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I bought these books last year!!

Hi and hello, happy Friday!!

Today I am bringing you a bookhaul. Not my first book haul of the year (that’ll come in due course don’t you worry), but actually my last bookhaul of 2022.

These books are either books I bought in New York … or books I bought to stop me crying when I got stranded in Germany. After not sleeping in 24 hours, not eating in 8 hours I missed my connecting flight due to delays. I cried like a baby because the next flight wasn’t until the next day and all I wanted was to be at home. What’s the solution to crying literally non-stop? Retail therapy!!!

Some say “when in Rome” I say “when in the USA” because of course I had to buy myself some books from Barnes & Nobel of all places!!

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Mariah Carey is back on ice// December Wrap Up

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I’m getting straight to the point with things today because the last time I took my time writing a blogpost my computer froze and, despite saving every now and then, I lost the entire thing. I was fuming and cannot handle a repeat of that.

There’s four more days left in the year but I’m drawing a line under things. If by some miracle I squeeze in another book I’m going to include it towards my 2023 reading goal. I’m doing this because in December I read exclusively Christmas books!!

With me being in the States for the majority of December, I really wanted to get myself in the mood for Christmas by reading festive books. Sadly that didn’t happen. I just did not manage to get in the holiday spirit. I’ll try harder next year. Despite that though, I did have a lot of fun with the hoilday books I read!

My True Love Gave to Me Anthology edited by Stephanie Perking

End of December/early January this anthology was on sale on Kindle so I was very prepared when it came to my Christmas TBR. I was actually looking forward to picking this one up for weeks before it was conventionally acceptable to do so.

I class an anthology as a win when I enjoy about half of the stories. Anthologies are usually composed of such a mixed bag that I like to give them this bit of lee way compared to other books. I’m happy to report that I enjoyed 3/4 of the stories in this book. It got off to a really great start with Rainbow Rowells opening stories, there was a cute one set at a Christmas tree nursery. Besides from one or two that I didn’t really connect with, I had a really great time with every single one of these.

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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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My favourite book covers of 2022!

Can somebody please tell me why I decided to fly home from America a week early meaning I need to get all my finals in before I leave to avoid stress and added complications? Jesus, the things I do just to see my dogs and have a homemade meal again.

I also need somebody to tell me to stop starting my assignements in the middle of the night. It’s 2am and I just finished writing one of my entire Final Projects :p

Really, I should sleep right now, but my brain and eyeballs are on fire so I’m gonna keeo rolling while the motivation is coming which is why I’m gonna talk about my favourite book covers of 2022!!

This is becoming a tradition on my blog. I love books and I love pretty things so it only makes sense to combine the two. Today I come to you with a list of 10 book covers I’m in love with, but you should check out my 2020 and 2021 favourites too!

Juniper & Thorn by Ava Reid

Imagine my surprise when I was scouring Goodreads for 2022 releases, just to re-fresh my brain, and I come across this book that I could have sworn was released last year. I’ve triple checked and nope, it is in fact a new release. Can’t believe I’ve missed this but I will happily gush about it here!]

Might just be me but this kind of reminds me of a stained glass window of an abandoned church or something. But yeah this book cover is great and I’ve heard the insides are just as good. Pretty sure this is a horror so it definitely matches that vibe.

I am absolutely heartbroken, however, because I’ve looked and this is not the cover for the UK version of this book. Why would they do this to me!

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Mariah Carey has defrosted // December TBR

Raise your hand if you’ve already heard the dulcet tones of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas” a hundred times? 🙌 Yeah same. I can’t even complain about it too much because I’m excited this year

I feel like Christmas is such an awkward time for students, espeically uni students. On one hand this is the busiest time of year, we’re all swamped and stressed. But at the same time, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel in the shape of a holiday, and for those of us who study away – going home.

This year I’m going to try and fully get in the spirit. To do that I am going to watch a bunch of Christmas movies. If the plane back home doesn’t have Elf I will be writing an email complaining cause that’s the movie I hope to watch. Other Christmas movie traditions in my family include The Greatest Showman which is a holiday movie despite it being about a musical circus, and Pitch Perfect just because me and my dad binged the trilogy a couple Christmas Eve’s ago.

I’m also hoping to exclusively read Christmas themed books this year! Sure there’s one or two 2022 releases I’m hoping to squeeze in, but for the purpose of this TBR I’m gonna just stick to the holiday reads I’ve picked out!

