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Romance Books Recs | Valentine’s Weekend

Hello everyone!
Happy Valentine’s Weekend!

In the spirit of valentines, despite being painfully single, here are my favourite romance books! I’m more of an SFF reader, but lately I’ve been loving romance too.
*Click on the book titles for my reviews!

Contemporary Romance:

Get a Life, Chloe Brown & Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Heartstopper series by Alice Oseman


SFF Romances:

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

Hold Back the Stars
by Katie Khan

A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor



Let me know your favourite romance reads!

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Fantasy (and Sci-fi) Romance Book Recs | Blogmas Day 11

Hello guys!
Welcome to day 11 of blogmas, the penultimate day! This month has flown by!
Today I’m recommending some SFF romance books. I have really been into my romance novels this year and want to reread and read more!

*Click on the titles for my reviews

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

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Of course, I had to include a Sanderson, are we surprised? He makes basically every recommendation list I make. Anyway – This book would be perfect for those who like romance but not as a the main plot. This book is full of political intrigue and amazing magic. There is a very wholesome romance that blooms. It takes a while for this to happen, and it’s not the main story, but it’s very cute! This is probably my favourite book ever, every read this! It’s a great place to start with Sanderson.

A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova

A Deal with the Elf King (Married to Magic, #1) by Elise Kova

If you’re looking for something that is purely romance but in a fantasy setting, this is the one for you! The whole story revolves around a forced marriage, which ends up being a slow burn romance. It’s so good.

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson

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This has, by far, the best love triangle ever to exist. I will not be taking any criticism.
This has such an interesting premise and format, the main character runs away from her arranged marriage and the Prince who she was to marry goes after, as does an assassin from another kingdom. You follow all three but you don’t know who is the Prince or who the assassin is.

Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan

Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan

This is a sci-fi romance – very heavy on the romance. It has a cool spacey setting, two characters are stuck on board a ship with limited oxygen left, which kick starts flashbacks of the romance. I never see anyone talk about this but it’s one of my faves! I’ve read it twice and will read again in the future. I highly recommend the audiobook!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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This is a low fantasy novel with the insta-love trope. I’m not usually one for the insta-love trope but Laini does it well and her writing makes up for it. It also has a kinda forbidden romance trope. It’s super cool.

What are your favourite SFF romances?
I’d love any recs for sci-fi romances, there’s a lack of them in my life!

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One Day Reads | Short YA/Kids Audiobook Recommendations

Hello (audio) bookworms!
Today I’m going to share some audiobooks you can knock out in a day or so!
Obviously, this will depend on how much time you have and what speed you listen to audiobooks. This is going from the perspective that you have some free hours to just listen.
I listen to audiobooks at 2x speed, so these audiobook times would be halved for me

The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

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Narrated by David Tennant
Length: 5 hours, 56 minutes

This is a kid’s fantasy book (and series) and it’s totally adorable and addictive.
This one you can definitely up the speed and listen to in one sitting. David Tennant is the best narrator! His narration is incredible, he does amazing voices and sounds. Even if you’re not into kidlit, this one is worth listening to just for David.


Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewels Parker Rhodes

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Narrated by Barrie Buckner
Length: 4 hours 36 minutes
Review here

This one is really short but very impactful. It covers some important topics in a short amount of time. It’s perfect for young people to explain racism clearly and effectively. It can be enjoyed at any age in my opinion.
It’s a perfect one sitting listen!


City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

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Narrated by Reba Buhr
Length: 5 hours 2 minutes

This is a really fun paranormal kid’s book. (It does have creepy parts too)
I listened to this a while ago, I really need to continue this series!
It’s set in Edinburgh, which I loved! Nice to see the UK in books.
It’s very easy to listen to and you’ll fly through it!


Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown

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Narrated by the author
Length: 8 hours 29 minutes
This one is a little heavier, though still doable in a day if you have a day free.
I highly recommend everyone read/listen to this book. It’s super important and the writing is amazing.

Review here


Dreamology by Lucy Keating

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Narrated by Erin Spencer
Length: 7 hours 48 minutes

I listened to this one a few years ago. I remember finding it addictive to listen to and I flew through it.
It’s a fun audiobook, put it at 2x speed and you’ll be done in no time!
Review here


Pride by Ibi Zoboi

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Narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo
Length: 6 hours 9 minutes

I wasn’t a huge fan of this, but I know others will enjoy it. If you don’t go in with expectations of it being a Pride and Prejudice retelling, I think you’ll enjoy it more than I did.
It’s a quick, easy YA contemporary.
Depending on what speed you listen at you can power through this in a few hours.


