January Wrap Up and February TBR

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

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

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

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

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

January Wrap Up

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

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

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

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

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

February TBR

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

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

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

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

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

And finally,

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

7 Reasons to Watch Bridgerton

If you’re not one of the 63 million people who watched this series, then what have you been doing? This show is certainly worth all the hype and I’m not even embarrassed to admit that I’m currently on my third re-watch because I love this show so much! I think I’m only one re-watch away from going full ‘Bridgerton’ and adopting the Regency-era style and etiquette into my daily routine!

This post is dedicated entirely to my ramblings about how wonderful this show is in the hopes of encouraging others to dive into this romantic regency romp! Enjoy!


Storyline

This show is so much more than a typical period drama, it’s scandalous, sexy and of course full of secrets. There’s always drama behind every corner and is filled with the lavish and glamorous lifestyle of high society, everything about it is beautiful!

Costumes

These costumes are stunning and every characters wardrobe is filled with subtle aspects and details that match their personality and social status. The costume department has done an incredible job in creating a perfect balance of historically accurate shapes and bold modern style, sex appeal to match the scandalous subject matter. What I’d give to fill my wardrobe with some of these gowns!

Characters

If the storyline doesn’t impress you then the cast and characters will! The cast is so diverse and proves that diversity does work in period drama’s and I hope this paves the way for similar shows. I love these characters so much! And please don’t ask me to pick a favourite because I can’t, they’re all so different but interact effortlessly.

And then there’s the mysterious Lady Wistledown, who’s words can influence a characters place in society in a second. Just like Eloise, you’ll spend the entire series trying to figure out who this cryptic writer is but not to worry all will be revealed…

Relationships

The shows main focus is the blossoming relationship between Daphne and Simon, but that’s not the only relationship we get to witness. The show also focuses on the importance of family, with the family dynamics between the Bridgerton’s is one of my favourite things to watch, there’s an always a witty comment to be made or a teasing remark at the ready.

Soundtrack

The string quartet adaptation of some of pop’s biggest hits like Thank u, next by Ariana Grande, In My Blood by Shawn Mendes and Wildest Dreams by the queen Taylor Swift is pure brilliance and have been on repeat all week. Even writing this I’ve got the entire soundtrack playing in the background, and I’d give anything to be prancing around a ballroom in a stunning ballgown with my Prince Charming right now.

The Ultimate Binge Watch

As I’ve already mentioned I’m on my third re-watch of this show and I’m sure I’m not the only one who couldn’t resist a second or third viewing. This show is addictive, and after the events of episode one you won’t want to stop watching.

It’s A Book Series

If you loved the show then I highly recommend that you dive into the books because they are wonderfully witty and beautifully romantic reads and are even if I dare say so, better than the TV show! In total there are eight books, each book following a different Bridgerton child and their conquest in finding love and a suitable match. I’ve just finished book two and now I’m even more excited for season 2!

Series I Want to Finish in 2021

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

Bridgertons by Julia Quinn

The Duke and I | Julia Quinn | Author of Historical Romance Novels

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

The Witchlands by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard — Bayley Reads Books

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

The Aurora Cycle by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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

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

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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

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

Cursebreakers by Brigid Kemmerer

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

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

Arc of a Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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

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