With an overflowing drafts folder, slightly lazy posting schedule and half a dozen reviews I need to get out by the end of the year, to count towards my Goodreads goal, I’ve devised a crazy plan. To blog everyday. Yep, to post something everyday for a whole month as part of a blogging wide event called Blogtober.

Here’s a short schedule of what you can expect to appear on my blog this month, partly to help me plan it, mostly for accountability and a little bit for you guys to get hyped!

Tuesday 1stTop Ten Tuesday: Summer TBR The Results

Wednesday 2nd – Blogtober Schedule

Thursday 3rdSeptember Wrap Up

Friday 4th – 30 Words: 30 Words I Learnt from Books

Saturday 5th – Discussion Post: Why no Post on Sunday?

Sunday 6th – No Post

Monday 7th – Tag: On this Day

Tuesday 8thTop Ten Tuesday: Character Traits All Protagonists Should Have

Wednesday 9th Summer Book Haul 1

Thursday 10thGilmore Girls Challenge: Update

Friday 11th – Review: The Raven Boys

Saturday 12th – 30 Words: 30 More Words I Learnt from Books

Sunday 13th – No Post

Monday 14th – Wrap Up: Halfway Through Blogtober

Tuesday 15th – Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Book Titles that Deserve an Oscar. Or the Book Title Equivalent

Wednesday 16th – Review: Finale

Thursday 17th – Discussion Post: Why I wouldn’t Want Blogging as a Career

Friday 18th – Summer Book Haul 2

Saturday 19th – Review: A Curse so Dark and Lonely

Sunday 20th – No Post

Monday 21st – Non Bookish Post: Just a Handful of My Favourite Birthdays

Tuesday 22nd – Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I Would Rename

Wednesday 23rd – Discussion Post: Is Bigger Always Better?

Thursday 24th – Review: Vox

Friday 25th – 30 Words: Yet Another 30 Words I Learnt from Books

Saturday 26th – Review: When Dimple Met Rishi

Sunday 27th – No Post

Monday 28th – Review: Red Queen

Tuesday 29th – Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books that Weren’t Horror yet Still Freaked me Out

Wednesday 30th – Discussion Post: Is the Immaturity of Youth Shown Enough in YA

Thursday 31st – Wrap Up: October Wrap Up

YALC Wrap Up

Every year for the last five years I’ve attended YALC, the Young Adult Literature Convention, in London. Circled my calendar, pooled over the schedule and, with pages curling in the 38 degree heat of last Thursday, stuffed my rucksack full of books. After a brief debate if I’d really need a hairbrush for the one night I’d be staying at my friends in London I was set and ready to go. And for those wondering, I decided I did not need the hairbrush, and I’m sporting a frizzy birds nest by day two just to prove it.

On the train up I was casually pondering if I’d forgotten my toothbrush when my friend, book blogger inspiration and bookish partner in crime, Jo rung me to gush that she was ready, about to stumble to the convention three hours early and would I please hurry up. My apologies on the railways behalf, because what does signalling problems even mean, and my assurances that I’d be there before 10:30 quickly turned to fangirl babble as we compared books and planned our day.

The convention centre felt suspiciously cool when we arrived, usually a sweltering hall crammed with book lovers in the thirty degree heat of July. Suspicious but relieved, we grabbed a few signing tickets before heading over to the agents arena because Jo wanted querying tips for the book she’s just written.

On unforgiving plastic chairs that creaked everytime I shifted slightly, which of course I couldn’t stop doing all of a sudden, I vaguely listened to the agent explain query letters while Jo dutifully took notes. There may have been some scrolling on my part. And I may have thrust my Twitter in front of Jo a handful of times because cute puppy or exciting read. Basically if Jo struggles to query her book it’s all Twitter’s fault.

Leaving the talk we assured each other we’d take it slow. Split the stands up so we wouldn’t be bored, as our first signing wasn’t until frustratingly late in the afternoon. So obviously, with the best of intentions, we started weaving our way greedily through the stands, ogling at the glistening covers and snatching cute badges in a giddy and excited rush. We’d done them all pretty much by lunchtime.

Although not as paced as we may have planned we did secure some afternoon entertainment in the form of hunting for rubber bats as we tried to win a proof of Alexandra Christo’s Into the Crooked Places. I managed to snag one off the big Y in YALC and Jo and I are now the proud shared owners of this glittery purple proof. I get it first since I spotted the bat.

