Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The End of the Year Book Tag

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And yes, it is the end of the year, but there's still a couple weeks left until 2018
That's CRAZY!
But it also means I'll be super busy with all my favourite posts
(Such as Favourites of 2017, and what I want to do in 2018)
to do this tag, plus it's around the usual time that I post a tag, so why not?
Though, glancing at the questions, I probably should have done this tag last month.
But nevertheless, here's "The End of the Year Book Tag"!

1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
Not at the moment... Okay, I tend to start one book, and either finish it, or if I can't finish, to DNF. There kind of isn't an in-between. I only have one or two exceptions. If I have just started it, and I'm not really feeling it, and I feel myself slipping into a reading slump do I put it to one side, so I can read a favourite, and only then do I come back to it.
So I do not currently have any books that I have started, but have not yet finished at this point. 

2. Do you have any autumnal books that you need to transition to the end of the year?
Again, not at the moment. I am a season reader, but I haven't come across a whole lot of autumnal books so far his yeah (barely any, actually), so again, none at the moment. 

3. Is there a new release you're still waiting for?
Not in December, unfortunately. But I am looking forward to seeing what I think of Zenith, the first in the Andromeda Saga, which is released 16th January. 

4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

Those on my December TBR, but specifically the last two books left that I have for the Skulduggery Pleasant series, as well as Strange the Dreamer. I NEED to get to Strange the Dreamer before the year is out. 

5. Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?
Strange the Dreamer, for sure! I have been hearing nothing but fantastic reviews for this wonderfully, dreamy, surreal fantasy book with the amazing whimsical writing and unforgettable characters.  

6. Have you started making plans for 2018?
Yes... I gave you a started idea in this post: TBR Jar (2018) but there wasn't anything concrete in that post, so as for my specific plans for 2018, that post will come at a later date...

So that was The End of the Year Book Tag! I hope you enjoyed it, and if you have any questions or answers about this tag, let me know in the comments!
I am having a big of a sluggish reading month, but hopefully that picks up.
I'll see you all on Friday, goodbye!!!!

-Abi xxxxxx

Monday, 11 December 2017

Standalones I Can't Believe I Haven't Read Yet (Update)

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
Since I did an update on the trilogy/series/duology version of this last week, it seemed fitting that I do an update on the standalones (also I've read about half of them from the 2015 version anyway, so I reckon it's time for an update).
So, here's the list!

1. Hunted, by Meagan Spooner
Yes, I have checked, this is, in fact a standalone, and so it's top of my list. I know little to nothing about this, except that class is a theme that's discussed, and it's also a Beauty and the Beast retelling. And it's Beauty herself that goes to hunt the Beast down, after her father goes missing. But this looks super interesting, and let's face it: there's a bunch of hype for this in Booktube. Hope to read this soon.

2. Paintbrush, by Hannah Buchin
This sounds like nothing I've ever read before, which right there is something that interests me right off the bat because I am always on the look out to read more diverse reads, and I feel like, even with just the introduction to go on, this will be quite a diverse read, for sure. I mean, it's set in India, in the town of Paintbrush Community Village, and the story is about the people of this town, but two friends in particular, and even though they are aiming for completely different things as graduation approaches, when Mitchell's mother makes an announcement that rocks the whole village, these two friends cling to eachother. This is a story that is tasked with one question: Will this friendship that has become something more, last the distance? From what I know, this is a coming of age story about romance, friendship, family, and the town of Paintbrush. If you can't tell, I can't wait to read this amazingly original book.

3. The Assassin Game, by Kirsty McKay
This is the first book that is on the list that has, after checking the reviews out on Goodreads, that has actually had mixed reviews. Yes, the concept has been done before, I bet, but I would like to take a chance on this book, just to see what I think of it, from a blogger's view. People said in the comments for this book that it's more YA than they would like, and even though that makes it sound like something I wasn't anticipating, the fact that it's more YA than I thought, might not necessarily be a bad thing. So I'm interesting to see what I think of it.

4. The Child In Time, by Ian McEwan
Basically, the way I came to possess this book was: I watched the programme starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and there was just something super interesting about seeing the repercussions of this father, and all the people around him, when his daughter just goes missing, when they go shopping one day. Seemingly out of thin air. The tv show was about what happened after. And then on impulse, I happened to find a copy in Air Ambulance, and I picked it up. This book is super short, so I hope to fly through it either this month, or in January.

