Hyped Book Recommendations!

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with some recommendation of books I think are totally worth the hype! I know that usually when we hear about hyped books they are either too good to be true or they are overhyped so today I thought I’d talk about some of the hyped books I’ve read, but in a more positive light.

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Invictus Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy Caraval (Caraval, #1) Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1) Eating Animals Gone Girl

INVICTUS

I haven’t read that many time travel books but the ones I have read haven’t really done the whole time travel thing properly. As in, they’ve said, hey we’re time travellers but then they haven’t actually time travelled or anything.

But, in Invictus, the characters ACTUALLY DO THE THING THEY’RE TELLING US THEY’RE DOING and it’s great and I appreciate it. Also, I just really enjoy this novel in general.

LUMBERJANES

Lumberjanes is a fun adventure graphic novel series with LGBTQIA characters, amazing artwork and all the girl power. I know I recommend this a lot, but it’s for a reason, this series really is worth the read.

CARAVAL

A circus mystery is always fun, especially when it involves magic and plot twists. This is why you should read Caraval. Also, the imagery and the writing that the author uses makes the novel SOO much better. The plot is A+ and the writing is fantastic, I definitely recommend this one.

STALKING JACK THE RIPPER

This novel has brilliant writing, a wonderful main character, girl power (in a time when women were pushed to the side) and romance that doesn’t take over the plot (in fact it’s not even a side plot, it’s like a side side plot). This series is pretty gory but aside from that, it is fantastic. But if you don’t like violence or to hear about dead bodies this probably isn’t your book.

EATING ANIMALS

I seriously love this book. I don’t think it should be compulsory, purely because I don’t enjoy pushing my beliefs onto people, however, it is definitely one of the top 3 best books I’ve ever read. This novel, if you can guess from the title, is about eating animals – it discusses the consequences we are facing now and will face later because of the meat industry (In the US) and I really enjoyed it. This book will make you think and it will make you question why you eat the way you do, and I really hope that you guys pick it up one day, even if you only read a chapter of two.

GONE GIRL

What does this book have going for it?

  1. Fantastic film
  2. Unreliable narrators are the best
  3. SO MANY PLOT TWISTS
  4. You guys know all of this already, please just read it

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Did you read any of these books because of the hype? Do you agree with my recommendations?

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Book Recommendations: RETELLINGS

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a new recommendations post. To my knowledge, I haven’t done a retelling specific recommendations before, and I’ve been pretty obsessed with them lately so here we go!

Also, I am watching Once Upon A Time as I write this, don’t judge me.

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Okay, so first up, retellings are amazing and I love them. Lately, I’ve been really into retellings of all the original Grimms but also, I may have become slightly obsessed with Peter Pan (can you tell which season of OUAT I’m on?).

First up, I’m going to recommend you guys some authors who absolutely slay at writing amazing retellings:

So, obviously we have Marissa Meyer:

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2) Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3) Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)   Heartless

THE LUNAR CHRONICLES // HEARTLESS

Marissa Meyer is pretty popular so duh you guys probably know about her already so I will say this: her retellings are really intelligent and a whole lot of fun to read.

And less obviously (to some), we have Christina Henry:

Alice (The Chronicles of Alice, #1) Red Queen (The Chronicles of Alice, #2)    Lost Boy

THE CHRONICLES OF ALLICE // LOST BOY

Of these books, I have only read Lost Boy, but judging by how much I loved it, I am pretty sure that I am going to love her other books.

I believe Christina Henry also has a book about The Little Mermaid, and another about Red Riding Hood, both coming out in the next year or two.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, #1)  The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1)  The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1)

PERCY JACKSON/ HEROES OF OLYMPUS // APOLLO // MAGNUS CHASE

Okay, so I had to add Riordan to this list, the way he manipulates myths and legends into these popular series that literally everyone knows about is amazing. Also, his US covers are pretty swish.

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Next, we have a standalone retelling of a contemporary classic that you all should read.

First & Then

FIRST AND THEN

First and Then is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice and I love it and you should all do yourselves a favour and read it.

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Have you read any of my recommendations? Do you know of any retellings I should read?

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Spooky Reads | Book Recommendations!

Hey guys, today I am coming at you with some spooky reads recommendations because I am a massive hypocrite and can’t help myself. I am a giant chicken so naturally, I have read no spooky books this month and am now recommending you guys a bunch, because that makes so much sense?? And now I’m rambling…

**Titles in blue are links to the Goodreads pages

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Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1) Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2) Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children, #3)

THE WAYWARD CHILDREN TRILOGY (Book 3 comes out in January)

When will I not recommend this trilogy? Never, you should all read it. #noragrets

Okay, so we all know what this trilogy is about, and honestly, you don’t even need to read them in order so while I want you all to read them in order, I would totally understand if you read book 2 first. The first book 1 is fabulous, it is a murder mystery and I love it. Book two, however, is definitely my favourite so far, it is so descriptive and gothic that I can’t help but think about it constantly.

