Top Ten Tuesday- Books That I Should Read Because I Love Magical Realism

Hello guys! I hope life is treating you very well and your reading is going strong this month. I’m going to finish prodigy today or tomorrow so a review (FINALLY) should be up on Wednesday.I am enjoying it a lot, but I’m finding it hard to describe it to other people so I kind of say ‘It’s like the Hunger Games’ when I really isn’t but people seem not know what the word dystopia means so I’m not left with a lot of options.

Anyway, it’s Tuesday so this is my Top Ten Tuesday post! The theme this week is ‘Ten Books That Every X fan should read’ basically, but after reading so many other amazing TTT posts, I decided to go back to my old ways and do a TBR post  today! These books all have magical realism elements to them I believe and I LOVE magical realism but sadly I have read not a lot of them. Hopefully this post makes me roll my sleeves and get some!

Without further ado, here are some books to slobber over!

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Top Ten Tuesday- Book Bloggers/Booktubers/Bookstagrammers That You Need To Check Out Now!

Hello guys! I hope everyone is doing fabulous Tuesday! I quick update on me reading Prodigy- I am actually really liking it! I didn’t really have any major issues with Legend, but Prodigy has just started much better. If I binge reading it later on I might be able to finish it today/early morning of tomorrow.

Anyway, it Tuesday, so it’s Top Ten Tuesday of course! The theme for this week is Ten Bookish People You Should Follow On Twitter/Instagram/Youtube/Snapchat/Facebook. In my Top Ten Tuesday list I’m going to list 4 book bloggers, 3 bookstagrammers and 3 booktubers! Let’s go!

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Top Ten Tuesday- Top 5 Recent Roarin’ Reads!

Hello everybody! I hope everybody is having a great day! March went quick didn’t it? It felts like I haven’t read a lot, but there is still three days and I’m hoping to get through two books in that time period. Wish me luck!

Anyway, today isn’t a Top Ten list but more of a Top 5 list. The official theme for this was is 10 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads or you can do Top Ten Recent 1 star reads or mix it up and so on and so forth. But as I’ve been checking my reviews I haven’t been giving a lot of books 5 stars. I mean, I’ve been reading a lot of books that are great and are around 4.5 and 4.75 and the only book I’ve scored under 3 stars this year was Room which was 2.75.

So this post is just going to be top 5 recent roarin reads that I feel like I need to shout and scream about!

Now onto the books!


 

1.Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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Some have you have already seen my review of this brilliant books (which is here if you want to check it out) but basically this book was so good! A solid 4.5/5 for me and it did what a book sequel should always want you to do- read on. People have already told me that the series still gets better so I need Cress right now.

2. Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown

I hope you guys aren’t sick and tired of me gushing about this series because I haven’t! It wouldn’t be fair to all of the other glorious books if this trilogy took up more than half of the spaces. So basically if you haven’t read this trilogy, WHAT ARE YOU DOING!? This is one of my favourite series ever because it is so merciless to the characters and to the reader. Morning Star was to die for and Pierce Brown has now become an automatic buy author now. I can’t give any higher praise then that.

3. Crown of Midnight by Sarah.J Maas

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This sequel was just so badass and so action packed and raw and suspenseful I had to give it a five star rating. Maas’ writing was just so brilliant and clear you never really got confused during the action scenes (and there were plenty of those!) and she balanced out all of the action with some vital info-dumping so that we understood our favourite assassin and her situation better. I’m in the middle of Heir of Fire and I’m loving that too.

4. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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I read this beautiful, beautiful book back in January so it isn’t ‘recent’ as such but oh my gosh it was so beautiful (and I don’t care if I said beautiful three times in one sentence because it is!)! The charcaters were just so authentic and I know people had a kind of problem with Ari but ARI WAS CUTE AND CONFLICTED! And I need to sequel which is coming out like right now!

5. Tokyo Ghoul – Volume 1 by Sui Ishida

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This is a manga but I’m still including it because it was so good and a five star read! The artwork in it was so gorgeous and also just the careful selection of words. You just want to hug Keneki to pieces while reading it but also slap him and tell him to suck it up and deal with it. Fantastic!


 

Those are my recent roarin’ reads! I think there’s a mix up there- we have two fantasies, a sci-fi trilogy, a contemporary and a manga! Are there any up above that you have read and gave a high rating? Or recommend me one of your recent 5 star reads!

