My favourite blog posts of August 2019!

Well here you are my lovelies, the usual roundup of my favourite content from the month! Enjoy!

Also, a small disclaimer: I always try super hard to make these posts fair and to share a wide range of content but obviously I can’t share everything or my post would be never-ending! But it is never my intention to make anyone feel bad so please don’t be upset if you are not featured this time around. If I have EVER interacted with you in any way, then know that I value you. We are all valid here ❤

favourite blog posts of the month


favourite reviews

Giuli wrote a great balanced review of Gods of Jade and Shadow.

Rachel compared The Bird Tribunal to both Wuthering Heights and Rebecca, and made it sound amazing!

Kelsey wrote a wonderfully detailed review of After Alice by Gregory Maguire – just be wary of spoilers if they aren’t your thing!

Margaret gave a glowing review to Like A Love Story and made it jump straight into my online basket.

Keri reviewed Final Draft and confirmed that I definitely want to read this book at some point!

Gabby took a new approach to her reviews and it definitely worked well for her – I loved this review of Nevernight!

Sophie reviewed Turning Darkness Into Light and got me much more excited to read it!

Marija’s review of The Ten Thousand Doors of January was gorgeous, just like the book itself!

Emma reviewed Under A Dancing Star and confirmed that I’ll be buying this one on my next trip to the bookstore.

Kal wrote a brilliant review of House of Salt and Sorrows; I hadn’t given much attention to this book before now but she made it sound so good!

Melanie wrote a review of her usual high calibre and explained why Leigh Bardugo’s Ninth House might not be for everyone.


favourite discussions

Kelly wrote about finding the motivation to write book reviews and wow, did I need this post this month.

Krysta raised the subject of required reading and why it might not be as terrible as some people think.

Anda talked about why comments matter.

Marie shared some tips for giving your blog posts an extra spark and I think we’d all be mad not to listen to her, considering the award she just won! 😉

Wendy shared her joy at seeing fat girls on book covers and just YES.

Xandra talked about aspects of blogging that seem scary but aren’t really so bad.


other fun posts

CW recommended books to read if you enjoy Studio Ghibli movies!

Ayunda shared her travel adventures in Montreux, Switzerland and bumped this place further up my travel wishlist!

Kristin recommended books featuring artists/art forms of various kinds. I thought this was such a great list.

Cait compiled an incredible list of YA books about siblings!

Jordan collaborated with the author of We Are The Ghosts to share a super cool road map!

The Orangutan Librarian shared a list of bookish parties they’d love to attend – I’ll be expecting my invite as a plus one any day now 😉

Olivia gave us all five reasons to read classics and recommended her favourites.


I hope you all have fun exploring some of these posts and possibly finding some great new blogs to follow! xsignature (2)

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‘Johnny Ruin’ spoiler-free review!

Hello lovely people 🙂 Today is my stop on the blog tour for Johnny Ruin and I’m pleased to say I really enjoyed this one! If anyone is looking to read more books about mental health, this would be a great choice. Read on to find out why…

[TW: depression, suicidal thoughts, drug use]

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synopsis

If a tree falls in a forest and Jon Bon Jovi is with you when it happens, is it still a figment of your imagination?

Haunted by the idea that he is somehow broken, the narrator – a depressed, heartbroken, thirty-something writer – embarks on a journey through his own mind with his spirit guide, Jon Bon Jovi, for company.

From the redwoods of California to a crumbling New York City, they travel the highways of our narrator’s memory, an imagined America, where his thoughts are tangled with fragments from the songs and movies that shaped him, and where he can’t help but replay scenes from his doomed relationship.

When his ex-girlfriend turns up demanding that he forget her, he must decide whether he’s ready to let go…


my thoughtsIt feels strange to say that I enjoyed reading a book that is centred on a suicide attempt but bear with me while I try to explain. Dalton takes us inside the mind of his main character in a way that makes us feel such a close connection with him, despite never knowing his real name or what he looks like. It is impossible to read certain sections of the book without a smile on your face.

The disjointed fragments of narrative are hugely effective, given that the protagonist believes himself to be dead or dying and is experiencing his existence outside of a sense of time. I really did think this was such a clever writing technique.

