April Book Haul!

Okay, so realistically, I need to stop spending money for a while, so I’ve put myself on a book buying ban… Gaaaaah.

It’s going to be hard, but it’s only for a month, I can do it, right..?

I bought quite a few books this month, when really I shouldn’t have, oops. And actually, I was all set to go with this post as of yesterday, but then I went into town and bought more books… Only 4, but still. I’m not going to include those 4 on this haul, just because I had already taken the photo of the other books and didn’t want to have to do another one. So I can do a post next month on those ones, just pretend I bought them tomorrow, okay? 😉

Anyway, here are the lovely books I bought this month:


Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone by J.K Rowling – I already have all of the Harry Potter books in the original editions, but I wanted to start collecting the new editions. I think the covers are just gorgeous. Plus, my old ones are now very worn and on the verge of falling apart, so I don’t want them to break if I read them again!

The Humans by Matt Haig – A nice little charity shop buy.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein – It took me so long to find this edition match the prequel! Bookstores don’t sell this one apparently. Thank god for eBay…

The Book Thief (10th Anniv. Edition) by Markus Zusak – My (early) birthday present! It’s my favourite book and this edition is just so beautiful…

A Thousand Nights by E.K Johnston – A completely shameless cover buy…

The Red House by Emily Winslow – Came in my “Book and a Brew” subscription box. It’s a mystery/thriller. Something I wouldn’t normally read so I’m looking forward to it!

Have you got/read any of these books? If so, what did you think? ❤️

April Wrap-Up

It’s been a poor reading month on my behalf… I’ve just been so busy with finishing up uni, I’ve had next to no time to settle down and read 🙁

On a positive note, everything I have read this month has been excellent!

I started the month with The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – very late on the band-wagon, I know! But my oh my was it worth the wait! I gave it 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 on Goodreads. I thought it was thrilling, quick paced and action packed. It was a real page turner for me, and I think definitely deserves the hype it’s built up over the past few years. I’m yet to watch the films, I want to finish the whole trilogy and then give it space to breathe before I sit down to watch them.

The next book I read was Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. This got another big 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 review on Goodreads! Click here to read my full review of this book. I thought that this was a very cleverly written book, being a sort of mash-up between Harry Potter and The Hunger a Games, I really enjoyed all of these elements coming into the story-line. Plus, biggest plot twist EVER! My-oh-my, I always thought there was something odd going on, but I did not expect that! I can’t wait to get my hands on Glass Sword

Now, here’s where my month slowed down. I read those two books within the first two weeks of April, it was all going so well! But then I got into a bit of a slump because I was just so tired all the time from being so busy. But this last week I have finally picked up the second book in THG trilogy, Catching Fire. So far it’s good! It took me a few chapters to get into it, I was thinking “not quite as good as the last”, but now I’m halfway through, and it’s picked up again; we’re back on par (thank god!).

I’m hoping to have finished by the end of this weekend, ready to start May with some fresh reading eyes, and hopefully a lot more time to sit down and enjoy a few good books 😍 I’ve also got an exciting book review to do… Ooh mystery!

Lots in my TBR jar to get through, I’m excited to find out what I’ll pull out next!

What books have you read this month? Any recommendations? Comment below ❤️ 📚

Re-Read, Or Move On?

Basically, I have a ridiculously long TBR now, as I’m sure many of you guys do as well, and it just keeps expanding as I buy even more books…

So when is there time to re-read books I’ve already read and loved?!

In my many years of reading I’ve had every intention of re-reading The Harry Potter series. I always gets through the first 2 books in a day, and then make a start on book three, only to then decide that I want to read something else inbetween. By the time I end up coming back to Harry Potter, it’s been over a year since I last read book 1 and so I start all over again… Essentially meaning I’ve read the first 2 books about 5 times, and then the others I haven’t read since my first reading way back when they were first released. Disappointing.

I also want to re-read The Book Thief, which was my favourite read of last year, and now my absolute favourite book ever written, and I just got given the beautiful 10th anniversary hardback edition for my birthday. But, no time.

At the moment, with my stupidly hectic schedule, I’m only managing to read 3 or 4 books a month. This averages out at 1 book per week. (Except that I’ve been meaning to read Catching Fire for almost 3 weeks now and I’m still only on chapter 3. Poor.) Anyway, 1  book a week, roughly 50 books in the year. I have about double this on my TBR already. Now, I’m going to accumulate many more, probably meaning it’ll be about 3 years before I get through a substantial amount of my TBR, at least enough of it to justify re-reading anything…

So my question…

HOW DOES ANYONE HAVE TIME?!

