WWW Wednesday (23rd December 2020)

Hi friends, it’s time for WWW Wednesday again. So, what’s it about? This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words. Here are my answers to the three Ws!

It’s been a while since I checked in with a WWW! How are we doing?

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Written in the Stars for my book club. I’ve read the first third, it’s been OK so far. I don’t love the characters so far but the main couple did an escape room as a double date and it was adorable. Also the cover is super cute.

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished A Court of Mist and Fury for the second time. I forgot how much I enjoyed how easy it is to read Sarah J Maas books, and this is definitely my favourite in the trilogy. Rhys is so soft and cute, I love the romance in this one. I’ll definitely be reading the next book again soon.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m not really sure what’s next for me. I still didn’t get around to reading the eARC of We Hunt the Flame (I tried but the formatting is super off – words have no spaces between them and it’s really annoying). Maybe I’ll just buy the book because the second one has no issues with formatting.

What do you think of these choices? I am so excited to make more progress on my to be read.

Let me know what you’ve been reading this week! How are you all doing?

Top Ten Tuesday (Books I Hope Santa Brings)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This is my first Top 10 Tuesday post, and this week the theme is: Books I Hope Santa Brings

So I’m going to cheat a bit on this one because I already know some of the books I got for Christmas through Secret Santa, my friends and from my Mum.

1) Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez. This is one of the gifts I got from my book club Secret Santa! I love it so much. I only had an eARC copy and I’m so glad I get the hardcover now.

2) Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner. Same as above – and my friend sent me an American paperback which will be so nice and floppy to read!

3) Strange Planet by Nathan W. Pyle. OK so this has been on my wish list for like a year – it contains loads of adorable comics. My friend Linaria picked this out for me and I read it with my boyfriend immediately!

4) The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang. I have this series on Kindle but recently got The Poppy War paperback when I did my re-read. So I asked my Mum to get my The Dragon Republic, and maybe next year I can get a paperback of The Burning God.

5) Now to the books on my wish list that I won’t get for Christmas! The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this book so I will probably pick it up in 2021.

6) Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo. This is a book I’ve read on kindle but would love a physical copy of because I really enjoyed it. Again, one for 2021.

7) Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson. Another book I’d love to read soon but don’t own yet! Sounds really good and one of my friends really likes Tiffany’s other books.

8) Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I had a copy of this but I gave it to my Nan and I’m not sure if I’ll get it back haha…it was so good I just have to own it again.

9) The House in the Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune. This is one of my friend’s favourite books of 2020 so I have to get my hands on it at some point. It doesn’t have a UK publisher yet so can be quite expensive at the moment.

10) Ah, the last one. Who I Was With Her by Nita Tyndall. I don’t know a lot about this book but Paragraphs and Pages gave it five stars and I definitely trust their opinion a lot.

There we go, 10 books I have received for Christmas or would like. I’ll probably get them all in 2021 anyway hahaha.

Hope you all get some great books for Christmas this year!

Favourite 2020 Releases

Hey all! It’s time for my first end of year post – favourite 2020 book releases. For this post I’ll be sharing my favourite books that came out in 2020 – I’ll probably forget loads because I always do.

1) I can’t start with anything else than The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. This one broke my heart through Henry Strauss. Captured that complete confusion about deciding what you want to do with your life in your twenties perfectly and it hit very, very close to home. You can read my review here.

2) My favourite YA release this year has to be Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez. This is a cool book following a teen with a passion for football (soccer) in Argentina. My favourite part of this book was how mature the protagonist Camila is. She is such a good role model. One of my friends got me a hardback for Christmas and I’m so happy because I can read it in physical copy now. You can check out my review of the eARC here.

3) Let’s talk about a final book in a series! The Burning God by R.F. Kuang, the end of The Poppy War trilogy. Again, I was lucky enough to receive an eARC of this book so I got to read it right after I finished The Dragon Republic. This is the series for you if you want a series that’s loosely historical, has really vivid depictions of war without sacrificing the character development and will break your heart many, many times. You can read my review here.

4) One of my favourite romances this year was Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner. This book had a lot of my favourite tropes (ice queen that’s really a softie, slow burn, office romance), and I love that it has women that support each other. Emma and Jo are so cute, I can’t wait to read this one again now I have a physical copy (thanks friend!!!) You can read my review here.

5) A contemporary fiction that I loved this year is Such a Fun Age by Kiley Read (it came out in early January in the UK). This one definitely gave me Little Fires Everywhere vibes – the writing is so good and the characters are the opposite of one dimensional as it delves into white saviours. I can’t wait to read this again and write a review for my blog.

