Happy New Year!

Happy 2021!!! Think we can all say good riddance to 2020 😅 although I am definitely disappointed we are still in lockdown.

One of my favourite things to do in the new year is to make resolutions. I love the idea of setting goals (even if I never achieve them!) and really enjoy the idea of self improvement!

To finish the Duolingo Tree

This will be my resolution for probably the rest of my life. I set it every year and every year the tree grows and I have to try again! Anyway hopefully this year I will manage this feat!

To finish my Book

So this is one that needs quantifying because the book is technically finished but definitely not. I’m in the editing stage. I’m hoping to get a mentor next year in Pitch Wars but whatever happens I’d like to be querying it in 2022!

To post three times a month

Blogging is something that has definitely fallen by the wayside in 2020, given the crazy pandemic and the fact I got a little stressed. But hopefully this year I’ll fall back in love with it. Going to start slow: 3 posts a months. Let’s see if I manage it!

To read 24 books

So this is a super low goal. Much lower than normal but I am beta reading for a lot of people atm so I feel I can’t set my published book goal too high.

To workout more

Working from home makes me feel like such a sloth. I really miss the humdrum of the office. Anyway, starting this year I’m hoping to have a somewhat healthy 2021. I have excises and stretches on apps that I’m hoping to regularly do in my lunch breaks and before and after work so this resolution is to do at least one each day (but hopefully two).

To get to 6,000 followers on Instagram

I finish 2020 with 3,372 followers and I’m hoping to double it in 2021. Which I realise is super ambitious because it took me two years to get to 3,000 but here’s to being bold!

To read diversely

I feel I’ve done a good job at reading diversely this year, having read a bit of everything and it’s something I’m quite proud of.

To publish 3 more short stories

I’ve managed to publish a couple of stories this year! Which makes me really proud. one is in an anthology and another is in a magazine. Hopefully next year I’ll get a couple more of my words out there!

Let’s Compare Notes

Do you set goals? Do you have a goodreads goal? How many books did you read last year? Chat to me in the comments!

Great Books Recommended to Me

Hello hello, it’s me, emerging from the wintery depths with another post! This time all about book recs.

Isn’t it just the best when a friend recommends you a novel? Especially when it’s a good novel. Some of the best books I’ve read have been recommendations so I thought I’d share a list of books I wouldn’t have read without my friends!

This is for Top Ten Tuesday, ( although it’s technically a seasonal freebie and it’s not too seasonal!) you can find the other posts here and you can check out all my list posts here. Let me know in the comments which books you’ve been recommended?

A Darker Shade of Magic

1. My long lasting love of VE Schwab was started when my friend, Jo, recommended me this novel! I’m currently reading The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, so it’s suffice to say I am still a fan!

The Raven Boys

2. Another recommendation from my friend Jo. I was really surprised at first because the back makes it seem this novel is all about romance which she normally doesn’t got for. It’s got lots more crazy magical dimensions than just romance though.

City of Bones

3. I got a recommendation to read this from a girl I went camping with at school called Leah. This was one of the few conversations I had with this girl and it was the best because those books were so funny. I was a big Clary and Jace fan at school.

Percy Jackson

4. My friend Chloe first recommended these to me when I was about ten and I was a tad skeptical at first. I was a big mythology fan (I knew most of the myths before hand, and knew pretty well everyone in Greek and Roman mythology will become a tree or a spider. I’d even tried reading the Roman myths in Latin.) and I thought it would be crazily inaccurate. Low and behold I was still a fan over a decade later.


5. My friend Hannah (I know, I’m called Hannah too, try not to get confused) lent me a copy of this villain origin story and it’s so good! Probably the first villain origin story I actually liked. It also made me crazy hungry with all the baking.

Normal People

6. A friend from work, Eleanor, was bugging me for ages to read this and when I finally did (I’m sorry I’m a slow reader!) I had no regrets. It was amazing. Can all books be set at university please?

Rebel of the Sands

7. Another Jo recommendation. She picked up a copy of this at YALC one year and sent me a message a few days later saying it was excellent. We’ve seen Alwyn Hamilton every YALC since and I have a fully signed set of her novels!

