2016

Hi there,
So a new year has begun which brings a new year of reading! So today I thought I’d share with you my reading goals for 2016 and then I’ve created an acrostic type thing just for a bit of fun.

2016 reading goals:
For 2016 I have challenged myself to read 45 books, the same amount I read in 2015. My year is going to be rather hectic so I’ve decided to not attempt to exceed my previous goal but instead match it.

I’ve also been challenged by a friend to complete a challenge for this year. I’m excited to do this challenge because it’ll give me a tonne of opportunities to read books I usually wouldn’t think of picking up. I urge you all to read along with me (choosing your own books of course) and complete this challenge too. It’s all just a bit of fun and it’ll give you all a chance to read a wide range of books.
The challenge is as follows:

  • a book published this year
  • a book you can read in a day
  • a book you’ve been meaning to read
  • a book recommended by a librarian/bookseller
  • a book you should have read in school
  • a book recommended by a friend/sibling/parent etc.
  • a book published before you were born
  • a book that was banned at some point
  • a book you previously abandoned
  • a book you own but have never read
  • a book that intimidates you
  • a book you’ve already read at least once

I hope you all choose to take part because you can join in the excitement with me.

Alright now is time for the fun acrostic type thing. I’ve decided to take each of the numbers from 2016 and create a category type thing for it. So lets just jump in and see if it fails miserably or not.

2 books that are my absolute favourites.
These two books would be series and they would have to be the Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling and the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. These two series are the most amazing series I have ever read and from the first page I fell head over heals in love with them. The worlds are inescapable and the characters are impossible to not become obsessed with (try to ignore Jamie, just try). These are two series I will have no trouble re-reading a million times over.

0 /10 do I recommend this book
This book is non other than the Tomorrow When the War Began series by John Marsden. I know, I know, it’s a pretty unpopular opinion but this book is incredibly slow moving and the characters have no redeeming qualities in my mind. The story is bland and I feel like the protagonist and narrator was the least intriguing character of them all. The villains weren’t interesting and there seemed to be only vague mystery around them that no one seemed to be interested in. Also the end was stupid.

1 character that I identify with the strongest
This is Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. She loves to read and is bossy and independent and cares about the lives of those she loves. These are all qualities I can identify with and she is character I love above most others.

6 fictional characters I would absolutely marry
We’ll start with the most obvious: Jamie Fraser (from Outlander), the love of my life and future husband probably. Following Jamie comes these five close second places:
Ron Weasley (Harry Potter)
Leo Valdez (Heroes of Olympus)
Dean Winchester (Supernatural)
Akiva (Daughter of Smoke and Bone)
Raffe (Penryn and the End of Days)

Alright so that is it for my 2016 post. I hope you enjoyed and that my acrostic type thing was not too much of a failure. I hope you have an amazing year, a year that was even better than 2015 and that you have an amazing year of reading and only read books you love.

Signing off, Verity

2014

Hi there,
So as we draw to the close of another amazing year I’d thought I’d share with you my favourite books of 2014. I’ll give a brief rating and recommendation for each one. This is in no particular order at all.

1) Heroes of Olympus series: I had avoided this series for so long and I finally picked it up this year! And it was amazing! I loved the story line and all the characters. I would recommend it to absolutely everybody.
5/5

2) Rainbow Rowell’s novels: This year I also got around to read all of Rainbow Rowell’s books: Eleanor and Park, Fangirl, Attachments and Landline. Eleanor and Park are young adult novels whereas Attachments and Landline are adult novels but I would recommend them to anyone of any age really. They are fantastic contemporary novels that deal with some pretty intense issues.
Eleanor and Park: 5/5
Fangirl: 4/5
Attachments: 4/5
Landline: 5/5

3) Anna and the French Kiss + Lola and the Boy Next Door: I read 2/3 of Stephanie Perkins books this year and oh wow where they fantastic. I read each one in a day because I just could not get enough. They are cute and adorable and at least one character in each book quite relatable. Like Rainbow Rowell’s books I would recommend these contemporary awesomenesses to anyone.
Anna: 5/5
Lola: 4/5

4) This Star Won’t go Out: This is a biography/autobiography that is the life of Esther Grace Earl. At the end of this book I honestly felt like I knew her, like we had grown up together and were the best of friends. You get to know that much of Esther that that is possible. It really was fantastic and I encourage you all to read it.
4.5/5

5) Four: Veronica Roth did it again. This book was amazing and gave some much wanted/needed insight into Tobias Eaton’s life. It was interesting to hear his perspective on everything and I loved seeing more of his life before Tris. The only issue I had was that his perspective didn’t flow as well as Tris’ did.
4/5

6) The Storyteller: Jodi Piccoult made me actually feel like I was in the Holocaust with this book, it was written that well. This became my favourite Jodi Piccoult book, I just love it. I recommend this to mature readers as it does deal with some rather brutal topics that aren’t to be ventured into by those of a younger age.
5/5

7) Anna Dressed in Blood duo: I’ve talked about this duo so much this past year but that’s because people barely ever know about it and it is so good! The characters are awesome the storyline is awesome and the book cover is awesome! I highly recommend this to people able to stomach a bit of blood and gore.
5/5

8) Angelfall: I have a booktalk on this which a few people have checked out and I highly highly highly recommend this book to absolutely everybody. It is just so amazing! The characters are kick-ass and the writing is incredible. I cannot wait to continue with this series.
5/5

9) City of Heavenly Fire: This was the concluding book in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare (a personal favourite of mine) and it was so good! You all have got to read this series, it is amazing! I recommend it to absolutely everybody, you will love it.
4/5

10) The Darkest Minds: Alexandra Bracken is such a fantastic writer and this book was everything you ever want in a YA whatever the genre was. It was fast-paced, the characters were relatable and the story was so different and so amazing. I recommend it to anyone who isn’t that avid of a reader and wants to get into it more and anyone who wants to get into the more paranormalish genre.
5/5

11) Gone Girl: I finished this book yesterday and my head is still reeling at that ending. The characters were so dark and twisted and it was so fun to read. This book though is for very mature readers so if you’re too young or immature do not read this books! It was fantastic though.
4/5

Alright so they are my favourite books for 2014. Feel free to share your favourite reads of 2014 in the comments below and I’ll see you all next year!

Signing off, Charlie