Upcoming Releases I’m Excited For!

Hello! I’ve always wanted to write a post about upcoming releases but, honestly, I’m never that up to date about it. However, I have added a few books to my online wishlist that haven’t been published yet and I’m really looking forward to them so I want to talk about how awesome they are with you guys.

The Haunting of Aveline Jones
by Phil Hickes

Release date September 17th 2020.

Aveline is a horror book lover and so, when half term comes, she gets much more excited for it when she finds a spooky old book. It belonged to a girl who vanished mysteriously. Aveline decides that she’s going to investigate the disappearance – but now something is stirring and it starts to look for her.

As you may know by now, I absolutely love spooky stories and this sounds just for me! Middle aged spooky stories are usually so much scarier than those for adults and they’re so creepy and feed my appetite. Definitely on the top of my list.

The Once and Future Witches
by Alix Harrow

Release date is October 15th 2020.

This is a historical novel set in the 1980’s about how there were no such thing as witches. If a woman wants power, she has to find it at the ballot box. But one day, three women join the women’s movement that might turn it into the witch’s movement. They delve into the oldest magic, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.

Historical fiction isn’t usually my thing but it’s witches so I’m really excited for this one. Due to it being historical fiction, it may take me a while to be motivated to actually pick this up (might be a good thing with how big my TBR is), but I’m going to bet I’ll fall in love with it.

I Killed Zoe Spanos
by Kit Frick

Title is going to be released on September 3rd 2020.

Anna arrives at a new village hoping for a fresh start, but what she finds instead is a community on edge after the disappearance of Zoe Spanos. She’s a local girl that has been missing since New Year’s eve. Anna delves deeper into the mystery and becomes more and more involved in Zoe’s life, and becomes more convinced she and Zoe are connected and that she knows what happened to her. When Zoe’s body is found in a nearby lake two months later, Anna is charged with manslaughter, but Anna’s confession is riddled with holes. Martina Green, host of the Missing Zoe podcast, is not convinced Anna did it. Can Martina’s podcast uncover the truth?

This sounds absolutely amazing. I really can’t wait for this one to come out. It’s just my cup of tea and sounds similar to audiobooks I’ve listened to that i’ve really enjoyed. I’m looking forward to the suspense and finding out what happened to her, which I’m hoping will be an interesting plot twist, and I also can’t wait to read about what made Anna confess to a murder she didn’t do.

One to Watch
by Kate Stayman-London

This will be released on January 7th 2021.

Bea is a plus size fashion blogger with amazing friends, thousands of Instagram followers and a massively broken heart. Bea has a weekly obsession, the reality TV show Main Squeeze. It has fantasy dates, kiss-off rejections, and a shockingly large amount of men named Ben. Bea, however, is sick of the lack of body diversity on the show and doesn’t think being a size zero should be the only criteria for being engaged on television. Bea has sworn off men altogether, but Main Squeeze asks her to be a contestant and she agrees on the basis that she absolutely won’t fall in love with anyone. When the cameras start rolling, she finds herself in a whirlwind of Twitter wars, sexy suitors and many opportunities to find messy, real life love for a TV fairy tale. Bea has to decide whether it’s worth trusting herself and these men to find her happily ever after.

I’ll admit that my main reason for being so interested in this is the plus size representation. As a fat person myself, finding myself represented in fun ways like this and positivity is quite difficult. I’m not a romance person but I think this will be funny, light hearted and make me feel loved and wanted as a fat person. I’m really excited for this one.

Can’t Take That Away
by Steven Salvatore

Release date March 9th 2021.

This follows a genderqueer teenager who finds the courage to speak out against for equality when they’re discriminated against by their high school administration. Carey dreams of being a diva and bringing the house down with song. Despite their talent, dealing with daily homophobia and their grandmother’s dementia makes it hard to find their voice. Then Carey meets Cris, a singer/guitarist who makes Carey feel seen for the first time ever. With the rush of a promising romantic relationship, they feel the confidence to audition for the Wicked Witch of the West in the school musical, setting off a chain reaction of prejudice and it’s up to Carey, Cris and their friends to stand up for what’s right.

