Top Ten Book Recommendations For Gryffindors

It’s Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is back! And … I actually got it wrong. It’s not Top ten recommendations for… week, but I wrote this blog post, so I’m going to give some recommendations for my fellow Gryffindors anyway. (whoops. Learn to read the dates, Hannah!)

To be a Gryffindor, you have to value bravery, chivalry, and daring, as the Sorting Hat said (not in that order, though). These books aim to please those Gryffindors out there!

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Obviously I can’t put Harry Potter on this list, although I’ll quickly recommend Tales of Beedle the Bard but I’m hoping that if you clicked this post you’ve already read HP! (If not, do it ASAP, please.)

  1. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare 
    This might be a stereotypical one, to recommend for fans of Harry Potter (which I presume you are) one of the other great YA series out there, but I really do recommend The Infernal Devices trilogy. It shows chivalry and bravery in both the main male characters, and in the main female characters, and made me feel so badass just reading it.
  2. Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo 
    There’s something about being brave when it comes at such a great risk. This is a short novel, set in WWI, and I can’t say too much about why I recommend this book for Gryffindors for spoilers, but once you’ve read it… you will understand.
  3. 1984 by George Orwell 
    Even those who once belonged in the house of the brave can be cracked (coughwormtailcough) and it’s important for Gryffindors, who value bravery, to not get overly arrogant. 1984 is a harsh reminder that, sometimes, even the hardest can be cracked.
  4. Atonement by Ian McEwan 
    Bravery isn’t just about rushing about doing daring deeds. Sometimes, bravery is admitting that you have done a great wrong and setting out to atone it to rightness. This WWII novel will really make you question whether you’ve done something horribly wrong – and if you’re brave enough to go ahead and atone.
  5. Ink by Alice Broadway 
    On the other hand, sometimes the bravest stand alone, and they face the worst for it. Ink is a new YA novel, debuted this year I believe, where everyone’s deeds are tattooed on their bodies for the whole society to read. Could you have your deeds on show for everyone to know?
  6. HHhH by Laurent Binet 
    A non-fiction novel, again set in WWII, about two of the bravest men you’ve probably never heard of. Not only is this a brilliantly written novel, but it also showcases some of the bravest men to ever live.
  7. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu 
    A modern revolution set through zines and taking place in a high school. Moxie will ask of you if you are brave enough to stand up for those who never get listened to, and to see if you really will do something to make a change.
  8. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan 
    Reverting back to typical bravery of the rushing-in-mortal-danger kind, this is a fantastic series for Gryffindors. It values bravery, daring, and wisdom above all.
  9. Countless by Karen Gregory 
    Sometimes, the bravest you can be is standing up for the monsters inside your own head. Countless follows a girl with anorexia as she discovers that she is pregnant, and her journey to overcome her eating disorder.
  10. The Young Elites by Marie Lu 
    And sometimes the bravest you can be is in sacrificing yourself; that simple, but terrifying and all-consuming, deed alone can be the bravest and most chivalrous thing you can ever do.

I really hope that you guys enjoyed this list! Even if you aren’t a Gryffindor, I recommend all of the books here! Let me know in the comments below if there are any more books you recommend for Gryffindors (I would love to check them out!).

Until the next time,

Hannah x

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Top Ten Fandoms I’m Part Of

It’s Top Ten Tuesday (well, Wednesday. Again)! This week’s prompt is fandom freebie, so I’m writing about top ten fandoms I am a part of!

