BLOGMAS DAY 24: Christmas Eve Book Tag
It's officially Christmas Eve, but also the last day of blogmas. I actually managed to not miss a post, but some were up later than planned (including todays' - sorry!).
Well for the last blogmas post, I thought I'd do the Christmas Eve book tag because what other time is more fitting than actual Christmas Eve! The tag was originally created by Sam from Sam's Nonsense on YouTube. Here's a link to the original video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adOoRjpUFkc .
Carry on reading!
1) Christmas Eve morning: what is a book you wake up excited to read? one you anticipate reading or one you read in the past that you want to get back into?
For one that's on my TBR, I'd pick Carry On by Rainbow Rowell as I've heard so many good things and know I'm going to be hooked.
For one that I've read previously read that had me excited to read, I'd have to say The Infernal Devices series as I couldn't stop thinking about them and was always excited to pick them up to carry on reading. I know the same will happen if I was to pick them up again.
2) Christmas Eve breakfast: what are your favourite treats during the holiday season?
For this one I didn't really know what to say because honestly I just love Christmas dinner and the leftovers on the days after. My favourites have to include 'pigs in blankets' and the stuffing my mum makes.
3) Family Time: What is a book that fills you with happiness and love? the warm fuzzies in general?
100% have to say the entire Geek Girl series by Holly Smale. I just connected to Harriet really well and being immersed into her story just makes me smile.
4) Christmas Carols: What are your favourite Christmas Carols or holiday songs?
In Primary School we used to do lots of carols and my favourites back then had to be Away In A Manger and Little Donkey. Those are carols right? I'm not really sure but they're the ones that I can still remember the best.
When it comes to just Christmas songs I like basically any of the popular ones. I'm not very good at remembering titles and singers, but I like most of the popular Christmas songs that you hear at this time of year. One of my absolute favourites has to be All I Want For Christmas. I've also enjoyed Sia's Christmas album that released this year called Everyday Is Christmas.
5) Anticipation: What is a book release you are very much anticipating?
To be honest I've tried not to look at any new releases coming next year as I do want to crack down on my TBR, meaning that I don't want to be buying too many new releases. One that I know that I will need to get is On The Come Up by Angie Thomas, which is coming out in 2018. After reading THUG, I know I'm going to have to pick it up.
6) You hear sleigh bells on the roof and are so excited you can't sleep!: What is a book that kept you up all night?
Normally I'm so tired that I have to put the book down and go to sleep because my brain just isn't taking in anything, so I've never really stayed up that late to finish one. I remember though when I read Wonder by R.J. Palacio a couple of years ago I stayed up to what was "late" to me then so I could finish it, so I'd probably have to say Wonder.
7) It's Christmas morning, and Santa has come!: What is a book on your wishlist that you hope to unwrap?
I mentioned in one of the other Christmas tags I've done this year that I haven't really asked for any books because my shelves can't handle anymore and I feel that otherwise I'll never get through this TBR pile. I know I've got one books for Christmas and that is Hetty Feather's Christmas by Jacqueline Wilson. Other books that I've had my eye on are the Fantastic Beasts Illustrated Edition, Harry Potter: A History Of Magic and A Journey Through A History Of Magic books that were released last month (I think).
Anyway guys that was the Christmas Eve book tag and the last post off blogmas. I hope you guys have enjoyed this countdown and let me know if you'd like to see it again next year. Hope you all have an amazing Christmas (if you celebrate it!) and I'll hopefully see you by the end of the year for a 2017 Wrap Up as well as my goals for 2018.
