Authors I Want To Read More Of.

We all have authors we love to read books by, but unfortunately the books they have written is limited. Because of this, it’s always exciting to hear when an author is in the midst of writing a new book, whether this be a new standalone or a sequel in a series. It’s also exciting when you discover a new author, only they don’t have many books since they’re new, but you still want to read more. Today I am going to share with you all four authors whose books I have previously enjoyed and as a result would be interested in reading more books from were they to write more.

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The Harry Potter Book Tag.

When I was first tagged to do this I mistakenly thought that I had already done this. It appears that I was wrong because I have previously done The Harry Potter Tag which is very different.

I was tagged to do this by two people: Not Capulet and Captivated By Fantasy. Thank you to the both of you for tagging me!

NirvanaFlagrate: A book that you found interesting that you would like to rewrite.

Not off to the best start, are we? This is a tricky one.

Nirvana by J. R. Stewart.

I’ve decided to go for this one because I remember reading and reviewing this book last year and I wasn’t really keen on the direction the story took. For that reason I think it is something I would want to rewrite as I did like the concept of the book.

You can read my review on this book here.

Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar ChildrenAlohomora: The first book in a series which got you hooked.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

I have gone for a recent read for this question as I only just finished this book series yesterday, so it’s still very much in my head.

I absolutely love this book, the whole series even and each time I finished a book I was left itching for more and made immediate plans to get my hands on the next in the series.

Since this is quite a recent read I do have a review up for this book and you can find that here.

Accio: A book you wish you could have right now.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Illustrated Edition by J. K Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay.

When the first illustrated book came out last year I instantly had to buy it and I fell in love with it, so it’s no wonder that I am really eager to see the next one. Besides, it feels appropriate to use this book for the tag and it’s always extremely difficult for me to do any kind of book tag and not include Harry Potter.

dark placesAvada Kedavra: A killer book.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.

I find it funny that both of the people who tagged me to do this chose a book by Gillian Flynn.

What’s even funnier is that Gillian Flynn sprung to my mind too and Dark Places is my choice, which again is funny because each of the people who tagged me chose different books. In fairness though, any book by Flynn would be a good response.

I am actually a big fan of Flynn’s work and I have reviews of almost all of her novels and her novella here, including Dark Places.

john dies at the endConfundo: A book you find confusing.

John Dies at the End by David Wong.

I just don’t get it.

I still don’t get it.

I really cannot bring myself to think of this book any more, it was the weirdest and most random book I ever read, but if you are interested I will link my review.

Review here.

perksExpecto Patronum: Your spirit animal book.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

You’ve all seen me write about this book so many times that it probably isn’t shocking and an explanation is not really needed.

I want to write a proper review of this book as some point, just so I have one, but at the same time it feels unnecessary considering the countless tags this book has been mentioned in.

Gone GirlSectumsempra: A dark, twisted book.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

Both the people who tagged me mentioned the same book, so I feel a bit out of the loop having not yet read it (seriously, I will read it, it’s currently on my bedside table just waiting for me to get around to it).

So, can I use Gillian Flynn again? I’m going to use Gillian Flynn again.

Dark? Twisted? Well, have you met Amazing Amy?!


the sistersApparecium: A book that surprised you in a great way.

The Sisters by Claire Douglas.

Nothing can surprise quite like a thriller!

This book didn’t surprise me because I enjoyed it, but because of the twists and turns along the way which despite being dark (also making this book appropriate for the previous question) was thoroughly enjoyable.

I do have a review up on this book which you can read here.

Thank you again Juliet and Shannon for tagging me!

I am going to tag:

If you do this tag let me know, I’d love to see your answers!

-driftinglexi

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Books I Want To Reread.

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” – Oscar Wilde. (I cannot remember if I have used this quote before or not – you’ll see throughout this post that I have a pretty terrible memory – but it seemed relevant for this post.)

I have always been a big lover of reading and this stems back to as far as I can possibly remember. As a result I have read a lot of books and have lots of books I would love to reread whether this be because I loved them so much, or because I cannot actually remember how I felt about the book.

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The Bookish Christmas Tag.

At the moment I am working 5-6 days a week, so this does not leave a lot of time for reading. As a result, I am really struggling lately to get books read and reviews written. Fortunately, however, I can do book tags, so at least I can provide you all with something bookish to read, including this lovely tag recently invented by Callum McLaughlin, so thank you for tagging me to do this.

twilightFather Christmas: Name a book you received as a child that you treasure to this day.

I don’t actually own a lot of books I received as a child anymore. However, there is one from when I was eleven years old and while I am not a big fan of it anymore, I cannot deny that at the time I loved it.

Yes, this book is Twilight by Stephenie Meyer which I had received as a Christmas present from my nan.

The ghost of Christmas past: Is there a book or series you like to revisit each year at Christmas time?

Honestly, I usually have so many new books still to read by the end of the year that I don’t even consider rereading something. However, I do try and revisit Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling every one to three years, although I don’t plan it specifically for Christmas.

city of bonesChristmas tree: Name a series that reaches new heights with every entry.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.