The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert

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Narrated by Robin Eller & Cary Hite
Length: 6 hours 5 minutes

I listened to this at 2x speed and basically in one sitting while journaling. I really enjoyed!
I haven’t seen this around a lot, I think it deserves way more attention!
I’ll have a review up soon.

Do you have any short audiobook recs? Leave them below!

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23 Books From My 23 Years

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Hey guys!
I turned 23 last week (June 10th) and I wanted to do a birthday-themed post then, but I couldn’t come up with an idea. This one struck me, a little late but better late than never!

I was thinking about how books have shaped me as a person. Even though I got into reading relatively late, I was 13/14 maybe, reading and literature are a huge part of my life. It went from being non-existent in my life to being my main hobby, with my other hobbies being book related (this blog & my Instagram). I also study English Literature (and creative writing), so it’s fair to say it takes up a big part of my life.

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Here are 23 books that will forever have a special place in my heart & I recommend you read too:

1) His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

Okay, technically I’m cheating here because it’s a series but I didn’t want to list them all individually. These books were my introduction to fantasy/scifi, I didn’t read nor see HP so I guess this is my nostalgic fave!

2) A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin

When it comes to fantasy I definitely jumped in the deep end, this was the second fantasy series I ever read, I think. I was like 15? I was crazy, clearly. I loved it, I’d seen the show but the books just feel more complete.

3) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I read this book after discovering booktube & bookstagram!

4) The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Oh boy, discovering RR was one of the best things of my life. Yes, I was an adult reading PJO for the first time but it was still amazing. I will continue to read his books forever.

5) The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Where my Sanderson obsession began.

6) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

My favourite classic!

7) Simon vs the Homo Sapien Agenda by Becky Albertali

Cutest, fluffy book ever.
I read it in one sitting, great afternoon read!

8) A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

My favourite fae smut.

9) Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Underrated fantasy book!

10) Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

Possibly my favourite book of all time.

11) Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

The only insta-love I’ll accept.

12) The FlatshareThe Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

One of my favourite romances ever!

13) Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown

This book really touched me. It’s heartbreaking but amazing.

14) Saga by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples

The best graphic novel series.

15) The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

This book scarred me. A book ahead of its time for sure!

16) The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

My favourite love-triange & the only one I can get behind!

17) Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Cutest graphic novel romance ever!

18) Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

A much needed read in a dark time.

19) Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

This book (and series) makes me laugh out loud.

20) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

A classic I didn’t initially love but upon rereading and studying it, grew to love!

21) Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

This book made me feel so seen. I love the romance & the rep in this book!

22) Beach Read by Emily Henry

ALL THE FEELS!

23) Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

If you’re going to read one book from this list, make it this one.

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Lockdown Fantasy Book Recs

Hey everyone!
Hope you’re all keeping well and safe.
A few weeks ago I did a Cheerful Recs Post and so I thought I’d do a fantasy version today. I feel like I’m just used to lockdown now and it’s become the norm and I don’t need cheering up much. So now let’s bring back fantasy!

Firstly, the book that inspired this whole post:
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Lockdown/ this whole pandemic got me thinking about Elantris and how much I’d like to revisit this novel. Elantris used to be a city of glory and turned people into gods, now it curses people and the city is no longer the heavenly place it used to be. The magic is gone and now Elantris is a prison. Very fitting for what’s going on now, right? Elantris is definitely not a depressing read by any means, it is quite magical in some places. I think this book is highly underrated, everyone talks about Sanderson’s other novels more and tend to think this one lacks. I disagree, I really love this book. It’s a slower pace fantasy, there’s not really any action, there’s no epic battle but there’s loads of intrigue!


A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin

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What better time to start the A Song of Ice and Fire series than lockdown? It will keep you occupied for a while and it is 100x better than the tv show. A lot of people classify it as ‘Grimdark’ – I’ve personally never found it to be that dark but I guess it’s down to the individual. If you liked GoT but think the books aren’t worth it, they are! I cannot stress enough how much more substance you get in the novels. It is worth a read!


Now for some New Adult & YA:

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

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If you’re looking for more romance/fantasy, Sarah J Maas is your best option. She creates such addicting romances and characters – her worlds are very interesting too. I actually prefer ToG overall but it takes a while to get good. Which is why I’m recommending ACOTAR instead, it is easy to demolish – it was a one day read for me.


