April 2018 Recap

I’m going to be honest and admit that April was pretty much a massive write-off for me.

Granted it wasn’t all bad. Blogging and reading wise I’d say I had a great month, and there were even a few highlights in my day-to-day life, but overall this was the month I just wanted to hibernate and not get out of bed until May arrived. Still, looking on the bright side, my year can only go up from here on out.


Monthly Recaps - This Month

Books I Read

April Recap (1)

The Empress by S.J. Kincaid – Five stars
Check out my review here.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – Four stars
Check out my review here.

Lost Boy by Christina Henry – Five stars
Check out my review here.

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu – Four stars

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – Four stars

Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller – Five stars

From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon – Three stars

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody – Four stars

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – Five stars
Check out my review here.

Leah on the Offbeat – Four stars

Angelfall by Susan Ee – Four stars

World After by Susan Ee – Five stars

April This Month


I am still behind on my Goodreads Reading Challenge, but I’m catching up. I was playing around with the idea of lowering my goal but now I’m more confident that I can catch up and I can read 125 books before the end of 2018. I got through 12 books in April, so I’m aiming to get through the same amount next month.

April GR 2018 Reading Challenge

The best book I picked up in April was Lost Boy. Considering some of the other books I read this month, some of which were highly anticipated releases of mine for 2018, this is definitely a surprise but it was an incredible book. I love fairytale retellings but it’s rare I find a Peter Pan one I enjoy as much as I did this book.

Lost Boy

The worst book I picked up this month was From Twinkle, with Love. I still enjoyed it, I did end up rating it three stars after all, but I just had a few issues with Twinkle’s character and some of the things she did, and as this book was told from Twinkle’s POV it made it hard to move past that and enjoy the other parts of this story as much.

From Twinkle with Love


My WIP

I had planned to start re-writing my WIP this month, unfortunately due to the mess that was my April I never got around to actually writing anything.

What I did do was re-read my original draft from NaNoWriMo last year. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be and I actually found a few scenes and chapters I can use in my new draft, which I am hoping to start writing next month.

I also have a new direction for two of my characters, which makes this about the hundredth new direction some part of my WIP has gone in. Slowly, little by little, I am recognizing less and less of my WIP from the idea I had last November when I started NaNo but that’s part of the fun of writing right?


Life in General

Love, Simon was released in the UK at the beginning of April, so of course I rushed to the cinema to see it. Yes, it was as amazing as everyone has been saying it is, yes, I have already pre-ordered the DVD so I can watch it all over again, and yes, I would highly recommend it to everyone who hasn’t already seen it.

Love Simon

I also went to the midnight showing of Avengers: Infinity War with my friend the day it was released. It was an incredible film, but also shocking, heartbreaking, terrifying. I loved it, but why do we have to wait a whole year for the next one to be released?!

Infinity War

At the end of the month I went to Oxford for the day with my mum. We explored the city and saw some of the locations they filmed parts of the Harry Potter movies in, which was kind of exciting. Oxford is beautiful, and it also gave me another location for my Reading Around the World feature, so you have that to look forwards to at some point in the future.

April Recap (4)


Monthly Recaps - Book Haul

Sometimes when you’re having a bad month and feeling a little down the only answer is to buy books, which is what I ended up doing in April.

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Books

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There are some incredible books being released in May, and two I really really can’t wait for are Legendary by Stephanie Garber and A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas. However the release of the latter means I need to try and get around to The Assassin’s Blade and Tower of Dawn, which have been sitting on my bookshelves unread now for longer than I care to admit.

Legendary

TTT Sarah J Maas

I think May is going to end up being a quiet month for me. I don’t have a lot of plans and most of my money is going towards my big holiday this year which is coming up in June (not long to go now). So don’t expect a jam-packed May Recap from me at the end of next month.


I hope everyone else had a good April, and I hope you all have an even better May as well.

Are you surprised by how quickly this year has gone so far (how is May here already?!) or do you have exciting plans for the summer coming up that mean you want the year to go by even quicker? Let me know what book you brought this month, has anyone else read Circe yet?

Happy reading!

