Top Ten Tuesday #104

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week, I’m back from France now and the work for my exams has truly begun. I had one today, which I think went okay (absolutely no idea) but I still have another one next week, so can’t relax just yet! Anyway, I’m back this week courtesy of the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish, with another Top Ten Tuesday. As last week we shared our bookish loves, this week, we’ll be sharing our bookish pet peeves, with our Top Ten Things That Will Make Us Instantly Not Want To Read A Book. I went way over last week and I’m sure this week will not change that, as I have a lot of bookish pet peeves. So here we go, the things I hate that will make me not want to read a book:

  1. LOVE TRIANGLES-This trope should just burn in a fiery pit of hell, okay? They’re so overdone, they’re rarely ever done well, and neither relationship with either love interest is usually well developed. Authors can we please stick to one well developed romance rather than a love triangle? Or none at all. Cause you know, that is an option.
  2. “Purple” Prose-I love pretty writing as much as the next book lover, but there’s pretty writing and then there’s this, where the writing is just so flowery that most of the time I don’t even understand what the author is trying to say. If it seems like a book is going to have this kind of writing, then it’s a pretty safe bet that I’ll be running away screaming.
  3. Girl on girl hate-NO, NO, NO, NO, NO! Just all the no’s to this okay. Society pits girls against each other enough without having it happen in books as well. I want supportive female friendships damn it!
  4. Erotica-Just no. It makes me uncomfortable, and it’s just not the kind of thing I want to be reading about.
  5. Space-It’s just not really my thing? I’m not saying I’d never give it a shot, but in general I’m not really that keen on venturing into space whilst reading.
  6. Hype-Funnily this one was on both lists! Yes, if all the bloggers of ever are talking about how great a book is, I am likely to check it out, but I am wary. I have been burned before.
  7. Comparisons-This one just makes me groan! I get why publishers do the whole “like this massive book, try this one” but it’s usually just setting a book up for failure and even the books I have enjoyed that have been compared to other big series, the reasons I’ve enjoyed them are not because they were compared to that series, in fact usually I think the resemblance is hardly there, it’s because the book itself is just good. Let books stand on their own merits publishers and stop saying “look this is the next ……”. Chances are you will just disappoint book lovers with this.
  8. Dialogue where the teens don’t sound like teenagers-I’m not saying you have to have your teenage character speaking in slang every two lines, but I hate it when authors have their teen characters speaking like someone twice their age.
  9. Slow moving plot-I’m a plot driven reader, I need the plot to be fast, exciting and engaging. If it’s moving too slow or there’s just not much happening, I will get bored.
  10. Shirtless guys on the cover-Just no. Totally an indicator that this book is not something that I want to be reading.
  11. Religion-I’m not religious and whilst I don’t have any problem with religious characters and absolutely think that’s something that should be seen in books, I wouldn’t pick up a book where religion was the main theme.
  12. Mid series cover changes-If I know a series has had a cover change mid series, I am unlikely to start it, even if it sounds interesting. It just bothers me when series books don’t look like they belong to the same series!
  13. It’s on a list of books you must read before you die-Okay this sounds like a weird one but hear me out. For the most part, all these books are classics and we just don’t gel. I think I’ve read maybe one or two books from these kinds of lists, but YA is hardly ever on them, it’s always literary fiction and I’m just not keen. I’m a black sheep I guess, I don’t want people telling me which books I must read before I die. I want to decide that!
  14. Romance-I don’t mind books having romance as a side plot, but if romance is the main theme of the book, chances are, I won’t be reading it.
  15. If it’s by an author I haven’t liked before-I do tend to give authors second chances most of the time, but if I really hated one of their books, the chances of me trying another are pretty slim, unless it sounds totally fantastic (example, my aversion to John Green books after hating TFIOS).
  16. Love at first sight-If a book’s blurb indicates that any kind of love at first sight crap is going to be going on, then I won’t be reading it. I’m sorry, I just don’t believe that love at first sight is a thing, so I don’t want to read about it.
  17. If the author is a jerk-If a book’s author has said something or done something bad, then the chances of me reading their book is slim to none.
  18. If the book has lots of infodumping-It’s just dull people! Show me, don’t tell me!
  19. Boring covers-I’m a judger okay! If it’s boring on the outside, it’s an indicator it might be boring on the inside.
  20. Overly long chapters/really short chapters-This bugs me. Too long chapters and my attention wavers, or I have to stop midway through. Too short and yes I can read faster, but it also feels like not enough detail is put in. Between 10-20 pages is decent, once it gets over 20, it’s too long.

