I’m still a bit in shock, but last weekend I had the honour of attending a virtual fan meet & greet with the cast and creators of Shadow and Bone! WHAT?! It’s no secret that I’m utterly obsessed and head over heels for this show, so the chance to meet the cast was an experience like no other and one that I will cherish.
I was very fortunate enough to be one of the hundreds of lucky fans around the world who attended the exclusive Q&A, and it was lovely to interact with the cast and learn more about their filming experience. The love and enthusiasm this cast has for each other and this show is so wholesome and heartwarming, and I’d give anything to be a part of their little inner circle! So Netflix, if you want to fly me to Budapest to interview the cast for season 2 or hire me as an extra, then hit me up! I think I’d look good in a Kefta!
I don’t think I’ve ever smiled so much in my life, and I will openly admit that I fully fangirled when each cast member appeared on screen, so I was quite glad that there was a lot of us! And then, when Leigh and Eric joined us, I died. The Q&A was over zoom, and you were broken off into different rooms where you waited for the magic to happen and for your chance to submit questions to the cast. The first session was with the Crows (Freddie, Amita, Danielle, Kit and Calahan), and the energy these five brought with them to the call was contagious.
One of my favourite moments of the call was when the cast was asked what skills they had that would convince Kaz (Freddie) to hire them for a heist. If I was Kaz, then I’d hire Amita! She argued that her height would allow her to squeeze into small spaces, that her long hair could hide different things and that she could also speak lots of languages, I mean, what more could you want! Kit revealed that he had a great memory, and Danielle shared that she was an expert when it came to Instagram stalking and finding information about people!
The cast were also asked to share their characters favourite line, and I couldn’t agree more with their choices! Danielle’s favourite line was ‘Were you born a prick, or was it a choice?’, a quote that encapsulates Nina’s personality and relationship with Matthias. Freddie chose the line that I’m sure many fans were waiting for, ‘no mourners, no funerals’ and Amita picked the brilliant line that was ‘in that case, I’ll take my knife back.’ I agree with Kit when he said that Jesper has too many iconic lines to pick just one, and it surprised me to learn that Calahan’s favourite lines were when Matthias and Nina revealed their names to each other!
The second call was then with Ben, Jessie, Archie, Leigh and Eric and, it was here that we got to learn more about the cast and their antics outside of filming! The cast and crew are like one big happy family, and they revealed the cast regularly hosted game nights. One of their favourite games to play was the wine box game, and if you’ve never played the aim is to pick up a wine box with your teeth without putting your hands or knees on the floor. Each round you then cut off a piece until it’s just a bit of card on the floor. I don’t like to brag but I am a CHAMP at that game and would give anything to challenge the cast to a round!
I’ve been to a few meet-and-greets, but this one takes the win for a most unique one, so when it came to getting our ‘pictures’ I had to use a little bit of editing magic! This was such a fun experience that I’m very grateful to have been apart of so thank you again to Netflix and the incredible cast and crew of Shadow and Bone!
First things first, I want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who left a lovely comments on my April Wrap Up and May TBR post, I wasn’t expecting to receive so many kind and heartwarming messages of support and I even got a little emotional. The love and support that the blogging community continues to spread never fails to make me smile and all those amazing comments have given me a massive and much-needed confidence boost, so thank you again! 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!
I wanted to continue spreading the love and support and celebrate some wonderful bloggers and posts that I loved this month. I always have so fun much writing these posts and they just keep getting longer and longer, I can’t help it!
Anyway, enough about me, let’s celebrate some of the AMAZING posts I read in April!
Ari @Read With Ari combined two of my favourite things and gave us some book recommendations based on some of her favourite songs! I thought this was such a fun and creative idea and I look forward to more of her recommendations!
I’ve heard so many amazing things about Manga and it’s a style that I’ve wanted to explore for a while now! @24HrYABookBlog shared the perfect starter kit and recommendations for any reader looking to read more Manga and I’m excited to add a few of these to my TBR.
