That’s A Wrap | 2014

I can’t believe 2014 is over! It barely seems like yesterday I was preparing for New Years Eve last year. 2014 has been a great year, I finished my first year at uni and started this blog. It’s been up and running for four months now and I’m really happy and proud of it. 
I’ve done a lot of reading this year, I beat my first ever Goodreads reading challenge, which I’m pretty happy about. It’s definitely something I’ll be doing again in 2015, upping the ante and setting myself the challenge of 150 books this time. It would be an incredibly long post if I were to feature every book that I’ve read this year, so I’ll be featuring my 2014 favourites. 
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

I made no secret of how much I loved this book in this post and this post, it very quickly became one of my favourite books of the summer, if not year. I’ve recommended it to so many people, I really can’t contain my love for The Winner’s Curse! I am so ridiculously excited for the sequel, I can’t wait for more Arin and Kestrel.

The One by Kiera Kass

In my opinion this was the perfect end to the trilogy, I got the ending I wanted, even if it took a while to get there.

Taking Names by Michelle Onuorah

I loved Type N, I thought it was really clever and interesting, and lucky for me Taking Names didn’t disappoint. I would definitely recommend this series.

More Than This by Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness blew me away with More Than This, I sat in awe for a very long time after reading it. It takes YA dystopia to a whole new level. I read this book before I started blogging, so I never reviewed it, but I urge you to read it!

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Do I really need to say anything for this one? The Maze Runner is incredible and I can’t wait to start reading the second soon.

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

This book drained me emotionally. This was my first experience of Nicholas Sparks, but it won’t be my last.

The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting by Holly Bourne

This book started off my summer holiday, it was fun and hilarious. Not only did I love the book I also discovered an author that I really like!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

My sister and I actually fangirled over this book, and now we both can’t wait to read Rainbow Rowell because if she can create such incredible characters in this book, then surely the rest will be no exception.

They’re the books that I loved in 2014, there’s probably more that I can’t remember, but these are the books that stood out to me. What books made your 2014? Let me know what your 2014 favourites are! If you’re new to the blog then I’d love you to follow me on Bloglovin’!

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Waiting On Wednesday | The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine.
The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Release Date: 12th March 2015 (Paperback)
Description from Goodreads:
Book two of the dazzling Winner’s Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement … if she could only trust him. Yet can she trust herself? For – unknown to Arin – Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.
I can’t put into words just how much I ADORED The Winner’s Curse, although I did try in this post and this post! It’s a book I’ve already read multiple times, and I’ve recommended it to SO many people! Therefore it’s only natural that I’m RIDICULOUSLY excited for the release of the sequel The Winner’s Crime. I fell in love with Arin and Kestrel in the first book, I can’t wait to find out what happens next, and how Marie Rutkoski will overcome the barriers set up at the end of The Winner’s Curse.
Also, is the cover not one of the most beautiful things you’ve ever seen?
I don’t think I can manage until next year!

Books That Need To Be Films | Books and Films #3

This is the final part of my Books and Films Feature, which is actually quite sad. I’ve had so much fun creating these three posts, and I’d love to know what you thought of them! In this post I’ll be sharing the books that I think NEED to become films. There’s always a book that you finish reading, knowing that it would transfer perfectly onto the big screen. Here are my picks of books that would make great films!

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
I ADORE this book. I genuinely think it’s my favourite book of the year (I’ve read it three times already). The more I read it the more convinced I am that it would be an incredible film. Could you imagine the costumes? The dresses sound so spectacular and decadent, I can imagine them on film. And really, who wouldn’t want to see Arin and Kestrel falling in love on the big screen? The Winner’s Curse is one of those stories that I would LOVE to be in the film adaptation of! 

I really enjoyed this book (check out my review here) there’s definitely a similarity to Mean Girls, but who didn’t love that film? So wouldn’t The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting translate into film really well? I’d love to see the transformation Bree undertakes in her mission to become cool and interesting. I think that this book would make a really interesting and enjoyable film, a modern twist on Mean Girls.

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
Described as The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor, I was instantly hooked. It’s a dystopian twist on Cinderella, what more could a girl want? There seem to be more and more dystopian books making their way onto the silver screen, so why hasn’t The Selection! All three books are fantastic and take you through a world wind of emotions! I’d love to The Selection as a film, Warner Brothers I’m waiting.

