Do I Have That Book Challenge

I saw this tag on YouTube and I thought it was fun, so I’m gonna do it. I will link to the creator’s video.

This tag has 20 questions about what books I own. I feel it works better in video format. But Whatever, I still want to do it.


1. A book with deckled edges

YES. I may have more than one, but the one that comes to mind at the moment is Jesus Freaks by DC Talk.

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Couldn’t find a picture where you can see the deckled pages, but it’s got them. I promise.

2. A book with 3 or more people on the cover

YES! A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle. Has 3 people on it.

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3. A book based on another fictional story

Do I? Do I really? How about The Wrath and the Dawn? Arabian nights retelling. Percy Jackson? Magnus Chase? ACOTAR? Cruel Beauty? Could go on, but you guys get the point. I have A LOT of retellings.

 

4. A book with a title 10 letters long

I’m gonna say it has to be 1 word, just to make it more difficult. And I’m gonna go with Nevernight by Jay Kristoff.

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5. A book with a title that starts and ends with the same letter

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Starts and ends with a T. And just because I know some people are going to be picky about me including the article, here’s another: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

6. A mass market paperback

Yes. All of my Lord of the Rings and one of my copies of The Hobbit.

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7. A book by an author using a pen name

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll. His real name was Charles Dodgson.

 

8. A book with a character’s name in the title

Looking for Alaska by John Green. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury. The main character is named Sorrow. Weird, I know. Marissa Meyer’s books also. Could probably go on, but we’ll stoop here.

 

9. A book with two maps in it

Probably have loads of these as well, but I’m too lazy to check so we’ll go with Elantris by Brandon Sanderson because I’m currently reading it. And it has not two, but three maps in it. Wait… does that mean it doesn’t fulfill the challenge? Like does it have to be 2, no more no less? If that’s the case, I will go with A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas.

10. A book that was turned into a TV show

A Game of Thrones by G. R. R. Martin.

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11. A book written by someone who was originally famous for something else?

Relativity by Albert Einstein. Cause he was famous for science. So, I’m counting it.

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12. A book with a clock on the cover

This is going to take some thinking. Just One damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor. That’s kind of a clock. If you don’t like that, I got Clockwork Angel that’s got Big Ben in the background. No one can argue with Big Ben.

13. A poetry book

I have several, but I’ll go with Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur because I’ve read and loved it.

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14. A book with an award stamp on it

Ok, I’m bitter about this question because I have loads of books that have won prizes. But the stickers/stamps annoy me, so I tend to buy editions that don’t have them. I’m going to have to delve deep for this one.

I have The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin. It’s not actually a sticker, nor is it a stamp. It’s just printed on the cover. But I’m going with it.

15. A book written by an author with the same initials as you?

I actually don’t. 😥 My initials are RP and I have no books written by an author with the same initials. I do have books written by a PR. But no RP. So I’m gonna give myself half a point for this, cause the right letters, just wrong order and go with The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

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16. A book of short stories

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo.

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17. A book between 500 and 510 pages.

Pfft, easy. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson. Exactly 510 pages (just got it in a subscription box yesterday and I SQUEALED!).

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18. A book that was turned into a movie

I have like 20. But I’ll go with The Lord of the Rings because that’s my favourite adaptation.

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19. A graphic novel

Indeed I do. Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel. 

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20. A book written by two or more authors

This was a long tag. I do indeed have several books that are co-authored. Including Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

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This was fun. I got 19.5 out of 20 points. So… not bad. Let me know what you guys got!

 

Audiobook Collection

Over the past few months, I’ve been getting into audiobooks and I’ve gathered a little collection of audiobooks. I’ve never included any of them in my book hauls, so I thought I’d make a separate post to share my collection with you. Some of these, I also own physical copies of.


