The Fall Book Tag

This tag was created by Shanah from Bionic Book Worm. All graphic credits go to her as well. This has been doing the rounds I’ve noticed the last couple of week so I thought that I would jump on the wagon with everyone else. Plus, as it’s Autumn, it seems appropriate. I also loved the graphics, do you blame me?! I’m doing this with books that I’ve read this year, and this year only.


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Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I loved the take on the Queen of Hearts and how she got to how we know her in Alive in Wonderland.
Heartless

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The Missing Twin by Alex Day. I still didn’t see any of it coming when it was to do with Edie.

The Missing Twin

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This could be one of many books this year.  The most recent that I loved, and most importantly dished out on the warm and fuzzy’s would be The Christmas Holiday by Maxine Morrey.

The Christmas Holiday

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I’ve gone with yellow, and there have been quite a few of them this year.
You Had Me at Merlot: The Complete Novel  The Woolly Hat Knitting Club: A gorgeous, uplifting romantic comedy Cocktails and Dreams

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. Need I say more?!?!
Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

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I’ll answer this one with what I want to read by the end of the year, well maybe 3 that I want to have read by the end of the year.
The Crow Garden by Alison Littlewood
City of Circles by Jess Richards
A Time To Change by Callie Langridge
A Time to Change by [Langridge, Callie] The Crow Garden by [Littlewood, Alison] City of Circles by [Richards, Jess]

 

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This Is My Genre, Tell Me Yours Book Tag

I found this tag over on Reading every night, you can read their post HERE.  I loved reading her answers and thought that I would share what my favourite genre is!!!!

This is My Genre, Tell Me Yours Book Tag

Rules:

  • Credit the bad bad Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek as the creator of the tag. Either use the created tag name graphic or create your own and link back to his blog.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag as many people as you want.

What’s your favourite genre?

I’m going to have to pick two genres:  Romance and Fantasy.

Fantasy is a huge genre to cover.  I just love the ideas of other worlds, magic, elves, vampires.. You get the idea.

Romance as a whole.  It doesn’t have to come under just romance, it can be under different genres as well. Such as chic-lit, or paranormal, or thrillers, crime, fantasy.


Who is your favourite author from the genre?

For Fantasy it would be Leigh Bardugo.  I would do anything to be able to read The Grisha Trilogy and Six of Crows duology for the first time again.

Shadow and Bone (Grisha, #1)  Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)  Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

For Romance it would be Karen Swan. Her books always take place somewhere I would love to visit. Her characters always feel real, the way she portrays romance is beautiful and just warming.

The Paris Secret  The Perfect Present    The Rome Affair


What is it about the genre that keeps you pulling back?

Fantasy: The magic, the endless possibilities, the worlds that are created.
Romance: The happy endings, just the whole idea of love.


What’s the book that started your love for your favourite genre?

Fantasy: The first fantasy books I can remember ever reading are the Harry Potter books but I wouldn’t say that it was those that got me into the genre.  If I had to pin it all on one book for the whole genre… it would probably be between The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind or the His dark Materials series by Philip Pullman.
Romance: Again, I would not be able to tell you what book it was exactly that got me into Romance.  I can remember reading a Jill Mansell book and really enjoying it.  Then there are books that don;t really come under romance as a genre but do have it within them.  I always find myself looking for a little romance in books.  Obviously it doesn’t have to be there for me to enjoy the book though.


If you had to recommend at least one book from your favourite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading the genre, what would you choose and why?

For Fantasy I would probably recommend all the ones I have mentioned up above.  They all have something special about them for different reasons.

For Romance I would more than likely recommend them something extremely light-hearted like Carole Matthews or Jill Mansell, Milly Johnson.


Why do you read?

Because it is an escape, whatever the genre.  I love the feel of escaping to a far off country, a new world, or a city you just really want to visit. I love that people get happy endings, or have magical possibilities, or find their true calling in life. I love that there are people who make all this possible, the people who put in the tears, the anger, everything that it takes to make an amazing book.  I love being able to have an image in my mind of what I think it all looks like, then to have a conversation with someone else and they imagine it in a completely different way to myself.


