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February Wrap Up and March Reading Goals

As I’m sure you noticed, I didn’t post much in February. After starting the year so well (post-wise) in January, I was suddenly knocked sideways by a strong dose of anxiety (thanks, brain), and that oh so wonderful feeling of being overwhelmed that had plagued me for months at the end of last year, resulting in only 2 posts going up. As frustrated as I am that I wasn’t able to stick to my ‘one post a week’ schedule, it was also a reminder that I can give myself breaks as and when I need them, and the world won’t stop turning. A huuuge thank you to those who left kind messages on here, instagram, and twitter for me. Your words mean a lot.

Also, I was pretty busy last month, including going to 2 exhibitions (Winnie the Pooh at the V&A, and Harry Potter: a History of Magic at the British Library), a cinema* trip to see an early preview of the upcoming Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda adaptation, Love, Simon (oh, my HEART), as well as a couple of book events, and, y’know, my birthday. Throw in general work and book club and attempting to be somewhat social — and 7 books feels like quite a respectable number!

Books read in February:


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Anxiety and Rabbit Holes…

I fell down a bit of a rabbit hole today.

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Not literally, you understand – one of the anxiety attack variety. I was all prepared to take a photo which would play with perception and then write a whole blog post about it (maybe another day?), when my brain turned traitor on me and pulled the rug out from under my feet (or, to match the photo, knocked me out of the tree I was in), and







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January Wrap Up and February Reading Goals

Aaaand just like that, January is over, and we are into month 2 of 2018! For the first time ever, I actually didn’t hate January. (I know, it’s a shocker of a sentence.) This may have something to do with eradicating an event that happens every Jan, which I’ve been involved with for the past 10 years, it could be because I’m trying to be more organised and had lots of fun events squeezed in between work days, or it could be a combination of all of those factors, and many more.

But regardless, I read 8 books (which is what I’m aiming for each month, as part of my new ‘non pressurised reading’ scheme).

Books read in January:

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The Girl in the Tower Blog Tour: Q&A, review and giveaway

Hello and welcome to my stop on The Girl in the Tower Blog Tour! As you might be able to tell, I’m *very* excited to have you here. So, settle in, buckle up, grab your cosiest warm drink, and without further ado, let’s dive in…

Author Q&A

I was lucky enough to be able to steal a few moments of author Katherine Arden’s day, in order to answer some of my questions for her.

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Hi Katherine, thank you so much for answering my questions. It is a pleasure to have you here today! I absolutely adored The Bear and the Nightingale, and was so incredibly excited to read The Girl in the Tower. For those who haven’t yet started the Winternight Trilogy, can you summarise the books so far? Continue reading “The Girl in the Tower Blog Tour: Q&A, review and giveaway”

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Hocus Pocus tag

Thank you to the ever-lovely Lauren for tagging me in this – just as I was wondering what I should do for this week’s post, her notification popped up, and it was too fortuitous not to take her up on the offer.

The Rules

There are no rules. It’s YOUR blog. But it would be nice if you linked back to Never Not Reading (tag creator), and maybe the person who tagged you too. Share the love, folks.

(Feel free to use the GIFs used by Never Not Reading, the graphics made by Flavia the Bibliophile if you would like, both, or make and use your own visuals!)


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New Year, New You?

2017 is over – goodbye, au revoir, adieu – and, truth be told, I’m not the biggest fan of the whole New Year situation (see: the correlation between NYE and panic attacks over the last 5 years). BUT! I am all for fresh starts and the shedding of pasts like old skins and the reassurance of having a second (or third or fourth) chance. I like the freedom of all the inspiring moments and achievements that are ready to wing their way to you and me this year (yes, I am including you, dear reader. You’re gonna smash it). However… I also feel the negative weight of (one of my least favourite phrases,) ‘New Year, New You’.

Let’s take a breath, for a second, and peek back at 2017 – I was, and I am, extremely fortunate, for it was a year full of ticket stubs and laughter and memories and courage and bravery and finding my feet that tiny bit more – and I want to continue to nurture all the good things I discovered (and many were small moments of rediscovery, thanks to the blanket of anxiety beginning to peel away) throughout 2018.

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December Wrap Up and January/2018 Reading Goals

Happy New Year! As ever, I am running slightly behind in posting this,  but as I like to believe, better late than never. Ahem. Crashing on!

I ended up with an extremely busy December (I mean, its not like anyone would’ve guessed that a bookshop would be extra busy pre-Christmas…), and managed 7 books.

Books read in December:


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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Rating: 5 stars

Before I begin, allow me to add a teeny tiny bit of back story. As some of you may have seen on my instagram, I recently joined a book club. After the first meeting of Bears Books in early August, our first book pick was The Bear and the Nightingale, which I suggested on a whim after the mention of another book by someone else. Now, while it was very flattering to have my suggestion picked first, it also meant that I got to enjoy the crippling fear of ‘what if the rest of the group don’t like it’, ‘what if they completely pick the book apart, but I enjoyed it’, ‘what if they all hate the book and then hate me for suggesting it’, and so on and so forth. (Nothing like adding some extra fear to your already anxiety-fuelled life…) Thankfully, the other book club people are all lovely humans (and I know they wouldn’t judge me for picking a book they didn’t enjoy), and so none of those fears came to life (and, importantly, I’m still in the book club).

In fact, I was extremely lucky, as they all enjoyed the book (break out the streamers and party rings!), and so without further babbling from me, let’s get on with the review.

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November Wrap Up and December Reading Goals

Hello! Yes, this blog is still alive, I just haven’t been very good at updating it this month (which I feel bad about, but sometimes these things just happen). In what has been possibly the busiest month of the year so far, I only managed to read 5 books. FIVE. But I did have a week away, which resulted in the creation of a new logo for this blog! Sound the trumpets!

Books read in November:


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The Sunshine Blogger Award

Settle in everyone, as today’s post is a very exciting one – I WAS NOMINATED FOR A BLOGGER AWARD! (Cue: party poppers, streamers, and party rings.) The super lovely Jasmine over at Life of A Simple Reader was kind enough to tag me, and I am honestly over the moon. Thanks, Jasmine ❤ (Side note: you should 100% go and check out her blog – I love her writing style, and her reviews always make me want to check out the books.) To think that my humble blog is worthy of the award is seriously mind blowing!


The Rules:

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring. Once nominated, the blogger is required to write a post in which they:

  1. Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post.

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