Posted in book review

See How They Run // Review

20160712_081232

I’ve loved Ally Carter’s books for years. The Gallagher Girls hooked me with its spy school and entertaining characters, and I adored the Heist Society books (especially Hale, because he was fab). And I did enjoy All Fall Down, the first book in her new Embassy Row series.

However, I have yet to fall in love with the Embassy Row books, and See How They Run, the second book in the series, didn’t do much to help. There are definitely things I like about these books, but I also have a few issues. And I’m going to share those with you in a little list!

Continue reading “See How They Run // Review”

Posted in read-a-thon

Fantasy Favourites: Grisha Playlist

FantasyFavourites2016

The fantasy favourites read-a-thon is hosted by two wonderful blogs: Olivia’s Catastrophe and Of Wonderland. It’s all about reading fantasy books! (if you hadn’t already guessed that from the title).

The Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon officially started yesterday. Yay! I’m very excited, because I’m currently rereading the Throne of Glass series and have started with The Assassin’s Blade. I’ve actually already finished it (I’m on uni summer holidays, so I’ve got time), so I’ll be starting Throne of Glass tonight!

 One of the series’ for this year’s read-a-thon is the Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo, and that is what today’s challenge is all about. We have to put together a playlist based on the series (and some prompts provided by Inge, Aly and Olivia). I don’t actually listen to a huge amount of music, unless listening to Hamilton on repeat counts, so this one really is a challenge for me. I’ve given it a go though, so on with the playlist!

Continue reading “Fantasy Favourites: Grisha Playlist”

Posted in read-a-thon, Uncategorized

Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon: Day 1

FantasyFavourites2016

It’s the 10th of July, which today is the day the Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon begins! The read-a-thon is hosted by two wonderful blogs: Olivia’s Catastrophe and Of Wonderland. It’s all about reading fantasy (if you hadn’t already guessed that from the title).

What am I planning on reading this week? Well, one of the series’ being focused on this year are the Throne of Glass books by Sarah J. Maas, which I’ve read before. However, I figured it was about time for a reread, especially with Empire of Storms coming out soonish, so my aim is to read as much of the series as possible this week!

I also have a load of posts scheduled for the week, so keep an eye out for those.

Are you joining in with the Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon? Which books are you reading?

Posted in book review

Let’s Talk About… Les Misérables

Recently, I finally finished Les Misérables, which is probably one of the longest books that I have ever read. I think it took me at least a year and a half to get through? I ended up really liking it, especially the second half of the book. So, I figured I’d share a few thoughts about it.

20160629_075716

Firstly, if you’re a fan of the musical you’ll enjoy it. Reading the book added so much more depth to the characters, and I actually really like Marius and Cosette together. (The book gives them a bit more than one evening to fall in love, although it is still a little guilty of instalove). I now understand the characters motivation so much more, and I’m tempted to rewatch the musical!

Continue reading “Let’s Talk About… Les Misérables”

Posted in top ten tuesday

Top Ten Board Games

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and Bookish, and celebrates lists! Particularly lists of books! Head on over to their blog to join in.

This week is a freebie and, until yesterday, I had no idea what topic to choose for this post. All I had in mind was that it should somehow relate to summer and the summer holidays. And then it hit me! I do a lot of reading in the summer, naturally, but I have another hobby that my whole family joins in with. Board games! So, I figured I’d introduce you to ten of my favourite board games which are perfect for the summer holidays.

Top Ten Summer Board Games

Ooga Booga

Ooga Booga

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a caveman? Well, here’s the game for you! This is basically a game where you make caveman noises, and you try to remember the caveman noises other people have made. That description makes it sound a bit pathetic, I’ll admit, but trust me, this game is hilarious. It generally ends with everyone collapsed on the floor giggling.

Continue reading “Top Ten Board Games”

Posted in Uncategorized

Stacking the Shelves #51

STSmall[4]

Stacking the Shelves is a feature hosted by the wonderful Tynga’s Reviews and gives bloggers a chance to share and show off their latest book purchases/library hauls/random gifts received in the post.