I would say that this book is like the movie It’s a Wonderful Life but with a lot more sex! (Maybe steer clear if that’s not your thing). The book chronicles Johnny’s relationship with a woman named Sophia, from them getting together to breaking up and the after-effects of all this. It was all extremely relatable, reading Johnny’s ruminating thoughts as he tries to come to terms with his emotions.

The book has a bleakness to it but there is also a dark humour throughout the pages. I couldn’t help laughing at Johnny’s adventures with Jon Bon Jovi.

And I really appreciated the ambiguity of the ending. I will say no more, you’ll have to read it for yourself 😉

Overall, this was an unusual but intriguing read that I could not put down. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to read more books about mental health!

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To find out more about this one, you can check out the previous stops on the tour!

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What are some of your favourite mental health reads? Any fans of Bon Jovi out there?! x
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‘Forget Me Not’ spoiler-free review!

Hello lovelies! I hope you’ve all had a great weekend and if you’re in the UK, I hope you have some nice plans for the bank holiday!

Today, I’m reviewing Forget Me Not by Claire Allan, which was very kindly sent to me by Avon Books 🙂

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synopsis

It’s six in the morning during the hottest summer on record when Elizabeth O’Loughlin, out walking her dog, comes across Clare, a victim of a horrific knife attack, clinging onto life at the side of the road.

Clare dies minutes later, but not before whispering her haunting last words to Elizabeth.

When it becomes clear that Clare’s killer has more than one murder on his mind, Elizabeth has to take drastic action or face losing everything.

But what if she can’t stop a killer determined never to be forgotten?


my thoughts

This is the third of Allan’s thrillers that I’ve read and once again, I found it to be an enjoyable experience. I would say that I found this one to be slightly more predictable than the first two but maybe I’m just getting better at spotting the clues! I just found the hints to be less subtle in this one and thought it was obvious from early on what the twist was going to be.

That said, this was still a great read. In my opinion, even Allan’s weakest book is stronger than many other thrillers I’ve read!

The book, like its predecessors, kicks off at a break-neck pace and never lets up. Allan keeps the reader hooked from start to finish, with a good amount of tension. As usual, she peppers her story with red herrings (which as I’ve already mentioned didn’t really convince me on this occasion but I still appreciated the effort).

In reading Claire Allan’s books, I have found that she does a brilliant job of capturing human emotion. Her characters always have believable motives for behaving as they do, and I never have any trouble feeling for them. I will say that I found the protagonists of this book to be less likeable and slightly less developed than those of the previous books I’ve read, but it was a minor issue and it actually worked in terms of the story Allan was trying to tell.

So I’m not sure I would recommend this as a starting point if you’re new to Allan’s work but for those of you who have already read and enjoyed her previous books, it’s a worthwhile way to spend a few hours!

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What are you all reading these days? I’d love to know! Leave me a comment and let’s chat! x
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‘The Wild Book’ spoiler-free review!

Hello dears 🙂 I’m delighted to be wrapping up the blog tour for The Wild Book today, a book that was first published in Mexico and recently translated into English!

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synopsis

From one of Mexico’s foremost authors comes an adventure story of a boy who goes to live with his kooky, book-obsessed uncle in a library where books have a supernatural power all their own. 

Juan is looking forward to spending the summer having adventures with his best friend when he gets terrible news: not only are his parents separating, but he has to go live with his strange uncle Tito, who lives in a rambling home with three cats and about one million books. Shy and wary, Juan starts to explore Tito’s library, which is unlike any Juan has ever seen: the books are arranged in strange sections like “Motors That Make No Noise,” “Cheeses That Stink But Taste Delicious,” and “How to Govern Without Being President,” and some of them seem to change location each time you look for them. In fact, Tito tells him that a book finds a reader when it’s needed, and not the other way around.

Soon, Tito lets his nephew in on a secret: Juan is a Princeps Reader, to whom books respond in a very special way, and Tito needs his help finding a special volume called The Wild Book, which has never allowed itself to be read. Juan is joined in the quest by his little sister and the pretty girl who works at the pharmacy across the street, and together they battle the nefarious Pirate Book, which steals words out of existing stories. Over the summer, with the help of his new friends, Juan learns all sorts of secrets about world classics from Alice in Wonderland to The Metamorphosis, and overcomes his fear of change and the unfamiliar.


my thoughts

“People take to their beds to recover from an illness. That’s what I did, and my medicine was reading.”

