Top Ten Tuesday: Recommended books (that I still haven’t read).

toptentuesday Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the image to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is: Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read!

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Harry Potter: Everyone assumes I’m a Harry Potter fan because I love YA and most things fantasy/magical. When I tell them I’ve never read them or even got into the films they don’t hesitate to tell me that I should, once they’ve picked their jaws up off the floor that is.

Rainbow Rowell: I’ve been recommended all of Rainbow Rowell’s books at one time or another. I know I really should pick them up, and I will at some point. I really hate some of the covers though.

The Fault in Our Stars: I have this book and will read it, I just haven’t got round to it yet so you can all stop nagging me! 😉

Middlesex: This was recommended to me by a friend many years ago and I still haven’t read it despite having owned it for over five years. It’s at the top of my TBR pile…well, almost at the top.

Tiger Lily: I love anything Peter Pan and have heard great things about this book. I just need to buy a copy.

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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland…: I haven’t personally been recommended this book but I’ve seen it on so many blogs which have nothing but good things to say about it. It looks right up my alley.

Magician: A good friend of mine lent me this book so long ago, and like a bad friend I still haven’t read it.

Shadow and Bone: This one has been on my radar for some time, and the lovely ChrissiReads thinks I’ll like it. It’s at the top of my wishlist!

The Rosie Project & Finnikin of the Rock: Both of these are books that have been highly recommended by blogs that I follow and trust. I’d give you a shout out, but it’s probably most of you tbh! I’ll definitely get hold of them at some point.

WWW Wednesday 13.08.14

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?

Holy Crap! How is it Wednesday again already?

That aside, here are my answers this week.

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Currently Reading:
I’m almost finished with Ever Near by Melissa MacVicar, which is a really easy and enjoyable read about a girl who is being troubled by ghosts.

Recently Finished:
Godmother by Carolyn Turgeon. I didn’t get on with it at all and gave up about 50 pages before the end. My rather grumpy review will be up tomorrow.

Up Next:
I really don’t know what I’m in the mood for, but probably either Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead, She’s Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick or Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence.

Top Ten Tuesday: To Read or Not to Read

toptentuesday Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the image to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is: Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want To Read (books you may have bought but aren’t sure if you are into it anymore, books you wanted to read but heard mixed things about, hyped books you aren’t sure about — basically any book that has you going, “TO READ OR NOT TO READ?”

All of these books have been sitting on my TBR shelf for a while. The reasons why I haven’t read them yet varies, from reading bad reviews (A Discovery of Witches) and the length (The Historian), to friends not enjoying them so much (The Girl With the Glass Feet/The 5th Wave) and being disappointed by the author’s previous book (Emma Donoghue).

I could only come up with 8, soz.

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1. A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness
2. Jamrach’s Menagerie – Carol Birch
3. The Girl With the Glass Feet – Ali Shaw
4. The Historian – Elizabeth Kostova

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5. The Sealed Letter – Emma Donoghue
6. Extras – Scott Westerfeld
7. Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh
8. The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey

July 2014 on Lipsyy Lost & Found

Welcome to my my July round-up. I know I say the same thing every month but SERIOUSLY, how is it August already!? Insane.

Considering I had a week off at the beginning of July where I didn’t read at all, I still managed to get through 6 books last month. I loved them all apart from Immortal Beloved, but I still want to read the next book because one of the characters was so hot. Is that shallow? The series could get better, right!?

Things that happened in July included my mum coming to visit, taking trip to the seaside and attending the UK’s first ever YA literature convention at London Comic Con. It was another busy but awesome month.

Anyway, on to the stats!

Total Posts: 23

New WP Followers: 9 (my lowest yet 😦 )

Books Read & Reviewed (5):

  • Guilt-Free Baking by Gee Charman, 4/5 (Review)
  • The Princess Bride by William Golman, 4/5 (Review)
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer, 4/5 (Review)
  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, 4/5 (Review)
  • Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan, 2/5 (Review)

Read, not yet reviewed (review posted 02/08):
The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Friday Features:

Guest Posts/ Book Promos:

  • Out Now: The Binds That Tie by Kate Moretti (View Post)

Most Viewed Posts:

    Books Purchased/ ARCs Received:
    I am still on my book buying ban but I did of course, pick up some awesome books at YALC. I only bought the Manga Shakespeare though!

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    I also got a bit NetGalley happy as I was down to just two upcoming ARCS.

