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!

My Favourite Throwback Reads From My Teens

2012 was a pinnacle moment for any YA reader. The Hunger Games had been released in cinema’s, teenagers worldwide were quoting The Fault in Our Stars, fandom edits dominated our Tumblr accounts, and some of YA classic reads like Throne of Glass, The Selection, Cinder and The Raven Boys appeared on our bookshelves.

I’m currently in the process of writing a blog post about how YA fiction has changed over the years, and since writing it I’ve started to feel really nostalgic and sentimental. I’ve grown up with YA fiction, and it’s been wonderful to watch it grow and develop into a genre that is so much more than love triangles, dystopian governments and rebellions. These stories have shaped the person I am today, so I thought I’d share a few of my old favourites and reminisce over some much-loved characters and storylines.

My TBR is overflowing, but I’m tempted to do a read-a-thon inspired by some of these throwback reads and original YA classics that I missed out on reading, like the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi or The Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead! I’m also currently in a bit of a reading slump, so hopefully, this will help!

Anyway, here is a list of my favourite throwback reads from my teens, enjoy!


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 and adorable, but is also filled with intense fight scenes and an action-packed storyline, it’s the perfect combination of contemporary and fantasy!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – Dear Netflix, if you’re looking for another YA contemporary love story to adapt then look no further. The story follows Anna, a student in her senior year of high school but not any high school – a high school in Paris, France. From there we follow her senior year however it’s not that simple. Here she meets a beautiful boy named Etienne St Clair, he has it all including a serious girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true.

Angelfall by Susan Ee – This is one of my old favourites and a majorly underrated dystopian fantasy! Angelfall follows Penryn, a 17 year old trying to help her frayed family survive in a post-apocalyptic world, a world that has been torn apart by angels. But not the virtuous and good kind, the kind that are cold, cruel and merciless. So when her younger sister is taken by angels, Penryn must team up with an unlikely companion and fallen angel Raffe, to save her sister. Penryn is not your typical YA heroine, she’s strong, independent but she’s also still a normal teenage girl who even has her priorities sorted out! This book is packed full of suspense, action and some of my favourite character interactions.

The Archived by V.E. Schwab – This was the first V.E Schwab book I ever read! It’s eerie and unique premise is what makes this book so special, just imagine a world where the dead rest on the shelves like books! It wasn’t until the second half of the book that I started to fall in love with it but I promise you that it’s definitely worth the read!


The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig – Four hundred years in the future, the Earth has turned primitive following a nuclear fire and the effects of the radiation have caused every person is born with a twin. Of each pair, one is an Alpha – physically perfect in every way and seen as superior in society – and the other an Omega burdened with deformity, small or large and branded as the lesser human. However, Alphas cannot escape one harsh fact: Whenever one twin dies, so does the other. Cass is a rare Omega, one burdened with psychic foresight. While her twin, Zach, gains power on the Alpha Council, she dares to dream the most dangerous dream of all: equality.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch – This has been on my list of ‘series I want to finish’ for a while now and is another book that I’ve completely forgotten about! Whoops! All I remember is the unique world building and some pretty kick-ass fight scenes!

Graceling by Kristin Cashore – Another book that I can’t remember much about, only that it had everything a YA novel needed; strong protagonists, unique storyline and an action-packed adventure. This series is at the top of my series re-read TBR as I’m curious to dive back into this wonderfully magical world and to see if my opinions have changed! Also, I know I always say this but please can we take a moment to appreciate these new covers, they’re stunning!

Legend by Marie Lu – This series is addictive! Yes, this is a YA dystopian novel but it’s one of the better ones! The narrative is commanding, and the plot is explosive and I know it’s cliche, but this series will have you on the edge of your seat. If you’re looking for a powerful and exhilarating read then this is the series for you.


Cruel Beauty by Rosamond Hodge – If you’re looking for a Beauty and the Beast retelling, then this one is for you! Cruel Beauty was the original Beauty and the Beast retelling that took the YA community by storm, way before A Court of Thorns and Roses did. It’s a beautifully brilliant and heart-breaking story that I guarantee you’ll love!

