Wednesday, 26 April 2017

T5W- Authors You Want To Read More From




Hi guys! Today is another Top 5 Wednesday which is a weekly meme where we talk about our top 5 relating to a certain topic or theme. I will leave the Goodreads page linked here if you want any more information or to join in.

This weeks theme is: Authors you want to read more from.

There are so many amazing authors out there that I've just read one or a few of their works and really want to read more so it was difficult to narrow this list down to just 5 but I've managed it!
1. Nicola Yoon

I've read Nicola's debut novel Everything Everything recently and I absolutely adored her writing style, characters and the unqiue plot line so I feel like I would love anything she wrote. I've heard her second book The Sun is Also a Star is even better than her debut so I need to get to that soon!

2. Sarah J Maas

I haven't read read the Throne of Glass series and I never really had much intention to. Until I completely fell in love with the A Court of Thorns and Roses series and now I feel like I just have to read TOG. Sarah manages to write in a way that makes you feel a part of the story and all her characters are so funny and likeable.


3. Amie Kaufman

I've only read Illuminae by her but it's one of my favourite books of all time and I've heard amazing things about her Starbound trilogy and the covers are absolutely gorgeous so I really want to get around to reading it soon and see if it lives up to my expectations.


4. Lisa Heathfield

Paper Butterflies was one of the most heartbreaking stories I have ever read, Lisa was able to make me cry my eyes out from the very first page. It was a difficult read but one of the best and I have her upcoming book Flight of a Starling to read soon which I'm excited about.


5. Jennifer E Smith

Jennifer is a very popular contemporary author and I have only read her book The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. While I did enjoy it, I wasn't as impressed with it as I thought I would be, due to how many amazing things I'd heard about her books. So I really want to give some of her other books a try and hope I enjoy them more.




Which authors do you want to read more from? Let me know in the comments!

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Fill Me In Fridays #6- Green Covers

Hey guys, I'm back with another Fill Me In Friday! This is a weekly meme created by myself and I will leave the Goodreads page linked here if you want to join in! Every Friday, we answer 5 questions relating to a certain topic. Each week the questions stay the same, but your answers will change depending on the theme!

This weeks theme is: It was recently my birthday! Choose books with my favourite colour on the cover (green)

I love green, it's such a pretty colour and I love books with green covers so I'm excited for this topic!



1. What was the last book you read with green on the cover?


The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas. I read this last month and I thought it was okay. I liked it, it was a cute contemporary read with an important message but it didn't completely blow me away.


2. What is the next book you think you'll read with green on the cover?


Maybe Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I feel like I'm the only girl in the entire book community who hasn't read this book yet but I recently bought it and it definitely sounds like something I would enjoy so I'll hopefully be picking that up very soon.


3. What it is the best book you've read with green on the cover?


Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson. I read this book a while ago now but I remember I absolutely adored it. I gave it 5/5 stars and it was just the perfect summer read with amazing character development and an exciting plot with of course, romance.



4. What is the worst book you've read with green on the cover?


Shock, here it comes again. The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Not much to say for this considering I mention how much I hated this book in every single post but I didn't finish it, the movies are a million times better than the book and I just really hated it.


5. What is the best cover of a book with green on the cover?


Does that even make sense since the theme is about covers, I don't even know but I would have to say Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. I think this is my favourite cover from the series, I just love the ombre green and maybe that's just because green is my favourite cover I don't know but there's just something really appealing about it.


Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)

I hope you enjoyed today's post! What would your answers be? Let me know in the comments!

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Book Traveling Thursdays #14- Blue Covers

Hey guys, it's Thursday which means it's time for another Book Traveling Thursday! This is a weekly meme created by Catia where we talk about book covers relating to a certain theme or topic. If you would like some more information or to join in, I'll leave the Goodreads page linked here!

This weeks theme is: Choose a book that originally has a blue cover!

I was looking at my shelves last night and I realised that a lot of my books have blue covers, I don't know why I have so many but different shades of blue were completely taking over my shelf! Not that I'm complaining, they look so pretty! The book I decided to use for this week is A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. This was the best sequel to any book ever, it was so good!


Original cover:

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

I adore this cover, and all Sarah J Maas book covers honestly, I feel like they're so simplistic but so powerful at the same time. Feyre looks so badass in this and I love the effects of wind being done by her hair and the white wisps. The background of the city is so cute too I just really like these covers!


Favourite covers:

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)  Das Reich der sieben Höfe – Flammen und Finsternis (Das Reich der sieben Höfe, #2)  
                                      (German)

Obviously I've already talked about the first cover but I love how different the German cover is, and that it still fits with the story really well. The colour scheme is gorgeous and the butterflies add such a nice effect. I do think Feyre looks a little too "damsel in distress" like but the overall cover is beautiful.


