Anticipated Releases for 2017!

Good morning/afternoon/evening/night to all of you reading, depending on where you are.

I thought I’d do something a little different for today’s blog, something I’ve never done before, and something that makes me excited for the year ahead! So 2017 is going to be a good year for books, or at least I’m hoping it will, because I’ve been having a look at some of the anticipated releases for this year. And honestly, it makes me so excited to see all of them! So I’m going to make a list, yes another list (lol), about all the books I can’t wait to be released/to read in 2017!

 

1. Lord of Shadows: The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare

I already mentioned this one in my ‘Wishlist Wednesday’ blog yesterday but I honestly cannot wait for this to be released. I haven’t yet read ‘Lady Midnight’ which is the first book in The Dark Artifices series but it’s down for my either April/May monthly reading list in anticipation for this one.

Release Date: May 23rd

 

2. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

This one has been on my Wishlist since I subscribed to ‘Hailey in Bookland’ on YouTube, I’ve mentioned her already but I love her reviews of books and how honest they are. But I definitely wanted to read this book after it was in one of her videos and she did a vague sort of synopsis of the book and it really intrigued me.

Release date: March 28th

 

3. Hunted by Meagan Spooner

I first saw this and thought it was another YA novel about a girl with a bow and arrow/almost a spoof of Red Riding Hood… how wrong I was! It’s actually a re-telling of the Beauty and the Beast story (umm, hello, who doesn’t like re-told stories of fairytales?!) so I was instantly hooked. Need to definitely buy this once it’s released!

Release date: March 14th (so soon!!)

 

4. A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi 

This is the 2nd book, I believe, in The Star Touched Queen series and, again, although I haven’t yet read that book/nor do I own it yet, I will eventually buy both books and get to reading them. The story to me is super intriguing and sounds magical, so I definitely need to invest in these.

Release date: March 28th 

 

5. One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

THIS! This I really excited for! I’ve got ‘Three Dark Crowns’ in my list to read either next month or in May but the release for the 2nd book in this series is too far away! I’m just going to have to re-read it before the next one comes out. I’m just really stoked for this come out because both the synopsis’ are very mysterious and sound amazing so, yeah, definitely also going to have to buy this when it comes out.

Release date: September 19th

 

That is all the books that I’m really excited for, for now, and I’m sure the list will increase as the year goes and I get into my book series and more publication dates are set. I hope you enjoyed reading through this list and feel free to give me some suggestions on any other books that are being released this year! I’d love to hear what you’re looking forward to reading this year too!

Happy reading!

~A.

Wishlist Wednesday

Hello all! I’m back with another little update to my Wishlist Wednesday list. It’s grown substantially since I last wrote it so hopefully you can bare with me. I have a tendency to make lists of books I want and just keep adding them and then adding them before realising the list is now 3 pages long.

I, of course, can cross off one of the books that I have already purchased recently and the rest I can hopefully buy before the end of this year. I’ll write the new additions in bold so it’s easier to distinguish. Let’s get on with the list, shall we?

 

1. The Girl in the Glass Tower by Elizabeth Fremantle

2. The Harrowing by James Aitchen

3. The Crow Girl by Axl Sund

4. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

5. The Clifton Chronicles by Jeffery Archer

6. The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman

7. Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley

8. History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

9. Ever the Hunted: A Clash of Kingdoms Novel by Erin Summerhill

10. Windwitch by Susan Dennard

11. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

12. The Star Touched Queen by Roshanu Choksi

13. The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser

14. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

15. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

15. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

16. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

17. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

18. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

19. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

20. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

21. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

22. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

23. The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (cannot wait for this to come out!)

24. The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

25. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

26. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

27. King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

28.Skellig by David Almond – I read this in English Literature class one of my last two years in High School and I just remember how much I loved this story!

29. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd

30. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

31. The Borgia Bride by Jeanne Kalogridis

32. The Scarlet Contessa by Jeanne Kalogridis

33. The Devil’s Queen by Jeanne Kalogridis

34. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

35. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

36. Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

37. Lord of Shadows: The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare – this is coming out this year and is the sequel piece to Lady Midnight! I’m really excited to read this!

38. All Grown Up by Jami Attenburg – I remember reading a review of this a couple of days ago and though the premise of it was completely unique. It’s a coming of age story but for someone who is middle-aged. I can’t wait to read this!

 

There’s certainly a lot more books than I planned on there being but hey ho, one can never have too many books! I really hoped you enjoyed today’s blog and I’d love to hear your comments on some of these books. Have you already read them? What did you think? Would you recommend them to anyone? Or are you excited to read one of these?

Let me know!

Happy reading!

~A.

