Top Ten Tuesday: Not My Department!

Hello everyone! Top Ten Tuesday is today so here I am with a magnificent list for you all filled with splendid books. TTT is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish and each week a different topic is posted for us to make a bookish list about. It’s so much fun (and the highlight of everyone’s week, let’s face it) so be sure to head over to the official page to check everyone’s posts out and maybe even join in!

This week’s topic is:

Ten Books I Enjoyed Recently that Weren’t My Typical Genre/Type of Book

‘Recently’ is defined as within the last yearish and the books can be classified as also ones that were out of your comfort zone.

This topic was hard to come up with something for. But seeing as I’ve strayed from the last two topics I’m going to make a real effort to stick to this one. You might have noticed that I’m a big fan of Young Adult fiction and love to dabbled in historical fiction, but you’ve probably hardly ever seen the other books. The ones I read in secret, under the covers, in dark corners. My secret nightlife equivalent in books. Okay maybe I’m being a bit dramatic.  Continue reading

FreE-books: Are They Worth It?

Does anyone ever see something for free and go, naaahhhh I don’t need it. And know with 100% certainty that you have a 0% chance of not walking away with that free item?

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Maybe you’re an iBook dweller like myself and have an enormous e-book library of every single free e-book that has caught your eye. iBooks in particular is pretty great for picking up these books – they feature one book weekly that you can download for free and it’s often a great book! But there’s a huge selection of other free e-books that I find myself downloading but hardly every reading (don’t even get me started on NetGalley) – because they’re free so why would I not download them? Maybe it’ll be raining and the electricity goes out, I run out of chocolate, and my bookshelf gets stollen by goblins – that would be a very good point to whip out my e-reader and comfort myself with the endless stories that I’ve stuffed it full of.

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So, I wanted to take some time to work out whether it’s worth having all these extra books and I also wanted to share some of these books that I’ve really enjoyed and some hidden gems.

Firstly, if you’re a book lover and someone is offering you a book for free then your brain will automatically go YES, I NEED IT. Because clearly you don’t have enough books already. And if it’s free then what harm is it doing, right? For the most part I think it’s fine to hoard all these books because e-books don’t take up any space. That’s got to be one of THE biggest pros to e-books. All you need is one device and BOOM you could literally have an infinite number of whatever books you want and you don’t need to worry about space or weight or anything. E-readers are the answer to travel plans for book lovers.

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Filling in the Blanks in Daimon

Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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4/5 STARS

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Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy (paranormal)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: May 2011
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Pages: 62 {e-book}

Original review on Goodreads


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Well that was one creepy novella. This series is just so terrifyingly good. This felt like an optional read if you wanted to know in more detail the events that sparked the story of Half-Blood in more detail, but being only 60 ish pages there’s not heaps too it. I suppose that’s what makes novellas so much fun though! If this was ever a question of whether I would bother to read this then the answer was always, obviously! I loved book one!! Continue reading

Underhyped Books Read-A-Thon!

I am going to participate in another read-a-thon! Hooray! As you might know, if you’ve been nosying around here for a little while, I am addicted to participating in read-a-thons. I’ve had this one in the books to participate in for a while now and I’m pretty keen to get on to it.

To give you a little bit of an update as to where I’m at with my reading life – I’ve been working through all the books I’ve received at Christmas as well as a few hauls from the last couple of months and for the most part I’ve chomped my way through those. I would say I’ve read 95% of my Christmas books and I’m pretty happy with my progress. What does that mean? This is an absolutely perfect time to take a break from my hardcore reading to snuffle through some underhyped books and see what they’re all about.  Continue reading

Triangulating Love in Half-Blood

Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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5/5 STARS

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Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy (paranormal), Greek Mythology (light)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: August 2014
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Pages: 383 {paperback}

Original review on Goodreads

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Initial Thoughts

Amaaaazing. How have I not read Armentrout before this?! This book was so good and enjoyable and oh my goodness Aiden. I can’t decide how I feel about Seth yet – I just really want to read the next one! All the fighting and abilities were really cool, I hope we get to see more of what the Pures can do in next book. Just the whole concept of the world was awesome. So much yes for this book!! Continue reading

Exploring My Bookshelves: History in Books

Exploring My Bookshelves is a weekly meme co-hosted by Shannon @ For the Love of Words and Victoria @ Addlepates and Book Nerds. Each week we’re given a new theme and we get to feature one book on our shelves and talk about it for a bit. It’s really fun and a good way to slowly explore someone’s books. I highly recommend heading over to the official page to explore everyone else’s posts via the link-up.

This week’s theme is:

 An Historical Novel (in honor of presidents’ day in the USA)

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A selection of my historical books.

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Fearing the Future in Nirvana

Nirvana by J.R. Stewart

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3/5 STARS

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Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi (dystopia)
Author: J. R. Stewart
Published: November 2015
Publisher: Blue Moon
Pages: 135 {kindle edition}

Original review on Goodreads

I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.


Initial Thoughts

. . . hm. Nirvana was a really promising book but I’m a little befuddled by that ending. I was very confused reading some reviews because apparently after September 2015 the book was revised and had a major face-lift – i.e. it became almost a different story. So I just spent an age trying to work out what version I read. I’m pretty sure mine’s the new version – published October 2015. Anyway. Continue reading