I haven't done a wrap-up in a good while now because I haven't been reading as much as I would have liked, but with a New Year comes new motivation and I've taken to my books in a big way again!

Five books might not be a lot to some people but I'm really happy with the total, I like to read before bed at night usually but I try to cram in some reading time whenever I can!

I won't go into a full synopsis of these books, I'll just do a brief one otherwise this post will be very long!

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
I've previously done a review of this book, which is my favourite book of all time, so if you would like to then you can give that a read here, it's a spoiler free review so don't worry about me spoiling it for you.
I re-read this book because A) the movie is coming out soon and I wanted a refresher before I go to see it and B) the sequel has finally come out and I pre-ordered it but wanted to read Me Before You again straight before I dived into the sequel.

This book has lost none of its magic the second time around for me, I love it and it's a lifetime favourite for me, Jojo Moyes is an incredible writer and her characters are second to none, they're never perfect but they're still likeable, she has a way of making them seem so real.
Rating - 5/5

After You by Jojo Moyes
This is the aforementioned sequel to Me Before You and this was a difficult book for me to read, I love Jojo Moyes and none of this was the fault of her writing but I think I'd made the characters so real in my head that I was almost too emotionally involved to accept what was happening in this book.
I won't give too much away because that would spoil the first book for a lot of people but I didn't enjoy this sequel as much as the first book, I didn't expect to if I'm honest, the same way I'm not expecting to enjoy the film as much as the book but I still loved the ending of this book and Jojo Moyes wrote in her typically brilliant way, funny but tragic but frustrating but a million other things too.
Rating - 3.5/5

Fables Vol.2 Animal Farm by Bill Willingham
I got into the Fables series of graphic novels because of the Telltale game series The Wolf Among Us which I LOVE and have played through about 4 times.
Bigby Wolf is a crush of mine despite the fact he's a cartoon man (don't judge) so I needed some more of him in my life and these graphic novels give me that!
Snow White is also a lot more kick ass and likeable than she is in the game and you get a lot more background on the character so I will keep reading these until Telltale decide to make The Wolf Among Us season 2!
I just wish Fables would bring out a compendium of all the issues because buying them one by one is going to be a pricey process.
Rating - 4/5

The Bones of You by Debbie Howells
I read a lot of thrillers and I especially like psychological thrillers by female authors so I'm always trawling Amazon for the new releases in this genre and this one caught my eye.
Briefly this is about a teenage girl called Rosie who goes missing and is told in a dual perspective between her and an older lady who she is friends with called Kate who takes it upon herself to find out what really happened to Rosie.

These kinds of books are all about the twist, and I felt like the twist was quite predictable but I am usually quite good at guessing things like that so maybe it won't be as predictable for other people. 
The writing style also jarred me a little bit because it was quite flowery, a lot of complicated, unnecessary words and quite poetic descriptions of things which I don't mind in small doses but when it's constantly it gets a bit annoying!
I did still enjoy the book though and would recommend it if you like books like Gone Girl or Girl on the Train.
Rating - 3.5/5

The Year I Met You by Cecelia Ahern
Cecelia Ahern is probably my favourite author, it's a toss up between her and Jojo Moyes but I've been reading Cecelia Ahern books for longer so maybe she just edges it.
I always enjoy her books, they're pure escapism.
This book had a bit of a different vibe to it than her other ones, it was based more on friendship and the individual rather than a love story.
The cover is absolutely beautiful, she always puts so much effort into her covers and I really appreciate that. 
This book is about a girl called Jasmine whose whole life is her work, until she gets unceremoniously fired and finds herself paying attention to things she's never noticed before, like her nuisance neighbour Matt and her neglected garden.

It's not my favourite Ahern book but it was still a quick, easy read and I really enjoyed it.
Rating - 3.5/5
I thought since I'm getting back into the blogging that I would resume my Top 5 Wednesday posts.
I get the topics from the official thread on Goodreads (link here) and sometimes they're not a topic I can participate in because I either don't have five favourites out of the category or it's just not a category I'm interested in at all.

