WWW Wednesday – In Love With This Series!

I am currently writing this blog post while the World Cup is on in the background (which I am being forced to watch, but it’s fine). I also have a book next to me ready for half time because I gotta take any chance to read at the moment.

I’m so glad it’s halfway through the week already because it’s one step closer to the weekend and I can spend it reading, writing and drawing. And hopefully finish reading the book I am currently making my way through, which happens to be a very long one.

What Are You Currently Reading?

a court of mist and fury

This book is incredible. I’m already obsessed with this series, the characters and the story. I haven’t read a book like this about the Fae ever before and I am captivated by the magic of this world. I didn’t think Maas’ writing could get any better than the Throne of Glass series, but I was wrong. As the story progresses I am finding my thoughts and feelings on certain characters are changing drastically (hint: it’s Rhys). I am nearly 40% of the way through and it’s taking me much longer to read this story than others. However, I think it’s because there is so much detail in the writing and I just want to savour it. I’ll let you know my thoughts on this series soon.

What Did You Recently Finish Reading?

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I know, I know, I haven’t written the review for this yet. I am so behind because life has been all over the place lately, but I am going to try and catch up soon. This book completely blew me away, which you can probably tell as I jumped into the second one straight away. I don’t think I’ve ever smiled so much while reading a book, but at the same time be so tense (especially with that ending). This may be another series that will go down as being one of my favourites ever, so long as the books continue this way.

What Do You Think You’ll Read Next?

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Is there any other book I could read? I have a feeling July will be the month that I finish a full series (if it’s a trilogy, I’m not sure), with the exception of the novella that I haven’t purchased yet. Of course, I have no idea how the second book will end, but I have a feeling it’ll be a cliff hanger for sure!

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What book are you currently reading this week?

My Top 5 Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

Can you believe we’re already halfway through the year? Where have the last six months gone?!

I’ve seen a couple of people talk about the books they’ve read so far in the year and which ones they have loved the most. Currently, I have read 33 books, which is 66% of the way through my Goodreads challenge and I am over the moon. There have been some incredible books published in the first half of the year, and I also managed to pick up a couple series that I hadn’t gotten around to.

It was way harder to narrow the 33 down to 5 because I have actually given away so many five stars reviews because the books are that good. They aren’t going to be in an order, as that would make it even harder, but my top 5 so far are…

1. Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

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I was originally going to put Scythe on this list, but the second one blew me away even more than the first. I can’t stop thinking or talking about this book and I totally get why everyone loves it. The world building is fascinating and the characters are so interesting.

You never really know what is going to happen and the last 50 pages of Thunderhead were shocking, but in a good way. It means I have absolutely no idea what will happen in the third book, The Toll, and I’m even more excited for its publication date. You can check out my review for Scythe here and Thunderhead over here.

2. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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I’ll tell you how much I loved this debut novel, enough that I am going to meet the author herself in less than a months time! Everything about this book was incredible. The magic system, the stakes, the plots, the characters…Everything!

There was so much hype surrounding this book, which always makes me worried, but I had no reason to be. I cannot fault Children of Blood and Bone because it was amazing. A re-read will definitely be in order before Children of Virtue and Vengeance comes out next year. Check out my 5 star review here.

3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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I only finished this book two days ago and it is already in my top 5 for the year. Why didn’t I read it before now, you ask? I keep asking myself that because it was freakin’ amazing! I think I might even love it more than the Throne of Glass series, which is saying a lot because I adore those books. I’ll be writing up my review for this book within the next few days, but I can’t get over it.

There is something so appealing about the Fae and these characters really made me feel for them. I was literally smiling as I read their interactions and I can honestly say I’ve fallen for Tamlin (although everyone says I shouldn’t and it makes me nervous). I’m over 100 pages in to A Court of Mist and Fury and I can feel my thoughts changing on certain characters when I didn’t want them to (mainly Tamlin and Rhys), but I just know this series is going to be one of my favourites.

4. Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

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The only downside to this book is that it is a standalone. Sky in the Deep knocked my socks off with the world building and how divided it is, the prejudice that surrounds the characters, and not to mention the fact that it has a viking influence. I grew to care so much about these characters and what they were going through as I was reading.

There are some incredible action scenes that were fast paced and kept me on the edge of my seat, as well as a sweet romance that blossomed. This book has everything and it was thoroughly deserving of five stars. It is one of those that I could read again and again and never get bored. See more of my thoughts in my review here.

5. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

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Can I put the Grisha trilogy in here as well? I would say all of her books deserve to be here, but I have yet to read Six of Crows,. However, I chose The Language of Thorns to be in this list as it was the first book I read by her. Honestly, it was magical, as well as being dark and deadly at the same time. I read it in one sitting, that’s how much I loved it. I just couldn’t get enough!

