Books · Favourites

Best Books I Read in 2019

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Hey guys!
Today I’m going to share my favourite books I read in 2019 (not necessarily 2019 releases). I didn’t have a great reading year in terms of quality, I read a lot of mediocre/disappointing books (post coming soon). I didn’t have many 5 Star reads, sadly.

In no particular order:

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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I read the entire series in 2019 (on audiobook) and I LOVED it!!
It was such an amazing ride. I adore the characters, the world, everything!

Reviews: Cinder | Scarlet| Cress | Winter | Stars Above


The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E Pearson

 

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Oh my god, this series.
I cannot stress (!!!) how much I loved these books. I devoured the whole trilogy in a week or less. It was incredible. Now one of my all-time favourite series. This series restored my faith in YA fantasy!

Review| Spoiler Discussion


The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

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This is one of the books that surprised me the most, I am not a huge contemporary/romance reader but I LOVED this! Such an amazing book, so surprised it’s a debut. It’s adorable and deals with heavier topics.

Review here 


Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

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My last read of 2019 and boy did it end on a high!
Another surprising read – a romance!
It was seriously incredible. The main character has a chronic illness and I have never related so much to a character before. This book was so so so good, if you read anything from this list please pick this!

Review here


Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

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Would this even be my list without a Sanderson novel?
This was my first time reading a YA (and sci-fi) novel by him and of course, it did not disappoint! Unfortunately, I didn’t get to the sequel in 2019 but I cannot wait to pick it up soon. Hopefully, it’ll be on my best books of 2020!

Review here


Saga by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples

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2019 is the year I got into comics/graphic novels.

I picked this up on a whim, I had a free trial of Kindle Unlimited and I wanted a quick read, so I thought why not a graphic novel? Oh my god! It’s incredible. I loved every moment. I cannot believe it’s taken me so long to get into graphic novels!?!

Review here


Crownbreaker by Sebastien De Castell

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Stunning conclusion to what has been an incredible series!
Everything was wrapped up nicely and I couldn’t be happier.

Review here


Let me know what some of the best books you read in 2019 were, I’d love to know!


 

Blogmas · Books · Tag

The Joy Of Christmas Book Tag | Blogmas Day 11

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Happy Christmas Eve!
I cannot believe Christmas is tomorrow. Time really does fly!

Today I’m going to do The Joy of Christmas Book Tag!
This tag was created by Samantha at Novels and Nonsense

1) Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas!!!
I am SO ready for some SJM! I have missed her addictive writing so much.


2) Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author can you not help but sing its praises?

Anything Brandon Sanderson.
I will never shut up about how amazing his books are.
The world-building, the character, the plot twists. EVERYTHING is amazing.


3) Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful world-building?

I’m not going to repeat my previous answer (Even though Sanderson is the King of world-building)
So I’ll go with Lightbringer by Brent Weeks.
Incredible magic system and world. I cannot wait to read the final book asap and be back in this amazing world! If you like Sanderson, give Lightbringer a go!


4) A Christmas Carol: Favourite classic or one that you want to read

Jane Eyre & Pride and Prejudice


5) Christmas Sweets: What book would you love to receive for Christmas

The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman
(The only book I specifically asked for, so I know I’m getting it hehe)


6) Candles in the Window: What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling

Recently, Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
FEELS! This was adorable. The romance gave me so many fuzzy feels, I highly recommend this book!


7) Christmas Trees & Decorations: What are some of your favourite book covers?

Here are a few of my favourites from 2019 releases!


8) Christmas Joy: What are some of your favourite things about Christmas And/Or some of your favourite Christmas memories?

FOOD!!!

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Have a great Christmas / Happy Holidays!
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Blogmas · Books

Books I Wish I Read in 2019 | Blogmas Day 10

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Welcome to Day 10 of Blogmas!
Today I’m going to talk about the books I wish (should’ve) I read in 2019. Hopefully, this will inspire me to actually pick up these books. I’ve had some on my tbr for ages or some were anticipated releases I just haven’t read yet.

