Fantasy Books that Give off Summer Vibes

When I hear books that give off summer vibes my first thoughts are hazy summer flings, and sweet romances. I’m talking Grease. But what about summery fantasies? What about the scorching battles in hot sun and sweet summer fruits. So here’s a list of fantasy books that give off summer vibes.

This is for Top Ten Tuesday, you can find the other posts here and you can check out all my list posts here. This topic is from last week since I’d prepared the post but, given it was blackout Tuesday it wasn’t the time for me to share.

Would love to hear from you guys in the comments: tell me what books give off a summer vibe? Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments section!

Children of Blood and Bone

1. This book gives such a summer vibe, with the tropical island and lush forests our protagonists venture through to the warm seas they fish. If any fantasy readers are looking for a summery fantasy read I’d definitely recommend this series.

Rebel of the Sands

2. Maybe less summer and more dessert, the dry, hot setting of this fantasy is the perfect tale for a sunny day. That and the feeling of sand getting everywhere is something any breach goer can relate to.

Holes

3. Holes always gives such a summer vibe, not only being set in a summer holiday but also being set in a dessert. Even the scenes of the past have a warm glow with that dessert town filled with cowboys. Also it’s just a fabulous read at any time of year, one of my favourites as a kid.

A Curse so Dark and Lonely

4. This fantasy is set in a strange other world where our protagonist is trapped in a loop, a royal castle reliving the same summer day, which makes the setting of this novel feel very unique while giving a warm summer vibe.

City of Brass

5. Another desert set novel. From the tasty treats eaten at the palace to the descriptions of markets this novel felt very summary.

Nocturna

6. This Latinx inspired fantasy shows glistening seas, impenetrable prison and busy marketplaces all set beneath a warm summer sky. From corn fields to prison breaks if you’re looking for a fantasy set in the warmth this is it.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

7. This novel is basically set in a summer holiday. Its like a gap year crossed with one of those long uni summers, showing basically old day inter railing. The novel does still encompass a fantasy theme featuring an eternal potion.

Circe

8. With Circe learning to tend her herbs and island gardening this novel is set right at the end of spring and the cusp of summer. Circe’s descriptions of roaming the island with her feet bare with her wolfish companions feels so blissful.

The Deathless Girls

9. The Deathless Girls is set in that standard fantasy realm of thatched roofs and old castles but with the sweltering kitchens and a long journey on horseback it felt weirdly summery to me.

The Priory of the Orange Tree

X. This novel is so long it contains pretty well every season, we see chirping birds in spring and thick snowfall in winter. But we also get a glimpse of summer in the Priory’s garden with a cascading waterfall, sweet wine and a camel dessert crossing.

Best Book Opening Lines

Quotes are a readers bread and butter. Those lines that are so perfectly beautiful you can’t help reread them, that roll of the tongue, that make us stop and think and then probably scribble them down, in a journal, in the margin, on an Instagram post or in a review. We love quotes and we love first lines. The hook. The thing that drags you in and makes you want to read more. So here we have 10 quotes, hand picked by me, that I consider to be the Best Book Opening Lines.

Recognise any of the books (I hope you at least know Harry Potter!)? Have any blow me away opening lines to share? Drop a comment, link, quote or list in the comments section. This is for Top Ten Tuesday, you can find the other posts here and you can check out all my list posts here.

I have a heart for every year I’ve been alive.

To Kill a Kingdom

1. Simple, sinister, scary all rolled into one. In this first line Christo has perfectly detailed Lira’s cold, cruel and unfeeling personality while hooking the reader in to want to know more.

A sex tape. A pregnancy scare. Two cheating scandals. And that’s just this week’s update.

One of Us is Lying

2. Ok, I’m technically cheating here because that’s several lines but boy are they good. Just reading them made me want to read the novel all over again. We already get Bronwyn’s snarky teenager tone and can tell this school means gossipy drama.

Victor readjusted the shovels on his shoulder and stepped gingerly over an old, half sunken grave.

