Top 5 Book Quotes

There are very few moments I love more than the moment when you read a book and a line/s stands out amongst the others and just resonates with you. That moment when the words become more than words and seemingly jump off the page to become more . . . that moment is pretty great. That moment is something I love so much, and today I decided to share some of my favourite quotes from some of my favourite books.

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Auto-buy Authors

I have a rather long list of auto buy authors. (I have nearly a dozen or so but I’ll share my top 5 with you today otherwise this post would seemingly go on for days . . . and by days I mean a few more minutes longer than necessary) There are many authors who’s writing styles and stories I just adore and because of this I’ve added them to my auto-buy list . . . and yes, I will admit, once an author is added to list I tend to stop reading the synopsis of their new books and just straight away put their books in my cart. (Whoops?)

So, without further ado, lets get into it.

  1. Jennifer E. Smith 

I am so in love with the way Jennifer E. Smith writes. Her books are always written beautifully, they’re easy to read, pretty and poetic. The stories are always cute, but not sickly sweet and always end leaving you feeling hopeful. Some contemporaries end with a too good to be true end, but Jennifer’s books end with a satisfying conclusion that aren’t too “Happily ever after”, instead they’re conclusions that feel real and leave you feeling hopeful about what the future for the characters hold.

Favourite Jennifer E Smith book: My favourite is probably The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight since it is the book that started my obsession with Jennifer’s books.

2.  Morgan Matson

I love how Morgan’s books are often very character driven rather than plot driven. Her writing is sooooo so so easy to read and her books are always full of unique and interesting characters and great romance.

Favourite Morgan Matson Book: Save the Date  Was only released this year and before I’d even gotten half way through the book I knew it’d be my new favourite by Morgan Matson. I loved the humour in this book and that the romance took a backseat in this book and the characters relationship with her family was the main focus.

3. Katie Cotugno

One of my favourite things about Katie Cotugno is that she doesn’t shy away from writing amazing characters who are flawed and constantly touches on topics that are considered taboo in YA.

Favourite Katie Cotugno Book: 99 days is easily my favourite book by Katie. This book features one of the only love triangles I will ever love and tolerate. It’s a dark love triangle and everyone involved doesn’t have pure motives. Feelings are hurt and it’s raw, ugly and messy, and so many people beyond the three involved in the triangle get hurt. It just feels so real and at the end of the book despite everything you’re left with a feeling of hope.

4.  Sarah J. Maas

I have a love hate relationship with Sarah’s books. I either love or hate her books. I love the throne of glass series and I hate some aspects of the ACOTAR series. With that said, while I don’t like some things (Mainly Nesta. Oh lord I hate Nesta so much.) I really like the plot of both her series and I will probably continue to keep buying any of her books.

Favourite Sarah J. Maas book: Crown of midnight. It was amazing y’all . . . and oh lord, Chaol. *Cries*

5. Leigh Bardugo 

So while I haven’t all of Leigh Bardugo’s books, I do own all of them and I will likely keep buying any book she writes (yes, I’m trash. I know. Get over it.) I love her writing style, the way she creates worlds and her characters.

Favourite Leigh Bardugo book: Siege and Storm. Nikolai. Need I say more???

January Reading Wrap Up

This month I had the best reading month I have had in a long, long time. I think the fear of my holidays nearly being over kicked me into gear. I read a total of 6 books! Some of you may not be that impressed, but y’all its impressive considering I spent most of last year in a reading slump!

The inexplicable logic of my life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz – 600,000,000/5

This book was so honest, so real and raw. It didn’t shy away from anything. It touched on life and the beauty in it, the ugly, the truth. It was so brilliantly written, as Benjamin’s books always are. It was detailed and poetic, without being overdone and in your face. Honestly, I loved everything. I loved how it focused on self-identify and the flaws we all have as humans. It didn’t make the flaws seem ugly, it made them seem beautiful and a very important part of being human – of being alive, of living. I don’t think I can properly articulate my feelings and my love for this book. Just trust me when I say it’s stunning and worth the read.

