January 2020 Haul Look Back

I did a few of these posts last year so thought it would be a good idea to do again…..and then realised how disheartening it is when I see how many books I haven’t read that I’ve bought 😂😂

But I felt the need to publish my shame, these are the books I hauled in January 2020 and if I’ve read them or not!

✔ = read

❌ = still on tbr

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer ✔

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff ✔

Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez ❌

A Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern DNF
Beyond the Shadowed Earth by Joanna Ruth Meyer DNF

So not too bad?  2 read, 2 DNF (so I at least tried to read!) and 1 left on my tbr!

TTT – Books I Meant To Read In 2020!


Top Ten Tuesday is featured by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Theme – Books I Meant To Read In 2020

I mean I could probably write a list of 100 books here….but I will spare you!

Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones


Skyhunter by Marie Lu


City of Bones by Cassandra Clare


The Poppy War by RF Kuang


City of Brass by SA Chakraborty

The Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness


From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout



Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

What about you?

Off The Grid Readathon update!

It’s done!

I totally unconnected from social media for 72 hours. Well nearly as I’d finished by Sunday lunch time so had a little go at replying to comments on IG and WordPress to not appear rude! Im planning a post to talk about that so look out for it soon!

You can see my original post here.
I said I wanted to read 2 books and I did……and more!


Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L Armentrout

Red Pearl scene (Hawke’s pov) by Jennifer L Armentrout

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

And I started Skyhunter by Marie Lu!

I’d say that was a successful readathon! My thanks to Shanah at the Bionic Bookworm ❤❤

Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1

Author: Laini Taylor

This was a buddy read with Sophie, Beware of the Reader and Trisy, Bobos Book Bank!

Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

‘Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.’
I want to split this up into the quote sections from this book because, jeez, I lived for them!
Karou, 17, an orphan and an artist is trying to make her way in life but like Batman, she has a secret identity, she is an errand girl to a chimera. Brimstone brought her up and is like a father figure to her. Then one day her life basically falls to pieces, that’s after she has met Akiva…….

‘Once upon a time, a little girl was raised by monsters. But angels burned the doorways to their world, and she was all alone.’
The story continues and good god I was so pulled into this. Who the blinking heck is Karou? I think I’ve guessed but you know when you have moments of uncertainty? I’m there! And Akiva. I think I actually love him. Anyway….onto Marrakesh…..

‘Once upon a time, an angel lay dying in the mist. And a devil knelt over him and smiled.’
Snap. And everything changes.

‘Once upon a time, there were two moons, who were sisters. Nitid was the goddess of tears and life, and the sky was hers. No one worshipped Ellai but secret lovers.’
I don’t think I could’ve read faster. O.M.G. So good. My eyes were popping out my head, fabulous! Yes I know this is a garbled mess. I might not even fix this when I come back to my review. So good! ‘The only hope . . . is hope.’

Talk about pulling at your heartstrings, it was magnificent!

This was an easy read, I was completely sucked in from the start, like unputdownable!

I loved the world the author bought together of the portals, to Brimstones ‘shop’, to the way Prague is described, to Marrakesh and to the ways of the seraphim and the chimera. It sounded great and now I know I need to see Prague and Marrakesh in real life (and see if Akiva swoops down, picks me up and snogs me <—– a girl can live in hope!!!)

Mini Review: Tales from the Hinterland by Melissa Albert



Title: Tales from the Hinterland

Series: The Hazel Wood 2.5

Author: Melissa Albert

 A gorgeously illustrated collection of twelve fairy tales by the author of The Hazel Wood and The Night Country!

Journey into the Hinterland, a brutal and beautiful world where a young woman spends a night with Death, brides are wed to a mysterious house in the trees, and an enchantress is killed twice―and still lives.


A collection of dark fairytales set in the world of the Hinterland? Sign me up!!!! If you loved The Hazel Wood then you will love these original stories!

It was just how you might expect, dark, creepy and delightfully twisted!