The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Another romance/fantasy but this has plenty of political intrigued and possibly the best-written love triangle of all time. I devoured this book, it’s so addicting and engaging. It follows a Princess (Lia) who runs away from her arranged marriage. The Prince she is supposed to marry goes after her but also an assassin from another kingdom is hunting her. The catch? You don’t know who is the Prince or who is the assassin.
(It also features a nice female friendship between Lia and her helper)


Got any fantasy recs? Leave them below!

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Cheerful/Happy Book Recs!

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Hey everyone!
Hope you’re all doing well and staying safe.

Today I’m going to recommend some happy/cheerful/light reads since that’s currently all I’m in the mood for. During these times it’s nice to read something light and fluffy to cheer you up!

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

The Flatshare: Amazon.co.uk: O'Leary, Beth: 9781787474406: Books

One of my favourite reads last year, I cannot recommend this book enough.
It has such a cute premise and the execution is amazing.
It does deal with some heavier topics, so definitely check the trigger warnings, I included the few I spotted in my review.  Other than that, it is a very cute read. Very quick and easy to get through.

Review here!


*Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

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Another favourite from last year, this was surprisingly really good.
It has chronic illness rep, which is the main reason I read it but it was also so adorable.
Chloe Brown is probably the most relatable protagonist I’ve ever encountered. I connected with her on a whole other level.
*Just a warning it does contain explicit sex scenes*

Review here!


Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Heartstopper Volume One: Amazon.co.uk: Alice Oseman: Books

A very recent read of mine which rapidly became a favourite.
Probably the most adorable graphic novel ever. It was just everything. So wholesome and pure. It was definitely the pick me up I needed. This made me smile so much; it was a joy to read.

Review here!


The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Of course, I had to include some fantasy. I hardly see anyone talk about The Remnant Chronicles anymore but it is such a good series. I loved the first book, which is why I am recommending it here. I read it in like a day, it was addicting and compelling.
It is quite possibly the only love triangle that works in YA. It wasn’t cringy or annoying and didn’t involve cheating. It was very well written.

The Remnant Chronicles Series Review!


Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

Spellslinger (Spellslinger, #1) by Sebastien de Castell

Another fantasy. For this, I highly, highly recommend the audiobooks. The narrator is absolutely incredible, he enhancing the story so much. The story itself is very lighthearted and funny. It’s laugh-out-loud funny; the whole series is. I found myself giggling frequently throughout.

Review here! (It’s old, probably needs updating)


 

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Book Recs: Wintery Fantasy Reads | Blogmas Day 6

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Hey guys! Welcome to Blogmas Day 6
Today I’m going to recommend some wintery fantasy reads!

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

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This is probably the most wintery book on this list, it’s set in literal winter. It would be such a perfect Christmas read that’s not actually about Christmas. The wintery/snowy setting is so amazing, you can vividly imagine it while reading.

Review here
Purchase on Amazon UK here:Kindle | Hardback | Paperback


The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

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I loveeeee the Lightbringer books.
This is such a gripping, gritty read – perfect for dark winter days.

Warning: There are some dodgy descriptions of women in these books, it bothers a lot of people but if you can look past that, it’s a really great book.

Purchase on Amazon UK here: Kindle | Paperback


The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

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One of my favourite books of all time, I will never stop recommending this book/series.
Although it’s fantasy, the world is kind of dystopian and grey – perfect for winter. It very much has a wintery/dark times feel.

Purchase on Amazon UK here: Kindle | Hardback | Paperback |


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

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A YA rec of course!
This book always reminds me of winter, due to it being winter in the beginning. It’s such a quick read too, perfect to just snuggle up and devour!

Purchase on Amazon UK here: Kindle | Paperback

 


City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

A middle-grade rec!
Had to go with this, it’s such an adorable read!
It’s cute but spooky – if you like ghosts/paranormal stuff, Scotland and Harry Potter references, you’ll love this.
(The audiobook is really good too)

Purchase on Amazon UK here: Kindle | Paperback


Any of these intrigue you?
Recommend me a wintery read!

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Non-Spooky Halloween/Autumn Book Recs

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Hey guys!
Thought I’d do a recommendation list for people who are not a fan of being scared/reading horror, like me but still want some Halloween/autumn vibes.

Let’s jump right in:

Dark Vision by Debbie Johnson

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This is an underrated book, in my opinion. I’ve never heard anyone else talk about it but I really enjoyed it when I read it a few years ago. It’s one of the few paranormal/urban fantasy books set in the UK (Liverpool). The main character is a quite feisty and relatable woman and the side characters are pretty cool too. It has all kinds of myth intertwined in, it has Gods, Goddesses, Vampires, Mates (SJM kinda Mate), etc. 

