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Top 5: Favourite Literary Couples

As it is the month of love, I thought I would centralise my Top 5s, around awesome couples from books. This is a list of couples that are not only perfect together, but have the kind of relationship that we all want.

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  1. Kaz Brekker & Inej Ghafer Of Six Of Crows & Crooked Kingdom

We all knew they were going to top this list. With their blossoming relationship over the duology, the little quips and moments of closeness gave us the suspenseful relationship building Bardugo does best.

2. Matthew Clairmont & Diana Bishop Of The All Souls Trilogy
You could say these two are instalove, but the universe did match them together. Matthew’s slight obsessive (not in the worst way) devotion to Diana is vastly exacerbated by the circumstances within the story. But once the dust settles, they are in perfect blissful harmony together. Side note: What vampire isn’t possessive?

3. Prince Rhen and Harper Of A Curse So Dark And Lonely
This bitchy back and forth, 1 upping did not get old with these two as their love blossomed throughout the book, they were obviously made for each other. I have written a review for this, because AHHHH! So good, so fun just YES!

4. Karou & Akiva Of Daughter Of Smoke & Bone Trilogy
Starcrossed lovers indeed, and yet through all the stress and strain and pain these two go through they are strong and fierce and together unstoppable!

5. Westley & Buttercup Of The Princess Bride
Just the best romance story ever! Farm boy, pretty girl meet. Farm boy runs away to make fortune, pretty girl catches the eye of a prince. Prince wants to kill pretty girl, farm boy saves the day. The briefest of all nutshells for this book/movie. I swoon every time someone even mentions these two. They are perfect.

For our secret number 6. Franny & Jet Of The Rules Of Magic & Practical Magic

The Rules Of Magic is one of the saddest books I have ever yet, and yet the most beautiful book too. Emotionally tumultuous, but Franny & Jet are always there, the foundation of one another and cleaners of the mess. They are wonderful and broken and sad and joyful in each other’s company. If I didn’t have my husband, I’d want what Franny & Jet have.

Thank you again for coming to another Top 5, till next time bookworms, keep reading B)

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Top 5: Books I Want To Read In 2019

Welcome to another Top 5 lovelies. I don’t know if I have mentioned this year how alot of my inspiration for these Top 5’s comes from Bionic Book Worm who is the queen of book blogging (to me). So go check her out!


So, in 2018 I went book mad and bought a shed load of books, I had just started my blog, been given bigger bookshelves and a room within my home for reading (The Library). And may have bought too many books to have read in 1 year. So, here is my list of books I’d like to read in 2019 because I didn’t read them in 2018.

  1. The Extinction Trials by S. M. Wilson

I bought these due to the tagline of “Jurassic Park meets The Hunger Games”. I’m not mad at that! Like, how could The Hunger Games have been improved… Dinosaurs! I bought the first two books thinking this was a duology. However, not the case and The Extinction Trial: Rebel releases on 7th February 2019. I got to read the first 2 soon!

2. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Oh My! I am the worst YA fangirl, never having read a Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman! However, never fear, I have the first book and have promised myself I will pick it up this year as I read the first 5 pages and… I WANT MORE! Plus Sci-Fi is right up there with my favourite genre, fantasy. What’s not to like… #facepalm

3. Blood Of A Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza

This is the second in a Sci-Fi duology, the first book, Empress Of A Thousand Stars was so action packed and piqued my Sci-Fi love HARD with the deathly cliffhanger… and yet… have I read the second book after pre-ordering it… No. Why? I don’t know. Therefore its on the list and I may even re-read the first one again. Because, it deserves that kind of love.

4. Times Convert by Deborah Harkness

Deborah is the incredible mind behind the All Souls Trilogy (A Discovery of Witches, Shadow Of Night and The Book Of Life) I have never devoured a trilogy so fast! This story follows one of the main characters from these books, so, to not spoil anything I will not talk too much about the book but the series before, now a TV series (adaption, not 100% the books) however still rather enjoyable. A Discovery of Witches is set in Oxford, one of my favourite places to visit in the UK, magical and beautiful its the perfect setting for a witchy read.

