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2014 review

2014 has been a funny year for me on the blog. I have really taken my foot off the pedal because work has been crazy this year. That said I've read some awesome books over the course of the year and being on top of my TBR pile has given me the chance to read more of what I have wanted and reread some books I loved ages ago and haven't had the chance to go back to before this year.

As always thank you to all the wonderful publicists who continue to send me all the books, all the authors who indulge my fangirling and all my lovely bookish friends old and new I have made since I started my blog.

Total books read in 2014: 220
British Books Challenge final total: 117
5 Star Reads: 22 (see details of those books here)
Book of the year:  Trouble by Non Pratt


December 2014

December is always fabulous to me reading wise. Time off from school and two weeks where I do nothing but read and watch tv is pure bliss. Here's what I read this month

Books Read
194) Vendetta by Catherine Doyle
195) I'll give you the sun by Jandy Nelson
196) The Year of the Rat by Clare Furniss (British Books Challenge)
197) The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
198) Juvie by Steve Watkins
199) The door that led to where by Sally Gardner (British Books Challenge)
200) Jessica's Ghost by Andrew Norriss (British Books Challenge)
201) Environment's envisioned by Jody Revenson (Harry Potter Page to Screen collector's edition)
202) The Creature Shop Compendium by Jody Revenson (Harry Potter Page to Screen collector's edition)
203) Wizard Wear and Muggle Attire by Jody Revenson (Harry Potter Page to Screen collector's edition)
204) Dr Horrible's sing along blog the book
205) Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
206) A guide to the graphic arts department…

Books I can't wait to read: 2015 is almost here edition

This month I'm going to do something slightly different with my Can't wait to read post. I've covered some of these books before but I wanted to put into one place all the books I am dying to get my hands on in 2015 and ones I think you should be getting excited for too.


January releases

There will be lies by Nick Lake






In four hours, Shelby Jane Cooper will be struck by a car. Shortly after, she and her mother will leave the hospital and set out on a winding journey toward the Grand Canyon. All Shelby knows is that they’re running from dangers only her mother understands. And the further they travel, the more Shelby questions everything about her past—and her current reality. Forced to take advantage of the kindness of unsuspecting travelers, Shelby grapples with what’s real, what isn’t, and who she can trust . . . if anybody.

Should I admit I've never read a Nick Lake? Definitely something that is going to change soon and this looks like the place to start.

Arsenic fo…

5 Star reads of 2014

Over the course of the last year I have read some amazing books which I have rated 5 stars

This little post is here just to highlight those books I adored, can't wait to reread and would recommend to any and everyone to buy and read themselves.

Read in January

The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson

Why I loved it:
It is a spin off from Paige's Johnny Be Good series which I adored and just an awesome read in its own right. Just fab.

Read in February

The Worst Girlfriend in the World by Sarra Manning


Why I loved it:
I adore Sarra Manning. I adore her books. This one was just as awesome as her previous.

Girl with a white dog by Anne Booth


Why I loved it:
It is so inclusive and had such a diverse range of characters who were so well done. I loved the moral of the story and how it was done and just want to buy it for everyone.

Hi so much by Laura Dockrill


 Why I loved it:
More Darcy being wonderful. I love this series entirely.

The Bubble Wrap Boy by Phil Earle

Why I loved it:
The m…

SeaRISE Blog Tour: Time Travel

November review

November what did you do to me??

This month has been pitiful from a reading point of view. I'm really not finding anything at the moment to sink my teeth into and get excited about reading. I actually worked out I haven't read a five star book since April which is really sad. So here is my tiny little reading list for this month

Books Read
188) Captive by AJ Grainger (British Books Challenge)
189) It's not me, it's you (British Books Challenge)
190) All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
191) The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
192) Serenity Leaves on the wind by Zack Whedon
193) Gone to Soldiers by Marge Piercey

I'm dying to read some new UKYA. My wishlist is primed and I'm hoping rather desparately that some of them start arriving at my door sooner rather than later.

Book of the month

I had two

YA wise it had to be AJ Grainger's Captive. If you like Sophie McKenzie you'll love it


Adult wise it was Mhairi  McFarlane because it was really s…

The Art of being normal Blog Tour: Guest post from author Lisa Williamson

Book Tag: Reader Problems

So I was tagged by one of my Bookish besties Sarah from Feeling Fictional to take part in this Reader Problems book tag and I couldn't resist joining her. If you want to read Sarah's answers you can find them HERE and mine are below.

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

I have a confession. My book TBR pile is actually quite small. I blame a broken leg, 4 months off work and a lot of alone time that came with the first two things ...



Either way I decide on what to read next at the moment completely by mood and what I feel like reading next. I tend to be caught up enough on my review copies that I don't need to worry about when I get to them because it is usually in time. I keep a pile next to my bed of unread books and take my pick from there.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

I am the queen of giving up on books. I can give up on something after a chapter if…

Books I can't wait to read

Another month and another pile of books I can't wait to get my hands on

Read me like a book by Liz Kessler



Ashleigh Walker is in love. You know the feeling - that intense, heart-racing, all-consuming emotion that can only come with first love. It's enough to stop her worrying about bad grades at college. Enough to distract her from her parents' marriage troubles. There's just one thing bothering her . . .

Shouldn't it be her boyfriend, Dylan, who makes her feel this way - not Miss Murray, her English teacher?


I have had this on my wishlist for a long while and I was excited to see the cover go up online earlier this month. It just sounds like it is going to be awesome.

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen







Peyton, Sydney's charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion's share of their parents' attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton's increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conv…