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End of Year Book Survey 2016

January 1, 2017 Blogging, Survey 0

The End of Year Book Survey by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner.  It gives all of us book nerds & bloggers the chance to show everyone our favourite bookish things from the past year and what we are looking forward to next year.

You don’t have to be a blogger to do it, just skip that section. But it is a great way to remind yourself what you’ve been reading for the past year…

2015 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 46

Number of Re-Reads: 6

Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult

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1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
It Ends With Us – Colleen Hoover
Hands down one of my favourite books of all time.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
One – Sarah Crossen
There was just so much hype surrounding this one, but for me it didn’t live up to the hype.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2016?
Deep Redemption – Tillie Cole
Tillie wrote this book from the POV of a character who we hated through the beginning of this series, I was so worried about if I was going to like this book and so was very surprised when I LOVED it!

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2016?
Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton
Such an amazing debut with some phenomenal world building!

5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series ender of 2016?
Series Started: This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab
Best Sequel: Glass Sword – Victoria Aveyard & The Sleeping Prince – Melissa Salisbury
Best Ender: The Winners Kiss – Marie Rutkoski

6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2016?
Alwyn Hamilton – Her debut this year was incredible plus I got to meet her at YALC which was amazing! Can’t wait to read more of her books in the future!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Non Fiction (Self Help) – Start Where You Are

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The Winners Kiss – Marie Rutkoski
This book was such an action packed end to the trilogy! Literally could not put it down!

9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
A Thousand Boy Kisses – Tillie Cole

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2016?
The Next Together – Lauren James
Since this book is split into several different stories I really liked that the cover shows that too.

11. Most memorable character of 2016?
PoppyA Thousand Boy Kisses
She was such a beautiful character and I finished this book with so many of her quotes highlighted (which then ended up on my bedroom wall)

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
It Ends With Us – Colleen Hoover
I had no idea what to expect from this book and what I got was totally unexpected but it was beautiful and powerful and is a book that EVERYONE needs to read.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
It Ends With Us – Colleen Hoover
Yep, I’m choosing it again. But the message in this book is so important. Definitely one of the most life changing books I’ve ever read.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
The Sin Eaters Daughter (Melissa Salisbury) and Red Queen (Victoria Aveyard)
Both of these books were amazing and I can’t believe I didn’t read them when they were first released!

15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
“All humans make mistakes. What determines a person’s character aren’t the mistakes we make. It’s how we take those mistakes and turn them into lessons rather than excuses.”It Ends With Us
As I mentioned above, this book has such a powerful message and this quote (which is so so true) just proves it.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
Shortest: 92 pages – Never Never Part 3
Longest: 664 pages – Some Kind of Perfect

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
A Thousand Boy Kisses – Tillie Cole
I wasn’t expecting the story that I got at all.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Kestrel and Arin (The Winners Kiss)
I have been with these two from the start and seeing them end their story together made me so so happy!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Arin and Roshar (The Winners Kiss)
I loved the development of their relationship through the entire trilogy but especially in the final book. They have to be one of my favourite bromances of all time!

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Straight – Seth King
He writes some of the most beautiful books I have ever read and isn’t scared of a tough topic. He is an author I have read before and will definitely be reading again.

21. Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
One – Sarah Crossen
I would say that I read is based mostly on hype (which I should have learnt by now is not the right thing to do) and I have to say that I was massively disappointed in it. I should have learnt by now that hype doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be any good.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
Gui – Breaking Through
He was just the perfect man. Sexy, sensitive and just beautiful inside and out.

23. Best 2016 debut you read?
Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton
It was truly one of the best books I’ve ever read. Amazing world building and a story I couldn’t put down.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Some Kind of Perfect – Becca and Krista Ritchie
This book made me smile so much because it was the perfect ending to an incredible series. My smiles were closely followed by tears when I had to say goodbye to this series!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
It Ends With Us, A Thousand Boy Kisses and Deep Redemption

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
The Pain Eater – Beth Goobie

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
A Thousand Boy Kisses – Tillie Cole

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?
Unboxed – Non Pratt
This book was unique because it was printed in a format that was dyslexia friendly, which is something I didn’t even know was a thing until I met a company that did it at YALC. Pretty cool stuff.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Honesty – Seth King
This book made me mad because it focuses on a very real issue still happening in the world today and that is NOT acceptable.

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?
I haven’t really discovered many new ones, I’m very much a creature of habit. I do still hold a massive amount of love for Paper Fury and A Fools Ingenuity though. They are two blogs I definitely couldn’t live without!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?
It Ends With Us – Colleen Hoover
I always find reviews for books that I have loved super hard and I always hate reading back over my reviews because I feel like they sound stupid, but I remember reading this one back and thinking that it was actually pretty good!