    I was approved for these:

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    *BOOK OF THE MONTH*

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    *COVER OF THE MONTH*

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    *MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS MONTH*

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WWW Wednesday 16.07.2014

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?

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Currently Reading: I was all set to pick up The Princess Bride as part of my TBR Pile Challenge marathon, but (I’m laughing at the rubbishness of me right now BTW) I got some awesome looking books at YALC at the weekend (the post will be up ASAP) and ended up starting one of them on the way home. Said book was Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan, which started off pretty awful to be honest, but the Goodreads reviews of it suggest that it’ll really improve, and it has already started to so I’m glad I’ve stuck with it. I have started The Princess Bride too so all is not lost.

Recently Finished: I finally finished Cress! Which was amazing, obviously, but I wish I’d been able to read it all in one go, rather than here and there over two weeks (I was busy and Wimbledon happened). It ruined it a bit. But, it’s not like I can’t read it again. I should have a review up by the weekend.

Up Next: After The Princes Bride, it could be any from the Coming Up! post I did on Monday, but I’m leaning towards either The Foreshadowing by Marcus Sedgwick because I met him at YALC and he was the nicest man ever, or The Godmother by Caroline Turgeon, also inspired by YALC – from a great talk about fairy tales and retellings.

Leave your link and I’ll come take a look. 🙂

WWW Wednesday 09.07.14

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?

Happy Wednesday, Everyone! I’m back from a small blog-break, and wish I could tell you that I got loads of reading done, but I would be lying. I watched a lot of tennis and spent a lot of time in the pub with friends…but I’m feeling refreshed so that’s a bonus.

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Currently Reading: I’m still reading Cress, even though it’s amazing! I’m almost done though 🙂 I’m also making my way through Guilt-Free Baking which is an advanced copy from NetGalley.

Recently Finished: The last book I finished was Burial Rites by Hannah Kent which I still haven’t reviewed, but will!

Up Next: I’m dedicating the next two months to getting my TBR pile down as I’m massively failing to the TBR Pile Challenge I entered this year. Next will either be Shadow Kiss, or The Princess Bride.

May & June 2014 on Lipsyy Lost & Found

I’m not really sure what happened to the May round-up, I think I just ran out of time. So better late than never, here’s everything that’s been going on around here in the last two months.

Total Posts: 23 (May); 22 (June)

New WP Followers: 25; 15

Books Read & Reviewed:
MAY (5)

  • Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie, 3/5 (Review)
  • You’re the One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher, 3/5 (Review)
  • After Wimbledon by Jennifer Gilby Roberts, 4/5 (Review)
  • The Unicorn Thief by R.R Russell, 2/5 (Review)
  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, 5/5 (Review)

JUNE (5)

  • Braineater Jones by Stephen Kozniewski, 4/5 (Review)
  • The One by Kiera Cass, 4/5 (Review)
  • The Prisoner of Brenda by Bateman, 3/5 (Review)
  • The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, 4/5 (Review)
  • Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon, 4/5 (Review)
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    Read but not yet reviewed:

    • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
    • Twilight by Stephenie Meyer – Reread challenge
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    Friday Features:

    MAY

    • The Best Children’s Books of the Last 100 years part 1 (View Post)
    • The Best Children’s Books of the Last 100 years part 2 (View Post)

     
    JUNE

     

    Guest Posts/ Promos:

     
    Most Viewed Posts:

    • Top Ten Tuesday: Books Read This Year so Far (View Post)
    • WWW Wednesday 08.06.14 (View Post)
    • Braineater Jones by Stephen Kozeniewski (View Post)
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      ARCs/Giveaways:
      I’ve been trying not to request many ARCS but I did get approved for these ones….

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      *BOOK OF THE MONTH – MAY*

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      *BOOK OF THE MONTH – JUNE*

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      *BEST COVER*

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      *MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS MONTH*

      This July/August I am focusing solely on books on my TBR pile for the TBR reading challenge in which I’m massively behind! The Princess Bride has been on the top of the list for so long.

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WWW Wednesday! 24.06.2014

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?

How is it Wednesday again already? I mean, really! I’ve been so busy (good busy) again this week so I haven’t had nearly as much reading time as I would like. But anyway, enough whinging…here’s what’s been going on around here:

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Currently Reading: I’ve finally picked up Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer, but I haven’t even managed to read the first chapter yet. The universe is against me reading this book!

