Books · The Friday 56

The Friday 56 – Traitor to the Throne

Hello bookish friends!

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda over at Freda’s Voice. You can find her here.

Friday 56

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.


I’m currently reading Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton. I originally started reading this sequel over a year ago, got 100 pages in, then put it down for some reason, even though I was enjoying it? I don’t know why I do this! But I’m glad I (eventually) picked it back up. It’s just as fun and fast-paced as the first book in the series with even higher stakes in this one where political intrigue plays a big role. I’ve about 100 pages left so everything is just a little bit intense right now. In a way I’m kind of glad that I left it for a year since the last book has just been released and I’ve already managed to reserve a copy at the library. I thought I’d fallen out of love with this series but my love has been restored!

“The fight would be short and bloody. There were already more soldiers on the ground than standing. I fired. And now there was one more. I turned, already looking for my next target.”

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Favourite Books of 2017

Hello bookish friends!

So this is an incredibly late post! Oops. I thoroughly enjoyed the majority of books I read in 2017 so this has been quite a difficult list to put together! I also find it a lot harder to explain what I love about books, rather than what I hate about books, so hopefully this won’t be too much of me just fangirling! Although I’ve ordered this list, they were all my favourites really!


10. Winter by Marissa Meyer

I’ve put this on the list as more of a series appreciation overall. I found myself completely swept away by books 2, 3 & 4 of this series. I even ended up reading the last two back-to-back which is so unlike me! I adored the characters and their dynamics and the witty back-and-forth. The romances were adorable (my favourite kind) and the writing style was so addictive, it hardly felt like I was reading an 800 page book! The plot in this particular instalment was intense and it rounded off character arcs really well. I highly recommend this series if you’re looking for fun, romance and memorable characters.

Gentleman's Guide

9. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

This was the perfect adventure story. It was the perfect blend of fun, laughter and emotion. Gentleman’s Guide definitely had its dark moments, too, which I feel were all incorporated seamlessly and issues revolving around race, sexuality and illness were discussed really well. It was a difficult, emotional read at times. I also loved these characters so much – they were so well-developed and so memorable. It was everything I imagined it would be and I cannot wait to read the companion novel!

The Diviners

8. The Diviners by Libba Bray

I read this towards the end of the year and was surprised at how much I loved it/obsessed over it. It’s a slow build-up whilst we’re being introduced to all of the characters and to the 1920’s New York setting but the plot unravels beautifully. I loved how creepy and atmospheric it was, yet glamorous and addictive. All of the characters were great. They were flawed and very well fleshed out. The writing itself completely transported me to the setting. It was a very visceral read. I listened to this one on audio-book and the narrator was perfect. They really brought the story and characters to life. I cannot wait to read the other two books in this series this year!


7. The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud

Although I read two more instalments of this series after this one, The Whispering Skull still has to be my favourite of the series. The mystery in this one was so complex and well-crafted, I kept trying to piece it together throughout (to no avail!) It was so creepy and thrilling and just so much fun. Particularly in the last 100 pages or so, I could not read quick enough, I was that desperate to consume the story. And, oh, the characters. I love this gang of ghost-hunting misfits so much. I loved their relationship dynamics, especially the banter between Lucy and the Skull. The humour was brilliant, too. This is such a fun, creepy, light-hearted series which became one of my all-time favourites over the year.

The Way of Kings Part Two

6. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Sanderson certainly knows how to write a decent fantasy book! I’ve read pretty much all of his Cosmere works (apart from his short stories) and this is probably my favourite first book of a series of his. Although it was slow at the start, this is the first of a ten book series, so that was to be expected. The world-building in this was just phenomenal. I loved that we didn’t just get to see one part of the world – we got a real feel for the people and the cultures from all over the world. I always love the mysteries in Sanderson’s novels. This one kept me second-guessing and trying to work out each of the clues. I tore through the last 250 pages – they were so intense! I loved how complex the plot and the world were and I cannot wait to read the next two in the series.


5. Monstress Vol. 1: The Awakening by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda

This is, hands down, my favourite graphic novel. It was so well developed and so darn imaginative. It’s set in a steam-punk fantasy, alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia that has talking cats, ancient gods and a rich, well-developed, compelling mythology and if that isn’t enough to intrigue you, I don’t know what is! The story is very dark and it covers some disturbing topics (slavery, intense violence, eugenics, cannibalism) so do be warned. I really loved the whole theme of ‘what makes a monster.’ It didn’t hold back from any of the nasty realities of war and the characters were free to feel what they needed to. The MC is flawed and you’re not entirely sure if she’s the hero or the villain but you still root for her anyway. Also, the artwork. Holy crap, the artwork. Genuinely the most aesthetically pleasing graphic novel I have ever had the pleasure of casting my eyes upon. I’ve already read the sequel volume and loved it just as much so I am incredibly hyped to continue reading this series to see where it goes.

The Hate U Give

4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Although this was one of the last books I read in the year it became an instant favourite pretty much as soon as I started reading it. I was completely sucked into the story. It was intense, it was emotional. I laughed, I cried. My god, this book made me feel so much. I adored Starr so much. She had a wicked sense of humour – like I was cackling at the things she came out with. Starr’s family was what stood out most for me. They were the most supportive, most encouraging, most loving family I think I might have ever read about. Their kind words to Starr had me tearing up throughout. Thomas discusses racism, police brutality, micro-aggressions and white privilege seamlessly throughout the novel and, seriously, everyone needs to read this. I cannot wait to see what else Thomas puts out – I will definitely be reading it. And definitely be re-reading this one. A new all-time favourite.

Ghostly Echoes

3. Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter

I think this is probably my favourite of the Jackaby series. The previous two instalments were great but this was just on a whole ‘nother level. I loved how this one delved deeper into the world and was a lot darker in tone, too. I had chills at so many points throughout this book. Also, any book that features travelling to the Underworld immediately gets extra points from me. There’s just something about the Underworld that has always intrigued me and Ritter’s interpretation of the Underworld definitely did not disappoint. I really loved how high the stakes were in this instalment. There were some real character-defining moments as my poor beloved characters were put into difficult, tense situations. And the romance between Abigail and Charlie is easily one of my absolute favourites. They are so very cute and they’re just genuinely good people who you root for with all your heart. This instalment was a lot more character-driven, even funnier than its predecessor’s and very compelling. HIGHLY recommend.


2. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Taylor always writes beautiful stories that I inhale-read but this one has to be my favourite of hers so far. Taylor created such an interesting, wildly-imaginative world and filled it with a rich history and mythos that I absolutely fell in love with. The main character, Lazlo, was one of my favourite perspectives I’ve read from. He was such a relatable character, especially considering that he was a librarian. The writing itself was achingly beautiful. Taylor has such a unique way with words. I’m always in awe of the way she constructs sentences and the way that she carefully lays out her plot. The sequel is coming out in October so I have time to prepare myself at least!

Honourable Mentions:

The Last Olympian

Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

This finale was an absolute rollercoaster. Right from the very start, it kept me on the edge of my seat. Usually with finales I don’t feel particularly scared for any of the characters’ fates but with this, I was constantly worried, tearing through the pages as quickly as I could. This series in general was so much fun and so addictive to read.


My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Aston & Jodi Meadows

This is another book that caught me by surprise. I remember reading the first paragraph and thinking: ‘yep, this is absolutely my kind of humour.’ It was probably the funniest book I read all year. Considering this was written by three authors, the story was seamless. I loved what the authors did with the history and how they weaved in the fantastical elements. I adored the characters, particularly the relationship dynamics between the main character and her partner. It was my favourite kind of romance – sweet, funny, subtle and built on mutual admiration and respect. The pacing and the overall flow of the story were spot on and I just found the whole concept in general to be so imaginative and I cannot wait to read their next book. It was such a fun read and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for something a little different that will leave you in stitches.lord-of-shadows

1. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Of course my number one favourite read of the year was Lord of Shadows! I’ve been banging on about it ever since I read it, so this comes at no surprise, I’m sure. I just… really, really, really love everything about this. My precious characters and their relationship dynamics, the complex, super compelling plot, the twists and turns. I JUST LOVE IT. I’ve already decided to take a days’ holiday when Queen of Air and Darkness is released so I can consume it all in one go.

I think I slightly over-used the word ‘love’ in this post! Sorry for being quite repetitive but you can only find so many ways to say ‘I love the characters, I love the plot, I love the world, I love the writing’ !!

What were some of your favourite reads of 2017?

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The Friday 56 – The Dark Days Club

Hello bookish friends!

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda over at Freda’s Voice. You can find her here.

Friday 56

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

The Dark Days Club

I’m currently reading The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman. It’s essentially an urban fantasy set in Regency London that fellows Lady Helen Wrexhall as she navigates her way through high society whilst also uncovering the secret shadow world that surrounds her.

I am really liking this one. It’s definitely a slow-build but I’ve really enjoyed the detailed world-building. It reminds me a little of The Diviners in this sense – that I have a complete picture of the setting and the social customs at this point in time. It’s really atmospheric too. I’m just over halfway through now and not that much has been happening, so if you’re into fast-paced urban fantasy, I don’t think your tastes would suit this. But, personally, I’m really into the world and the characters and I’m excited to see where the series will go after this initial instalment which has mainly revolved around introducing Lady Helen to this secret world.

“Helen fixed her eyes on the carpet, trying to block the foul image of her mother’s headless body slumped over the block, blood pouring over pale spine and sinew – the execution reserved for a treasonous Peer.”

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My Most Anticipated Releases of 2018

Hello bookish friends!

These are (most) of the new releases I’m looking forward to picking up this year. I’m sure there will more to add to this list later, so I’ll probably doing a post similar to this in the summertime. But, for now, these are all the books I’m most excited for!

The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Release: 2nd January
Genre: YA fantasy
Type: First novel in a trilogy
Reason: Faeries, complex characters, evil plot-twists, highly addictive

(I’ve already read this and it’s GREAT. Definitely pick it up!)

Beneath the Sugar Sky

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

Release: 1st February
Genre: Adult (urban) fantasy
Type: Third in a companion novella series
Reason: Characters that make me feel emotional, fascinating story-worlds

Let's Talk About Love

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Release: 1st February
Genre: YA contemporary
Type: Stand-alone
Reason: Biroace rep (!!), cute romance, works in a library

All Out

All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages edited by Saundra Mitchell

Release: 27th February
Genre: YA
Type: Collection of short stories
Reason: By queer people, about queer people, for queer people

Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Release: 6th March
Genre: YA fantasy
Type: First in a series
Reason: Intriguing fantasy world, disappearing magic

Restore Me

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

Release: 6th March
Genre: YA dystopian
Type: Fourth in a series
Reason: I adore these characters (but I am also terrified to read this)

Ace of Shades

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Release: 10th April
Genre: YA fantasy
Type: First in a series
Reason: Criminal underground, major Six of Crows vibes (!!)

My Plain Jane (USA)

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows

Release: 26th June
Genre: YA historical/fantasy
Type: Stand-alone (companion series?)
Reason: Witty, fun, imaginative plot

These Rebel Waves

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

Release: 7th August
Genre: YA fantasy
Type: First in a series
Reason: Queer pirates (!!)

*No cover released yet*

The Golden Tower by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black

Release: September
Genre: MG urban fantasy
Type: Finale
Reason: Clever plot-twists, interesting use of tropes

*No cover released yet*

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

Release: 2nd October
Genre: YA historical
Type: Companion sequel
Reason: A science girl gang (!!), more Percy, Monty and Felicity, pirates

*No cover released yet*

Throne of Glass #7 by Sarah J. Maas

Release: 30th October
Genre: YA fantasy
Type: Finale
Reason: I’m just weirdly addicted to this story-world

Queen of Air and Darkness

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

Release: 4th December
Genre: YA urban fantasy
Type: Finale
Reason: I’m Shadowhunter trash.

So these are all the new releases I’m looking forward to so far. Let me know if there’s any new releases you’re looking forward to that I can add to my (ever-growing and slightly out-of-hand) TBR!

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My Least Favourite and Most Disappointing Reads of 2017

Hello bookish friends!