Each of the six stories that are included are beautifully told, and featured the most gorgeous illustrations. Bargudo is an incredible writer who made the words jump off the page and come to life for me. Will I pick it up again one day? Hell yeah! This is the kind of book I will forever keep and one day pass on to my kids if I have any. It was a no brainer to give this 5 stars, and you can check out my review here.

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I could have added so many more books, but then we would be here all night! I know that the rest of 2018 is going to be filled with some amazing reads as well, so I am dreading my end of the year top ten list!

What is the best book that you have read so far this year?

Award: Sunshine Blogger Award

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It is crazy to think that me and my little blog are being nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by the lovely Rachael at Beach Bookworm. Thank you so much for this!

I still can’t believe that I have nearly 300 followers now and there are so many people who care about what I think. Believe me, it is the best feeling when someone says that my review or thoughts on a book have made them check it out. That’s all I ever want to do with this blog, to spread the book love.

Rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4. List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog.

Rachael’s questions for me are…

1. What’s your favourite thing about blogging?

I think I kind of answered this question above, but I love how my views on a book can make someone give a book a try for the first time, and sometimes even for a second time. It is great talking with like-minded people and making friends through our love of books.

2. Have you met a fellow blogger face to face?

No, I haven’t but I would love to! It seems that most people live in the US, while I am over here living in the UK, in a place that isn’t London.

3. What is your favourite TV show?

Hmm, this is a tough one. Are we asking about my all time favourite, or my current favourite? My all time favourite TV show is The Vampire Diaries. That show was everything to me and I can’t tell you how much I cried at the finale (spoiler, it was a lot) and it will always hold a special place in my heart. My current favourite though is The 100, because that show is so damn good!

4. What is your biggest fear?

I have a weird fear of ladders/step ladders. I’m okay with heights now because I’ve been on roller coasters and up high buildings, but I refuse to go up ladders. I can’t do it.

5. Do you have any pets?

I personally don’t have any because my landlord won’t allow it, but my mum has a staffie called Willow, who is just the cutest. (There she is, in all her glory and her creepy, glossy eyes)

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6. How many books have you read, so far, this year?

I just finished my 25th book last night, which I am pretty happy with. I set myself a goal of 50, so to be halfway when the fifth month of the year isn’t even over yet is pretty good. I was just talking to my dad about it and he was shocked at the amount. The crazy thing is, I know of people online who have read so much more!

7. Tea or coffee?

Coffee, all the way! I feel like I’m the only English person who hates tea. Nasty stuff *pulls a face*.

8. Where is your favourite reading spot?

My bed, just because it’s cosy and relaxing. Although sometimes I get too comfortable and fall asleep, which always ruins my reading time.

9. How happy are you today on a sale of 1 to 10?

I would say that I am a 9, mainly because I am working from home tomorrow and its a long weekend here in the UK thanks to a bank holiday on Monday. And I have my new sofa arriving on Saturday (so many good things).

10. Which era do you wish you could visit?

Ooh, this is hard! There are so many that would be interesting, but I think the 20s would have been a fun time, just to visit. Not so much if I were to live there. I think I would have to be rich in that case and get invited to all the parties.

11. Favourite quote?

I don’t think I have a favourite quote when I think about it. I’ve been sat thinking about it for a good few minutes and still can’t come up with one.

And those are my answers! I am going to nominate the following bloggers:

Beth @ Reading Every Night

Destiny @ Howling Libraries

Chelsea @ A Very Bookish Girl

Sophie @ Sophie’s Corner

Danielle @ Life of a Literary Nerd

Kyera @ Kyera’s Library

Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm

Katie @ Never Not Reading

Ashley @ Socially Awkward Bookworm

Larkin @ Wonderfilled Reads

Misty @ Mistysbookspace

My questions to you are…

1. What is your favourite hobby, besides reading?

2. If you could choose one book series to read for the rest of your life, what would it be?

3. Cats or dogs?

4. What is your biggest dream?

5. What book are you most anticipating in the second half of the year?

6. Are you a reader or a writer? Or both?

7. Have you ever not finished a book?

8. Describe your ideal holiday.

9. What genre do you like the least?

10. If you could live on any place on Earth, where would it be?

11. What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to books?

You are all great bloggers and I think everyone should check them out! If you choose to take part, I hope you enjoy answering my questions.

Wrapping Up The Week (30th April – 6th May)

This weekend has been a scorcher here in the UK and unfortunately I am not one of these people that loves the heat. I hate when it’s too hot to do anything, plus, because I’m a redhead I tend to burn anyway. Luckily for me the downstairs of my house (where my bedroom is) stays so cool, which is a contrast to upstairs in my lounge/kitchen where it is about 26 degrees. I’m dying.

However, I did manage to get a load of reviews written this week, finished reading one book and am almost finished with my current read (its taking me a while to get through). I also had three new books get delivered to me which I am super excited to get to, especially one in particular that I have heard a lot about.

