Currently Reading | Here I Stand: Stories That Speak for Freedom


Everyday in the news we see freedoms we enjoy in
our own lives being denied to others. Every day sees us
moving closer to losing some of those freedoms ourselves.

We should all have the right to protest, to follow any religion,
to speak out without fear, dress as we want and have same-sex
relationshps. But we don’t. In some parts of the worls, any one
of these actions can be punished by imprisonment or even death.

Wherever we live, we mustn’t take our rights for granted. 

All of them have been fought for.

We must fight to keep them.

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Currently Reading | Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit

Hello lovely readers,

It’s a rare occasion where I actually have had the time to read and even write a blog post – I hope that soon I will be able to do this a little bit more regularly in the following weeks. For now, it will be sporadic.

Anyhow, I have finally come out of my reading slump that has lasted me a third of the year – I just now realised I have been telling people that I have had a reading slump for a six months which is completely inaccurate, and the book the I am reading is Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavrial Savit.


November the sixth, 1939 – Anna’s seventh year – and all Anna knew that morning was her father had to go away for a few hours. 

He left her in the care of Herr Doktor Fuchsmann shortly after eleven o’clock, and then he did not come back again. 

When the Germans take her father, Anna is suddenly alone.

Then she meets the Swallow Man. He is a mystery, strange and tall, and like Anna’s missing father, he has a gift for languages.

With a million marching soldiers and a thousand barking dogs, Krakow no longer feels like home. And so Anna and the Swallow Man travel together, dodging bombs, taming soldiers and even, in spite of their better judgement, making a friend.

But in a world gone mad
everything can prove dangerous…

I have been loving this book so far, albeit I have become a slow reader as of late, I have managed to read half of the book in three hours. In that span of time, the book has managed to pull at every single one of my heartstrings, and I have cried twice for Anna.

As you have read from the synopsis, this story is set during the Second World War and you can just imagine what this little girl must be going through. Although the novel is written in third person, you still see things through a child’s eye.

I find Gavriel Savit’s writing enticing and very engaging, and the truth behind his words just pulls you in to this world he has created.

This book has been on my wish list since last year, and when they released the paperback version I didn’t even hesitate to buy it. Of course, it’s been sitting on my bookshelf for quite sometime collecting dust, but I am so glad that I finally took the time to read this book!

What are you guys currently reading?


The Book Wishlist


Being a bookworm isn’t exactly the easiest hobby to have. It’s very costly, if I say so myself (while my bank account will second my statement). There are constantly new books being released throughout the year. And you must have them! But you know you shouldn’t. What with the other 500 unread books on your shelf.

I am a massive spender on books. Very rarely do I buy books from charity shops, I always buy from Waterstone’s or some other bookshop online. Then, we get to the point where we just don’t have the funds to buy anymore so we make wishlists!!!

Today, I have decided to share with you guys the books I have on my…

  1. The Last Beginning by Lauren James
  2. Gemina by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  3. The Outsiders by S E Hinton
  4. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
  5. Girl Up by Laura Bates
  6. Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
  7. A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray
  8. Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
  9. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
  10. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  11. Unboxed by Non Pratt

I swear, ones the reading pile that I have reaches single digits I will pile it up sky high with new books! I can’t believe that it’s been three months since the last time I bought a book. I am having withdrawal symptoms!

I keep itching to buy books, and instead I have started to buy more and more notebooks! I mean in a week I went ahead and bough 5 different notebooks. Ones I wont be using until probably in three months time. Depending on how much content I manage to plan in the next few weeks.

It’s madness. Mother even banned me from buying anymore books and notebooks until I finish the ones that are already in my possession.



2017 TBR Book List

Hello lovely readers,

It’s Monday, and we all know how we feel about Mondays. Since, I haven’t been the best at keeping up with my schedule I have decided to make a random post listing the books I have decided to read this year.

With my Goodreads challenge stating I am aiming to read 75 books this year. I kind of want to bump it up to at least 80 books, just so that I could read the majority of the things in my bookshelf. Honestly, I don’t know what I was thinking when I kept on buying books, upon books, when I have a full library of them in my own home.

