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best books i read this winter!

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I come to you today with a list of the best books I read this winter. Over the last three months I’ve somehow managed to read 26 books, most of which I’ve enjoyed, and yet my five favourites (and one special mention) were very easy to pick out.

These are the books that have stuck in my brain, changed my life, and would now never not like to live without. Only some of that is an overexaggeration.

Special Mention: Daisy Jones & The Six Audiobook!

When it comes to my seasonal favourites I never include rereads. They’ve had their time to shine and all that but I’m making an exception when it comes to Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. In preparation for the TV show I read this again, but this time I listened to the audiobook and holy crap was it amazing.

I’d heard great things about the audiobook since even before I read this for the first time last year but it was somehow an even better experience than I imagined. The format of the book being written in the interview style made it so easy to consume and just added this whole other layer to the story. If you’ve been wanting to read this, for the first or fiftieth time, I definitely recommend listening to the audiobook!

How to Excavate a Heart by Jake Maia Arlo

Here we have a book I just didn’t shut up talking about for the entirety of December. No regrets cause this book was great and everyone should know about it. I loved it so much that it was on my 2022 favourites list.

How to Excavate a Heart includes many things that are impossible not to love: an adorable corgi named Rapahel who really steals the show, a couple who’s meet cute involves one almost being hit by a car, plus characters with actual personalities and hobbies.

What I really loved about this book was the characters, how they had external conflicts outside of just their relationship which made them flawed and caused conflict in all the right ways. As I mentioned, I especially enjoyed their hobbies! Shani is into paleontology, that’s how she finds herself in D.C for winter break as she has an internship at the Natural History Museum, and May was interested in the weather. I was in D.C and went to the Natural History Museum just a month or two before reading this so that definitely helped it have a special place in my heart.

While this book is set over the holiday period please don’t single it out as “a holiday book” only to be read in December. I truly think this is a great romance for any occasion. Read my review for more of me gushing!

Hell Followed With Us by Andrew Joseph White

Another book I have found any opportunity to talk about lately. Listen. If I find a great book I’m going to try and share the love as much as humany possible.

Hell Followed With Us was gross and I loved every second of it. It’s set in a post apocalyptic future where a religious cult has essentially taken over what’s left of the world after they released a deadly virus. Benji is on the run from this cult that no only raised him but also infected him with a strain of this virus that won’t kill him, but instead will turn him into a mutated monster that they want to use to completely wipe humanity from the world.

This book won’t be for everyone, it was filled with graphic and gross imagery and it kind of got a horror vibe to it that won’t be to everyone’s taste. It was definitely my vibe though. I loved this so much; the characters, the plot, the writing. I’m so excited to read more from this author and I’m very glad I dragged my friends back to Barnes & Nobel for me to pick up a copy of this book. I’ve got a review for this one too ๐Ÿ™‚

Know My Name by Chanel Miller

Know My Name was not a fun, fast or easy read but I was entranced by the writing and Chanel Miller herself. Chanel Miller is the survivor of the Stanford Assault case, previously only known as Emily Doe and this is her telling her story.

It took me a long while to read this book. I listened to it on audio which Chanel herself narrated. It gave me goosebumps, made my stomach drop at times. Obviously major trigger warnings for this book but if this is something you’re “comfortable” reading, definitely consider listening to the audiobook. Hearing her talk about her experience not only of the assault but the aftermath and the trauma this caused not only her but her family and close friends, I feel it’s very important and impactful read.

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman.

Three cheers cause I’ve completed Alice Oseman’s backlist! Woop. This really feels like a major accomplishment for me, more so because I actually really enjoyed Radio Silence, whereas I’ve not always enjoyed Oseman’s full length novels.

My main takeaway from this book was the themes of friendship. As someone who’s not always had an overabundance of friends (tiny violin playing in the distance rn) I related to France’s feelings of finding a new friend in Alec who she clicked with almost right away.

Maybe it’s recency bias but I think Frances might be my favourite of Oseman’s main novel characters (not including Charlie and Nick obviously).

Next of Kin by Hannah Bonam-Young

Finally we have a book that snuck onto this list at the possible moment. When I picked up Next of Kin I was just expecting a quick and cute romance. A pallete cleanser of sorts after reading a couple books that just didn’t and I ended up reading this in one night.

This book follows two twenty-something year olds who are both trying to foster their younger siblings but are each lacking something. Chloe is a recently graduated freelancer and doesn’t have a steady enough income, while Warren is struggling to find a suitable apartment so the two get paired up as part of a CPS programme to live together in a way that benefits them both.

You’ve got hints of grumpy/sunshine and dislike-to-love at the start there but overall this book was just so sweet. It’s only short and yet it feels so well rounded in how the characters develop and how the relationship between Chloe and Warren plays out. I wrote a full review for this book so I’m going to stop talking about it now but I loved it and highly reccomend it! (… and it’s free with Kindle Unlimited).

