April Wrap-Up and May TBR

April Wrap-Up and May TBR

Wow, after reading only 3 books in March, I read 9 books in April! And moved house. Granted, these books have been shorter and easier reads, but I’m still super proud of myself for such a lot of reading.

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Dumplin’ was definitely my favourite book of the month, and Midnight Alley was my least favourite.

Books I Bought in April

Heartstopper – Alice Oseman
The Quiet at the End of the World – Lauren James
The Red Scrolls of Magic – Cassandra Clare

Considering I came out of a big book ban, I’m glad I only bought these 3 books!

Books I Want to Read in May

I’d honestly just be really happy if I finished the Morganville series! I have 7 books left and a short story collection, so it could be a push but I think I might be able to do it.

What did you read in April and what’s on your May TBR?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Most Disappointing Reads of 2018

T5W: Most Disappointing Reads of 2018

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!

It’s time for a good moan because today we’re talking about most disappointing reads of 2018! I wrote a few down at the end of the year and it’s going to be so fun to share them with you all.

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Ugh. I did NOT enjoy this book (review here). With the amount of hype the book got when the movie was released, I just really expected something better.

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Whoop, more unpopular opinions time! I loved Illuminae, but I didn’t like Gemina. I wanted to try out the third book because of how much I adored Illuminae, but I was utterly disappointed yet again. Review here.

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This book is How To Ruin a Series 101. I was enjoying it, and then we got to this, and no no no. Review here.

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I never in a million years thought I’d mark a Wizarding World book as a disappointing read. But this one proved me wrong, and I’m still gutted about it.

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I have to say I wasn’t expecting too much with this one. I really loved We Were Liars and How To Be Bad, but E. Lockharts other books have also been disappointments for me. I thought I’d give this one a go, and unfortunately it was the worst E Lockhart book so far! Review here.

Which books made your list of disappointing reads of 2018?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Let’s Discuss! 2018 Wrap-Up + Favourites

Let’s Discuss! 2018 Wrap-Up + Favourites

We’re 8 days into the New Year and I haven’t stopped thinking about my 2018 in books. Here are just a few totals to get started!

Firstly, I’m so happy I managed to smash my Goodreads goal by reading 67 instead of 50! Secondly, isn’t it funny how all of my stats included Harry Potter books? 2018 was definitely the year of Harry Potter for me, and I’m hoping 2019 will continue that trend!

And here’s a summary of every single book I read! Can you spot any of your favourites?

Last but not least, we have my top 5 books of 2018! As always, this was really hard to sort through…but here we go.

5. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

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I had to include a contemporary in here and 2018 was the year I discovered Adam Silvera and the way he blends reality with fantasy. Of course all of Adam Silvera’s and Becky Albertalli’s deserve a shoutout, but I kept coming back to this one. It was beautiful, and definitely made me cry! Review here.

4. A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

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I think this one was my biggest and best surprise of the year. I went in with little expectation and came out with a sense I’d just read one of the most important YA books of our time. It was truly wonderful. Review here.

3. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

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2018 was definitely a year of fantasy for me, and I knew it was the right time to delve back into this series. I ended up falling completely in love with A Court of Mist and Fury and it’s following books! Review here.

2. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

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Another big surprise for me was The Infernal Devices and how I fell truly in love with the series. Clockwork Princess made me absolutely sob, broke my heart but also filled it with joy and love for this series. Review here!

2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

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Although I really considered this for a long time and kept swapping my top choice, nothing could really come close to Harry Potter. I loved a lot of books this past year, but this series made me fall in love. It won me over in so many ways, and has managed to become such a big part of my life.

So everyone, those are my top 5 books of 2018 and a wrap-up from me! Which is your favourite book of the past year?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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November Wrap-Up and December TBR

Hi lovely readers! It’s the start of December and I’m feeling so festive now. I’ve also been reading a lot – and I read 7 books in November! Honestly I can’t believe I’m managing to read so much at the moment but I’m not complaining.

Books I Read in November

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My favourite book of the month was definitely The Language of Thorns, and my least favourite was Tales of Beedle the Bard. Funny that both of those are collections of short stories!

