What Did I Just Read? OVERHYPED | Audiobook Review: Cleopatra and Frankenstein by Coco Mellors

Hello all!
Long time no see. I’ve not been inspired to write blog posts this year so far. I thought I would cross-post my review of Cleopatra and Frankenstein – Originally posted on my Bookstagram. I’m mostly active over there these days. Follow me there to keep up with me and my reviews!

The Review:

This book was kind of a waste of time. There’s very little plot and what plot there is felt undeveloped.

The characters are all awful but bland.
Cleo and Frank – meh
The age gap 🤮

Quentin was awful.
Eleanor was super boring.
Zoe was meh – underdeveloped

It truly was 14 hours of ✨ nothing ✨

The animal neglect was just awful. The poor sugar glider 😢 that’s about all the emotion I had during the book. Other than boredom and general horror at some of the violence.

If it wasn’t an audiobook I think I would’ve DNF’d. It dragged a lot. I kept thinking it must get better as it’s so highly rated and loved.

I just don’t understand. There’s nothing special about this book.

Rating: 2 Stars ⭐⭐

Books · Wrap-up

Reading Stats for 2022 | Goodreads & Storygraph

Hey guys!
Today I’m going to be sharing my stats for 2022.
Wouldn’t say it was an amazing year for reading but it certainly wasn’t bad.

I use Goodreads to track my reading. I’m so terrible at using Storygraph throughout the year. Goodreads is just second nature. I ended just adding all my reads from 2022 in one go at the end of the year. (Terrible I know) Maybe 2023 is the year I finally get into Storygraph.

Starting off with the goals:

Original goal: 70 Books
Revised goal: 50 Books
Books read: 51

Moods – Not something I’m particularly concerned about in terms of my reading habit and goals. I don’t really consider this when I’m reading. It’s always interesting to know though, at the end of the year.

Genre – No surprise there my top two are YA and Fantasy, they’re my faves.
I’m happy to see a variety of genres here, 27 different genres! I’m quite surprised by this. I do like to try and branch out of my comfort genres (SF/F) and I managed to do that in 2022. Hoping to do the same in 2023 too.

Pace – Unsurprising my ratio here. I despise slow pace books, so not at all shocked they made up 6% of my reading. I tend to prefer a fast pace but medium pace has taken the cake this year!

Page number – I was very slumpy for a lot of 2022 and also just busy so I definitely favoured shorter reads. Still managed to read a few big books which I’m happy with!

Non-Fiction/Fiction – Very happy to have actually read some non-fiction in 2022. In 2021 I managed to read a whopping 0 non-fiction books. 18% for 2022 is pretty good going for me, I’m happy with that.

Shortest/Longest Books – For the second year in a row a Stormlight Archive book is my longest read. Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson was bloody enormous but bloody brilliant. Well worth the long read.

How was your reading in 2022?


NaNoWriMo Update: I WON!!! | Reflections, Thoughts etc.

Hello everyone!
Final Nanowrimo update, November is over.
First updated here, second update here.

I won Nanowrimo!! I wrote 50k words!!
I am beyond happy, I thought I might quit as it was pretty bloody hard. But I persevered and it did it.

Word counts for the final days:

Day 22: 1758
Day 23: 1720
Day 24: 1600
Day 25: 1607
Day 26: 1545
Day 27: 1668
Day 28: 1703
Day 29: 1464
Day: 30: 965

Total word count for the month 50,030 words.


  • Planning is key – it’s so much easier and faster to write when you have a plan.
    There were days when I just winged it, I struggled to write and procrastinated a lot more.

  • Ignoring everything you’ve written and just continuing is the best practice for getting the first draft. I have a terrible habit of wanting to edit while I write

  • Reading helps… A lot.
    I didn’t read much during November but when I did I felt more inspired to write, even though what I read was completely different to what I’m writing.

  • I’m usually an early bird but when writing I’m a night owl!
    I did most of my writing in the evening and nighttime. I weirdly became motivated around 9pm and felt really creative at night.

