May Anticipated Releases!

Hi everyone!

Wow, I literally can’t even contain my excitement when I look at all the books being published this month! There are so many novels coming out this month that I feel like I’ve been looking forwards to for so long – including the new Heartstopper and the new Holly Bourne! So without further ado, let’s get onto the books, shall we?

Heartstopper: Volume 4

by Alice Oseman

Out May 6th!

Charlie didn’t think Nick could ever like him back, but now they’re officially boyfriends. Charlie’s beginning to feel ready to say those three little words: I love you.

Nick’s been feeling the same, but he’s got a lot on his mind – not least coming out to his dad, and the fact that Charlie might have an eating disorder.

As summer turns to autumn and a new school year begins, Charlie and Nick are about to learn a lot about what love means.

Heartstopper is about love, friendship, loyalty and mental illness. It encompasses all the small stories of Nick and Charlie’s lives that together make up something larger, which speaks to all of us.

This is the fourth volume of Heartstopper, which has now been optioned for television by See-Saw Films.

Cool for the Summer

by Dahlia Adler

Out May 11th!

Lara’s had eyes for exactly one person throughout her three years of high school: Chase Harding. He’s tall, strong, sweet, a football star, and frankly, stupid hot. Oh, and he’s talking to her now. On purpose and everything. Maybe…flirting, even? No, wait, he’s definitely flirting, which is pretty much the sum of everything Lara’s wanted out of life.

Except she’s haunted by a memory. A memory of a confusing, romantic, strangely perfect summer spent with a girl named Jasmine. A memory that becomes a confusing, disorienting present when Jasmine herself walks through the front doors of the school to see Lara and Chase chatting it up in front of the lockers.

Lara has everything she ever wanted: a tight-knit group of friends, a job that borders on cool, and Chase, the boy of her literal dreams. But if she’s finally got the guy, why can’t she stop thinking about the girl?

Cool for the Summer is a story of self-discovery and new love. It’s about the things we want and the things we need. And it’s about the people who will let us be who we are.

The Outrage

by William Hussey

Out May 13th!

Welcome to England, where the Protectorate enforces the Public Good. Here, there are rules for everything – what to eat, what to wear, what to do, what to say, what to read, what to think, who to obey, who to hate, who to love. Your safety is assured, so long as you follow the rules.

Gabriel is a natural born rule-breaker. And his biggest crime of all? Being gay.

Gabriel knows his sexuality must be kept secret from all but his closest friends, not only to protect himself, but to protect his boyfriend. Because Eric isn’t just the boy who has stolen Gabriel’s heart. He’s the son of the chief inspector at Degenerate Investigations ­­­- the man who poses the single biggest threat to Gabriel’s life.

And the Protectorate are experts at exposing secrets.

The Yearbook

by Holly Bourne

Out May 13th!

The dramas, the traumas, the rumours – it’s time to expose it all… The Perks of Being a Wallflower meets Mean Girls in this scathingly funny and relatable high-school takedown from the queen of UKYA.

Most likely to…be forgotten
Working on the school newspaper, Paige is used to dealing with fake stories. How popular girl Grace is a such an amazing person (lie). How Laura steals people’s boyfriends (lie). How her own family are so perfect (lie).

Now Grace and friends have picked their “best” high-school moments for Paige to put in the all-important Yearbook. And they’re not just fake. They’re poison.

But Paige has had enough of all the lies in her life. And with the help of Elijah – the only boy who could ever understand her – she’s going to reveal the truth. 

Bookishly Ever After

by Lucy Powrie

Out May 13th!

The much anticipated third book in The Paper & Hearts Society series by Booktuber Lucy Powrie. Will you be the next recruit for The Paper & Hearts Society book club?

Ed is excited. He’s just landed his dream job at beautiful independent bookshop, Woolf and Wilde, but he soon discovers being a bookseller is a very different game to being a customer – the hours of shelving books, logging ISBNs and dealing with customers is overwhelming. So Ed does what Ed does best – smiles enthusiastically, fist pumps the air, and pretends that everything is totally under control. He just hadn’t bargained on his new colleague, Hannah, seeing through his façade.

Then Ed discovers that his mum is dating for the first time since splitting up with his dad. He decides to distract himself by being the best bookseller Woolf and Wilde has ever seen, but will it be at the cost of his Paper & Hearts Society friendships?

