Top Ten Books I want to buy next

I want to buy so many books but there is certain books that are at the top of my to buy list. There is of course new books releasing over the next few months that I want to buy so bad but I will have a post later this week on my top 5 summer releases with a giveaway! So without further ado here is the top 10 books I want to buy next. All books linked to Goodreads

This is the third and final book in the Blood for Blood trilogy by Catherine Doyle. This is a YA contemporary which is Romeo and Juliet meets the Sopranos. I read the first book a few years back called Vendetta. (You can check out my review here) I just finished the second book, Inferno and it was fantastic. I can't wait to finish this trilogy.

I read the first two books of this series this year and I want to continue the series throughout the summer. It's a series I put of for years as I usually struggle with Fey and fantasy but I really ended up having fun with this series. You can check out my review of the first book in the series The Iron King here

This is a book I read and loved a few years back after receiving an ARC but for some reason I haven't brought a finished copy. Why you ask? I haven't a clue. I really need to fix this and buy a finished copy ASAP. You can check out my review of All The Bright Places here

This is one that was on my 2017 releases I really what to read but haven't yet post, which you can see here. I really want to read this book so bad. Its a YA contemporary about a girl who gets locked in a library for the weekend with a guy who she has heard is trouble. What's not to love? I think this will make a great summer read so I need to buy it ASAP.

This is one I am really excited to get. It actually isn't out is the UK yet till July but it is out in the US. I don't really like the UK cover to I am tempted to get the US cover from Book Depository. Its a YA that has a spin on You've Got Mail which sounds so good.

The Undertow trilogy is one I want to finish this year. I read the first book a few years back and loved it (you can check out my review here) I have the last book for review so I need to buy the second book ASAP. The final book released a few months back so you can read the whole trilogy now which I highly recommend. 

This was the book that I picked that I wanted to buy next when I did the Goodreads Tag and it is at the top of my list. I have seen this book everywhere. Its a 2015 release its a YA contemporary which is being made into a movie and it just sounds amazing.

This is one I mentioned in my post about books that have been calling to me which you can check out here Its a new release, its a Cinderella retelling and I am so excited to read it. 

I have wanted to read this for years but just haven't got around to it. I really want to get to it this year, so I need to pick up a copy ASAP.

This series is hunting me. I have a e copy of it, I have a signed copy of the second book and I still haven't read it. So why is it on my to buy next list. I want a paperback of it as I don't want to read the e copy which is such a stupid reason. I just need to read this book. Please hound me to read it.

What book (s) is on your to buy next list?

Top 6 books of 2017 so far

We are nearly hitting June which means we are six months into the year already and I think its flying in. So far this year my reading has been slow due to the major slump of March and April that must not be mentioned. My aim this year was 100 books and at the time of this post am only in the mid twenties, I need to speed read if am going to gain any traction on my goal. 

So without further ado here is my top 6 books of 2017 I have read so far
 (Note not all the books are not new releases) 

Note: I had this post all prepped to go early May as I scheduled so many posts then however I read my first 5 star book in seven months a few days before publishing this post so I had to re do this post just before I published it to add the book to the list. So now its my top 6 inside of 5!

In at number six is The Iron King by Julie Kawaga (linked to my review) YA

This is a series I have had on my TBR for so long. After reading so many new adult/adult romances at the start of the year I wanted a bit of fantasy in my life. And The Iron King stuck out. I was really surprised that I enjoyed it. Its an YA urban fantasy but more toward the fantasy genre and me and fantasy don't gel and especially when the creatures are Fey but I really did have fun reading this and I also picked up the second book The Iron Daughter as well. The Iron King got 3 stars.

In at number 5 is The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas (Adult)

Last year I read Jodi's This Man and All Night Trilogy's and adored them. Jodi fast became an auto buy author and last year released The Protector. However at the time I tried to read it but for some reason didn't finish it. However as I was coming out of my book slump I decided to pick it up again and I ended up finishing it and loving it. I really don't know why I didn't finish it before but am so glad I have now. Jodi's books are always guaranteed to have twists and turns and this book certainly didn't let me down. Check out my review above for more thoughts. The Protector got 4 stars.

In at 4 is Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella (Linked to my review) (YA)

This was the second book I picked up this year and I really enjoyed it. Finding Audrey got 4-4.5 stars. Here's a quote from my review:

"Overall I really enjoyed Finding Audrey, it was fast paced, with great writing, a character I really adored and connected with and a important story told in the right way. Fans of Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall and Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon would enjoy Finding Audrey."

