Top Ten Books I Love But Haven’t Talked About in a While

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I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) in ages and…it’s a Tuesday so I thought why not! This week’s prompt is books we love but don’t talk about enough — which I have a lot of. Because I love Rainbow Rowell, but other books do exist.

a monster calls

1. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness To be fair, this is talked about a lot by other people. Being a book of the what-I-like-to-call ‘library fiction’ genre. (No one else seems to understand what I mean by this. MAYBE IT’S JUST MY WEIRD HABITS OF GETTING BOOKS FROM EVERYWHERE.) Patrick Ness is a good library fiction author, though. His books are both actually extremely wonderful books and also perceived to be wonderful by adults who think they know what kids like to read. *coughs* And the illustrations in my edition are AMAZING.

cuckoo song

2. Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge Another library fiction. But this is a book from the last Carnegie shortlist I enjoyed a lot! Frances Hardinge recently gained a lot of publicity when her newest book — The Lie Tree, which is also excellent — was picked as the Costa Children’s Book, but I think Cuckoo Song deserves love as well. It’s delightfully eerie and gothic.

the big lie

3. The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew Man, the premise of this book is SO DARN COOL. I mean, quite scary. But cool. It’s an alternate modern setting where the Nazis won WWII, so it’s set in a contemporary Nazi England. There’s a lot of exploration of big ideas like morality and rebellion, as well as queer characters in an unaccepting society. It was very chilling, and very good.

red rising

4. Red Rising by Pierce Brown I do go through brief phases of discussion of this. Mostly when the newest book comes out. (Though I have yet to read Morning Star, #3.) I don’t read that much sci-fi, so I suppose it’s my default when talking abut the genre…? But I actually LOVE this. I think Pierce Brown takes from Roman history really well and creates awesome conflicts, Everything is just SPACESHIPS and DRAMA and ACTION YAY.

half bad

5. Half Bad by Sally Green Apparently this book is a little divisive…? I DON’T KNOW. Some of its tropes are a bit tired to begin with, but they totally get jazzed up by witches and a uniquely gritty + angsty writing style. AND HELL YEAH a) women actually are more powerful witches in this world and b) bisexual protagonist yay. More LGBTQ+ characters in fiction are always good.

fans of the impossible life

6. Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa I talked about this a lot when I got it at YALC. WHY HAVE MORE PEOPLE NOT READ IT? *cries* I am mystified. It’s sort of like Eleanor & Park but with three POVs and 1000% more diverse. It’s a coming-of-age story that…I actually liked a lot.(Please don’t shout me, but Perks of Being a Wallflower is not really my favourite.) Asdfjkl my feels are coming back now.


7. Ash by Malinda Lo Overall I don’t talk about Malinda Lo nearly enough. SHE’S AWESOME. In fact, I bought Ash far before I knew anything about her, so it feels sort of special to me. There are many Cinderella retellings, but this remains a firm love of mine.

in perfect light

8. In Perfect Light by Benjamin Alire Sáenz Everyone is in love with Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. And I think that’s a great book! It’s how I found Alire Sáenz , and it’s wonderful. But he’s actually also a poet and an adult author before he wrote Ari & Dante — like, a great one. His writing style is just asdfjkl and I really wish more people knew about his other books.


9. Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys I’m a bit of a snob about historical fiction. I barely ever read it. That’s with the very large exception of Ruta Sepetys, who writes SUCH wonderful books. They don’t feel like they’re trying to teach you a lesson or anything; they’re simply excellent stories set in the past. Her characters are always amazing, and she writes in first person with such elegance and ease.

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10. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth This is probably one of my favourite books ever. I have literally no idea why I don’t talk about it more. (Maybe because the author hasn’t written any other books so I’m not, y’know, flailing about news or whatever.) It’s stunning. READ IT.

