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The High School Musical Book Tag (aka me living my best life)

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I am doing something super exciting today: The High School Musical Book Tag.

High School Musical was my entire Childhood! I had a HSM lunch box, a Gabriella doll, all the DVDs and CDs (including the concert version) which I played on a loop, my primary school had a High School Musical singing club and we performed “Breaking Free” during an assembly and I went to cinema to watch the third movie.

I watched these movies so much that even my parents know all the words. 

And so believe me when I say I jumped up and down in my chair with excitement (which I’m only slightly ashamed of) when I found out this was a book tag that existed.

I tried finding the original creator to this tag but I think that post has since been deleted because I can’t find it. Either way I’m super excited though to re-live my childhood today and combine it with books!

The Start of Something New: A new favourite genre/author/series

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A new favourite author of mine is definitely Erin Hahn. I fell in love with her debut novel You’d Be Mine last year and my love for her multiplied when I read her sophomore novel More Than Maybe a month or two back. She writes such entertaining books filled with humour and music. I can’t wait for it’s official release and to read more from her. Continue reading “The High School Musical Book Tag (aka me living my best life)”

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❄Top 5 Books I Read This Winter❄

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Spring is officially in session and honestly it’s annoying me already. My allergies are flaring up but it’s also still flu and cold season so what pills do I take!?

Anyways moving on from my stinging eyes and sneezing fits today I’m going to be talking about the best books I read this past winter. I feel like I’ve had a solid three months in terms of reading but my favourite’s really weren’t hard to pick.

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

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It took me forever to get my hands on this book: 2 years of wait and anticipation for the release, a month for Amazon to send it to me and then when I finally started reading it I got hit with nearly 3 weeks of exams and school work but god was it worth the wait.

It took me a second (aka 100+ pages) to warm up to the new characters but by the end of it I would die for Jordan Hennessy and, strangely enough, Declan Lynch. Can you believe it!

This book was as whimsical, magical and down right weird as I was expecting but also so much more and I cannot wait for the sequel. Continue reading “❄Top 5 Books I Read This Winter❄”

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💕Valentines Day Recommendations💕

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It’s nearly Valentines day. Woo. That might be more exciting to me if I liked romance and also if I didn’t have two exams this week (Greek and Philosophy. Kill me now) but I plan on milking the occasion for as many blog posts as possible so please enjoy.

Today I’m handing out my unwanted opinion on what books I recommend you read for all those good romancey feels 🙂

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

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I have not shut up about this book since receiving an ARC before the new  year and for good reason.

This book follows Pepper and Jack, two classmates at an elite New York school who inadvertently get involved in a twitter war with each other on behalf of their familys grilled cheese businesses.

This book is: cute, funny, adorable. I really loved the progress of the romance and how there was no unnecessary relationship drama and both Jack and Pepper were very mature. I cannot recommend this book enough. Continue reading “💕Valentines Day Recommendations💕”

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ARC Review: Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

*ARC courtesy of Netgalley*

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Publication Date: January 21st 2020


Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming ― mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.

All’s fair in love and cheese ― that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Read More. 

Continue reading “ARC Review: Tweet Cute by Emma Lord”

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My Most Anticipated Release of 2020 // January – February

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Today I’m talking Anticipated Releases. I’m doing things a bit different this year. Last year I felt I missed out on a lot of releases because they weren’t announced yet so I figured I’d do these tri monthly. Is that a thing? Well it’s a thing now.

On this list is a mix of books I’m dying to read but there are others I don’t know much about but am interested in checking out. This is another reason I wanted to do these in 4 parts throughout the year so I can talk about more books that I’ve caught my eye. Also I’m not mentioning any sequels in this post because that’s it’s own separate thing.

Anyways let’s jump right in 🙂

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January

Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz37650881._SY475_

I’ve seen a few mixed reviews here and there but it has a good Goodreads rating and I’m still wanting to read this. This book follows a girl who was kidnapped and it’s a story of her dealing with the trauma of that and the struggle to integrate back into normal life. It sounds like something I’d really like, if done well.

Publication Date: January 7th

 


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Ok so I don’t know much about this book besides the fact that it has a beautiful cover. Basically it follows two characters: Adam, who’s picture perfect life crumbles after his brothers death, and Jolene who’s divorced parents are at each others throats and she’s stuck in the middle, and every other weekend they’re at the same apartment building nd I’m guessing they meet and a sweet romance ensues.

Publication Date: January 7th


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Yes I’ve read this. Yes I loved it. No I won’t stop talking about it. Tweet Cute is on this list because although, like I said, I’ve read this, I need a physical copy, I may even re-read it this year. This book features: a grilled cheese twitter war, baking, an adorable “enemies” to friends to lovers romance, MATURE AND LIKEABLE CHARACTERS WITH NO UNNECCESARY ANGST OR DRAMA! Please read this.

Publication Date: January 21st


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December Wrap Up

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It’s December wrap up time and I’m going to be honest with you. I barely remember what I read last month off the top of my head. It was a total blare of final exams and projects and then Christmas happened so I really hope I read a decent amount of books to talk about today.

According to Goodreads, my lord and saviour, my first few reads of December 2019 were:

 

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Tweet Cute  was the first book I managed to finish this month and it was amazing. I could happily talk about this book all day however, sadly, this book isn’t out yet and I don’t want to spoil anything.

All I’m going to say is that this book follows Pepper and Jack who run twitter accounts for their family restaurant and end up in a twitter war over grilled cheeses. This book is filled with laughs and the blossoming romance is the sweetest. I loved how mature both characters were and the lack of unnecessary, eye rolling, drama or angst made for such an enjoyable read. My full review is coming closer to the release.

