I wrote a similar post a couple of months ago for St Patrick’s Day, where I shared some of my favourite green covers, and the lovely Elizabeth @just B more gave me the idea to turn it into a mini-series!
To celebrate Spring and the wonderful colours that come with it, I thought I’d dedicate a post to some fabulous PINK books. I had so much fun searching through Goodreads and my TBR, and I’m embarrassed to admit that my bookshelves are shamefully lacking in pink books, so it looks like I might be needing a trip to Waterstones soon!
I love writing these posts and creating these aesthetically pleasing lists, so I really hope you enjoy it. Also let me know in the comments which colour I should do next! I’m thinking yellow and gold to celebrate summer!
‘Burn Book’ Pink
One of the most iconic pink books from pop culture! Whilst I don’t agree with the contents or motive behind this book it wouldn’t be a pink list without it! There’s just something ‘mean’ and mysterious about magenta pink, so if you’re looking for a thrill then be sure to pick up Lock Every Door by Riley Sager, There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins or The Mary Shelly Club by Goldy Moldavsky.
From my desk I look out to the most beautiful magnolia tree which serves as the inspiration for this prompt. This soft pink is sweet and innocent but that’s not the case with some of these books!
Space Nebula Pink
I’m obsessed with space and constellations and these covers give me all the other-worldly and sci-fi vibes, I love it. The cover for The Infinity Courts is one of my favourites, it’s mysterious, mystical with that element of power and adventure.
When I think of love and romance my mind jumps straight to this adorable bubblegum pink and some my favourite contemporary romance novels.
The other morning my sister and I went and watched the sunrise from the Hills and it was beautiful just like these book covers! The cover for In Deeper Waters by F.T.Lukens is hands down one of my favourites, the way they look at each other is so intense and I can’t wait to learn more about these characters and this story!
A little different from our romance pink, the passion pink is hot, bold and captures the intensity of love.
Pretty in Pink
I’d give anything to have some of these dresses in my wardrobe, they’re all so beautiful!
Be a Flamingo in a Flock of Pigeons Pink
These books are bold and beautiful! They stand out in a crowd and never apologise for being confident and fabulous, a mentality we all should embrace. Dean Atta’s wonderful book, The Black Flamingo was the inspiration for this plot and captures the beauty of embracing your uniqueness and learning to love yourself. If you’ve yet to read it then I highly recommend that you add it to your TBR straight away!
The Magic and Mystical Pink
I usually associate pink with romance and contemporary genres, but these books prove that fantasy deserves some more pink love! These books are channeling their inner Scarlet Witch and are all thrilling adventures that will keep you on the edge of your seat!
Elle Woods Pink
Elle Woods is the Queen of pink and these covers would be the perfect accessory to any pink ensemble! Traditionally, pink evokes notions of sensitivity, femininity, sweetness but these books highlight the power of feminism and the strength of women as they face personal and social battles of their own.
An Explosion of Pink
I am obsessed with all of these books, especially this stunning colour combination of orange and pink! These books are giving me some major sunset vibes and they’re covers just make me feel all warm and cosy inside! There’s just something chaotic yet calming about these covers and their absence from my bookshelves is heartbreaking!
If you haven’t guessed already, I’m pretty excited for the Shadow and Bone TV series! I can’t wait to see these wonderful characters come to life on screen and to experience the magic and wonder that’s threaded throughout its epic storyline. I have been waiting for this adaptation for so long and I don’t think I’m emotionally prepared for it, but I plan to spend my weekend watching the show over and over again and falling in love with everything!
And don’t get me started on the cast, they’re perfect. It honestly feels like these characters have just stepped off the page and words can’t describe how excited I am to see them all interact! But what makes this show special to me is the love and enthusiasm shared by all those involved, it’s clear that they care about these characters and that they are just as excited and passionate about this show as the fans.
Bardugo’s Grishaverse is a canvas of creativity and is a wonderfully imaginative world that is open to endless exploration and adventure. Transporting this world from page to screen isn’t a small feat but such responsibility has been embraced by executive producers Eric Heisserer (Arrival, Bird Box) and Shawn Levy (Stranger Things, Arrival), with Leigh Bardugo also on board as a producer. All the trailers, images and behind the scene snippets look incredible and it’s making my little heart flutter!
I have total and utter faith that this adaptation will stay true to the books and will successfully embody everything we as the fans cherish in this series as well as giving us something entirely new and thrilling. I can’t contain my excitement for much longer, so I thought I’d share my list of things that I want to see in the upcoming adaptation!
The wonderful thing about combining the worlds and storylines of Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows is that these characters are finally going to meet and interact! This alternate timeline and clever twist in the story is the best of both worlds, as not only do we get to see our beloved characters come to life but we the fans also get something uniquely different and exciting. I could 100% see Kaz and Alina being best friends and getting on each other’s nerves, as well as Mal and Jesper bonding over their guns.
I know my fictional boyfriend Nikolai hasn’t been cast yet, but I will die if the show ends with Kaz handing over Alina and Mal to an extremely charming red-headed captain with a crooked nose!
Grisha Powers & Fight Scenes
This show looks epic, so I’m expecting some hard-core and intense fight scenes! We’ve seen snippets of Jesper’s gunslinging ways, Inej’s extensive collection of knives, Zoya’s powers and the special effects look amazingly detailed and magical. I’ve really enjoyed following along on the show and actors journey, and I’m utterly in love with Amita Suman and the behind the scenes of her stunt training on Instagram!
Now this may be an unpopular opinion, but I’m a little bit dubious towards Alina’s powers, the whole full-body glowing vibe feels cliche, but everything else looks perfect and I’m particularly looking forward to her lessons with Bagra.
Ravka and Kerch (The Crow Club, The Little Palace, The Shadow Fold)
There’s always the challenge with bringing a fictional world to life, there needs to be a balance between reality and fantasy.
The show was filmed in Budapest, a baroque city landscape that exhibits grandeur and dramatic beauty, all elements that we see mirrored throughout Bardugo’s Grishaverse. These places have become a second home to me and many other readers and I’m ready to be transported to the streets of Ketterdam and the beautiful halls of the Little Palace! Another place I’m excited to see more of it the Shadow Fold, from the trailer it looks terrifying and I’m curious to see more of the horrors within!
