This topic is so hard because as you probably already know, I have many favourite books! It was really hard to narrow it down to just 10 and I know that I’ll probably kick myself for not including a certain book but I got it down to 10 somehow.
It’s Valentine’s Day! The day of love is upon us so I thought I’d do a little something to celebrate it. I’ve asked a number of bloggers and authors what their favourite romances in YA books are so today I’m here to share them all with you. I love reading everyone’s entries and I got a lot of new book recommendations as well.
It’s the end of the year so obviously I will need to talk about my favourite books of 2014. I’m going to do a top 14 of 2014 because why not? As I am writing this, it is currently 16th December so I may end up reading more books and these could possibly become a favourite book of mine but hey I feel like doing this list now so I am going to. This list will go from 14 to 1 starting with my least favourite of the 14 books and finishing up with my favourite book of the year. Just know that I definitely recommend all these books and you should definitely go read them.
Hey! Today I’m going to review a book that was probably one of my most anticipated releases of the year and that is My True Love Love Gave To Me. Why was I so excited for this book? Well first off it’s a selection of 12 winter romances and if you know me at all, then you know that I am a sucker for romance stories. The main reason I was so excited for this book was because of the amazing authors involved in it. It is all edited by Stephanie Perkins, who I absolutely adore, and it includes stories by Rainbow Rowell(EEP!!!),Jenny Han, David Levithan, Gayle Forman. As well as this it included some authors who I’ve never read anything by but I have heard nothing but good things about and these are Laini Taylor, Kiersten White, Holly Black, Ally Carter. It also included some stories by some authors that I’ve never even heard of such as Matt De La Pena, Kelly Link and Myra McIntyre. So I think it’s fair to say that I had very high expectations going into this book and it did not disappoint! While I didn’t enjoy some of the stories that much, most of them were amazing and I loved them all. I have been trying to figure out how to structure this review for quite a while now and I’ve decided to do a mini review for each story and rate each one seperately. Let’s get started.
Midnights by Rainbow Rowell
The book started off with Rainbow Rowell’s story so I was immediately in love. Rainbow Rowell’s story was about two friends called Noel and Mags and it was structured in a similar way to One Day by David Nicholls. Every mini chapter was set on New Year’s Eve, exactly a year later. I honestly fell in love with this story. Rainbow Rowell has this thing where she can make you fall in love with characters really easily but I didn’t expect to fall in love with them so much in a short story. Noel was outgoing whereas Mags was somewhat shy and I loved the contrast between them. I am officially under the impression that everything Rainbow Rowell writes is pure gold. This was probably my favourite story in the whole book and I’ve already reread it about 3 times. Overall this story obviously got 5 out of 5 stars.
The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link
Well this one was slightly disappointing. First of all a little sidenote, I was under the impression that these would be 12 winter romances that were set in our world. However, this story had some supernatural element to it, I think. I finished this story almost a week ago and I’m still not quite sure what happened in it. I really didn’t understand it at all. The main protagonist, Miranda, wasn’t anything special. I didn’t really feel anything towards her. I didn’t like her but I didn’t dislike her. She was just there. And I felt similarly about the other characters. I think it might have been the writing but I’m not sure.I have never read any of her novels but I don’t think I will be. I just didn’t feel anything while reading it and that really disappointed me. I can’t give this story higher than 2 out of 5 stars but I feel really bad about it.
Angels in the Snow by Matt De La Pena
I really really liked this story. I have never even heard of this author so after the experience I had with the Lady and the Fox, I wasn’t expecting much but I loved it. The story follows Shy who is catsitting for his boss but Shy has a little bit of a money problem so he is therefore quite hungry. He then makes friends with the girl in the apartment above and they start to get to know each other. The reason I loved this story so much is because it was so real. Shy didn’t want to let on that he was starving and he tried so hard to hide it. I really did sympathise with Shy. I also really enjoyed Haley. She felt real as well because she wasn’t just some posh rich kid. The writing was great too so I would probably give this story a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han
This one I’m not quite sure how I felt. As a story, it was great and I loved reading about Natty and her experiences. However, as a romance story I felt it slightly lacked a little bit of the romance. The story follows Natty who is Santa’s adopted daughter and on one Christmas Eve, she goes with her dad to give out the presents and meets Lars in Sweden.Lars, the main love interest, was missing from the story and I felt as if it was a case of instalove because she knew nothing about him. I still really loved the story but I don’t think it filled the criteria of what I was expecting it to be. Due to the fact that I still really enjoyed the story, I will give it a 4 out of 5 stars but it would have probably been 5 out of 5 stars if there was more romance in it.