If you’re looking for your next read then look no further! Sahi @My World of Books shared a brilliant compilation post of some amazing books by Asian authors and I couldn’t help but add a few off these to my ever-growing TBR!
There’s something special and magical about atmospheric books and the wonderful Veronika @Wordy and Whimsical shared some of her favourites. These books take you by the hand and guide you to incredible worlds filled with magic, mystery and wonder!
When it comes to memoirs my mind instantly jumps to Joan Didion, her books continue to destroy me emotionally but I can’t help it they’re just so beautiful and I love learning more and more about her life. The lovely Ally @Ally Writes Things shared 10 Memoir recommendations and I’ve taken this as a sign to branch out and read something different!
Sofii @A Book. A Thought shared a beautiful list of perfect books for transitioning between seasons and I’m in love with all of her picks, they’re so good and capture the mood of each season perfectly!
Growing up I loved learning French and reading French literature, but over the years my learning has taken a backseat. Alienor @A Fox’s Wanderings shared 10 French classics I need to re-read and it’s encouraged me to add a few more French classics onto my TBR!
One of my favourite posts I read last month was Amy @Golden Books Girl post on Recommending Books to Lion King Characters! I’m fully obsessed with this post and how accurate these book recommendations are, and I can’t wait for more posts in this series!
One of my favourite discussion posts this month was the incredible Ahaana @Windows to Worlds post about diversity, inclusivity and representation in YA fantasy. This was such a well-written, thought provoking and insightful post that I can’t praise enough! Ahaana also shared 13 recommendations for #OwnVoices, and Diverse SFF, so be sure to add some of these to your TBR!
Rums @Rums the Reader only read romance books for a week and I’m in love with this idea! I’m a hopeless romantic and someone who has a huge pile of romance books on her TBR, so I think it’s about time that I take a page out of Rums book dedicate an entire week of reading to romance!
Last month I only managed to read one book, so Rosina @Lace and Dagger Books post on how to read more was exactly what I needed! These tips were super helpful and this might be the month that I give audiobooks a second chance!
Another post I loved this month was Rachel @A Bookworms Paradise discussion on what makes a good book title and why they matter. I don’t know about you but I love it when a character mentions the name of the book, it’s a clever little nod to the reader and the perfect way to tie everything together.
When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.
I’m a big foodie so Elizabeth @An Attic Full of Paper post about the best food references in novels was the perfect post and one which made me feel a little peckish!
Naemi @A Book Owls Corner shared her fantastic review of the Shadow and Bone TV adaptation and I couldn’t agree with her more!! I’m still having trouble putting all of my thoughts and praises into coherent sentences rather than emotional ramblings and it’s been great to see so many people fall in love with this show!
One thing I really want to start doing this year is to take note of some of my favourite quotes and turn them into some creative project. Michaela @Journey into Books shared some of her favourite quotes from The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta and they make me want to re-read this book again!
“This book is a fairy tale in which I am the prince and the princess. I am the king and the queen. I am my own wicked witch and fairy godmother. This book is a fairy tale in which I’m cursed and blessed by others. But, finally, I am the fairy finding my own magic.”
Huge congratulations to Susana @Susana Loves Books who celebrated hitting 100 Follows with a Q&A! I loved reading all her answers and getting to know her a little better!
In other exciting news, the lovely Joy @ohsrslybooks revealed her beautiful bookmark and notepad designs! It makes me so happy to see her chasing her dreams and I wish her all the best with all of her projects!
I don’t think I’ll be travelling anywhere soon so it looks like I’ll just have to settle with some of my favourite fictional worlds! April Lee @BookedTillMidnight shared 8 fictional worlds she wants to travel to and my bags are packed and ready to go with her!
Another series I’m really enjoying is Catarina @Pages and Plots Under the Radar feature that highlights little-known YA books turning one year that week. I love reading books little-known books, there’s just something intimate and secret about reading book that not many others have read!
