TTT – Top Ten Tuesday |Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

Hey Everyone,

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and Bookish and has now been transferred to The Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme is Popular Books that have Lived up to the Hype. Now I am not a person who gets sucked into book hype because when I first started blogging that’s what I did. I fell through the rabbit hole and I was stuck, when I started blogging I was very into reading YA but after a year I had noticed that I found some of the plot lines to be cliche, predictable and even similar in other books so I gave up.

But these ones are books that I have seen on Booktube and some because I enjoy the author’s work.

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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

This book is fantastically written, I was in love with Rothfuss’s writing and his way of telling a story was so captivating. I am looking forward to the Tv series when it comes out. It will definitely be a good show to fill the void when Game of Thrones ends.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

I wanted to get into S+S first because I felt the book would ease me into Austen’s work and I was surprised at how enjoyable this book was.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Ahh, I can’t believe that the final book of the series is looming, the series itself has expanded so much since the first. Looking back to the first book, it reminded me of Reign the TV show following Queen Mary of Scots but to see such a change in the series make me sad that it’s about to end.

To All The Boys That I Loved Before by Jenny Han

I had read a few of Jenny Han’s other work before, so when I heard about this book I was excited. Of course, there is now a movie which I am very happy to see even though I have stopped continuing on with the trilogy.

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

This book has been EVERYWHERE. I am trying slowly to get into poetry and this book really got me into it. It’s really good.

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simmons

I think I saw this book at least once or twice on Booktube before I got it. There is a booktuber who has a collection of every single published edition of this book and she is also an amazing artist. If you want a book that tackles love in a war, then you should really go for this book. But also grab the tissues because you will be needing a lot of them.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

I read this book because of the TV series, the show is beautiful and very enchanting. So I picked up the book because the premise was interesting and I wanted to know how exactly it ends.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

I think I have mentioned this book one too many times but it is always a favourite for me. I mean when I first heard about it I didn’t want to give the book a chance because I didn’t want to fall into another series when I have a lot of other books that are series.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Again always mentioning this book. Laini Taylor is an amazing writer, I loved the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson

This man needs no reason for me, he introduced me to crime novels. I had seen the book soo many times that I decided that I had no other choice but to see what this book was about. And I loved it. Even though Lagercantz has continued on after the third book. I still consider the first three books as the Millenium trilogy.

Hope you are having a lovely day

 

TTT- Top Ten Tuesday | Books with Sensory Reading Memories

Hey Everyone,

I skipped last weeks theme because I didn’t own or read a lot of short stories or novellas, really sorry.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and Bookish and has now been transferred to The Artsy Reader Girl.

This weeks theme is Books with Sensory Reading Memories. (These are the books that are linked to very specific memories for you: where you were, what time of year it was, who you were with, what are you eating, what you were feeling, what you were seeing, etc. Ideas include books you read while on vacation, books that you read while eating, books you read at work/at a family or social event/on the train or plane, books you’ve buddy read with loved ones, books you read during an emotional time in your life, books you read by the fire, etc.)

Now I couldn’t do ten because I could only think of five. But the thing that I do the most while reading, is sitting in my room with a mug of coffee and in my PJ’s.

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The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

I have had this books for YEARS. I remember going into Waterstones and I was buying some books (Obviously), and at the counter, one of the employees said that there was an offer on the books and recommended this book to me, I read the blurb and purchased it. I remember getting very into the book but then I must have gotten distracted and put the book down. I had regretted to finish the book and tried to read it again. It took the 4th try to actually accomplish reading this book. I listened to it mostly at work and I remember doing a big task which involved moving stock around in the stockroom and I used the time to listen to it on audiobook, from what I remember, it took about 2 hours to finish and I was satisfied with the task as well as getting very into the book.

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The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

I read this book two years ago, I remember because I had a opticians appointment and it’s every two years in which I have my new appointment coming up this week. I also remember after my appointment, I decided to go and see my Mum’s friend in London and got on a train to see her. I had enjoyed going there and I remember trying very hard to get into the book, but of course, I did end up enjoying.

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

I picked this book up because I loved Emila Clarke and was very intrigued by the hype that was made about this book and movie. I remember reading the part when Lou and Will are talking on the beach, and I was sitting on the bus on my way home almost at the brink of tears. I had to shut the book to compose myself.

