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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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How was your reading over the summer? Any new favourites?

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Books · Diverse Reads · Recommendations

LGBTQ+ Book Recommendations | Diverse Reads

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Hey guys, hope you’re having a great Saturday!
I *still* don’t have wifi at my uni flat. I just got back yesterday and they still haven’t sorted it. Such a nightmare. Don’t they know my life revolves around the internet?!
Anywho…
I thought I’d share some LGBT recs today

Up first:
Simon vs the Homo Sapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli

(Gay, m/m)
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I LOVE THIS! It’s such an adorable story.
I read this in a few hours in one sitting – it’s addictive and adorable but has some serious themes about coming out and being blackmailed. Everyone talks about this book but seriously, it’s worth the hype.

Purchase: Amazon UK | Book Depository


Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith
(queer)
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This is a queer retelling of Ovid’s myth of Iphis – this was a required read in uni for me and I was pleasantly surprised. It really shows how fluid gender and sexuality is. I never hear anyone talk about it but it definitely needs more hype. The title doesn’t really show that it’s LGBT but it is a nice surprise in the story.

Purchase: Amazon UK | Book Depository


Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson
(Not sure on sexualities but features a f/f relationship)

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This is such an adorable graphic novel series. It has an all girl cast and features a f/f relationship – which is SO CUTE. So nice to see LGBT aimed at a young audience.

Purchase: Amazon UK | Book Depository


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
(Bisexual MC, Gay/Lesbian side characters)

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This isn’t a favourite book of mine, not even close, but I think the representation was great. I loved seeing LGBT characters in this era, it was interesting to read about and different from the other LGBT stories I’ve read.

Purchase: Amazon UK | Book Depository


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What’s your favourite LGBT+ book?
Leave me a recommendation!


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Books · Top 5 Wednesday

Favourite Mother Figures | Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics + discussion!
This week’s topic is: Mother Figures
(Apparently, it’s Mother’s Day in the US this week?)


1) Maura Sargent (+ basically all the ladies at 300 Fox Way)
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

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These ladies are AWESOME.
Psychic trio. Weird and cool.
Imagine growing up in this household?! It’d be so much fun!


2) Sally Jackson
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

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I love Sally! What a babe. She seems like such a cool, chill mum!


3) Cersei Lannister
ASOIAF/GoT

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A complete bitch Cersei maybe, but she loves her children. I admire that about her, at least. (She’s also a super interesting character)


4) Ferius Parfax
Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell

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She’s more of a mentor to Kellen but I’m going to include her anyway. They definitely become like family and she cares for Kellen like a parent. It’s such a lovely relationship!


5) Issa
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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I love Issa and Karou’s relationship! It’s so adorable. I love how all the Chimaera raised Karou and they have a weird but lovely family!
Issa is a great mother figure to Karou. So adorable!

*None of the art belongs to me. Credit to the rightful owners*


Who are your favourite mother figures?

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Books · Tag

Greek Gods Book Tag

The Rules:

Pingback to Zuky here so she can read all your posts!

You can use the graphics Zuky provides, but you don’t have to

Tag as many people as you want, but spread the love!


Onto the questions – I couldn’t help myself but give multiple answers for some.
There are too many good books!!

ZEUS: KING OF THE GODS – MY FAVOURITE BOOK

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

HERA: QUEEN OF THE GODS – A BADASS FEMALE CHARACTER

Ahh, so many! Vin from Mistborn is one of my faves!

JANUS: GOD OF BEGINNINGS – MY FAVOURITE DEBUT(S)

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas, Elantris by Brandon Sanderson & a recent one: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

ATHENA: GODDESS OF WISDOM – MY FAVORITE NONFICTION BOOK

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

APHRODITE: GODDESS OF LOVE – A BOOK I ADORE AND RECOMMEND EVERYONE READ

Sooo many! Warbreaker, The Final Empire, The Black Prism

HADES: GOD OF THE UNDERWORLD – AN EVIL BOOK I WISH DIDN’T EXIST

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – Honestly, I hated this book so much I cannot even put it into words. I don’t know why it was so bad to me. I just didn’t like a single word of it. It’s beyond overrated IMO.

POSEIDON: GOD OF THE SEA & EARTHQUAKES – A BEAUTIFUL & GROUND-BREAKING BOOK

I have a couple:
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas! – My god, this book was amazing and the cover is absolutely stunning.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – Another amazing book with a gorgeous cover!