Vicious

3. My favourite VE Schwab novel revolves around death, with most of our main characters having died or nearly died at some point. So why not make the opening scene in a graveyard? With our morally dubious main character holding a shovel? What’s more sinister than that.

They said the only folk who belonged in Deadshot after dark were the ones up to no good.

Rebel fo the Sands

4. With our gun slinger desert dwelling protagonists opening Rebel of the Sands in a seedy bar winning a shooting contest this scene perfectly sets the novel’s tone. You can already get the cowboys type vibe from the first line. Does anyone else always read that ending in Hagrid’s voice from the Harry Potter films?

It was freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrived.

The Raven Boys

5. There are sort of two openings to The Raven Boys, the prologue which starts with Blue being told she’ll kill the reciprocate of her first kiss and chapter one, featuring Blue shivering in a churchyard on St Mark’s Eve. This is the opening line from chapter one and my personal favourite. Eerie, spooky and slightly snarky is the Blue Sargent tone and you get it immediately from the start of the book.

Walking to school over the snow-muffled cobbles, Karou had no sinister premonitions about the day.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

6. A little bit of snark, a tad of foreboding and the scene is set. Prepare for beautiful details of Prague, a slightly mad ghost tour and some impressive art as we launch into the first chapter of Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

It took seven years to get the letter right.

Caraval

7. Caraval has one of the most unusual openings for any book, starting with a series of letters. But before the letters start this single sentence is printed at the top of a blank page, setting the scene, tone and foreshadowing undertone so vividly described it could almost be the opening to a film.

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.

Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone

8. No list of first lines would be complete without feature Harry Potter. Written beneath the chapter title ‘The Boy who Lived’ I think we can all agree opening of the Philosopher’s Stone, with the Dursley’s insistence on normal and some talk of a drill company and Petunia looking over hedges, perfectly starts this anything less than normal tale.

The circus arrives without warning.

The Night Circus

9. This iconic opening is what any reader would associate with The Night Circus. It’s the first line, the last line, dotted throughout the whole thing and the start to many a good review. No one is ever left wondering how much warning the circus will give reading this tale.

If I’m not home in 2 months, I’m dead.

Ace of Shades

X. Talk about amazing openings that hook you in, what is more hooky than this?! In the first chapter we see Ennie step off a boat in a mythical and magical city of Sin ready to rescue her mother who wrote that to her well over 2 months ago. The perfect and innovative beginning to any action packed fantasy.

Reasons I Love Fantasy

Hello fantasy fans. And other bookworms alike. Today’s post is all about the reasons I love fantasy, my go to genre of choice. I’d say about 80% of what I read is fantasy and the other 20% is the random junk that gets published in my bookish sphere that I want to read due to hype.

This is for Top Ten Tuesday, you can find the other posts here and you can check out all my list posts here. Would love to hear from you guys in the comments: tell me your favourite genre, what you like, what you hate. Are you a fantasy bookworm? Do you agree with me? What’s your favourite type of cheese? Let me know in the comments section!

Dragons

1. Obviously my number reason for being a fantasy fan is the dragons. And the griffins, the green elephants and flying door mice or whatever else is in your world. I’ve always been a fan of animals and magical animals are just a one up on those.

Magic

2. Like Dragons, magic is just a cool embellishment to any world. The limitless possibilities and uniqueness a character has when they discover they have a magic power is great, they are no longer bound by the dull rules of physics that stops us all and it’s so fun to see where the author will take that. When you have magic you can just do anything no explanation required, just blame it on the magic.

Escapism

3. Fantasy is so far away from the mundane life of work, tea breaks and pasta for dinner that is really a chance to get away. Enter a new world. Explore a new horizon and not need to worry about getting up at 6am the next day for work.

Hiding a big Secret

4. One of the things that has always weirdly drawn me to fantasy was the hiding it. Like in the TV show Merlin: the funny scenes where Merlin was doing magic behind Arthur’s back and the silly excuses he came up with. You get that in literature too, with City of Bones, Percy Jackson and even Harry Potter showing the odd scene of young protagonists hiding their powers that they never fail to make me chuckle.

