T5W: Books I Want To Read Before 2019

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

I love this topic! I may have hit my Goodreads goal of 50 books for 2018, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have goals to hit by the end of the year. Here’s some books I’d like to finish!

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I thought I’d start by telling you about my current read – A Map of Days. I was so worried that I wouldn’t understand any of the goings on in this story as I read the Miss Peregrine’s books a few years ago now – but I’m enjoying it so much and I don’t feel the need to re-read the other books.

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Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price. Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, the tales in The Language of Thorns will transport you to lands both familiar and strange–to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse. This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, each of them lavishly illustrated and culminating in stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

I’ve had this book since it’s release last September and I desperately need to get round to reading it!

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I finished Songs About a Girl and Songs About Us last summer and I’m so nervous to read this in case I don’t remember what happened in the first two books! But I promise myself that I’ll at least try it by the end of 2018.

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So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

I can’t wait to read this to get me into a festive mood. Possibly early December?

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When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

And I couldn’t write this post without telling you all about my big goal for the festive season. I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t read any Shadowhunters books (apart from City of Bones years ago), and after Queen of Air and Darkness comes out I’ll have 12 Cassandra Clare books to read! So I’ve finally decided to tackle them over my Christmas break from uni.

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Stacking the Shelves #69

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga where we share books we’ve bought this week. Find out more and join in here!

This week is all about Sarah J Maas and I’m so excited and happy about it!

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Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

My lovely friend Chloe (who I can’t thank enough), gave me the entire of Throne of Glass! Including Kingdom of Ash! I haven’t read the series yet but I can’t wait to get started as I adored A Court of Thorns and Roses.

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I also bought this gorgeous collectors edition of Throne of Glass even though I haven’t read the series yet!

Did you buy any books this week?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Longest Books on My TBR

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

I love this months T5W topics and it’s made me so excited for November! Today we’re talking about something a little daunting…the longest books on my TBR. I have over 70 books on my physical TBR so I chose to go for that instead of my general TBR which has almost 300 books on.

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The last book in Throne of Glass comes in at an impressive 980 pages! When I do get round to reading this series, it’s going to take me a while.

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Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Twilight! This special double-feature book includes the classic novel, Twilight, and a bold and surprising reimagining, Life and Death, by Stephenie Meyer. 
Packaged as an oversize, jacketed hardcover “flip book,” this edition features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new back cover art. Readers will relish experiencing the deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward through fresh eyes.

I’m not quite sure about the page count on this book as I think 780~ includes both Twilight and Life and Death. But it’s hopefully coming up soon on my TBR either way.

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City of Heavenly Fire comes in at 733 pages – and I’ll be reading this series over my Christmas break from uni! I’m so excited.

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Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.
Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

Lady Midnight is 720 pages long, but my edition is a very large paperback so I’m sure the word count is through the roof!

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And not far behind at 699, my edition of Lord of Shadows. I bet my copies of Queen of Air and Darkness will be similar!

I’m not going to lie, I always find big books daunting and leave them to the back of my TBR which is so bad of me! But I definitely need to fight my fear and pick some of these up soon.

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Characters You’d Cosplay As

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

Happy Halloween readers! I went out celebrating last night, so I’m staying in tonight and me and my partner have been carving pumpkins.

This weeks T5W is all about cosplay and who I’d like to dress up as! I loved this topic, and it was so fun to think up characters.

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The first one that came to mind was Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses! Her outfits sounded so beautiful and elaborate.

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I’d love to dress up as someone from the Harry Potter universe. The first girl that came to mind was Hermione, but afterwards, I thought of Luna Lovegood!

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I was thinking of fantasy novels and Six of Crows is one of the books at the forefront of my mind. I love the thought of Nina Zenik!

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I’ve actually considered dressing up as Katniss for YALC before, I think it’d be such a badass outfit.

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I was reading other posts from this weeks topic and I saw someone mentioning Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before! She has such a cute style and I would love to dress up like her.

Who would you like to cosplay as?

T5W: Mythical Creatures

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

Hi everyone! This week we’re continuing the spooky run up to Halloween with top 5 monsters or mythical creatures. I had to go for mythical creatures, because there are too many cute ones that I really wanted to include.

