Books I Meant to Read in 2016

For the past few years, at the beginning of January, I’ve written out a list of books that I want to read during the year. As the year goes on, I strikethrough the books as I read them, and at the end of every year, I regard the list with a sigh. Despite my best efforts, I always end up forgetting about the list or saying to myself that I’ll have more time later in the year, or just being uninterested in the books by the time I get around to them.

This year I thought I’d share seven of the (many more than seven) books on my 2016 TBR List that I didn’t get around to that I’m most annoyed with myself for not getting to.


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Adam Silvera

This book also belongs on a ‘Books I Meant to Read in 2015’ list. I bought it when I visited New York in summer ’15 and I fully intended on reading it while I was there. I never found time, though, and still haven’t been able to.

askandanswerTHE ASK AND THE ANSWER
Patrick Ness

THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO and I had a very strange but wonderful time together. A minute after I finished that book in 2015 I opened THE ASK AND THE ANSWER to read it, but fell asleep quickly (this was at around 3am!). I never got round to picking it up again, and have been desperate to read it ever since. I somehow never think to pick it up and I hate myself a little for it. Even now I’m thinking about stepping away from the computer to read!

Mistborn1MISTBORN: THE FINAL EMPIRE
Brandon Sanderson

If there’s one book that’s been recommended to me more than any other, it’s MISTBORN. I’ve owned the first three Mistborn books for years now, and despite one attempt at reading the first in 2015, I’ve never got around to reading them. Maybe it’s the intensity of how big they all look on the shelves or the fear of being underwhelmed.

THE LAST STARTHE LAST STAR
Rick Yancey

THE 5TH WAVE: fantastic. THE INFINITE SEA: yeah it was okay. I was excited about THE LAST STAR, the final book in Rick Yancey’s alien-invasion (Or is it? I have no idea what’s going on in this series anymore, THE INFINITE SEA left me all kinds of confused…) trilogy, but by the time it was released I had completely forgotten what happened in book two and was hearing some less-than-impressed reviews, resulting in me being hesitant to pick it up. Even now, though I want to know what happens, I’m reluctant, worried about wasting my time. I still can’t remember the plot of THE INFINITE SEA, and don’t think I want to re-read the whole book to catch up. We’ll see if I ever get around to it.

GLASS SWORD
Victoria Aveyard

I enjoyed RED QUEEN well enough to be excited for this book to come out, but as with a lot of other series, I’ve kind of forgot what happened at the end of the first book. While I’m certain that I’ll read this book in the next few weeks (it’s now sitting on my desk next to me to remind me to read it) before KING’S CAGE comes out, it’s another example of a book I completely meant to read but wasn’t able to because of being far too invested in another series [we’ll talk about that series in another post soon!] and ended up in a slump afterwards, losing my desire to read GLASS SWORD.

SHADEsahdes-of-earth S OF EARTH
Beth Revis

This one is somewhat of a cheat as I’ve already started reading it. I read ACROSS THE UNIVERSE towards the end of 2015 and it quickly became a favourite (of all time? OF. ALL. TIME.), then read A MILLION SUNS early in 2016 and it was everything that a sequel should be. SHADES OF EARTH, however, kept slipping away from me when I tried to read it. Each time I sat down, something came up—finishing University, graduating, other books, slumps—and I never managed to get past 70 or so pages.

torchA TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT
Sabaa Tahir

You might remember that AN EMBER IN THE ASHES was one of my 2015 favourites and that A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT was one of my most anticipated for 2016. I don’t even know what happened. It wasn’t until last month that I actually picked up a copy of the book, but I’ve yet to even open it or plan when to read it. I’m most disappointed in myself with this one—book one was incredible, so much so that I wanted to read it all over again as soon as I finished it, and I spent so long waiting for TORCH, but haven’t been able to find any motivation to read it! Hopefully I’ll get to it early in 2017.


Were there any books that you really wanted to read last year that you ended up not getting around to? Let me know!

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2016 Favourites

2016 was a strange kind of reading year for me.

From failing in my Goodreads Reading Challenge for the first time (I think) ever, to finding myself in three substantial reading slumps, it will probably go down as the kind of year that I’d like to forget. It was also the year when I read more than a handful of books that I really didn’t enjoy for one reason or another, sometimes because I just wasn’t into the books I was trying to read, or because I was trying to force myself to read when I wasn’t in the mood to read, or even just because the books I was reading were just plain bad.

