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January Book Haul!

Hi, everyone! It’s been awhile since my latest update but I am finally in place where I am able to write and get back into my routine.

One goal for 2019 was not to buy too many books and focus on my expanding TBR. However, this went through the window quite quickly! I found a lot of bargain books that people were selling on Instagram, AbeBooks and there were a few new releases that I wanted to get my hands on. However, this will be the biggest haul of the year. Well, I hope it will.

Here’s the list of the fourteen books I bought in January:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Puffins Classic)

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Furyborn by Claire LeGrand

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The Binding by Bridget Collins

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Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus

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Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas ( Waterstones Collector’s edition)

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

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These two books were on sale on kindle and I managed to get them for a very cheap price!

School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

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Scarlet and Ivy: The Lost Twin by Sophie Cleverly

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Lastly, I was given an advanced copy The Blood Prince by Josie Jaffrey in exchange for an honest review. If you follow me you know that I have been eagerly awaiting the third and final book in the Sovereign series. I can not wait to start reading. The Blood Prince will be released on February 20th.

I will be participating in the blog tour for this book and you can check out my review March 1st. For more information, follow me on Twitter. Links below.

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My Bookish Goals for 2019

Happy New Year!

I hope 2019 brings you everything you wish, happiness and health.

I never make New Year’s Resolutions for many reasons but the main one being; I find it hard to stick to them. However, I found that I wish to have goals for 2019. This is because there are many things I wish to achieve this year and now, that I have my yearly planner, I feel like I can do it.

So, here’s a list of bookish goals I wish to achieve in 2019.

  1. No TBR’s – for the most part of the year I want to read what I want without sticking to a schedule. I found myself getting into such a reading routine that it felt like a chore rather than it being for pleasure.
  2. Write more / Write my novel – I have had this idea for my novel inside my head since I was 13, that’s eight years! Yet, I have only ever written snippets and the first four chapters. However, after planning most of it this year, I am going to use 2019 to write my novel.
  3. Be more active on Blog / Instagram.
  4. Read at least three classics.
  5. Get my overall TBR down – I have at least 70 plus books that I haven’t read yet sitting on my shelves and I really want to get that down this year.
  6. Limit on how many books I buy – only sequels and 5 new releases.
  7. Read 80 books for my reading challenge.

This is all the bookish goals, targets or hopes that I have for 2019. I have other non-related goals such as lose weight, gain confidence, healthier eating. Yes, all of the traditional New Year Resolutions. However, I really do hope I will stick to them and will be tracking my progress monthly to make sure I am up to date.

Do you have any bookish goals for 2019?

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2018 Wrap Up: My favourite reads.

Hey everyone!

I’m back with my final update of 2018. It feels so surreal that 2018 has come to end already. Personally, so much has happened in 2018, that I still can’t fully comprehend on what has happened altogether. However, I have come out on top and feel much more confident in myself and my writing than I have ever been. Mostly, this is down to being a part of the book community and constantly being surrounded by bookish thoughts and ideas.

One of my best decisions of 2018 was to create this blog and I am so grateful for each one of you who read book reviews and other thoughts. I have managed to read a variety of novels and comics this year. My reading goal of 75 books read have been accomplished! I have currently 126/75 books read. I am hoping to finish two books that I am currently reading today so I can round the final total up to 128 books read in 2018.

I am currently reading Batgirl Volume 4: Wanted and Nightfilm by Marisha Pessl.

I’ve reached 500 followers on Twitter, almost 200 on Instagram and almost 150 on here. I’ll post my links down below. I couldn’t be happier and I am so grateful for everyone who has helped me get here. Thank you!

My Favourite 2018 reads:

This is not in chronological order. Also, I have probably forgotten a few books because I am useless. I tried to have a variety of books in this list and didn’t mention a full series of books because it wouldn’t be fair. I also haven’t read many new 2018 releases so not many will be on this list.

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

I feel like I have been waiting for this book for so long and it didn’t disappoint. It contained all of my favourite characters and explored my favourite relationships. It made me go on a dangerous adventure, broke my heart and made me feel all of the emotions. Cassandra Clare owns my heart.

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas

This year I read the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. It has quickly become one of my favourite series of all times. Any of the books in this series could have easily been on this list but I chose Kingdom of Ash. This was released this year and was the final book in the series. It was exceptional and had an incredible plot throughout. The ending was fantastic and thankfully, satisfying.

