Favourite Books of 2021!

Hey guys! Today I’m sharing with you my favourite books of 2021. I honestly thought I wouldn’t have that many to share as I didn’t rate that many books five stars in the first half of the year. However, I discovered so many incredible books in the latter half of 2021 and I am so excited to share them with you. So let’s get into it!

The Wild Girls by Phoebe Morgan: This was my first five star read and my first book by Phoebe Morgan too! I plan on reading more of her books because this was such a rollercoaster. It follows four friends who go on a luxury retreat to South Africa when they reunite for a birthday celebration. Alice, Grace and Hannah agree to meet their friend Felicity there, but once they arrive there’s no sign of Felicity or the party that was promised and they are alone in the wild. I was very impressed with how quickly Morgan managed to create such a menacing setting and it left me constantly on edge because I always had the sense that something bad was going to happen. There was never a dull moment as the book flipped between the past and present as it told the story of how these “Wild Girls” went from being the best of friends to complete strangers. This is a book you’ll start reading and end up devouring in one sitting. It’s a very well-crafted story that oozes tension right from the start and has a killer twist at the end.

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Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag 2021!

Hi guys! Today I am finally sharing my absolute favourite tag ever and that is the mid-year freak out book tag, where I discuss all the incredible books I’ve read this year! But first, my Goodreads challenge: I have read 41/80 books this year so far.

I’m definitely not reading as much this year since I’ve been doing other things. I’ve been watching more TV shows and playing more video games which I’ve been really enjoying. I have picked up reading more in the second half of the year and I should just about manage to read 80 books. Now let’s discuss all the amazing books I’ve read this year so far!

Best book you’ve read so far in 2021

My favourite book this year so far is definitely The Wild Girls by Phoebe Morgan. I’ve heard of this author before but this is the only book of hers that I’ve read and that will change given how much I loved this one. It’s a thriller that follows four friends who go on a luxury retreat to South Africa when they reunite for a birthday celebration. Alice, Grace and Hannah agree to meet their friend Felicity there, but once they arrive there’s no sign of Felicity or the party that was promised and they are alone in the wild. From that point onwards, their idea of a birthday bash is quickly dampened by their eerie surroundings and the sinister notes that are left in the girls’ lodges. I was very impressed with how quickly Morgan managed to create such a menacing setting and it left me constantly on edge because I always had the sense that something bad was going to happen. There was never a dull moment as the book flipped between the past and present as it told the story of how these “Wild Girls” went from being the best of friends to complete strangers. This is a book you’ll start reading and end up devouring in one sitting. It’s a very well-crafted story that oozes tension right from the start and has a killer twist at the end.

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Favourite Books of 2020!

Hey guys! Today I’m bringing you my favourite books of 2020. I have read so many great books this year and I’m excited to share them with you. These are all books I rated five stars and was blown away by. So let’s get into it!

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas: I honestly didn’t know what to expect from this and I am so thrilled that I read it in the end. It’s such an amazing book and possibly my favourite out of this entire list. It’s around 800 pages, so it’s a big book, however, I was not once bored the entire time I was reading it. Sarah constantly keeps the plot moving, so my attention never once wavered. There’s so much for you to invest in and I could not put it down because of it. The worldbuilding is incredible and I fell in love with the characters – Bryce and Hunt, in particular. The ending made me cry, it was so emotional. If you’re hesitant about reading it, please just go for it. You will not regret it. It’s the perfect adult fantasy and I cannot wait to read the second one.

The Stolen Sisters by Louise Jensen: This one was an unexpected five star read. The publisher was giving away advanced copies so I requested one because I liked the sound of it. I hadn’t heard of the author before so I had no idea what to expect and I’m so happy that I managed to get a copy because it blew me away. I’ll definitely be checking more of Louise’s books. It’s not for the faint of heart because the sisters in this story go through a very traumatic experience and they never fully recover from it. They are all kidnapped when they are children and the story flips back and forth between their escape and the looming twentieth anniversary. It’s a really hard-hitting story and I felt so many different emotions while I was reading it. I felt desperately sorry for the sisters and how their childhood was so cruelly taken from them. There’s also so many heartbreaking twists and I had to take a moment to myself after I finished it because this book is just so incredibly impactful. This is a story that will stay with me and one that I’ll recommend to so many other readers.

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Favourite Books of 2020 (So far!)

Hey guys! Today I am bringing you my favourite books of the year so far. I’ve read 64 books so far and I’ve rated ten of those five stars. Nearly all of them are part of a series and rather than list the entire series as being a favourite, I’ve instead opted to pick one book from each series. It was incredibly difficult as these series are pretty amazing. Here’s the ones I picked out:

Hangman by Daniel Cole: This was actually a reread and was on my favourites list in 2018. I’m pleased that I loved it just as much the second time round. It’s quite possible the best sequel I’ve ever read – it was even better than Ragdoll (the first book). It deals with the aftermath of the Ragdoll murders and the police are also faced with a new threat of copycat murders. It’s shocking, every chapter something crazy happens and before you’ve even had chance to process it something else happens. It’s intense, gripping, horrifying, right the way through until the very last page and then you’re left with a jaw-dropping cliffhanger… it’s honestly one of the best crime thrillers I’ve ever read. I highly recommend this trilogy.

