April 2019

It has been a busy few weeks for me recently with travelling home to spend time with my family and starting my new job. I can’t see my lifestyle slowing down for a little while longer either. At least until I have gotten used to everything. Due to things being up in the air this month I didn’t want to over do it with my April TBR. So this month I am keeping it simple. And I mean real simple.

I have selected three books that I hope to read this month. Anything else on top of this will be selected randomly if and when needed.

I know it seems like such a waste of a TBR but sometimes a girl’s gotta to do what a girl’s gotta do. I know for a fact that if I went overboard with my TBR and I was unable to complete it I would be devastated.

So without further ado this is my April TBR (if we can even call it that):

 

The Summer Garden (The Bronze Horseman #3) by Paullina Simons

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The Magnificent Conclusion to the Timeless Epic Saga

Through years of war and devastation, Tatiana and Alexander suffered the worst the twentieth century had to offer. Miraculously reunited in America, they now have a beautiful son, Anthony, the gift of a love strong enough to survive the most terrible upheavals. Though they are still young, the ordeals they endured have changed them–and after living apart in a world laid waste, they must now find a way to live together in postwar America.

With the Cold War rising, dark forces at work in their adopted country threaten their lives, their family, and their hard-won peace. To regain the happiness they once knew, to wash away the lingering pain of the past, two lovers grown distant must somehow forge a new life . . .or watch the ghosts of their yesterdays destroy their firstborn son.

The Summer Garden . . . their odyssey is just beginning.

Goodreads

 

I was supposed to start this last week but I hardly had a minute to myself.  When I did I can guarantee I was in bed trying to have an early night. Hopefully, I can finish this book this week. I mean I’m pretty sure I still have 650 pages to go.

 

Soul in Darkness by Wendy Higgins

Soul in Darkness

People travel from afar to the small isle in the Aegean Sea hoping for a single glimpse of Princess Psyche. Their adoration for the mortal woman is so all-consuming that citizens begin to shower her with the very gifts and offerings they once left at the alter of Venus, goddess of love and beauty.

But gods are known for their jealousy.

Cupid, the god of love, takes pleasure in causing strife and mischief in the lives of humans. He uses love as a weapon, humouring in the weakness of people at the whims of their feelings. When his mother Venus approaches him about punishing the human girl who dares to steal her offerings and affections from the people, Cupid gladly accepts.

Psyche’s punishment is to be given to a mysterious creature who only comes to her in the dark of night under the pact that she will never lay eyes on him. She is terrified of this stranger, who the oracle described as a serpent. Her mate, however, is masterful in his dealings with his bride. He takes his time, morphing her fears into different sensations completely.

Based on the Roman/Greek mythology of Cupid and Psyche by Lucius Apuleius, New York Times bestseller Wendy Higgins brings the tale to life, weaving layers that show exactly how a sacrificial lamb can be enchanted by an unseen monster.

Goodreads

 

I watched Jessica from Peace Love Books mention this book in one of her previous videos. I looked into it a little more and I’m intrigued to see how Higgins has worked with Greek mythology. Everyone knows I love a bit of history.

 

Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood series) by J R Ward

Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3)

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Of these, Zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society.

Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past, and find a future with her…

Goodreads

 

I intended to read this last month but obviously I never got around to it. I am determined to get this book off on my TBR shelf this month. I’ll see what all the fuss about with this series.

 

I told you. A short but very, very sweet TBR this month.

 

Lucy xx

 

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October TBR

 

This is yet another late post and I don’t know whether to blame having so little free time or the fact that I have a new bullet journal that I’m obsessing over. When I do eventually have some time to myself I’m doing that.

I have another eventful month coming up with a trip home for a week and my engagement party / huge family get together. Due to this I fear that a weeks worth of reading time is probably going to be taken from me. This does depend on the plans my family make around my visit. I am selfishly hoping that there will be a couple of days where I can veg on my mum’s sofa with the dog and do nothing but read. I’m not going to lie, my mum’s dog is like a tornado and being alone in the house to read with the terror will inevitably result in no reading time. It’s most likely going to leave me with a half eaten book.

Due to the visit home I have purposely made my TBR small this month. This just means that if I do get some extra reading time in throughout October I can pick a few books out of my TBR jar.

So the three books I will read this month are:

Shadow of Night – Deborah Harkness.

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I started this book at the end of September and I mean the end. I think I managed to pick it up on the last day of the month. I intend to get this finished at some point this week.

The Book of Life – Deborah Harkness

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The third book in the All Souls series is the second book I intend to complete this month.

 

His True Queen – Jodi Ellen Malpas

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I read the first instalment of this duology last month and I do intend to complete the series as soon as possible.

As I said it’s a short list this month.

It just feels so empty.

There is a fourth book by Debora Harkness called Times Covert which I have avoided looking into in case there are spoilers of the series around. As far as I am aware it is a follow on from the All Souls series. Depending on how the series turns out and if I am still in the mood for the story this may also be added into my October TBR.

