Top Ten Tuesday #104

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

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

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

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

Top Ten Tuesday #103

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

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

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

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

 

Top Ten Tuesday #102

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

  1. The Book Thief-Death-Markus Zusak

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

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

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

3. Black Beauty-Black Beauty-Anna Sewell

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

4. Born To Run-Best Mate-Michael Morpurgo

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

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

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

6. Challenger Deep-Caden Bosch-Neal Shusterman

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

7. Thirteen Reasons Why-Hannah Baker-Jay Asher

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

8. The Lottie Project-Charlie-Jacqueline Wilson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top Ten Tuesday #101

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

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

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

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

Top Ten Tuesday #100

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Hey everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, I had my mum up to stay this weekend, which was lovely as it’s been a while since I’ve seen her and since it was Mother’s Day here in the UK on Sunday, it was great to actually be able to spend the day with her as last year I couldn’t. Anyway, I’m back, and courtesy of the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish, doing another Top Ten Tuesday for you all. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a rather special one for me, as you can see by the number at the top, as it’s my 100th one! I can’t believe I’m into triple digits already, it feels like I only just did the first one of these yesterday. I’m so glad I started doing this, I’ve met so many wonderful bloggers through doing this meme alone and I’m so grateful for all your positive comments on these posts. Basically thanks guys, you’re awesome, here’s to the next 100 of these! This week’s topic is supposed to be a meeting authors freebie, but quite honestly, my author wishlist really has changed much since the first time I did an author post all the way back when I started doing these, and whilst I have met some great authors, I’m not sure if I could compile a list of ten, I literally only started going to author events and stuff in the last couple of years. So instead, I’m going to just be a complete rebel this week, and do a post about my Top Ten Fictional Mothers, in celebration of last Sunday’s Mother’s Day.

  1. Molly Weasley-Harry Potter-JK Rowling

Well you all knew this one was coming. Mrs Weasley is probably the one fictional mother that we all come up with when we think of great fictional mothers. Not only is she an incredible mother to her own children, she takes Harry under her wing as well and becomes a kind of surrogate mother to him. I love that she’s such a sweet woman and yet so fierce as well (we all remember her fight with Bellatrix) and just loves her family so much. Basically all the YA mother points go to Molly Weasley.

2. Sally Jackson-Percy Jackson-Rick Riordan

I love Percy’s mum! For one thing, she’s actually present in her son’s life, no mean feat in a YA book. She married a total jerk just to keep her son safe, she and Percy have the best in jokes with their blue food obsession, she’s willing to step up and help her son when he needs her but also to step back and allow him to do what he needs to to save the world. Basically Sally Jackson is one awesome lady.

3. Meggie McGregor-Noughts and Crosses-Malorie Blackman

Meggie may not be the perfect mother, she is flawed, but that’s one of the things I love about her. She loves her family so much and is willing to do anything to protect them and it’s so heartbreaking when she can’t. She also cares for Sephy like she’s her own daughter and looks after her when her own family doesn’t. She is selfish sometimes and makes stupid decisions but they are always out of love for her family and no one can deny her devotion to her children.

4. Maura Sargent-The Raven Cycle-Maggie Stiefvater

Blue’s mum is so weird and wonderful! She’s always there for her daughter to offer advice, and she and Blue have a great relationship. It’s nice to see a YA mother playing an active role in their child’s life, she even helps the Gangsey a little on their quest to find Glendower.

5. Rosa Hubermann-The Book Thief-Markus Zusak

Rosa may be strict and come off kind of cold, but you can tell that she really, really loves Liesel, that she has a huge heart underneath it all and that she would do anything to protect her foster daughter.

6. Natalie Prior-Divergent-Veronica Roth

Okay, so you don’t get to see all that much of Mrs Prior, but she literally sacrifices herself to save her daughter? I mean that’s a pretty great mum!

7. Elena Vilkas-Between Shades of Grey-Ruta Sepetys

Mrs Vilkas is unfailingly kind, generous, even to those who don’t deserve it, she never gives up hope and she protects her children fiercely, even giving up her own food in order to make sure that her children get fed. It’s amazing that she can be so kind and sacrifice so much after everything she goes through.