March 2018 Recap

Where is spring? Does anyone know because it sure as hell isn’t here in England.

After the insane weather we had at the end of February and March I cannot wait for summer and for the warmer weather to finally arrive, but will it ever arrive, who knows at this point? Another month has been and gone; and I officially started my new job, read and re-read some incredible books, and overall just had a pretty decent month.


Monthly Recaps - This Month

Books I Read

March Recap (1)

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor – Five stars
Check out my review here.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor – Five stars
Check out my review here.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Four stars
Check out my review here.

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Five stars
Check out my review here.

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Five stars

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian – Four stars

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid – Four stars

The Empress by S.J. Kincaid – Currently reading

March This Month


I am officially behind on my Goodreads Reading Challenge. Maybe 125 books was too ambitious. I’d fallen behind on my blogging and my reviewing so this month I let my reading fall in the wayside while I caught up. Still it’s only the end of March, I still have nine months to go to get back on track and now I’m caught up on my blogging I can catch up on reading again.

March GR 2018 Reading Challenge

The best book I picked up in February was – and this will come as no surprise considering how excited I was for its release during my February Recap post – Obsidio. It lived up to the hype I created for it in my head and had me on the edge of my seat. There was plenty from all my favourite characters, especially AIDAN, and all in all it was a perfect ending to the series.

Obsidio

The worst book I picked up this month was also Obsidio, because as amazing as it was the fact that it’s been released and I’ve read it means one of my all-time favourite series is now over. I have nothing left to come from the world or the characters I loved so much, there is nothing more Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff will be writing for this series.


My WIP

Am I on track to start re-writing my WIP now it’s nearly April? No. Am I going to start re-writing my WIP now it’s nearly April? Yes.

I’ve discovered that on its own planning and researching aren’t strengths of mine. The main reason is that my WIP changes so often once I start writing it, I go off on so many tangents, that half of my outlines and research notes are never used.

I have a solid-ish plan for the first ten chapters – which includes a plot outline and chapter-by-chapter breakdown, character names, world building notes, and plenty of aesthetics. After that, for chapter eleven onwards, I’m going to see where my story takes me and plan as I write. Based on the work I did for NaNo last November that’s where my strengths lie; editing and researching as I go along.


Life in General

There was a Winnie-the-Pooh exhibition at the V&A, and the second I saw it advertised I knew I had to go. Alongside Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland it was the Winnie-the-Pooh stories that defined my early childhood. The exhibition was amazing, going through the history of the author and his inspiration for the books, and how the stories have been developed throughout the years.

March Recap (2)

Every year I go to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London, and this year was no exception. No matter how many times I’ve been (and it’s been quite a few times now) there’s always something I love seeing and there’s nothing quite like seeing the doors open onto the Great Hall at the very beginning of the tour.

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I finally got around to seeing The Greatest Showman at the cinema, better late than never right? It was just as amazing as everyone told me it was, and the second I left the cinema I was on Amazon buying the soundtrack and pre-ordering the DVD.

The Greatest Showman

Other notable things that happened this month were that I started my new job – so I was very busy at work this month – brought a new car, and started baking again – unfortunately there are no photos to share with you yet, but come next month’s recap there will be pictures I can share of the yummy things I’ve made.


Monthly Recaps - Book Haul

More books were brought in March, and while not all of those books have been read yet I actually think my buying habits were pretty well controlled this month.

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Books


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Platform 9 3/4

  • Hufflepuff notebook
  • Hufflepuff socks
  • Ticket to Hogwarts
  • Hufflepuff lanyard
  • Hedwig keychain

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Harry Potter Studio Tour

  • Newt Scamander scarf
  • Exploding Bonbons
  • Chocolate wand

March Recap (7)

Fairy Loot


Monthly Recaps - Last Month

Book wise I don’t think there’s much I’m desperately excited for being released in April, Leah on the Offbeat being the one exception to that statement. We also have the Love, Simon movie coming out in the UK next month so I’ll be able to see the movie and read Becky Albertalli’s new release all in the same month. I am definitely going to get around to Children of Blood and Bone, but other than that my TBR list is a mystery for me(the life and trials of a mood reader).

