Wrapping Up May -18 – Hitting New Targets

I think I blinked and May just disappeared in an instant. How did it go by so quickly? Probably because the month was jam packed with fun activities, movie trips, lots of editing for my novel, and a tonne of amazing books!

At the beginning of the month I set myself a target of reading 7 books (a lot more than I’m used to) and I am happy to say that I reached it. I only deviated from my TBR once because I was approved for a book on NetGalley, but apart from that I read everything I wanted to.

Books I Read…

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

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I started off the month by finishing Falling Kingdoms and I was swept away by this incredible story. I was completely hooked by the characters and the world that Rhodes created. A lot of people have talked about this series, mainly good things, and I am so glad that I gave it a chance because it is one of my favourites! As soon as I finished it I went onto buy the next two in the series. I ended up giving this 5 stars, and you can read my review here.

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

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These books are getting so big! I finally went back to reading this series in the month of May and I really enjoyed this instalment. So many amazing things happened and there were some reveals that left me in shock, especially towards the end. Aelin is a complete badass, as always, and I can confirm that my love for Rowan has grown considerably in this book (I knew it would happen eventually). It left me excited to read Empire of Storms, which I am currently reading, and it was so easy to give it 5 stars. You can check out my full review here.

Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes

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By the time I had finished reading Queen of Shadows, the next two in the Falling Kingdoms series had arrived, so I was pretty certain with what I would be reading next. Once again I was drawn into the story and enjoyed everything that happened. The story definitely starts to develop more in this one and there wasn’t as much action unfortunately. However, we got to learn more about the characters and what means the most to them. You can read my 4 star review here.

Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes

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Well, this series just got kicked up a notch and it was torture not being able to carry on with the series (I hadn’t ordered the next ones at this point). I love how unpredictable the books are and I never really know what is going to happen. There was a lot of character development in Gathering Darkness, with some events happening that changed the lives of a few. We get to see a different side to Magnus and we realise how dangerous Lucia can be. As well as this, there was the introduction of some new characters that are probably going to feature a lot in Frozen Tides. In the end I gave this a solid 5 stars and you can find my review here.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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May was the month that I finally found a sci-fi book that I fell in love with! Something I have mentioned before is that I don’t tend to read books from this genre, but I took a chance with Scythe and I am so glad that I did. This book is incredible and so unique! I love the ideas behind the world and how everything functions, with the Thunderhead governing the world and the Scythedom deciding how to whittle the population down through gleaning. There are so many twists within the story and unexpected events. I was blown away! One of the easiest 5 star ratings I have ever give, and you can read my thoughts here.

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

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A last minute approval from NetGalley saw this book make its way into my reading list and I felt very lucky to have been given the chance to read it. Ace of Shades was such an enjoyable read, with great characters and a unique world that is mimicked off of Las Vegas. There are high stakes, a tonne of mystery and plenty of banter between the characters. I was pleasantly surprised by this novel and cannot wait until King of Fools comes out next year. I ended up giving this a solid 4 stars and if you want to know my full thoughts, click here.

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

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And last, but not least, I finished off the Grisha trilogy with Ruin and Rising, which I just finished my review of today. I always hate finishing a series off, but I guess the good thing is that I have two spin-off series to look forward to in the future. Ruin and Rising offered, what I thought, was the perfect ending for the characters and so much happened. There were a couple plot twists that I wasn’t expecting and a lot of heartache for the characters. While this series isn’t the best (I much preferred Bardugo’s writing in The Language of Thorns) it still captured my heart and for that reason I gave this 5 stars, which you can read about here.

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There we have it! Turns out every book I read this month was 4 stars and above, which is pretty good going I think. I loved all these books for different reasons and they have made me even more excited for the books I am reading in June.

What was your favourite book that you read in May?

Wrapping Up April ’18 – Best Reading Month Ever

The days are going by far too quickly. Where did the last four months go to? April was an extremely busy month for me, what with moving house and all, so I’m genuinely surprised that I managed to read six books in total. That is the most I have read in a month so far this year (although I missed out on seven as I didn’t finish Falling Kingdoms in time).

