Top Ten Tuesday (Book Titles that Would Make Great Song Titles)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This is my first Top 10 Tuesday post, and this week the theme is:  Book Titles that Would Make Great Song Titles

1) You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson. Could you imagine this song by a female solo artist or a girl band? I can!

2) Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Break-up song anyone? Funny because this book is actually debunking the whole idea that there is The One out there.

3) Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner. Can I have a gay love song please??

4) The Deep Blue Between by Ayesha Harruna Attah. I feel a country song with this one!

5) Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. I really love this title and feel like it would make a great song too.

6) 99% Mine by Sally Throne. I feel like this one could be a cool song too!

7) Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas. A ballad perhaps?

8) When the Stars Lead to You by Ronni Davis. Feeling another cute love song.

9) Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier. Not sure why I thought of this one! Just could imagine a fun song.

10) If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane. Yep, another break up song. Or perhaps a sappy love song?

What do you think of these choices? I had a lot of fun with this prompt! Feel free to share your posts with me in the comments.

Top Ten Tuesday (Freebie – Contemporary YA novels)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This is my first Top 10 Tuesday post, and this week the theme is:  Halloween Freebie! So I’m going to choose my favourite contemporary YA novels.

1) Meat Market by Juno Dawson. A grim look at the fashion industry and its treatment of models, this is one of my favourite books of all time.

2) The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis. I mentioned this in my last Top 10 but honestly it’s so unique. It’s one of the best YA books out there, but it’s very dark.

3) A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson. Again, this one hasn’t changed from last week. I read it recently and loved it – it’s a great YA thriller that I have a lot of love for.

4) Sadie by Courtney Summers. Another that I love! A friend gifted me this and it’s so heartbreaking!!!

5) There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon. This book is incredible, I love the culture, the romance and the characters.

6) With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. I love this perspective on teenage motherhood. Emoni is one of my favourite protagonist (and this book has such amazing descriptions of food).

7) You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson. Ah this one is so much fun I swear! Liz Lighty is an amazing protagonist and I am in love with this book.

8) Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez. One of the most level-headed protagonists I’ve ever read in YA, Camila is a joy to read about. This is the only book I’ve read that is set in Argentina and I really loved it!

9) Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. Ah, one of my first loves of reading contemporary YA books. This is a book that captured academic pressure and choices perfectly for me. Highly recommend it.

10) Break the Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli. This one is for all the gymnastics fans out there. I really liked this book – it links closely to what’s happening in USA gymnastics today and after the last few years. This one will always be close to my heart.

There we have it, ten of my top YA contemporary novels. There are a lot more I could have put on this list but I could only choose ten! What are your fave YA contemporary books? Let me know in the comments.

Top Ten Tuesday (Recommended To Me!)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This is my first Top 10 Tuesday post, and this week the theme is:  Books I Read Because Someone Recommended Them to Me (tell us who recommended them, if you want!)

1) Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre. This one was recommended to me by Jaye @ The Book Berrie. I was sceptical because it sounds bizarre, but this is a really amazing trilogy that I adore.

2) The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis. Sam @ Esoteric Elixir recommended this one and it’s honestly wonderful. I have rarely read books like this, I highly recommend it.

3) A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson. My friend Linaria @ Linaria’s Library read this one first and because of her rating I finally picked it up. It’s a really great YA thriller set in the UK that made me nostalgic for sixth form and kept me guessing.

4) Sadie by Courtney Summers. Another heartbreaker recommended to me by Janel @ Janel Allison. I really liked the format of this book given it’s told in a variety of ways (transcripts, interviews etc). I’ve heard the audiobook is really awesome too!

5) The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. When Meaghan @ Paragraphs and Pages recommends a book to me after they read the arc, I know I’ll probably love it too. The Starless Sea is gorgeous, but you probably already know that!

6) Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. This one is a book I’d have never picked up if not for my boyfriend. It’s one of his favourites and he gave me his copy when we started dating (clearly knew we would be sharing bookcases in the future, hey?). It’s a really good story that had me pleasantly surprised. It also has some amazing quotes.

7) Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. Another recommendation from my boyfriend – he tried to get me to read this for years. I finally picked it up when we shared kindle libraries. This book and its sequel are amazing and very very relevant in current times despite their age.

