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I had a really great month! // January Wrap Up

I’m writing this in advance because I am starting my year being organised so this is probably old news by now but GUYS!!! I went to The 1975 concert in Newcastle last night and Lewis Capaldi came out, tricked us into thinking he was Harry Styles, and sang Love Story by Taylor Swift. What the actualy fuck!!

I went to this concert because my friend really wanted to go and I’m always down for a concert, even if I don’t know many of their songs. Screaming “Don’t fuck it, you muppet”, watching Matt Healy be … well, Matt Healy, and getting to be there for Lewis Capaldi guest starring was well worth it though.

This wasn’t the only thing that made my January so good though. I’ve also managed to read — books spanning out of my comfort genres, new releases, 2022 books I wanted to read, and getting off to a good start with my 12-for-12 reading challenge!

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New Year’s Book Tag 2023!

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I know it’s late Janaury/early February so this tag may be slightly passed it’s metaphorical sell-bye date but I am an absolute sucker for end and beginning of the year content – wrapping up and looking ahead – so we’re just going to pretend like I got around to this a bit earlier than I did.

Not only that, but I was actually tagged by Dini @ DiniPandaReads so of course I had to do it eventually!!

How many books are you planning to read in 2023?

I have set my reading goal for the year to 75 books but my internal goal for myself is to hit 100 books for the third year in a row. I like to low-ball so that it’s still a goal I have to work towards which will motivate me to read more, but won’t suck the joy out of reading for me. So far I’ve read 7 books so I think I’m on a good track at the minute!

Name 5 books you didn’t get to this year but want to make a priority in 2023.

The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas // Ophelia After All by Racquel Marie // The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston // Better Than The Movies by Lynn Painter // Songs in Ursa Major by Emma Brodie

I’ve done my fair share blog posts centering around books I didn’t get to and still want to read whether that be with my 12 books for 12 months TBR or my very long list of 2022 releases I didn’t get to but still want to read. And yet, there’s still even more books that I really want to get to sooner rather than later.

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My 2022 in Books // Happy New Year!!!

With just one day of 2022 we have officially made it to the end of the year!! As I’ve felt the need to say since 2020: well done everybody. Give yourself a pat on the back.

Looking back at 2022, I have to say that I’ve had one of the best years of my life: finishing my first year of uni, Conan Grey concert, my best uni friend staying with me in Spain for 10 days, studying abroad in the United States and all the amazing things I got to do there.

It was also a really great reading year for me as I managed to read 116 books! That is crazy to me considering how busy I’ve been. I did start the year tracking my reading on Storygraph so I’d have so many stats come this end of the year but … I forgot all about that because I’m terrible.

As always though, today I’m going to be taking a look back at my reading year 🙂

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Best books I read this Autumn!

Finals. Are. Over!!!!!!!! This morning I submitted my final paper and am officially free from all universtiy induced stress until February. Two months of living la vida loca.

Because I’m riding this high, it only makes sense to continue on the celebration by talking about the best books I’ve read over the last three months. I’ve read 27 books between September and November. For the most part, I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read recently but here are my best of the best

The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass

I had been saving this book specifically for Halloween after receiving an ARC last year but not getting to it in time. Not only was I thrilled that I followed through for once and actually picked this up for the spooky season, I was even happier that I loved this book.

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I threw my reading plans out the window // November Wrap Up

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I had a plan for this month. I was going to spend the month finally reading the books that I’ve been putting off all year before I switched into Christmas mode and only read festive reads in December. As you may be able to tell by the title of todays post … that didn’t quite go to plan.

Literally, the only books from that original TBR were my current reads that I’d already started. I am a disgrace to myself and we’re just going to role on into talking about what I did manage to read because I’m so ashamed.

Wolfsong by TJ Klune – It took me over a month to read this book. That was entirely my fault and I apologise to this book for taking so long. I actually managed to read the bulk of this book on the bus to New York and it made the 4+ hours pass very quickly.

As soon the action (and the traumatising moments) got going, and I actually had time to sit back and just read, I fell in love with this story. One of my goals this year was to read a TJ Klune book. This isn’t quite the one I had in mind but I failed so badly on my goals this year that I’m taking it as a win. I will definitely be continuing on with this series next year. This is the re-realeased UK version. Does anyone know if I have to wait for the UK release of the sequel, or can I just read what’s already published?? Please let me know!

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu – While this would have been ideal to read back in October I am not mad about reading it a couple weeks too late because this was so cosy and sweet! This is a graphic novel with romance between a witch and a werewolf, it’s got sapphic grandma’s, magic and a little bit of mystery. The art style is just really cute aswell. I think this is definitely going to become an annual read for me from now on!

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Sucessfully Spooky // October Wrap Up

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October has come and gone and the Spooky season, is sadly over. The only consolation for all of this is that it means we’re closer to Christmas and I’d be lying if I said I’m not excited for Christmas songs, cheesey Christmas romance movie’s, and all the food that comes along with it.

I had a fun Halloween this year. We went to a pumpkin patch which was a fun first. Also, being here in the US for Haloween was a fun experience. The dining hall went all out and Campus Security were handing out “candy” (still feels wierd calling it that).

