£7.67 – amazon.com
This week’s topic is Favourite LGBTQ+ Reads. These are books that feature LGBTQ+ characters or are by LGBTQ+ authors. I love LGBTQ+ books and I do read a lot of short stories from an M/M group, however, I came to the conclusion that I don’t read many full-length novels and I do want to change that. I read a lot of gay romance but not a lot of lesbian, transgender or other queer types of fiction, so if anyone has any suggestions then please comment down below. So out of the novels I have read, I picked out my favourite books…
5. Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville (X)
I love assassin books (its a bit of a weird obsession) and since I saw this book I wanted to read it. I was so glad I picked it up, the relationship is cute and although it’s a pretty dense read I think if you like more adult reads then this is great.
4. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (X)
How could I not! This was the book that encouraged me to read more LGBTQ+ books and I am so grateful because I love LGBTQ+ books now! The relationship between Baz and Simon is brilliant and I like the way they are around each other.
3. One Man Guy by Michael Barkarvia (X)
A random pick up that I adored I sped through this book, it was interesting and I really enjoyed all the relationships in this book. I also enjoyed learning a little more about the Armenian culture which I didn’t really know anything. The only feeling I had was that the characters were written a little older that they were supposed to be.
2. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour (X)
OMG I loved this book, this was the first lesbian romance I read and I really liked how the main characters were more than their sexuality. It was cute and fluffy. The perfect summer read.
This is my one favourite books of all time. The characters are funny adorable and it’s a wonderful coming of age/coming out story. 10/10 do reccomend.
Embroidered Top £10.00 from Primark
I adore the embroidery trend at the moment but haven’t really picked anything up that I really thought was worth it. However, when I saw this top from Primark I knew I had to have it. It is going to be perfect with high waisted jeans – and shorts in the summer – and a perfect summer piece. The embroidery isn’t AMAZINGly well done but it’s pretty good from Primark and £10.00. For a trend piece, I’m really happy with it.
Lace Underwear Set £5.00 from Primark
Primark has seriously stepped up on their underwear game! They have some really beautiful pieces at the moment and I want them in all of the colours. They are pretty lacy sets for under a tenner (they vary from £4). This pretty cream lace is perfect if you want a nice lace set without an extortionate price tag.
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman £12.50 from Amazon (X)
I love mythology and I am a fan of Neil Gaiman’s work so I had to pick this up for my kindle when it was released. I usually veer towards Greek and Roman mythology but I am excited to see what Gaiman has done with Thor, Odin, Loki and Co (who else only knows that from Marvel?).
Embroidered Handbag £15.99 from New Look (X)
I really love the embroidery trend – can’t you tell – I really need a new small black bag and this one is beautiful and a good size and it would be something I would happily continue to use. I think it’s a perfect way to inject some colour into an outfit especially some jeans, t-shirt and jacket combo.
Double Strap Sliders £15.00 from Boohoo (X)
I have a love-hate relationship with sliders, these I love but why oh why would anyone want faux fur sliders – I don’t understand!!! These however, are a really nice alternative to flip flops, especially if you don’t like the bit between the toe. You can pick up a pair of very similar ones from Primark for about £3.
Blending Brush £4.00 Primark
OMG, this is amazing! I get the appeal of the Artis brush. However, the price tag is WAY too much for me. I put on my foundation with this and it was amazing. So easy and smooth and for the price I paid for this I have no faults with it. 10/10 would recommend.
NYX Lingerie Liquid Lipstick £7.00 from ASOS (X) (available from other NYX stockists)
I am a liquid lipstick lover. I really love the ones I do use and I saw some mixed reviews of this NYX product but when ASOS had it on offer I decided to pick one up and chose Ruffle Trim and I really like it. The colour is wonderful for me and I can go for a coffee without too much of an issue. The product doesn’t stand up to a meal but for the price, I didn’t expect it to. It’s not too drying on the lips and it doesn’t require a thick layer to even it out. So if you want a cheaper alternative to some offerings this is a good buy.
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
OhMyGod! I have literally just finished Six of Crows and I am in love. I so desperately want to read Crooked Kingdoms – the second and final book in the dualogy – but I feel a break might be good for me. I was swept away with this novel and was caught hook line and sinker into the fascinating world of Ketterdam. This is my first foray into the Grisha Universe having never read the original Grisha Trilogy (I also have no plans to read them at the moment) and I am in love with this duology.