March Next Month

Children of Blood and Bone

There is nothing worthy of noting here that I have planned for April, asides from a few birthdays coming up (so I need to get present shopping). However this may be a good thing because it gives me a chance to catch up on reading and get to grips with re-writing my WIP; wish me luck.


I hope everyone else had a good March, and I hope you all have an even better April as well.

Let me know what books you’ve read during the third month of the year, and if you’re holding out hope for warmer weather to arrive soon? Is April a quiet month for you like it seems to be for me, and what do people who’ve seen it think of the Love, Simon movie, no spoilers please?

Happy reading!

February 2018 Recap

(Let’s all pretend I’m posting this recap at the end of February rather than the beginning of March).

It’s cliché I know, I even started my first recap of the year with this, but where has the month gone?! February is the shortest month of the year and this year I could really tell because I’m struggling to think of what I did with myself over the last twenty-eight days. It was a bit of a mixed month for me, but overall there was more good than bad.


Monthly Recaps - This Month

Books I Read

February Recap (1)

Wires and Nerve: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer – Four stars
Check out my review here.

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman – Five stars
Check out my review here.

Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton – Five stars

Tales from Sand and Sea by Alwyn Hamilton – Four stars

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – Five stars
Check out my review here.

Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner – Four stars

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray – Five stars

The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green – Four stars

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – Five stars

Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor – Five stars

February This Month


Again (as of the end of February at least) I’m on track to complete my Goodreads Reading Challenge of 125 by the end of the year. However I’m thinking of lowering it. I don’t know if I can reach my goal and the thought of falling behind is giving me low-key anxiety issues. I’d rather lower my challenge to an amount I know I can read but still try to 125 books.

February GR 2018 Reading Challenge

The best book I picked up in February was really hard to narrow down. Last month I bemoaned how long it took me to finally have a five star read but this month there were a couple of outstanding and incredible books I got through. I think I’m going to have to go for Daughter of Smoke and Bone. This was a re-read for me but it was just as magical and enchanting the second time around as the first.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

The worst book I picked up this month was again another really hard choice because all the books I picked up were good. Tales from Sand and Sea was good, don’t get me wrong, but as a collection of short stories from the Rebel of the Sands trilogy I didn’t really have any expectations for it and all in all it was kind of forgettable compared to the other books I picked up.

Tales from Sand and Sea


My WIP

To everyone out there who knows how much of an epic procrastinator I am it’s probably going to come as no surprise when I say I’m still a little behind compared to where I wanted to be on my WIP. My original plan was to start writing in March but currently I am only halfway into my plan/research stages (it was the naming of my characters which has thrown me off schedule).

Now my plan is to finish my plot outline, finish naming all my characters (God help me), and finish expanding my world before starting the actual re-write of my WIP in April. Just in time for Camp NaNoWriMo (do you see what I did there).


Life in General

I splurged and had afternoon tea with my best friend in London. We’d waited months for a table for Cutter & Squidge’s Genie’s Cave Afternoon Tea to open up, but let me tell you it was well worth the wait. The food was incredible and we are definitely going back there again, they do different themes every few months and come summer there’s going to be something new.

February Recap (2)

I also made it to the Harry Potter History of Magic exhibition at the British Library, something else I’d waited months for. It was amazing, there was a different room for each class Harry had at Hogwarts filled with historical and cultural facts that J.K. Rowling had used to create the world.

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The Beast from the East (God I hate that name) hit the UK, and then Storm Emma came along afterwards bringing snow, snow, and even more snow to the UK. I know other countries out there have it worse than what we’ve had in the UK, but we’re a country that’s never prepared for extremes in weather, and it’s been horrible. It’s March and there’s supposed to be blossom on the trees but we still have snow on the ground.

Sorry, rant over.

February Recap (4)


Monthly Recaps - Book Haul

After January I seem to have hit the other extreme in book hauls and didn’t buy much in February, but wait until you see the books that will be in my March haul.

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Books


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Fairy Loot


Monthly Recaps - Last Month

OBSIDIO! OBSIDIO! OBSIDIO!