That’s all I have this week! I know I went over, but I figured, I went over for last week’s list, I should for this week’s too. There’s probably more bookish turn offs for me that I haven’t even thought of! Do any of these things turn you away from a book? What are your biggest bookish pet peeves? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic is a cover themed freebie, not entirely sure what I’m going to do for that, but I guess you’ll find out next week! In the meantime, I will finally be getting you an April discussion post, I promise it will be up by the end of the month!

Top Ten Tuesday #103

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Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a nice week since I last did one of these, I’ve had a great week, spending my Easter break with my family in France, it’s been a while since we’ve all been together, so it’s been nice. Soaking up the sun hasn’t been too bad either! Anyway, courtesy of the wonderful ladies of the Broke and The Bookish, I am back with a new Top Ten Tuesday for you all this week. This week’s topic is Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Want To Instantly Read A Book. I feel like if you guys have been following my blog long enough, then you’ll know the things that make me instantly want to read a book, but for all you newbie followers out there, here are the things that will make me instantly pick up a book:

  1. MAGIC-Does this even need to be said really? As soon as there is even the tiniest whiff of magic in a book, I will be on it. I don’t even care what type of magic, it can be anything, I will read it.
  2. Pirates-Because pirates are the best okay? They just are. All the swordfighting and swashbuckling and looting and drinking? It’s awesome. Who wouldn’t want to sail the seven seas with a bunch of pirates?
  3. Dragons-They fly and breathe fire, it really doesn’t get much better than that.
  4. Rebellion-I know it’s been done a lot in YA books, but what can I say? I really enjoy reading about teens rising up against their oppressive governments!
  5. Feisty women-I just want all the feisty women okay? Women who don’t take any crap, who demand respect, who fight for what they believe in, who stand up for their friends, I want them all.
  6. Sass-Because sass is the best. If your book promises me a sassy character, then it’s pretty much guaranteed that I will read it.
  7. Stabbing-Yes I’m strange and enjoying reading about people being killed in various horrible and painful ways. No I don’t plan on changing this.
  8. Royalty-If a book contains any royalty, then it’s a pretty safe bet that I will want to read it. Royalty comes with castles and fancy balls and all of that wonderful stuff.
  9. Castles-I just love castles. Seriously so much. If I could live in a castle, I totally would.
  10. Masquerade Balls-Okay, so most books don’t advertise that they have a masquerade ball on their book’s blurb, but I love them! The whole having a mask and people not knowing who you are for an evening is really cool!
  11. Strong friendships-I love books where the main character has really close group of friends. Or when the book focuses on friendship rather than romance.
  12. Antiheroes-I love a good antihero! They’re usually so complex and interesting, and they have great backstories. Any story with an antihero will definitely be something that I’m interested in reading.
  13. Author that I love wrote it-Like everyone I have auto-buy authors, where I would read their grocery list if they published it. If one of my favourite authors has a new book out, it’s pretty much guaranteed that I will read it.
  14. Pretty covers-Yes I am that shallow. If a book has a pretty cover, I am instantly interested. If the blurb doesn’t interest me then I won’t read it, but I will definitely look closer at a book if it has a pretty cover.
  15. Bloggers are talking about it-Yes, I know I shouldn’t given in to the hype and I’ve been burned by this one a lot before, but if lots of bloggers are talking about a book, then I feel like it’s something that I should at least check out.
  16. Villains-If a book promises me an interesting, complex villain, I am so sold! Who doesn’t love a morally ambiguous character?
  17. Unique worlds-A fantasy book that promises me a unique world? I will definitely be reading it.
  18. Sequels-Much as I love a good standalone, I am 10x more likely to pick up a book if I know it has sequels and there is more in that world to look forward to.
  19. Mythology-If it’s based around Greek mythology then that’s a bonus, but any book that’s inspired by an interesting mythology will definitely be one I’m interested in reading!
  20. Slow burn romance-I’m not a big romance fan, but as it seems to be a given in YA that romance has to be in all books, this is the type of romance I will be more likely to pick up a YA book for.
  21. Books about books-Any books that are centrally themed around book lovers will definitely be books that I want to read!

