5 Favourite Contemporaries

So these are a few contemporary books that I have read that I really enjoyed. Its not a genre that I generally lean towards but I have been trying of late to broaden my horizons so they definitely are on my radar. I gave all of these books 4 stars and I would definitely recommend them if you haven’t picked them up!

Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia – I really felt like this book is necessary at this moment in time. The representation is wonderful and I felt like Eliza really embodies the struggle of the everyday teen in the cyber world today. Being outed online and then having to deal with the immense pressure and the anxiety that came with it felt real to me!

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Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda really showcases the emotional anguish and turmoil of a young gay man in our cyber society today. It was still witty and effervescent and I love the references to pop culture, this was a great book!

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Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry – I actually only read this book today and I was actually pretty impressed. I liked the commentary about religion and how everyone is capable and willing to believe whatever they want you just need to respect their wishes. I thought Michael was very entertaining to read from and even though he is so open with his atheism he is willing to have an honest and raw conversation about the beliefs of his peers and their reasoning.

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They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera – I loved the concept of this book; it really had me intrigued from the start! The fact that we are basically already spoiled on the ending yet the book was still compelling enough for me to continue reading really shows how wonderful the writing is. The characters really stole the show for me, they complemented each other perfectly and the tragic nature of the story really made me connect with them more!

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Turtles all the Way Down by John Green – This was my first ever John Green book and I was pleasantly surprised. I found Aza to be a super relatable character and I actually really enjoyed the plot. It was very fast paced and kind of all over the place but that kind of made it more realistic for me.

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5 Favourite Fictional Couples

*There may be some spoilers if you haven’t read these books yet!*

These are five of my favourite fictional couples! Definitely not an all-time favourite list as I’m sure there are many more couples that I love also but these were the five that popped into my mind first!

Lucy and Josh – The Hating Game

One of my favourite tropes is the hate to love trope and I thought this was executed perfectly! This is only a recent read of mine but I feel perfectly comfortable putting these two in my top 5 favourite couples! The friction at the start of the novel and then to see the tension build throughout the storyline to their eventual romantic relationship was great to read!

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Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky – To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

The whole premise behind this series was so endearing and fluffy and I enjoyed these two immensely! I loved how it started so impersonally with the contract and all the rules and then to see over the course of the series blossom into a full blown romance was very cute!

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Ron and Hermione – Harry Potter Series

Just simply iconic! Re-reading this series recently really reinforced how much I love these two as a couple. I was so glad that they eventually got together after years and years of wondering whether or not it was going to happen. Gratification!

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Feyre and Rhysand – A Court of Thorns and Roses Series

A Court of Mist and Fury blew me away when I read it and it was mainly due to Feyre and Rhysand’s relationship! I fully thought that Rhysand was the evil, dangerous, wicked fairy that he was portrayed to be and then to dig deeper into his character and the connection with Feyre was amazing! I am trash for this series and I was very happy that Feyre ended up with Rhys and not Tamlin.

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Kazi and Jase – Dance of Thieves

 I loved these two together! Again it’s the hate to love trope that I cannot get enough of, just in a different scenario. Kazi as a Rahtan soldier undercover, Jase the Patriarch of the Ballenger Empire, it is just destined that they should be enemies, and yet… Oh the anticipation, the relationship, the betrayal. I loved it!

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Quarterly Reading Recommendations

I’ve decided that every three months this year I will go through my reading list and pick out the top 10 books I have read. These are going to all of my 5 star reads as well as any other book that I loved but didn’t give 5 stars for whatever reason. Then at the end of the year I will compile my list and pick out my top 10 overall of 2019. If you want to read any of my reviews for these books just click on the titles!

So my reading recommendations for January, February and March are:

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

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The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware

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The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

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Girls of Paper and Fire by Natashan Ngan

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson

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Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

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Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

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5 things that make me pick up a book!

Every Tuesday I look forward to everyone’s Top 10 Tuesday posts but I have never participated myself. So I thought I would throw my hat into the mix today and give it a go!

SO THESE ARE THE FIVE THINGS THAT MAKE ME PICK UP A BOOK!

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39863498I am highly susceptible to hype and I have found myself in the past picking a book up purely because of the hype. Nowadays, I am a little pickier with what I read so I will do a little more research on the book first before I actually read it! Example: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani ChokshiI was browsing a bookstore a little while ago and when I spotted The Gilded Wolves on the shelves I proceeded to pick it up and buy it with no hesitation. I had seen it soo much on my social media at that point that it was instinctive.

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9781784708238I am a sucker for beautiful covers! If I am in a bookstore and a particular cover stands out to me I will immediately gravitate towards it! Whether or not I actually purchase the book will depend on my mood but there have been several instances where this has occurred! Example: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret AtwoodI was perusing a book store and came across this beautiful edition of The Handmaid’s Tale. I had been on my TBR for a while now so I immediately bought it!

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91FZ41RwZzLIf I have read one or more books by a certain author and loved it I will definitely go back and pick up more books from that author because I trust them and their work! Even if I know nothing about the book I will still give it a read and see what I think! Example: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson I had just finished his Mistborn Trilogy and was looking into his other work when I came across the Stormlight Archives and immediately picked them up. Now one of my all-time favourite fantasy series!

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34433755I am a fantasy lover and I am always on the hunt for new fantasy series! The longer the better in my opinion I love them all! So when I hear about a book that is the start of a new fantasy series I will probably be picking it up in the very near future and checking it out! Example: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha NganThis was a mixture of hype, cover and the fact that it is a newly released novel that is the start of a new fantasy series! When I saw this book and read the blurb I immediately knew I had to read it!

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Sometimes I just sit and stare at my bookshelves and I see some of the books sitting there and it brings back memories of when I first read them, what I was doing in my life at that moment, how old I was etc. and that feeling really prompts me to pick the book up! Example: Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling – I am still in the middle of my reread of this series! What spurred my nostalgia was receiving the illustrated editions for Christmas and that just put me in the mood to read them all again!

5 Fantasy Stand Alones

These are a few of my favourite fantasy stand alones! I think most of these are great if you aren’t an avid fantasy reader, to get you started and to dip your toes into the genre. Fantasy is my absolute favourite and I don’t get around to reading a lot of stand-alones in the genre but what I have read I have loved!

Graceling by Kristin Cashore – I get that there are two more books in this world but I believe they are just companion novels, so I am counting this as a stand-alone. I loved this book. The premise alone I found to be very interesting and I loved how it was executed! Katsa is one of my favourite female protagonists and I loved her arc throughout this story.

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To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo – This book surprised me a little bit! I picked it up on a whim and thought it was going to be a little dry (lol) but I actually really enjoyed the storyline. The pace was very well done, I thought the premise was unique and the kind of hate to love romance trope is one of my favourites so I really liked this!

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Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson – I was highly entertained throughout the course of this book! I loved Mila and her commentary in this book was very witty and kind of snarky which I like in a female protagonists. Overall I think it was her desire to find out the truth and her stop at nothing nature that really captured my attention and ensnared me!

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The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw – Dark and atmospheric, I really enjoyed this book as well. The premise I found to be very unique and the twist at the end did really surprise me! I didn’t see it coming and I felt like the execution was very well done.

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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – Even though this is a fairly new read I had to put it on the list! An epic fantasy book of over 1000 pages I’m sure it is intimidating to the average person. However, I found it to be an incredibly fast engaging read. The world is vast, the characters are diverse and the magic system is unique. Everything I love about fantasy this book really captured!

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