This post will encompass all the books I read in 2017 that I either really didn’t like or I was completely disappointed by. I mainly read books I enjoyed last year but a few did manage to irk me. I’m not including DNF’s on this list otherwise it could get slightly out of hand!

*Content warning for quotes depicting amisia and fatphobia*

The Baking Life of Amelie Day

The Baking Life of Amelie Day by Vanessa Curtis

I borrowed this one from the library during Great British Bake Off season and had high hopes for it since it was meant to be a book all about baking. But, I just really disliked… well, everything about it, to be honest. I can’t really remember what happened in the story which I think goes to show how bland and boring it was. I remember thinking at the time how pointless it was. It wasn’t offensive, it was just incredibly boring. And not at all what I was hoping for.


The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

CW: Amisia

I was so disappointed by this one. I know a lot of people love it and I’m happy for you if you’re one of those people but I just had a lot of issues with it. First of all the amisia was really bad. Here’s a wonderful quote:

“Here’s what I would never, ever admit out loud: a part of me always thought it was some kind of a secret compliment when someone got called a slut. It meant you were having sex. It meant people wanted to have sex with you. Being a slut just meant you were normal.”

I’ve got a great tip for all you allo writers out there: DON’T USE THE WORD ‘NORMAL’ AND ‘SEX’ IN THE SAME SENTENCE/TRAIN OF THOUGHT. Seriously, don’t.

There were other instances as well but that’s the one that angered me the most. The main character’s sister was another point of contention for me. She called the main character ‘childish’ for not wanting to approach relationships/attractions the way she did which, again, allos: DON’T DO THIS. I just couldn’t get over the amisia and, apart from that, the plot was virtually non-existent, I wasn’t a fan of the characters (except for Reid) and I was just really disappointed throughout. I loved Simon vs. so I had very high hopes, only to be let down. Especially since Albertalli seems to care about diversity in her books, it’s just a real shame.

A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

CW: Amisia 

I imagine this was on a lot of people’s most disappointing of 2017 reads and that’s because it was just so disappointing. There was a lot of build-up in the previous instalment but there was never a time when I was reading the finale that I thought anyone was in any real danger. There were so many loose ends at the end of the book and I know there’s going to be a companion series but I just found it a bit of a joke that a lot of character arcs were left incomplete.

Also there was a horrific bit of amisia within, like, the first 30 pages or so.

“Perhaps any sort of physical passion had long since been drained away, alongside their souls.” 

I just. There are no words for this. What made me most mad about this was seeing a bunch of allos on Twitter having the AUDACITY to say ‘nah this wasn’t acephobic’ !?!? Seriously!? IT COULD NOT BE MORE BLATANT #allosaretrash

AND Maas used a person’s queer identity as a plot twist!? NOPE. Non-queers, please don’t do that. That’s never an okay thing to do. It was just handled really poorly and felt like an afterthought, rather than something that came about at the inception of the character.

And also. The sex. Please stop. It’s just so bloody grim. I had to skim over the sex scenes in the end, they were so offensively gross. Sorry not sorry if you’re into that type of explicit content (I’m really really not which is one of the reasons why I prefer to read YA over adult, just in case they pop up).

I mean, I’m weirdly addicted to Maas’ books and writing style so I’ll probably still continue to read them (even though they’re complete trash) and I’ll love them and hate them at the same time. So expect more Maas books on future disappointing reads!


The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis

This book is just straight up racist. Don’t really need more of an explanation than that. It was just plain awful.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

CW: Amisia 

Another book that contained a lot of amisia. Joy! It was one tale in particular actually that left a rather sour taste – The Warlock’s Hairy Heart. *spoilers* So, basically, the wizard in this tale does not want to experience romantic attraction so he uses dark magic to literally remove his heart, clearly suggesting that aros are heartless !?!? Words such as ‘cold,’ ‘strange’ and ‘remote’ are used to describe the wizard – yet more awful stereotypes !! And here’s some more: “all will change when a maid catches his fancy.” Grrr. No it bloody won’t! People pity him for not having romantic love in this life. Double grrrr. You do not need to experience romantic attraction to have a complete and fulfilling life !! AND when his heart is put back in its place: “now you are healed and will know true love!” CAUSE APPARENTLY THOSE WHO DO NOT EXPERIENCE ROMANTIC ATTRACTION ARE BROKEN AND REQUIRE FIXING !?!?!? Hell no to this amisic piece of trash.

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen

This original fairy tale just wasn’t what I had expected at all and I guess that’s my fault for building it up in my head but it had hardly anything to do with the actual Snow Queen. It was more to do with friendship and bravery, which is fine, but not the story I always imagined it to be. Which is entirely my fault for not knowing but.. still, I was disappointed by it.

Since You've Been Gone

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

I had a number of issues with this one. First of all, it was far too long. It’s a YA contemporary. It really did not have to go on for over 500 pages. And it was a slog. I read the first half over two years ago and made myself read the second half this year.

I also really disliked the main character’s best friend. They were an awful friend. She was also trying to get the main character to do things that made her feel really uncomfortable like going to a bar/club even though the m/c suffered from social anxiety. Now, I suffered from social anxiety when I was the m/c’s age and had friends that tried to make me do things that would make me feel awful for suffering from anxiety so I really don’t get on with this trope when I see it in a book. I know how that feels and, lemme tell you, it’s pretty shitty.

Poets, Artists, Lovers

Poets, Artists, Lovers by Mira Tudor

CW: Fatphobia

You can read my full review here. I wrote over 1,200 words for it so you can see I had some THOUGHTS. It didn’t feel like a cohesive story, rather a series of conversations that mostly felt quite irrelevant to plot (both external and internal). There were constant unnecessary details where Tudor would tell and not show and provide us with useless information, such as the height of a mountain range in both metres and feet (why!?) Most characters were one-dimensional with one in particular being one of the creepiest men I’ve ever had the displeasure of reading about.

The fatphobia was rife in the second half of the book. It was like the author suddenly became obsessed with weight loss and diet. For example:

“Reducing calories is a mistake. If you need 2,500 calories, and you reduce your intake to 2,000 calories, your body will first use your fat reserves, and then it will start to use only 2,000 because it learns that you give it only that much. So you will stop losing weight.”