8. Helen Thermopolis-The Princess Diaries-Meg Cabot

Okay, so I’ll admit, I am probably basing this slightly on the movies, since it’s been a while since I read the books, but from what I can remember of the books, Mia’s mum is pretty awesome, she has such a close relationship with her daughter and is always there to offer advice when Mia needs it.

9. Miss Honey-Matilda-Roald Dahl

Miss Honey is far more of a parent to Matilda than Mrs Wormwood ever was, taking her under her wing and encouraging her love of books and learning & it’s so sweet to see the two of them find what they need in each other.

10. Melissa Edgley-Skulduggery Pleasant-Derek Landy

Melissa doesn’t have a huge role in the series, but she clearly cares a lot about her daughter, is interested and engaged with her life (granted it’s Valkyrie’s reflection she spends the most time with, not her daughter herself but she doesn’t know this) and they have some sweet moments together throughout the books.

That’s all I have for this week! Who are your favourite fictional mothers? Do we share any? Who do you think are the worst mothers in fiction? Let me know in the comments!

I will be back with a new Top Ten Tuesday next week, it’s a fandom freebie, so you’ll have to wait and see exactly what spin I decide to go with for that one, but I’m really excited about it. I have lots of stuff planned for this week, I just finished This Savage Song, I want to do a Thursday Quotables post this week (I know right wonders never cease), I’ve almost finished another book, this week will be a busy one, so stay tuned!

Top Ten Tuesday #99

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Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had good week since I last did one of these, I had a pretty fun bookish Saturday exploring the literary sights of Edinburgh for an article I had to write for my Journalism module, it’s one of the most fun things I’ve ever got to do in the name of work! Anyway, I’m back and courtesy of the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish, I have a new Top Ten Tuesday for you. This week’s topic is a Read In One Sitting Theme. Now I have to say, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book wholly in one sitting, I’m just not that fast of a reader! So I’m going to twist the topic into Top Ten Shortest Books I’ve Enjoyed (and those of you who are faster readers than me could probably read these in a day). For short, I’ll define it as anything from 100-400 pages. Also this is not in order of preference, simply in order of length.

  1. Black Beauty-183 pages-Anna Sewell

Goodreads lists this as having 245 pages but the copy I have at home is 183 pages. This is my favourite classic (actually one of the few that I like!) and is one of the most beautiful and heartrending horse tales I have ever read.

2. Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone-223 pages-JK Rowling

I mean I highly doubt that there are many people left out there who haven’t read Harry Potter, but if you haven’t then you will regret it if you don’t dive right into this first instalment of the series and join the famous boy wizard in his adventures at Hogwarts.

3.  Matilda-232 pages-Roald Dahl

One of my favourite books from childhood, and would probably make my all time list too. I mean Matilda is basically a love letter to all bookworms out there, so I’m sure I’m not the only bookworm who would list it among my favourite books. If you haven’t read it, then what are you waiting for?

4. Ballet Shoes-240 pages-Noel Streatfeild

Another one of my favourite books from my youth, this heartwarming story about three adopted sisters and their adventures at stage school is one that will stay with you for years after you read it. I loved the bond between the three Fossil sisters and Ballet Shoes is so much more than a story about learning to dance, it’s a story about growing up and finding who your family is.

5. Thirteen Reasons Why-288 pages-Jay Asher

It’s the perfect time to read this book about Hannah Baker, who leaves tapes after committing suicide for the people who contributed to her decision to tell them why she did what she did and how they played a part in it, as it’s going to be a Netflix series released at the end of the month. The use of the tapes makes for a very interesting format and I loved how Asher showed how the little things that people do can all add up, that bullying doesn’t always have to be big acts. It’s such a thought provoking little book and well worth the read.

6. Heist Society-291 pages-Ally Carter

This fun book about teenage thieves is engaging, high spirited and tons of fun up until the very last page. It will be very easy to get carried away in the adventures of Kat and her crew and fly through this in one afternoon.

