March 2019 Wrap Up

March has been a hectic month for me.

I’ve had assessments and an interview for my new job which relied quite a bit on  preparation and I’ve visited home for nine days to see my family so a lot (and I mean A LOT) of my reading time has disappeared this month.

However, considering all of the real life occurrences (The perks of adulting) I don’t think it has been such a bad month. It has been so much worse for me in the past. I have read a total ten books this month and two of those books were approximately 700 pages each.

These are the books I have read this month:

Bound by Love (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles, #6) By Cora Reilly
My Rating: 4 Stars

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Nobody expected them to fall in love.
When Aria was given to Luca in marriage, people were sure he’d break her.
Aria feared the worst from a man like him.
A man without mercy.
But somehow she gained his love.
Love – a weakness a Capo like Luca shouldn’t risk.
When Aria betrays Luca by going behind his back for her family, she realizes too late that she might have lost what she’s fought so hard to get in the first place: Luca’s trust.
The trust of a man who never allowed himself to trust someone unconditionally before.
Can their love survive in a world of betrayal and deat

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The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient #1) by Helen Hoang
My Rating: 5 Stars
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Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases — a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice — with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan — from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic..

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The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman #1) by Paullina Simons
My Rating: 5 Stars

41014505The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler’s armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.

Yet there is light in the darkness. Tatiana meets Alexander, a brave young officer in the Red Army. Strong and self-confident, yet guarding a mysterious and troubled past, he is drawn to Tatiana—and she to him. Starvation, desperation, and fear soon grip their city during the terrible winter of the merciless German siege. Tatiana and Alexander’s impossible love threatens to tear the Metanova family apart and expose the dangerous secret Alexander so carefully protects—a secret as devastating as the war itself—as the lovers are swept up in the brutal tides that will change the world and their lives forever.

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Only Ever You by Siobhan Davis
My Rating: 2 Stars

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My entire life is a lie, propelled by one wrong decision that altered my fate.

If fans knew the truth, they’d run away screaming. But all they see is Ryder Stone, moody guitarist and lead singer of Torment, and a potential notch on their bedpost.

Only two people know who I really am. My manager has a vested interest in keeping my secret, and the girl I was forced to leave behind doesn’t even know the true extent of my shame.

Losing Zeta is both my biggest regret and my proudest moment. But she was the glue keeping me together, and I’m struggling to survive without her. Especially when demons from my past continue to haunt me and the threat of disclosure is ever present.

When she reappears in my life, this time, I’m too weak to push her away.

Her love has the power to save me.

Mine has the power to destroy her.

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I’ve worked hard to forget my past. To rise above my messed-up childhood and make something of myself; however, there’s no forgetting him.

Ryder’s gorgeous face and drool-worthy body are plastered over tabloids and TV screens, reminding me I’m still in love with the boy who captured my heart in juvie.

When he failed me, I thought I’d never again experience such heart-crushing pain. But watching him fall out of clubs with a succession of different girls renews the agony, resurrecting countless unanswered questions.

Now my boss has sent me to interview him. It’s a massive scoop for the magazine, and turning it down would kill my career. So, I delude myself into thinking I can handle this.

Perhaps this is the closure I need to finally move on.

Except I’m terrified nothing has changed and one look into those soulful eyes will suck me in again.

Ryder almost destroyed me last time. This time, he could ruin me forever.

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Tatiana and Alexander (The Bronze Horseman #2) by Paulina Simons 
My Rating: 4 Stars

My review is due shortly.

83143Tatiana is eighteen years old, pregnant, and widowed when she escapes war-torn Leningrad to find a new life in America. But the ghosts of her past do not rest easily. She becomes consumed by the belief that her husband, Red Army officer Alexander Belov, is still alive and needs her desperately.

Meanwhile, oceans and continents away in the Soviet Union, Alexander barely escapes execution, and is forced to lead a battalion of soldiers considered expendable by the Soviet high command. Yet Alexander is determined to take his men through the ruins of Europe in one last desperate bid to escape Stalin’s death machine and somehow find his way to Tatiana once again.

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Slashes in the Snow (Baum Squad #1) by M. Never
My Review: 1 Star

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Three years ago my father walked away. Away from our MC, all his responsibilities, and me. We haven’t spoken since the day he handed me the keys to the kingdom.

Shoved them down my throat was more like it.