Often no Deeper Meaning

5. What I love about a lot of fantasy novels is that you can close the book and leave it. I’m not saying you won’t take anything from the novel but you’re less likely to stretch and challenge your world view. I read pretty diversely and have stumbled across some shocking stuff that has really altered my opinions but occasionally I will want a read that will literally have no bearings on my real life. Nothing I can recognise or ponder over, a whole new world that I can take a leave as I please, the implausibility of it making it a little silly.

The Fandom

6. A pure joy for any fantasy bookworm is discovering other fantasy bookworms. Full of opinions, alternate endings, radical discussion and a weird love of swords, the fantasy community both online and in person has always been my favourite place to hang out.

The Creativity of the World

7. Fantasies can be sent in the past, present, future, different worlds, realms, space, time and anywhere along the continuum. When you open a fantasy you can literally step into anywhere and see anything, using a cheesy line I think I stole from an ad for Play dough when I was a kid: the only limit is your imagination.

The Medieval Vibe

8. Most fantasies at some point will doff it’s hat to the medieval world that conjured the original set of magical rules. The past when people actually believed and feared wizards, witches and dragons. Maybe it’ll include a castle, or the odd cloak or go the full hog and feature thatched roofs and cobbled streets, either way I love seeing how different authors incorporate folklore and the past into the fantasy story they are writing.

The Unguessable Plots

9. When reading a romance you go through the whole plot knowing that the protagonist is going to end up with someone in the story. There are other twists: the love interest/protagonist could die, some drama might flare up, but really you roughly know what you’re in for. Same with crime. With fantasy you have no idea. The plot can literally be taken anywhere. Although a lot of YA has become quite stale and the plots a little too obvious there is still the option to surprise me.

The Relationships

x. I’ve read other genres with some really tight-knit friendships and heart warming families. And there is obviously a strength in dealing with the mundane together. But, and I paraphrase from Harry Potter, friends who fight trolls together stay together. I find that the whirlwind, near death, edge of your seat action of fantasy makes it easier for the writer to develop strong and meaningful relationships between characters quickly. If friends for life formed out of 30 pages in any genres I’d be skeptical but in fantasy I can kind of see it.

10 Book Titles that Would Make Great Band Names

Short post today because honestly, how much commentary can one add about book titles and band names? Anyway, here are the 10 books titles I think would make great band names.

This is for Top Ten Tuesday, you can find the other posts here and you can check out all my list posts here. Feel free to share any band name books, lists or other musings in the comments, I’d love to chat to you 🙂

Children of Blood and Bone

1. I get a kind of rock band feel from this one.


Rebel of the Sands

2. Maybe more of one person than a band but I could see this fitting into a


The Raven Boys

3. A boyband? Bit of a cheesy name though.


The Belles

4. Possibly I’ve included this one because in Pitch Perfect they’re all in an acapella band called The Bellas, but this sort of works for a girl band? Or a rival acapella band.


Stalking Jack the Ripper

5. I don’t know this is giving me edgy band vibes, I could see it working.


Muse of Nightmares

6. Sequel to Strange the Dreamer and possibly a good rapper name. It could work given the word muse.


Legendary

7. Learning more towards a garage band here where a group of teenagers think they’re better than they are but I can see the sequel to Caraval being a band name. Maybe even Finale too tbh. Funny story I had a friend who made a garage band and got to the giddy heights of playing on the radio.


Poet X

8. Another rappers I’d say for this one.


The Mercies

9. I’m thinking some kind of punk rock girl band here. Also The Deathless Girls also from Kiran Millwood Hargrave would make a similarly great girl band name.


Uglies

X. Dystopian throwback, wouldn’t this make an edgy band name?

How I Did on my Winter TBR

So technically today’s post was meant to be on ‘Books I bought because [insert reason here]’ but I ran to a creative stopping point there. Authors I love? Done that. Because of hype? Done that. Cover buys? Done that, done that, done that. It was all starting to turn a tad stale. But, with my self isolation tbr just up I thought it would be a good chance to take a look back in time and see how I did on my winter tbr.

