5 BOOKS I WILL NEVER SHUT UP ABOUT AND WISH EVERYONE WOULD READ | is anyone surprised?

Hi Guys, I’m a nerd and I obsess over things. But what’s new?

So, I’ve noticed this year that I tend to talk about some of the same books quite frequently, so today I’m talking about those books in the hopes that you guys will get the hint that I want you guys to read them and that I might finally start talking about some different books (take your bets on how long that will last).

Remember, if it’s in red, it’s a link!

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Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1)STALKING JACK THE RIPPER – KERRI MANISCALCO

😮 😮 😮 What?? But, Ellyn you never talk about this series. Yeah, no.  IS ANYONE EVEN SURPRISED AT THIS POINT??????

Have I actually written a blog post this year where I didn’t mention this series in some capacity?

I read book 1 of this series last year and really enjoyed it but never got around to continuing the series. And then I was on vacation and I randomly decided to put the audiobook for book 2 on while I was obsessively doing word searches AND YOU GUYS THIS BOOK SERIES HAS DONE SOMETHING TO ME. I ended up finishing the audiobook in 2 days (it wasn’t even on double speed what) and then re-listening to the first book and then immediately re-listening to book 2. I don’t think I’ve ever done that in my life.

I am now obsessed with Jack The Ripper, murder mysteries and I’m pretty sure I think about this series every day. This is a fantastically gruesome series full of complex murder mysteries and one of my favourite MCs I’ve ever read from.

 

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)

EVERY HEART A DOORWAY – SEANAN MCGUIRE

Okay, so recently I’ve been noticing that I’ve been talking about this series a lot lately since book 3 came out last month. But, since then I have also noticed that there is a substantial amount of people that don’t really dig the series.

What I would recommend with this series is for you guys to learn about the series. All the books are diverse and all dramatically different to each other.

Book 1: Every Heart A Doorway – A murder mystery

Book 2: Down Among The Sticks and Bones – Gothic, Dracula meets Frankenstein; character based

Book 3: Beneath The Sugar Sky – The action-adventure everyone seems to be expecting from book 1; a fun and colourful adventure

 

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

SIMON VS. THE HOMOSAPIEN’S AGENDA – BECKY ALBERTALLI

Finally a fun contemporary with no murder or gore!

Simon is such a fun book, really easy to read in a couple of hours. There will also be a movie (Love, Simon) coming out around March, though for some countries it might come out months later, unfortunately.

Personally, I much prefer a murder mystery over a contemporary but Simon Vs really defies my expectations. It is a bunch of fun and I find that it really goes into questions like why don’t straight people have to come out which I really enjoy. Also, Simon and Bue are really forking adorable.

 

Lost Boy

LOST BOY – CHRISTINA HENRY

YES, LOST BOY IS BACK AND I REGRET NOTHING. It’s been about a month since I talked about this and I figured it was about time I gushed about it again.

I never cared about Peter Pan and never thought I would and then this book, this bloody book. Lost Boy got to me, you guys. Like, I said, I’ve never cared about Pan but then I read this book and suddenly all I think about is how Pan got to Neverland, and why cant Hook leave and how the hell was Neverland even created. Honestly, I’m seriously debating just studying the hell out of this world and just going full out lit major on the original classic.

Also, we all know this by now, but dark books are my jam.

 

Invictus

INVICTUS – RYAN GRAUDIN

I don’t often read books about time travel because for my past experience with these types of books, there’s usually very minimal actual time travel (excluding The Time Traveller’s Wife – though I haven’t finished that yet, so don’t @ me). So, I love this book, more so because it has a really fun and unique cast of characters but also because the main focus is, you guessed it… TIME TRAVEL, YOU GUYS WHAT.

I honestly, wasn’t sure about this one and I wasn’t even going to pick it up but damn, am I glad I went out on a limb and picked it up. Invictus really made me get back into YA towards the end of last year and really made me want to pick up some more time travel books.

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DO YOU HAVE ANY OF THESE BOOKS ON YOUR TBR? HAVE I CONVINCED YOU YET?