Writing thise list has made me very excited about all these books I haven’t considered in a while. SHH THAT TOTALLY WASN’T THE POINT OF THE LIST. 😉 I’m very excited to say that at the end of this week, I’m off to New York! I’m SO SO SO excited for it, but I probably won’t be replying to the usual comments and tweets at the usual rate. I’m hoping to write about it on teh blog (asdfjkl EXCITE) but I’ll see you when I’m back! *waves*

are there any genres you read less of? got any favourite books you haven’t talked about in a while?

Top Ten Quotes Worthy of Memorising

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Ha. I am well known among my friends for my  tendency to memorise my favourite quotes… (And/or gett them on t-shirts *coughs* and scrawl them onto every surface I can find *coughs*) So this Top Ten Tuesday was of course excellent for me! The prompt was favourite quotes from books you’ve read over the last year or so — I mean, I HAVE PROBABLY COMPLETED WRECKED THAT TIMEFRAME. But ah well. Here we go!

“Quick, make a wish.
Take a (second or third or fourth) chance.
Remake the world.”

1. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson HOW COULD I NOT? I’ll Give You the Sun has so bloody many beautiful quotes, ugh. It’s honestly ridiculous. (But this one has stuck with me in particular. I think I might have stolen it at one point as a prompt.)

“There is no good word for the opposite of lonesome.
One might be tempted to suggest togetherness or contentment , but the fact that these two other words bear definitions unrelated to each other perfectly displays why lonesome cannot be properly mirrored. It does not mean solitude, nor alone, nor lonely, although lonesome can contain all of those words in itself.
Lonesome means a state of being apart. Of being other. Alone-some.”

2. Blue Lily, Lily Blue Another impossible decision — because Maggie Stiefvater’s prose is practically littered with quotable lines. Ugh. This is just a piece of writing I think about a lot. (God. ADAM.) (I like the Ronan one too, at the beginning and end of the dream thieves. Such nice circular imagery. *sighs*) I love definitions, and I love the poetry you can build from them.

“Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.”

3. Vicious by VE Schwab *gasps* HOW DRAMATIC IS THIS?!? Vicious is probably one of my favourite books, ever. And VE Schwab is one of my favourite authors. She doesn’t write as poetically as some of the others on this list, so there’s less pretty prose, but I don’t adore her writing style any less.

“People believe, thought Shadow. It’s what people do. They believe, and then they do not take responsibility for their beliefs; they conjure things, and do not trust the conjuration. People populate the darkness; with ghosts, with gods, with electrons, with tales. People imagine, and people believe; and it is that rock solid belief, that makes things happen.”

4. American Gods by Neil Gaiman Neil Gaiman actually is one of those insanely quotable writers. (I really should read more of his books.) American Gods was a slow read, for me, but it had so many complex ideas — and what I really enjoyed was his exploration of belief and the existence of gods. The idea that belief can bring something into existence, which is something that I connect with a lot.

“They rolled up the maps of their bodies until they were two continents of interlocking roads and rivers and dreams, and she thought, ‘This is how I will learn to live again’.”

5. Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa HI HI HI WHY IS THIS BOOK NOT MORE POPULAR. It’s Eleanor & Park but with way more diversity. It’s awesome. And this is a lovely quote from it. Like, woooow. ❤ ❤

eye_brows i don’t think i ship them, i just want them to go shopping for curtains and eat eggs for breakfast
and play cluedo forever
vaticancameltoes that is the legal definition of shipping

But our interconnections are basically Sherlock and a declared fondness for girlkissing.

6. Tumbling by Susie Day / Love Hurts Anthology edoted by Malorie Blackman I have probably professed my love for this short story before. It’s just an adorable thing about two girls who meet on Tumblr through Sherlock and then have their first date in Speedy’s Cafe. pleaaase someone write this as a full length novel! I need more Shirin and Candy! There are so many fandom references and aah it’s just such a lovely pick-me-up. And, um, I couldn’t pick my favourite quote sooo… HERE ARE TWO. There are many more. Sometime in the future, I need to make a t shirt with a Tumbling quote.

“We lead strange lives, chasing our dreams around from place to place.”

7. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern May I suggest ‘ten gorgeously written books’ as an alternative title for this list? Because that’s what it totally is. The Night Circus could practically be an exercise in description. And there is beautiful magic and dreams and just….HELP ME.

