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The BEST Books I Read This Summer | 2019

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Hey Guys!
Summer’s over. Sadly. Onto the best season of the year: Autumn!
I always do my best reading in A/W – no idea why but summer sucks for reading for me! It doesn’t make sense because I’m free of uni and have so much free time. Alas, I did manage to read a few AMAZING books this summer! Yay.

Onto the books, in no particular order:

The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E Pearson

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This series is everything!! I loved every moment – a new favourite series.
I honestly have no idea why I didn’t read this sooner. I knew I would like it, as a lot of people with the same taste do, but I never expected to love it as much as I do.
I binged this whole series, I was seriously OBSESSED. I could not put it down. None of the books took me longer than 2 days to read. I got through this series seriously fast, I drank it up. I highly recommend binging these books. I loved every single second of it.

Spoiler-free Review here | Spoilery Discussion here

Purchase the series here: Amazon UK


Saga Vol 1 by Brian Vaughan + Fiona Staples

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My first ever graphic novel and I ADORED it. It was so entertaining! I was instantly hooked by the story and invested in the characters. So well done.
I was seriously surprised by this, I never expected to be so in love and taken by this comic.
Review here

Purchase on Amazon UK: Physical | Kindle


The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

Another surprise! I don’t read a lot of adult contemporary/romance/chick lit but I saw this floating around and was intrigued. The premise had me interested and once I started reading I was HOOKED. I was so invested in the characters and the story, it was funny and sad in places and so well written! AMAZING debut novel.
Review here.

Purchase on Amazon UK: Hardback | Kindle

 

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BEST Books I Read in 2018!

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Happy Saturday!
This post is going up way in later than I anticipated but oh well! Still wanted to share my favourites from 2018. This post is going to be all the 4.5-5 Star reads from 2018. This includes books that were released at any time. (I am terrible at keeping up with new releases) All links to my reviews are below! (If I posted one)
This doesn’t include rereads.

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell

Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas


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Favourite Audiobooks 2018!

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Hey guys!
It’s time for all the ‘2018’ themed posts to start rolling in…
Thought I’d start mine with the favourite audiobooks I listened to this year. I didn’t listen to as many as I hoped but I did listen to some amazing ones!

(These are in no particular order)


1) Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman/

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Rating: 5/5 Stars

This was SO good. Cannot even put into words how much I enjoyed this. Neil Gaiman perfectly narrates his own novel, his voice is so relaxing. The stories are so entertaining. I have a new found love for Norse Myth.
I don’t have a review up for this (yet) but hopefully, I’ll write one soon.


2) Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell

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Rating: 5/5 Stars

This I picked up from my library randomly. I hadn’t heard of it before, knew nothing about it. Thought the premise sounded interesting and it had a cool cover.
Little did I know it’d become one of my favourite books of all time (and one of my favourite series).
I loved the story but the characters really take the cake. I LOVE THEM.
The humour is amazing. I adore Kellen, Ferius and Reichis. Just amazing.
The narrator is seriously good at voices, an absolute joy to listen to.

Review here!


3) The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

This book was getting loads of hyped and attention, it wasn’t my usual genre but since it was available right away at my library I thought why not.
It’s a really complicated book, especially for audio, it requires a lot of attention but it is so worth it. Another one that became one of my favourites. Seriously amazing.

Review here!



4) Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan

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Rating: 5/5 Stars

This book exceeded my expectations like no other. It is a sci-fi romance, which is kinda something I half love, half hate. I love sci-fi but romance? Meh.
Boy, was I wrong.  This was an emotional rollercoaster. I was so invested in this romance and the characters. It made me laugh. It made me cry.
The writing is just beautiful. The ENDING. Wow.
Now one of my favourite books of all time.

Review here!


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Top 5 Books I Read This Summer!

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All the books I have read over the summer are discussed in my wrap-ups:
June Wrap Up
July Wrap Up
August Wrap Up

Usually, with this type of post, I would usually pick from my 4.5-5 Star reads. I realised when going back through my Goodreads to find books for this list, that the only 4.5-5 Star reads I had this summer were rereads! *insert shocked face emoji*
I don’t include rereads in seasonally favourites as I already knew I would love them – hence the reread. All of the books on this list are picked from the books I gave 4 Stars.

 

1) Catwoman Soulstealer by Sarah J Mass

Image result for catwoman soulstealer sarah j maasI went into this book not knowing whether I’d like it or not. I’m not the biggest DC Comics fan (Definitely more of a Marvel girl) and I didn’t know anything about Catwoman but it was SJM so obviously I picked it up. It really surprised me, I really enjoyed it and I devoured it.
Full Review Here!


2) Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

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I wasn’t the biggest fan of Uprooted by the same author, so I was hesitant about going in. The premise sounded really interesting, I was offered it for review and couldn’t say no. I ended up really liking it, it was slower than what I would normally go for but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I adored the world and the magic, I thought it was a really interesting read! I also think it’d be better to read in the winter since it is set during the winter and it’s snowy.
Full Review Here!



3) Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne
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I absolutely loved Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, so when I heard a Sci-Fi retelling was being published how could I not pick it up!? Two of my favourite things but it sounds like a strange combination. This definitely exceeded all my expectations completely. It was such a fun, interesting read.

Full Review Here!



4) Still Me by Jojo Moyes
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This is probably the most surprising book on the list. I love Me Before You, it’s one of my favourite books, the sequel, After You, not so much. After hating that book I really wasn’t hopeful for another sequel but I was wrong. This was dramatically better than After You and I really enjoyed it. Do I think Me Before You needed sequels? No. But this was an enjoyable story.
Full Review Here!



5) The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey
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I was offered this for review by the author, I didn’t really know much about it going in and didn’t have any expectations. The premise sounded interesting, it was dystopian/paranormal so I thought why not. It turned out to be a vampire book, which I would never normally read but it was really good! Had such an interesting plot and world and I cannot wait for the sequel!
Full Review Here!


Comment the best book(s) you read this summer! I’d love to know 🙂

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Favourite Books Of 2017!

I read some absolutely amazing books in 2017.
I had a really great reading year, I managed 91 books and my average rating was 4 stars. Narrowing down my favourites down was very hard!

Here are some of my top favourites, in no particular order:

From left to right:

  • The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  • Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
  • Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • Lost Stars by Claudia Gray
  • Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
  • Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray
  • Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas
  • A Game of Thrones (Illustrated edition) by George RR Martin
  • Invasion of The Tearling by Erika Johansen
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Hoping I read so many more great books in 2018!
– Leisha