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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


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!


TTT- Ten Characters That Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t Get

Hey Guys, today is Top Ten Tuesday this weeks theme is ten characters that everyone loves but I just don’t get Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

  • Bella – Twilight


Sorry to be obvious but Bella Swan. I mean it is International Women’s Day so we may as well start with a woman who sets women back and makes feminists eyes roll. Don’t get me wrong the first time I read Twilight I loved it and it will always have a special place in my heart but I think we can all agree there are some flaws.

  • America Singer – The Selection

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I can not stand America Singer. I should probably state that I gave up on this series half way through Elite. I found her whole reasoning ridiculous she is the most indecisive character which made her infuriating to read for me. The Selection Review.

  • Jared Lyburn – Unspoken- The Lynburn Legacy #1


Brooding badboy, dark mysterious blah, blah, blah (I should probably say I LOVE this series!!) But Jared is sooo frustrating! You want to be with Kami, you love Kami, then be with Kami there is literally nothing in your way, stop brooding and making things so difficult all the time. Again I love this series, GO.READ.NOW. My Review – Unspoken

  • The Darkling – Shadow and Bone

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When it comes to our favourite book boyfriends I’m always going to swoon over the good guy rather than the bad boy it’s just the way I am. (Jem over Will every time… all though Will though *fans self*) I know lots of girls and boys are sucked in by The Darkling’s bad boys ways but to me his just a big ol’ villain. Shadow and Bone (Gricha Book 1) Review

  • Gale- The Hunger Games Series

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I just love Peeta, Gale just never stood a chance. My Hunger Games Review.

  • Gansey – The Raven Boys

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Gansey has it all, good looks, the charm but I find him just a bit dull the whole book was a bit lost on me actually I DNF’d and I don’t do that a lot.

  • Magnus –Falling Kindoms

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Isn’t Magnus just a bad copy of Jamie Lannister? My Falling Kingdoms Review.

  • Sam –  After You (Sequel to Me Before)

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It’s not Sam’s fault, he’s a nice, reliable ordinary chap, but in book 1 I was seduced by Will Traynor and Lou Clarke and their snarky back and forth. Sorry Sam but you just couldn’t compete. After You Review.

  • Ross Poldark (Poldark #1)

The Poldark series is great and it always keeps you on your toes but Ross, the main man of this series is such an infuriating character (in my opinion). He nearly always makes the wrong decisions leading to further heart ache later. I love Ross but what can I say I just don’t get him.

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  • Savannah – Dear John


Not only can this woman not wait for the apparent love of her life while he’s in the army she marries someone else just cause??

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Hope you enjoyed my Top Ten Tuesday day.

Happy reading everyone!

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Top Ten Tuesday- Top 10 Books of all Time

Ask any book lover what’s your favourite book and they will squirm, I can name my favourites never just the magic one. So when finding out that this weeks top ten was books of all time I thought I could just about handle that although it’s going to be tough.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

* I have just noticed I have written a post about an old topic this weeks topic was supposed to be books and songs I (accidentally) went a bit rouge.

(In no particular order)

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis

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Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky


On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves

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Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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The Host by Stephanie Meyer

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My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult

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Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

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Summer in February by Jonathan Smith


And because I couldn’t help myself here are my honorable mentions!

Atonement by Ian McEwan

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P.S I Love You Cecelia Ahern

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Hope you enjoyed my Top Ten Tuesday I have to say I found it difficult to choose my all time favourites.

Happy reading everyone!




Top Ten Tuesday -Ten Books that have Stuck with Me

Hi Guys and welcome to Top Ten Tuesday- Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly Meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish this weeks topic was a freebie so I chose ‘Ten Books that have Stuck with me’. As a reader I read a lot of books but there are a special few that I know will stay with me always and forever.

P.S I Love You by Cecelia Ahern 

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Cecelia Ahern is one of my favourite authors she is so reliable and always rights stories that draw me in. P.S I Love You (which she wrote when she was 21 btw!) Is the story of Gerry and his beloved wife Holly, when Gerry dies from Cancer he leaves her 1 years worth of letters that come to her in unique and different ways, all with the aim of building her life back together. All signed P.S I Love You.

 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I know the classic tale of Elizabeth and Darcy inside out and will treasure it forever if you haven’t read Pride and Prejudice I recommend it highly and it is a great starter classic for the non-classic reader.

