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Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set In Other Countries

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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 theme is books that take place in another country. Since I live in Australia, I come across plenty of books set outside of my country, especially in the YA genre.

So without further ado, here are ten books that are set outside Australia and make me want to visit the location.

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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.

June Wrap Up & July TBR

Welcome to my monthly book wrap up and TBR. June was a fair effort and as I write this, I am two books ahead of schedule according to Goodreads. Therefore, I am pleased with that.

June was a great month, I attended Supanova and met two authors, so keep an eye out for a post all about that. I got a LOT of new books last month, from the mail and second hand. I also recently signed up to Netgalley, so I have started to read a couple eARC’s, and I’m excited about the opportunities that could eventually bring.

In June I read three books, I had planned on four, but like I mentioned above I am currently ahead of schedule so I’m okay with this.

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  • The Secret Circle: The Temptation by L.J. Smith. I have now completed the series, and oh boy did it take a turn. I only recently realised that the last few books weren’t actually written by the original author but were taken away from her and given to someone else but they still printed her name on the cover. This is just awful. These books weren’t the best, but they were nice filler for when I was out and wanted to read something on my phone. Therefore, in protest for the treatment of the author, I shan’t be reviewing the series on my blog because I don’t condone the treatment of the author and therefore won’t give any more support to the series. I am glad I know how it wrapped up. However, I probably won’t be rereading this in the future.
  • Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman. I picked this book up this month at a bookstall at Supanova and just had to read it. I adore Neil Gaiman and the way he can spin a tale. However, this felt like it was missing the Gaiman twist, his spark to take something and remake it. I suppose maybe he was limited with what he could do with this, and sure, the writing was spot on it just read the same as any Hansel & Gretel The images did add an entire level of eerie to the mix. Overall, I quite enjoyed the book it just left me wanting.
  • The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. I feel a lot of melancholy being done with this series; I enjoyed this trilogy more than the Mortal Instruments series (which I still have one book to get through). I loved the atmosphere that being set in Victorian London brought with it. I loved the characters and even though it had another clichéd love triangle, I thought this was handled much better than the original series. It saddens me that it’s all wrapped up. In fact, the epilogue had me literally sobbing I experienced so many emotions. I’m a sucker for the time-lapse montage, so this just hit me right in the heart, Would highly recommend this series, especially since you don’t have to read the other series for it to make sense.

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May Wrap Up & June TBR

 

I know it is a bit late in the month to be posting this. However, I made a promise to myself to post a wrap up each month this year, and I want to keep it.

I seem to have hit my stride, reading wise, so to say. In April, I did really well, and the streak continues. Last month I read four book, which isn’t as good as April’s five but still better than the one book in March.

Considering I’m still on low shifts and minimal work, I have more time to myself to read, though currently reading has been battling for my attention ever since I took up knitting again. I wish I could do both, and maybe there is a way, it would just require some balancing. So, if anyone knows any tips to knit and read simultaneously please let me know.

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April Wrap Up & May TBR

In March I didn’t do very well, things got hectic and I only managed to finish one book. Fortunately,last month I did much better. I’m actually quite proud of my progress in April.

In April I read 5 books, three physical and two eBooks, I only didn’t read one of the books from my TBR but I am going to attempt to get through that one this month. I have currently read 18 out of 50 books, and am currently two books ahead of my reading schedule according to Goodreads.

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March Wrap Up & April TBR

This month I did abysmally, so terribly in fact that I almost wasn’t going to do this post this month. However, since I made myself a promise to try to do this monthly here I go.

Life got busier than I expected in March, rushing about, renewing my work contract, doctor’s appointments, and more just left me with little time to dedicate to reading. Additionally I also started knitting again so some nights I would choose knitting to calm the mind before bed over reading.

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