Recommendations: New Adult 

  
The Deal by Elle Kennedy 

Published 24 February 2015 by Elle Kennedy 

Genres: New Adult, Romance

Pages: 342

Rating: 5 stars

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Synopsis: 

She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy…

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice…even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

…and it’s going to be oh so good



All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.



I absolutely loved this book. It was one of the first New Adult books that I read and it made me fall head over heals in love with the genre. There’s just something about collage romance that gets to me. And the fact that the main character plays hockey was so very appealing. Books that start with the characters hating each other then eventually fall in love are my favourite. If that’s your thing along with some steamy scenes thrown in there then this is the book for you. Suitable for ages 17+ due explicit sexual content. 

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Published May 12th 2015 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Pages: 388

Format: Ebook

Rating: 4/5 stars

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A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.“

So before I even started reading this book I knew I was going to like it. There was so much hype going around about it and everyone seemed to be reading it and absolutely loving it. I can say that from the moment I sat down to read this book, I was hooked.

The writing was so beautiful, I mean it really was. I don’t even know how to describe it but it was just such a nice book to read. It had a calming effect on me and I found that I could not put this book down. It was set in the desert, and had a sort of Arabian thing going on that I found really interesting and it just added that element of something different to the story. This was nothing like the YA fantasy that I have read before.

I loved all of the characters. There was some much to each one that I found myself wanting to hear about Shazi’s handmaid and all that was happening with her. I wanted to know about each of the characters, never finding them lacking description wise, they were all formed really well.

Shazi herself was really clever. The things she said would not be something you would expect to come out of a sixteen year old’s mouth. She was so wise and knew exactly what to say at the right times. I really enjoyed reading from her point of view and seeing her inner struggle as the book progressed as to what she was going to do about Khalid made me sympathize for her.

Khalid on the other hand, I can’t say if I ever thought him to be a bad person. I think the author revealed to us that he was “good” before Shazi knew it herself. So I was always kinda rooting for him throughout the novel. He was just a heart throb all over!

Now there were one or two things I had an issue with. I won’t go into exactly what they were, but there were certain moments that seemed to not fit with the story. That were not as believable and just didn’t sit well in it. Also one thing that has been bugging me since finishing the book, was the ending. What a whopper of a cliff hanger! I had no idea going in to this book that it was not a stand-alone. So when it was getting nearer to the end and things weren’t being resolved I was staring to freak out.

So there I am, unbeknownst to me, reading the last page of the book. I turn to the next page and I’m like, where is the rest of it? The book just finished! Now I have to wait an entire year to know what happens next, the torture. However, it was a pretty epic ending. But I’m still not happy about it(she says whaling like a child). I shall wait and I will wait for the next book to come out. Besides that, overall I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

I would recommend this to lovers of fantasy, with a mature edge to it. There are non of the teenage angst’s found in this book.The romance was fantastically handled and you just have got to read it. This book is suitable for 15+.

The Food of Love by Anthony Capella

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The Food of Love by Anthony Capella

Published January 1st 2004 by Plume

Genres: Adult, Romance

Pages: 320

Format: Hardback

Rating: 3/5 stars

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In Anthony Capella’s delicious debut novel, Laura, a twentysomething American, is on her first trip to Italy. She’s completely enamored of the art, beauty, and, of course, food that Rome has to offer. Soon she’s enamored of the handsome and charming Tommaso, who tells her he’s a chef at the famed Templi restaurant and begins to woo her with his gastronomic creations. But Tommaso hasen’t been entirely truthful he’s really just a waiter. The master chef behind the tantalizing meals is Tommaso’s talented but shy friend Bruno, who loves laura from afar. Thus begins a classic comedy of errors full of the culinary magic and the sensual atmosphere of Italy. The result is a romantic comedy in the tradition of Cyrano de Bergerac and Roxanne that tempts readers to devour it in one sitting. Evoking the sights, smells and flavors of Italy in sensuous prose, this lively book also features recipes for readers to create (or just dream about) Bruno’s food of amore