You Had me at Hello by Mhairi McFarlane

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Such a brilliant modern romance novel (I don’t like the term chick lit it’s so demoralizing!) A real the one that got away story, I have never shipped two people more! Flashing back and forth from university to the present day this is a heart wrenching and really funny read ❤

Summer in February by Jonathan Smith


Summer in February has such a special in my heart it is based in the real life diaries of Captain Gilbert Evans the Diaries were adapted into novel form by author Jonathan Smith. The book follows a group of Pre-WW1  artists in Lamorna, Cornwall, England, the artists commune had members such as A.J Munnings and Harold and Laura Knight. The story follows Gilbert and his best friend A.J as they both fall in love with the same woman and her later struggles with her mental health and suicide attempts that were to follow. The story is sat in the fringes of the first world war when the world is just waiting to burst in flames. Beautifully written and tragic Summer in February is one of my all time favourite novels, it also has a stunning movie adaptation staring Emily Browning.

To read my review of the film click here.

 Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte 

I have mixed feeling about Wuthering Heights, it’s third person narrative being one but this is a list of books that have stayed with me not my favourite books of all time. Kathy and Heathcliff are probably two of the most dislikeable lovers ever written but still their story has stayed with me and when I am feeling the need to read something cold and dark I’m sure I’ll pick up Wuthering Heights once more.

The Silver Linings Playbook by Mathew Quick 

One of the best books I’ve read where the man character/s are suffering from mental health issues. Really funny also and so quotable.

“Let me tell ya. You gotta pay attention to signs. When life reaches out with a moment like this it’s a sin if you don’t reach back… I’m telling you.”

On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves 

A teacher/ student romance, set on a deserted island, after a plane crash. I promise if you read this you will cry, I repeat YOU WILL CRY.

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 

This is a short novel that is so beautifully written that every sentence is quotable. Sometimes I would read pages over and over again just to take in the beauty of the language but the most beautiful thing of all is the story- A MUST READ.

Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes 

Me Before is probably my favourite book of 2015, I remember it being a Sunday when I read it and I starting reading (meaning only to read a chapter or so) and when I looked around it was dark, the day had gone and I had finished the whole thing. Lou Clarke the main character in this novel was so relateable to me at that time in my life and her relationship with Will was so beautiful and funny. I must re-read this before the movie comes out in March 2016 – staring Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones as Lou.

My Me Before You Movie Update

My Me Before You Book Review

The Host by Stephanie Meyer 

I always think Stephanie Meyer gets a bad rep because of (cough) Twilight. But if Twilight is the reason you haven’t read The Host yet then you are missing out. I have read this book twice now and I’m really not a re-reader. The earth has been invaded and Melanie’s body has been taking over by the alien species known as Souls, a Soul called Wanda.

To read a full in-depth review of The Host click here.

So that’s it! I hope you enjoyed my Top Ten Tuesday, 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

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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

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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


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


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



Top Ten Tuesday – My Book Wishes (If only there really was a Book Genie!)

It’s Tuesday again and you know what that means?! No? Oh well let me fill you in – Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks list features 10 wishes I would ask the Book Genie to grant me, some example include a new book from a certain author, library goals and certain characters you wish would come to life.


Lets do this!

  1. I posted a The Host Review today really enjoyed this read and had such a great time with this book and in this world but if I could wish for one thing it would be that Stephenie Meyer would write the sequels. I know what you’re thinking The Host was published in (2008) so this is probably never going to happen but we are wishing for things here right? And I wish for a sequel! PLEASE?


2. My second wish would be more time- now I know this might seem like a strange one but bare with me. My TBR is huge, and that’s just the books I own, plus all the books I want to read and books are constantly being published. Life is short and my reading list is long. I wish I could live longer because what if I don’t read all the books I want to in my life time. Maybe that’s something I going to have to make peace with.

3. I don’t own a house, but if I did I would ask the Book Genie for something resembling Belle’s library from Beauty and The Beast, a dream library in my dream house. (Sigh)


4. Now for my fourth wish Book Genie it would be just marvellous if you could bring Will Herondale to life. I love the Infernal Devices and all the Shadow Hunter Books and Will being a bookish boy is a bit of a romantic hero. If only we could swoon over him in real life.