This was a delightful middle grade adventure! It reads like a classic childhood favourite, with all the magic and whimsy you would expect from the likes of Roald Dahl or Lewis Carroll. Uncle Tito actually reminded me a little of Uncle Monty from the second Lemony Snicket book, though Tito is slightly more of a caricature.

The Wild Book is a book lover’s dream. I flagged so many quotes that just capture the way I feel about books so perfectly. I would almost describe this book as The Shadow of the Wind for kids – a magical quest through a labyrinth of books – so if you loved that, chances are you’d enjoy this one as well! It might be middle grade but I think it appeals to all ages. I also feel like there might have been a really cool reference to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy… but I may have been reading too much into it!

As well as being delightfully whimsical, this book also covers important topics. I feel like this would be a really helpful book for children/teenagers whose parents are going through a separation; I really liked how it portrayed the confusion of still loving a parent who has left but also feeling angry with them.

And finally, a note on the translation by Lawrence Schimel. I thought it was really well done, as the book was super easy to read and had a lovely flow to it.

I would recommend this one to adults and children alike! As the author himself said: “Every book has a spirit. That spirit searches for its reader – its favourite, ideal, absolute reader”. So if you like the sound of this one, go ahead and let it find you!!

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To hear what other readers thought of this book, check out the earlier stops on the tour!

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What are some of your favourite childhood books? Let me know in the comments! x
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Alex’s Alphabeticals: H

Hello again my beauties! It has been a crazy week so I’m keeping it chill today with another instalment of Alex’s Alphabeticals!

As always, if anyone else wants to jump on board, here’s how to participate!

  1. Credit/link back to me so I can see your posts!
  2. List your favourite Authors, Books and Characters beginning with a certain letter of the alphabet
  3. Do as many or as few letters as you want

Simple as that! Some people also add on Series, which you are welcome to do if you wish 🙂 The point is to have fun!

Without further ado, here are my favourite authors, books and characters beginning with H!


Authors beginning with ‘H’

Christina Henry

Henry is an author that I discovered in 2018 and I adore her dark fairytale retellings! I’ve only got one left to read which is Red Queen, the sequel to Alice, and I have loved them all.

Matt Haig

Matt Haig is a wonderful advocate for mental health and raising the discussion around depression/anxiety. He has been in the spotlight recently as a favourite author of Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex! His nonfiction is extremely accessible and I love what he is achieving. As well as this, he also writes enjoyable fiction for both children and adults.

Frances Hardinge

The first book of Hardinge’s that I read was The Lie Tree and I found it so unique. I am slowly working my way through more of her books and each one has fabulous Gothic undertones.

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Books beginning with ‘H’

The Halloween Tree

I’m developing a real love for Ray Bradbury and definitely recommend this small-town, coming-of-age story for the spooky season.

Her Hidden Life

I read this historical fiction last year and found it fascinating. The story follows a young woman tasked with tasting Hitler’s food to check for poisons, and intrigued me from start to finish.

The Haunting of Hill House

This is an absolute classic in the horror genre. It’s slow-burning and suspenseful, and a must-read for fans of Gothic literature. Shirley Jackson is a queen.

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The House with Chicken Legs

This middle grade book was a fun take on the Baba Yaga mythology. It reads like a Russian folk tale and is full of magic and intrigue.

Homegoing

Yaa Gyasi’s debut was ambitious but fantastic. Its unique structure made for a very powerful family saga. I also loved the symbolism throughout.

Heartstopper

A very recent read, this graphic novel from Alice Oseman is the definition of adorable. I’m looking forward to further volumes.


Characters beginning with ‘H’

Hermione Granger

Honestly, Harry Potter would not have survived without Hermione. She is an incredible witch and even more incredible friend, and I loved seeing her character develop over the course of the seven books.

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Series beginning with ‘H’

Harry Potter

I don’t often include the ‘series’ section in my Alphabeticals post as I can never think of anything hehe. But there can be no ‘H’ list without Harry Potter! J.K. Rowling has created one of the greatest masterpieces of our time and it rightly deserves its status as a cultural phenomenon.



What do you think of my list this time? I found this one of the easiest lists to create so far! Do we share any favourites? x

‘The Butcher’s Daughter’ spoiler-free review!