This post is vaguely a Top Ten Tuesday, you can find all the topics here, and you can find more of my bookish lists here.

A Heart so Fierce and Broken

1. The sequel to A Curse so Dark and Lonely has been topping my tbr for a while. I really was about to read this, dear reader, I was crawling to the top of the library waiting list, the novel only had to jump on a truck a few villages down and travel to my library paradise. It was so nearly in my clutches. And then, alas, a highly contagious deadly disease intercepted and the dear truck drivers, exceptional library workers, and crumpled paperback delivery service were sent to ground. Really, how inconvenient.


Call Down the Hawk

2. Ah yes this one. Well I um, do own it. So I suppose I can’t entirely blame the library system and virus for this one. I guess it might have just slipped the net…?


The Starless Sea

3. So I did start this one! I was bringing it to work each day, despite being a fat hardback, ensuring I brought a bookmark so no creased pages, smoothing down the cover and even dutifully checking my lunch Tupperware was leak proof. However, sadly, although the cover is pretty I just wasn’t that interested in the story. It’s got too much world building and random details, where’s the plot? Why don’t I understand half of what’s going on and why is there random interludes every couple pages that seemingly make no sense? It is suffering with a pacing problem I’m afraid so I put it on hold.


Nocturna

4. I dragged this library book (oops sorry) all the way round the world when I went to visit my brother in Australia. I have fond memories of reading it while sunning myself on the run up to Christmas. You can expect a review up really soon because it’s all written but I am too afraid to put my little worlds into the world without a couple weeks of panic over them first.


Priory of the Orange Tree

5. I’m reading this beast now! only 250 pages to go which is nearly another whole book so yay?


Fangirl

6. Hahaha, will I ever read this?


To Best the Boys

7. Oh gosh, do I even own this? Oh I do. I may have completely forgotten it’s existence until right now…


Enchantee

8. Ah look another book on the list of ‘novels Hannah completely forgot she owns let alone planned to read once’. Maybe I need to check on my winter tbr more often.


Slay

9. I am really excited for this one and hopefully I’ll finish up Priory soon so I can get to reading more of my physical books!


The City of Brass

X. I actually read this one! I thought it was good, wasn’t a fan of the main romance but I loved the world it’s so unique! Also possibly a tad too much detail going on there for a first in a series. Look I even managed to post a review up for this one.


Conclusion

Not so great. I read 2 of the books, am half way through 2 of the books and pretty well forgot about 4 of the books. Woops. Here to hoping I do better on my quratnine reads!

Let me know what you’re reading. What’s on your tbr? Do you have a list for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday? I’d love to check it out. I will hopefully have a review up this week because there is a massive backlog problem but tune in next Tuesday for another list post on the books I love but rarely talk about! Until then.

10 Things All Bookworms Do

Ah the bookworm. A creature that loves reading, can often be found in bed, is usually nocturnal, most commonly heard noise being the grumble of ‘just one more chapter’ as they prop tired eyes open and squint at tiny text in the dark. These common yet illusive creatures prefer solicitude and fiction to the hustle and bustle of life. Here is a list, for Top Ten Tuesday of 10 Things All Bookworms Do, let me know how many, out of ten you do in the comments section.

You can find last weeks Top Ten Tuesday, My Self Isolation Reading List here. Please share your links with me if you are taking part in the meme so I can check them out!

Seek Books Wherever you Are

1. Whether you’re out with your family, grandparents or best friends you will always gravitate towards the books. Maybe you’re in Tesco and meant to be buying a pint of milk, but somehow end up browsing the £2 paperback isle instead. You could be in a charity shop, flicking through dusty clothes. Yet before you leave you always visit that windowless part of the shop filled with crumpled paperbacks, spot the third in a series you loved as a kid and a handful of scruffy airport books with the 99p stamp peeling off in the corner. You never find anything, but you’ll always look. Maybe you’re hitting the high street with your friends, passing shop windows sporting manikins in slightly out of season clothes, the smell of coffee lingering from a cafe across the street. You spot a bookshop and you know regardless of who’s with you you’re going in.


