Top Ten Tuesday #147

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Hi all! I hope you’ve all had good weeks so far, I’m on my work placement week at The Evening Telegraph in Dundee, it’s been good so far, different to what I expected and kind of exhausting given I’ve been getting up at 7am and not getting home till 7pm but it’s good experience and I hope the rest of the week goes smoothly.

Anyway, as it’s Tuesday, I have another Top Ten Tuesday from Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl, and this week we’re talking about Books We’ve Lost Interest In Reading. As much as we’d love to say we’ll read everything on our TBRs, the truth is that we have more books on them than we’d ever be capable of reading in one lifetime and that means we do occasionally need to cull them every now and again. I actually donated some books I wasn’t interested in reading anymore just last week, so this topic could not have come at our more perfect time. So here we go, books I’m no longer interested in reading:

  1. What Light-Jay Asher

After the allegations of sexual harassment that have recently come against Jay Asher, I can’t in good conscience read this book now. When it comes to sexual harassment I will always support the victims and Asher’s response to the allegations has been less than pleasing, so I will not be reading this book or watching the second season of Thirteen Reasons Why.

2. The Fever Code-James Dashner

Again, after the allegations that have come to light against James Dashner, I can’t support his books anymore. This pains me because I got a signed edition of this book and I really wanted to know how the maze came to be, but the pain that Dashner’s victims went through is a lot worse than my need for closure, so I won’t be reading this book.

3. Matched-Ally Condie

I got this one for free at the book swap the first year of YALC, and I’ll be honest I wasn’t all that interested in it in the first place and after almost three years of it just sitting on my shelf, I figured I either needed to read it or lose it. So I chose to lose it.

4. Before I Fall-Lauren Oliver

I started trying to read this back when I was doing my A Levels-dear gosh I don’t like to think how long ago that was now, and I only got 50 pages through before I got bored. Having seen the movie now, I think I can safely say I don’t think this story is for me and I added it to my pile of charity shop donations.

5. Die For Me-Amy Plum

Another one of my free YALC acquistions from 2015. I did actually think this one sounded interesting at the time, but it’s kind of fallen off my radar now and I’m not so sure I’m really interested in reading it anymore. I haven’t got rid of it yet though, so I could still change my mind.

6. A Long, Long Sleep-Anna Sheehan

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sold on this one much in the beginning anyway, I mean Sleeping Beauty in space sounds kind of cool, but it always seemed a little too romance focused for me. I really only got it to make up a deal at YALC, so I don’t feel too bad about donating it.

7. Burning-Danielle Rollins

I got this one from YALC in 2016, and I actually was really interested in reading it, but then I saw it had lots of low reviews, so my enthusiasm waned and waned until I finally decided to get rid of it last week.

8. Three Days To Dead-Kelly Meding

Another of my 2015 ill advised free YALC acquistions. I’m not really a huge paranormal YA fan anyway, and the cover is a girl in a skimpy outfit, nothing about that screams me. Lesson learned, never pick up books just because they’re free, unless they’re proofs you’re interested in!

9. Unbreakable-Kami Garcia

The last of the free acquistions-I did actually keep one, so they’re not all gone! This one actually did sound quite cool, Supernatural meets ghosts, but I just totally forgot about it for almost three years, so I figured that was a sign!

10. Royal Wedding-Meg Cabot

Whilst a part of me does want to see where Mia ended up after the end of the last book, I’m not the same reader I was when I read the original Princess Diaries series, and I don’t think I would enjoy it as much now as I did back then.

Over to you! What books have you lost interest in? Do we share any? Why do you lose interest in particular books? Let me know in the comments!

I will have another Top Ten Tuesday for you guys next week, Books I Could Reread Forever. In the meantime though, I just finished Wintersong, so I will have my review of that up for you as soon as I have the time to write it.

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Top Ten Tuesday #146

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Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all been having a good week so far, mine has been pretty quite, I went to see The Post at the cinema on Saturday, and that was really good, if you haven’t seen in you definitely should!