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Omens by Kelley Armstrong

Back in 2016, I took part in the slowathon, it was the second readathon that I had ever participated. And the purpose of the readathon was to take your time of the book, annotate your books, maybe write something that you’re inspired from the book or try other methods to enjoy the content. While I was excited to participate, I picked this book up because I love Kelley Armstrong and wanted to read her new series. I was so excited for the readathon, that on the first day I read half the book and couldn’t leave it alone. I remember mentioning it on Twitter or Instagram and the host of the readathon replied: “Every page is worth something!”.

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Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me by Lousie Rennison

Haha, all the titles from this series can’t make me stop smiling because it was always my favourite. I remember seeing the last book in Tesco, I didn’t immediately buy it but I did read the end (I do that a lot, I like to know if the ending is good or not) and I remember reading it in Tesco and being really happy about it.

And those are the ones thatvI could think of. Hope you are having a lovely day xx

Recent Reads #2

Hey Everyone,

How are you?

So I have been reading quite a bit recently but I haven’t given a review of them. So I thought I would do another recent read post.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

I’ve had the book for months and I had seen the movie, so I was expecting to be really good. I think hyping myself didn’t benefit me loving it. I listened to most of it while working and Neil Gaiman is a really great Narrater. I do recommend anyone to listen to him.

Hunted by Megan Spooner

I’ve had this book on my Kindle and on Audiobook. I heard many positive views of this book and it became popular around the time when the Beauty and the Beast movie was released. While I enjoyed the book, I was reminded by other books that had similar themes, I found the premise and story to be very good and inventive but I did see ACOTAR by Sarah J.Maas and The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdeih.

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

I have been a longtime Dessen Fan and I was very surprised with this book. I liked Louna, a young girl working at weddings but doesn’t to open her heart to someone. Enter Ambrose, who is someone that enjoys his life and has gotten into situations which don’t please his family members. I also liked the easter egg in this book, if you have read Dessen’s other books then you would see a recurring theme of some of her characters in her books feature in her other books, in this book it was the characters from Along for the ride.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

I had picked this books up because of the movie. While I am in favour of more presence of Asian characters in media, I was curious as to what the story would be about. Even though the book were about Nick and Rachel, I was mostly interested in Nick’s cousin who struggles with her home life. I am excited to see the movie but I am also interested in the rest of the series.

Persuasion by Jane Austen

This book was a re-read for me, I have always considered that this was my favourite book out of all of her other work. I just loved the story of this book, the relationship between Anne and Captain Wentworth and their interactions throughout the book, it was like an awkward encounter but I also liked how they both still felt for one another.

Heartburn by Nora Ephron

I have been a fan of Ephron’s movies for years and I got this book because of it. It made me think of her movies and how it could typically be one.

Wedding Season by Katie Fforde

This was another re-read for me, I have been wanting to re-read it for a while. It’s a good chick lit book about weddings and romance, also a celebrity wedding that had to be done in two months while also doing another wedding on the same day.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

I have had this book on my shelf for over a year, I got into a bit of an obsession with buying all of Shirley Jackson’s books after reading We Have Lived In The Castle (Not obsessed now, but I am still collecting). This book was very creepy although I kept insisting myself that the house wasn’t haunted but I liked the description of the house, it reminded me of a house from an Anime called Ghost Hunt.

Hawkeye Vol 2 – 4

I got Vol 1 a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. Particularly the relationship between Clint and Kate, they are both the same yet there is no competition between one another. I also missed Hawkeye in Infinity War, so I got the Graphic Novels to fill the void. I have yet to get Vol 5+6 but I will soon.

Hawkeye Kate Bishop Vol 1 + 2

Kate Bishop has become one of my favourite characters in Marvel, next to Rogue and Blink. She is the female version of Clint, blunt and determined. I am glad that Marvel made a series for her because if the MCU tries to introduce Young Avengers I would love to see Kate Bishop on the screen but I would also like to see the banter between her and Clint.

The Shades of Magic Trilogy by V.E. Schwab

This was another re-read but I got the US Edition of the books and couldn’t resist the temptation to read the series again.

Three Fates by Nora Roberts

Out of all the Nora Roberts books that I have read in the last couple of months, this book didn’t intrigue me. I think the plot was just flat and the romantic relationship was blah.

