Monday, 5 December 2016

I Discovered These Awesome Authors in 2016



It's time for Top Ten Tuesday and this weeks topic is:

New to Me Authors of 2016

So far this year I have read 116 books. It means I have exceeded my goal of 100, but I am still disappointed as I could have got to 150 if I hadn't hit a massive reading slump. I actually have only read 6 books in the last 3 months, which is 2 books a month when I usually read that in a week. So, yes, my slump hit me pretty hard. I have read a fair amount of books this year though, so I am still very proud of myself for getting 116 in so far. I discovered a few new authors this month, ones where I thoroughly enjoyed the books.

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) Saga, Volume 1 The Leaving
Jay Kristoff, Brian K. Vaughan & Tara Altebrando

I read Illuminae & Gemina this year and absolutely loved both. I fell in love with the unique way that Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff decided to tell the story. It also has one of the most interesting 'villains' as well. I literally could not put down either book and lost much needed sleep so I could devour them as quickly as possible. Saga is the series that got me into reading graphic novels this year, and I spent a lot of money trying new ones. Nothing has compared to Saga - not the beautiful style of drawings and not the fantastic story. Saga is a graphic novel everyone should read - the characters are absolutely hilarious and the story is incredible and emotional.The Leaving was a surprising read for me, I was expecting to love that one as much as I did. I was just so taken in by the story, Tara Altebrando is definitely an author whose writing just completely works for me and I am excited to read whatever she does next.

Vain (The Seven Deadly, #1) An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1) Things We Know by Heart
Fisher Amelie, Sabaa Tahir & Jessi Kirby

Fisher Amelie was an author who I took a chance on, as I don't usually read New Adult. I am so glad I took that chance as I absolutely LOVED Vain. It was the start of a series and I ended up buying the next two books in the series, and have bought two more Amelie books since. I love the development that her characters go through over the course of her novels - it is my favourite thing about them. I really enjoyed An Ember in the Ashes, and am surprised I haven't got to the sequel yet but I am blaming it on my awful reading slump which is just the worst right now. Things We Know By Heart was such a beautiful, emotional read and I LOVED it. I will definitely be reading more books by this author as I completely loved this one.

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1) The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1) Every Breath (Every, #1)
Maggie Stiefvater, Evelyn Skye & Ellie Marney

I finally read a Maggie Stiefvater book! It only took me years and years and much pestering from fellow bookworms. She is very beloved, so I felt a lot of pressure to love this one. I did really love the first book, but I admit that I struggled far too much with The Dream Thieves as it was quite boring. I hope to continue the series and that the third book is as good as the first, if not better. I thoroughly enjoyed The Crown's Game as it was brilliant fantasy set in one of my favourite times - Imperial Russia! Can't wait to get my hands on the sequel. And Every Breath was as great as everyone had suggested, definitely need to get to the sequels asap.

What authors did you discover this year that you would recommend?





I am planning to do a proper post soon about my return to the blog, as I have been absent for quite some time. I plan to hold a giveaway, so felt I might as well just get it all sorted now. The giveaway is for one winner to receive up to £40 of books of their choice from Book Depository. It's a giveaway for my return to blogging and to celebrate 15k followers on Instagram.


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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: What To Get This Bookworm for Christmas



It's time for Top Ten Tuesday and this weeks topic is:

Holiday Gift Guide Freebie!

That meant I could do a generic gift guide for the average bookworm. Or what books to buy for someone who likes a specific genre. Or gifts to buy a HP fan. Or gifts to buy whatever... So of course I am just totally do all the gifts I would love to receive this Christmas, because I CAN!


1. Funkos



Here are my beautiful Harry Potter themed shelves of my bookshelves, and just a tiny selection of the Funkos I have. There are about 14 new Harry Potter Funkos that are being released or have been released... AND I WANT THEM ALL! Not to mention that there are literally hundreds of others that I want -like the Breakfast Club ones, Disney ones, Friends ones and so many more. I want to just decorate my bookshelves with these adorable things. I am also already eyeing up all the Stranger Things Funkos that are coming out next year... I will be buying them all.


