I Need to Stop – The Book Buying Ban

I Need to Stop – The Book Buying Ban

It wasn’t that long ago that I announced I had a new way to limit my book buying but still allowing me to buy books. And it’s not working. I’m still just buying books whenever. I said I could buy two books last Monday through my chart. I bought five. The next day I bought another two. Yesterday I bought another two on top of that. I also have preorders and had a book box coming in today on top of that.

And it’s too much.

I’m supposed to be getting my TBR down. While I have started to pick up and actually read my e-books to get my digital TBR down… the physical TBR just keeps growing. And it’s a problem. I seriously need to stop buying books, at least for a little while. So this is me saying that from now – 15th June as I write this – I am on a ban.

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Book Review: He’s Cancelled by Sophie Ranald

Book Review: He’s Cancelled by Sophie Ranald

Don’t you love when a new book by one of your favourite authors comes out? He’s Cancelled is the latest book by Sophie Ranald, who is a recent favourite author of mine. I’ve read two of her books through NetGalley – you can find my review of Thank You, Next here – and since the last one, I’ve basically gone back and read all the connected books to those first two. Sophie Ranald always writes such fun books that also tend to contain at least a little emotional turmoil.

He’s Cancelled is connected to Just Saying and Thank You, Next. This book follows Natalie, a physiotherapist who has been dating shop owner Archie for a while. Yeah, that Archie and Natalie for those of you who’ve read Just Saying. The past is in the past, and in this book, Archie proposes to Natalie. Obviously, things are smooth sailing from there, right? Nope. Natalie is stressing out like hell over the wedding, over family stuff, and the fact her future Mother-in-Law and Sister-in-Law seem to be trying to take over the wedding. She doesn’t know what to do, and you know that’s going to impact her life.

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Book Review: Witchshadow by Susan Dennard

Book Review: Witchshadow by Susan Dennard

Oh man, you guys do not know how HYPED I was when I received my copy of this in the post. Thanks so much to Jamie-Lee Nardone at Black Crow PR for my copy. I feel so lucky. I’ve been reading the Witchlands books for a few years, and I’d been eagerly awaiting this one. The last book – Bloodwitch – was one I actually managed to get an e-arc of on Netgalley. You can actually find a short review of it here. I read that back at the end of 2018, and after that ending, I’ve been desperately awaiting the next instalment. And it’s coming out this month now?!!! You all cannot wait, trust me.

Witchshadow is the fourth, and I believe penultimate, book in the Witchlands series. This is supposed to be Iseult’s book, and as such, it mostly follows her story. After having been reunited with Safi, they quickly have to part as Iseult tries to find a way to save them and learn about her magic. She plans to return, but the journey is hard, and as figures of legend reawaken across the Witchlands… Safi, Iseult and the world may be in more danger than they realised.

Before I dive properly into this review, I’m just going to warn for spoilers. I’ll try not to give any for this book, but if you haven’t read the previous books in this series, including the novella, this may not be the review for you.

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Mid-Year Reading Wrap-Up

Mid-Year Reading Wrap-Up

I know it wasn’t long ago that I wrote a post celebrating a year of being focused on my blog, but we’re in June now. That’s the sixth month and means that it’s about time that I do my mid-year wrap-up.

It’s the first time I’ve really done something like this. It’s the first year I’ve really been able to. I decided to keep a reading journal this year as well as filling in a rather detailed spreadsheet. So I actually have a proper idea of how my reading is going. A shocker, I know.

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Mini TBR – June 2021

Mini TBR – June 2021

After a terrible reading month, personally last month, I plan to make this month a lot better. It is also Pride month – celebrate! – but you won’t find any queer books on this list. Why? Because I’m a servant to my TBR jar, and only one of the books on my current TBR pile is queer. I’ll probably try to listen to at least one queer audiobook, but I don’t know what one yet.

I’m generally reading queer books all year round, so I’m not that bothered.

This TBR post may be a little different. I’m only going to focus on the details of the books from my unread TBR that I want to read. I’ll be listing a few other books. But as I’m trying to focus on getting through my owned books, I’m trying it this way this month.

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Mini TBR – May 2021

Mini TBR – May 2021

I can’t believe we’re already into May! If this were a safer year where things were open, I’d probably be hoping to go to the London MCM Comic Con, whatever it’s called. I miss being able to go look at artists stalls and go buy all the anime and game merch, sigh. But that does mean that I should have plenty of time to read!

That aside, I will be once again trying to keep this mini TBR, well, mini. Just so it isn’t hellishly difficult to write. I’ve got five books to go through with you all this month, so let’s get started!

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Anticipated Releases: May 2021

Anticipated Releases: May 2021

Honestly, I do mean to do these every month. But at the moment, it’s starting to seem like I’m doing them once every couple of months. It’s mostly because they can be a lot of work. I’m only going to list three books this time. I won’t be including any sequels. These are all first books or standalones. As usual, I’ll also list a few other books I’m interested in at the end, including sequels, that I don’t want to get more into.

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New Blogger? Where You Can Find ARCs

New Blogger? Where You Can Find ARCs

Whether you’ve been blogging for a few days, a few weeks or even a few months. Chances are that you’re still looking for ways to find more ARCs, whether they’re physical proofs or e-arcs. The way I’ve been finding them has changed since I first started blogging. And though I can’t exactly help with what you should write in an email to ask for proofs, I’m still struggling with that myself. But there are plenty of places that you can look for arcs.

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Blog Tour: Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

Blog Tour: Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

Would you believe that this is the first Becky Albertelli that I’ve read? As someone who reads a lot of queer YA, I’ve still not picked up any of her books before this. But this book sounded like so much fun that I grabbed at the chance to be on the blog tour, so I could read this book.

And I actually really enjoyed it. This book took me no time at all to get through, and it was actually more friendship focused than I expected. I really loved that. So if you’re on the lookout for more YA contemporary with more of a focus on friendship? This could definitely be the book for you.

This story follows Kate, a junior in high school and her best friend, Anderson. The two of them are described by other friends as being too codependent. To the point where they actually have communal crushes. You heard that right. They like crushing on the same guy. But these guys are usually guys that aren’t really involved in their lives. Until their latest crush, Matt joins their school and the school musical. Suddenly Kate is beginning to realise that liking the same guy as her best friend isn’t all that fun, even as other aspects of her life seem to be changing for the better.

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