10 December 2017

Sunday Summary // 10.12.2017

Sunday Summary
Guys, I keep meaning to make time for blogging and real life has really been getting in the way. Anyone who stops by regularly will have been confused as to why i only posted one this week. I have busy lately and not had chance to sit in front of my laptop and write a post and that’s frustrated me but at least I have a little time now to sit down and write out my weekly post, even if it’s the only post I get up each week.

What have I been doing this week since I’ve not been blogging? Well, I’ve been getting all adither over getting Taylor Swift tickets, me and my friends have planning where to stay and everything next year. It’s at Wembley so it’ll be the first time I’ve been into London in a very long time so that will be a fun day in June for me. I am very excited. And the time I spent planning was also spent seeing friends. I saw one friend I haven’t seen in like a year and we had a great time, I was in hysterics. It’s so good knowing you haven’t seen someone for a year adn you can still have a great time together.

One really exciting thing which happened this week is that it snowed! We don’t get stuff like snow too often here in the UK and so when we all saw snow forecast everyone at work was rolling their eyes and joking there’ll be a sprinkling on the pavement and the world will come to a standstill. It was a little more than a sprinkling, I think we were meant to get a few centimetres and it will hilarious at work on Friday. I mean, it’s good people got in considering I left the house and there was nothing and an hour later at work it was white out. I saw a lot of wheel spinning and a few cars spinning out. It was all scary but it was an entertaining morning of work.

What I’ve Been Reading

1. A Court of Wings and Ruin
I haven’t been reading anything new this week. I am actually fed up of A Court of Wings and Ruin. Not because it’s bad (although it’s far too long) but because I’ve been reading this series for two weeks now and so I think I’ll put it on hold for a little while. I might focus on a couple of ARCs and then come back to it.

New To Me

Deadly Silence
One new book for me this week. And that books is also a freebie at that. I had this on my radar before and I’d seen a couple of folks read it so I’m going to see if it’s any good. If not, at least I didn’t pay any money for it.
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I can’t be too smug about not getting new books, though, as I did get three new ARCs in the past couple of weeks. I am excited for each in their own way but I am definitely having a resolution for next year about not requesting too many ARCs. This will be helped by the change in location rules Netgalley have snuck in. I may get approved for a few less romances but we shall see. And then there are those publishers sticking with wishlist only items which ugh. It’s a thing, I’m mostly ok with it.

That’s my week, yay for snow and fingers crossed that my reading will pick up shortly. Anyone finished their Christmas shopping yet? If so, please tell me your secrets.

04 December 2017

Eliza and Her Monsters // I Can’t Find The Words To Explain How Good This Was

Eliza and her Monsters
Published: 30th May 2017
Source: Bought
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance
My Rating:
Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.
Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.
Eliza and her Monsters was a book I was so excited for when I learnt what it was about. I had been waiting ages for it to be released and I saw the reviews roll in and new it was a perfect book for me. I bought it a few months ago and then for no apparent reason allowed it to gather dust on my shelf and didn’t pick it up. I then did the same after reviewing. I knew I wanted to tell you all about it but couldn’t figure out how and once more my review gathered digital dust. Finally, I am ready to put into good words what makes this book great.

This book is another which focuses heavily on the community people can find online and the joy of being part of online fandom. It takes a different angle to it than Fangirl or Geekerella did but at it’s heart this book is about fandom and about fitting in and I loved it for that alone. Eliza created her very own fandom by creating a webcomic. Sharing her work online and somehow creating a huge community which adores the work she does. Her family and those in her everyday life aren’t fully aware of what she does but there are those online who adore what she does and she has those who care for her online, friends, something she doesn’t have in her real life, especially not at school.

Eliza is drifting through her senior year counting down until she graduates and she can go to college, where she is told it is better. That is until she meets Wallace Warland, a new kid at her school who likes the webcomic she writes and who in fact is part of that fandom, one of the best fanfic writers for it in fact. She struggles with telling him because how do you even tell someone like that? Along with the struggle of revealing who she is to her new friend she is struggling with her own social anxiety as she comes out of her shell.

