25 Bookish Facts About Me

Friday, 18 August 2017

It's been a while since I did a 'get to know me' style post that wasn't centred around mental health, so I thought I'd best change that. Hopefully, these facts will satisfy your curiosity and teach you a bit about the person behind the blog.

TBR Feature #67

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

TBR Feature is the chance for me to, every Wednesday, pick one of my unread books and discuss it: why I picked it up, when I'll get round to reading it, if I'm still interested in it at all etc.

Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Monday, 14 August 2017

Agoraphobia confines Norah to the house she shares with her mother.

For her, the outside is sky glimpsed through glass, or a gauntlet to run between home and car. But a chance encounter on the doorstep changes everything: Luke, her new neighbour. Norah is determined to be the girl she thinks Luke deserves: a ‘normal’ girl, her skies unfiltered by the lens of mental illness. Instead, her love and bravery opens a window to unexpected truths...

July Wrap Up

Friday, 11 August 2017

July was the month that my reading really got back on track and I made some progress in destroying my TBR, took part in a read-a-thon, and really.... didn't tackle as many review books as I would have liked.

TBR Feature #66

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

TBR Feature is the chance for me to, every Wednesday, pick one of my unread books and discuss it: why I picked it up, when I'll get round to reading it, if I'm still interested in it at all etc.

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Just After Sunset by Stephen King

Monday, 7 August 2017

'What would you do if your everyday world were turned upside down in an instant? In this collection of twist-in-the-tale stories of suspense you can feel the everyday become the unexpected.

Q + A with Joe Treasure

Friday, 4 August 2017

This month marks Clink Street Publishing's second annual Summer Blogival, and I'm excited to say that I'm taking part not just once but twice. There's a lot of exciting content coming out this month, so be sure you're keeping up to date! I had the pleasure of asking Joe Treasure, author of The Book of Air, a few questions so stick around if you want to know more about his post-apocalyptic novel. (And be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a review from me later in the Blogival!)

TBR Feature #65

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

TBR Feature is the chance for me to, every Wednesday, pick one of my unread books and discuss it: why I picked it up, when I'll get round to reading it, if I'm still interested in it at all etc.

Solitaire by Alice Oseman

The Saga of Gunnlaug Serpent-tongue by Anonymous

Monday, 31 July 2017

'In two I'll slice the hair-seat / of Helga's kiss-gulper' 

In this epic tale from the Viking Age that ranges across Scandinavia and Viking Britain, two poets compete for the love of Helga the Fair - with fatal consequences.

Decorating Your Tank

Friday, 28 July 2017

Aquascaping is basically decorating your tank with rocks, plants, and ornaments in the most aesthetically pleasing way to you. 

TBR Feature #64

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

TBR Feature is the chance for me to, every Wednesday, pick one of my unread books and discuss it: why I picked it up, when I'll get round to reading it, if I'm still interested in it at all etc.

See How They Lie by Sue Wallman

Feel Me Fall by James Morris

Monday, 24 July 2017

Emily Duran is the sole survivor of a plane crash that left her and her teenage friends stranded and alone in the jungles of the Amazon. Lost and losing hope, they struggle against the elements, and each other. With their familiar pecking order no longer in place, a new order emerges, filled with power struggles, betrayals, secrets and lies. Emily must explain why she's the last left alive.

But can she carry the burden of the past?

Booktube-A-Thon 2017 TBR

Friday, 21 July 2017

If you weren't already aware, the Booktube-A-Thon starts on the 24th July and runs until the 30th. I decided - sort of last minute - to take part in order to help cut down on my unread books.

TBR Feature #63

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

TBR Feature is the chance for me to, every Wednesday, pick one of my unread books and discuss it: why I picked it up, when I'll get round to reading it, if I'm still interested in it at all etc.

