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Saturday, 28 November 2015

Christmas TBR List

Hello Readers! 
We are officially 25 days away from Christmas and that means that holidays are coming really soon. That also leads into a lot of free time... which ends up being amazing reading time! So I've put together a list of books that I am looking forward to reading this Xmas and hopefully this will inspire to pick up a book to read during this cozy time. 

• Girl Online • by Zoella (Zoe Sugg)

Girl Online follows a typical girl-meets-boy storyline with a few 21st-century twists. The "girl online" is Penny – a clumsy, anxious but thoroughly likeable lead character who struggles with panic attacks that have plagued her since she was involved in a car crash. Like all teenagers today, Penny has to deal with the cripplingly awkward period of young adolescence while also coping with her life being broadcast online. She struggles with growing up in a world where her friends post bitchy comments on her blog and publish a video of her accidentally flashing her knickers during the school play. Her blog is the only place where she feels safe to open up to the world – but she learns the hard way that it's not where personal secrets should be shared. After falling in love with a boy called Noah on holiday in New York, she returns home to find that he is, in fact, a famous musician with a huge YouTube following – and a girlfriend. Her supposed best female friend leaks her relationship with Noah to an online celebrity news site and her blog goes viral. Penny vows never to write on her blog again. Penny's best male friend is her next door neighbour Elliot, who is rejected by his father after coming out to his family. The pair mock Elliot's dad's comments that you can "grow out of being gay".
So as you can probably tell, it's more of a contemporary novel rather than Sci-Fi, which is what I usually read. But the reason why I'm going to read it is because this book has been recommended to me by more people than I can remember. So after a few months of people telling me that i have to read it, i have finally picked it up and I'm really looking forward to reading it. 
• The Iron Witch trilogy • by Karen Mahoney

Freak. That's what her classmates call seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood. When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed her father and drove her mother mad. Donna's own nearly fatal injuries from the assault were fixed by magic—the iron tattoos branding her hands and arms. The child of alchemists, Donna feels cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane and grounded is her relationship with her best friend, Navin Sharma. When the darkest outcasts of Faerie—the vicious wood elves—abduct Navin, Donna finally has to accept her role in the centuries old war between the humans and the fey. Assisted by Xan, a gorgeous half-fey dropout with secrets of his own, Donna races to save her friend—even if it means betraying everything her parents and the alchemist community fought to the death to protect.
I've actually had this trilogy waiting on my bookshelf ready to be read for about a whole year now! But in that whole year, I was never able to even bother to pick it up Recently, I was rearranging my shelf and found this books. So I did some research on them and it turn out that they look amazing! And I will definitely write a review about them when I finish reading them!

• Dance of Shadows • by Yelena Black   

Dancing with someone is an act of trust. Elegant and intimate; you’re close enough to kiss, close enough to feel your partner’s heartbeat. But for Vanessa, dance is deadly – and she must be very careful who she trusts . . . Vanessa Adler attends an elite ballet school – the same one her older sister, Margaret, attended before she disappeared. Vanessa feels she can never live up to her sister’s shining reputation. But Vanessa, with her glorious red hair and fair skin, has a kind of power when she dances – she loses herself in the music, breathes different air, and the world around her turns to flames . . . Soon she attracts the attention of three men: gorgeous Zep, mysterious Justin, and the great, enigmatic choreographer Josef Zhalkovsky. When Josef asks Vanessa to dance the lead in the Firebird, she has little idea of the danger that lies ahead – and the burning forces about to be unleashed . . .
• Breath of Snow and Ashes • by Diana Gabaldon 

A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the extraordinary story of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century wife, Claire.
The year is 1772, and on the eve of the American Revolution, the long fuse of rebellion has already been lit. Men lie dead in the streets of Boston, and in the backwoods of North Carolina, isolated cabins burn in the forest.
With chaos brewing, the governor calls upon Jamie Fraser to unite the backcountry and safeguard the colony for King and Crown. But from his wife Jamie knows that three years hence the shot heard round the world will be fired, and the result will be independence — with those loyal to the King either dead or in exile. And there is also the matter of a tiny clipping from The Wilmington Gazette, dated 1776, which reports Jamie’s death, along with his kin. For once, he hopes, his time-traveling family may be wrong about the future. 

As you may know if you are one of my readers, I am currently reading the Outlander Series and it is safe to say that I am in love with this books. I have read the first 5 books and I'm really, really looking forward to reading this 6th one. Everyone of this books is outstanding and from what I've heard, this one won't disappoint me since it is great as well. 
You can probably tell that I'm not reading the books one after the other, instead I'm reading books in between them. This isn't because I need a break from them, but instead because i don't want to get bored or sick of them since I am not use to reading such long books and so many of them. By separating them, it gives me a bit of time to get into my normal reading speed and stuff and then I get back onto reading them! 

So! this are the 6 books that I will be reading over Christmas. But also, I have very exciting news! As I said in one of my earlier posts, Sarah J Maas came to Melbourne this month! And meeting her and talking to her was so amazing and it was such a great experience. I will definitely write a post about this event so stay tuned! 

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