Character Relationships (Mal’s Redemption?)
Relationships and found families are a huge part of these series and I hope that we get to see more of our favourite couples/friendships! One relationship I’m buzzing to see on screen is the blossoming and tenuous relationship between Nina and Matthias.
This may be another controversial opinion but I’m starting to like Mal a little more? Could this be his redemption in the fandom? There’s just something about Archie in the trailer and the on screen chemistry between Mal and Alina that’s making me love him a little more…
Backstories (Kaz, Mattias, Nina, Darkling)
I’m also curious to see how or if they include any of the character’s backstories, as they’re an important part of who they are. I’m sure we’ll learning more about the Darkling but I really hope we dive into the Crows’ past and peel back those layers.
In an interview Bardugo also mentioned that the show will include some of her external material and I’m just so excited to explore this world even more!
Fans will always cling to the book when their favourite series is being adapted but sometimes we need to accept that not everything is going to make it into the show. Nevertheless, there are still some iconic moments and lines that I hope to see on screen, one of which being the brilliant banter between the Crows. Adapting a fantasy novel and bringing this unique world to life is a huge challenge but I have so much faith and love for the team behind the show and I’m confident is going to exceed all my expectations!
I’d kill to have my own Kefta and maybe one day I’ll finally find the courage and skill to make my own! Kefta’s are a HUGE part of Grisha culture and from what we’ve seen so far they’re exactly what I’d imagined they’d look like, regal, colourful and beautifully elegant. As expected Leigh has some say when it came to the costumes and the creative process and I’m confident that I’m going to be very envious of all of them.
And then we have the mysterious and dark palet of the Dregs, and I’m especially excited to see more of Inej and Nina’s costumes. However, I don’t know how I feel about Kaz and Jesper’s fedoras though?
I wish my horoscope had prepared me for this week, it’s been chaos! But things have calmed down a bit and I’ve finally found the time to write!
I don’t know about you, but I love getting book recommendations and adding more and more books to my overflowing TBR, so I thought I’d combine this style of post with another one of my guilty pleasures, zodiac signs! I’m fascinated with astrology and it’s something I go-to now and then to find a little bit of structure and guidance in my life.
I’m an indecisive and romantic Libra so this list could have easily been a mile long! I had so much fun searching through my bookshelves and Goodreads to find the perfect book for each sign, and I really hope you enjoy it. I’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging scene recently so I wanted to make this post extra special and creative!
Aries (March 21-April 19): Adventurous, Enthusiastic, Reckless and Bold.
As the first sign in the zodiac, the presence of Aries always marks the beginning of something energetic, bold and enthusiastic, so my mind instantly jumped to some of my favourite and most antiquated fantasy reads. Aries signs are always ready to be the hero in any story and just like some of our beloved characters they’re always up for an action-packed adventure.
My Recommendations:Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, The Bone Season by Samatha Shannon, Crescent City by Sarah J Maas, The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang, Jade City by Fonda Lee, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Taurus signs are known for being well-grounded and practical people who surround themselves with love and value loyalty. All these books below share theses themes and touch beautifully on the power of friendship and the patient journey of love.
My Recommendations:The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary, A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Gemini (May 21-June 20): Adaptable, Intellectual and Cunning.
There are two sides to a Gemini, and you never know which one you’re going to get! They’re sociable and playful with a serious and thoughtful streak that fuels their curiosity and desire to experience everything the world has to offer. Communication and the mind is important to Gemini signs, so I tried to pick imaginative, clever and mysterious storylines that would leave a reader wanting more!
My Recommendations:The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong, One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Cancer (June 21-July 22): Loyal, Sensitive, Tenacious and Imaginative.
Cancer’s are deeply intuitive, sentimental and loyal to the people they keep close. When you first met them, Cancers can come across as cold or distant, but once you get to know them, you’ll realise that they’re very gentle, compassionate and caring individuals. For this recommendation, I wanted to picked books that packed an emotional punch and valued loyalty, friendship and family, so be sure to have the tissues at the ready for some of these picks!
My Recommendations: Save the Date by Morgan Matson, Out of Love by Hazel Hayes, I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, Legendborn by Tracy Deonn, Today, Tomorrow, Tonight by Rachel Lynn Solomon, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Leo (July 23 -August 22): Generous, Funny, Creative, and Loving.
Leo’s belong to the element of fire, making them warm-hearted and caring individuals who are capable of uniting different groups of people with their brilliant sense of humour. They are the leaders of their pack and are always searching for self awareness and growth. When people think of Leo’s their minds instantly jump to the bold and brave hero, but I think some these charters are just as bold and experience personal adventures of their own.
My Recommendations:To All The Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han, Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston, The Martian by Andy Weir, Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
Virgo (August 23-September 22): Hardworking, Intelligent, and Reliable.
Virgo’s have that eye for detail and deep sense for humanity. They’re strong characters and someone who prefers organisation and practicality in their everyday life. These characters work extremely hard to achieve their dreams and all deserve their happy endings!
My Recommendations:Illuminae by Amie Kaufman, Fable by Adrienne Young, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Normal People by Sally Rooney, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Libra (September 23-October 22): Sincere, Fair, Indecisive and Romantic.
Us Libra’s are indecisive and always have a hard time trying to pick our next read! We are always looking for balance and are romantic people who thrive off passion and enthusiasm. These books are all about tough decisions but it shouldn’t be a difficult decision to add these books to your ever-growing TBR!
My Recommendations:Noughts and Crosses by Malory Blackman, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Inshiguro, It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover, Scythe by Neal Shusterman, In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren, The Selection by Kiera Cass, The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Scorpio (October 23-November 21): Determined, Brave, Passionate and Secretive.
One of the most determined and brave signs who are also great at keeping secrets and fuelled by passion. I have so many recommendations for Scorpios, and I think it’s because I secretly identify as Scorpio too!
My Recommendations:The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas, They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, Angelfall by Susan Ee, King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21): Optimistic, Intellectual, Restless and Honest.