Septimus Heap

8. Another recommendation from my friend Chloe! We were both massive fans of the books as kids, and spent many hours discussing how much we wanted Gemma’s chocolate charm and how unfair it was if you lived in Badlands but weren’t evil! (it was a tad of a silly book)

Skulduggery Pleasant

9. Another one from Jo! We chatted about these books A LOT at school, talking skeletons with magical powers and Bentleys are just the best.

Great Gatsby

X. My boyfriend lent me a copy of this when we first started going out and I fell in love! (with him, and the book). Sad and powerful and important prepare to see all that was wrong with the roaring 20s.

Do you have to Finish a Book to Review it?

Hello hello! Wow it’s me, back on the blog again (I know what is this maddness?!). I’ve decided to try pick it up, but with a slower pace (maybe a post every week, maybe a post every two weeks, I’m not sure yet). Anyway, here we have the first post back and it’s a rare unicorn: a discussion post.

The other day as I was casually perusing the blog-sphere (and completely ignoring my other responsibilities) when I read a review by someone who said they hadn’t finished the book. They were about half way through and these were their thoughts.

Which got me thinking: Do you have to finish a book to review?

Many a time I have reached for pen and paper about half way through a book, deeming it too furstrating to not vent about. I have started rants no less than seven pages in before because a book has annoyed me so much. But I’ve never published a review before reaching the end. I always give it those last few pages as an attempt of redemption, a final chance.

I have DNFd books. I’ve come to the overall conclusion that life is too short to read rubbish. Even if bookstagram is shouting that it’s the best thing since sliced bread. But I’ve always decided to not review them, because I feel somehow bad for the book? Almost like I don’t have a right to review it, because I never actually read the end? Which isn’t necessarily a choice I’d pin others too, or even agree with.

Because what if no-one never finishes the book? Does a book that is never finished just receive no reviews, and then do people keep picking it up, wondering if it’s any good, find it’s not and abandon it. Could we break this whole cycle by being honest and just saying why we DNFd it?

But if you do review books that you DNFd how far through do you have to get through? If you read a paragraph, a page? A first chapter? Right up to the second last chapter? At what point can you review and what do you tell the reader? The page number you go to? The sentence? The percentage through and the last four characters you read?

And then there’s what’s fair on the book. What if people aren’t giving it a chance? What if the author can’t write beginnings but the end is just perfect? Well then arguably the author should probably learn to write beginnings. But still.

I can (kind of) see if both ways, but my overall conclusion is that no, I think you can review a book you DNFd. I think as long as you say you DNFd it, why can’t you give an insight into why? Surely reviews are to inform other readers, and you can save them wasting their time if you say why it rubbish. I do think it’s helpful to put how through you got and an overall page number would be good.

So let’s throw the question open. Do you DNF books? Do you review them? Do you like it when people do DNF reviews? (I do but that’s because they’re usually a little ranty and I love a good rant). Let me know in the comments!

My Autumn TBR

Hello hello and welcome to this weeks Top Ten Tuesday, all about my autumnal tbr (or fall if you’re from wherever they call it fall). Also, aside, is fall because the leaves fall or because the rain falls? It’s autumn here because we like making up words for things that are totally unrelated to the actual thing.

Although I am making a list of tbr books I heavily caveat this with I am unlikely to read any of them. Or anything, for that matter. I’m currently working on my own book (yikes, yay, ah I’m mad) and I find reading other books while writing makes me feel rubbish. I just get in this spiral about how I wish I could write half that well and then give up writing because how can I be that perfect. So no more books for me. Ok maybe one or two. But not many.

Anyway, I would still love to hear your own fall/autumn/whatever you want to call it tbr. Are any of mine on it? If you’re writing a WIP say hi! I need the moral support haha. And if you’re just a reader then tell me if you’ve read any of these books. Basically I’d love to chat to you in the comments, whoever you are!

Seige and Storm

1. I’m currently (ish not really) reading this and would like to finish it within a few months time. I’m not a massive fan of the writing style. Also since I’m writing a first person pov in present tense I find first person povs in past tense grating. My head keeps trying to write them into present tense.