Today is kind of a special day for me, because it’s my fourth blogaversary! That’s right, four years ago today (how the hell has it been that long?), I started BookLoversBlog. Honestly I’m kind of amazed I’m still here, I sort of thought it would just be a side hobby I’d do during sixth form and never thought I’d manage to maintain my blog through the first year of Uni, let alone throughout second and third year. I also never thought so many people would be interested in reading what I had to say about books, I mean there’s 800 odd of you who follow me, not to mention the people who follow me on Twitter and that’s just incredible! So thank you to everyone who has supported me over the last four years, and here’s to hopefully many more! I’m going to be doing a Q&A post to celebrate, so submit your questions to me here:

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Well that’s enough of my spouting on, the point is, it’s Tuesday and that means another Top Ten Tuesday from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, since it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow (ugh), we’ve got a romance based freebie. Now since I’m a total romance cynic and hate everything to do with Valentine’s Day (seriously I can go through the rest of the year not caring that I’m single, and then this one day comes around and just shoves love down your throat), I’ve decided to turn this week’s prompt on it’s head and instead of going for a typical mushy topic, I’m going for Top Ten Books For The Romantic Cynic This Valentine’s Day (aka books you can read if you want to escape all the love!). So here we go:

  1. Gone Girl-Gillian Flynn

If any book is going to remind you how lucky you are to be single, it’s this one. I mean you won’t find a book less in the romantic spirit than this crime thriller about Amy and Nick Dunne who may be the most twisted couple in the world. Once you’re done reading about Amy and Nick, you’ll probably be incredibly happy that you don’t have a partner who can frame you for their disappearance.

2. Dangerous Girls-Abigail Haas

Yet another book about twisted relationships that will make you feel glad to be single, as you follow Anna, Elise and Tate who are in a twisted kind of love triangle, Tate is Anna’s boyfriend, but it’s pretty clear that Elise is obsessed with her and I felt like Anna might be kind of love with her too. Anna is accused of Elise’s murder, and the whole book follows the trial and the events that led up to the murder, ending with a shocking reveal that will absolutely blow your mind.

3. Asking For It-Louise O’Neill

This book is about sexual assault, so yeah, not at all romantic. It will make you angry, it will make you want to throw your book (or in my case laptop) across the room because of how the justice system is weighed against the victim, and it will definitely not give you the warm and fuzzies, so perfect for the grumpy singleton to avoid the love on Valentine’s Day! Plus it’s generally just a really important book, especially given everything that has gone on this year, both in Hollywood and now in the book community.

4. A Series Of Unfortunate Events-Lemony Snicket

The Baudelaire Orphans don’t have time for romance, they’re too busy dodging the misery that keeps flying at them from every turn. So if you’re a romance cynic wanting to avoid the love this Valentine’s Day, why not dive into the Baudelaire’s story to remind yourself that no matter how lonely and bitter you feel, the Baudelaires have it a lot worse.

5. Before I Go To Sleep-SJ Watson

Another crime book to remind you that love isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The kind of amnesia the MC has is pretty terrifying, I mean imagine waking up every day and not knowing who or where you are? Pretty scary right? Add to that that her husband is not who he appears and you have the makings of a pretty scary situation and a very twisted romance.

6. Dark Places-Gillian Flynn

Honestly if I’d read Gillian Flynn’s other book it probably would have been on here too, her books are so twisted! This book follows the survivor of a massacre, Libby Day who pinned the crime on her brother Ben and twenty five years later attempts to discover what really happened. It’s all pretty gruesome really, there’s a scene with a satanic cow ritual that has been stuck firmly in my head ever since I read it. So if you’re not in the mood for romance this Valentine’s and would rather read about gruesome murders, this is the book for you.

7. Frozen Charlotte-Alex Bell

Another creepy horror for your cynical romantic heart to dive into. Set in a creepy old house on the Isle of Skye, it follows Sophie on a visit to her cousins as she attempts to solve the mystery of the Frozen Charlotte dolls and the gruesome accidents that seem to follow them. There’s a slight hint of romance between Sophie and Cameron but for the most part the book is focused on the creepy goings on at the old Dunvegan School For Girls.

8. This Savage Song-Victoria Schwab

Kate Harker and August Flynn don’t have time for all that mushy stuff, Kate is trying to prove that she can be as vicious and devious as her cold hearted father and August is just a monster attempting to be human. If you’re wanting something devoid of romance but with less horror and more action, this might be the book for you.

9. Code Name Verity-Elizabeth Wein

Friendships are just as, if not more important than romantic relationships and I think Valentine’s Day is a timely reminder of that. If you’re feeling bitter about the fact that you’re alone this Valentine’s, then read this book and it will remind you that you might not have a partner but the friends in your life will always be there for you. You’ll also be crying for a reason other than your lack of date.

