March Wrap Up!

March Wrap Up!

July 23, 2019 (13)
March was a bit of an odd month for me, I ended up in hospital towards the end of the month and have been ill ever since so I didn’t do as much reading as I’d hoped. I did however manage to get through eight of the books on my TBR – so here they are!

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After struggling to find something to watch on Netflix I ended up watching the movie adaptation of this novella by Stephen King and Joe Hill. Like pretty much everything by these authors it was strange and eerie and I wasn’t really sure what was going on. I decided to have a go at the novella and it was a fun and quick read, although not something I’d be likely to pick up again. I definitely preferred it to the film adaptation though. (2.5/5 stars)

Copy of book cover - 2020-04-14T133251.9832. Last Ones Left Alive – Sarah Davis-Goff
Last Ones Left Alive follows the story of three women fighting to survive in a zombie infested Ireland. Last Ones Left Alive is a fierce and feminist tale of friendship, love and survival. I read it in a single afternoon and I still think about what a strong and powerful story it was. I really enjoyed the simple, raw writing style and I’m keen to try more from Sarah Davis-Goff in the future. (3/5 stars)

3. Of Curses and Kisses – Sandhya MenonCopy of book cover - 2020-04-14T133113.709
I love retellings so when I heard about a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast I was sold. This is my first time reading a book by Sandhya Menon and I enjoyed the fun and fast paced story of boarding school romance. It was a light and fluffy read, and it was the perfect story to get lost in when you need a pick me up. It was a fresh and interesting take on such a well known tale and I absolutely flew through this one. (3.5/5 stars)

Copy of book cover - 2020-03-29T191344.8144. Frozen Beauty – Lexa Hillyer
I really enjoyed Lexa Hillyer’s Spindle Fire so was really interested to see what she would do with a contemporary novel. The story follows three sisters in a small town full of secrets. When one mysteriously dies, the remaining two sisters must figure out the truth behind her death as well as find a way to live with their grief. A twisty tale that deals with family, sisterhood and grief, I found this one hard to put down. (4/5 stars)

Copy of book cover - 2020-04-14T133340.8295. Wicked As You Wish – Rin Chupeco
I can’t believe it has taken me this long to pick up a book by Rin Chupeco. I’ve had The Bone Witch on my TBR for ages but haven’t gotten around to it, and when an ARC of this arrived through the post I decided to have a go. I completely adored this wonderful tale of magic, friendship and battle. It was completely unputdownable and I cannot wait to read the next instalment. I’ve also now bumped The Bone Witch to the very top of my TBR because I cannot get enough of her writing. (5/5 stars)

Copy of book cover - 2020-04-14T133429.9806. The Devouring Gray – Christine Lynn Herman
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman has been on my TBR for absolutely ages and it was one of those books I was really excited to read and somehow it just slipped through the cracks. I finally picked it up and I totally loved it. It has pretty much everything I love – creepy little town, weird cult like families with mysterious powers and tons of secrets. I read the last hundred pages or so on the edge of my seat and my next read is definitely going to be The Deck of Omens because I just can’t wait to find out what happens next. (4.5/5 stars)

Copy of book cover - 2020-04-14T133519.1347. Liquid Crystal Nightingale – Eeleen Lee
This space opera meets political thriller is an intense and clever debut, following the story of Pleo Tanza as she survives life on Chatoyance. With her father the only survivor in a mining tragedy and her sister dead, Pleo finds herself framed for the murder of one of her classmates, and wrapped up in a series of events that could change life on Chatoyance forever. Quick paced and exciting, this was a really enjoyable read. (3/5 stars)

Copy of book cover - 2020-03-31T135144.0428. Mortmain Hall – Martin Edwards
Mortmain Hall is the second instalment in the Rachel Savernake series. The story follows Rachel, an amateur sleuth as she attempts to uncover the mystery of a tragic death at her estate during a dinner party. Set in the 1930s, this tale is gripping and intense and gave me serious Agatha Christie vibes. If you’re looking for a beautifully told story to capture your attention this is definitely it. I haven’t read the first book so this can definitely be read as a standalone, but I’m looking forward to picking up book one too. (4/5 stars)

So those are the books I read in March! I’d love to know which books you read in March and if you’ve read any of these what you thought! 

Magical Readathon OWLS TBR!

Magical Readathon OWLS TBR!