I haven’t mentioned these books for quite a while it seems, but I absolutely love them and feel that they keep getting better and better with more extreme villains, the invention of new runes etc.

This is a rare thing to say, but I actually think that the last book in the series was one of my favourites.

Sharp Objects GFFriends and family: Name a book with fantastic characters.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn.

If you have read this book, you may be confused because you will be aware that there are extremely few likeable characters within this book.

However, I have chosen this book because of the unlikeable characters, such as Amma. Despite my dislike for a lot of the characters, it is undeniable that the way Flynn has written them is fantastic.

The HobbitDecorations: Name a book with a gorgeous cover you would proudly display on your shelves.

There are so many books I could use for this question, but The Hobbit was the lazy response as it was one of the first images I saw on my laptop when I opened the pictures folder.

I absolutely love this cover of the book and it is definitely my favourite out of all of The Hobbit covers which have been created. This book is also a hardback which only seems to make it more gorgeous.

Christmas cards: Name a book that carries a great message.

tmohtbiThe Manifesto on How to Be Interesting by Holly Bourne.

The message from this book teaches us the importance of being yourself and how you shouldn’t let your fear of how everyone else may react influence how you behave if it makes you happy and as long as you’re not causing any harm.

I feel like this is a really good message for people just starting secondary school because it’s at that age where you want to make a good impression to those who you’ll be seeing almost every day for the next five years and as a result, it can make people feel pressured to act a certain way in order to be “normal” and fit in.

FrankensteinIce and snow: Name a book that you were hoping to love but which ultimately left you feeling cold.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

I tried to love it, I wanted to love it, but the sad reality is that I didn’t love it.

It was incredibly written; however, all the detail and the descriptions just ended up boring me.

Christmas lunch: Name a book that was big and intimidating but oh so worth it in the end.

hpatgofI was considering using The Book Thief for this one, but I cannot recall actually being intimidated by this book, despite it being bigger than books I usually tend to read.

However, when I was younger I definitely remember being scared to read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire because of it’s length (little did I know that the next book in the series would be even longer). As I am sure that you can all agree, those 636 pages were definitely worth reading.

Mince pies: Name a book you found sweet and satisfying.

the night circusThis is another one of those questions where I feel that I have a lot of books at my disposal.

The temptation to go for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is strong, but I don’t think I can get away with two Harry Potter responses in a row.

I am going to go with The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This is because three months later I still love this book so much and I remember being really satisfied and content with the way it ended, although I don’t feel that the words “sweet and satisfying” do the book justice.

Presents: What book do you wish you could give everyone to read?

Harry Potter IllustratedHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition by J. K. Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay.

This book is so pretty and gorgeous and beautiful. It is truly the perfect Christmas present. Also, everyone loves Harry Potter and let’s be honest, if you don’t like Harry Potter, you’re probably not someone I should be buying a Christmas present for.

Spreading the festive cheer: Tag some friends to help spread the festive bookish love.

I am going to tag:

Once again, thank you Callum for this tag!

Please click here for my other blogmas posts.

-drftinglexi

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Review: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn.

“People are dumb. I’ll never get over how dumb people are.” – Gillian Flynn.

The Grownup is most definitely not a Christmassy read; however, I said that I was posting everyday for blogmas and I haven’t yet read anything Chritmassy. For my other, more Christmas related, blogmas posts click here.

the grownupRecently, Flynn released a short story quite different to the larger novels she has previously written. Rather than being a crime book, The Grownup is very much a thriller. It has mystery, suspense and even horror. While Flynn never fails to give me the creeps with her writing (meant in the very best way), this book was, to a small extent scary. More specifically, I was scared for the main character.

The Grownup follows a woman who works part-time as a psychic and part-time as a woman who gives handjobs. When Susan comes to visit the psychic, she is worried about her home, worried that something evil lurks there. The woman tells Susan what she wants to hear and while he doesn’t believe in the paranormal, when she agrees to cleanse Susan’s house, she begins to feel the evil too.

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Review: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.

“Worries find you easily enough without inviting them.” – Gillian Flynn.

dark placesFirst off, I’m sorry for posting this a lot later than usual, I have no idea where the day has gone, but I was determined to finish this book and write a review for it tonight.

After having read and enjoyed two other books written by Flynn (Gone Girl and Sharp Objects) I couldn’t wait to read this one, another crime thriller. Similarly, Dark Places is very, well, dark, so I definitely recommend it for those who are more mature.

I have seen many people say that Dark Places was their favourite of Flynn’s work and while I don’t support that opinion, I still think this is a really good book. However, I personally think I preferred Gone Girl.

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September Book Haul.

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” – Lemony Snicket.

In total this month I have bought/received a total of seven books. After buying only four books last month (one of which was for a friend), my stack of books to read on my bedside table isn’t suffering (nor my purse). However, it felt strange not having lots of newly purchased books. Also, I haven’t been out very much this month; I don’t think I’ve bought a single one of these books in person, the majority were ordered online.

