Poetry Anthologies

Hello lovely people,

Remember that time eons ago when I talked about trying out a different genre/format of books? Yeah, well now I am back with another one of those posts, this time instead of graphic novels, I am going to be talking about Poetry Anthologies.

If I am being honest, the last time I actually read poetry before this month is probably 4 or 5 years ago, when I did my English GCSEs and I wasn't exactly fond of assigned reading in those days and only ever read the poems when I was in school or when revising.

However, since I challenged myself to try a different genres of books I've taken the plunged and bought two books of Poetry collection by Rupi Kaur and Lang Leav.

img_2982Rupi Kaur's milk and honey has been at the back of my mind since it dominated bookstagram for what seemed like years. But I wasn't interested in reading poetry at all until I've decided to widen my horizon a little bit more.

Upon reading Kaur's work, I don't think I have ever felt such raw emotions and the truth within her words definitely shook me. I was affected and I was definitely left speechless and unable to do anything but stare blankly at the page reading the words over and over again, just to see if the ache in my heart would go away.

Kaur is a very talented writer, and I am glad that I bought her poetry collection. She writes about things that are relevant, about things that men and women experience within a relationship (mainly in a woman's perspective). Her words struck me and I am still in awe.

img_2985Lang Leav's Lullabies is more of an impulse purchase. I have yet to read any of the poems, but I remember one of my friends have recommended it. I will write more about these two books in a separated book review.

Maybe next time I'll be spending half of my impulse purchases on poetry books and graphic novels.

Hence if you guys have any recommendations with regards to poetry collections and/or graphic novels – leave them in the comments!


Book Haul | April 2017

Hello my lovely readers,

This is a blog post that I have not done in the past few months! Due to book buying ban and all that shenanigans. But I finally caved in and bought a “few” books that I thought I should buy – but definitely wont read until I am seventy-years-old!

In all seriousness, I have been really good in preventing myself from buying any books – in fact for a few weeks I haven’t even thought of buying books at all. But then… my colleagues from work – or ex-colleagues, were kind enough to gift me with a £50.00 Waterstone’s voucher!!!! I was so shocked and so grateful for this parting gift that they have given me!! But… let me tell you a secret. I actually haven’t used up the voucher yet. In fact I only bought one book using the voucher, the rest of the haul is from my own funds!

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Book Haul | July 2016


It has been a while since the last time I blogged about the books I have bought. Well, that hiatus is over and I am back with a ‘massive’ book haul for you guys – YALC style ( I don’t even know what the heck that means).

So, as you can see from the photograph above, my bed is overtaken my books and other bookish things from my trip to London (and yes, I am milking the fact that I went to YALC) and overall I believe that I have bought a total of 9 books at the YALC and that does not include all the other books that I have bought in my local book shop as well. So – you could say that in the month of July, I may have spent more than £100 on books alone, and that a book buying ban is in line – since I really do have to save up for a car now.

Enough, about that and let’s get on to the books that I have bought!

YALC Book Haul


  • The Creeper Man – Dawn Kurtagich
  • Grasshopper Jungle – Andrew Smith
  • Dear Nobody – Berlie Doherty
  • The Dark Days Club – Alison Goodman
  • I’ll Give You The Sun – Jandy Nelson
  • The Next Together – Lauren James
  • Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli
  • What’s A Girl Gotta Do? – Holly Bourne
  • The Special Ones – Em Bailey

I went a little bit overboard with my buying this month, and it’s crazy how I did not mind at the time just how much money I was spending on books! Right at this moment I have incurred another book buying ban, as it is very much needed.

Although I have to say that I am happy with the books that I did buy, and that I would like to thank the girl over at the Electric Monkey stall for recommending me Grasshopper Jungle and The Special Ones.

Book Haul


 I really wasn’t helping my bank account this month – I pretty much demolished all my money in a single month, and I am sure that I am going to regret it by the end of this month!

But, nevertheless – here I am writing down all the books that I have bought this July!

  • Serafina and the Twisted Staff – Robert Beatty
  • You Know Me Well – Nina Lacour & David Levithan
  • Looking for JJ – Anne Cassidy
  • Solitaire – Alice Oseman
  • The BFG – Roald Dalh
  • The Shadow Queen – C.J. Redwine

Four out of six of these books are bought at ASDA – because they were two for £7.00 and I cannot resist a bargain. So I bought Serafina and the Twisted Staff, The BFG, The Shadow Queen, and Looking for JJ on a whim.

Then there were the two books I bought because the authors were going to be at YALC – but didn’t get the chance to actually read them before the event.

This isn’t the end of the Haul though, as I also bought…


I couldn’t not buy the 8th instalment to the Harry Potter series! I’ve already read all of it, and it was fabulous. As I understand it, there is quite a bit of controversy about how some fans are complaining about how this isn’t really a book and that it is just a script and that J.K. Rowling owes her fans a proper novel – or some other shite.

But let me tell you what, it has always been advertised as a play – and that Rowling made the decision to release the script book and she did express repetitively that this is not going to be a novel, and that this is simply the script of the play.

I think, we – as part of the fandom, should be grateful that she decided to publish the script book at all! (This is just my opinion). It isn’t her fault that some people clearly misunderstood what was being published – although I thought it was pretty clear that this was going to be a script (meaning, it’s mainly dialogue and stage directions). But, oh well. *Rant Over*

Well, that is all that I have for today. Hopefully I will be putting up a new book soon enough!

Have a lovely day/evening,

Nielle xx

Book Haul | June 2016

Hello my lovely readers,

First week of July is already over and we have entered its second week… how crazy is that?! I still think that we are in March or April, but we are already more than halfway through the year, and time is flying by so fast!

Well, today I taught it would be the best time to do a post of my June book haul – because I bought a ridiculous amount of books in my opinion, I spent money that I did not have and I just did not care at all.

I haven’t uploaded much content either – and I have been on a reading slump – I mean I am almost half-way through a book and I just stopped reading it. Last month has been terrible in terms of the number of books I have read. So, I tried boosting my morale by buying books – but it didn’t really help. It just caused me to want to hit my head on the wall because now my TBR pile has increased again! ASDFGHJKL

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Oh well. I just hope that I will be able to get through every single book by the end of this year, and actually do a book review of every single one of them. Especially as I have finished with school and I am finally free from all of my school work… which is a lie, because I have a 3 week course that I applied to (which I kind of regret doing, but not at the same time as it is work experience) and… I am rambling. Moving on!

Let’s get on with the books I have bought this month, but most likely will not be reading until much, much later on in the year! I bought a mix of books from Children’s to YA, as well as some General Fiction and a book of philosophy. Continue reading

Book Haul | March

Hello people of the internet, bookworms, and bloggers!

We are coming to the end of the month and I thought I would start the end by showing you guys the books that I have bought this month!

Without further ado, we shall commence!


an overview of the books I have purchased this month!

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Book Haul | 19.02.2016

Hello lovely people of the internet,

As you might (or might not) know, I have been in an almost 2 month book-buying ban, in which I made a bet with my little brother that I can last from the beginning of January to the end of February where I can survive without buying any books.

Well, let’s just say that my younger brother is £5.00 richer and I am £25.00 poorer.

Since, I went crazy today (since it is payday) I just went ahead and bought some books that I have been wanting to buy for quite a while – and some that just sounded like a good read.

Here is four of the books that I bought today, the day that I realised that I cannot last two whole months without buying a book.





The first book that I bought is a copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit – I only bought it for £1.50 from a charity shop, and that is a bargain! I have been wanting to buy the book (I have the e-book, but we all know how I feel about them) and the best part is that the cover design matches the The Lord of The Rings edition that I have.



The second book that I bought is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, I have heard so much about this book, and one of my friends have also recommended it to me. It was only £1.50 at the same charity shop that I bought The Hobbit, and that is a bargain – no matter how you look at it!


Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard is a book that I wasn’t planning on buying today, but I was just curious about the book and wanted to see what it was about. You could say, that it’s a book that I have done little research on. So I look forward to finding out what the book is about.


I have read several great reviews for this book, faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel – and I was drawn to its minimalist cover, and the synopsis that was provided. However, it will be a while before I can get to the book because of how extensive my reading list already is.


Now, here is something a bit different coming from a traditionalist (when it comes to books anyway) like me. I have bought several e-books as well for this haul. So, they have to be included, and I am quite excited to read them!


Ink and Bone was the first e-book I have bought myself after Am I Normal Yet? 

This book has been everywhere, in my opinion, it’s been recommended by one of my local waterstone’s staff and I finally took the bait and looked it up. It looked interesting and sounded interesting. So off I went and bought the book.





Half Bad by Sally Green – another unplanned purchase, I was just browsing through the kindle store and I was curious as to what the story was about, so I just went ahead and bought it anyway. It’s going to be in my TBR list for quite a while though, but I hope that I will be able to start it in a few weeks time (aong with the rest of my haul)





Last on my haul list is, How Hard can Love be? by Holly Bourne. I loved Am I Normal Yet? and I just couldn’t help myself from buying the book earlier. I will be getting the book next week since I do like reading some of my favourite author’s works in physical book form rather than just reading the e-book.



So many books have been added to my TBR list.

But that is all I have to say for now!