Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of 2017

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. For more information on the weekly topics, take a look over here.

This week is about the best books of the year so far! I’ve read 34 so far (nearly finished with the 35th) and there have been some incredible books that have reignited my love of reading.

T H E  H A T E  U  G I V E // hands down my favourite book of the year! For a debut novel, it was beautifully written and so engaging. I cried, I was angered, I felt everything and I just adored this story. I can’t wait for more from Angie Thomas. Read my review here.

O F  F I R E  A N D  S T A R S // this is the book that got me back into reading. A standalone fantasy story with two girls in love by a queer woman author. The first story I’d ever read with gay girls and definitely not the last!

H O W  T O  M A K E  A  W I S H // I requested this book from the publisher via Netgalley because I knew there was a queer girl romance but once I started reading I was automatically swept into this world with brilliant and unapologetic characters dealing with some of the hardest of situations and coming out the either side stronger than ever. Read my review here.

A  D A R K E R  S H A D E  O F  M A G I C // I’d been hearing about this series for ages, hearing it praised by booktubers and reviewers everywhere, and when I finally got my hand on a copy, there was no doubting how fantastic this book is. I haven’t had a chance to read the rest of the trilogy yet but I have high expectations!

O N E  O F  U S  I S  L Y I N G // a brilliant murder mystery that kept me guessing all the way through. It also explored abusive relationships, entitlement and homophobia in one of the best ways I’ve read so far. Read my review here.

N O T  Y O U R  S I D E K I C K // bisexual girls + superheroes? Instant classic. This book is so full of diversity in race and sexuality and wonderfully written to boot! I didn’t want to finish it because then it would be over and I’d have to leave the world. I’m so excited for C.B. Lee’s sequel Not Your Villian, which is supposed to be released by the end of the year.

W E  A R E  O K A Y // a story that broken my heart. Nina LaCour writes such fantastic prose, eloquent and beautiful and emotive. For making me feel all the things, this book is worth the high acclaim. Read my review here.

A  M O N S T E R  C A L L S // completely immersive and utterly heartbreaking. I read it in one sitting and I still remember what page I was on when I was destroyed emotionally: page 219.

T H E  S T A R – T O U C H E D  Q U E E N // so lyrically written, this was difficult to get into at first but once you got through the dense and beautiful prose, there was this fantastic magical world and wonderful love story.

M O N S T E R S  O F  V E R I T Y  D U O L O G Y // technically cheating with this because it’s two books BUT one story so I’m going with it. It was such an imaginative idea, wonderfully written and the story in itself is so brilliant. I enjoyed reading both parts and still want more in the world of Verity. Read my review for Our Dark Duet (the second book in the duology) here.

What books are on your best of 2017 list? Do you agree with mine? Do you think there’s a book I’d love even more? Leave a comment down below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 5 Summer Reads

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I’m a ‘read all the books all year round’ kind of person so I don’t really have specific seasonal reads BUT today I’ve decided to give myself one. So this is five books I plan to read during the summer months that felt particularly summer-y.

 

W E  A R E  L I A R S // I’ve heard so much about this book and yet I know nothing other than it’s a thriller about a rich family set in a private holiday home. But this season I will finally figure out exactly what this book is about.

Q U E E N  O F  G E E K S // It’s fun and geeky with queer and autistic characters and I genuinely don’t know why it’s taken me so long to actually pick this book up.

O U R  O W N  P R I V A T E  U N I V E R S E // a book I picked up because it was about gay girls and literally nothing else. I want to read more about lgbtq+ girls in general and this is book will definitely add to that goal.

 

W H E N  D I M P L E  M E T  R I S H I // there’s been hype for this book for months before it came out. It’s supposed to be a sweet romance set during a coding camp and I’m excited to fall in love with this story and these characters.

S I M O N  V S  T H E  H O M O  S A P I A N S  A G E N D A // another queer book that was recommended to me! I’ve been told it’s really sweet and Becky Albertalli’s writing is supposed to be incredible so I’m excited to give this book – and this author – a try!