BLOGMAS DAY 23: My Full TBR
It's the 23rd and I'm sick, annoyingly just in time for Christmas. I'm not going to let that stop me, so todays' post is going to be all the books on my TBR that I own. I've seen those Trash My TBR videos on YouTube (originally created by Emma from Drinking By My Shelf - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBv9PyaDIjq_7nnTreH93_A) and that is sort of what I want your guys help with. I'll be showing you all the books on my physical TBR and I need you guys to comment below and tell me which books I should read straight away (because you really enjoyed them) or books that maybe I shouldn't bother reading at all. I was planning to do this closer to the end of the year, but I didn't really know what to do for todays blogmas otherwise, so you've got it today (I hope that's alright and that this isn't too boring!). This post will also act as a sort of checklist for the books I've still got on my TBR by the end of this year. I plan to revisit this in a year and see how my TBR has changed. As there is still about a week left of the year, if I manage to read any more books this week I will remove them off this list so it will match up to what my TBR would look like if I did this on the last day. Does that make sense? I think I'm just blabbing on now, but let's go!
Carry on reading!
Truly Madly Awkward by Beth Garrod
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36156865-truly-madly-awkward?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Truly-Madly-Awkward/9781407166414
The Case of Beasts: Explore The Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts
Written by Mark Salisbury
Designed by Mina Lima
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30256272-the-case-of-beasts?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Case-of-Beasts-Explore-the-Film-Wizardry-of-Fantastic-Beasts-and-Where-Find-Them-Mark-Salisbury/9780008204600?ref=grid-view&qid=1514052917552&sr=1-1
The rest of my TBR
Toby Gentle and the Winter Assassin by C. G. Hickling
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28117725-toby-gentle-and-the-winter-assassin?ac=1&from_search=true
What's A Girl Gotta Do? (#3) by Holly Bourne
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29740718-what-s-a-girl-gotta-do?ac=1&from_search=true
The Scarecrow Queen (#3) by Melinda Salisbury
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31291543-the-scarecrow-queen?ac=1&from_search=true
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/77203.The_Kite_Runner?ac=1&from_search=true
Red Rising (#1) by Pierce Brown
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15839976-red-rising?from_search=true
Nerve by Jeanne Ryan
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13088498-nerve?ac=1&from_search=true
Kids of Appetite by David Arnold
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22466429-kids-of-appetite?ac=1&from_search=true
Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28186273-our-chemical-hearts?ac=1&from_search=true
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4214.Life_of_Pi?ac=1&from_search=true
The One (#3) by Kiera Cass
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18635016-the-one?ac=1&from_search=true
Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25437747-beautiful-broken-things?ac=1&from_search=true
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39999.The_Boy_in_the_Striped_Pajamas?ac=1&from_search=true
Way Down Dark (#1) by J.P. Smythe
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25202767-way-down-dark?ac=1&from_search=true
Uglies (#1) by Scott Westerfeld
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24770.Uglies?ac=1&from_search=true
Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18635113-elizabeth-is-missing?ac=1&from_search=true
Just One Day by Gayle Forman
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17623975-just-one-day?ac=1&from_search=true
Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24849422-faceless?ac=1&from_search=true
Skulduggery Pleasant (#1) by Derek Landy
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/284440.Skulduggery_Pleasant?ac=1&from_search=true
Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke (#2) by Anne Blankman
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22838220-conspiracy-of-blood-and-smoke?ac=1&from_search=true
Assassin's Creed: Renaissance by Oliver Bowden
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7205214-assassin-s-creed?from_search=true
Assassin's Creed: Unity by Oliver Bowden
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22859784-assassin-s-creed?ac=1&from_search=true
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18693763-everything-i-never-told-you?ac=1&from_search=true
Dodger by Terry Pratchett
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13516846-dodger?ac=1&from_search=true
Indigo Donut by Patrice Lawrence
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33786522-indigo-donut?ac=1&from_search=true
The Monsters Inside (#2) by Stephen Cole
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/152917.Doctor_Who?ac=1&from_search=true
Winner Takes All (#3) by Jacqueline Rayner
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/678080.Doctor_Who?ac=1&from_search=true
Only Human (#5) by Gareth Roberts
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/678076.Doctor_Who?ac=1&from_search=true
The Stealers of Dreams (#6) by Steve Lyons
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/287620.Doctor_Who?ac=1&from_search=true
The Stone Rose (#7) by Jacqueline Rayner
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/153019.Doctor_Who?ac=1&from_search=true
The Feast of the Drowned (#8) by Stephen Cole
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/153191.Doctor_Who?ac=1&from_search=true
The Resurrection Casket (#9) by Justin Richards
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/153192.Doctor_Who?ac=1&from_search=true
The Nightmare of Black Island (#10) by Mike Tucker
