Seasonal Reading Lists

SPRING Reading List! [2019]

The Spring Equinox (20th March) marks the start of Spring! At least where I live… I don’t really mind Spring, but because it’s that much closer to hot weather already has me crying inside. BUT it does mean I enjoy contemporaries, poetry, and fantasy! There isn’t really much to a theme for this season, these just seem like the books that are rising on my radar and am interested in reading soon!

 

  1. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  2. Cress – Marissa Meyer
  3. Before We Were Yours – Lisa Wingate
  4. The Priory of The Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon
  5. Girls on The Verge – Sharon Biggs Waller
  6. Daisy Jones and The Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  7. A Heart in a Body in The World – Deb Caletti
  8. The Wedding Date – Jasmine Guillory
  9. Persuasion – Jane Austen
  10. Maybe In Another Life – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  11. Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood
  12. All The Ever Afters – Danielle Teller
  13. The Proposal – Jasmine Guillory
  14. Wicked Like a Wildfire – Anna-Marie McLamore
  15. Circe – Madeline Miller
  16. The Dreamers – Karen Thompson Waller
  17. Made You Up – Francesca Zappia
  18. Five Feet Apart – Rachael Lippencott
  19. Star-Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi
  20. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
  21. Normal People – Sally Rooner
  22. Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
  23. The Hating Game – Sally Thorne
  24. The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy
  25. The Poet X – Elizabeth Acevedo
  26. Monday’s Not Coming – Tiffany D. Jackson
  27. The Library Book – Susan Orlean
  28. Good Omens – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

 

So what are you guys planning to read in Spring? Do you gravitate towards a certain genre or plot? Any of these you recommend I get to first and make my priority? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING?

 

Abbie xxxx

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Top 10 Reads of Winter 2018/19!

It’s time for a fond farewell to Winter. As much as I hate the dark mornings and dark evenings, I have loved evenings by the fire and drinking Hot Chocolate, and of course Christmas! Spring is literally just around the corner, and new beginnings ahead! I had read a whopping 42 BOOKS in Winter which goes to show I love using the cold/dark weather as an excuse to stay inside and read!

Narrowing those down to just 10 and then putting those in order proved to be quite a struggle, but I knew the books which needed to be on the list and quite a few stood out as well! I won’t go into much detail about them here (because clearly I loved them!) so I’ll link their Goodreads and also any review/posts I mentioned them in! Hope you enjoy!

 

 

3487928310/ One Day in December by Josie Silver

“Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away. Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be. What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.” – Goodreads

I posted a mini-review on Goodreads, here!

4.5/5 stars!


 

 

183002609/ Emma by Jane Austen

“Emma is young, rich and independent. She has decided not to get married and instead spends her time organising her acquaintances’ love affairs. Her plans for the matrimonial success of her new friend Harriet, however, lead her into complications that ultimately test her own detachment from the world of romance.” – Goodreads

Reviewed in my February Wrap-Up!

4.5/5 stars!


 

 

319319418/ Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try. Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile. But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.” – Goodreads

Reviewed in my January Wrap-Up!

4.5/5 stars!


 

 

376779067/ The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

“On Christmas Eve five years ago, seventeen-year-old Holly Chase was visited by three Ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways. She didn’t. And then she died. Now she’s stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge—as their latest Ghost of Christmas Past. So far, Holly’s afterlife has been miserable. But this year’s Scrooge is different. This year’s Scrooge might change everything…” – Goodreads

I have a review on my Goodreads page!

4.75/5 stars!


 

 

237318816/ Very Good Lives by J. K. Rowling

“In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University. Now published for the first time in book form, VERY GOOD LIVES presents J.K. Rowling’s words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life. How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others? Drawing from stories of her own post-graduate years, the world famous author addresses some of life’s most important questions with acuity and emotional force.” – Goodreads

5/5 stars!!


 

 

392961145/ Book Love by Debbie Tung

“Bookworms rejoice! These charming comics capture exactly what it feels like to be head-over-heels for hardcovers. And paperbacks! And ebooks! And bookstores! And libraries! Book Love is a gift book of comics tailor-made for tea-sipping, spine-sniffing, book-hoarding bibliophiles. Debbie Tung’s comics are humorous and instantly recognizable—making readers laugh while precisely conveying the thoughts and habits of book nerds. Book Love is the ideal gift to let a book lover know they’re understood and appreciated.” – Goodreads

Reviewed in my February Wrap-Up!

5/5 stars!!


 

 

322005954/ A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

“THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED… The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.” – Goodreads

5/5 stars!!

 

 


 

 

357959873/ Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios

“Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone. Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape. A deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest portrayal of a destructive relationship, Bad Romance is a young adult novel about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.” – Goodreads

Further reviewed in it’s own post (spoilers) and in my February Wrap-Up!

5/5 stars!!