10. The Book Thief-Markus Zusak

There’s a few little hints of young love, but other than that, this book is far more about friendship and family and war and death (oh and books), than it is about love. If you want something to touch your cynical heart this Valentine’s Day, I dare you to read this book and not cry. I dare you.

So there we go, ten books for your cynical romance heart this Valentine’s Day, that you can dive into to avoid all of the mushy stuff going on around you, whether you’re single and cynical like me, or if you’re in a relationship but you don’t really do Valentine’s Day. Have you read any of these? What other books would you recommend for the romance cynic in your life this Valentine’s? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic is Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading, which is kind of topical given what happened over the weekend and the fact that I just unhauled a load yesterday, so it should be a good one!

In the meantime however, I’m hoping to do my big Blogaversary celebration post over the weekend, so make sure you submit your questions in the form that I linked at the top of the post!

Top Ten Tuesday #145

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Hi all! I hope you’ve all been having a good week, it’s been back to the grind for me, starting off on my first essay of the semester, which may just kill me through boredom. Still, I have had some fun alongside the work, I had a social with my friends from Trampolining on Monday and a friend over to watch Moulin Rouge with me on Wednesday, plus a riding lesson, so all in all it’s not been too bad!

Anyway, since it’s Tuesday, I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week we’re talking Books That Have Been On Our TBRs The Longest, so naturally I went back through my Goodreads and found a shocking 31 books that I both own and have been there since I started adding books to my TBR in 2015! Here is a selection of ten of those:

  1. Scarlet-AC Gaughen

Okay so I only actually got this one in 2016, through the #otspsecretsister project, but it’s been on my TBR since 2015 and I still haven’t read it yet. I don’t know why, it sounds like a very “me” book, a Robin Hood retelling where Will Scarlet is a girl. I’m hoping to tick this one off my TBR this year as part of my challenge to read more of the books my Secret Sisters have given me.

2. The Secret Fire-CJ Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld

This one sounds really good, a teenage boy who can’t die and the girl who has to save him, in only eight weeks? Sounds pretty exciting! Sadly this book has been gathering dust on my shelf ever since I bought it, two or three years ago. It’s definitely one I intend to get to at some point, but I don’t know when.

3. The Young Elites-Marie Lu

I keep meaning to read something by Marie Lu as everyone seems to love her books, but I still haven’t gotten around to it yet. It’s meant to be a villain origin story, which sounds right up my street, but for some reason I just haven’t felt in the mood to pick it up yet.

4. Rose Under Fire-Elizabeth Wein

This one I am actually remedying this year, as it’s on my #RockMyTBR Challenge list for 2018! I can’t wait to read this, as I loved Code Name Verity, and really enjoyed The Pearl Thief, so I’m super excited for another one of Elizabeth Wein’s beautiful, heartbreaking historical stories.

5. The Book of Ivy-Amy Engel

I got this one from YALC in 2016 (but it has been on my TBR since 2015), but I’ve kind of grown out of my dystopian phase, so this one hasn’t been on my radar as much as it once was. I would still like to read it, but it’s not at the top of my list.

6. Wintergirls-Laurie Halse Anderson

This another one I got from YALC in 2016 (also has been on my TBR since 2015), but I bought it in a haze of last day discounts, so I honestly kind of forgot I had it (I have a lot of books so there are a lot of stories like these). I still want to read it though, as I’ve heard great things about Laurie Halse Anderson.

7. Only Ever Yours-Louise O’Neill

I seriously have no excuse for this one, it’s a feminist dystopia in the vein of The Handmaid’s Tale, it should be number one on my list but for some reason it’s been languishing on my shelf since 2015! I’d like to say I’ll get to this one this year, but that’s more than I want to promise, so I will definitely get to it in the next few years.

8. Pegasus and The Origins of Olympus-Kate O Hearn

I started reading these when I was still in sixth form, bought the next two books my first year of Uni and then for some reason never finished the series! There are three more books in the series for me to read to finish it, and I definitely intend to at some point, as they’re books kind of in the vein of Percy Jackson, where Pegasus and the Gods are a real thing (though they’re Roman, not Greek).

