Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten 2015 Releases I Didn’t Get To

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten 2015 Releases I Didn’t Get To

Hey guys! It’s been quite a while since I last took part in this meme but as I want to post more regularly on my blog I’ve decided this is a good way to go about it!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and Bookish.

This week’s topic is: Top 10 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t 

There were quite a few releases I wanted to read last year but sadly didn’t get a chance to. I’ve had to go through Goodreads just to make sure the books on my list were actually released in 2015!


 

  1. The Accident Season – Moïra Fowley-Doyle
  2. Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon
  3. One – Sarah Crossan*
  4. Playing With Fire – Tess Gerritsen
  5. Paperweight – Meg Haston
  6. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli
  7. A Court Of Throne and Roses – Sarah J. Maas
  8. Six Of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
  9. Illuminae – Amie Kaufman
  10. The Girl On The Train – Paula Hawkins

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* Today I was lucky enough to win Sarah Crossan’s giveaway and therefore I’ve won a copy of ‘One!’ I’m so excited to receive it and read it!!


Have you guys read any of these books? If so, what did you think of them?

Love,

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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (Day 1)

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (Day 1)

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Hi guys! I was tagged to do this weeks ago by Deanna over at A Novel Glimpse so I’d just like to thank her for that. I’m so happy to finally take part in this tag!


The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  • Nominate 3 new bloggers each day.

The first quote I’m going to go for is a quote from one of my favourite books, Clockwork Angel.

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

I absolutely adore these books and this quote really stood out to me. For me I took this quote to mean that books have such a huge impact on some people’s lives that could make them want to change or inspire them etc. I’m going to need to try my best and not use Cassadra Clare’s books for all the quotes I choose!


I nominate:

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What Are You Reading Wednesday #1

What Are You Reading Wednesday #1

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Hi guys! So today I discovered this meme hosted by Andie (It’s A Reading Thing) and it looks like fun! For the What Are You Reading Wednesdays meme (WAYRW) all you have to do is grab the book you are currently reading and answer the three questions:

  1. What’s the name of your current read?
  2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your ebook and share a couple of sentences.
  3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

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  1. Right now I’m currently re-reading Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer.
  2. “Do you really have any idea how important you are to me? Any concept at all of how much I love you?” He pulled me tighter against his hard chest, tucking my head under his chin.
  3. If Edward wasn’t completely controlling and possessive and Jacob wasn’t forceful then yeah, maybe. Also Bella would need to stop being so whiny. I mean Forks is pretty much like Scotland where the weather is crappy the majority of the time so it wouldn’t really be much different except vampires and werewolves would exist.

What are you guys currently reading? Let me know in the comments below!

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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me

*i just realised I have two #8s so one will count as a spare wish if it exists because I have no idea what wish I want to get rid of :’)*

Hi guys! So today is the day I’ve finally decided to take part in the Top Ten Tuesday meme. I’ve seen loads of the people I follow take part in it and it looks like fun! Also it gives me a weekly thing to post when I don’t have any reviews to post.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and Bookish.

This week’s topic is: 10 Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me. YOU DREAM IT AND THE BOOKISH GENIE CAN DO IT!

  1. For an entire room in my house for my own personal library. 

Like who doesn’t want this? A place where I’m surrounded by all my books and can just sit and read for as long as I want without anyone disturbing me.

2. To be able to enter/be part of any story I read.

How amazing would it be if you could jump straight into the book and experience everything along with the characters.

3. To be able to spend the day with my favourite authors with it being one author per day.

I would literally do anything to meet J.K. Rowling, Cassandra Clare, Thomas Hardy etc!

4. For there to be a brilliant adaption of The Mortal Instruments Series.

I honestly didn’t like the City Of Bones movie at all. It felt very rushed and just did nothing at all for the books. I think they were right in choosing Jamie Campbell Bower for the role as Jace lookwise however I feel he tried to hard to get the part right and it just went wrong. Hopefully the series is slightly better but we’ll see.

5. I’d wish for it to be acceptable to read anywhere.

The majority of the time I’m at some sort of gathering etc I just want to sit in a corner and read. Apparently that’s mostly frowned upon.

6. I’d wish for the ability to say the name of a book and it just appear in front of me.

Imagine being able to get any book you want just by saying the name? That would be fab.

7. To meet all my favourite book characters. 

Jace (TMI Series), Levi & Cath (Fangirl), Basically everyone from Harry Potter. Life would be great if I could meet them all.

8. To go to all the Harry Potter theme parks/tours etc.

I want to go to all the Harry Potter themed places but unfortunately at the moment I don’t have money and I’ve been desperate to go to all these places for ages now.