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin – This is such an underrated duo-logy! Wolf by Wolf imagines a reality based on two horrific “what ifs”, ‘what if’ Hitler won the war, and ‘what if’ an experiment resulted in something else. Now pair that with motorcycles and a race across the globe and you’ve got yourself a wildly compelling and fast-paced novel with some brilliant and powerful characters.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige – Paige completely flips an original story on its head and creates something so versatile and wonderfully different than readers will fall in love with. As you can possibly figure out from the title, the story is a continuation from the Wizard of Oz but things are very different from where the film/book left off. So when our protagonist, Amy, lands unexpectedly in the magical world of Oz, everyone is miserable, grey and depressed, the munchkins are slaves and flying monkeys are wingless. So what happened to the Oz Amy grew up loving? Dorothy happened.

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket – When I was young I devoured this series and I remember being so proud of myself after reading all THIRTEEN books. I also went through a phase where I desperately wanted to be just like Violet, I would try and invent things and made sure that I always carried a ribbon around with me so I could tie my hair up whenever I had an idea!

February Wrap Up and March TBR

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wrap Up

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TBR

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

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

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

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

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas – Book Review

We’ve been patiently waiting for this book for years, and as soon as I read that first page it felt like I was home.

As I started this series, I thought back to when I first met Sarah at The Hay Festival in 2015. I remember listening intently to Sarah’s passion and love for this series, unbeknownst to the never-ending joy, emotional comfort and magical wonder it would bring me. Fast forward six years, and here I am, once again enamoured and emotionally ruined after experiencing the incredible masterpiece that is A Court of Silver Flames.

There’s something wonderfully familiar and comforting about Sarah’s writing, it takes you by the hand and leads you back into this incredibly detailed and limitless world that many of us readers like to call home. It warmly welcomes you to join these characters on their journeys of love, self-discovery and bravery, and I can’t help but consider them as family. It’s silly, but these characters and the world Sarah has created makes me so emotional and have become apart of my soul. Words will never express how much I adore this series and the wonder and escape that it has granted me. And for that, I will be forever grateful. Thank you, Sarah, truly.

As much as I adore Feyre and Rhys, it was time for them to pass the pen on and for Nesta’s and Cassian’s story to be told. And what a story it was. Nesta is hated and broken. But her journey isn’t about ‘fixing herself’ because, in reality, she isn’t broken, she’s hurt and trapped in her spiral of self-loathing. Sarah explains Nesta’s hostility and fears with grace and understanding. Her character arc isn’t as simple as ‘getting over it’ but is instead one of delicate and powerful determination and acceptance. Her struggle is painful and messy, and it’s not pretty or clear on how she’ll learn to move forward or if she’ll learn to move forward at all. Sarah always portrays trauma and mental health beautifully, she doesn’t sugar coat things instead she shows them as they are which is real, complex and relatable. We see brilliant, vulnerable sides to these characters that we haven’t really explored before, all of which are depicted gracefully from beginning to end. We are not all easily healed. Healing isn’t always a straight journey, it’s a mountain climb, one step forward two steps back and once again Sarah manages to capture that in Nesta’s journey, one which I am honoured to have taken alongside her.

This series has always been about family, and Nesta’s new chosen family and friends are her support system and gives her the strength to fight. She accepts the love she thinks she deserves but, it is through Cassian’s steadfastness and Gwyn and Emerie’s sisterly bond and unified support that helps her tear down the stone barriers from her past to form a loving environment from which she strengthens and blossoms. Like the House of Wind, Nesta finds a home for herself and learns to face the darkness and to focus on what brings her joy, it was a pleasure to witness her grow, and I particularly enjoyed watching her fall back in love with music.

And then we have Nesta’s relationship with Cassian, a relationship that starts with playful and witty remarks and escalates into sexual teasing and mutual wanting. Cassian refuses to give up on Nesta, and it’s his dedication that ignites a relationship that rattles the stars. It’s clear why these two are mates, they are two sides of the same coin and compliment each other beautifully.

The smut. Hot damn. Is it too forward to say that I loved it? I’ve taken my first steps into adulthood alongside this series, and it’s refreshing to see these book mature with its reads and develop into something so much more. Those intimate scenes between Nesta and Cassian are wild and passionate yet controlled and loving, this was different kind of love and one, which I have fallen head over heels for.