8) A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. My sister doesn’t read a lot anymore but she recommended this one after picking it up in a charity shop. I was really surprised by how much I related to it.

9) From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata. I can’t remember who in The Book Coven recommended this to me but I absolutely love all of Mariana Zapata’s sports romance books now. I really like the way Marianna writes female characters, and the slow burn is gorgeous.

10) Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran. Nikki @ Books and Lemon Squash recommended this one to me. Saw her amazing review and thought this is a book I have to try. It’s a beautiful fantasy with a f/f romance. Great stuff!

It’s always cool to be recommended good books. I’m really lucky to get loads of amazing recommendations from The Book Coven discord server. Why don’t join too and get in on the book talk?

Top Ten Tuesday (Super Long Book Titles)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This is my first Top 10 Tuesday post, and this week the theme is Super Long Book Titles.

1) The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab

2) A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

3) The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

4) The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

5) The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

6) The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

7. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

8) A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

9) A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A Fletcher

10) The Woman Who Rides Like a Man by Tamora Pierce

Can’t believe I found ten books that I’ve actually read with what I consider long titles. I actually enjoyed the majority of these too, which is a win. There’s some really good covers mixed in here – particularly love the Wayfarer’s series ones by Becky Chambers.

Got any other fave long titles? I like A Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James too.

Book Review: Ninth House

A year ago, after reading Ninth House for the first time, I met Leigh Bardugo and asked her about the British weather. Today, I finish my re-read after a week of slow reading. Reading this book slowly, taking it all in, I enjoyed it even more than the first time. The magic is unique, elements are horrifying, and the characters draw you into this wild story completely. I recommend you read it slowly, absorb the detail, the atmosphere. This is a masterpiece. It should be noted that it is adult horror, and you should absolutely check out the long list of trigger warnings.

Star rating: 5 stars

Ninth House is and adult fantasy – horror that follows Galaxy ‘Alex’ Stern and Daniel ‘Darlington’ Arlington in a story that mixes present day and flashbacks. Alex is the central protagonist – she had a rough life growing up, partly due to the fact she can see Grays – also known as ghosts. When Lethe House of Yale University gets wind of this, she’s recruited to be Darlington’s successor. They have one year to train Alex, but things at Yale are not what they seem.

What makes this book is that the reader discovers the world-building just as Alex does. There are no info dumps, the reader is thrown in to pick up the details along the way. Alex is a protagonist you can really get on side with – she’s gritty, street smart and the way she still has hope, that she makes the reader hope for her, after all that she been through is just heart-breaking.

Darlington is the opposite of Alex – he grew up in a mansion, had access to the best education, and was always destined for success. But his back story reveals more, and he becomes another character I empathised with greatly. The flashback chapters with Alex and Darlington together are excellent.

At the centre of the plot is Alex unravelling a series of mysteries – a murder, several Yale societies involved, nobody she can trust. She does this with the help of Detective Turner who is one of my favourite side characters. Alex’s roommates Mercy and Lauren are also great – I really liked that despite Alex’s crazy life there are flashes of normality as she develops friendships with ordinary girls (I love how Alex defends them).

Overall this is one of my favourite books, Leigh Bardugo has grown so much as a writer since Shadow and Bone. I’m eagerly anticipating the sequel.

Top Ten Tuesday (Covers with fall vibes)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This is my first Top 10 Tuesday post, and this week the theme is Book Covers with Fall Colors/Vibes (or spring if you live in the southern hemisphere)

1) The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. I reread this book recently (review here) and the cover has such autumn vibes with it’s reds, oranges and greens. Definitely gorgeous.

2) Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. I’m not sure why this one gives my fall vibes, I think it’s because it has that lovely brown snake and a horror / Halloween feel? Anyway, it’s a great book that I’m reading right now as I write this.

3) The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. Again it’s definitely the orange that gives me all the autumn feels. I also tend to read this book in autumn. I met Samantha and got my book signed in October last year.

4) Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco. This is another book for spooky system with a great cover! I read an ARC recently and it was a really good fit for Halloween his year!

5) Uprooted by Naomi Novik. It’s probably the mushrooms giving me a fall feeling! Also I love forests in autumn.

6) With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. This one has gorgeous autumnal colours! It’s also a really amazing book that you should absolutely check out sometime.