Take Out Far too Many Books from the Library

2. You can’t stop yourself. You know you won’t be able to finish all those books before the due date but they’re there. Now. You never get that. You pluck a couple of staples of the shelves, steal those new releases from a display, greedy eyes looking over the returns trolley as you make your way back to the counter and proceed to place a few reservations. It’s only when you get home and remember that the library actually want these books back that it dawns on you what you’ve done.


Get Really Excited about a Book And Then Never Read it

3. We’ve all been there. It’s release day and you already have the book. You’ve preordered it, or maybe you were in the bookshop that day anyway, you put it to the top of the pile, it’s your next read you tell yourself. You soak up the hype, promise countless internet friends you’ll read it soon. Photo that pretty cover, tell the world how excited you are to see what happens next. To see those characters again. But you never find out. It gathers dust, joins the countless other forgotten reads. At some point in the distant future you’ll probably unhaul it and the tragic tale starts again.


Take the Defacement of Books Personally

4. Why do book sellers hate us. Why do they slap stickers across our precious books that are impossible to peel off and form horrible sticky gooy circular marks that. And aren’t dust covers just the worse? How do they wiggle them in so tight, books come in so many different sizes yet my local library always manages to find a cover that fits so snuggly that it’s impossible to free that precious book for Bookstagram.


Judge Other People’s Shelves

5. The book worm is a judgy creature. When a shelfie is posted up on social media bookworms have an impulse to zoom in, holding two fingers down and peer closely at the titles on offer. It’s the same when visiting someone’s house, if a bookworm passes a bookcase they will pause, eyes greedily taking in all those bent spines before continuing on their way. If your shelves meet the bookworms approval well done, you’ve unlocked a new level of friendship.


Drool Over Those Pretty Book Boxes

6. That exclusive copy of a book, nicely packed with a fluffy fandom blanket and lots of pretty merch. It’s all so tempted, I spend hours drooling over unboxings. If I spent time reading rather than admiring prints, oggling at bookish candles, dreaming of fandom pins, well let’s just say I’d have completed my Goodreads Goal.


Confuse the Lay People with Our Reading Habits

7. Everyday I come into work, unpack my lunch box, laptop and book from my bag and start the day. As the non readers of my office pass me by, sink into the chair opposite me or stand behind me with a steaming cup of tea for a quick natter, they will always spot the book. They will often be surprised that it’s not the same book as last week. They will sometimes remark that it’s a massive thing and what am I doing lugging it about. They’ll occasionally chat about the premise, ask what I like to read, mention the classic they read for A Level English all those years ago, or one of the three books they polished off last year. They will wonder off and I will remember that is only the internet that truly understands.


Being Overprotective of Our Books

8. Every bookworm treats their precious hoard differently. Some bookworms prefer their books pristine, reading them carefully because a single dent to that pretty spine is like torture. I like my spines creased but my covers neat, so the book looks loved and read but is still shiny and new for Instagram. Some readers will scribble across pages, underline quotes they love, annotate margins. Some will fold down corners and then carefully fold them back up, some will just leave their places folded down. I even know bookworms who paint spines and fill the cover with their own art. The way each bookworm treats their stash is totally unique but one thing is unanimously clear: the books are an extension of a bookworms soul.


Cover Buying

9. As I previously stated, the book worm is a judgy creature and we will judge our books as harshly as we judge each other shelfies. Covers have an unofficial teering system: the ones we love. We buy these ones, treasure them, line them up carefully on our shelves and take about 100 snaps of them for Instagram. Then there are the ones we’ll get out the library. The covers ok, nothing special, maybe you’ll wrestle the dust cover off for a quick photo shoot but no worries if you don’t. Finally there are the audiobooks. Because who even sees that cover. They are the books with those offensively bright covers, the violent reds or glowing greens that you only see for a few minutes as you tap the play button, drop your phone into your pocket and ignore forever more.