And also:

“My mother says that young healthy women with strong willpower should make sure they’re slim, or else they send the message that they don’t have enough willpower, or that they’re not healthy.”

*face palms* WHYYYYY though??

So I was not planning to get vexed in this post but amisia makes me. so. darn. mad. Hopefully I won’t have to be subjected to those awful types of books this year. I’ve already read Every Heart A Doorway (ace & ownvoices) which was wonderful ace rep and I’m planning to read Let’s Talk About Love (biroace & ownvoices) and Radio Silence (demisexual) soon! Please let me know if you have any aro+/ace book rec’s, I would love to read them!

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The Friday 56 – Frozen Tides

Hello bookish friends!

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda over at Freda’s Voice. You can find her here.

Friday 56

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

Frozen Tides

I’m currently reading Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes. This is the fourth instalment in a fast-paced, addictive YA high fantasy series. Whilst I’ve enjoyed Frozen Tides for the most part, quite a few of the perspective characters irritate me and I’ve found myself trying to get through their chapters to get to the more interesting ones like Cleo and Magnus. It’s still a highly enjoyable read and I’m still invested in this series overall. It’s just sadly not my favourite one so far (I do still have 50 pages left though, so who knows – the ending could blow me away completely!)

“The flames engulfed his mouth and face until his entire body, head to toe, became a torch.”

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Books · Lists

All the Series…

Hello bookish friends!

One of my very first posts on this blog was about the series I was either currently reading, had finished, or had planned to start. Since that post is over two years old (where does the time go!?), I thought it was the right kind of time to update so I can look back at this in another couple of years time and see my progress. Be warned, this is going to be a very long post!!

Ongoing Series:

In total, I am currently reading 24 series (31 if we’re counting graphic novel series which I personally don’t!)


These are all the series that I am in the middle of reading but not all the books have been published quite yet.

  • The Folk of the Air – read: to read: 2
  • Wayward Children – read: 1 to read: 2
  • The Diviners – read: 1 to read: 2
  • Murder Most Unladylike – read: 1 to read: 5
  • Magisterium – read: 4 to read: 1
  • Throne of Glass – read: 6 to read: 1
  • Frey & McGray – read: 1 to read: 3
  • The Stormlight Archive – readto read: 9
  • The Dark Artifices – readto read: 1
  • Strange the Dreamer – readto read: 1
  • Falling Kingdoms – readto read: 3
  • Mistborn (era 2) – readto read: 1
  • Rebel of the Sands – read: to read: 2


These are all the series that I am currently reading and all the books have released, I just haven’t gotten around to finishing them quite yet. Because I’m terrible at starting series and never finishing them.

  • Heroes of Olympus – readto read: 2
  • Chronicles of Narnia – readto read: 3
  • Shades of Magic – readto read: 1
  • Skulduggery Pleasant – readto read: 9
  •  Snow Like Ashes –  read: 1 to read: 2
  • The School for Good and Evil –  read: 1 to read: 2
  • His Dark Materials –  read: 1 to read: 2
  • The Young Elites –  read: 1 to read: 2
  • Shadowmagic –  read: 1 to read: 2
  • The Girl At Midnight –  read: 2 to read: 1
  • The Raven Cycle –  read: 1 to read: 3

Graphic Novels:

As I’m sure you can see from the heading, these are all the graphic novel series I am currently in the middle of. Most of these are series that are incomplete.

  • Giant Days – read: 3
  • Locke & Key – read: 1
  • Monstress – read: 1
  • The Sandman – read: 1
  • Lumberjanes – read: 6
  • The Wicked and the Divine – read: 5
  • Saga – read: 5

Finished Series:

This list is (thankfully!) a lot longer than the one I wrote two years ago where I had only completely finished 12 series in my entire lifetime!! I’ve now read 27 which means I’ve completed 15 more series in 2 years which is actually so much better than I thought. Go me!

  • Lockwood & Co.
  • Jackaby
  • The Winner’s trilogy
  • Harry Potter
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians
  • The Lunar Chronicles
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses
  • Penryn and the End of Days
  • The Sin Eater’s Daughter
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  • Six of Crows
  • Mistborn (era 1)
  • The Mortal Instruments
  • The Infernal Devices
  • Shadow and Bone
  • Shatter Me
  • Starcrossed
  • Dark Heart
  • Fallen
  • Hush, Hush
  • The Hunger Games
  • The Wolves of Mercy Falls
  • Trylle
  • Books of Faerie
  • Noughts and Crosses
  • Twilight
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles

DNF Series:

Most of these series I’ve only read the first book and either felt very meh about it (Firebird series), I’ve heard bad reviews for the rest of the series and don’t want to ruin my enjoyment of the first book (Rebel Belle/The 5th Wave), left it too long to read the sequel (Legend) or I just plain did not like the first book (Age of Legends series). These aren’t all definitely DNF’s though and I might get back around to reading them… someday!

  • The Wrath and the Dawn
  • Firebird
  • Rebel Belle
  • Black City
  • Age of Legends
  • Red Queen
  • Legend
  • The 5th Wave
  • Watersong
  • Goddess War
  • Divergent

Series to Start:

There are possibly in infinite number of series I want to start as I hear about new ones  practically every day, so I’m keeping this list relatively short to the top 20 I’d like to get to the most, preferably this year.

  • The Gentleman Bastards by Scott Lynch
  • Timekeeper by Tara Sim
  • Lady Helen by Alison Goodman
  • The Witchlands by Susan Dennard
  • Nemesis by April Daniels
  • Summoner by Taran Matharu
  • The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
  • A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
  • Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  • Bartimaeus by Jonathan Stroud
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer
  • Warcross by Marie Lu
  • The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Monsters of Verity by V.E. Schwab
  • Legacy of Orïsha by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Abhorsen by Garth Nix
  • The Kane Chronicles/Magnus Chase/The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan

As you can probably tell, I am a huge fan of series! Although I’m in the middle of quite a few different series, I’m really glad that I’ve finished more than I’m reading. Of course, I’ll be starting many more series during the course of the year, so here’s hoping I can keep my completed series list higher than my ongoing series list!

How many series are you in the middle of reading?

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My New Years’ Bookish Resolutions 2018

Hello bookish friends!