“Not being heard is no reason for silence.”

8. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo Okay, there are a lot of quotes I could choose from Les Mis. But I love a lot of them simply because they’re from Les Mis — they don’t mean anything if you don’t know the characters and the context. The Amis descriptions can make me cry; it’s terrible. (And I wanted to find that one about, like, insurrections? But I have to wriiitteee eep sorry!) (I love you, but NaNo haunts my every step with YOU COULD BE WRITING NOW.)

“You have to pretend you get an endgame. You have to carry on like you will; otherwise, you can’t carry on at all.”

8. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell Well, duh. Obviously I had to put this. Simon and Baz and Penny have so much great banter, because Rainbow writes the literal best dialogue, but I LOVE THIS LINE. Call me a sap, but it embodies so much about the book and my poor oblivious Simon like honestly would you like to feel sad today? THINK ABOUT SIMON. And it just makes me thinking of Carry On and carrying on and all the songs with carry on in them and basically my feels are overwhelming me right now. *takes a deep breath*

“By this point Viviane Lavender had loved Jack Griffith for twelve years, which was far more than half of her life. If she thought of her love as a commodity and were to, say, eat it, it would fill 4,745 cherry pies. If she were to preserve it, she would need 23,725 glass jars and labels and a basement spanning the length of Pinnacle Lane.
If she were to drink it, she’d drown.”

10. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton I didn’t enjoy this book tremendously, but it had soooo many lovely quotes! I’m a sucker for angel wings, guys. And I’m a sucker for romantic things. It’s just a lovely quote! ❤

AND THERE YOU HAVE THEM. I’ll probably look back at this list later and wonder at how I managed to miss out some obviously very beautiful quote, but oh well. 😉

What are your favourite bookish quotes? Do you end up writing them all over your books in class like I do…? XD

5 Author Duos I’d Love to Read

5 authord duos i'd love to read

I think co-writing must be horrifically difficult. I mean, I’d definitely freak out if I had to send anything unpolished off, and WHAT IF WE HAD DISAGREEMENTS? It could ruin a friendship. (Or a stranger-ship. Ugh, that would be way worse.) I can see how people like David Levithan & John Green managed it with their alternating chapters, but…The Iron Trial? I have no clue how Holly Black & Cassie Clare co-wrote a whole cohesive – actually pretty decent – novel without any huge hiccups that I could read.

This was sort of supposed to be a Top Ten Tuesday, but I fell in love with the fabulousness of all the potential books. And then naturally I had to share them.

shadow and bone the bone season

1. Leigh Bardugo & Samantha Shannon There’s something about The Bone Season and The Grisha. They just…exude the same vibe. The magic system is rather similar – in The Grisha, the names are more Russian, but otherwise it’s actually pretty similar to the clairvoyance thing in TBD. The headstrong-slightly-bland-protagonist too. I’d personally like to see both authors utilise the settings a bit more? But I think they could write such a fabulous fantasy book. With a gorgeous setting. (I love these series, I swear! I know I sound very crabby in this, but really, I do.)

the dream thieves darkest part of the forest

2. Maggie Stiefvater & Holly Black These ladies write kick-ass fantasy with kick-ass prose, so obviously if they write a book together it would kick ass even more. Both of their books include elements of dark fantasy folklore in a contemporary setting. Dark fantasy in a contemporary setting is probably one of my favourite themes ever. Holly might give some more structure to the unpredictable whimsies of The Raven Cycle – which, you know, I do love, but sometimes it’s nice to have a bit more clue as to what’s happening.

i'll give you the sun aristotle and dante
3. Jandy Nelson & Benjamin Alire Saenz So, uh, the only book by Benjamin Alire Saenz I’ve read is Ari & Dante. But you know what? IT WAS SO IN THE STYLE OF JANDY NELSON. Whose I’ll Give You the Sun made me weep. Their books just feel like whimsically magical paintings in ever so slightly brightened colours. (With the volume turned up, even. *cackles*) Their books are realistic…but also, like, utterly ridiculous. Sometimes you just need an impossibly, ridiculously beautiful book like that.