Obsidio

Can anyone guess what book I’m excited for this month? There are some incredible March releases but Obsidio is at the top of my every list, as soon as I have it in my hands I’ll be getting started on it. I’m also planning more re-reading; I want to finish the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series and in preparation for Obsidio I’m going to be picking up Illuminae and Gemina again as well.

February Next Month

I start my new job on Monday (I am both nervous and excited) so it may be a bit of a struggle at first juggling my increased workload with blogging but I have faith in my time management skills. I hope to end March on track when it comes to blogging and ready to start the re-write of my WIP.


I hope everyone else had a good February, and I hope you all have an even better March as well.

Let me know what books you’ve read during the second month of the year, and if you’ve found yourself wondering where this month has gone? Does anyone have any big plans for March, they don’t have to be blogging or reading plans, and who else is beyond excited for the release of Obsidio?

Happy reading!

January 2018 Recap

I’m going to try something new for my monthly recaps; instead of talking about the books I reviewed each month I’m going to feature the books I read, there will be an update on how my WIP is going, and some snapshots of my life in general.

I feel like I start most of my recaps this way, and I know a few other people have for this past month, but January is now finished so I have to put in this post my usual ‘how is January already over’ question. Seriously though, where did the last month go, does anyone know? Overall January was a great month for me, but more about that a little later in my recap.


Monthly Recaps - This Month

Books I Read

January Recap (1)

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert – Four stars
Check out my review here.

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr – Two stars
Check out my review here.

The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr – Two stars
Check out my review here.

The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven – Four stars

Furyborn by Claire Legrand – Four stars

La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman – Four stars

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo – Three stars

Iron Gold by Pierce Brown – Five stars

The Northern Lights by Philip Pullman – Four stars

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman – Five stars

January This Month


So far I’m on track to complete my Goodreads Reading Challenge of 125 by the end of the year. I’m hoping I manage to keep my current reading pace going, because I feel like at one point this year I am going to fall behind a little.

January GR 2018 Reading Challenge

The best book I picked up in January was, no surprise, Iron Gold. It was my first five star reading of the year and while it wasn’t as good as Morning Star it was a brilliant addition to my favourite series. I’m very excited that we’re getting the next book in the Red Rising Saga later this year because I can’t wait to see where things go for Darrow next.

Iron Gold

The worst book I picked up in January was The Truth and Lies of Ella Black. There were so many plot points in the story that made no sense, I hated the main character, and the relationship in this book was the worst case of insta-love I’ve ever read. The only thing I can say I enjoyed about The Truth and Lies of Ella Black was the setting.

The Truth and Lies of Ella Black


My WIP

So I fell a little behind when it comes to my WIP in January. I had planned to focus on research and re-planning everything, but I started off with naming my characters (all of my characters, because I have a tendency to call some of them UMC or UFC (Unnamed Male/Female Character)) and that turned out to be a big mistake.

I’m still hoping to start writing in March, it just means I need to get a lot more planning done in February. I’ve put the naming of my characters asides for one moment to focus on world building which is much more fun.


Life in General

At the end of last month (you may have noticed I went on a mini unplanned and unannounced hiatus) I went to Romania with my friend. We travelled through Bucharest, Brasov and all the way up to Bâlea Lake. We saw Bran Castle, Peles Castle, and froze most of our toes off staying overnight in the Ice Hotel. All in all a great way to start off the year.

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I went to launch party for the release of Alwyn Hamilton’s Hero at the Fall. I haven’t managed to get around to reading the book yet (I was flying to Romania the very next day) but it’s high on my to-read list for February.

January Recap (3)

I got promoted at work! I mentioned in my end of year recap that I’d gone for a new job and I found out at the end of the month (the same day as the Hero at the Fall launch party) that I was successful and I was being promoted.


Monthly Recaps - Book Haul

Christmas money from December means I brought a lot of books this month, I just couldn’t resist.

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Books


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Meraki Candles

  • Antari

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Fairy Loot


Monthly Recaps - Last Month

There’s not a lot being released this month; so my reading goals are going to be on getting around to some of the books I brought last month but haven’t picked up yet before my highly anticipated March releases are out. High on my list are Hero at the Fall and The Bear and the Nightingale, I also need to finish my reread of the His Dark Materials trilogy.

