FORGETTABLE BOOKS

This weeks Top Five Wednesday topic is books we found to be forgettable. These books may be ones you loved or hated whilst reading, but ultimately just don’t remember them. For me, these were books I rated roughly between two to three (out of five) stars. Because books I really didn’t enjoy, I actually remember why (and with a burning passion.) Same goes for the books that I love. However the books I thought were mediocre or below average made this list.

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SIX OF CROWS BY LEIGH BARDUGO | Spoiler Free Review

23437156Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series or Standalone: Six of Crows #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publication Date: September 29th 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★★★

Six of Crows was undeniably the best way to kick of my reading year in 2018 and easily became an instant favourite.

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BOOKISH THINGS I’M A GRINCH ABOUT

This weeks topic is a light hearted discussion about petty things we hate in books! I have plenty of those and had heaps of fun writing this list of bookish things that turn me into a grinch. I predominantly found my ‘issues’ were based upon certain books or inspired by certain books.

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FAVOURITE CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Todays discussion is a Top 5 Wednesday topic where I’ll be discussing my favourite children’s books (or middle grade books) this week! This list consists of books that were mostly read in my childhood, so I apologise in advance if I have very little to say about them.

Personally, I very rarely dabble in books that are children’s or middle grade books, as I typically don’t enjoy juvenile aspects. However I can appreciate the following books in this list for what they were!

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NERVE BY JEANNE RYAN | Spoiler Free Review

SERIES: Standalone
GENRE: Young Adult, Thriller and Mystery
PUBLISHER: Dial Books
PAGES: 304 pages (Hardcover edition)
RATING: ★☆☆☆☆

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Vee doesn’t know if she has the guts to play NERVE, an anonymous online game of dares. But whoever’s behind the game knows exactly what she wants, enticing her with lustworthy prizes and a sizzling-hot partner. With Ian on her team, it’s easy to agree to another dare. And another. And another. At first it’s thrilling as the Watchers cheer them on to more dangerous challenges. But suddenly the game turns deadly. Will Vee and Ian risk their lives for the Grand Prize dare, or will they lose NERVE?

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The Chronicles of Alice by Christina Henry | Spoiler Free Review

SERIES: THE CHRONICLES OF ALICE
GENRE: FANTASY, HORROR, RETELLINGS AND ADULT
PUBLISHER: ACE
PAGES: Alice and Red Queen: 291 pages (Paperback edition)
RATING: ★★★☆☆

‘Alice knew well, better than anyone, the dangers of curiosity.’

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard | Spoiler Free Review

21414439Series: The Witchlands, Book One

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult and Romance

Publisher: Tor Teen

Rating: ★★★★☆

I found that I had a really interesting and unexpected experience whilst listening to Truthwitch via Audiobook. At first, I was a little less than impressed. A lot of the criticisms that I’d heard about this book following its release rang true. However upon finishing this book, I was in disbelief I contemplated DNF’ing it earlier on, because by the end I was absolutely enthralled with the story and the characters. 

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Most Anticipated New Book Releases 2017

Whilst I’m typically a reader who gravitates towards backlist books more often than new releases – purely because I borrow 95% of books from the library and new releases aren’t easy to come across – a short amount of new releases do make it onto my radar that I can’t help but be excited for. I’ve tried to keep this list short and concise with only 13 books, enjoy!

June 

June 1st, The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett – This is an adult science fiction book with a really interesting premise. I’m mostly intrigued by the apocalyptic theme that will be present within this one.

June 27th, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee – I typically don’t read historical fiction but I’ve heard this book is so much fun and a ‘big gay 18th century road trip novel’ which also leaves me really excited. (This video by the author also made me really excited about this novel!)

July

July 11th, Because You Love to hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy – I blame V.E. Schwab for 31450752getting me hooked on villains with her novel Vicious. This anthology is different to most as booktubers are paired with authors to write one short story about a villainous protagonist. It features 13 authors, some of my favourites include Susan Dennard, Marissa Meyer and Victoria Schwab.