I hate him, and the new family he’s playing house with. He left his entire life behind for a woman he barely knows. But I’m strong, resilient, and don’t need a damn soul to survive.

At least, that’s what I thought…until she walked into my bar.

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Someone is watching me. I can feel it. I wake up in the middle of the night freaked out of my mind, paranoid a stranger is there. My skin prickles every time I leave my house, because I know someone is following me.

I’m afraid. Alone. And there’s only one person left to turn to.

The stepbrother I never met. The man my stepfather speaks so highly about, but never sees. He’s the president of a notorious motorcycle club, and exactly the kind of person I need to protect me.

Little did I know, Ky Parish, freakin’ hates my guts.

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On a Tuesday (One Week #1) By Whitney G
My Rating: 1 Star 

23286982We met on a Tuesday.
Became best friends, then lovers, on a Tuesday.
And everything fell apart on a Tuesday…

Charlotte Taylor has three automatic strikes in my book: 1) She hates me. She also claims that I’m a “domineering jerk with a huge, overbearing ego.” (I do have something huge. It’s not my ego, though.) 2) She takes our mandatory tutoring sessions way too seriously. 3) She’s sexy as hell…And a virgin.

At least, those were her strikes before our study sessions started lasting longer than they were supposed to. Until one innocent kiss became a hundred dirty ones, and until she became the first woman I ever fell hard for.

Our future together after graduation was supposed to be set:
Professional football for me. Law school for her.

But she left me at the end of the semester with no explanation, and then she completely disappeared from my life.

Until tonight.

We met on a Tuesday.
Became everything, then nothing, on a Tuesday.
And now it’s seven years later, on a Tuesday…

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Fighting to Breathe (Shooting Stars #1) by Aurora Rose Reynolds
My Rating: 3 Stars

25815089Lea Lamb and Austin Wolf were young when they fell in love. They never imagined the future could hold anything other than together-forever. When Lea’s father dies in a tragic fishing accident, she’s crushed under the weight of her grief and catches a glimpse of another type of future, one she knows she’s not strong enough to face.

Austin is angry. For the past fifteen years, he’s believed the woman he loved with every ounce of his soul left him without so much as a backwards glance. When Lea unexpectedly returns to their hometown, all the years of heartache inside Austin bubbles to the surface and presents itself as blinding rage.

Faced with the truth about the past, a newly discovered secret, these former lovers will learn that if they want to have any chance at the future they’d given up on all those years ago, they will have to rescue one another from drowning in pain so debilitating it will leave them both fighting to breathe. Contains mature themes.

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Into the Deep (Into the Deep #1) by Samantha Young
My Rating: 3.5 stars

17970255Charley Redford was just an ordinary girl until Jake Caplin moved to her small town in Indiana and convinced her she was extraordinary. Almost from day one Jake pulled Charley into the deep and promised he was right there with her. But when a tragic incident darkened Jake’s life he waded out into the shallows and left Charley behind.

Almost four years later Charley thinks she’s moved on. That is until she takes a study year abroad in Edinburgh and bumps into none other than Jake Caplin at a party with his new girlfriend. The bad-boy-turned-good attempts to convince Charley to forgive him, and as her best friend starts spending time with Jake’s, Charley calls a truce, only to find herself tumbling back into a friendship with him.

As they grow closer, the spark between them flares and begins playing havoc with their lives and relationships. When jealousy and longing rear their destructive heads, Charley and Jake struggle to come to grips with what they mean to one another.

And even if they work it out, there is no guarantee Charley will ever trust Jake to lead her back into the deep…

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Sweet Mercy (Dirty Empire #1) by Nina West
My Rating: 3.5 Stars 

43696013One visit to my father in prison—convicted for a murder he didn’t commit—and I’ve attracted the attention of the last man I’d ever want knowing that I exist.
Gabriel Easton.
Son of an infamous crime boss. Pretentious liar. Merciless womanizer. A scoundrel to the core.
Worse, he has figured out how desperate I am to protect my father from brutality behind bars. He has the power to grant that protection and he has offered it … for a price.
Me.
I am to become a prisoner in his playhouse mansion, to live with him until he tires of having me around.
I’ll do anything for my father, including agree to Gabriel’s cruel game. But I won’t comply with his every whim and wish.
Not when he taunts me with that ruthless spark in his cold blue eyes.
Not when he requires that I share his bedroom at night.
Unfortunately for me, I think my loathing for him is what he’s enjoying most.
That’s fine. By the time I’m through with him, he’ll be crying my name.
Mercy

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Here is to hoping that April is an even better reading month. What has been your favourite book this month?