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Yes. Again.
  1. Doctor Who
    I LOVE Doctor Who, so of course this is on my fandom list. I’ve been to the Doctor Who Experience (sadly, not to Cardiff yet, but it is on my list!) and I love the show.
  2. Percy Jackson
    Percy Jackson is one of my biggest loves. The character and the book… 😛 Seriously though, these books are the best and I love them so much. Magnus Chase and Heroes of Olympus are also brilliant, and the Kane Chronicles are high on my TBR.
  3. Harry Potter
    Like. Do I even have to explain this one.
  4. Once Upon a Time
    I haven’t actually watched the most recent series *gasp* but I love this show and I got so invested in it quickly.
  5. Marvel
    Recently, I’ve been very angry at the people behind Marvel, but their recent films have been really good and I’ve loved them. I love superhero films, and I’m also kind of counting DC on here, because I am PUMPED for Wonder Woman.
  6. The Shannara Chronicles
    I haven’t actually finished season 1 but I already love this series. It’s a bit too gruesome for me in some places, but efaklfj it’s so good.
  7. Merlin 
    *still crying*
  8. Frank Turner
    To be honest I’m kind of running out of “fandoms” but I’m putting Frank Turner, the musican, because he is fabulous and I would love a tattoo featuring some of his lyrics or something related to him someday in the future.
  9. Shadowhunters
    This is the show, The Infernal Devices, and The Mortal Instruments although less so the last one. All things Shadowhunters people!
  10. Booktube?
    Is this a fandom? I ❤ booktube and I’ve been watching so many videos recently. I’ve got to make a few more of my own!

So there you have my list! I hope you guys enjoyed. Are any of my fandoms related to yours?

 

Top Ten Authors I Want to Meet

This week’s TTT (hosted by Broke and Bookish) is actually being posted on a Tuesday! (For once.) This week is top ten authors I want to meet (or a variation on that theme!). I actually have twelve authors here, one of whom I have already met, but authors are mystical creatures so of course I’m listing more than ten!

  1. JK Rowling
    I mean. Of course the wonderful JKR is #1 on my list. Was there ever a question?
  2. Rick Riordan
    Riordan is one of my all-time favourite authors and I would LOVE to meet him. He’s been so influential and his books mean so much to me.
  3. Cassandra Clare
    THE INFERNAL DEVICES is one of my favourite trilogies and Cassie writes fantastic books with great plots and characters. I’m sure she’s got a great personality too, so I would love to meet her!
  4. Enid Blyton
    Yes… I know that Blyton died many years ago, but if I could I would love to meet her. She lived in a fantastic place and wrote books which mean a lot to me!
  5. Robin Stevens
    Robin writes FANTASTIC books! I love what she writes so much and I actually bought #4 in her series today. We’ve chatted on Twitter & I would love to meet her in person some day. 😀
  6. Jane Austen
    It might have been the fact I went to Chawton and walked in her footsteps, but I would love to meet Jane Austen. She’s one of the most influential authors in history.
  7. Sara Barnard
    Sara Barnard has written two of my favourite books of the year! They’re so captivating and brilliant and yeah I would love to meet her.
  8. Heidi Heilig
    Heidi has such an imagination! Her books (well, I’ve only read book #1, but still), are written so well and I LOVE her characters and plot.
  9. Ian McEwan
    Ian writes weird books and they’re so strange. It’s the type of stuff I would write and people say, “No, stop, this is odd,” but he’s got this stuff PUBLISHED! Do you know how cool this is! I actually saw him speak at an event in Norwich last year which was AWESOME.
  10. Michael Morpurgo
    An author I have actually met! Morpurgo shaped my reading and, I guess, my writing. I would love to meet him again.
  11. Neil Gaiman
    I haven’t actually read much Neil Gaiman, but I have read GOOD OMENS which I LOVED. Neil is also such a personality and I am planning on getting to his books soon like THE GRAVEYARD BOOK. He seems to write “weird fiction” too (I am seeing a trend here), so sounds like someone I would love to have a coffee with.
  12. Terry Pratchett
    Pratchett is an author close to my heart for reasons in which I am not going to delve right now. Although he sadly passed away two years ago, if I could, I would jump at the chance to meet him.

So there you have my list! Are any of the authors I’ve written the same as yours?

Of course there are plenty of authors I have met and would love to meet, like Morgan Matson, Rupi Kaur, Amanda Lovelace, Sara Pascoe, Jennifer Donnelly, Matt Haig…

And: I am also taught by an author! It’s such a privilege to be taught by so many great authors. Currently I am being taught by Paul MM Cooper – and that link will take you to his book’s Amazon page.

Feel free to leave your TTT in the comments below! 🙂

Top Ten Books I Read In One Day

*sigh* This keeps happening.

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This week’s TTT (and event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is Books I Read In One Day! Here are (some of) mine!