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
Book Cataloging, Are You Doing It?
I’ve been looking into cataloging my books for quite a while and so really enjoyed putting this post together and researching all the different apps that you can use to catalogue.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I went to YALC for the 3rd year in a row and spend 3 whole days surrounded by authors, books and other bookworms just like me! This year I got to meet Victoria Schwab, Alwyn Hamilton, Melissa Salisbury and Lauren James just to name a few.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?
It would have to be YALC and being recognised by Alwyn Hamilton as one of the bloggers who reviewed her book. She then also remembered me the next day when we ran into each other in Tesco and spent 10 minutes chatting about our Hogwarts houses!

6. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
A find it totally amazing that my most popular post (for the second year running) is Comparing and Judging Harry Potter Covers, which I posted in July 2015!
But if we are talking about something that I have posted this year, then the most popular (by views) would be my review for A Beautiful Funeral (Jamie McGuire).

7. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Not a specific post, but my weekly feature Sunday Funday. Some of these posts take me hours to create and it’s sometimes a bit disappointing to log on and see that hardly anyone has checked them out. But then I guess as long as I am still getting the enjoyment from writing them then that’s the main thing!

8. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I think it would have to be when I discovered Storybook cosmetics had made some Harry Potter make up brushes, they were amazing! You can check them out in my Harry Potter Make Up post, but you should also go check out their website because they have just created a new Quill eyeliner brush which is super cute!

9. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I kind of lost count with all my challenges in the second half of this year due to my Grandad getting ill and me having to take a hiatus from my blog to help care for him. I just missed out on my goodreads challenge by 3 books (annoying!) but I am really looking forward to

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare
I am so ashamed to say that this has been sat on my shelf since its release in March! I will definitely be reading this in 2017!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
Carve the Mark – Veronica Roth

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Wintersong – S. Jae-Jones

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2), Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2), Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2), Kings Cage (Red Queen #3)

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
I want to reach my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal and I want to be better on social media. I may even post pictures of books on Instagram!

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
Riot – Tillie Cole
The final book in the Scarred Souls series. This book is incredible and I can’t recommend it, and the entire series, enough.

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Sunday Funday: A-Z Bookish Survey 2015

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

So, when I first started Broc’s Bookcase  I took part in the A-Z Bookish Survey created by Jamie at the Perpetual Page Turner. I promised myself that every year I would do it to show how my bookish and reading tastes would change. So last year when Broc’s Bookcase turned 1 I did it again, and now I’ve just turned 2 it’s time to do it again.

Check out my 2013 A-Z Bookish Survey
Check out my 2014 A-Z Bookish Survey

Author you’ve read the most books from:
Tillie Cole

Best Sequel Ever:
Winners Crime (Marie Rutkoski)

Currently Reading:
Fairest (Marissa Meyer)

Drink of Choice While Reading:
Hot Chocolate with lots of marshmallows and whipped cream!

Ereader or Physical Book?
Physical, but I am way too lazy to go to the bookshop, or too impatient to wait for it to be delivered, so a lot of the time I real from my kindle.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:
Oliver (Kaleidoscope Hearts). Totally swoonworthy.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
Love, Rosie (Cecelia Ahern)

Hidden Gem Book:
The Summer Remains (Seth King)

 Important Moment in your Reading Life:
I went to YALC for the 2nd time and met Cassandra Clare and Marie Rutkoski!!!

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Just Finished:
Cress (Marissa Meyer)

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
Erotica. I find it cringy and fake. It’s just never going to happen!

Longest Book You’ve Read:
Same as last year: Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

Major book hangover because of:
Never Never (Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher)

Number of Bookcases You Own:
2!!! 2 more than last year!!!

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
Ugly Love (Colleen Hoover)

 Preferred Place To Read:
Whilst walking my dog down the canal.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:
“They were always meant to be together, one boy and one girl, two hearts split into two, sent to far-off lands on their own. For God wanted to see if true love could be tested. He wanted to see if two halves of one soul could find each other again, even against the odds. Years would pass. They would both be hurt. They would both be sad, but one day, when they least expected it, they would stumble into each other’s paths. The question is: would they recognize each other’s soul? And would they find their way back to love…?”Raze (Tillie Cole)

Reading Regret:
Another Day (David Levithan) – It just didn’t live up to the first book.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):
The Ivy Years (Sarina Bowen) – I loved The Year We Fell Down, but just never continued with the series.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books from this Year:
The Winners Curse (Marie Rutkoski)
Sweet Hope (Tillie Cole)
Souls Unfractured (Tillie Cole)

Unapologetic Fangirl For:
I guess I’m meant to pick a book here, but instead I am going for … Tillie Cole!

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:
Winter (Marissa Meyer) in November 2015

Worst Bookish Habit:
Having to re-read the entire series when the next book is released

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
Remix (Non Pratt) – I loved Trouble, but just haven’t gotten round to reading this one yet.

Your latest book purchase:
The Next Together (Lauren James)

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):
An Ember in the Ashes (Sabaa Tahir) – This book was WAY too addictive!

