#RockMyTBR February Update (2018)

Hi all! The Beast From The East has finally lifted, after a few very chilly days snowed in at my flat, and I am incredibly relieved that the snow is finally over and looking forward to hopefully warmer days to come. February is over (I mean did it even really happen? I swear I blinked and it was March?) so that means it’s time for another #RockMyTBR update. For those of you who don’t know, #RockMyTBR is an annual reading challenge (created by Sarah K at The Book Traveller), where you have a list of books from your TBR that you read over the course of a year, in order to knock some books off your TBR (and then promptly add 20 more). February wasn’t as good as January in terms of reading, I only read two books, but I am still two books ahead of my Goodreads Challenge, so that’s good. Here are the books I read:

33393824Wintersong by S.Jae-Jones

This was one of my #otspsecretsister books from last year, I started on the 1st February and finished it on the 19th. I really wanted to like this book, but sadly, despite the pretty writing and use of music, it was incredibly slow and I found myself bored through most of it. Here is my review of it:


35817737The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven:

This was my #RockMyTBR book for this month, cheating a little because it doesn’t actually release until next week, but I got it at YALC last year, so I’ve had it for a while and I figured that was enough to count it for the challenge. I read this one from 19th-27th February (it’s quite short, so I flew through it). I loved this one, it was funny, feminist and incredibly relatable and I would recommend it to everyone! Here is my review of it:


So that’s my recap of what I read in February, here’s what I have coming up for March:

Orphan, Monster, Spy-Matt Killeen-I got an ARC of this in December last year and as the release date is coming up this week, I made it my first read of March. I won’t have finished by release date on Thursday, but ah well, that’s the way things go! It’s been an okay read so far, not sure I love it as much as some of the other WWII books I’ve read, but it’s definitely different.

Moxie-Jennifer Mathieu-My #RockMyTBR book for March, I got this one from #otspsecretsister Amy in November, and I’m super excited for it, especially after having read The Exact Opposite of Okay, I definitely want to step up my feminist reads this year.

The Hazel Wood-Melissa Albert-This is one that I had meant to read last month, but I got super busy and just didn’t get the chance, I’m almost halfway through now though, so I will definitely finish it this month.

The Toymakers-Robert Dinsdale-Another e-ARC that I meant to finish last month but didn’t even get a chance to start. I’m hoping this month things will go better!

So there we go, my March TBR. I’m hoping I might actually finish all of them this month, but it will all depend on how busy Uni is. I’d like to try and stay a couple of books ahead of my Goodreads challenge if I can as I want to try and get it up to 40 books by the end of the year. How is your reading going so far this year? Let me know in the comments!



#RockMyTBR January Update (2018)

Hi everyone! We’ve finally made it out of the January that felt like it went on forever, and so that means it’s time for an update of what I’ve been reading this month. For those of you who are new to the blog, each year since 2016, I’ve been doing a reading challenge (set up by Sarah K at The Book Traveller), where I have a list of backlist books from my TBR that I want to read over the course of the year, with the aim of trying to make my TBR shrink (it never happens!). My aim is to read one book a month from my list of 12 so I will have completed them all by December. January has been pretty good for reading, I’ve read 4 books this month, and here they are:

22819449Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo:

This was my first #RockMyTBR book of 2018, I started it on 1st January and finished it on the 12th. I was really excited for this one because I loved Six Of Crows, but sadly, I didn’t enjoy this one as much as that one, it was very slow paced and I found that I couldn’t really engage with Alina. Here is my review of it:


35883046Everless by Sara Holland:

One of my most anticipated debuts of 2018, so I had a lot of expectations for this one and luckily it met all of them, I loved the concept and the writing, plot and characters definitely lived up to them! I read it from 23rd December-12th January (non-consecutively). Here is my review of it:


34921588By A Charm and A Curse by Jaime Questell:

I didn’t have any particular expectations for this one, it sounded nice, but I wasn’t expecting to love it anywhere near as much as I did. I’ve read quite a few circus/carnival themed YA books over the years, but this felt like something a little darker, a little different and I just really enjoyed it. I read it over two weeks, from 13th-28th January. Unfortunately I don’t have a review yet, as it’s not published till next week, but I will definitely have it up soon!

