31 October 2016

Monthly Wrap Up // October

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Another month has passed and I really wish I knew where the time went. There are only two months left in 2016! It’s shocking. I need to get catching up on my ARCs for next year at the rate the year is going. Let’s look back on how this month has gone anyway.

Can’t Stop Listening

Closer ft. Halsey – Chainsmokers
Starving ft. Zedd – Hailee Steinfeld & Grey

October Reads


October Posts

October Links

The Perpetual Page Turner | Do Your Reading Habits Fluctuate By Season?
The Book Addicts Guide | Blogging Slumps
One Pleasant Day | On Doing Absolutely Nothing

And there is my month. How has your October been? Read any fantastic books or posts you loved on the internet? Tell me all below.

30 October 2016

Sunday Summary // 30.10.2016

Sunday Summary
Please explain to me how October is almost over? I don’t know where my month has gone. I do know it hasn’t gone into reading like I hoped. Instead, TV and films and social events and having a cold took over a bit this month and I feel a bit bad my plans for blogging have not been as successful as I originally planned. I do think this has been a month which has been long and short, though. As has this week for me so let’s see what I’ve done (very little in case you want the short story).

What have I done this week? Not that much, really. I was recovering from my weekend away Monday, so was catching up with shopping, blogging and all that boring stuff I’d been putting off doing. Then with the rest of my week, I’ve just been keeping busy doing things. I mean, we were in a rush to finish things off at work for the end of the month and we’ve been trying to clear all of our work off of our desks so yeah, I’ve been busy and exhausted from that.

I had a training course to go to on Wednesday for work in Leamington Spa at one of our other offices so I had to get up early for that and catch the train over there. Annoyingly the training course didn’t even last half a day so I then had to grab a lift back to my office on the other side of Birmingham and go back to work for the afternoon. That was a long and exhausting day which ended with me watching GBBO because who wasn’t watching?

My mom has been away this weekend, she’s off visiting one of her sister’s down in Bristol so my stepdad and I have been left to fend for ourselves. We’ve had to sort our food out and do the cleaning. That means I’ve had to so the cleaning as he is off at work today. Honestly, I’ll be glad to spend the rest of today in my pyjamas reading. I deserve it! I need the break.

Also, for Rowena who requested a picture of the new haircut (as mentioned last week) please see below picture. This is me make up free and very tired having a terrible selfie. Enjoy. And yes, that is two towers of books in the background. I really need to get reading again.

What I’ve Been Reading

It’s been another slow reading week for me. I’ve not even finished two of the books on here. I read Holiday With A Twist in a couple of days (which is a really long time for a novella that should take a couple of hours to read, tops). I then found no motivation to read anything until I picked up The Heist on Friday night/Saturday morning. I won’t say my reading mojo is back but that book is definitely hooking me in and getting me to want to read. I’ve also started reading Because Of Miss Bridgerton because Danya proposed a readalong and I will do anything to jump start my reading mojo again.

New To Me

Only two books were bought this week, and one of those was all Danya’s fault so really I only bought one, which is a success in my books. The Disengagement Ring was on sale for 99p for Kindle and I loved Some Girls Do by Clodagh Murphy so I’ve decided I must buy up all of her books for some reason.
I actually forgot to include my review copies last week as I was in a rush to get the post up so I’ve a double dose of some of the ARCs I’ve gotten lately. I received a finish edition of To Love and To Cherish to be read soon. I got a couple of Christmas books, one I’ve read and Christmas Joy is to be read shortly. And then I got The Sun Is Also A Star which I don’t actually remember requesting on NetGalley but I know I wanted to read it so I must have done. I need to improve my memory.

And that is my week. How has everyone been? Is it strange that I’m already getting to read Christmas books and it’s not even December? 

27 October 2016

My Thoughts // Unfinished Series And Waiting For New Releases

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I have recently read the most fantastic of fantastic books, The Thinking Woman’s Guide To Real Magic. I will rave about it constantly because it had fantasy, hints of romance, a strong independent woman being forced into a feminine role of a bygone era where women were meant to be meek and the language itself which was spoken made it so that women came across weaker simply by the pronouns in which they spoke to denote they were female. Everything about the book was fantastic, apart from the ending and the long list of unanswered questions I had. Now, the book could be taken as a standalone and it worked in that way. The open ending was written well enough that it would work without a sequel but after doing some googling I know a sequel is definitely in the works with no release date, title or really any facts about when to expect it. I just know it’s coming and that is the most frustrating state of being.

