Top Ten Tuesday- Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish starring a particular theme.

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This weeks topic is the Top Ten Books on our Summer TBR List. I tried to stick to reads that felt summery, but a couple of darker fantastical books made it on because I am just so excited about them! For this weeks TTT I have only included books I own or have already preordered.

1. Eve: The Awakening by Jenna Moreci

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This book is going to come out in August and having read the first three chapters for free (here) I know I am going to race through the rest as soon as it arrives on my Kindle! I guess this book is too dark to be considered a “Summer” read but it comes out in August, so it is going to be read in Summer!

2. Paper Towns by John Green

papaer towns

This is the first book I plan on reading as I adored The Fault in our Stars.

3. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

darker shade of magic

4. The Universe Versus Alex Woods

The Universe vs Alex Woods

5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine

I actually started this book and then Masters applications took over my life, but I hope to finish it this summer.

6. Ulysses

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This is going to be my personal mission for the Summer. I think it might take a long time, so I took the library book I borrowed back and bought my own copy. This is definitely the hardest read on my summer list.

7. Black Dog Summer

BlackDogSummer

Finally, a book with Summer in the title!

8. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

Jonathan Strange

I borrowed this book from my sister so I need to finish it soon or she will be asking for it back before I am done!

9. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

evrything everything

I have this as an ARC and it looks so good! Can’t wait to read it!

10. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

salmon fishing

I saw the film of this and really enjoyed it, although I have been told that the book is even better. The book itself is really beautiful, it feels like a journal and has a string bookmark.

Have you read any of these books? Want to read any of them? Comment below and let me know, or link me up to your TTT.

Much booky love
E. St C.
xxx

Late April Wrap-Up/ May TBR

So I realised to day that it is in fact May…I have been so busy with applications and other things recently that the new month just took me completely unawares and so I am well behind on my blogging schedule. So this is just an incredibly quick post of all the books I read in April and the books I hope to read in May.

April Wrap-Up

I read 14 books in April. They are:

ARCs

The Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep- see my review here

Cold Burn Magic

The Fangirls Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs- see my review here

fangirls guide to galaxy

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon- Review to be posted closer to publication

Free Books for Review

The Selection by Keira Cass- Review to be posted tomorrow

Books I Own

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green- See my Review Here

Fault in our stars

The Other Side of Envy by C.L. Stone

other side of envy

Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon Homo Sapiens

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

warm bodies

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman

These Broken Stars

Books From The Library

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

metamorphosis

Tales of the Otherworld by Kelly Armstrong

Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell

Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine

Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine

May TBR

In May the books I need to read for review are

Citadel of the Sky by Chrysoula Tzavelas

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

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The Duff by Kody Keplinger

Fire & Chasm by Chelsea M. Campbell

TBR Tin

I didn’t get a chance to read Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor in April so I am going to roll this book over to the May TBR Tin.

dreams of gods and monsters

May looks like it is going to be an incredibly busy month for me. This week I am going to Cork in Ireland to visit University College Cork as I found out on Friday that I was accepted to study an MA in Creative Writing! Yay!

At the end of May I am going to Dubai in UAE to see my best friend get married. I am really excited as I have never been to Dubai! I plan on posting full updates of all my travels when I get back!

All this travelling will either provide me with ample time for reading or cut into my reading time so much that I don’t get any done! It will definitely be one extreme or the other!

So what is on your May TBR? Have you read any of the books I have featured here? Have you been to a wedding in Dubai or to Cork University? Comment down below and link me up to your blog, I will do some blog travelling this month as well!

Much booky love,
E. St. C
xxx

 

BOOK HAUL: March 31st 2015

Book Haul

I have been bad again! Bah, when you see these books, you will understand!

