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Feature: Six for Sunday!

This is another new weekly post I’m going to try out. #SixforSunday is run by the Steph at alittlebutalot, and features a different prompt each week. This week we’re talking about Film Interpretations of Books! I kind of struggled with finding six that I really loved, so I’ve went with film and TV just to make my life a little bit easier!

1. Harry Potter Series

I imagine this is probably on pretty much everyone’s lists, but I’ve reread the books so many times and every Christmas we watch the films again. They’re magical and such a wonderful adaptation of the books.

2. Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit

I know a lot of people didn’t like The Hobbit adaptation, and I agree that three movies was a bit much, but I still adore these films. I love doing a weekend of binge watching all of the extended ones and I will never stop loving them.

3. American Gods

I’m a big fan of Neil Gaiman and American Gods is probably one of my favourite books that he’s written. I was a bit unsure about this TV adaptation of the book but I’ve really come to enjoy it and think it’s fabulous.

4. The Handmaid’s Tale

This is a fairly recent interpretation of Margaret Atwood’s famous novel. I think it really makes an effort to do the book justice, and I’m looking forward to seeing the next series.

5. A Game of Thrones

George R. R. Martin is my favourite author of all time and while I have issues with some of the ways that the show has diverged from the books, I really love the television series. I’m gutted that it’s ahead of George’s books, but I’m looking forward to seeing how it ends.

6. I Am Legend

I did an essay on this book for University having never read it before, but I’d seen the film. I enjoyed it immensely and since have come to appreciate what an excellent adaptation it is.

So that’s my #SixforSunday! What are your favourite film/TV interpretations?


Feature: Waiting on Wednesday – State of Sorrow


I’ve spotted a few posts recently called Waiting on Wednesday, a weekly post spotlighting books you are excited about coming out. I thought this would be a fantastic new post to do each week so here we go! Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.

State of Sorrow – Melinda Salisbury

A people cowed by grief and darkness.
A cut-throat race for power and victory.
A girl with everything and nothing to lose…

Sorrow all but rules the Court of Tears, in a land gripped by perpetual grief, forever mourning her brother who died just days before Sorrow was born. By day she governs in place of her father, by night she seeks secret solace in the arms of the boy she’s loved since childhood. But when her brother is seemingly found alive, and intent on taking control, Sorrow has to choose whether to step aside for a stranger who might not be who he claims to be, or embark on a power struggle for a position she never really wanted.

Coming March 1st from Scholastic UK!

I absolutely adore Melinda Salibury’s books, she’s one of my favourite authors and The Sin Eater’s Daughter trilogy will forever be one of my favourites. I picked up a sampler of State of Sorrow at YALC and it just sounded phenomenal. It also has a stunning cover and I can’t wait to pick up a copy!


Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated 2018 Releases!

 

Hey Everyone! So normally I do the Top Ten Tuesday prompt that appears on The Artsy Reader Girl, however this week’s is ‘Top Ten Books I’m No Longer Interested in Reading.’ I had a good long think about this and could come up with two books, so I’ve picked something completely different instead! I did do a post of 2018 books that I’m looking forward to at the end of 2017, but the majority of them were sequels to books I’d loved throughout the year, so this is my top 10 new books coming out in 2018!

1. The Queens of Innis Lear – Tessa Gratton

A KINGDOM AT RISK, A CROWN DIVIDED, A FAMILY DRENCHED IN BLOOD.

This fantasy retelling of King Lear sounds just fantastic. The synopsis had me hooked right from the start and I am just dying to read it.

Coming May 17th from HarperVoyager UK, read the full synopsis on Goodreads.

2. Witchsign – Den Patrick

Another new fantasy series from HarperVoyager, this is the first in the series from The Boy with the Porcelain Blade author Den Patrick. I loved the Erebus Sequence and I’m dying to read this one. Full of dragons and magic, it sounds like a must read.

Coming May 22nd from HarperVoyager UK, read the full synopsis on Goodreads.

3. The Poppy War – R. F. Kuang


I swear not every book on this list is coming from HarperVoyager, but this is another one that I am definitely looking forward to. I’ve already seen people talking about it online and it sounds like such a gripping read with a kick ass protagonist.

Coming May 1st from HarperVoyager UK, read the full synopsis on Goodreads.