Why not have a go at this survey for your reading year?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Sunday Funday: End of Year Book Survey 2014

December 28, 2014 End of Year, Sunday Funday, Survey 0

Sunday Funday

So, it’s the last Sunday Funday of the year and it’s time to look back over 2014.

The End of Year Book Survey is an annual feature by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner and gives all of us book nerds & bloggers the chance to show everyone our favourite bookish things from the past year and what we are looking forward to next year.

So check out mine and then have a go yourself, and don’t forget to post your link on Jamie’s post here.

2014 end of year book survey

2014 has been one of those years that I will look back on a realise how much I have learnt. There have been highs, but there have also been a few lows and I feel that this year has really made me appreciate everyone and everything in my life. I have seen and done some amazing things this year, including going to China and meeting my literary hero, Malorie Blackman. But I also feel that I have found out how much strength I have to get myself back up and carry on after things have knocked me down!

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Number Of Books You Read: 84

Number of Re-Reads: 8

Genre You Read The Most From: Most definitely Young Adult. A mix between Contemporary and Dystopian

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1. Best Book You Read In 2014?
If I Stay (YA Contemporary)
Sweet Fall (NA Contemporary)
The Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire (YA Fantasy)

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Distance Between Us – Katie West. I don’t know if I need to re-read it when in a different frame of mine, and I did like it, I just didn’t love it.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?
I was slightly unsure about the Addicted Series, starting with Addicted to You when I initially saw it. As a story that features a sex addict, I was a little unsure of what exactly I was going to be reading. As you all know, I am not a fan of erotica. But this book surprised me, so much so that I have read the following six books!

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?
This is probably going to be a Tillie Cole book! I absolutely LOVE them and I am ALWAYS trying to get other people to read them. I’d guess between Sweet Fall and It Ain’t Me Babe.

5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?
Best Series: The Maze Runner
Best Sequel: Where She Went (it wasn’t released in 2014, but it was when I read it and it was just as amazing as the first book, If I Stay)
Best Series Ender: The Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire

6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2014?
There can’t be just one for this. I’m not even going to try!
Colleen Hoover – why did I wait until this year to discover Colleen. She is AMAZING!
Non Pratt – Best discovery of YALC! She was so entertaining, I immediately went to buy her book!
Gayle Foreman – I’ve been wanting to read her for ages and finally got round to her this year, and again thought, WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG?!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Say Her Name (James Dawson). I am NOT a horror reader, it completely freaks me out, so this was one book that was not easy to read but I was VERY proud of myself for reading it!

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
I read the Eden series by Keary Taylor in February and it is one of the fastest I have ever read! It had everything: action, romance and an unbelievably addictive storyline.

9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Raze by Tillie Cole most definitely. I just read this one last week and it was INCREDIBLE!
Also I will totally be re-reading Anna & the French Kiss, Lola & the Boy Next Door and Isla & the Happily Ever After again!

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2014?
Trouble by Non Pratt. A book with sperm on the front, I’m sorry but no book cover beats this one!

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11. Most memorable character of 2014?
Lexi from Sweet Fall. I think this one stands out for me the most because she was based upon Tillie Cole’s (the authors)

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
Hopeless & Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover were some of the most intense and beautifully written books I read this year. I was so in awe

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?
If I Stay (Gayle Foreman) – It really made me realise what is important in my life. We spend our days worrying about the most insignificant things but it isn’t until something like this happens that we realise what we have.
Sweet Fall (Tillie Cole) – I have read a few books about eating disorders, all of which were very good but non of which I connected with as much as this one. Finding out that Lexi’s experiences in this book where based upon Tillie’s real life experiences with anorexia just made this story so much more poignant.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?
If I Stay & Where She Went – Gayle Foreman
All Colleen Hoover books!

15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?
“Did Brother Zachariah just steal our cat?” (The Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire)

“We were both just too messed up to ever be with each other in the way we needed to be. Two shooting stars that burned out too quickly, never quite reaching each other’s skies.” (Sweet Fall)

“It’s funny. I used to look up at the stars and feel so small and unimportant. But I’ve come to realize that the only thing that can ever make you feel alive and important is the one person who takes you for you.” (Sweet Fall)

Also, basically every page of Love, Rosie! There are just TOO MANY!!!!

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
Challenging Zed (Joss Stirling) – 32 Pages
The Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire (Cassandra Clare) 725 Pages

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Beautiful Oblivion (Jamie McGuire) – That ending, wow I was NOT expecting that!!!

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Lola & Cricket (Lola and the Boy Next Door) – Just pure cuteness! Jace & Clary (The Mortal Instruments) – After everything they went through, they are one of my top couples!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Rosie & Alex (Love, Rosie) – I LOVED these guys friendship (before the whole romantic thing got in the way!)
Lo, Ryke & Connor (Addicted Series) – This bromance is by fear one of my FAVOURITE things about this series! They tease each other and joke around but when things get serious they are one team you do not want to go against.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Tillie Cole!!!!! Hahaha. I loved every single one of her books this year: Sweet Rome, Sweet Fall, It Ain’t Me Babe, Heart Recaptured and Raze. All just pure perfection.