6) OK, I can’t help it, I’ve got to put in another romance. I absolutely loved The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon, it was everything. Samiah is one of my favourite characters – she’s a Black woman in STEM and I loved how this book highlighted her challenges at work. It also has a really awesome female friendship which is super cute. Really loved the romance between Samiah and Daniel too.

7) My favourite sci-fi release of 2020 is Honor Lost by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre. This is the final book in the Honor Among Thieves trilogy which my friends finally convinced me to read this year. This book honestly sounds completely wild but it’s amazing and cute and I want to re-read just thinking of it. Cute space whale spaceships, what a concept, and the finale definitely doesn’t disappoint.

8) Another trilogy conclusion you say? There were a lot of good finales this year, that’s for sure. This time it’s The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty. The Daevabad trilogy is fantastic and I’m so glad I read all of the books this year. The Empire of Gold is a thrilling final book from start to finish and is a fast read despite it being many, many pages long. It has characters I grew so attached to and really rich world-building, you have to pick up this series.

OK, that’s my top 8 book releases of 2020! There’s still some that I want to finish before the end of the year, like The Ever-Cruel Kingdom by Rin Chupeco. Like I said, I probably forgot some, but that’s fine.

Hope you’re all doing well, I am on holiday from work now until 4th January so hopefully I can write some more blog posts. Also I didn’t get that job I applied for, it’s been a bit of a mess to be honest so I’m looking forward to moving past it all and throwing my frustration into 2021.

evermore Original Book Tag

Hi everyone! So Miss Swift surprised us again with a second album drop of 2020. Evermore continues the themes and styles that Taylor explored in folklore and even goes deeper into them – I love it a lot.

So this tag was made by Star is All Booked Up who also made the folklore book tag that I answered here. You should definitely check out Star’s blog, she has such great posts and I love these Taylor Swift Tags so much.

willow- character you’d follow anywhere

I adore this song. I’m not really sure which character I’d follow anywhere though! One of my favourite characters is Fire in Fire by Kristin Cashore, so maybe her. I’d defo end up dead though since monsters want to eat her all the time.

champagne problems- dual POV

Oh two points of view, gotta think a minute. This song reminds me of New Years Day a fair bit. I think I’ll go with Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo, it’s a story told in the POVs of two half sisters who don’t know each other exists. Absolutely broke my heart, told in verse.

gold rush- anticipated release

This song is a surprisingly sad bop which I loved on the first listen. Jade Legacy by Fonda Lee is my most anticipated release for 2021. I can’t wait to see how this trilogy ends and just know that it’s going to break my heart ten thousand times over.

’tis the damn season- small town romance

I think this is my favourite track on the album? I love the line messy as the mud on your truck tyres. Well Met by Jen De Luca is a small town romance set around a renaissance fayre, it’s really cute and I enjoyed it a lot.

tolerate it- lost love, failed relationship

One of the saddest songs on the album and you can hear it in how it sounds. Ah I don’t really read many books where relationships don’t work out but I’d have to pick a Sarah J Maas book given her tendency to kill ships.

no body, no crime- character who’d get away with murder

This song is so fun and I love its energy. Hahahahaha who else could I pick for this but Kaul Hilo from Jade City? If you know, you know.

happiness- a book that makes you suffer but you find comforting

Another sad song, sigh Taylor I thought this would be happy!! The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is probably the book that fits this most for me. I know it has its faults but it broke my heart and made me feel understood at the same time.

dorothea- nostalgic read

This song is cute, not one of my faves but I love the name Dorothea. The Magicians Guild by Trudi Canavan – I loved this trilogy, it was the first adult fantasy I read and is a good crossover series. The last book is a heartbreaker though.

coney island- star crossed lovers

This one crept up on me! I didn’t like it at first but I love the vocals. Probably Paige and Warden from The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. Currently reading an eARC of book 4 and I just want to bang their heads together.

ivy- crept up on you

Love how this one sounds, not a fan of the cheating story. I’m going to pick A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole! I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did – I think it’s one of my favourite romances.

cowboy like me- cat and mouse games

This is probably my least favourite and most forgettable on the album. But maybe after more listens I will remember it! I guess we could call Amalia and Ruven’s dynamic cat and mouse in The Tethered Mage trilogy. Melissa Caruso is a genius with that world building that just drops you in it and reveals little bits at a time. Ruven is always playing games.

long story short- never read it again, painful experience

On my first listen this was my favourite song. I love how it speaks of Taylor’s happiness after all the drama that went down before Rep. Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid absolutely destroyed me because it was so, so devastating and I honestly can’t read it again.

