My Reading Slump Saviours

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Hello fellow bookworm! Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! Most of us are familiar with Top Ten Tuesday by now, but if your new to this, a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is ‘Tope Ten Books to Pull You Out a Reading Slump. I feel like I’ve been in a permanent reading slump this year, which absolutely sucks, but it’s nice to know I have these books I can turn to in a time of need…

 

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Harry Potter #1-7 by J.K. Rowling

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Matilda by Roald Dahl

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That’s all for today! I’ve definitely had to call upon a few of these books this year, as I’ve had some major reading slumps, but Harry Potter especially has been getting me through! I’d love to know if we share any of the same reading slump saviours, and what other books you have on your list to recommend, so please feel free to leave a link below to your posts too!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

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Favourite Bookish Online Presences

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Hello fellow bookworms! Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! Most of us are familiar with Top Ten Tuesday by now, but if your new to this, a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Favourite Book Bloggers/Websites. I decided to spice it up a bit this week and look at bookish people from across the internet, and not necessarily just those whose blog. I want to pay tribute to all those lovely bookstagrammer and book-tubers I love as well, so here are my top ten favourite bookish presences from across the world wide web…

 

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Cait @ Paper Fury

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// really interesting topics

// humorous posts

// love of dragons and cake

Christine @ PolandBananasBOOKS

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// amazingly funny

// great book talks

// insights into her book writing experience

Hannah @ A Clockwork Reader

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// the best reading vlogs

// tbr and ‘best of’ lists galore

// bookshelves to die for

Holly @ Nut Free Nerd

// great book tags

// can read classic novels like it’s no ones business

// no escape from those Top Ten Tuesday posts

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// the most gorgeous Instagram feed ever

// lists, lists, and more lists (I love lists!)

// discussion posts aplenty

Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books

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// discussion post queen

// never misses a Top Ten post

// lost count of how many book tags she’s done that I’m desperate to do

Zoe @ readbyzoe

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// 24hr readathons

// hauls that make you want to buy all the books

// endless tbr piles

Chrissi @ ChrissiReads

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// book reviews that make me want to rethink the way I review books

// more lists (you can’t get enough)

// a massive range of genres it’s hard to keep up

 

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That’s all for today, I really hope you enjoy looking at all of the great content from these wonderful bookish people across the internet! I’d love to know if we share the same favourites, or whether you have anyone else on your list you think I should check out! Feel free to link your lists in the comments so I can check them out.

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

(all images belong to their respective bloggers/bookish people)

Monthly Book Roundup for June/July

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Hello fellow bookworms! I realised I didn’t do my monthly roundup for June, so this is a combined June/July wrap up of all the books I managed to finish (which even after 2 months isn’t many)! I am really getting back into reading now, I’m not sure why it’s been so difficult for me to pick up a book these past few months but I am really hoping to catch up and somehow get back on schedule for my reading challenge (I’m still 8 books behind) but I think as long as I reach 35-40 books this year, I’ll be happy! Considering I finished 2017 writing my dissertation for too many hours a day, and kickstarted 2018 with my final major project which ran until May, I haven’t done too badly! Through the graduating and the job hunting and overtime and trying to somehow start my own freelancing business, I’m still trying to squeeze in as much reading as possible. Okay, enough excuses now, let’s get into the round up (and some new post graphics too)…

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What books did I read in June & July?

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Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham

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The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Average Rating: 4.2 out of 5

Number of total pages read: 1,843 pages

Books read toward 2018 Book Challenge goal: 15/40 books

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What am I currently reading?

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Alex & Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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Books I plan to read in August

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Daughter by Jane Shemilt (as recommended by my mum)

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The Call by Peadar O’ Guilin

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Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel

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The Sun in Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

I’ve got some very colourful books to look forward to by the looks of it! What do you think of the books I’ve read this month? What about the ones I plan on reading? Leave your comments below, and book recommendations are always welcome!

Happy August and Happy Blogging!

