Book Review: Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

Format: Paperback

Pages: 322 pages

Published: February 25th 2016

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books (UK)

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mental Health, Realistic Fiction

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Book Review: The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 422 pages

Published: May 27, 2016

Publisher: Custom House

Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction

 

 

Synopsis:

“Set in Victorian London and an Essex village in the 1890’s, and enlivened by the debates on scientific and medical discovery which defined the era, The Essex Serpent has at its heart the story of two extraordinary people who fall for each other, but not in the usual way.

They are Cora Seaborne and Will Ransome. Cora is a well-to-do London widow who moves to the Essex parish of Aldwinter, and Will is the local vicar. They meet as their village is engulfed by rumours that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming human lives, has returned. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist is enthralled, convinced the beast may be a real undiscovered species. But Will sees his parishioners’ agitation as a moral panic, a deviation from true faith. Although they can agree on absolutely nothing, as the seasons turn around them in this quiet corner of England, they find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart.

Told with exquisite grace and intelligence, this novel is most of all a celebration of love, and the many different guises it can take.”

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World Book Night

 

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

No, it’s not Christmas. Today is UNESCO’s (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Book and Copyright Day! Today, the world recognizes what we book lovers already knew…the great effect that books have on our lives and the continued support we can give them. UNESCO couldn’t even say it better myself:

Books are invaluable platforms for freedom of expression and the free flow of information – these are essential for all societies today. The future of the book as a cultural object is inseparable from the role of culture in promoting more inclusive and sustainable pathways to development.”

Now don’t confuse this with the UK’s and Ireland’s World Book Day that occurred in March. The sentiments are the same and March’s book day is geared more towards kids, this day has a particular literary reference. On this day in 1616, Cervantes, Shakespeare, and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died while prominent authors Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo were all born on April 23. Continue reading “World Book Night”

Top Ten Tuesdays: Best Read Books of 2016

Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s post is:

Top Ten Best Books Of 2016 (you choose — best books overall of what you read regardless of pub date, of a particular genre, 2016 debuts, 2016 releases, etc).

Well, this is it! 2016 felt like it went on forever. This has been draining year on most of us but if the year showed us anything is that we need to read a lot more. So that is what I did this year and plan to do a lot more of it next year.

I read a total of 42 books this year. Here are the top ten I highly enjoyed this year:

178518851. I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

There are not enough words in the English language to describe how magnificent this biography was. I discovered so much about the Muslim culture and came out with a better understanding of it. Malala is great inspiration for young girls and her empowering words will give strength for many generations to come. I advise everyone to read this, especially if you loss hope on the uncertainty of what is to come in the coming year.

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2. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

This book was a roller coaster ride with unexpected twists every which way you turn. The time travel was just an added bonus. Can’t wait for the next installment Wayfarer

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3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

A fun novel not only about fanfiction and writing, but about taking new chances and overcoming your fears. It has all the fun and the silliness you can want in a book.One of the few YA books I highly enjoyed this year.

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4. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

A great mystery! You can read my full review of it here.

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5. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

I was definitely touched and heartbroken after reading this amazing novel.I am in awe in how powerful and moving this novel was. And although it was important, acceptance of being gay, it was more than that. It was acceptance of being yourself. A fact all teenagers fight for in their ever-changing lives. This maybe controversial to some but it is definitely a must read.

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6. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

I did not see the ending coming! After reading this I want to read every mystery book by her. She really is the Queen of Mystery!

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7. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A fun, sexy action-packed fantasy. I thought I would be bored with this series but I have not been disappointed yet. Much better than the first one!

8. Ms. Marvel Series: Vol. 3-5 by G. Willow Wilson

I rarely read comic books. But this is the one series that I automatically pick up when a new one arrives. Although she maybe a superhero with powers, Kamala Khan is the epitome of the everyday girl. She is a shining example of how awesome diverse characters can be in comic books.

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9. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

A creepy, chilling story that makes you take second look at the people around you. You can read my full review of this short story here.

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10. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe

Long, but beautifully written. The Mysteries of Udolpho is not your ordinary gothic novel. This gets you involved you into the plot (gradually) and also requires you to think. If you want to read this, set aside a couple of months to get through it.

Honorable Mentions:(Good, but just din’t quite make the cut)

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts by Susan Cain

The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

What are the best you books read this year?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books On My Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s post is:

Ten Books On My Spring TBR

Wow…I haven’t done this in awhile, but it is nice to get back in the swing of things.

Since getting this new job, my TBR list has expanded to an extent where it can be overwhelming. But when is too many books a bad thing? 😉 So be forewarned a lot of the books that I’ll list will either be YA books or books that will be published and I have received ARCs for. But don’t worry, I don’t think you will be disappointed!

 

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1. Ms. Marvel Series Vol. 3 & 4 by G. Willow Wilson

I am so in LOVE with this series. I don’t read a lot of graphic novels but Kamala Khan is so different from other stereotypical heroes that I want to read more of her story! It is such a great adventure!

 

 
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2. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Jane Eyre is one of my favorite novel and I never really read or seen a retelling of the classic so this will be an interesting experience.

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3.  The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath & The Dawn was fantastic! I’m so glad this series is continuing!

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4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I loved A Court of Thorns & Roses so I want to try a different series!

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5. The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016

Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s post is:

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016

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Passengers by Alexandra Bracken

Released: January 5, 2016

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Zero Day by Jan Gangsei

Released: January 12, 2016

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Remembrance by Meg Cabot

Released: February 2, 2016

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First Comes Love by Emily Griffin

Released June 28, 2016

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Released: May 3, 2016

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Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Released: March 22, 2016

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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Release: February 9, 2016

I couldn’t think of anymore but the day is still young! If I come across one, I’ll just update the page.

What books you can’t wait for?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 2016 Debuts I’m Looking Forward To

Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s post is:

Top Ten 2016 Debuts Novels We Are Looking Forward To”

Honestly, I didn’t think there would be a lot of upcoming books to look forward until I looked on Goodreads and saw great pickings of interesting books to get excited for:

 

Remembrance by Meg Cabot

Release: February 2, 2016

When I found out that Meg Cabot was coming out with an adult novel for The Mediator series, the same thing she did with Royal WeddingI hyperventilated. Can’t wait to read this one!

 

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Release: May 3, 2016

I’m reading A Court of Thorns and Roses right now and I like what I’m reading so far. So this will most likely be my next read.

 

 

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The Heir and The Spare by Emily Albright

Release: January 18, 2016

This one is tentative because this one sounds a lot like The Royal We. But it does sound interesting.

 

 

 

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