What’s On My Autumn TBR?

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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 Autumn TBR.

 

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I have been really bad at posting recently, there’s been a lot for me to do in life at the moment, and I may not be blogging as much in the foreseeable future because I GOT A JOB!!

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I am so lucky to be starting work with Bloomsbury Publishing, one of my top companies to work for, next month, and I am incredibly excited (and also incredibly nervous as well!) It all seems very surreal! My commute to and from London will give me ample reading time each day too which is a plus! So, without getting too excited, here are my top ten books I will be reading in Autumn…

 

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The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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Harry Potter (audiobooks 4-7) by J.K. Rowling

 

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G Drews

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald – The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

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That’s all the books for today, I’m really looking forward to diving into all of these and hopefully my upcoming train journeys a little more bearable! I’d love to know what you’re planning on reading this Autumn, and which of these books you recommend I read first, so feel free to link your posts down below!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

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Top Ten TV Shows/Movies Worth the Binge During a Reading Slump

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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 Movies and/or TV Shows Worth the Binge. I’m not known for binge watching tv shows or movies, it isn’t something I do often. But when I do, I make sure I choose something which I know will have me hooked from start to finish, whether that’s one, five, or fifteen series/hours later. Today, I’ve made a list of 5 tv shows and 5 films/film series I have binge watched and would absolutely binge again…

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TV Shows

Friends

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Obviously, who can’t sit and watch re-runs of Friends, even after seeing the same episodes 20,000 times?

Gilmore Girls

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I’ve just finished rewatching this, I love Rory as a character is much, it’s so hard not to want to watch it over and over again!

Grey’s Anatomy

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I was very late to the Grey’s train, but I managed to catch up with 11 series worth in just over a month… that’s dedication! Want an emotional rollercoaster binge, here you go!

The Big Bang Theory

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Drawing to close now, this is the perfect time to rewatch all the episodes back to back, just as a reminder if you needed one!

The Great British Bake Off

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Who doesn’t want to spend hours on end watching people make cake and biscuits and pies?! I certainly do! with all series of Bake Off on Netflix (up until it’s move over to Channel 4), what are you waiting for?

 

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Movies

Harry Potter

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If you’re not one for weekend Harry Potter marathons, what are you doing?

Frozen

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Guilty pleasure, I could literally watch it over and over again…

Beauty and the Beast

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What is it with Disney producing such amazing films you just wanna rewatch all the time?

Mamma Mia (1 & 2)

Anything I can sing along to is a plus, I saw the 2nd movie twice in the space of a few days, I just couldn’t help it!

How To Train Your Dragon (1 & 2 and soon to be 3)

I love these films, and they remind me of a good time in my life (I also own a meowing Toothless… don’t ask, just watch the films!)

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That’s all for today, I hope you have discovered a few new things to watch during your next reading slump! If you have a list, please feel free to share a link to your post in the comments, I’d love to know if you have any other recommendations for me!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

Monthly Book Roundup for August

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Hello fellow bookworms! I can’t believe it’s September already, where has this year gone? Now I’ve settled back into Hogwarts after a long journey yesterday, I have some time to update you all on what I’ve managed to read this month, so without further ado, here is my monthly roundup for August…

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What books have I read this month?

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Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz

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Daughter by Jane Shemilt

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Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling

Average Rating: 4.4 stars

Number of total pages read: 1,066 pages

Books read toward 2018 Book Challenge goal: 18/40 books (I think I’ll just admit defeat now…)

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What am I currently reading?

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Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel

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Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire by J.K Rowling (+ audiobook)

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Books I plan to read in September

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The Call by Peadar O’ Guilin

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The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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Gemina (The Illuminae Files_02) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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 September and Happy Blogging!

Jade 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