4. Starfish – Akemi Dawn Bowman

I don’t read an awful lot of comtemporary YA and that is something I definitely want to rectify. As soon as I heard about book I added it to my wishlist. It sounds like a really fascinating look into mental health and I was lucky enough to be asked to be on the blog tour for this, so stay tuned for that coming new month!

Coming April 5th from Ink Road. Read the full synopsis on Goodreads.

5. The Smoke Thieves – Sally Green

A princess, a traitor, a hunter and a thief. Four teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands. Four nations destined for conflict

I have  a confession to make in that I’ve never read a book by Sally Green. I know plenty of people rave about her books but I haven’t gotten around to picking up the Half Bad series. When I read about this book I jumped at the chance to receive an e-ARC and I’m hoping reading this beauty will be the kick I need to pick up Sally Green’s other books.

Coming May 3rd from Penguin UK. Read the fully synopsis on Goodreads. 

6. Ace of Shades – Amanda Foody

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

I bought a copy of Daughter of the Burning City at YALC last year but I haven’t had the chance to read it yet. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it and this series sounds just as amazing.

Coming May 17th 2018 from HQ Young Adult, read the full synopsis on Goodreads. 

7. Furyborn – Claire Legrand

This book caught my attention a little while ago and I thought it sounded like an absolutely stunning read. I’ve seen it described as one of the most original fantasy series of 2018 and I can’t wait to read it. I was so over the moon when I found an ARC copy of this in one of my Fairyloot boxes, it is near the top of my TBR now and I’m really looking forward to it.

Coming May 22nd 2018 from Sourcebooks Fire, read the full synopsis on Goodreads.

8. Ash Princess – Laura Sebastian

 I must admit I saw this on Goodreads and was completely sucked in by that cover. It looks beautiful and after reading the synopsis it sounds like a fantastic read. I have seen some mixed reviews about this one already, but I’m looking forward to picking it up and forming my own opinion!

Coming June 14th from Pan MacMillan, read the full synopsis on Goodreads.

9. Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared.

I know this one is probably on everyone’s list of anticipated releases, but it just sounds unputdownable. The lovely folks at My Kinda Book have sent me a review copy, and I am planning to dive into it this week!

Coming March 8th from Pan Macmillan, read the full synopsis on Goodreads

10. The Traitor’s Game – Jennifer A. Nielsen

I haven’t heard too much about this book so far but I saw someone mention it on Twitter and thought it sounded like an excellent read. I haven’t read The False Prince series but I am definitely tempted to pick up both and have a binge read!

Coming February 27th 2018 from Scholastic, read the full synopsis on Goodreads.


Blog Tour: The Girl in the Tower – Katherine Arden

1. For those that haven’t read The Bear and the Nightingale, can you tell us a little about it?

The Bear and the Nightingale is an historical fantasy set in Russia during the Middle Ages. It combines events from history with characters and tropes from Slavic folklore and fairy tales. It follows the adventures of Vasilisa Petrovna, the daughter of a minor aristocrat, who can see the world of spirits in Slavic folklore that is hidden to most.

2. There’s an immense amount of detail and mythology in the series, but what drew you to write about Russian folklore?

I have always been fascinated by Russia, the culture and the history. I was a Russian major in college, and I lived in Moscow while I was studying. So I had a background in Russian, and when I decided to write a book, writing a book set in Russia was a natural choice.

3. What was the writing process like for the books, with lots of characters did you have to map them out individually?

No, the characters grew organically out of the plot. Writing the books was mostly a process of trial and error. Emphasis on error.

4. Did you always plan for Vasya’s story to be a trilogy?

I knew what I wanted the story to be, but I didn’t know how much plot I could fit into one book, so as I gradually realized that I had too much plot for one book, it became three.

5. The series already has lots of fans and reviewers who adored it, how did it feel when the early praise started coming in?

Great. Terrifying. Validating. I felt proud, I felt like a fraud. It’s weird seeing people read and respond to a book you’ve been working on by yourself for a long time.

6. Now that The Girl in the Tower is released, what are you working on next?

Book 3 in the series, called The Winter of the Witch, will be out later this year. I just turned a second draft in.

7. Can you give us any little sneak peaks into what will happen in The Winter of the Witch?

Not everyone will survive. There will be a lot of returning characters and a few new ones. Possibly some romance.

8. The cover designs for the series are just stunning. Did you have any input into their look?and what was your reaction when you saw the final designs?

