Thursday, 19 April 2018

Ignite Me // an epic story of growth and hope

Ignite Me was an endless roller-coaster of  drama and angst, and I was glued to every page. This series is so addictive, and unashamedly deserves a place on my favourites shelf.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Unravel Me // dark, intense, and addictive

Obsessed might be an understatement when it comes to me and this book. Unravel Me was packed with action and so much character development. I'm blinded by my adoration for this series to even acknowledge any flaws so excuse me if I get rambly and incoherent.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Shatter Me // fantastically twisted characters

I enjoyed Shatter Me way more than I could have ever expected! I had so much fun reading this book that I immediately had to pick up book 2.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Latest Love // Wholesome Comedies (The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks and Recreation, and Pushing Daisies)

Latest Love is a series of posts where I talk about a recent obsession. This could be a bookish obsession or otherwise - anything that has been making me happy recently that I feel like sharing. The important thing about this feature is that it isn't a review. This is just a way of me expressing a few reasons why I like something, and maybe find some more people to talk about it with. 😊

Saturday, 31 March 2018

March Wrap Up // a mix of brilliant and meh books

I hope everyone has had a lovely month! My blog posting in March has been a little more spaced out than usual because I only took part in one Top Ten Tuesday post. I also didn't write a mini review post for the books I read for uni this month like usual because I didn't feel like I had more than a few lines to say about each of them. So to make up for the lack of my traditional mini review post, I'm going to give little summaries of my thoughts on all six books I read this month.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 7 & 8 // I've missed this!

It's been too long since I'd last caught up with Ms. Marvel, so here are a couple of mini reviews for the last two issues. You can find my reviews for the first 6 issues here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Books on my Spring TBR

I am not happy with this recent cold weather. It feels like Spring has been postponed indefinitely. Snow is pretty and all, but I have to get to classes and the trains are not having it, nor am I happy to wait in cold train stations as cancellation after cancellation is announced. Hopefully posting this Spring TBR will show the world that I would quite like some warmer weather now, please and thank you. I was not made for the cold.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Latest Love // The Greatest Showman

Latest Love is a series of posts where I talk about a recent obsession. This could be a bookish obsession or otherwise - anything that has been making me happy recently that I feel like sharing. The important thing about this feature is that it isn't a review. This is just a way of me expressing a few reasons why I like something, and maybe find some more people to talk about it with. 😊

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Children of Blood and Bone // a stunning debut

Children of Blood and Bone left me with CHILLS. Normally I don't purchase a book before finishing the eARC, but I was not even half way through the book before I pre-ordered it. I needed to have a physical copy in my hands that I could flip through over and over again. It is the fantasy novel I have always dreamt of, and every aspect of it is simply stunning.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Why I Have 4 TBR Lists

We all know the struggle of an overflowing TBR. Wanting to add all the books to your Goodreads shelf, knowing very well that you will never read them, is something I think we can all relate to. What those of you who follow me on Goodreads will have noticed, however, is that I don't just have one 'Want To Read' shelf. I have four.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

To Kill a Kingdom // a great concept that I couldn't get into

To Kill a Kingdom was not a book that grabbed me from the beginning. The concept was great, but for some reason I could not get into it until the final quarter, which I actually really enjoyed.

Friday, 2 March 2018

February Wrap Up

The books I read this month were all fascinating looks into worlds of fantasy and science fiction. I didn't read all the books I had planned to in February, but that was to be expected. But what I did read was really engaging, and I enjoyed considering the boundaries of science fiction with the latter three books I read. Can dystopias, vampire stories, and tales of magic realism all be considered science fiction? Does the genre have limits or can it encompass everything? I'm not sure I have an answer to these questions yet, but they were interesting to consider.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Mini Reviews #5 // Dystopias, Vampires, and Magic Realism

These three stories are all about women who dare to imagine the world differently. Despite having different backgrounds, the characters in these stories are connected by worlds similar to our own, with twists of science fiction and fantasy that give an entirely new perspective to how we see the world.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Books I Could Re-Read Forever

Whenever life feels to busy for me to absorb new stories, I love going back to a book I've read once before. Re-reading allows you to revisit a story you already know and love to live it all over again, without the fear of what happens next. It's a more relaxed reading experience, and often you can find small gems that you missed before in your first read and make you fall in love with the book even more.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Latest Love // Teen Titans

Latest Love is a series of posts where I talk about a recent obsession. This could be a bookish obsession or otherwise - anything that has been making me happy recently that I feel like sharing. The important thing about this feature is that it isn't a review. This is just a way of me expressing a few reasons why I like something, and maybe find some more people to talk about it with. 😊

Friday, 16 February 2018

Where are the University Aged Books?

Lately I have been considering the relationship between my age and my love of YA. You can see this in a post I wrote a few months ago about the nature of YA and what I think attracts adults to YA, which you can find here. I have been reading more adult fiction for university in this past year and a half, and with this wider range of books I've started to wonder why no one talks about the in-between stage of teenage life and adult life.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Fictional Couples I Ship

A year ago I wrote a post about fictional couples I just don't ship, but I don't think I ever wrote a post on couples that I do ship. I don't normally like romance stories, and when I do like a fictional pairing, their romance is normally a subplot to the book. I also don't get into fandom or shipping as much as I did when I was in my teens, so I'm not sure I can say I 'ship' anything! But there are a lot of fictional romances that I think are super cute and make me smile a lot, so those are the ones I'm going to be listing today (and there's a lot of them!).