Jade 🙂

Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

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Hello fellow bookworms! Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! Most of us are familiar with Top Ten Tuesday by now, but if your new to this, a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is ‘Top Ten Books that Lived Up to the Hype. Since starting my blog, I have been very open to trying new authors and genres I would never have dreamed of picking up before! I get a lot of recommendations through Instagram and BookTube as well as blogging, and when someone says it’s a great book and there’s a lot fo hype around it, I’m usually willing to give it a go if the premise sounds like something I’d enjoy. Here are a few books I’ve read because I’ve heard non-stop good things, and you can’t go anywhere in the book community without seeing them…

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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I don’t read sci-fi, this genre (along with historical fiction) is one I usually avoid. However, there were so many people praising this book due to it’s unique story telling techniques and magnificent story (and also, the cover was out of this world, no pun intended!) so I decided to give it a go. I was absolutely not disappointed, this story is INCREDIBLE!

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

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When this book was released, there were so many people talking about it! Everywhere I went, they said ‘oh my gosh have you read this book yet? If not, why the hell not?’ A bookseller in Waterstones Piccadilly was the person to really convince me to read it, after he had said how many people had come back with such high praise for the book! After reading it, I completely understood they hype and why so many people enjoyed it. It’s such a relatable story in many ways, helping you realise and conquer your insecurities through such a raw, funny, emotionally driven and heartbreaking story (yes, it really can make you feel all those things!)

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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I was very late to the reading party for this one! I know there was a lot of hype around it in the beginning, and then again when Albertalli’s newest release (The Upside of Unrequited) came out, but I didn’t pick it up until the third wave of hype came about when the movie adaptation, Love Simon, was due to land in cinemas. It was about time I got round to reading it, and I was not disappointed! It really is as happy and funny and amazing as everyone says it is!

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

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I read this a few months after it released, purely because I couldn’t watch a BookTube video or go on Instagram or Goodreads without hearing about this book! I don’t think I’d ever read a YA thriller/mystery book before, but it was a very appealing genre mash up for me because I enjoy them both separately. This book really did meet all my expectations with the perfect balance of the two genres, it was fast paced and I highly recommend it!

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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I read this book TWO YEARS after it first came out! Clearly it took a lot of convincing for me to pick this up (or I never got round to buying a copy and I was ‘saving’ it for a time when I just couldn’t wait any longer to read it…) It was a book I definitely intended on reading, but so many other books got in the way, and I was kind of waiting for the right moment to read it. I don’t regret picking it, it is definitely worth the hype that surrounds it; I know it’s still highly recommended even three years after it’s release! The blurb is very vague and honestly the best way to go into the story is completely blind to the story!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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It took me a while to pick up one of Rainbow Rowell’s books, and I ended up reading Eleanor & Park first, which didn’t really lived up to the hype in my opinion, so I was a little wary going into Fangirl, but I definitely wanted to give Rowell’s books another go, and I had heard Fangirl was one of the better ones. I think I enjoyed this one so much more than Eleanor & Park was because I found it so relatable! The characters were great and so easy to fall in love with and the story was aimed perfectly at what I was going through at the time of reading as well! Definitely worth the hype surrounding it (and Carry On which is kind of companion to Fangirl..)

The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

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I’m talking about the entire series here! There was not one book that disappointed me in any of the series, they are still so hyped up, especially around the time of new releases, one of the best YA fantasy series around (not counting Harry Potter of course this reigns above them all!) I actually picked the series up because the box set was so cheap, and my sister had been watching the Netflix show and thought it would be something I enjoyed, and it absolutely exceeded any expectations I had and blew them out the park!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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I probably say this a lot, but The Fault In Our Stars is one of my favourite books of all time! It’s a book I continue going back to, and I regret not reading it as soon as I found out about it! I was actually recommended this book before the hype, but I remember it not being described that well, because it did’t sound that appealing to me! Suddenly, everyone started talking about this book and I was like ‘wait a second, I’ve heard about this before!’ When I knew more about the story, I was desperate to pick it up, and from there, I never looked back!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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As I said at the beginning, historical fiction is a genre I tend to steer clear of. However, I’d heard so many good things about The Book Thief, I got myself a second hand copy, and it sat on my shelf waiting to be read. It wasn’t until one of my uni friends spoke so highly of it that I picked it up… and read the whole 500+ page book in 3 days! I could not put it down, it was so well written I can’t even begin to comprehend the incredible mind of Zusak! It was heartbreaking and made me fall in love with characters I want to go back to again and again! If someone tells you to read it, you definitely should!