It was a little slow to start off with as many people have said but once I got passed the first chapter I was hooked (I didn’t really enjoy it). The books in written from multiple perspectives of 5 of the main characters with the first and last from the POV of minor characters. I sometimes find that this can make a story disjointed and hard to follow but Bardugo wrote this novel beautifully the characters personalities shone through but flowed together to tell the story.
The plot of the novel is well paced and I found I didn’t want to put it down especially as I got to the last 100 pages. I also found it really easy to dive in and out of as I read it a lot on the train in short bursts. The plot was kind of predictable but it was broken up with the background of character which was done really effectively and I saw none of the twists at the end. I think I may have gotten whiplash.
There isn’t a pairing I don’t love so desperately! I fell in love with these characters as individuals, they are so well written and relatable for me. The are humans with flaws or struggles not because of their “occupation” but because they are human and weakness is a human trait. I love that. There are 6 main characters Kaz Brekker, Inej Ghafa, Nina Zenik, Matthias Helvar, Jesper Fahey and Wylan van Eck.
All these characters are wonderfully written and as I mentioned all have struggles they are dealing with and I think that their internal conflicts as they work together to break into the Ice Court are a lovely side story to the main action and I hope that I will get to continue to learn about their history in the second book. The women in this novel are just as strong as the men and they actively recognise that and rely on the female characters which I really like as it shows how powerful these women can be. The female characters also aren’t controlled by men or their emotions towards men and Nina embraces her sexuality in an empowering way.
I SHIP ALL THESE CHARACTERS SO HARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just thought you ought to know.
Their relationships are just so wonderful, I love them all!!!!! I ship Nina and Matthias, Inej and Kaz and Wylan and Jesper!!!! Yes to all !!!!! Leigh Bardugodoes create very fleshed out characters and relationships that aren’t easy. I am especially fond of the friendship between Inej and Nina. They have a really lovely friendship and I hope to see more of it in the second book of the series.
Overall I 10/10 recommend this book. It is a very well written novel with diverse and interesting characters, an intriguing magic system and the plot is well written, full of twists and turns and is an experience that will draw you in and keep you hooked
So I finally have some free time and I felt the urge to post so I decided to get back into Top Five Wednesdays this month.
This week’s topic is Books You Want to Finally Read in 2017. These are books that you have had on your shelves over the last few years (2014, 2015, 2016) and you haven’t gotten around to them and you really want to. This list doesn’t involve those books which are released in 2017.
5. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (X)
I have had this book for a while now and I keep meaning to pick it up but alas it has eluded me I have heard such wonderful things about du Maurier’s writing and that Rebecca seems to be a firm favourite so I am determined to pick this up in 2017
4. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas (X)
I read ACOTAR in the summer and loved it! I wanted to read ACOMAF as soon as I got it (as soon as I finished the first novel) but unfortunately, life got in the way and I know I won’t be reading it before 2016 ends. I will however pick this up next year.
3. Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth (X)
I am obsessed with the Call the Midwife tv show and have always wanted to read the memoir in which it is based. I actually have all three books in the series to read but I will start. Hopefully, when the show comes back for season 6 in January I will be encouraged to pick up the book.
2. House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones (X)
I absolutely adore Howls Moving Castle it is a book and movie that I can view again and again and will always enjoy. Jones creates a truly magical land with vibrant and entertaining characters. I loved the first and second books in the series and I am determined to finish the series and find out what shenanigans Sophie and Howl get themselves into this time around.
I have wanted to read this book for years and it sits there never to be picked up and I am so disappointed with myself. I have never read anything by Plath and 2017 is the year that all changes. I don’t know all that much about the novel but I will be picking this book up.
Hi, my lovely followers.
I haven’t posted in ages and as much as I love my blog I know that I will not be able to commit as much time to writing as I want to. As I mentioned I have started university and unfortunately, I have been unable to write and have been busy with work for my course. I want to continue writing. So please bare with me while I get a handle on my schedule.
