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Books On My TBR I’m Excited To Read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week’s topic is a freebie and I’m going with Books on my TBR I’m excited to read


Catharine Arnold – Necropolis: London and It’s Dead
Travis Baldree – Legends and Lattes
Jared Diamond – Guns, Germs & Steel
Mira Grant – Feed
Emily Henry – Book Lovers


Seanan McGuire – Rosemary and Rue
Julia Quinn – The Duke and I
Matt Ridley – Genome
Rosie Talbot – Sixteen Souls
Nancy Warren – Stitches and Witches

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New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2022

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week’s topic is ‘ New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2022

Taylor Jenkins Reid – The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo
I have now bought Malibu Rising and have checked Daisy Jones & The Six out of the library

Matt Haig – The Comfort Book, Notes on A Nervous Planet, Reasons To Stay Alive, How To Stop Time
I’ve preferred his non-fiction stuff so far, but I did buy Humans on Kindle for 99p, and The Midnight Library has been on my radar to read for a while

Sarah Penner – The Lost ApothecaryI am so excited for London Seance Society that I have pre-ordered it. I can’t remember the last time I pre-ordered a book. Possibly… Harry Potter

Sarah J Maas – A Court Of Thorns & Roses
I got the first couple out of the library but fell in love so much I ended up buying the whole series on Kindle. Haven’t actually finished them though, but they are in my goals for this year. 

Mira Grant – Parasite, Symbiont & Chimera
SO much love! Feed is on my Kindle waiting for me to read. I’ve also got Every Heart A Doorway and want to read more of her work too

Holly Black – Tithe, The Cruel Prince
Not quite as much love for Tithe, didn’t care to finish the series.  A fair amount for Cruel Prince. I’ll finish the series, not sure I will actively seek out any more of her books, but won’t turn them away if I come across them. 

Joanna Hickson – First OF the Tudors
How am I supposed to resist someone who writes Wars Of the Roses historical fiction? And I definitely want to check out more of her work

Nancy Warren – The Vampire Knitting Club
One of my favourite reads of the year, I have the next couple of books in this series on my Kindle, and the first books in a couple of others of her series as well!

Alexandria Bellefleur – Written In The Stars
OMG so much love, another contender for best book of the year. I had it out of the library, returned it then bought both books! 

V E Schwab – The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
I am on the wait-list at the library for Gallant and A Darker Shade of Magic, but they’re so popular right now. I’ll hopefully get to read another one at some point. 

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Most Anticipated Books Releasing in the First Half of 2023

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week’s topic is Most Anticipated Books Releasing in the First Half of 2023 and, I have to admit, I generally don’t pay much attention to what’s upcoming and genuinely have no idea what’s out there right now. So I took a look at the new releases on GoodReads and Waterstones and the following have all caught my attention and given me grabbyhands


Guy de la Bédoyère – Pharaohs of the Sun: How Egypt’s Despots and Dreamers Drove the Rise and Fall of Tutankhamun’s Dynasty
Alexandria Bellefleur – The Fiancée Farce
Kate Clayborn – Georgie, All Along
Talia Hibbert – Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute
Sarah Penner – The London Seance Society


Jennifer Saint – Atalanta
Benjamin Stevenson – Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone
Susan Stokes-Chapman – Pandora
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex – Spare
Alison Weir – The King’s Pleasure

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Favourite Books of 2022

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week’s topic is ‘Favorite Books of 2022‘ and I am super proud of myself for hitting my reading goal of 60 books. I’ve been struggling to hit 15 or so books lately, and back 5 years or so ago I could easily read 70,80 books. I’d been missing reading and made a conscious effort in 2022 to read more. I set my goal at 25, which I’d hit by Easter, upped it to 50 and then again to 60 and completely fell back in love with reading again.

And my favourite books of those are

Taylor Jenkins Reid – The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo
Matt Haig – The Comfort Book
Sarah Penner – The Lost Apothecary
Sarah J Maas – A Court of Thorns and Roses
Bill Bryson – The Body: A Guide for Occupants


Mira Grant – Parasite
Joanna Hickson – First Of The Tudors
Nancy Warren – The Vampire Knitting Club
Alexandria Bellefleur – Written In The Stars
V.E. Schwab – The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

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Stacking The Shelves #4

I am feeling so fucking proud of myself right now y’all. I did a whole bunch of HUGE things in the week. Admittedly, I’m still exhausted and hurting but like beaming with pride.

Wednesday, we drove back down to the retail park just outside of Exeter and went into Currys. Li had been stealing my Switch and she’d moved onto my island in Animal Crossing, but she really wanted her own Switch. Because I’m an amazing Llama, I said that as long as she can afford/transfer me the monthly payments, we’d get her one on my Curry’s credit account. We sensibly waited for the Boxing Day sale, and there was an amazing bundle with 3 games and a memory card but the check-out process was just Not Working. We spoke to various customer service people but couldn’t get it to work. So we toddled to an Actual Store. Fucking annoyingly, that bundle wasn’t on sale anymore, and it was back up to well over £400 which we couldn’t quite afford. But she did get a Switch, a memory card and Animal Crossing.

