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I forgot to wrap things up last month // October & November Wrap Up

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I didn’t do a wrap up last month, partly because I forgot and partly because I didn’t read overmuch in October anyways and it would have been pretty boring. Flash forward another month to November and I have much more to talk about so let’s jump in :))


October was a very romance heavy month but it’s what I needed to get through. Reading romance was a nice contrast the to quite boring books I was reading for Uni at the time.

I completed the Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams in October and really enjoyed it. My favourite from this series is either Undercover Bromance or Isn’t it Bromantic? One of my goals for 2021 was to start this month and here I am having completed it. Three cheers!

The next romance book was The Sweetest Oblivion by Danielle Lori and this book was spicy and not what I usually read at all. It was a case of “I don’t know why I’m reading this but I’m gonna keep going”.

And the final book I read in October was kind of something for Uni and that was Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith.

We read a bunch of poetry at the start of the semester and the only poet I liked even in the slightest was Dear White America by Danez Smith which prompted me to read the entire collection that specific poem was from. My favourite poem from this collection was Dinosaurs in the Hood. I highly recommend checking out some of Smith’s work.


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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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☀Top 5 books I read this summer☀

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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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Best books of the year so far? // August Wrap Up

Hi and howdy, happy Friday!!

The post office keeps hanging up on me so clearly the next logical step is to chase the next postman I see down the street. If I get locked up for violence against Spain’s terrible postal service, just know that it’s been fun fellas ✌

Before I get arrested though, I’m here to talk about the 11 books I read in August. I had a really good reading month, not only in quantity but also quality. Don’t get me wrong, there were a couple of duds, but for the most part I see a lot of these books featuring on my favourites of the year so I’m excited to talk about them today!


The Best of the Best, the Crème de la Crème.


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My impromptu trip to Barcelona // Reading + Travel Blog (?)

Hey, so you know last week when I said “I’m really anxious right now so I’m going to ignore my problems and give you some book recommendations”? I’m not gonna go into too much detail but basically there was a mix-up/lack of communication between me and the Uni I’m hoping (🤞) to go to in September and that’s what started off my anxiety spiral.

Even though I’m English, was born in the UK and lived there for the first 10 years of my life, I have to take an exam to prove my English speaking abilities because I have Spanish school qualifications. I, personally, think it’s ridiculous but either way I’m doing the exam. The problem is that they’re not doing this exam in my town for a while and I need the results ASAP so … I’m going to Barcelona.

I’m going for 2 nights/3 days so while most of my time will be spent doing an exam and on trains, I am still hoping to squeeze in some touristy stuff. This is all very stressful so I wish I didn’t have to go, but I’m gonna make the most of it and try and hit up the Picasso Museum and see some of the famous monuments while I’m there.

Malaga (where I live now) to Barcelona is about a 6 hour train journey so I’m gonna have a lot of reading time. Also I’ve always been open to talking about travel and things on this blog but have never had the opportunity (because Covid and being a college student lol) so I figured why not document the experience.


Thursday

I’m gonna give some Travelling-Tips throughout this post which are probably useless but the first one is: don’t get your 2nd Covid jab the day before a day of travelling. The night before I was a shivering and teeth-chattering mess even though it was 30*C and was awake every couple hours in the night so I woke up at 7 feeling like crap with a sleep-deprivation headache. Not fun. Either way I was out the door by 8:30 and on the train by 10 with only one minor confusion regarding my tickets.

My first train ride was from Malaga to Madrid took around 2h 40 mins and was pretty uneventful. I spent most of it reading the first 100 pages of As Many Nows as I Can Get by Shana Youngdahl. My second train ride also went off without a hitch. I did start feeling the lack of sleep at this point so I read a couple of novellas from Fools in Love instead.

I cannot/will not fall asleep on public transport so to keep myself awake I listened to Mongolian throat singer band called The Hu which me and my co-worker enjoy and like to scare the customers with.

