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Reading out of my comfort zone: classics & non-fiction.

Howdy and hello!

I have just submitted my first of three assignments. That’s me one step closer to being able to enjoy my three weeks break from uni where I intend to spend most of my time reading and watching TV.

Not only over the break, but also over the course of the year, I really want to read some books that are a bit out of my comfort zone: non-fiction, classics, and then just some fiction books that I wouldn’t normally pick up.

One of the reasons that always stops me from trying new things is actually getting my hands on the books. I’m not gonna risk spending money on something I might not enjoy. At the minute though I have access to to the library at my uni and I can borrow a fair few of these from there and I plan on making the most of it.


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Me: no more buying books. Also me: BOOK HAUL TIME!! 🥳

Guess who’s back (with a book haul). Back again!

I know I said I wasn’t buying any more books until I read a decent amount of my already owned TBR and that’s still true! Besides from one minor slip up, which I’ve already forgiven myself for, these were all purchased, requested or gifted to me before Christmas.


*I didn’t realise quite how many ARCs I’d requested until I got accepted for them all in the same short span of time 😬*

Good Girl Complex by Elle Kennedy

I got the email that I was approved for an ARC of Good Girl Complex this morning and I freaked. I’ve wanted to read this since I saw it last it.

And even before that I was in desperate need for more books by Elle Kennedy.

I read Off Campus last year, the entire series in almost on week. It was addictive and I’m hoping this book has that same quality,

I don’t know much about this book besides there being a bad-boy/good-girl dynamic. I’m thinking of reading it in my 3 weeks off uni!


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Book to movie adaptations coming in 2022

Hi👋 My eyeballs hurt.

After multiple days of stressing because I can’t figure out what I’m doing for my final essay, I finally had a breakthrough today! I think the relief of knwing what I’m doing has just sapped the energy out of me. My brain exerted itself wayyy too or something and now it’s dead.

What I’m trying to say is that I should be working on this essay I’ve finally figured out, but instead I’m sprawled on my couch because I’m tired. I need to recharge and that’s okay. I’ll get back to it tomorrow.

In the mean time, I thought I’d talk a bit about some book-to-movie adaptations … or book-to-tv I suppose.

I got all my information from this website so if it’s wrong blame them, not me.


Hearstopper by Alice Oseman

I don’t think you understand just how excited I am for this TV show. I hope to God it comes out over the holidays: Easter or summer I don’t care. I will be dedicating my life to this show. (I swear to God if this isn’t out by summer I’ll revolt).

Very grateful this is being released through Netflix. What’s up with streaming services releasing an episode a week? No. I want to binge this shit!! Thank you!!

Hand in hand with that excitement also comes fear. Charlie Spring is a precious bean but he has his problems and it breaks my heart. Am I mentally prepared to watch that?


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Book Review: I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre

Release Date: March 2nd 2021


Emma is a die-hard romantic. She loves a meet-cute Netflix movie, her pet, Lady Catulet, and dreaming up the Gay Rom Com of her heart for the film festival competition she and her friends are entering. If only they’d listen to her ideas. . .

Sophia is pragmatic. She’s big into boycotts, namely 1) relationships, 2) teen boys and their BO (reason #2347683 she’s a lesbian), and 3) Emma’s nauseating ideas. Forget starry-eyed romance, Sophia knows what will win: an artistic film with a message.

Cue the drama. The movie is doomed before they even start shooting . . . until a real-life plot twist unfolds behind the camera when Emma and Sophia start seeing each other through a different lens. Suddenly their rivalry is starting to feel like an actual rom-com.


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Did I read the books I hauled last year?

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One of my new years resolutions is to buy less books and really focus on reading the books I already own. Some may say I’ve already failed that resolution because I bought a half price copy of Six Crimson Cranes but …. I digress.

Since I’m on a book-buying-ban at the minute, I thought it’d be interesting to take a look back at what books I bought last year, starting Christmas 2020 up until November 2021 and see if I actually got around to reading them!


Christmas

  • A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
  • In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
  • None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney
  • Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan
  • Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest
  • One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus
  • The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
  • The Tyrants Tomb by Rick Riordan

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My anticipated releases of 2022 // January, February & March

Hi and hello👋

I’m back in uni mode which means, despite only having to go to uni for a couple hours a day, I feel like I barely have time to write blog posts and read. How does this happen? Just cause I have to feed myself again!

Anyways. I have to leave for uni in an hour and I’m gonna try and bang out my first round of 2022 anticipated releases. I’m always getting distracted by the tiniest things though so there’s a chance I’m gonna have to squeeze out time later tonight to finish this off. Wish me luck in not getting off track!!