A Darker Shade of Magic red rising

4. V.E. Schwab & Pierce Brown “Sci-fi and fantasy?!?” you scream, and I know, that’s a big divider. But their styles seem similar to me — CAN YOU IMAGINE THE KILLER PROSE. Both of them write so beautifully, so can you imagine what a beautiful book they would write together??! Dark fantasy with sci-fi and vicious characters would rock. (Maybe, like, a futuristic steampunk thing? I don’t know.) Their settings to me also feel more – wide-spanning? Like there’s a world and people beyond the characters. That’s something I enjoy a lot.

since you've been gone to all the boys i've loved before

5. Morgan Matson & Jenny Han I admit, I did this for the music-themed books. I wasn’t, uh, the greatest fan of Since You’ve Been Gone – everyone else seemed to love it but whilst I did enjoy it, it didn’t stick with me. Jenny Han & Morgan Matson would write a FABULOUS CONTEMPORARY THOUGH, am I right? Cute summer vibes all around. *hands ice-cream* You’re going to need them after all the other depressing co-writes.

What authors would you like to see co-write a book?

Top Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity

It’s that time again! I’ve noticed that I seem to be participating in TTT (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) round every month, so from now on I shall try very hard to do this meme monthly. (Permission is granted to bug me about if it I forget.) This week’s topic is my top ten books that celebrate diversity of all kinds. I’d like to read more diverse books, but these are the favourites from the ones I’ve read.

1. Adaptation by Malinda Lo What I love about this book is that it has exciting extraterrestrial-goings-on without erasing the diversity of the characters. I mean, all of Malinda Lo’s books that I’ve read so far are great, but this one is my most recent!

i'll give you the sun
2. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson I flail over this book a lot. There’s a lot of purple prose, but it’s an amazing book about family, love and not fitting in. It also has the most beautiful design ever so NO EXCUSES! (Just kidding, of course it’s totally your choice. But I did enjoy it a lot.)

love hurts
3. Tumbling by Susie Day Tumbling isn’t even a book. It’s an original short story published in the Love Hurts anthology – which in itself includes some great diversity such as in Humming Through My Fingers and Gentlewoman – but this one is my absolute favourite. It’s about two girls who meet through Tumblr (through Sherlock, at Speedy’s Café). There’s musings on popular culture and worrying about internet relationships and what happens when the freedom the internet allows is taken away. (“Tumblr is where I am the best me, ordinary, pain-free.”) I AM THE ONE-MAN FANDOM FOR THIS ALJIDFNA;DIkihfaedoi. It is SO BLOODY CUTE BUT ALSO SERIOUS AND if you don’t want to spend 8 quid on it then I wouldn’t blame you, but for sure flick to this story in the bookshop and give it a try.

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miseducation of cameron post
4. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth I’ve just read this one after hearing a lot of good things, and it was awesome. It’s about queer teenagers growing up in rural America (? I AM SORRY MY GEOGRAPHY) in the 90s and it was so great. I also wasn’t very educated about the issues it covers so it was really good to read about those whilst it still being a good book, you know?

shadows on the moon
5. Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott Another Cinderella retelling, yes. But this one is a Japanese-fantasy-fusion with a kind of fierce and not-so-nice Cinderella. Who is bitter and wants revenge. It isn’t perfect, but it’s a fun read and it does include diversity in many different respects.

every day
6. Every Day by David Levithan (Admittedly, it’s been a while since I’ve read this so I’m not 100% sure how much I’d enjoy it now.) Every Day is narrated by a character who changed bodies every day. There are so many different stories from the bodies A inhabits, and it’s a really interesting dynamic to explore – the person inside doesn’t change, per se, but everyone else has to see a different body.

