Top Ten Favourite Books of 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. It’s a great way to learn more about the bloggers you follow and to find lots of new books. This week’s topic is  “ Top Ten Favourite Books of 2017”

This was really hard! I’ve read some REALLY great books this year! I think I’ve given more 5*’s than I ever have before! So, in no particular order, these books were my favourites and I really do think you should read them immediately.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)Eleanor Oliphant is Completely FineWolf by Wolf (Wolf By Wolf, #1)Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)Nina is Not OKTruth or DareParsnips, Buttered: How to win at modern life, one email at a timeAge of Myth (The Legends of the First Empire, #1)Thirteen Reasons WhyBig Little Lies

Have you read any of these?

What were the best books you’ve read this year?


Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

What’s made you smile this week?

Sunday Smiles is a weekly meme created by me at Tumbling into Wonderland Books. It runs every Sunday. Want to find out more or join in the fun? Check out the details here.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)

Title: Nevernight
Author: Jay Kristoff
Series: The Nevernight Chronicles #1
Publication: 9th August 2016 by Thomas Dunne Books
Genre: Fantasy

My Thoughts (2)


In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

My Thoughts

I received this book in my Illumicrate box last year and loved the look of it. I tried picking it up a couple of times but was never really in the mood for it and this is definitely a book you need to be in the mood for reading. It is very slow to get into, and throws a lot of information at you, but after about 30% (if you can make it that far) it really gets going.

The book flicks between the past and present. This means you are completely lost for the first few chapters but hold in there. It slowly builds up, giving you Mia’s back story and motivation. Once we actually get to the place where she begins training to be an assassin, things begin to get a lot clearer and interesting.

After the initial third of the book, things become a lot more fast pace.* We get violence, lots of death, sex and swearing. After all, they are training to be assassins. I loved that they’re not just trained in fighting, but also in poisons and seduction.

It was a solid first book and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes in the next book (it’s on my shelf ready and waiting). I ended up giving it a 3.5, but rounded up to 4 because of the painfully slow beginning.

*especially if you skip all those annoying footnotes.

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November 2017 Wrap Up

Monthly Wrap Up (1)


Books Read in November

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood


Nevernight (The Nevernight Cronicles #1) by Jay Kristoff


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Saga Vol. 2 by  Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Blog Posts

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Sunday Smiles – Rise Against

Sunday Smiles – Wedding plans

Sunday Smiles – Birthday and Book of Mormon


TTT- Winter TBR List



November Unboxing

Other Posts

Best Books I’ve Read This Year (So Far)

Books I Bought In November.


Dave Pigeon by Swapna Haddow

Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski

Vampire Academy #1 by Richelle Mead

Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern

Not Dead Yet: The Autobiography by Phil Collins

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1)  by Neal Shusterman

Saga Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)Saga, Vol. 2 (Saga, #2)


The Warrior’s Path (Tales of Gorania#1) by Karim Solimanh

The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A.Chakraborty

The Warrior's Path (Tales of Gorania, #1)The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1)

Currently Reading

Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

Hogfather (Discworld, #20)

Looking Forward To In December…

  • Christmas!
  • Seeing Five Finger Death Punch. We don’t go to concerts very often so I’m very excited.
  • Seeing Daniel Sloss. It’s basically become a tradition that we see him every year. This is the 7th (?) time we’ve seen him. We’re usually in the front row too.

How was your November?

Illumicrate Unboxing – November 2017


Illumicrate is a bookish subscription box based in the UK. It contains at least one book and lots of other bookish delights. It is a quarterly box that arrives in February, May, August and November.

This is the nineth illumicrate box so far and they are now beginning to do special boxes around certain series – they’ve recently done a Grisha box and their next one is a Howler (Red Rising). I think they plan on doing a ACOTAR themed box soon too!

I’m always super excited to get these not only for the books but for the amazing bookish goodies with it.

Spoilers ahead! Don’t read on if you haven’t opened yours yet…

November Box


Artemis by Andy Weir (exclusive edition)

I wasn’t overly excited when I first pulled this book out of the box as it doesn’t really look like the sort of book I would usually choose for myself. But that’s part of the reason I subscribe to this box! When I read the blurb, it actually sounds really interesting!