Another post that I LOVED last month was Katie @Melting Pages discussion about blogger burnout. I am no stranger to a creative burnout and at times blogging can be overwhelming, and it’s comforting to know that I’m not alone in my struggles. I related to this post so much and it’s sparked a really important conversation on why I blog and my blogging journey in general. I always find that taking a break helps me and I want to let everyone know that my DM’s are always open to anyone who is struggling!
Shadow and Bone dominated my April, and it got me thinking about all the other books that I want to see adapted! The lovely Amber @Bibliomavens clearly read my mind and shared her list of fantasy books that also need to be adapted and I agree with every single one of her picks! I’ve got all my fingers and toes crossed that hopefully one day we’ll get at least one of these adaptations.
Zoe @Reading by the Moonlight shared what she loves about blogging and it reminded me of why I love too blog too! The blogging community and the love everyone continues to spread is hands down my favourite part of blogging and it’s one of my biggest motivators!
One of my favourite book tags this month was The Spring Cleaning Book Tag! Alexa @Writing The Universe shared her answers and also gave me an amazing book recommendation that I really excited to read!
Two of my favourite things are books and tarot cards, and the lovely Robin @Paperbacks and Planners has combined the two to create tarot book recommendations. I love this idea so much and the recommendations are always spot on!
I love tracking my reading and and various bookish apps like Goodreads and The Storygraph, so when I saw that Angele @Adominiquereads had done the Goodreads Was Wrong Book Tag, I had to check it out! I I loved this book tag and I really enjoyed reading Angele’s answers, we’ve got very similar opinions when it comes to Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge and Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard!
I said this last month but what happened to April? This month has once again been a whirlwind and I feel like I’m constantly playing catch up! I had so many plans for April but in typical Amy fashion everything ended up being bit chaotic and pushed aside.
As many of you know already, I’m one of thousands of publishing hopefuls who are trying their hardest to break into a highly competitive industry and the constant rejection or lack of response is heartbreaking. I like to think of myself as an optimistic and positive person but recently it’s been a struggle trying to remain hopeful and confident in my abilities. It’s been almost two years now since I graduated from University with a degree in English Literature, and although this past year has had its set backs, I’m still at square one and just a little less optimistic than before. At this moment in time I’m fortunate enough to have a job working in retail with wonderful group of ladies who I absolutely adore, however I hoped for more. I don’t plan on giving up on my dreams anytime soon, and I hope that the universe has something epic in store for me soon!
Last month was emotionally, physically and mentally exhausting but I’ve started this month with a new mindset and goal orientated attitude and I’m confident that I’m going to make it a memorable one! My personal aim for May is to find a routine and get myself a little more organised. I’ve been juggling so many different things that I’ve lost track of what’s on my to-do list and what day it is, whoops!
April finally saw the re-opening of lots of non-essential shops including bookshops (I’d argue that books are essential) and I’ve never been so excited to experience a bit of retail-therapy. My poor bank account has taken a bit of a beating this month, but if you can’t treat yourself now, when can you?
The highlight of my month was hands-down the Shadow and Bone adaptation, IT WAS PERFECT! I’m currently on my third re-watch and I think I fall in love with it a little more every time I watch it! I’ve got a dedicated post going up next week where I gush about all of my feelings and how wonderful the entire show was, I can’t stop raving about it and if Netflix doesn’t renew it for more seasons then I quit!
As for reading, it’s no surprise that I only managed to read ONE book this month! Luckily I’m on track with my reading goals and I hope to have a really productive May.
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – Nikolai is one of my all-time favourite characters so the chance to spend more time with him and join him on another adventure with some other great characters was perfect! AND that ending, it’s a good thing that I’ve got Rule of Wolves ready and waiting on my bookshelf!
