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Did I read the books I hauled last year?

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One of my new years resolutions is to buy less books and really focus on reading the books I already own. Some may say I’ve already failed that resolution because I bought a half price copy of Six Crimson Cranes but …. I digress.

Since I’m on a book-buying-ban at the minute, I thought it’d be interesting to take a look back at what books I bought last year, starting Christmas 2020 up until November 2021 and see if I actually got around to reading them!


Christmas

  • A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
  • In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
  • None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney
  • Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan
  • Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest
  • One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus
  • The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
  • The Tyrants Tomb by Rick Riordan

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My anticipated releases of 2022 // January, February & March

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I’m back in uni mode which means, despite only having to go to uni for a couple hours a day, I feel like I barely have time to write blog posts and read. How does this happen? Just cause I have to feed myself again!

Anyways. I have to leave for uni in an hour and I’m gonna try and bang out my first round of 2022 anticipated releases. I’m always getting distracted by the tiniest things though so there’s a chance I’m gonna have to squeeze out time later tonight to finish this off. Wish me luck in not getting off track!!


January

Anatomy: A Love Story by Dana Schwartz

Release Date: January 18th

It took me longer then I would like to admit to realise that this is not a uniquely illustrated anatomic heart, but instead a women and her big ass dress!!

This book follows a women who wants to be a surgeon in a time where women are still expected to leave their brain-cells at the door and take care of the kids.

She strikes a deal with a renowned doctor whose lectures she was kicked out of: if she can pass the medical examination on her own, the university has to allow her to enrol. (and I thought my uni application process was stressful!). To get access to corpses to study, she teams up with a grave robber who has his own problems such as his friends going missing.

This is giving “Stalking Jack the Ripper” vibes but with less murder (maybe, idk there could be some murder), and hopefully I enjoy it more then I did that book.


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Series I WILL complete this year!!!

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I’ve just realised my first essay is due in less then 10 days. I haven’t even started it yet. I barely know what I’m doing. Suffice to say I’m feeling quite anxious about it all.

Am I going to start now? Well, I have tried but the creative and motivational juices just aren’t flowing. I’ll be more productive when I’m back at uni with a large supply of energy drinks and not on my dads couch with my two little siblings screaming in the next room.

And so. To make me feel somewhat productive, I’m continuing on with scheduling some posts and so today I’m going to be talking about some series I’m determined to finish this year!

I was super happy with how many series I managed to complete last year. Can’t remember the exact number off the top of my head right now, also can’t be bothered to look, but I’m hoping to do the same this year!


Brown Sisters by Talia Hibbert

I started this series last year and I am so annoyed that I couldn’t squeeze in the final book, Act Your Age Eve Brown. I’ve really enjoyed this series so far and the third book seems like it’s going to be super fun what with Eve being the chaotic youngest daughter and the book seemingly having grumpy/sunshine dynamic.


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New Years Book Tag + 2022 Reading Goals๐ŸŽ‰

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I’m trying to write my personal statement for my study abroad application. I don’t know if it’s the head cold or my inability to do anything until the last possible minute but I’m failing miserably. (it could also be the fact that it’s now 1am but I work better at night when my distractions, aka my dogs, are asleep).

My approach is just to make me living in Spain my entire personality. It worked for my Uni applications, fingers crossed it works here. Thank you parents for giving me an interesting backstory (and a better life with the chance to learn a new language but that’s besides the point).

I need to take a break though. Might even give up and finish it off tomorrow. I’ll see how I’m feeling after I … share my 2022 Goals and do the New Years Book Tag!!!



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Series I’ve started & completed this year!

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At the start of this year I sat down and wrote a list detailing the book series I wanted to start this year, and also the ones I really need to finish. Almost 365 days later, I’m back again to talk about the series I really did start, finish and catch up on :))


All Caught Up!!

I just realised that not only did I catch up on these three series, I actually re-read the previous books in the series before continuing on.

  • Heartstopper by Alice Oseman – Reading this graphic novel series has turned into a yearly tradition. Of course I always reread the previous volumes before starting in on the newest. I cannot wait for the fifth and final installment, and don’t get me started on the TV show!!
  • The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – These books are basically Young Adult soap operas and I love them. I have no clue what is gonna happen in the third book, but I’m excited to find out. (I would happily sell my soul for an ARC of the final book).
  • The Dreamers Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater – Here we have the newest series I’m all caught up on. And by “newest” I mean I finished Mister Impossible this afternoon.

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If you haven’t read these 2020 releases yet, you should.

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I am currently home from Uni from Christmas and I’m loving it, don’t get me wrong, but I’m just noticing there’s a few things I can get away with at Uni but not here unless I want to feel judged. These things include:

  1. Sleeping until lunch time even though I have nothing to do.
  2. Making chicken nuggets in the middle of the night cause I’m anxious.

Really it’s the second one that’s being the most annoying right now. I want a snack but if my parents get up to find me faffing with chicken nuggets at this time of the night they’ll judge. My snack options are also limited cause I’m avoiding the fridge – there’s a turkey in there right now and it creeps me out to look at it. So I’ve got Pringles and complaints instead.