Overall, April was a great month for reading, and every book I read was 3.5 stars and above. A record I think. I even found a new favourite that I love with all my heart.

Books I Read…

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

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The first book I finished in the month was Norse Mythology, which was a book that I had sitting on my kindle since Christmas. I had never read anything by Gaiman before this and finally understood why people loved his writing so much. He is an incredible story teller and his thoughts on Norse Mythology were refreshing. I only knew bits and pieces (mainly thanks to Marvel) but I ended up really enjoying the collection of stories. You can read more about why I gave this book 4 stars here.

The Oracle Queen by Kendare Blake

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This was a pre-ordered novella that I bought because honestly, I need as much as I can get about this world because the third book seems so far away still. I love everything about this series and while this was only a novella, I really enjoyed learning more about the infamous Oracle Queen. Her story wasn’t what I thought it would be and I was pleasantly surprised. I gave this a solid 4 stars, which you can read about here.

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

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I was lucky enough to be given the chance to review Ash Princess on NetGalley and I thought that it was a really great debut novel for Sebastian. It seems many people agree with me as it just hit the NYT bestseller list, which is incredible. This was a really great start to what will probably be an amazing trilogy, with characters that I cared about and some really interesting aspects to do with the magic. You can check out my full review here and see why I gave it four stars.

The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green

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Again, another book that I was given on NetGalley to review, and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. This story is told through multiple perspectives and features five diverse characters, whose paths end up crossing over (some in unusual ways). While there is some action, mainly towards the end of the book, it is slow moving in some places, but there are also great characters in it too. This was a mixed one for me and in the end I gave it 3.5 stars, which you can read about here.

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

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Hands down my favourite book of the month. Sky in the Deep was incredible and I was so happy to find out that it hit the NYT bestseller list this morning because this book deserves it. I kind of hate that this is a standalone because I want more of these characters, but at the same time it is one of the best standalones that I have read. While there is so much action in this book, with incredible fight scenes, there is also a lot of raw emotion and some amazing and relatable characters who tugged on my heart strings. You can see why I gave this book a solid five stars in my review here.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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Last, but not least, I read Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. I didn’t know what to expect when I first started reading this novel, but I ended up loving it. You never know what will happen, but one thing that’s for sure is that it is action packed, with lots of killing, drama, sex and swearing. I couldn’t get this story out of my head for days and that is how I knew that I loved it. Now I need to get my hands on Godsgrave. Check out my 4.5 star review here.

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And there we have it, all the incredible books that I read in the month of April. I also noticed that there seems to be a pattern of light and dark covers, which was completely unintentional.

What was the best book that you read in April?

Wrapping Up The Week (9th April – 15th April)

How are we already halfway through the month? April is flying by and the countdown to moving house is getting shorter and shorter (5 days!). Unfortunately our internet won’t be sorted out until May 1st, but I am hoping that my data will be enough for me to get a few blog posts up within that time. I want to say I’ve packed up most of my things, but I haven’t. It’s a good thing I still have some time or I might be panicking.

In my last post I mentioned that my laptop had been playing up, freezing and crashing, and coming up with a code that said ‘Critical Process Died’. A bit of investigation on twitter told me that there were loads of people getting the same message which made me think it was a Windows 10 issue. Sure enough, I had another update a couple of days ago and it’s been fine since then. Obviously I was over the moon and managed to pick up with my editing again, something I had been too afraid to do in case my laptop crashed and I lost everything.

Books I read and reviewed…

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This debut novel is set to release in less than two weeks(for the US), so of course I spent a better part of the week flying through Ash Princess. You can find my full review here, but overall, I really enjoyed this book. There are some similarities between another of my favourite series, Throne of Glass, but there was great character development and the story progressed nicely. I will definitely be grabbing the second one when it comes out, hopefully next year.

I am currently reading…

I am still making my way through Nevernight, a book that is heavier and more descriptive so it is taking time to read, but I am also starting The Smoke Thieves. I was given the chance to read this by Penguin Random House on NetGalley and I am so excited to see what it is all about. Fingers crossed I can finish both of these within the week, maybe even before I move house.