 

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

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I literally preordered this book and it came out in 2018 and I still haven’t read it. I reallllllllly need to get to this in 2020. I enjoyed the first book and yet still haven’t picked this one up. *Facepalm*


The Burning White by Brent Weeks
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I planned to read this in December but life got way too busy and I didn’t want the enjoyment to be affected by my stress. I will definitely be reading this in January when I’m done with my finals!


Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

Another book that I just don’t have time to enjoy. I want to love this book so reading it while I’m stressing over finals would probably kill that enjoyment. Hopefully, I’ll get around to it ASAP!


The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

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I really wanted to finish this trilogy but alas I don’t even own the book. I’ve read the first two, had an arc of The Cruel Prince, really enjoyed it. I got The Wicked King when it came out… didn’t like it. Very unpopular opinion but it was boring as hell. I’m not sure why I’m continuing but I feel like I might as well finish the series now.


What book do you really need to get to in 2020?

Audiobooks · Blogmas · Books · Review

Audiobook Review: Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert | Blogmas Day 7

 

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Hey Guys!
Welcome to Blogmas Day 7!

Synopsis:

Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. After almost—but not quite—dying, she’s come up with seven directives to help her “Get a Life”, and she’s already completed the first: finally moving out of her glamourous family’s mansion. The next items?

Enjoy a drunken night out.
Ride a motorcycle.
Go camping.
Have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex.
Travel the world with nothing but hand luggage.
And… do something bad.
But it’s not easy being bad, even when you’ve written step-by-step guidelines on how to do it correctly. What Chloe needs is a teacher, and she knows just the man for the job.


My Thoughts:

This book was AMAZING.

Firstly, the rep: Black, plus-size, chronically ill

I loved every moment, all the characters, everything. It was so funny and cute, I cannot get over it. I’m not huge on romance books in general but this one had me interested and boy, am I glad I picked it up!

I listened to this on audiobook, I listen to maybe an hour and I put it down because life got busy. I was bored one day and put it on, ended up listening to it all day and reading 90%.  It is so addicting and engrossing. Once I got going I was hooked. It was so easy for me to become invested in these characters, the romance and the story.

I absolutely love the humour, I love it when a book can make me laugh out loud and this did. I was giggly, smiley and just so happy reading this book. It’s seriously wonderful.

This book is described as steamy and it is. There’s no escaping it, there are some steamy sex scenes – I am not a huge fan of this myself but I managed to get through it with minimal embarrassment. If you’re not a fan of detailed sex scenes, you may want to skip this. The book isn’t filled with them, however.


Characters:

Chloe: She’s is such a great protagonist! I have never connected and felt more like another character. Chloe suffers from a chronic illness, which I can personally relate to. Her experiences and the way she lives and feels because of her illness is something I can relate to 100%. I have never felt so seen and understood.
I have no idea if the chronic illness rep is own voices – I couldn’t find anything about it but it is very well written and accurate.

Red: 
One word: SWOON.


Narrator:
Adjoa Andoh is a great narrator. The voices and accents she did were so enjoyable, she fitted this book perfectly. I am so glad I got to listen to the audiobook, the listening experience was incredible.

 

Rating: 4.5 Stars

* Thank you to Libro.fm for providing the audiobook for review. All opinions are my own.


Blogmas · Books · TBR

December TBR | Blogmas Day #2

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Hey guys!
Welcome to Blogmas Day #2!
I don’t usually do TBR’s – mainly because I am a huge mood reader but I do have a few books I really want to get to this month! Which are:

My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins

Every year I say to myself I’m going to read a Christmasy/festive book in December and I never do. So this year I am! I managed to get a copy of this second hand (aka super cheap) so I am finally going to read something festive!


Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

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And of course, I want to read Starsight, which came out last month. This isn’t as big as I expected so hopefully I’ll be able to start & finish it this month. I am super excited for this book, Skyward left off on such a good cliffhanger. I cannot wait to see where the story goes in this one!