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An odd collection of books // July Wrap Up

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I’m tired. I just finished a day shift and I’ve decided that I much prefer working 7pm til 1am. The day shift at a bar is so boring. Everyone’s down at the beach or the pool, not sipping pints in my bar.

To pass the time I read a couple chapters of The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead … and a Supernatural/911: Lonestar crossover fic I found last night on Tumblr 😂😂 Don’t judge me, it was a long 6 hours.

During this time of boredom I also remembered that I haven’t wrapped up the books I read in July yet so I’m going to do that now and then sprawl on my bed.

July was a really good month for me. I read 10 books in total and crossed a couple of ARCs off my list and even getting to a couple of books I’ve been dying to read!!


These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong – I’ve had my eye on this book all year long whether it be online or sitting on my own shelf, but I forced myself to hold off because I wanted to wait until I had a decent amount of time to dedicate. Ironically, I picked this book up during a week that ended up being quite busy. Typical.

This book definitely lived up to the hype though. I loved everything about it from the characters, the setting of 1920’s Shanghai and the trope of friends-to-lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers.

I’m glad I waited to read this and I’m dying for the sequel!!


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Progress Update: My 2021 reading year so far!

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I feel like it’s been ages since I’ve sat down and wrote an actual blog post and it really hasn’t. I took like a week off, besides from some reviews, it’s just that me being conscious of time passing has become a thing of the past, as it always does during the summer when I don’t have a schedule.

Today I’m going to be a taking a look back at how my reading year is going so far. I am very happy with how things are panning out but I thought it would be good to look back in a bit more detail.


How many books have I read?

My goal for the year was 40 books. I felt like that was a decent amount for me to strive for without putting too much pressure on myself, especially cause I’ve had to concentrate on graduating school and all that.

I am very happy to report that I completed this goal before we were even halfway through the year and, as of writing this, I’ve finished 57 books! I’m simultaneously very happy about this and also very surprised, but I’m not gonna complain, I’m just gonna keep my fingers crossed that I can keep this momentum going.


Have I been reading …

… my anticipated releases?

Ermmmmmmm, that’s gonna have to be a no 😭😭😭 So out of the 17 “anticipated releases” for the first half of 2021 that I’ve talked about on my blog … I’ve read 3. Those were:

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🎞Everything I’ve Been Watching Recently … #3🎞

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I have some time to kill. I’m going to the fair tonight with some friends and I am so hyped for it, especially since it was cancelled last year. The only problem is that I’m not meeting my friends till 11pm.

Obviously you don’t get the full fair experience unless it’s dark and also, I couldn’t think of anything worse then being stuck in a metal contraption in the middle of the day in 37*C weather. That sounds like actual torture. So we’re going in the middle of the night.

Since I have a fair few hours to go, I figured I’d take this time to talk about some of the stuff I’ve been watching recently.


Unpregnant

This movie has the potential of becoming one of my favourites. I foresee myself re-watching this a lot in the future! Unpregnant is a book to movie adaptation for the book of the same name. I haven’t read the book, and don’t me but I don’t plan too. I got enough enjoyment from watching the film.

It was simultaneously really funny and entertaining while also touching on important matter in regards to abortion and bodily autonomy.


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Busy month with lot’s of books // June Wrap Up

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It’s too hot. It’s been too hot for a couple of weeks now and I am melting 🥵. You’d think after 8 summers I’d be used to it but nope. I forget just how bad it get’s every year.

Anyways, to distract me from the heat, today I am going to be talking about the books I read in June.

June was a weird month for me. I had a lot going on: my drivers test, an exam that was literally going to decide my future, and then just a lot of everyday boring life stuff I had to help with. All that being said though, I’m really happy with the 11 books I read!

Of course, it was Pride Month so I tried my best to get to a wide range of LGBTQ+ books. Normally at this point in the year I’m super busy with end of year exams so I don’t get to participate as much as I’d like so I’m glad I had that chance this year.



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