Month: December 2015

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The list this week is on the Top Ten books you have read in 2015. So, the Top Ten   Fantasy Novels I have read in 2015 are:

  1. Shiver by Maggie Steifvater511w58i2fml
  2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas 16096824
  3. A City of Bones by Cassandra Clarecity_of_bones
  4. Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout9680718
  5. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maasthrone_of_glass_uk
  6. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell23734628
  7. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman9781780748375_0
  8. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld uglies_book
  9. A Wrinkle in time by Madeleine L’Engla_wrinkle_in_time_digest_2007
  10. The Sin-Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salisbury21936988

 

What were your favourite books of 2015? 

Goodreads Award Challenge 2016

I will be taking part in the Goodreads Award Challenge 2016 which is hosted by Books of Amber. All information about this challenge is on her blog, so click the link if you are interested in joining up or want to learn more about how this works.

So without further ado, these are the tiers and categories I will be aiming for:

Young Adult Fiction: Tier 2: 3 to 5 books.      

YA is most definitely my favourite genres so I’ll probably pick up a lot of these books.

Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction: Tier 2: 3 to 5 books.                     

Many novels from this category are on my TBR list already so this will be a good way to make sure I read them.

Debut Goodreads Authors: Tier 1: 1 to 2 books.

I’m intrigued by a lot of the new authors this year and I hope to read a few of their books.

Middle Grade: Tier 1: 1 to 2 books.                                                                          

I do not actually read novels from this category often, but I want to!

 

That’s all the books I want to read-(it’s achievable, right…right?)

 

Go over to Amber’s site for more details and join in the fun!

We All Looked Up

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

Where did I get it? The school library

41idw76a2hl-_sx326_bo1204203200_Synopsis: Before the asteroid we let ourselves be defined by labels:
The athlete, the outcast, the slacker, the overachiever.

But then we all looked up and everything changed.

They said it would be here in two months. That gave us two months to leave our labels behind. Two months to become something bigger than what we’d been, something that would last even after the end.

Two months to really live.

 

My Thoughts:

For me, this book had its ups and downs.

Told from the perspective of four characters; Peter, Eliza, Anita and Andy, we are shown how they react when there are only two months left to live.

I thought this book was a packed read with a lot going on at once. There was also a very philosophical-ish element to the book which was interesting (references to Kurt Vonnegut and his ideas on ‘karass’ .

I enjoyed experiencing the novel from those different points of view (some more than others)  However towards the end I was starting to lose interest in the plot.

All in all, I would probably recommend this book for lovers of sci-fi/ dystopia books.

Rating: 3.5/5

 

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. The list this week is on: Top Ten New-To-Us Favorite Authors We Read For The First Time in 2015.

 

  1. Catherine Doyle
  2. Sophie Kinsella
  3. Robin Benway
  4. Nicola Yoon
  5. Stephen King- how did I not read his books sooner?
  6. Sarah J. Maas
  7. David Levithan
  8. Anthony Horowitz 
  9. Rebecca Stead
  10. Stephanie Perkins

Who are your new favourite authors from 2015?

Everything, Everything

51fsnkmlq6l-_sx329_bo1204203200_Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Where did I get it? The local library

Synopsis: My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

My Thoughts:

I picked up this book a while ago, but only just got around to reading it. Following the story of a girl named Madeline we see her explore the world around her with the help of the boy-next-door: Olly.

I loved the characters. My favourite was Carla, Madeline’s nurse who is like a second mother to her. Carla is there for  Madeline whenever she needs support and her advice was usually spot on.

This book consisted off  a variety of images and writing which was cleverly put together. The front cover, too, is beautiful and really suits the book.

The shocking twist at the end was one that I did not see coming but I was happy with the ending.

A quick, contemporary read that touches your heart.

Rating: 4/5

The Unlikely Hero Of Room 13B

The Unlikely Hero Of Room 13B by Teresa Toten

Where did I get it? The school library

51olnh42hnl-_sy344_bo1204203200_Synopsis: When Adam meets Robyn at a support group for kids coping with obsessive-compulsive disorder, he is drawn to her almost before he can take a breath. He’s determined to protect and defend her–to play Batman to her Robyn–whatever the cost. But when you’re fourteen and the everyday problems of dealing with divorced parents and step-siblings are supplemented by the challenges of OCD, it’s hard to imagine yourself falling in love. How can you have a “normal” relationship when your life is so fraught with problems? And that’s not even to mention the small matter of those threatening letters Adam’s mother has started to receive . 

My Thoughts:

When I originally picked up this book, I did not expect to like it as much as I did.

It was among the new books I found in my library, and the only reason I picked it up was because I had wanted to read a book with a character that faces similar problems as Evie in ‘Am I Normal Yet?’. 

The main character, Adam was in no way similar to Evie but nevertheless I enjoyed this book all the same.

Adam was a great protagonist and I loved hearing the story from his point of view. His interactions with his step-brother, Sweetie, were definitely my favourite parts of the book and the way that all topics were handled with sensitivity and honesty, just made me appreciate this book all the more.

I would certainly recommend this novel, I liked the plot and characters and the dark truth about the letters that Adam’s mother was receiving was a twist I never saw coming.

My Rating: 4/5

 

Top Ten Tuesday

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish  This weeks list is Top Ten 2016 debut novels we are looking forward to.

So, in no particular order:

  1. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo239479221
  2. This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp24529123
  3. The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry25489567
  4. Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods23471779
  5. The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith23546634
  6. South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorfcurtkq9xaaafqop
  7. How It Ends by Catherine Lo26806003-_uy200_
  8. The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott22440677
  9. Inferno by Catherine Doyleinferno2bcatherine2bdoyle
  10. Signs of You by Emily France27272341