• A slightly different photo for my @fairyloot unboxing but I just loved this shot🙊
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As I mentioned there’s a full unboxing of the May Unlikely Romances box up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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All the creators and artists have also been tagged in this photo📸
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I finished My Dark Vanessa too last night oh my god what a book. I loved it. •
Today I’m starting Great Expectations and going to try to get through some of that before I spend the evening with my favourite watching Netflix 💕
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  • I left a piece of my heart in Brighton😍
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And Little Hampton, Arundel and we already knew we loved Bristol.
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There’s a rather long post up about the little road trip around the South @sam_g_oldham and I did at the end of May💕
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So many wonderful places, great memories and lovely photos.
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  • Today I spent far too much money on things for upcoming holidays😂
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I’ve lost count of the amount of linen midi dresses I now own🙈
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The rest of the night is being spent in joggers having laptop time. I desperately need to catch up on my reviews!
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Speaking of there’s a review of Song of Sorrow by @melindasalisbury on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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Also anyone else struggling with hay fever super bad atm?🤧
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  • Throwback to this brilliant event at Manchester Deansgate Waterstones.
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My interview with @stdennard has just gone up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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It was an honour and a joy to interview Sooz. I’ve loved her books for years 😍
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📸: @coffeeeyesandblankstares
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  • A night of relaxation is just what I need👏🏻
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Then tomorrow we’re watching The Act. I’ve been wanting to see it since I saw the first trailer. Based on the true case of Gypsy Rose Blanchard.
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I definitely think I’ll be using one of these masks tonight. There’s a little post about them up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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  • Small self appreciation post because yes, I made this cheesecake.
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And yes it was glorious😍
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And yes I managed to use every bowl in the house making it....a talent someone else I know has 🙊💕
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  • I would much rather be getting ready for another lovely meal out with my favourite💕
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Instead I have a night of life admin and tidying oh joy😂
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I have however started Once & Future by Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta and oh my god it’s amazing.
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There’s a little post up The Royal Oak restaurant and the last time Sam and my family went💕
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  • I have spent all day behind my laptop catching up and getting ahead on all the things I’ve needed to post!
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Then tonight I get to have a Netflix night with my favourite person💕
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Speaking of posting I’ve got a little one up about my new favourite Tapas place - @elgatonegrotapas
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I’m still dreaming about their Jamon Croqettas🤤
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  • We found the most amazing graffiti in Bristol, this was definitely my favourite😍
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Its a lovely little place with a load of great bars and restaurants. This time we also found a food festival and spent a while sat on the edge of the river bank with a cocktail💕
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Highly recommend!
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Wish I was there now though the lie in I had this morning was pretty amazing😂
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  • I’m just over 150 pages into The Star-Touched Queen and what an amazing book😍
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I read some wonderful things in May and a full wrap up of my reading is now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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Now back to my book and snuggling under my blanket👏🏻
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  • Wish I was still in London getting ready to go watch Hamilton 😭
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At least I get to go back there with my favourite person soon💕
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Recommendations for places to eat and things to do more than welcome🙊
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Books Wrap Ups

January Wrap Up

February 11, 2019

I haven't read this much since January of last year...for obvious reasons. Namely, University. Considering I'm on a Literature degree I don't have all the much time for reading. Outside of the course that is. Once my exams finished and I had a few weeks reprieve before starting the new semester I threw myself into reading. It helped I had a few train journeys to do too. For the most part, I enjoyed what I'd read and found some new favourites.

Swastika Night by Katherine Burdekin

Swastika Night was one of the very few books on my course last year that I actually enjoyed. I was gripped by the story, partially for its topic matter. A very Atwood esque premise set in Nazi-occupied territory, but nearly seven hundred years into the future. It was intriguing, to say the least, and the characters were incredibly compelling. They had been raised in society to believe women were less than animals and treated them as such. However, the books ending provided hope, a possibility of change.

Rating: 4/5

I have a review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

4. The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge

**I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review and as part of the blog tour.**

I'm so so so happy I read this book. I liked the premise when I check out the synopsis but didn't anticipate that I'd love it. I curled up one night after an exam and decided to treat myself to a few hours reading. I lost the entire night to reading The Twisted Tree* and finished it. I couldn't get enough. I adored the use of Norse Myth and and the Scandinavian setting. I can't liken it to anything as I can't recall every having read anything similar.

Rating: 4.5/5

I have a review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

A Vindication on the Rights on Women by Mary Wollstonecraft

I'm a big fan of Mary Shelley, but I don't think Mary Wollstonecraft and I are going to get on. I read Vindication and my first thought it I like the majority of what you're saying...but there's only so many ways you can reorder a sentence to make it slightly different. The entire manifesto could've been condensed into maybe forty pages. Not nearly two hundred.

Rating: 2/5

I have a review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

1. 1984 by George Orwell

I'm still shocked by how much I enjoyed 1984. I thought it was going to take weeks for me to finish but I read it in around three days! I was completely captivated by the story and desperate to see how it ended. There were certain aspects that even now remain prevalent in our society. Before I knew it I was seventy pages into the book and craving more. Winston and Julia's story, their relationship. It's a story I don't think I'll be forgetting any time soon.

Rating: 5/5

I have a review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

If I should Die by Amy Plum

I read this for part of the Biannual Bibilothon, for the challenge to read a book that got you into reading. I thought I'd chosen a series I hadn't yet finished that got me into reading. Turns out I'd already read this book but I still loved the experience reading it again. It's like the book version of a hot chocolate so sweet and comforting. Despite the chaos and bloodshed!

Rating: 5/5

I have a review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Hotel Flamingo by Alex Milway

**I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review**
This was such a cute little story. I loved the illustrations and how each animal had a purpose in the Hotel. I reckon this is going to be the start of a brilliant series for young readers. The colour palette chosen was lovely too. I'm excited to see what happens with this series.

Rating: 4/5

I have a review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

1. Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

Another book I read for the Biannual Bibliothon, this time it was the group book. My god I adored this book. It was incredible from start to finish with incredible characters and even better lore! Mari is now one of my favourite characters, she had so much growth and went from strength to strength. It's a story about acceptance, family and power. I imagine this will be on my favourites of the year.

Rating: 5/5

I have a review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

Another one for the Biannual Bibliothon. This time a genre you're not a fan of in a format you love. My Friend Dahmer was exactly what I thought it was going to be, creepy and honest. It depicts Jeffrey Dahmer's apparent descent into a serial killer during his teen years from the perspective of a man that knew him at the time. It opens your eyes and similar to Gordon Burn's Somebody's Husband, Somebody's Son it humanises a serial killer. Takes away the otherness.

Rating: 4/5

I have a review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

A book I didn't know I needed until I read it. I've been a follower of Matt Haig's for a while and after hearing about how brilliant this was from friends and people online I decided to give it a go. It was incredible, raw and so very honest. I plan on reading everything Matt has ever and will ever produce.

Rating: 5/5

I have a review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

The Case Study of Vanitas V2

This series is quickly becoming one of my favourites. It's surprisingly glamorous considering its about bloodthirsty vampires going haywire. The characters are all so intriguing and frankly the most extra bunch of people I've ever read about. The artwork for this series is stunning too, it really suits the tone of the story.

Rating: 4/5

I have a review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Pretty Deadly V1

I was so excited about this series and honestly, it left me feeling a little disappointed. The art was incredible but the story felt very disjointed. There were aspects that I adored but for the most part, it just confused me.

Rating: 3.5/5

I have a review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Those are the books I read in January!

What have you been reading lately?

Thank you for reading,

Katie x

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