You know, I cannot believe that it’s already Tuesday again, this last week seems to have gone by so fast. I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend filled with plenty of time for relaxation and reading! I’ve had a blissful four day weekend and boy oh boy was I glad for it. It’s been so nice to take a quick breather from all my assignments and to catch up on things. And when I say ‘things’ I mean watching Call the Midwife and reading, not house chores or one of those several essays I need to write . . .
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over @ The Broke and the Bookish and each week there’s a different theme that we get to make a list about featuring ten related books. It’s so much fun and the topics are always great! It’s also a fabulous way to learn more about people’s reading adventures and I recommend heading over to the official page to do some exploring through the link up.
This week’s theme is:
10 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads
Which is a very exciting theme and I’m more than happy to enthusiastically yell about such books for a bit longer.
The Shadow Queen by C. J. Redwine
This book, guys, you need to read it. I actually found out the other day that Redwine has got at least five books planned for this series – which is very almost as exciting as Christmas Day. I CAN’T WAIT. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from cover to cover. It’s a retelling of Snow White and there are DRAGONS and magic and wonderful characters doing wonderfully exciting things. Reading this felt like such a crazy fantastical adventure and I highly, highly recommend reading this. You might also have noticed that this cover is the prettiest thing you’ve seen all day.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
A thousand times yes! I enjoyed this story so much and I’m so, so, so keen to read the next book. However, until they release a normal sized paperback edition I shan’t be doing that, *exasperated sigh*. The best thing about this book is the feel that I get from it, being so adventurous, exciting, and just generally badass. If you haven’t read this yet then you really should get on to it.
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Mamma mia was this good. This book was like a snowball rolling down a hill, it just got better and better and better as the story progressed. The imagination that went into creating these worlds and stories within the book is phenomenal and beyond awesome. I’m so excited to continue the series and I’m hopefully going to be picking up the next book in April, *crosses fingers*.
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
I feel like I haven’t shut up about this book since I finished reading it. Why? BECAUSE IT’S SO GOOD. I loved everything about this book, I was hooked from the beginning and the characters were absolutely awesome. I am practically wetting myself in anticipation of the next book coming out and am so grateful for the two novellas that have since been released in the meantime. If you haven’t read this book yet then here is me, throwing this book at your face. You’re welcome.
Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
This was my first Armentrout book and I was so pleased with it!! I’m hoping the series is just going to get even better from this book but I thoroughly enjoyed what this book had to offer. It’s a great dose of paranormal fantasy and I liked the concept behind the world/characters in this book. I am eagerly awaiting the moment when I will pick up book two!
Die For Me by Amy Plum
This book was incredible. I haven’t been so addicted to reading a book for such a long time. Apart from having a ridiculously pretty cover, the plot and characters in this book are TO DIE FOR, har har har. Ahem. I’ve since continued on with the series and have been equally pleased with its sequel – you really need to get on and read this series if you haven’t yet!!
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
This is definitely another must read. I read this so quickly because I could not put the silly thing down. It’s addictive in every sense of the word. A fantasy world with discontented kingdoms ready to go at each other’s throats at the drop of a pin! There are plentiful characters and multitudes of dilemmas. I’m exhausted just thinking about how much amazing stuff happens in this book.
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
This is really something special. Wolf by Wolf is an alternate historical fiction novel all about a world where Hitler won WWII. The story is beautiful and scary and the main character is AWESOME. Yael is officially invited to my Fictional Character Party For the Too Cool for School People. You should probably (definitely) read this one, too.
The Martian by Andy Weir
I LOVED this. And if you were wondering, I way prefer the book to the movie. If you somehow don’t know what this is about, basically there’s a Mars expedition and a storm happens which forces the crew to evacuate. The problem? Mark Watney gets left behind for dead. And he has to science the
shit out of his problem. It’s so fantastic, you really, really need to read this one.
The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis
This is the final book in the Chronicles of Narnia series and if ever a book blew my mind, this was it. I cannot even express how crazy the ending to this series is and how much I did NOT anticipate things to wrap up like that. I recommend marathoning this series from start to finish, in chronological order (which is: The Magician’s Nephew, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Horse and His Boy, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, and The Last Battle) because apart from being an incredible series it’s so blimming clever, too.
Another Tuesday done and dusted! I don’t know if you noticed (I was trying to be overtly subtle *nodding*), but I have collected a brand new Funko Pop!! The Mulan Pop is my fourth one to the collection and it’s so adorable!! I was being really good in resisting buying ALL of them but I completed my first assessment for uni last week and thought that that was a good enough reason to reward myself with buying one. So hooray! Now you don’t have to keep looking at the same three Pops in my photos, so brace yourself for the onslaught of photos featuring Mulan.
What’s the best book that you’ve read this year so far?
Let me know in the comments below!