 

 

361144092/ The Language of Kindness by Christie Watson

“Christie Watson spent twenty years as a nurse, and in this intimate, poignant, and remarkably powerful book, she opens the doors of the hospital and shares its secrets. She takes us by her side down hospital corridors to visit the wards and meet her unforgettable patients. Through the smallest of actions, nurses provide vital care and kindness. All of us will experience illness in our lifetime, and we will all depend on the support and dignity that nurses offer us; yet the women and men who form the vanguard of our health care remain unsung. In this age of fear, hate, and division, Christie Watson has written a book that reminds us of all that we share, and of the urgency of compassion. ” – Goodreads

Reviewed in it’s own post and also in my January Wrap-Up!

5/5 stars!!


 

 

350043431/ The Bear and The Nightingale/The Girl In The Tower by Katherine Arden

“At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind–she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.” – Goodreads

Book 1 in my January Wrap-Up, and Book 2 in my February Wrap-Up!

5/5 stars!!


 

So those were the top 10 books I read in Winter, all of which I rated 4.5 and higher! What were your favourite books read in Winter? Any new recommendations? What are you most looking forward to in the new season? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

Seasonal Reading Lists

WINTER Reading List [2018]

This may be a bit late… Not sure when Winter ‘officially’ began because our weather in the UK has not been typically ‘wintery’ until the last couple of days! These are all books I hope to read before the end of the year, and also thorough out the beginning of next year! You should find some holiday books, some warm and fuzzy books, some winter romance, historical fictions, and some atmospheric reads! I hope all these books give the wintery vibe, and I am in the perfect mood to read all of these!

 

  1. The Bear and The Nightingale – Katherine Arden
  2. One Day in December – Josie Silver
  3. Hunted – Megan Spooner
  4. My New Crush Gave To Me – Shani Petroff
  5. Winter – Marissa Meyer
  6. The Deal of a Lifetime – Fredrik Backman
  7. His Dark Materials – Phillip Pullman
  8. The Afterlife of Holly Chase – Cynthia Hand
  9. My True Love Gave to Me – Misc.
  10. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  11. Winter Street – Elin Hilderbrand
  12. Harry Potter Series – J. K. Rowling
  13. A Shiver of Snow and Sky – Lisa Lueddecke
  14. Everybody Sees The Ants – A. S. King
  15. The Golem and the Djinni – Helene Wecker
  16. Winter – Ali Smith
  17. A Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket
  18. They Both Die in The End – Adam Silvera
  19. The Bone Season – Samantha Shannon
  20. Burial Rites – Hannah Kent
  21. The Great Alone – Kristin Hannah
  22. The Smell of Other People’s Houses – Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
  23. Salt to the Sea – Ruta Sepetys
  24. Frostblood – Elly Blake
  25. Sleeping Giants – Sylvain Neuvel
  26. The Last Namsara – Kristen Ciccarelli
  27. Everless – Sara Holland
  28. A List of Cages – Robin Roe

 

So what books are you hoping to read this winter? Any of these you’ve already read? What did you think of them? Any new recommendations? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

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AUTUMN Reading List [2018]

It is near the end of September already (say what?) so it’s time for a new season, and not just any season, my favourite season, AUTUMN! I have quite a lot of atmospheric books, some with dark plots, magical realism, and everything else that just makes for a perfect book to read when the weather gets cold, rainy and gray (in the UK anyway!) I have a lot fun doing these lists because I enjoy trying to find books I could be in the mood for during the season

 

  1. City of Ghosts – Victoria Schwab
  2. A Study in Charlotte – Brittany Cavallaro
  3. The Raven Boys – Maggie Steifvater
  4. Tangleweed & Brine – Deirdre Sullivan
  5. Hunting Prince Dracula – Kerri Maniscalco
  6. The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
  7. Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
  8. Uprooted – Naomi Novik
  9. If We Were Villians – M.L. Rio
  10. A Madness So Discreet – Mindy McGinnis
  11. Graceling – Kristin Cashore
  12. Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake
  13. In The Drowning Deep – Mira Grant
  14. You – Caroline Kepnes
  15. The Extinction Trials – S. M. Wilson
  16. A Skinful of Shadows – Frances Hardinge
  17. The Naturals – Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  18. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet – Becky Chambers
  19. A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness
  20. Dark Matter – Blake Crouch
  21. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August – Claire North
  22. Strange Weather – Joe Hill
  23. A Thousand Beginnings and Endings – Various
  24. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender – Leslye Walton
  25. Final Girls – Riley Sager
  26. Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman
  27. Everybody Sees The Ants – A.S. King
  28. Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo

So what are your plans for Autumn? Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? And are they any hear which you think I need to prioritise? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

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SUMMER Reading List [2018]

It is the 1st of June so it’s time for a new season, and a new season of books! I have quite a lot of fun doing these lists because I try to find books I could be in the mood for during the season, and summer is usually a good one to do because it’ll be mainly contemporary, fun books, and anthologies/short story collections, and others!