marjorie- book with a beautiful message

You really have to watch the lyric video on YouTube, it made me cry. Another Taylor Jenkins Reid – this time Maybe in Another Life. It’s about de-bunking the myth that there is ‘the one’ out there. I love it, a really good story about parallel lives.

closure- a book with bad rep (a betrayal)

I found the sound of this one a bit jarring so wasn’t a fan at first but it is growing on me. Gonna go with a betrayal rather than bad rep. I’m gonna go with The Poppy War series by R.F. Kuang. There is a huge betrayal in one of the books that had me so shocked.

evermore- a journey of self discovery

Little bit similar to Closure, took me a while to get used to Bon Iver’s pitch in this one. Oooooh I don’t know. Going to have to go with another Kristin Cashore book, this time Graceling. The main character, Katsa, goes on such a journey throughout and I love it so much.

There we go! I had a lot of fun doing this tag – it motivated me to get a post out this weekend. I am still pretty brain-tired and not reading much so hopefully that will pick up again when I get a two week break from work after next week.

I’m not going to tag anyone specific but if you’re reading this thinking you’d love to have a go then consider yourself tagged by me!

WWW Wednesday (9th December 2020)

Hi friends, it’s time for WWW Wednesday again. So, what’s it about? This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words. Here are my answers to the three Ws!

Sorry I’ve been so quiet again! So my interview last week was disrupted by internet issues, and it was supposed to be today but had to be re-arranged. I’ve been a little bit tired with all of this, along with the fact work has been a bit chaotic!

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon. I read the previous books recently so I’m really excited to have this eARC from NetGalley. I am enjoying it so far, it’s just Paige an Warden hanging out at the moment but I can tell it’s going to pick up soon.

What did you recently finish reading?

My latest finish is Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko! I finished this book earlier today after putting it on pause for a while. It’s a really interesting YA fantasy with unique world-building. My interest dipped a little about halfway through which is why it took so long but the beginning and end are really good.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I think I’m going to read We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal next. I got an eARC of this book along with its sequel so excited to see what it’s all about as a lot of the people I follow on twitter are big fans.

What do you think of these choices? I am so excited to make more progress on my to be read.

Let me know what you’ve been reading this week! How are you all doing? It feels like so long since I posted, I’m really sorry!!!

Monthly Wrap-Up: November 2020

Hi everyone! Welcome to my October monthly wrap-up post. I am sure these will evolve over time, but for now I’ll include Book Coven book club, fave books you can buy now, books to look out for and books I want to read soon. November has really been about me applying for a promotion so it has been a bit light on the reading side of things. I have my interview tomorrow morning though so hopefully after that I can get back into things!

Book Club

Every month the mods of the Book Coven get us to suggest books that make up the book club bracket. We then vote all the way through to a final, and that’s the book we read together over the course of 3 weeks. Then the amazing Paragraphs and Pages asks us some super insightful questions and off we go. This month the club read The Once and Future Witches by Alix. E. Harrow – but I decided to skip this book having not been impressed with The Ten Thousand Doors of January.

Next month we are reading Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur which I’m really excited about. Look at the gorgeous cover!

Favourites

I did get to read a few really good books this month! The first one that really captured my attention was Piranesi by Susanna Clare. It has the same sort of vibes as The Starless Sea so if you loved that you will probably like the mind-twisting Piranesi. You can find my review here.

I read a couple of contemporary novels this month but my favourite was The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. It’s historical fiction but more recent. It’s a book with great social commentary and rich character development – I was gripped from start to finish despite it being character driven. You can find my review here.

The last book I’m going to put in my favourites is The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – a book I decided to re-read this month. I think this one got me out of a bit of a slump – it was really fast paced and the last 100 pages or so are WOW. The only reason it didn’t get 5 stars from me was the info dumping at the beginning. You can find my review here.

Books to Look Out For

I did read one a couple of eARCs this month – The Awakening by Nora Roberts and Just the Two of Us by Ryu Hyang. The Awakening is a fantasy set in present day that I found really sweet. It had super innocent vibes and felt a bit like a warm hug.

Just the Two of Us is a romance that is so, so heart-warming. It is grumpy and sunshine at its best. The characters really made this book, which has been described as a k-drama in book form.

Next month?

I’m not sure what I’m going to read in December. My friends are doing a re-read of A Court of Thorns and Roses so I might join them for book 2 and book 3 since I read the first one earlier this year.

I will also read more of The Bone Season series, I can’t wait to re-read The Mime Order and read The Song Rising for the first time in preparation for The Mask Falling in January.