That’s all I have this week! I guess I went a little overboard, but what can I say, there are a lot of things that will get me interested in reading a book, I’m sure this probably isn’t even half of them! Do any of these things make you want to read a book? What is it that does make you want to pick up a book? What is your favourite book that has one or more of these things (give me recs people!)? Let me know in the comments!

I will be back next week with a new Top Ten Tuesday, where we shall be doing the reverse of this week’s topic, Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Not Want To Read A Book, and I’m pretty sure I have a lot of those too! Meanwhile, I’m hoping to have a new discussion post up for you this week, as I’m very aware we’re over halfway through April and I haven’t even done one yet, so stay tuned for that!

 

Salt To The Sea Review

Book: Salt To The Sea

Author: Ruta Sepetys

Two years ago, I read Ruta Sepetys’ debut novel, Between Shades of Grey, which I completely fell in love with, it was one of my favourite books I read that year (which is saying something because I had a huge slump that year and found most of the things that I read pretty meh), so when I found about this book last year I was dying to read it. This of course meant that I bought it, it sat on my shelf for a year and then I finally got around to reading it this year for my #RockMyTBR challenge (#bookwormproblems). I love how Sepetys takes lesser known historical events and uses them in her books, as a history student, I love getting to learn about stuff that I haven’t heard of before. There were more people who died on the Wilhelm Gustloff than Titanic and yet we haven’t heard of it, it just blows my mind. It was a little slow to get to the actual shipwreck portion of the book, most of the book is buildup, but luckily the chapters are pretty short, so it was a relatively quick read. I wouldn’t say I loved it as much as Between Shades of Grey, I think Between Shades of Grey was a much more intimate story than Salt To The Sea, because it’s purely from Lina’s point of view and you really get to connect with her and her family, whereas Salt To The Sea has multiple narrators and the chapters are so short that you don’t quite get to connect to them in the same way. I felt kind of detached from the story, even during the sinking parts which should have been completely harrowing, there’s was a kind of disconnect. I still really enjoyed it, but it didn’t make me feel quite as much as Lina’s story did.

Here is a short synopsis of the book:

It’s early 1945 and a group of people trek across East Prussia, bound together by their desperation to reach the ship that can take them away from the war-ravaged land. Four young people, each haunted by their own dark secret, narrate their unforgettable stories. Fans of The Book Thief or Helen Dunmore’s The Siege will be totally absorbed.

This inspirational novel is based on a true story from the Second World War. When the German ship the Wilhelm Gustloff was sunk in port in early 1945 it had over 9000 civilian refugees, including children, on board. Nearly all were drowned. Ruta Sepetys, acclaimed author of Between Shades of Grey, brilliantly imagines their story.

As I said before, the chapters of this book are very short, which is both a help and a hindrance, a help because it’s an easy book to finish quickly and quite difficult to put down because you can justify, well the next chapter’s only a few pages, but it’s also kind of a hindrance, the chapters are so short that you don’t really get a chance to get to know the characters that well and like I said, there felt like there was kind of a disconnect between me and the characters.

I liked the continuity of having a similar first line introducing the POV of each of the characters during their first chapter, I thought that was very cool and I loved how she returned to that during the sinking, I liked the circular feel of it.

I liked that the characters were all very different, came from different places and had had different experiences during the war, you have Joana (Lina’s cousin from Between Shades of Grey), a Lithuanian nurse who has been working in German hospitals during the war, Florian, a mysterious boy from East Prussia who is running for an unknown reason, Emilia, a young Polish girl & Alfred, a German soldier. I did feel a kind of disconnect with them though, simply because of the short length of the chapters, I didn’t get to know them as much as I would have liked. Joana I think was my favourite, because of her connection to Lina, it was interesting to see how she was affected by the events of Between Shades of Grey. I also found Florian quite interesting as you could never completely peg down what he was hiding. Emilia was sweet and you felt so bad for her as she had clearly been very damaged by the war. Alfred was a typical German soldier, completely brainwashed by Hitler, so naturally was not very keen on him. I liked that as a group, they were all very different people, it meant their POVs were all very different and the narrators were easily distinguished, I hate it when authors use multiple first person narrators and their voices all sound the same. This was not a problem here though, Sepetys had clearly defined voices for all the characters which I liked.