I have a feeling that this is going to be difficult to read, especially from personal experiences which make it difficult for me to see it as an outsider and not be personally hurt, but I love reading about stories where young teenagers become so powerful and fight back against the hatred that’s thrown at them. It’s strength and bravery at outstanding levels and I can’t wait to cheer them on.

Something to Say
by Lisa Moore Rameé

Released on August 20th 2020 (so soon!).

Janae doesn’t have any friends. She’s just fine with that. She’s so good at being invisible it’s almost like a superpower, much like her idol Astrid Dane. At home, however, she has plenty of company – her no-nonsense Mama, her older brother Malcolm and her beloved Grandpa, Gee. Then a new student shows up at school, Aubrey. Janae can’t figure out why he keeps popping up whenever she goes. The more she tries to push him away, the more determined he is to become her friend. Despite this, she starts to get used to having him around. When the two are teamed up in a debate to have the schools name changed, she knows the friendship had an expiration date. Janae would do almost anything to avoid speaking up in front of a school audience, risking the first real friendship she has ever had.

Another cute, and diverse, little middle grade book to add to my list of upcoming releases! This just sounds cute and I really love books that focus on the importance of friendship instead of making close connections and love about romantic love, even when the two main characters are really young. Friendship can be just as important, sometimes more so, than romantic love and I can’t wait to see this book emphasise that.

Cinderella is Dead
by Kalynn Bayron

Release date August 6th 2020 (by the time I publish this post, it would be in the past!).

It’s been 200 years since Cinderella found her prince and the fairytale is over. Sophia knows this story though off by heart. Every girl has to recite this story by heart from when she’s tiny until she is sent to the royal ball for choosing. The lives not chosen by the men at the ball are forfeit. Sophia doesn’t want to be chosen. She’s in love with her best friend,Erin, and hates the idea of being paraded around like cattle. When Sophia’s night at the ball goes horribly wrong, she must run for her life. Alone and terrified, she finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s tomb. There she meets someone with the power to remake the world.

I’m sorry but if this doesn’t sound absolutely incredible to you, I don’t know what will. I’m not sure when I’ll ever get around to this because my TBR is so long and I have limited funds but I’m still extremely excited because it sounds AMAZING.

The Caravan of Broken Dreams
by C L Latham

Release date 15th December 2020.

At night, windows are closed and children are locked away, but nothing can stop the music from entering. When the music began two years ago, Ekaterina lost her only family. When she vowed to hunt down whoever was behind the disappearances, she never expected to be pulled deep into a world she never knew existed, or that she would have even more to lose. Especially when Luca, a strange boy with lion’s eyes, appears with a note from her brother and a connection to the music.

I’m lucky enough to already own an ARC of this as the author of the book is a good friend of mine! I filled out an ARC application form and I got approved (I’m still going to buy the book on release day, of course) – fairytale retellings are some of my favourite kind of books to read, so I’m so excited for this. Especially since I’ve never read a Pied Piper retelling before, it sounds incredible. This is next on my TBR so expect a review of this in the next couple of weeks.

 

So that’s some upcoming releases I’m really looking forward to! I think I have a few more and, if I do, I’ll write a part two as this one is already long enough as it is. Have you heard of any of these and, if you have, what do you think? Do any of these sound like something you’d enjoy?

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JULY 2020 READING WRAP UP

Hello! I know it’s been a while but I have absolutely no idea what to write on here, and I’ve lost all motivation/inspiration which makes me sad because I miss this. Part of this is because I’m not reading very much and, considering this is a book blog, it does hold me back a little bit and I don’t want to do just endless book tags. Anyway, here we go, what I read in July!

Confessions of a Funeral Director: How the Buisness of Death Saved my Life
Caleb Wilde

I read this over audiobook and I really enjoyed it. I love everything medical, especially things like this, and it was a really interesting insight into the life of a funeral director. I didn’t really like the religious tone, though, it felt a little overkill in parts, but I loved knowing how he didn’t emotionally detach from the people he worked with even when it was really hard for him.