I’ll write soon!

-Astra

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-Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where they pick a new topic each week for us to create a top ten list to.

 

Top Ten Tuesday- Spring TBR!

Ello, ello, ello bibliophiles, how’s it going! Well I just realised I literally fail at speaking in French. I have my speaking exam coming up and my French teacher wanted me to come to her to see how my pronunciation is and….well lets just say I need a miracle if I want to pass!

But this post isn’t about me and how I’m on the verge of failing French. No because today is Tuesday which means Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s topic is Spring TBR which makes me excited as I can finally figure out what the hell my reading goals for spring are.  Without further ado, and in no particular order, here are the top ten books on my Spring TBR!

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Top Ten Tuesday- Books To Read If You Are In The Mood For Epic Stories!

Hey guys! It’s Tuesday so you know the drill. I like this topic very much as I can see other people’s post and use them as a guide for when I’m buying books (which should be happening soon).

The topic for you those of you who don’t know is, ‘Ten Books To Read If You Are In The Mood For X’ and I chose epic stories, because I realised that I don’t read from one specific genre a lot, but there are so stories, despite genre, who have some really epic and page turning plots so I want to kind of recommend them to you. When I talk about ‘epic’ I don’t mean epic fantasy or anything like that really. Just books that take awesome to a whole new level. And YES to the non-tbr-top-ten-tueday-post!

As always, in no particular order here is my list!

1) Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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This book was one of my favourites of 2015 and whenever I get the opportunity to gush about it I will! This story is really plot-twisty and epic and the format of the book makes the book even better I think as you can never really get anything straight forward. Most things are in black and white with little to no emotion in the files which makes what happens in this book more hard and cold.

2) The Queen Of The Tearling by Erika Johansen

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Even though some may say that the series is a little slow for them, I definitely think that The Queen of The Tearling is an epic book. It can be very political but never boring and it is very much a page turner in my eyes. The elements of fanatasy are done really well as well.

3) Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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Just finished by trilogy and I can’t stop talking about it! This first book shocked me and pulled me out of my comfort zone with all of the gore and murder and betrayal. And I loved it. I really liked how this book just wasn’t about the killings but about the politics that go with it. A really great and epic book here.

4) Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Ugh this book was just the best. A heist with fantasy elements? Everyone needs to read this book. Bardugo wasn’t afraid to put the characters into tricky situations and the are in the trickiest of situations at the end of the book I can tell you that. This book was an never-ending adventures.

5) Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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I am going to be reading the third book of this series and I honestly cannot wait! The series so far has been full of thrills and kills and I just hope Celaena becomes even more badass in Heir of Fire. But for now, you can count on this book being very epic and very addicting.

6) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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You are probably wondering why the hell the book thief is on here, well I didn’t say epic on had to be what was physically in the books (if that makes sense) but this book was emotinally epic. I will never forget the way I cried during and after reading this book.

7) Fury by Elizabeth Miles

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I know this series isn’t everyone’s favourites, but I really liked it! For me at the time everything was really suspensful and very dark. I would call this series epic even if many people wouldn’t. When I think about the Furies still they give me the creeps.

8) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 

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I would say this is an epic trilogy. There are loads of amazing moments in this trilogy, which is one of my favourites. I think the character arc that Katniss goes through is nicely told and I guess this was the book that made rebellions great again in the YA community. A great read of your looking for something a tiny bit twisted and massively actioney- I know that isn’t a word but it really should be.

9) Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

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Another trilogy I know, but this trilogy has such a special place in my heart. It paranormal and fantastic! I never got tired of these books and they are absolutely epic! I like how angels and devils and the rest were handled and  they weren’t annoying. Oh and I actually like this love triangle a lot- this is probably why I can’t hate love triangles out-rightly.

10) An Ember In The Ashes by Sabba Tahir

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Even though the romance in this book was not to my taste at all, the action and the writing was brilliant! Tahir really built a fantasy world which I adored to read about. The book is epic, awesome and one you should read. The plot took some unexpected twists and turns and made me feel something for the characters after only a short amount of time.


Top Ten Tuesday done! Comment below about what you think about the books I would recommend for an epic read and put what book you would also put in this category!

I’ll write soon!