9. Dorothy Must Die-Danielle Page

Okay confession time, I was really excited for this one, a retelling of the Wizard of Oz? Pretty darn cool. However then I read Page’s Stealing Snow and hated it so much that I haven’t been able to face this one. I still think it sounds interesting though, so someone please tell me that Stealing Snow was a blip and Dorothy Must Die is actually good?

10. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer-Michelle Hodkin

This book sounds weird and mysterious which is right up my street, but for some reason it has been sat languishing on my shelf for a few years, without me feeling much need to pick it up, Hopefully this changes soon!

So there we go, just a small fraction of the books still languishing on my shelves after three years on my TBR. Which of these should I prioritise the most? Have you read any of these? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s list is a Valentine’s Freebie and since I’m kind of a Valentine’s Scrooge, I figured I would do, Top Ten Books For The Romantic Cynic This Valentine’s Day.

In the meantime however, I have a couple of posts planned for the next week, if I can find the time to write them between essay writing!

Top Ten Tuesday #144

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Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a great week since I last did one of these, mine has been rather mixed but it ended on a really good note as I’ve found Critique Partners for both of my WIPs and they’ve given me some really good, constructive feedback so far, so I’m really excited to carry on working with them and turn these stories into the best possible versions of themselves so that one day you guys can all read my work (that day will likely be a very, very long time from now, but one day).

Anyway, since it’s Tuesday, I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week we’re talking Books I Can’t Believe I Read. I’m interpreting this in a rather loose way, this won’t necessarily be books I hated, just books that I would necessarily read and am surprised I did, whether I loved them or hated them. So here we go, Books I Can’t Believe I Read:

  1. PS I Love You-Celia Ahern

Romance novels are so outside my wheelhouse of fiction, in fact I’m pretty sure this is one of only three romance-centred novels that I have ever read! I only really read it because of the movie (which I love, despite Gerard Butler’s iffy Irish accent), and whilst I liked the premise, it is definitely one of those cases where it’s the sort of thing that works better for me as a movie than a book. Plus I found Holly in the book incredibly irritating!

2. The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants-Ann Brashares
Another one that is kind of out of my usual wheelhouse, I’m not usually the fluffy, summery contemporary type, my adventures into contemporary are usually the slightly darker kind, but I’m actually really glad I read this one, because although it’s not the sort of thing I would read now, as a young pre-teen, it was great to have an example of female friendship like the friendship between the girls in this book. I still can’t believe I dived out of my fantasy hole long enough to read this one, but I’m very glad I did. I even read all three sequels as well!

3. The Princess Diaries Series-Meg Cabot

I’m sensing kind of a theme here……yes, yet again, it’s another fluffy contemporary that I read in my pre-teens/early teens. In some ways this isn’t so much of a stretch as I’ve always loved royalty, but the fact that I read an entire ten book series where romance is a central focus? Yup that I can’t believe. I did like The Princess Diaries at the time, but looking back, Mia was kind of annoying and I much prefer her in the movies, in fact I prefer the movies in general!

4. What Katy Did-Susan Coolidge

For those of you who don’t know, I tend to shun classics, as the ones I have read have left me bored, but my mum loved this book when she was younger, so I read it and actually enjoyed it, to my shock, it was a nice coming of age story and I really liked Katy (although the disability portrayal is quite dated).

5. Lulu Baker Books-Fiona Dunbar

Again, not the sort of thing I would read now, a little bit too cutesy for my liking but when I was a kid, I loved these books, about a girl who got a magical cookbook and would make recipes from it in order to solve problems in her life. There was also a CBBC show based on the books that was quite fun.

6. Heading Home-Katie Flynn

Not only can I not believe I read this one, but I actually enjoyed it? Enough to read it more than once even. And it’s a romance novel? Just goes to show that stepping out of your comfort zone can surprise you sometimes! This really cute story follows the Muldoon sisters as they grow up and navigate pre-war England/Ireland.

7. Lord of The Flies-William Golding

I can’t believe I was forced to read this for school, it was so dull. I get that it’s supposedly considered this big classic and everything but I don’t really understand why, it was so boring. Sure the social commentary is decent, but the characters are totally flat, they all seem like archetypes, the pacing was awful and it’s so blinking predictable. Honestly I wish I could go back in time and force the government to change our English Literature GCSE syllabus, so I could get back the time I spent reading this book!