The day ended with me deliberating far too much over the book swap, babbling incoherently at Derek Landy as he signed off my book with a skull before meeting our friends for dinner in the evening. In just a slight summer drizzle and a sticky humid evening our tired feet made it back to Jo’s London flat where we compared our purchases and admired our Fairy Loot prints.

On Saturday our friend Hannah joined us. You might think this narrative is going get confusing with two Hannah’s on the scene but lucky for you I’ve told it in first person. You see, I think about my readers.

On a rainy Saturday morning we grabbed our bags, mine now significantly lighter after we’d swung by my office Friday night, and rushed to the convention centre. We knew VE Schwab would be popular and wanted to get low numbered queue tickets but we were nearly 300th in the queue when we stumbled to the ticket stand a mere half hour after it opened. The calmness of yesterday had given way to the weekend that dragged an uncomfortably warm, heaving room full book lovers with it, presenting us with a much more exhausting first few hours.

Slightly dejected we consoled ourselves with our low numbered Malorie Blackman and Karen McManus tickets. Hannah was keen to go round the stalls and it didn’t take much convincing for either us to join her, my formally empty tote now restuffed with more books and a very pretty hardback I won of Fairy Loot.

The afternoon was filled with exciting bookish promise. With clammy hands clutching treasured books we queued in the greenhouse that is the signings area, Jo having traded her 281 for a 39 VE Schwab signing ticket. We were only allowed to get three books signed and one dedicated and Jo swapped out one of hers for my new copy of Vicious. Being the incredible human being she is when we were asked which one we wanted dedicating she got my book dedicated to me! Makes me feel bad for stealing all the cookie dough when we get Ben and Jerry’s.

After absolutely melting in front of VE Schwab, both from heat and from love, we located our trusty plug socket we’d unearthed in previous years and dumped our hauls for a moment of chill. With a brief interlude where we played hunt the bat again in the hope of not having to argue over our pretty purple proof we spent most of the afternoon sitting and admiring a nearby dog. If you’re wondering we are now doomed to forever fight over the possession of that proof. I did manage to win a proof of Thorn of Swans by posting an impressive bird impression on Twitter and got Jo and I chocolate cupcakes from the Fairy Loot stand when they unveiled yet more copies of Caravel are being made. It wasn’t all a loss.

Our final signing was with Malorie Blackman at the end of day. We were both beginning to get slightly steamed and a tad icky by that point, as we flopped down on beanbags next to a nearly cleared out stand. The hour wait was not without it’s perks: we got a sweaty snap with Alwyn Hamilton when she finished signing and, because she is a lovely human, she remembered us from the last three years she’d been to the convention. Possibly our giggles and squeeles are very memorable.

The day, and the whole event, ended with a giddy meeting with Malorie Blackman, who is just too lovely, a quick sugar crash and a sleepy trip home. Now for 364 days of recuperating before we do it all again.

Hannah, Jo and I on Saturday

My First Ten Reviews

Hello all and happy Tuesday! Which is the new Monday since we all have to go back to work now (boo). Anyway as it’s now summer (unofficially) here’s a cheery list of my first ten reviews.

1. The Hazel Wood

Did I really give this novel five stars? I don’t even remember it now 😂 maybe I was feeling generous as it’s my first ever review.

2. Blackbird

I got this novel as a proof from YALC and it was ok, with its simple prose and short chapters. Made a quick read between study breaks at uni. Although I remember the blurb was nothing to do with the actual book.

3. The Fandom


I was clearly more generous when I started blogging because this novel was terrible. I still can’t get over how many times I read the words ‘soft Scouse accent’ or ‘pixie grin’. 😳

4. Indigo’s Dragon


Even in my generous years I couldn’t give this novel more than two stars. The author was lovely at YALC and I do feel bad but the novel really made no sense.

5. Rebel of the Sands


I am still ridiculously proud of the photo I took for this review. My first ever Bookstagram post as well! And a fab read.

6. Pride and Prejudice


Yessss. The second Austen I ever read but my all time favourite. Don’t ask me why I’m such an Austen fan, it really doesn’t go with the YA fantasy repertoire.