In at number three is The Rule Maker by Jennifer Blackwood (Link to my review) (Adult) 2017 release

I loved this book so so much. It had a great romance, a good storyline and it make me LOL so much. It was the perfect rom com to cosy up and read during winter. I highly recommend you check this book and check out my review for more of my thoughts. The Rule Maker got 4.5 stars.

In at number two is Royal Affair (Books 1) by Parker Swift (Link to my review) (Adult) 2017 release

I loved, loved this book so much!!! It contributed to my book slump because I needed the next book straight away. As soon as I finished the book I had to email the publicist and say how much I loved this book. If my face was an emoji it would have been heart eyes. You need to check out my review for more of my thoughts its a least a little more coherent. Royal Affair got 4.5 stars.

This book just crept into my reading life and I don't know how it happened. I read the first book, Vendetta, a few years back and loved it and decided to finish up the trilogy and boy am I glad I did. I loved Inferno so much. Its romeo and Juliet meets the sopranos and I highly recommended you check it out. I gave Inferno 5 stars and its my first 5 star rating in seven months.

What has been some of your fave reads so far this year? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

Sunday Post #41- My first 5 star review in 7 months

The Sunday post was created by Caffeinated Book Reviewer this is a post where we recap on the going on's on the blog the week previous and the week coming up as well as the awesome books we have received, bought or been gifted for review!

As you can see from the title of this blog post I read my first 5 star book in seven months. I have been reading great books but just none where hitting the 5 star mark until this week and that book was Inferno by Catherine Doyle. Its the second book in the blood for blood trilogy and its a YA book- Romeo and Juliet meets the sopranos and its so, so good. I will have my review up later this week but until then you can check out my review of the first book Vendetta here. I also had some great blog posts this week, which you can check out below.

GUEST POST & #GIVEAWAY : MUSINGS ON POPULARITY BY MARNIE LAMB -You can win 1 of 2 paperbacks of The History of Hilary Hambrushina by Marine Lamb open internationally

Coming this week

Discussion- Top 5 books of 2017 so far

10 books I wanna buy next

Top 5 2017 summer releases and giveaway

Review: Inferno by Catherine Doyle

Help needed

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So on Friday I finally watched Suicide Squad and really enjoyed it. At first I wasn't too sure of it but by the end I loved it. Now I really want to read some of the comics and I don't know where to start. I have never read any comics or graphic novels so I am totally clueless. I am interested in the Suicide Squad comics but am also interested in stuff on Deadshot and Harley Quinn. So any help pointing me in the right direction of where to start would be great. 

How has your week been? Let me know in the comments below!

#Review The Wright Boss by K.A. Linde

Today I am excited to share my review of The Wright Boss by K.A. Linde. This is the second book in which K.A Linde has written about a Wright Brother however this book can be read as a standalone. If you want to check out my review of the first Wright Brother book, The Wright Brother you can check it out here. I was provided an e-arc from Ink Slinger PR in exchange for an honest review.

A new stand alone office romance from USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde...

I’ve always had one rule:

Don’t mix business and pleasure.

But then Landon Wright comes home to his family’s construction company with a broken back and a beaten heart and ends up as my new sexy boss. As the office gets heated, I’m thinking about throwing the rulebook out the window.

If only there weren’t a million reasons this could never work.

We may have shared a single perfect kiss, but I can’t let our intense connection cloud my judgment. Not with everything I’ve worked for on the line.

Dating your boss is so very, very wrong…even if he feels so Wright.

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The Wright Boss is the second book in the Wright Brother series. Each book is told from a different Wright Brother and his love interest. I did enjoy the first book when I read it a few months back and I have to say I enjoyed this one more giving it a 3.5/3.75 stars.

The Wright Boss is Landon Wright's story. And I really enjoyed hearing from his perspective and his love interest as it's told in duel POV. Heidi was one of my favorite characters in The Wright Brother and I loved seeing more of her in this book. She's a character you can easily fall in love with. You also see the characters from the first book as well and even though this can be read as a standalone I think I would have missed the back story of the other characters. 

