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Review: Dorothy Must Die

I love retellings. They’re one of my favourite things about books – the way an author can take a classic, well-loved story and turn into something entirely new and exciting. And that’s why Dorothy Must Die has been on my radar for quite a while. What could be better than a twisted version of The Wizard of Oz?

And trust me, this book is twisted all right.

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Stacking the Shelves #49

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Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, and it’s a chance for bloggers to share their exciting new books for the week.

What did I get?

There are a couple of new books on my shelves this week, and both were impulse buys! Which is terrible for my bank account, but great for me.

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The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater

So I happened to be in Waterstones, and I happened to spot this, and suddenly I’m half way through the book and almost dying every time something happens.

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Top Ten Bookworm Delights

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Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by the wonderful book blog, The Broke and Bookish, and involves making lists about books. LISTS! BOOKS! What more could you want?

Being a bookworm is a fabulous hobby. I mean, you get to read books, you get to blog about books, you get to meet other people who like books… The list goes on. And that’s what this week’s topic is all about! Celebrating all of the best things about being a bookworm:

Top Ten Bookworm Delights

Bookshops

Walking into a bookshop is just the best feeling ever. I could spend hours browsing Waterstones, or a local independent shop.

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Lady Midnight

I was introduced to the shadowhunter universe six years ago when I picked up Clockwork Angel. I devoured it, and went straight on to read the three Mortal Instruments books that were out at the time. I was addicted to those books, and by now I must have have read Clockwork Angel at least four or five times.

When The Mortal Instruments finished, I figured that would be the end of the shadowhunters world, but hey, at least it ended on a high. And then Cassandra Clare announced that she was writing more series’ set in the same world. I’ll admit, I was sceptical. I enjoyed all her books, but I wasn’t really sure if I wanted more shadowhunter books. So, I wasn’t sure if I’d even pick up Lady Midnight when it was released.

However, I did pick it up. I couldn’t resist its lovely cover and blue pages and overall shininess. Reviews were popping up all over the place, and people were loving it. I had to see for myself what all the fuss was about.

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A Gathering of Shadows

Last year, I innocently picked up a book which had a pretty cover, a London setting and magicians. I had no idea that I was about to read one of my favourite books of the year, and that would absolutely destroy me. That book was A Darker Shade of Magic. You may have heard of it.

Recently, I finally got myself a copy of the second book in the series, A Gathering of Shadows.

Is it possible to be destroyed even more after already being destroyed by a book?

Seriously, it was just incredible. So many books suffer from second-book syndrome, but this one definitely did not. It had me enchanted from page one, and I devoured it over a weekend.

Warning: If you haven’t read book one, and you plan to, go and read it before carrying on. I don’t want to spoil anything for you. Oh, you’re not planning on reading it? WHY NOT?

Extra Warning: Long review ahead

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Books and Board Games: The Tea Edition

Welcome to the first post in a brand new feature, which is all about taking your favourite books and finding a board game to match.

Today, I’m tackling the classic Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

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It’s a book loved by generations, it’s been adapted into a TV series and a film, and it even has two board games (!), one of which has been inventively named Pride and Prejudice: The Game. This however, is not the game that I’ll be talking about today. (Although if you are interested, here you go). The other is Marrying Mr. Darcy, which is also not the game I’ve picked today. (Again, if you’re curious, here’s a link to the website).

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Top Ten Authors That Made Me Laugh

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the fabulous blog The Broke and Bookish, and is a chance for bloggers to share lists about books. So join in, because LISTS!

This week’s topic is Top Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh. This is such a fun topic, and had me scouring goodreads, trying to narrow the list down to my favourites. I basically ended up just listing authors, because there are some who instantly come to mind and I can’t name just one of their books.

Several of these authors are here for the sass (especially Cassandra Clare), whereas others are there because even the chapter titles in the books are hilarious and deserve books of their own.

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Books and Board Games

You probably already know that I’m a big fan of books. I kind of have to be to have a book blog. What you probably don’t know is that I’m also a massive fan of board games. And by that, I don’t mean Cluedo and Monopoly and Scrabble and Risk. I mean all of the other fantastic board games out there, like The Settlers of Catan and Pandemic, Dixit and Mascarade.

But why am I even telling you this?

Well, the other day, I was sitting in my room thinking about possible blog features. And I looked around and saw a few hundred books. Then I looked again and saw board games all over the place. That was when I realised, this could make an awesome feature!

And that leads me to the introduction of…

BOOKS AND BOARD GAMES

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The Ultimate Book Tag

I was tagged to do the ultimate book tag by Rachel @ Confessions of a Book Geek back in, umm, March (which totally wasn’t almost a year ago…). But I’ve had this in my drafts for a while so I figured I should actually post it! You can check our her post here.

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

If I’m reading a physical book, I can manage about ten minutes of reading and then I remember that it makes me feel ill. However, I can read on my nook without any problems. So I guess the answer is sometimes.

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