My tags:

Everyone and anyone!!! Send me your link if you’ve already done this tag or plan on doing it!!!

My Life In Books Tag

This tag was originally created by One World, Too Many Pages.


A book for each initial of your name

Z – The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

O – Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

E – Eeny Meeny by M. J. Arlidge

Why do I have to have such awkward letters!!?!? I’ve read the last 2 but not the first, although I would give it a try.


Age – count along your bookshelf

Being 28, it’ll be The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials #2) by Philip Pullman.  Or, as I’m only 4/5 weeks away from my birthday it’ll be The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials #3)
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2)   The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)


A book that represents a destination you would love to travel to

Last Dance in Havana by Rosanna Ley for Cuba.  I’d love to go to Cuba.  Or The Saffron Trail by Rosanna Ley for Marrakech.

Last Dance in Havana   The Saffron Trail


Favourite colour

My favourite colour is green or yellow.  I’ve really struggled with finding these colours on book covers!! I’ve gone for The Food of Love Cookery School by Nicky Pellegrino for yellow, if you love food then this book is for you!!! It was a wonderful book. For green I’ve picked The Vintage Teacup Club by Vanessa Greene.
The Food Of Love Cookery School
The Vintage Teacup Club


Fondest Memories of

I’d have to choose The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow.  This was the book that got me back to reading after having my boy.  I hadn’t read throughout my whole pregnancy, and I missed it so much.  This book got me through the dreaded night feeds and other sleepless hours.  It wasn’t the sort of book I would have picked up pre-baby, and it has introduced me to a whole new selection of books.
The Forgotten Seamstress


Most difficult to read

I’ve struggled to think of one for this… Probably The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I read this back in college on a recommendation and it didn’t sit well with me at all.


Which book in your TBR pile will you get the most satisfaction/biggest sense of accomplishment from?

I can’t pick just one.  All the ARCs, all the other review copies and everything to do with reviewing/blogging has been an huge accomplishment.  I never thought that I would have the opportunity or chance to do anything like what I am doing now.

Mid-Year Freak-Out Book Tag

So, I read this over on Thrice Read and thought that as we in fact 6 months, nearly 7 months, into the year that I would do just a general post with this book-tag.
Just for an update: My Goodreads Reading Challenge is set at 100 again for this year, and currently I am reading book number 69.  I seem to have been flowing through this year, without struggles or what not.

On to the Book Tag questions I go….

Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2017

I can’t decide on just one book, so here is the top 5 so far.

The Little Café of Second Chances by J.D. Barrett    The Perfect Present by Karen Swan   Heartless by Marissa Meyer   The Rome Affair by Karen Swan   The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley

I’ve picked (In no particular order):

  • The Little Cafe of Second Chances by J. D Barrett
  • The Perfect Present by Karen Swan
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • The Rome Affair by Karen Swan
  • The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley

All of them have something special about them, all of them being exceptional books.

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2017

 

Oh, god… I think I’ve only read 2 sequels this year.. If you can even call them sequels

Turn Towards the Sun by Emma   Davies   Secrets and Fries at the Starlight Diner by Helen Cox

The ones that I have read are:

  • Turn Towards the Sun by Emma Davies
  • Secrets & Fries at the Starlight Diner by Helen Cox

Again, both great books, I would not be able to pick my favourite one.

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet but Want To

      

They are all very, very different books.  I’m excited to read Kat French’s The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach purely because I have loved all of her others.  One Hot Summer was one of my favourite reads on 2016.  Godblind has had so much hype, I see it everywhere on social media at the moment, it isn’t something I would probably pick up straight away but I’m really excited to eventually get to this one in a couple of weeks!! Flame in The Mist’s cover looks stunning, that’s what attracted me first but it does sound like a pretty amazing story.

Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of the Year

   

These are the only 2 I have covers for, the third book would be an upcoming Lynsey James book, I believe it’s coming about October time (well, that’s when I’m booked in for a blog tour).  The above books are: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody and The Honey Farm on the Hill by Jo Thomas.  Why am I excited for theses? Ok, the first book includes a circus, I love books like this.  And the second? Jo Thomas. her books always make me feel warm, loved, happy. They are pretty special books.

