Six In Six – A Look Back At Some Of My Top Books Of 2017 So Far…

6 I saw this over at Cleopatra Loves Books, and thought it was a great idea to look back at books read so far in 2017. Hosted by Jo’s Book Journey, the idea is sharing 6 books, in 6 categories from the first half of the year. So here’s my choices:

6 Books I Have Enjoyed The Most 

 

 

6 Psychological Thrillers I Have Read & Enjoyed 

 

 

6 New To Me Authors 

 

 

6 Covers I’ve Loved

 

 

6 Books Which Took Me To The Past 

 

 

Six Books I Own & Can’t Believe I Haven’t Managed To Read Yet 

 

Looking Back at February and Forward to March 2017

I love saying goodbye to February. It hasn’t been a bad Month, in fact book wise it has been great. I’ve read some fantastic books this month, with the bonus on having the half term break to spend doing lots and lots of reading. But March is when you can feel change is in the air. The spring flowers are well on their way to pushing their way up in the world, the nights are getting lighter. I really struggle with dark nights, so when March comes round, I feel like I’m waking up and find energy that had disappeared over the dark winter months.  
At Work This morning…lovely!
Book of The Month
I read nine books in February…and enjoyed them all. However, my book of the month was Sealskin by Su Bristow
  
Coming Up In March  
Here’s some of the books I’m looking forward to reading and reviewing in March  

I’ve read The last Act of Hattie Hoffman since taking this photo…watch out for a review coming soon. 
Are any of these on your list? What are you looking forward to reading in March? 



Gorgeous Covers ( Heart Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne & The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry)

Yesterday I spotted two BEAUTIFUL covers  and wanted to share them with you. 

Heart Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne 

They say I’m evil. The police. The newspapers. The girls from school who shake their heads on the six o’clock news and say they always knew there was something not quite right about me. And everyone believes it. Including you. But you don’t know. You don’t know who I used to be. 

Who I could have been. 

Awaiting trial at Archway Young Offenders Institution, Emily Koll is going to tell her side of the story for the first time. 

Heart-Shaped Bruise is a compulsive and moving novel about infamy, identity and how far a person might go to seek revenge. From Goodreads)

published May 2012 by Headline

I read an advance of this a few weeks ago and my review will be ready nearer release date but in the mean time if you like a tense psychological thriller then you’ll enjoy this one!   I LOVE that cover and it gives a good feel of the book.

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The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry 

This dark and thrilling adventure, with an unforgettable heroine, will captivate fans of steampunk, fantasy, and romance.
On her 18th birthday, Lena Mattacascar decides to search for her father, who disappeared into the northern wilderness of Scree when Lena was young. Scree is inhabited by Peculiars, people whose unusual characteristics make them unacceptable to modern society. Lena wonders if her father is the source of her own extraordinary characteristics and if she, too, is Peculiar. On the train she meets a young librarian, Jimson Quiggley, who is traveling to a town on the edge of Scree to work in the home and library of the inventor Mr. Beasley. The train is stopped by men being chased by the handsome young marshal Thomas Saltre. When Saltre learns who Lena’s father is, he convinces her to spy on Mr. Beasley and the strange folk who disappear into his home, Zephyr House. A daring escape in an aerocopter leads Lena into the wilds of Scree to confront her deepest fears. (Goodreads.com)
Published by Abrams & Chronicle Books May 2012


This one sounds pretty awesome…and that cover..WOW! You can find more information on this book, and the chance to win a pre-publication copy by liking A&CKids Facebook page Here 

What do you think of these covers? 

Insurgent by Veronica Roth UK Cover Revealed (and Divergent gets a make over too)

So, my most anticipated sequel this year has a brand new sparkly look for when it hits the shops in May this year…and here it is!
 And Divergent also gets a make over for it’s paperback release in February to make sure the two match…

So what do you think? I think they’re gorgeous and pretty…although I’m also a big fan of the previous cover and part of me liked that it was a lot different from the vast majority of YA book covers. However, these ones are certainly not ugly to look at and if they attract more readers to this simply brilliant book…then they’re winners in my eyes.