7. The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty. The conclusion to an amazing trilogy that I’m still not really over. Please read so we can cry together.

8) The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. Spooky witchy vibes? Yes please. I love this cover, it’s absolutely gorgeous. It’s a beautifully written book too.

9) The Familiars by Stacey Halls. This is a really heart-breaking book that an old friend recommended to me. I really loved it, I think I’ll re-read it soon. Look at all those leaves. And the cute fox. Such beautiful cover art!

10) The Betrayals by Bridget Collins. More autumn colours. I rated this ARC 5 stars but I’m still debating whether I liked one of the plot twists or not! Anyway, we have to agree the cover is gorgeous – and my Waterstones special edition pre-order has sprayed edges. There’s still time to pre-order!

There we have it, some autumnal covers. It was harder to do this than I thought it would be! I’ve gone for some Halloween vibes, some autumn leaves vibes, some colour vibes. What do you think? Feel free to link your posts below!

Book Review: A Deadly Education

I am finished and I want MORE. After a rocky first chapter, I couldn’t put A Deadly Education down. I absolutely adore books set in magic schools and this one was so unique – I’ve never read anything like it before. No teachers, death around every corner and a cast of characters that I just loved, I’m already greatly anticipating book 2, especially after that ending!

Star rating: 5 stars

El Higgins is an outcast in the Scholomance. It’s a school with no teachers, where being a loner can get you killed. But now in her Junior year, El has worked out what it takes for her to survive on her own – she’s meticulous, cautious and slightly paranoid, which along with the power she has kept hidden from her classmates, has kept her alive.

That is until Orion Lake is drawn to her. The gifted kid in the class who has kept way more students alive than in any year, Orion is special. El treats him with the same casual rudeness she treats everybody else, which Orion finds refreshing. The two form a unique friendship in a system where kids that grew up in Enclaves, like Orion, have greater odds than those that don’t.

In the mix of all the monster-fighting madness is a whole lot of emotional depth. El is lonely, she is angry, she is craving real friendships. Her affinity for mass destruction isolates her, and it was heart-warming to see her from real friendships for the first time in her life.

This book is so unique – its setting, its magic system…they are brilliantly creative. I love El so much, I just want to protect her from all the manipulative Enclave kids that reside in this school. There are so many conflicts that had me on the edge of my seat, I couldn’t stop reading until I got to the end. And the end…there’s a suitable time period for calm before what I can only imagine will be a dramatic second book.

Overall, this was one of my most anticipated books of 2020 – and after I got through the first chapter it really didn’t disappoint.

Have you read A Deadly Education yet? You absolutely should!

Other reviews you should check out:

Paragraphs and Pages

Janel Allison

Playlist: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

It’s October – you know what that means? The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue publishes this month! Are you excited? This is my favourite book of all time and I can’t wait to read it again. You can see my review of the eARC here where I gush about all the reasons I love it so much. I’m also really excited for the movie that was just announced – with none other than V.E. Schwab herself as the screenwriter.

Since I already posted a review, I thought I’d try something new in the spirit of Blogtober and create a 15-song playlist of music that reminds me of this book. No explanations, just the tracks. So here we go. Sorry there’s not much artist variety, I go through music phases and since Folklore came out I basically haven’t stopped listening to Taylor Swift. I even did a folklore book tag!

  1. Find Me – Sigma, Birdy
  2. Peace – Taylor Swift
  3. Open Your Heart – Birdy
  4. Cardigan – Taylor Swift
  5. (Un)Lost – The Maine
  6. Last Kiss – Taylor Swift
  7. What a Difference a Day Made – Jamie Cullum
  8. Wildest Dreams – Taylor Swift
  9. Liability – Lorde
  10. Halo – Beyonce
  11. Making the Most of the Night – Carly Rae Jepsen
  12. Youth – Foxes
  13. Hurricane – MS MR
  14. Warmth – Bastille (acoustic version on YouTube please!!)
  15. Soul Survivor – Rita Ora

Yes, my music taste is basic af, and I don’t think any songs could truly capture how much this book spoke to my soul.

Got any music recommendations? Whether they remind you of Addie LaRue or not, drop them in the comments.

P.S. I have a nasty persistent cough and I’m waiting on [redacted] home-test results. No fever & I can still smell and taste things, but better to be safe!