8. The Fault In Our Stars-John Green

I just can’t believe I gave into the hype on this one. I knew that it wouldn’t be for me, everything I’d heard about it made it sound like something I’d hate, but I wanted to know what it was everyone loved so much about it. It was so predictable, the plot was so slow and incredibly lacking, and the teen voices did not feel at all realistic (I read this in early 2014, I was 17 so around the same age as the characters in the book) and I felt like Gus and Hazel weren’t really developed at all. I should have listened to my gut on this one!

9. To Kill A Mockingbird-Harper Lee

This is another one I had to read for school, and I’m glad I did, although in terms of social commentary on racism, I much prefer Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses. I won’t go as far as saying that I loved this, because that wouldn’t be true, but in terms of school assigned readings, this was actually one of the better ones we got, it felt a lot more accessible than a lot of other classics I’ve read and although it’s very of it’s time, I still feel like it’s an important story.

10. The Time Traveler’s Wife-Audrey Niffenegger

The third of my three romance centred novels, I pretty much only wanted to read this one because my mum and sister were reading it and I asked if I could, surprisingly they agreed even though I’m pretty sure I was only 13/14 at the time! This is so far removed from anything I read today, even with the sci-fi elements, but I’m glad I did, because the romance between Henry and Claire was really beautiful and I thought the concept was quite creative. I remember being really disappointed at the movie-so that just goes to show how much I enjoyed the book, despite not being my usual genre!

So there we go, Books I Can’t Believe I Read, some good, some bad! Have you read any of these? Did you like/dislike them? What books were on your lists this week? And bonus question, if you’re a longtime follower of my blog, then which of these was the biggest shock to you, a book that you never would have thought I would read? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s list is Books that have been on my TBR the longest and I still haven’t read, aka yet another list of shame. I will be hiding under my covers in embarrassment all week long preparing for this list I’m sure!

In the meantime however, I am hoping to have a new Writing Corner post up this week, my first of the year, wherein I give you the inside scoop on my current WIP, Underground Magicians!

Top Ten Tuesday #143

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Hi all! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, mine has been very snow filled (we had snow all week), but I did get out to Glasgow for the New Voices 2018 event last Tuesday which was super fun, and I’m bingeing Gossip Girl for the thousandth time before it leaves UK Netflix on 15th February (why Netflix,why? Oh well, I have 5 seasons on DVD already, I just need to get the sixth!).

Anyway, as it’s Tuesday, I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday from Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week we’re talking Books We Loved But Can’t Remember Much About, but, and please don’t throw things when I say this, I actually have a pretty great memory for the books I read, I remember pretty much everything I’ve ever read (within reason, I do sometimes need a quick refresher on a series books), especially the books I loved. So I’m adapting the topic a bit to fit me. I actually changed my mind slightly on how I was going to change it from what I said last week though, so what I’ve landed on is Books I Love But Do Not Rave About Enough. So this excludes any of my favourites that I mention either here or on Twitter all the time, like Harry Potter, ADSOM, The Book Thief, Percy Jackson, Skulduggery Pleasant, My Sister’s Keeper, Unwind, The Hunger Games etc. So here we go, Books I Love But Don’t Rave About Enough:

  1. Noughts and Crosses-Malorie Blackman

I know I’ve talked about this one a little bit on here, occasionally when the TTT topic permits it, but it’s not one that I rave about all the time. This was one of my first ever YAs, and it’s so good, really timely right now as well, with everything that’s happened recently and it’s still one of the most heartbreaking stories that I’ve ever read. For those of you who don’t know, Noughts and Crosses is a dystopian set in a world where black people are the ruling class (called Crosses) and white people (called Noughts) are the oppressed ones, and follows the interracial romance between Sephy and Callum in a world that is totally against them being together. This book will shatter your heart in two but it will be so worth it.

2. Thirteen Reasons Why-Jay Asher

Yes, I’m aware of the problematic elements of this book, and I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone, but I loved the unique format of this book and it was something very different to anything that I had ever read before. I even wrote a Glee fanfic based on it back when I did fanfic, about five years ago!

3. Artemis Fowl-Eoin Colfer

Another one that I think I’ve briefly mentioned in passing, when the topic permits, but not one that I flail about very often, which is a shame because I love this series (well the early books anyway, the last four get a bit odd), and it has one of the best antiheroes I’ve ever read about. It’s such a cool take on fairies, these are not the kind of fairies you’ll see in most fiction, they’re certainly not the sexy kind that appear in SJM books!

