T5W: Christmas Wish List

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!

This topic is always a dangerous one – because I’ll just find more and more books I want to add to my wishlist! But isn’t this just the perfect time to start thinking about things you’d like for Christmas?

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The first book on my list is permanently this one. I’m deadly serious when I say if any of my readers have this edition of Lady Midnight and are willing to let it go for a price…please drop me an email or comment below!

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Onto a lighter note, who wouldn’t want a cuddly niffler?

 

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I have the UK special edition of Throne of Glass, but the US slipcased edition is still on my to-buy list.

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Yet another collectors edition that is simply gorgeous! But I need to re-read the series first and see if I enjoy them enough 🙂

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This book is the only one I might actually be getting for Christmas 🙂 Isn’t it beautiful?

What’s on your Christmas wishlist?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Beautiful Quotes #99 / Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Beautiful Quotes is a weekly meme hosted by me, where I post some of my favourite quotes. Any other bloggers are welcome to join me in this and just link my blog!

Hi everyone! I have exciting news – it’s my birthday today! I’ll be doing a birthday haul post on Thursday, but today I’m here with a Beautiful Quote. Today’s quote is one I actually remember and keep close to my heart, and I really wanted to share it with you guys. It’s also from Harry Potter which also relates to tomorrows post – you’ll see 😉

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“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

-Beth

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Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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Everybody has to make choices.
Some might break you.
For seventeen-year-old Mia, surrounded by a wonderful family, friends and a gorgeous boyfriend decisions might seem tough, but they’re all about a future full of music and love, a future that’s brimming with hope.
But life can change in an instant.
A cold February morning . . . a snowy road . . . and suddenly all of Mia’s choices are gone. Except one.
As alone as she’ll ever be, Mia must make the most difficult choice of all.

This book has been on my shelf for way too long, and I’m glad I finally picked it up. I actually really enjoyed this book, I found it so easy to read and ended up getting through it in a few short days.

“And that’s just it, isn’t it? That’s how we manage to survive the loss.”

I’ve never read a book quite like If I Stay. It switches between the MC being in a coma and ghost-like state, and flashbacks of how her life was before the accident. I actually really enjoyed the flashbacks, and it made the pages speed by! I found this book quite comforting in a way, and the flashbacks made me feel so close to Mia, her family and her friends.

The only criticism I have is that she didn’t seem very real? I know, I know, she is literally a ghost. But it wasn’t that that bothered me. I just found her dialogue/thoughts really strange for her age sometimes, especially in the flashbacks when she was still a child. I can’t remember an exact example, but one piece seemed so odd that I actually read it out to my boyfriend. Staying on this theme, the book was so cheesy that it came out with some really weird fantasies – including Mia playing her boyfriend like a cello, and even going as far to run her cello bow over his body. If anything, this made me feel so embarrassed and awkward?

“Because love, it never dies, it never goes away, it never fades, so long as you hang on to it.”

But my complaints are only small. I did enjoy this book, it just wasn’t perfect for me!

★★★★★
4 stars

-Beth

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Beautiful Quotes #98 / Love, Simon

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Hi readers! I’m very happy to say I finally got around to watching Love, Simon the other day. I’ve wanted to watch the movie since, um, it was announced, yet here I am, having only just watched it. I kind of felt like it was my duty, since I’m meeting Becky in a couple of weeks!

I had my issues with the movie (full discussion coming Friday), but I did still really enjoy it! It’s so great to see such brilliant books come to life on the big screen, and it rekindled my love for this book. So here I am today, sharing a beautiful quote from Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

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“People really are like house with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it’s a good thing, the way we never stop surprising each other.” 
― Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

-Beth

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Review: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

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On September 5th, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: they’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but for different reasosn, they’re both looking for a new friend on their End Day. The good news: there’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure – to live a lifetime in a single day. 

All I could do while reading this book was compare it to More Happy Than Not. Because the difference is insane, and I loved loved loved this book! Firstly, it’s so unique, the way Silvera uses magical realism in his novels to change them up from being contemporary. It made They Both Die at the End so relatable and easy to read even though it wasn’t strictly real.

“But no matter what choices we make – solo or together – our finish line remains the same..”

I found the characters so much easier to relate to than in More Happy Than Not. Mateo and Rufus come from very different backgrounds but they share their deepest thoughts and feelings in this book. They’re both very tender and real. Nothing is hidden in this book, and it’s so pure that I ended up with tears rolling gently down my cheeks. I’d been told to prepare myself, but I hardly ever cry at books! This one just couldn’t be helped.

“..No matter how we choose to live, we both die at the end.”

The plot was so easy to follow and the pacing was so good, especially as this book is set over only 24 hours! I really admire authors who can fill a book with the events of just one or two days. I have to admit, I admire Silvera so much after reading this book. Knowing the main characters are going to die is so hard, because I’m sure some people have gone in with the ‘I don’t care what happens to them they die anyway’ attitude. But Silvera knocked this one out the park. He made two dying boys live.

★★★★
4.5 stars

-Beth

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Stacking the Shelves #64

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!

Hi readers! I keep buying books…but at least these are second hand. I really try to buy books on deals or second hand whenever I can – as long as they’re in good condition I really don’t mind having used books on my shelves!

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You might think it’s weird that I randomly bought the middle book of this series, but I had the first book and the last book in hardback, and the second in paperback. It’s been this way for a couple of years now, until I finally decided to bite the bullet and buy a second hand hardback copy to complete my set.

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I’ve been slowly collecting these copies of A Song of Ice and Fire, and I found this one recently when my boyfriend and I visited our local second hand bookshop. Now I’ve got 3 out of the collection all second hand!

Did you buy any books this week?

-Beth

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Stacking the Shelves #63

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!

I can’t stop myself buying books! Maybe part of the problem is now living and studying in a city, and constantly being around bookshops. I visited my local Waterstones recently and I found a great deal – buy a book and get another half price.

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Life hasn’t been easy for sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto, but with the help of his girlfriend he’s slowly remembering what happiness might feel like. 
Then Thomas shows up …
Thomas is smart and funny, and before long Aaron is spending all his time with him. But as Aaron’s feelings for Thomas intensify, tensions with his other friends start to build.
Soon Aaron is faced with a choice – one that will make him question what it is he wants, and how far he’ll go to get it.
Why does happiness have to be so hard?

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Just as Charlie allows herself to succumb to Gabe’s charms, the explosive revelation about her mother’s death threatens to pull them apart.
Meanwhile, a media circus has exploded around the future of Fire&Lights – when they announce a US tour to show the world that they are stronger than ever, Charlie gets the opportunity to accompany them. New York City, here she comes! But it’s not all fun and games. Charlie is still feeling all kinds of awkward around Gabe and knowing that her mother’s last days were in America touring with her band, Charlie uses the opportunity to uncover some more truths about her mother’s death.
As Fire&Lights try to win over the world again, and as Charlie and Gabriel uncover the true story that links their pasts, will Charlie finally be able to follow her heart?

I bought More Happy Than Not as I’m meeting Adam Silvera fairly soon and Songs About a Boy as I loved the rest of the series.

Did you buy any books this week?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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