WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. Everyone can participate in answering the three questions below and posting a link on Sam’s website or just answer the questions on her post, if you don’t have a blog.

the three questions are:

1.) What are you currently reading?
2.) What did you recently finish reading?
3.) What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m excited to share updates with you guys about my reading rather than just seeing it on Goodreads!


1. WHAT I’M CURRENTLY READING

Only On the Weekends

thoughts: I am reading this right now and absolutely loving it. Dean Atta has such a gorgeous, lyrical voice and in this he’s crafting a gorgeous romance – halfway through and adoring it. Mack is a great, great main character!


2. WHAT I RECENTLY FINISHED

Disorientation

thoughts: This was definitely one of my biggest surprises of the year. I went into this blind (had to read it to judge for a prize in work) and I ended up absolutely loving it. Satirical, wacky, hilarious and such an inventive story! I was completely hooked from the first page.


3. WHAT I’M GOING TO READ NEXT

Family of Liars


What about you guys? Let me know what you’ve been reading lately and what you’ve been loving in the comments below!

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#LGBTQMonth 2022: Announcement!

Hi everyone!

The title is a dead giveaway to what this post contains, but I can’t contain my excitement any longer…LGBTQMonth is BACK, and for its fourth year too! I feel like such a proud parent!

As usual for the month of June, I will be hosting a readathon combined of my favourite things: all things books and all things queer! I will be running an exciting challenge where you can take part on Insta, or Twitter or wherever you see fit! Each day there will be a new prompt that you have to find a book to match – more info down below! And of course, there will be plenty of author interviews to keep the celebrations alive all month long!

I will be posting a full schedule towards the end of the month, but for now I wanted to share with you all the prompts for the readathon, which will be taking place from June 1st – 30th! As always, you are welcome to double or even triple up on prompts if you hope to read less books, but here are the prompts!


The Readathon Prompts

Here are the prompts for the readathon! Later in the month I’ll be sharing a post with my TBR this, and I hope you will all share yours with me if you’re taking part!

A Book with Trans/Non-Binary Rep

Choose a book that has trans/non-binary representation, either from the author themselves or the main character!

A Book with Orange on the Cover

Choose a book that has the colour orange on the cover!

A Book Recommended by a Friend

Choose a book that has been recommended to you by a friend, a parent, a colleague, a bookseller…anyone!

A Fantasy Book

Choose a book in the fantasy genre!

Free Choice

You can choose whatever book you like, as long as it’s LGBTQ!

A Book Set in Ireland

Choose a book that takes place in Ireland!

A Book Published in 2022

Choose a book that was published so far this year!

A Book Adapted Into a Film/TV Show

Choose a book that has been adapted into a film or a TV show or a musical, etc!

An Author You’ve Never Read Before

Choose a book from an author that you have never read before!


#LGBTQMonth22 Challenge

I’m so excited for this challenge! Over the course of June, both on my Instagram and Twitter, I will be sharing a book per day to match each prompt for the challenge, and I hope to see you guys taking part too! Share with all your friends and let’s get ready for a month of LGBTQ bookish goodness!


That’s all for now, guys, and I’d love to know if you plan on taking part in #LGBTQMonth22! Comment below or tweet using the hashtag if you’ve already decided on a TBR!

I’ll have more information closer to the time, but for now, June is looking to be an exciting month ahead!

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WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. Everyone can participate in answering the three questions below and posting a link on Sam’s website or just answer the questions on her post, if you don’t have a blog.

the three questions are:

1.) What are you currently reading?
2.) What did you recently finish reading?
3.) What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m excited to share updates with you guys about my reading rather than just seeing it on Goodreads!


1. WHAT I’M CURRENTLY READING

My Year of Rest and Relaxation

thoughts: Riiiight… so I’m halfway into this and I’m a bit surprised at just how meh I’m finding this? It’s got such a great premise and I really expected to love it immediately. It’s not that I don’t think it’s good, it definitely is and has some very interesting characters – but I think I’m still waiting for that ‘wow’ factor, you know?


2. WHAT I RECENTLY FINISHED

Everything I Know About Love

thoughts: Oh, I loved this. I absolutely loved this. It just felt like a massive hug and I feel like it’s a book that everyone should read immediately. It is also really funny – Dolly Alderton has some amazing anecdotes.


3. WHAT I’M GOING TO READ NEXT

Disorientation


What about you guys? Let me know what you’ve been reading lately and what you’ve been loving in the comments below!