I enjoyed the plot it was very dramatic a lot of will they won't they, a lot of things getting in the way of the romance. I enjoyed Heidi's own underlying personal struggle as well but I just wish it was developed a bit more. Whereas in The Wright Brother I felt the middle of the book was a bit slow I found the pacing of this book to go way to fast toward the middle and it was like bam bam bam. Don't get me wrong I like a fast paced book but I just wish it has slowed down a bit. Overall I really enjoyed my time with Landon and Heidi and am excited to read the next book in the series all about Austin Wright.

About the author

K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out over Star Wars, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time.
She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.

Itty Bitty Book Co #Giveaway

Today I have a very special post for you and that is an interview with Astra McNicholl owner\ maker\ dreamer of  local company Itty Bitty Book Co. I am now a affiliate for this company and I am very excited to share some posts with you over the next few months. Without further ado I will pass you over to Astra.

Tell us a little about yourself

My names Astra, I’m 29 years old, I was born in Scotland but grew up traveling - South Africa, the Caribbean, America, England & Australia. I met my husband Al in England (he’s from here) and we moved here 10 years ago, we had our son Ché Phoenix and started Itty Bitty Book Co both in 2013. I’m a very adventurous person & am proud of the risks I’ve taken, I love happy music, nature, tea and day dreaming/planning my next ideas! 

Can you tell us a little bit about the background of Itty Bitty Book Co, when it started and why?

The first positivity book was made from my craft supplies for my big sister who was about to set off sailing around the world. I wanted to give her something made with love that could fit in her pocket and remind her of the good things in life, the little reasons to smile. I absolutely loved the process, it felt like I was making something ‘real' out of the happiest/best bits of me and sending it out into the world! Thats really how it all started!

Can you tell us the ethos behind Itty Bitty Book Co?

We’re a social enterprise, so the mission is always at the forefront of what we do. We promote positivity. Through that we hope to inspire people to focus more on the good things in their lives & be happier. When people are happier they are healthier, more productive, more resilient, more creative… The list goes on!! Positivity can change peoples lives and change entire communities - through our workshops, products and designs we hope to help others bring more happiness into their lives. 

You provide positive Itty Bitty Books, prints, cards and wall banners. Where do you draw your design ideas from?

My husband Al is the co-owner of Itty Bitty and he does ALL the design work! Our creative process usually comes from something we’ve experienced - a feeling of needing a specific kind of motivation or seeing a need for comfort (as with the strength designs) from there we’ll work together to decide on the wording and the ‘feel’ of the design/product. Now that we have a team in the office, everyone shares their opinions on new designs and it’s a really creative atmosphere. Then after that its 100% Al and we just wait to see the end product!

As well as selling amazing positive and inspirational products you also have a Postivity Takeover Pack, can you tell us a little about it?

The Positivity Takeover has been incredible to watch come alive! It’s a movement we created to spread the positivity! You purchase a set of 10 happy cards (only £3), each one has a sticker saying #PositivityTakeover and you leave the cards for strangers to find :) Sharing where you’re leaving them on social media - Instagram is a great place to see where they’ve ended up. Cuba, Scotland, Times Square NY, Spain, France, Iceland just to name a few!!! Leaving something to brighten someones day is just so fun and makes you feel great - I definitely recommend checking them out and joining in!

Your company seems to try and live be an Eco friendly environment. Why did you choose to have this as part of the foundation of Itty Bitty Book Co?

Maybe it was from traveling so much? Or maybe that I come from a family of ‘eco warriors’ lol wherever it’s from I have a deep love and respect for nature, and I recognise we all have a responsibility to protect our beautiful planet! So it wasn’t really even a choice it’s just how we live and so it’s how our business has been from the start. Plus my son loves nature, animals & the ocean, so as a parent I want to do what I can to protect what he loves.

Do you have an inspirational quote are phrase you live by?

Yes! My all time favourite is ‘If we did all we are capable of, we would literally astonish ourselves’ - Thomas Edison. That quote was in all our homes growing up and I always loved it! I also love ‘Be brave, take risks, nothing can substitute experience’ this one particularly touches me because in my life, if I hadn’t taken some crazy risks, I wouldn’t have my husband, my son or this business that I love so much!