Sepetys has a very simple writing style which I think worked quite well for this book, honestly, I prefer that kind of writing anyway, I can’t stand it when authors go over the top with the flowery prose and that wouldn’t have worked for this book. The simple, stark prose she uses, suited the tone and the setting of the book perfectly.

I did feel like it took a while to get to the shipwreck part of the book? I get that Sepetys wanted to show the journey of the refugees, but there’s only so long you can read about them venturing across the ice, before you’re like, “this is cool and all but when are we going to get to the main point of this book”. Because the shipwreck doesn’t happen until the end, it’s a little light on the plot side and unlike Between Shades of Grey where it didn’t bother me because I was so swept up in Lina’s story, it bothered me more here.

There was romance in this book, but it was a very small part of it and it was done well. Joana and Florian were both so stubborn, you couldn’t help but be infuriated by them not admitting how they felt to each other. I wasn’t entirely sure if Florian wasn’t just using Joana for most of the book, but by the end of it, he does seem to genuinely feel for her as Joana does for him.

Florian seemed kind of similar to Lina, they’re both quiet, artistic souls and I think that might have been why I liked him as he reminded me a lot of her (kind of similar to why Joana liked him I think!).

The supporting characters were drawn quite well, particularly the shoe poet, I loved him and was so sad by what happened to him.

I really liked the addition of the maps, the one from 1945 and the one from the present day, I thought that was quite cool, getting to see how things have changed from then to now.

The shipwreck itself was written well, you could feel the desperation of the characters and at that point, I felt like the short chapters worked better than they had for most of the book, as it helped convey the panic and distress of the characters. It’s devastating to think that this actually happened to thousands of real people, and that hardly anyone knows about it. Emilia’s last chapter with her imagining her family together again was particularly devastating.

It’s not really relevant to the story, but I love reading Ruta Sepetys’ author’s notes as she clearly does a lot of research for her books and really cares about the real life events that inspired the stories she tells.

Overall, whilst I did have some problems with this book, it tells a very important, untold story of the war that I feel like everyone should read. Over 9000 people died in the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, that’s more than both the Titanic and Lusitania together and yet we don’t know anything about it? These real people deserve to have their stories told and I’m glad that through Joana, Florian, Emilia and Alfred, I got to learn about this horrific part of history that I had not previously known about.

My rating: 3.5/5

The next book I will be reviewing is Paper and Fire, the second book in The Great Library Series by Rachel Caine (I know, I know, it has taken me forever to get to this book. I’ve had it since last summer). In the meantime, I will hopefully have a new discussion post for you guys very soon!

Happy Easter everyone!

Thursday Quotables #45

Hi everyone! Yup, I know, I know, it has been forever since I’ve done one of these, it’s already April and this is my first one of these posts of 2017! What can I say, Uni keeps me busy. Anyway, I promised you guys a few weeks back that I’d do one of these posts sharing my favourite quotes from VE Schwab’s magnificent A Conjuring of Light and since I’m off from Uni this week for my Easter holiday (soaking up the sunshine in the South of France is none too shabby), I decided to finally get around to it! So here we go, my favourite quotes from A Conjuring of Light (I will try not to choose spoilery ones but if you haven’t read the book, you may want to stop reading here):

  1. “Love and loss,” he said, “are like a ship and the sea. They rise together. The more we love, the more we have to lose. But the only way to avoid loss is to avoid love. And what a sad world that would be.”

This is just such an incredibly beautiful quote.

2. “Anoshe brought solace. And hope. And the strength to let go.”

