Saturday, 22 August 2020

young adult book wish-list | 2020

I blame tik tok and good reads for me being poor now, well also COVID for taking my job but anyway...

During this pandemic, reading has been something I have found a new love for again alongside a new obsession with Greys Anatomy. The majority of the time you will now either find me watching Greys or reading a book - which is currently Midnight Sun! 

During lockdown I joined a book club via GoodReads called 'page-turners' created by the lovely Leah Turner on youtube and it has helped me branch out the type of books I have been reading, however, the genre young adult will always be my go too and favourite. So with that in mind, I thought I would share some of the books and series' that I want to read next, this year or just eventually. 


A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson - definitely my type of book! and there is now a sequel so even better!! 

The Selection series by Kiera Cass - a little different to my usual read, I saw it on tik tok and after reading the blurb thought it looked super interesting! 

A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Mass - I have heard so so many good things about this series and I think it will be the first book series I buy when I get my student loan in October. 

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Mass - Book tik tok talks so highly of Sarah and when I read an author I usually try to read their other books, so of course I'll have to give this one a go! 

Six of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo - Again book tik tok talks highly of this one and the following 2 books. 

The Merciful Crow series by Margaret Owen 

The Folk of the Air series by Holly Black 

After series by Anna Todd - I was an og wattpad user back in 2014 but never read this when it was a Harry Styles fanfiction - I was more on the Vamps side of wattpad instead of One Direction. However, the first film was my favourite and my friend said I NEED to read the books and another said I can borrow her kindle to read them, so I will do at some point soon! 

They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman - a new young adult book by an author who hasn't published before looks very interesting and like my type of book so hopefully will be good!

The Host by Stephenie Myers - I watched the film for the first time and thought 'why I have I never read this book?'. also hoping by the time I read it maybe Stephenie will actually write the 2nd and 3rd book instead of just announcing the titles of them! 

If you want to buy any of these books I would recommend purchasing from anywhere but amazon really and if you do maybe try and get it used because it can be cheaper and in great condition. Some examples inc: Book DepositoryWHSmith, eBay or a charity shop for second hand) and Warterstones - if you are a student like me then we also get student discount here! 

Saturday, 30 May 2020

books i've read in lockdown

Since lockdown started I have been doing so many things to try and make me feel normal. I downloaded tik tok and became addicted to that... I bought Disney+ and have watched a lot of tv shows on that and on Netflix, quite often whilst colouring - which is a lovely combo I must say. I also completed my 2nd year of University (online), which was a little stressful and weird however ended nicely. Finally, I started reading a lot more than I used to. 

Normally I am the type of person to read when I go on holiday, but this lockdown has turned me into an avid reader. I seem to spend more time on Goodreads than I do on any other social media app. 

4/5 Stars ★★★★☆

I was so excited to read this after reading Karen's first book (One of us is lying) in 2018, and the reviews were mixed however, I absolutely loved this! In the beginning, I always find it difficult to remember who all the characters are, especially when each chapter is in the perspective of different characters. After a couple, you get the hang on it and grow to love it. Was shocked by the ending and did not see it coming, but once I knew I was like "ohhhhh"... when it all suddenly makes sense!! 

I have recommended this book to all my friend and gave my copy to one of them - dropped it off at her doorstep and waved from 2m aways about a month ago. 

5/5 ★★★★★

The sequel to one of my favourite books. I wasn't 100% sure what to expect and wasn't sure anything could top the first but this did. I loved seeing what had happened to the characters since the last one and how they had grown - I want to say I almost missed them. Again, I love how each chapter is in the perspective of a different character. Yet again the ending was brilliant and had a totally unexpected twist. I almost feel like there could be another book but not 100% sure... who knows. 

4/5 Stars ★★★★☆

The first book in the series. I stupidly watched the film first, which is very unlike me. However, I have to say I loved the book so much more than the film. It is the perfect start to the series, allowed me to fall in love with the characters. Lara Jean and Peter are truly my favourites.

4/5 Stars ★★★★☆

Some people say this book is 'unnecessary', however, I loved it. It showed me that no one is perfect, especially when you are in High School. The differences between the book and the film almost made me laugh, and wonder why the chose to change such key things. However, my favourite was the fact John was blonde... 

5/5 Stars ★★★★

For me, this was the perfect ending to this series. It made me cry at times and was great to see Lara Jean grow as a person, alone and with Peter. I honestly do not know what else to say about apart from that I am SO excited to see what Netflix decide to do for the final film. 

Currently Reading

I have actually borrowed this book from my friend, and she came and dropped it off for me at my doorstep. I am not very far into this book, so not a lot I can say. But so far so good - I am enjoying it. 

I am thoroughly enjoying reading, especially sitting outside in my garden in the sunshine - making the most of the weather. I have also added it into both my morning and night routine - reading when I wake up and just before I go to bed.

I have a nice long list of the books I want to read on my GoodReads app and created an amazon 'shopping-list' of all of them. - Lockdown has not changed me that much though as I am still watching tv shows and have a good list of shows to keep me going too, as well as films too. 

If you want to follow me on GoodReads, I have linked my 'to-read' book list bellow. 

Monday, 3 February 2020

photo diary | jonas brothers, birmingham

The day I have been waiting for since 2007 has finally come. I saw the Jonas Brothers, live, in concert, in the UK. I remember when they announced they were coming back because I had joked on Facebook when they changed their photos to classic 'black' images.  I said 'reunion tour' and boy was I right. Not only a tour but a bloody massive one with LOTS of new songs. Truly a happy girl.

My friend and I had the best night and oh my god it was definitely the best £60 I have ever spent. We had a great view from Block 1 and there were 3 seats next to us that were empty so we had loads of space!


Only Human
That's Just The Way We Roll
Fly With Me
What a Man Gotta Do
Used To Be
Jealous (Nick & Joe)
Cake By The Ocean (Nick & Joe)

Come Back
When You Look Me In The Eyes
I Believe
(Mash-Up) Mandy/Paranoid/Got Me Going Crazy/Play My Music (Camp Rock)
Hold On/World War III/Tonight
Year 3000

Burnin' Up