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 :).

3)

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.

6)

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.

7)

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…)

8)

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!

9)

Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

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My most anticipated 2016 read, really enjoyed this one 🙂

10)

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? 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Love To See Under My Christmas Tree

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

This Week’s Topic: Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree (or non-book bookworm items)

Christmas time has arrived, and that means it’s the time of year (after my birthday) that I always think of my wishlist books I’d love to own. As I’m between countries at the moment and can’t really buy a whole library of books as the cost of shipping them back to Australia one day would be $$$$$$, these books are ones I’d love to see under my Christmas tree this year but more realistically ones I’d have to settle buying on my new Kindle (the Christmas gift from my boyfriend I already know about, bought purposefully for my need for reading whilst traveling). This excludes two in the list I would have to buy the real copies of!! I’m sure you can pick them! Also, I realise some of these books aren’t published yet (or not even finished!)… but Santa’s elves are magical so I’m sure there’d be a way around that xP.

 

1)

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

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Can’t wait to read this one soon!!

2)

Girl Mans Up by M.E Girard

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3)

Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner

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4)

One Would Think The Deep by Claire Zorn

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The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon

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Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

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Would probably settle for just the front cover to pin onto my wall 😛

7)

This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

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We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

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Fall Boys and Dizzy in Paradise by Jandy Nelson

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If I could read this book right now I’d probably cry with joy. Whenever I can pre-order it I will be! And yes, it would have to be the real copy!!

10)

Harry Potter Series Illustrated Editions

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Ohmygosh I need these in my life. And the rest of them once they’re all illustrated!!

So, they’re my Christmas wishlists picks. What do you think? Any of these on yours?

 

Top Ten Tuesday: New To Me Authors

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

The Topic This Week: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016. 

I have my favourite authors, but I’m always keen to read things by authors I haven’t read yet and discovering new voices/stories. In 2016 I’ve only read 40 books (not going to get much closer to my 60 book goal, but oh well) and a lot of them have been books by authors that are new to me and that I’ve really enjoyed as well. I’m definitely keen to read more of these author’s books!So here they are 🙂

 

1)

Nicola Yoon

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Everything, Everything 

“You can’t predict the future. It turns out that you can’t predict the past either. Time moves in both directions – forward and backward – and what happens here and now changes them both.”

 

2)

Leah Thomas

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Because You’ll Never Meet Me 

“Let me tell you a wondrous story. For once, let me be the shining one. It is springtime. Birds are noisiest now. I can almost see the shape of the sky.”

3)

Emma Mills

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First & Then

“A thousand electric cars could run on how you feel when you know that the person you like likes you back. It feels incredible. Like it shouldn’t be possible. Of all the happy coincidences to ever exist, it’s one of the happiest.”

4)

Chris Priestley

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Anything That Isn’t This

“The whole of society became hooked on these dreams.”

 

5)

Meg Leder

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The Museum of Heartbreak

“As I glanced around my room, sliding my dinosaur back and forth on its chain, I though that maybe that was the point–that instead of happy endings, you get beginnings. Hundreds of little beginnings happening every moment, each of them layering into histories deep and tangled and new, histories you count on to remain, no matter what changes the world throws at you.”

6)

R.J Ellory

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A Quiet Belief In Angels 

“A life to hold, or to see slip through uncaring and inattentive hands, but always a life. And given one, we wish for two, or three, or more, so easily forgetting the one we had was spent unwisely”

7)

Elena Ferrante

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(I couldn’t find the face of real Ferrante as her name is a pseudonym..)

My Brilliant Friend, The Neapolitan Novels 

“Children don’t know the meaning of yesterday, of the day before yesterday, or even of tomorrow, everything is this, now: the street is this, the doorway is this, the stairs are this, this is Mamma, this is Papa, this is the day, this the night.”

 

8)

Ransom Riggs

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Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children 

“..what an unchallenging life it would be if we always got things right on the first go.”

9)

Charlie Jane Anders

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All The Birds In The Sky 

“You know… no matter what you do, people are going to expect you to be someone you’re not. But if you’re clever and lucky and work your butt off, then you get to be surrounded by people who expect you to be the person you wish you were.”

10)

Francesca Zappia

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Made You Up 

“Believing something existed and then finding out it didn’t was like reaching the top of the stairs and thinking there was one more step.”

Have you read any of these Authors books? 🙂