NEW FEATURE: WishList Wednesday

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Hello m’dears! It is a brand new Wednesday and so it is time to introduce a brand spanking new feature here on Books&Tea&Sugar *drum roll* WishList Wednesday…and the crowd goes wild!

I’m over exaggerating but hey, what’s new?

So WishList Wednesday was obviously inspired by Waiting on Wednesday. I’d be writing a post for Waiting On, I’d think of the book and then bam it’s already out! So, I thought why not create a new feature to celebrate all the books on my wish list! And here it is.

Rules are simple: Pick a book thats already out, either one you recently discovered or have known about for a long time that you really, really, want and give some details. Easy Peasy.

Now that explanations are out of the way here’s my first WishList Wednesday Pick!

station 11Author: Emily St. John Mandel

Publisher: Knopf

Genre: Science Fiction – Dystopian

Summary: One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur’s chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theatre, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them.

Fifteen years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten’s arm is a line from Star Trek: “Because survival is insufficient.” But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave.

Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, Station Eleventells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it. (Via Goodreads)

Why I Want It: It a dystopian novel featuring Shakespeare that has a hint of Cloud Atlas to it. I’m so in.

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Series I’ve Finished

So, I saw a few people on the Booktubes showing off all of the series that they’ve finished and I thought: why don’t i do that? So, here I am, doing that. Here, in more words than needed, are the all the book series that I have finished! (That was superb English.)

1) Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Well, this one was obviously going to be on the list. i think Harry Potter was one of the first series I ever read and ever completed – to my memory anyway. It was wonderful, sensational, compelling, touching and it’s Harry Potter you all know how great it is.

2) The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot.

If you have no read the Princess Diaries you should. It is so funny. I think it’s definitely the Bridget Jones for young girls but I would recommend it to anyone of any age who’s just looking for a giggle.

3) The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

One of my favourite series of all time! It is funny, scary, sad, lovely, romantic and just great. I adored this series and I obsessed about it for ages and I still do (Any news of the TV show yet?) and you should read it. Great urban fantasy, great characters, great relationships..

4) The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

The prequel series to The Mortal Instruments set in Victorian London. This historical fiction fantasy series is splendid. Wonderfully written with all of the great qualities of it’s predecessor and has one of the best love triangles ever written.

5) The Anna and The French Kiss Companion Series by Stephanie Perkins

In the same vein of the Princess Diaries, this companion series is funny, sweet and romantic and simply adorable in every way. Well worth a read.

6) Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

I was young. We all make mistakes but at one point in my life I did adore this series and for some ungodly reason I seem to own more than one copy of Eclipse – it concerns me.

7) Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowwitz

I loved this series. An action packed middle grade series that was full of humour, sadness, kick ass gadgets and a pretty hot protagonist (Hello Alex Pettyfer.) While the ending may have been bittersweet I still really enjoyed it.

8) Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth.

I am not the biggest fan of this series and even the presence of Theo James can change my mind. I just couldn’t connect it and I found myself disappointed that was before I even picked up Allegiant.

9) Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu

I really enjoyed this series. Short and sweet, this action packed dystopian had me hooked from start to finish and while I didn’t like the ending I enjoyed the series overall.

10) Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver 

Set in a world where love is an illness Delirium was definitely an interesting series, it went from a girl falling in love, to battling for survival and fighting in a rebellion. It was very cool, very bleak and all around good even if the ending felt a bit bleh to me.

11) The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin

I am still not sure what happened in this trilogy. Not even joking, I’m still not 100 percent on the plot or what was real or what was not but I’m pretty sure I like it. So, if you’re looking for a book to mess with you’re head I’d suggest picking Mara Dyer up.

12) Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

I adored this series! Rose Hathaway was a BAMF for the ages. Smart, sarcastic, cleverly written and packed full of action book this is the vampire book to redeem all vampire books.

13) If I Stay Dulogy by Gayle Forman

If you want to cry and cry hard might I recommend If I Stay and it’s sequel Where She Went? This was one of best series I read all year. Poignant, touching and just plain sad. Really beautiful and really wonderful, worth a read.

14) The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

This is the first series that I have wanted the villain to win and if that;s not a sign of good writing then I don’t know what is. A terrific fantasy infused with Russian culture with a fantastic female lead and a brilliant antagonist.

15) The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Nearly forgot this one! I read this so long ago that I can barely recall what I thought of the actual book – I know, short memory. I’m pretty sure I just liked it though, I never quite loved it as far as I remember but I am planning a reread so hopefully I’ll have a  better time with it second time around.

Now, I do believe that is all of the book series that I have finished. Guaranteed the second this is posted I will remember another one. Bet you all a euro!