Of course, not everything was bad. I read some truly fantastic books this year, and below are just some of them. Of the 40-something books, I read this year, this is eight of the best that I got around to over the last twelve months. Six of them are 2016 releases, but I’ve added a couple of non-2016 releases too.

There were a lot of other books I read this year that deserve to be on this list too, but these are just eight of my personal favourites. As always, they aren’t in any particular order!


crownsgame-hc-cTHE CROWN’S GAME by Evelyn Skye

I can’t remember when I first found out about this book, but I was instantly interested in reading it. The premise of a historical Russian setting for a fantasy book hooked me, as did the idea of a magical competition to the death between two main characters. As I was reading the early chapters I was enjoying it but not loving it — this was during one of my aforementioned reading slumps! — but it quickly had me devouring every page.

PASSENGERPASSENGER by Alexandra Bracken

Is anyone surprised? If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that Alexandra Bracken is my favourite author. I love everything she’s ever written, and from the hour that Passenger was announced, I was so excited to read it. While it isn’t my favourite Alex Bracken book, I adored Passenger and it was completely one of my favourite 2016 releases.

piercebrownmorningstarMORNING STAR by Pierce Brown

Early this year I decided to read RED RISING, Pierce Brown’s debut novel from a few years ago. In my first sitting I managed to get through over a hundred pages (which, for a relatively slow reader like me, is pretty great!) and instantly bought the sequel, GOLDEN SON, and pre-ordered MORNING STAR, the final book in the trilogy. I binge-read the series over a few weeks, and loved every page of it. The finale, MORNING STAR, was one of the best final books in any series I’ve read. It was epic, emotional, and extremely fulfilling. If you haven’t read this series, you have to. You HAVE to.

LADY MIDNIGHT by Cassandra Clare

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t really excited for this book. I was a fan of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, but I was fairly content with missing this book — for a while, anyway. The Shadowhunters TV show had sort of sucked the joy out of the Shadowhunters world, and the ending of the two series had been so satisfying that I felt alright with taking a break from the world for a while. However, when I saw that Waterstones was doing a special limited edition that was stunning, I just decided to go for it and buy it. I’m so glad I did. This was possibly Cassandra Clare’s best book yet, introducing a great new cast of characters in an enjoyable new setting. I can’t wait for the rest of the series to come out.

thissavagesongTHIS SAVAGE SONG by V.E. Schwab

I hadn’t planned on reading this book as soon as it came out, but when V.E. Schwab announced a signing in Glasgow I decided to read it so that I could go and get it signed and say hello to the author. Thankfully I went into the book without huge expectations, because I was able to just enjoy the book as its own thing rather than read it through a lens of my own hype.

TRUTHWITCH (UK Cover)TRUTHWITCH by Susan Dennard

If you were around in late 2015, early 2016, then you should be well aware that I was absolutely blown away by TRUTHWITCH. It was one of my most anticipated reads of the year, and I was lucky enough to be able to read an ARC. Everything about this book just falls into place, weaving awesome characters with riveting plots and stunning settings to create one of the best novels I’ve read in years.

 


Honourable Non-2016 Release Mentions

when-i-was-the-greatest-9781442459489_hrWHEN I WAS THE GREATEST by Jason Reynolds

This book sat on my shelf for the longest time before I finally got around to reading it, and when I did it was every bit as good as I hoped it would be. It was dark and funny and profound, a definite must-read for anyone!

220px-heirtotheempireSTAR WARS: HEIR TO THE EMPIRE by Timothy Zahn

For years I’ve had people badger me to no end to read the Thrawn books. This year I finally found all three books for fairly cheap and read the first one. I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it, and despite the fact that they’re not canon anymore (but the character is — the Star Wars universe, expanded and canon, is very confusing these days!) I can’t wait to get to the sequels!


signatureDid you read any of these books in 2016? Let me know what you thought of them, and let me know what some of your favourites of the year were!

 

In the Dark, Dark Night

Happy Spooky Day!

itddnI’ve never been all that great at Halloween. I never really understood the fascination with celebrating it, and to be honest, I grew out of dressing up and going trick-or-treating when I was really young.

