reviews

A Net For Small Fishes

Thanks to NetGalley, the publishers and the author for an e-arc in exchange for an honest review. Today is the fourteenth day of November, 1615. I have known Frankie for nearly seven years. She is twenty-five years old and eight months pregnant. I am thirty-nine years old and about to die or be pardoned. ★★★… Continue reading A Net For Small Fishes

reviews

The End of Men

So I was lucky enough to receive The End of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird from NetGalley as an e-arc and also from Tandem Collective UK and the publishers Borough Press and Harper Collins as part of a readalong! This is her first novel and I can't wait to read more from her! ★★★★★ The world… Continue reading The End of Men

Books, five star, reviews

Rumaysa: A Fairytale

Thanks to NetGalley, the author and publishers for a free e-arc in exchange for an honest review. ★★★★★ This is a fairytale that every child needs to read. Working in a school, I do come across children's books quite regularly and my school is having a massive push at the moment to have more diverse… Continue reading Rumaysa: A Fairytale

Books, reviews

The Coffinmaker’s Garden

Thanks to NetGalley, the author and publishers for a free e-arc in exchange for an honest review. ★★★ A village on the edge…As a massive storm batters the Scottish coast, Gordon Smith’s home is falling into the North Sea. But the crumbling headland has revealed what he’s got buried in his garden: human remains.A house… Continue reading The Coffinmaker’s Garden

Books, Monthly wrap up

March Wrap Up

It has been a busy month! This term has felt like the longest term in the world. Spent the first two weeks still teaching in school. Then we were back open to all children so I was back with my 1-1 child but the actual teacher was off so I had to spend another two… Continue reading March Wrap Up

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Midnight Flame Candles

Winter in Middle Earth unboxing! Yes I know it is no longer winter (although it's hailing and cold and generally miserable weather as I type this) but life has meant I've been behind with my posts! I'm just a sucker for any merch relating to Tolkien's world. I first saw The Lord of the Rings… Continue reading Midnight Flame Candles

small business highlight, unboxing

Secondhand Bookshelf

So, as this year has been fairly stressful already, I decided to treat myself to another bookish box the Secondhand Bookshelf. It was quite expensive (around £45) but Giv, who runs it, sources the products from small, ethical businesses so I feel like the price is justified! What I loved straight away was that, as… Continue reading Secondhand Bookshelf

Book Box Club, unboxing

Book Box Club February unboxing

The theme for Book Box Club's February box was Sisters of the Coven. I loved this box and it also came with two books! All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O'Donoghue - In the depths of a dusty cupboard, school-misfit Maeve discovers a deck of tarot cards and finds she has a talent for predicting… Continue reading Book Box Club February unboxing

Books, Netgalley, reviews

The Weather Weaver

Thanks to NetGalley, the publishers and the author for a free e-arc in exchange for an honest review. Excuse the awful editing skills! ★★★★★ Even though this is aimed at children, I enjoyed it very much, probably because I'm used to reading children's books, working in a year 6 class myself. The characters are short… Continue reading The Weather Weaver

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – Spring Clean

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. Check out her blog for all the prompts! This week's Top Ten Tuesday is a Spring Clean freebie so I'm going to showcase ten books I'm going to unhaul from my bookcase and either take into work, give to charity or giveaway on my Bookstagram!… Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday – Spring Clean

Books, five star, recommended

Solitaire by Alice Oseman

So this is not a review. This book made me feel far to emotional to even think about thinking critically about it. So this is just a waffle about how it made me feel and mental health in general, particularly social anxiety so feel free to just not read! ★★★★★ I haven't even run it… Continue reading Solitaire by Alice Oseman

Monthly wrap up, update

February wrap up

In some ways February has lasted forever but in others it seems to have disappeared! I think because work has been so busy, this term has left me exhausted. This has all confirmed that I definitely do not want to be a teacher! I can't wait to go back to my normal teaching assistant job.… Continue reading February wrap up

Book Box Club, unboxing

January Book Box Club

So this year I'm trying to save money and keep thinking about cancelling my subscription to Book Box Club but then they announce their themes and I just can't bring myself to! I look forward to their boxes every month. They just do too good a job! The theme for January was At the Masquerade… Continue reading January Book Box Club

reviews

Shadow and Bone Trilogy

So I’m going to review the trilogy as a whole rather than each book, mainly because I read them one after the other so they’ve all kind of merged into one! So be warned there may be spoilers ahead for Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising. My mission for this year is to read… Continue reading Shadow and Bone Trilogy

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – Purple, Yellow and/or Green covers

Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s theme is: Purple, Yellow and/or Green covers (in honour of Mardis… Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday – Purple, Yellow and/or Green covers

Netgalley, reviews

Going Green

Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for a free e-ark in exchange for an honest review. ★★★ Going Green is an adult contemporary by Nick Spalding. I’ve never read anything by Nick Spalding so went into this with no expectation other than distant memories of reading contemporaries back in my teen years (think Sophie Kinsella… Continue reading Going Green

Bookstagrammers, recommended

My Favourite Bookstagrammers To Follow!

I thought I'd share some of my favourite bookstagrammers. They all have such beautiful themes which I'm very jealous of! Thais was the first bookstagrammer I followed long before I had my own. I discovered her because Book Box Club featured her photo as she is a rep. Her photos are all stunning and look… Continue reading My Favourite Bookstagrammers To Follow!