-Astra

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Top Ten Tuesdays- Books That Are Not In My Comfort Zone That I Need To Read

Hello, hello and welcome to my Top Ten Tuesday post! So again this week I twisted topic because I realised I don’t really read anything out of my comfort zone, which is a shame really because I thought myself a diverse reader. Obviously not! This is another TBR post basically…let’s get to the list! In no particular order…

1) Satin Island by Tom McCarthy

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Satin Island was a Man Booker Prize nominee last year and that is how it peaked my interest. This book is marmite- some people love it, some people hate it, which makes it an even more intriguing! I want to know which team I’m one! Anyway, this book is really complicated to sum up in a sentence so basically the guy U finds the links in everything and gets paid to do it.

2) Running Girl by Simon Mason

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I was introduced to this book by a blogger, I can’t remember the name of the blogger for the life of me, but she basically said this is a great book. I’m not really all for mystery novels (some YA books are enough!) but I’m ready to give this one a go!

3) Hamlet by William Shakespeare

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This is possibly the only shakespeare play that I’m interested in reading, that and maybe another one I can’t remember off the top of my head. This play seems so dramatic and intense and I’m into dramatic and intense nowadays.

4) Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

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I think we all know the subject matter of this novel and maybe now I don’t know if I’m comfortable with reading the book. Sometimes it’s good to read books that make you uncomfortable. Everyone says this is a great book anyway so that justifies it I think…

5) Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

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Another book with a tough subject matter which is rather taboo; incest.  This story is one many say it heart wrenching. I think I am more up for reading it though than Lolita. I guess this book just interested.

6) Leviathan by Scott Westerfield

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This book sounds so wicked! I want to get into SteamPunk and this was the novel that caught me mind. And this has some historical alternations which makes it extra cool.

 7) Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh 

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A funny book! I do not read comedy though I love it in books. I’ve heard great things about this book and I’m a fan of long titles. The illustrations look great and authentic as well. I definitively need to buy more fun books like this one. The summary is sassy as well.

8) The Vegetarian by Han Kang

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This seems like a very interesting novel. I think people have mixed views on it, but overall it seems like an intriguing premise. Here’s a snippet of the summary!

Before the nightmare, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary life. But when splintering, blood-soaked images start haunting her thoughts, Yeong-hye decides to purge her mind and renounce eating meat.

9) The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae

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I’m an awkward black girl so this book should be perfect for me! I’ve heard of this book before and I think I want it more than ever as it seems like I’m becoming awkwarder by the hour. It’s a non-fiction book which is why it is not in my comfort zone.

10) The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galibraith aka J.K Rowling

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Another mystery/thriller on this list. I started reading this half-halfheartedly ages ago and it didn’t interest me much. I think I missed the cozy Winter period which is perfect to read mystery novels but I still have a copy so I might just read it during the summer.


That is all of my Top Ten Tuesday! Be sure to tell me if any of these are not in your comfort zone as well. As readers we love to stay in our cozy little place, but it’s beneficial for us to cross-genre/topic reader from time to time.

I’ll write soon!

-Astra

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Top Ten Tuesday- Songs That Inspire Me To Write

Hey guys! Happy Tuesday (or whatever day you are watching this) I hope you are all well! It’s Tuesday so it’s Top Ten Tuesday time! This week’s theme are songs that you want turned into books, but I wanted to do a little twist on the theme and want to do songs that inspire me to write. I think music is the thing that inspires me the most when writing. I get so many ideas from songs and this post is just dedication to the songs that inspire me the most.

I know this is a book blog but I love writing too and I don’t talk about writing enough! Anyway in no particular order here is my top ten! Underneath each song I will be adding some of my favourite lyrics as well!


1) Selene by Imagine Dragons

Resolutions and lovers in the kitchen
Love is clueless and destiny is wishing
This is my heart, it’s on the line, Selene

2) Goodbye Mr A by The Hoosiers

There’s a hole in your logic,
You who know all the answers
You claim science ain’t magic
And expect me to buy it

3) R U Mine? by Arctic Monkeys

I go crazy ’cause here isn’t where I wanna be
And satisfaction feels like a distant memory
And I can’t help myself,
All I wanna hear her say is “Are you mine?”

4) Mercenary by Panic! At The Disco

In love, I’ve always been a mercenary, but I never leave my post when the cash runs out
I want to make you quiver
Make your backbone shiver
Hey kid, take the stage and deliver

5) Still Into You by Paramore

Can’t count the years on one hand
That we’ve been together
I need the other one to hold you
Make you feel, make you feel better

 

6) Gusty Gardens Galaxy OST- Super Mario Galaxy

*I know this one is a bit weird, but I love this OST! It gets me in the inspired mood!