The Bell Jar
Sylvia Plath

I wanted to read more classics this year and this one has been on the top of my list for such a long time. Unfortunately, It felt a little disappointing but that might have just been because I’ve been anticipating it for such a long time. It was really slow to start with and the narrator was so judgmental and rude that it was often difficult to feel sympathy for her, but it did give an interesting insight to what it was like being a mentally ill woman in that time period.

All Boys Aren’t Blue
George. M. Johnson

I listened to this on audiobook, as well! I didn’t really know anything going into it but I ended up really liking it. It’s an important perspective on being a black queer person and what it was like for them growing up. It was kind of hard to read at times, but it was necessary.

Loveless
Alice Oseman

One of my new favourites! This is the first time I’ve ever read a book about being aro and ace from someone who is aro and ace themselves. I don’t really talk about it much on here but I’m demiromantic and demisexual, the representation really meant so much to me. I had demi-specific representation in another book she wrote, Radio Silence, so this author is quickly becoming one of my top favourites. I have a full review of Loveless here. 

The Heathrow Doctor 
Dr. Stephanie Green

Again, I really like reading about medical things, and this is a book on what it was like to work as a doctor in one of the busiest airports within the UK. There were a few passages that were racist, such as saying “Eskimo” and “Indians” (in reference to Native Americans, not people from India). Other than that, it was a good insight into things they look for in international visitors and a little bit about immigration.

Monstress Volume 1-3
Majorie M Liu

I was originally going to read these for The Reading Rush, but I failed (oops) and I ended up being pretty happy I failed considering the stuff surrounding The Reading Rush and I no longer want to associate with them for the time being. They were really, really good. The plot was a bit difficult to follow and there were so many species and so many different people against different people that I couldn’t keep up, but the whole art style was so gorgeous I didn’t really mind and I really like the main characters.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Leigh Bardugo

I can’t believe this has been sitting on my shelf for so long and that it took me so long to get to it because it was incredible, I really really liked it. I, personally, love Marvel more than the DC universe (but the DC vilians are so much better than the Marvel ones) but I really loved seeing Diana/Wonder Woman from a more personal point of view. I also loved most of the side characters. I’m upset there isn’t a sequel as every book in this series is told from a different DC character. I’m currently reading the Batman one, so you’ll see my thoughts on that one in my August wrap-up.

 

So, there you go, everything I read in July! I would love to know your thoughts on what I’ve read, and if you read them what you thought of them too. Until next time.

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REVIEW: LOVELESS BY ALICE OSEMAN (Spoiler Free)

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Book Summary

It was all sinking in. I’d never had a crush on anyone. No boys, no girls, not a single person I had ever met. What did that mean? Georgia has never been in love, never kissed anyone, never even had a crush – but as a fanfic-obsessed romantic she’s sure she’ll find her person one day. As she starts university with her best friends, Pip and Jason, in a whole new town far from home, Georgia’s ready to find romance, and with her outgoing roommate on her side and a place in the Shakespeare Society, her ‘teenage dream’ is in sight. But when her romance plan wreaks havoc amongst her friends, Georgia ends up in her own comedy of errors, and she starts to question why love seems so easy for other people but not for her. With new terms thrown at her – asexual, aromantic – Georgia is more uncertain about her feelings than ever. Is she destined to remain loveless? Or has she been looking for the wrong thing all along?

Review

I make it no secret I’m a huge Alice Oseman fan and one of my favourite books, Radio Silence, was written by her so it goes unsaid that I was ridiculously excited about this upcoming release. I preordered a copy, which I pretty much never do, and it was signed ON THE PAPER instead of a sticker which means she herself held a copy of the very book I own – what a ridiculous fangirling moment that one was. It’s special to read an author from their first book to their latest release and see their writing skills improve.

I also don’t make a secret that I am gray ace/aro so reading a book that is OwnVoices for both of these things may be one of the best moments in my reading life. I didn’t know how badly I needed that representation until now. There’s background diversity that’s so casual and natural, emphasis on the platonic love found in friendships and how it isn’t worth less than romantic love, love of the live action Scooby Doo movies and I shall tell you now I’ve watched both those movies hundreds of times, and sexual tension between two involved queer characters if you’re into that.

