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My 5 current reads. (I can’t make my mind up)

I can’t make my mind up on what book I’m currently reading. At a push, I’ll read two books at a time and yet here I am with bookmarks in five, maybe even six books.

Listen I’ve had a lot of things to distract me from reading recently: new Sims expansion pack, new Pretty Little Liars series, and now Mike’s Mic just dropped “an appropriately unhinged recap of Glee (part two)”.

But I’m adament to get back on my reading game and maximising the free reading time that I have before study abroad and classes gets going so today I’m going to talk about the books I’ve started and want to finish!


The Society For Soulless Girls by L.K Stevens

I’ve been highly anticipating this book all year. I bought the e-book and started reading it as soon as possible and yet, I’m only 20% of the way through with this book.

The Society For Soulless Girls is said to be a sapphic retelling of Jeckyl & Hyde, a classic I’ve never actually read but know enough about to be intrigued by a YA retelling. After reading that first 20% I can say that I definitely am intrigued by what I’ve read so far.

I’m so far really liking the atmosphere. It’s giving Dark Academia, which is usually a 50/50 genre for me, but because of this, I’m kind of wishing I’d left it until the weather cooled down. For me, Dark Acadamie is a autumnal/winter genre so I can be wrapped in a blanket drinking tea. I’m back in the UK in two weeks where it thankfully won’t be 40’C so maybe I’ll save this until then.


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Romance & Randomness // July TBR

Hello and howdy.

It’s July. How the Holy Hell? The passing of time is giving me anxiety right now so we’re not going to focus too much on that and instead we’re going to focus on my TBR.

I wasn’t planning on doing a TBR because the books I want to read this month can be split into two categories: romance & randomness.

The romance books I plan to read I already touched on in my Summer Reading Plans post, and then the random books are just that – random. I’m in a mood where I want to read everything and anything despite not having the time to do so. I tend to get stuck in reading-slumps in the summer so I’m just trying my best to avoid that.

There’s no rhyme or reason and my TBR is definitely subject to change this month. But I like talking about books so I’m here anyways 🙂


The Romance

Beach Read + Book Lovers by Emily Henry – Emily Henry is an internet favourite at the minute. To be honest, she’s been a favourite for the last three years since her debut and I’m now finally joining the hype train. My main focus is going to be Beach Read, just because that’s the one I hear people talk about the most. Also it’s summer, of course I’m going to read a book literally titled “Beach Read” in July.

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett – Jenn Bennett contemporaries make me happy and this one especially so, it’s definitely my favourite. I want to revisit this book this month because 1) I have no more new Jenn Bennett contemporaries at my disposal, 2) like Beach Read it’s set in a beach/ocean-side town over the summer. I read the first chapter of this earlier today and it already made me feel smiley.

Terms & Conditions by Lauren Asher – This is gonna be a quick read for me. I know it because I have a special type of intuition when it comes to this stuff … and I because I already started reading this two months ago but had to put it down cause life was crazy. Even though I’ve already started this book I want a clean slate so I’m going to start from the beginning again. This is fake-dating and marriage of convenience with a billionaire main character. As always #EatTheRich but ficitonal characters don’t count and they’re fun to read about.

How to Fake it in Hollywood by Ava Wilder – While the cover makes it seem like this is gonna be cute and fluffy I’ve heard that’s really not the case. I’m ready to put my heart on the line in the name of Fake-Dating and Hollywood famous main character.


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My reading plans for this summer ☀️

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My plans for the day came to a screeching halt when my Grandma, who I was meant to spend the day and go out to dinner with, tested positive for Covid. I normally love it when plans get cancelled cause I’m very much an introvert. But I was looking forward to this, even just to get out of the house. I had my outfit picked out and everything.

To amend the fact that I feel all out of sorts now, I figured I’d talk a bit about my plans for this summer.