When it comes to reading, I’m the bookworm of the family but occasionally my sister will fall into the magical world of reading and go into full-on reader mode! Seriously that girl can read, she managed to read the first two books in the Blood and Ash Series by Jennifer L Armentrout in TWO days and I’ve never been prouder! So I thought I’d take advantage of her whilst she’s on this reading sprint and get her to choose my TBR for next month! I’ve brought so many new books recently and I don’t know what to read next, so it’s been great getting an outsiders opinion!
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – This is my sisters all time favourite series and I’ve lost track at how many times I’ve promised her that I’ll read. I really enjoy reading about the vast Shadowhunter world and I’m excited to see what all the fuss is about!
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout – As I mentioned previously, my sister managed to read the first two books in two days and now she needs someone who she can talk about it with and I’m more than happy to fill that role. Everyone has been raving about this series and I feel little bit left out so it’s about time I jumped on the bandwagon!
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – My sister knows me far too well and told me to pick the book that’s been sitting on my TBR pile for the longest! I received an excerpt of this book years ago and loved it so excited to continue with the rest of the story!
Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard – I’ve been going on about this book for weeks so there was no way that I wasn’t going to put this book on my TBR for May.
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!
So many amazing people have recently tagged me in book tags, favourite posts, monthly round-ups and more, so I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU! I adore the blogging community so it’s lovely to nominated for so many fun and creative tags! The wonderful Georgia @Lost in Neverland has very kindly tagged me in both the 20 Questions Book Tag and the The Aesthete Blogger Award, so I thought I’d give them both a go today. If you don’t already follow her then please do, she is such lovely person and is always posting fabulous content that I know you will all enjoy!
Book tags are the perfect way to get to know everyone better, so I hope you enjoy reading my answers and learning a little more about me!
20 Questions Book Tag
1. How many books are too many books in a series?
If an author is happy to keep writing then the answer is never too many! I’d happily read about some of my favourite characters just doing very mundane things!
2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?
I LOVE a good cliffhanger, they’re emotionally exhausting but they make a reading experience so much more memorable. At the time I hate them because they tend to leave me with some of the worst book hangovers but I love discussing all the different theories with other bloggers and readers!
3. Hardback or Paperback?
I’ve just treated myself to the King of Scars duo-logy in hardback and they’re stunning, but I think my heart (and bank account) will always belong to paperbacks!
4. Favourite book?
Please don’t make me choose! It’s no surprise that The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson is on my list, as well as A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott!
5. Least favourite book?
I struggled to think of one off the top of my head so I had to check my Goodreads account for my one-star reads! I hate giving bad reviews for books but I really hated The DUFF by Kody Keplinger and The Sin Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salisbury, the protagonists were both so unlikable and unexciting.
6. Love triangles, yes or no?
No. They stress me out and cause way too much drama! I understand that fans can get very passionate about certain ships and love interests, but I think I’m still traumatised by the whole Team Edward and Team Jacob fiasco.
7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?
Like Georgia, I’ve never DNF’d a book! I feel bad and force myself to continue with the book with the hopes that it’ll get better soon.
8. A book you’re currently reading?
I’m ashamed to admit that I’m still reading King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo! I started this book at the beginning of April but I’ve been so busy with work and other job applications that I just haven’t found the time to switch off and read!
9. Last book you recommended to someone?
I’m going to shamefully plug my recent Star Sign Recommendations post here because I put my heart and soul into that post and had so much fun trying to find the perfect book for each sign! I’ve also got another unique recommendations post ready for Monday and I’m so excited to share it with everyone! I’ve had this idea for ages so I really hope you enjoy it!
10. Oldest book you’ve read?
Aside from a lot of Shakespeare, the oldest book I’ve read, I think, is The Castle of Ontranto by Horace Walpole. This ‘classic’ is regarded as the first gothic novel when it was published in 1764 and is full of all the melodramatic gothic tropes. Was it worth the read, no, but it’s another classic I can tick off the list!
11. Newest book you’ve read?
I haven’t read it yet but I’m patiently waiting for my copy of Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard to arrive! The synopsis of this book sounds epic and I’m beyond excited to dive into this incredible adventure!
