Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books From My Childhood/Teen Years I Would Love to Revisit

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they provide a topic, and you choose ten book related things to answer the topic. This week is top ten books I would like to revisit from my childhood/teen years. Today is actually my 21st birthday, and so this is a perfectly timed topic to be able to reminisce about my childhood favourites.

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Sapphire Blue – Kerstin Gier

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Title: Sapphire Blue
Series: The Ruby Red Trilogy (Book 2)
Author: Kerstin Gier (Translated by Anthea Bell)
Year: 2012
Publisher: Henry Holt
Format: Hardback, 362 pages
ISBN: 9780805092660

 Before you start reading this review, this is for the second book in a series! This review will therefore contain spoilers for book one in this series, Ruby Red. I did a review of the first book here, so if you would like to know more about this series, that is a better starting spot then this review.

Sapphire Blue continues the story from Ruby Red (obviously as it’s a sequel). Gwen has inherited the time travelling gene in her family line, making her the final member in the time traveling Circle of Twelve. Due to the suspicious circumstances that Gwen discovered she had the gene, the other members of the secret society do not trust her, and keep her in the dark on what is really going on. Expected to make visits back in time that put her life in danger, and that require her to have contact with the dangerous Count, Gwen takes matters into her own hands as she starts digging in the past to discover what exactly is being kept from her. Gwen’s secret behaviour in searching for answers is noticed by her time travelling partner Gideon, and she struggles to decide whether she can trust him, or if he believes her to be a traitor like the rest of the circle, a decision made all the harder due to her growing romantic feelings towards him.

In my normal style, I made that plot summary sound bad, but it really is an amazing book, so don’t let my bad description turn you away.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top ten books on my Spring TBR List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they provide a topic, and you choose ten book related things to answer the topic. This week is top ten books on my spring TBR list. As I live in Australia, it’s actually Autumn for me, so really these books are on my Autumn TBR list. Also, rather than do books that are being released in this time that I want to read, I’ve chosen books I currently own but have not read yet that I am planning on reading during the Autumn months!

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Even In Paradise – Chelsey Philpot

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Title: Even in Paradise
Author: Chelsey Philpot
Year: 2014
Publisher: Harper
Format: Hardback, 360 Pages
ISBN: 9780062293695

 Have you ever read a book that you’ve really enjoyed, but you can’t quite work out why? A book where not much happens, but the story is nonetheless intriguing and captivating? A book where you worked out the secret well before it is announced in the book. A book that is reminiscent of books you’ve read previously and disliked, but somehow you still liked this book. Even in Paradise was this book for me. It had me from the tagline on the cover; “They were brilliant, beautiful, and broken.”

I first added this book to my TBR because of its stunning cover. It is absolutely beautiful. When I finally decided to buy it online, I never bothered looking up the blurb again. I went into this book not knowing anything about this book except for the quote on the back cover.

“Knowing what I do now, I would do it all again.
Beginning with the night I met her, then him, then the rest.
I would do it all again just to know that for a moment I was one of the Great Buchanans.”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books for readers who like under hyped books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they provide a topic, and you choose ten book related things to answer the topic. This week was a fairly open topic, allowing us to choose ten books for readers who like something. I’ve chosen under hyped books, as I feel like there are so many great books out there that really do not get the attention that they should! Continue reading

Firecracker – David Iserson

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Title: Firecracker
Author: David Iserson
Year: 2013
Publisher: Razorbill
Format: Paperback, 331 Pages
ISBN: 9781595146816

 

One of my favourite reading experiences is buying and reading a book that you know absolutely nothing about. With the internet providing us with so many ways to learn about books (blogs, Goodreads, Instagram), there are not many occasions where I find myself entering a bookshop and not buying a book I had already been planning on buying. One day I was in a bookshop, and I saw this beautiful cover staring at me. And I knew then and there that I was going to buy it. I didn’t even read the blurb to see what it was about. I literally took it for face value of its cover, and I am so glad I did because Firecracker was such a surprising read, one I immensely enjoyed.

I’m going to acknowledge now that this book is most definitely not for everyone. It has a particular kind of humour that you are either going to love or hate. If you love it, like I do, you can tolerate the main character Astrid. If you hate the humour, chances are you will hate Astrid and therefore hate this book.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favourite Books from the Past 3 Years

IMG_6519 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they provide a topic, and you choose ten book related things to answer the topic. This week is top ten favourite books from the past three years, and it was most definitely a difficult topic! I’ve read so many great books in the past three years, and I’m sure I am missing some loved ones on this list. This list could have been entirely favourite series, but I decided to list my favourite book from a series to make it stick to ten books!

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