December & January Book Haul

Okay guys, I don’t know if anyone noticed but until December, I was in a really bad reading slump. I was still reading, don’t get me wrong but it felt like a chore, I had to make myself read before bed or I wouldn’t have read anything. I barely bought any books last year at all, I don’t know what was wrong with me. However, December hit and the reading slump vanished, I was excited to read again, I saw so many books that I wanted to buy and I felt inspired and refreshed. Ready to read so many new books and dabble into some new genre territory. Because of this new passion for reading, I ended up buying a lot of books, which is unusual for me anyway because we’re saving for a house so my money is a bit tight at the moment and every spare penny is getting funnelled into my Save To Buy ISA. Without further ado, here is my very first ever book haul on the blog (I think).

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August – Claire North = I’ve wanted to read this since Regan (Peruse Project) reviewed it on her YouTube Channel. I didn’t want it that much to justify buying it full price, however I found it recently for £2 in my local British Heart Foundation and picked it up. Who doesn’t love a pre-loved book bargain? I am hoping to get around to this book so, but we all know that I suck at sticking to any form of TBR pile.

Tower Of Dawn – Sarah J Maas = Of course I would pick this up almost as soon as it came out. I went to my local independent book store, Main Street Trading Company to order the book in between Christmas and New Year. The staff were so friendly and it felt so good to be supporting my local book shop! I’ve already read this book and loved it, I might even right a book review of it soon, I’m not 100% sure.

And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie = I watched the tv adaptation with my sister last year (or the year before?) and I loved it. When I got a book voucher for my birthday I knew I had to pick this up and I went to Waterstones and got it. I am really looking forward to reading it, it’ll be my first Agatha Christie novel and I’m sure that it won’t be my last one.

Nevernight – Jay Kristoff = This is a book I’ve been meaning to pick up after hearing Catriona (LittleBookOwl) raving about it, multiple times on her YouTube channel. I’ve honestly got very little idea what the book is about, however, I do have very high expectations about it. It was a bargain on Amazon when I got it, £1.99 for the kindle book!

The Raven Boys- Maggie Stievwater = This was my January Audible credit, after hearing so many things about this series again recently. I’ve not listened to it yet, but I think it might be the next book to accompany me on my commutes to and from work.

The Republic of Thieves – Scott Lynch = My December Audible credit, as I have been working my way through the series, I thought I’d use my monthly credit to purchase the next instalment and see what Locke and Jean are getting up to.

Assassin’s Apprentice – Robin Hobb = So many people have recommended this book series to me and I finally decided to see what all the hype is about the books. I’ve no idea what the premise of the book is, so I shall be going in blind but sometimes I think that that is the best way to read fantasy novels anyway.

Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor = This is another book that I’ve heard LittleBookOwl going on about on her YouTube channels recently and it’s got such hype surrounding it on BookTube. I am definitely, definitely getting round to reading this as soon as I have finished my current read.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor = this is another book that I am super late to pick up after the hype surrounding these books years ago. I’ve heard so many good things about it, I just couldn’t justify buying them when I was a student. However, I saw this first instalment in Waterstones and I was transported back to watching everyone rave about the series on youtube and had to get it.

Have you read any of the books included in this haul? Any books you would recommend to pick up soon, included in this haul or not?



Ten Books I want to read in 2018

Guys, I am using this year as the excuse that I need to cut my TBR pile down to a minimum. It’s getting out of hand and it’s ridiculous the amount of books I’ve accumulated across the years. I want to read as many of my books on my TBR list and also buy a very limited amount of books. I reckon that I will try to read three books for every book that I buy this year and hopefully that will be me well on my way to reducing my GINORMOUS TBR pile. Also, watch this space for many book unhauls this year, because I am planning on getting rid of books as I read them if I am not planning of ever picking them up again. I will be doing a few posts on the books that I am getting rid of, and I’ve already got a couple of books saved away for these posts and then they’ll be off to the charity shop to be loved and read by someone else. However, without further ado, here are the books that I most want to read and get off my TBR list!

