Top Ten Tuesday; New-To-Me Authors Read in 2014

Posted on 9 December, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and this weeks topic is New-To-Me Authors read in 2014


I didn’t actually read that many new authors this year, which I find a little bit sad but these are all the ones I read that truly wow-ed me and I’ll be keeping an eye out for more of their books in the future! (As always, no particular order)

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Victoria Schwab; This year I read Vicious and fell in love. It was such an incredible book, written exceptionally well. I already have two more books written by Victoria and I cannot wait to read them.

Sophia Bennett; I read Sophia’s books because I heard how good she was and I wanted a “wow” book. And I definitely got one! Really enjoyed my first experience of Sophia Bennett and have since read another of hers and liked that one too!

Cammie McGovern; I only read Cammie’s book because I’d been hearing some good things about it but it ended up being a truly fantastic read and Cammie became an author that I will be keeping an eye on!

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Liane Moriarty; I had been hearing lots of good things about Liane’s books and they were constantly being taken out of the library so I gave in and read one of them to see what the fuss was all about. And I loved it. The book was incredibly brilliant and I cannot wait to read more by her.

Julie Cohen; I read Where Love Lies randomly. I saw the cover, read the synopsis and thought it sounded good. And it was good. It was amazing. The book blew me away and I’ll be reading some more of Julie Cohen soon, I’m sure!

Morgan Matson; This is another author that was new to me this year and I’ve already two books by her. I loved Amy & Roger so much, so when I got my hands on her new release of the year, I simply had to read it. I also own her third book and plan to read that very soon!

Ava Dellaira; I got this book as a review copy but I know I had been anticipating it beforehand. It had sounded like a book I would love. And I did love it. It was such a great book and I’m definitely keeping my eye out for more by this author.

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Bridget Tyler; Looking at the cover of this book, I wouldn’t have given it a go. But then I did it as a buddy read with Caroline and I was glad we did because I loved this book so much. It was a lot more than I thought it was going to be. I would definitely read more by Bridget in a heartbeat.

Carmen Reid; I don’t generally like reading historical fiction books but there is something about war books that always pulls me in, and this book did exactly that. I knew it would work for me but I had no idea it would be such an amazingly brilliant book. I truly enjoyed this book and will read anything else by Cameron straightaway.

Crystal Chan; One of the first books I read this year was Bird and it was a book that quite literally flew me away. It took me out of this world and into the world of the book and I became entranced. I loved it so much and wish that more people appreciated the brilliance of this small, cute, lovely story.


And that’s everything! But what about you? What are some of your favourite new-to-you authors of this year?

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Posted on 9 December, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments


Top Ten Tuesday; Sequels I Can’t Wait For

Posted on 18 November, 2014 by Faye - 4 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and this weeks topic is sequels I cannot wait for!


I’ve cheated a little bit on this where I’ve chosen five books I cannot wait to be released and five books I cannot wait to read. Because, let’s face it, I have sequels I can’t wait to read that I already own. Ooops.

Sequels I Cannot Wait to be Released

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Ensnared by A. G. Howard; There are not enough words to describe how much I cannot wait for the end of this trilogy. How does it end?

Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman; I LOVED Seraphina and so I really need to dive back into that world. It has been a long time since it was released and so I really just want the sequel. Now please?

The Forgotten Crown by Julie Kagawa; This one hasn’t even had its cover released yet but I’ve been BEGGING to read it ever since I finished The Iron Traitor. Talk about a cliffhanger!

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All That Glitters by Holly Smale; I love the Geek Girl books so much. I really cannot wait to see where Harriet Manners will go next!

Hunting The Dark by Karen Mahoney; Another one without a cover yet! The release date of this one keeps being pushed back but I think it’s definitely coming out next year and I really, really, cannot wait!

Sequels I Cannot Wait to Read

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Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas; How have I STILL not read this one yet? I keep seeing it on my bookshelf and kick myself for not getting to it yet but I will read it soon, I promise!

Lady Theif by A. C. Gaughen; This is one book that I was not going to live America without. It was one I was DESPERATE to read. And I will be reading it before the end of the year. I will.

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Deliverance by C. J. Redwine; It is the END of the trilogy and I should really find out what happens. But of course, I have little time and also I’m SCARED. I don’t know how I’ll deal with all the emotions this book is sure to bestow. Soon.

