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I read a lot of books! // March Wrap Up

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I’ve just not long ago got back home after attending my first book club meeting. I was terrified but it ended up being really nice, albeit super awkward. I feel like when we all get to know each other and grow more comfortable it’s gonna be better so I’m hoping to keep going each month.

With that being said, I’m now going to attempt to wrap up all the books I read this month, one of them being the book-club pick. I read a lot this March. And by a lot I mean 13 books! It’s April and I’ve completed my Goodreads goal for the year. How???

Okay I know how. I read a couple of graphic novels for uni, and then I had a week and a half of reading non-stop romance. Just one after the other, couldn’t get enough so that helped boost up my numbers.



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2022 in Reviews

Hello 😊 Another year, another round of reviews. Let’s see if me starting an English Literature degree improves my book reviewing at all (I highly doubt it)!

ARC’s

Adult Romance❤‍🔥

All the Others

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I’m being overly ambitious // March TBR

Howdy and happy March!!

I’m in a good mood today. I didn’t leave my bed til after mid-day and now I’m just sat chilling with a face mask and no pants. This is how a weekend is meant to be experienced.

I’m in an extra good mood because I’m about to talk about the books I want to read in March and I’m excited about them all.

Saying that though … there’s 7 books on this TBR. There’s no way I’m going to be able to read that many books this month. I’ve got two assignments due this month that I haven’t even begun to start, I’m gonna need to re-read a book for that and then I’m at work and just life in general. But. Right now, I’m gonna pretend I have none of that going on, because I really would like to get to all of these!



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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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Please bear witness to my TBR and hold me accountable 😊

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My TBR has gotten a bit out of hand recently. I stand by the fact that buying books and actually reading those books are two completely separate hobbies.

The two contributing factors to my ever growing TBR are me being busy with school and now uni, and also my new found love of e-books, especially during the sales. These two things do not go hand in hand, hence my current problem.

Today I’m gonna share my current TBR as it stands now and then the plan is to cross them off this list one by one as I read them throughout the year. At least, that’s the plan in theory. I really do want to read all of these so fingers crossed (🤞) I get my shit sorted and actually read these!


ARCs

  • A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee
  • All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman
  • Little Thieves by Margaret Owens
  • The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglas
  • The Monarchs by Danielle Paige & Kass Morgan
  • Monstrous Design by Kat Dunn
  • Josh & Gemma Make a Baby by Sarah Ready
  • The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J Klune
  • Under the Whispering Door by T.J Klune
  • City of Shattered Light by Claire Winn
  • Along for the Ride by Rachel Meinke
  • Flash Fire by T.J Klune

E-Books

  • Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given
  • The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren
  • Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales
  • Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud
  • XOXO by Axie Cho
  • Hani and Ishi’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar
  • The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
  • Afterlove by Tanya Byrne
  • Some Girls Do by Jennifer Dugan
  • Rent a Boyfriend by Glore Chao
  • Snowflake by Nia Forrester
  • Geekerella Ashley Poston
  • The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
  • The Afterlife of the Party by Marlene Perez
  • Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
  • Beyond the Black Door by A.M Strickland
  • Paperweight by Meg Haston
  • What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
  • Jade City by Fonda Lee
  • The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake
  • Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe
  • Ace of Spades by Faridah Abíké-Iyímídé
  • Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
  • Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
  • With Malice by Eileen Cook
  • Not Here to Be Liked by Michelle Quach
  • I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre
  • Sheets by Brenna Thummler
  • Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Wraith by Mere Joyce
  • The Ravens by Danielle Paige and Kas Morgan
  • Cute Mutants by SJ Whitby
  • Running With Lions by Julian Winters
  • King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
  • Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
  • All Out Anthology
  • The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin
  • Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn

Physical Books

  • Loveless by Alice Oseman
  • You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus
  • House of Hollows by Krystal Sutherland
  • Wildthorn by Jane Eagland
  • Anna K by Jenny Lee
  • In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
  • In Deep Waters by F.T Lukens
  • Wildthorn by Jane Eagland
  • Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
  • Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
  • A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
  • The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnes
  • A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
  • Only Ashes Remain by Rebecca Schaeffer
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers
  • S.T.A.G.S by M.A Bennett

So that is my current TBR in it’s entirety. I’m really gonna try and keep myself under control this year and not go overboard with buying new books. I mean sure I’ll still buy new books, but just not as many, my main focus this year is to really read most of these.

Please keep your fingers crossed for me. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, feel free to yell at me if you notice I’m straying from this plan. The whole point of sharing this is to name and shame myself. Also because there’s something so satisfying about crossing things of lists. I’m hoping that in and of itself is a motivator.