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7. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell God, you guys are probably sick and tired of me banging on and on about this book! I’m not entirely sure if it belongs on this list, since a lot of the issues like the racism Park experiences aren’t resolved (and also there’s to be a whole debate about Park’s eyeliner and is he gay?) but, yes. I feel like I haven’t included much on here in terms of social diversity, and Eleanor & Park addresses issues like poverty, abuse and body image alongside racism.

aristotle and dante
8. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz This one’s another recent read; I actually, um, read it all in one go, so I’m still slightly gathering my thought. I did enjoy it, though – it was cute and it includes some great diversity.

9. Wonder by RJ Palacio Wonder’s been thrown around a lot in bookish circles so, yes, it’s probably nothing new. I don’t know if it’s an accurate representation but it’s message is so uplifting, and all the viewpoints make it feel so honest.

the rest of us just live here
10. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness Yep. Here it is again. SORRYYY. I just seem to have a serious soft spot for this. Again, it isn’t perfect, but it covers a lot of different issues without it taking over the whole thing.

What do you think of participating monthly? What would you put on your list? Got any good book recs? 🙂

Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday was technically supposed to be the top ten topics from the last five years, but alas I don’t think I’ve been doing this quite long enough. However! Don’t worry! Instead I’ve just chosen next week’s topic, my top ten books so far of this year. (I’m very sorry for ruining the consistency in your blog-reading.)

vicious ve schwab
1. Vicious by VE Schwab Think superheroes, but with a much more pleasing amount of viciousness. Yes: it was dark and it was violent and – okay, maybe I didn’t read it quite as fast as ADSOM, but it was still excellent.

darkest part of the forest
2. The Darkest Part of the Forest I still didn’t love it as much as the Curse Workers, because those books are my violent and murderous soulmates, but this was still wonderful. It had cool girls and tricksy fae and ridiculously effortless writing. *nods in approval*

trial by fire
3. Trial by Fire I devoured this. Literally. Like a cake. I was devastated when I found that I had to wait until SEPTEMBER to get the second one. It comes out the same date as Queen of Shadows, which only adds to my growing Throne-of-Glass-Rowan confusion…at least we’ll get all the pain out the way at the beginning of the month, I suppose.

the mime order
4. The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon This was actually better than The Bone Season for me. I mean: London! Magic! Crime! What more could a girl want? Samantha Shannon is a very cool lady. (YALC HERE I COME.)

A Darker Shade of Magic
5. A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab With the FAR MORE PRETTY US cover What, my second VE Schwab book? I don’t know what you’re talking about *laughs awkwardly* See above. London, magic, and crime are my jams. This rocketed straight to the top of my favourites and honestly I don’t know how I survived before. The hype is real. The magic and characters and writing are all asdfjkl can we just talk about how amazing this book is?

the secret history
6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt Tumblr made me read it, I’ve got to say. I don’t think I understood about 70% of it but it was fun to read. (This and The Raven Cycle are almost the only things that make Latin seem cool.)

dreams of gods and monsters
7. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor I just quite like sequels. It made me sad to bid farewell to this world, but I found this a lot quicker to read than the others. Mate, the wordbuilding. *sighs happily*

the rest of us just live here
8. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness This was an ARC, but…IT WAS JUST SO GOOD. I mean, we already knew that Patrick Ness was cool, but this book is literally the epitomy of #VeryRealisticYA. So much snark.

dangerous girls
9. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas Another book I read based on recs. I don’t normally read mystery sorts of things, but the ending in this absolutely got me. Great for munching on when you’re in a book slump.

the song of achilles
10. The Song of Achilles by Madeleine Miller Um, this might also be a Tumblr read? Can I just say: don’t read it in public places unless you want to be an emotional wreck incapable of thought for the rest of the day.

Read any of these? What did you think? What are your favourite books of 2015?