Vicki 2011 Round Up: Reminiscing and Resolutions

Wow. I actually can not believe that I’m here doing this post already. Where the heck did 2011 go? It feels like I blinked and missed it. There was so much I was going to do personal wise that I never got round to (mainly decorating) and the cupboard under the stairs still needs cleaned out…this year I swear I’ll get round to putting the Christmas tree away properly!

Blog wise it’s been a pretty exciting year all round I think. 2011 saw a big change and after a year of blogging alone under the name of Rhiana Reads… I was joined by Lyndsey and together we became Heaven Hell and Purgatory Book reviews. Having a blogging partner has been fantastic…the pressure is definitely less when the reading and reviewing is shared plus having someone to talk books and bounce idea’s off is great. Lyndsey’s been an awesome co-blogger, particularly over the last couple of months when my work and personal schedule has taken me away from things here. Luckily she’s done more than her share to keep things running and I owe her a HUGE thanks for that.

Not only did the team double, but this year all of our stats did too and we end 2011 with twice as many followers as we started…so thanks to all of you for that. Visitor numbers have almost trebled compared to this  time last year, which makes me proud that people genuinely seem to appreciate our opinions on books. 


I was lucky enough to be invited to some amazing events because of the blog this year and met some fantastic bloggers, authors and publicists. Highlight of the year though had to be an overnight stay in Alnwick Castle to celebrate the second book in the Poison diaries series. Along with some of my very favourite people I got to have a sleep over in the Castle used as HOGWARTS(!) for some scenes in the first two movies, meet the Duchess of Northumberland, have high tea in the state dining room and dinner in the most amazing  tree house restaurant. To see my report and pictures of the event click HERE

A very close second however was attending the launch party for Alyson Noel’s final book in her Immortals series, Everlasting. I even got my tarot read…something I’d always wanted to do. Alyson was incredibly nice too. Report and pics HERE

Sarah (Feeling Fictional), Me, Stacey (Pretty Books) at Alyson Noel’s launch party
If all this wasn’t exciting enough I managed to win tickets to the Radio One Big Weekend and took along my lovely blogging partner Lyndsey. We saw Lady Gaga, My Chemical Romance, Bruno Mars and some other amazing acts live and despite the cold it was a brilliant day!


2011 saw us host our very own feature month here, Summer Lovin’ 2011. It was hard work but lots of fun and I’d like to thanks all the bloggers and authors who took part by writing guest posts. If you’d like to see what it was all about then click HERE

So what next for 2012…

I think it’s fair to say that I burned out a little by the end of this year reading and blogging wise and after thinking about it a while I’m pretty certain I know why. I’m one of these people who don’t work well under pressure…in fact if I feel I HAVE to do something then I’m even less inclined to want to do it. If I’m honest a point came where reading was no longer as fun as it used to be, I was forcing myself to read certain books at certain times and it just wasn’t working. 

So the approach for 2012 here will be a much more relaxed one, back to how it first started out. We’re no longer going to be solely a ‘Young Adult’ site as we’re both finding it limiting…me more so. There’s a whole range of books we want to read and talk about…and so that is what we’ll do. I’m also dramatically scaling back the number of books I acquire by whatever means. While having lots of books drop through the letter box is lovely, it’s also pressure and the truth is I’m not a machine. I can only do so much. Plus I’m on the verge of having to move into the shed to make way for all these books I’ve yet to read. I’ll be much more selective in the coming year. 


Which brings me onto my next point. We’ve decided we won’t be participating in In My Mailbox anymore, in fact it’s been a while since we have and it’s been liberating. This is in no way a criticism of the meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren .. I’ve loved taking part in the past, it’s introduced me to some amazing bloggers and brought them to me…for which I’m grateful. However it’s time consuming and as Sunday’s are my only regular day off I’ll be spending them with my children from now on. 


What I’d like for 2012 is a return to a real love and passion for the books I read, more interaction with the blogging  and book community (who I have neglected in the past few months…thanks to those who still visited us despite my rudeness) and more spontaneity with the books I read and posts I publish including more personal, fun and discussion type posts. 


Finally….


Happy New Year To You All!!!