  1. Moonstone by Sjon
    This book was frickin’ awesome. Honestly. So good. Big love. And I didn’t just read it in one day – I read it in one sitting.
  2. Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
    I’ll be honest with you – I have no idea if I read this book in one day. But TBH it was so good it’s on this list anyway. Nevertheless. It was FAB and I really recommend it.
  3. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
    See now because this is a poetry book I feel like kind of a cheat, but to be honest I still read it in one day. It’s a lovely book of poetry, and I highly, highly recommend it. It’s written beautiful AND! has gorgeous illustrations by Kaur herself.
  4. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
    Yes. This book is c.600 pages AND I STILL READ IT IN ONE DAY. THAT is how good this is. I recommend THE INFERNAL DEVICES trilogy (this is book #3) so frickin’ much. Sadly, I’m not having such a ball with THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS but I will get there. Eventually.
  5. A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
    This is such a lovely YA romance book. I read this in like one or two sittings? I think? Anyway. It’s quite small text and not short, but I could not put it down. I had to know what happened.
  6. Saga by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples
    Again… I’m not sure if these count, because they’re a graphic novel series but holy hell they’re good. I absolutely LOVE these, and cannot wait to read Vol. 5. Preferably ASAP.
  7. The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
    This is the final in THE YOUNG ELITES series, and I LOVED IT! I think I also read book 2 in one day as well! This series is really good,  and I highly recommend it.
  8. Popular: Vintage Wisdom for the Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen
    Reading this in one day was actually the second time I read it – early in the morning (like, 2am early). This is such an important book and it’s a pleasure to have it grace my shelf!
  9. Tinder by Sally Gardner
    This one was slightly different in the sense that I couldn’t stop reading this… because I was so scared I didn’t want to put it down. It was BRILLIANT with creepy AF drawings. Read it. ;P
  10. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
    I’m not actually sure if I read this one in one day, but I know that I read books 2 and 3 in one day respectively! However, I probably did, so I’ll put it on the list anyway. This series was awesome.

So, what do you think of my list? Are any of these on your lists, too? 🙂

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR

Hello! So I know I only have like 10 minutes of Tuesday left so this post is kind of hurriedly typed… here we go. Anywayyyy, Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the wonderful Broke and Bookish! This week’s theme is (in case you didn’t read the title), Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR!

I’d like to say that I have many, many books on my TBR, but I’d like to get to these in the next couple weeks/over the Easter holidays (which are sooooooooon!).

  1. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
    Yes! This is a reread! I really want to reread the entire series, though, and obviously you start with the first one. I also want to read The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan. Because it’s the same author, I’m counting him in one!
  2. The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas
    This book comes out on April 6th and how do I know that? BECAUSE I HAVE AN ARC, PEOPLE! This is my first ~proper~ before-finished-copy ARC, so I am very excited. I follow the wonderful Rachael on Twitter, and she’s so kind so I’m really excited to read this book.
  3. All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher
    This is actually a library book so I kind of have to get to it ASAP, but I’m really excited to read it. Carrie is a YouTube who I’ve been watching of the late, and I really like her videos and music so I, of course, want to read her book.
  4. Anatomy of A Soldier by Harry Parker
    My most recent buy, this is a book about a soldier who has had his life transformed by an IED. What really drew me into the story was that it’s told via forty-five objects. They’re all listed, so here are some: tourniquet, desert boot, digital watch, razor, photograph, snow, twenty dollar bill, letter, wheelchair. I’m really interested to write a similar type of book, so that aspect made me interested as well, but basically it just sounds good (and the cover is gorgeous).
  5. Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly
    Okay, so this is a book about Beauty and the Beast! Beauty (or Belle) gets lost in a book (literally), which is basically perfectomatum for me (what even was that word?). Also, Donnelly wrote These Shallow Graves which I loved, so I’m hoping I’ll like this one, too!
  6. The Muse by Jessie Burton 
    I loved Burton’s The Miniaturist and I received The Muse for Christmas, so I’m really excited to read it. The cover is absolutely gorgeous and by that alone (with all of the mysterious objects incorporated into it!) I am super excited to see what’s inside.
  7. Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
    This is a book I received in Fairyloot, and thankfully it has had very good reviews! (Sadly, one of their books that I won’t mention, has since had not-so-good reviews. Not sure if I’ll read it, but obviously that does not reflect badly on Fairyloot, esp. as the reviews came out well after the box arrived!) It’s a Russian fairytale retelling ,and I can just imagine lying in the sun in the spring reading wearing the cute little Russian doll necklace that came with the book!
  8. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
    This is one I have been so pumped about and when I saw it for £4 on Amazon I just thought “WHY NOT?!” It’s about three sisters who have to kill each other for the crown, but it’s also a series so I’m actually kind of hoping for a cliffhanger ending! There’s also three editions for the book, and I was so glad to get the red edition!
  9. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
    So, coupled with the mystery of different covers printed on the book, plus the fact it has been everywhere on the interwebs, I saw the hardback copy (!!) for £5 on Amazon and also bought it! (I got the rose design, if you were wondering! <3) This seems really interesting and I hope it’s Night Circus-y vibed, because I loved that book. It’s about a circus who kidnaps a girl’s baby sister. I’m also intrigued as to where “Caraval” comes from…
  10. Amsterdam and First Love, Last Rites by Ian McEwan (and Nutshell, and Saturday)
    Basically, I just want in on an Ian McEwan binge. I recently bought Amsterdam at a book sale (for £1!) and I really love his books. I actually tried to read Nutshell, though, and couldn’t get into it.

