Blog Posts I Loved This Month | April

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!

Met Gala Themed Book Recommendations

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Book Recommendations Based on Your Star Sign

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funniest Books and Characters | April Fools Day 2021

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


The Book Recommendations Book Tag

I’m back! I’ve been on a little blogging hiatus recently (more on that in my monthly wrap up post), but I’m very happy to be back with lots of exciting and creative posts planned! The wonderful Ally @Ally Writes Things very kindly tagged me in her original book tag, the book recommendations tag! I had so much fun going through my bookshelves and Goodreads to find the perfect answer to these questions! If you’re not following Ally, then you are seriously missing out, her posts always make me smile, and she has great taste when it comes to reading and recommending books! Lately, there have been so many new and creative book tags floating around the blogging community, and this one is no exception! I apologise to your TBR’s in advance as I hope I’ll convince you to add a few of these books to your reading list, you never know you might find a new favourite!

Rules

  • Tag Ally @ Ally Writes Things so I can see your recommendations!
  • Give at least one recommendation for each of the prompts below
  • If you don’t have a recommendation, talk about a book you want to read
  • Tag your friends

A Book About Friendship

Found families and strong friendship groups are some of my all-time favourite bookish tropes. There’s just something so heartwarming about a group of unlikely individuals finding comfort in each other and the wonderful banter that comes with it. If you haven’t read Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, then where have you been? And if you have, then just give it another read! It’s such a good book, and I can’t wait to see the loyal friendship between the Dregs come to life this April! 

A Translated Book

One of my reading aims this year is to read more translated books, I used to read loads of them when I was studying at university, but recently they’ve fallen to the bottom of my TBR! One of my favourites will always be Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky, a five-part unfinished novel that follows the connected lives of a group of people and their experiences during WW2. Sadly, Némirovsky died in Auschwitz in 1942 with only two parts competed, but as a rough draft, this book is nothing short of a masterpiece.

A Diverse Romance

Last month I fell in love with romance novels again, so I decided to treat myself to a few new love stories! I’ve heard nothing but good things about The Kiss Quotient, and its diverse group of characters is what initially attracted me to this book. Our protagonist Stella has Asperger’s syndrome and is convinced that she needs lessons on how to be good at sex and relationships, so she hires Michael, a Vietnamese-Swedish escort, to teach her. This book sounds like the perfect blend of sweet and steamy, and I can’t wait to start it soon! Another diverse romance that I really enjoyed was The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. A thought-provoking and wonderfully unique love story that also tackles issues of immigration and cultural identity.

A Fast-Paced Book

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman! I’m late to the party with this one, and I’m embarrassed that it has taken me this long to start it, but I’m glad that I fianlly did! I’ve fallen head over heels for this series, and I certainly wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did! The unique format and wonderfully witty group of characters make this space adventure an unforgettable read that you won’t want to put down.


A non-fiction book (not a memoir)

Let Me Tell You What I Mean by Joan Didion. As soon as I saw this prompt I knew I was going to pick Didion! For those who don’t know Joan Didion is an American writer who launched her career in the 1960s after winning an essay contest sponsored by Vogue magazine. There’s something magical and heartbreakingly raw about her writing and her latest collection of essays is at the top of my 2021 TBR.

An Underrated Memoir

Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield. This was book I read with my university book club and one that really surprised me! Who would have thought a musical memoir would be a instant page turner for me? Everything about it was so raw and real, plus the unique playlists for each chapter were a fabulous addition. Sheffield is an American music journalist and long time contributing editor at Rolling Stone, so if into music then I highly recommend you that you check this out!

A Book With Fewer Than 10,000 Ratings on Goodreads

The Witchling’s Girl by Helena Coggan. I always rave about this book, but it’s such an underrated book that deserves endless praise! I’m usually a reader driven by plot rather than character but this book completely subverted that. Coggan’s beautifully evocative prose and world building surrounds a battling story of love and death that will break readers hearts. The characterisation and development is what makes this book truly stunning, Haley’s succession to becoming the Witchling is one heck of a journey that I’m thankful to have experienced.

A Book With a LGBTQ+ Protagonist

I couldn’t decide between They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera or Song of Achillies by Madeline Miller so I’m just going to recommend both of them! Both of these books will break your heart so be sure to have the tissues at the ready!


A Book By a Trans/Non-Binary Author

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender. I loved this book so much and it makes my little heart flutter just thinking about it! This was a profoundly moving story about self-discovery, love and revenge and one which took me on a rollercoaster of emotions. It was honest, it was real and it was story that I feel honoured to have experienced.