34866434The Fandom by Anna Day:

I got this one at YALC last year, and I was really excited for it, because it sounds like every fangirl’s dream, but sadly, the story just didn’t live up to my expectations, this great concept was really poorly executed, the characters fell flat and the pacing was generally just off. It was really disappointing because I was so excited for this one! I read it from 12th-31st January.  Here is my review it:


So that’s a recap of everything I read in January, here is what I hope to read in February:

Wintersong-S. Jae Jones-This is my current read, I had no idea how long it was before I started reading, otherwise I might have kept it for later in the year, but ah well, it seemed like the perfect winter read anyway! I’m not very far through yet, so haven’t decided if I like it yet or not.

The Exact Opposite of Okay-Laura Steven-This will be my #RockMyTBR book for February, I’m cheating a tiny bit as it’s a 2018 release, but since I’ve had the ARC since July, I figured it could still count! I’m really excited for this one, it sounds like a very “me” book.

The Belles-Dhonielle Clayton-This is one of three February e-ARCs I have from Netgalley, I kind of overloaded myself this month! I’ve just started reading this and I’m really intrigued so far, I look forward to seeing where it goes.

The Hazel Wood-Melissa Albert-Another of my February e-ARCs, this one sounds right up my street, dark twisted fairytales? Yes please! My friend loved this one and we have very similar tastes in books, so I can’t wait to read it and hopefully love it myself.

The Toymakers-Robert Dinsdale-I don’t really know much of what this one is about other than it’s set in a Toy Emporium in 1917 London, but that sounds really cool, so I can’t wait to dive in and learn more!

So there we go, my very ambitious February TBR, I am unlikely to finish them all, but I will try my hardest! I’m two books ahead of my Goodreads Challenge at the moment, so that makes me very happy. How are you doing with your reading so far this year? Let me know in the comments!

#RockMyTBR December Update (2017) & Wrap-Up

Hi all! Hope you have all been having a wonderful New Year so far, start as we mean to go on right? 2017 has been a bit of a trash fire for the world in general, but for me it has actually been a pretty good year, personally (for the most part!) and reading wise, and I hope that you all too have managed to find some good in the year, whether it be in your personal life, or through books, or movies or music. This year, I’ve completed both my Goodreads and #RockMyTBR Challenge, I’ve been to Greece with my friends, our first international holiday together, I’ve met even more amazing authors at YALC, I got to see two shows in the theatre that I’ve been dying to see for years, Mamma Mia and Hairspray, with great friends, I’ve got to see Jack Whitehall with my friends, I’ve lived with people that I actually like at University, I’ve had my friends up to visit, continuing our Christmas traditions, I’ve competed in my first ever trampolining competition, and a fun Christmas showjumping competition at my local stables, I’ve discovered new authors, new TV shows, new movies, new music, I’ve been to Amsterdam for the second time to visit my sister. I’ve turned 21, I’ve finished my second year of University and started my third. I’ve finished my first novel and started work on my second. I’ve started writing for The National Student. So overall, when I look back at 2017, there are a hell of a lot of good things that happened for me, to balance out all the rubbish that has happened in the world.

Anyway, I’ve been having a lovely Christmas holiday and still have a couple of weeks before I’m back at Uni, so I fully intended to enjoy the last few weeks before third year descends on me again and I find myself buried under a pile of work. This month went really well in terms of reading, I read three books which brought me to 36 books total for the year, one more than my Goodreads goal. This post is going to be a smidge longer than usual, as I’ll be recapping what I read in December and doing a general wrap up for this challenge as a whole, so hopefully you’ll stick with me to the end!:


I thought December was the perfect time to read this wintery Russian-set book, and I loved the first book when I read it earlier in the year, so I decided to read it last month. I did enjoy it, but not as much as the first one and not as much as I hoped I would, it was kind of a disappointing end to this duology. I read this one from 1st-16th December. Here is my review of it:



This was my e-ARC read of the month (from Edelweiss, rather than Netgalley this time), which I read from 2nd-16th December (which is pretty consistent for me with an e-ARC, usually I dip in and out over the course of a few months!). This was an incredible sequel to Timekeeper, the world building, the characters, the writing, the setting, everything was wonderful and I can’t wait to share my review of it with you guys very soon (the release date is tomorrow!).