4. Blind Beauty-KM Peyton

This is another one I know that I’ve mentioned occasionally in passing, but not one that I flail about all the time, one of many horse books I read when I was younger (no the horse phase is not over, I still ride as often as I can), it’s your classic outcast story, misfit girl falls in love with ugly horse and together they attempt to win the Grand National. It’s such a beautiful coming of age story.

5. The Storyteller-Jodi Picoult

I’m not sure I’ve ever mentioned how much I love this book, as I read it before I started blogging, but I do. It’s the story of Sage Singer, whose grandmother was imprisoned in Auschwitz, who is approached by an old man who turns out to be one of the Nazi guards from Auschwitz who imprisoned her grandmother. Sage’s story is nice, but it’s Minka’s tale of her life in Auschwitz that is truly captivating.

6. The Truth About Celia Frost-Paula Rawsthorne

This is a mystery about a girl who will supposedly bleed out if she is ever hurt, or so she has been told by her mother. When an incident proves that’s not true, she sets out to find out the truth about her life. This was a really cool mystery and I enjoyed it, but I don’t feel like I talk about it enough.

7. Circus Shoes-Noel Streatfeild

I know I’ve mentioned Ballet Shoes a few times on these posts, so this time I’m going with a different Noel Streatfeild book. This one was my first ever “circus book”, although it’s a lot different to The Night Circus or Caraval! It was so lovely to watch Peter and Santa (yes, unfortunately that’s her name) blossom and develop over the course of this book and it really made me wish I could run away and join the circus (thank goodness I didn’t!).

8. Cross My Heart-Carmen Reid

I know I’ve reviewed this one on the blog and have mentioned it in TTT’s before but I still don’t flail about it anywhere near as much as I should. It’s such a unique WWII story, focusing on an aspect I’d never read before, the Belgian Resistance and the main character Nicole is so great, if you like WWII stories, I would definitely recommend this one if you’re looking for something that isn’t Holocaust related, or German based.

9. HIVE series-Mark Walden

Again, I’ve mentioned these in passing, but never really talked about them in any detail which is a shame because this series is really fun! It’s all about a secret school for training future super villains, and follows genius Otto Malpense and his misadventures. If you like Artemis Fowl, then this series will definitely be up your street!

10. Young Sherlock Holmes series-Andy Lane

I’m not sure I’ve actually ever mentioned this series, but it’s one I’ve really enjoyed, it follows Sherlock through his teen years and he solves some really wacky mysteries! The series can get a little repetitive but it is a lot of fun.

So there we go, books I loved but don’t talk enough about. Have you read any of these? How about you guys, what books do you love but don’t talk enough about? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic is Books I Can’t Believe I Read, which will probably mostly be required reading from school, I’m sure!

That’s next week, but in the meantime, I will hopefully have my second discussion post of January up on Thursday.

Top Ten Tuesday #142

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Hi all! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, my Christmas break is finally over and I’m back at Uni, it’s been nice to see my friends again, but I’m not sure if I’m looking forward to being buried under with work! Oh and I finished my thousandth binge watch of Friends!

This Tuesday is a rather exciting one as Top Ten Tuesday has moved to it’s new home, hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl, one of the former members of The Broke and The Bookish blog. It is sad that TBTB has closed down, but I’m very excited that Jana is keeping the TTT fun alive on her blog!

Our first topic of this new era is rather apt for the time, as we’re talking about our Bookish Resolutions/Goals of 2018, all about making a new start for the new year. This is one of my favourite things to do in the New Year as it’s so much fun to look back at the end of the year and see how much I achieved. So here are my goals for 2018, let’s hope they go as well as my 2017 ones!:

  1. Complete Goodreads Challenge

This is an annually recurring goal, as the Goodreads challenge happens every year and I have taken part in it since 2015. This year I’ve set my goal to 24, like I have done for the past two years, with the hope that I will increase it throughout the year as I always do. My hope for this year is that I will end on a challenge of 40 books, but I’ll be happy if I just beat the 36 books I read last year.

2. Complete my #RockMyTBR Challenge

This is another annual goal, I’ve been doing #RockMyTBR since 2016 and whilst I don’t know if the host, Sarah, is running it officially this year, I am doing it anyway because it’s become such a fun part of my blog over the past two years. So I have another 12 books to hopefully knock off my TBR by the end of 2018!