Bought

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine

Warm Bodies

warm bodies

These Broken Stars

These Broken Stars

The Poet’s Manual and Rhyming Dictionary by Frances Stillman

The Ode Less Travelled by Stephen Fry

ode less travelled

Writing Poems by Peter Sansom

From the Library

The Discworld Graphic Novels

Discworld Graphic Novels

Dune by Frank Herbert

Dune

Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Omens by Kelley Armstrong

From Friends

Cider with Roadies by Stuart Maconey

cider with roadies

I borrowed this one from my Dad. Thanks Dad!

Coastliners by Joanne Harris

coastliners

My brother in law’s parents lent me this book. Thanks Glyn and Stef!

ARCs and eGalleys

Thirteen Days of Midnight by Leo Hunt

Thirteen Days of Midnight

When Luke Manchett’s estranged father dies suddenly, he leaves his son a dark inheritance. Luke has been left in charge of his father’s ghost collection: eight restless spirits. They want revenge for their long enslavement, and in the absence of the father, they’re more than happy to take his son. It isn’t fair, but you try and reason with the vengeful dead.

Expected publication: July 2nd 2015 by Orchard Books

Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Cold Burn Magic

There Be Monsters Here. . .
    It’s not as great as you’d think, living in a tourist town that’s known as “the most magical place in America.” Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power.
    I try to keep out of it. I’ve got my mom’s bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick.
   But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend’s pawn shop, and I have to make a call–get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn’t. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I’m stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I’m going to end up just like her. .

Expected publication: April 28th 2015 by Kensington Books

Thanks NetGalley and the Publishers for these ARCs!

So, link me up to your Book Hauls and I will come and check them out! Have you read any of these books? Or do you want to read any of them? Comment below!

I am off to do some reading now!

Booky love,
E. St. C
xxx

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books Recently Added to My TBR List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish starring a particular theme.

This week’s topic is all about books we have added to our To-Be-Read list recently. I actually just went straight to Goodreads and picked out the last ten I added, and I was pleasantly surprised!

1. Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Cold Burn Magic

I have really enjoyed Jennifer Estep’s other series so when I heard there was going to be a new one I added it straight to my TBR list. I am really lucky though as NetGalley has given me a copy to review! Yay! No more waiting!

2. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Miniaturist

I picked this up in a ‘buy one get one half price’ deal at a service station, so I added it to my TBR list when I got home.

3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

This was the other half of the ‘buy one get one free’ deal and it is one of those books I have been meaning to read for a long time, but never actually bought it…now I have no excuses!

4. The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

House of the Scorpion

I read the first few chapters of this book on PulseIt and now I really want to read the rest!

5. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars

This was a book I found when watching one of Little Book Owl‘s vlogs and I have heard so many good things, I finally bought it! Yay! See my Book Haul.

Here is a description from Goodreads

Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive — alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.

6. Illuminae

This is another one I found thanks to Little Book Owl, it doesn’t have a cover yet but it sounds really good!

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

7. Blood Song by Rhiannon Hart

Blood Song

This one intrigued me, read this description…

When her sister becomes betrothed to a prince in a northern nation, Zeraphina’s only consolations are that her loyal animal companions are by her side – and that her burning hunger to travel north is finally being sated.
Already her black hair and pale eyes mark her out as different, but now Zeraphina must be even more careful to keep her secret safe. Craving blood is not considered normal behaviour for anyone, let alone a princess. So when the king’s advisor, Rodden, seems to know more about her condition than she does, Zeraphina is determined to find out more.

Ok, I thought, Vampire. But apparently not! I want to understand!

8. The Discworld Graphic Novels

Discworld Graphic Novels

I love the Discworld novels, i have been working my way through them for about five years. I found this in my local library last week and knew I had to pick it up!

9. Dune by Frank Herbert

Dune

Another library book, one of those I feel as a lover of fantasy I should have read long ago!

10. Laminar Flow by Timothy H. Cook

Laminar Flow

The title drew me to this book, as I worked with my head in a laminar flow for a year. Then I read the description and knew I had to add it to my TBR list!