It did get me thinking, though. As avid readers, we are frequently subject to situations such as this. We allow ourselves to be tied in for the long haul with series. We know that there could be years between books (I’m looking at you George RR Martin) which is fine when you know you’re entering into a series situation. But is there anything more frustrating than picking up a book which has been on your TBR list and reaching the ending only to discover that there are lots of unanswered questions to the story. At first yo wonder if this was an intentional ploy by the author to keep you thinking about the book. Then you begin wondering if it’s part of a series and you just weren’t aware of it at the time. You then learn there is a sequel, but it’s not officially announced and there is no publish date in sight or even a title attributed to the book. You’re left in limbo and it makes you want to cry, especially when the book was published a couple of years ago and at the beginning of the year the books first draft is finished. I mean, that means there could be at least a year until the next one and that’s just speculation on my part! How frustrating.

I am a reader who begins a series when the first book is released and then somehow doesn’t go back for the rest of the series until it has all been released because I hate all the unanswered questions and the long wait between releases.  I am impatient  and cannot take the pressure and how much I begin building up the next release in my mind. As such, I am not the kind of person who enjoys discovering their book is leaving lingering questions or is a part of as yet unnamed series that may or may not even happen as the second book really isn’t officially announced. I am even more upset to discover that there is potential for a third book as well! Now I realise I am invested in a series which will be well over 1000 pages long and will probably have three year gaps between releases. It’s so frustrating. I would never decide not the read the book because I adored every page of it but I would have been able to prepare myself more if I knew I was in for that long wait between releases.

The point of this post is, how do you feel about open ended books and series which have only just started and already appear to have long gaps between releases? Can you willingly begin a book knowing that there is no definite ending in sight? And is it worse to read a book and then reach the end only to discover you’re missing some answers and it doesn’t look like you have another book yet to answer those questions? I managed to wait for the Harry Potter releases, but that was a series that had a known number of books to it, you know?

What are your thoughts on series? Can you handle the wait for books or does it all get too much?

25 October 2016

The Thinking Woman’s Guide To Real Magic // A Fantastic Read Which Is Flawed But I Don’t Care

Published: 31st July 2014
Source: Library
Genre: Fantasy, Romance (although, minor, hardly worth a label)
My Rating:
The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic is a sparkling romantic adventure.

When Nora Fischer stumbles, quite literally, into a magical world where everyone is glamorous and life is one long party, she's immediately captivated.

What she doesn't realise, because everything is such fun, is that there's a darker side to her new friends. In fact, it's only after she agrees to marry the charismatic, masterful Raclin that she discovers she's a prisoner in this new world.

If Nora is to escape, then she has just one hope: the magician Aruendiel. And if she can also persuade him to teach her the art of real magic, then she might just be able to return home.
Is that what she wants, though? Aruendiel has a biting tongue, a shrouded past and no patience, so there's no way Nora could be falling for him... Is there?

A dark fantasy fairy tale ideal for fans of Twilight, The Time Traveller's Wife and Stardust, The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic is the magical adventure of the year.

A graduate of Harvard University, Emily Croy Barker has been a magazine journalist for more than 20 years. She is currently executive editor at The American Lawyer magazine. The Thinking Woman's Real Guide to Magic is her first novel.
This book! I wasn't certain I even wanted to read it at first. I was daunted by the number of pages and I was concerned I didn’t like the characters. It was one of those books where you’re excited by it because you finally have a book which has been sat on your TBR shelf for about three years but you have no idea of what to expect from it as you have seen no reviews for it. It’s always a strange feeling going into a book you’ve not heard about on the blogosphere, or been recommended. It was nice and I wish I read more books without having prior knowledge of it.

Let’s Begin With The Concerns

As I said, I was daunted by the size of the book when I got it from the library. It was over 500 pages long and when I first began reading I was indifferent to Nora and her issues and I was say waiting for the story to fully develop. The story began very slowly and it took a lot of pages to develop. I can imagine that would be off-putting to many. And then the character of Nora takes a while to warm up, she’s a bit pathetic to begin with but I enjoy some good character growth. As for some of the other characters, they take a while to develop fully formed personalities too, but that is more Nora taking a long while to warm up to anyone.