Have a Hundred Books But Still Want More

X. We buy our stashes, we collect our library hordes, we tower books in stacks on windowsills and overflow book cases, we make neat tbr piles and plan lengthy reading lists. And then we scroll. We pop onto Twitter, we flick through Bookstagram, we hop onto each other blogs and we see more books. Ones we don’t yet own but know we’ll love, we follow the turmoil of the hype train until our stacks and piles and plans are just not good enough and at the end of the day the only thing any bookworm wants is to just own more books.

Self Isolation Reading List

By now we’re all getting the jist of pandemic life: stay inside. Don’t leave. Remain within the vincity of the four brick walls you call your home for the foreseeable future. We readers are ready for this. And, as such, I’ve made a self isolation reading list: the books I intend to polish off this spring.

This list is dubiously part of this weeks Top Ten Tuesday and you can find all my lists posts here.


The Starless Sea

Erin Morgenstern

1. Once upon what feels like a very long time ago but was really just the end of February I picked up this swirly blue hardback I got for Christmas. The novel felt a tad slow and bit confusing at the time so I gently laid it aside a mere 100 pages in. With the isolation ahead I’m going to give it another go.


Priory of The Orange Tree

Samantha Shannon

2. I’ve been reading this for about a week and a half now and 400 pages through. Am I nearly done? Oh no, I’ve barely started. This massive, orange tome will be keeping me plenty busy during isolation.


Haven Fall

Sara Holland

3. Right before the libraries closed I popped in and grabbed this recent release, not realising that it will be my last library book for a while. I also ordered A Heart so Fierce and Broken and Queenie but, alas, it seems my reading of them has fallen victim to the virus and the closed and thoroughly missed libraries.


Siege and Storm

Leigh Bardugo

4. I’ve just finished Shadow and Bone and, although a tad unoriginal it was good. Given I own all three of the novels and have been wanting to read them before the TV series is out this year, now seems as good a time as any to read the series.


City of Girls

Elizabeth Gilbert

5. I’ve not had a great track record with historical fiction in the past but this one sounded really good when it popped up on my audiobook list. Given the lack of library I am currently grappling with, beggars can’t be choosers! It’s going straight on my Self Isolation Reading List.


Fangirl

Rainbow Rowell

6. Has this novel not been on every tbr I’ve ever made?! Well here it is again! Making my Self Isolation Reading List. Maybe I’ll actually read it this time?


Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Stuart Turton

7. I’m so close to the end, I know who did it and honestly don’t know what’s coming up in the last few chapter, but I’ve loved this murder mystery meets Groundhog day.


The Mercies

Kiran Millwood Hargrave

8. This novel was splashed all over social media when it first came out pairing an exciting premise with a pretty cover. I wasn’t a massive fan of The Deathless Girls but I’m hoping I’ll like this author more when she tries her hand at adult fantasy.


The Binding

Bridget Collins

9. I grabbed a pretty stained paged copy of this back in January and given I have many lonely months of isolation ahead I can finally read it.


French Harry Potter

JK Rowling

X. They say people should look at new indoor hobbies in this time so I’m focussing on an old one: learning French. My goal for isolation is to finish reading my french edition of Harry Potter, maybe try a page a day or something?


A Note From me A Bit About You

Don’t worry, this isn’t a sneaky 11th book, although I think it really could be with that fantastic title. This is a request for you to all fill my wordpress notifications with bookish cheer: tell me what you’re reading, what you’re planning on reading, whether you’ve read any of the books on my tbr and what you thought, share your lists with me, share what you had for breakfast, what you did yesterday. Please comment anything other than virus stuff. I need a break from all that.

