February Wrap Up and March TBR

This month has been a whirlwind. The month started with lots of lighthearted and adorable romantic reads and then A Court of Silver Flames was released and I died. Every time I read Sarah’s books, I give my heart to these characters, and they return it broken, battered and yet filled with more love and wonder than before. Words will never express how much I adore this series and escape that it has granted me. If you want to hear more of my thoughts then I’ll leave a link to my review here!

I loved this book so much but it left me with one of the biggest book hangovers I’ve ever experienced, I was completely and utterly broken and emotionally exhausted. So to distract myself, I finished the month with another character inspired read-a-thon and based my weekly TBR around the fashion icon that is Blair Waldorf. Again this was another really fun and lighthearted reading experience but I think I need to take a couple of weeks off from reading and focus on my own mental health. I’ve discovered that I use reading as an escape and a distraction from my own problems and it’s time to take steps towards overcoming these struggles and facing them head on.

The month of March is not only dedicated to my mental health, but to clearing my bookshelves and reading some of the books that I actually own. I’ve started selling books on Depop but I’ve reached the point where I want them gone, so I’m looking at donating a couple to local charity shops, libraries and friends. These books played a huge part in my teenage years and I want to share their magic with other readers and young people.

I’ve also relaunched my Twitter account and stepped in the wonderfully chaotic world that is #booktwitter! Everyone there is so enthusiastic and lovely, and if you want to follow along then I’ll leave a link to my profile here!

Here in the UK, PM Boris Johnson finally unveiled a roadmap for lifting lockdown restrictions across England, so things are looking hopeful and it’s nice to see a light at the end of this tunnel! Hopefully on 12th April, non-essential shops will re-open and I’ll be able to step foot in a bookstore again, and when I do I’m going to treat myself to a BIG bundle of books! I can’t wait! I know it’ll be a while before things go back to ‘normal’ or if they ever will, but this announcement has been a huge mood booster.

Anyway, this month has been a rollercoaster ride, and although I’ve got a lot planned for March, I’m eager to see what this month brings and to start working towards some exciting goals and posts.

Wrap Up

The Unhoneymooners by Christina 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.

Josh and Hazels Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren – I well and truly fell down the Christina Lauren rabbit hole this month and had to read another one of her books ASAP! I loved Hazel, she’s quirky, eccentric and a character you just can’t help but love! If you’re looking for a quick and romantic read, then I suggest you give this one a go!

The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin – What makes this book special is the magic system and way in which Griffin communicates through seasonal magic. Her descriptions and the way in which magic connects with these characters is intricately detailed and adds an additional layer of wonder to an already captivating story. There’s something beautifully enchanting and equally destructive about this book and its characters, a balance that results in a powerful narrative that will keep readers hooked.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Everyone’s told me how incredible this series is, and they’re not wrong! Going into it, I was a bit skeptical with format but it ended up being one of my favourite aspects of the entire book! I’m OBSESSED with Kady and Ezra’s relationship and witty back and forth banter they share, I didn’t expect to laugh this much!

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas – It’s no surprise that I’ve fallen utterly in love with this book, it was perfect. Once again, Sarah has crafted an emotionally intense and beautifully perfect masterpiece that has gifted me with a reading experience like no other. These characters mean the world to me, so being able to join them again on another adventure was the ideal escape filled with magic and wonder, and one I wished would never end.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote – I read this as a part of my Blair Waldorf character read-a-thon and you can’t get more Blair Waldorf than Breakfast at Tiffany’s! I really enjoyed this book and it was interesting to get to know a darker and wilder side of Holly Golightly. Capote has a almost lyrical way with words that just make it so easy to read and enjoy!

Play as it Lays by Joan Didion – It’s no secret that I absolutely adore Didion and her writing. I’m slowly making my way through all of her books and read this one as a part of my Blair Waldorf read-a-thon. As expected I loved it and it’s clear why it’s on TIMES list of best novels.

Romancing Mr Bridgerton by Julia Quinn – I finished the month off with bit of Bridgerton! I’m slowly making my way through this series and really enjoyed watching Penelope and Colin’s relationship blossom. The second book will always be my favourite but this was still a lighthearted and romantic read and I can’t wait to hopefully see more of their relationship in season 2!

Mrs Dalloway by Virgina Woolf – When I read To the Lighthouse I thought I was missing something, everyone raved about her writing was but I struggled to connect with it. But then I read Mrs Dalloway and I now I see it. Mrs. Dalloway is a complex, compelling novel that enters into the consciousness and hearts of it’s characters and one that witnesses the battle between sanity and insanity. I loved it!

