February wrap up

February is done! I read a whopping 7 books last month which is unheard of as it’s the shortest month in the year obvs. I haven’t really changed my reading habits but I did read 1 book in a day. It was also my birthday month so stick around for my February haul. I knocked quite a few books off my TBR and I read 1 that wasn’t originally on it. Anyways less rambling and more on what I read.

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This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor

Non-fiction book told from an Obs and Gyn registrar about the hardships of doctors working for the NHS and how it takes a toll of you personal life as well. This was really good, it was funny and also sad at the same time. I rated this 4.5/5 stars,

Sunflowers in February

YA, contemporary novel reminiscent of the lovely bones – very important topics delved upon. Some of it I liked whilst others not so much. I rated this 3.75/5 stars.My review here

Frog Music

Historical Fiction set in San Francisco in 1876 when there is a smallpox epidemic.I was in the mood for historical fiction but nothing really happens in this book, it’s very slow and a bit all over the place. I rated 2/5 stars.

The Belles (The Belles #1)

YA fantasy novel, following Camelia a Belle to the Royal family of Orleans. I really enjoyed this book and rated this 4.5/5 starsMy review here

When Breath Becomes Air

I read another non-fiction which has got a lot of praise for the writing and the honesty of his life and last moments. I found this really quite triggering and made me very anxious. However I rated it 4/5 stars.


Without Merit

My first ever Colleen Hoover book and I can see why people really don’t like this author. I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it either. I didn’t like any of the characters, and I felt the love interest to be really pretentious..anyways I gate it a 2/5 stars.

A Snow Garden and Other Stories

This a collection of short stories that are all connected somehow, whether it be the characters or the settings. I have read 2 other of Rachel Joyce’s books and enjoyed them but this didn’t really interest me at all. I rated 2/5 stars.


Currently reading:

The Hate U GiveThe Light that Gets Lost


Quite a mish mash of books read this month. I am still trying to find that elusive 5 star read, hopefully it happens in the month of March.

How did you do in February? Did we read any of the same books?

Thanks for reading

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Moonrise by Sarah Crossan


Author: Sarah Crossan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s

Published: 7th September 2017

Source: Netgalley and Publisher

Genre: Young adult, Contemporary

Date read: 8th October 2017

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February TBR

I haven’t made a TBR list in quite some time and I feel like I need to get back to doing one to give me a bit more focus on the books that I want and need to read. This TBR is going to consist of about 10 books that I can pick from the month. I am never going to read all 10 but I can pick from what I feel like at the time. It will probably consist of several different genres and then that way there is going to be something that I will be in the mood for. These will be all books that are high priority and should have been read either a long time ago or is due to be released very shortly.

Enough with my rambling, lets look at the books that I want to read in February.


Sunflowers in FebruaryThe Hate U GiveThe Belles (The Belles #1)

Without MeritOther Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness

Sunflowers in February by Phyllida Shrimpton – Due to be published on the 8th February. – YA, Contemporary,reminiscent of the Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – YA, Contemporary – has so much hype surrounding this book and I must be the last one to read.

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton – YA, Fantasy – involves royal families and courts – interesting to see what this is like. This is to be released on 6th February

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover – Contemporary. This will be my first book by this author. I know a lot of people don’t like her books due the content but I am going in open-minded.

Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith – non-fiction – I have heard Octopus are very intelligent animals and just interested in reading more about them.


When Breath Becomes AirThe Light that Gets LostA Snow Garden and Other Stories

Follow Me BackBe with Me (Wait for You, #2)

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi – Non-fiction. This is a beatthebacklist read, plus it won Goodreads choice awards in 2016.

The Light That Gets Lost by Natasha Carthew – YA – I don’t have great expectations for this book as it has a 2.55 average but this is another beat the backlist read.

The Snow Garden and other stories by Rachel Joyce – Short stories about Christmas – yes I know that christmas has past but I would still like to read this and it’s still cold enough.

Follow Me Back by Nikki Cloke – Ya story based around social media, another beatthebacklist book..I am trying to knock off as many as possible this year.

Be With Me by J Lynn AKA Jennifer L. Armentrout. Romance. I loved the first book in this series even though people having be saying how creepy Cameron is as he keeps asking Avery out. This for me is pure entertainment.


