Top Ten Books on my TBR for Summer 2015

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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!

August Book Haul

Slightly late with this but then again I’m slightly late with everything this month. *Shakes fist at dead hard drive* But much like everything else the haul will go on. Here are all the books I bought in August.

falconerAuthor: Elizabeth May

Publisher: Gollancz

Summary: One girl’s nightmare is this girl’s faery tale. 

She’s a stunner.
Edinburgh, 1844. Eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, has everything a girl could dream of: brains, charm, wealth, a title — and drop-dead beauty.

She’s a liar.
But Aileana only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. She’s leading a double life: She has the rare ability to sense the sìthichean — the faery race obsessed with slaughtering humans — and, with the aid of a mysterious mentor, has spent the year since her mother died learning how to kill them.

She’s a murderer.
Now Aileana is dedicated to slaying the fae before they take innocent lives. With her abilities and her knack for inventing ingenious tools and weapons — from flying machines to detonators to lightning pistols — ruthless Aileana has one goal: Destroy the faery who destroyed her mother.

She’s a Falconer.
The last in a line of female warriors born with the gift for hunting and killing the fae, Aileana is the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity. Suddenly, her quest is a lot more complicated. She still longs to avenge her mother’s murder — but she’ll have to save the world first. (Via Goodreads.)

IslaAuthor: Stephanie Perkins

Publisher: Usborne

Summary: Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new. (Via Goodreads.)

 

 

tormentAuthor: Lauren Kate

Publisher: Corgi Books

Summary: How many lives do you need to live before you find someone worth dying for?

In the aftermath of what happened at Sword & Cross, Luce has been hidden away by her cursed angelic boyfriend, Daniel, in a new school filled with Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans. Daniel promises she will be safe here, protected from those who would kill her. At the school Luce discovers what the Shadows that have followed her all her life mean – and how to manipulate them to see into her other lives. Yet the more Luce learns about herself, the more she realizes that the past is her only key to unlocking her future . . . and that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. What if his version of the past isn’t actually the way things happened . . . what if Luce was really meant to be with someone else?

The second novel in the addictive FALLEN series…where love never dies. (Via Goodreads.)

 

the scorch trialsAuthor: James Dashner

Publisher: Chicken House

Summary: Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. 

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off. 

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive. (Via Goodreads.)

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Author: Kass Morgan

Publisher: Hoddor Books

Summary: In the future, humans live in city-like spaceships orbiting far above Earth’s toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if, the long-abandoned planet will be habitable again. But faced with dwindling resources and a growing populace, government leaders know they must reclaim their homeland… before it’s too late.

Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents are being sent on a high-stakes mission to recolonize Earth. After a brutal crash landing, the teens arrive on a savagely beautiful planet they’ve only seen from space. Confronting the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community. But they’re haunted by their past and uncertain about the future. To survive, they must learn to trust – and even love – again. (Via Goodreads.)

 

 

hornsAuthor: Joe Hill

Publisher: Gollancz

Summary: At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances. A mental breakdown would have been the most natural thing in the world. But there was nothing natural about the horns, which were all too real.

Once the righteous Ig had enjoyed the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned musician and younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, he had security, wealth, and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more—he had Merrin and a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic.

But Merrin’s death damned all that. The only suspect in the crime, Ig was never charged or tried. And he was never cleared. In the court of public opinion in Gideon, New Hampshire, Ig is and always will be guilty because his rich and connected parents pulled strings to make the investigation go away. Nothing Ig can do, nothing he can say, matters. Everyone, it seems, including God, has abandoned him. Everyone, that is, but the devil inside. . . .

Now Ig is possessed of a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look—a macabre talent he intends to use to find the monster who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It’s time for a little revenge. . . . It’s time the devil had his due. . .  (Via Goodreads.)

amyAuthor: Morgan Matson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Summary: Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way. (Via Goodreads.)

 

 

 

 

miss pAuthor: Ransom Riggs

Publisher: Quirk Books

Summary: A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows. (Via Goodreads.)

Top Ten (Seven) Books People Have Been Telling Me To Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week the post a new list and this weeks is Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling Me To Read. So, without further ado here are my answers!

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1) Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I read the first GOT novel and I just haven’t gotten around to reading the remaining four, five? I’m not sure! And my friend keeps telling me that I have to read them. I will – just not when I’m about to start my final year of university. I’ll wait until my first year of perpetual unemployment thank you very much.

2) Anything by Trudi Canavan. One of my best friends is a huge Trudi Canavan fan and she is always trying to get me to read one of her books. I started Priestess of the White earlier this year and I just could not finish it! I just could not get into her world so I don’t think I’ll be reading anymore of Canavans books – at least not anytime soon.

3) The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks. I’m not the biggest romance fan but my friend is and she is always telling me to read The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks. I’m not sure if I ever will, maybe next year if I find myself in need of a summer read.

4) The Scorch Trials (And the rest of The Maze Runner series) by James Dashner. No one person is directly telling me to read this, it’s more of a The-Entire-Freaking-Internet is telling me to read this. I wasn’t too impressed by the Maze Runner but with the excitement for the movie (Dylan O’Brien, hello) I think I’lll give the sequel a chance!

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5) Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi. Much like the Maze Runner, I enjoyed but wasn’t too impressed by Shatter Me but everyone keeps telling me that Unravel/Ignite Me is worth a read. It is definitely on my TBR list just not near the top.

6) The Selection Series by Kiera Cass. This is a book that I’m not sure I want to read but the internet seems to be conspiring against me. No matter what website or blog I’m on The Selection has been making an appearance! At this point I might just read it just to make the universe stop.

7) Landline by Rainbow Rowell. Literally everyone in the world is saying to read this book. So, I probably will…eventually.

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