But this year I decided to do…something to try to get myself in a Halloween-y zone. And so, for the past few weeks, I’ve been working on a short story. It may be a novelette. I don’t even know. But I wanted to write a scary story, so I did. (Really it might not actually be that scary. I just kind of threw in a few things that scare me, and hoped that they might scare you too. Who knows.)

If you want to read it, great! You can! It’s not really anything special. It’s very roughly polished, and I had to get it out really quickly in order to meet my self-imposed deadline of Halloween. I’ve gone over it to edit it a little, but please excuse any typos or little grammar mistakes!

PRESENTING:

PDF: IN THE DARK, DARK NIGHT

(Read on Wattpad too!)

It’s a story which means nothing. It has no secrets. It has no hidden meaning. It has no subliminal messages — other than, perhaps, to make sure you securely lock your house. It’s a story which, in many ways, exists only for the sake of existing. I also wanted to try and keep just about everything vague. So you’ll probably have a lot of questions by the end; where is it set? What age are Sophie and Pete? Who exactly is Rosie? And so many more. What I wanted to do was make it so that, despite me having answers to all of these questions, your answers are as valid as mine.

To me, it’s more interesting that way.

Why You Should Read: The ‘Something Strange and Deadly’ Series

I’ve been absent from this blog for a month again, sorry about that! To make it up to you, I’ve taken time off from writing about a pretty epic lady pirate to put this post together. I hope this sacrifice on my part is good enough to earn your forgiveness!


About two years ago I picked up a copy of Susan Dennard’s debut novel, Something Strange and Deadly, but it sat on my shelf for the longest time — as with a lot of books, it fell victim to the Venn diagram of “Books I Want to Read” and “Books I Sadly Have No Time to Read”.  Then, last year, hype started to build for Truthwitch, making me even more eager to read the book with the girl in the dress on the cover. All I knew about it, really, was that it had zombies. Still, I couldn’t find the time to read it. Between University and other books in my massive TBR pile, SS&D kept falling to the side. It wasn’t until after I devoured and adored Truthwitch at the start of this year that I finally decided that I wasn’t putting it off any longer. It didn’t matter that I  had no time (I actually had less time than before thanks to having to spend seven months working daily on a dissertation!) because I was going to make time for this book. I had to; Eleanor was staring at me from the cover of the book ever time I looked at it and making my shame for not reading her story rise.

To say that it’s the best decision I’ve made all year is somewhat of an understatement. I was completely entranced by all three books in the series, reading them in quick succession (and reading book three, Strange and Ever After, over the course of about 30 hours. I won’t lie, I’m fairly mad at myself for not reading these books years ago when I bought the first one.

So now that we’re on the road to Windwitch and I know that so many of you will be needing something to hold you over until that is released, I’ve decided that it’s finally time for me to tell you Why You Should Read: The Something Strange and Deadly Series!

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Top 5 Most Influential Books

I recently watched a video by Regan from PeruseProject on YouTube where she talked about some of the most influential books in her life, and it made me think about the most influential books in my life. There are most definitely more than five books which have had a huge influence on my reading (and writing) life, but I wanted to put the top five most influential books into a list and talk about them here.

Not all of these are books that I consider to be five stars or think of as my favourites. They’re just the five books which have shaped me into the kind of reader that I am today. They’re also not in any particular order, so don’t think that any of them have been more or less influential than the others — they’ve all impacted my life in different ways, so I could never rank them!

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Why You Should Read: THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR

In just a little over two weeks — August 30th, to be precise — Katharine McGee’s debut novel THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR hits shelves. I recently received an e-arc of the novel on NetGalley, and honestly don’t think I can praise it enough. I absolutely flew through the book in two or three sittings. Rather than writing a review of the book, though, I’ve decided to make it the first instalment in a new thing I’m trying (well, I done it last year as a one-off for Vengeance Road, but shhh, I’m making it a new regular thing from here on…); Why You Should Read, where I’ll give you a quick run down of my favourite aspects of the novel and why I think that you should read it because of them.

Official Description:

Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.

A thousand-storey tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible – if you want it enough.

