Best Books of 2017 (So Far)

*Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish*

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! This weeks theme is the best books that we’ve read so far in 2017. My list is going to be shorter this week as I haven’t really read that many books that I want to include in this list. Here are the five books that I’ve loved so far this year.


Truth or Dare by Non Pratt

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This is one that I recently finished and I enjoyed it so much. The book is told from two perspectives and to read the other point of view, the book has to be flipped upside down and turned over. The characters narrative sometimes overlaps but I found it really interesting to see how the other person experienced the same events. I’ve never read a book written in this way before, so it was really fun to see how it impaced the story.


 

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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Whenever Cassandra Clare releases a new book, it’s never a disappointment and it will always end up on a favourite list for me.


When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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This is probably one of the best contemporaries that I’ve read so far this year. I couldn’t stop smiling the whole way through!


Maus by Art Spiegelman 

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This is one that I had to read for University, which I wasn’t really expecting to enjoy. It’s a graphic novel that recounts the authors fathers experience in the Holocaust. It was so eye opening and has definitely left an impact on me.


Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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I’m not really a big fan of Alice in Wonderland so I was really surprised when I enjoyed this book. I love Marissa Meyer’s writing and it was really interesting reading about the Queen of Hearts before she was evil.


What are some of the best books that you’ve read so far this year? Let me know if you’ve taken part in this weeks Top Ten Tuesday, so I can check out your lists!

Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag!

It’s been a while since I last did a book tag, so this week I thought I’d do the ‘Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag’ that I’ve seen all over booktube at the moment! This tag was created by the YouTubers ReadLikeWildfire and EarlGreyBooks, so definitely go and check out their channels!


 

The best book you’ve read so far in 2017

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I haven’t really read many books this year, but this book is by far my favourite. It was so much fun to read and so easy to get into, definitely worth the hype!


Best sequel of 2017 so far

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

I don’t know why, but for some reason I wasn’t as excited about this book as I have been about previous Cassandra Clare novels. I was still looking forward to reading it, but it was never at the top of my list. Even though I wasn’t that excited, I still loved the book and it blew me away!


 

A new release you haven’t read yet, but want to

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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

When this book came out last month, I didn’t have the time to read it because I had exams at University. Since I finished Uni, I’ve still not picked it up – I don’t know why though!


Most anticipated release of the second half of 2017

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Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

I pre-ordered this a couple of days ago and I really can’t wait until it’s released!


Biggest disappointment

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White Noise by Don DeLillo

This is one that I had to read for University, and I was so sure that I’d enjoy it because it sounded really interesting. I never actually finished the book because I couldn’t get into it.


Biggest surprise and Favourite New Author

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Truth or Dare by Non Pratt

I’ve combined these two questions because I have the same answer for them! I had never read or heard of Non Pratt before I got this book in the May Illumicrate. The synposis of the book sounded like the kind of book that I would enjoy so I picked this up a couple of days ago. I was surprised by how much I loved it and how quickly I finished it. I will definitely be checking out Non Pratt’s other books!


Newest fictional crush

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Jest from Heartless by Marissa Meyer

I completely forgot I’d read this book, until I looked on my Goodreads page. I loved this book so much and the character Jest! If you haven’t read this book yet, you won’t be disappointed.


Newest favourite character

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Kit from Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Kit was originally introduced in the first book in this series and I never really thought that much of him. However, in Lord of Shadows we learn more about him and it changed my opinion completely.


A book that made you cry

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

I feel like I’m mentioning this book way too much, sorry!


A book that made you happy

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Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

This series has always made me smile but I probably smiled more whilst reading this one because I was so happy with how the series ended.


Favourite book to movie adpatation you’ve seen this year

I haven’t actually seen many films this year, so I don’t have an answer for this question!


Favourite review you’ve written this year

I’m so bad at writing reviews so I tend to avoid doing it as much as possible, even though I love sharing my thoughts about books. I’m choosing my Illumicrate review because it was so much fun and I loved all the items in the box!


Most beautiful book you’ve bought or recieved so far this year

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

This book is so beautiful even though my copy has been ruined by a sticker. I got it from Waterstones and they put a sticker on it.. and stickers and books don’t mix well. There’s now a patch of the sticker that won’t come off, but it’s still really pretty!

Books you need to read by the end of the year

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor


Feel free to do this tag and let me know if you do, so I can check it out!

Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start But Haven’t

*Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish*

I’ve been in Scotland for the past week and I’m finally back and have internet! I was worried I wouldn’t get this weeks Top Ten up because of all the travelling but thankfully I’ve been able to.

This weeks theme is ten series that I’ve been meaning to start but haven’t. I’m pretty sure I could make an extremely long list with the amount of series that I haven’t started yet because there’s so many I want to read. There’s loads of good books out there that it’s impossible to read them all and then new ones are published and they get added to my list – it’s an endless cycle!

Here are the ten series that I still haven’t read…


img_3292Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I’ve read the first book in this series but never got around to picking the other books up. I’ve gone through stages of wanting to read it and not wanting to because of the amount of spoilers I’ve seen.

 

 

 

 

61L67vSQ+kL._SX333_BO1,204,203,200_An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

This is one that I’ve got no excuses for not reading. I just haven’t and I don’t know why.

 

 

 

 

 

13138635These Broken Stars by Amy Kaufman

I went through a big sci-fi stage a few years ago so I’ve had this book for quite a while. During my sci-fi binge I never got around to this book but one day I will.

 

 

 

 

8475505Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

This is another one that I’ve had for ages which I was so excited to read. I’ve not heard good things about the final book in the series, so I’m not really sure if I want to read it anymore.

 

 

 

 

51T4pO2ozML._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

I got this trilogy a few Christmases ago because I was really into fantasy at the time. I still love reading fantasy but it takes me a lot longer to read them so I’ve been waiting for the perfect time to start this series.

 

 

 

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I have two of the books in this trilogy and I don’t really know that much about them. I know that it focuses upon witches but I don’t really know why I haven’t read it yet.

 

 

 

 

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This series is so hyped up by everyone that I’m scared to read it in case I don’t like it!

 

 

 

 

 

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I read the first book in the series a few years ago and really enjoyed it. For some reason, I never carried on with the series even though I wanted to. I will at some point though.

 

 

 

 

16069030The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

This is another series that I found was really over-hyped. Again, I read the first in the series and although I enjoyed it, it wasn’t as good as everyone had said. I do own all the books in the series so I’ll eventually get around to finishing it!

 

 

 

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I mention this duology so much necause it’s one that I really want to read. At first I wasn’t sure if it was something I’d be interested in, but the reviews were saying amazing things about the first book that it really made me want to read it.

 


Those are all of the series that I haven’t read even though I want to! What are some of the series or books that you haven’t had a chance to read yet?

Summer TBR

I’m currently in Scotland on holiday and I’ve scheduled this post to go up because I won’t have any internet! Even though this week is really busy for me because I’m doing a lot of travelling, I’m using this week to catch up on a lot of reading as I’ll have no distractions. Now that I’ve finished University for the summer, I’m going to challenge myself to read a lot more than I usually do because I have so much free time. It also helps that there are so many books out there that I’m dying to read! I’ve made a list of all the books that are at the top of my TBR list this summer.


img_3315A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
This came out at the beginning of May and I haven’t had a chance to read or even look at it yet. I’ve managed to avoid spoilers which I’m really happy about but I know that won’t last for much longer!

 

 

 

 

img_3314Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

I’m really in the mood to read retellings and I’ve heard that this series is so good. I’ve never actually seen the Wizard of Oz but I know some of the plot, so I can’t wait to see what this book is like!

 

 

 

 

img_3081Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

I got this book a couple of months ago but it’s been on my TBR for ages. I haven’t read many books based upon witches recently, but this one sounds really interesting.

 

 

 

 

img_3320Wintersong by S. Jae Jones

This is one of the books that I’ve taken with me to Scotland because it sounds like a book that I won’t be able to put down!

 

 

 

 

28458598When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I’ve mentioned this book so much recently so I’m not going to say anything other than I’m excited to read it!

 

 

 

 

img_3329Truth or Dare by Non Pratt

This is another book that I’m taking with me to Scotland because I really can’t wait to read it.

 

 

 

 

 

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I started the year saying that I was going to read this duology really soon and it never happened. This summer it will happen and I’m really looking forward to it.

 

 

 

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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

I got a few chapters into this book before I stopped to focus on university deadlines. I can’t focus on loads of things at once, so I wasn’t able to fully enjoy what I was reading without thinking of essays. I want to finish this in time for the release of the second book, One Dark Throne.