TBR

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – I don’t plan on reading much this month, but this series is at the top of my TBR! I flew through the first book so I’m fairly confident that devour this one too!

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – There’s no way I’m not finishing this series this month. I’m too invested and I need to know what happens to these characters.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – I’ve really been craving some of Morgenstern’s magic and I think it’s about time I tick this one off the TBR pile! The Night Circus is one of my all time favourite reads, so it’s fair to say that I’m going into this with high expectations.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – After Netflix dropped that trailer for the upcoming series, I knew I had to re-read both Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows! Word’s can’t describe how excited I am for this series to hit our screens, and for these characters and Bardugo’s wonderful Grishaverse to come to life. Transporting this world from page to screen isn’t a small feat but such responsibility has been embraced by executive producers Eric Heisserer and Shawn Levy, with Leigh Bardugo also on board as a producer. 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. 

Romance Books On My TBR | Romance Week 2021

Happy Romance Week! As many of you know Sunday is Valentine’s Day so in celebration I’ll be posting a couple of romance themed posts. One of my reading goals for 2021 was to branch out with my reading habits and read something each month that’s not sci-fi or fantasy, and so far I’ve managed to stick to this. Last month I fell completely and utterly in love with the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn, and it’s put me in a really romantic reading mood so my aim for February is to try and tick a few off my romance TBR!


The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

The Unhoneymooners by Christian Lauren – Last year I fell head over heels for Christina Lauren’s book The Holidaze, and now I need more! This light-hearted and cute read was exactly what I needed for the festive season, and I’m ready for more unique romantic encounters and grin-inducing flirtation.

The Hating Game: A Novel: Amazon.co.uk: Thorne, Sally: 9780062439598: Books

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – This book is the ultimate enemies-to-lovers romance and I can’t wait for it’s adaptation, starring Lucy Hale and Robbie Amell. Lucy is charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything—especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking.

The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely

The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely – I relate to this book SO MUCH! Every year my family gathers for an annual reunion and each year I have to endure the endless questioning about my career and love life, both of which are non existent! There’s only two of us singletons left and we’ve both made a pack to not let the other become the only single grandchild! I’ve yet to reach the stage in which I invite a total stranger to play ‘my date’ so things are looking hopeful! Anyway this book sounds exactly what I need and I can’t wait to dive into it!

The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary | Waterstones

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary – This has been on my bookshelf for almost a year now! I bought it during the first lockdown but surprise, surprise I got distracted and never started it! I’m currently on a book buying ban, and I’m trying to read the majority of books on my shelf before ordering anymore so this is 100% on my TBR for February.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters, #1) by Talia Hibbert

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert – I’ve seen this book all over my socials and it looks adorable and something I know I’m going to love. This mission of rebellion is guaranteed to make me smile and I’m looking forward to witnessing the developing relationship between Chloe and Red!

Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel: Amazon.co.uk: McQuiston, Casey:  9781250316776: Books

Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – This book blew up a couple of years ago and as always I’m last to the party when it comes to reading it! I’m all for royalty and romance, so I’m sure that I’m going to love this book as much as everyone else!

The Wedding Date: Amazon.co.uk: 9780593098394: Books

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory – I love weddings and I especially love the ‘fake dating’ trope, so this combination is right up my street. Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn’t normally do. But there’s something about Drew Nichols that’s too hard to resist…

It Ends with Us: Amazon.co.uk: Hoover, Colleen: 9781982143657: Books

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover – When Googling ‘best romance’ novels, this one always appears in the top ten! I’ve never read anything by Colleen Hoover, but I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book and I’ve yet to read a bad review.

Call Me by Your Name (Movie Tie-In) by André Aciman, Paperback | Barnes &  Noble®

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman – Another book that has sat sadly unread on my bookshelf for too long! I fell absolutely in love with the film adaptation, and knew I had to read the book too. Fast forward a couple of years later and I still haven’t read it, so I’m going to make it my mission to read it soon.

January Wrap Up and February TBR

So far 2021 is proving to be a good year for both of my reading and blogging goals, and I’m eager to see what the rest of the year has in store for me. My Goodreads goal for this year is a little ambitious at 52 books which is about one book a week, and so far I’m on schedule and I’m starting to feel quietly confident.

