T10T: Ten Inspirational/Thought-Provoking Book Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

April 30: Inspirational/Thought-Provoking Book Quotes

I love quotes! I generally have loads in my screenshots from my ebooks, so here goes!

  1. Death is kind of turning out to be a mean, weird bitch. – How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow: Grief just sucks and doesn’t play by the rules.
  2. How could her brain conjure something that seemed so real, something laden with so much horrifying detail, and yet there be nothing at all? – Little Darlings by Melanie Golding: Holy jeez, this just brings to mind all the tricks our brains can play without our wanting it too. Sure, a few nights ago, I had a nightmare I was fired from a job I currently love (mostly).
  3. These books are filled with documents and accounts that expose that story for what it is: an appropriation of history by the East to hide its own sordid past. A twisted piece of propaganda to conceal its crimes. – Viper by Bex Hogan: So much of history and current events are like this. We really need to question things before we take them as truth.
  4. Are we able to separate what we were from what we are? Are are we what we are if we’re always hiding some of what we were? – All We Could Have Been by T.E. Carter: This was just a heavy novel start to finish… So much of it had me thinking and processing. I think the answer to this is yes, mostly. I guess it depends on what we’re hiding, but we should also be able to keep what we want from the world…not that we should have to do so, though..
  5. And I hate the moon. I hate the stars. I hate the darkening sky. And rain and fog. I hate hospitals. And beds with sheets. And every machine ever made. And nurses and doctors. Keep her alive, that was the one thing they had to do. That was the one thing I had to do. And I hate myself most of all. – Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds: I loved this scene for all the feeling involved.
  6. My point is we’re all monsters to someone or something by some definition. It’s the context of the situation that matters. – White Stag by Kara Barbieri: Someone will make you into a monster at least once in your life. Hopefully it’s no one important to you… But even if they make you out to be the bad guy, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are indeed bad..
  7. It all suddenly, and belatedly, felt too real, the things these girls had gone through, what can happen to missing girls. – Sadie by Courtney Summers: This entire book wrecked me, but this line in particular hasn’t left my heart. To think about what the forgotten girls, the missing girls, the outsider girls have gone through because they weren’t safe just ruins me. This is so close to home for me because I had a very unsafe childhood and the men Sadie’s mother brought home could have been the very same types of men I saw with my own mother. It’s a scary world.
  8. No. It just gets different, sometimes easier, sometimes worse. Grief’s a mixed bag of different kinds of shit. – Ruin of Stars by Lindsay Miller: Grief sucks… see quote 1. Everyone handles it differently.
  9. Your past doesn’t make calls on your future. It doesn’t matter who you were. Only who you are. – LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff: You are allowed to be human. We all go through changes. Just try to be better than your past self. That should be your only competition.
  10. Our heads are so fragile, but our hearts are even more delicate. – Cracked Kingdom by Erin Watt: Isn’t it just so true?? We can rationalise a hell of a lot, but sometimes our hearts just will have none of it!

 

So, let me know if you’ve read any of these and your thoughts! Do you have a favourite quote this week? Thanks for stopping in!

 

T10T: (First Ten) Books I Ever Reviewed

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Topic – (First Ten) Books I Reviewed (These do not have to be formal reviews. A small sentence on a retailer site or Goodreads counts, too! Submitted by Rissi @ Finding Wonderland)

Girl of Myth and Legend (The Chosen Saga, Book One) – May 2016 5/5

ARC provided in exchange for honest review

Wow!!! So many emotions upon finishing this book…it’s a very strong piece and not straightforward at all, which made me want to read it all the more. Some parts of the story were a bit confusing, but seemed to be resolved by the end of the novel. Yes, there are stereotypical aspects to the story, but the originality to the majority of the story far outweighs the cliché. There always seem to be so many things happening beyond the immediate issue and the author always keeps you guessing. The strong female character is my favorite part of the novel. It’s nice to see a storyline in which the lead character is not only female, but independent, yet flawed. I love it and truly cannot wait to see what happens in the next novel.

Solace – May 2016 5/5

ARC provided in exchange for honest review.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was easy to get into and interesting, but….

This was a very hard read….emotionally, I mean. As someone who knows multiple people who have been to war, I can totally identify with Corina, albeit not to the same extent as her actual experience. The plot is extremely well developed and satisfying, even if it doesn’t turn out to be the perfect ending. There’s conflict and danger and high emotions, and it all comes together in such a way as to leave you feeling as though there might be a silver lining in most outcomes given the right perspective.