7. The Exact Opposite of Okay


Mixed feelings on this one. On one hand, yas the message is great, on the other the protagonist says women who take STEM subjects are just uber dedicated to the ‘vagenda’, and yeah that makes me cross.

8. Children of Blood and Bone


Ah we’re getting into those fab summer reads now. This one was right up there last summer, it was amazing.

9. Ace of Shades

Can I have King of Fools now please?

10. Throne of Glass

Tenth review and possibly my most controversial yet 😬 I was honestly not a fan. I’m reading the second one now and might DNF it, I’m really not into this series, as much as everyone else likes it.

Let’s Compare Notes

There are my first ten reviews! Since I’ve only been a blogger for a year they’re all quite recent actually. Have you read any of these books? What was your first ever review? Got a list of your own? Feel free to drop a link or opinion in the comments section!

Circe Review [Audiobook]

The story of Circe has been retold throughout the centuries, famously depicted in Homer’s Odyssey. Madeline Miller’s interpretation is presented to the reader in this popular novel.

Circe is daughter of Helios, an undesirable nymph raised in her father’s cruel court. Desperate to not be as atrocious as her godly family she is depicted as a free spirit, helping her grandfather during his calamitous punishment from Zeus and falling in love with a selfish mortal who finds another, more beautiful nymph. But when her rage forces her to exile she is faced with the realities of the gods and horrors of mortals alike.

But in a solitary life, there are rare moments when another soul dips near yours, as stars once a year brush the earth

The novel centres entirely on Circe’s character. Her cold rage, arduous existence and struggling humanity provides the narrative to a plot woven from the Greek myths. Throughout her exile her character grows, understanding more of the gods’ personalities from mortals as she comes to realise who she is. With only fleeting glimpses of other characters who briefly touch her immortal eternity Circe’s character development is the nucleus of the tale.

Circe’s sense of integrity and remorse sets her aside from the gods she grew up around and becomes a prevalent theme throughout the novel. The freedom Circe comes to enjoy in her exile and the space she is given to grow and study magic further emphasis this theme, as she struggles to help the mortals her family so desperately want to manipulate.

It is a common saying that women are delicate creatures, flowers, eggs, anything that may be crushed in a moment’s carelessness. If I had ever believed it, I no longer did.

In some accounts of the tale Circe’s ability to turn men into animals was akin to a temptress, leading men astray, however in this retelling it is characterized as justice. This sense of transformation persists not only when Circe turns rapists and thieves into pigs, but when Scylla becomes a monster, insinuating that their images now reflect their personalities. This theme builds up throughout the novel becoming increasingly evident to reader, foreshadowing the ending the author has chosen.

This novel draws on different historical retellings of this myth as the basis for the plot: Telegonus’s meeting with his father, Scylla’s monstrous transformation and even Odysseus’s crew being turned to pigs. The hapless presence of these events, strung together from individual stories, made the plot feel disjointed and often I struggled to engage with the wider storyline when a self contained allegory concluded.

But he was a harp with only one string, and the note it played was himself.

The combination of different retellings negatively effects the pacing also. I found it difficult to engage with each new chapter of the story when the last ended so decisively. However the story is well crafted and, given the unusual premise, the juddering pace was understandable. The events of the novel take place over hundreds of years which meant, despite the pace not feeling smooth, the plots of the novel never felt unnecessarily drawn out.

Miller’s writing style is unique and excellently shaped for this style of novel. Her allegories are precise and to the point, enabling the plot to cover such a complex and long history, while also being peppered with beautiful descriptions and intricate details. The writing radiated a story telling vibe, feeling almost akin to the Greek myths themselves, which felt appropriate given the subject.

Perhaps no parent can truly see their child. When we look we see only the mirror of our own faults.

The setting of this novel is the Greek island of Aeaea, where Circe is exiled to. It’s untamed woods, streams and rocky outcrops make it a wild paradise much like Calypso’s island in the original myths. Circe roams this wildness barefoot, highlighting both her invulnerability as a goddess and her freedom as an exile. The island is stark comparison to Circe’s father’s halls, which is beautiful in design and allows nymphs to safely roam and sunbathe openly. Despite the island being untamed and filled with wolves and lions it still feels safer to Circe than the manicured halls she grew up in.

