Zoe: Welcome back everyone, Annike and I thought we would do something which we have seen a lot of lately and tell you our 5 most anticipated reads for 2018. These are all books that come out this year which we are really looking forward to, so here we go: (more…)
Zoe: Hello everyone, hope you are having a great week, today we are back to our monthly ritual of writing out February TBR list. These are a list of books we want or are hoping to read in February, so here we go! (more…)
Zoe: Welcome back everyone. Sorry our posts have been few and far between, but today I am going to be reviewing the very popular book which I have been waiting to read for ages called The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I had heard amazing things about this so decided to buy it and see if it lived up to the hype. Here’s are my thoughts: (more…)
Annike: Hey guys, so today I wanted to review a book I actually read late last year called Every Day by David Levithan. The reason that I started reading this was actually because I saw the trailer on Youtube and thought it looked really interesting – though Goodreads reviews maybe weren’t as promising. All the same, I decided to get it on my computer and give it a try. I have heard many good things about David Levithan but this is my first proper novel of his so that was also a driving factor. I am happy to say that I did really enjoy this book, it was quick and easy while also being extremely intriguing so without further ado, let’s get onto the review. (more…)
Zoe: Hello everyone and welcome back. Today I am going to be reviewing a book I read recently called These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. I had heard wonderful things about this book prior to reading it and wanted to give you my take away from this book. (more…)
Annike: Hey guys, so similarly to last year, Zoe and I are going to do 2 separate posts that’ll go up together for our favourite books of the year. So these are our last blog posts of 2017 – which is crazy. This year I read 94 books in total. 22 of which were audiobooks (!) and the rest which I read in hard cover. This was actually the first year I started listening to books and they were great considering I have so little time to properly read. And surprisingly I only had 6 books that I have 5 stars, so either I’m getting a bit stingy or my reading year wasn’t as good as it was last year. So without further ado, let’s get onto my favourite books of 2017 and some honourable mentions at the end. (more…)
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
Annike: Hey guys, I wanted to quickly say that we decided to skip our TBR of this month just because we didn’t think it was particularly necessary – even though we will continue to do it just didn’t feel like it this month. Anyways, today I am here with a review on a book called Gemini by Sonya Mukherjee. You might have seen it in the September Wrap Up post we did quite little while ago and I wanted to tell you guys a little about what I thought of it. (more…)
Annike: Hey guys! So as you may have seen in our September Wrap Up post, I recently finished Saving Francesca after rereading it. Only after that did I realise that The Piper’s Son was actually a companion novel to that story and because I loved Saving Francesca so much I knew I had to read that one too. I thought it would be best to do two little mini reviews on these 2 books since they kind of lead off one another and I loved them both. (more…)
Annike: Hey guys, so I read this book towards the very end of September on a limb after Zoe picked it up for me at the library. I ended up liking it a lot more than I thought and definitely wanted to share my review and encourage you guys to give it a look too! I can’t believe that it has under 500 ratings on Goodreads but without further ado let’s get onto it. (more…)