My faves were:

  • Hansa the Traveller
  • Twice Killed Katherine
  • Alice Three Times
  • Death and the Woodwife

A fab companion to this series!

Books I NEED in February!


Yes, need. Not want, need!

I tried a 3 book limit last year and I failed every single month so this year I’ve decided to scrap that, run free and buy, buy, buy 😂😂

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

Even though I have the Fairyloot paperback of this, I need it in hardcover too!


The Iron Raven by Julia Kagawa

Even though I haven’t finished this series yet, I need this because its Puck!!!

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas

No explanation required. I just need this!

What books do you want in February?

Off the Grid Readathon!!!

We are in full lockdown here in England (again!) and I have a big ole tbr I picked out for January that I need to read so this is just what the doctor ordered!

The readathon is ran by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm  – go check her post out!

The readathon begins at 12:00am Friday and ends at 11:59pm Sunday. That’s 3 whole days (and 72 whole hours) to read without any distractions! Set aside your phone, wave goodbye to social media, and read when you should be reading!

I want to read 2 books (or at least start the 2nd!):


A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L Armentrout (637 pages long!!!)

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Are you joining in?

TTT – Resolutions/Hopes for 2021

Top Ten Tuesday is featured by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Theme – Resolutions/hopes for 2021

I thought about this and what I would put. Would I put resolutions, would I put my hopes for 2021, my worries? The below is a mix of all of it I think, some personal, some bookie world!

It was actually quite hard to write this. 2020 was a royal shit show and basically the world is suffering so I didn’t want to come across as me, me, me but I guess that everyone is having the same thoughts.

😷 So my first is that COVID is extinguished. So many deaths, so much illness and so much worry. Just horrid. And for God sake, wear a mask.

That my family are safe and healthy and that I continue to be. I guess this will be a standard for everyone too!

🏫 That my son starts senior school with minimal issues. For a kid that age, its worrying. A lot of kids round here have no morals, no conscious and have vile mouths and they just don’t care. My son isn’t like that and I’m worried he will get eaten alive and I feel a bit like I’m throwing him to the wolves! I expect he will get on fine and maybe it’s my protective nature showing through….but we shall see.

📚 Authors keep writing crackers of books so I can dive head first into them!

🤭❤ To keep finding the humour in things, laugh, love and appreciate.

📸 Get more practice at Instagram bookish photos and try out some editing programs!

📘 Live in hope that Jay Kristoff knows I exist and that I love his books so much!!!

👓 And the same old chestnut, read my tbr!!!

Did you make any resolutions?

The Last 10 Books Tag

I saw this on Kristin Kraves Books and knew I had to do it too! It seems, however, that I wasn’t the best at it!!!!

The Last Book I Gave Up On

Don’t hate me but it was this! I couldn’t get on with The Raven Boys either 😔

Last Book I Re-read

Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley. That was July 2020. I am so due another reread!

Last Book I Bought

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I recently read the ebook and knew I needed a physical copy!

Last Book I Said I Read But Actually Didn’t
I can’t say that this is something I have ever done! Well not that I remember anyway!

Last Book I Wrote in the Margins Of
Something else I’ve never done (unless it was at school and I cant remember!)

Last Book That I Had Signed

The last signed book I had signed was Master of One by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett from Fairyloot!

The Last Book I Lost
I don’t think I’ve ever lost a book that I can remember! None of my real life friends are readers so no one has ever borrowed my books!

The Last Book I Had to Replace
Oh M G I am rubbish at this as I don’t think I’ve ever had to replace a book either!!!!

The Last Book I Argued Over
I mean I’ve argued over loads of book boyfriends (😂😂) but have never argued over a book.

The Last Book You Couldn’t Find

Well this is easy as it happened recently and is a result of lockdown brain!

I bought City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare. I unwrapped it and put it down and then couldn’t find it when I went back to it later! I found it a week later when I was vacuuming under my bed. It was there. I must’ve put it there so it didn’t get bent!!!