Additionally, as I stated above my ever-growing TBR jar really does need some attention. Once I have completed the books above I will be selecting my next reads at random. Hopefully, if I start using the TBR jar to chose my next reads I will have more space on my TBR shelves by Christmas.

What is on your TBR this month?

Lucy xx

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NEW YEAR BOOK TAG

How many books are you planning to read in 2018?

I really wanted to aim for 100 books in 2018. However, I really don’t want to push myself this year.  In the later months of the year I tend to push myself to read so I can reach my goal of 100 and it stresses me out. I then tend to read without any connection to the book and its characters. My concentration dwindles then I’m just reading words. Usually this means I have to reread chapters and it ends up being even more time consuming and I get nowhere. So I’ve decided to set my target between 80-100. This gives me leeway and If I don’t manage 100 by the end of the year it’s not the end of the world and there is definitely no need to stress.

Name 5 books that you didn’t get to this year but want to make priority in 2018. 

1 – Wayfarer, Alexandra Braken
I read Passenger last year and fell in love with the time travelling tale. I did intend to read Wayfarer upon its release and it has been in a number of by TBRs throughout the year. When it got to reading this book either I haven’t been in the mood for it or other books have been priority. I will read this book in 2018.

2 – The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
I still can’t believe I haven’t read this book yet. I have heard nothing but rave reviews about it and I cannot wait to pick it up in the new year. It is on my TBR bookshelf ready and waiting.

3 – The Wrath and the Dawn, Renée Ahhdieh

I think that this book was originally published in 2015 so it’s not a new release. My friend recently read this and the sequel ‘The Rose and the Dagger’. She loved them both and recommend them to me when we were ranting about reading slumps.  I also have ‘The Wrath and the Dawn’ on my TBR shelf ready to be picked up.

4 – A Darker Shade of Magic, V. E. Schwab
Yet another series that I have been meaning to read for so very long and have not yet got to. I’ve been told it’s the perfect series to read to pull myself out of one of my many reading slumps. I was in Waterstones several months ago complaining to a member of staff that I was stuck in a rut and did not know what to read. She persuaded me to buy the first book in the series but as usual I picked up other books instead. I have not decided if I  want to read it in January, or wait until a new slump takes over so I have something to pull me back out of it.

5 – My Lady Jane, Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows
Another book that I have heard nothing but good things about. I don’t know why it has taken me so long to pick it up.  It’s been in my to buy list fo so long and I am excited to get to this in the new year before ‘My Plain Jane’ is released.

What genre do you want to read more of?

There are two genres I would like to read more of in 2018.

Historical Fiction
If I’m not in a ‘book crazy’ mood (term created by my boyfriend to describe me on a daily basis) I’m usually obsessing over something history related. Whether it’s real life documentaries or television series’ that are set in a period of history it is probably going to gain all of my attention. Especially anything pre 1940s. Yes I know that the TV shows may not be historically accurate but they’re so entertaining and by the end of the series you can guarantee I’m on a research mission. I am really hoping to pick up more historical fiction throughout 2018.

Fantasy
I love reading an enthralling fantasy series, especially in the winter months. There is something magical when you read a good fantasy book on a cold winter day. Curled up on the sofa with a cuppa and a warm blanket. I don’t select many myself as I don’t have the confidence to choose them. If that even makes sense. I just seem to have trouble finding something that actually grabs my attention. I usually wait for a recommendation from friends or search through blogs and youtube for reviews. This is a genre I would love to read more of in 2018.

Name 3 non book related goals for 2018. 

1 – Stop stressing
I stress over EVERYTHING! Stress then causes anxiety and then I work myself up and stress even more. It’s a vicious cycle that I live through on a daily basis. I know it’s not really a goal as I don’t have a specific outcome but it is something I would like to work on throughout the year.

2 – Decorate my house
The boyfriend and I bought our first home this year and after six months a total of two rooms have been decorated. Kind of. The paint work still needs to be finished in our kitchen and a few pieces of furniture are needed for our living room. However, we still have a total of 7 rooms to decorate.

3 – Live healthier
I say this every year and for the first 6 months I seem to do pretty well. Until summer hits and instead of all the salad I want just barbecues and all of the bread! My Dad changed his lifestyle this year and has done amazing so I plan to take a leaf out of his book and work hard. It’ll be worth it in the end! Hopefully.

What is a book you have had forever that you still need to read?

Testament of Youth, Vera Brittain
I saw the 2014 film adaptation of this movie a while ago and fell in love with the story.  A few months later whilst at a market I found a copy of the book for about £1.50. It has been on my bookshelf for forever. My work colleague has read it and she is constantly asking if I have read it and why. It is a long book and I think that is what is causing the avoidance. However, I do intend to ready this book before the end of winter.

What is one word that you are hoping 2018 will be?