I’ve already managed to tick off one of my blogging goals for this year which was to invest in a domain name and to finally give this little blog a makeover! As many of you know, I’ve wanted to change the design of my blog for a while now, and it’s about time that put my words into action and I couldn’t be happier! So when you’re finished reading this, go and check it out!

I also want to take this opportunity to say a HUGE thank you for all your support recently, it’s so overwhelming and lovely to read everyones positive comments and it reminds me of just how lovely the blogging community is!

This month I also fell hard for Bridgerton and it’s really kickstarted a love for romance novels, so my plan is to go romance mad with my February TBR and embrace this wonderful thing we call love. I’m single, okay, and I need to live romantically and vicariously through fictional characters because my love life is somewhat non-existent!

Finally, I couldn’t write a January wrap up post without mentioning THOSE sneak-peak pictures from upcoming Shadow and Bone adaptation! Words can’t describe how excited I am about this adaptation, and I full-on fangirled when they were released and haven’t stopped studying them since. Everything looks perfect and I don’t know how I’m going to cope when they release the trailer, let alone the first episode! It truly looks like these characters have been plucked right off the page, and I can’t wait to see the Grishaverse come to life on our screens! April 23rd can’t come quick enough!

January Wrap Up

The Duke and I (Bridgerton’s #1) by Julia Quinn – Like I’ve mentioned previously I’ve fallen utterly in love with the Bridgerton series and there’s a group of us at work who have made a make-shift bookclub and are making our way through the entire series. As expected the book was SO much better than the TV series, the character interactions are wittier and more heartfelt and Quinn’s writing is so easy to read that I read this book in one sitting.

The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgerton’s #2) by Julia Quinn – I love Anthony Bridgerton so I knew that I was going to love this book, but I didn’t expect to love it that much! His developing relationship with Kate is exactly what I needed and I’m glad that he’s finally found his match. That Pall-mall scene is EVERYTHING and I’ve never related more to a book till then, as croquet is a very aggressive and competitive game in my family too.

An Offer From a Gentleman (Bridgerton’s #3) by Julia Quinn – I wasn’t planning on reading this book this month but I couldn’t help myself! I mentioned in a previous post that I wanted to read more fairytale retellings and this Cinderella romance was exactly what I needed.

Fable by Adrienne Young – I’ve really been craving a good-old-fashioned pirate adventure and Fable gave me just that and more. This fast-paced, swashbuckling tale filled with unexpected twists was such a wonderful read and I need to get my hands on the next book ASAP!

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – I hate to say it, but I don’t think this book lived up to the hype…I did enjoy it but it’s my own fault for going into it with high expectations. The whole world built around Grimoires in ancient libraries, sorcerers and demons was so unique and I wish that this was a series rather than a stand-alone, so that we could explore more of this unique universe. I really like Elisabeth and Nathaniel (and Silas of course), but I wanted more character interaction as I felt like some things were rushed. Nevertheless this was a solid fantasy read that I did enjoy and I look forward to reading more of Rogerson’s work in the future.

February TBR

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – I accidentally bought this entire series after I finished Aurora Rising last month because I’m so in love with Kaufman’s writing and have come to the decision that I need more sci-fi in my life. I just couldn’t resit. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this series so I’m eager to dive in and experience all of it’s brilliance.

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – February is a month of romance, so I’m going to make it my mission to tick off a few romance books that are waiting patiently on my TBR. Last year, I fell head over heels for the lighthearted ease that was Christina Lauren’s writing and it’s another book that I’ve yet to read a bad review about!

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – Another romance that has been on my TBR for years! This book is the ultimate enemies-to-lovers romance and I can’t wait for it’s adaptation, starring Lucy Hale and Robbie Amell.

Romancing Mr Bridgerton by Julia Quinn (Bridgerton #4) – I’m so in love with this series! They’re cheesy, romantic and wonderfully witty reads that I can easy read in one sitting!

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote – I’ve planned another character read-a-thon for the end February and I thought I’d give you a sneak peak at my TBR! I was meant to read this book for one of my classes at university but something must have stopped me, so I thought what better time to read it than now!

And finally,

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas – I finally pre-ordered the Waterstones exclusive edition and I’m on countdown till 16th Feb! I already plan to drop everything when it arrives and spend the day completely enamoured by these characters and the incredible world Sarah has created!