Not to mention it was surprisingly sex-positive. It talked about how it’s okay not to have sex, and how it’s okay to have sex everyday with a different person, and it even focuses on masturbation and the different things people do to achieve the…desired effect. This has never happened in any young adult book I’ve ever previously read in this way. I’ve only ever read it before in YA books in a joking way, or sometimes in an aggressive/assault way. It felt raw and honest and something I believe teenagers need, stuff like this should probably be normalized, especially in young girls who aren’t encouraged the way young boys are.

Just…so much queerness, diversity and happiness. I love how Georgia went on a slow discovery to find out who she was and she was never shamed by people she loved for the way she feels about romance and sex. They were so accepting and loving and it gave me all the feels. It even made me want to go to Uni, which is something I don’t really want to do currently (the debt is staggering, friends).

There’s so many wonderful things to love in this book and I feel like everyone should read it, especially since there is next to no aro/ace representation in the world at the moment and we as a group tend to have a lot of hate aimed at us and, lately, being told that our sexuality was made up by Tumblr (note: Alice even includes little historical snippets in here on recorded aro/ace people long before the Internet even existed so take that!). If you need validation or a book that feels like a warm hug, then read this. NOW.

This is the first review I’ve written in a while and it’s currently midnight but hopefully it’s not terribly written. READ IT.

Also, a special shoutout to Alice Oseman for making all of her paperback books match, thank you. 

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Tackling my Hefty TBR Pile…

Hello! So, I use an app called BookBuddy on my phone to keep a track of my books. I’m not entirely sure if it’s updated properly and if it includes all the unread books I own, it’s pretty easy to miss one, but I think I got them all. It also doesn’t include double additions as I didn’t add other editions of one book, I just added the one (although it does have options to add different editions of the same book). Mu current owned unread book tally is…669. Soon to be 670. This does include some unread Kindle books, as well.

Yep. It’s one heck of a pile to tackle. I have no idea how I’m going to start by getting through them, especially when I need to read more diverse books and I don’t own many diverse books. Unfortunately, I don’t have access to a good and regularly updated library or I would just use that instead of buying more books. I blame living by cheap, second hand book stores.

Goal One 

My first goal to tackle my TBR pile is to go through my currently owned book and donate some to charity, as it’s very clear to me that there is no way I’m ever going to be able to read them all in my life. I’m usually not the sort of person who gives away a book without giving it a chance first (hence why I own so many…), but at this point it’s taking over my house and it’s not realistic that I’ll be able to read all the unread books I own in my lifetime while still reading new releases. It would take me years.

Goal Two 

I’m going to try and find some online challenges where I use only my TBR instead of buying new books to fit the challenge bingos (or whatever the challenge may be). So, if you know of any challenges suitable for this, then please let me know! I’m going to aim to make nearly every book I read this year to be a book I already own instead of reading relatively new books.

Goal Three 

I hardly ever read Kindle books and I have a slow build up of books on there that I really need to get to at some point. So, another goal I think I should put in place is to read at least one Kindle book a month. If I want to read more, that’s great, but this is the minimum goal I want to reach!

 

I’m going to start with these three goals and see where I can go from there. I’ll try to include end of the month updates of how I’m doing in my wrap-ups, as well, to hold myself accountable. I don’t know if anyone would be interested in an unhaul but I personally enjoy reading those/watching those! I’ll split them into multiple posts so I don’t end up with one gigantic post. Wish me luck!

WWW Wednesday

I don’t usually do these types of posts but I haven’t posted anything in a while and I’m struggling to think of what to write about, especially since I’m reading books at an incredibly slow pace at the moment. It’s sad that I can’t continue my speed of book reading like I did last year, especially now that I have a lot more time, but there you go.

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words where, every Wednesday, we take the opportunity to answer the three W’s:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

A few things! I’m physically reading Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gailman. I’m enjoying it so much that I’ll be really sad when it’s over and I have a feeling I’ll re-read this a few more times in the future. It gives me strong The Good Place vibes, as well.