If Ed can find a way to be himself, he might find making new friends and keeping old ones comes more naturally, and even get to know himself a little better in the process … Can Ed let his guard down for the love of books?

Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating

by Adiba Jaigirdar

Out May 25th!

Everyone likes Humaira “Hani” Khan—she’s easy going and one of the most popular girls at school. But when she comes out to her friends as bisexual, they invalidate her identity, saying she can’t be bi if she’s only dated guys. Panicked, Hani blurts out that she’s in a relationship…with a girl her friends absolutely hate—Ishita “Ishu” Dey. Ishu is the complete opposite of Hani. She’s an academic overachiever who hopes that becoming head girl will set her on the right track for college. But Ishita agrees to help Hani, if Hani will help her become more popular so that she stands a chance of being elected head girl.

Despite their mutually beneficial pact, they start developing real feelings for each other. But relationships are complicated, and some people will do anything to stop two Bengali girls from achieving happily ever after.

Not My Problem

by Ciara Smyth

Out May 25th!

Aideen has plenty of problems she can’t fix. Her best (and only) friend is pulling away. Her mother’s drinking problem is a constant concern. She’s even running out of outlandish diseases to fake so she can skip PE.

But when Aideen stumbles on her nemesis, overachiever Meabh Kowalski, in the midst of a full-blown meltdown, she sees a problem that—unlike her own disaster of a life—seems refreshingly easy to solve. Meabh is desperate to escape her crushing pile of extracurriculars. Aideen volunteers to help. By pushing Meabh down the stairs.

Problem? Solved. Meabh’s sprained ankle is the perfect excuse to ditch her overwhelming schedule. But when another student learns about their little scheme and brings Aideen another “client” who needs her “help,” it kicks off a semester of traded favors, ill-advised hijinks, and an unexpected chance at love. Fixing other people’s problems won’t fix her own, but it might be the push she needs to start.

Malibu Rising

by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Out May 27th!

Malibu: August 1983. It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over–especially as the offspring of the legendary singer Mick Riva.

The only person not looking forward to the party of the year is Nina herself, who never wanted to be the center of attention, and who has also just been very publicly abandoned by her pro tennis player husband. Oh, and maybe Hud–because it is long past time for him to confess something to the brother from whom he’s been inseparable since birth.

Jay, on the other hand, is counting the minutes until nightfall, when the girl he can’t stop thinking about promised she’ll be there.

And Kit has a couple secrets of her own–including a guest she invited without consulting anyone.

By midnight the party will be completely out of control. By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames. But before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family’s generations will all come bubbling to the surface.

Malibu Rising is a story about one unforgettable night in the life of a family: the night they each have to choose what they will keep from the people who made them . . . and what they will leave behind.

Off The Record

by Camryn Garrett

Out May 27th!

Ever since seventeen-year-old Josie Wright can remember, writing has been her identity, the thing that grounds her when everything else is a garbage fire. So when she wins a contest to write a celebrity profile for Deep Focus magazine, she’s equal parts excited and scared, but also ready. She’s got this.

Soon Josie is jetting off on a multi-city tour, rubbing elbows with sparkly celebrities, frenetic handlers, stone-faced producers, and eccentric stylists. She even finds herself catching feelings for the subject of her profile, dazzling young newcomer Marius Canet. Josie’s world is expanding so rapidly, she doesn’t know whether she’s flying or falling. But when a young actress lets her in on a terrible secret, the answer is clear: she’s in over her head.

One woman’s account leads to another and another. Josie wants to expose the man responsible, but she’s reluctant to speak up, unsure if this is her story to tell. What if she lets down the women who have entrusted her with their stories? What if this ends her writing career before it even begins? There are so many reasons not to go ahead, but if Josie doesn’t step up, who will?

From the author of Full Disclosure, this is a moving testament to the #MeToo movement, and all the ways women stand up for each other.

And that’s all my anticipated releases for this month, and as you can see there are so many great ones to look forwards to! What are some of yours, or ones that I’ve missed on this list? Let me know in the comments below!

My May TBR!

Hello everyone!