I listened to this novel as an audiobook, which I would strongly recommend. It adds to the story telling tone of the novel and aids the reader in difficult Greek pronunciation from the original myths. The reader, Perdita Weeks, is clear and encapsulates Circe’s personality perfectly in a delicate and clear tone. Occasionally Circe would speak more softly than her companions which made the volume difficult to accurately determine, but otherwise the reading was perfect.

“Some people are like constellations that only touch the earth for a season

I would suggest Circe to adults with an interest in the Greek myths. It’s drawings on popular tales and well researched plot lines will be more enjoyable if you have a basis of the original myths and histories of the time. Graphic scenes of rape, childbirth and murder should deter younger readers.

In conclusion, Circe is a powerful and thought provoking novel. The enchanting descriptions, carefully crafted characters and detailed references to Greek mythology make it an enjoyable read, let down only by the disjointed plot and pace.


10 Book Characters I Wouldn’t Mind Switching with on the Condition I Don’t Die Horribly

Hello hello. As a fantasy reader this Top Ten Tuesday topic was actually really hard. I mean, these books are made exciting by the struggle, and I’m not so keen on that… So here’s my list of characters I wouldn’t mind switching with on the condition I don’t have to do anything helpful.

1. A Demigod

Literally any demigod, I’m not picky. I’d love to have fun with my mates all summer, playing games and discovering cool powers. Although I would turn down questing and anything remotely heroic.

2. Any Hogwarts Student

Who was not wishing they could attend Hogwarts as a kid? If I could not be murdered by Voldemort that would be nice.

3. Elyian

Elyian’s life in To Kill a Kingdom just sounds amazing. He spends his days sailing on a tropical ocean exploring foreign paradises- it sounds amazing.

4. Circe

Circe gets exhiled to a tropical paradise where she trains a lioness and lounges on the beach all day waiting for Hermes to visit. Sounds like a pretty chill life.

5. Kell

Wouldn’t being a magical Prince be so much fun? Especially in Red London.

6. Max Ride

Who would not want to fly?!

7. A Caravel Player

I’d love to enter this magical, slightly sinister world. Obviously I’d play for the fun and not to win. And if I can have some of those magical dresses too that would be grand.

8. Karou

Karou, from Daughter of Smoke and Bone, can fly and has a ton of tiny wishes at her disposal and is mega rich. Sounds like a nice way to live.

9. Enne

From Ace of Shades? I don’t know, it would be quite fun to be a super powerful gymnast in the middle of New Reynes.

10. Amani

From Rebel of the Sand. I would pass on the whole rebellion thing, but being able to control the sand while living in a dessert? Yep, sounds fun.

Let’s Compare Notes

So there you have it! The characters I’d switch places with, and then write my own plot. Who would you want to be? Have you read any of my ones? Feel free to drop link or an opinion in the comments section!

February Wrap Up

Hello bookworms! And normal worms. And non worms. Sorry, I’ll stop talking about worms now. As you know the bizarrely warm month of February has just ended, ridiculously early because it’s a tiny month. Like seriously I nearly forgot to pay my rent, it was so short. But the end of the month means another wrap up! Here’s how I spent the month, in books, on the blog and offline (😱)

What I Read

📚 Daughter of Smoke and Bone – this novel was just amazing. Easily my favourite read of the month.

📚 Alex and Eliza – in contrast this novel was terrible. Possibly my lowest star rating on the blog, ever.

📚 Huckleberry Finn – my classic of the month, prepare for all my opinions in my upcoming review!

What I Wrote

🖋️ Gilmore Girls Challenge Episode One – since research for this post involved watching TV it was of course fun to write

🖋️ 10 Adorable Fictional Couples – it’s always fun to gush about my favourite ships.

🖋️ Sunshine Blogger’s Award – this was so fun to write! I really enjoyed answering all the wacky questions.

🖋️ 10 Upcoming Releases I’m On The Fence About – is it controversial that Priory made this list? Upcoming releases I don’t know if I’ll read or not 😬

What I Read Online

💻 Is it Fair to Judge Old Books Based on Todays Standard’s – such an interesting post! And something I’ve often wondered about and discussed with my boyfriend.

💻 The Classic Club List Adjustments – someone else who’s attempting to read more Classics! Was great checking out this list and discussing some Jane Austen!

