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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!

Books · Favourites

Best Books of 2020!

Hello everyone!
I cannot believe it’s new year’s eve already, crazy.

Today I’m going to talk about the best books I read in 2020!
These are in order of when I read them, I couldn’t possibly rank these if I tried.
(Some have reviews, some don’t – I’m super behind!)

Saga Vol 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Saga Volume 3: Amazon.co.uk: Vaughan, Brian K, Staples, Fiona:  8601400752357: Books

I love the Saga comics! They’re amazing and I so desperately need to continue this series. If you’re looking for a new graphic novel to read, seriously start this series. It’s a very adult sci-fi/fantasy story, very character driven & has incredible artwork.

Rating: 4 Stars
I have reviews for Vol 1 and 2


Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

Starsight (Skyward, #2) by Brandon Sanderson

In January I must’ve been on a sci-fi kick because I also read and loved this book!
This book blew my mind, Brandon Sanderson never fails to created amazing worlds and plot twists.
I originally gave this a 4.25 Stars but the more I think about it the more I like it… I think I’d potentially up this to 4.5-5. Maybe I’ll reread this and change it in the future.
Review here.


Heartstopper by Alice Oseman (Volumes 1-3)

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I couldn’t possibly put just one of these so I’m putting all of them!
This is the cutest, most wholesome series ever. If you need something cutesy and easy to read, pick this up! I cannot recommend this enough. I enjoyed every moment of these, they’re the perfect pick-me-up reads!

Rating: 5 Stars
Review for Vol 1


Beach Read by Emily Henry

Beach Read by Emily Henry | Waterstones

An unexpected favourite. I’m not usually the biggest contemporary/romance reader but it dominated my 2020. I read this after seeing some rave reviews and I ended up loving it! I will definitely be rereading this in the future.

Rating: 5 Stars
Review here


Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

Take a Hint, Dani Brown: this summer's must-read romantic comedy:  Amazon.co.uk: Hibbert, Talia: 9780349425221: Books

Another romance, who would’ve thought?!
If you haven’t read this series yet, GET ON IT!
It’s amazing. Non-toxic romance, diverse characters and deals with heavier topics perfectly. It’s also very steamy, warning for explicit sex scenes!

Rating: 4.5 Stars
Review here


The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3): Amazon.co.uk: Black, Holly:  9781471407581: Books

This is probably the most shocking book on this list. I didn’t even plan to read this book and now it’s ended up on my best books of the year?! I realllllly didn’t like The Wicked King, everyone seemed to love that and hate this one. I never planned to finish the series but I saw the audiobook at my library and thought why not. I ended up binging the whole thing in an afternoon…
Rating: 4 Stars
Full review here


Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman

Odd and the Frost Giants: Amazon.co.uk: Gaiman, Neil, Gaiman, Neil: Books

This is a very, very short audiobook. This was such a cute, wintery read. I love Neil Gaiman’s writing and I hadn’t read anything by him in a while, I was super happy to find this available at my library. The audiobook is read by Neil Gaiman himself, he has such a great voice and is a brilliant narrator.

Rating: 4 Stars


Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler | Waterstones

This was actually required reading for one of my module at university. I enjoyed this so much more than I ever expected. It’s such a fascinating read!


A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova

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

This was marketed as Hades and Persephone meets Beauty and the Beast with elves. I was sold! I dropped my planned reads and read this on release day.
I loved it! I binge read this in less than 24 hours and it’s now a new favourite. It’s exactly what I needed at that time, something easy and happy. It really picked up my mood!

Rating: 5 Stars
Review here


What are some of the best books you read in 2020?

Blogmas · Books · Wrap-up

November Wrap Up 2020 | Blogmas Day 1

Hey guys!
Happy December!
I literally cannot believe we’re in December. This has been such a fast year yet has also dragged?! Such an odd year.
I’ll be doing 12 days of Blogmas, so I’ll be posting every other day up until christmas eve!

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races (Unabridged) - Maggie Stiefvater - Audiobook - BookBeat

Starting off the month with this audiobook, I thought it was fitting to start reading this on November 1st, since the races happen on that day. I’ve been wanting to read this for a while and I did enjoy it, it’s not a new favourite or anything.
Rating: 3.5 Stars


A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova

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

I LOVED THIS!!!
Rating: 5 Stars // Review here


Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Sing, Unburied, Sing Jesmyn Ward - Pages of Hackney - Webshop

This was for uni. I didn’t really enjoy it, to be completely honest.


Coraline by Neil Gaiman

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This was seriously creepy and weird but entertaining. I love Neil Gaiman’s writing and narration!
Rating: 3.5 Stars


Voyage of the Sable Venus and other poems by Robin Coste Lewis

Voyage Of The Sable Venus: Amazon.co.uk: Lewis, Robin Coste: 9781101875438:  Books

Another uni book… this time a poetry collection.
Me and poetry don’t mix. I’ll leave it at that.