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WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. Everyone can participate in answering the three questions below and posting a link on Sam’s website or just answer the questions on her post, if you don’t have a blog.

the three questions are:

1.) What are you currently reading?
2.) What did you recently finish reading?
3.) What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m excited to share updates with you guys about my reading rather than just seeing it on Goodreads!


1. WHAT I’M CURRENTLY READING

Trespasses

thoughts: I haven’t got much to say about this yet, to be honest. I’m only a few pages in and going in pretty blind – but it’s been on the lips of so many people so I’m looking forwards to seeing what I think about it. Set during the Troubles in Ireland, which is enough to intrigue me!


2. WHAT I RECENTLY FINISHED

The Yellow Kitchen

thoughts: This was one of those books that didn’t blow me away, but it also definitely wasn’t a bad book. I did enjoy most of it, I thought the characters were all complex and interesting, but I did sort of expect more as I read.


3. WHAT I’M GOING TO READ NEXT

Disorientation


What about you guys? Let me know what you’ve been reading lately and what you’ve been loving in the comments below!

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ARC Review | Twin Crowns by Katherine Webber and Catherine Doyle

Twin Crowns

by Catherine Doyle and Katherine Webber

YA Fantasy, Romance

Goodreads | Bookshop | Waterstones


Wren Greenrock has always known that one day she would steal her sister’s place in the palace. Trained from birth to return to the place of her parents’ murder and usurp the only survivor, she will do anything to rise to power and protect the community of witches she loves. Or she would, if only a certain palace guard wasn’t quite so distractingly attractive, and if her reckless magic didn’t have a habit of causing trouble…

Princess Rose Valhart knows that with power comes responsibility. Marriage into a brutal kingdom awaits, and she will not let a small matter like waking up in the middle of the desert in the company of an extremely impertinent (and handsome) kidnapper get in the way of her royal duty. But life outside the palace walls is wilder and more beautiful than she ever imagined, and the witches she has long feared might turn out to be the family she never knew she was missing.

Two sisters separated at birth and raised into entirely different worlds are about to get to know each other’s lives a whole lot better. But as coronation day looms closer and they each strive to claim their birthright, the sinister Kingsbreath, Willem Rathborne, becomes increasingly determined that neither will succeed. Who will ultimately rise to power and wear the crown?


Thanks to the publisher for sending me a proof in exchange for an honest review!

I was so excited for this – mainly because I’m such a big fan of when authors collab, and especially because of how much I love Katherine Webber as a writer. This twin-set fantasy sounded like a Princess Bride, swoony adventuring dream and it sure as hell was.

This has such a great premise, and although it definitely has been used before, Webber and Doyle both managed to put such a unique spin on it that it felt entirely new. For all fans of The Princess Bride, you will certainly enjoy Twin Crowns. I thought it was perfectly plotted and perfectly paced – I was completely engrossed from the beginning and read long, massive chunks all at once.

I especially loved both the main characters of Wren and Rose, and I think it is a testament to both Doyle and Webber’s writing style that each felt so realised and it was so easy to tell the difference between their voices. Although they both had a lot of differences, they were twin sisters at the end of the day, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching their relationship grow over the course of the book as they begun to realise the secrets that shaped their upbringings, and the truths they had to uncover together.

I also really enjoyed all the side characters and the world itself. There was such strong worldbuilding, which is so important for fantasy books, and the descriptions of the world’s terrain were absolutely gorgeous. I really think this one is going to be big, so I strongly urge you all to pick up a copy when you can. Out on Thursday, you won’t want to miss this romantic, funny and tense fantasy novel.


WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. Everyone can participate in answering the three questions below and posting a link on Sam’s website or just answer the questions on her post, if you don’t have a blog.

the three questions are:

1.) What are you currently reading?
2.) What did you recently finish reading?
3.) What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m excited to share updates with you guys about my reading rather than just seeing it on Goodreads!


1. WHAT I’M CURRENTLY READING

I Kissed Shara Wheeler

thoughts: I haven’t got too far into yes, but I feel like I am going to absolutely adore it if it’s anything like RWRB or One Last Stop!


2. WHAT I RECENTLY FINISHED

People Person

thoughts: I absolutely LOVED this! It had everything I wanted in a book. The characters were all so excellent and so well written, and the book itself had a gripping plot and was so funny. Carty-Williams is an incredible writer!


3. WHAT I’M GOING TO READ NEXT

The Yellow Kitchen


What about you guys? Let me know what you’ve been reading lately and what you’ve been loving in the comments below!

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May Anticipated Releases!

Hi everyone!