5. Sleeping Beauties, by Stephen King
This one looks kind of surreal. It's a story where woman that go to sleep: do not wake up. They go into like a cocoon-ie type state. Do not wake them up, they become savage. And men are left in the world that the women leave when they fall asleep. Also, there's one woman that does can go to sleep, but does not go to this mystery land. The question stands: should this woman be studied,  or is she a demon that must be slayed? And what is this mystery land? Sleeping beauties, everybody. You see what I mean when I say it seems so surreal? Because the concept is simple, but BIG. It's like he takes something simple, but it's not small, but something that is enough to fill a whole world of book, if that makes sense. Probably doesn't, but I can't explain it any other way.

So those are the standalones that I think I want to read the most, there are undoubtedly more than that, and you can check them out on my "Want to read" page for my Goodreads. But I think those are probably my front runners at the moment. Let's hope I can read them all by the 11th December, 2018!
Mark your phone and watches people, challenge accepted!
Do you think I can do it? Let me know in the comments below!

So that is my post for today! I hope you have a good week, and I will see you all on Wednesday!

-Abi xxxxxx

Friday, 8 December 2017

30 Day Writing Challenge

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
So, I was searching for inspiration on Pinterest (if your not on there, get on it)
And I stumbled upon this thing.
So, I'm doing a blog post on it, because it looks interesting.

Okay, so this... 30 Day Writing Challenge...

What is it?

I had no idea this was a thing!

From what I can see, there are a bunch of these, depending on which one you think you can write about most. There isn't an official one, which both surprises me, but also doesn't, because everyone's blog is always a little bit different to everybody else's, and even though the blog posts wouldn't be exactly the same, who would want to follow the crowd if you had the choice?
And they look like this!

So basically, it's a challenge where you write whatever it says on the day. You post every single day of the month, and you have the choice to follow somebody else's, or create your own.
If I was considering participating in this, I would probably create my own, because from what I saw, there weren't really many book blog versions of this.

I'm probably not the first book blogger to discover this (I'd be very surprised if I am) and I hope that I'm not the last, so I think I might possibly attempt this some time next year.
Book version, of course!
And possibly films and musicals too!

So I pose the question: Have you heard of this too, for those with blogs?
Have you participated, did you complete the challenge, and what did you think of it? Did you enjoy it, or wish you'd never discovered it?
For the readers, would this be something you'd be interested in seeing?
Let me know in the comments!

So that is all I have for you today! I hope you enjoyed it!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and get to read (or write) lots!

-Abi xxxxxx

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

A Brief Message

Hey guys, this is Abi here,

And I am here with a message.

This month... I'm not too sure how much I will be posting.

There are a number of reasons.

Reason 1)

Okay, I am just super busy with a certain piece of work that is a H-U-G-E part of my final grade.
It would be just my luck (and brain) to screw it up, so I am hyper focusing on getting through it, and being focused on it, and making it better than usual.

Which is why I'm not really going to make posting on here a priority.

I hope you understand, this is more of less something I do for a hobby, to take a break from the zillions of responsibilities that I currently have.
(*Sigh* Adulting)

But unfortunately, those things have to come first.

Kind of.

Reason 2)
... What do I say for this one...

Okay. As of last week, something drastic changed for a loved one's health...

Well, deteriorated....


I don't need to say anymore than that, do I?

That comes first.

The end.

So, I'm sorry guys, but those kind of things just have to take priority. They can't not. Sorry, double negative.
But, who knows?!
They may not impact my blogging schedule at all!
But I'm not going to say don't expect me to post, because I'm putting no pressure on myself this month.
Just warning you know.

So, that is all I will be posting today!
I have to apologise for this very vague and brief post, but I feel like I had to mention it on my blog because not everybody follows me on twitter (@TheWorldIsBooks)
So... that's all I have for you all today!
I hope you have a wonderful day and I will see you all on Friday (maybe).