Least favourite covers:

Hof van mist en woede (Hof van doorns en rozen, #2)  Corte de Névoa e Fúria (Corte de Espinhos e Rosas, #2)
       (Dutch)               (Portuguese) 

Neither of these are bad covers at all, I actually quite like them. They're just my least favourite of all of them. The dutch cover is very similar to the original except it doesn't have the detail of the city and it's quite a bit brighter than the original. I definitely prefer the original as I feel it fits better with the story. I actually quite like the Portuguese one, the colours are really bright and bold and I love the swirl patterns but again I don't think it really fits with the story.

Which cover is your favourite? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

T5W- Favourite LGBTQ+ Reads




Hey guys!

Firstly, IT'S MY BIRTHDAY! I'm finally an adult, 18!!

Today's post is another Top 5 Wednesday. This is a weekly meme where we discuss our top 5 favourite things relating to a certain topic, usually bookish related. If you want to join in, or would just like some more information regarding this, I'll leave the Goodreads page linked here.

This weeks theme is: Favourite LGBTQ+ reads!

When looking for my answers to this questions, I realised I hadn't read as many LGBTQ books as I thought I had but I still read enough to make this list!


1. Simon vs The Homosapien's Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Of course this just has to be number one. This was such a fantastic read and one of the first LGBTQ books I'd read. I loved the characters and the whole coming to terms story was so beautiful, and the writing was great too.

2. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

I will literally read anything that she writes. I loved this book! It was one of my most recent reads and the storyline was so cute and relatable. My favourite aspect of this book was that it wasn't about coming out. Being gay was just a characteristic some of the characters had that made them unique and it wasn't portrayed as a big deal. I loved it.

3. Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour

Similarly to the last one, the main character being gay wasn't drawn attention to in any way, it was just the fact the romance was girl/girl that allowed us to know this. Plus the whole setting was so cool as it surrounds a girl wanting to become a set designer and I loved seeing that, it was so interesting.


4. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green

One of my all time favourite authors, and although this book wasn't my favourite by him, it was still amazing. I loved how unique this plot was and although I read it ages ago so don't really remember too much about it, I remember friendship playing a huge role which is always something I love to see in books.


5. Geekerella by Ashley Poston

I think this still counts because even though the main characters aren't LGBTQ, some of the side characters are and I really enjoyed this book so I wanted to include it. It's an incredibly diverse and modern take on the classic fairytale and I think it worked really well!




What are some of your favourite LGBTQ+ books? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon- Review

Everything, EverythingPublication date:
September 1st 2015

Publisher:
Delacorte Books

Goodreads synopsis:
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I'm allergic to the world. I don't leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black- black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking, and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can't predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It's almost certainly going to be a disaster.

REVIEW:

Cover- I think this cover is absolutely beautiful. It's a very clean white and crisp but then there is just an explosion of colour and patterns and images around the bottom word of the title which just looks so lovely and is very powerful. It's a simple cover but I feel like it works really well. 

Plot- I'd heard a lot of hype surrounding this book and it definitely did not disappoint. The idea of this book is so unique and fresh, I've never heard of a story like it which is one of the main things that intrigued me. It was interesting to see how Maddy's life was with this illness that didn't allow her to even leave her own house, and how she coped with being stuck inside all day. It was a very well developed plot line and it was good to see how meeting Olly changed everything she'd known for so long. 

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Characters- I really liked the character development of Maddy within this book. She was already such a strong and determined character and I really liked how upbeat she was about her life, even though she didn't get to do things other teenagers do, she was appreciative of her life and the people close to her which I think is really important. She did annoy me at times though, I feel she made some rash decisions and let her emotions take over too much- although this is relatable. When she meets Olly, she becomes more wild and reckless but in a lovely way which shows how life is a gift and you need to do things that make you happy. There are so many important messages behind this book. Olly was a really great character too, he was dealing with a lot but still managed to stay happy and he was very understanding of Maddy's condition and the limitations that would have on their relationship. I didn't really like how quickly their relationship developed, it seemed very rushed and unrealistic with the way some events panned out. Carla was definitely my favourite character, she was always there for Maddy, was loyal and caring and always did the right thing.

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Writing- The writing was my favourite thing about the book. I absolutely flew through this book, I read it in one sitting which is so unusual for me. I adored how short the chapters were and how there were text messages and emails and illustrations allowing us to get more depth from the characters and understand more than one perspective. It helped me to connect with Maddy a lot. This was such a fun, easy Spring read and I will be picking up Nicola's other book very soon.

Overall- This was a cute read, the writing style was something I really enjoyed and the plot was very unique. The character development was really good and I would definitely recommend picking this book up if you're in a reading slump or just want a quick and easy contemporary read.

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Friday, 14 April 2017

Fill-Me-In Friday #5 - First Book in a Series

Hey guys, I'm back with another Fill Me In Friday! This is a weekly meme created by myself and I will leave the Goodreads page linked here as it will definitely be able to explain how this works better! Every Friday, there is a different topic which you must answer 5 questions on. The questions stay the same each week, but your answers will change depending on the theme!