On audiobook, I’m listening to Confessions of a Funeral Director by Caleb Wilde. It’s really interesting so far, I’m enjoying hearing about what goes on behind being a funeral director. I’m really interested in that medical, death section of non-fiction at the moment.

I’ve also been stuck on Emma by Jane Austin for ages. I’m sure I’ve read this before in school and I enjoyed it back then but it’s taking me ages to get through it now, even on audio. I don’t find Emma, as a character, particularly annoying. The writing is just really dense and difficult to get into.

What did you finish reading?

I recently finished reading Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land. It’s the best psychological thriller I’ve read in a long time, honestly. It was really creepy and dark and actually really scared me in some parts which is partly why I went for Good Omens, I needed something light to pick me up from that.

What do you plan on reading next? 

I’m very much a mood reader, I just finish it and then go snooping on my shelves to see what I want to get to. I’m in the mood for a graphic novel/comic book so I might read something from Marvel Unlimited or maybe Monstress, or I might pick up another thriller. We shall see.

 

This was fun! I might do it again next week, we’ll see if this is a weekly occurrence. I just felt like writing so…here you go.

April 2020 Reading Wrap-Up!

I only read eight books this month but that’s okay. I’m sad that I can’t read as much as I did last year, even when I have so much more time now than I did back then, but I just haven’t been in the mood to read much. Also, Animal Crossing came out on the Switch and I’ve spent so many hours on that game! Here’s what I managed to read, though:

Woman in the Window
A.J.Finn

Trigger Warnings: domestic abuse, alcohol, mental illness, drugs, death, violence, implied rape, gaslighting, toxic police force

Although I hate that this uses an extremely over-used thriller trope (unreliable woman because of medication/alcohol, who is probably divorced and probably had an affair), I still really enjoyed this one. The writing style was really good, I really enjoyed the story and, even though you could see the plot twists coming from a mile away (this might be because I read and watch a lot of thrillers), it didn’t take anything away from my overall reading experience

Apple of my Eye 
Claire Allan

Trigger Warnings: parental abuse, stealing of children 

This was pretty good, and I really liked the writing style, but it was so obvious what was going to happen right from the start (in my opinion). Also, Eli kept being described as someone who was loyal but she got ONE note saying her husband was cheating on her and instantly believed them and became convinced, and the same goes for her close friend. Being a bit paranoid, understandable, but to believe that it’s true with zero evidence? That doesn’t sound very loyal, or very smart, to me. I’ll read more from this author in future but it was just a three star read for me.

The House We Grew Up In
Lisa Jewell

Trigger Warnings: Suicide, mental illness (depression, hoarding disorder), homophobia, fatphobia 

OOF. Okay, I gave this book a two star rating because I enjoyed it enough to finish it but I did not enjoy it, really. My biggest problem with it is the fatphobia. I think at one point there was a whole page where it explained that she had “meaty arms” multiple times, and when Meg gained weight after having three children and an incident involving her husband it was constantly brought up in descriptions. My other problem is that this is advertised as a thriller. It is not. It’s more like a domestic, contemporary, character-driven mystery at most. The way they handle mental illness with Rhys, too, was horrific. I have another book by this author and I’ll give it a go but the fatphobia REALLY doesn’t rub me right

One of Us is Next
Karen McManus

Trigger Warnings: Slut shaming

This was really, really good. I think I enjoyed it more than the first book in this duology. The plot twist did surprise me, but I’ve learnt after reading so many thrillers that the one you least suspect is probably the one who did it. I enjoyed the discussion on slut shaming, as well, because teenagers are especially brutal about it and I think it’s a really important lesson to teach them. I also just love her writing style and the casual diversity thrown in. I wish more thrillers I read were diverse, but they’re hard to find.

Symbiont (Parasitology #2)
Mira Grant

Trigger Warnings: Death, gore, torture, sexual assault/implied sexual assault 

I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I enjoyed the first one but that is usually the case, anyway. There were parts that made me quite uncomfortable, which was more a problem with me than with the book. It was very fast paced and action packed. I’m a little nervous to read the last book in the trilogy, though! I don’t want it to end.

