February Wrap Up and March TBR

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February 

February was a really nice month. I worked a lot, read a lot and went on a wonderful little week away with my boyfriend and his family to the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, where I ate far too much and almost got blown off Roseberry Topping by a ferocious wind :P. All good things, really.

 

Books I Read

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I really enjoyed finishing this unique trilogy this month. Both Hollow City and Library of Souls were great sequels to the first book and the fact that this series has been so hyped up since last year didn’t change my enjoyment of them. That may be because I didn’t have any particular expectations, but whatever the case I can’t fault this series and will always adore the use of photographs as an integral part of the narrative.

 

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This was a cute little read about a friendship and a boy finding himself. It wasn’t quite what I’d hoped/expected it would be in the case of the romance story, but it was pretty adorable and I did really enjoy reading it. Just a nice standalone :).

 

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There were plenty of great things about Love and First Sight, particularly Sundquist’s insightful and creative exploration of blindness itself. Unfortunately, I found the plot a bit shallow at times and often felt like the writing style was vague and often skimmed over parts of the story I would’ve liked to have had more meat to them. But, still, it was a nice story with likeable characters and I did enjoy it :).

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Adam Silvera wins all the awards.This novel is quite similar to More Happy Than Not in style, which I liked, and of course I enjoyed the narrative of History and Now. It was surprising, harrowing and true in delivery of a story about first love and grief. Though I wish there had been a little more in way of some explanations, I can’t fault the deliverance of Griff’s story and I’m really looking forward to Silvera’s next novel.

 

Started/Currently Reading 

 

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I bought The Bone Clocks for my boyfriend for his birthday last year because I knew how much he loved Cloud Atlas, a novel I wasn’t so taken with myself. He finished Bone Clocks last week and told me immediately after that I had to read it so we could talk about it. I am loving it so far, it’s an incredible book. I’m really looking forward to finding out how the story all pieces together!!

 

Meant To Read

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I was unable to pick-up my copy of this from the library on time, so I’m delayed in reading this now.

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I read the first couple of chapters, so technically I’ve started this novel, but then I was told to read The Bone Clocks by my boyfriend first, so Northern Lights is up next!

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March

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Love Stories

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.

This Week’s Topic: All About Romance Tropes/Types — top ten favourite hate-to-love romances (from books or movies or tv), top ten favourite (or least favourite) instalove romances, favourite slow-burn romances, favourite starcrossed lovers, etc. etc. Can go so many ways with this one).

 

For this week’s Valentine’s Day topic I’m going pretty broad by just choosing favourite novels of mine that are also my favourite love stories :). This was really hard! As you probably all know, I’m a sucker for well-written and well-plotted romance, especially in the YA category. There are so many to choose from…but I finally came up with this list, which has stories of first loves, tragic loves, forever loves and all of which are favourite fictional couples of mine 🙂

 

1)

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson 

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The love stories in this novel are perfect. I adore them!!

 

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Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness

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While this series is not merely a love story in any sense, Todd and Viola’s growing relationship is definitely one of my favourites :).

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Harry Potter by J.K Rowling 

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Nothing much beats love stories like Ron & Hermione’s or the love Snape has for Lily. Amazing!

4)

Anna and the French Kiss and Sequels 

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Anna, Lola and Isla’s stories are the perfect example of teenage love stories in my opinion :).

5)

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell 

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I found this book so thrilling and was so rapt by the ending 🙂

6)

The Tomorrow Series & The Ellie Chronicles by John Marsden 

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Again with this book romance isn’t the central theme, but Ellie’s relationship with Lee is so perfect and always made me giddy.

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 

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Can’t beat a classic like this one, although I still don’t know if I quite like the ending!

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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte 

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The story and plot in this novel blows my mind. Super thrilling!

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Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy 

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One of the most tragic love stories I have ever read. The mini series is wonderful, too!

10) 

Persuasion by Jane Austen 

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You’d probably more expect me to mention an Austen’s classic Pride & Prejudice, which I love still but I prefer Persuasion because I didn’t study and re-read it so religiously in school.

 

There’s some of my favourite romance stories! Do you like any of these? What are your favourites? 🙂

 

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Non-bookish Favourites

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Top 5 Wednesday is hosted by Lainey and Samantha over on goodreads  🙂

The Topic This Week: Current Favorites that Aren’t Books
— Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from books and talk about some other things you’ve been obsessed with. These all don’t have to be in the same category. Mix it up! What TV shows have you been enjoying, makeup you’ve been wearing, food you’ve been eating, etc.??

I love this topic! So nice to get into the things that we love that aren’t books sometimes. What a great way for me to come back into t5w, as well! I haven’t done one of these posts in ages :).

 

1)

Shameless US 

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Sometimes I don’t really know how my family convinced me to start watching Shameless. I remember watching the first season of the UK one years ago and just not getting into it. But I can say that for once the US is doing something right with this show. The characters are great and the show just takes you from one extreme to the next and gets more and more ridiculous. Brilliantly funny, often sad and ridiculously entertaining :).

2)

Steamed Buns/Dumplings/Dim Sum 

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I am obsessed with all kinds of dim sum at the moment, Pork Buns (Char Siu Bao) being my favourite at the moment. Even though I’m not eating them, I spend a lot of time dreaming about them and looking at images to live vicariously through them until the next time I finally get to eat some more 😀 SO DELICIOUS!

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China/Travel 

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One reason why I’m currently obsessed with dim sum is because I’m going to China for two months in October!! So, so excited. My boyfriend and I have been planning this trip for a couple months already, though it’s all been over a year in the making. I’m also doing other travel before China, such as spending a week in Switzerland, and come December I’ll be back in my home country Australia for a little bit before carrying on with more travel, starting a return to Vietnam! 😀 😀 Travel makes me so happy and excited. Just want to see the world!