This year I’ll be (or I *should* be) taking things a little easy reading-wise as I’ll be finishing up my masters (and writing my dissertation – help!) for the first three quarters of the year and then (fingers crossed!) I’ll be busy in my full-time library job after that.

1. With that in mind, my first resolution will be to set my Goodreads goal at 65 books this year. I’ve recently gotten into audiobooks so I think, based on this and the fact that I’m in the middle of a few graphic novel series, I’ll be able to accomplish this goal. I’ll have to read 1.25 books per week so it should be quite doable!

2. My second goal of the year is to read a Rick Riordan book each month. I started the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series this time last year and I’m almost halfway through the Heroes of Olympus series. I’ve loved reading Riordan’s books in 2017, so I’ll like to carry that on and read all his books: The Heroes of Olympus, The Kane Chronicles, Magnus Chase and The Trials of Apollo (all that are currently released). Riordan’s books are light-hearted, fun adventure stories that I love to escape in, so I cannot wait to get to all his books this year.

3. I would also like to read more diversely this year. By this I mean a couple of different things. First, and most importantly, I would like to read more books about marginalised characters and more books by marginalised authors, especially own voices books. Double especially if they’re own voices aro+/ace and pan books! And I would also like to read different kinds of books or stories in different formats – e.g. plays, poetry collections, e-books, audio books, non-fiction books, etc.

4. My next resolution is to try to complete 10 series again. I nearly managed it last year with 7. Since a few of my favourite series are ending this year, I think I’ll be able to complete this goal quite easily. I’m hoping to finish the following:

  1. Jackaby (1 book)
  2. Lockwood & Co. (1 book)
  3. Shades of Magic (1 book)
  4. Throne of Glass (1 book)
  5. Magisterium (1 book)
  6. The Dark Artifices (1 book)
  7. Shadowmagic (2 books)
  8. The Heroes of Olympus (3 books)
  9. The Kane Chronicles (3 books)
  10. Magnus Chase (3 books)

I also might try to finish: His Dark Materials (2 books) and The Young Elites (2 books) but we’ll have to see how I’m doing! Also, I might have already finished Jackaby and Lockwood & Co. so I am already excelling at this challenge!

5. If you saw my post looking back at my bookish resolutions from last year, you will have seen that I only read 3 books of the ones I had to get to in 2017. So I failed completely for that goal. This year, a few of the same books will be making an appearance and I’ll be choosing one each month out of my TBR jar to motivate me! The ones I’d like to get to that have been on my shelves a while are:

  1. The Darkest Minds
  2. The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting
  3. The Lies of Locke Lamora
  4. The Bone Season
  5. Wide Awake
  6. Ready Player One
  7. A Game of Thrones
  8. The Knife of Never Letting Go
  9. I’ll Give You the Sun
  10. Proxy
  11. Neverwhere
  12. Ink and Bone

If I don’t get to the ones in bold this year, I’m going to unhaul them. They’ve been on my shelves for years and they’re starting to bug me! So I really need to focus on these books.

6. My last goal for the year is more to do with blogging in general. I’d like to keep posting three times a week – this timetable really works for me at the moment. I think I’ll change my schedule slightly to Mon, Weds, Fri (instead of Sun, Weds, Fri) since that just makes more sense to me. What I really would like to do this year is put more effort into reading and commenting on other people’s posts. I feel like I focus too much on what I’m writing and I miss out on other people’s content (and constantly make excuses for doing so). So this year, I need to make a conscious effort to get more involved in the book blogging community!

And I think that about covers my main reading/blogging goals for 2018. I don’t have that many life goals this year, except to complete my masters, get a full-time library job (preferably in a university library) and continue saving up money to move out (eventually!)

What are some of your reading/blogging goals for this year?

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My 2017 Bookish Resolutions – How Did I Do?

Hello bookish friends!

It’s time to reflect on all the bookish resolutions I made at the beginning of last year. I think I did pretty well overall so I’m happy with what I managed to achieve this year!

1. My first resolution was the Goodreads challenge. I planned to read 75 books and, in fact, I read exactly 100! I changed my challenge to 100 books towards the end of November which, looking back, was a terrible idea. Yes, I read 100 books (YAY) but wow did I knacker myself out doing so!

2. My second goal was to read 5 particular classics. Which I failed at completely.

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • 1984
  • The Picture of Dorian Grey
  • Lord of the Flies
  • A Tale of Two Cities

I read two more Narnia books in 2017. I don’t really like them that much. I’ll finish this series at some point this year hopefully though. Just to say that I have. I did also read A Midsummer Night’s Dream and an assortment of fairy tales so I did read some classics – just not the ones I was planning on!

3. My third resolution was to read eight contemporaries which I did so yay.

  • Holding Up the Universe – Jennifer Niven
  • The Baking Life of Amelie Day – Vanessa Curtis
  • Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson
  • The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli
  • All About Mia – Lisa Williamson
  • A Quiet Kind of Thunder – Sara Barnard
  • The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertelli 
  • The Hate U Given – Angie Thomas

I did have to switch up which contemporaries I read, but that doesn’t matter so much – I still read 8!

  1. I also planned on finishing 10 series this year, which I nearly managed, but not quite!
  • The Winner’s Trilogy – Marie Rutkoski
  • The Sin Eater’s Daughter trilogy – Melinda Salisbury
  • Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling (re-read)
  • Penryn and the End of Days trilogy – Susan Ee
  • ACOTAR – Sarah J. Maas
  • The Lunar Chronicles – Marissa Meyer
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians – Rick Riordan
  • The Girl At Midnight trilogy – Melissa Grey
  • Shadowmagic trilogy – John Lenehan
  • The Young Elites – Marie Lu

7 out of 10 ain’t terrible! And I do plan to finish these series this year anyway (fingers crossed!)

5. My next goal was to read 10 specific books from my TBR. Frustratingly, I only ended up reading 2 and unhauling 1. So I think it’s safe to say that I failed at this one!

