One Lovely Blog Award

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Firstly I’d like to say a huge thank you to Cherry from Read Forevermore for tagging me to do this! I love the ideas of these tags as they help bloggers get to know each other and make new friendships!

RULES: 

1. You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
2. You must list the rules and display the award.
3. You must add 7 facts about yourself.
4. You must nominate 5 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.

So, here are 7 facts about me! 

  • I want to study criminology when I leave school (a passion I got from my mother)
  • I’m only 17 years old but so many people think I’m older than I am (I don’t know why!!)
  • I was going to be named Ethan if I was a boy
  • Ever since I read Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry I’ve LOVED the name Echo
  • I’m a super emotional person and I always blame myself for everything, even if it isn’t my fault
  • I have a hormone imbalance so I have to get a needle every 3 months (funnily, it’s also the contraceptive needle so win win for me I suppose)
  • I really want to travel the world when I’m older, preferably with a close friend or my other half!

I nominate: 

El (bookswithelaka my online bestie 😉

Jasmine (Jasmine Pearl Reads

Ava (Bookishnessandtea

Ivy (Chronicles of a Blonde Fangirl

Nani (The Reader’s Compass)

Thanks for reading!

Taryn xxx

Book Review: And Then There Were None

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Book: And Then There Were None

Author: Agatha Christie

Genre: Crime/Mystery

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Characters 

I genuinely cared about what happened to almost all of the characters in this book (except the old lady, I really didn’t like her). When I first started reading this I thought it would be so hard to remember the names of all the characters but I found it rather easy. Christie definitely knows how to create complex, multi-layered characters with enough “off” about them that it kept you guessing who the killer actually was! (I did guess, however that little twist was brilliant!)

Plot 

I haven’t read a lot of mysteries, but as far as I’m concerned Christie had this plot perfect! It was the perfect mix of mystery, intrigue and action and it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading. There were quite a few twists in this that I certainly did not see coming, and I loved the idea of murdering the people based on the nursery rhyme (can we talk about how MORBID that nursery rhyme actually was?! OMG). Definitely kept me on the edge of my seat and second guessing myself after every turn of the page.

Writing 

Going in to this book I wasn’t sure how I’d go with the language; I’ve never read classics before (even if this is fairly recent) but Christie’s writing was wonderful. It’s very obvious she’s extremely talented and the way she wrote with such a mysterious air around each character was mesmerising.

Overall thoughts and recommendation

I really really liked this book! Christie certainly knows how to twist a story, write a good plot and write some complex characters. This was my first Agatha Christie novel and I don’t regret it one bit! If you’re new to Agatha Christie and/or haven’t read her books before, I highly recommend this book as it’s a great introduction to her work! Can’t wait to read more of her works in the future.

Thanks for reading!

Taryn xxx

Top Ten Tuesday: Duo’s You’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together

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Hi all! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the BookishEach week they provide a topic and you pick (generally 10) bookish things that fit this topic! This weeks topic is Top Ten Five Duo’s You’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together!

1. Fantasy Duo- Sarah J. Maas and Laini Taylor

As I’m sure you all know, Sarah J. Maas is the author of the Throne of Glass series and Laini Taylor is the author of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy! These are two of my absolute favourite fantasy series so it would be awesome if these two authors could do a collab!

2. Paranormal Duo- Jennifer L. Armentrout and Richelle Mead 

JLA is the author of the amazing Lux series (first book linked), and even though I’ve only read the first 2 in this series I can already tell she’s a queen of the paranormal! Richelle Mead is the author of one of my favourite series ever, Vampire Academy and I can say without a doubt they would create an awesome, kickass paranormal series if they ever wrote a book together!

3. YA Contemporary Duo- Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson

Stephanie Perkins is the author of the Anna and the French Kiss companion series, and Morgan Matson is the author of Since You’ve Been Gone, just to name one of her books. Perkins and Matson are honestly the queens of contemporary and I just KNOW if they ever had a collab it would be so so so good.

