Hey everyone! It’s been quite some time since I posted a monthly wrap up due to both my reading and personal life not being particularly interesting and kinda boring, haha! However, I’m really looking forward to writing this months wrap up, so let’s just dive right in!
As far as May goes for me it’s been a pretty fabulous month, as for reading, it started off strong but then took a bit of a dip towards the end.
What’s been going on in my life during the month of May?
May has absolutely flown by and I’m slightly sad to see the end of it. There have been numerous sunny days in England throughout May, which has been delightful. Of course, I’ve been making the most of the rare sunshine and my boyfriend and I have taken many unplanned trips to different local towns to visit used book stores. I have bought so, so, many books this month, each and every one an irresistible bargain, it’s safe to say I’m elated about that!
The May merriment doesn’t end there though, as well as beautiful weather May has also brought with it a change of luck (which is extremely appreciated). I was recently shortlisted for an apprenticeship at one of my local libraries, and then tasked with completing an application form to be shortlisted further for an interview… Thanks to the change of luck being sent my way, I have an interview Monday! I’m super excited but also extremely nervous. Do any of you guys get nervous when you have job interviews?
May reading update
As I said previously, my reading started off strong and then took quite a significant dip towards the end of the month. At the start of the month I read both A Court of Frost and Starlight, The Night Circus and Caraval one after another. Then I went on to dive into Six of Crows, which resulted in me slugging through nearly 200 pages and deciding I was pretty bored with it. There’s a high chance I will come back to it in the future, but at the present I’m just not interested. Continue reading “May Monthly Life and Reading Wrap Up (I advise you to grab a cup of coffee)”
I did not expect to like this book as much as I do! Going into this book I wasn’t sure what to expect but it definitely wasn’t this…
“Welcome, welcome to Caraval! The grandest show on land or by sea. Inside you’ll experience more wonders than most people see in a lifetime. You can sip magic from a cup and buy dreams in a bottle. But before you fully enter into our world, you must remember it’s all a game.”
Read the synopsis from Goodreads here
I finished reading Caraval a while ago (while still in a major book hangover due to The Night Circus) and I’m still thinking about it/what’s going to happen in Legendary. I became so engrossed in this magical, mysterious world, every time I’d put the book down I’d be pondering over what I’d read and couldn’t wait to pick it up again. Caraval is an easy, quick read with beautiful descriptions woven in. It was very apparent to me after diving into this straight after The Night Circus that this is a young adult novel, however, I still absolutely adored it! Continue reading “Caraval by Stephanie Garber |A Compelling, Captivating Read. [SPOILER FREE]”
I saw this tag on @MerlineReads blog and thought it seemed really fun to do! You should check out her lovely post here ❤
Without further ado, let’s dive right in!
How long have you been a blogger?
I started my blog in 2016 (I can’t believe it’s been that long!). Although that’s 2 years, I spent pretty much all of last year on a prolonged hiatus… So kinda one year?
At what point do you think you will stop?
Hopefully never! But I guess when it just isn’t fun any more.
What is the best thing?
The best thing about being a book blogger is being part of a community that shares the same love for books as you; being able to talk and fangirl to other people who understand and share the same love as you. In real life, I don’t have anyone to talk to about the books that I read, so it’s wonderful to be able to share all my thoughts in this like-minded community!
What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?
I think the worst thing aside from not being able to keep up with posts and comments is probably the pressure to read hyped books/ buy brand new books. I feel as though becoming a book blogger did ultimately put a lot of pressure on me to read books that were “popular”, and to buy new books so I could take part in the “monthly book haul posts”. However, this was more so when I was first starting out rather than now. In order to make this okay, I read what I want based on my mood and I don’t always buy new books (I just recently bought a lot of second-hand books). As well as this, I allow myself not to feel bad if I don’t always read the most popular books, or I don’t always buy the new releases.
How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?
This varies… To take the pictures that I post on my Bookstagram and use in my reviews it takes me quite a while. I absolutely suck at photography, so I can be there for a good half-hour trying to get a decent shot. Whereas, creating the graphics for all my other posts about 10 min using Canva. Continue reading “The Secret Life of a Book Blogger”
Oh my… where do I even start? This book is like no other that I have read before.