Elli xx

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Blog Tour: Mark of The Wicked by Georgia Bowers

*ARC provided by TBR and Beyond Tours*

Publication Date: August 10th 2021

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Magic always leaves its mark.

All her life, Matilda has been told one thing about her magic: You use only when necessary. But Matilda isn’t interested in being a good witch. She wants revenge and popularity, and to live her life free of consequences, free of the scars that dark magic leaves on her face as a reminder of her misdeeds.

When a spell goes awry and the new boy at school catches her in the act, Matilda thinks her secret might be out. But far from being afraid, Oliver already knows about her magic – and he wants to learn more. As Oliver and Matilda grow closer, bizarre things begin to happen: Animals show up with their throats slashed and odd markings carved into their bodies, a young girl dies mysteriously, and everyone blames Matilda. But she isn’t responsible — at least, not that she can remember. As her magic begins to spin out of control, Matilda must decide for herself what makes a good witch, and discover the truth…before anyone else turns up dead.


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I’m pleasantly surprised by how much I read // April Wrap Up

Howdy and hello. Happy Monday, it’s an especially happy Monday because it’s a bank holiday and who doesn’t love a bank holiday??

Today I’m going to be talking about the books I read in April. Overall I read 6 books and got halfway a seventh. I was not expecting to read that much so I’m very happy with that.


Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare – God how is it that I only read Chain of Iron this month? Feels like ages ago.

This is of course, the much anticipated sequel to Chain of Gold, a book I read last year and loved with my whole heart. I was really excited about this book and it was good, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t think it lived up to my own expectations.

The eerie, almost horror like vibes of the first book is something I loved and that sadly wasn’t replicated. Plot-wise, I liked the focus on Lucie and Jesse and the James and Cordelia but the cliff-hanger with those two was not for me.


Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – I watched this because of the show. What more can I say?

I’m really glad that I picked this book up this month. It was my third time reading Six of Crows but I loved it just as much. I actually went through and picked out my favourite quotes and moments.

I’ve also added this book to the stack of YA books I want my mum to read. I loved this book, I loved the show and if I have time I’m going to re-read Crooked Kingdom in May just to keep the love going.


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arcs I wasn’t expecting to be accepted for + books I forgot to haul :))

I swear to God my memory is getting worse. I literally walked in to the bathroom the other day, forgot why I was there only to get to the kitchen and remember I needed the loo. Now today I go scrolling through my drafts (of which there’s way too many) and come across a book-haul I was in the middle of writing and totally forgot about.

Maybe the fact that I was dropped on my head a few times as a kid is finally catching up to me. Oh well.

Today I’m going to be talking about those books that I got a while ago as well as some of the recent additions to my ARC shelf that I was very pleasantly surprised to be accepted for 😊


Exciting ARCs I wasn’t expecting …

First of all, did anybody else know that NetGalley has a whole ass app now! I got the email about an update and I was like “whatt???” and of course downloaded it straight away so now I have certain arcs for when I’m out and about.


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ARC Review: Yesterday is History by Kosoko Jackson

*ARC courtesy of NetGalley*

Publication Date: February 2nd 2021


Weeks ago, Andre Cobb received a much-needed liver transplant.

He’s ready for his life to finally begin, until one night, when he passes out and wakes up somewhere totally unexpected…in 1969, where he connects with a magnetic boy named Michael.

And then, just as suddenly as he arrived, he slips back to present-day Boston, where the family of his donor is waiting to explain that his new liver came with a side effect—the ability to time travel. And they’ve tasked their youngest son, Blake, with teaching Andre how to use his unexpected new gift. Read More.


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April Wrap Up

Helloooo 🙂

I don’t know how but it’s that time again where I talk all about the books I read this month. I had a pretty lofty TBR for April and I read approximately two of those books.

My reading was pretty all over the place this month and in terms of quantity but sadly it was pretty “meh” in terms of quality. Because of how random the books are I’ve split them into groups to try and bring some order to this wrap up.

The “meh” books.

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The first book I read this month was Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett and it was disappointing. I did a whole review for it but in short: I love Jenn Bennett but I didn’t love this book. It liked the representation: a hard of hearing boy with Japanese heritage and a girl with narcolepsy, but I didn’t care much about the romance. There wasn’t much chemistry between the characters, Birdie and Daniel, at least compared to other Bennett books, and they felt kind of cringey at times.

I was in the mood for some cheesy “oh my god I have superpowers” and “oh my god I’m the most powerful witch to ever exist” read and so I read The Lost Witch by Chandelle LaVaun. . I was hoping for a guilty pleasure read but I basically skim read this. It just wasn’t what I wanted and I barely remember anything that happened (besides lots of characters with very modern American names). Continue reading “April Wrap Up”