7) Ghost by Mayday Parade

There’s a ghost in my bedroom, and he’s dying to meet you,
God knows he’s heard all about you.
I guess he’s friendly enough though.
I’ll see him more,
Always sneaking roses in your bed,

8) She’s My Winona by Fall Out Boy

We didn’t come to compete
This is a demonstration
Even the young ones become irrelevant
They always bring up how you’ve changed
Never the same person when I go to sleep

9) Christmas Lights by Coldplay

Oh Christmas lights light up the street
Light up the fireworks in me
May all your troubles soon be gone
Those Christmas lights keep shining on
10) Cinderblock Garden by All Time Low

That we could make forever after all,
Finding the gold in our darkest moments,
Watching the roads turning into white roses, roses,
And we don’t ever have to leave these walls,
I’ll be the boy with the silver lining,
You’ll be the girl with the cinderblock garden


So there are my top ten songs that inspire me to write! Hopefully this will kick off a series of posts that focus on my writing more than my reading. Anyway, what songs inspire you in general? I think anything nightcore inspires me to exercise! Comment below and I’ll be sure to comment back!

I’ll write soon!

-Astra

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Top Ten Tuesday- Historical Fiction/ Futuristic Novels That I Want To Read

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! So this week’s theme was basically about you having to do a post about either the past or the future, you can do your own spin on the theme and it seems like all the Top Ten Tuesdays I’m writing are basically TBRs but thats because I want to read so many books! Well I am tackling two genres in this post, Historical Fiction which I love and the futuristic genre which can but doesn’t have to be be Sci-Fi, which I don’t love a lot…

Anyway, hopefully you guys and this post can help me push to get these books! In no particular order here is my top ten!

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Top Ten Tuesday- Middle Grade Books That Have Caught My Attention

Hello, happy Tuesday! Well it actually hasn’t been very happy in the UK as the weather has been horrible. Windy, rainy, cold. This is the side of winter I hate!

Anyway, this weeks TTT is a freebie week! I love this idea as there is such a variety of posts today, so you don’t see the same book coming up five or six times. I was pretty blank of what to cover this week because the field of bookish lists is enormous! But then I realised that I have never talked about middle grade books on this blog. This is probably because I just don’t read MG, but I need to widen my reading field a bit, even if it means reading these ten MG books. Harry Potter is basically half MG and half YA because of how the main character goes from 11-17. Anyway, I want to read some MG during this year and here are some that catch my eye. A reminder that some of these books can possibly fall into YA, but I personally view all of these books as middle grade.

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Top Ten Tuesday- Book Quotes Of 2015

Hey guys! I hope your Tuesday has been superb and productive! Oh and is anybody else loving this new editing system for WordPress? I am really feeling it! I am joining the Top Ten Tuesday squad because this weekly meme is really cool and I have been seeing it all over my feed! Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic or theme is top ten book quotes from books you have read in 2015, so let’s get to it!

 “When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.” 

Six Of Crows, Leigh Bardugo

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“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”

The Fault In Our Stars, John Green

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“Like most misery, it started with apparent happiness.”

 The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

4.

“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”

Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire,  J.K Rowling

5.

“The truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain.”

Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard

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“Real life is only ever just real life. Messy. What it means depends on how you look at it. The only thing you’ve got to do is find a way to live there.”

More Than This, Patrick Ness

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“Just… isn’t giving up allowed sometimes? Isn’t it okay to say, ‘This really hurts, so I’m going to stop trying’?”
“It sets a dangerous precedent.”
“For avoiding pain?”
“For avoiding life.”

Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell

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“Fire is catching! And if we burn, you burn with us!”

Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins

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“Good and evil are a great deal more complex than a princess and a dragon . . . is not the dragon the hero of his own story?”

The Night Circus, Erin Morgernstern

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“I’m right and you’re wrong, I’m big and you’re small, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

Matilda, Ronald Dahl

This was so hard! I could pick ten quotes from one book easily! I tried to keep with books I have read (or reread) this year and used a different book and author for every quote. I hope you liked my first Top Tuesday post and please comment below what your favourite book quotes are or just link your TTT.

I’ll write soon!

-Astra

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