Overall, I had a fantastic month of writing. Nanowrimo went so well, and I’m thrilled with my writing. Very proud to have completed Nanowrimo, after feeling inspired for most of 2022, it was great to be writing again and to write so much within a month. It was hard going but I’m glad I stuck with it. The first draft is almost completed, I will be revising my work so far and then finishing it off, ready for draft two in 2023!

Would I do Nanowrimo again? Probably! It was a really good experience and I recommend any writer give it a go. Even if your word count goal is not the full 50k words, it’s a good way to motivate yourself to write!

Thanks for reading!
Let me know how your Nanowrimo went if you participated!


NaNoWriMo Update: Week 2 & 3 | Ahead of Schedule

Hello everyone.
Another NaNoWriMo update, though this one is a 2-in-1. I was too busy to write a 2-week update on the 14th. You can check out my first update here – I talked about my WIP and there’s a mood board/aesthetic for the story, if you are interested in that!

Week 2 word counts:

Day 8 – 2000
Day 9 – 1701
Day 10 – 1712
Day 11 – 1705
Day 12 – 2200
Day 13 – 1709
Day 14 – 1667

Week 2 total: 24712

This week was quite hard for me as I came down with a flu-like virus. I felt really unwell and had terrible brain fog! Despite this, I managed to stay on track with my daily word count and had my best writing days so far.

Week 3 word counts:

Day 15 – 1714
Day 16 – 454
Day 17 – 1716
Day 18 – 1704
Day 19 – 1763
Day 20 – 2202
Day 21 – 1735

Week 3 total word count: 36000

My worst week, as you can see on the 16th I had my worst writing day of the month. I usually work from home but on the 16th I had to go into the office for the day and it took it out of me. It was such a long, busy day, I was too tired to write when I got in. I forced myself to write a few hundred words then gave up.

It’s definitely getting harder as the days go on. Fair play to anyone doing NaNoWriMo with full-time jobs/kids/commitments. It has taken over my life! I’m happy I’m doing it and will be finishing it but I will be relieved when it’s over.

That’s my update for now, I’m ahead of schedule (somehow) and very happy so far! I cannot believe it’s the 22nd today. 8 days left!

If you’re doing NaNoWriMo let me know how it’s going for you!


One Week of NaNoWriMo 2022 | Wordcount, Mood board & Things Learnt

Hello everyone
A bit of a different post today. I thought I do a little Nanowrimo post, mostly to hold myself accountable.
I’ve been posting updates on Twitter and Instagram – follow me there for daily updates and more bookish content. I’m mostly active on Instagram these days.

Anyway, I thought I do weekly updates for Nanowrimo, just sharing my experience. This is my first time properly doing Nanowrimo, I did do Camp Nanowrimo in July 2021 for outlining and planning. This one is a draft of a novel WIP.

About my WIP:
Genre: Fantasy
Age group: New Adult – it’s kind of in between YA and Adult
POV: First Person / Single POV
Starting word count: 23k (ish)
Nanowrimo goal: 50k
End goal: 73k (ish)

Mood board for my WIP.
*Pictures are all from Pinterest/Google.

Week 1 of Writing

Daily word counts:

Day 1 – 1700
Day 2 – 1668
Day 3 – 1714
Day 4 – 1741
Day 5 – 1719
Day 6 – 1730
Day 7 – 1746
Week 1 total words: 12,018

Things I’ve learnt:

  1. Planning is necessary – having an idea of what to write, rather than just sitting with a blank screen and no place to start.
  2. Writing 1667 words (minimum) per day is pretty hard – it’s super time-consuming, especially trying to work it in on busy days and working full time. I’m lucky I work from home and can do things on my breaks.
  3. Mindmaps are such a good brainstorming tool to have on hand
  4. Try not to edit as you write. Just get it down, word vomit all over your draft. Don’t go backward.

