Most anticipated: April & May releases

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The months April and May are my favourite months to buy new books because usually that’s when my most anticipated books are on the shelves in bookstores. I knows April is nearly over but i’m still going to gush about my most anticipated releases of both April and May.

No. 1 : Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Screen Shot 2017-04-30 at 8.57.18 pmI ADORE ALL of Jenny Han’s book and i’m sure this one will be no exception. I love everything about this trilogy, and i’m pretty sure i’ve read To All the boys I’ve Before at least and four times already because i love it so much. And can we just talk about how amazing Jenny Han’s cover’s are? this one is by far my favourite, it’s just sooo pretty ahhh.

No. 2 : Lord of Shadows by CassanScreen Shot 2017-04-30 at 9.24.50 pmdra Clare

FINALLY IT’S NEAR. probably my most anticipated fantasy book this year. I CANNOT wait for the next instalment in this trilogy. Cassandra Clare never fails to leave me in awe and in the BIGGEST reading slump (which is not a good thing but it shows how amazing that last book was).

No. 3: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah. J. Maas

Screen Shot 2017-04-30 at 9.26.49 pmMINOR SPOILERS. The last book in a trilogy, and since it is Sarah.J.Maas i’m pretty sure this last book will not disappoint or i’m hoping it won’t because i’m so excited for this last book. I’m excited for everything, the relationships, RHYS, and definitely the squad and hopefully new couples forming *cough cough* Cassian and Nesta.

No.4 : Alex, Approximately by Jenn BennettScreen Shot 2017-04-30 at 9.19.35 pm

I’ve already started reading this one, so i can say i’m already in love with it. Jenn Bennett is my next “waiting for a Stephanie Perkins book, author” (if that makes sense). Her book just gives me an Anna and the French Kiss vibe which in my head means it soo cute and adorable and is funny at times too AND has the cutest male lead.

No. 5: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Screen Shot 2017-04-30 at 9.31.08 pmI don’t know much about this one except that it’s kinda a Cinderella retelling with fandom stuff? I don’t want to know much because i want to go into this book blind. But i’ve seen really good reviews on it since people are loving it right now so i’m VERY EXCITED about this one.

 

 

 

 

What books are you excited to get your hands on in May? Let me know in the comments  below.

xx
Taraana

 

 

New favourite author? Where have i been?

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Okay so i’ll start by apologising because i haven’t posted in the past three months, but i do have reasons, maybe not good ones but i do have them.
1. I just started year 11 and it’s really kicking my butt and i’ve felt like i couldn’t write good posts since i wasn’t in the right headspace because of school work.
2. I have just had a lot of writer’s block and honestly i had no motivation to write anything or even post on my instagram, probably because i was waayy tooo stressed about school.

BUT it Autumn break and i’m back. I’m hoping that through this school break i can get back into the swing of things, so here i am.

Now on to the main to topic of this post, my new favourite author, Kasie West. Okay so calling her my favourite author is a far stretch but i REALLY REALLY LIKE her books. Her books are the kind that make you soo happy and you smile the entire tie you read them which is why i like them so much. These past couple of months whenever i was feeling overwhelmed and stressed out i would always come back to one of Kasie West’s books which is why at this moment in time i have finished reading every one of her books except for “On the Fence” i’m in the middle of reading that one. All her books have the cutest love story which will put the biggest smile on your face. Yes, most of her stories have a lot of cliché elements and predicable story lines but i guess that’s what makes her books so stress free and addicting. I would recommend her books to anyone looking for a cute, carefree romance to read that you can read in one sitting (at least that’s what i did). These are my top three favourite books of hers.

No. 1 : By your side

Screen Shot 2017-04-21 at 11.21.58 amWhen 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?


By your side is my favourite Kasie West book so far. I really enjoyed the premise of the book, being stuck in a library? count me in! And i really enjoyed the dynamic between Dax and Autumn, i thought it was very real and not forced at all. But the aspect that made it my very favourite Kasie West book was how connected i felt with Autumn. I have anxiety similar to Autumn and i think Kasie West described it really well which allowed me to relate to her character on a deeper level.