The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins | Ships and Strings and Wedding Rings by Jodi Taylor | The Very First Damned Thing by Jodi Taylor | Roman Holiday by Jodi Taylor | Christmas Present by Jodi Taylor

When a Child is Born by Jodi Taylor | Red Sister by Mark Lawrence | Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence | Golden Son by Pierce Brown | The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll | The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin | The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris | Life of Pi by Yann Martel | The Power by Naomi Alderman

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman | The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton | Uprooted by Naomi Novik | A Breach of Security by Susan Hill

Mini Reviews: A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor; The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis & Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley

So… I can’t really stick to my previous format of writing out the titles of all the books getting a mini review cause that would just be a ridiculously long title. So… you’re getting well… you’re reading this so you’ve probably seen the title already. Let’s move on.


A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor

25876967Rating: 4/5 stars

Genre: sci-fi, humour, adult

First published: 2013

Author: Jodi Taylor

This is the second book in the Chronicles of St. Mary’s series which I love. It’s like Doctor Who in book format minus the aliens. It’s awesome, it’s hilarious. These books are so much fun to read. Highly recommend for lovers of… well Doctor Who and self deprecating humour. And history. It’s about time traveling historians… really all you need to know to be honest.

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The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis

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Genre: Non-fiction, christian, philosophy

First published: 1940

Author: C. S. Lewis

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As per usual, I loved this book. I love C.S. Lewis. I say the same thing every time I talk about one of his books, but I don’t care. Because he’s one of my favourite thinkers and people should read his books because they’ll make you think. And I realise that they’re not for everyone, but if you like being challenged to think, read C. S. Lewis’ books.


Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Rating: 4/5

Genre: Contemporary, YA, graphic novel

First published: 2003

Author: Bryan Lee O’Malley

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This was a very angsty, very weird graphic novel, but it worked. It just captured adolescence and the weirdness and angst of going through that and figuring out who you are very well. I didn’t love it, it didn’t quite captivate me. Either because I’m too old or simply because a lot of the struggles of the characters were not ones that I myself had as a teenager. And while I recognise that there are people who went through similar situations, I was not one of them and it’s not really relatable for me. Also, I read it at 2 am, in a questionable state of sobriety… still, I can see what it was doing and I give it credit for it.

Sequels I’ve Read in 2017

I am very bad about reading sequels. I start series and then I never finish them. I’ve talked about this before, in various posts. But I do read some sequels and I’m trying to be better about it. So this post is a sort of pat on the back to myself. I’m not going to count re-reads, because those don’t really count.


A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

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This is one of the few series that I read the sequels straight away, or in the case of this final one, as soon as it came out. I loved it. I love the series and I loved the conclusion. So good.

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

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Another great sequel. I am excited to continue with this series hopefully soon.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Mass

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Another series that I kept up with and pretty much read as soon as it was out because I love this series. Unfortunately, this one was probably my least favourite in the series. I still really liked it, but I had some issues with it. If you want to know more, check out my discussion.

Attack on Titan vol. 2 & 3

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I read the first volume and then quickly read the next two, but they count so I’m including them!

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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Another series that I’m up to date with. At least I have a few that I’ve either completed or am up to date with.

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

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I adore this series. I cannot wait for the next one. Another one I’m up to date with!

A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor

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Finally continued with this series. I read the first book in like 2015 and loved it. I’ve been meaning to continue with it ever since, and now I’ve finally read the second one. Hopefully I’ll move on with the series soon.

 

December 2017 Wrap Up

I actually had a pretty good reading month in December, with a total of 10 books read.


Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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Beautifully written as always, a beautiful story, I loved it. Unfortunately, I didn’t love it quite as much as I was expecting. I didn’t like it as much as Daughter of Smoke and Bone. But I still really enjoyed it and will most certainly be continuing with the series. I ended up giving it 4/5 stars.

Catching Fire & Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

I started revisiting this story on audiobook in November and finished the first one and I got through the final two in December. Unfortunately, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the audiobook, the narrator really didn’t do it for me. I found her to be quite annoying, so that took away from my enjoyment of the books. Of course, it’s still an awesome story and I still love it, but because of the narration, I ended up only giving it 4/5 stars for the audiobook.

Vicious by V. E. Schwab

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Finally read this, it was about time. I loved her Shades of Magic series and I had heard only amazing things about this book and I want to read all of her books anyway. I was not disappointed. I need the next one asap. It’s so good! So good. I love the characters and the tension and how dark the story is. 5/5 stars.

