A-Z Challenge 2014

Friday, 31 January 2014
I saw a number of people doing this challenge on YouTube and I thought it might be a good way for me to reduce my TBR pile. Basically if you don't know the challenge is to read a book for every letter of the alphabet. I'm doing it where the letter can relate to the first letter of the title, or the author's first or last name.
Here are the 26 books I plan to read:

A. A is for Alibi - Sue Grafton
B. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
C. Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
D. Zom-B - Darren Shan
E. Eleven Doctors, Eleven Stories - No. of authors
F. City of Dark Magic - Magnus Flyte
G. Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
H. Hard Times - Charles Dickens
I. Inside Dickens' London - Mike Paterson
J. The Testing - Joelle Charbonneau
K. Fallen - Lauren Kate
L. Lichgates - S.M. Boyce
M. More Than This - Patrick Ness
N. Stardust - Neil Gaiman
O. One Shot - Lee Child
P. Colandra's Crusade - Susie Pilkington-Wood
Q. Quiet - Susan Cain
R. Red Wolf Conspiracy - Robert V.S Redick
S. Shadow and Claw - Gene Wolfe
T. The Road - Cormac McCarthy
U. Under an English Heaven - Robert Radcliffe
V. Gallows View - Peter Robinson
W. The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
X. Exodus - Julie Bertagna
Y. Rebel Heart - Moira Young
Z. World War Z - Max Brooks

Obviously there are some exceptions to the rules I stated at the beginning of the post, but it still counts ok :)

Day & Night Tag

Thursday, 23 January 2014
This is quite an old tag that I found on BookTube, on Kat's channel (link here). Basically the purpose of this tag is to answer questions that spell out the words "Day and Night". Hope you enjoy!

D: Do you read more in the morning or at night?
For me I read more in the evening simply because I have to get up for school in the morning, and I'm in such a rush I don't have time to do anything fun like reading!

A: Are there any books that changed the way you thought about things?
This is a hard question, there have been a few books that have changed my opinions on things, reading The Great Gatsby last year allowed me to see how fickle humans are, but in a literary sense it allowed me to look at novel more critically too. 

Y: YA or Not?
Yes, I really like YA, some of my favourite novels are YA.

A: Are there characters that you honestly believe are real?
There are some characters I wish were real :)

N: Nobody touches my books or I don't mind loaning my books out?
I am a bit half and half about this. I find myself lending people books quite often, but as soon as I've given it away I regret it and worry about it until the book is safely back in my possession! So I'm kind of a bit of both.

D: Do you ever smell your books?
I love the smell of books, so that would be a resounding yes!

N: Not everyone loves books...is this a positive or a negative?
In some ways this is a positive as if everyone liked the same things their would be no originality in the world. However I do believe that people are missing out on something spectacular by not reading. 

I: I keep my books in the best condition or maybe not? Which are you?
When I was younger I liked bending the spines of my books as I felt like it showed I had loved and read the book thoroughly, now however I'm less likely to bend the spines. I'm not really that fussy if the book does get damaged however, it doesn't really bother me.

G: Gosh I have to many books! True or False?
Absolutely true

H: Have you ever spilled or stained your books before with something, and if so how?
With my tears :) Yeah I've probably spilt things like tea and juice on them. Also when I used to carry a book to school with me it would always get stained in my bag.

T: Toned or untoned while reading? . . or in other words. . .Do you read and workout at the same time?
Ehhhmmm, I'm incredibly impressed if you can do both at once, when I workout I'm normally jumping about and couldn't possibly see the words on the page.

Top 13 Books of 2013

Friday, 17 January 2014
Hi guys, first of all Happy New Year, I realise its a little late :)
This post, as I'm sure you're all aware is my top 13 books of last year.
Although these are my top thirteen they aren't in order.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I'm a little late in getting to this book, but it was just as amazing as I had been told, it definitely lived up to its reputation.

Terra by Gretchen Powell
If I hadn't been asked to join the blog tour of this, I probably would never have picked this up. I'm very glad I did, its a great dystopian read that deserves more attention.

Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom
This has to be one of my favourite adult books I read this year, its set in post civil war Spain. It had a great romance, and plenty action.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
I love sci-fi, and this one had been on my TBR pile for ages, I really enjoyed it when I picked it up. It's got a great setting, and although some of the twists were a tad predictable, it was still a great read.

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I love everything about Sherlock Holmes, and this didn't disappoint. Its definitely one of, if not my favourite Sherlock Holmes story.

Blood Red Road by Moira Young
I had heard a lot about his novel in the book blogging community, and I was really excited to check it out. The relationship between the siblings is great, and it's a great dystopian read.

Divergent by Veronica Roth
This one doesn't really need much explaining does it? It's a great book, I need to read the rest of the trilogy soon.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Patrick Ness is definitely my favourite author at the moment, and this novel was just as good as I expect from him.

Light by Michael Grant
This is the last novel in the Gone series, a series I have been reading for a couple of years. The series is great, check it out if you can!

Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
This was another series I finished this year, it was a great conclusion to a truly epic trilogy.

The Prey by Andrew Fukuda
This is the sequel to The Hunt which I also read this year. I love this book, its gory and scary, but the characters are deep enough that they stand on their own without this action.

Fuse by Julianna Baggott
This is another sequel I read this year, to the novel Pure. This is another dystopian novel, in a series that I love.

The Host by Stephanie Meyer
I'm not a huge fan of the Twilight series so I was reluctant to pick this novel up, but when I did I was pleasantly surprised. This is much better than the Twilight novel, and its supposed to be a series too!


 Thanks very much for reading :)

Links to my reviews:
The Prey- http://acascadeofbooks.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/book-review-prey.html
Terra- http://acascadeofbooks.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/terra-by-gretchen-powell-blog-tour.html
The Fault in Our Stars- http://acascadeofbooks.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/book-review-fault-in-our-stars.html

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