I adore the covers. I had pretty minimal input, just reacting to things I was shown, but Aitch, the artist, and the entire design team did a fantastic job.

9. Can you recommend a great book to read in 2018?

Just finished an ARC of a fantasy debut called The Sky is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith that I really enjoyed

10. Thanks so much for taking part in this Q&A, is there anything you’d like to tell readers to
finish us off?

Think that about covers it. I hope you enjoyed the novels!


Feature: December Book Haul!


December was a pretty busy month, and with all the shopping for Christmas presents, I couldn’t resist buying myself a few books. I am planning to go on a book buying ban in January, my TBR is pretty much uncontrollable, so I am planning to put £1 in a jar for every book that I read. Once I have accumulated enough, then I can purchase a new title. (That’s the idea anyway, we’ll see how long this actually works). So here are the books I either bought, got from a gift card or received as Christmas presents this month:

 

1. All the Crooked Saints – Maggie Stiefvater

This is one of my secret shames – I have never read a Maggie Stiefvater book. I’ve heard such fantastic things about pretty much every book she’s written, and so when I saw this one was buy one get one half price in Waterstones (and I had a gift card burning a hole in my pocket) I couldn’t resist picking it up.

2. This Mortal Coil – Emily Suvada

I have an e-galley of this that I still haven’t read. (See why I need this book buying ban?)  but it’s a really beautiful book and it was the other one of my get one half price, so it was definitely okay to get a physical copy.

3. Night of Cake and Puppets – Laini Taylor

This book just looks so beautiful and so stunning. I read and adored Strange the Dreamer in 2017, so I’m dying to read more of Laini Taylor’s books. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series is one I am going to conquer this year.

4. The Glass Spare – Lauren DeStefano

I love love love Lauren DeStefano. Wither is one of my favourite books, and so when I heard this was coming out I knew I had to get my paws on it. I patiently waited until after Christmas and now I am just desperate to get my TBR down a bit so I can read it.

5. An Enchantment of Ravens – Margaret Rogerson

I bought this at the same time as The Glass Spare and picked it totally on a whim. I ended up reading it in one sitting, and really enjoyed this Faerie romance story.

6. Onyx and Crake – Margaret Atwood

This was another surprise on Christmas day. I read The Handmaid’s Tale and Alias Grace as required reading in University, but I’ve never read any other books by Margaret Atwood. Given that I adored them both, I really wanted to pick up some more of her titles. My Dad kindly got me the MaddAddam series, which I am so looking forward to reading.

7. The Year of the Flood – Margaret Atwood

Book two in the series. I’m so excited to have all three books because it means I can just binge read them without having to stop and wait to pick up the next book.

8. MaddAddam – Margaret Atwood

And book three! They’re also these beautiful shiny Virago Press Editions, and I kind of want to buy all of Margaret Atwood’s books in this edition because they look so good.

9. False Hearts – Laura Lam

My partner always struggles to buy me books because I have so many and he never knows if I’ve read them or already have an ARC etc. So for Christmas I asked for some books by Laura Lam, because I’ve heard amazing things and always wanted to read them. I was so surprised when I unwrapped this, because not only was I dying to read it but it was also a signed copy!

10. Shadowplay – Laura Lam

This likewise was a total surprise, book two in the Micah Grey series, which was also a signed copy!

11. Masquerade – Laura Lam

Finally, book three in the series, which was (as you guessed it) signed as well. They were really fantastic presents to open on Christmas morning, and they are among the first series that I’m going to tackle in 2018.

So that’s my December book haul. Have you read any of these? What did you think? And what bookish goodies did you get this Christmas? Let me know in the comments below!


Blog Tour – Beautiful Star & Other Stories – Andrew Swanston


Release Date: 11th January 2018
Publisher: The Dome Press
Pages: 256
Find it on: Amazon. Goodreads.
Source: The Dome Press kindly sent me a copy of this book to review.

