Favourite Books of 2017

So these are my favourite books that I read in the year of 2017:

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In no particular order (trying to rate the best would be torture):

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

We Are Okay by Nina Lecour

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman

 

 

Runners up!

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Okay I think that is my back log of 2017 posts! Time to welcome in the new year (finally).

 

Throne of Glass Book Tag

Hey, so I’m ill and I decided to do the thing I always do when I’m ill. Hunt for awesome book tags because maybe I actually do like sorting things (this is a shocking revelation for myself). And because I miss awesome Maas books that aren’t Tower of Dawn, yes I still haven’t finished it yet. And now I’m going to commemorate the awesome characters in her books by doing this tag!

This book tag was created by Hannah @ soobsessedwith and Alexa @ alexalovesbooks.

 

LYSANDRA | A BOOK WITH A COVER CHANGE YOU LOVED

 

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I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

There just aren’t enough yellow books in the world, it makes rainbow shelves a real struggle.

 

 

ABRAXOS | A BOOK THAT’S BETTER ON THE INSIDE THAN IT LOOKS ON THE OUTSIDE

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This question makes realise how vain I’ve become with books as of late, I’m actually struggling to think of an ugly book cover this year. Either that or people have been stepping up their book cover game. OH WAIT. I lie. The US cover is awesome but the one for the UK makes me said. Now I Rise by Kiersten White. the story is amazing though and so is the cover if you’re in the US (I’m not really a put a person on the front cover sort of person).

 

ERILEA | A SERIES WITH GREAT WORLD-BUILDING

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab. I still need to read the rest of the series and I definitely want too.

 

 

 

RIFTHOLD | A BOOK THAT COMBINES GENRES

Image result for six of crowsSix of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. It’s crime and fantasy I’d say. Honestly if this book didn’t fit so well in to this category I would also give it flipping great world building.

 

 

KALTAIN ROMPIER | A BOOK WITH AN UNEXPECTED TWIST

What was the last twist I wasn’t expecting… not to sound like an ass or anything by saying that but I probably spend more of my time speculating than reading (questionably sad). And I mean like a good twist, not a twist that made me want to throw the book against the wall twist. And so I’m going to leave this blank instead of wondering on what to put here.

 

 

ASSASSIN’S KEEP | A BOOK WITH AN UNRELIABLE NARRATOR

Image result for when we collidedI feel like it’s the thing at the moment to hide half the story to the reader until the most awesome of moments to do the big reveal. Not thinking of any awesome Celeana Aelin Ashyriver Sardothein Galanthynius at all (don’t kill me over any typos there please). It’s also not a bad thing that books do this, who wants to hear the whole methodical plan laid out? Not me. No, really, I don’t. I’m going to nominate half a book, mainly Vivvy from When We Collided by Emery Lord.

 

ASTERIN BLACKBEAK | A BOOK THAT’S GOT SQUAD GOALS

Image result for Alexandra bracken the darkest mindsThis one made me laugh so much. SQUAD GOALS. I’m going to say The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken because they were all such a good team.

 

 

 

TERRASEN | A BOOK THAT FEELS LIKE HOME

Image result for city of bones cassandra clare(Cant say what this book tag is based on that’s just wrong somehow). City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. It’s my other go to book when I need something comforting, I’m ashamed I forgot for a moment.

 

 

 

AELIN ASHRYVER GALATHYNIUS | A BOOK WITH THE POWER TO DESTROY YOU

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One Day by David Nicholls. The movie destroys me the book destroys me. I’m just tears every time, but I love it too much.

 

 

 

 

MANON BLACKBEAK | A BOOK THAT INTIMIDATED YOU

Image result for the hobbitThe Hobbit by the Tolkien. I’ve never really finished this book or read the rest of the Lord of the Rings series because they do just intimidate me. They’re so revered I’m afraid I won’t love them and you know spoilers are everywhere.

 

 

 

 

ROWAN WHITEHORN | A BOOK THAT MAKES YOU SWOON

Image result for acomafTO HELL WITH IT I’M CHEATING. It’s not the TOG series so it’s okay, right? A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. Rhysand, enough said.

 

 

 

 

FLEETFOOT | A BOOK THAT YOU RECEIVED AS A GIFT

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Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs. I got this from a friend for Christmas last year. Admittedly,  my Christmas presents are mainly books but from my TBR list, so I’m nominating this because it’s a surprise.