It’s A Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins
LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS STORY. Okay, this story along with Rainbow Rowell’s story were just utter perfection and they just made the book even more fabulous. This story follows Marigold who is convinced into buying a Christmas tree by North, a salesperson as the Christmas tree place but when they get to her apartment, there isn’t any space for the tree because there are boxes everywhere. So North helps her clean and sort out her apartment. I loved this one because both the characters were fabulous especially North. North was a perfect mix of Levi from Fangirl and Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door. If this was a fullblown novel, I honestly think North would end up being near the top of my fictional crushes list. I loved how he helped her and she still took a while to realise that he liked her. Ahh this story was perfect and this of course got 5 out of 5 stars.
Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan
I really enjoyed this story because it was a nice break to the others. First of all, this story was about a gay couple so it was different to read about that. Also this book isn’t about falling in love but it is just about being in love. The couple in this story are already together but the main guy is dressing up as Santa as his boyfriend asked him too in order to please his younger sister. and it makes you realise how much he loves him. In fact, the other half of the couple doesn’t appear until the end. I loved learning about their relationship and about how much he loved him. The older sister was just really annoying in this story but I can get over that. I would actually probably give this story a 5 out of 5 stars.
Krampuslauf by Holly Black
This was one that I didn’t particularly like as much. It started off really promising and I did end up liking it but the end and the romance disappointed me. I feel like it’s better to not know what it’s about.The main character was nice and I liked her but I didn’t particularly like the romance or the magical aspect of it. However, the writing was great and I understand why most people love Holly Black as an author. Due to the fact that I loved the writing and I enjoyed the main character, I gave it a 3.5 out of 5 stars and I will definitely be picking up more of her books.
What The Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman
This story was interesting but the one thing I didn’t enjoy about it was the focus on the race of the main love interest. The main character would constantly think about the fact that he was black but I don’t understand why she was so obsessed with it considering the fact that she didn’t grow up in an area that is racist or where there is a lack of black people. However, the romance felt realistic and beside from that one flaw, Sophie was a great protagonist and I loved to see their one night of exploring. I feel like their romance was how you correctly do a romance short story so I gave it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McIntyre
I really loved this one because it reminded me a lot of A Walk to Remember which is one of my favourite movies of all time. The main guy is a troublemaker who is forced to do community service after he does something stupid and the main girl is the reverend’s daughter. I loved reading about why he causes trouble and also about why she is the way she is. I thought this story felt real and I felt really invested with the characters despite it being a short story. I would probably give this a 5 out of 5 stars for a short story.
Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White
I really enjoyed this one too because I felt as if the main character was real because the story doesn’t mainly focus on the romance but also on her and her growth.This story was about a called called Maria who works at a diner and then a new chef comes along. There were quite a few issues in this story that were dealt with nicely and of course the romance was amazing. Ben’s knowledge of food and his ability to know what people want to eat without asking them was so great and I wish I had it. However, I didn’t like the way it ended. I felt like it was a bit of a cop out ending.I would also probably give this one a 4 out of 5 stars.
Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter
This story would have been so great if it wasn’t labelled as a romance story. While there was a romance and it was somewhat cute, I cared a lot more about her relationship with his aunt. This story followed a girl called Lydia who swapped airplane tickets with someone who wanted to go to New York and ended up staying with that girl’s “boyfriend’s family. She moves in with his aunt for the holidays and it was interesting to see her get close to the family and realise what being part of a family feels like. I would probably give this story a 4 out of 5 stars.
The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
I didn’t like this one at all and that made me sad. It wasn’t set in modern day and it again had a paranormal/supernatural aspect to it and I just didn’t enjoy it. I was confused as to what was happening and I found the characters to be bland. They didn’t develop much in my opinion and I felt as if the romance was a bit odd. However one thing I did enjoy was the writing because it was beautiful. I know understand why everyone loves Laini Taylor’s writing and I shall definitely be picking up the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series at one point. I would probably give this story 3 out of 5 stars but that is purely based on the writing.
Despite the fact that when you do an average of all the ratings it adds up to 3.75, I had to give this book 5 out of 5 stars because the stories I loved, I really loved so they would be more than 5 stars if I could. I highly recommend this story especially if you like romances. Thank you for reading.
So today I thought I’d post my July book haul since it is the end of the month! It’s a very small one compared to others because I only got 12 books.This month I bought 5 books on my own, received 4 for review and my mother bought me 3 as well. Let’s just get started.
