Quarterly Rewind (March-June 17 edition)

Hi everyone! It’s that time of year again, time for another Quarterly Rewind, the feature where I look back over the last three months of my life for you and share what’s coming up in the next three. Summer has definitely arrived here in the UK, it’s been boiling and I only got back from holiday yesterday! I hope the heatwave ends soon, I’m not sure how much more I can take! Still back to the topic at hand, this post will cover from 20th March-21st June:

Image from this Spring:

DSCF1426.JPGThis is a photo of Santorini, from my recent holiday to Greece, it’s the view out over the top of Caldera. You don’t get views like that in the UK!

Favourite Quote From A Book You Read This Spring:

“This moment will just be another story someday.” -The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

I actually preferred the movie to the book in this case, but the book does have some really lovely quotes and this one was my favourite. as a reader, it really resonated with me.

This Spring In One Word:

Awesome!

Most popular review this Spring:

I’ve actually read 10 books in the period this post covers and finished two others that I started in the period that was covered in my last rewind. The most popular of these was my review of Code Name Verity’s prequel, The Pearl Thief:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/the-pearl-thief-code-name-verity-0-5-review-e-arc/

Top Two Books This Spring:

Most of the books I’ve read this Spring have been in the 3-4 star range, so no particular 5 star standouts, but of the books I’ve read, these are my favourites:

  1. A Court of Mist and Fury-Sarah J Maas-This is definitely my favourite book that I’ve read this Spring, I was apprehensive about it because I didn’t love the first book, but Sarah J Maas definitely stepped up her game for the second one!
  2. The Dark Prophecy (Trials of Apollo #2)-This wasn’t as good as the first book in the series, but still incredibly enjoyable and just what I needed at the time I was reading it.

Two Things I’m Looking Forward To This Summer:

  1. Being able to drive-I’m taking my driving test in a few weeks time, and if *fingers crossed* I pass then I’ll actually be able to drive!
  2. Going to YALC-I’m so excited for my third year at YALC at the end of July! There are so many great authors going this year, it’s going to be amazing.

Three New Obssessions This Spring:

I always find it hard to come up with these as I’m very loyal to my long standing obsessions, new ones don’t happen often! Still I’ll try:

  1. Greece-Okay not exactly a new obsession since I’ve been obsessed with Greece and Greek mythology since I was a kid, but now that I’ve actually been to the country, you can call me even more obsessed!
  2. Lucifer-I watched this in April/May time, and caught up with both seasons pretty quickly. I never knew I could find the Devil so attractive!
  3. IZombie-I started watching the first season in April, caught up in like two days and am now totally caught up with the third season! You can definitely call me obsessed with this one!

Five Most Popular Blog Posts This Spring:

As usual, all of my most popular posts this Spring were Top Ten Tuesday posts:

  1. Top Ten Tuesday #110-This Top Ten Tuesday from a few weeks ago where I talked about YA Fantasy books that I had recently added to my TBR. You guys, this year is going to be so good for YA Fantasy!:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/06/top-ten-tuesday-110/

2. Top Ten Tuesday #101-I was surprised that this TTT was so popular since I was talking about my favourite TV fandoms rather than my favourite bookish fandoms, but I think it just goes to show how much us bookworms also love TV!:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/top-ten-tuesday-101/

3. Top Ten Tuesday #109-This TTT was talking about my most anticipated upcoming releases for the rest of 2017 and I’m so happy it got so much love as I love getting to talk about books that I’m excited for!:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/30/top-ten-tuesday-109/

4. Top Ten Tuesday #108-This TTT was me talking about all the books I have on my Summer TBR. It’s only June so I’ve only read 2 full books and most of a third from my TBR but I’m hoping to have finished most or all of them by the beginning of September:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/top-ten-tuesday-108/

5. Top Ten Tuesday #107-This TTT was one for Mother’s Day where I talked about all of my favourite TV mothers! It is nice to sometimes do some non-bookish posts!:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/top-ten-tuesday-107/

Four Posts I Enjoyed On Other Blogs This Spring:

I don’t feel like I’ve actually read many posts from other blogs this Spring, but I’ll try to find some!:

  1. Cait @ Paper Fury did this wonderfully funny post about why books are more successful at life than we are:

http://paperfury.com/10-reasons-books-successful-at-life/

2. Cait also did another post about editing your novel which I found really helpful as I’ve kind of been hitting a brick wall on my own editing recently! I will definitely be trying out some of her tips:

http://paperfury.com/how-to-edit-your-novel/

3. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction did a great post about why she finds rating MG & YA books hard, because she’s not the target audience and whilst I can’t say I’ve had the same problems (at least not with YA as I still feel relatively close in age to the characters, MG is sometimes a little harder), I found her post really insightful:

https://feedyourfictionaddiction.com/2017/05/rating-middle-grade-sometimes-ya-darn-hard-lets-discuss.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

4. Mish @ Chasing Faerytales did this awesome post about shipping non-canon couples. Whilst I’ve been relatively lucky in most books and TV shows that the couples I’ve shipped have been canon, I have definitely shipped some non canon couples in my time (fanfic is a beautiful thing) and can understand the pain!

http://chasingfaerytales.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/a-shippers-musings-when-your-ships-arent-canon.html

Five Things That Happened This Spring:

  1. I went to Greece on holiday with my friends as an early 21st birthday celebration, and it was completely amazing! I can’t wait to go back there one day!
  2. I finished my second year of University, I’m officially halfway through my degree (how scary is that?).
  3. I spent a few days in London with my mum after I came back from Uni, which was pretty cool.
  4. I went to the first Cat cafe in Stirling with my friends, it was awesome, the cats were so friendly!
  5. I spent my Easter holiday in France with my family, the first time the four of us had all been together since Christmas.

Six Songs I Listened To Way Too Often This Spring:

  1. Gravity-Sara Bareilles-I’ve been listening to this one a lot lately, the lyrics have just really resonated with certain things that have happened in my life.
  2. She Used To Be Mine-Sara Bareilles-Again, I just find that I really connect to the lyrics of this song, so I listen to it a lot.
  3. Galway Girl-Ed Sheeran-I just love this song, it’s so catchy!
  4. Castle On The Hill-This is one of my new favourite running songs, it’s just so perfect for that!
  5. I’m On It-Nashville-Another song that comes up a lot when I’m running.
  6. On My Way-Nashville-One of my favourite songs from the new season!

So that’s my Quarterly Rewind for Spring, what do you guys think? What have you enjoyed most on my blog this Spring? What have you guys been up to this Spring? Let me know in the comments!

 

Top Ten Tuesday #112

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Hi everyone! The wanderer has returned! I just arrived back from Greece today and had an amazing time on holiday. Greece is such a beautiful country, if any of you ever get a chance to go, you definitely should! Anyway, I’m back, and just in time for a new Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week we’re talking about Top Ten Series We’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t, otherwise known as The List of Shame (though to be fair, the list of series I still need to finish is probably more shameful!). I read so many series, it’s far too easy for several of them to fall through the cracks! These are the ones I feel most ashamed for not having started yet:

  1. Scarlet Trilogy-AC Gaughen

I love Robin Hood. I love retellings. You would think that would mean that I would have read this series already right? But no. I got the book from my secret sister in the last round and I keep meaning to read it, but story of my life, I get distracted by all the other pretties! Soon, I will definitely get to this soon.

2. Embassy Row Series-Ally Carter

I loved Ally Carter’s Heist Society books, so when I saw she had a new series I was really excited! This of course meant that I didn’t acquire the first book for years (thanks Secret Sis) and then left it sitting on my shelf because you know…..bookworm.

3. The Darkest Minds Trilogy-Alexandra Bracken

I added this to my TBR when I was going through my big dystopia phase and then that kind of fizzled out and I just never got around to starting it. I’ve heard good things about it from my friend though and our tastes in books are really similar, so I would like to try and get around to this series one day!

4. Shatter Me Series-Tahereh Mafi

Another tragedy of my dystopia phase! I have seen lots of love for this series online though and apparently there have been more books added to the series? This might be the perfect time to catch up.

5. The Network Series-Katie Cross

This series sounds so cool, like a cross between Harry Potter and The Worst Witch. I mean witches? Magical education? Why haven’t I started this yet? #SerialProcrastinator.

6. Matthew Shardlake Series-CJ Sansom

This series has detectives and Tudors, two things I love the most, I really need to stop procrastinating reading it! Sure, I read lots of young adult pretties, but I shouldn’t forget about the great adult stuff that is out there, just because YA is my main source of books.