Synopsis

History is brought alive by the people it affects, rather than those who created it. In Beautiful Star, we meet Eilmer, a monk in 1010 with Icarus-like dreams; Charles I, hiding in 1651, and befriended by a small boy; the trial of Jane Wenham, witch of Walkern, seen through the eyes of her granddaughter. This is a moving and affecting journey through time, bringing a new perspective to the defence of Corfe Castle, the battle of Waterloo, the siege of Toulon and, in the title story, the devastating dangers of the life of the sea in 1875

Review

Some days there’s nothing I love better than curling with a good historical fiction and enveloping myself in a different time period. When I was offered the chance to review Beautiful Star & Other Stories I jumped at the chance, not only because I love Andrew Swanston’s Incendium, but because something I’ve read very little of is historical fiction short stories. This collection has seven different tales, all from differing time periods and locations. I thoroughly enjoyed each one, giving a fascinating snapshot of that time period.

The stories are all in some way based on a true event or a true person, and that made the stories all the more enjoyable, knowing that I was learning about stories that are not often talked about. Each story was richly described with a very personal narrative voice. They were vivid and unique, dealing with a variety of themes from friendship and family, to loyalty and courage.

Of the seven stories there were a few that particularly stood out for me. I loved the story of Lady Mary Bankes, who defended Corfe Castle when it was sieges by Parliamentarian forces. This was something I had never heard of, and after doing my own research I am now eager to go and visit the ruins. I also loved the story of the young monk who dreams of learning to fly, as well as the story of a young boy who meets Charles I in a rather unexpected place. It’s the mark of incredible writing that each time period and setting comes alive, and that is definitely the case with Beautiful Star and Other Stories.

Richly detailed and thoroughly researched, Beautiful Star and Other Stories is a wonderful mix of stories. Full to the brim with realism and human voices, it is everything a historical fiction fan could ask for.

Now read on for a Q&A with Andrew!

1. For those that haven’t read Beautiful Star and Other Stories yet, would you be able to tell us a little about it?

Beautiful Star and Other Stories is a collection of seven fictionalised accounts of historical events from the Benedictine monk, Eilmer, who in the year 1010 tried to fly, to a devastating fishing disaster of 1875 involving a Scottish ‘fifie’ on her maiden voyage, from which the book takes its name. In between there is the story of Jane Wenham, who in 1712 was the last woman to be sentenced to death for witchcraft in an English court, the story of the fate of Admiral Sir Cloudesley’s fleet on its return from the seige of Toulon, a whimsical tale of King Charles II hiding in the Boscobel oak after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester, an account of Lady Mary Bankes’s gallant defence of her home at Corfe Castle during the War of the Three Kingdoms, and, finally, two stories that came out my research for Waterloo. The Bravest Man, published in 2015, which I have called The Button Seller and the Drummer Boy. I chose them simply because I found them interesting episodes in history which involved ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.

2. I absolutely loved Incendium. How did it compare writing the short stories and writing longer books?

In Beautiful Star, the narrator, Julia Paterson, tells her friend Willy Miller that ‘flowers on not wild or tame. They are just flowers’. So it is, for me, with stories. Some longer and more complex, others shorter and simpler, but all with beginnings, middles and ends. I enjoy reading and writing stories of all lengths and find the challenges much the same.

3. If you could go and visit any historical period, where would you go and why?

Please may I be a dashing royalist during the War of the Three Kingdoms who survives to enjoy the magnificent excess and debauchery of the Restoration. After the grim austerity of the interregnum, think how splendid that would be!

4. What was the writing process like for Beautiful Star? Was it a long or short writing process?

Beautiful Star was actually the very first story I wrote, about ten years ago, so you could say the gestation period has been longish! It was followed by A Witch and a Bitch and The Flying Monk – both in the collection – before I turned to the Thomas Hill stories. While writing Incendium and Waterloo, I came across the other stories and, encouraged by my agent, David Headley, researched and wrote them. The result is this collection. Actually writing each story is quite a quick process. It is the research and planning that takes time.

5. Now that the book is about to be released, what are you working on next?

I am writing the sequel to Incendium and hope also to write another collection of shorter historical stories.

6. What’s the best book you read in 2017?

Wow, what a tough question. To relax, I read a good deal of non-fiction and have favourite authors. In 2017 I especially enjoyed Giles Milton’s ‘Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’.

7. Thank you so much for taking part in the Q&A, is there anything you’d like to tell readers to round off?

I would like to thank my readers for giving me the opportunity to write. I want my stories to be read and enjoyed and I do hope they are.


Feature: 2018 Releases I’m Excited For!

It’s the start of a new year, and with it a whole new list of books coming out. I’m excited about so many titles, but in no particular order here’s a round up of some of the books I just cannot wait to read!

