Yesterday I made a post about some of my completed series and here I am with the follow up post. Click here to go to the first post. This post consists of all the series that I finished in 2014(which is actually quite a lot!) and this year as well.
So we’re near the end of September and I’m pretty sure that I won’t buy any more books this month so I’m here today bringing you my September book haul. I thought I didn’t get that many books this month but I ended up getting 9 physical books. I got two books that I won in a giveaway, I got 1 book for review and I bought 6(even though I told myself I’d only buy two).
The first book I technically received at the end of August but because I was on holiday, I didn’t actually open the package until September and that book was Tape by Steven Camden. I won this in a giveaway on twitter at the beginning of August but because it was being held by Harper360, I had to wait for them to send it from America but it finally came and I’m so excited to read it. It sounds odd yet amazing and I want to read it soon but I don’t know when I will be able to read it. So thank you to Harper360 for sending me this book. The other book that I won this month was Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. I opened the package and I spent about an hour trying to figure out where it came from but then I remembered that I had entered a giveaway for it a while ago and somehow I had won. I actually got this book on netgalley and I started reading it around June/July but I just couldn’t get through it. It wasn’t boring or anything, I just wasn’t in the mood for it. However now that I actually own the book, I might pick it up again soon since it is highly recommended.
The book I got for review this month was A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall. I got this from the lovely people over at YABirmingham, so thank you very much! I’ve already devoured this book and it was fabulous. It was so great and you guys should definitely go pick it up because it’s such a unique romance story. This is actually the first book to be published by SwoonReads which is an amazing website where you can read various manuscripts and vote on which ones you want to get published. You can also upload your manuscript onto the site and have it reviewed and maybe even considered to be published one day so you should all definitely go check their site out. I also wrote a review for A Little Something Different so if you want to read it, click here.
So earlier this month, I went to ASDA with my mum and of course, I had to go to the book section. While the book section is limited there, they do have a lot of very popular books at great prices. The first one I found was If I Stay by Gayle Forman. I’ve been looking for this book at a cheap price for such a long time because I absolutely adored the book. I also wanted the movie cover because the movie cover is beautiful so when I saw it in ASDA for ridiculously cheap, I had to buy it. While I was there I also saw The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. Now I own all of Cassandra Clare’s books and I did want to buy this book but I was a bit hesitant. However, when I saw it in ASDA for a relatively cheap price I decided to just go for it and buy it. Hopefully, I’ll read it soon and I’ll like it.
I then went shopping with my family later on in the month and I went out to buy one book and that was Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas. I got this on my kindle on the day it came out and I read it but I had to buy the physical book. I own the rest of the series and I just needed to get the third one. Heir of Fire was my favourite book out of one of my favourite series’ so of course I had to own it. It is also stunningly beautiful. The UK editions are stunning and I applaud the cover designers. If they ever re-do the covers, I may just have to hunt them down. Of course I didn’t end up coming home with just one book. I saw The Death Cure by James Dashner in WHSmith and while this wasn’t one of my favourite books, I had to buy it there and then because within the last year, they’ve re-done the UK covers for The Maze Runner trilogy and I had the first two in the original cover design but I was really struggling to find the last one in the same cover design. So when I saw it, I couldn’t pass it up because it might not be there ever again. The book was also on buy one get one for £1 so I had to buy another book, of course. I ended up picking up The Jewel by Amy Ewing because everyone is raving about this book and it sounds amazing. I’m hoping to read it sometime soon.
The final book I bought this month was The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey. I again downloaded this on my kindle the day of its release but I had to buy the physical book at the next available chance I had. While I didn’t love the book as much as I loved The Fifth Wave, it was still interesting so I did want to own my own copy of it.
That’s all the books I got this month and I think I won’t be getting as much in October. I’ll see you soon with another post.
