What to Read Next?

These are the last books that I bought/borrowed.
Which one should I read first?

books in possession

What to Read Next?

Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
This is the third book in the Pushing the Limits series. I loved the first two so am looking forward to this one.

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
I really liked My Life Next Door and this one is a stand-alone so I won’t be pining for the sequel!

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Morgan Matson writes beautifully. I loved Since You’ve Been Gone  and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour so I have high hopes for this one.

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
This one has had lots of positive reviews.

I’m Not Her by Janet Gurtler
I’m not sure about this one, but I love the cover.

Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu
I’ve been told by someone I trust that this is good – I’m holding her too that!

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
This one has had so much hype and rave reviews so I hope it lives up to expectations.

Lies I Told by Michelle Zink
This is the only eBook on my list, which may drop to the bottom of the list as I tend to read physical books first, they are a much more visual reminder to “read me!” It’s also the one I’ve heard the least about.

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
Another book with stellar reviews. I’ve also just noticed that all ten books on my list are contemporary fiction. Guess I’m having a break from fantasy…

Say What You Will by Cammie Mcgovern
This one has been compared to Eleanor & Park, and as you know I love Rainbow Rowell’s writing. I hope I am not going to be disappointed.

Have you read any of these?

Which one should I start with?

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The Hyped Up Books that I’ve Never Read

These are the hyped up books that I’ve never read…

Hyped books never read

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series) by Rick Riordan

Started it, didn’t like it. Can’t see what everyone is making such a fuss about!

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Watched the trailer which put me off. Perhaps I’ve just read too many of the same.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Started it, didn’t like it. Wanted another Twilight and it’s not.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Loved the idea of this story more than its execution…  didn’t get further than the first few chapters.

Gone by Michael Grant

Started it, hated it.

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

A friend forced upon lent me her copy of the ‘best book ever’. Nope, not so much. Too contrived.

Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking Series) by Patrick Ness

Didn’t get through the first chapter. Talking to your dog sounds cool, but it’s really not.

Gone Girl by Gillian Fylnn

I didn’t get a chance to read Gone Girl before the movie, which wasn’t that great.

Wizard of Oz and Little House on the Prairie Series

Growing up in Zimbabwe, on a diet of Enid Blyton, I wasn’t really exposed to American Fiction. I’ve thought of giving them a chance one day…

What hyped up books have you never read?
Are there any on my list that I should try again?

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My Top Reads So Far This Year

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My Top Reads So Far This Year…

  1. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
  2. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
  3. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
  4. Some Boys by Patty Blount
  5. Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  6. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
  7. Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman
  8. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
  9. Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers
  10. How to Save A Life by Sara Zarr

My Goodreads Challenge this year was to read 150 books. So far I have read 93, so am doing pretty well!

Good reads Challenge

Anyone notice that Morgan Matson has claimed the 1st and 3rd spot? I discovered her books this year and love them. She’s now in the category ‘read anything written by this author‘!

I am currently reading Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List… What should I read next?

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When Bad Covers Happen to Good Books

When Bad Covers Happen to Good Books

When Bad Covers Happen to Good Books. These are the books that I am so glad I picked up despite their uninspiring covers…

I love book covers and sometimes, unashamedly, choose books based on the cover alone. But sadly sometimes bad covers happen to good books.

Unfortunately, these books that, despite me almost standing on my head to promote them, are frequently turned down by the students who visit our school library.

So what do you think? Have you read any of these? Would you pick any of them up based on their covers?

x Ugly Covers

When I was Joe

When I was Joe
by Kerin David
YA Contemporary/Thriller

After witnessing a crime, Ty has to go into witness protection.
The beginning of an excellent thriller/adventure series.


Dont call me Ishmael
Don’t Call me Ishmael
by Michael Gerard Bauer
Children’s Contemporary/Humour

A laugh-out-loud, feel-good story about trying to fit in at Middle School.


by Laurie Halse Anderson
YA Contemporary

A beautifully written contemporary novel from a male POV.



by Jerry Spinelli
Children’s/YA Contemporary

Should you act normal just to fit in or be yourself…?



To Kill a Mocking Bird 
by Harper Lee
YA Historical Fiction

A deeply moving and compassionate look at humanity.
Set in Southern America in the thirties, this book explores topics which remain relevant today.


Catcher in the Rye
Catcher in the Rye
by J.D. Salinger
YA Realistic Fiction

Previously reviewed here



by Gordon Reece
YA Psychological Thriller/Dark Comedy

Expect the unexpected…



Summer I wasn't me
The Summer I wasn’t Me
by Jessica Verdi
YA Contemporary

Although approaching homosexuality sensitively, this book also cuts to the chase.
Well worth adding to a high school library.


Curious incident
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
by Mark Haddon
YA Contemporary/Mystery

By following the Christopher has he attempts to solve a mystery, which blows the neighbourhood secrets apart, we are afforded a rare glimpse into Asperger’s Syndrome


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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky
YA Contemporary

A quirky, but charming, journey of a shy outsider as he discovers how the other half live.


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