Review: Sweet Rome

Today’s post is written by the CaribbeanLady of The Romance Book Review

Book: Sweet Rome by Tillie Cole
Publisher: Kindle Edition, 2014
Genre: Romance, YA
Rating:
Sensuality Rating: 9

Summary:It makes me laugh when I hear folks think Molly and I rushed into things too fast, spouting that we couldn’t possibly have felt what we did for each other in such a short space of time. I say, how the hell would they know? We made it, didn’t we? She became my whole life, didn’t she? And as for my folks not being real, being true? Tell that to me aged ten, eleven, twelve—damn, all my bastard life—when I was never enough, when I was beaten until I bled for being too good at football and not being everything they’d dreamed: the perfectly dutiful son. Tell that to thousands of kids around the world getting wailed on by asshole parents for whatever stupid reason; tell them evil don’t exist in their eyes.
More Information: GoodReads

 

I enjoyed this one. Other reviewers mentioned that the only way to describe the hero’s point of view is ‘raw’. They were exactly right. I could believe that he had the exact thought processes that the author gave him. This book deals with physical abuse, which is never easy to read about. It is pretty depressing at times to be honest, but this shit happens.

The couple did not have an easy road to happily ever after, which was kind of refreshing for me. The author convinced me that Rome really exists. Him being a football player was an added bonus for me!

Give it a shot. I couldn’t put it down, but I did feel like the author left some situations out. She may have assumed that book #1 was read before, so the reader knows what happened. That is my sole complaint.  It is not a stand alone book in my opinion for that reason. I kind of want to read the heroines point of view now.

Have you read this book?

*A Note On Guests* As it is, I am the primary poster and Nikki is our other amazing writer! We’ve done guest posts in the past so if someone would like to do a review or has an idea of another post please (especially if it’s an area that I don’t often post on), feel free to email me at b.tcheswithbooks @ gmail.com.

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Bookish Tea Pairings (1)

I was talking with my coworker again about our mutual love of all things bookish and tea. For me, I like to drink tea (I’m not a huge coffee fan, I will drink it if I’m desperate but I like it weak and sweet) all the time but especially when I’m reading! I started talking about making a list of tea I like to drink in general (because I associate tea with books, get it?) and she came up with the idea of pairing what I think of as the ideal tea with one of my favourite books. Mind blown. So I’m going to attempt it this time and see what it’s like to make this post!

Disclaimer: I might be linking specific brands of tea instead of a generic flavour. I’m not making any money from this post (it isn’t sponsored and I’m not an affiliate anywhere, I stopped doing that a long time ago), so if you choose to purchase a tea that’s up to you, I’m just using a brand to illustrate a point.

Bookish Tea Pairings (1)

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan x Earl Grey

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This book was so classic and Victorian with a unique dragon twist that I had to include what I think of as a classic British tea.

I love, love, love Earl Grey. It’s one of my favourite teas of all time and I drink it every day, easily. My family finds it too strong but I crave it constantly.

 

The Help by Kathryn Stockett x Peach Iced Tea

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So, I know this is going to be a bad association but when I think of the south I think of sweet iced tea?

I know it’s clichéd and it’s a caricature but when I went to the south they were always shoving the stuff down me! I drink Peach Iced Tea all the time because The Bahamas is so hot and I think it’s a good pair with The Help.

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer x Magic Dragon (David’s Tea)

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Hear me out! I know I’ve named a specific brand in this tea selection (I quite like David’s Tea as a company actually) but I think it’s a good pair for obvious reasons.

One being that it’s a red tea and the book is called Scarlet. Plus the name! Here is the ingredients list for Magic Dragon: apple, rosehip, hibiscus and blackberry leaves. Yummm!

Remember, this is just my opinion but I’d love to know how you’d pair them differently (or similarly)!

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Thoughts from the Philosopher’s Stone

ObsessedI’m a few pages away from finishing the Philosopher’s Stone but I’ve read the book every year since I was 10, so, I think I am qualified enough to write a page of my thoughts. I worship the Harry Potter series so there isn’t anything I dislike to be frank. This time I made myself purposely write down all of the random thoughts that came up so I could blog about them later! This post will be spoilery so if you haven’t read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, please, skip to another of my lovely posts *batts eyelashes*

This isn’t in any semblance of order (though I do try to put it into a semi-page order).

Nov. 16 Edit: Just want to say that the purpose of the “Thoughts” posts are to juxtapose what I though and understood HP to be as a kid reading it for the first time, and what it’s like to read it purposefully, with notes, paying attention to stuff more, as a 25 year old. I got this at 10, and I’ve reread the series every Christmas since I owned it, so that makes this my 15th reread for the Philosopher’s Stone (so much more than I realised…).