No. 2: P.S I Like You

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto Screen Shot 2017-04-21 at 11.32.14 amher desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!
Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…


This book is juts pure cuteness and it definitely makes it to the “books you need to read, if you like fluff list” because it is too adorable. Although i have to say, i hoped there would be a better more fulfilling ending but there wasn’t. Which is probably expected because Kasie West does end her books abruptly but i wish she had just added in at least one more chapter. Nevertheless, i loved the cute letters that they would send to each other, i would look forward to reading them just as Lily did every Chemistry class.

No. 3: Split second

Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier…
Screen Shot 2017-04-21 at 11.43.25 amAddison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.


This is the second book in the Pivot Point duology, which is why the summary above is from the first because i am a firm believer in NO SPOILERS. So i’m not going to say much about this book except that i did enjoy more than the first one and although it does have the paranormal genre, it still reads like a contemporary which is why i love it. The paranormal aspect is more like the background music of the book while the character relationships are the main focus of the book which i really enjoy.


Have you read any of Kasie West’s books? Let me know which one is your favourite if you have.

xx
Taraana

The best books of 2016

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The time has come, where everyone is frantically posting their favourite books of 2016 and after hours of deciding and changing my favourite books of this year i have finally come up with a list that i’m pretty happy with. I have to say, this year i read a lot of books that i throughly enjoyed and gave a five stars on goodreads but there were only a few books that i believed were the best of the best for this year. I’m 3 books behind my goodreads schedule of 35 books but i’m really happy with all the books that i did read this year. Although i know next year will be a hectic one for me (because i’m starting to prepare for the HSC) i hope that i’ll be able to do read more of a variety of books and venture out to read different authors and genres. I’d also just like to say thank you to all you who have followed, commented or liked my blog because it means the word to me. Only this year i started to post more regularly and i have put more effort into my blog and i’m glad i did it because it makes me so happy that other people are enjoying reading just as much as i love creating my posts.

*I have taken inspiration from Alexandra from twirlingpages to come up with my list because it was hard to just randomly pick my favourites of this year.

favourite first in a series: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight was exactly the book i needed at the start of this year. It was SOO GOOD. I loved how much Cassandra Clare’s writing improved in Lady Midnight and this is my favourite first book of all her series. I especially loved the glimpses of other characters from her previous series that got cameos in Lady Midnight. If you’ve read ALL of Cassie’s other books (i mean ALL of them because then you’ll get the full experience of Lady Midnight) then you must read Lady Midnight!

favourite conclusion of a series: Winter by Marissa Meyer

I started this series in 2014 and every single book from this series had been on my favourite’s list because this books are just so compelling and the characters are just so delightful. I read Winter at the very beginning of this year and i STILL talk about it so i guess that explains how much i love it.

favourite standalone: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

I’ve read a tonne of standalone’s this year because i love reading contemporary’s and most of them are standalones but i have to say Finding Audrey was the one that made this list because i adored the writing and especially the small moments where we got a script of the video that Audrey was taking because that script constantly had me laughing.

favourscreen-shot-2016-12-29-at-3-35-29-pmite cover: Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything Everything was one of the many gorgeous cover’s of 2016. I wish i had a physical copy of the book because it sooo pretty. I love the small flowers drawn around the writing and the white background just makes it look so aesthetically pleasing *sighs*.

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The entire crew from Six of Crows were what most people would say as #squad goals because they really are. I love the unexpectedness of their friendship and i love the journey of the friendship too. I freaking LOVED their dynamic and the dialogue was just soo good! I really recommend Six of Crows, not only for the friendship but also for the amazing world and plot that Leigh Bardugo had created.

              favourite new author: Sabba Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes)

Everything about Sabaa Tahir’s writing style had me in awe. I loved her writing style, her characters and especially the amazing word she created. An Ember in the Ashes was one of those books that had me captivated for the entirely of the book and i cannot wait to read the rest of the books in this series!

favourite book if the year: A court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Mass

Sarah J Mass is the QUEEN of writing fae. I’ve never read a book dedicated to fae’s and all that comes with but my god does Sarah write them to be your favourite fantasy creatures. I read Empire of Storms this year too but i didn’t love it as much as ACOMF which is why it didn’t make t on my favourites list. I love ACOMF so much because of how much Feyre’s character developed and how confident she became and not to mention how much i love Ryhs now after learning so much about him. And cannot wait for the final book in this trilogy!