12. Favourite author?
Hmmmm, I wonder who I’m going to pick? Of course it’s Sarah J Maas, Leigh Bardugo, and Brandon Sanderson!
13. Buying books or borrowing books?
Like many other bookworms, I’m also super protective over my books and I like them to stay perfect with their spines unbroken, so I always get nervous when I let people borrow my books or when I borrow theirs! I’m very fortunate that I can afford to treat myself to new books now and then, and I hope one day to have an entire wall of bookshelves!
14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?
I’m mentioned this before but I think that The Folk of the Air series is overrated? I enjoyed it but I don’t think it deserves all the hype!
15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?
Bookmarks! I’m criminally lacking in bookmarks so I tend to used anything I can find or my old faithful and battered book depository freebie!
16. A book you can always re-read?
Atonement by Ian McEwan, Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo,and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
17. Can you read while listening to music?
Yes! Listening to music helps enhance my imagination and turns some of my favourite scenes into mini-movies in my head. Different albums and playlists can transport me to different worlds and creates the perfect reading mood, even now there are specific songs I associate with books and when I hear them I get a little flashback!
18. One POV or multiple POVs?
Multiple POV’s! I love getting to know different characters and experiencing a different tone/voice with each chapter, they help provide a greater depth to a story and it’s nice to see different character reactions.
19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
Both! When I’ve got a free day off or when I find a book that I’m head over heels for, then I’ll throw all my energy into reading but recently my reading has taken a backseat. My Goodreads goal for 2021 is to read 52 books (a book a week) and so far I’m confident that I’m going to hit my goal!
20. Who do you tag?
Anyone! I had so much doing this tag and answering all these questions so I want to pass the enjoyment on by tagging everyone!
The Aesthete Blogger Award
“This award is to honour every creative person, irrespective of their number of followers and views. Because, as long as you create, that is all that matters. This award is for those bloggers who put an insane amount of thought in each of their posts and for those who spread creativity like wildfire! Just wow!”
Here are the rules:
Use the official logo/graphic of the award and display it on your blog.
Tell me something about this world that you admire.
What is your favourite form of creativity?
Nominate 7 lovely people and notify them by commenting on their posts; spread some love!
Ask your nominees 4 questions.
Share something you created. (can be anything!)
And lastly, just so you know: I LOVE YOUR CREATIONS!
What is something in the world you admire?
Is it cliche if I say the beauty of our world? I’ve been very fortunate to travel to some of the most beautiful places in the world and meet so many kind-hearted people along the way. All my experiences have a special place in my heart and I tend to get quite emotional when I reflect on some of these memories. I’ve sailed around the mountains of Yangshuo, seen the Northern Lights in Iceland, and marvelled at the incredible craftsmanship of St Peter’s Basilica and I can’t wait to discover more of the world soon!
What’s your favourite aesthetic?
Any fantasy or cottagecore aesthetic! Get me in a ballgown running through the gardens of some stately home or a beautiful meadow any day, that’s the dream!
How do you organise your physical books?
I spend way too much time organising my bookshelves to make sure they look perfect but at the moment they just look very chaotic as I’ve officially run out of room! I’d share a picture but they’re so messy and I need to trip to Ikea ASAP! I’d love to have a rainbow bookshelf but I don’t have enough colourful books!
My top two shelves are organised by colour, and the third is my favourites shelf which is home to my beautiful Sarah J Maas series and other loves. As for the rest of my shelves, they’re a little more chaotic and are organised by both series and colour, and then we have the bottom shelves of doom which is full of my university and Depop books!
What is your favourite creative outlet to use?
Blogging! I love to write, so blogging is the perfect outlet to let my creative juices flow! I love coming up with new and unique posts as well as getting involved with all the wonderful book tags and people in the bookish community!
What colour is your soul?