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Contemporary Recommendations!

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with some new contemporary recommendations. I tried to make each a bit different in tone and story because I know that for me, at least, sometimes contemporaries all feel the same. 

Remember, if it’s in red it’s a link!

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, #1)

ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE

Dante can swim. Ari can’t. Dante is articulate and self-assured. Ari has a hard time with words and suffers from self-doubt. Dante gets lost in poetry and art. Ari gets lost in thoughts of his older brother who is in prison. Dante is fair skinned. Ari’s features are much darker. It seems that a boy like Dante, with his open and unique perspective on life, would be the last person to break down the walls that Ari has built around himself.

But against all odds, when Ari and Dante meet, they develop a special bond that will teach them the most important truths of their lives, and help define the people they want to be. But there are big hurdles in their way, and only by believing in each other―and the power of their friendship―can Ari and Dante emerge stronger on the other side.

Queens of Geek

QUEENS OF GEEK

Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.

Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favourite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

Everything Leads to You

EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU

Just out of high school, Emi Price is a talented young set designer already beginning to thrive in the L.A. film scene. But her artistic eye has failed her in one key area: helping her to design a love life that’s more than make-believe. Then she finds a mysterious letter at an estate sale, and it sends her chasing down the loose ends of a movie icon’s hidden life. And along the way, she finds Ava, and at long last, Emi’s own hidden life begins to bloom.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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CAN YOU RECOMMEND ANY CONTEMPORARIES? WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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MIDDLE-GRADE IS NOT JUST FOR KIDS | I recommend all the books

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you (finally) with some more recommendations, this time starring middle-grade novels! Recommendations posts are some of my favourites to write and lately, I’ve been feeling like reading some more middle-grade, though I honestly can’t think of any I might like to read, so I figured recommending some might give me an idea or two.

Remember, if it’s in red, it’s a link!

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The Forests of Silence (Deltora Quest #1)

DELTORA QUEST – EMILY RODDA

Okay, so this is a fantastic series (that being said, I’ve only read book 1). It’s basically an Australian modern children’s classic and it’s not hard to figure out why. This series also has a tv show based closely on it which is suitable for young children and still fun for adults to watch. It’s a fun but long series, it’s very original (like all of Rodda’s books) and all the novels are all really short, under 150 pages each.

Deltora Quest is a fun and extremely unique series for all ages – great for getting young kids into reading.

 

The Golden Door (The Three Doors Trilogy #1)

THE THREE DOORS TRILOGY – EMILY RODDA

More Emily Rodda? Hell yeah! She’s the queen of middle-grade.

This is one of my top 3 series of all time. Like, Deltora Quest this trilogy is incredibly original. Rodda creates the most fantastic and intricate world, they’re so complex and her characters all so different – I honestly don’t understand why more people haven’t read this.

Honestly, I will never get sick of this series – it is just too good! Rodda just knows how to create a series that will have you on the edge of your seat!

 

Stormbreaker (Alex Rider, #1)

ALEX RIDER – ANTHONY HOROWITZ

Even though I am almost 18 years old I still love this series. Is that sad? I hope not, these are really cleverly put together spy series.

Alex Rider is a super smart spy series, I’m currently re-reading it and I’m seriously loving it even though I’m no longer an 11 year old child, but hey, there’s a reason why Horowitz has had so many of his book published.

Alex Rider is basically a young James Bond, just less sexist. Murder? Mystery? Spies? This stuff is my jam.

 

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

PERCY JACKSON – RICK RIORDAN

Do I even need to say anything?

  • Mythology.
  • Rick Riordan’s writing.
  • Hilarious MC.
  • You will learn while you read, and not even notice that you have suddenly accumulated all this knowledge about Greek mythology.
  • Easily re-readable.

 

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

HARRY POTTER – J. K. ROWLING

I’ll be honest, I’m starting to go off this series. I still love Harry Potter and I will always love Harry Potter. But, I have slowly but surely been falling out of love with J. K. Rowling as a person and in the last year or two, the penny finally dropped.