The first book I got at the start of this month is Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I, of course, pre-ordered this book from Amazon expecting it to arrive days after the release but it arrived on the day which I was incredibly happy about! I have of course read this book and have reviewed it, so click here if you are interested in reading it. If we carry on that trend, the next two books I got were also by Rainbow Rowell and they were the special UK editions of Fangirl and Eleanor and Park. My mother bought me these and I was so happy when I got them. The UK special edition of Fangirl is probably the most beautiful book I have ever seen before in my life. I love it so much. I now own two copies of both of these books but I don’t mind because I love them both so dearly.
I only got two books via Bookbridgr this month. I’ve requested 5 this month yet only this two has arrived. Hopefully, the others should be arriving soon. The one I got was The Book Of Life by Deborah Harkness, which is the final book in the All Souls trilogy. As soon as I requested this one I regretted it because I haven’t read the first two in the trilogy and while they seemed interesting at first, they have become less interesting over time. However, I have got the other two on my kindle so I shall hopefully be reading this trilogy at one point! I did however feel really bad after requesting it and I wish there was some way that I could have cancelled my request. The other book I got was Conquest by Jennifer Ridyard and John Connolly. I had never heard of this book before seeing it but after reading the synopsis I got hooked. I shall definitely be reading this soon. This book doesn’t come out until late August so hopefully I shall read it before it’s release.
I got three books from the Works from when I went shopping earlier this week. If you are unaware about what the Works is, it is this UK based store that sells a whole range of things at ridiculously low prices. The books are always 3 for £5 or £1.99 each which is ridiculously cheap. Usually they don’t have a good range, but they get new stock every few weeks and they sometimes have some good books. However, if you see a book in the Works, it is recommended you buy it there and then because once they sell out of that particular book, they don’t restock it. I learnt that the hard way with the Delirium trilogy! However this month I got The 100 by Kass Morgan. The TV series recently started in the UK and there has been a lot of buzz about it recently. I really want to watch the TV series but I feel like reading the book first especially since it is a stand alone and it probably won’t take me that long to read. I also got A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I have been wanting to read more classics and the Works have a whole classics section with matching covers so I thought I’d buy one of those. I chose this one particularly because this book is talked about quite often in YA novels and I never know what they are talking about so I wanted to read it. The final book I got that day was a bind up of The Hound of the Baskervilles and the Valley of Fear both by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I got this because next year for my English GCSE, we have to read The Hound of the Baskervilles but I thought I’d get a headstart and start reading it this summer.
Yesterday while at Waterstones, I decided to buy two books that I’ve wanted for a while. I finally bought a physical copy of Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. This is one of my favourite books so of course I’ve been dying to get a physical copy. I was also planning on buying a physical copy of Anna and the French Kiss but they didn’t have any. Hopefully when I buy Isla, I shall also buy a copy of Anna as well so that I can own the whole series. I then bought the Clockwork Princess Manga. I own the other two in Manga form and I have read them and loved them so I can’t wait to dive into this one. However I am not looking forward to reading certain scenes and actually seeing them as well.
So that’s all the physical books I got this month. As always, I got many books on my kindle but again that list would be too long to share with you and it would make me feel guilty for getting so many! See you soon with another post.
So another month has come and gone which means it’s wrap up time! I did well this month because I reviewed quite a lot of the books I read! I did however read a few short stories and novellas that are online for everyone to see so I have some I haven’t reviewed. I won’t be saying too much about the books I read this month because most of them have reviews or are short stories but I thought I’d do a reading wrap up anyway. I didn’t read as many books this month as I did in June because I’m feeling slumpish at the moment. However I still thought I’d do one anyway because I feel like blogging.
The first book I finished this month was Landline by Rainbow Rowell. This book came out on the third in the UK and of course, I had pre-ordered the book expecting to arrive over the weekend but it came on the day! I finished it 2 days later and of course I absolutely loved it. I did a review on it so click here if you want to read it. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars and I definitely recommend it if you like Rainbow Rowell.
The next day I read On the Fence by Kasie West in one sitting. I loved this book because it was just a nice simple contemporary. It was fun and light hearted just as I expected. I also did a whole review based on this book so click here if you want to read it. I ended up giving this book 4 out of 5 stars and I recommend it as a fun light hearted read.
Next up I finally finished Just One Day by Gayle Forman. I started this book in June but never finished it because I found it so incredibly boring. I really did not enjoy this book because it was not at all what I expected. Instead of being a fun romance, it turned out to be a self discovery book and I really didn’t enjoy it even though I had expected to. I love If I Stay by Gayle Forman so I’m incredibly disappointed in it. I gave this book 2 out of 5 stars unfortunately.
