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May Wrap Up!

Hi and hello. Happy Friday.

May was a busy month. Honestly thought my assignments were going to be the death of me towards the end there but I survived and I somehow managed to read 7 books (and DNF another).

In Nightfall by Suzanne Young

I started In Nightfall in April with high hopes. It was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, so much so that I actually pre-ordered the ebook.

Sadly, I ended up giving up on this book and DNF-ed around the 35% mark. Usually I’d try to read further but after close to two months of reading I just wasn’t progressing, the story didn’t feel like it was progressing. I saw in another review that main character doesn’t clue in on what’s happening until 70% through and I just didn’t have the patience for that.

Maybe I’ll go back ot it eventually, but I just have so many other books that I want to read so I had to put this one down and move on to other things.

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April Wrap Up

Hello. It’s already taken me two weeks to get around to wrapping up the books I read in April so I’m gonna get straight to it.

Looking back April was actually a pretty busy month seeing family, hanging out with friends, procrastinating uni work etc. In terms of reading, I didn’t realise how many books I’d managed to squeeze in. Overall I finished 7 books. Most of those were from the same series so my brain didn’t compute how much I’d read meaning I’m pleasantly surprised with this.

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The Quater Year Crisis Book Tag


I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend. To me Easter begins as soon as I see Easter Eggs on the shelf in the shops, reaches it’s pinaccle when I get time off school and ends when I have to go back.

We’re now 1/4 of the way through the year though, which means it’s the perfect time to look back on my reading so far this year. To do that I’m going to be doing the Quater-Year Crisis Book Tag!

How many books have you read so far?

So far this year I’ve read 26 books! My goal for the year is to read 75 (with the internal hope of reaching 100) so I’m doing really well so far. I’m actually 7 books ahead of schedule. I’m really glad that I’ve got off to a good start because I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep this momentum going come the summer when I’m working as much as humanly possible, and then when I start back at uni for third year. I really feel like I’ve been flying through books this year and I wanna keep that going for as long as possible … even if I am in a bit of slumpy mood right now.

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I have no life so I read // March Wrap Up

Hello, happy Friday.

Looking back on March – I can’t decide whether it dragged or flew by. On one hand, I look at some of the books I read this month and it feels like I read them ages ago, but on the other hand, I can’t help but think how the hell is it April already?

March was a really good month for reading. I read 8 books in total and actually set myself a little challenge. I was bored, as I usually am, and tasked myself with reading a book a day for a week. In the end I read 4 books in 4 consecutive days. This is still crazy to me. I documented the entire process if you wanna check it out.

Really, the only bad thing about my reading this month is that I failed to read a book from my 12-for-12 TBR. I am a failure but I’m gonna come back stronger.

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trying to read a book a day for a week

Here’s the thing. I have nothing going on in my life right now and with the easter break coming up I have even less to do. Instead of spending all my time scrolling and doing jigsaws on my phone (which is exactly what I do now) I’m gonna try and a read a book a day this week.

I do not have high hopes for this for myself – I’m nutourisoly bad at sticking to my own plans – but I’m gonna try.

While I’m not going to box myself into a set TBR for this little experiment/challenge, I do have a couple of books I think would be great to pick up.

  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – 294 pages
  • This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar – 209 pages
  • Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake – 304 pages
  • St Juniper’s Folly by Alex Crespo – 304 pages
  • Fake Dates & Mooncakes by Sher Lee – 272 pages
  • She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlan – 288 pages
  • Ophelia After All by Racquel Marie – 341 pages

They’re on the shorter end but that’s what I need. I’m already pushing myself with a book day, I’m gonna make this as easy as possible for myself.

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best books i read this winter!

Hi and hello 👋

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 🙂

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 🙂

Elli xx

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Good books & good vibes // February Wrap Up

I’m in my happy place right now; freshly showered, dressed in new PJS, drinking a cup of tea and eating some raspberries. To add to the good vibes of today, I’m here to talk about the TEN books I read this month.

February is obviously the shortest month so I’m super surprised by how many books I managed to squeeze in. Even better, I enjoyed most of them.

The only thing that could possibly bring me down is remembering the fact that I read barely any of the books that were actually on my TBR. To not ruin my good mood, I’m choosing to ignore this fact 🙂

Seven Faceless Saint by M.K Lobb – I started off the month on really good footing not only reading an ARC but really enjoying it! This is the start of a new fantasy series that I will definitely be carrying on with. I loved the religious themes throughout this novel, and I especially loved the main characters Roz and Damian. I was part of the blog tour for this and shared my reactions so check that out and definitely pick up this book.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo – Here we have my first re-read of the year (really gonan try and cut down on those this year). I read this via audiobook this time round which I really enjoyed. As you may know, there’s some graphic content in this book and it was quite wierd having someone recite that right into my ear.

Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo – I switched back to the physical copy for the sequel (the cover still creeps me out) and I really loved it. I was obsessed with Alex and her friendships in this book like with Dawes and her roommates. I was especially obsessed with all the Darlington related stuff. Never before have I so highly anticipated a kiss or SOMETHING more than with this duo. Heartbreaking that I’m gonna have to wait even more years for the third book.

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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!

Hi and hello!!

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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