Delete by Kim Curran; Admittedly I put off reading this one because of the Strange Chemistry stuff and because I knew it was one book I would need to FOCUS on when reading. Now that there is a publisher for this book, I hope to get to it really soon and finally, sadly, say goodbye to all these fabulous characters.

Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer; *sheds all the tears* I was desperate to get my hands on this book because I LOVE this series SO MUCH. But at the same time, I have not been strong enough to say goodbye. And thus I have yet to read it. But I will have to do so sometime. But just… *sniff*


And that’s everything! Or well, the top ten! There are still LOADS more sequels I want to read and cannot wait to be released but there we go!

What can you not wait for?

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Posted on 18 November, 2014 by Faye - 4 Comments


Top Ten Tuesday; Books I Want to Re-Read

Posted on 4 November, 2014 by Faye - 7 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and this weeks topic is Bokks I Want to Re-Read


I love re-reading books. I love how you get to reminisce all your favourite parts, how you get more emotional over certain scenes as you know what will happen next and I love learning all the new things. I also love waiting years between reads so that you only vaguely remember it so the re-read feels fresh and new in a completely different way. So this week I have listed the top ten (*cough* eleven *cough*) books I’d love to re-read – if I could ever find the time! (And, as always, these are in no particular order!)

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell; I read this one at the beginning of this year and just fell in love with it. I felt so in tune with this book and I just want to remember why. I want to be Cather again for a while and to just feel like someone understands.

P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern; I was 15 years old when I read this book and I have never read it again. That’s ten years. The story is still very vivid in my memory (so much so that I really struggled with the film adaptation!) but I would love to re-read it and re-live the magic that is this book.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead; I only read this at the beginning of the year but it’s one I want to re-read before I continue on with the series because I want to experience reading this series in quick succession because it is so good. (Well, I think it is but so far I’ve only read this one!

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Divergent by Veronica Roth; I read this book nearly three years ago now and have never read it again. I wanted to before Allegiant came out but never got around to it. But I really want to jump back into the beginning of this world and remember how it all began.

Black Heart Blue by Louisa Reid; This book was so good that I found it difficult to do anything else and ended up reading it in a whole day. I really want to re-read this one and remind myself how amazing and powerful it was.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman; I remember so much about this book but I’m also vague on a lot of details. I do know I loved this book and with the second one out very soon, I really want to re-read this one and just get pulled into this magical story once more.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas; If you’ve heard me rave about Sarah J. Maas before then you’ll know that this is one book that I really, truly love. But all the small details from this book are disappearing and I’d really love to re-read this book, the novellas and the second book before I read Heir of Fire – but I’m sure it won’t happen, unfortunately.

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Defiance by C. J. Redwine; In all honest truthness, I have forgotten a lot about this book. I know that it is a book that I am incredibly passionate about. It is one that slayed me emotionally and kept my attention and made me fall in love with the characters but once again, the smaller details have gone and I want to recapture them and remind myself why I loved this book.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins; This is another book that I’ve only ever read once (are you sensing a pattern here?) and one that I really want to read again. Guiltily I have watched the film adaptation many times and this is just very sad and bad. Hopefully I’ll re-read this soon!

Lucas by Kevin Brooks; This is, and always be, my favourite ever book. It’s actually not one I talk about on the blog very often – shame on me! – but it was the first book I read that really resonated with me. It didn’t have a happy ending at a time when I was looking for books without happy endings. But I haven’t read it in years and I really need to rectify this.


What about you? What books do you really want to re-read?

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Posted on 4 November, 2014 by Faye - 7 Comments


Halloween; Top Ten “Horror” Movies

Posted on 31 October, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment

Hey All!

It is Halloween today! Personally I’m not the biggest fan of this holiday and not because I’m a scaredy cat but because it all seems a little silly to me now. It was fun when I was younger but now it all just seems… overrated. Or maybe I’m just in a bad mood this year.

ANYWAY.

Despite that, I have decided to bring you a Halloween themed post because I’m nice like that. Today I am listing my top ten “halloween” movies. For me, this is more or less psychological thrillers as opposed to horrors because I find horrors too funny to take seriously and find them scary, but shove a derranged human on screen and I’m running for the door. That stuff could actually happen, you know? Hope you enjoy these films as much as I do!

(pssst. They’re in no particular order, okay?)

