5 TV Shows I Still Need To Watch

I don’t know if you remember, but before this year (and last year, I guess) I was a massive TV addict. My life basically revolved around books, TV shows, and travelling. Then I got sucked into having a social life with actual people (I know, ew) and I had to cut down on my precious Netflix binges. I only stuck with the shows that I already adored (with some exceptions, see below) and stopped myself from starting new ones unless the whole season had already been released. So I’m now left with a trillion things to watch, and not enough time to watch them. These are the ones that I absolutely need to get to before the end of the year, or my soul will never be the same.

bellarke kiss

So when I said I was up to date with all of my BEST SHOWS EVER, I didn’t mean that I’m up to date with The 100. I didn’t have the time this winter to watch it weekly, so Tatum and I marathoned the first half of season four while it was on a break. I’m going to do the same thing with the second half over the summer so I’m all caught up for season five. I am seriously craving my Bellarke fix!

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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

The Couple Next Door by Shari LapenaThe Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: 14th July 2016
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Source: Bought
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Fast-paced and addictive, THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR announces a major new talent in thriller writing. You never know what's happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you that she didn't want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn't stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You'll have the baby monitor and you'll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She's gone.

You've never had to call the police before. But now they're in your home, and who knows what they'll find there.

What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?

I read The Couple Next Door in one sitting after weeks and weeks of battling through a reading slump. Apparently all I needed was a really good thriller. Who knew? I’m really happy with the way this turned out, so much so that I’ve pre-ordered Lapena’s next thriller so I can read it right away when it comes out later this month.

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Summer TBR Wipeout 2017: Update #1

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the wrath and the dawn

We’re one week into the massive Summer TBR Wipeout and it’s time for an update. My goal this summer is to read 10 books from my TBR, which is literally overflowing from my bookshelves. And in true Amber fashion, I’ve managed to read books on my Kindle instead. Gah.

far from the tree

At the beginning of challenge I finished up The Wrath and the Dawn, meaning my first read for the Summer TBR Wipeout was a massive disappointment. Honestly. I have no idea why this book has such a huge fanbase (I’m not shading you if you love it! I just don’t get it) because I thought it was a load of crap. I might read the sequel though because why not?

Thankfully, my second read was a lot better. I read Far From the Tree, which is coming out in October. I downloaded it from Edelweiss the other day and I was too excited about it to wait any longer before picking it up. Far From the Tree is about three siblings who were given up by their mother and either adopted separately or put in a foster home. It was really freaking emotional.

hello sunshineNext I read Hello, Sunshine, which is about a young woman who didn’t get into college, and so she follows her dream of moving to Los Angeles to become an actress. She struggles for money, she makes friends, she meets a few weirdos, and she struggles to break into the industry. It was really good. Not great or amazing, but if you’re looking for a fun and fluffy read, this is one for you.

On Thursday I started reading a highly anticipated release – There’s Someone Inside Your House! Perkins announced that she was writing this book years ago and I’ve been dying to read it. I requested a copy from NetGalley, and ththere's someone inside your houseey delivered! I’m really enjoying it so far, although there’s a little too much focus on the romance for me. I’m loving the slasher/Scream movie vibe though. I’m going to finish this one shortly and then start with my next one.

As you can see, I’m doing quite well with this challenge so far! I’ve read one book from my physical TBR, and three books from my enormous review copy backlog. I can’t wait to see what progress I make next week! I think I’m going to try to read more from my physical TBR pile, but it depends on what I’m in the mood for. 

How are you guys doing with the challenge?

Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

We’re somehow over halfway through the year and I don’t like it. Time is moving way too quickly. I feel like summer is going to be over before it has really begun, and I’ve not had time to properly enjoy it yet. But what I am enjoying is being back in the blogging mood, so I thought I’d take my mind off of how quickly this year is going and do a fun tag post. I can’t remember the last time I did one of these. Anyway, I discovered this tag through Melissa, and it was originally created by ReadLikeWildfire and Ely Jane

me @ this year

me @ this year

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The Power by Naomi Alderman

The Power by Naomi AldermanThe Power by Naomi Alderman
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: 27th October 2016
Publisher: Viking
Source: Bought
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: two-half-stars

In The Power the world is a recognisable place: there's a rich Nigerian kid who larks around the family pool; a foster girl whose religious parents hide their true nature; a local American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But something vital has changed, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power - they can cause agonising pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world changes utterly.

This extraordinary novel by Naomi Alderman, a Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year and Granta Best of British writer, is not only a gripping story of how the world would change if power was in the hands of women but also exposes, with breath-taking daring, our contemporary world.

Well, this was a bit boring. I’m massively disappointed in The Power because I picked it up after Alderman won a tonne of awards, including the Bailey’s prize, and I thought it was going to be a modern classic. I was expecting something epic.

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