July 11th, Final Girls by Riley Sager – This story is about girls who were the only survivors of massacres, until the first ‘final girl’ of a massacre is found dead and now it’s believed that someone is trying to kill off all ‘final girls.’ That may have been a really poor explanation of this book but it’s what intrigued me to pick up this horror novel!

August

August 29th, Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo – This book is undoubtedly my very most anticipated release. I’m really excited for the upcoming novelisation of DC 29749085Icons, starting with Wonder Woman of course. I’ve only read Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy, and although I wasn’t a fan of the entire series, I was positively addicted to her writing style. I’m really confident in this author and DC Icon couple!

August 29th, An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors by Curtis Caddock – I know very little about this book other than it’s a science fiction novel about a polymath princess and really that’s convinced me to read it. I also want to broaden my reading and I’m starting with science fiction!

 

September

September 12th, Warcross by Marie Lu – Marie Lu is a highly acclaimed author in the young adult book community. I’ve honestly only read Legend and I wasn’t really smitten with it. However this book about virtual reality and spies appeals to me very much. I believe the main character is a hacker.. and it’s making me reminiscent of the MTV show Eye Candy.

September 26th, There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins – marketed as a ‘fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted’ I hope Perkins delivers with this young adult horror story!

October

October 3rd, Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore – I’m really interested to read more 33158561magical realism books

October 10th, All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater – I know very little about this book and I think I’m going to keep it that way. But I’ve been having some serious withdrawals since the finale to The Raven Boys cycle.

November

November 7th, Renegades by Marissa Meyer – I read Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles a while back and those books were so much fun. I’m excited to see her tackling something that isn’t a fairy tale retelling (even though she has a knack for those!)

No set release date:

Fall Boys & Dizzy in Paradise by Jandy Nelson – I loved Nelson’s I’ll Give You The Sun and am so excited for this book as it’s also seems to follow sibling relationships. I’m not crazy about this title though as it is quite odd!

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab – There is so little information about the Vicious sequel and I’m doubtful it will be release this year because of the lack of updates and knowledge on goodreads. It seems to be on a ‘can’t wait books of 2017’ list but it could potentially be a 2018 release.

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Thanks for reading as always and please let me know if you have any anticipated releases you need to get to this year! Carly

 

 

 

 

MID YEAR BOOK FREAK OUT TAG

Hello everyone! Sorry for being very M.I.A lately, this exam season was rough. I thought I’d revive this blog with a good tag! I’ve scoured my ‘read-in-2017’ shelf on goodreads (side note: thank you GR for existing, you make tags so much easier) and of the 40 something books I’ve read so far, this is what I was able to conjure up…

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Best book you’ve read so far in 2017

It’s a three way tie between Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017

I haven’t read many sequels and the few I have read haven’t been that enjoyable… so I’ve decided to go with Becky Albertalli’s companion novel to Simon vs. The Homosapiens agenda; The Upside of Unrequited

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

I have been number one of the waitlist for Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare for months and I can’t handle the wait much longer

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

!!!Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo!!! Have I made my excitement clear?!!!

Biggest disappointment

Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica, there are a few reasons I disliked this and the majority can be attributed to the fact I listened to it via audiobook

Biggest surprise

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – I had heard many criticisms about this and my expectations were a little low, however I was so charmed by the characters and impressed with the intricacy of this world. I can’t wait to see how it’s improved upon in the forthcoming books.

Hunted by Meagan Spooner – I honestly didn’t want to read about a girl who “isn’t like the other girls” but this book surprisingly didn’t go down that road and this retelling of Beauty and the Beast was really enjoyable.

Favourite new author (debut or new to you)

Susan Dennard, author of the Witchland series and Something Strange and Deadly series.

Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give.

Newest fictional crush

Merik from Truthwitch gives me Chaol Westfall vibes circa Crown of Midnight and I was LIVING for it.