There are so many exciting books coming out this month, so as usual I thought I’d share some of the ones I’m looking forward to the most! Looking to the year ahead, my TBR pile is definitely in for yet another rude awakening…


Family of Liars

by E Lockhart

Out May 3rd

The prequel to We Were Liars takes readers back to the story of another summer, another generation, and the secrets that will haunt them for decades to come.

A windswept private island off the coast of Massachusetts.
A hungry ocean, churning with secrets and sorrow.
A fiery, addicted heiress. An irresistible, unpredictable boy.
A summer of unforgivable betrayal and terrible mistakes.

Welcome back to the Sinclair family.
They were always liars.


When Women Were Dragons

by Kelly Barnhill

Out May 3rd

Alex Green is a young girl in a world much like ours. But this version of 1950’s America is characterized by a significant event: The Mass Dragoning of 1955, when hundreds of thousands of ordinary wives and mothers sprouted wings, scales and talons, left a trail of fiery destruction in their path, and took to the skies. Seemingly for good. Was it their choice? What will become of those left behind? Why did Alex’s beloved Aunt Marla transform but her mother did not? Alex doesn’t know. It’s taboo to speak of, even more so than her crush on Sonja, her schoolmate.

Forced into silence, Alex nevertheless must face the consequences of dragons: a mother more protective than ever; a father growing increasingly distant; the upsetting insistence that her aunt never even existed; and a new “sister” obsessed with dragons far beyond propriety. Through loss, rage, and self-discovery, this story follows Alex’s journey as she deals with the events leading up to and beyond the Mass Dragoning, and her connection with the phenomenon itself.


Ruth & Pen

by Emilie Pine

Out May 5th

Dublin, 7 October 2019. One day, one city, two women: Ruth and Pen. They don’t know each other, but both are asking themselves the same questions: how to be with others, and how, when the world doesn’t seem willing to make space for them, to be with themselves.

Ruth’s marriage to Aidan is in crisis. Today she needs to make a choice–to stay or not to stay, to take the risk of reaching out or to pull up the drawbridge. For teenage Pen, today is the day the words will flow, and she will speak her truth to Alice, to ask for what she so desperately wants. Deeply involving, poignant and radiantly intelligent, Ruth & Pen is a portrait of the limits of grief and love; of how we navigate our inner and outer landscapes; and the tender courage demanded by the simple, daily quest of living.


Gay Club!

by Simon James Green

Out May 5th

A landmark comedic novel about a group of queer teens at their worst – and ultimately their best – from one of the UK’s leading writers of LGBTQ+ teen fiction.

Barney’s a shoo-in for his school’s LGBTQ+ Society President at the club’s next election. But when the vote is opened up to the entire student body, the whole school starts paying attention. How low will the candidates go to win? Buckle up for some serious shade, scandals and sleazy shenanigans. It isn’t long before it’s National Coming Out Day – for everyone’s secrets!

But when the group faces an expected threat – and a big opportunity – can the club members put politics aside and stand united?


Twin Crowns

by Catherine Doyle & Katherine Webber

Out May 12th

Wren Greenrock has always known that one day she would steal her sister’s place in the palace. Trained from birth to return to the place of her parents’ murder and usurp the only survivor, she will do anything to rise to power and protect the community of witches she loves. Or she would, if only a certain palace guard wasn’t quite so distractingly attractive, and if her reckless magic didn’t have a habit of causing trouble…

Princess Rose Valhart knows that with power comes responsibility. Marriage into a brutal kingdom awaits, and she will not let a small matter like waking up in the middle of the desert in the company of an extremely impertinent (and handsome) kidnapper get in the way of her royal duty. But life outside the palace walls is wilder and more beautiful than she ever imagined, and the witches she has long feared might turn out to be the family she never knew she was missing.

Two sisters separated at birth and raised into entirely different worlds are about to get to know each other’s lives a whole lot better. But as coronation day looms closer and they each strive to claim their birthright, the sinister Kingsbreath, Willem Rathborne, becomes increasingly determined that neither will succeed. Who will ultimately rise to power and wear the crown?


Idol

by Louise O’Neill

Out May 12th

For Samantha Miller’s young fans – her ‘girls’ – she’s everything they want to be. She’s an oracle, telling them how to live their lives, how to be happy, how to find and honour their ‘truth’.

And her career is booming: she’s just hit three million followers, her new book Chaste has gone straight to the top of the bestseller lists and she’s appearing at sell-out events.

Determined to speak her truth and bare all to her adoring fans, she’s written an essay about her sexual awakening as a teenager, with her female best friend, Lisa. She’s never told a soul but now she’s telling the world. The essay goes viral.