When the Crawdads Sing

2. I finally got to the front of the library line for the audiobook of this. Just as I decide I won’t be reading books for a while… Mmmh… great. So I guess I’ll just head to the back of the queue again and hope I get it in 2021…


3. Another novel that I’m sitting in the library queue for and dangerously close to the front. Although with this one I’m less worried because I don’t think I’m due it until December and hopefully will be done with my first draft by then.

The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue

4. Can we have this now please? It’s released in October and I’m so excited. I need more VE Schwab in my life. This may be the only book that is the exception to the I’m not reading while writing rule because I can’t wait.

The Near Witch

5. Getting super hyped for V’s upcoming novel makes me think I really should have read her previous novels. I’ve read the Shades of Magic Series (loved it) and Vicious and Vengeful (my favourite ever series), but I haven’t read her other stuff!

City of Girls

6. This is my current audiobook and another one just sitting on the back burner. Again, I might not pick it up again for a while, but the library queue on it isn’t too long (only a month or so).

Priory of the Orange Tree

7. I kid you not reader I am fifty pages from the end. And haven’t read this in over month. I was making good headway but then my buddy reader pulled out and my interest just sort of flopped… But I will finish those 50 pages because I need to have read this massive book.

Poet X

8. I tired to read this because I thought it sounded really interesting but a novel written in poetry felt odd. I feel I need to give it a better go though. Try get used to the poetry…

Everything, Everything

9. After LOVING The Sun is Also a Star I am desperate to try another Nicola Yoon novel. Also I’ve heard great things about this book.

A Thousand Perfect Notes

X. I have been reading Paper Fury’s blog quite a bit lately for her authory tips and writing advice (which is super fun and very well written, also the advice helps a lot too). This has made me want to read her finished product even more!

Books I Wish I’d Read at a Different Time

Have you ever read a novel and jsut felt it wasn’t the right time? Maybe you’re going through a break up and try a romance, only to find you hate the protagonist and their perfect new boyfriend. Maybe you read a novel about a teen as an adult and find the protagonist ridiculously whiny and fickle. This has definitely happened to me. Here are the Books I Wish I’d Read at a Different Time.

This is for Top Ten Tuesday, you can find the other posts here and you can check out all my list posts here. Let me know in the comments which books you think you read at the wrong time.

Magnus Chase

1. When I was a kid we had Percy Jackson, which was great, but by the time the Magnus Chase I was a bit old. And yes, I am very gutted to have outgrown Rick Riordan. What kid doesn’t want to read bout Vikings? And also this series contained a much more diverse cast than the original Percy Jackson books.

The Exact Opposite of Okay

2. The point of this novel is to show the toxic behaviour of ‘nice guys’ towards woman. When I read this book I was like “Oh my gosh, I recognise the guy in this novel. I have been in this situation.” and felt a lot less alone. I just wish I’d read it before I met the ‘nice guy’ I met because I honestly didn’t realise this was a thing until it was spelled out to me.

Throne of Glass

3. If you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time you’ll know I really couldn’t get into the Throne of Glass novels. I was just a bit done with that classic YA world by the time I read them. But if I’d read them a little younger (I’m thinking when Clary and Katniss were my bookish favourites) I think I’d have felt very differently.


4. I love the Fangirl setting. I love university as a setting for novels (I really think it’s not used enough) but when I read Fangirl I struggled to connect with Cath. I found her whiny and a bit selfish. I wonder if I’d read it at a different point if I’d have come of feeling very different.


5. I did enjoy Caraval but I did find it a bit childish. Just in the writing style and the way Tella or Scarlett occasionally acted. I wish I’d read it a bit younger because I think the magical world of Caraval would go from a four star read to a five star.

The Raven Boys

6. I just think I would have related more to the students in this novel had I been in school at the time myself rather than university. Although there’s only so much you can relate to when the characters are crazy rich or from a family that can see the future.

One of Us is Lying

7. Much like The Raven Boys I loved this novel (easily a 5 star, I read it within hours) but think the whole being on trial for murder in your last year at school is more enjoyable if you read it when you’re a student yourself.

Shadow and Bone

8. Much like Throne of Glass by the time I got round to reading Shadow and Bone I was sort of done with the typical YA world, the girl who isn’t like any others and the unappealing love triangles. I think if I’d read it a few years earlier it would have been my jam though.

