Blog Posts I Loved This Month – May

I’ve been a bit absent in the blogging community lately, so I thought I’d make up for it with HUGE monthly favourites post! The creativity and enthusiasm throughout the blogging community is so inspiring and it’s been lovely seeing so many people achieving milestone follower counts! I say this every month, but I love writing these posts and looking back at all the amazing content you create! The blogging community has always been a place of endless support, and these little posts are just my way of spreading that love and celebrating why I love the blogging community so much.

One of my aims this month was to do more blog hopping and to discover more passionate and like-minded bloggers and I’ve done just that! I’ve gone a bit mad with this favourites list but there were so many incredible posts this month that I loved and that made me smile, I couldn’t help it! I’m always on the hunt for new blogs to follow, and I want to spread the love even further, so please leave a link in the comments to a blog I should be following!

I hope you all have a fabulous month filled with sunshine and lots of reading!


May was the month of Eurovision and the wonderful Line @First Line Reader got creative and combined this iconic music competition with some of our favourite fantasy characters, and I’m in love! My ’12 points’ would definitely go to Merry and Pippin (Lord of the Rings), they’d have everyone dancing and their performance would be full of surprises.

Found families and strong friendship groups are some of my all-time favourite bookish tropes. There’s just something so heart-warming about a group of unlikely individuals finding comfort in each other and the wonderful banter that comes with it. Veronika @Wordy and Whimsical shared a great list of books with found family tropes, and I couldn’t help but add all of these books to my TBR, whoops!

Maria @The Character Study is new to the blogging community, but they are KILLING IT with their posts! One of my favourites was their brilliant discussion on bisexual representation in books, and if you haven’t read it yet then be sure to check it out!

May also saw the highly anticipated Friend’s reunion hit our screens, and the fabulous Bryony @The Indecisive Readers got creative and recommended some books to the Friends characters, and I’m in love with all of her picks!

I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a Bookstagram for a while now, and after reading Estelle @The Bookish Garden’s post on how to start a Bookstagram, it’s definitely something I want to try! This post was SUPER helpful and has given me a lot of things to think about, who knew that choosing an aesthetic would be so difficult!

When I’m not falling head over heels for Greek Mythology, I’m obsessing over my zodiac sign! Hal @HD’s Reading Life matched Queer 2021 releases to your zodiac sign, and I am OBSESSED with this post! Hal’s picks were spot on, and I couldn’t be happier with the book recommendation for Libra’s!

If you’re looking for more star sign book recommendations then look no further, Ariel @A Gemini Book Nook shared her answers to the Zodiac Book Tag! I’m a Libra and Ariel recommended Years of Yes by Shonda Rhimes, and as someone who is obsessed with both Grey’s Anatomy and Bridgerton, it’s definitely something I now want to pick up!

One thing I want to start doing this year is to take note of some of my favourite quotes and turn them into some creative project. Kaya @A Fictional Bookworm shared 10 quotes from her favourite books and now I’m tempted to re-read The Selection series! I’m currently reading the Clockwork series as well, and I just keep highlighting quotes

I really enjoyed Malka @Paper Procrastinators discussion on whether you need a blogging scheduled or not, and I loved reading through all the comments and learning more about other bloggers preferences. I’m someone who swears by their blogging schedule, my beautiful colour-coded spreadsheet keeps me organised and I don’t know where I’d be without it

As an English Lit graduate, I’ve read my fair share of classics but there have been a few that I’ve struggled to finish and didn’t enjoy! Jan @The Doodle Crafter shared her list of classics she didn’t finish and it’s nice to know that I wasn’t the only person who didn’t enjoy Great Expectations, however it breaks my heart to know she didn’t enjoy Little Women!

Earlier this year I fell in love with Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin and it’s great seeing other readers falling in love with this story and these characters. Katie @Melting Pages shared her brilliant review so be sure to check that out!

Kristin @Kristin Kraves Books shared some great bookish Podcast recommendations, and I can’t believe I haven’t listened to them sooner! The chances are that you’ll always find me with my headphones in, so this list is perfect and I’m excited to start listening!

Recently I’ve struggled to keep up with my TBR, I’ve got so many books that I want to read but I don’t know where to start! Mehek @The Critiques of a Fangirl shared a great discussion on whether to TBR or not to TBR, and it’s nice to know that I’m not the only one struggling! I agree with Mehek and have concluded that I’m 100% a TBR mood reader!

It’s almost SUMMER! The UK has been fortunate enough to have had some beautiful weather recently and it’s getting my all excited for the next couple of months! Aarushi @aarushireads shared some seasonal book recommendations for summer and I couldn’t help but add a few of these to my TBR!

I love my little book club with my friends, and Bianca @Your Words My Ink shared a great post on how to start your own digital bookclub! Bookclubs are the perfect opportunity to connect with other readers around the world and you never know you might find your next favourite read!

Rosina @Lace and Dagger Books is another blogger who is SMASHING it this month, I found it difficult to pick just one of her posts! I’m very tempted to start Bookstagram but I had no idea where to start! Luckily Rosina came to my rescue and shared some great Bookstagram tips and tricks that were all super helpful, so thank you!

I can’t believe that we’re almost half way through the year?! Emily @Frappes and Fiction shared her favourite books of the year so far and it was nice to see some of my favourite on the list too!

If you know me then you’ll know that I’m hopelessly and utterly obsessed with Greek Mythology so it’s no surprise that I loved Siena @Booksophobia post about Greek Myth Retellings you need to read! Ariadne by Jennifer Saint is on my June TBR and it looks like a re-read of Song of Achilles might be on the cards too!

If you’re looking for your next read then look no further! Joy @Books With Joy shared the ultimate enemies to lovers booklist and I couldn’t help but add a few of these to my ever-growing TBR! I don’t know about you but I’m a sucker for an enemies to lovers trope, so this list is perfect!

Hands down my favourite post of the entire month was April Lee @Booked Till Midnight post where she replaced snakes on YA book covers With Milo the goat! This was GENIUS and had me dying with laughter, even now I can’t help but smile when I think about it!

I want to say a HUGE congratulations to Ashmita @The Fictional Journal for hitting 1000 followers! This is such an incredible achievement and they truly deserve it! If you don’t already follow Ashmita then please do, she is such a lovely person and is always posting fabulous content that I know you will all enjoy!