God, TBR posts are honestly my favourite posts to write. I think it’s always so exciting starting a new month and choosing the next few books that I want to read. This month is publishing some great books, so this month’s TBR is a mix of upcoming releases, recent purchases and a few books that have been on my TBR for far too long! This month is when all my assignments and exams are due, so I’ll be very busy with uni this month, but I am definitely hoping to get around to them all. So let’s get onto the books!

My May TBR!

I am very excited for this TBR, because all of the books just look amazing! What about you all? What are you planning to read in May? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to know!

My April Wrap-Up!

Hello everyone!

Another month has passed, and it is time for another wrap-up! I think this was a pretty successful month for me, because I managed to read 10 books, so let’s dive into them below!

Books on my April TBR: 9
Books Read in April: 10
Books Read from the TBR: 9
Books Read Not From the TBR: 1
Left on the TBR: 0

My March Wrap-Up

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

Some of my stand-outs of this month were Concrete RoseDestination Anywhere, Kate in Waiting and Beloved!

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

April Anticipated Releases!

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend. This post is a little bit late I guess, but I’ve honestly just had the busiest Easter weekend and haven’t had much time to myself really. But today I’m going to be sharing with you some of the books that I’m anticipating being published this month!

What White People Can Do Next

by Emma Dabiri

Out April 1st

Vital and empowering What White People Can Do Next teaches each of us how to be agents of change in the fight against racism and the establishment of a more just and equitable world. In this affecting and inspiring collection of essays, Emma Dabiri draws on both academic discipline and lived experience to probe the ways many of us are complacent and complicit—and can therefore combat—white supremacy. She outlines the actions we must take, including:

Stop the Denial
Interrogate Whiteness
Abandon Guilt
Redistribute Resources
Realize this shit is killing you too . . . 

To move forward, we must begin to evaluate our prejudices, our social systems, and the ways in which white supremacy harms us all. Illuminating and practical, What White People Can Do Next is essential for everyone who wants to go beyond their current understanding and affect real—and lasting—change.

Destination Anywhere

by Sara Barnard

Out April 15th

Sometimes you have to leave your life behind to find your place in the world.

After five years at secondary school spent without any friends, Peyton King starts sixth form college determined that things will be different. Whatever happens, she will make friends at any cost.

When she finds the friends she’s always dreamed of, including an actual boyfriend, she’s happier than she’s ever been.

But when they let her down in the worst way, Peyton is left no better off than when she started.

Now Peyton knows the only chance she has of finding happiness is to look for it somewhere else. Her life may feel small, but it doesn’t have to be. With nothing but her sketchpad and a backpack, she buys a one-way ticket and gets on a plane. . .

Witches Steeped in Gold

by Ciannon Smart

Out April 20th

Trust no witch . . .

Iraya Adair has spent her life in a cell. Heir of an overthrown and magically-gifted dynasty, she was exiled from her home on the island nation of Aiyca when she was just a child. But every day brings her closer to freedom – and vengeance. Jazmyne Cariot grew up dressed in gold, with stolen magic at her fingertips. Daughter of the self-crowned doyenne, her existence is a threat to her mother’s rule. But unlike her sister, Jazmyne has no intention of dying to strengthen her mother’s power. Sworn enemies, the two witches enter a deadly alliance to take down the woman who threatens both their worlds. But revenge is a bloody pursuit, and nothing is certain – except the lengths Iraya and Jazmyne will go to win this game.

Two witches. One motive. And a very untrustworthy alliance.

Kate in Waiting

by Becky Albertalli

Out April 22nd

Contrary to popular belief, best friends Kate Garfield and Anderson Walker are not codependent. Carpooling to and from theatre rehearsals? Environmentally sound and efficient. Consulting each other on every single life decision?

Basic good judgment. Pining for the same guys from afar? Shared crushes are more fun anyway.

But when Kate and Andy’s latest long-distance crush shows up at their school, everything goes off-script. Matt Olsson is talented and sweet, and Kate likes him. She really likes him. The only problem? So does Anderson.

Turns out, communal crushes aren’t so fun when real feelings are involved. This one might even bring the curtains down on Kate and Anderson’s friendship.

The Outrage

by William Hussey

Out April 29th

Welcome to England, where the Protectorate enforces the Public Good. Here, there are rules for everything – what to eat, what to wear, what to do, what to say, what to read, what to think, who to obey, who to hate, who to love. Your safety is assured, so long as you follow the rules.