Dreamcatcher by Stephen King

Discoucia: An Extract

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Today, I'm excited to announce that I'm part of the blog tour for Discoucia: A Victorianish Fairytale by Nick Lovelock, and that - thanks to Authoright - I have an extract to share with you! I hope you find it just as exciting as I did and if you're interested in what sounds like a fun steampunk adventure I'll have a full review coming soon.

Suicide Stitch by Sarah L Johnson

Monday, 17 July 2017

Love is woven into the fabric of our lives. A force of nature that knits us together even as it tears us apart. Threads of hunger, passion, and pain run through this collection where the last Nephilim fights his gory cravings, a latchkey kid befriends a cage dancer, and a bizarre threat lurks in the shadows of a friendly neighbourhood. Siblings turn monstrous and gods are brought to their knees in a dark literary patchwork that will drive you into the knot of your lover's arms, knowing how easily you could unravel.

Preparing For A Freshwater Aquarium

Friday, 14 July 2017

Something slightly different for you this week, folks, as I've been so excited since it happened I have to share it with you and give you a few tips if you find yourself in a similar situation. I'll be splitting it into parts so as not to overload you, but this post covering the basics is a little long so I do apologise for that!

TBR Feature #62

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

TBR Feature is the chance for me to, every Wednesday, pick one of my unread books and discuss it: why I picked it up, when I'll get round to reading it, if I'm still interested in it at all etc.

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Glimpse by Claire Merle

Monday, 10 July 2017

In a near future, society is segregated according to whether people are genetically disposed to mental illness. 17-year-old Ana has been living the privileged life of a Pure due to an error in her DNA test. When the authorities find out, she faces banishment from her safe Community, a fate only thwarted by the fact that she has already been promised to Pure-boy Jasper Taurell.

Jasper is from a rich and influential family and despite Ana’s condition, wants to be with her. The authorities grant Ana a tentative reprieve. If she is joined to Jasper before her 18th birthday, she may stay in the Community until her illness manifests. But if Jasper changes his mind, she will be cast out among the Crazies. As Ana’s joining ceremony and her birthday loom closer, she dares to hope she will be saved from the horror of the City and live a ‘normal’ life. But then Jasper disappears.

Led to believe Jasper has been taken by a strange sect the authorities will not interfere with, Ana sneaks out of her well-guarded Community to find him herself. Her search takes her through the underbelly of society, and as she delves deeper into the mystery of Jasper’s abduction she uncovers some devastating truths that destroy everything she has grown up to believe.

My Life in Books Tag

Friday, 7 July 2017


It's been a while since I've done a tag, so let's just jump straight into it.

TBR Feature #61

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

TBR Feature is the chance for me to, every Wednesday, pick one of my unread books and discuss it: why I picked it up, when I'll get round to reading it, if I'm still interested in it at all etc.

Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Areh by Jeffrey Kinsey

Monday, 3 July 2017

An ancient and cruel religion, The Purpose, deifies children for their deformities—a beautiful girl with three arms, a brave boy with one eye... the exceptional list goes on. Painted and costumed, they are worshipped on stage. Shy and exposed, they are ridiculed in the streets, often by the same faces. Glorious or repulsive? Gods or freaks? How deep will the identity divide be dredged, and to which side will the truth finally tip? Out of the city, through strange forests and dark dreams, we follow six young friends as they chase their answer. Lightning-lit and pulling moon into mountain, it awaits them at the top of the world.

June Wrap Up/July TBR

Friday, 30 June 2017

 June saw the end of exams (and me deviating entirely from the TBR I set last month) so hopefully July will be the month for reading

TBR Feature #60

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

TBR Feature is the chance for me to, every Wednesday, pick one of my unread books and discuss it: why I picked it up, when I'll get round to reading it, if I'm still interested in it at all etc.

Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King

Caligula by Suetonius

Monday, 26 June 2017

'Because of his baldness and hairiness, he announced it was a capital offence for anyone either to look down on him as he passed or to mention goats in any context.'

The biography of the brutal, crazed and incestuous Roman Emperor Caligula, who tried to appoint his own horse consul.

