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!

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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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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.

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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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July Book Haul.

“People who are strangers to liquor are incapable of talking about literature.” – Mo Yan.

Book haul 10.7.15By the end of the month I have usually bought many books. As a result of this, I have decided that at the end of every month from now on I am going to do a big book haul post in which I will show you all of the books I have bought within the month.

I have never been one to buy in bulk loads all at once. Instead I buy one or two at a time throughout the month, sometimes once or twice a week. In the first two weeks of July I bought four new books:

  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.
  • Clariel by Garth Nix.
  • Dream a little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher.
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

the girl on the trainThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins:

“You don’t know her. But she knows you.”

This book was only published this year and from the second I set my sights on it in Waterstones when it was first released I knew I wanted it. I finally bought it at the beginning of the month and can’t wait to read it; however, I have so many books I want to read and have planned for this summer that for the time being this book is low priority.

The book is a psychological thriller which is honestly one of my favourite genres because I love the experience of reading them. I love it when you hit the climax in a book and you physically cannot tear your eyes away and you are reading the words so fast to uncover what is happening that it’s as if you’re skim reading even though you are taking in every. Single. Word.

Here is the synopsis of The Girl on the Train, taken from Goodreads:

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

clarielClariel by Garth Nix:

This is Nix’s latest release and it is a prequel to his Abhorsen trilogy. I have not yet read all of the the books in this series (Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen), but I am hoping to buy them all soon to read first. I only bought this book first because it was apart of the “buy one get one half price” offer in Waterstones. Below is the synopsis from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Clariel is not adjusting well to her new life in the city of Belisaere, the capital of the Old Kingdom. She misses roaming freely within the forests of Estwael, and she feels trapped within the stone city walls. And in Belisaere she is forced to follow the plans, plots and demands of everyone, from her parents to her maid, to the sinister Guildmaster Kilp. Clariel can see her freedom slipping away. It seems too that the city itself is descending into chaos, as the ancient rules binding Abhorsen, King and Clayr appear to be disintegrating.

With the discovery of a dangerous Free Magic creature loose in the city, Clariel is given the chance both to prove her worth and make her escape. But events spin rapidly out of control. Clariel finds herself more trapped than ever, until help comes from an unlikely source. But the help comes at a terrible cost. Clariel must question the motivations and secret hearts of everyone around her – and it is herself she must question most of all.

dream a little dreamDream a little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher:

This is the third book by Giovanna Fletcher. I have read Billy and Me and loved it, so I look forward to reading this book. Unlike the previous two books in this haul, this is a romance novel (it’s good to have a little variety, right?) so it’ll be a nice way to mix things up a bit. The Goodreads synopsis says:

Sarah is doing just fine. Sure she’s been single for the last five years, and has to spend an uncomfortable amount of time around her ex-boyfriend, his perfect new girlfriend and all their mutual friends. And yes, her job as a PA to one of the most disgusting men in London is mind-numbingly tedious and her career is a constant disappointment to her mother. But it’s really okay. She’s happy (ish).

But it’s not surprising that when Sarah starts dreaming about a handsome stranger, she begins to look forward to falling asleep every night. Reality isn’t nearly as exciting. That is until her dream-stranger makes an unexpected real-life appearance, leaving Sarah questioning everything she thought she wanted.

Because no one ever really finds the person of their dreams… do they?

red queenRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard:

“Power is a dangerous game.”

This book is one in which I was intrigued by the cover with the crown and the dripping blood. Reading the blurb, the division of a world into “Red” and “Silver” reminded me slightly of Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman, a book I had read when I was younger. Reading on I noticed that this book is very different, but that slight similarity made me think that it’s something I would enjoy. Plus, this is a fantasy, young adult book so I thought that this book would be ideal for me. Furthermore, this is a book I have seen other people discussing and enjoying.

The synopsis on Goodreads says:

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

Book haul 13.7.15At the beginning of the third week of July I bought two more books (hey, they were buy one get one half price!):

  • You’re the One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher.
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

you're the one that I wantYou’re the One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher:

I am so happy to finally own this book. Despite it being a new purchase I think I shall have to bump it up in my reading list to ensure that I read it before Dream a little Dream. It just seems like the right thing to do.

Goodreads synopsis:

Maddy, dressed in white, stands at the back of the church. At the end of the aisle is Rob – the man she’s about to marry. Next to Rob is Ben – best man and the best friend any two people ever had.

And that’s the problem.

Because if it wasn’t Rob waiting for her at the altar, there’s a strong chance it would be Ben. Loyal and sensitive Ben has always kept his feelings to himself, but if he turned round and told Maddy she was making a mistake, would she listen? And would he be right?

Best friends since childhood, Maddy, Ben and Rob thought their bond was unbreakable. But love changes everything. Maddy has a choice to make but will she choose wisely? Her heart, and the hearts of the two best men she knows, depend on it…

the scarlet letterThe Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne:

This book is one of those classics which I have not yet read and as a result fully intend to read. I found it in Waterstones and fell in love with this cover. Usually, I try and get covers closest to the first edition of the book, but I really liked this one and knew I had to have it.

However, I do believe that this is a new edition which has been published. I couldn’t find the exact edition on Goodreads so I did add my own as I like having the covers match up. Here is the blurb:

Having been found guilty of adultery, Hester Prynne is forced to wear an embroidered scarlet letter “A” as a punishment for her sin. While her vengeful husband embarks on a quest to discover the identity of her lover, she is left to face the consequences of her infidelity and find a place for herself and her illegitimate child in the hostile environment of seventeenth-century Puritan Boston.

sharp objectsThe fourth week of July I was starting to get low on money as I had to wait until the Friday in order to be be paid by Next, so my dad bought me a book for when we went on holiday to Rome:

  • Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn:

I am very much looking forward to being able to read this book after immensely enjoying Gone Girl. Also, I believe that this book is to be a movie and after having enjoyed the movie adaptation of Gone Girl I’m hoping this movie will be good too. Below is the synopsis from Goodreads:

When two girls are abducted and killed in Missouri, journalist Camille Preaker is sent back to her home town to report on the crimes. Long-haunted by a childhood tragedy and estranged from her mother for years, Camille suddenly finds herself installed once again in her family’s mansion, reacquainting herself with her distant mother and the half-sister she barely knows – a precocious 13-year-old who holds a disquieting grip on the town. As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims – a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.

These are all the books I have bought throughout July. Have you read any of them or are you interested in reading any of them? Let me know in the comments!

What books have you bought this month?

– Lauren