I really enjoyed reading this book. Although I only gave it 3 stars, I still found it really interesting and couldn’t put it down. It was so different from what I usually read, even though it was a romance novel it was like no other I have read. There was such a focus on food it was magnificent. It was like I was there experiencing the meals along with the characters. And don’t get me stated about the setting. It was just beautiful to read about Italy, the culture and the people that lived there. The descriptions were so vivid, it just brought this feeling of being on vacation, to the book, even though I was in my sitting room the entire time I was reading it. It just had this quality to it that was capable of taking me out of my world and transplanting me in Italy.

Reading from multiple POV’s wasn’t something I was expecting. I thought it would be all from Laura’s POV. I was very surprised when I started to read from the guys perspectives, and didn’t like it at first. But after a while I got used to it and was looking forward more to reading from Bruno than I was anyone else. I found myself starting to dislike Laura as the story progressed and was getting irritated at the actions that she was taking throughout the story. There wasn’t anything specific she did, but my disinterest grew as I continued reading. Bruno however was brilliant. He was such an enjoyable character to read about, with his obsession to make the perfect meal. The food that was described in this book sounded truly mouth-watering, I wouldn’t have been surprised if I’d found myself drooling at one point. I felt like Laura wasn’t worthy of him and all that he went through to make her happy.

The writing in this book was good, in the way that you didn’t notice it. By that I mean it wasn’t so terrible that it pulled you out of the story, but wasn’t amazingly beautiful either. It was the perfect in between that allowed for an intriguing story. There were moments though where things got a bit strange. Like in some of the sex scenes Laura started to make some freaky imagery about what she was doing and it was just straight up weird! From what I remember there was something about her riding a black stallion? Sometimes some of the actions that the characters took and their thoughts came across random, being thrown into the middle of such an exquisite book. But I suppose it all came together to create a true sense of Italy.

So basically what sold me on this book was the fact that it was set in Italy. Otherwise I wouldn’t have liked it as much as I did. I definitely want to read more books set in Italy, the culture and people were just so interesting to read about and were portrayed as I would imagine them to really be like. I absolutely loved reading about the food and how they cooked everything, the emotion that was connected to it all and how it made people feel differently.

I would recommend this book to food lovers with an urge to travel and experience new culture. This book is truly an experience on and of it’s own. This book is suitable for older readers.

Weekly Recommendations #6

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Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Published March 18th 2014 by Atria Books

Genres: New Adult, Romance

Pages: 385

Rating:4/5 stars

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I only recently read this book, but I absolutely loved it. It was just a perfect mix of romance, music and what it’s like to be young and in love. Colleen Hoover is like the new adult version of Sarah Dessen, and my next favorite author I’m pretty sure. I would recommend this to lovers of contemporary romance with swoon worthy musicians. This book is suitable for readers 15+.

Synopses:

At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be.

Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.

A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney’s tumultuous world from the very first page.”

Weekly Recommendations #5

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Numbers by Rachel Ward

Published November 8th 2008 by The Chicken House

Genres:Young Adult, Sci-Fi

Pages: 285

Rating:5/5 stars

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This is literally the most unique amazing book I have ever read. I loved this story so much. The characters were very well developed, the whole concept was so interesting. This is one of my favorite books and I highly recommend it. This book is suitable for 15+.

Synopses:

Ever since she was child, Jem has kept a secret: Whenever she meets someone new, no matter who, as soon as she looks into their eyes, a number pops into her head. That number is a date: the date they will die. Burdened with such awful awareness, Jem avoids relationships. Until she meets Spider, another outsider, and takes a chance. The two plan a trip to the city. But while waiting to ride the Eye ferris wheel, Jem is terrified to see that all the other tourists in line flash the same number. Today’s number. Today’s date. Terrorists are going to attack London. Jem’s world is about to explode!”

Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

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Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

Published October 8th 2008 by Flux

Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal,Fantasy, Romance

Pages: 325

Format: Paperback

Rating: 3/5 stars

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Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She’s about to find out she’s also a cloverhand—one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen’s sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren’t so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn’t exactly what she had in mind . . .

Lament is a dark faerie fantasy that features authentic Celtic faerie lore, plus cover art and interior illustrations by acclaimed faerie artist Julia Jeffrey.”

I personally didn’t think this book was very good. When I began reading it, it was almost like I had missed the start or something, because I had no idea what was going on. There was no setting the scene and a very quick character introduction, it left me feeling confused from the first page. There was also the fact of insta-love between Deirdre and Luke. There is no situation where I may find that acceptable. It came across very fake and was not done well, which was disappointing because Stiefvater has written some good books.

The writing was good but there wasn’t much character development. They were very much two dimensional and I never felt like there was anything interesting about them. Deirdre seemed very lost and didn’t know what she wanted. She was a very fragile character and was easily swayed with things. So trusting of Luke when she had never met him before. It never once occurred to me that Luke was actually going to kill her like it said in the synopses. He gave no inclination as to why he was following her, which I suppose was the point of the story but it came across quite random.

There were moments in the story where things just didn’t make sense. Like how it seemed that her mom was a single mother because there was never any mention what so ever of a father, then all of a sudden he just popped up out of nowhere. It was confusing and made the story difficult to get into when things like that happened.

I read this book quite quickly, but it wasn’t fast paced nor did much happen in the story. As I got closer to the end of the book I started to wonder how the story was going to end and be wrapped up well. There just didn’t seem to be enough pages to finish the story well with. The ending came across very random to me and it wasn’t something that I was expecting to happen. It seemed like the author just went, oh I think I’ll just change things around and make the book end the complete opposite to how it should. It just made no sense.

The whole aspect of magic in this book didn’t go very well. It wasn’t described well and I never really got what was going on. It’s made to seem like her being a cloverhand is a big thing when it’s really not. Also this character Aodhan isn’t in the story very much at all. The whole synopses is very misleading actually. Deirdre isn’t even “painfully shy” like it says either, she’s a completely normal teen, just quiet. But then again it’s hard to tell if she’s quiet because the book is set during the summer and there are like no interactions between her and other people.

Redeeming qualities, there wasn’t really any. I mean I suppose it would be an okay book to get you into the genre, but because I have read so many books like it, it fell a little flat for me. I was disappointed with it needless to say. Stiefvater has written some really good books that I have enjoyed immensely. Sadly this book was not one of them.

I would recommend this book for beginners of the YA fantasy genre, or just the YA genre in general. This book is suitable for teens of any age.

Weekly Recommendations #4

The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld

Published January 2nd 2008 by HarperTeen

Genres:Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Pages: 297

Rating:4/5 star

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I absolutely loved this book when I read it. It was so filled with action and adventure, I found the concept really intriguing and could not put it down. It was different than the other books I have read and I got a darker feeling off of it than I’ve gotten with other books before. I would highly recommend for lovers of paranormal romance. This book is suitable for teens of any age.

Synopses:

Strange things happen at midnight in the town of Bixby, Oklahoma. Time freezes. Nobody moves except dark creatures that haunt the shadows and the few people who are free to move at midnight, Midnighters. Their different powers strongest at midnight are: Seer, Mindcaster, Acrobat, Polymath. All changes when Jessica Day comes to Bixby High with a hidden power.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Published September 10th 2013 by St. Martin’s Press

Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 459

Format: Paperback

Rating: 4/5 stars

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From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan… But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to. Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind”

This book was really good, when you look at it by itself. But compared to Rowell’s other books, it wouldn’t be her best. I think I prefer when she writes adult fiction, from my reading of Attachments, which I thought was really cute. However, that’s not to say that this wasn’t a good book, because I really enjoyed it and thought it was a great story. I absolutely loved seeing all the different aspects of Cath’s life and how she was not your normal girl you would come across in books nowadays. The copy that I had had some really cool illustrations of the characters, comic book style. I thought that was a fun little thing to add to it. It was nice that at the end of each chapter there was a little extract from a Simon Snow story, being from the actual book or a fanfic, so it felt like I was reading two story’s sometimes.