This was my #RockMyTBR read for December  and my last one of the year. I read the first book in 2016 (I wanted to say last year and then I realised that was wrong because 2017 is now last year!) and wasn’t so keen, but this one I enjoyed a lot more. I read this from 18th-31st December. Here is my review of it:


So there we go, my final update of 2017, or I guess first update of 2018 really! I have already put together my list of titles for the 2018 challenge, which will be the third post under the #RockMyTBR Challenge tab. For the rest of this post, I’m going to recap everything I’ve read for last year’s challenge and look forward to what I’ll be reading in the first month of this year’s  challenge.

What I Read This Year (Ranked In Star Order):

  1. Six of Crows-Leigh Bardugo-4 stars

It was a tough call between this one and number two as to which was my favourite from the challenge last year, but this one just edges ACOMAF out as my fave. I flew through it in the span of a week, despite the pacing problems early on, the world and the characters were so engaging and I can’t wait to read the sequel for this year’s challenge!

2. A Court of Mist and Fury-Sarah J Maas-4 stars

I was unsure of the first book in the series, but this second book upped the character and world development considerably and I loved seeing the new characters in the form of Rhys’ Inner Circle and all the different new settings as well. Feyre’s character development was the definite star of this book, I went from being pretty indifferent towards her in ACOTAR, to totally loving her by the end of ACOMAF.

3. The Girl From Everywhere-Heidi Heilig-3.5 stars

The time travelling element of this may have confused me somewhat, but I still thought it was a really unique, creative story and I really loved the setting, plus it got me out of a bit of a slump after some not so good books in September, so that alone means that it’s high up on my 2017 rankings.

4. The Crown’s Game-Evelyn Skye-3.5 stars

I loved the magic, the Imperial Russian setting, the characters and the writing so much in this one that I could overlook some of the problems I had with the romance in this book! Plus the FOOOOOD! ALL THE FOOD!

5. Under Rose Tainted Skies-Louise Gornall-3.5 stars

Mental health contemporaries are more often than not winners for me, they tend to be a little more hard hitting than other types and Louise Gornall’s debut was no exception. The fact that this book is #ownvoices completely made this book for me, because Norah’s voice sounded so authentic, that even though I’ve never suffered with the same conditions she has, you can imagine what it would be like to.

6. Salt To The Sea-Ruta Sepetys-3.5 stars

Ruta Sepetys has become one of my favourite historical fiction writers over the past few years, and whilst I didn’t love this one as much as I loved Between Shades of Grey, it was still a harrowing tale of a lesser known historical tragedy and Ruta Sepetys is definitely still up there when it comes to historical fiction writers.

7. Frozen Charlotte-Alex Bell-3.5 stars

This was an incredibly creepy horror and I’ll be honest, if I was iffy about dolls before, I really hate them now! The Isle of Skye setting alongside the incredibly creepy dolls definitely made this one of the creepiest YA horrors that I’ve ever read.

8. This Savage Song-Victoria Schwab-3.5 stars

It saddens me that this book is as low down on this list as it is, because I love Victoria Schwab, she’s one of my favourite authors, but I was coming off my ACOL high when I read This Savage Song and it just didn’t live up to the same heights, unfortunately. Still enjoyable, but not the best Schwab I’ve ever read!

9. Scarlet-Marissa Meyer-3.5 stars

My last read of 2017, Scarlet was a great improvement on it’s predecessor, Cinder, but didn’t reach the same heights as some of the other books that I’ve read this year.

10. A Study In Charlotte-Brittany Cavallaro-3 stars

I had really high hopes for this one, as I love Sherlock, but the characters just seemed like complete copycats of Holmes and Watson and didn’t really bring anything new and unique to the story. The mystery was okay, but nothing spectacular. I was really disappointed by this one, I was expecting so much more than I got.

11. And I Darken-Kiersten White-3 stars

My biggest disappointment of the year. I was expecting all the stabbiness and the excitement and it just did not deliver. A female version of Vlad the Impaler should be really cool but the idea in this case was much better than the execution.

