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I forgot to wrap things up last month // October & November Wrap Up

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I didn’t do a wrap up last month, partly because I forgot and partly because I didn’t read overmuch in October anyways and it would have been pretty boring. Flash forward another month to November and I have much more to talk about so let’s jump in :))


October was a very romance heavy month but it’s what I needed to get through. Reading romance was a nice contrast the to quite boring books I was reading for Uni at the time.

I completed the Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams in October and really enjoyed it. My favourite from this series is either Undercover Bromance or Isn’t it Bromantic? One of my goals for 2021 was to start this month and here I am having completed it. Three cheers!

The next romance book was The Sweetest Oblivion by Danielle Lori and this book was spicy and not what I usually read at all. It was a case of “I don’t know why I’m reading this but I’m gonna keep going”.

And the final book I read in October was kind of something for Uni and that was Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith.

We read a bunch of poetry at the start of the semester and the only poet I liked even in the slightest was Dear White America by Danez Smith which prompted me to read the entire collection that specific poem was from. My favourite poem from this collection was Dinosaurs in the Hood. I highly recommend checking out some of Smith’s work.


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Anthologies: multiple stories for the price of one // TBR & Reccomendations

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I’m a bit drunk and merry. I’m flying home in two and a half weeks and I need to get my alcohol tolerance levels up or else I’m going to die when I get back. (Peer pressure doesn’t come from people your age, but people twice you’re age).

Despite the fact that I went out for a couple with my friend tonight, I still am here to talk to you about Anthologies!!

Over the last year and a bit I’ve found a new love for anthologies and I’ve fallen in love with them. Because of that, I thought today I’d talk a bit about the one’s I’ve enjoyed, and the one’s I really want to read.


Anothologies I’ve read and enjoyed

Together, Apart

Listen, I know none of us really want to re-live last year, we’re all doing our best to forget 2020 even existed but … I still think you should read this anthology.

This is a collection of romance stories set in Covid times, with characters meeting in unique ways during lockdown.

Does it romanticise a period that was rough for most people? Sure, but I feel like this is a good way to relive the not-so-bad bits.


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A bit of a book haul :)

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My new favourite thing is being cosy. Sure I was always a fan of being cosy anyways but drinking a nice cup of tea while wrapped in a blanket hits different when the temperature drops below 10*C.

Reading while being nice and cosy also hits different and I’m prepared for all the freezing cold and rainy days because I’ve acquired some more books. My last haul was two months ago and I’ve read 2 of those 12 books. I stand by my stance that buying books is a totally different hobby to actually reading them. Either way here are my new books :))


I was so excited about all the f/f romances coming out in 2021 and I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre was one of them. Sadly I’ve barely made a dint in my anticipated releases but I’m adamant to fix that.

I got an e-book copy of this for pretty cheap and it’s actually pretty cheap. I’m enjoying carrying around a bunch of books in my back pocket without actually lugging around a bunch of books

Fingers crossed I can read this sooner rather then later.


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Goodreads Choice Award Books I’ve Actually Read (Spoiler: not many)

Helloo, happy Monday (or not, I completely understand if you’re miserable on Mondays, the only reason I’m not overly miserable on Monday’s is because I’m only at uni for an hour and that’s not until 2 o’clock).

I was meant to be at work tonight but they sent out an email saying they’d over-staffed and if anyone wanted to drop a shift then don’t be scared to do so. I worked last night and had a sore throat so bad my manager gave me a free slush. I was super tired tonight and just couldn’t be arsed leaving the house, into the cold, when I was so cosy and having fun with my housemates.

Since I had an unexpected night off I figured I’d talk about the Goodreads Choice Awards. UGH! The Goodreads Choice Awards!! Every year I think I’m doing well with new releases and then this comes around and proves me wrong.

To be honest I’ve not done too bad this year, but still, considering how many categories and books there is, I’ve not done great either. To make myself feel better, I thought we’d go over the nominee’s I’ve actually read!!



Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell – This is the most recent book on this list that I completed and I genuinely loved it. With my whole heart I just had so much fun with this one. I wanted to read it non-stop but also didn’t want it to end. My new mission is to get my friend to read this series. I sent him a few bits of dialogue which he found funny so I’m hopefully he won’t take much convincing.

Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong – And here we have the second most recent read. This was the perfect end to this stunning duology. I read the first book during an unexpectedly busy week, and I read this the week assignments were due. Being busy while reading a great book is so annoying!!

Cheer Up: Love and Pom Poms by Crystal Fraiser & Val Wise – I didn’t know what to expect when I was accepted for an ARC of this. I requested it because I liked the cover art, but oh my word was this cute!


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10 books to read before the end of the year :))

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I am currently reading my 90th book of the year. I set my Goodreads goal at 40 books for the year and thought that was aiming too high and here I am, nearly 50 books over that goal.

Since there’s still a month and a bit left in the year, I’m aiming high and am going to try and reach 100 books! Maybe I’m being slightly optimistic but I think I can do it. It’s ten books in a month and a half. Should be easy.

