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

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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!

1)

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?

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Love Stories

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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? 🙂

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite 2016 Reads

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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!

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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 :).

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The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder

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A surprising and really touching read :).

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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!

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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.

 

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History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

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Can’t wait to read this one soon!!

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Girl Mans Up by M.E Girard

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Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner

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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 😛

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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!!

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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 🙂

 

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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.”

 

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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.”

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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.”

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Chris Priestley

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Anything That Isn’t This

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

 

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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.”

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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”

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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.”

 

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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.”

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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.”

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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? 🙂

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Gifts

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The Topic This Week: Holiday Gift Guide Freebie

For this Gift Freebie I chose Bookish things that I think would be great gifts for booklovers (and for myself :P). I found all of these on Etsy, where there are loads of awesome bookish gifts to check out!!

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Book/Author Quote Prints on Dictionary Pages

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Soy Candles That Smell Like Bookshops

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Book Charm Necklaces

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Cute Bookmarks

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Adorable Mugs

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Book Covers Printed on Wood

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HP Key Hanger (or whatever you’d call it)

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Snuggly Booknerd Jumpers 🙂

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Cute Prints

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Personalised Book Notebooks!

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What do you think of these for gifts, is there anyone you’d buy them for? Or would you get them for yourself? 🙂