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Let’s Talk Bookish: Reading Seasonally!

Hello and happy Friday 👋

My goals for this evening are: finish the two books I’m reading for fun, The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead, and then start the book I need to read for uni, We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez.

But … I bought myself a Nintendo Switch this week so I know for a fact I’m probably gonna spend the entire weekend playing Mario Kart. At least me writing this blog post will make me feel productive!!

Let’s Talk Bookish is a bookish meme that was created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @Book Nook Bits, where each Friday, bloggers write posts discussing the topic of the week! Since the beginning of April, I’ve been the host of LTB, and I post each month’s topics here on my blog! September Topics.

This week’s topic is …  Reading seasonally (Mikaela @ Mikaela Reads)

Prompts: Do you read seasonally? Do you like a beach read in summer, a spooky book in the autumn and holiday themed ones in winter? What’s your favorite season? Do you have any favorite seasonal reads?


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Books I wanted to recommend for my YA Lit class

Hello. I’m writing to you from the back of my YA Lit class. Last week we had to propose a book to add to the sylabus to read this month and I recommended As Many Nows as I Can Get by Shana Youngdahl … and it was just voted in.

I recommended this book for various reasons: it’s a story about that transition from high school to college with these characters reailsing that, while they were the stars in their hometown, they’re now just another fish in the sea. We see these characters battle with drug addictions – as an addict and as somebody close to an addict, and it also has a teen pregnancy plotline. While many serious topics are brought up, it’s never glamourised and always depicts a realistic representation of such things.

The other reason I recommended it is because I just loved this book and will happily take any opportunity to read it again or force other people to read. Now, however, I’m scared that (if the bookstore is able to stock it), my class is going to read it and hate it.

So anyways, this is the book I proposed and it was actually my first choice but it has made me think: what other YA books would I recommend for this class?


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Let’s Talk Bookish: Do You Ever Get Overwhelmed by Your TBR?

Aghhhh!!! I just submitted a short story to an online magazine and, this isn’t really a big deal, but it’s my first time submitting something in the hope of publication and I’m freaking out a little. I had to close my eyes while I pressed send.

To help me keep my mind off the fact that someone besides my close friends and my lecturers are going to be reading my writing, it’s time for another Let’s Talk Bookish!

Let’s Talk Bookish is a bookish meme that was created by Rukky @ Eternity Books where each Friday, bloggers write posts discussing the topic of the week! Since the beginning of April, I’ve been the host of LTB, and I post each month’s topics here on my blog! September Topics.

This weeks topic is … Do You Ever Get Overwhelmed by Your TBR (to-be-read) Pile? (Jillian @ Jillian the Bookish Butterfly)

Prompts: How do you keep track of the books you want to read? Do you have a lot of books on your TBR? Is there any order/organization within all the books you want to read? Does your TBR ever feel overwhelming?


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I would genuinly name my kids after these characters.

Hey and hello 👋

I have a godson who is the most adorable thing in the entire world. I lowkey get baby fever every time I see him … and then I go stay at my dads house where my 11 year old brother and 7 year old sister live and that baby fever goes right out the window. I love my siblings, but jesus they’re a lot.

What I’m saying is that I don’t know if I even want kids but you bet your arse I’ve had a list of baby names since I was like 7. This list changes every few years but at the minute, there’s a few names of popular book characters that I’m loving, so I’m just here to share them with you today.


Nina

I have read two characters named Nina and loved them both with my whole heart. Because of Nina Rook from Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid and Nina Zenik from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo I associate the name with a strong female character. I feel like there’s also a lot of trauma with this name, these two characters get put through the ringer a fair bit, but if I named my daughter this, I’d try to break that cylce.


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Book Review: In Deep Waters by F.T Lukens

Release Date: April 20th 2021

Prince Tal has long awaited his coming-of-age tour. After spending most of his life cloistered behind palace walls as he learns to keep his forbidden magic secret, he can finally see his family’s kingdom for the first time. His first taste of adventure comes just two days into the journey, when their crew discovers a mysterious prisoner on a burning derelict vessel.

Tasked with watching over the prisoner, Tal is surprised to feel an intense connection with the roguish Athlen. So when Athlen leaps overboard and disappears, Tal feels responsible and heartbroken, knowing Athlen could not have survived in the open ocean.

