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TTT #4: My most read authors

Top Ten Tuesday is organised by That Artsy Reader Girl ,each week she sets a new topic that bloggers around the world write about. This week however the topic is a ‘freebie’ which means we can make any list that we want. After a moment of thought I decided to list my most read authors. I decided not to include my most read authors of childrens books, to make this list slightly more relatable to others.

Quick Tip: For anyone who has a Goodreads account, you can find your most read authors when you got to ‘my books’ and scroll down. The option is on the left under ”Your Reading Activity’.

-My List-

10.L.M.Montgomery – 2 books

I am planning to read all of her books throughout my life starting with the rest of the Anne of Green Gables series.

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9.Patrick Ness -2 books

I have read two of his books, both for reading clubs. I am sorry to admit but I did not enjoy either.

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8. Arthur Conan Doyle – 3 books :

I might read more in the future but in this genre I’m recently enjoying Agatha Christie more.

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7. John Grisham -4 books

I read a few of his Theodore Boone series. I don’t think I will read any more in the near future.

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6. Agatha Christie – 6 books

I read her first author during the summer holidays and I’m really enjoying them so this number will definitely grow.

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5. Zbigniew Nienacki – 6 books

This is a Polish and my favourite author. He wrote a historical fiction series that I still need to finish. Highly recommend these if you know Polish, as unfortunately his books have not been translated into English.

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4. C.S.Lewis – 6 books

The six books is made up the Chronicles of Narnia that I read two years ago.

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3.Holly Smale – 6 books

I read her Geek Girl series and I LOVED THEM SO MUCH. I wish she came out with more books in the future.

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2. Marissa Meyer – 8 books

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Marissa Meyer, especially her Lunar Chronicles. I wish that I will be able to meet her one day in the future. that would be an amazing experience.

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And finally…….

1.J.K.Rowling – 9 books

This does not come as a surprise to me, I read the Harry Potter series ( more than once or twice…..) and two side novels for Harry Potter. I don’t plan on reading anymore of her books to be honest, at least for now, I need to read other authors now.

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I hope you enjoyed this topic and who is your most read author?

Happy Reading

Geekerella by Ashley Poston – Review

Geekerella coverTitle: Geekerella

Author: Ashley Poston

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Retelling

Number of pages: 320

Originally published: 4 April 2017

My rating: *****

 

 

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad’s old costume, Elle’s determined to win – unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons – before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he has ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake – until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part-romance, part-love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

My Review:

Overview:

There is not much more I can add that has not already been said in the synopsis without making this spoilery, I actually think that the synopsis captures the book quite well. However, I will add a few extra details.

At the start we are introduced to a teen girl called Elle, who lives with her stepmother and her two step-sisters and works in a vegan food truck that is called the ‘Magic Pumpkin’ . If this sounds similar to you, the reason for that is that this book is a retelling of the fairy tale Cinderella, this story is set in the modern world and revolves around Elle’s fandom ‘Starfield’.

Elle has a blog on which she posts her thoughts, feelings and more about Starfield, including her immense hate towards the actor that has been cast as Carmindor in the series reboot: Darien Freeman. Things get complicated when Darien reads this blog and starts anonymously texting an anonymous girl that seems to connect with him very VERY much, this girl is Elle……..

This book isn’t simply paragraph after paragraph, it includes all the texts between Elle and Damien. I forgot what these types of books are called in the book community, if you remember please remind me in the comments I would be really thankful.

This book is also written with two POVs: Elle’s and Damien’s, and this just made the book so good and extra funny!

Cover:

What a pretty cover that sums up the book perfectly, I really love the colour gradient.

My Opinion:

OMG OMG OMG. I LOVED THIS BOOK. It was just the book I needed after reading all those fantasy and sci-fi books, it was light, fluffy, cute and surprisingly a quick read. I read this book really quickly even though it was the time of my exams, I just needed more and more.

I am so happy I eventually ended up reading this book, I loved the concept at first then decided that perhaps it wasn’t for me. Then I gave this book as a Christmas gift to my friend who, I know likes contemporaries. After I came back from my holidays I just felt the urge to buddy read it with her, and I did, and I am SO HAPPY that I did.

If you have read some of my previous posts you will know that Contemporaries and I don’t go together but this book was an exception. I loved how it was so modern and how it was so relatable with it’s fandom.  I really enjoyed the insta-love, I think I just needed such simple type of love after everything I read before this book. The love in this book was just super cute and in my opinion, just perfect. I was waiting anxiously for the moment that they finally realise who they are (‘that awful blogger’ and the ‘horrible actor’) or the moment they meet.

