Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Books To Read If You Like Throne of Glass

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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. Today’s topic is top ten books if you like a particular book, and I’m going with my favourite series Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. If you don’t know, this is a YA fantasy series, and so the books on this list basically fall into the fantasy genre also. My top ten books are;
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Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books On My “Fall” TBR

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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. Today’s topic is top ten books on your fall TBR. I live in Australia, so our Fall is actually Spring, hence why my list says spring. In saying that, I’ll be spending two of three months of “spring” in America where it is fall, so maybe this should be my fall TBR? Gahh I managed to confuse myself! I realised that a lot of these books this week have not been released yet, and I am going to have a lot of book buying to catch up on when I return from my two month overseas trip! My top ten books on my spring TBR are:

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The Copper Gauntlet – Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

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Title: The Copper Gauntlet (The Magisterium #2)
Author: Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Year: 2015
Publisher: Corgi
Format: Paperback, 264 Pages
ISBN: 9780552567718

The Copper Gauntlet is the second book in the Magisterium series, and was a book that I had mixed feelings towards. Aspects of it were wonderful, and then others were not so wonderful. Either way, this is a quick and fun read that I would recommend for others to read.

If you don’t know what this book is about, this plot summary taken from the blurb of the book will spoil the first book, so if you haven’t read the first book, don’t read this plot summary!

Callum Hunt has returned from the Magisterium victorious. He is now a mage in his own right – a Copper Year student. He has friends; he feels at home in the winding tunnels of the mysterious magical school.

But Call hides a terrible secret.

His soul is not his own. His body is a vessel for a powerful evil mage, wielder of chaos magic…murderer.

Salvation could lie in the Alkahest, a mysterious copper gauntlet. But it is a dangerous object, with a violent history. It could destroy everything Call knows and loves…

And release the evil within him.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Bookstagram Accounts You Should Be Following

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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. Today’s topic is a freebie week, and I’ve chosen to showcase some of my favourite bookstagram accounts. If you don’t know, Bookstagram is the book community on Instagram, and is the social media I update the most frequently. I’ve found so many lovely people, who love sharing beautiful photos of books, and I really wish I could feature every account I love, but this list would go forever! I’ve managed to stick to ten favourites, but I definitely have more than ten. In no particular order, ten bookstagram accounts you should be following are;

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Red Rising – Pierce Brown

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Title: Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy #1)
Author: Pierce Brown
Year: 2014
Publisher: Del Rey
Format: Hardback, 382 pages
ISBN: 9780345539786

If I had to choose one word to describe Red Rising, it would be a tie between underwhelming and disappointing. There is so much praise for this book. There are so many five star reviews that say nothing but positive things and that share their love for this book. Perhaps this led me to have slightly higher than realistic expectations. This is by no means a bad book, but it’s also not a spectacular book, and I guess overall, I just was waiting to be blown away. Red Rising is in my opinion, not a book that deserves all its praise.

Let me tell you something. I am not the kind of reader who does not finish books. I always finish the book. My general opinion when reading books that are struggling to hold my attention is to consider all the pages I haven’t read yet, and the potential for improvement amongst those pages. How do I know, that by stopping a part of the way into the book, I’m not going to miss out on the best part of the book? Red Rising almost changed my view on this. There were many times that I went to put the book down, for no other reason than simply being bored. But I managed to keep reading, and although the book got infinitely better in the second half of the book, it still took way too long to get to this point for me to jump on the Red Rising band wagon.

In case you don’t know what this book is about, here is the plot (copied and pasted from Goodreads because every time I tried to summarise the plot in my own words, it ended up super long and rambled on.

The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity’s last hope.

 

Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it’s all a lie. That Mars has been habitable – and inhabited – for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

 

Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield – and Darrow isn’t the only student with an agenda.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Finished Series I Have Yet To Finish

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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, I have I actually struggled to think of ten series. Something I’ve tried to do with my reading this year is complete series that I had once started, and I’ve done a pretty good job of doing that so far. I’m hoping that I will continue to complete the rest of these series very soon!  I also just realised that a lot of these are young adult dystopian. Did I have a falling out with that genre or something? Otherwise I don’t get why I have so many unfinished dystopian series! My top ten;

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Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Characters I Just Didn’t Click With

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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, I have 11 choices, because I added one final character that I could not click with at all, but didn’t want to remove any of the other characters from the list. This also kind of doubles as 11 characters I hated list, because to me these things go hand in hand. So 11 it is. In no particular order, 11 characters I didn’t click with include;

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