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 #16

toptentuesdayTop Ten Books I Would Like To Reread.

I know that some people hate rereading books but I love it, I have favourite books which I reread often. There’s something so lovely about rereading a book which you enjoyed first time around, you see things which you didn’t notice before and fall in love with the characters even more.

The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger This is my favourite book of all time and I haven’t reread it for a while so I am desperate to do so again sometime soon.

The Witches of Castle Glass by Gabriella Lepore With the second instalment coming out in December I really want to read this again and refresh the characters and story in my mind.

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Top Ten Tuesday #12

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Ten Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels.

I shall be honest now and say that I was a little unsure as to what ‘character driven’ actually meant. I did Google it and think that I understand but if any of the books that I recommend are not part of that particular category then please forgive me and know that they are at least wonderful books else I wouldn’t be recommending them!cropped-fangirl.jpg

  1. The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (my favourite novel of all time!)
  2. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.
  3. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz.
  4. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.
  5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
  6. Looking for Alaska by John Green.
  7. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
  8. Delirium by Lauren Oliver.
  9. Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling.
  10. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger.

Bonus: Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult (any of Jodi Picoult’s books would work for this category and I definitely recommend them all).

August

 

Read some brilliant books this month, The Bunker Diary was a really gripping read, Since You’ve Been Gone was a perfect summer read and Phoenix Holt – flawless work from Gabriella Lepore once again.phoenix holt

Please forgive all of the children’s books, it’s all been in preparation for my PGCE and I have to confess that, whilst it is technically work, I have really enjoyed reading them. Howl’s Moving Castle was a particularly good read.

Books read: 18.

  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer. E. Smith.
  • The Northern Lights by Philip Pullman.
  • Last Scene Alive (Aurora Teagarden #7) by Charlaine Harris.
  • Tiger Dead! Tiger Dead! by Grace Nicholls & John Agard.
  • Cudweed in Outer Space by Marcus Sedgwick.
  • The Dinosaur’s Packed Lunch by Jacqueline Wilson.
  • The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks.
  • The Woman Who Won Things by Allan Ahlberg.north
  • Fright Forest: Elf Girl and Raven Boy by Marcus Sedgwick.
  • Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson.
  • Poppy Done to Death (Aurora Teagarden #8) by Charlaine Harris.
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne-Jones.
  • Funky Chickens by Benjamin Zephaniah.
  • The Works 3: A Poet a Week.
  • Phoenix Holt by Gabriella Lepore.
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling.
  • Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them by J.K Rowling.
  • Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer. L. Armentrout.

Favourite book: Phoenix Holt by Gabriella Lepore.

Least favourite book: The Northern Lights by Philip Pullman.

The Making of Harry Potter.

 

Yesterday was one of the most amazing days of my life. A real childhood dream came true – I went to Hogwarts!

For my birthday back in July, my Mum bought 3 tickets for Warner Bros Studio Tours in London – The Making of Harry Potter. This was one of the best presents I could have received. Those of you that have read my blog from the beginning, follow me of Instagram or Twitter, will know that gatesI am Harry Potter crazy and have been for the majority of my life.knight bus

The first Harry Potter book was released when I was 5, I read it when I was 7, and I completely fell in love with the magical world of Harry Potter and his adventures at Hogwarts. Since then I have read each of the seven books at least 4times each; The Philosopher’s Stone, The Prisoner of Azkaban and The Deathly Hallows more like 5 or 6 times each, they’re my top three. I have fond memories of the book releases, the movie releases, when shops first began selling Chocolate Frogs and Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans, the coins that you could collect at Asda if you had enough tokens (anyone else remember those? Did you complete your set?). In a nutshell, Harry Potter was my childhood and has been a huge part of my life since I read the first book.

I have been wanting to go to the tour for years and I had kind of resigned myself to the fact that I would probably never get to go. When Mum told me that she had booked tickets I actually cried! For a 22 year old that may seem a bit pathetic but it’s the truth. For the last month my excitement has been building, on Sunday I could barely say Harry Potter or Warner Bros without my face cracking into a big, goofy grin. My fiancé thinks I’m nuts (though he was insistent that I got him a Chocolate Frog!)

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Top Ten Tuesday #7

 

 

 

Time for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday.

 

Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

(in no particular order)

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood. handmaid

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath.

Lord of the Flies – William Golding.

And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini.

How to Build a Girl – Caitlin Moran.

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour – Morgan Matso

The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey.

Legend – Marie Lu.

The Whispers of the Fallen – J.D Netto.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin.

 

Have you read any of these? If I was going to go out and buy one of these right now, which one would you recommend?

July

 

July has been a wonderful month for books. I have managed to read so much. My working pattern will have contributed to that as I have done one week on, one week off. I had a lot of holiday to use up before I finish here next Thursday (the countdown has begun!)

I have read a wide range of books this month from children’s books to cosy-crime, general fiction to epic fantasy and I have thoroughly enjoyed myself.

I took part in the Booktubeathon, the aim of which was to read 7 books in 7 days. I finished book 7 on day 8 but in my eyes that’s still success.

Books read: 20 imagesCAYX12D4

  • Dead Over Heels (Aurora Teagarden #5) by Charlaine Harris
  • A Fool and His Honey (Aurora Teagarden #6) by Charlaine Harris.
  • The Tulip Touch by Anne Fine
  • The Witches of the Glass Castle by Gabriella Lepore.
  • Evanescent by Gabriella Lepore.
  • How I Found You by Gabriella Lepore.
  • The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson.
  • The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.
  • Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.
  • Frostbite by Richelle Mead.
  • Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater.
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.
  • Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor.

Booktubeathon: Sinner book

  • A Symphony of Echos by Jodi Taylor.
  • Fractured by Teri Terry.
  • Shattered by Teri Terry.
  • Warm Bodies by Issac Marion.
  • Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira.
  • Hexed by Michelle Krys.
  • Spook’s: A New Darkness by Joseph Delaney.

Favourite book: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.
Least Favourite book: Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater.

Sinner

 

Sinner

By Maggie Stiefvater.

Pages: 387

Rating: 2.5 /5

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From Amazon:

“SINNER is the book that every Maggie Stiefvater and paranormal romance fan has been waiting for! SINNER is a companion book to the #1 bestselling SHIVER, LINGER and FOREVER trilogy. You thought it ended with FOREVER, but there’s another story to tell – the one of Cole and Isabel…and this time they’re in LA. There will be wolves, and there will be yearning. But most importantly there will be love. And no one does love like Maggie.”

A short synopsis:

Cole and Isabel are both in L.A. Isabel is living with her Mum, Aunt and cousin and working in a stylish boutique whilst Cole is ‘back from the dead’ and promoting himself by doing a reality TV show. The show is to focus on the making of his new album, and be shown on a notorious web channel.

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Top Ten Tuesday #3

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is Authors I Own the Most Books Of .

Patricia Cornwell – 21 books – All of the Kay Scarpetta series apart from the most recent one, plus the tie-in cookbook that she did, which is brilliant!

P.C Cast – 19 books – I own books 1 to 10 in the House of Night series, but I have read them all, plus The Fledgling Handbook. I also have all of her Goddess of Partholon series which is a fantastic fantasy/mythical/magical read. And I have 4 of her Goddess Summoning novels which I absolutely adore.

Jodi Picoult – 14 books – including; House Rules, The Pact, Nineteen Minutes, , Lone Wolf, The Storyteller, Handle With Care, Salem Falls, The Tenth Circle plus Between the Lines which she co-wrote with her daughter Samantha Van Leer.

Nicholas Sparks – 13 books –  The Notebook, Safe Haven and True Believer being my favourite.

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