My Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2016


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Oh this is going to such a hard one. How do you choose ten anticipated releases? So many interesting books are coming out this year. 2016 is going to be a great reading year!

I just realized that all these books are fantasy and science fiction. I’ll have to try to incorporate some contemporary 🙂

1. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard — January 5, 2016

So much hype about this in the booktube world! A book based mostly on friendship? Yes.

2. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken — January 5, 2016

I haven’t read The Darkest Minds but this book sounds really good. Time travelling isn’t a very popular topic in YA.

3. Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan — January 19, 2016

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This debut novel sounds really good. And it’s a standalone. I have many series to finish to this seems like a good fantasy alternative.

4. Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers — February 2, 2016

Yes! More assassin books. Throne of Glass vibes.

5. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab — February 23, 2016

A Darker Shade of Magic was so good! This book is desperately needed.

6. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare — March 8, 2016

The Mortal Instruments series and The Infernal Devices trilogy are one of my most favourite books, so naturally this book had to make the list. Can I request Tessa and Jem in this? I am all #TeamWill but Jem is awesome too 🙂

7. The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski — March 29, 2016

The Winner’s Crime’s ending ruined me. Marie Rutkoski has broken my heart and hurt it so much with just a few words. I need more Arin + Kestrel! Just three more months to go.

8. Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima — April 19, 2016

I’m currently reading The Demon King, and I’ve heard such great things about both her Heir series and the Seven Realms series. I expect this to be just as good!

9. The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh — May 3, 2016

Am I the only one who doesn’t like this cover? I can’t wait to see more of Shazi in this one.

10. The Last Star by Rick Yancey — May 24, 2016

This comes one day after my birthday on May 23. That’s a type of sign, right? This book is going to be amazing, just like the The 5th Wave and The Infinite Sea.

 

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Ten Authors Who Amazed Me in 2015


 

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I read so many great books this year, so picking just a few authors to make this list is going to be a little bit of a difficult task. I read more than 50 book this year (for the first time in forever!) and I finally have an awesome list to choose from for my Top Ten.

This list is in the order from the books I read earlier in the year, with the books I read more recently in the end. All of these authors just won my heart! Ah, bless my bookish soul 😉

1. Marie Rutkoski

Winner’s Curse, one of the first books I read this year, was just great. The summary on the back doesn’t give away much, but this book is so good! Arin and Kestrel’s romance is bittersweet and it’s so different from other books that it quickly become one of my best reads this year.

2. V.E. Schwab

The book that drew me in was A Darker Shade of Magic, and it got me hooked from the first page. The history and fantasy elements are blended together so nicely and the writing style is just fantastic. I hope I can get to read The Archived or Vicious next year—I’ve seen even better reviews for them than ADSoM!

3. Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys didn’t start out as spectacular as it later became. It was a bit confusing at first, but the book is like a woven lattice: there are so many layers of information and depth in the plot! I really need to finish The Dream Thieves, though, before I can talk more about the amazing-ness of Maggie Stiefvater.

4. Sophie Kinsella

I’m so glad Sophie Kinsella decided to write young adult novels as well. Finding Audrey was such a hilarious and fun book. I’d read anything she writes, if only for the sheer fun of it 😉

5. Marissa Meyer

I read four of Marissa Meyer’s books this year, so she had to make this list of course. I don’t know why I waited so long to pick up Cinder—it was awesome, and Scarlet and Cress kept getting better. Fairest didn’t make it for me, but I was definitely amazed by this author.

6. Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn.. need I say more? Khalid and Shazi’s relationship is so beautiful and her witty personality is really enjoyable. It’s not everyday you see a woman who can stun even the king with her words and yes, obstinacy!

7. Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes was even better than the hype suggested. Elias, Laia and Helene were all my favorite and I didn’t know who to root for. I need A Torch Against the Night so badly!

8. Sara Raasch

Snow Like Ashes was so amazing! Prince Theron is just lovely and I really liked Meira’s spirit and how her determination kept her going. Ice Like Fire needs to live up to my expectations!

9. Leigh Bardugo

The Grisha trilogy was so much better than I expected, and although the last book wasn’t as good as the first two, the characters made up for it and I loved the ending. I can’t wait to read Six of Crows!