Thank you so much to Astra for taking the time to do this interview. Below I have an international giveaway sponsored by my blog Reading Away The Days. Where you could win two cards from Itty Bitty Book Co which I have purchased and will ship. My Giveaway Policy (See picture below) Giveaway Ends 28th May 2017. My Affiliate link

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Guest Post & #Giveaway : Musings on Popularity by Marnie Lamb

Today I have a guest post from author of upcoming release The History of Hilary Hambrushina, Marnie Lamb. Marnie has written an awesome post on her thoughts on popularity which is a theme in her upcoming book. I found her post really interesting and thought provoking and I hope you enjoy it. Marnie has also kindly offered two people the chance to win a paperback of her release, open internationally so be sure to check out the giveaway below. Happy Reading!

Synopsis: Hilary has one goal for her first year in junior high: to become popular. But her plans are turned upside down when her best friend leaves for the summer and a quirky girl named Kallie moves in next door. Kallie paints constellations on her ceiling, sleeps in a hammock, and enacts fantastical plays in front of cute boys on the beach. Yet despite Kallie’s lack of interest in being “cool,” Hilary and Kallie find themselves becoming friends. That summer friendship, however, is put to the test when school begins, reigniting Hilary's obsession with climbing the social ladder. As Hilary discovers the dark side to popularity, she must decide who she wants to be before she loses everything.

Publication date: May 31, 2017

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Musings on Popularity by Marnie Lamb

Much of my upcoming young adult novel, The History of Hilary Hambrushina, focuses on the quest of the main character, Hilary, to become “popular.” In the weeks leading up to the book’s publication, I find myself reflecting on how the connotation of the words “popular” and “popularity” has shifted for me from childhood to adulthood.

I don’t think that I was aware of popularity as a concept that applied to people until I was almost a teenager. Up until then, I thought of popularity as something that applied to things: books, TV shows,  food, even vacation destinations. I remember being influenced by others’ choices, wanting to wear certain clothes because I’d seen other girls at school wearing them or watch a specific TV show because “everyone was watching it.” Yet popularity was relatively harmless to me then. If my parents wouldn’t buy me the clothes or let me watch the show, I was disappointed but not devastated.

When I started junior high school, popularity took on a darker hue. Unlike at my elementary school, where everyone was more or less equal—except for “nerds” like me, who sat at the bottom of the social hierarchy—at this new school, a group of six or so self-appointed “cool” or “popular” girls ruled the seventh grade social scene. Their clothes, hairstyles, and musical preferences were to be emulated, their rulings of who was “in” and who was “out” adhered to like the most Draconian of laws.

The irony of using “popular” to describe these girls is clear to me only in hindsight. My fellow nerd friends and I would snark about these girls at our Friday night sleepovers, but at school, we’d snatch at any tidbit of kindness tossed our way. “That was a really good presentation, Marnie” or “I like your shirt” kept the bullying at bay. We swallowed and sustained ourselves on these off-hand comments the way a prisoner, grateful for an extra morsel of bread, gets the strength to live another day, all the while hating her jailer. “Feared” is a more accurate adjective to describe these baby queen bees. If the unconscious or semi-conscious feelings of the other students were known, these girls were probably more unpopular than most of us “losers.”

I’ve often heard people remark, “I’m so glad my high school years are long gone, and I don’t have to worry about wearing the same clothes as everyone else or avoiding certain people because they’re not ‘cool.’ That all seems like such a big deal at the time, but it’s really not important and thankfully, we grow out of that.”

Yet have we as adults really left behind all those concerns about being “popular” and doing what others do so as to avoid standing out? We like to think we’ve matured, but those early imprints leave a mark. 

How comfortable are we standing out from the crowd? How many minute and unnecessary compromises do we make in everyday social situations to avoid being different, ordering a dessert because everyone else is having one or agreeing to go to a club after dinner because everyone else seems gung-ho? The style may be more subtle and the consequences of refusal less threatening, but the message is the same as in our childhood days: Be one of the gang! Do as we do! A certain amount of compromise is necessary to any relationship. You can’t always have your way, and sometimes, doing something you hadn’t wanted to do introduces you to an experience that delights you or helps you grow. And in situations in which we deem standing by our choices more important than compromising, most of us do have more confidence to go against the crowd than we did in high school. 