What does being a doctor really feel like? What is it like to get called out in the middle of the night to care for a desperately ill patient, to be the one everyone depends on? Bob Gilsen knows only too well. And what does a fifteenth century physician, who gets called out in the middle of the night in winter, possibly have to offer his patient? This is the beginning of The Book of Drachma, a novel of medicine, murder, fantasy, and self-discovery, set in two times and places.

And a bonus- The Only Friends You Need by Flic Everett

Only Friends you need

Yeh, I know, I said only ten, but this is a self published book by Flic Everett who taught a creative writing workshop at the Bath Literature festival, so I really wanted to feature it again…

Six Friends. Six very different people. Laura, Maggie, Della, Chris, Matt and Susie have been friends for years. They know each other inside out- and they don’t need anyone else.

This funny, insightful novel explores what true friendship really means and whether it’s possible to remain friends forever- even when your own happiness is at risk.

Book Haul March 1st

Yay! Second hand books! I went to visit my grandparents this week in Clevedon and there is a lovely community bookshop there that sells most of its fiction for £2 a book. My mum treated me to five, so I am having to expand my TBR shelves yet again!

Second hand Goodies

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

I read this book about five years ago and really wanted to read it again when I saw the film recently starring Dakota Fanning but it was missing, so I was pleased to see it second hand.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

shadow of the wind

This is a book my Mum recommended to me. I read the back cover and I am intrigued! Here is the description from Goodreads

Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets–an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.

This book was originally published in Spanish so I am really pleased as it will count towards my 2015 reading challenge.

The Watcher in the Shadows by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

By the same author as the book above, my Mum actually bought this book but I look forward to reading it when she is done!

Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil

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Shuklaji Street, in Old Bombay. In Rashid’s opium room the air is thick and potent. A beautiful young woman leans to hold a long-stemmed pipe over a flame, her hair falling across her dark eyes. Around her, men sprawl and mutter in the gloom, each one drifting with his own tide. Here, people say that you introduce only your worst enemy to opium.

Okay, I have to admit, I picked this book up because of its cover. I then saw it had been longlisted for the man booker prize in 2012. I read the inside cover. I read the prologue. When I reached chapter two I realised I probably ought to buy it. I am so looking forward to starting chapter two! It has moved right to the top of my TBR pile!

Timoleon Vieta Come Home by Dan Rhodes

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I hear this book is like Marmite, you love it or you hate it. The storyline has really appealed to me though. I read the first page and the writing was beautiful. So I really hope I will love it.

I was also recommended a book by my Dad by an author who I have never read anything by, much to my shame! Tony Parsons’ Man and Boy is a book my dad really enjoyed so I am determined to try this soon.

Books that arrived in the post

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Yeh, I know, I should have read this years ago! Neil Gaiman is fantasy staple and I am a bit embarrassed I have never read Neverwhere, but I now own it, so one step closer!

Us by David Nicholls

Us

I loved One Day. I loved the Understudy. I loved Starter for Ten. So I knew I needed to read Us. I was waiting for it to come out in paperback, because, to be honest, I really can’t afford to keep buying hardbacks. However, this week, David Nicholls is speaking at Bath literature Festival and I have the best sister in the world who bought me tickets, so I had to buy Us and read it. This is the back cover description.

‘I was looking forward to us growing old together. Me and you, growing old and dying together.’
‘Douglas, who in their right mind would look forward to that?’

Douglas Petersen understands his wife’s need to ‘rediscover herself’ now that their son is leaving home.
He just thought they’d be doing their rediscovering together.
So when Connie announces that she will be leaving, too, he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime: one that will draw the three of them closer, and win the respect of his son. One that will make Connie fall in love with him all over again.
The hotels are booked, the tickets bought, the itinerary planned and printed.
What could possibly go wrong?

Does anyone else get the feeling this is going to be another tear jerker?