Posts from the week…

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Liked But Will Never Re-Read

WWW Wednesday – Hitting 250 Followers!

I got a lot of engagement this week thanks to these two blog posts and I always find it great to spark up a conversation with my followers about books.

My WIP…

I am cutting so many words in this second draft, but it is much easier to do so than I thought. I want the beginning to be solid and to do that I have to get rid of the boring stuff. My readers need to be entertained and if they’re bored before the good stuff starts, they won’t give it a chance. In total, I re-wrote 2,000 words yesterday (unable to write before then due to laptop problems) and I’m hoping to get another 1,000 done tonight if I can.

Other Fun Stuff…

The weather has been picking up here in the UK and we managed to get out yesterday for a three mile walk in the nearby nature park which was nice and relaxing. Apart from that I have been getting things in order for moving and finding enough bags and boxes to pack up all my stuff. I hope this is the only time I will be moving this year because it is tiring.

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My week was fairly uneventful but I hope you all had a great one and read some awesome books!

Wrapping Up The Week (26th March – 1st April)

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you’ve all been stuffing your face with chocolate eggs.

Well, that’s the first quarter of the year over with and it has been a hectic one to say the least. March as a whole was a pretty decent month. My boyfriend and I found a place to live, I finished writing my book (woo!), I also read some amazing books, and work has been getting better ever since I started doing more client work. I am looking forward to all the April will bring, even if it is going to be a very stressful month with the move and making sure everything is sorted. Who knew adulting could be so hard?

The last week has been spent making a list of everything we need to buy and slowly but surely I have been making my way through it all. We have officially finished buying things for the kitchen, I have a sofa in mind to order and the bedroom furniture is on its way. To keep myself calm I have been reading a couple of amazing books that I can’t wait to talk about.

Books I read and reviewed…

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I finally got a review up for Siege and Storm after finishing it last week, which you can read here. I really enjoyed the second instalment of this series, seeing the characters develop and the story progress nicely. After the ending I can’t wait to dive into the final book and find out what will happen to Alina and those she cares about.

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While I haven’t uploaded a review just yet (I’m planning on doing that tomorrow) I finished Children of Blood and Bone, and oh my god, it was the best book I have read so far this year. Everything about this debut was amazing, from the world building to the dialogue, to the fully fleshed out characters. It was action packed from the very beginning and it had me hooked. I wish I had the second book in my hands, especially after reading the ending! Keep your eyes peeled for a review where I get very excited.

I am currently reading…

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I am about halfway through Norse Mythology and I have been really enjoying it. When I was younger I used to love reading about Greek mythology, whether it was in YA or text books, and I figured it would be a good idea to find out more about the Norse Gods (considering I only have a bit of knowledge thanks to Marvel). I can’t wait to read the rest of these stories and learn more about our favourites, Thor and Loki.

Posts from the week…

Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Incredible Fantasy Worlds

WWW Wednesday – West-African Inspired Fantasy

As I’ve been getting ready and planning for moving house it’s been a bit of a quieter week on all fronts. I still have Monday and Tuesday off from work so hopefully I can plan ahead and get a bit more done.

My WIP…

Even though I haven’t dived straight into the first revision yet, I did manage to do a bit of editing and finally got the first two chapters done, which is a start. There are so many changes I know I need to make and it is quite daunting to me. I don’t know where to start, but I can’t go wrong with taking it page by page. The beginning needs a lot of work (I’m the type that doesn’t really know where my plot is going until the middle) but I can’t wait to start it properly.

Other Fun Stuff…

Can we count buying house stuff as being fun? I mean, I have enjoyed picking out what colours my pillows should be and what size sofa we should get, but it’s been stressful and a lot more work that I would have thought (and money too!).

I did, however, get around to watching…

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The Greatest Showman, which was as amazing as I thought it would be. The music was incredible, and the story was so heart warming, with a great message behind it and it was a pleasure to watch! Also, who doesn’t love Hugh Jackman?

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And that was my week! A little bit all over the place, but sometimes they are the best. What books did you manage to read this week?

