The Goodreads Tag

Monday, 26 February 2018

I don't do many tags but I've seen this one around a little and I'm a big fan of Goodreads so I thought it would be a good one to do. Credit goes to the original tag creator (unfortunately I don't know who that is, sorry!)

What was the last book you marked as 'read'?
Lost For Words by Stephanie Butland. I loved this book! It's a mystery set in a bookshop and the main character, Loveday, is someone who prefers books to people and spends her time working in a secondhand bookshop. I loved the setting (what bookworm wouldn't?!) and highly recommend it.

What are you currently reading?
I'm currently reading The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney which is a psychological thriller. I really love a good thriller so I'm hoping for this to be a fast paced full-of-twists kind of book. I can't say much yet as I've only just started but fingers crossed.

What was the last book you marked as 'to-read'?
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black. This is the third book in the The Cruel Prince series (I added the second book too) and I didn't actually realise until now that there were titles already! I loved The Cruel Prince though and can't wait to read the next one.

What book do you plan to read next?
I usually don't decide on what to read next until I'm finished my current read (unless it's a series and I already have the next one). I have a few on my immediate TBR though including How to Stop Time by Matt Haig and The Fandom by Anna Day so it may be one of those.

Do you use the star rating system?
I do use the star ratings and I (along with many others) wish they would introduce half stars.

Are you doing a 2018 reading challenge?
Yes! I'm aiming to read 50 books in 2018. I have currently read 6 so I need to get a move on!

Do you have a wishlist?
I don't have a wishlist, actually. I've thought about making one but to be honest I find it easier just to ask for specific books when it's my birthday etc.

What book do you plan to buy next?
A lot of my book purchases are impulse buys but I will definitely be buying A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas.

Do you have any favourite quotes, would you like to share a few?
I love "It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read." (Lemony Snicket) because it is just so true.

I also love "After all this time? Always." which is a Harry Potter classic.

Who are your favourite authors?
I love Sarah J. Maas, Rainbow Rowell and J. K. Rowling.

Have you joined any groups?
I am a member of a few groups but I am terrible at keeping up with them. I would like to participate in more bookish chats though so I should really make more of an effort.

How many shelves do you have on Goodreads?
I like simplicity and just have four shelves: Read, Currently Reading, Want to Read and Did Not Finish.

I won't tag anyone specific so if you fancy doing it, go ahead!

Do you use Goodreads? It really helps me to stay organised and I find it so useful for discovering new books too. Feel free to add me as a friend over there and we can chat books. :)

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Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Saturday, 6 January 2018

The Cruel Prince | Holly Black | Published January 2nd, 2018
Source: I received a copy from Readers First in exchange for an honest review.
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This was just fantastic.

There is nothing I love more than a fantasy that completely enraptures me from beginning to end. The Cruel Prince has a perfect balance of drama, twists, cruel yet charming characters and a plot that surprises. I loved every bit of it.

The world is vivid and intriguing. The characters are flawed and complex and the twisty, evil politics will keep you turning page after page. Our main character, Jude, is a mortal who has been raised in Faerie. She battles her desire to want to belong in a kingdom she has grown to love when her parents were ruthlessly murdered by the man who raised her and her sisters. She isn’t always likeable and it’s not easy to always get on board with her decisions but that’s what makes her all the more compelling.

As for the Cruel Prince himself, Cardan... he definitely lives up to the title. But if you have a fondness for charming villains (and who doesn’t?) then you’re going to want to pick this up.

This is my first read of 2018 and, honestly, it’s going to be a hard act to follow. The ending is sufficiently wrapped up after some surprises but has still left me begging for the follow up. I cannot wait for that release and in the meantime I’ll be devouring everything else Holly Black has written.

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Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2017

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

I absolutely love discovering new authors. Whether it's a debut whose book I loved and I can't wait to see what they read next, to authors who have been around a while, and whose backlist I can binge-read. I read a mixture of the two in 2017 and these were my 10 favourites:

  1. Marissa Meyer  (with Heartless)
  2. Juno Dawson (with Margot & Me)
  3. Angie Thomas (with The Hate U Give)
  4. Laini Taylor (with The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy)
  5. Karen M. McManus (with One of Us is Lying)
  6. Sandhya Menon (with When Dimple Met Rishi)
  7. Estelle Maskame (with Dare to Fall)
  8. Leigh Bardugo (with Wonder Woman, The Grishaverse Trilogy and The Six of Crows duology) (clearly a new favourite!)
  9. Gail Honeyman (with Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine)
  10. Sara Holland (with Everless)

I can't wait to read more from all of these authors in 2018 and beyond! Did you read any of these authors for the first time in 2017 too or disover other favourites? I would love to know!

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Top Ten 2018 Releases I'm Looking Forward To

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

One of my favourite things to do towards the end of a year is look at new releases for the following year and make a spreadsheet of the ones I'm looking forward to. It's quite geeky but I absolutely love the organisation of spreadsheets and it helps me keep track of the books I want to read all year.

I found it really hard to narrow this list down to just ten but these are the ones I'm most excited for right now:

Are you looking forward to any of these releases too?

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Top Ten Favourite Books of 2017

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

I feel like I haven't read that many books this year. I think it's because I haven't completed my goodreads challenge yet of 50 books but I'm only a few behind and 50 is a big number! It's probably also due to the fact that I've had a lot of reading and blogging slumps this year but I finally have some motivation again and it's good to be back!

These were my favourite reads of 2017:

I finally got around to reading some series that I've meaning to read for a looooong time this year as well as some great standalones so overall I think I had a pretty great reading year. Roll on 2018 and the many new releases (my most anticipated of which will be posted in a few weeks time!).

Do we share any 2017 favourites? Let me know!

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