New Purchases and March Reading List

And here I am for another blog post for the third day in a row! It’s like I’m on some sort of reading/blogging extravaganza!

Anyway, I’ll admit it… it’s pay day for me, and probably for a lot of people too, but for me it’s worse. Because I’m pretty sure most of my money goes straight to the books I really want to buy in the future and so far, I’ve only bought one of those which I’ll explain below, because there are so many pretty book covers and enticing stories that sometimes I kinda just want all the books there. And yes, my bank account does weep heavily at the beginning of the month.

I bought four new books this month and I’m excited because two of them can be used for my Sunday Funday 2017 Book Challenge and one of them I have had on my Wishlist Wednesday for a good two weeks now ever since I saw it. And I finally have it! Which means I am super excited!

I’ve also decided to include my March Reads of the Month just because it’s going to be the 1st of March tomorrow and I know that I’m incredibly behind on my reading and the Book Challenge. Therefore, I’ve set myself the goal of reading at least 5 books this month and then hopefully increase that as the month goes on depending what I’m in the mood for.

But let’s dive straight into the new purchases I got today!

  1. Heartless by Marissa Meyer (top left corner of the image below)

If I’m honest, the only reason I picked this book up was because I had recently subscribed to ‘Hailey In Bookland’ on Youtube (if you don’t know who she is, you need to subscribe ASAP because her book recommends are amazingly diverse and wonderful reads! Plus she’s very honest about them!) and she was doing a comparison of the book covers between the UK and the US. This book came up and when she described it I knew instantly I had to get it. Luckily, I was in my local supermarket and decided to have a wander down the book aisle to see if they had any book deals on. Usually it’s either kids books or books with the generic front cover… BUT this time they had a deal on for 2 for £7 and so I started perusing through them and came across Heartless. There was no doubt it my mind! I had to buy this book!

Summary:

“Long before Alice fell down the rabbit hole…

And before the roses were painted red…

The Queen of Hearts was just a girl, in love for the first time.” 

Price I Paid: Part of the 2 for £7 deal

Retail Price: £7.99

 

2. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (top right corner)

This book! OMG! I always try to make a conscious effort to include more diversity into the books I read and I knew when I saw the trailer for this film and saw what every book-lover is excited about reading – “Based on the novel” – I was sold. All these books were bought as part of the 2 for £7 deal and when I saw that this book was included under that deal, my heart skipped a beat and without hesitation, I picked it up and placed it in my basket. I am so excited to read this because first of all, it’s a true historical event (which if you haven’t gathered, historical books are my faves) and second of all, it’s about a untold story that none of us were really taught in school about how African-American women were actually part of a major event in history and they always have been. They deserve every right for their story to be told and I’m really eager to delve into this book. Plus, Octavia Spencer is in the film which I’m really stoked to see because she was absolutely fantastic in The Help. And every film she’s in to be honest.

Summary:

“Genius has no race. Strength has no gender. Courage has no limit.

The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space.

Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, some of the brightest minds of their generation, known as ‘human computers’, used pencils and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War and the Space Race, Hidden Figures is a powerful, revelatory tale of race, discrimination and achievement in the modern world. Now a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst and Kevin Costner.”

Price I Paid: Part of the 2 for £7 deal

Retail Price: £8.99

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3. Beauty And The Beast by Disney (bottom left corner)

This book just gets me super thrilled for the movie with Emma Watson! I honestly cannot wait for the film to come out and to go and see it. It’s going to be amazing, I can tell already! Plus this says at the bottom (you can’t see it on the picture) ‘Book of the Film’ so I’ll probably end up reading this after I watch the film so I’m not spoiling anything for myself either way. And I’ll probably read this in a day so that’s another checked off of my Book Challenge! Anyway, I’m really excited (as you can probably tell by the amount of times I used the word ‘excited’) to read all these books! They are just fantastic and I’ve been eyeing this book for a while but I’ve been very reserved until I realised the movie comes out this month anyway so I might as well!

Summary:

“Belle dreams of adventures like the ones she reads about in her books – until she becomes the prisoner of a fearsome Beast in a mysterious, enchanted castle. But life in the castle isn’t as terrible as Belle imagines, and she soon realizes there is more to the Beast than first meets the eye…

Experience this talk as old as time about adventure and love, about looking past first appearances, and about the inner beauty in all of us.”

Price I Paid: Part of the 2 for £7 deal

Retail Price: £6.99

 

4. The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman

This is the one on my Wishlist Wednesday list and has been for a while. Just the story compels me because of the mystery element that I genuinely didn’t really see coming until I read the blurb. Mainly that was based on the front cover and thought it was a romance book to be honest (*slaps on the wrist for judging a book by its cover*) and how wrong I was! I really cannot wait to read this book and live this adventure and the heartbreaks between Izzy and Tom, the two main characters of this novel, because I’m sure there will be many! It’s been a while since I cried at a book before and I’m talking like My Sister’s Keeper-a while ago. And since I don’t have a boy to break my heart for me, why not do it with a book? 