1. War Storm – Victoria Aveyard

2018 is the year I conquer my series TBR. I read Red Queen and absolutely loved it, but I haven’t got to the rest of the series yet. With War Storm coming out to conclude the series I definitely think it’s time to get this series completed.

2. Catwoman Soulstealer – Sarah J. Maas

I’ve just been loving the DC Icons series. Wonder Woman was fantastic and I couldn’t put Batman down. I can’t wait to see how Sarah J. Maas tackles Catwoman.

3. Legendary – Stephanie Garber

I need this book like yesterday. Caraval was a stunning read full of magic and mystery and I can’t wait to find out what’s in store next.

4. Darksoul – Anna Stephens

Godblind was one of my favourite books of 2017. I loved the complex layers of fantasy and action. It was also super gory. Cannot wait to find out what’s going to happen in this sequel.

5. State of Sorrow – Melinda Salisbury

The Sin Eater’s Daughter broke my heart and had me feeling all the feels. If State of Sorrow is anything like her previous books I know this book is destined to become one of my all time favourites.

6. Heart of Iron – Ashley Poston

Geekerella completely took me by surprise to become a book I absolutely adored and have recommended to absolutely everyone. Excited to see how Ashley Poston handles writing in a different genre.

7. Rage – Cora McCormack

I devoured this book on holiday in Lithuania. I loved the magic and storms and am so excited to see what’s next in store for Roar.

8. Grey Sister – Mark Lawrence

Red Sister was my favourite book of 2017. I’m counting down the days till I get my paws on the next book in the series.

9. Nightblood – Elly Blake

Frostblood and Fireblood were both fantasy books that I really really enjoyed. I’m so looking forward to the next instalment in the series.

10. The Winter of the Witch – Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl and the Tower are up there with some of my favourite books ever. I’ve gushed and ranted about how wonderful they are, and I’m so excited to read the conclusion to this breathtaking series.

What 2018 titles are you most excited for? Let me know in the comments below!


Feature: Top 15 Books of 2017!

How can it almost be 2018 already? This year has flown in! 2017 has been a really fantastic year for books and I feel like I’ve read some of my favourite books ever. I managed 86 books – my aim was 75 so I’m pretty pleased with that. I’m aiming for even more in 2018 with 100 books. So without futher ado here are my top 15 books of 2017 – I tried so hard to whittle it down to 10 but it just wasn’t happening. They are also in no particular order because I don’t think I could do that to myself, I loved them all so much.

1. The Bear and the Nightingale (The Winternight Trilogy #1) – Katherine Arden

This book came through the post from the lovely folks at Ebury way back in January and it blew me away. It is safe to say that I am obsessed with this trilogy. If you haven’t read it you can read my review gushing rant about how much I love it here.


2. The Girl in the Tower (The Winternight Trilogy #2) – Katherine Arden

With book one being so high on my list of favourite books I can’t tell you how excited I was to receive a proof of book two in the series. If it’s possible I loved this book even more than The Bear and the Nightingale and a review will be coming shortly when I can put into words how stunning it is.

3. Even the Darkest Stars (Even the Darkest Stars #1) – Heather Fawcett

The lovely folks at Harper 360 sent me this beautiful book and I dived in as soon as it came through the door. Magic? Mystery and adventure? Dubious characters and dragons? I mean what more can you possibly need? I loved this story and my review will be up very shortly!

4. The Silent Companions – Laura Purcell

This book gave me the FEAR. It was so scary and so intense and my god I loved it. Hands down the scariest book I have ever read and I cannot wait to see what Laura Purcell writes next.

5. The Bloodprint (The Khorasan Archives #1)  – Ausma Zehanat Khan

I took this book with me when I went to London for an event with Linen Press, on the sleeper back to Glasgow I stayed up pretty much the entire time because I couldn’t put this book down. The writing is stunning, the magic system and world building are amazing. If you want to know more you can check out my review here.

6. Wonder Woman Warbringer (DC Icons #1) – Leigh Bardugo

I love Leigh Bardugo’s books and this was no exception. I was a little apprehensive because I haven’t ever read a Wonder Woman book before – growing up I loved Batman and Harley Quinn, but this book is so well crafted and funny that I just couldn’t leave it off my list. Review here!

7. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – Lauren James

I picked up a copy of this at the Young Adult Literature Convention and Lauren was kind enough to sign it for me. I started reading it on the way back home and ended up reading it in one sitting because I just had to know what was going to happen next. I’m definitely going to pick up some more Lauren James titles in the new year after read this one. (Review here!)

8. Dawn Study (Study #6) – Maria V. Snyder

I love the Study series so much and this is the final book in the series. Yelena and Valek are some of my favourite ever characters and it was wonderful to have one final adventure.

9. Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1) – Mark Lawrence

Anyone who knows me knows that Mark Lawrence is one of my favourite authors (I’m planning to reread The Broken Empire Trilogy in 2018 because I just love it) so when Red Sister was announced I was dying to read it. Mark was kind enough to send me a review copy and I adored it so much. If I really had to pick, this would probably have the top spot for 2017 books. I am not so patiently counting down the days till Grey Sister comes out. (You can read my gushing review for Red Sister here!)

10. Blackwing (The Raven’s Mark #1) – Ed Macdonald

Blackwing is a fantastic new fantasy series that I enjoyed so so much. The world building was epic and this book definitely hooked me from the get go. I am so looking forward to seeing what’s in store next. If you want to know more, here’s my review!

11. Godblind – Anna Stephens

Oh my god this book. I still think about how good it was even though I read it in May? It was so dark and gruesome and just the best kind of fantasy. Book two cannot come soon enough, I just have to know what happens next. (Review here!)

12. See What I Have Done – Sarah Schmidt

See What I Have Done was a fascinating, captivating read. As soon as I was finished it it was promptly pinched by my mum and then my aunt bought a copy because I raved about it. This dark, riveting book follows the story of the Lizzie Borden murders, and if you haven’t read it yet you just have to pick it up. (Review here!)

 

13. The Wages of Sin (Sarah Gilchrist #1) – Kaite Welsh

This wonderful little book is set in Victorian Edinburgh with a fantastic protagonist who is learning medicine in spite of everyone telling her it’s no job for a woman. Full of mystery all in dark and eerie Edinburgh, this book is a stunning read. Check out my review!

14. The Scarecrow Queen (Sin Eater’s Daughter #3) – Melinda Salisbury

The Sin Eater’s Daughter is probably one of my all time favourite books ever. The Scarecrow Queen, the stunning conclusion to this trilogy pretty much had me feeling every emotion possible. I loved this book more than words can say and I’m so looking forward to reading Melinda’s new book, State of Sorrow. (Review here!)

15. Mary’s the Name – Ross Sayers

Last but certainly not least, Mary’s the Name is a beautiful little book with the funniest protagonist. Full of the sights and sounds of Scottish life, I loved this book. You can read my review here, and if you haven’t picked it up yet you definitely need to.

So those are my top 15 books of 2017. What are your favourite reads and have you read any of these? If you did what did you think? Let me know in the comments!


Feature: Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Want My Future Children to Read


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is books I want my future children to read. This is a really hard one! I had a think about books I loved when I was little (they were pretty much all series right enough) so here they are!

1. The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien

I have been obsessed with Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit since I was little and so this would definitely be the one I’d want my children to read. It’s a beautifully written book and I still read it again and again!

2. The Chronicles of Narnia – C. S. Lewis

I have this beautiful hardback edition of The Chronicles of Narnia that is stunningly illustrated and combines all the books together. I wanted to be Lucy when I was little so I would definitely pass this gorgeous edition down to my own kids.

3. The Secret Seven – Enid Blyton

When I was little I was pretty much addicted to books by Enid Blyton. Although The Secret Seven were my favourite, I’d pass on The Famous Five, Mallory Towers and pretty much all of her books – I think I might need to buy some new copies though, might are a bit dog-earred!

4. A Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket

I remember getting the first two books of A Series of Unfortunate Events for my birthday one year and I was hooked, I don’t think I spoke to anyone for the rest of the day. I love this series (and the new Netflix adaptation!) so this one had to go on the list.

5. The Harry Potter Series – J. K. Rowling

I think Harry Potter will be on a lot of people’s top 10. This magical series has touched so many people, I’d definitely share it with a new generation of readers.

6. Sweep Series – Cate Tiernan

This series is one of my favourites and I think really underrated. The 15 book series follows a young woman who finds out she’s descended from witches. It deals with all the usual high school and teenage dramas all with a magical setting.

