Book Settings I’d Love to Visit

It’s Top Ten Tuesday time friends!

10 book setting I would love to visit are:

Well Matched by Jen DeLuca – I wanna go to this Ren Faire and see the wonderfulness for myself!

Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo – I would visit Ravka and see the Grishas!

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The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley – I would love to go to Paris & the apartment building without the creepiness does sound amazing lol

Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins – a few days stranded on a tropic island sounds great right now

Siren Queen by Nghi Vo – Hollywood in the 30’s sounds magical!

The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager – a retreat at a quiet and peaceful lake house, sign me up!

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – I would die to be on an old school pirate ship!

The Monarchs by Kass Morgan & Danielle Paige – I never went to college or uni so I would love to visit a campus and a sorority house!

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune – duh!

One by One by Ruth Ware – a rustic mountain chateau, yes please!

5 Star Reads so far!

Since we’re about half way through the year I thought why not go back through all the books I’ve read and see how many I’ve loved so far. To my surprise I only have 1 book so far that I have rated 5 stars! This time last year I had 6 books I had already rated 5 stars so it’s not looking too good. I feel like I need to start prioritising my 5 star predictions and read some books I think I’m going to love as opposed to hyped books.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

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Worth the Hype??

Over the last year or so there have been a couple books that have been super hyped and popularised on booktok, booktube & bookstagram that I have been influenced enough to pick up and I wanted to share whether or not I think they were worth the hype.

The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake

I thought this was going to be a lot more fantastical as opposed to academic and I think it the fact that we are mostly in the same setting the whole time that made this a bit tedious to read. Wasn’t worth the hype in my opinion!

The Final Girls Support Group by Grady Hendrix

In the end this was very entertaining and thrilling. I thought it was a pretty quick read and the twists and reveals definitely kept me engaged. I think I was expecting a lot more blood and gore though. I understand why people were hyping it up but was just ok for me!

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

This wasn’t anything spectacular or ground-breaking but I think its more about the way it makes you feel. It’s about growth, acceptance, embracing yourself and coming to terms with your past trauma and moving on. This was a fantastic, quick, wholesome read that I would recommend to everyone! 100% worth the hype!

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Everything about this book had me on the edge of my seat, I in no way was able to predict what was going to happen next and at every turn I was surprised. This book kind of hit a little close to home and feels like it could plausibly happen in this generation so it provokes a lot of conversation about our planet and how we’re affecting it! Another definitely worth the hype it was great!

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Even though this was super hyped I was still surprised with how the story progressed. I was picturing something a little more fluffier but this was anything but. It was a lot darker and tortured than what I expected and I was pleasantly surprised! The structure and prose was beautifully done, the pacing was consistent and the dual timelines kept me invested and eager to find out what was going to happen next. You will either love it or hate it I think!

The Ultimate Recommendations Book Tag

I seen this book tag over on Kristin Kraves Books and I just had to give it a go!

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Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff – Fantasy

Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne M. Valente

Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski

Things Have Gotten Worse Since we Last Spoke by Eric LaRocca

Red Rising Saga by Pierce Brown

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The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

The Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson was what got me back into reading after my party phase lol

5 Fav Fantasy Stand Alones

For the last couple of years I’ve been listing 5 of my favourite stand-alone books that I read in the year previous. So I figured why not continue on with that tradition!

5 more of my Favourite Fantasy Stand Alones are:

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson

The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould

Gallant by V.E. Schwab