Autumn/Fall Reading Recommendations

Pull on your jumpers, grab a blanket and hot drink and curl up with a good book…

It’s official, Autumn (or Fall, depending on where you are) is here!

I’m usually a summer baby, but this year I’m actually excited to snuggle up in many layers and drink countless cups of tea, coffee, and gingerbread lattes… yum!

But it wouldn’t be quite complete without a really good book which just puts you in the mood for the pumpkin season. So I’ve compiled a list of my top 5 recommendations for you this season.


City of Ghosts by V.E. Schwab

dc845906-d14c-4394-9632-498f484909ecI loved this book. It’s a super quick read, so you could easily pick it up one weekend and have it finished in one or two cosy sittings. It’s mysterious, atmospheric, and perfect for the spooky season! Plus, it’s written by V.E. Schwab, so you know it’s going to be good, right?

Warning: contains ghosts.

See my full review here

 


Throne of Glass (Series) by Sarah J. Maas

8cfdabb1-56cc-4cd2-86cd-5b769841dbe7I’m going to throw this one out here. Autumn is a great time to read fantasy and go on an epic adventure from the comfort of a blanket.

Throne of Glass is one of my favourite ever series, and with the upcoming release of the final, highly anticipated, Kingdom of Ash, there has never been a better time to read it!

There’s magic, assassins, romances you’ll ship so hard and a world you’ll be completely absorbed in.


The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

8e617bc6-8011-40f1-9b9e-c0f130121a5dThis book contains dragons… DRAGONS. Dragons breathe fire and in autumn you sit by the fire, so it’s obviously the perfect book to read… see my logic?

But really, this book is great and The Caged Queen is released imminently, which I’m super excited about because I loved The Last Namsara. I read this last Autumn and it made my daily commute so much more exciting!

Read my full review here


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

c5184fe5-7cbf-4c3d-82f1-4cf56fbb2f8bI think this was actually on my Autumn/Fall recommendation post last year, but I still stand by it! One of my all time favourite books, this will give you all the feels.

ALL. THE. FEELS.

Zusak’s new book, Bridge of Clay, is going to be released this October, and reading The Book Thief in the comfort of your own home, accompanied by a box of tissues for your inevitable tears, is probably the safest place to read it…


Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young

cd29c904-ea59-4cb8-aa4e-ec6d741844dbVikings, bloodshed, and many, many gory details, this is EXACTLY the book you were looking for.

Sky In The Deep is dark and twisty, insanely intense and will keep you turning those pages furiously in your binge-reading sessions. There’s also some romantic tension and kick-ass characters who go on the most incredible journey throughout the course of the novel. What more could you possibly need?

 


Do you have any books you’d recommend for Autumn/Fall?

Let me know in the comments below!

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[Book Review] City of Ghosts by V.E. Schwab

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

40512862Synopsis: Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.


I feel like I haven’t reviewed a book in so so long…

How does one write? What are words?

But I really enjoyed this book, and with the spooky season upon us (UH, where did the time go?) I figured this was the perfect review to leap back into the blogging world with.

I really enjoyed this book. It’s aimed at a “young adult” audience, however I really think it’s better suited even to slightly younger readers, aged 11+, perhaps. Because of the younger target audience, I felt that the characters were slightly lacking in depth in comparison to Schwab’s usual, however, the plot was quick paced, exciting and, well, spooky!

I loved the concept of this book and how Cassidy can walk from the real world into the ghost world – so simple yet it was so very well done in how it linked to her near-death and such a good starting point for even more wonderful adventures and discoveries.

Cassidy was a wonderful perspective to read from, I really feel like we got to know her throughout the story, and how bravely she deals with her past and the effect it has had on her. I only wish we got to know the other characters a bit more, too, particularly Jacob, who’s past just kind of get shrugged off as a huge secret… but I imagine we will find out much more in book #2.

I’ve never visited Edinburgh but reading this book I honestly now feel as though I’ve actually wandered through  parts of the city. The descriptions were so vivid and in my opinion, the setting is the best thing about this book. You can really tell that Schwab spends a lot of her time exploring parts of the city. I even loved the reference to Harry Potter and J.K!

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I flew through this in just a couple of days reading on my commute to work, but part of me wishes I’d waited to read it until this month now that the weather has cooled off considerably. It would be the perfect atmospheric Halloween season read.

But alas, I read it in summer.

Word of advice? Read it now, now is the time.

 

June 2018 Book Haul

Guess what guys..?

I SUCCEEDED A MONTH ON A BUYING BAN!

I know, I’m equally as shocked as you are.