The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson:It’s embarrassing how long I’ve had this book on my tbr list and I’ve picked it up a few times, started it, read a couple of chapters and then put it down for a new release. Every time without fail. NOT THIS YEAR!

If You’re Lucky – Yvonne Prinz: I was given this book for review from Netgalley in 2015 and I’ve still never gotten around to reading it, let alone reviewing it! How bad is that? Sorry Netgalley!

Anne of Green Gables – L.M Montgomery: I’ve no idea why on earth I have never read this book, I have it’s sequel too but I’ve never read it. It’s my auntie’s favourite book and she always asks me if I’ve read it yet but it’s never happened yet.

Made In America – Bill Bryson: I seem to read one Bill Bryson book per year for some reason, so seeing as I’ve owned this book for 5 years, I should probably make this one my next read and finally knock it off the TBR list.

Chinese Cinderella – Adeline Yen Mah: One of my most trusted and bookish friends recommended that I read this book whilst we were at Uni and seeing as I graduated almost three years ago, I should probably get round to reading this sooner rather than later.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green: I’m not a huge John Green fan, so I’ve been putting off reading this book for quite a long time. I should stop putting it off and just read it. I’ve probably made the situation worse in my head, but I just don’t like his writing….maybe I should just unhaul without reading?

Room – Emma Donoghue: Does a reread count? I’ve not reread this book since I got Goodreads back in 2012, so it’s been sitting unread on my to-read shelf for a long time and I want to finally get around to picking it up again. Fingers crossed it’s as good as I remember!

Before I Go To Sleep –  S.J Watson: Again, I’ve picked this book up numerous times and something newer always comes along and I lose interest. 2018 is the year to fix this!

Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein: We all know how much I love WW2 historical fiction so why is this still on my TBR pile? Even I can’t answer this question. I think this might be my next read.

Mischling – Affinity Konar: I purchased this book entire off of Goodreads recommendations and I’ve barely even thought about it since I’ve picked it up. I think it’s because it’s a kindle book and I always look at my physical shelves when picking my next book. Too many books to chose from, so little time to read at the moment.

What are the books you’re aiming to read this year? Have you got a TBR pile as big as mine?



Lucy’s Book Club for the Lost and Found – Emma Davies

*I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I’m honestly not sure what I think of this book, I’ve been thinking about what to say about this book for a couple of days and I’m still not sure what I would rate it. A 3.5 stars?

Overall, I enjoyed this book, I just found it lacking in something I can’t quite put my finger on. I found it easy to read but not a book that I was eager to read when I put it down. It just lacked a bit of oomph and attraction that just wasn’t there for me. It wasn’t as feel-good and enjoyable as I think the storyline could have been.

The one thing that I can put my finger on that put me off this book was the relationship between Jasper and Lia. He was such an arrogant person as soon as he walked into the story and his character just bugged me the whole time. There is one bit about the relationship that particularly bugged me *spoiler* and that’s when she’s scared he’s going to get mad for wanting to be alone after her mother’s death. She was expecting him to “rage” when she asked him to leave and that’s not a healthy relationship!

Also, Hattie just gives Jasper Lia’s address after Lia has already said she didn’t like his attitude when the first met. Like really? I’d be so annoyed if one of my friends gave out my address to an almost stranger after he’d been rude on the first meeting.

I didn’t hate the book, I think I was expecting more from the book that I should have. I haven’t read an Emma Davies book before and I can’t say that after reading this one that I’ll pick up another one of her books anytime soon.

Top Five Books I Read in 2017

Instead of doing my usual yearly wrap up, I thought I would share with you the top five books that I read this year. How is 2017 almost over? I’ve still got one book to read before I’ve completed my Goodreads challenge but I’m sure I can get another book in the bag before the year is out.

Talking As Fast As I Can – Lauren Graham

I blooming loved this book so much I cannot explain. I loved the Gilmore Girls growing up and I still watch them from time to time now. Of course when I heard about her bringing out a book telling about her time recording the Gilmore Girls and the revival, I had to get it on Audiobook. Highly, highly recommend this book, especially as an audiobook!