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/286437.Doctor_Who
Wave Me Goodbye by Jacqueline Wilson
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33876563-wave-me-goodbye?ac=1&from_search=true
Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1483375.Refugee_Boy?ac=1&from_search=true
Little Stars (#5) by Jacqueline Wilson
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24179521-little-stars?ac=1&from_search=true
Shiver (#1) by Maggie Stiefvater
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6068551-shiver?ac=1&from_search=true
Linger (#2) by Maggie Stiefvater
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6654313-linger?ac=1&from_search=true
Forever (#3) by Maggie Stiefvater
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9409458-forever
Front Lines (#1) by Michael Grant
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18743370-front-lines?ac=1&from_search=true
Silver Stars (#2) by Michael Grant
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30037861-silver-stars?ac=1&from_search=true
Hush Hush (#1) by Becca Fitzpatrick
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6339664-hush-hush?ac=1&from_search=true
Crescendo (#2) by Becca Fitzpatrick
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7791997-crescendo?ac=1&from_search=true
Silence (#3) by Becca Fitzpatrick
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10637766-silence?ac=1&from_search=true
The Maze Runner (#1) by James Dashner
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6186357-the-maze-runner?ac=1&from_search=true
The Scorch Trials (#2) by James Dashner
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7631105-the-scorch-trials
The Death Cure (#3) by James Dashner
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7864437-the-death-cure?ac=1&from_search=true
The Kill Order (#4) by James Dashner
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13089710-the-kill-order?ac=1&from_search=true
Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28686840-holding-up-the-universe?ac=1&from_search=true
Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21805717-only-ever-yours?ac=1&from_search=true
River of Ink: Genesis by Helen Dennis
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26121194-genesis?ac=1&from_search=true
Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32820770-unconventional?ac=1&from_search=true
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10626594-the-scorpio-races?ac=1&from_search=true
Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25699515-orangeboy?ac=1&from_search=true
Book of Lies by Teri Terry
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25370363-book-of-lies?ac=1&from_search=true
The Host by Stephanie Meyer
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1656001.The_Host?ac=1&from_search=true
The Last of the Spirits by Chris Priestley
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20617773-the-last-of-the-spirits?ac=1&from_search=true
Who Could That Be At This Hour? (#1) by Lemony Snicket
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13477819-who-could-that-be-at-this-hour?ac=1&from_search=true
Fifty Fifty by S.L. Powell
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23066862-fifty-fifty?ac=1&from_search=true
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3685.Black_Beauty?ac=1&from_search=true
Rage Against The Dying by Becky Masterman
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16269740-rage-against-the-dying?ac=1&from_search=true
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3711.White_Teeth?ac=1&from_search=true
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24396876-the-thing-about-jellyfish?ac=1&from_search=true
Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30177266-saint-death?ac=1&from_search=true0
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32768522-carry-on?ac=1&from_search=true
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children (#1) by Ransom Riggs
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9460487-miss-peregrine-s-home-for-peculiar-children?ac=1&from_search=true
Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29430620-children-of-eden?ac=1&from_search=true
Muddle Earth by Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1685350.Muddle_Earth?ac=1&from_search=true
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23438288-flawed?ac=1&from_search=true
Exposure (#2) by Katie Askew & Amy Helmes
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15874689-exposure
The Map of Bones (#2) by Francesca Haig
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25814363-the-map-of-bones?ac=1&from_search=true
Questors by Joan Lennon
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1947773.Questors?ac=1&from_search=true
Songbird by Colleen Helme
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25758036-songbird
Enrule (#1) by Holly Sparks
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28154979-enrule?ac=1&from_search=true
All That She Can See by Carrie Hope Fletcher
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32710790-all-that-she-can-see?ac=1&from_search=true
The Novice by Taran Matharu
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22297138-the-novice?ac=1&from_search=true
Lady Midnight (#1) by Cassandra Clare
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25494343-lady-midnight?ac=1&from_search=true
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19549841-seraphina?ac=1&from_search=true
Teardrop by Lauren Kate
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16070143-teardrop?ac=1&from_search=true
Username: Evie by Joe Sugg
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25898265-username?ac=1&from_search=true
Username: Regenerated by Joe Sugg
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29890569-username
If you've made it to the end of the post, congratulations! Remember to let me know in the comments which books I should read ASAP as well as the books that I shouldn't read at all.