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Having a coffee machine at home! 

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I love having a coffee and cake at a cafe for a treat and I’ve spent a few years working in cafes and making coffees as well, but I’ve never had the pleasure of having a really, really good coffee machine at home. My boyfriend bought it for us for Christmas and it’s just so nice to make ourselves our own proper coffees with super foamy milk in the mornings or when we get home 😀

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I’ve always liked lillies but now I love them because my boyfriend buys them for me all the time and I love how they brighten up our little flat. My boyfriend has bought me sunflowers a lot, as well, after I told him they were my favourite. But, really, it’s a tie between these two lovely flowers. Shame I could never call my child Sunflower, really :P.

 

Well, that’s it for my current faves! What are yours? 🙂

January Wrap-Up and February TBR

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Like many months, January has had its ups and downs (mainly ups, thankfully), but it’s certainly been a good start to the year in regards to reading. I’ve enjoyed the books I’ve read this month heaps! I’d love to have had time to write proper reviews on them because they’re really good!

Books I Read

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I really enjoyed this series and as you can see I flew through the last three in the four-part series this month. It was an amazing, fascinating read about two girls/women growing up in Naples, surrounded by poverty, violence and the complications that arise in being bought up in these kind of circumstances. It was an incredible story and the characters are so real and fascinating. The covers really don’t give these books the justice they deserve or go show in any way the depth these novels have.

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I was surprised by this book. It was in the ball-park of novels like Eleanor & Park and All The Bright Places, though sad in a very different way. It was a really interesting story and different from other contemporary novels, I recommend it definitely!

 

Still Reading…

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I meant to finish this book this month but haven’t had the time yet, but I’m definitely really enjoying reading more of Miss Peregrine’s books and keen to finish this one soon 🙂

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What’s on your TBR this month?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Inspire Me To Write

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.

This Week’s Topic: FREEBIE! that super specific list you want to make?? All yours to tackle this week!

I have been super slack with my blog this year so far and think this week’s TTT Freebie is a great comeback, hopefully I’ll be posting regularly again!

I chose Top Ten Books That Inspire Me To Write because, even though it’s been a year since I actually wrote anything as I’ve been so busy with the everything else in my life, these books are so important to me and always make me wish I could write novels that are just as amazing/make me wish I’d written them! So here are those precious gems (all of which I have mentioned on my blog before, a common occurance, and some of which are quite obvious ones!)

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I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson 

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The Dark Tower by Stephen King 

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Harry Potter by J.K Rowling 

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Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien 

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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon 

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Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

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The Road by Cormac McCarthy 

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 

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Dreams of Speaking by Gail Jones

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Watership Down by Richard Adams 

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December Wrap-Up and January TBR

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December  

December has been a great month for me, I’ve been on holidays for most of it so I was able to focus on reading! Even though the number of books I read wasn’t much, knowing that one of the books I read is basically three normal sized books means I don’t mind so much :P. I had a lovely Christmas with my boyfriend, missed my family back home terribly, but all good :). A lovely end to 2016, in all :).

The Books I Read:

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Technically I started this at the end of November and finished it mid-December, but still! It’s 1300 pages and I’m super pleased with myself that I managed to read it in such a short amount of time, really. I am planning on writing a proper review on this book next week because it deserves one, but right now I will just say that no matter how daunting and massive this book looks, I promise it is so worth reading. This is an apocalyptic masterpiece. I can’t give it 5 stars like I did The Dark Tower, but it’s very close :).

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I didn’t love this book as much as I hoped to, but it was still an enjoyable read. Marlon is a great main character and the situation he finds himself in is certainly entertaining, believable, frightening and altogether a great back-drop for a novel that explores youth and crime in London.

Started Reading:

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I loved the first book in this series and I’m so happy to have started reading the second. I’m only about a quarter of my way through, and planning to read the rest next week before my holidays end. Such a wonderfully clever series!

Meant To Read:

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Unfortunately, what with reading The Stand, I didn’t have the time to read either of these. I had to return It Ends With Us to the library after not being able to renew it (it’s in high demand, as you’d imagine) and the library copy of Our Chemical Hearts I have on hold wasn’t available for me yet, anyway. So these I will try to read in the next few months!

And that’s it for the wrap-up, now for my January 2017 TBR! 

 

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January 

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Can’t wait to get started with reading in 2017! 😀

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite 2016 Reads

top-ten-tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.

This Week’s Topic: Top Ten Best Books Of 2016. 

For my top 10 2016 reads I chose books regardless of their publcation :). 2016 was a pretty good year for reading, but it was easy enough to choose these 10 books as my fave reads :).

 

1)

The Dark Tower 1-7 by Stephen King

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Phenomenal, epic fantasy/apocalyptic series. A must read. Seriously, add this to your tbr!

2)

Anything That Isn’t This by Chris Priestly

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I thought this was such a wonderful book :).

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The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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I have some of the best memories of reading this in Barcelona with my boy :).

4)

The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder

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A surprising and really touching read :).

5)

Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

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This book is so clever and witty and heartbreaking. A great story about friendship.

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The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery

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I can’t believe I only read this this year! Amazing story, so meaningful and important.

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All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

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One of the weirdest stories I’ve ever read, I love how creative it was (even if the end didn’t work for me…)

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My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

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A gripping and wonderfully detailed story about friendship and growing up. Can’t wait to read the rest of the series in 2017!

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Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

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My most anticipated 2016 read, really enjoyed this one 🙂

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Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

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Really good debut, loved it!

Bonus:

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The Stand by Stephen King

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It was incredible!! I’m very proud of myself for reading this whopper in a few weeks if I do say so 😛

Have you read any of these? What are your favourite 2016 reads? 🙂