I should also mention that addition Azriel chapter, it was EVERYTHING! And I could 100% see him with our little warrior Gwyn. Don’t you just love it when Sarah teases us with new relationships!

As expected, I cried a lot at this book. Every time I read these books, I give my heart to these characters, and they return it broken, battered and yet filled with more love and wonder than before. There were moments, like the Winter Solstice and those final chapters, in which these characters achieve ultimate happiness and found myself crying with joy because everything was perfect. There’s so much more that I want to discuss but I think it’s best if I hold off on the spoilers for now!

Once again, Sarah has crafted an emotionally intense and beautifully perfect masterpiece that has gifted me with a reading experience like no other. These characters mean the world to me, so being able to join them again on another adventure was the ideal escape and one I wished would never end. It was the perfect ending – and new beginning – to Nesta and Cassian’s relationship and a journey that will stay with me forever. I finished the entire book in 24-hours, and I’m honestly considering re-reading it again soon because I loved every page so much. Like us, Nesta has found her way home, and she is a reminder that we all deserved to be loved and to have the courage to go out into the world, face our fears and climb that mountain.

Romance Books On My TBR | Romance Week 2021

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


The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

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

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

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

The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely

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

The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary | Waterstones

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Books on My Net Galley Wishlist

Logging on to Net Galley is like stepping into a secret bookstore filled with some of 2021 most anticipated releases but the catch is you can’t read them just yet, you can only wish for them! For those who don’t know Net Galley is a service that enables publishers and authors to upload books to its website prior to publication and allows “professional readers,” such as reviewers, to request copies. It’s a great platform which helps readers like you and me discover new authors, genres and adventures.

Usually with Net Galley, readers submit requests to publishers and wait to see if they’re lucky enough to be sent a ebook for review. There’s also the opportunity to ‘wish’ for selected releases, wishes that can be granted by publishers at any time. In the past I have been fortunate enough to receive a couple of ARC’s off my wish-list, and I hope sharing my list might help manifest some good karma!

I will admit all restraint went out the window when it came to wishing for some of these new releases, I couldn’t resit. I did go a little mad but who can blame me?


Namesake by Adrienne Young

Namesake (Fable, #2) by Adrienne Young

I’ve just finished reading Fable and I’m desperate for the next book especially after THAT ending! I was really craving a pirate fantasy adventure and Fable gave me just that! The characters were lovable yet cutthroat and I’m curious to see what secrets Young has in store for book two.

Red Wolf by Rachel Vincent

Red Wolf by Rachel Vincent

You had me ‘for fans of Stephanie Garber’, yes please! I haven’t read a Little Red Riding Hood adaptation for years and this one sounds mysteriously epic. Adele is one of a long line of guardians, women who are able to change into wolves and who are tasked with the job of protecting their village while never letting any of the villagers know of their existence. But when following her calling means abandoning the person she loves, the future she imagined for herself, and her values she must decide how far she is willing to go to keep her neighbors safe.

Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard

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

Every time I re-read this synopsis the more excited I get, as it combines two of my favourite things, pirates and assassins! No pressure Victoria, but this series better be epic!

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

The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman

The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman

The synopsis for this book is EVERYTHING! The concept is incredibly clever and follows a teen girl navigating an afterlife in which she must defeat an AI entity intent on destroying humanity.

Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee

Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee

Another book mentioned in my 2021 anticipated reads post, that sounds super cute and adorable. This swoon-worthy romance, follows Noah Ramirez and his popular blog, the Meet Cute Diary, a collection of trans happily ever afters. But when a troll exposes the blog as fiction, Noah’s world turns upside down and in-lists the help of Drew who is willing to fake-date Noah to save the diary and help prove that romance isn’t dead.

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

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

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

Last Chance Books by Kelsey Rodkey

Last Chance Books by Kelsey Rodkey

This is giving me MAJOR You’ve Got Mail vibes and I’m in love! Nothing will stop Madeline Moore from taking over her family’s independent bookstore after college. Nothing, that is—until a chain bookstore called Prologue opens across the street and threatens to shut them down. You can already tell that this is going to feature an enemies to lovers romance and lots of much-needed descriptions of bookstores!