This is the 10 books that I will be picking from in the month of February. I should get to about 6 of them….let me know which books you think I should read first.


Thanks for reading



January Book Haul



I have been pretty good this month, to be honest with you, I can’t believe it is the end of January already. February is my birthday month so expect more books soon. I got sent a book and received one as a gift…so not to shabby really.

Sunflowers in February

I received a copy of this book from Readers first, so thank you to them and Hot Key books. This picture does not do the cover justice the blue is a shiny foil and is so pretty. This interested me as it reminded me of ‘The Lovely Bones’ by Alice Sebold.

Lily wakes up one crisp Sunday morning on the side of the road. She has no idea how she got there. It is all very peaceful. and very beautiful. It is only when the police car, and then the ambulance arrive, and she sees her own body, that she realises that she is in fact… dead. But what is she supposed do now? Lily has no option but to follow her body and see her family – her parents and her twin brother start falling apart. And then her twin brother Ben gives her a once in a deathtime opportunity – to use his own body for a while. But will Lily give Ben his body back? She is beginning to have a rather good time…


Her Body and Other Parties

I was meant to get this for Xmas but it was being shipped from America and then got lost in the post so I have only just received this. I love short stories and this sounds right up my street.

In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. While her work has earned her comparisons to Karen Russell and Kelly Link, she has a voice that is all her own. In this electric and provocative debut, Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.

A wife refuses her husband’s entreaties to remove the green ribbon from around her neck. A woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague slowly consumes humanity. A salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery within the seams of the store’s prom dresses. One woman’s surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted houseguest. And in the bravura novella Especially Heinous, Machado reimagines every episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a show we naively assumed had shown it all, generating a phantasmagoric police procedural full of doppelgangers, ghosts, and girls with bells for eyes.

Earthy and otherworldly, antic and sexy, queer and caustic, comic and deadly serious, Her Body and Other Parties swings from horrific violence to the most exquisite sentiment. In their explosive originality, these stories enlarge the possibilities of contemporary fiction.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide, #1)


I caved and picked this up plus I got £10 free Amazon voucher…so it’s pretty much a freebie. This is one that I just keep hearing about everywhere.

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.


Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"

I saw this in the charity shop,had a quick skim read and thought I would have a read of it and see what it’s all about.

“There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told,” writes Lena Dunham, and it certainly takes guts to share the stories that make up her first book, Not That Kind of Girl. These are stories about getting your butt touched by your boss, about friendship and dieting (kind of) and having two existential crises before the age of 20. Stories about travel, both successful and less so, and about having the kind of sex where you feel like keeping your sneakers on in case you have to run away during the act. Stories about proving yourself to a room of 50-year-old men in Hollywood and showing up to “an outlandishly high-fashion event with the crustiest red nose you ever saw.” Fearless, smart, and as heartbreakingly honest as ever, Not That Kind of Girl establishes Lena Dunham as more than a hugely talented director, actress and producer-it announces her as a fresh and vibrant new literary voice.


They Both Die at the End

I have never read an Adam Silvera book and so I thought I would rectify that – though my daughter thinks the title is a major spoiler lol.

When Mateo receives the dreaded call from Death-Cast, informing him that today will be his last, he doesn’t know where to begin. Quiet and shy, Mateo is devastated at the thought of leaving behind his hospitalised father, and his best friend and her baby girl. But he knows that he has to make the most of this day, it’s his last chance to get out there and make an impression.

Rufus is busy beating up his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend when he gets the call. Having lost his entire family, Rufus is no stranger to Death-Cast. Not that it makes it any easier. With bridges to mend, the police searching for him and the angry new boyfriend on his tail, it’s time to run.

Isolated and scared, the boys reach out to each other, and what follows is a day of living life to the full. Though neither of them had expected that this would involve falling in love…

The Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)

My Daughter actually bought this book but I too want to read it so I am adding it to the list. I loved the film as a child and would watch it constantly.

Follow the yellow brick road!

Dorothy thinks she’s lost forever when a tornado whirls her and her dog, Toto, into a magical world. To get home, she must find the wonderful wizard in the Emerald City of Oz. On the way she meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion. But the Wicked Witch of the West has her own plans for the new arrival – will Dorothy ever see Kansas again?

Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1)Death Note, Vol. 2: Confluence (Death Note, #2)Death Note, Vol. 3: Hard Run (Death Note, #3)

I also bought the first 3 books in the  Death Note series from the charity shops but the black editions. I am trying to get into manga so hopefully I will love these.

Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects – and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami, a death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal… or his life?

Light tests the boundaries of the Death Note’s powers as L and the police begin to close in. Luckily, Light’s father is the head of the Japanese National Police Agency and leaves vital information about the case lying around the house. With access to his father’s files, Light can keep one step ahead of the authorities. But who is the strange man following him, and how can Light guard against enemies whose names he doesn’t know?


I think that is all the books that I purchased/received this month..not too bad methinks. What books did you get? Did we get any similar ones.

Thanks for reading


My Top 10 Books of 2017

So in 2017 I managed to read 86 books! My Goodreads challenge says 85 but it’s incorrect…I definitely read 86. Out of that 86 books I only managed to read 7 five-star books. I feel I have got really stingy with my rating system or I just haven’t read enough good books. So some of these books are a 4.5 rating. Also this is a mixture of genres and they are not all 2017 releases.  5 of these books were released in 2017. I actually read 35 releases from 2017 and only 5 made it. This list is in no particular order as like always click on the covers to be forwarded to Goodreads.

I will link my reviews if there are any.

The Complete Maus (Maus, #1-2)

Kicking the list off with a graphic memoir, This is Vladek Spiegelman’s survival story of Auschwitz and the after effects of his time as a prisoner of Hitlers. The illustrations are all in black and white and is told from Art Spiegelman (Vladek’s son) and the relationship between them.This is very moving, raw and beautifully told in the form of mice.


The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

I finally decided to pick up this book and absolutely loved it, this is jam-packed with action and different characters. This such a good children’s book and I couldn’t pick fault with it. This is a great way for anyone to get interested in  Greek gods and myths.



OH MY GOSH this book!! This book is all about the taboo subject incest. You might be thinking you don’t want to read a book about this but you must. This story is so powerful and heart-breaking and I loved it with all my heart.Forbidden


None of the Above

This is another book that blew my mind! I was trying to read more diversely in 2017 and this was a book with an Intersex main character. This was another book that was powerful and thought-provoking. I had so many emotions whilst reading this.None of The Above


Caraval (Caraval, #1)Caraval was a beautiful book that is very reminiscent of the Night Circus. This a very atmospheric book and is a performance where the audience are the participants in an elaborate game set by the one known as the Legend.

My Sister Milly

This is a story told my Gemma Dowler of before and after Milly Dowler went missing. This is the family’s heart-breaking ordeal of what they went through from the police investigation and members of the public claiming they know things when they didn’t. This story spans over 10 years and is absolutely horrific what this family have been pu through.

The Heart's Invisible Furies

This is such an incredible book and John Boyne is a magnificent writer. He created the amazing character of Cyril Avery, a very awkward human being. This book had me laughing out loud but at times upset. It’s simply an amazing story of the life of Gay man in 1950’s Dublin.The Hearts Invisible Furies by John Boyne


A Quiet Kind of Thunder

Sara Barnard’s second novel is amazing, it has the great friendships and diverse characters, there is romance…it simply has it all.A quiet kind of thunder

Today I'm Alice: a memoir of multiple personality disorder

Another memoir added to the list. This is about Alice and how her coping mechanism for the abuse she received led her to create 9 different personalities. I have not read anything like this before and it was very interesting to read about someones experience and how it affects your life.

The Breakdown

This was released this year and I loved it. It was very fast paced and I didn’t know who to believe.  Whilst the ending was somewhat predictable it didn’t affect my opinion of the book and I thought it was cleverly crafted.

The Breakdown


What was on your top list of books for 2017? Did we have the same? Do you have any recommendations for me?

Thanks for reading


December Wrap Up


Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and hope that 2018 brings you joy and happiness.

I left my wrap up till now as I managed to squeeze one last book from December. I managed to read 6 things in December.Not the greatest reading month. I managed to finish a series ..go me. So without further ado this is what I read in December.

Click on the covers to be directed to Goodreads:

Trust in Me (Wait for You, #1.5)

This is 1.5 in the ‘Wait for You’ series this is told from Cameron Hamilton’s point of view – technically it is the same story as the first book ‘Wait for You’ This point of view didn’t bring anything new to the story line and whilst I enjoyed the first this was just ok and I rated it 3/5 stars. I will be continuing on with the series…the next is ‘Be With Me’.