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Ace of Shades // a rich and complex fantasy world that I am obsessed with

This was PHENOMENAL. It has been a week since I put down Ace of Shades, and I still haven't stopped screaming over it. Never has the first book in a series caused me to experience such a roller coaster of emotions, and you can guarantee that it is my new biggest obsession. It's a book that has it all: a gorgeous and fantastical world, characters that you'll fall head-over-heels for, and a thrilling plot that clings to you from the first page to the last. 

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

6 Reasons A Book on Your TBR Gets Neglected

Somewhere under the never ending pile of books, there comes an end. The books at the bottom of this pile have been neglected for newer, shinier books, forgotten by their owners as the pile stacks higher. There are many reasons certain books are neglected, and I am here to list the crimes and the culprits. (This is an updated version of a post I wrote two years ago.)

Friday, 2 February 2018

January Wrap Up // A Great Start to the Reading Year

January has been a busy reading and blogging month for me! I've finally reached 100 bloglovin followers which makes me super happy, and the average engagement for my posts has been the best it has ever been which is amazing. I also managed to get a lot of required reading done ahead of time for the upcoming semester, which should hopefully make getting through all of the books a little easier. Plus I read a total of 7 books which is awesome! Basically I'm in a good mood this month and I'm hopeful that I will be able to achieve more of my goals this year, both bookish and non-bookish.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

The Hazel Wood // an utterly dreamy and creepy tale

The Hazel Wood was utterly dreamy and whisked me away into the bustling city of New York and the eerie forests of the Hinterland.

Friday, 26 January 2018

Mini Reviews #4

I am back with more mini reivews for my required reading, this time with some Contemporary Literature. Half of them were DNFs which was a shame, especially since I'd promised myself to read more of my texts this semester. But they were also the two biggest texts I had to read this semester, so I am hopeful that I will be able to read all the other books. Midnight's Children was interesting but rambling and going nowhere, and even with the audiobook Brick Lane couldn't engage me at all. The Buddha of Suburbia had some good ideas but didn't really work for me. Which leaves Interpreter of Maladies, which I actually loved! I only gave it 3 stars because that was I rated the majority of the short stories as. But there were also some stunning 4 and 5 star stories in that collection that took my breath away.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Books I Want to Refresh My Memory Of

I am not a big re-reader, so there are a lot of books I loved that I haven't touched in years. I have a relatively strong memory of what happens in books, so reading sequels a year later isn't too much of a struggle for me. But there are some books that I would like to revisit, just so I can remind myself of what it was I loved about them. This post isn't just about books I want to re-read (that post is coming in a Top 10 Tuesday next month), but is instead about books I read 3 or more years ago that I want to remind myself of, and possibly rediscover my love for them.

Friday, 19 January 2018

My 2017 in TV

After my posts on my 2017 in books and in movies and music, this will be my final yearly wrap up post. My TV post is almost as long as my book post, which is a shock to me because I didn't think I had watched that much TV this year. It was an interesting, if not slightly alarming reflection on myself and how I spend my time (multiple seasons of 25 shows is a lot of time). I'm thinking that 2018 will be the year I cut down on my TV time by not starting as many new shows, so I can make time to do more of the other things I enjoy.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Bookish Goals for 2018

I am not normally a fan of setting myself yearly goals or resolutions. But there is something about these early days of 2018 that make me feel motivated to do something with my year and achieve things. It will probably fail, but as long as it doesn't fail dramatically, I will be happy.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Love, Hate & Other Filters // a romance with a deeply personal look at family, cultural disconnect, and Islamaphobia

Love, Hate & Other Filters was a lovable, relatable, and moving read. Romance is not my genre, and I tend to avoid it if I can help it, but the promise of an #OwnVoices look at an Indian-American Muslim teen facing Islamaphobia drew me in, and the rest of the novel refused to let me go.

Friday, 12 January 2018

My 2017 in Movies and Music

Whilst I was writing my post about my year in books, I realised that I also wanted to share my year in consuming other art forms as well. I decided that I would put my TV, movies, and music loves of 2017 all into one post, because 'it isn't going to be that long, right?' Wrong! Whilst reflecting upon my year I found that I had ended up watching and listening to so many more things than I thought I had. My TV favourites ended up being the longest of the three, so that's going into a separate post. But today I've decided to focus on movies and music, and I'm keeping my thoughts short and sweet. 💖

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Priority Reads for 2018

2017 was filled with books I didn't get to read. Which is sad, because I have a stack of so many books that I'm certain I'm going to adore. I hope to be able to read more this year, or at least find more books that I loved, and I think these 10 books are definitely going to make the love list.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Things A Bright Girl Can Do // an unputdownable story about young suffragettes

I was quite nervous to pick up Things A Bright Girl Can Do. It was my book club's very first book, and I knew my friends had already read and loved it. I knew next to nothing about it, and as the first book I picked up this year I felt like there was even more pressure to like it. But my fear was all for nothing, because I didn't want to put this book down.

Friday, 5 January 2018

My 2017 in Books

Another year, another end of year book survey! This is my second year completing The Perpetual Page-Turner's survey. I didn't answer all the questions like I did last time for reasons I will explain, but it was just as fun as last year and a great way to reflect on 2017. I'm also doing my yearly wrap up for TV, Movies, and Music, so keep a look out for those coming out this January.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

New-to-Me Authors of 2017 That I Want to Read More Of

I discovered so many new authors in 2017! Over two thirds of the books I read last year were by authors I hadn't read before. Whilst I'm avoiding adding too much to my TBR, there are some authors I know I'll be picking up again.