Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Top Ten Tuesday- Auto-Buy Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is: Auto-Buy Authors.  I feel like over the years my list of auto-buy authors has changed a lot and will probably continue to change a lot so I thought I'd list ten authors whose books I've loved and I'm interested to read more of their future works as well.

Marie Lu
Adam Silvera
Lauren DeStefano
Sarah J Maas
Taylor Jenkins Reid

Jay Kristoff
Jennifer Niven 
Cassandra Clare
Sandy Williams
Ilona Andrews

Who are some of your auto-buy authors?

Friday, 12 July 2019

Summer Book Recommendations 2019

I know we're already into summer but I thought I'd do I post about some books that I think would be great to read in the summer months.  Some of these books take place during summer and some of them I think just kind of have a summery feel to them.

Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer 
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers  
A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood
Paper Girls Vol 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang

The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood 
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Summer Blue Bird by Akemi Dawn Bowman
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

What books do you think are to great to read in the summer?

Friday, 5 July 2019

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2019

I did this tag last year and I love how it makes you reflect on your reading for the first half of the year so I really wanted to do it again this year.


1) Best book you’ve read so far in 2019 - The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles - 
This is such a beautiful book and I really hope more people read it.

2) Best sequel you've read so far in 2019 - Song of Sorrow (Sorrow book 2) by Melinda Salisbury and In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children book 4) by Seanan McGuire - 
I know I cheated by picking two books for this question but they were both amazing.

3) New release you haven't read yet, but want to - Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

4) Most anticipated release for the second half of the year - Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle book 3) by Jay Kristoff

5) Biggest disappointment - Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa - 
I was very disappointed in this book, the story and characters felt very generic and dated.

6) Biggest surprise - Enchantée by Gita Trelease - 
I was surprised by this book because although it sounded interesting I had heard some mixed reviews of it before I started it so I was a bit hesitant on it but I liked the book a lot, I really enjoyed the story and the setting of it.

7) Favourite new author (Debut or new to you) - Akemi Dawn Bowman
I read both of Akemi Dawn Bowman's books this year and I really liked the writing of them.  I found the writing to be very quotable so I'm looking forward to reading more of their books.

8) Newest fictional crush - Luvian Fen (Sorrow duology by Melinda Salisbury) - 
I don't usually get much crushes on characters these days but I did like Luvian so I'll pick him for this question.  Technically I first read about Luvians character last year when I read State of Sorrow but I feel like we get to see a lot more of his character in Song of Sorrow.

9) Newest favourite character - Mister Kindly (The Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff) - 
I don't know if Mister Kindly counts since he is more of a creature but I think he's really unique.  He's a sarcastic shadow cat companion to the main character and I really like reading about him.

10) Book that made you cry - The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles - 
Seriously, more people need to read this book!

11) Book that made you happy - The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers - 
I liked how open the world/universe of this book was. 

12) Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year
I don't really have an answer for this because I don't think I've watched many book to movie adaptations this year so far. 

13) Favourite review you've written this year
I didn't know what to choose for this one so here is my review for my favourite book of the year so far: The Air You Breathe

14) Most beautiful book you've bought so far this year (or received) - Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid - 
I love the edition of Daisy Jones that I have.  It's signed and has black sprayed edges. 

15) What books do you need to read by the end of the year? - The Great Alone and Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah - 
I own both these books but still haven't read them yet, I keep meaning to because I loved The Nightingale by the same author and I need to read more of their books.

What are some of your answers to these questions?

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

June Wrap Up 2019

What I Read:

A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers book 1) by Becky Chambers - 4 STARS
I really enjoyed this book and thought the universe and alien species that the author created were very interesting and made me want to read more about them.  Each species had so much depth and complexity while still being easy to understand.  I really liked the characters and the story of this book.

A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers book 2) by Becky Chambers - 4 STARS
I went straight onto the second book in this series after finishing the first and although it isn't about the same characters as the first, I still enjoyed this book a lot.  I found this book to be a lot more emotional than the first and I liked the flashback chapters that told the characters backstory.

Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers book 3) by Becky Chambers - 3 STARS
I was torn between giving this book 2 or 3 STARS (I still might change it).  I enjoyed the first two books in this trilogy and was shocked at how disappointed I was in this book.  I didn't feel connected to any characters and felt that the characters and the overall storyline felt a bit pointless. 