It’s no secret that my love for romance has grown rapidly over the last year and now I just keep fangirling and squealing over the relationships in books. So I thought I’d do a post all about my top 10 fictional couples. This was a hard list to compile considering the fact that I ship so many characters, it’s just ridiculous. So if one of your favourite couples isn’t on here, I’m sorry. I should also just mention this will only include book couples and not couples from TV shows and movies because then that would just be too hard. But if you’re interested, here’s my top 10 fictional TV couples and I might do one based on movies but I’m not sure. Beware there may be spoilers for who ends up with who within these books but most of these are pretty obvious but spoilers for some, especially Shatter Me, The Selection, The Infernal Devices and other books with love triangles in them but I think in the other love triangles it was clear who would end up with who. When I first made this list it had 20 couples in it so first I have 10 honourable mentions but all I’m going to do is mention them and not go into why I ship them. By the way, there will be a lot of fangirling in this. Just saying.
Honourable Mentions(In no particular order):
Aleyx and Cara – Alienated
Erik and Talia – Talented
Adam and Mia – If I Stay
Noah and Mara – The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Dexter and Emma – One Day
Landon and Jamie – A Walk to Remember
Hazel and Augustus – The Fault in Our Stars
Peeta and Katniss – The Hunger Games
Ron and Hermione – Harry Potter
Anna and St Clair – Anna and the French Kiss:
Some of you may be shocked at the ones who are just honourable mentions and didn’t actually make the actual list and so am I! I was working it out and I was like woah, Peeta and Katniss didn’t make my top 10?! And Hazel and Augustus?! I can’t believe it myself. Don’t hate me too much for it.
Top Ten(This was so hard to order! I literally sat in front of the computer for almost half an hour debating where to put each couple):
10.Warner and Juliette – Shatter Me:
This was an unexpected couple that nobody saw coming. Honestly, during Shatter Me, did anyone predict this at all? Honestly, after reading Destroy Me, I was silently hoping this would happen but I didn’t think it would because of you know Adam Kent(the asshole he is). But then Chapter 62 happened, and everybody shipped Warnette. And don’t even get me talking about certain scenes in Ignite Me because we all know those were fabulous. If you’re reading this and you haven’t read past Shatter Me(you know who you are), I’m sorry for the spoilers but I did warn you in the introduction(I even put it in bold for you). Not my fault. But in all seriousness, Warnette is complete and utter perfection.
9. Maxon and America – The Selection:
I ship these two a lot which is odd because a lot of people get frustrated with them throughout the series. Ever since their first meeting, I knew that Aspen was just nobody anymore because Prince Maxon exists so of course she needs to be with him. I love Maxon so very much and his relationship with America is half of the reason why. He is so sweet and loving and just all types of romantic so of course I ship them so very much.
8.Eleanor and Park – Eleanor and Park:
I’m going to make this quick because if I keep thinking about this book, I will become so immensely sad and I don’t want that. Eleanor and Park are perfection. How can one not ship them? They make my little shipper heart so happy. Especially when Park had that whole passage about holding Eleanor’s hand. Their love is so sweet and innocent. I just can’t deal with their cuteness. Where’s my Park Sheridan? I could honestly write pages and pages about why Eleanor and Park have an absolutely stunning relationship and how they represent what young love should be like but I’m not going to bore you with that now. Maybe another time.
7.Simon and Isabelle – The Mortal Instruments:
Oh Sizzy. Ever since they first met, I was just like ‘I ship this and this needs to happen’. But things kept going wrong and my little shipper heart kept breaking into pieces(I’m going to say shipper hear a lot in this post, deal with it). But then City of Heavenly Fire happened and my heart just exploded with Sizzy feels. Sizzy are just so fabulous together and I need more of them. So Cassandra Clare, there better be one whole short story just on Simon and Isabelle as part of the Simon short story collection because I need more sizzy in my life.