Looking at Cath as a character, I think she was formed really well. It felt like she was a real person who you could meet in the street, knowing that there was more to her than meets the eye allowed for a better understanding of the story. When she finds out that her twin Wren doesn’t want to be her roommate, the emotion was so real it just made me feel sorry for her. I was able to relate to her in some aspects, like with her anxiety. I can see where she’s coming from with her feelings about meeting new people and how college life was going to work for her without her sister to help her. As Cath starts to discover who she is without her sister, she begins to experience things for herself rather than in Wren’s shadow. The writing was phenomenal in this book and the characters were all really interesting. Regan, Cath’s roommate, was so much fun to read about, with her “I don’t care” attitude and curvy figure, she felt like a real woman. When she takes Cath under her wing and try’s to show her new things, how to live and what she should be doing with her life, I just started to love her even more. As you can tell I just love all of these characters, they were all written to so well and in such a way that you can’t help but be entranced. Now on to our lovely Levi, I wish I could talk more about him, but I feel like if I do then I will be giving the story away, which wouldn’t be good. So, all I’m going to say is that he is my new Book Boyfriend. He’s so cute and you just want to hug him anytime he’s in the story. He’s always so happy and nice to Cath, trying to get her to come out of her shell and try new things, I think we all need a Levi in our lives.

If you’ve read the book you’ll probably already know this, but the Simon Snow story’s are like a remake of Harry Potter. They are set in a wizarding school and there is a really smart female character that’s way ahead of her class, just like Hermione. The main kid Simon is like the chosen one and is meant to save the world or something. So yeah it was sort of funny that it was liked Harry Potter. It’s like in books or movies where there is something that is close to the real thing in reality but isn’t it and they talk about it as though it is the real thing, because it’s essentially replacing that thing. Simon Snow was like that, except for the part where Harry Potter is mentioned in the book. That sort of ruined it because it just didn’t make sense any more. Why make up a book series exactly like HP and then keep HP in that fictional world, it just doesn’t make any logical sense. But besides that there wasn’t anything wrong with this book. It was actually pretty great and I really enjoyed reading it.

I would recommend this book to people who like story’s with real life problems and cute romances. This book is suitable for readers 15+.

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

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Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

Published July 3rd 2014 by Scholastic

Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Pages: 368

Format: Paperback

Rating: 4/5 stars

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A standalone companion book to the internationally bestselling Shiver Trilogy.

Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy. Everybody thinks they know Cole’s story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole’s darkest secret — his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel’s life. Can this sinner be saved?”

That doesn’t really tell you very much about what the story is actually about so I’ll run through it really quickly:

Cole goes to LA to do a reality web series, but the main reason he’s going is because Isabel will be there. Isabel is seen as a cold bitch, she works in a fancy boutique where this is exactly what her boss want’s. Cole shows up there unexpectedly and Isabel feels herself begin to thaw, she cares for Cole and struggles with those feelings. Basically the whole book is about them figuring out if they can be together and the events that ensue. Cole almost loses himself in the process and Isabel starts to harden the shell that she has created around herself when things start to go wrong. It’s a love story about two very weird and quirky people who are searching to find a reason to live(with each other, who knows? Read the book!).

I had never planned on reading this book, because to be honest I sort of forgot about the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, and the fact that there was a companion novel. But when I found this book at a Thrift store for really cheap and I just had to get it(you know what it’s like, couldn’t help but buy it). I don’t really remember if the original series was like, but I just got the feeling that Sinner was better, or that I enjoyed it more or something. It’s hard to say because I read the series a good few years ago.

