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Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite couples

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite couples

As it’s Valentine’s day in two days, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is focused on the ten best couples in books. I couldn’t think of ten bookish couples which didn’t feature ones I’d already gushed about in the past, so I’ve decided to pick couples […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Releases I’m on the fence about

Top Ten Tuesday: Releases I’m on the fence about

The prompt for this week specifies that we’re supposed to be talking about upcoming releases, but I’ve been absent from the blogging community for the best part of the last six months so most of the releases on the horizon have completely slipped under my […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Recent TBR additions

Top Ten Tuesday: Recent TBR additions

Another week has passed, and it’s already the last Tuesday in January! It feels like it’s been such a painfully long month, but at least February is shorter – the weather will be warmer and the days longer before we know it.

These ten books are the ones which have been added to my TBR most recently. A lot of them are recommendations from other Top Ten Tuesday posts that I’ve read recently, but quite a few are from the Stripes event which I went to on Saturday (which I’ll be doing a post about at some point over the next few days, so make sure you pop back to read all about it).

10) Your Favourite Band Cannot Save You by Scotto Moore

This is a book about a music blogger, so I feel as though I’m going to deeply relate to it. A band releases ten tracks in ten days, but they all have a strange effect on their listeners, so the blogger heads across country to investigate it. If this doesn’t become one of my favourite books of all time, something has gone seriously wrong.

9) Wilder Girls by Rory Power

I’ll be honest, I’m not entirely sure what Wilder Girls is about, but it’s an f/f YA debut with an absolutely gorgeous cover so that was enough to get it added to my TBR.

8) What I Like About Me by Jenna Guillaume

A plus-sized girl enters a beauty pageant, making this book sound a lot like Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’, but it’s set in Australia. The few #LoveOzYA books I’ve read have been SFF, so it’s nice to find a contemporary which seems like it’s going to be very uplifting and fun.

7) Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

I’ve never read a Seanan McGuire book before but I’ve heard so much about her writing. Middlegame‘s cover caught my attention, but so did the way a few other bloggers described it – I couldn’t resist adding it to my TBR, although I’m not sure when I’ll get around to reading it.

6)Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

Another book that I found through fellow bloggers.

5) Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

Patron Saints of Nothing was one of the books which I grabbed a copy of from the Stripes event. It’s not out until June, so I won’t be reading it for a few weeks at least, but Randy Ribay’s novel about a Filipino American teen losing a family member thanks to the drug war sounds like it’s going to be emotional as hell.

4) My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma

Another book from the Stripes event, My So-Called Bollywood Life sounds like the perfect romcom and should be a lot of fun.

3) Music and Malice in Hurricane Town by Alex Bell

Music and Malice in Hurricane Town grabbed me as soon as I saw the gorgeous neon font on its cover. Set in New Orleans and telling the story of a girl possessed by a vengeful spirit, it sounds dark and exciting and right up my alley.

2) Whiteout by Gabriel Dylan

I wasn’t interested in Whiteout until I heard Gabriel Dylan read from it, because the excerpt that he chose was gripping and hooked me instantly. I’m not sure whether I’ll be brave enough to read it if the weather forecast is right and it does snow this week, because I think that would be a bit too spooky, so I might need to save this one for the warmer months!

1) How to Make Friends With the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

After reading Girl in Pieces in one day, I can’t wait to devour Kathleen Glasgow’s second novel, How to Make Friends With the Dark, which is being released in April. Fingers crossed it’ll be just as mesmerising as her debut.

I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday! Will you be adding any of these books to your TBR?



Top Ten Tuesday: Books I meant to read in 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I meant to read in 2018

It always feels as though my books I meant to read in 2018 list features the most popular books of the year, because I’m so hype-averse. As soon as a book tops most anticipated lists, I add it to my TBR and run as quickly […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Discovered in 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Discovered in 2018

Hey guys! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is another fun topic, especially because I pushed myself out of my comfort zone last year and discovered quite a few new authors who became instant favourites. I think some of you will be surprised that I waited […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Most anticipated 2019 releases

Top Ten Tuesday: Most anticipated 2019 releases

It’s been a while since my last Top Ten Tuesday post, but I’ve decided to start taking part again now that 2019 has begun. Hopefully I’ll keep be able to keep on top of it this year, as I’ve missed reading all of your lists each week!