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The first one that came to mind was the niffler! My boyfriend bought me Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for my birthday and we watched the movie on Monday night. I loved the movie and all the magical creatures.

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I also love Hobbits! I’ve watched all of these movies and read The Hobbit in the past year, I definitely need to read the rest of Lord of the Rings soon.

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Wraiths are definitely some of my favourite mythical creatures (or humans in this case)! I love Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and I can’t wait to read her Grisha trilogy.

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After becoming a massive Game of Thrones fan recently, I can’t stop thinking about this incredible series. How could I not include dragons in here?

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Because who doesn’t love Ewoks?

Which monsters or mythical creatures did you pick?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Favourite Villains

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

I have to admit I’m not crazy about this months topics, they’re just not really for me and I’m definitely struggling! However, I actually found myself engrossed in researching and thinking up some of my favourite villains. Here they are!

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Okay okay, I know maybe I’m cheating a little by including Snape. But how could I not?

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AIDAN is by far my favourite villain ever. He’s an AI that has such a complex attitude, and I love him for it. His dialogue is incredible.

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As much as I love AIDAN, I have to say Mr Gray is a close second. Stiefvater writes such incredible, complex and interesting villains! Shoutout to the Greenmantles too.

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I might not be Warner’s biggest fan right now, but I can definitely appreciate the great concept he is for a villain, and I can’t wait to see where Mafi takes him in the series.

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I was extremely torn between my last few characters, and I kept switching between villains from Game of Thrones, and then my boyfriend mentioned Gollum! I have to admit, I have a soft spot for him.

Which villains did you pick?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Favourite Covers

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

Hi guys! I love this topic as I’m definitely a cover-buyer. I’ve decided to talk about books on my pre-order list or TBR today as I want to torture myself by looking at beautiful covers of books I can’t buy want to admire the beautiful covers I will hopefully own one day!

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Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker is offered a chance at a deadly heist: break into the Ice Court – a military stronghold that has never been breached – and retrieve a hostage whose knowledge could change Grisha magic forever. To succeed would mean rich beyond his wildest dreams – but he can’t pull it off alone . . .
A convict with a thirst for revenge. 
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past. 
A spy known as the Wraith. 
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. 
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Together they might just be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

I’m so happy to say I have this book on pre-order, because I absolutely adore the Six of Crows duology and I’m overjoyed that I’ll have this on my shelf very soon.

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I also have this one on pre-order, because my lovely boyfriend bought me the same edition of Lord of Shadows and I’m looking for Lady Midnight to complete the set!

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In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

Oh my, look at this cover? I haven’t actually read Throne of Glass yet, but I’m sure I’ll adore it as I’m such a big fan of A Court of Thorns and Roses.

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Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

This book has been on my TBR for frankly years now, and I think it’s about time I get round to buying a copy. Also, that cover and the typography is so beautiful!

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Francis Wootton’s first memory is of Kurt Cobain’s death, and there have been other hardships closer to home since then. At fifteen years old he already knows all about loss and rejection – and to top it all off he has a permanently broke big brother, a grandma with selective memory (and very selective social graces) and a mum who’s at best an acquired taste. Would-be poet, possible intellectual and definitely wasted in Tyne and Wear, Francis has grown used to figuring life out on his own. Lower Fifth is supposed to be his time, the start of an endless horizon towards whatever-comes-next. But when he is diagnosed with leukaemia that wide-open future suddenly narrows, and a whole new world of worry presents itself.There’s the horror of being held back a year at school, the threat of imminent baldness, having to locate his best shirt in case a visiting princess or pop-star fancies him for a photo-op . . . But he hadn’t reckoned on meeting Amber – fierce, tough, one-of-a-kind Amber – and finding a reason to tackle it all – the good, the bad and everything in between – head on.In Bloom is a bright, funny, painful and refreshing novel about wanting the very best from life, even when life shows you how very bad it can be. It is a novel about how to live.

I remember loving this cover from even before the book was released, but I still haven’t got my hands on a copy.

Which covers do you love?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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