Summary:

“A boat washes up on the shore of a remote lighthouse keeper’s island. It holds a dead man and a crying baby. The only two islanders, Tom and his wife Izzy, are about to make a devastating decision.

They break the rules and follow their hearts.

What happens next will break yours.”

Price I Paid: Part of the 2 for £7 deal

Retail Price: £7.99

 

If anyone has these books already, please let me know in the comments so I can ask you any questions or if anyone is tempted to buy them, let me know how you get on!

Onto the March Reading List, which is not in reading order. So this was basically just an idea to get me back into the swing of reading again and to basically get through my huge 20-odd pile of books that I currently have in my room.

The first book I have chosen for my March Reading List is;

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Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan – I chose this mainly thinking of my Book Challenge in mind because it has my name as a character/title of the book so I can cross one of the challenges off my list once I have finished reading this. Plus, I’ve already explained the synopsis before in a previous blog, but this plot line is intriguing as heck and is certainly one that I won’t be able to put down.

 

My second choice is;

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Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly – I picked this book for 2 reasons. The 1st was because I want to see the film and I like to read the books beforehand and see if I visualised them the same way. The 2nd was because I can also cross this off my Book Challenge list as a book that has been made into a film!

 

My third choice is;

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer – As soon as I picked this book up I knew I desperately wanted to read it straight away! Who doesn’t love a prequel to an already widely-known story?!

 

My fourth choice for this month is;

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Beauty And The Beast by Disney – I picked this book for this month primarily because the film is being released this month (Friday 17th March to be exact) and I want to read this straight after watching the film.

 

And my final choice for this month is;

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The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon – This book intrigued me so much because of the plot being centered around two young girls who are both ten years old. I’ve never read a book before (none that I can remember anyway) that are from the narrative of children before – discounting the HP series – but that was also a thriller/mystery as well. Plus the completely unrelated, for the time being, title of the book just pulled me in instantly! Can’t wait to read this book.

 

I hope you enjoyed my especially long blog post today! And if you have any questions or you just want to chat to me about the books for my March Reading List or the new books I bought, please leave me a comment and I’ll reply!

Happy reading!

~A.

Wishlist Wednesday

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening, wherever you are!

Today’s blog is going to be a short one as it’s just a quick list of all the books that I currently have on my Wishlist to purchase sometime in the near future! Let me know what you think and if there are any books that are also on your Wishlist!

The list will probably be updated every other Wednesday with new books as I’m sure they’ll be a lot of exciting releases this year that I’ll want to purchase.

Without further ado, let’s get straight into it!

1. The Girl in the Glass Tower by Elizabeth Fremantle

I saw this book whilst walking through the Waterstones shop near where I live and I was instantly drawn in by the cover and the fact that I already have another book by Elizabeth Fremantle which is called Watch the Lady.

 

2. The Harrowing by James Aitchen

This was another book I saw whilst walking through Waterstones as well after I saw The Girl in the Glass Tower and knew I just had to buy it eventually. Plus it’s set in 1066 and the book cover looks amazing!

 

3. The Crow Girl by Axl Sund

This book really interested me because the author name is actually a conjunction of two different authors and I don’t think I’ve ever read a book written by two different authors, plainly because writers’ writing styles can differ a lot which could potentially ruin the flow of the book. Plus I think this book will be very good for my Sunday Funday challenge of reading a book that has been translated as this one has been translated as it’s been translated from Swedish.

 

4. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

When I saw this book was from the same author that wrote My Sister’s Keeper (which I absolutely loved! Made me cry a bunch of times!) and I’m really intrigued by how her writing will change with the different genres.

 

5. The Clifton Chronicles by Jeffery Archer

I saw the book ‘This Was A Man’ in Waterstones as well in passing and picked it up before realising that it was actually part of a seven-book series so I researched it a bit more and I also realised that I needed to buy the series as any books that are part of a series really interest me. 

 

6. The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman

I saw the trailer for this book first with Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender in it and then saw that it was based on the novel and I’m a sucker for books that are made into films and I knew I just had to buy it soon!

 

So that’s it for now! I’m sure I’ll be adding on and taking away books that I’ve recently purchased so it’ll chop and change quite regularly I assume! I’m excited to see if anyone else has any of the same books on their wishlists and if anyone has any of these books, I’d love to hear what your opinions on them are!

 

Happy reading!

~A.