Dream Book Conference Panel | Author Edition

There aren’t many book conferences that take place where I live, however if I were to create my own book conference I would use Eventbrite!  Eventbrite is the largest self-service ticketing platform in the world that helps people find and plan events. Eventbrite are currently working on a project right now, and have encouraged me to share my dream panel for a book conference!
I thought the project sounded really interesting so here is my post!

My Dream Author Panel

J. K. Rowling

Sarah J. Maas

Marie Rutkoski

I would love to get these three authors together to talk about fantasy in Young Adult fiction. I think it would be super interesting to get their takes on world building and character description/development in the fantasy genre, because let’s face it, they’re all pretty incredible at it. I’d also love to get them talking about kickass female characters, the likes of Hermione, Aelin, Kestrel, Molly Weasley and Professor McGonagall, whether they’re the main heroine or play a minor role in the narrative. 
They’re the three authors I’d love to get together to talk fantasy, I’d love to know who you would pick! I really enjoyed writing this post, so if you’d like me to do a character based post then I would be more than happy to do so!

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Monthly Wrap Up | August 2016

August has without a doubt been my best reading month so far, due to the fact I spent to weeks in sunny Cyprus doing as much reading as possible! I limited the amount of physical books I took away with me, but for the list of my top books that I took on holiday check out this post
Internet was extremely limited while I was away, so I couldn’t keep up to date on any social media or even Goodreads! My solution was to record every book I read, including start and end date; I now have a lot of Goodreads updating to do!
Anyway, here are the books that I read this August, as I’ve been away I haven’t got any reviews up yet for these books but I will be writing reviews! I made notes on the books I now just need to sit with my laptop!

What I Read

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Empress Orchid by Anchee Min

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

The Allure of Julian Lefray by R. S. Grey

Live Me by Celeste Grande

The Last One by Tawdra Kandle

The Possibility of Somewhere by Julia Day

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Texas Summer by Leslie Hatchel

The Crown by Kiera Cass

One, Two, Three by Elodi Nowodazkij

A Summer Like No Other by Elodi Nowodazkij

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Currently Reading

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

As you can see I read lots of books, and while I don’t have reviews up yet you can head over to my Goodreads to see how I rated all of the books!

What did you read this August? Let me know in the comments!

Pokémon Go Book Tag

I’ve seen this book tag all across Twitter and I just had to do it myself! I’ve been out catching them all with my little brother, and really enjoying it, like most of the world!! This tag was originally created by Read at Midnight so make sure you head over to check out the original post.
The first books that I remember really loving are The Worst Witch books. They started a love of reading that has continued on.
Pride and Prejudice, no questions asked! I reread it at least once every year, and if it’s on TV then I will be watching it!
This book saw a lot of coverage, in huge part due to its author’s YouTube fame, and the drama that surrounded it. I got Girl Online partly out of curiosity as to what the writing would be like, but I think the huge coverage put me off slightly, and I’ve yet to finish it two years on.
I couldn’t narrow this one down to just one book, so it’s more a general theme of New Adult college books, which I’ve read a fair few of! I love NA, but they do usually hold quite a lot of similarities!

I’ve always looked at the Falling Kingdoms books and been slightly intimated by the fact that they’re still being released! However, I have actually read the first book and I’m looking forward to the rest.

Quite a few books have kept me up reading them through the night, but most recently the culprit was A Court of Mist and Fury which I absolutely adored!

As previously mentioned I loved ACOMAF, so of course Feyre and Rhysand are pretty high up on my list of bookish OTPs, however they’re also alongside Arin and Kestrel from The Winner’s trilogy, because I also adored those books and both characters!

This hands down has to be the Rusk University series by Cora Carmack, they’re hot and steamy and I  always manage to speed through them.
I’m probably not the only one answering Harry Potter to this one, it’s Harry Potter and it’ll never get old!
I was slightly sceptic of the Throne of Glass series, I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about fantasy and magic, and was wary of the extent of the high praise it seemed to be receiving. Well obviously I was very silly because the Throne of Glass series has been incredible so far!

I couldn’t think of a particular series, but an author definitely sprang to mind! I’ve never read anything by Colleen Hoover, but I do really want to. I really enjoy reading New Adult, and there’s been lots of praise for her books in the bookish community, so I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on one (preferably with the American cover) and giving Colleen Hoover a go!