January Next Month

I want to try and end February being on track to complete my Goodreads Reading Challenge, and as well as blogging I need to research my WIP like I’ve never researched anything before and I want to start baking again.


I hope everyone else had a good January, and I hope you all have an even better February as well.

Let me know what books you’ve read during the first month of the year, and if you’ve been anywhere on holiday yet? Does anyone have any big plans, reading or otherwise, for February? And if anyone has advise on naming characters in their WIPs please share it with me.

Happy reading!

Looking Back at 2017: End of Year Recap

It’s the first day of 2018, so happy New Year everyone.

Has anyone made any New Year’s resolutions? I’ve made a few, some personal and some bookish, and I’m off to a good start but considering it’s only January 1st it would be bad if I wasn’t off to a good start.

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As today is first day of 2018 it seems kind of fitting to post my recap for 2017. Overall I had a pretty good year, but more about that later. For me 2017 was filled with good books and personal achievements I never actually thought I would manage to do, and now I’m hoping for the same in 2018.

Continue reading “Looking Back at 2017: End of Year Recap”

December Recap

It is nearly the end of the year so before I jump into my December Recap I just want to say that I hope everyone had a good 2017, and that you all have an even better 2018 filled with incredible books.

Compared to my November my December was pretty uneventful, with the exception of Christmas that is. However I did finally manage to get through a series that has been high priority on my TBR list for ages now (reviews to come in January) and I have started re-planning and re-researching my WIP as well.


Monthly Recaps - This Month

Books I Reviewed

December Recap '17, #1

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

So many people were raving about this book, both in the run up to and after its release, and after reading it I can see why. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is an incredible debut, I have so many theories on where the series will go so I desperately need the second book now.


All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

There were a fair few mixed reviews for All the Crooked Saints so, thinking I’d be let down, I went into it with lowered expectations. However after a slow start, which I’ve come to expect from the magical realism genre, I fell in love with this book and the characters I was introduced to.


The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

I’d had this book on my to-read list for ages before finally picking it up. I loved Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and I really enjoyed this one as well. The Upside of Unrequited is so much more than a typical YA contemporary book, Molly and her family made the story so much more.


ARC Review: Everless by Sara Holland

For a debut from Sara Holland Everless was a really good story. There were plenty of twists which didn’t feel cliché the way they sometimes can in YA fantasy books but it was the world building, the history and myths of Sempera, that made Everless such a stand-out read for me.

I received a copy of this book from BKMRK.


ARC Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

If I were to choose one book I reviewed this month that stood out miles apart from the rest it would be this one. Holly Black is an incredible author, definitely the queen of faerie stories, and The Cruel Prince is an incredible start to her new series leaving me desperate for the next book.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


ARC Review: The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart

Even though I didn’t really have any expectations for The Sacrifice Box before reading it I was still a little disappointed. There was a lot of potential but Stewart tried to cram too many stories in one book and it made the character development weak in places.

I received a copy of this book from Penguin Platform.


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit

Top Ten Favourite Books of 2017

Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings

Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2018


Monthly Recaps - Book Haul

Again I didn’t buy too many books this month, in fact asides from my Fairy Loot Box I didn’t ‘buy’ any books. For Christmas my sister brought me some incredible books, one of which I have been dying to get my hands on since it was released, and next month I’ll be spending my Christmas money (on books of course) so my January haul will be a little bigger.


December Recap '17, #2

Christmas Presents

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Check out my review here.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

The Book of Dust Volume One: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

December Recap '17, #3


December Recap '17, #4

Fairy Loot

Everless by Sara Holland
Check out my review here.


Monthly Recaps - Last Month

There are so many incredible books coming out in January, so many in fact that my bank account will hate me by the time February rolls around. You’d think that would make it hard to choose just one for my Next Month’s TBR list, but when it comes to new releases there is one book more than any other I can’t wait for, one that I will be starting the very second I have it in my hands.


