Top Ten Books on my TBR for Summer 2015

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Each week they have a new top ten list which they invite bloggers to participate in. This week’s list is Top Ten Books on my TBR for Summer 2015 so without further ado lets jump into the list!

1) The Martian by Andy Weir.

the martian

The martian is about an astronaut who gets left behind on Mars after a space mission goes wrong. He has to try and survive on very limited resources all the while trying to contact NASA who believe him to be dead. Now this sounds like a bit f a dark read for summer but I’ve heard that it’s actually really funny. Very much looking forward to reading this.

2) I Was Here by Gayle Forman.

i was here

I Was Here centres around this girl named Cody who’s best friend Meg commits suicide and her attempts to understand why and deal with it. Again not exactly light fluffy reading but I really enjoy Gayle Forman and she never fails to pull on my heart strings so this should be a good one.

3) The Scorch Trials by James Dashner.

the scorch trials

This is the second book in the Maze Runner series and it follows the gladers after they escape the maze. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first book but I did enjoy the movie so I want to give this a read before the next one comes out.

4) The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

miniaturist

The Miniaturist follows this girl Nella who’s sent to marry a wealthy merchant. He gives her a miniature replica of their home but soon Nella realises there is more to this gift then meets the eye. I’ve heard some mixed things about the Miniaturist but the consensus seems to be that its a slow book but beautifully written so I think its still wort a read.

5) Skin by Ilka Tampke

skin

I received this book to review from Hodder Books and I’ll be honest I’m not a hundred percent sure whats its about, the summary doesn’t give much away, but it sounds mystical and mysterious and cool. It’s also really beautiful so I’m excited to read it!

6)  I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter.

id tell you

Finally something light-hearted! This book follows Cammie who attends a school for geniuses which is actually a school for spies. I really love Ally Carter’s series Heist Society so I think I’ll love this this! It sounds like a lot of fun!

7) Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson.

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Whats more summery than a road trip? This book is exactly what it says on the tin: Amy and Roger take the scenic route on a road trip. I’ve never read anything by Morgan Matson before but I’ve always heard great things about her book so I’m excited to pick this up!

8) Across the Universe by Beth Revis.

across the universe

This book has been on my TBR list for ages! It’s a love story mystery set in Space with a really pretty cover! Can’t wait to give it a read.

9) The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

name of the wind

I don’t think this one needs much explanation. I have heard nothing but good things about this book and it’s been on my TBR list forever! I’m so excited to read it, it sounds like an incredible fantasy book!

and finally:

10) Harry Potter by JK Rowling

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I plan on re-reading the Harry Potter series again this summer. I had so much fun reading it last year again that its definitely going to become an annual thing for me!

And that is my Top Ten List! Let me know if you plan on reading any of these books this summer and I will see you soon with a new post! Goodbyeee!

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June TBR

Hey guys, I am back once again with another blog post. I feel like I’ve blogged more in the last week than I did in the entire month of April – I’m really bad at this sometimes aren’t I? – Moving on though, this post is all about the books I plan to read in June (stress: plan) so lets jump right into it.

First up is Graceling. I started reading this book in May and I got through half of it in about two sittings but then life got a bit busy again because I started back at work and moved into a new apartment but I do plan on finishing it this week. If I’m being honest I’ll probably finish it today. (I might be being a tad optimistic but lets live in hope.)

gracelingAuthor: Kristin Cashore

Publisher: Gollancz

Genre: YA Fantasy

Summary: In a world where people born with an exceptional skill, known as a Grace, are both feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of a skill even she despises: the Grace of killing.

Feared by the court and shunned by those her own age, the darkness of her Grace casts a heavy shadow over Katsa’s life. Yet she remains defiant: when the King of Lienid’s father is kidnapped she investigates, and stumbles across a mystery. Who would want to kidnap the old man, and why? And who was the extraordinary Graced man whose fighting abilities rivalled her own?