-Abi xxxxxx

Friday, 1 December 2017

December TBR (2017)

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And I feel like it became December about a week ago because it's more or less minus degree here at the moment. My hands are literally about to fall off. 
But no more about the weather, or the coldness of it, here's my TBR for the final month of 2017!

1. Finish the Skulduggery Pleasant series
I am currently on Book 8 (Last Stand of Dead Men), and I have:

  • Last Stand of Dead Men 
  • The Dying of the Light
  • Armageddon Outta Here (Short stories)
  • Resurrection Left to read, which shouldn't take all that long (hopefully).

As for the rest of my TBR, nothing else is really a priority. I think this month I'll just read what I want, and let you know in the wrap-up.

There is however, one book that I am definitely putting on my TBR this month.
And that book is...

2. Strange the Dreamer, by Laini Taylor
This book has been on my TBR so long it's become pitiful. Everything else after Skulduggery Pleasant is a maybe, but this is something I just have to get to. This is happening. 

As for anything else, I think I'm just going to read what I want to read, and try not to plan anything. It's the end of the year and I have a feeling that if I try to plan anything else I just won't stick to it. 
So, that was my December TBR! I know it was a short one, but hopefully I'll finish all of these and get to read some more as well. 
Wish me luck!

As for you, I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I hope you get some good reading done!

-Abi xxxxxx

Monday, 27 November 2017

November Wrap Up (2017)

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And even though my November Wrap Up was scheduled for Wednesday, I've decided to focus all the time I have on my novel, so I'm telling you know that I've decided not to post on Wednesday.
But on the other hand, here's my wrap up for this month!

I read a total of 9 books, and these were basically the books on my TBR. The list is:

1. Turtles All the Way Down, by John Green
I did not include this on my TBR because by the time I'd posted this, I'd already finished it. Review coming for this at some time in December, especially as I have yet to review a John Green book, and the next one, we may have to wait a while for!
One thing I will say about this book is that it's so easy to put yourself in Aza's ever tightening circle of anxiety that she has you squirming in your seat at some of her more intense thoughts...
Especially when she's driving.
I'll leave it at that. So, to put it bluntly, if you get squeamish easily, prepare yourself.

The film for this truly wonderful is out Friday, and I am so glad that I managed to pick it up beforehand. I am of course, going to see the film, and I will definitely be reviewing it.
Or, I could do a comparing post, between the two? Let me know in the comments if that's something you think you'd be interested in!
But this whole book... is just beautiful. The quotes "Be kinder!" Just makes my heart melt. And the message behind it, it almost made me cry. Absolutely, one of my favourites for this year. Totally recommend!

3. Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant #1), by Derek Landy

4. Playing With Fire (Skulduggery Pleasant #2), by Derek Landy

5. The Faceless Ones (Skulduggery Pleasant #3), by Derek Landy

6. Dark Days (Skulduggery Pleasant #4), by Derek Landy

7. Mortal Coil (Skulduggery Pleasant #5), by Derek Landy

8. Death Bringer (Skulduggery Pleasant #6), by Derek Landy

9. Kingdom of The Wicked (Skulduggery Pleasant #7), by Derek Landy

So... I haven't finished the entire series... yet. I have a couple of books, as well as the spin-off that I'm currently reading, and the collection of novellas before I finished my re-read of Skulduggery Pleasant, and at the moment I am absolutely loving this trilogy. I can't believe how alike it all is (well, of course it is because it's a re-read). But it's so strange, and so amazing, getting to fall in love with the characters, and the story and the world, all over again.
I feel like I've talked this series to death on here, but for me, this is the series, the one I grew up with, the one I can't seem to let go off. And I don't want to.
Just, try it. Because this series is magic.

As for TV SHOWS/ FILMS and WRITING, I haven't really done or watched much of either.
Though I did slick The Perks of Being A Wallflower, which is one of my favourite films. And not just for Ezra Miller who, did you know, played Credence in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them?!?! And I figured it out, all by myself!

So, that is my November Wrap Up (2017)! I hope you enjoyed it, and don't forget to let me know in the comments if you would like to see a Wonder comparison post!
I hope you have a lovely day, and get you're nose stuck in lots of books!