5. The Hollow Tree by James Brogden

I know this is the second Top 5 this year James has been mentioned however, I bought The Hollow Tree last June and had every intention to read it over the Halloween period, however I book-lagged hard and never got round to it. Therefore, I will be reading it this Halloween. Without fail. The way James explained The Hollow Tree to me is; a woman loses her hand, however has phantom limb syndrome, until she realises she is feeling things somewhere else with her severed hand… intrigued? I was sold, hook, line and sinker.

Special Secret 6. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Ok, so this is number 6 because it is technically a re-read. I read The Lunar Chronicles as they were released (2012 onward) and they captured me in a net of whimsical Sci-Fi, fairy-tale retelling glory. After receiving the box set for Christmas 2017, I would love to revisit them! However, being 2,660 pages and I want to do a Harry Potter Readalong and my own 12 Book Challenge for 2019, I may have to rethink this…

Thank you for coming back for another Top 5! I may revisit this one in 2020 and discuss what books I managed (or didn’t).

Till next time, bookworms, keep reading B)

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Top 5: Auto-buy Authors

Happy New Year Bookworms! And welcome to the first Top 5 of 2019!

I thought I would start this year off with my Top 5 Auto-buy Authors!

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So far, I have 9 pre-orders for 2019. Listed here. On that list are a few of the authors listed below!

  1. Laini Taylor

First introduced to her work by Fairyloot, with Strange The Dreamer, which I devoured and gave to my friend instantly, I moved onto her Daughter Of Smoke & Bone Trilogy and ended up reading 4 of her books in 1 year. Since then I have email alerts for anything new and a wish list for all those I am missing.

2. Leigh Bardugo

Quickly after the first book I read of Leigh’s I was referring to her as my queen. Her writing is dark and brooding, her characters the same. I read her Six Of Crows duology and later moved on to the Shadow & Bone trilogy. I remember finishing Six Of Crows and reading the Author Biography and reading about this strong, beautiful woman who wrote a wonderfully complex character like Kaz. I just fell in love.

3. Claire Legrand

Again, I was introduced to this beautiful woman’s writing by Fairyloot with an ARC of Furyborn. It was released May 2018 and I received it in December 2017. I have waited what feels like forever for Kingsbane and I am so excited! Her other release of 2018, Sawkill Girls, was amazing, LGBTQA, kickass and lovable, haunted characters. Claire Legrand, forever on my auto-buy list.

4. Erin Morgenstern

The second I found out about The Starless Sea, I pre-ordered! I was late to The Night Circus proverbial party, but WOW! I loved every page, every sad, heartbreaking, gut wrenching, tear provoking word of that book! Even if you are not into romance, you can appreciate the visual beauty Erin creates with her writing. I am SO EXCITED for The Starless Sea.

5. James Brogden

I met James at Comic Con Birmingham in 2017 and picked up his book, Hekla’s Children. He was lovely and charming and later on in 2018 I finally read his book and WOW. Horror, graphic violence and supernatural elements, are just some of the themes in this book, I wrote my first book review on it here! And again in 2018 I went to London Comic Con and received a signed copy of his latest book, The Hollow Tree, (on my 2019 TBR) another horror based book that I am super excited to read. Next book, maybe another different Comic Con 🙂

Special Secret Number 6. Narah Quinn!

I know, not a massive secret that Narah Quinn is my absolute favourite author of all time and also bestest bookish friend, but I lived in her world of Fallons for the entire writing process and loved every single second. Being any part of a creation like this would give anyone an appreciation for what a writer has to put in to create a book. I’m lucky enough to be apart of her second project too! You can find Narah’s blog here. And Fallons Hope here.

That’s all for today’s Top 5. I hope you liked it, who are your Auto-Buy Authors?

Till next time, bookworms, keep reading B)


Disclaimer: This is a recently curated list. The above is a list of authors I will be auto-buying GOING FORWARD. Not a list of authors I have always bought and forever will auto-buy from. These are my auto-buy authors as of this moment.