This is a really fun topic to return on: ten of the most anticipated releases for the first six months of 2019. I haven’t been keeping up with bookish announcements as closely as I used to, so I’ve had to do a bit of research for this post, but I’m now thinking that 2019 is going to be one of the best years that YA has seen for quite a while.

Here we go!

10) Last Bus to Everland by Sophie Cameron

I loved Sophie Cameron’s debut novel Out of the Blue, and I’m hoping that Last Bus to Everland will also incorporate magical realism throughout. The blurb makes me think I’m probably right – a boy is whisked off to somewhere called Everland, a ‘knock-off Narnia’, by his artist friend – so I’m looking forward to discovering whether there is any magic to be found in this story. Publishing May 14th.

9) Song of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury

I’m still halfway through State of Sorrow, which I started right after it was released, but I’m planning on finishing it before the sequel, Song of Sorrow, is released. The first book in the series was on course to be one of my favourite books of last year, but I started reading it just before I gave birth, and reading physical books has been much harder since Miss Grabby Hands arrived. Publishing March 7th.

8) The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The Priory of the Orange Tree would be higher up my list if it was shorter, but I find its length highly intimidating. Clocking in at over 800 pages, it’ll certainly take me a long time to read, but it took Samantha Shannon even longer to write, and I’ve been following her progress on Twitter for so many years that Priory already feels like one of my favourite books. Publishing February 26th.

7) On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

I’m in the small minority of people who haven’t read The Hate U Give yet, but I’m hoping to get it done before On The Come Up is released (or, at least, before I read it). This is likely to be one of the biggest releases of 2018, so I’m going to prioritise reading this one so I can actually join in on the conversation surrounding it instead of hiding in a spoiler-free cave! Publishing February 5th.

6) King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

King of Scars is a conflicting one. I absolutely loved Nikolai Lantsov’s character in the Grisha trilogy, but Ruin and Rising – the third book in the series – ended up being one of the most disappointing books I’d ever read. I’m excited to see more of Nikolai, but I’m desperately hoping that a certain someone won’t make an appearance… Publishing January 29th.

5) Proud

The LGBT+ anthology Proud has been one of my most anticipated releases since it was announced, but I’m even more excited about it since my request to read it was accepted on NetGalley. A lot of authors I really admire have contributed to this anthology, and I’ve always been a sucker for short stories, so I have high high hopes for this book. Publishing March 7th.

4) Fierce Fragile Hearts by Sara Barnard

Fierce Fragile Hearts is a companion novel to Sara Barnard’s debut, Beautiful Broken Things. I’ve been a fan of Barnard’s writing since reading her debut, so I’m sure you can understand how excited I was when she announced that she was returning to the characters I originally fell in love with. Publishing February 7th.

3) A Girl Called Shameless by Laura Steven

A Girl Called Shameless is the sequel to The Exact Opposite of Okay, which was one of the best debuts I read in 2018. Laura Steven’s writing style is very easy to relate to, the way she crafts her characters making them so realistic that they practically walk off of the page, and I’m looking forward to meeting up with Izzy again and seeing what happens next in her story. Publishing March.

2) Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

I read Jenn Bennett’s Starry Eyes in the summer, and it was one of the best YA contemporaries that I’d ever read. I’m not a huge fan of hiking or camping, so Serious Moonlight is likely to be even more up my street, as it follows a protagonist who is obsessed with mystery novels. Any reader is a friend of mine. Publishing April 16th.

1) The Wicked King by Holly Black

I’ve read a lot of Holly Black’s books, but The Cruel Prince is easily the best of them. As soon as I finished it I was dying to pick up the sequel, The Wicked King, which is actually released TODAY! My copy is in the post at the moment, and I’m hoping to read it as soon as it arrives, because I can’t wait to see what happens to Jude and Cardan.

I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday. Did I feature your most anticipated release, or was it missing from my list?