Gabriel is a natural born rule-breaker. And his biggest crime of all? Being gay.

Gabriel knows his sexuality must be kept secret from all but his closest friends, not only to protect himself, but to protect his boyfriend. Because Eric isn’t just the boy who has stolen Gabriel’s heart. He’s the son of the chief inspector at Degenerate Investigations ­­­- the man who poses the single biggest threat to Gabriel’s life.

And the Protectorate are experts at exposing secrets.

What books are you looking forward to being published this month? Let me know in the comments below!

My March Wrap-Up!

Hello everyone!

March was a really good reading month for me in terms of how many books I got through, but I must admit there were only a few that really stood out to me. Most of these were for uni though to be fair, and I feel like books you must read are always either hit or mostly miss. But alas, onto my wrap-up! I managed to read 13 books!

Books on my March TBR: 9
Books Read in March: 13
Books Read from the TBR: 9
Books Read Not From the TBR: 4
Left on the TBR: 0

My March Wrap-Up

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

  • The Adoption Papers by Jackie Kay
  • The Cousins by Karen M. McManus
  • I Want To Know That I Will Be Okay by Deirdre Sullivan
  • Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare
  • Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire
  • Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • The Most Beautiful by Mayte Garcia
  • Luster by Raven Leilani
  • Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  • These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
  • This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson
  • Meridian by Alice Walker

Some of my stand-outs of this month were Meridian, Not My Problem, I Want To Know That I Will Be Okay, Chain of Iron and Luster!

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

April TBR!

Hello everyone!

Happy April! I’m so excited for this month, for a few reasons. The first is that I have a break from college until the 19th, which is always great! Second, restrictions are easing in 2 weeks time and I’ve never been more excited to go to a bookshop when they hopefully open, as well as eating out in a restaurant! And third, it’s Camp Nanowrimo – and I’m hoping to get 30k written of my current WIP!

But aside from all that, it’s another month that promises some great reads. So without further ado, here are the books I plan on reading this month!

  • A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer
  • Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • Pumpkin by Julie Murphy
  • Destination Anywhere by Sara Barnard
  • A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
  • Salvage The Bones by Jesmyn Ward
  • My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
  • One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

With the good weather that this month hopefully will bring, I’m aiming to get through this TBR and maybe even more! Either way whether I do or don’t, I’m so excited by all these books!

What are you planning on reading this month? Let me know!

The Irish Bookworm Tag!

Hello everyone!

So today I’m going to do another tag, which I was tagged in by the lovely Aoife at Purple Pretty Polka Dots! This one is called the Irish Bookworm Tag and it definitely fits, because today I’ve been away from Ireland for 2 months which is the longest I’ve ever been away from home! So onto the questions!

Introduce yourself – who you are, where you’re from etc

My name is Ross and I blog here at The Royal Bookshelf for almost five years now! I’m from Co. Meath in Ireland which is just outside Dublin, and I’m currently in Birmingham in the UK studying on my Erasmus!

What’s your favourite Irish book from your childhood?

The first book that jumped to mind was Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle. I have such fond memories of this book and it’s so wonderful and wholesome.

What books did you study for your Leaving Cert?

So our Leaving Cert is basically the equivalent of the UK’s A-Levels, but we have to take 7 subjects instead of the 3 or 4. For my English single text, we studied King Lear by Shakespeare and I absolutely loved it.

For my comparative, we did two novels: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, which I adored and actually really want to re-read soon! I also studied 1984 by George Orwell, which I didn’t like all that much, found it very dull.

Are there any books set in the county you’re from?

Unfortunately none that I’ve read. I live on the border of three counties – Louth, Meath, Dublin, so I’m familiar with all three and most of the books I’ve read set in Ireland have been in Dublin. One recently I loved would have to be The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar.

Who’s your favourite Irish writer?

There are literally so many that this question is almost unfair, but purely because I have so much awe for her as a writer and also a person, I’m going to go with Deirdre Sullivan.

Do you have any books written in Irish?

No, actually! I absolutely hated learning Irish in school, I always found it to be such a waste of time. Looking back now I kind of wish I knew Irish, but that’s probably just the homesickness talking, haha.