Recently Finished: I just finished Burial Rites by Hannah Kent which took me over a week to read, but not because it wasn’t good. It was totally gripping despite a slow plot, and it was written so beautifully that I didn’t want to rush it. A full review should follow at some point. I also finished Braineater Jones by Stephen Kozenieweski which was a great pulpy, horror. I reviewed it here. I am nothing if not eclectic.

Up Next: I’m not too sure this time. It will probably be either Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3), an ARC called One of Us which is released in August, or maybe The Fault in Our Stars.

WWW Wednesday 18.06.2014

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?

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Currently Reading: Just before the weekend I started Braineater Jones by Stephen Kozeniewski, which is a tongue-in-cheek Zombie Mystery that I’m enjoying so far. I didn’t get very far into though because I went away for a long weekend and only have a PDF copy of it.

So I also started Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, which I have in paperback and took with me to read on the train. It’s really interesting so far. I wish the pace was a little quicker but I’m certain it’ll pick up.

Recently Finished: I somehow only managed to finish The One by Kiera Cass last week, despite it only taking a matter of hours to read. I still haven’t written a review because I’m too sad that it’s over. Oh, I guess I did also read The Art of Omni, which is a non-fiction book about Science Fiction art which I looked at for a promo post.

Up Next: Without a doubt it will be Cress, before I get lynched 😉

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on Your Summer TBR List

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the image to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is: The Top Ten Books on your Summer TBR list.

This list is going to be a mixture between ARCs that I’m due to read, books on my TBR pile that I’m determined to get to this summer, and also my most anticipated books released this summer which I’m hoping to get a hold of. It’s going to be hard to choose just 10!

The book’s titles will take you to their Goodreads page.

Upcoming Releases

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Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen: Everyone seems to be talking about this book due to Emma Watson signing on to star in the film adaptation, and also because it’s being marketed as Game of Thrones for the younger generation. I’m kinda digging the cover and the synopsis so hopefully I’ll manage to pick up a copy this summer.

Expected publication – July 17th 2014 by Bantam Press (Paperback)

The Girl Who Walked on Air by Emma Carroll: I really loved Emma’s debut Frost Hollow Hall so I’m looking forward to this one. And also…travelling circus!

Expected publication – August 7th 2014 by Faber & Faber

Guilt-free Baking by Gee Charman: I was approached about reviewing a non-fiction book a few weeks ago which made me realise that I don’t do that enough. So in the interest of expanding my horizons I requested this from Netgalley. I really like baking, but I try not to do it too often as I always want to eat everything I make. Hopefully this book will help me bake some treats that I won’t feel too guilty about scoffing!

Expected publication – November 18th 2014 by Duncan Baird Publishers

One of Us by Tawni o’Dell: This is one of the ARCs on my list. I requested it because of this description: ‘a fast-paced literary thriller about a forensic psychologist forced to face his own demons after discovering his small hometown terrorized by a serial killer’.

Expected publication – August 19th 2014 by Gallery Books

Rush of Shadows by Catherine Bell: This doesn’t even have a Goodreads page yet, but here’s the synopsis from Netgalley. I’m really intrigued by it.

‘Rush of Shadows evokes the clash between natives and settlers in 19th century California through the unlikely friendship of two women, Mellie, a white, and Bahé, an Indian. As settlers fence the land and drive off game, Indians are starved, enslaved, and even shot for fun. Yet Bahé helps Mellie safely through childbirth, and Mellie’s warning saves an Indian village from a massacre perpetrated by her white neighbors. Even after Bahé is driven to seek safety in prostitution, the women manage to feed, doctor, and teach each other. Tough-minded and lyrical, Rush of Shadows brings to life the human dimensions of a tragic conflict which corrupted the winners and left the losers to haunt the landscape as shadows.’

Expected Publication – October 15th by Washington Writer’s Publishing House.

 

On the Top of my TBR Pile

 

These books are ones I own and have been wanting/needing to read them for a while. I plan on doing just that this summer. Fingers crossed.

 

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Cress by Marissa Meyer: I don’t know how I’ve resisted picking this up so far as I LOVE this series so much. Soon, my pretty!

Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead: I’m slowly working my way through this series and I hope book 3 doesn’t disappoint.

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides: I have had this book for about five years. This summer is the year. I’ve heard so many good things…I have no idea why I haven’t managed to get round to it yet.

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Mass: This is another one I’ve had since it came out and haven’t got round to it yet. I’ve really enjoyed this series so far, and have heard this collection of novellas is a must-read.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare: I’m reading this as part of the Once Upon a Time challenge and need to get it done this month. So I should probably get on that.