She has supported the casting of an abuser and has not written Dumbledore being gay into the Fantastic Beasts 2 storyline. And, she’s done a whole lot of other things over the years but these things really tipped the scale and honestly, I don’t even understand the point in trying to support her anymore.

I love Harry Potter, it is basically my childhood, I love how intricate the series is and how much I feel at home when I listen to the audiobooks. But, that doesn’t mean I support Rowling as an author.

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The Stonekeeper (Amulet, #1)

AMULET – KAZU KIBUISHI

This is a really fun, easy to read graphic novel series. The mc is a bit meh but the adventure parts of the series and the plot of the series is what really makes it for me, and for a lot of other people I think.

The first 2 graphic novels are reasonably meh but as the series progresses the plot really picks up and becomes a lot of fun! This, like so many of the recommendations on this list is suitable for all ages, though I think it depends on everyone’s genre preferences. I certainly don’t think I would enjoy it as much now, as I did when I was 15 purely because I enjoy different types of stories these days.

 

The Deep: Here Be Dragons

THE DEEP – TOM TAYLOR

This is what I love about middle-grade: family.

I really enjoyed this comic, it’s about a family of aquanauts who explore the Ocean and who are looking for Atlantis. This is a really fun, lighthearted and interesting comic full of family. This is a really short duology with a great art style and I really do recommend it.

Also, power to Australian comics.

 

Anya's Ghost

ANYA’S GHOST – VERA BROSGOL

This is a great graphic novel and I really wish more people would read this. This is a really important graphic novel – it’s about friendship and fitting in. It’s relatable for anyone who doesn’t fit in. It’s mildly spooky and somewhat predictable.

It’s short and not the best thing you’ll ever read but it packs a punch. It’s a slightly spooky but cute and colourful graphic novel. I definitely, recommend this for a readathon or for around Halloween time.

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DO YOU READ MIDDLE-GRADE?  CAN YOU RECOMMEND ANY MG?

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2017 RELEASES BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

Hey guys, today I am coming at you with a new recommendations post, focusing on 2017 book releases.

Upon looking through the list of books I had read this year I discovered that I hadn’t really read too many 2017 releases this year, however, there were 5 (what a convenient number) that I found I did really enjoy. 

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CARAVAL BY STEPHANIE GARBER

My Review

Because who doesn’t love circus books? I knew from the very beginning of the year when I read this, that Caraval was going to be one of my favourite books of the year. It was charismatic and the writing was amazing, the author described the surroundings in the novel through colours, which was like nothing I had rad before and it really made the novel for me That, and I had never read a book set in a circus before.

THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END BY ADAM SILVERA

My Review

This was definitely not my favourite read of the year, however, it was my first Adam Silvera novel and I do think about it quite often which, I think shows how much thought went into the novel on the author’s end.

This is definitely an interesting novel, it tackles a really complex topic and the main characters are both lgbt so what not to love? Overall, this book will make you think and the ending will crush you.

DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES BY SEANAN MCGUIRE

My Review

This series is honestly one of my favourites but so far this instalment is my very favourite. Dracula meets Frankenstein and this book has the best gothic vibes and is perfect for any time of the year, but especially fitting for Halloween.

This one is really funny and super easy to read in all one go so I definitely recommend it. Also, the social commentary is fabulous.

THE SANDCASTLE EMPIRE BY KAYLA OLSON

My Review

This was one of the, if not the only Dystopian novel I read this year and if I’m honest I wasn’t eve going to pick it up. However, I had heard little to nothing about it and I got accepted for an e-arc so I figured why not just give it a shot. Luckily enough I ended up really enjoying it and now it’s on this list.

LOST BOY BY CHRISTINA HENRY 

My Review

I officially love Peter Pan thanks to this book.

I never once cared about Peter Pan until I read this book but now I am obsessed with Neverland and how Peter Pan came about. This will definitely be a re-read for me in the next year or so.

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What were your favourite 2017 releases? Did we enjoy any of the same releases?

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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 ðŸ‘ŒðŸ‘ŒðŸ‘Œ, 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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