One of the biggest travellers among the zodiac signs, so a good book that will transport them to different worlds is exactly what they need. Sagittarius are optimistic and enthusiastic individuals who value freedom and exploration.
My Recommendations:Amy and Rogers Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi, The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty, The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow, Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson, Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin, Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
Capricorn (December 22-January 19): Hardworking, Ambitious and Patient.
Capricorn’s embrace their inner sense of independence and are hardworking and ambitious individuals who will learn from their mistakes. They are masters of self control and have the ability to lead the way.
My Recommendations:Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Heartless by Marissa Meyer, A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
Aquarius (January 20-February 18): Loyal, Friendly, Original and Unpredictable.
Aquarius signs are revolutionary and radical, who want to change the world through social progress and visionary thinking. Aquarius-born individuals are loyal and will do anything for their friends and family.
My Recommendations: Red Rising by Pierce Brown, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Josh and Hazels Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren, Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman, Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Pisces (February 19-March 20): Compassionate, Imaginative, and Selfless.
Pisces is ruled by Neptune, the planet that focuses on creativity and imagination and tend to have a deep focus on escapism through fantasy, and when I read this I knew instantly which books I wanted to recommend! These books are the perfect escape and are home to some of my favourite fictional worlds that just come to life on the page.
My Recommendations:Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Caraval by Stephanie Garber, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E.Schwab, Circe by Madeline Miller
I’m an indecisive Libra so this post has been torture! Nevertheless, I aways enjoy doing these posts on Instagram and Twitter so I thought I’d bring them over to my blog and make a little series out them. I apologise in advance, I’m not very good at this game and I kept picking both answers! Whoops! Let me know in the comments if you agree/disagree with any of my choices!
I’ve always been a paperback girl, but recently I’ve been converted and have splurged on a couple of gorgeous hardbacks! There was no way that I was going to wait for some of these new books to be released in in paperback form, but one of my biggest pet peeves is mismatched series so it looks like I might have to treat myself (again)! And at this rate it look like I’m also going to have to invest in another shelf because it’s overflowing and I’m double stacking!
During Covid I’ve spent far too much time scrolling through Amazon and the Waterstones website but NOTHING beats wandering around a bookshop! I mentioned in my wrap up post that I’ve got a trip to Hay-on-Wye planned and I’m so excited to spend an afternoon wandering around the endless and overflowing shelves of some of my favourite independent bookstores.
100% Series! It’s very easy for me to become invested in a fictional world and with fictional characters, so the more time I get to spend with them the better! Although we have to wait years to continue the adventure, the wait is always worth it!
I’ve recently been loving sci-fi adventures, but my heart will always belong to fantasy. Give me a book packed full of magic, sword fights and fantastical world building any day and the chances are that I’ll love it! A lot of these fantasy worlds are my second home and perfect escape from reality.
I’ve tried audiobooks before but I find it difficult to focus on them and I tend to just ‘zone out’, which is my own fault as I’m constantly thinking about different things and to-do lists! It’s definitely something I want to try again, and I think I just need to find a good audiobook that keeps me hooked, so any recommendations would be wonderful!
I love my little reading nook but there’s just something so serene about sitting in the sunshine and reading! I’d give anything right now to be sitting on a hot beach or by the poolside with stack of books from my TBR.
I’m an early riser so I try and start my day off with a little bit of reading, even if it’s only a chapter, and it’s the perfect way to start the day. That being said, I do enjoy curling up and getting cosy in my reading nook in the evening, but one thing I can’t do is read in bed at night, as soon as I jump into bed I’ll fall fast asleep. It’s clear that I’m terrible at this game!
I go through reading phases, one week I’m binge reading my new favourite fantasy series and the next I’m slowing making my way through another book on my TBR! If I had to choose then I’d pick binge read as I tend to fall head over heels for the most of the books I read, and I can’t get enough of them!
Both! I’m an emotional wreck and tend to cry at everything (even the happy moments)! One of my favourite reading moments is when you’re crying over a book and a character drops an unexpected and witty line that has you laughing through the tears.
I take great pride in my reading playlist and I’m currently in the process of making themed and locations aesthetic playlists! Listening to music helps enhance my imagination and turns some of my favourite scenes into mini-movies in my head. Different albums and playlists can transport me to different worlds and creates the perfect reading mood, even now there are specific songs I associate with books and when I hear them I get a little flashback!
Is it bad that I want to pick the villain? I’ve just finished reading Shadow and Bone, and all this Darkling content we’re going to be getting later this month is pushing me towards the dark side…How could you say no to Ben Barnes! But what I really love is a morally grey character. They aren’t quite villains, but they are too twisted to be traditional heroes, they’re relatable because no one if perfect and have great potential for character development.
I’ve always been a reader driven by plot but after reading A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas I think I’m leaning more towards character! Character development is so important for me, and Nesta’s journey of delicate and powerful determination and acceptance is hands down one of my favourites! But at the same give me an action-packed and intense plot that keeps me on the edge of my seat!
These lists just keep getting longer and longer, but I couldn’t resist including all these wonderful posts and celebrating some content that made me smile. As I mentioned in my wrap up post, last month I was struggling with my blogging motivation and creativity but after reading all these incredible posts, I’ve now got long list of bookish themed posts that I’m excited to write.
I also just want to say a HUGE thank you to the blogging community! Your love and support recently has been overwhelming and I wish I could every one of you a big socially distanced hug! All of you continue to make my blogging experience one that is filled with so much joy, kindness and friendship, and for that I’ll be forever grateful!
Anyway, enough about me, let’s celebrate some of the AMAZING posts I read in March!
This month I discovered so many new blogs and that is thanks to the ray of sunshine that is Sofii @A Book, A Thought! Sofii has been hard at work creating the Definitive Book Blogger List so be sure to go and support her and this wonderful project!
Cossette @TeaTimeLit shared 10 book recommendations based on your favourite musical and I couldn’t help but add a few more books to my TBR! I thought this was such a fun and creative post and if you’re a musical lover then be sure to check this post out!