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

Oh my god it’s amazing! I was scared I was going to be hung up on The Raven Cycle and wouldn’t enjoy this new series but I was wrong. This book is crazy and unique and I came to love the characters, the new and the old. It’s got Maggie’s signature whimsical writing style and bonkers plot and I couldn’t put it down.

I actually read both of these round about the same time and had to but them both down for like 2 weeks before picking them up and finishing them because of exams and let me tell you that was hell. These books are so good. 

Then I started “cheating” …

It got to past Christmas and I was looking and realised I’d only read two book so far that month and so I got motivated and I read:

  • Hood Academy by Shelley Wilson: This is an ARC and it’s about werewolves and a school for girls who are trained to kill them. It’s not the best of books but it was enjoyable enough to skim read late into the night.
  • Check Please: Year Two by Ngozi Ukazu: I’m reading the online version and it remains to be the sweetest thing ever.
  • She’s With Me by Ava Violet: Another ARC I whizzed through at the end of the month. I wasn’t expecting to like this as much as I did and I admit when I saw it was being published by Wattpad Books I expected even less but, wierdly, I enjoyed this. It’s not the best written, it has tropes and clichés but my rating is based off my enjoyment and I was invested and rooting for these characters and it was fun to read while I couldn’t sleep.

And then, finally, I started reading Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. I’m going to talk more about this in my January wrap up but just know it was amazing and I never wanted to put it down.

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So those are the five-ish books I managed to read in December, a bit of skim reading might have helped me along at the end there but oh well. Overall I really liked everything I read in the last month of the year and I’m hoping January proves to be just as good, if not better.

Has anyone read any of these? I’d love to know what you think. Thanks for reading 🙂

Elli xx

 

 

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My favourite reads of 2019!

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So yesterday I talked all about my least favourite reads of 2019(which I stupidly titled 2020 and only just realised my mistake because I’m an idiot) and I really went to town on them. Today however is a positive vibes only zone as I’m going to be talking about the best of the bunch. giphy

I read 83 books this year, completely surpassing my intended goal of 60. I’m actually currently reading 2 more, one of which I plan on finishing as soon as I’m done writing this post, and yet I’ve got 9 books to talk about today.

My criteria for picking my “favourites” is based solely off of pure enjoyment. I’ve chosen books which, even all these months later, I’m still thinking about, I’m still excited about and overall I’m’ still in love with.

Any and all book reviews I’ve written this year can all be found HERE.

And finally before I start I just want to say that these are in chronological of when I read them and not by rank or rating or anything like that 🙂

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9781471116704Queen of Air & Darkness was the second book I read this year and although it’s an absolute beast of a book I flew through it in just 3 days!

Yes some of the plot decisions were … odd and questionable *cough* Thule. Angelic Giants *cough* but I can’t deny that I had a great time reading.

This book made me feel so much. I sobbed in the beginning for about five chapters straight and that was just the beginning of my tears as the story progressed. I came to love so many new characters with this trilogy and I’m cautiously anticipating future instalments of this universe. Continue reading “My favourite reads of 2019!”

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12 Days of Christmas // Book Tag

IHi, hey, hello and Merry Christmas!!!

I am oftumblr_pjh8llKjhV1uutnkko1_500ficially done with exams for this term, I’m just waiting on my final grades which come tomorrow which means I am now in full Christmas mode.

My mum made the foolish decision to keep the boxes of chocolates, reserved solely for Christmas, in my room and forgive me mother for I have sinned but I’ve been dipping into them … and hiding the evidence in my school bag.

Christmas needs to hurry up and arrive before I steal anymore and there’s none left come Christmas eve when we’re finally aloud to eat them. If she finds out I don’t think I’ll survive through to the new year.

Anyways I’m doing the 12 days of Christmas book tag even though, yes, there is now only one week left to go. Maybe I should ask for the gift of time management for Christmas.

❄On the first day of Christmas, my true love game to me: a partridge in a pear tree❄

The Partridge stood alone in the pear tree. What is your favourite stand alone?

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I don’t know if this is necessarily my favourite stand alone but its the first stand alone I had ever really read and it’s one of the books that helped convince me I could and would like things outside just popular urban fantasy and for that it holds a special place in my heart. Continue reading “12 Days of Christmas // Book Tag”

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🎄The Jingle Bell Book Tag🎄

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It’s time for another Chisrtmas Book Tag!!!! Today I’m doing The Jingle Bell Book Tag and I am so excited. I’m looking forward to this tag … and also the break from studying. I’m dying people.

Anyways this tag looks really fun so let’s just jump into it 🙂

“All I Want for Christmas is you…” // What book do you want to see under the Christmas Tree?

This question came up in last weeks tag and I said the new illustrated Harry Potter but obviously I would like more then just one book and so this week I’m saying some books dealing with travel.

I made a list for my mum to choose from but I can’t remember specific titles right now. I’m going on a school trip to Italy next year and I’d love to read some YA novels about travelling around Europe beforehand.

“Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time” // What book that you have read this year have you enjoyed the most?

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What I’m going to do after surviving my exams // December TBR

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Exams have started. Woohoo!!! They started this past Friday and lead all the way up until the 16th. The only thing getting me through is a litre bottle of Pepsi, my fear of failure and the promise of 2 weeks off.

And so because of this I am sat here, eating muesli while my cat screams at me and getting some blog posts written and scheduled.

Today I’m going to be talking about what exactly I plan to do once I am free!

Finish my currently reading:

I’ve been reading Tweet Cute for nearly a month now and I’m mad because this is really, really good. I’m having a great time but that’s the problem. I don’t have any time.

Call Down the Hawk is finally in my hands. It’s amazing, if not a little confusing at the beginning because of the new characters. I plan on getting straight to this when I get done with my last exam. Continue reading “What I’m going to do after surviving my exams // December TBR”