I am planning on posting a list of series that I’ve started and haven’t yet finished so that will hopefully be up in the next few weeks!

Hope you all have a great day and thanks for reading!

February TBR

Another month, another TBR pile to tackle. It occurred to be recently that I’d never really done a TBR post so I thought since I will be lacking in book hauls in the next few months now is the perfect time to start!

My reading challenge for the year is 80 books and I only read three last month which according to goodreads puts me a bit behind schedule. I feel like Goodreads will be taunting me until at least June. But February is a short month and as it stands a busy one for me. Not only will I be working and going to college I am also going to Rome so my goal this month is to only read three to four books and without further ado, here they are:

Sabriel by Garth Nix

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Under the Dome by Stephen King

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Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

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Not That Kind Of Girl – Lena Dunham

not that kind of girl

More than likely I’ll probably only get Sabriel and maybe some of Under the Dome read this month but for now I’ll remain optimistic about my chances!

The 2014 End of Year Book Survey

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1. Best book you read in 2014? (You can break it down by genre if you want)

I read so many good books this year so it’s hard to pick a favourite! But some of the best of the year for me were Anna and the French Kiss, the Throne of Glass series, Daughter of Smoke, Only Ever Yours and Bone and the Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. 

2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t?

I have to give this one to Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I liked this book but not as much as I expected to.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2014?

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness! When I opened this book first and saw the spelling and the grammar I groaned! I really thought I wouldn’t finish it but OH MY GOD it was amazing! It was such an incredible book. I adored it and I would recommend it to everyone!

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2014?

I don’t have many “reader” friends so I didn’t do a lot of recommending but when I did I told people to read Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, If I Stay by Gayle Forman, Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill and Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.

5. Best series you discovered in 2014?

I feel I’m repeating myself but THRONE OF GLASS BY SARAH J. MAAS!

6. Favourite new authors you discovered in 2014?

God, I’m definitely repeating myself! Queen Sarah J. Mass, Marie Lu, Stephanie Perkins, Louise O’Neill, Laini Taylor and Patrick Ness!

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you? 

I read a lot of fantasy books this year, in fact, most of what I read was fantasy which I had never read before! So that was definitely outside of my comfort zone but has now become my comfort zone…I am a converted fantasy lover!

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2014?

There are so many but I think I’ve got to give this one to Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill. It was provocative and chilling and just so incredible. A must read.

9. Book you read in 2014 that you are most likely to reread next year: 

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. She is a Queen and I adore her and I will re-read all her books in preparation for Book 4!

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2014? 

I read so many pretty books this year its hard to pick just one! So, I picked several!

prince of mist

night

daughtersmoke

true love

falconer

annanad

the winners curse

 

 

 

 

11. Most memorable character in 2014?

Celaena Sardothien – Badass Princess Assassin!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

The Night Circus. A wonderfully rich, decadent, enthralling book.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2014?

Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates. A real eye-opening book. Absolutely incredible and won’t be easily forgotten.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited until 2014 to finally read? 

Anna and the French Kiss – It was so cute and fluffy and adorable and i can’t believe it took me this long to pick it up.

15. Favourite passage/quote from a book you read In 2014?

I don’t know of there were any particular passages that stuck with me. I mean I re-read Harry Potter so every Dumbledore quote ever. The few I remember loving are:

“My name is Celaena Sardothien and I will not be afraid.” – Throne of Glass

“But, mostly, I like to think that Jack Griffith, my father, smiled as I let go of the railing behind me and, stretching my wings to that star studded sky, soared into the night.” – The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender.

16.Shortest and longest book you read in 2014?

The longest book I read this year was a re-read and it was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and I think the shorted book I read was How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff.

17. Book that had a scene in it that had you reeling and dying to talk to somebody about it? 

I think the Darkling “reveal” in Shadow and Bone really threw me and I made my friend read it so I could talk about it! And every single page of Only Ever Yours!

18. Favourite relationship from a book you read in 2014 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

I love the relationship between Celaena and Chaol, and the friendship between Karou and Zuzana and of course the friendship of the Golden Trio!

19. Favourite book you read in 2014 from an author you read previously.

I read a lot of new authors this year but I think a favourite from an old favourite was The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith – wonderfully dark and disturbing.

20. Best book you read that you read based solely on a recommendation from somebody else: 

Throne of Glass. Nuff said.

Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2014

1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2014?

I follow some great blogs but I think some of my favourites are Emily @ Books and Cleverness and Rachel @ Confessions of a Book Geek

2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2014?

I guess my review of Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill – its one of my most viewed and also Louise shared it on Facebook and retweeted it so that was insanely cool.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

I don’t really post a lot of discussions which is something I aim to change in 2015.

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

I really loved Ariel Bissets video on rating books. I thought it was really interesting – as all her videos are actually. (Hope this isn’t cheating!)