A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer

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

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

Better Together by Christine Riccio

Christine is one of my favourite booktubers and it’s been great following along on her writing journey, and I’m eager to read more of her work. Like every author she is so passionate about her work and the publishing process and it’s clear that such love is reciprocated in her writing. Her latest book is being marketed as ‘Freaky Friday meets The Parent Trap’ and I’m already sold.

What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo

What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo

This fierce gothic fantasy is completely different to what I usually read but I fancy a change and this book sounds super intriguing. Eleanor Zarrin has been estranged from her wild family for years but when she flees boarding school after a horrifying incident, she goes to the only place she thinks is safe: the home she left behind. But when she gets there, she struggles to fit in with her monstrous relatives, and finds herself desperate trying to hold her family together.

An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi

An Emotion Of Great Delight - Egmont Books

I’ve never read anything by Tahereh Mafi but I’ve heard that her writing is beautifully thoughtful and powerful. An Emotion of Great Delight is a searing look into the world of a single Muslim family in the wake of 9/11. It’s about a child of immigrants forging a blurry identity, falling in love, and finding hope—in the midst of a modern war.

Classic Fairytales That Need More YA Retellings

I don’t know about you but I’m a sucker for a good-old fairytale retelling! And what I love even more is watching an author subvert and adapt these classic adventures to create new and exciting storylines that we can’t help but love. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas and Heartless and The Luna Chronicles by Marissa Myers are a perfect examples of this, not only are they both wonderful retellings that only use the basic framework of the original story but they use their characters to create something entirely different and unique.

Growing up Beauty and the Beast was always one of my favourite Disney classics, but after reading so many different retellings I’m getting a little bored of the same old storyline, which breaks my heart because it’s such a beautiful tale! This then got me thinking about all the other incredible and magical stories that have yet to be retold and adapted, so I wanted to share a few of my favourites that I believe need more attention!

This has been one of my favourite posts to write this year, and has even inspired me to start writing some modern day fairytale inspired flash-fiction that I hope to share in the future! So if you’re up for the challenge or are looking for a new writing prompt then I challenge you to adapt one of your favourite fairytales!

I loved re-searching all the different fairytales from around the world, so much so that I’ve had to write an entirely different post about some of my new favourites that I found as well as the Myths that I think need retellings, so keep an eye out for them soon!

And finally, shout out to the Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Anderson for creating some wonderfully dark fantasy fables!

Peter Pan – This whole idea about not growing up sounds pretty good to me, being an adult is WAY too stressful! This beloved children’s classic has so much potential and I can see it being adapted as both a fantasy but also a contemporary novel. I can also see it as a sci-fi inspired adventure, with Neverland being some distant planet with a secret.

Jack and the Beanstalk – What if Jack found something else at the top of the beanstalk? What if instead of a beanstalk, Jack climbed out of a broken elevator only to find a portal leading to a hidden world?

Rapunzel – Tangled is hands down my favourite Disney film EVER, so it’s only right that I request more Rapunzel inspired reading. I loved Cress by Marissa Myers but I need more, so any recommendations would be great!

Swan Lake – Tchaikovsky’s magical ballet tells the story of the doomed love of Prince Siegfried and Princess Odette. Prince Siegfried goes out hunting one night and chases a group of swans – one of which transforms into a young woman, Odette, who explains that she and her companions were turned into swans by the evil Baron Von Rothbart. The spell can only be broken if someone who has never loved before swears an oath of undying love and promises to marry her. This tale of broken hearts and deception is one that is packed full of drama and one which I could see featuring an enemies-to-lovers-to-enemies dynamic?

The Frog Prince – Another Disney favourite that I’d love to see! If we break it down, the story ultimately revolves around a fatal kiss and from that there is endless opportunity!

The Little Match Girl – This is such a underrated and beautifully heartbreaking story and focuses on a dying child’s dreams and hope. I’d love to see this powerful story used as a narrative to raise attention for youth homelessness.

The Twelve Brothers – One of the lesser known tales by The Brothers Grimm but ultimately is a tale about who should inherit a mighty kingdom. A king wants to kill his twelve sons, but only if his thirteenth child would be a girl. This way, she alone can inherit his kingdom. The Queen warns her son and urges them to escape into the forest where they are forced to live, until they are discovered by their sister years later. I’m a sucker for a fantasy that focuses on a fight for the throne and is another classic fairytale with lots of potential.