So there you have my top ten (or, uh, top fourteen…) Tuesday of the week! What’s on your list? 🙂

Top Ten Series I Want To Finish

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme generally held by The Broke and the Bookish. However, this week is a freebie as Jamie is on hiatus. I’m taking my theme from one I’ve seen someone else do already: Top Ten Series I Want to Finish!

  1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
    I currently sit on book 5 and it’s just not happening at the moment. ARGH. I really do want to read it, but at the same time it’s a bit tricky right now.
  2. The Selection by Kiera Cass
    I have read the first two books in the series, but not The One yet, and I’m unsure whether to count the two books after that even part of the series? (The ones about her daughter. Aka spoilers in the titles!) A lot of people say not to, so I probably won’t.
  3. Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
    DON’T FREAK OUT! I have read The Hobbit but not the rest of the series/the separate trilogy. I’m kind of counting it as one series. Anyway. I want to finish/read this series.
  4. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
    I absolutely LOVED the first book of this (TATBILB) and now that there’s a third coming out?! Well, I have to read the second, of course.
  5. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
    I’m actually part way through book 6, the last book, at the moment, but when I say part way I mean I GOT part way and put the book down and haven’t picked it up again… I just feel like this should’ve ended on book 3? Just me? I think just me. Idk. Sebastian is creepy.
  6. Saga by Brian K Vaughan
    I LOVE THIS GRAPHIC NOVEL SERIES SO MUCH! Like, volume 4?! GIVE IT TO ME. NOW.
  7. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
    I’ve read the first… like… two (?) of these I think, and I really enjoyed them. I think the characters are brilliant, the writing is funny, and I just love it, but I have yet to continue.
  8. The Girl From Everywhere series by Heidi Heilig 
    The second book of this gorgeous series came out only last week (I think?) and I have yet to get my grabby hands on it. I loved the first book and cannot wait for book 2 and whatever follows.
  9. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs
    Y’know, a lot of people say that the books go downhill basically from book 1, so I’m not entirely sure if I actually want to continue on with the series. I would like to see what happens, but if they’re crappy… well, basically I can’t decide. What do you think, bloglings?
  10. Harry Potter by JK Rowling
    Right. Here’s the shit. I LOVE this series. This series is, was, and always will be everything. I have read it before. BUT! I started a reread a year or so ago, and I never finished it. So it’s on the list as a reread I need to do! (Same with Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan).

So there you have it! My TTT for this week. What’s on your list?

Top Ten Books I Loved More/Less Than I Thought I Would

tumblr_nabfmeiuts1rstq9ro1_250This was meant to go up yesterday but I had a cracking headache so hello, it’s once again Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week, there’s a challenge to list ten books relating to a corresponding theme.