Wrapping Up The Week (19th March – 25th March)

This week has been incredible and I haven’t felt this happy in a long time. Not only did I get to celebrate my birthday yesterday, but my boyfriend and I got accepted to rent our first house together and we have started to buy things already. With less than a month until the moving date we have a lot to sort out (and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t stressed, because I am). At the same time as being exciting it is a little nerve wrecking as it’s my first time living without my mum or my boyfriend’s parents (we stayed with them for a bit). Still, I can’t wait to decorate my own place. You can probably expect some home-ware/moving blog posts closer to the date.

My birthday was relaxing and I definitely needed the three day weekend. Luckily we have another long weekend coming up thanks to Good Friday and Easter Monday (thank you bank holidays). Due to the celebrations I haven’t done a lot of reading, but I did get some new books that I can’t wait to read!

Books I read and reviewed…

siege and storm

While I haven’t gotten around to writing a review for this yet, I really enjoyed Siege and Storm, so much so that I was almost tempted to buy the last book (I didn’t because I have too many to read already). But once I read a few more I might treat myself, especially when it’s so cheap on the Kindle. The characters in this story have really captured me and I am excited to find out how it all ends for them.

I am currently reading…

children of blood and bone

I am currently 116 pages in and I am loving it! The writing style is one of my favourites to read, it flows nicely, there’s been some action, mythology, and I’ve been introduced to some great characters. This world is so unique and different from anything else I’ve read. I just know that I am going to love this book if it carries on this way. There’s been a lot of love for Children of Blood and Bone (I mean, it hit number 1 on the NYT Bestsellers list straight away) and I’m excited to see if it lives up to the hype.

Posts from the week…

Top Ten Tuesday: Books at the Top of My Spring TBR

WWW Wednesday – Fantastical Worlds

It’s My Birthday!

A fairly quiet week due to being so busy with life and such, but I hit my target of three so I’m happy with it.

My WIP…

I’m still on a hiatus from my editing. I know I need to start, and I had planned to, but with my birthday weekend it fell to the side. This week will be different as it will be a lot slower and more relaxed. Plus, with the extra long weekend I will have lots of time to plonk myself down in front of the laptop.

Other Fun Stuff…

Most of you have probably read about what happened for my birthday and how I had my hair dyed, so that’s the majority of my fun stuff. I got around to watching Logan (I cried) and Shadowhunters is FINALLY back on Netflix. The first episode was really good and I can’t wait to watch some more. Even Riverdale had a better episode this week (although Archie and Veronica still annoy the hell out of me).

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To sum it all up, this week has been one of my favourites of the whole year so far. I feel happy and blessed to have so many people around me that support and love me. 2018 is gonna be my year, I can feel it.

I hope you all had a great week as well! Let me know what books you got around to reading in the comments below.

Wrapping Up The Week (26th February – 4th March)

Looks like 2018 is flying by already! This week has been a bit all over the place thanks to the snow that hit the UK. I had to work from home for three days and I ended up getting ill just before the weekend. Luckily I’m doing a lot better now, and something exciting happened…I finished the first draft of my book, which I posted about in a blog post here.

Unfortunately, because I was so focused on finishing my book, and being so ill with a cold that I couldn’t concentrate, I haven’t read a lot this week. I didn’t even finish a book, but it’s okay. I am looking to change that this week and hopefully finish the two I am halfway through (although one will be more difficult to get through than the other).

Books I read and reviewed…

None. Nada. Zilch.

Trying to ignore the feeling of failure right now and tell myself it’s okay not to have finished a book. I’ll do better next week. I hope.

I am currently reading…

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Once again I am still reading this book (I hate getting ill), but I am determined to read some more tonight once I settle down for the evening. I am enjoying this book and really want to get a review up before its release date on the 8th. Wish me luck!

Also, I will try my best to finish Zenith. Hopefully.

Posts from the week…

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Would Read Again

WWW Wednesday – IT’S A SNOW DAY!

Wrapping Up February ’18 – Time Flies

I Finished My Book!

This week was a great one for blogging and I got more done than I originally thought I would. Now that I’m getting into the flow of writing/editing on my lunch breaks at work, I can dedicate my evenings to blogging and reading (as well as watching my fave TV shows).