 

 

EYE OF ELENA | A BOOK YOU FOUND RIGHT WHEN YOU NEEDED IT

IMG_1865We Are Okay by Nina Lecour. I hit in China where I was miserable and I felt this book alleviated that a little. The story had little to nothing to do with my situation but I really connected with the story at the time.

 

 

 

Hey, I hope you enjoyed this tag even though I did it totally for my own satisfaction. Sorry, not sorry. This tag really reminded me of how many books I need to re-read that also all happen to be in my parents house and probably in their attic. Image result for crying emoji

 

My Summer TBR Checklist

Well summer is definitely over and Scotland has not forgotten to remind me of that the second I step out the door. So how well did I do? I’d give a not bad / 10. It was mostly  a what will I buy sort of book list so not much got done because I do try to save my money.

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Completed:

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Adulted so didn’t buy:

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Not sorry about King’s Cage but I do kindaaaa want to know.

 

So is this considered a fail in adulting because I still bought more books than I didn’t? (Did I mention I bought ACOWAR twice? One’s a physical copy for my shelf… that doesn’t exist because I moved to Scotland).

 

How far did you get in to your summer reading lists? Are your bank accounts crying too?

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The Greek Gods Book Tag

I saw this on Charlotte Annelise’s blog and who does not like Greek gods? So I thought why not, let’s do this! 😀 And anyone who wants to do this tag should! 🙂

(also I will try to post more regularly it has just been very hectic lately. Work, life!)

Rules:

  • Pingback to me here so I can read all your posts!
  • You can use my graphics if ya like, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to
  • Tag as many people as you want, but please, share the love.

 

ZEUS: King of the Gods – Your Favourite Books (of all time!)

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If anyone’s seen my last few posts I don’t think any of of these came as a surprise! This was actually really hard to just limit to four but I thought I would dub this one as my favourite books of all time for a bit more DRAMA.

 

HERA: Queen of the Gods – A Badass Female Character

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Did you expect me to answer with anyone else other than Celeana Sardothien?

 

JANUS: God of Beginnings – Your Favourite Debut(s)

        

I think I’ve mentioned all of these but Enclave before. Enclave is the first in a trilogy about a dystopian world that was overran by these creatures that eat humans and how society has changed to combat them. It was actually very different from a lot of the YA dystopias because it doesn’t shy away from the gritty side of things. I really liked the heroine Deuce and the mechanics of how the world worked was super interesting. They live underground and have split the roles in their society in to three parts and if I remember right you decide your role at the age of 15? But either way this is a series I really want to go back and re-read because it was such a journey and I think this series needs more attention even though dystopia’s a little dead now.

 

ATHENA: Goddess of Wisdom – Your Favourite Non-Fiction Book

This was really hard because I don’t really read non-fiction books. I’ll read articles here and there but never whole books. It’s just not something I would choose to do so I think the last one (and one of the very few ) I read was this. It’s about this family who’s son almost died and he came back saying he had been to heaven.  I don’t know what your stance on God is or otherwise but I’m putting it in the non-fiction section because it’s about the family’s experience with a son who believed he’d gone to heaven. I didn’t really like the book much from a narrative sense, but as I’ve said non-fiction / biographies are just not for me. I guess I’m just not that nosy!

 

APHRODITE: Goddess of Love – A Book You Adore and Recommend Everyone Read (other than your favourite book)

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Chine Meavile’s The City & The City. It’s not my favourite book of all time but it’s one that really made me think. If you like books like that I really recommend this.

 

HADES: God of the Underworld – An Evil Book You Wish Didn’t Exist

This is a super unpopular opinion but Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall. I read the first third of it a few years ago and DNF’d it but this always springs to mind when someone says what don’t you like. I’ve never touched another one of her books since, maybe I’m missing out? Apparently this had been made in to a movie now too, I might have to play a game of I hate myself and watch it.

 

POSEIDON: God of the Sea and Earthquakes – A Beautiful and Groundbreaking Book

      

Ground-breaking?  That’s actually incredibly hard to think of. I’ve read so many beautiful books but ground-breaking? I’m going to flip this around and say ground-breaking for me as a writer and what made me really want to write stories. The last book is definitely not YA and the series is definitely 18+! But it is an awesome supernatural novel and I loved the first few books in the series.

