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New Releases and Books I’m Excited to Read in 2017

There are some great books coming out this year and I for one am really excited about some of this years up and comers! Here are some of the books that will be hitting the top of my TBR as soon as they hit the shelves.

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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Cassandra Clare is one of my favourite authors and I love it when a new Shadow Hunter novel is released. Last year I blasted through Lady Midnight and although I will definitely have to re-read it before the release of Lord of Shadows in May, I just love this well-developed world and look forward to every new book.

Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

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I had heard so much about the first book in this series A Court of Thornes and Roses and just wasn’t that interested in another Beauty and the Beast re-telling. Sometimes I love a re-telling (anything Alice in Wonderland related I am always all over!) But Beauty and the Beast seemed so familiar to me, the story so set in stone I wasn’t willing to give ACOTAR a go UNTIL I got a copy for Christmas and boy was I wrong. I blasted through ACOTAR and its sequel A Court of Mist and fury back to back. I haven’t reviewed them yet so I will leave it there, but needless to day I loved them and I can’t wait till the third book comes out in May and wish I had it in my hands right now!

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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I read the first book in Laini Taylor’s  A Daughter of Smoke and Bone series about three years ago. Her writing style was so beautiful her imagination is something deep and unusual that creates deep intriguing stories. I’m not sure what happened because it was three years ago but I failed to pick up book 2 and 3 in the series although I always planned to…

Now she had a new book coming out this time about a war between Gods and Humans and I can’t wait to see what she has in store! Hopefully, I can finish her first series before Strange the Dreamer hits the shelves March 28th!

Other books I’m excited to read this year!

I always have a rough idea of some of the books I would like to get to in a year, I don’t like my TBR for a year to be too big because things always change with new books coming out and ARCs I may get sent or just books that I just have to buy. But I do have a few books that I plan to get to in the immediate future- (other than the above) and that I’m particularly excited about reading.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas – Currently reading

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Okay, look. This series like the A Court of Thorne and Roses series was never really on my radar, but after reading  ACOTAR and ACMAF I found that I loved Sarah J Maas’ writing style so much that would be doing myself a disservice as a reader if I didn’t give her first series a shot and so far I’m loving it.

The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry 

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Anyone who follows me on Goodreads knows that I have been looking for a Gothic novel (preferably with a romance for quite some time, the romance doesn’t have to be the main plot,  it can be a sub- plot)  but it has to be written in the modern day and not a classic like Dracula or Northanger Abbey, although they are both great stories. I am hoping the Essex Sepernt is going to fill that void. In my hunt for a gothic romance written in the modern day I have found some great pieces of fiction my favouite being  Bodies of Water by L.H Leslie. Any recommendations on this subjection very welcome!

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

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I know people have their opinons about Stephenie Meyer but when I was a teenger I enjoyed the Twilight books, I’m not a teenger anymore I’m a twenty something and have grown beyond Edward, Jacob and Bella and can see their flaws. I also have read her first adult novel The Host which I love and keeping The Host in mind I am embarking on The Chemist with great optomism, her first thriller I belive.

 Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern 

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I’m a long standing fan of Cecelia Ahern, I have been reading her since I was a teenger and since her first novel P.S I love You. The Lyrebird sounds quite mysterious to me, it is about a woman I belive who has earned herself the nickname the Lyrebird beacuase of her great talent for mimickary.

I have decided to go into the book almost blind because I feel that I will get most out of it that way.

I hope you have enjoyed this post, I’ll see you next time!

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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

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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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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

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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

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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!

MULDER

 

 

My Top 15 Books in 2015!

2015 has been a really great year for reading I completed my Goodreads reading challenge for the first time EVER  and have been making an attempt to expand my reading choices- In no particular order here is my top 15 books of 2015!

  1. Like a Virgin by Gorgon Steel

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Like a Virgin is a play centered around two teenage girls and the bubble gum drama that surrounds their everyday lives, for those looking to start reading plays I highly recommend. Check out my review click here.

2. Saga Vol 1 & 2 by Brian K. Vaughan 

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Saga was my big introduction to the world of graphic novels and boy was I happy to have been introduced. I really enjoyed the love story between the main characters and their trials and tribulations due to their inter-species romance and baby together not to mention the war going on around them. I have now read volume 2 and plan to read volume 3 soon!

3. Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blackman

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Prisoner of Night and Fog is a young adult novel set in the lead up to the Second World War. Gretchen had been brought up in Hitlers inner circle and he is known to her as the loving and kinds ‘Uncle Dolf’ it is only when she meets a young Jewish journalist that she realizes that her world as she knows it might not be as she seems. This was one of the first books I read in 2015 and one of my favourite books of the year I absolutely recommend.

4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky

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I don’t normally like high school books but Perks is such a beautifully written story. Perks of being a wallflower is the story of Charlie a quiet high school boy who is just finding himself, his friends and coming to terms with some deep rooted issues. Perks is a heartbreaking novel but at the same time so, so beautiful.