  • Snow Like Ashes – Sara Raasch
  • Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch
  • The Manifesto On How to be Interesting – Holly Bourne
  • I’ll Give You the Sun – Jandy Nelson
  • Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson
  • Afterworlds – Scott Westerfeld (unhauled)
  • Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
  • Proxy – Alex London
  • The Bone Season – Samantha Shannon

6. My last resolution was to be more consistent with my blog and my Bookstagram. I had a bit of a wobble for the first half of the year but I think I’ve managed to be fairly consistent for the second half, so I’m really proud of myself for that. But I’ve totally failed with my Bookstagram. I’m just the worst at being all artistic and taking really pretty photos! So I think I’m just going to stick to my blog for 2018.

I know all these looking back over 2017 and looking ahead to 2018 posts are a bit late to be going up considering we’re nearly in the middle of January but I’ve been stressing over my essays which are due next Friday (eek!) so still expect to see my favourites, least favourites, resolutions, most anticipated reads, etc over the next couple of weeks whilst I’m focusing on uni.

How did your year go? Did you manage to reach all your goals?

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The Friday 56 – The Mark of Athena

Hello bookish friends!

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda over at Freda’s Voice. You can find her here.

Friday 56

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

The Mark of Athena

I’m currently reading The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan. Obviously I’m having a whale of a time reading this – I love this rollercoaster world. These books are so much fun. This one, in particular, is quite stressful! I’m about three quarters of the way through and the action has been pretty non-stop so far. It’s so intense but I can’t seem to stop reading it!

“‘Arion can’t fly,’ Hazel said. ‘But he can run across just about anything. Water, vertical surfaces, small mountains – none of that really bothers him.'”

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End of Year Book Survey 2017

Hello bookish friends!

I somehow managed to read my increased goal of 100 books last year so I have plenty to talk about in this post! This wee survey was created by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page-Turner.

Note: Although some books will fit multiple categories, I’m not going to mention books more than once, otherwise it could get pretty repetitive!


Number of Books You Read: 100
Number of Re-Reads: 3
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy (in particular, urban fantasy)

Best in books

1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I’ve been banging on about this book since May so I’m sure this answer came as no surprise! I’ve never been on more of a rollercoaster during a book.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman. I did still largely enjoy it – aside from the dense writing style – but I thought I was going to fall completely in love with it. I am still excited to finish this series though, particularly since I already know what the overarching plot is about.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

I had quite a few surprising reads this year but I think the most surprising for me was The Diviners by Libba Bray. I thought it sounded liked an intriguing premise but I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. This book ended up blowing me away. I loved everything about it. The atmospheric setting, the gorgeous writing, the larger-than-life set of characters. I. Loved. It.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Probably two of my favourite series: Jackaby by William Ritter and Lockwood & Co. by Jonathan Stroud. I’m not sure if I managed to tempt anyone online but my Mum has read the Jackaby books and is currently reading the last one (which she also recommends!)

 5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

Started: Monstress Vol. 1: The Awakening by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda
Sequel: Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter
Ender: Winter by Marissa Meyer

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

This is probably V.E. Schwab. All of her books’ plots appeal to me and I’ve really enjoyed her writing so far (I’ve read the first two in the Shades of Magic trilogy). Hopefully I can get to more of her works this year.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I don’t really believe in ‘comfort zones.’ I read books from genres that I know I like and I doubt I’ll ever pick up a book from a genre that in no way appeals to me. Over time, I might be attracted to different genres. But, for now, it just doesn’t make sense to read something I probably won’t enjoy, just to say I read outside of my ‘comfort zone.’

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I was glued to these pages. I finished reading it a few days ago and I still can’t get it out of my head. I thought I’d love it but, somehow, I loved it EVEN more. I took note of so many quotes/pages – I literally loved every word.

 9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I’m joining in with emmmabooks’ Shadowhunters readalong this year so I will be re-reading all of the Shadowhunter books, including Lord of Shadows (gods help me).

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. No contest. Gorgeous at every angle you look at it. Inside and out. I can’t begin to imagine the gorgeousness of the sequel too!

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

Monty from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue was quite the character! He was arrogant and selfish yet completely lovable. He also had some great one-liners. I’d love to read more from his perspective – fingers crossed we get more of him!

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo. These fairy tales were so well-crafted. I love that, with every book Bardugo puts out, her writing somehow gets better and better.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

Okay, I know I said no doubling up BUT The Hate U Give has to go here, too. This book packed a lot of important topics surrounding race and class, including police brutality, racial micro-aggressions, white privilege and many more. Even if you’re not a huge contemporary reader (like me), chances are you will still love this book. Starr is an amazing character – she’s smart, she has a wicked sense of humour, she’s very close to her family and always feels comfortable enough with them to be vulnerable and I just really, really loved her character arc. Please read this if you haven’t already!

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? 

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. To be fair, it is a MASSIVE book and I was catching up on all his other Cosmere books but I do still wish I read it sooner. I’ll be reading Words of Radiance in March and cannot wait!

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

I really don’t think I could pick! Probably something from Lord of Shadows, The Hate U Give or Strange the Dreamer though. I loved each and every word from these books.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Shortest: The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen at 4 pages
Longest: Winter by Marissa Meyer at 823 pages

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Okay, I’m going to have to break my own rules again but LORD OF SHADOWS. Those last 10 pages. RUINED. ME.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Abigail and Charlie from the Jackaby series are one of my all-time faves. They’re just so cute and adorable with one another and they’re always caring and respectful and encouraging of the others’ passions and beliefs. They’re just so great. I love them.

Honourable mention: KITTY.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Lucy and the Skull from Lockwood & Co. Their back-and-fourth is probably one of my favourite things about this series. They both kind of love/hate each other and are rude to each other and are sassy af. I’m currently reading the last book in the series right now and I’m already missing them and their one-liners.

Honourable mention: Starr and her parents.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge was just as great as Cruel Beauty. I love Hodge’s imagination and world-building. Her settings are always so creepy and atmospheric and I love how she always writes about morally-grey characters.

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

I don’t really read books solely because of recommendations. I might be interested in a person’s recommendation, but then I’ll go research the crap out of something to make sure I have a good chance of enjoying it. I do remember, however, hearing about Monstress from Sam from Thoughts on Tomes first. And it’s probably my favourite ever graphic novel. So thanks for introducing me, Sam!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

Literally the entirety of the Kholin family from The Way of Kings. I feel very protective over them. Which makes me quite terrified for Words of Radiance.

