#RockMyTBR Challenge May Update (2017)

Hi everyone! I can’t believe it’s the beginning of June already, I leave for Greece in just over a week and a half, which is crazy, I’ve been planning this trip for months, it’s strange to think that it’s nearly here. As always, the start of a new month means another update about how my reading, and my #RockMyTBR (the challenge where I hopefully cut down books off my TBR) challenge is going. May has been an incredibly successful month for me reading wise, with my exams finishing so early in the month, I had a lot of free time on my hands, so I managed to read 5 books! Here is what I read:

34299826Countless by Karen Gregory:

This was my Netgalley read for this month. I read it (on and off) from 14th April-13th May. It was an okay read, but I don’t think it was really my cup of tea. If you like contemporary YA that deals with mental health though, I would definitely recommend it, as it deals with a hard topic very well. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/countless-review-e-arc/

23766623A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas:

This was my #RockMyTBR read for this month. I read it from 30th April-14th May. I really enjoyed this one, far more than I did the first book in the series, it was still pretty slow going, but I loved the new characters, I liked Feyre a lot more than I did in the first book, and I liked getting to see new villains and new settings. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/a-court-of-mist-and-fury-a-court-of-thorns-and-roses-2-review/

the dark prophecyThe Dark Prophecy (Trials of Apollo #2) by Rick Riordan:

I started this one on 14th May and finished it on the 21st. I didn’t think this one was as good as the first book in the series, but it was still a fun, humour filled adventure with the return of one of my favourite characters from the Heroes of Olympus series, Leo. It definitely set up for some exciting adventures to happen in the third book! Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/the-dark-prophecy-the-trials-of-apollo-2/

4327066The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky:

This was a relatively short book, so I read it over the space of two days from 22nd May to the 24th. I don’t know if I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn’t seen the movie first, but I think I did enjoy the movie more. I liked the book, but the format didn’t entirely work for me, I don’t think epistolary novels are really my kind of thing. I didn’t write a review of it, as it was such a short book.

33643994Daughter of The Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller:

I started this one on 25th May and finished it on 29th. It was a super fun piratey romp, and whilst I thought the plot was a little slower moving than I would have liked, I loved the main character and her dynamic with her love interest, as well as the sharp wit and humour that run through the book. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/31/daughter-of-the-pirate-king-daughter-of-the-pirate-king-1-review/

I also attempted to read Renee Ahdieh’s new book, Flame In The Mist, but sadly I had to DNF it, as I just wasn’t getting into it.

That’s what I read in May, this is what I have coming up in June:

The Archived-Victoria Schwab

This is my current read, I’m not very far through it yet, but the concept is really interesting and I’m intrigued to see where the story goes.

Under Rose Tainted Skies-Louise Gornall

This will be my #RockMyTBR read for June. I’ve heard really good things about this one and I know that it’s #ownvoices as Louise Gornall herself suffers from the same condition as her main character, so I have high hopes!

One of Us Is Lying-Karen McManus

I just started this as my Netgalley read for this month, I’m intrigued at the mystery so far but not entirely addicted yet. I may have to get myself a physical copy if I enjoy it when I’m done, because I’ve seen that the UK edition has stained pages (and I love stained pages)!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone-Laini Taylor

My friend loves this book and since Laini Taylor is going to be at YALC this year and I’m doing a reading challenge for it, I figure now is the best time to finally read this book!

I’m three books ahead of my Goodreads challenge at the moment (it was four but then I put the number up), so I’m really happy about that! How are you guys doing with your reading goals so far this year? Let me know in the comments!