Neglect x Abuse

As a child, I thought it was unfortunate that Harry was shoved into a cupboard and had to sneak meals when he was punished. Now, at 25, I’m calling it as it is, that is down right abuse and neglect. How did the teacher’s not notice that he as wearing hand me downs all the time? That his glasses were taped up? I don’t get it. I understand what Rowling was trying to do, juxtapose a horrible muggle life with a dream magical one, but the first 4 chapters are getting more and more upsetting to read as I get more “grown up”. Harry disliked where he was so much that he went off with a man that he knew nothing about! Sure Hagrid is a good guy, but I remember being 11 years old and I wouldn’t have gone with anyone even if they could prove they knew my parents. Mind you Hagrid did have Harry’s letter from Hogwarts. I’m at a stalemate with this one, what do you think?

Hagrid, Why do 11 year old children have to solve your problems?

Speaking of Hagrid, who is one of my favourite characters, why on earth does it take three 11 year olds to solve his problems? How is it that these kids are more responsible than he is? How? My cousin is 11 and the kid barely finishes his dinner or can tie his laces let alone assist in smuggling a dragon across international borders. But oh, dragons in the UK! I love magic.

The Mirror of Erised

So this chapter broke my heart because it is essentially the first time that Harry sees his parents. Not once did someone think to show this kid a picture of his parents. Not. Once.

meme6I’d love to see the Mirror of Erised in person, though I think it might terrify me what it shows.

McGonagall Is An Amazing Person

OH MY GOODNESSS. How did it not hit me till I turned 20 how awesome she is. I love her.

Hermoine, Ron and Harry

First let me get this out of the way, Hermoine color codes her notes? She’s 11! Who taught her how to do that?! At 11 I didn’t know how to study let alone figure out how to use a highlighter to color code my notes. Actually, I don’t think I made notes. So the fact that she does this makes her seem a little bit more grown up than she is, that and she’s so cool an geeky for figuring this out early.

All of them seem a bit grown up for their age, with the responsibilities and what not but they are in essence, distilled versions of their older selves in books 5 and up. So I don’t pick a bone with this, it’s just something I noticed that I think is cool.

Also, Ron has a much more central role in this book than I remember which I like. I like Ron Weasley a lot and people don’t seem to like his character much. He’s human. He gets jealous, he is scared. He isn’t brilliant, he isn’t the chosen one, he’s just a normal boy. He plays wizard chess and wins, so he clearly isn’t dumb, maybe just a bit lazy. They down played Ron’s contribution in the HP films and that’s a shame because it has cast a shadow on what I think is a darn good character.

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Is there something you especially liked or made you think a lot in this book?

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Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

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Book: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
Publisher: Scholastic, 1997
Genre: Fantasy, AMAZING
Rating:
Source + Date Read
: Own + Every Year since I received it in 2000 when I was 10 years old.
Recommend: Seriously, it’s Harry Potter folks. Duh.
Book Pro’s: EVERYTHING.
Book Con’s: I blindly love this book. None.

Summary: Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He’s never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry’s room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in ten years. But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him… if Harry can survive the encounter.
More Information: GoodReads x Pottermore

 

Favourite Line“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” Dumbledore

“You haven’t got a letter on yours,” George observed. “I suppose she thinks you don’t forget your name. But we’re not stupid-we know we’re called Gred and Forge.”

“So light a fire!” Harry choked. “Yes…of course…but there’s no wood!” …
“HAVE YOU GONE MAD!” Ron bellowed. “ARE YOU A WITCH OR NOT!”

“I hope you’re pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed – or worse, expelled. Now if you don’t mind, I’m going to bed.”

Warning: This is going to be an incredibly biased review filled with unicorns, rainbows and magic. If you don’t like Harry Potter or want any spoilers, please, I beg you, click onto another post. I’m not good at censoring myself.

meme2OK, so I received the Philosopher’s Stone at the age of 10 (or was I 11? I believe 10, it was 2000, I remember that distinctly) from my father when he was visiting us in Barbados. He bought it because he heard from his coworkers that “it was really good” and that it could keep me company. I’ve discussed this in a previous post, and I can say that as a 10 year old that didn’t like to read, this book started me down the rabbit hole that was full on geekery. I mean, full, on, geekery. I also warn you, though I can’t stand meme related posts, I think since I am a huge, huge nerd for all things Potter, my including it here is totally applicable, allowed and acceptable.