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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I don’t remember much about how I found this book, but I know there was a lot of hype surrounding it, and the movie was probably in the works but the time I picked it up. It’s one of those adult books which doesn’t feel too heavy in terms of being really long and wordy, but does tackle a lot of difficult issues the aren’t often seen in YA (and some that are, which is why it’s a great transitional book if you’re trying out more adult fiction). So many people speak so highly of this book, and it is well deserving of the hype it still gets! (And I highly recommend reading the book instead of watching the film first if you must watch the film!)

That’s all for today’s list, although I could have added so many more! I’d love to know if any of these lived up to the hype for you, and as always, please feel free to link your top ten lists below so I can see all the wonderful books you’ve loved!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

Books with Memories… (Top Not Quite Ten Thursday)

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Hello fellow bookworm! Top Ten Tuesday Thursday is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! Most of us are familiar with Top Ten Tuesday by now, but if your new to this, a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Books with Sensory Reading Memories . These are books that, when you think about them and the story within, you can link it to a specific time in your life, or a specific activity you were doing at the time of reading. I do this all the time, constantly remembering the first time I read a book and what I was doing at the time, so this is a great topic for me!

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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I read this book over the weekend, and I remember it being incredible warm. I had the house to myself, ordered a good old Wagamama takeaway, and whizzed through this incredible book. A very sunny, delightful weekend of reading

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling and co.

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This was devoured whole, all in one day, pretty much in one sitting! It was release day, and I remember queuing outside the bookshop (even though my copy was preordered, and I wouldn’t be able to start it until after my Sunday shift at work). A very exciting day!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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I read this while at uni, and I’m surprised I found the time to read it as quickly as I did. The memory that has stuck with me the most is the final day of reading, approaching the end of the book, sat on my bed, wrapped in my duvet, completely sobbing my eyes out!

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

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This was a childhood read, but I still remember it so well! I recall telling my nan it was a bit boring at the beginning, and I definitely remember really getting into it and not being able to out it down (even for my roast dinner

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling

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This is one big book, so of course I read it in many different sittings, in many different places. There are two memories connected to this book. The first is a very quiet Saturday, no plans, curled up in a chair and ploughing my way through about 150 pages in one go. The second is drawing the end the book, reading my lunch break, and sobbing my eyes out at a certain character’s death (no spoilers!)

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

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I read this on holiday in Norfolk, and it was such an uplifting book after a tough few days leading up to our getaway. I remember curling up on the sofa in our holiday cottage really getting into the story.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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I was two weeks into my first full time job, and my parents had gone away on holiday. I remember being allowed the luxury of sleeping in their super king sized bed, and curling up with this great book.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

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When I was in school, I still had a bedtime… which went completely out the window when I was reading Twilight (shh, don’t tell my parents!) My sister and I still had bunk beds, and I recall being on the top bunk, pulling the curtain back slightly and using whatever light there was left in the day to read this book which had my teenage self hooked (in fact, I seem to remember doing this with the entire Twilight series!)

That’s it for today’s list, I know it’s not quite 10 (and it’s not Tuesday… let’s call it Top Not Quite Ten Thursday…) I’d love to know if you have any sensory connections with the books on this list, and please feel free to link your lists too (even though I’m very late with this one… I need to get my act together!)