How To Have a Movie Night

Friday, 23 June 2017


I think we can all agree that, sometimes, a movie night is just what you need. The team at Pure Flix, a family-friendly video-streaming service, were interested to know how I create the perfect movie night, so of course I'm sharing my tips. And the best part is: Pure Flix are also offering a free one month trial for you to have your own movie night.

TBR Feature #59

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

TBR Feature is the chance for me to, every Wednesday, pick one of my unread books and discuss it: why I picked it up, when I'll get round to reading it, if I'm still interested in it at all etc.

An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Monday, 19 June 2017

Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window, and suddenly, a door opens. But does Maddie dare to step outside her comfort zone?

Everything, Everything is about the thrill and heartbreak that happens when we break out of our shell to do crazy, sometimes death-defying things for love.

Recommendations: Stephen King 2.0

Friday, 16 June 2017

Blaze
If you're looking for fast-paced thriller that's also oddly heart-warming King - or rather Bachman - has you covered in Blaze. Following the eponymous hero, this little gem sets out on a journey of kidnap, grief, and learning to fend for oneself. You won't want to like Blaze, but by the end of the book you'll adore him.

Gerald's Game
Or perhaps you prefer your stories packed with flashbacks and hallucinations, with a side of gore, for good measure? Gerald's Game will compel you to continue reading even when you wish you'd never started it in the first place. Not for the faint of heart, or for those particularly sensitive to sex and any kind of abuse.

Cujo
Perhaps not the best read for any dog lovers out there, Cujo promises action and blood. Lots of blood. King takes the sweet St. Bernard and puts him in a situation that's terrifying thanks to its plausibility, something few horror writers seem to employ. There are no supernatural elements here - just good old rabies. 

TBR Feature #58

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

TBR Feature is the chance for me to, every Wednesday, pick one of my unread books and discuss it: why I picked it up, when I'll get round to reading it, if I'm still interested in it at all etc.

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

Jason and Medea by Apollonius of Rhodes

Monday, 12 June 2017

'The Argonauts were terrified at the sight. But Jason planting his feet apart stood to receive them, as a reef in the sea confronts the tossing billows in a gale.' 

The tragic, epic love affair that allowed Jason to get the Golden Fleece.

Compulsive Skin Picking 101

Friday, 9 June 2017

Before passing judgement, please be aware that this is a very personal and sensitive topic for me. I can't help my mental health.

TBR Feature #57

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

TBR Feature is the chance for me to, every Wednesday, pick one of my unread books and discuss it: why I picked it up, when I'll get round to reading it, if I'm still interested in it at all etc.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

Monday, 5 June 2017

The enchantment continues....

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realise their destinies?

With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.

May Wrap Up/June TBR

Friday, 2 June 2017


 May brought the start of exam season, but it didn't bring much reading

TBR Feature #56

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

TBR Feature is the chance for me to, every Wednesday, pick one of my unread books and discuss it: why I picked it up, when I'll get round to reading it, if I'm still interested in it at all etc.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

It by Stephen King

Monday, 29 May 2017

To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.

It was the children who saw - and felt - what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing...

The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.

Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as it stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

Favourite Genres

Friday, 26 May 2017

For the longest time I've answered 'fantasy' whenever someone asked me what my favourite genre of book is. Now, however, I've started to doubt whether this is true or not...

TBR Feature #55

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

TBR Feature is the chance for me to, every Wednesday, pick one of my unread books and discuss it: why I picked it up, when I'll get round to reading it, if I'm still interested in it at all etc.

Dracula by Bram Stoker

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

Monday, 22 May 2017

Fifteen-year-old Frankie Landau-Banks has grown up a lot over the summer. She's no longer daddy's little girl - and almost immediately after starting the new semester at her highly prestigious school, she bags goofy-but-gorgeous Matthew Livingston as her boyfriend. They get along great but then Frankie discovers that Matthew is a member of a boys-only secret society that specialise in 'hilarious' pranks. Which hardly seems fair... especially when Frankie knows she's smarter than any of its members. And to prove this, she's going to teach them a lesson.