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

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This series flew under my radar for a while, I don’t know why. I discovered it quite by chance as I was browsing Waterstones and it sounded cool and it seemed pretty well praised, so I bought it. I really liked. I had an issue with one part of the book that I just didn’t particularly enjoy, so I ended up giving it 4/5 stars, but the rest of it was A plus and I actually already bought the second book in the series and will hopefully read it soon.

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

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This book was so beautifl. The art in it was beautiful, the stories were beautiful. I loved it. I had so much fun reading it. It reminded me of childhood when I would consume fairytales by the bucket. My favourite story was The Soldier Prince and my least favourite was probably Little Knife. Overall, I did give the book 5/5 stars.

A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor

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Finally continuing with this series! I don’t know why I waited so long. It’s so much fun,, so fast paced, just all around a good time. I did feel that some things were a bit rushed through in this book, I would have liked a bit more, so I ended up giving it 4/5 stars.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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A pertinent and insightful allegorical story. I found myself nodding along and grinning guiltily as I recognised aspects of my own life in the shepherd’s boy journey. I didn’t quite agree with all the idea presented in the book, but overall, I think it offers a very astute image of what we’re like. I gave it 4/5 stars.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

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This book was an experience. I’m so glad I bought it. I’ve never read anything similar to it. I love the art and the way it was interspersed with the writing. I just loved how this story was told so much. 5/5 stars.

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

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This book was just beautiful, it made me cry on several occasions. Just the relationship… well there isn’t really a relationship. But the main character did use to have a wife prior to the events of the book and the way that their relationship is described is just beautiful. That’s not even the main focus of the book, and I really enjoyed the story and the characters. It was funny, well written, intelligent. But that relationship just really packed a punch for me. 5/5 stars.

December 2017 Book Haul

I bought a bunch of books again… ’tis the season, after all.


All Fall Down by Ally Carter | See How They Run by Ally Carter | Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter | Not if I Save You First by Ally Carter | Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

Ok, in my defense, I won the Ally Carter ones in a giveaway.

Vicious by V. E. Schwab | The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin |The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin | The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan | A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi | The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Series in Which I’ve Only Read the First Book #2

Part 1

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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I read this ages ago. Over two years ago. The second one hadn’t even come out. And I really enjoyed it and I’m sad that I didn’t read the second one as soon as it came out, because now I’m not sure if I’ll ever continue with the series. I would like to, because it’s good, but I just don’t feel very drawn to it.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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Another one that I read over two years ago. No idea why I didn’t continue with it. I probably should.

The Gentlemen Bastards Series by Scott Lynch

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I read the first book quite recently and I loved it and I actually have the second book and I’m about 400 pages in. The only problem is that I’ve been about 400 pages in for about 2 months. I want to finish this book so badly. This series is so good and I just got stuck because I’m busy and it’s so much easier to read things that come in bite-sized portions. Short chapters are my thing these days.

The Abhorsen Series by Garth Nix

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Looks like the majority of these I’ve read this year. This was a cool book, cool concept. Not the biggest fan of the writing, but I want to continue with it because it’s just a cool and unique concept.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan

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My favourite Rick Riordan book to date. To be fair, I only recently read it, so I have an excuse. But I need to catch up on my Rick Riordan, man!

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

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Another one of my favourites of the year. I actually own the second book. I just have to get on with reading it. But it’s just so huge and I have so little time, it intimidates me. Hopefully over the holidays, I’ll get to it.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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I didn’t love this book, but I did enjoy it and I want to continue with it.

Chronicles of St. Mary by Jodi Taylor

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I bought the first book randomly in an airport two years ago almost to the day because I was stuck there for 24 hours and I was stressed, so I did what I always do when I’m stressed: I bought a book. And I ended up loving it so much! It was so funny and action packed, Just One Damned Thing After Another. I honestly don’t know why I waited so long to continue with the series. but the second one is my current read and I’m loving it. So I will soon be able to cross this one off the list.