My WIP…

You all know that I have now finished the first draft, but that doesn’t mean I stop there. Oh no, I’ve already started the editing process by reading over the first two chapters of my book. Then I opened up a new document and I am re-writing it. Not completely, but there are descriptions I want to add, take away, dialogue that needs changing, and I need more mystery, I want to hook my readers and with the ideas still in my head, I have to jot them down. Already I have done over 3,000 words (who knew I could edit it that quickly), but this is only the first of many.

Other Fun Stuff…

The boyfriend and I finally got around to catching up with Lucifer, which was incredible as always, but apart from that I didn’t do a lot of fun stuff. The snow really halted everything and I think I ended up getting cabin fever in the end. Luckily it has all melted now and work can resume as normal tomorrow, which I am very happy about because I don’t like working from home. Too many distractions.

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I feel like I’m on cloud nine at the moment and I am hoping I can ride that momentum into the next week. I hope that you all had a great week as well and hopefully you read more than I did!

Wrapping Up February ’18 – Time Flies

Well, March really did creep up on me. It’s supposed to be spring time and yet we were just hit with the most snow we’ve seen in the UK in years and I’ve had to work from home for the last three days (not as fun as it sounds when you can’t leave the house at all). The start of the month hasn’t been too great as I am once again ill and haven’t read a book in a couple of days now.

February came and went within the blink of an eye, but it was a busy month so I’m not really surprised. Hard to believe we’ll be over a quarter of the way through the year before we know it and in just over three weeks it’ll be my birthday. That means more book buying (and books being given as gifts).

I have some exciting news about my current WIP…it’s almost finished. I’m currently at 97,000 words (seems like a lot now) and I only have two chapters left to write. TWO! This book is everything to me and I love the characters so much. There is a lot of work to do, some plot holes to fill in, dialogue to flesh out, but I am so excited. I even bought a bottle of Moet & Chandon Rose to celebrate tomorrow night (because I will finish it tomorrow, I just know it). The last time I finished writing a book was a long time ago, maybe 2011/2012. I’m not sure, so it is an amazing feeling to have again. Let’s hope I can get an agent.

Books I Read…

Keeper of the Watch by Kristen L. Jackson

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The first book I finished in the month was a bit of a disappointment to me. I went into it knowing I didn’t really enjoy the sci-fi genre and I hoped this could change my mind. It didn’t. However, as with everything, there were some good points to it. It had a fast pace, was light hearted and there was some good banter between the characters. Unfortunately, I didn’t connect with this book and that is why I gave it 3 stars. You can read my review here.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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I think I expected something a little different when I read the blurb for The Hazel Wood. I expected it to have more parts dedicated to the dark and creepy fairy tales. I wanted more of an atmosphere, but a large part of the plot took place in New York, giving it an urban fantasy feel. I enjoyed the book, but I didn’t connect with the characters or the story they were telling. Overall, this was a 3 star read for me and you can check out all my thoughts here.

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

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I’ve gone on about this book a few times since I read it, but if you didn’t know already, I loved it. Everything about this book was perfect to me and it had everything I love in a dark, YA Fantasy novel. There was action, love, death, and it covered the tough topic of how to deal with grief and the ways in which it can manifest. I was hooked, sinking deeper into the world and I didn’t want to story to end. All in all, this book was more than deserving of 4.5 stars, and you can read my review here.

Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking

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The final book I read in February was kind of mediocre in terms of writing, but I still found it enjoyable and fun. This book didn’t take itself too seriously and was set within an urban fantasy world with Norse mythology woven into it. Definitely a unique idea that I’m not used to and actually liked. The characters were okay, there was a bit of romance and quite a lot of action. I know there is a second book, and as I gave the first 3 stars, I want to find out how it will end. Check out my full review here.

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While I mainly stuck to the TBR list I set myself at the beginning of the month, I did deviate a little and there was a couple of books I didn’t get to. 4 in total isn’t too bad, especially as I’ve been ill twice in a month (so not fun) and I’ve been diving into my writing. Plus, February is a shorter month anyway so fingers crossed March allows me to read more amazing books.

What was the best book that you read in February?

