2018 has been a great year for reading. I have enjoyed a lot of books but of them there have been a few that have really stood out. The majority of the books selected are ones that I haven’t been able to get out of my head, my mind has been drawn back to the stories or characters of the books.
Check out the below ‘quick picks’ of some of my favourite books from 2018.
The Darkest Part of the Forest
by Holly Black
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While I didn’t rate the book five stars, I did enjoy it a lot. Throughout the year I have kept returning to it and thinking about the storytelling. The Darkest Part of the Forest has renewed my interest in not only Holly Black but stories that feature Fae.
Quick reasons why I love the book:
- The Story: The idea of the boy in the coffin that has been there for years and the town that is on the borders of the supernatural was just great. I keep thinking about how effortlessly I was pulled into this story.
- The characters: I really enjoyed the characters and the siblings in this book. The way in which the story ends with the protector, the lover, and the prince, was so great. Also loving the QUILTBAG representation.
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Prepare yourself for an incredibly self indulgent post about all the things I want for Xmas!
Candy Mountain Yule Log
Quick run down: Every year I try and buy a few of these limited release bubble bars. The bars smell amazing and are so easy to use. You simply crumble them under a running tap and bam – you have a bubble bath.
It appears that this year instead of being little pyramids, Lush has made them into a bit more manageable shape. I usually try and grab as many as I can in the online boxing day sales but I never turn them down as a present!
Quick reasons why I love it:
- The Smell: They are amazing – a soft and sweet vanilla.
- The Luxury: Bubble baths are a large part of my self care routine and these beauties make them all the more luxurious.
Quick run down: I have sunk so many hours into the Tropico games. Tropico 6 is a simulation game where you play as El Presidente, a ‘legally’ elected leader of a Caribbean/Cubanesque island.
Pretty much this is Sims City but on a island with a catchy soundtrack.
Quick reasons why I love it:
- The Soundtrack: the Latin jazz sounds that play throughout each of the Tropico games.
- The Humour: the humour of the game is really tongue in check. The reoccurring characters of the game are also really fun.
The Lunar Chronicles Box-set
by Melissa Meyer
Quick run down: Okay so stay with me on this one, I own Cinder and Winter. However, I do not have the other books. I also love box sets so…
If you don’t know the series, I would really recommend you check out it out! The books are retellings of classic fairy tale and they are all interconnected and amazing. I tend to recommend the series to young adults at the library and I haven’t had any complaints yet.
Quick reasons why I love the series:
- The larger story: The five books all interconnect to tell a larger story. I’m just going to let you in on a secret, the ‘Winter‘ book is about ‘Snow White’ and the other characters from the book all join together and there are ‘seven’ of them… Yep details like that make me so happy!
- The covers: I know a lot of people give Cinder a tough time about the cover – what with the whole weird looking foot in a shoe but I love it and I love them all!.
In the time since posting my first Anticipated Arrival Rundown, I’ve finally read and watched two things on my list. Check out the below two items I’ve been waiting for and finally experienced ❤
The Dragon’s Hoard by Mell Eight.
Post: Anticipated Arrival: Mell Eight’s The Dragon’s Hoard.
I have previously read the first four short stories in this collection. I really enjoyed re-reading them and also loved the new stories included.
I have a weakness for any type of romance novel. If you make it an fantasy romance novel ever better. If it’s a fantasy romance novel with dragons, then you have a surefire winner!
I would really recommend The Dragon’s Hoard if you were after a bunch of quick and happy m/m romance reads <# Continue reading “The Second Anticipated Arrival Rundown”
by Matt Doyle.
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Blurb: New Hopeland was built to be the centre of the technological age, but like everywhere else, it has its dark side. Assassins, drug dealers and crooked businessmen form a vital part of the city’s make-up, and sometimes, the police are in too deep themselves to be effective. But hey, there are always other options …
For P.I. Cassie Tam, business has been slow. So, when she’s hired to investigate the death of a local VR addict named Eddie Redwood, she thinks it’ll be easy money. All she has to do is prove to the deceased’s sister Lori that the local P.D. were right to call it an accidental overdose. The more she digs though, the more things don’t seem to sit right, and soon, Cassie finds herself knee deep in a murder investigation. But that’s just the start of her problems.
When the case forces Cassie to make contact with her drug dealing ex-girlfriend, Charlie Goldman, she’s left with a whole lot of long buried personal issues to deal with. Then there’s her client. Lori Redwood is a Tech Shifter, someone who uses a metal exoskeleton to roleplay as an animal. Cassie isn’t one to judge, but the Tech Shifting community has always left her a bit nervous. That wouldn’t be a problem if Lori wasn’t fast becoming the first person that she’s been genuinely attracted to since splitting with Charlie. Oh, and then there’s the small matter of the police wanting her to back off the case.
Easy money, huh? Yeah, right.
Release Date: 8th May, 2017.
Length: 149 pages.
Series: The Cassie Tam Files #1.
Genre: Sci Fi. QUILTBAG. F/F.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: from author.
My Thoughts: Addict is a futuristic detective story that follows Private Investigator Cassie Tam as she delves into the world of VR to investigate an accidental overdose. The story is told from a first person perspective and reads very much like an old school PI novel. Action packed, distinctive, and set in a detailed futuristic world, Addict grabs your attention from start to finish.
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by Ember Cole.
Blurb: Don’t look away…
I’m the kind of guy people avoid. Yeah, I’m harsh, but it’s the scar that runs from my chest to my face that isn’t doing me any favors. Doesn’t matter that it came at a huge price or that I’ve made something of myself since—experience has taught me chicks don’t dig the kind of scars I carry.