8. To get paid for reading.

Imagine being able to do your favourite thing all day every day and get paid for it? That would honestly be the best thing ever for me. I’d get to spend all day in my own wee library with my cats, eating food and to be honest, what more could you really need in life?

9. For Scotland to have their own Book Festival/BookCon.

I hardly ever see any type of book festival advertised in Scotland other than the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I’m desperate for there to be a Book Con type thing here though.

10. For J.K. Rowling to release a series about the Marauders’ time at Hogwarts.


So, there we have it, my 10 wishes for the Book Genie! I had a lot of fun doing this and I look forward to doing this again next week.

What would you guys wish for? Let me know in the comments below or even take part in this meme! 

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Blogger Recognition Award

Blogger Recognition Award

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I was nominated a few weeks ago by the lovely Eleanor (Book Marked Reading) for the Blogger Recognition Award which is a pleasure to be awarded. Thank you so much!

The Rules:

  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
  • Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post.
  • Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
  • Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

How my blog got started:

Throughout my life I’ve always been an avid reader. My parents used to call me their little bookworm as I would always have a book in my hand. The older I got the more books I read and so I started to think about giving something back to the author. It wasn’t until May this year (2015) that I decided I would give blogging a try to see how I got on. I originally started on tumblr but had too many accounts that I kept forgetting all my login details so eventually I decided to create a bookstagram account and see if I could get any inspiration etc on how to start a blog from there. I then discovered wordpress and so decided to create a blog on here and I transferred the couple of reviews I had posted onto this site. From there I started reviewing every couple of books I read and then I signed up to sites like Reading Alley and Netgalley to get ARCs that I could review to help authors out too. In the last 5 months I’ve started to enjoy blogging a lot however due to work commitments I’ve been unable to post a lot which has made me disappointed in myself but as soon as things calm down in both my jobs then I’ll be back posting regularly again.

Advice for new bloggers

There’s not much I can really say because I guess I’m still quite new to it all and getting used to it myself but post as much as you can. If like me you have other commitments even just one or two posts a week can help keep your following. Also, share your posts on any social media you have too! I’ve found that when I tweet my reviews to the author of the book I’ve reviewed, they often share it which helps increase your views etc. There’s also many tags and stuff that you can take part in to help you join in with the community and audience you’re trying to reach.


I tag:

I’m going to tag my first 15 followers here as a thank you to them for wanting to read my posts and sticking with my blog over the last few months.

The Keep It Fresh Award

The Keep It Fresh Award

So just under a week ago the lovely Amy at Warm Days Will Never Cease nominated me for this award and now that I’m off work with a muscle spasm in my neck I can finally get around to doing it! This looks like it’s going to be fun so thank you Amy!

The rules are as follows:

  • Post the rules before starting and link back to this post as a reference for other bloggers.
  • Part A: Answer each of the fruit questions (each fruit corresponds to a book!) & add pictures plus why you thought that particular book deserves that particular fruit if possible.
  • Part B: Choose your favourite fruit (even if it is one of the fruits in part A). Come up with a question that we didn’t ask and answer it.
  • Part C: Create your own smoothie from the fruits in Part A (imagine a Lemon-Tomato-Apple smoothie ~ yuck), and find a book that would correlate to your smoothie!
  • Nominate as many and anyone that you think are deserving of this award but it would be nice if you nominated a minimum of 5!
  • Notify your nominees of the nomination (nom nom nom ~ :D)
  • The most important rules? HAVE FUN and of course, KEEP IT FRESH! 🙂

PART A: Fruit Questions

Strawberries: Name the sweetest book you’ve read. (e.g. sweet in terms of the characters or if the story takes place in a sweet world… etc.)

  • There’s two I could choose from but I think I’m going to have to say Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell as I loved everything about this book and the storyline was just so sweet! You can read my review of it here!

Coconut: What is a book that you would bring on vacation with you to a tropical destination? (Or if you’re just relaxing at the beach…)

  • Oooooh this is a difficult one. I can’t pick just one but any book by Jennifer E Smith as I adore her books and I can just see myself lying on a beach reading one of her books

Pineapple: What is a book that you didn’t think you would like by judging its cover/summary/the first few pages but started to grow on you?

  • Tess Of The D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. I didn’t think I would like this book simply because it was a book I had to study for school but I absolutely adore this book and it is now one of my favourite books

Orange: What’s the juiciest book you’ve read? (e.g. A book with tons of action, romance… etc.)

  • The whole The Mortal Instruments/The Infernal Devices series for me. I loved every single thing about these books, the action, romance, characters etc.

Watermelon: A watery book (e.g. There wasn’t tons of substance to the book/the details were just too watery…etc. Don’t get us wrong though, we love watermelons!)