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My thoughts while reading It Starts With Us by Colleen Hoover

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Earlier this year I was caught up in my curoisity and read It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover after being bombarded with it every time I opened my tiktok. I did a whole review detialing my thoughts on this book but to sum it up: I think I would have enjoyed that book more if I had gone in blind.

It Ends With Us is not a romance novel. I feel like the whole point of that book is that it lures you in, makes you think it’s one thing, but then subverts that and you feel all these ups and down and conflicting feelings alongside Lily, the main character. Because I knew what was going to happen so I couldn’t by in to that.

We’re now a month or two out from the release of the highly anticipated sequel, It Starts With Us, and I’ve managed to avoid all spoilers. I really need to hurry up and read it though before I stumble across some. So today I’m going to start reading the book and document my thought process while reading.

Just before I start reading the initial thing I’m interested in is the relationship between Lily and Atlas. These two were so hyped up online, especially Atlas Carrigan, but I just didn’t connect to them in any way. Like I could acknowledge that Atlas was a good guy and clearly the better option for Lily, but to me, that book was less about shipping the two of them, and more about the inner workings of Lily’s other relationship so I’m curious about the dynamic in this sequel which I feel will definitely have the chance to be a romance unlike the first.

Anyways, on with my reading …. (spoilers ahead btw).

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Books to read before the end of the year// November TBR

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I cannot, for the life of me, believe that we’re down to the last two months of the year. October absolutely flew by. A new month means a new TBR and so today I come to you with the books I want to read before the end of the year.

Sure we’ve still got December left to go but I’ve got a bunch of holiday romance’s to keep my busy in December so this really is my last month to make a decent dent in my TBR.

November is going to be busy for me. I’m going to Washington DC for a day trip on the 12th, and then spending a couple days in New York for the Thanksgiving Break. It’s also going to be my last fully month in the US so I’m sure I’ll be busy with uni work and getting read to leave. That is to say that I don’t know how much time I’ll have to read, but I’m really hoping to get to all of these!

Currently Reading

Wolfsong by TJ Klune – One of my goals for this year was to read a book by TJ Klune. I honestly wasn’t expecting it to be Wolfsong but I received an ARC of this as it’s recently been re-released and picked it up for one last “halloween” read. I’m really not that far into this book, only 15%, but I’m so far really enjoying it. Ox is such a sweetheart, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of the pack dynamics.

The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – After re-reading the first two books in this trilogy back in September I have finally picked up the third and final book! Again, I’m not very far into this book but the ball has already started rolling.

It Starts With Us by Colleen Hoover – I picked this book up in Walmart. I couldn’t help myself. Earlier this year I read It Ends With Us and I’ve talked a lot about how I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I didn’t know anything about it. Now’s my chance to see if that’s true as I’ve done really well not to come across any spoilers.

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My anticipated releases of 2022 // October, November & December

Hello. My brain hurts.

We’re down to the last three months of the year which means it’s time for one last round of anticipated releases. From the top of my head I’m pretty sure I’ve done a terrible job so far at keep up with releases, but that’s not gonna stop me from talking about some more!

January, February & March // April, May & June // July, August & September


Greywaren by Maggie Stiefvater

My brain apparently convinced itself that this book wasn’t coming out until next year. I’m guessing this was out of some sort of survival instinct because I’m 99.9% sure this book is going to hurt me.

With this book being the third and final of the series there’s nothing I can say in regards to the plot because spoilers. I’m going to Pittsburgh this week and New York next month so I’m planning on picking up a copy of this on one of those trips.

To all reading this book in the coming months, I pray for you just as I hope you pray for me.

Release Date: October 18th

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🌧grumpy/sunshine🌞 I still love you!

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Last year I shouted my love for the Grumpy/Sunshine romance trope from the rooftops, specifically in a dedicated post where I read three books with this aspect. I had a lot of fun reading and reviewing those books and have wanted to do it again ever since.

And now the time has finally come and today I’ll be reviewing Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert and The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren.

I was meant to also include It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey but I got 60 pages in and couldn’t do it anymore. I wasn’t loving the characters or the plot and had to DNF it, at least for now. I might go back to it, I might now. If it get’s better and is actually worth reading, please let me know down in the comments 🙂

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

I’m gonna start off by saying that I don’t think I’ve ever laughed out loud (lol-ed as the kids say) so much while reading a book in my life. From page one this book had me in literal stitches which is exactly what I needed to get me out of my mini book-slump.

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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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