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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Review: Grief is the Thing With Feathers by Max Porter.

grief is the thing with feathers“Moving on, as a concept, is for stupid people, because any sensible person knows grief is a long-term project. I refuse to rush. The pain that is thrust upon us let no man slow or speed or fix.” – Max Porter.

Since I finished The Perks of Being a Wallflower I have taken to reading short stories. This is both easing me out of the giant book slump I have been in and it is a good way to finish books when I’ve been struggling to find time to pick up anything. Not only this, but I feel it’s broadening my reading tastes because today’s book review is on a book that I wouldn’t have picked up if I hadn’t been specifically searching for short stories.

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Review: Leaf by Niggle by J. R. R. Tolkien.

leaf by niggleTolkien is very well known for his writings on hobbits and elves and dwarves etc in various pieces of work including The Lord of the RingsThe Hobbit and so on. While these stories share a common author with Leaf by Niggle, it doesn’t share any of these remarkable creatures. Leaf by Niggle is a separate short story about a man named, well, Niggle, as the title suggests.

Niggle is a painter. He is currently working on this one painting of a tree and day by day this painting is growing, expanding and Niggle is adding other, smaller pictures he’s created onto the edges. It’s not just a tree anymore, it’s a magnificent never-ending landscape, but with a neighbour in need and a journey he has to make quickly approaching, will Niggle ever finish his painting?

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June Book Haul 2016.

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I didn’t go too crazy on books this month, but I also couldn’t resist picking up a few! After my big fail of a book ban last month I knew it was no good telling myself that I can’t buy any books since this month I had set myself no restrictions yet only bought four. As a result, instead of trying another book ban next month I am going to give myself a limit of four again.

So, what books did I buy?

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Review: Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs.

“No one can hurt you as badly as the people you love.” – Ransom Riggs.

Library of SoulsLibrary of Souls is the third and final book in Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children trilogy. The series follows the adventures of Jacob Portman and his encounters with peculiar children in their fight to save peculiardom. Riggs’ creative and unique world based on peculiarity combined with his unique and superb writing as well as haunting and pathos inducing, thought provoking photos makes the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series utterly unforgettable and like nothing I have ever read before.

All I have done thus far is praise this book and in this review too I will continue to do so. However, if you haven’t yet I do also encourage you to read my other reviews on the two previous books in this series:

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Review: Steel Scars by Victoria Aveyard.

steel scars“”And you’re late.”
“I prefer chronologically challenged.”” – Victoria Aveyard.

Last week I shared with you all my thoughts of Queen Song which is set before the Red Queen series and even this novella, Steel Scars. These two books came together in the form of Cruel Crown, but I decided to review them separately because they’re very different stories set at different points in the timeline and featuring very different characters.

Steel Scars follows Farley’s life. We see her interactions with the Colonal, Command and other Reds around her as she’s given a mission to accomplish. During this mission she meets Shade and at the end the story merges a little with the beginning of Red Queen.

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Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard.

“If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and I feel myself beginning to shatter.” – Victoria Aveyard.

Glass SwordYou know when you finish a book you really enjoyed and you just have no thoughts? It’s like you’re frozen in place watching that final scene in the book and you don’t know how to move on from it. That’s how I feel right now. I don’t know what to say, where to start, my thoughts are a jumbled mess and I don’t know which string of thoughts to pick out as they’re floating away too fast and I’m still trying to process everything that happened. However at the same time, it’s as if my brain is empty because the thoughts are fleeing so fast. Does that make any sense? Probably not.

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February Book Haul.

“Books may well be the only true magic.” – Alice Hoffman.

February Book HaulAnother month, another stack of new books. This month I have  bought four books which is probably my average amount of books per month and I hate to say it, but it’s probably enough as it has brought me to a total of twenty-four books on my bedside table. Oops.

This month I have bought:

  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.
  • The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury
  • The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey.
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins:

Anna and the French KissI have been eager to read this book for such a long time now. It has been talked about a lot and talked about positively. Also, I absolutely love the covers of all of Perkins’ books. I really hope I enjoy this so I can buy the other two with their pretty covers, haha!

As always with my book hauls, I will supply you with the Goodreads synopsis since I can’t summarise the book myself for you:

Anna has everything figured out – she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere… Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Etienne, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken – and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-missed end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?

The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury:

The Sleeping PrinceThe Sleeping Prince is the sequel to The Sin Eater’s Daughter. Due to it being a sequel I am obviously going to insist that you read the first book first which I quite enjoyed and have a review for here, also feel free to check out the author’s blog too!

After reading the first book I had quite a while to wait for the second, but the whole like, month leading up to it’s release I actually got really excited for it and just look at the gorgeous cover!

Because of the fact that this is a sequel, I also will not provide an overview due to potential spoilers! However, here is a Goodreads link in case you are interested.

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey:

The Infinite SeaAnother sequel! The Infinite Sea is the sequel to The Fifth Wave which is now a movie. I have yet to read the book still, although I have read the first two pages and I like the writing on them already, so I am expecting to like it. At least I really hope I do now that I’ve got the second book in the series! I also cannot wait to read it because I really want to watch the movie, but obviously I’m waiting until I’ve read the book first.

Similar to the previous book, I am not including a synopsis here since I don’t want there to be any kind of spoiler in it, but if you want to read it click here for the Goodreads synopsis.

Unfortunately, since I haven’t yet read The Fifth Wave I am unable to provide a review for that either, but there will hopefully be one coming to this blog soon.

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

Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar ChildrenThis is a book I would never have looked at twice if it wasn’t for BookTube and I’m glad that I finally picked it up. I was also able to get this book basically for free because Waterstones have a stamping system where you get a stamp for every £10 you spend and once you have ten stamps you get a £10 gift card to spend, so I chose to spend it on this book.

I have seen so much love for this book around the internet and really cannot wait to give it a try!

Oh, and I can actually tell you some more about this book since it’s not another sequel. However, there are a further two books as it’s the first in a trilogy. Anyway, here is the Goodreads synopsis:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

That’s it for the books I have bought this month, but please do let me know in the comments what books you have been buying lately?

I would also be very interested to hear whether you’ve read any of the books I’ve bought and what your thoughts are on them?

-driftinglexi

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February Favourites.

“You don’t have favourites among your children, but you do have allies. ” – Zadie Smith.

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It is the end of another month in 2016 and I have been enjoying quite a lot of things. This month I am also changing the structure of my favourites so that I can include lots of different products which fit into categories as it just makes it all feel a whole lot more organised. So, lets start with my favourite…

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Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

You do not write your life with words, the monster said. You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.” – Patrick Ness.

a monster callsThis book has been sat on my bedside table for approximately two years now and because I’ve just been buying more books they just ended up getting stacked on top of it. This past week though I’ve been struggling to do much reading so I had a long look at my book stack and finally decided that it was time to pick this beauty of a book up.

In the past I have read several books by Ness and have greatly enjoyed them all and this book is no exception. It has been a long time since I’ve read anything by Ness, so it was really lovely to read more of his writing and I still have more to look forward to as I also have The Rest of Us Just Live Here on my TBR ready to read. I am so glad that all those years ago one of my best friends of the time introduced me to Ness through the Chaos Walking trilogy as his work is always really unique and incredible. You can also tell I love his work as except for J. K. Rowling and Lemony Snicket, he is the only author for which I own more than one hardback copy of his books.

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