💻 Greek Gods Book Tag – I got tagged in this Greek Gods book tag which is excellent since I was a massive PJO fan as a kid!

💻 The Sunshine Blogger Award – I was very honoured that someone answered my bizarre questions!

What I Did

Mini Golf– but London style. The balls were electric, the pizzas had a sourdough base, a man in a red jacket stood nearby to bring us drinks and the holes included a half pipe, a general knowledge quiz where your ball answers for you and a game of beer pong but with golf thrown in there.

🎭 Hamilton– I saw this sensational musical with my friends and it was excellent 😍

☃️ Snowball Fight– my friends from school visited and we had a very fun snowball fight on my local marsh. Because I live in the country now and we have a local marsh.

Cream tea– some friends from university visited and we curled up in front of the fire and enjoyed a cream tea at a local café

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor Review

I had been told this novel was good, and that’s undeniable. The imaginative world, creative plot and exceptional writing dragged me straight into this exceptional story.

Our heroine, Karou, is a Prague teenager with lapis lazuli coloured hair who sketches mythical beasts that live behind magical doors and collect teeth. Her class, and the reader, believe she simply has a strong imagination, but it is soon revealed her secret world exists and is much more sinister than anything she has drawn. But when Karou is mysteriously cut off from her secret world she must finally face the question that has always plagued her: why was she raised by beasts?

“Work? Since when do you work?”

“I work. What do you think I live on, rainwater and daydreams?”

Half the novel is told in the present- following Karou and her mystical life in Prague, and her role in the teeth trade, while the other half tells Madrigal’s story, set in the past, who she is, and what life is like in her world. While I do enjoy a good backstory I found this novel lingered too much in the past. It felt less personal than the story being told in the present and had little details of Madrigals inner thoughts, although it did still touch on these. I didn’t like that we dipped away from the action in the present day, that had captivated me so much, to follow this backstory for so long. It felt a bit like starting a new novel right as the one I was reading got interesting- I wasn’t ready for more world building and character introduction. However, it was still an entertaining and a well written aside.

As the novel is split into these two dialogues it’s pacing is difficult to judge. While the parts that centre on the backstory felt a little longer than needed, mostly because I was desperate to get back to the present and read about Karou’s story, the parts that follow Karou was well paced and intriguing. I liked how the world building was done: first perceived through Karou’s sketchbook, and then through her own eyes. I particularly enjoyed descriptions of Karou’s life in Prague, with the ghost tour host of an ex boyfriend and bowls of Goulash with her best friend. Madrigal’s timeline was a little tricky to nail down as there were glimpses of her story interwoven throughout the novel. Her story was well written, but felt less personal than Karou’s as it wasn’t grounded in the real world, which made Karou’s story slightly more relatable.

It is a condition of monsters that they do not perceive themselves as such. The dragon, you know, hunkered in the village devouring maidens, heard the townsfolk cry ‘Monster!’ and looked behind him.

The novel’s plot is fast paced and exciting, mostly revolving around Karou discovering the secrets of her mysterious life. There isn’t a build up to a big fight at the end or any kind of resolution, the entire novel centers around Karou discovering who Madrigal was. The twist at the end wasn’t exactly surprising but I didn’t mind since it was designed more to shock Karou than the reader. The novel is clearly building up to its sequel and, although it doesn’t involve any finite resolution, the author tells an exciting mystery interwoven with lots of action and revelations, making the novel entertaining in its own right.

What really made this novel was the writing style. Beautiful descriptions, delicate imagery and vivid scenes are dotted throughout the novel. Some scenes and backstories were a bit graphic for me, making me feel a little uncomfortable (I’m not a reader for gore). The sense of foreboding throughout the novel is always present in Karou’s story, giving the novel a haunting aspect. The writing style is creative and the author balances well personal thoughts, banter, descriptions and world building.

She moved like a poem and smiled like a sphinx”

I’d say this novel is aimed at older readers. The atmosphere is sinister at times and some scenes are more graphically told than I would have liked, as mentioned. It felt more like New Adult (if only it were a proper genre, alas) than young adult, although it doesn’t contain any sexual content.

