Birthday Post | Goodreads Challenge | Year Update |

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So today I wanted to do a catch up on my reading challenge and year, inspired because of my birthday. I turned 23 today… Eeek I’m so old I know. Let’s pretend I’m only 18 please? 
So I’m another year older (sadly) and I was thinking, how has my life changed since my last birthday? Well I got my Upper Second Class Bachelors Degree in English Literature, I got onto two masters courses with me starting one in English Studies next week and my blog reached 435 followers! Of course mixed in with all the good things, there has been some really tough times this year from deaths, to mental health issues etc but right now I’m sat writing this and thinking wow I am so lucky and I cannot believe how well my year has gone in reality. The friends I have made whilst blogging feel like friends I have known my whole life. Even though they live in Australia, France or even South Africa and me in United Kingdom it feels like we aren’t too far away. I owe this blog so much, it has helped me in so many ways and my love for reading and books has increased so much more. Continue reading “Birthday Post | Goodreads Challenge | Year Update |”

Book Collections – How Does Yours Look?

Bookstagram, Book Tube, Book Blogs – you name it I’m constantly stalking it and I always wonder about everyone’s book collections. A lot of people especially big booktubers seem to have what I would call the ‘Perfect Book Collection.’ By this I mean that it all seems to match, they have all hardback books which seem to be all perfect in size and fit perfectly together. I do like to imagine that it is only certain shelves, the ones on camera and then if you could see the other side you would have the shelves of the mismatched.

The Ultimate Dream Collections Right Here. (Pictures from Pinterest)

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Spoiler Free Review | A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J.MAAS

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Author: Sarah J.MAAS
Pages: 699

Synopsis:

A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places

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Discussion: TBR lists – Do they Help or Hinder you?

Today I want to do a discussion on TBR lists and whether they help or hinder your reading experience.

TBR lists also known as ‘To Be Read’ lists for those of you who may not be familiar with them are extremely popular throughout the reading community. Each month many people post or video their choice of books to read that month but for me TBR’s have always been both a blessing and a curse.

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Book Travelling Thursdays – A Book You’re Thankful For

Hey Guys!

Welcome back to Book Travelling Thursdays! A tag set up by  Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. Be sure to check out both their pages and to find more information about this tag visit them on their  Goodreads Group Page.

This week’s theme is A Book You’re Thankful for – I decided to choose Twilight by Stephenie  Meyer for this one. Why?

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Fairy Loot June Unboxing – Classic Twist

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If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen I received my June FairyLoot box yesterday, I am incredibly excited about this because this is my first ever subscription box and I have heard amazing things on Booktube and Bookstagram.

The theme for June was ‘Classic Twist’ and the website said it was perfect for fans of Jane Austen, I myself struggle to get into Classics but I am a fan of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen plus it mentioned thinking of it along the lines of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. So of course I had to give it a go.

To find out what the June box held continue below, however if you have ordered the box for yourself and are yet to receive it you may want to skip this.

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College, Crime, Romance and Running!

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Author: Piper Lawson

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Rating: 4 Stars

*ARC received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Summary

Being a twenty-one-year-old screw-up has its perks. I can sleepwalk through class, drink all day and nail anything that walks.

Easy f#$%*ing peasy.

Sure, I used to be the fastest guy at Fielding College. I’ve broken more track records than anyone on the West Coast. But my life as an athlete feels like a different universe. A different Chase Owens.

Since my world fell apart last year, all I want is to be left the hell alone.

Ariel Hastings isn’t just a wrench in that plan, she’s a bomb. The quiet girl shows up out of nowhere and suddenly our fates are tied together. She wants to run with me, learn from me, even live with me…

Basically everything but f*ck me.

Now I’m spending too much time around her. I’m craving something she won’t give me and I sure as hell can’t ask for.

Because we’ve both got pasts that aren’t ready to let go. Even if I can survive hers, I know we can’t outrun mine.

Review

Chased is a book split into two parts, part 1 is where you’re thinking this is going to be a light hearted bubbly new adult romance where two strangers, become friends then ultimately fall in love… [also throw in a lot of tension and angst] Part 2 is the book that throws you through the loop and the book takes a whole new turn. No longer is this just a romance, we have a character in prison, family drama and crime.

I really liked the complex characters featured in Chased, Chase himself is hard to decipher as he first comes off as a giant ass. He fits the model for the rude playboy, but as the story progresses we realise he isn’t actually like his hard exterior and there is more to him. Ariel and Chase both need each other in different ways, this is first established through their running connection where both characters primarily only need each other to help one another with their running – speed/timing and just to stay on the team. As the story progresses they begin to rely on each other in more ways, it’s also worth noting that the story isn’t an instant fall in love tale. There is true tension build up and you are waiting to see what will happen next between the pair.

Piper Lawson also plays around with some interesting plot choices which I haven’t experienced before such as Ariel being stuck in her dead mother’s shadow, I liked the incorporation of the stalkers and her over protective father. However I wish the stalker element was played into a little bit more, whilst the story features an Alternative POV it is more leaned towards Chase and his story rather than Ariel so that’s where the focus is continuously leading too.

Whilst the Alternative POV may lean favorably to Chase, the book begins to make up for the disappointment of missing more focus on Ariel with its ability to withdraw emotions from you as a reader. I found myself both shocked, laughing and basically wondering what the heck was going on and about to happen next. It’s definitely hard to predict, so it keeps you on your toes!

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Overall I enjoyed my reading experience of Chased by Piper Lawson, this was my first experience with her as a writer and I had no trouble getting into the story, the book itself was fast paced and a quick read. It is worth remembering that the book is split in TWO parts therefore you may wish to  have Part 2 handy as the book ends with a cliff hanger of sorts and you will want to start the next one to see what happens with Ariel and Chase and how their story ends. Luckily Netgalley kindly sent me both parts so I didn’t have to go through the pain of waiting to find out more!

Let me know in the comments if when reading a New Adult Romance do you prefer an instant love relationship or a tension filled build up? 

 


Useful Links : Goodreads – Chased Part 1 | Chased – Part 2 | Piper Lawson

Stacking the Shelves… Book Haul!

Aloha!

Hope you are all having a fabulous week and it has been filled full of reading delights! Today’s post is going to be a BOOK HAUL, I think this is my second book haul on here?!  I love seeing what other people have purchased lately so I hope you enjoy this too. Seeing as I had finished Second Year of University I had ordered a bunch of books to celebrate and they are all finally here so without further ado….

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Mental Illness Fiction?

 

Welcome Back to Suggestion Sunday!

I hope you have all had a fabulously bookish filled week, today’s post is back to Suggestion Sunday. This is where I recommend a book which I have previously read in order to introduce you to hopefully your next read.

Today’s recommendation is going to be a Contemporary Young Adult Novel which focuses on a Teenager called Audrey who suffers from Anxiety. This was the first book I read which featured a protagonist suffering from a mental illness and I was interested in finding out how an author would approach such a subject.

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