Therin Knite is an amazing author and I really look forward to checking out other novels in the future. I would highly recommend Solace and hope to hear your take on it.

The Forgotten – June 2016 3/5

ARC provided in exchange for honest review.

This book was truly a struggle to read for about the first half to three quarters of the story. I simply could not get into it. The writing was very strong (I do like Jennifer’s style), but the story itself was hard to finish due to the explanation and detail she put into it; and I actually read several other books to procrastinate finishing this. I feel that too many aspects were repeated throughout the novel that should have been obvious.

Of course, I’m bound to come across books now and then that I’m not complete enthralled by, but it could have been worse, I suppose. The last bit of the story, when it all starts to come together, was decently interesting and I would consider reading the next novel in the series to find out what happens to Emilie and Will, as well as Kell and Jakob. The characters were the main redeeming quality of the story. Especially the children themselves. Some of the characters were seriously terrible and I wished them ill, which ultimately happened.

The plot was really dark and sad, so I couldn’t get myself very interested in reading. There was quite a lot of fantasy aspects, which was great since fantasy is one of my favorite genres; however, a lot of the fantastical creatures were not well explained and so I could not clearly picture them as I read.

Sivec herself is a pretty good novelist, it seems, and I would definitely consider reading more of her work. This novel, however, was a trial and I cannot highly recommend it.

The Lost Soul – June 2016 4/5

ARC provided in exchange for honest review.

I enjoyed reading this book because it’s not what you would expect and each time you think you’ve gotten it figured out, something changes to throw you a bit. It turns out that, even in fantasy, not everyone is redeemable. Sometimes, there are simply factors that cause people to be lost from us. Yes, this title probably refers the THE ‘lost soul’ of Echena, but I wonder if the author meant it to apply to more than one character in her novel, as many of them are ‘lost’ in one way or another….

The development of the lead character throughout the novel was inspiring. She goes from a 16 year old, sheltered schoolgirl to this independent, strong, and capable lady of the land and leader of what the establishment considers a rebellion. However, it all becomes clearly a battle for human rights once you get into it. I won’t go into much more because that would spoil it! I will say, though, I love her companions and that they are very atypical.

I’m looking forward to reading book 2 in the series: The Oracle. The ending of The Lost Soul sets up a whole lot of action to occur in the next installment.

Marked – June 2016 5/5

ARC provided in exchange for honest review.

I absolutely loved this book!! I got so stuck into it that I read it in just a few hours. And when I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about what might happen next… Right up my alley with all the mystical creatures humanised and the lead character being so relatable. Not only is the author wonderful, but she is also hilarious and capable of writing the story of a strong female lead who may need the guidance of her companions in the new world she comes to, but is still more than able to take care of herself and kick some ass when needed.

I love when characters are multidimensional from the beginning and progress throughout their stories. Miss Tingey made all of that happen and more. I did realise within the first couple of chapters that Kayla is not all that she appears, but that really becomes obvious near the end of the novel. There’s always something that doesn’t add up throughout the course of the story; too many coincidences that are obviously not coincidental. Then, when one problem is solved, another arises. And, of course, as the story ends, she has the decision of a lifetime to make…

Will definitely be reading book 2 of the Soulseer series! As a matter of fact, I just downloaded it…

Bury the Living (Revolutionary #1) – July 2016 5/5

ARC provided in exchange for honest review.

I absolutely DEVOURED this book! It was an amazing read – so gripping I actually couldn’t put it down until I was basically falling asleep.. McIsaac made Nora and the rest of the characters in the story come alive for me – I was cheering her on like I would any real person. I felt like I was right alongside her at times. She really makes you love the characters she brings to life for the novel. I was especially into it because it’s one of my favorite topics – Irish history. I find the history so rich and interesting, the fairytale aspect is so enchanting, and for her to combine both the way she did was so appropriate for the time period in which it was set – like adding magic to the real world. Then to make one of the characters an actual person taken from a fairytale? Unreal..

It was in the same realm as Outlander and Exit Unicorns – being a historical fiction – and a good way to fill the gap between those. While I feel it should have been longer and more in depth, that’s probably me being selfish because it didn’t last nearly as long as I wanted it too. I wísh there had been more detail, though, because more of the history could have used explanation – especially for those who know nothing about the time period. I got really into it, but felt it moved along too fast in some instances. I truly cannot wait for the second installation of this series. I believe it could be as good as the other series I mentioned above. I truly hope the next one is longer and more detailed! She’s an amazing author and this is going to be a classic series some day.

