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End of the Year Book Tag 2021

Howdy.

I’m just a girl, sitting here braless in her friends oversized hoodie, watching CSI and making my way through the last of my Irn Bru and mini chocolate flapjacks, trying not to have an existential crisis over the fact we’re at “the end of the year”. 😬

I realised last night that one of my first assignments is due in on November 3rd and had a mini freak out that because wtf! I don’t even know what I’m doing yet!!!

If I have to face the fact that we’re close to the end of 2021, then at least I can confront it with books, by doing the “End of the Year Book Tag”. I’ve done this tag for the last two years and it’s a good way to check in, see what I’ve accomplished and also what’s left to cross off the list.

2019 // 2020


Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

I was about to say “to the best of my knowledge I haven’t started any books this year and not finished them. If I have, then I haven’t brought them to Uni with me” … and then I remembered I started reading Payback by Kristen Simmons, the third book in the Vale Hall series, but got distracted by something else. The likelihood of me finishing this book this year is slim.


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I’m at uni and I’m still alive :))

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I feel like I’ve been so distant recently! Most of my posts have been pre-written and I feel like I’ve had no time at all to interact besides that!

You probably already know by the title of this post, and because I’ve really milked it for all the content I can get out of it, but I’m at uni! I’ve been here for about a month now and I’m still going. Whether or not I’m still going strong is another thing entirely but I’ll take what I can get.

Anyways, I figured I’d talk a little about how the last month has been for me, and hopefully this is the start of me diving back into the blog-sphere :))


Saying goodbye to my pets was honestly the hardest bit lol

I was mentally prepared to say goodbye to my family and friends. Obviously the day I left was an emotional one, especially for my mum who I kept busy and distracted making me a roast dinner while I went out and saw my friend.

What I was not prepared for, was saying goodbye to my pets. The first and only time I let a few tears slip was when I went in hunt for my cat to say goodbye. I found him sprawled in my brothers room, not giving a shit as I smothered him in kisses😂

After my emotional goodbye to the ones that matter most … my pets, my parents and brother took me to the airport. My mum was terrified I’d be late because of extra security measures so I was at the airport early. Really early. Four hours early!! But it was good, I chilled with a pint and some pizza and then had an entire row of seats to myself on the plane!


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My most anticipated releases of 2021 // October, November & December

Helloo, happy Wednesday :))

I do not want to go to work. Like I really don’t want to go to work tonight. I want to curl up in bed with a nice cup of tea or a glass of lemonade and read or watch telly. Instead I’ll be trying to keep my sanity at “pound a pint” night.

Until then though, I’m clinging onto what little time I have before I have to get ready and go out into the cold, and thought I’d talk a little about my last batch of anticipated releases for 2021.


October

Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco

It feels like only yesterday I read Kingdom of the Wicked. I had little to no expectations for this series but ended up loving it a whole lot.

While I haven’t had much look when it comes to enjoying Maniscalco’s other “Jack the Ripper” series (I’m only carrying on for Thomas), I really loved the characters and atmosphere of this duology and can’t wait to read the sequel.

Release Date: October 26th


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Not so spooky Spooktober👻// October TBR

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We’re just going to ignore the fact that it’s October because how the Hell?? We’re also going to skip over the fact that we’re 1/3 of the way through the month already. Technically as I’m writing this, I’m 5 days into the month, but I’m being organised and not straying from the schedule I wrote up.

Normally in October I like to try and make an effort to read “spooky” books but I’m already gonna struggle juggling Uni and reading this month, so I’m not stressing about reading on-season books.

This TBR is going to look overly ambitious. I don’t expect to read all of these, I just want to have the choices there so I can pick what I’m in the mood for!



Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams – I’m on a roll with this series and I’d love to be able to finish it (is the series even completed?) by the end of the year. I finished Undercover Bromance last night, so it’s time to move onto book number 3! These aren’t the totally best romances I’ve written, but I really love the overall premise of the bookclub and I feel like they’re getting better with each new book.

T.J Klune – I somehow got accepted for an ARC of Under the Whispering Door and The House in the Cerulean Sea!! I can’t believe it, I’m so excited to read these books. I started reading Under the Whispering Door yesterday while I was waiting to go into my first lecture. By “started reading” I mean I read about three pages and didn’t even finish the first chapter, but it’s a start.

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🎞Everything I’ve Been Watching Recently … #4🎞

Hi. I’m bored.

I’m currently suffering through health and safety training videos for work and they’re the most mind numbing things in the world. The essence of it is “have some goddamn common sense”.

To keep me from falling asleep at my desk, I figured I’d talk about some shows and movies (mostly movies) I’ve been watching recently. I’ve never watched so many movies in such a short space of time before so let’s just jump in.


Loki

Gonna be honest with you, out of the three Marvel series I’ve watched, I think I understood the actual plot of this the least. Don’t get me wrong I really enjoyed it, just don’t ask me to explain the ending.

Mobius is now one of my faves and I loved seeing Loki again. I wasn’t a huge fan of the Loki + Sylvie relationship, they’re literally just the alternate universe version of each other and it weirds me out but I digress. I am excited for Season 2, whenever that may be, and although I know it’s not going to happen, I wouldn’t mind seeing Loki rock up in the Doctor Strange movie.


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I didn’t read much but that’s ok // September Wrap Up

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I feel like I’m falling apart. I’m covered in bruises thank to: falling out of bed, tripping over a road sign, walking into really hard bench corners. Also I’m hungry because sure, fruit tastes nice, but it’s not very filling.

OK. I’m done complaining now. Sometimes you just need to get this stuff off your chest, I’m just sorry you guys get the brunt end of it.

Anyways, today I’m here to talk about what I read in September aka “my last month of freedom”. I was hoping to read a decent amount of books this month and … that didn’t really happen.

