August (and July!) 2017 Reads.

Huh! I didn’t do a July wrap-up because I thought I hadn’t read any books that month, but I’ve just looked at Goodreads and noticed this one:

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One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus.

It feels absolutely ages since I read this book now, but I remember I did really enjoy it. I felt it focused too much on the love story in the end, but it was definitely a book where I really wanted to know what would happen next and wanted to keep reading. If you’re looking for a quick, light read, and you like YA, this is a good one to choose.

It has an interesting premise: basically the movie The Breakfast Club goes horribly wrong. Five high school students, all belonging to certain cliques, are in detention together when one of them, Simon, suffers an allergic reaction and dies. The police treat the death as suspicious and it transpires that each of the students in detention that day had a possible motive for killing Simon.


And here are the books I read in August:

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My Bookish Wishlist.

I’ve been neglecting my book blog lately, haven’t I? I’ve been excited about fashion and have had lots of ideas for that blog, and although I have been reading, I’ve not had much to talk about in the way of books. I’m thinking of combining my book blog and my fashion blog on a new site. I still think WordPress is great but its limitations are starting to show – I feel like it’s hard to make your blog look unique on this platform. What do you think?

Anyway, here’s my bookish wishlist. I could go on all day and talk about my dream library but these are the books I’m actually planning on buying, and which won’t need their own room.


Beloved Authors

Origin by Dan Brown.

Robert Langdon returns this October in Origin, to solve more mysteries and break more codes. A lot of people think the Langdon books are silly and low-rent (read my D is for… The Da Vinci Code post to see why I disagree) but I was so excited when I heard we were getting a new book. These books are the definition of page-turners and I’m sure Origin won’t disappoint.

The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Children’s Books for Grown-Ups.

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme (on Wednesdays, duh) hosted by Thoughts on Tomes on Youtube. I don’t participate every Wednesday but I like to hop in whenever it’s a theme that speaks to me. This week’s theme/subject is top 5 children’s books, and oh my god, I LOVE me some children’s books.

As I’ve written a post previously about my favourite books from when I was a kid, as well as a ‘My Life in Books‘ post about the books that I feel were important in making me the person I am today, I’m going to switch this one up a bit. Today I’m going to talk about what I consider to be the 5 best children’s books (or book series) that I discovered as an adult.

It’s a great thing for people keep reading children’s books when they’re older. It takes us back to a time when we could stay up all night to finish a book without worrying about having to get up the next day, and when we were secretly convinced that the things we read about were true and written by some emissary from a faraway land. I’ve discovered some fabulous children’s stories despite these stories allegedly being ‘for kids’.

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June Reads 2017.

Sorry, how is it 2nd July? Did we not just celebrate New Year? Have we skipped forward in time?

I didn’t read as much as usual this month but the most amazing thing that’s come out of June is a newfound interest in writing. My friend has been writing her novel for a while now and she told me she just started by playing with characters and a story grew out of it. She inspired me to change up the way I approach writing, and by just making sure I write a little each day, even if it’s just a sentence, I’m beginning to create something I really like.


The first book I read in June was The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I’ve been really getting into the TV series which is currently being shown on Channel 4, so I decided to give the book another go. This time, I really enjoyed it, though I did find it petered out towards the end. The world-building was probably my favourite thing about this novel. I love a good dystopian.

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The ending was a bit more optimistic than I expected, and I have to admit I always feel this about dystopians – they’re so much more interesting when the characters are living under the regime, rather than when they’re fighting against it. This is why I always enjoy the first book in a dystopian series the most (as well as the fact that the first book in a series is usually the best anyway).

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‘Books I’ll Probably Never Read’ Tag.

This tag was created by littlespider9 on YouTube.

I wasn’t tagged for this but I saw it on Ariel Bissett’s channel and I just thought… that tag is so me. There are so many books that I can’t help but roll my eyes when people talk about them because they’re so hyped, so many series that I just don’t want to finish… so here’s the chance to tell you about them. I also love these kind of controversial tags – this one reminds me a bit of the unpopular opinions tag, which is probably my favourite book tag ever.

1. A really hyped book you’re not interested in reading?

There are loads that I’m not interested in, because hype really turns me off a book. I even refused to read Harry Potter for ages because of the hype.

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The ‘Back to the Future’ Tag.

I was tagged for this a looooong time ago by the lovely Orangutan Librarian here on WordPress. I take my sweet time getting around to tags, that’s just how I roll.

Confession time: I have never seen Back to the Future. *Ducks*

I looked at these questions and had a strong feeling of deja vu, but I searched my blog and it doesn’t look as though I’ve already done the tag. If I have, then… here it is again?


Question 1: Name a movie/book/show that makes you want to go back in time when you were younger and enjoy it all over again.

Movie: Probably Labyrinth. I still think it’s brilliant but I’d love to watch it for the first time again. I know it a little bit too well now – there are no surprises at all.

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