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March Wrap Up & April TBR

I didn’t finish as many books as I had wanted in March, but I am really happy that I made a dent in my list of Netgalley approved titles. According to Goodreads I’m currently four books behind schedule so that’s a bit daunting, but I know that is because I have been focusing on the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, and they are quite thick books. So fingers crossed I can get back on track soon.
But without further ado, here is what I read in March, and what I plan to read in April.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Quotes

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s focus is on favourite quotes, and oh boy do I have so many quotes that I have loved over the years. I even have a notebook dedicated to writing my favourites in every so often, so choosing just ten to highlight is no easy feat. I would also like to point out that these are in no particular order!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Boyfriends

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is book boyfriends, and oh boy where to start, its impossible not to fall hopelessly in love with the characters in books.

Therefore, it was very difficult to narrow the list down to just ten, but here are ten book boyfriends that I adore.

  • Levi (Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell)
    Levi is just amazing, and completely swoon worthy, because he is just so real. He’s not magical; he’s just a great guy, who Cath can easily depend on. He also reminds me of my current boyfriend so much, so there is also that. But I just love his calm demeanor and the way he would be there to walk Cath home from the library at midnight. Such a gentleman.
  • Will Herondale (Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare)
    I was absolutely in love with Will from The Clockwork Prince onwards, once it was revealed the reason why he pushed everyone anyway. I loved the way he quoted books to Tess and his smile and eyes, which feels weird to say about a character but in my mind, he is drop dead gorgeous. I loved his character arc.
  • Jem Carstairs (Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare)
    I really felt for Tessa in the series, because I wouldn’t be able to make the choice between Jem and Will, they are both just completely beautiful people inside and out. Jem is just an absolute sweetheart, the way he cares for Tessa and 
  • Jest (Heartless by Marissa Meyer)
    I can’t even fully go into how much I loved Jest whilst reading Heartless. He is just kind, funny and completely swoon worthy. He is also a great friend, when he realised that he was developing feelings for the same woman as the King he tries to stay away. He was just amazing. 
  • Adam (If I Stay by Gayle Forman)
    Adam is here because of how he stays with Mia, during the tragedy that occurs in If I Stay. I know they had some rocky moments in the book, when he realised Mia might go away to Julliard. However, I think overall he was there when she needed him, which we see more about in Where She Went. 
  • Tamlin (A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas)
    I just finished reading ACOTAR and I have fallen completely in love with Tamlin. Therefore, I have no idea why the biggest ship of the series is Rhysand (although I think maybe I will in the next book), but he was just so kind to Feyre. He gave her an art studio, which was a nice twist on the library. He set her family up for life after he took her away to Prythian. I fell for him completely during the book and look forward to seeing what happens in the sequel. 
  • Magnus Bane (The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare)
    Magnus is just the best character of the series, and I love that he is also in The Infernal Devices. He is a bisexual (or pansexual) character; he is just wonderful and cares fiercely for those who are important to him. Putting him in danger if it means protecting the ones, he loves, and who wouldn’t want to be loved like this.
  • Clark (The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson)
    Who wouldn’t want to date an author, although writing is hard and I guess to be with an author requires knowing that they will be distant at times whilst concentrating on their work. However, he was also just so kind and lovely that I loved him immediately. Also the characters laugh at the fact his name is Clark, but I personally love his name. It just really suits him.
  • Percy Jackson (Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan)
    I shipped Percabeth so hard whilst reading the Percy Jackson series, whilst Percy can be such an idiot 
  • W. Hale the fifth (Heist Society series by Ally Carter)
    He’s gorgeous, funny and kind. He is always there for the gang and well; he has his own private jet that can take you away to anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice. Yes, these are selfish reasons I know, but I would love to see the world!

So, who are your favourite book boyfriends/girlfriends? Who is your biggest literary crush? I’d love to know.

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters With Mental Illness

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week is a freebie week, where we got to select what kind of character traits to highlight. So since I have recently been reading more books that feature characters with mental illness, and I myself am battling depression and anxiety. So here are 10 characters with mental illness, and books that I believe actually show a realistic view on mental health.

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The Liebster Award | Book Tag

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I was extremely pleased and honored when the wonderful Emily from A Bookish Adventurer, nominated me for this award. She is such a genuinely nice person; check out her Instagram, her pictures are phenomenal (@abookishadventurer).

Thank you for considering me for this; please make sure to check her blog out, as she is amazing.

What is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is all about building out the book blogging community. Specifically, it’s a way to highlight newer blogs that don’t necessarily have a large following (less than 200). You get to discover hidden gems of blogs, make new book blog friends, and learn more about the bloggers you already follow.

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their site on your blog
  2. Display the award on your blog
  3. Answer 10 question about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you
  4. Nominate 5-10 bloggers for the award
  5. Create a new list of questions for your nominees to answer
  6. List these rules in your post
  7. Inform the people/blogs that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post, so they can learn about it. 

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Where She Went by Gayle Forman | Review

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Where She Went by Gayle Forman lying in a garden bed surrounded by vibrant green plants

5 stars

 

“A day might be just twenty-four hours but sometimes getting through just one seems as impossible as scaling Everest.”  

I was quite intrigued when I heard there was a sequel to If I Stay, titled Where She Went, because I considered the ending of If I Stay fairly satisfying. Sure there were some questions about how she would react to her life and if she would remember her out of body experiences. However,  I didn’t entirely require those answers to think the book was great.

Where She Went proved that yes, yes I did need those answers, because this book is phenomenal. Better than the original which isn’t something that happens often. The great thing about this book is that it isn’t a rehash of the first book, its entirely different and very original. This book is told from Adam’s perspective after Mia leaves for Juilliard and never comes back, and the whirlwind his life becomes. By focusing on Adam, we get more character development, plus a fresh perspective on the events from If I Stay.

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If I Stay by Gayle Forman | Review

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If I Stay book cover laying on a pile of pages with a fake indigo rose beneath it.
4 stars.

“Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.”

This was one of those rare times where I read the book after I had seen the film adaptation. The movie was great and I thoroughly enjoyed it. So when I stumbled across the book at Dymocks, I just had to buy it, I had to experience the story in its original format.

If I Stay is a powerful novel that is more about life than it is about death. More about taking the time to notice the special little moments in life and how they can change you without you even realising. It’s about the pause between heartbeats and those moments that just take your breath away. The things that can keep you going, keep you fighting, even when all odds have been stacked against you.

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