-Abi xxxxx

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Top Trilogies and Series' I Can't Believe I Haven't Read Yet (Update)

Hey guys, this is Abi here, 
And since it's been (near enough) two years since I've done this post, I figured it was time for an update! 
2018 is the year when I shall get to at least half of these (hopefully), but there's no point if you don't stay positive, at least. 
Also, I am including duologies in this, because I have a couple.
Without further ado, here's the list! 

1. Monsters of Verity Duology, by V.E Schwab
This duology is basically the top of I NEED TO READ list. The amount of fantastic reviews that I have read about this duology, is insane, and I will most definitely be getting to this early in 2018. Definitely. I can't wait. Really.

2. To All The Boys I've Loved Before Trilogy, by Jenny Haan
This is slightly different to the rest of the books on this list. It's super cutesy from what I know, and every contemporary fan in the entire world is raving about this series. I'm thinking I'll read this around April-May time, just when it's starting to get warmer.
Looking forward to a change in the usual trilogies I tend to pick up.

3. Shades of Magic Trilogy, by V. E Schwab
Yet another trilogy by V.E Schwab, and another I know absolutely nothing about. I know there's magic, and I know they can travel to different... dimensions. I'm not going to insult your intelligence by attempting to guess, and what I'm going to do is... go into this completely blind and not even try to guess what it could possibly be about.

4. Red Queen Series, by Victoria Aveyard
Although this series isn't yet complete, I still have to read King's Cage before War Storm is released next year. I don't know how I'm going to feel about King's Cage, especially as it took me a while to get through it, but hopefully I enjoy it, and I pick up War Storm in 2018!

5. Mistborn Trilogy, by Brandon Sanderson
This trilogy is sat on my shelf, waiting to be read at the moment. But I think the reason why I haven't picked it up yet is because it's so intimidating! But I just have to bite the bullet and dedicate a month to it so I can marathon the full trilogy and read it in full.

6. Throne of Glass Series, by Sarah J Maas
As for this one, I'm going to wait until all of this series is released, until I pick it up again. I don't know when the last book gets released, but after that, I'm just going to marathon this as soon as I get the chance. I've read The Assassin's Blade, and Throne of Glass, and I wasn't a big fan. But apparently it gets better after Crown of Midnight, so I will begrudgingly carry on with the series.

7. Tiny Pretty Things Duology, by Sona Charaipotra 
I legit just heard about this like last week. It's about dancers in an academy. There's diversity, perfection and from what I know, intense. I have never read a book about ballet before, and I'm so happy to find out what I think about this duology.

So, I am aware that this is late, but I just...
ran out of time.
But I wanted to post it anyway!

So! That was my Top Trilogies and Series' I Can't Believe I Haven't Read Yet- update!
I hope you enjoyed it, and let me know in the comments if you've read any of these, and have an opinion, or if there are any that you haven't yet read, but want to.

So, I hope you have a lovely weekend, and I will see you all on Monday!

-Abi xxxxx

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

November Book Haul (2017)

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And even though this isn't going to be the biggest book haul I've ever done, I'm super excited to share what books I've recently obtained.
And so, with further ado, here's my November Book Haul for 2017!

1. The Crow Girl, by Erik Axl Sund
First thought about this was how big it looks. I kid you not, this has cleared 500 pages. And as a paperback, that's all the more intimidating. But there was something about this book that caught my eye. That, and the fact that my friends at Waterstones recommended this. So, I figured, why not pick it up? The Crow Girl is a psychological thriller, and starts at a murder, the victim's hands bound, and covered in marks. When Detective Jeanette Kihlberg uncovers two more, with the same factors, she realises she is hunting a serial killer. With everything she has ever worked for on the line her, along with psychotherapist Sofia, they uncover a chain events that lead back to 50 years ago- but what will this line lead them to? Yes it sounds cheesy, but there's something about it that makes my skin crawl. And for me, that's a good reason to pick it up.  

2. The Host, by Stephenie Meyer
You'd think with me having read Twilight, as well as The Chemist, that I would have got through this. But, I've never got all the way through it. I don't DNF many books, and I don't know why I put this down when it was good, but put it down I did. But don't fear, I have a physical copy now, and read it I shall. And besides, the last time I picked this up, was like 6 years ago, so hopefully my tasted have changed since I was fourteen. Who know? Maybe it hasn't. But I'll get to find out with this anyway.