Newest favourite character

Madeline McKenzie from Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty is my soul sister

Book that made you cry

The Upside of Unrequited was so relatable and The Hate U Give was too real and I love them both so much even though they made me cry.

Book that made you happy

Wonder Woman Volume Two: Year One – the characters from this book were so charming and I loved seeing their relationships with one another develop. (Also it’s the first WW graphic novel I’ve truly enjoyed.)

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

I honestly buy very little books per year, so I will have to go with a library book I technically ‘received’… which would be the UK edition of Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer. So. Damn. Beautiful.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare – I just need this in my life already

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – apparently this series improves? (well, that statement is only true if you weren’t 100% satisfied with ACOTAR)

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – I’ve been meaning to read this one since it’s release but the hype still hasn’t DIED

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This tag was co-created by readlikewildfire and earlgreybooks!

Thanks for reading as always!

Favorite LGBTQ+ Reads

Todays discussion is a Top 5 Wednesday topic where we’ll be discussing favourite books that feature LGBTQ+ characters or are by LGBTQ+ authors. Here is a link to the group if you’d like to participate in any discussions.

I’m really excited for today’s discussion, as I haven’t done a T5W in a while. But I’m also really excited because as a queer reader, I get to talk about LGBTQ+ books.

Of course I had to cheat this week and recommend a little over five books – so hopefully there will be something for everybody looking to get into LGBT+ fiction.

Highly Commended –  If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

The protagonist, Sahar is so thoughtful and I loved following her stream of conscious  Although this book features some mature themes, I do think it’s accessible for a variety of audiences. This book discusses the religious and political aspects regarding homosexuality in Iran exceptionally well.

Honourable Mention – None of The Above by I.W. Gregorio 

The exposition of intersexuality by Gregorio was great. The author does a great job of immersing the reader into Kristen’s shoes, so the reader experiences everything alongside the narrator. More over, the way Gregorio personified her characters was great. I remember it being just a little bit juvenile for me, but other than that it was a great read.

5. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

The most polarizing aspects of this book are the writing style, the main protagonist Aristotle and also the plot or lack thereof. However it absolutely captivated me and I loved reading about Ari and Dante’s budding relationship, it was very sweet and heartfelt. This book is both racially and sexually diverse and the representation of Mexican culture and the family dynamics was particularly great.

4. Jerkbait by Mia Siergert 

An incredibly heartwarming read that deals with a plethora of heavy subjects such as suicide, homophobia and gender stereotyping. Tristan is such a likeable narrator, and watching his relationship with his twin Robbie blossom was one of my favourite aspects of the story. Whilst the story is in Tristan’s perspective, the author also excellently illustrates Robbie’s tragic story unfold through Tristan’s eyes.

3. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

Jandy Nelson’s heavy metaphorically induced writing style made me quite nostalgic about Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me Trilogy. Initially I felt very alienated by it, but as I got to know the characters and essentially became apart of their complicated relationships – I couldn’t help but love this story. In a dual then and now perspective, Nelson illustrates heartbreaking moments between the twins and their journey to reconciliation.

2. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Of all the books I’m recommending to you today, this book is most definitely the tamest in regards to subject matter. It’s a cute, fluffy juvenile read, that felt really modern and I truly believe you can’t go wrong with it if that’s what you’re looking for. The progression of story was great as well. I can’t describe it to you other than how natural it felt. The author manages to construct really meaningful relationships between Simon and his friends and family and also Blue via emails. Also, the book was overall laugh out loud funny.

1. Cam Girl by Elliot Wake (formerly Leah Raeder)

Elliot Wake is one of my favourite authors. He has a hard-hitting, raw prose that is also beautifully lyrical. This book also deals with a lot of societal issues that I really appreciated and is both racially and sexually diverse. Wake is a transgender author, and has other LGBT+ related novels such as Black Iris and Bad Boy.  A lot of his work I would say is relatively dark and mature.

Thank you so much for reading my T5W list. If you have any LGBT+ books to recommend me please let me know in the comment section!