One of my favourite discussion posts this month was Rania @Rania’s Ramblings beautifully thoughtful post about Down Syndrome and Autistic Representation in YA Books. This is a topic I know many of us hold close to our hearts and it’s clear that we need more #ownvoices neurodivergent and accurate representation in literature. I LOVED this post so much, so be sure to check it out!

I’m an emotional wreck and it doesn’t take much to turn me into a blubbering mess (I’m that person who cries at the John Lewis Christmas advert) but it’s been a while since I cried over a book! The lovely Amber @Bibliomavens and Jessica @The Awkward Book Blogger shared their picks that are guaranteed to make you cry, so be sure to have the tissues at the ready! When I saw the Hero of Ages on Jessica’s list, a wave of emotion hit me, it’s been years since I finished that series and I don’t think I’ve ever recovered!

May was AAPI (Asian-American and Pacific Islander) Heritage month, and both Madeline @ The Bookish Mutant and Julia @Stormy Reads gave us some great book recommendations by Asian authors! A lot of these are already on my TBR but there were a few new ones that I can’t wait to start!

I’m enjoying Zoe @Reading by the Moonlight’s author spotlight series, this month she focused on Slyvia Plath and it was really interesting to learn more about her and her work! I studied a little of Plath at University but she’s someone I want to explore more!

Maya @Pretty Little Scribbles shared some of her favourite sibling relationships in books and on-screen, and I couldn’t agree more with her choices! The relationship between the March sisters, the Pevensie siblings and Annie and Hallie from the Parent Trap will always be some of my favourites!

Another book that completely skipped my radar was Sunkissed by Katie West! I’m a sucker for a bit of Kasie West and had no idea that she’d written another book so when Georgia @Lost in Neverland shared her review, I knew it was something I had to add to my TBR straight away!

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston is one of my most anticipated reads of 2021, this magical big-hearted romance sounds super adorable and it’s lovely seeing so many readers fall in love with this story! The wonderful Ahaana @Windows to Worlds shared her review and now I’m even more excited to read it!

My Favourite Books with Purple on the Cover

Purple is such an underrated colour, and I think this is my new favourite post in this series. I’m lucky enough to have an entire shelf dedicated to my beautiful purple books but in typical bookworm fashion, I now want more! I had so much fun searching through my bookshelves and various bookish accounts to create another aesthetically pleasing post and I now can’t stop looking at all of them!

What fascinates me every time I write this posts is the theory and meaning behind each colour and how different shades can change the tone and reaction. I’ve fallen down a major rabbit hole and it’s so interesting to learn about each colour and their connotations. Let’s take purple for example, it’s a combination of red and blue and takes on some attributes of both and is associated with creativity and imagination, a fitting colour for all these incredible books!


Royal Purple

Let’s start strong with a classic bold statement cover!

Dark Purple

I don’t need any more purple books, I don’t need anymore purple books, I don’t need anymore purple books….

Well a couple more won’t hurt!

Cosy Sunset Purple

Just looking at these covers is making me smile, not only are they beautiful but they’ve got such a positive and feel-good feeling about them! I’ve fallen head over hells for The Wild Ones cover and I look forward to adding to my bookshelf soon.

Lilac Dreams

I thought pink was the colour of romance but I was wrong! I associate pink with instant-cheesy romance novels but there something tender and delightful about a purple romance cover, it’s softer but still just as adorable.

Magical Purple

I don’t know about you, but I’m fully obsessed with that cover for Lost in the Never Woods, its beautiful! There’s something wonderfully magical about purple and these books are giving me all the Agatha Harkness vibes!

Starlight Purple

I’m obsessed with everything to do with the night sky and I could happily spend an evening star gazing or gazing lovingly at these covers, they’re beautiful. They capture the wonder and unknown of space and are full of out-of-this-world storylines that you can’t help but enjoy.

The Hero’s Moment

How epic and badass do these’s protagonists look? I certainly wouldn’t want to mess with them!

Pinky Purple

Another group of covers that embrace colour and that will stand out on your bookshelves.

Purple Mix

There was no way that I was going to write a purple books post without including the A Sky Beyond the Storm cover, that cover is intense and I don’t think Elias and Laia have looked better! I’m not emotionally prepared to dive back into this series but the pain of not knowing what happens to my beloved characters is killing me!

Dark Purple

And last but not least, this dark mysterious purple. I can’t stop looking at the Beasts Made of Night Cover, every time I look at it I spot something different.

This or That: Bookish Boyfriends Edition

I’m a single, book-obsessed, hopeless romantic who is no stranger to online dating, but after very little success, I think I’ll just stick to my fictional men! I know I’m not alone in my little obsession, and I will openly admit that these fictional men have left me with high expectations for future partners! I’ve mentioned before that I’m an indecisive Libra, so it’s no surprise that I spent way too much time thinking about my choices, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I 100% have a type!

I was worried at first that I wouldn’t have enough fictional crushes to fill this post, but that quickly changed as I went through my bookshelves. If anything, I’ve had to cut this list down, so keep your eyes peeled for part two! I’m curious to know if you agree with my choices and who your ultimate fictional crush is?

Two men who just want to be loved, but like Addie my heart will always Henry. Not only does he have the best job in the world but he’s such a kindhearted and adorable character who deserves to find love and happiness.

We’re only on the second question and I’m already stumped! It’s been three months and I’m still not over A Court of Silver Flames, and the sarcastic and playful relationship between Cassian and Nesta. Rhys is perfect but I think I’d have more fun with Cassian.

Probably one of the most controversial choices but I’ve got to pick Chaol, he was one of my first fictional crushes and there’ll always be a place in my heart for him. His friendship with Celaena is one of my favourites and although he’s made some mistakes and questionable decision, he’s still a brave and loyal friend.

1000% Rowan, but I wouldn’t want to steal him from Aelin. Their love for each other is incredibly powerful and moving and I can’t help but get a little emotional when I think about them, someone hand me the tissues!

‘I love you. There is no limit to what I can give to you, no time I need. Even when this world is forgotten whisper of dust between the stars, I will love you.

I’ve just realised that this tag is quickly becoming a post dedicated to the men of Sarah J Maas, and I’m not sorry about it, I can’t help it she knows what I like! We still don’t know much about either character and I’m equally curious about each of their storylines but I think I’m going to pick Hunt. I’m a very passionate person when it comes to sport, especially rugby, so I think we’d have great fun chilling and watching the sunball games on TV.

One the one hand you’ve got my babyfaced flyboy, Ezra and on the other you’ve got our bad boy and resident funny guy, Nik. My ideal partner is someone who can make me laugh, and Nik does just that! I wouldn’t mind be stuck on a spaceship if Nik was there to make me laugh and have my back.