7. Percy Jackson Series-265-400 pages-Rick Riordan

This five book series about the son of Poseidon will fly by easily, the longest book being only 400 pages. I dare you not to get sucked into the adventures of Percy and his friends. With a modern twist on Greek mythology, tons of sass, great friendships and thrilling adventures, this is definitely one of my favourite series.

8. Unwind-335 pages-Neal Shusterman

This is one of my absolute favourite books. Eerily creepy, it’s set in a world where abortion was outlawed after a messy war between pro-lifers and pro-choicers, but a new solution, Unwinding where parents can retroactively have their children taken apart and their organs harvested for donation…..whilst still alive. It’s such a unique dystopian world, I’ve never read anything like it and it was so riveting, I read much of it in the one afternoon.

9. The Truth About Celia Frost-335 pages-Paula Rawsthorne

This is a riveting mystery about a girl who could supposedly bleed out from a single cut….until she gets hurt and finds out that her mother has been lying to her about her illness the entire time. The rest of the story is a twisty, turny mystery as we, along with Celia discover the truth.

10. Between Shades of Grey-344 pages-Ruta Sepetys

This WWII novel about Lithuanian deportees, is beautiful and heartbreaking, but most of all hopeful. The main protagonist, Lina Vilkas is probably one of the strongest characters I’ve ever read about, she goes through some terrible, terrible things and through it all she never gives up hope. Have some tissues handy, because this book will make you cry.

11. Rebel of The Sands-358 pages-Alwyn Hamilton

This fantastic desert romp about female sharpshooter Amani Al’Hiza, has a wonderful setting, amazing characters, and a heart pounding plot, it would definitely be very easy to fly through this one in a day.

12. Split Second-368 pages-Sophie McKenzie

I was literally on the edge of my seat reading this book, I never wanted to put it down, it’s a gripping, engaging thriller that barely lets you pause for breath as you worry about what is going to happen to the main characters Charlie and Nat.

13. Blind Beauty-368 pages-KM Peyton

One of my absolute favourite books, this is a heartwarming story about a reckless girl and an ugly racehorse, both outcasts who find solace in each other and together fight against all the odds stacked against them. KM Peyton is honestly one of the best horse authors out there and this is my favourite book of hers. I read this one over the space of one coach trip (albeit quite a long one!).

14. Skulduggery Pleasant-371 pages-Derek Landy

Magical skeleton detective. Who talks. And solves crimes. And it’s set in Ireland. Plus there’s lots of sass. I mean sass, skeletons, magic, crimes and Ireland? What more could you want?

15. A Darker Shade of Magic-384 pages-VE Schwab

OMG! THIS BOOK! Victoria Schwab is an actual genius I swear. You have multiple parallel Londons, magicians, a sassy thief and a wonderful adventure. Please, please read this book, you will become addicted and you won’t regret it. Schwab’s Shades of Magic trilogy is one of the best fantasy series I’ve ever read.

16. Cross My Heart-388 pages-Carmen Reid

An incredible tale about a young girl’s bravery during WWII, we follow Nicole as she acts as a spy for the Belgian Resistance. It has a fast paced plot, awesome characters and allows you to learn about a lesser known part of WWII history.

17. Dangerous Girls-388 pages-Abigail Haas

This is one of the most twisted mind fucks of YA thriller I have ever read and if you like YA thrillers then I urge you all to read it, because honestly after reading this no other YA thriller has ever stacked up. I read it three years ago and I’m still thinking about THAT ending.

Okay I’m going to stop there before I go completely overboard but we were talking about short books this week so it makes sense I would offer you almost twice as many! I will be back with a new Top Ten Tuesday next week, it’s a meeting authors based freebie, so it should be pretty fun. I’m not sure what I’m going to have for you guys next, but I will probably have my second discussion post for March up pretty soon. In the meantime, I just did my latest Quarterly Rewind post, so you guys should check that out!