What’s your favourite Irish bookshop?

Hmm, I’d probably say my local Waterstones in Louth. It’s small enough, but for as long as I can remember I’ve always been there browsing all the shelves, and I also used to go to a writing group/book club there and really encouraged my writing, and I also made some friends for life.

Who do you tag?

Anyone who wants to take part in this that was either born in Ireland or has Irish roots, then go for it!

Drag Race UK 2 Book Tag! (Original)

Hello everyone!

So I had so much fun doing my Derry Girls book tag the other day that I started to think about how fun a Drag Race themed book tag would be, since it is basically my religion at this stage! As I’m sure a lot of you can relate, I have been absolutely loving the second season of Drag Race UK and in anticipation of the Grand Finale on Thursday (I love them all, but #TeamBimini of course), I thought it would be fun to make my own book tag to combine my love of books and of this incredible cast. So read ahead at your own caution, there will be some minor spoilers along the way!

I can’t really think of anyone specifically who blogs and loves Drag Race, so I tag anyone who wants to take part!

Asttina Mandella — A Book Set in London

Asttina is a fierce dancing queen of London, so I figured I’d kick things off with a book set in London. For me, this was an easy answer. Patrice Lawrence is an author who does a magnificent job of making London such a vivid, essential character in all of her books, so I’m going to go with EIGHT PIECES OF SILVA.

A’Whora — A Redemptive Character

A’Whora is one of my favourite queens from this season, and I feel like she definitely had a redemptive journey from the beginning to where she ended (still not recovered)—so choose a book that has a redemptive character. For me, I’m going to choose Evelyn from THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid. She definitely started the book off as this cold, enigmatic character but towards the end when we learn more about her, we fall completely in love.

Bimini Bon Boulash — A Book That Started Rocky

We all know how iconic and insanely talented Bimini is, but she definitely started the series off a little rocky when she ended up lipsyncing. So choose a book that started rocky, or one that took you a while to warm to. For me, I’m going to choose THE ACCIDENT SEASON by Moïra Fowley-Doyle. Although I ended up loving this, much like all of Fowley-Doyle’s books, it did take me a while to get into.

Cherry Valentine — A Book with a Red Cover

This iconic queen turned out some amazing looks, and I love her whole red aesthetic. So choose a book with a red cover! My pick is the amazing NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney, which if you haven’t read it already I couldn’t recommend it enough!

Ellie Diamond — A Book Published in 2021

This was a hard one for me to come up with. But since Ellie was only 21 at the time of competing, choose a book that was/will be published in 2021. I’m going to go with one of my most anticipated reads coming out in May, which is HEARTSTOPPER: VOLUME 4 by Alice Oseman.

Ginny Lemon — A Book with a Shocking Plot Twist

I mean, I don’t think ANY of us were really ready for Ginny’s chaotic exit from the show, so naturally choose a book that has a shocking plot twist. My honorary mention here goes to any Samantha Shannon book ever, but a book that really shocked me in more than one way was THE DEATH OF VIVEK OJI by Akwaeke Emezi – I seriously did not see those plot twists coming!

Joe Black – A Misunderstood Character

Joe Black is such an amazing queen, but I think their drag on the show was seriously under appreciated by the judges and misunderstood. So, for Joe Black you should choose a book that had a misunderstood character. My pick for this is SAVAGE HER REPLY by Deirdre Sullivan, whose main character Aife is completely misunderstood by her legacy and Sullivan does a great job of giving a voice to an often voiceless character in Irish history.

Lawrence Chaney — A Book That Makes You Laugh

Come on, this is an obvious one. Lawrence Chaney is a hilarious queen, so for this one I’m going to choose BOY QUEEN by George Lester, which is a laugh-out-loud contemporary YA that made my stomach hurt.

Sister Sister — A Book About Siblings

Right on the nose with this one. A book that immediately jumps to mind about the importance of siblings is THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson, one of my all time favourite books that deals with sisterhood and grief so incredibly well.

Tayce — A Resilient Character

Tayce survived 4 lipsyncs and murdered everyone she was with on the stage, so it’s only obvious for this to choose a book with a resilient character. For me, I’m going to choose Simone from FULL DISCLOSURE by Camryn Garrett, who is one of my favourite YA characters who lives her life with HIV and doesn’t let it define her.

