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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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Happy New Year!! // 2021 Year in Review

I know there’s a couple of hours left of 2021 but I think we’re all over this year so let me start now by saying, Happy New Year!!

Ahhh 2021, slightly better then it’s predecessor but that’s a very low bar. We didn’t live through quite as many “historical moments that are gonna feature in our grandkids history books” which was a relief, but it’s still be eventful to say the least.

For me personally I’d say it’s been a pretty good year in terms of my personal life and my reading life which is what we’re gonna look over today :))


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Series I’ve started & completed this year!

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At the start of this year I sat down and wrote a list detailing the book series I wanted to start this year, and also the ones I really need to finish. Almost 365 days later, I’m back again to talk about the series I really did start, finish and catch up on :))


All Caught Up!!

I just realised that not only did I catch up on these three series, I actually re-read the previous books in the series before continuing on.

  • Heartstopper by Alice Oseman – Reading this graphic novel series has turned into a yearly tradition. Of course I always reread the previous volumes before starting in on the newest. I cannot wait for the fifth and final installment, and don’t get me started on the TV show!!
  • The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – These books are basically Young Adult soap operas and I love them. I have no clue what is gonna happen in the third book, but I’m excited to find out. (I would happily sell my soul for an ARC of the final book).
  • The Dreamers Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater – Here we have the newest series I’m all caught up on. And by “newest” I mean I finished Mister Impossible this afternoon.

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My Favourite Quotes & Moments: Call Down the Hawk!

Hello and howdy. Welcome to my blog. 

I’m supposed to be sleeping right now. Or at the very least trying to. I’ve got to get up to take my dogs to the vet tomorrow. I’ve also got a cold so sleep is probably exactly what my body needs. 

Am I going to give my body what it needs? No. Of course not. That would make life too easy. To be fair, my body isn’t making it easy. As soon as I got in bed I became wide awake and also started coughing. 

Instead of trying to sleep I’m here to say that I’m re-reading Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater. It feels like a life-time ago when this was my most anticipated release of the year. It came out in 2019, pre-pandmeic so I suppose in some ways it was a life-time ago. With the recent release of the sequel, Mister Impossible, I decided to revisit and also share my favourite quotes & moments:


*Spoilers*


“Were there other Lynches? It seems unlikely. Lynches appeared to be very good at dying”

This line, on the very first page, scares me. It sounds like a threat. 


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The Joy of Christmas Book Tag 🎅🎄

Merry Christmas!!!

Christmas Eve is a lawless day. I don’t know about your family, but we only really have traditions on the night: nice bath, new pyjamas, etc. So the daytime always feels chaotic.

Right now my brother is having a minor mental-breakdown in the kitchen because we’re making him follow through and make the brownies he promised us weeks ago. And I’m not so patiently waiting for him to finish so I can have a bacon sandwich. With the rate he’s going, I’m going to stave before I can have my breakfast.

While we drown out his complaining with some not-Christmas music (we really should have some Michael Buble on but we’ve got Little Mix instead), and I wait for food, I figured I’d do the Joy of Christmas Book Tag!


1) Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating? ✨

I feel like I’m a bit behind on the 2022 releases compared to previous years. Besides from new books from my faves (which I talked about in a post the other day) I don’t know too much.

There are definitly two I have my eye on though. The first being So This is Ever After by F.T Lukens. I’m drawn to anything with such a pretty cover, the fact it’s pegged as Carry On but with Arthurian Legend makes me very excited.

And then there’s also This May End Badly by Samantha Markum which I actually thought was coming out in 2021 and was very disappointed when I realised I had to wait longer. I’m pretty sure this is just a romance with a boarding school and a leather-jacket-wearing bad boy. That’s really all it takes to get me interested.


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If you haven’t read these 2020 releases yet, you should.

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I am currently home from Uni from Christmas and I’m loving it, don’t get me wrong, but I’m just noticing there’s a few things I can get away with at Uni but not here unless I want to feel judged. These things include:

  1. Sleeping until lunch time even though I have nothing to do.
  2. Making chicken nuggets in the middle of the night cause I’m anxious.

Really it’s the second one that’s being the most annoying right now. I want a snack but if my parents get up to find me faffing with chicken nuggets at this time of the night they’ll judge. My snack options are also limited cause I’m avoiding the fridge – there’s a turkey in there right now and it creeps me out to look at it. So I’ve got Pringles and complaints instead.

I figured while I eat pringles I’d talk a little bit about some 2020 releases. You may be thinking “why the hell are we re-visting 2020?” and to that I say “fair”.

