Top Ten Tuesday: 29- books which I found hard to read


a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

I’m choosing to split this into two sections: books which I found hard to read because they broke my heart (but probably still adored), and books which I found hard to read because they were a pain in the ass and I probably didn’t finish them as a result.

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Discussions: Dystopia vs Post-Apocalyptic

ttvday thg VS jeynrob di

It’s been over 5 months since my last discussion post- if you click this link, it will take you to my list of discussion posts, which so far include one about Epigraphs in books, and one not so eloquently discussing John Green’s writing.

Anyway, I decided to attempt to write a discussion post about the trend of dystopian novels , specifically in young adult literature, and how people seem to keep stamping novels as “dystopian” when they actually aren’t…

Disclaimer: I am rubbish at debates. I get carried away with my thoughts and often forget to slow down enough to explain my points thoroughly, which is why I rarely do these discussions haha- I apologise if there are any spelling errors or unexplained points, but I think it reads okay…

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114. Apple and Rain- Sarah Crossan


Title: Apple and Rain

Author: Sarah Crossan

Rating: ★★★★

On the Shelves: Young Adult Fiction> Contemporary

When Apple’s mother returns after eleven years away, Apple feels whole again. But just like the stormy Christmas Eve when she left, her mother’s homecoming is bittersweet. It’s only when Apple meets someone more lost than she is that she begins to see things as they really are.

A story about sad endings.
A story about happy beginnings.
A story to make you realise who is special

(Goodreads 2014)

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113. Heir of Fire- Sarah J Maas


Title: Heir of Fire

Author: Sarah j Maas

Rating: ★★★★★

On the Shelves: Young Adult Fiction> Fantasy

Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love? (Goodreads 2014)

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Top Ten Tuesday 28: books to read this Autumn.


The weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

It’s the first day of my favourite season: Autumn!! Autumn is here! I’m so happy because now I can bring out my cardigans and knits and scarves without looking like a maniac (UK summer means people dress hopefully but it still is pretty cold so we look stupid wearing these things from May-Aug).  This week’s Top Ten is the Top Ten Books I plan to read this Autumn.

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112. Summer at Castle Stone- Lynn Marie Hulsman


Title: Summer at Castle Stone

Author: Lynn Marie Hulsman

Rating: ★★

On the Shelves: Fiction> Contemporary/Romance

This summer, lose your heart in Ireland…

Shayla Sheridan’s a New York native born into big city luxury, but she’s never really fitted in with the “it” crowd. Desperate to make it as a writer and to finally step out from her famous father’s shadow, Shayla decides to take on a tricky assignment across the pond…

Swapping skyscrapers and heels for wellies and the heart of the Irish countryside, Shayla must go about ghost-writing a book of recipes by the notoriously reclusive and attractive head chef of Castle Stone, Tom O’Grady.

The only problem? He has no idea that she’s writing it. (Goodreads 2014)

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Tag: One Lovely Blog Award!

I’ve been nominated for a couple of blog awards recently, which is always a lovely feeling! But I need to find the time to actually sit down and do the posts- my bad! I figured since I’m making Friday’s Fairy Tales a fortnightly, this would be a good time to go these award posts as fillers: )


So this week I am posting my responses to being nominated for “The Lovely Blog Award”, which I was nominated for by the lovely “For the Love of the Page“, or by her human name, Ashley! I highly recommend that you take a mooch at her blog because it is bookish and lovely and all of those good things!


Rules and my nominations under the cut!

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111. Twitter Girl- Nic Tatano


Title: Twitter Girl

Author: Nic Tatano

Rating: ★★★★

On the Shelves: Fiction> Contemporary/Romance

Publication Date: 18th September 2014- TODAY!

Meet America’s Tweet-Heart.

She’s network reporter Cassidy Shea, better known as @TwitterGirl, with more than a million followers thanks to her sarcastic tweets. One hundred forty characters that can take anyone down a notch.
But while brevity may be the soul of wit, it can also get you fired. When a controversial tweet goes viral the snarky redhead finds herself locked out of the career she loves… and watches her boyfriend take a hike.

Alas, no industry values sarcasm more than politics, and Cassidy becomes a marketable commodity for Presidential candidate Will Becker, a squeaky-clean, stone cold lock to be the next occupant of the White House. This candidate is unlike any other; he’s the country’s most eligible bachelor. He’s also looking for a running mate, and we’re not talking about a Vice President. Twitter Girl has caught his eye.

Cassidy finds herself swept up in a whirlwind romance that turns her into the next Jackie Kennedy and becomes the favorite to be the next First Lady. The country can’t get enough of America’s First Couple… will Cassidy and Will Becker bring back Camelot? But an anonymous tip triggers her journalistic curiosity. Is Will Becker all that he seems? The search for the answer teaches Cassidy the meaning of love. (Goodreads 2014)

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