For some reason I decided to read Just One Night by Gayle Forman next which again took days for me to read despite it being a novella. I again found this incredibly boring and didn’t enjoy it at all. This again got a 2 out of 5 stars from me.
I then read Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis which I got from the lovely people at YABirmingham so thank you very much. I really enjoyed this book because it was a fast paced dystopian read which I loved. I wrote a whole review on this book so click here to go see it. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars and I recently got my hands on the sequel so I shall be reading that very soon.
The next book I read was A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer which is the third book in the Land of Stories series. I absolutely adored this book. It was definitely my favourite out of the series so far. If you haven’t picked up this series yet, I strongly recommend you do. I wrote a whole review on this book so click here to go read this review. I, of course, gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.
I then read Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally which was the fifth book in the Hundred Oaks series. I really loved this installment and this book was definitely my favourite of the books so far. I strongly recommend this series as a nice fun contemporary series. I again wrote a whole review on this book so click here to go read it. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.
I then went on a short story binge and read all these free short stories online from some of my favourite series. I first read The Meeting by Richelle Mead. I didn’t enjoy this much and that was probably because I don’t particularly like Dimitri. I ended up giving this book 2 out of 5 stars. I then read Adrian’s Lost Chapter by Richelle Mead. I loved this book because Adrian is one of my favourite characters so I of course loved reading from his perspective. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I then read Homecoming by Richelle Mead, another short story about Dimitri. This one I enjoyed slightly more but again didn’t like that much. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.
I then read the two Throne of Glass short stories which I absolutely loved. The first one I read was the Assassin and the Princess which I absolutely adored and then I read The Assassin and the Captain which I also loved. I love these stories and I can’t wait for Heir of Fire. I gave both of these stories 5 out of 5 stars.
The last short story I read was Vulcans Are Hot by Stephanie Perkins. I absolutely loved this one because it was so amazing and funny. I, of course, gave this one 5 out of 5 stars.
The last book I read this month wasBiggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols. This was another cute contemporary which I flew through. I read it so quickly that I honestly don’t remember much of it so I won’t be writing a review of it. However I loved the main girl because she was different and unique. Will, the love interest, was alright but I didn’t fall in love with him. I’m excited for the rest of the books in this new series by her because I think they will just be nice and fun. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Monthly wrap up:
Favourite book: Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Books at each star level:
1 star: 0 books
2 stars: 3 books
3 stars: 1 book
4 stars: 5 books
5 stars: 5 books
That’s all the books I read this month. It was an up and down month and I wish I had read more but I don’t mind reading less. I’ve been doing other things this month. Hopefully in August I shall read more.
Hey! So Landline came out in the UK on Thursday and I was told that I’d have to wait until next week for Amazon to deliver it but it came! On the day as well! I, of course, wanted to read it on the day but alas I was busy but I ended up reading most of it yesterday and finishing all of it today and I’m in love with it. If you don’t know what Landline is, it is Rainbow Rowell’s new adult book so of course I was excited because Rainbow Rowell! Here’s the synopsis of it if you haven’t heard of it:
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.
Maybe that was always besides the point.
Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.
When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.
That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .
Is that what she’s supposed to do?
Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?
Now if you’re interested in listening to the audiobook rather than reading the book, here is a chapter samplar for you courtesy of Macmillan Audio. Thank you very much for this audio sample.
This book was absolutely fabulous and I, of course, gave it 5 out of 5 stars. If you haven’t read it, I strongly suggest you do. And if you haven’t read a Rainbow Rowell novel, what are you doing with your life? I’m not sure where this goes on my ranking of Rainbow Rowell novels but it’s definitely below Fangirl and Eleanor and Park but I’m not sure if I prefer Landline or Attachments. At the moment, I prefer Landline but I think that’s because I just finished it. Now I’m going to jump into my spoilery review so if you haven’t read it, go read it and then come back.
Hey. Today, I just felt like blogging but I was lost for what to blog about. I then remembered that it’s the end of the month so I could do a mini June book haul. Let’s get started.
This month I got 11 books, only 3 of which I bought (actually that’s a lie. I bought none of them. My mother bought me 3 and the rest I got for free). The first book I bought was Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. I have of course already read this book. I read this back in November and I loved it obviously. But since Rainbow Rowell is coming to Birmingham and I’m going to her signing, I thought I should actually buy a physical copy of Attachments so I can get it signed.