I’m always looking for more book recommendations and lovely Katie @Whispering Pages has given me some great contemporaries to read this Spring! Katie has convinced me to read The Boy Who Steals Houses, the way in which she describes it is so beautiful and it sounds like something I’m going to love.
Caro @Book Cheshire Cat also shared some amazing recommendations for Women’s History Month! I loved this post so much and it’s no surprise that over half of these books have ended up on my endless TBR!
I don’t need any more books on my TBR, but I can’t help it! Birdie @Birdie’s Booktopia went on a little book hunt and shared a list of her most anticipated April releases and what an exciting month April is!
If you’ve been following me for a while then you’ll know that I’m utterly obsessed with anything related to mythology, so when I saw Tasya @The Literary Huntress’ post about books based on Irish/Celtic Myth, I couldn’t click fast enough! I know I’m not alone in my love for mythology, so if you’re like me then be sure to check this post out.
March was the month of Book Tags! Ally @Ally Writes Things created The Book Recommendations Book Tag! I had so much fun going through my bookshelves and Goodreads to find the perfect answer to these questions. I also really enjoyed her recent post where she compared our Goodreads shelves and I’ve made it my mission to add more books to my very empty shelves! Since then I’ve added a few more books and our comparative score has gone up to 81%!
The wonderful Amber and Samantha @Bibliomavens created the Meet the Book Blogger Tag! I loved this tag so much, all the questions really made me thing and I’m really enjoying seeing other bloggers join in and learning more about everyone!
I don’t know about you, but I’m obsessed with zodiac signs so when I saw that Becky @Becky’s Book Blog had done the Zodiac Book Tag, I could click on it quick enough! This was such a fun tag and I loved reading all of her answers!
Ross @The Royal Bookshelf created the Drag Race UK Season 2 Book Tag and it was the perfect way to end a perfect season! All of the Queen themed questions were brilliant and so creative, I loved it!
Zoe @Reading By The Moonlight shared a wonderful post about the pressure of liking popular books and the importance of removing internal and external pressures when reading a book. I related to this post massively, so be sure to go and check it out!
Another post I loved this month was Stephen @Stephen Writes thought-provoking discussion post about to what extent should we compare books. This was a topic that I hadn’t thought about, but after reading his post, it was something I was very conscious of and could identify in my reading habits. I agree with Stephen 100%, comparing books is inevitable, and that it is important that they are judged individually and for their merits!
We’re all used to talking about our favourite character traits, but Vera @Wordy and Whimsical shared some traits that can make us dislike a character! I don’t know about you but I hate it when a character is perfect at everything or when they have just one personality trait that defines them, give me more complexity!
I’ve been thinking about treating myself to a book sleeve for a while now, so when I saw Beth @Divine World of Books’ post about her book sleeve collection, I knew it was a sign and that I had to have one! I’m in love with all of the Shades of Magic sleeves, they’re stunning!
Kristin @Kristin Kraves Books has the most beautiful collection of books! In a recent post, she shared her Great Gatsby collection, and I’m very jealous!
Em @Em and Her Books is once again tempting me with lots of lovely bookish items with a list of her favourite bookish shops! Like her I’ve now filled my basket with lots of goodies and I’m just waiting for the right opportunity to treat myself. I love to support small businesses (especially when they’re book related) so make sure that you treat yourself too!
We had lots to celebrate in March, one of which was International Women’s Day! In honour of such a wonderful day, Georgia @Lost In Neverland shared her favourite female characters, and I could agree with her list more!
Heather @Nine Bookish Lives shared her list of books that need to be turned into a film/TV show and I now I can’t stop thinking about an In a Holidaze adaptation! That book needs to be turned into a festive rom-com ASAP!
I’ve just finished re-reading The Shadow and Bone trilogy and I’ve managed to put myself in another book hangover, but luckily I’ve got Six of Crows and King of Scars on my TBR and Julie @One More Book’s list of swoon-worthy lines from the entire series. I’m fully obsessed with this post, and I’ve spent way too much time re-reading some of these quotes, they’re all so beautiful especially that David and Genya quote! If you’re a fan of the series then I highly recommend you check this post out!
Another post I really enjoyed this month was Alienor @A Fox’s Wanderings list of 5 Romance Tropes I Love…And 5 I Loathe! Alienor and I share the same thoughts when it comes to romance tropes, we both love good-old slow-burn enemies to lovers plot and hate a cliche ‘love at first sight trope, just no!
I love reading about how different readers review books, and the lovely Susana @Susana Loves Books shared what elements make a 5-star book! I totally agree with everything listed, especially the point about the importance of characters and character diversity!
I swear I’m in a permanent state of writer’s block but Kira @Kira Jeanette’s post about writer’s block was super helpful and has encouraged me to stop procrastinating and to just write! I’m loving these writing updates and I look forward to reading more of them soon! Also best of luck with CampNaNoWriMo!
One of my favourite posts of the month was Line @First Line Reader’s Funny Book Titles (With a Twist). I haven’t laughed so hard at a blog post for a long time and it honestly made my day! I’d love to read all these alternative plots, and I particularly loved the adapted plot for Passenger, who wouldn’t want to drive around with a Taylor Swift obsessed ghost!
Well, this month has been a weird one, hasn’t it? On the one hand, I can’t believe it’s already April, but at the same time, I felt like March was never going to end! As I mentioned in my last wrap up, March was going to be a month dedicated to my mental health but this month had other plans! My work life has been chaotic, and I’m finally starting to find some progression within my chosen career. I’ve got all my fingers and toes crossed for other exciting job applications, and I’m sending all the good vibes out into the universe!
I’ve been a little quiet on the blogging scene recently, and I apologise for that. I can’t put my finger on it, but this month has just felt a little odd, and I think the mental impact of this lockdown is hitting me again. The 23rd of March marked a year since the UK started its first Covid-19 lockdown, but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel! I’m trying my best to remain positive and to focus on all the things I want to do when this lockdown is over! I’m desperate to finally spend some time with my friends and travel around the UK! I’ve already got a trip to Hay-on-Wye planned, and I’m so excited to spend hours wandering around the literary labyrinths and forget about the world.
