Top Debut Novels!

This was on a Top 5 Wednesday about two weeks ago and I thought I’d share with you my favourite debut novels. Let’s get the obvious ones out of the way shall we?

The HobbitHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Both are fantastical and amazing adventures with awesome characters!

And now to some others!

Attack on Titan, Vol. 1 (Attack on Titan, #1)

Holy shit this manga had an amazing start! And it’s still amazing now! If you like manga this is a MUST for you! I would also say Death Note fans would enjoy it but I dunno, even though I am a DN fan myself >.<

Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses, #1)

While I ended up hating this book in the end (personally one part really got to me), I remember this book being SO interesting and fast paced and suspenseful and I loved the idea of a switched history where it was the white people who were the slaves and such!

The Rain (The Rain, #1)

This one really knocked me over when I read it. Maybe it was because I was expecting disappointment because I have had such bad experiences with YA but this book really impressed me! Not only could I relate because it was set in England, it was also about rain and we ALL know England only has one type of weather: rain xD It also felt very possible and very real and therefore was frightening which was awesome!

The Girl at Midnight

This was a solid debut novel! It had adventure, wasn’t too bad on the romance, fell a little at the end, but had diversity and homosexual relationships in and was a great story!

Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1)

This was my first dip into SF and did not disappoint! That twist ending (which is spoiled in the film’s trailer -_-) had me BLOWN away. I thought (and still think) it was my best intro to SF ever and it is still very high on my best books list! It’s adventurous, brutal, fun, suspenseful, has good messages in it. Yes the author is a douche but man it’s a good book!

Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1)

I guess this should’ve been in the obvious pile? xD

Hope you enjoyed these!

Do you agree? What are you favourite debut novels?

Top Ten Tuesday #39

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This Week’s Theme: Freebie! And I know exactly the topic I wanna do: Top Ten Books I HAVE to Read this Summer!

There are many many books I have been and am dying to read but because of Uni, I’ve had to stop myself from reading them because they’re books I want to be completely immersed in and want to enjoy and take my time reading. So without further ado!

1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – because I gotta reread HP and finally finish the series!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)

2.  Mistborn Trilogy – GIVE ME NOW!!

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2)The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, #3)

3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)

4. Hyperion

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)

5. The Lies of Locke Lamora

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)

6. Leviathan Wakes – I am now ready (and have the time) to engulf this SF epicness!

Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1)

7. Wool – this book has been playing on my mind ALL year!

Wool (Silo, #1)

8. 1984

1984

9. The Silmarillion

The Silmarillion

10. The Road

The Road

It as freebie week this week so what topics did you choose?!

Same Time, Next Week!

March Wrap Up and April TBR!

A very very slow going month and I still haven’t started #YearofCosmere [probs won’t until the summer] so I would say an unsuccessful month and it will probably continue on being a slow reading period until mid-May but I can still hope to read a lot!

Wrap Up

Magyk by Angie Sage

Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1)

This was a pretty good book but it’s a shame it had to experience not being read weeks at a time ='[

TBR

The Glass Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #2)The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight, #1)Car FeverThe Jungle BookTreasure IslandAwakening (Infinity Blade, #1)Brave New WorldWyrd Sisters (Discworld, #6)The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)Peter Jackson: A Film-Maker's Journey

I am currently 60% of the way through The Glass Magician (only took a few hours to get to that point) so I imagine I’ll be done soon ^_^ And then I’d like to read another ARC and some smaller books (so seven are above to choose from) =] Also GoT is coming back so maybe audiobook the remaining 200 pages of it… O! And I started reading the Pete J. book like 10 years ago and I think it’s time I finish it =] I stopped half way through and I am in a LoTR mood and would quite like to read some non-fiction right now.

So a rather large TBR compared to watch it should be but as the days go on my deadlines will be coming and therefore my work load should be minimizing =]

How did you do this month? Got a favourite book from this month? Did any disappoint? Let me know below!

Top Ten Tuesday #34

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This Week’s Theme: Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List

Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List 1

Fantasy YA. Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes. Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who’s determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family.

Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List 2

Contemporary YA. This is the story of a girl, her gay best friend, and the boy in love with both of them.

Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List 3

Fiction China. Grace falls forever out of love with her husband and very much in love with this country and its culture. In the chaos of the Beijing streets and in the home of her new friends Dr. Yu and her son Zaofan, Grace finds the web of life she’s been too lost to perceive.

Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List 4

SF. In a world in which the police have telepathic powers, how do you get away with murder?

Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List 5

Historical Fantasy YA. A young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold must flee her home, taking her on a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold Rush–era America.

Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List 6

SF Steampunk Mystery. When an airship crashes in mysterious circumstances, Sir Maurice and his recently appointed assistant Miss Veronica Hobbes are called in to investigate. Meanwhile, Scotland Yard is baffled by a spate of grisly murders and a terrifying plague is ravaging the slums of the city.

Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List 7

SF YA. A high-concept, fantastical espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.

Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List 8

Fantasy Sequel. The city of Voortyashtan was once the domain of the goddess of death, war, and destruction, but now it’s little more than a ruin. General Turyin Mulaghesh is called out of retirement and sent to this hellish place to try to find a Saypuri secret agent who’s gone missing in the middle of a mission, but the city of war offers countless threats.

Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List 9

Fantasy YA Retelling. When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed Princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war.

Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List 10

Non-Fiction Humour. Sh*t Rough Drafts collects imagined misguided early drafts of classic books, screenplays, and contemporary literature, creating visions of alternate works that would exist had the authors not come to their senses.

And that is my list!

Did anyone them catch you fancy? Link your TTT below!

Same Time. Next Week [perhaps]!

Top Ten Tuesday #32

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And finally we’re back to topics I have interest in!! ^_^ This one was ideal for me as I started seriously reading in 2012, so it all fits perfectly!

This Week’s Theme:  Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the past 3 years (2012 – 2014)

Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the past 3 years 1 Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the past 3 years 2 Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the past 3 years 3 Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the past 3 years 4 Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the past 3 years 5

Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the past 3 years 6 Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the past 3 years 7 Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the past 3 years 8 Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the past 3 years 9 Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the past 3 years 10

Some obvious ones here aren’t there? Any you didn’t expect? While I have mostly Fantasy (6), I also have SF, Non-Fiction and a Classic! =] So that’s all good I guess ^_^

BUT, it is a little shocking that I haven’t read Harry Potter in over 3 years o_O

Got any Top Ten books that I haven’t read yet? Done a TTT? Let me know in the comments below!

Same Time, Maybe Next Week?

Top Ten Tuesday #30

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This Week’s Theme: Ten Books I’d Love to Read With My Book Club/If I Had A Book Club – now I don’t know if you knew, but I am part of the Sword and Laser book club and have been since the beginning of 2012, so going off that; here are the books that S&L have read in those two years which I wish I had joined in reading along with them. Psst. I own some of these books too! But I always seemed to have gotten the books after it was read in the book club ='[

Ten Books I'd Love to Read With My Book Club 1 Ten Books I'd Love to Read With My Book Club 2 Ten Books I'd Love to Read With My Book Club 3 Ten Books I'd Love to Read With My Book Club 4 Ten Books I'd Love to Read With My Book Club 5

Ten Books I'd Love to Read With My Book Club 6 Ten Books I'd Love to Read With My Book Club 7 Ten Books I'd Love to Read With My Book Club 8 Ten Books I'd Love to Read With My Book Club 9 Ten Books I'd Love to Read With My Book Club 10

As you can see it’s a SFF book club xD they always read amazing books!! So if you’re into SFF I highly recommend you join them!

What was in your TTT? Let me know in the comments or link me below!

Harry Potter Spells Tag

Not done a tag in a long time – sorry =/ I wasn’t tagged by anyone =[ but I tag YOU!

1. Expecto PatronumA childhood book connected to good memories

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1) The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2) The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)

My memories of reading this are in Greece and Portugal, on holiday with my family, in the hotel room during nap time (yes my family has nap-times during holidays, normally 4pm – 6/7pm) just sat there reading, glued to the book while my parents slept.

2. ExpelliarmusA book that took you by surprise

The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)

Blew. Me. Away.

3. Prior IncantatoThe last book you read

The Demon: Episode 1 (Sacrifice Me, #1)

Review here!!

4. AlohamoraA book that introduced you to a genre you had not considered before

Inspector Zhang Gets His Wish

Never thought I’d like crime-solving fiction; I was wrong.

5. RiddikulusA funny book you’ve read

Black Butler, Vol. 01 (Black Butler, #1)

I don’t really read humourous books (that or I don’t get the humour when reading, for example Terry Pratchett books I love but I miss the humour completely) but this manga gives me the giggles now and again.