Of Fear and Faith (Death and Destiny #1) – August 2016 5/5

ARC provided in exchange for honest review.

Oh my steaming goodness!! This was such a great book… I enjoyed it from start to finish and wanted nothing more than to sit and read my book, damn the reality!

Anyway, a lot of the books I’ve been reading lately have some form of god/goddesses and mythology in them – this was no exception, but, damn, was it amazing! Such an original storyline and I loved the characters created by ND Jones. There was so much complexity to both lead characters and loads of secrets going on! Loved seeing the way they interacted with each other and gave a little while holding back a lot. It was interesting to try to figure out what was happening when the writing went really vague in order to not give it all away too early. I loved the mystery and romance and suspense! Would definitely recommend this to mature readers!

Obsidian (lux #1) – September 2016 5/5

To be completely honest, the moment I found out Obsidian was about aliens I nearly stopped reading. I am simply not a fan of alien novels. Not really my thing. However, since a really good friend recommended this to me, I decided to read at least the first book in the series. I am SO glad I did!! Daemon + Katy FOREVAH!

I am so in love with these two + Dee + a few other characters. This story is rife with love + betrayal + so many difficult stories. Also, I love that she’s a blogger! I totally connect with her character. ❤ She’s so real and complex, but all the characters are multi-dimensional through the story. How else would you be drawn so far into this world of aliens and alternate universes? I also believe that if the bad guys aren’t complex, they’re not realistic at all. So when I find myself truly wishing a character ill, I feel it’s an amazing story.

On of my favorite scenes in this first book is when Katy goes to the neighbor’s house since the kids living there are around her age. She’s simply going to ask directions, but the ulterior motive is to try to become friends with one or both teens. And man, there is some serious chemistry from the first interaction! I’m rooting for them from the beginning.

Armentrout has seriously made me an alien fan with this series, which is really saying something because any time I’ve experienced alien fantasy, I’m bored. This…well, I think aliens are pretty fantastic now! You’re gonna want to at least try the sample, but you’ll be sucked in within the first chapter if you’re anything like me!

Tied (owned #2.5) – November 2016 4/5

<strong>What if your hero was a bad, dark man?</strong>

That’s Charlie in a nutshell. He doesn’t think he’s good enough to be worthy of anything, but oh is he wrong… Vera + Charlie are perfection. My only complaint is this novella was too short!

T10T: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I’m happy to say I’ll be participating in T10T once again, and I am so excited for some of the upcoming topics! This week is most anticipated releases of 2019 January to June! Here we go – in more or less chronological order

  • 1. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – this was a really great read!
  • 2. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer – so compelling! Very good story.
  • 3. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – I’m in love with the Grishaverse, so very excited to get this story!
  • 4. Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte – ugh, she killed me with this story!
  • 5. The Priory Of The Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – I got to read the excerpt, which was good. I just love her style of writing.
  • 6. The Devouring Grey by Christine Lynn Herman – looks phenomenal, so of course!
  • 7. Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan – what can I say about this, except WOW! I just completely loved this book!
  • 8. The Wise and The Wicked by Rebecca Podos – Russian-inspired is EVERYTHING!
  • 9. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal – definitely excited for an Arabian novel!
  • 10. The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala – GIRL ASSASSIN and Indian-inspired, so obviously!
  • We’re getting such wonderful stories in the genre this year and I am so excited!
  • Go preorder these ASAP! Totally worth it 😊 Have you read any of them yet? Tell me in the comments which is your most anticipated!

    Thank you & T10T – Most Anticipated

    My dearest Wayfarers,

     

    I am so very sorry for the unexpected hiatus these last few weeks. If you read my last post, you’ll know I was going through a rough time with the family… Well, his mom passed later that day and her funeral was last week. It’s been a struggle to say the very least and there are days it doesn’t feel real. It’s like a nightmare we all have to learn to live with, but we’re supporting each other and we WILL get there..eventually. So, thank you all for sending your positivity and kind thoughts our way. ❤

     

    Right! So, let’s get back to business with my top 10 most anticipated releases coming soon!

