Spring Reading Recommendations | Why Spring clean when you can read?

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Spring is very much upon us here in the UK – or at least, that’s what my hayfever tells me. And so, for readers like me who read whatever suits their mood, that subtle shift in reading taste may begin.

And for those who read the same sort of books all the time…well, here are some recommendations anyway!

Hold your arms out and be ready to add to your TBR pile, because I’m about to throw some recommended books your way.

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Favourite books of 2016 | That awkward moment where I realise I’ve been reluctant with the 5 stars

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Hi guys! How are you all doing? I hope all of you that celebrate Christmas had a wonderful time these past few days ❀

Today’s post is coming to you a bit later in the day than usual. With the festivities and general busyness of the season, I didn’t have time to write and schedule the post beforehand like usual. And let’s face it, it’s taking me longer to get back into the swing of things after taking a break.

But today, I’m bringing you my favourite books of 2016. The ones I READ in 2016, not necessarily published in 2016. Now, when I came to look through my Goodreads challenge to choose my favourites out, I was originally planning on picking out 16 for 2016. BUT…then I realised that this year, I’ve actually been quite stingy with my 5 star ratings, and there’s not that many I wanted to mention. However, I did rate a fair few books a 4.5/5 stars, and some of those are really close to being all-time favourites (and are definitely favourites for this year) so I’ve included those too, and managed to get 10.

So let’s talk about my favourite books of 2016!

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YOU recommend! It’s time for you guys to take over my blog & make my formidable TBR even longer

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Guys, you’re taking over my blog.

At least for today, anyway.

This blog is basically one huge recommendation for reading. There’s an endless amount of books talked about on here, but even so, there’s even more I’ve not yet discovered.

Now, recently I posted my Reading Resolutions for 2017 video. For those who you who haven’t seen it (which you totally should, you know. Would be very much appreciated *winks*), three of the resolutions on there are about bringing a difference to my reading taste.

1. I hope to read more nonfiction

2. I hope to read more diversely

and 3. I hope to broaden my genres

Which means I’ve got a lot of book buying to do in 2017. And you know what I need to do that?

Your recommendations!

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Rainy Day Reads: Recommendations of books to read when the weather is dismal & your inner bookworm can shine

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Rainy days are just the best days for us bookworms, aren’t they?

It gives us the excuse not to go anywhere. To wrap up in blankets, snuggling cosily with a warm drink, reading a book while hearing the rain pounding the windows. The world is gloomy, but it doesn’t matter because you’re encased in a fictional one.

But what to read?

Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered…

Here are a few recommendations from li’l old me, two for a range of genres for you to pick out and cosy up with on those dismal days.

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Let’s talk…Genre stereotypes and the clouding of judgement (+ some recommendations!)

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So when trying to decide this week’s discussion post, I thought I’d just stick to the stereotype theme. Since last Sunday I confessed the fact that I am a stereotypical bookworm (sort of), I might as well, right?

Ahhhhh stereotypes. Aren’t they just everywhere? Greeting us like old friends. Or rather…making barriers and giving people clouded judgements in absolutely everything and basically causing all the prejudice in the world.Β 

Yeah. That.

But surely it doesn’t go that far, right?

Well, let’s see…

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My Words Can’t Justify My Love For A Court Of Mist And Fury By Sarah J Maas

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*All reviews I write are spoiler free*

I don’t know how on earth I’m going to write this review.

I’ve been waiting for this book for so long and now I’ve read it and I just can’t put my thoughts into words…

But I’m going to try.

Let’s talk about A Court Of Mist And Fury!

PS. I tried to draw a bargain bond on my arm, hence the photo.

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Title: A Court Of Mist And Fury

Author: Sarah J Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Series Status: The 2nd book in the A Court Of Thorns And Roses series

Number of Pages: Β 624

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Exploring The Chamber of Secrets – Once Again (Reread)

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*All reviews I write are spoiler free*

It was about time I reread this series.

One book every month. Let’s do this!

Let’s revisit Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets!

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Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Author: JK Rowling

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Series Status: The 2nd book in the Harry Potter series

Number of Pages:Β 251

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Fangirling about On The Merits Of Unnaturalness by Samantha Shannon

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*All reviews I write are spoiler free*

I know I JUST posted a book review earlier today, but here’s another. I was going to schedule it for some time next week but I just have to share it right this very second.

Now, I heard about this book and became so excited. I’m a HUGE fan of The Bone Season series, and Samantha Shannon is one of my favourite authors. But then I found out that it was being released as an Ebook, and since I can’t read from screens (as I mention in my review policy), I gave up hope on being able to read it.

And then a giveaway came along from Bloomsbury.

A giveaway that I thought I would have absolutely no chance of winning.

A signed physical copy.

So you can pretty much guess how much I fangirled when I found out that I – an unlikely and very surprised fan – had indeed won a signed copy.

I think I scared my friend with how I reacted to be honest! πŸ˜€

But anyway…

Let’s talk about On The Merits Of Unnaturalness!

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Title: On The Merits Of Unnaturalness

Author: Samantha Shannon (writing as Jaxon Hall, writing as “An Obscure Writer”)

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Series Status: A companion novel (pamphlet?) to The Bone Season series

Number of Pages: Β 37

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Guest Post: A Frolic Through Fiction’s Top 5 Books of 2015

I wrote a guest post on Book With Ems’ blog, go check it out!

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Guest Postede40fc5-993e-4dc1-b8ac-9dcf5abe1db9Hello! I’m Ashleigh from A frolic through fiction, writing a guest post here at Books With Ems. I’ve had my book blog for a few months now and I’m absolutely loving blogging, so when Emmi asked me to write a guest post for her blog too, I wasn’t going to say β€œno” in a hurry.

After brainstorming a few ideas, I decided to write β€œMy Top 5 Books of 2015” (a suggestion from Emmi), since it’s simple, and probably one of the easiest ways for you to get to know me more. All of the books mentioned below have been rated 5/5 stars from me this year. So without rambling on any more in this awkward thing called an introduction, let’s do this!

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I recommend… Part 2

I recommend contemp, classic and magic

So after Part 1 of my recommendations, featuring Fantasy, Complex stories and SciFi, I decided to follow it up with three more genres:

Contemporary, Classic and a bit of Magic.Β 

[View Part 1 here!]

So read on and enjoy!

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