July 23, 2019 (8)
The Magical Readathon is a readathon I look forward to every year and I’m so excited for it to start on April 1st. Since I’m stuck in the house I thought I would make a TBR for all the prompts and see how many I could get through. I’ll pick my chosen career at the end based on how many of these I manage to get through – so let’s dive in!

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Ancient Runes: Heart on the cover
Weirdly I couldn’t seem to find any books with a heart on the cover on my shelves so I’m going with Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton for this one.

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Arithmancy: Something outside your favourite genre
I tend to read fantasy and science fiction, so for this I’m going with Karen M. McManus’ latest contemporary thriller with One Of Us Is Next.

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Astronomy: Read the majority of this book at night
For this I picked a book I’ve been wanting to pick up for ages – Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson.

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Care of Magical Creatures: Creature with a beak on the cover
It took me absolutely ages to find a book with a creature that has a beak, but then I remembered I still haven’t gotten around to Crowfall by Ed McDonald, this was a really anticipated release for me so I’m super excited to read it.

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Charms: White cover
One of my most anticipated releases for 2020 is the sequel to Shadowscent: The Darkest Bloom by P. M. Freestone. Crown of Smoke has a gorgeous white cover so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to read it.

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Defence Against the Dark Arts: Book set at sea
So I’m not entirely sure if this book is set at sea but it’s called Stormtide and the paperback has a boat on the cover, so fingers crossed.

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Divination: assign numbers to your TBR and use number generator
I assigned numbers to my review books tbr and it gave me number 58, which is The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K. S. Villoso, which I’m so excited to read.

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Herbology: Title that starts with an M
For this I’m going to read Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey, which is one of the few books I could find on my shelf that started with an M.

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History of magic: book featuring witches
Serpent and Dove has been on my must read list for absolutely ages and I still haven’t gotten around to it so I thought this was the perfect time to pick it up.

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Muggle studies: Read a contemporary
Another one I’m super excited to read, the third instalment in Ashley Poston’s Once Upon a Con series. I love these books so much so I can’t wait to dive in.

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Potions: Book under 150 pages
I really struggled to find a book under 150 pages so I’ve gone with Seeker by Cate Tiernan, which is book ten in the Sweep series and is 172 pages, so pretty close!

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Transfiguration: book that includes shape-shifting
This is another one I’ve been meaning to get around to for ages. I’m not sure how much shapeshifting is actually in the book but seeing as it’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling I figured it would fit the bill!

So those are the books I’m hoping to get to for the Magical Readathon – even if I only get to some of them I’m so excited to read all of these. I’d love to know if you’re participating what you’re planning to read and if you’ve read any of these what you thought!

Six for Sunday: Reasons I Love Blogging

Six for Sunday: Reasons I Love Blogging

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Six for Sunday is a fab weekly post created by Steph over at A Little But A Lot. The prompt for today is reasons you love blogging, so let’s dive in!

Screenshot 2020-02-06 at 17.56.581. Reading more
I was quite a big reader before I became a blogger, but I would probably read a book or maybe two a week at most. Now with being a blogger I always have a book on the go and I always have review copies to get to. It’s definitely increased the amount of reading I do and I find it also challenges me to read more.

2. Seeing people read your recommendations
There’s nothing quite like hearing someone picked up a book you mentioned and really enjoyed it. It’s so nice to know that people trust your judgement enough to pick up a book. I totally love when I go out with my family and they buy books on my recommendation, it never gets old.

3. Learning new skills
I definitely think blogging has taught me a range of skills I didn’t have before. Not only has it improved my writing, I’ve learned skills about website design, making images, taking photos for Instagram, coding marketing and skills in managing my time. It’s really been a brilliant hobby so far.

4. Always having loads to read
This goes without saying but I love blogging because I always have loads of books to read or books I want to buy. Whether it’s someone else’s review or a book that’s been getting lots of buzz on social media I’m constantly picking up new releases and I’ve never gotten to a point where I have nothing to read. My TBR is totally out of control, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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5. Gaining confidence
I’m quite a shy person and going to events and networking with other bloggers and publishing people has helped me gain confidence in talking to people. I went to an event with recently with Cornerstone and while I’m still awkward, I’m definitely way better at going to events and chatting to people now.

6. Discovering new books
I’ve always predominantly been a fantasy/science fiction reader. I’m happy to dip into other things but generally that’s what I usually read. However through blogging I’ve tried so many books I probably would never have picked up and I’m now willing to give pretty much anything a shot. After so many years blogging I’m a big fan of crime, historical fiction and contemporary – something that definitely wouldn’t have been the case before.