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Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of Jazz’s problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself – and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even more unlikely than the first.


Bookish Tea Towel by @evannaveillustration (exclusive)

Always need a tea towel to wash up all my tea mugs. plus, the design is in my favourite colour. Win.


“The Right Book” Print by @nutmegandarlo (exclusive)

I adore this quote! I’m putting it straight up in my classroom for all my children to see.


Unicorn Journal by @prismofstarlings (exclusive)

This has a super cute design on the outside but my favourite part is the inside. It has the birthdays of famous literary figures, which I just love!


Reading in Bed canle by @ Merakicandles (exclusive)

This is my favourite item in the box! It smells like chocolate and it looks gorgeous. I loved the last candle Meraki Candles did for the box too – I will definitely be ordering people presents from them!


Moon and Stars Necklace by @ohpandaeyes (exclusive)

The description say “a little tribute to stories set in space” but my first thought was Game of Thrones. Eitherway, this is super cute!

Extras: Excerpts of The Mortal Coil and Iron Gold, and an ARC of The City of Brass by S.A.Chakraborty.

This has a beautiful cover! It’s not released until Spring 2018 so we’re very lucky 🙂

My Thoughts (2)


Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass?a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for


Have you bought anything from these suppliers?

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Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. It’s a great way to learn more about the bloggers you follow and to find lots of new books. This week’s topic is  “ Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR.” I’ve taken this as books I want to read this winter, rather than books being released.

Books I want to read to complete my Around the year in 52 Books Challenge:

Mort (Discworld, #4)A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)Blood for Blood (Wolf By Wolf, #2)1984Life of PiImage result for vampire academy book

Books I want to read because they look awesome:

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)Age of Swords (The Legends of the First Empire, #2)The Warrior's Path (Tales of Gorania, #1)A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

Have you read any of these books?

What is on your Winter TBR list?

Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

I don’t know about you but I’ve had a wonderful week!

I had my Performance Management observation on Monday, which I was obviously dreading, but ended up having a brilliant observation! So that was a great start to the week.

It was my birthday on Friday and I was absolutely spoilt rotten. My parents got me a freaking helicopter ride! How incredible is that!?! We went out for drinks and my bestie came around.

Then yesterday we went to see Book of Mormon. I’ve been wanting to see it for ages but it has to be booked quite far in advance as it’s usually sold out. With very good reason. It was absolutely brilliant! It was not at all what I was expecting. It was hilarious and rude and crude.

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What’s made you smile this week?

Sunday Smiles is a weekly meme created by me at Tumbling into Wonderland Books. It runs every Sunday. Want to find out more or join in the fun? Check out the details here.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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Title: The Handmaid’s Tale
Author: Margaret Atwood
Series: N/A
Publication: 18th April 2017 (First published 1985)
Genre: Fiction, Dystopian

Around the World in 52 books – A book with a chilling atmosphere.

My Thoughts (2)


Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…. Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid’s Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and literary tour de force.

My Thoughts

Don’t let the bastards grind you down.

This book first came to my attention due to the TV series, which I heard was amazing. I caught one episode and really enjoyed it but missed the rest, so I thought I would read the book first then watch the show.

I thought the story was a really interesting concept and was really well done. It is written from Offred’s point of view, almsot like a verbal diary of Offred’s thoughts and ideas. This means the story can be somewhat disjointed and sometimes she say it’s not right and retells it differently. It jumps between the present, as a handmaid, and the past before the change of government, with her husband and daughter. I found there was a little bit too much of the past for my liking and they dragged on occasionally.

It was a very interesting and thought provoking read, although not always enjoyable. I would definitely recommend it.

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Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

Daz and I have officially been engaged for a year today! After being messed around a lot by our original plan, we finally booked our wedding this week! We cut our plans right back and we’re going to have a very small ceremony in March. Eeeeek!


What’s made you smile this week?

Sunday Smiles is a weekly meme created by me at Tumbling into Wonderland Books. It runs every Sunday. Want to find out more or join in the fun? Check out the details here.