November Recap

If I had to pick one month of this year so far that I could say was my favourite month of 2017, November would win. Granted we haven’t had December yet, and given that that’s the month that has Christmas in it November is going to have some heavy competition.

Still this month I not only took part in NaNoWriMo but actually won, for the first time ever, but I got to see Sarah J. Maas in London as part of her Tower of Dawn book tour. Then there were just plenty of other little things that made November incredible.

Monthly Recaps - This Month

Books I Reviewed

November Recap '17, #1

ARC Review: Blackbird by N.D. Gomes

While Blackbird felt darker than most of the thrillers I’ve picked up before it was a great book. It not only made me want to check out more of N.D. Gomes’s books – I’ve already added Dear Charlie to my TBR list – but more of the YA thriller genre.

I received a copy of this book from YA HQ.

ARC Review: The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

At the moment The City of Brass is competing with A Conjuring of Light for my top read of 2017, that’s how incredible I found this book. I’m not going to go into all the reasons I loved the story here, you can check out my review for that, all I’m going to say is that I would recommend The City of Brass to everyone.

I received a copy of this book from YA HQ.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

I am a huge fan of Adam Silvera’s books and They Both Die at the End is, in my opinion, the very best he’s written to date. It completely broke my heart, which is to be expected from Adam Silvera I think, but it made me think as well and it was a story that stayed with me for a long time.

The Young Elites Trilogy

After reading and loving Marie Lu’s other books I bumped The Young Elites trilogy to the top of my to-read list. While I thought this was a good series it wasn’t as good as I’d hoped, Adelina’s character development exceptional but unfortunately the plot wasn’t given that same level of development.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

The Rose Society by Marie Lu

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

Top Ten Tuesday

Five Characters who Have Made Great Leaders and Five Characters who Wouldn’t Make Great Leaders

Top Ten Reading Recommendations for my Cousin Through the Years

Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For

Top Ten Books on my Winter TBR List

Monthly Recaps - Book Haul

If you look at the number of books I brought this month it’s really not that many, but my book haul for November is a case of quality over quantity because this is the most money I have ever spent on books in one month, like ever. I haven’t put myself on a book buying ban, because I am terrible at sticking to them, but for the next few months I am on a strict budget down to the penny.

November Recap '17, #3


November Recap '17, #2


November Recap '17, #4

Fairy Loot

November Recap '17, #5

Meraki Candles

  • The Bone Season Sampler

Monthly Recaps - Last Month

There’s nothing being released next month I’m excited for. I’m not too sure why, maybe it’s just because it’s the last month of the year, but I feel like there are never many books released in December. Instead, for this section of my monthly recap, I am featuring a book that I am excited to get around to, and that I am definitely, 100% going to have read before 2017 is over.

Morning Star

Morning Star by Pierce Brown

#1 New York Times bestseller. Red Rising thrilled readers and announced the presence of a talented new author. Golden Son changed the game and took the story of Darrow to the next level. Now comes the exhilarating conclusion to the Red Rising Trilogy: Morning Star.

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

Finally, the time has come.

But devotion to honour and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied—and too glorious to surrender.

Next month is going to be more of the same for me. I’m going to use December to catch up on some of the books and reviews that have been put on the backburner while I was taking part in NaNoWriMo, and of course I’m getting ready for Christmas. I have some potential exciting new plans for 2018, but more news on that next year.

Happy reading everyone.

November Recap

A lot happened this November for me, and I’m not just counting the amazing books I got through either. I reached my one year blogiversary and am hosting my first ever giveaway on this blog, I travelled to Copenhagen for a weekend getaway, and I’ve even started my Christmas shopping, though I’m nowhere near to being finished.

I finally got around to some of my most anticipated releases for this year, a couple of books everyone seemed to be raving about, and even the odd impulse pick up which I still ended up loving. All in all I’m counting November as a successful reading month.


Books I Reviewed


Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

This was the first of my most anticipated releases I got around to this month and now I’ve finished it I can say it’s going to turn out to be one of my best reads of 2016 as well. Crooked Kingdom was the perfect end to a wonderful duology.

Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

Another eagerly anticipated release of mine and another book that completely exceeded all my expectations. As wonderful as this book was though it had still broken my heart by the end.

Replica by Lauren Oliver

I heard so much about this book in the run up to its release, and the main thing people were highlighting was the unique format the story was told in. I read Lyra then Gemma, but one day I may go back and read alternating chapters instead.

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

What drew me to this book was the world building. In every review I read people were praising it and based on the way it was describe I knew I had to pick up Labyrinth Lost as soon as possible.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

This is a wonderful and moving story that explores what happens to the children who travel to magical and fantastical lands only to wind up home again, lost in a place they should feel familiar in.

The Next Together Series

I loved the concept of this series, and reading both books together creates an amazing story, but on its own there weren’t enough answers in The Next Together for it to stand on its own without being really confusing.

The Next Together by Lauren James

The Last Beginning by Lauren James

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Books to Read if Your Book Club Likes …

Top Ten Books I Want to Read Before the End of the Year

Top Ten All Time Favorite Movies

Top Five Reasons I am Thankful I Started Reading and Top Five Reasons I am Thankful I Started Blogging

Top Ten Gift Ideas for Book Lovers

Waiting on Wednesday

Now I Rise by Kiersten White

A Million Junes by Emily Henry

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen


Miracle of miracles I actually stuck to my book buying ban this month, almost. Given that it’s nearly Christmas I need to save my money for Christmas presents and save any books I want to buy for my family and friends who will be buying presents for me. Obviously I got the November Fairy Loot box as well but I’m not giving up my subscription any time soon.




