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Top Ten Books On My Autumn TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful book blog The Broke and the Bookish. It lets bloggers share their love of books through making lists!

So I’m usually rubbish with TBR lists, and I never stick to them. However, since I’m back at uni, I only have a limited amount of books available to me. So maybe this will be the season where I actually read everything on my TBR?

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Empire of Storms // Review

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Question: how do I write a review for this book? I’ve been trying to figure out how for a few weeks now, and I’m still no closer. The notes I wrote after finishing the book are just a mess of feelings, and I genuinely considered just posting those to the blog. (Don’t worry, I’m not going to do that. I have put a little effort into this review).

So, this is my attempt at explaining why I loved this book so much, and why I gave it four stars.

Let’s start with the plot, shall we? I don’t really want to spoil the series for anyone, so I’m not going to go into too much detail, but let’s just say it was very dramatic. As in, you do not get much more dramatic than this. There were quite a few twists and turns that I definitely did not see coming. You know, the types of plot twists which leaving you gasping in horror.

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Stacking the Shelves #53

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Stacking the Shelves is hosted by the wonderful book blog Tynga’s ReviewsIt’s an opportunity for book bloggers to share their latest book hauls, whether those books are arcs, bought, or borrowed!

I’m back at uni! However, the semester doesn’t start for another couple of weeks, which I means I have lots of time for blogging right now. Well, blogging and reading. Actually, due to a lack of wifi, I’m mainly just reading. Which is so lovely, because I’m storming through my TBR. Then again, I’ve also bought quite a few new books, so my TBR isn’t shrinking that quickly.

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An Adventure In Bullet Journaling

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I’d been thinking about starting a bullet journal for a while. They seem perfect for me – I can’t live without a planner, but I also make countless lists on my phone, in other notebooks, on my laptop… The list goes on.

Having it all on in one place seems like the ideal solution.

However, I’m not the best at persevering with new projects. (Seriously, I’m awful. It’s a wonder that this blog has managed to survive so long!) So I thought maybe blogging about it would actually push me to not give up.

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The Last Star // Review

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There’s always that sense of anticipation when you start reading the final book in the series. That feeling of “is this book going to be the best thing ever?” or “is this going to entirely ruin the whole series?” It’s kind of scary, opening up that book and reading. And sometimes, often, the book is fantastic – the author has done an incredible job and you’re in awe.

Other times? You’re left a little confused and, well, kind of underwhelmed.

Sadly, that was the case with The Last Star, the final book in The 5th Wave trilogy.

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Top Ten TV Shows I’ll Be Watching This Autumn

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and Bookish, and let’s bloggers celebrate books in the best way possible: by writing lists!

This week’s topic is all about tv! I considered chatting about my favourite series’, and then realised that I’ve done that twice already – once in 2014, and once in 2015. So I figured that I’d share some of the shows I’ll be watching this autumn – there are so many  on this season, and I’m super excited about all of them. Seriously, how am I meant to do a maths degree when there’s all this telly to watch?

Top Ten TV Shows To Watch This Autumn

The Great British Bake Off

GBBO IS BACK! It’s one of the highlights of the tv year, because a.) cake, b.) Mel & Sue, c.) cake, d.) all the innuendos, and e.) more cake! I’m loving it already, and right now I’m backing Selasi to win. Anyone else a fan?

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Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly is one of my favourite programmes – it’s so fabulous with all its glitter and sparkles. Plus I’m really excited to see some of this year’s contestants. It’s just such a fun show and so friendly, despite being so competitive.

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Victoria

Victoria has just started, and it stars Jenna Coleman (who’s adorable). There have only been a few episodes so far but I’m really enjoying it already. When I was a kid, the Victorian era was my favourite and I used to spend hours researching Victoria. (That was a totally normal thing to do, right?)

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Would I Lie To You?

Basically, it’s just hilarious. Lee Mack is brilliant. David Mitchell is brilliant. Also, Rob Brydon is fab, so the show is obviously great fun.

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Poldark

I loved the first series of Poldark so much, so I’m super excited about the new series! I’ve already read a few of the Poldark books so I know what to expect, and that’s just made me extra excited. It’s gonna be so good!!

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Once Upon A Time

I’m dying for this to come back. It’s probably at the point where it’s been on a bit too long now, but I still love it. I’m way too attached to the characters so there’s now way that I can stop watching.

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Tutankhamun

So you know how I mentioned that I loved the Victorian era when I was a kid? I was also a big fan of the Egyptians. So, obviously, a show about the discovery of King Tut’s tomb is going to be on my watchlist.

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Dark Angel

This one is about a real-life serial killer, and that is pretty much all I know. I’m mostly watching it because Joanne Froggatt is the main character, and I loved her in Downton.