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Purchase on Amazon UK: Kindle | Paperback


Nemesis by Brendan Reichs
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I read this a while ago, but it has stuck with me. It has some amazing plot twists and genre bending/mixing. It would be such an amazing Halloween/autumn read.
I need to finally read the last book in this series! It’s so good.
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Purchase on Amazon UK: Kindle | Paperback



*The Gilded King
by Josie Jaffrey

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This is a YA vampire/paranormal/dystopian by an indie author.
I read this last year and I really enjoyed it, despite not being a huge paranormal/vampire lover, this was extremely well done.

My full review for this is here

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Purchase on Amazon UK: Kindle (currently free!)| Paperback


*Rose: A Double Life by Valérie Vernay Denis Lapière +Émilie Alibert
(Graphic Novel)

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This was such a cool graphic novel!
I requested this on a whim from Netgalley and I ended up loving it.
It has paranormal, murder-mystery and thriller elements and it’s so interesting! (The art is really cool too)

Mini GR review for this here!

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Purchase here on Amazon UK: Kindle | Can’t find a physical copy(?)

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LGBTQ+ Book Recommendations | Diverse Reads

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Hey guys, hope you’re having a great Saturday!
I *still* don’t have wifi at my uni flat. I just got back yesterday and they still haven’t sorted it. Such a nightmare. Don’t they know my life revolves around the internet?!
Anywho…
I thought I’d share some LGBT recs today

Up first:
Simon vs the Homo Sapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli

(Gay, m/m)
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I LOVE THIS! It’s such an adorable story.
I read this in a few hours in one sitting – it’s addictive and adorable but has some serious themes about coming out and being blackmailed. Everyone talks about this book but seriously, it’s worth the hype.

Purchase: Amazon UK | Book Depository


Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith
(queer)
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This is a queer retelling of Ovid’s myth of Iphis – this was a required read in uni for me and I was pleasantly surprised. It really shows how fluid gender and sexuality is. I never hear anyone talk about it but it definitely needs more hype. The title doesn’t really show that it’s LGBT but it is a nice surprise in the story.

Purchase: Amazon UK | Book Depository


Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson
(Not sure on sexualities but features a f/f relationship)

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This is such an adorable graphic novel series. It has an all girl cast and features a f/f relationship – which is SO CUTE. So nice to see LGBT aimed at a young audience.

Purchase: Amazon UK | Book Depository


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
(Bisexual MC, Gay/Lesbian side characters)

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This isn’t a favourite book of mine, not even close, but I think the representation was great. I loved seeing LGBT characters in this era, it was interesting to read about and different from the other LGBT stories I’ve read.

Purchase: Amazon UK | Book Depository


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Spring Reads Recommendations| Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics + discussion!
This week’s topic is: Spring Reads

Spring/Summer is when a lot of people read contemporary books but I’m not the biggest contemporary fan, so my list is going to be *mostly* fantasy… sorry not sorry.

1) The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
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I feel like these books just scream spring, the first book in set in April so perfect timing! The first books that came to mind when I was thinking about what to include in this list were these. I think these books are perfect to binge in spring!

Review for TRB 


2) Simon Vs the Homosapien Agenda
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The only contemporary on this list. Mainly because this book has actually stuck with me, most contemporaries are cute at the time for me but I find them unmemorable. I find myself still thinking about this book for ages after I read it,  it’s almost been 2 years now. I’d love to reread it – I might do this spring!


3) Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

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Am I forever recommending Brandon Sanderson? Yes. Will I ever stop? No.
I consider Warbreaker to be my favourite book. It brings me so much joy, the story has stuck with me and I loved it even rereading it. It’s just a great book. It’s fantasy with romance, friendships, loads of plot twists (of course) & a talking sword. It’s also a standalone, so no commitment to a series!

Review here!



4) Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell

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This is such a fun series, I think it’s perfect for any time of year but I think it would be a great spring read. It’s funny and lighthearted, it’s such a fun fantasy – not dark or stressful to read like some are.

Review here!


5) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
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Thought I would include a classic. The only classic I can honestly say I love! Jane Eyre is one of my favourite books of all time, I just love Jane as a character and her story.
I think this would be a lovely spring read. I always imagine her time at Thornfield and with Rochester in the spring/summer for some reason…


What book would you recommend this spring?
Let me know in the comments!


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