Iron Gold

Iron Gold by Pierce Brown

They call him father, liberator, warlord, Reaper. But he feels a boy as he falls toward the pale blue planet, his armour red, his army vast, his heart heavy. It is the tenth year of war and the thirty-second of his life.

A decade ago, Darrow was the hero of the revolution he believed would break the chains of the Society. But the Rising has shattered everything: Instead of peace and freedom, it has brought endless war. Now he must risk everything he has fought for on one last desperate mission. Darrow still believes he can save everyone, but can he save himself?

And throughout the worlds, other destinies entwine with Darrow’s to change his fate forever: 

A young Red girl flees tragedy in her refugee camp and achieves for herself a new life she could never have imagined.

An ex-soldier broken by grief is forced to steal the most valuable thing in the galaxy—or pay with his life.

And Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile to the sovereign, wanders the stars with his mentor, Cassius, haunted by the loss of the world that Darrow transformed, and dreaming of what will rise from its ashes.

Red Rising was the story of the end of one universe, and Iron Gold is the story of the creation of a new one. Witness the beginning of a stunning new saga of tragedy and triumph from masterly New York Times bestselling author Pierce Brown.


Next month I can’t say I have too many plans. I’m just going to be trying to get back on track after December where blogging fell in the wayside so I could make time for Christmas shopping, and Christmas parties, and Christmas day. Monday I will be posting my End of Year Recap, which will be looking a little further into the future as well as back at the past year.

Happy reading everyone.

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

Bloomsbury

November Recap '17, #2

Waterstones


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.

October Recap and Announcement

October is nearly over (on a side note how are we now at November? Where has this year gone? Does anyone know?) and it may not seem like it given I took a mini hiatus but this was a pretty bust month for me. My days were filled with travel, work, reading and prep for NaNoWriMo.

Yes, once again I am taking part in NaNoWriMo (you can find my profile here in case you want to add me and share the stress of NaNo) and I’m keeping my fingers tightly crossed that this year I manage to read the 50K goal. I’m still not 100% sure how I’m going to manage both blogging and NaNo. It’s going to be a challenge to say the least and, this brings me onto my announcement, to  help there are going to be some small changes on my blog.

I will still be posting but now I’m going to be posting to a schedule. I will publish posts on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, as well as every other Friday. This does mean I will no longer be taking part in the Standalone Sunday or Waiting on Wednesday memes but I will be continuing with Top Ten Tuesday.


Monthly Recaps - This Month

Books I Reviewed

October Recap '17, #1

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

While I still really loved this book, and I’m definitely not comparing it to the film, I think there were a few things the film did better. Overall though Leigh Bardugo managed to write an amazing story with incredible characters.


Warcross by Marie Lu

Marie Lu is now one of my auto-add, auto-buy, auto-everything authors. Warcross was incredible, and while I saw one of the end twists coming the other completely shocked me and has left me desperate for the next book.


The Infernal Devices Trilogy

It took me a long time to get around to the trilogy, but it was definitely worth the wait though I am kicking myself for not picking it up sooner. Everyone has said how amazing the Infernal Devices are, and I 100% agree with them.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare


Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

This was one of my most anticipated releases of this year, and yes Wild Beauty more than lived up to my expectations. While my favourite of McLemore’s books is still When the Moon Was Ours, Wild Beauty was an incredible read.


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Bookish OTPs

Top Ten Books that Make Me Want to Bake

Top Ten Books Where the Title IS the Cover

Top Ten Things Needed for a Perfect Halloween to Yourself


Waiting on Wednesday

Winterfolk by Janel Kolby

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell


Standalone Sunday

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly


Monthly Recaps - Book Haul

Pretty decent month for book buying; most of these were pre-orders with one or two impulse purchases I just couldn’t resist. I ended up with a double copy of one book this month, but honestly it’s an incredible book and it won’t be the first I have more than one edition of. Just ask me how many copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone I own.


October Recap '17, #2

Waterstones

Amazon

Giveaway


October Recap '17, #3

Fairy Loot

October Recap '17, #4


Monthly Recaps - Last Month

Honestly it doesn’t seem like there’s a lot being released in November, not much I’m really excited for at least. I guess towards the end of the year book publishing companies slow down until the new year. I know for sure there are plenty of incredible books coming out in January I am so excited for.