Impersonating lead member Alpha by using a fake email account is surprisingly easy, and soon Frankie is setting the boys up with all sorts of ridiculous schemes and sending them on wild goose chase after wild goose chase. Alpha's not prepared to lose face and admit it's not him sending the emails - but the fun can't last forever, and soon Frankie will have to choose between what she think she wants, and the reputation she deserves.

Recommendations: Little Black Classics

Friday, 19 May 2017

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
If you're looking for some creepy tales, look no further than this short story collection. At first glance, they may seem simple, but rest assured that you're in for a treat with these classic ghost stories. as they'll stay with you long after you've closed the book. 

The Old Nurse's Story by Elizabeth Gaskell
Another Victorian ghost story that perfectly captures the era and will send a shiver down your spine. Let yourself be transported back to the 19th century with this meandering tale of uncertainty and haunted houses.

The Dolphins, the Whales, and the Gudgeon by Aesop
Or, if you need something lighthearted, give this collection of fables a go. A bit of fun, yet also lessons in their own right, Aesop's fables never fail to amuse and provide moments of levity after such dark tales.

TBR Feature #54

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

TBR Feature is the chance for me to, every Wednesday, pick one of my unread books and discuss it: why I picked it up, when I'll get round to reading it, if I'm still interested in it at all etc.

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell

Monday, 15 May 2017

Feodora and her mother live in the snowbound woods of Russia, in a house full of food and fireplaces. Ten minutes away, in a ruined chapel, lives a pack of wolves. Feodora's mother is a wolf wilder, and Feo is a wolf wilder in training. A wolf wilder is the opposite of an animal tamer: it is a person who teaches tamed animals to fend for themselves, and to fight and to run, and to be wary of humans.

When the murderous hostility of the Russian Army threatens her very existence, Feo is left with no option but to go on the run. What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, about standing up for the things you love and fighting back. And, of course, wolves.

Exams and Anxiety

Friday, 12 May 2017

It's that time of the year again where students all across the globe are prone to burst into tears at the slightest glimpse of a calendar and the reminder of how unprepared they are. That's right: it's exam season.

TBR Feature #53

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

TBR Feature is the chance for me to, every Wednesday, pick one of my unread books and discuss it: why I picked it up, when I'll get round to reading it, if I'm still interested in it at all etc.

Talon by Julie Kagawa

Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

Monday, 8 May 2017

In the Hackensack Police Department, Vic Benucci and his friend Mad are explaining how they found themselves wrapped up in a grisly murder. But in order to tell that story, they have to go way back...

It all started when Vic's dad died. Vic's dad was his best friend, and even now, two years later, he can't bring himself to touch the Untouchable Urn of Oblivion that sits in his front hall. But one cold December day, Vic falls in with an alluring band of kids that wander his New Jersey neighbourhood, including Mad, the girl who changes everything. Along with his newfound friendships comes the courage to open his father's urn, the discovery of the message inside, and the epic journey it sparks.

Why Legend Wasn't Quite My Champion

Friday, 5 May 2017

Marie Lu knows how to write action scenes that hold your attention, I'll say that much. But just how good is her Legend trilogy?

TBR Feature #52

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

TBR Feature is the chance for me to, every Wednesday, pick one of my unread books and discuss it: why I picked it up, when I'll get round to reading it, if I'm still interested in it at all etc.

Tithe by Holly Black

Bedlam by Nick Spencer

Monday, 1 May 2017


Fillmore Press was once Madder Red, a homicidal maniac and criminal overlord who ruled the city of Bedlam. Now he's been cured of his mania, and says he wants to help protect the place he once terrorized -- but can he be trusted?

April Wrap Up/May TBR

Friday, 28 April 2017


I read seven books in April, but did I stick to my TBR?
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