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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher: Book review

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Publisher/Year: June 14th 2011 Razorbill Genre: YA Contemporary Series: No Pages: 288 Source/Format: Paperback | Bought Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
*This review may contain spoilers!*
Synopsis
Clay Jensen doesn't want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead. Her secrets should be buried with her.
Then Hannah's voice tells Clay that his name is on her tapes-- and that he is, in some way, responsible for her death.
All through the night, Clay keeps listening. He follows Hannah's recorded words throughout his small town. . .
. . .and what he discovers changes his life forever.
My review
I did not expect to love this book as much as I did, or for it to affect me so much. Obviously this is a sensitive subject, and I was hesitant to pick it up initially because of the possibility it wasn't handled in the best way, but I found it to be very respectful.

This book stayed with me for a long time after I read it, and I found myself imagining what I would do if I was put …

Top Ten Popular Authors I Haven't Read Anything From

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Hi everyone! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is a freebie, and I decided to talk about my Top Ten Popular Authors I Haven't Read Anything From.


1. George R.R. Martin
For the longest time, I was hugely intimidated by his books, but now that I own some of them I am pressuring myself to read them.
2. Sarah J. Maas
It feels like everyone in the book blogging community is a fan of Sarah's works, and I just haven't gotten to them yet!
3. Leigh Bardugo
I honestly thought I would read her Grisha trilogy soon, but the time has passed and she is already out with a new book!
4. Lauren Oliver
I have owned the Delirium trilogy for so long already.
5. Lauren Kate
The fact that they are making a film out of Fallen is making me want to get to her books sooner.
6. Laini Taylor
Laini has a cult following, and maybe that's why I haven't read Daughter of Smoke and Bone yet.
7. Melina Marchetta
Melina has written so many books, and…

Top Ten Books I've Recently Added To My TBR

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I am so sorry again for the lateness! School has just taken over my life at the moment and I haven't been as organised.



Hi everyone! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is Top Ten Books I've Recently Added To My TBR.


1. Shaming the Devil by Melina Marchetta
This book just sounds right up my street and I have heard nothing but great things about Marchetta's writing.
2. Things About Love by Jackson Pearce
I finally read As You Wish a couple of days ago, and I really want to read this short story in the world too!
3. Untitled (The Wicked Powers #1) by Cassandra Clare
I am always up for a new Cassandra Clare novel.
4. Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins
I loved My True Love Gave To Me, so obviously I want to read a summer version!
5. A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
I am slowly trying to make it a habit of reading the Man Booker Prize winners/shortlisted books.
6. Harry Potter and the P…

Mini Reviews #4

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More mini reviews,because they're so fun!


The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak Publisher/Year: August 4th 2015 Sourcebooks Fire Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley (Thanks NetGalley/Sourcebooks Fire!) Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.
When this was originally started on Wattpad, I read it and loved it, so of course I requested it on NetGalley. I am pleased for Ali that she got a publishing deal for this book, as it is cute, but sadly there isn't much more to it. The plot was predictable, and while I liked all the characters, none of them were that interesting. I did enjoy the whole music/band storyline and it was nice to read it again because it had been a while, but it wasn't anything special, sadly.
It's About Love by Steven Camden
Publisher/Year: August 4th 2015 HarperCollins Children's
Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley
(Thanks NetGalley/HarperCollins!)
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
I rece…

One by Sarah Crossan: Book review

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Publisher/Year: August 27th 2015 Bloomsbury Children's Genre: YA Contemporary/Poetry Series: No Pages: 448 Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley (Thanks NetGalley/Bloomsbury!) Rating: 4 stars out of 5

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.
*This review may contain spoilers!*
Synopsis
Grace and Tippi are twins – conjoined twins. 
And their lives are about to change.
No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world – a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends? And what about love?
But what neither Grace or Tippi realises is that a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead. A decision that could tear them apart. One that will change their lives even more than they ever imagined…
My review
I have to be honest, when I first realised that this book was written in verse, I was apprehensive as this would be my first time encountering it and as I'm not the…

Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn't

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Hi everyone! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn't.


1. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
This book has received so much praise, and a 4.2 rating on Goodreads is incredibly impressive!
2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
I bought this very soon after it came out with every intention of reading it shortly after, but then I changed my mind and decided to read Maas' other series first.
3. Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone: Illustrated edition by J.K. Rowling
Part of me could not resist the temptation to read this straight after I received it on Christmas, but the other part of me won that said I should savour it.
4. Under My Skin by James Dawson
When I saw this for £1 in a charity shop, I snatched it up right away but just haven't gotten round to reading it yet.
5. Reawakened by Colleen Houck
The concept of this book intrigues me so much but o…

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews: Book review

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Publisher/Year: April 1st 2012 Allen & Unwin Genre: YA Contemporary Series: No Pages: 295 Source/Format: Paperback | Bought Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
*This review may contain spoilers!*
Synopsis
Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.
Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.
Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.
And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.
My review
I bought this book for 3 reasons mainly: the film was comi…

Top Ten Resolutions I Have For 2016

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Hi everyone! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is Top Ten Resolutions I Have For 2016.


1. Read the same amount as 2015
I am very proud with the amount of books I read in 2015, and I hope I can keep it up. (Goal: 100)
2. Read more books from UK authors
I feel as though it's very easy to bypass UK authors because they aren't as talked about on the internet, but I want to experience them more. (Goal: 10)
3. Buy more books I have read but don't own
Quite a few of my favourite books I don't own yet, and I would like to change that. (Goal: 5)
4. Read more classics
I've mostly really enjoyed the classics I have read so far, and I want to broaden my reading choices. (Goal: 15)
5. Write a bigger variety of posts
This was on my resolutions post for last year, and something that I still really need to do.
6. Remember to download NetGalley books
This might sound really silly, but I honestly do forget to download some, and …

Stacking The Shelves [11]

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My 2015 End of Year Book Survey

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I know this is a little bit late, but I hope you enjoy my 2015 End of Year Book Survey! This is my 2nd time taking part, and I love it. It is created by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner and it is great.
Number of books I read: 120 Number of re-reads: 13 Genre I read the most from: Contemporary most likely
1. Best Book I Read In 2015?  Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
2. Book I Was Excited About & Thought I Was Going To Love More But Didn't? Love Hurts edited by Malorie Blackman
3. Most Surprising (in a good way or bad way) book I read in 2015?  The Look by Sophia Bennett
4. Book I "Pushed" The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2015?  Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
5. Best series I started in 2015? Best sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?  - Started: The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare -Sequel: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater -Ended: P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
6. Favourite new author I discovered in 2015? Jenny Han
7. Best book from a genre I don…