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The tag was created by Aentee @ Read At Midnight and I am so jealous of her graphic making skills.
So, let’s get started:
This is actually quite difficult because I can’t remember a time I wasn’t reading. Even before I could read words, I’d take my picture books from my parents and make up stories using the drawings inside, because I was a cute child and all that.
However, when I progressed to reading kids novels, one book that stands out for me as a favourite was Kitty by William Corlett. It’s about a stray puppy in Spain called Kitty and recounts her adventures and misfortunes. I actually got rid of a lot of books from my bookshelf recently but I made sure to keep this one because it holds a special place in my heart.
Anything by Virginia Woolf, but especially The Years, To the Lighthouse and The Waves. And Mrs Dalloway, of course.
She’s just such an amazing writer and has this incredible talent to write stories where pretty much nothing ever happens but you never get bored. I will forever be in awe of the novels she has produced.
If you want to get into Woolf, definitely read Mrs Dalloway or To the Lighthouse first to ease yourself in gently. The Waves isn’t to everyone’s taste as its form is very experimental, but I love it. Just read it all!
This novel was just so over-hyped. I read it when it first came out and thought it was pretty mediocre. I still enjoyed the story, but I haven’t felt the need to pick up the sequel. The characters just didn’t do a lot for me and neither did the plot.
Maybe I’ll grab the sequel one day just to see where it goes, but for now I’m saving my money for other things.
I might be cheating a little here as this isn’t one book but I couldn’t think of anything else. This series was pretty YA formulaic in the love triangles and the rebellious girl doing it all for love, but I still really enjoyed this series when it came out. I’m tempted to give it a re-read because, from what I can remember, the writing was good and lyrical and the setting was very interesting.
This is a bit of a lie because I’ve read the first two novels in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, but I’ve given up for now because the books are just so big and there’s so many of them. I do, however, love the TV adaptation.
I’ve said before that this book traumatised me and I’ll say it again:
THIS BOOK TRAUMATISED ME.
Whilst it had a little bit of a lull in the middle, the first third of the book and the final third definitely kept me awake at night.
And because of that, I really need to read more of Adam Nevill’s work because I haven’t read a good horror in a while.
I don’t think I obsess over couples in books as much as some people but if there’s one couple that I want to never ever break up then it’s R and Julie.
I never thought I’d say a zombie book contains the sweetest love story of all time but it totally does.
Oh, and Love, Rosie too! It was originally published as Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern but I prefer what they renamed it for the film adaptation. That book and film gave me a lot of feelings.
I stormed through this book and actually tried to slow myself down so it wouldn’t end!
This was definitely a fast-paced read with lots of action and I’m so excited for the sequel.
Check out my review for Rebel of the Sands here.
This is a plea to Garth Nix to never ever stop writing stories set in the Old Kingdom. I will never ever get bored of this series and its novellas.
I’m currently reading an ARC of Goldenhand which is just all my dreams come true. I still have the novella of To Hold the Bridge waiting on my bookshelf for me to read and I really don’t know why I haven’t got round to it earlier because I am so happy to be back in the world of the Abhorsen and the Dead in Goldenhand.
Seriously, I’ve said this so many times, but if you haven’t read these books you are totally missing out.
I’ve said this before too but I was surprised by how much I liked Throne of Glass. Even after seeing people rave about this series, I was never keen to try it. I don’t like the covers and the blurb’s never caught my eye. But then I gave in and turns out I loved Throne of Glass! Hopefully I can get my hands on the second novel some time soon.
Check out my review for Throne of Glass here.
These are three different series I’m all excited to start. They’ve all garnered a lot of attention and I hope I like them, but I really hope it isn’t a case of ‘over-hyping’.
Probably some first editions of Virginia Woolf’s works but, other than that, I’m not bothered about collector’s editions.
I know this has already been out for a while, however, it is a debut novel and I still haven’t read it! I want to so bad!
I’ve heard mostly positive things about it, with a few mixed reviews thrown in, but it hasn’t put me off trying it.
Apparently the purple prose can be a bit too purple but I’m not really averse to it.
There are a few but definitely Garth Nix, David Mitchell and Jenny Downham. Otherwise, I read whatever, no matter who the author is.
I talked about this during Waiting On Wednesday. It feels like I’ve been waiting for most of my life for the sequel to Warm Bodies and it’s finally within my sights!
January, please hurry up!
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