The second book I bought was Double Cross by Malorie Blackman. I haven’t started the Noughts and Crosses series but I now own the first and final book in this series. I want to own them all and then marathon them. Plus I found this book at a sale for only 50p for a hardback! The third book I bought, which I also got for 50p at the same sale, was The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I have seen the movie of this and it almost made me cry so of course I want to read the book.
The next 5 books I recieved from YABirmingham for various reasons. These guys are just the best so check them out. The first 3 books I recieved because at their John Green Fan Party, my raffle tickets got picked out 3 times but I had already got the prizes because I had won the quiz. They then let me choose three books from their cupboard to make up for it. The first one I picked up was Popular by Maya Van Wagenen. After watching Christine’s video, I had been intrigued by this book so of course I picked it up. I then picked up Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I had heard of this book previously and the synopsis intrigued me so I picked it up. The final book I picked up was Shattered by Teri Terry. This is the final book in a trilogy in which I haven’t even read the first book but it sounded interesting. The next book I got because it was in the goody bag at their party and that book is Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. I have yet to read this book but I will. The final book I got from them was Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman. I won this book in a giveaway that they held and it’s signed! I just finished this book and it was weird yet good. I’m not sure how I feel about it.
I did get loads of books on my kindle but I’m not including those because it will make me feel bad for buying so many for my kindle. Thank you for reading and since I’m in a blogging mood, stay tuned for possibly another post later this week.
Hey! I haven’t posted a book related thing in a while(well it seems that way to me) so I thought I’d do the Top 10 Influential Books Tag. This is a tag that has been going around the booktube for a while and it looked interesting. In the original version, you aren’t meant to explain why these books are influential to you but I thought I’d give you a brief explanation. These are in no particular order.
This book was the one that really sparked my interest in books. This is a short book and every chapter is a poem and honestly if I read it now, it would take me about half an hour but I loved it so much. It made me see friendships in a different light and it affected me so much because without it, I probably wouldn’t have seen how important friendship is.
I think most readers my age would include this on their list because it was the series of our generation. Honestly without this series, I wouldn’t have been friends with any of my main friends now and I wouldn’t have started reading again properly. I have a lot to thank to J.K. Rowling and this series but I won’t bore you with those now.
Even thought Harry Potter got me back into reading, The Hunger Games got me into YA books and without YA, I don’t know what my life would be like. This series was the first series I read quickly. I read the whole first book in one night and I will always remember how much I loved this series the first time.
Even though the Hunger Games got me into reading YA, it lead me onto Divergent which was another series I devoured quickly. This series has so many morals in it and this is the series that got me into obsessively reading and I will always be eternally grateful.
This series is the series that got me into watching Booktube videos and which then lead me on to creating this blog. I must admit, it’s not the best series out there but I love it and it’s again another series I devoured quickly.
This is my favourite series of all time. I could again make a whole other post about this series and I might in the future. The amount of morals in this series is crazy. This is the first series that I extremely fangirled over and it lead me to where I am now. I can’t thank this series enough for what it has done to me.
Everyone who has read this book will know how influential this book is. This taught me so much about love and friendship and just life in general. In fact my friend wrote a blog post about The Fault In Our Stars and about why she loved it and I agree with everything she said, so click here to read it.
Honestly I talk about this book so much. If you want to know more about why I love this book, click here to go see my review of it. Mainly this book taught me that it is okay to be who I am because there will always be people there who will love me no matter what.
As well as TFIOS, this book also taught me about love and also about how hard life can get. Even though life can get hard, there will always be someone there to help you and they can make all the difference in the world.
This is another book that taught me about how hard life can get and that having people there can make a huge difference. Honestly, this book changed my opinion about so much. I can’t even explain how much I love this book.
The explanations are very brief because it’s hard to explain why a book changes you. I love reading and I think these books are the reason why I am who I am today. I tag Priya to do this tag.
People always see me reading books around school and a lot of people don’t know me that well, so to start a conversation they usually ask me what my favourite book is. In the past, I have never been able to answer it properly because I’ve never had a definite favourite, I love so many books and it’s hard to just choose one. Also this person would also judge me based on the book I say, so I always chose carefully. But ever since last September, the answer to this question was clear. Fangirl is my favourite book. Then of course, a lot of people who I talk to have never heard of the book so they ask why I like it so much. I still do not know how to answer this question, because there are many reasons as to why I love this book. I recently discovered that my goodreads review isn’t exactly great because I didn’t know what to write. So this is my first proper review as to why I love this book. I’ll try to make it as non-spoilery as possible but just to make sure only read on if you have read the book.