 

Lucy xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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September Wrap-Up

September Wrap-Up

So this post is super late and it’s going to be brief for so many reasons but without boring you here is my September wrap-up.

With trips home at the beginning of the month and awful things thrown in in between I’ve been a little preoccupied. Sadly, not much reading took place over September.

I have managed a total of four and a half books this month which is awful.

 

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The Controversial Princess – Jodi Ellen Malpas

On a busy Friday rush hour train choosing something to read that requires my sole attention is probably the worst decision I could make. I get distracted too easily when I’m on trains. I will start up a conversation with the person at the side of me and my concentration disappears. A clear example of this is when I was heading down to Sheffield at the beginning of the month. A lecturer from The University of Sheffield sat down at the side of me and we chatted most of the way home about EVERYTHING. Our studies, our favourite classics, why we moved away from home and never moved back. The list goes on. With easy reads I can dip in and out of them without losing my place and forgetting things. Jodie Ellen Malpas’ writing is so easy to ready and follow so it is great for these moments.

 

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Throne of Glass – Sarah J Maas

At the beginning of the month I decided to re-read Maas’ Throne of Glass so I could continue with the series. This backfired. As soon as I had completed the book and I was ready to move onto Crown of Midnight I found a copy of A Discovery of Witches. I’d heard that the show was coming out and all of the reviews online had hinted that it needed to be read so obviously I had to buy it.  The Throne of Glass series has been forgotten for the time being. I’ll get to it eventually I just hope this is sooner rather than later.

 

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A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness

I am so glad a picked this book up when I did. I LOVE IT! It’s my favourite read this year so far. My review was uploaded a little while ago if you want to check it out. After reading the first instalment I needed Shadow of Night in my life. As usual when there is a huge hype about a book Amazon run out of their copies and there was a pre-order system going on. After stewing over the wait time for a while I decided to order elsewhere. (I am happy to announce my new books have arrived and I own the complete series)

 

I have only just noticed how specific my selection of books was during September. It seems I was in a Deborah Harkness and Sarah J Maas mood.

 

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A Court of Frost and Starlight – Sarah J Mass

This is by far my worst read of September. I hated it. This is a new experience for me with Maas’ writing. I don’t think she has ever disappointed me before. I just can’t get over how poor this book was. Yes, I know it was a novella and it was released to fill the gap between Feyre’s story and the upcoming new release but the writing was dreadful and the way the characters were portrayed just didn’t work for me.

 

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Shadow of Night – Deborah Harkness

I am still reading this book and was debating whether to add it to my wrap-up but I don’t think I could have finished the month with a total of 4 books. It would just make a shitty month even worse. This book has been stated and will be finished shortly.

 

Lucy
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February Wrap Up

As if it is March already! The beginning of spring is here, although the weather outside may lead you to believe otherwise. I do love snow but after 48 hours of nothing but blizzards and wind it does become a nuisance. Thankfully, everything seems to be back to normal now and I’m looking forward to the warmer weather and longer days that spring will bring.

February was a great month. I didn’t read much at all but it was to be expected with everything my boyfriend and I had planned.

Books

Everless (Everless #1), Sarah Holland

Image result for everlessIn the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

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Review

I was instantly intrigued by the concept of this book and as soon as I read the synopsis I could not wait to pick it up and experience a new fantasy world.  I remember watching the film ‘In Time’ starring Justin Timberlake and really enjoying it so a book with a similar plot got me all excited.

Although the premise was promising the story really fell short for me from character development to the predictable moments within the story. Now don’t get me wrong it wasn’t all predictable and the end of the novel was a lot more interesting than the beginning. It just did not grasp my attention as a book should and I found myself getting bored while reading it over and over again.

The possibility of me reading the second novel in the series is quite slim and Everless did not help pull me out of the major reading slump I was stuck in during January.

 

Hunted, Meagan Spooner

HuntedBeauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

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Review

After the struggle of reading Everless I really needed a good book to read. I picked up Hunted in Barnes and Nobel on my holiday and I had really high expectations. Especially after seeing all the hype surrounding this book on booktube and within the blogging world. I have always loved my fairytale retellings and after reading Naomi Novik’s Uprooted it was time to find another mesmerising tale to dig me out of my reading slump.