#RockMyTBR April Update (2017)

Hi everyone! How can it be the beginning of May already? I swear this year seems to be flying by! Anyway, the beginning of a new month means another update for you guys about how my reading and my #RockMyTBR Challenge is going. I’m sure you guys are all aware by now what the #RockMyTBR Challenge is, but in case you are new to my blog, the #RockMyTBR Challenge is a challenge run by Sarah K over at the YA Book Traveller, where she challenges you to cut down your TBR over the course of a year. This month was especially successful for me, as I read 3 books! Here is what I read:

salt to the seaSalt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys:

This was my #RockMyTBR read for this month. I read it from 29th March-14th April. I did enjoy this book, but perhaps not as much as I was expecting to, given how much I loved her debut, Between Shades of Grey. Still, it was an interesting insight into a lesser known part of history, I encourage all of you to read up on the Wilhelm Gustloff sinking, it’s crazy how little is known about it, given how catastrophic it was. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/16/salt-to-the-sea-review/

the pearl thiefThe Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein:

This was my Netgalley read for this month. I actually started it all the way back in February, but didn’t finish it until the middle of April! I enjoyed it, it was a nice insight into Julie’s life pre World War II but it wasn’t as good as Code Name Verity. I don’t have a review for you yet, it’s scheduled to post in two days though!

paper and firePaper and Fire by Rachel Caine:

I started this one on 15th April and finished it on the 29th. It was a decent enough read, but definitely suffered from some pacing issues, I think perhaps a little middle book syndrome, as everything seemed to be setting up for action in the next book. Still I enjoyed it and look forward to seeing what happens next. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/paper-and-fire-the-great-library-2-review/

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

A Court of Mist and Fury-Sarah J Maas-My #RockMyTBR book for May, I figured with ACOWAR coming out today, I should probably at least attempt to catch up with this series! Hopefully I love this as much as everyone else seems to have.

Countless-Karen Gregory-I started this as my Netgalley read last month, but I’ve kind of been waylaid with exam revision. I haven’t been loving this one, so I might not finish it.

The Perks of Being A Wallflower-Stephen Chbosky-I figured I would need something short to read as it will probably take me most of, if not the entire month to read ACOMAF.

Flame In The Mist-Renee Ahdieh-I got approved for this on Netgalley and am so excited to read it!

I’m four books ahead of my Goodreads challenge at the moment, so I’m totally thrilled with that, though I doubt it will last long! How are you guys doing with your reading goals so far this year? Let me know in the comments!

 

#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!

#RockMyTBR February Update (2017)

Hi everyone! I couldn’t let you guys go without a post on World Book Day, what kind of book blogger would I be if I didn’t? I’m hoping to do a World Book Day discussion post very soon, although sadly, I won’t be able to get one up tonight. However, I am giving you an update on my #RockMyTBR challenge. As you will all hopefully 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. I kept up my usual pace of two books in February, I would have liked to have read more, but it’s been a busy month! Anyway, this is what I read this month:

the-crowns-gameThe Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye:

This was my #RockMyTBR book for February. I started this on the 2nd February and finished it on the 12th. I really enjoyed this book, the magic, the setting, the writing and the characters were all wonderful, the only thing I could have done without was the love triangle (and it was a tad slow to start). Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/the-crowns-game-the-crowns-game-1/

traitor-to-the-throneTraitor To The Throne by Alwyn Hamilton:

This was my Netgalley read for the month, I started it on 19th January and finished on 17th February (though I wasn’t consistently reading over that time period!). Sadly I did not enjoy this one as much as the first, the middle section was rather plodding and it was very heavy on plotting and political intrigue which whilst interesting was incredibly slow. However the character development and world building were on point and it was still a solid addition to the series, if not quite as good as the first book. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/18/traitor-to-the-throne-rebels-of-the-sands-2-review-e-arc/

That’s what I read in February, here’s what I’ve got coming up in March:

A Conjuring of Light-VE Schwab-I’m already halfway through this book and completely loving it, though I’m in that weird stage of wanting see what happens in the end and not wanting it to be over. I will definitely be finishing it this month!

The Invisible Library-Genevieve Cogman-Confession time. This was meant to be my February read and I have got most of the way through it, but honestly, I haven’t enjoyed it as much as I thought I would and I’ve kind of put it aside for A Conjuring of Light for the moment. I will try to finish the rest of it this month.

The Pearl Thief-Elizabeth Wein-This is my Netgalley read for the month. It’s been kind of on the back burner because of work, but as soon as I get my essays in, I will be getting back to it!