 

What books are on your Summer Reading Lists? What do you think of the summer-y books that I’ve chosen? Let me know in the comments below!

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Still Need To Finish

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. For more information on the weekly topics, take a look over here.

This week is all about the series that I need to finish – or need to start as the case may be. I love a series. I love the development that can be achieved in one and I have a ton that are sitting on my shelves and waiting to be read.

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T R U T H W I T C H  // I started this book and then stopped for unknown reasons and I just haven’t picked it up again. But I have both books in the series ready for a marathon and it will happen…eventually.

T H E   D E M O N   K I N G // Cinda William China books were recommended to be on booktube and I want an epic fantasy to sink my teeth into. But there seem to be a lot of books in this series. And even more books in the companion series. I don’t have enough room on my bookcase for all of them, but if I like this book as much as I have been promised, I will find the room.

S L E E P I N G  G I A N T S // I brought this book when I was in the sci-fi mood because I wanted some aliens and space giants or whatever this book is supposed to be about. I know it’s supposed to be good and I’m excited to start – I just haven’t done it yet.

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A  G A T H E R I N G  O F   S H A D O W S // Finally, a book series I’ve started! I loved A Darker Shade of Magic and I wanted to read one book a month until I’d finished the series. That’s only three months of my life – not the worst way to spend me time. Watch me as I continue to not read A Gathering of Shadows.

T H E   B O N E  S E A S O N // I feel like I’m going to get judged for this one. I have all the books that are currently released, they’re just currently unread by me.

T H E  S T A R-T O U C H E D  Q U E E N // I was so hyped for A Crown of Wishes and when my copy arrived, I…didn’t read it. Still haven’t. Need to fix this.

 

T H E   W R A T H  &  T H E  D A W N // I brought the first book in this series very early on to me watching booktube because it was raved about so much. One of the first books I got my hands on – and yet still unread.

D O R O T H Y  M U S T  D I E // I’ve been wanting to read this series before I even got back into reading again. I brought the hardcover and it looks so pretty with and without the dustcover. I had to convince myself out of buying the most recent book this weekend.

D R E A D N O U G H T // it’s about queer superheroes and I love the idea. I was given permission to read the sequel that’s coming out this year by the publisher via Netgalley and boy I want to just read the crap out of this series.

A N D  I  D A R K E N // another book I have an egalley of the sequel of! Now I Rise comes out next week (June 27th) and I need to read the first book before I can sink my teeth into the next.

Have you read any of these? What’s on your series I must finish TBR List? Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite LGBTQ+ Reads

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A few days later than I wanted this to be up but I’ve just gone back to work and it’s going to take a little while of adjustment. I could have missed this week, true, but how could I miss a chance to recommend you some of my fave lgbtq+ reads? If you want more Top 5 Wednesdays content, you can check out the Goodreads group here.

 

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This book – soon to be series of – is probably one of my favourite reads ever. I bought it because there is a girl and girl romance and I really wanted to read more of those. Then I found out that the main character, Jess, is bisexual, like me, and it just played with my little gay heart. There’s superheroes and a corrupt government and race tensions with so much diversity, it was amazing.

 

 

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst25164304

This was the book that encouraged me to start reading again. It’s a romance between two princesses in a fantasy world with magic and prejudices because of magic, and I just loved it. I’d never read a book about gay characters at this point that didn’t have anything to do with homophobia or where the ending was anything but them riding off into the sunset. This book changed all of that.

 

 

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We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Heartbreaking and beautiful. This story is about grief and loss and confronting your past, about depression and lost love – that love being between Mabel and Marin, best friends who had become something more before Marin disappeared and dropped contact. Now, they have to confront that space that time created between them. It’s so sweet, made me cry a few times, and though it doesn’t end in romance, the end is still incredibly wonderful.

