Top Ten Authors I’d Love To Have Coffee With | aka I rave about Shakespeare *again*

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly prompt hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and created by The Broke and the Bookish.

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I am actually terrible at meeting authors. I completely freeze up and forget how my tongue works, I sometimes splutter “I LOVE YOUR BOOK” as I’m running away from the signing desk, and I will happily walk around the rest of the day clutching an important book to my chest.

Despite all of this, and the enormous anxiety that meeting my favourite authors brings me, there are still some fantastic writers I would love to meet (and flail in front of) preferably in front of a rather large latte.

(Also, the “top ten Tuesday” prompt never said they had to be alive. Heh.)

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Top Ten Books On My TBR

Today is another Top Ten Tuesday, and today I thought I would share the Top Ten Books on my TBR – aka, the top ten books I want to get to as soon as possible!

  1. Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan
    I can’t believe I haven’t finished this series yet. I am so excited to read it!
  2. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller 
    I am seeing Madeline Miller talk at the UEA Spring Literary Festival, and I would love to have read this before I see her.
  3. Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey 
    I am also seeing Emma talk at the literary festival, and as she’s also a UEA alumni, I think it’d be great to have read something by her before I see her!
  4. The White Book by Han Kang 
    I’m soooo excited for this book! I wasn’t the biggest fan of THE VEGETARIAN, but I have flicked through this books so many times in Waterstones and I finally bought it!
  5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 
    Nope. I still haven’t read this… I know! I need to get to it soon, especially before the film comes out.
  6. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor 
    I’ve seen that the second book is coming out in October, and the cover is so gorgeous! I would love to read (and love) this book before the new one comes out in October so I can have beautiful matching series…
  7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    If you saw in my Goodreads tour blog post, JANE EYRE and THE TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL are still on my currently reading list, and although I would love to finish them ASAP, I feel that because I’m already reading them I can’t put them on this list… but I can put this one on!
  8. Spark by Alice Broadway
    This is book two, following INK, which I loved, so I really want to get to this one soon!
  9. Mythos by Stephen Fry 
    This is a collection of Greek myths (and signed! I met Stephen Fry! He was so nice!), and I’m thinking of writing about one for my dissertation, but I can’t choose which, so I’m going to read a couple of collections – also…
  10. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
    This is the same as MYTHOS, because I haven’t even decided whether to do Norse or Greek mythology! Aaah!

So there you go, here are 10 books that are on my TBR! I would love to get to these in the next month or so, so here’s hoping! ❤ What’s on your immediate TBR?

Until the next time,

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5 Series I Should Probably Get Around to Finishing

Hello all! Today I thought I would share 5 lovely book series that I really need to finish…!

Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan (Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer, Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor, Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead)

I love Rick Riordan’s books, and I only have the last book in this series to read! I highly, highly recommend all of his books, but when you read Magnus Chase after reading the others, you discover so many more Easter eggs!

Skin Books series by Alice Broadway (Ink, Spark, Untitled Book #3)

SPARK, book 2 in this series, was only released about a week ago, so I haven’t really had that much time to read it, but I really want to read this one and the last in the series… although that will probably be released in 2019 or something…

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Days of Blood & Starlight, Dreams of Gods & Monsters)

I adored the first in this series, and I actually own the second, but I haven’t read it yet; and I think I will probably have to revisit it before I read the next ones in the series though, because I can’t really remember how it finished.

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury (The Sin Eater’s Daughter, The Sleeping Prince, The Scarecrow Queen)

The first of this series was brilliant and really different to anything I’ve read before, but I have yet to finish the trilogy despite Melinda Salisbury kindly sending me the entire trilogy… so I should probably get reading.

Finishing School by Gail Carriger (Etiquette & Espionage, Curtsies & Conspiracies, Waistcoats & Weaponry, Manners & Mutiny)

I realise that by a complete accident I have put all trilogies on here, but now here’s a series of four books… and, once again, I’ve only read the first (I’m sensing yet another trend…) but it was hilarious, and I would love to finish it (especially as they’re such quick reads!).

So here are 5 I need to finish, what is on your list?

Until the next time,

Hannah 😊

4 Children’s/YA Authors You Should Read At Least 1 Book Of!

Hello everyone! Today I thought I would share some authors I think everyone should read at least 1 book of in the children’s / YA genre.

All of these authors have a big place in my heart, and I think that they’re brilliant. And yes, they are considered children’s authors, but I would honestly recommend them to any age – I would definitely read all of them now!

