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Saturday, 17 September 2016

BOOKS | 5 books on my to-read list

I've definitely been getting back into reading lately.

I was always a book worm growing up and more often than not, I have at least one book on the go. But up until recently, I've struggled to find books I've been really excited to read. I'm not sure why - maybe I just haven't had the time to really research or haven't stumbled across any titles.

However, since moving into my nans, I've had a lot more time on my hands, mostly because she doesn't actually believe in the internet. I have now sorted some internet for things like job hunting and blogging, but it's only a limited amount which means I have no time for Netflix binges anymore!

This means more time for reading! There really is nothing better than a good, gripping book.

One of my favourite things in the world is curling up in a chair or bed with a cup of tea and reading, especially when it's getting late and I'm so tired but simply can't put the book down because it's just that gripping.

Over the past month or so, I've found quite a few books I really want to read. I've added books to my 'to-read' book fast and steady over the last few weeks, so I thought I'd share some of these titles with you all.

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I saw this advertised in a magazine lately and the cover immediately caught my eye. It's described as a story that sees One Day meet The Time Traveler's Wife and tells the story of 
Róisín and François who meet in Antarctica. The Comet Seekers revisits the character, only when a comet is visible in the sky above them, and explores the way their paths cross as they lead separate lives. I really enjoyed both One Day and The Time Traveler's Wife, and something about this book seems like it has just a bit extra with a magical or 'destiny' twist revolving around comets, so I'm really excited to hopefully read this soon.

This story actually sounds quite similar to The Comet, in that it's a slow burner, focusing on the distance between Tes and Gus, following a day spent of criss-crossing paths on holiday. For the next 16 years, Miss You follows their separate journeys as we discover if the two will ever meet again. I like the sound of this book because I feel I'll be able to relate to it just that bit more. Everyone remembers a summer love or the hope of a fling between someone who has caught your eye on holiday, back when you're a teenager. It will be interesting to read the characters stories as they grow up from 16 year olds on holiday and turn into adults.

I don't even feel like I have to explain this one - everyone loves Lindsey Kelk and I've been a big fan of her writing for years and years now, ever since I first received a copy of I Heart New York free with a magazine and couldn't put it down. This is a new one from Lindsey in that the chapters alternate between the voices of Liv and her boyfriend/ex Adam. I love this idea - it's definitely a new venture for Lindsey and I'm really intrigued to see how the story comes across with focusing on two different people in one single relationship. It'll be interesting to see how events are looked at and received completely differently from the opposite sex, and I'm hoping it'll live up to the standards of Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, which took on a similar approach but was written by two authors instead of one.

I wasn't sure what to make of the movie adaption of this story. I watched it because I love Anton Yelchin and I loved the premise to the film as well as the oddball and intriguing film to it. Some parts I didn't like so much though, such as the character of Odd's girlfriend Stormy, who had the weirdest vovocabulary ever. Still, I feel like perhaps the film just did not do the book justice so I really want to read it. It's also part of a series, so if I love this book, I've got plenty of sequels to keep me going for a while. I'm surprised I haven't stumbled across these novels before because they do seem right up my street. 

At first look, this seems like a zombie novel, but having read some reviews, I see it's more a horror novel and that it is based around journalism and the political ramifications of a wide-spreading disease - as well as zombies. Well, I'm well overdue a new zombie novel to read and I love that it focuses on the political side of what can happen after such an apocalypse - it means it's perfect to help as research for my own novel.

These are just some of the books I've added to my to-read list lately, but of course they're only some of many. The list is endless, but these five are ones I'm particularly looking forward to right now.

Have you read any of these? What novels are on your to-read list? Let me know! 

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  1. I agree with ODD Thomas, I though the movie was a bit..odd. :/ Haha.
    I'd love to read The Comet Seekers though x

    1. Me too! I know it's supposed to be odd, but some parts were just too old, like his character was okay but I couldn't really understand why his girlfriend spoke the way she did. I'm looking forward to reading the book though! x

  2. I haven't heard of any of these but I quite like the sound of Miss You :) Will add it to my own TBR pile!

    1. You'll have to let me know what you think! x

  3. Not heard of any of these books but they sound like very interesting reads :)

  4. I haven't read any of these authors - I love being introduced to new (to me) reads so thank you for the recommendations. I'm in the middle of The Animators and it is proving such a slow read but I still want to plough through and get to the end.


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