Lies We Tell Ourselves
Robin Talley

Trigger Warnings: racism, homophobia, abuse

I did enjoy this but it was glaringly problematic. For example, I don’t believe segregation from the 50’s from the perspective of a black teenage girl should have been written by a white woman. There was a bit of white saviourism going on here, too, and a black girl having a romantic relationship with a wildly racist white girl (even if she did change most of her opinions) was just…odd? So…yeah

The Flatshare
Beth O’Leary

This triggered a need in me to read smut. Something I’ve never really had a desire to do before, especially being asexual. Their relationship was adorable, and I really really enjoyed it. 100% worth the hype, and it was such an unusual love story as well. I did get a bit irritated though by the build up of sexual tension and then the sex scene…well, there wasn’t one, and I wanted one! I know this isn’t erotica but just one little sex scene wouldn’t be so bad, would it?!

A Quite Kind of Thunder
Sara Bernard

I really, really liked this. The romance was cute and there was a lot of emphasis on consent, even for things like kissing, which I think is really important for teenagers to learn and understand that it’s important. Also, Steffi has selective mutism, which is something I also have and I’ve never seen myself represented before in books. It was a shame that Steffi was quite annoying, though.

 

What do you think of these? Did you like them?

Animal Crossing Book Tag!

animal crossing

Helllloooo! To celebrate the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons (which I am obsessed with, by the way), I thought now would be a good time to do the book tag – combining two of my favourite things. All I’ve been doing for this period of self isolation is reading, watching movies and playing Animal Crossing.

Rules

  1.  Tag the original creator, Bookish Things and Tea
  2.  Answer the following Animal Crossing themed questions
  3.  You can use the original graphics but do not take credit for them
  4.  Tag some friends to spare the love!

 

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I would like to read Little Women but I’ve attempted to several times before and I’ve always failed. I would also like to read The Bell Jar, The Colour Purple and Mrs. Dalloway! I own so many classics and I plan to get to them all in good time

wild world

I reaaallly tend not to like the second books in series. They almost always feel like a filler, and they don’t have the same feel as the first book.

city folk

This question made me realise how many books I read set in countrysides and towns. It’s not on purpose but my favourite genre of book is thrillers and suspense novels which, for obvious reasons, are almost always set in the countryside. I think Heartstopper: Volume Three by Alice Oseman, which is set in Paris, France!

new leaf

This tag is obviously old because of New Horizons, but I think the best release I’ve read recently was Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli, which was amazing and I think everyone should read it (even if politics puts you off).

isabelle

Probably the All the Boys series by Jenny Han. It doesn’t cover any particular heavy topics but that may be why I love it so much. It’s so light hearted and lovely to read. It’s like a hug.

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Moonstruck by Grace Ellis!! Again, another light hearted and warm comic book. It’s so full of character, you can almost feel it springing out of the pages.

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We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. I don’t say this lightly but this book was pure trash. I have absolutely no idea why people love this book so much. If you want recommendations for a book written from the perspective of the killer child, I have a few recs! Avoid this one

fossil

I really don’t like historical fiction so I’d have to say The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, but honestly even if I did like historical fiction I would still love this more likely than not! It’s amazing. I should give it a re-read soon, I’m starting to forget why I love it so much – we can’t have that!

As usual, I don’t have anyone to tag so if you want to do it then go ahead! I’d love to give them a read 

My February Reading Wrap-Up // 2020

This is the second month I missed, so here you go! All the books I read in February. It’s basically nothing. I should start a wrap-up of new movies and TV shows I’ve started or finished watching, as that’s probably a lot more at the moment. I just have a bit of a book slump going at the minute. Anyway, enough rambling. Here are the books!

We Need to Talk About Kevin
Lionel Shriver

This book was complete trash. I really don’t know why this has all the hype that it does or why it’s famous. Apparently, the author is complete trash too, which doesn’t surprise me. If you want, I’ll write a whole review on why I thought it was complete trash. Just let me know. It’ll be a long one.