A hundred years in the future, New York’s elite of the super-tower lie, backstab and betray each other to find their place at the top of the world. Everyone wants something… and everyone has something to lose.

As the privileged inhabitants of the upper floors recklessly navigate the successes and pitfalls of the luxury life, forbidden desires are indulged and carefree lives teeter on the brink of catastrophe. Whilst lower-floor workers are tempted by a world – and unexpected romance – dangling just out of reach. And on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all – yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

So when a young woman falls from the top of the supertower, her death is the culmination of a scandal that has ensnared the top-floor elite and bottom-floor. But who plummeted from the roof? And what dark secrets led to her fall?

Friends will be betrayed and enemies forged as promises are broken. When you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down…

Doesn’t that sound great? Well, if it’s not enough to entice you to go pre-order this book, to go pre-order it right now, then keep reading my list of reasons Why You Should Read THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR
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HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD

NOTE: This post is spoiler-free, avoiding major plot-points (other than anything mentioned in the description of the book provided  by the publisher). However, At the end – after my signature to sign off – I have a short list of a few spoilers that I wanted to briefly mention. This section has been marked as clearly and obviously as It could be.

IHarry_Potter_and_the_Cursed_Child_Special_Rehearsal_Edition_Book_Covert’s been almost a week now since Harry Potter and the Cursed Child came out, and I think that’s about enough time for me to fully digest it and arrive at my conclusions about how I really felt about it. As of right now, I still haven’t actually rated it on Goodreads, because when I finished reading it I felt like any rating I gave it wouldn’t have been genuine.  As I read the book*, I couldn’t help but love it, more because of the fact that it was a new Harry Potter story rather than any merit that it had going for it as its own book. On the flip side, as I was reading it, I was also finding it very difficult to take some of it seriously because of the crazy plot and different feel that it had, and didn’t want to give it a completely negative review just because it wasn’t as similar to the original books as many expected it to be.

*(I don’t know how to describe it properly, but since it’s a physical book, I’ll refer to it as a book, however, I want to highlight that there is distinction between the terms book and novel in the context of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.)

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION #2: On Graduation

When I was sixteen, I applied to University seven times. It started with me sending out my standard five applications, for various subjects at a few Uni’s across Scotland, and promptly beginning to wait impatiently for my responses. You can get one of three responses from whichever Universities that you’ve applied to; either an Unconditional offer, which means that you’ve been accepted to study your chosen course at whatever University you’ve applied to; a Conditional offer, which means that if you achieve a certain set of grades in your final exams, you’ll be accepted to study your course; or an Unsuccessful, which I’m guessing is pretty self-explanatory.

For weeks, I waited for my responses to come through, thinking that I had decent enough grades to at least get a few Conditional offers. My friends all got their offers, a few Unconditionals, a few Conditionals. Still, I waited. And waited. Until, almost all at once, three Unsuccessful responses came through. And then another two. And I was crushed. Even more so when I was given a chance to apply one more time. Unsuccessful for that one too. And then, I was given one last ditch effort, where I got to look at whatever places were left across the country and try to be the fastest to send in one final application. I was rejected by that one, too.

Seven rejections. Seven.

So, while most of my friends went off to Uni, I got a job that I hated and worked full time for a couple of months.

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I almost smiled for this picture. Almost.

Later that year I was talking to a friend who was in the year below me at school and was going through the process herself for the first time. Talking to her made me start to think about everything; the fact that I hated my job, the fact that I still — despite the disappointment of being rejected seven times — wanted to go to Uni. I wanted to see what it was like. I wanted to live in a dorm, meet new people, go to classes and pretend to know what I was talking about. In the end, I just went for it. What’s the risk? I thought. I sent another five applications away, and started to wait patiently once more…

Cut to now, almost five years later. On Thursday morning, I graduated from the University of Stirling with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English Studies. I walked across a stage, shook hands with some Very Important People, and was handed a degree. I think I got hit on the head with a hat somewhere along the way. I doubt I’ll ever forget, or even be able to put into words, how I felt when I was standing at the side of the stage waiting for my name to be read out. How long the walk across the stage felt. How I suddenly forgot if I was supposed to shake hands with the Principal after I shook hands with the Chancellor, even though he clearly had his hand out for me to shake. How I was overcome with relief when I reached the end without falling.IMG_6157

