Top Ten Tuesday: Beautiful Book Covers

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

This Week’s Topic: Cover Theme Freebie!

I’m a day late on this, but for this week’s awesome Cover Freebie, I just decided to something pretty broad and choose 10 book covers I think are super beautiful. Some of these books I love (it’s always perfect when beautiful covers hold even more beautiful words) and some of them I haven’t read yet, but definitely want to based on their covers alone.

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April Wrap Up and May TBR

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April

April has been a very quiet month for me, which has been nice in the sense that I’ve been able to do quite a lot of reading. Unfortunately, I didn’t get through all of what I planned to, but I definitely read heaps and some of them really good books, too :).

 

Books I Read

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This book was very similar in plot and content to Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything, except not as good. While I liked the main character Norah (she was very sarcastic and  clumsily charming, a combination that made me laugh multiple times) and enjoyed reading her struggles with Agoraphobia and OCD. Louise Gornall certainly does a good job representing mental illness in a creative way in this book. However, I felt the overall plot and flow of the book didn’t fit and I didn’t enjoy the romantic relationship, which I felt progressed in a way that didn’t really make sense. While I was reading this book, I just always felt there was something missing, I’m not sure what, but it made the book feel pretty unforgettable to me once I’d finished it. Shame!

 

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I really, really enjoyed this book! It’s wonderfully written and partly reminded me of I’ll Give You The Sun. Iris is a fantastic character, really unique. She has a dangerous obsession with arson, which is really interesting. I loved her interactions with her family, whether it was in getting to know her dying father or taking the piss out of her self-obsessed, frankly awful mother and stepfather. I also loved her friendship with Thornton, even though most of it was told through flashback (well, a lot of the book is in flashback, to be fair). It has a perfect ending and is just a really unique book told by a really unique voice in Iris and Jenny Valentine. Definitely worth the read!

 

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I thought I was going to love this book, as best friends turned to lovers is kind of a guilty pleasure plot of mine. However, this book just fell flat. It didn’t feel believable enough. Unfortunately, it barely made me root for the pair to get together. Sure, it had some cute bits and it wasn’t so bad that I forced myself to finish it, but it was nothing heart-stopping or amazing. The characters were fine, the plot had its moments though it was pretty predictable (and not in a way that often makes me feel triumphant in these kinds of YA contemporary books), but sadly it just fell through for me.

 

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My boyfriend bought me this way before the film came out and it was a lot of fun to read. It made me want to re-watch the movie. I quite enjoy reading screenplays 🙂

 

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This is a gem of a YA romance/coming of age book. I actually really enjoyed it. It’s not quite on par with Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, but it’s clever, funny and diverse, has wonderful characters and best of all, a super adorable romance story. Now theres a pair anyone would root for! It’s a really fun book, perfect to settle down with for a night (or day) in :).

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Though I personally don’t think this is as good as a Rainbow Rowell book, mainly because I found the whole backstage Convention thing a bit odd and also found that there were occasions the plot felt forced as a means to create drama. However, it’s definitely a touching novel and at times very funny and clever as well. The main characters are unique and good at making the reader laugh. While it didn’t inspire me to ever work at a Convention, it made me think it’d actually be quite fun to go to one! 🙂

Started Reading

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I’m almost through with this book, and it’s quite good. It’s about Chris, a 25 year old guy who goes to sleep drunk in the 1980’s and wakes up in 2006, apparently in someone else’s life. It’s very witty and a fast read if you don’t read other books in between like I have :P. There are some parts of the book I haven’t enjoyed, such as a few pages that was very heavy on masturbation,  But, overall, I am definitely enjoying it and I’m keen to see how or if Chris gets himself out of the future!

Meant To Read

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Alas, I haven’t been able to read this what I’m sure will be wonderful book! I’m waiting for my boyfriend to be able to read it with me, and we haven’t been able to this month. Hopefully sometime in the year I will finally be able to read it!!!

 

 

 

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May

 

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Such a happy accident that the covers on my May TBR list ended up are all matching colours! Amazing 🙂 🙂

What do you think, any books here you’re interested in as well?

 

Top Ten Tuesday: The Most Unique, Out-there, Quirky Books

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

This Week’s Topic: 10 Must Unique Books I’ve Read. 

I love finding and reading unique books, it’s always a pleasant surprise and something I’m constantly looking for when I read books. There are times I  enjoy something a little predicable or easy, but I much prefer books that make me think wow, that’s different.  So, for this weeks TTT I thought up the best standalone books I can think of that are a combination of super unique, original, quirky, strange, otherworldly, startling etc, etc. Yaya!

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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami 

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Murakami is well known for his weird, completely out of this world novels. At least, that’s how I see it based on the books of his I’ve read. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is probably the strangest book I’ve ever read and I love that about it.  Half the time I had no idea what was going on, but there was a lot of fun in that.

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Vurt by Jeff Noon

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Noon’s Vurt is apparently not a standalone like I thought, but it deserves to be on this list as one as I’ve only read it and not its sequel. This book will make you think you’re high. That’s the only way I can explain it without giving anything at all away. I’ve never been high literally, but I think I might know what it feels like at least a little bit a from reading this book!