What are some of the books on your TBR? If we have any of the same let me know as I'd love to do some buddy reads.
BLOGMAS DAY 22: Series I haven't finished yet...
We're getting closer and closer to Christmas now and blogmas is quickly coming to an end, but it's not over just yet! Today I'll be showing you the series I haven't yet finished. This will include series that I've started and haven't yet finished, whether I own the next book or not. These are the series that I have the first book in physical form because if I included ebooks as well, this post would definitely be too long. I think I've done this before or I at least planned to and the list was quite long. This year I've focused more on my TBR (though I've still been buying too many books) and I feel the list won't be quite as long so that's some progress, right?
Carry on reading!
IA: Initiate (IA #1) by John Darryl Winston
I was sent IA: Initiate for review and I read it late last year, but since then two more books have been added to the series and I just haven't got round to buying them. I'm not sure whether I will definitely continue on with the series just due to the amount of books on my TBR and the new releases that are constantly coning out that I want to get to. If I do have time next year, I would like to at least reread Initiate and see where I go from there.
Synopsis: One young man with latent supernatural abilities plus one street gang hell-bent on recruiting him equals... IA: Initiate.
The most important thing in the world to thirteen-year-old orphan, "Naz" Andersen is keeping his little sister safe from the streets of a Chicago/Detroit-like urban ghetto known as the Exclave. Naz tries to stay out of the way at his foster parent's home, but he walks in his sleep. He is unable to keep the fact that he hears voices from his therapist. He attempts to go unnoticed at school and in the streets of the Exclave but attracts the attention of friends and bullies alike.
Naz is ordinary, or so he thinks. He harbors a secret of which he is unaware. A seemingly random act of gang violence propels Naz on a path that leads to discoveries about his supernatural abilities, abilities that will ultimately decide whether he lives or dies. Now he must navigate his turbulent surroundings and face the full force of the world around him. The only way he can survive is to discover the supernatural world within.
My Review of IA: Initiate - https://sprinkleofbooks.weebly.com/blog/spoiler-free-review-ia-initiate-by-john-darryl-winston
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21471358-ia?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Ia-John-Darryl-Winston/9781946006783?ref=grid-view&qid=1513962703757&sr=1-1
I Funny (I Funny #1) by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein
I think it was back in 2015, but I found I Funny and I Even Funnier in my local charity shop for 50p each so I picked them up. I read them later that year and I really enjoyed them, but I didn't realise how many books would be in the series. I think currently there's about 6 or so and there could be more coming, but I'm not sure. Though I enjoyed the first two books a lot and still own them, I don't think I'll get round to the rest of the series due to the same reasons as most of these books, but also because I don't have enough shelf space or desire to carry on at the minute. Maybe eventually I'll get round to it.
Synopsis: Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler on a mission: he wants to become the world's greatest standup comedian--even if he doesn't have a lot to laugh about these days. He's new in town and stuck living with his aunt, uncle, and their evil son Stevie, a bully who doesn't let Jamie's wheelchair stop him from messing with Jamie as much as possible. But Jamie doesn't let his situation get him down. When his Uncle Frankie mentions a contest called The Planet's Funniest Kid Comic, Jamie knows he has to enter. But are the judges only rewarding him out of pity because of his wheelchair, like Stevie suggests? Will Jamie ever share the secret of his troubled past instead of hiding behind his comedy act?