Excuse me….I may have something in my eye……

3. “Caring was a thing with claws. It sank them in, and didn’t let go. Caring hurt more than a knife to the leg, more than a few broken ribs, more than anything that bled or broke and healed again. Caring didn’t break you clean. It was a bone that didn’t set, a cut that wouldn’t close.”

I swear I am just in awe of how beautifully this woman uses words.

4. “Delilah Bard never read many books.
The few she did had pirates and thieves, and always ended with freedom and the promise of more stories. Characters sailed away. They lived on. Lila always imagined people that way, a series of intersections and adventures. It was easy when you moved through life–through worlds–the way she did. Easy when you didn’t care, when people came onto the page and walked away again, back to their own stories, and you could imagine whatever you wanted for them, if you cared enough to write it in your head.”

This is without a doubt my absolute favourite quote from this book, it’s so beautiful and meta and I just love it.

5. “Myths do not happen all at once. They do not spring forth whole into the world. They form slowly, rolled between the hands of time until their edges smooth, until the saying of the story gives enough weight to the words—to the memories—to keep them rolling on their own.”

So pretty!

6. “Magic gave so much to Man, and Man so much to Magic, that their edges blurred, and their threads all tangled, and now they can’t be pulled apart. They’re bound together, you see, life to life. Halves of a whole. If anyone tried to part them, they’d both unravel.”

I love how much magic is another character in the universe Schwab has created with this book and this quote perfectly illustrates that.

7. “Magic made everything feel so impermanent, it was easy to forget that some things, once changed, could never be undone. That not everything was either changeable or infinite. Some roads kept going, and others had an end.”

I just think this is so beautiful.

8. “A myth without a voice is like a dandelion without a breath of wind.
No way to spread the seeds.”

I just really love this one.

9. “Magic ran between them like a current, a cord, and he wondered who she would have been if she’d stayed in Grey London. If she’d never picked his pocket, never held the contents ransom for adventure.
Maybe she would never have discovered magic.
Or maybe she would have simply changed her world instead of his.”

I SHIP LILA AND KELL SO DAMN MUCH!

10. “In myths, the hero survives.
The evil is vanquished.
The world is set right.
Sometimes there are celebrations, and sometimes there are funerals.
The dead are buried. The living move on.
Nothing changes.
Everything changes.
This is a myth.
This is not a myth.”

This is just such a lovely quote.

11. ‘Good, then take this’. He dropped a ring into Kell’s hand.
Kell frowned. ‘I’m flattered, but I think you’re asking the wrong brother.”

This one just made me laugh so hard.

That’s all I have for this week. I’d say I’ll have another one of these for you soon, but I haven’t been very good at getting one of these a week done for a long time, so truthfully, I don’t know when I’ll next get one of these done for you! In the meantime though, I will definitely try and get a new discussion post up for you guys as I’m very aware we’re almost halfway through April and I haven’t done one yet!

Top Ten Tuesday #102

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Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all been having a good week since I last did one of these, I’ve had a pretty good week and I’m flying out to France tomorrow to join my family for the Easter holidays, so I’m excited about that. Courtesy of the wonderful ladies over at the Broke and The Bookish, I have another Top Ten Tuesday post for you. This weeks topic is about the most unique books we’ve ever read. It was kind of a vague topic prompt, so I’ve decided to twist it into Top Ten Books With Unique Narrators, as I love it when books have a slight twist on the normal first/third person narrator. So here they are, my Top Ten Books With Unique Narrators:

  1. The Book Thief-Death-Markus Zusak

This book is narrated by Death himself, you can’t get much more unique than that! He’s got a very interesting, kind of self deprecating voice and a very dark sense of humour but that’s kind of to be expected of Death! It sounds like a very strange narration choice, and it is but it really works for this book.

2. A Series of Unfortunate Events-Lemony Snicket-Lemony Snicket

Yes, I did just write Lemony Snicket twice, and no, it wasn’t a mistake. Lemony Snicket is both the pseudonym for the author of the book, Daniel Handler and the narrator of the book as well, which is pretty cool, and the whole Snicket family mystery is a big part of the story.  Plus you don’t actually know who the narrator is and what his connection is to the orphans until right at the end of the series, so it adds to the mystery.