4. Fantasy Duo- Leigh Bardugo and Morgan Rhodes

Leigh Bardugo is one of my favourite fantasy authors, having wrote one of my favourite fantasy series’ of last year, The Grisha trilogy and Morgan Rhodes is the author of my favourite series so far this year, Falling Kingdoms. These authors both create complex worlds and characters and write intriguing plots and I think it would be awesome to see these two put their brains together and come up with an amazing fantasy series.

5. NA Contemporary Duo– Colleen Hoover and Katja Millay 

Colleen Hoover is the author of many great New Adult books, such as Slammed and Katja Millay wrote my favourite book of last year The Sea of Tranquility! I believe these two authors would create an amazing NA Contemporary novel with complex, relatable characters and a compelling story.

Let me know which authors YOU’D love to see write a book together!

Thanks for reading!

Taryn xxx

How To: Bookstagram

Hey everyone! Over on Instagram I post photos of books; what I’m reading, what I hope to read, books I think are pretty, that kind of thing. I’ve had my bookstagram account for a little over a year and in that time I’ve accumulated some tips and tricks on how to be a successful bookstagrammer, or even how to make your account more known! I don’t have the most followers, hell one of my good friends has 20,000+, but I thought some of you out there might want to know how to better your account, or get it started! (NOTE: this is just what works for me, you don’t have to follow each of these steps to the dot! With a little bit of fiddling, you’ll work out what works best for you!)

1. Choose a background 

I’m currently using my wooden table as the background for my photos, but I’ve used multiple bed sheets as covers in the past. Try to choose something that won’t clash with books you’re trying to take photos of! This can be hard sometimes, as some backgrounds will look better with some books than they do with others. I tend to stick to one background, but one of my absolute favourite bookstagrammers @annreads changes up her background to suit whichever book she’s photographing. Just work out what works for you!

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2. Take photos with natural light 

I ALWAYS take my photos with natural light. I find the quality of the photos comes out better and the overall product ends up looking better. Try to also take your photos at the same time everyday so that you have around about the same amount of natural light in your photos! I find this makes your feed look nicer and cleaner.

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3. Choose a filter

Choosing a filter is always hard. I don’t even know how many times I’ve changed mine to be honest. I tend to go with filters that make the books colours stand out, or that compliment the book well and doesn’t make it look weird. The current filter I’m using is “Ruby” on RookieCam but I’ve previously used C2, F2 & HB1 on VSCOcam. There are other apps to get filters on, such as Afterlight, but I prefer the free apps.

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4. Interact with other bookstagrammers and stay active

I’ve made some really great friends over the past few months because I started interacting more with my followers/people I follow. People love knowing that their followers aren’t just ghost followers, or people who just scroll through and like all the photos they come across on their dashboard. It takes only a minute out of your time to make a quick comment on someone’s photo, even if it’s just to tell them you think it’s a nice picture. You never know, that kindness could go a long way. People also like when you regularly upload photos. It doesn’t have to be every single day, even one ever 2 days is great, but try not to leave weeks between your uploads. (If you have important things going on then obviously that’s fine! Some people also only have time to upload every few weeks, but I know most people I know prefer when the people their following are active).

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5. Caption your photos

I love reading people’s captions because I feel like I get to know the person a lot more. I tend to use emoji’s a lot to express my feelings the way words sometimes can’t. You might also want to try asking questions in your captions to get the flow of talking going! I know I find it easier to comment on peoples photos when they’re asking a specific question. Captioning photos is a great way for you to get to know your followers a little more and for your followers to get to know the type of person you are!

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I hope this has helped some of you, and I hope if you’re thinking of joining bookstagram you do! There’s a whole amazing community out there, and I promise we’ll make you welcome!

Thanks for reading!

Taryn xxx

Favourite Reads of 2015 (So Far)!

Hey everyone! I know people generally post this a a midyear kinda thing, but since I didn’t have my blog then I’m posting it now!