Most Anticipated Books of 2021

Before writing this posts I only had a couple of books on my most anticipated list so I jumped onto to Goodreads to see what else was coming out in 2021, and now that list has tripled in size! I don’t need anymore books on my TBR but 2021 sounds like an amazing year for any YA fantasy and contemporary lover, I just couldn’t resist! By the looks of things, we’ve all got great reading tastes and all have very similar lists, so I’m going to try my best to include some lesser known releases as well as some familiar favourites that will be hitting our bookshelves soon!

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas (Feb 2021)

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I’d sell my soul if it meant I could read this book now, I’m honestly so excited to dive back into this world and join these characters on another adventure. I need more Azriel content, plus I’m dying to read more about Cassian and Nesta’s blossoming relationship! These characters are my LIFE!

Also I still hate that cover and every time I look at it, it breaks my heart.

Daughter of Sparta by Claire M. Andrews

Daughter of Sparta by Claire M. Andrews

You know me, I’m a sucker for anything that relates to Greek Mythology, especially a female-led reinvention of a classic myth! This YA adventure follows seventeen year old Daphne who joins forces with the God Apollo to recover the nine mysterious items of Mount Olympus before it’s too late. PLUS it includes an enemies-to-lovers-to-enemies dynamic! Yes please!

Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard (May 2021)

Realm Breaker (Realm Breaker, #1) by Victoria Aveyard

As much as I keep trying to re-read the Red Queen series I think it’s best that I just start a entirely new series by Victoria Aveyard instead. This book combines two of my favourite things, pirates and assassins, and I am beyond excited.

Corayne lives at the end of the world and year after year, she watches her pirate mother sail away to adventures she’ll never share. So when a mysterious immortal and deadly assassin appear on Corayne’s doorstep telling her she is the last member of a dying bloodline, and the only one who can save the world, Corayne seizes the chance to have her own adventure.

Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee (May 2021)

Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee | Waterstones

I don’t tend to get excited about contemporary novels, instead I tend to stumble on new favourites and recommendations throughout the year. But this one sounded too adorable, and I couldn’t resist including it on my list. This swoon-worthy romance, follows Noah Ramirez and his popular blog, the Meet Cute Diary, a collection of trans happily ever afters. But when a troll exposes the blog as fiction, Noah’s world turns upside down and in-lists the help of Drew who is willing to fake-date Noah to save the diary and help prove that romance isn’t dead.

The Aurora Cycle #3 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Unknown)

Aurora Rising – Amie Kaufman

We know nothing about this book but it was on the Goodread’s list of YA Novels for 2021, so it counts right? I’ve only read the first book in this series, and it’s instantly become one of my new favourites! The banter between this band of loveable characters is effortless and genuinely funny which paired with an intense and mysterious storyline makes this an incredible series that every reader needs on their TBR!

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna (Feb 2021)

The Gilded Ones (Deathless, #1) by Namina Forna

I’ve yet to read a bad review about this book and I’m honestly so excited to get my hands on it. This female-led fantasy fight against an oppressive system looks beautiful inside and out and is another book I’d sell my soul to read early!

Sixteen year old Deka lives in fear of the blood creamy that will determine her fate, but when her blood runs gold, the color of impurity–and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death. She’s then given a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki–near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire’s greatest threat.

A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer (Jan 2021)

A Vow So Bold and Deadly (Cursebreakers, #3) by Brigid Kemmerer

I know that this series was on my ‘disappointments’ list last year, but I can’t help but be curious to see how Kemmerer continues with this series! From just reading it’s synopsis I’m fairly positive that I’m going to fall back in love with this storyline and its range of characters!

Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart (April 2021)

Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart

First and foremost, let’s just take a moment to appreciate THAT COVER! It’s stunning! And if the cover isn’t enough then just read the synopsis…

Iraya has spent her life in a cell, but every day brings her closer to freedom—and vengeance. Jazmyne is the queen’s daughter, but unlike her sister before her, she has no intention of dying to strengthen her mother’s power. Sworn enemies, these two witches enter a precarious alliance to take down a mutual threat. But revenge is a bloody pursuit, and nothing is certain—except the lengths they will go to win this game.

Series I Want to Finish in 2021

Before sitting down to write this post I was fully expecting this list to be filled with lots of unfinished series but to my surprise I could only find a handful! Last year one of my reading goals was to clear out my TBR and I did just that! 2020 saw me finally experience the epic conclusions to some of my favourite series including Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson and The Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas as well as starting some new favourites. Like many, I’m guilty of starting a series, then get distracted by something else and forgetting about the previous series entirely, so this year I plan to leave no series left unfinished!