    1. Kingdom of Ash by SJM (because duh – if you’ve read ToG, you get me! coming at the end of October)
    2. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor (releases TODAY! I’m loving Strange the Dreamer)
    3. The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody (I got an ARC of this from my friend who went to YallWest just for me and it was SO GOOD!)
    4. The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke (because OMG it’s so freaking amazing! I loved the 4 girls and their journey..also, have you seen the UK cover? Absolutely stunning!)
    5. Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand (I read an ARC of Furyborn by Legrand and loved her writing style, so have been itching to get my hands on this for ages. It’s also on my spooky Halloween TBR – it’s out today so BRB:reading)
    6. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (also releasing today – looks like it’ll be a great story)
    7. Damsel by Elana K. Arnold (Just got an ARC of this in Book Box Club September box – did you say dragons? Count me in!)
    8. The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth (Europe, siblings, witchery? Yup, *adds to list*)
    9. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan (I’ve heard loads of wonderfully amazing things, so can’t wait to get into this world)
    10. Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean (Slated as fairytales and folklore so I’m definitely reading this soon!)

     

    Thanks for reading! Is there anything you’re really looking forward to this season? Tell me in the comments

    Wasted Words by Staci Hart

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    Title: Wasted Words
    AUTHOR: Staci Hart

    RELEASED: 14 May 2016

    GENRE: Contemporary Romance
    MY THOUGHTS: Tyler is amazing! I absolutely love hot men who are down-to-earth and so sweet! He really has everything going for him and absolutely no reason to make friends with someone so different to him as Cam, but for moving into the spare room of her apartment.
    Cam is a sorter – meaning she categorizes people and assigns them to particular shelves, then loves to matchmake her friends and customers of Wasted Words – the bookshop bar where she works. She never saw Tyler coming, which is so cute!
    They’re such a great match, and the story they tell is so adorable! I love that they are so into each other and so oblivious to how the other feels. I was rooting for them from the beginning and hoping that Cam would get out of her own way, but I totally get that she was afraid of getting burned again.

    Wasted Words is a must read for anyone who loves contemporary romance, whiskey, and bookshop bars.

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    Some universal truths refuse to be ignored.
    Peanut butter and jelly are a match made in heaven. Spaghetti and meatballs are best friends forever. And guys like Tyler Knight don’t go for girls like Cam Emerson.
    She knew from the second she met him that he didn’t belong on her bookshelf, the six-foot-six ex-tight end with a face so all-American, it could have sold apple pie. So she shelved him next to the supermodels and rock stars and took her place on her own shelf — the one with the flannel-clad, pasty-faced comic book nerds. Most of her boyfriends have existed between the pages of books, but rather than worrying over her own lacking love life, she puts all her energy into playing Cupid, using her job at the book bar, Wasted Words, as her stomping ground.
    Tyler Knight always looks on the bright side. His career-ending injury turned into a job as a sports agent. A horrible breakup led him to Cam, his quirky, smart roommate who is far more beautiful than she realizes. She’s made it perfectly clear she’s not interested in him — not like that at least — but if she ever changes her mind, he won’t hesitate. Because he doesn’t see the lines she’s drawn between them, as much as she insists that they’re there. Deep down he knows that despite their differences, they’re a match well made.
    *A standalone romantic comedy inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma*

    Review

    I adore ALL this authors books, but this one is my most FAV! 5 star read! – Angie’s Dreamy Reads

    Cam and Tyler’s story is like looking in a mirror and seeing your own truths. Beautiful, romantic, and as always, hilarious. Staci Hart must keep writing forever, because I’m always awaiting her next read. 5 stars! – Brittainy C. Cherry

    It’s perfection. If Jane Austen were alive, she’d agree. – USA Today Bestselling Author Lex Martin

    Hart’s storytelling is like sitting across from your best friend and watching her share some experience she’s had. You know what I mean – she’s waving her hands, her eyes wide, her body language pulling you in and has you begging – BEGGING! – for the next word. – Adriana Locke

    Staci Hart is the queen of romantic comedy. Wasted Words will make you laugh, swoon, and fall in love with its uncommon freshness in a genre suffering from “same old same”. With a little Jane Austen flair and a lot of heart, this book is easily one of my top reads of 2016. – Author Kandi Steiner

    Lovers of Staci Hart (and Jane Austen, for that matter) will have a major swoon-fest over Cam and Tyler in Wasted Words. Their personalities absolutely leap off the page with realism, thanks to Hart’s adept hand at characterization and dialogue, and you’ll find yourself unable to put this book down once you start it. – Author Karla Sorensen

    Wasted Words is sensational. Together Cam and Tyler are stunning. So perfect. Just everything. I want to burn with them, burn in their fire, because burning together is pure bliss. – Bookalicious Babes

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    Top 10 Tuesday – Best Books of the First Half of 2018

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    Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

    This weeks prompt is Best Reads of 2018 (So Far)! We’re already more than halfway through 2018, and I still feel like it’s March…. It’s actually crazy how quickly time has flown by this year. And so much has happened! I finally got my Irish Residency in March, started a business in the same week, applied for my driver’s test (which is strange considering I’ve been driving since 2010…), and moved my blog to WordPress! I’ve also started 2 new jobs (dog training assistant and off licence clerk), so I’m very busy. I always make time to read, though! Which finally brings me to this weeks topic. Best reads…oh, what a hard decision… Fine, I’ll limit myself to only books that have been released already.