Blog Posts I Did In June:

My June Bookstagram pictures (xo_reader_kyla):

I feel like I didn't read much in June, I just read one trilogy, but I did enjoy most of the books.  What did you read in June?

Friday, 28 June 2019

Historical Time Periods I Loved Reading About

I love historical fiction books that are written so well that you feel transported to the time and place that's being described.  I thought I'd list some of my most favourite historical time periods and settings.

A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood

‣Summer Parties & Sister Bonds

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
‣Shadowhunters & Victorian London

The Diviners by Libba Bray
‣1920s New York
‣Creepy Atmosphere & Supernatural Powers

The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles
‣1930s Brazil
‣Meaningful Friendship & Samba Music

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
‣1950s to 1980s
‣Hollywood Glamour & Complex Characters

Enchantée by Gita Trelease
‣1789 Paris
‣Magic & Revolution

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
‣1480s France
‣Assassin Nuns & Court Intrigue

What are some of your favourite time periods you read in a book?

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Summer 2019 TBR

I thought I'd list some of the books that are on my TBR this summer and it also happens to be this week's topic for Top Ten Tuesday, which is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  I already did a post on some summer releases I'm excited for which you can find here, I plan on reading some of those this summer too. 

Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers book 3) by Becky Chambers
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

What books are on your summer TBR?

Friday, 21 June 2019

Book Review: The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles

Book: The Air You Breathe
Author: Frances de Pontes Peebles
Genre: Adult Historical Fiction

The story of an intense female friendship fueled by affection, envy and pride--and each woman's fear that she would be nothing without the other. 
Skinny, nine-year-old orphaned Dores is working in the kitchen of a sugar plantation in 1930s Brazil when in walks a girl who changes everything. Graça, the spoiled daughter of a wealthy sugar baron, is clever, well fed, pretty, and thrillingly ill behaved. Born to wildly different worlds, Dores and Graça quickly bond over shared mischief, and then, on a deeper level, over music. 
One has a voice like a songbird; the other feels melodies in her soul and composes lyrics to match. Music will become their shared passion, the source of their partnership and their rivalry, and for each, the only way out of the life to which each was born. But only one of the two is destined to be a star. Their intimate, volatile bond will determine each of their fortunes--and haunt their memories. 
Traveling from Brazil's inland sugar plantations to the rowdy streets of Lapa in Rio de Janeiro, from Los Angeles during the Golden Age of Hollywood back to the irresistible drumbeat of home, The Air You Breathe unfurls a moving portrait of a lifelong friendship--its unparalleled rewards and lasting losses--and considers what we owe to the relationships that shape our lives.

My Rating: 5 STARS

My Review:
The Air You Breathe is a beautifully written book set in 1930s Brazil and is about a deep complex friendship and I loved it, it's one of those books that are so emotionally poignant that the story just stays with you.

The Air You Breathe is about Dores and Graça, two friends from childhood who grew up together and formed such a deep friendship despite coming from different backgrounds.  Dores is an orphan working in the kitchen of Graças household.  Graça is the opposite, spoiled and tended to.  This story had such an unlikely tale of friendship and I loved that.  And I also loved how flawed the friendship of Dores and Graça was as well, it wasn't always perfect and that made their bond with each other have more depth to it.

We read from Dores' point of view and the book is her telling her story so we experience her whole life within these pages.  At the beginning Dores is an old woman reflecting on her life and she tells us that Graça is dead and has been for a long time so from the very beginning you just know this book is going to be an emotional rollarcoaster.

We see Dores as a young child growing up, meeting Graça, developing this intense friendship with her, them both finding their love for music and breaking free from their own societal confines to pursue the life they both want in the music industry.

The writing is so beautiful, it really makes your heart ache for the characters especially the present day parts where you get a look at how important on retrospect these moments in Dores' life were for her.

I also loved the overall feeling and atmosphere that surrounded the setting of this book.  I felt totally transported by the way the author described the places, music and time of the book.  I loved reading about the cultural aspects and the talk of samba music.

Overall I loved this book, it's one of my favourite books of the year and I think it's an incredibly beautiful book about meaningful friendship.  Although I don't usually like comparing books I do feel that this book is a mix of both The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones and The Six but it also has its own great story and characters.