This week’s topic is Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year. Again this is another rather self-explanatory week. When I read it I assumed it was gonna be pretty easy; boy was I wrong. I actually found this quite hard as I don’t actually have a large amount of books that I am desperate to read before the end of the year. I kind of just go with what I fancy. However, I did pick five books that I would like to read sooner rather that later.
5. Finish a Series
Winter by Marissa Meyer
This was the only one I definitely want to complete this year. This is my current read and I am about half way through. I want to finish this series this year so I adamant it would happen. As I am off to Uni with a little less time I decided to pick it up before I go. Don’t know if two weeks before I leave was a good idea but I will finish it.
4. Continue with a Series
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
I loved A Court of Thorns and Roses and I am excited to continue with this series. I love the characters and the world and I recently picked up a physical copy of this book so I am excited to get into it. This is definitely one I want to get to very soon as I have heard so many good things about it.
3. Read a classic
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
I have been meaning to pick this up for AGES! I was planning to read a classic a month (that didn’t go very well) so I do want to pick this up. I love a gothic novel so I have high hopes. I will read at least one new classic this year!!
2. Continue with a Series
Reviving Izabel by J A Redmerski
This is a companion series called In the Company of Killers, Reviving Izabel is the second book which is a sequel to the first but all after this one focus on different characters. I really enjoyed the first one that I read and want to continue on with this series.
Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
OMG I am so excited for this novel. I loved the first one and now that they have a sequel I will be picking this up to devour over Christmas!!!! I have pre-ordered this and will most definitely be reading it this Christmas
This week’s topic is Favorite First Sentences. This is a pretty self-explanatory topic and I have chosen some of the sentences that for me have resonated with me for one reason or another. I personally have realised that the majority of the first lines that I like are classics. I tried to give a cross section, however I love a line that will grab you. Whether it shocks you, entices you or you just feel the beauty of it.
5. “It was a pleasure to burn.” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (1953)
4. “Fuck You” – Don Winslow, Savages (2010)
3. “If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are. ” – Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale (2015)
2. “Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul” —Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (1955)
Black: Name a series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans.
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin
These books are hefty tomes to read and that in itself is quite intimidating. These books can be hard to get into its a dense plot-heavy book. However, these books have a massive following and are popular for a reason they are great books.
Peppermint Mocha: Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or festive time of the year.
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
This book always pops up around Christmas time, this and Let it Snow and My True Love. Probably because they are the most popular YA Christmas books. I really enjoyed Dash and Lily and have read it a couple of times during the Christmas period.
Hot Chocolate: What’s your favourite children’s books?
The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley
I only read the abridged version of this as a child but I love it. I actually just found a full version in the charity shop in a lovely illustrated hardcover and I am super excited to read this cover. It’s a lovely book that I think is a beautiful story and I will be reading it to my own (eventual) children.
Double Shot of Espresso: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to
Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I loved this novel!!!! It’s unique and I really enjoyed the way the novel was told through emails, diary entries and accounts etc. It was fantastic, the ending was so tense and I stayed up to finish it because I just had to know how it ended. I am so excited for the second novel Gemina to come out.
Starbucks: Name a book that you see everywhere.
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
Ever since A Court of Mist and Fury came out it’s been a constant on my Instagram feed. I haven’t read the first one but I have got a copy and do plan on reading it in the coming months. I have heard very good things about this novel and as seems to be a trend with Maas’ novels the second is the better of the two.
That Hipster Coffee Shop: Give a book by an indie author a shoutout.
Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville
I am sorry to admit that I don’t read a lot of indie authors (some but not a lot) but when I saw Zero at the Bone it really intrigued me and I finally bought a copy and loved it!!! It’s an M/M romance and I really enjoyed it.
Opps! I Accidentally Got Decaf: Name a book you were expecting more from.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
I had such high hopes for this novel I loved the premise, the characters, the setting all of the build up the ending was such a letdown! I wanted to much more from the ending of this novel. I think that some of the plot was unneeded, it didn’t seem to have a purpose. Maybe this novel would have been better off as a duology.
The Perfect Blend: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying.
The Harry Potter Series by J K Rowling
This is always going to be a bittersweet series! It ended! This is the form of ultimate nostalgia for me and it is always a little bittersweet when the series ends again. Regardless of how many times I read this story I fall in love with the characters all over again, cry, laugh and travel with them. However, there is always the upcoming The Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts.