One of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make, how am I meant to choose between these two classic literary heartthrobs who are no strangers to rejected proposal! As much as I love Laurie, I’m going to have to pick Mr Darcy purely because of that scene in the 2005 adaptation where he walks through the field on a misty morning in his flowing coat to find Elizabeth!

These two are masters at keeping secrets so I wouldn’t want to trust either of them with my heart! Even when I was reading this series I couldn’t decide who I liked more, every time I fell for one of them they’d go and do something reckless and I’d end up disliking them. It was a painful and emotional cycle. I think I’d choose Legend purely so I could visit Caraval and experience all the magic and wonder!

These two blonde heartthrobs have left me with a very difficult decision. My younger self would automatically pick Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles but I think I’m going to choose West! I’m a sucker for ‘pirates’ and would happily be whisked away on an adventure aboard The Marigold!

100% The Darkling! There’s always been a part of me that has shamelessly loved the Darkling, and ever since Ben Barnes put on that black Kefta that obsession has doubled in size. I still love Kaz but there’s just something about falling for the villain that’s so enticing…

I don’t think I’ll ever be able to choose between these two!

Met Gala Themed Book Recommendations

Fashion’s biggest night falls on the first Monday in May and lays the stage for both New York’s high society and Hollywood’s finest, as they join forces and collaborate with some of the world’s most influential designers. Sadly due to the pandemic the Gala has once again been postponed but I thought I’d celebrate in my own bookish way!

The creativity and innovation of the designers and the way in which they embrace each years theme never fails to surprise me. I’d give anything to be on that carpet with the likes of Harry Styles and Lady Gaga in a very glamours ensemble, a girl can dream!

Anyway, I thought I’d combine two of my favourite things and give some book recommendations based off some iconic Met Gala themes as well as dream outfit choices! Enjoy!


2020 – About Time: Fashion and Duration (Timeless Books You Can Re-read Over and Over Again)

With this look I’d either pull a 2019 Lady Gaga outfit change, with layers of different iconic pieces throughout fashion or I’d go for something timeless like a little black dress but with a Met inspired twist!

As for my book recommendations, these are some of my absolute favourite comfort books that transport me away from reality and right into the heart of their magical and beautiful adventures.

2019 – Camp: Notes on Fashion (A Book with a Queer/LGBTQ+ Protagonist)

This was one of my favourite Met Gala themes because the possibilities were endless and the carpet was filled with so many iconic pieces. For this look I’d either do something super colourful and vibrant or I would be twinning with Ezra Miller in a pinstripe suite with a train and bedazzled corset, and jaw dropping illusion make up!

These beautifully refreshing books need to be on your TBR! Their stories are real and relatable but be prepared, they will leave you both emotionally wrecked and fulfilled.

2016 – Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology (A Dystopian/Sci-fi Book)

That year, Claire Danes hit the mark with her elegant and tasteful light up ball gown and as much as I loved it, I’d want to wear something straight out of a Project Runway unconventional material challenge or something dystopian and Blade Runner inspired!

My teenage years were dominated by YA dystopian fiction, so it’s not usually my go-to genre but recently I’ve fallen in love with it all over again. A friend of mine has been trying to get me to read The Fifth Season for years and I’ve finally given in and I’m excited to see if it lives up to the hype!

2014 – Charles James: Beyond Fashion (Best Dressed Books)

Charles James was an English-American fashion designer and is best known for his ballgowns and highly structured aesthetic, so it’s no surprise that I’d love to wear a big and beautiful ballgown that belongs in a fantasy wardrobe.

I’d give anything to have these characters wardrobes, especially Scarlets changing dress from Caraval! A dress that changes with your mood? Yes please! I loved watching her dress change throughout the series and enjoyed the fact that it had a mind of it’s own and could change at any time! The possibilities are endless and I don’t think I’d ever want to take it off.

2012 – Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations (A Book that Sparks a Conversation)

The 2012 theme juxtaposed the work of Italian designers Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada and allowed us to explore how the past enlightens the present. If I was to attend I’d love to wear a Met inspired power suit, as this piece proves that women can exhibit confidence and authority in a male-dominated world and turn a significantly male outfit into a powerful yet feminine suit of armor. The power suit doesn’t focus on embedding the masculine silhouette and stepping inside the shoes of a man, instead, it emulates the masculine look and combines it with the female identity to create a flattering and powerful sheathing that fuels the feminist movement with confidence and style.

These books offer a vital and power insight into different issues and perspectives and are all 100% worth the read!

2011 – Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (A Thrilling Adventure)

Alexander McQueen is a huge influence on fashion and his gift for tailoring allowed to him to create the imaginative designs he is known for and to construct breathtaking runway shows. The key elements of McQueen’s aesthetic included Roman Gothic/Victorian-inspired pieces, like dark colours, thick fabrics, and red lace as well as frequent references to armour or pieces that are ‘protective’ of the woman wearing them. Just like McQueen these books are powerfully bold and full of surprises!

2010 – American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity (A Book Set in the USA)

When I think of iconic and fashionable American women, my mind jumps to the likes of Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, and Jackie Kennedy, so I think I’d wear something classic, elegant and timeless.

Before writing this post I had no idea that there was the American reading challenge which involves readers taking a road-trip around the US by reading books set in each state! I’m obsessed with this idea and it’s definitely something I want to work towards!

2008 – Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy (A Book about Superheros)

This theme needs a re-do, as the outfits for the 2008 superhero inspired theme was very disappointing and I feel that stars and designers now would fully embrace the theme and go all out! I’m a huge fan of all the Marvel films so I think I’d channel one of my favourite characters, Bucky Barnes ‘aka’ The Winter Soldier. I’d love to wear a one-shouldered black gown with a silver sleeve with a dark and smokey eye look that screamed mysterious and powerful elegance!

As for the book recommendations, Vicious by V.E.Schwab is at the top of my list! It’s a masterful, twisted tale of ambition, jealousy, betrayal, and superpowers, set in a near-future world that I guarantee you’ll love!

2006 – AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion (A Book Set in the UK)

For this theme I’d join forces with British Oscar-winning costume designer Jacqueline Durran (Atonement, Little Women & more) to create something incredible! When reading I spent most of my time in wonderful fantasy worlds rather than my own, but after finding books for this prompt I’m going to make more of an effort to read books set in the UK!