Seriously, how do you prioritise what you read, and how do you manage to re-read things? Please, for the love of books, let me into your secrets!

Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover…

Admit it.

We all do it.

I bought a book just a couple of days ago because everything about it was absolutely stunning. It’s a hardback (don’t normally but those) The dust cover is gorgeous with a deep velvety purple background and a big feather and gold and turquoise bits. Then the actual hardback itself is fushia pink with gold leaf designs. The page edges make a beautiful gold pattern and the chapter heading even have delicate patterning about them too.

What book is this? You may be asking.

It is A Thousand Nights by E.K Johnston

The average rating on Goodreads I think is currently at 3.68 stars. Not brilliant but slightly above average.

To be honest, I didn’t even look up any reviews before I bought it. I knew very little about the book at all. I just went ahead and gave them my money because it was just so darn pretty!

Really though, look at it…

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Now, I know I’m not the only one here who has bought a book because it’s attractive and would look great on your bookcase. And frankly, if you say otherwise, I’m thinking you’re a liar…

You can also look at this from another angle; sometimes an absolutely amazing book may have the worlds worst cover ever designed. Unfortunately, I probably won’t buy it. In fact, as harsh as it is, I wouldn’t even entertain the thought of it ever even maybe, possibly making it onto my TBR in a few years time. Unless of course someone were to seriously recommend it to me as the greatest book ever written. Even then I would search for the most appealing edition printed.

It’s sad though, to think of all of those great books that might get missed just because they have bad cover designs.

Moral of the story? Publish a good book, with a pretty cover.

As Elle Woods wisely said: “books with tattered covers stay on the shelf.”

Busy Busy, Reading Slump :(

So I’ve had an incredibly busy couple of weeks recently, so busy that I just haven’t had the time, energy or even desire to pick up a book and read. I’m mildly ashamed of myself, seeing as realistically I have no good reason to be in a slump at all.

I recently read The Hunger Games, then moved on to Red Queen, and absolutely loved both of these books so much that I gave them 5 stars on Goodreads. I’m now 5 pages into Catching Fire. The same five pages that I read a whole entire week ago… I haven’t touched it since! And it’s not even because I’m not enjoying it, I mean, it’s five pages…

Does anyone have any tips to get me out of this slump because I really want to read it, I just can’t bring myself to do it!?

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In other news, my family are coming to see me in my show tomorrow, and I’m having an early birthday because I won’t get to see them next month for my actual birthday. It’ll be the first time I’ve seen them since Christmas – excited! ❤️

Hardback or Paperback?

I think this is the big decision for all avid book readers.

I know I myself get torn between whether or not to buy a book in its hardback edition or paperback. But at the end of the day, each has its pros and cons.

Hardbacks are sturdier and therefore last longer before they look tattered, often have nicer covers and look brilliant on bookcases.

Paperbacks are cheaper, smaller and lighter for carrying around in your bag for those moments when you’ve got time to just pull out a book and read a few pages.

Personally, I adore hardbacks, but I only own a few because I would much rather buy two or sometimes even three books for the price that one hardback would cost me. There’s also the tricky decision to make when you have a the first book in a series in paperback, and the new release comes out but only in hardback. Do you buy it straight away and have a mis-matched collection, or painfully wait until the paperback edition is released?! 

It’s a tricky one, and I for one am torn between loving the aesthetics of hardbacks and the economic practicality of paperbacks.

What are your thoughts? Hardback or paperback? ❤️📚

Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard: Review (Spoiler-Free)

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Overall Opinion: I’m not going to lie, I was super excited about reading this book, but also nervous because of all of the reviews I’d read. I expected a lot… I’m soooo glad I wasn’t disappointed, I’m literally fangirling all over this book! 😍

img_0371 Synopsis:  This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart . . .

I honestly could not put this book down. I was well and truly gripped on it from chapter 3 onwards! This was the first book in a while where I’ve actually had to force myself to stop reading and go to sleep, much against my will.

I do have one teeny tiny little gripe with the book, and it’s that somehow I felt like the relationships between characters got slightly side-lined against the plot. One or twice I caught myself thinking “woah, where did that come from?!” Simply because the development of the character’s feelings hadn’t really been mentioned in order to progress, in my opinion. But that’s just one tiny negative against the many positives.