You
Caroline Kepnes

This was creepy, really creepy, but in the best way. I’m 100% going to make a post at some point comparing the book to the TV show, once I’ve finished with that. I think it’ll be really interesting. So far, they’re extremely close. And, oh my lord, do I truly despise Peach. Which is funny, considering Joe is also a Bad Guy but he’s somewhat likeable some of the time and Peach never is.

Heartstopper: Volume Three 
Alice Oseman

I really loved this, of course I did. I read the first two volumes and adored them. I love Nick and Charlies relationship so much and I’m kind of jealous they got a romantic getaway in Paris. I want that with my own partner!

Yes No Maybe So 
Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

This was a perfect blend of comedy and romance alongside more serious topics such as racism, religion and politics. It was extremely important at the time, until the virus took the spotlight, but I think it’s still extremely important and doesn’t currently have the limelight it deserves. It’s amazing.

The Lying Game
Ruth Ware

I thought this was much too long, especially for a thriller. It had a lot of filler information that didn’t need to be in it. Other than that, it was an enjoyable read and I enjoyed the ending. I’m looking forward to reading her more recent reads, I think they’ll have better writing.

Elevation
Stephen King

This is nothing like a horror or a thriller or anything like I’ve ever read by Stephen King before. It had a good message, although the ending was so bad. A lot of King books don’t have the best endings, so I was expecting that, really. Revival is an exception.

The Witcher: The Last Wish
Andrzej Sapkowski

I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. I don’t enjoy fantasy, especially…historical fiction fantasy, I guess you would call it. The plot was a bit difficult for me to follow but, otherwise, I enjoyed it a lot.

Parasite
Mira Grant

This is one of my favourite books ever, even though I only recently read it. I never thought a horror would finally make it into my favourites, but it did! I also found out this is the same author that wrote The Wayward Children series, which makes complete sense as I really enjoyed those books as well. I haven’t finished that series but I will, at some point.

So, that’s everything I read in February! I miss being able to read as much as I could last year, which would come in use during a lockdown, but there you go. Especially with Animal Crossing and my new laptop, I have plenty to do. Have you read any of these? What do you think about them?

 

A (Super Late) January Wrap-Up! // 2020

Hello! So, you know that I haven’t really been around much lately so I thought I would write a quick wrap up post for January (my post after thus one will be February), and then hopefully from now onwards it’ll be back to normal. Especially since I’m in self isolation for the next god knows how long, and we all need the distraction, don’t we? So, here are all the books I read in January!

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell 
Chris Colfer

I really enjoyed this, but it wasn’t as good as I expected it to be. I think the world building just fell really flat for me. If it wasn’t for the map at the start of the book, and the names of the areas on the island, I would know next to nothing. Of course, this book is for children so I knew exactly where it was going, I just wish the world was built up a little more.

Blood Orange
Harriet Tyce

Sorry to sound like The Grinch here, but people told me this thriller was amazing and it was just average honestly. We knew where it was going right from the start, and nothing was really new about it. It was captivating and I enjoyed the story and the writing style but it wasn’t anything extremely special.

The Perfect Child 
Lucinda Berry

I did really enjoy this. It was a very different novel to what I’m used to reading, although it followed a very typical storyline. A troubled child, usually female, will have hatred towards the mother and make her seem crazy while the husband/father gets all the positive aspects of her personality and splits them apart. I love how this book talks about the failures of social services, as well, which is an extremely important thing that needs discussing a lot more than it is at the moment.

Where the Crawdads Sing 
Delia Owens

I’m not going to deny that this book is beautiful. It was poetic with such connections to nature. However, I’m not really a poetic sort of person. I don’t enjoy that kind of writing style, which is unfortunate. Maybe if I knew what I was going into, I would have enjoyed it more, but it was just okay. A shame.

In a Dark, Dark Wood
Ruth Ware

My first Ruth Ware book! For a thriller lover, it’s shocking that it took me so long to get to this. I did really like this one, though. It wasn’t an unusual twist, I absolutely saw it coming (I know I say that a lot, but I read a lot of thrillers). Despite that, I really enjoyed it while I was reading it.

