Monthly Recommendations: Auto-Read Authors

July: Auto-Read Authors 

July’s topic is Auto Read Authors. These are authors who you automatically read any book they publish because you love their writing so much! If you see their name attached to a book you don’t even care what it’s about, you already know you want to read it.

Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1) The Golden Door (The Three Doors Trilogy #1) Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1)

O’Malley // Rowling/Galbraith // Rodda // Albertalli // Riordan

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1) The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1) Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) The Rig (The Rig, #1) Gone Girl

Kaufman&Spooner // Stiefvater // Meyer // Ducie // Flynn

It’s just occurred to me that I’ve put ten books above and I don’t have the brainpower or the time to talk about ten separate books. You’ve got your general popular YA authors like J K. Rowling, Becky Albertalli, Rick Riordan, Maggie Stiefvater, Marissa Meyer and the co-authors of the Starbound trilogy.

Brian Lee O’Malley – I’ve read the Scott Pilgrim series and Seconds by this author. And, I’m pretty excited to get to his graphic novel Lost At Sea.

You can read my review of Scott Pilgrim Volume 1 here!

Emily Rodda – I love Emily Rodda and her books with everything I am. Her Door trilogy is one of my favourite series of all time and I am slowly making it through her Deltora series and did I mention that I’m in love with her? ALSO,  she’s Australian, so double points for her!

Joe Ducie – Okay, so I’ve only read two books by this guy but I loved both of them and I know as soon as book 3 comes out I will be running to the store to buy it!

Gillian Flynn – I’ve only read Gone Girl and The Grownup by Gillian Flynn but I really enjoyed them both, Gone Girl I enjoyed the most though! Gone Girl is one of the best books I’ve ever read so of course Gillian Flynn is an auto-read for me! I know I haven’t read all of her books but GG left such an impact on me that I know I will love all of her other works.

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Who are your auto-read authors? Do we share any of the same auto-read authors?

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Monthly recommendations: BIG BOOKS

April 2017: Big Books

I find that big books are often the ones I enjoy the most, and yet I found it difficult to talk about a great list of books here. I guess I just need to read some more big books!

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)My Lady JaneThe Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

Paperback: 823 pages

This is my favourite novel in The Lunar Chronicles, while the last book is over 8oo pages and the third book is just over 500 pages. The first two books in this series are pretty meh but as the group really gets to know each other in the third book and the plot starts to really pick up. This is an enjoyable and re-readable sci-fi series.

My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton &  Jodi Meadows

Hardcover: 491 pages

I loved this book. It may be long but I managed to read it over a weekend. It’s hilarious and puts a fantastic twist on history. There’s no insta love and the main character, Jane is a massive book-nerd. She is completely relatable, she always has a book with her and prefers reading over interaction with humans.

Also, I must reiterate how amazing the humour in this book is, every page will have you laughing.

My review.

The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Paperback: 647 pages

This was probably my favourite book of 2016. I really enjoyed it and fell in love with the world and Brandon Sanderson’s writing on the first page. This trilog is something new – the magic system is brilliant and the characters are all entirely different, yet they seem to form #squad goals. I love this series and the fact that not too many people have actually read it hurts me.

My review.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) by J.K. Rowling

Hardcover: 766 pages

Whenever someone asks me which book is my favourite I can never give them an answer – all of them is the only answer I could ever supply. But in my ever-changing top 3 HP this is definitely up there. I love this book, it’s long, it’s magical and it’s dark. It’s everything a Potterhead could ever need.

 

Monthly Recommendations: OWN VOICES

March 2017: Own Voices

I haven’t done one of these in a few months so I thought it might be nice to start this up again on my blog schedule. I think own voices books are really important, any type of diverse book is important, but when it’s written by someone who actually follows the same religion of the character/s or is from the same country or of the same sexuality it means a whole lot more. 

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Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire

I read this novel some time last year and I loved it. The author and main character are both asexual, this means a lot to me, personally, because I am asexual, also. I really appreciated that the main character’s sexuality did not have anything to do with the storyline, it was just part of their character. The plot and the characters in this book are amazing, its original and fun. This short book is an interesting and fantastical mystery and I cannot wait to read what comes next in the trilogy.

Asexual – a person who has no sexual desires.

Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley

The main character and author of Our Own Private Universe is bisexual. I really enjoyed this book because it is very open and clear about the sexuality of the main character and how not everyone’s family or friends are going to be okay with knowing an lgbt+ person.

Bisexual – sexually attracted to both men and women.

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

I love this book for so many reasons.

1) The main character is a lesbian and her friends and family are completely okay with it.

2) The main character is a set designer – how often do you get to hear about the film industry from that pov?

3) It’s just… nice. The plot is a fun mystery and the romance is sweet.

This story is not a must read but if you need a fun pick-me-up well, you should pick this up.