I’m still sort of in disbelief, pinching myself and constantly looking at my degree certificate to check that it’s really real. I’ve come a long way from the sixteen year old who was told he wasn’t good enough. My time at University was four years worth of ups and downs, of disappointing results and unexpectedly good results, of beginnings and endings. I met so many people, from countries all over the world. I wrote two books (one of which was awful, the other of which was kind of alright #ProjectNYC). I spoke up in class even when I was terrified that I might say something stupid (and trust me, I definitely said a lot of stupid stuff in classes). I climbed up a hill in the middle of a rain storm as part of a Creative Writing class . I met John Green, and I shook Stephen Kellogg’s hand, and I hugged Megan Nicole (who was one of the inspirations behind my dissertation). I saw Wicked three times. I rode on a lot of early morning trains. And I graduated. Really really graduated. With a certificate and everything.

I guess it just goes to show that if you really want something, all you have to do is be willing to work for it, to never give up, to chase it relentlessly. And if you’re like sixteen year old Michael and you’re worried that you’re somehow not good enough, just remember these words I learned from Sierra Boggess;

You are enough. You are so enough. It’s unbelievable how enough you are. 

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 What I’ve Been Reading

Away from the sentimental rambling now, I’ve read a few books since we last spoke! I’ve read too many to mention them all, but here a few stand outs:

  • The Something Strange and Deadly series by Susan Dennard (I’ve now read all of Sooz’s books this year, and she’s quickly become one of my favourite authors! The SS&D series was incredible, and Strange and Ever After was so great that I read it over the course of 24 hours.)
  • Lost Stars by Claudia Gray. I’m a massive Star Wars fan, and this book was just so epic. A must-read for Star Wars fans!
  • Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley. This was my first John Corey Whaley books, and I couldn’t have been happier with it. It follows an agoraphobic teen, and a girl who becomes friends with him so that she can write an essay about him and be accepted to college. It’s funny, heartwarming, and truly eye-opening.

Other than that, I’m currently reading The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, which I’m enjoying a fair bit!


And that’s been about it. As always, I don’t know when I’ll be back. Until then, thanks for reading, and I’ll (hopefully) see you soon!

– Michael Burns BA (Hons.)

British Books Challenge – Update

Remember at the start of the year I made a really impassioned post about how I was going to challenge myself to read 12 books by British writers in 2016 because I always feel like I only exclusively read US authors sometimes? The British Books Challenge still really interests me, but do you want to know how many UK authors I’ve read this year? (I’m almost too ashamed to type this number…)

One.

From the twenty-three books I’ve read so far this year, I’ve read one British author. I read THE BONE SEASON by Samantha Shannon in January (and really liked it!), but have since all-but-neglected any more British authors. So, I’m making this quick post for myself more than anything as a “Get yourself together, Michael!“. I’ve scanned my bookshelf and found eleven different books by British authors (a few are re-reads!), and I’m going to list them here to spur myself on to read them;


THE MINIATURIST by Jessie Burton

WATERSHIP DOWN by Richard Adams

ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes

ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carroll

A SPOT OF BOTHER by Mark Haddon

THE BURIED GIANT by Kazuo Ishiguro*

EQUAL RITES by Terry Pratchett 

THE HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Douglas Adams

THE FEW by Cathy McSporran

CAREER OF EVIL by Robert Galbraith**

HARRY POTTER AND THE ??? by J.K. Rowling
(I’ll decide which one whenever I get around to reading it!)


I doubt I’ll write full reviews of all of these books, since we’ve already established on this blog that reviewing books is something I’ve had troubles with in the past! I’ll update my British Books Challenge page as I read the books, and probably write in a few comments for each, and an update post every month or two to catch you up on how I’m doing! If, for some reason, I don’t keep up with this challenge, I’m challenging you to annoy me about it. Tweet me, send me messages, comment on this post, and pretty much just force me to read these books. 🙂

– Michael

(I can’t get my usual sign-off image to work properly… ugh, this whole thing is a disaster.)

 

*Ishiguro was born in Japan, but is labeled everywhere as a ‘British writer’.
**I know I said I’d read 12 different authors… but I’m just going to count Robert Galrbaith and JK Rowling as separate people. Because it’s my blog and I do what I want. 

