Top 5 Anticipated Pre-Orders for 2015

SO SO SO SO SO!!! THERE ARE NEW BOOKS COMING OUT OVER THE NEXT 5 MONTHS THAT ARE JUST EVERYTHING AMAZING IN THE WORLD AND I CAN’T EVEN!

Here are my Top 5-ish. I am going to pretend that I can’t count and that will be why there are more than five here. Cough.

Here. WE. GOOO!

On the 1st of September, 2015:

Top5 Queen of Shadows

This is legitimately one of my favourite series at the moment and I can’t wait to read more about Celaena. I feel like I have been waiting for this book for a bajillion years – which is a completely accurate measurement of time.

On the 8th of September, 2015:

Top5 Stand Off

JDGJKFGCVNXMCVIUSYJSKFOAISGJHDFJGFKHGDFGFPSGITUEJFDDVL!! <– This is the only way I am able to express my feelings about this sequel.  Just a tad excited.

On the 6th of October, 2015:

Top5 Carry On

Now I am not the biggest fan of Rowell’s – don’t get me wrong, I love her books and I am excited for this but I am not making inarticulate screeches because of it. I am hoping for a winner here.

On the 20th of October, 2015:

Top5 Career of Evil

Queen Rowling – as Galbraith – is back! I absolutely adore her crime novels and I can’t wait to mentally munch on this.

On the 3rd of November, 2015:

Top5 The Revolution of Ivy

These are my feelings:

On the 10th of November, 2015 we have two releases. TWO!

Top5 November 9

Yes. Yes…ALL THE YES!

Top5 Soundless

A new book by one of my all-time favourite authors? Put me down for 57. Thanks.

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Book Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

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Book: Maybe Someday

Author: Colleen Hoover

Rating: 9.8/10

I don’t even know where to start with this. So much love was felt for this book – on my CoHo scale it sits right beneath Ugly Love but above Hopeless.

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This was definitely more of a romance than her other books, in that it was more about the relationship developing than about sexy-times or dealing with major life issues. I suppose that it makes it unique in that the two main characters aren’t bonding over their tragic circumstances; they seem to have a genuine connection that grows over their love of music.

This is one of the rare times when I have not absolutely loathed a love triangle in a story. I feel that a lot of the time it is used to add unnecessary tension and drama to a story. Yes, it is basically what drives this story, but it feels inevitable. Our male protagonist – Ridge – is a sweet, sensitive, funny and attractive guy. It is not a far-fetched idea that he would already be in a relationship, and with somebody as equally awesome as he is. This poor guy has two very different feelings of love towards two very different women and Hoover handled it beautifully. I must commend her for not taking the easy way out and making the other female – Maggie – somebody who would be easy to hate. Quite the opposite, she is adorable and fun, and in some ways perfect for Ridge.

Our female protagonist – Sydney has some great and some terrible qualities. I probably shouldn’t like it, but I love that she got a little violent. If her douchebag boyfriend cheated on her and she took it meekly I would have been mad on her behalf. (But yes, violence against others is BAD!) I like that she knows that she needs independence in her life. It’s also cool that she is following her own path in life even though it goes against her parents’ wishes and it makes life a little more difficult or her. What I don’t like is her attitude towards other women in the book. The first time she meets Tori (her new roommate) she looks down on her for what she is wearing – “being bossed around by a bitchy Hooters waitress.” Way to belittle someone based on nothing substantial. Sorry we can’t all be Susie Sunshine 24/7.

On a side note, can I just say that I am really glad that Tori has her own book (Maybe Not) because she was basically used as a prop against Sydney during the entire book – a “look how good I am compared to her” sort of thing.

The love triangle did develop and end in a fairly predictable manner, but it was still amazing to read. These two characters – Ridge and Sydney – develop feelings for each other quite naturally and they know it is wrong and everyone knows that Maggie doesn’t deserve it and it goes against their basic nature to be cheaters. It is just three amazing people in an impossible situation…until it isn’t impossible 😉

There is an element of the book I didn’t get to experience and that was the music that was created for the novel to listen to while you read it. Next time I read this book (and there will be a next time) I will come back and see how much it affects the story and reading experience.

TBR: July 2015

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I have already read this and it is super brill!

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I have started this and so far I am intrigued…

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This will be next because I MISS MY COLLEEN HOOVER!

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This one has me really excited. Everyone is going on and on and on and on and on about it.

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I don’t really know what this is about but I saw some people raving about it on Instagram so I decided to jump on board.

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This may make me poop my pants. We’ll see…

First Book Haul of 2015!

First thing you should know about me: I lack self control, especially when it comes to book stores. I float through the stores and pretend that my wallet is The Cave of Wonders from Aladdin – just a bottomless pit filled with all sorts of swag.

Recently I went to three different book shops over two days and ended up with eleven books, which wouldn’t be a big deal if I hadn’t just visited the library and borrowed another ten…yep. This is not a situation which I would consider “a problem”. I am quite happy to be cavorting amongst all the books. They are my babies.

Anyhoodle. The books which I hauled from shops.

From Good Ole Target I got these three beauties:

Joe Hill’s ‘Horns’ and Cecilia Ahern’s ‘Love, Rosie’ are being turned into movies that look amazing! I usually like to read a book before I see the movie because it adds so much more to the viewing experience. Also, it makes me feel superior to all those people who haven’t read the book. ‘A Thousand Pieces of You’ by Claudia Gray has been on my to-read pile for a while now after seeing in a BookTuber video. You really can’t go wrong with a book about alternate universes.

Then I went the greatest book store in all of Sydney – Kinokuniya. I have to hold back the tears when I visit this place because it is just so beautiful and peaceful. I want to live inside their YA section. I couldn’t stop myself from picking up these:

I can not get enough of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books! Her characters and the universes she creates make me happy. Keep up the good work, young lass! I hadn’t heard of ‘Winger’ by Andrew Smith until a friend forced it into my hands. Not something I would usually go for, but I trust her book instincts.

And finally, Basement Books: where all your dreams come true. This is basically a discount outlet for books. Cheap books. Books on sale   *DIES*

This is where I lost my plot and any self respect I may have had.

I don’t want to go through all of these because I am fairly lazy, but it’s safe to say I have an amazing taste in books and these all look pretty exciting. Have some romance, some historical fiction, some fantasy! All that one really needs to live the Bookish Lifestyle.