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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is about the Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR List) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet.

I honestly have so many book on my TBR list that I can’t they would probably fill to houses. Even before I started blogging (which wasn’t that long ago) I still kept lists of book that I wanted to read, although I am ashamed to say that I never got around to actually reading over half of these books.                                                                                                                               However, if I had to chose ten of those books that I want to get around to reading soon (meaning in the next month or so), these would be it:

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  • The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • Junk by Melvin Burgess
  • Anna and the french kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Adorkable by Sarra Manning
  • Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The summer I turned pretty by Jenny Han
  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  • Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Which books are still on your TBR after all these years?

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares

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Published October 26th 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Pages: 240                                                                                                                                                  

Format: Paperback                                                                                                                                  

Source: Library                                                                                                                                                  

Links: AmazonGoodreadsBook Depository

 

This is a book that needs to be read. Christmas is a time for celebration for Lily but with her parents abroad and her brother busy, she must find other ways and people to spend time with. So, she writes a set of instructions in a red moleskin diary and leaves it in the local bookstore, The Strand. And so sets of a chain of events that sees both Lily and the recipient of her red notebook, Dash, running around Manhattan, getting into trouble and meeting each of the others’ friends and family along the way.

I was hesitant to pick up this book at first, only because I thought I had read something like this before. I needn’t have worried. I found Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares to be highly original and entertaining.

Lily was very much your friendly and goodnatured yet slightly shy girl, full of Christmas Spirit. Whereas, on the other hand, Dash was your extremely cynical, not to mention pretentious boy, desperately lacking in Christmas spirit. How could they not be perfect for each other?

We don’t see a lot of Dash’s parents, but we understand that his snarly-ness (is that a word?) comes from the fact that his parents are divorced and cannot stand each other in the slightest. To add to that Dash’s father is a very cold, distant figure who never shows any interest or love towards his only son.  This contrasts hugely between that of Lily’s family who are all extremely close to each other.

Our main characters first impressions of each other were far from positive (Lily was somewhat drunk and even though it was a once time thing, Dash did not know that). However, they do finally, get over their initial apprehension of each other, though not before a badly aimed snowball angers a horde of over-protective mothers ending in the both of them being escorted to prison. After all there is nothing more romantic then spending a little time behind bars together…

In short, Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares did not disappoint, and I cannot wait to start the sequel.

Rating: 4/5

 

Summer Reading

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With all major exams over, and no new ones coming up, I have a lot of spare time this wp-1470740569348.jpgsummer. So naturally, I turned to reading to fill the time. So far I have not read all that many new books but I have re-read a lot of old favourites like I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. I also plan to re-read The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson.

20160809_114841As always , my TBR list is ever-growing but at the top is Kill The Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky and Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige, which I hope to get around to reading sometime soon… fingers crossed.

I am also looking for recommendations for more books to read this summer, so if anyone has some please tell me in the comments 😊.

 

YALC 2016

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I first heard about YALC last year from a friend and I knew immediately I wanted to go. Unfortunately, all the tickets had been sold by then, so when I heard YALC was back this year, I leapt at the chance to go and bought my tickets instantly.

Looking at the line up of  brilliant authors attending this year, I realised that  there were many books I hadn’t read or heard of before. So, in preparation for YALC, I compiled a to-read list of books written by authors who will be there.

MY YALC TO-READ LIST

  • Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab
  • London Belongs to Us by Sarra Manning
  • Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence
  • Songs About a Girl by Chris Russell

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In reality I only managed to read some of the books on my list but I also picked up many more novels at the convention itself.  I still aim to read all of the books I mentioned above, but after attending YALC, I have a few more I want to add to that list.

   UPDATED YALC TO-READ LIST

  • Kook by Chris Vick
  • Junk by Melvin Burgess
  • What’s a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne
  • Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky
  • And I Darken by Kirsten White

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Have you read any of the books above? What did you think of them?

March/ April Book Haul

IMG_0021For the last few months I have been plagued by the constant need to revise for up-coming exams and as a result neglected to post anything for a while. I have two months worth of books I have acquired, because of that, I have not had the chance to read or review.

I did not feature this in my last book haul, though in February I did go to the Launch of The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury, where you can probably guess what I picked up.6fd235e651955b1a9768561dd0450e1f

Starting in March,  I picked up Kindred Spirits for World Book Day. Then, while I was in India, I picked up quite a few novels from the Oxford Book Depository.

  • An Ember In the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt
  • In His Keeping by Maya Banks
  • Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott
  • Vivien’s Heavenly Ice Cream Shop by Abby Clements

In April, I was gifted Talking of Muskaan by Himanjali Sankar from some family friends, and I cannot wait to read my first Indian YA book.

Have you picked up any good books lately? Tell me in the comments.

Kindred Spirits

26365537Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell                                                                                                                    

Published February 25th 2016 by Macmillans Kids UK              

Pages: 96                                                                                                                                                     

Format: Paperback                                                                                                                                  

Source: Bought                                                                                                                                                  

Links: AmazonGoodreads 

Summary: If you broke Elena’s heart, Star Wars would spill out. So when she decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new movie, she’s expecting a celebration with crowds of people who love Han, Luke and Leia just as much as she does. What she’s not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people; to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels.

 

This book was not long, in fact it was one of the shortest novellas I have read in a long time. However, this book was good.

Elena was such a likeable protagonist and so were pretty much all of the other characters (my favourite was Troy). There was not a lot of room for character development but I felt like I was able to get the general gist of each persons trait.

The premise of the story was interesting and although I am no fan of Star Wars, I think it would be a good experience to go and camp out for the release of a new movie or book.

At the start, Elena came across as a little shy but during the course of the book she learns to become comfortable with new people rather than hiding in the crowd. Kindred Spirits was not a romance, like so many of Rainbow Rowells’ other books, but that was fine with me and I enjoyed watching as Elena and Gabe became friends and bonded over Star Wars.

Rating: 4/5

Chasing Eva~ Mini Review

29599989Chasing Eva by Camellia Hart

*I was given this e-book in exchange for an  honest review.*

Summary: After living through her share of disloyal relationships, Evangeline Avery will be damned if she lets another man cheat her. A beautiful and confident woman, Eva is the owner of an interior design firm at the brink of collapse. She swears to bring her company back to its past glory, even if it involves sweet talking the one man who caused this turmoil in the first place – Clive Stanton.

 

There wasn’t anything wrong with this book. I just personally didn’t like it. The story line did not stand out for me and the romance between the protagonists did not capture my attention.

I finished the book, but I did not at any point feel like I would miss anything if I stopped reading it. The characters in particular were likeable, but I didn’t feel anything for them and that dimmed my enjoyment of this novel.

I would think that readers who like light, contemporary romances with a slight hint of suspense, would appreciate Chasing Eva, though it is aimed at a slightly older age group than other Young Adult books I’ve read…(more like New Adult).

Rating: 2/5