7.  Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

I still love Alice in Wonderland today. This fantastic story is one I read over and over as a child. It has pretty much everything. What’s not to like?

8. The Northern Lights – Philip Pullman

His Dark Materials was one of the first series that I felt were quite grown up books even though I was still a child. I loved the complex layers of magic and the fantastic settings, I’m so excited to read The Book of Dust and see what’s been happening in Pullman’s fascinating world.

9. The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter

These books are so sweet and fun and I’ve kept my battered copies since I was a little girl I even have stuffed Peter Rabbit teddies. These books are perfect for little ones so I’m definitely going to pass them on.

10. Eragon – Christopher Paolini

And last but not least! Eragon was one of the first really really big books that I read,  I felt so impressed with myself by managing to finish all the books in the Inheritance Cycle. They are such fantastic books and full of dragons and magic, I couldn’t put them down!

So that’s my top 10! Which books would you want your future children to read? Let me know in the comments!


Blog Tour: Wunderkids – Jacqueline Silvester

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15-year-old Nikka is invited to attend Wildwood Academy, a prestigious but secret boarding school for talented youth located deep in the Californian mountains. Once there, Nikka quickly falls in love with her bizarre classes, the jaw-dropping scenery and… two very different boys. 

However, Wildwood Academy has a dark and twisted secret, one that could cost Nikka the one thing she had never imagined she could lose, the one thing that money can’t buy. It is this very thing that Wildwood Academy was created to steal. 

Nikka can stay and lose everything, or she can risk death and run. 

Today is my stop on the blog tour for the fabulous Wunderkids by Jacqueline Silvester! With Wunderkids being set at a boarding school, Jacqueline has kindly written a post about her top boarding school settings in books and film. Take a look!

 

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1. Catcher in the Rye

Though Holden Caulfield’s boarding school only plays a small(ish) part in his story, it’s still and important one. This classic was my first experience with a coming-of-age narrative and a boarding school setting. Thus, it deserves a spot at the top of the list.

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2. Fallen by Lauren Kate

The Fallen series by Lauren Kate centers around two boarding schools, Sword and Cross Reform School in Savannah Georgia and Shoreline School in Northern California, both schools have one fabulous thing in common- they are both populated by angels.

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3. Wild child

A rich and spoilt Malibu teen is sent to a strict boarding school in England as punishment for her latest prank. Hilarity ensues. Featuring Juno Temple, great uniforms, and Alex Pettyfer behind the wheel of a 1958 Austin Healey Sprite.

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4. Little Princess

A young girl is left at a prestigious school in England when her father has to go off to fight in the war. When he is presumed dead, the young girl is forced into servitude. Based on the children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, this film is beautiful and it will make you cry. I was absolutely in love with this film when I was little.

 

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5. A Great a Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

A mysterious, gothic, and beautiful YA series that takes place in 1895 and tells the story of Gemma Doyle, a young girl whose I uprooted from her life in India and send to a boarding school in England. If you’ve read my novel Wunderkids you know that I have a weak spot for creepy, sinister academies.

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6. The Chorus

The Chorus is a gorgeous French film. It’s about a music teacher who starts a job at a boarding school for troubled boys. Once there, he founds a choir to help the boys channel their energy into something positive. It has been years since I’ve first saw the film but I still have the entire soundtrack on my phone and listen to it all the time.

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7. She’s The Man

Cheesy? Yes. But this film is also hilarious, and takes place at a boarding school, and it never once failed to cheer me up. Also, who wouldn’t want to be dorm mates with Channing Tatum?

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8. Never Let Me Go (film)

Based on the book by the Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro, this film has everything I love- dystopia, romance, and boarding school.

 

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9. Gallagher Girls by Aly Carter

Boarding school for spies? Yes, please! Paired with Ally Carter’s dynamic writing, great storytelling, and a cast of kickass schoolgirls who can hack into CIA databases and disable bombs. Perfection.

 

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10. Vampire Academy

The setting for this series is St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for Vampire royalty and their protectors. Enough said. Just do yourself a favor and skip the film.

 

Thank you so much to Jacqueline for her wonderful guest post! What are your favourite books/films that feature boarding schools? (Mine has definitely got to be Harry Potter!) Let us know in the comments, and be sure to check out the other blog stops!

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