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
If I Stay (Gayle Foreman) – I have been meaning to read it for a while, but it wasn’t until this year and the pressure to read it before the film, combined with every single comment left on my blog telling me to read it that made me FINALLY read it!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
Sawyer (Entice) – I’ve met him before in previous books in the series, but it wasn’t until this book that he grew up and become a guy that I could totally LOVE.
Will (Slammed Series) I fell in love with Will the moment I met him. A guy who sacrifices so much for his family is just amazing. He is beautiful both inside and out.

23. Best 2014 debut you read?
Trouble by Non Pratt – Pure genius!

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Across the Universe – Set in a spaceship, awesome!
The Maze Runner – This whole world was just incredible. At first it reminded me of the Hunger Games a little bit, but then it just became so much more!

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
I really enjoyed Stephanie Perkins series Anna & the French Kiss, Lola & the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?
Sweet Fall (Tillie Cole)
If I Stay (Gayle Foreman)

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
The Eden Trilogy. This one needs so much more love from the bookish community because it is INCREDIBLE!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Raze (Tillie Cole) – I can’t really say why at this point, because it hasn’t actually been released yet. But it was truly amazing, heart breaking and soul crushing. Incredible.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?
Love, Rosie (Cecelia Ahern) A story made up of letters, emails, texts and instant messaging. It was like nothing I have ever read before.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Breaking Fences (Juliana Haygert) – This book made me so mad because the people in it were just so ignorant. The new girl at college is from Brazil so that must mean that she is a total slut. The

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?
Chrissi Reads. I can always find something I am interested in on her blog. She has incredible taste in books and I always find my TBR growing substantially after visiting her blog!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?
I love writing my Tillie Cole reviews because they are always the most challenging. I love every single one of her books and I always find myself having to really work hard to keep from just saying OMG THIS WAS AMAZING over and over again. I really like spreading the word about these amazing books so these are by far my favourite.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
I think my favourite non review posts have got to be my Top Ten Tuesday ones. I really love taking part in this meme and it always gets me finding new books that I would have never found otherwise.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
There have been so many! Going to YALC this year was INCREDIBLE and I will definitely be going back again next year! AI have also really enjoyed all of the blog tours I have been involved in, I really like thinking up questions for author interviews, and of course the ARC’s are always good!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?
Ok, so I have two, both of which happened at YALC.
Meeting Malorie Blackman – She has been a hero of mine for many many years and so getting to meet her this year was incredible! I totally fan girled and was shaking like an idiot!IMG_4105 Broc’s Bookcase being recognised – Whilst at YALC I got talking to a publisher and happened to mention that I had a blog. When I told her the name she totally recognised it and commented on how good my blog was. This for me was such a highlight.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Review: City of Heavenly Fire was by far my most popular post this year. I actually managed to get over 1000 views in only a few hours which was so much more then I am used to. I even got a message from WordPress telling me that my blog was getting a few more views then usual. A few?! This major accomplishment was due to Cassandra Clare retweeting my link to my review and it just shows the power of authors!

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I’ve started doing more discussion posts on my blog, trying to get people a little more involved, and disappointingly for me they haven’t quite got the response that I had hoped for yet. But with a little bit more work next year I am hoping to get them up to where I want them.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
The Book Depository – Free shipping to anywhere in the world, best site ever!!!
The Perks of Being a Weasley – I LOVE this store on Etsy and order so much stuff from it! I don’t know how I would have coped without this Harry Potter fix this year!

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I took part in the Goodreads challenge this year and I planned to read 100 books. It was totally on track until about September time when I went through a MASSIVE reading low and didn’t really read anything until like November. I did manage to make it to 84 though, so I was close!

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?
I STILL haven’t managed to read the Lunar Chronicles this year and so I really really need to get to

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?
I’m really looking forward to the last two book in the Addicted Series: Fuel the Fire and Long Way Down. Becca & Krista Ritchie have done such amazing things with this series.

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Playlist for the Dead (Michelle Falkoff) – This one just looks so unique, I am really excited to see how this story unfolds.
The Red Queen (Victoria Aveyard) – I am SO EXCITED for this series to get under way. It looks INCREDIBLE!

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?
Again it would have to be the final two books in the Addicted Series: Fuel the Fire and Long Way Down. I am both excited and sad to read these final two books! Also, the final book in N.L.Greene’s magical MysticSeeker series: Secrets Revealed. I am so excited to find out how this one ends!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?
There will be another reading challenge next year and I will most definitely be completing it. I also have some goals for where I want to be with my blog this time next year and I also would love to go to YALC again next year!

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
It’s not a 2015 release, but it is released on December 30th so it practically is a new year release:
Raze by Tillie Cole
It is incredible! I would urge everyone to pick up this book!