7. Inkworld Trilogy-Cornelia Funke

This is a series about books that has fictional characters coming to life as well as real people being able to disappear into stories. Nothing about this series sounds like I wouldn’t LOVE it, so why do I keep putting it off? I have no idea!

8. The Star Touched Queen Duology-Roshani Choski

This duology sounds amazing, Indian mythology? Royalty? Death and destruction? All of these things sound like things I would love. I have heard such brilliant things about this duology, I really need to get on it!

9. Splintered Series-AG Howard

This sounds like such a fun, wacky, whimsical story, so perfect for an Alice In Wonderland story. I’ve heard some really good things about this one and I’m definitely hoping to get around to it soon.

10.  The Grisha Trilogy-Leigh Bardugo

My friend loves these books and is always saying how amazing Leigh Bardugo’s writing is, so I definitely need to try and start this series soon!

I’m going to stick to just ten this week, because I have so many series that I’ve been meaning to start that if I kept going, I’d probably be here until next Tuesday! What series have you been meaning to start but haven’t? Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s list is Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 so far, I’ve only read 18 so far this year, so it might be hard to pick a ten out of that, but I’ll give it a go! I’ll hopefully be able to do regular posting this week, starting with a new Quarterly Rewind tomorrow, so stay tuned for that!

Top Ten Tuesday #111

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Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a great week. When you’re reading this (because yes, I wrote this post in advance, I know, shocker!), I will be in Athens, soaking up the sun and the sights with my friends, so excited! Anyway, I’ve got a new Top Ten Tuesday for you, courtesy of the lovely ladies over at the Broke and The Bookish, and in honour of Father’s Day on Sunday, they’ve given us a Father’s Day related freebie. Since I’m not particularly inventive with these kinds of things, I’m just going to do Top Ten Best/Worst Dads, five of the best and five of the worst. So here goes:

Best Dads

  1. Arthur Weasley-Harry Potter-JK Rowling

I love Mr Weasley, he gets so excited about mundane muggle stuff and he clearly loves his kids and enjoys their hijinks. Plus he’s so great to Harry and is just as willing as his wife to adopt him into the family.

2. Hans Hubermann-The Book Thief-Markus Zusak

Hans might not be Liesel’s biological father, but he certainly treats her like she is his daughter. He teaches her to read, he protects her from the Nazis, he’s loving and caring and just the sweetest man!

3. Atticus Finch-To Kill A Mockingbird-Harper Lee

I didn’t feel like I could do this list without including Atticus, he sets such a good example for his kids and is generally just a wonderful and loving father.

4. Desmond Edgely-Skulduggery Pleasant-Derek Landy

I just love Desmond, he’s so weird and funny and he clearly loves his daughter.

5. Maxim Maresh-Shades of Magic Trilogy-VE Schwab

Maxim doesn’t really have much of a role in books 1 & 2 but it’s clear that he truly loves his son and when we do get to see more of him in the third book, it’s shown that he will do whatever it takes to protect his son, which I think makes a pretty great father!

Worst Dads

6. Mr Wormwood-Matilda-Roald Dahl

I think we can all agree that Mr Wormwood is absolute scum. He ignores his daughter, indulges his son, cheats people out of money and is just a general crook. I seriously cannot think of one redeeming quality this man has!

7. Callum Harker-This Savage Song-Victoria Schwab

Callum Harker is just completely soulless, he doesn’t care about anyone or anything but gaining more power and he just uses his daughter as another tool to do this.

8. Governer Dragna-Caraval-Stephanie Garber

Governer Dragna physically and emotionally abuses his daughters, I think that probably makes him the worst father on this list.

9. Prospero The Enchanter-The Night Circus-Erin Morgenstern

Prospero is just the worst! I mean he trains his daughter from childhood to compete in a contest that he knows could get her killed and for what? For his own ego that’s what. He abuses her in order to teach her magic, and he always seems to be looking out for himself rather than for his daughter.

10. Lucius Malfoy-Harry Potter-JK Rowling

I mean the guy was a Death Eater, so he likely killed a lot of people and was quite willing to make sure that his son followed in his footsteps, passing on his bigoted views to him and offering him up to Lord Voldemort, without caring that it might get him killed. Not exactly going to win a Father of The Year Award anytime soon.