Thursday was the biggest day. So I’d pre-booked us a table at Yo! Sushi in Exeter for 2pm, and we’d decided we were going in on the train a few days ago because of the noise Eliot had been making. And we’d decided I was going to have a treat in Waterstones because I legit cannot remember the last time I went to an actual bookstore. Way before the pandemic. To say I had a bit of a shopping spree would be an understatement. I spent close to £200 on books. I bought SIXTEEN books – though one of them is a guided journal and one of them was a drawing book for Li. And without trying, I managed 7 fiction and 7 non-fiction!

My poor credit card is curled up in the corner crying. And I earned enough Waterstones points that I had £20 credit so I maaaaaay have just also ordered

I’d grabbed a Yo! Sushi gift card in their sale – it was 20% off and I’d already said to Li that there was no budget for sushi, we could eat as much as we want to. We both love the place, neither of us has been to one in like 5 or so years. I got a £100 gift card and… well let’s just say that we earned enough bonus points in that one trip that dessert was free! LMFAO We ate about £60 worth of sushi and I tried a whole bunch of new dishes – and only one of them I didn’t eat because it was a weird texture. We will definitely be going back again, and I want to go to the Exeter museum as well so I think we’re planning on pencilling that in before I head back home at the end of January.

And then, because that apparently wasn’t enough books or something, I’ve also been to the library and checked out:

Although, to be fair, these were all reserved before Christmas.

I’ve had a bloody brilliant week, even though I’m still hopped up on co-codamol and naproxen a couple of days later. But I have all the books to read, my reading journal for 2023 is set up, and I’m super excited!

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Yuletide Greetings

Happy Yule y’all, and blessings for the New Year. Or, as Li puts it – Merry Everything and a Happy Always 🙂

It’s our second Christmas together and we’re still figuring out what that looks like for us. We’ve both spent many years alone and had our own traditions, we’re still blending them and working it all out. And of course, with her dad still in the hospital, we’re now changing it up again tomorrow because we’re going to have her mum over.

But we’re going to be making beef in the slow cooker, potatoes roasted in bacon fat, honey-roasted parsnips, Yorkshire puddings, pigs in blankets, and probably carrots and peas. We have Christmas cake and Christmas pudding and mince pies… and more cheese and chocolate than you can shake a stick at. I have next week off work and I believe the plan is essentially chilling, studying, reading and gaming. A whole lot of relaxing after the stress of the last few weeks.

Tonight we’re doing the Icelandic thing – we’ve bought each other like giant hoodie robe things, they come down to the knee and they’re lovely and snuggly. Li’s has the Grinch, mine has sleeping pandas. We’re snuggled down on the couch, Li is currently partaking in Toy Day on Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Later, we’ll make ourselves large mugs of hot chocolate and settle down with books and/or gaming. Li bought me Love On The Brain and I bought her World Of Warcraft: Sylvanus

I also treated myself to Harvest Moon: Light Of Hope in the Nintendo festive sale. It was 70% off, what was I supposed to do? LOL

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WWW Wednesday – 21 December 2022

And here we are again, another WWW Wednesday

What are you currently reading?
And, for me, I’m not doing too badly:

Jaimie Admans – The Post Box at the North Pole
Sarah Addison Allen – The Lost Lake
Domino Finn – Dead Man
Joyce & River Higginbotham – Paganism: An Introduction to Earth-Centered Religions
Frederick Joseph – The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person
Lauren Juliff – How Not to Travel the World: Adventures of a Disaster-Prone Backpacker
C.S. Lewis – The Magician’s Nephew
QI Elves – Funny You Should Ask
Alison Weir – Richard III & The Princes In The Tower

What did you recently finish reading?

Christopher Dowrick & Susan Martin – Can I tell you about Depression?
Steve Haines – Anxiety Is Really Strange
Wendy Moore – Endell Street: The Trailblazing Women Who Ran World War One’s Most Remarkable Military Hospital

What do you think you’ll read next?
I’m currently working on finishing things and I think next up is likely to be:

Christie Barlow – Love Heart Lane
Sarah J Maas – A Court of Mist and Fury
Holly Martin – Spring at Blueberry Bay
Rainbow Rowell – Fangirl

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Rereading Before Reading a Sequel

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. Check out the hop here!

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book-related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to their own blogs.

The Question of the week is: Do you go back and reread the previous book before starting the sequel?

The answer is ‘sometimes’. I’ve done it before and I do generally enjoy doing it but whether I do or not depends on a number of factors:
How much of the previous book/s do I remember? Can I find a decent summary of the book online?
How long has it been since I read the series? How many books are there in the series?
Is it a direct continuation of the same story? Is it another story with the same characters? A different set of characters in the same fictional location?
How much do I currently have on my plate reading-wise?
Do I want to re-read the books?