One massive thing that has been crushing me and my blogging spirit this month is spam blogs. I don’t know about you, but I always get so excited when I receive a notification from WordPress. It’s so heartwarming to know that someone has enjoyed my content and taken a moment out of their day to engage with me, but recently my notifications have been filled with spam, and it’s soul-crushing. The majority of my likes and follows have been from spam blogs that I know haven’t read or are even interested in my content, and it only fuels that horrible feeling of doubt and defeat. I end up focusing entirely on them rather than the wonderful group of people who continue to support me and it makes me question why I put my heart and soul into every post for it fall victim to an overwhelming amount of unwanted spam!
For me, blogging is the perfect creative outlet that helps me channel all my thoughts, ideas and opinions into fun and engaging posts. It’s not about likes or followers but being apart of such a welcoming and heartwarming community that shares the same interests and passions as me. For the last week of March, I took a little break from blogging to just clear my mind, and it really helped! So to all the spam blogs reading, I don’t want to learn how to make money online or any other financial wisdom, I just want to blog about all things books and have fun with my fellow book bloggers!
Anyway, I’m excited for April and ready to embrace everything it throws my way!
The Shadow and Bone Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo – I wanted to re-read the entire series before the new TV show and before I started King of Scars, and I’m so glad I did because I’d forgotten about a few things. I love this series and the incredible world Bardugo has created and I’ve once again fallen down the rabbit hole that is my Darkling and Nikolai obsession! Also please can we take a moment to freak out about THAT trailer! Everything looks perfect, and I love how they’ve combined the two storylines but I don’t think I’m emotionally prepared for all these characters to meet.
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – These books are SO good! Hannah Donnelly is one of my new favourite characters and I just wish that I’d read this series sooner! Thank you to everyone who recommended this series, I loved it.
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – This was probably my least favourite of the three books but nevertheless I still loved it! As expected this book was a fast-paced intense space adventure pocked with witty one liners and character interactions that had me grinning from ear to ear! I can’t praise this series enough and it deserves all the hype.
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout – I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited for a monthly TBR before, there are so many amazing books on this list that I can’t wait to read! This book has been all over the blogging scene and it’s about time I see what all the hype is about!
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – After finishing the Shadow and Bone trilogy, it’s clear that I need some more Nikolai in my life! I’ve already ordered Rule of Wolves as I’m fairly certain that I’m going to want to pick up the second book as soon as I finish this!
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – I love these characters SO much! Six of Crows will always be a favourite of mine and I’m eager to experience this action-packed adventure again!
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong – Another book that I’ve been dying to read for ages! A Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai, yes please! I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book, so it’s fair to say that I’ve got high expectations!
Happy April Fools Day and Happy Birthday Fred and George Weasley! April Fools Day is the only day of the year that encourages mischief and all sorts of funny business, and I hope that none of you have fallen victim to any pranks or trickery. In celebration I thought I’d share a few of my favourite ‘funny’ books and and characters who’s personality and wit never fail to make me smile and continues to bring some much needed laughter to my day! Enjoy!
The Unhoneymooners by Christian Lauren – I’m a sucker for Christina Lauren, her books never fail to make me smile and are all just super adorable! So far I think this is one of my favourites, the enemies-to-lovers and fake dating trope made this such a fun and lighthearted read.
The Martian by Andy Weir – A man stranded on Mars, what’s funny about that? Nothing, but our protagonist Mark Watney makes the best out of a bad situation and will have you cracking up at every page. Every bit of his dialogue is hilarious, he always finds the most surprising and inappropriate thing to say, even in the direst situations!
“Please watch your language. Everything you type is being broadcast live all over the world.” [12:15] WATNEY: Look! A pair of boobs -> (.Y.)”
The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Amie Kaufman is a mastermind when it comes to creating lighthearted and effortless back and forth banter! Again, I didn’t expect to laugh this much! I’m OBSESSED with both Kady/Ezra and Hannah/Nik and they’ve earned a spot on my favourite fictional couples list.
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – I have two words for you, Nikolai Lantsov. This man always knows what to say and his witty remarks and charm just makes my heart swoon. Move over Azriel there’s a new fictional boyfriend in town!
In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren – This book is chaos and I loved it! In a Holidaze is a typical Christina Lauren with a cute romance, steamy scenes, and lots of laughs.
Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews – Being classed by many as a ‘cancer book’ you wouldn’t expect it to be funny or have yourself laughing repeatedly at little moments, but I found it a brilliant addition. The balance of seriousness and humour was perfect and at times I did find myself tearing up and experiencing all sorts of emotions!
The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn – The Bridgerton sibling bickering and banter is another one of my favourites, now combine that with an enemies to lovers storyline and you’ve got yourself a cracking storyline filled with little pockets of joy! What I love the most about Kate and Anthony’s relationship are the constant witty remarks that slowly uncover each others hidden feelings for one another and that moment of realisation where they declare their love!
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – This series is a bucket full of fun and will always be one of my childhood favourites!
Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – This book is hilarious! I don’t usually laugh out loud while reading but this book made me laugh so many times I lost count. The banter between this unlikely bunch of characters is hands down one of my favourites, it’s just so effortless and real! My copy of Aurora Buring is arriving today and can’t wait to join these characters on another adventure!
Angelfall by Susan Ee – Penryn and Raffe’s unconventional relationship is another one that’s packed full of witty dialogue and brilliant character interactions. I can’t recommend this book enough and I think I’ve just convinced myself to re-read it again soon!
“Oh, please. Your giant head is getting too big for this forest. Pretty soon, you’re going to get stuck trying to walk between two tress. And then, I’ll have to rescue you.” I give him a weary look. “Again.”
Cinder by Marissa Meyer – When I think of funny characters my mind instantly jumps to the impulsive and adorable android Iko! She is such an underrated character and one of the best sidekicks ever, she is just full of love and never fails to speak her mind!
Iko rolled to her side, clasping her metal grippers over her chest. “Prince Kai! Check my fan, I think I’m overheating.”
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Leigh Bardugo creates the BEST characters, I’m in love with all of them! Six of Crows is filled with comical moments and sarcastic banter that makes me wish I was a member of the Dregs. I can’t wait to see these character brought to life soon!
