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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!


 

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday | 06/11/2019

WWW-Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!
This tag/meme is hosted on Taking on a World of Words. It’s a super simple meme, you just answered the three W questions.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
Recently Finished:

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Last book in the Spellslinger series *cries*
This was a good ending to what has been an amazing series. I will seriously miss these books. I’ll have a review up for this soon.


Currently Reading:

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I’m reading this for uni and I’m switching between reading and audiobook, just to make things quicker. It’s a pretty big book! Hoping I’ll enjoy it as much as Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice.


Reading Next:

Ivanhoe by Walter ScottImage result for ivanhoe penguin cover

This is for uni. I have no idea what to expect from this book. I’ll probably switch between reading and audiobook for this too.

*Warrior of the Altaii by Robert Jordan

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I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of this! (Thank you Jamie-Lee at Tor UK)
I’ve never read any Robert Jordan, I’d really like to read the Wheel of Time series but it’s just so big and the books are all big, I just don’t have time right now. I thought I’d start with this since it’s small and so I can try out his writing without too much commitment.


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Books · Favourites

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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Anticipated Books · Books · Diverse Reads

Most Anticipated POC YA Books Autumn 2019

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Hey guys!
I hardly ever talk about upcoming books but I thought I’d change it up.
I noticed I hardly talk about diverse books here which I’m super keen to change!
So here I’m talking about POC books that I’m excited to read!

These are in order of when they come out:

*Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
Out September 3rd
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This sounds SO good! I was lucky enough to win a pin on twitter inspired by this book and then I even luckier and had my wish granted on NetGalley for an ARC of this! I am SO HAPPY! I will definitely be reading this asap!

*Preorder: Amazon UK | Book Depository


Daughters of Nri by Reni K Amayo
Out October 1st

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LOOK AT THAT COVER. I am obsessed.
This book is seriously gorgeous and sounds absolutely amazing: Twins separated at birth who are goddesses raised as humans!?!? Need.

*Preorder: Amazon UK | Book Depository


*The Good Luck Girl by Charlotte Nicole Davis
Out October 1st
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I was lucky enough to be sent this for review! I saw the premise and immediately requested a copy. It’s a Wild West-inspired fantasy/ alternate history – which sounds so cool and interesting! I cannot wait to pick this up soon.

*Preorder: Amazon UK | Book Depository


*Mooncakes by Wendy Xu + Suzanne Walker
Out October 15th

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I’ve recently gotten into graphic novels, I saw this one floating around book twitter and thought it looked cute!
Not only does it have POC rep (Chinese MCs) it has LGBTQ+ rep (non-binary and queer)

*Preorder: Amazon UK | Book Depository


A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy
Out October 29th

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Another STUNNING cover. Look at it.
The cover alone is enough to interest me; the artwork is beautiful! The premise has me even more interested: ‘North African-inspired fantasy world where two sisters must fight to the death to win the crown’. – this sounds incredible.

*Preorder: Amazon UK | Book Depository


Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender
Out November 12th
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A Caribbean inspired fantasy book?! SIGN ME UP.
I’ve never read any fantasy inspired by the Caribbean so I am super excited for this, especially as I’m half Caribbean!

*Preorder: Amazon UK | Book Depository


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Disclaimer: Books marked with an asterisk (*) were sent to me for review + links marked are affiliate links.

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday | 26/06/2019

WWW-Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!
Welcome to my first ever WWW Wednesday!

This tag/meme is hosted on Taking on a World of Words. It’s a super simple meme, you just answered the three W questions.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What I am currently reading:
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

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Finally, getting around to reading this!! It has been sitting on my shelf for far too long. I’ve been in a huge sci-fi mood lately, so it’s perfect timing.

What I Recently Finished:

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen (audiobook)

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This was my audiobook for my holiday, I listened to it while travelling and it was really interesting. I think it was a solid start to a series and will definitely be continuing!
Review coming soon!

No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter*

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Despite being in a sci-fi mood, I decided to take a contemporary on holiday with me too.
This was such a nice, quick read – perfect for my holiday! I flew through it.
It was a good read, though I had a few problems. Will discuss more in my review, which will be coming soon.


What I Might Read Next:

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (audiobook)

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This has become available at my library so I will definitely be listening to this next!
I loved Simon Vs but have never read anything else by Becky Albertalli – which I clearly need to fix. It’s not a super long audiobook, hoping to get through it pretty quick.

