book haul

Book swap!

I recently began to dabble in the (extremely addictive) #booksfortrade tag on twitter, and have been successful in a few swaps so far (thank you to all who have swapped with me!).

Yesterday I visited a friend who had promised me a raid of her shelves in exchange for 6 books. And raid them, I most certainly did. Accompanied with a cup of tea and a Howard Wallace, PI cookie (so TASTY), I gazed at the many books on her shelves (including seeing the UK proof of The Smell of Other People’s Houses, which I hadn’t seen before but is now on my wishlist), and selected some books!

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book tag

Rapid Fire Book Tag

Book tags are something that I have always been aware of, but never had the chance or guts to take part in (cue tiny pity violin, please). But, as I am gaining more confidence with my blog and feeling like I’m kinda finding my feet, I’m throwing caution to the wind and am doing a book tag, whether I was tagged in it or not.

This is the rapid fire book tag which I discovered on the wonderful almostamazinggrace‘s blog, and without further ado, let’s dive in.

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monthly wrap up

August Wrap Up and September Reading Goals

Oh look, it is the end of another month. That can mean only one thing – time for an end of month wrap up! (Cue applause and cheering.) August has been a bit of a weird month for me; on one hand it has been packed with work and catching up with friends and events, but on the other it has seemed to be never ending, and that the start of the month was yonks ago. (Time! Stop messing with my head, pls.) Although I feel like I didn’t get much read at all, I still managed 13 books (not all pictured below!), which is a lot more than I was imagining I would finish this month. See, miracles do happen. (Cue that song from The Princess Diaries soundtrack.)

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Books read in August:

(The 3 stories in TLoT sampler are listed separately as that is how they are listed on goodreads.)

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rambles and thoughts

Can I Write or Can I ~Write~?

Settle in everyone, because it’s time for a bit of backstory.

Let’s all ignore the hideous shine on that bit of tape there…

Up until not too long ago, I would never consider myself as someone who could write. Sure, I enjoyed creative writing at school (which only happened on very rare occasions) and keeping a holiday journal when I was a kid, but what with English lessons at school slowly killing my love for words (and making me feel like I couldn’t understand anything at all), I found myself believing that I Couldn’t Write. Continue reading “Can I Write or Can I ~Write~?”

book review

The Creakers by Tom Fletcher

Rating: 4 stars

As soon as I saw the proof had arrived at work, it may have accidentally fallen into my bag (I mean, sorry lovely people at work, but you snooze, you lose) – after reading The Christmasaurus last year I was intrigued as to what Tom Fletcher’s second chapter book would be like. Spoiler: I was not disappointed.

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At first glance of the title, I’ll admit, I thought maybe the book was about me, simply because my joints seem to be competing for the title of the Creakiest Joints of a Twenty Three Year Old (seriously, you should’ve heard me when I stood up on the train, The Creakers in hand, and managed to click all elbows/knees/ankles just by walking to the train doors). Luckily, the book is waaaay more fun and exciting than if it had been about my creaky bones, so we can all say a big thank you for that and crash on with the actual review. Continue reading “The Creakers by Tom Fletcher”

monthly wrap up

July Wrap Up and August Reading Goals

What’s this? Another month has come to an end?! Seriously, July has  f l o w n  by and has been such a busy month – reading included! You may noticed, dear blog reader, that I haven’t posted much this month (the fact that there are reviews from last month’s wrap up that I haven’t finished is a bit of a sore point for me at the moment. I’ll get on that asap…), mainly because I have had extra shifts at work, and also because I did a LOT of reading in July. (Yay, go team!) Including the 2 books not pictured below (both borrowed from, and read at, work), I finished 16 books. I also failed at getting to YALC (can I take this moment to publicly apologise to my managers for having to work with a Grumpy McGrump whilst YALC was happening), but let’s not dwell on that any more.

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Books read in July:

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book review

See How They Lie by Sue Wallman

Rating: 5 stars

Very recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Sue Wallman, however I wasn’t told until after the event. Yes. That’s right. I had the chance to chat books with an author and I failed to do so. I humbly accept the Idiot of the Year Award, and will add it to the collection. Regardless of my foolish move, the next day as I was preparing to leave work and was trying to pick a book off the proof shelves to read on the way home (“Just pick one Helen, you just need one” – me to myself, 100%), I spotted See How They Lie and thought maybe I could semi-recover from my social fail by reading one of her books. Consequently, I humbly accept Helen’s Best Idea of the Year Award (first time for everything) because this book is seriously good.

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book review

Lorali by Laura Dockrill

Rating: 5 stars

As already established on this blog, I am a bit of a mermaid fan. Weirdly, though, it took me a stupid amount of time before I started reading Lorali (I have to thank the sequel appearing at work for finally pushing me into starting it) – but holy moly, me oh my, it was completely worth the wait.

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Rory Francis has lived in Hastings his whole life, and, on the morning of his 16th birthday, he doesn’t expect anything special from his hometown. So when a freak storm causes him to seek shelter beneath the pier, he soon discovers that someone else is hiding – and not just anyone, but a mermaidContinue reading “Lorali by Laura Dockrill”

waiting on wednesday

The Disappearances & Nevermoor

Although I have only recently had my own book blog, I’ve been reading them for aaaaages now, starting when I was still in school (back when bookstagram didn’t exist – hard to believe there was a time before it existed). Something that I used to love reading, was Waiting on Wednesday; posts mentioning books that the blogger is excited for. I’m planning on doing a version of this for books on my tbr list, so my Waiting on Wednesday posts will talk about books I’ve seen/heard about and am interested in. Without further ado (and any more rambling), leggo! Continue reading “The Disappearances & Nevermoor”

book review

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon and Dean Hale

Rating: 5 stars

Meet Doreen Green: just your average 14 year old girl, whose day to day life includes all the regular 14 year old girl things, such as eating nuts, talking to squirrels, and hiding her fluffy tail— wait, what?!? Okay okay, so maybe Doreen isn’t quite like your standard teen, but when you have the power to rescue cats from trees, halt neighbourhood gangs, and prevent vandalism, the average teen life can seem quite… strange.

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