“Kaz is … I don’t know, he’s like nobody else I’ve ever known. He surprises me,” “Yes, like a hive of bees in your dresser drawer.”
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison – Whenever I see or think about stuffed olives my mind goes straight to the teenage iconic that is Georgia Nicolson. She was my generations Bridget Jones and captured all the trial and tribuations of growing up. This book still makes me smile and is another chaotic and ridiculous read.
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins – Harper Price, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance leaves her with incredible abilities, Harper’s destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts and with these powers, she’s been given the task to protect her least favourite person; David Stark. This book is funny, adorable, and filled with intense fight scenes and an action-packed storyline. It’s the perfect combination of contemporary and fantasy!
Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford – Mitford has a gift for creating light-hearted and joyful books that you can’t help but love and savour. She easily steals my heart with her wonderfully awkward characters and storylines that centre around and satirise British aristocracy, love and relationships.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – And last but not least, a little bit of Jane Austen! Her detailed, exaggerated description of societal and superficial expectations of the ‘ideal’ woman during the eighteenth century is a perfect example of her iconic use of humour and irony.
I’m back! I’ve been on a little blogging hiatus recently (more on that in my monthly wrap up post), but I’m very happy to be back with lots of exciting and creative posts planned! The wonderful Ally @Ally Writes Things very kindly tagged me in her original book tag, the book recommendations tag! I had so much fun going through my bookshelves and Goodreads to find the perfect answer to these questions! If you’re not following Ally, then you are seriously missing out, her posts always make me smile, and she has great taste when it comes to reading and recommending books! Lately, there have been so many new and creative book tags floating around the blogging community, and this one is no exception! I apologise to your TBR’s in advance as I hope I’ll convince you to add a few of these books to your reading list, you never know you might find a new favourite!
Give at least one recommendation for each of the prompts below
If you don’t have a recommendation, talk about a book you want to read
Tag your friends
A Book About Friendship
Found families and strong friendship groups are some of my all-time favourite bookish tropes. There’s just something so heartwarming about a group of unlikely individuals finding comfort in each other and the wonderful banter that comes with it. If you haven’t read Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, then where have you been? And if you have, then just give it another read! It’s such a good book, and I can’t wait to see the loyal friendship between the Dregs come to life this April!
A Translated Book
One of my reading aims this year is to read more translated books, I used to read loads of them when I was studying at university, but recently they’ve fallen to the bottom of my TBR! One of my favourites will always be SuiteFrançaise by Irène Némirovsky, a five-part unfinished novel that follows the connected lives of a group of people and their experiences during WW2. Sadly, Némirovsky died in Auschwitz in 1942 with only two parts competed, but as a rough draft, this book is nothing short of a masterpiece.
A Diverse Romance
Last month I fell in love with romance novels again, so I decided to treat myself to a few new love stories! I’ve heard nothing but good things about The Kiss Quotient, and its diverse group of characters is what initially attracted me to this book. Our protagonist Stella has Asperger’s syndrome and is convinced that she needs lessons on how to be good at sex and relationships, so she hires Michael, a Vietnamese-Swedish escort, to teach her. This book sounds like the perfect blend of sweet and steamy, and I can’t wait to start it soon! Another diverse romance that I really enjoyed was The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. A thought-provoking and wonderfully unique love story that also tackles issues of immigration and cultural identity.
A Fast-Paced Book
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman! I’m late to the party with this one, and I’m embarrassed that it has taken me this long to start it, but I’m glad that I fianlly did! I’ve fallen head over heels for this series, and I certainly wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did! The unique format and wonderfully witty group of characters make this space adventure an unforgettable read that you won’t want to put down.
A non-fiction book (not a memoir)
Let Me Tell You What I Mean by Joan Didion. As soon as I saw this prompt I knew I was going to pick Didion! For those who don’t know Joan Didion is an American writer who launched her career in the 1960s after winning an essay contest sponsored by Vogue magazine. There’s something magical and heartbreakingly raw about her writing and her latest collection of essays is at the top of my 2021 TBR.
An Underrated Memoir
Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield. This was book I read with my university book club and one that really surprised me! Who would have thought a musical memoir would be a instant page turner for me? Everything about it was so raw and real, plus the unique playlists for each chapter were a fabulous addition. Sheffield is an American music journalist and long time contributing editor at Rolling Stone, so if into music then I highly recommend you that you check this out!
A Book With Fewer Than 10,000 Ratings on Goodreads
The Witchling’s Girl by Helena Coggan. I always rave about this book, but it’s such an underrated book that deserves endless praise! I’m usually a reader driven by plot rather than character but this book completely subverted that. Coggan’s beautifully evocative prose and world building surrounds a battling story of love and death that will break readers hearts. The characterisation and development is what makes this book truly stunning, Haley’s succession to becoming the Witchling is one heck of a journey that I’m thankful to have experienced.
A Book With a LGBTQ+ Protagonist
I couldn’t decide between They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera or Song of Achillies by Madeline Miller so I’m just going to recommend both of them! Both of these books will break your heart so be sure to have the tissues at the ready!
A Book By a Trans/Non-Binary Author
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender. I loved this book so much and it makes my little heart flutter just thinking about it! This was a profoundly moving story about self-discovery, love and revenge and one which took me on a rollercoaster of emotions. It was honest, it was real and it was story that I feel honoured to have experienced.
A Book with More Than 500 Pages
My mind instantly went to A Court of Silver Flames, but everyone’s already reading that, so I’m going to choose something completely different and pick Crescent City! 😅 Once again, Maas excels at creating a unique fantasy world filled with an equally fantastic cast of characters and an unexpected storyline that is never once predictable. Like I’ve said before, I could read Sarah’s shopping list, and I’d love it! There’s just something wonderfully magical about her writing that sends me head over heels and into her captivating worlds and adventures.
A short story collection
I haven’t read many short stories, but I am a big fan of flash fiction. Flash fiction for those who don’t know, is a short piece of fiction that sometimes centres around a snap-shot filled with open-ended questions and a shroud of mystery. I was first introduced to the format whilst studying it at university and instantly fell in love with its ability to hold so much story and possibility within only a couple of hundred words and knew it was something I wanted to try and replicate.