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    1. Sky in the Deep – Adrienne Young
    Everyone who knows me or has had even half a conversation with me knows this has been my most favourite novel of the year! I absolutely LOVED this book, so go read it as soon as you can! I struggled for months to get the ARC and ended up getting one personalised, plus a personalised finished hardcopy and signed Owlcrate edition. So, I love life. I reviewed it here

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    2. The Wicked Deep – Shea Ernshaw
    What a dark beauty of a book… The contents are creepily satisfying and appeal to my love of spooky mysteries and hauntingly brilliant writing. Will be likely to reread during the Halloween season… I reviewed it here

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    3. LIFEL1K3 – Jay Kristoff
    This was one of the BEST Sci-Fi’s I’ve read – EVER! It’s hands down amazing and I cannot wait to read book 2! I reviewed it here

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    4. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton

    What a hell of a murder mystery! I love these crime thrillers that f*ck with my head… You DEFINITELY need to pick this up and just try to figure it out before Turton ties it all up. I reviewed it here

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    5. Fat Girl on a Plane – Kelly deVos

    Such a body positive novel. Well, mostly, I guess? There are some issues throughout the book, and some TW, but I felt the majority of the novel made up for it. I enjoyed it, anyway, and reviewed it here

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    6. Wasted Words – Staci Hart

    I have loved Staci Hart for years.. She is an amazing novelist and puts SO much into her writing! This was one that KILLED me.. I kinda love some Friends to Lovers novels…

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    7. What He Doesn’t Know – Kandi Steiner

    This duology killed me so many times… Wahhhhh – These types of novels really make me sad and complete me at the same time! Check Kandi out! She’s a phenomenal author..

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    8. Tristan – Karla Sorensen

    The Bachelors of the Ridge series was brilliant! Tristan was a slowburn romance that was well worth waiting for… Karla is a master of romance!

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    9. Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

    Inej FOREVER! Kaz is cool, too, I guess? bahahahh Looking forward to Crooked Kingdom! I ended up getting the duology set with sprayed pages and I love it!

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    10. Furyborn – Claire Legrand

    I loved so much of this novel… Especially the bounty hunter babe, Eliana! I reviewed that here


    Did any catch your eye? Or have you already read some of these? Let me know in the comments!

    Top 10 Tuesday – Independence Edition

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    Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

    This weeks prompt was to choose books with red, white, and blue covers in line with the upcoming Independence Day holiday. Now, while I AM American, I’m not super keen on what’s happening in the good ole US of A lately, so I’m changing mine a little. I live in Ireland now, so I’ll be highlighting books with green, white, and orange covers! And celebrating the independence of Ireland while I’m at it!!

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    1. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid
    Everyone I know who has read this is in love with it, so I really need to pick it up soon!

    2. The Gilded Wolves – Roshani Chokshi
    Ever since I saw the cover reveal, I knew I needed this. The synopsis sounds awesome, and Chokshi is a queen!

    3. Contagion – Erin Bowman
    This is just a really cool cover. The description sounds like Illuminae meets Roanoke

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    4. The Cruel Prince – Holly Black

    The Cruel Prince has been in my possession since it released… Still not sure why I haven’t read it, yet.

    5. Love & Luck – Jenna Evans Welch

    Set in Ireland, and a pretty cover! I’ve heard good things about this so far.

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    6. Nice Try, Jane Sinner – Lianne Oelke

    Heard loads of things about this one! Looking forward to it…eventually.

    7. Circe – Madeline Miller

    Another that’s been in my possession since release! I love this cover, and the stamped hidden cover.

    8. The Burning Sky – Sherry Thomas

    Just caught my eye, and has been on my Goodreads TBR for ages.

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    9. The Gunslinger – Stephen King

    I saw the movie! I know, I know….read the book first, but I wasn’t aware of the book before then.. It was really good, though!

    10. Turtles All The Way Down – John Green

    I love John Green. Must I say more?


    Did any catch your eye? Or have you already read some of these? Let me know in the comments!