Manga

Soulless by Gail Carriger (Author), Rem(Illustrator). (The Parasol Protectorate Manga)

Soulless

This is the first time I have ever read the manga based on a book before the original book. I hope this makes me want to read these books! The drawings are really beautiful from the little I have seen and the concept sounds really interesting. This was recommended to me by Goodreads as I enjoyed the Infernal Devices manga.

Deadly Class by Rick Remender (Writer), Wesley Craig (Illustrator), Lee Loughridge (Illustrator) 

Deadly class

This description!

It’s 1987. Marcus Lopez hates school. His grades suck. He has no money. The jocks are hassling his friends. He can’t focus in class, thanks to his mind constantly drifting to the stunning girl in the front row and the Dag Nasty show he has tickets to. But the jocks are the children of Joseph Stalin’s top assassin, the teachers are members of an ancient league of assassins, the class he’s failing is “Dismemberment 101,” and his crush, a member of the most notorious crime syndicate in Japan, has a double-digit body count.

Welcome to the most brutal high school on Earth, where the world’s top crime families send the next generation of assassins to be trained. Murder is an art. Killing is a craft. At King’s Dominion High School for the Deadly Arts, the dagger in your back isn’t always metaphorical, nor is your fellow classmates’ poison.

Eep! I am very excited to get into this! It sounds like a world I can lose myself in!

That’s all folks!

Link me to your book hauls!

Much Booky Love,

E.St.C

 

Book Haul: 20/02

Wow, so this is probably going to be the last book haul in a little while, as I probably shouldn’t even have bought these books, but I was kind of having a bad week last week so I went a little crazy!! Oops!

Anyway, here you go!

Notes from the Teenage Underground by Simmone Howell

Notes from Teenage Underground
I bought this after thoroughly enjoying Girl Defective by the same author!

The Shadowhunters Codex by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis

The shadowhunters codex

The Bane Chronicles (finally!) by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson

Bane Chronicles
I have been meaning to get this for so long I am really glad I bought it now. I am hoping this lives up to expectations as I LOVE Magnus Bane (from the mortal instruments/infernal devices in case you didn’t know!)!

Finally some graphic novels/manga I am super excited about! (I included the amazon links so you can go check them out!)

Clockwork Princess: The Mortal Instruments Prequel: Volume 3 of The Infernal Devices Manga

Clockwork princess

Frostbite: A Vampire Academy Graphic Novel (Vampire Academy Graphic Novels )

frostbite graphic novel

 

That’s all folks! Have any of you had any book hauls recently? Or a bad week? Or read any of these books? I am also really getting into manga and graphic novels recently…thinking I should start reviewing these too…what do you think?

Booky Love
E. St. C
xxx

The Book Slump and Me

I wander around the darkened room, my eyes avoiding the overflowing bookshelf. Two shelves are taken up with brand new books, I have a TBR list that is a mile long and the pile on my bedside table hasn’t changed in a fortnight.

I tried really hard to read.

I managed to read most of one book, only to fall at the final hurdle, the climax of the book, the last big push.

I tried to read a classic, The Picture of Dorian Grey. I made it to 20%.

A new book arrived on my Kindle, one I had waited for anxiously, for weeks, months. Fake by C.L. Stone. I made it to 50% on this one.

I picked up The Help by Kathryn Stockett last night and made it to chapter six. Today it just looks too big, too thick.

Someone told me to try reading a book I already read. I ended up skipping to my favourite scenes, and when I finished the book in half an hour, I was ecstatic! Until I realised that I had actually only read a quarter of the book, having skipped over the whole middle section.

I am fighting a demon, an affliction that hits most readers at one point or another. The Book Slump. It is an overweight, hairy, and ugly monster, making you hate something you love. You end up wasting time by watching Call the Midwife on repeat, and then feeling horribly guilty. All these lovely new books, all the time and no will.