A book you want everyone to read
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson *wink wink* I don’t think it’s possible for me to complete a book tag without mentioning Brandon Sanderson, Sarah J Maas or Madeline Miller! It’s no secret that this is one of my favourite books EVER, and I don’t think I’ll ever stop recommending it. I’m tempted to re-read it and experience the wonder and brilliance all over again!
I want to say a HUGE thank you to Ally for tagging me, I had so much fun answering these questions, and I hope everyone found some great book recommendations! I really enjoyed this tag, so I’m tagging anyone who has any of these books on their TBR!
A couple of months ago, I wrote a post about fairytales retellings, which got me thinking about all the other daring and classic adventures that deserved the spotlight, and my mind went straight to Greek mythology. It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with the wonderful world that is Greek mythology! These tales of heroic adventures, love and Godly disputes will always be some of my favourites, but now I want more! Growing up, I fell head over heels with Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series and would have given anything to be sent to Camp Half-Blood for the summer. So while I waited for my ticket to Long Island, I spent my summers going on make-believe quests with my friends and pretending I was either the daughter of Zeus or Athena.
Fast forward ten years later, and I still can’t resist a book that has even a hint of mythology, I love it! In recent years, we’ve seen a rise in the number of books that share and explore the unheard stories of mythological characters as well as many of the women, girls and goddesses who have often been silenced or cast into the background. One of my go-to authors for Greek mythology is the wonderful Madeline Miller, and if you haven’t read any of her books yet, then you are missing out. Circe is full of delicate and divine layers of love, heartbreak and acceptance and, then we have the enchanting masterpiece that is The Song of Achilles, that book emotionally destroyed me but in a good way! Next on my TBR is A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes, but there are so many other tales that also need to be appreciated and transformed into powerful retellings for everyone to enjoy!
This has been another one of my favourite posts to write this year, and it’s even inspired me to start writing and planning some potential retellings based on misrepresented figures in mythology that I hope to share one day! So if you’re up for the challenge or are looking for a new writing prompt, then I challenge you to adapt one of your favourite myths.
Persephone, Queen of the Underworld – I’d sell my soul to read a Persephone retelling by Madeline Miller! One day Persephone, daughter of Demeter, is kidnapped by Hades and taken to the underworld to become Queen. I’m a sucker for a good-old enemies to lovers trope, but I’d also love to read a classic retelling that focuses on both Hades’ unrequited love for Persephone and Persephone’s journey to becoming the powerful Queen of the Underworld. In a lot of adaptations, Persephone is presented as being a whiny and frail woman, but there’s so much more to her story, she is a complex character that has so much potential and who’s strength and power deserves to be represented more in literature. She’s the Queen of the dead, you can’t any more badass than that!
Ida and Marpessa – This is a love story that even has a happily ever after, a rarity in mythology! Marpessa was the only daughter of Evenus, king of Etolia, so when it came to finding a husband, Evenus announced that any prince who wants to marry Marpessa would have to defeat him in a chariot race. Idas, the prince of Messenia, won the race, but Evenus refused to give up his daughter, so Idas did what any heartbroken man in mythology would do and kidnapped her. But Idas wasn’t the only man who wanted to wed Marpessa. The God Apollo had fallen for her and once again precede to kidnap her! After a clashing of swords, Zeus made Marpessa choose between the two suitors. She knew Apollo would be unfaithful and chose a simple but committed relationship with Idas and lived happily ever after.
The Three Sisters of Fate – When you think about the three sisters of fate, your mind probably jumps to the classic depiction of three ancient, decrepit and bickering sisters that control our hero’s fate, but they’re so much more than that! Although the trio is a package deal, each sister is unique and is responsible for one of the three phases. Clotho is the creatress. She sits on her pedestal, twisting, pulling, and spinning the threads of life. Then there’s Lachesis, who is responsible for deciding the details of our destiny, and finally, we have the eldest Atropos who makes the final cut. The whole idea surrounding the threads of fate and destinies fascinates me and is another storyline that holds so much potential. These women hold so much power and responsibility that has never been fully explored. Their word is final, but what would happen if they played with destiny or saved someone destined for death…
The Danaides – This myth is intense and follows the story of fifty women who commit a horrible by killing their husbands on their wedding night by order of their father and motive fuelled by revenge and greed! However, one of the girls, Hypermnestra, did not commit this horrible crime and spared her husband out of pity. As for the other forty-nine girls, they were forced to endure an eternity of torment for their unspeakable crimes.
Leto, the Mother of Apollo and Artermis – Zeus is a serious womaniser, and I’d love to read something from the perspective of the heart-broken lover, in this case, Leto. But Leto is more than just a broken-hearted woman, she is a strong and independent mother who endures so much suffering and misfortune caused by Hera’s jealousy, and it is Leto’s strength and power that protects her and children from harm. She is forced to endure NINE days of labour, as well as battling many earth-born creatures sent by Hera! Leto is such an underrated and forgotten character from Greek Mythology, and she deserves to have her story told.
The Myth of Arachne – Greek mythology is filled with shapeshifters, Gods who could transform at will and mortals who suffered the unfortunate fate of unwanted and cursed mutations. Such a transformation befell the poor spinner Arachne. Her talent for creating magnificent tapestries was unmatched and attracted the attention of people all over the land. She could often be heard boasting about her skills and declared that her talent surpassed anyone else’s, mortal or divine. Athena heard these claims and planned to teach a girl a lesson by disguising herself as an old woman and berating her in front of a crowd. But Arachne only laughed. Athena then revealed her true form and challenged her to a weaving contest. Athena’s tapestry depicted the strength and power of the gods, whereas Arachne’s showed the gods abusing their power. When Athena saw Arachne’s undeniably beautiful work she flew into a rage and transformed the poor girl into a spider.
