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Friday, 14 December 2018

Features | 5 Sequels I Hope To Read in 2019

I don't know about you guys, but I tend to either go all in with a series and read the whole thing start to finish, or read one book in a series, wait 6 months to a year, forget about it, remember it again, forget what happened in a story and try to remember before picking up book two. There's no in between.

This year past I read a decent amount of sequels but missed a few that I really wanted to read. I thought it would be worth while to make a list of some of the sequels that I'd really love to read next year, in the hopes that putting it 'down on paper' so to speak, will actually make me pick them.

Shadow of Night, by Deborah Darkness

I really enjoyed the first in this series, A Discovery of Witches. But I read that way back in 2013. Five years ago! The TV show that came out this year is actually really good and from what I can remember, they're holding true to the story pretty well. I'm amusing Season 2 will follow book 2, so I really need to read that before the show returns (though I'm not sure when that will be).

The Mime Order, by Samantha Shannon

Another one I really liked the first book of. This one was a slightly more recent read, 'recent' being 2015. I remember really enjoying this book and it's interesting futuristic feel, but with monsters and magic. I gave it a four stars on Goodreads, so I am keen to pick up the story again.

Empire of Storms, by Sarah J Maas

It's becoming my own little tradition to read a Sarah J Maas book at the beginning of every year. It's taken me years to get through to this the fifth book in the Throne of Glass series, but I'm slowly getting there. This coming May I'm off to see Maas at the Auckland Writer's Festival, so I'm hoping I can catch up before then. Or at least get this one read.

The Devil's Thief, by Lisa Maxwell

The first in this series, The Last Magician, was one of my top five favourite books that I read in 2018, so I'm hoping that it's sequel will be just as good. I have yet to buy it yet, but if Christmas and my birthday (in January) don't quite deliver it, then I'll be gifting it to myself.

Queen of Air and Darkness, by Cassandra Clare

The final installment in Clare's The Dark Artifices series, this book came out a few weeks ago and I am really looking forward to picking it up. I suspect this will be a read in the first few weeks, so I think out of this list, this is one most likely to actually happen.

What sequels do you hope to pick up in 2019? 

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Features | Books I Hope To Read Before The End Of The Year

With so few weeks left of 2018 it feels as though we're all racing to complete all of those reading challenges we set back in January. When I first started drafting this post I had no idea that Sophie had had a similar idea, but I thought it would still be fun to share my own list too! If you missed Sophie's post last week you can find it here.

Us Against You, Fredrik Backman (2017)

One of my favourite reads of this year so far would have to be Beartown, so it's no surprise I've been keen to read the sequel as soon as possible. I was originally planning to pick up a copy next year but when a recent Kindle Daily Deal email dropped into my inbox letting me know that Us Against You was on offer for just 99p, I snapped it up straight away and bumped it to the top of my TBR list!

IQ84, Haruki Murakami (2009)

Whilst it's highly unlikely I'll find the time to finish up all of my 2018 'vow to read list', I really want to make an effort to finally dive into 1Q84. If I'm completely honest I think I've been avoiding the book all year thanks to it's daunting 1300+ pagecount! Technically this edition is three books in one, so I'm hoping to at least read a good chunk of it by the end of the year.

The Blinds, Adam Sternbergh (2017)

This one makes the list as it has an incredibly intriguing synopsis, and just happens to be my latest library loan! From what I've heard, The Blinds is set to be quite a different read for me and I can't wait to find out more.

Savage Stone Age, Gorgeous Georgians & Incredible Incas, Terry Deary (1998-2000)

As you may have seen over on Goodreads, I've recently started re-reading some of the Horrible Histories books. These three are new additions to my collection, and a few of those in the series that I haven't read before. They're nice and short (but full of facts...) so I'm hoping to squeeze all three into my reading schedule before we jump into 2019!

Which books will you be reading in December?

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Monday, 26 November 2018


Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year's there's something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.

My True Love Gave To Me edited by Stephanie Perkins

I love Christmastime so of course when it came down to me to choose December's Book Club book I had to choose something Christmassey! Whether you're a fan of Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor or the most recent re-obsession with Jenny Han (after To All The Boys I've Loved Before came out on Netflix) you'll be sure to love at least one of the twelve festive stories in My True Love Gave To Me. 

