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Month: December 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want Santa To Bring

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme created by The Broke and The Bookish.

This week’s theme is top ten books I hope Santa brings me, majority of these books are on my actual Christmas list.

Images of the book covers of Dodie Clark's Secrets for the mad, Rainbow Rowell's Carry On, Stephanie Perkins's There's Someone Inside Your House, Jenny Han's To All The Boys I've Loved Before, and Rupi Kaur's The Sun and Her Flowers

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Books Of 2017

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme created by The Broke and The Bookish.

This week’s theme is top ten favourite books of 2017, here are all my favourite books I’ve read this year. Some are books that have been out for awhile, but the majority are recently published.

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An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen | ARC Review

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Cover of An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen on my iPad next to a vase of purple flowers

3.5 stars

“You know, what makes you human is individual variations moving away from the median data. If you were neutral, if you were just in the middle of all the graphs and charts, then you would be no one. You would be a zero. You would be a computer.”


An Uncertain Grace is unlike any I have read before, mostly because it isn’t in my usual genres. That being said whilst I did find it highly unusual, I quite enjoyed it. The novel isn’t broken into chapters; instead, it was broken into five parts, each about a completely different character (Casper, Ronnie, Cameron, M, Liv).

“Some time in the near future, university lecturer Caspar receives a gift from a former student called Liv: a memory stick containing a virtual narrative. Hooked up to a virtual reality bodysuit, he becomes immersed in the experience of their past sexual relationship. But this time it is her experience. What was for him an erotic interlude, resonant with the thrill of seduction, was very different for her – and when he has lived it, he will understand how.

A convicted paedophile recruited to Liv’s experiment in collective consciousness discovers a way to escape from his own desolation.
A synthetic boy, designed by Liv’s team to ‘love’ men who desire adolescents, begins to question the terms of his existence.
L, in transition to a state beyond gender, befriends Liv, in transition to a state beyond age.
Liv herself has finally transcended the corporeal – but there is still the problem of love.” – Summary from Goodreads

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Mini Reviews | E.B. White Collection

Growing up I watched the film adaptations for all the books mentioned below, they were a definitive part of my childhood. So I was excited to read the stories that they were inspired by, and what can I say except that overall I was left rather disappointed. E.B. White had quite an odd story style, it would jump about quite a bit (especially in Stuart Little). I also wonder what set off his love for talking animals. I have recently learned that the reason Stuart Little is quite rushed is because for some reason he felt like he was about to die and had to finish. But then went on to live for many years after. That being said, if I were about to die. I would not want to compromise my work in such a manner as he did with Stuart. I’m glad I read them, but once was probably enough. The Trumpet of the Swan and Charlotte’s Web I will probably read to my future children. But as for Stuart, I might just stick to the film.

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