Tia Kofi — A Character You Rooted For

I love Tia Kofi so much and wish she could be on my TV screen every Thursday. So for this, choose a character that you really rooted for. My choice for this is Queenie from Candice Carty-Williams’s QUEENIE. She was such an honest, relatable character that I was really rooting for the whole way through.

Veronica Green — A Book That Disappointed You

And finally, choose a book that disappointed you. I don’t mean that Veronica disappointed me, because she was actually one of my favourites to win, but the way she had to leave the show literally devastated me, and it’s yet another thing I resent COVID for. So for my final choice, I’m choosing THE LIE TREE by Frances Hardinge. I loved Deeplight so much, and reading this I went into it with such high expectations, and unfortunately it just did not deliver.

Derry Girls Book Tag!

Hey everyone!

I knew as soon as I saw this book tag that I needed to take part. As a long time fan of Derry Girls and eagerly-awaiting the third season, when I saw the lovely Aoife at Pretty Purple Polka Dots (go subscribe!! she has an amazing channel!) come up with this, it immediately called out to me! So onto the tag:

Erin — A Book That Took Time To Warm To

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko. This incredible YA fantasy was gripping the whole way through, although I do remember it took me about 50 pages to really get into the story because of all the exposition (but I did absolutely adore it!)

Michelle — Your Favourite Strong Female Characters

I mean, there are many, but considering this is a tag about a show set in Ireland, I have to go with my girl Saoirse from The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth. If you haven’t read this hilarious, romantic book set over the course of a summer, then you’re doing something wrong. Find my full review here!

Clare — An LGBT Romance

Just one?! Ugh, I suppose if I had to choose out of the many fabulous ones that are out there, a recent read I love with an F/F romance was The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Orla — A Character With Their Head in the Clouds

Hmm, for this the first character that jumps to mind is Noah from Simon James Green’s Noah Can’t Even. Reading it, I never knew what was going to happen to Noah next and I really loved it. (Which reminds me, I really need to get around to the sequel!)

James — A Translated Book

For this I’m going to choose A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa. Although it’s written in English, it incorporates the Irish language into it so seamlessly and even translate the Irish poem it was loosely inspired by at the end. It also happens to be an incredible, heart-wrenching, poetic novel.

Sister Michael — A Book You Studied At School

I’m going to include university for this, because a recent novel I read that I absolutely adored was Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. This was a beautiful, incredibly-written novel and it certainly won’t be my last Morrison novel.

Granda Joe — A Grumpy Character You Can’t Help But Love

I mean this in the nicest way, but Daisy Wells from Robin Stevens’s Murder Most Unladylike is such a grumpy, stubborn character and I absolutely adore every bit of her.

Ma Mary and Da Gerry — Your Favourite Bookish Parents

Oh my God, I absolutely loved the dads in Laura Steven’s The Love Hypothesis. They had such a great dynamic between them, as well as with their daughter, and it was so heartwarming to see!

Jenny Joyce — Your Favourite Bookish Clever Clogs

I actually struggled with this one, none immediately came to mind, but I think I am going to go with Real Life by Brandon Taylor. Wallace is an incredibly clever scientist and I love how this kind of juxtaposes with the fact he is so lost in his own personal life, with family and relationships. Also helps that this book was stunning and harrowing, and one I very much recommend.

Aunt Sarah — A Book With A Pretty Cover

All The Bad Apples by Moïra Fowley-Doyle. I mean, look at that cover! Need I say more??

Uncle Colm — A Book You Can’t Shut Up About

Hmm, I’m probably gonna say Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo. I read this last year and for those of you who have been following me closely, you’ll know I never stop talking about it. It really just changed my whole world, and remains one of my favourite novels I’ve ever read.

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!


The Most Beautiful

thoughts: While I wait for my copy of Chain of Iron to arrive, I’m going to start this. Since it’s a biography I feel like I can dip in and out of this whenever I feel like it!


The Cousins

thoughts: This was great! McManus has such a distinct way of writing, and it was so easy to get lost in this story and the characters. I was gripped to the very end and did not see that twist coming!


Chain of Iron

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

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is goodbye-banner.png