The Sun is Also a Star

9. I really loved this novel. I can’t believe a novel set over just one day it hooked me so totally. But, again, I think it would have been more relatable if I’d read it when I was a bit younger and actually dependent on people in the way these teens are.

The Bone Season

X. Ok so possibly any book you read while doing your dissertation is going to be a bit of a lost cause but this one I really struggled with. It was a bit too slow and trying to be a bit too clever when I probably needed something light hearted and refreshing. Either way it was a DNF and a reading slump for me after reading this.

Bookish Foods I Crave

When reading a book we bookworms crave many things: the setting, the sense of adventure, the incredible friendships you make along the way. But don’t you, occasionally just crave the food? Here are the bookish foods I crave.

This is for Top Ten Tuesday, you can find the other posts here and you can check out all my list posts here. It’s a tad off topic because I think we were meant to be listing books not food but I got distracted by the food.

Let me know the bookish foods you want to tuck into! Have you wanted any of these? Have you tried making a bookish recipe? Let me know in the comments.

The Cider from The Night Circus

1. Didn’t this cider sound amazing?! Also, yes, I want to visit the mysterious magical circus and wear a silly scarf and see the amazing wonders and intricate clocks. But also, tasty cider!

Ambrosia from Percy Jackson

2. The food from Percy Jackson has magical healing powers that basically keeps everyone in these books alive and well enough to, you know, keep fighting. But ALSO as an added bonus (because obviously magical healing wasn’t enough for these people) it also tastes like your favourite meal. And it’s different for everyone. I just want to see what mine tastes like tbh.

Pumpkin Juice from Harry Potter

3. Does a pumpkin even have any juice? Is it magically squeezed or is there many a blender in Hogwarts? Is it nice like apple juice or nasty and weird like tomato juice? Is it thick like a smoothie? I just have so many questions.

Banquet Food from The Hunger Games

4. I remember very clearly Katniss being amazed by the food the capital has to offer. That she tried to sample everything at the ball and longed for such finery in the arena. Which in turn made me long for fine little bits of futuristic roman style food while curled up warm in my bed reading those books.

Sweet Bread from Shadow and Bone

5. Ok so Mal and Alina had been travelling hungry through the forest for days. And the bread was a happy childhood memory. So potentially it’s one of those things that sounds overrated but I’m hoping this was just the best bread in the world.

Lime Key Pie from Heartless

6. What even is a lime key? Is this a lime pie? It sounds so sour but it’s pie so it must be nice. And thus I would like a sample, please.

Milkshake from The Exact Opposite of Okay

7. This book made me so hungry. There was talk of diorites, nachos, milkshakes, burgers. Urg. It was like a junk food blog not a book. I had serious hunger pains by page 50.

The Feast from City of Brass

8. There’s a bit at the beginning of The City of Brass where Nahri falls asleep amongst mountains of food designed to embarrass her and all I could think was “Why can’t my enemies be so lovely as to try and bring me down with mountains of delicious food?”

An Orange from the Priory of the Orange Tree

9. There was some nice sounding food in that Priory place but who wouldn’t want a magical orange that gives one super powers?

Goulash from Poison from Daughter of Smoke and Bone

X. I love steaming hot bowls of Goulash at the best of times (I mean, who doesn’t?) but how good did this traditional Prague goulash sound?! Also I’m fairly sure these bowls of Goulash were massive and all food is just better in bigger quantities. Except vegetables.


After looking through my drafts file for last weeks Top Ten Tuesday, I felt inspire to attempt to publish some of those drafts, including this basically fully written one. Here is my review of Fangirl, a novel centring on first year university student Cath, looking to find love and a new life at university.

Cath’s character, as a socially awkward fangirl with an obsession for Simon Snow, presumably plays of being very relatable to the die hard Harry Potter fan. I struggled to see myself in Cath, relating slightly to her shy approach to the world but finding her obsession with Simon Snow memorabilia and Fanfiction more like a 13 year old than most first year university students.

Cath’s lack of interest in her university life was disappointing as she continues to prioritises her Fanfiction over her friends, boyfriend and assignments. Cath’s character encounters some personal development throughout the novel, however, it was stifled. Seeing her create new friendships, enter social spheres and the changing relationship with her family are moments many university student would recognise, Fangirl doing well to present a subset of the tiring set of social trials first year university presents.