My review of I Funny (#1) - https://sprinkleofbooks.weebly.com/blog/spoiler-free-review-i-funny-1-by-james-patterson
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14781201-i-funny
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/I-Funny/9780316206921
The Princess Diaries (#1) by Meg Cabot
This was another one that I found at my local charity shop and I just had to pick it up. I did enjoy it, but I just haven't looked at the rest of the series yet. I know it's a long series (something like 10+ books?), but I would like to get to them eventually. I don't really want to have to pay full price for the rest of the series, so if I see them used I'll pick them up and give them a go, but until then the series will just stay unread.
Synopsis: She's just a New York City girl living with her artist mom…
NEWS FLASH: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that's why a limo meets her at the airport!)
DOWNER: Dad can't have any more kids. (So there's no heir to the throne.)
SHOCK OF THE CENTURY: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material.
THE WORST PART: Mia must take princess lessons from her dreaded grandmère, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne.
Well, her father can lecture her until he's royal–blue in the face about her princessly duty—no way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind.
But what's a girl to do when her name is PRINCESS AMELIA MIGNONETTE GRIMALDI THERMOPOLIS RENALDO?
My review of The Princess Diaries (#1) -https://sprinkleofbooks.weebly.com/blog/spoiler-free-review-the-princess-diaries-1-by-meg-cabot
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38980.The_Princess_Diaries?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Princess-Diaries/9780061479939
Time Traveller Danny and the Codebreaker (Time Travelling Kids #9) by Paul Morris
A couple years ago Paul Morris came to my local small bookshop and did a signing. I got my book signed and read it pretty much straight away. I haven't read any of the other books in the series, but I believe they can be read as standalones. I read this quite a long time ago and can't really remember too much so maybe a reread is needed. I don't have any interest in the series at the moment and probably won't read any of the other books in the series.
Synopsis: The heat is stifling, the noise a deafening chatter of clack-click-clacking and the smell a suffocating stench of oil, grease and hot machinery. And it all came from those two great slab-like machines standing in the middle of Hut No. 1 at Bletchley Park.
‘Meet ‘Victory’ and ‘Aggie’, they’re code-breaking machines! They help us do our thinking, so that we can go on breaking Germany’s Enigma codes’ shouts Professor Turing above the noise.
Danny suddenly realizes that what he is looking at is Turing’s now famous machine that gave birth to the modern computer!
Danny Higgins has been working secretly as an agent for SHARP, the Scientific History and Art Reclamation Programme, set up some time in the future by a scientifically advanced ‘humankind’ after the Dark Chaos when all historical records were lost and the future of civilization lay in the balance. Danny travels back in time for SHARP, not only to retrieve historical information, but also to track an enemy organisation called STRAP. In this mind bending world of new technology can Danny trust anyone?
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28800830-time-traveller-danny-and-the-codebreaker?from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Time-Traveller-Danny-and-the-Codebreaker-Paul-Morris/9780956757265
Am I Normal Yet? (The Spinster Club #1) by Holly Bourne
I've read the first two books in this series, Am I Normal Yet? and How Hard Can Love Be?, and absolutely loved them. I only recently got the third book, What's A Girl Gotta Do?, for my birthday and am really looking forward to finishing this series. I'm really hoping I love the third book just as much as the first two. If you haven't yet read this series, I'd really recommend it.
Synopsis: All Evie wants is to be normal. She’s almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the girl-who-went-crazy. She’s even going to parties and making friends. There’s only one thing left to tick off her list…
But relationships are messy – especially relationships with teenage guys. They can make any girl feel like they’re going mad. And if Evie can’t even tell her new friends Amber and Lottie the truth about herself, how will she cope when she falls in love?
