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Spring reads // 2016

Happy almost-summer everyone! As it’s (hopefully) nearing long sunny days and lots of ice cream, I thought I would do my Spring reads wrap-up! I feel like I really branched out a bit in Spring; I read some non-fiction, YA, and graphic novels. I do want to read a few more books in Summer though! Here are the books I read this Spring:

 

The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd // I LOVED this book. It was whimsical and charming and full of heart. Check out my review of it here.

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The Courtiers: Splendor and Intrigue in the Georgian Court at Kensington Palace by Lucy Worsley // Lucy Worsley is one of my favourite historians, and I really enjoyed this look at the Georgian Court. I did think that the structure was a bit jumpy and confusing at times, but overall this was a great non-fiction read!

The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth (The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow, #2) by Katherine Woodfine // This was probably one of the best second books in a series I’ve ever read. Whilst the spark from the first book remained, the tension and mystery in this book just cranked up a notch. An Utterly, utterly brilliant MG mystery. 

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The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home (Fairyland, #5) by Catherynne Valente // An epic conclusion to one of my favourite series. This had it all — quirk, action, and above all a satisfying conclusion. 

If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home by Lucy Worsley // This was SO interesting. If you’re ever curious about the house’s changing function throughout history, this is the book for you. I really enjoyed the structure in this book (Each section was a room), and I learnt a lot of things that I think documentaries often leave out. 

Jolly Foul Play (Wells and Wong #4) by Robin Stevens // PERFECT. Utterly perfect and funny and sad and mysterious. LOVED the exploration of Daisy and Hazel’s relationship dynamics and cannot wait for book 5. 

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A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavellaro // I am most definitely on a mystery kick this year. This was a really intriguing concept that followed descendants of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. I loved the mystery, and how the characters coped with (a) their forebears and (b) the crazy situations they found themselves in.

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The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Hellig // Another YA book with such an interesting concept! I enjoyed this, although I thought that the first half of the book was a little info-dump-y with the mythology. I ADORED the writing — lyrically it was so beautiful.

A Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons (How to Train Your Dragon, #6) by Cressida Cowell // One of the kids I look after lent me this book ages ago, so I kind of had to read it to give it back! I love these stories, they are funny and interesting and easy to get into. Also, this one featured libraries, which I love! ❤

iZombie, Vol. 1: Dead to the World by Chris Roberson // I love the TV show iZombie, so when I saw the lovely Kate Angelella enjoying the graphic novel, I had to read it. I loved this — it was inventive and funny and just different enough from the TV show to feel like a separte entity to me. I need to get Vol 2 ASAP. 

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians (Books #1-#5) by Rick Riordan // I adore this series with all my heart. It’s a action packed, fresh take on Greek mythology and I re-read it at least once a year.

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Frankenstein The Graphic Novel: Original Text by Mary Shelley // I’m a Mary Shelley fangirl, so to read her classic work in a graphic novel format was SO much fun!

The Lost Hero // The Son of Neptune // The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan // Again, I adore the world Rick Riordan has created and I finished Spring by started the HoO series. So great to read, I love the new characters (LEO!), and the relationship between Percy and Annabeth just melts my heart!

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I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on the books I read this Spring! I’m off to read more of THE HOUSE OF HADES. Have a fabulous day, friends! ❤

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