And now the note from me:

For the last two weeks you may have noticed a distinct lack of me on the internet. You may have not and I will try not to be hurt given it’s all very apocalyptic out there. Between the stress and worry, tears and daily briefing from the Prime Minister, helping out those in isolation while still trying to social distance, finding no food in the shop while still worrying what we can put in the food bank it was all very overwhelming and my poor blog, which turned two at some point in all this, didn’t offer it’s usual escapism that I love it for. I’m slowly going to get back into it so stick with me.

I’m hoping to have four posts up this week: a review of Flatshare, this list, how I did on my last tbr and a post about my first week since the virus impacted my life. Stay tuned for them, stay safe and keep talking about books internet, because it makes happy when things get scary.

Authors I Love on Social Media

Social media gives us bookworms something history never has: the chance to grill our favourites. English teachers can no longer pose irritating questions about why Gatsby really throws his parties and the meaning behind Lizzie Bennetts trip to the Lake District. We can now just scroll through Twitter and receive all those little facts about our favourite reads coupled with what they had for breakfast and some randomer who accidentally tweeted something funny. It’s all wonderful.

So for Top Ten Tuesday here’s a list of fabulous authors I love following on social media. If you have any to add, agree with me or have your own list drop it in the comments section!


Rick Riordan

1. Besides the fact that we get all the Percy Jackson tweets and constant snark about the movie Rick Riordan shares authors from his imprint meaning there’s a wealth of mythology and sass available to all!


VE Schwab

2. I love her books so as an extension I enjoy her Twitter. Prepare for frantic writing tweets and gorgeous snaps of Edinburgh at twilight and maybe the odd book announcement. She also has a blog that she occasionally posts too and I love how real she is about the realities of being a big successful author.


Samantha Shannon

3. Besides much book excitement over her upcoming releases Samantha Shannon has the most articulate Twitter rants of anyone I follow. Plus you don’t have to scroll far to find a tweet about dragons.


Paper Fury

4. I may have not got round to reading A Thousand Perfect Notes yet but Caits account will always be a favourite of mine. Her snarky tweets and relatable bullet point lists never fail to make me laugh, although I do miss the days her tweets centred around reading instead of writing.


Maggie Steifvater

5. Maggie Steifvaters Twitter is one of my favourites. From her hilarious rereads of her own books, with much snark and pointing out her own plot holes, to hilarious tales about how she accidentally posted a boob picture to social media to annoying suggestions at spoilers for her books this author is always a treat on my timeline.


Lucy the Reader

6. Lucy is a book blogger, book tuber and now an author. She used to run UKYAChat which is why I followed her originally but I stuck around for the neat stacks of classics and cute hamster shots.


Jason Panroth

7. Sadly this account has gone on a bit of a haitus, but back when it was running it was really cool. The author shares stories about ‘Rejected Princesses’ who were basically really cool women in history. He’s a writer and illustrator, his stories have now been made into books.


Matt Haig

8. Author of How to Stop Time Matt goes into the historical people in his books and speaks openly about mental health calling people out and helping others feel seen.


Angie Thomas

9. Not only does Angie get crazy excited over all thing book updates, which is so cute, but her Twitter is full of her hilarious everyday. I recommend everyone go see the video of her proofs of One the Come Up ice never seen anyone so excited!


Karen McManus

X. Author of One of Us is Lying. We get all the updates on her books, she shares fanart and she’s so supportive during Pitmad because she pitched for it!

10 Book Shortenings only the Most Hardcore YA Bookworms Would Know

Books with long titles are such a faff. When one is Fangirling one cannot stop to type out all those words. But how well do you know your YA acronyms? Here are 10 YA book acronyms that I see all over the YA world, compiled into a neat little list for a slightly off topic Top Ten Tuesday. How many, out of ten, do you know/can work out? Let me know in the comments!


TATBILB

1. The first time I saw this was on a Twitter game and I didn’t have a clue what it stood for. My only hint to you is that it’s been made into a very popular Netflix adaption. Can you work it out?


HP

2. We all must know this one. I can just see that P being a lightning bolt. It’s on all the merch and appears on the title sequence of a good few of the movies too.