That is, until Tal runs into Athlen days later on dry land, very much alive, and as charming—and secretive—as ever. But before they can pursue anything further, Tal is kidnapped by pirates and held ransom in a plot to reveal his rumored powers and instigate a war. Tal must escape if he hopes to save his family and the kingdom. And Athlen might just be his only hope…


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I’ve survived for 20 years so … My Life in Books Tag

Today is my last day of being a teenager. *screams* Tomorrow I turn twenty years old *SCREAMS EVEN LOUDER*. As you can see I’ve not really come to terms with the fact that it’s my birthday tomorrow.

Please take me back to being 3 years old when all I wanted in life was to be a lion (that was genuinly my answer to “what do you want to be when you grow up?” – hence the face paint).

To celebrate/commiserate moving into my 20’s I thought it’d be the perfect time to do the My Life in Books Tag!!


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I’m stressed. Buying books is my therapy // Book Haul

I’m stressed. Turns out studying abroad half way across the world for three months is something that will keep a person up at night. While I finally have my VISA appointment for this week, I legit only just got the expedited appointment and was sure everything was going to fall through. (Even now I’m still convinced things are going to go wrong)

Because of this I’ve been finding happiness in various places: chocolate, binge-watching, the occasional beer and, of course, books.

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: e-books are going to be my downfall. How am I meant to pass up books for less then £5? In the last few weeks though, buying too many e-books has probably actually prevented my downfall and spiral so we’re going to take a look at those now.


I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston

I had no intentions of buying this book anytime soon because I’m not in a country that handly sells the physical copy and the e-book was too much for my bank account to handle. But then it’s like the universe heard my tight-arse and put this book on sale for 99p!!

This book is giving Paper Town vibes as it follows a girl who kissed Shara Wheeler the day before Shara Wheeler goes missing. I’m honestly less interested in the actual plot of this book, and more interested in seeing what a YA novel from McQuiston looks like since I loved their two adult books so much.


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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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Romance & Randomness // July TBR

Hello and howdy.

It’s July. How the Holy Hell? The passing of time is giving me anxiety right now so we’re not going to focus too much on that and instead we’re going to focus on my TBR.

I wasn’t planning on doing a TBR because the books I want to read this month can be split into two categories: romance & randomness.

The romance books I plan to read I already touched on in my Summer Reading Plans post, and then the random books are just that – random. I’m in a mood where I want to read everything and anything despite not having the time to do so. I tend to get stuck in reading-slumps in the summer so I’m just trying my best to avoid that.

There’s no rhyme or reason and my TBR is definitely subject to change this month. But I like talking about books so I’m here anyways 🙂


The Romance

Beach Read + Book Lovers by Emily Henry – Emily Henry is an internet favourite at the minute. To be honest, she’s been a favourite for the last three years since her debut and I’m now finally joining the hype train. My main focus is going to be Beach Read, just because that’s the one I hear people talk about the most. Also it’s summer, of course I’m going to read a book literally titled “Beach Read” in July.

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett – Jenn Bennett contemporaries make me happy and this one especially so, it’s definitely my favourite. I want to revisit this book this month because 1) I have no more new Jenn Bennett contemporaries at my disposal, 2) like Beach Read it’s set in a beach/ocean-side town over the summer. I read the first chapter of this earlier today and it already made me feel smiley.

Terms & Conditions by Lauren Asher – This is gonna be a quick read for me. I know it because I have a special type of intuition when it comes to this stuff … and I because I already started reading this two months ago but had to put it down cause life was crazy. Even though I’ve already started this book I want a clean slate so I’m going to start from the beginning again. This is fake-dating and marriage of convenience with a billionaire main character. As always #EatTheRich but ficitonal characters don’t count and they’re fun to read about.

How to Fake it in Hollywood by Ava Wilder – While the cover makes it seem like this is gonna be cute and fluffy I’ve heard that’s really not the case. I’m ready to put my heart on the line in the name of Fake-Dating and Hollywood famous main character.


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LGBTQ+ Historical Icons Tag!

Hey and howdy 👋 We are nearing the end of Pride of Month and of course I have to do a pride related tag at some point this month so today I’m going to be doing the new LGBTQ+ Historical Icons Tag created by Laura @ The Corner of Laura!


Rules

  • Link back to the original creator (The Corner of Laura) and link back to this page (otherwise, the original creator won’t get a notification).
  • Thank whoever tagged you and link back to their post
  • (Optional) Use the graphics and don’t forget to credit the original creator (Text prompts are at the end of the tag if you’d prefer to use those)
  • (Optional) Tag 5 or more other people.

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