2003 – Goddess: The Classical Mode (A Book about Gods/Goddesses)

I’m thinking white party-toga realness! I’d channel my inner Athena/Aphrodite and go all out with a lightweight white dress and gold headpiece! As many of you know I’m obsessed with mythology, so here are a few of my favourite Greek God-based books!

My Favourite Books With Pink Covers | Spring Edition

I wrote a similar post a couple of months ago for St Patrick’s Day, where I shared some of my favourite green covers, and the lovely Elizabeth @just B more gave me the idea to turn it into a mini-series!

To celebrate Spring and the wonderful colours that come with it, I thought I’d dedicate a post to some fabulous PINK books. I had so much fun searching through Goodreads and my TBR, and I’m embarrassed to admit that my bookshelves are shamefully lacking in pink books, so it looks like I might be needing a trip to Waterstones soon!

I love writing these posts and creating these aesthetically pleasing lists, so I really hope you enjoy it. Also let me know in the comments which colour I should do next! I’m thinking yellow and gold to celebrate summer!


‘Burn Book’ Pink

One of the most iconic pink books from pop culture! Whilst I don’t agree with the contents or motive behind this book it wouldn’t be a pink list without it! There’s just something ‘mean’ and mysterious about magenta pink, so if you’re looking for a thrill then be sure to pick up Lock Every Door by Riley Sager, There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins or The Mary Shelly Club by Goldy Moldavsky.

Magnolia Pink

From my desk I look out to the most beautiful magnolia tree which serves as the inspiration for this prompt. This soft pink is sweet and innocent but that’s not the case with some of these books!

Space Nebula Pink

I’m obsessed with space and constellations and these covers give me all the other-worldly and sci-fi vibes, I love it. The cover for The Infinity Courts is one of my favourites, it’s mysterious, mystical with that element of power and adventure.

Romance Pink

When I think of love and romance my mind jumps straight to this adorable bubblegum pink and some my favourite contemporary romance novels.

Sunset Pink

The other morning my sister and I went and watched the sunrise from the Hills and it was beautiful just like these book covers! The cover for In Deeper Waters by F.T.Lukens is hands down one of my favourites, the way they look at each other is so intense and I can’t wait to learn more about these characters and this story!

Passion Pink

A little different from our romance pink, the passion pink is hot, bold and captures the intensity of love.

Pretty in Pink

I’d give anything to have some of these dresses in my wardrobe, they’re all so beautiful!

Be a Flamingo in a Flock of Pigeons Pink

These books are bold and beautiful! They stand out in a crowd and never apologise for being confident and fabulous, a mentality we all should embrace. Dean Atta’s wonderful book, The Black Flamingo was the inspiration for this plot and captures the beauty of embracing your uniqueness and learning to love yourself. If you’ve yet to read it then I highly recommend that you add it to your TBR straight away!

The Magic and Mystical Pink

I usually associate pink with romance and contemporary genres, but these books prove that fantasy deserves some more pink love! These books are channeling their inner Scarlet Witch and are all thrilling adventures that will keep you on the edge of your seat!

Elle Woods Pink

Elle Woods is the Queen of pink and these covers would be the perfect accessory to any pink ensemble! Traditionally, pink evokes notions of sensitivity, femininity, sweetness but these books highlight the power of feminism and the strength of women as they face personal and social battles of their own.

An Explosion of Pink

I am obsessed with all of these books, especially this stunning colour combination of orange and pink! These books are giving me some major sunset vibes and they’re covers just make me feel all warm and cosy inside! There’s just something chaotic yet calming about these covers and their absence from my bookshelves is heartbreaking!

7 Things I Want to See in The Shadow and Bone TV Show

HAPPY SHADOW AND BONE RELEASE DAY!

If you haven’t guessed already, I’m pretty excited for the Shadow and Bone TV series! I can’t wait to see these wonderful characters come to life on screen and to experience the magic and wonder that’s threaded throughout its epic storyline. I have been waiting for this adaptation for so long and I don’t think I’m emotionally prepared for it, but I plan to spend my weekend watching the show over and over again and falling in love with everything!

And don’t get me started on the cast, they’re perfect. It honestly feels like these characters have just stepped off the page and words can’t describe how excited I am to see them all interact! But what makes this show special to me is the love and enthusiasm shared by all those involved, it’s clear that they care about these characters and that they are just as excited and passionate about this show as the fans.

Bardugo’s Grishaverse is a canvas of creativity and is a wonderfully imaginative world that is open to endless exploration and adventure. Transporting this world from page to screen isn’t a small feat but such responsibility has been embraced by executive producers Eric Heisserer (Arrival, Bird Box) and Shawn Levy (Stranger Things, Arrival), with Leigh Bardugo also on board as a producer. All the trailers, images and behind the scene snippets look incredible and it’s making my little heart flutter!

I have total and utter faith that this adaptation will stay true to the books and will successfully embody everything we as the fans cherish in this series as well as giving us something entirely new and thrilling. I can’t contain my excitement for much longer, so I thought I’d share my list of things that I want to see in the upcoming adaptation!


Character Interaction

The wonderful thing about combining the worlds and storylines of Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows is that these characters are finally going to meet and interact! This alternate timeline and clever twist in the story is the best of both worlds, as not only do we get to see our beloved characters come to life but we the fans also get something uniquely different and exciting. I could 100% see Kaz and Alina being best friends and getting on each other’s nerves, as well as Mal and Jesper bonding over their guns.

I know my fictional boyfriend Nikolai hasn’t been cast yet, but I will die if the show ends with Kaz handing over Alina and Mal to an extremely charming red-headed captain with a crooked nose!

Grisha Powers & Fight Scenes

This show looks epic, so I’m expecting some hard-core and intense fight scenes! We’ve seen snippets of Jesper’s gunslinging ways, Inej’s extensive collection of knives, Zoya’s powers and the special effects look amazingly detailed and magical. I’ve really enjoyed following along on the show and actors journey, and I’m utterly in love with Amita Suman and the behind the scenes of her stunt training on Instagram!

Now this may be an unpopular opinion, but I’m a little bit dubious towards Alina’s powers, the whole full-body glowing vibe feels cliche, but everything else looks perfect and I’m particularly looking forward to her lessons with Bagra.

Ravka and Kerch (The Crow Club, The Little Palace, The Shadow Fold)

There’s always the challenge with bringing a fictional world to life, there needs to be a balance between reality and fantasy.