So those are six reasons I love blogging! What are reasons you love being a blogger?

February TBR!

February TBR!

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I decided for 2020 I would start making TBRs, I did okay with my January one, reading five of the eight books I had planned to read that month. I’m going to stick with it so here’s the books I hope to get to in February – it’s a pretty ambitious TBR but fingers crossed I can get to most of them!

Copy of book cover - 2020-02-02T170242.0711. Belle Revolte – Linsey Miller
Emilie des Marais is more at home holding scalpels than embroidery needles and is desperate to escape her noble roots to serve her country as a physician. But society dictates a noble lady cannot perform such gruesome work.

Annette Boucher, overlooked and overworked by her family, wants more from life than her humble beginnings and is desperate to be trained in magic. So when a strange noble girl offers Annette the chance of a lifetime, she accepts.

Emilie and Annette swap lives—Annette attends finishing school as a noble lady to be trained in the ways of divination, while Emilie enrolls to be a physician’s assistant, using her natural magical talent to save lives.

But when their nation instigates a frivolous war, Emilie and Annette must work together to help the rebellion end a war that is based on lies.

Copy of book cover - 2020-02-02T170502.1462 Witness X – SE Moorhead
From one of the most original new voices in fiction comes a startling vision of a world where hero Kyra must fight the past to save our future. A genre-bending thriller for the Netflix generation, for fans of Altered Carbon, Dark and Mindhunter.

She’s the only one who can access the truth…

Fourteen years ago, the police caged a notorious serial killer who abducted and butchered two victims every February. He was safe behind bars. Wasn’t he?

But then another body is discovered, and soon enough, the race is on to catch the real killer. Neuropsychologist Kyra Sullivan fights to use a new technology that accesses the minds of the witnesses, working with the police to uncover the truth. Will Kyra discover the person behind the murders, and if so, at what cost? And how far will she go to ensure justice is served?

An addictive futuristic thriller, perfect for fans of Stranger Things.

Copy of book cover - 2020-02-02T170148.6073. The Foundling – Stacey Halls
London, 1754.

Six years after leaving her illegitimate daughter Clara at London’s Foundling Hospital, Bess Bright returns to reclaim the child she has never known. Dreading the worst – that Clara has died in care – the last thing she expects to hear is that her daughter has already been reclaimed – by her. Her life is turned upside down as she tries to find out who has taken her little girl – and why. Less than a mile from Bess’ lodgings in the city, in a quiet, gloomy townhouse on the edge of London, a young widow has not left the house in a decade. When her close friend – an ambitious young doctor at the Foundling Hospital – persuades her to hire a nursemaid for her daughter, she is hesitant to welcome someone new into her home and her life. But her past is threatening to catch up with her and tear her carefully constructed world apart.

Copy of book cover (96)4. The Unspoken Name – A. K. Larkwood
What if you knew how and when you will die?

Csorwe does — she will climb the mountain, enter the Shrine of the Unspoken, and gain the most honored title: sacrifice.

But on the day of her foretold death, a powerful mage offers her a new fate. Leave with him, and live. Turn away from her destiny and her god to become a thief, a spy, an assassin—the wizard’s loyal sword. Topple an empire, and help him reclaim his seat of power.

But Csorwe will soon learn – gods remember, and if you live long enough, all debts come due.

Copy of book cover - 2020-02-02T170033.9565. The Wolf of Oren-Yaro – K. S. Villoso
A queen of a divided land must unite her people, even if they hate her, even if it means stopping a ruin that she helped create. A debut epic fantasy from an exciting new voice.

“I murdered a man and made my husband leave the night before they crowned me.”

Born under the crumbling towers of Oren-yaro, Queen Talyien was the shining jewel and legacy of the bloody War of the Wolves that nearly tore her nation apart. Her upcoming marriage to the son of her father’s rival heralds peaceful days to come.

But his sudden departure before their reign begins fractures the kingdom beyond repair.

Years later, Talyien receives a message, urging her to attend a meeting across the sea. It’s meant to be an effort at reconciliation, but an assassination attempt leaves the queen stranded and desperate to survive in a dangerous land. With no idea who she can trust, she’s on her own as she struggles to fight her way home.

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A child’s life is at stake. Which of the residents of St Andrews is hiding something – and why?

When a baby girl is snatched from the crowd of spectators at a fun run, the local police have a major investigation on their hands. DI Clare Mackay  and her team are in a race against the clock when they learn that the child has a potentially fatal medical condition.