What were your favourite books of 2016? Let Me know in the comments!

xx
Taraana

 

 

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies – A recipe

classic-chocolate-chip-cookiesOne of my all time favourite books is ‘To all the boy’s i’ve loved before’ by Jenny Han and the second book in the series ‘P.s I love you’ and in those books the main character Lara Jean Covey bakes ALOT. And just the other day i was scrolling through tumblr and saw a post about these books and it SOMEHOW made me want to bake cookies. And i thought since it is the holiday sesaon it would be fit to make a post on my all time favourite cookies so here it is, i hope you enjoy them! (p.s they are not even close to healthy cookies)

This is the recipe that my Aunty uses all the time and i LOVE these cookies so that’s the recipe i’ll be using today.

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves : 40 cookies (estimate depending on how big you make them)
Pre-heat: 150*

img_2559Ingredients

  • 2 cups of margarine
  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of white sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tbs vanilla essence
  • 6 cups of plain flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp sodium bi-carb
  • 4 cups of choc-chips

Method

  • Cream margarine, brown sugar and white sugar together thoroughly.
  • Add vanilla essence and the eggs to the mixture and beat well.
  • Mix in salt, sodium bi-carb and flour gently into the liquid mixture.
  • Add choc-chips and mix in gently.
  • Prepare a baking tray with baking paper
  • Drop spoonfuls of batter on to the baking tray and space them out evenly.
  • Bake them in the oven at 150* for 15-17 minutes.
  • Take them out when they look fully cooked and leave them out to cool.
  • Enjoy them with a glass of milk or tea!

I hope you enjoy the cookies, be sure to let me know if you try them!

xx
Taraana

Ten books to read if you like fluff

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish you can find more information about it here. Due to my lack of reviews you can probably guess that i’m taking FOREVER to finish my current read (mostly because TV shows exist+procrastination) so instead of the review this week i’m doing a tag of sorts.

Fluff;
Adorable, romantic cuteness in books/movies that makes one squeal and smile like a cheshire cat.

With that i’m going to begin my list of books that you should read if you like fluff, which are in no particular order.

These books are probably my most read contemporary books and i ADORE them so much. They are sooooo cute and the male leads in these books are just so perfect. I love the family aspect in To all the boy’s I’ve loved before soo much it makes me want to have sisters like Margo and Kitty. I also really relate to Cath from Fangirl on such a real level, like in a past life i could have been her. The friendships in Anna and the French Kiss and PERFECT and Etienne is just the cutest ahhhhh.

To be honest i love all of Morgan Matson’s books but Second Chance Summer and Since You’ve been Gone are my favourites are my favourites. They have all the cute romances and friendships that make you want to want to live with them for the summer. My True Love Gave to Me is a collection of short stories written by various authors and edited by Stephanie Perkins and i loved every single one of them, some more than other but nonetheless i loved them all. The stories are cute winter romances that hit your heart in less than 50 pages which is what i love most about these stories. But my top 4 favourites are:
1. Midnights by Rainbow Rowell
2. It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins
3. Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White
4. Polaris is where you’ll find me by Jenny Han

And these books are just as cute as the rest. I gobbled up Attachments and Slammed in one sitting which probably wasn’t good for my sleeping schedule but who cares right? I loved the relationships in My life Next Door  especially the family relationship and most importantly the relationship between Jase and Samantha. To end my list is The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, to be honest the plot and pacing of this book didn’t quite do it for me but the characters did. There is soooo much cuteness and the romantic gestures in this book which are bound to make you swoon.


What are your top 10 books that make you swoon and want to jump up and down like a total weirdo because of the cuteness overload? Let me know in the comments below.

xx
Taraana

Burn, Re-write, Re-read- Tag

waffles-1Today i’ll be doing a tag that i saw on Cherry from Read Forevermore after i stumbled across her blog this morning.