I won’t reveal more about the story but it’s safe to say that it was done so brilliantly. I related so well with Eliza. Whilst the internet wasn’t as good as it was now as a teen I spent a ridiculous amount online, I still do. It reminded me a lot of Fngirl, like I said, and writing this review is making me want to reread Fangirl, but this is a little different and it explores different things but the comparisons are easy to make. I didn’t have Eliza’s struggles of her parents not understanding her, though. I did get dragged away from my computer but that was more because dial up was a thing and someone needed to use the phone. Or because I was on the family computer for five hours and my brother needed to do his homework. They never forced me to be something I wasn’t.

Whilst there is a romance in this book, I found really it’s more about Eliza discovering who she was and what she wanted in life. And also learning to let others in around her. Eliza believes that people expect certain things from her and she terrified of not meeting expectations. She puts so much pressure on herself which is totally unnecessary and throughout the book it is about her growing and learning her own limits and defining her own limits.  This is a brilliant book about anxiety and the affect it can have. It is about learning your limits and admitting help is needed. It is beautiful and wonderful and absolutely one of my favourites.

I will never be objective about this book because it was just utterly perfect to me but I loved it and I don't know why more people haven't spoken about it. How has this not been everywhere or am I just out of touch with YA?

Have you read this? Did you love it as much as me? And can you recommend any good books like this one which you totally connect with?

03 December 2017

Sunday Summary // 03.12.2017

Sunday Summary
How crazy is it that it’s December? Have we all got an advent calendar? I have two because I’m greedy… also because I got one for home and then we got given free one at work. I can complain about many parts of my job but the freebie advent calendar is not one of those things. I am totally weirded out that it’s December already because this year has passed far faster than expected… which isn’t a bad thing when you think of some of the shit which has gone down this year.

Anyway, what have I been up to this week? I had a chilled start to the week, I had a couple of days off and did a little TV watching, reading and general chilling and I loved it. Then I went back to work and that was the same as usual, not much to report on that front.

It has gotten crazy cold over the past few days here. I was not ready. I still need to buy boots which are work appropriate so my toes don’t drop off. And I need some more cardigans and cosy jumpers so I can layer up. And I seriously need to get a new coat since my zip is broken on mine. So yeah, a whole lot of winter shopping needs to be done now because of this stupid cold weather, but then I get into work and it’s like a tropical climate walking through the doors. It leaves me very confused as to how I should dress.

Annoyingly I have been struck down with a cold after my few days off of work. I completely blame my friend, she didn’t warn me she had the lurgy before we travelled down for the wedding last week and so her germs infected me on the car journey. I have told her already she should be ashamed of her malicious attack. Shockingly she just rolled her eyes at me.

What I’ve Been Reading

22839894237666231. A Court of Wings and Ruin
It’s another slow reading week but I am reading a series and some of these books have a lot of pages. I had previously vowed to abandon all hope on Sarah J Maas books because I have seen so many bad reviews for them after I fell behind. I had the first and second book in The Court of Thorns and Roses series sat on my shelf, though. I had already spoiled myself and was looking for some easy reading Sunday and so I picked up A Court of Thorns and Roses. It was just as slow to start as I remembered but it was as addictive as I remembered once it got going. The same thing happened with A Court of Mist and Fury. It was slow going and could have been edited a little so it wasn’t so long but I was there for Feyre and her romantic drama. And then I started A Court of Wings and Ruin and it’s slow going but the cliffhanger of the second book made me pick up the third.

I have to say, I had way more success getting into these books when I ignored the usual YA categorising which goes on with it and enjoyed it as a fantasy romance series instead. It’s making me think about categorising books and genre categories and I can feel a discussion post brewing from that.

