Bookish Discoveries of 2019

For this week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt I decided to go with new authors I discovered in 2019. This list is all the authors that I read from for the first time and I loved them enough to want to continue to pick up either their back-list or any books they may publish in the future!

1Now one of my all-time favourite fantasy authors!

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2The Seven Realms is now one of my all-time favourite fantasy series ever!

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Picture3Chilling and atmospheric, I need to dip into more of her back-list titles!

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Picture4for some reason all her books intimidated me but I definitely need to read them all!

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Picture5I am in the middle of the Falling Kingdoms series and I am highly impressed

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Picture6I binged the first two books in The Shadow Game trilogy!

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Picture7her books are diverse, realistic and highly engaging!

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Picture8I’ve been impressed with the representation of culture and mental health she includes in her romances!

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Picture9I’ve only read one of her books and I need to rectify that situation very soon!

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Picture10super fun romances full of diverse characters

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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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🎄Books I Hope to Find Under the Tree 🎄

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is books that I hope to receive for Christmas this year! I don’t usually get a lot of books as presents but if I was to be gifted any I would love to get physical copies of books that I’ve read and loved but don’t own!

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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Final Girls by Riley Sager

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Uprooted & Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

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Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

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Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

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Wilder Girls by Rory Power

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Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

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The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

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Jingle Bell Tag

I was in the mood for a nice Christmassy tag and when I seen this one popping up in the blogosphere I thought it was perfect! Please see the original tag HERE!

1What book do you want to see under the Christmas tree?

I would love to get a copy of The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand. I read it this month and absolutely loved it, so I would be really happy to have a copy for my own collection!

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2What book that you have read this year have you enjoyed the most?

I would have to say Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I loved this introductory book to what I am hoping is going to be a new favourite series of mine!

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3Which book has the most festive look to it?

One Day in December by Josie Silver – this definitely gives me Christmassy vibes!

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4What book unleashes your inner child?

From my collection I would have to say Spot by Eric Hill. This is the first book that I ever remember reading back when I was in preschool when I was about 3/4 yrs old

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5Your favourite villain…

I would have to say favourite character I love to hate would have to be Prince Magnus from the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes.

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6Name your favourite TWO couples…

Some of my favourites are Rhysand & Feyre from the ACOTAR Series by Sarah J Maas and also Lucy & Joshua from The Hating Game by Sally Thorne!!!

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What book would you like to give as a present to your followers?

I would love to give my followers Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson! Not only does it have a beautiful cover I also think it is wildly underrated!

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The Afterlife of Holly Chase Review

33843251._SY475_This was fantastic!

This is a retelling of the classic A Christmas Tale but with a bit of a modern twist. Holly is visited on Christmas Eve by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future however she does not heed their warning and she dies. But she is brought back to life and is chosen to work in a top secret company called Project Scrooge as the new ghost of Christmas past and visits others like herself once a year to try and change them for the better.

I loved Holly’s character and the development that she undertakes throughout the course of the story line. She really is the true epitome of a scrooge and I loved the way she has resigned herself to her new role as the GOCP and how she had to deal with how unpampered her life is now in comparison to what it was. She has a subtle transformation and when she is given that second chance I like that she goes for it and is able to change so many lives.

I thought the plot was cleverly written and each character played a major role in the story line. They were all distinct, diverse and necessary in the grand scope of the tale. One of my favorites was definitely Stephanie. She seems unassuming but was a key factor in terms of Holly’s transformation.

I honestly couldn’t predict anything that was going to happen. As the story went on I had my thoughts on which direction the plot would go and I was never right which definitely kept me engaged. I thought all of the twists were perfectly timed and highly entertaining.

I am surprised really how much I enjoyed this book. I’ve been putting it off for a while now and I really regret just how long it took me to pick it up.

⭐️4.5/5 stars A perfect Christmas Read!