I intend to publish my thoughts on this book, which will be more spoilery, later on this week. To be succinct, the Philosopher’s Stone is a well written tale filled with imagination and magic. Indeed, this is a strength I’ve noticed throughout the entire series and one that has made me enamoured with the entire Harry Potter universe. The world building is amazing, I don’t know how she came up with Chocolate Frogs, Pumpkin Pasties, Hogwarts or even quidditch! The world building is absolutely amazing. Plus those names! Love how she does names for her characters.

meme1Rowling also writes with humor, so that the book is enjoyable and light without feeling too childish. Even though I was a child and in the process of rereading the series, it never felt like a children’s book to me which speaks to its success across age groups and genre lovers. The plot is also consistent though with time, I admit, I’ve seen some gaps in it here and there. I’ve also seen some serious foreshadowing, but that’s because I know what happens in the rest of the book and series. Plus the ending, though hilarious isn’t entirely plausible, but I love the book so, why not?

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All in all, I’m in love with this series and would highly recommend this book. I’m writing this review as part of my Harry Potter ReRead initiative started by The Book Journey so everyone can expect a number of posts coming up!

Read other Harry Potter posts.

Did you like the Philosopher’s Stone?

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Literary Listings: 3 US Book Covers That Kick UK Ass

So covers all over the world are different. Every local subsidiary changes things, and I’ve written about this in the past, with the UK kicking US butt but now it is time to do the reverse!

So after digging through GoodReads for a few months and their different lists, I’ve deduced that for these 3 books, the US cover wins, epically so.

US covers are on the right and UK covers are to the left.

3 US Book Covers That Kick UK Ass:

UStoUK3The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

The UK piece is actually quite nice and well done, the orange suits it I think. Makes it seem all bright and attractive. However, I much prefer the US cover, being that it looks more tailored, somber and artsy. There is something about a good font, that drives me wild. Wild in a good way. It also looks hand done, like I can imagine an illustrator sitting down to do this.

UStoUK2The Lightning Thief by Percy Jackson

I really, really, really don’t like the UK version of this. I’m not a big fan of covers that have computer graphics all over the place. I’m sure for the young adult audience that this book appeals to might be attracted to it, but as a 25-year-old YA reader, I’d be caught dead buying this. Even though the US cover is obviously childish, it looks just… better.

UStoUKThe Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

This one might get me into trouble, and I plan to do a big post for it during the Harry Potter Re-Read that I am participating in for the next 2 to 3 months, but I much prefer the US covers to the UK covers (the original editions mind you, I’m going to dedicate a post to my favourite HP covers in general). They are a more consistent edition than the UK covers. However, I prefer the UK books, being that I get the UK cultural idioms a bit more than the US ones. Plus, really, Sorcerer’s Stone? No. That’s an abomination.
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The Covers That Never Were…But Should Be!

You may not know it (more likely you already do) but both Claire and I are big art lovers. So we’re doing another book covers post together. But there’s a twist! We’re choosing artists we love who we wish had made covers to some of our favourite books.

Only rule: the artist can’t have already done a version (even a mock/uncommissioned/unpublished version) of the cover we choose.

Nikki’s Artist x Cover Matches:

Patrick LegerRendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke

patricklegerI love Patrick’s work so much and I always love seeing it applied to ‘retro future’ content.

Roxie Vizcarra x Toward Zero (by Agatha Christie)

roxievizcarraRoxie’s work is so full of energy and I feel like it’d be so cool to see her lively illustrations bring to life the unveiling of a psychopath who bashes an old woman’s brains in with sports equipment?…!

Disa Wallander x Can A Robot Be Human? (by Peter Cave)

disawallanderDisa does a lot of existential comics already. Her beautiful (and strange?) work would bring a lot of dark humour to this ‘humorous’ (wannabe) non-fiction philosophy book and make instantly more absorbing. An interesting mix for sure.

Tiffany FordIn The Time Of The Butterflies by Julia Álvarez

tiffanyfordHer colours are amazing. I love the way she thinks. I find Tiffany super funny, but I think she’d handle this sad book beautifully. I’d also love to see her illustrate The Tiny Wife by Andrew Kaufman or Witches Don’t Do Backflips by Debbie Dadey.

Emily CarrollThe Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Louis Robert Stevenson

emilycarrollIf you aren’t yet familiar with Emily Carroll’s brilliant, dark storytelling, make yourself acquainted. Horror/(dark) fairy tale/comic lovers are in for a treat! I think she would really bring the original Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde to terrible life.

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Claire’s Artist x Cover Matches:

 Jillian Tamaki x Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

Akata Witch is an example of a cover that Tamaki did. She’s done the embroidery classic book covers, Sleeping Beauty and Jane Eyre, I believe. I think she’s brilliant but I’d love to see her take on Wicked! It has such fantastical elements to it, it suits her style I think.