I’m going to just stick to ten this week! Who do you think are the best and worst fictional dads? Do you agree with my list? Who would you add? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s list is Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t, otherwise known as the list of shame, as I’m sure there will be far too many on there! I probably won’t be on here much (if at all) this week, because I’m in Greece, so the next time you hear from me will probably be when I get back.

The Archived (The Archived #1)

10929432Book: The Archived (The Archived #1)

Author: Victoria Schwab

I’m sure my love of Victoria Schwab is no secret by now, over the last year, she’s become an instant new favourite author of mine and so naturally I’ve been wanting to gobble up her entire back catalogue of books! It’s quite interesting reading an author’s earlier work after having read their latest stuff first, because I felt like I could see how much Schwab has improved in her later work with her characters and world building and writing and everything, not that this book was in any way bad at all, but it certainly doesn’t reach the heights of the Shades of Magic books. I do love how unique every single one of the concepts for Victoria Schwab’s books are, I’ve read five of them now (granted three were from the same series) and each had such a unique world, characters, concept and voice. Sometimes you find that author’s work can get a bit samey (not that that’s necessarily a bad thing, I mean if you find something that works go for it) but that is definitely not true here. I felt like the concept for this one, a library filled with the dead, was brilliant but perhaps the story didn’t live up to it? I don’t know, I think I was expecting something different to what I got, something a little more exciting as opposed to a rather slow paced mystery? There was definitely still a lot to like about this book, but I didn’t love it as much as I wanted to. Here is a short synopsis of the book:

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was: a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost, Da’s death was hard enough, but now that her little brother is gone too, Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself may crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.

Probably the biggest issue for me with this book was the pacing. It was incredibly slow paced for most of the book, I’d say about 3/4 before the stakes got really high. I did find the mystery engaging, but not so much that I forgot about the slow pace! It’s strange because the opening was actually really intriguing and I thought that would keep up all the way through, however I found myself getting a little bored in places.

I thought the flashbacks were a great addition to the book and helped to flesh Mac out a little more as a character, which was good because she felt kind of flat to me aside from that? I don’t know, I just never really connected to her as a character. Sure she was smart and good at her job and grieving for her brother and everything but I don’t know, I just didn’t feel that spark? It’s really hard to explain, but basically when I connect to characters, I get that spark, where it’s just like “yeah I get you” and I never got that with Mac.

I really loved the Histories, I thought they were such a unique and cool creation, I’ve never seen anything like that in a book before. I think it’s a really cool idea, having your entire life catalogued in a form that is you, but at the same time isn’t.

The world building was decent but I still felt like the entire Archive system could have been more fleshed out. I got the basics of the system but I still felt like there was stuff that wasn’t quite explained or didn’t fully make sense, and the world was very restricted in terms of setting (the entire book is either in the Hotel or the Narrows (kind of purgatory). I didn’t really understand why The Archive existed at all? I don’t know, it just felt like Schwab only explained the very basics and didn’t go into the more complex stuff. Maybe that’s only a problem for me though because I love complicated fantasy world building!

I did love the creepy old hotel, that’s just the kind of setting that totally screams me!

I got quite confused early on because Schwab introduces Mac’s Da who she says is dead and then later on her Dad and I assumed they were the same person! I thought her Dad was a ghost for a while and it took a bit before I realised they were different people, her Dad and her Grandpa!

I liked the fight scenes, Victoria Schwab has a certain way of making any fight scene really engaging, but they did start getting a little repetitive after a while. In fact the entire plot up until the climax was kind of repetitive, Mac fights Histories, wins, returns them, goes back to her life before the whole thing starts over again. Sure there’s a little investigative work in between but for the most part the entire book was just Mac switching between the Coronado and The Archive.

I did like that there was a nice mix of longer and shorter chapters, it helped the slow pace from becoming more of a problem than it might have been otherwise.

I wasn’t overly keen on the love triangle, I felt like Mac’s relationship with Owen wasn’t really fleshed out enough and I only really got a friendship vibe between her and Wes, so it wasn’t really believable.

Speaking of which, I loved Wes, he was the one character that really felt alive in this book, who I felt the spark from. He was so cocky and sassy and cute and I loved him!

