Tuesday, 25 November 2014

TOP TEN TUESDAY - Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & The Bookish  and this week is all about my To Be Read list for the winter and with no university for almost a month, it means lots of reading can be done over the winter and christmas period. Here's the top ten book I want to read...


I have been antipacting this book for as long as Zoe announced she was even writing a book, and it actually came out TODAY - You can get it from Amazon, bookdepository or Waterstones. I'll definitely be getting to read this as soon as possible. I'm excited to see whether it exceeds my expectations.

HANSEL & GRETEL - Neil Gaiman

I recently wrote a post about wanting to read more fairytale retellings and when I saw this on Amazon as an upcoming release I had to pre-order it. I have seen so many people saying how good Neil Gaiman's books are so where better to start than this. It comes out at the start of December so as soon as it's in my possession I'll be reading it.

What better way to bring in the winter months and get me into the Christmas spirit than reading 12 short stories from some of my favourite authors. I have seen so many people talking about this book on youtube and blogs so I'm so excited to get myself a copy and have a read.

DAUGHTER - Jane Shemilt

I recently saw Giovanna haul this in a video and instantly knew I had to read it. I have no idea what it's about but when I saw it in ASDA I couldn't help but be drawn to it. It definitely doesn't look like the cute, fluffy contemporary books I usually read but I think something different is good for a change.

 ONE DAY - David Nicholls

Over the summer I went to the charity shop my Grandma works in and found a few books I thought I might like, including this one. I then obviously proceeded to instagram my excitement of buying the books I'd bought. A friend saw this recently and told me this was one of her favourite books and that I had to read it. So there it goes, onto the books I must read over the winter months. 

THE BOOK THIEF - Markus Zusak 

I feel like EVERYONE has read this book and that I'm a bit late to this Book Thief themed party and I'm deeply embarrassed by this fact. So, despite the largish size of the book and the smallish sized font scaring me slightly, I plan to read this at some point. Probably in the 3 weeks I'm off over christmas.

Can we please just revel in the beauty that is this cover? I feel that may be one of, if not the sole reason this book is even on my TBR let alone in my possession. I feel like this book has appeared in quite a few blog posts recently but it so deserves it. My excitement to read this is huge and not just for it's pretty cover. The plot of the book actually sounds so interesting, unlike anything I've read. 
LOVE, ROSIE - Cecilia Ahern

As mentioned in a previous blog post, I have a new liking for Cecelia Ahern's books and with the film for this book recently been released I have been wanting to read it since I discovered that the film was based off a book, the film looks super cute so I think the book will too and because of me always wanting to read the book before the film, I will be reading this very soon.

IF I STAY - Gayle Forman

I have been wanting to read this book and it's sequel for so long and only in the past few weeks have I actually bought them. They are next on my mental "I need to read that" list and I can't wait to get to them. They are both only short so hopefully I'll be able to fly through them soon.

WONDER - R.J. Palacio

I only have ever heard good things about this book on youtube and on blogs and it just sounds like something I'd really like. It's been described as being a book that can be enjoyed and loved by anyone of all ages so I'm really looking forward to reading this. I now just need to wait until my bookdepository order arrives so I can read it!

What books are you TBR this winter?

Sunday, 23 November 2014

A-Z Book Survey

I recently saw this survey over on Lazy Book Lovers and thought it looked like an interesting survey to do. So I'd thought I'd do it myself.

Author You've Read The Most Books From:

John Green. He's an author that I'd automatically read anything he releases. I've read his all his books and re-read multiple times. I just love his writing!

Best Sequel Ever:

Mockingjay. I loved The Hunger Games series as a whole and thought this was the perfect ending to the series. The ending hit me right in the feels. 

Currently Reading:

One Day by David Nicholls. Bought it in a charity shop a few months back and was told by a friend I had to read it so I've picked it up and I'm about 100 pages in and so far really liking it.

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Hot chocolate or hot ribena (don't judge). I can't think of anything cosier than curling up with a book and one of my favourite hot drinks. 

E-Reader or Physical Book:

Physical. I do have several books on my iPad but there's just something about holding a book in your hands and the satisfaction of turning each page and being able to physically see the progression. I also feel that I get into physical copies more, with my iPad I usually just use it if I can't sleep and don't care if I fall asleep reading as I won't lose the page, this does mean that I don't get as engrossed in a book.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Dated in High School:

Levi (Fangirl) for sure. I don't think I've had more of a soft spot for a character as I did with him. I wanted to be in the book and be with him!

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales, I bought this book on a whim when it came up as a suggestion when buying a couple of other books on bookdepository. Honestly, I was drawn in my the cover and without even knowing what it was about I bought it and read it. It ended up being such a good book. 

Hidden Gem Book:

Again, This Song Will Save Your Life. I don't think I've seen any youtubers or bloggers talk about this book at all and that makes me sad. I loved it so much everything a friend asks me about a book to read I'm just all "omg. You need to read this".

Important Moment in Your Reading Life:

April, 2014. This was when I really got into reading, and not just the odd book here and there like I'd previously done, I discovered the wonders of booktube and I was hooked. A sad day for my bank account but a happy moment in my life, I am now really enjoying reading.

Just Finished:

The Year I Met You by Cecelia Ahern, which I recently reviewed. 

Kinds of Books You Won't Read:

I'm not all that into magical/fantasy books like Lord of The Rings or Harry Potter, if a book is compared to one of these I'll probably not ever read it. 

Longest Book You've Read:

Allegiant by Veronica Roth. 526 pages of heartache and misery. The Divergent series was one of my favourite series but I don't think I've ever read a book in which I disliked the ending so much. The book on the whole was good though.

Major Book Hangover Because of:

Again Allegiant, I don't think I'll ever get over how that book ended.

Number of Book Cases You Own:

Just the one. I do need to invest in another though.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

The Fault In Our Stars. I've read that book about 4 times, I just love it so much!

Preferred Place to Read:

In bed. I love getting cosy under the covers and reading before I go to sleep or even go off to my room for some quite with a book.

Quote That Inspires You/Gives You All The Feels From A Book You've Read:

"I fell in love how you fall asleep...Slowly, then all at once" - John Green (The Fault In Our Stars) the quote just fits me deep in the feels.

Reading Regret:

Not getting into reading sooner. I used to hate reading when I was in school.

Series You Started and Need to Finish (all books of the series are out):

The Legend Series by Marie Lu, I even have all 3 so I have to reason to not have finished this series but I just started reading and just stopped.

Three of Your All-Time Favourite Books:

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Can I pick 2 for this? The Hunger Games and Divergent. The books. The films. I'm a fangirl.

Very Excited For This Release More Than Others:

Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer. The premise of the book sounds so good and I can't wait to read it. I feel that it's like the contemporary book version of Hot Tub Time Machine and this excites me!

Worst Bookish Habit:

Stopping reading a book half way through, this is a habit I've had since I was young. I'd read so many books in a series then just stop reading and not actually finish that series. 

X Marks the Spot- Start at the Top Left of your Shelf and Pick the 27th Book:

Your Latest Book Purchase:

Christmas with Billy and Me. All 54 pages of it. 

ZZZ-snatcher- Last Book that Kept You Up WAY Too Late:

Lola and The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, I was enjoying the book so much I just locked track of time reading it. I was staying at my Grandma's at the time and I remember her saying to me the next day that I had stayed up way too late reading. 

So here's my A-Z Book Survey. Now it's your turn!