But anyway, about the book. The characters were all really interesting to read about and I felt like they all had dept to them, even some of the minor characters. Stiefvater just found a way of making all the characters so real, like you could believe that there are people out there just like them. None of her character were in any way perfect and it was a breath of fresh air to read about real types of people. Isabel was the kind of person who looked perfect from the outside, the frosty demeanor that she showed everyone was just a front she put up so that she could protect herself from getting hurt. I really felt for Isabel in this book, she’s had a hard life so far and I wanted her to have a happy ending. I loved reading from her POV and seeing how she truly felt under her ice queen facade. When she would get bitchy and snap at her cousin Sophia, it just pulled at my heart-strings, to see how she really loved her and wanted to help her come out of her shell, but didn’t know how to do it nicely. Seeing her thaw a bit as the book progressed just got all the feels. And when Cole and Isabel came together, it was just magic. They were two such unique and eccentric characters that I couldn’t help but love them together. Cole was always going off and doing the most random of things, it was the most entertaining thing to read about. He brought this feeling to the book that no other author could have created and he made other characters shine, as well bringing forth a multitude of new things for the reader to love.

Stiefvater has created some truly unique things in this novel. The world that she set out for us as readers was written in such a way that you get sucked in straight away. The plot was slow but fast paced at the same time and it was a really great story to read. Seeing it from both POV’s was a nice change and I felt like it completed the story. There wasn’t much going on plot wise, but non the less it still kept me interested and I couldn’t put this book down. It’s hard to say whether it was better than the original series or not. I got a different feeling off of this book than off the Mercy Falls series. I would definitely say that if you were thinking of reading this book, it would be a good idea to read the series first, as there is some information in it that you need to know for things to make sense. You get to know the characters background more and what led them to where they are now, otherwise you’d be a bit lost with everything.

I would definitely recommend everyone to read this book. If you like off the wall characters and quirky romance story’s, you’ll love this book. This is suitable for readers 15+. If you want to read the original series you can find it here.

Rainbow Read-A-Thon Finished!

It has been one hell of a week but I have managed to complete the rainbow read-a-thon! I have no idea how I was able to read six books in a week, it was a new record for me. I feel completely washed out, who knew you could read too much, because I certainly didn’t. I mean, I am actually really tired now after what felt like was a sprint of reading. Or maybe it was because I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning reading every day, then got up early to do it all over again.

So I read almost all of the books that I said I would read, apart from one small change. For my purple book I decided to read Cold Water by Gwendoline Riley instead of Postcards From The Heart by Ella Griffin. I was just really tired by Saturday and I wanted to read something short so I could just finish the read-a-thon. Which is what I did because Cold Water was only like 150 pages, where as Postcards From The Heart was around 400 pages, and I just didn’t know if i was going to be able to do it. You could say I took the easy route. But whatever, I’m still happy with what I read, and that’s what the read-a-thon was for, right? To enjoy yourself!

So here’s how my week went:

Monday: Finished reading Sinner, which I had already been reading since Friday

Tuesday: Started reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, finished it that evening. Started reading Lament.

Wednesday: Finished reading Lament in the evening, started reading Fangirl.

Thursday: Finished with Fangirl.

Friday: Started reading A Long Way Down.

Saturday: Finished reading A Long Way Down, read Cold Water in one sitting.

Sunday: REST! (Too much reading, if there could ever be a thing).

So as you can see I read pretty much every day that week. And that’s not to say that I wasn’t busy because I was. I had to work this week so it was hard to squeeze in reading time. But I managed it and I’m so happy that I was able to accomplish this, it was really fun challenging myself to see how much I was able to read. So here is the finished list of all the books that I read this week:

Lament by Maggie Stiefvater(red)

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater(orange)

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan(yellow)

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell(green)

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby(blue)

Cold Water by Gwendoline Riley(purple)

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I will be reviewing all of these books over the coming week so you will see those posts popping up soon hopefully! If you participated in this read-a-thon please let me know how you got on and what books you read.

Happy reading 🙂