The show was filmed in Budapest, a baroque city landscape that exhibits grandeur and dramatic beauty, all elements that we see mirrored throughout Bardugo’s Grishaverse. These places have become a second home to me and many other readers and I’m ready to be transported to the streets of Ketterdam and the beautiful halls of the Little Palace! Another place I’m excited to see more of it the Shadow Fold, from the trailer it looks terrifying and I’m curious to see more of the horrors within!

Character Relationships (Mal’s Redemption?)

Relationships and found families are a huge part of these series and I hope that we get to see more of our favourite couples/friendships! One relationship I’m buzzing to see on screen is the blossoming and tenuous relationship between Nina and Matthias.

This may be another controversial opinion but I’m starting to like Mal a little more? Could this be his redemption in the fandom? There’s just something about Archie in the trailer and the on screen chemistry between Mal and Alina that’s making me love him a little more…

Backstories (Kaz, Mattias, Nina, Darkling)

I’m also curious to see how or if they include any of the character’s backstories, as they’re an important part of who they are. I’m sure we’ll learning more about the Darkling but I really hope we dive into the Crows’ past and peel back those layers.

In an interview Bardugo also mentioned that the show will include some of her external material and I’m just so excited to explore this world even more!

Book Moments

Fans will always cling to the book when their favourite series is being adapted but sometimes we need to accept that not everything is going to make it into the show. Nevertheless, there are still some iconic moments and lines that I hope to see on screen, one of which being the brilliant banter between the Crows. Adapting a fantasy novel and bringing this unique world to life is a huge challenge but I have so much faith and love for the team behind the show and I’m confident is going to exceed all my expectations!

The Fashion

I’d kill to have my own Kefta and maybe one day I’ll finally find the courage and skill to make my own! Kefta’s are a HUGE part of Grisha culture and from what we’ve seen so far they’re exactly what I’d imagined they’d look like, regal, colourful and beautifully elegant. As expected Leigh has some say when it came to the costumes and the creative process and I’m confident that I’m going to be very envious of all of them.

And then we have the mysterious and dark palet of the Dregs, and I’m especially excited to see more of Inej and Nina’s costumes. However, I don’t know how I feel about Kaz and Jesper’s fedoras though?

Book Recommendations Based on Your Star Sign

I wish my horoscope had prepared me for this week, it’s been chaos! But things have calmed down a bit and I’ve finally found the time to write!

I don’t know about you, but I love getting book recommendations and adding more and more books to my overflowing TBR, so I thought I’d combine this style of post with another one of my guilty pleasures, zodiac signs! I’m fascinated with astrology and it’s something I go-to now and then to find a little bit of structure and guidance in my life.

I’m an indecisive and romantic Libra so this list could have easily been a mile long! I had so much fun searching through my bookshelves and Goodreads to find the perfect book for each sign, and I really hope you enjoy it. I’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging scene recently so I wanted to make this post extra special and creative!

Aries (March 21-April 19): Adventurous, Enthusiastic, Reckless and Bold.

As the first sign in the zodiac, the presence of Aries always marks the beginning of something energetic, bold and enthusiastic, so my mind instantly jumped to some of my favourite and most antiquated fantasy reads. Aries signs are always ready to be the hero in any story and just like some of our beloved characters they’re always up for an action-packed adventure.

My Recommendations: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, The Bone Season by Samatha Shannon, Crescent City by Sarah J Maas, The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang, Jade City by Fonda Lee, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Taurus (April 20-May 20): Patient, Loving, Determined.

Taurus signs are known for being well-grounded and practical people who surround themselves with love and value loyalty. All these books below share theses themes and touch beautifully on the power of friendship and the patient journey of love.

My Recommendations: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary, A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Gemini (May 21-June 20): Adaptable, Intellectual and Cunning.

There are two sides to a Gemini, and you never know which one you’re going to get! They’re sociable and playful with a serious and thoughtful streak that fuels their curiosity and desire to experience everything the world has to offer. Communication and the mind is important to Gemini signs, so I tried to pick imaginative, clever and mysterious storylines that would leave a reader wanting more!

My Recommendations: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong, One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Cancer (June 21-July 22): Loyal, Sensitive, Tenacious and Imaginative.

Cancer’s are deeply intuitive, sentimental and loyal to the people they keep close. When you first met them, Cancers can come across as cold or distant, but once you get to know them, you’ll realise that they’re very gentle, compassionate and caring individuals. For this recommendation, I wanted to picked books that packed an emotional punch and valued loyalty, friendship and family, so be sure to have the tissues at the ready for some of these picks!

My Recommendations: Save the Date by Morgan Matson, Out of Love by Hazel Hayes, I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, Legendborn by Tracy Deonn, Today, Tomorrow, Tonight by Rachel Lynn Solomon, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Leo (July 23 -August 22): Generous, Funny, Creative, and Loving.

Leo’s belong to the element of fire, making them warm-hearted and caring individuals who are capable of uniting different groups of people with their brilliant sense of humour. They are the leaders of their pack and are always searching for self awareness and growth. When people think of Leo’s their minds instantly jump to the bold and brave hero, but I think some these charters are just as bold and experience personal adventures of their own.

My Recommendations: To All The Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han, Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston, The Martian by Andy Weir, Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

Virgo (August 23-September 22): Hardworking, Intelligent, and Reliable.

Virgo’s have that eye for detail and deep sense for humanity. They’re strong characters and someone who prefers organisation and practicality in their everyday life. These characters work extremely hard to achieve their dreams and all deserve their happy endings!

My Recommendations: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman, Fable by Adrienne Young, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Normal People by Sally Rooney, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Libra (September 23-October 22): Sincere, Fair, Indecisive and Romantic.

Us Libra’s are indecisive and always have a hard time trying to pick our next read! We are always looking for balance and are romantic people who thrive off passion and enthusiasm. These books are all about tough decisions but it shouldn’t be a difficult decision to add these books to your ever-growing TBR!

My Recommendations: Noughts and Crosses by Malory Blackman, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Inshiguro, It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover, Scythe by Neal Shusterman, In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren, The Selection by Kiera Cass, The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Scorpio (October 23-November 21): Determined, Brave, Passionate and Secretive.

One of the most determined and brave signs who are also great at keeping secrets and fuelled by passion. I have so many recommendations for Scorpios, and I think it’s because I secretly identify as Scorpio too!

My Recommendations: The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas, They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, Angelfall by Susan Ee, King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21): Optimistic, Intellectual, Restless and Honest.