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Identity (2003); I watched this film when I was doing my Film A-Levels and I really enjoyed it. I was super transfixed on it and found it to be a really interesting film that can definitely make your heart race!

Secret Window (2004); Okay, I was obssessed with Johnny Depp and then I did a portfolio on his work for A Levels so naturally I had to watch ALL his films. This is one that was truly creepy and kept me on the edge of my seat. A must watch if you haven’t seen it (and you like JD!)

Paranormal Activity (2007); Probably the only actual horror film you’ll find on this list. I wasn’t so much terrified of this film as just feel that it’s one horror film that just worked well. And, admittedly, I did get pretty freaked towards the end of the film. I’m sure you know what I mean if you’ve seen it!

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Shutter Island (2010); This film is incredible. It’s very intense, and keeps your curiosity piqued throughout and then it has one of the best ambiguous endings ever. Definitely a film that I would happily watch over and over – you know, when I want to freak myself out a little bit.

Black Swan (2010); Yet another absolutely fantastic film and one that I really want to go and congratulate the cast and crew personally for. It was intense, spectacular, and really, really, creeped me out while also just being a fabuluous film with a great storyline.

Children of Men (2006); This film definitely sits more in the thriller/action genre but it is one that is sure to get your heart racing. It is a very intriguing film that I really love and have watched a fair few times now.

Source Code (2011); What a brilliant piece of filmmaking! The storyline of this film is really complex and it is just such a fantastic film that I really love. I have yet to re-watch this one but I will do so soon because it is really, really good.

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28 Days Later (2002); Zombies. Destruction. Waking up alone. Really, what’s not to love? This film is intense, well-filmed, and really makes you think about what you would do if you were to wake up and find that you are, potentially, the only human being left alive.

Let the Right One In (2008); This film is incredibly beautiful. I know horror movies are not designed to be described as beautiful but this one definitely is. The cinematography in this film is just so perfect. The story is intensely creepy and yet I still love it. But if you really can’t stand subtitles, you can try watching the American version Let Me In, but I can promise you that it’s no where near as good.

Dreamcatcher (2003); This is one of the first Stephen King horror adaptations that I ever watched (and I was probably 14?) but I truly loved it. It is one that I did find hysterically funny but because it is a film that has stayed with me, I HAD to include it with this list. I loved the idea of this film, no matter how disturbing and odd it was. Let’s face it, Stephen King is a damned legend!

And that’s everything!

What about you? What are your favourite movies to watch for Halloween?

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Posted on 31 October, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment


Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Reads

Posted on 28 October, 2014 by Faye - 6 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and this weeks topic is Top Ten Books/Movies To Read Or Watch To Get In The Halloween Spirit


For this topic I have chosen five books I’ve read and five books I really want to read!

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All of these books I found to be exciting, thrilling, and naturally – horrifying. They may not be your “classic” horrors, but I much prefer psychological thrillers! These are all YA reads too!

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Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake
Croak by Gina Damico
Say Her Name by James Dawson

Into The Grey by Celine Kiernan
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

To Read

These are books that I have heard so much about and cannot wait to read!

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Rain by Virginia Bergin
The 100 Society by Carla Bradberry
Glimpse by Kendra Leighton

Something Strange and Deadly

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Something Strange and Deadly


What about you? Which Halloween reads do you like? Or do you want to read?

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Posted on 28 October, 2014 by Faye - 6 Comments


Top Ten Tuesday; Books on my Fall TBR

Posted on 23 September, 2014 by Faye - 4 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and this weeks topic is top ten books on your fall TBR


As per usual, these books are not in any particular order and even though I REALLY want to read them all, I probably won’t have them all read by the end of Fall but there we go…

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Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas; Really, REALLY need to read this one and stop being put off by emotions and its size!

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang; I’ve been wanting to read this one since I heard about it, and got a copy of it, at BEA in May. I WILL read it soon!

Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little; This one just sounds so intriguing and as a library book needs to be returned soon, so…

The Things I'd Miss Starring Kitty The cure for Dreaming Before I Go To Sleep

Things I’d Miss by Andrew Clover; Another library book that just sounds so intriguing and interesting and I really want to read it.

Starring Kitty by Keris Stainton; I have heard a great many things about this book and I really want to see what all the fuss is about. Plus Keris is lovely and it’s an LGBT book. I have to read this soon.