New To Me

ArtemisThe City of BrassGoldenhand33857632Heart's BloodUsStalking Jack The Ripper
So, I shopped and I am totally cool with that. I may not always be brilliant at reading books but I am awesome at getting them. I obviously got the third book in the series I’m reading, and Amazon was doing a 3 for £10 offer so I figured why not? I have been meaning to get Goldenhand for a good long while and when I saw Letters to the Lost I just had to, I enjoyed that book a whole lot when I read it at the start of the year. And then there were my Illumicrate books, I totally knew that Artemis was coming and I cannot wait to start that and I also got a physical ARC of The City of Brass which is out in the UK in January so I cannot wait to read this… I mean I already have an e-ARC of it but I want to read it so bad (Danya, Nick, come on guys, this should happen, right?). And then a few ebooks were purchased as well. Basically, I have spending problems before Christmas. I keep using books and purchases for myself as rewards for doing other stuff. Yes, I do use a reward system on myself, and what?

What have you been up to this week? Any awesome reads, or have you gone back to a book you’d previously written off like me? And am I the only person who uses a reward system on themself?

30 November 2017

Monthly Wrap Up // November 2017

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Hi guys, welcome to the end of another month. I have been absent a bit this month and it sucks but sometimes real life invades. I’ve had plenty going on in my real life: friends getting married; Christmas shopping to be done; and moving my nan into a care home. Real life has been busy and we now need to begin the lengthy process of packing her things up and arrange selling the house so it’s not over yet.

It has been a good month, though. I may not have blogged much or read as much as usual but I honestly have felt good this month, just not blogging wise. I’ve actually felt a little disconnected of late from the whole book community (or at least the little corner I visit) so that’s been a bit disheartening. I’ve got a list of things I want to in the run up to the end of the year, though. Fingers crossed the sprint to the end of the year means I start to get a bit involved again.

Has anyone else started thinking about their reading/blogging challenges for next year? I have, I started thinking about it in mid-November and now have a personal reading challenge all written out. Hopefully my book prompts will help encourage me to pick up a few books from my shelves. I know it might be a bit early to think of next year but I’m already beginning a month of wrapping up 2017 so it’s no surprise I’m thinking of next year.

Can’t Stop Listening

New Year's Eve – Taylor Swift
Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin
(why yes, I did go see Thor and I have been playing this on repeat, how could you tell?)
Golden Slumbers – Elbow
(Does it look like I care that this years John Lewis advert isn’t a total tear jerker? It’s still cute and I love this song)

November Reads

Completely7. Burn For You
Favourites: Completely // Burn For You
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I haven’t read as much but I did still have a few favourites. I mean, not as many favourites as I might like but two romances certainly hit the mark for me.

November Posts

November Links

No links this month. I’ve read brilliant posts but I’ve failed to save any so I apologise. I’ll do better to wrap up the end of the year, I promise.

Reading Challenges

Guys, I have forgotten to include my reading challenges for the past three months or so. I have made no progress apart from on my discussion posts (yay) and so I won’t even bother including them. I’ll have a round up of challenges and resolutions next month and I’m feeling lazy… also I stopped caring about all but my discussion posts because they are really fun to write (expect my ideas keep coming and I don’t write them down and then they’re gone forever!).

And that is my November. It’s been hectic and crazy and a whole bunch of being forgetful. How has your month been? Everyone else shocked the end of the year is fast approaching?

26 November 2017

Sunday Summary // 26.11.2017

Sunday Summary
I am exhausted guys. I am typing this Saturday night after getting back from the wedding of one of my best friends. It was stunning, such a lovely day. I am utterly exhausted now, though. I woke up hungover this morning after having a totally amazing night with my friends. I saw some faces I haven’t seen since I finished school and had a great old party. We danced and drank until late in the night and then managed to make our way back to the hotel. There was a free bar so my one friend got a little messy but we all had such a great time celebrating our friend's marriage. She looked beautiful. I learnt as well that a tipi wedding in November is great except you have to go outside to go to the toilet and hot damn does it get cold. As long as you dance a lot you don’t notice, though.