Still, it’s naïve to suggest that adults don’t feel frustrated or controlled by peer pressure. Even in situations where we don’t give in, just feeling that pressure reveals the cost of swimming against the waves. For instance, for many reasons, I don’t drink alcohol. I can count on two hands the number of alcoholic beverages I’ve drunk in my life, and I don’t plan to consume any more. I have no issue with others’ choosing to drink, but that open-mindedness is not always reciprocal. “Why don’t you drink?” I’ve been asked countless times at parties, even gatherings where the guests were mostly people from my own church. No matter how many reasons I offer, some people simply cannot understand why I don’t make the same choices as they do. I’m frustrated not only with them for hammering at me with questions, but also at myself for trying to placate them in the first place. Why do I need to offer reasons for my behaviour? Why can I not simply state my choice and end the conversation? Do I care so much about the opinion of someone I’ve just met that I need to try to plead my case like a defendant in the dock?

In extreme moments, frustrated with the endless loop of these repetitive conversations, I’ve said to myself, “Maybe I should just have a drink to shut this person up.” I immediately see the ludicrousness of this thought, as if I should change my way of life, force myself to do something I don’t want to do just because an annoying stranger is pressuring me. The fact that I know I’ll never act on this thought doesn’t negate its existence, and this bothers me.

Maybe we use different terms—“conformity,” “social skills,” or even “thoughtfulness”—but are we still talking about popularity? Do we retain that innate desire for people to like us, so much so that we’re willing to alter or at least consider altering ourselves to please others, even in small ways? Perhaps that’s teenage popularity’s darkest legacy: that it never completely loosens its grip on us, its ability to make us question our own difference and choices.

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Goodreads Book Tag

I love a book tag so I thought why not do another one! The last book tag I did was the Okay so Bookically tag which you can check out here. Today I am going to do the Goodreads Book Tag. This is an older tag I found on Youtube but I can't seem to find the original creator so if you what to see more people do this tag just put the tag name into Youtube! 

So I love using Goodreads to keep track of all my books. I try to keep it in some sort of order, I have a ton of shelves and every once in a while I do try and clean it up. If you on Goodreads you can check out my shelves here. Lets get on with the tag!

What was the last book you marked as "read"?

The last book I marked as read was The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas. I actually have a review of the book up on the blog already, which you can check out here. The Protector is a adult contemporary romance which I really enjoyed. Fun Fact: I have had my account since 2011 and have marked 368 books as read since then.

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Vendetta by Catherine Doyle, which is a re read. I read this book a few years back but am doing a re read so I can complete the trilogy. Its a YA contemporary romance that I really enjoyed. It's Romeo and Juliet meets The Sopranos.  You can check out my review here . Fun Fact: I re read books ALOT, its an issue!

What was the last book you marked as TBR?

The last book I added to my TBR (To Be Read) was Spandex and the city by Jenny T Colgan. This is a book I recived for review from the publisher. It is a fun chicklit that releases later this week. You can check out Spandex and the city on Goodreads here Fun Fact: I have 992  books on my TBR on Goodreads. 

What book do you plan to read next?

I plan to read possibly Royal Treatment by Parker Swift. This is the last book in the Royal Affair Trilogy. And the first book in the series Royal Affair is my favorite book of the year so far. Its a adult contemporary romance series and its so good. You can check out my review of the first book here

Do you use the rating system?

I do use the rating system on Goodreads. The Goodreads system is out of five stars, I do however like to add half stars to my reviews as well which Goodreads doesn't provide and its something I would like to see. Fun Fact: I haven't had a 5 star read since October 2016, Royal Affair by Parker Swift did come close with a 4.5 star. 

How is you reading challenge going? I changed this question up as it was are you taking part in a challenge this year as we are nearly half way though the year I thought I would give you an update.

I love taking part in the Goodreads Challenge, it is the only challenge I take part in each year. My aim this year was 100 books but as I went though a slump for a few months and I am only coming out of it I don't think am going to make it however I don't want to change it because am going to try and see how far I get on it. You can hear all about my reading slump here

Do you have a wishlist?

I don't have a wishlist. I do however have a shelf on Goodreads called To Buy where I have a ton of books I want to buy, whether I ever do that is yet to be known.

What book do you plan on buying next?

I actually plan to do a post on a list of books I want to buy next later this month but one of the books on that list I plan to buy is Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Abertalli. This is one that has been calling to me lately along with a few other books. You can check out the rest of the books calling to me here

Who are your favourite authors?

I have many but one of my favourite is Deborah Harkness who wrote my favourite trilogy of all time the All Souls Trilogy. I have many posts on this series which I will link a few for you to check out!

That was the Goodreads Tag! Let me know what you are currently reading in the comments below and if you have Goodreads leave me a link so I can check out your shelves!

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