The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters; I LOVED Cat’s first book with a passion so I cannot wait to dive into this one. I’m really hoping it’s just as amazing!

Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson; Having now watched and loved the film, I am very intrigued about the book and to see what all the simularities and differences were!

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The Walled City by Ryan Graudin; Really intrigued about this one. It sounds super exciting. So it’s one that I actually want to try and read before release date. Let’s see, shall we?

The Girl Who Never Was by Skylar Dorset; Another one that I picked up at BEA and have been intrigued about ever since! Hope to actually read this one in the next month!

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare; There is a lot of upset about this book but I’m definitely interested enough to know what I’ll think of the book!


So I’m hoping to read all of those books very soon! Which do you think I should start with?

What about you? What is at the top of your fall TBR?

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Posted on 23 September, 2014 by Faye - 4 Comments


Top Ten Tuesday; Authors I Should Read More Of.

Posted on 16 September, 2014 by Faye - 17 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and this weeks topic is Top Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More>/strong>


In no particular order;

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Marissa Meyer; I read Cinder in February 2012, it is now September 2014 and I have yet to read another book of hers despite LOVING Cinder. I must change this.

Victoria Schwab; I fell in love with Victoria while reading Vicious but even though I own The Archived and The Unbound, I have yet to read either of them!

Leigh Bardugo; A new gem for me. I have only recently finished (and loved) Shadow and Bone, but I really need to read the final two books in the trilogy before I forget the story too much!

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Richelle Mead; I got so addicted to Vampire Academy that before I had even finished the book, I’d ordered the next two books in the series. Have I read them yet? Of course not!

Cynthia Hand; Unearthly was one of the first books I read after starting my blog and I fell head over heels in love with it! Yet I have not moved to her next book yet, have I?

Maria V. Snyder; When I first head about Touch of Power, I was determined to read it. Then I loved it so much I bought all of Maria’s other books (bar one), and they all sit unread on the shelf.

Gina Damico; I never expected to love Croak as much as I did but I found it to be a truly remarkable title. I have since acquired the next two books in the trilogy and yet they just stare at me unread. I think they judge me.

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A. C. Gaughen; I don’t think you quite understand how much I LOVED Scarlet. I wanted to be in the book. I thought about it all the time. It was incredible. It took me a LONG time to get my hands on the second book and yet still it sits waiting to be read. I am ashamed of myself.

Tara Hudson; Hereafter is my IDEAL story. It has ghosts. It has forbidden love. It has amazing writing and a fascinating plot. I loved it from the get go and I couldn’t wait to get my grubby hands on the sequel. And yet…

Karen Mahoney; I loved Falling to Ash SO MUCH that I borrowed The Iron Queen from a friend just to read Karen’s writing ALL OVER AGAIN. I have kept on to that borrowed book for over a year now. Yes, I am also a BAD FRIEND.

But What About You? What Authors Have You Only Read One Book Of But Want To Read More Of? Which Author Above Should I Start With?

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Posted on 16 September, 2014 by Faye - 17 Comments


Top Ten Tuesday; Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island

Posted on 22 July, 2014 by Faye - 6 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and this weeks topic is Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island


So this week I have decided to split my Top Ten up! I have five characters from books and five from tv shows / films. Enjoy :)

Books

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Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
Because then we could talk about books the whole time, right?

Cather (Fangirl)
Because she is so much like me and I just think I’d love her and we’d get on so well!

Augustus Waters (The Fault in Our Stars)
Because I imagine he would bring some fun to the island and make it less of a drag!

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Harriet Manners (Geek Girl)
It would be so cool to meet her! And, like Augustus, I’m sure she’ll keep everyone entertained!

Cas Lowood (Anna Dressed In Blood)
Because he seems like a great guy and because if there are any ghosts haunting the place, he’ll be on hand to save the day!

TV/Film

(I know a lot of these are adaptations from books, but I prefer or have only seen the adaptation and that is why they’re here.)

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Veronica Mars (Veronica Mars)
She’s spunky and fun and would be keeping an eye on everyone which would be interesting!

Hiccup & Toothless (How To Train Your Dragon)
They go together because they’re inseperable. And of course, I want cute awesome dragons with me on the island!

Olaf (Frozen)
Because it would be his dream location, especially if it was hot! And let’s face it, he’s adorable.

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Bartleby Gaines (Accepted)
Because this guy is smart, fun, energetic and a great motivational speaker who would definitely make it all worth it!