Lesbian – a woman attracted to another woman

George by Alex Gino

Now, this, this is an important novel. George explains what it means to be transgender. This novel gives the pov of a young child in the wrong body, George feels wrong as a boy and just wants to be free as Melissa.

This is a great novel, not only does it help to explain to little kids what being transgender means but it is still easily able to be read by teenagers and adults alike.

Transgender – denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex.

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Monthly Recs: Family Focus

November’s theme is Family Focus.I have also done monthly recommendations for August, September and October.

01 The Raven Cycle – Maggie Stiefvater

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The Raven Boys are such a group of closeknit friends that they are pretty much a family. They all look out for each other and protect each other. Seriously guys, this group is #goals.

Along with the the Raven Boys, the women at 300 Fox Way are an amazing and inclusive family. With most YA novels, the families aren’t part of the plot or disappear after page three and you don’t see them again, but with these guys, the group does go to the 300 Fox Way ladies for advice and the ladies do get involved in the chaos.

02 Harry Potter – J.K.Rowling

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Does one ever make a post without mentioning Harry Potter?

I think the most prominent family in any book series I have ever read would have to be Ron’s. The Weasleys always there for Harry. They helped him through to the train at Platform 9 3/4, they showed up to support him at the Triwizard Tournament and the fought with him in the Battle of Hogwarts. They never even hesitate to bring Harry into their life or to help him buy his schoolbooks. They’re always there for him, whether it’s Percy giving Harry school advice or Mrs Wesley sending him a Weasley jumper for Christmas.

Along with the Weasleys I think one of the most prominent family figures in Harry’s life would have to be Hagrid. I know, I know, you were expecting me to say Sirius. While he was definitely a big part of Harry’s life for a year or two, it was Hagrid who was always there for him. Hagrid made him cake for his birthday, Hagrid put together a photo album for Harry of his parents, Hagrid invited him down for tea and rock cakes that were ore rock than cake.

I may be biased because Hagrid is my favourite Harry Potter character but he was always there for Harry, he loved him so much and he never let the boy forget it.

03 Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertali

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The main character, Simon has a supportive family, who aren’t absent at all throughout the novel. He also has two sisters. Simon’s family feels very real and present throughout the novel, we learn their dynamic and their usual routine, this makes the book feel more homely and comfortable.

 

Books I Haven’t read:

The Kane Chronicles – Rick Riordan

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I’ve not yet read this trilogy yet but from what I know, it follows Egyptian mythology. The trilogy follows two siblings saving the world and being badass.

Monthly Recommendations: October

October: Monstermash

I was working in the lab, late one night
When my eyes beheld an eerie sight
For my monster from his slab, began to rise
And suddenly to my surprise
He did the mash, he did the monster mash
The monster mash, it was a graveyard smash

01 Skulduggery Pleasant

I’ve not finished the series yet (there are 9 books guys it might take a while!) but I LOVE IT! It’s a great series if you like demons and mosters anda re trying to get into longer chapter books.

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02 The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

If you don’t want to read Twilight but you want to read an interesting book about vampires then this is certainly a good book to try out.

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03 Evil Librarian

This is a very quick and easy read. If you’re trying t ease youself into books with demons this might be the book for you.

Basically it’s set in high school and the main charcter turns up to school one day to find out that there’s a new librarian. Only problem, he’s hot. Oh, and he’s a demon.

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04 Harry Potter

Duh.

This is a great magic based series full of witches and wizards. I’ve loved this series ever since I was in primary school and my love has certanily not faded.

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05 Artemis Fowl

Not only does this series have an incrediby intelligent and sarcastic main character but it also has heaps of fantastical creatures – fairies, trolls… etc.

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06 Anna Dressed in Blood

If you like Supernatural you’ll like this. Cas Lowood is a ghost hunter in his spare time (when he’s not in school) and not only is he good at his job but he’s actually the best at it.

I read this duology 2 years ago and loved it. Definitely recommend!

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Haven't Read:

01 Miss Peregrine’s Home for Perculiar Children

This series has characters with all kinds of abilities and I can’t wait to read it to find out more! I’ve heard pretty much all good things.

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02 Dracula

Somehow I haven’t  read this yet which is crazy to me. This book is so reknown in the world of classics so I’m hoping to read it sometime in the near future.

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Monthly Recommendations: September

Monthly Rec Goodreds Group

The recommendation category for September is Science Fiction. I’m really diggin this group, I love being able to share book recommendations so this is a really easy way for me to do so!

The Starbound Trilogy 

These Broken Stars Goodreads Link

Series Complete: 3 books

These Broken Stars is Titanic meets The Blue Lagoon. Lilac and Tarver get stuck on a planet together. They have no way to send for help, they don’t like each other and there’s something wrong with the planet. Will they survive?

This is a companion trilogy (similar to The Lunar Chronicles) we meet new characters in each book and then they all come together to save the world in the last book.

The Lunar Chronicles

Cinder Goodreads link

Series complete: 4 Books, 1 novella and a novella bindup

If you don’t know the order you should read the books heres a link.