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Time of the Day Book Tag.

Today for Tag Tuesday I am doing the Time of the Day Book Tag. I was not tagged to do this by anyone, I just thought it looked fun. As a result I will not be tagging anybody at the end, but do feel free to do this if you fancy it. I love looking at the different responses people give to the same questions, so let me know if you do this tag as I will be happy to see your answers.

Let’s get started!

Gone Girl1. Time to wake up: A book that opened your eyes to a genre you didn’t previously read.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn opened me up to the genre of crime and I haven’t looked back since. I don’t recall having read many, or perhaps even any, crime books until Gone Girl, but after this book I decided that I would make an effort to do so.

I read Gone Girl last December and since then I have read a couple of crime books, including another book by Flynn.

a monster calls2. No time for breakfast: A book that has been sitting on your shelf for ages.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

I bought this book a good year and a half ago, but still haven’t read it. There have just been so many books to read that this one has gotten lost beneath them all.

I will get around to reading this eventually… And I look forward to when that day comes as I enjoyed reading Ness’ Chaos Walking trilogy and More Than This.

3. Time to travel to work: A book you read whilst travelling.

I don’t really have much opportunity to read whilst travelling. I use buses when I meet up with friends, but the bag I tend to use is too small for books and reading in the car makes me travel sick. I very rarely use trains and I try to walk to places as best I can. This makes this question difficult for me, but if I was going to read a book whilst travelling I would just take whatever I am currently reading and at the time of this tag I am currently reading is Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff.

the silmarillion4. You’ve had a hard time at work: A book you struggled to get through.

The Silmarillion by J. R. R Tolkien.

As a matter of fact, I am still struggling to get through this book.

This book takes us deeper into Tolkien’s world of hobbits and elves etc. and is set long before the events of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

The reason I am struggling with this book is that there are so many words/names which are difficult to pronounce, therefore making reading it hard.

hpatps5. Lunch time: A quick and easy read.

Either Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling, or The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. However, if it was Harry Potter it would have to be one of the first three books in the series as they get very big after that, I mean, have you seen the size of the Order of the Phoenix?!

This is because I’ve read them all so many times that I don’t necessarily need to finish it over the lunch break as I know everything that happens. Furthermore, they are quite short so I would most likely be able to finish it off in the evening.

the bone season6. Time for your performance review: A book you bought because of a review you read/watched.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon.

It wasn’t exactly a review I saw that made me want to buy this book, but Carrie from Itswaypastmybedtime mentioned it in a video and was saying that she was really enjoying it so I decided to buy it.

Unfortunately, I have still not gotten round to reading this book, but I aim to have read it by the end of this year, so you can definitely expect a review on it at some point in the (hopefully near) future.

The Hobbit7. Time to travel home: A book that follows a character on some kind of journey.

The Hobbit is the first book which springs to mind when the words “journey” and “adventure” are involved.

The Hobbit is a beautiful book and one of those which you can easily reread, like with Harry Potter. I prefer The Hobbit to The Lord of the Rings because it is much easier to read and I prefer Bilbo over Frodo, so I chose the prequel for this question, rather than the trilogy, though both apply very well.

love letters to the dead8. Dinner time and conversation: A book you don’t hear people talk about much, but you loved.

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira.

I really enjoyed this book, but I haven’t seen anyone talking about this at all. The only time I saw it mentioned online was in a tweet from Stephen Chbosky.

I don’t know if the reason people don’t talk about it is because people didn’t like it very much, or if they just didn’t read it, but I really liked it. If anyone is intrigued I have a review for this book here.

The Book Thef9. Time to zone out in front of the TV: Your favourite book that has been turned into a movie or TV show.

I could list so many books here, but I’ll go for one I haven’t mentioned yet and that is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

I really enjoyed this book and also the movie, though I know a lot of people didn’t enjoy the latter. I was even pleasantly surprised when my dad said he enjoyed the movie!

Also, I absolutely love the cover of this book from the illustration of Liesel dancing with death, to the colouring used and even the font.

10. Bedtime: The book that is currently on your nightstand.

Just one? I have sixteen.

We Were Liars11. Night-time: A book you couldn’t put down so you stayed up way too late reading.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.

I haven’t mentioned this book in quite a while! This book was very enjoyable and had a massive plot twist at the end. To read my review of this book please click here.

As I said at the beginning, I am not tagging anybody to do this, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it if you want to. If you do I would be interested in your responses so feel free to let me know that you’ve done it and I’ll check your post out.

-driftinglexi

Review: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn.

Sharp Objects GF“Problems always start long before you really, really see them.” – Gillian Flynn.

After reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn last year and loving it, I knew I had to read some of her other books. I never used to read many crime books, but I absolutely love them and definitely need to buy more. Sharp Objects is a thriller, it has mystery and suspense and this is what I love about crime books because you want to try and beat the narrator at uncovering who committed the crime, but in the end they throw in a big twist and you can’t stop reading until you have all the details of how and why everything occurred.

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