Vicki’s Top Books of 2011

Well, this has been a fantastic year book wise and I’ve read some amazing books. Some of my favourites though have been surprises and ones I probably wouldn’t have picked up a year or so ago and a mix of adult and YA novels. 

This isn’t a top anything…I couldn’t limit it to 3 or 5 so just chose my absolute favourites. It’s also in no particular order…all these books are winners in my eyes.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This book blew me away with it’s stunning, rich, descriptive text and breathtaking magical romance. I’ve never read such an evocative book before and as I read the whole circus was brought to life in my mind. I couldn’t put it down and even when I wasn’t reading it, I was dreaming about it. 

Find out more at Goodreads HERE
Read my Review HERE


My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

This is one of the most powerful and relevant books I read this year. It dragged every emotion possible from me and I went from anger to sadness to smiling and laughing along with it’s amazing and lovable hero..10 year old Jamie. Tackling issues such as family bereavement, terrorism, racism, bullying and alcoholism in a brutally honest and thought provoking way, this is the book from 2011 I’d urge every teen to read.

Find out more at Goodreads.com HERE
Read my review HERE

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Go back 12 months and this book was on my list of most anticipated books of 2011 and WOW! It didn’t disappoint. I started reading it the second it dropped through my letter box and didn’t stop for several hours until I’d read every last page. Fast, fierce, and Four (yum!!!) this was definitely worth it’s wait and I can’t wait for the next installment, Insurgent in May 2012. 

Find out more at Goodreads.com HERE
Read my Review HERE

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This is one of those books that everyone was declaring absolute love for and despite it not originally appealing to me all that much, i eventually had to find out what all the fuss was about. Now I know. Etienne St Claire *swoon* Definitely wins cutest book of the year…but it also surprised me with a pretty meaty story. Finally it’s set in Paris. Say no more.

Find out more on Goodreads.com HERE
Read my review HERE


Shadows On The Moon by Zoe Marriott

Oh how I loved this book and the beautiful world it’s set in. Filled with magic and romance it captivated me throughout. But among the fairytale there’s a story of loss, identity, self-hatred and vengeance. Suzame goes down for me as the best heroine of the year… she rocks big time and her journey is unforgettable!

Find out more at Goodreads.com HERE
Read my review HERE


Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

I’m going to be honest, Paranormal romance didn’t really do it for me this year. It was all a bit, samey. Apart from this one…which I absolutely LOVED. In main character Clara, Cynthia Hand has ripped up the rule book on wimpy, lovesick heroine’s of YAPR and instead we have a strong, lead female and an equally strong supporting cast. I also loved the relationship between the family. Exciting AND refreshing.

Find out more at Goodreads.com HERE
Read my Review HERE

The next two aren’t released until 2012, but HAD to make it in my top books of 2011 list as I adored both…go add them to your wishlists/pre-orders now!

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Set in Alaska in the 1920’s this book tells the story of a childless couple who yearn for a child and a mysterious girl who comes and goes with the snow. Wonderfully descriptive and heartrendingly sad at times and with it’s roots in Russian folklore, this book is spellbinding and perfect for loosing yourself in infront of a blazing fire.

Find out More at Goodreads HERE
Published Febuary 2012 (UK)


The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

A story told over 24 hours and full of what if’s, this book is just so good and heartwarming it will leave the most cynical among us believing in fate. It’s the perfect book to lift any post Christmas blues and a must read for any hopeless romantics out there!


Find out more at Goodreads.com HERE
Read my review HERE




So that’s it! There are many more fabulous books I’ve read this year but these for me where the most memorable.


Did your favourite make it on my list? Have I missed your favourite out and you want to tell us why it should’ve been there? leave a comment below!

Read The First Chapter of Crossed (Matched#2) by Ally Condie

Just wanted to share an email I got from the lovely people at Penguin…

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The Wait is nearly over as the hotly anticipated sequel to international bestseller, Matched is finally coming!
But for now you can get a sneak peak of CROSSED, exclusively at EW.com:

CROSSED is coming on 24th November 2011

The dystopian craze continues 

Who will Cassia choose?
Will Society allow them to be together?
Or will crosses and double-crosses stand in their way?
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Are you excited? I’m excited! Loved Matched and can’t wait to read more!