Thankfully though, some wonderful publishers friends have been super generous this month and sent me some amazing books.

I’m going to start with an incredible stack which I hauled from the TeamBkmrk blogger/bookseller event a few weeks ago, which was simply wonderful. We were treated to some incredible proofs and FINISHED COPIES of the new edition Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. Like, hold my purse because I may collapse from excitement. We also got exclusive samplers of King of Scars!

TeamBkmrk Haul:

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

That’s Not What Happened (ARC) by Kody Keplinger

Grace and Fury (ARC) by Tracy Banghart

Phantom by Leo Hunt

Colour Me In (ARC) by Lydia Ruffles


Other Books Hauled This Month:

The Extinction Trials / The Extinction Trials: Exile by S.M Wilson (Thank you Usbourne!)

The Mermaid by Christina Henry

Burning Brightly by Alexa Donne (Big thanks to Titan for these 2!)

A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood (Won a giveaway from Scholastic – lucky me!)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Mirage (ARC) by Somaiya Daud (Thank you Hodderesque)

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See any favourites here? Talk to me about the books you’ve hauled recently.

June 2018 TBR

How is it June?! JUNE?! I’m flabbergasted at how quickly this year is going, and no way am I half way through reading all of the books I wanted to read this year… can we slow down time for a bit please?

But with June, comes PRIDE month!

I’ve made sure to include some LGBTQ+ rep reads in my TBR this month, and although this is a highly ambitious TBR considering my reading record so far this year, and my reputation for having never completed a TBR, one can only hope a miracle will happen and I’ll actually get through all of these…


Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber

I’m just about half way through this one now (and loving it so far!) so I hope to get it finished by the end of this week.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

A carry-over from last month, and one I’m reading a little as I go, I plan on finishing this lovely classic this month.

Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

For some strange reason, I still haven’t checked this off my list… It’s sat half finished on my shelf, but because it’s short stories I don’t feel any need to rush and finish it. It would be nice to tick it off my TBR this month though and help fight my failed reading challenge…

Out of The Blue by Sophie Cameron

This book sounds wonderful, and after briefly starting it last month before leaving my copy at work when I had time off, I’ll be buddy reading this with Kate @ ReadingThroughInfinity as part of our Pride Month reading list. This book has F/F rep and a magical realism vibe that I’m so excited to read!

Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This book has been on my TBR for too long now, I definitely missed this ship with the movie coming out earlier this year (which I still haven’t seen… ashamed). So now is the time. I will read this book!


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There are lots of other books I really want to read this month, but the chances of me actually getting to them are so slim, that I didn’t want to set myself up for even more failure by adding them here… I guess they’ll just have to wait another month.

Fingers crossed I can get through all of these this month.

What’s on your TBR for June?


 

May 2018 Wrap-Up

May is one of my favourite months of the year. Firstly, it’s my birthday month, but mainly because it always brings good weather, and with good weather I’m in a good mood, more motivated and just generally more chipper!

It’s been a reasonably tough year for me reading-wise so far, in that I just haven’t really read all that much, and I had a pretty long time away from blogging. I’m hoping that will start to change again with summer so I can catch up on all of the amazing books I’m dying to pick up, and I’m definitely excited to get back into my blog again. For now though, here’s what I managed to read this month:


A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

ad743968-cc1d-49fe-ac14-1eb3f97f33cfIt’s no surprise that I picked this up immediately on publication date – it was one of my most anticipated books of this year! I loved this, even if it was only short and there was little plot development. It was so lovely to be back with the Inner Circle in Velaris, and it’s made me even more excited for the next part of the series!

Read my full review

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Skylarks by Karen Gregory

16b40405-4037-4082-a9d5-e1e78262f40dI had heard wonderful things about this book on social media, so I decided to go and pick up a copy from the bookstore and started reading it straight away. It felt current, interweaving a strong political argument into its storyline, the romance was just the right amount of cute, and there was some beautiful imagery at times.

Full Review to come.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

2d3f0e1b-cd2e-4493-826c-cac3f6980875This has been an ongoing read throughout the month for me. It’s one that I feel like I’m enjoying more if I read it a little at a time in between other books, so that’s what I’ve been doing!

Although I haven’t yet finished it, I decided to include it on here as it has been a big part of my reading this month, and I’m over 70% of the way through.

 


Also read this month:

Captain Pug by Laura James

This was a really fun, quick read, 5-8 children’s book that I picked off my shelf as I was tidying. It took me no more than 30 minutes to read, but it was funny and the illustrations were bright and cheerful. I included it here at the bottom because I cheated and counted it towards my failing goodreads challenge total…

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐.5


What books did you read this month?

