T5W #26: Top 5 Books on My Sci-Fi /Fantasy T.B.R.

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118368Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. Topics are set for every week so to join in on the fun just check out the memes goodreads group. This week’s topic is Top SFF Books on Your TBR. Pretty straight forward right? We just gotta talk about the books begging to be read on our science fiction and fantasy TBRs (I’ll focus more on science fiction)(for me this list will consist of my most anticipated upcoming releases and old releases that I just haven’t been able to get to but still want to read very badly.)

Condensing this list to just 5 books is going to be sooo hard because I have so many Science Fiction books I’m looking forward to reading. Anyway I still did it, so just scroll below to see the ones I’m keeping an eagle eye on.

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T5W #25: Slumping It? Here’s 5 Books to Get You Out of That Funk!

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118368Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on TomesTopics are set for every week so to join in on the fun just check out the memes goodreads group. This week’s topic is Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump.

Personally, when I’m in a reading funk, YA contemporary (the fluffier the better) is what I usually pick up to try and get out if it. That’s obviously because it’s usually the easiest and quickest genre to get through. Finishing the book gives that sense of accomplishment and momentum to keep reading…

So if you’re like me, pick up a book from the shallow end of the book pool and get out of that reading slump.


#Famous by Jilly Gagnon

#famousIn this modern-day love story, Girl likes Boy, Girl takes photo of Boy and posts it online, Boy becomes accidentally insta-famous. And what starts out as an innocent joke spirals into a whirlwind adventure that could change both their lives—and their hearts—forever. But are fame and love worth the price?

Told in alternating points of view, #famous captures the out-of-control thrill ride of falling for someone in front of everyone.

Such a cute little book that highlights the perils of twit- *ahem* flit fuame. But seriously though, I’m about halfway through it and it’s so cute how relatable it’s trying to be. I picked it up because I was in a slump and it’s definitely got me reading again. It really helps that the book is short because I’m flying through it. I’m hoping this momentum will carry me in to the next (hopefully more intense) book.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Jenny HanTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

Agh Jenny Han gives me all the feels. Guys if you’re looking for a fun YA contemporary and haven’t read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, I suggest you go to a bookstore STAT! Its fun and cute and I’ve read this book about a bazillion times and it never fails to life me out of a slump. 😉

By Your Side by Kasie West

30256248When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

I’ve read one other book by this author (The Fill-In Boyfriend) and I’ve noticed her books are always such fun, light reads so if your looking for fun and light Kassie West is the author for you.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

11065441Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you …”

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say …?

Rainbow Rowell just does YA contemporary like no one else. This book wasn’t anything serious but it just gives feeling in your chest. I don’t even have words… I just cannot recommend this book enough gah!

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

12294652“One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.”

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.

As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.

Growing up an only child I really related to this book/main character so I’m kinda biased to the book. Besides that though I think this is a fun book, it balances light and serious really well. If you’re looking for a ya contemporary romance with a splash of seriousness, then I definitely recommend this one. It flies by really fast.


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T5W #24: Trends That Should Have Died Long Ago

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Pretty self-explanatory topic. You just basically list the bookish trends you’re tired of seeing. Scroll down to see mine!

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T5W [#22] 2017 Debuts I Can’t Wait to Read

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118368Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on TomesTopics are set for every week so to join in on the fun just check out the memes goodreads group. This week’s topic is 2017 Debuts You Are Excited For. This topic is a little tricky for me because there are so many sequels or books by already established authors I’m looking forward to. Its kinda hard to hype over authors you’ve never read before but I’ll try my darn hardest in this post:

1. City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

29995905Release Date: 24 Jan 2016

City of Saints and Thieves is a YA thriller set in Africa (Kenya) about a girl who’s mother is murdered while working as a maid for a wealthy family. The story is about this girl journey to get revenge for her mother’s murder.

I love love love revenge stories and what makes this better is that it’s set in Africa (aka the motherland) I can’t wait to see what this author has to offer. There is so much rich culture in Kenya so I can’t wait to see if Natalie C. Anderson incorporates some of it into her story.

2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

32075671Release Date: 28 Feb 2017

Black Lives Matter exploded in 2016 and to be honest I don’t live in the US so the movement didn’t really affect me personally. Racial police brutality isn’t really a thing in my country. But that doesn’t mean it didn’t mean anything obviously. It must be really hard being black in America going through all the negativity. The story is about a girl (Starr Carter) who is the sole witness of her friends murder by a white cop. Starr has a lot to say after that and what she says could destroy her community. It could even get her killed.

