4 Highly Anticipated Books of 2017

Hey there book lovers! I hope 2017 is going great for you so far! I have here a list of my top 4 books I’m anticipating this year. I’ve never really looked forward to book releases as I don’t really keep up to date on these things. But I realised there are so many series installments coming out this year that I can’t help but to get excited πŸ˜€

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

This is the debut novel by Garber which is part of a series. Anyone who doesn’t think this cover is gorgeous seriously need to take a step back and evaluate their priorities. BECAUSE THIS COVER LOOKS AMAZING! With magical elements and adventure scattered in the book, I’m super excited to buy this and read it!

Caraval is set to be released on 31st January 2017.

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A Conjuring of Light by V E Schwab

A Conjuring of Light is the third and final installment to Shades of Magic trilogy which I started last year. This is one of my favourite seris and I’m so excited (and scared!) to see what disaster and heartbreak Schwab will trust on us this year. It’ll be pretty amazing to revisit the 4 Londons and see how Kell Maresh has been πŸ˜‰

A Conjuring of Light is expected to be released on 21st February 2017.

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Our Dark Duet by V E Schwab

Another Schwab book I am so excited to read soon! Our Dark Duet is the final installment of the Monsters of Verity duology and the first book, This Savage Song, blew my mind away! Schwab’s books are always jam packed with adventures and the moralley gray situations that you can never distinguish bad and good. I love it!

Our Dark Duet is expected to be released on 13th June 2017.

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A Court of War and Ruins by Sarah J Maas

I can’t say I wasn’t teeny tiny bit disappointed with the title. But I do hope the cover makes up for it! The final covered has yet to be released for ACOWAR. ACOWAR is the final installment of the Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy. I know I surprised so many people when I loved A Court of Mist and Fury but what can I say? Rhysand is hot.

A Court of War and Ruins is expected to be released on 2nd May 2017

So those are my 4 top picks? What are the books you’re looking forward to buying and reading this year? πŸ˜€

Top 12 Books of 2016!

Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! 2016 has been a pretty amazing year in terms of reading (can’t say the same about my personal life lol). I read such a diverse collection of books and explored so many genres (especially YA!) that made me love reading even more, if that’s even possible! I started off the year with a goal of reading more diverse reads and to explore more of the fantasy & sci-fi worlds. I’m glad to say that a number of books in these genres became my ultimate favourite reads of the year.

I started off with 30 books as my Goodreads Challenge goal seeing how I was going to be busy studying for my masters. But I surprised myself by reading 60 books, with over 20,000 pages read!

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Until today I have no idea how did I read so much during one of the busiest time of my life. But I have a feeling that I turned to books the most when I was deep in stress to cope with life. I read the most when I was coping with my exams and during the final months of my research.

So I specially made this post for you guys, to highlight some of the books I’ve enjoyed the most this year. I’ve done this before for 2015 but it was just a quick screenshot of the book covers. This year I’ll give brief summaries in relation to the book so to pique your interest in picking them up! :3

My top 12 picks of reads from 2016 are….

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A Quick TBR Tour!

A few days after returning home, I decided to reorganize my entire bookshelf. But this post isn’t going to showcase that since I’m still waiting for 50 books to arrive via shipment. But I want to show you my to-be-read (TBR) shelf instead!

For those of you who know me, I obsess over TBRs and my lack of control in downsizing them. I currently have around 20 books in my TBR pile and while that is small on a hardcore bookstagram level (that can reach hundreds), I do prefer to keep it less than 15 if possible. I don’t tend to have a spending/impulse buying sessions since I can get quite thrifty with money and I refuse to buy books at retail price whenever possible. So…book sales and second hand bookstores are my ultimate kryptonite.

Here is a photo of my entire TBR shelf. I purposely flipped over their covers to give that air of mystery πŸ˜› My TBR has a variety of genres I collected during my student days in London. Most books costed me less than Β£5 so you can imagine my despair when I saw retail priced books here in Malaysia.

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Bookish Bundle October Unboxing!

Hey guys! I’m so excited to show you my first unboxing post for my first box from Bookish Bundle! They are a Malaysian based book subscription box which is on its third box now. For those of you new to the term,Β book subscription boxes are completely mysterious. A book is included (usually a new release) accompanied by 4-5 book themed items.

BB’s previous boxes are super amazing and I decided to try the October one since I’ve returned home by this month. It is a quarterly book subscription box and this is my second experience unboxing one!

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10 Independent Bookstores in London You Don’t Wanna Miss!

My London adventure is coming to an end, sadly. As much as the whole Masters process was torture and exhausting, I truly did enjoy living in this beautiful city with its wonderful public transportation, friendly people from so many different backgrounds, and not to the mention the amazing, amazing bookshops!

Hence, this post is a tribute to the small number of independent bookshops I’ve visited in the past year. There are over a 100+ independent bookstores in London alone, but with my busy schedule, I could only manage around 10+. If you want to see the full list, I recommend visiting London Bookshop Map for more suggestions!

I hope if you ever visit London, then you consider visiting these beautiful bookshop! All photos here are taken by me πŸ™‚

1. Daunt Books

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Daunt Books in Marylebone is a very well-known independent bookstore specialising in every genre you could think of: fiction, classic, geography, history. Located in an Edwardian building with unique structure, this bookstore consists of a ground floor with a small balcony above and a basement downstairs filled with books! The interior is just gorgeous and I went there solely to browse inside πŸ™‚

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Top 5 Authors I Discovered in 2016

Hey everyone! If you didn’t know, I recently just completed my Goodreads Challenge and I’m still giddy over it!

Pats myself at the back…

I initially set 30 books as my goal for 2016, but eventually reached it in June and because it was only mid-year I upped the count to 40. I have half a mind to increase it further to 50, but seeing how I’ll be busy with job hunting and personal matters once I come back to Malaysia, I’ll settle happily for 40 books! I celebrated by buying more books and reading of course ! πŸ˜›

Ok, so 2016 is so far an amazing reading year for me (actually, any year I’m reading is amazing anyway) and I discovered so many amazing new writers but here are my top 5 picks that I would immediately buy whatever they publish next!

 

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1. Victoria Schwab

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Victoria Schwab (or V E Schwab as she is known in the YA world) has fast become my favourite fantasy author discovered this year. I started reading the Darker Shade of Magic series in June and I found her writing to be just brilliant. If you want dark and serious fantasy novels that explores morally gray predicaments, then her writing is for you.

I read Vicious soon after and that sealed the deal. I vowed to read everything Schwab publishes and read This Savage Song soon after meeting her at a signing event in London! She is such an amazing person, I cannot get enough of listening her talk about books!

I have recently purchased her much earlier works: The Archived series and will read them soon, so look out for my review on them! I am so excited to read the sequels to This Savage Song and Vicious next year on top of the final installment to the Darker Shades of Magic series!

Meanwhile, here are the books by her I have reviewed and you should definitely check her out!

Review: This Savage Song (V E Schwab)

Review: Vicious (V E Schwab)

Review: A Darker Shade of Magic (V. E. Schwab)

Review: A Gathering of Shadows (V. E. Schwab)

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