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury. Each book in this trilogy got five stars from me which is very rare. I love Salisbury’s writing style and I fell completely in love with this fairy-tale-esque fantasy world.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

I really enjoyed the world of The Young Elites by Marie Lu. I haven’t read that many Mediterranean-esque fantasy settings so it was really interesting to read about. I’ll also be reading The Rose Society next month which I am very excited for! I really miss this world.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Definitely My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows. This book is exactly my type of humour. I knew from the very first paragraph that I would be laughing my head off whilst reading this and I did! From the concept, you wouldn’t think this story would work but the authors really pulled it off. I love that they’re doing more books like this too!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

Honestly, I tear up at most things. Anything remotely moving, I’ll cry. I’m in love with the characters, I’ll cry. I’m ridiculously happy reading, I’ll cry. So I don’t really pay attention to the books that make me cry, cause that’s a lot of them!

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Probably The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig. I read this in one sitting on Boxing Day and enjoyed it so much. It was exactly what I was in the mood for – it was heartwarming, funny, Christmassy and cosy. An all around fun read that I picked up on a whim.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Honestly, quite a few books destroyed me this year. But, yep, you guessed it, Lord of Shadows crushed me the most. What a surprise!!

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. I honestly don’t know how she manages to come up with the worlds and stories she does. I’m always amazed at the scope and the creativity of her books but this one was so special to me. I think Lazlo being a fellow librarian might have helped with that!

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Definitely The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis. Since it was written by a white man in the 50’s, I did expect it to be a little misogynistic and racist (as a lot of classics are) but WOW was it bad.


I feel like I haven’t been the best blogger this year. I struggle to find the time to think of anything that creative and new to write and I find it so much easier to just make the same repetitive content with how my schedule has been since September. Hopefully this can change late June this year as I won’t have work or uni for the summer, just my dissertation (haha, ‘just’). I would really like to find this time somewhere though. I’m typing this up at work as I speak, so that’s something!


1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA. I actually started this too and was loving it but for some reason I thought it would be a good idea to put it down!?!? No idea why. I absolutely MUST read this one this year. Without fail!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

Alice Oseman’s books! I’ve recently read Oseman’s webcomic, Heartstopper (the softest m/m queer romance you’ll ever read – and also the healthiest) and loved it! So I’d really like to read her two novels, Radio Silence and Solitaire. In fact, I plan to purchase them as a well-done for handing in my essays next week, which is a great motivator!

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann! It’s a story about a biromantic asexual black woman in college, working in a library and this will be the very first biroace romance story I read and my wee panroace heart is READY FOR IT. Apparently it’s really cute and adorable which is the only kind of romance I enjoy reading about. Sadly it doesn’t come out until March in the UK but I will (not so) patiently wait for it. OH AND IT’S OWN VOICES. My excitement levels are truly though the roof!!

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

I’ve actually already read two of the three I was most anticipating this year and gave five stars to both. I have finished the Jackaby series and the Lockwood & Co. series which, if you’ve been following me for a while, you will know that these are two of my favourite series of all time so I am very sad that they’re over but they are so worth investing in if you haven’t already.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

Make friends! I’m actually the worst at commenting on other people’s blogs and I really need to find the time to sit down and read a few posts in one go and interact with people. I’m really bad at talking to people online. So I’d like to work at this for the next year.

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire!! I think everyone’s already read this one, but if you haven’t WOW. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen the world asexual on a page in a book (and a fantasy at that!) and an explanation that doesn’t conflate romantic attraction with sexual attraction and, honestly, it was perfect. Also, these characters are perfect. And the story-world is perfect. Everything was perfect. Please read it!

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Blogmas · Books

Deck the Halls – DIY Bookish Decorations #blogmas

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This is the last of my DIY #blogmas posts for this year! And I think this was my favourite one to do. I was sat down in front of the TV watching A Christmas Carol (the Jim Carey one) and feeling very festive!

 1. Materials 


I used some plastic fillable baubles from Hobbycraft, some of my trusty twine that I’ve been using throughout this month for festive creations, glitter, typed-out quotes and some decorative snowballs.



First of all, I had to type out some of my favourite quotes from books and print them out. I then cut them into two or three line segments and ran the scissors down the long strips of paper, as you do with ribbons, creating a curly effect.

3. Filling the baubles!

I filled each of the three baubles with the ribbon-paper, some festive decorations, the snowballs and lots and lots of glitter! And yes, a lot of it went all over the floor!! Finally, I tied some of the twine to the top to stick on my tree and voila! I think these are by far my favourite creations – they almost look like they belong on my tree!


I hope you’ve all enjoyed these DIY festive posts. I’ll definitely be doing some more next Christmas and, who knows, maybe some DIY during the year too!

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Blogmas · Books

DIY Bookish Festive Treats #blogmas

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I’m back with another DIY post, this time BAKING! I had a lot of fun making these treats,  even if they are very basic!

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I used a pre-made mix for the cake mix ’cause I’m lazy! With that mix, I also needed 2 medium eggs and semi-skimmed milk. For the decoration, I used ready-made icing (again, lazy), some X-Mas themed sprinkles and cake pens (which are so cool!)

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The instructions were very easy to follow on the pack, so that even I couldn’t mess this bit up!! Just a case of mixing all of the ingredients together – simple. They only took 20 mins in the oven, so it’s really time-saving, too.

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I then rolled out some of the icing and used a cookie-cutter to mold the icing into the perfect shape to fit onto the cakes. Using butter icing (that I actually did make myself (!) by mixing butter and icing sugar together), I glued the icing onto the cakes.

4. Finishing touches!


Finally, I used the cake pens to draw on the icing, creating some bookish-themed and x-mas themed cakes. I also used the remaining butter icing for the rest of the cakes and added some holly sprinkles to them. They definitely taste a lot better than they look – I promise!

There are two that I didn’t end up using in the final photos because they went horribly wrong!! I attempted to draw the Deathly Hallows symbol and, apparently, I can’t seem to draw triangles all that well! I hope your holiday bakes are going better than mine!