Bridgertons by Julia Quinn

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I’m fairly positive that I’m going to finish this entire series by the end of the month, because I’m in love! I’m a sucker for a scandalous period dramas with beautiful costumes and witty characters so when the adaptation dropped on Netflix I knew I was going to adore it! Fast forward 24-hours and I’d binged watched the entire show and had ordered the books as I needed more! I’m currently half-way through the first book and its everything I expected and more, they’re just so lighthearted and easy to read!

The Witchlands by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard — Bayley Reads Books

I read the first book during last years O.W.Ls read-a-thon and fell instantly in love with its wonderful world, magic system and characters. It was such a fun and easy read that I flew through, but as expected I got distracted with the other books on my TBR and never returned to finish the adventure! I 100% plan to return to this series as I’m eager to learn more about the wonderful world Dennard has created.

The Aurora Cycle by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle) (Aurora Cycle 1): Amazon.co.uk: Kaufman,  Amie, Kristoff, Jay: Books

I’m OBSESSED with these characters and this entire series! This fast-paced and witty space adventure is the perfect combination of Guardians of the Galaxy and Annihilation, everything about it is perfect! Sadly the paperback version of Aurora Burning isn’t released until 1st April so until I’ll just have to wait patiently and keep myself pre-occupied with more Kaufman’s sci-fi adventures…

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen: Red Queen Book 1: Amazon.co.uk: Victoria Aveyard: Books

I re-read the first book in this series last year and had every intention of finally completing the series but once again I got distracted and never started the second book. I did enjoy the first book but I still struggle with the world Aveyard has created, its all a bit mix-matched for me in regards to technology etc. I’m still undecided about whether or not I’ll continue with this series but I still wanted to included it on my list just in case I change my mind!

Cursebreakers by Brigid Kemmerer

A Vow So Bold and Deadly (Cursebreakers, #3) by Brigid Kemmerer

I’ve mentioned in a previous post that I didn’t think that this series lived up to all the hype it’s been receiving but nevertheless I’m curious to see where Kemmerer takes these characters and storyline next! It’s a solid Beauty and the Beast adaptation with a intricate storyline and good characters but I swear if I read another Beauty and the Beast adaptation I’m going to DIE, there’s a whole world of untold fairytales than need adapting so pick something else!

Arc of a Scythe by Neal Shusterman

The Toll, Volume 3 (Arc of a Scythe): Amazon.co.uk: Shusterman, Neal:  9781481497060: Books

Another forgotten series of 2020! I was initially hooked by the haunting concept and world of book one, sadly book two didn’t have the same effect! I remember really struggling to finish this book and I probably couldn’t even tell you what happened! I do hope to pick up this series again in the future but right now it’s not at the top of my TBR.

Series I Want to Start in 2021

I know I shouldn’t be adding anymore books to my TBR, but this style of post is really helpful to look back on throughout the year especially when I’m stuck on which book to pick up next. These are just some of the series that I’ve been dying to start and I hopefully 2021 will finally be the year I dive into them!

The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Amie Kaufman

It’s official, I’m am completely and utterly in love with Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and I need more! I saw these books in a bookshop in Oxford a couple of months ago for only a couple of pounds and I stupidly didn’t buy them! But not to worry I’ve just ordered them and I can’t wait to start reading them next month! I’ve heard so many good things about this series, and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to finally read them!

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1) by R.F. Kuang

If I don’t read this book by the end of the year then I’ve failed! This has been on my TBR for TWO YEARS and I’m suffering from some serious FOMO! Every time I re-read this books synopsis I get more and more excited and equally frustrated at myself because I know I’m going to adore this series.

The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

The Way of Kings: The Stormlight Archive Volume One: The Stormlight Archive  Book One: 1: Amazon.co.uk: Brandon Sanderson: 8601404251665: Books

 As many of you know I’m obsessed with Brandon Sanderson and I’m eager to start another series! After looking through all of his series I decided I was craving more high-fantasy rather than sci-fi and settled for the epic that is the Stormlight Archive. I can’t wait to dive back into the wonderful world he creates and to meet a new and exciting cast of characters!

Blood and Ash Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Ever since I heard about this series, I knew had to have it! There is a strong, fierce heroine and her swoon-worthy personal guard, which leads to some pretty smouldering romance. YES PLEASE! As England has once again gone back into a full lockdown, I think it’s only appropriate that I treat myself to a few new books to keep me occupied and to provide me with some much needed escapism.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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I remember receiving the first chapter of this book and being completely hooked by not only our protagonist Paige but the whole concept of dream-walkers! The world Shannon has created is one I’m eager to explore and I think it’s about time I experience her wonderful writing and imagination. Plus this book has been sitting all alone and forgotten on my shelf for years and I think it deserves some much needed love.