3. Handle With Care, by Jodi Picouolt
Not going to apologise for having obtained yet another Jodi Picoult. Yes, it has a trial from what I'm heard. But this sounds beautiful and intense and like your standing on a knife-edge constantly. This centres around a family where the youngest daughter has a severe bone condition called osteogenesis, where bones break much more easily. The story takes place when the family decide to sue the hospital concerning their daughter's condition (not too sure of the details at this point), but what it comes down to, is the fact that, in order to win the case, they would have to admit that they wish their daughter had never been born. And just from that, I'm ready to pick this up. Soon.

4. The Diary of Anne Frank

WHAT A COINCIDENCE IS THIS? That I just HAPPEN to stumble across a copy when I'm playing her sister. (That was last week by the way and I was sobbing by the end because that cast is my family). But no doubt, this is something I will be reading next month. Not only because of the play, but because of the power of words, but also how hopeful and light the words were- even in the face of darkness.

So... that's my November Book Haul (2017)! I hope you enjoyed it, and if you have any thoughts on these books, if you enjoyed any, if you absolutely hated any and you want to tell me that, let me know in the comments below!
I hope you have a wonderful day and I will see you all on Friday!

-Abi xxxxx

Monday, 20 November 2017


Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And since Winter is fast approaching,
I thought I'd talk about something slightly different today.
Here's why I love it so much.

1. All the Christmas books, i.e. Harry Potter
Books like Let It Snow (which is being made into a film), and Harry Potter are just the right fit to read for this time of the year. There's just something about the Harry Potter series that screams family, and love and happiness, which is what Christmas is about.
Also, for me. Something about Christmas makes me want to read fluffy contemporaries. I don't know if I'm alone in that, but I'm never in the mood to read anything too depressing.
With the exception of If I Stay. Maybe.

2. All the films.
Okay so, films like Wizard of Oz, and The Holiday, Elf, The Grinch and The Nightmare Before Christmas are on constantly. And at this point, I just love it. I'll even watch one or two tear-jerkers. (For example, I have The Theory of Everything recorded and I'm waiting for Christmas to watch it).
But these films are a big part of why I love Christmas, just because It's nice to sit, and watch with your family.

3. All the Disney films.
There's nothing like having a whole day dedicated to Disney.
I wouldn't know... I've never had the chance, but I would love to try it. Like, I am a huge fan of Disney, I know (most) of the soundtracks off by heart.
Not all of them, but when I discover a new soundtrack, I get obsessive.
But, Disney. Disney, and Winter, and Christmas just go together hand in hand.

4. All the lovely hot beverages.
Not just the hot chocolate with HONEYCOMB, but the spiced gingerbread lattes. Those drinks are LIFE.
Who else agrees?

And finally...
The amount of layers you put on during winter is ridiculous. (In a good way). Like, there's barely any fashion trend, but just being comfortable. Scarves, hats, gloves, I just love it.
Don't ask me why.

So that is : What I Love About Winter/Christmas!
I hope you enjoyed it, and hey! Let me know what you love about winter/Christmas in the comments below and we can chat about it!
I know this was a bit different, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I hope you did too!

-Abi xxxxx

Friday, 17 November 2017

Books 61-70 of 2017

Okay, so, it's been a while since I've done one of these...

Oh, hello!
How have you guys been?
So, this is a post today that I've more or less neglected...
Today I'm doing a post on Books 61-70!
I say I've kind of neglected this post. but really, I'm one book finish off from having to do the next one after this!
So, I really have been putting off this post!
Here's Books 61-70 of 2017!