 

 

 

 

Burn, Rewrite or Reread Book Tag

I wanted to do a book tag today because I love doing book tags, so I was looking for a cool one to do and I saw this one over at Thrice Read and I decided to do this. So here it goes.

The Rules:

-Randomly choose 3 books.(You can use the ‘Random’ option on your Goodreads read shelf.)

-For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread.

-Repeat until you’ve completed three four rounds.


Round one

 

Burn: The Captive by L.J Smith. I didn’t really like this book. Or this series, in fact. It’s actually part of my latest addition to my “Series I won’t finish” list.

Rewrite: The Gold Bug by Edgar Allan Poe. It’s not that I think this needs rewriting, it’s just that I would rather reread the other one.

Reread: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. I used to love Jules Verne’s books and it’s been forever since I last read or reread one of them. So I would like to reread this.

Round two:

 

Burn: The Fall of Five by Pirracus Lore. I don’t care much about this book or this series. It’s another one of those series I won’t be finishing.

Rewrite: The Seventh Dwarf by Eoin Colfer. I would rewrite this to be longer because Much Diggums. I want more of this gross kleptomaniac. I just… please. Actually, I want more in the Aretmis Fowl series. Please.

Reread: This was obviously going to be Order of the Phoenix. Not only is this a HP book, but it’s my second favourite HP book. Of course I want to reread it.

Round three:

 

Burn: Slither by Joseph Delaney. It seems I consistently get one book in a series I don’t care about very much so it’s so easy to pick the burns. That isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy this book. It’s actually one of my favourites in the series. I just don’t care about the series that much.

RewriteBitterblue by Kristin Cashore. I would just rewrite this to include more details about King Leck and his rule. Because he may have been a crazy, delusional sadist, but he was hella interesting.

Reread:  Paper Towns by John Green. I loved this book, I loved the mystery and the themes and the black Santas and all.

Round four:

 

Burn: Adrift in the Pacific: Two Years Holiday by Jules Verne. Sorry, Jules. I love you and all, but you can’t compare to time travel and parallel universes and certainly not to my Queen.

Rewrite: The Very First Damned Thing by Jodi Taylor. I would rewrite this to be less confusing. I am still confused about when and where exactly this takes place. And if it’s in a parallel universe, why is it relevant to the series and how does it work?

Reread: It was obviously going to be Queen of Shadows. This book was just awesome and why wouldn’t I want to reread it?

 

I did an extra round because I enjoyed doing it so much. I’m going to tag my 5 newest followers to do this because thank you for following me and let’s get to know each other. If  you’ve already done this and don’t want to do it again or simply don’t like this kind of posts, that’s fine! But if you do decide to do it, leave a link to your post in the comments below.

Devouring Books and Lattes

Tasheena Rose

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ReadInAFlash

Farzanna’s Blog

 

 

 

 

The Scavenger Hunt Book Tag

I saw this one The Jouska Blog and thought it was a fun tag, so I’m going to do it. I’m assuming the books must be books I own, so let’s see how it goes.

Find:

1. A Book with the letter ‘Z’ in the Title or Author’s name:

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This is a beautiful book that everyone should read. I have also reviewed it, so you can read more of my thoughts on it here if you want.

2. A Classic:

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1984 by George Orwell. Is this considered a classic? I’d say it is. I own a lot of classics, but this is the one I’m currently reading, so I figured I’d use this one. As far as I can tell from what I’ve read, this is another one of those books that all book lovers should probably read.

3. The oldest book on your shelf:

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Oh boy. I had a look through my shelves and the oldest I could find was a bind-up of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. It was printed in 1956. I don’t know if I have any books older than that, because I only looked at a few books, but yeah… I have a lot of old books. This isn’t what my edition looks like, but whatever, couldn’t find a picture of that and I can’t be bothered to take one.

4. A book with a key on the cover:

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Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. I just spent half an hour trying to find a book with a key on the cover and I totally forgot about Bitterblue. Just as I was beginning to despair. What’s the point of owning a gazillion books if you can’t even complete a scavenger hunt!

5. Something on your shelf that isn’t a book

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This Legolas action figure.