Which is why, when a gorgeous woman moves in next door and isn’t at all intimidated by me, I feel like my luck is about to turn.
Man, does it turn. Seems she gets off on me seeing her sexiest, most private moments…a lot. And I really, really like watching. Enough that I can’t resist giving her a taste of her own medicine.
What follows is the hottest week of my life, and we’ve never even spoken. Or touched. We’re both so worked up that when we crash into each other at the grocery store, no backyard fence between us, I’m ready to take her right there in the frozen foods aisle.
Bianca is bold. She hints that she’s sick of watching the previews and wants to see the whole show. I’ve never done anything like what she’s suggesting, but the ideas spinning through my head turn me the hell on. I’m going to give that woman every one of her wildest fantasies, and then maybe, just maybe, I’ll win her heart…
SHOW OFF is a scorching hot standalone M/F romance with a little M/F/M/M surprise. If you like voyeurism, exhibitionism, and ménage, this one’s for you. As with all my books, there is no cheating, and a HEA is guaranteed!
Release Date: 8 Octover, 2018.
Length: 107 pages (on my tiny phone screen)
Series: N/A Stand alone.
Genre: Erotica. Romance.
Read as an: eBook.
My Thoughts: At its heart Show Off is a smut filled romance novel between a scarred architect and his neighbour, who happens to have a bit of a voyeurism kink. The novel is an very quick and engaging read that effortlessly balances plot with passion .
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I was naughty and didn’t post last month, the main reason why was because I really struggled with this (and last months) challenge. I failed the first time so I figured I would give myself another month to try… I failed again.
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BOOK CLUB BOOKS
Book club books can sometimes be hard to pick. Not only are there so many books out there but some book clubs have rules and restrictions. There are a number of questions you have to ask when selecting a book club book.
Can you pick a new release?
Do you pick a classic?
Are certain genres no-nos?
The book club that I’m part of* are very free and open with the books that we pick. The way in which we make selections is that each month, one member is in charge of picking the book. I find that this is a really nice way of picking books as it makes sure that every once and a while, you get a chance to read a book you want to read. Additionally, if the book is hard to find, you have a month to track down a copy.
The below are suggestions for books that are great for books clubs. There could be a number of reasons why they’re on the list, they could be classics, they could be polarising, or they could just be fun to talk about.
10. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.
A captivating, beautiful, and stunningly accomplished debut novel that opens in 1918 Australia – the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who make one devastating choice that forever changes two worlds.
In my experience The Light Between Oceans is a polarising book. People either love it or hate it. Without going into too much detail, there are a few moral grey ares that the story encounters. The book has the potential to have such great discussions between book club members as you can talk about how the book made you feel, and your thoughts on characters actions. Continue reading “Top Ten: Book Club Books”
There have been so many books over the years that have left a mark. I was always an avid reader but it was in early high school that I truly became hooked. The below are just a few of the ones that have stayed favourites over the years.
Howl’s Moving Castle
by Diana Wynne Jones
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Quick story run down: Sophie finds herself under a spell that transforms her into an old woman. Seeking a way to break the spell, Sophie tracks down the castle of the wizard Howl.
While at the castle she not only looks after the wizard and the castle occupants, but she begins to learn more about herself. Howl’s Moving Castle is a story of magic, mayhem, high fantasy hi-jinks.
Quick reasons why I love the book:
- The Cover: Just look at that cover, how could you pick up this book and not read it?! For a while, the entirety of Jones’ books were released with covers like these and they were beautiful! I have made it my mission to complete my Chrestomanci collection with these covers.
- Howl: The character of Howl just flew off the pages and made me fall in love. The interactions with him and Sophie also made my heart melt, and the book has remained on my favourite list ever since I finished it.
Continue reading “Quick Picks: Childhood Favourites”
Prince & Knight
Written by Daniel Haack.
Illustrated by Stevie Lewis.
Six Word Summary: So heartwarming! Need to make more!
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Blurb: In this modern fairy tale, a noble prince and a brave knight come together to defeat a terrible monster and in the process find true love in a most unexpected place.
“Thank you,” he told his parents.
“I appreciate that you tried,
but I’m looking for something special
in a partner by my side.”
Once upon a time, in a kingdom far from here, there was a prince in line to take the throne, so his parents set out to find him a kind and worthy bride. The three of them traveled the land far and wide, but the prince didn’t quite find what he was looking for in the princesses they met.
While they were away, a terrible dragon threatened their land, and all the soldiers fled. The prince rushed back to save his kingdom from the perilous beast and was met by a brave knight in a suit of brightly shining armor. Together they fought the dragon and discovered that special something the prince was looking for all along.
Release Date: May 1, 2018.
Length: 40 pages.
Genre: Picture Book. Fantasy.
Read as a: Hardcover.
My Thoughts: As an adult reader, I found this picture book to be adorable and heartwarming. The story of Prince & Knight is simple, sweet, and very much a classic fairy tale: Prince looks for partner, prince fails, prince goes to fight dragon, prince meets knight, prince falls in love. Continue reading “Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack and Stevie Lewis”
Half way there!
This month I challenged myself to try the Western genre. My thoughts on the Western genre are somewhat limited to John Wayne, the knowledge my Grandad liked them, and the fact that they’re the old man version of Mills and Boon books.
So with that in mind I, once again, tried to find something that was of the genre but something that I would enjoy. So by some incredible stoke of luck I found a book while shelving that was both a Western and a gay romance!
So, happy Comfort Zone Pride Month!
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