The Becoming of Noah Shaw

The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin

In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.

Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.

They’re wrong.

Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.

He shouldn’t.

And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.

They’re right.


November is going to be an exciting month for two reasons; the first of which is NaNoWriMo, and the second is that in just over two weeks it is my two-year blogiversary. It’s hard to believe at times I’ve been blogging for nearly two years, feels like longer and shorter than that at times. I will be doing a giveaway so stay tuned for that.

Good luck to anyone else taking part in NaNo, and I hope everyone has an incredible November.

September Recap

September was pretty much all about the ARCs on this blog. Three of my highly anticipated reads  of the year were released and I was incredibly lucky to get an ARC for all three. Granted there were a few disappointments but reading would be boring without any variety, if you knew before going in that you were going to love every single book you picked up.

Just a quick announcement; I will be going on a mini-hiatus this month. On October 10th me and my sister will be travelling to Budapest and then on to Vienna, so I will be unable to post and likely unable to comment as well. This also means in October instead of posting one of my Reading Around the World features I will publishing two Postcard From posts about my holidays.


Monthly Recaps - This Month

Books I Reviewed

September Recap '17, #1

ARC Review: Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

This was incredible. After Nevernight I had high expectations for Godsgrave but this book completely blew them out the water. It was better than I ever expected, and better than the first book as well.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

When I read the blurb for The Loneliest Girl in the Universe I thought I knew what the story would be about, then I actually read the book and it went in another direction that had me hooked.


ARC Review: Invictus by Ryan Graudin

After discovering Ryan Graudin had not only another book being released but a time travel book at that, Invictus went to the top of my to-read list. Luckily I got an ARC for it at YALC, and luckily this book lived up to my expectations.

I received a copy of this book from BKMRK.


ARC Review: Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

While the concept for Beasts Made of Night was interesting, and the world building incredible, the story itself and the character development was a little disappointing. Still a good read but this was a book I’d hoped for more from.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher.


ARC Review: The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo

If I had to pick one book this month that was not only my most anticipated release but also my favourite read, it would be this one. I was beyond thrilled to get an ARC for The Language of Thorns, and of course I loved it. Though I expected nothing else from Leigh Bardugo and the Grishaverse.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


ARC Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Normally I’m not a big reader of horror, but between the fact that There’s Someone Inside Your House was written by Stephanie Perkins and that I’d seen it likened to Scream I thought ‘why not?’

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


ARC Review: The Fandom by Anna Day

Everyone, and I’m guilty of this myself, reads fantasy books and thinks of how incredible it would be to live within that world. The Fandom was an interesting story about why that could end up being very very dangerous.

I received a copy of this book from Chicken House.


ARC Review: All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry

This was a highly anticipated release of mine, simply because I love the magical realism genre. Unfortunately it ended up being my worst read of the month simply because I hated the main character.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

Before Moonrise I’d never read a book written in poetry before, but this was one I discovered at YALC and it sounded interesting. Moonrise ended up being an unexpected discovery but one I loved, and I’ll definitely be checking out more of Sarah Crossan’s releases.


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Books I Struggled to Get into but Ended up Loving

Top Ten Books I Read and Loved While at High School/Uni

Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR List

Top Ten Books that Feature … Characters


Waiting on Wednesday

Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Life, Love, and the List by Kasie West


Standalone Sunday

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde


Monthly Recaps - Book Haul

After my intense YALC books haul, and my aim to read as many of the books I already own but have yet to get to, I’ve been very good about resisting whim purchases. Granted it’s been hard because there are a couple of books I’ve seen which I really want, chances are you’ll see them in my October Recap, but all the books I brought this month were pre-orders that were finally released.


September Recap '17, #2

Waterstones

Amazon


September Recap '17, #3

Fairy Loot


Monthly Recaps - Last Month

There are some incredible books being released next month, a lot of them I cannot wait for, which made picking just one for my September Recap a challenge. In the end I settled on a book that is being released very soon (tomorrow) and that I have been so excited for for such a long time.