ACSDAL

3. The first time I saw this acronym I got so confused, and honestly I still find it hard to spot. The sequel has just come out and the cover is blue, any ideas?


TCP

4. Why is this one even shortened?! It’s so easy to say. Also it reminds me of an acronym we use in computer although as far as I know the novel is nothing to do with computers, do you know which one it is?


ASDOM

5. I use this acronym all the time because I love the books. It sort of looks like a word and, just my computer brain here, it looks like some kind of ROM (Read Only Memory for those interested).


COBAB

6. When I first saw this acronym used I thought it was an actual word, it looks like it could be. People are talking about it’s sequel COVAV, have you worked out what it is yet?


ACOTAR

7. I haven’t read this novel but see the acronym everywhere. And I don’t blame people, that’s a pretty long title I’d definitely use the acronym too.


OOUIL

8. This is a very difficult acronym, it’s something to do with the two Os, they really confused me at first. It’s a popular YA mystery book, do you know what it is?


PJO

9. I’ve always used this acronym. Even before I was a blogger I somehow knew of this acronym. It’s a popular children’s series.


TMI

X. You may know this one or the authors other series, TDI. I’m often getting confused between the two when chatting to other bloggers online.

10 Characters I’d Follow on Social Media

Ah social media, the wonderful internet world where many of us spend far too much time. But while we all know the internet is full of trolls, who do we think would really brighten up our online worlds? Here are ten book characters I’d follow on socials.


Percy Jackson

1. Because how funny would his tweets be? And can we have an Instagram story for his battles?!


Harry Potter

2. Just for the Hogwarts aesthetic he’d have going on on social media. And the odd story of a moving painting.


Lizzie Bennett

Pride and Prejudice

3. I like to think she wouldn’t be one of those girls who only posts about her boyfriend. I feel she’d talk about her holidays in York and her sister and the odd Darcy selfie but not too many.


Clary Fray

City of Bones

4. She could post her art and short videos of her sword fighting! Although, let’s face it, she is definitely one of those girls who’d only post about her boyfriend so we may just be treated to a lot of pictures of a confused and slightly moody Jace.


Karou

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

5. Again, we can see her art! I’d love to see her crazy cartoons about Brimstones, and the Prague aesthetic with shots of the snow, the ghost tours and Poison would be amazing. Also Karou has a great eye for colour, her feed would be beautiful.


Zachery Ezra Rawlings

The Starless Sea

6. I’d want pictures of his amazing adventure to the Starless Sea alongside captions of all the stories he keeps hearing. The dream.


Noah

The Raven Cycle

7. I tried to think who in the Gangsey would actually update socials and came to the conclusion that Blue would find it mainstream, Gansey’s wouldn’t feel real would just be the rowing team and fancy parties, Ronan wouldn’t be bothered and Adam would probably have an unaesthetic study gram at best. That just leaves Noah who I could definitely imagine wistfully photoing his friends in all the magical places and the others not even realising. He would probably caption his posts with the truth and the internet would just not believe it.


Marcella

Vicious

8. With Marcella’s hiding in plane sight thing she’d be all over the internet. Can you imagine her world domination tweets? And she’d post some really cool videos of her powers.


Nahri

The City of Brass

9. Nahri is slightly too practical to be updating regularly but if she’d just start a travel gram in the City of Brass complete with sandy journey pics showing ancient fallen cities and scary lake creatures I’d definitely follow it.


Bronwyn

One of Us is Lying

X. I’d just need the Yale updates. Shots of her and Maeve, Nate updates, maybe stories filling us in on Cooper and Addy. I also like to think she’d do a cracking dissertation that somehow incorporates the two Bayview murders.


Let’s Compare Notes

So there you have it people of the internet, here are the people I would like to follow on the internet. Alas they aren’t quite real. Who’s on your list? Who would be on your list, if you didn’t take part? Do you agree with any of mine? Let me know in the comments!

I will be back later this week with a review and potentially a discussion post if I get it written this week!