A Christmas Nutcracker – A Christmas classic that I’d love to see adapted into a romanic and lighthearted festive contemporary!

The Twelve Dancing Princesses – Aside from the cinematic masterpiece that is Barbie and the Twelve Dancing Princesses, I don’t think I’ve ever seen this story adapted. In short the story follows 12 princesses who are locked away securely every night by the king, but in the morning their dancing shoes are found to be worn through as if they had been dancing all night. Determined to uncover their secret the King offers a reward to anyone who can uncover their whereabouts every night, and is revealed by a solider that every night they escape through a trap door to meet 12 waiting princes and embark on a night of fun and dancing.

A Fangirl’s Opinion – A Fancy New Look!

Here’s just a little update to say that I’ve finally updated my blog and that I’m absolutely in love with the finished product! I couldn’t help but show it off! As many of you know, I’ve wanted to change the design of my blog for a while now, and it’s about time that put my words into action.

All the signs were pointing towards this new and improved look. Not only do I finally have a week off work, but my friend did a tarot reading for me (with her lovely new Jane Austen Tarot Cards I got for her for Christmas) and all the cards encouraged creativity and change! So for the past two days, I’ve spent way too long on Canva and WordPress, and have channelled all my spare time into creating an entirely new look. I’d like to give a HUGE shout out to my sister who has had to deal with my constant questioning and reassurance over the past couple of days, so thank you, sis!

Not only have I changed my layout, but I’ve also invested in a fancy domain name and have said goodbye to all those annoying WordPress ad’s! Things are finally starting to come together, and this is only just the beginning as I’ve got a few more exciting things planned for 2021.

It might surprise you, but for the past four years, I’ve tried to keep this blog a secret. Some of my family and friends knew I had a blog but I never shared its name, so I think it’s about time that I introduced myself to the world and that I embraced this wonderful platform that I’m so proud of!

Let’s start over shall we:

Hi, I’m Amy, and I’m a 23-year-old blogger and reading enthusiast from the West Midlands, UK. When I’m not adding books to my endless TBR, you’ll either find me curled up in my reading nook or binge-watching some of my favourite shows! I’m publishing hopeful, who dreams of one day sharing my creativity and undying love for books with an industry I adore. If you enjoy reading book reviews and other bookish inspired posts, then don’t be shy and follow along!

Most Anticipated Adaptions of 2021

2021 is already proving to be an exciting year, as some of our beloved stories and adventures are finally being released on the big (and small) screen! When adapting books to movies there’s always the worry that the writers and directors are going to change elements and cut important and much-loved parts from the script but I’m quietly optimistic for this year’s releases. I don’t want to wish my life away but there’s a few shows this year I’d happily sell my soul to watch early, the excitement is killing me!

Always and Forever, Lara Jean (February 2021)

Always and Forever, Lara Jean, Volume 3 To All the Boys I've Loved Before:  Amazon.co.uk: Han, Jenny: Books

The final instalment to what I consider to be one of the best YA adaptations EVER! Netflix has managed to capture the heartwarming and beautifully romantic journey that is Lara Jean’s love life and has successfully shared her story with the world. It’s great seeing all my friends fall in love with this story and I’ve even managed to get them to read the books as they’re desperate to find out what happens next. It’s fair to say that I’ve got high expectations for this final film and I just hope they give Lara and Peter the epic conclusion they deserve.

The Nightingale (December 2021)

The Nightingale: Amazon.co.uk: Hannah, Kristin: 9781509848621: Books

I’ve yet to read the book to this adaptation but it sounded so good that I couldn’t help but include it on my list. Starring both Dakota and Elle Fanning, this film follows the lives of two sisters living in France who are torn apart at the onset of World War II. I have a huge appreciation and love for films about both World Wars, with favourites such as Atonement, Dunkirk, Fury, and Jojo Rabbit, so I already know that I’m really going to love this one.

