Friday, 21 April 2017

Eight Standalone Books I Think More People Should Know About

I wanted to talk about some standalones that I feel should be more well known.  Some of the books on this list have very popular Goodreads ratings so they're not necessarily unknown books but this is just a list of books that I feel I haven't heard many people talk about so I decided to do a post and talk about why I like them.

The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood - This was a book I read last year and I was very surprised by it, I thought the story and the direction the book went in was really interesting. 

Stolen by Lucy Christopher - This story is told in the format of a letter from the main character to her kidnapper and because of that it was a really intense read. 

Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard - I read this book at the start of this year and I really liked it.  It was such a refreshing read being a YA contemporary with no romance in it.

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick - I really enjoyed this book and I liked how the story was written.  Marcus Sedgwick has a great way with storytelling in his books.

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss - I loved this book and I really want to reread it sometime.  I first heard about this book on Instagram and I'd never heard of it before then despite it having a lot of ratings on Goodreads.  I'd highly recommend reading this book because it's such a beautifully told story.

Solanin by Inio Asano - This is a manga about a young woman who has just left college and is trying to decide what she wants to do with her life.  I loved this book and found it to be really relatable.  This is another book I'd highly recommend reading.

What If by Rebecca Donovan - I've read a few of Rebecca Donovan's books and I've found her writing to have a lot of emotion in it.  I thought this story had a lot more depth to it than I first thought. 

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater - I read this book years ago and really loved it.  And I know a lot of people know of this book already because Maggie Steifvater is a popular author but I feel this is one of her least talked about works and it's also my favourite book by her.

So like I said before I know some of these books are very well known but I just feel that I haven't seen much about them around.  

Have you read any of these books? And what are some standalones you feel need more attention?

Saturday, 1 April 2017

March 2017 Wrap Up

In March I read six books.  Here is a list of the books I read and some of my thoughts on them.

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga- 2/5 STARS
I disliked the characters in this book and I had a lot of problems with the overall story of it.

Vision in Silver (The Others book 3) by Anne Bishop- 4/5 STARS
I really enjoyed this book just like I did with the previous books in this series.

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera - 5/5 STARS
I loved this book so much.  It is definitely one of my favourite books of this year.  It's such an emotional heart wrenching story.  You can find my full review of it here.

Caraval (Caraval book 1) by Stephanie Garber - 4/5 STARS
I was surprised at how much I liked Caraval.  I did have a few problems with it but overall I found it to be a fun read.  You can find my full review of it here.

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour - 4/5 STARS
I enjoyed this book a lot and I'm really interested in reading more books by Nina LaCour.

The Final Empire (Mistborn book 1) by Brandon Sanderson - 4/5 STARS
I really liked this book and I'm excited to read the next book in the series.

That's all the books I read in March. March was a lot better reading month for me because I enjoyed nearly all the books I read. I also watched a new Kdrama in March and I loved it.  It's called Missing Nine and it's about this group of people who end up on a deserted island after their plane crashes (Yes I know, it sounds similar to Lost and it is in a way, with the journey the characters go on and the bonds they make, but it's also completely different).  It's such an exciting series and I'd highly recommend watching it.   

What books did you read in March?