WWW Wednesday: 30th January

WWW Wednesday: 30th January

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted Taking on a World of Words that I thought would be fun to get involved with. It involves answering three WWW questions about reading.

My first WWW Wednesday of 2019 is here! I’ve been having a fairly decent month of reading so far but I’m a little worried that my streak is going to run out soon. I had a fairly bad second half of the year in regards to my reading so I’m really hoping I can avoid slumps this year. I’ve definitely had enough of them!

What are you currently reading?

I’ve finally made a start on The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. I was super lucky to be sent a copy of this book, thanks to Bloomsbury. I still can’t quite believe I was sent it, if I’m honest. It’s quite a large book, but thanks to there being several sections, I’ve tabbed them all to make Priory look more manageable! It definitely doesn’t look as intimidating once all the sections are separated!

What did you recently finish reading?

Since I last did a WWW Wednesday, I’ve finished quite a few books. I’ll only mention my most recent finished book though and that is Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus. It’s a sequel-not-sequel following her popular debut, One of Us is Lying.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I think this is the first WWW Wednesday in ages I haven’t said Priory because I’m finally picking it up. Priory is a rather large book so I doubt I’ll have much to update you on next week, but I also don’t know what I want to read alongside it/after. I am thinking of reading Circle of Shadows whilst I read Priory though!

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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Title: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Author: Mackenzi Lee

Pages: 501

Publisher: Katherine Tiegen Books (Harper in UK)

Published: 2017

Source: Bought

Rating: ★★★★


Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.


A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue has been on my TBR list pretty much ever since its release into the wild (aka the book community). I’ve heard so many great things about this book and seen so much praise surrounding it since its release and so in September, I decided it was about time I picked it up.

Having been on a ‘tour’ of Europe myself in Summer 2017, I was quite excited to explore the topic of a European tour in a more historic setting. I was happy to see that a map had been included featuring the tour stops and felt that this was a good addition to the book.

The plot was an interesting one. I can easily see how people who have read this previously have got caught up in it. The Gentleman’s Guide follows Monty, Percy and Felicity as the take a tour through Europe that goes a liiiiittle bit wrong, thanks to Monty!

Henry ‘Monty’ Montague is our main character and at first, I found myself getting a little frustrated with him even though I did find him to be quite funny. I found myself getting frustrated with him because I felt that he thought about himself a lot and didn’t consider others at times. I think that this changed throughout the book and we saw some good character development with him. I could sympathise with his want to be young and to his true self without his family’s reputation hanging over his head constantly.

Percy is Monty’s best friend who goes on the tour as Monty’s companion. They have a close relationship which is demonstrated throughout the book. Percy’s character is a likeable one that I enjoyed reading about.

Felicity was a good side character with some witty remarks and with a skill for medicine. I liked Felicity’s character in this one and look forward to hearing her story in the sequel, The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy.

I thought that the ending of The Gentleman’s Guide was a good close to the book and was quite satisfying.

Although it took me a while to read this book ( I think it was something like 1-2 months), that doesn’t reflect how I felt about this book as I did enjoy it and thought it was a good historical read. It had a good combination of some humour but also some seriousness in it.

I’m glad that I’ve finally read The Gentleman’s Guide even if it did take me a while to get to it. I’m looking forward to reading The Lady’s Guide soon, although I have seen some not so good feedback which is sad seeing as so many people enjoyed The Gentleman’s Guide!

If you’re looking for a diverse, historical read, I would definitely recommend this one!

Blogmas 2018: Bookish Goals for 2019

Blogmas 2018: Bookish Goals for 2019

Wow, it doesn’t seem that long since I wrote my Bookish Goals for 2018 post. What with us coming to the end of Blogmas, and the end of the year, I thought it best to present to you my goals for 2019.

2018 has been a fairly decent year for me. At the beginning of the year, I went to Iceland to celebrate 5 years with my boyfriend. I saw Taylor Swift and Ed Sheehan live. To be honest, I feel like I’ve mostly just cruised through the year. I’ve had some ups and downs at work and I’ve done the final level of my AAT qualification (hopefully I’ve finished it now) with some fails but other than that, I’ve not done anything life changing.