These two! I finally realise the hype. This trilogy deserves everything that has been said about it and more, because believe me when I say- there is nothing else like it. I can't believe how long I waited until I picked it up, but I am so happy now I have. Links to my reviews in the titles.
:) :) :) :)

63. We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart
If you've read this book, you'll understand. You don't even realise half the things that are taking place within this book until close enough the ending. Your mind basically breaks when you realise, and then you scan through all the clues that you totally and completely missed when reading it through, and it all makes sense. And you kick yourself for not getting it sooner. But that in no way lessens the enjoyment of this book. Like, I'm remembering this book now, when I'm typing this, and the wrench it my gut to pick it up again is almost overwhelming. Just, pick it up.
64. The Start of Me and You, by Emery Lord
Okay, when I first saw this, I wasn't totally obsessed at the start. I'd heard of Emery Lord, from last year's release, When We Collided. I'd heard he was good, but he just wasn't on my radar, really. And when I saw this, I wasn't really all that excited. I'd seemingly read a bunch of books similar to this only recently, and I wasn't that keen to repeat that experience. But, on a random whim, I picked it up. And I finished it in, I kid you not. One afternoon. Not even a day. Because it was absolutely amazing, that's why.

65. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1), by Cassandra Clare
Cassie Clare has done it again. I didn't soar through this as much as I did TID, but it was a supreme read, if I say so myself. This book pulled at my heartstrings, caught between the struggle that is Emma and Julian, and everything that's going through the story. I think I'll leave Lord of Shadows until 2018, but I can't wait to divulge into the wonderful Shadowhunter world, and see what happens next!

66. The Sky is Everywhere, by Jandy Nelson
Not the best cover, but I still enjoyed it immensely. It kind of creeps up on you, really. Having read I'll Give You The Sun first, I can tell that Jandy Nelson got better between the two novels, but it was still an enjoyable read, and one that will stick with you long after you finish the final page. Maybe not an absolute favourite read, but I have to say it's close. And I loved the way the music tied into the whole book too.

If you want to see any more in depth thoughts you could check out my (spoiler-free) review. No, but if you are in the mood for a Sci-fi, virtual reality book, pick this up. It's fairly short, so you don't have to battle your way through too much, (or anything at all, really, because it's so easy reading). But whether you're a gamer or not, this is a must for any YA reader!

68. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
This was... odd. It shared a likeness to Harry Potter, and there were a bunch of nostalgia moments that I absolutely loved, but there was something different and almost silly, and goofy about it. The characters had an unexpected funniness about them, Harry in particular, I thought. It was super easy to fly through, I read it in an afternoon, but I just wasn't blown away by it. By all means, read it if you want to, and I don't regret picking it up, but it just wasn't what I thought it would turn out to be.

69. The Chemist, by Stephenie Meyer
Although this took me a fair amount of time to get through, I thought it was worth the time. Stephenie has gotten so much better with her writing, and she took you on the journey with this. It was so smart, the way she wrote it, and even though I didn't form that strong a connection to the characters, it was an action-packed, mind blowing read that I thoroughly enjoyed. If you get the chance, and you like spy, technological reads, then definitely consider picking this one up.

70. The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2), by Rick Yancey
You start on a trilogy... you end on one. This was book two in the 5th Wave, and even though it was super underwhelming compared to the 5th Wave, it still held promise for the third book and the wrap up of the trilogy. Not much happened, though we did get introduced to a few more new characters. It was an okay book, and it did take me longer than I thought it would, but I got through it.

So, that was my Books 61-70 of 2017! I hope you enjoyed it, and let me know in the comments if you had any thoughts about any of the books I mentioned.
So! I hope you have an amazing weekend, and I'll see you lot on Monday!

-Abi xxxxxx

Monday, 13 November 2017

Gemstone Book Tag

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And I know that it's been a while...
Yeah, that's an understatement.
Last week was just so crazy, I didn't have a spare moment to do anything but my course, and rehearsals, because Anne Frank is actually this week! (Tomorrow, actually, and it scares me so much, thinking about it now).
But I'm back! And I'm back with a tag!
I'm back with the Gemstone Book Tag!

(Also, did you know that it's #WorldKindnessDay- this tag has nothing to do with that, just thought I'd mention it).

1. Garnet: Name a book with the darkest/evilest character you can think of.
The person I came up with surprised even myself. I think I'll go with Flora's mother in The One Memory of Flora Banks. I can't go into why because it's a HUGE spoiler, and what's interesting about this choice is that, once you realise this flaw to her character, you can't really fault her in it. But I'm still choosing her, because what she did is unforgiveable, really.