2. Harry Potter Hoodie


This rather incredible Harry Potter hoodie because I am completely in love with it. It is far too much money as I would have to get it shipped to the UK, but it doesn't stop me wanting it. It is available here.

3. This Harry Potter Shirt


I would love to be able to wear it to work every single day, unfortunately it would definitely not be classed as appropriate work attire. It might just be the single greatest shirt in existence. And I want it. It can be found here for anyone that loves it as much as I do.

4. Hamilton Merch


Both designs are by Evie Seo and I would have the designs on anything. I actually already have the Inimitable one as a mug, but I want the pillow. It is one of my favourite lyrics from the musical and is what I use on my bio on social media.

 5. Any & All Evie Seo's Designs


 

 On mugs. On shirts. On totes. On pillows. On blankets. Put it on anything. I just need it!!! Her designs are gorgeous - she even did my blog design and it is flawless. Seriously, her designs are the best and I want them all. She just did a few Disney ones and they AMAZE me! I want them on everything. Not to mention she does Harry Potter, Six of Crows, classics and so many others. You can buy her designs on Society 6 & Redbubble - both of which have sales on that I can't take part in as I have exactly £0.82 left in my bank.


6. Books!!!

Seems easy enough, as I am a bookworm. It is actually bottom of my list for once, as I probably got my hands on hundreds of books this year. I am also in the midst of a giant reading slump that has lasted months. So, whilst I love books, I am less eager than usual to add to my already endless TBR bookshelves. Yes, I have whole bookcases filled with unread books. I stopped counting once the number of unread books I owned reached 700 or so books.


What about you guys? What you hoping to get this year?!?!




I am planning to do a proper post soon about my return to the blog, as I have been absent for quite some time. I plan to hold a giveaway, so felt I might as well just get it all sorted now. The giveaway is for one winner to receive up to £40 of books of their choice from Book Depository. It's a giveaway for my return to blogging and to celebrate 15k followers on Instagram.


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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

I Think I Adore These Movies A Little Too Much



It's time for Top Ten Tuesday and this weeks topic is:

My Favourite Movies!!!

I am obsessed with films, about the same as I am with books. I own 1,000s of DVDs, which is a lot since I haven't really bought any in 2 or 3 years as I watch everything online now. I have so many favourite films that this topic is so hard. And, come on, there is no way I was ever going to just be able to pick 10. So here are just a small collection of some of my favourite films.

These are three movies that I consider my classics, I love them all and feel they are films everyone should see once. I think Fight Club might be the best book to movie adaptation ever, where they actually improved on the source material. Even the author of Fight Club says he thinks the movie is better. Plus it has amazing performances from Edward Norton and Brad Pitt. The Boondock Saints is soooo iconic to me for so many reasons, such a great concept for a movie. V for Vendetta is the movie me and my fiance watch every single 5th of November, it is an amazing film.

People should not be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.


The Lord of the Rings movies are just masterpieces in my opinion. Peter Jackson was a genius when he created these films, I love them so much. I can also watch them over and over again and never get sick of them. I can just sit and binge watch all three and not think about anything else. These films were just soooooooo good. I will admit to being really sad that the Hobbit movies weren't anywhere near as good.

Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.


These are probably my 3 favourite romantic movies,and that is quite sad as they all have really depressing endings! Ooooops. I guess The Notebook isn't depressing, it is a rather sweet ending. The other two are just depressing though! I love Baz Luhrman, he creates some of the most stunning pieces of cinema. I think Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge are his two best films. 


The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.

And here are three of my favourite kids movies, that are totally not just for kids! I adore Anastasia, it has one of the best soundtracks ever. Plus I can still say I have a huge crush on Dimitri, even if he isn't a real person - his sass and sarcasm just speaks to me. Quest for Camelot is hilarious and also has a fantastic soundtrack, I will never get sick of watching that film. The Emperor's New Groove is hilarious from beginning to end, it is probably my favourite Disney movie. 


And some other favourites: 


Can you tell that I LOVE kids films? I am sad that I can't just sit and list every single movie I love, but we would be here all day, Your turn... What movies do you love?!? Do any of mine make your own list?


I am planning to do a proper post soon about my return to the blog, as I have been absent for quite some time. I plan to hold a giveaway, so felt I might as well just get it all sorted now. The giveaway is for one winner to receive up to £40 of books of their choice from Book Depository. It's a giveaway for my return to blogging and to celebrate 15k followers on Instagram.




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Monday, 14 November 2016

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt
Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off the most daring heist imaginable.
But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're fighting for their lives. 
Double-crossed and badly weakened, they're low on resources, allies and hope.
While a war rages on the city's streets, the team's fragile loyalties are stretched to breaking point. 
Kaz and his crew will have to make sure they're on the winning side... no matter what the cost.

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Me before and during reading this book!
I hate having to review the last book in a series, especially one that I LOVE! I absolutely adored Six of Crows, it was one of my top reads of 2015 and introduced me to 6 of my new favourite characters. So that made it very hard to read the second and final book in this duology, I was so nervous that I wouldn't enjoy it or it would end badly. It didn't but, if I am being completely honest, it also wasn't my favourite ending to a series either. It was really good, it just wasn't everything I was hoping for. I am going to just give you a spoiler free review of my thoughts about this book.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Yes, I Am Adding More Books To My Ridiculous TBR Pile



It's time for Top Ten Tuesday and this weeks topic is:

Recent Additions to My TBR

My TBR pile isn't a pile, it isn't even a bookcase worth anymore. My TBR pile could be used to build a highrise tower that stretches to the fucking moon. I wish I was exaggerating, but I am pretty sure it is nearing almost 1,000 physical owned books that are now unread. THAT IS RIDICULOUS! I definitely get way more books then I end up reading every year, which is saying a lot as I read over 100 books every year. I am constantly adding to my TBR though, constantly buying books and I can't be stopped. Here are just a few I have recently come into possession of and hope to get to very soon:


RoseBlood The Diabolic New World: Rising (New World, #1) A Quiet Kind of Thunder By Your Side

All of these are review copies that I have recently received, and all ones I am planning to get to asap.These won't be winding up on the never read pile. I am so excited for RoseBlood, even if I didn't do well with the authors last series. I am just always looking for Phantom retellings and so I HAVE to read this one. The Diabolic sounds so good and I have had my copy for a while now, so definitely need to get to it. I have the first two books in the New World trilogy and can't wait to read it, it sounds really interesting. A Quiet Kind of Thunder is a review copy I was so happy to receive, I loved the authors debut novel and can't wait to see what she has to offer with this one. I adore all of Kasie West's books, they are always so adorable and so I will be getting to By Your Side asap.

Metaltown The Problem with Forever Holding Up the Universe Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1) Penny in London

These are a few of the books I have either bought for myself or received in a subscription box. I am curious about Metaltown, as I honestly don't read much steampunk. I have heard really great things about The Problem with Forever, so I definitely want to get to that soon and I hope it is as good as everyone says. I have put off reading Niven's new book because I loved her first YA book, All the Bright Places, and I don't want to be disappointed (I have faith though!). Three Dark Crowns sounds sooooo good, sisters pitted against each other in a fight for the crown... Yes, please! Penny in London just screams COVER BUY and I loved the other three books I read from the author so want to give this a go. 

Have you read any of these? What did you think?


I am planning to do a proper post soon about my return to the blog, as I have been absent for quite some time. I plan to hold a giveaway, so felt I might as well just get it all sorted now. The giveaway is for one winner to receive up to £40 of books of their choice from Book Depository. It's a giveaway for my return to blogging and to celebrate 15k followers on Instagram, which is why you have to be a follower of both.




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