Everless by Sara Holland – 2.5/5

(Link to my full review)

I have a full review up, if you want to read, but to summarise: I didn’t like this book very much. I felt like it was bland, predictable, convent and full of boring two dimensional characters.

 Changes in latitudes by Jen Malone – 3/5

(Link to my full review)

I really enjoyed this book so much. It wasn’t perfect, it was super cheesy and predictable, but I had such a fun time reading it! Plus, the love interest was really adorable and funny and I’m sucker for a YA romance.

The last days of us by Becky Nicholas – 2/5

This book was what I was expecting it to be, and nothing more. It was insanely cheesy and very cliché. The main character is trying to get her old life back. After her brother’s death, she started partying and drinking her woes away.  We see Zoe as she goes on a road trip across country and try to win her ex back. *Insert clichéd dark haired, blue eyed broodingly sexy mean guy with a tragic backstory* *cue instalove and clichés*

It wasn’t a bad book, honestly, I have read worst books. I enjoyed it. It was a quick one sitting read, this book is just nothing special. The writing was bland, the characters were MEH and the story was predictable.

Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – 5/5

(Link to my full review)

I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! I started it, fell in love by page two and instantly started kicking myself for having not read it sooner. It was unique, fast paced and action packed. I cried, I laughed, I nearly had a heart attack, I cried some more and then I cried even more. This book . . . it is well worth the read. There is not one single thing I disliked about this book. *shakes book in your face* REEEEAD IT!!!!

To all the boys I’ve loved before by Jenny Han – 4/5

Sure, at times I rolled my eyes so hard I thought they’d fall out of my head because so many parts of this book were just so damn cliché, but I still really loved this book. I loved it a lot. Most of all I loved how this book focused on more than the romance (and y’all the romance in this book is all the right kinds of cheesiness), it focused on the relationships between siblings and family in general.

Reader Confession Tag

I was tagged over on Instagram ( by the lovely @sjmtrash) to do the reader confession tag and I decided to do it over here on my blog instead, so lets get into it . . .

  1. Have you ever damaged a book?

Yes. Many. Most notably there was one horrific accident where I tripped while holding a cup of hot chocolate . . . It went right down one of my bookcases and damaged about a dozen books beyond saving and another two dozen were readable, but still damaged.

  1. How long does it take you to read a book?

It really depends. Sometimes I can get a book finished in less than 6 hours. Sometimes it can take two days or two weeks. It honestly all comes down to what’s happening in my life at the time and whether I’m super invested in the story or not.

  1. Books you haven’t finished?

Oh lord, SO MANY. I used to be afraid of DNFing books, but last year my reading goal was to DNF books I wasn’t liking. Most I put down with the intention of picking up again one day, some I put down for good.

  1. How many books do you own?

I’m too lazy to get up and count them, but I’d say about 500ish. I did a huge unhaul of 150+ books last year and it felt so good, but still, I have a rather large book collection . . . and it doesn’t help that I’m not very good at sticking to book buying bans.

  1. Do you like to buddy read?

I’ve only done a buddy read twice and both times they didn’t turn out so well . . . I would like to give it another go however. They seem like they can be fun. I’ve just had bad luck where the book chosen turned out to be one I didn’t like.

  1. Do you read better in your head or out loud?

In my head. If I read out loud I will usually stumble over words. My mouth and my brain don’t work at the same speed when I’m reading.

  1. If you’re only aloud to read one book, which would it be?

Vampire academy. That series has a special place in my heart and I never get bored of it. I’ve read it about 15 times or so and I’m still to get sick of it.

Illuminae – Review


Title: Illuminae

Authors: Amie Kaufman  and Jay Kristoff

Release Date: 20th of October 2015

Pages: 599

Rating: 5/5 (actual rating: 50000001/5)

Goodreads Summary:

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

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