6.Levi and Cath – Fangirl:
I couldn’t make a list and not include my favourite book right? Levi and Cath are the relationship that I want. He understands her and while he isn’t like her, he lets her be who she is and doesn’t interfere and try to change that about her but he still makes an all round better and happier person and I love that. They are just honestly so perfect and I don’t know what else to say about them. If you want to see how fabulous they are, read the book. Or if you’ve already read it, think about the reading out loud scene and the emergency dance party scene and tell me their relationship isn’t perfect.
5.Lola and Cricket – Lola and the Boy Next Door:
Lola and the Boy Next Door is the single book that I have re-read the most and that is simply for one reason; Cricket Bell. Any scene with Cricket in is complete and utter perfection. How can one not love Cricket Bell? He is so sweet and romantic. I mean the last few chapters with the dance show off perfectly how romantic he is. He came to her for the dance! He helped her get ready. He told her that story that made me want to melt inside. And he gave her the moon and the stars! Don’t even tell me that they aren’t perfect because then I may have to just shoot you.
4.Will and Tessa – The Infernal Devices:
Some people find it weird that even though I prefer Jem as a character, I ship Wessa over Jessa. Jem says some absolutely perfect lines to Tessa and his romantic side is utter perfection but I honestly believe that Will and Tessa are better suited to each other. They both read and honestly any scene they are both in is complete perfection. I ship them so much but I don’t even know why. I have no reasons for shipping them but I do.
3.Sydney and Adrian – Bloodlines:
IT’S SYDRIAN TIME!! I love Sydrian so much and I don’t understand how some people don’t ship them. Seriously, they are so perfect together. Seeing them in the Fiery Heart just made my little shipper heart but then the ending just broke it again. However, Silver Shadows Sydrian was utter perfection. They really showed how strong they are and how much they love each other because they kept trying to reach the other. And then when they finally found each other again, I couldn’t deal with their amazingness because honestly when Sydrian get together they are so badass and it’s just ridiculous how fabulous they are. I can’t deal with all this Sydrian because I ship them so much.
2.Percy and Annabeth – Percy Jackson:
I think Percabeth are such a typical couple that everyone ships them. You spend all of Percy Jackson and the Olympians waiting for them to get together and then when they finally do, you don’t get to see much of them together until you realise that there’s another series. Mark of Athena was fabulous for Percabeth but House of Hades was so perfect for Percabeth because we got to see so much of them together. We got to see how much they need each other but how they can still do things on their own. House of Hades Percabeth were just complete and utter perfection.
1.Finnick and Annie – The Hunger Games:
So my number one couple goes to Finnick and Annie. Honestly, if you’ve read Mockingjay, you probably fell in love with their relationship which of course led to your heart being ripped out repeatedly. Finnick and Annie were always my favourite couple ever since I first read the books. Catching Fire Finnick was so ridiculously in love with Annie and then when we finally met Annie and got to see them interact together, we all fell in love with Finnick and Annie’s relationship. How could we not? I can’t talk much about them without getting sad and depressed so I won’t say anymore.
Why did I insert these gifs? The pain is real.
So that’s it for my top 10 fictional couples with my 10 honourable mentions. This was interesting to make, despite me being either really emotional or really fangirly. I apologise.
Hey. I told you to look out for another post soon and here it is! It’s the end of June which means that I have an excuse to make a post. I made an April wrap up but I was so busy at the end of May with exams that I didn’t do a May wrap up but here I am doing a June wrap up. This month I read 14 books and I’m currently on my 15th book. Since I read quite a lot, I won’t be giving a summary and my opinion of them will be very short. Let’s get started.
The first book I finished this month was Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. I started this book back in April and I was so excited for it. I got about 60% through this book but it just became slightly boring and repetitive so I didn’t put it down until one night in June when I just decided that I was going to finish this book. I finished it all that night. I found the book really interesting because it combined two things I loved: Greek mythology and Beauty and The Beast. However, this book was missing something for me. I just couldn’t get into it or love it so I gave it 3 out of 5 stars. I did absolutely adore the ending though so it’s more like a 3.75 stars out of 5.