Are you doing Nanowrimo? Or do you have a WIP? I’d love to hear about it 🙂

Books · Review

ARC Review: Cursed by Marissa Meyer (Gilded #2)

Goodreads synopsis:

It isn’t true, she wanted to whisper. To lean forward and nuzzle her cheek against his temple. To press him against the wall and mold her body to his. I am not his. I will never be his.

Serilda and Gild cannot break the curses that tether their spirits to Adalheid’s haunted castle. There they remain trapped for eternity. On the night of the Endless Moon, the Erlking means to capture one of the seven gods and so be reunited with his lover, Perchta, who has been banished to the underworld.

But it soon becomes clear that the Erlking’s hunger for vengeance won’t be satisfied with a single wish, and his true intentions have the power to alter the mortal realm forever.

Serilda and Gild have no choice but to thwart his plans, all the while solving the mystery of Gild’s forgotten name, and freeing all the ghosts kept in servitude to the dark ones. As the evil forces gather, it seems only their love is strong enough to sustain them . . .

*May contain minor spoilers for book one. Check out my review for Gilded here.

My thoughts:

After the cliffhanger ending of Gilded, I was desperate to know what would happen. This was probably my most anticipated read of the year.

Firstly, the pacing. After the ending of Gilded, I expected this to be quite fast-paced and action-packed. It’s the concluding novel in the duology. But this book takes a slower pace. It really felt like filler for the most part.

It was overly descriptive to the point where it just takes away from the plot. I like pretty descriptions and vivid writing, which was what I liked in the first book. It felt like a fairytale. However, this takes it too far. The descriptions overtake the plot and the characters. It slowed the pace too much, this sequel would’ve benefitted from some urgency in the pacing.

I found myself really bored through the first half. It took so long for stuff to happen and for the story to pick up. It didn’t feel like a final book.

The plot – as I said before is very slow and overpowered by the descriptions.
It had some interesting elements but overall pretty predictable. As it is a fairytale retelling, the plot is going to be a little predictable as they tend to follow a formula.

I did like the dark elements, it’s one of the darkest YA fantasies I’ve read. It really feels like the classic fairytales in that aspect, which I enjoyed!
How the Rumpelstiltskin aspect wraps up and the origin in the story was a nice twist. I loved the history side and the mystery of Gild – those parts were less predictable. I did guess Serilda’s mother, that didn’t surprise me at all. It was well foreshadowed, not sure if it was easily predictable or I’m just a good guesser haha.

The ending – It did have some good moments once the pace picked up and some action took place. The ending wrapped things up nicely, it took a while to get there but the ending was sweet. As it is a fairytale retelling, it did end with the happily ever after as you would expect.

Overall, I’m a bit disappointed. I expected more. It was just an okay read. I was hoping for a new favourite but alas, it did not make it. I think if the filler parts of Gilded and Cursed were taken out and these two books combined, it could’ve been an amazing standalone.

Rating: 2.75 – 3 Stars

Cursed is out tomorrow! (November 8th)
You can get these beautiful copies with sprayed edges now!

*Cursed was gifted by the publisher. All views are my own.

Audiobooks · Books · Review

The Perfect Autumn Read | Book Review: Sadie by Courtney Summers (audiobook)

Goodreads synopsis:

A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial-like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about.

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

My thoughts:

It’s an ugly tale, told so amazingly.
It gives the harsh reality of girls that go missing, and the book’s ending reflects that.

This is not an easy read at all. It’s very graphic and violent and definitely not for everyone. I will list triggers at the end of my review, there is a lot! It’s gritty, dark and devastating – It will really move you. It’s a book I will never forget reading, will likely reread it in the future.

This book can only be described as heart-wrenching.
The characters and the story feel so real, it was like listening to a documentary. I felt so deeply invested in Sadie’s story. This is the kind of book you cannot get out of your mind while reading it. I just needed to know more, I was both horrified and hooked throughout. It’s a hard listen but also I couldn’t stop.