Mind you, it is a pretty big list. These includes books I have had on my bookshelf for roughly two years now. So you could probably imagine how many I have to read.

Without further ado…


  1. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
  2. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
  3. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  4. Messenger by Lois Lowry
  5. The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
  6. Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  7. Broken Sky by L.A. Weatherly
  8. The Beast Within by Serena Valentino
  9. Fairest of All by Serena Valentino
  10. A Whole New World by Liz Braswell
  11. One by Sarah Crossan
  12. The BFG
  13. Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy
  14. Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty
  15. In the Dark, In the Woods by Eliza Wass
  16. The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
  17. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
  18. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  19. Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom
  20. Nerve by Jeanne Ryan
  21. Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
  22. Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
  23. A Game of Thrones by George Martin
  24. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
  25. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  26. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  27. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  28. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  29. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  30. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  31. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
  32. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
  33. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
  34. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
  35. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  36. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  37. The Special Ones by Em Bailey
  38. Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
  39. A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson
  40. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  41. A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  42. The Muse by Jessie Burton
  43. The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins-Gilman
  44. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery
  45. The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
  46. Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant
  47. Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
  48. Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
  49. The Memory Book
  50. We Come Apart
  51. Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty
  52. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  53. The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness
  54. Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
  55. How They Met and Other Stories by David Levithan
  56. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
  57. Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven
  58. The Farm by Tom Rob Smith
  59. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King
  60. Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguto
  61. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  62. The Vorrh by B Catling
  63. 1984 by George Orwell
  64. Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson
  65. Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking
  66. Notes On Being Teenage by Rosalind Jana
  67. Socrates’ Defence by Plato
  68. Aphorisms of Love and Hate by Friedrich Nietzsche
  69. How We Weep and Laugh at the Same Thing by Michel de Montaigne
  70. Fear and Trembling by Soren Kirkegaard
  71. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaardner
  72. The Tao of Pooh and the Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff
  73. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  74. Pinnochio by Carlo Collodi
  75. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  76. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  77. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  78. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  79. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  80. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  81. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  82. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  83. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  84. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  85. Frankenstein by Mary Shelly

As you can see, in total I have more than 80 books that I want to read this year. I am hoping that this will be possible, otherwise I wont be able to buy anymore books unless I have managed to get this reading pile into a reasonable size.

How many of these books do you have on your TBR pile?









TBR | February 2017

Hello lovely readers,

We are o the second month of the Year! Time sure does fly, irrelevant if you’re having fun or not. For my official first post of the month, I thought I would bring back my monthly TBR blog posts. 

After my not so successful reading month on January, I have made it my mission to read as much books and to review a number of books this month. Also, to help me with my dealing with the TBR pile that I have accumulated in the past year – I made a TBR jar. Pretty self-explanatory. 

I have utilised said TBR jar, and picked 5 books I am going to be reading this month. 

  • A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson
  • A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Alice’s adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • The Memory Book by Lara Avery
  • Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Looking at this list, I am really hoping that I will be able to read all of them. I have the half-term to binge read the majority of these too. We shall see. 

Furthermore, I will be making another post with regards to the TBR jar! It’s such a wonderful idea that was inspired from Vivatramp‘s own TBR jar idea. Which is great in so many ways!!! 

Well, that’s all for now my lovelies and I will see you soon in my next post! 



These posts will be updated in a later date to add graphics and photos. I am trying to organise myself better and incorporate some of my own art in my posts to make it that bit more colourful! 

2017 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

Hello lovely readers!

For 2017 I have decided that I will be joining in more book related challenges, to spice things up a bit in this awfully boring blog of mine! I have been scouring the internet for challenges, and this is the first one that popped up. So I thought, I’ll give it a go!

If you have read my previous blog post Ramblings | Goals for 2017 – you would know that I am planning on tackling my ever growing TBR pile! and this challenge is perfect in helping zero in on which ones I could read first!

This challenge is being hosted by Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book. You too can sign up to join the challenge!

The Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

**The following information has been taken directly from EscapewithDollycas

The Alphabet Soup Challenge means that by December 31, 2017
your bowls must be full of one book for each letter of the Alphabet.

The Rules

This challenge will run from January 1st, 2017 until December 31st, 2017.

You can join anytime. You do not have to post a review of the book. Books can come from any genre.You do not need to link up each spoonful.

Crossovers to other challenges are allowed and encouraged!

It’s an alphabet challenge!!! The challenge is to read one book that has a title starting with every letter of the alphabet. You can drop the A’s and The’s from the book titles as shown below.

The First Main Word Needs To Be
The Letter You Are Counting 

Except For those pesky Q, X AND Z titles the word that starts with the challenge letter can be anywhere in the title.

So there are two different ways you can set up your own A-Z Reading Challenge.

A – How I plan to do it: Make a list on your blog from A-Z. Throughout the year, as you go along, add the books you are reading to the list. Towards the end of the year, you can check and see which letters you are missing and find books to fit.


B – Make a list now of 26 books, picking one for each letter of the alphabet. For example: A –All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr B-Broken Sky by L.A. Weatherly  etc.

Books can be read in any order and all formats – print – e-book – audio – are acceptable for this challenge!

Ready to join??

Bloggers grab the image below and make a post about the challenge to encourage others to join!2017-alphabet-soup-button

Non-bloggers you can join too! You can set up a special shelf on to help you keep track! Follow Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book as there may be special announcements made about the challenge.

I will be putting up a new Page just for Challenges and will link it up here shortly!


Currently Reading | Everything, Everything. A Study in Scarlet. The One Memory of Flora Banks.

Seasons greetings my lovely readers!

Tis the season to be jolly, and I am here with a new blog post! I have been away from this blog for far too long and I miss rambling and writing, and simply sharing my love for books.

Sooo…. here’s to you guys!

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Anyway, today I have decided to write a post about the books I am currently reading. Although I haven’t had the time to actually just relax and enjoy a book, I have been taking advantage of public transportation when I am going to and from work. The only silver lining of public transport, in my honest opinion.

So… Ordinarily I would only read one book at a time, but this time, I have been reading three books!

1. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I have heard so many good things about this novel, especially when it first came out. I didn’t succumb to the pressure of everyone reading this novel. Instead, I ignored it for as much as I possibly could, until my curiosity got the best of me.

Anyway, as I am writing this article – I am near the end of the book. All I have to say is that… I definitely did not see that one coming – but definitely saw that one coming.

I also really enjoy looking at the illustrations!

A book review will be up soon!

2. The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

What a frustrating read!

Me saying that, I think in the case of this book is a praise!

Flora Banks suffers from short term memory loss, where she is unable to recall anything she’s done for the past seven years – until the kiss that is.

So, this novel is in Flora’s P.O.V. obviously – and everything that she sees, and recalls and experiences is what you, as a reader experiences too. It’s very repetitive, and very frustrating – which I believe emulates the exact same feeling that Flora must be feeling.

So far, I am quite enjoying reading this book

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from NetGallet in exchange of an honest review

So, look out for my book review of this novel!

3. A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I have a confession to make…

Although I am a massive fan of Sherlock… I have never actually read any of the novels by Sir Conan Doyle. I am very much ashamed of this, and I wanted to come clean.

Hence, this is my first Sherlock Holmes novel!

Let me tell you completely biased I am, and how in-love I am with the book already!

I will not be posting a book review for this book… because all I will probably talk about is how lovely and wonderful it is – and, you know… biased opinions.

On a completely different note, I am not in the best of moods at this moment in time. I just got back from my practical riving test, and this is the second time I have failed the exam! It’s so frustrating! Hopefully, the third time will be the charm!

Love you guys, and I will see you in the next blog post!


Can we take a moment to appreciate how Christmas-y my dining/living room is! Perks of having parents who has more Christmas spirit than I. Loving it to bits, especially with the hanging lights over the dining table! img_0946

As for my bedroom, this is as Christmas-y as it will get. And to tell you the truth, these are going to be staying up for the whole year round, because they do not even look like Christmas decorations at all!

img_0950This really is the end of this post!


Jhan xx