  • The Good Girl by Mary Kubica. This book sounded so promising and then when I read it I really didn’t enjoy it at all. It was predictable and the ending was just disappointing.

Dragonfruit: What’s the most unique book you’ve read? (e.g. Unique in writing style, characters, plot… etc.)

  • I think I have to go with First by Chanda Stafford. I loved this book! The plot was completely different to anything I’ve ever read and I was lucky enough to receive a copy of the second book from Chanda herself which I’m looking forward to reading. You can read my review of First here!

Lemons: Name a book that made you feel sour. (e.g. The emotions were just sour, you just felt sour reading the book, or the book includes sour characters… etc.)

  • The One You Love by Paul Pilkington. I received a copy of this book from Goodreads about a year ago and I’m glad I didn’t go out of my way to buy this book because it was just awful.

Tomato: What is a wonderful book that you think should be more widely known? Or a fantastic author whom you think deserves more recognition? (Since some may not know that tomatoes are actually fruits!)

  • If You Find Me – Emily Murdoch. For a debut novel this book was incredible! I loved the plot and the characters and it makes me sad that I don’t see a lot of people talk about this book. You can check out my review of it here.

Apple: Name a really stereotypical book of a certain genre just like apples which are typical fruits. In the end was that book good or not? (e.g. A very typical contemporary/fantasy book… etc.)

  • Twilight. Although I plan on re-reading this series it is a very stereotypical teenage romance novel

Blueberries: Name a book that made you feel blue. (Any sad, depressing books that you’ve read?)

  • Wintergirls – Laurie Halse Anderson.

Grapefruit: Any bitter books? (e.g. a book that was blue but MORE… do you have any bitter resentments towards characters from a book? Any sour turned bitter emotions? Any uber hateful villains?)

  • The Changeling – Robin Jenkins. This book was heartbreaking and I absolutely detested Mr Forbes.

Jackfruit: Name the most physically heavy book that you’ve ever read. (Because jackfruits are pretty heavy fruits!)

  • My Jane Austen Collection. I haven’t actually read this yet but it’s the heaviest book I own.

Limes: Name a funny book that you’ve read because limes add flavour and so does humour with every book.

  • I don’t know if this book will count but I’m going to say Him & Me – Jack & Michael Whitehall. Jack Whitehall is one of my favourite comedians so when he released his autobiography I just had to buy it. No book has made me laugh as much as this did.

PART B: Favourite Fruit

Choose your favourite fruit and then choose a book that would correspond the best and if your fruit is already taken on our list, make up your own question and answer it.

I’m going to mix this up a bit as I can’t seem to come up with my own question for my favourite fruit so I’m going to say Peaches. Peaches are a fruit I’ve never actually ate but I’ve tried so many peach flavoured things so my question is going to be: A book series that you’ve read part of but haven’t completed? I’ve read the first two books in the Noughts & Crosses series but I’ve yet to buy the last two books to complete it. I enjoyed the first two books so hopefully I’ll get the last two sometime soon to re-read the full series!


Part C: Fruit Smoothies

Finally, choose a book that was a mix of some of these fruits to make your own smoothie. (e.g. A strawberry blueberry lemon smoothie would correlate to a sweet and sad but sour book.)

Strawberry, Apple and  Blueberries (sweet, stereotypical and sad)

The Fault In Our Stars – John Green. This is a book loved by pretty much everyone and it has the sweet teen romance and the heartbreaking scenes too.


I nominate:

I really enjoyed doing this and I hope you all do too! I look forward to reading your post!

Thank you again to Amy for nominating me!

Harry Potter Moment Of The Week

Harry Potter Moment Of The Week

Hey guys! It’s been a few weeks since I last did Harry Potter Moment Of The Week (HPMOTW) but I’m finally going to join in again.

HPMOTW is a meme started by Uncorked Thoughts and Lunar Rainbows and basically the aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/films/J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related!. To see the upcoming topics and to find out how to join then please do click on the links!

This week’s topic is: Would you rather be locked in a room with Voldemort or Bellatrix?

Both these characters absolutely terrified me as a kid and I’m not going to lie, they still kinda scare me now. There are reasons why I would choose Voldemort and reasons why I would choose Bellatrix. Whilst both are cruel and sadistic I feel like I could learn a lot from Bellatrix as she is a really clever witch and knows her stuff (even if it is used for evilness) but at the same time I feel like she would torture me slowly just like she did to Neville’s parents. For Voldemort, if I was going to be killed then I feel like he would just get it over and done with using the killing curse if I done everything he wanted me to do beforehand. None of these are positive reasons but it’s all I can come up with as I can’t choose just one of them!


What about you guys? Who would you rather be locked in a room with?