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Top Ten Tuesday – Books with Colours In The Titles

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Books with Colours In The Titles. It was interesting to see how many book titles had a colour in them, I thought there would’ve been more but it was surprising few.

The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron
Written in Red by Anne Bishop
Orange by Ichigo Takano
The Black Wolf (In The Company of Killers #5) by J.A. Redmerski
Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi
Black City by Elizabeth Richards
The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead

What are some books you’ve read that have colours in the titles?

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My Reading Rush TBR 2020

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The Reading Rush is a readathon that I look forward to participating in every year. It’s such a fun readathon with reading challenges, instagram challenges and twitter sprints. This year it runs from 20th July to the 26th.

My TBR:

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Loveless by Alice Oseman

The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum

I Hear The Sunspot by Yuki Fumino

Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson #11) by Patricia Briggs

The Reading Rush also has reading challenges that you can do if you want, usually I don’t actively do these but sometimes the books I read will fulfil a challenge.  The Weight of the Stars will count for this years challenge of read a book that matches your birthstone (aquamarine), read a book that starts with ‘The’ and most of the books on my tbr fulfil the challenge of read a book that takes place on a different continent than where you live.

So that’s my tbr for the Reading Rush 2020. I’ll be posting updates on my twitter (KylasLibrary) and I’ll most likely be trying to do the instagram challenges (kylaslibrary), so be sure to follow me on both.

Are you participating in the Reading Rush? If so, what books are on your tbr?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books That Make Me Smile

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Books That Make Me Smile. I picked five books that I feel have a kind of ‘happy’ vibe to them that makes me smile looking back on the book. These are five books that I enjoyed and I feel have a lightness to the story of them (if that makes sense).

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I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman – The talk of fandom and music groups in this book made me smile because it reminds me of my love for kpop groups.

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Under A Dancing Star by Laura Wood – I loved how honest and open the main character Bea is in this book, her personality really made me smile.

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The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – I loved how the world/universe was described in this book and that along with the group of characters it centres on made me smile.

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Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #1) by Annette Marie – I feel like I talk about this series a lot but it’s such a fun story and I love the group of characters and the homely setting of the bar/pub they all work in.

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Nimona by Noelle Stevenson – It’s been a few years since I read this graphic novel but I remember the artwork and characters made me smile, I feel like I need to reread it because I remember loving it so much.

What books make you smile?

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2020

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The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag is always one of my favourite posts to do, I love reflecting on how my reading is going so far within the year. I chose multiple answers for some questions because I just couldn’t narrow it down.

QUESTIONS:

1) Best book you’ve read so far in 2020

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House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas and The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
I couldn’t just pick one for this question because I loved them both.

2) Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020

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The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3) by Neal Schusterman
The Toll is the last book in this trilogy and I loved how this ended. The whole book felt so epic and I loved seeing all the threads in this trilogy come together in The Toll.

3) New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

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A Song Below Water by Bethany C Morrow

4) Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

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A Snowfall of Silver by Laura Wood
I recently made a post about my most anticipated releases of the second half of the year that you can find here but I decided to pick just one from that list for this question. I’ve loved both A Sky Painted Gold and Under A Dancing Star by Laura Wood and I know I’ll love this book.

5) Biggest disappointment

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Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers
I loved the His Fair Assassin trilogy and Courting Darkness is a spin off series from that trilogy so I expected to love it just as much but I was disappointed in the characters and I thought the overall story didn’t flow as well as the His Fair Assassin trilogy.

6) Biggest surprise

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Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
I was very surprised at how much I liked this book.

7) Favourite new author (Debut or new to you)

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Laura Weymouth
I’ve read both The Light Between Worlds and A Treason of Thorns this year and I really liked them both especially the writing of them so I can’t wait to read what the author writes next.

8) Newest fictional crush

I rarely have crushes on characters and this year I haven’t had a fictional crush.

9) Newest favourite character

Bryce (House of Earth and Blood) and Tori (The Guild Codex: Spellbound) – I love these two characters and I couldn’t pick just one of them, their personalities are so strong and I loved reading about them both.

10) Book that made you cry

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House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

This is definitely an emotional read.

11) Book that made you happy

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Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #1) by Annette Marie
The Guild Codex is a series I started this year and I’ve really enjoyed every book I’ve read so far. The characters and their interactions together are so fun to read about and I’m very glad I picked up the first book in this series.

12) Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year

I’ve decided to change up this question to favourite tv show adaptation I’ve watched this year and for this question I chose two shows that were adapted from books but I don’t know if they’ll count for this question since I haven’t actually read the books they’re based on but I thought I’d talk about them anyway. I watched The Expanse and The Witcher this year and loved them both, I do plan on reading the Expanse books sometime this year.

13) Favourite review/post you’ve written this year

I did a spoiler-filled post of House of Earth and Blood where I just talked about all my feelings for the book. I usually don’t do spoiler reviews but this book was the exception.

14) Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

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The Light Between Worlds by Laura Weymouth

I actually received this book for Christmas last year but I didn’t read it until this year. I love the cover and the spine as well as the inside of it.

15) What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

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Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle #3) by Jay Kristoff, Renegades by Marissa Meyer and Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey.

 

What are some of your answers to these questions?

 

 

 

 

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June Wrap Up 2020

What I Read in June:

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Infinity Son (Infinity Cycle #1) by Adam Silvera – 3 STARS

I’ve loved all of Adam Silvera’s previous books and the main reason for loving them is the emotions that the writing made me feel when reading them but I found Infinity Son to be a bit lacking in emotion. And I found the book to be predictable but at the same time I don’t think it’s a bad story, I was intrigued enough to keep reading and I thought the overall plot was entertaining to read.

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 5 STARS

I loved this book and I loved how Taylor Jenkins Reid wrote it in such a way that you really feel the main character being torn between these two men she loved. I loved how the main character had so many realisations about herself and how she came to the conclusion of the story, I loved the writing of the book.

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The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu – 5 STARS

The Kingdom of Back is based on Mozart’s sister, Nannerl, and before reading the blurb of this book I didn’t know Mozart had a sister who was as equally good at composing as him. This book is so beautifully heart breaking as it follows a girl who has all this talent and has her own dream she wants to follow but who isn’t allowed by society and the time period she lives in to continue with that dream based on the fact she’s a girl. I loved this book, Marie Lu is such a brilliant storyteller.

Aurora Blazing (Consortium Rebellion #2) by Jessie Mihalik – 4 STARS

I enjoyed this book and I liked finding out more about the siblings of House von Hasenberg. I thought Bianca was an interesting character with intriguing skills but I wasn’t a fan of the love interest Ian. I thought he was an okay character but I felt him and Bianca didn’t have as much chemistry as I would’ve liked them to have. I was intrigued by the plot and I liked how close the siblings in this book were.

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SLAY by Brittney Morris – 4 STARS

I really liked SLAY and I loved the writing of it. I was so completely immersed into the online game of SLAY as I was reading and I loved reading about how Kiera was balancing this online world she created with the real world she was living in.  The plot was so interesting and I would really recommend reading it.

Seafire (Seafire #1) by Natalie C. Parker – 3 STARS

I liked the general plot of this book and the fact that it’s about an all female pirate crew ready to take revenge on the world. I wish I loved the book more than I did but I didn’t fully connect to the characters and I felt the overall story was very predictable.

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Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon – 3 STARS

I liked this story and I liked the characters together, I thought it really got across how the characters felt about each other. There isn’t really much of a plot but I still thought it was a good read.

A Treason of Thorns by Laura Weymouth – 4 STARS

I liked A Treason of Thorns and thought it had a unique premise. This book is about the Great Houses which are these living magical houses that have been bound by the King so he controls them. Each Great House has its own family of Caretakers that maintain the house and make sure the house doesn’t get out of control. This book was very intriguing and I loved how Burleigh House was described, it was such a magical whimsical story.

 

Blog Posts I Did in June:

Books I’ve Loved and Want More People To Read

Summery Book Covers

My Summer 2020 TBR

The Love Hypothesis by Laura Steven Book Review

Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2020

 

What books did you read in June?

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Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020. I haven’t even read all the books that were on my most anticipated list for the first half of this year so I don’t know when I’ll get to the books on this list but I hope I do get at least half of them read by the end of the year since I’m very excited for all of them.

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A Snowfall of Silver by Laura Wood
Archangel’s Sun (Guild Hunter #13) by Nalini Singh
Skyhunter by Marie Lu
Loveless by Alice Oseman
Lost Talismans and a Tequila (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #7) by Annette Marie

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Emerald Blaze (Hidden Legacy #5) by Ilona Andrews
Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
Seven Devils by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May
Court of Lions (Mirage #2) by Somaiya Daud
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

What book releases are you anticipated in the second half of 2020?