adult books for ya readers

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A while ago I wrote a blog post about how I felt too old for YA books and one of the main reasons – besides my literal age – I felt this way was because I could see my tastes changing, I was starting to like books teen-me would have been utterly uninterested in. But, when I took a look at the books I was starting to love I noticed a common theme: while they were all “adult” books a lot of them … still read like the YA stories I loved. So, I thought I would recommend a few of them here for anyone else whose looking to make the jump from YA to Adult.

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#MAYIVEREAD 🌸 | May Monthly Challenge

MAYREADS-Recovered.pngI’m back! and with another monthly photo challenge. Making and hosting a monthly challenge last year was so fun, I loved scrolling through the tag and seeing all the photos so much that I decided to do round two! Though I’ve learned that trying to come up with an entire month’s worth of inspiring prompts is … pretty hard.

Anyway, here is #MAYIVEREAD (mayiveread .. todayiveread .. get it 😉). Read on for a full list of the prompts plus a little bit of what my idea was behind each one; it’s not as vague as I think my last challenge was but I’m still really excited to see how everyone interprets each day.

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popular(ish) books I still haven’t read

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The other day I posted about Six of Crows on bookstagram because after nearly two years of owning it I still have yet to even pick it up – I like leaving my hyped books on the shelf to age like some sort of fine wine I guess. Anyway, Six of Crows got me thinking: what other popular/hyped books have I still not read despite owning them/having them on my TBR for who knows how long?

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April TBR + Currently Reading

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Hi! Hello! I didn’t mean to take a four-month blogging hiatus but I kind of did anyway 😅 I didn’t really have any time to work on reviews or posts for a while and then for a long while I just … didn’t want to; I love reading and talking about books but writing good reviews/posts that make sense? That’s hard. Anyway, I figured a good ole’ TBR post was the perfect was to hopefully get back into blogging and reviewing on the regular (not that I ever had a regular posting schedule before but).

Before I jumped into my reads for this month here’s a couple quick reading updates:

  • I finished my 2017 reading challenge with 61/50 books read
  • My goal for this year is technically 150 books but it’s currently set at 100 and I’m already 1 book behind 😪
  • Current number of books reads this year: 23!

Alrighty, onto my April TBR

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#HOLLYJOLLYREADS 🔔| December Monthly Challenge

I am soso excited and so happy to finally share this with you guys! Making and hosting a monthly photo challenge has been something I’ve wanted to do since creating my bookstagram so for the past couple of months I’ve been working on one! This one!

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I tried to make this challenge a mix of vague prompts that could be more inspo-ish and simple straightforward prompts so that there was something for everyone, be as creative (or not creative) as you want and I can’t wait to see how everyone interprets each day!

I’m going to list all the days below for accessibility and I’ll explain a little of what my idea was behind each prompt in case anyone needs some extra inspo.

 

Throughout the month I’ll be going through the tag and sharing some of my favourite photos so don’t forget to use the hashtag #HollyJollyReads in your posts!

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Prodigy Prince | Natasha Sapienza [Semi-Spoiler Free]

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Prodigy Prince // Natasha Sapienza

Actual Rating: 3.5/5 ⭐

I was given a free copy by the author (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own. This review is mildly-spoilery. 

Synopsis [From Goodreads]:

At seventeen, all Prince Nuelle had ever known was safety and peace while living in the Supreme Palace of Zephoris. 

But one night, his older brother, Tane, defies their father by traveling to a cursed land. Now Nuelle holds the signet-ring and carries more responsibility than even Tane bore. Thrust from the palace and sent to a knight-building academy, Nuelle must discover his purpose for the entire kingdom’s sake. 

From his place of banishment, Prince Antikai has been exacting revenge through fear and rebellions. Nuelle has the potential to defeat him, but he needs the help of a powerful book and six gifted youths. 

Summoned by Antikai, shape-shifting beasts and other enemies hunt Nuelle and the Acumen. If either is destroyed, the faithful citizens in Zephoris will perish, and darkness will rule forever. 

Am I getting too old for YA?

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Am I getting too old for YA? Is a question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately, I know that the obvious answer is no and that you should read what you like no matter your age but I can’t help thinking about it. I can’t help feeling like I’m slowly growing apart from the genre (is it even a genre?), that I’m too old to be reading it.

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October TBR | Spooky Reads Edition

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Fall is one of my favourite times of the year, I love how warm and cozy it makes me feel inside and I wanted that feeling to reflect in my tbr for this month. I also wanted my tbr to be a little bit spooky and dark in the spirit of Halloween. This should probably actually be called ‘books I maybe want to get around to’ because I can’t actually decide which ones I want to read 😅

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9/17 | September Wrap – Up

 

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Compared to previous months this year I’ve actually had a pretty light reading month, even though I read pretty much my whole tbr it wasn’t nearly as big as some of my others have been. As well, I have officially finished my 2017 goodreads challenge! 🎉 This is the first challenge I’ve ever done and I’m a little proud of finishing early considering that I bumped my goal up halfway through.

Before I dive into all the things I loved this month, if you want to check out what I read in August there are reviews for most of the books up on my goodreads.

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The Bane Chronicles | Cassandra Clare [Semi – Spoiler Free]

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The Bane Chronicles // Cassandra Clare

With Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson

 

“One can give up many things for love, but should not give up oneself”

 

Actual Rating: 4/5 ⭐

Synopsis:

It’s not easy being Magnus Bane. As a warlock, he’s often called upon to fix the problems of others. His life has been long, and his loves have been many. And Magnus has a way of making sure he’s at the right place at the right – or perhaps wrong – time. The French Revolution, Prohibition, the great blackout of New York City, the first great battle between Valentine and the New York Institute … Magnus was there, and usually in the middle of it. But smuggling Marie Antoinette out of France is nothing compared to loving a vampire like Camille Belcourt – or having a first date with Alec Lightwood.

Though Magnus’s tale is far from over these stories shed a little light on his often inscrutable character. What happens when an immortal warlock goes mad? Are all Herondales as problematic as Will? (Answer: yes.) What exactly  happened at the Hotel Dumort? How did Raphael Santiago become a vampire? What do you buy your Shadowhunter boyfriend when you’re not dating? And why was Magnus banned from Peru?

Magnus will never be able to tell all of his tales. No one would believe him. But here are eleven stories that fill in some of the blanks – stories he probably wishes had never gotten out.

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