 

Top Ten Tuesday #98

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Hey everyone! It feels so strange that I haven’t done one of these for two weeks, but I’ve come back refreshed, and I hope the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish enjoyed their break too, they’ve been working hard for 6.5 years, they deserve their break. The break actually came just in time as I was snowed under with Uni assignments the last two weeks, so it was nice to be able to focus on that rather than blogging, if you’re wondering why I was MIA for the last week and a half, that’s why! Anyway, I’m back, refreshed and ready to dive in to this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, which is: Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR List. Agh! I should have known this one was coming. I suck at sticking to TBR lists, and I don’t usually finish ten books in any given season, although I did pretty well with my autumn TBR, I’ve only not read two of those books now, so that’s a lot better than I usually manage! Here’s what I’m hoping to read this Spring (although please don’t hold me to it!):

  1. This Savage Song-VE Schwab

After finishing (and being utterly heartbroken by) A Conjuring of Light today, I’m in a VE Schwab kind of mood. I had this on my #RockMyTBR list, so I figured why not use it as my March book? My friend loves this book and VE Schwab has yet to disappoint me, so I can’t wait to dive into this one!

2. Salt To The Sea-Ruta Sepetys

I’ve been hitting the fantasy pretty hard recently, so I thought it would be nice for my April #RockMyTBR to have a brief break from my favourite genre and go with this historical fiction. I loved Sepetys’ first book, Between Shades of Grey, and I have heard such great things about this one, so I have high hopes that I’ll enjoy it.

3. The Pearl Thief-Elizabeth Wein

I’m currently reading this one, but I’ve been sort of dipping in and out because I’ve been so busy and haven’t had all that much time to read. I haven’t really got into it yet, but I’m hoping when I have a more concentrated period of time to read it, I’ll enjoy it. I mean it’s the prequel to Code Name Verity, so it can’t possibly be bad right?

4. The Invisible Library-Genevieve Cogman

I meant to read this in February but then A Conjuring of Light came out and I wasn’t all that into it anyway, so I kind of abandoned it…..and then forgot to go back! I want to finish it because I’m only like 4 chapters from the end and I’ll be damned if I’ll DNF when I’ve already invested so much time in it. Hopefully I’ll finish it this month.

5. A Court of Mist and Fury-Sarah J Maas

I think I’ll probably read this as my May TBR book, as it will be just after exams finish, I’ll have plenty of time to dedicate to it and it will be a nice reward for finishing the year. My friend is going to be so happy I’m finally reading this! In all seriousness though, I’ve had a Maas free year thus far, so it will be nice to dive back into one of her gorgeous worlds.

6. Countless-Karen Gregory

This was featured on #ukyachat a while ago and despite it being a contemporary, the premise of a pregnant teenager struggling with an eating disorder sounded really unusual, so I requested it, got approved and I’m actually quite looking forward to reading it.

7. The Perks of Being A Wallflower-Stephen Chbosky

Like I said, I have exams coming up in the Spring, so I figure this small book from my #otspsecretsister will be perfect for when I’m in the middle of revision hell and have little time to read. I love the movie of this and I’m so excited to finally have the chance to read the book (yes I know, bad bookworm, seeing the movie first) and see what I think of it.

8. Daughter of The Pirate King-Tricia Levenseller

I won this one in a giveaway and it sounds like so much fun! I love feisty female pirates, and I don’t read anywhere near enough books about them, so I’m excited for this one.

9. One of Us Is Lying-Karen McManus

This is billed as a PLL meets The Breakfast Club style mystery and I cannot wait to read it. I’ve read some really amazing YA thrillers in recent years, so I hope that this one lives up!

10. Under Rose Tainted Skies-Louise Gornall

I got this one from YALC last year, and I’ve heard such good things about it since, plus the author seemed so lovely, so I’m really excited to read this one as my June #RockMyTBR book. I don’t read all that many YA mental health books, so it will be interesting to see if I enjoy this one.

We are back to our regular Top Ten Tuesday routine now, so I will be back next week with a new post, the topic is Read In One Sitting, but we can interpret it however we want, so you’ll have to wait until next week to see exactly how I interpret the topic. In the meantime, I just finished A Conjuring of Light so I will hopefully have a review of that up for you guys very soon. Stay tuned!