But then – years since they last spoke – Lisa gets in touch to say that she doesn’t remember it that way at all. Her memory of that night is far darker. It’s Sam’s word against Lisa’s – so who gets to tell the story? Whose ‘truth’ is really a lie?

‘You put yourself on that pedestal, Samantha. You only have yourself to blame.’


Only On The Weekends

by Dean Atta

Out May 12th

Fifteen-year-old Mack is a hopeless romantic–likely a hazard of growing up on film sets thanks to his father’s job. Mack has had a crush on Karim for as long as he can remember and he can’t believe it when gorgeous, popular Karim seems into him too.

But when Mack’s father takes on a new directing project in Scotland, Mack has to move away, and soon discovers how painful long-distance relationships can be. It’s awful to be so far away from Karim, and it’s made worse by the fact that Karim can be so hard to read.

Then Mack meets actor Finlay on set, and the world turns upside down again. Fin seems fearless–and his confidence could just be infectious.

Award-winning author Dean Atta crafts a beautifully nuanced and revelatory story in verse about the exquisite highs and lows of first love and self-discovery. 


I Kissed Shara Wheeler

by Casey McQuiston

Out May 12th

Chloe Green is so close to winning. After her moms moved her from SoCal to Alabama for high school, she’s spent the past four years dodging gossipy classmates and a puritanical administration at Willowgrove Christian Academy. The thing that’s kept her going: winning valedictorian. Her only rival: prom queen Shara Wheeler, the principal’s perfect progeny.

But a month before graduation, Shara kisses Chloe and vanishes.

On a furious hunt for answers, Chloe discovers she’s not the only one Shara kissed. There’s also Smith, Shara’s longtime quarterback sweetheart, and Rory, Shara’s bad boy neighbor with a crush. The three have nothing in common except Shara and the annoyingly cryptic notes she left behind, but together they must untangle Shara’s trail of clues and find her. It’ll be worth it, if Chloe can drag Shara back before graduation to beat her fair-and-square.

Thrown into an unlikely alliance, chasing a ghost through parties, break-ins, puzzles, and secrets revealed on monogrammed stationery, Chloe starts to suspect there might be more to this small town than she thought. And maybe—probably not, but maybe—more to Shara, too.

Fierce, funny, and frank, Casey McQuiston’s I Kissed Shara Wheeler is about breaking the rules, getting messy, and finding love in unexpected places.


The Dance Tree

by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Out May 12th

In Strasbourg, in the boiling hot summer of 1518, a plague strikes the women of the city. First it is just one – a lone figure, dancing in the main square – but she is joined by more and more and the city authorities declare an emergency. Musicians will be brought in. The devil will be danced out of these women.

Just beyond the city’s limits, pregnant Lisbet lives with her mother-in-law and husband, tending the bees that are their livelihood. Her best friend Ida visits regularly and Lisbet is so looking forward to sharing life and motherhood with her. And then, just as the first woman begins to dance in the city, Lisbet’s sister-in-law Nethe returns from six years’ penance in the mountains for an unknown crime. No one – not even Ida – will tell Lisbet what Nethe did all those years ago, and Nethe herself will not speak a word about it.

It is the beginning of a few weeks that will change everything for Lisbet – her understanding of what it is to love and be loved, and her determination to survive at all costs for the baby she is carrying. Lisbet


You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty

by Akwaeke Emezi

Out May 26th

Feyi Adekola wants to learn how to be alive again.

It’s been five years since the accident that killed the love of her life and she’s almost a new person now—an artist with her own studio, and sharing a brownstone apartment with her ride-or-die best friend, Joy, who insists it’s time for Feyi to ease back into the dating scene. Feyi isn’t ready for anything serious, but a steamy encounter at a rooftop party cascades into a whirlwind summer she could have never imagined: a luxury trip to a tropical island, decadent meals in the glamorous home of a celebrity chef, and a major curator who wants to launch her art career.

She’s even started dating the perfect guy, but their new relationship might be sabotaged before it has a chance by the dangerous thrill Feyi feels every time she locks eyes with the one person in the house who is most definitely off-limits. This new life she asked for just got a lot more complicated, and Feyi must begin her search for real answers. Who is she ready to become? Can she release her past and honor her grief while still embracing her future? And, of course, there’s the biggest question of all—how far is she willing to go for a second chance at love?

Akwaeke Emezi’s vivid and passionate writing takes us deep into a world of possibility and healing, and the constant bravery of choosing love against all odds.


And those are all the books I’m looking forward to being published this month! What about all of you? What books are you looking forwards to being released?

My May TBR!

Hey everyone!