Basically I want to recommend some new releases but trying to keep up with anticipated releases throughout the year is HARD. Sure I’ve read some, but not loads. So I’ve made the executive decision to give myself an extra year to read an recommend new releases. I also think this is a great way of maybe reminding people of books they were once excited about but maybe forgot about in the shuffle.

With that being said, here are some 2020 releases you should read, if you haven’t already:



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My favourite authors are releasing new books in 2022. Yay!

Howdy, happy Monday.

Question: you ever have days where you just don’t feel much? Like you’re not exactly happy but you’re not sad either. You’re just floating on a cloud of “meh”. Anyone??

Well that’s how I’m feeling today so I figured I’d try and inject some positivety in my life by talking about new books coming out in 2022 by some of my favourite authors!!


Casey Mcquiston – I Kissed Sara Wheeler

Sure Casey McQuiston is the only author on this list where I’ve only read one of their books but we’re just going to ignore that. While I might not have yet read One Last Stop I just know I’m going to love it as much as Red, White and Royal Blue.

In 2022 McQuiston is not only releasing another book but she’s releasing her YA debut: I Kissed Sara Wheeler! This seems different to her previous novels not only because it’s YA obviously, but it also seems to have a mystery element to it.

It follows a girl called Chloe who’s running for valedictorian with her only real competition being prom queen Sara Wheeler. When a month before graduation Sara kisses Chloe and then vanishes, Chloe follows the clues to find her.


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The Modern-Day Christmas Song Book Tag (Original)

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I’m going to hold my hands up and admit that, the last couple of years, I’ve been a bit of a Grinch when it comes to Christmas. In my defence, usually the Christmas season isn’t merry and festive. Instead it’s stressful and anxiety inducing cause this is always when I’m slummed down with exams.

me!

This year was totally different though. With me being away at uni, Christmas was now something I could get excited about, especially since it meant going home and seeing my family. (and I don’t have to do exams for my course which is even better).

Me and my housemates have been in the festive spirit blasting Christmas music since mid-November. More or less all the songs we’ve listened to though have been more modern Christmas songs.

Because I love a festive book-tag as much as anyone else, and I’ve enjoyed these modern day Christmas songs, I figured I’d combine the two and make my own tag. I googled this idea and didn’t find anything so I’m pretty sure this is original, birthed from my own brain.


Underneath the Tree by Kelly Clarckson

A book you want to find under the Christmas tree this year.

This is the best Christmas song of all time. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion but if you disagree then you’re just wrong.

The first question of my own tag and I’m cheating. Because I’ve flown home for Christmas there’s only so much room in my case so my mum had me order myself a couple of books to uni using her card a couple of weeks ago.

In an effort to stick to the question though, I’d say I’d love to find the special editions of the Six of Crows duology. The black hardbacks with the pretty red and gold foiling. I saw one in the shop the other week. So pretty!! In an effort to stick to the question though, I’d say I’d love to find the special editions of the Six of Crows duology. The black hardbacks with the pretty red and gold foiling. I saw one in the shop the other week. So pretty!!

Like I said, I won’t be getting these. I’m actually considering treating myself to these special editions as a graduation gift to myself … or as a “you survived your first year at uni” gift because, thinking now, I don’t know if I can wait three years to own these.


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My favourite book covers of 2021!

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I go home today!!!!! As you’re reading this I’ve either just got off the plane or am already at home being smothered in love by my dogs. I can’t wait.

In the mean time, I’m at my dads house enjoying the house to myself before my little brother and sister come home and the peace ends. While I’m doing nothing else but watching Money Heist, I figured I’d talk a little about my favourite book covers from this year.


Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Melinda Lo

The colours and overall design of this cover are such a vibe.


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All the TV shows I plan on watching instead of writing my essays :)

Hey and howdy, happy Monday.

Today I have the house to myself. After a tiring weekend of packing my bags to leave uni, saying goodbye to my housemates who are ditching me for study abroad in America next semester (😭 ) and then actually leaving uni, I’m ready for a rest.

Sure I’ve had the weekend but there’s no such thing as resting when there’s my 10 and 7 year old brother and sister running around the place. How they have so much energy I’ll never know.

They’re off at school though and my dads at work which means I’m spending the day on the couch and getting started on my Christmas break Watch-List. Sure I’ve got two essays and a piece of 2500 word creative writing to crack on with because the semester isn’t technically over yet, but I’m just gonna ignore that for now.

Since I’m procrastinating today anyways, I figured I’d share with you the shows I plan on watching over the next three weeks.


Only Murders in the Building

Was my initial interest in this show all because of Selena Gomez? Yes. No shame. I’ve been obsessed with her since the Wizards of Waverly Place and Princess Protection Programme days.

I’ve actually watched the first episode of this but got too busy to continue. I was really intrigued by what I watched though and am excited to continue on.


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