Anyway, wish me luck in my interview. I’m really nervous, but a good friend told me to pretend I’m excited about it and I think it works? Hope you guys had a great November! On to the last month of 2020.

Six for Sunday (Children’s books you’d love to jump into)

Hi everyone! This week I’m participating in Six for Sunday, a meme hosted by Steph at A Little But a Lot. This month, the focus is a celebration of kids’ books, and this week’s topic is: Children’s books you’d love to jump into

1) Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. Okay so this isn’t exactly a kids book (it is about kids though!) but I would like to see what kind of world I’d end up in!

2) Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend. I haven’t read this series yet but it sound so cool and I’d love to hang out in what seems like a magical world.

3) You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson. If I was still at school I’d really want to be friends with Liz Lighty! She’s such an amazing protagonist.

4) The Magic Spell by Linda Chapman. Using this again. Who wouldn’t want a secret unicorn?

5) Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre (RIP Rachel). Again, a Young Adult but I’d really want to live in a space whale!!!

6) Loveless by Alice Oseman. OK I am cheating again and going for a YA, but I wish I’d had friends like Georgia does when I was at university.

I threw in some YA as well as Middle Grade since I don’t read enough kids books!

Sorry I’ve been a bit absent from blogging this week, I have been applying for a new job and work has been a bit chaotic!

Hope everyone is doing well, feel free to share your posts below.

WWW Wednesday (11th November 2020)

Hi friends, it’s time for WWW Wednesday again. So, what’s it about? This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words. Here are my answers to the three Ws!

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Master of Crows by Grace Draven. It sounded like something I’d like to read during this slight slump I’m in (I blame all the amazing books I read in October). I’m enjoying it so far!

What did you recently finish reading?

Recently finished an eARC of Just the Two of Us, a romance that follows the grump and sunshine trope that I love so much. This was honestly I surprisingly cute story about an intense doctor and a chef. It’s very slow-burn and ends on a cliffhanger which is really really frustrating for a romance novel!

What do you think you’ll read next?

No idea. I finally hit my reading wall of 2020 – I might read The Awakening by Nora Roberts. It seems cool and I’ve never really read any books by Nora Roberts even though she has published LOADS.

What do you think of these choices? I am so excited to make more progress on my to be read.

Let me know what you’ve been reading this week!

Top Ten Tuesday (Book Titles that Would Make Great Song Titles)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This is my first Top 10 Tuesday post, and this week the theme is:  Book Titles that Would Make Great Song Titles

1) You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson. Could you imagine this song by a female solo artist or a girl band? I can!

2) Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Break-up song anyone? Funny because this book is actually debunking the whole idea that there is The One out there.

3) Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner. Can I have a gay love song please??

4) The Deep Blue Between by Ayesha Harruna Attah. I feel a country song with this one!

5) Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. I really love this title and feel like it would make a great song too.

6) 99% Mine by Sally Throne. I feel like this one could be a cool song too!

7) Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas. A ballad perhaps?

8) When the Stars Lead to You by Ronni Davis. Feeling another cute love song.

9) Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier. Not sure why I thought of this one! Just could imagine a fun song.

10) If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane. Yep, another break up song. Or perhaps a sappy love song?

What do you think of these choices? I had a lot of fun with this prompt! Feel free to share your posts with me in the comments.

Six for Sunday (Children’s books that would make brilliant graphic novels)

Hi everyone! This week I’m participating in Six for Sunday, a meme hosted by Steph at A Little But a Lot. This month, the focus is a celebration of kids’ books, and this week’s topic is: children’s books that would make brilliant graphic novels!

1) I would love to see a graphic novel of When Life Gives You Mangoes by Kereen Getten. Just yes! It would look so pretty.

2) This Young Adult book is one of my faves of 2020. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn would look so incredible – I can imagine the art of the graphic novel already.

3) You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson is awesome, and I’d absolutely love to see it in graphic novel form (or a film / tv series, it’s literally made for that, please).

4) There’s Something About Sweetie is probably my favourite Sandhya Menon book to date and I’d love to see a graphic novel because Sweetie is one of my favourite characters! When Dimple Met Rishi got an Indian TV series too, so maybe we’ll see this on the screen someday.

5) Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. This is a really important story that got it’s own TV series earlier this year. I think a graphic novel would be a really cool way to make it an accessible read for more people.

6) OK, so since Alice Oseman already has a graphic novel series called Heartstopper, I’d love to see her write and draw one for Radio Silence too. This is one of my fave YA novels and I’d love for more people to be reading it, whatever the format.

Love this prompt idea. I threw in some YA as well as Middle Grade since I don’t read enough kids books!

Hope everyone is doing well, feel free to share your posts below.