Slow Pacing And Character Growth Is Hardly A Flaw

Look, the slow pacing and character’s beginning less than appealing is hardly a flaw. They are really my largest complaints. Honestly, once this book got going I was hooked. It was annoying that it took at least 100 pages for the story to get interesting and for Nora to become less than annoying but honestly I adored it once it did. Nora became likable and interesting. Her growth from wet blanket to awesome female character in a world which is on par with like Victorian times or something, probably earlier.

The book was well-written and well thought out and even the bad parts were intelligent. They were there to develop the book and it was so intelligent.

I loved the characters. I fell completely in love with them and never wanted to let go. I loved how Nora appeared so other in this new world simply because she was smart and independent and I adored Aruendiel and his intelligence and his entire attitude. I loved that he didn't care what others thought but cared so much about propriety at a ridiculous moment. I just loved the characters, even though I struggled to spell half their names and have no clue how to pronounce them.

In The End It Was Love

The book had some pacing issues and, sure, Nora was annoying as hell at first but this book was fantastic. It was well written and gripping once it got going. My biggest complaint was that it ended. I didn’t realise it was part of a series until it finished with that open ending and unanswered questions so I did some Googling and turns outs a series is planned with no release date or book title in sight. I was willing to commit to that in the end because that is how much I enjoyed the book. I want to thrust it into the hands of everyone I know and yet I still have that hesitant protective feeling you get about books you love.

Isn’t it the worst reading a book and then realising it’s a series when you’ve still got lots of unanswered questions? And what was the last book you went into with no preconceptions and no blogosphere input driving you to read?

23 October 2016

Sunday Summary // 23.10.2016

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Hi, all! Welcome to a late edition of Sunday Summary. Hopefully, I will actually have this published on Sunday. I am actually writing it on a Sunday, which is an unheard of circumstance. I’ve literally walked through the door at 7pm after an overnight trip to Essex and I’ve gotten typing.

I’ve had a bit of a busy week this week and have barely touched my blog or books! I’ve spent the beginning of the week feeling indifferent to half the books I’ve started. I tried to read so many things and just couldn’t get excited or interested to read them. I didn’t actually successfully start reading a book until Wednesday which is a travesty for me! I’ve just been stuck in a rut and it’s left me wanting to avoid blogging even when I have had some free time.

I’ve been socialising with work folks getting food and chatting at the beginning of the week. It was really nice, especially as I got into an intense TV chat with the new girl at work and it was so lovely. She actually told me the next day that it was nice to just talk with someone new about these things as she is new in the area and has yet to make any friends around here and I just wanted to give her a hug! I am terrible at meeting and talking with new people as I am a bit awkward when it comes to small talk but it was nice to not have to try and dig around for shared interests with someone at work for once and have a very easy conversation with someone. It’s not often I get to geek out over something which isn’t books, you know? So that was a really great start to the week.

I then have being other friends outside of work and preparing for my overnight trip at the weekend. I was stressing about getting a birthday present in time for Saturday to take with me as it was a friend’s birthday who I’ve known since the beginning of secondary school and I had to find something good. I was also nervous to go down as it was with a bunch of other people I don’t know and I’m terrible at social occasions. Luckily, my best friend was driving down so I went with her so I knew at least one other person there. It was a really nice evening of chatting casual drinks and having fun. There were a couple of minor dramas but fun was had all around. I’m glad I went and I’m even happier I don’t have work in the morning. Air beds are not comfy and me and my bed have plans to have a lie in tomorrow.

I also forgot the other exciting news. I got my haircut on Friday! I’ve been meaning to have it cut properly in a while and as I booked Friday off of work as well I thought I should actually do something productive with my day so called the hairdressers. I had several inches cut off so my hair is about at my shoulders and it looks so much better. I’m so glad I got it done. It looks good enough that I’ thinking I should try and get it cut regularly to keep it at this length. I even had a really nice hairdresser who didn’t force small talk but was friendly and managed to have enough none awkward conversations to get us through the half-hour haircut. That is a rarity for me so I will have to go back.

What I’ve Been Reading

As I said, I was struggling to settle on something to read at the beginning of this week. I tried Claimed ad The Heist which I got from the library last week. And even began one of my ARCs and just couldn’t settle into any one book. Eventually, I began reading Beautiful Wreck and some how got drawn in by the really pretty writing. It did drag on occasion as there are quite a few pages and I have been busy doing other things but it was a really enjoyable book. I then decided to reread Bet Me because if some Jennifer Crusie re-reading can’t get me out of my reading rut there is little hope for me. Basically, you can see by my reading it’s been a bad week.