Top Ten Books in my Beach Bag

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This title week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) is probably a little bit ambitious for me, but I SHALL FIGHT THE ENGLISH WEATHER, I promise! I’ll just have to, you know, sit huddled in my little beach tent on Camber Sands. In my jumper. And coat. And hat. (Okay, maybe not that last bit. But you get the idea.) Without further ado, here’s my ten books I think would make great beach reads!

dangerous girls
1. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas This might not be a good example to follow (what, like murder doesn’t make the best holidays?) but it’s really fun to read. You’ll race through it, and then you will scream. Whether in disbelief or fear, it’s hard to say.

the selection
2. The Selection by Kiera Cass Sparkleeess let me devour you like an episode of that awful singing competition. (I’m not kidding, this book has the same effect as the X Factor. A guilty pleasure/relaxation sort of thing in literary form.)

it's so fluffy

anna and the french kiss
3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins Cutesy, cutesy, cutesiness. Gushing heroines, tooth-rotting fluff and horrendous British accent descriptions are abound, but still. Beach reads are for trashy books, and this is a good kind of a trashy.

attachments rainbow rowell
4. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell YOU WERE NEVER GOING TO GET AWAY WITHOUT ONE OF THESE. To be honest, I could have chosen any of Rainbow Rowell’s books (go read them all right this instance) but this for me was the most cute and light-hearted. I find it hard to read Fangirl anymore without craving October.

geek girl
5. Geek Girl by Holly Smale Harriet can be wince-inducing, but we laugh at her expense. (Wilbur is literally real-life Magnus Bane minus warlock powers. Well, I mean, not real life per se, but…yeah, no.)

magnus bane

clockwork angel
6. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare Speaking of Magnus Bane. The master of compelling books. (I liked TID a lot more than TMI.)

the maze runner
7. The Maze Runner by James Dashner This series has some gaping flaws – if you’re particular about writing styles, you might want to stay away – but the action should be enough to keep you going. Again, it’s a sort of good kind of trashy.


Throne of Glass
8. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
I mean, we already knew how much I love this book. But it feels like it would be such a beach read for me.

shadows on the moon
9. Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott
Zoe Marriott’s books are the weirdest things for me? They all seem to feel so…created. Like they’re al debut novels. It’s so strange. I think it might just be my initial perception. Strange auras aside, they’re lovely to read; here, have a kick-ass vengeful Cinderella fused with some Japanese history and fantasy.

10. Divergent by Veronica Roth
There’s a reason popular books are popular. If you haven’t already read this series, go do so now; it wasn’t the most fulfilling read, but I absolutely devoured it. (It’s also okay if you miss a page or so. Or it gets destroyed by sand or something, because the cover is NO.)

Are you going anywhere sunny for the holidays? What would be your picks?

Top Ten Favourite Authors

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Welcome, welcome, to another mismatched edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and Bookish!

Just to clarify, this is not a list of the authors that I think are the best. I’m pretty sure that I’m not at all qualified (either in reading fodder or writerly knowledge) to judge that. Instead, in this edition of the kind-of-erratic Top Ten Tuesdays, I’m just going to be telling you my favourites. The ones that I would buy on sight. (Well, not just, since that wouldn’t amount to much. But along those lines.)

Crown of Midnight

1. Sarah J Maas Throne of Glass was probably my first real book obsession. I don’t even know what to say about it, but it’s just affected my life in such a way that I feel utterly indebted to Sarah J Maas. I also find it so encouraging how she progressed from writing fanfic and publishing on Fictionpress to becoming a real published author. It gives me hope that someday I can inspire others, too.

eleanor and park us

2. Rainbow Rowell Right, so Rainbow Rowell’s books are not always deep and profound truths. But sometimes, that’s not what I want; sometimes, I just want a book that will make me amazingly and wonderfully happy. Reading her books is like a warm hug and hot chocolate, except with much less effort. ❤ She also seems like a really cool person – being part of the fandom, and having the courage to switch genres, and just generally promoting fannish stuff. (Also, I own 7 copies of her books, and I don’t even own Landline. THE COVERS AND CHARACTERS ARE JUST SO PRETTY ASDFJKL)

red rising

3. Pierce Brown Okay, I get that he’s only written two books so far, but I really like Red Rising. Although Darrow’s not the best protagonist, I absolutely fell in love with the worldbuilding and the writing and everything.

i'll give you the sun

4. Jandy Nelson The first time I read The Sky is Everywhere, I loved it. It is the only book for which I have stayed up reading late into the night. I haven’t liked it so much on re-reading, but when I read I’ll Give You the Sun it was like falling in love all over again. Her writing style is wonderful, and I love the poetry interspersed. ❤ (She’s also a poet and editor! How about that?)

the dream thieves

5. Maggie Stiefvater I didn’t like The Wolves of Mercy Falls. I haven’t yet read her Books of Faerie. No, the reason that Maggie Stiefvater is on this list is for just one of her series: The Raven Cycle.