 

 

 

img_3028Passenger and Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

These books are beautiful and I’ve never had the time to properly sit down and read them. I want to read them one after the other because it sounds like I won’t be able to put them down.

 


There are a lot more books that I’m planning to read this summer, but these are the main ones that I’ve been telling myself I’ll read every month. This time I mean it though and I am determined to catch up on all of these books! What are some of the books that are on your TBR for the summer months?

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han Review

When I read the previous book, PS I Still Love You, I didn’t realise that it was supposed to be the last book. However, I’m so happy that Jenny Han decided to write another book because I really wanted to see how Lara Jean’s final year at high school went! When I first started the ‘To All the Boys I Loved Before’ series, I had no idea how attached I would get to all of the characters. Now that the final books it out, I’m sad to say goodbye to all of the characters and their story – but I’m so happy with how everything ended.

*This review does not contain spoilers*


Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?


The book follows Lara Jean as she goes through her last year at high school whilst also preparing for college. It was hard not to be as excited as Lara Jean was about the next chapter in her life! So many things happened within the novel – some good, some bad and some that were so much fun to read about. This novel was the perfect goodbye to all the characters as everything was wrapped up so nicely, making everything more final so there was no wondering about what happened next. As much as I would love to read about Lara Jean’s experiences in college, this was the best way to end the series and I can’t stop smiling after finishing the book.

Even though I loved the book so much, Lara Jean got on my nerves a little bit. I feel bad even saying it, but it’s true – I still love her as a character though! Everyone gets a little preoccupied and stressed when there are final exams and deadlines approaching, but instead of focusing on that, Lara Jean seemed to focus more on other people and making decisions for them. I know that as a character, Lara Jean does like to be in control but at some points within the book it was really overwhelming just how much she was trying to influence other people’s actions. I understand completely why she was behaving the way that she was, she cares so much for the people around her, but some of it was really unnecessary and could have been avoided.

That was my only negative about the book! My favourite part was probably seeing Lara Jean going through the nerve wracking experience of waiting for replies from colleges. It brought back all the memories of my process of getting into University – all the worry, excitement and everything else in between. It was so easy to relate to Lara Jean and the situation that she was in, not knowing what the best decision for her was. I really admire how well she handled everything that was thrown at her, she handled it a lot better than I ever did! It was also really nice to see Lara Jean struggle as weird as that sounds. I’ve read so many books where the characters get everything handed to them, just because they’re the main character, so it was really refreshing to see a main character who didn’t always get what they wanted.

This series has had its ups and downs and being able to follow the Song family along the way has been a really fun experience. They are one of my favourite fictional families because of how close they all are, and despite anything they are always there for each other. This series is so much more than just a romance – it’ll always be a series that I’ll recommend to everyone.


Have you read Always and Forever, Lara Jean yet? What were your thoughts on the book?

10 Contemporary Books on my TBR

*Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish*

This weeks theme is ten books from a certain genre that have been added to my TBR list. My TBR list is out of control. On average I’ve only been reading one or two books a month recently, but my TBR list has grown so much because of all the new amazing books out there. As it’s summer at the moment, I’ve been searching for new contemporary books to read because it’s my favourite genre to read during the summer months. There are loads of contemporaries that I want to read but I’ve narrowed it down to the ten that I’m the most excited to read. Here are my ten contemporary books that I’ve recently added to my TBR pile!


28458598When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon by Sandhya Menon
I rushed out to Waterstones the other day just so I could get my hands on this book because I’m so excited to read it. I’ve heard so many good things about it so I can’t wait to dive straight in to this book!

 

 

 

 

34373364Windfall by Jennifer Smith
I started this a few weeks ago but stopped reading it so I could focus on Lord of Shadows. Once I’ve finished that book, I’ll be moving straight back to this one because I was really enjoying it!

 

 

 

 

img_3322Geekerella by Ashley Poston 
This book sounds like it will be a really fun and easy read. It’s one I’ve been really excited to start because of all the great things I’ve heard about it. I’ve never been to a convention before but I’m sure that this book will make me want to go to one even more than I already do!

 

 

 

 

img_3329Truth or Dare by Non Pratt 
I got this book in the book subscription box Illumicrate and as soon as I saw it, I knew I needed to read it as soon as possible. I did a review and unboxing of everything that was in the box,so if you’re interested in seeing what else was in the box click here.