I read five books this month so it was a god month, I was just hoping for more. That being said though, I’m reminding myself it was a busy month of big changes and instead of reading I spent a lot of time with family and friends so I’m not too mad about it.



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Did I read my summer TBR??

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So summer is well and truly over. I’m back in England so it’s cold, raining and miserable, and also I start uni for real, like for real-for real, on Monday.

Looking back I’d say I had a really great summer. I’ll admit, I was stressed for a lot of it but I tried to make the most out of spending time with my friends and enjoying the pool. With the end of summer though, comes the ultimate question “did I read my summer TBR?”


Did I read …???

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds – Nope :l

Not starting off very well here but nope, despite being instant to myself that I’d have this finished by the end of summer, I did not read this and I’m very annoyed about that. I didn’t bring it with me to uni so I don’t know when I’ll be reading this book (fingers crossed for soon though).


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I moved to another country and still acquired new books!

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It’s been ages since I’ve sat and written a post. It’s been ages since I’ve had time to even think of writing a post. The last two weeks have been a whirlwind of moving to England, seeing my family, getting organised for Uni and then moving into my accommodation and getting ready for student life.

I have, somehow, found time to buy some books though #priorities. I don’t know what my posting schedule is going to be like from now on. I don’t have a clue what to expect so we’ll see how it goes. I figured a book-haul is a good way to get me back in the swing of things for now though!!


E-books I’ve added to my (extensive) collection

Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao – With me moving back to England, I’m really worried about losing my Spanish. The last thing I want to do is go home for Christmas speaking like a tourist. My plan to counteract this by watching a lot of Casa de Papel and reading some books in Spanish. This book has been on my radar for a while anyways so when I saw the e-book for a reasonable price I bought it!

The Bromance Bookclub + Isn’t It Bromantic by Lyssa Kay Adams – Since getting into romance books over the last two-ish years, this series has been everywhere and I finally bit the bullet and purchased the first book. I read that first book in no time and of course had to get the second book too. I feel like romance is what’s going to be easier for me to read at the minute so I’m glad to be continuing on with this series which I’d hoped to start this year anyways.

Not Here to be Liked by Michelle Quach – I went to buy this weeks ago only to find it wasn’t out yet. I don’t know why I had it in my brain that it was out 4 weeks before it’s actual publication but I was dissapointed so as soon as I could I purchased it. I don’t know much about this book (I did at one point, I’ve got a terrible memory) but I’m really looking forward to this one.

Some Girls Do by Jennifer Dugan – When I saw this on sale I bought it instantly. I said a couple of weeks/months (?) ago “if I enjoy Verona Comics, I’ll check out Dugan’s new release”. Well I really liked Verona Comics and I’m excited to read this!! I don’t remember much about the plot but I do know that it’s about a f/f romance and has a pretty cover (not pictured above because I forgot I purchased this until I was nearly done)


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Drunk Book Tag 🍻

Hellooo, welcome back to my blog.

I’m hungover. Again. This may or may not be my second day in a row … and second weekend. 😬😂 Yesterday’s hangover was caused by Vodka Fanta Lemon and today’s because of one too many shots.

I really regret that last shot. I don’t even know what it was. I was literally about to leave and was saying my quick goodbyes because I’m not going to see anybody until Christmas and I got roped in. I think it was Jack Daniels mixed with something. I was pretty numb to it by that point. Drink responsibly kids!!

Anyways, inspired by the nausea and dry mouth I’ve felt these last two days, I thought I’d do the Drunk Book Tag!!


1. Wine Coolers: You’re 16 and you finally managed to sneak one of your mom’s Smirnoff Ices. What is one of your most guilty pleasure reads?

I went into The Deal expecting to hate it. I like reading bad books sometimes, now’s not the time to get into this odd habit of mine. Instead I binged the entire four books series in less then a week and am really fighting the urge to re-read one or two even now, just a couple of months later.


2. Beer: You’ve made it to college and are hosting your first kegger! Pick your favourite new adult or college aged book.

I want more books like I See London, I See France by Sara Mlynowski. It was so refreshing to read a fun and light-hearted read that was more mature.

We see these characters travelling through Europe in such a realistic way as they make the most of the legal drinking age being 18 as well as all the benefits Amsterdam has to offer and follow through on holiday romances.

This is a great example of a book with older characters doing age appropriate things like drinking and having sex, without the plot having to be dark and gritty or anything like that.


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☀Top 5 books I read this summer☀

Hi and howdy, welcome to my blog!!

Yes we’re halfway through September and I’m only just getting around to talking about the best books I read this summer. It’s been busy and time management isn’t one of my strong suits.

Also, I just don’t want summer to be over. Don’t get me wrong I’m looking forward for the temperature to drop and not be sweating buckets 24/7, but I’ve really enjoyed being free of my jeans and having little to no responsibilities.

Over the course of June, July and August I read 31 books and I enjoyed the large majority. That being said, it was pretty easy to pick out my favourite books I read this summer!!


1- If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales & Cale Dietrich

I had little to no expectations when I started reading this. I’d never read anything by Sophie Gonzales and I wasn’t a fan of Cale Dietrich’s debut novel but I’m so glad I was accepted for an ARC.

This book follows two members of a super popular boyband that start dating in secret and have to navigate the change in their relationship as well as dealing with the demands of being so high profile.

I enjoyed everything about this book. Zach and Reubens relationship felt so authentic, as did their friendships with the other two boys in the band who both were well developed, especially considering they’re just side characters.

While Reuben knew he was gay, Zach is only now coming to terms with his bisexuality in this book so that was another detail I enjoyed reading about. They had a bunch of obstacles to overcome like Zach discovering who he was, Reubens insecurities, their management team being arseholes, but they had such good communication.


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