I did like that Mac had a present family, they might have been oblivious to what she was spending her days doing but it was clear that they cared for her and wanted to be involved in her life, a rarity in YA. I also loved how excited they were about Wes, it reminded me of my own parents whenever they heard even the hint of a boy from me (which has been an extreme rarity from me!).

I felt like the climax was kind of rushed, we got a lot of information all thrown at us in the last chapters! Still I did appreciate the twists and thought they were done well.

The writing was the same wonderful prose I’ve come to expect from Schwab although there was the occasional typo here and there!

Overall, the concept for this was amazing, but the execution didn’t quite measure up to it. The plot was uneven, the pacing was off and the world building not quite as high a standard as I’ve previously seen from Schwab. Still it was a unique and interesting world and the mystery was intriguing enough to keep on reading. I liked the concept and the world enough that I will read the second book, in the hopes that the plot is a little meatier!

My rating: 3/5

My next review will be of Under Rose Tainted Skies, but you probably won’t get it for a while as I’m going to be away for the next week in Greece!

Top Ten Tuesday #110

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Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a great week, mine has been relatively quiet since getting back from Scotland on Friday, but I’m going to be heading off to Greece with my friends with my friends next week which I’m really excited for! Only 6 days to go! Anyway, I’m back this week with another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of the lovely ladies over at The Broke and Bookish. This week’s topic is about my Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added to My TBR In X Genre, so naturally I’ve chosen YA Fantasy to fill the gap since that’s what I mostly add to my TBR! Most of these will actually be from last week’s TTT lists since there were so many fab YA fantasy new releases on people’s lists! So here we go, the Top Ten YA Fantasies I Added To My TBR recently (in no particular order):

  1. An Enchantment of Ravens-Margaret Rogerson-Added 30th May

Reading Sarah J Maas over the last few years has given me a taste for Fae, but honestly these Fae sound far more like my cup of tea, dark and sinister rather than sexy! It doesn’t release till September but I will definitely be getting it once it does.

2. The Glass Spare-Lauren DeStefano-Added 30th May

Granted this does sound like a rather cliche fantasy, princess finds out she has special powers, there’s a big war on, she’s banished from the kingdom, but if it’s not broke……

This one releases in October.

3. Beasts Made of Night-Tochi Onyebuchi-Added 30th May

This one sounds so original, sin eaters can call forth sins from sinners called sin beasts but killing them causes the sin eater to have a tattoo of the beast and accept the guilt for the sin. Sounds cool right? Also it’s apparently Nigerian inspired, which is awesome!

This is another October release.

4. Girls Made of Snow and Glass-Melissa Bashardoust-Added 30th May

A feminist retelling of Snow White? Count me sold! It sounds like a much darker, more interesting version of Snow White and I can’t wait to see how the author twists the original fairytale. This one releases in September.

5. Daughter of The Siren Queen-Tricia Levenseller-Added 30th May

I added this one straight after reading the first book as it was such a fun read and I can’t wait to catch up with Alosa and Riden and hopefully see more of the sirens, since that’s what the title indicates! Sadly this doesn’t release until February next year.

6. Hunted-Megan Spooner-Added 10th March

Beauty and The Beast is one of my favourite fairytales, so I’m always on the lookout for good retellings of it. I’ve heard some really great things about this one, but I haven’t managed to pick up a copy of it for myself yet!

7. Labyrinth Lost-Zoraida Cordova-Added 24th February

I’ve never read a Latinx inspired fantasy (yes I know, I know) and I love the idea behind this one, a witch summoning the spirits of her dead relatives and it all going wrong? Sounds awesome!

8. The Glass Sentence-SE Grove-Added 15th February

This one is all about maps and adventuring and pirates and it just sounds like so much fun!

9. The Unbound-Victoria Schwab-Added 11th February

It might seem strange that I added this before I had even read the first one (which I’m currently reading) but I already had the first one on my TBR when I bought the pair of them together. I’ve been really enjoying The Archived and I’m sure The Unbound will be just as good.

10. The Crown’s Fate-Evelyn Skye-Added 9th February

I added this one after finishing The Crown’s Game. I liked the first one, didn’t love it, but the ending left off at a very exciting place, so I look forward to seeing what Vika, Nikolai and Pasha get up to next.