The theme of good and evil is prominent throughout the novel. Karou is often questioning if her boss and father figure, Brimstone, is good and the novel holds the overall message about not judging too quickly. Karou delves into Christian imagery often when debating Akiva and his kind but the novel didn’t take any religious turns, thankfully. Karou constantly wonders what the teeth are being used for and often addresses how the sentient beasts she calls her family would be considered monsters in her world. References to real life prejudices and war made me think the author was trying to make a point, reinforced by the Romeo and Juliet type plot, but this wasn’t explored too much within the novel.

Have you ever asked yourself, do monsters make war, or does war make monsters?

In this novel we only meet a handful of characters, but all of them are well developed. Even Madrigal’s sister’s, Chiro’s, motives and thoughts are explored which makes the characters powerful and personal to the reader. I liked Karou’s dry wit and sarcastic narrative, but found Madrigal complacent in comparison- she showed a lot less spunk in her narrative. Karou’s best friend, Zuzana, was an easy favourite for me, with her quick humour and quips, the slightly dark banter between the two girls being a real highlight of the novel. It was a shame she was only in half the novel, although this couldn’t be helped, and I’m hoping to see more of her in the sequel.

It’s not like there’s a law against flying.”

“Yes there is. The law of gravity.

Overall I did enjoy this novel. It is well written and the characters were easy to like and well developed, the mystery complete and insolvable. My only criticism would be that Madrigal’s chapters could have been more dotted throughout the novel than all in one chunk. I did like that they explained a lot of things in Karou’s present but it felt too much like tangent being placed directly in the middle of Karou’s story.


10 Books I’ve just Added to my TBR

I’m sitting on a train currently freezing as I type this. The January snow has definitely arrived. What’s more I have a crazy busy week of after work dinners, training, friends, and a random trip to Bristol coming up this week- can you tell the first pay day since we all went broke on Christmas has just occurred?

But there’s one more thing January is: the month of tbr growth. Bloggers make lists of upcoming releases or the best books of 2018, readathons are planned and, finally, I look at my the pile of books I meant to read last year and weep. Basically my tbr is currently toppling over. But I’ve easily got a new ten novels just added to it.

Just a TBR note: I don’t have a physical one really, not when the library want each book returned within three weeks. I just go in there and request books so that’s what I consider to be a tbr really.

1. Enchantee

Coming out soon, I am so buzzed for this Parisian setting, fantasy novel. And I have heard nothing but great things of the proofs so far (also did anyone see those covers posted on Twitter yesterday?!) 😍

2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone

I was reading a glowing review of this yesterday and that has really spurred me into action. This book sounds amazing and doesn’t deserve the layer of dust it has no doubt accumulated sitting on my shelf since YALC.

3. The Cruel Prince

The hype for it’s sequel is currently doing the rounds on Twitter and I’ve been assured it’s not too romance heavy so it may be sneaking its way to the top of my very lengthy tbr.

4. Six of Crows

Because King of Scars is coming out and I don’t like feeling left out.

5. Finale

Can I add a book that isn’t yet out to my tbr? Who knows. But having just finished Legendary we can safely assume this book will be consumed immediately when it is released.

6. A Conjuring of Light

You know how you sort of have tiers in a tbr? Where the inner tier are books you’ll read this month and the outer ones are ‘eh I’ll get to it soon’ sort of thing? Just me? Oh well. Suffice to say after the glorious read that was A Gathering of Shadows this novel has progressed to a new ‘must read now’ tier.

7. We Hunt the Flames

I’ve seen this lad on Twitter quite a bit lately and am still in two minds of whether I’ll read it (because you can’t always trust hype). It’s teetering on the edge of my tbr for this year.

8. The Surface Breaks

My friend has offered to lend me a copy if she likes it so I am even more excited to get this Little Mermaid retelling into my hands.

9. The Infernal Devices

One of my friends is desperate to fangirl (guy? He’s a guy but I feel ‘fangirl’ is just a general term?) with me on this series and I have promised to pick up a Cassandra Clare again. Hopefully it’ll be good, I last read them when I was quite young…

10. On the Come Up

Another book that hasn’t yet been released! I’m not doing great here. Anyway having just seen the proofs on Twitter and with the excitement of her UK tour announcement (which I’m still not sure if I’ll attend, £15 is a lot when you don’t get the book!), I’m very excited for this novel! The Hate U Give was brilliant!!