Type N by Michelle N. Onuorah

I first saw this book listed on a Goodread’s Giveaway, and after reading the premise I was smitten. Nicolette discovers that her blood does not fit into any known blood group, and when given to her sickly brother it not only heals him, but also cures him of his cancer. Research begins and it’s soon discovered that Nic’s blood is the cure to all known diseases, putting her in the spotlight to become the most sought-after citizen. I adored this book, the idea is so unique and fascinating, plus the man hunt that begins really ups the suspense and tension. After loving this book so much it’s no surprise that I think it would be great as a film!

Candor by Pam Bachorz

Candor was the first dystopian book that I ever read, and I adored it. Oscar lives in a town created by his father, a town that transforms teenagers into respectful and compliant model citizens through subliminal messages. Oscar meets Nia and must decide between saving her, or keeping her in Candor. It’s Big Brother on steroids. This book was just SO GOOD! On top of the incredibleness that is this novel, there was a huge twist which made me love it even more! Candor needs to be a film purely because I love it so much!

The Chemical Garden Trilogy by Lauren DeStefano
If Candor was my first dystopian book, then Wither, Fever and Sever were the next first three, so they hold a special place in my heart. These books are filled with tension and suspense and then some. With only fours left to live Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, vowing to escape. There’a deadly disease that kills all females at twenty, and all males at twenty-five. A father-in-law that’s hoarding corpses in the basement, and a blossoming romance. This trilogy has all you could ever want from the dystopian genre and more. I’d love to see this book on the big screen as I love the characters so much!

They’re all of my list of books that I want to see as films, but I’m sure that the more I read, the more this list will grow! What books would you love to see on the silver screen? Let me know in the comments! If you’re new to the blog then I’d love you to follow me on Bloglovin’!

Forever Re-Read

A lot of the time I finish a book thinking it was pretty good, knowing that I never have the intention of reading it again. It’s pretty rare that I find a book I love so much that I want to read it again. But some lucky few have made their way into an elite group of books I’ll forever re-read.
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski (eBook)
I’m IN LOVE with this book. The Winner’s Curse quickly became one of my favourite young adult dystopian books, quite a hard task when there’s so many books in these genres. The tension. The suspense. The development of Kestrel and Arin’s relationship. Serious swoon. I love Kestrel and Arin, they’re one of my favourite book couples. I’ve already read The Winner’s Curse twice, and I can safely say that I’ll be reading it again.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Oh Mr Darcy, what have you done to me?
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby was one of the texts that I had to study for AS English Literature, and honestly, I didn’t enjoy it when I first read it. I couldn’t figure out what all the hype was about. Then I read it two or three more times, and I REALLY liked it. Gatsby is my favourite character, he’s such a babe. And I feel so sorry for him. 
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
I had to read Wuthering Heights for A2 Englih Lit, but with this required read I loved it from the very beginning. How could you not love Cathy and Heathcliff’s passionate love story?
He’s more myself than I am.

The Kate Bush song Wuthering Heights added to my enjoyment as well. It’s such a good song. My love for Wuthering Heights extended so far as to put songs to the book (sounds super sad, but it was with the whole class). I mean, seriously, is Someone Like You the perfect fit for Heathcliff’s return or what?
Heathcliff is a legend of a character, sure he becomes super duper nasty near the end, but is that not from a broken heart?
Wuthering Heights is incredible. I really do love it.
The It Girl Series by Cecily von Ziegesar
Cecily von Ziegesar is more commonly known for the Gossip Girl series, but I never really got into those books. But I did love The It Girl books. They are a series of ten books, and follow Jenny (Dan from Gossip Girl‘s little sister) and various other characters through their lives at the prestigious private school Waverly. I first started reading these books years ago, and devoured them within hours. When I was waiting for the next book in the series to be released I would read the other books again. It’s safe to say that I’ve read them all a lot. I can navigate the first book really well, finding certain parts super quickly. I’ve recommended these books to so many friends, and they’ve all adored them. They don’t posses a significant and thought provoking message, but they are a really fun read, and I know that I’ll enjoy them whenever I pick one up.
The Selection Series by Kiera Cass (eBook)
I fell in love with this series while on holiday last August, I patiently waited for the final two books and I wasn’t disappointed. And now I’ve found out that there’s going to be MORE BOOKS! I can’t wait until next year when we get to rejoin America and Maxon. I’ll definitely be reading the original three books again before the release of the next books.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
I loved James Dashner’s take on the dystopian world. I’ll definitely be reading the rest of the books in the series and reading The Maze Runner again, got to make sure I digested everything!

Do you agree with my list of books that I’ll forever re-read, or are there more that you’d add to the list? Let me know in the comments! If you’re new to the blog I’d love you to follow me on Bloglovin’!