This weeks category is quite interesting, it's my favourite ''buzz words'' that guarantee me to pick up a book when I see them in the synopsis or description.
I'm pretty much a creature of habit when it comes to buying books so this should be pretty easy for me!

1. Romantic | I am a hopeless romantic and love a good soppy film or book, so when I see a book described as romantic I'm always drawn to it. 
If you love romantic books then I'd definitely recommend Cecelia Ahern and Jojo Moyes, they're romantic to the point of ugly crying.

2. Gripping | I'm a huge thriller fan, ever since I read Gone Girl something with thrillers clicked for me and I love nothing more than reading a good, absorbing, clever thriller!
Picks in the thriller genre for me would include all of Paula Daly's books and, of course, Girl on the Train, but I'm sure you've all read that anyway.

3. Classic | I love a good classic, I like nothing more than going into a charity shop and rifling through the really old looking classic books, there's a shop near me that sells them for 50p each and I've gotten so many beautiful old books that look splendid on my shelves.
I like a book that looks like it could be held by Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice, I was definitely born in the wrong era.

4. Fiction | I don't read anything but fiction, I've read a few autobiographies in my time but my heart truly lies with a good story and brilliant characters.
I love to give my imagination a workout so unless the people or subject behind the autobiography is really interesting I just don't bother with them.

5. Dystopian | Dystopian YA is a genre I loved a lot last year, I haven't read one of these for a while but I still have a lot to be read on my bookshelf so I'm sure I'll pick another one up before long.
Dystopian basically means our world but in an alternate universe or place in time, when we're going through an apocalypse or have just been through one usually.
Some of my favourites in this genre include The Hunger Games, Maze Runner and Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
Long time no see!
I've fallen off the blogging wagon lately so I thought it was high time I got back to it!
Maintaining two blogs is hard, especially when you do it as just a hobby, so this one fell by the wayside a little bit but I'm getting back into it now and hope to keep it up!

Today I'm going to do a Christmas book haul, it's only very small because I think people have given up buying me books because I own them all!
Far From the Madding Crowd - An immediate success when it was first published in 1874, Thomas Hardy's 'pastoral tale' of the wilful and capricious Bathsheba Everdene, her three suitors – the faithful shepherd Gabriel Oak, the lonely widower Farmer Boldwood, and the dashing but faithless Sergeant Troy – and the tragic consequence of her eventual choice remains one of the most enduring and popular English novels.
I already own this novel in a different edition, because I like to collect different editions of classic novels, but I'm a particular fan of the Penguin Clothbound Classics which is the collection this one is from.
They're so beautiful and I have dreams of having a whole shelf dedicated to these books.
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Christmas at Battersea - On Christmas Day this year, an army of dedicated volunteers will be making the day as special as possible for the four-legged residents of Battersea, with knitted jumpers for poorly puppies and turkey dinners for hungry kittens.
Christmas at Battersea features tales of rescue from Battersea's staff, and of inspirational owners who find a place in their hearts and homes for abandoned pets.
My friend bought me this because I'm a sucker for a sad animal story, I love Paul O Grady's TV show that's set at Battersea too so this will be a nice, uplifting read for me.
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Tequila Mockingbird - Tequila Mockingbird is the ultimate cocktail book for the literary obsessed. Featuring 65 delicious drink recipes--paired with wry commentary on history's most beloved novels--the book also includes bar bites, drinking games, and whimsical illustrations throughout. Even if you don't have a B.A. in English, tonight you're gonna drink like you do. Drinks include: The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose The Last of the Mojitos Love in the Time of Kahlua Romeo and Julep A Rum of One's Own Are You There, God? It's Me, Margarita Vermouth the Bell Tolls and more!
I'm a big fan of books and also quite an enthusiastic fan of cocktails (ahem) so this book is perfect for me! It's a very funny book and I'd definitely be down for trying one (or all 65) of the cocktails!