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The Crown

It’s about the royal family – how am I meant to resist? I’m genuinely intrigued about what this is going to be like, especially seeing as it’s a Netflix show rather than BBC or ITV. It should be interesting.

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New Doctor Who spin off! And it’s written by Patrick Ness! I’m so excited about it, and supposedly it’ll be starting pretty soon. I’m desperately hoping that it’ll live up to Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

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So that’s my watchlist for this Autumn. What are you planning on watching? Will you be watching any of these? 

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Looking Back: August

I’m genuinely in shock that August is already almost over. Seriously, where did it go? I’m kind of glad though – I’m really looking forward to my summer holiday ending and getting to go back to university in a couple of weeks. I’ve actually missed studying! (How weird is that?)

Books Read

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Favourite Reads & Disappointments

My favourite read this month was definitely This Savage Song. It was just incredible – V. E. Schwab did a brilliant job yet again!

And my least favourite? Sadly, that would be Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I didn’t hate it or anything, it just wasn’t what I was hoping for. I still really want to see the play though. It has so many rave review, so clearly there’s something magical about it.

On The Blog

There was definitely a lack of activity from me this month. My blog turned three with a very small celebration, and I reviewed both Cogheart and The Cursed Child. I’m hoping to be more active over the next few months though, because I always really miss blogging when I get out of the habit.

On The Telly

Let’s just say I’ve watched a bit too much Netflix this month! I got into Gilmore Girls recently, so I’m slowly catching up on that. I’m also trying to catch up with series 4 of Arrow, which is taking me forever for some reason. The Olympics took up a lot of my time, of course. And Bake Off started this month!! My favourites right now are Selasi and Candice – they’re both fab. Anybody else watching it?

I’m also super excited about all the telly that’s starting this autumn. Poldark is back on Sunday (which I’m buzzing for), and I’m enjoying Victoria too. PLUS STRICTLY COMES BACK SOON.

In Other News

I headed over to London to visit some university friends, and I had the best time! We ate a lot of food, watched too much iZombie, visited the V&A, walked around a lot of London, and saw Charlie & the Chocolate Factory: the musical! It was all so much fun.

So, how about you? How was your August? Have you been watching Bake Off?

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Shadow Scale // Review

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I am a huge fan of dragon books. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m Welsh, but whatever the reason, I’ve always loved dragons and books about dragons. Whether they’re good dragons, bad dragons, dragons who turn into people, people who ride dragons. Whatever.

Just give me all the books about dragons.

So, obviously, when I read Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, I fell in love.

It had dragons and they turned into humans. It had an uneasy truce between dragons and humans. It had half-dragons. It had the most beautiful descriptions of music. It had the adorableness that was Seraphina and Kiggs.

This month, I finally got around to reading its sequel, Shadow Scale. I’d been putting it off for ages (why? I have no idea), and so it was a treat to finally revisit the world of Seraphina. Was it worth the wait? Yes, definitely, but then it wasn’t quite as good as the first book. Here are my thoughts, in a neat little list.

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Stacking the Shelves #52

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Stacking the Shelves is hosted by the wonderful Tynga’s Reviews, and gives bloggers the opportunity to share their latest book hauls.

This week has been a fantastic book week. (I may have spent too much considering that I should be saving money…) But oh well, because I’m so happy with the books I’ve bought. Plus there are a couple of library books mixed in!

What Did I Get?

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab

Gail Carriger - Waistcoats and Weaponry

Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger

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Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger

PLUS I GOT THE HAMILTON SOUNDTRACK!!

What Am I Reading?

Right now I’m reading Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman, which is the second book in the Seraphina series. I’m enjoying it, but at the moment it isn’t as good as the first book. That’s mostly because of the lack of time Phina and Kiggs spend together though. Hopefully there’s more of them later?

And On The Telly?

BAKE OFF!!!!!!! I’m so excited for this series.

I’ve also been bingeing Gilmore Girls recently and I’m in love with it. I’m on series four right now and can’t get enough.

In Other News…

  • I’m in London! I’m visiting some uni friends, and we have plans to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: the musical. I’m so excited about it! We’re also eating a lot because food.
  • I have a board games night coming up this week too, which I cannot wait for. The plan is to introduce my friends to some games they haven’t played for. So excited!!

 

How about you? What are you reading? What books have you bought recently?

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Cogheart // Review

When I wandered into Waterstones the other day, I couldn’t help pick up their latest children’s book of the month: Cogheart by Peter Bunzl. It’s a steampunk adventure set in London in 1896, and tells the story of Lily and Robert’s desperate search for Lily’s father. It was so much fun, and I’m so glad that I picked it up on a whim.

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