I’ll stick to just ten this week before I end up going all the way back to books I added in January! What books have you added recently to your TBR? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s list is a father’s day related freebie, so you’ll have to see what topic I choose then (I’m going to have to be organised and actually schedule this post as I’ll be in Greece!). I don’t know if I’ll have any more posts for you this week as I’ll be busy get ready for Greece, but stay tuned just in case!

 

 

 

 

 

Armchair BEA 2017 Wrap Up

Well that’s it for yet another year of Armchair BEA, but as usual, it has been a lot of fun and I have really enjoyed getting to meet all of you amazing bloggers! I managed to take part in more twitter parties this year which was great and I’ve entered a few giveaways, so hopefully this year is my year! This is honestly one of my favourite events of the blogging year and I hope to take part in it for many more years to come.

Here is a recap of what I wrote this week:

Day One-I introduced myself to everyone. The other topic was about practices in the online community, but I simply focused on the introduction part of the topic.

Day Two-I talked about what readers want, well particularly what I want from my books.

Day Three-I talked about dining with authors and which authors I’d most like to take part in a fictional brunch! I reckon if I really could get them all together for a meal, it would be the most fun!

Day Four-Day four was giveaway day and as a broke student, I really can’t afford to be running giveaways so I didn’t take part in this one! I could have done the recommendations topic but I already have enough books on my TBR, I didn’t really need to add any more!

So that’s all for this year’s ABEA! Thanks so much to the organisers of the event for making it so much fun, and to everyone who has taken part and looked at my posts. I hope to see you all again next year!

 

 

Armchair BEA: Dining With Authors

Hi everyone! It’s day 3 of Armchair BEA (well it will probably be day 4 when you read this but you can blame Ryanair for that, my mum and I were flying back from Scotland today and it was literally the worst flight ever, we got delayed at basically every turn!). Anyway, today I’m going to be talking about dining with authors, essentially which authors I would like to meet and share a meal with. This could be an incredibly long list, as I have a lot of authors that I love, but I’m going to try and stick to the top five or six authors that I’d love to meet and have brunch with, I’d go with dinner but I think brunch would be a little less intense!

  1. JK Rowling-This would never happen, but a girl can dream right! I would just love to pick her brain about all things Hogwarts, I have so many questions about the Wizarding World that I’d love to be answered!
  2. Rick Riordan-I mean he never comes to the UK, so there wouldn’t be a scenario where this would happen, but I’d love to meet him. I’d love to chat with him about Greek Myths, he has so much knowledge and it would be interesting to hear about. I’d also ask a ton of questions about what’s next for Percy and the gang of course!
  3. Derek Landy-He would just be a bunch of fun to have, I imagine he’d make everyone laugh! I’ve always wanted to go to Ireland, so I’d definitely ask him a lot of questions about that, also whether he’s planning on writing any more Skulduggery books and where he gets all his zany ideas from. I maintain that if he and Rick Riordan ever met, they’d be a riot together because they both write really funny books!
  4. Sarah J Maas-I really just want to fangirl with her, when I went to her event in October last year, she seemed like such a fangirl, so it would be great to just talk to her about her favourite fantasy books and TV shows (I’m dying to know if she’s watched Once Upon A Time or Merlin because they totally seem like shows she would like!). I’d also want to ask her about TOG 7 and the possible heartbreak to come. I know she started writing very young as well, so it would be cool to hear about that.
  5. Maggie Stiefvater-Another funny author, honestly, this brunch would be a real riot! I know that Maggie’s had an array of weird jobs, so it would be a lot of fun to talk to her about that. I’d also really love to know what kind of research she did for The Raven Boys, because I’m sure that involved some weird and wonderful travels. I’d ask her about her new book and also see if I could try and find out what she has planned for her upcoming Ronan trilogy!
  6. Victoria Schwab-I need to know how she manages her crazy writing schedule, she always seems to be working on something! I’d also love to know where she gets her ideas from, all her books are so different! I’d love to talk to her about the Shades of Magic books, the world and characters, whether we’ll get anymore from them. I would make sure tea was served with brunch as I know how much she loves it. Not Earl Grey though!

So those are my favourite authors who I’d love to have brunch with! What about you? Which authors would you love to have brunch with? What would you talk about? Let me know in the comments!

I’m not sure if I’m going to do a post tomorrow since I’m too broke to do a giveaway and I’m not entirely sure I understand the other topic! I guess you’ll just have to wait and see!