Hiatus in progress

Hello my lovely readers, 

It’s been more than two months since the last time I made a blog post on here – and that’s a long time. I haven’t given any warning or mention to my blog hiatus and it’s going to be filled with sorry excuses that nobody will probably want to hear. 

First things first, I am fully aware that I am extremely behind with a lot of things in terms of this blog. I haven’t been able to take the time to just sit down and read a book, what with having classes every other day, then assignments and essays needing to be done – there’s just no time for me. It is very frustrating, to not be able to enjoy something that I love, but it’s all about time management.

Secondly, I just started my first ever placement. As much as I enjoy working, it does take a lot of my time. There are breaks, but they are just often enough to sit down and eat lunch or a snack and relax for a couple of minutes. There isn’t exactly time for me to write a quick blog post, or even read a book. 

Lastly, I am behind on two book reviews that should have been up since May. I will try my best to get those book reviews up as soon as possible this month and hope that I don’t do this to myself again. 

Hopefully, this coming August I will be able to do more in this blog, and that I will be able to catch up on my reading. At the moment, I am not taking any book review requests due to the fact that I have not the time to read a whole book and write a review in a timescale – therefore I apologise in advance. 

Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!


Graphic Novels

Hello my lovely readers,

If you have read my previous blog post here, you may recognise a couple of books that I haven’t exactly touched on at all in my years a book blogger – and those are graphic novels!

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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.



A Compilation of Books to Re-read

Hello my lovely readers,

TBR pile are all the rave these days. How can they not be? When all we do all year long is buy books even though we have millions of unread ones sitting on our bookshelves. It’s a love-hate relationship really.

For the past several months, I have refrained from buying books until I have sorted out my TBR pile into a manageable and reasonable size. However, today I am going to be talking about the books I really want to re-read after all this TBR malarkey’s all sorted out.

  1. The Harry Potter Series

    I bet you didn’t see this one coming. Who would have thought, right? I don’t think this one needs any form of explanation, because it’s just a classic not amongst readers like me to re-read the books countless times.

  2. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

    This was definitely one of the best books I have ever read! It’s one of those books that I wish I had taken the time to really read and appreciate. There’s so many things about this book that I have missed because of my tunnel vision (not literally, more like figuratively). The plot twists and the overall amazing writing style.

  3. We Were Liars

    I read this book in one night, literally started it at 9 and finished it at 2 in the morning. It was an intriguing read, and since it is the first novel I have read by Lockhart, I was surprised by how intricate the writing was. How the plot-twist avoided detection. I definitely want to re-read this again.

  4. Peter Pan

    My favourite Disney movie, and childhood book. I simply cannot skip on re-reading this one.
  5. Night Circus

    I have raved about this book so much, that I don’t think I have to explain why I want to re-read it!

  6. Shock of the Fall

    It’s such a great novel about mental health, that I think it should be read by everyone even at least ones. I loved this book, of course I had my reservations when I started reading it, but ones I got into the rhythm of the story – I just fell in love with it.

These are only 6 of the books that I want to re-read, but I have decided that I will only make this like an annual thing for me. To get my TBR pile under-control and then re-read books I have missed. Next year, I will make another list!

Thank you for dropping by and reading my blog!


Favourite Online Bookshops

Buying books is one of the many joys of being a bookworm, and more so when you are a book blogger like myself. Buying books means new books to review! Which I love doing but, it seems I haven’t been able to do this so much as of late. Nevertheless, as much as I love buying books from bookshops… you know, the ones where you get to walk-in and touch all the spines of all these wonderful books and smell the very essence of them… yeah….

I also love buying book from the internet. Because, most of the time they are relatively cheaper to buy online rather than in bookstores. So, today I am going to be sharing with you guys four of my favourite online bookshops!

1. Waterstone’s

For me, nothing beats this wonderful bookstore. It is the best of the best, in my opinion. Also, I pretty much established a great rapport between the staff and I. I mean, I spent the majority of my afternoons in the local shop so… they pretty much know who I am now.

I don’t really get my books delivered to my house. I tend to do click & collect with them. I get the books for the price it shows online, and when I spend over £10.00 I get to get stamps which I collect to get a free £10.00 spending voucher on the store once I have collected 10 stamps. It’s a great reward system that keeps me coming back!

2. The Book People

A magical find! This gem of an online bookstore is a must visit for any booklovers out there! They have had the cheapest price of books by-far I have encountered! I love it. I discovered this book seller at work… and I have never loved work so much in my entire life.

Most of the books can be bought for a ridiculously cheap price – often it can be up to 20% and other times even to 50%. Which is amazing!

However, you do still have to pay for shipping. But… just think of all the books that you can buy for less money!

3. The Book Depository

Probably one of the more popular online bookstore in the world if bookworms. What with the lowered price and free shipping worldwide.

I have bought a couple of books from the site, and their services are great. I honestly don’t know why I don’t use it more often.

4. Amazon

It would be ridiculous of me not to include Amazon! It may not be my number one favourite, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t buy books from the website. I don’t tend to buy paperbacks and hardbacks from Amazon. I use it more to buy e-books. Which isn’t often, by the way. E-books from Amazon are relatively cheap, and if you’re a fan of e-readers and all this high-tech reading… then it’s the best place for you.

I really don’t use it often, because I’m not really a fan of e-books (although I have a kindle). I only ever read e-books when it comes to eARCs. Other than that, I’m not a big fan.

Well, that’s all for today my lovelies. Hope you enjoyed this post, and maybe even learned a little something.


What are your favourite online bookstores?

Yay or Nay |Music + Reading

Hello, and welcome to my blog,

Growing-up in a household of music lovers, I have grown to be one myself. For as long as I can remember, music has been a massive part of my life. And I can’t imagine otherwise. The only difference between my family and I, is that I also love to read. Where my family finds reading a tedious and time consuming activity, and maybe a little unproductive. I find it the best form of entertainment and stimulation for my brain.

For my first ever proper attempt at a discussion blog post here, I have decided to do a little bit of a discussion post. So please feel free to drop a comment! I would love to hear your say in the matter of…

Music + Reading = Yay! or Nay!

As a self-proclaimed bibliophile, and avid music lover… I would have to say YAY! for this one. However, it has to be a certain kind of music. I can’t just listen to any old music when I am reading. I found that it gives my brain too much stimulation and I end up not being able to focus on one or the other at all.

For me, when I am reading, I have to listen to classical music. Ones that you can’t sing to. Of course I have read with music with lyrics in them – but, I just ended up singing along with the song and not really taking in what I was reading.

Where I listened to classical music, I found that I was able to concentrate more on the text. It has this calming effect on me, and I am just able to focus on the book that I have in front of me. My younger brother is quite the improvisation pianist, and I love listening to the music he makes while I read my books.

In fact, right at this moment he is playing the piano!

Do you like listening to music while you read? If so, what kind of music?

Thanks for reading!


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?