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1) Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2)

THE STALKING JACK THE RIPPER TRILOGY

As of my writing this post (a few days before it goes up) I have not read book 2 of this trilogy but I already know I’m going to love it. Fair warning though, these books are pretty graphic as the main character works in a morgue and is slightly obsessed with death ( I love her so much?). This is a really great series, the romance is 👌👌👌, the main character is a fantastic feminist and the mysteries are completely addictive.

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THE RAVEN CYCLE QUARTET

Do I even need to say anything? I mean, it’s The Raven Cycle, This shit is crazy. This series is mostly character based, but whenever the characters aren’t pushing each other down vacant parking lots (in trolleys, mind you) then they are battling crazy dark creatures that I cannot describe to save my life. Basically, shit can get really dark in these books, but you’ll love it I swear.

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THE SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT SERIES

I mean, this one’s kind of obvious, it’s Skulduggery Pleasant and he’s a talking skeleton. With these books, you will encounter vampires, magic, dead people (but alive) and some really mega nuts prophecies. Also, the main character has some mad banter, and watching her witty comments grow throughout the series never fails to make me shed a tear.

Caraval (Caraval, #1)

CARAVAL

What I really loved about this book was how dark it is. This book involves a crazy mystery and the main character has to go through an absolutely its adventure to save her sister. ALso, yay for sisterly love, we need more of it in fantasy. Basically, a mega dark mystery and a lot of mindfuckery. It’s a whole bunch of fun and I really enjoyed it (and hope you do too).

Gone Girl

GONE GIRL

This is a no-brainer. Literally, this book is such a mind fuck, you literally will not have any brain space left after you read it. Please read this, it’s for the good of humanity.

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SPOOKY BOOKS I WANT TO READ/ RECOMMENDATIONS I’VE GOTTEN FROM OTHER PEOPLE

The Martian You Dark Matter And Then There Were None Meddling Kids

THE MARTIAN // YOU // DARK MATTER // AND THEN THERE WERE NONE // MEDDLING KIDS //

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding (The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding #1) Scooby Apocalypse, Volume 1 The Hazel Wood Frankenstein Gap Year in Ghost Town

THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING // SCOOBY APOCALYPSE // THE HAZEL WOOD // FRANKENSTEIN // GAP YEAR IN GHOST TOWN //

Jane Eyre Daughter of the Burning City

JANE EYRE // DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY

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Have you read any of these books? Do you have any spooky recommendations?

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Recommendations: Diverse Books

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with another recommendations post. Today I did this post a little bit differently to how I generally do my recommendations posts. But, I thought it would be more beneficial for all your tbrs if I just showed you the books instead of talking about them and only showing a few. I hope that’s okay with you guys!

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LGBTQIA

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue Last Seen Leaving Our Own Private Universe More Happy Than NotGeorge Another Castle: GrimoireZodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1) Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2) Decelerate Blue Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy Everything Leads to YouThe Sidekicks  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1) Beauty Queens The Darkest Part of the ForestAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1) Grasshopper Jungle Nimona

I won’t link you guys to every book/comic on this post but you can find all of these on my lgbt shelf on Goodreads.

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Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Vol. 1 Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Ms Marvel // Miles Morales // Cinder

Yeah… I know. It’s bad. I’m sure there are probably a bunch of poc mains that I can’t think of, but I definitely recommend these so here you go!

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Do you have any Diverse recommendations?

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Readathon Reads & Advice

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a readathon advice post! I recently announced my readathon, and I thought even if you aren’t participating, a lot of us do participate in readathons anyway, and because I love them I thought I would share some of the tips and tricks I have learnt so far!

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READATHON READS

A Wrinkle in Time Obsidian (Lux, #1) The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue Coraline I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After

A WRINKLE IN TIME, LUX, THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE…, CORALINE, I HATE FAIRYLAND

GOOD BOOKS TO READ DURING A READATHON

In terms of what you should read during a readathon, it really depends. If you have a short readathon (24 hours, 2-3 days) you should try to read smaller books. It also depends on what kind of reader you are. If you feel more successful reading 2-3 short books in 24 hours then you should do that, but if you feel a lot happier knowing that you read an entire 600 page book in 24 hours than dude you should go for it. During a readathon, you need to cater for yourself, pick the books you want to read, and then sit down and read them.

