My haul – November 2020

I have no self control and I have no chill. See below for my blatant disregard of my 3 books a month  pledge!

For 2021 I need to either set a budget each month or basically just keep away from new releases and recommendations….but I can’t do that so setting a budget it is!

How much do you budget in each month for book buying?

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The Iron King by Julie Kagawa


Memento by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman


City of Bones, Glass and Ashes by Cassandra Clare

(don’t be alarmed Bones isn’t here, it’s in my car!)



📑 Arcs

Dream Bites by Kristen Ashley



🎧 Audio

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard



🧚‍♀️Fairyloot

Blood and Honey by Shelby Mahurin

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Sunshine Blogger Award!

Hiya!

I thought I’d do some tags and just like magic I was nominated for the Sunshine Bloggers Award by Cherry Blossom Books (thank you!) and go check out her blog!

These are the questions that Cherry Blossom Books asked (and my answers!)

What is your favourite book?

Oh gawd, just one? That’s hard! I think I’ll go for one of my faves from this year. Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco.


What is your dream job?

I’d love to work for a publisher coordinating events!


What is your most anticipated release of 2021?

Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff


Morning or night?

Morning. I’m defo a morning person, up with the larks and getting stuff done!


Who is your favourite fictional character?

Manon Blackbeak. She is everything! I really need a reread of the ToG series!


Favourite food?

Chilli con carne. But not any chilli. My Mums chilli that I can never seem to replicate no matter what I do!


Where do you want to travel?

I’d love to see Egypt, see the pyramids, soak in all the history!


City or Country?

I used to be city but am now turning country!


What is your favourite object ever?

My earphones. I couldn’t live without them 😂😂


Where do you want to live?

I really like the thought of living in America but….I’ve never been there so would the reality be the same as my expectation?


What is your favourite aesthetic?

Currently white and lilac although with Christmas coming up I’m thinking of white, red and lilac!!!! Living life on the edge!!!



I won’t nominate anyone but here are my questions to you should you wish to join in:

– Series or standalone?

– Coffee or tea?

– Bookmark or piece of paper?

– When do you put up your Christmas tree?

– Which book do you reread?

– Do you burn your bookish candles?

– Favourite witch from a book?

– Favourite TV series

– Do you review every book you read?

– Dogs or cats?

– What are you currently reading?

TTT – I’m Thankful for…

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 – I’m Thankful for…

We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in England but I wish all my American friends a very happy Thanksgiving and hope you have a day of love, laughter, family and good food!

Lets be honest, this year has been a humdinger hasn’t it! I think that because it has been such a shitshow that its made me appreciate things more, think of others more and that’s something I want to take with me when everything turns to normal (if it ever does!)

So not really 100% bookish but here is my list:

  • My son ❤
  • My family 💓
  • Good health 🩺
  • Laughter with my friends and work colleagues 🤭
  • Good books (and not so good books!) 📚
  • My bookish friends (also with laughter!)📖
  • NHS staff and key workers who battled and continue to battle through this pandemic 👩‍⚕️👨‍⚕️
  • And finally, a special shout out to coffee! ☕

What are you thankful for this year (or any year!)

Haul Look Back – November 2019

I totally pinched this idea from Destiny at Howling Libraries! Go check her out!

The idea of this post is to look at your haul from the same month but from last year to see how many of those books you have actually read.

I thought, more to keep myself accountable, that this would be a great! Last time I did this I managed to get to half read which I thought wasn’t too bad!

Here is my post from my November 2019 haul.

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Supernova by Marissa Meyer

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The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White – STILL ON TBR

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The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah – STILL ON TBR

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Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater – DNF

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Wicked Hexes by Amelia Hutchins ✔

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Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw – STILL ON TBR

I’ve only been doing these posts for 3 months and I dread doing them already!

I need to do something about this so I have joined the Beat the Backlist challenge in 2021 and try and tackle some of these!!!

End of the Year Book Tag!

Firstly I just wanted to shout from the rooftops that I hit my Goodreads challenge!

I’m doing Blogmas in December so thought I’d post this a little early!

I saw this tag on Fangirl Fury and knew I had to do it!!

End of The Year Book Tag

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

No…taaadaaaa! I’ve either finished or decided that they weren’t for me full stop this year!


Do you have a book to transition into the end of the year?

I have a reading list for December but a very loose one. My reading list for November was to finish off my arcs for the year and to finish off a couple of series…and I did it!


Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer Armentrout. I have no idea why I haven’t got it yet!


What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

  • Famine by Laura Thalassa
  • The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?

Maybe Ninth House?


Have you already started making reading plans for 2021?

Oh yes! I’ve joined Beat the Backlist and I’ve already made some ‘rules’ for me to follow (which will probably be broken by February!!!)

Well that’s me!

Review: Memento by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

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Title: Memento

Series: The Illuminae Files 0.5

Authors: Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

AIDAN is the AI you’ll love to hate.

The advanced AI system was supposed to protect a fleet of survivors who’d escaped the deadly attack on Kerenza IV. AIDAN was supposed to be infallible. But in the chaotic weeks and months that followed, it became clear that something was terribly, terribly wrong with AIDAN…

AIDAN and his beginnings aboard the Alexander.

I felt so bad for Olivia Klein. Gone though so much, finally seeing a way out and she speaks the truth: ‘The benefits of reading include, but are not limited to, stress reduction, vocabulary expansion, stronger analytical skills, and memory improvement.’

This tidbit just goes to prove that AIDAN is a sick, twisted, creepy thing that should never have been released on this fictional world! I’m actually angry!

REBLOGGED: Frozen Stiff Drink: .99 Kindle from 11/20 thru 11/24

Frozen Stiff Drink: Death at Danby Landing, the 6th book in the Braxton Campus Mysteries, will be available as a .99 Kindle download. Below you’ll find several highlights, and if you are interested in reading the book, you can purchase it as a physical book or a Kindle version via Amazon. About Frozen Stiff Drink Frozen…

Frozen Stiff Drink: .99 Kindle from 11/20 thru 11/24

Fairyloot Unboxing: October 2020 – Wicked Hearts

Fairyloot – October 2020

Theme = WICKED HEARTS

‘Would you make a deal with the devil? What would you be willing to sacrifice to get what you desire most? Sometimes, the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t.’

Items inspired by The Shadows Between Us, The Beautiful, Sorcery of Thorns and Even The Darkest Stars.

Included was:

🖤 Salt & Pepper shakers designed by @noverantale featuring quotes from Kingdom of the Wicked,

🖤 Foiled Playing Cards illustrated by @arz28 with characters from The Shadows Between Us, The Beautiful, Sorcery of Thorns and Even the Darkest Stars,

🖤 Enamel Pin designed by @alchemyandink inspired by The Young Elites by Marie Lu

🖤 Bookish Puzzle displaying a portrait of Jacks from Caraval, illustrated by @sallteas

🖤 Bookish Socks designed by @jezhawk inspired by the Castlevania series.

🖤 Stickers based on Kylo Ren and Star Wars illustrated by @_saintdri

🖤 Tarot cards – Nine and Ten of Swords designed by @arz28 (House of Earth and Blood)

BOOK OF THE MONTH

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Are you ready for this…….

EXCLUSIVE COVER ✔

STENCIL AND SPRAYED EDGES ✔

ARTWORK ON REVERSE OF JACKET ✔

FOIL DESIGN ON HARDCOVER ✔

PRINTED SIGNATURE BY AUTHOR ✔

SIGNED BOOKPLATE ✔

EXCLUSIVE BONUS CHAPTER ✔