However, I found Cath’s selfish attitudes and unwillingness to change, her reluctance to enjoy university and slight judgemental attitude towards those who do, her assumption to expect the worst of everyone grating and stifling to the growth of Rowell’s protagonist.

As for the other characters in the novel I found them to be well developed. Although Cath does not meet the variety of people most students do in their first year the handful she does meet are well written with complex backstories. I enjoyed reading Ragen and Levi’s background and watching Cath’s relationship develop with the pair however felt more could have done with Wren. I felt the reader was almost meant to judge Wren for wanting to meet new people at university and step away from the FanFiction Beta reading twin sister that seems more akin to a twelve year old than an eighteen year old. I was disappointed the plot justified Cath’s harsh judgement of her sister and the option of actually growing up and discovering yourself at university is never presented to the reader.

Rowell’s writing style throughout Fangirl was light hearted and easy to read. With sparse descriptions, long dialogues and the odd moment of Cath’s spiralling emotions Fangirl is a quick and easy read. Although this simple style was effective for the prose I would have preferred Cath’s writing style in her FanFiction to have differed more from the narrative and similarly for the writing in the extracts of the Simon Snow novels to have also taken on a different tone. This would have added more variety to the novel, although honestly, the Simon Snow extracts felt out of place and pointless.

University was a life changing three years for me, and no doubt for many students, so I was pleased to see this unusual aspect reflected in Fangirl. With students haunts like the library, a cheesy bar and a student halls creating the backdrop Rainbow Rowell sets a familiar scene that is rarely described in literature. I feel slightly more could have been done with this as Cath’s closed minded approach means she doesn’t have all the university experience many students will recall: first trip to a club, joining societies, meeting a strange mix of flatmates. However, Cath gaining so much freedom in her work and social life, learning what she will prioritise as she studies a subject for herself rather than the hoop jumping exercise of school, sets a familiar tone to the novel.

The majority of the novel sets a smooth and even pace focussing on Cath’s relationships with her family, Levi, Raegan and Nick. However the pacing presents a problem as the novel begins to draw to a close: with Cath’s assignment deadlines looming, her desperation to finish her FanFiction Carry On, the thrill of a new romance and the whirlwind that is the conclusion to the first year university its understandable the last few pages might feel crammed.

As Fangirl concludes a multitude of storylines emerge, from Levi and Cath’s first fight, Cath’s insecurities about her sister and a confusing and almost random plot development with Nick the novel attempts to encompass what could have been a hundred pages of fleshed out plot points in thirty quick moments of little disasters that fix themselves within a manner of seconds, strung together in a random sequence that left me feeling disjointed and wondering which of the mini endings would actually be the end.

The plot contained interesting elements that draws on the university experience, however it suffers from the poor pacing and random resolutions mentioned above. The inclusion of Cath’s family and academic struggles are well balanced and created a novel that showed a subset of what university life is like.

Overall I found the novel’s premise intriguing. I would have preferred a more detailed narrative and for the Simon Snow chapters to add more to the context of the novel while Cath’s FanFiction could have provided a variety of writing styles that would make them stand out from the other chapters. My main issue for a low rating revolves around the judgemental protagonist and a lack of enthusiasm for university life, which was the reason I picked up the novel in the first place.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

You can find more of my reviews here and also over on my goodreads.

Books I want to be Films

As a bookworm one of our favourite things is for a book to be made into a film. Getting excited over the cast details leaked, the extra fangirling the film presents and of course the judgy conversations afterwards as we complain about what they missed and how it’s not the book. Here are the Books I want to be Films.

 This is for Top Ten Tuesday, you can find the other posts here and you can check out all my list posts here. Tell me what books you’d like to see on the big screens and which book to screen adaptions you’ve enjoyed in the comments!


1. I’d love to see any of VE Schwab’s stories hit the big screen, and as Vicious is my favourite that’s the one I’d most like to watch. Although I do worry that my favourite elements of VE Schwab’s novels don’t revolve around the visual: the writing style, character development and poignant backstories.