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The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

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Oh, wowie!! David Mitchell and his time-travelling, multi-character extravagances! I love The Bone Clocks. It’s a true masterpiece and so, so brilliantly bizarre and unexpected and clever. I have no words for how amazing this book is!

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Anything That Isn’t This by Chris Priestly 

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I’ve praised this book a few times on my blog already, and I must say it’s definitely up there with the most unique books I’ve ever read. It’s the bleak, eerie setting that’s most unique about Anything That Isn’t This, alongside the fact that Priestly doesn’t at all hand you all the details you need to know to understand what exactly is going on. I think it’s really clever in a subtle and beautiful way.

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All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

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I have also blogged about this book a couple of times recently. All The Birds In The Sky is the perfect mix of magic, intrigue, quirky characters and a beautifully weird writing style. While I still have to say that too-fast unravelling of the story at its end disappointed me, it still deserves a spot on this list for it’s perfectly sarcastic humour, intelligently weird characters and unique plot.

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

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Oscar Wao is one of my favourite fictional characters and this book is a masterpiece in diversity, humour and heartbreak, among other things. It deserves a spot on this list because I’ve never read anything quite like it and because Junot Diaz deserves all the praise.

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The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

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A novel by Jeffrey Eugenides just had to be on this list and I’m very happy for it to be The Virgin Suicides. I’ve never read a book like this before, for a lot of reasons whether it be the content in general or the fact that it’s told to us from an outsider, a character that we actually never meet. It’s an extraordinary piece of storytelling and I love it.

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Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

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Shades of Grey is young adult sci-fi at its best. I love the whole concept of a grey world with the different systems of colours, and just thinking about this novel makes me want to re-read it. When is the sequel coming omg??

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The Road by Cormac McCarthy

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The Road  is simply amazing. I can’t even. Just read it and you’ll know why it belongs on this list.

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I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

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I’ll Give You The Sun is one of the best books I’ve ever read in my entire life and I love it to pieces. It’s my favourite YA book of all time. It’s amazing. Jandy Nelson has one of the most unique writing styles in existence and omgosh dnsdnfnwenfwenfjnfje. Seriously, this book!! How can I even begin to describe how brilliant it is!!

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Watership Down by Richard Adams

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I couldn’t really complete this list without also including a shout-out to my favourite book, Watership Down. I mean, it’s a book told from the perspective of rabbits! How more unqiue can you get?? 😀

Well, that’s my TTT for this week (a little bit late, but at least I actually posted one for once!) What do you think? What books would you have put on yours?

March Wrap Up and April TBR

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Although I have been so incredibly slack with blogging this month, having not posted anything since my last Wrap Up/TBR post, March has otherwise been a pretty good month. I’ve eaten far too much junk food (given that my boyfriend and I basically decided it was time to celebrate Easter early on multiple occasions), enjoyed working at a number of different schools with some fantastic kids, seen Little Comets play in Manchester and became obsessed with The Office (US). I’ve also spent a lot of time with my nose in some seriously good books, so here they are!

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I finally, FINALLY read Philip Pullman’s MASTERPIECE! I’ve always meant to read His Dark Materials and I am so happy that I finally have. What can I say about this amazing series?! Really, I need to write out a proper review as it deserves more than just a quick little praise. It was magical, heartbreaking, hopeful. It was unlike everything I have ever read or dreamed of. I am in awe of this story and wish I could re-read it to experience it all again. Keep an eye out for a proper review, I fully intend to write one!

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I enjoyed this way more than I expected to. Don’t be put off by the silly, cliche tagline! It’s actually a really good read and story about two teenagers who find and help each other. Don’t think for a second that, though the plot sounds as though it’ll be like so many other YA contemporaries, there’s not a whole lot to the book, because there is, especially in regard to the characters! They’re really great, and I guarantee they’ll have you smiling and crying.

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This was an amazing read, super fascinating and unlike anything I’ve read before. It does indeed have Curious Dog in the Nighttime feel to it, but it’s got its own unique story and I was taken away by it. Budo, Max’s imaginary friend, is a great character and narrator, his voice is wonderful. This book is surprising, honest and a great look into what it’s like to be an imaginary friend, especially when your human friend is in desperate need of saving.  Just brilliant.

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I wasn’t planning to read this book this month, but I ended up reading it over a couple of days. It’s one of those perfect YA contemporaries you can just relax into. I loved the concept of Steffie, whose a selective mute, falling for Rhys, whose deaf, and the complications this caused for their blooming romance. It was really sweet and touching. But what I liked most about the book was Steffie herself. I thought the way she was written was spot on and hilarious. I also loved how Edinburgh, as one of my favourite cities, made its way into the storyline. Over all, a nice little gem of a book :).

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Looks like a great month of reading if I do say so myself! 😀

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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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 🙂

 

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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!

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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 :).

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Attachments by Rainbow Rowell 

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

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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!

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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? 🙂

 

 

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?