3. Expand my Writing Corner Feature

This is a feature I started towards the end of last year, as I wanted to start talking about writing more on the blog but I only did an introductory post and never did anything more. So this year, I’m hoping to get it properly up and running, with posts from me, and posts from other writers, maybe even get agents talking about the querying process? I don’t know, we’ll see how it develops as the year goes on!

4. Look into querying agents/first steps of the publishing process

I’m obviously not ready to send anything out yet, as Underground Magicians is not finished and This Is Not A Love Story still needs serious editing, but this year I want to get serious about sending my writing out at some point in the future, so I’m going to look into agents this year, draw up a longlist so that when I am ready to query, I have a list to narrow down from.

5. Finish Underground Magicians

Kind of related to the above I suppose? I started writing Underground Magicians, my f/f underground tunnel fantasy last year, but I have yet to finish it, so I’m aiming to finish Sophie & Mo’s story by the end of this year, so that I can have it ready for editing and then eventually querying. I’m super excited about this one, even more so than This Is Not A Love Story.

6. Start giving a Bechdel Test rating for the books I read

I’m sure you’ve all heard of the Bechdel test right? The test for women’s representation in media? Well this year, I want to start rating the books I read to see whether they pass the Bechdel Test or not.

7. Read more of my YALC books from 2015/16/17

I failed ridiculously badly on this one last year, so I’m trying again and hoping to do better this year! I keep gaining books from YALC and leaving them languishing on my shelves, so I want to try and finish some of them this year, before I go back in July and gain a whole lot more!

8. Read more of my #otspsecretsister books

I’ve been taking part in #otspsecretsister for the past three rounds, and this round, I am taking a break in order to actually read some of the books that I’ve received! I have read a few of them already, but I’m hoping I might be able to knock most of them out before the August round begins.

9. Reread some of my old favourites

This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. I really miss rereading and I haven’t done it much since I started blogging, so this year, I want to set aside some time to reread some of my old favourites, starting with Harry Potter as I haven’t done a reread of them in so long!

10. Make time to read at least a little every day

It’s easy to let reading slip by the wayside sometimes, especially when I’m really busy with Uni, so this year, I want to make sure that I read at least a little bit every day, even if it’s only half an hour before I go to bed.

11. Carry on collaborating with other bloggers

I had so much fun doing blog posts with the help of other bloggers last year and I want to continue that this year, especially through my Writing Corner.

12. Catch up with 2017 releases

Another annual one, as I spend each year trying to catch up with all the new releases of the year before!

So there we go, my Bookish Resolutions/Goals for 2018! What goals do you have for this year? Do we share any? Do you have any goals that you make every year, like me? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic is Books I Really Loved But Can’t Remember Anything About, but I actually have a pretty good memory for books I’ve read, especially now I have Goodreads and the ones I have forgotten, I have truly forgotten, so I’m going to change it just slightly, to Books On My Goodreads I Read The Longest Time Ago.

That’s next week, but in the meantime, I should have my review of Everless up very soon.

Top Ten Tuesday #141

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Hi all! I hope 2018 has been treating you kindly so far, I haven’t really been doing much aside from binge watching Friends on Netflix. We’re 9 days into 2018 and I’ve already watched 5 1/2 seasons, I may have a small problem! Ah well, Friends is the best and rewatching it for the millionth time is a great use of my time IMO.

This Tuesday is a slightly bittersweet one, as we say goodbye to the girls over at The Broke and The Bookish, as they close their doors for the time being. Top Ten Tuesday will be continuing, but with a new host in Jana, over at The Artsy Reader Girl. Whilst I am thrilled that this meme will continue, it is sad to be saying goodbye to most of the girls (aside from Jana) who have hosted this for so long. This meme really helped me in making blogger friends, so I will forever be grateful to all the girls at The Broke and The Bookish for creating it. So thanks girls, good luck with your own blogs and future endeavours!

So here we go, the last TTT hosted by The Broke and The Bookish is Top Ten 2017 Releases We Missed Out On, But Totally Plan To Read In 2017, otherwise known as the list of shame! Please don’t hit me for not having got to some of these already, I promise, I’m going to this year:

  1. Wonder Woman: Warbringer-Leigh Bardugo

Yes, yes, I know, I should have read this one already, but I wanted to watch the film of Wonder Woman first, so I had a better idea of what it was all about, as I’m not the biggest superhero afficionado. Then, I only watched the film in November and didn’t have time to get to it in 2017. It’s on my #RockMyTBR list for 2018 though, so I will definitely read it this year.

