Books I’ve Read but Won’t be Purchasing

Top Ten Tuesday is turning 10!!! Today I decided to redo a TTT prompt I did around this time last year which was Books I’ve Read but Don’t Own. I’ve restricted myself to only purchasing books that I’ve rated ⭐️4/5 stars or higher so these are 10 books that I rated lower than that, which I probably won’t be purchasing for my personal collection.

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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My Dark Vanessa by Elizabeth Kate Russell

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Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

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Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

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The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

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Yes No Maybe So by Aisha Saeed & Becky Albertalli

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The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

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One Day in December by Josie Silver

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Paper Towns by John Green

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❄️ Winter Vibes ❄️

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Summer/Winter vibes and since we are coming into winter here in Australia I thought it would be nice to list some of the books I have read over the last year that give me wintry/cold/blustery/frigid vibes!! 

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A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos

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Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes

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The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

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One Day in December by Josie Silver

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The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden

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Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

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Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

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The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware

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Favourite Fictional Couples

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

For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt I decided to do an updated favourite fictional couples list! I made one of these posts early last year so I thought I would go through all the books I had read since then and list my favs from them!

So my top 5 recent favourite fictional couples are:

1Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

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2Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

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Picture5Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

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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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One Day in December Review

38255337One Day in December is a contemporary novel about a girl named Laurie who is on a bus and makes eye contact with a boy waiting at a bus stop. She immediately felt a connection and since they didn’t get the chance to speak she’s been searching for him ever since. That is until he came back into her life in the most unexpected way.

I liked Laurie as our main protagonist. I found her a little too naïve at the start and a little boring to be honest but she did develop a more into a mature, direct character. Being put into this difficult situation I really think she did the best she could and tried to honour Sarah.

I liked the contrast between Laurie and Sarah. Sarah is a go getter and will do anything she needs in order to get what she wants; enjoying the spotlight and Laurie is more of a worrier, not wanting the spotlight preferring to be behind the scenes. We really see over the course of the plot how close they are and just how much Laurie values her as a sister.

Jack kind of got on my nerves a little. After his accident the way he treated Laurie and just how many missed opportunities he had to tell Laurie the truth. I think it started when he lied to her and said that he didn’t remember her from the bus stop. If only he had expressed how he really felt maybe they would have gotten together a lot sooner.

I thought this was a very wholesome read. It definitely covered some intense topics but overall I really thought it was a very entertaining story. It was fast paced and the format made it really engaging.

I just wanted a little more in terms of Laurie and Jack’s relationship. I think if we could have gotten more scenes of them actually together other than that pretty abrupt ending I may have liked it more. There was the build-up throughout the book about them eventually coming together and we don’t get any follow through. I was left feeling a little unfulfilled.

⭐️3.5/5 stars it was a nice holiday read!