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Leah on the Offbeat is the sequel to Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. It’s a YA contemporary following Leah as she comes to terms with her bisexuality and feelings for one of her best friends. I adored this book! It gave me all the feels and it was fantastic to see the return of our beloved characters; Simon, Bram from the first book.

The Silver Queen by Josie Jaffrey

I adored this book and was another five star rating for me. Honestly, every book I’ve read by Josie has been five stars. The Silver Queen is the second novel in the Sovereign series. This book is filled with interesting characters, shocking twists and thrilling world. I can not wait to read the third book in this series!

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls is a heart breaking story centred around a young boy who’s mother is dying with cancer. It’s a story about grief, love and family. I cried so much reading this story but I loved every second of it. The writing and plot was beautiful.

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

This was one of my absolute favourites of the year! I loved Nic Stone’s writing style and how she changed the format of traditional prose to fit in with what was happening in the story. Again, this was another heart breaking read that is extremely relevant to our society today. I can’t express how much I enjoyed this book.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

Another Sarah J Maas book on this list. I read A Court of Thorns and Roses series before I began the Throne of Glass series. However, all of the books in this series is also incredible but I enjoyed A Court of Mist and Fury the most. It held so much character development, plot development and twists that I found myself unable to put the book down. This book really immersed me into the world. It was amazing!

The Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher

This is a children’s fantasy that I read recently and I fell in love with it. It was a super quick read that allowed me to completely jump into Victorian Wales and get lost in Seren’s adventure.

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

Empire of Sand was a book that pleasantly surprised me. I knew I would enjoy it but I didn’t think I would love it as much as I did. It’s a captivating Mughal Indian inspired fantasy that follows a young girl, Mehr. This novel was filled with magic, adventure and an unexpected romance. I cannot wait to see what the sequel has in store.

Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

Nevermoor is a children’s fantasy that follows Morrigan Crow. From the first page I was hooked into the magical world. I fell in love with the characters and the world. Amazing! It is definitely worth the hype.

These are my favourite reads of 2018, what were yours?

Thank you for reading!

I will be posting my goals for 2019 on Wednesday.

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25inFive Readathon – Did I do it?

As you all know I recently took part in the 25inFive readathon on Instagram. A readathon which took place between 13th- 17th December. The main goal of the readathon is to read for a total of 25 hours over the space of five days.

If you haven’t seen this post check out the TBR I had given myself here: My First Readathon TBR! You can also find the links to the 25inFive pages on that post.

25inFive was my first readathon and I thought it would be a fairly simple challenge to get myself started into the world of readathons. However, I was wrong, very wrong. I found it extremely hard to read for the five hours a day because I was feeling quite tired and was doing my assessments for university as well. There didn’t seem to be enough time in the day! I kept forgetting to set my timer and keep track of how much time I spent reading. So, it didn’t go as well as planned.

However, I did get a lot of reading done!

I finished Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare. This was my most anticipated read of 2018 and it did not disappoint! It was filled with everything I love about the Shadowhunter books and was a wonderful end to The Dark Artifices trilogy. I don’t want to say anything else as this a third book in the series and I don’t want to give spoilers. I rated it 5/5 stars.

The next book I read from my TBR was The Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher. This is a children’s fantasy novel set in Wales. Young Seren Rees is an orphan, waiting at Victorian Station, when she is left with a mysterious parcel by frightened stranger.

This was a truly enchanting Christmas read that I rated 5/5 stars. It was so quick to read and highly mysterious. I highly recommend it!

Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell was also on my TBR. This was a short read filled with two festive stories and cute illustrations. I love Rainbow Rowell’s writing and these stories made me realise how much I need to read the rest of her books. This was an easy 5/5 stars as well.

Sticking to my TBR, the next book I read was Gaslight by Eloise Williams. This was a dark and thrilling novel set in 1899, Cardiff. It followed a young girl, Nansi, as she tries to find her mother after they were separated in accident that Nansi can’t remember. This was another enjoyable read which I rated 4/5 stars.

I then read Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend. Nevermoor is a middle grade fantasy that has gained a lot of following and hype recently. It follows Morrigan Crow, a cursed child, who was destined to die on her 11th birthday until she is swept away to the magical land of Nevermoor by Jupiter North.

I loved this book. I wanted to be part of the world and the magic. I read it so quickly because it’s hard not to get lost in it. It’s amazing! I highly recommend this novel as it definitely worth the hype. I rated it 5/5 stars.