The Burning White by Brent Weeks

If I have time (please let me have time) I’ll read this, one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I’ve been putting this off since I’m in slight denial that this is the last Lightbringer book. It’s over 900 pages long, with uni being cray busy I just haven’t had time to pick this up yet.


What’s on your TBR this month?

Books · Wrap-up

Reading Wrap Up | November 2019 +Blogmas Annoucement!

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Hey guys!
I cannot believe November is over and we’re going into the final month of the year… Crazy how time flies!
I have been in a huge reading slump, so didn’t get much reading done, unfortunately.
I am hoping to do better in December. Luckily, I hit my Goodreads goal a while ago.

 

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The first book I finished was the audiobook of Crownbreaker by Sebastien de Castell.
This was such a great conclusion to an amazing series. I am so sad this is the last Spellslinger book but I am looking forward to reading more from Sebastien de Castell.

Rating: 4 Stars
Review here!

 


 

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Next, I finished Emma by Jane Austen. I read and listened to this for uni. I have to say, I didn’t really enjoy this one. It was too long and boring.

 

 

 


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Finally, after weeks of suffering,I finished Ivanhoe by Walter Scott. This is definitely something I would DNF if it wasn’t for uni. It was such a BORE. I can’t believe I even finished it, it was such a snoozefest!

 

 


Announcement!

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This year I’ll be participating in Blogmas! I’ve always wanted to do it but never have made the plunge so I’m finally going to do it this year. I won’t be doing daily posts, I’ll probably post every other day. I’m excited to post some Christmasy themed posts and post more in general!
Make sure you follow my blog and stick around! There’s plenty of posts coming soon 🙂

Are you doing Blogmas?


 

Books · Bookstagram 101

Things To Use as Bookstagram Props! | Bookstagram 101

Hey guys!
I’m back with another Bookstagram tips post!
My first two: Bookstagram Tips for Beginners  | Biggest Bookstagram Mistakes

Today I thought I’d share some prop ideas! Props are almost essential for upping the quality/aesthetic of your Bookstagram! I highly recommend having a few go-to items for your pictures.

1) Fairy Lights!

Who doesn’t love pretty lights?
They’re easy and look so good with books! You likely already have them, so use them! Or buy some cheap ones. I’ve gotten mine from Poundland and Primark for dead cheap!


2) Clothes/Blankets

Something you don’t need to buy: Clothes! Use them!
If you have a cute jumper/cardigan use it! Scarves also work too. Better yet, put your outfit into the picture! It adds something extra.


3) Flowers/Petals/Plants

Fake or real: both work!
This is one of my favourite props ever. I love flowers and plants and I love seeing them with books! It’s such a pretty combo.


4) Book Merch!
(Bookmarks, pins, candles etc)

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𝐋𝐞𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐦𝐲 𝐰𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐥𝐞𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐦𝐞 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐢𝐭.⁣ – Brandon Sanderson, The Final Empire⁣ ⁣ Who knew taking pictures of metal bookmarks was so hard?! Trying to get the angle right was crazy! ⁣ ⁣ I'M BACK GUYS! After an impromptu hiatus. My new place still doesn't have WiFi so I've gone back to my mum's 😂 Luckily uni doesn't start for weeks. ⁣ ⁣ _________________________________ #bookstagram #books #book #bookish #booksbooksbooks #bookaddicts #bookrecs #booklove #fantasybooks #mistborn #TheFinalEmpire #brandonsanderson #fairyloot #bookmark #bookmerch #bibliophile #booklover #bookworm #booktography

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Everyone has bookish merch, right? Utilise it!
Bookmarks, pins, candles etc all make amazing props! Play with angles and placement and you can get some really good merch shots.


5) YOU!

If you’re not too camera shy, go ahead and put yourself in the picture!
It’s so fun to see the bookstagrammer in their pictures. It makes it a bit more personal!
I personally am a little camera shy, so it’s not something I post a lot of but I definitely like to include it occasionally!


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