One of the biggest travellers among the zodiac signs, so a good book that will transport them to different worlds is exactly what they need. Sagittarius are optimistic and enthusiastic individuals who value freedom and exploration.

My Recommendations: Amy and Rogers Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi, The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty, The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow, Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson, Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin, Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Capricorn (December 22-January 19): Hardworking, Ambitious and Patient.

Capricorn’s embrace their inner sense of independence and are hardworking and ambitious individuals who will learn from their mistakes. They are masters of self control and have the ability to lead the way.

My Recommendations: Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Heartless by Marissa Meyer, A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

Aquarius (January 20-February 18): Loyal, Friendly, Original and Unpredictable.

Aquarius signs are revolutionary and radical, who want to change the world through social progress and visionary thinking. Aquarius-born individuals are loyal and will do anything for their friends and family.

My Recommendations: Red Rising by Pierce Brown, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Josh and Hazels Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren, Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman, Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Pisces (February 19-March 20): Compassionate, Imaginative, and Selfless.

Pisces is ruled by Neptune, the planet that focuses on creativity and imagination and tend to have a deep focus on escapism through fantasy, and when I read this I knew instantly which books I wanted to recommend! These books are the perfect escape and are home to some of my favourite fictional worlds that just come to life on the page.

My Recommendations: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Caraval by Stephanie Garber, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E.Schwab, Circe by Madeline Miller

Blog Posts I Loved This Month | March

These lists just keep getting longer and longer, but I couldn’t resist including all these wonderful posts and celebrating some content that made me smile. As I mentioned in my wrap up post, last month I was struggling with my blogging motivation and creativity but after reading all these incredible posts, I’ve now got long list of bookish themed posts that I’m excited to write.

I also just want to say a HUGE thank you to the blogging community! Your love and support recently has been overwhelming and I wish I could every one of you a big socially distanced hug! All of you continue to make my blogging experience one that is filled with so much joy, kindness and friendship, and for that I’ll be forever grateful!

Anyway, enough about me, let’s celebrate some of the AMAZING posts I read in March!


This month I discovered so many new blogs and that is thanks to the ray of sunshine that is Sofii @A Book, A Thought! Sofii has been hard at work creating the Definitive Book Blogger List so be sure to go and support her and this wonderful project!

Cossette @TeaTimeLit shared 10 book recommendations based on your favourite musical and I couldn’t help but add a few more books to my TBR! I thought this was such a fun and creative post and if you’re a musical lover then be sure to check this post out!

I’m always looking for more book recommendations and lovely Katie @Whispering Pages has given me some great contemporaries to read this Spring! Katie has convinced me to read The Boy Who Steals Houses, the way in which she describes it is so beautiful and it sounds like something I’m going to love.

Caro @Book Cheshire Cat also shared some amazing recommendations for Women’s History Month! I loved this post so much and it’s no surprise that over half of these books have ended up on my endless TBR!

I don’t need any more books on my TBR, but I can’t help it! Birdie @Birdie’s Booktopia went on a little book hunt and shared a list of her most anticipated April releases and what an exciting month April is!

If you’ve been following me for a while then you’ll know that I’m utterly obsessed with anything related to mythology, so when I saw Tasya @The Literary Huntress’ post about books based on Irish/Celtic Myth, I couldn’t click fast enough! I know I’m not alone in my love for mythology, so if you’re like me then be sure to check this post out.

Felicia @Felicia Sue Lynn Reviews started a new book meme, Blind Date a Book! This is such a creative idea and I love trying to guess which book is being described!

March was the month of Book Tags! Ally @Ally Writes Things created The Book Recommendations Book Tag! I had so much fun going through my bookshelves and Goodreads to find the perfect answer to these questions. I also really enjoyed her recent post where she compared our Goodreads shelves and I’ve made it my mission to add more books to my very empty shelves! Since then I’ve added a few more books and our comparative score has gone up to 81%!

The wonderful Amber and Samantha @Bibliomavens created the Meet the Book Blogger Tag! I loved this tag so much, all the questions really made me thing and I’m really enjoying seeing other bloggers join in and learning more about everyone!

I don’t know about you, but I’m obsessed with zodiac signs so when I saw that Becky @Becky’s Book Blog had done the Zodiac Book Tag, I could click on it quick enough! This was such a fun tag and I loved reading all of her answers!

Ross @The Royal Bookshelf created the Drag Race UK Season 2 Book Tag and it was the perfect way to end a perfect season! All of the Queen themed questions were brilliant and so creative, I loved it!

Zoe @Reading By The Moonlight shared a wonderful post about the pressure of liking popular books and the importance of removing internal and external pressures when reading a book. I related to this post massively, so be sure to go and check it out!

Another post I loved this month was Stephen @Stephen Writes thought-provoking discussion post about to what extent should we compare books. This was a topic that I hadn’t thought about, but after reading his post, it was something I was very conscious of and could identify in my reading habits. I agree with Stephen 100%, comparing books is inevitable, and that it is important that they are judged individually and for their merits!

We’re all used to talking about our favourite character traits, but Vera @Wordy and Whimsical shared some traits that can make us dislike a character! I don’t know about you but I hate it when a character is perfect at everything or when they have just one personality trait that defines them, give me more complexity!

I’ve been thinking about treating myself to a book sleeve for a while now, so when I saw Beth @Divine World of Books’ post about her book sleeve collection, I knew it was a sign and that I had to have one! I’m in love with all of the Shades of Magic sleeves, they’re stunning!

Kristin @Kristin Kraves Books has the most beautiful collection of books! In a recent post, she shared her Great Gatsby collection, and I’m very jealous!

Em @Em and Her Books is once again tempting me with lots of lovely bookish items with a list of her favourite bookish shops! Like her I’ve now filled my basket with lots of goodies and I’m just waiting for the right opportunity to treat myself. I love to support small businesses (especially when they’re book related) so make sure that you treat yourself too!

We had lots to celebrate in March, one of which was International Women’s Day! In honour of such a wonderful day, Georgia @Lost In Neverland shared her favourite female characters, and I could agree with her list more!

Heather @Nine Bookish Lives shared her list of books that need to be turned into a film/TV show and I now I can’t stop thinking about an In a Holidaze adaptation! That book needs to be turned into a festive rom-com ASAP!

I’ve just finished re-reading The Shadow and Bone trilogy and I’ve managed to put myself in another book hangover, but luckily I’ve got Six of Crows and King of Scars on my TBR and Julie @One More Book’s list of swoon-worthy lines from the entire series. I’m fully obsessed with this post, and I’ve spent way too much time re-reading some of these quotes, they’re all so beautiful especially that David and Genya quote! If you’re a fan of the series then I highly recommend you check this post out!