I don’t know why they’re so different to her other books, but they are. For me, they seem like they transcend some of the moulds of YA fiction. The poetic language is beautiful, yes, but the characters are just what brings it to life. I would like to write books like these. The characters feel so compelx and real and there we go again, I’m fangirling! Seriously, though. They’re AWESOME.

the knife of never letting go

6. Patrick Ness Patrick Ness’ books are perhaps more what I would call ‘library’ fiction – they’re the books that teachers are always trying to get you to read, the ones that appear time and time again on lists and awards and whatnot. I haven’t yet read all his books, but the ones I have read – Chaos Walking, A Monster Calls, More Than This, The Rest of Us Just Live Here – have been amazing.


7. Alice Oseman Though I liked Solitaire, I think that the book alone wouldn’t have made it onto this list. What I love is how active and supportive with her fanbase she is (check out her tumblr!). She’s possibly the coolest author ever – I mean, she plays piano, writes, attends uni and is an awesome artist? WHAT IS LIFE?? So, yes, I’m very excited for Radio Silence right now.

skulduggery pleasant

8. Derek Landy I have no idea how Derek Landy has managed to write so many awesome books in such a short period of time. They’re hilarious, have an awesome magic system, and the characters are all asdfjkl. I’m somewhat miffed to have missed out attending an event of his, but my friends tell me that he’s a cool person as well.

clockwork angel

9. Cassandra Clare The Mortal Instruments & co. aren’t my favourite books. I don’t know what it is about them, but to me they always feel a little…disconnected. Vain. I don’t know. But I can’t deny the fact that I’m absolutely going to gobble up any more books she releases!

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10. Unpublished authors I’ve met so many wonderful people since starting to blog. It’s opened my eyes to a whole writing community, and I’m honestly just astounded at how many beautiful pieces of writing are free and available to read. There are people who just work so hard at what they do, whether that’s a novel or short stories or poetry or fanfiction, and they really can brighten up my day. 🙂 (Okay, I know that sounds kind of cheesy, but I’M KEEPING THE CHEESE. It’s 100% true.)

Who are your favourite authors? 🙂

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List

I apologise for the lack of posts! In short, I have a lot of projects and exams at the moment and have basically been freaking out by writing 7k of Simon Snow fanfic instead of attending to my blog, (Yay for procrastination! -_- But, yeah, it’s the first longer project I’ve done in a long time so I’m quite pleased in a way?)

It’s been a little while since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday, but HEY! I am Divergent! I cannot be predicted! I will do link-ups as I please even though it’s not in an ordered way! Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by The Broke and Bookish, and this week the prompt is Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR List.

1. Fairest by Marissa Meyer

I haven’t read it yet… *sighs* It seems to be rather hard to get hold of here, but that’s not really a great excuse. I’ll be trying to read it soon.

2. Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan

It’s a freaking Will Grayson spin-off. Very excited by this. Very. It comes out today.

3. Half Wild by Sally Green

Loved Half Bad, but some reviews complain of the copious amounts Annalise present in the sequel, which worries me slightly. Annalise is rubbish. Gabriel is way more awesome.

4. The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

It looks like a cool book. Cool cover. ‘Nuff said.

5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

(May is totally still spring.) HAVE I TOLD YOU HOW EXCITED BY THIS no okay well here’s a gif to describe how I feel

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6.  The Heir by Keira Cass

The Selection isn’t one of my absolute favourites, but it was a fun read and I’m interested to see if keria Cass can get an more out of the idea. (I’m not going to lie, I felt like The One had a pretty final ending, but ah well. Still excited.)

