Top Ten Tuesday (#55): Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR list

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR list”.

Top of the list!



Fool’s Errand | Golden Fool | Fool’s Fate | Fool’s Assassin

Fool’s Assassin is my most anticipated read this year and reading (or re-reading) the Tawny Man trilogy first is an absolute must! I’m reading Fool’s Errand already, and I’m looking forward to reading all four of these one after another.

The Sequels

The One | Heir of Fire | Renegade

I’ve actually got all three of these already, but just not found chance to start them yet! Heir of Fire is probably my second most anticipated read after Fool’s Assassin but I’m making myself wait a while to read it because it’s still so far from release. The One only arrived last week, but I imagine

From my shelves

The Ocean at the End of the Lane | The Cuckoo’s Calling

I’ve had both of these for ages but for one reason or another not found time. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is on Matt’s iPad and as he’s usually away that explains why I haven’t got to that one yet!  I’ve talked him into leaving me his iPad while he’s off on his project though so hopefully I can get that read over the summer.  I don’t know whether I’ll get around to The Cuckoo’s Calling – it depends if I get past my current fantasy kick!

The Review copies

The Queen of the Tearling | The Girl with all the Gifts

I’ve heard great things about both of these, so I’m hoping to get them read over the summer (though I suspect it’ll take me a while to get though all of the above, so we’ll have to see how things go!)

What’s on your TBR list this summer?


Top Ten Tuesday (#54): Top Ten Books I’ve read so far this year

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Books I’ve read so far this year“.

I feel like I’ve talked/written about some of these books a lot recently, so no text from me this week, just a list.


Cruel Beauty (Review) | Pantomime

 



Graceling, Fire & Bitterblue

 


The Martian
(Review) | Prisoner of Night and Fog (Review)

 

Prince of Fools (Review) | Shadow of Night (Review) | Fangirl (Review)

What have your favourite reads been so far this year?


Top Ten Tuesday (#53): Top Ten Books I’ve read since I started blogging

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week is a freebie, so we can choose any topic.  I’ve decided to go with my Top Ten favourite reads since I started blogging.

**I’m only allowing one book from a series on the list, so the list doesn’t get dominated by lots from the same series!**

Throne of Glass (Review)


I absolutely loved both Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight.
Celaena, the eighteen year old assassin of Adarlan is a wonderful feisty heroine, and I loved the plot of Throne of Glass.  Sarah J. Maas’ worldbuilding is wonderful, detailed but not dry, and the story is still fast paced.  I loved the characters, the mystery and the romance (despite a love triangle).  Crown of Midnight was every bit as good as the first book, and I can’t wait for Heir of Fire in September.


The Humans (Review)

The Humans is one of the books I recommend the most.  It’s currently £3.50 and I honestly feel it’s worth every penny of that and more.  Matt Haig’s writing is wonderful, and The Humans manages to be funny yet poignant, inspiring and heart-warming.  As I said in my review, The Humans is a brilliantly written, truly funny tale of an alien who discovers what it means to be human.


Fangirl (Review)

After The Humans, Fangirl is probably the book I recommend the most.  I was really wary of it because I’d read so many rave reviews, and was worried it wouldn’t live up to them (and also because though I liked Eleanor and Park I didn’t love it).   I don’t think I can sum up my feelings on Fangirl any more clearly than this bit from my review: “I want to buy everyone close to me a copy and say “THIS. THIS IS HOW MY BRAIN WORKS!”. ” – I genuinely loved it, and it reminded me how much I love being a fangirl!

Dance with dragons part 2

It’s really hard to say much of anything about this one without giving away spoilers! It’s safe to say though that Game of Thrones has become an obsession – I started watching the show basically just to keep getting my fix while I wait for the next books.  I very nearly missed out on these, because although I got a copy of A Game of Thrones for Christmas years ago I just never really got into it.  I went back to it later and am so glad I gave it another chance!


