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Summer Blog Challenge – Day 8

Day 8 – A book that everyone loved but you hated

This one is probably going to get me some backlash. I always get such strange looks when I tell people how much I dislike this particular series considering the hype and fan base that surrounds it. As a reader of fantasy and fiction, it is just expected that I’d love the series. It’s so very rare that you find someone that shares the same feelings as I do.

Incredibly rare.

So without further preamble, the book(s) that everyone loved but I hated is the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling.

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Summer Blog Challenge – Day 7

Day 7 – Favourite Book Couple

I love romance in books. I love heavy romance in books and don’t object if it’s heavily explicit. In fact, I’m often disappointed if there isn’t some kind of romance in the book that I’m reading. But, as usual, choosing just one couple was hard though I’m happy with my choice. They are the reason I reread the series as often as I do.

My favourite book couple is Penryn and Raffe from the Penryn and the End of Days trilogy by Susan E. E.

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Summer Blog Challenge – Day 6

Day 6 – Favourite contemporary read

There were a few titles that came to mind for this prompt but they were mostly overhyped for their time (and really, we’re they my favourite?). Titles like The Fault in our Stars, Looking for Alaska (I’m just listing John Green novels now), The Handmaiden tale and Perks of being a Wallflower. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed all of these titles and most in the contemporary section. But they weren’t my favourite.

My favourite contemporary read(s) would be Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins.

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Summer Blog Challenge – Day 4

Day 4 – Favourite author

This was a hard one because there are so many authors that I admire and appreciate but to choose just one? Now that is a hard call.

I had a good think about this and I thought through and rethought my answer. At first, I thought I would say that my favourite author would be Sarah J. Maas for obvious reasons. I fell in love with her work from the moment I started reading it and I have been following the Throne of Glass series since 2012. The work means a great deal to me and has gotten me through some pretty tough times. But then I thought harder about it and I realised that it was really just her works that I am in love with, although I’m sure she’s a pretty great lady I just wouldn’t say she is my favourite.

And then I knew because who wouldn’t love an author who is down on the same level as her readers and constantly sends us sloth memes and pictures of weird shit?

My favourite author is the delightfully peculiar Camilla Monk.

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Summer Blog Challenge – Day 2

Day 2 – Favourite book to recommend

There are so many books I love telling and encouraging others to read, it’s so hard to just choose one.

But if I had to choose one (stand alone, not part of a series) it would have to be To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo.

I originally read this book while on holiday in Berlin. It was another of my impulse buys because the cover was pretty and I was pleased because I didn’t want to get stuck into a series.

Honestly, I love telling people about this book because it was just rather unexpected. It has one of the best openings lined that I’ve ever come across in a book. It’s got some serious Little Mermaid vibes but in a much, much darker setting. And really I just love Sirens. They are among my favourite mythical creatures, every story always ends in so much death and violence. They very much show how it is to ensure the hearts of men. And then rip those hearts out of their chests.

Some honourable mentions would be;

  • The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
  • The Book Theif by Markus Zusak
  • Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
  • The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
  • Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake

Until tomorrow.