2. Amethyst: Name a book with regal qualities.
I think I'm going to have to go with Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake. There's just something regal about how the book, the courts, the regality of how the whole thing is arranged. There's just a constant theme of regality throughout the course of the book, and even though the princess' don't really follow that, which I thought was a good thing, but it was definitely a prominent factor in the book, which I actually thoroughly enjoyed.
I should really get on and read One Dark Throne...

3. Aquamarine: Name a character that is 'wishywashy' (not strong). Can also be a follower.  
I think I'll go with Jess, from Last Chance Angel for this one. She doesn't really change much in her story, and she never shows any sign for strength. Not only physical strength, but emotional strength. Not a very likeable character, all in all, if I'm honest.

4. Diamond: Name a book you love that is not very well known.
I think I'll go with Not If I See You First, by Eric Lindstrom. This was a book that truly surprised me by how much I ended up enjoying it. The main character is super blunt, and that's not a trait you generally expect in blind characters. What I loved about it was that it didn't shy away from the awkward subjects. And for that reason, it's one of my favourites.

5. Emerald: Name two characters that are good for each-other. Balance each-other out.
It seems that the perfect duo to choose for this question is Scarlett and Tella from Caraval. One's impulsive, the other is sensible and responsible. One gets taken. The other comes after her. Polar opposites, but they are tied to each-other no matter what. There is no stronger bond than these two, I don't think.

6. Pearl: Name a character that is loyal to the very end.
I think I'm going to pick dear old Rudy Steiner in this one. So tragic, but you can't help but love his character. He is loyal to the end, and I can't help but cry when I think about dear Rudy Steiner. When reading The Book Thief  I was rooting for him from the get go. And, if you've yet to read The Book Thief, what are you doing with your life?

7. Ruby: Name a book that made your blood boil, a book that made you mad.
No brainer. I'm going with The Circle. Just, eurggghhhh. The ending. Why?
This left me so mad. I can't even explain why. Just read the book, and then come and talk to me and we can rant about it together.

8. Peridot: Name a side character you like more than the more character
Ermmm... Twilight, I suppose?
Actually, can I just opt out of this one please?

9. Sapphire: Name a book that had a calming effect on you
After looking through my books, I think I'm going to go with After You, by JoJo Moyes. This leaves me happy, and looking forward to the future, with infinity possibilities. It's not a big unhappy ending, but a peaceful, positive ending. And one heck of a book along the way too. Nicely consistent. Calming.

10. Opal: Name an iridescent (beautiful) book
I can't not put the British version of Strange the Dreamer for this one.

11. Topaz: Name a book with a resilient protagonist.
Yeah, I'm going with Katniss Everdeen. She's been to hell and back and still remains strong. And she's not without scares, which makes her all the better resilient protagonist.

12. Blue Zircon: Name a book with a friendship you wish you were a part of
Okay, so I feel like people are going to say something about this choice, but I have to.
I want to be part of the Perks group! Yes, they aren't the most perfect of human beings, they all have their anxieties and they all have their issues, but just that bond, that freedom. Like, they all have that... thing. And it's so beautiful. I can't even explain it.
I'll just use this quote.

So, that was the Gemstone Book Tag! I hope you enjoyed it, and comment below about any of my choices if you feel the need to!
I hope you have a wonderful day and I will see you all on Wednesday!

-Abi xxxxxx

Friday, 3 November 2017

Wonder, by R.J. Palacio

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And I finished this book yesterday, and I felt like it was the perfect post to do today because... well just because!
I hope you enjoy it!

Title: Wonder
Author: R.J Palacio
Genre: Contemporary
Release date: 14th February, 2012 
Status: Standalone
Pages: 313
Blurb: "My name is August.
I can't describe what I look like.
Whatever you're thinking,
it's probably worse."

My Thoughts
How do I even begin to sum up what this book accomplished? It had just the right balance for such a sensitive subject. And it was done with a lightness that was just right. Not too harsh, but definitely not all butterflies and rainbows.

One of the best things about this book was that it gave you a chance to take a step back and think about what your reaction would be, based on the people around Auggie, and their different reactions to him. It's also really easy to put yourself in Auggie's shoes, to see what it's like from his perspective.

