cline

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The Girls was my most anticipated read of 2016 and luckily I was approved to read it early thanks to NetGalley. I am only a couple of chapters in but this beautifully written story of murder and cults already has me hooked.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

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I have been gripped by the BBC adaptation of War and Peace and of all the reviews I have read book readers seem a bit 50/50 about it claiming it’s ‘sexed up’ for the tele (which it probably is, I mean hello James Nortan!). But I enjoyed the adaptation so much I have now started Tolstoy’s 1000+ page beasty. And I have to admit it is really great to be re-entering this world again.

What did you recently finish?

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My Uprooted Review

What do you think you will read next?

I have been in a bit of a reading slump recently but I have a few things on my TBR that I’m leaning towards. Likely candidates are –

Flawed dragonfly in amber

Cecelia Ahern is one of my favourite writers and I’m always really sucked into her stories (P.S I Love You, Love Rosie and A Place Called Here) all great examples of her work. With season 2 of Outlander hitting our screens in April I need to get on this asap, and who doesn’t need a bit of Jamie Fraser in there lives hmm?

Right, well that has been my WWW Wednesday see you next time.

Happy reading everyone!

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WWW Wednesday 20/1/2016

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words. (Formally hosted at Should Be Reading)

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The only rules are to answer the following three questions:

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

Currently Reading

Gloria Stienem

I am currently reading two books at the moment, this is unusual for me I’m normally a one book at a time type of girl but I am currently taking part in Our Shared Shelf which if you don’t know is Emma Watson’s feminist book club. The book this month is My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem, I will be reviewing this at the end of January.

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I have also just started Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn I have had a copy of this book for a while but tend to stay away from Crime/Mystery books until I am really in the mood. I have managed to go unspoiled so far so needless to say no spoilers please!

Recently Finished

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I recently finished reading Uprooted by Noami Novik I really enjoyed this Russian fairy-tale esk stand alone, but I don’t want to go into this to deeply as I have a full review coming SOON!

Reading Next 

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I don’t plan my reading to much I tend to go with my mood but I am hoping to start Howl and Other Poems by Allan Ginsberg next.

I hope you enjoyed by WWW Wednesday happy reading everyone!

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I’ve Recently Added to my TBR

Hi Guys and welcome to Top Ten Tuesday- Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly Meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish this weeks topic is books I’ve recently added to my TBR pile.

So I have found my TBR pile changing recently go back two years and I’m sure my reading habits or regular reading would predominantly be filled with Young Adult. It’s not that I only read YA because I didn’t it’s just I really enjoyed reading that genre particular fantasy but flash forward to now and I think I have come to a point where I want to expand my reading or perhaps I already have over the last year or so it’s just lists like this that make it clear to me by how much. I still read YA don’t get me wrong and I am always looking for that Young Adult book that breaks convention and isn’t the same as all the rest but it seems the books I have added to my TBR recently are an eclectic bunch and I hope my reading habits continue to grow and change this way.

  1. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

2. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

I have recently seen the adaptation for And Then There Were None and War and Peace is currently showing on the BBC  both adaptations have really inspired me to read these novels. I might start doing an episode by episode review of War and Peace (BBC)

3. Crow by Ted Hughes

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I am gradually reading more poetry I recently was gifted Grief is a Thing with Feathers which is based on Crow. I feel I need to read Crow before I start Grief.

4. The Girls by Emma Cline

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Rumour has it this is the hot book for summer 2016!

5. The Chimes by Anna Smaill

the chimes

This has been on my TBR ever since it was Longlisted for the Manbooker .

6. The Longest Ride by Nicolas Sparks

What can I say I’m a sucker for a war time romance… (When I finally get round to reading this it will be my third Nicolas Sparks- Dear John and The Notebook are all I have read from his back catalog).

7. The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

the opposite of loneliness

I’ve actually already started this the title story The Opposite of Loneliness is so beautiful I already want to re-read.

8. Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg

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9. The Winter King by Bernard Cornwall

The Winter King

I recently read The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell which was adapted for television in 2015. I really enjoyed the pace and writing style so I sought out The Winter King a Arthurian Legend based novel, I’m a bit of a geek for anything King Arthur I blame the t.v show Merlin. #Fangirl

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10. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

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I’ve heard good things.

I hope you enjoyed my Top Ten Tuesday Happy reading everyone! xoxo

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TTT- Top Ten Tuesday Books I’ve had to DNF

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday I am going to be discussing books that I just could not finish and had to DNR. I like to finish most books I read but sometimes if I’m not just enjoying a book I’d rather put it down and pick up something I will enjoy than struggle on. As with everything this is just my opinion and everyone enjoys different things. So… lets get cracking!

1.The Innocents by Francesca Segal

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This is a difficult one because this book was something that I wanted to read for a while, it’s the winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2012 and runs with the tag line – What if everything you ever wanted was no longer enough? That line, the beautiful cover and I was hooked the book is a re-telling of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence and having not read that book any references to the original source material were utterly lost on me. Having said that, if you need to have read The Age of Innocence to enjoy The Innocents this book doesn’t really stand up that well on its own not for me at least.

2.The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

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Before reading this I had wanted to reading something by Neil Gaiman for ages and this is still the only novel of his I have read. While this is a beautifully written book, I just didn’t really get sucked into to the world and kept putting it down and picking up other books. It’s been quite some time now since I began reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane and I just don’t see myself finishing it but I am eager to read more of Neil Gaiman’s work.

3.Dark Lover J.R Ward

dark lover

Just another Vampire novel… Look I know this series is beloved but I found it pretty Meh. There are many books in this series and to get me invested in another series with Vampires it’s going to take something pretty special.