Biggest Disappointment

Caraval (Caraval, #1)

This is easy for me. Caraval by Stephanie Garber.  I was expecting so, so much for this book. But.. I just didn’t particularly enjoy it. I got the story, the characters, I understood everything and the world of Caraval was certainly magical but I just didn’t enjoy it all. There were parts that just didn’t really fit the book, the magical setting.

Biggest Surprise

Seven Steps to Happiness by Stella Newman   Birthrights by J. Kyle McNeal

Seven Steps to Happiness by Stella Newman and Birthrights by J. Kyle Mcneal. Both completely different books but I was pleasantly surprised by both.

Favorite New Author

Without a doubt, Karen Swan.  I think I have read 3 of hers this year, and each book has giving me something amazing from it.   The ones I’ve read are The Rome Affair are The Perfect Present. I’ve got a couple more either on my kindle or my bookcase and I plan on reading both before the year is out.

Favorite New Crush

Hmmm…. Sam Carlton from Summer’s Lease by Carrie Elks or Maverick from Lost Rider by Harper Sloan. Both very sexy, hot men.

Summer's Lease by Carrie Elks   Lost Rider by Harper Sloan

Favorite New Characters

I can’t pick, I honestly cannot pick.  There are characters that stand out at me while looking at me list of books read this year.  Like Dade from The Breaking Light by Heather Hansen, Cesca and Sam from Summer’s Lease by Carrie Elks, Catherine from Heartless by Marissa Meyer, and Whym and Quint from Birthrights by J. Kyle McNeal.

Summer's Lease by Carrie Elks   The Breaking Light by Heather    Hansen   Heartless by Marissa Meyer   Birthrights by J. Kyle McNeal

Books That Made You Cry

I don’t think any have made me cry so far this year.  It’s been a close thing, but no definite tears which is highly unlike me.

A Book That Made You Happy

Can I just say all the ones I’ve rated 4 stars or higher? I don’t think I could even pick 5 of them to be honest.

Most Beautiful Books You’ve Bought So Far This Year

The Chalk Artist   The Waking Land (The Waking Land Series)   The Night Circus   Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

I haven’t read any of these yet.  I was sent The Chalk Artist by Allegra Goodman and The Waking Land by Callie Bates for review, and I was lucky enough to be given Waterstones vouchers as a gift so The Night Circus was a must buy, along with Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.

What Books Do You Need to Read Before the End of the Year?

My whole Netgalley shelf? Impossible as that is though, I’ll select a few that I’m planning blog posts for in the future couple of months.

            Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark, #1)      The Waking Land (The Waking Land Series)         The Stolen Marriage   Two By Two   Keep Me Safe (Seal Island #1)

So, there’s 12.  Hopefully I’ll get round to reading them all, and hopefully I’ll get to do a blog post on each of them.  The list is:

  • Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict
  • The House of Secrets by Sarra Manning
  • The Inheritance by Angie Coleman
  • The Outcasts of Time by Ian Mortimer
  • Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth
  • The Summer of Serendipity by Ali McNamara
  • The Waking Land by Callie Bates
  • Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
  • From Rome With Love by Jules Wake
  • The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain
  • Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks
  • Keep Me Safe by Daniela Sacerdoti

So, how has your first 6 months of reading in 2017 been? Have you got some disappointments? Or some big surprises? I’d love to hear if you have or not!!

 

Book Tag: Mid-Year Freak Out 2016

I saw this tag on Keeper of Pages and Jill’s Book Cafe and really enjoyed reading their posts so I thought I would do my own!! Why don’t you head over to their posts and read about their mid-year favourites??

Best book you’ve read yet in 2016

I’m going to have to pick my top 4 of the year so far.  I’m stuck between these 4:
Letters to the Lost   One Hot Summer: A laugh-out-loud love story   Last Dance in Havana   We Are All Made of Stars

These books have all made me laugh, feel happy, gripped me and made me lose sleep.
Letters to the Lost
One Hot Summer
Last Dance in Havana
We Are All Made of Stars

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2016

Again, I can’t choose.  This time it’s 2 books.  I always tend to start a series and rarely finish it, but these are the sequels I’ve made sure I’ve read.  Neither are newly published books, but I don’t think anyone really cares do they?
The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #2)   Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)
The Invasion of The Tearling
Siege and Storm

Siege and Storm introduced one of the best characters of the series, and The Invasion of The Tearling has left me with even more questions than I started with!!

