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!

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

Beloved

thoughts: I really loved Song of Solomon when I read it a few months ago, so I hope that Beloved lives up to the same standards. I am about 100 pages in so far and not sure what to think, but hopefully it will grow on me.


2. WHAT I RECENTLY FINISHED

Concrete Rose

thoughts: I absolutely loved this, and after going through a string of four stars reads for a while, I was so pleased to finally get around to this and give it the five stars it absolutely deserves. This might be my favourite Angie Thomas novel, it was just so good, and so moving!


3. WHAT I’M GOING TO READ NEXT

A Vow So Bold and Deadly


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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Review | One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

One True Loves

by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Contemporary, Romance

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In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?

Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.


In anticipation of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s newest book, Malibu Rising, next month, I decided to take a dive into her back catalogue by reading one of her earlier books, One True Loves. After absolutely adoring both Daisy Jones and Evelyn Hugo much like most of the bookish community, I was really excited to get stuck into this one, although I have to admit it didn’t exactly hit the same mark as the former pair, but I did still enjoy it! Let’s delve into a bit more.

One True Loves has a great premise: Emma and Jesse were childhood sweethearts and after being together for almost 10 years, they get married. But on their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is in a horrible helicopter crash and is presumed dead. After grieving him, she finds Sam, who helps her to love again. But just as Sam and Emma are celebrating their engagement three years later, Jesse shows up alive.

I loved the idea of this book, and I knew that an author like Jenkins Reid would be able to conjure a believable, but complicated love triangle and actually pull it off. It was written really beautifully, and the prose was excellent. I found myself for the most part absolutely torn between Sam and Jesse and really felt for Emma, the main character. I couldn’t imagine the struggle of that actually happening to you, so I was really rooting for her to make the right decision the whole way through. It definitely kept me gripped from the very beginning, that’s for sure.

However I do sort of wish that I read this before I read Evelyn Hugo or Daisy Jones, because I think that I put such a massive expectation on this after such amazing books that it just didn’t live up to the hype. That’s no reflection on Jenkins Reid as an author, but it was more so a case of right book, wrong time. I did enjoy and definitely would recommend, but it just didn’t have the same star power as Evelyn or Daisy. But enough comparing! I’m still very excited for her newest book that publishes next month, and I do want to eventually get around to some more books in her back catalogue!


ARC Review | Kate In Waiting by Becky Albertalli

Kate In Waiting

by Becky Albertalli

YA Contemporary, Romance

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Contrary to popular belief, best friends Kate Garfield and Anderson Walker are not codependent. Carpooling to and from theater 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.


Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!

If you’re looking for a classic Becky Albertalli, swoon-worthy romance, then look no further, because her latest – Kate in Waiting – is exactly that! I kind of had a feeling what to expect going into this book since I’ve read all of her other books, and I definitely was not disappointed!

Her latest solo novel follows the charismatic Kate and her best friend Anderson, who share everything – even crushes! But when their latest crush becomes more serious, are they going to let a boy tear their friendship apart? I loved the concept of this novel so much, and what I really enjoyed about this was yes, there was a romance, but the heart of the story was all about a different relationship: the friendship between Kate and Anderson.

I thought, as usual, Albertalli’s cast of characters were diverse and fantastic. I love how in all of her books it’s not just the main character you feel you get to know, but every side character too just feels so real and so authentic that it’s so hard not to get invested in them all (I particularly liked Andy, of course!) I was also so here for all the musical references and especially loved the theatrical setting in this novel.

My favourite thing has definitely got to be the friendship, and it’s something I definitely would love to see explored in even more YA. Friends are such important people in your life and I loved reading about the little hurdles along the way between a set and whether or not they can overcome them.

If I had to be a bit nitpicky, nothing major actually happened in this book. I was kind of waiting for something big to happen, but this book was more of a slow-burner and focused more on building on the characters. However, I’m really sad now that I’ve finished Kate in Waiting because it will be Ross in Waiting for Albertalli’s next book.

This is published on Thursday, April 22nd and if you’re a fan of contemporary YA, then Becky Albertalli is absolutely a name you should be checking out!


ARC Review | Pumpkin by Julie Murphy

Pumpkin

by Julie Murphy

YA Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQ

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Waylon Russell Brewer is a fat, openly gay boy stuck in the small West Texas town of Clover City. His plan is to bide his time until he can graduate, move to Austin with his twin sister, Clementine, and finally go Full Waylon, so that he can live his Julie-the-hills-are-alive-with-the-sound-of-music-Andrews truth.