5.Unlimited cash supply to spend on books (of only)

6. For my sixth and most important wish – I want to be a professional writer, specifically a novelist. Someone said to me last year that wanting to write novels as a career is like wanting to be an Astronaut… Good Luck. Well, I know it’s a long shot but dreaming big is suppose to be a positive thing right?


7. Now The Mortal Instruments City of Bones movie was a bit of a flop right? But the series is getting a second hope in the shape of Shadowhunters a new t.v show to be shown on ABC Family soon to be Freeform. Now I mentioned I was a Mortal Instruments fan right? Well my wish is that Shadowhunters isn’t rubbish. Please.

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8. Dear Book Genie please can I have The Chair- you know the one the  comfy reading chair of my dreams.


9. Book Genie can you make it okay to read at work if you could that would be aces.

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10. Finally Book Genie if you could spread the love of reading through out the world that would be just great!

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


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

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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.


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


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


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.


8.Hurt by Tabitha Suzuma


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

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10.The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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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 Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was: Series I am yet to finish.


I am a real reading sinner when it comes to starting a series (good or bad) and absently ‘forgetting’ to read the rest of the series. So here are the top ten series I have started but erm… never quite made it past the first book (usually because I was distracted by other books) 🙂

  1. Insurgent by Veronica Roth


I know, I know but I actually think I have a pretty valid reason for never continuing on with the Divergent series. I loved the first book but some internet person(damn you Divergent fandom), spoiled me for thing that we all know happens at the end of the third book. Ever since then I have never been able to pick up the other two, it’s the feels guys, I just can’t do it.

2. Mockingjay by Suezanne Collins


This is one of those rare situations where I saw the films first. The books are great but I think the film goes into the world on a deeper level than in the books. By the time I got around to wanting to read book three I felt like I enjoyed the film world more than the book world which lets be honest is a rare thing.

3. World After By Susan Ee

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I loved Angel fall, it was so gross but brilliant. I read it in one sitting my eyes where glued to the pages, I was unable to move and I am going to be honest with you now it was a total cover buy so boy did I get lucky. I should have read World After by now, hell I should have completed the trilogy by now but… I can be turned off things so easily a friend of mine said Rafe (my favourite character) disappeared for the whole of the second book and that was literally all it took for me to add this to my TBR – at some point in the future just not right now pile. Read my Angelfall review

4. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

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I absolutely love the first book in this series, I remember when I started it, it seemed so new and interesting. When I read the second book I don’t think I was in the right frame of mind for it/for fantasy and have actually given it a low rating. But I plan to re-read it soon and possibly re-review with plans of continuing on with this series. Siege and Storm (Grisha Book 2 Review)

5. The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rhees Brennan


This series is brilliant, I love the main character Cammie an aspiring journalist and her and Jared’s connection between book 1 and 2 is great it’s on my TBR and I plan to get to it soon. Unspoken Review (Lynburn Legacy Book1)

6. Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon


I am currently reading the second book in the series A Dragonfly in Amber so no spoilers pleassseee! Check out my Outlander Review

7. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

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I flew through the first three Mortal Instruments books and moved straight on to The internal devices (Will or Jem who can say?) But when I wanted to move onto the fourth book in The Mortal Instruments and I found it really hard to get into. It’s from Simons POV who was originally a secondary character and found it hard to make the Clary, Simon POV shift. I’m told the rest of the series is brilliant and well worth the effort and I’m sure sometime soon I will get back into the Shadow Hunters world. Really excited about the t.v adaptation that’s coming soon! The Mortal Instruments Review and my The Internal Devices Review

8.  Ladies of Lantern Street Trilogy by Amanda Quick


Read the first book in this Historical Sci-Fi series a couple of years ago it’s just there are so many books so little time. Ladies of Lantern street review

9. Dublin Murder Squad Series by Tana French


I have read book one Into the Woods and book two The Likeness The Murder Squad is an adult crime series that follows a different detective in the Murder squad in each novel. Next time I am in the mood for crime I will be picking up book three a really interesting series set in inner city Dublin, Ireland and completely character driven.  The Likeness Review, Into the Woods review

10. Saga Volume 3


I have read volumes 1 and 2 I know that only volumes 1-4 are out I think volume 5 is just about to be released. These graphic novels are beautiful and tell a beautiful love story, I try to spread out my reading of these because I don’t want to read them too quickly THAT’S how good they are!