10. Sarah J. Maas

I’m still reading Throne of Glass (about 75% through!) but I couldn’t not include her on this list. She’s given me TWO guys to fangirl about! My poor heart, I can’t even choose between Chaol or Dorian.. Throne of Glass is soon becoming one of my favorites.

I’ve run out of adjectives now. There are so many more authors that deserve to be on this list too, and wowed me with their writing and stories: Jennifer Niven, Morgan Matson and Susan Ee are just a couple of others.

Which authors made your top ten list? Did you guys all have a good reading year?

 

Top Ten Characters Who Love Books as Much as We Do


So it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday. I haven’t done one for a few weeks, and this one definitely stirred something, so enjoy! In no particular order, as always:

1. Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

 

He can recite quotes and lines from books by heart and likes reading. Will is just awesome in all ways, don’t we all agree?

2. Tessa Gray from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

    

Is it a coincidence both of them like each other?

3. Jess Brightwell from Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

    

Jess is training to be a scholar and he must protect books. But in a world where personal possession of books is illegal, Jess “has ink in his bones” and can’t stop himself from reading. I don’t actually know who could play Jess, but this guy seems a close guess. (Haha, that rhymed 🙂 )

4. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling

    

I don’t know if Hermione actually reads YA or something like that, but she’s definitely at the top of the class. Textbook reading counts, right?

5. Cath Avery from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

    

She writes fanfiction of a story very similar to Harry Potter. If she isn’t a book nerd, I don’t know who is.

6. Katy Swartz from Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

   

Katy is a book blogger, and so are we! Yep, let’s just post the cover picture as Katy, because. how. convenient. Seriously, some book covers, though.

7. Matilda Wormwood from Matilda by Roald Dahl

   

Along with Hermione, you just know this was bound to happen. Just look at the cover if you don’t believe me. This book is about a girl who starts reading at a very young age. And she can move things without touching them! Telekinesis at work is pretty amazing, I tell you.

8. Annabeth Chase from Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

   

I remembered this one when I looked at Alina’s post over at Radiant Reads. I’d forgotten that the daughter of Athena would obviously be a book nerd, and she is!

I’m going to leave this at 8, because I can’t think of any more and I’m pretty sure all of these are already mentioned by every single blogger, but there you go 🙂  Are there any more guy book lovers? Because I think the male population here is pretty low!

Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read


This is the perfect Top Ten for me. There are so many hyped-up books I’ve never read. Why? Because I only started reading about two years ago 🙂 I have managed to finish the daunting task of finishing some famous series and trilogies that have been driving people crazy, but here are some others that I haven’t picked up yet.

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Oh, don’t even get me started on this one. For the past few weeks, no, months, this has been threatening me. I have to, I have to read it.

2. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Mass

It feels like everybody has read it! Sarah J Maas has a huge number of fans!

3. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I’m not so ashamed about this one as I’m going to be reading this sometime soon 🙂

4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

5. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I’m halfway through this, please don’t kill me!

6. Looking for Alaska by John Green

I’ve read TFIOS and watched the movie. Isn’t that enough?!

7. Vicious by V.E.Schwab

8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

9. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

I’ve been stuck on the last few pages of Insurgent for about a year and a half now. And I’ve spoiled, so maybe this is not on the charts.

10. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Hmm, judging by this huge list, maybe I should get off the computer. Or I could stay for just a few more minutes 😉

~ Parneet

Top Ten Tuesday #3: Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR List


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Top Ten Tuesday is a book-blogger meme that is created and hosted by the ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. There are top ten lists for every Tuesday, that we bloggers fill our ideas and opinions with.

Have you ever thought, even once, how hard the life of a book lover is? Trying to decide between book boyfriends when playing Book MASH, picking favourites from endless 5-star books, and now, choosing ten books for a TBR list? Oh, the struggles… *cringes*

Well, here goes, in no order:

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)Miss Mayhem (Rebel Belle, #2)The Selection (The Selection, #1)Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2)To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

Eleanor & ParkA Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

There are so many more that I’d like to add, but sadly, I’ll have to stop myself right here. *lists off the remaining 1, 000, 000 TBR books in head*

Are any of these on your to-be-read list? (Don’t try to hide; I know that at least a half dozen of you have at least a half dozen of these books on your list.)

