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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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Uprooted by Naomi Novik – Review

Author:Naomi Novik 

Genre:Fantasy /Young Adult

Standalone or Series: Standalone 

Publisher: Del Ray

Uprooted is the story of Agnieszka – she is a young woman who lives in a small village with her family and her best friend the beautiful and enigmatic Kasia but there is a dark side to Agnieszka’s world. Her village is on the edge of a dark, magical wood, a wood that destroys and kills everything it touches. Agnieszka and her people are protected from the wood by the Dragon. A fearsome wizard employed by the King to live in a tower on the edge of the wood and protect the people with magic but the Dragons protection comes with a price. Every ten years he will come to the village and take a girl to go and live with him in the tower. Ten years he will keep her and after that the girls are let go, often they try to go back to live with their families but they can’t. The girls are much changed and each girl has left the village never to return.

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“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka knows that Kasia will be taken by the Dragon, he always picks the most beautiful, most talented girl Kasia is all those things. When the day of the choosing arrives and all the girls a rowed up for the Dragon’s choosing the Dragon takes a look at Kasia but instead he chooses Agnieszka-scruffy, plain Agnieszka. Agnieszka will soon learn that everything in the Dragon’s tower is not as it seems and it is not just Agnieszka who will learn- the Dragon will also find himself. (And if you like a Wizard with an attitude problem you will love the Dragon!)

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What did I think?

I really enjoyed Uprooted it is a slow paced, fairy tale which felt to me to have Russian influences. Agnieszka and the Dragon have a really interesting love/hate (mostly love…confusion,sometimes disgust <3) relationship and something I really enjoyed about this book was their slow burning romance . It wasn’t to intense, or to in your face it was just there, sadly though I felt the relationship (for me at least) was never quite fore-filled and was disappointed by their lack of conclusion.

The story and character development in Uprooted is very well done and I really enjoyed Noami’s writing style. Her style is quite slow but as I read on I could really feel the story building around her words and as I turned each page was desperate for a conclusion.

Over all I would give this a Paint and Butterflies rating of 4/5 stars I would highly recommend for anyone who enjoys a fairy-tale with Russian influences, Wizards and Witches and a Dragon with a serious attitude problem!

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

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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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Bath and Body Works Tag!

Thanks to A Little Bookish a Little A Writerly for the Tag! I haven’t done a tag in a while so lets just jump right in.

Pure Paradise – A book that was pure perfection

Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes 

 

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Me Before You is a you is a contemporary romance novel that follows Lou Clarke a young woman who has lost her way in the world and is struggling to find her path. When she looses her job and is desperate for money she becomes a carer for quadriplegic man Will. Will is a former international business man and before his accident loved life and lived it to the max. Will and Lou come together in a way which is both funny and heart breaking I would recommend this book to everyone who has a heart beating in their chest. To read my original review click here and to read my update on the upcoming movie click here.


Sweet Pea – A romance/contemporary you really enjoyed

You Had Me at Hello by Mhairi McFarlane

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You Had Me at Hello is probably my favourite contemporary romance novel. The book is set in both the past and the present following two best friends who meet at university and as the reader we know there is an event, a falling out that separates them at the end of their third year. Mean while in the present day the two friends bump into each other when one of them moves back to the country after emigrating to America with his now wife. Their lives re-connect and old feelings and resentments come back to the surface once more.

I have never wanted two characters to get together more than these two knowing their back story by reading about their time at university. I was so attached the characters and really cared about what happened to them. A real A* contemparary.


 

Fresh Strawberries – A book you really enjoyed that came out this year

After You by Jojo Moyes

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After You is the sequel to Me Before You and and follows Lou after the events in book 1. It follows her journey and her process in coping after all that happened in Me Before You. (My best attempt at spoiler free)

 

 


Warm Vanilla – A character and/or book that made you feel all warm inside

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

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Reading this book is like reading about an old friend or a memory, or returning home after a long trip. It’s so familiar but I’ll still read it forever.

I’m currently taking part in the Problem of Susan challenge to read more about it click here.


 Paris Amour – A couple you majorly ship together

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon 


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Outlander is book 1 in this epic time travel adventure series where married, 1945 nurse travels back in time and meets Highlander Jamie Fraser… If you haven’t read Outlander yet or seen the show Jamie and Claire are perfect for you shippers out there.

Outlander Review.


 Dancing Waters – A book that takes place on the beach/ the perfect beach read

On the Island by Tracy Garvis Graves

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On the Island is about teacher in her early thirties who is employed to tutor a student who has been out of school with cancer. The boy who is now in remission, and teacher are to go away for the summer and catch him up for school for his senior year.

Well, the plane crashes and everyone dies but teacher and pupil. For years they are stuck on a desert island together until one day boy becomes a man.

This book deals with some uncomfortable themes and you think the teacher student relationship is going to be awkward and hard to read about. This is one of my favourite contemporaries, I would definitely recommend reading watching the relationship of these characters develop and grow over the years is really interesting and heartbreaking.


 

I Heart Cake (and Books) – Your favorite book

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It’s always hard as a reader to say THIS is my favourite book, I rate this above all the others and it is true when asked this question I could give you a list as long as your arm of my favourite books. But if I have to say, my favourite book is probably Summer in February by Jonathan Smith. It is the true story of a artist colony that existed in the 1930’s. The colony had members such as Laura and Harold Knight, and A.J Munnings who painted the picture of the cover of the book. The focus of the book is the woman in picture a young woman called Florence Carter-Wood a painter who came to the colony with her brother. She was the first wife of A.J Munnings and a subject he found hard to talk of in later life. The story is a love story, between Florance, A.J and A.J’s best friend Captain Gilbert Evans. It ‘s also a story of art, passion and a time when war was looming in the shadow of the sun.

To read my Film Review of Summer in February

 


 Winter Candy Apple – A book set during Christmas or winter

Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin 

A new your winters tale A WINTER"S TALE

Winter’s Tale is a magical realism novel set in New York the novel is a love letter too New York as well as being a really beautiful story.


Beautiful Day – A book with an unusual / interesting / appealing setting

The Harry Potter World

With the teaser trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them dropping a couple of days ago and Harry Potter Mania rearing its head again – I don’t think I could do this tag without mention the Harry Potter Universe.

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Dazzling Diamonds – A beautiful cover

Uprooted by Noami Novik

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I got this book as a birthday present and as my birthday was yesterday I haven’t had time to read it yet! The cover is stunning, it is gold embossed and gorgeous. From what I know Uprooted is a stand alone, fairy tale esk novel about dragons. Can’t wait to get too it!

Hope you enjoyed this Tag.

Here are my Tag-ees…

Today I am tagging some of my new followers thanks for the follows guys.

Abbie Lu  Cafe Book Bean

Charley   Charleigh the Warrior

Bree        The Literary Hellion

Can You Pick a Flower Garden

Tash Glitterful Thoughts