Hello my beauties ❤ Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Butcher’s Daughter by Victoria Glendinning! This is part of the Summer Reads series hosted by Duckworth Books all month long – so thank you to them for sending me a free copy to review! All opinions are my own.

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synopsis

In 1535, England is hardly a wellspring of gender equality; it is a grim and oppressive age where women—even the privileged few who can read and write—have little independence. In The Butcher’s Daughter, it is this milieu that mandates Agnes Peppin, daughter of a simple country butcher, to leave her family home in disgrace and live out her days cloistered behind the walls of the Shaftesbury Abbey. But with her great intellect, she becomes the assistant to the Abbess and as a result integrates herself into the unstable royal landscape of King Henry VIII.

As Agnes grapples with the complex rules and hierarchies of her new life, King Henry VIII has proclaimed himself the new head of the Church. Religious houses are being formally subjugated and monasteries dissolved, and the great Abbey is no exception to the purge. The cosseted world in which Agnes has carved out for herself a sliver of liberty is shattered. Now, free at last to be the master of her own fate, she descends into a world she knows little about, using her wits and testing her moral convictions against her need to survive by any means necessary . . .

The Butcher’s Daughter is the riveting story of a young woman facing head-on the obstacles carefully constructed against her sex. This dark and affecting novel by award-winning author Victoria Glendinning intricately depicts the lives of women in the sixteenth century in a world dominated by men, perfect for fans of Wolf Hall and Philippa Gregory.


my thoughts

The Butcher’s Daughter is an assured addition to the world of historical fiction. Glendinning sets the scene extremely well, conjuring a vivid picture of the 1500s, a time period which I have not read about often. The historical detail was accurate but not over-bearing, giving the story a chance to shine in its own right.

The long chapters in this book make it easy to get caught up in this story, despite its slow pace. Most people would claim to know something of Tudor history – even just the story of Henry VII’s wives at its most basic. This book offers a fresh take on that time period and I felt like it gave me a greater understanding of the possible reasons behind what happened during this era, despite some of the historical events not being described in great depth.

The narrative voice is confident and readers cannot help but root for the protagonist, Agnes. It was refreshing to read about a woman of that era who knew her own mind and could confidently convey her thoughts to the reader, while maintaining a meek appearance as demanded of her by the society in which she lived. (Yes, I’m aware that I’m talking about Agnes as if she were a real person but she was just such a fully realised character!) I would describe this as a quietly feminist book; it doesn’t shout about its themes but there is a definite sense of righteousness evoked when reading about Agnes.

Overall, this is definitely a slow read but one which fans of historical fiction should find worthwhile!

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To hear what other readers thought of this book, check out the other stops on the tour! x

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Are you a fan of historical fiction? If so, what are some of your favourites? Let me know in the comments! xsignature (2)

Scribd is a game-changer! My Audiobook Adventure.

First of all, this is not a sponsored post! Just thought I’d get that out of the way before we start haha. I just want to shout about audiobooks today! And if any of you are of the stance that audiobooks don’t count as real reading, you can kindly take that negativity elsewhere 😉


I first started listening to audiobooks around 2 years ago. Initially, I used a free app called Librivox that offered audiobook versions of classic novels recorded by volunteers. I found this really helpful in keeping up with the challenge I had set myself of reading at least one classic per month.

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This worked well for a good while (over a year in fact)… until I got a bit burned out with the classics. By a stroke of luck, Audible were offering a 3-month trial at that point so I figured I’d give it a go. I picked books that I already owned in physical format so that I was still ticking things off my TBR and feeling that lovely sense of accomplishment. I listened to some truly wonderful audiobooks in the second half of 2019!

My 3-month trial ended in December and I began the new year feeling bereft that I no longer had access to audiobooks. After a couple of months, I went back to the free Librivox app to listen to Vanity Fair.

I then discovered the wonder that is Libby, an app that lets you borrow audiobooks from your library. This provided me with the perfect way to continue my Harry Potter reread, as I was struggling to fit it in around all of the books I’d been sent to review.

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And then came the game-changer. I read a blog post by Hayley @ Rather Too Fond Of Books, where she completed the audiobook tag and offered a 2-month free trial for Scribd. I decided to check it out and I can say for certain that I will absolutely be purchasing a paid subscription when my trial is over. (Again, this is not a sponsored post!!)