 

  1. Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella
  2. I’ll Give You The Sun – Jandy Nelson
  3. Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson
  4. Girl Against the Universe – Paula Stokes
  5. Call Me By Your Name – André Aciman
  6. Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
  7. I Believe in a Thing Called Love – Maureen Goo
  8. The Rosie Project – Graeme Simison
  9. Vinegar Girl – Anne Tyler
  10. Tangleweed & Brine – Deirdre Sullivan
  11. Truly Madly Guilty – Liane Moriarty
  12. Stay With Me – Ayobami Adebayo
  13. The Way Back to You – Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott
  14. My Life Next Door – Huntley Fitzpatrick
  15. Attachments – Rainbow Rowell
  16. I Call Myself a Feminist – Various
  17. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour – Morgan Matson
  18. The Mermaid & Mrs Hancock – Imogen Hermes Gowar
  19. Stargirl – Jerry Spinelli
  20. How To Make a Wish – Ashley Herring Blake
  21. Not Your Sidekick – C. B. Lee
  22. Radio Silence – Alice Oseman
  23. Goodbye, Perfect – Sara Barnard
  24. The Problem with Forever – Jennifer L. Armentrout
  25. Our Own Private Universe – Robin Talley
  26. Let’s Talk About Love – Claire Kann
  27. The City of Brass – S. A. Chakraborty
  28. Summer Days & Summer Nights – Various

So what are your plans for the summer? Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

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SPRING Reading List [2018]

So the clocks in the UK have gone forward this morning, which usually marks the start of Spring for me! Hopefully now all the snow has passed and we can start to look forward to the new season approaching! Here’s a list of books which I feel I’ll be in the mood to read during Spring, so there’s literary fictions, historical, coming-of-age contemporary, all those amazing genres! I would put the seasonal reading list books into a jar, and pull them out at random when I’m stuck for a read, as this seems like a good way to actually read more of the reading list!

 

 

  1. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
  2. The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah
  3. You’re Welcome, Universe – Whitney Gardner
  4. The Female of The Species – Mindy McGinnis
  5. Far From The Tree – Robin Benway
  6. Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult
  7. Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  8. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  9. A List of Cages – Robin Roe
  10. Beneath a Scarlet Sky – Mark Sullivan
  11. Cress – Marissa Meyer
  12. One Last Thing Before I Go – Jonathan Tropper
  13. Poison Study – Maria V. Snyder
  14. The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater
  15. The Wicked Deep – Shea Ernshaw
  16. The Hazel Wood – Melissa Albert
  17. Flame in the Mist – Reneé Ahdieh
  18. Wicked Like a Wildfire – Lana Popović
  19. Uprooted – Naomi Novik
  20. Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel
  21. Tell The Wolves I’m Home – Carol Rifka Brunt
  22. To Kill A Kingdom – Alexandra Christo
  23. They Both Die in the End – Adam Silvera
  24. A Tragic Kind of Wonderful – Eric Lindstrom
  25. Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty
  26. The Naturals – Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  27. Flawed – Cecelia Ahern
  28. Sleeping Giants – Sylvain Neuvel

 

 

What are you planning to read this Spring? How many of these have you read, and if so, what did you think of them? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx

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WINTER Reading List [2017]

21st December officially marks the start of winter and the shortest day, and it’s Christmas Eve Eve Eve Eve! Yaaay! So I have a list of books which I think would be great to read when it’s this time of the year. Some Christmassy, some dark, and some just because. I’m going to start doing these slightly different as well. I would put the seasonal reading list books into a jar, and pull them out at random when I’m stuck for a read, as this seems like a good way to actually read more of the reading list!

 

  1. Burial Rites – Hannah Kent
  2. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August – Claire North
  3. Every Day – David Levithan
  4. The Rest of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness
  5. The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater
  6. Uprooted – Naomi Novik
  7. Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo
  8. You – Caroline Kepnes
  9. We Are The Ants – Sean David Hutchinson
  10. The Girl of Fire and Thorns – Rae Carson
  11. The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden
  12. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
  13. Night Film – Marisha Pessl
  14. Stardust – Neil Gaiman
  15. Lost Boy – Christina Henry
  16. Down Among the Sticks and Bones – Seanan McGuire
  17. The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah
  18. The Snow Child – Eowyn Ivey
  19. The Winter Ghosts – Kate Mosse
  20. My True Love Gave to Me – Miscellaneous
  21. 12 Days of Dash and Lily – David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
  22. Everless – Sara Holland
  23. Even the Darkest Stars – Heather Fawcett
  24. A Shiver of Snow and Sky – Lisa Lueddecke
  25. Everland – Wendy Spinale
  26. The Naturals – Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  27. Ink – Alice Broadway
  28. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

 

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx