August Book Haul 2022 :)

August Book Haul 2022 :)

I have been on a bit of a book buying binge recently which has been so so so much fun so I thought I would do a bit of a haul on here because I absolutely LOVE seeing what books other people have been buying and also where people buy their books as well πŸ™‚

My first haul was an order from the works online because I didn’t have time to go to the actual store but I knew there were a few books that I really wanted from there that I knew I couldn’t wait to read πŸ™‚ The first book was Where the Crawdads sing by Delia Owens which I had heard so many people talk about and have actually already read since purchasing it!! I also included in this haul two different Colleen Hoover books because I have heard so many people talking about her books! I purchased Ugly Love and Finding Cinderella and actually read Finding Cinderella sat on the beach after I finished Where the Crawdads sing πŸ™‚ The final book I purchased was It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey which again I have seen all over TikTok so I’m excited to read it πŸ™‚

The next few books that I have purchased were bought from Charity shops πŸ™‚ I bought Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty from a charity shop in Oxford because I really enjoyed her other two books Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers πŸ™‚ I then purchased Exciting Times from a charity shop in Selsey and also found Little Fires Everywhere in a different charity shop in Selsey which was so cool πŸ™‚ I had heard lots of people talking about the Exciting Times book and the Little Fires Everywhere TV Show πŸ™‚

I was actually meant to go with my Mum and her friend to Bromley where I would have been able to do a physical haul however I was actually not very well on the day so I was unable to go 😦 I ended up doing an online order instead where I decided to buy three Emily Henry books which I have heard so many people talking about and I’m so excited to read! I also ordered Until I Met You by Amber Rose Gill which I’m interested to read because I did actually watch her series of Love Island and I’ve actually heard good things about the book πŸ™‚ The final book I ordered was Verity by Colleen Hoover which I’m so excited to read as I really enjoyed my first Colleen Hoover book and I am a big fan of thriller books πŸ™‚

I am waiting for my order of Carrie Soto is Back to arrive which I believe will arrive at the end of this month and I’m SO EXCITED to read that πŸ™‚ I have also ordered the sequel to Before the Coffee gets Cold which I really enjoyed πŸ™‚

Let me know in the comments what books you have purchased this month πŸ™‚

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Goodreads Challenge 2022 Part 4 :)

Goodreads Challenge 2022 Part 4 :)

My goal for 2022 is to read 24 books this year which correlates to 2 books a month however I have now changed that goal to 30 books by the end of the year 😊 I am about 10 books ahead of my original schedule having finished 24 books so far this year 😊 I thought I would do a little rating and review of the books so far.

The Wrong Suitcase by Laura Jane Williams- 9/10: I actually read this book on my kindle at the beach which was really fun πŸ™‚ I really enjoyed the other couple of books from this author and this short story was the same- a very chill beach read with a cute love story thrown in for Sam and Izzy who both go to a friends wedding and end up with each others suitcases.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid- 10/10: This is one of my favourite books that I read this year!! I am a big fan of Taylor Jenkins Reid and it was so much fun reading about the Rivas and it was also really interesting to learn about surfing and the California beaches as well πŸ™‚ I think Nina Riva is one of my favourite TJR characters as well πŸ™‚

The Party Crasher by Sophie Kinsella- 9/10: I received this book from one of my mums friends for my birthday and so I ended up taking it with me to the beach a couple of weekends later and I really enjoyed it πŸ™‚ I am a fan of Sophie Kinsella books as they are very chill easy reads with usually a little bit of romance thrown in and are the perfect beach read/book to read if you’re in a bit of a slump or don’t want to think too much πŸ™‚

Fantastic Beasts The Secrets of Dumbledore- 8/10: I am a big fan of the Harry Potter universe which includes the Fantastic Beasts franchise so always really enjoy these books πŸ™‚ I actually bought a copy with has illustrations and also commentary from some of the actors and directors of the movie which is pretty cool πŸ™‚

Before the Coffee gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi- 9/10: This book actually reads like a series of short stories (4 to be exact) and I really enjoyed them πŸ™‚ Each story tells a tale of a different customer in the cafe who wishes to return to the past and the end result is a heartwarming, funny, cute and sometimes a little bit sad read πŸ™‚ Its also really interesting learning different things about Japanese culture and traditions πŸ™‚

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens- 10/10: I had a couple of people recommend this book to me and then since the movie came out I have had even more people recommend it so when I found it in the works I couldn’t resist buying it and I really enjoyed it πŸ™‚ I was reading this book at work during my lunch break and then finished it at the beach and it was such a good book and the end was AMAZING!

Let me know in the comments what you have been reading recently πŸ™‚

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Goodreads challenge 2022 Pt 3

Goodreads challenge 2022 Pt 3

My goal for 2022 is to read 24 books this year which correlates to 2 books a month 😊 I actually have managed to read a few more books than that since the start of the year and am about 6 books ahead of schedule having finished 18 books in the first half of the year 😊 I thought I would do a little rating and review of the books so far.

With this Kiss by Carrie Hope Fletcher- 10/10: I am a big fan of Carries and have read all of the books she has released so far and have absolutely loved them 😊 I love that she always includes an element of magic or something not quite of this world in her books and that she writes such strong female characters and female friendships in her books and this one is no different. It’s such an interesting concept and you are rooting for the main character from the get go 😊

Someone we know by Shari Lapena- 8/10: This was actually part of my friend Hannah and I’s book club and was Hannah’s choice for the month. I really enjoyed it and there were lots of twists and turns which were really cool 😊 I definitely didn’t see some of the reveals coming and it was really interesting seeing it all unfold.

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty- 10/10: I actually borrowed this book from my friend Hannah when I went round there for a BBQ and it was so so good!!! I watched Big Little Lies when it came out and absolutely LOVED it so thought I would probably enjoy this book and I loved it! I liked all of the different characters and again didn’t see the big reveals coming!! It was interesting hearing all of their different stories and how they reacted to the therapy.

The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary- 10/10: I am a big fan of Beth O’Leary books and really enjoyed The Switch and The Flat Share. This book has been sat on my TBR for ages so when we went to the beach for a weekend I took it along with me as her books are usually the perfect beach read and I thoroughly enjoyed it πŸ™‚ I always love a strong female friendship in a book and theres usually some sort of twist and she always delves into some pretty tough topics.

The No Show by Beth O’Leary- 8/10: This was the other book that I took with me for our weekend away to the beach as it had just arrived a few days before we left πŸ™‚ I really enjoyed this book and I really liked seeing the same character projected through three different POVs and it was a very interesting concept πŸ™‚ I think my favourite of the three girls was Siobhan and I did see some of the twists coming but definitely not all of them πŸ™‚ I think this was my least favourite of all of Beth O’Learys books however that doesn’t mean much because I loved her other three a lot.

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman- 9/10: This book has been on my list for so long and I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, it reminds me of Only Murders in the building actually! πŸ™‚

Let me know in the comments if you have read any of these books πŸ™‚

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My TBR Cart Tour :)

My TBR Cart Tour :)

If you are anything like me you will have a massive physical and virtual TBR and I have to say mine is getting a little out of control! I have organised my books into two sections with the books that I have actually read on my bookshelf and my TBR in my pink book cart so I thought it would be a fun blog post idea to go through it and talk about the books on my cart πŸ™‚

The first two book in my book cart are books that I received as a Christmas present from one of my friends Birunda πŸ™‚

  • Dark and Shallow Lies by Ginny Myers Sain
  • Girl Serpent Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

The next three books are part of a series of Disney retellings with the first one being a retelling of Mulan, the second a retelling of Tangled and the third a retelling of Little Mermaid

  • Reflection by Elizabeth Lim
  • Mother Knows Best by Serena Valentino
  • Part of Your World by Liz Braswell

The next set of books that are on my book cart were actually bought for me by my brother for my birthday πŸ™‚ I absolutely loved the first book of the series Shadow and Bone which was bought at the same time- I read the first book after seeing the TV show and finding the series in the Foyles in London πŸ™‚

  • Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

The last three books on this half of the top shelf of my book cart I bought ages ago when I went on a bit of a shopping spree! The Man who died twice I bought from The Works because I had just finished the first in the series and The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes I bought as I am a big Hunger Games fan πŸ™‚

  • Olive by Emma Gannon
  • The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman
  • The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

The Second Half of the top part of my book cart starts with three books that have been there for a while- the first book I purchased from a charity shop in Selsey I believe and then the other two were purchased on one of my many trips to Foyles after seeing them on TikTok many times πŸ™‚

  • The Cantankerous Molly Darling by Alvy Carragher
  • Get A Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
  • Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

I actually remember purchasing the next two books from the WhSmith in Victoria station after going on a day out with two of my friends and having recently read Malibu Rising by TJR I was really excited to purchase more of her books but unfortunately still haven’t gotten around to reading them 😦

  • One True Love by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Maybe in another life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The final books on the top part of my book cart are the final books of the Bridgeton series that my Mum actually bought me for my birthday this year πŸ™‚ I do also own the third book of the series however my friend is currently borrowing it πŸ™‚

  • Romancing Mr Bridgeton- Julia Quinn
  • To Sir Philip, with Love- Julia Quinn
  • When He Was Wicked- Julia Quinn
  • Its In His Kiss- Julia Quinn
  • On The Way To The Wedding- Julia Quinn
  • Happily Ever After- Julia Quinn

One half of the Second part of my book cart is a bit of a mish mash of different books from different shopping trips most of which I purchased because I saw them on TikTok or spotted them on a shopping trip and thought they looked pretty cool πŸ™‚

  • Time After Time by Louise Pentland
  • The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  • Five Feet Apart by Racheal Lippincott
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • The Flip Side by James Bailey
  • Five Hundred Miles From you by Jenny Colgan
  • Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane
  • Just Like You Nick Hornby
  • The Castaways by Lucy Clarke
  • The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
  • The Family Gift by Cathy Kelly

The first few books in the second half of the second part of my book cart include two books that I picked up from charity shops randomly and two books that I bought from Waterstones a little while ago mainly because I saw them on TikTok or Instagram πŸ™‚

  • Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid
  • The Muse by Jessie Burton
  • Vox by Christina Dalcher
  • Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella

The final few books in this part of my book cart are the ACOTAR series that I think I ordered online from Foyles πŸ™‚

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses- Sarah J Maas
  • A Court of Mist and Fury- Sarah J Maas
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin- Sarah J Maas
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight- Sarah J Maas
  • A Court of Silver Flames- Sarah J Maas

The final part of my book cart includes the Shadowhunters series which I was inspired to purchase after watching the TV series on Netflix πŸ™‚ I surprisingly never purchased or read this series when it was popular but I’m excited to delve into it when I get a chance πŸ™‚

  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  • City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
  • City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clase
  • City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
  • City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

I have actually been thinking about making a TBR jar as I have seen them on TikTok and they look so cool! Let me know in the comments if this is something that you have done and enjoyed or if you would like to see a post on this πŸ™‚

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Goodreads Challenge 2022 Pt 2 :)

Goodreads Challenge 2022 Pt 2 :)

My goal for 2022 is to read 24 books this year which correlates to 2 books a month 😊 I actually have managed to read a few more books than that since the start of the year and am about 7 books ahead of schedule!! I thought I would do a little rating and review of the books so far.

Killjoy by Holly Jackson- 9/10: I absolutely loved the Good Girls Guide to Murder series and this is a World Book day short story where we learn about Pips first escapade into detective work when she goes to a murder mystery party at her friends house.

Princess at Heart and Princess Ever After by Connie Glynn- 9/10: I started this series when it first came out and absolutely LOVED it!! Although I am slightly older now I wanted to finish the story and still enjoyed reading about the characters and the last two books in the series didn’t disappoint! The books have a very interesting concept behind them and I love a bit of fantasy as well 😊

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne- 8/10: I actually read this book on the train on the way to and from Edinburgh and I actually quite enjoyed it- if you are a fan of the enemies to lovers trope in books then this is definitely one for you.

The Viscount who loved me by Julia Quinn- 10/10: I actually read this book at the Spa after watching the second series of Bridgeton on Netflix and I absolutely LOVED IT!!! If you are a fan of the second series of the Netflix show then you will definitely enjoy this book although quite a few of the scenes have been changed from the book to the show it still has the same essence and I just love Kate and Anthony’s characters and story.

Everything is Beautiful by Eleanor Ray- 8/10: While I was reading The Hating Game on the train to Edinburgh my Mum was reading this book which I believe had been given to her as a present from one of her friends 😊 Once she had finished it she lent it to me to read as she thought I might enjoy it which I did- it’s a very interesting concept with a little bit of mystery, a little bit of romance and reminded me a little bit of Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine.

Let me know in the comments if you have read any of these books and your opinions and also if you have any recommendations for what I should read next 😊

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Goodreads Challenge 2022 Pt 1 πŸ˜Š

Goodreads Challenge 2022 Pt 1 πŸ˜Š

My goal for 2022 is to read 24 books this year which correlates to 2 books a month 😊 I actually have managed to read a few more books than that in the last month and a half so I thought I would do a little rating and review of the books so far.

Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich- 10/10: This was actually a re-read as I originally read it when it first came out and I went to see the show in New York and I decided to re-read it after watching the film. I am a big fan of the musical of this book and also absolutely love all of the extra nuances in this book as well including learning a bit more about the actual Connor Murphy.

84 Charing Cross Road/The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff- 8/10: The first part of this book is comprised of letters between the author Helene and a bookshop in London discussing rare antique books that Helene wants shipped over to America and as the letters progress we also see the friendship progress between Helene and the people working in the bookshop and also how world events affect their lives in different ways across the globe. The second half of the book The Duchess of Bloomsbury street is Helenes diary from when she travelled to London

Evidence of the affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid- 9/10: I am a big fan of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s writing and this book/short story was no different 😊 This book is also written in the style of two people writing letters to one another after discovering that their significant others are having an affair with each other and follows their journey since.

Pretty Guilty Women by Gina LaManna-10/10: As many of you will know if you have read any of my other book posts I am a big fan of murder mystery books and this one I borrowed from my friend Hannah and I loved it! I loved the style of writing of this book with all of the different POVs.

24 hour Cafe by Libby Page- 10/10: This is another book that I borrowed from my friend Hannah and I absolutely loved it 😊 it was a very chill read and would be a perfect beach read. I loved reading about all of the people’s lives that came into the cafe and also getting to know the two waitresses and their friendship

As Good as Dead by Holly Jackson- 9/10: I absolutely loved the first book in the A Good Girls Guide to Murder series and although I didn’t like the other two in the series quite as much I did still really enjoy them 😊 I’m sad that this is the last book that we’ll get to read about Pip and her friends and family.

Let me know in the comments if you have read any of these books and what you thought of them 😊

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January Favourites 2022 :)

January Favourites 2022 :)

Shadowhunters: I never really got into the Shadowhunters book series when it first came out however I did enjoy the movie with Lily Collins so when my friend Barghavi suggested that we watch the TV show recently I agreed and I really got into it!! Some of my favourite characters include Isabelle and my favourite couple is definitely Magnus and Alec πŸ™‚

I’m Trying (Not Friends) by Maisie Peters: This songs bridge went viral on TikTok throughout December and January and I am a big Maisie Peters fan so naturally I absolutely loved this song and have actually included it in my January playlist πŸ™‚ I like to sing this song in the car on the way home from work in the car πŸ™‚

Venom and Venom Let There Be Carnage: I watched the first Venom film quite a few years ago and did really enjoy it at the time however a few weekends ago my family and I sat down and did a binge watch of both Venom films and I absolutely loved them! I loved the relationship between Eddie Brock and Venom and the films are really funny πŸ™‚ I would definitely highly recommend these films especially if you like superhero movies πŸ™‚

Evidence of the affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid: I am a big fan of Taylor Jenkins Reids books and this Novella/Short Story is no different πŸ™‚ I really enjoy short stories and I actually read this book on my way home from work on the train one day πŸ™‚ Her writing is always simple but effective and she always chooses interesting characters and stories πŸ™‚

Let me know in the comments what you loved throughout the month of January πŸ™‚

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Blogmas Day 24: Book Shelfie Pt 5 :)

Blogmas Day 24: Book Shelfie Pt 5 :)

I have always loved reading and have quite the collection of books on my bookshelf and on my kindle which actually exceeds my bookshelves (ooops!!) so a while ago I thought that I would have a look for some bookish tags that I could do on this blog and I came across this one and thought it was amazing so thought I would give it a go πŸ™‚

This is my fifth Book Shelfie (my first one can be found here) so I figured I would start on the back of my first shelf πŸ™‚

Tell us a story about one of the books on this shelf that is special to you? Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone because its the book that got me into the Harry Potter series πŸ™‚ 5 of the Harry Potter books are actually my older brothers that I borrowed from him and never ended up giving them back once I finished them….. oopps!
Which book from this shelf would you ditch and why? Most definitely Harry Potter and the Cursed Child- I have been to see the show and really enjoyed it however the book is not great tbh
Which book from this shelf would you save in an emergency? Probably Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Which book has been on this shelf for the longest time? Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets- I re-purchased the first Harry Potter book a little while ago because our original copy had a few missing sections so now the oldest book would be the second one.
Which book is the newest addition to this shelf? Nerve by Jeanne Ryan would be the newest book that I purchased that was new however the last book I actually bought was HP 2 and HP 4 but I had copies of these that needed replacing for various reasons.
Which book from this shelf are you most excited to read/reread? The Hunger Games series πŸ™‚
Are there any objects on this shelf apart from books, tell us the story behind it? Not on this shelf as my Harry Potter objects are on the shelf above.
What does this shelf tell us about you as a reader? I think this shelf tells you that I love YA series and am very nostalgic!! Most of these books are from when I was a teenager/in high school πŸ™‚