I have mentioned recently that I have changed jobs and that the amount of time I have for reading has dropped significantly. Meanwhile, my commute to work has doubled and I now spending a minimum of 2 hours in my car each day. Since Scribd doesn’t limit you to only one or two audiobooks per month (like other apps I’ve tried), I am able to consume 2-3 books in audio format each week! And this means that my monthly wrap-ups still look decent hehe.

At present, I’m still choosing to listen to audiobooks that I already own in physical format, so that I can tick them off my tbr list. But I’ve saved a lot of books that I’ve had on my wishlist for a while and I’m looking forward to starting on those in the future!

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So yeah, I guess this post has been a really long-winded way of saying thank you to Hayley for introducing me to Scribd! It has changed my reading life 😀 And I absolutely recommend it if you are a fan of audiobooks and don’t already use it!


Do you listen to audiobooks? If so, what are some of your favourites you’ve listened to? Let me know in the comments! xsignature (2)

‘The Forest of Wool and Steel’ spoiler-free review!

Hello lovelies! I recently read The Forest of Wool and Steel, a lovely book which would be perfect for any of you taking part in #WomenInTranslation this month! Read on to find out why I recommend it…

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synopsis

Tomura is startled by the hypnotic sound of a piano being tuned in his school. It seeps into his soul and transports him to the forests, dark and gleaming, that surround his beloved mountain village. From that moment, he is determined to discover more.

Under the tutelage of three master piano-tuners – one humble, one cheery, one ill-tempered – Tomura embarks on his training, never straying too far from a single, unfathomable question: do I have what it takes?

Set in small-town Japan, this warm and mystical story is for the lucky few who have found their calling – and for the rest of us who are still searching. It shows that the road to finding one’s purpose is a winding path, often filled with treacherous doubts and, for those who persevere, astonishing moments of revelation.


my thoughtsApart from the fact that this book had the most perfect subject matter EVER for me, I absolutely recommend this one to anyone who enjoys literary fiction. This was just the loveliest, gentlest little book. There is such a dreamlike quality to the writing that I really loved. Check out this example:-

“Pianos want to be played. They are always open – to people and to music, ready to shine a helpful guiding light towards worldly beauty.”

I just adore that! This book had some of the most gorgeously enchanting imagery that I think even non-musicians will appreciate. And as for myself, reading this book had me absolutely itching to play! It is clear that Miyashita loves the instrument herself.

This is a very character-driven book. There is very little in terms of major plot action but I just loved being gently lulled by this book each time I picked it up.

I did think that one of the piano tuners, Mr Akino, was a bit rude but I suppose there had to be some form of conflict somewhere! Overall though, this was just a lovely quiet book and definitely one that all those who are musically inclined should pick up!

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Have you read any books that cover a subject you are passionate about? Let me know in the comments! x
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My 2019 Reading Resolutions: Time for a Recap!

Hello all! Since we’re now more than halfway through the year (welp!), I thought I’d take a look at the reading goals I made back at the start of the year and see how I’m doing!


Resolution #1: Read more books with mental health rep

Why I made this resolution: “I make no secret of the fact that I have my own mental health struggles, as well as working in the mental health sector, so I’d love to explore how more authors represent mental health in their books.”

How I’m doing so far: I’ve read a few books with mental health themes but I could definitely be doing better with this. There are certain titles I’d love to read before the year is over.

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Resolution #2: Conquer my fear of big books

Why I made this resolution: “I didn’t read very many long books (over 500 pages) in 2018 but the ones I did read ended up being some of my favourite books of the year! I’ve got a few larger books sitting on my shelves that I’d really love to try in 2019; I’m definitely in the mood to immerse myself in a chunky tome.”

How I’m doing so far: I feel like I’m doing well with this one. While I’ve not quite hit my unwritten goal of the equivalent of one tome per month, I don’t have too much work to do to get there. So I’m happy with how this one is going.

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Resolution #3: Read more from favourite authors

Why I made this resolution: “I have a strange habit of discovering an author I love and subsequently avoiding their books because I don’t want to run out! So I’m going to try and stop being ridiculous in 2019 and read more of the books I’ve collected by favourite authors. Some examples include Leigh Bardugo, Patrick Ness, Susanna Kearsley and Christina Henry.”

How I’m doing so far: This one isn’t going too well currently. I’ve been focusing more on discovering new authors (not that that’s a bad thing) but I want to try and work on this one in the coming months!