May 2018 Book Haul

Every month I tell myself: “I will not buy any books, my book haul will be small because my shelves are full enough and I have so many books to read already…”

Every month I lie to myself.

So here we are, at the end of May, with another stupidly huge haul. My excuse to myself this time is that it was my birthday this month, so I’m allowed. I will always find some kind of excuse, it seems.

In my defence, it is actually half the size of previous months, and the stack just looks huge because actually the books that I hauled are FAT. I’m talking 600+ pages for some of them…

Anyway, here are the books I hauled this month in all of their glory:

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Purchases:

  • The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeyab Joukhadar – This book sounds amazing and I can’t wait to read it. It follows a Syrian refugee and their family at the start of the Syrian war, and includes elements of mythology and old stories.
  • The Queens Of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton – I’ve seen this one all over twitter and Instagram, and as a lover of Shakespeare, I couldn’t resist picking up this fantasy retelling of King Lear!
  • Legendary by Stephanie Garber – One of my most anticipated releases of the month, I’ve already starting reading this one and can’t wait to dive back intot he world of Caraval.
  • The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton – I’ve wanted to buy this since it was released, so this is one of the books I treated myself to on my birthday.
  • Skylarks by Karen Gregory – Another birthday purchase, I felt like reading a cute contemporary. I finished reading this a few days ago and it was wonderful. Romantic, gritty and based upon a relevant political foundation. Full review to come soon.
  • Leah on The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – One on my summer TBR, I’ll be reading this one next month along with Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda.
  • I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman – I’ve heard incredible things about this, so decided to pick it up on a whim when I happened to wonder into yet another bookstore…
  • Sense and Sensibility and Emma by Jane Austen – These editions are to add to the beginnings of my classics collection. I adore these cover designs and plan on collecting them all.
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas (I forgot to include this in my haul stack photo!) – Read it, loved it. I’m a Maas junkie, what can I say? Read my review here.

From the Publisher:

  • War Storm by Victoria Aveyard – I was going to wait until the paperback for this one, but a huge thanks to Orion Publishing for sending a finished HB copy my way!
  • The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton – One for a Bookstagram promo, it sounds very dark and intriguing! Thank you to Becci at Orion for my copy.
  • All The Ever Afters by Danielle Teller – Thank you to Shrina at Harper360YA for sending this beautiful book to me! It’s a re-telling of Cinderella’s Stepmother due for release in July, and this is another book I’ll be promoting on my Instagram.
  • Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman – I can now binge both Scythe and Thunderhead, and see what all the hype is about! Thanks to Walker for this one!

Which in this stack should I read next? I’m currently reading Legendary after finishing Skylarks.

Are any of these on your wishlist/TBR? Comment below 🙂


 

Review: A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOTAR #3.5) – Sarah J. Maas

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

31076583Synopsis:

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve.

Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.


Well my lovely Bookwyrms, it has now been 3 weeks since my most anticipated book of the first half of 2018 has been in my hands, devoured and finally processed into coherent sentences that are actually readable.

Let’s start off by saying that I was obviously excited for this one. I knew that we were only getting a novella, so my expectations weren’t too high, but who am I kidding, I’ll always expect the stars and the moon in their entirety when it comes to Maas.

Overall, I really bloody enjoyed this book. I loved being back in Prythian with all of my favourite characters, it was almost like an episode of F.R.I.E.N.D.S, fae-style! There were so many fun little scenes which were just an absolute joy to read, and had me beaming on my commute train, including the notorious snowball fight, and of course the solstice decorating with Feyre and Azriel!

The point of this novella was to set us up for the next part of the series, and so for this reason, multiple POVs were introduced as opposed to it just being 1st person from Feyre’s perspective. Now, at the beginning this felt a little clunky to me. I don’t know quite what it was, I can’t put my finger on it, but something just felt a little off tonally. It turned itself around after the first few chapters, but when the book is only 230 pages long… well. But I have to say that reading from each character’s perspective was wonderful, and actually I did really enjoy this aspect of the book, especially Nesta’s chapters towards the end – she is definitely turning out to be one of Maas’ most intriguing characters, and I really hope that she continues to develop in this way and not become generic in the next books.

Honestly, not much happened in this book. There wasn’t the usual action-packed, on-the-edge-of-your-seat, throw-your-book-in-anger kind of plot we’ve come to expect from Maas, but I think for this reason, I loved it just as much. Was it necessary to have this as a whole separate book? Realistically, probably not. But I still loved it and I’m glad we had something from SJM in between the agonisingly long wait for her next book.

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What were your thoughts on ACOFAS? Let me know in the comments below!