Favourite Blog Posts of the Year

Twelve Days of Christmas – Day 1

It’s CHRISTMAS!!! Well, t’s 12 days until Christmas today and this is the first in a 12 Days of Christmas series on my blog. I’m going to be continuing T5W/stacking the shelves and reviews as usual, but throwing a Christmassy twist and adding some end-of-2018 discussion posts in the following days.

In today’s post I thought I’d include some of my favourite blog posts from the year. I’m really proud of some of my posts and what better way to celebrate but to write about them and give them a post of their own?

Reviews

My Heart and Other Black Holes – Jasmine Warga
My Life Next Door – Huntley Fitzpatrick
Call Me By Your Name – Andre Aciman
A Court of Frost and Starlight – Sarah J Maas
The Language of Thorns – Leigh Bardugo
A Very Large Expanse of Sea – Taherah Mafi

I’ve included a mix of reviews above – some of which I absolutely loved, and one of which I disliked but thought I articulated my thoughts well! Some have issues, and some tackle some very important issues.

T5W

Longest Books on My TBR
Friendship Groups
Books That Made Me Cry
Books I Disliked but Love to Discuss
Books That Made me Laugh out Loud

I love T5W and taking part in it! Here are some topics that peaked my interest in 2018.

Miscellaneous + Other

My shelves Masterlist
Why I’m Slowly Giving Up on Instagram
Let’s Discuss! How To Make Reading a Habit
Meeting Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
Let’s Discuss! To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before (movie)

Just some random and Let’s Discuss posts that I really enjoyed. My biggest blog achievement this year is definitely my shelves masterlist which I’m so proud of!

What are you proud of this year?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Currently reading: Vile Bodies. #48

Hey everyone!

Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh is a historical contemporary novel set in 1920s post WW1 London.

This book follows a gang of ‘Bright Young People’ into a world of parties, money and gossip in a London that is still trying to make sense of itself following the ‘Great War’.

I am very nearly finished with this book and so I feel at liberty to give my opinion on it at this point.

Vile Bodies is exactly what I have needed in a book for a long time. It is refreshingly hilarious and addictive. Maybe this is because of its rich and glamorous back drop in the private mansions and opulent hotels of Mayfair. More than likely it is because of its dazzling cast of eccentric and ridiculous twenty-somethings who have no jobs, no commitments and no morals. They are both admirable and repulsive people and Waugh is very keen to constantly remind his reader of this. Stephen Fry describes this books as Britain’s ‘Great Gatsby’ and I would say that perfectly encapsulates the violently outrageous and excessive nature of this story.

Aside from the unique focus of the narrative I found that this book, unlike many books from the early 20th century was very readable and accessible. I would recommend it wholeheartedly as a read that bounces through a series of seemingly frivolous sub plots whilst all the while maintaining a political and historical commentary. This book, although not written with the genre in mind, is very much the kind of thing that a reader of YA would enjoy. Let me know how you like it!

Keep on reading!

And thanks again Beth.

T5W: Gifts for Harry Potter Fans

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

This week’s T5W is officially Books to Give ______ as Gifts. I could have gone for purely books to give a Harry Potter fan, but I thought general gifts could be more interesting!

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I adore this book has a Harry Potter fan! It’s just so gorgeous and you can see my full thoughts and many pictures in my review here.

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Okay this is my absolute dream. How incredible is this Lego set? And if, like me, this might be a little out of your price range…they have many other cute sets available!

I couldn’t write this post without including WANDS! It’s the only thing I’m seriously considering buying when I visit the Studio in January.

The Crimes of Grindelwald - Baby Nifflers 2-Pack Vinyl Figures

Aren’t these just the cutest? I also might be lucky enough to find these babies in my stocking 😉 

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I had to include food in here somewhere! I love the idea of food from fictional worlds – here’s a whole post about it.

What would you recommend for Harry Potter fans?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Let’s Discuss! My Shelves Masterlist Pt. 5

Here we are again with my last but not least post in this series! This is the conclusion in a series where I’ve been posting a list of each and every book I own including every single edition. I wanted to get these posts done before Christmas as later this week I’ll be starting a 12 Days of Christmas series to mark the end of the year and the festive season!

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You can find books from my bookshelves on the list below. Clicking the title will take you to Goodreads for the exact edition I own! Clicking on the star will show you my review for those books I have reviewed. Live and updated masterlist page is here!