This Savage Song-VE Schwab-I’m feeling in a very Victoria Schwab mood at the moment with A Conjuring of Light, so I’ve chosen this as my March #RockMyTBR read. I hope I love it as much as everyone else seems to!

I’m still pretty pleased with how my reading this year is going, despite not getting as much as I would have liked read this month. I’m hoping the rest of my 2017 reading goes well! How are you guys doing with your 2017 reading goals so far? Let me know in the comments!

 

#RockMyTBR January Update (2017)

Hi everyone! I can’t believe it’s time for my first #RockMyTBR update of 2017. It’s been an….interesting first month of the year, lots of good stuff but also quite a bit of stressful stuff too, but that’s life I suppose! Anyway, as you’ll know if you’ve been following my blog for a while, the #RockMyTBR challenge is a reading challenge run by Sarah K over at The Book Traveller, where she challenges you to cut down on your TBR through the year. I took part in this challenge last year and am excited to see if I can complete it again this year. As with last year, my aim is to read at least one book a month from the list. The first month has gone pretty well, I read the book I wanted to read from the list as well as two others. This is what I read this month:

a-study-in-charlotteA Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro:

This was my #RockMyTBR book for January. I started this on the 2nd January and finished it on the 13th. This wasn’t a bad book, but it’s not my favourite mystery I’ve ever read, the characters and plot just fell a little flat for me. It was however interesting enough that I’d like to read the second one, which is hope is better. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/23/a-study-in-charlotte-charlotte-holmes-1-review/

every-breathEvery Breath by Ellie Marney:

This was my second book of January which I read from 14th-31st January. It had a decent mystery, a shippable romance and realistic characters and families, so despite it being slow, I still really enjoyed it! Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/04/every-breath-every-1-review/

caraval-2Caraval by Stephanie Garber:

This was my Netgalley read for this month, I read it from 2nd January-3rd February. It was so good, beautiful writing, vivid worldbuilding, great characters and lots of twists and turns made for a very gripping read!

So that’s what I’ve read in January, this is what I’ve got coming up in February:

The Crown’s Game-Evelyn Skye-This is my #RockMyTBR read for February. I started it a few days ago and it’s pretty good so far, though I haven’t got fully into it yet.

Traitor To The Throne-Alwyn Hamilton-My Netgalley read for the month. This has been on the back burner for a bit whilst I finished Caraval, but hopefully I’ll manage to finish it this month.

The Invisible Library-Genevieve Cogman-I bought this with a gift card that I got for Christmas, so I’m excited to get to it because it sounds really good.

A Conjuring of Light-VE Schwab-I won’t finish it this month as it only comes out at the end of February, but I will definitely be starting it as soon as it comes out because it is one of my most anticipated releases of 2017!

I’ve started this year of reading pretty well I think, so I’m hoping that this trend continues and the rest of my 2017 reading goes as well. How are you all doing with your 2017 reading goals so far? Let me know!

 

#RockMyTBR December Update & Wrap Up

 

Hi everyone! Wow, I can’t believe this is it, my last #RockMyTBR update of 2016. Heck, I can’t believe that tomorrow is the last day of 2016. I know it hasn’t been a great year for some people, and has been a terrible year for the world in general, but personally (and for reading) 2016 has been pretty great for me. I completed my Goodreads challenge for the first time, I completed my #RockMyTBR challenge, I actually made friends at Uni, I got to meet some of my favourite authors, I read some amazing books, not too shabby for the year that the world went to hell! I’ve had a lovely Christmas holiday so far and am looking forward to a hopefully fun New Year’s Eve tomorrow. This month was pretty good in terms of reading, I read 2 books and finished one that I had started in November, so that’s three books overall for the last month of the year to bring me up to my Goodreads goal of 33 books for the year, which I’m pretty happy with (after all it’s 13 more than I had anticipated at the start of the year!). Anyway, this post is going to be rather longer than usual, as I’ll be recapping what I read this December and doing a general wrap up for the challenge as a whole, so hopefully you’ll stay with me for all of it!:

snow-like-ashes

This was my #RockMyTBR read for the month and my last one for the year. Techincally I read most of it in November (as it was meant to be my #RockMyTBR read for that month, I just didn’t finish it on time), but I finished it this month so I’m counting it in this update. I read this one from 12th November to 6th December (yup took a while). It was a bit of a slog at the start, but the end made up for it, and I’m interested to see where the sequel to this book goes. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/12/12/snow-like-ashes-snow-like-ashes-1-review/

heartlessThis was my Netgalley read for the month. I read it from 5th November-25th December (I wasn’t reading it consistently over that time, I dipped in and out especially towards the end of November when I had a lot of work, which is why it took so long). I really enjoyed this one, it was wonderful and weird, just like the original Alice In Wonderland story.

the-night-circusI got this in my first ever #otspsecretsister box back in August, it’s just taken me this long to read it! I read it from 7th-27th December and it was my last read of the year. I did enjoy it, but not as much as I was hoping I would. It was a lot of pretty writing and very little plot! I just did my review of this today, so hopefully some of you have had a chance to check it out:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/12/30/the-night-circus-review/

So that’s it my final update of 2016! I have already compiled my list of titles for the 2017 challenge, which will be the second post you come to if you scroll down the posts under the #RockMyTBR Challenge, so for the rest of this post, I’m going to recap all the books I’ve read for this year’s challenge and look forward to what I’ll be reading for the first month of next year’s challenge:

What I Read This Year (Ranked In Star Order):

  1. Magnus Chase and The Sword of Summer-Rick Riordan-5 stars

This was definitely my favourite book that I read for the challenge, I flew through it when I read it over the summer, it was uproarious fun, with a great new cast of characters getting into all sorts of misadventures and a new favourite hero for me in Magnus Chase. It turns out I love Norse mythology almost as much as I love Greek/Roman mythology, or else I will read and love anything that Rick Riordan gives me because it always makes me laugh so damn much (I think both of these are true!).

2. Code Name Verity-Elizabeth Wein-4 stars

I gave several books 4 stars in this challenge, but I think out of the 4 stars, this one was my favourite. It had WWII, and awesome female friendship, badass ladies, an unreliable narrator and just all the heartbreaking feels. I’m so glad that I read this for this challenge, otherwise it might have been even longer before I read this amazing book!

3. Ink and Bone-Rachel Caine-4 stars

This book had diversity and books and cool steampunk vibes, not to mention the awesome Library of Alexandria setting. It had great world building, fun characters, even a little gay romance in there and a terrifying villain in the people who control the Library. I cannot wait to read the sequel to this!

4. Demon Road-Derek Landy-4 stars

I may not love Derek Landy’s new series quite as much as I loved Skulduggery Pleasant, but I still had enormous fun travelling along the Demon Road with Amber and Milo in this first and in the subsequent instalments of the series, even if certain moments did make my stomach turn!

5. Challenger Deep-Neal Shusterman-4 stars

This was a difficult book to read, but an important insight into schizophrenia, and a realistic tale of mental illness that I’m very glad that I read.

6. Unbound-Neal Shusterman-3.5 stars

This wasn’t my favourite book in the Unwind universe but I did enjoy the short stories in this book and felt that they did serve to expand the universe rather than just being an unnecessary extra addition. There were of course some that I enjoyed more than others, but the stories as a whole were rather good and if Neal Shusterman wanted to add more like them to the Unwind world, then I would have no complaints!

7. Red Queen-Victoria Aveyard-3.5 stars

This was a slow starter, but the author did have me hooked by the end. It wasn’t the strongest start to a series, filled with tropes and with an incredibly cliché romance, but there were glimmers of goodness in that, with a solid premise and solid writing and some engaging characters, so I’m hoping that the sequel will build on the potential of the first.

8. Snow Like Ashes-Sara Raasch-3 stars

This was an incredibly slow starter, I was on the verge of DNFing it, but the world intrigued me and the pace did eventually pick up. I’m hoping that the second book will be better than this first one, because it had potential, it just didn’t quite live up to it.