My review of Am I Normal Yet? - https://sprinkleofbooks.weebly.com/blog/mini-reviews-recent-contemporary-reads
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23592235-am-i-normal-yet
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Am-I-Normal-Yet-/9781409590309
The Sin Eater's Daughter (#1) by Melinda Salisbury
A couple of months ago I finally got round to reading the second book in this series, The Sleeping Prince, after putting it off for so long. For my birthday I got the third book, The Scarecrow Queen, and hope to read it soon, but I don't know if that'll happen. This series has been amazing so far and I can't wait to see what will happen in The Scarecrow Queen, but it will probably make me cry so maybe I'll leave it for a while longer.
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she's engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn't a member of the court. She's the executioner. As the goddess-embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week, she's taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins? Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her touch, avoids her.
But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose playful smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he's able to look past Twylla's executioner robes and see the girl, not the goddess. Yet a treasonous romance is the least of Twylla's problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies-a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?
My review of The Sin Eater's Daughter (#1) - https://sprinkleofbooks.weebly.com/blog/spoiler-free-review-the-sin-eaters-daughter-by-melinda-salisbury
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21936988-the-sin-eater-s-daughter?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Sin-Eater-s-Daughter/9781407147635
The It-Girl (The It Girl #1) by Katy Birchall
I read the first two books during BooktubeAThon and absolutely loved them. I wanted to go straight into the third one, but I didn't own it and I still don't. I definitely do want to read it though, so I'll either buy it or order it in to my local library.
Synopsis: Everybody wants to be a famous It Girl. Don't they?
Anna Huntley's aims in life:
1) Must keep my two lovely new (and only) school friends by not doing anything in usual manner of socially inept dork and outcast.
2) Train Dog (my labrador) to high-five. This is probably the most ambitious life goal on this list.
3) Do not set the school's Deputy Queen Bee mean girl's hair on fire (again).
4) Work out whether 2) and 3) constitute being socially inept or outcastish.
5) Go to Africa and give out rice.
6) To hide in a cupboard FOR LIFE with Dog now Dad is engaged to one of the most famous actresses EVER, the paparazzi want to splash my face all over the papers and everyone in school (and The World) is soon to discover the level of my social ineptitude.
7) Is rice a bit done now? Maybe I can give out chocolate in Africa too. I do like chocolate. Must work out how to do it from the cupboard...
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23201793-the-it-girl?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/The-It-Girl--Team-Awkward/9781405278263
Super Awkward (Awkward #1) by Beth Garrod
This series shouldn't be on the list for much longer as I'm currently working my way through the second book, Truly Madly Awkward. I really loved the first book and so far the same goes for the sequel.
Synopsis: I, Bella Fisher, am absolutely WINNING at FAILING at life.
1. I once got my tongue stuck to a box of Calippos in a supermarket.
2. I accidentally called my geography teacher Mum. Twice. He wasn't impressed.
3. I'm a geek. And not in a geek-chic kind of way, but in a secretly-caring-about-failing-maths-and-science way.
4. I always fail maths and science.
So it figures that when I meet the FITTEST BOY IN THE WORLD, Zac, I'm doing solo star jumps. While dressed as a cereal box.
(NOTE TO SELF, fancy dress = HE-WILL-NEVER-EVER-FANCY-ME dress.)
Now I've got to somehow persuade Zac to come to prom with me while avoiding my evil ex and dealing with a secret so mega-awks I want to Ctrl-Z my brain... What could go wrong?
Oh yeah, that's right. Absolutely everything.
My review of Super Awkward (#1) - https://sprinkleofbooks.weebly.com/blog/spoiler-free-review-super-awkward-by-beth-garrod
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29554546-super-awkward?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Super-Awkward/9781407166407
The Clockwise Man (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #1) by Justin Richards
I got the whole series box set of this from my local charity shop either last year or the year before. The series is written by multiple different authors. So far, I've only read the first book, which ended up being one of my favourite reads of 2016, and the fourth book as I thought it was the second one. I'm hoping to read more of this series next year.
Synopsis: In 1920s London the Doctor and Rose find themselves caught up in the hunt for a mysterious murderer. But not everything is what it seems. Secrets lie behind locked doors and inhuman killers roam the streets.
