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How I Choose My Books Tag!

Zoe: Welcome back everyone to Twintales, sorry its been so long. Annike and I thought we would come back and do a tag we were nominated for a little while ago (maybe a long while ago) so sorry about the lateness of this tag but a huge shoutout to Icebreaker for the nomination go and show her some love and follow her amazing blog. Here we go:

Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?

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A: I have The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli on my shelf with a blue cover. I have to say the reason I asked for this book and eventually got it was because it was such a popular book and had so much hype at the time! I kind of don’t remember what happens anymore… but I’m pretty sure I liked it.

Z: A blue book on my book shelf is the King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard. The reason I picked this book up is because I loved the previous 2 books and was really excited to see where the story was going to go.

Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?

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A: Definitely Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta which I read a couple years ago and reread last year. I only really picked it up because it is set in my suburb and was a local author – but I ended up loving it so much!

Z: I would definitely go with Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Annike kept telling me to read it but I thought it looked bad. She kept persuading me until I finally gave up and decided to read it. I didn’t think I would like it but ended up loving so I am thankful to her now:)

Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick up a book at random. How did you discover this book?

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A: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. I 100% discovered this book on WordPress after reading like a million posts on it. Again, this book was all the rage a little while ago so I figured I needed to give it a go.

Z: Finding Cassie Crazy by Jaclyn Moriarty. I brought this book from the library when I was in like year 5 and read the whole thing on music camp. I picked this one because I thought it looked really interesting and I really loved it when I read it.

Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

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A: Technically this isn’t specific, but my brother always used to recommend Matthew Reilly books to me and last year I listened to his book The Tournament and absolutely adored it. I had no idea I would like ti that much but it was so interesting and definitely memorable.

Z: Annike has recommended me so many books but two books that were recommend by a friend at school were Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach and These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. I thought they were both really good recommendations and good summer reads.

Pick a book that you discovered through YouTube / book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?

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A: Umm I have already listed 2 books that I’ve found through WordPress but I think another one from last year was Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner. I had never heard of Jeff Zentner and his other book so Goodbye Days definitely popped up on my WordPress reader, and let me say – it is a beautiful read!

Z: I heard a lot about The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas through book blogs. I was constantly seeing raving reviews on this book and decided to finally pick it up. I was very happy to find out that it did live up the hype and I loved it.

Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a one-word title. What drew you to this book?

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A: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell!!! AHHH I love this book still even though I got it like 5 years ago. I think what initially drew me to it was the fact that it involved twins but I’ve read it like every year since haha.

Z: Everless by Sara Holland. I was drawn to this book due to the intriguing premise. It looked so amazing and unique, similar to red queen and so full of mystery. I thought it was really good but maybe not up to my exceedingly high expectations.

What book did you discover through a film / TV adaptation?

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A: Definitely The 100 by Kass Morgan. The books are very different to the TV series so even though I read the book series second, they didn’t overlap a whole awful lot. Despite that I really like both the original book and the adapted TV show.

Z: Alike Icebreaker I would have to go with The Martian by Andy Weir. I watched the movie back in 2015 and finally read the book a few weeks ago and thought they were both brilliant. It was so original and because I loved the movie I was so happy that I also loved the book and it lived up to the hype.

Think of your all-time favourite book/s. When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?

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A: This is so hard! To name a few – An Ember in the Ashes, The Unexpected Everything, The 5th Wave, A Torch Against the Night, How I Lost You and probably a bunch that I have forgotten. They are really a mix I think. I found AEITA, TUE and ATATN on Goodreads and WordPress and the others I picked up randomly and just loved them 🙂

Z: I don’t even think I can pick a favourite book because there are so many amazing books out there which are all so different. I think I generally pick out books that I love due to great ratings and reviews. I love unique books which are both powerful, inspiring and beautifully written.


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@Frazzled Fictions / @High on Stardust / @Floral Reads / @Cowbrarian / @Cassidy’s Bookshelf / @My one thousand lives blog

Annike: Thanks for reading guys! This was such a fun and really new tag. We hope you guys will like it just as much as we do and definitely give it a go! Have a great couple of days – we will be back with something new soon 🙂

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Zoe’s Favourite 5 Books of 2017!