So that’s a recap of everything I read for the #RockMyTBR Challenge last year, this is what I’ll be reading in the first month of 2018:

Shadow and Bone-Leigh Bardugo-My first read, and first #RockMyTBR book of 2018. Given how much I loved Six of Crows, I have high hopes for this one, I think I’m going to really enjoy it!

The Fandom-Anna Day-I’m a little nervous about this one because my friend read it and wasn’t a fan (and we have very similar reading tastes) but I got the ARC at YALC and since it’s released this month, I probably should read it!

Everless-Sara Holland-My first Netgalley read of the year! I’ve actually already started this one and it’s been pretty good so far, so we’ll see!

I’m really proud of how much I read this year, 36 books, more than I’ve read in years gone past and although I had to drop one book from my #RockMyTBR Challenge because I wasn’t enjoying it, I’ve still knocked 11 books off my TBR, which is what this challenge is all about! I’m hoping that 2018 is going to be even better for me in terms of reading than 2017 was.

How did everyone else’s December reading go? What are you planning to read for your first book of 2018? Let me know in the comments!


#RockMyTBR 2018 Challenge

Hi everyone! I know this seems incredibly early, but I am nearly done with my 2017 #RockMyTBR (one book to go!), so I thought I’d draw up my 2018 list. For those of you who don’t know, #RockMyTBR is a reading challenge created by Sarah K over at YA Book Traveler where she challenges you to draw up a list of books to knock off your TBR on a given year. Now I’m not sure if Sarah is actually officially running the challenge again for 2018, but I’ve had so much fun doing it over the past two years that I decided to unofficially do it again this year. The idea is that you use books that you already own and that have been on your TBR for a while. If you want to join me in unofficially doing this challenge, then you can find Sarah’s post about it here:


I’ve stuck with my tradition of having 12 books (though I’ve knocked one from this year’s challenge off before the year is over as I just couldn’t get through it, so I’ll be counting the challenge complete at 11 books), it’s nice and low pressure and allows me to read other stuff as well. As with last year, because it worked so well, I decided to let Twitter decided on my list. They did a pretty good job with last year’s list, so I’m hoping they will have done just as well for this year’s:

  1. Rose Under Fire-Elizabeth Wein-This was the decided winner of it’s poll, which I was quite surprised by as I had it up against Wintersong, which is a 2017 release, but I’m very glad it did as Code Name Verity is one of my favourite books (which I actually read for my first #RockMyTBR Challenge, so it’s actually kind of fitting) and this is one of only two of Wein’s books I haven’t read yet.
  2. Moxie-Jennifer Mathieu-It was an incredibly close run between this and Uprooted, and it ended up winning out by only 6% (so like one vote), but this was declared the winner. I’m so excited to read this one as I’ve heard such great things and as a feminist, I definitely want to read more books like this!
  3. Crooked Kingdom-Leigh Bardugo-This is the year of Bardugo, as every poll I had a book of hers in, it won by a considerable amount, clearly Book Twitter is telling me something. I loved Six of Crows when I read it this year, so I’m excited to read the sequel.
  4. All The Crooked Saints-Maggie Steifvater-I’ve heard vary mixed things about this book, so I’m excited and wary to try it. Maggie Stiefvater is one of my favourite authors, but I’m very aware of the problems that have been brought up by #ownvoices reviewers about the Latinx rep in this one.
  5. Language of Thorns-Leigh Bardugo-The second Leigh Bardugo entry on this list! I’m really excited for this one, simply because the cover of this book is just so beautiful. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read before (basically a collection of fairytales), so I’ll be interested to see what I think of it.
  6. Night of Cake and Puppets-Laini Taylor-This one was really interesting because I put it in the same poll as ACOWAR and I was honestly expecting ACOWAR to win, but it was beaten by this by quite a way. Tips from those who’ve read the full Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy, do I read this, or Days of Blood and Starlight first?
  7. Shadow and Bone-Leigh Bardugo-This was winning almost unanimously, until I think a couple of days ago? It ended up at 75% but that was still a lot more than anything else in any of the other polls! I think this is probably going to be my starter read of 2017.
  8. The Exact Opposite of Okay-Laura Steven-I’m cheating a little here, because this is a 2018 ARC, but I’ve had it on my shelf since July when I got it at YALC, it’s been sitting there for five months where I could have read it and haven’t, so I’m still counting it.
  9. Wonder Woman: Warbringer-Leigh Bardugo-The last Bardugo entry on this list, I’m glad I’ve waited to read this one, because now I’ve seen the movie and know how awesome Wonder Woman is, I’m even more excited to read it.
  10. Days of Blood and Starlight-Laini Taylor-Laini Taylor’s second appearance on this list. I’m not gonna lie, slightly terrified by the size of this book, but I’m also really excited to see where Karou’s story goes next.
  11. Vicious-VE Schwab-I’m finally doing it guys! Vicious will be read by me next year. I’m hoping to read it in the first half of the year, so that if I like it, I can get Vengeful straight away.
  12. Radio Silence-Alice Oseman-I’ve heard so much great stuff about this one, so I hope it lives up to expectations!