  1. Michael Morpurgo
    Image result for michael morpurgoMichael Morpurgo is a story maker, or at least that’s how he describes himself in one of his autobiographies, Singing For Mrs Pettigrew. He writes books that often centre around animals and history, and outcasted individuals. Some of his famous books are War Horse, The Wreck of the Zanzibar, Butterfly Lion, and Kensuke’s Kingdom. I would recommend starting pretty much anywhere, but any of his more famed books are always a good place to start.
  2. Rick Riordan 
    Image result for rick riordanRick Riordan is one of my personal top 3 favourite authors, so of course I’m going to recommend him! His novel list is substantial, which means that there are lots of places to start (although of course I would suggest either Percy Jackson or The Kane Chronicles). Rick’s books are full of action, friendship, myths, and in his new series (now that he has the publisher’s hooked), Rick is bringing out more and more diverse characters. I’m excited to see where his new imprint, Rick Riordan Presents, will go.
  3. Image result for enid blytonEnid Blyton
    Have you ever met a British adult who has not read at least one Enid Blyton book? Enid Blyton is such a staple in most homes, and I would highly recommend reading her! Personally I started with Malory Towers and that will always be my favourite series, but the Famous Five, Secret Seven, or Twins at St Clare’s books are also good places to start.
  4. Terry Pratchett
    Image result for terry pratchettAnd finally, the king of weird lit and fantastical novels: Terry Pratchett. Pratchett passed away in 2015 but his novels are still read but many, many people – including me! All of his books can be read as standalone but reading them in series may help. You can head over to my Discworld Reading List, where I’m recording what I’ve personally, read, but just Google it if you want to learn more of where to start!

I hope that this has given you a place to start! Perhaps you’re looking for a book for a young reader or you’re looking for yourself (no shame in looking for kids books, don’t worry!), but I hope that you’ve discovered something!

Until the next time,

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Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters | Epic Riordan Readalong

Hello all, and welcome to the second week of the Epic Riordan Readalong! I really enjoyed reading Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief this week, and we’re of course continuing on the series by moving onto Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters! 

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Percy Jackson continues on his journey as a half-blood, this time his quest taking him to the sea from where his father comes from. Percy must travel on the same quest Jason took – to find the Golden Fleece and protect Camp Half-Blood from harm.

The reading schedule is now up on the YouTube channel, and I’ve started to host Twitter chats on Twitter! Make sure to follow our Instagram too to see some great fanart and fan posts too.

ICYMI, the questions from last week’s Twitter chat on Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief were…

  1. Which cabin do you think you would be in at Camp Half-Blood?
  2. Throughout the book, Percy is troubled by prophetic dreams. How important do you think dreams are in literature?
  3. *spoilers* Luke betrays Camp Half-Blood – but do you sympathise with him at all?
  4. The Three Fates appear to Percy early on in the quest. Do you believe in fate?
  5. If you could have a magical object, what would you have?

If you want to answer these questions, feel free to make your own blog post or Tweet using the hashtag/s #EpicRiordanChat and #EpicRiordanReadalong!

I’m really excited to read book 2 in the Percy Jackson series, so, until the next time,

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Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief | The Epic Riordan Readalong

The first week of 2018 brings in the start of Epic Riordan Readalong. I’m so happy to be beginning this readalong, and I hope you guys join along with me and my lovely friend Natalie @ Bookographic.

This week we’re of course starting with the great Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief! Our schedule for this one is the 1st – 7th Jan, and I’m really excited to finally be rereading this after so long.

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If you didn’t know, Percy Jackson is about a boy who discovers his a demigod, the son of Poseidon. In this one, Percy is being accused of a crime he didn’t commit – stealing the thunderbolt of the king of the Gods, Zeus. If Percy doesn’t return the bolt by the summer solstice, it’ll be all out war – but the trouble is, of course, that he doesn’t actually have the bolt to return…

I really hope you guys will join in the with the readalong! I’ll be posting the schedule later this week (sorry that it’s up much later than what I imagined!), so if it’s just a series or two that you want to join in with reading with us, feel free! We’re of course starting with Percy Jackson, so there are your first five weeks of 2018 sorted!

If you want to join in, you can Tweet us, Instagram us, or email us (epicriordanreadalong @ hotmail . com), and remember to use the hashtag #EpicRiordanReadalong.

Until the next time,

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Epic Riordan Readalong! | Announcement

Hello all! I am really excited to make this announcement.

Over the upcoming year, me and my friend Natalie will be reading all of Rick Riordan’s books, one every week, and we would love it if you would come and join us!

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We’re starting the year with the Percy Jackson, with of course Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. Every week, I will be posting a video on our new YouTube channel, and I will also be posting on this blog, so make sure you subscribe to all of our social media!

I honestly cannot WAIT for all this to begin. I haven’t read Percy Jackson in a long, long time, and I’ll be reading the Kane Chronicles for the first time as well!

I hope you’ll be reading alongside us, because I’m really excited! Make sure to subscribe to our social media (and this blog! I might be making a blog about it, but I’m not entirely sure yet) to stay up to date with all of the goings on.

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I really hope you guys come and join, and read Rick Riordan with us!

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? 🙂

Book Review | Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase #2) by Rick Riordan

Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon – the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki – and the price he wants is very high.

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