I’ve chosen (like I would imagine a lot of people have) to do two lists: 5 books of books I loved more than expected, and 5 books I hated more than expected (and one I truly despised). Please don’t be offended by the latter list!

Also, these books are from this year/late last year!

Loved

  1. Moonstone by Sjon
    Now this. THIS BOOK. This is already one of my favourites of the year. I didn’t expect it to, especially as one of my friends didn’t really like it, but I aboslutely loved it. Gah.
  2. Saga by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
    I thought I would like this graphic novel series, but I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. I had actual grabby hands when my friend (aforementioned friend, yes) let me borrow her, uh, borrowed copies.
  3. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
    I’d never read a Meyer novel before this book, and I really enjoyed Heartless. It’s not on my favourite book list (maybe of 2017, but not ever), but I feel like it does deserve a little spot here as it wasn’t an expected love.
  4. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
    I actually didn’t like this book as much as I hoped, but far more than I expected, and also I liked it more in aspects I didn’t think I would enjoy. If you understood that sentence: it’s on the list.
  5. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
    Three of my favourite books of the past year are this series. I LOVE IT SO SO MUCH. I recently read the graphic novel of Clockwork Angel but it was no where near as good as the book so guess who’s going to have to go back and reread that… Ah, the hard life of a bookworm. 😉

Hated

(Please don’t think that I hate these books (okay, so I maybe hate one). I just didn’t like them as much as I had hoped!)

  1. Trapped in Silver by Emily Sowden
    This was an ARC sent to me by Benjamin from OfTomes Publishing. I have literally never had a bad word about this book or any of their books, so I was actually really surprised when basically I didn’t like it. 😦
  2. The Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett
    I watched the film of this and decided to read the book because my mum had it. The film was hilarious and sad and brilliant, but the book… not so much. It was disjointed and I actually felt like I got more out of the film.
  3. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
    Now, I do like this series (although I have been half way through book 6 for over two months now and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere fast) but it just hasn’t grabbed me like The Infernal Devices which is really sad. As I said, I do like it, and I like the Netflx series too, but it’s not on my blown-away list.
  4. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti
    Another book everyone was raving about, but I just didn’t like. It didn’t deliver what I expected, if that sums up my feelings better. I thought it should have had a trigger warning, and actually said what the book was frickin’ about on the back.
  5. Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan 
    Nope. Nopety nope. This book was a big, fat NOPE from me.

I hope you guys enjoyed reading! Feel free to link me to your TTT in the comments. Have you read any of the books I’ve listed here?

PS: Jamie @ BrokeandBookish is taking a hiatus for a couple weeks. There might be freebies which I might participate in, but other than that TTT is off for a couple more weeks! 

Top Ten Underrated Books Of The Past Year or So

Hello! Today is Tuesday, so that means… TOP TEN TUESDAY!

This is a feature hosted by Broke and Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Underrated Books Of the Past Year (Or So). So, here’s mine!