So that’s my list for 2018! Let me know in the comments what you think I should prioritise and why!

Thanks to the lovely people of Book Twitter who helped pick out my list for next year and I hope you enjoy hearing my thoughts on all the books you’ve chosen for me throughout 2018. I have a feeling this may be my best year yet and I’m excited to dive in when 2018 starts in a few weeks time (where did 2017 go people? Seriously, where?).

#RockMyTBR November Update (2017)

Hey everyone! It’s the last month of 2017, like when did that happen? Also it’s 21 days till Christmas, I have presents bought and wrapped and everything already, I am feeling damn prepared and incredibly Christmassy! I’ll be off to the Edinburgh Christmas Market with my friends tomorrow, so the Christmas spirit is being well and truly embraced. If you are new to the blog, then welcome, this is the feature where I talk about my neverending attempts to attack my TBR and being constantly beaten by it (it’s a challenge run by Sarah K over at The Book Traveller in all seriousness and you should check it out). November was insanely busy with deadlines, so I only read two books, but I am still on track for my Goodreads challenge, so not feeling too bad about that. Here’s what I read in November:


House of Ash by Hope Cook:

This was my Netgalley read for this month, I read it from 9th August-4th November (on and off, it didn’t actually take me three months to finish it, I didn’t read any of it in September and only picked it up again in October). This was a decent take on a haunted house story, but it’s not my favourite book I’ve got from Netgalley this year. Here is my review of it:



The Ship of The Dead by Rick Riordan:

This was my other read at the month, I meant to have a #RockMyTBR book as my other book this month, but I wasn’t into the book I had planned for November and I really needed a quick fun read because I was buried under with assignments, so a Rick Riordan book was perfect for that. This was actually my least favourite book of the series, it was still really fun, but I felt like the pacing was off and the ending was somewhat anticlimactic. Still there was some really great character and relationship development along with the always on point humour, so it wasn’t all bad. Here is my review of it:


That’s what I read in November, this is what I’m planning on reading this month:

Scarlet-Marissa Meyer-My December #RockMyTBR book. I wasn’t so keen on the first book in this series, but I’ve heard they get better, so I’m hoping I enjoy this one more.

The Crown’s Fate-Evelyn Skye-My current read, I really enjoyed the first book earlier in the year and this one has been decent so far, though I’m still waiting for it to really pick up.

Chainbreaker-Tara Sim-I LOVED the first book last year, so I was so happy to get this one from Edelweiss. I started it a few days ago and it’s been pretty enjoyable so far.

Beasts Made of Night-Tochi Onyebuchi-My Netgalley read for the month, I just started this one and I’m struggling with it at the moment, I’ll be honest.

I’m also hoping to start Tower of Dawn and read another book for #RockMyTBR as I couldn’t finish Afterworlds, though that may be a little optimistic!

I’m on track with my Goodreads Challenge, with only 3 books left to read to meet my challenge, so that’s pretty good I think! I will definitely beat my Goodreads challenge from last year, so I am really happy with that. How are your reading goals going this year? What are you wanting to get done before the year is out? Let me know in the comments!