Perfect – Cecelia Ahern

I was so excited when I heard that the second instalment in the Flawed Series was coming out. I jumped at the chance to get this book on Netgalley and I was so glad that I did. It’s such a great concept, and I think it’s so appropriate in the current political climate. Definitely recommend picking up the series!

A Court of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J Maas

Where do I even start with this series? GO AND READ IT FOR YOURSELF! I cannot rate this series highly enough and there is nothing that I can say that will make this series any more interesting to you than if you were to read the blurb! Go! Go! Enjoy!

Salt to the Sea -Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys is one of the best young adult authors I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Salt to the Sea is one of the most tragic and under-rated young adult historical fiction books I’ve read and I didn’t even realise that it was based on a true story. I spent so much time reading about the unknown (to me) events of WW2 after this book and I was shocked to discover how little I knew. This book was an eye opener and it is a book that will haunt me for a long time to come.

A History of Britain in 21 Women – Jenni Murray

I learned so much in this book that I couldn’t not include it. It taught me so much that I had absolutely no clue about and it taught me how bad-ass British women were/are. If you want to read about how awesome us women are as intellectuals and human beings, check this book out. You might discover a few things along the way that make you realise how ignorant to history you truly are, or then again, that might just be me!

What books have you loved this year? Let me know so I can branch out with my reading in 2018!

The One That Got Away – Melissa Pimmentel

I finally got around to picking this book and up and I’m glad that I did. If you’re after a light and fluffy romance, then this is the book for you. I love, LOVE romance novels at this time of the year, there is nothing nicer than curling up on the sofa, with a hot chocolate and good old romance novel to pass away the cold and wintery nights!

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I flew through it once I got into it (about two chapters in before I was fully hooked). I liked the characters and I loved the flashback aspect of the book, as it really added to the depth of the novel and helped to build up not only Ruby and Ethan’s past relationship but also Ruby’s character as a whole.

The only problem that I had with this book is that it ended too abruptly after the much awaited and built up climax. It just ended. You didn’t get a hint of a happily ever after or a disaster after words. It literally ended after being built up from page one, and it felt like as soon as the author had reached her end point, that was it for the book, she just left the readers hanging, not giving even the slightest hint of what happened afterwards.

Overall though, it was a pleasant, fun and easy read!

*this book was given to me for free by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

One Christmas In Paris – Mandy Baggot

After joining Netgalley a few years ago, I discovered Mandy Baggot and I’ve been hooked ever since. Every time one of her books is on for review, I MUST, MUST, MUST get it. As a result of that, I’ve had this book for review for about a year and it’s about that I actually got around to reading it as her new Christmas read is out shortly.

I read quite a variety of books and particularly around Christmas time, I love picking up a good romance novel and Mandy Baggot delivers every time. I would highly recommend her novels if you’re wanting a light, fluffy, easy read that you will not be able to put down from the moment you start reading. One Christmas In Paris follows Ava post-breakup as she goes to Paris with her best friend Debs on a mission to forget about her cheating ex and the fact that she left her job. What Ava isn’t expecting is to bump into dreamy Julien on their first night in Paris, and the sparks start flying. But what is Julien hiding and can he be trusted to mend her broken heart?

One Christmas in Paris will have you dreaming of travelling to Paris, whether you’ve been there before or not. Mandy Baggot paints such a vivid and romantic picture of Paris during winter, you’ll be drooling over all the food Ava is eating and you’ll be dreaming about Monsieur Fitoussi whenever you’re not reading the book.  Baggot’s writing will have you routing for Ava, hating Ava’s pushy mother and wanting to curl up on the sofa with a hot chocolate and a pain au chocolate next to your Christmas tree.

Honestly, if you’re a fan of Lindsay Kelk or Giovanna Fletcher, I would highly recommend that you try Mandy Baggot. There are plenty of books to catch up if you’ve never read any of her books before and her newest Christmas read is out now too!

*I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

November TBR

It’s been a while since I’ve done a book blog post! I’ll have a review or two coming in the next week or so too so do not dispair. What’s on my reading plans for the upcoming month? We’ll keep reading to find out.