However, if you have a longer readathon (7 days, month-long), then you should try to get in some more variety. If you just read short books non-stop for an entire week, you will be exhausted before you’re even half way through it. If I do a week long readathon (monthlies are just wayy too hard and I get distracted too easily) I like to incorporate a short book, a few comics and graphic novels, and an audiobook. I find that this really helps if I have a bad day or don’t feel like physically reading. If I have an unexpected errand da then I know I have a short comic so I can still feel like I accomplished something, or I have an audiobook, so I still feel like I’m actively participating in the readathon.

For an average week long readathon my tbr would look something like this:

Daughter of the Burning City Coraline Winger (Winger, #1) I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After Giant Days, Vol. 1 (Giant Days, #1)

Audiobook – Daughter of the burning city

Short Book – Coraline

300-400 pg book – Winger

Comic – I Hate Fairyland

Comic – Giant Days Vol 1

I generally don’t like to have 7 books in a week long readathon, if there are challenges I tend to double up. I  never know what will happen in a readathon; I could get super obsessed with a tv show, or I could blow through 3 books in the first day – it’s a mixed bag. Usually though. I tend to do fine, reading at my own pace, and still finding time to do other things (like Bowling, it’s weird but it’s my go to fun activity when I’m not reading or on Netflix).

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READATHON ADVICE 

With any readathon,  I try to mix challenges and participate as much as I can. What helps with this is also changing up where and how I am reading. I usually switch up how I’m reading by sitting outside or by going for a walk and listening to an audiobook. Generally, I find that it also helps to avoid a slump by changing up what I read. Instead of reading 5 middle-grade books, I will try and give myself some options and some more variety in my tbr. I also want to emphasise that even if you have certain books on your tbr, you might feel differently about them in a week’s time so try to organise your tbr only a day or two before the readathon starts, and if you end up not wanting to read them during the readathon, that’s okay too. Just scavenge your bookshelf or binge-borrow some books from the library.

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Do you have any readathon advice? How do you plan your readathon tbr?

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If You Liked This… You’ll Like This [TV EDITION]

Hey guys today I’m coming at you with a brand new recommendations post, with a twist! I always enjoy giving you guys recommendation posts but I feel like they always follow the same boring structure so I wanted to switch it up with this post! Today I’ll be recommending you some books based off of tv shows. 

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The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

I can’t explain why it is that I find these two so similar. I think I compare them because of the sense of family I get from them both. With Doctor Who not only do you love The Doctor (well, not 12) but you also fall in love with his companions and over the seasons you see how they become like a close-nit family and you see them understand each other and die for eachother.

Doctor Who is similar to The Raven Cycle, in the way that the Gangsey is a family. They would all die for each other and the love they all have for eachother is amazing.

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Steelheart (Reckoners, #1)

What really drew me to compare these two was how dark they are.  Both of these books are set in pretty dark worlds, with crazy evil villains. Both of these have also have superheroes. But the thing I like about both of thee is how the worlds are both really dark and the heroes of each story aren’t total protagonists because they also make some questionable choices.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

What? HP and Sherlock??? Um, yeah… I know. When I was brain storming for this post I wrote down a bunch of tv shows and when I was trying to find a book to match to Sherlock this was the only thing that I could think of.

I know that these two are quite different but I can’t help but compare them. Because J K  Rowling literally incorporated so much foreshadowing into the series it’s like this 7 book mystery and every time I pick the series up I find something else. Within every book there’s a little mystery, from figuring out who the Half-Blood Prince is to finding the Chamber of Secrets. I know that Sherlock is a lt darker, but come on have you seen HP, that shit gets pretty dark by the end.

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I know, I know another weird pairing I’m sorry. Now I’m comparing PJO and Merlin, whatchgonnado? Anyway so in my notes I wrote that Annabeth is like Merlin. That was it, I made this weird combination and now I don’t even remember my reasoning. Good lord, past me why do you do these things?

So I think I compared these two because they kind of give off the same vibe – they are both centered around mythology and prophecy and they both have really great main groups. The characters aren’t really all that similar, I mean try comparing some of them and you will have a hard time, but if you think about it they are reasonably similar.

What I’ve learnt today: write better notes.

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asdasdasA               SasAaThe Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co., #1) Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)

Because who didn’t see this coming. This one is pretty obvious, whenever I see this type of post people always pair Supernatural with Anna, so I won’t talk about it too much. I do want to mention Lockwood & Co. though because I do think it definitely fits. Supernatural is a pretty dark show and while I don’t think Lockwood gets too dark, it does really fit with SPN. These two both have some really great supernatural elements and both focus around investigating.

I haven’t watched Supernatural in years but as far as I can remember Sam and Dean are always going around the country solving supernatural crime and I think that is really cool and probably why I used to love the show so much. Lockwood is also about solving supernatural crime, so hey if you like SPN you’ll probably like this.

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Do you watch any of these shows?
Do you agree with my recs?