My costume this year was the epitome of lazy. We went to a Penn State football game earlier that day so I just wore my Penn State merch and stuck on a backwards basketball cap and called myself an “American Sport Bro”. The scariest thing we did Halloween weekend was … play Monopoly. I’ll leave it at that.

I also read some great books this month! I had a pretty ambitious TBR and I didn’t read everything but I’m not even mad about that. I had great time with these books, for the most time, and that’s what matter.

The first book I finished this month was my re-read of The Kings Men by Nora Sakovic. I’ve talked at length about this series and how this third book is my favourite of the trilogy so I’m not gonna go through that again.

Halloween Reads

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Pleasantly surprised // September Wrap Up

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So September came and went in a blink of an eye. I’ve officially been in the US for over a month now. It’s so crazy. On one hand it feels like I’ve only just got here, on the other it feels like it’s been a lifetime but that might just be because I’m in dire need of a homecooked roast dinner.

I had little to no expectations for my reading this month. With classes starting I didn’t know how much free time I’d have to read or even what I’d be in the mood to read. I had two new books on my September TBR and I read neither of them.

There were a lot of unexpected re-reads this month but I’m not mad about it. Re-reading can take the pressure off sometimes which was what I probably needed this month.

Finally finished:

I think I was in a bit of a reading slump at the start of the month because I started both of these books on my flight to the US but it took me ages to finish them after that.

I ended up finishing the audiobook of Mox by Jon Moxley while playing bubble-shooter late into the night. I really enjoyed this audiobook. It’s narrated by Moxley himself so it felt like he was just chit-chatting about his life and career as a professional wrestler, or like I was just listening to a podcast which I really enjoyed.

With As Good as Dead by Holly Jackson, I had to actually set aside time and kind of force myself to finish it to free myself from the book slump. I loved the previous two books which I binged in August, but this third book was definitely my least favourite of the three. I appreciated the attention to Pip’s spiralling mental state and how there were consequences of the past books, but I just didn’t enjoy some of the plot points.

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Top 5 books I read this summer☀

Summer is over. The sun might not know this considering the fact that it’s still making me sweat my arse off but it’s over. I’m ready for hoodies, blankets and lots of tea. With the end of another season, it’s time for me to share my recent five favourites.

I’m pretty sure I forgot to do this for Spring but looking at the list of spring favourites I have written down here I’ve already talked about all of them at length. As much as I loved these books, I don’t wanna keep gabbing on about them so we’re just skipping ahead.

Anyways, onwards and upwards to autumn we go!

Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales

Sophie Gonzales cemented herself as a must read author for me with this book. I loved her 2021 co-authored book, If This Get’s Out, and I loved this maybe even more. Her writing style was so addictive.

This book follows Darcy who considers herself an expert when it comes to handing out love advice, hence why she started up an anonymous love advice buinsess at her highschool. When Broughman finds out about this he leverages this secrete against her until she agress to help him win back his ex.

On the surface it may seem like any other high-school set story but it went deep and even touched on bisexual erasure among other things. It also had a super cute romance that was entertaining to read the entire time.

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Busy months // August Wrap Up + September TBR

I have been struck with the need for a cup of tea. I never thought I’d give in to such British stereotypes but here I am, limited to two a day and dying. This is going to become a problem soon because the busy months have started.

August was crazy. I was working, I was travelling, I was climatising to being at college in America. And now that classes have started I don’t think life is going to be calming down any time soon which is why I’m combining August TBR and September Wrap Up :))

August Wrap Up

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I read some really good books // July Wrap Up

Summer is basically over. I’ve got two weeks left before I leave home again until Christmas and I don’t know how to feel about that. Actually no, that’s a big fat lie. I feel like I’m one inconvenience or act of kindness away from crying today but maybe that’s because I’m tired.

While I’m sad summer is basically done with and I have to go back to real life, I am very happy with what I read in July.

Not gonna lie, I was hoping to read like a million books this month but obviously that was a big reach especially when you take into fact that I’ve been working full time, had my friend visiting for a week, had to go to Madrid for my VISA. In total I finished 7 books, and most importantly, I loved every single one.

Addicted to You by Krista & Rebecca Ritchie

I’ve seen this series all over the place on Tik-Tok and one of the romance booktubers I watch, Larry Reads, is obsessed so I finally decided to check it out before I get spoiled. I knew going into this book that it wasn’t going to be a super sweet and fluffy read – the romance is not one to model your own relationship after that’s for sure, but I thought it was really entertaining!

This book, and I’m guessing this series, reminds me of a soap opera or a CW worthy TV drama and that’s what’s keeping me reading. I’m a fan of a good guilty pleasure. Will I be admitting to the people on my English Lit uni course that I’ve been reading this? No. But I will definitely be slowly but surely working my way through the series.

Loveless by Alice Oseman

Finishing Loveless gave me a deep sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. For one thing I started reading it in June so it felt nice to just finish it, for another thing, I’ve been meaning to read this ever since it was first released but I had a feeling I’d relate a lot to this book and I just wasn’t read for that.

This book takes place over the course of Georgia’s first year of university so part of me feels like I should have read it last summer, before I started my first year of uni. The other part of me is glad I waited til after experiencing that for myself because I can relate more. It speaks a lot to finding yourself with Georgia figuring out she’s asexual and aromantic.

I related to this book a lot and even though it felt like it took ages to read, I’m glad I took my time with it and I definitely recommend it.

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