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Top 5: Book Covers Of 2018

Happy Top 5 Tuesday bookworms!

As we wrap up this year, I reflect on my overloaded phone gallery of all the stunning books I read this year! And WOW there were some B-E-A-UTIFUL ones!

In no particular order;

1. Circe by Madeline Miller

Not just a beautiful story, but also a stunning book.

2. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

This story was heartbreaking but look at the naked shiny!!

3. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Creepy AF. But the book gives me serious fairytale feels. Also the engraving on the hardcover. #swoon

4. Shadow & Bone Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo (New Editions)

I am a massive fan of the queen! And I read Six Of Crows first then read the above trilogy, but OMG the new paperbacks are so modern and pretty and they are floppy paperbacks! I LOVE FLOPPY PAPERBACKS.

5. A Pocketful Of Crows by Joanne Harris

I read this in a day. An awesome take on the Triple Goddess origin told in a fairytale-esque way.

Special Number 6. Six Of Crows Special Edition by Leigh Bardugo

I do not have this in my grasp yet, but it will be mine and when they do the special edition of Crooked Kingdom I will buy that too! If I am gonna collect any book series, they are gonna be Bardugo books!

If we don’t speak before Bookworms, I wish you a merry Christmas/a wonderful rest of December 8)

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Top 5: Favourite Witches From Books

Must be the season of the witch! Another Top 5. I was inspired by @bionic_book_worm to start these Top 5s. And I am feeling the Halloween/Autumnal vibes! So below are my favourite witches from books.

1. Franny & Jet from The Rules Of Magic by Alice Hoffman

I adore Franny and Jet and having watched Practical Magic, multiple times, I really enjoyed reading about the earlier life of them and their brother(!) Vincent. I am yet to read Practical Magic as I heard the film and books share few similarities.

2. Diana Bishop, Sarah Bishop & Em Mather of The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

A Discovery Of Witches has recently become a TV series via Sky, with Deborah Harkness involved (and starring in some excellent cameos) this series differs enough from the story so I can watch without feeling like it’s ruining the books. Sarah and Em are Diana’s aunts and their relationship is beautiful. I really enjoyed the books and I am looking forward to seeing where the series goes. Also Marcus (a vampire) is utterly adorable in both series and books!

3. Maguerite, Aurora and Hazel Swan from The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

These 3 sisters are not technically the main characters of The Wicked Deep, but they stuck in my mind. At first, the story felt very Hocus Pocus like however it was not longevity that these sisters craved but love. I loved the splicing of the past and present in the different chapters and my heart will always ache for Hazel.

4. Circe from Circe by Madeline Miller

Circe is an excellent, incredibly well written book about a Grecian witch called Circe. I read it earlier this year and wrote a review, what I loved the most was her, Circe, strong, independent and honest. She hones her craft through adversity and pain. She is born godspawn but becomes so much more. It’s a wonderful story.

5. Mildred Hubble from The Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy

OMGosh, Mildred Hubble was my spirit animal when I was at school, being the weird, strange, mess of a kid Mildred Hubble made me feel normal! I watched the series and read the books (whilst hiding out in the library at school) and yes, it is a middle grade book series but it is awesome and cute and a great way to introduce younger readers to a supernatural, magical world.

And there is a Bonus Number 6 this week. EVERY SINGLE WITCH from The Harry Potter Series by J K Rowling

Ok, so this is a bonus, because I cannot pick 1 or 2 or even 3 witches from the Harry Potter series. Of course, Hermione is on the list but I also adore Bellatrix, as sick and twisted as she was we leant something from her. Luna, making even the strangest of people seem normal and always having a nice word for those in need even if it is cryptic as hell. Professor McGonagell, strict, smart, loyal and secretly loving. Every single witch, in the Harry Potter series is my favourite. Except Umbridge. Umbridge has no fans.

Thank you very much for checking out my Top 5. If you have any ideas for future Top 5s, give me a shout I would love to try them out.