3. Black Beauty-Black Beauty-Anna Sewell

This story of the life of the horse Black Beauty is narrated by, you guessed it, said horse himself. It sounds weird, but honestly, it wouldn’t have worked any other way.

4. Born To Run-Best Mate-Michael Morpurgo

This is a story much in the vein of Black Beauty, it follows the life of a greyhound (narrated by said greyhound) through his various owners, it’s a very sweet little story, perfect for dog lovers.

5. The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Nighttime-Christopher-Mark Haddon

In the interest of full disclosure, I actually didn’t really like this book very much, but I thought I should include it on this list because the narrator Christopher is autistic and that makes for Haddon telling the story in a very unique way. Personally, it didn’t work for me, but I’m sure it will work for some people.

6. Challenger Deep-Caden Bosch-Neal Shusterman

Caden has schizophrenia so naturally he makes for a rather unique narrator as his thought processes are always on the borderline between reality and the fantasy he has constructed, and it’s very interesting to see his reality and his hallucinations merge as he falls further into the depths of his mental illness.

7. Thirteen Reasons Why-Hannah Baker-Jay Asher

Though the book is mostly from Clay Jensen’s POV, Hannah also acts as a kind of dual narrator, as we hear her thoughts and feelings through the tapes that she leaves explaining why she committed suicide. And a beyond the grave narrator is nothing if not unique?

8. The Lottie Project-Charlie-Jacqueline Wilson

Granted, this book was one I read as a kid, parts of it are written as a diary from the point of view of a servant girl that the main character creates for a school project, so it’s quite a unique narration.

9. Between The Lines-Oliver-Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer

Parts of the book are written in the POV of Oliver, the prince in the main character’s favourite book (who comes to life), so it’s a slightly different narration style as his story is a story within the main character Delilah’s story.

10. Look Who’s Back-Hitler-Timur Vermes

The narration is normal, 1st person POV, but the narrator is Hitler, having come into 2011 from 1945, so I think that alone is enough to count this book as having a unique narrator. I have to admit I didn’t love this book, but I think a lot of it was that certain things were kind of lost in translation (it was originally written in German) and had it been a short story rather than a novel, I probably would have enjoyed it more.

That’s all I have for this week! It was a lot harder than I thought it would be, evidently I need to read more books with unique narrators! What books with unique narrators have you read? Any of these? Did you like any of these? Let me know in the comments!

I will be back with a new Top Ten Tuesday, it’s Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book, so it should be quite a fun one. I’m not sure what else I’ll have for you guys this week as I’m going to be away, so you’ll have to stay tuned to see if you hear anything else from me!

Top Ten Tuesday #101

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Hey everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since my last one of these, I had a pretty good rest of the week last week, although today, for various reasons which I won’t go into has been rather stressful! Still, I’m back and courtesy of the wonderful ladies from The Broke and The Bookish, I have another Top Ten Tuesday post for you! This week’s topic is a fandom based freebie, you can choose any fandom based topic that you like. Now since I probably talk about my book related fandoms a lot, and I have a feeling that regular readers of the blog will probably know all the book fandoms I am a part of, I think I’ll take today to talk about the other loves of my lives, the TV show fandoms that I’m a part of. TV is as much a part of my life as reading, so it will be great to share with you guys what I loved to watch. Here are my Top Ten TV Fandoms:

  1. Friends-I don’t know if there’s a specific name for fans of Friends (as with some of my other fandoms) but I love the show, have watched all of the episodes multiple times and can quote pretty much every single one from start to finish (I’m not ashamed).
  2. Gilmore Girls-Ah one of my other loves. I’ve watched all seven seasons multiple times and whilst the revival was not quite what I expected I still really enjoyed it. Along with Friends, this is probably where the most TV show quotes that somehow end up in every day conversations I have with my friends come from!
  3. Heartland-Lesser known but there’s still a pretty faithful group of Heartlanders out there! I loved the books when I was younger, and having the TV show now that I’ve grown up has been amazing, especially since I think the show is even better than the books were.
  4. Gossip Girl-Another older show, but it was one of my favourites when I was a younger teen and I still remember the fandom shipping wars (in fact I feel like this show may have been my introduction to shipping?) particular over who Blair was going to end up with. Still love rewatching this one on Netflix!
  5. Pretty Little Liars-One of my current faves. Cannot wait for the last season to resume in a few weeks!
  6. Merlin-Wasn’t Merlin the best show? Like Arthur and Merlin are bromance goals (or romance goals depending on whether you ship them as an OTP or a Brotp), there’s magic and dragons and hot knights.
  7. Nashville-NASHIES! We are pretty awesome fandom, after all, we brought our show back from the dead (cancelled/dead same deal).
  8. Sherlock-This show is just awesome and the fans are equally so.
  9. Once Upon A Time-I only got into this show last year, but I do love the show and the fandom, it’s very fun on clips watching the Captain Swan and Swan Queen shippers fight!
  10. The Big Bang Theory-I just love this show and the fandom.