The only thing Katsa is sure of is that she no longer wants to kill. The intrigue around this kidnapping offers her a way out – but little does she realise, when she takes it, that something insidious and dark lurks behind the mystery. Something spreading from the shadowy figure of a one-eyed king… (Via Goodreads)

The next book I plan on reading is Winnie the Pooh. Like I said in my April & May Wrap Up I’m reading a lot of Children’s books lately because I’ve been accepted into a Publishing Master’s Degree and one of the modules I am most excited about is Children’s Publishing. So now I’m reading a lot of really famous and influential children’s books to prepare myself for it and also I really love Children’s books. I had planned on reading this in May but just like Graceling I didn’t get around to it but I have very high hopes for June.

winnieAuthor: A.A. Milne

Publisher: Egmont UK

Genre: Children’s Classics

Summary: A.A. Milne’s ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ stories need no introduction. They have been loved by generations of children ever since Pooh, Christopher Robin, Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Kanga and Roo, and Eeyore made their first appearance. (Via Goodreads)

Side note: Am I the only person who didn’t realise A.A. Milne was a man?

Next on my list is Station Eleven. I have been wanting to read this book for ages! I’m pretty sure its made a few appearances on my Waiting on Wednesday and Wishlist Wednesday posts. I haven’t heard a bad thing about this book and now that it’s won the Arthur C. Clarke award I’m even more excited to read it.

station 11Author: Emily St. John Mandel

Publisher: Picador

Genre: Science-Fiction

Summary: DAY ONE

The Georgia Flu explodes over the surface of the earth like a neutron bomb.

News reports put the mortality rate at over 99%.

WEEK TWO

Civilization has crumbled.

YEAR TWENTY

A band of actors and musicians called the Travelling Symphony move through their territories performing concerts and Shakespeare to the settlements that have grown up there. Twenty years after the pandemic, life feels relatively safe.

But now a new danger looms, and he threatens the hopeful world every survivor has tried to rebuild.

STATION ELEVEN

Moving backwards and forwards in time, from the glittering years just before the collapse to the strange and altered world that exists twenty years after, Station Eleven charts the unexpected twists of fate that connect six people: famous actor Arthur Leander; Jeevan – warned about the flu just in time; Arthur’s first wife Miranda; Arthur’s oldest friend Clark; Kirsten, a young actress with the Travelling Symphony; and the mysterious and self-proclaimed ‘prophet’. (Via Goodreads)

This month I also want to read I Was Here. Another book that made a few appearances on my Waiting on Wednesday Posts. I love Gayle Forman, she always manages to punch me in the throat with some of her writing (in the good way) so I cannot wait to pick this book up!

i was hereAuthor: Gayle Forman

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

Genre: Contemporary

Summary: From the bestselling author of If I Stay – this summer’s YA blockbuster film.

This characteristically powerful novel follows eighteen-year-old Cody Reynolds in the months following her best friend’s shocking suicide.

As Cody numbly searches for answers as to why Meg took her own life, she begins a journey of self-discovery which takes her to a terrifying precipice, and forces her to question not only her relationship with the Meg she thought she knew, but her own understanding of life, love, death and forgiveness.

A phenomenally moving story, I Was Here explores the sadly all-too-familiar issue of suicide and self-harm, addressing it in an authentic way with sensitivity and honesty. (Via Goodreads)

And the last book I hope to read in June is The Scorch Trials. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the The Maze Runner book – I really hated the language, I guess, that the gliders used so it kind of put me off but I watched the movie recently and I enjoyed it and the trailer for the second one looks pretty cool so I think I’ll give it a second chance.

the scorch trialsAuthor: James Dashner

Publisher: Chicken House

Genre: Science-Fiction

Summary:  The Scorch Trials picks up where The Maze Runner left off. The Gladers have escaped the Maze, but now they face an even more treacherous challenge on the open roads of a devastated planet.
And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.
Can Thomas survive in such a violent world? (Via Goodreads)

And those are all the books I hope to read in June! Be sure to let me know in the comments below what you guys are reading this month! I’ll see you soon with another blog post! Goodbyee!