The garlic to this vampire? Time. The one thing that is always running out. On a day when you have six deadlines, five bills to pay, no food in the house, an important meeting at eight in the morning and no clean underwear, your love of reading will come back just in time for you to fall into a book world that you physically cannot pull yourself from for a week.

Happy Reading Friends!

Booky Love

E. St. C.

Book Haul! 29/01

I love this time of year! Cold crisp mornings, long rides on my horse followed by cosy evenings in by the fire with a good book! And I had the most exciting packages arrive this week!

Amazon box
The most exciting boxes to ever arrive out of nowhere!

I went a bit overboard on the books this week, and spent a lot of Christmas money. However, I am sure it is money well spent, as I cannot wait to get stuck in to these books, hopefully my reading slump is soon to be over!

Paperbacks

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress
I absolutely love this cover, look at that hair!

We Were Liars by E Lockhart

The Blue Book By A.L. Kennedy

Brick Lane by Monica Ali

London Fields by Martin Amis

The Electric Michelangelo by Sarah Hall

The Electric Michelangelo

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Hardbacks

The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy 3) by Deborah Harkness. I absolutely loved the first two in this series, but I was trying to wait for this to come out in paperback. However, I reached a stage of such desperation, I thought I would use my Christmas money! 

Girl Defective by Simone Howell. I read the first three chapters on Pulseit as an extended excerpt, and I loved it so much I new I would have to buy it! 

Girl Defective
I love how this book cover is like a vinyl case, it is just perfect for this book.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy) by Laini Taylor

Dreams of Gods and Monsters

Kindle

Broken by Dean Murray

And a preorder arrived today…Fake (The Scarab Beetle Series) by C.L. Stone on my Kindle

fake cl stone
I am so excited to read this, sleep might be an optional tonight!

Non-fiction

I also ordered a new creative writing book called Back to Creative Writing School by Bridget Whelan.

Back to Creative Writing School

 

My TBR (Shame) Shelf: November

Bookshelf TBR

So, I thought I would share my TBR (To Be Read) shelf, which is getting larger by the minute…As you can see from the picture, my top shelf is dedicated to my TBR books, but I also have loads on my Kindle that I am really excited to read! (And yes, those are Cannon Bookends…Don’t laugh, I picked them up at a car boot sale in the french pyrenees and everyone hates them apart from me!)

So here we go:

Brazzaville Beach by William Boyd and Dreams of my Father by Barack Obama- These were actually given to my by my brother last Christmas and I still haven’t read them..um, oops?

A few books I am really ashamed for not reading are Divergent and Insurgent..I know, I know, everyone has read these books! I started Divergent and then NaNoWriMo happened, and then a bunch of other things and I never got back into it. Now I am trying to decide if I can pick up where I left off or if I have to start again?

Another book that I started and never finished is The Divide by Elizabeth Kay, and I am really looking forward to trying this one again. Especially as there is a whole series in this title!

I recently bought three books that I felt I should read but haven’t, It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini , Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman and The Fault in our Stars by John Green. These are definitely going to be read in the next month!

A book I am super excited about starting is Midnight Alley in the Morganville Vampire series. I only recently got back into these books after reading the first one YEARS ago so I am quite excited about starting this book.

Other books on my TBR shelf are

  • The Stonehenge Legacy by Sam Christer,
  • The Clan of the Cave Bear and The Valley of Horses, both by Jean M. Auel,
  • The Castle of Llyr by Lloyd Alexander,
  • The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice,
  • Inferno by Dan Brown,
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan.
  • The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

I also have several books on my Kindle that I really want to read in the next few days:

  • The Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell
  • Spartan Frost by Jennifer Estep
  • The Specialists: Fight to the Finish by Shannon Greenland
  • A Spy like Me, and Heart of an Assassin, both by Laura Pauling
  • V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram

Well that is all for me! I need to start reading! Comment below and let me know what your TBR pile is looking like this month!

Much Love

E. St. C

xxx