6. SonorusA book you think everybody should know about

The Rain (The Rain, #1)

I haven’t read much YA or Distopian so I’m not sure on how good this is to a pro-YA/Dystopian reader but I found it very enjoyable and fun to read and is one of the few YA books that I’ve honestly enjoyed, if not the only YA book I’ve read without many complaints.

7. ObliviateA book/spoiler you would like to forget having read

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)

I’ve never come across spoilers for books I’ve had interest in reading so I’m lucky there (besides Game of Thrones but that can’t be helped) but I’ve love to forget this book and read it all over again for the first time and get hit emotionally all over again!

8. ImperioA book you had to read for school

Hamlet

Freaking amazeballs!

9. CrucioA book that was painful to read

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)

For obvious reasons.

10. Avada KedavraA book that could kill (interpret as you will)

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

I’m stealing the idea I saw a past blogger post here xD credit to that blogger! It was a genius idea!

11. AccioA book that you’d always like to have with you

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Try not to have GoT or Mistborn always with me? Then this is my third choice in line – Oh the memories and good times!

Stacking the Shelves #7

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This is a segment, started over at Tynga’s Reviews but I do it a little differently (see here).

Been a while since I did one of these. But I just thought I’d do one seen as I did get things to add to my collection lately…

Finished Books – one in this entire month, so far – eek! Review is here. O wait! I read 4 manga volumes this week! =] so that’s 140 pages. And, read like 100 pages of GoT this week too xD hehe

The Rain by Virginia Bergin Kuroshitsuji Chapter 96 Page 1  Kuroshitsuji Chapter 97 Page 1

Kindle Freebies – I really got lucky this week with Robin Hobb! The others are ones I’ve gotten this month.

The Fallen Angle (Harbinger of Doom, #2) Knight Eternal (Harbinger of Doom, #3) Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1) Fade

ARCS Received – I should stop looking on net galley xD

The Palace Job (Rogues of the Republic #1) The Circus of the Damned

GoodReads Newly ‘To Read’ Books – obviously there have been a lot of adds since the last time I did one of these, so we’ll just do like the most recent 10.

Starship Troopers The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker & Holmes, #1) The Kraken King  (Iron Seas, #4) The Darkness That Comes Before (The Prince of Nothing, #1) Arrows of the Queen (Heralds of Valdemar, #1)

Nightwalker (The Warlocks of Talverdin, #1) The Leopard The Gates (Samuel Johnson, #1) Red-Headed Stepchild (Sabina Kane, #1) Illusions of Fate

What happened in your book world this week/lately?

PS. I was thinking of doing a ‘writing wednesday’ or something where I write and post short stories on here every week or two weeks in order to get and keep me being creative and improving my writing and y’all can write comment and critiques [provided you follow Brandon Sanderson’s group-work critique rules] and stuff. What do you all think?

Top Ten Tuesday #20

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This Week’s Theme: Top Ten Books On My Fall Autumn To-Be-Read

I have to put into account that Uni will likely get very busy and hectic so I should focus on shorter books (and the books I actually brought with me to Uni), for the Year-a-Thon we have Horror in October for example and also take into account that it’s going to be Halloween in Autumn xD Christmas isn’t in Autumn right? hehe wait…. this list is coming a bit late isn’t it? Cos November is winter so…. this list only for the next month o_O anyways….

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)

1. Because of the film xD and it’ll be a re-read.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)

2. I started reading this ages ago – need to get back into it!

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1)

3. I really really really wanna watch the film but always said I’d read the book first -_- still waiting and wanting to watch this film!! Also fits in with October =] kinda…. right?

Peter Jackson: A Film-Maker's Journey

4. Been reading this one for years… =/

A Bit of Bite

5. Just thinking about Halloween stuff =] also it’s short xD

The Soul Ripper (Twisted Souls #1)

6. Zombies!!

The Demon: Episode 1 (Sacrifice Me, #1)

7. Vampires!!

Beauty Never Dies (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #3)

8. So I can carry on with this series =]

The House of the Four Winds (One Dozen Daughters, #1)

9. *cough* because I’m currently reading *cough*

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

10. Anyone not surprise I’m still reading this?!

What do you think? Link me to your lists! Any I should read ASAP?