Feed

I picked up Feed from the library because I really enjoyed Parasite by Mira Grant and was looking for more from her.  I wasn’t sure I’d like it because zombies are definitely not my thing: I’m very squeamish and a huge wimp!  I gave it a go anyway and I ended up loving it.  The story is filled with twists and turns, and I was absolutely hooked!

 

Graceling

Graceling is one of those books I’d been meaning to read for absolutely ages.  I took a copy out from the library years ago but ended up forgetting about it and having to take it back.  It wasn’t until Bex sent me a copy from my wishlist as part of the Valentine’s Ninja book swap that I finally started it.  I’m sorry I waited so long to read it, because I ended up really enjoying it, and read the whole series in quick succession!

 

Ender’s Game

I picked up Ender’s Game mostly because I saw the advert for the film and thought it looked good to be honest!  The book is, I’ll admit,a bit weird.  For one thing, the writing changes from third-person to first-person occasionally, which at first I absolutely hated.  Despite my wariness of the writing, the plot drew me in, and I just loved the way the book made you think.  This is one that stuck with me for months after reading it, and is well worth a read – though I was nowhere near as impressed with either book 2 or 3.


Crewel (Review)

The first word that comes to mind when I think of Crewel is unique.  Albin’s world-building is wonderful, and I absolutely loved the way Crewel blurs the lines between genres.  It’s hard to say too much about this one without spoilers, because I think the less you know before you start the story the better, but Crewel is well worth a read if you like fantasy, feisty (yet imperfect) heroines and a unique premise.

 
The Dragon Keeper

Let’s be honest, did you ever doubt that Robin Hobb would be
appearing on this list somewhere?!  I read The Rain Wilds Chronicles (starting with The Dragon Keeper) a few months after I started blogging, and it didn’t disappoint.  Her characters are amazing (and she writes some awesome kickass heroines!), her world-building is wonderfully detailed, and the plots are always gripping and unpredictable.  If you haven’t read any of her books yet: do! I’d recommend starting with Assassin’s Apprentice – where it all begins! – but honestly, I’ve yet to read a series I didn’t like.

The Martian (Review)

If you don’t mind a sci-fi story that actually has some science, you’ll probably love The Martian as much as I do.  Mark gets stranded on Mars when a mission goes horribly wrong, and the story follows Mark (and occasionally his crew) as he tries to survive.  The Martian is a gripping survival story of course, but it’s also surprisingly funny, and I loved that Weir isn’t afraid to leave a little technical detail in.  It has heart-stopping moments of drama, but it also had moments that made me laugh out loud, and I ended up loving it.

What have your favourite reads been since you started blogging?

Top Ten Tuesday (#52): Top Ten Book Covers I’d Frame As Pieces of Art

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week the theme is Top Ten Book Covers I’d Frame As Pieces of Art.

I’m not really much of a cover junkie, so this week’s Top Ten Tuesday really stumped me for a while.  Once I started thinking about the sorts of things I’d like to see on my walls though, it was just a case of looking for things that fit my ideas!

Art_anywhere

No surprises to anyone that animals feature highly on my list! I absolutely loved both The Last Rhinos and Ape House when I read them.  I love the cover of The Last Rhinos, with the silhouette of the rhinos in the wild. I also love the kinda intimacy of the cover of Ape House, and it really fits with the story (though I do hate the sticker!).  I’d honestly be happy to put these pretty much anywhere.

Art_bathroomI’ve only actually read one of the three on this list (Requiem), but I knew for the bathroom I would want gorgeous blue, watery covers. And oh look, another animal 😉

Art_bedroomI haven’t read either of these, but I think the covers are perfect.  I went looking for soft colours, intimate couples (that aren’t blatantly sexy), and I definitely got that here! The fact they’re both on boats is purely co-incidental, but it definitely fit with the relaxed, intimate vibe I was looking for.

Art_kitchenObviously kitchen art has to be of food!  I went with Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Goeey treats for kids, just because the cover is so fun looking, and that’s how baking should be to me (the fact I’m a total chocoholic didn’t hurt either!).   I went with The Flavor Bible because I absolutely abuse spices when I’m cooking, and I love the simplicity of the cover.