 

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This isn’t actually a book I’ve read yet (as of writing this, I’m waiting for George to come in the post) but I’ve heard so many incredible things about this story. It’s about a trans girl dealing with who she is, who other people see her as, and it’s written for a young audience. I have so many high hopes for this story, which is why I’m including it in this list!

 

 

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Geekerella by Ashley Poston

I’m including this book last because it’s a book with a lgbtq+ couple as a close secondary relationship. Not the main, but what was there was very sweet and it was so unexpected that it would even be included that it made me very happy.

What do you guys think? Have any LGBTQ+ reads that you’d want to recommend? I’m always up for reading more queer lit! Leave your comments below!

 

Book Tag: The Sims Book Tag

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I saw this tag on bookishthingsandtea‘s blog and I just had to give it a try myself.The basic idea is that you have categories that are inspired by the game, the Sims, and you relate books to it. I haven’t played the Sims in AGES, mostly because after like five hours in character customisation and one hour in the game, I get bored and remove the ladder to the swimming pool – but I do enjoy the game whenever I get around to playing it!

This tag was created by Hailey from Hailey in Bookland on YouTube, and I’m leaving a link to her video here if you want to go and check it out!

 

The Original Sims: Best Author Debut

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Without a doubt, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I still can’t believe this is her first book. I’ve done a full review here but just to say, this might be my favourite book of the year!

The Grim Reaper: Saddest Character Death

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Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a death I will never be over….

Sims Getting Stuck: A Character That Just Got In The Way

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I don’t read a lot of books with love triangles or other things like that, so I decided to go with one of my favourite villains in literature that is constantly in the way: Iago from Shakespeare’s Othello!

Simlish: A Book With Amazing Writing

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The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi is just beautiful in the story that its telling and Chokshi’s writing style. They fit so well together and I can’t wait to start reading A Crown of Wishes.

Expansion Packs: A Series Where The Books Keep Getting Better And Better

 

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I’m going to go with Rick Riordan’s books right now. From Percy Jackson to Heroes of Olympus to the Magnus Chase series, Riordan’s mythology inspired books are incredible. I have so many of them to catch up on but every time I read one, I remember why I enjoy reading his work!

Sims Romance: The Worst Case of InstaLove

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber is a book I enjoyed quite a bit (my review can be found here), but one of my criticisms was the sudden bounding about of the ‘love’ word like they hadn’t actually known each other for less than a week.

Cheats: A Contemporary Book That Is Entirely Unrealistic

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I only mention this because it still bugs me but Sense and Sensibility by Jane Auston. I will still find it ridiculous that a character almost dies because she wasn’t loved by her arsehole of a lord love…

Needs Fulfillment: A Character Who Makes All The Wrong Decisions

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Edmund Pevensie in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Like, he’s a kid and I don’t blame him for being manipulated and tricked, but yeah. Wrong decisions glore up in here.

Error 12: A Series That Started Off Great And Went Downhill From There

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I did enjoy Divergent by Veronica Roth when I read it a few years ago. But there was something about the second book that I didn’t like and I didn’t even bother reading the last one. It just fell apart for me.

The Sims Vortex: A Book/Series That Completely Engrossed You

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Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee. Superheroes and gay girls are the reasons why I bought this book and found a world of corruption and intrigue. It has some of the most diverse casts I’ve read about, makes special focus on issues of being multicultural and immigration, of being part of a community alongside everything else. The next book, Not Your Villian, has a trans male main character and I’m honestly so hyped for more in this world!

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…anyone who wants to have a go at this tag! It was so much fun to do and I highly recommend it!

I hope you enjoyed this tag! Do you agree or disagree with anything? Leave your comment down below!

Until next time! x

Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Would Make Good Video Games

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I love video games. A lot. A chance to bring books and games together? Yes please! If you want more Top 5 Wednesdays content, you can check out the Goodreads group here.