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Sunday Funday: A-Z Bookish Survey

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Sunday Funday

The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

This Week on Broc’s Bookcase:
Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Really Want to Read But Don’t Own Yet
Blog Tour: “Sweet Fall” by Tillie Cole +GIVEAWAY
It’s My Birthday

So, this week was awesome, my blog turned 1! YEAY! Very exciting stuff. Remember to check back next week because I am going to have a GIVEAWAY starting that you are not going to want to miss!!!

So, this Sunday’s activity comes from Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner. She is fantastic at making surveys, and her A-Z survey is no different! I actually did this last year too and so it was really interesting to see how much things have changed over the past year. There seems to be the exact same amount of Harry Potter in this year as there was last year which isn’t really a surprise!

So here it is, give it a go yourself. Even if you don’t have a blog you can still do it and keep it somewhere safe and then in a years time you can do it again and see how your bookishness has changed in the past year!

Author you’ve read the most books from:
J.K.Rowling. There is 7 HP books! Other then J.K. it would probably have to be Katie McGarry, and the 6 books in her Pushing the Limits Series, which I LOVE.

Best Sequel Ever:
This is a really hard one. I think I liked Sweet Rome by Tillie Cole. Seeing the story from Rome’s POV was so emotional and I loved it.

Currently Reading:
I’m just about to start the second Maze Runner book. Actually as soon as I finish writing this I am off to the shop to buy it!

Drink of Choice While Reading:
It really depends on my mood and the weather. In winter it is mostly hot chocolate (with a ton of marshmallows and whipped cream) but in the summer it is cocktails. Alcoholic or non alcoholic, it doesn’t matter to me!

Ereader or Physical Book?
I used to only read physical books, but when I started blogging I would get sent review books as e-books so then I started reading on my kindle a lot. Recently I have started reading physical books again and I didn’t realise how much I missed them! Kindles are very useful for holidays and travelling etc, but nothing beats a real book. I am also a book sniffer!

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:
Oh dear, this is a tough one. I really like Jase Garrett from The Boy Next Door. He is a nice boy who isn’t afraid to look uncool if it means helping someone out. Plus his family are amazing. I also kinda love Peeta from the Hunger Games though. He is one of those people who is thoughtful and it’s the little moments with him that are the special ones. But at the same time he is so dedicated that he would literally risk his life for the person he loves.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
The Addicted series by Kristie & Becca Ritchie. The first book is described as being a book about a sex addict and an alcoholic who are pretending to be in a relationship to please their parents. I was a little wary as I thought it would end up being slightly erotica, but I’m so glad I gave it a chance because the entire series is amazing!

Hidden Gem Book:
What I Didn’t Say by Keary Taylor. This was the first book I reviewed on my blog and I really think it deserves for so many more people to read it, as it is simply AMAZING.

 Important Moment in your Reading Life:
I think I’m going to say both discovering Goodreads and starting my blog as they both happened around the exact same time. Both have opened me up to this reading community and have given me so many opportunities to be involved in so much cool stuff.
However I also have to mention Noughts & Crosses here as it was the first YA book I ever read, and gave me that push to move away from all the girly preteen books I had been reading. It made such a difference to my reading life.

Just Finished:
The Maze Runner. I was determined to read it before the film came out and now I am hooked and really need the 2nd book!!!

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
I’m pretty happy to try anything, I’m always looking for recommendations for something different. However for my personally I don’t read Erotica. I don’t mind books with steamy sexy bits in them. But Erotica for me is just something that I don’t enjoy reading.

Longest Book You’ve Read:
I’m mentioning 2 here, because I love them both and they are very close in their number of pages. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix(870). One my favourite of the series because this book gives us so many of the answers we’ve been waiting for. Plus it’s when they actually start to fight back against the darkness and I love it! And second Inheritance by Christopher Paolini (849). The final book in the Inheritance series, I felt like I was waiting for this one forever but wow was it worth it. The book very nearly killed me with the amount of emotions I felt reading it, but wow I loved it!

Major book hangover because of:
Oh wow, so many! Noughts & Crosses and TFIOS being two of the main ones I remember.

Number of Bookcases You Own:
None! It’s so bad! I made myself a promise and a new years resolution that I would buy myself a book shelf, but I still haven’t. And so instead my books are in dangerous looking piles around my room and house. I really do need to buy myself a book shelf!

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman. I recently took it to get signed at YALC and standing in the queue there were loads of people with brand new books and I felt really bad that mine wasn’t looking too good. But when I got to the front Malorie was actually made up that it was like that because I had read it so much.

 Preferred Place To Read:
So many places for so many different moods. I like reading in bed, or snuggled up on the couch. I also read a lot whilst walking my dog down the canal. I mostly read fantasy whilst walking my dog, because I’m surrounded by fields and hills and it really helps me get in the mood.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:
“Words are in my humble opinion are our most inexhaustible source of magic.” Which I find so true. Words can take you to different words, can bring you to tears, can make you fall in love. They really are magic!

Reading Regret:
All the books I haven’t read. I need to read more classics. I’m always ashamed when people start talking about them and I have to admit I’ve never read them!

