What I Wish I Was Reading

Life recently has been really busy, I’ve been working on assignments and dissertation, and to top it off hunting for jobs, because my time at uni is nearly up. All of this has meant that I’ve had practically no time to read, and I’ve caught myself on more than one occasion longing to have a book in my hands. Being busy with all this work hasn’t stopped my book buying though! But this is probably just adding to my dilemma, because I know that I have so many wonderful books waiting for me to read. I’ve created a list of all the books I wish I could be reading right now, and as soon as I get some free time I will be diving into these books! Continue reading “What I Wish I Was Reading”

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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!

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!

Monthly Wrap Up | July 2016

This month has been dominated by Sarah J. Maas! I read both Queen of Shadows and A Court of Mist and Fury, both of which I adored and I will be having reviews up soon! As both of these books are 600 plus pages, I’d consider July reasonably successful in terms of reading.
I am planning a few summer related posts, one of which went up this week and you can read it here! If you have any suggestions of summer related posts that you’d like to see me then please let me know in the comments.

What I Read

Currently Reading

I’ve started reading Poison Study but I’m not that far into and I’m not yet sure how I feel about it. I’m going away for two weeks in August so if past holidays are anything to go by I should be doing a lot of reading and I am seriously looking forward to it!!

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas | Review

     Title: Heir of Fire
     (Throne of Glass #3)

      Author: Sarah J. Maas

      Release Date: September 11th,
      2014

Description from Goodreads:
Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…


The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the King – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?

I thought that the ending of Crown of Midnight finished with a cruel cliffhanger (read my review here), but oh no, Sarah J. Maas upped the ante with Heir of Fire. It left me blown away and more than a little stunned with a whole load of questions.
I am definitely of the opinion that the books in the Throne of Glass series just keep getting better (and longer). I pretty much read Heir of Fire over one weekend, I found that I just did not want to put it down, and it had me reading long into the night!
In Heir of Fire Celaena is no longer in Adarlan in the King’s palace. I really liked that we got to see a new country, a whole new setting that just shows how great Sarah J. Maas is at world building. The introduction and exploration we as readers were able to experience of Wendlyn in my opinion added greater depth to the world that the Throne of Glass books are set in. Wendlyn has a key element that Adarlan does not posses, and that is magic. There has been talk of magic throughout the first two books, but after magic was banned and disappeared completely there was no real sight of it in the previous books. Heir of Fire saw the use of magic and Fae forms and I loved learning about it all!
Heir of Fire introduces new characters and new POVs. We get a whole new set of characters in the form of witches, in particular Manon. Manon is the heir to the Blackbeak clan and follows form as another strong female character crafted by Sarah J. Maas. I really enjoyed reading Manon’s chapters, they definitely served to create a greater understanding of what the hell is going on with the King and they wyrdstones. 
In addition to Manon, we also meet Aeidon and Rowan, both Fae males. The dynamic between Aelin and Rowan was enjoyable to read, I could sense the chemistry between the two and I’m looking forward to seeing their relationship develop further in Queen of Shadows. I liked Aeidon. I liked him more than Dorian and more than Chaol. I want more Aeidon, and I’m not ashamed to admit it! 
I am really looking forward to reading Queen of Shadows very soon! What do you think of the series so far? Let me know in the comments!
‘Heir of Fire’ by Sarah J. Maas
5 Stars

Wishlist Wednesday | Books I Want For Summer

While I’ve got plenty of books sorted that I’m taking away with me and will be reading poolside, there’s some physical books that I’d love to own and take with me. So this Wishlist Wednesday is a bookish themed holiday post!
To see all my past Wishlist Wednesday posts and find out what it’s all about, head over to this page which explains a little more about it!
There are quite a few books that I want to read and that are sitting on my Amazon wishlist, but for the purpose of this post I’ve narrowed them down to books I really want to read soon!

The Books:

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – £4

Although I’ve recently been loving fantasy novels, this YA contemporary sounds right up my street, and I think it would be perfect to read by the pool!

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – £5.99

I’m in a really fantasy place at the moment and this book is really appealing to my current reading state of mind.

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas – £5.59

I’m up to date with the Throne of Glass novels, so now all that’s left until September 6th is to read The Assassin’s Blade!

Asking For It by Louise O’Neill – £9.09

I adored Louise O’Neill’s Only Ever Yours, and I’ve seen a lot about this book online and in the media. Not only that, but this YA book has now also been republished as an adult novel.

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone – £12.22

I saw someone speak about this book on booktube and as soon as I saw the description I knew that this is a book that I really want to read!!

Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson – £10.49

Regan from Peruse Project raved about this book quite a bit and I looked it up and it really appealed to me! But I’m not going to lie, the £10 price tag for a paperback has put me off purchasing it just yet!

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton – £3.85

This is a book that I’ve seen and heard quite a lot about in the bookish world and it caught my interest. This book is part of Amazon’s current buy three selected paperbacks for £10 offer, which obviously makes it a bit more inviting!

What books do you wish you had for this summer (or winter for all those on the other side of the world!) Let me know in the comments!

I’m planning on doing a few summer related posts, so if you have any post ideas you’d like to see then please let me know!

Monthly Wrap Up | June 2016

I’ve gone on and on about the never ending reading slump that I’ve been in basically this whole year, and while I didn’t read all that many books this month, it had nothing to do with the slump!! A busy life and placement are two of the reasons I haven’t read that many books, but with a completely free summer until October I think I’ll be reading lots again soon!

What I Read

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Currently Reading

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

I finally did not finished Girl Online!! I finally came to the conclusion that I’m never going to pick it up again and finish it, so I made it Goodreads official! But I am reading Queen of Shadows and really enjoying it, I want to be up to date with the Throne of Glass series before the release of the fifth book in September! I loved all three of the books that I read this month, which although I didn’t read a lot, I’m happy that I really enjoyed them all!

What did you read this June?