2. From Cinder’s workshop market stall to Kai’s palace to the Lunar ships I think this book would adapt well. Also I if there’s anything I like more than reading ball scenes it’s watching them.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

3. Weren’t all the Hunger Games films done so well? Who wouldn’t want another one? I’m not enjoying this novel anywhere near as much as the original trilogy but I would still love to visit Panem on the big screen, one last time.

The Switch

4. This novel is so sweet. An elderly granny taking her big adventure to London and a young woman slowing down up in the Dales with village fetes and old people ferrying. It’s such a happy and tear jerking story, I think it would make a great feel good film.

One of Us is Lying

5. This novel has so many of our American high school stereotypes, surely it wouldn’t be difficult to pull an adaption off? Or, even better, a TV series where we get to properly live in the protagonists lives for that one semester where they’re suspected of murder. Maybe they could even change the ending…

The Raven Boys

6. How great would this be on film? I’d love to Gansey, Ronan, Adam and Blue brought to life behind the camera. And the wardrobe department could go wild with Blue’s outfits, maybe they could borrow a few of Lunar’s old effects from the Harry Potter Studio Tour?


7. The magic of Caraval meets the magic of cinema would be excellent. And, again, the wardrobe department. The excellent princess like tiered dress that’s ever changing that Scarlet wears would be so fun to design. And redesign. I’m thinking Disney live action magic for this one.

The Night Circus

8. Much like Caraval, The Night Circus has the right level of magical realism and excellent costume opportunities that makes me want to see it on the big screen. Circuses magic need not be restricted to the written work.


9. I’d just love to see this world brought to life on camera. The dusty markets, busy streets and glamorous palace. Also the magic system being all to do with colours would come across so well on a film.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

X. This book was crying for an adaption the whole way through. Those vivid, visual descriptions, the moody tone and stories told through art are perfect for a movie or a TV series. And who doesn’t want to see that cathedral sunset scene.

The Foundling

This was such a cover read. Those swirling blues and the despondent silhouette in an old fashioned dress was 100% the reason I picked up this book. The reason I stuck with it was because it’s the first historical fiction I’ve read that really draws me into the time period, makes me care for the characters and encompasses a curious unsolved mysterious.

Six years ago Bess Bright gives her new born baby, mere hours old, to the Foundling hospital in London, Bess unmarried and unable to care for a child. When she returns for her child after years of hard work with her pitiful savings, ready to claim the daughter that has haunted her ever since, she finds her missing, supposedly claimed by Bess mere days after being admitted to the hospital. Desperation sets in as Bess sets out to find the impersonating that has stolen her daughter.

I absolutely love seeing London’s past. You can wonder those cramped little cobbled streets, pass houses that now cost a fortune but were once Victorian slums, see brick buildings adorned with masonry and plaques that so clearly show a hidden past and get a really sense that millions of people have been there before and seen a very different view and had a very different story, and I want to know them all. Hearing the descriptions of 1700s London was my favourite aspect of The Foundling, seeing the modest town houses and carriages, hearing about the pub with the elephant in, Bess’s flat and Billingsgate fish market. The setting was perfectly done laying out the history plainly yet creatively to the reader, so vividly described that you could picture it perfectly.

The audiobook, too, really brought the past to life. From Bess’s cockney London accent to Alexandra’s slow and posh drawl, seamlessly changing between the two narrators as the story is told, really brings the plot to life. It’s immersive, creative and captivating, really setting the stage and stunning the reader.

Bess’s character is the backbone of The Foundling. Her desperation to get her daughter back, the strong friendship she forms with Kezia and the love she has for her family make her chapters poignant and powerful. This graceful main character leads the reader through large swathes of the story, the theme of found family strongly portrayed through her narrative.

Alexandra Callard, a reclusive widow with a fear of London and the dangers it presents, was an unusual character explored under Hall’s careful words. From childhood trauma to the sudden death of her husband Alexandra clearly struggles to cope, refusing to open her house up to more than a handful of servants and imprisoning her daughter for fear of any harm. This nervous character was difficult to relate to, her strange life style and detached emotions making her hard for me as a reader to connect to. However, Alexandra’s character grew on me throughout the novel and her strange way of life made her character arc and growth all the more powerful as the novel draws to a close.

