14. Ready Player One- Ernest Cline

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Title: Ready Player One

Author: Ernest Cline

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On the Shelves: Fiction, Sci-Fi, dystopian (?)

Imagine the WORLD AT STAKE.
An EPIC STRUGGLE between good and evil.
The GREATEST QUEST in history.
The FATE OF HUMANITY resting in your hands.
ARE YOU READY?” (Goodreads 2013)

Calling all Video Game fanatics: Your dream fiction novel has arrived!

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13. Ice- Sarah Beth Durst

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Title: Ice

Author: Sarah Beth Durst

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On the Shelves: YA fantasy, Retellings

When Cassie was a little girl, her grandmother told her a fairy tale about her mother, who made a deal with the Polar Bear King and was swept away to the ends of the earth. Now that Cassie is older, she knows the story was a nice way of saying her mother had died. Cassie lives with her father at an Arctic research station, is determined to become a scientist, and has no time for make-believe.

Then, on her eighteenth birthday, Cassie comes face-to-face with a polar bear who speaks to her. He tells her that her mother is alive, imprisoned at the ends of the earth. And he can bring her back — if Cassie will agree to be his bride.

That is the beginning of Cassie’s own real-life fairy tale, one that sends her on an unbelievable journey across the brutal Arctic, through the Canadian boreal forest, and on the back of the North Wind to the land east of the sun and west of the moon. Before it is over, the world she knows will be swept away, and everything she holds dear will be taken from her — until she discovers the true meaning of love and family in the magical realm of Ice(Goodreads 2013)

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Weekend Book Tag: 2013 Top Ten Favourites

I hope you all had a lovely christmas, but now it’s time for this Sunday’s book tag: Top Ten Favourite Reads of 2013! The idea is fairly simple so I’m just going to put together all of the covers from my favourites of the year. If you’ve read them, let me know what you thought! (All images courtesy of Goodreads 2013)

All of these books are going to be re-read in the next year and will have reviews, if they don’t already because they are fantastic and I highly recommend them all. Some of them are Young Adult, but some are sci-fi, mystery, Discworld…some nice variety in there!

BONUS: BEST SERIES READ IN 2013:

This was my first reading of any of Patrick Ness’ works and it blew me away. This series was fantastic and I plan to do a review on it!

Favourite Quotes: 6

But you were always a good man of business, Jacob,’ faltered Scrooge, who now began to apply this to himself.

Business!’ cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. “Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The deals of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!

– Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Happy Christmas everybody, I hope you all have an enjoyable, warm and safe holiday with your friends and families 🙂

12. Tent City- Kelly Van Hull

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Title: Tent City

Author: Kelly Van Hull

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On the Shelves: young adult, fiction, dystopian

“After a devastating plague, introverted 17-year-old Dani Campbell and her family find themselves living in a very different America, one run by a cult-like leader, who forces children to move to “safety camps” designed to protect the human race. Encouraged to flee by her parents, Dani and her five-year-old brother seek refuge in the Black Hills of South Dakota. On the run with danger around every corner, Dani must fight to ensure their survival in this new world while trying to unmask the mystery of how it all came to be” (Goodreads 2013)

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11. Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte

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Title: Jane Eyre

Author: Charlotte Bronte

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On the Shelves: Fiction, Classics, Romance

Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity.

She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman’s passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.

With a heroine full of yearning, the dangerous secrets she encounters, and the choices she finally makes, Charlotte Bronte’s innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers” (Goodreads 2013)

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Weekend Book Tag: Opposites Book Tag!

Hello again and welcome to this edition of “Sunday Book Tags”, and today I’m doing the Opposites Book Tag, which I saw via Bookables’s on youtube- so let’s get going!

1. First and Last book in your collection

The first book in my collection was probably The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot, since I’ve had those books since I was about 14 years old. My copies recently fell apart though so I plan on buying the new shiny bind ups in the new year

The Last book in my collection- if we are talking physical books, I just received my amazon parcel containing my hardcover used copies of “The Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and EON: Rise of the Dragon Eye by Alison Goodman-very excited to read both of those!

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10. Northanger Abbey- Jane Austen

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Title: Northanger Abbey

Author: Jane Austen

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On the Shelves: Classics, Romance, Fiction

“A wonderfully entertaining coming-of-age story, Northanger Abbey is often referred to as Jane Austen’s “Gothic parody.” Decrepit castles, locked rooms, mysterious chests, cryptic notes, and tyrannical fathers give the story an uncanny air, but one with a decidedly satirical twist.

The story’s unlikely heroine is Catherine Morland, a remarkably innocent seventeen-year-old woman from a country parsonage. While spending a few weeks in Bath with a family friend, Catherine meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney, who invites her to visit his family estate, Northanger Abbey. Once there, Catherine, a great reader of Gothic thrillers, lets the shadowy atmosphere of the old mansion fill her mind with terrible suspicions. What is the mystery surrounding the death of Henry’s mother? Is the family concealing a terrible secret within the elegant rooms of the Abbey? Can she trust Henry, or is he part of an evil conspiracy? Catherine finds dreadful portents in the most prosaic events, until Henry persuades her to see the peril in confusing life with art.

Executed with high-spirited gusto, Northanger Abbey is the most lighthearted of Jane Austen’s novels, yet at its core this delightful novel is a serious, unsentimental commentary on love and marriage.” (Goodreads 2013)

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