November Reads 2016.

For some reason, I read a LOT of scary books in November. Well, not a lot, but a lot more than I would normally read.

I read quite a few books this month, and enjoyed most of them. I even found a new favourite…

1. The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey.

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London Book Haul!


I have done the best thing ever and you should all do it – I visited my friend Alys in London and she and I went on a bookshop crawl. (Like a pub crawl, but with books instead of booze.)

We met at St Pancras Station and walked to all of the shops we visited, so we didn’t have to spend any extra money on public transport. (Until it was time to go back to the station, by which time our feet were dying.) We aimed to go to Skoob first but on the way we noticed a bookshop called Gay’s the Word (sadly they don’t seem to have a website) so decided to have a quick look.


  I thought this was a really good little shop. It’s not big but it’s got good variety and the books are presented really well. It’s a quiet little part of London too, which was very welcome on the Saturday immediately after Black Friday. In here, I finally treated myself to Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becki Albertalli.

From Goodreads: “Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.”

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I’m Very Thankful For…

Being English, I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving myself, but I like the idea of going around the table and saying things you’re thankful for. We often take things for granted. So, in no particular order, here’s a list of bookish things I’m really grateful to have in my life.


I adore ebooks. I love their portability and the fact that I can buy as many as I like without having to find the space. I also prefer reading ebooks, because I can read in whatever position I like without my neck aching. Sure, they have their cons as well, and they’re not everybody’s cup of tea, but I’m a big fan.


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Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Want to Re-Read.

 Top 5 Wednesday is a meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Thoughts on Tomes. Here’s the link to the Goodreads group.

I won’t be partaking every Wednesday – if I try to blog on a particular day each week, I always end up losing interest – but I thought it would be a fun meme to dip in and out of.

This week’s theme is books I want to re-read. Most of the books below are books that I do really want to re-read but I’m kind of intimidated by the idea of re-reading them, either because they’re really long or because I feel like my opinion might change the second time around.

White Teeth by Zadie Smith.

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Film Review: ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’.

Yesterday I went to see the Fantastic Beasts film, and I was so damn excited. I didn’t really realise how excited I was until we were queueing up, and from the point that we handed over our tickets to when we were sitting through the adverts I couldn’t stop smiling. Sadly we chose a different cinema to the one we normally go to, so I was uncomfortable throughout – but hey, that’s a small price to pay to go and see a new Harry Potter film.

I was just so excited to be watching a Potter film where I didn’t know what was going to happen. However, this did cause problems now and then: they didn’t outright tell us the names of a lot of the magical creatures, which was a shame because I haven’t read the book of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them since the year came out. I was therefore a bit embarrassed when people were asking me afterwards if I knew what something was and I was like, ‘Nope!’

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Book Tag: Books to Read in Pairs.

This tag was created by Jen Campbell on YouTube, and the idea of it is to go around your shelves (whether virtual or physical!) and choose pairs of books that you think compliment each other well, perhaps because they have similar themes, or one is a retelling of the other, etc. Jen asks us to aim for between five and ten pairs of books so I’ve pushed myself to go for ten.

I didn’t read most of these in pairs, apart from the ones I read for university modules, but have chosen them because I think they would go well together.

1. White Teeth by Zadie Smith / Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie.

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