Books · Tag

The TBR Tag!


Hey guys!
I haven’t posted in over a week (oops) due to being really ill with a fluey virus, I have spent the best part of a week in bed in the dark. I’m still feeling under the weather but improving! Anyway, today I’m doing The TBR tag, which was created by @aperfectioncalledbooks

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I honestly don’t. I need to though. It’s more than a tbr pile, it’ll be a tbr bookshelf before long! I totally admire (and envy) those who keep spreadsheets but I am not that organised, nor do I actually want to know the exact number. I don’t need that kind of anxiety!

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

A mix of both but mostly physical books I believe. Though I have acquired a lot of kindle books so maybe it’s evening out a bit.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

I’m a huge mood reader! I go by whatever I think fits my mood at the time. I study English Lit so I have a lot of set reading, I don’t like to set monthly tbrs for that reason. I’d rather pick a book when I want rather than forcing myself to read something.

A book that’s been on your TBR the longest.

I dread to even think.

A book that you recently added to your TBR.

The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg
I was kindly gifted this from my Amazon wishlist and I cannot wait to pick it up!

A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover.

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

A book on your TBR that you NEVER plan on actually reading.

I would hope I will read all the books on my tbr eventually. There’s none I don’t plan to read?? Why would it be on my tbr??

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for.

House of Blood and Earth (Cresent City) by Sarah J. Maas

A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read except you.

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you.

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

A book on your TBR that you’re just dying to read.

The Burning White by Brent Weeks

The number of books on your Goodreads TBR shelf.


I tag anyone who wants to do it!

Let me know if your TBR is as out of control as mine!


The Most Disappointing Books I Read in 2019 (Warning: Unpopular Opinions)


Hello there.

Today I’m going to discuss the books that disappointed me in 2019 (not necessarily 2019 releases). If you want a more positive post you can check out my 2019 Favourites.

Let’s get the disclaimer out of the way: Just because I was disappointed by these books doesn’t mean they’re bad. None of these books were bad, I was just let down by these overhyped books.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

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I really enjoyed Shadow and Bone, I’d only ever read the SoC duology before, I heard the Grisha trilogy was a bit mediocre but I had some hope after liking the first one. Unfortunately, the Siege and Storm let me down big time. It was just a bit meh in every way really. Nikolai was BY FAR the best part.

Review here

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Another Bardugo…
This was a reread for me, after not liking the Grisha trilogy I thought I’d reread SoC and remind myself of better her work. Nope. It wasn’t as good on a reread as the first time. The characters are the best part but overall it’s a bit boring. The worst part and probably the reason I didn’t like it this time around was the audiobook…

I’m not even joking when I say this was one of the worst audiobooks I’ve ever listened to. It’s a full cast narration and everyone’s voices just sound wrong… Wylan & Kaz’s narrators especially.

Review here

The Girl King by Mimi Yu

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This was my first read of the year and an ARC so I hoped to love it but unfortunately, it was just a bit meh. The concepts and the world are interesting but it fell flat overall.

Review here

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

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This might be the most disappointing as I really liked Nevernight and Godsgrave.
I just cannot express my disappointment in this book.

Review here

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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This book is quite possibly the most overrated book ever.
It’s by no means bad, it’s pretty good, it’s a quick read which is nice. But, it’s very very overhyped which lead to me being disappointed. I just had too high expectations, I guess. I find it quite predictable and frustrating at times, I didn’t love any of the characters and I didn’t get emotional at the ending. It was just okay. *shrugs*

Review here


What’s a disappointing book you read in 2019?

Books · Favourites

Best Books I Read in 2019


Hey guys!
Today I’m going to share my favourite books I read in 2019 (not necessarily 2019 releases). I didn’t have a great reading year in terms of quality, I read a lot of mediocre/disappointing books (post coming soon). I didn’t have many 5 Star reads, sadly.

In no particular order:

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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I read the entire series in 2019 (on audiobook) and I LOVED it!!
It was such an amazing ride. I adore the characters, the world, everything!

Reviews: Cinder | Scarlet| Cress | Winter | Stars Above

The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E Pearson


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Oh my god, this series.
I cannot stress (!!!) how much I loved these books. I devoured the whole trilogy in a week or less. It was incredible. Now one of my all-time favourite series. This series restored my faith in YA fantasy!

Review| Spoiler Discussion

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary


This is one of the books that surprised me the most, I am not a huge contemporary/romance reader but I LOVED this! Such an amazing book, so surprised it’s a debut. It’s adorable and deals with heavier topics.

Review here 

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

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My last read of 2019 and boy did it end on a high!
Another surprising read – a romance!
It was seriously incredible. The main character has a chronic illness and I have never related so much to a character before. This book was so so so good, if you read anything from this list please pick this!

Review here

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

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Would this even be my list without a Sanderson novel?
This was my first time reading a YA (and sci-fi) novel by him and of course, it did not disappoint! Unfortunately, I didn’t get to the sequel in 2019 but I cannot wait to pick it up soon. Hopefully, it’ll be on my best books of 2020!

Review here

Saga by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples

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2019 is the year I got into comics/graphic novels.

I picked this up on a whim, I had a free trial of Kindle Unlimited and I wanted a quick read, so I thought why not a graphic novel? Oh my god! It’s incredible. I loved every moment. I cannot believe it’s taken me so long to get into graphic novels!?!

Review here

Crownbreaker by Sebastien De Castell

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Stunning conclusion to what has been an incredible series!
Everything was wrapped up nicely and I couldn’t be happier.

Review here

Let me know what some of the best books you read in 2019 were, I’d love to know!


Books · Wrap-up

2019 Reading Wrap Up + 2020 Reading Goals



Hey guys!
Happy New Year 🙂
I for one am glad 2019 is over. On to bigger and better things in 2020!



If you want to check out all the books I read in 2019, you can check my Goodreads here.
Or my monthly wrap-ups:
Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sept | Oct | Nov

2020 Reading Goals

I don’t really set many reading goals since I don’t want to feel pressured when reading, I want to enjoy myself more than anything!

1) Goodreads Goal: 40 Books
(excluding the ones I read for uni)
Hopefully, with the uni books, it’ll be over 50. I’ll review this total halfway through the year.

2) Goodreads Rating Goal: 4
It was 3.8 in 2019 – which is fine but I’d like the higher that and hopefully read better books!

3) Read More Diverse Books!
Racially, LGBT, Disability etc.

4) Read More Graphic Novels
I started reading them for the first time in 2019 and I am in LOVE!
I definitely want to get into more! (suggestions welcome!)

5) Get My TBR Down!
My physical tbr* anyway…
I keep buying more and more books and my unread books are getting out of hand. I need to read the books I own. So, I’ll be restricting my buying and reading ones on my shelf/kindle already!

How was 2019 for you? Did you reach your Goodreads goal?