1. The One That Got Away -Melissa Pimentel

I’m 300% sure that this book has been on my TBR list at least three times before but this time I’m actually going to read it. I got it for review from Netgalley before it first came out and I’ve just never gotten round to reading it. But I need to up my Netgalley feedback percentage so I’m making my way through all my Netgalley requests!

2. One Christmas Kiss in Notting Hill – Mandy Baggot

I discovered Mandy Baggot through Netgalley and now whenever she releases a book, I have to request it! With the nights getting colder and darker, a cozy Christmas romance is exactly what I need before bedtime! With my electric blanket and a hot choc of course! 

3. The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch

I’m about a quarter of the way through the audio book of this and I’m not overly enjoying it at the moment. But it’s keeping my company on my commutes to and from work so I’ll persevere with it (although it’s like 20 hours long!) 

What is on your TBR this month? Are you turning to cozy Christmas reads now that it’s getting colder too? 

October TBR

Another month, another TBR list! What’s on the agenda this month you ask? 

1.Salt to the Sea -Ruta Sepetys 

The last book I read by Ruta Sepetys was amazing and I definitely have high hopes with Salt to the Sea! I love a WW2 historical fiction novel so I can’t wait to get stuck into this book! 

2. The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch

I’ve had this book as an audiobook for a while but I’ve never gotten round to listening to it. It’s 28 hours long which is daunting but I want to get cracking on it this month on my commutes to and from work! 

3. After You -Jojo Moyes 

I’ve been meaning to read After You since it came out and it’s just been sitting on my shelf gathering dust! Time to bust it out as the weather is getting to cosy weather and I love romance novels when it’s autumn and winter! 

What books are you picking up this month?  

A History of Britain in 21 Women – Jenni Murray

Where do I even begin with reviewing this book? It’s one of the most interesting books I’ve read in a long time and I’ve learned so much from reading it (well listening to the audiobook). I am actually ashamed to say that I knew very little about some of the women in the book, but I do know now!

A History of Britain in 21 Women is Jenni Murray telling the stories about the women that she sees as having the most impact on Britain and British society to what it is today. It ranges from Boudicca to Nicola Sturgeon, covers the Suffragettes and the Suffragists and tells of many influential women in science and their contributions that went both recognised and unrecognised.

What I liked so much about this book is that it’s feminist in it’s agenda, it’s about celebrating the success of the women who helped to shape Britain, it’s not pushily (is this even a word?) feminist. Murray celebrates all the wonderful things that women have contributed to today’s world, and even though she talks about the Suffragettes and the Suffragists, she doesn’t force the feminist agenda down your throat as you read.

I would happily like to encourage anyone and everyone to pick up this book. I would particularly like to encourage the generation currently in their twenties to read this book, as I certainly learned a lot which is unfortunately not taught in schools. Or at least it wasn’t taught to me. I shared the facts that I learned throughout this book with my sixty year old mother as I went through the book and she was amazed that I had never heard/been taught about Elizabeth Garret Anderson (the first female physician and a Suffragist) and Ada Lovelace (the first computer programmer).

June 2017 TBR

It’s been a while since I’ve done a TBR post so I thought I would share with you what I want to read this month. I’ve been marathoning the Harry Potter books of late, but with only two left to read, I think I’ll be back to reading and reviewing again in the next couple of weeks!

  1. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – I’m loving rereading the Harry Potter series, there are so many details that I’ve forgotten over the years! I’m already halfway through this book, so it won’t take long to finish!
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – I can’t not read this next! I’m almost done the series and then I’ll have to start rereading them more often
  3. A Court of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J Maas: I’ve been waiting so long to pick this up, but I wanted to finish off Harry Potter before I dove head first into this little beauty. For those of you who don’t know, this is the third instalment in Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses series. She’s a brilliant fantasy writer and I highly recommend the series to anyone who wants to delve into YA fantasy!
  4. The Lost Continent – Bill Bryson: I’ve been listening to the audiobook of this for a while, so I should probably finish it this month. I normally listen to audiobooks on my commutes, but I’ve not been in the mood lately. I’ll get back on it though, don’t worry.

What are you guys reading this month? Sorry about the hiatus, but life caught up with me and blogging went out of the window completely!


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