With that in mind, I figured I’d share what ten books I’m aiming to read by the end of the year. There’s a good chance these get swapped out for others down the road, especially with me still having things to read for uni, but right now these are my top priority.



In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan – I keep getting drawn to this book, staring at it longingly from where it sits on my window sill. I really do want to read it, the only problem is that this book is chunky, and chunky books scare me even when I know I’m going to love it.

The Coldest Touch by Isabel Sterling – This is one of the new releases that’s kind of gone under the radar for me this year and that’s unacceptable. I really loved Sterling’s debut witchy novel so I’m excited to see what she has in store with vampires.


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Finally doing the Liebster Award #4

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I was nominated for a couple of awards and tags and I am a fair few month behind on sharing them. It’s been a crazy few months and trying to find time to answer these questions has been near impossible.

I have the week off from uni this week though so now’s the perfect time to do the Liebster Award by Virginia @ The Sassy Library Fox


The Liebster Award

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and add a link to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you
  • Nominate 11 bloggers that you think deserve the award
  • Ask 11 innovative questions to the ones you have nominated
  • Remember to notify your nominees once you have uploaded your acknowledgement post

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Bookish things that make no sense to me!

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Gonna admit, I live in a permanent state of confusion. I somehow overthink and over-analyse everything, while also been the most oblivious person ever. It makes for some unique personality traits.

This confusion extends to my reading life. There’s just some things I don’t get and I’m gonna share those things today. Maybe you don’t understand either and we can figure things out in the comments together.


E-books costing more than physical books.

Ok this one doesn’t happen very often but when it does I’m left with questions and no answers. Surely a physical book that has to be printed, bound and shipped can’t be sold for less than an electronic copy.

I’m sure it’s more complicated then my logic is giving it credit for, there’s probably publishing laws or something that I’m not aware of. If you work in the publishing industry and have somehow stumbled acrss this post, please give me answers!


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If I survived these books, I can survive All Too Well (Taylor’s Version).

Hey and hello 👋 Happy Friday!

So today is a big day. Not only have Little Mix released a best hits album with new songs, but Taylor Swift is also releasing Red (Taylor’s Version), including the 10 minute short film of All Too Well with Dylan O’Brien and Sadie Sink. *screams!!!*

I like the top singles from Red that played on the radio when they were first released, but wasn’t like a “fan”. To be fair I was only 9 or 10 when this album was first released. Since Reputation/Folklore/Evermore I can’t get enough so I’m really looking forward to the re-release.

In preparation for the 10 minute version of All Too Well, I figured I’d talk about some books that had me going though it emotionally.


These Violent Delights & Our Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

This duology had me feeling a million different things all at once.

I’m sure you all know what these book are about, but just in case you don’t: These Violent Delights is a Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920’s Shanghai with a forbidden hate-to-love(-to- hate again) romance between the heirs of two warming gangs.

So many emotions were going through me as I read these books because not only do you have to go through the highs and lows of the romance, you also have to worry about their lives, and the lives of the side characters you come to love!! There is so much more to this book then the romance; it’s political and action packed and had me on the edge of my seat!

PLUS I was accepted for an ARC of Our Violent Ends on my first day of university. I was overwhelmed that day to say the least.


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❄A Winter Themed Book Tag ❄

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I have a sore throat, snotty nose and an itchy cough. It was also so cold that I was physically in pain while walking home from Uni yesterday which can only mean one thing: it’s winter.

To celebrate … or commiserate (definitely to commiserate, I don’t enjoy any of the things I’ve mentioned above) so I thought we’d do a tag. I literally googled “winter book tag” and was rewarded with The Winter Themed Book Tag so that’s what we’re doing today. 


Falling Snow: The colours of winter are muted. Choose a book that has whites, light blues, and greys on the cover.

*immediately goes searching through goodreads because I don’t have any physical books with me anymore*

Ok it’s not got much white on it, but I get big winter vibes from Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw. Also it’s literally got the word “winter” in the title which I think evens out the lack of white in the cover.


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End of the Year Book Tag 2021

Howdy.

I’m just a girl, sitting here braless in her friends oversized hoodie, watching CSI and making my way through the last of my Irn Bru and mini chocolate flapjacks, trying not to have an existential crisis over the fact we’re at “the end of the year”. 😬

I realised last night that one of my first assignments is due in on November 3rd and had a mini freak out that because wtf! I don’t even know what I’m doing yet!!!

If I have to face the fact that we’re close to the end of 2021, then at least I can confront it with books, by doing the “End of the Year Book Tag”. I’ve done this tag for the last two years and it’s a good way to check in, see what I’ve accomplished and also what’s left to cross off the list.

2019 // 2020


Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

I was about to say “to the best of my knowledge I haven’t started any books this year and not finished them. If I have, then I haven’t brought them to Uni with me” … and then I remembered I started reading Payback by Kristen Simmons, the third book in the Vale Hall series, but got distracted by something else. The likelihood of me finishing this book this year is slim.


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