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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Desert Island Reads

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Desert Island Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Ask any bookworm you know and they’ll agree that this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is impossible. How are you supposed to choose just ten books to have with you while you’re stranded on 

BLOG TOUR: There Is No Big Bad Wolf in This Story by Lou Carter and Deborah Allwright

BLOG TOUR: There Is No Big Bad Wolf in This Story by Lou Carter and Deborah Allwright

Hey everyone, and welcome to my stop on the There Is No Big Bad Wolf in This Story blog tour! First of all, I’d like to say a huge thanks to Blue from Kaleidoscopic Tours for allowing me to take part in this blog tour, 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I read in one sitting

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I read in one sitting

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.



There are quite a few books which I’ve read in one sitting, so it’s been hard narrowing this list down to just ten titles. I can’t read in one sitting as much anymore, because I have two children and I’ve recently started working full-time, but back when I first started blogging I would happily sit and read a book from cover to cover every day! These are books which are literally impossible to put down, so if you’ve been experiencing a reading slump lately, one of these is sure to shake you out of it.

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

With extended project reports and interviews breaking up the narrative, A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder has a propulsive plot and is sure to keep you on your toes until the end of the story. I’m expecting exactly the same from the third and final book in the series, As Good As Dead, when it’s released in August, so I won’t be picking it up until I have a day off!

All of the Above by Juno Dawson

I was debating between featuring All of the Above and Clean, but I talk about All of the Above less so I’m giving that the love today. I’d always wrongly assumed that this focused on a bisexual main character called Toria, but Juno recently clarified that Toria is actually pansexual when the new pastel coloured cover was revealed. This novel is about following your heart and loving who you love, and Toria’s story had me hooked from beginning to end.

Asking For It by Louise O’Neill

Asking For It is a difficult book to read. I’m glad I was reading it during a coach trip, or I think I would have needed to take a few days to prepare myself before I carried on reading, because there were multiple points where I had to put the book down and stare out of the window at the passing countryside, trying to keep the tears at bay. If you’re interested in hard-hitting contemporaries addressing rape culture, I’d highly recommend this book.

Cream Buns and Crime by Robin Stevens

There are a few Robin Stevens books I could pick, but my favourite in the Murder Most Unladylike series is the Cream Buns and Crime short story collections. Short stories are always a pleasure to read, but this collection is stuffed full with educational material about historical crime writers, code breaking and spying, so it’s a must-read for any avid young detectives! I can’t wait for Once Upon a Crime to be released later in the year, because I think that’s going to be just as good.

Entangled by Cat Clarke

I read Entangled at a time when I hardly read anything. I thought reading was nerdy and uncool, and for some reason I still thought I was the kind of person who could be hip and cool (spoiler alert: I’m not, because I’m the kind of person who uses the word ‘hip’). Something about the cover of Entangled grabbed me, and I ended up reading it in one sitting. Grandad had to come in and shout at me because I was going to be late for sixth form, and I honestly couldn’t believe that five hours had flown past because I’d been so absorbed in the story. This is the book I have to thank for reigniting my love of reading.

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

I’m cheating a little bit by including Foundryside, because it actually took us a couple of days to read it. However, if we hadn’t had plans which we couldn’t rearrange, we definitely would have read it in one sitting. Something about Robert Jackson Bennett’s writing style is so smooth and easy to read, and even though this is a pretty complicated magic system in a fantasy world, I didn’t feel overwhelmed or lost once.

Furious Thing by Jenny Downham

I could have chosen any of Jenny Downham’s books, because I’ve read them all ridiculously quickly. However, I was most impressed with how fast I read Furious Thing, because I picked it up a couple of hours before I went out for my mum’s birthday meal and by the time we got in the car to go I was already 3/4ths of the way through it. Even though I was tired out when I got home, I couldn’t sleep until I found out what happened at the end of Lexi’s story. This is a story about a girl filled with rage at the injustices that she sees around her, and the way she fights against society’s expectations to finally allow her voice to be heard.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

I loved The Hobbit. I binge-read it in a day, and Sean had a fight to get me to stop reading long enough to eat lunch and dinner, because I couldn’t wait to see what happened to Bilbo Baggins. Knowing that, it’s a surprise that I dislike The Lord of the Rings as much as I do, and I’ve still never read the third book in the series. Oopsie!

The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar

I’ve actually read The Ship of Shadows in one sitting TWICE! I was part of The Write Reads blog tour for this book, but I read it two months before my blog tour post was due so I reread it the day before I wrote my review. This follows a badass crew of pirates in a semi-haunted pirate ship, and it’s middle-grade at its finest. My copy of the sequel, Secrets of the Stars, was delivered last week, and I’m looking forward to picking it up as soon as I can.

Toffee by Sarah Crossan

The only Sarah Crossan novels I’ve read so far have been in verse, and I’ve read them all in one sitting. Toffee is a particularly poignant one, following a teen runaway who insinuates herself into the life of an elderly lady with Alzheimer’s, finally finding a place where she feels like she belongs. It’s heartbreaking, but also strangely uplifting.