Let me know in the comments what your favourite series from this shelf is πŸ™‚

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Blogmas Day 10: 2021 Reading Challenge Part 5 :)

Blogmas Day 10: 2021 Reading Challenge Part 5 :)

My 2021 reading challenge was to read 24 books this year however I have actually finished this challenge which I’m super proud about and this is a list of the extra books I have read this year πŸ™‚

The Lucky Escape by Laura Jane Williams: 9/10- I read this book on the beach in Selsey which has so much fun πŸ™‚ This was such a chill beach read and very feel good πŸ™‚ It made me really want to travel and I love a cute romance book πŸ™‚ I really enjoyed her other books Our Stop and also The Love Square and have been waiting for this book to be released for a while πŸ™‚

Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson: 8/10- I ABSOLUTELY LOVED the first book of this trilogy and although this book was really good because I had such big expectations from the first book it fell a little bit flat for me. The first book had such good reveals and so I feel that I was waiting for the big reveals and so they weren’t as shocking as the first time around.

Endgame by Malorie Blackman: 10/10- The Noughts and Crosses series is a series that I have been enjoying since I was about 16 years old and I can’t quite believe that this is the last book of the series! Following the story of Callum, Sephy, Callie Rose, Toby and then Troy and Liberty has been so amazing not to mention all of the side characters throughout this series! The final installment of this series was definitely not a disappointment and I would highly recommend this series to anyone πŸ™‚

The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling: 9/10- My Grandma always told me not to mix vodka and witchcraft- that is such a good opening line!! I absolutely loved this book and I read it around Halloween time and it was so so much fun 😊 I love a romance book but combine that with spooky vibes and I love it!

Love Me Not by M.J. Aldridge: 8/10- I really enjoyed this book and I love books written in multiple POVs and also it did keep me guessing the whole time however this book was actually part of a series which I did not realise at the time and so there were quite a few references to past books that obviously I didn’t realise

Let it Snow by John Green: 9/10- I watched this movie on Netflix two years ago but had never read the book so as we were approaching Christmastime I thought I would finally read it and it was really good- this book was also written in multiple POVs which I love and any books with a Christmas theme are always a win 😊

Let me know in the comments what books you have been reading recently and if you have any recommendations πŸ™‚

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Book Tag Shelfie Pt 4 :)

Book Tag Shelfie Pt 4 :)

I have always loved reading and have quite the collection of books on my bookshelf and on my kindle and have recently bought quite a few books so a month or so ago I thought that I would have a look for some bookish tags that I could do on this blog and I came across this one and thought it was amazing so thought I would give it a go πŸ™‚

This is my fourth Book Shelfie (my first one can be found here) so I figured I would start on my fourth shelf πŸ™‚

  1. Is there any reason for this shelf to be organised the way it is or is it purely random? All of my shelves are pretty random however I do try and keep my series together πŸ™‚
  2. Tell us a story about one of the books on this shelf that is special to you? To Kill a Mockingbird is a book that I read while in high school for my GCSES so its definitely got a nostalgia factor πŸ™‚
  3. Which book from this shelf would you ditch and why? I really wouldn’t wanna ditch any of the books on this shelf tbh!! I guess the book I would have to ditch would be It All Started With a Tweet because most of the others are series and it would be really annoying to lose a book from a series!
  4. Which book from this shelf would you save in an emergency? Probably Noughts and Crosses!
  5. Which book has been on this shelf for the longest time? Gone by Michael Grant
  6. Which book is the newest addition to this shelf? Endgame by Malorie Blackman
  7. Which book from this shelf are you most excited to read/reread? Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  8. Are there any objects on this shelf apart from books, tell us the story behind it? Not on this shelf πŸ™‚
  9. What does this shelf tell us about you as a reader? I think this shelf tells you that I love YA series πŸ™‚

Let me know in the comments if you have read any of the books from this shelf and what book you would recommend I read next πŸ™‚

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