Let’s Compare Notes

So there you have it! My recent tbr additions. What are you have just added to your tbr? Do you have a physical collection? Would love to hear from you in the comments!

2019 Releases I’m Excited for

I’m having a terrible day, and it’s only 7:46 am in the morning… I accidentally grabbed the tuppleware containing defrosting pork steaks instead of my lunch from the fridge this morning and they’ve leaked raw meat juice all over my notebooks, jeans and signed copy of A Gathering of Shadows 😭

But there is one redeeming feature. It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s time for a fun listy post and hopefully some cheery book chatter to take my mind of the fact that I’m going to walk around the office smelling like a butcher and morning my signed book. So, on with the exciting releases!!

1. Children of Vice and Virtue

I am so excited for this novel 😍 Children of Blood and Bone was simply amazing and I can’t wait to dive back into Zelie and Amari’s world.

2. On the Come Up

I will read anything by Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give was excellent and I can’t wait to dive into her next novel.

3. Priory of the Orange Tree

I’ve put this one on here but I’m not totally sure I’ll read it 😬 it’s just a bit big, and despite loving the author and dragons I don’t know if I can commit to this epic…

4. Paper and Hearts Society

Again, a novel I’m not sure if I’ll read or not, I follow Lucy on Twitter and have seen her get increasingly excited for her novel. Although it’s not something I would normally read, I’ll probably give it a go!

5. Once and Future

This sounds so funny. It’s an Arthurian legend retelling from the perspective of a teenaged girl and the blurb sounds hilarious.

6. Enchantee

I heard about this one from my friend and it sounds amazing. Historical Paris? Yes please.

7. We Hunt the Flames

There’s so much hype about this on Twitter, I think I’ve got secondary hype. It sounds really good and I only hope the people of Twitter are not wrong!

8. Chain of Gold

Another year means another release from Cassandra Clare. I sort of lost touch with the Shadowhunters a little while ago and so many have been published since that I never really caught up. Maybe this will be the release that gets me back into their world?

Lets Compare Notes

So there you have it! A slightly shortened list of 2019 releases I’ll be looking out for. Which releases are you most excited for? Did you make a list? Feel free to share your link or opinion in the comments section! Could use all the book chatter today 😭😭

YA Books that are Good to Take on Holiday

Having just come back from Munich (ah it was fab!) I can confirm that A Gathering of Shadows was probably not the best book to take. It’s an excellent book and I’m enjoying reading it but it’s a brick! Tricky to lug around an airport, uses up valuable space and is not that easy to dip in and out of in those few spare minutes you have on holiday. So I decided to make a list of YA books that will work well on holiday!

1. Holes

Might be YA, might be MG, but it is definitely light hearted and fun. Also it’s got such short chapters! Which are great for dipping in and out of when you’ve got so little time on holiday.

2. Caravel

It’s short and light and not too tricky to follow. And by that I mean that if you forget any important plot points while gazing at prancing giraffes in Africa (do they prance?), the bit you forgot was probably wrong anyway.

3. Percy Jackson

Because on holiday you need something fun! Although you may wish you were traveling on Blackjack.

4. Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone

Because let’s face it, we all know the story anyway. And it’s short and light hearted and pretty heart warming.

5. Throne of Glass

This novel might be full of action but it’s never really sad, which is good since a holiday shouldn’t be sad, and is quite light. It’s only got one narrator and isn’t too complex.

Also if you’re going somewhere to see snowy castles like I did then it’s great for atmosphere.

6. Ace of Shades

As Enie explores a foreign city you can too!

7. The Exact Opposite of Okay

It’s light hearted, funny and full of milkshakes. What could be better while on holiday?

8. City of Bones

Again it’s super funny and easy to read. If I read it while doing my Duke of Edinburgh’s award expedition then I’m sure you can take read it anywhere.

9. The Night Circus

This novel isn’t too tricky to follow given its more description than plot and will definitely make you excited to explore whatever exotic part of world you’re in!

10. To Kill a Kingdom

What could be better than a book all about adventure and exploring the world when that’s exactly what you’re doing?! It’s short, easy to read and perfect for any holiday.

Lets Compare Notes

There you have it! What books have you taken on holiday before? Any recommendations? What did you do your Top Ten Tuesday post on, if you did one? Would be great to hear from you in the comments!