I’ve got a busy summer coming up. By the time this goes live I’ll be back in Spain, I think I’ll have even started my new job. Things on the agenda for this summer include:

  • Hanging out with my friends as much as possible even though we’re all going to be working.
  • Snorkeling. Every summer I say I’m going to do this more often but never actually do.
  • Another thing I say every summer is that I’m gonna write. Keep your fingers crossed for me. (If anyone wants a writing buddy, hit me up. I need all the help lol)
  • Trying not to let the anxiety kill me as I try and sort out my US visa. The only high-point in all of this is a possible trip to Madrid.

And then of course, the most important part of summer is reading as many books as possible! Even then though, I have specific reading goals for the summer that I’m hoping to achieve!


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My anticipated releases of 2022 // April, May & June

Howdy!

I’m meant to be face-timing my friend who’s currently on Study Abroad in America in a couple hours but I’m already getting sleepy. I need to do something to wake me up. My solution: making a cup of tea (that has caffiene right?) and talking about some more of my anticipated 2022 releases!!

So far this year I’ve read one of the seven books I’ve already talked about. In my defence: two of them aren’t out yet (as I’m writing this), and one of them is on my immediate TBR.

Jaunary, February & March


April

Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li

Release Date: April 5th

The only heist book I’ve ever read is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (and I guess maybe One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston) which in my eyes is far too low of a number.

That’s were Portrait of a Thief comes in! This book is all about stealing back priceless pieces of art from Western museums when Harvard senior Will is approached with an impossible and illegal job offer.

I’m really excited about this one. It’s such an interesting plot and I’m guessing it’s going to be jam-packed with historical context which will be new to me so I’m looking forward to learning alongside enjoying a heist story.


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Currently vibing with these books // April TBR

I feel like this point it’s fair to say that my TBRs are just a list of the books I’m vibing with in the moment. The books that show up on my TBR are barely ever the same books that show up on my wrap up and that’s okay. I’ve made peace with that.

I like going into the month with a rough idea of what I’m in the mood for so I’m not overwhelmed, but I do just go with where the bookish-cravings take me. With that being said, today I’m going to talk about some books I hope to read this April. I guess we’ll see if that actually happens.

March was such a good reading month for me. As I’m writing this post I’ve still got a week left but I’ve already read 9 books. I’ll be happy if I even read half of that in April.

Yes I’ve got 3 weeks off uni for Easter but I’m visiting my Dad, my Mum’s flying over for a week and me and my friends might be going to Edinburgh. So not really all that much free time in the grand scheme of things.



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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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Time to read all the romance!! // February TBR

Round of applause guys, we made it through the first month of 2022 👏👏 and now onto the second …

February is of course the month of Love™ despite there only being one designated day for it. Obviously I’m going to be milking this holiday for all it’s worth when it comes to content, starting with the books I plan to read this month.

I got off to a really good start in January and I’m already ahead of my reading goal. I’d like to keep up with that momentum but I’m not gonna put too much pressure on myself because I start back at Uni this month and am hoping to go visit my aunt and Godson.



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Please bear witness to my TBR and hold me accountable 😊

Hello and welcome to my blog 👋

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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Not so spooky Spooktober👻// October TBR

Hi and howdy!!

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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☀Books I need to read this summer☀

Hey and howdy, happy Friday!!

Welp. I wore shorts to work for the first time this week and the temperature has been reaching highs of 37*C which can mean only one thing … It’s Summer Time baby!!

I’m officially done with school now so really my only responsibilities are working on the weekend. This leaves a whole lot of time for reading which I plan on capitalising 100%.

Today I bring to you six books, plus a series which I’m hoping to read this summer. I do have a hand written list which is a smidge (a lot) longer, but these are the main ones I’m hoping to get to!


Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

I haven’t even skimmed over the first page and I only have a bare understanding of the plot but I’m getting really good vibes from this book.

Opposite of Always is a YA contemporary novel with a twist as it follows two teenagers in love, but when one of them dies the other is somehow transported back in time to before the death. How the time travel happens, how one of them dies, I have no clue, but I’m really excited to find out!

As well as the good vibes, I am getting feeling that I’ll be bawling my eyes out at some point.


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