The Taylor Swift Book Tag

I’m not ashamed of the massive Taylor Swift phase I went through a few years ago. (Fun fact: during my first year of Uni, my flatmates plastered my door with Taylor Swift related pictures and notes and it was glorious.)

That’s why I’m so excited to do this tag that I’ve seen floating around the bookish world for years, where I’m picking a book to go along with fifteen Taylor Swift songs! (Why did I add one to make it fifteen? Because ol’ T-Swizzle has a song called Fifteen and I thought that was a pretty neat thing to do (and also I couldn’t be bothered to make it twenty two…))


1. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
We are never, ever, ever getting back togetherrrr

A book or series that you were pretty sure you were in love with, but then wanted to break up with.

ShatterMeSHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi

*ducks from the stuff you’re chucking at me* I’m sorry! I pre-emptively thought I loved this series half-way through the first book. It was beautifully written with a really interesting plot… which quickly dissolved into a plot that I lost interest in because the characters started to annoy me and it became too much of a romance-y thing when it didn’t have to be!…. Sorry.

2. Red
Losing him was blue like I’ve never known, missing him was like dark grey all alone… but loving him was red

A book with a red cover.

SIMON VS.simonvs THE HOMO-SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli

 It’s a book. It has a red cover. Boom. Done.

3. The Best Day
but I had the best day with you today

A book that makes you feel nostalgic.

ergaonERAGON by Christopher Paolini

The Inheritance Cycle was what really got me into reading when I first read it in 2008. I know, I know, everyone picks Harry Potter for this, and I would have, but it seemed like too obvious an answer. I’ve always liked reading, and I’d read loads of books before ERAGON (Harry Potter included), but I still remember the night I started reading it. I remember the layout of my room, and I remember exactly where I sat to read the opening chapter, and, ugh, just so much nostalgia for when I was first introduced to a life where reading was a priority. The Inheritance Cycle was also the first (and, honestly, only) ‘fandom’ that I’ve ever a part of, and many of the people I met because of that series are still my friends today!

4. Love Story
It’s a love story, baby just say yes

A book with forbidden love.

STsw2AR WARS: ATTACK OF THE CLONES by R.A. Salvatore

Didn’t see that coming, did ya? I won’t get into the whole ‘Star Wars Prequels Suck’ discussion here, but this book fits the question perfectly. Jedi are forbidden to love, but the main thing about Episode 2 (movie & novelisation) is that Anakin falls in love with Padmé and it’s awful and disgusting and forbidden.

5. I Knew You Were Trouble
I knew you were trouble when you walked in, so shame on me now

A book with a bad character you couldn’t help but love.

Ttruthwitch (US)RUTHWITCH by Susan Dennard

I struggled with an answer for this, because I can’t really think of any ‘bad’ characters that I like (on a character-level). Most ‘bad’ characters I like are more in terms of writing and development where I feel like they’re really good as characters and not just stereotypical bad-guys. But in Truthwitch, Aeduan is a bad guy who I thought was really cool (I was a huge fan of the first few Assassin’s Creed games!) and wanted to see him do cool… killing things? Even though he was hunting the two main characters? I don’t know, he was just pretty awesome in a cruel way. (And,*MILD SPOILERS*: he does kind of have his redeeming qualities by the end, right?)

6. Innocent
It’s alright, just wait and see. You’re string of lights are still bright to me. Who you are is not what you’ve been, you’re still an innocent.

A book that someone ruined the ending for.

allegiantALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth

I honestly applaud anyone who wasn’t spoiled for the ending of this book. I had it spoiled for me by someone in the YouTube comments section of a video that had nothing to do with the Divergent series. Seriously. UGH.

7. Everything Has Changed
I just wanna know you better, knkow you better, know you better now

A character from a book who goes through extensive character development.

Am9725419y from AMY & ROGER’S EPIC DETOUR by Morgan Matson

This book is one of my absolute favourites, primarily because of the character development that Amy goes through from beginning to end. I don’t want to say too much incase I give away any of the plot (you really should read this book if you haven’t, and going into it fairly blind is the best way to do it!), but that final paragraph is one of my favourite paragraph’s I’ve ever read, and it really sums up how far Amy changed as a person throughout the book.