2. The Language of Thorns-Leigh Bardugo

2018 is basically the year of Bardugo, okay? I have like four of her books on my #RockMyTBR list, so I will be reading a lot of her this year! I really like fairytales, so I love the idea of this collection of tales from her Grishaverse.

3. Because You Love To Hate Me-Anthology, edited by Ameriie

I meant to read this in 2017, I really did, I mean an anthology of villain stories? Have you seen anything more Jo? But as usual, I got distracted by other books and just didn’t get around to this. I think it would be perfect for when I have exams in May though as I won’t have as much time to read.

4. Daughter of The Burning City-Amanda Foody

I was super excited about this one, I even got an e-ARC from Netgalley, but like all books I get excited for, I forgot about it and it got buried in dust under all the other books on my shelf. Still now that I’m on Amanda Foody’s street team for Ace of Shades, I’d really like to get to her debut this year!

5. Wintersong-S.Jae Jones

I heard a lot about this book when it first came out, but then it kind of dropped off my radar a bit and I sort of forgot about it? Still I got it from my #otspsecretsister last round and it sounds really interesting, I’ve never read any books based on the story of The Goblin King before, and I really love books where music is incorporated into the story somehow so I’m really looking forward to reading this one.

6. Moxie-Jennifer Mathieu

Another one from my 2018 #RockMyTBR list (Twitter peeps did good this year!) which I really wanted to get to in 2017 but just didn’t have the time, so I will definitely be reading it this year, I love feminist books and want to read more of them, this one sounds right up my alley!

7. Tower of Dawn-Sarah J Maas

I know, I know, please don’t judge me! I meant to read this in 2017, I really did, but I was so busy with Uni and the book came out in September and I just didn’t have time to read a 600 page tome then! I’m gonna save this one for the summer so I can read it just in time for book 7 to come out in September.

8. Our Dark Duet-Victoria Schwab

Another one where I feel like I should cower under the table in shame for not having read this in 2017, given how much I love Victoria Schwab and her books and I even read This Savage Song in 2017 so I should have had no trouble reading the sequel. Anyway, I’m hoping to finish Schwab’s monstrous duology in 2018.

9. All The Crooked Saints-Maggie Stiefvater

I love Maggie Stiefvater’s work, so of course I had meant to read this in 2017, but then there were all the controversies about the Latinx rep and I didn’t really want to read it whilst all of that was going on. Now it’s 2018, I still want to read it, but obviously taking into account what #ownvoices reviewers have said about it when I do.

10. The Last Namsara-Kristin Ciccarelli

DRAGONS PEOPLE! DRAGONS! I have wanted more YA fantasy books with dragons in them for years, so this book was basically a dream come true for me. I got this in November’s FairyLoot, so I ran out of time to read it in 2017, but I will definitely be wanting to read this in 2018.

11. Cold Summer-Gwen Cole

I got sent this by my #otspsecretsister over the summer, but I just never got around to reading it. Whilst I’m not always great with time travel, this one sounds really interesting and PTSD is something you don’t get to see very often in YA books, so I’ll be interested to see how that is handled.

12. Ash and Quill-Rachel Caine

The second book of The Great Library series left off on a huge cliffhanger, and I meant to get to the third one in 2017, but I never actually managed to. So in 2018, I want to see what Jess and his friends got up to in their latest adventures!

So there we go, the 2017 releases that I missed out on that I’m hoping to read this year! I hope I manage to read them all, though it’s not likely. Have you read any of these? Did you like them? What should I push to the top of my TBR? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you to The Broke and The Bookish for running Top Ten Tuesday for the last 8 years, I will miss you guys, but am looking forward to seeing what Jana does with the meme as it moves to The Artsy Reader Girl next week. Jana’s first topic of the new era of Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Bookish Resolutions/Goals, which was something I was planning on doing anyway, so I look forward to doing that next week!

I don’t know what I will have for you in the meantime, I’m hoping to get my Writing Corner up and running very soon, I’m also hoping to get another Jo Talks post up before the end of January as well as book reviews, so lots of exciting stuff coming in 2018!