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Resolution #4: Try some non-fiction books

Why I made this resolution: “I’ve always had a fear of non-fiction but I know there are some fantastic titles out there. I’m looking to ease myself in with a few memoirs and book-related titles first, before tackling some heavier subjects that I’m interested in.”

How I’m doing so far: I’m actually doing better with this one than I thought! Though still not great haha. So far, I’ve read 4 non-fiction books. I’d still like to read some more but I have less motivation to achieve this goal than some of those previously listed.

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Resolution #5: Read some of my backlist books

Why I made this resolution: “Of course, my main goal in 2019 is to read some of my backlist titles. I may need the help of a challenge such as ‘Beat the Backlist’ or ‘The Unread Shelf Project’, but I’m determined to get my TBR under control!”

How I’m doing so far: A couple of months ago, I would have said that I was doing a terrible job of keeping up with this goal. But I’ve recently been tackling a lot of backlist titles! I haven’t loved them all but at least I’ve ticked them off my list! I’m hoping to continue as I have been in the months to come.

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My Goodreads Goal: Read 50 Books

Why I made this resolution: In 2018, I set my Goodreads goal at 100 books and managed to beat it quite significantly. This year, I set it at a lower number in order to allow myself to read some of those tomes I talked about. And I want to get back to reading for fun, not just to beat a number!

How I’m doing so far: I recently upped this goal! I was always secretly aiming for 100. I’ve read 67 so far.



The 12 Books I Must Read In 2019!

While I’ve been tackling a lot of backlist titles, they unfortunately haven’t been the ones I set out in this list, oops. So far, I’ve read… 3. I’ve got another two on my tbr for this month but I definitely need to step it up with this goal! If you’d like to see the list of books, you can find it here.


So overall, I could be doing better but at least I have made some attempt on all of these and feel motivated to up my game for the rest of the year!

Did you make any reading resolutions? Are you sticking to them? Let me know in the comments! xsignature (2)

‘Last Letter From Istanbul’ spoiler-free review!

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all having a great week 🙂 Today, I’m reviewing Last Letter From Istanbul which I received from Harper Collins UK, along with a lovely box of Turkish-themed goodies! Sadly, while I loved the box of gifts, the book was a little disappointing.

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synopsis

Constantinople, 1921

Each day, Nur gazes across the waters of the Bosphorus to her childhood home, a grand white house, nestled on the opposite bank. Memories float on the breeze – the fragrance of the fig trees, the saffron sunsets of languid summer evenings. But now those days are dead.

The house has been transformed into an army hospital, it is a prize of war in the hands of the British. And as Nur weaves through the streets carrying the embroideries that have become her livelihood, Constantinople swarms with Allied soldiers – a reminder of how far her she and her city have fallen.

The most precious thing in Nur’s new life is the orphan in her care – a boy with a terrible secret. When he falls dangerously ill Nur’s world becomes entwined with the enemy’s. She must return to where she grew up, and plead for help from Medical Officer George Monroe.

As the lines between enemy and friend become fainter, a new danger emerges – something even more threatening than the lingering shadow of war.


my thoughts

I struggled a lot to get into this one. There were a LOT of perspectives and time jumps which made it difficult for me to get sucked into the story; I felt like it was darting around too much and I couldn’t focus.

I also found the tone of the book a little pretentious at times. I don’t know what it was exactly that bothered me; I think it was just trying too hard to be this piece of great literary fiction but it did not succeed. The writing got quite convoluted and irritating at times.

In terms of characters, I didn’t really feel like any of them were very fleshed out. I didn’t feel invested in their lives and found them all to be forgettable. I felt totally apathetic towards them all.

As for the plot, I was promised a sweeping historical romance but this was non-existent. I don’t know, maybe I went in with the wrong expectations but I thought there would be some level of intimacy between Nur and George. There was none. Not until the very end of the book was there a flicker of something but even then, there was no chemistry whatsoever.

So, sadly, I didn’t enjoy this book. I’d say I was fairly bored most of the time. Maybe it’s partly my own fault for expecting something of a romance but I also don’t think the book was marketed accurately. Though I’m still super grateful to the publishers for sending me a free copy and the accompanying gifts!

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Have you ever gone into a book expecting one thing and been surprised to find it was something completely different? Let me know in the comments! x
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