I must admit that some things happened in this book that just made me furious/angry/sad/frustrated, I am not sure exactly what that feeling was, perhaps a mix of all of them. However, after I managed to calm down after those moments I realised that what happened was very predictable as it was the connection to the original Cinderella fairy tale, I really don’t know how I didn’t see it coming. As well as that, there is actually quite a big plot twist! Totally didn’t see it coming, perhaps because in fact this book wasn’t written perfectly there were flaws but since I enjoyed it some much I overlooked them and still gave the book 5/5 stars.

Conclusion:

This review is a bit different than others because I love this book so much I just couldn’t criticise it and name it’s flaws, for me it was perfect!! I really recommend this book if you haven’t read it yet. I would say that this would be an excellent book to get you out of a reading slump.

If you have read this book please tell me and we can fangirl over it in the comments!

Happy reading (this book….)

Top Ten Tuesday #3: Books That Surprised Me

The week has started again and it is now Tuesday which means the next TTT. This week the topic set by That Artsy Reader Girl is ‘Books that surprised me, in a good or bad way’. I am not going to limit myself to either good or bad so in the list below I will try to explain how and why the book surprised me …….without spoiling anything for people who have not read the book/series. Hope you enjoy.

-My List-

  • Everless by Sara Holland–  Overall I did not enjoy the book as much as I had hoped I would however the ending of this book was amazing, there was plot twist after plot twist. I predicted one as it was quite cliché however the rest just blew my mind.
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie – I decided to read this book when I saw it was going to be in the cinema. Soon before that I had read my first Agatha Christie novels and l had planning to read this particular one in the future anyway. The ending blew my mind, I totally did not expect that! WOW!!
  • Fairest by Marissa Meyer– This is book 3.5 in the Lunar Chronicles series (which I adore) and I must admit I was very disappointed by it. The part that shocked me was Levana’s  action towards her husband. I did not think that would happen and it made me hate Levana even more, she is just pure evil.
  • Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon– I knew I had to include this book in this list. The ending came as a surprise to me, but not a positive surprise. I hated it so so much, so much so that I spent the next day ranting about it to my friend. How could the author do that???? Words can’t even express my anger.
  • Halloween Night 2 by R.L.Stine– I doubt anybody who is going to read this post will have read this book, tell me if I am mistaken. There is a big plot twist at the end of the first book so I was expecting the same thing from this book when there was a murder. It did not happen and it left me shocked. This was a children’s horror book and it left me so terrified I don’t think I will ever be able to read any horror book.

 

So there is my list, there are many more books that surprised me but these are just some recent ones or ones that made a massive impact on me. Have you read any and do you agree with me??

Thanks for the support and…..

Happy Reading

 

 

The Rest of Us Just Live Here – Review

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Title: The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Author: Patrick Ness

Genre: YA Contemporary/ Science-fiction

Number of pages: 344

Originally published: 27 August 2015

Rating: **

 

 

Synopsis from Goodreads:

What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions…

My Review:

Overview:

This book follows the normal, stress filled, life of a group of teens (well they are technically adults but since they are still in college I will just call them teens): Mikey, Jared, Henna, Nathan and Mel. The main character Mickey, from whose point of view this book is, has OCD and often gets stuck in a loop which his friends have to get him out of. Nothing is working out for Mickey, including the fact that his crush, Henna, has a crush or as she calls it ‘this stomach feeling’ for the mysterious new kid Nathan.

Mysterious things have been happening in the area, all that the teens know about this is that the Chosen Ones: the Indie Kids, are trying their best to fight the evil. However, they don’t always make it out alive. What is happening? And will the school be blown up, just before the teens graduation that will happen in less than 3 weeks.

Yet, the teens aren’t completely normal. Jared, Mickey’s best friend is the grandchild of the God of Cats and therefore has ‘special’ powers of healing. What about Nathan? He used to be an indie kid, could he be the reason for everything that is happening around?

Cover:

I actually quite like this cover it represents the content of the book very well. Also the colours compliment each other nicely.

My opinion:

This book was the book for the month at a reading club I go to, and I must admit that was the only thing that kept me from DNF’ing this book.