Happy!

Leave your comments and let me know what books you didn’t read this year that you will be making priority in 2018!

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I hope you all have a very happy new year.

Lucy xx

December wrap up and January to be read.

Hi guys,

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and a belated happy new year!

So this is going to be a ridiculously late December wrap up combined with my January to be read list. I intended on writing these posts a few weeks but Christmas, new year and birthday celebrations took control of my life. To write them as two separate posts at this time of month it seemed too daunting with the amount of time I have left today and the reviews I have to write so joining them together seemed like a great idea.

I didn’t read as much as I intended last month. December was extremely busy for me. At the beginning of the month my mum, sister and nan-nan came to visit me and it was the first time in absolutely ages since I’d seen my family. I didn’t get the chance to do any reading or writing over that weekend.

Then it was suddenly Christmas and new year and with cooking a Christmas dinner for the boyf and I this year I couldn’t sit and read all day. There was also visits to see our friends, shopping to do and copious amounts of work to complete. Although I didn’t get half as much reading done as I would have liked, I did make a small dent on my to read pile.

Throughout December I read Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen, Amie Kaufman’s Illuminae and Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger. All the reviews for these books have already been written and can be found on my blog. It’s no secret that I didn’t enjoy reading Illuminae, but I’m extremely excited to read Aveyard’s Glass Sword and Bracken’s Wayfarer throughout January.

During December I also tried to read Rachel Hawkins’ Rebel Belle. I abandoned this book a few chapters in as I just couldn’t get into it. I don’t know if it was me going into this book with a lack of patience or if it was the writing style that had started to irritate me. There is a small chance I will pick it back up and give it another chance some time during the new year. We will have to wait and see what other books I find along the way.

I started reading Dicken’s Oliver Twist quite a while ago (by quite a while I mean months ago) It was a reread for me and I was too busy to complete it the second time around. After watching the movie at the beginning of December I had an urge to complete the book and after getting bored and irritated of Rebel Belle I had some free time. There is nothing better than rereading a book and finding hidden messages that have been missed the first time around.

Two books I intended to read during December were Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows and Aveyard’s Glass Sword. I’m currently reading Glass Sword and after recently finished Passanger the sequel has taken now top spot on my to be read list. Pushing Six of Crows back a little.

This being said here is my January to be read list.

Victoria Aveyard – Glass Sword.
The second instalment of the Red Queen series. I’m super excited to finally get to read this book. Furthermore, it will be completed with plenty of time to spare to wait for the third instalment.

Alexandra Bracken – Wayfarer
Yet another second instalment, this book is following the time travelling tale Passanger. It’s definetly no Outlander but I’m all kinds of excited to read this book!

Sarah Maas – A court of Thorns and Roses
This will be a new series for me, I know that the third instalment is going to be released in Spring. (May, I think?) My goal is to have caught up with the series by the release date so I can read along at the same time. I’ve heard there is a Beauty and the Beast thing going on and that the first book is not as good as the second. I just hope that it is good enough to keep me enthralled.

Nicola Yoon – The Sun Is Also a Star
A lot of my friends have raved about this book saying that it was a great read. I couldn’t resist picking it up for myself when I was shopping over the weekend.

Nicola Yoon – Everything Everything
I’ve heard mixed reviews for this particular book. I really wanted to give it a go and it has been on my shelf for several months. Especially with The Sun is also a Star in my current to read pile I thought I should give this one a go too.

Gina Ciocca – Last Years Mistake
I have had this book on my bookshelf for a while. When I was organising my bookshelves for more space last weekend I found the book and realised I had yet to read it. I threw it onto my to read pile and I’m determined to complete it by the end of the month.

My fingers and toes are crossed that this month is more productive than December. It’s always tough for me to keep up with my reading at the end and beginning of the year. With Christmas and new year and then my birthday following straight after I always have plans that keep me busy.

I cannot wait to get tucked into January’s reads and I’m hoping you will all help by giving me some book recommendations for the months of February and March. If you know of any books I need to read this year please do let me know. Whether it’s a new series, or a stand alone.

 

 

 

Lucy

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December TBR

Hi Guys!

So it’s officially December and 2016 is coming to an end.

This year has been huge for me. I have officially gained my third degree, qualified as an English teacher and I think I’ve gone through a pre midlife crisis. I’m hoping it is normal for all 24 year olds to question their choice in career.

As there is still a little while to go before we welcome the new year I want to use this time to make a dent on my catch up reading. Due to the lack of free time I have had over the year I’ve not being able to read for enjoyment and I can’t wait to get back on track.

This is my December update.

Currently Reading:
Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard
TBR:
Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
Illuminae – Amie Kaufman
Passanger – Alexandra Bracken
Glass Sword – Victoria Aveyard

Reviews will go up after I have completed each book.

If anyone has any suggestions for next months TBR please don’t be shy! Let me know what I should read.

 

Lucy xx