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S4S – 2018 Books I want to Reread

I don’t reread very often but it’s been known to happen on occasion! I do quite often think about which books I would reread if I had the time to do so, some of which I end up buying as audiobooks to listen to when I’m doing housework or trying to get to sleep etc. I read quite a few books last year and this weeks Six for Sunday prompt from Steph at A little but a lot is 2018 books I want to reread.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I really enjoyed The Cruel Prince and would love to read it again. I’ve actually downloaded the audiobook so I will probably give that a listen at some time in the future.

Navigating the Stars by Maria V Snyder
I was so excited by this new sci-fi series by one of my absolute favourite authors and was one of the first to get the self-published UK copies and although I did enjoy it, I think I may have just read it too damn fast because I can’t remember a huge deal about it and it really bugs me so I want to do another read through and really savour it. I actually won a copy of the audiobook so again, I will definitely be listening to that too.

Skyward By Brendon Sanderson
I think this may have been my favourite (or at least one of my top) releases of 2018. It was fun, engaging and I adored it. The sequel, Starsight is out this year so it’s a good excuse for reread.

Obsidio by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
This is probably an obvious one I guess and although it was my least favourite out of the three books in The Illuminae Files trilogy it was still brilliant and full of some fantastic moments. The parachute joke as become my favourite Illuminae Files reference.

Vengeful by V.E Schwab
I’d like to read both Vicious and Vengeful again as I read them a little ways apart before and would like to read them together. Vengeful was just so well written I feel like it’s a waste to have read it just the once? Also, I can not get enough of my favourite dysfunctional family.

Christmas at the Beach Hut by Veronica Henry
I loved this book so much and I think it really helped at a time when I was stressed out about so much. Despite the festive title and obviously the book being set around Christmas, this book is about so much more than that and I can definitely see this becoming a future comfort read.

I enjoyed a lot of books last year but I found this prompt a little harder as I read a good amount of older books yesterday and some books that although I enjoyed I wouldn’t say they were especially reread material for me personally at this time for one reason or another.

 

 

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The Loneliest Girl in the Universe Review

32601841.jpgThe Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

Rating: XXXXX

Published September 7th 2017 by Walker Books

“Love takes so much energy, and it just leads to pain. I think it’s probably best for people to be self-sufficient. If I was strong enough to be independent, then I wouldn’t be so desperately lonely. I’m sure of it,”

Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away?

Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.

Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.

But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean?

Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone . . .

I stumbled across this beautiful book at YALC in 2017 on early sale at the Waterstones stand and although to me it looked like it was probably just a contemporary, maybe set in space? (I know contemporaries can be good too, I’m just not usually as interested in them). After I read the blurb I figured it was maybe a cross of Fangirl and the lake house somehow? Either way, I couldn’t say no to that shiny, sparkly cover. That and on behalf of Walker to celebrate the books release I’d just had a sparkly makeover so figured the least I could do was to check out the book they were promoting (and that sweet sweet cover). I had no idea that The Loneliest Girl would end up being one of my absolute favourite books. Two years later and now eagerly awaiting Lauren’s new book “The Quiet at the End of the World” which is out in early March, I decided to revisit the book that started it all for me, “The Loneliest Girl in the Universe.”

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The first time I read The Loneliest Girl I found out far too late that this book is a thriller. It starts off fluffy and light, very much in the vein of Fangirl, despite the darker sides to Romy’s backstory and her situation it feels like boy meets girl but are thousands beyond thousands of miles away from each other, cute emailing ensues etc. When I realised it was a thriller it was far too late to turn back, I was utterly hooked and terrified at the same time. I want to say that it’s different the second time around but to be honest it still pulls you in, lulls you into a false sense of security and makes you complacent so that when it really gets going you still feel like you’ve hit the floor at the bottom of the stairs when you were convinced there was one more step. This book is a wild ride that will not let you go, as the story goes on you recognise that feeling when you know something bad is going to happen but you can’t stop looking anyway and it is WORTH IT.

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Romy is a fantastic character, she’s realistic and relatable despite living her entire life on a spaceship she is wracked with anxiety and real fears and wants that just really hit a note with me and from having spoken to others who have read this she has the same effect on them as well. There are only a small number of characters in this book and I think in a lot of other books I might have found that boring but it works so well with The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, it adds to Romy’s isolation and you feel how important any kind of communication between the small number of characters really is and makes you appreciate them all the more which I imagine is the same case for Romy. This is one of my favourite aspects of the book because it really puts you in Romy’s shoes and heightens so much of the story.

The science is fantastic and fairly easy to wrap your head around instead of the pages of confusing words that don’t actually make sense together or sound ridiculous like you find in some Science Fiction books, strangely especially the adult ones… I now realise after having read Lauren’s other books that this is always a defining feature as well as featuring female scientists in prominent roles which gets a huge thumbs up from me! I actually found out after reading this book for the first time that it was inspired by a physics calculation Lauren was tasked with completing while at university! How cool is that?!

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If for some reason you haven’t checked this book out yet I highly recommend you do so, it’s only a short read and you can even buy a personalised and signed copy from Lauren’s Etsy store (it’s a dangerous place) there are pin badges and different versions of the books of which I now own all of…my personal favourite is the doodle in my US copy of a space cat because I like space. and cats. You get the idea. Don’t forget you can also preorder The Quiet at the end of the World, I just read the prologue and I HAVE CHILLS.

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S4S – Books you want to reread

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Rereading is something I think about fairly frequently. Certain books I loved will catch my eye on my bookshelf and I’ll think about all the great moments I had reading that particular book and wish I could recapture that magic so I tell myself I’ll reread it. The reality is however that I rarely do so. I have so many books to read, my NetGalley ratio is starting to become a bit of a terrifying joke and as I blog more and become confident to inquire I’m receiving more advanced reader copies and taking part in blog tours (as you’ll see over the coming weeks) leaving a lot less time for rereads than ever before so I’ve promised myself over the next year I will reread these books! Thank you, as always to Steph from A Little But A lot for her excellent prompts.

Twilight – This is purely for the nostalgia factor I think. I’ve enjoyed reading a Discovery of Witches recently which to me feels very much like a more adult version of Twilight and I am really interested how slightly more grown-up Jemma would react to books that angsty, vampire-obsessed, teenage Jemma would react. See also Vampire Diaries.

The Illuminae Files – I’m not picking just one of these books because I want to reread all of them all of the time. Whenever I’m having a hard time reading something or if they just catch my eye sitting on my bookshelf I want to reread them. I loved them so much and they were such great, fun reads I just can’t get enough of them.

Poison Study – It’s been such a long time since I’ve read the book that kickstarted my journey into YA Fantasy, I used to reread it every time a new book in the series was due out but now it’s finished I’m at a loss and really missing these books.

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The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – I’m thinking of trying the audiobook version of this one! I had planned to reread it for the year anniversary but things have just been so crazy! This was another book that I loved so much and is so deserving of multiple rereads, it will be interesting to see how it feels when I know the twists and turns now.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – I specified just the first one as although I do love the others the first one always has a special place in my heart and will definitely be a book I try to reread over Christmas as I always think of Hogwarts at Christmas and it’s honestly one of my favourite things.

City of Bones – I’ve never actually reread this before! I did start a while ago but too much other stuff came up and I couldn’t justify a reread. The Shadowhunter books have come so far since the first one and there are so many great lines and moments I remember loving in the first book that it’s something I feel I need to revisit.

I’m having to almost physically restrain myself from rereading The Illuminae Files immediately but with NaNoWriMo coming up I think it’s going to be a tough one! Let me know what books you would love to reread and if we have any that match up!

 

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