 

APOLLO: God of the Arts – A Beautiful Book Cover

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We Are Okay by Nina Lecour. LOOK AT IT.

 

HYPNOS: God of Sleep – A Book So Boring You Almost Fell Asleep

1984 by George Orwell. It seemed interesting and I want to read it but maybe I’m not at the right point in life to do that yet. I’ve tried but if I’m in bed reading that book I’ve fallen asleep like three times trying too. I think it’s all a little over the top for me. Maybe I’m trying to take it too seriously?

 

HERMES: Messenger of the Gods – A Book You Sped Through

Any book I love I speed through so the list could be endless and the most recent book I sped through was ACOWAR. So for variety I’m going to say… The Young Elites by Marie Lu I didn’t think I’d like it as much as I did. And I will be posting a review of it soon! 🙂

 

 

Mystery Blogger Award 5.0/6

MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD 5.0/6.0

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Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
Okoto Enigma

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THE RULES:

1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.

2. List the rules.

3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog!

4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well.

5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.

6. You have to nominate 10-20 3 people.

7. Notify each of your nominees by commenting on their blog.

8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).

9. Share your link to your best post(s)

 

Thank you Kayla for tagging me! I love doing book tags and while it’s taken me a little while to get round to it. I HAVE DONE IT.

MY FACTS:

  1. I have fallen back in love with Animal Crossing New Leaf <3.  After a super stressful day at work it’s just so chill. And Wolfgang is a grumpy little cutie :3
  2. I am writing a sequel to my unpublished novel. Sad, really. But I can’t leave the characters alone and I look forward to doing it so much it really brightens my day. And so I’m at 35k words…
  3. I’m currently working in China. It’s a bit of a love hate relationship currently.

Kayla’s QUESTIONS:

Where was the last place you travelled, and when was it?

The last place I travelled to would be Hong Kong, which is just a series of train rides and a couple of border checks. That was about a month ago but that was the last major place I went. The reason…because there’s a nerd store there that’s four stories high and I AM A NERD.

Tell me a teaser sentence from the book you’re currently reading!

“He floated into the air high above the sleeping forest, his green hat spinning a few feet above his head. In his hand was the open suitcase and out of it spilled a whole sky of stars.” – I’ll Give You the Sun.

It’s not the most quotable of books but I love the story as whole. And I love how Noah thinks of all these amazing pictures, like the one I just quoted. It gives the novel a little bit of magic despite being normal.

 

What song is stuck in your head right now? (if any)

Anger by Sleeping at Last. It’s super moody but I’m writing this really sad part in my book where all the characters are having a bad time and it’s working pretty well for that.

Otherwise when I’m being normal and not listening to the same song for five hours straight it’d be Eraser by Ed Sheeran.

Under what circumstances would you DNF a book?

If it was really boring? Down-right offensive with no reason, or if the characters are really clueless and annoying halfway in to the book. I used to DNF a lot of books, I’m on a good streak actually for not doing that

Share your favourite meme or GIF!

It will forever and always be this.

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MY QUESTIONS!

  1. What quote has changed your life (name the book it’s from!)?
  2. What’s the best book you have ever read?
  3. Favourite character from a book/movie/anything?
  4. Do you buy books knowing you’re never going to read them?
  5.  I’m going to steal Kayla’s question. What song is stuck in your head right now? (Link it if you can!)

I NOMINATE…

Alicia @ The Grumpy Librarian

Charlotte Annelise

Natalie @ The Hedgie Press

The School Subjects Book Tag!

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 So I saw this book tag on the amazing Icebreaker694’s blog but then I forgot to do this weeks ago because my life suddenly became incredibly busy, which it still is but I am currently not drowning in work as much as I was before (woo, I think…).

And out of laziness you are ALL tagged. If you want to do this tag do it. Link back to me so I can see your wonderful answers! 🙂 I love reading book tags and answering them 😉


MATH—A BOOK THAT LEFT YOUR HEAD SPINNING IN CIRCLES

The City & The City by Chine Meaville. It’s not YA but I loved it and I wrote about it in my final year of my literature degree. Then I re-read and it made my head spin as I realised there could be so much more to it. It’s definitely one those books you want to read more than once to go theory crazy on.

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ENGLISH—A BOOK YOU THINK HAS BEAUTIFUL WRITTEN EXPRESSION

The City & The City by China Meaville.

PHYSICS—YOUR FAVOURITE SCIENTIFICALLY MINDED CHARACTER FROM A BOOK OR FILM

Book: Sam from Abhorsen by Garth Nix. He was more scientifically minded in a magic sort of way but he is the first character to come to mind.

Film: Newt Scamander. Not the most scientific person buuut he knew his magical creatures down to a T. That takes some science =3.

CHEMISTRY—YOUR FAVOURITE LITERARY COUPLE?

Rowan and Aelin.  Feyre and Rhysand. Emma and Julian.

BIOLOGY—YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK/SERIES/FILM/CHARACTER

Book: A Court of Mist and Fury

YA Series: Throne Of Glass

Manga Series:  Fruits Basket ( I watch more than I read now, which still isn’t much. I feel like I’ve exhausted them a bit. )

Film: Spirited Away

TV Series: House

Character: Karou

ART—HAVE YOU EVER JUDGED A BOOK BY ITS COVER, EVEN IF YOU WEREN’T MEANT TO?!

The Crusade trilogy. I read all three because I really like the covers of the books and I needed to validate buying them. I didn’t love the story, I liked them at times but I LOVED THOSE COVERS.
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HISTORY—THE LAST HISTORICAL BOOK YOU’VE READ

Wayfarer I guess? They did go back in time I guess? Otherwise it’d be the time re-read Jane Eyre about six months ago.

GEOGRAPHY—A DESTINATION YOU WOULD REALLY LIKE TO VISIT

Venice, Japan, the lake district in England again because I love that place far too much.

DRAMA—A BOOK YOU THINK HAS A LOT OF OVERDRAMATIC HYPE

Caraval. I have not read it but all I see is Caraval, Caraval, Caraval and it makes me have no  desire to pick up this book. I could missing something amazing but I can’t make myself do it.

 

So that was the Book Subjects Book tag! Have fun if you choose to do it too! 🙂 Bye!

Flash reviews of the books I read in February. And a brief intro of me making excuses about why I don’t post regularly.

Hey, so I don’t normally make a list of what I’ve read last month but my life has been pretty hectic and so I haven’t had the time to cover as much as I want. This month I finished a novel and am now trolling through the processes of queries, synopses and receiving my first rejection – what a milestone! XD And I moved back to China to finish the last few months of my contract working as a teacher. I also feel like I owe myself to make the effort to see more of the country, which I have been failing to do. And I feel like I need to make this blog more regular. So I’m thinking I’m going to start regularly posting weekly, likely Tuesday and when I say Tuesday that could mean Wednesday but my heart’s in the right place.

Pros

Cons

 

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Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

3.5 / 5 stars

 I found it pretty slow. I preferred Passenger. This was all shrouded in a bit too much mystery for me. I wanted a character to have all the facts so they could act upon them. Instead of it being divided but we, the reader knows and becomes incredibly frustrated watching the characters bumble around. I liked the story but there were times it dragged on a little and I couldn’t enjoy Nicholas’ POV.

However, I liked the coverage on Henry and wished their could have been more. And to see Sophie develop as a character was nice too.

I feel like I owe this series a re-read honestly because Wayfarer seemed so different in comparison to Passenger. I want to believe it is me being an idiot and forgetting the details of a book I read a year ago.

 

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Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

3 / 5 stars

This is a retelling of the fairytale Wassalissa the beautiful and I hope I might have a better understanding of this book if I read the original. Because Vassa in the Night seemed so strange. I like strange but this was another level.

I also feel like Vassa could have had some more motivation as a character.

But I did love Vassa’s doll, Erg. She reminded me of a time when I was a kid and wished my toys were real.

 

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The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman

5 /5 stars

I loved it and cannot wait until the next book comes out. I’m planning on writing about the three books as a collective because this series needs more hype. Secret agents. An evil baddie. Alternate worlds. Magic. My list will go on in a future post. Pick up The Invisible Library if you haven’t tried this series yet.

 

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Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

4.5 / 5 stars

I got to spend some time with the characters I love. This book is just a homage to all the characters from   Cassie’s Shadowhunters series’ I recommend it if you loved those.

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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

4 / 5 stars

See my review here. I liked it.

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

5 stars

Also see my review. I freaking loved it.