The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

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Just before Christmas I treated myself to this entire series and I plan to make it my mission to read all of them! I have an unhealthy obsession with Dragons, so its crazy that I’ve yet to read this iconic series. And I know this is a controversial opinion but I don’t mind the film adaptation…!

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Stalking Jack the Ripper: Amazon.co.uk: Maniscalco, Kerri, Patterson,  James: 9780316273497: Books

This is a new addition to my TBR, and one which has finally captured my attention. Like many people, I weirdly enjoy a good-old murder documentary and I’m curious to see how Maniscalco adapts this classic murder mystery.

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

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Post-apocalyptic mixed with Fantasy? What more could you want? One of my good friends from Univeristy keeps recommending this book to me, she loved it so much that she based her masters on it so I think it’s about time that I witness what all the fuss is about! I’ve yet to read a bad review about this series, so it’s fair to say I’m going into this series with high expectations!

December Wrap Up and January TBR

Happy New Year!

Last year wasn’t anyone’s year to say the least, but hope is on the horizon and I pray that this year will bring a degree of normality and a fresh start for everyone, so let’s make 2021 a good year to remember. But before I start something new, I thought it was only right to have big sort out of both my TBR shelf, NetGalley account and all the unread books on my bookshelf. I’m officially on a book buying ban until I’ve read all the books on my shelf, so this month is being dedicated to all the books I didn’t manage to read in 2020. Last year I managed to read 42 books and I think this year will finally be the year I tackle the challenge of 52 books (aka one book a week for a year)!

December

Finale by Stephanie Garber – I loved it. I loved it. I loved it! I swear all I’ve done recently is go on and on about how good this series is, so I’m going to keep it simple and say if you haven’t read it then you need to add this series to your TBR ASAP!

In A Holidaze by Christine Lauren – If you google ‘best Christmas reads’ then this one is always number one so I thought it was only fitting that I gave it a go! Turns out this book was just what I needed, it’s lighthearted and just a bundle of fun that I managed to devour in a couple of hours. I was gutted when it finished, I need MORE.

Finding Love at the Christmas Market by Jo Thomas – This was our Book Club book of the month for December and it was only fitting that we chose a trashy festive romance! I love a good-old Christmas market and it breaks my heart that I missed out on them this year so I just had to settle for my imagination! As expected I really enjoyed it and it was such a lovely read for the festive season.

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Another new series I’m obsessed with! I loved all these characters and I really enjoyed all SEVEN first person POV’s, every character had a distinct voice and tone, it was incredible! I’m huge fan of anything sci-fi and hopefully plan to read a lot more this year, so any reccomendations would be wonderful!

January

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – I started reading this in December but I’m going to finish it January so this counts doesn’t it? So far I’m really enjoying the whole concept and world Rogerson has created, I’m just gutted that it’s a standalone because I need more!

Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin – This book still haunts my TBR and even I’m getting frustrated that I still haven’t read it! I’m suffering from some major FOMO and I’m desperate to jump on the bandwagon and experience all the wonder and magic everyone has been raving about.

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn – I’m completely and utterly obsessed with the Netflix adaptation Bridgerton, so much so that as soon as I finished the final episode I jumped online and order all FIVE books! Last year is was erotic Highlander novels and this year it’s steamy period romance novels, I just can’t get enough!

The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn – I’m pretty sure I’m going to fly through the first book so I’ll be sure to have the second book at the ready. I’m trying to pace myself with this series otherwise I’ll end up binge reading it and suffering from a major book hangover.

Fable by Adrienne Young – I was sent a copy of this book through NetGalley and have seen it appearing on a few peoples 2020 favourites posts so I’m excited to start reading. The synopsis is EVERYTHING and I’m already predicting that it’ll be five star read, so no pressure!

Blood Metal Bone by Lindsay Cummings – Another book that I received from NetGalley and one which I planned to read before I got distracted by Addie LaRue! I’m curious to explore more about this book and the world Lindsay has created! Years ago I remember reading her Murder Complex series and really enjoying her writing style so I’m looking forward to reading another one of adventures.

November Wrap Up and December TBR

Happy Blogmas Day One! If you haven’t see already, I’m once again participating in the annual blogging challenge of blogmas and plan to post something festive every other day in the lead up to Christmas, so wish me luck!