Iron Man (Iron Man)
Admittedly he would probably be able to fly us out of the island, or would be the reason we were stranded in the first place, but it would be super cool to meet him and have someone willing to kick ass and possibly be smart enough to rescue us eventually!


So there you have it.
But who would YOU want with you on the island? Let me know in the comments or link me to your post!

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Posted on 22 July, 2014 by Faye - 6 Comments


Top Ten Tuesday; Summer TBR Reads

Posted on 17 June, 2014 by Faye - 7 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and this weeks topic is Summer TBR Reads


So I’ve decided that instead of just listing the next ten books I hope to read, I’m going to list ten books that I really want to read this summer. BUT I’ve also decided not to include books that come out after summer, even if I already own them. I’ve done this because I wanted to highlight some books that may not ordinarily get space on the blog because they’re not as big as say, Heir of Fire and Talon.
I also chose a mix of actual summer/beach reads and just other books that I’m just really excited to finally dive into!

In no particular order;

Open Road Summer Let's Get Lost Dream Boy

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord; Had this one on my wishlist for a LONG time and now I finally have a copy, I cannot wait to just get around to reading it!

Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid; A book I heard about at BEA and just instantly wanted to read. It sounds like such a great read!

Dream Boy by Mary Crockett and Madelyn Rosenberg; Another I saw at BEA and instantly wanted to read so I’m super excited to get around to starting this.

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Delete by Kim Curran; IT IS THE FINAL BOOK IN THE TRILOGY. THE FINAL BOOK. I want to read this book so bad because I NEED to KNOW. But also, I don’t want to read because then it will be OVER.

Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens; Heard about this from my friends and after they all raved about it, decided I really want to see what it’s all about! Plus, Robin is lovely!

The Rain by Virginia Bergin; This one sounds super thrilling and exciting and just one that I think I’ll really enjoy so I’m looking forward to reading.

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson; After finishing Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, I became a hardcore Morgan Matson fan and I cannot wait to catch up on all of her books by reading this one!

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Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn; One of my New York purchases! Cannot wait to read this and see if it’s as good as it sounds!

Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor; This book just seems like the epitome of everything I love in a book and so I am really looking forward to seeing if it is right for me.

Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie by Jeff Norton; This one just sounds so funny and as I was already in stitches after the first chapter, cannot wait to find out if it continues that way throughout the book!

I obviously have a large pile of other books I really want to read in the next few months but these are all high on the list!
What books are on your summer TBR?
And which of the books above would you recommend I start with?

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Posted on 17 June, 2014 by Faye - 7 Comments


Top Ten Tuesday; Books on my Spring TBR Pile

Posted on 18 March, 2014 by Faye - 10 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and this weeks topic is Books on the Spring TBR


So I have SO many books that I need and want to read this Spring but these are the ones that are currently on the top of my TBR pile, though that may change if something else jumps out at me!

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The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa; I am very excited about this book! I’ll be reading it VERY soon and I cannot WAIT.

Trouble by Non Pratt; How have I still not read this book? Been dying to read it for SO LONG. Will be getting to this really soon!

Ishmael and the Return of the Dugongs by Michael Gerard Bauer; I read the first book in this series ages ago and I have decided that it is about time I read the second one!

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Vicious by V. E. Scwab; I have borrowed this from Daphne at Winged Reviews and I am dying to get my grubby (metaphorical!) fingers all over it because it sounds amazing – and I loved the short story that goes with it!

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard; Whaaaaat? I still haven’t read it yet? I KNOW! What is wrong with me? But look, it’s right near the top of my TBR… kinda…

A Room Full of Chocolate by Jane Elson; Heard some good things about this one and it sounds like an interesting book so I’m super excited for it.

Hi So Much by Laura Dockrill; Eeeee! Loved the first Darcy Burdock book and really excited to start this second one!

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Say Her Name by James Dawson; This one already had lots of people raving about it and it is everything I love in a horror book so I cannot wait to get my eyes over its words!

Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski; This one sounds soo good and Caitlin loves it so I’m really looking forward to seeing if I like it as well.

The Rain by Virginia Bergin; Oooh. This sounds so intriguing and thrilling and I cannot wait to read it!

That’s everything!
What’s on your spring TBR?
What would you recommend I read first?

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Posted on 18 March, 2014 by Faye - 10 Comments