So those are my five favourites. They made me happy and chances are high that they’ll make you happy too! I’d love to know what books you’ve been loving recently, thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

Elli xx

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I’ve finished Alice Oseman’s backlist – let’s celebrate with a tag!

Hey and howdy.

Today I am feeling accomplished. My room is tidy and my washing is drying. I’ve not only fed myself with an actual meal instead of just eating snacks, I even made a meal plan for the week. I can almost pretend like my life is organised.

Another thing I’ve accomplished is finishing Alice Oseman’s backlist!!! The other day I finally read Radio Silence, the last Oseman book I had left to read. I really enjoyed this book, so much that I read it in one day. Sure I love the Heartstopper graphic novels but Oseman’s novels have been hit or miss for me so I was super chuffed.

To celebrate I come to you today with a tag I’ve been saving especially for this moment: the Osemanverse Book Tag!

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I just finished Heartstopper. Smiling and Crying.

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It is currently Friday 22nd April aka Hearstopper Season 1 release day and … I’ve finished the entire series already. Honestly there was no better way to spend my morning. And now I plan on spending my afternoon talking about it!


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Book Review: I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman

Publication Date: May 3rd 2018

For Angel Ahmadi, life is only about one thing: The Ark โ€“ a pop-rock trio of teenage boys who are currently taking the world by storm. Being part of The Arkโ€™s fandom has given her everything โ€“ her friendships, her dreams, her place in the world.

Jimmy Kaga-Ricci owes everything to The Ark too. Heโ€™s their frontman โ€“ and playing in a band is all heโ€™s ever dreamed of doing. Itโ€™s just a shame that recently everything in his life seems to have turned into a bit of a nightmare.

Because thatโ€™s the problem with dreaming โ€“ eventually, inevitably, real life arrives with a wake-up call. And when Angel and Jimmy are unexpectedly thrust together, they will discover just how strange and surprising facing up to reality can be.

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New to me authors 2019

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Its officially 5 days to Christmas and I’m in panic mode because I haven’t gotten any presents besides for Secrete Santa. I’m a mess and a disasters.

Todays post is in no way Christmas related because I don’t need the stress, instead I’m going to be talking about a few new to me authors that I read this past year.

Jenn Bennett


I haven’t stopped raving about Jenn Bennet since I read her book Starry Eyes at the start of the year and for good reason. I thought her books, of which I’ve so far read 2 (Starry Eyes and Night Owl) were lots of fun and they made me enjoy and be more open to reading ya contemporary with romances, something I previously wasn’t totally crazy for.

On my shelf I have her other 2 contemporary releases (Alex Approximately and Serious Moonlight) which I hope to get to in 2020 and if I enjoy those I plan on picking up and trying her new historical fantasy novel. Continue reading “New to me authors 2019”


Book Review: Solitaire by Alice Oseman


Publication Date: May 3rd 2018

In case youโ€™re wondering, this is not a love story.

My name is Tori Spring. I like to sleep and I like to blog. Last year โ€“ before all that stuff with Charlie and before I had to face the harsh realities of A-Levels and university applications and the fact that one day I really will have to start talking to people โ€“ I had friends. Things were very different, I guess, but thatโ€™s all over now.

Now thereโ€™s Solitaire. And Michael Holden.

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Authors I need to read // Top 5 Tuesday


Hi, hey, hello and happy Tuesday!

Ok so this weeks top 5 Tuesday topics, as mentioned above in the title, is 5 Authors I need to read.

Now. I found this topic quite hard because I’ve done so well this past year at trying out new authors, especially the most well known authors like, for example: Rainbow Rowel, Adam Silvera, Jenn Bennet, etc.

I did manage to come up with a few authors I’m interested in checking out but only really one or two are top priority right now.

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My current Bookish Wishlist.

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Today we’re discussing my problems. I have a fair few problems but to be more specific we’re going to be talking about the fact that I’m in a reading slump and still considering buying more books.

Do I need new books? Nope. Definitly not.

Do I have the space or the time to read new books? Nope. I’m already drowning in my current TBR.ย 

Have these factors, plus the fact that I’ve literally read 2 books in 20 days, stopped me from compiling a list of books I really want to buy? Also nope.ย 


I think somebody needs to stage an intervention and stop me but in the mean time, lets take a look at my current Bookish Wishlist:

Graphic Novels

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Loveless by Alice Oseman Cover Reveal Freak-out!!!

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So, I was just perusing through Goodreads, minding my own business and wondering if I should go eat my weight in ice-cream because the heat is no joke right now when I saw the cover for my most anticipated release of 2020.

(Yes it’s only July of 2019. Yes I’ve already started a list of anticipated releases for 2020. Don’t judge)

The release in question is none other than: Loveless by Alice Oseman – a book with an Aro-Ace main character!!!! (Yes the amount of !’s I’m using in this post of are very much necessary)

42115981._SY475_.jpgIt’s beautiful. ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ’œ
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