Considering last week I managed to avoid buying a single book, I have failed a little this week. I ended up in Waterstones and came out with four books… And then went back and bought another! Plus then I went to the library!

Yep, I probably did get too many books this week, but ah well. I need something to cheer me up after that referendum result yesterday (which I’m not going to discuss because I’ve already ranted about it to my friends and I just need to get over it now).

Continue reading “Stacking the Shelves #51”

Posted in read-a-thon

Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon: Introduction!

FantasyFavourites2016

Today is an exciting day! Why? Because it’s the day to post my introduction post for the Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon! It’s hosted by the fantastic blog Of Wonderland and challenges you to read fantasy books between the 10th and the 18th of July.

I actually only heard about this yesterday, and then rushed to sign up because it sounded like so much fun. Also, it’s my first time taking a part in a read-a-thon, so I’m really looking forward to it.

Anyway, onto the introduction!

Continue reading “Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon: Introduction!”

Posted in book review

The Unexpected Everything // Review

If I were to pick up a book, it would usually be fantasy of some sort, or maybe a dystopian. Sometimes I even branch out to historical fiction. However, the one genre I don’t read as much is contemporary.

Well, unless it’s Morgan Matson.

I can’t get enough of the friendships, the romances, and the ridiculous amounts of fun that appear in her books. (Along with the really sad parts, and the parts which leave you screaming at the main character because they’re being an idiot).

So I had to pick up The Unexpected Everything the moment it was released, and it definitely did not disappoint. This book is possibly the best book I’ve read this year, and right now I’m wishing I had the time to reread it.

MatsonMorgan_TheUnexpectedEverything_2

Continue reading “The Unexpected Everything // Review”

Posted in personal

My Summer Bucket List

As a university student, I get really long holidays. My exams finished on the 20th of May and term doesn’t start again until the end of September. What on earth am I meant to do for all that time??

Read a lot, obviously. Blog a bit. Chuck in some bookstagram too.

Those aren’t going to keep me occupied though, so I put together a little bucket list of what I want to get done this summer. (And I’d imagine that a lot more is going to get added to it!)

20160621_124145

  1. Day trip to the beach // I’m not the biggest fan of beaches, but once in a while they’re good fun
  2. Host a BBQ // Or maybe just go to someone else’s?
  3. Sort out my bedroom // My bedroom currently looks like the store room of a charity shop, so I should probably do something about that
  4. Get rid of books // Despite having two bookshelves and each shelf being double stacked, I’d guess there are at least fifty books in my room without a home – looks like it’s time for a clear out!
  5. Improve my Instagram skills // I got back into Instagram recently (specifically, bookstagram), and so I want to get better at taking photos
  6. Take photos while in Austria // Specifically a family photo, because I have none
  7. Group holiday in West Wales // This is with school friends, so it should be a laugh
  8. See uni friends // I’m actually seeing one of them on Friday
  9. Use the library more // Hopefully I’ll buy fewer books as a result…
  10. Keep up regular blogging // I got over a blogging slump recently, so hopefully I won’t fall into another one
  11. Read lots of books // There’s no way this won’t happen
  12. Volunteer somewhere // Probably in a charity shop, but haven’t quite decided yet
  13. Try out the new ice cream parlour // It looks incredible, and this is now my plan for Thursday
  14. Book tickets for Bath Children’s Literature Festival // Sarah J. Maas is going to be there, so there’s no way I’m missing it!
  15. London weekend trip? // It was suggested by my friends, but who knows if it’ll happen!

Those are a few of things I want to get done this summer, but what about you? Any plans? Holidays? Book-related events?

Posted in top ten tuesday

My Favourite 2016 Releases

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is feature by the wonderful blog The Broke and Bookish which celebrates lists! Especially lists of books! You should all join in right now.

So far this year I’ve read 27 books, and eight of those had 2016 release dates. That already makes this week’s TTT a little hard since the topic is Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year, and I haven’t actually read ten.

Instead, here’s a list of my five favourite 2016 releases, all of which I gave either four or five stars.

Continue reading “My Favourite 2016 Releases”