I figured while I eat pringles I’d talk a little bit about some 2020 releases. You may be thinking “why the hell are we re-visting 2020?” and to that I say “fair”.

Basically I want to recommend some new releases but trying to keep up with anticipated releases throughout the year is HARD. Sure I’ve read some, but not loads. So I’ve made the executive decision to give myself an extra year to read an recommend new releases. I also think this is a great way of maybe reminding people of books they were once excited about but maybe forgot about in the shuffle.

With that being said, here are some 2020 releases you should read, if you haven’t already:



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My favourite authors are releasing new books in 2022. Yay!

Howdy, happy Monday.

Question: you ever have days where you just don’t feel much? Like you’re not exactly happy but you’re not sad either. You’re just floating on a cloud of “meh”. Anyone??

Well that’s how I’m feeling today so I figured I’d try and inject some positivety in my life by talking about new books coming out in 2022 by some of my favourite authors!!


Casey Mcquiston – I Kissed Sara Wheeler

Sure Casey McQuiston is the only author on this list where I’ve only read one of their books but we’re just going to ignore that. While I might not have yet read One Last Stop I just know I’m going to love it as much as Red, White and Royal Blue.

In 2022 McQuiston is not only releasing another book but she’s releasing her YA debut: I Kissed Sara Wheeler! This seems different to her previous novels not only because it’s YA obviously, but it also seems to have a mystery element to it.

It follows a girl called Chloe who’s running for valedictorian with her only real competition being prom queen Sara Wheeler. When a month before graduation Sara kisses Chloe and then vanishes, Chloe follows the clues to find her.


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The Modern-Day Christmas Song Book Tag (Original)

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I’m going to hold my hands up and admit that, the last couple of years, I’ve been a bit of a Grinch when it comes to Christmas. In my defence, usually the Christmas season isn’t merry and festive. Instead it’s stressful and anxiety inducing cause this is always when I’m slummed down with exams.

me!

This year was totally different though. With me being away at uni, Christmas was now something I could get excited about, especially since it meant going home and seeing my family. (and I don’t have to do exams for my course which is even better).

Me and my housemates have been in the festive spirit blasting Christmas music since mid-November. More or less all the songs we’ve listened to though have been more modern Christmas songs.

Because I love a festive book-tag as much as anyone else, and I’ve enjoyed these modern day Christmas songs, I figured I’d combine the two and make my own tag. I googled this idea and didn’t find anything so I’m pretty sure this is original, birthed from my own brain.


Underneath the Tree by Kelly Clarckson

A book you want to find under the Christmas tree this year.

This is the best Christmas song of all time. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion but if you disagree then you’re just wrong.

The first question of my own tag and I’m cheating. Because I’ve flown home for Christmas there’s only so much room in my case so my mum had me order myself a couple of books to uni using her card a couple of weeks ago.

In an effort to stick to the question though, I’d say I’d love to find the special editions of the Six of Crows duology. The black hardbacks with the pretty red and gold foiling. I saw one in the shop the other week. So pretty!! In an effort to stick to the question though, I’d say I’d love to find the special editions of the Six of Crows duology. The black hardbacks with the pretty red and gold foiling. I saw one in the shop the other week. So pretty!!

Like I said, I won’t be getting these. I’m actually considering treating myself to these special editions as a graduation gift to myself … or as a “you survived your first year at uni” gift because, thinking now, I don’t know if I can wait three years to own these.


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My favourite book covers of 2021!

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I go home today!!!!! As you’re reading this I’ve either just got off the plane or am already at home being smothered in love by my dogs. I can’t wait.

In the mean time, I’m at my dads house enjoying the house to myself before my little brother and sister come home and the peace ends. While I’m doing nothing else but watching Money Heist, I figured I’d talk a little about my favourite book covers from this year.


Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Melinda Lo

The colours and overall design of this cover are such a vibe.


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Books I would gift to my friends.

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I’m anxious and it’s stupid. This week is my last week of uni before going home for Christmas and I’m so excited … but also stressed. I’m somehow more stressed about going home for three weeks then I was about literally moving to another country and starting uni in the first place.

It doesn’t make sense but I figured since I’m skipping my lecture today I’d ignore my anxiety by talking about books I’d gift my friends for Christmas if I had a lot of money, which sadly I dont ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


*My friends have been demoted to just their initials because it feels weird to “expose” their names and I’m not in the mood to make up fake names*

J – Simon Snow series by Rainbow Rowell

can’t be bothered to find the cover of the first book

I’ve already bought J’s gift. Come Christmas he will be the proud owner of a Shrek poster that says something along the lines of “this is my swamp now”. It’s part gag gift. We had a Shrek movie marathon before I moved for Uni and he got me a latex horse mask for my birthday so I had to repay the favour. Basically this poster made me laugh and I was like “yes. ordered”.

If I was going to get him a bookish gift though, I’d get him Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I recently finished the series and was sending him snippets of dialogue I found funny, and he seemed to like them.

While I’m not gifting him these books I do have my own copies. He lives right across the street, like he can literally see my parents balcony from his room. He’s also friendly with my mum and has told me he’s only coming to mine to watch Elf so he can see her and my dogs. So instead I’m just going to give him an open invitation to borrow this series when he wants to.


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