January

Anatomy: A Love Story by Dana Schwartz

Release Date: January 18th

It took me longer then I would like to admit to realise that this is not a uniquely illustrated anatomic heart, but instead a women and her big ass dress!!

This book follows a women who wants to be a surgeon in a time where women are still expected to leave their brain-cells at the door and take care of the kids.

She strikes a deal with a renowned doctor whose lectures she was kicked out of: if she can pass the medical examination on her own, the university has to allow her to enrol. (and I thought my uni application process was stressful!). To get access to corpses to study, she teams up with a grave robber who has his own problems such as his friends going missing.

This is giving “Stalking Jack the Ripper” vibes but with less murder (maybe, idk there could be some murder), and hopefully I enjoy it more then I did that book.


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Series I WILL complete this year!!!

Howdy!

I’ve just realised my first essay is due in less then 10 days. I haven’t even started it yet. I barely know what I’m doing. Suffice to say I’m feeling quite anxious about it all.

Am I going to start now? Well, I have tried but the creative and motivational juices just aren’t flowing. I’ll be more productive when I’m back at uni with a large supply of energy drinks and not on my dads couch with my two little siblings screaming in the next room.

And so. To make me feel somewhat productive, I’m continuing on with scheduling some posts and so today I’m going to be talking about some series I’m determined to finish this year!

I was super happy with how many series I managed to complete last year. Can’t remember the exact number off the top of my head right now, also can’t be bothered to look, but I’m hoping to do the same this year!


Brown Sisters by Talia Hibbert

I started this series last year and I am so annoyed that I couldn’t squeeze in the final book, Act Your Age Eve Brown. I’ve really enjoyed this series so far and the third book seems like it’s going to be super fun what with Eve being the chaotic youngest daughter and the book seemingly having grumpy/sunshine dynamic.


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Karen M. McManus doesn’t disappoint // One of Us Is Next + You’ll Be the Death of Me.

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Back in 2017 Karen M. McManus published her debut novel One of Us is Lying, a YA thriller that took four, stereotypical teenagers stuck in detention together and threw them into the centre of a murder investigation where they’re all suspects.

I remember this book being all over the book-esphere, you genuinely couldn’t escape it and I ended up reading it in March of 2018 and loved it! There was something so addictive about the writing and the mystery, same goes for McManus’ sophomore novel: Two Can Keep a Secret.

After loving her first two books I vowed to keep up with all her future releases … and then didn’t. I’m three behind: One of Us is Next, The Cousins, and You’ll Be the Death of Me.

I’m here to fix that today because I’m reading One of Us is Next and then I’m gonna dive straight into You’ll Be the Death of Me. Exciting! Not gonna be reading and reviewing The Cousins anytime soon because I don’t have a copy but maybe I’ll do another joint review when the next McManus book comes out.


One of Us Is Next

*this is a sequel so possible spoilers for One of Us is Next”

One of Us is Next is actually the sequel to One of Us is Lying. It’s set a year after the events of the first book when the new craze at Bayview High is a twisted game of Truth or Dare: do the Dare or have a Truth revealed to the entire school.

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New Years Book Tag + 2022 Reading Goals🎉

Hello and howdy 👋

I’m trying to write my personal statement for my study abroad application. I don’t know if it’s the head cold or my inability to do anything until the last possible minute but I’m failing miserably. (it could also be the fact that it’s now 1am but I work better at night when my distractions, aka my dogs, are asleep).

My approach is just to make me living in Spain my entire personality. It worked for my Uni applications, fingers crossed it works here. Thank you parents for giving me an interesting backstory (and a better life with the chance to learn a new language but that’s besides the point).

I need to take a break though. Might even give up and finish it off tomorrow. I’ll see how I’m feeling after I … share my 2022 Goals and do the New Years Book Tag!!!



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My Favourite Books of 2021!!

Hello and happy new year everyone!!

For most people 2021 is over. Done with. No looking back. But not for book bloggers. For us, January of any new year is a month full of looking back on the previous year. I genuinely love this time of the year, just for all the bookish content.

Today I’m going to be starting on a positive foot and looking back on my favourite books of 2021!!

the yearly tradition of using this gif lives on. you don’t understand how happy this photo makes me.

Overall I read 100 books in 2021. I’m pretty happy withe everything I read. With that being said, it was super easy to pick out my favourites. Chances are you’ve heard all about these book already, but I’m excited to talk about none the less. (these are in no particular order btw).


Never Saw You Coming by Erin Hahn

Not only does the tradition of the “positive mental attitude cute dog” gif live on, but so does the tradition of a Erin Hahn book being a favourite of the year.

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