The podcast element really shines in the audiobook.
Had I read this physically, I’m not sure I’d feel the same. The story lends itself to being heard rather than read.
The narrators were great! It has an excellent cast of voices, it all felt so real.
Rebecca Soler does Sadie’s chapters – She’s one of my favourite narrators having listened to a good few books she’s narrated.

I appreciate the representation in this story, I have never read/listened to anything with the main character having a stutter before. I can’t comment on the accuracy side as I don’t have one. From what I can tell it was well portrayed.

Trigger/Content warnings: Pedophilia, ableism, grief, death, murder, abandonment, assault, sexual assault, substance abuse, explicit violence + more (basically very very dark and all the triggers you can imagine)

Rating: 5 Stars

If you’re looking for a dark, mystery book to read this Autumn/Winter – I highly recommend this.

Books · Wrap-up

July Wrap Up | 2022

Happy August!
Here’s hoping I have a better reading month this month. July was pretty bad. I was in a massive slump. I barely touched a book. I only managed a few graphic novels.

Lore Olympus Vol 2 by Rachael Smythe

I was in such a slump, I knew I needed something fun and easy to get me back in the mood. So I picked up this, highly anticipated after Vol 1. I loved it!! Just what I needed. Now in need of Vol 3… which is out in October!
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Paper Girls Vol 1
Paper Girls Vol 2 by Brian K. Vaughan.

I decided to pick up more graphic novels. I decided to give Paper Girls a go. I love Saga by Brian K. Vaughan. I’m enjoying it so far! The whole story is out (6 volumes) which I will be binging! Look out for those reviews coming soon.
Vol 1 rating: 4 Stars
Vol 2 rating: 4 Stars

What did you read in July?

Books · Wrap-up

(Very late) June Wrap Up | 2022

This post is going up super late, as I’ve been in a slump lately. I’ve not been posting much here or on Instagram over the last few months. I hope to get back into the swing of regular posting soon. I’ve been feeling unmotivated lately.

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson (Physical and audiobook)

Firstly, I finished my reread of the Mistborn trilogy!
Loved it, of course. Might do a post about my rereading experience soon.

Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl by Joya Goffney

Read this on holiday, it was a fun read but not a new fave.
Rating: 3/3.5 Stars

Book Lovers by Emily Henry (Physical and audiobook)

Also read this on holiday, on the last day/while travelling. I binged the whole thing, I was obsessed. Definitely a new fave!
Rating: 5 Stars

*I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston (audiobook)

Fun, one-day read. It was interesting enough, though did have some toxic elements. Not a bad read overall.
Rating: 3 Stars
(Gifted ALC from

How to be Hopeful by Bernadette Russell

Borrowed this from the library, as an audiobook. I’ve been feeling pretty hopeless and depressed lately. This was an insightful read, I noted down some of the exercises mentioned. Will definitely be giving them a go!

Let me know what you’ve been reading!

Books · Wrap-up

May Wrap Up | 2022

Hello everyone!
I’m so inconsistent with blogging lately. I need to get back into the swing of things.
Happy June! We’re now in the best month of the year. (I’m biased, it’s my birthday month AND I’m going on holiday!)

*You Still Look the Same by Farzana Doctor

*This was gifted to me by

No matter how hard to try, poetry is not something I can get into.
This was a quick listen, I don’t remember it being bad at all but now I don’t remember much. Poetry doesn’t stick with me much.

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

I really enjoyed this one! It was super fun and cute. The perfect quick read. Would be a perfect holiday/beach read!
Rating: 4.5 Stars

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (reread)

I started by reread of Mistborn! I decided to read the physical alongside listening to the audiobook. It had been years since I first read this series and I loved being back in this world! It destroyed me again, just like the first time. I was surprised at how much I’d forgotten!

Rating: 5 Stars

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson (reread)

Then moving on to rereading book 2. Audiobook/physical again.
Also really enjoyed this. It does have a little bit of middle book syndrome but it’s still interesting. I cannot wait to read the last book in this trilogy! It will likely destroy me because the ending is unreal.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

What did you read in May?