Briony May Smith x The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

I’ve never seen a fun, flighty illustrated book of The Hobbit. Actually, I’d like to see any sort of children’s style book of The Hobbit.

Anna & Elena Balbusso x Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor

I’ve never been a huge fan of the American covers of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, and the British series is nice as well but what would an illustrated cover look like? Taylor’s work is rich in symbolism and meaning so Anna & Eena Balbusso might suit her work.

Nicole Miles x The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I know Nikki writes for us and this might seem like bias or nepotism but I grew up with her work, I grew up seeing what she came from and where she is now. She’s always been brilliant and I’d love to see her to a take on this Atwood classic *hint hint* *NUDGE NUDGE*.

Madi Hodges x The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

I know that this one is stretching Nikki’s rules (scroll up to the beginning if you forgot them) but this artist never did a mockup of the Harry Potter books, just character drawings. So my thinking is, this is totally within the limits of Nikki’s rule. I really, really, would love to see this artist do something for the Harry Potter books. If she ever did a cover, I’d run to her blog to see it and buy it if it were ever published. Her style is fun and I think it is a good book with the fun and yet serious books in the Harry Potter series.

Nikki edit: Hahah I didn’t expect to see my work in there! I guess I’ll forgive you for bending the rules…!

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2014 Reading Challenges Check-In (Nikki)

In January I had set myself a few challenges (inspired by Claire’s really) and I’ve gone and surprised myself by completing it early. Hoorah! I’ve already beefed up the challenges for next year though because this year I didn’t have a good idea of how much I was likely to read or anything since I’d never bothered recording any of my reading before joining Goodreads. So here was what I’d set myself for 2014.

Challenge #1

5 Books by Female Authors because I feel like I don’t read that many female authors

  1. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath ★★★☆☆
  2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood ★★☆☆☆
  3. Passing by Nella Larsen ★★★★☆
  4. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie ★★★★☆
  5. Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen by Marilyn Chin ★★★★★

5 Books from Around the World Just anything not British or North American (or otherwise Western) because it’s so easy to unintentionally trap yourself in the world of Western literature.

  1. Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (Japanese) ★☆☆☆☆
  2. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (Austro-Hungarian/Czechoslovakian) ★★★★☆
  3. Chant and Be Happy: The Power of Mantra Meditation by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda (Indian) ★☆☆☆☆
  4. The Moon Opera by Bi Feiyu (Chinese) ★☆☆☆☆
  5. The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy (Russian Federation) ★★★★☆

5 Non-Fiction Books because, learning aside, while the fictional world is brilliant, sometimes the real world is just more bizarre and interesting.

  1. It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden ★★☆☆☆
  2. Freakonomics by Steven D Levitt & Stephen J Dubner ★★★★☆
  3. The Sociopath And The Psychopath – What’s The Difference And How Do You Keep These Crazy MF’s Out Of Your Life by Trey Wyatt ★☆☆☆☆
  4. The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley ★★☆☆☆
  5. Lyotard and the Inhuman by Stuart Sim ★★★☆☆

5 Quick Reads (150 pages or less) because the number of pages has no bearing on the poignancy of its content.

  1. All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman ★★★★★
  2. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson ★★★☆☆
  3. The Old Man And The Sea by Ernest Hemingway ★★☆☆☆
  4. The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Charlott Perkins Gilman ★★★☆☆
    • The Yellow Wallpaper as a standalone story: ★★★★★
  5. The Tiny Wife by Andrew Kaufman ★★★☆☆

I think people sometimes underestimate the novella, but many classics are actually novellas and they are definitely worth spending time on.

status: COMPLETED!

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Challenge #2

I also found this reading challenge.

N.B. I’m very unlikely to do the challenges marked by a ∆ … So double points for me if I do them!

status: 15(+2 bonus points)/16

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Challenge #3

Goodreads challenge: 53/35 books

Wahoo! I guess this is sort of like unintentionally finishing that “50 book challenge”?

status: COMPLETED!

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Challenge #2 was great for getting me to leave my comfort zone, but also kind of a chore at times. In future, I may just do the first challenge – which feels directed/purposeful but more flexible and, therefore, enjoyable – and maaaybe the Goodreads challenge. Though I find it completely pointless, the GR challenge feels like a fun – albeit silly – achievement.

All in all, this whole challenge business has been good for getting a better idea of the kinds of things I don’t read enough of. I read for fun, of course, but I also want to be a conscientious reader so I did some (interesting/boring/???) statistics and found out some stuff about my reading habits.

STATS!

Out of the 53 books I’ve read in 2014 so far 34% (18 books) have been by non-white and/or non-male authors.

