Bibliophile Corner

photo-1421338443272-0dde2463976aHi All! I’m excited to announce that a new series is being launched today. This is a great opportunity for all my bibliophile friends to tell the world what books were their favorite from 2016! Today, Renuka (Past Bedtime Blog), Anna (A literary Potion), and Amber (Mr. Thomas and Me) are sharing!

21396155I’ve read many books this year so far. But I really loved these 2 books – The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury and The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. But I have to say that The Forbidden 17838528Wish was my favorite. When I first read the book I was so engrossed in the book that I couldn’t put it down. The book had me at the first chapter. I mean this book has everything in it – from friendship to love to girl power to MAGIC!! Who doesn’t love magic? I really loved the main characters – Aladdin and Zahra. And this name ‘Zahra’ really caught my attention. I totally fell in love with this name.

Back to the book, while I was reading this book it felt so magical and real at the same time. I actually felt like I was inside the book and watching the whole thing happening right in front of my eyes. The detail of the story is so good and the whole story itself keeps you wrapped around it that you don’t want to put the book down. I already really liked the Disney movie ‘Aladdin’ with the jinn and all but this book is way better.

My favorite quote from this book is:

“You can’t choose what happens to you, but you can choose who you become because of it.” – Aladdin

And if you haven’t read this book you should definitely buy it and read it ASAP.

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The Blue trilogy by Lisa Glass

The Blue trilogy by Lisa Glass is my favourite series of the year so far. It’s such a glorious summery read and I couldn’t put it down, I devoured the whole trilogy in a matter of days. I have been recommending it to everyone I know, even random strangers on the street (okay, maybe not that far). I have even managed to get the first book into my local library because these books are an underappreciated gem in the UKYA world.

Blue, Air and Ride by Lisa Glass

It evokes the whole atmosphere of the seaside town of Newquay, the laid-back beach lifestyle combined with the competitive world of pro-surfing. It reminds me of days and weeks spent at the beach when I was a child and teenager, the same sun-kissed glow of my memories are kept between the pages of these books. The love for the sea and surfing shines on every page and it mimics exactly how much I love the freedom of the wide open ocean. There is such a lot of details about the surfing world that I felt like I should be able to pick up a surfboard and be able to ride the Mavericks along with the best of the big wave surfers. It took me back to my long-established love of surfing, despite not having been within ten feet of a board in my life.

The characters really drove this story and I fell in love with them all over the course of the trilogy. The author has such a wonderful talent with writing, she manages to get inside the head of a teenage girl and made me feel like Iris could have been one of the girls in my year at school. I think in some ways, the main characters, Zeke and Iris, were the living embodiment of what surfer life is like. Zeke had a relaxed, hippy vibe, and Iris was more stressy and competitive. I loved how Iris’ character developed throughout the books and she went from being a judgemental teenager to a mature young adult as she saw what life was really like beyond the confines of Newquay. Zeke was easily my favourite character in the books; sixteen-year-old Anna would have loved to meet a guy like Zeke, and I think not-so-sixteen-year-old Anna still does!

I was absolutely swept away in this series, diving headfirst into the world of sun, sea and surf. It is such a refreshing series to read, the characters are so realistic and though the books may seem like a happy-go-lucky summer read, there is a lot of depth in them that goes way beyond what you see on the surface. The final book in the trilogy ends on such a high, I adored it and I cried for a good fifteen minutes when I realised I’d come to the end of my time in Iris and Zeke’s world.

“He said your eyes looked alarmed by the world, until the moment you were in the ocean. In the ocean you were calm, and he thought that was because in the ocean you felt home.” Air by Lisa Glass.

This quote isn’t the best one I could pick from the whole trilogy, but it is the quote that means the most to me, because in two sentences it has described not only Zeke and Iris, but it has also got to the very heart of me. It is very personal to me.

The books in the trilogy: Blue, Air and Ride. The first book in this series, Blue, is being adapted into a film called Blue Than the Sky, with filming starting next spring in Newquay. It is going to be an amazing movie, and I can’t wait until the story of my two loves, Iris and Zeke, is on the big screen.

278f9a972f060f0282138d6a0adb50f6_jpegAnna {A Literary Potion} Bookish girl with a serious case of wanderlust. Prone to daydreaming and talking about horses.
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Film Facebook: @bluerthanthesky

51ldn8htuql-_sx332_bo1204203200_Yellow Crocus
by Laila Ibrahim
I only picked up this book because it was free on KindleUnlimited and it seemed like a good departure from the thrillers I’d been binge reading while on vacation. Oh my goodness, as fate would have it, I feel head over heels in love with the two main characters of Yellow Crocus and couldn’t put it down. In fact, I ended up binge reading it late one night before we flew home. And then I cried myself to sleep over the joy and pain of it.
Yellow Crocus walks in the same veins of The Help and The Secret Life of Bees with the historical fiction dealings of slavery and civil rights… However, it’s different because it moves beyond the slavery and explores what freedom means for both the freed woman and the removed daughter of a plantation owner. It’s hope and hurt, growth and ache, all wrapped up in a single, gorgeously written novel.
Favorite quotes:
“Focus on bearing, and beauty will follow. Your looks will not remain with you for life. But your bearing will go with you to the grave.”
“I can’ say much ’bout marriage. But I know a good man make life more sweet. Someone to hold you and love you, someone to share your dreams with, someone kind and thoughtful. A good man’s a treasure.”

That concludes today’s post! If you’re interested in being part of this series, feel free to comment below or email me at!


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