At times the pacing felt difficult, the long descriptions of Alexandra’s strange life and the days the reader lives in her townhouse felt dull and often made me wonder if the novel was going to pick up at all. Overally I understood why a large chunk of the novel took place inside Alexandra’s house where we see the character development taking place between Charlotte and her nursemaid and follow Alexandra’s insecurities towards her own parenting ability but these chapters felt slow compared to the bustle of the streets of London and the fish markets.

Although the plot does lag for a few chapters, as detailed above, The Foundling still presents an exciting and well executed premise that I felt was overall worth reading. I found the plot unique, with a satisfying conclusion, the characters well written, realistic and fleshed out.

The Foundling presents strong women in an artful way. Rather than the brash young woman who is angry at the world and system for never considering her an equal that are too common in historical fiction novels The Foundling is much more subtle. In small ways, such as Alexandra’s life as a widower, having refused to remarry and remaining a property owner secure in her income and strong in her will and mind and Bess who is again unmarried and the bread winner of her family, bringing in income and never pondering on what she could have. The entire novels centres around women, their friendships, relationships and family that really brings to life the strong characters of the time without bordering on the impossible.

Overall The Foundling is a well written historical fiction that encompasses a unique plot and shows an exiting piece of history I hadn’t explored through literature before. With themes of found family and well developed character arcs the novel is a heart warming read.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

You can find more of my reviews here and also over on my goodreads.

The Million Posts I have in Drafts

So I am, in all honestly, a pretty terrible blogger. Sparse posting and a lack of enthusiasm for editing has left my WordPress drafts folder full of 89 posts (?!?). A significant number of those drafts are reviews when, at the beginning of the year, I told myself I would get better at reviewing books as I read them. Which I did but I never told myself I’d get better at publishing them. Oops. Anyway here is a list of the million posts I have in drafts. Well, actually, it’s only 10 of them.

 This is for Top Ten Tuesday, you can find the other posts here and you can check out all my list posts here. Let me know if you’ve ready any of these books in the comments section! Also if you’re a blogger do you also struggle to review? Do you review everything you read? Do you hoard drafts like I do or are your post straight out the door?

The Surface Breaks

1. Oh this novel was terrible. It is basically the original fairy tale (which, lets face it, isn’t that great) with some pointless stuff thrown in there. What was the point in Gaia’s bleeding feet? Was Oscar’s company falling apart and his lack of interest meant to go nowhere or was there a point to all that?

Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

2. I am still reading this in my defence but currently the half finished review consists of just the words ‘cringey dialogue’. Hopefully I can add some more words to that soon.


3. I loved this book but I still haven’t reviewed it. I am way worse at reviewing novels I actually enjoyed than typing up a quick rant review, does anyone else find that?

The Starless Sea

4. This review is pretty well done but I’m still 50 pages from finishing the novel and feel I should give it at least that to redeem itself. It’s just so slow. So little happens and what does happen takes about an age to occur. And also the characters are always super obnoxious.

The Foundling

5. Another very nearly finished review. So nearly finished I have scheduled the post for later this week so get hyped for my gushing over how much I loved this novel!


6. A nearly finished review. I didn’t like Cath very much at all in this book, she was very self centred but I loved reading a novel set at university. I really don’t think it’s a setting explored enough in YA given how life changing it is for many young people!

The Mercies

7. So I’ve read three of Karen Milwood Hargrave’s books and this is the only one I actually enjoyed. The first one was a little young, so fair enough, The Deathless Girls fell a bit flat for me but The Mercies was gripping. It’s based on a true and terrible story that I highly recommend to anyone.

Shadow and Bone

8. I’ve actually recently picked up sequel! Which I’m enjoying but not overly invested in? I’m not quite sure why but I don’t really care about the characters as much as I do with other reads, and I also found Shadow and Bone very same old same old fantasy YA.

I Know Why The Caged Birds Sings

9. This autobiography is shocking. It’s dark, powerful and well written and I highly recommend, but definitely not one for the YA readers reading this post.

The Testaments

X. And my tenth unpublished draft review is of The Testaments, sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. I listened to this on audiobook and it was good, a little less graphic and dark compared to the first one and sort of lacked any point but it was still interesting to see Aunt Lydia’s backstory.