Happy reading Bookworms B)

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Top 5: Book Boyfriends of 2018

Happy Tuesday friends! Another Top 5 for Tuesday! For now this will be fortnightly whilst I get my procrastinating butt in order. These are my top 5 book boyfriends from the books I have read this year. There is no bonus No. 6 as I will probably revisit this topic next year 😉 happy reading Bookworms!

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1. Simon from Furyborn Trilogy by Claire Legrand.

I utterly adore Simon. An absolute hero, but stubborn when necessary. Fair, decisive and in my mind, drop dead gorgeous!

2. Cassian from A Court Of; Series by Sarah. J. Maas.

Sexy, funny and mischievous there is nothing more you could want from a book boyfriend. A little hot headed but cheeky so he can get away with it.

3. Cardan from The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.

I know he’s not exactly boyfriend material but if you are into those overly obsessive types, Carden’s your guy! A prince, a fae, and a master manipulator, he’s the ultimate bad boy.

4. Nikolai Lantsov from Shadow & Bone Series by Leigh Bardugo.

This pirate prince has more layers than an onion. Crafty, cheeky, smart, witty, broken, sad and alone. This guy is the one project I could dedicate a few lifetimes to and still not see or find all within. So instead, let’s imagine the adventures… ♥‿♥

5. Devereux “Vex” Bell from These Rebel Waves Series by Sara Raasch.

Oh Vex, what an amazingly thought out pirate character. I loved These Rebel Waves and Vex made it that much more enjoyable, another witty, cheeky pirate with an absolute heart of gold. I cannot wait for more of him… and the rest of the story.

Thanks again for checking out my blog, please feel free to contact me with questions, blog ideas and any advice you may have. I still feel quite new at this and appreciate all support, love and criticism!

Speak soon x

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Top 5: Albums/Artists To Listen To Whilst Reading

Following the inspiration from Bionic Book Worm, I want to try and keep up with her awesomeness and attempt a Top 5: Tuesday! You can find her wonderful blog

here.

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I understand some people are not a fan of listening whilst reading but I have always been a unfocused reader in busy environments. And I have always loved classical and instrumental music, whilst reading I love how music can enhance my reading experience. A crescendo whilst a battle is ongoing or the cadenza of a violin as lovers embrace for the first time. So I thought my first Top 5 should be about my favourite Albums and Artists to listen to whilst I’m reading.

1. Lindsey Stirling.

I adore everything Lindsey does, whether its a collab or a singular piece, I am yet to find a track I don’t like. I like to listen to Lindsey’s albums for all sorts of books, my personal favourite album of hers is her Shatter Me but I couldn’t pick a favourite track, I originally discovered her when I was reading Six Of Crows.

2. A Night In Strings by Eklipse.

I am a huge fan of violins, cellos and bass, I love this album as each song, though a cover changes the original structure so much it sounds like one of their own. My favourite track off of this album is Cloudbursting.

3. Any Assassins Creed Score cover or original music.

I have played several of the Assassins Creed game and loved them all, and each of the soundtracks for each one are as unique as the settings of each, individual game. There are many covers of the Assassins Creed score but my personal favourite and the one on my reading playlist is the original Assassins Creed Theme by Lorna Balfe from the Assassins Creed Revelations game.

4. Ludovic Einaudi

My favourite track of Ludovic Einaudi is Petricor, but all of his work has a signature that relaxes my very core. He brings piano and violin together beautifully, a wonderful accompaniment to any book, there are enough tracks to find your preferred mix.

5. 2Cellos

A duo, very similar to Eklipse, my favourite track of theirs is Hysteria, which is a Muse cover, the rest of their album Celloverse is filled with hits that have had the 2Cellos treatment and I love how cellos bring out the severity in any song cover, I loved listening to Hysteria whilst reading any of the A Court Of books as they are all so overly dramatic, just like this song.

Bonus 6. Charms by Abel Korzeniowski

I have a bonus track for this Top 5, as I love this track when I am mid read in a deeply romantic moment. This song became most prominent with me whilst I was reading Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor, the love story wrapped up in this trilogy is both beautiful and haunting and Charms accentuated it perfectly.