The Switch by Beth O’Leary

The Switch by Beth O'Leary

Ended the month on a high! I loved The Switch!
Rating: 4 Stars / Review coming soon

Black Lives Matter · Books · Diverse Reads · Non-Fiction

Non-Fiction November: Must Reads by Black Authors | #BlackLivesMatter

Hey guys!
So, this post is a *little* late, as we’re half way through the month but there’s still time to get some non-fiction into November. Since BLM seems to have died down again, I’d like to bring it back into discourse.
Today I will be recommending some non-fiction books by Black authors, that I believe are must reads!

I’m not a huge non-fiction person, in general, so I don’t have many recs but the few I have read are very thought provoking and eye-opening. These books I’ve recommended are easy to get through and very informative. I think everyone should give them ago, even if non-fiction isn’t your usual thing. We could all stand to learn a thing or two!


Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Between The World And Me: Amazon.co.uk: Ta-Nehisi Coates: 9781925240702:  Books

Goodreads Synopsis: “This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.”
In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?


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

Why journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge is no longer talking to white people about  race | CBC Radio

Goodreads Synopsis: In 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote about her frustration with the way that discussions of race and racism in Britain were being led by those who weren’t affected by it. She posted a piece on her blog, entitled: ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’ that led to this book.
Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the political purpose of white dominance, whitewashed feminism to the inextricable link between class and race, Reni Eddo-Lodge offers a timely and essential new framework for how to see, acknowledge and counter racism. It is a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary exploration of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today.


The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

The Fire Next Time: My Dungeon Shook; Down at the Cross (Penguin Modern  Classics): Amazon.co.uk: Baldwin, James: 9780140182750: Books

Goodreads Synopsis: A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin’s early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document. It consists of two “letters,” written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism. Described by The New York Times Book Review as “sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle…all presented in searing, brilliant prose,” The Fire Next Time stands as a classic of our literature.


Have you been reading any non-fiction so far this month?
Leave any recs in the comments!

Related posts:
Black Lives STILL Matter: Things You Can Do in the UK | Book Recs, Petitions etc
Recent/Upcoming Fantasy/Sci-fi Books by Black Authors on My TBR
UK Charities/Causes You Can Donate To| Black Lives Matter

Audiobooks · Recommendations

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

The Wizards of Once Audiobook | Cressida Cowell | Audible ...

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

Black Brother, Black Brother (Mar 03, 2020 edition) | Open ...

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

City of Ghosts Audiobook | Victoria Schwab | Audible.co.uk

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

Black Girl Unlimited: The Remarkable Story of a Teenage Wizard (Audio  Download): Amazon.co.uk: Echo Brown, Echo Brown, Macmillan Audio: Audible  Audiobooks

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

Listen to Dreamology by Lucy Keating at Audiobooks.com

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

Pride - Audiobook by Ibi Zoboi

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

Amazon.com: The Voting Booth (9781662003936): Colbert, Brandy, Eller,  Robin, Hite, Cary: Books

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!

Books · Wrap-up

Car Crash of a Month | Wrap Up September 2020

Hello!
How fast did September go?! I literally blinked and it was over.

Little life update:

The title of this post is both a pun and actually legit.
I was in a car crash in the beginning of September, spent a night waiting in a&e and my boyfriend’s car ended up being irreparable. Luckily, neither of us were seriously injured. We were suffered from bad whiplash and bruising. Since then I haven’t really been reading, my mind couldn’t concentrate on reading. I was on strong pain medication for a bit, which made me sleepy and drained. I really hoped for a good reading month but oh well. I still managed to read 3 books, all at the very end of Sept.

Books I read in September:

Firstly, I read An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Waiting on Wednesday: AN ENCHANTMENT OR RAVENS by Margaret ...

This book was disappointing to say the least. It was just an overall flop for me, unfortunately. I have a full ranty review up if you wish to see my full thoughts. (Spoiler free, of course!)
Rating: 2.5 Stars // Review here


Next, I listened to the audiobook of *All Along You Were Blooming by Morgan Harper Nichols

All Along You Were Blooming Audiobook by Morgan Harper Nichols -  9780310456568 | Rakuten Kobo United States

I listened to this because it was super short and I wanted something easy to listen to. I’ve also been trying (and failing) to get into poetry. This really wasn’t my cup of tea. I didn’t feel connected to the poetry at all. I didn’t think the poems were anything amazing or interesting. I think this book is probably better off read physically. The physical book has illustrations which probably helps tell the story.
Rating: 2 Stars


Finally, on the last day of September, I decided to try and squeeze in another book. I picked *The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert.

Amazon.com: The Voting Booth (9781662003936): Colbert, Brandy, Eller,  Robin, Hite, Cary: Books

Which ended up being my favourite read of the month!
I’ll have a review up soon with all my thoughts but I think this book seriously needs more hype. I have never seen anyone mention this book! I only know about it through Libro.fm as it was part of their ALCs for a month.