The second book I read this month was Never Ending by Martyn Bedford. I got this book for review from YABirmingham and I absolutely loved it. It wasn’t like what I normally read at all yet I got addicted. I would say a lot more but I wrote a whole review on it so click here to read about my whole opinion on the book. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars but it would be leaning more towards 5 stars. Let’s say 4.75 stars.
The next book I read this month was If I Stay by Gayle Forman. I didn’t write a review of this book because I didn’t find that there was much to write a review about. I loved it so much and I can’t wait for the movie. Mia was a great protagonist and I fell slightly in love with Adam. I gave this book 5 stars.
The next book I read was The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman. I got this book for review from Headline. This was my first Neil Gaiman novel but I don’t think it really counts as being fully exposed to his writing as it is a graphic novel. I did enjoy it but it was slightly weird. Click here to see my full review. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.
The next book I read this month was Boy21 by Matthew Quick. This was my second Matthew Quick novel and I got this from Headline for review. I did absolutely adore this book but not as much as Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. Click here to see my full review of this book. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars but it will be more like 4.5 stars.
The next book I read was Where She Went by Gayle Forman, the sequel to If I Stay. I also did not write a review for this book because I didn’t know what to write about. I did enjoy this less than If I Stay but I did still enjoy it. The reason I enjoyed it less was probably because of the way that Adam was presented. I did however love the ending so this bumped it up to a 4 out of 5 stars.
I then read the whole Talented saga by Sophie Davis which consists of Talented, Caged, Hunted, Captivated( A Novella) and Created. I read this series so quickly that they all melded into one slightly. I can’t remember what happened in each book individually because I read it so quickly. I loved this series and when I finished the last one, I felt very upset since it was all over. I loved Talia and Erik as characters, especially Erik. The plot was amazing and it kept me reading. It was very action-packed. The world was very unique. I did write a review of the first book, which the author sent me for review, so click here to see it. Even though I know the writing wasn’t the best, I still loved them so all of the books got 5 out of 5 stars from me.
I then read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I was going to write a review for this book but I just couldn’t write a non-spoilery review. During this book, I didn’t love it. It wasn’t the best thing I had ever read because it was really confusing. Some of the metaphors confused me so much. I thought something was actually happening when it wasn’t. The main character was also very dramatic. However, that ending was just so shocking. I sat there and just stared at the kindle for a while because I couldn’t believe I had just read that. I did end up really liking the book but it wasn’t the best so it got a 3.75 stars out of 5 for me.
The next book I read was definitely my favourite of the whole month and possibly the whole year and that was Solitaire by Alice Oseman. This book was honestly perfection. I got this for review from HarperCollins and I just fell in love with the book. I wrote a whole review in the form of a list with reasons for why you should read it, so click here to go read it. This was one of those books where I love it so much that it’s hard to write a review for it since I loved it so much. Of course this book got a big 5 out of 5 stars from me.
The final book I finished this month was Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman. I have yet to write a review for this book and I don’t think I will because I’m not sure how I feel about this book. It was interesting and it dealt with a lot of serious issues but I just didn’t enjoy it as a book. I did like so that’s why I gave it 3 out of 5 stars but I just found the writing style to be slightly boring. I did however give this book 3 stars because of the plot and the characters but it was the writing that stopped me from giving it anything higher.
Monthly wrap up:
Favourite book: Solitaire by Alice Oseman
Books at each star rating level:
1 star: 0 books
2 stars: 0 books
3 stars: 4 books
4 stars: 3 books
5 stars: 7 books
That’s all the books I finished this month. I’m currently reading Just One Day by Gayle Forman but I don’t think I’ll finish it by the end of the month. However, I need to finish it before Thursday because that’s when Landline is officially coming out so obviously I’m going to be reading that. I think I had a good reading month because I loved most of the books I read. I didn’t hate any of them which is always a good thing! I’ll see you soon with another post, hopefully with a review because I need to write more reviews.