Goodbye 2014, Welcome 2015!

 

2014 has been a wonderful year for books.

In total I have (somehow) read 107 books!51cKKNJKbqL__

To pick a top ten would be tricky, I’m not sure I could do it but here are some books which I have truly enjoyed reading this year:

The Witches of the Glass Castle by Gabriella Lepore.

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham.

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare.

City of Heavenly Fire (TMI) by Cassandra Clare.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.imagesCAYX12D4

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz.

Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.

The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings.Love rosie

When I joined #bookstagram back in April/May time I had no idea that I would ever start a book blog but at the end of August that is exactly what I did do. I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone for being so kind and supportive as I find my way in the book-blogging-universe. Finding my fellow bookworms and fangirls has helped me through some tough times this year and has been such fun. Sharing book recommendations and reviews with you is easily my favourite thing to do after reading.

I am really looking forward to the bookish wonders of 2015. I’m just a girl with a bag (and bookshelves and boxes) full of books reading her way through a thousand lives.

May 2015 bring you love and prosperity and of course lots of books!

Happy New Year x

Top Ten Tuesday #22

 

Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me This Year.

Please Santa, I’ve been really good this year!

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

The Sandman by Lars Kepler

365 Days of Wonder by R.J Palacio

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg (aka Zoella)

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Fires of Calderon (Balance Keepers) by Lindsay Cummings

P.S I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

Let It Snow by John Green et al.

Eeny Meeny by M.J Aldridge.

I’d be super happy if I got even one of these books or a Kindle giftcard. Thanks in advance Santa!

 

Waiting on Wednesday #9

New WoWI apologise for missing the last two week’s Waiting on Wednesday and I apologise (a little) because my choice for this week was actually released yesterday. However, I do not have my copy yet so I am still waiting.

The Balance Keepers #1: The Fires of Calderon.balance

By Lindsay Cummings.

Release date: Yesterday.

From Amazon:

“With themes of friendship, self-discovery, and courage; both boy and girl main characters; fierce creatures to battle; a mystery to solve; and a boarding school that could be described as Hogwarts underground, there’s something for every reader to enjoy in this contemporary—and fantastically imaginative—spin on the classic Journey to the Center of the Earth.

When eleven-year-old Albert Flynn follows a mysterious map deep into the woods, and then under the woods, he discovers he’s a Balance Keeper—someone with special magical skills for keeping harmony in fantastical underground worlds. Together with his teammates Leroy and Birdie, Albert must master his magical talents in time to stop the fires in the Calderon Realm from destroying New York City above.”

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Top Ten Tuesday #6

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Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read

(Whether because they think it’s a “you” book or it’s just been generally recommended so often)

From friends, family and the bookstagram community I get hundreds of book recommendations and I absolutely love it. Reading a book that has been recommended to you is so exciting as once I have finished I know that there is someone that I can go and talk to about it. I love discussing books so this is perfect for me. Here is a list of ten books that I have been recommended over and again but for one reason or another have yet to read. legend

The Legend trilogy by Marie Lu – these books have been recommended to me so many times and I am still yet to read them (sorry!) I haven’t even bought them. They do sound like something that I would enjoy though.

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead –I am yet to read all of the Vampire Academy books and I really want to finish them first but I will get on to these afterwards. Promise.

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes – this has been recommended to me numerous times, it’s no secret that I love a good romance novel but…books set during WWI don’t normally work for me so I am uncertain as to whether or not I will read it.

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Booktubeathon – Are You Taking Part?

 

The Booktubeathon Rules:

  1. Read a book with pictures.
  2. Start and finish a series.
  3. Read a book with red on the cover.
  4. Read a book someone else picks out for you.
  5. Read a book from the genre you have read the least this year.
  6. Read a book and then watch the movie adaptation.
  7. Read 7 books in 7 days and/or an average of 300 pages a day.

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  • Warm bodies by Isaac Marion as my ‘book with pictures’ and ‘book to movie adaptation’ I’m yet to see the film so the book will not be spoiled in any way for me. I just hope it’s good, my sister loves it.
  • I have cheated a little with my ‘Start and finish a series’ I will be starting The Maze Runner by James Dashner and finishing the Slated trilogy with Shattered by Teri Terry.
  • Fractured (Slated #2) by Teri Terry is my book with red on the cover.
  • My fiancé picked out Spook’s: A New Darkness by Joseph Delaney for me, he’s read it already and says it’s fantastic, as good, if not better, than The Wardstone Chronicles so I am excited to read it!

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Gabriella Lepore’s Books

 

So it is no secret that I adore the work of Gabriella Lepore, her books are pure works of art.

Witches, magic, romance, mystery – what is there not to love. Her characters are so rich and full-bodied that you can’t help but form bonds with them, the settings marry immaculately with the theme of each book and the stories flow nicely making each one a very pleasant reading experience.

The Witches of the Glass Castle.

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Sixteen-year-old Mia’s life is turned upside down when she uncovers her family secret—that she and her brother Dino are witches.
Seeking refuge in an ancient castle, the siblings begin down a path that will change their lives forever. Suddenly thrust into a world where handsome warriors command the power of nature and peoples thoughts and actions can be manipulated at will, Mia and Dino struggle to navigate their own allegiances and do what they know to be right, even when everything around them seems beyond their control.

Goodreads rating: 4.20

My review can be read here.

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Branded

Branded

By Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki.

318 pages (kindle edition)

4.5/5

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From the back cover:

Fifty years ago The Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. To punish the guilty, he created the Hole, a place where sinners are branded according to their sins. Sinners are forced to live a less than human existence in deplorable conditions, under the watchful eye of guards who are ready to kill anyone who steps out of line. Now, LUST wraps around my neck like thick, blue fingers, threatening to choke the life out of me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit, and the Hole is my new home. Constant darkness. Brutal and savage violence. Excruciating pain. Every day is a fight for survival. But I won’t let them win. I will not die in the Hole. I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter. My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.

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