Art_studyI really really LOVED Fangirl, and I love the cover too.  We don’t have a study exactly, but since I’ll be commuting next year (rather than living at uni), I’ll need to find a definite space for getting work done.  The cover of Fangirl makes me smile every time, (especially since I’ve been getting back into fanfiction a bit since I’ve been home) and I think that might be just what I need in the middle of a long essay!

Now that I think about it, the cover of The Last Rhinos (right at the top) would also work really well, because scenes like that are hopefully exactly what I’m working towards with my degree!

Which covers would you love to frame and put on your walls as art?

[Pet Peeves] Things that will put me off buying a book: Cover Edition

I said this year I wanted to branch out a little more, so today I’m posting a bit of a rant (something totally new to me!), on the one thing about covers that will put me off buying a book.  Warnings for book snobbery and rantiness (which is totally a word).

As I’m on a gap year, saving up for my MSc, my book budget is pretty small.  Recently though, I had a WHSmith voucher, so I went wandering in, browsing with intent.  I was there with my boyfriend, (who’s a reader without being obsessive in the way that we book bloggers are), and while we were there, we spotted the new Game of Thrones covers.  We’re discussing how they compare to the old covers etc, when my partner spotted the ‘sticker-like’ label “The books that inspired the TV phenomenon – Game of Thrones”.

Oh dear.

You see, it’s not a sticker, it just looks like one, and it’s a serious pet hate of his that’s rubbed off on me severely.


Perfect covers – simple but gorgeous and they have a real impact. Not a sticker in sight! (Although, maybe this also shows a serious love for HarperVoyager)

I’ve never really been a huge cover junkie, and my favourite covers are usually the simple but gorgeous ones, like those above. Since I’ve started blogging, I’ve started paying a little more attention to covers, but aside from aiming for vaguely matching covers, a cover has never affected my book buying habits, or put me off buying a book…until now.

See, my partner hates these ‘Now a major film’ etc stickers. Like, hates them with a passion. A very vocal passion. And once he started pointing them out, I couldn’t help noticing them either, and somewhere in the last five years of him complaining about them, it’s become one of my own pet hates.  He’s right, they are annoying. I can understand they’re there to draw attention from people who’ve seen the film or show, but at the same time, WE KNOW the books are now a film or tv show, because we’re fans of the books – and the book came first.

My partner hates them because they’re ugly, and the fact that they look like stickers but aren’t drives some part of his brain strangely crazy.  I think my issue is more like book snobbery, and I don’t mind admitting that to my fellow book bloggers!

Take The Mortal Instruments series for example – they now have these fake stickers on about the film. And they’re not small either! I read Matt’s copies of the first three books years ago, before we even left school, but when I went to buy books four and five, and they had those stickers on, it genuinely put me off.

  • The first three don’t have them, so if you put all five together it’d look frustrating
  • The stickers are ugly and annoying
  • (and the book snobby part) I hate the fact that anyone looking at the book will assume I bought the book BECAUSE of the movie.

Offending covers – see the ugly black stickers?!  (Look at that gorgeous photo on A storm of Swords Part 2, interrupted by what looks like a sticker that’s been stuck on randomly)

Similarly, it would (let’s be honest, it probably will) drive me crazy to buy a copy of The Winds of Winter only for it to have one of those stickers on. As a serious reader and geek, I love knowing that I read the book before it turned into a crazy phenomenon, and I feel like these stickers say I’m part of the other side, the side who read the books after seeing the show or the film. (Which there’s absolutely nothing wrong with, sometimes I AM that side, I just don’t want to look like it when I’m not!)

The book snobbery definitely isn’t the only problem though, because this copy of Dead Until Dark doesn’t bother me half as much as the stickered covers above, even though it clearly references the TV show.  I think it’s because the TV mention blends into the cover, rather than sticking out and interrupting the look of the cover.  It also wouldn’t make my partner try and peel off a non-existent sticker everytime he looked at it which is also good…

Do you agree with my opinion on the covers? (Or do you think I’ve finally lost it?!) What puts you off buying a book?