July book haul

So I come to you again with another book haul. This haul is very small which is great as my book shelf can’t take anymore books. I have four books to show you and only one of them I bought myself. I am feeling really good about not purchasing too many books. Also the desire to purchase books has faded as I am currently happy reading books that are either on my kindle or shelves.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016. It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

I bought this as it has just come out in paperback and was only £2.99 in sainsburys. My partner started reading it as soon as I got it out the carrier bag. He is big harry potter fan.

Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies… After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed. When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first? After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

I found this in the charity shop for £1 and although I haven’t read Truth witch I couldn’t leave it there. I will surely find the first one eventually for a good price.

Middlesex tells the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides, and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family, who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit, witnessing its glory days as the Motor City and the race riots of 1967 before moving out to the tree-lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe, Michigan. To understand why Calliope is not like other girls, she has to uncover a guilty family secret, and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal, one of the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction. Lyrical and thrilling, Middlesex is an exhilarating reinvention of the American epic

Another one that I am intrigued about. I keep seeing this book everywhere and really want to read more books with intersex characters. Plus it was cheap and in good condition at the charity shop.

Combined for the first time here are Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale and Maus II – the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler’s Europe. By addressing the horror of the Holocaust through cartoons, the author captures the everyday reality of fear and is able to explore the guilt, relief and extraordinary sensation of survival – and how the children of survivors are in their own way affected by the trials of their parents. A contemporary classic of immeasurable significance

I have been eyeing this book up for months. I have heard only great things about this graphic novel. I read the first couple of pages and I think I am going to enjoy it. Fingers crossed.

So that’s my haul, it’s pretty tame to my past ones but I am happy with this amount. What did you buy/receive? Have you read any of theses books? Let me know your thoughts.

Thanks for reading



So I have mulling over the idea of starting a BookTube channel. I am still sitting on the fence. Obviously my first few videos will be rubbish but I have my concerns probably like a lot of other people that have uploaded content.

A lot of the time you see women/girls that are plastered with make up and look stunning. I am not one of those people and my self confidence let’s me down. I am scared of the haters. I know you can disable comments but I would really want to communicate with genuine readers who would like to hear my thoughts.

I have concerns that people will not like my content and be ridiculed for my opinions. I have the kindest comments on my book blog and appreciate everyone for commenting/reading/liking my posts. However I feel the case will be different if I set up a channel. People would be viewing me as a person as well as my thoughts on books, I think the worst thing for me is rejection.

I know that I should not let anyone or their thoughts stop me from what I am doing but these concerns hinder me everytime.

I recently just did a couple of mock videos on my phone and whilst I thought I spoke clearly and didn’t think it was too bad. I felt that I wasn’t camera acceptable (if you know what I mean) I have never been photogenic.

Have any of you thought about setting a BookTube channel? Did you have some of the same concerns? Should I just take the plunge and do it.

Thanks for reading


Tome Topple TBR

I am going to be participating in Tome Topple Round 4 which starts on the 4th August 12am your local time and finishes 17th August at 11:59pm. This is a chance for me to get some of those massive/daunting books read. I participated last year and really enjoyed myself so I thought why not do it again. However it does overlap with #MakeMeRead readathon so I will try to hit as many challenges as possible.

So the idea is to read books that are 500+ pages that have been waiting patiently to be read and also to make it more fun there are some challenges to follow if you want.

Tome Topple was created by @thoughtsontomes.

It is co-hosted by , @brainsandbooks, & .

You can also find details about it by searching on twitter #TomeTopple

The Rules:

1. Read more than 1 tome
2. Read a graphic novel (that has over 500 pages)
3. Read a tome that’s part of a series
4. Buddy read a tome (use Goodreads and Twitter to find buddies!)
5. Read an adult novel



House of Leaves

705 pages

A blind old man, a young apprentice working in a tattoo shop, and a mad woman haunting an Ohio institute narrate this story of a family that encounters an endlessly shifting series of hallways in their new home, eventually coming face to face with the awful darkness lying at its heart.

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

699 pages

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.

The Walking Dead, Compendium 1

1088 pages

Introducing the first eight volumes of the fan-favorite, New York Times Best Seller series collected into one massive paperback collection.

In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally start living. With The Walking Dead #1-48, this compendium features more than one thousand pages chronicling the start of Robert Kirkman’s Eisner Award-winning story of zombie horror, from Rick Grimes waking up alone in a hospital, his band of survivors seeking refuge on an isolated farm and the controversial introduction of Woodbury despot, The Governor.