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)

I loved participating in Summer of Spells! I’d actually forgotten so much of what happened in Harry Potter so it was great to re-read them. I also went to a signing for Leigh Bardugo, she was so pretty and so smart and I got my books signed so it was great!

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2014? 

When Louise O’Neill posted my review on her Facebook page.

7. Most popular post this year on your blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

My most popular post was Waiting on…A Court of Thorns and Roses. Everyone loves Sarah J. Maas.

8. Post you wished got a little more love?

I’d love for all of my posts to get a little more love but I’m pretty okay with everything that I accomplished this year. 🙂

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

The Harry Potter section in Hamleys and Black Books, which is a TV show set in a book store – that counts right?

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

My original aim of the year was to read 50 books and I completed that goal in August and then I tried to read 80 – that one I did not achieve! I also participated in and completed Summer of Spells which was a Harry Potter re-read!

Looking Ahead…

1. One book you didn’t get to in 2014 but will be your number 1 priority in 2015? 

The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness and Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor – I need them so badly!

2. Book you are most anticipating for 2015?

Oh! I think A Court of Thorns of Roses and Throne of Glass Book 4 by Sarah J. Maas. Need them like air!

3. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging in 2015?

I hope to read 80 books and to post a bit more regularly!

Happy New Year!

November Book Haul

Another month ends and more books have been added to my book shelf. There is not that many this month but take a look anyway.

retribution of mara dyerAuthor: Michelle Hodkin

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Genre: Paranormal

Summary: Mara Dyer wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.

Retribution has arrived. (Via Goodreads.)

brandonAuthor: Brandon Sanderson

Publisher: Gollancz

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Summary: In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more?
In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage – Allomancy, a magic of the metals. (Via Goodreads.)

true loveEditor: Stephanie Perkins

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

Genre: Contemporary/Romance

Summary: On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me …This beautiful collection features twelve gorgeously romantic stories set during the festive period, by some of the most talented and exciting YA authors writing today. The stories are filled with the magic of first love and the magic of the holidays. (Via Goodreads.)

October Book Haul

So, another month has passed and that can mean only one thing: I bought more books. Now, some people might see this as a problem to which I say t0 you: It could be drugs!

Most of these were actually gifts for my birthday so I didn’t spend that much! But let’s not focus on my sore bank balance let’s focus on the happiness that the books bring! So, here is what I bought/got in October!

darkest mindsAuthor: Alexandra Bracken

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Summary: When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living. (Via Goodreads.)

defianceAuthor: CJ Redwine

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: Fantasy

Summary: While the other girls in the walled city-state of Baalboden learn to sew and dance, Rachel Adams learns to track and hunt. While they bend like reeds to the will of their male Protectors, she uses hers for sparring practice.

When Rachel’s father fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the city’s brutal Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector: her father’s apprentice, Logan—the boy she declared her love to and who turned her down two years before. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making. (Via Goodreads.)

days of bloodAuthor: Laini Taylor

Publisher: Little, Brown Books

Genre: Fantasy

Summary: Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream? (Via Goodreads)

afterworlds scott westerfelfAuthor: Scott Westerfeld

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Genre: Contemporary/Fantasy

Summary: Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she’s made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings…

Told in alternating chapters is Darcy’s novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the ‘Afterworld’ to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved – and terrifying – stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most. (Via Goodreads.)

sabrielAuthor: Garth Nix

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre: Fantasy

Summary: Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him. She soon finds companions in Mogget, a cat whose aloof manner barely conceals its malevolent spirit, and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage long imprisoned by magic, now free in body but still trapped by painful memories. As the three travel deep into the Old Kingdom, threats mount on all sides. And every step brings them closer to a battle that will pit them against the true forces of life and death—and bring Sabriel face-to-face with her own destiny.

With Sabriel, the first installment in the Abhorsen trilogy, Garth Nix exploded onto the fantasy scene as a rising star, in a novel that takes readers to a world where the line between the living and the dead isn’t always clear—and sometimes disappears altogether. (Via Goodreads.)

trial by fireAuthor: Josephine Angelini

Publisher: Mcmillian Children’s Books

Genre: Fantasy

Summary: This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily’s other self in this alternate universe.

What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can’t hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected. (Via Goodreads.

code name verityAuthor: Elizabeth Wein

Publisher: Electric Monkey

Genre: Historical Fiction

Summary: Oct. 11th, 1943-A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it’s barely begun.

When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she’s sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.

As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy. (Via Goodreads)

sweet evilAuthor: Wendy Higgins

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Paranormal

Summary: Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns? (Via Goodreads)

And those are all the books I got in October! Hope you guys had a great book buying month too!