Happy May! I am finally FREE FROM COLLEGE! I submitted my dissertation last night and have officially finished my degree! Which means all good things, because I’ll have so much more time to read this month! With SO MANY GOOD BOOKS being released this month, it was hard to narrow down a TBR (combined with some proofs I am very fortunate to have been sent!) but here is what I’ve come out with.


My May TBR

  • Heartstopper, Volume 3 by Alice Oseman
  • Time is a Mother by Ocean Vuong
  • People Person by Candice Carty-Williams
  • Only on the Weekends by Dean Atta
  • The Yellow Kitchen by Margaux Vialleron
  • Family of Liars by E. Lockhart
  • I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
  • Disorientation by Elaine Hsieh Chou
  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Trespasses by Louise Kennedy
  • The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak
  • Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton

And that’s my rather jam-packed TBR for May! They all look so exciting so I’m really hoping I get around to them all!

My April Wrap-Up!

Hey everyone!

April was a pretty decent reading month and I’m glad that I (mostly) read Irish women authors (with some Heartstopper re-reads thrown in, because of course). I’m happy to say I managed to read 11 books and some of them were unreal! Check out my wrap-up below and let me know in the comments what some of your favourite reads this month have been!


Books on my February TBR: 10
Books Read in February: 11
Books Read from the TBR: 9
Books Read Not From the TBR: 2
Left on the TBR: 1


My April Wrap-Up


These are the books I’ve read this month, with reviews linked!

  • Snowflake by Louise Nealon
  • Promising Young Women by Caroline O’Donoghue
  • Twin Crowns by Katherine Webber & Catherine Doyle
  • Ruth & Pen by Emilie Pine
  • Boys Don’t Cry by Fíona Scarlett
  • Big Girl, Small Town by Michelle Gallen
  • Heartstopper: Volume 1 by Alice Oseman
  • Heartstopper: Volume 2 by Alice Oseman
  • Idol by Louise O’Neill
  • Blood to Poison by Mary Watson
  • Watermelon by Marian Keyes

My stand outs this month were definitely Idol, Boys Don’t Cry, Snowflake and Twin Crowns!


And what about you? What were some of your favourite reads in April? Let me know in the comments below!

ARC Review | Ruth & Pen by Emilie Pine

Ruth & Pen

by Emilie Pine

Adult Fiction, Contemporary

Goodreads | Bookshop | Waterstones


Dublin, 7 October 2019.

One day, one city, two women: Ruth and Pen. They don’t know each other, but both are asking themselves the same questions: how to be with others, and how, when the world doesn’t seem willing to make space for them, to be with themselves.

Ruth’s marriage to Aidan is in crisis. Today she needs to make a choice–to stay or not to stay, to take the risk of reaching out or to pull up the drawbridge. For teenage Pen, today is the day the words will flow, and she will speak her truth to Alice, to ask for what she so desperately wants. Deeply involving, poignant and radiantly intelligent, Ruth & Pen is a portrait of the limits of grief and love; of how we navigate our inner and outer landscapes; and the tender courage demanded by the simple, daily quest of living.


Thanks to the publisher for sending an early copy in exchange for an honest review!

I was excited to get my hands on Emilie Pine’s debut novel. She has such an incredible and insightful understanding of life and of humans that I was eagerly curious to see what would come of her foray into fiction. And I was not disappointed by this tender, vulnerable and carefully crafted debut novel. 

Ruth & Pen is set over one day in October 2019 and shares two different perspectives: Ruth, whose marriage is currently in crisis after having another miscarriage and leaves her questioning whether she should stay with her husband or should she leave, and Pen, a teenage girl who is determined to finally reveal her feelings for her best friend Alice, which is going to take all the bravery she can get. 

This book was wonderful, and it was a really gorgeous snapshot into two really important moments in each of these characters’ lives. There were quite a lot of issues addressed throughout this short novel, but Pine tackles each with such sensitivity and tenderness and makes it such a warm story for the reader. Although at times the subject matter of the novel can be heavy and can be tough for some to read, Pine has a sharp eye for curating that balance between where it gets too heavy and too deep. She never crosses that line, and instead delivers a more impactful story, with two extremely well-fleshed characters. Honestly, I felt as though I was right in Pen and Ruth’s heads, and can’t remember the last time I’ve felt so attached to a pair of characters, especially Pen.

This is a book full of such quiet moments that make up a storm. I think it is certainly going to be enjoyed by all who loved Notes to Self, as it touches on some of the same subjects, but I’m also certain that new readers to Emilie Pine will also fall in love with her poetic, poignant writing too.