The Selection (TBA)

The Selection - Wikipedia

This adaptation has been going around the rumour mill for a while now, but we could be finally seeing this classic YA romance on our screens soon! Netflix has yet to announce anything about the cast or anything else for that matter but all we know is that author Kiera Cass is just as excited as us!

Nine Perfect Strangers (TBA)

Nine Perfect Strangers: The Number One Sunday Times bestseller from the  author of Big Little Lies eBook: Moriarty, Liane: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

I absolutely loved Big Little Lies, so to see more of Liane Moriarty’s books being adapted is great! This book has been sat on my bookshelf for ages so I think it’s about time I finally dive into this thrilling mystery.

The Pursuit of Love (TBA)

The Pursuit of Love: Amazon.co.uk: Mitford, Nancy, Heller, Zoë:  9780241974681: Books

One of my favourite books ever is finally getting the BBC adaptation treatment and I’m beyond excited. Starring Lily James, Andrew Scott and Emily Mortimer, I’m quite confident that I’m going to absolutely adore it! The book follows an upper class English family during the war and focuses love, class and relationships, its a classic light-hearted storyline that audiences will love.

Conversations with Friends (TBA)

Conversations with Friends (181 POCHE): Amazon.co.uk: Rooney, Sally:  9780571333134: Books

After the huge success that was Normal People, I’m not surprised to see Rooney’s other book getting the adaptation treatment! And it’s good to hear that the same core team who made Normal People will once again be working together to bring Conversation with Friends to our screens!

Chaos Walking (March 2021)

Chaos Walking: The Complete Trilogy by Patrick Ness

Starring Tom Holland AND Daisy Ridley this film already looks epic! I’ve yet to read this series but the dystopian world Ness has created has certainly made me curious. Plus that trailer looks intense! Todd Hewitt has been raised to believe that a viral germ has killed all women and unleashed Noise, the special ability to read people’s and animals’ minds. Alone, he must face a planet erupting in war—that is, until he meets Viola, the source of the silence.

Shadow and Bone (TBA)

Shadow and Bone: Book 1 (THE GRISHA) eBook: Bardugo, Leigh: Amazon.co.uk:  Kindle Store

Word’s can’t describe how excited I am for this series to hit our screens, and for these characters and Bardugo’s wonderful Grishaverse to come to life. Transporting this world from page to screen isn’t a small feat but such responsibility has been embraced by executive producers Eric Heisserer and Shawn Levy, with Leigh Bardugo also on board as a producer. I have total and utter faith that this adaptation will stay true to the books and will successfully embody everything we as the fans cherish in this series. 

The Last Letter from Your Lover (March 2021)

The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes | Vulpes Libris

Another Jojo Moyes adaptation? I’ll grab the tissues! Starring Felicity Jones, Shailene Woodley, Callum Turner and Joe Alwyn, the book focuses on a young journalist who becomes obsessed with a series of letters she discovers that recounts an intense star-crossed love affair from the 1960s.

There’s Someone Inside Your House (February 2021)

There's Someone Inside Your House: Amazon.co.uk: Perkins, Stephanie:  9780525426011: Books

If you’re a fan of Pretty Little Liars, then the chances are that you’re going to love this adaptation too. The graduating class at Osborne High is being targeted by a masked assailant, intent on exposing the darkest secret of each victim, and only a group of misfit outsiders can stop the killings. I read this book ages ago but I can’t remember a thing! Looks like I’m going to have to have a quick re-read before it’s release!

Death on the Nile (September 2021)

Death on the Nile (Poirot): Amazon.co.uk: Christie, Agatha: 9780007119325:  Books

I’m a sucker for a good murder mystery, and there’s no one better than Agatha Christie. I really enjoyed the recent adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express and I’m equally excited to see this book get it’s own A-list adaptation! Starring Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Letitia Wright and other famous faces, this film is guaranteed to be a hit.

Dune (October 2021)

Dune by Frank Herbert | Waterstones

I need something to fill the sci-fi void in my heart and I think this adaptation will do just the trick. The cast looks incredible, and will star Oscar Isaac, Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Jason Momoa and more!

I was gutted that this film wasn’t released last year, but this film deserved to be experienced on the big screen rather than at home so I’ll happily wait a little bit longer. Plus that gives me more time to finally read the book!