On that note, I’d also like to give a huge shout out to both Dean Atta and Elizabeth Acevedo. I feel like I shout my love for The Black Flamingo and The Poet X pretty regularly both here and on my Booktube channel, but they’re also authors whose work you can read in one sitting very easily.

I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday! Which books have you read in one sitting?

Thanks for reading,

Alyce

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REVIEW: Twitch by M.G. Leonard

REVIEW: Twitch by M.G. Leonard

First things first, I’d like to say a huge thank you to Walker Books, for accepting my request to read and review Twitch via NetGalley. Best known for being the author of The Battle of the Beetles series (and co-author of Adventures on Trains with 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books titles which are questions

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books titles which are questions

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. I normally struggle with topics about book titles because my mind just goes blank, but this week’s topic has been surprisingly easy! I do have one author in particular to thank for that, so 

Guide to Bookish Acronyms

Guide to Bookish Acronyms

It’s been a couple of weeks since I posted my Guide to Bookish Vocabulary, so I thought it was about time I wrote my Guide to Bookish Acronyms! My video on this topic went up on my Booktube channel earlier in the week, but I promised I would also post it here so people could refer to it whenever they needed to.

So, without further ado, here’s a list of the most popular shortened forms of book titles, to help you navigate the bookish world…

ADSOMA Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

AEITAAn Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

AGGGTM/GG,BB/AGAD A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, Good Girl, Bad Blood and As Good As Dead by Holly Jackson

AR/AB/AEAurora Rising, Aurora Burning and Aurora’s End by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

CC: Cassandra Clare, whose books include:

  • TMI (The Mortal Instruments series), which includes the books CoB (City of Bones), CoA (City of Ashes), CoG (City of Glass), CoFA (City of Fallen Angels), CoLS (City of Lost Souls) and CoHF (City of Heavenly Fire).
  • TID (The Infernal Devices series), which includes the books CA (Clockwork Angel) and CP (Clockwork Prince/Clockwork Princess).
  • TDA (The Dark Artifices series), which includes the books LM (Lady Midnight), LoS (Lord of Shadows) and QoAaD (Queen of Air and Darkness).
  • TLH (The Last Hours series), which includes the books CoG (Chain of Gold), CoI (Chain of Iron) and the upcoming CoT (Chain of Thorns).

CoBCity of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

CoBaB/CoVaVChildren of Blood and Bone and Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

DIMILY/DIMINY/DIMIMYDid I Mention I Love You?, Did I Mention I Need You? and Did I Mention I Miss You? by Estelle Maskame

DoSaBDaughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

EoTVEmpire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

FBAA/AKOFF/COGB From Blood and Ash, A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire and The Crown of Gilded Bones by JLA (Jennifer L. Armentrout)

GOPAFGirls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

GoTGame of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Hitchhiker’s A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

HP – Harry Potter

KoTW/KoTCKingdom of the Wicked and Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco

KoTLCKeeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

LB: Leigh Bardugo, whose books include:

  • S&B (Shadow and Bone), S&S (Siege and Storm) and R&R (Ruin and Rising)
  • SoC (Six of Crows) and CK (Crooked Kingdom)
  • KoS (King of Scars) and RoW (Rule of Wolves)

LoTRLord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

MMUMurder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens

NN/GG/DDNevernight, Godsgrave and Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

PJ – Percy Jackson

Priory The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

RRRed Rising by Pierce Brown

S&D/B&H/G&MSerpent & Dove, Blood & Honey and Gods & Monsters by Shelby Mahurin

SJM: Sarah J. Maas, whose books include:

  • ACOTAR (A Court of Thorns and Roses), ACOMAF (A Court of Mist and Fury), ACOWAR (A Court of Wings and Ruin), ACOFAS (A Court of Frost and Starlight) and ACOSF (A Court of Silver Flames)
  • CC (the Crescent City series), which currently includes the books HOEAB (House of Earth and Blood) and HOSAB (House of Sky and Breath)
  • ToG (Throne of Glass), CoM (Crown of Midnight), HoF (Heir of Fire), ToD (Tower of Dawn), QoS (Queen of Shadows), EoS (Empire of Storms), KoA (Kingdom of Ash) and TAB (The Assassin’s Blade)

SJTRStalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

TBSThe Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

StD/MoNStrange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

TATBILBTo All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

TCP/TWK/QoN/HTKOFLTHSThe Cruel Prince, The Wicked King, The Queen of Nothing and How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black

THGThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

THUGThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

TPW/TDR/TBGThe Poppy War, The Dragon Republic and The Burning God by R.F. Kuang

TVD/OVEThese Violent Delights and Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong

WoT – The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan

Phew!

I hope this Guide to Bookish Acronyms has helped you feel a little less overwhelmed by the sheer number of shortened book names floating around the Bookternet. If there are any I’ve missed which are still confusing you, leave them down in the comments and I’ll help if I can.