As for non-audiobooks, I have no idea what I’m going to be in the mood for after Skyward.
But potentially it could be:

Limited Wish by Mark Lawerence
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*Books marked with an asterisk (*) were sent to me for free in exchange for a review.
All opinions are my own.


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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag! | 2019

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WHAT IS THE BEST BOOK THAT YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019?

I have two! Cress by Marissa Meyer & The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

 WHAT IS THE BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019?

Basically all of the sequels to Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I read all of The Lunar Chronicles this year and I LOVED all of them.

IS THERE A NEW RELEASE THAT YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT ARE REALLY EXCITED FOR?

Limited Wish by Mark Lawrence
I really enjoyed One Word Kill, I think the series has potential so I cannot wait to see where it goes!

WHAT IS YOUR MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF 2019?

I have so many!! But the one I’m probably excited for the most is The Burning White by Brent Weeks

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT SO FAR?

The Wicked King by Holly Black + The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Both are ridiculously overhyped and didn’t live up to it for me.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SURPRISE SO FAR?

Tie between Cinder by Marissa Meyer + The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
I put off reading TLC for years because I thought sci-fi fairytale retellings sounded odd and I thought I wouldn’t like it. BOY was I wrong.

The Flatshare
isn’t my usual genre – Adult-contemporary/romance but I ended up loving it. Such a great, quick read – perfect for summer!

WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE NEW TO YOU DEBUT AUTHOR?

Guess it’s going to have to be Beth O’Leary – haven’t read many debut authors yet this year.

 WHO IS YOUR NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER FROM THIS YEAR?

CARSWELL THORNE!! and Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles. Oh my god, I just love them.
Honourable mentions: The Darkling & Nikolai from the Shadow and Bone trilogy

WHAT IS A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY?

I don’t think any have made me cry this year yet…

WHAT IS A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY?

I’m going to not repeat myself since I’m gushing about the same few books.  So, I’m going with: Twice Magic by Cressida Cowell (audiobook)
I listened to this while I will ill in bed with the flu and it cheered me up so much. David Tennant is the narrator and he is AMAZING. I love this middle-grade series – cannot wait for the next one!

WHAT IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR THIS YEAR?

I’m guessing this is to do with the cover?
Probably the Shadow and Bone trilogy – the new covers. They’re so stunning.
Shame the last two weren’t as good as their covers!


Books · Review

Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid // Overhyped?!

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Synopsis:
Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.


My Thoughts:
Gripping and intriguing from the beginning to the end.
I like the layout of the novel, the interview taking you back in time and tell Evelyn’s story from her perspective – that was good.
The best part for me was the setting: The golden age of film. Old Hollywood. It was glamorous, interesting and cool to read about/ kinda experience.

For some reason, there isn’t much to fault in this novel, yet I don’t think it’s worthy of 5 stars? It’s an odd one for me. I found it interesting and I was hooked but I wasn’t blown away. I wouldn’t consider this a favourite and I’m not sure I’d ever reread it.
I will say: the writing isn’t all that special. It’s pretty bland/plain writing.

What I actually HATED: Celia. I could not warm to her character at all. I thought she was very toxic and immature and problematic. I honestly could not ship them or want them to be together in the slightest.

Characters:

Monique: We don’t see a ton of Monique because as the title would suggest, it’s all about Evelyn. I did like the glimpses of Monique we got but I wish there was a bit more of her. I felt her side of the story was lost because of Evelyn’s story and therefore, didn’t really add anything to the story.

Evelyn Hugo: I wouldn’t say I loved Evelyn as a character but she was very interesting. I was instantly invested in her story. The author did a good job of making her story interesting but I didn’t like her as much as the author tries to force you to do.
Evelyn had great character development and growth, which you can see as the novel goes on, that was done really well. She was realistic and flawed character – which made her a lot more relatable.

Overall: It’s not a bad read. If you love Chick-Lit and the 50s/Old Hollywood this would be perfect for you. Do I think it’s overhyped? Definitely. Unpopular opinion in the book community but it’s not *quite* as good as everyone makes out.

Rating: 3/3.5 Stars
(I originally gave this 4 stars but the more I think about it the less I think it is, so I’ve knocked 0.5 off)


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