New To Me

Yeah, I kind of feel I’ve been buying books to try and inspire me to get reading and it just hasn’t worked. I get like this sometimes and I wish I knew how to get out of it. I’m thinking I’ve just got to start committing to books and hope for the best.

Has anyone else figured a good way out of a reading rut? And please recommend books to me below. Also, aren’t weeks where you’re overly business just so nice? I’ll feel less guilty about being lazy next week now.

21 October 2016

This Savage Song // A Book Deserving Of The Hype Simply For It’s Examination Of Human Nature

Published: 7th June 2016
Source: Won
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal
My Rating:
There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.
I was really hesitant going into Victoria Schwab’s latest release and it’s not for the reasons you’re probably thinking. I was hesitant about going in not because of the hype (although that was an issue) but because I had added it to my TBR list simply from the name on the cover. I barely knew what it was about and it certainly wouldn’t have been a book which would have piqued my interest without Schwab’s name on the cover simply because monsters? Seriously?

Despite my doubts I loved it and I think I would have loved it even if I never even knew who Schwab was. It was just a really fantastic read. It was interesting and filled with all these morally questionable characters and a lot of moral questions about what makes a monster? It was just a fascinating look at people with some really great characters in it.

This is a fantastic read but also a bit of a moral question, which I loved because who doesn’t like a book which gets you thinking?

There are two things I loved in this book: the characters and the concept of monsters. I loved how the idea of how the monsters were created and what they represented and I really hope this gets explored more in depth in the next book. It really leads you to question morality and what makes people human. It’s all about right and wrong and how far you can go with testing boundaries before you cross a line. How far is too far? It’s a really interesting concept and I’m sure you’ll be able to say in depth things about this to me once you’ve read the book.

The characters are just fantastic. I loved every single one of them, be they good or bad. I loved that there wasn’t strictly a good or bad character actually. It was more there were those who were morally right than others and then others who had obviously left all sense of morality at the door and I loved it. I loved Sweet August who had so many questions and was so curious about the world but so hesitant to be a part of it because of who he was and his limits. He was adorable and I just want to keep in my pocket so he doesn’t get hurt! And then there’s Kate who was so badass that she really was an unlikable character and that made me love her. She isn’t trying to be someone you want to be friends with she is trying to hide everything about herself and act like someone she’s not (but she is that person at the same time because that’s what she’s made herself into) it was just crazy good seeing all these interactions play out.

Basically, I really loved this book. I think it might be my favourite of Schwab’s books so far, but I thought that with A Darker Shade of Magic so really maybe I shouldn’t speak too soon. It is a fantastic read I would recommend to everyone. There is a reason everyone has been talking about it so check it out!

Have you read this book yet and did you enjoy it? What is your favourite Victoria Schwab book? And what do you think about books posing moral questions without shoving it in your face, like what makes a monster?

19 October 2016

Trailer Park Fae // Unique Writing Style But A Really Great Book Once You Get Passed That

Published: 23rd June 2016
Source: Borrowed (Library)
Genre: Fae, Urban Fantasy
My Rating:
New York Times bestselling author Lilith Saintcrow returns to dark fantasy with a new series where the fairy world inhabits diners, dive bars and trailer parks.

Jeremy Gallow is just another construction worker, and that's the way he likes it. He's left his past behind, but some things cannot be erased. Like the tattoos on his arms that transform into a weapon, or that he was once closer to the Queen of Summer than any half-human should be. Now the half-sidhe all in Summer once feared is dragged back into the world of enchantment, danger, and fickle fae—by a woman who looks uncannily like his dead wife. Her name is Robin, and her secrets are more than enough to get them both killed. A plague has come, the fullborn-fae are dying, and the dark answer to Summer's Court is breaking loose.

Be afraid, for Unwinter is riding...
I have seen mixed things said about Trailer Park Fae. I have been wanting to read this book for a while simply because I loved the cover and the concept and when I saw Kristen over at Metaphors and Moonlight liked it I got excited about reading it all over again so I was so excited when I saw my library had it on their shelves (but they don’t have the rest of the series so I have to request it and see if they can order it in!). I am glad I read it. And Kristen asked how I read it so quickly? Let me tell you, once you get over the writing style I was totally absorbed.