Female authors made up 27% of my reading. Let’s try to get that up to 50% next year, shall we?

Authors of colour made up 17% of my reading. I’d like to increase this to at least 30% for next year. (If you’re interested in a further breakdown, of that 17%: asian 44.(4)%, black 33.(3)%, indian 11.(1)%, latino 11.(1)%.)

Translated works made up 10% of my reading. This is connected to my desire to get out of the anglophone bubble a bit more.

So there you go.

This was looking a lot more balanced at about 45 books in, but recently there’s been a slew of homogeny in my reading and my current TBR shelf* is almost exclusively white male (minus 3 white female books…) which is pretty sad.

*As in my physical bookshelf of unread books – not my list of books that I want to read but do not yet own.

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Why does any of this matter?

On Reading Diversely: Personal Observations (video by Book Riot)

Why You Should Read Diversely (video by Rincey)

Race, Gender & Reading Habits (video by Rincey)

So if you have any suggestions of great books by diverse authors, I am all ears. Check out my Goodreads to get an idea of the kind of stuff I’m into and recommend away!

Nikki

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2014 Reading Challenges: 10 Month Check-In (Claire)

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It’s a bit on the 10 month mark, but I’m determined to post this anyway. It’s getting close to December 31st, very close and I’m almost embarrassed to say that I am doing abysmally in it. As per usual, this happens every day. I am inspired by the new year, sign up for a ton of challenges and life says HAHAHAHAHA you think you can do all of this?! And I fail. Booo.

Non-Fiction Reading Challenge

Dilettante: 5 books

Status: I’ve done shit all in this one, I really, really, need to get on it!

  1. Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie
  2. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
  3. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
  4. On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks by Simon Garfield
  5. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

2014 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

Renaissance Reader: 10 books

Status: So, I used to love HF so much, tons even! But something happened, this year I’m much more into Fantasy/SF so I’ve not read as much as I’ve should. The reason why I’ve added the Marie Brennan books to this list is because they’re set in the past though it is a mythical/fantasy past. It adds up to me!

  1. Citadel (Languedoc #3) by Kate Mosse
  2. A Natural History of Dragons (A Memoir by Lady Trent #1) by Marie Brennan
  3. The Tropic of Serpents (A Memoir by Lady Trent #2) by Marie Brennan
  4. Company of Liars by Karen Maitland
  5. The Collector of Dying Breaths: A Novel of Suspense (Reincarnationist, #6) by M. J. Rose
  6. The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris
  7. The Salem Witch Society by K.N. Shields
  8. The Mummy by Anne Rice
  9. Huntress by Malinda Lo
  10. Ash by Malinda Lo

Rest of the list is forthcoming.

Women Challenge

Level 2: BABY GIRLS – read 6 to 15 books written by a woman author

Status: DONE! DOOOONE! I knew that this would be the easiest challenge for me by far. I read a number of women authors, not on purpose but because the content fascinates me more. I also prefer female protagonists and I guess a lot of female authors write with a female perspective?

  1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  2. Goblin Fruit by Laini Taylor
  3. Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1) by Kendare Blake
  4. A Natural History of Dragons (A Memoir by Lady Trent #1) by Marie Brennan
  5. The Collector of Dying Breaths: A Novel of Suspense (Reincarnationist, #6) by M. J. Rose
  6. Burn (Pure #3) by Julianna Baggot
  7. Huntress by Malinda Lo
  8. Stolen Songbird by Danielle Jensen
  9. The Coldest Girl in Cold Town by Holly Black
  10. Ash by Malinda Lo
  11. The Mummy by Anne Rice
  12. The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris
  13. Entangled (Spellbound #1) by Nikki Jefford
  14. Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee
  15. World After (Penryn & the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee

2014 TBR Pile Challenge

Master List: 12 TBR books (Added before 2013)

Status: I’m going to fail this one. I can just sense it.

  1. Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee
  2. Citadel (Languedoc #3) by Kate Mosse
  3. Goblin Fruit by Laini Taylor
  4. The Magician by Lev Grossman
  5. The Magician King by Lev Grossman
  6. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
  7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  8. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  9. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  10. Perfume by Patrick Suskind
  11. On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks by Simon Garfield
  12. Company of Liars by Karen Maitland

Alternates

  1. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  2. Just My Type by Simon Garfield

GoodReads Reading Challenge

Level: 50 Books

Status: 44/50 books read so far!

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I’ve got about 9 books to go and considering I have 2 months left, this is pretty awesone. Though- I am failing the majority of my challenges. I only stand a chance in 1 and I have finished another but the rest, meh.

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