As Clare investigates she realises this victim wasn’t selected at random. Someone knows who took the baby girl, and why. But will they reveal their secrets before it’s too late?

Copy of book cover - 2020-01-05T203117.9637. The Memory Wood – Sam Lloyd
Elijah has lived in the Memory Wood for as long as he can remember. It’s the only home he’s ever known.

Elissa has only just arrived. And she’ll do everything she can to escape.

When Elijah stumbles across thirteen-year-old Elissa, in the woods where her abductor is hiding her, he refuses to alert the police. Because in his twelve years, Elijah has never had a proper friend. And he doesn’t want Elissa to leave.

Not only that, Elijah knows how this can end. After all, Elissa isn’t the first girl he’s found inside the Memory Wood.

As her abductor’s behaviour grows more erratic, Elissa realises that outwitting strange, lonely Elijah is her only hope of survival. Their cat-and-mouse game of deception and betrayal will determine both their fates, and whether either of them will ever leave the Memory Wood . . .

Copy of book cover - 2020-02-02T165806.2218. Havenfall – Sara Holland
A safe haven between four realms. The girl sworn to protect it–at any cost.

Hidden deep in the mountains of Colorado lies the Inn at Havenfall, a sanctuary that connects ancient worlds–each with their own magic–together. For generations, the inn has protected all who seek refuge within its walls, and any who disrupt the peace can never return.

For Maddie Morrow, summers at the inn are more than a chance to experience this magic first-hand. Havenfall is an escape from reality, where her mother sits on death row accused of murdering Maddie’s brother. It’s where Maddie fell in love with handsome Fiorden soldier Brekken. And it’s where one day she hopes to inherit the role of Innkeeper from her beloved uncle.

But this summer, the impossible happens–a dead body is found, shattering everything the inn stands for. With Brekken missing, her uncle gravely injured, and a dangerous creature on the loose, Maddie suddenly finds herself responsible for the safety of everyone in Havenfall. She’ll do anything to uncover the truth, even if it means working together with an alluring new staffer Taya, who seems to know more than she’s letting on. As dark secrets are revealed about the inn itself, one thing becomes clear to Maddie–no one can be trusted, and no one is safe . . .

Copy of book cover - 2020-02-02T165438.8869. Highfire – Eoin Colfer
In the days of yore, he flew the skies and scorched angry mobs—now he hides from swamp tour boats and rises only with the greatest reluctance from his Laz-Z-Boy recliner. Laying low in the bayou, this once-magnificent fire breather has been reduced to lighting Marlboros with nose sparks, swilling Absolut in a Flashdance T-shirt, and binging Netflix in a fishing shack. For centuries, he struck fear in hearts far and wide as Wyvern, Lord Highfire of the Highfire Eyrie—now he goes by Vern. However…he has survived, unlike the rest. He is the last of his kind, the last dragon. Still, no amount of vodka can drown the loneliness in his molten core. Vern’s glory days are long gone. Or are they?

A canny Cajun swamp rat, young Everett “Squib” Moreau does what he can to survive, trying not to break the heart of his saintly single mother. He’s finally decided to work for a shady smuggler—but on his first night, he witnesses his boss murdered by a crooked constable.

Regence Hooke is not just a dirty cop, he’s a despicable human being—who happens to want Squib’s momma in the worst way. When Hooke goes after his hidden witness with a grenade launcher, Squib finds himself airlifted from certain death by…a dragon?

The swamp can make strange bedfellows, and rather than be fried alive so the dragon can keep his secret, Squib strikes a deal with the scaly apex predator. He can act as his go-between (aka familiar)—fetch his vodka, keep him company, etc.—in exchange for protection from Hooke. Soon the three of them are careening headlong toward a combustible confrontation. There’s about to be a fiery reckoning, in which either dragons finally go extinct—or Vern’s glory days are back.

A triumphant return to the genre-bending fantasy that Eoin Colfer is so well known for, Highfire is an effortlessly clever and relentlessly funny tour-de-force of comedy and action.

Copy of book cover - 2020-02-02T165311.32710. A Memory Called Empire – Arkady Martine
Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn’t an accident—or that Mahit might be next to die, during a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court.

Now, Mahit must discover who is behind the murder, rescue herself, and save her Station from Teixcalaan’s unceasing expansion—all while navigating an alien culture that is all too seductive, engaging in intrigues of her own, and hiding a deadly technological secret—one that might spell the end of her Station and her way of life—or rescue it from annihilation.