This month was such a goof reading month because I COMPLETED MY GOODREADS READING CHALLENGE! My aim this year was to read 40 books (I’m slowly working my way up to 52 books a year) and by the looks of things it looks like I might even make it to 45 books! I’ve experienced way too many reading slumps this year, so to make it 40 books makes me feel quietly optimistic for next year. I think lockdown might have helped and the fact that there’s been so many good releases this year! My TBR for December is, as expected, quite ambitious but there’s only one month of 2020 so I thought I’d go all out!

November Wrap Up

The Cup and The Prince by Day Leitao – This is probably one of my biggest disappointments of 2020 and it breaks my heart to admit that because I hate writing bad reviews. As many of you know I was hooked by this book’s synopsis but sadly this is one of those rare cases of a great premise but not so great execution. I’ve got some mini reviews scheduled this week so stay tuned for those!

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – This is one of those books that stays with you even after finishing it. I’m struggling to put my thoughts into words because I’ve got so much to say about it! In short, I really enjoyed it! The unique premise, complex characters and beautiful writing style come together to create a masterpiece. If you haven’t read it yet and are looking for something ‘different’ then add this one to your TBR!

Emma by Jane Austen – I can’t help but love a bit of Austen! The subtle humour and irony that is hidden within her novels makes them more than just ‘romance novels’. I will admit Pride and Prejudice will forever be my favourite of Austen’s novels, but Emma was still a wonderful read, and I especially enjoyed Emma’s character development!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber – I read this book all the way back in 2017 and fell utterly in love, so I was a little apprehensive when it came to re-reading it as I worried it wouldn’t live up to previous expectations! BUT thankfully I loved it just as much as before! I’m still obsessed with the magical world building, lovable and devious characters and of course all those plot twists!

Legendary by Stephanie Garber – I was curious to see where this series was going to go after the events of the first book, but once again I was blown away by just how enchanting this series is! I just wish I picked up the second book sooner!

December TBR

Finale by Stephanie Garber – I need to finish this series ASAP! I’m loving everything about these books, they’re all wonderfully magical and packed full of tricks and unexpected twists!

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren – I’m planning on doing a 24 hour Christmas read-a-thon in December so I wanted to have a fun Christmassy read to get me in the festive spirit! I’ve never read a book by this duo but I’ve heard nothing but good things about their books, so I’m ready for all the the quintessential holiday romantic vibes.

One Day in December by Josie Silver – I think this is going to be our book club choice for December! I’ve heard mixed opinions about this book but I really want some more adorable Christmas reads for my read-a-thon!

Serpent and Dove by Shelby Murhin – Everyones been raving about this book all year, so I NEED to read it before the end of 2020! I’ve put so much pressure on this book, I just hope that it likes up to my high expectations!

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – I don’t think I’ve read ANY sci-fi this year, and that something I need to fix! Again this is another book that has been on my TBR and Wishlist for ages and I beyond excited to finally dive into this world!

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – I accepted that fact that I probably won’t finish this book this year, especially with my overly ambitious TBR! This is another book from my recent book haul, when I get new books all I want to do is read everything!

October Wrap Up and November TBR

She’s back baby! This month I managed to read SIX books, participate in my own mini character-inspired read-a-thon and complete five TBR reading challenges. I really enjoyed setting challenges for myself rather than making a monthly TBR that I usually ignore, it gives me a bit more freedom and I don’t feel as bad if I don’t finish my monthly TBR!

This month has already started off with a bang with the start of NaNoWriMo 2020! After much deliberation I’ve decided that I wanted to participate and I’ll a link to my post here if you’re interested in my writing projects! My plan is to write 30,000 words so wish me luck! I had booked a little writing retreat away but since the UK is going back into lockdown it looks like I’ll just be working from reading nook at home! I might have to treat myself to a few new books to make up for my missing my mini holiday!

As I’ve mentioned last month I participated in my own character inspired read-a-thon by reading like Rory Gilmore for a Week and it was honestly so much fun! I channelled my inner Rory Gilmore and she’s inspired me to include more classics and modern fiction into my TBR, as you never know when you’ll find one of your next favourite reads. This read-a-thon also showed me that I have a borderline caffeine addiction and that its always nice to get dressed up and have a family dinner once in a while. Anyway, I had so much doing it that I’ve started to plan another character read-a-thon for November, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

October Wrap Up

Read Something Off Your NetGalley Shelf:

The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue by V.E.Schwab – I ADORE this book, everything about it perfect, it is truly a beautiful masterpiece! It’s been over a week and I’m still trying to articulate all my thoughts and feelings because this book left me broken. This book is definitely one of my favourite reads of the year!