I love this question and I was really curious to take the test! I did loads of different tests and the two colours I kept getting were green and red! Red represents passion and the burning energy to go out there and do something and Green symbolises a healers soul which makes me a mediator, balancer and harmonizer or the equilibrium of life, both of which I think is spot on!
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.
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.
When I think of love and romance my mind jumps straight to this adorable bubblegum pink and some my favourite contemporary romance novels.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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?
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 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
I’m an indecisive Libra so this post has been torture! Nevertheless, I aways enjoy doing these posts on Instagram and Twitter so I thought I’d bring them over to my blog and make a little series out them. I apologise in advance, I’m not very good at this game and I kept picking both answers! Whoops! Let me know in the comments if you agree/disagree with any of my choices!
I’ve always been a paperback girl, but recently I’ve been converted and have splurged on a couple of gorgeous hardbacks! There was no way that I was going to wait for some of these new books to be released in in paperback form, but one of my biggest pet peeves is mismatched series so it looks like I might have to treat myself (again)! And at this rate it look like I’m also going to have to invest in another shelf because it’s overflowing and I’m double stacking!
During Covid I’ve spent far too much time scrolling through Amazon and the Waterstones website but NOTHING beats wandering around a bookshop! I mentioned in my wrap up post that I’ve got a trip to Hay-on-Wye planned and I’m so excited to spend an afternoon wandering around the endless and overflowing shelves of some of my favourite independent bookstores.
100% Series! It’s very easy for me to become invested in a fictional world and with fictional characters, so the more time I get to spend with them the better! Although we have to wait years to continue the adventure, the wait is always worth it!
I’ve recently been loving sci-fi adventures, but my heart will always belong to fantasy. Give me a book packed full of magic, sword fights and fantastical world building any day and the chances are that I’ll love it! A lot of these fantasy worlds are my second home and perfect escape from reality.
I’ve tried audiobooks before but I find it difficult to focus on them and I tend to just ‘zone out’, which is my own fault as I’m constantly thinking about different things and to-do lists! It’s definitely something I want to try again, and I think I just need to find a good audiobook that keeps me hooked, so any recommendations would be wonderful!
I love my little reading nook but there’s just something so serene about sitting in the sunshine and reading! I’d give anything right now to be sitting on a hot beach or by the poolside with stack of books from my TBR.
I’m an early riser so I try and start my day off with a little bit of reading, even if it’s only a chapter, and it’s the perfect way to start the day. That being said, I do enjoy curling up and getting cosy in my reading nook in the evening, but one thing I can’t do is read in bed at night, as soon as I jump into bed I’ll fall fast asleep. It’s clear that I’m terrible at this game!
I go through reading phases, one week I’m binge reading my new favourite fantasy series and the next I’m slowing making my way through another book on my TBR! If I had to choose then I’d pick binge read as I tend to fall head over heels for the most of the books I read, and I can’t get enough of them!
Both! I’m an emotional wreck and tend to cry at everything (even the happy moments)! One of my favourite reading moments is when you’re crying over a book and a character drops an unexpected and witty line that has you laughing through the tears.
I take great pride in my reading playlist and I’m currently in the process of making themed and locations aesthetic playlists! Listening to music helps enhance my imagination and turns some of my favourite scenes into mini-movies in my head. Different albums and playlists can transport me to different worlds and creates the perfect reading mood, even now there are specific songs I associate with books and when I hear them I get a little flashback!
Is it bad that I want to pick the villain? I’ve just finished reading Shadow and Bone, and all this Darkling content we’re going to be getting later this month is pushing me towards the dark side…How could you say no to Ben Barnes! But what I really love is a morally grey character. They aren’t quite villains, but they are too twisted to be traditional heroes, they’re relatable because no one if perfect and have great potential for character development.
I’ve always been a reader driven by plot but after reading A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas I think I’m leaning more towards character! Character development is so important for me, and Nesta’s journey of delicate and powerful determination and acceptance is hands down one of my favourites! But at the same give me an action-packed and intense plot that keeps me on the edge of my seat!
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.
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!