So those are the books I’m hoping to get to in February. If you’ve read any of them I’d love to know what you thought and I’d also love to know what’s on your February TBR!

Six For Sunday – Bookish Habits!

Six For Sunday – Bookish Habits!

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Today on Six for Sunday the prompt is bookish habits, so let’s dive in!

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I use an amazing spreadsheet made by Kaleena at Reader Voracious. It helps you track pretty much everything from the number of books you’ve read this year, how many ARCS you have outstanding, the followers and stats of your blog and everything in between. It’s brilliant for helping me plan my blog posts and I think I’d be pretty lost without it.

2. Collecting bookmarks
I’m a bit obsessed with bookmarks. If we go on holiday or go to an event I always like to pick one up in the places we’ve visited. To be honest I usually just end up using the same ones over and over again but I have a nice little collection and I love getting new ones.

3. Reading more than one book at once
I’ve got a terrible habit of reading more than one book at once and then it takes me even longer to finish them. I currently have two on the go at the moment – which is actually pretty good at the moment.

4. Reading in the car
This is a new habit I’ve picked up since I started driving to work rather than commuting on the train. I’ve started leaving a bit earlier so that I get to work in plenty time and then I can spend thirty minutes in the car just chilling out and reading some of book. It’s a great way to start the day and always puts me in a good mood.

5. Always having an overflowing TBR Cart
I bought one of those adorably cute TBR carts and it’s great for putting the books I haven’t read yet. Trouble is when I take one off and read and it leaves a space it pretty much means I’ll go out and buy another book – I don’t think I’ll ever have a cart that’s half empty.

6. Reading with my cat82920045_166658737938387_4138736297239904256_n
My favourite place in the world to read is on the couch with the cat. It’s become something of a routine at weekends for me to grab a blanket and she’ll sleep while I read. It’s really relaxing, the only trouble being that it’s a bit distracting when she starts to snore!

So those are six of my bookish habits, what are some of your bookish habits?

2019 Reading Survey!

2019 Reading Survey!

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This was a really fun survey I did in 2018 so I thought I would bring it back again for 2019. I originally got this from the lovely TV Addicted Bookworm!

Number of books read: 108
Number of rereads: 7
Pages Read: 33, 990
Genre you read most: Fantasy


Copy of book cover (40)1. Best book you read in 2019?

This is definitely the worst question, there are so many books that I really truly adored so I find it difficult to pick just one, but one of the read stand outs for me was Sanctuary by V. V. James. It was a brilliant story and I can’t wait to reread it.

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I must admit to being a little disappointed in From the Earth to the Shadows by Amanda Hocking. I totally loved the first book in the duology and gave it five stars, but this ended up only being a 3 star read.

Copy of book cover (59)3. Most surprising book you read (in a good or bad way)?
This has to be Daisy Jones and the Six. It’s definitely not the kind of book I would normally pick up it was an amazing read and I’m so keen to read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo now.

Copy of book cover (56)4. Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did)?
It would probably have to be Night Film by Marisha Pessl. That book completely blew me away and I’ve recommended it to so many people. It has something for everyone and it was just such a clever story.

Copy of book cover (27)5. Best series you started in 2019?
An Illusion of Thieves is probably one of my favourites. I got completely swept up in the world and I’m dying to read more of the series. Book two comes out in a few weeks and it’s number one on my priority list.

Copy of book cover (12)6. Best Sequel?
For me the best sequel has to be Limited Wish by Mark Lawrence. I totally adored book one and didn’t see how he could possibly top it, but Limited Wish was a terrific read from start to end. I just have to get cracking on Dispel Illusion now!

Copy of book cover (90)7. Best Series Ender?
I once again didn’t manage to finish that many series in 2019 (one of my goals for 2020 is to get reading those final books), but I really loved The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black. I thought it was great end to the series and definitely lived up to the hype.

book cover (98)8. Favourite new author you discovered in 2019?
I think it would have to be M.W. Craven. I read both The Puppet Show and Black Summer last year and I’m definitely going to be picking up more of his books in the future because they are definitely some of my new favourite crime reads.

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I am completely obsessed with the cover for Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan. I adored the story within too but I really thought the cover was stunning.

book cover (41)10. A book you can’t believe it took you so long to pick up?
This has to be The Poppy War. It’s been sitting on my shelf since it was first released and I never bothered picking it up. I decided on a whim to give it a go and devoured it in a few days and it was an instant five star read, only wish I’d picked it up sooner.