5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  by J.K Rowling

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2015 was the year of Harry Potter (well for me at least) I have been a long time fan of the films but have never actually read the books which as ‘reader’ is shocking. Prisoner of Azkaban was my favourite of the seven mainly because there is so much Lupin he is my favorite character in the books and the films and it was so great to read the more well developed book version of him and to read the Harry Potter series in its entirety.

6. The History Boys by Alan Bennett

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Unlike Like a Virgin ,which, when I bought it I was naive to the plot and author when I bought The History Boys I had heard of the play, the stage play and the film. The cast is filled with well known actors and it was the plays reputation that lead me to reading it. The History Boys follows a group of Ox-bridge hopefuls and their and their teachers journey together and their attempt in getting the young hopefuls into the prestigious universities. The dialogue in this play is insane so worth reading, I only wish I could have seem it live!

7. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H Lawrence

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Class crossing classic love story a really interesting read.

8. The Host by Stephenie Meyer

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Alien/Human love story – four people three bodies- perfect. My Review

9. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

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Beautiful Irish immigration story with a love triangle to boot, all I need now is to see the film. My Review

10. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Shatter Me was my first read of 2015 I was drawn in to the Dystopian world that the prisoner Juliet embodies. She is the girl who can’t be touched, who can’t touch anyone or they will die. But some how I was enthralled in a love triangle to end all love triangles. I still need to read book 2 and three in this young adult series but as things stand  I am currently rooting for Adam.

11. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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This was my last read of 2015, this book is a creepy YA read the story is told along side authentic antique photographs of children much like the little girl on the cover. The story follows Jacob whose Grandfather dies mysteriously in his arms. Jacob discovers his Grandfather has a deep, dark secret and encouraged by his Grandfathers dying words Jacob becomes determined to find out the truth.

12. Divergent by Veronica Roth

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I’m sure this book needs no introduction but as of 2015 I was a newbie to the Divergent fandom. I have only read Divergent but am relatively update with the other books because I have seen all the films. Really enjoyed the Dystopian world created by Veronica Roth and Four… Four!

13.Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

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What if you could live forever? My Review

14. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

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Literature, love and Shadowhunters this is Cassandra Clare at her brilliant best. In celebration of Shadowhunters t.v show starting on Freeform in January next year I will be doing a Mortal Instruments reading challenge to refresh my memory for the up- coming series.

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15. The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwall

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Historical fiction novel following the Danish/Vicking invasion of Britain this book follows Uhtrud a young Elderman  captured by the Danes and raised to be like them and too love them. When is re-captured by the Saxon thanks to his Elderman status Uhtrud must choose is he a Saxon or is he a Dane and who is he really fighting for. In the life and times of Alfred the Great this book is set in a period when England was created, it is violent and dangerous world but so compelling and full of characters that I just wanted to know more and more.

And because I some how forgot to make it part of this list I would like to add an honorable mention. 

Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes Me Before You is probably the book I have talked about on my blog the most this year and am really excited for the up and coming movie. Click here for an update on the movie and Click here to read my review.

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I hope you enjoyed my top 15 of 2015- Happy reading X

 

Autumn (Fall) Time Cosy Book Tag!

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Hi Guys,

it’s officially looking very Autumnal perfect time to discuss Autumn reads with the Autumn Time Cosy Book Tag I saw this Tag over on BookTube at PeruseProject and it was originally created by Novels and Nonsense it looks like a lot of fun so I thought I would get involved so let’s getting started!

1. Crunchy Leaves– Pick a book cover with red, orange and yellow

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K Rowling when I think of this book I think of it as the beginning of the end when it comes to the Harry Potter series it has a beautiful cover and with real Autumn, fire colours.

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2. Cosy Sweater– Pick a book that makes you warm and fuzzy on the inside

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The Host by Stephenie Meyer I love this Romance, Alien adventure story- where the main character Wanda is over coming adversity and dealing with a new world, human emotions and new life and loves for the first time all in the middle of a war between the Human Beings and her own species Souls. I have read this book twice now and it is one of my favourite books, to read my original review click here.

3. Autumn (Fall) Storm– Pick your favourite book genre that you like to read on a rainy day.

I think the perfect genre to read on a rainy day is Classics because on a rainy day when everything is still and quiet you can really concentrate on what you’re doing and get involved in a world which you might not necessary pick up in your everyday life. My favourite Classics (so far) are Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre but Pride and Prejudice is my all time favourite Lizzy Bennett is such a great literary heroine.

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4. Cool And Crisp Air– Pick a character that you would like to switch places with.

I have recently finished the book Brooklyn by Colm Toibin where the main character moves from Ireland to Brooklyn to live and work in the 1950’s. I wouldn’t necessarily want to switch lives with this character because she has a lot of drama going on but I would like to live and work abroad one day. My review of Brooklyn– Which is soon to be a movie coming out this November!

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5. Coats, Scarves and Mittens– What’s an embarrassing book cover that you just want to cover up and pretend that it doesn’t exist.

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I can not tell you how much I hate this cover- when I bought this book I ordered a different cover and THIS is what I got needless to say I read the book and this is a really popular series but just wasn’t for me and I haven’t continued.