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COMIC RECOMMENDATIONS FOR YOUNG ADULT READERS

Hey guys today I’m coming at you with a YA comic recommendations post. Depending on how new you are to my blog you probably know that I love comics. Though, for some reason I don’t actually talk about comics as much as I would like to.

I know that a bunch of you don’t read comics, or just don’t know where to start, so I’m hoping I can help you out with that!

By the way, if the words are blue, they’re links to the Goodreads pages. 

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Non-Superhero Comics

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Paper Girls – I know I’m starting out a recommendations post with a comic I didn’t actually enjoy but hear me out. I know I really didn’t like this at all but I know this series is still really popular, it was created by one of the dudes that makes Saga.

Anyway, so I know that I wasn’t a massive fan of this but I know that a whole bunch of people do love this, and the premise, while vaguely confusing, is really interesting. It’s a weird sci-fi comic based in the late 1980s surrounded by a group of girls who deliver newspapers around their suburbs…until something goes wrong.

Lumberjanes – I’m currently a volume behind in this series because my library hasn’t got the new volume in (even though the latest volume came out in April), and I am fuming. This is a comic series for all ages, I read it with both of my younger brothers and we always look forward to getting the series out from the library.

This is a fantastic series about a group of girls at a summer scouts camp. It’s got amazing artwork with bright colours, friendship and it’s LGBT, I reallllllly recommend that you guys pick it up.

Zodiac Starforce – Much like Lumberjanes, Zodiac Starforce, is a really fun and bright comic centered around friendship (also lgbt characters), but also badass female superheroes (who really remind me of Power Rangers, but like, efficient ones). The girls in this comic are really fun and I know this is a recommendations post, and I keep saying this but…  you should definitely read this (okay I’ll stop now).

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I Hate Fairyland – PLEASE READ THIS. I love this comic, so you guys need to get on this. If you like the character Deadpool then you will love this. The main character, Gertrud (yes, that is actually her name) has basically been trapped in this really bright, fantastical world and is trying to get out. It’s ridiculously violent, and really funny, also it’s written and drawn by my favourite comic guy: Skottie Young.

Alex + Ada – I read this the same day I read I Hate Fairyland, and what a great day it was. Along with I Hate Fairyland, I had been meaning to pick up this for years (they’ve been on my Goodreads tbr pretty much since I joined the site) so to read both of these in one day felt SOO GOOD.

Alex + Ada pretty much talks about whether or not robots and/or cyborgs should be allowed to have emotions, which is a topic I find really interesting so reading this was amazing, for me at least.

Bitch Planet – I loved this one so much that I actually reviewed it, and I think that speaks volumes about how much I enjoyed it. I really love this comic, and I also really appreciate how the comic has gotten readers who never touch comics to give the format a go! Also, this is a feminist comic and it gave me life!

Superhero Comics

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Young Avengers – I know guys, I recommend this comic trilogy constantly, but I promise you it’s worth it. This is a really fun trilogy with fantastic characters, and honestly if you really try you could probably read the entire trilogy in a few hours. I have read each volume multiple times and I have loved it each time. Also, this has an m/m couple who love each other and fight crime while surrounded by their awesome friends (and Loki).

Rocket Raccoon & Groot – THIS. THIS COMIC. YOU GUYS. I. AM. DYING.

Okay, so I don’t know if you noticed but I love this comic series. This is basically a buddy cop series, it’s just Rocket and Groot going around the Galaxy and getting into a load of trouble and I love it.

Amazing Spider-Man (World Wide) – I started this series early this year, and I really enjoy it. I don’t think it’s the best place to start out if you know nothing about the Spider-Verse, or Spider-Man in general, but if you do, then this is the comic for you.

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Silver Surfer – This, along with Nova (below) is one of my favourite comic series and I absolutely love it. It’s a great spot to start at if you know nothing about the comic-verse, or even know nothing about Silver Surfer. This is pretty much his origin story, also the power cosmic is where it’s at, and Dawn (the chick with the ladybug dress) is an amazing character!

Nova – Okay guys, I read this entire series last year and it is one of my favourites. I love it with all of my heart, and like Silver Surfer it is also a great place to start if you know nothing about the character or are new to comics. Basically, this kid is teen Spider-Man in space, and it’s kind of brilliant?

The Flash – I feel like all those Marvel recommendations I really should recommend you guys some DC (granted, I really do read a lot more Marvel). This comic series is based around The Flash (duh, Ellyn) and I really enjoy it. I actually don’t watch the show anymore, but I feel like everything I don’t like about the show is turned around in this series and so I enjoy this a lot more. That being said, my brother is obsessed with the show and absolutely LOVES this series and is constantly re-reading it.

I would also recommend The Flash Rebirth if you want to explore Wally West a bit more, or even if you just want to learn about the character.

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Do you read comics?
Do you have any comic recommendations?

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