Fairy Loot


There are a lot of books on my to-read list for the end of this year, and I doubt I’m going to get around to all of them, but the Mara Dyer trilogy and the Half Bad trilogy are at the top of my list. My True Love Gave to Me I’ve had for a while but it just seems like the perfect Christmas read.


The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger. She wakes from a coma in hospital with no memory of how she got there or of the bizarre accident that caused the deaths of her best friends and her boyfriend, yet left her mysteriously unharmed. The doctors suggest that starting over in a new city, a new school, would be good for her and just to let the memories gradually come back on their own.

But Mara’s new start is anything but comforting. She sees the faces of her dead friends everywhere, and when she suddenly begins to see other people’s deaths right before they happen, Mara wonders whether she’s going crazy! And if dealing with all this wasn’t enough, Noah Shaw, the most beautiful boy she has ever seen can’t seem to leave her alone…but as her life unravels around her, Mara can’t help but wonder if Noah has another agenda altogether…

Half Bad by Sally Green

Wanted by no one.
Hunted by everyone.

Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

Half Bad is an international sensation and the start of a brilliant trilogy: a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive.

My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins

If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favourite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year’s there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cosy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.

Is anyone excited for Christmas next month? Can you believe how fast it’s come around as well? I know this is going to sound really cliché but honestly it still feels like it should be September/October time, where has this year gone?

Also to celebrate reaching my one year blogiversary I am hosting a giveaway and Q&A. The chance to enter and ask me any questions ends tonight at midnight GMT. For more information you can check out my original post here.

November and December Recap

After only posting for two weeks during November I put off doing an end of the month recap and decided to combine November and December into one end of the year recap.

I read a lot of books this year, exceeding my Goodreads challenge of 200 books. While I didn’t make as much of a dent as I’d hoped in my to-read list I did get through some amazing books and discovered a lot of new authors.


December Recap, #1

December Recap, #2

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

There was a lot of hype surrounding this book, and when I finally got around to reading it I could easily see why. The plot was brilliant and so were the characters but it was the format, layout and graphics that really set this book out from the rest. I’d highly recommend Illuminae to anyone and everyone.

The Lunar Chronicles

Marissa Meyer has become one of my all-time favourite authors. The Lunar Chronicles is possibly some of the best sci-fi books I’ve ever read. From the very first book, which introduced us to Cinder and set up the world, to the long-awaited last book in the series, which brings about Cinder’s revolution on Luna and the end of her journey, I don’t think there was a single aspect of this series I didn’t enjoy.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Winter by Marissa Meyer

December Recap, #3

Starbound Series

Between the Starbound series and The Lunar Chronicles I have been converted to a sci-fi fan. I read all three books of this trilogy this year but it still felt like a really long wait for the last book in the series. While each focuses on a different planet and a different couple their stories all weave together into one overall arc, and all the small connections that you may not notice at first are wonderfully written and put together.

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Soundless by Richelle Mead

I wasn’t a fan of Soundless, and looking at the reviews on Goodreads I don’t think many people where. It’s a shame because I have loved pretty much all of Richelle Mead’s other series, I just felt the development of the plot, the characters, and the world in Soundless was lacking.

December Recap, #4

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

It took me ages to finally get around to reading this book, it was the one book on my to-read list i actually got around to this year, but once I was finished all I could think was; ‘why didn’t I read this sooner?’ Fangirl is a brilliant coming of age novel that, in my opinion, everyone should read at least once.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

If I had to pick one favourite book of 2015, well it would be between Carry On and Winter. Carry On takes the story of Simon Snow introduced in Fangirl and expands it into a full length novel. After reading this book and Fangirl Rainbow Rowell has become one of my new favourite authors, and I have more of her books on my to-read list for 2016.

December Recap, #5

The Bone Season Series

After a lot of my favourite series finished in 2015 The Bone Season has filled the gap left behind. There is nothing I can fault with this series, except maybe the fact that I have such a long wait for the next book in the series. The plot is fast-paced and interesting, the characters are well-developed and fleshed out, and the romance feels real and doesn’t overshadow the storyline.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Fairytale retellings are probably my favourite subgenre of YA novels. I will read anything that has even a hint of fairy tales in it. Starting The Wrath and the Dawn I had only the barest of knowledge of the Shahrzad myth but I loved this story. Everything was so artfully written and I am incredibly excited for the second, and last, book in the duology.

Top Ten Tuesday

I took part in five Top Ten Tuesday topics over the course of November and December.

Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In the Past Year or So

Top Ten 2016 Debut Novels I’m Looking Forwards To

New-To-Me Favourite Authors I Read For the First Time In 2015

Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016

Waiting on Wednesday

I featured seven books as part of the Waiting on Wednesday tag.

Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

Waging War by April White

Remembrance by Meg Cabot

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

Waiting on Wednesday #1

Anyway, as it is still December here in the UK I hope everyone has a great new year and a brilliant start to 2016. Does anyone have any New Year’s resolutions they’re going to try and keep?