Green Tea: Name a book or series that is quietly beautiful.
Lullabies by Lang Leav
This collection of poetry is beautiful. It is a mix of love and heartache and I think it has a quiet beauty about it because Leav chooses beautiful words to fit the subject of her poems. If you want to read some modern poetry this is a great choice.
Chai Tea: Name a book or series that makes you dream of far off lands.
Howls Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
The world of Howls Moving Castle is so vibrant and colourful people and places, in all the novels in this series the worlds are so wonderfully created by Jones and I would just love to visit Ingary and if the Studio Ghibli film is anything to go buy it would be wonderful.
Earl Grey: Name your favourite classic.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
To be honest this is probably a tie between Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre. However, I love a gothic classic and Jane Eyre is one of my favourites and as I read it for my A Levels and enjoyed it on a personal level as well I feel that I ought to give it a shout out.
So I have had a bit of a crazy couple of weeks. The beginning of July was pretty quiet compared to the last two weeks. My younger brother graduated university and now has a degree in Geography and I couldn’t be more proud of him. So to see him graduate we spent the weekend in Exeter (where he went to university). I have never been before and it is a lovely place and we had a great weekend.
I also said goodbye to my Yr 6 class as we broke up for summer. I loved having them and they were a joy (most of the time). I went to their leaver’s disco and had a lovely time spending one last time with them, there were a lot of tears of their end and I was privileged to spend the year with them. I also went to the staff summer meal. It was brilliant fun and it was wonderful to spend time with those that had made my experience at the school so memorable.
Sons of Anarchy Vol 1 by Christopher Golden, A Woman Much Missed by Thomas Hardy, Reader, I Married Him edited by Tracy Chevalier, Stone Cold by Robert Swindells, Harley Quinn Vol 1: Hot in the City by Amanda Conner, Cress by Marissa Meyer, A Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan, A Court of Thorns and Rose by Sarah J Maas, Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton, American Vampire Vol 1 by Scott Snyder, My Inappropriate Life by Heather McDonald, The Heartbeat Under the White Coat by C R Guiliano, The Anchor Tattoo and Pistachio Dream by Paula Coots and Tonight by Karen Stivali.
1. Currently reading Jane Eyre inspired Reader, I Married Him 2. Beautiful food 3. Trying to do some work 4. Thank You presents from my Yr 6 class 5. my first Lean in 15 recipe 6. Wagamama’s Dinner 7. Summer TBR 8. Craving Pulp Kitchen cheesecake 9. Pretty pink roses 10. Selfie after train disaster! 11. My baby brother graduated! So proud 12. #currentlyreading A Court of Thorns and Roses 13. Booktube-a-thon Day 1 14. Am in Love with this pretty tea dress 15. Chilling in the Garden 16. Booktube-a-thon – The Great Gatsby 17. Anyone Recommend? 18. Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!
Lean in 15 Recipes
I picked up the Lean in 15 cook book and I am obsessed with the recipes in this book. They are tasty, fresh and healthy. I feel like I have eaten a good portion of food and I have not been disappointed yet. I am very tempted to pick up the second book as well. If you are looking at diet cook book then I do recommend this the recipes live up to the hype.
Cath Kidston Bag
I picked up this foldaway slim tote bag from Cath Kidston in the sale. This isn’t the exact one as mine is grey with pink flowers but it had sold out. This bag is brilliant as it is really spacious with a canvas outside and a plastic coated inside in case of spills. I will be using this as my carry on and as my tote to and from school next year.
Let Love Win Necklace
I love Shop Dixi products and they recently had a £3.00 sale I was all on that and this necklace just happened to be available. Not only was the delivery amazing it’s a beautiful necklace that I am super happy to have. It’s simple and cute and goes with a lot of outfits.
The Girls Next Door
This is a guilty pleasure and I haven’t watched it since it was on TV and I found an episode on YouTube and have been binge watching it ever since. It’s such bad reality TV it’s almost good. I only really like the Holly, Bridget and Kendra series but I may try the season with the others maybe?
Charlie Puth feat Selena Gomez – We Don’t Talk Anymore