Top Ten Books I Loved When I First Started Blogging

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This post is making me feel incredibly nostalgic! Back in 2010, I read and loved so many books, many of which I would probably still enjoy. I kind of want to reread ALL THE BOOKS now.

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  1. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

This was my favourite book of 2010. I love time travel and parallel universe stuff, and Rich People Drama, and this book was the perfect mix of both. The Groundhog Day stuff was brilliant. I haven’t enjoyed a Lauren Oliver this much since. To make it even better, it was recently turned into a pretty decent movie.

  1. Choker by Elizabeth Woods

I fangirled about this book so much! It went entirely under the radar when it was released. I think I discovered it while watching someone’s In My Mailbox video, and I bought it because I was in the mood for a mystery book and I really liked the cover. Raeleen and I fangirled over this book so much. I read it a few times back in 2011, but I haven’t read it since. It might be time to change that!

  1. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

The Hex Hall trilogy was such a fun one. I’m not actually a huge fan of paranormal books any more, but I really enjoyed this trilogy back in the day. I probably liked it so much because of the boarding school setting, the humour, and, of course, THE SHIP. I shipped it hard.

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Monthly TBR: September 2017

#ARCAugust was a complete bust for me because life got in the way. I read one ARC and started one other. I’m a bit disappointed, but I had a fantastic time in August so I’m not going to complain too much. September is going to be a bit quieter, aside from packing everything I own into boxes, so I figure I can do an #ARCAutumn of my very own.

Aside from hopefully reading the ARCs that I listed in my August TBR post, I also want to get to a few other books.

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Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

This one is set in Carcassonne, which I wish I had known before I visited the town earlier this year because I’ve had this book for ages and I could have read it while I was there! But now that I’ve been to Carcassonne, I guess I’ll have context and I’ll be able to visualise everything while I’m reading.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Yeahhhh… I still haven’t read it.

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New Releases: September 2017

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Warcross by Marie Lu

This sounds a lot like all the other video game books that have been coming out in recent years, but I want to read it anyway because I do really like Lu’s writing.

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

I’ve read this already and it’s really good! It’s a classic slasher story set in a small town. Teenagers start getting picked off one by one for some unknown reason.

Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett

I think this is going to be an interesting fantasy adventure based on the reviews that I’ve seen.

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Monthly Wrap Up: August 2017


Me in August

I didn’t think my life could get any busier than it was in June and July, but apparently I was wrong! August was incredibly hectic, but despite that I came out of it really happy and quite relaxed.

I started off the month in Birmingham. Quill and I went for the weekend, and we spent some time walking around the city and seeing the turtles at the aquarium. We tried to find Tatum’s brother, who works there, but we were unsuccessful. We went out for dinner one evening and it was SO AMAZING to see her *cries* It was really brief though so I feel like I need to bully her into coming to see me soon.

I went to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child with three of my friends from work and I absolutely loved it! I went into it expecting nothing, but it was incredible. I was hooked from the beginning. The music was brilliant, the cast (mostly) was fantastic, and the story felt just like another Harry Potter story instead of the terrible fanfic that I was scared of. I want to go back and sit a bit further down next time so I can see all of the stage magic from another angle.

Work-wise, it was another month of training someone new and covering for someone else. It was busy and stressful, but it kept me from getting bored, I guess! 

Then, right at the end of the month, Quill and I went off to Somerset for a long weekend. It was one of the best holidays I have been on! I’m going to do a full recap of the trip at some point because I have so much to talk about. We spent a lot of time hiking and walking around Cheddar Gorge and the surrounding countryside, we went to Longleat Safari Park and saw tonnes of animals, we went caving, and I got really sunburnt. I got back feeling really relaxed and chill, so I think Somerset was possibly my best idea this year.

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon


When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya MenonWhen Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 30th May 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Bought
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: two-stars

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

I bought this book when it was on sale for 99p, and I have to admit it was mostly because of the ~drama~ surrounding it. As far as I can tell, someone wrote a negative review, people didn’t agree with it, and it all kicked off on Twitter. Obviously I had to make up my own mind because jumping into the chaos (which I haven’t actually done because who has time for Twitter drama any more?) so I bought the book. Continue reading