So yeah, I am exhausted after this weekend and I cannot wait to sleep in my own bed and just relax. I have a full day planned on Sunday, though, so I’m glad I have Monday and Tuesday off of work. I plan to relax in my pyjamas and get some online Christmas shopping done. It will be awesome.

This week has been busy in preparing for the wedding so I haven’t done a whole lot of reading. Or anything else really. I’m behind on all things blog related so I will catch up with you guys soon. I am not writing any posts (apart from a wrap-up post for the month) next week while I catch up with things. I’ve got some time off work and I plan to use it well.

What I’ve Been Reading

29868612Mister Hockey
I’ve been slowing down with reading this week as I’ve been busy but I enjoyed Mister Hockey. I think I’ll really love the second book, Head Coach, the characters were introduced in this book and they seem like they will be awesome together. And I’m continuing to read A Life in Parts. It’s really interesting. I’m loving dipping in and out as I have time.

New To Me

This Mortal CoilHead Coach
There are a few new books, but not many. I went shopping last Sunday to start my Christmas shopping, I actually bought nothing Christmas related but I got a few gift ideas and got a book and a couple of wedding related things so it wasn’t a total failure. I bought This Mortal Coil after seeing Kelly’s review for it and I am so excited to read! I also pre-ordered Head Coach after finishing Mister Hockey and so I’ll be picking that up soon.

What have you all been up to? Isn’t it great how things like weddings help you get back in touch with old friends? It also really made me want to read some wedding romances, any recs?

24 November 2017

Anything But Books Tag

So, I saw this tag which Tracy posted over at Cornerfolds, like an age ago (seriously long ago). I knew I wanted to do it and I have slowly been writing my answers ever since. I was short a post for this week (because I don’t want to post two reviews again, they get boring) and I have not had chance to finish my discussions recently. So… you get a post where we look at stuff unrelated to books and you can feel like you are one step closer to understanding me.


dragonball z
I was full on obsessed with Dragonball Z when I was a kid, I would come back home from school and watch it on Cartoon Network. Also, I loved Ren & Stimpy, although I was definitely not old enough to get the humour. I liked As Told By Ginger because it was totally relatable to me at that age. X-Men was one of the earliest cartoons I watched and I loved it, I was in love with Remy LeBeau and wanted to be Rogue and then I was obsessed with X-Men Evolution when that was on TV. I loved Animaniacs, that was so one of my favourites. Daria! I loved Daria, she was my idol as a teen with her sarcasm and dry humour. I watched a lot of TV and still do.


I can’t pick just one! I am always listening to something and the song I am obsessed with can change week to week. I will say I a listening to Taylor Swift’s new album on repeat a whole lot since it’s release. It’s not on par with her last one but I still love it a whole lot. The songs have grown on me, especially New Years Day.


Playing The Sims. Or binge watching stuff. I’m very good at spending an entire day watching one film after another. They don’t even need to be part of a series or even the same genre, sometimes I just like getting lost in a bunch of films when I feel look chilling. This is one of my favourite ways to spend hangover days because it’s very easy on the brain. Currently I am watching The Punisher but the last show I binge watched seriously was Stranger Things 2.


I don’t know, I feel like I’m pretty open with you guys. I’ve been honest about my watching of Eastenders, I love watching that show and it’s so ridiculous. I mean, maybe X-Factor? I actually really love these reality TV ‘talent’ shows (I do think that’s a loose interpretation of what it really is) but I love them. X-Factor and The Voice I am all over them. Also, I adore the Ninja Warrior programs. I first saw the show when I was in New Orleans (the US version) and me and my mom loved it and then they did a UK version and I fully adore that show. I would love to attempt the course (without having to go on TV to do so). I doubt I’d get very far but it looks a right laugh.


Everything! I seriously love learning new things, but I don’t ever learn anything in-depth, I’m just that girl who is constantly Googling something because something has come in conversation I need to know more about or I heard something mentioned on TV and must learn all the things!


Guys, I feel like I have no random skills! I mean, I can tell you insurance related things and finance type things but I have no cool skills. I learnt how to play the trumpet when I was at school… does that count? I would fail epically at that now, though.