Who is the Painted Lady and why is she so interested in the Doctor? How can a cat return from the dead? Can anyone be trusted to tell - or even to know - the truth?
With the faceless killers closings in, the Doctor and Rose must solve the mystery of the Clockwise Man before London itself is destroyed...
My review of The Clockwise Man (#1) - https://sprinkleofbooks.weebly.com/blog/spoiler-free-review-the-clockwise-man-doctor-who-1-by-justin-richards
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/678074.Doctor_Who?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Doctor-Who--The-Clockwise-Man/9781849905442
Hetty Feather (#1) by Jacqueline Wilson
I've read all of the books in the series apart from the most recent ones, Little Stars and Hetty Feather's Christmas. I've mentioned in some of my other posts that I am currently re-reading the series so I can go on to these two and tick this series off of my list.
Synopsis: London, 1876 and Hetty Feather is just a tiny baby when her mother leaves her at the Foundling Hospital. The Hospital cares for abandoned children - but Hetty must first live with a foster family until she is big enough to go to school.
Life in the countryside is hard but with her 'brothers' Jem and Gideon, she helps in the fields and plays imaginary games. Together they sneak off to visit the travelling circus and Hetty is mesmerised by the show, especially Madame Adeline and her performing horses.
But Hetty's happiness is threatened once more when she is returned to the Foundling Hospital. The new life of awful uniforms and terrible food is a struggle for her. But now she has the chance to find her real mother. Could she really be the wonderful Madame Adeline? Or will Hetty find the truth is even more surprising?
Jacqueline Wilson will surprise and delight old fans and new with this utterly original take on a historical novel. Set in Victorian times and featuring a brand new feisty heroine, Hetty Feather, this is a Tracy Beaker-esque tale that will thrill young readers. Warm, moving, funny and totally fascinating, it's the perfect gift for girls of eight and older.
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6435965-hetty-feather?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Hetty-Feather/9780440868354
The 5th Wave (#1) by Rick Yancey
I read the 5th Wave over two years ago now, but I never picked up the other two books in the series. Fun fact, the first post I ever wrote and posted on this blog was my review for The 5th Wave. I'm not sure whether I will continue as I really did love the first book, but I'm not sure whether I'm still as interested anymore.
Synopsis: After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
My review of The 5th Wave - https://sprinkleofbooks.weebly.com/blog/-spoiler-free-review-the-5th-wave-by-rick-yancey
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16101128-the-5th-wave?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/The-5th-Wave--Book-1-/9780141345833
Divergent (#1) by Veronica Roth
I wasn't sure whether I should include this or not as I've read the main trilogy, but haven't read the novella collection, Four. I don't own it and I did really want it at one point, but I don't really have any interest in it anymore.
Synopsis: In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13335037-divergent?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Divergent/9780007420421
Anyway, that was all of the physical unfinished series I have on my shelf that I could remember. This post turned out to be longer than I expected and I now have a list of books that I need to get to soon so I can take some series of this list. Let me know some of your unfinished series on your shelf.
BLOGMAS DAY 21: Bookish Birthday Haul!
For todays' post I'll be doing a mini bookish haul of what I got for my birthday! My birthday was back in October, but I forgot to do this post earlier. I got a few books for my birthday as well as some Funko POP!s, so I thought I'd show you today. I think I may have included these books in my last collective book haul, but I'll mention them again.
(Also a quick note to say that I'm not trying to brag in any way.)
Carry on reading!
Truly Madly Awkward (Awkward #2) by Beth Garrod
I read Super Awkward when it first came out, so I knew I needed to get my hands on Truly Madly Awkward when it came out. I'm currently reading and really enjoying it! I'll make sure to do a review when I've finished it.