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):
Wow, there is a lot! I think my main two that I am determined to finish this summer are the Gone series by Michael Grant, and the Percy Jackson/the Olympian series by Rick Riordan. I started reading both of these series when the first book came out but still have no gotten to the end yet.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:
I hate having to pick favourites, it’s so mean! Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman, What I Didn’t Say by Keary Taylor and ooo I don’t know, a Tillie Cole book, maybe It Ain’t Me Babe? This question is mean! But then theres HP and Inheritance!

Unapologetic Fangirl For:
I very much proved my fan girlness for Malorie Blackman at YALC, I became a shaking and mumbling mess! But I think meeting J.K.Rowling would really do it for me. I would probably just faint in front of her!

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:
At the moment it’s Sweet Fall by Tillie Cole. Really excited for this one. But then I just heard the news that J.K. is writing another HP book and so that has me VERY excited!

Worst Bookish Habit:
If a new book in a series comes out then I HAVE to read all the previous ones. When the final Mortal Instrument book came out this meant reading 5 books all over again. I also have to have all my covers matching, and so will spend money on a book again if it means a matching cover. Ooo and library fines! I should just buy the book outright, it would be cheaper!

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
So I don’t have shelves, so I just picked a pile of books and counted instead. Eden by Keary Taylor. LOVED this series.

Your latest book purchase:
Isla and the Happily Ever After. Actually I bought the entire series and read it in like 2 days! It was AWESOME!
Today I will be buying the second Maze Runner book so that will very soon be my latest purchase!

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):
It would probably have to be the final Mortal Instruments book, I just HAD to finish that book and series. It was AMAZING!

So give it a go! It’s so much fun!

And thanks again to Jamie for coming up with such a brill survey!

Enjoy your Sunday!

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End of Year Book Survey 2013