Shelf Twelve

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling (read 5★)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling (read 5★)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling (read 5★)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling (read 5★)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling (read 5★)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling (read 5★)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling (read 5★)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Ravenclaw edition – J.K. Rowling (read 5★)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Ravenclaw edition – J.K. Rowling (read 5★)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – J.K. Rowling (read 5★)
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K. Rowling (read 5★)
Tales of Beedle the Bard – J.K. Rowling (unread)

Shelf Thirteen

What If It’s Us – Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera (unread)
More Happy than Not – Adam Silvera (read 3★)
A Very Large Expanse of Sea – Taherah Mafi (unread)
City of Bones 10th Anniversary edition – Cassandra Clare (read 5★)
Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare (unread)
Lord of Shadows – Cassandra Clare (unread)
Lord of Shadows signed exclusive edition – Cassandra Clare (unread)

Shelf Fourteen

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children graphic novel – Ransom Riggs (read 4★)
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs (read 5★)
Hollow City – Ransom Riggs (read 4★)
Library of Souls – Ransom Riggs (read 5★)
A Map of Days – Ransom Riggs (unread)
Twilight – Marissa Meyer (read 5★)
New Moon – Marissa Meyer (read 4★)
Eclipse – Marissa Meyer (read 3★)
Breaking Dawn – Marissa Meyer (read 4★)
Twilight/Life and Death – Marissa Meyer (unread)

Shelf Fifteen

My Best Friends Exorcism – Grady Hendrix (unread)
Geekerella – Ashley Poston (read 5★)
The Wrath and the Dawn – Renee Abdiah (read 5★)
Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy (unread)
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – Lauren James (read 5★)
The Martian – Andy Weir (read 5★)
Seed – Lisa Heathfield (read 5★)
Invictus – Ryan Graudin (unread)
The Edge of Everything – Jeff Giles (unread)
Carry On white edition – Rainbow Rowell (read 5★)
Did I Mention I Love You? – Estelle Maskame (unread)
My Heart and Other Black Holes – Jasmine Warga (read 4★)
The Square Root of Summer – Harriet Reuter Hapgood (read 5★)
My Neighbor Totoro – Tsugiko Kubo and Hayao Miyazaki (read 5★)

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Beautiful Quotes #107 / The Upside of Unrequited

Beautiful Quotes is a weekly meme hosted by me, where I post some of my favourite quotes. Any other bloggers are welcome to join me in this and just link my blog!

Hi everyone! As the Christmas festivities are in full swing, I’ve been looking back on the books I’ve read so far this year. I’ve also been celebrating the festive season!

  • Over the weekend, my boyfriend and I went out with my family to a Christmas food festival. I had one of the little marshmallow teacakes I love so much!
  • I’ve spent all evening wrapping presents in preparation for the big day.
  • I finish uni this week for the holidays, so I’ve been working on my project which is due in the New Year!

So here’s a quote from one of the books I enjoyed this year!

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“Something like that. But you know, there’s an upside here. Because when you spend so much time just intensely wanting something, and then you actually get the thing? It’s magic.”
― Becky Albertalli, The Upside of Unrequited

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Review: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

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So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Meh. Unfortunately this book was very mediocre. I had fun reading it, sure, but it really didn’t impress me. Weirdly, I read the sequel, Twelve Days of Dash and Lily before the first book! It’s the only series I’ve ever read backwards, but I don’t think it particularly mattered too much.

I found Lily a bit whiny in this one too – but actually not so much! I just saw both characters as flawed, genuine 16 year olds, and that was okay. They had their qualms and struggles, but it displayed teenage angst accurately.

“You think fairy tales are only for girls? Here’s a hint – ask yourself who wrote them. I assure you, it wasn’t just the women. It’s the great male fantasy – all it takes is one dance to know that she’s the one. All it takes is the sound of her song from the tower, or a look at her sleeping face.”

Unfortunately, I also didn’t feel particularly festive during this one? I was thinking back to when I’ve read other festive books, and I feel like this one could have had a little more…oomph. I wanted Christmas trees on sale on corners. I wanted Gingerbread houses. I wanted MORE SNOW. Snow flurries in Central Park and with ice skating and UGH just more.

I think part of the problem was the fact that this book took place both before and after Christmas, as I felt more festive at the start of the story. I just wish I’d seen Christmas day with their families, and I know that decision was obviously part of the plot, but I would have liked just one family Christmas scene to make me feel like it truly included that special day.

“And right away you know – this is the girl in your head, sleeping or dancing or singing in front of you. Yes, girls want their princes, but boys want their princesses just as much. And they don’t want a very long courtships. They want to know immediately.”

Overall, I can’t say I didn’t enjoy this book. It was a fun read with moments of hilariousness and also moments that touched my heart. It did have the bits of Christmas that sparkled, and I enjoyed reading both characters stories. I thought it was brilliant that Dash made a great bookworm and relatable character for us readers. I had fun, but that was all unfortunately!

★★★
3 stars

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Stacking the Shelves #73

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga where we share books we’ve bought this week. Find out more and join in here!

Hello readers! As I’m sure you know, Queen of Air and Darkness came out this week! I haven’t actually read The Dark Artifices yet, but I’m very excited to start and I’m planning on reading the series soon. I picked up a gorgeous edition of this book from Waterstones and I absolutely love it!

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I’m on the lookout for the same edition of Lady Midnight if anyone has a copy they’re willing to sell! Just drop me a message or comment below 🙂

Did you buy any books this week?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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