New release you haven’t read yet but want to

This one is easy, as it was published a few days after I finished the first book, An Ember In The Ashes. The sequel, A Torch Against The Night, has been on my wishlist ever since!!
A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, Book 2) by [Tahir, Sabaa]
A Torch Against The Night

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

I’ve got this on my Kindle reading for reading and reviewing and I have loved every other single book by her.
Small Great Things by [Picoult, Jodi]
Small Great Things

But, saying that, Victoria Hislop has a new book being published as well so maybe I’ll add that:
Cartes Postales from Greece by [Hislop, Victoria]
Cartes Postales from Greece

Biggest disappointment

I’ve been disappointed by so many books this year!! There’s been loads that people have raved on and on about, building the hype and they’ve just fallen flat on their face for me. The 4 I can think of straight away are:
The Girl on the Train   All the Light We Cannot See   The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane: The funny, feel-good read of the summer  The Cosy Teashop in the Castle by Caroline   Roberts

The Girl on The Train
All The Light We Cannot See
The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane
The Cosy Teashop in the Castle

Biggest surprise

Hands down, it has to be Escape to the Riviera by Jules Wake.  Anyone who read my review will remember that I tried starting this book god knows how many times and failing to get into it. I was determined and stuck with it and ended up giving it 5/5.  I loved this book and still highly recommend it!!!
Escape to the Riviera
Escape to the Riviera

Favourite new author

This one is Kat French.  The 2 books I’ve read this year have been fun, funny, romantic, and her men are real men who I have falling madly and deeply in love with (I’m still looking of my order form for my own Robinson).  I laugh, cry, fall in love, fall out of love, and feel every other emotion when reading her books!! I’ve added another of her books to my bookcase in the last few weeks as well.
Her books published so far are:
Undertaking Love   The Piano Man Project   One Hot Summer: A laugh-out-loud love story
Kat French Amazon Page

Newest fictional crush

This book is on a roll on this post!! This will be the third time it’s popped up! It’s Robinson from One Hot Summer by Kat French. Complete knee weaking, swoon-worthy hunk of an American cowboy… Gosh….  I can imagine Scott Eastwood **Fans myself from hot-flushes!!** playing him if it ever gets made into a film.
One Hot Summer: A laugh-out-loud love story

Newest favourite character

I have two, both from the same book.
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)
Laia and Elias from An Ember in The Ashes.  They worked perfectly together, had a great chemistry and were written beautifully.  It was great to read his story as well as hers, we always just get the girls!

Books that made you cry

This one is easy, there have been a few this year.  It’s been an emotional year for me, and I do love to have a good weep from time to time!!
We Are All Made of Stars   Letters to the Lost   The Last Letter from Your Lover

Book That Made You Happy

What book doesn’t make me happy?!  But I’ll say this one as it’s the first one I thought about:
Late Summer in the Vineyard
Late Summer in the Vineyard

Favourite book to film adaptation

Hmm.. This is a tough one.  I don’t think many of the books I’ve read have been turned into films recently so I’ll say:
Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)
Me Before You
Me Before You has to be my book of 2015.  I’d been putting off reading it for months and months, probably even years but then I thought to myself “It’s Time”.   So I read it, I cried.. A lot.. And the more I thought about the book afterwards, the more I cried.  I watched the film when it was released earlier this year and guess what, yep, I cried. A lot.  they portrayed the book perfectly I thought, and although I originally couldn’t see the people cast in the roles, it worked out wonderfully.

Favourite post you’ve done this year.

Probably this one. I’ve only got one Blog Tour under my belt, with another on the way.  I’ve yet to do any author Q&A’s or giveaways.  Plus, this one has made me really think about what I’ve read this year.

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

Just a select few from my shelves (or should I say the ones I remember???):

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)   Christmas at the Little Village Bakery  Holding                               You And Me, Always   The Thousandth Floor