As you may have seen in my November wrap up post, or on my Twitter if you follow me, I lost my little Casper rabbit on the 18th November. It will be my first Christmas and New Year without him and I’m super sad I won’t be able to see him again or give him his Christmas treats. I live in comfort knowing that he was a happy bunny and that we gave him a decent life during his short time with us.

In terms of reading, I feel like I’ve disappointed myself this year. After reading 60 books last year, I really wanted to read 75 in 2018 but didn’t quite get to that…or anywhere near it.

  1. Read 30 books – In 2018, I set my goal at 40 books and that’s because I knew I’d be studying. I’m due to start another qualification in 2019 that is harder with more pressure so I’ve lowered my goal down to 30 for 2019.
  2. Continue to buy less books – This is something I really need to stick to in 2019. I want to start saving so that I can look to move out in the next few years, so buying less of everything, including books is definitely something I need to do!
  3. Finish series I’ve started – There are so many series that I’ve started that I want to finish. I think I might make duologies that I’ve started a priority as they’re quite quick to finish. But we shall see. I really would like to just marathon a series so that I can finish it, but depending on how long a series is, sometimes you need a break!
  4. Keep up with a reading journal – In 2017, I did a fairly decent job of keeping up with my own reading journal but this year, I have completely fizzled out. I want to start it up again so to motivate myself, I have bought a new notebook to start afresh and some new pens!
  5. Blog more consistently – Posting every day for Blogmas has been tiring and I’ve found coming up with ideas difficult at times but it’s really put into perspective for me how important posting consistently is if you want to grow your blog. Because of this, I want to blog more consistently and just plan my posts better in 2019.
  6. Get involved with the book blogging community more – I would love to increase my interaction with my followers and with bloggers that I follow. Comments are so nice to receive so I’d like to give some out.
  7. Reach 450 blog followers – In 2018, I managed to reach 300 blog followers which I was not expecting at all and it’s all thanks to you guys. In 2019, I would really love to continue to grow my blog and reach 450 followers!

Those are my goals! What goals do you guys have for 2019? I’d love to know what your resolutions are, whether they’re bookish or not!

Blogmas 2018: Five Disappointing Books of 2018

Blogmas 2018: Five Disappointing Books of 2018

I’ve not read many books in 2018, but I have still managed to pull together some books for this list. When looking through my list of books read this year, I realised that there haven’t been many that I really loved. I am wondering if this is due to the fact that I’ve had a fairly slumpy year, or if the fact that I’ve read quite a few disappointing reads is the reason that I’ve actually been in a slump! Hopefully 2019 will be a much better reading year!

These five books were all disappointing for varying reasons.

  1. The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill – I was expecting a gorgeous story from this one, but ended up being quite disappointed. It was a feminist retelling of The Little Mermaid which I was excited to read but it just felt like it lacked so much.
  2. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – We’d already met the main character of this story in Simon so I was expecting to end up liking Leah more after reading her story but I just didn’t find her to be that likeable still.
  3. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas – There is no link for a review for this one as I felt like it just wasn’t worth reviewing. I was excited for this book as it follows the events of A Court of Wings and Ruin but it seriously lacked any sort of storyline. It was more as a ‘Two months later’ kind of thing but it just didn’t add anything to the series.
  4. The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross – This was a big disappointment. Riding off the back of the hype of Beauty and the Beast last year, I think this book may have come out in the wrong year for starters. This book was a big disappointment and I just found it difficult to get through.
  5. Hamilton and Peggy! by L. M. Elliott – I was so excited to read this one as I went to see Hamilton in London this year, so I was really in a Hamilton mood, but this was just so boring. I was intrigued to see how the story of Hamilton and Peggy would be told as there’s not much written or explored regarding their relationship, but this just did not capture my attention at all.

What was the most disappointing book you read this year?

Blogmas 2018: End of Yearathon TBR

Blogmas 2018: End of Yearathon TBR

With just under a week to go until the start of End of Yearathon, I thought I’d tell you guys what’s on my list of books to read for the readathon!