Synopsis: Bella Fisher is back - and is cool, calm and collected as ever. So: NOT EVEN REMOTELY. Her fledgling relationship with Hot Adam seems to have stalled mid-flight (he isn't really speaking to her), her big sister Jo has gone off to university leaving Bella to deal with ditzy Mum on her own, something is up with her best-friend-dynamic with Tegan and Rachel and horror of horrors, horrendous ex-boyfriend Luke has an ACTUAL MODEL as his new girlfriend. Mum opens up a doggy ice cream parlour - Give a Dog a Cone - which Bella is forced to help out at on Saturdays. Yes, dressed up as a dog. For some light relief she enters a radio competition to secure a performance from hot band of the moment The Helicans at her school - but another contestant begins turning into her sabotaging nemesis. Throw in a suspicious new lodger and the world's most chaotic dog agility course and you've got another truly hilarious, truly relatable and truly madly awkward story!
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36156865-truly-madly-awkward?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Truly-Madly-Awkward/9781407166414
What's A Girl Gotta Do? (The Spinster Club #3) by Holly Bourne
I've read the first two books in this series and absolutely loved them, but when this one was released I didn't end up buying it. I kept putting it off as it was at a time when I was in a bad reading slump and I didn't want to buy more books if I wasn't really reading any. I've been really wanting to continue with this series for a couple of months, so I knew I had to add it to my birthday list.
Synopsis: HOW TO START A FEMINIST REVOLUTION:
1. Call out anything that is unfair on one gender
2. Don't call out the same thing twice (so you can sleep and breathe)
3. Always try to keep it funny
4. Don't let anything slide. Even when you start to break...
Lottie's determined to change the world with her #Vagilante vlog. Shame the trolls have other ideas...
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29740718-what-s-a-girl-gotta-do?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/What-s-a-Girl-Gotta-Do-/9781474915021
The Scarecrow Queen (#3) by Melinda Salisbury
Earlier this year I finally read The Sleeping Prince (#2) and I knew I needed to carry on with this series, so this was also on my birthday list and luckily I got it.
I'm hoping to read this soon, but who knows when that'll be.
Synopsis: The final battle is coming . . .
As the Sleeping Prince tightens his hold on Lormere and Tregellan, the net closes in on the ragged band of rebels trying desperately to defeat him. Twylla and Errin are separated, isolated, and running out of time. The final battle is coming, and Aurek will stop at nothing to keep the throne forever . . .
Explosive, rich and darkly addictive, this is the stunning conclusion to Mel Salisbury's internationally best-selling trilogy that began with The Sin Eater's Daughter.
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31291543-the-scarecrow-queen?from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Scarecrow-Queen/9781407147659
Illustrated Edition : Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (#3) by J.K. Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay
I love these illustrated editions and plan to collect them all. I think this one is really beautiful, especially the cover and I'm looking forward to sitting down and properly having a look through.
Synopsis: Picture the magic – discover J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world with glorious full-colour illustration by Jim Kay, winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal.
An extraordinary creative achievement by an extraordinary talent, Jim Kay’s inspired reimagining of J.K. Rowling’s classic series has captured a devoted following worldwide. This stunning new fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban brings more breathtaking scenes and unforgettable characters – including Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Professor Trelawney. With paint, pencil and pixels, Kay conjures the wizarding world as we have never seen it before. Fizzing with magic and brimming with humour, this full-colour edition will captivate fans and new readers alike as Harry, now in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, faces Dementors, death omens and – of course – danger.
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34107177-harry-potter-and-the-prisoner-of-azkaban
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Harry-Potter-and-the-Prisoner-of-Azkaban/9781408845660
Sirius Black Funko POP!
Sirius is one of my favourite characters from the series and I've wanted his Funko for ages. I'm really happy to have added him to my collection.
Forbidden Planet - https://www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/harry-potter-pop-vinyl-figure-sirius-black
Remus Lupin Funko POP!
Just like Sirius, Remus is another of my favourites and I was so excited when I saw he was in the new Harry Potter Funko wave. My collection is really growing, but this one is one of the best ones I think they've made.
Forbidden Planet - https://www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/harry-potter-pop-vinyl-figure-remus-lupin
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