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4.How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

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I really wanted to like this book, the premise was interesting, the cover was cute and Saoirse Ronan was in the film adaption, check, check and check. It was the writing style that did it for me, I know that every author has a different voice and How I Live Now inpartcular was in the voice of the main character but it was really off putting and resulted in me putting it down (the book that is).

5.The Virgin Suicides by Jefferfy Eugenides

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Interesting and creative but I found it a bit slow.

6.Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohe

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This is one of those books and we all know the ones that really felt like they were jumping on the Twilight band wagon. I don’t really like it when it feels as if an author as written a book for the audience and genre and mood and fashion of the publishing industry of the time rather than just letting their creativity flow no matter of the fashion of the industry at the time.

7.Broken by A.E Rought

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Broken is a re-telling of Frankenstein which sounds great… in theory. I have a bit of a bug bear when classics are retold in a high school setting. It’s not about YA because I read YA I love the genre but when books are re-told in high schools it automatically lessons the original story some how and fills it with teen angst.

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8.Hurt by Tabitha Suzuma

hurt

This book has a massive twist and it would have been great if I hadn’t guessed it about one hundred pages in.

9 .Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Anna dressed in blood

JUST.NOT.A.FAN.

10.The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

raven boys

This is not good or bad I just didn’t connect to the plot. so, NEXT!

So that was a miserable Top Ten Tuesday if you have any DNF or series you won’t finish let me know in the down bar.

Happy reading everyone and see you next time 🙂

Top Five Wednesday!

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It’s Wednesday and time for my second ever Top Five Wednesday!

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey from Ginger Reads Lainey, if you want to join in next time join the Goodreads group by clicking here!

1.Book Chat-

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I’ve loved books all my life and never been ever to really share that love with anyone but being a member of the blogging community has changed all that. It’s such a great place to find like minded people and discover and chat about what we have been reading.

2.Tags and Memes

Getting tagged is great it gives you a chance to share and participate as well as knowing that other bloggers have thought about you when writing their posts. (Also it’s really fun :-))

3.Discovering new books-

Being a blogger, reading other blogs, chatting to other bloggers and watching BookTube videos and Goodreads of course are all great source’s for discovering new books. Also because of the blogging community I have read books I never would have done and LOVED so, thanks everyone!

4.When someone reads a book because of you –

When I read a book I love the first thing I want to do is tell people, with out my blog it’s just me holding said beloved trying to give it to strangers (non of my friends and family read the heathens!)

5.The Community-

I really love the blogging community, everyone is so giving with their time and always willing to comment and chat. It’s a really great thing to be part of, a place where we can be like minded and revel in it. I love talking to everyone one of you and thanks for all the bloggish support!

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Thanks for checking out my Top 5 Wednesday see you next week! x

Top 5 Wednesday – Tropes I hate!

Hey guys!

Yes it’s Wednesday and you know what that means it’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday a weekly post hosted by gingerreadslainey a fabulous Vlogger over on Youtube.. Here are my top 5 I’d love to hear some of yours as well.

  1. Lack of parents/Guardians in YA novels.

Okay so I am mainly looking at you YA! What is wrong with all the parents in YA novels? Hello these books are about teenagers, I’m a twenty something now but when I was sixteen/seventeen I had parents, I had rules. A lot of the time (not all the time) YA books skip over the fact that the main protagonist might have to be home by a certain time or might actually have to tell their parent  who the  creepy dude with sparkly skin is. They were wondering why he was loitering in the drive way. Alot of the time parents in YA get in the way and stop the story moving forward so they are just erased, or become bad parents for the ease of the plot. Just saying.

Main offenders for me – Obviously Twilight.

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I know what you’re going to say, but Bella has parents she’s got Charlie, and that flighty Mum of hers. Charlie though, really? Lets face it he was pretty much useless. His teenage daughter ran off with a vampire, married said vampire and got pregnant. And it all happened since she came and lived her Dad, I’m not rating those parenting skills Charlie boy. All the while the mother (name forgotten )was off with that baseball player. Twilight = parenting minefield.

Other offenders-

The Mortal instruments City of Bones – I love this series but Clary’s mum is unconscious before we even know what a Shadow Hunter is.

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2. Insta Love

Oh god Insta Love. He looked into her eyes and Bam. Oh please. Next!!

Offenders-

Twilight (again sorry)

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Halo (Book 1)

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3.Love triangles

Now I’m not completely against a good love triangle if it’s done well then great I’m all for it but what I hate is knowing from the very beginning who this chick/chico is going to choose. Wading my way through a series (just in case) or because an unfinished series is, lets face it the devil. Only to find out that I knew the answer – Chapter 1 Book 1. Don’t waste my time people, I liked to be kept guessing.

Offender- The Selection

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4. Every man who comes in contact with female protagonist falls in love with her/obsessed with her/insanely attracted to her.

Twilight again, is an obvious example and so is the Fifty Shades series but then it  is Twilight fan fiction so whatever. I like to call this the Bella Swan effect. When a girl who thinks she is so plain (Blah Blah) has every man in the story falling for her, it’s boring. Next!

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5.The Manic Pixie Dream Girl.

A perfect example of the manic pixie dream girl is Lux Lisbon from The Virgin Suicides, now I didn’t really like this book but that’s not the point. A MPDG is a normally quirky beautiful girl who only exists to show the male protagonist his way or teach him a valuable lesson.

There I books out there that use a MPDG that I do like because the pixie is a fleshed out character and not just a plot device. (I’m looking at you Perks of Being a Wallflower)

For the most part though women in books who have just been written to teach the male protagonist a lesson not my thing.

Offender – The Virgin Suicides

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