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My most read authors!

Hey guys! Today I’m going to be sharing with you some of my most read authors and I bet most of you will already know who the majority of them are. I’m going to start from the lowest and work my way up to the author with the most books that I’ve read. There’s a lot of sixes and sevens, according to my read shelf on Goodreads, so I’ve picked my favourite ones. If I include them all this post will be way too long!

Marie Lu (six books)

First up we have Marie Lu with six books and these include The Young Elites trilogy, Batman: Nightwalker and her Warcross duology. Lu has been hit-and-miss author for me unfortunately, but I do still really want to read her other published books, especially The Kingdom of Back. I enjoyed the concept of The Young Elites but I don’t think it was executed very well, whereas I loved Nightwalker and Warcross. I wished the latter one was a trilogy but it worked really well as a duology so I’m happy.

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Favourite Books of 2019!

Hey guys! Today I am bringing you my favourite books of 2019 – these are all books I rated five stars and highly, highly enjoyed. Mid-July I posted my top five books of 2019 so far and since then I’ve only rated two more books five stars. So I don’t have as many five star reads as last year but that’s okay because I feel like I’ve discovered some pretty amazing books and authors. I won’t go into a lot of detail of the five I already covered in July because I feel like I’ve talked about them so much already. Let’s get into the list:

Caraval, Legendary & Finale by Stephanie Garber: Caraval has completely blown me away; I love this world and these characters so much. I rated all three books five stars because I was utterly entranced throughout the whole series. The characters felt so alive and honestly the story was so magical. I loved Scarlett and Tella so much and it was so nice reading a book about such a strong sibling bond and how they would do anything for each other. This trilogy was wrapped up so nicely but I’m really sad now that it’s ended. I’d definitely recommend this for fantasy lovers.

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Top 5 Books of 2019 (So far!)

Hey guys! Since I recently did the mid-year freak out book tag, I thought I’d have a look at what some of my favourite reads have been for the first half of 2019. So far I’ve read 51 books and I’ve only rated 5 of them 5 stars so I haven’t had many that have blown my socks off. You probably already know what these are since I’ve gushed about them a fair bit.

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab: V.E. Schwab deserves so much love. She has easily become one of my favourite authors and I haven’t even read all of her books yet! The ones I have read I have fallen in love with her writing, her characters and her worlds. I thought her Shades of Magic series was fantastic and nothing could beat it but then I read her Villains series and what can I say? It became my new favourite. Vengeful was such an exciting read. I know Victor and Eli are very evil characters but I love them – they are really fascinating characters! I just love how they started out wanting to be heroes and had completely good intentions but then it all went quickly downhill. I can’t say a lot about this one since it’s the sequel but please know that it was the easiest 5 stars I’ve ever given!

The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare: As soon as this book was announced I knew it would be 5 stars, come on. A book about Alec and Magnus? Two of my absolute favourite characters? Hell yes. This was a surprisingly short book for Cassie – I guess you could say it was short but sweet. I loved being able to see their tentative first steps in their relationship and watching it grow throughout. I desperately wanted more of these two in The Mortal Instruments so I was very pleased with this one. I can’t wait for the next book!

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Favourite Books of 2018!

Hey guys! Today I am finally bringing you my favourite books of 2018! This year I managed to read 71 books and I am incredibly happy with that! Out of the 71 I read, I rated 12 of them five stars. Fortunately it beat my least favourite books which is nice to know, I think! In no particular order, these are my favourite books of 2018:

Bird Box by Josh Malerman: It really doesn’t feel like I read Bird Box in 2018! Wow, this year was long! If you are looking for a creepy book to read around Halloween time, I definitely recommend this one. It’s a unique horror story with some very nail-biting scenes. Everyone will know the gist of the story by now and if you’ve watched the film, it’s definitely worth reading the book as it has some interesting scenes that weren’t included in the adaptation.

A Breath After Drowning by Alice Blanchard: This book was unputdownable! I was hooked from start to finish and even though I only read it this year, I already want to reread it! It had some amazing twists and I loved how it focused on mental illness as well as uncovering a serial killer! The author did an amazing job with this one! I love it so much! One of the best psychological crime thrillers for sure.

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Top 5 Books of 2018 (So far!)

Hey guys! I recently did the mid-year freak out book tag and before that I talked about books I’d struggled to finish this year. So now I’d really like to spread the love and talk about some of my favourite books for the first half of 2018. I’m going to pick five books and just gush about them. This was extremely hard to chose only five and these are in no particular order. Hope you enjoy!

The Death of Mrs WestawayThe Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware: 

This was yet another fantastic book from Ruth Ware! She is one of my favourite crime thriller authors. My full review for this is up if you want to check that out! For now though I’ll say that I loved how different this book was to her other ones. I loved how it focused on deception and family secrets. Ruth kept the mystery locked up tight throughout and I honestly didn’t have a clue what was going to happen! I loved the main character and I definitely felt for her. I couldn’t imagine being on your own, no family or friends and struggling with debt. It’s so terrifying! Ruth did a fantastic job with this one and I’m excited to see what she comes up with next!

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