Wrapping Up The Week (29th January – 4th February)

I hope everyone has been having a lovely weekend. Lucky for me that my weekend isn’t over just yet as I have tomorrow off due to it being my boyfriend’s birthday. The past seven days seemed to fly by and overall it has been a great week for reading and blogging in general. I am so close to reaching 200 followers now and I find it amazing how many of you love what I write.

So far February has been treating me well and I also started working out again (even though I’ll probably be very sore tomorrow). This year is all about doing things that make me happy and my stress/anxiety levels are so low they are almost nonexistent. I think a lot of that has to do with finding my love of reading, writing and blogging again. A couple years ago I lost that part of me and I am so glad to have it back.

Anyway, time to talk about books…

Books I read and reviewed…

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In the beginning of the week I finished The Cruel Prince by Holly Black and I loved it! There’s been so much love for this book and I can finally understand why. It was dark, dangerous and everything a book about the Fae should be. If you need another reason to check it out you should head on over and read my review here. While it wasn’t a straight up 5 star read (I gave it four and a half) I still enjoyed this book thoroughly.

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For the first time in a while I managed to read a second book in the week! While I didn’t enjoy The Keeper of the Watch as much (and there are many reasons as to why) I still read it quite quickly and enjoyed the action. It is more of a Sci-Fi book, something I said I would read more of this year, but it wasn’t really my cup of tea. Overall, I gave the book 3 stars and you can check out my review here.

I am currently reading…

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I wasn’t sure if I would be able to read The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert before it’s release date on the 8th, but I was approved on NetGalley at the last minute. So far I have read 30% and I am really enjoying it. There have been a lot of questions raised about the characters backstories. I want to know more and cannot wait to get stuck into it later on. If I could get over halfway by the end of today then that would be great!

Posts from the week…

WWW Wednesday – Different Dimensions

Wrapping Up January ’18 – AKA The Longest Month Ever

January Book Haul (I think I bought too many)

My February TBR Pile

Four blog posts in one week is not bad at all! Unfortunately, I missed the Top Ten Tuesday this week as I wasn’t really feeling the topic, but hopefully next week will be different. I love looking back over the month when writing the monthly wrap ups and seeing how much I read (and spent).

My WIP…

For the first time ever I have succeeded in writing at least 1,000 words everyday for the whole week, including the weekends! Actually, yesterday I wrote 1,400 putting my total at 75,000 words. While I haven’t written anything today (yet) I will be putting fingers to keys straight after this blog post. I am so excited because I am getting close to the point where I can introduce my big plot twist and I cannot wait!

Other Fun Stuff…

Why does my whole life revolve around work, writing, reading and blogging? I can’t even say that watching Riverdale every week is fun because I’m not sure I’m enjoying it anymore. Season 1 was so much better and I swear the characters weren’t as annoying (anyone else unable to stand Veronica and Archie?) I’m just looking forward to The 100 and The Originals coming back in April. If only it wasn’t so far away.

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I am definitely ready to conquer the rest of February and I hope you all are as well! Let me know in the comments how your week went.

Wrapping Up January ’18 – AKA the Longest Month Ever

I have never been happier to see February because honestly, January seemed like it would last forever. It’s always a tougher month because you have longer to wait until payday, but a lot happened, especially with work which has just been getting better and better. I’m almost at the two month mark now and I am loving it there. When you can get up and enjoy going to work, you know you’ve found a great job.

In terms of my WIP, it’s been a pretty great month with a total of 22,000 words being written. While it may not seem a lot, I’m really happy with that and I managed to stick to my 1,000 words a day during the week. On the weekends I seemed to write a lot less and sometimes not even at all, but with my week being so full I just needed the break at times. For the month of February I’m looking to change that and to write 1,000 every day. Maybe if I do that I will have completed my first draft by March.

Overall, January was a great month for reading for me and below you can see the books that I read (quite a few from debut authors as well).