7.  A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I want to read this one so bad. London! History! Parallel worlds! Plus, both the UK and US covers are simply gorgeous.

8. We All Looked up by Tommy Wallach

I love this cover. It’s work of genius. I don’t really know what the books is about, but I’M TOTALLY ALLOWED TO PUT THIS ON MY LIST FOR THE COVER RIGHT

9. Smart by Kim Slater

If it doesn’t get through to the Carnegie shortlist then I’ll probably read it anyway, because it looks pretty cool. Yeah. Also, I know I’ve said a lot about covers but this one is also rather pretty.

Liars, Inc.

10. Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes

I’m getting strong We Were Liars plus Dangerous Girls vibes from this. Plus more cool covers. I MEAN LOOK AT IT ISN’T THAT CREEPY

So, that was basically about 300 words of me flailing about book covers. If this is now a thing, then I like it. Hopefully you’ll get updates on my fic writing and such, but I might be a bit MIA until next Tuesday, when my last project is due. I’ll see you then! If I make it out alive

(And psst, I got twitter. I’m quite liking it so far?)

Top Ten Fantasy Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read

Yes! I did it! I finally participated in a Top Ten Tuesday! *fist pump* As I’m sure many of you know, Top Ten Tuesday is a feature created by The Broke and Bookish. (Because seriously, it’s everywhere.) I don’t think I’ll be participating every week – I mean, I only write about 3 posts per fortnight as it is – but I’ll be popping in every now and again to see if the topic interests me.

I’ve chosen fantasy as my genre for this one. Whilst I love fantasy, I still haven’t read a lot of the books which are considered staples of the genre. A book I just want to read snuck in there at the end, but I almost made it.

fellowship of the ring
1. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien I got the whole series one year for Christmas and didn’t get into the first one. I’d like to have another go, though, because a) it’s Lord of the Rings and b) all my fanatic friends have been pestering me.
2. The Old Kingdom/ Abhorsen series by Garth Nix I read my first book ever by Garth Nix in November: it was sci-fi, and it was great. I really don’t know how I’ve managed to miss this particular series.
the farthest shore
3. The Farthest Shore by Ursula Le Guin I started this series and never finished it; this is where I ended. (I seem to remember that I was the first person to borrow a Wizard of Earthsea from the library in over 10 years.) Anyway, the library has now gotten rid of its old Ursula Le Guin books so I’ve taken the last books in the Earthsea series for me to finish off.
the colour of magic
4. Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels I am sorry. I do not know how I have missed these.
5. Any Neil Gaiman I’ve only read The Graveyard Book and seen the film adaptation of Coraline. The Graveyard Book was awesome – it had that aura of confidence, you know? – and now I just need to read his other works. Anything. (I’m out to get you, battered copy of Stardust that’s on the display rack.)
game of thrones
6. Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin It’s one of the big fantasy books. I really ought to read it. (But they’re just…so…long.)
the eye of the world
7. The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan This sprawling epic takes up a whole shelf at our school library. I made a bet with my friend whilst we were calculating its approximate amount of words (Wikipedia tells me it’s 4.4m). I have now consigned myself to reading the entire fourteen novels, none of which are under 650 pages.
once and future king
9. The Once and Future King by T.H. White And I call myself a Merlin fan. (I mean, they’re not that similar, but still. Merlin is based off the legend.)
hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy
8. The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams Shh, shh, I know this is technically science fiction. But it’s just one of those books that a lot of people tell me to read.
the sending
10. The Sending or whatever they’re calling it in the UK by Isobelle Carmody This should not really be on the list, but I have a lot of pent-up anger. YOU CAN’T JUST PUBLISH A SERIES AND THEN NOT PUBLISH THE LAST BOOK IN ONE COUNTRY, okay? I would get my family in Australia to send a copy over, but for some reason they’ve changed the titles for different countries and I have no idea which ones my UK titles correspond to.

And the big question: have I missed any out??