Books I Bought in November

The Infernal Devices boxed set – Cassandra Clare
What If It’s Us – Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
A Very Large Expanse of Sea – Tahereh Mafi
A Map of Days – Ransom Riggs
Crescendo – Becca Fitzpatrick
Silence – Becca Fitzpatrick

So as it happens, I may have bought a lot of books in November! But it seems to be slowing finally, which is good.

Books I Want to Read in December

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares – Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

I didn’t read this in November in the end, purely because I didn’t feel that Christmassy! But now we have the Christmas tree up, I’m feeling ready to read a Christmas story. I’m going to start this book after Genuine Fraud, which I’m reading now.

What did you read in November?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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September Wrap-Up and October TBR

September Wrap-Up and October TBR

I really surprised myself this month by reading 8 books! I didn’t set a goal at all for the month as I knew I’d be starting uni and probably busy, but I’m really happy I’ve managed to read 8. That’s 3 more than I read in August!

Books I Read in September

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My favourite read of this month was Blue Lily, Lily Blue, and my least favourite was More Happy Than Not.

Books I Bought in September

Gifted
My Neighbor Totoro – Tsugiko Kubo
Life of Pi – Yann Martel

Bought
City of Ashes – Cassandra Clare
Hero of the Fall – Alwyn Hamilton
Unravel Me – Tahereh Mafi
More Happy Than Not – Adam Silvera
Songs About a Boy – Chris Russell
Hollow City – Ransom Riggs
A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold – George R.R. Martin

I’ll admit I may have gone a little overboard this month…but I’m actually okay about it because 3 of these were secondhand and the other 4 were on sale or in deals. Off the top of my head, all 7 of these books cost just over £25!

Books I Want to Read in October

History is All You Left Me – Adam Silvera
If I Stay – Gayle Forman
Where She Went – Gayle Forman

I’m meeting Adam Silvera at the end of the month so that’s the only book I definitely need to read! Otherwise, I’m just going to try and get through my physical TBR. Surprisingly, it is going down even with my bad book buying habits 😛

What did you read in September?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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August Wrap-Up and September TBR

August Wrap-Up and September TBR

I read 5 books in August, which isn’t too bad even though it’s less than the 9 I read in July! I’m actually pretty happy because I managed to finish A Court of Thorns and Roses and they are big books.

Books I Read in August

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I’m not going to pick a favourite and least favourite for this month because I’m happy to say these were all 5 star reviews!

Books I Bought in August

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Ravenclaw Paperback) – J.K. Rowling

I’m very happy that I only bought these 3 books this month! That’s such a low amount for me and these were all on sale too.

Books I Want to Read in September

Blue Lily, Lily Blue – Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven King – Maggie Stiefvater

My only goal for September is to finish this series, which shouldn’t be too hard as I’m already almost halfway through Blue Lily, Lily Blue. I start my first year of university this month so I’m not going to push myself other than that and I’m going to mood read when I can!

What did you read in August?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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July Wrap-Up and August TBR

July Wrap-Up and August TBR

I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but I read nine books in July! I knew I’d read a lot, but I didn’t expect it to be quite that much.

Books I Read in July

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My favourite book of the month was My Life Next Door and my least favourite was definitely Call me by Your Name! You can see my reviews by clicking the links above.

Books I Bought in July

A Court of Frost and Starlight – Sarah J. Maas
The Smoke Thieves – Sally Green
Leah on the Offbeat – Becky Albertalli
Save the Date – Morgan Matson
Still Alice – Lisa Genova
My Best Friends Exorcism – Grady Hendrix

It might look like I bought a lot this month, but I actually bought all of these with a voucher. Which means I didn’t spend any of my money on books this month – yay!

Books I Want to Read in August

A Court of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Frost and Starlight – Sarah J. Maas

I’d definitely like to finish this series in August but other than that I’m definitely going to mood-read! I’m really trying to make use of summer the best I can and that means reading what I’d like to 🙂

What did you read in July?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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