Read Something Spooky:

The Witchling’s Girl by Helena Coggan – I wanted something spooky to read in the lead up to Halloween and this book was ideal! The unique world building paired with the wonderfully evocative writing style and character development makes this beautifully original story so powerful. I tend to prefer books that are more ‘plot focused’ rather than a slow character driven story, but nevertheless this was still a good read.

Read Something with Orange/Red or Yellow on the Cover:

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – Another book that I fell absolutely head over heels for! Miller has a gift when it comes to Greek Mythology and I just need more!

Read a Classic:

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – Another unintentional spooky read that I absolutely loved, this is a true masterpiece that is filled with beautiful quotes that will stay with you long after finishing! I didn’t know what to expect going into this book, but I was pleasantly surprised at how easy and enjoyable it was to read, I certainly wasn’t expecting the intrusively personal thoughts it left me with.

Read a Book That’s Been On Your Bookshelf for a Year:

The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – This has been on my TBR for ages so it was good to finally tick it off. For me, this didn’t live up to expectations and I hate to say it but I think I prefer the film adaptation to the book!

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes – This book was so intense and unique! The writing style was something that I instantly clicked with and was element that helped highlight Charlies heartbreakingly intense character development.

November TBR/Challenges

Blood, Metal, Bone by Lindsay Cummings – I received this book from NetGalley so this one is 100% on my TBR for November. I’m curious to explore more about this book and the world Lindsay has created! Years ago I remember reading her Murder Complex series and really enjoying her writing style so I’m looking forward to reading another one of adventures.

The Cup and The Prince by Day Leitao – Another book I received from NetGalley and one which I really hope lives up to my expectations. The synopsis sounded so fun and something I knew I was going to love as I’m a sucker for any form of ‘fantasy competition’! The story follows Zora who steals the ex-boyfriends place in the legendary Blood Cup, to prove her worth and that she’s more than just a pretty face.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – This is our book club book of the month for November and it just so happens that this book also features on my TBR for my next character read-a-thon!

Winter Nights: Read a Book with Black on the Cover

Lockdown #2: Read a Book by an Author you’ve Read Before

Leftover Halloween Chocolate: Read a Book you Forgot was on your TBR

September Wrap Up and October TBR

We’re slowly getting back into the swing of things with my reading motivation, and that’s all thanks to my two weeks isolation from work. For these past two weeks, I’ve honestly felt like Rapunzel in Tangled, and I’ve never related more to a song than to ‘When Will my Life Begin’! But on a positive note, these two week at home have allowed me to slowly catch up on my reading and plan lots of fun blog posts for October, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!

I honestly don’t know why I make TBR list’s anymore, I don’t think I ever stick to them and then I end up disappointed and frustrated with my reading habits. So this month I’ve decided not to make myself TBR list but instead set myself a list of challenges, like a read-a-thon, to complete.

Also I’m almost at 600 follows, which is MAD, so if you’re new here and like what you see, then I’d really appreciate it if you gave me a follow!

September Wrap Up

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

I started this book in August and I finally finished it this month! The time taken to read this book has nothing to do with the book itself but my inability to find any reading motivation. Despite me taking a month to read this book, I loved it and found it the perfect conclusion to a masterfully artistic series that’s bursting with wonder and magic, and if you haven’t read it yet, then I highly recommend you do! I’ll leave a link to my series review here!

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

This was our book of the month for September and it’s probably one of my favourites of the entire year. Maya Angelou is a wonder of words and manages to craft a personal story of her early years with such grace and harsh beauty that leaves audiences in awe. I didn’t know what to expect going into this book but it definitely surpassed all of my expectations and is a book that will stay with me for years to come.

Where I was From by Joan Didion

Another writer that I just admire with endless adoration and who’s books hold a special place in my heart. Despite being worlds away, there’s a sense of truth and relatability to Didion’s words that resonate with me.

October Challenges

It’s Spooky Season: Read something spooky/mysterious

Back to School: Read a Classic

Forgotten Reads: Read a book that’s been on your bookshelf for over a year

Autumn Leaves: Read a book with Orange on the cover

Trick or Treat: Choose two books and then either toss a coin or get someone else to choose your next read for you.