Books · Wrap-up

Monthly Wrap Up | May 2019

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Hey guys!
Today I’m talking about the books I read in the month of May.
I read a total of 6 books (3 audio, 3 physical) and a short story. I’m really happy with this amount considering in the first half of May I had finals for uni, including 3 essays, a creative writing portfolio and an exam. As you can tell I procrastinated doing these things by reading/listening to books. Oops.

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The first book I finished in May was Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I actually started and finished this on May 1st! Great start to the month and I haven’t read a book in a day in a long time. Super happy!

Rating: 4 Stars

 

 

 


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Secondly, I continued on and read Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. Didn’t enjoy this as much as the first, it was pretty bland.

 

Rating: 3 Stars

 

 

 


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Thirdly, I listening to the Stars Above audiobook by Marissa Meyer. This was okay, as far as short story collections go. I’m generally not a fan of short stories but these were okay, some I enjoyed more than others, naturally. More thoughts in my review!

Rating: 3 Stars
Review here!

 


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Fourth I read Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo and WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT. I thought this would be so much better but it was so boring. It took me 11 days to read 350 pages. 11 days?! I read Shadow and Bone in a single day.

Rating: 2 Stars

 

 

 


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Next, I finished another audiobook, Queenslayer by Sebastien De Castell.

 

Rating 3.5 Stars
Review coming soon!

 

 


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Next, literally right after finishing Queenslayer, I read the short story The Red Lily by Sebastien De Castell – which is about Ferius Parfax from the Spellslinger series. This story takes place between book 3 and 4.

 

 

 


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Finally, I finished another audiobook: Fairest by Marissa Meyer.
I didn’t think it was possible to hate Levana more than I did in The Lunar Chronicles main series but this backstory for Levana topped it. She’s also been the worst, I can see why now, but I have no sympathy for her. She’s vile.
Rating: 3.5 Stars

 


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How many books did you read in May? Which was your favourite?

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Books · Wrap-up

Monthly Wrap Up | April 2019

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Hey Guys!
This has been quite a busy month for me. It has been the last few weeks of the semester and now it’s time for finals! Oh, the joys. That means essay writing and exam revision! Such fun. Which leaves less time for reading for pleasure.

I only managed three books this month but I enjoyed all of them! So that’s the main thing.

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Firstly, I finished off the audiobook of Red Sister by Mark Lawrence.

Rating: 3.5 Stars

 

 

 

 


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Another Mark Lawrence book, this time; One Word Kill.
[Gifted] This one  I went into 100% blind, I had no idea what it was going to be about, I knew it was sci-fi, that’s it. It was pretty surprising! I liked, great start to a trilogy. I will definitely pick up the next book!

Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review here!

 

 

 


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Next, I picked up my first ebook in a long time, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I enjoyed this but to me, it wasn’t mindblowing. It was still a solid read but not worthy of 5 stars, in my opinion. (Will discuss in detail in my review)

Rating: 4 Stars
Review coming soon!

 

 


 What was your favourite book read in April?


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Books · Travel

Travel Diary: London Day 3 +4 | Sightseeing, Park Walks + Museums

 

Hey guys!
This is part two of my Travel Diary for my trip to London.
Part one, My Comic Con experience, is here.

This post is going up way later than I anticipated but oh well. I’ve been busy with uni work and reading. But finally, I get to share the rest of my trip!


Day Three: Holland Park, Notting Hill + The British Museum

We only went to London Comic Con for one day, so that we would have time to explore London. It was my first time ever, so I wanted to see as much as possible! So, on day three we did some exploring that was close to use first.

Photo Diary:

Holland Park

Notting Hill

British Museum

 

Day Four – London Eye, St James’ Park + Buckingham Palace


Overall, my trip to London was amazing.
It’s the highlight of my year so far. I had such a great time.
It was my first time in London and the first trip my boyfriend and I have been on together! I seriously didn’t want it to end and was seriously depressed about leaving.

 



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Travel Diary: London Day 1&2| London Comic Con Spring 2019

 

Hey Guys!
Bit of a different post from me today. I’ve been wanting to include some non-bookish things on my blog but haven’t really known where to start. I thought this would be a great opportunity to dive into some lifestyle-ish posts!
From March 1st-4th I was in London. My first time ever! Despite living in the UK my whole life I’d never been to London. *Shock, Horror*
Also, got to attend my first ever convention!