Copy of book cover (6)11. Which book made you cry in 2019?
As Far as the Stars by Virginia Macgregor. It was such a heartbreaking and beautifully told story.

book cover (45)12. Most action packed/unputdownable book you read in 2019?
I found Aurora Rising really action packed and difficult to put down. It was such a great adventure story and I’m dying to know what happens next.

Copy of book cover (80)13. Book you read in 2019 you’re likely to re-read in 2020?
I read Ninth House and loved it but it was quite a complex tale so I think I might have to reread it before the next instalment comes out so I can remember everything.

Copy of book cover (30)14. Best book from outside your comfort zone?
I really enjoyed Aphrodite Made Me Do It. It’s a poetry collection and not something I would typically pick up but I found it a really beautiful and inspiring read.

Copy of book cover (56)15. Shortest and longest book you read in 2018?
Shortest book was Quick by Mark Lawrence (a short story at 12 pages) and longest was Night Film by Marisha Pessl at 624 pages.

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The Silent Treatment by Alex Michaelides, it has a shock twist you will never in a million years see coming.

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Without a doubt The Furies by Katie Lowe. This has become one of my favourite books of all time and it was such a compelling story.

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I loved the world in Shadowscent: Darkest Bloom, it had such a unique and interesting magic system.

Copy of book cover (58)19. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read?
The Princess and the Fangirl. It was so nice to see the characters from Geekarella again, the romance was SO CUTE and I loved all the geeky/fandom references.

book cover (49)20. One book you didn’t get to in 2019 that is first priority in 2020?
I really need to get to Finale by Stephanie Garber, honestly can’t believe I haven’t read it yet.

21. One thing you hope to accomplish in 2020?
I want to work on using Instagram more, I would love to read more books and also get better at scheduling posts in advance.

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22. A 2020 release you’ve read already and recommend?
The God Game by Danny Tobey. A dark and sinister mystery about a group of kids who start playing a game that can kill you. It’s like an episode of Black Mirror and complete unputdownable.

 

2020 Reading Resolutions!

2020 Reading Resolutions!

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I did a post rounding up the resolutions I put in place for last year and thought it might be fun to do it again this year. I didn’t manage to complete all my resolutions last year but I’m hopeful 2020 will be better!

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1. Read 120 books

In 2018 I managed 142 books so I thought for 2019 I would up it to 150 – I ended up only reading 108, a new job and less commuting time meant I wasn’t getting as much reading time each day. I’m setting my Goodreads Challenge at 120 which I’m hoping is doable and maybe I’ll even manage to read a few more than that.

2. Read more backlist books
Being a book blogger it often feels like you are always focused on the new and upcoming releases and my current TBR is massive so I would really love to read more of my backlist titles and get to some of those titles I just haven’t gotten around to yet. I’d love to really focus on finishing some series that I’ve started and just haven’t finished yet.

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3. Catalogue and reduce my TBR

This was partly a resolution for last year but I would love to have a spreadsheet tracking all the books I currently own and work out how many I have that are unread and reduce that number by the end of the year. I know it will be in the hundreds so I would love to maybe bring in a few less books this year and really knock that number down. I’m midway though cataloguing at the moment, so completing the first part is definitely achievable!

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4. Improve my Netgalley Ratio

I think I’m always going to struggle with getting my Netgalley ratio higher – it’s currently sitting at 46% and I have three reviews to submit for books I’ve read. I would love to end 2020 with it at least about 60%, if not at that sought after 80%.

5. Revamp my blog and post more frequently
This isn’t so much a reading as blogging resolution but I would love to give my blog a spring clean, maybe create some new logos and work on making sure to post at least a few times every week as I often find if things get hectic my amount of posts drop and I’m determined that won’t happen this year. I would also love to get better at posting more frequently on Instagram too.

6. A pound a book
I saw a few people talking about this on Twitter but I’m thinking of having a money jar and putting £1 in every time I read a book and this would be money put aside to buy new titles, instead of me buying books whenever, I could only get a book when I had enough in the jar. I’d love to stick to this but I know it probably won’t happen. I might even let the money accumulate and then go on a shopping spree in December!

So those are my 2020 reading resolutions. If you’ve set any resolutions I’d love to know what they are and if you have tips for achieving any of these I’d love to know that too!