Books I read and reviewed…

I finally got around to reviewing two books that I read the week before, the first being The Smoke Thieves. It’s weird how you think about a book differently when you give yourself a few days to think about it. Unfortunately, The Smoke Thieves didn’t make a lasting impression on me and in the end I gave it 3.5 stars, because I still enjoyed it. You can check out my review here.

The second book I reviewed was Nevernight and it is a book I still can’t get over. It was amazing and while I know it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, it was mine. I love the story, the characters, the writing…Everything! You can see why I gave it 4.5 stars here (it would have been five if not for the annotations sometimes interrupting the flow of the story).

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On Tuesday I finished off Falling Kingdoms and immediately went on to buy Rebel Spring and Gathering Darkness, both of which arrived today (I am slightly annoyed that Gathering Darkness is bigger in height and width than the first two. Turns out it’s the US version of the paperback. But it’s okay because I checked the other three and they are all the US versions too). Falling Kingdoms completely stole my heart and it was an instant five star read for me, which I haven’t gotten around to writing yet. That’s planned for tomorrow. I only wish I had read this series sooner because it is sure to become one of my favourites.

I am currently reading…

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…And currently loving it! So many plot twists and the story just keeps on getting better. I am so glad Rowan is back in it! While I didn’t like him at first (I was firmly on Team Chaol) I have had a change of heart and realise he is perfect. I have 200 pages left (this book is huge) but I am hoping to finish it tomorrow as it is a bank holiday here in the UK. I cannot wait to see how it ends and hopefully move onto Empire of Storms.

Posts from the week…

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Slay a Dragon to Get Early

WWW Wednesday – So Many Books!

Wrapping Up April ’18 – Best Reading Month Ever

Three blog posts plus the two reviews makes it a pretty good week for me, especially with work being so hectic at the moment. I love doing the wrap up posts and reflecting on what I read. I will probably post my May TBR soon, now that I have figured out what books I want to read, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

My WIP…

Just as I was getting back into it, I stop. I blame the amazing books I have been reading, but Monday is the start of the new week and I am determined to start fresh. I think I’m also stalling because the idea of editing my 100k word novel is so daunting and seems like a massive task. I suppose I just need to take it one day at a time. It’s not going to edit itself! I might even start my other story idea just so I am being creative in that sense too. Does anyone else do this?

Other Fun Stuff…

I am still watching Bates Motel with my boyfriend. We are onto season 3 and loving it! We got to the point where I hadn’t seen the episodes and everything just got so good! I am excited to see where the next three seasons take us, although we all know the end game (or at least I do because I saw Psycho).

Something I don’t really mention a lot on the blog is my love of food (I love all cuisines, although Italian and Indian are my favourites) and I just wanted to share the incredible meal we cooked the other day. It was lamb shank with a red wine sauce and the most amazing vegetable rice with potato gratin. It tasted as good as it looks.

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I’m hoping that next week I can read a couple of books and be on my way to reading a total of 7 this month. Wish me luck!

I hope you all had a great week of reading and if you’re in the UK I hope you didn’t get burnt in the sun!

WWW Wednesday – Hitting 250 Followers!

WWW Wednesday was originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm, and was taken over by Taking on a World of Words.

I just want to start by thanking the 250 people who follow my little blog. While the number may not seem huge, I’m just grateful that there are 250 of you who care about my thoughts and feeling on books. I’m hoping to do a giveaway when I reach 500 followers because that’s my next big goal.

Also, just a little heads up. My laptop has been playing up for the last few days (it keeps freezing, coming up with an error page) so I may have to send it off to see what is actually wrong with it. If that is the case then I may not be able to blog as much, but if my sister is nice enough I can borrow hers for a little bit. So that’s how my week is going so far. However, I have been reading an amazing book I can’t wait to finish.

What Are You Currently Reading?

ash princess

I am currently 72% through this ARC and oh my, it has gotten so good! It was a little slow to start with but the plot is coming together and I love the characters, especially a few in particular. Our Main character, Thora (or Theo as we find out) has lived a terrible, sad and brutal life under the strict rule of the Kaiser, a tyrant who came and took over her land, killing her mother. I recently just read a scene where I found myself holding my breath because it was so tense. I can’t wait to read the rest of it!

What Did You Recently Finish Reading?

the oracle queen

The last book I finished was the novella called The Oracle Queen and you can find my review here. It was good for a novella and I really enjoyed finding out about this particular Queen. The Oracle Queen is a sad tale, but I didn’t feel it offered much to the story of the three Queens. Honestly, I just read it because I need something to fill in the time until Two Dark Reigns comes out later on this year.

What Do You Think You’ll Read Next?

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The next book I will be reading will be to finish off Nevernight, which I am currently a third of the way through. I put it to the side to finish Ash Princess as there is only two weeks lefts until it gets released and I want to get a review up soon. However, I have been enjoying Nevernight and cannot wait to dive back into the story again.

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I hope you have all been having a great week so far and that you’re enjoying whatever book you are reading!