The last book I read over the readathon was A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Originally, this was not on my TBR for the readathon but I fancied a Christmas read and picked this up.

Despite reading quite a lot of books over the course of the readathon, I only read for twenty hours. However, considering everything else I had going on, I am very pleased with that result for my first readathon.

Thanks for reading!

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December TBR- Why I’m not making one.

Usually, I write and make myself a list for every month. I find that I get so many books read that way if I stick to a plan. However, it’s officially December and there’s a lot of books I would love to read before the end of the year that it’s almost impossible to get around to them all. Also, December is going to be a big month for me. It’s Christmas, I have assignments to write and I’m going away for the weekend as well.

So, it’s for these reasons why I won’t be setting myself a TBR for this month. I don’t want the pressure of setting myself a TBR and trying to read the books around such a busy period. I’ve reached my Goodreads goal already and currently way past it. I think this month I’m just going to allow myself to enjoy and choose whatever books that I want to read. I’m actually really excited to do this and see how much reading I get done.

The only book I have as a priority is Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare. I feel like I’ve been waiting for this book for a lifetime!

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My Week in Reading

I’m back with another weekly update on what I’ve been reading this week. Firstly, I finished the audiobook Sadie by Courtney Summers. This was such a thrilling fact paced story that had me constantly on the edge of my seat. The full cast narrative brought the story to life that I felt I was listening to a true crime podcast, which some of the novel is, rather than listening to a novel. It’s was incredible and the ending left me speechless. I rated it 4/5 stars.

The next book that I finished was Tower of Dawn, the last but one novel in the amazing Throne of Glass series. I can’t say too much about this novel due to spoilers but I really enjoyed it. I loved the introduction of the setting and new characters, the story that slowly unravelled throughout the novel. It set up a very interesting beginning for the final book in the series, Kingdom of Ash. I rated Tower of Dawn 4/5 stars.

Lastly, for the majority of this week I’ve been reading Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas. Ah, I feel so emotions! I’ve completely binged read this series and to finally reach the climax of this series is bittersweet. I’ve loved this book so far, it’s filled with drama, tension, action, excellent plot, romance and everything I love about this world. There’s multiple perspectives so I get to read more of my favourite characters once more but it’s not confusing and doesn’t over complicate the story. I’m currently 82% the way through the story and determined to finish it this afternoon. I’m definitely predicting a 5 star read! Once I’ve read the whole series I’ll be posting a spoiler free series review of sorts on here.

What have you been reading this week?

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November Wrap Up – 16 Books Read!

Another month gone, another monthly wrap up to post.

November was a good reading month for me. I read a total of sixteen books and I’m not sure how that happened. I won’t be posting little reviews attached to the books because I write them in my weekly reading update.

The books I read this month were The Silver Queen by Josie Jaffrey, Fawkes by Nadine Brandes, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Empire of Storms and Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas. These were all the physical books I read this month. I think my favourites out of these were The Silver Queen and Empire of Storms. However, most of these were five star ratings for me.

I listened to a few audiobooks this month, mostly books that I had to read for class. So, I listened to Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, Gaudy Night by Dorothy L.Sayers, The Night’s Watch by Sarah Waters and Sadie by Courtney Summers. My favourite audiobook was definitely Sadie. I loved the story along with the full cast narration of the audiobook. It was fantastic!

On my kindle I read Ms.Marvel Volume 2, Outside by Sarah Ann Juckes, The Walking Dead Volume 1, Flight of Broken Wings by Nupur Chowdhury, Giant Days, Volume 3, Through Blood, Through Fire by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman and Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri. My favourites of these were definitely Outside and Empire of Sand.

Overall, I had a fantastic reading month once again. I’m so pleased with how I’m reading. I also read so many new favourites this month!

What was your favourite read this month?

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My Week in Reading

I’m here with another weekly update on my reading progress. This week has been a hard week and I was also away on the weekend. I had a lot of work to do for class and also, I’m very ill right now. So, I haven’t been reading the amounts I usually read. In fact, I only have three books to talk about today. One I finished this morning and the other I’m currently reading.

Firstly, I read Through Blood, Through Fire by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman. This is the eight novella in the Ghosts of the Shadowmarket series. I’m not sure if it is the last one in the series or if there’s two more.

Through Blood, Through Fire follows Jem and Tessa as they find the Lost Herondale before someone else can. I really loved this novella. I’m always up for reading about Tessa and Jem. Also, the embedded narrative of Rosemary was heartbreaking. I would give anything to read a book on her sorry. I rated this novella 4/5 stars.