  1. saffoSappho by Mary Barnard
    Sappho was an incredible (FEMALE!) Greek poet, and her writings are absolutely beautiful. The translation I read was by Mary Barnard, and I really really enjoyed it (and it was printed beautifully too; I’m going to scour to try and get my own copy, as I borrowed it from the library). I’m going to be doing a post on Sappho in the future because her poetry is great.
  2. Tinder by Sally Gardner
    Tinder is one of the scariest books I have ever read. Well, creepiest. Oh my gosh. It is so creepy but SO GOOD and I can’t believe more people haven’t talked about this?! I literally had to stay up to read this because I was too scared to sleep without knowing what happened.
  3. Popular: Vintage Wisdom for the Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen
    I read this book late last year, but it was actually a reread. I also read it in one night. I cannot stress how much I love this book and how much I admire Maya!
  4. Girl Hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe
    I saw this book and picked it up because it was pretty, but it soon became a favourite. It’s a true story about Lucy and how she met her then-girlfriend (*sobs*). Anyway, it’s a great book, and she’s a big voice in the LGBT community on YouTube. I think? She’s on Twitter, anyway.
  5. Florence & Giles by John Harding 
    BLOOMIN HECK. This is one of the best thrillers I have read. It’s the right amount of creepy and thriller-y, and it’s wonderful – you should definitely read it. The sequel, THE GIRL WHO COULDN’T READ, is also very good but not as good!
  6. Book of Lies by Teri Terry
    I don’t really know if this is ‘underrated’, but I think that it’s a book that doesn’t get pumped up enough in the YA community, but IT WAS GREAT. SUCH a good thriller, and I really loved the ending.
  7. 517rszojdrl-_sy344_bo1204203200_Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
    Proof of how much I love this book: I even bought it for my friend for her birthday (hiya there, Nicky). This. This is the type of book I want to write. It is just so brilliant, and I would definitely recommend it.
  8. Fairytale Retellings series by Jackson Pearce 
    Kinda cheating because it’s 4 books, but I read the first a few years ago and book 4 last year, but I recommend all of them. SISTERS RED remains my favourite out of all 4, but they are fantastic. I gave all of them a full 5 stars.
  9. Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan 
    Again, I’m not sure if it’s underrated this series, but I do think that all Riordan books are a little underrated when it comes to big coporations. I WANT MY PERCY JACKSON MERCH, DAMMIT! *ahem* Anyway, Magnus Chase is SO DIVERSE it is absolutely fantastic, and you should DEFINITELY go and read it, esp. book 2.
  10. The Paper Magician by Charlie M Holmberg
    This one was actually a really good book. Oftentimes, I read a book and then forget what happened, but with this one? I can actually remember what happened! I really want to read the rest in the trilogy.

So there you have it! What books are on your list? Do you agree with any on mine? 🙂

Top Ten Books I Wanted To Read in 2016 But Didn’t

In 2016 I read some really great books but didn’t get around to all of the ones I wanted. Sooo here’s a list of those, and I hope that I can get to them soon (ish, at least).

This is a linkup with Broke and Bookish, although I’ve slightly changed the title from “Top Ten 2016 Releases I Wanted to Read in 2016 But Didn’t” to what the title is now: just Top Ten Books I Wanted To Read But Didn’t”. 🙂

  1. The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
    This is the third in The Young Elites trilogy, and I was planning on marathoning the trilogy but never got around to this book. I was THEN going to read it for the Winter Booktube-A-Thon but didn’t, so now it’s on my Summer Biannual Bibliothon TBR!
  2. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
    The final book of The Mortal Instruments series! I wanted to read this book last year but didn’t. This book just isn’t working for me and I’m really sad about it, but I am going to finish it this year no matter what!
  3. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
    This was a book that I got for a “well done!” after getting my A-Level results and for some reason, I haven’t read it yet. WHY HANNAH. WHY.
  4. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
    So I was lucky enough to meet this wonderful woman and even get a signed copy of the book and yet I haven’t read the book? I’m really excited to read it as well!
  5. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
    This is the first in the Six of Crows duology and I even got the book out of the library after getting ridiculously excited over the Grisha trilogy but I didn’t read it so I’m mad at myself. I’ve heard that it is an incredible duology so I need to get to it ASAP!
  6. This Savage Song by VE Schwab 
    One of my very good friends has read this book and really enjoyed it, and I’ve heard so much about it that I really think I should get around to at least one of her books shortly in the future.
  7. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
    I’ve been seeing so many time travel romances around, but I think that Outlander is reputed to be the best and I’ve just been seeing so many Outlander knitting patterns I want to read it. So badly. And it’s on my Kindle so I don’t even have an excuse!
  8. Medea and Other Plays by Euripides
    Since reading Jason and the Golden Fleece (The Argonautica) I’ve wanted to read the play of Medea. I know the story, but reading it is a different, uh, story.
  9. As I Descended by Robin Talley
    Like Six of Crows, I got this one out of the library too and never read it! (Okay, to be fair for both of these, it’s because I had to come home.) But I really want to read this, as Macbeth The Scottish Play is one of my favourite Shakespeare’s, if not my favourite, and I would love to see a twist on it!
  10. Nemesis by Anna Banks
    I actually started reading this but didn’t keep it up (was going through a bad time 😦 ). It seems really interesting, and after the Wyverns in… Throne of Glass? I think? I’m really interested to read more about them in this book because I LOVE WYVERNS SO MUCH.