The Amazons – You probably know about the legendary Amazons from the epic that was Wonder Woman, but if not, then let me fill you in! The Amazons were the daughters of Ares (the God of War) and were a race of warlike women noted for their riding skills, courage and pride, who lived on the outer limits of the known world. These legendary leading ladies deserve to have their story told, and I’d love to learn more about their battles against the Greeks and other male heroes.
Pandora’s box – According to legend, Pandora was the first human woman, breathed into being by Hephaestus, the God of fire. She was blessed with the gifts of language, craftsmanship, emotion and finally, the gift of curiosity from Zeus and a locked box whose contents could never be seen by human eyes. Pandora thrived in the world, but her thoughts were always plagued by the mysteries that lay within the box. Its enigma soon became maddening as her obsession with the box grew, until one day its presence became too overwhelming, and Pandora finally opened the box. Monstrous creatures and other evils escaped the darkness of the box and were unknowingly released into the world. This tale battles the duality of curiosity and sparks the debate on whether to encourage human inquiry or to accept that some mysteries are better left untold.
2012 was a pinnacle moment for any YA reader. The Hunger Games had been released in cinema’s, teenagers worldwide were quoting The Fault in Our Stars, fandom edits dominated our Tumblr accounts, and some of YA classic reads like Throne of Glass, The Selection, Cinder and The Raven Boys appeared on our bookshelves.
I’m currently in the process of writing a blog post about how YA fiction has changed over the years, and since writing it I’ve started to feel really nostalgic and sentimental. I’ve grown up with YA fiction, and it’s been wonderful to watch it grow and develop into a genre that is so much more than love triangles, dystopian governments and rebellions. These stories have shaped the person I am today, so I thought I’d share a few of my old favourites and reminisce over some much-loved characters and storylines.
My TBR is overflowing, but I’m tempted to do a read-a-thon inspired by some of these throwback reads and original YA classics that I missed out on reading, like the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi or The Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead! I’m also currently in a bit of a reading slump, so hopefully, this will help!
Anyway, here is a list of my favourite throwback reads from my teens, enjoy!
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins – Harper Price, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance leaves her with incredible abilities, Harper’s destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts and with these powers, she’s been given the task to protect her least favourite person; David Stark. This book is funny and adorable, but is also filled with intense fight scenes and an action-packed storyline, it’s the perfect combination of contemporary and fantasy!
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – Dear Netflix, if you’re looking for another YA contemporary love story to adapt then look no further. The story follows Anna, a student in her senior year of high school but not any high school – a high school in Paris, France. From there we follow her senior year however it’s not that simple. Here she meets a beautiful boy named Etienne St Clair, he has it all including a serious girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true.
Angelfall by Susan Ee – This is one of my old favourites and a majorly underrated dystopian fantasy! Angelfall follows Penryn, a 17 year old trying to help her frayed family survive in a post-apocalyptic world, a world that has been torn apart by angels. But not the virtuous and good kind, the kind that are cold, cruel and merciless. So when her younger sister is taken by angels, Penryn must team up with an unlikely companion and fallen angel Raffe, to save her sister. Penryn is not your typical YA heroine, she’s strong, independent but she’s also still a normal teenage girl who even has her priorities sorted out! This book is packed full of suspense, action and some of my favourite character interactions.
The Archived by V.E. Schwab – This was the first V.E Schwab book I ever read! It’s eerie and unique premise is what makes this book so special, just imagine a world where the dead rest on the shelves like books! It wasn’t until the second half of the book that I started to fall in love with it but I promise you that it’s definitely worth the read!
The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig – Four hundred years in the future, the Earth has turned primitive following a nuclear fire and the effects of the radiation have caused every person is born with a twin. Of each pair, one is an Alpha – physically perfect in every way and seen as superior in society – and the other an Omega burdened with deformity, small or large and branded as the lesser human. However, Alphas cannot escape one harsh fact: Whenever one twin dies, so does the other. Cass is a rare Omega, one burdened with psychic foresight. While her twin, Zach, gains power on the Alpha Council, she dares to dream the most dangerous dream of all: equality.
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch – This has been on my list of ‘series I want to finish’ for a while now and is another book that I’ve completely forgotten about! Whoops! All I remember is the unique world building and some pretty kick-ass fight scenes!
Graceling by Kristin Cashore – Another book that I can’t remember much about, only that it had everything a YA novel needed; strong protagonists, unique storyline and an action-packed adventure. This series is at the top of my series re-read TBR as I’m curious to dive back into this wonderfully magical world and to see if my opinions have changed! Also, I know I always say this but please can we take a moment to appreciate these new covers, they’re stunning!
Legend by Marie Lu – This series is addictive! Yes, this is a YA dystopian novel but it’s one of the better ones! The narrative is commanding, and the plot is explosive and I know it’s cliche, but this series will have you on the edge of your seat. If you’re looking for a powerful and exhilarating read then this is the series for you.
Cruel Beauty by Rosamond Hodge – If you’re looking for a Beauty and the Beast retelling, then this one is for you! Cruel Beauty was the original Beauty and the Beast retelling that took the YA community by storm, way before A Court of Thorns and Roses did. It’s a beautifully brilliant and heart-breaking story that I guarantee you’ll love!
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin – This is such an underrated duo-logy! Wolf by Wolf imagines a reality based on two horrific “what ifs”, ‘what if’ Hitler won the war, and ‘what if’ an experiment resulted in something else. Now pair that with motorcycles and a race across the globe and you’ve got yourself a wildly compelling and fast-paced novel with some brilliant and powerful characters.
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige – Paige completely flips an original story on its head and creates something so versatile and wonderfully different than readers will fall in love with. As you can possibly figure out from the title, the story is a continuation from the Wizard of Oz but things are very different from where the film/book left off. So when our protagonist, Amy, lands unexpectedly in the magical world of Oz, everyone is miserable, grey and depressed, the munchkins are slaves and flying monkeys are wingless. So what happened to the Oz Amy grew up loving? Dorothy happened.
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket – When I was young I devoured this series and I remember being so proud of myself after reading all THIRTEEN books. I also went through a phase where I desperately wanted to be just like Violet, I would try and invent things and made sure that I always carried a ribbon around with me so I could tie my hair up whenever I had an idea!