Fleabag
Phoebe Waller-Bridge

This is one of my all time favourite TV shows so, of course, I just had to have the scripts. I loved it just as much as the TV show, which probably goes without saying. I’ll probably re-read this everytime I need a pick me up, although the end is so heartbreaking. I really hate the way it ends, but…it’s kind of a good metaphor, I suppose.

A Child Called “It” 
Dave Pelzer

I don’t like rating books about true stories, although I didn’t enjoy the way it was written. It was just like he was rushing through it. Which I get, I do, but it was like…his family was absolutely perfect, and the next page it was suddenly all completely different. I just wish the writing was…better?

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine 
Gail Honeyman

I love love LOVE this book so much. I’ll be honest, I didn’t enjoy it very much to begin with. Eleanor is a very difficult character to like, but she grows on you. Plus, I believe she’s autistic. You can disagree if you want, that’s totally okay, but she just feels so autistic to me.

Sharp Objects 
Gillian Flynn

After I finished Gone Girl, I wanted to read something else by Gillian Flynn. Unfortunately, I remember absolutely nothing about this book two months later. I have no idea what happened, or who the characters are. Absolutely nothing. So, really, that should tell you all you need to know.

So that’s all I read! Have you read any of these? What did you think of them?

 

 

Tag Thursday!! – My Life in Books Tag

Hello again! Look at me, doing memes. I should probably stop writing these so late at night but, honestly, it’s the only time I have to myself. I live with someone and have support workers come in everyday to help me clean and cook and whatnot. Well…it’s not really a meme, it’s a tag. You know what I mean!!

This tag was created by Kristen Kraves Books 

It was created way back in 2016 but, as far as I’m aware, I have never used this tag before. I’ll be doing this using books I have on my shelves, seeing as there’s over 700 of them. I’m sure it’s a challenge for people with a normal amount of books, just not for me.

Find a Book For Each of Your Initials: 

L: Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
A: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Nivan
P: Parasite by Mira Grant

Count Your Age Along Your Bookshelf – What Book is It?

Okay, I have eight bookshelves and random piles of books everywhere so I’ll just pick a random bookshelf for this one and, because I’m lazy, I’ll go for the one closest to me.

Bared to You by Sylvia Day. The only reason why I own that book is to make a blog post about how terrible I’m sure it is but I just haven’t got around to it yet because I’m prioritising other books first.

A Book Set in Your City/Country 

I live in Pembrokeshire, Wales, and honestly hardly any books are set here so I can guarantee I don’t have a single book set in this country in my possession. A majority are from other countries or England. I did, up until recently, own Mrs Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs which is of course set in Wales.

A Book That Represents a Destination You’d Love to Travel To 

I don’t know if this means a place that doesn’t exist or a place that does so I’ll answer both of the questions, just in case. For a world that doesn’t exist, I think Discworld by Terry Pratchett. That whole world is just magical. No day would ever be boring (although, being an introvert, I’m not opposed to things being boring now and again).

For a real world, Heartstopper: Volume Three by Alice Oseman was set on a school trip to Paris and I would absolutely love a trip to Paris (obviously, who wouldn’t?). I was so jealous when my sister went with her school.

A Book That’s Your Favourite Colour 

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise, absolutely!! It’s pink. Yes, I’m basic, my favourite colour is pink.

Which Book Do You Have the Fondest Memories of? 

Recently, it’s the Lara Jean series by Jenny Han. They just came in at a perfect time. They’re so gentle and warm and happy. They’re filled with so much baking, and happiness. Although I wasn’t happy about the romance choices she made, I just love the atmosphere. It felt like I was being hugged.

Which Book in Your TBR Pile Will Give You The Biggest Accomplishment When You Finish it? 

100% Priory Tree!! I don’t even remember the full title but that book is massive. Truthfully, I only bought it because the book is stunningly beautiful and I heard it has queer elements. It intimidates me so much, though, that I’m not sure I’ll ever get around to it.

Which of these books I’ve mentioned are stand outs for you?!

I have nobody to tag here but, if you want to do this tag then go ahead!! I’d love to read what peoples’ different responses are.