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Blogmas · Books

Top 5 Wednesday – Top 5 (New-to-Me Author’s) Books of 2017 #blogmas

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I have a top 5 books of 2017 post in the works for later this month and it is a LOT longer than 5 books so I thought I’d concentrate on the new-to-me authors I’ve read this year. There will be a little bit of overlap so apologies for that!

Top 5 Wednesday is hosted by Thoughts on Tomes and you can find the Goodreads group here.Gentleman's Guide

1. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

Gentleman’s Guide had everything I wanted in a queer historical fiction adventure story. I loved that Lee was able to frame important commentary about her character’s marginalisations, whilst also managing to keep the story hilarious and somewhat light-hearted, yet dangerous and, in places, heart-breaking. This book did so much and I cannot wait to check out what Lee puts out in the coming years (a canonically-queer Loki!! And aro+/ace Felicity in The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy!!)


2. Monstress Vol. 1: The Awakening by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda

This was an instant favourite of mine that I read this year. I read about 20 pages and thought, ‘yep, this is the graphic novel series for me.’ The illustrations are, by far, the most beautiful, the most SPECTACULAR illustrations I have ever had the pleasure of setting my eyes upon. The characters are so morally-grey and realistic, Kippa is a precious little fox and the commentary on what makes a monster was so intriguing! I’ve asked for the sequel for Christmas and it’s definitely going to be one of the first books I pick up next year!! CANNOT WAIT. PLEASE READ.

The Diviners

3. The Diviners by Libba Bray

I’d heard some mixed things before going into this but I absolutely fell in love with it. The Diviners was so atmospheric and creepy. I also really appreciated its slow build, allowing for more character moments and mounting tension. I particularly enjoyed the writing style so I’ll definitely be continuing on with this series in the new year and will be seeking out different books of Bray’s as well.

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4. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I’ve read the first two of the Shades of Magic trilogy now and I adore Schwab’s writing style. She just has this kind of magical ability to make words flow off the page and drag me into her stories. I’m a little bit annoyed with myself for only just getting into Schwab’s books since she’s been on my radar for a while and literally every single one of her books appeal to me! After I finish the Shades of Magic trilogy, I’ll be picking up Vicious, which I am SO excited to read.

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5. The Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel

I love a good murder mystery, particularly ones set in Victorian times with paranormal-ish themes, so this story was right up my alley. I usually go for children’s fiction when it comes to my mysteries so this was a really interesting take on the genre. I loved the characters, the mystery itself and, in particular, the setting. We usually only read about Victorian London, so having a mystery set in Edinburgh was a fresh take. I already have the next book in this series out from the library so I’ll definitely be getting around to that one soon!

Writing up this post has me really excited that I can add all of these authors to my new favourites list and authors to watch out for. Hopefully next year I’ll discover just as many, if not more, new and interesting stories by authors I haven’t previously read from!

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Blogmas · Books

Dashing Through the Snow Book Tag #blogmas

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I’m back with another tag for Tag Tuesday. This one is from: A Stranger’s Guide to Novels.

1. Name a book you would like to see under the Christmas tree

I always know what I’m getting because I do lists. I HATE surprises and no one knows what I want better than I do, so they’re very logical to me. One of the books I’m most excited to own is the 10th anniversary edition of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Whilst City of Bones isn’t my fave, I am Shadowhunter trash. So, naturally, I could not resist getting this gorgeous specimen! Plus, it was only £7!!! For a hardback!?!? It would have been wrong not to ask for it, you see.

2. Name a book you’ll be reading during the Christmas season

One of the books I’m currently reading is The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo. It’s a collection of short stories set in the Grishaverse that feel reminiscent of myths, folktales and fairy tales. I’ve read two so far and I loved everything about them. They’re a very interesting take on existing fairy tales and I love the way Bardugo turns stereotypes on their heads. It’s beautifully-written as always and the book itself is gorgeous! It’s an incredibly well-made book, with lovely illustrations that bring the tales to life. I have four more stories left!

3. Name your favorite Christmas movie

Oooh I have a few! I always watch the first two Narnia 2000’s films whilst I’m wrapping presents. They’re just so nostalgic to me. Stardust is another one I love watching this time of year. It’s such a cozy film and I’m reading it for the Holiday Adventure A Thon this year so that’ll be interesting to re-watch. I also always watch Love Actually when my best friend comes round for a day of food and exchanging pressies.

4. Do you like snow?

I do! We had snow in the UK recently so that was exciting. It usually never snows down South (and in London!) before Christmas so it was pretty magical to wake up to England’s version of a snowstorm! Sadly it didn’t last for very long and was gone within the week. Hopefully it can snow again next year though – fingers crossed!

5. Name a character you would like to spend your Christmas day with

I’ve mentioned Jem Carstairs in a similar question, so I’ll answer with someone else (although the answer is definitely Jem!). I think it’d be incredibly fun to spend Christmas with Iko from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. She would easily match my levels of excitement for Christmas. We’d listen to Christmas songs all day long, whilst dancing and singing at the top of our voices. And everything would be sparkly and magical!

6. To give or receive

As fun as it is to receive gifts, there’s no feeling quite like seeing the excitement in someone’s face when they unwrap your carefully-chosen, thoughtful presents! But presents for me are great too 😂

7. What fictional place would you like to spend Christmas at?

I actually recently made an entire post dedicated to this very subject, which you can go see here. But, to make an addition to that list, I would also like to spend a Christmas in the TARDIS. That way, every day is Christmas. And you get to visit different places in the world to see how they spend the holiday season and also travel in time to see which traditions are still practiced and which ones are no longer practiced today.

8. Fondest Christmas memory?

I actually have a pretty bad memory, so Christmasses tend to blur all into one for me. Any Christmas spent with my Nana and Grandad (who are no longer with us) was pretty great. I remember the time my Grandad completely ruined my brother’s belief in Father Christmas after my Mum and Dad had spent ages reassuring my brother that he existed! My Nana was trying to get my Grandad’s attention to stop him, so was subtly kicking him, but he clearly didn’t get the message and, very loudly, said “why are you kicking me?” Good times! 😂

9. Can you say Christmas tree ten times fast in a row (pronouncing it correctly)?

Yes. I. Can. (Although I did very nearly screw it up!!)

Merry #blogmas 1