Top Five Most Anticipated June Releases

A new month a whole bunch of new books to be released. June is a very exciting month for me in terms of book releases because of the first book on this list. I’m not even joking the sight of it alone makes me want to start squealing! With that being said lets jump into the list! Here are my Top Five Most Anticipated Releases of June 2015!

royal weddingAuthor: Meg Cabot

Publisher: William Morrow & Company

Genre: Contemporary

Expected Release Date: June 2nd 2015

Summary: For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity, what with living in New York City, running her new teen community center, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements. Mia’s gorgeous longtime boyfriend Michael managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course Mia didn’t need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royal oui.
But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: Her grandmother’s leaked “fake” wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia’s father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch. Can Mia prove to everyone–especially herself–that she’s not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well? (Via Goodreads)

witch hunterAuthor: Virginia Boecker
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Expected Release Date: June 2nd 2015
Summary: Your greatest enemy isn’t what you fight, but what you fear.

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king’s best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she’s accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.

Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that’s been laid upon him.

But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth’s witch hunting past–if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she’s thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate. (Via Goodreads)

judy blumeAuthor: Judy Blume
Publisher: Knoph
Genre: Contemporary/ Historical Fiction
Expected Release Date: June 2nd 2015
Summary: In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was fifteen, and in love for the first time, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving a community reeling. Against this backdrop of actual events that Blume experienced in the early 1950s, when airline travel was new and exciting and everyone dreamed of going somewhere, she paints a vivid portrait of a particular time and place—Nat King Cole singing “Unforgettable,” Elizabeth Taylor haircuts, young (and not-so-young) love, explosive friendships, A-bomb hysteria, rumors of Communist threat. And a young journalist who makes his name reporting tragedy. Through it all, one generation reminds another that life goes on. (Via Goodreads)
levellerAuthor: Julia Durango
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Science Fiction
Expected Release Date: June 23rd 2015
Summary: Nixy Bauer is a self-made Leveller. Her job? Dragging kids out of virtual reality and back to their parents in the real world. It’s normally easy cash, but Nixy’s latest mission is fraught with real danger, intrigue, and romance.

Nixy Bauer is used to her classmates being very, very unhappy to see her. After all, she’s a bounty hunter in a virtual reality gaming world. Kids in the MEEP, as they call it, play entirely with their minds, while their bodies languish in a sleeplike state on the couch. Irritated parents, looking to wrench their kids back to reality, hire Nixy to jump into the game and retrieve them.

But when the game’s billionaire developer loses track of his own son in the MEEP, Nixy is in for the biggest challenge of her bounty-hunting career. Wyn Salvador isn’t some lazy kid looking to escape his homework: Wyn does not want to be found. And he’s left behind a suicide note. Nixy takes the job but quickly discovers that Wyn’s not hiding—he’s being held inside the game against his will. But who is holding him captive, and why?

Nixy and Wyn attempt to fight their way out of a mind game unlike any they’ve encountered, and the battle brings them closer than either could have imagined. But when the whole world is virtual, how can Nixy possibly know if her feelings are real? (Via Goodreads)

invasionAuthor: Erika Johansen
Publisher: Harper
Genre: Fantasy
Expected Release Date: June 9th 2015
Summary: With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.

But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out. (Via Goodreads)

And those are the five releases that I am most excited for! Be sure to let me know in the comments below if you’re edited for any of these books or if there are any other June releases that you are eagerly anticipating!
I will se you soon with a new post! Goodbyeee!

April and May Wrap Up!

Once again it is a two-in-one post. Much like my book haul I didn’t get to do an April wrap-up so once again I am combining with May! In the months of April and May I read a grand total of nine books! (and several dozen papers on the effect of advertising but no one wants to hear about that.)

weightless

The first book I read was Weightless by Sarah Bannan. This book is about a new girl who moved to a small town and becomes incredibly popular and as such she gathered admirers and the typical mean girl enemies who target her through social media. Told in the third person this book is incredible and very reminiscent of online bullying so I think a lot of people can relate to it. Its definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year. I gave it Five Stars on Goodreads.