So if I read these I pretty much hit all the goals except one! I need a buddy to read with. I have never done a buddy read and would love to. If there is any of my fellow book readers who want to read any of these books with me then just comment below and we will arrange a platform for discussions.


Are you doing the tome topple readathon? What’s on you TBR? Does anyone fancy buddy reading with me?


Thanks for reading



#MakeMeReadIt Readathon

So I have decided to participate in the #MakeMeReadIt readathon again for the second year running. I love the idea of this readathon,I like the idea that you guys get to choose what I read throughout the week. So vote wisely my friends. This will be my first readathon of 2017 crazy I know and really should do some more. The Readathon starts on the 6th – 13th August and starts at 12am in your timezone.

This readathon is hosted by the lovely Val @ The Innocent Smiley and Ely @ Tea and Titles.

What Is This Readathon About?
Look at the books you own, either physical, e-book or ones you’ve borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It’s up to you how many you pick, personally I’d pick a few more than you expect to be able to read in a week. Example: if you think you’ll only read two, pick out five books or if you think you can read seven, pick out ten.
Make a list of these books on your blog, or make a video, or a Goodreads shelf or post a picture on Instagram—whatever is easiest for you. Then get friends, other bloggers/booktubers/bookstagrammers
etc. to vote on which books you HAVE to read.
When the readathon comes along, you read the books in the order of most votes. For example, if one book gets 10 votes—you read that first, then the one that got 7 and so on. If there’s a tie, then it’s your preference. The goal is to read as many as possible.
So lets get onto the books, now I have a hard time starting/continuing/finishing series so all these books are part of a series and I will let you decide what I should read. You might be shocked that I haven’t read these series yet nevertheless…you guys need to #MakeMeReadIt.
Thank you for taking the time to vote and hopefully some of you will be joining me in this readathon.
Thanks for reading



My Top 5 Most Read Authors

I wanted to share with you some of the authors that I have read most from and hopefully it will come to a surprise to you or maybe not.

We all have those favourite go to authors, where we know that we are going to absolutely love anything they publish and automatically read without even knowing what the book is about. Or there are authors that have huge series published and we have to make sure that all of them are read.

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling

Books Read 9.

            Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneThe Casual Vacancy

So I think everyone knew that JK was going to be on the list –  I have not read ‘Very Good Lives’ or ‘Fantastic Beasts’ yet but I am sure I will do. JK stole the hearts of many with Harry Potter and it is still going strong 20 years on with theme parks, Harry Potter world and loads of memorabilia.

Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory

Books read 6

            The White Queen (The Cousins' War, #1)The Red Queen (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #3)The Lady of the Rivers (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #1)The Kingmaker's Daughter (The Cousins' War, #4)

The White Princess (The Cousins' War #5)The King's Curse (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels #7; The Cousins' War #6)

I love reading Philippa Gregory’s books they captivate me and I like the twists that she puts in them. I have so many of hers to read but I get a little confused with the order. This series is ‘The Cousins War’ and I totally recommend if you like historical fiction.

Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella

Books Read 5

           The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #1)Mini Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #6)Can You Keep a Secret?Twenties Girl


I've Got Your Number


Sophie Kinsella writes fluffy contemporary fiction or ‘chick lit’ and this is what I was reading years ago when I wanted something lighter and quick to read. The shopaholic series is huge and I have read 1 and 6 but I found them to be very similar and the character simply got on my nerves for spending so much constantly.

John Green

John Green

Books read 5

                    The Fault in Our StarsAn Abundance of KatherinesPaper Towns

Will Grayson, Will GraysonLet It Snow

Ah John Green. If you have been following me for a while you will no that I don’t particularly like John Green books, if you are new here let me tell you I don’t like John Green books. I hear you asking,”Louise, why is he in your top 5 most read authors?” well fellow readers… I have been trying to find one that I like as I feel there must be something wrong with me as everybody raves about his books but I just don’t get it. His characters are pretentious teenagers that grate on me. Sorry fans. I haven’t yet found the book that has blown me away.I still have ‘Looking for Alaska’ to read but do I put myself through it.

Cecelia Ahern

Cecelia Ahern

Books Read 5

               Thanks for the MemoriesThe Book of TomorrowIf You Could See Me NowWhere Rainbows EndThe Gift

Cecelia Ahern is another contemporary, chick lit writer and is easy to read. I read these books before I found Goodreads and Booktube and haven’t read anything from her since…I would like to read her YA book series ‘Flawed’

Ok that’s my top 5 read authors,I tend to read standalone’s most of the time and also new to me authors but I would be interested to find out if this list changes 12 months from now.

Are these some of you favorite authors? what have you read? it would be great to hear your top 5 authors.

Thanks for reading