Zoe: Hello everyone, as Annike mentioned on our previous post, like last year we are each going to put a post up of our go favourite books of the year. This year I read 43 books and unfortunately I don’t think 2017 has been a very good reading year. Although I did manage to just reach my reading goal of 40 books I didn’t love as many of them as I would have liked, only reading 5 books that I classified as 5 stars and I actually haven’t read a book over 3.5 stars in over 3 months. Despite this I have loved reading a range of books from a range of genres and although I haven’t had a great year quantity or quality wise I have read a few books I have really enjoyed. Here are my top 5 books of this year (along with some honourable mentions).

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1, How I Lost You by Janet Gurtler (5 stars)

My favourite book of 2017 would have to go to How I Lost You by Janet Gurtler. I read this in May and there was just something about this book which I loved. I think what I loved most about this was its focus on the strength of friendship and the ending of this book was so perfect, so bitter sweet yet felt so right. I think this book focused a lot on finding yourself as a person not a group and I felt as I though I could connect a lot to that. This book isn’t very well-known but I loved reading it and am so happy I picked it up.

2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (5 stars)

Unlike How I Lost You, this book is widely loved and Annike actually persuaded me to read it (even though she hasn’t) after a long battle of not wanting to. I didn’t think I would like this book but when I started I could not put it down and I found myself so immersed in the world. It was so full of action and I absolutely loved the main character Celaena and fell in love with the story. Sadly I have never really felt the urge to pick up the second book despite the amazing things I have heard about it. I think I feel that it won’t live up to the first or let down the series but we’ll see if I end up reading it.

  1. My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult (5 stars)

This was a really long time coming. I had heard amazing things about this book for a long time and how I needed to read it but I never really picked it up because I didn’t think I would get through it. I figured it would be to scientific for me and seeing as I hate science and medicine I wouldn’t like it. I eventually gave in and decided to read it and I’m am so glad I did because it is such a lovely story with so much heart and emotion. I thought the characters, plot and writing were all stunning, loving getting to read the book from around 7 different perspectives. The ending is also something that it really powerful, both unsatisfying yet beautiful and I would highly recommend this one.

4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (5 stars)

If you have read Annike’s top 5 books you will notice this came in at number 1 and she was the one who convinced me to read it. I don’t think I loved it AS much as she did but thought it was amazing and it managed to get 5 stars. I read this back in March so its a bit hard to remember now but what I do remember is the amazing world building that was done and the character development was also unbelievable. I thought this was such a well-written and established book and loved getting to delve into a world of pure adventure with a heart-wrenching ending.

5. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (5 stars)

This is the second book of the book Red Queen which funnily enough featured in my 2016 top 5. This one is also difficult to remember as I read it in February and I feel like the series is all sort of blending together. Despite this I thought this book was packed with adventures, twists and turns and was constantly a roller coaster. I couldn’t put this book down and loved getting to explore all of the new-bloods and the talents they all possessed. I did get to read the Kings Cage (3rd book) which I also loved (4 stars) so am excited to read the 4th one and see how the series all wraps up.

Honourable mentions:

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Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han (4.5 stars)

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (4.5 stars)

Pivot Point by Kasie West (4 stars)

So that is all for 2017! How crazy fast has this year gone? Let me know if you have read any of the books I mentioned above and your thoughts on them. Also make sure to tell me your favourite books of the year as I would love to know any recommendations to start my reading of 2018 off amazingly. I hope you have all had an incredible 2017, and here’s to an even better 2018. Thank you so much for all the love and support you have shown our blog this year. I hope you all have a very Happy New Year and we will be back with another post next year:)))) xxx

Check out my year in books on Goodreads too here

The Music Book Tag

Zoe: Welcome back everyone, we have been tagged by the wonderful @Charlotte Annelise to do the Music Book Tag which I have been wanting to do for ages because it looks awesome. Sorry for the lateness of this tag…we were tagged quite a while ago but I really wanted to give it a go:). Massive  shout out to @Bookchanted who created this tag. Please go check out both of these bloggers as they are both have amazing blogs! (more…)

The Awesome Blogger Award

Zoe: Hello everyone, hope you are all having a good week! We have been nominated by Darque Dreamer Reads for The Awesome Blogger Award! Sorry it has taken a while for us to do this award but thank you so much for the nomination, and everyone be sure to check out her amazing blog! (more…)

May Read 2017

Annike: Hey guys! I know, I know Zoe and I have had a pretty bad month this month when it came to putting up regular posts and reviews. We’ve been really busy and unless we start scheduling more reviews and finding more time it might take a couple weeks for things to wind down. Anyways, sorry about that I hope you guys are still happy to stick around! Even though we didn’t get around to reviewing many books this month we did read a number so here they are and what we thought of them: (more…)