Next, I spent the week reading The Night Watch by Sarah Waters. I read 60% of this book physically but found I was losing concentration so then switched to the audiobook. I had to read this book for class. The Night Watch begins in 1947 and ends in 1941, following four characters; Kay, Helen, Viv and Duncan. I did enjoy this book but I didn’t love it. So, I rated it 3/5 stars.

The book that I am currently reading is Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri. I placed a request for this book on NetGalley months ago and thankfully, my request was approved on the day of its release; 15th November. It was also archived on that date too. I’m incredibly grateful to have been given this opportunity to read this book.

Empire of Sand is a Mughal-India inspired fantasy where Mehr, a nobleman’s daughter is forced to marry and obey the Emperor. She must use her powers to try and use the Gods to work against his agenda. I’m currently 66% through this novel and absolutely loving it! It’s taken me so long to read due to me being ill. I love the world, the magic, the characters. It’s such an exciting read! I will be posting my full review this week on Thursday. So, keep an eye out for that!

What have you read this week?

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September TBR

Another month, another chance to get through my massive TBR pile. It’s ridiculous at this point!

I really struggled picking books for my TBR this month. There’s just so many I want to read but I know I won’t have much time to do so. I start back at University and my main priority will be the reading list for my classes and my work.

One of the main books I want to read this month is the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. After being a huge fan of her A Court of Thorns and Roses series I’m eager to read more of her books. I also want to read this before the last book Kingdom of Ash is released in October. I don’t own of the series yet but I’m hoping, possibly, to get them throughout this month. If not, next month. I will be reading Throne of Glass and The Assassin’s Blade this month as I already own them.

Another book I will be reading is A Bargain of Silver by Josie Jaffrey. The first book in her Solis Invicti series. I’m a huge fan of the sequel series, The Gilded King, so I can’t wait to start the original series.

I also want to read Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken. This is the second book in The Darkest Minds series and I’ve been dying to read it after the heart breaking ending in the first book.

Other books I want to read is Crazy Rich Asians before the film is released. I have only got the first two books in the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy. Hopefully, I will be able to get the last book this month so I can read the series all in one go. Dear Martin by Nic Stone and Vicious by Victoria Schwab are the last two books on my TBR.

I can’t wait to get reading. What’s on your list?

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The Other Side by Justin Jay Gladstone Book Review

The Other Side was sent to me in exchange for an honest review. I was so kindly sent the limited edition of this book which included The Other Side whilst also implanting the companion book, Equilibrium and Chaos.  I loved having this edition of the book because it brought the story together with the rules of the other side and illustrations in chronological order with the book. The images were incredibly useful in reinforcing the rules and ideas of the novel. They suited well with the tone of the novel.

What initially drew me into this book was the concept. The possibility of a parallel universe to our own where everything about ourselves were opposite. I loved the idea. It’s original and a truly fascinating idea that was well thought out and considered throughout the novel. The structure of the other side with it’s rules and how the characters are different in the Other demonstrate how much hard work Gladstone put into the novel and into creating these ideas. I loved how the other side worked and constantly found myself wondering what my Other would be like. It was so intriguing!

Another element of this novel was how it seemed to embody a lot of genres but make it work. There’s subtle hints of a suspenseful thriller whilst also being an engaging science fiction story. The book also addressed a lot of important themes; manipulation, family, friends, mental illness, power, exploitation, addiction and rape.

However, the novel wasn’t too heavy with these topics. Instead, there was humour in the right places to help ease the tension in the novel and not make it such a hard read.  There was a perfect balance between the two.

I found myself quickly getting attached to the characters and their lives. Their relationships were so different from each other that it always made it interesting to seem them interact. Also, I’ve never felt so much sympathy for a main character before. Leon had been wronged and manipulated by the people he trusted and I found myself wanting to put everything right for him. Gladstone definitely creates a wonderful set of characters that you can help but root for in all the turmoil that they are facing.

I am so glad I read this novel. I loved the fast pacing, the concept, the characters. Well, everything about it. I read the majority of it in one setting because it just kept sparking my curiosity about this other world. It’s so intriguing and thought provoking in a way I wasn’t expecting as well. The novel also has QR codes which you can use to interact with the story on your phone!

I can’t wait to see how this story unfolds and what happens to the characters of both worlds.

Go check out this book!

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