Erm… I did my whole website design when I made over the blog? I know it’s nothing fancy but I had to do a whole bunch of reading up on how to the things I wanted to. I’m okay with computers and I have the basics of HTML down but I was impressed with my blog redesign. I didn’t quite to do all the things I wanted to but I did a lot so that’s a plus for me.


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Seriously, I have no personal projects. I think planning my bullet journal for next year kind of counts. I also have started coming up with my own personal reading challenge for next year. I’d say you guys could join in but it’s really specific to the books on my shelf. It’s just a list of weirdly specific challenges to get me reading more of the books I already own. One category is ‘Book I was so excited for but then I saw a bad review for it so never read it and left it to gather dust’. I literally stared at my shelves to get ideas because my shelves make me feel guilty so 2018 is the year of reading or DNF those books which make me feel judged.


So many things. Like, me and my friend were discussing the other night about how with the way online shopping is going eventually people will never leave their house. You’ll deliver a friend to your door and then a weird dystopian film idea happened where people live in cubes and never leave with everything being delivered to them until one person escapes somehow and these are the things I think about.


I adore Nutella, like that should be on all sweet food always.
Marmite is the greatest thing on toast… unless I am fancying something sweet then you obviously have Nutella instead.
I prefer writing with fineliners than biros, my favourites are Stabilo ones just because I like the pack they come in with all the colours.
My favourite colour used to be purple (and still is when asked) but brightly coloured things also now appeal, like lime green and bright pink.
My favourite radio station is Absolute Radio as they have a no repeat guarantee during the week.
My favourite film is The Fall (because it’s visually stunning) but also every rom com in existence because I am a sucker for romance.


I blame this on the fact I mentioned Nutella. Did you know Nutella and bananas go very well together? They do. Especially on a toasted sandwich. Just saying. Give it a go.

And there is a tag where you get to know me and some of my weird thoughts a little better. Enjoy.

21 November 2017

Flame in the Mist // I Enjoyed It And It Gave Me Some History Reading Urges

Flame in the Mist
Published: 16th May 2017
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Young Adult
My Rating:
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn, comes a sweeping, action-packed YA adventure set against the backdrop of Feudal Japan.

Mariko has always known that being a woman means she's not in control of her own fate. But Mariko is the daughter of a prominent samurai and a cunning alchemist in her own right, and she refuses to be ignored. When she is ambushed by a group of bandits known as the Black Clan enroute to a political marriage to Minamoto Raiden - the emperor's son - Mariko realises she has two choices: she can wait to be rescued... or she can take matters into her own hands, hunt down the clan and find the person who wants her dead.

Disguising herself as a peasant boy, Mariko infiltrates the Black Clan's hideout and befriends their leader, the rebel ronin Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, Okami. Ranmaru and Okami warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. But as Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets that will force her to question everything she's ever known.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

I really loved Ahdieh’s last book duology, The Wrath and the Dawn, so when I heard she was writing another book I obviously added it to my TBR. I then preceded to wait for reviews because I was wary all the same. The second book in The Wrath and the Dawn duology left me with some doubts. It introduced one of my favourite characters but it also left me rolling my eyes at the convenience of the ending. I then saw reviews for this book. Some were good some were bad and so when my request on Netgalley got approved (after the reviews had come in) and I was even warier and a little less excited to start it. Which is why I waited so very long to start.

Did I love this book as much as Ahdieh's last one? Probably not. Did I get sucked right in all the same? Damn straight I did.

The reason I wanted to read this, beyond recognising the name of the author, was because I was interested in the history and the actual setting of this book. Also, I knew that the MC dressed as a boy and attempted to find out why she was attacked but was led to question what she knew. I cannot attest to the accuracy of the Feudal Japan setting and the accuracy in the history and cultural elements but it appeared authentic and from what little I do know it was good. I would like to do more research into Japanese history, though, as I know the shift from feudalism to a more modern era was rapid and intriguing. I felt like there was more to the story than I could appreciate from my reading so I would be interested in learning some more about all of that because my historical learning about Japan was all post WW2 really.