Books I Read…

Keeper by Kim Chance

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The first book I read of 2018 was a NetGalley approval for debut author Kim Chance and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. Keeper was fun, entertaining and fast paced, always keeping me turning the page. The characters were extremely likeable, even if they were a little young compared to what I’m used to reading (and writing). I rated Keeper a solid 4 stars and you can check out my review here

The Young Queens by Kendare Blake

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Last year I read Three Dark Crowns and One Dark Throne, so of course I was going to read the Novella, The Young Queens. It was wonderful to learn more of the backstory, featuring the mother of the Queens and seeing how they grew up in their respective homes. While you don’t necessarily have to read this, it does provide you with a little more insight. And because I loved it so much I gave The Young Queens 5 stars. Check out more of my thoughts in my review here. 

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

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Slowly, but surely, I have been making my way through the Throne of Glass series and I have been loving it! Honestly, I think that it is one of my favourite series of all time and I still have three books left to read (four if you count the final instalment coming out this year). It just seems that each book gets better and I can’t wait to dive into the series again in February. Of course, I had to give Heir of Fire 5 stars and you can check out my full review here

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

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Thank god I got accepted for this on NetGalley because The Belles is a gem of a book. Words cannot describe how much I adored this debut novel and I urge everyone to head out and buy this book when the release date arrives. The descriptive writing blew me away and the dark undertones to the story added so much depth. If you would like to see why I rated this book a solid 5 stars, then click here to read more.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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What a book to end the month on! The Cruel Prince was deliciously dark and intriguing, with so many plot twists that I never saw coming. I was going to wait to buy this but when the hardback came down to half price I couldn’t resist and I’m glad I didn’t. I had never read any of Holly Black’s books before, but I want to read more of them, especially if they include evil and dangerous Faeries. I rated this 4.5 stars and you will find my review here

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Since I started this blog, January has been my best month for reading and although 5 books may not seem a lot to others, it’s a big deal for me. Especially when I’m busying working, writing and trying to have some kind of life (not much of one, but oh well). If every month was like this then I am on track to reaching my Goodreads goal of 50 books early!

What were some of the best books that you read in January?

Wrapping Up The Week (15th January – 21st January)

Well, that week just flew by. I suppose it’s because I was looking forward to heading to Nottingham yesterday for a short break with my boyfriend and to do some shopping. It has been a fairly relaxing weekend overall and I can’t believe that soon January will be over and done with. But I’m not too sad because I can’t wait for the next few months (mainly because of the incredible books coming out).

I think it was a pretty good week for reading as I finally finished one book and I am so close to finishing The Belles, with 75% read already. I wouldn’t be surprised if I finished it tonight.

Books I read and reviewed…

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I finally finished reading Heir of Fire, which took me over a week to finish. I feel that it took me so long because there is so much detail and I was savouring every part. There were so many aspects that I loved about this book, too many to talk about if I’m honest. The third instalment is incredible and you can check out my review here.

I am currently reading…

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As mentioned above, I am still reading The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton, which I am almost finished with. This book is magical, the descriptive writing is incredible and I love the world she has created. Honestly, this book has been a dream to read, but there is a dark side and it really makes you question beauty and what it can cost. How many of us would change the way we look if we could? I can’t wait to read the last quarter and to find out what happens.

Posts from the week…

Top Ten Tuesday: My bookish Resolutions For 2018

Being Nominated For The Liebster Award

Unfortunately I didn’t get to blog as much this week, but I have something planned for the upcoming week that I hope you will all enjoy.

My WIP…

Finally it is all starting to come together. I managed to write another 5,000 words this week and will probably write more as I haven’t gotten around to doing any today. I managed to come up with some new ideas for my story and it is helping to shape the world I have created. There are Gods, Goddesses, warriors that they created and political drama (which will begin to trickle in soon).

I am so excited to get writing the second half of this book. I can see it all playing out in my head, it’s just a little frustrating that my fingers can’t type faster.

Other Fun Stuff…

This weekend we went shopping and honestly, is there anything better? I can’t say too much about what we went there for as all will be revealed soon, but we also had some great food and chilled out in our hotel afterwards as it was raining the whole time.

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So, that was my week! Not too eventful but I am loving how quickly work is flying by. Already I’ve been at my new job for over a month and it’s great. I hope your week was a great one and you read some amazing books.