So there you have it, there are my Top Ten Books I Wanted To Read in 2016 But Didn’t! I’m going to try and get to all of these in 2017, believe me! 😀 Are any of these books on your list? What do you think about the books I’ve got going here? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

Top Ten Autumn Reads

Hello everyone! This week’s prompt from The Broke and The Bookish is top ten scary reads. I don’t really read scary books though, so I’m doing top ten Autumn reads!

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Autumn and Spring are my two favourite seasons. I love the crispiness of the air, the changing colours, the fact I can snuggle up. It’s so beautiful, and so lovely, and just gah. Autumn.

Because we’re just getting into Autumn, I’m going to do this TTT a little differently. I’ll do 5 books I have read and recommend, and then 5 books I want to get around to myself because I feel they’re Autumnal. Feel free to take all 10 as jolly good recs, though. 🙂

5 Autumn Reads I Recommend

  1. The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle
    The Accident Season is beautiful and scary and very much autumnly, so I would definitely recommend it for this time of year. I need to reread this book as much as you either need to read it for the first time or reread it also! For Cara, the accident season has always been there at the end of October, a month where her family have continually accidents. Knives are banished, sharp corners covered up. But why is her family cursed? And can the curse be broken?
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  2. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
    The first in a trilogy, this isn’t particularly autumnly, but it’s a book that you’ll want to read tucked up with a hot chocolate and a blanket whilst you can glance up and see the leaves fall from the trees outside. Kelsea is a girl taken from her home in the woods to become Queen of the Tearling. But her life is in danger every single moment.
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  3. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
    I will sing the praises of this trilogy for ages. These books are creepy and lovely and basically go shove your head in a library and take them home with you. K. Thx. Tessa has been sent from America to the UK, but when she arrives she is kidnapped. She discovers she has a power – she can shapeshift into other people. The world of the Shadowhunters opens up to Tessa in a Victorian London society.
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  4. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
    BURIAL RITES is the story of the last woman to be executed in Iceland. Taken on a journey and forced to live with a family who don’t want her, Agnes is just counting down her last days until the execution. This is such a beautiful and sad book and again is definitely for autumn. I guess it’s probably more suited to late November, though.
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  5. Florence and Giles by John Harding
    I can totally do creepy and this is one of the creepiest books you’re gonna get. After their first governess dies violently, Florence is convinced her new governess is a malevolent spirit out to kill her and kidnap her little brother, Giles. And she will stop at nothing to make sure that doesn’t happen. This book is so, so creepy, and you guys should definitely go and read it.
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And now… 5 Autumn Reads I Want to Read This Year

  1. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater
    OKay so this might not be typically autumnal, but I still want to read this book anyway. Besides, if you’re with a horse I always think you should have cold hands and a warm heart. ❤
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  2. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
    A story of WWI, this book is apparently heartbreaking and beautiful. I would really like to read it this year. I borrowed the book from a telephone box library where my lovely boyfriend lives in Andover, UK, so I would like to read it and return it at Christmas for someone else to pick up in the future.
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  3. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
    This is a What If? fictional history book. What if Hitler had won the war? is the question asked. I got this book as a ‘well done’ present for my A Levels and I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet! The sequel has recently come out, too. I feel like this book will be kinda badass.
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  4. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    This is a book that’s been on my TBR for quite a while, and I brought it to university with me. It’s the type of book that inspires the image of a reader curled up in bed with a steaming mug and a book in one hand, the sky dark outside and their heads full of wonder.
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  5. Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo 
    These two are the final books in the Grisha trilogy. I read Shadow and Bone in a day, so of course I want to read these two as quick as possible. It’s a fantasy story that everyone’s talking about so hahaha give it to me now. (Please.)
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So there you have my top ten Tuesday (once again on a Wednesday. Oh, shush). My next read is actually The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, so hey, I’m already getting to my Autumn TBR! What’s on your list?

Catch you later!

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