The writing style of Trailer Park Fae is strange, to say the least. It’s really difficult to get used to. I full on had to read the first chapter twice because I felt like I was only understanding every third word. It’s very much a writing style you will either get used to and enjoy or absolutely hate. I get why it’s written the way it is. It’s written to suit the fae and their airy-fairy pretentious game playing confusingness. It’s like they speak in riddles with their games within games and every word is carefully chosen so that is how the book is written. You notice that as you switch character perspective the writing style changes slightly. For the characters, like Jeremy Gallow, who have been out of the Fae world and in the human one longer the writing style employed for them is a bit clearer and less round the houses to understand. Then, for characters like Robin, who live in the Fae world and experience the Fae court the writing for them is a lot more confusing. Once you get used to it it is easy to understand but it is a learning curve. I do think the writing style will be the main deterrent to people picking this book and this series up, which is sad but understandable.

If you manage to get through the writing style, though, you are rewarded with a really fun and interesting book. I like that there is a mystery to what’s going on and who is behind what with this story. This is very much about game playing and political intrigue and it’s fantastic. Sure, some of the mysteries were a bit obvious when they were ‘revealed’ but it was still enjoyable. I really want to get my hands on the next book because I need to know what happens next after that ending!

Have you read a book that had a really weird writing style but is good once you adapt? And what was the last really good urban fantasy book you read, I always need suggestions?

17 October 2016

Happy Thoughts // Hot Drinks And The Beginning of Autumn

Happy Thoughts is all about me sharing moments of my life and reminding myself what’s keeping me smiling day to day because it is way easy to wallow. I haven’t done one of these posts since June! I wish I knew why but I just haven’t had much to say. So what is keeping my happy at the beginning of autumn then?

Hot Drinks And New Mugs

One of the things I love most about Autumn is the fact it’s finally time to drink as many warm drinks as you can and once more I can begin drinking hot chocolate on an evening. Many get excited for the Starbucks drinks coming out, I get excited about drinking hot chocolate whilst reading a good book.

In celebration of hot drink season I have also purchased a new mug, as seen above. It fully represents me and my attitude when I’m hungry. I’m a grouch without a cup of coffee in the morning and I’m a grouch when I haven’t had three meals a day. Food and coffee keep me happy so this mug is essential.

Discovering New Book Series To Love

In the past couple of months I have discovered so many books I love. I have found bookish favourites and new favourite authors and it has been awesome. One of the things I’ve most enjoyed, though, is the discovery of new favourite series. I discovered Kelley Armstrong’s various series but I have fallen head over heels for her Nadia Stafford series and I am adoring her Cainsville series as well.

The other series I have been loving lately is the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. It’s full on pulled me in and I’m obsessed. The only reason I’m not fully caught up on it is because I had to stop myself from reading more because it already forced me into a little reading slump. I don’t want to go into full on meltdown because of it.

New TV Shows Are Awesome

Are we all excited for all the new TV happening this Autumn? I love the ‘fall schedule’ in the US and all the new shows they bring out and I love all the new TV that starts here in the UK too. I’m thrilled Great British Bake Off is on TV (even if it’s the last series on the BBC). And I really enjoyed National Treasure which was on on Channel 4 (Robbie Coltrane has been amazing so far). And I absolutely cannot wait for the new David Attenborough documentary to start. That man is amazing.

It’s not just UK shows, though, I am loving the return of Lucifer. I cannot get enough of Pitch (because I love sport as long as it’s formatted in the form of TV, films, or books) and I am looking forward to so many more which are starting as well. I’ve watched the first episode of Designated Survivor and that was pretty fun. I am basically loving TV again which means I may read less but oh well.

What’s keeping you happy lately? Anyone got their favourite autumn drink, or a new series they love or a new show to watch? Tell me all below.

16 October 2016

Sunday Summary // 16.10.2016

Sunday Summary
I am still run down with something. Who knows what? It’s like a cold that wants to linger. Luckily, I am feeling well enough to be out and about and doing things. I may not be 100% but really, I can work at 75% and still feel alright.

On from illness (which is boring) and on to more interesting things of this week. We have had a whole heap of birthdays at work (three in a row, it’s ridiculous) and one of them decided that they wanted to go out for a meal with everyone from work to celebrate. He’s turning thirty and so he wanted to be able to celebrate with people. We went for a curry straight from work and it was surprisingly fun. We had a laugh and I didn’t even have to resort to drinking to make it through! Annoyingly, we have another work meal to go to next week with people from head office which may not be as fun, but at least that one will be paid for.