So far in 2015 I’ve read a total of 53 books! My Goodreads Reading Challenge goal was originally 50, but once I surpassed that with 3 months of the year to go, I changed it to 65. I’ve read a myriad of books from different genres, but it seems most on this list are fantasy. These aren’t in any particular order until we get to the top 3!

10. Never Never #1 & Never Never #2 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher 

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My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

9. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder 

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My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

8. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga 

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My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

7. Split Second by Kasie West

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My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

6. Asking For It by Louise O’Neill 

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My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

5. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

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My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

4. Alienated by Melissa Landers

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My rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

And now we have it… my Top 3 Books of 2015 so far:

3. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

2. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay 

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My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

1. Falling KingdomsRebel Spring &Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes

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My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

There you have it! My favourite reads of 2015 so far. Let me know if any of these are in your favourite reads of 2015 so far, or tell me which books are!

Thanks for reading!

Taryn xxx

Blogger Award: The Encouraging Thunder Award

Firstly, I’d like to thank Lia so much for nominating me for this award! I’m relatively new to the blogsphere and you’re the first person to nominate me for one of these; thank you so much!!

The rules for The Encouraging Thunder Award are simple:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Post the encouraging thunder logo
  • Mention your purpose in blogging
  • Nominate others for the award

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My purpose in blogging

I’m a fairly new blogger; my blog has only been up for a few weeks. I started blogging because I want to share my love of books with everyone, and connect with people who share this love. I’m sure over time my purpose will change, or maybe not, only time will tell. I want to be able to promote books, whether I liked them or not. I want to be able to discuss with other bloggers, and I want to know that my opinion of a book may sway someone to buy it. I want to know that my opinion matters to someone whether it be another blogger or an author. But mostly, as I first stated, I want to be able to share my love of books with everyone and hopefully connect with some other wonderful bloggers who share this love. I’ve already made a few friends through this book community, whether I knew them through Instagram prior to starting this blog or not. I just blog because I love to share my thoughts and opinions on books and I blog because I like it.

I’m going to tag a few of my friends, and some people I don’t know very well but wish to get to know in the future!

Alyssa {Alyssaisreading}

Ava {Bookishnessandtea}

Cherry {Read Forevermore}

Cintia {Reflection of the Books}

Cristina {My Tiny Obsessions}

Erika {Librostagram}

Giovanna {Bookcoma}

Thanks for reading!

Taryn xxx

Book Review: Everything, Everything

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Book: Everything, Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Genre: YA Contemporary

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

Find this book on Goodreads

Characters 

I had a few problems with our main character Maddy which is the reason this got only an average rating. Madeline is one of the biggest “special snowflake” characters I’ve ever read about in a YA novel, and trust me they’re everywhere. Madeline is half Afican-American, half Japanese and she suffers from Severe Combined Immune Deficiency. I have to admit though, it’s great to see a bit of difference in some YA characters, but I don’t know. I found Madeline to be extremely stubborn and naïve. Of course she’d be naïve not having lived in the real world, I understand that, but holy moly. Maddy literally takes everything her mother says at face value and doesn’t question anything. I don’t know why this annoys me so much, I think it should just be common sense to questions things people say. I didn’t mind the love interest, Olly. Although I personally hate parkour so I was instantly turned off by that (no offence). I loved Carla, and obviously after the plot twist I didn’t particularly like the mother.

Plot 

The plot of this book was relatively fast paced, and I did enjoy the storyline. The Hawaii chapters were by far my favourites! I had already been spoiled on what the plot twist was going to be, but I’d sort of guessed it even if I hadn’t known. I felt like that kind of cheapened the story. I’m glad there was a “happily ever after” but I just feel cheated after that twist.

Writing

The writing in this was very easy to read and extremely gripping from the beginning. The little drawings and lists added throughout the novel also added to the experience.

Overall thoughts and recommendations

Whilst this isn’t my favourite YA contemporary novel of all time, I can understand the hype. I’d recommend this to anyone who likes John Green or Morgan Matson.

Thanks for reading!

Taryn xxx