Thank you so much for reading, and I’ll see you on Tuesday for another Top Ten Tuesday,

Alyce

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Reasons I love reading

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Reasons I love reading

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. I’m glad this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a chilled out topic, because my brain is exhausted from my first week of training at my new job! I’m sorry if I post less regularly 

BLOG TOUR: Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

BLOG TOUR: Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

First things first, I’d like to say a huge thank you to The Write Reads for organising this blog tour. Instructions for Dancing is Nicola Yoon’s third novel, and her first release in five years. Because it’s been such a long time since The Sun 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: 2021 Anticipated Releases (July-Dec)

TOP TEN TUESDAY: 2021 Anticipated Releases (July-Dec)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

As I mentioned during my January to June anticipated releases list at the start of the year, I won’t be featuring any of the books I mentioned in my most anticipated 2021 releases video because that gives me the excuse to talk about even more books!

Up All Night anthology – July 13th




I’m a sucker for anthologies, but I don’t read enough of them. That’s going to have to change with Up All Night. Featuring Karen M. McManus (who you might be seeing again later in this post…), Kathleen Glasgow and Marieke Nijkamp – as well as many other beloved authors – this anthology features a selection of YA stories set at night. This sounds like it’s going to be perfect for me.







As Good as Dead by Holly Jackson – August 5th






It’s almost time to join Pip Fitz-Amobi while she investigates her third and final mystery! I’ll be honest, I’m GUTTED that this series is only going to be a trilogy. Holly Jackson is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors, and if As Good As Dead sticks the landing it will cement the AGGGTM series as my favourite YA mystery series of all time. I’m EXCITED!







Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer – September 14th






I’ve read one of Brigid Kemmerer’s contemporary novels, and I really enjoyed her writing style. I’ve been meaning to read A Curse so Dark and Lonely since a few months before it came out, but for some reason I keep putting it off. However, I have a feeling that Defy the Night might be arriving in one of my book box subscriptions later in the year, so I’ll force myself to join in the readalong and finally read one of Kemmerer’s fantasy novels. This is about a prince holding together a corrupt kingdom and a girl aiming to overthrow it… I’m sold.







The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – September 16th






I was lucky enough to take part in the blog tour for The Inheritance Games last year, and I’m chomping at the bit to see what happens next in Avery’s story. The Inheritance Games is about a girl who is bequeathed the fortune of a billionaire whom she seemingly had no prior connection to. Why did Tobias Hawthorne leave Avery his money? I can’t wait to find out.







Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao – September 21st






Powerful women who can sacrifice men with their minds to power giant transforming robots?! How can you not want to read this! It sounds utterly unique. If that – and the gorgeous cover – aren’t enough to interest you, this has also been recommended by A.M. Strickland (author of In the Ravenous Dark) as another fantasy novel with a polyamorous relationship.







The Gilded Cage by Lynette Noni – October 12th






I had a fun time reading The Prison Healer, even though I didn’t *love* it. However, the rest of the series has a lot of potential. I can’t wait to see what happens to Kiva next. I’ve been lucky enough to have my NetGalley request for this book accepted, so I’ll be diving it well before its release date (and then eagerly anticipating the third book!).







Gilded by Marissa Meyer – November 2nd






I read Heartless at the beginning of this year, and I really enjoyed it. I’ve been planning on reading more Marissa Meyer books at some point, and this Rumpelstiltskin retelling is really intriguing me. Is it that gorgeous cover? Probably! But I’m hoping to get my hands on this one sooner rather than later.







Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood – November 9th






I’m not a fan of Jane Eyre, but for some reason I constantly find myself drawn to Jane Eyre inspired stories. Within These Wicked Walls is Lauren Blackwood’s debut novel, and it’s an Ethiopian-inspired fantasy retelling of Jane Eyre. Doesn’t that sound perfect?







All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman – November 9th





I’ve heard amazing things about both Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman, but I’ve never picked up any of their books. This one has been interesting me since the cover got revealed, so this looks like as good a place as any to start. It sounds like it’s going to be quite Hunger Games-esque, with seven families naming a champion to compete in a tournament. The prize? Control over the city’s high magick supply. That’s definitely some high stakes!







You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus – November 30th






Do I know anything about this book? No. Do I need to? No. I read two Karen M. McManus books last year and really enjoyed both of them, and I’m still planning on picking up Two Can Keep a Secret and The Cousins at some point soon. I’ll definitely be getting hold of a copy of You’ll Be the Death of Me. Even if I don’t end up loving it, it’s bound to get my heart racing and keep me guessing until the very end!








Those are the ten July to December 2021 releases I’m most excited about. Are there any books you’re really excited about which aren’t on this list? Please let me know down in the comments so that I can check them out and add them to my TBR.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you tomorrow with a very exciting blog tour post,

Alyce

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Guide to Bookish Vocabulary

Guide to Bookish Vocabulary

I decided to film a Guide to Bookish Vocabulary for my Booktube channel (which you can view here if you’re interested in seeing it) but I decided to cross-post the list to my blog to make it easier for people to refer to more regularly