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Top Ten Tuesday #2: Top Ten All Time Fave Books


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Top Ten Tuesday is a book-blogger meme that is created and hosted by the ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. There are top ten lists for every Tuesday, that we bloggers fill our ideas and opinions with.

I can just tell from the title this is going to be a hard one. How are you supposed to choose ten? Just ten? I don’t even know how to do this, so I’ll just be listing the ones that make their way into my mind first.

Here goes, with no particular order:

1. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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4. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (and the rest of the trilogy)

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5. Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck (and the rest of the series)

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6. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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7. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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8. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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9. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

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10. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Are any of these books your favourites, too? Let me know below if you have any favourites that I haven’t mentioned, or not yet read! I might add those to my ever-growing TBR pile!

Ten Book-Related Problems I Have: Top Ten Tuesday #1


Top Ten Tuesday is a book-blogger meme that is created and hosted by the ladies at The Brooke and the Bookish. There are top ten lists for every Tuesday, that we bloggers fill our ideas and opinions with.

1.   Reading a book, and then “accidentally” starting a new one
This is the most common book problem, I think. So many times I have picked up a book, flipped to the first page, and started reading it, even though I have five to six other books in my “currently-reading” shelf. Not the worst reader problem, but definitely an addictive one.

2.   Reading a book and realizing the sequel isn’t out yet
Now this is what makes me so scared of books in series and trilogies. I’m preferring stand-alones at the moment, thank you very much. You read the first book, and it ends on a cliffhanger. You proceed to read the sequel, right then and there, and realize that there is no second book. Yet. And the publishing date? 2099.

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3. Reading a sequel and realizing you have no idea what’s going on
A lot of the sequels on my TBR shelf are there because I forgot what happened in the first book. I read Divergent, but never got around to reading Insurgent. Now, when I want to, I have to re-read the first one because other than the fact that Tris is in Dauntless, I know nothing. I’ll have way to many re-reads on my cards if I don’t marathon the series.

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4. Not being able to buy EVERY single book on your TBR pile
I can’t choose—I need all the books. Well, mostly the ones with the pretty covers. Call me crazy, call me judgmental, but that’s how I roll. Pretty covers entice my reading interest. Also, there are way too many books on my TBR pile to be affordable. What do you think I’d do with a couple thousand extra dollars? (well, first I’d travel the world, and then buy the books :P)

5. Coming back home with too many books
For all you library-goers—you’ll understand this. Each trip to the library/bookstore, I come home with 2x or even 3x as many books as I’d planned on getting. And obviously, having no time to read all those books is a huge problem.

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6. Still being in a “faze” weeks after reading a book
We Were Liars really got this problem going. I couldn’t focus on anything, much less any other book, for a long time after reading it. My mind still couldn’t process what had happened, and I struggled to get a hold of things. A lot of the best books come with this problem feature, and that’s what I like about them, despite the fact that they slow down my reading goals.

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7. Not being able to read fast enough
I’ve tried and tried, but I can’t seem to read faster than a page a minute. Some readers claim that it’s not slow, but to me it seems like, “Is Everyone Reading Faster than Me?” by Mindy Kaling Parneet. This also links up with having not enough time to read, because in the end, that is a big problem.

8. Disturbances while reading (especially from loved ones)
Can I say “Don’t Disturb”? This problem is caused by that one person, quite possibly a family member, that won’t stop nagging you, poking you, making noises and always doing something. I’ve tried everything—locking myself up, putting on earmuffs, even duct-taping this “interrupting cow’s” mouth.

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9. Eating/drinking while reading, and facing the crisis
I cannot count on my fingers, or on my toes, how many times I’ve felt hungry while reading and grabbed a few snacks. And then the unthinkable happens and those nasty crumbs wedge themselves into the binding and stains threaten to make the book bloody.

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10. “Accidentally” flipping to other pages and getting spoiled
Every. Single. Time. It’s a temptation, forbidden by god of books, but still, you cannot resist turning the page.” Just one look,” you say. “I won’t even be able to see anything.”

Then, you see something. One word. A few words. You read a sentence.

And then . . .

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**This was my first go at this bookish meme. How do you guys like it?

~Parneet, The Enchanted Book