Blogtober Day 16: Top Ten Tuesday: Bookstores I want to visit

Blogtober Day 16: Top Ten Tuesday: Bookstores I want to visit

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but was recently relocated to That Artsy Reader Girl.    Every bookworm has a list of bookstores that they want to visit. Whether they’re renowned for their amazing events, have amazing social media accounts or are […]

Blogtober Day 9: Top Ten Tuesday: Longest books I’ve read

Blogtober Day 9: Top Ten Tuesday: Longest books I’ve read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but was recently relocated to That Artsy Reader Girl.    I don’t read many long books, because I have the attention span of a moth and struggle to focus on anything longer than 400 pages. I’m […]

Blogtober Day 2: Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’d love to meet

Blogtober Day 2: Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’d love to meet

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but was recently relocated to That Artsy Reader Girl


I’ve already met quite a few authors, but the list of ones I’d like to meet is almost unfathomably long. It’s been hard to choose just ten authors, but these are the ones I’d like to meet the most (whether because I’ve heard about how fun they are, because I love their books so much or I just have cool editions that I want to get signed!).


10) John Green


I have a love/hate relationship with John Green. Some of his books (Looking For Alaska, Paper Towns) are books that I’d count amongst my all-time favourites, but some of his books (The Fault in Our Stars, An Abundance of Katherines) aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. I’d like to meet him, but I think the queue would be too crazy and I would probably give up on queuing and go home instead.

9) Rebecca Barrow


I’d love to meet Rebecca Barrow for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, because her debut novel You Don’t Know Me But I Know You is an emotional rollercoaster, and I’d like to thank her for writing a book which discusses teen pregnancy frankly, without any political motivation. However, I’d also like to meet Rebecca because she used to work for the same library system that I did, and I’ve heard so much about her!

8) Robin Stevens


I binged Robin Stevens entire Murder Most Unladylike series earlier in the year, and I’m eagerly awaiting the publication of the next book in the series, Death in the Spotlight (which is out in TWO DAYS! YAY!). Stevens’ writing reminds me of the classic mystery novels of my childhood, so it was a no-brainer when she became one of my favourite authors.

7) Becky Albertalli


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was the book which helped me accept and embrace my bisexuality, so I’d love to meet Becky Albertalli in real life and thank her for writing such a brilliant book. She’s doing a few appearances in the UK with Adam Silvera this month, but I’m unable to get to any of them. Keeping my fingers crossed that she may be on the YALC lineup next year…

6) Travis M. Riddle 


Travis Riddle reached out to me shortly after the release of the cover for his book Wondrous. Not only am I a book blogger, I’m also a big fan of the band Waterparks, which is how Travis found me (he’s best friends with their vocalist, Awsten Knight). Over the past year or so Travis and I have talked a lot on Twitter, and he’s so funny – I’d love to meet him in real life.

5) Louise O’Neill


Louise O’Neill’s Asking For It is one of the best books I’ve ever read. She appeared at YALC this year, and I was highly tempted to go because I really wanted to meet her, but unfortunately it just didn’t pan out. I’m yet to read Only Ever Yours, because I’ve heard it’s just as difficult to read as Asking For It is. I’m not sure whether I can put myself through that pain again!

4) Roxane Gay


Roxane Gay’s non-fiction writing about feminism is some of the best that I’ve read. She’s equal parts funny and insightful, and although some of her observations are upsetting (particularly those which discuss the prejudice faced by people who are female and black, or female and fat) they’re also infuriating and inspiring.

3) Neil Gaiman


I’ve only read Neil Gaiman’s short stories (and not even all of those, as he has so many different collections) but I’ve enjoyed all of the ones that I’ve read. One of my ex-colleagues met him at the zoo a couple of weeks ago – his son literally ran into her! – so I’d love to meet him too.

2) Stephen King


Who wouldn’t want to meet Stephen King? He’s such a prolific writer, with over sixty books published, and his non-fiction book On Writing is one of the best creative writing advice books I’ve read. I’d love to meet Stephen King to quiz him on other discoveries he’s made about the craft of storytelling since releasing On Writing, but I know I’d end up unable to voice my questions, gushing compliments at him instead!

1) Jane Austen


I want to be best friends with Jane Austen. She’s savage as heck, which makes the fact that her novels got published way back in the early 1800s all the more impressive. She criticises high society, mocking friends and family members alike, but in such a polite way that you almost can’t believe what you’re reading! I know it’s impossible for me to meet Jane Austen, but if I could bring any author back from the dead for a dinner party, she would be at the top of the list.


Have you met any of these authors? If so, are they as cool in real life as I think they’re going to be?



Top Ten Tuesday: Bingeworthy shows

Top Ten Tuesday: Bingeworthy shows

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but was recently relocated to That Artsy Reader Girl.  I don’t watch much TV anymore, but back when I was revising for exams in sixth form I constantly had TV on in the background. Most of […]