I decided to treat myself this week. I have been ranting to everyone I know about my old little tablet (a Nexus 7 which has served me well) complaining at how slow it has gotten. I like having my tablet to carry around, browse the internet and play games and the poor thing can just do none of those things well anymore. I decided to invest in a new tablet. I spent days looking at reviews and comparisons and I wanted to stay with android but since the best tablet on android are either the Pixel C (way overpriced) or Samsung tablets (I have an irrational hate of Samsung that isn't even linked to their phones randomly catching fire) I had to admit I may have to abandon my love for all thing Google. I have bought myself a little iPad mini! I am not a huge lover of Apple, they hike up their prices for no reason and it's annoying, but I admit they build good quality stuff that tends to keep going for a while. My mom loves the iPad we bought her for Christmas so I got myself the same. I think I'm in love with it. It works so well! I know it's partially because I'm comparing it to my old Nexus which was on its last legs, but even so, it's amazing! It does mean I cannot justify buying any more books for the rest of the month but I don't care (or I do, but not right now).

I also have come strange things happen to me this week which I thought were fun and hilarious and absolutely needed to share with you but sometimes I can't figure how to move on to discussing them smoothly, so here's a list:
  1. I decided on the perfect Halloween costume for myself. I am not a fan of fancy dress but my best friend is adamant I need a costume. She is enamoured with going as Harley Quinn (I know, this is what Suicide Squad has done for folks) so she needs me to dress up too. I decided on Daria! I am sarcastic and apathetic too many a thing and Daria is the perfect costume for me.
  2. As I write this I am currently staring out into the garden because we appear to be suffering a ladybird infestation! I count eight on my window. I’ve Googled and they are trying to find a place to hibernate but currently they flying all over my garden.
  3. And finally, I have come to a shocking realisation about myself. I was incredibly upset to learn that my feet are different sizes! I bought a pair of shoes for work and the one I tried on fit fine.  I tried on the shoes at home and walked around and turns out my other foot is smaller. Every step it slips off. It’s awful. How have a spent twenty-five years not realising I have different sized feet? I need to contemplate this life issue. I may only wear shoes with laces from now on.

What I’ve Been Reading

Well, I did a lot of re-reading this week. I began by reading the story stories in The Girl In the Mirror, they were cute and I’m a bit upset that they weren’t longer. I then read the new Illustrated Harry Potter and I loved it. It’s such a beautiful books. I then began How To Find Love In A Book Shop thinking it would fill a couple of hours and then I read it in a day and really enjoyed it. It was a charming read and I have a review brewing. I decided to reread Act Like It and adored it. I may have only read it about 6 months ago but it was just as good second time around. I then have continued with the romance theme with Just a Girl and For Better Or Worse. Sadly, I tried to read Pantomime and ended up abandoning it. I was not in the mood for it and it has been returned to the library.

New To Me

I have been a bit more restrained with my buying. I bought just three books this week and they are above. Beautiful Wreck was an impulse buy of sorts. I read the first few pages on my Kindle and liked it so decided to invest. As for Just A Girl, I already read that and enjoyed it. It was 72p on Kindle and I couldn’t say no. Ellie Cahill always writes fun contemporaries, even if they are not always amazing. And then there was Bittersweet for 99p because I couldn’t say no. I have a little bit left of an Amazon gift card so I’m trying to get a bit more selective with what I spend it on. I did take a trip to the library, though, so let’s see those books too.


As you can see, it was a bit of a romance haul this time. I have been wanting to read a few of these books for a while. I almost borrowed Claimed last time I was at the library but was embarrassed by the cover. Then I decided 'screw that' as I regretted not borrowing it so, this time, I knew I needed to borrow it (annoyingly it then went on offer at £1.99 on Kindle, typical). I decided to read a couple of Jennifer Probst books as I do have one on my shelf waiting to be read. And as for the Janet Evanovich book? I was intrigued and so when I saw it on a shelf I figured why not? It’s not like I’m paying for it.

And that is my week. Anyone had any weird discoveries? And is anyone else planning to dress up for Halloween and if so what as? As always, tell me about books below and if you can recommend what to read next from the above please say.