I will say this book wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. I didn’t love everything, but it was damn enjoyable. I liked the characters. Mariko was smart and although she did suffer from thinking she was smarter than those around her and she had the blinders on when it came to her family. Yet, she grew a lot throughout the book. She wasn’t totally unwilling to recognise her flaws and although she often looked things in the wrong way she developed and I loved her for that. And the members of the Black Clan were many layered and interesting! I do wish that there was more background to the Black Clan members but I reckon that’s something that might be explored in the next book (we’ll see). The secondary characters probably needed a touch more growth and development.

I also felt like some of the story was predictable. A couple of twists at the end I didn’t see coming but then some I did. I can’t reveal what I did and didn’t expect but I did find my attention drifting at times because it felt familiar. I think this may be a problem for many a book lately. Maybe I’ve burned myself out a little with reading, I do a lot of it so I’m bound to notice familiar elements.

It was a good book and I enjoyed it and that surprised me. It doesn’t match my love for Ahdieh’s Wrath and the Dawn but I appreciated it and I hope the second book will be stronger in this series than the last one.

Have you read this book? What did you think? And do you notice that it’s harder for books to surprise you lately or is this just me?

19 November 2017

Sunday Summary // 19.11.2017

Sunday Summary
It's Sunday once more. I have to say this week has dragged. It began slowly and progressed slowly and it’s left me feeling very meh about everything because I’ve been tired and it’s been cold so I’ve not wanted to leave the house and with the clocks changing a while back I realise I experience very little daylight. I leave the house and it’s still dark outside, it’s only just light as I get to work and then I leave work and the sun has set a good hour or so ago. I don’t really leave the office during the day because we’re on an industrial estate and there are no shops in walking distance which I can get to in the half hour I have for lunch so I think my lack of sunlight has been getting me down a bit. I do love the colder days, though, but I’m struggling to find a good thick coat to keep me warm if it gets arctic over Winter.

Apart from my weather and long week grumbles, it’s been a decent week. I realised it was my only full working week this month, every other week I’ve had time off so that may be why I’ve been a bit down this week. We have all decided to go to our Christmas party with work, though. Me and the other person who has worked on my team thought we should probably go this year. The food is all kinds of pretentious again but hopefully, it’ll be edible. And there’ll be free alcohol, and no one can say no to that, even if we will have work the next morning.

I have a friends wedding next week and it’s the first of my close friends to get married so scary! I am excited, though. It should be fun but it involves a road trip down to the venue. I will be having another quiet week on the blog since I’ll be gone Thursday to Saturday but it’s getting to the Christmas period so it’s totally cool for me to do that I think.

What I’ve Been Reading

29868612Flame in the Mist7. Burn For You
I can’t even claim I’m in a slump lately, I’m just not feeling a strong urge to read which kind of sucks but it’s okay. I’ll just have to deal with a backlog of books at some point. I have been enjoying everything I’ve been reading this week, though, and I deem that a success. It’s not too often I like every book I’ve been reading, which is good. I’ve been reading Bryan Cranston’s book ever since my brother returned it to me and I have to say, I see why he was slow reading it. it’s the kind of book broken up into small sections so you can dip in and out as you please and I quite like that. I read one of my old ARCs, Flame in the Mist, and I actually really enjoyed it. I saw a couple of negative reviews and wrote it off as a book I wouldn’t like… I was wrong. I do want to read some of the history that’s the background for Flame in the Mist now, though. And Burn For You is a rec from Nick an she was so right. A fake relationship and New Orleans are a recipe made in heaven.

New To Me

Mister HockeyPlay One7. Burn For You
Just a few new books this week. Yay! And they’re all romance brought onto my radar because of Nick (she’s pretty much the only place I get romance recs now).

What have you been up to this week? Anyone else finding themself slowing down a bit in the run-up to Christmas?