Day One:
Day one wasn’t really exciting. After spending like 4 hours on a bus then two trains to get to our Airbnb, my boyfriend and I weren’t really feeling up for doing anything fun. It was also evening by the time we got there and we didn’t know the area at all so decided to have a night in with a Chinese takeaway, and rest up for Comic Con the next day!

How cute is this takeaway?! So convenient! Where I live, we’re lucky to get our takeaways in a bag. (lol) The food was really good too! Their curly fries were to die for. *drools*


Day Two: London Comic Con Spring
This was my first con ever, so I was super excited!
It took place in the Olympia, Kensington. We stayed nearby so we walked over at 9am and spent most of the day chilling at Comic Con.


Custom Venom car!

There were so many cool stalls! One of my personal favourites was the metal sculptures, they were seriously amazing. I wish I could afford to buy some because they were beautiful. So much talent!

Got my picture taken with some Star Wars Villains.


(I know I look so tragic, I am internally screaming. Such a fangirl)

It was so much fun! I also got my picture taken on the Iron Throne!!
(Which is a print picture, hence why I haven’t included it. I’m lazy and don’t want to scan it in)

Overall, I had such a fun day at Comic Con, I spotted some actors, which was cool. I ate overpriced pizza and some absolutely amazing fudge! I wish I had taken pictures of the fudge (and noted the company name) because it was beautiful. There were three flavours: Salt caramel, Mars bar and Kinder Bueno. It was the best thing I’ve ever eaten.

I’ll have a post up for my London trip days two and three up soon, stay tuned!


Let’s chat!

Have you been to London or a Comic Con before?


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Books · TBR

Current Reads + March TBR 2019

Hey Guys!
Thought I’d update on my reading. I don’t usually do posts like this but I definitely think I should do more! I never do TBR posts usually, due to the fact I feel pressured into reading those books and I’m a huge mood reader. I usually don’t pick my book until I need it.
However, this month I have a few I definitely want to pick up!

I’m currently reading/listening to three books!

Currently listening to:

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

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Cress by Marissa Meyer

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Currently Reading:

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
(This is for a class at uni)

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Onto what else I want (+have) to read this month!

For uni I have to read:

  • Mrs Warren’s Profession by Bernard Shaw (play) 
  • A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Wolf
  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (play)
  • The Bloody Chamber and other stories by Angela Carter
  • The Zoo Story by Edward Albee (play)

Yikes! Wish me luck…

Books for pleasure:

  • The Near Witch by V.E Schwab – I going to V.E Schwab’s book signing on Monday (SO EXCITED) So, I’m trying to read as many as her books as I can. (Plus, I was sent The Near Witch for review so I need to get on that asap!)
  • Winter by Marissa Meyer  (audiobook)- Once I finish Cress I know I’ll want to pick this up straight away. I am LOVING this series. Hopefully, the audiobook will be available when I’m done with Cress. (Fingers crossed!) This last audiobook is pretty damn long, so I don’t know if it’ll be in my March wrap up.

 

Considering I’ve been in a slump for months now, this TBR is quite ambitious.  Hopefully, I won’t struggle too much! Audiobooks have been my saviour, I am loving them at the moment. So convenient for me when travelling/doing uni work.

 


Let me know what you’re reading/planning to read, I’d love to know!


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Books · Top 5 Wednesday

Favourite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Creatures| 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:  Favourite SFF Creatures

1) Dragons
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Let’s be real: Dragons are just the best fantasy creature. Don’t@Me
/Dragon like creatures, like Wyverns. Basically from any book/tv/film. Dragons are just amazing! Abraxos from the Throne of Glass series is adorable.
My all-time favourite dragon has to be Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon!



2) Wookiees – Star Wars
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Who doesn’t love Chewie?!
He’s adorable. Love him!!


3) Kandra – Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
The Kandra are such a cool and interesting creature. They are so well written and their history is just great to learn about throughout the books. Sanderson is a genius.
I freaking adore TenSoon, one of my favourite Mistborn characters!


4) Chimaera – Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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I freaking love the Chimaera Laini Taylor created! Such a cool world and concept. (No spoilers) But they’re so interesting!


5) Squirrelcat – Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell

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I never thought in a million years I fall in love with a squirrelcat but Reichis from the Spellslinger series is one of my favourite characters. He’s so funny and bloodthirsty. Live for his comments. Legendary.

 


What are your favourite SFF creatures? Let me know in the comments 🙂


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