End of Yearathon is new for this year and is starting on the 26th December and running until the 1st January 2019. It’s up to you when you start on the 26th December, it could be midnight or it could be when you wake up. This readathon is meant to be about getting in those last few books before the year is up but it’s also meant to be fun!

I’m super excited to be hosting my very first Readathon and am really hoping to read all of the books that are on my TBR.

For End of Yearathon, I’ve based my TBR around the challenges we’ve chosen. Here’s what I’m planning to read!

Read A Book Released In 2018

  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – I pre-ordered this book and yet I still haven’t read it. I definitely want to read it before 2018 is over, especially since I’m going to the Holly Black and Cassandra Clare signing in February 2019!

Read A Book With Christmas Colours On The Cover

  • Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James – This book has both gold and red on it, and if you look underneath the dust jacket, there’s even a little bit of green! This is a children’s book so it should be a relatively fast read…I hope!

Read A Book In A Series

  • I’m going with Victoria Schwab’s Vicious for this one because I know that I am getting this one for Christmas, but also because I know that it is a series I can finish off fairly quickly as it only has two books!

Read A Book With More Than 400 Pages

  • I received an ARC of Enchantee by Gita Release in the post this month and it’s a book I’m super excited for. I didn’t want to go for a book that completely oversteps 400 pages as I want to make sure I get through all of the books on my TBR, so this one is definitely a good pick.

Read A Book Released Before 2018

  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – This book now has two other books in the series and I am still yet to read it, as per usual. It’s on my Winter TBR so this is the perfect opportunity to read it as it’ll knock it off my Winter TBR and it’ll complete a readathon challenge!

BONUS BOOKS:

I received Saga Volume 2 & 3 for my birthday in July but haven’t read them yet. If I do get chance, I would like to re-read Volume 1 before reading both Volume 2 & 3.

So that’s my TBR for End of Yearathon! I hope plenty of you will be joining us for this – I’m excited but nervous to see how it will go! There will be reading sprints throughout the readathon, so make sure you follow both myself and Amanda on twitter for those!

Are you joining in on our readathon? What do you plan to read for it? Let me know below because I’d love to know what you guys are reading!

If you’re doing your own blog post on your TBR for End of Readathon, make sure you link me to it as I’d love to read it!

Blogmas 2018: WWW Wednesday 19th December

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted Taking on a World of Words that I thought would be fun to get involved with. It involves answering three WWW questions about reading.

What are you currently reading?

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I’m still reading this book but I am over half way through it now with the aim to have it finish by the end of this evening. I’m quite enjoying it and think I prefer it more to the Days of Blood and Starlight series.

What did you recently finish reading?

I haven’t finished a book since I finished The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue the other week but hopefully I’ll have finished Strange the Dreamer this evening!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I want to read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens on Christmas Eve which is next Tuesday so I will definitely be reading that this week. I’d also like to pick up The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I’ll be starting End of Yearathon on Boxing Day so I’ll mostly be gearing up for that over the next week and trying to read some of books from my December TBR.

That’s it for this week! Stay tuned for next week’s post which will be going up on Christmas Day! I wasn’t sure whether to post on Christmas Day but decided to go ahead and do it to keep up the consistency of Blogmas.

What are you guys reading? What have you recently finished?

 

Blogmas 2018: Five Favourite Books of the Year

Blogmas 2018: Five Favourite Books of the Year

Though I didn’t read as much in 2018 as I would have liked, there were a few favourite books of 2018 that I can pluck out of the 40ish that I’ve read so far..I mean, we still have 2 weeks left of the year so that’s plenty of reading time!

Here’s my Five Favourite books of 2018:

  1. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – I whizzed through this one when I read it and just loved it. I still need to watch the movie but I really loved the book, so hope my love for the movie is the same!
  2. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – This was such an interesting fantasy and I really enjoyed reading this one. It was fast paced and a page turner. I met Tomi at YALC this year and she’s super lovely!
  3. Legendary by Stephanie Garber – I loved the first book and the second was no different. I now can’t wait for the third and final book, Finale.
  4. Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco – My love for these books knows no bounds. I enjoyed the new setting and thought it was so unique!
  5. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee – Although this one took me a while to get through, I did enjoy being with the characters and thought that the plot was good.

What are your favourite books of 2018?