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

Series I Will Not Be Finishing (and Some I Still Need To Start)

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Hello fellow bookworm! Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! Most of us are familiar with Top Ten Tuesday by now, but if your new to this, a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Series I Won’t Be Finishing. I decided to mix this up a bit and do a few series I haven’t started yet, but really want to read. (PS. I know this isn’t this weeks topic, but I missed it a few weeks ago so I wanted to give it a go!)

Series I Won’t Be Finishing

The Shaw Confessions by Michelle Hodkin

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I really enjoyed the Mara Dyer trilogy, and I was super excited to move onto the new companion series, but I was quite disappointed. The story line continues on from where we left off in the previous series, but it felt very disjointed and confusing compared to the Mara Dyer books.

The Cormoran Strike Series by Robert Galbraith

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I love crime books, and the way the storylines were structured in both The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm was great, however, they are not fast paced thrillers, and that is one thing I really like when I read them. The chapters in these were too longer and there was sometimes a bit too much detail for my liking in a crime story.

A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas

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The first book was great! The second book took me ages to get through. It seemed like it was a bridge book between the first which was all about world building and character development, and the third which I’m assuming is a big war of some kind (as with many fantasy stories). I stopped after ACOMAF because I found the story and the characters increasingly boring.

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

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I have done with this series what I know a lot of other readers have done as well… stopped after the first three books. It felt like the best place to stop, the storyline came to a close, and the rest of the books seemed to continue with new characters. I was happy with where I decided to finish this series.

Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard

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The premise of the first book seemed very ‘same-y’ compared to other fantasy novels, and I started to get very confused towards the end as to what was actually happening. I felt no desire to continue.

Series I Want To Start

The Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo

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I have heard AMAZING things about this duology, and I even have the first book on my shelf, but after my major reading slump caused by lack of interest in fantasy, I am yet to be motivated enough to pick it up.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Confession: I bought this book because it was pretty! Yes, I even spent extra money to get the hardback edition for the gorgeous dust jacket because I’m a designer go weak at the knees for good cover design! However, the synopsis and actual layout of the book does sound very interesting, so I am excited to see where this one takes me…

The Passenger Series by Alexandra Bracken

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Like the Six of Crows duology, I have heard great things about these books, and have Passenger on my shelf right now if I wanted to read it… but I’m a mood reader and my bookworm senses are just not calling me to it right now.

The Shade of Magic Trilogy by V.E. Schwab

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This is exactly the same as Six of Crows and Passenger… on my shelf, just not feeling it (but I most definitely will be reading it!)

To All The Boys I Loved Before Series by Jenny Han

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I love YA romance! Any soppy love story I am all for, especially when I’m looking for something quick I can whizz through, but fall in love with the characters at the same time. This is definitely a book I am in the mood for right now, if only it was on my bookshelf…

That’s it for today’s post! I’d love to know your thought on any of the series I’ve mentioned today, and whether it’s worth my finishing/picking up these series! Also, please feel free to leave a link to your Tuesday lists!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

Books I WILL Read This Summer

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Hello fellow bookworms! Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! Most of us are familiar with Top Ten Tuesday by now, but if your new to this, a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Books on my Summer TBR.

I think I have a bit of explaining to do, considering I’ve missed the last goodness knows how many Top Ten Tuesdays, and I’ve kind of been MIA for the last few weeks. Since finishing uni, I’ve been sucked into the world of job hunting and applications, writing cover letters, updating my CV, and all the things I frankly very bored of doing right now, but it has to be done! I haven’t really had that much time for reading either to be honest ( and I’m scared to even log in to Goodreads to see how far behind I am with my challenge! I have decided to do a bit of catching up, so instead of doing this weeks prompt, I’m going through the ones I have missed (and want to do!), so there might be two TTT posts this week! Anyway, without too many more excuses as to my absence, here are ten books I plan to read this summer…

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

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Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel

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They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

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The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

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Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín

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So that’s what I plan on reading in the coming months, I’m really hoping I can get around to reading more and making time to sit down with book, especially with the sunny weather the UK has been blessed with recently! I’d love to know what everyone reading this summer, please feel free to comment below and leave a link to your lists!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

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