Overall I was drawn into another world. I could sense the atmosphere that had been created and picture the dark streets of the stilts in comparison to the grandeur of the glittering Hall. The descriptions transported me to places where I could be completely shut out from everything happening around me, and feel like I was right there in amongst the action.

I loved that there were elements of magic throughout the book, but this didn’t take over from the main storyline, it was just perfectly balanced whist adding that extra little bite of excitement.

So, to surmise; Red Queen is a must-read for anyone who loves a bit of action, a bit of magic, a bit of romance, some medieval stuffs… It’s got a bit of everything and it all works like a dream.

Oh and can I just say, MAVEN… WHHHYYYYYYY?!

Can’t wait to read Glass Sword (although I’m waiting until July when they downsize the paperback edition to match…), I think it may be a looooooong wait! 📚

Bookish Peeves…

Happy Monday everybody! Every Monday from now on, I’m going to be posting a “Thoughts for the Week” post. This will be something along the lines of a comparative discussion, or a list of observations on a bookish topic.

This weeks thoughts are on…

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There are certain things about books, and things that happen when I’m reading that annoy me. And even if you’re a saint, some of these things will irritate you too, and maybe there’s things that I don’t mention here that you can’t stand.

So I’m talking about my pet peeves. The things that tick me off. Little niggles. The things that alter my reading experience in a negative way and may even stop me from buying a book in the first place:

1. Film adaptation covers. Why? It’s a marketing scene designed to make you watch the film, or if you’ve seen the film, then to read the book. Now, 9 times out of 10, the film isn’t as good as the book, so why would you want to remember it every time you look at your book shelf? Also, why feel the need to put the actors on the front cover when more often than not they look nothing like the descriptions carefully laid out by the author… Annoying.

2. Covers with people on. I’m talking about those books with covers that have moody teenagers staring dramatically in the camera. It has nothing to do with the content of the book, and it makes it look cheap and tacky. I won’t buy a book with a cover like this because it just doesn’t say “good book”. It says “terrible book, do not read!” Simplicity is everything. If a book has a simple cover with interesting colour scheme and a design that indicates at the style and themes of the book, I’m more likely to buy it, it intrigues me.

3. Cover changes. Why would you change the cover design halfway through a series?! WHYYYYYYY? I hate this, it genuinely upsets me if I can’t have matching books on my shelf. I actually spent a good month looking for the matching cover design of Rose Under Fire to the blue cover version of Code Name Verity, because in stores the ones they sold didn’t match. Luckily I found it on eBay, but it was a pain in the arse… Another one is when they release the next paperback version in a larger size than the previous. Yes, I’m talking about you Red Queen/Glass Sword. I refuse to buy Glass Sword until they downsize it.

4. Broken spines. When I read a book, I can’t break the spine. I hate books that look old, I just want them to look brand new all of the time. A broken spine on my shelf looks ugly. This is why I’m reluctant to lend out my books to other people. I say to them “Break the spine, and I will break yours.” Well not exactly, but I do warn them that I won’t be happy if the book comes back looking tattered…

5. Don’t speak to me whilst I’m reading. Please. Just don’t.

Is there anything on this list that peeves you off? Or is there anything that I haven’t mentioned here that just tips you over the edge? Comment below, I’d love to hear from you ❤

Blog Makeover!

Hi guys!

Today I’ve been off with food poisoning (not pleasant) so I decided to give my blog a little makeover and tidy up.

I’ve gone through all of my posts making everything consistent and adding links for all book titles mentioned to Goodreads, so if you see anything that interests you, you can just click on it and it’ll take you straight to where you need to be! All links are coloured pink 🙂

I’m also devising a regular blogging plan, so each week you can know what to expect to see in the way of new blog posts.

Here is what I have so far:

Every Monday: Thoughts for the Week. This will be a discussion or a list of my opinion on a certain topic. You’re encouraged to get involved and comment with your thoughts! 🙂

Every Wednesday OR Friday: A book review of whichever book(s) I have read recently. If I manage to read 2 books in the week there will be a post on both days (lucky!) and the extra 2 days to Friday give me a bit of extra time if I don’t quite get it finished by the Wednesday.

The 1st of Every Month (Starting May): A recommended read. This will be my favourite book that I have read in the previous month that I will recommend you all to read.

The End of Every Month: Will see 2 posts – a book haul of all the books I have bought in the month, and a wrap up of everything I’ve read which will include a brief summary, rating and links to any review I’ve done previously throughout the month.

If anyone has any other suggestions of what  can post about, please comment them below, I’m always open to new ideas of bookish things to blog about ❤

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