Another post I really enjoyed this month was Alienor @A Fox’s Wanderings list of 5 Romance Tropes I Love…And 5 I Loathe! Alienor and I share the same thoughts when it comes to romance tropes, we both love good-old slow-burn enemies to lovers plot and hate a cliche ‘love at first sight trope, just no!

I love reading about how different readers review books, and the lovely Susana @Susana Loves Books shared what elements make a 5-star book! I totally agree with everything listed, especially the point about the importance of characters and character diversity!

I swear I’m in a permanent state of writer’s block but Kira @Kira Jeanette’s post about writer’s block was super helpful and has encouraged me to stop procrastinating and to just write! I’m loving these writing updates and I look forward to reading more of them soon! Also best of luck with CampNaNoWriMo!

One of my favourite posts of the month was Line @First Line Reader’s Funny Book Titles (With a Twist). I haven’t laughed so hard at a blog post for a long time and it honestly made my day! I’d love to read all these alternative plots, and I particularly loved the adapted plot for Passenger, who wouldn’t want to drive around with a Taylor Swift obsessed ghost!

Funniest Books and Characters | April Fools Day 2021

Happy April Fools Day and Happy Birthday Fred and George Weasley! April Fools Day is the only day of the year that encourages mischief and all sorts of funny business, and I hope that none of you have fallen victim to any pranks or trickery. In celebration I thought I’d share a few of my favourite ‘funny’ books and and characters who’s personality and wit never fail to make me smile and continues to bring some much needed laughter to my day! Enjoy!


The Unhoneymooners by Christian Lauren –  I’m a sucker for Christina Lauren, her books never fail to make me smile and are all just super adorable! So far I think this is one of my favourites, the enemies-to-lovers and fake dating trope made this such a fun and lighthearted read.

The Martian by Andy Weir – A man stranded on Mars, what’s funny about that? Nothing, but our protagonist Mark Watney makes the best out of a bad situation and will have you cracking up at every page. Every bit of his dialogue is hilarious, he always finds the most surprising and inappropriate thing to say, even in the direst situations!

“Please watch your language. Everything you type is being broadcast live all over the world.”
[12:15] WATNEY: Look! A pair of boobs -> (.Y.)”

The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Amie Kaufman is a mastermind when it comes to creating lighthearted and effortless back and forth banter! Again, I didn’t expect to laugh this much! I’m OBSESSED with both Kady/Ezra and Hannah/Nik and they’ve earned a spot on my favourite fictional couples list.

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – I have two words for you, Nikolai Lantsov. This man always knows what to say and his witty remarks and charm just makes my heart swoon. Move over Azriel there’s a new fictional boyfriend in town!


In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren – This book is chaos and I loved it! In a Holidaze is a typical Christina Lauren with a cute romance, steamy scenes, and lots of laughs.

Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews – Being classed by many as a ‘cancer book’ you wouldn’t expect it to be funny or have yourself laughing repeatedly at little moments, but I found it a brilliant addition. The balance of seriousness and humour was perfect and at times I did find myself tearing up and experiencing all sorts of emotions!

The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn – The Bridgerton sibling bickering and banter is another one of my favourites, now combine that with an enemies to lovers storyline and you’ve got yourself a cracking storyline filled with little pockets of joy! What I love the most about Kate and Anthony’s relationship are the constant witty remarks that slowly uncover each others hidden feelings for one another and that moment of realisation where they declare their love!

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – This series is a bucket full of fun and will always be one of my childhood favourites!


Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – This book is hilarious! I don’t usually laugh out loud while reading but this book made me laugh so many times I lost count. The banter between this unlikely bunch of characters is hands down one of my favourites, it’s just so effortless and real! My copy of Aurora Buring is arriving today and can’t wait to join these characters on another adventure!

Angelfall by Susan Ee – Penryn and Raffe’s unconventional relationship is another one that’s packed full of witty dialogue and brilliant character interactions. I can’t recommend this book enough and I think I’ve just convinced myself to re-read it again soon!

“Oh, please. Your giant head is getting too big for this forest. Pretty soon, you’re going to get stuck trying to walk between two tress. And then, I’ll have to rescue you.” I give him a weary look. “Again.”

Cinder by Marissa Meyer – When I think of funny characters my mind instantly jumps to the impulsive and adorable android Iko! She is such an underrated character and one of the best sidekicks ever, she is just full of love and never fails to speak her mind!

Iko rolled to her side, clasping her metal grippers over her chest. “Prince Kai! Check my fan, I think I’m overheating.”

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Leigh Bardugo creates the BEST characters, I’m in love with all of them! Six of Crows is filled with comical moments and sarcastic banter that makes me wish I was a member of the Dregs. I can’t wait to see these character brought to life soon!

“Kaz is … I don’t know, he’s like nobody else I’ve ever known. He surprises me,” “Yes, like a hive of bees in your dresser drawer.”


Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison – Whenever I see or think about stuffed olives my mind goes straight to the teenage iconic that is Georgia Nicolson. She was my generations Bridget Jones and captured all the trial and tribuations of growing up. This book still makes me smile and is another chaotic and ridiculous read.

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins – Harper Price, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance leaves her with incredible abilities, Harper’s destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts and with these powers, she’s been given the task to protect her least favourite person; David Stark. This book is funny, adorable, and filled with intense fight scenes and an action-packed storyline. It’s the perfect combination of contemporary and fantasy!

Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford – Mitford has a gift for creating light-hearted and joyful books that you can’t help but love and savour. She easily steals my heart with her wonderfully awkward characters and storylines that centre around and satirise British aristocracy, love and relationships.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – And last but not least, a little bit of Jane Austen! Her detailed, exaggerated description of societal and superficial expectations of the ‘ideal’ woman during the eighteenth century is a perfect example of her iconic use of humour and irony.


Blog Posts I Loved This Month | February

February is a month dedicated to love and romance, so it’s no surprise that I fell in love with so many amazing posts, books and new blogs this month! Everyone’s got their creative juices flowing because the quality of posts again this month has been fabulous and I’ve enjoyed reading every single one of them. This is my longest list of favourites ever but I couldn’t resist including all these wonderful posts and celebrating some content that made me smile.