The idea has loads of potential, it is the opposite of the ‘Chosen One’ trope that more and more readers complain about. However, Patrick Ness didn’t execute this properly. The book was just too boring, and the problem could not be that Ness is describing the life of ‘normal’ people because that is what Contemporary books do and people enjoy them. However, I must admit I am not a fan of the Contemporary genre. Perhaps the problem is that Ness detailed the most normal actions in great detail? I really don’t know. This just did not work for me, and neither did the characters, I felt no connection with them. If I was to pick my favourite character it would probably be Henna as she is constantly there for her friends, in her own unique way.

Another thing I didn’t quite like in this book is that it was too diverse. please don’t take it the wrong way, I don’t mind diverse books, but it seemed as if Ness just tried too hard to make this book diverse. In this book somebody had OCD, somebody had anorexia, there was a person of colour, two people were gay, the dad of the main character is an alcoholic and somebody’s parents are divorced. That is way too much!!!! There is a craze for diversity in books but that does not mean you have to pack everything possible into a short book. Most of the book was spent describing how the characters deal with their differences and that was just too much. it just annoyed me a lot……. I shall stop my rambling now.

On the positive side: The best things about this book were the little paragraphs at the start of each chapter that told the reader what the Indie Kids have been doing over the course of the previous chapter. This is kind of ironic as the point of this book was to describe the life of the ‘normal’ kids and not the ‘Chosen Ones’. However, these weren’t that interesting either.

The only thing that I genuinely enjoyed was the second last page, and this was because it had a very deep quote, here it is: “Everything ‘s always ending. But everything’s always beginning too”. What a great quote!

Conclusion:

Overall this book wasn’t terrible it was just really boring, thankfully it was a quick read or else I might have actually DNF’ed it. I don’t really recommend this unless you have nothing else to read or you are a massive Patrick Ness fan, I have noticed I am not.

Have you read this? Did you think the same as me or not? Tell me in the comments.

Happy reading

 

Top Ten Tuesday #2 : Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

Top-ten-tuesday headingTop Ten Tuesday is run by The Artsy Reader Girl You can find the upcoming topics on her blog if you wish to join TTT, just like I did last week.

This is quite an interesting but somehow controversial topic to write about and I hope I don’t offend anyone when I say I don’t want to read their favourite book. We are all different and different books appeal to us. I must I am somehow annoyed that this topic came up now as I had a look at my long VERY LONG TBR list on Goodreads and I deleted some books from the list that I decided I was no longer interested in. As a result I forgot a lot of the titles but I am sure I will be able to think up enough for this list.

Just like last week I will do a list of five. So, here it is:

-My Top Five-

  • ‘A Court of Thornes and Roses’ by Sarah .J. Maas. I have decided to start this list of with a very popular series among YA readers. This book I have been actually adding to my TBR and then taking it off the list again. I think that means I don’t actually want to read it and it’s the hype that made me consider it and you should not feel inclined to read books just because everyone else is reading it.
  • ‘Fangirl’  by Rainbow Rowell. I added this book to my TBR after I saw my friend reading it in school. I read the blurb and I thought it seemed like a cool concept. That was before I read any contemporary books, and what always happens to me with those books is that I like the idea but I don’t like how it is developed in the book. I am no longer interested in reading this book.
  • ‘The Ask and the Answer’ by Patrick Ness. I read the first book I  this trilogy, I loved the concept, I really did, but it was too violent and disturbing. I don’t think I would be able to read on. I am still not sure about this, I might read it in the future when my TBR is smaller (why am I kidding myself, it will never be smaller) and maybe then I will read it. Has anyone read it, should I?
  • ‘The Marvelous Land of Oz’ by L.Frank.Baum. Once again this is a series I highly doubt I will be continuing. I read the first and after reading a lot of negative reviews about the next books in the series I made a decision not to continue the series and perhaps destroy how I see ‘The Wizard of Oz’.
  • ‘The Private School Murders’ by James Patterson. I read the first book at my reading club (I feel like I am repeating myself with ‘I read the first book in the series’, I am so sorry) and found it OK. I wasn’t the worst book I ever read, far from it but I just didn’t feel it necessary to continue the series, I feel fine just leaving it as it is (which rarely happens). If anybody has read the series and would like to contact me and tell me what happened in the later novels I would greatly appreciate it 🙂

 

So that is my list, hope you agree with me on some and if you don’t please comment and tell me why I should read that book/series. I would love to hear your thoughts.

Happy reading