I debated with myself about whether I should post this as I haven’t actually had that many ‘wow, this book is AMAZING‘ books. Shocking, right?! Or maybe not. Maybe some years are just stronger than others, I remember struggling to narrow down my top ten reads of 2017 as I had read so many great books but so far, 2018 has been a very average reading year for me. But enough of that, onto some stories I really love. Continue reading “Favourite Books So Far | Jan – Jun 2018”
Well, what a weird week, both in real life and in my reading life. In real life, snow has been the bane of my days, and readingwise I’ve been in a strange slump. I’ve still been reading, but I’ve not been very lucky in my picks. I would like to preface this weeks’ Bookends post with saying all opinions are my own. Just because I didn’t enjoy some of these books doesn’t mean you won’t.
So Continue reading “Bookends | #009”
hey, hey, hey it’s Friday again and the blue skies are back! It always amazes me how much happier I feel on bright sunny days. Although we all know rainy days are the best reading days 🙂
I have 6 books to talk to you about this week, a historical romance, the first three books in a paranormal/urban fantasy series, a stand alone fantasy audiobook and the first in a different fantasy series. Busy busy busy!
I started with Continue reading “Bookends | #007”
Happy 2018! I hope you’ve all enjoyed a lovely festive break and haven’t had too hard a shock to your system by getting back to work.
2017 was a bit of a mixed bag for me, looking back I don’t feel like that many books stand out. I read a lot of average books this year, which is a bit disappointing. However, there are a few good things to discuss. My Goodreads Reading Challenge was 150 books and while some months I totally beat the target, others I slumped and there was a time when I thought I wouldn’t make it. I’m happy I managed 151 in the end but I’m not really using a high target going forward as I think the pressure made me read too many average books. Yet powering through made me realise that my tastes have developed again, I’ve moved away from YA and embraced Regency Romances and more Urban Fantasy with Fantasy in general remaining as my numero uno genre. Continue reading “2017 Reading Wrap Up”
As I was unable to keep myself from only writing a few sentences about my top 10 reads of 2017, here is my second round of favourite books of the year. If you would like to see the other half, check out my first post here. In no particular order….
The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams
I enjoyed this one so much I was unable to write a decent review when I first read it, so I will try my best to describe why you need to read this book here. The Ninth Rain has everything a fantasy book should have Continue reading “My 2017 Favourites | Book List 2 of 2”
If you’re looking for a fun, romantic read without a simpering heroine or a controlling alpha male and with an Austen-esque twist, this one’s for you.
Verity only needed one bad relationship to prove that love was overrated and she was perfectly happy on her own. If only her friends could see that. Cue Peter Hardy, oceanographer, Very’s fictional boyfriend whose existence is only necessary to get her out of unwanted social obligations. After a misunderstanding in an Italian restaurant, Very ditches one fake boyfriend for another, although this one is very much alive. Johnny also needs someone on his arm to prevent dreary evenings spent at the singles table as he’s desperately in love with a woman he cannot have. Faking a relationship is their perfect solution.
I really enjoyed this novel, I was quickly sucked in by the humour of the first few chapters and enchanted by the well developed side characters. They all felt very real, from Very’s sisters to Continue reading “True Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop | Annie Darling | a review”
best book you’ve read so far in 2017
Without a doubt, Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier. This is the second book in the Sevenwaters series and I loved everything about it. It was atmospheric, tragic, magical and both upsetting and up-lifting. It is just wonderful. Continue reading “Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag”
So for the first time in an age, I’m in a bit of a reading slump. I’m very much a mood reader and normally, once I’ve started a series I will binge read all the available sequels in a row but at the moment, I’m really struggling to commit to anything. In the past, if I’ve ever had a slump I just change genre and I get all excited about reading again. This isn’t really working for me this time and it’s making me feel a bit lost. I love to have a book on the go so I can just turn off, escape into a different world and forget reality for a while, and the knowledge that I have that escape at the end of my fingertips is calming. So it’s weirdly uncomfortable not knowing where to go next. Continue reading “Reading Different Genres – The Story of my Book Slump”
As the leaves are turning prettily from green to yellow to red, and the urge to curl up by a hot fire with a hot chocolate and a good book gets ever stronger, I thought it’d be apt to share some of my fave seasonal reads. This series will mainly feature books I’ve read in the past and really loved and from a variety of genres. Some posts will also include some books of the genre discussed that are patiently waiting in my to-be-read pile. As the nights draw in autumn is the best time to grab some great reads. Hopefully I can give you a few recommendations! First off; Romance. Featuring one of my favourite authors, Harriet Evans. Continue reading “Autumn Recommendations: Romance”