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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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I (almost) read the rainbow🌈// June Wrap Up

My June TBR was ambitious. Very, overly ambitious. I set out in June to read my rainbow – reading one LGBTQ+ book from each colour, but I did hope to double up and read numerous books for each colour. And I accomplished this challenge. More or less …


Red – The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe

Me loving a book I knew I was going to love but put off reading for ages anyways? Wow what a surprise! On the one hand I’m very proud of myself for having read this (finally), on the other hand I’m pissed I didn’t read it sooner because it was so good!

The Girl’s I’ve Been was a recipe for a good time what with the compelling characters and dynamics, edge of your seat worthy action and an interwinning plotline that melded Nora’s life of living the con during her childhood to her using those “skills” to get her and her friends out of bank robbery turned hostage situation.


Orange – Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales

I think of all the books I read this month, Perfect on Paper was probably my favourite and I’m very happy about this fact. Sophie Gonzales is officially on my “must read all her books” list.

I really liked the writing style, Darcy’s personality really shone through. I also loved the relationship between her and Broughman (whose name I’m still not sure how to pronounce properly) even outside of any romantic sense. In terms of the romance, this actually kept me guessing a fair bit as to who the endgame love interest was, or if there was even going to be a main focus romance.

Besides from Darcy being Broughman’s love coach and dealing with her crush on her best friend and the fallout from secrets she’s kept, this book also touched on bi-phobia, internalised and unintentional, which I thought was and important part too.


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When two (months) become one // April & May Wrap Up

Hey and hello.

In the last two months I read 19 books. Part of me wants to know how I did this considering it’s been the end of the semester, the other part of me knows full well that I read this much because of procrastination.

Today we’re gonna speed run through wrapping up these 19 books. Some were great – favourite of the year contenders in fact, some were duds but overall a solid two months of reading!



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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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Top 5 Books I Read this Winter … + Autumn Honourable Mentions❄🍂

Hello.

It’s just dawned on me how much work I’ve actually got to do: two assignments, creative writing for seminar feedback, study abroad paperwork, renewing my passport, I also wanted to enter a creative writing competition.

This is not the great realisation to have when I’m running off only a couple hours of sleep so what am I going to do? Ignore all that and talk about some recent favourites!!

Today I come to you with my favourite books from December, January and February, as well as some honourable mentions because I forgot to do an Autumn version of this and those books deserve love too.


Honourable Autumn Mentions

*won’t be talking over much about these ones because, I’m going to be honest with you, it’s been a few months and my memory is not the greatest*

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I finally read some decent books for Uni // February Wrap Up

Hello and howdy.

I have some exciting news to share today … I got accepted onto the study abroad programme for next semester!!! I had the first meeting about it yesterday and sure I signed up for this but it’s still not fully set in that I’ll be going to freaking America in a couple of months! What the Hell!!

With this though comes a lot more stuff to add to my to-do-list which is why I’m in full blown productivity mode right now (please ignore the fact that I still didn’t get out of bed til noon). As usual though, I’m kicking off with some work that doesn’t feel like work cause I enjoy it so much: sharing my February wrap up!

February ended up being a much better reading month then I though. I didn’t accomplish my mission of reading “all the romance” like I said in my TBR, but I did read 7 and a bit books this month which I’m really happy about!



Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert – I was so annoyed with myself that I wasn’t able to squeeze this last book into 2021 but it’s okay now because I’ve done it. I’ve completed the Brown Sisters Trilogy!! This entire series was a banger, but this third book in particular was probably my favourite of the three. It was just so much fun! I genuinely don’t think I’ve ever laughed out loud at a book so much, not even just from the witty back and forth dialogue but actual events that take place had me in stitches. I was in a bit of a slump at the start of the month but this was exactly what I needed.

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston – And here we have another book I’m so happy to finally say I’ve read! I ordered this book last year, around the time of it’s release, but it just never came and my order ended up being cancelled. It took me a while to read this, I’m gonna blame the slump, but I did really enjoy it. As hard as I tried I did end up comparing it to Red, White and Royal Blue, I think that’s just inevitable. It has the same fun and addictive writing style but is a bit slower and requires a bit more patience. The found family aspects were my favourite thing about this, so fun and wholesome. I wrote an entire review if you’d like to check out my full thoughts, but now I’m counting down the days til McQuiston’s YA debut.

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A strong start // January Wrap Up

After reading 10 books in January I have now hit a slump. Whyyy!!! As evident by my February TBR there a bunch of books I want to be reading right now but just physically can’t. It’s annoying.

I’m hoping that once I share my thoughts and feelings on the books I’ve read recently it’ll free up brain space and get me motivated to read again. (Please. I beg).

Like I said, I read 10 books in January which I am very happy with. Considering the fact that my goal for the year is 30 books, I’m already 1/3 of the way towards that. I definitely made the most of my three weeks off uni :))


I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre

I wasn’t sure about this book when I first picked it up. The characters were a bit younger then I was expecting and the writing not as mature.

This book follows two girls who, while part of the same friend group, have a kind of rivalry which hits an all time high when they have to team up to make a movie for a film festival.

The characters being on the younger side (I feel so old saying “young” they’re like 15-16) actually ended up being for the best as a lot of the characters actions can be blamed on the hormones. In the end I ended up really enjoying it.

Review


You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus

The end of December and start of January was dedicated to catching up a little bit more on the McManus releases I’ve been meaning to get to. Unfortunately You’ll Be the Death of Me turned out to be my least favourite of her books I’ve read so far.

While I liked the fact that this moved away from high-school gossip and drama and focuses on more “heavier” stuff it just didn’t hit the same. I wasn’t as invested in the action or characters which is a shame. Still glad I’m almost caught up on McManus’ books though.

Review


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My Favourite Books of 2021!!

Hello and happy new year everyone!!

For most people 2021 is over. Done with. No looking back. But not for book bloggers. For us, January of any new year is a month full of looking back on the previous year. I genuinely love this time of the year, just for all the bookish content.

Today I’m going to be starting on a positive foot and looking back on my favourite books of 2021!!

the yearly tradition of using this gif lives on. you don’t understand how happy this photo makes me.

Overall I read 100 books in 2021. I’m pretty happy withe everything I read. With that being said, it was super easy to pick out my favourites. Chances are you’ve heard all about these book already, but I’m excited to talk about none the less. (these are in no particular order btw).


Never Saw You Coming by Erin Hahn

Not only does the tradition of the “positive mental attitude cute dog” gif live on, but so does the tradition of a Erin Hahn book being a favourite of the year.

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