#RockMyTBR October Update

Hi everyone! How is it November already? I swear it was only just the beginning of 2017 and now we’re nearing the end of the year. Still the fact that it’s November means I can officially get excited about Christmas so yay for that! If you’re new to my blog, then this is the feature where I talk about my attempts to tackle my ever expanding TBR and basically give a roundup of everything I’ve been reading. October was an incredibly busy month for me, so I only read two books, but I am still on track for my Goodreads Challenge, so that’s good. Here’s what I read in October:


The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig:

This was my #RockMyTBR read for October and I read this one from 8th-22nd October. Despite the fact that I found the time travel elements kind of confusing, I still really enjoyed this book, it was a great concept, there was a lot of diversity and I loved the setting, but I’m hoping the main character is developed a bit more in the next book in the duology as she was kind of outshone by the rest of the cast. Here is my review of it:



Scythe by Neal Shusterman:

I read this one from 22nd-31st October. The concept and the worldbuilding were amazing, but the pacing and character development were lacking a little. Still I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the second book in the series. Here is my review of it:


That’s what I read in October, this is what I’m planning to read this month:

Afterworlds-Scott Westerfeld-This is my #RockMyTBR book for this month, I’m not very far into it yet though, so I haven’t really formed an opinion on it yet.

House of Ash-Hope Cook-I was meant to finish this as my Netgalley read for last month, but I was really busy with essays, so I didn’t manage to. I’m nearly finished with it, it’s been okay, but not my favourite book I’ve read on Netgalley.

The Ship of The Dead (Magnus Chase #3)-Rick Riordan-I desperately want to get to the newest Rick Riordan book this month!

Invictus-Ryan Graudin-One of my other Netgalley reads, I’m not sure I’ll finish it though as I only have two weeks left to read it and a lot of other Netgalley stuff to get through!

I’m on track with my Goodreads challenge, so I’m pleased with that. How are you guys doing with your reading goals so far this year? Let me know in the comments!


#RockMyTBR September Update (2017)

Hi everyone! I’m so sorry this is so late, I’ve been really busy with essays and uni work and I haven’t had time to write reviews, I’ve only just caught up now! Anyway, it’s October, and I’m here with another #RockMyTBR update, if a little later than usual. For anyone who’s new here, I do one of these each month where I talk about how tackling my TBR is going. September wasn’t bad in terms of reading, I read 3 books and I’m still ahead on my Goodreads Challenge (just), so I’m quite happy with that. Here is what I read in September:

23174274Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard:

I read this one from 28th August-10th September. I wanted to like this one, I really did, but it was such a chore to get through! I had hoped that this series would get better, but Mare was completely intolerable in this one, the story lagged, the plot was basically non-existent, I wasn’t keen on the writing and it just generally wasn’t a very fun experience to read. Here is my review of it:


35005611Charlotte Says by Alex Bell:

This was my Netgalley read for September, I read it from 18th August-30th September. This was a very creepy prequel to Frozen Charlotte and it was definitely unsettling to read at times, but I still enjoyed it. Here is my review of it:


25324111And I Darken by Kiersten White:

This was my #RockMyTBR book for September and I read it from 12th September-8th October. I really wanted to enjoy this one more than I did, I loved Lada, but the plot and other characters didn’t really work for me. It was a very dense read and took me way longer than it should have to get through. Here is my review of it:


That’s what I read in September, this is what I’m planning to read in what’s left of this month:

The Girl From Everywhere-Heidi Heilig-This is my #RockMyTBR book for this month, I’m around halfway through it at the moment and I’m really enjoying it.

House of Ash-This is my Netgalley read for this month, I thought it would be a good one for October as it sounds suitably creepy.

Scythe-Neal Shusterman-I’ve been wanting to read this one for ages but haven’t got around to it, so I thought this time of year would be the perfect chance!

Tower of Dawn-Sarah J Maas-I know I said I would read this last month, but I just haven’t had time! I will hopefully start this when I’m at home for reading week!

I’m 2 books ahead of my Goodreads challenge right now, which is still good, though I was further ahead before I got back to Uni! How are you guys doing with your reading goals so far this year? What have you been reading lately? Let me know in the comments!