Single Word Titles

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is single word titles, so I figured I would go through all of the books I read recently and pick out the last 10 books I read that only had single word titles and what I rated them.

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson – ⭐️3/5 stars

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Sadie by Courtney Summers – ⭐️4/5 stars

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Starsight by Brandon Sanderson – ⭐️4/5 stars

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Sparrow by L.J. Shen – ⭐️2/5 stars

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You by Caroline Kepnes – ⭐️4/5 stars

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Supernova by Marissa Meyers – ⭐️4/5 stars

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Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff – ⭐️4/5 stars

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Bunny by Mona Awad – ⭐️3/5 stars

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Stardust by Neil Gaiman – ⭐️4/5 stars

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Finale by Stephanie Garber – ⭐️4/5 stars

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Quarterly Reading Recommendation

This is my fourth and final instalment of my quarterly reading recommendations for 2019. Every 3 months I have been looking over all the books I’ve read in that time and picking out my top 10 favourites. Since its now the end of the year I will going through all four of these lists and picking out my overall top 10 favourite books of the year which I will be posting next week!

So in no particular order my reading recommendations for October – November – December are:

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

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The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

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My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

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You by Caroline Kepnes

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The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

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Dispel Illusion by Mark Lawrence

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Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

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Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes

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Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin

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Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

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My Top 10 Surprises of 2019

For this week’s Top 10 Tuesday I decided to go with a list of the top 10 books that I read in 2019 that surprised me! 

You by Caroline Kepnes – I honestly didn’t think I was going to like this book. I had heard all of the hype about it when the series came out earlier this year but I kind of dismissed it. Then when I read the book I actually loved it!

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Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes – This is another series that I really had my reserves about. I didn’t know a lot about it going in and I kept putting it off for months thinking I wasn’t going to enjoy it. Then I finally bit the bullet and gave it a read and I was immediately sucked in!

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Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto – when this book first came out there was tons of people talking about it and praising it and then things got really quiet and no one really talked about it anymore. This was kind of a sign for me that this book would be forgettable but I really taken back with how immersive and action packed this book was!

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Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – I just had this feeling that because Illuminae Files was so good and very well loved that they wouldn’t be able to back it up with another good sci-fi series. I was wrong, this is one of my favourite books of the year and I can’t wait for Aurora Burning to come out!

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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – I thought since this series was quite old that it wouldn’t age very well and I wouldn’t end up liking it. Totally opposite, I absolutely loved this series, super engaging, fast paced and addictive!

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The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang – this is on the other side of the spectrum. I thought I would 100% love this book just because it’s a high fantasy that people have been hyping up ever since it was released and I just couldn’t get on board. Rin just didn’t get with me as the main protagonist and the pacing was a little off.

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Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young – with debut novels I always kind of go in with low expectations, just in case it’s not the best book, but I ended up really loving this book! Definitely not as hyped as what it should be!

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Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – I think this book takes the cake for the most hyped book of the year. It was because of this that I really didn’t think I was going to like it, when I read the blurb and heard all of the review I had no intention of even reading it, but when I saw it at my local library I couldn’t miss the opportunity to read it and I was pleasantly surprised how much I actually enjoyed it!

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – another series that was released quite a few years ago now and I just thought this series wouldn’t be as fresh and unique as some of the newer fantasy series out there but boy was I wrong. I was invested right from the start, the magic system was unlike anything I’ve read before and the books kept getting better as the series went on!

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Paper Towns by John Green – I have only read one other John Green book which I really enjoyed, so I went into Paper Towns thinking I would like it equally if not more than that previous book but I was a little underwhelmed. I didn’t really connect with any of the characters and it was a little unremarkable for me.

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You Review

36430011._SY475_I loved this book!

You revolves around a guy named Joe who has become obsessed with a girl named Beck after she walks into the bookstore he works at and strikes up a conversation.

I loved the premise of this book; it really captivated me from the start. Having the book from the perspective of Joe and seeing the way his brain works and how he justifies his actions throughout the course of the book was fascinating. I don’t believe I’ve ever read a book from the perspective of the bad guy before and I was hooked!

Beck wasn’t a favourite character of mine. I thought she wasn’t all that likable and a little bit pretentious. I found myself not quite invested in her character fully yet I wanted to know what was going to happen next. Her friends were also not very likable either, I found there wasn’t really any depth to them and they were only really just a tool to further along the plot.

 I thought the pacing of the story was perfect. The slow buildup of tension really kept me hooked in the story and I was eager to read on. I thought the plot twists were placed at the perfect points in the story and really kept the intensity at an all-time high. The stakes kept rising and Joe really had some close calls and I found myself wanting him to get away with everything, it was strange.

I thought Caroline Kepnes really captured the mind of a stalker, while also allowing him to remain relatable and human in a way. I like the way that the book was formatted as well. I thought the use of second-person narration was executed flawlessly, having his voice in my mind while reading about him stalking someone was intense!

⭐️4.5/5 stars Creepy, morbid, addictive!

10 Popular Mystery/Thriller Books I Haven’t Read

I’ve slowly been dipping my toes into the Mystery/Thriller/Horror/Spooky genre over the last year but I am far from caught up with a lot of cult favorites! So when I seen this week’s prompt for Top 10 Tuesday I thought this was a perfect opportunity to list the top 10 most popular books in these genres that I haven’t read and I can make my way through the list and maybe this time next year I will have completed them all!

The Shining, IT & Pet Sematary by Stephen King

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

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You by Caroline Kepnes

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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

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The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

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Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

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