Rating: 4 Stars


What did you read in September? What was your favourite?

Books · Tag

Stay At Home Book Tag

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Happy Wednesday!
Today I’m going to do a tag,  I was tagged by Holly over at TheWritingFinch to do this, thank you, Holly!

1. Laying in bed – a book you read in one day 

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman – Once I picked this up I could not stop! Luckily, being a graphic novel it’s quick to binge!

2. Snacking – a book that is a ‘guilty pleasure’ read 

I don’t believe in ‘guilty pleasures’ – it’s a toxic mindset, in my opinion…
I’ll go with a “problematic fave” instead: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Everyone seems to have strong opinions on this book but I really enjoyed it. It broke my heart and made me cry but it was a great read!

3. Netflix – a series that you want to start

I could write a whole post on this question alone…
I just bought Aurora RisingThe Winner’s Curse & Foundryside on kindle, so I’ll be starting those series soon.

4. Deep clean – a book that has been on your TBR for ages

SO MANY.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch has been on my tbr since 2016… still don’t even own it. I need to change that!

5. Animal Crossing – a book you recently bought because of the hype

Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin
I have seen this book everywhere. Literally comes up on my Instagram feed every day.

6. Productivity – a book you learned from or had an impact on you

Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, I’ll pick Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig.
This book is amazing for depression awareness. It seriously moved me and made me feel seen. I highly recommend every read it! Especially during these hard times, it is a huge comfort.

7. Facetime – a book you were gifted

I won a giveaway recently, so that’s kind of a gift? I received an ARC of Good Girls Die First by Kathryn Foxfield.

8. Self-care – what is one thing you have done recently to look after yourself

Online shopping.
Someone, please take my Paypal account from me. I keep buying things to make myself feel better.

BONUS – An upcoming release you are looking forward to

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
I bloody adored Get a Life, Chloe Brown, I cannot wait for this sequel!!

 

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Bianca @ YourWordsMyInk
Hannah @Five.Chapters
Manon @BooksandAutumns
Maddy @ MissMaddyChats

 

Books · Wrap-up

Reading Wrap Up | April 2020

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Happy May!
April seemed to both drag and fly by?! Weird month, weird times.
I didn’t have the best reading month as I have lots of university assignments to do, so didn’t have much free time. It’s pretty much going to be the same for May, since my deadlines are May 20th. Hopefully the last 11 days of the month will be fully booked *wink*

The first book I read was a graphic novel, Heartstopper Volume 3 by Alice Oseman

mars 2020 – Les Lectures de Chloé

After reading the first two volumes in March I HAD to continue. This series is seriously adorable and wholesome.

Rating: 5 Stars // Review for Vol 1


Next, I listened to The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

The Testaments (Audio Download): Amazon.co.uk: Margaret Atwood ...

I actually really, really enjoyed this audiobook! It was much better than I anticipated and I was super glad to get more knowledge about Gilead.

Rating: 4 Stars // Review here


Goddess of the Hunt by Shelby Eileen

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I don’t normally read poetry but I wanted to read something quick and easy. This was pretty interesting, it hasn’t converted me to a poetry lover but it was good.

Rating: 3 Stars


Lastly, I listened to Knock Three Times by Cressida Cowell

Literary Leisha – Book Blogger

This series has such great audiobooks, the narrator is David Tennant, if you’re interested in this series definitely listen to it!! It was an enjoyable read, Tennant is an excellent and engaging narrator and an absolute joy to listen to but, this book isn’t as good as the previous two. I look forward to the next book though!

Rating: 3 Stars


How was your reading in April? Any new faves?

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday | 06/11/2019

WWW-Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!
This tag/meme is hosted on Taking on a World of Words. It’s a super simple meme, you just answered the three W questions.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
Recently Finished:

Crownbreaker by Sebastien de Castell (audiobook)Image result for crownbreaker audiobook

Last book in the Spellslinger series *cries*
This was a good ending to what has been an amazing series. I will seriously miss these books. I’ll have a review up for this soon.


Currently Reading:

Emma by Jane Austen (audio + physical)Image result for emma by jane austen audiobook uk jenny

I’m reading this for uni and I’m switching between reading and audiobook, just to make things quicker. It’s a pretty big book! Hoping I’ll enjoy it as much as Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice.


Reading Next:

Ivanhoe by Walter ScottImage result for ivanhoe penguin cover

This is for uni. I have no idea what to expect from this book. I’ll probably switch between reading and audiobook for this too.

*Warrior of the Altaii by Robert Jordan

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I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of this! (Thank you Jamie-Lee at Tor UK)
I’ve never read any Robert Jordan, I’d really like to read the Wheel of Time series but it’s just so big and the books are all big, I just don’t have time right now. I thought I’d start with this since it’s small and so I can try out his writing without too much commitment.


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Let me know your thoughts on any of these books! + or what you’re currently reading!

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Books · Recommendations

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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