For instance – I’ve got both Percy Jackson & The Last Olympian and NK Jemisin’s The Obelisk Gate on my TBR
I can remember what happened in the Percy Jackson series pretty well so I don’t feel the need to back and re-read anything or look up any of the previous plot points
The Fifth Season, however, I’m a little more fuzzy on the details and will probably have to at least look up a decent summary – then, depending on how well that jogs my memory, I’ll decide whether or not I have to re-read it.

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‘Books and ADHD and bears, oh my!’ (Spoilers: may not contain actual bears)

So… it’s been a few weeks since I last posted again, and I wanted to talk a little about why that is and how my ADHD affects my reading.

The biggest thing over the last month has been a shiny new hyperfixation. Hyperfixation, for anyone who doesn’t know, is a trait of ADHD that means intense focus on a particular thing for an extended period of time. After wanting one for a couple of years, I finally bought myself a Nintendo Switch in the pre-Black Friday sales. And promptly fell down the rabbit hole of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It is wonderful and I am in love. I have many many issues with Tom Nook – the fucking crook. I signed up for a deserted island, and found that 2 people were moving there with me, along with Timmy, Tommy and Nook himself. Then Blathers – admittedly, he’s wonderful – and his museum moved in. I’ve got my house and done the first two upgrades, currently working on paying off getting a second room. And somehow… somehow I’ve been conned into building a shop for Timmy & Tommy and now… Now I’m building THREE HOMES for more people to move to the island?! I didn’t get a fucking furnished house – no, I got a tent.
I LOVE THIS GAME.

Another way ADHD affects my reading is that – as you’ve probably noticed – I’m great at starting books. The finishing thing? Not so much. And once again, I hit the point where I had over 25 books in progress, all my library books were suddenly due back and I got really stressed out. Reading stopped being fun and I was really overwhelmed, and knowing that I wanted to be writing about the books I was reading made it feel like extra pressure to Do It Properly.
And when I feel like I have to do things properly, it makes it feel like I can’t start it because I don’t want to do it wrong and so there’s no point in doing it.
(Logically, I know there’s no way to ‘do’ my own blog ‘wrong’ – that’s just how the brain feels in these situations).

Added to that, I’ve started the second year of my degree and have been struggling a little bit. I’ve been finding it hard to get motivated to study, and had my confidence knocked by getting a low grade in my first assignment – caused by misunderstanding the question. Being a distance-learning degree, there’s a lot of reading, the more I struggle with this the more difficulty I have reading for pleasure because that voice in the back of my brain yells at me every time I pick up a book that isn’t for school that I should be studying.

I have started reading again in the last week or so, I picked 4 or 5 of the books I was reading and tried to focus on those and have actually nearly finished a couple of them. Woohoo.

But the combination of all of these things, I haven’t been able to figure out how to come back to blogging. And the longer it’s gone on, the harder it’s become to open up that new blog post window and start typing. It ended up becoming this big thing in my head that I didn’t know how to breach.

Obviously, writing this post, I DO want to come back and start blogging about books again. And that’s the thing. I want to blog about books and reading, rather than writing a ‘traditional’ book review blog. I love sharing my love for the books I’m reading and geeking out about them, and enthusing about books. I’m definitely learning I don’t enjoy writing ‘proper’ book reviews, but I do enjoy my paragraph long drive-by reviews. I love doing the weekly link-ups, they’re probably my favourite thing. I just need to figure out how I’m going to make this work for me – because I really do want to find my rhythm, because I really really enjoy being here.

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Books On My Fall 2022 To-Read List

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week’s topic is ‘Books On My Fall 2022 To-Read List

I’m not going to lie, part of me wants to find a nice Spooktober bingo card or 30 days prompt challenge and read a whole bunch of horror – I haven’t read enough horror lately and I miss it! As a teen llama, I was ALL I read.

However. I have once again hit that point where I’m currently reading 26 books. So I think I need to do something about that and actually, start finishing things before I pick something new up. And so, with that in mind, my Fall 2022 list is to finish reading:

Marian Keyes – Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married – currently at 78%
Rainbow Rowell – Fangirl – currently at 73%
Sarah J Maas – A Court Of Mist and Fury – currently at 67%
Mira Grant – Chimera – currently at 57%
Holly Black – The Cruel Prince – currently at 54%


Nicholas Cook – Music: A Very Short Introduction – currently at 48%
Stephen Law – Philosophy – currently at 46%
Peter Ackroyd – The History Of England: Foundation – currently at 45%
Mary Beard – Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town – currently at 45%
Paul Cartledge – Ancient Greece: A Very Short Introduction – currently at

Wish me luck?

(Also, if you click the images of the covers, it should now take you to the goodreads page about the book as well)