Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Books/TV Shows I Wish Were Also Graphic Novels

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Today's topic was on favourite graphic novels or ones on my TBR, but since I haven't read so many (other than Paper Girls, Ms. Marvel and Nimona which I love) I thought I'd put a little spin on it.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Solitaire // a enjoyable book that maybe tried to be too many things at once


Title: Solitaire
Author: Alice Oseman
Genre: Contemporary
Warnings: self harm, suicidal thoughts
Rating: 3 stars
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Radio Silence might be one of my all time favourite contemporaries, so I knew I had to have a copy of Alice Oseman's debut in my hands.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

History is All You Left Me // relationships that made me feel a little uneasy


Title: History is All You Left Me
Author: Adam Silvera
Genre: Contemporary
Warnings: death, grief, unhealthy relationships
Rating: 2 stars
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I had very on-and-off feelings about History is All You Left Me, but ultimately the book made me a little uneasy.

Jumping from past to present events was really effective here given how grief often doesn't work chronologically, but I think a bit of it was done just for dramatic effect. The loss of a loved one is all-consuming, but it didn't quite make sense to me that I as a reader was with Griffin for every thought he had, and yet there were huge things that were not revealed until the end.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

My Top 5 Animated TV Shows

Top 10 Tuesday is Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Following on from My Top Action/Drama TV Shows, I thought it was high time I spread some love for some truly incredible cartoons.
I hardly consider myself an animation expert, but I have been watching more cartoons of late. They're less stressful than pretty much all the other shows I watch, but also have a surprising amount of depth to them that makes them possible to appreciate by people of all ages.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Underrated YA Books That You Need to Read

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.
I can't lie - I'm a sucker for mainstream reads. I don't trust myself to go into a book blind without at least one person telling me they liked it. But sometimes I do take that chance, and it turns out for the better. Here are 10 hidden gem books that although you may not have heard of, you NEED to read.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Nimona // lovable in every way


Title: Nimona
Author: Noelle Stevenson
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy
Warnings: murder, blood, torture
Rating: 4 stars
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When a young shapeshifter enters the fortress of supervillain Ballister Blackheart and declares herself his new sidekick, he has no idea what he's in for. Nimona is loud and spontaneous, and with a dash of bloodlust added to the mix, she's not exactly what you'd look for in a partner in crime, especially when you're trying to thwart your nemesis.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

2016 Releases I Still Need to Read

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.
With all the amazing releases of 2016, I found I ended up missing out on a lot of them. Hopefully I don't get too caught up in 2017 releases, because here are 8 books published last year that I still need to read.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

The Bear and the Nightingale // a disappointing lack of atmospheric writing


Title: The Bear and the Nightingale
Author: Katherine Arden
Genre: Historical, Fantasy
Warnings: implied rape
Rating: 1 star
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DNF at 30%

I feel incredibly guilty that my first read of 2017 ended up being one I won't be finishing, even more so because I was provided an e-copy of it for review.

Friday, 6 January 2017

End of Year Book Survey 2016

This is my first time doing Perpetual Page Turner's brilliant bookish survey and it was a lot of fun! In it I look at my reading statistics, as well as some of the best and (the not-so-best) books of 2016, as well as what books I'm looking forward to this year.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Author Debuts I Have Yet to Read

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
There aren't too many debuts I'm anticipating this year, but there are quite a few debuts on my TBR that I have yet to read.