APOLLO: GOD OF THE ARTS – A BEAUTIFUL BOOK COVER

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
Vintage Classic edition of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

HYPNOS: GOD OF SLEEP – A BOOK SO BORING I ALMOST FELL ASLEEP

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte + The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain; these are two of my most hated books. They’re beyond boring.

HERMES: MESSENGER OF THE GODS – A BOOK I SPED THROUGH

I have so many:
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
Simon Vs the Homosapien’s agenda by Becky Albertali
Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell (Audiobook)
Just to name a few or I will go on forever…


I tag:
Bry @Goddess of Books
Kimmy @Kimothy Wish
Ariel @Waves of Pages
Hannah @Books, Life and Other Oddities 
Nox @Nox Reads
Cerys @Browsing For Books


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Books · Recommendations

5 Reasons You Should Read Villains by V.E. Schwab!

 

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Hey guys!
Sorry for the lack of posts lately, I’ve been super busy.
I’m going to try posting more soon, hopefully, I’ll have more time/ can get more organised!


1) Villain Story (duh).

The clue is in the title of the duology, it’s all about villains. Who doesn’t love a good villain? This for one contains some great complex, yet sociopathic characters that are just amazing. It gets boring rooting for the good guys all the time, change it up; read about morally grey anti-heroes instead. SO MUCH FUN.

2) Best friends to enemies

Probably the best trope ever, especially when executed well. And it is executed absolutely brilliantly in these books. Right off the bat, you know Victor and Eli were best friends and now enemies and it makes you dying to know how they end up this way.
Also, kinda reminds me of the Charles/Eric relationship in X-men and that’s not the only X-Men similarity…

3) X-Men-like powers

The people who have powers in this world are known as; ExtraOrdinary. They’re basically like X-Men and it’s pretty damn cool. The way they get their powers and what determines them is so interesting to learn about throughout the novels.  Just like X-Men, it makes me envious of their powers?? Why can’t powers exist? *sigh*

4) Weirdly relatable characters

I am no sociopathic killer with superpowers, yet I found Victor (and some of the other characters) weirdly relatable, easy to understand and super likeable. They do questionable things, I won’t lie, but I completely root for them.

5) Badass Ladies.

Sydney is a cool ass character from the beginning, I love her, she’s one of my favourites. But the second book, Vengeful, introduces some more badass ladies such as Marcella and Jude. Marcella is definitely a strong woman character, I love her revenge arc, it was such a joy to read. It’s nice to see a woman ‘villain’.

 

If none of that convinces you to immediately go out and buy these books; just look at the covers. They’re bloody gorgeous.

Review for Vicious | Review for Vengeful


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Books · Recommendations

Binge-Worthy YA Books! #1

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Hey guys! Happy Saturday 🙂
I have been doing a lot of reviews lately since I’ve been in uni I pre-wrote a lot of posts before I started and most of them were reviews; I thought I’d change it up today.
I finally had a little time to write so I thought I’d give some recommendations!

If I have reviews for any of the books mentioned they’ll be linked! If you click on the title it will take you to the Goodreads page of the first book so you can read the synopsis if you’d like. 


 

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

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Now all the books are out in the Throne of Glass series, it would be a perfect time to binge them. SJM is a master at addictive writing and creating great characters that you are instantly invested in.

Reviews:  AB | TOG | COM | HOF | QOS


The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

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Her beautiful writing style is just a dream to read. The characters are so relatable and flawed but you just love them? The friendship between all the character is just lovely and makes you wish you were part of the gang.

Reviews: TRB | TDT


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Laini Taylor’s beautiful lyrical and descriptive writing style is so unique and amazing, it’s an absolute dream to read. I flew through these books, they’re addictive and the characters are just great. This is probably the only time I’ve enjoyed insta-love and heavy romance. I was rooting for the relationships from start to finish.

Review of the whole series


Graceling by Kristin Cashore

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Underrated series! I love the world in these books, it’s such a cool concept and I wish there were more. Each book is a standalone kinda, but they all fit together and are brought together in book 3.  Hardly anyone talks about these books anymore but they’re so cool and definitely worth a read!


Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell

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This is such a fun series, I cannot rave enough about these books!
I listened to the first two on audiobook, which was an amazing experience; the narrator is SO good at doing the voices. It was like a full-on performance, I highly recommend the audiobooks, if you’re looking for a new one! I was lucky enough to get books 3 + 4 as ARCs! I have reviews for these which I will link:
Reviews: Spellinger | Charmcaster | Soulbinder


Let me know any YA books you think are binge-worthy! I am always looking to add to my endless TBR! 


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Books · Favourites

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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