6. Apple Cider- Name a book that you think is under hyped and you want people to read it because it’s amazing.

I do mention this all the time but Summer in February by Jonathan Smith this book is so under hyped and I’ve seen hardly any reviews of it. Summer in February is Literary Fiction and is the true story Gilbert Evans, A.J Munnings and Florence Carter-Wood, they were part of a well known artists colony in Cornwall before the first world war and the story revolves around their love triangle, Florence’s mental heath issues all the while art and the love of art runs through the centre of everything. This is one of my favourite books ever and is a well research novel based off Gilbert Evans personal diaries. There is also a film adaptation if you would like to check out my review of the film click here, it stars Emily Browning, Dominic Cooper and Dan Stevens.

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7. Pumpkin Spice– Name your Autumn (Fall) Comfort foods-

Hot Chocolate perfect for standing outside and watching the fire works on Bonfire Night (also just for keeping warm and toasty)

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The Host by Stephenie Meyer- Review

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Overview

The Host is the story of Wanderer (or Wanda as she is later known) she is an Alien, a species known as Souls that have invaded and conquered earth. To survive Souls ‘bind’ with another species essentially taking over their mind and body, but when the Souls come to earth they get more than they bargin for when they encounter Human Beings. Human Beings  are more emotionally developed than some of the other bodies Souls have inhabited and less willing to let go of life and fade away, making the habitation of a human body an emotional and almost traumatising experience for an unsuspecting Soul.

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Wanda inhabits the body of Melenie Stryder a young woman who was on the run with her younger brother Jamie and boyfriend Jared when her body was discovered by the ‘Seekers’ a group of Souls tasked with hunting down the last of humanity. When Wanda inhabits Melanie’s body she realises that she is not alone and Melanie is still with her and is not going to make it easy for Wanda to take over.

When Wanda’s seeker comes to her and asks her to access Melanie’s memories Wanda finds that she is resistant, she is sympathetic to Melanie and starts to form attachments to Jamie and Jared. While Wanda is a sweet, shy and quiet Soul Melanie is full of fire and will do anything to protect the ones she loves. When Wanda’s Seeker starts to suspect she inhabits a resistant Host she decides to inhabit Melanie herself. Melanie, frightened that Jamie and Jared’s location will be discovered convinces Wanda to run from the Seeker and her fellow Souls and help her find her family.

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What did I think?

I really loved The Host it is slightly slow to start but once Wanda and Melanie join the other humans the story really blossoms. Watching the humans deal with having a Soul in their camp, the very thing that is ending their species is really interesting, also Melanie’s Uncle Jeb is such a cute character sometimes I think he is so lovely and then I realise in everything he does there is an agenda. Essentially though the Host is a love story between four people and only three bodies, the back and forth between Melanie, Jared, Wanda and Ian is really funny, heart breaking and beautiful.

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I wish that Stephanie Meyer would write the long awaited sequel but sadly I don’t think that is going to happen.

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Paint and butterflies rating 5/5 Stars.

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The Emoji Book Tag!

Hi guys,

I have been tagged by the lovely Sara at Freadom Library this Tag consists of my favourite and most used Emoji’s and picking books that correspond with those Emoji’s.

So lets get started…

The Grinning Emoji

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I use this when I’m happy or find something funny. I don’t read a lot of happy books I read a lot of books with a serious under tone or a lot of drama going on in the sub plot. A book that made me happy is The Mortal Instruments – The City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Any time Simon and Jace have any dialogue together pure comedy gold! To check out my original review click here

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The Angry Emoji

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Books don’t often make me angry, frustrated maybe or irritated but not angry but one comes to mind, Tyringham Park by Rosemary McLoughlin. It’s a Downton Abbey esk novel with the most annoying main character I have ever read, every decision she makes had me screaming why just why. I hated her in such a passionate way that I nearly put the book down several times. But I did finish it, and this book has stayed with me, for having one of the most frustrating main characters EVER! To read my original review just click

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The Crying Emoji

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For this emoji I have chosen a book I have read recently – Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes.  The touching story of Lou who becomes the carer for a suicidal Will who has recently become paralysed from the neck down. She makes it her mission to show him life is worth living and learns that maybe she has a lot to learn from Will as well. This book is one of my favourite reads this year I found it so touching and even shed a few tears, it is being adapted into a film staring Emilia Clark (Game of Thrones) and I can’t wait. To check out my original review just click.

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I am not amused emoji

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I don’t like to bash any book but I just really didn’t have a good time reading Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. At the time I read it this book it was really popular and I saw so many great reviews on Goodreads and Booktube and I’m not going to deny I was totally on board with the concept but… I just found the whole thing really boring and once I started reading found it all quite predictable DNF. I know this is quite a popular book but we all have different tastes but needless to say I won’t be continuing on with this series.

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The Kissing Emoji

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For the kissing emoji I have picked The Host by Stephanie Meyer I am currently reading this book and I am really enjoying the first love triangle I have ever read that includes only two bodies. I think Stephanie Meyer gets a bad rap because of the twilight novels but I am about half way through this Alien invasion, Dystopian love story and I am loving it! Review coming soon.

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So that’s it for this Tag! Thanks again Sara for this Tag now for my nominations-

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