So when Clementine deviates from their master plan right after Waylon gets dumped, he throws caution to the wind and creates an audition tape for his favorite TV drag show, Fiercest of Them All. What he doesn’t count on is the tape accidentally getting shared with the entire school. . . . As a result, Waylon is nominated for prom queen as a joke. Clem’s girlfriend, Hannah Perez, also receives a joke nomination for prom king.

Waylon and Hannah decide there’s only one thing to do: run—and leave high school with a bang. A very glittery bang. Along the way, Waylon discovers that there is a lot more to running for prom court than campaign posters and plastic crowns, especially when he has to spend so much time with the very cute and infuriating prom king nominee Tucker Watson.

Waylon will need to learn that the best plan for tomorrow is living for today . . . especially with the help of some fellow queens. . . .


*Thanks to the publisher for sending me an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!*

Hello everyone! Today I am going to be sharing all my thoughts on the upcoming Julie Murphy novel, Pumpkin. I have to admit, I haven’t read any of her other books but I knew as soon as I read the blurb for this book I needed it in my life.

Pumpkin follows the story of Waylon Brewer, a fat, openly gay boy who has to go on a journey of discovery when he sends an audition tape to a show in the vein of Rupaul’s Drag Race and it’s unwittingly shared with his entire school. And when he gets nominated for Prom Queen, he decides to run instead of cowering behind the joke and Waylon is going to need all the courage he can grasp.

This was so wholesome! I really enjoyed it – I thought Waylon was a fantastic main character. He had such a strong voice throughout that I was constantly rooting for him the whole way. I think this is what makes a good main character – when you make them feel so real that the reader has no choice but to get totally invested. I liked how he had his high and low moments, it really made for a balanced storyline – it also helped that he was a funny and relatable narrator!

I also really enjoyed all the side characters, I think they added some great dimensions to this book. I’m pretty sure they are characters from both Dumplin’ and Puddin’, so I’ll definitely have to get around to check those out. I thought the plot was fabulous and loved all the drag references. It felt like a mash-up of Glee and Rupaul’s Drag Race, which just so happen to be two of my very favourite shows.

Pumpkin is out in May, and I encourage you all to go check this out when it’s published – if you’re looking for a heartwarming but also tearjerking story of resilience in the face of confronting who you are and who you were born to be, then Pumpkin is the joyous novel for you!

Review | A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

by Holly Jackson

YA Murder Mystery

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The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.

But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth?


I had seen this book doing the rounds for what seemed like years, even though it was only published in 2019, and after the sequel was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize this year I knew I needed to get my hands on it – and let me just say, I’m so glad I did because it definitely lives up to the hype.

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder gave me serious Pretty Little Liars vibes, and I’m such a big fan of that show so it was really smooth-sailing from the first page. It gives us the absolute excellent main character who is Pippa Fitz-Amobi, a student who decides to take on a closed murder case in her local town for her research project, with the intention of proving the suspected murderer’s innocence.

Through text messages, interviews, log entries and diaries, Jackson weaves this murder mystery so wonderfully and I was constantly hooked into the story. She used tension so well that I felt like I had to hold my breath when we were about to get a revelation. She had such strong characters and such strong suspects too – for a while I didn’t even know who to suspect. I did manage to predict one of the twists, but I definitely did not see that last twist coming – I was completely shocked!

I did really love this book and will be hurrying to its sequel hopefully soon – although if I did have to pick at straws, it did quite irritate me just how small some of the text on the pages was! Also something did happen that really upset me – but I’m afraid I can’t really go into it because it’s a spoiler. Although I feel like if you’ve already read the book, then you know exactly what I’m talking about!

But yeah, other than those little minor details, I thoroughly enjoyed this and will definitely be checking out the sequel as soon as I can!


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

Pumpkin

thoughts: So I’m about halfway through this and I’m really enjoying it! It’s just such a bundle of joy and Waylon is such a charismatic main character. This is my first time reading Julie Murphy but I definitely want to read more now!


2. WHAT I RECENTLY FINISHED

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

thoughts: Omg, this was so good! The hype is real. I was thoroughly gripped and Pip was another character I really enjoyed as well! Can’t wait to get around to the sequel!


3. WHAT I’M GOING TO READ NEXT

Salvage The Bones


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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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!