Book Tag |My Life in Books Tag

Hey Everyone,

I thought I would do another book tag as it has been a while since my Reading Habits Book Tag. Nobody has tagged me to do this tag, I found the tag while browsing on Youtube and thought it would be fun to do it.

Find a book for each of your initials.

S- Stardust by Neil Gaiman

N- Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

B- Betrayals by Kelley Armstrong

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Count your age along your bookshelf? What book is it?

It was my birthday last Friday and I turned 25. I don’t have a bookshelf in my room, my room is a bit too small to put a bookshelf in there. So I have a unit where I have some books that I like to look at, some books in baskets at the bottom shelving and some are in a drawer under my bed. I do have a separate area in my room for my TBR. I’ve ordered my TBR in genre but I only change it around just to prompt myself to some of the books that have been on my shelf for quite some time.

Read Shelf – A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

TBR Pile – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Pick a book that is set in your city/country?

Insanity Series by Cameron Jace

I have quite a lot of books set in my country, a lot of chick lit, a few crime novels. The Insanity series was something that I really liked. I have given up reading the series but the first couple of books were really good. It’s an Alice in Wonderland re-telling, Cameron Jace is a really good writer and I highly recommend anyone to see his work.

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Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to.

The Vegetarian by Han Kang – South Korea

I have always wanted to go to Seoul, South Korea. I hope one day I will get the chance to go there.

Pick a book that’s your favourite colour?

You can see my Top Ten Tuesday post on books with my favourite colour that I posted last week.

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Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

The Confessions of Georgia Nicholson by Louise Rennison.

I adored the series while growing up, I was obsessed with what Georgia and her friends were up to. I liked the diary format which was something that I hadn’t seen before and I would even finish the book in about a day. My favourite book and the one that I read the most would have to be Started by Furry Shorts.

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Which book did you have the most difficulty in reading?

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

I picked up the book due to the TV show and I really enjoyed it and decided to read it. I read it in September last year and I was in a bit of a funk. During the month of September, I was mostly distracted from applying for jobs and was getting quite stressed about it. But I pursued and really enjoyed the book.

Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

Any of the big books OR any of the books that have been on my TBR for over a year. I quite ambitious when it comes to the books that I buy. Most of the time, it’s books that I am really looking for and then there are books that I buy that I think “Ok, I can read this” but those are the books that are stuck on my TBR for months and I look at them every now and then and think “Will I like this book?”.

I had fun with this tag, I might do some more in the future.

Let’s Eat. Don’t Watch This Drama On An Empty Stomach! (Korean Drama)

Hey Everyone,

Recently I have been getting myself back into watching Korean Dramas, I love Korean Dramas I would watch at least three different shows in one week but with working a lot of hours I could barely have any time. I have heard many positive reviews of this show and now after seeing 1 and 2, I can understand why.

In both seasons, the drama follows Goo Dae Young (played by HIGHLIGHT Leader Yoon Doo-Joon). Goo Dae Young is an insurance salesman but one of his many hobbies is food, he has a blog in which he uploads pictures of his empty bowls and reviews the quality of the food.

The drama is about Goo Dae Young interacting with his neighbours and persuades them to go out to eat. It is a bit difficult for one person to go out by themselves, sometimes it’s a little embarrassing but also it’s a bit awkward when the portion of food isn’t substantial for a single person.

 

 

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DooJoon really suits this role very well, he plays a man who loves who flatters men and women and persuading them to apply for insurances, he has a very laid back personality when he is in his apartment and he is very passionate about food. He likes to ramble about what is considered the best way to eat Korean food. Now I am not familiar with Korean food, there isn’t a lot of restaurants in my hometown that specialise in Korean Food but if it did, I would not hesitate in going in there.

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DooJoon is reprising his role for the third time in Let’s Eat 3 this year and I am very excited to see it.

I enjoyed the first season than the second, some people might have different opinions, I liked the friendship of the neighbours in Season 1 than 2, the plot in S2 is very cliche but I enjoyed the relationship between Doo Joon and Seo Hyun Ji characters.

The only thing that I was even more interested was the food, the excessive detail to really makes you want to salivate, the slurp noises and the sizzling sounds of meat grilled on the table.

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In the UK, both dramas are available on Netflix so I highly recommend anyone to try it.

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Also, the music for both dramas are really good, K Jun – Let’s Eat from the first drama is my favourite.