A Book with More Than 500 Pages

My mind instantly went to A Court of Silver Flames, but everyone’s already reading that, so I’m going to choose something completely different and pick Crescent City! 😅 Once again, Maas excels at creating a unique fantasy world filled with an equally fantastic cast of characters and an unexpected storyline that is never once predictable. Like I’ve said before, I could read Sarah’s shopping list, and I’d love it! There’s just something wonderfully magical about her writing that sends me head over heels and into her captivating worlds and adventures. 

A short story collection

I haven’t read many short stories, but I am a big fan of flash fiction. Flash fiction for those who don’t know, is a short piece of fiction that sometimes centres around a snap-shot filled with open-ended questions and a shroud of mystery. I was first introduced to the format whilst studying it at university and instantly fell in love with its ability to hold so much story and possibility within only a couple of hundred words and knew it was something I wanted to try and replicate.

A book you want everyone to read

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson *wink wink* I don’t think it’s possible for me to complete a book tag without mentioning Brandon Sanderson, Sarah J Maas or Madeline Miller! It’s no secret that this is one of my favourite books EVER, and I don’t think I’ll ever stop recommending it. I’m tempted to re-read it and experience the wonder and brilliance all over again!

I want to say a HUGE thank you to Ally for tagging me, I had so much fun answering these questions, and I hope everyone found some great book recommendations! I really enjoyed this tag, so I’m tagging anyone who has any of these books on their TBR!

7 Books I’ve Discovered Through Blogging

Over the past couple of months I’ve started to reflect on a lot of things in my life (don’t worry I don’t think I’m having a quarter life crisis just yet) but one of my proudest and longest achievements is my blog. This little blog started as an idea between two best friends all the way back in 2014 and is a platform that has allowed us to not only grow in followers and friends but one in which that has developed my ability to produced coherent and entertaining reviews and book inspired features.

This blog has seen us through the trials and tribulations of high school, university and continues to play its part as we take our next steps into adult life. For me, the dream is still to one day work in publishing and until then I plans to channel my undying love for books through engaging posts and reviews! So if any publisher is looking for an Editorial or Marketing Assistant then please HIRE ME!

Not only has this blog provided us with the opportunity to be apart of the blogging community it has also introduced to a range of wonderful adventures in the form of books. I’ve discovered some of my all-time favourites through blogging and for that I’ll be forever grateful, so I thought I’d share my list as you never know when you’re going to find your next favourite read too! I’ve also decided to only include books I’ve actually read as I’m constantly adding books I’ve found through blogging to my TBR, and I don’t think I’m prepared to expose myself and my mile long TBR!

Angelfall by Susan Ee – Now this is a blast from the past for any book-blogger oldie! This was all the rage years ago and I was caught up watching Instagram Reels the other day and this one popped up. This post-apocalyptic fantasy adventure is the perfect read for anyone looking for a fast paced and easy read filled with unique and sarcastic characters.

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – You don’t have to be a genius to know that I’m utterly OBSESSED with Brandon Sanderson and his writing! If you’ve yet to read his Mistborn series then I urge you to add it to your TBR now.

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin – This is such an underrated duology, that more people need to read! The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, they host an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents in which the winner receives an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler. Yael, a former death camp prisoner and resistance member wants revenge and its her mission to win the race and kill Hitler. 

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – Nevernight is a mysteriously artful and exhilarating read that captivated my full attention and imagination. The writing style is either a hit or miss with readers, but for me it was a beautifully crafted masterpiece filled with unique and descriptive metaphors that came to life on the page. Again if you’re looking for an intense and epic fantasy read then this one if for you!

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken – Another nod to all you bookish oldies out there! This series stands tall and proud as one of the founders of teen dystopian fiction and rightly so because everything about this series is exhilarating! Sadly this book also fell victim to terrible YA film adaptations which is heartbreaking because they had all the elements to make this a great film franchise, it was the awkward script that just let them down!

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – Another new favourite author I discovered through blogging and I’m so glad I did because Schwab’s writing style is just pure perfection!

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – I recently saw the news that this series is being turned into TV adaptation and I need to finish this series ASAP! This beautiful retelling of One Thousand and One Nights, follows Shahrzard, as she tries to avenge her best friend’s death at the hands of her country’s ruler. Everything about this book, from the cover to Ahdieh’s writing, is stunning!