December 29, 2013 End of Year, Survey 7

end of year book survey
The End of Year Book Survey is an annual feature by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner and gives all of us book nerds & bloggers the chance to show everyone our favourite bookish things from the past year and what we are looking forward to next year.
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For me, thinking back over 2013, it has been a really great year for me. I graduated from uni with First Class Honors, went to Vegas with my sisters and saw some amazing live music. Plus, I started Broc’s Bookcase and it has been one of the best thing I ever did. I love being able to chat about books and have met loads of new fun people because of it.
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Best In Books 2013.
1. Best Book You Read In 2013? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)
Contemporary YA – What I Didn’t Say
Dystopian/Post Apocolyptic – Divergent
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2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
This is What Happy Looks Like. Wow I was gutted with this one!
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3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
Embrace. I wasn’t too sure about this series when I was sent it, but decided to give it a go and glad I did.
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4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
Ooo, this is a difficult one, it would probably be between a few. Divergent, Pushing the Limits, What I Didn’t Say and Sweet Home were all massively recommended by me this year.
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5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
Hands down the Divergent series. I came very late to this party, but it didn’t make me love this series any less. Was blown away by the entire series.
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6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
Kate McGarry is definitely a big favourite of mine this year. I have read 3 of her books and they are all brilliant. Veronica Roth is also right up at the top of my list. Her writing in Allegiant (Divergent #3) was so powerful I spent most of the book crying!
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7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you? 
The Phoenix Conspiracy. Sci-Fi, who knew?!
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8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
It would have to be Allegiant. Having to wait for this book was torture, and I stayed up half of the night just so I could finish it!
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9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Unbreakable. This is such a beautiful and heartbreaking story, I have already read it at least 10 times this year, no doubt I will be reading it next year too.
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10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?
I’m going to have to pick a series for this question, because I can’t pick just one of these covers, plus they are so much more powerful as a trio. Fading, Freeing, Falling.
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11. Most memorable character in 2013?
Jake from What I Didn’t Say. He has this incredible journey through the book and he grows into this remarkable person. But then I also have to mention Tris from the Divergent series. Her courage and selfishness really make her such an amazing and unforgettable character.
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12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
Every Day by David Levithan. Everything about this book was just beautiful.
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13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013? 
So any books have had an impact on me for so many different reasons. Allegiant brought me to tears, even a week later, just by reading a quote from it. What I Didn’t Say gave me one of the biggest book hangovers I had had in a very long time, reminding me just how lucky I am in life. And Every Day was just pure beauty and gave me this phenomenal feeling that didn’t go away for a very long time.
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14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?
I feel like I am writing the same books over and over again in this list but I would be lying right now if I didn’t say Divergent. Also Legend and Under the Never Sky. All three, amazing series.
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15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013? 
I LOVE quotes and did a recent post on some of my favourite quotes. I will have to stick with the list that I made and go with a quote from Allegiant:
fire that burns bright.
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
Longest – Allegiant (526)
Shortest – The Spirit of Imagination (135)
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17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!
I read Allegiant within about 5/6 hours and had to wait for the bookish world to catch up and it was agonising not having anyone to talk about it with. One of the downsides to reading so fast!
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18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Romantic – Tris & Four in Divergent series, Molly & Romeo in Sweet Home, Candace & Ryan from Fading series, Gemma & Alex from Fallen Star series. Wow there are a lot that I love!
Friendship – Candace & Jase from the Fading Series. These guys deserve a special mention because their friendship is just amazing!
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19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire. It is the second book of the Beautiful Disaster series, and basically tells the same story but from Maddox’s POV with and extra bit added on the end.
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20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
One of my best friends Sam is brilliant at finding good books and has recommended so many to me. One of the best being the Afterlife series, which I started in 2012 but had to wait for more books in the series to be released this year. Really liked that one.
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21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?
Probably between Contemporary YA and Dystopian/Post Apocalyptic. I really want to find a good fantasy series next year though, I have missed my fantasy!
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22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
SO MANY! Romeo (Sweet Home), Noah (Pushing the Limits), Ryan (Dare You To), Isiah (Crash Into You), Four (Divergent). I can’t pick just one!, its WAY TOO HARD!
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23. Best 2013 debut you read?
Sweet Home by Tillie Cole. I loved this one, read it within a matter of hours and it stuck with me.
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24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
It’s a toss up between the world in the Divergent series and the world in the Legend series. Both were amazing.
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25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?
I really enjoyed reading Kate McGarry’s books this year. Pushing the Limits, Dare You To and Crash Into You. Each book is brilliant as a stand a lone but also as part of the entire series.
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26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?
I cry A LOT when it comes to books, that’s no lie, so there were many books that made me cry this year. But I think the one that had the biggest impact on me was Allegiant. I cried for about an hour (during my lunch hour in work) then I had to go back to my office and when explaining why I was red faced and puffy eyed I started crying again. Then the next day when I started to wite my review (because I wasn’t emotionally stable enough to write it that night) I was crying, then I saw a specific quote from the book tat set me off again. And now every time I see that quote it makes me cry. So I think that Allegiant was probably the strongest int eh ‘made you cry’ competition!
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27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?
What I Didn’t Say. I don’t know anyone else who has read this book, and really think it deserves a lot more attention than it has gotten
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Blogging 2013.
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013?
The Perpetual Page Turner. I love checking up on what Jamie has been reading, and her posts are always fun to read.
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2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013?
What I Didn’t Say, simply for the fact that it was my first ever review and although it took me ages and I was totally stressing over it because I didn’t want it to be rubbish, I loved writing it, and I was so happy to finally post it.
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3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
Too Much Information. This post came about when my mum got worried that I was sharing too much personal information on my blog, and it really got me thinking about how much is too much.
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4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
Beyond the Pages by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner. She talks about getting out there in the world and actually living life rather then just watching it pass. Really made me think.
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5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
My first ever blog tour for Embrace was possible my favourite because I had never done anything like it before and got an amazing response from people who read my blog.
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6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?
I think actually starting my blog this year was a big moment for me. Having people commenting on my blog was another biggy because it made it all real at that point, people were actually reading my blog and liked it enough to want to talk to me about it. Being contacted by an author is always a best bit as well, when they have noticed your blog and they specifically contact you to ask you to read and review their book, makes you feel good 🙂
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l7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
I think it would have to be my Embrace review/giveaway. People really do love Giveaways!!
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8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I really love my Sunday Funday posts and it takes time to find/think of fun bookish things to do on a Sunday. I do get a lot of people checking them out, but sometimes I do wish for a few more.
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9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Joining the book blogging world there have been tons of discoveries for me this year. Goodreads was something that I knew about but before this year had never really gotten involved in. Memes like Top Ten Tuesday are things that I really love, and finding out that I can get ARC’s was probably the best discovery ever!
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10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I used to read a lot, but up until August when I started Broc’s Bookcase that I set myself the goal of actually sticking with it. I had tried to start a blog a few times before but had always given up. When I started Broc’s Bookcase I set myself the goal of keeping it going until at least Christmas, and then if I still enjoyed it then I would carry on with it, if I didn’t then I would stop. Pleased to say that I still love it and Broc’s Bookcase is not going anywhere.
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Looking Ahead.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?
The Chaos of Stars. I bought it in November but still haven’t read it!
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2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?
The final Mortal Instruments book – City of Heavenly Fire. SO excited for this book!
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3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Alienated by Melissa Landers
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4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?
The Mortal Instruments. I really don’t want it to end but at the same time I HAVE to know how it ends. Close second is the final in the Under the Never Sky trilogy.
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5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?
I think to just keep it going, enjoy it, hopefully have more people enjoying my posts and reviews. I do want to try and be more organised and get things planned in advance so I don’t end up writing posts the night before. Trying out some new genres and taking part in some challenges are also up there too.
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Massive thanks to Jamie for this survey, I really enjoyed taking part in it. Why not give a go? Remember to link up to the survey on Jamie’s page to have a chance of winning some great stuff!
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Sunday Funday: A-Z Bookish Survey 2013

September 1, 2013 Sunday Funday, Survey 0

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

This weeks Sunday Funday comes from Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner.
So this is my A-Z bookish survey, why not have a go at your own? Or if not you can just learn more about me by reading through mine!