9. The Accident Season-Moira Fowley-Doyle-3 stars

This had potential and I liked the premise, but unfortunately, it was just a tad too weird for my taste. The plot basically didn’t pick up until the end, and the writing was a little too flowery and it was altogether a little confusing, with rather bland characters.

10. Look Who’s Back-Timur Vermes-3 stars

I was hoping this Hitler satire would be outrageously funny but it wasn’t. It made me laugh but only occasionally. There was too much infodumping and repeated gags and monologues and by the end of the book it had just grown tiresome. It was an interesting concept, but just didn’t quite work in practice.

11. Allegiant-Veronica Roth-3 stars

I read the infamous final book in the Divergent trilogy way back at the beginning of the year, and it was as underwhelming as expected although not for the reasons expected. I actually liked the end, it was one of the better parts of the book, it was the rest of the plot which let it down. It was tediously slow and confusing and just felt unlinked from the rest of the trilogy. I think Veronica Roth left herself too much to do in the last book and it led to a lot of infodumping and random bits put into to explain things she hadn’t explained that didn’t really make sense. Definitely a trilogy that went out with a fizzle not a bang.

12. Graceling-Kristin Cashore-2.5 stars

I wanted to like this one, I did, but I couldn’t. The concept was poorly executed, the language was funny, a severely problematic version of feminism was perpetuated (the extreme, radical kind that gives us feminists a bad name), the names were strange, Katsa was a terrible heroine and the story was incredibly paced. Safe to say I won’t be reading anymore from this author.

So that’s a recap of everything I read this year, here’s what I have coming up in the first month of 2017:

A Study In Charlotte-Brittany Cavallaro-My #RockMyTBR book for January. I wanted to do a Sherlock month given the return of Sherlock is tomorrow (AHHHH!), so I thought what better way to start 2017 than with this book? Let’s hope I enjoy it and start 2017 with a bang!

Every Breath-Ellie Marney-I was sent this back in September by my #otspsecretsister, and I’ve heard really good things about it, so I can’t wait to read it.

Caraval-Stephanie Garber-I didn’t get to this one this month like I wanted to, but this will be my Netgalley read for January, hopefully I will be able to finish it before the release date at the end of the month!

I finished my Goodreads challenge and #RockMyTBR challenge for 2016 this month, and although I did have to put my Goodreads Challenge down one, I’m still really happy with 33 books and I’ve managed the entire year reading two or more books a month! I’m really excited for all the books on my 2017 #RockMyTBR list and I’m hoping that 2017 will be just as good a year for me, reading-wise as 2016 has been!

How did everyone else’s December reading go? Let me know in the comments!

#RockMyTBR 2017 Challenge

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Hey everyone! I know it seems early, especially since I haven’t done my last 2016 update post yet, but since I’v officially finished #RockMyTBR 2016, I thought I would compile my list for 2017. In case any of you haven’t been keeping up with my #RockMyTBR efforts for this year, or are new to the blog, #RockMyTBR is a challenge created by Sarah over at The YA Book Traveler, in which you make a list of books that have been on your TBR for a while (and that you already own) and read at least one book minimum from this list throughout the entire year. This challenge was so much fun to do this year, so I thought why not try it again this year? I mean the TBR is never getting any smaller, but I can at least try to make some feeble attempts to shrink it! Here is Sarah’s introductory post if you want to check it out:

http://theyabooktraveler.com/index.php/2016/12/07/rockmytbr2017/

Since picking 12 books worked so well this year, I decided to do the same this year. It’s a nice low pressure challenge and as my reading speed this year seems to have averaged at roughly two books a month, it allows me to read some new releases as well. However, this year, instead of compiling the list myself, I decided to let the wonderful bookish people of Twitter to decide what I was going to read for this challenge through a series of polls. I offered them a choice of 4 books for each of my 12 reads and this is what they decided on:

  1. A Court of Mist and Fury-Sarah J Maas-I’m not surprised that possibly the most popular book on any of my polls, won it’s poll by a landslide 71%. I lent this book to my friend a few months ago, and she absolutely loved it and has been bugging me to read it ever since, so I guess I will have to get to this one pretty early on in 2017. I’m a little nervous, because I didn’t totally love the first book, but I have heard that this one is better so I hope I like it more.
  2. Six Of Crows-Leigh Bardugo-Another of my friend’s favourites! I’m actually really excited for this one, it sounds kind of like Heist Society but in a fantasy world? I’ve been told it’s okay to read this without having read the Grisha trilogy, and I’m actually quite excited because I’ve heard so many good things about this book.
  3. The Crown’s Game-Evelyn Skye-AHHHHHH! I’m so happy that this one won it’s respective poll (I mean I would have been happy reading any of the three books it was up against too) as I’m really excited for it. Magic + Imperial Russia=Very Excited Jo. I lent it to my friend (same friend I lent ACOMAF to) and she loved it, so I think that’s a good indication that I probably will too as we have very similar reading tastes.
  4. This Savage Song-VE Schwab-I devoured the first two Shades of Magic books this year and completely fell in LOVE with Victoria Schwab’s writing. The wait for A Conjuring of Light will be agonising, but I have that and this hopefully wonderful book to look forward to next year (I am also hoping that 2017 will finally be VE Schwab’s time to win a Goodreads Choice Award! Up against Neil Gaiman and JK Rowling? Now that’s tough. Hopefully next year will be better!).
  5. Under Rose Tainted Skies-Louise Gornall-This was one of my YALC acquistions from this year. This was probably the closest poll, the winner kept changing throughout the week but eventually this book won! I’m not usually a big contemporary fan but I’m always looking out for new diverse books to read, and I’ve never read about a character with agoraphobia before and I definitely want to try and support some #ownvoices books this year.
  6. A Study In Charlotte-Brittany Cavallaro-I was planning on reading Sherlock Holmes inspired books in January anyway, in celebration of BBC Sherlock being back (it’s only a few weeks away guys!) and I love the idea of a book about the descendants of Holmes and Watson, and that the detective role is taken by the girl in this book. I’ve never read a Sherlock retelling before, so I’m definitely excited for this to be my first read of 2017.
  7. And I Darken-Kiersten White-STABBING! STABBING! STABBING! Sorry did I say stabbing too many times? I love stabby books and I have been assured that this book is sufficiently stabby by a very reliable source (thanks Cait @ Paper Fury!). Plus a female Vlad the Impaler? The Ottoman Empire? How awesome is that?
  8. Frozen Charlotte-Alex Bell-The poll that this one was in was tied (both times, I tried to run it again with the tied top two=still tied) so I used a random number generator and this one won! This book gives me serious PLL vibes, with all the dolls and I may not be able to sleep after reading it (dolls seriously creep me out) but it sounds like a fun read, and it will be great to knock another YALC book off my TBR.
  9. Salt To The Sea-Ruta Sepetys-I loved the first Ruta Sepetys book that I read, Between Shades of Grey and apparently this features the main character’s cousin so that’s interesting, plus I’m excited to learn more about another historical event that I’d never heard of and I’ve heard great things about it, so I’m definitely looking forward to this one.
  10. The Girl From Everywhere-Heidi Heilig-I’ve heard such good things about this book from lots of different bloggers. I like the idea of the time travel aspect and the historical aspect and I’ve never read anything set in Hawaii, plus I definitely want to try and read more diverse books this year.
  11. Scarlet-Marissa Meyer-I wasn’t totally keen on Cinder, the first book in The Lunar Chronicles, which I read this year, but there’s such hype about this series and I’ve been told that the second book is much better than the first, so I hope I enjoy this one much more than I enjoyed Cinder.
  12. Afterworlds-Scott Westerfeld-This one won it’s poll by a landslide 70% as well. I love the idea of a book about an aspiring novelist who just got their first book published (hopefully that will be me one day!) & the intertwining dual narratives seems really interesting, so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy it.

So there you go, that’s my list for 2017! Thank you to the lovely bookish Twitter peeps for voting on my list of books for this year and I hope you all enjoy hearing about my experiences reading the books you’ve chosen for me! I’m really excited, Twitter has chosen an amazing bunch of books for me and I can’t wait to dive into the wonderful choices on this list.