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why

I loved Ms Marvel last year and it was in my top 10 books of the year and I knew that this was a must read. I liked this story and that we had Wolverine added but I didn’t think it was as good as the first. Some of the graphics was different from the original. I rated this 4/5 stars.

Ruin and Rising (Grisha Verse, #3)

Yes this was the trilogy that I finished and I have to say this is the best book in the series.I found Alina and Mal to be less annoying. There was good amount of Nickolai and the darkling. I am very pleased that I finished this series I have read it over 3 years and I will be reading Six of Crows. I rated this 3.75/5 stars


The Tattooist of Auschwitz

This is not due to come out till January but it’s based on a true story of a young man who was captured and then made to tattoo all the prisoners in Auschwitz. This book was heart-breaking and a must read.I rated 4/5 stars and a review will be coming soon.

Ghosts of Christmas Past

This is a collection of short stories from some classic and modern writers, however I was disappointed with the stories in this book and some of them was just downright confusing. I rated this 2/5 stars and a review will be coming soon.

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (Grisha Verse, #0.5, #2.5, #2.6)

I then read this beautiful book. This is just stunning inside and out. There are 6 stories to read and beautiful illustrations. I rated this 4/5 stars and a review will be coming soon.


Currently reading:


I am taking my time with this book, it’s not one that I can whizz through


Goodbye, Perfect

I will read anything that Sara Barnard writes – this is not due out till February I believe but I am about 34% of the way through.

Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words

I kept seeing this book in shops, so I borrowed it from the library and at the moment I have very mixed feelings on it.


That’s the books I have read and currently reading. What did you read in December? Have you got any recommendations?

Thanks for reading

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November Wrap Up

I managed to read 9 books this month….9! that’s crazyness! I have also been continuing on with ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and nearly finished season 6. I am team Sheldon Cooper and I find myself singing ‘Soft Kitty’ at work.

I read: 3,334 pages

The Handmaid's Tale

I finished this book at the start of November and it was okay, but I had so many questions all the way through which weren’t really answered. I rated this 3/5 stars

Boy 23

This is one of my #beatthebacklist books, I found this ok but I was getting bored and also annoyed with the word ‘Squizz’. This is YA science Fiction/alternate world. RTC – I rated this 3/5 stars

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

I reread..yes you read that right..I reread Illuminae and I enjoyed it for the second time and I picked up some new stuff that I possibly missed the first time. I rated this 4/5 stars.


‘Lucky’ is from the writer of ‘The Lovely Bones’, However this is a memoir of When Alice was in college and was raped. This is intensely graphic. I was shocked and wincing and I am not a person usually effected by these things…so be warned if you are going to read this. This covers the rape and the case and her life afterwards and how she tries to come to terms with the ordeal. I rated this 4/5 stars.

No Shame

This is the sequel to No Virgin – this covers the trial and aftermath of the rape of Stacey Woods. This was ok but to be honest I thought that the two books could have easily have been one. RTC I rated this 3/5 stars.

The Complete Maus (Maus, #1-2)

I read Maus and loved it, this is the first graphic novel that I have read that is about a survivor from Auschwitz, It was so interesting even though it is told through Mice. The only thing that I struggled with in this book was the relationship between Art and his father. I rated this 4.5/5 stars

Wait for You (Wait for You, #1)

I needed something easy-going and romantic and this hit the spot in my reading needs. It was cute, it had a sexy love interest who was perfect, the characters were flawed. The is by Jennifer L Armentrout and I am going to be continuing with the companion/series as I just need more. I rated this 4/5 stars.

The List

Another #beatthebacklist read for me. I didn’t really like this, there were too many characters and was just about this stupid list that plays with girls self-esteem. RTC I rated this 2/5 stars.

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)

I finally read Gemina – at first I wasn’t so keen I thought Illuminae should have been a standalone and then it got really good and I was loving it. The ending got me a little confused(not hard) but still enjoyable. I rated this 4/5 stars.


Currently reading:

Trust in Me (Wait for You, #1.5)RebeccaGhosts of Christmas Past


So that’s my 9 books. What did you read? Did we read any the same? Have you read any of these books?


Thanks for reading