Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Books, books and more books

OK, so the ol' blog has been quiet of late and you may've been wondering where I've been. Thank you for wondering!

I have been lost in the world of books. You see, now that I'm an Aucklander, I have access to the Auckland Library network, which is immense and amazing.

Every book I could wish for is here and able to be reserved for FREE online and sent to my local library for me to pick up. So I've been reserving and reading by the bucket load over the past few months. It's been fun.

Most of the books I've read are dystopian YA/Teen fiction. But I've also read the odd Fantasy novel and other fiction.

In case you're looking for good reading material, below I've listed the books I enjoyed. I've read more than this, but won't bother telling you about the duds.

My friend Angela, from Striking Keys, recommended many of these books to me, so I'll link her reviews where she's done them.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I loved this. So witty, insightful, heartbreaking and joyful. The characters are fabulous - all of them.

The Birthmarked series (Birthmarked, Prized and Promised) by Caragh M. O'Brien. (Read the Striking Keys review here.)

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor - conclusion to the wonderful Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. Read the Striking Keys review here.

The Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, Scarlet and Cress) by Marissa Meyer. Read Striking Keys reviews here and here. I'm hanging out for the next book in this series to be released.

The Partials series (Partials, Fragments and Ruins) by Dan Wells. Read the Striking Keys review here.

Inside series (Inside out and Outside In) by Maria V. Snyder. Lots of twists and a courageous female protagonist.

The Slated series (Slated, Fractured and Shattered) by Terry Teri. An interesting series that kept me guessing.

Two books in the Graceling Realm Series (Graceling and Bitterblue) by Kristin Cashore. Read the Striking Keys review here.

The Princess Academy series (Princess Academy and Palace of Stone) by Shannon Hale. Read the Striking Keys review here.

The Divergent Series (Divergent, Insurgent and Allegient) by Veronica Roth. Read the Striking Keys review here.

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater (Conclusion to the dreamy Shiver trilogy)

The Inheritance Trilogy (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, The Broken Kingdoms and The Kingdoms of Gods) by N.K. Jemisin. This series swept me off my feet.

Blood Song by Anthony Ryan (book 1 in the Raven's Shadow series). Read the Striking Keys review here. I'm waiting for Tower Lord (book 2) to arrive at my library.

The Magician's Guild by Trudi Canavan (book 1 in The Black Magician trilogy)

Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg (a fun and light modern take on Pride and Prejudice, my favourite Jane Austen book.)

Always Emily by Michaela MacColl - a historical fiction novel based on the lives of Charlotte and Emily Bronte. I found it an interesting insight into their world.

Other authors I LOVE are Brandon Sanderson and Patrick Rothfuss. I will read anything by these guys and am hanging out for the third book in Rothfuss's Name of the Wind series. My favourite dystopian series is The Hunger Games. I haven't read it this year, so I haven't included it in the above list, but it's the best in my opinion.

What have you been reading lately?

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