Which brings me to Auggie as a character. Strong, never even thinking of letting the stares and whispers get to him, never giving up, losing hope. Nope. Humorous, intelligent and focused, he is by far one of the best characters I've read about this past year. I'm not going to say he doesn't have those points in this book, his ups and downs, but that's just what makes him human, because nobody's perfect.

But this book is more than just being perfect, it shows that the insecurities is what makes us human.

 The thing that will nail you to this book is how beautifully it was written, and the narrative will take you on an emotional rollercoaster, it will make you laugh, and it will make you cry. I was almost crying on the bus with this book, I was definitely getting some strange looks.

And a big part of why this book got to me was how far Auggie came in this book. Like, normally with a character, you get to see an emotional journey, but with this it was more than that. You really got to see Auggie grow up, and mature, from a little boy, completely shielded from a society that judged him, to this strong young man that took it all in his stride, hopeful for the future. And that was just lovely to see.

Of course, Auggie wasn't the only main focus: there were perspectives of his friends, his sister, that gave a different side to a story that had just been told from a different perspective, and it really made you look at things a different way.

One quote that I absolutely loved in this book was:
"Be kinder than necessary."
It's said by Auggie's English teacher, and it love what it means, really. Just that kindness doesn't cost us anything, so why not be kinder than necessary? It pretty much illustrates the entire message of the book.

So overall, this is a heartfelt, humorous and beautiful book that I think everyone should read, regardless of whether they are adult or child. This will for sure be on my Favourites List for 2017, so look out for that!

So that was my review on Wonder! I hope you enjoyed it, and let me know in the comments if you have read this and have some thoughts on it, so we can chat about it!
So, I hope you have a nice weekend, and I will see you on Monday!

-Abi xxxxx

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

November TBR (2017)

Hey guys, this is Abi here, 
And although I didn't have the best reading month last month, I remain optimistic that I will be able to reach my Goodreads goal for this year (80 books). 
With the start of a new month, a new TBR is in order. 

1. Wonder, by R J Palacio
This was just a spur of the moment pick, having read my current book, Turtles All The Way Down, when I had planned to keep reading that on the way home from college today. But, it is on my Want To Read list, and I figured this would be a nice quick read to take in over the next couple of days. There is also a movie come out in the near future, and I would like to read it before I see the film. This is about a boy with breacher collins going to his first day of school. This book is supposed to powerful and lighthearted and I am very much looking forward to reading this later today!

2. Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1), by Laini Taylor
I'm not even going to say anything. This is getting ridiculous. I need to read this, which is why it's second on my TBR for the month. I'm going to be reading this this month. End of story. 

Yes, I am aware that Halloween was yesterday, but I so badly need to read the spin-offs in this series, as well as the new release, Resurrection, which came out in May. So I figured, why not just enjoy the massive experience that is the Skulduggery Pleasant series? Also, because this is such a long series (10 books with two spin-offs along the way), I need most of the month to commit to it, which is why this is going to be the last point on my TBR for the month!
But just to show you exactly what I will be reading, here's the list of books I'll be reading in the series!
1. Skulduggery Pleasant
2. Playing With Fire
3. The Faceless Ones
4. Dark Days
5. Mortal Coil
6. Death Bringer
7. Kingdom of the Wicked
7.5- The Maleficent Seven (Spin-off)
8. The Last Stand of Dead Men
8.5- Armaggadon Outta Here (a collection of short stories set way back as far as I know)
9. The Dying of the Light
10. Resurrection
This is a middle grade series, where you will laugh out loud. This was kind of like the Harry Potter phenomenon for me, because this was the series that I grew up reading. The first book came out in 2007, and in 2009, at the age of twelve, I read the first book. The end of the first series was released in 2014, when I was 17, so you can see why I make such a big deal about this series. It has kick-ass characters, such a dry humour to it, which for me, equals a first class series that anyone could get a kick out of. I can't wait to read this, and if you think this is something that you might like, PICK IT UP!

Right, so that was my November TBR (2017)! I appreciate that it was very short and there aren't many books on it, but I want to leave the month open to re-read one of my favourite series. If I possibly have a spare moment, I might pick up something Christmassy, like Let it Snow, or If I Stay, but if not, that's it for this month!
So that is all I have for you today! I hope you are having a good week, and feel free to let me know what you will be reading this month in the comments!

-Abi xxxxx