That’s all I have for this week! What TV shows do you love? Are we a part of any of the same fandoms? What TV shows do you think I should watch (always up for recs!)? Let me know in the comments!

I will be back with a new Top Ten Tuesday next week, it’s Top Ten Most Unique Books I’ve ever read, so I guess I’ll have to get to looking through what I’ve read and see if anything counts as unique! I know I said I’d do a Thursday Quotables last week and I didn’t deliver, but I will try to get a new one up for you soon I promise, I have tons of A Conjuring of Light quotes that I’m dying to share! This week’s kind of a busy one for me, so I’m not sure if you’ll be hearing much from me aside from this (and all the stuff I posted over the weekend) but stay tuned because you never know!

#RockMyTBR March Update (2017)

Hey everyone! So it’s now the beginning of April (how crazy is that?) which means it’s time for me to update you guys with what I read in March and how my #RockMyTBR challenge is going. As I’m sure you all know by now, #RockMyTBR is a challenge run by Sarah K over at The Book Traveller, where she challenges you to cut down your TBR over the course of the year (though let’s face it, the damn thing never gets any smaller because we keep adding books to it!). I actually managed 3 books this month, but it’s more like 2 1/2 because I started the last one back in February, it just took me a long time to finish it! Here’s what I read this month:

ACOLA Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab:

This was my most anticipated read of the year and I’m glad to say that it lived up to my expectations and then some. I read this from 22nd February-14th March. This was just the perfect series conclusion, the characters and world were incredible, the plot was engrossing and it came to a bittersweet, yet satisfying conclusion. My first five star read of the year. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/19/a-conjuring-of-light-shades-of-magic-3-review/

this savage songThis Savage Song by VE Schwab:

My #RockMyTBR read for March. I enjoyed this one, but it was kind of a let down after Conjuring. The world was interesting, but not as developed as I would have expected from Schwab and the characters fell kind of flat, plus the plot only really got interesting in the last half. I will still be reading the second book, but I hope it will be a lot better than this one. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/02/this-savage-song-monsters-of-verity-1-review/

the invisible libraryThe Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman:

This one was such a slog! I actually started it back in February but I abandoned it for A Conjuring of Light and honestly completely forgot about it. It was a good concept but very poorly executed, the world, characters and writing were all just very confusing. I will definitely not be reading the sequel! Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/02/the-invisible-library-the-invisible-library-1/

That’s what I read in March, here’s what I have coming up in April:

Salt To The Sea-Ruta Sepetys-My #RockMyTBR book for this month. I’m not very far through it yet, but it seems good so far.

The Pearl Thief-Elizabeth Wein-I started this as my Netgalley read last month, haven’t finished it yet, but I’m confident I will this month. I don’t love it as much as Code Name Verity, but it’s still been pretty good.

Unknown third book-I’m honestly not sure what I’m going to feel like reading after I finish Salt To The Sea, so I’m going to leave this blank for now and you’ll have to wait until next month to see what I decided to read.

Countless-Karen Gregory-If I finish The Pearl Thief, then this will be my next Netgalley read. It sounds interesting, if different to what I usually read, so we’ll see if I enjoy it.

I’m two books ahead of my Goodreads Challenge at the moment, so overall, pretty pleased with how my reading this month is going. How are you guys doing with your reading goals so far this year? Let me know in the comments!