Sunday, 18 October 2015

Top 5 Books of 2015 (so far)

Hello Everyone,

Since I haven't finished anymore books since my Ruby Circle Booktalk I though it would be fun to do a post on my favorite books of 2015 so far (I mean its nearly the end of 2015). So, in no particular order...

1. Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

This was an incredible book from a series that is going from strength to strength. One of my pet hates in YA series is that there is always one book where the main love interests have to spend a book apart and it tends to be the slowest book of the series (i'm looking at you New Moon) but not in this case. Thanks to the introduction of Rowan  I think this one might be my favourite book of the series so far. The dynamic between him and Celaena was on point and almost mirrored that of Celaena and Chaol's from the first book. Additionally, the story of Manon and the witches is a plot I'm really enjoying and I can't wait for her and Celaena to finally meet and hopefully work together even if it is just a political alliance. I'll just have to wait and see if Queen of Shadows can top it.

2. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

This was just a nice, easy enjoyable read. It is a collection of short stories centering on Magnus Bane and incorporates some of our favorite characters from the Shadowhunters universe. My favorites were probably the two involving Raphael Santiago (Saving Raphael Santiago and Fall of the Hotel Dumort). I am also eagerly awaiting the release Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy which I expect to be equally enjoyable.

3. Lola and the Boy next door by Stephanie Perkins

Now this book is the only contemporary one on this list as its the only contemporary series I've read but I absolutely love this one. However, I'm not sure if its my favorite one of the series because Anna and the French Kiss was just wonderful. I think I'm going to have to say its a tie between the two. Anyway, it was a great read and its a nice deviation from the typical books I read. Its just a fun, warm and fuzzy book to read and I can't wait to read more in this genre. In fact I think one of my next reads might be, My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories, in the run up to Christmas.

4. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

The fourth book on this list is the second book by Holly Black I've read. I loved this one just like the first one but I think I enjoyed the Coldest Girl in Coldtown just that little bit more. Despite this it was still an enjoyable read and its nice to read a standalone novel once in a while so you can read the whole story at once rather than having to wait years to find out what happens in the end. Furthermore, I think it makes the story a lot more fast paced as it has to tell a complete story with all its twists and turns in one book. Additionally, the book didn't feel to rushed. Ultimately, the only complaint I have is that I want to find out a bit more about what happens to all the characters. In my opinion I could have done with an extra chapter maybe set about 5 years later to see what everyone had gotten up to but, I guess that's the sign of a good story, you don't want it to end. 

The final book in this post is from the new adult genre (I think its called that). This book was a bit of a guilty pleasure for me and I have to admit it was the sex scenes that really got me hooked on the book, to the point when I kept wish for the next one to hurry up and happen already. But, despite those I also really enjoyed the story and the relationship between the two characters as well as the brotherhood members who I am excited to explore in the rest of the books. However, I do have some reservations. I think the series is about 13 books long, and their may even be more in the pipeline, which worries me as the PLL series is ever going and that ended up being tedious, ridiculous and and I just lost my enjoyment reading it. However, in this series each book centers on a different character as the main antagonist while still following the main plot from the first book but it means the author is able to incorporate different plots and backstories centering on the main character of that particular book while keeping the series fresh and making each book stand out for different reasons.

So, that's it folks. I hope you enjoyed this post as I really enjoyed writing it and I think its one of my favorites so far. I would really appreciate it if you would leave me a comment letting me know what you thought of it and what your favorite books you've read in 2015 are. Thanks for reading and until next time. Live. Laugh and Keep Reading!

Lily x

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September Wrap-Up

Hello everyone,

It's only taken me till the middle of October to finally pull my act together and post a very belated September Wrap Up. But hey, its only been a month since my last post so, I think I'm still doing far better than last year. However, I hope this isn't just a gradual decline into the inevitable. So, while I try and override this pessimistic thought, lets get on with my September wrap up.

I have to say it wasn't ever such a successful month as I read one book, one graphic novel and started another book. I was finally able to finish the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead but. I have to say it was more of a relief that I finally finished the book and had one less on my TBR pile rather than an enjoyable read. You can find out in more detail my opinions on the book over on my post, Book Talk: The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead.

The graphic novel I completed was Saga by Brian K Vaughan. It was a nice quick easy read and another book to put towards my reading challenge goal. It was an okay graphic novel, and I liked how there was a couple of different stories running parallel at the minute which you can see will eventually meet up. I was invested enough in the story to order the second book but I have to say I enjoyed the Vampire Academy graphic novel series and the Infernal Devices manga more.

The third read I started was the 4th book in the incredible Throne of Glass series, Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas. I'm about a third of the way through and I'm really enjoying it and I have to say at some points of the book I've been more interested in Manon's story rather than Celaena's. Due to the shift I was on last week I've been on the train for an hour everyday so, it was nice to get some dedicated reading time but, its a hard book to put down. I'll keep you updated on my progress of this book over on my goodreads and I hope to do a review on it once I've finished.

So, it was quite a short update but like I said it wasn't a very successful reading month. Instead of doing an October TBR post I'll just give you a quick run down in this post. I hope to finish Queen of Shadows and Saga Volume 2 and that's about it because I think I might even struggle to do that. However, I do aim to do my October wrap up a lot early in the month than my September one. For my next post I'm thinking of doing a book wish list type post, let me know if that's something you'd like or if not any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Hope you enjoyed the post and why not post a comment about the book your currently reading/enjoying! Thanks for reading and until next time, Live, Laugh and Keep Reading!

Lily x

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