Wild Beauty

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Love grows such strange things.

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.


I got through a lot of ARCs last month, and while I discovered some incredible books, some of which have become favourite reads of mine this year, I’m looking forwards to being able to read the books I want to read rather than the books I need to read because their release date is coming up. My aim is to catch up on some of the books I own but have yet to read.

August Recap

August is over, and with it summer has come to an end though you wouldn’t know that if you were in the UK at the moment.

After YALC and everything else July brought with it August was a quiet month, giving me the time to get through plenty of books and to get started on the many I hauled at YALC. I reviewed eleven books this month, which is the most I’ve got through in a long while. They weren’t all amazing, but there were some exceptional ones.


Monthly Recaps - This Month

Books I Reviewed

August Recap '17, #1

Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories by Stephanie Perkins (Editor)

I felt really let down by Summer Days and Summer Nights. Despite being marketed as Twelve Love Stories the majority weren’t, and it made this more of a bittersweet read than sweet.


Wesley James Ruined my Life by Jennifer Honeybourn

This was another book I was really let down by. I really didn’t like the main character and couldn’t for the life of me get behind her motivations for wanting revenge against Wesley.


The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

After two disappointments this month The Last Magician was a brilliant read. What it lacked in action it made up for with incredible characters, and luckily there’s a second book in the works.


S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett

I picked this up at YALC because there was something about the cover that grabbed me, simple but eye-catching. This was a good book, but what made it exceptional for me was the ending.


ARC Review: Book of Fire by Michelle Kenney

This was a book I enjoyed. The concept was interesting and the individual characters well developed but there were too many downsides, namely the world building I couldn’t wrap my head around.

I received a copy of this book from YA HQ.


Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

I’d describe this book as contemporary with hints of magical realism, and an amazing read. Wing Jones was better than I expected, all thanks to the incredible development of Wing’s character.


Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Plenty of people have read and loved this book, so my hopes for Geekerella were high. I thought this was a cute read, with plenty of fandom and Cinderella references I loved discovering.


ARC Review: A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland

I thought this book would be a fun contemporary read, so I was surprised by the depth it had. A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares is probably my top book of this month, and definitely one of my favourite contemporary reads of the year.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


ARC Review: Fireblood by Elly Blake

After the hints that Fireblood would have a love triangle I was nervous about picking it up. While I feel like it suffered a little from ‘second book syndrome’ this was still a great read, even the love triangle aspect was well written.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


ARC Review: Tarnished City by Vic James

This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and Tarnished City more than lived up to my expectations. It took the series to a whole new level and I am so beyond excited for Bright Ruin.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


ARC Review: I am Traitor by Sif Sigmarsdóttir

While I had trouble connecting to the main character, and was a little confused by the format of the story, I am Traitor was definitely an addictive read. I always wanted to know what would happen next.

I received a copy of this book from BKMRK.


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Recommendations for …

Top Ten Books I’d Set as Part of my (Fictional) School Syllabus

Top Ten Hidden Gem Books in … Genre


Waiting on Wednesday

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir


Standalone Sunday

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury


Monthly Recaps - Book Haul

The biggest surprise of August was that I didn’t actually buy any books. It felt so strange knowing no Amazon packages would be arriving for me, walking out of Waterstones empty handed despite spending a good amount of time browsing the shelves. Then again I did overspend and overhaul at YALC last month so maybe this isn’t as much of a surprise as I thought.


August Recap '17, #2

#SFATW


August Recap '17, #3

Fairy Loot


Monthly Recaps - Last Month

There are so many highly anticipated books being released next month that it was a real struggle to just pick one for this part of my Monthly Recap. I manage it in the end and I think it’s almost fitting that last month I featured a book by Leigh Bardugo and this month it’s another book by Leigh Bardugo that made the cut.


The Language of Thorns

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.


August ended up being a month of ARC reads, and it seems September will be more of the same. I am steadily working my way through my YALC book haul so my Mid Year To-Read Goal is taking a bit of a backseat for now, but it’s safe to say all the books I have to read during September in between the ARCs are books I already own that I need to get through.