This weeks theme is: It's almost Easter! Pick a first book in a series.

Since I have a very big problem with starting series and never finishing them, this is a really good topic for me and will be fairly easy for me to think of answers to. 


1. What was the last book you read that was the first book in a series?

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. How many times am I going to mention this book? I loved it, and I'm so excited to read Gemina hopefully very soon.

2. What is the next book you plan to read which is the first book in a series?

I want to start so many series but I've made a pact with myself to finish all the unfinished ones I've already started first so it probably won't be for a while but I really want to start Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi as I've heard so many amazing things about it.


3. What is the best book you've read that was the first book in a series?

Oh my gosh there are so many I could have chosen for this! I think I'm going to have to go with A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J.Maas though because this just completely blew me away and I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I loved it!


4. What is the worst book you've read that was the first book in a series?

Once again this book is making an apperance and that is The Maze Runner by James Dashner. You all know by now how much I absolutely hated this book, I didn't even finish it and I literally despise it. I want to give it another try but for now, this is definitely the worst book I've ever read.

5. What is the book with the best cover that is the first book in a series?

Easiest decision for me, this book has one of the most beautiful covers I've ever seen and the entire series carries on this trend of gorgeous covers and that is The Selection by Kiera Cass. I find the whole 'pretty girl in a pretty dress' cover is so boring and usually done so badly but this one is so perfect I adore it.


The Selection (The Selection, #1)

What would your answers be this week? 

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Book Traveling Thursday #13

Hey guys, it's Thursday which means it's time for another Book Traveling Thursday! This is a weekly meme created by Catia where we talk about book covers relating to a certain theme. If you would like some more information and to join in, I'll leave the Goodreads page linked here.

This weeks theme is: National Pet Day was a few days ago, choose a book that features your favourite pet.

My favourite pet is without a doubt is a cat. I love cats so much, they're adorable and I have a black kitten called Pendle and she's literally my everything. So I chose a book about cats that I really enjoyed when I was younger, and that's Varjak Paw by S.F.Said. Literally nobody has heard of this book and I actually really enjoyed it, it's about adventure and mischief.

Original Cover:

Varjak Paw  (Varjak Paw #1)

I think this is quite a cute cover, it's a very minimalist and simple drawing of the cat but it works really well. I don't really like the mustard colour background but other than that I think it's cute.

Favourite cover:

 Titus Tatz
     (German)

There's something about this cover that I find really appealing. The close up of the cat and how realistic it looks is really nice, and the colour scheme really works. I like how it's completely dark other than the cat's golden eye and the gold lettering. It's just really pretty.

Least favourite cover:

Варджак Лап
(Russian)

This isn't a terrible cover but I don't feel like the cream and black along the side really fits with the main image. I like the fact the cat is blue but the panel along the side completely ruins it.

Which of these is your favourite? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

T5W- Books That Would Make Good Video Games





Hey guys, it's time for this weeks Top 5 Wednesday! If you don't know what this is, it's a weekly meme where you pick your top 5 things relating to a certain topic, usually bookish related. If you want to join in or just want some more information I'll leave the Goodreads page linked here as it will definitely be able to explain it better than me!

This weeks theme is: Books that would make good video games.

I haven't played video games in ages, I don't really have the time to do so anymore with working, YouTube and also reading but I used to love playing them when I was younger and if I have spare time I still occasionally get my 3DS out for an hour or so. This topic is super fun for me as there are loads of books that would be so cool as video games!


1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Could I talk about this book any more? Probably not but oh well, I'm slightly obsessed with it. This would be the most badass video game ever. Trying to survive against the inflicted and also find a way to escape the Lincoln would make this game so exciting and you'd just constantly be on the edge of your seat playing it. Would be slightly terrifying but why is this not a game yet??


2. The Selection by Kiera Cass

Okay this is one that I would play so much. Imagine, you can either have the choice to be Prince Maxon and date all these girls until you narrow it down to one by doing all these tasks and challenges with them and seeing who you're most compatible with and stuff, or you can be one of the girls dating the Prince and your challenge is to get picked by him by beating the other girls in tasks. I should definitely be a video game writer. 


3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This would be a game so full of mystery and intregue and you could just go around exploring all the different tents at the circus and play cool mini-games in each tent that earn you points. And you could have the choice to become on of the circus performers doing different tricks and things.

4. Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter

This entire series is about a school for spies. How could that not be a perfect video game? Going undercover and trying not to get caught and of course there would have to be a romance involved and you have to make decisions about if to tell him or not. So many things would be perfect about this being a video game!


5. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

We all know that this would make the absolute best video game, I'm surprised there isn't one already. You could make guesses about who is A, and choose which character you want to play as. Different romances and story-lines within the game make each players game unique to them and the choices they make. 




This was a super fun post to write, what books do you think would make great video games? Let me know in the comments!