Author you’ve read the most books from:
At this present time it’s probably going to be Meg Cabot. She has so many amazing series, both Young Adult and Adult, that I have been reading for years!

Best Sequel Ever:
This is a hard one as I am absolutely series nerd! But one of my ultimate top series is The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. For anyone who loves a good fantasy series, this one is a must. It’s at this point I also warn people to not judge this series by the movie Eragon (named after the first book), as the books are sooooo much better!

Currently Reading:
Divergent by Veronica Roth. Would you believe that I have had this book for nearly a year, but have only just got round to reading it! Excited to review this one!

Drink of Choice whilst reading:
I’m quite a fussy drinker, so only really drink one thing: Summer Fruits Juice. My favourite thing by far, I must go through a bottle every few days!

E-reader or Physical book?
I love the convenience of my kindle app on my iPad & iPhone, I take it EVERYWHERE with me! I will read whilst walking the dog, whilst walking round Tesco, people often look at me like I’m a little strange, but some books are just too good to put down!!! But, in saying that, nothing can beat a physical book, even if you do end up with hundreds of piles of them all over the house!!!

Fictional Character you probably would have dated in high school:
I don’t know about character I probably would have dated, but the character I would most like to have dated in high school would probably have been Yves from Joss Stirling’s Benedict series.  I really love all of the Benedict brothers, but Yves has this whole dorky-cute thing going on and I totally would have loved having him around during my high school years!

Glad you gave this book a chance:
Abducted – T.R.Ragan
Not my normal choice of book, but it was only 99p on amazon, so I thought I would give it a try and absolutely loved it!

Hidden Gem Book:
The Disappearing Girl – Heather Topham Wood
And incredible book which definately deserves more recognition, such a powerful story

Important Moment in your Reading life:
Probably when I discovered Goodreads. Before Goodreads I was very much stuck in a reading rut, always reading the same kind of story or the exactly same book over and over again! Goodreads had allowed me to find different books that I love, and introduced me to a community just as nerdy as me!

Just finished:
Unbreakable – Rebecca Shea
Review will be up next week, another must read!

Kind of Books you Wont Read:
Erotica. That is my big No-No! Anything else, I am up for trying, so please send me any suggestions!

Longest Book you’ve Read:
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. (870 pages)

Major Book Hangover because of:
Inheritance – Christopher Paolini
This book, the ending of the entire series, was amazing but also heartbreaking and it took me about a week to become emotionally stable again!

Number of Bookcases you own:
The really sad thing, is that I don’t actually own a bookcase! Which is kind of ironic really as my blog is named Broc’s Bookcase! (wishful thinking I guess) My books are currently stacked in piles around my room, it can get quite dangerous in my room, as you never know if you are going to have a pile of hardbacks collapse on top of you!

One Book you have read Multiple times:
Nought’s and Crosses – Malorie Blackman
This book always ends with me crying, but its still one of those books that I always go back to. I just can’t help myself!

Prefered Place to read:
Would you think I am strange if I said that I LOVED to read whilst walking the dog down the canal?

Quote that inspires you/gives you the feels from a book you have read:
“It was perfect moments like that that made all the bad ones worth living through.”  – What I Didn’t Say
This one always helps me through the bad days!

Reading Regret:
Watching the film before I have read the book.
I always try to read the book before I watch the movie, as I like to imagine things myself first, instead of the movie telling me how things should look, and then when I read the book that’s all I see.

Series you Started and Need to FInish:
The Mortal Instruments – Cassandra Clare
I feel like I have been wating for the 6th book FOREVER! Plus all this hype at the moment, because of the film, is just reminding me how amazing the series is and how much I need to finish it!!!!

 Three of your all time Favourite Books:
Noughts & Crosses – Malorie Blackman, Safe Haven – Nicholas Sparks, The Fault in Our Stars – John Green.

Unapologetic Fangirl for:
Twilight Series – Stephanie Meyer.
You can’t help but love it! (Another Guilty Pleasure!)

Very Excited for this Release more then Others
City of Heavenly Fire – Cassandra Clare
I need this book NOW!!!

Worst Bookish Habit
Once I have started reading a good book I HAVE to finish it. This often leads to me staying up until 3/4am and being absolutely knackered in work the next day!

X Marks the Spot: (Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book):
Scorpia Rising – Anthony Horowitz

Your Latest Book Purchase:
This is What Happy Looks Like – Jennifer Smith

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up really late)
What I Didn’t Say – Keary Taylor
It was one of those, “I’ll stop after the next chapter”. I kept saying this until 2am when I finished the last chapter.

Pick any letter (or a few) from above and let me know about your A-Z bookish-ness!

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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