I can’t wait to see where this story goes, racism is such a sensitive topic so I hope Angie Thomas will add something important to the discussion…

 3. The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

22296822Release Date: 25 Jan 2017

To be honest when I looked at the cover I expected a contemporary romance or something along those lines. This book is actually about a 17 year old girl named Zoe is still reeling from her father’s sudden death when she and her brother are suddenly brutally attacked. She’s saved by a mysterious bounty hunter called X. X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker and others like him.

I mean just looking at the cover, would you ever expect that?! This is one I’m definitely looking foward too…

4. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

27883214Release Date: 31 Jan 2017

I think we all know what this one is about. Two sisters escape their ruthless father to visit the world’s most epic carnival. One of them is kidnapped and the other has to play a deadly game with the Caravals masterminds to find her.

This is probably the most hyped debut of 2017 so of course I’m jumping on the hype train. Choo Choo!

5. Wicked Like Wildfire by Lana Popovic

32051720Release Date: 15 Aug 2017

Just look at that gorgous cover! Gimme a sec while I wipe the drool from my face..

Wicked Like Wildfire is a story about two sisters and their distant mother each with incredible magical powers. The mother forbids the two sisters from using their powers and -most importantly- falling in love. But the mother is attacked and the two sisters must untangle a thousand years of lies and reveal their own hurtful secrets to save their mother and themselves.

Wicked Like a Wildfire is the first book in a bewitching duology about the power of love, death, magic, and the many faces of beauty.


That’s it for this week’s Top 5 Wednesday!

What are some of your favourite 2017 debuts

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T5W [# 21] 2017 Goals

topHappy New Year everyone 🎉🎉🎉! Another year, another list of resolution to make and fail hopelessly at.

118368Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on TomesTopics are set for every week so to join in on the fun just check out our goodreads group. This week’s topic is 2017 Goals. They don’t have to be reading goals, they can be personal goals or anything elso sooo…

1. Conquer the beast or should I say Dragon that is the A Song of Ice and Fire series/Read more epic fantasy

I’ve been thinking: I can’t really call myself a true fantasy fan if I’ve never read the “forefathers” of the genre (you know like Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia or any Brandon Sanderson book really). After the disaster that was The Sword of Shannara (I hated it!) I almost gave up on the entire genre but this is the year I will conquer A Game of Thrones! I love the t.v. show so this is the perfect book to dip my toes into high-fantasy.

2. Be more socially interactive both on this blog and IRL.

My one regret of last year was not being more interactive with the book community, there are thousands of great blogs and bloggers and I barely reached out to any of them. In real life I suffer from social anxiety so that’s something I have to work on. I hate that it’s affecting my blogging too but that’s something to work on this year….

3. Finish that book.

Nanowrimo was (officially) an epic fail for me coming at just under 15K words but I was writing for fun and 15K words is the most I’ve ever written in my life so I was super proud of myself either way. Hopefully this year I’ll get it done. I just can’t seem to decide between two ideas I have a sci-fi mystery or a contemporary romance set in my home country (Zambia), maybe I’ll do both, who knows? The year is full of possibilities…

4. Buy more books.

I won’t bore you guys with the gory details of my countries sucky economy but a bad economy obviously means high exchange rates with the US which means expensive books. Hopefully this year I’ll find a way to make/save money and buy actual real life books instead of ebooks/borrowing all the time.

5. Stop being such a grinch.

I wouldn’t necessarily call myself depressed… but 2016 was hard. I was constantly in my head; always second guessing my actions or berating myself or calling myself horrible things. All that negativity just made me horrible and affected everyone around me. This year I just want to have a more positive outlook on life but mostly I want to live by the mantra: it’s okay to make mistakes, they only make you grow.


Phew they got really personal really fast *awkward chuckle*. Anyway I hope all of you are having a great first week of 2017!

I just want to take a moment to give thanks everyone whose been with me since the beginning and everyone whose just joined me, to eveyone who reads, likes and comments (you always brings a smile to my face), to all my new and old blogger friends! This book blogging thing turned out to be so much more than I thought it would be and I hope to keep going at it for another year!

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