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? ❤️

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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.”

Quote of The Week…

“So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.” ― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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? ❤️📚