The Rules

  1. Randomly choose 3 books. 
  2. For each category, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread.
  3. Repeat until you have completed three rounds 

Round 1

Burn: Nowhere But Here. This book was one of those ‘i liked other books written but this author so i’m going to try another one, but i didn’t like this one. I didn’t like the characters or the world and it felt verrryyy predicable.
Re-write: Ashes to Ashes. I loved the first two books of this trilogy and i even enjoyed the first half of this book but towards the end i started to hate it which is why i want someone to re-write the ending of this book.
Re-read: A Torch Against the Night. Probably one of the best books this year. That’s all that needs to be said.


Round 2

Burn: Requiem. This book was waaay too dramatic and ‘i don’t know who i love crap’ for me. I’m sorry to anyone that did enjoy it because i definitely did not. Also i didn’t think we got much of an ‘ending’ which adds to me dislike of this book.
Re-write: All The Bright Places. This was a really hard one because i loved the last two books in this round but i chose All The Bright Places because i wish we had more of Finch and Violet’s relationship and i don’t know just MORE. I still thoroughly enjoyed it though.
Re-read: What I Thought Was True. Only because i loved this book soo much that it’s on one of my ‘to re-read’ shelves because it is summer here in Australia and it reminds me so much of the beach and sunny weather.


Round 3

Burn: Acid. I think the fact that i can barely remember this book except for the fact that i didn’t fell connected with the characters AT ALL, say a lot.
Re-write: The Dream Thieves. It sucks that The Dream Thieves and To All the Boy’s I’ve loved Before are  in the same round because i adore them both. But the reason i chose The Dream Thieves for this category is because i didn’t enjoy it as much as the first one but i still loved it and the only thing i would change would be to have more dialogue between the whole gang but that’s only a teeny-tiny problem.
Re-read: To All the Boy’s I’ve loved before. The fact that i have re-read this book waaay too many times to remember speaks for itself. I just adored every inch of this book and cannot wait for the final book in the trilogy ‘Always and Forever Lara Jean’!!

xx
Taraana

 

The Book Blogger Test-Tag

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Yesterday as i was scrolling through myriadinklings’ blog  i came across this tag (created by Brin’s Book Blog) and i should do this tag since i haven’t done any in the past and this is a chance for you guys to get to know me a bit better.

What are your top three book pet peeves?

1. People that doggy-ear pages.
2. Cliche characters or annoying protagonists.
3. When people spoil me and know that they are spoiling me, but don’t care, urgh.

Describe your perfect reading spot.

I read basically everywhere, but my perfect reading spot would probably have to be in my bed with loads of pillows.

Tell us three book confessions.

1.  I haven’t read Harry Potter, yet. I know please don’t kill me for it.
2. I’ve never read a classic, but i will be starting Pride and Prejudice soon for a book club called the Austentatious Book Club hosted by Zoe of Readbyzoe over on Youtube
3. Also i haven’t read The Book Thief, but i promise i will get to it soon.

When was the last time you cried during a book?

That would probably be  when i read ‘Their Fractured Light‘, i wasn’t full on bawling but i did shed a few tears (i’m a book crier). But the last time a full on bawled my eyes out would have to be when i read ‘Me Before You’, i love that book.

How many books are on your bedside table?

I have to say, i don’t usually keep books on my bedside table because i always have a glass of water there, and i don’t want to spill water on my book. I keep my ‘currently reading’ book on top of my headboard.

What is your favourite snack to eat while you are reading?

I don’t always eat when i read but when i do, my snack is usually carrot sticks and French Onion dip or Soy Crisps.

Name three books you would recommend to everyone.

1.  An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
3. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. (Basically all of Cassie’s books).

Show is a picture of your favourite bookshelf on your bookcase.

I don’t have a traditional ‘bookcase’ because i don’t own that many books, yet. So i keep my books in my in-built bookshelf that’s in my headboard, and i guess the whole thing is my favourite thing in my room, hehe.

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Write how much books mean to you in just three words.

Escape, inspiration, joy.

What is your biggest reading secret?

Mmmm, let me think. Sometimes when i get bored with the book i am reading and i don’t have any motivation to finish it, i read random parts from the ending. Is that weird?


Thanks so reading, let me know if you want me to do more tag posts. And i tag everyone reading this, have fun!

xx
Taraana