“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”
I picked this up on a whim as it’s been on my tbr pile for far too long and I’m so glad that I did. The Night Circus is a beautifully written, captivating, magical read about a mysterious circus called Le Cirque des Rêves (The Circus of Dreams). I was instantly enthralled by the level of immersion the stunning descriptions allowed you to sink into. I can’t even begin to justify the beauty of this novel in words, how enchanting Le Cirque des Reves and it’s participants were and how lost I became in this mysterious, fantastical 400 page novel.
The Night Circus is written in an unusual way. It begins with a split timeline alternating between the past and the present, as well as this, the chapters are from numerous POVs. As slightly confusing as that sounds, it isn’t at all. In fact, it goes great with the mysterious atmosphere. There are a lot of descriptions throughout this novel, there to fully immerse you into Le Cirque des Rêves. I adored the descriptive sections, I thought they were very captivating and beautifully entwined with the plot. Which brings me to the plot which is very slow-burning, but every chapter and page is just as important; they all fit together perfectly like puzzle pieces (which is one of the things that I adore the most about this book). Continue reading “The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern | A Captivating, Wondrous Read [SPOILER FREE]”
“… To work through loss, no matter how over-whelming. To create.”
I finished reading this little novella (well not so little at 228 pages) Thursday evening. I’m still no where near ready to write a coherent review, but none the less, I’m going to give it a shot as it’s about time. I was absolutely ecstatic to once again be consumed in the word of Prythian and the Night Court Squad. I had huge, huge, hopes for this novella and Sarah did not disappoint. I adored it from start to finish, I have no faults or qualms with it at all… it honestly is just heart-warming, fluffy perfection.
This novella focuses mainly on Rhysand and Feyre, with majority of the chapters being from their point of view. However, there are chapters thrown in that are from the point of view of Cassian, one from Nesta’s point of view, and one from Mor’s pov. I loved, loved, loved, the different pov chapters, they were very unexpected and gave some variety to the story; I especially enjoyed Cassian’s chapters. I feel as though they set a bridge for a smooth transaction into the next novel, which I’m sure is going to be about Nessian, yayyy!
There isn’t much of a plot in this novella, it’s focused on everyone preparing for Winter Solstice and how they are all healing from the war. None the less, I still found myself engaged and hooked all the way through, unable to put it down. I took great pleasure in seeing the relationships between all the characters and tbh, I loved just reading about them all hanging out! The Inner Circle are my favourite group of fictional characters of all time; I will never tire of reading about them… even if it is about going shopping around Velaris for Solstice presents, haha. Continue reading “A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas Review | A Fluffy, Heart-Warming Novella [SPOILER FREE]”
Ugh. I originally started reading The Cruel Prince after finishing A Court of Wings and Ruin, I thought it would soothe my fae hangover…
How wrong was I?!
At first I had some trouble getting into it, then everything seemed to be going smoothly and then all of a sudden I lost interest. To put it bluntly, while I was reading I found myself bored and just reading in order to finish the book. On top of this, I’m not particularly drawn to any of the characters as much as I would usually find myself. Moreover, the plot twists that I’ve read so far haven’t really shocked me, or caused me to emit much reaction. Continue reading “Should I Put The Cruel Prince on the DNF Pile?”
I thought now would be the perfect time for this post considering I haven’t long been back from a prolonged hiatus. Also, I love reading these types of posts by bloggers❣
Without babbling on too much,
Let’s get started!
–I much prefer reading for a long amount of time rather than in short bursts.
I like to take a shower (if I can), get all snug in an over-sized jumper, a warm drink and settle in for however long I feel is adequate. That being said, I do read wherever/whenever I can, so I do still read in short bursts where possible.
-I’m very, very, behind on popular books/book series’.
Last year I hardly read or blogged anything (I was going through some issues). This now leaves me so very far behind.
– While on the topic of being behind, I didn’t start reading YA until I was around 16-17.
The first series’ I read were The Hunger Games, The Mortal Instruments and Divergent.
-I don’t reread books as much as I should.
Shameful, I know. I hardly ever reread books because my tbr pile is bigger than me. Continue reading “25 Bookish Facts About Me”