Book Box Club, unboxing

September Book Box Club

Unboxing time! The theme of Book Box Club’s September box was Once Upon A Story and featured so many great items and the most gorgeous book cover! Featured Read: D a Tale of Two Worlds by Michel Faber This book looks and sounds amazing! The letter D is disappearing from the English language and Dhikilo… Continue reading September Book Box Club

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Ember Stag Candles – Small Business Highlight!

One of my favourite small businesses is Ember Stag Candles. I started buying from them last year but only for birthday and Christmas presents. Then this year happened and I felt like I deserved to treat myself. What I love about their candles is they all feature a quote from the book/fandom and have a… Continue reading Ember Stag Candles – Small Business Highlight!

Monthly wrap up, new books, update

September Wrap Up

So it was the first term of the school year which means I (and everyone I work with) have been so tired! It’s tiring enough normally starting back after the summer holidays but even more so this year after what it was like before the holidays. Throughout lockdown I was only in school once every… Continue reading September Wrap Up

Books, five star, recommended, reviews

The Places I’ve Cried In Public review

★★★★★ This is actually the first Holly Bourne book I’ve read. A few months ago there were a whole load of her books in the Kindle sale so I picked up a few. I’ve heard quite a lot this year about The Places I’ve Cried in Public so I decided to try this one first.  There is… Continue reading The Places I’ve Cried In Public review

Books, reviews

The Little Shop of Happily Ever After review

★★★★ I’ve had The Little Shop of Happily Ever After on my Kindle for years, pretty much since I’ve had my Kindle, but because I’ve been leaning more towards fantasy, it’s just been forgotten about. But as I’m trying to not read other fantasy while I’m in the middle of the Throne of Glass series,… Continue reading The Little Shop of Happily Ever After review

Books, recommended, reviews

Tower of Dawn review

★★★★ Tower of Dawn is the 6th installment in the Throne of Glass series. I'd had a massive break between Empire of Storms and this one because I went down to Cornwall to see my family for 3 weeks (can't believe that was a month ago!) After the excitement of the last book I was… Continue reading Tower of Dawn review

Books, five star, recommended, reviews

The Language of Flowers

★★★★★ I’ve had The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh on my Kindle since a colleague at the first school I worked in (so about 7 years) recommended it to me. I think I’ve just been so distracted by fantasy and dystopian that I haven’t thought to read it until now. However, as I’m in… Continue reading The Language of Flowers

Books, Down the tbr hole, Goodreads

Down the TBR Hole #13

I started playing along with this meme after I saw it on Amanda’s blog Literary Weaponry. I still can’t find the original. Time for part thirteen! The idea is: You go on to your Goodreads want to read shelf.Order the books so the date ascends.Take the first 5 or however many you want books. If… Continue reading Down the TBR Hole #13

Books, reviews

A Touch of Death

★★★★ I was kindly given a copy of an e-book ARC from the author Rebecca Crunden in exchange for an honest review. This is the first book in The Outlands Pentalogy. As soon as Crunden said it was dystopian, I was very keen to read it, dystopian being one of my favourite genres. A Touch… Continue reading A Touch of Death

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Down the TBR Hole #12

I started playing along with this meme after I saw it on Amanda’s blog Literary Weaponry. I still can’t find the original. Time for part twelve! The idea is: You go on to your Goodreads want to read shelf.Order the books so the date ascends.Take the first 5 or however many you want books. If… Continue reading Down the TBR Hole #12

Books, five star, reviews

Four Years Trapped In My Mind Palace

★★★★★ I was lucky enough to get a free ARC of this from Book Sirens. This was one that I chose to read as the blurb sounded interesting. I’d never heard of the author, Johan Twiss, before but I’ll be keeping an eye out on his other books! As the title suggests, the main character,… Continue reading Four Years Trapped In My Mind Palace

Books, Down the tbr hole, Goodreads

Down The TBR Hole #11

I started playing along with this meme after I saw it on Amanda’s blog Literary Weaponry. I still can't find the original blog. Time for part eleven! The idea is: You go on to your Goodreads want to read shelf.Order the books so the date ascends.Take the first 5 or however many you want books.… Continue reading Down The TBR Hole #11

Book Box Club, Books, unboxing, unboxing

July Book Box Club Unboxing

The theme for July’s box was Magical Talents! I love any magical themes so I was excited to get this. The book featured was Splinters of Scarlet by Emily Bain Murphy. I haven’t read this yet but it has been all over bookstagram and seems to have a lot of love. Set in 19th Century Denmark,… Continue reading July Book Box Club Unboxing

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Down The TBR Hole #10

I started playing along with this meme after I saw it on Amanda’s blog Literary Weaponry. Time for part ten! The idea is: You go on to your Goodreads want to read shelf.Order the books so the date ascends.Take the first 5 or however many you want books. If you’re already doing this you start… Continue reading Down The TBR Hole #10

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Down The TBR Hole #9

I started playing along with this meme after I saw it on Amanda’s blog Literary Weaponry. Time for part nine! The idea is: You go on to your Goodreads want to read shelf.Order the books so the date ascends.Take the first 5 or however many you want books. If you’re already doing this you start… Continue reading Down The TBR Hole #9