Although they aren’t collector’s editions I would love to own the Penguin Vintage Classics Austen Series, particularly Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, Emma and Sense and Sensibility as they are my favourites. The covers of the Penguin editions are absolutely beautiful, and I hope to one day own all of the Austen collection.

I’m highly anticipating the release of Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. It’s a a fantasy novel that sounds like it’s going to be pretty damn good!

Up until recently I didn’t particularly feel that I had an auto-buy author, but I’ve come to realise that my auto-buy author is Sarah J. Maas. I’ve adored all of the six books of hers that I’ve read, and I’m excited for her next release in September, and all of the other books she’s announced she’ll be writing in the ACOTAR world!

It feels like I’ve been waiting a long time for a lot of books, one series that springs to mind is the illustrated Harry Potter books, waiting for a new one every year is going to be torture!

I’m not tagging anyone in particular, but I would love to see how you answer the questions! Now, time to hunt some Pokémon!

Wishlist Wednesday | #3

A few months ago I posted my second Wishlist Wednesday, you can read both of my two previous posts here and here.
This list is a rundown of some bookish (and maybe even non-bookish) related items that I’m coveting at the moment!

In my last wishlist post I mentioned that I wanted to kick start my Pop Vinyl collection with the Loki figure, while that never happened, I do in fact have two Pop figures! 

My lovely lovely boyf got me the Chewbacca figure (bobble head!!!!) for Valentine’s Day, because, well, he knows me!
Chewy is definitely my favourite Star Wars character and I love him so so much!
Inspired by the start of my collection I justified the purchase of Snape through teaching book reviews on World Book Day, and using my illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as a teaching tool!
Now that I’ve got two Pop figures I’m keen to keep on getting more! I’d love to get the Loki, but I really have my heart set on He Who Shall Not Be Named!
I’ve made no attempt to hide my love for Jane Austen and all things Pride and Prejudice, so when I saw the gorgeous copy of Persuasion in Regan from PeruseProject‘s video I fell for the cover! I’ve been wanting pretty copies of my favourite Jane Austen books for a while now, and I think I’ve finally found the editions for me!
Vintage Classic Austen Series 
A slightly less bookish item that I’ve had my eye on is this beautiful Daniel Wellington watch
I think it’s absolutely stunning, and a really timeless watch that could be worn with anything!
What’s on your wishlist this Wednesday? Let me know in the comments!

Monthly Wrap Up | December 2015

I broke up for Christmas towards the beginning of December, so I’ve had a very relaxing month that’s allowed for a lot of reading! During the beginning of my Christmas break I celebrated my 21st birthday, and had a great time with my family! I decided to take a little break from my Harry Potter reading, and read some other books that have been sitting on my bookcase begging to be read for too long!

What I Read

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

The Heir by Kiera Cass

Currently Reading

I’m really enjoying My Heart and Other Black Holes so far, I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy books recently, so it’s really nice to read a bit of contemporary this month.

What books did you read this December? Let me know in the comments!

Happy New Year, I hope you all have a wonderful 2016!

Monthly Wrap Up | November 2015

November hasn’t been the best blogging month for me, I’ve had deadlines and placement to contend with, along with later nights and my Harry Potter reading addiction. I’ve been working my way through the Harry Potter series for the first time, and I’ve loved all of the books so far! But as I’m wanting to read Harry Potter purely for pleasure I’ve decided not to review the books, which is one of the reasons reviews have been a bit lacking this month! 

What I’ve Read

Currently Reading

I was reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at the time of my last Wrap Up, and damn that book’s big!! My non-Harry TBR has been pushed to the side and I’ll probably be purchasing The Half Blood Prince soon!
What books did you read in November? Let me know in the comments!

Monthly Wrap Up | October 2015

I made the decision to start my Harry Potter journey in the month of October, and I am so glad that I did! Looking back I have no idea what stopped me reading them years ago! Along with the beginning of my Harry Potter book relationship, I also started back at uni so that’s been rather full on to say the least! As in all of my Wrap Ups click the book to read my review, but unfortunately that only applies to George this month! I’ve made the decision to read Harry Potter purely for my own enjoyment so I probably won’t be reviewing them! 

What I’ve Read

George by Alex Gino

Currently Reading

It’s only a few days into November and I’ve already moved onto the fifth Harry Potter book! I’ve got some non Harry Potter books in my TBR too, but I just seem to be blazing through the series!!
What books did you read in October? Let me know in the comments below!