The Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

The Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

I was tagged to do this Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag by Rosie over at Rosie Freckle Reads. I’m so excited to do this because it’s my first ever book tag. I haven’t read that many books so far this year so I’m sorry if there’s a lot of repetition – I can’t help it ok!! I have highlighted anywhere that might have spoilers, just keep scrolling if you haven’t read the book to be on the safe side! Here we go:

1. The Best Book of the Year So Far:

I can’t really pick the best book of the year – more like two best books of the year – but given that the second book can feature in the next category, I will only list the one. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. If you’ve seen my recent review, you probably already have an idea of how much I loved this book.

2. The Best Sequel of the Year So Far:

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Quite often I find that the second book onwards tend not to be as good as the first but Gemina (even though I wasn’t convinced because of the change to see the ongoing story from two new characters) did not disappoint. AT ALL. It was just as fabulous as the first book.

3. A New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To:

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.  I’ve heard such amazing things about this book and how it is an amazing diverse book. I came to the realisation the other day that I don’t read nearly enough diverse and LGBTQIA+ books and I really want to try to change that in the second half of the year. I still need to read the 100+ books on my TBR before I buy too many books but at least if I receive books as gifts I’m hoping to make more of them diverse and LGBTQIA+. I’d also like to read When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.

4. Most Anticipated Release for Autumn/Winter:

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Read in 2017 So Far

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Read in 2017 So Far

Yay! It’s another round of Top Ten Tuesday! You can find out more info over here: The Broke and The Bookish Top Ten Tuesday. The page also includes future prompts for Top Ten Tuesday so you can find out what’s coming up. On the day, you can find the individual post related to that week’s prompt and link up with everyone else doing TTT. This week it’s: top ten books I’ve read so far this year. There’s just one problem: I’ve only read 14 books so this list is like 70% of my books read.

1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I went into this book only knowing that it had gorgeous pages and that it would be an unusual way of telling a story. Some of the kinds of things it contained were e-mails, chats, interviews, surveillance footage summaries and so much more. It was an amazingly unique way to tell a story and I absolutely loved it. Like this might actually be one of my new favourite books.

2. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

See above. This book follows some slightly different characters to the first though the overall story continues. When I first found this out, I was a bit disappointed thinking that I couldn’t possibly love these characters as much as the first. But I was soooo wrong. Like a whole other planet of wrong. This book was so good and I loved it just as much as the first and where is book number 3?? Give it to me now!

Caraval Under the Dust Jacket

3. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

I went into this expecting good things and it didn’t disappoint. It just kept me guessing all the time and I could never tell who was good or who was bad so I was constantly second guessing myself. I can’t wait for the sequel and hope it keeps me guessing as much as Caraval did.

4. Sentinel by Catherine Hughes

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Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae Cover
Illuminae Inside


Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Series no. #1 of 3
Series: Illuminae Files
Edition: First Edition
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Format: Paperback
Pages: 599
Publisher: OneWorld Publications
Publication Date: October 22nd, 2015
Source: Bought
Avg. Goodreads Rating: 4.32/5
Avg. Amazon Rating: 4.8/5

Amazon | Book Depository | Goodreads | Amie Kaufman | Jay Kristoff

So here’s the file that almost killed me, Director. You’ll find all intel we could unearth concerning the Kerenza disaster compiled here in hard copy.
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


The year is 2575 and two mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice covered speck.

Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it.  With enemy fire raining down on them, Ezra and Kady have to make their escape on the evacuating fleet.  But their troubles are just beginning.  A deadly plague has broken out on one of the spaceships and it is mutating with terrifying results.  Their ship’s protection is seriously flawed.   No one will say what is going on.

As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth it’s clear only one person can help her. Ezra. And the only problem with that is they split up before all this trouble started and she isn’t supposed to be talking to him.

In Brief

I think I might actually be in love with a book. It’s an amazing and exciting story told through the means of collated e-mails, chats, surveillance footage summaries, interviews and more.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t

I am participating in Top Ten Tuesday [at least for the next two weeks because I liked the prompts, okay?]. You can find out more info over here: The Broke and The Bookish Top Ten Tuesday The page also includes future prompts for Top Ten Tuesday so you can find out what’s coming up and on the day, you can find the individual post related to that week’s prompt and link up with everyone else doing TTT.

1. Howl’s Moving Castle / Wizard’s Castle Series – Diana Wynne Jones

I absolutely loved the Studio Ghibli adaptation of the first book and have been meaning to read the entire series for some time. It’s written by a Welsh author and is partly set in Wales and makes reference to the welsh language (or so I’m told). So 100% yes I want to read this series and can’t tell you why I haven’t yet.

2. The Lunar Chronicles – Marrissa Meyer

I love love love fairytale retellings – my favourite beauty and the beast retelling so far being Beastly by Alex Flinn. So I’ve been itching to steal these books off my mum’s shelves for a while but she won’t let me *sob* Let’s just pretend that I don’t have 100+ other books to read and that’s totally the reason why she won’t let me have them yet. Also, she hasn’t read them yet either.

3. Starflight Duology – Melissa Landers

I am shameless… I bought this duology for my mum for Mother’s Day and as soon as she has read it, I want. Somebody said once that if you loved the TV show Firefly then you would love this. I do love Firefly and so I really really want to read these books. But again, they are temporarily stuck on my mum’s shelves right now.

4. Demon Road Trilogy – Derek Landy

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Beautiful People #25

Beautiful People #25

The Beautiful People Meme is a writing blog meme from Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In. Before I get started, here’s where you can find out more about the Beautiful People Meme for this month and maybe join in too.

I’m hoping to post a little of my writing in the coming weeks and have about 1-2 chapters almost ready to go of a Sims 4 Legacy-type story. So, here’s a little bit about a sim I’ve been playing with recently and was nearly the starter sim of said story. All of the answers will be within the context of the game. I promise next time I’ll do one of my more original characters [I will probably still end up making a sim version of them for illustrative purposes though!].

Sophia Walker

What’s their favourite place they’ve ever visited?

Probably Shang Simla, China or Champs Les Sims, France. They had the best food in her opinion and Champs Les Sims had many places to grow food, especially grapes for nectar [wine!].

What’s one mistake they made that they learned from?

Ooh this is a hard one as I haven’t worked out all the finite details yet. But, I’m thinking her mistake was being careless and landing herself on the streets as a teen. Sneak peek of one of the images from the first chapter!

Sophia Walker Homeless

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