dark places

The next book I finished in April was Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. Now, I have never read Gone Girl because it was so-overhyped and talk about that I got spoiled and knew everything that was going to happen so I decided to give it a miss. I watched the film though and I loved it! So, knowing that Dark Places was being adapted and starring Charlize Theron (Queen!) I immediately picked up Dark Places and I was disappointed. I didn’t particularly like the writing or the characters and at times, the plot was incredibly predictable. That being said, it was somewhat entertaining so I gave it Three Stars on Goodreads but at times it was closer to Two Point Five.

burial rites The last book I read in the month of April was Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. Burial Rites is the story of Agnes, the last women to be sentenced to death in Iceland, and the people who she is sent to live with as she awaits her sentence and Oh My Sweet Holy Jesus this book is amazing! It’s very bleak but it’s also very beautiful. Its definitely a book that will stay with you long after you finish reading it. One of the best books I’ve read all year and even all of last year. A must read! I gave it Five Stars.

mog

In May I went on a bit of a Children’s books kick with the first book I read being Mog the Forgetful Cat by Judith Kerr. This was such a sweet book and I wish I had read it as a child. Technically, I’m too old to read the entire series but since I plan on studying Children’s Publishing next year I’m going to read it anyway and chalk it down to research! 😛 I gave Mog and all is adorableness Four Stars.

the little prince

The next book I finished in the month of May was The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. This is another classic children’s book that I never read as a child and it’s a weird one. It’s about this space traveller who comes to visit earth and tells his story to a stranded pilot in the Sahara. It’s a weird one. It didn’t strike me as a children’s book but at the same time it was very much a children’s book. Does that make any sense at all? It wasn’t a favourite, I mean at sometimes it was unbelievably beautiful, some of the passages and quotes were just sublime but overall I found it a bit difficult to get into. I gave it Three Stars.

very good lives

Next up is Very Good Lives by JK Rowling. Very Good Lives is the transcript of Rowling’s Harvard Commencement speech from 2008 and it is fantastic. The speech alone is wonderful and beautiful and inspiring. I read it during a time of particular dissertation stress and just after I had received some bad news for a scholarship was applying for and it just picked me up completely and made me feel less despondent about the whole thing. Additionally, the edition itself is just beautiful. It’s a lovely little hardback with really nice subtle illustrations. I highly recommend it. Five Stars.

ready player one

Also in the month of May I read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. This book is set in an/a (post) apocalyptic world and it centres around this virtual reality game called Oasis where people go to escape the horrors of the current reality. When the owner and creator of the Oasis dies he created a competition within the game: whoever obtains the keys hidden within the game will inherit the ownership of the game and the creators fortune. The concept of this book was very interesting and at times it was very enjoyable but sometimes the pace really interfered with my liking of it; sometimes it was fine, other times it was painfully slow. I did like it but the focus was mainly the world of Oasis and the outside world wash;t really touched on and I wanted to see more of that. It was an interesting read but somewhat average too. i gave it Three Point Five Stars.

court of thons and roses

The big daddy of May was A Court of Thorns and Roses by (My Queen) Sarah J. Maas. This has been one of my most anticipated books of 2015 and I wasn’t disappointed. This book is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast using Fae and it centres around feyre a human huntress who kills a Fae and is taken into the Fae world as retribution by a Fae High Lord and it is great! A Court of Thorns and Roses has everything I’ve come to expect from Sarah J. Maas: a badass female protagonist, swoon worthy men, an exhilarating plot and suburb world building. I didn’t like it as much as Throne of Glass but it was still an excellent read and I would recommend it. Four Stars.

the bad beginning

Finally, I read The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket. The Bad Beginning is the first book is the A Series of Unfortunate Events series and it centres around the Baudelaire children who have been recently orphaned and are sent to live with a distant relative who has ulterior motives for taking the children in. I really liked this book, it was sometimes funny, sometimes horrendously messed up and just quite fun to read and I am very much looking forward to picking up the rest of the books. I gave it Four Stars. 

And those are all the books I read in May and April. It was a pretty good two months considering that I actually really enjoyed most of what I read. Hopefully June will be even better. I will be writing flu reviews for some of these books and they should be up in the next few weeks. Be sure to let me know in the comments below if you have read any of these books or just to tell me any books you read in May. I will see you all soon with another post! Goodbyee!