Honestly, A++++++ book, 10/10, would read again.

8. You Belong With Me
So why can’t you seeeeeee, you belong with me

Your most anticipated book release.

EEmpireofStorms (PlaceholderMPIRE OF STORMS by Sarah J. Maas

The next Throne of Glass book is always my most anticipated release, are you kidding? These books are SO GOOD, and I can’t believe that EoS is going to be the second last. I needs to know what happens next after Aelin [can’t say because spoilers].

9. Forever and Always
It rains in your bedroom, everything is wrong, it rains when you’re here and it rains when you’re gone, I was there when you said forever and always

Your favourite book couple.

Percy and Annabeth from the Percy Japercyjacksonckson & Heroes of Olympus Series’ by Rick Riordan

Come on, those two are the best. We had five books of them as friends before they became a couple. They rock.

10. Come Back, Be Here
I guess you’re in New York today, but I don’t wanna miss you this way

The book you would least like to lend out, for fear of missinVengeanceRoad_CoverRevealg it too much.

My ARC of VENGEANCE ROAD by Erin Bowman

I rarely even let that book out of my sight. It’s the first ever ARC I received, and it’s signed and personalised, and no, no, no you can’t borrow it, go away and buy a copy of it.

11. Teardrops On My Guitar
You’re the reason for the teardrops on my guitar

A book that made you cry a lot.

THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO by Patrick NessKnife

It took me a while to think of an answer for this, and then I remembered what happened on page 350 of The Knife of Never Letting Go and the fact that I was just completely 103% not okay at all.

12. Shake It Off
haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate hate, but i’m just gonna shake, shake, shake it off, shake it off

A book that you love so much, you just shake off the haters.

CITY OF BONCity_of_Bones ES by Cassandra Clare

Even though it’s a popular book series, there are so many people who viciously hate it, but I love it and don’t care what anyone thinks!

13. STAY STAY STAY
Stay Stay Stay, I’ve been loving you for quite some time, time time

TDMA book (or series) that you wish could have gone on forever. 

THE DARKEST MINDS by Alexandra Bracken

Oh, it’s just my favourite. I loved each book in the series so much, and even though it comes to a neatly wrapped up conclusion for the story that had been told across the trilogy, it ends on a fairly open idea in terms of the state of the world world that has been created, and I wish that the story and the characters could just go on and on and on because they’re all my faves.

14. ALL TOO WELL
You call me up again just to break me like a promise, so casually cruel in the name of being honest

A book series that you think should be longer.

The Bran Hambric Series by Kaleb Nationbranhambric

There are only two books in this MG series (so far?), but there honestly should be about a thousand. It’s such a cool, interesting, entertaining story that I read years ago. Kaleb Nation was my favourite YouTuber for a long time, and I remember being such a massive fanboy every time he tweeted me. I read both of these books in under a week (which, for 2011 Michael was a pretty big deal), and Kaleb always spoke about writing the third, but it’s never happened. He’s since released a YA novel, HARKEN (which, come to think of it, also had a promised sequel which has never been seen), but I just need more Bran Hambric books to tie up all the loose ends!

BONUS QUESTION, added by ME!

15. BEGIN AGAIN
I’ve been spending the last eight months thinking all love ever does is break and burn and end, but on a wednesday in a cafe, I watched it begin again

A book that got you out of a reading slump.

THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas

Through the first half of 2014 I was kinToGd of in a massive reading slump, even though I was reading a fair bit. Most of what I was reading was Uni-related books, though, and they were more-or-less all awful. I was bored, and because so many of the books I was reading were making me hate reading, I just didn’t bother picking up many books for fun. Until I picked up THRONE OF GLASS after hearing Alex Bracken praise it a lot on Twitter. I fell in love with the book, and read it in just a few days (and the sequel, CROWN OF MIDNIGHT, in just another few days), and my love of the series really dragged me out of that slump and — I think — made me into the reader that I am today.


Usually I’m supposed to tag people whenever I finish a tag, but this is a pretty old tag that a lot of people have already done, so I’m going to go with the total cop-out thing here and say: if you haven’t done this tag yet and you want to, consider yourself tagged! 

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