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My Top Reads of 2016!

Hi Guys!

Can you believe it it’s already 2017! 2016 has been a pretty hit and miss reading year for me but all in all I have read some great books.

I didn’t really plan my reading last year or have any goals I just read what I felt like reading at the time which was okay but the problem is I’m always looking for a book or feeling or vibe in a story (and it never comes along when I want it to.)

Perfect example- I  have been looking for a modern written romantic, gothic tale forever but everything I found seemed to be a classic (eg Northanger Abby, Dracula etc.) Then, just when I’d stopped looking The Essex Serpent was published! (It’s on my January TBR- TBR post coming soon…)

I wouldn’t say my lack of planning made my reading year unsuccessful but I do have plans for more productivity this year but my plans are coming to you in another blog post all togther.

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My Favourites of 2016!

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare 

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I had a Cassandra Clare filled year in 2016! I re-read the second half of The Mortal Instruments series and read The Shadow Hunter Academy short stories for the first time both were brilliant. But I have to say, it was so much fun reading Lady Midnight, Cassandra Clare is one of my favourite authors, I get so drawn into her characters and the Shadow World and I can’t wait for the second book in this series to be released later this year!

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Bodies of Water by V.H Leslie 

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In my hunt for something gothic I discovered Bodies of Water, a short book barely 300 page. It’s ghostly, gothic and filled with betrayal and romance! I Loved it! (All both this books main characters are LGBTQ+)

My Review

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 

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I had heard the hype okay? If you haven’t where have you been living? I never had any plans to read this novel until one day a friend

I never had any plans to read this novel until one day a friend and I were feeling particularly maudlin and watched the movie. The script and the words use in the movie intrigued me, let me tell you this, if you haven’t read the book and are putting off for what ever reason, John Green has it, he has a real command of the English language, every word, every sentence is worth reading in this book it’s all so beautifully constructed.

My Review

The Girls by Emma Cline 

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Loosely based on the Charles Manson killings The Girls is about a fourteen-year-old girl who gets wrapped up in a cult and it’s eventual tragic end. This book was fascinating to read because I didn’t know a lot about the original murders so while reading I researched the original killings which, from a reading perfective allowed me to enjoy the book to its full potential.

Uprooted by Noami Novik

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I really enjoyed Uprooted, normally when I read fantasy I need the book to be huge or a series to I get everything I can out of the world and the characters but Uprooted was the perfected example of a standalone fantasy done well.

I hope you enjoyed my top reads of 2016 see you next time!

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The Girls by Emma Cline – Review

The Girls by Emma Cline is loosely based on the infamous US Manson Murders of 1969. When I first heard of this book I was unaware of the murders I had heard of the name Charles Manson but nothing more than that entered by consciousness. So my eagerness to read The Girls was purely based on the premise it’s self. Very quickly I researched the Murders, what happened and having that information became a important part of my reading experience.

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The Girls follows fourteen year old Evie, she is at an emotional time in her life, her parents her divorced and occupied by new partners, boys are just coming into her focus and her best friend is not so best any more. Rejected and alone Evie meets Suzanne a savage, wild and free young girl. Evie is drawn to her magnetic nature, her ruff beauty and the enigmatic girls who surround her.

What Emma Cline has done with the girls is really shown she understands young women and how obsessive they can be, friendships the world of friends and how devastating it can be when you are rejected from that world. Cline pens a tale where girl- hood is every thing and the murders that we know are coming are outside somewhere on the peripheral  of the story and very slowly start closing in all around us as  readers.

I did feel that the story got a little bit lost in the middle but it quickly won me back round. The writing is creepy and sent me on a 60’s trip and kept me morally on my toes, I would recommend this book to everyone it’s deep, hearty and emotional all the while keeping its story rooted deeply in the heart of girl hood.

The Girls has been optioned for a movie so keep your eyes peeled for all up and coming movie news here on Paint and Butterflies Books.

Paint and Butterflies Rating- 

3/5 Stars! 

Happy Reading Everyone!

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