 

 

 

 

img_3319Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

This book caught my eye in the book shop because it sounded so different to previous contemporaries that I’d read. It focuses upon disability which I think is an extremely important topic that isn’t really discussed in many novels at the moment. I have heard mixed reviews about this novel, so I’m looking forward to seeing what I think of it!

 

 

timthumbFinding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
I’ve had this book for over two years now and I’ve never gotten around to reading it. I’ve heard so many great things about Sophie Kinsella’s writing, so I’m hoping that this will be a book that I really enjoy.

 

 

 

 

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I read this book a few years ago and loved it so much. It’s easily my favourite Morgan Matson book and because of that, I really want to re-read it this summer!

 

 

 

 

30653853The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

As soon as I read the synopsis for this book, I knew it was going straight on my TBR. It sounds like it’s going to be so relatable and funny so it’s definitely one that I’ll be searching for in the book shops!

 

 

 

 

32799280The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

I’m in love with the cover for this book, it’s so beautiful! Aside from the cover, it sounds like it’s going to be an equally beautiful read.

 

 

 

 

32887579One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

This is another book where as soon as I read the synopsis, it went straight on my TBR. I don’t usually enjoy books that have a mystery that needs to be solved but this one sounds interesting. It’s getting really good reviews so I can’t wait to start this one!

 

 

 


Those are all of the contemporary books that I’ve recently added to my TBR! What are some books that you can’t wait to read?

Illumicrate Unboxing and Review!

I have always wanted to get a book subscription box because the whole idea sounds like so much fun to me. For months, I have been searching for a book subscription service that is affordable and delivers to the UK. I finally came across Illumicrate and it sounded like the perfect subscription box for me. The box is quarterly, which is what appealed to me the most because you get a box every three months. I didn’t want the commitment of a monthly service because that could get really expensive – although it would be really fun. Illumicrate is priced at £29.99 with free shipping in the UK, they do ship internationally but you have to pay extra for postage. The box usually contains one or two upcoming books and other bookish goodies that are exclusive to the box!

Moving on to what was in the box…

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Overview of the box

Truth or Dare by Non Pratt

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This is a signed copy from Non Pratt and it sounds really good! It’s told from two perspectives and you read the other perspective by turning the book over and flipping it upside down. I’ve never read a book that’s written in this way before so I’m really looking forward to starting it.

The Waking Land by Callie Bates ARC

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This book is due for release on the 29th of June 2017, so there’s not much longer to wait! It’s a fantasy book but I don’t really know much else about it. It does sound really interesting though!

A Court of Thorns and Roses Feyre Mug (by Merwild)

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I knew straight away that this was a Court of Thorns and Roses mug which I was really happy about. I love that is shows Feyre throughout the series and how much she has grown as a character! I don’t usually use mugs because I don’t like hot drinks, but this is now proudly sitting on my shelves next to the book series.

Enchanted Door Hanger and Print (by TJ Lubrano)

These are two of my favourite items from the box because they are so beautiful. I’m thinking of framing the print on the right because it would look perfect on my bookshelves.

Map Bookmark (by Penguin Co)

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It took me ages to realise that this bookmark actually sits on the corner of your pages. I’ve never had a bookmark like this before, but I love the idea of it and can’t wait to use it!

Mermaid Lagoon Candle (by Flickerink)

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This is another one of my favourite items from the box because it smells amazing (and it’s based upon my favourite Disney film). It’s a really fresh scent but it also reminds me of Calpol, which I used to love when I was younger – even if it was medicine!

Swish and Flick Keychain (by Nutmeg and Arlo)

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I was so happy when I saw this keychain because it’s Harry Potter themed! I love the colour of it as well as it reminds me of Ravenclaw which is my house!

Windfall Poster and The Gender Games Badge

These were extras in the box, a poster for the new book Windfall which I’m currently reading, and a badge for The Gender Games.

Various Prints from the Book ‘Taste of Blue Light’

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These prints were another extra item within the box. I didn’t realise until I just searched for the maker of these prints that they are all quotes from the book Taste of Blue Light which is coming out this September.


Those are all of the items that were in the May box of Illumicrate! This was my first ever book subscription box and I’m really happy with everything that was in it. If you know of any other book subscription services please let me know as I really want to find more!