I mentioned in my wrap up post that I was struggling with my mental health last month, but the blogging community has always been such a comforting and lovely place to escape too. Sometimes what you need to do, is make yourself a big-old cup of tea and switch off by reading lots of different bookish posts and surround yourself with a community that is full of so much love and support. So go and get yourself all cosy and enjoy some of the posts I loved last month!


This month love was in the air and lots of bloggers shared some of their favourite romance reads and books that made their hearts flutter:

I loved Priyasha’s @Books and Co. list of 12 romance novels that are better than a candlelit dinner, because there’s nothing better than curling up with a good book!

It’s been a month and I’m still obsessed with Bridgerton. @Two Night Stands shared a great list of romance reads that are perfect for fans of Bridgerton and I could help but add a couple of these to my TBR!

I love book quotes, and this year I want to start writing some of my favourites down and keeping a note of all of them so I can look back on them when I’m having a bad day. Becky @Becky’s Book Blog shared some book quotes that will make you swoon and I’m obsessed with all of them!

Have you ever seen or picked up a book that you’ve instantly fallen in love with? I know I have! Kathryn @The Artsy Bookworm shared her list of books that were love at first sight.

Margaret @Weird Zeal shared 5 romance book recommendations based on sitcom couples! This was such a creative and fun idea and combined two of my favourite things!

We all have that list of books that got us into reading and without them this wonderful blogging and reading journey wouldn’t have happened. Amber and Samantha @Bibliomavens shared their list of 10 books that made them fall in love with reading and it got me feeling all nostalgic, I loved it!

I love it when book recommendations are organised by their tropes and the wonderful Pilar @The Bookworm Shelf did just that and shared 24 amazing, modern, standalone romance novels recommendations!

Love isn’t always romantic and usually takes the form of friendship. Kat @The Lily Cafe shared her list of books that have fabulous friendships and it’s so refreshing to find book recommendations that celebrates the strong bond friendship, instead of the classic friends-to-lovers trope. Ive yet to read any of the books on Kat’s list but there’s definitely a few new ones on my TBR!


Lots of bloggers also shared their lists of bookish things that every book lover needs. I don’t need anymore books or bookish items but these posts have convinced me that it’s good to treat yourself now and then and to get creative:

Em @EmandHerBooks made a list 10 things every book lover needs, and although I already have a couple of things off this list, I need more! I’ve been looking at getting a nice book sleeve for while and maybe this is a sign to treat myself!

Emma @The Bookworm Girl shared a great list of gifts to buy a book lover and I need them all! I’m a big tea drinker so the bookish mug is right up my street and I’m constantly using old tatty bookmarks so it might be time to invest in a fancy new personalised one!

Georgia @Lost in Neverland has inspired me to make my own book quotes jar and I’m obsessed! This is such a wonderfully creative idea that is perfect for keeping track of some of your favourite quotes and it’s lovely to look back on them when you’re having a bad day!

Kristin @Kristin Kraves Books shared her STUNNING Pride and Prejudice collection and it’s fair to say that I’m jealous! I didn’t think I needed any more copies of Austen’s classic but Kristin has convinced me that I have to have the Penguin Clothbound Edition on my shelf!

As many of you know I’m obsessed with The Storygraph, and I’m always on the lookout for some good bookish apps! Estelle @The Bookish Garden shared some of her favourite apps that every bookworm needs on their phone/tablet and I’ve found some great new apps that I’m looking forward to trying soon!


The blogging community is a great place to find book recommendations and you never know whey you’re going to find your next favourite read:

I don’t know about you but I love reading underrated books on Goodreads, it’s like having your own little secret story that only a couple of other readers have experienced. Ally @Ally Writes Things shared her list of books with fewer than 5000 ratings on Goodreads that you should read, and I couldn’t resist adding a few of these to my TBR!

Alison @Alison in Bookland shared a great list of lesser know series by popular authors you need to read ASAP! I don’t need anymore books on my endless TBR, but I couldn’t help myself! Whoops! Anyway, she includes some great series, so be sure to check it out!

Caro @Book Cheshire Cat shared her list of books she’s put and hold and wants to pick up again soon! We’re all guilty of it and it’s encouraged me to take a look at my own list, and hopefully next month I’ll be able to tick a few off!


February 2021 will forever be know as the month A Court of Silver Flames DESTROYED me! So I had to share some reviews and celebrate this book a little more:

Becca @Toastie Books and Katie @Melting Pages shared their review on A Court of Silver Flames and I agree with everything they said! These are both great reviews and highly recommend you check them out!

I love it when people read ACOTAR and fall in love with it! Chiara @Heavenly Bookish shared her thoughts on A Court of Mist and Fury and even shared a few of her favourite fan-art pieces which I loved!


This month I also read some great discussion posts and features that I just couldn’t help but share:

Another feature I’m really enjoying recently is Riddhi @Whispering Stories blogger interviews, this is such a fun and unique idea and the perfect opportunity to discover more about the blogging community! When I’m reading these interviews I feel like I’m right there with them and a part of the conversation, I love it!

Bertie @Lumionsity Library always writes some of the best discussion posts and their recent post about women who write about gay men is brilliant. If you haven’t read it yet then I highly recommend that you do and also check out the comments for some great recommendations.

As an English Literature graduate classics have played a huge part in my life, and I loved reading about Zoë’s @Reading by the Moonlight developing relationship with them. It’s easy to fall out of love with classics and to be intimidated by them, but once you overcome that hurdle it opens up a world of beautiful and powerful stories!


And finally, lots of bloggers shared some super helpful reading and blogging tips that I had to share:

Shannen @Rekindled Bibliophile started a new series called ‘Breaking into Books’ that focuses on giving tips and advice to new readers or readers that have recently returned to books after a long break. I think this is a great idea and I look forward to following along!

It’s no secret that my TBR is way too long and needs cutting down ASAP. And I’m sure I’m not the only one who has an endless list of unread books! Chana and Malka @Paper Procrastinators shared a brilliant post on how to cut down your TBR that is guaranteed to make you smile and laugh out loud.

As I’ve mentioned earlier that I’m a big fan of classics but they can be intimidating. Shaniah @Books and Baking shared her top 10 tips on reading classics that are super helpful and perfect for anyone looking to dive into the wonderful world that is classic literature!

And finally the wonderful Sofii @ A Book. A Thought shared her tips on how to stay motivated as a reader & book blogger. I loved this post and I related to it massively! It’s only in the past couple of months that I’ve really found my blogging identity and passion and creativity for blogging again! Sometimes you just need to take a step back and focus on what you love and to keep it fun!