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Defy The Stars by Claudia Gray

This is a book about space travel and needing to save an entire planet from sending an entire generation to their deaths for what is a futile cause. An RPG style game where you are on a mission to gather what you need to go on a suicide mission to save the world, gathering teammates and supplies as you go from the planets that you visit would be entirely engaging. Very much like Mass Effect 2!

 

 

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Scythe is about two teenagers being trained to join the order of Scythe’s, those who have the power to end lives in a world where no one dies of natural causes. I imagine this as more of a click adventure game – you are given a quota of lives that you have to take and you have people that you can choose between, but your choices have an impact. Kill to little and you’re in trouble. Kill too many, and you’re in trouble. This feels like it would be quite a difficult and emotional game to get through.

 

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Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

I know that Harry Potter has already been made into a ton of games, including Lego which is by far the best. But an RPG game where you’re playing as one of the main trio; someone from Dumbledore’s Army; a member of the original Order of the Phoenix; that has to go on missions to help stop Lord Voldemort’s plot to destroy the wizarding world. There would be chances for you to lose teammates to the other side, chances for them to die permanently and it would be a game of stakes and balance.

 

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ADSOM has the core idea of being able to travel between different but similar worlds, and it would be quite cool to have a game where you play as an Antari, who has to find out the secrets of the worlds around you. Maybe have it as an MMO, and you as the player can pick the London you’re aligned with, and it affects your skills and how much you can learn etc. And you’re working with other people from your London to gain enough power to defend or invade another world.

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The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

This is about female gladiators so quite similar, a gladiator fighting game would be awesome. Like Mortal Kombat, the violence is dramatic and over the top. You have to fight your way from the bottom to the top, gaining enough prestige until you can get close to Julius Ceasar and put an end to him.

What do you guys think? Do you agree with my top 5? Can you think of any other books that would make stellar video games? Leave a comment below!

Top 5 Wednesday: Top SFF Books On Your TBR

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I have a lot of books on my TBR list, mostly because I can’t stop buying books but also because Sci-Fi and Fantasy books are some of my favourites to read! I did a quick look at my bookshelf and I think I have my top 5! If you want more Top 5 Wednesdays content, you can check out the Goodreads group here.

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Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

This is a Sci-Fi story about Rose, who rides her bike off a cliff side and finds a giant metal hand. Years later, strange artifacts are being found now Rose is the head of the group attempting to unravel the secrets of the world’s biggest mystery. I got myself a copy of this recently (yesterday actually) and I cannot wait to start reading it!

 

 

 

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A retelling of a Russian fairytale, this is a story that follows Vasilia when her stepmother refuses to allow her to honor the spirits of her household and those spirits are now causing misfortune to all those in the village. Vasilia must “defy those she loves and call on gifts long concealed”. I love retellings of fairytales and I love the cover of this book so I’m totally hyped to read it!

 

 

 

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BookTubers like PeruseProject have been hyping on about this book series since I started watching them so I gave in and bought the first book. Set in a High Fantasy world, this first book in the Seven Realms Series has the lives of a thief and princess colliding and “fanning the flames” of war between clans and wizards. I’m so interested in giving this series ago and I can’t wait to read through The Demon King’s 500+ pages.

 

 

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This is already on my April TBR list, so I’ve already explained why I want to read this book. This is the first book in Shannon’s ‘The Bone Season’ series and follows Paige Mahoney, a girl with clairvoyance which is deemed treason in her world. Over the course of the story, she is kidnapped and imprisoned and must use everything at her disposal to gain her freedom.

 

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

This is a book I bought a while ago that I still haven’t gotten around to reading. It was sold to me as a book with a brilliant world, interesting magic system, and an awesome female friendship. Truthwitch is about two witches, Safiya and Iseult who end up being caught in the middle of a war that rising between neighboring nations and must fight emperors and mercenaries to keep their freedom. I also have the sequel Windwitch that I intend to move on to as soon as I finish Truthwitch.

 

What do you guys think? What SFF books are on your TBR? Do we have any that are the same? Leave a comment below!