6. A book with an animal on the cover:\

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Dragons are animals, right?

7. A book with a girl on the cover:

Take your pick. Apparently, there are a lot of books with girls on the cover.

8. A non-YA book

Once again, take your pick.

9. A book with stars on the cover:

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What do you mean it’s a compass? It’s a star. you need glasses.

10. A book with golden letters

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By far the prettiest golden-lettered book I own.

 

I tag all the people to do this. In fact, I challenge you all to do it. See if you can find everything (even if you don’t want to make a post) and let me know in the comments.

 

 

Top 10 Tuesday -Ten books that take place outside the US

Top 10 Tuesday -Ten books that take place outside the US

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Books that take place outside the US. If you want to see my answers to last week’s topic, click here.

I read a lot of high-fantasy so nearly every book I read happens somewhere other than the US. But for this post, I will limit myself to books that actually happen in this world, just not in the US.

1. The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

inferanalThis takes place in London and occasionally other parts of the UK. It’s also one of my favourite series ever.

 

 

2. The Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer

artemis_fowl_first_edition_coverThis is an amazing series that is severely underrated in my opinion. It takes place pretty much all over the world, but the main character is Irish, so every book  takes place in Ireland at least some of the time. But really, there’s a lot of travelling involved in the series and it takes place everywhere from the Arctic Circle to the bottom of the ocean, it’s awesome!

 

3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

f763e993641761bb9a97f3f18bf6824eThis one takes place in Nazi Germany. It’s an amazing, powerful book that I recommend to everyone and anyone. Even people who aren’t avid readers should read this one in my opinion, because it’s just so beautiful and powerful. You can read my review of it here.

 

 

4. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

51d2bgdqhrkl-_sx328_bo1204203200_Another World War II book, this one set in France. Not as poetic as The Book Thief, but this is another book that I recommend to everyone and anyone. It was beautiful and I loved it so much. It had such a big impact. You can see my review of it here.

 

 

5. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

me-before-you-book-coverI love this book so much. It broke my heart. Maybe broke me a little too. It takes place in the UK and there is some travelling involved to some exotic beaches. Definitely reccomend it, especially if you like contemporary. But really, if you’re a human being with a heart (even if it’s Grinch-sized like mine), this book will probably going to move you. Read my review of it here.

 

6. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series by Laini Taylor

ukdsbhcMoving on from books that make you cry, this is a beautifully written fantasy series that takes place in Prague. Some of the time. Also in some other places of the world and sometimes in another world altogether. But it’s really beautiful and the setting always feels so magical. Lovers of fantasy will probably enjoy this very much.

 

 

6. Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

25876872-_uy200_This is a really funny book that takes place in the UK and in the past and in some other places (like a jungle full of dinosaurs). I really loved it, it was so funny, but it was also dark. It’s an adult series, I think. Or NA at the very least. I’ve only read this book in the series, but I do intend to read the rest of it eventually, because it was great.

 

 

7. The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

13486632This is a dark humor book that takes place in Sweden and around the world, everywhere from China, to Iran to Spain. If you enjoy Nordic humor, you’re going to enjoy this. I’m about halfway through it at the moment and I’m really enjoying it.

 

 

8. The Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer

2016-07-01-23-57-27.jpgThis takes lace in the future, in a place called New Beijing. I’m assuming New Beijing is geographically related to the old Beijing, so it takes place in China. At least the first book does. The other ones, I’m not sure exactly because I haven’t read them yet, but I think some might even happen on the Moon.

 

9. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

23403402-_uy200_This one happens in London. Sometimes, it’s even our London. I really, really love this series. It’s one of my newest finds and I am a little bit obsessed with it at the moment. I wish I could get the third one already. But yeah, definitely not the US. The US doesn’t even exist in most of the worlds this takes place in. You can read my review of it here and also my review of its sequel here.

10. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

7126Finally, I thought I’d finish off with a classic. This is one of my favourite classics and it takes place in France and Italy and sometimes more exotic places, and obviously, Monte Cristo. It’s a story about revenge and love and badassery.