I really hated this book. I was so close to DNTing it on a number of occasions but I was determined to persevere and make it to the end.

There were so many occurrences within the book that I though the story could have gone without and the relationships between a number of the characters including Yeva and the Beasts really irritated me.

Although I have so many negative opinions on this book I do have to admit the the writing itself was beautiful. It was a well written story. I just really did not enjoy the story itself or the characters.

 

TV

Doctor Foster (Series 2)

Image result for doctor fosterA trusted GP sees her charmed life explode when she suspects her husband of an affair. As she uncovers secrets that shock her to the core, how will Dr Gemma Foster react?

Doctor Foster

Hell hath no fury like a woman scored.

I watched series one of Doctor Foster when it first aired on BBC One back in 2015. I stumbled upon it by accident and I was hooked from the first episode. I found myself counting down the week for the next episode.

So when it was confirmed that a second series would be made I was so happy, although a little reluctant to watch it. Why ruin something that ended in the perfect way?

Unfortunately, due to commitments I missed the second series when it aired on tv. However, it was recorded ready for me to watch when I had some free time. I just never got around to it.

I had a long haul flight this month and it was the perfect opportunity to catch up with the show. Especially as British Airways had the entire series as part of their inflight entertainment.

I devoured the series during my flight to New York and I can tell you it did not disappoint. It was an emotional rollercoaster that made my blood boil one minute and left me in tears the next.

The ending itself broke my heart and although a third season to end the heartbreak would make me ecstatic I think it should be left be.

I have so much praise for this show and recommend that everyone watches it.

 

Peaky Blinders

Image result for peaky blindersA gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby, who means to move up in the world.

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My dad got me into this show. I never thought I’d see the day where he would obsess over something that is not football or western related. I mean if he’s not at the footy you can guarantee he’s watching some old ‘classic’ cowboy western.

During the christmas and new year holidays I binge watched the first three series’ of this show. I was instantly hooked. I do love a historical show! I am aware that this has been over-exaggerated for TV but it has become one of my favourite shows.

I started series four this month but I have decided to take my time with it. Season five is in production and I am so excited that it hasn’t been cancelled but 2019 is too far away to have to wait for a new episode once they run out.

If you haven’t already seen Peaky Blinders where have you been? I cannot recommend it enough. My Dad can’t recommend it enough. I quote “It’s reyt good, you need to watch it! And can you please order me a new flat cap. I have a grey and brown one. I need a black one”. Thomas Shelby: My dads new fashion icon.

 

Reign

Image resultMary, Queen of Scots, faces political and sexual intrigue in the treacherous world of the French court.

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Whilst flying from Newcastle to London I was chatting to the woman sitting by me. We were taking about history and adaptations of historical events. She stated taking about a show she had watched recently called Reign.  During the recent bad weather I was scrolling through Netflix and it popped up. With a cup of tea in hand I decided to give it ago.

Now, I am not going to lie and say it is the greatest thing since sliced bread. I could happily live without it in my life. There are so many things that infuriate me about this show as a person who loves history. It’s ridiculously unrealistic from the costume design to the way the characters behave.

I understand it is a tv drama and most productions these days are not historically accurate (I mean Peaky Blinders is one of them) but it is like watching an episode of 90210 or Gossip Girl set in the 1500s. Mary Queen of Scots’ life is a something I read about often, it is such a riviting topic and it didn’t need the modernisation and untruthful adaptation to make it interesting.

I suppose it was created this way just to gain the attention of teenage girls and to glorify life during this time period.

I am still watching this show and I do intend to finish all seasons because I want to see what else is changed for the purpose of entertainment.

 

Everything else

NEW YORK!

The boyfriend and I went to New York in February. Our first trip away since we bought our home last summer.

I won’t go into much detail as I do intend to write a post about this trip in the future.

I will say that it was everything I expected it to be and more. Amazing atmosphere, Fantastic food and it was one memorable moment after another. We were constantly on the move because we didn’t want to missing anything and I cannot wait to go back.

I think one of the main reasons I didn’t read much this month was because of this trip. The week before I was packing, shopping and cleaning (for two I might add as the boyfriend was not very helpful when it got to the packing part). The week after we returned I spent every free minute sleeping. It is safe to say that I do not cope well jet lagged while working 40 hour weeks. It was worth every minute of suffering though!

 

 

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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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