This is a fantastic series. It is a companion series so you meet Cinder and her friend Iko in the first book and then throughout the next books you will meet other characters. If you meet a main character in a previous book then they will be in the next book so its not like you will meet Cinder in book 1 and then not see her until book 4.

Cinder – Cinderella
Scarlet – Red Riding Hood
Cress – Rapunzel
Winter – Snow White

Lux

Obsidian Goodreads Link

Series complete: 5 books

I’ve only read the first two books in this series but I really enjoy it. From what I’ve read the writing is easy to read and before I know it I’m already half way through the book. This series does have cheesy romance so be prepared for that, though.

The Rig

 

The Rig Goodreads Link

Series incomlete: 2 books out, 1 to go (publication date unknown)

I have never heard anyone talk about this series and I really wish more people would read it! I really love this series, I believe it will be a trilogy so I can’t wait to read the third book when it comes out.

The Giver Quartet

The Giver Goodreads Link

Series complete: 4 books

The Giver is one of my favourite books of all time, I have read it soo many times and loved it each time. I have only read the first two books in the quartet and so ar I have enjoyed the second book as well. (This is also a companion series)

Monthly Recommendations: August

I’ve never participated in this group before but I really like the idea of this group so hopefully I’ll be able to give this a go every month or two.

Monthly Recommendations Goodreads group

An underrated book

Wonderstruck  – I really appreciate this book and commend Selznick for writing it. It really puts into perspective how when movies were first being made everyone (apart from the blind) could watch them but now not everyone can. Movies now have more words and often don’t even have subtitles. These days if you go to the cinemas even if you pay to see a movie with subtitles they don’t always show them (which is really annoying and offensive). As a deaf person this book really resonates with me because it really puts the everyday life of a deaf person into perspective and gives full-hearing people an idea of how difficult it can be to have a hearing problem.

A book set in school

Angus Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging – This book series is really simple and short, full of teenage drama and angst. Georgia Nicholson is a dramatic and emotional young teenager going through her years in highschool and trying to figure out how boyfriends and parents work.

A creepy book

Peter Pan – I haven’t read too many creepy books and this isn’t really marketed as a creepy book. I found Peter to be an intensely creepy and insane character, he did the most disturbing things and I never knew what he was going to do next. The book is certainly different to the book.

A trilogy

The Starbound Trilogy – I absolutely loved the first book in this trilogy and knew I had to read the next two books. This is a companion trilogy, so like The Lunar Chronicles we meet different characters in each of the books and then they all team up to save te world in the last book! This is a really enjoyable series – if you’re not a massive fan of the sci-fi genre then don’t worry because it’s not too heavy in that regard.

A book you think others should read ASAP/before the end of the year

I recently read The Final Empire and I absolutely loved it! Brandon Sanderson is a master of high fantasy! The world of the Mistborn series is soo unique and complex that it is unlike anything else, I urge you to pick it up as soon as possible (the audiobook is really good too!).

A fantasy book

The Golden Door – this is a childhood favourite of mine, I really love this book and would urge anyone to pick it up no matter what age they were. It’s a great fantasy novel, full of unique monsters and new worlds.

A book with little to no romance

Skulduggery Pleasant – I am only on book 3 of this series but so far there is no romance. The characters in this series are all different and each have unique personalities. Skulduggery Pleasant and the main character have a really great friendship, their banter is hilarious and you really wouldn’t want to face them in a fight!

A standalone

Everything Leads to You – I read this in July and loved it! This is about a girl who works backstage in hollywood, she makes the sets. It was really interesting to see that side of Hollywood, it was definitely a different perspective. This novel is also LGBT so that’s a plus!

Your favourite survival story

Harry Potter – I don’t know if anyone else would class this series as a survival series but I always have. For seven books Harry is literally avoiding death while trying to do his homework. He is constantly running from Voldemort or being thrown into tournaments designed to put you in terrible danger.

Your favourite book friendship

The Gangsey from The Raven Cycle. I absolutely love this group!! Every person in the group would die for the other, they are an absolutely fantastic group of kids and honestly you just really need to read this series.

A book set outside of the US, or that features travel/vacation

Macbeth takes place in Scotland. Of all the plays I’ve read and seen written by Shakespeare this is certainly my favourite. I love Lady Macbeth, she could probably fit into the category that comes after this one because she is certainly an empowering female figure. Lady Macbeth is a chick you do not want to mess with!

(I really love these covers – this website makes heaps of different classics covers, you should check them out!)

A book with your favorite empowering female character

I really want to say Vin from the Mistborn series because she’s incredibly badass but I’m currently reading the second book and it just seems everything she does is for or about her boyfriend and I just… ugh. When she’s not being really sappy she is definitely a badass, whether or not she is an empowering character I guess I’ll find out soon!

REVIEWS:

Wonderstruck

The Final Empire

Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone

Blue Lily, Lily Blue

The Raven King

Macbeth