Plus can we talk about the cover? Isn't it adorable? Yes I may have only wanted to own this on the premise of its cute cover but then I saw which authors were involved and I had to read it! After receiving it I've also discovered each story has a cute wee illustration on its title page and they're just as adorable as the cover!

Grab yourself a copy from your local bookshop, library or hop onto Book Depository. It's up to you whether you read some or all of the twelve stories, but be sure to share your thoughts with us via this Google form by December 21st.

You can also use the hashtag #bookshelfbookclub to share your book photos and thoughts with us too!

If this doesn't sound like your thing (cough Grinch cough) then don't you worry, Book Club will be back next year with some new exciting improvements so keep an eye out for that announcement! 

Until then, have a great Christmas/Hanukkah/New Year/Holiday or whatever you celebrate! 

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Sunday, 25 November 2018

BB Book Club | November 2018 Roundup

This year we decided to launch our very own online book club, with a new book for you to join us in reading every month. November's pick was The Language Of Thorns, a short story collection by popular YA author Leigh Bardugo. Here's our November infographic to tell you a little bit more...
book club november 2018

Thank you to those who read along with us this month. If you would like to get involved next month check back shortly to find out which title Sophie has chosen to round up one whole year of the BB book club!

You can also sign up to our mailing list for book club updates and all things BB. We already have some exciting things planned for 2019 so make sure you're signed up so you don't miss out!

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Thursday, 22 November 2018

Feature | 5 books I want to read before 2018 ends

It's no secret there's only just over a month left of the year. While I've completed my Goodreads reading challenge there are still many books I want to read before the year is up, but here's the top 5!

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

After everyone raving about Scythe I finally picked it up last month and absolutely loved it as I knew I would from all the recommendations. I loved it enough to log onto Book Depository and buy the sequel Thunderhead before I'd even finished. It arrived this week and is sitting in my TBR pile right at the very top. I'm struggling to finish my current book before moving on, not that my current read is bad I'm just super excited to read it!

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

I received this from the publishers I want to say at the start of the month and have been eager to start it but again I need to finish current books before I get stuck in. Anjali has read it already and really enjoyed it so I know it's most likely going to be after Thunderhead (as long as I don't receive any cooler books before then cry).

Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks

So far I've enjoyed every Nicholas Sparks book I've read but I definitely have to be in the mood for it. Since I got this from the publisher over a month ago I've just not been in that mood but I have a feeling with summer coming around and Christmas holidays, the time may be coming! I am really excited to get stuck in, I just need to make sure I'm in the right mood for it.

The Conjuring of Light by V.E Schwab

I've wanted to read this all year and just haven't gotten around to it because I don't own a copy. I actually included this in our Vow To Read group post at the start of the year so if I read one book out of these five it's going to be this so I complete my vow to reads!

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

How could I go through a book feature without talking about a Rick Riordan book right? This is next on my list to read and as it's the finale of The Heroes Of Olympus series I can't wait to finish off the adventure and see what happens and then start the next series!

What books do you want to finish before 2019 begins? 

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Features | My Favourite Book Shops

In the spirit of Christmas shopping, I thought I would share some of my favourite bookshops with you. I've decided to only share three today (though there are many more that I love) and they're all up north! But, as a very proud northerner, I see no issue with this...

  1. Waterstones, Newcastle. Now, not only does this Waterstones have an amazing cafe that's lovely to work in, a fantastic collection of books and the most helpful staff, it's also home to the Northern Book Bloggers who are some of the most wonderful people I know. I have a lot of love for Waterstones in general but the Newcastle store is a thing of beauty. Plus, the basement is a book lover's dream.
  2. Barter Books, Alnwick. I visited this recently on a staycation in Northumberland and I instantly fell in love with it. It's an old railway station that has been converted into a used bookshop. It is like Narnia and you could easily lose a few hours in there. 
  3. Toppings & Co, St Andrews. Even though I no longer live in Scotland, this will always be my favourite bookshop. It is just so welcoming. There is even a log fire and free cups of tea. Something about going to Toppings & Co always feels like coming home and they have a fantastic selection of books too, many of which are signed. What more could you want?
Kelly x
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