Bookmas 2021

Merry Bookmas Day 21 – 21st December – Christmas Cuisine Book Tag

Happy Tuesday bookish people! merry Bookmas day 21! This month is speeding by. I’m bringing you another book tag. Today’s is the Christmas Cuisine Book Tag which I thought was a very interesting idea to turn into a book tag. I found this tag on narrativeparadise.com

Yule Log – A beautiful edition of a book

For this one I chose the Shadow and Bone Collectors edition because I already had two copies of this book but it was so beautiful that I had to buy this one as well.

Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo - COLLECTOR'S EDITION - FairyLoot

Gingerbread House – A struggle to read but worth it

For this one I chose A Curse so Dark and Lonely because the first 50 pages I had no interest in it at all, I was bored to be honest but once I got into the story i was much more engaged and I gave the book five stars.

Roasted Chestnuts – read fondly at Christmas

I chose A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett because it has that hopefulness that I always associate with Christmas so it’s a book I like to read around this time of year.

Turkey – A character everyone else loved but you only pretended to

Tella in caraval. I did not like her character and even in Legendary where she was more bearable I still didn’t like her.

Pavlova – A book you’re most looking forward to reading next

I have to say House of Sky and Breath the next book in the Crescent City series because I loved the first book and I am very intrigued as to where the author is going to take the series next.

Ham – A book that makes the ordinary extraordinary

I can only think of one book for this and that is Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

Christmas cake – A book that had everything in it

And here I will put Crescent City by Sarah J Maas because it really does have everything, magic, intriguing plots, werewolves, angels, brilliant characters, romance. there’s so much in this book.

I think the most popular book I’ve read this year is A Court of Thorns and Roses – so many people are always talking about this book and I am glad that I finally got around to reading it.

Sachertorte – An intimidating book

I have to choose City of Brass for this one because I was so intimidated by it that I read 200 pages and stopped reading, I definitely intend on going back to it sometime soon though.

Vitel Tone – Sceptical but surprised

Get a Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert was the book that surprised me the most this year.

Stollen – Same old plot line but did it better

I think the Postscript murders works for this one because it has the same premise as a lot of mystery books that came out at the same time but it was still such a good book that made itself stand out against the others.

Parkanalaatiko – A book you need right now

Play of Shadows by Sebastien De Castell, I want everything he has ever and will ever write right now.

Ciorba De Perisoare – A book you bought without needing to read the blurb

Once Upon A Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber, she is an instant buy author for me. Plus the book is beautiful.

Risalamande – A book with a surprising plot twist

The Appeal. I won’t say any more than that.

Mince Pies – A book you would never sell even if you don’t re-read it

Literally all of my books!

Bookmas 2021

Merry Bookmas Day 20 – 20th December – BookReview: Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens

Happy Monday bookish people! Merry bookmas day 20! Today I am bringing you a festive book review of Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens. It is part of the Murder Most Unladylike Series.

In this book review I will give star ratings to four categories and I will write a little about each one. I will try to keep it as spoiler free as possible. I hope you enjoy my book review.

Mistletoe and Murder Plot:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This book follows two girls, Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells, who normally attend a boarding school where they keep running into murder scenes. In this one book they are at Cambridge over the Christmas period and once again they get caught up in a murder. I loved the first half of this book. It had everything I wanted, a small cast of possible killers, the bedrooms and stairwell of the boys as location and all the cosy, wintry vibes I enjoy. It actually made me think of another children’s mystery series by Tanya Landman, the Poppy Fields mystery series. However, the ending completely ruined it for me. The end of the mystery was too neat and tidy, the motive just so happened to be what it was and it didn’t sit right with me. It was too conveniant.

Mistletoe and Murder Characters:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I really liked the two main characters. Hazel is much more quiet and reserved then daisy and I like the way their personalities bounced off of each other. Personally I don’t feel I would be friends with Daisy because she has a very outgoing personality and she can be quite bossy.

Mistletoe and Murder Writing and Dialogue:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The writing style in this book worked well for me. It was clear and flowed well, I read through it so quickly.

Mistletoe and Murder Overall:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I gave this book four stars overall because I enjoyed most of the book and although the ending was not as satisfying as I would like it to be I would definitely still read the rest of the series.

Blurb/Synopsis:

Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are spending the Christmas hols in snowy Cambridge. Hazel has high hopes of its beautiful spires, cosy libraries and inviting tea-rooms – but there is danger lurking in the dark stairwells of ancient Maudlin College.

Two days before Christmas, there is a terrible accident. At least, it appears to be an accident – until the Detective Society look a little closer, and realise a murder has taken place. Faced with several irritating grown-ups and fierce competition from a rival agency, they must use all their cunning and courage to find the killer (in time for Christmas Day, of course).

The fabulously festive fifth mystery from the bestselling, award-winning author of Murder Most Unladylike.

I hope you all enjoyed this book review!

Bookmas 2021

Merry Bookmas Day 19 – 19th December – Bookshelf Tour

Happy Sunday bookish people! Merry Bookmas day 19! I hope you are all having a good December so far. Today’s post as you can see by the title is a bookshelf tour. This is something I have never done before but I love to watch on Youtube. Mainly because I am nosy and I love seeing what books other people have. In preparation for this I have taken the best photos I can of all my books that I have at my house (I have about three room length shelves full of books still at my Parent’s house) and then I also tried to video them. So, I am going to try and upload the videos here and hope it works, if it doesn’t, let me know in the comments and I will upload the photos instead.

So that is the tour of my bookshelves, well one bookshelf and one bed with paperback books lined up.. but there are so many books I am looking forward to reading!

I hope you all enjoyed it!

Bookmas 2021

Merry Bookmas Day 18th – 18th December – bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

Happy Saturday bookish people! Merry Bookmas day 18! Today I’m bringing you another book tag. I love doing these and sharing my answers with all of you. So, today’s book tag is the Bookish Naughty or Nice tag which I found on Jenniely.com.

What you have to do for this tag is go down the list and say if you have or haven’t done whatever it says then at the end you count up how many things you have done and if you are under 10 then you are on the nice list and if you are over 10 you end up on the naughty list.

  • Received an arc and not reviewed it – Yes, I have done this. I received a copy of Red Wolf from harper Voyager and I haven’t gotten around to reading and reviewing it yet and I feel bad about it but if I forced myself then I wouldn’t make a very good review of it anyway.
  • Have less than a 60% feedback rating on Netgalley – Yes, I only recently started on Netgalley and I haven’t gotten used to it all yet so my feedback rating is low at the moment.
  • Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog and never did – no, I haven’t done this. If I say there is a review on my blog then there is a review on my blog.
  • Folded down a page of a book – No, I definitely have not done this.
  • Accidentally spilled on a book – I haven’t spilled anything on a book before but I have dropped a book in the bath before, it was a book about the Titanic which is so ironic.
  • DNF a book this year – yes I have done this with a few books.
  • Bought a book because it was pretty – all the time, I am a sucker for a beautiful book.
  • Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else – Oh definitely, this sounds like me.
  • Skim read a book – No, I read each page properly but I do read very fast.
  • Completely missed your Goodreads goal – No, I actually completed my goal of reading 100 books in 2021 which I am very happy about.
  • Borrowed a book from a library and not returned it – No, I always returned the books I borrowed from the library.
  • Broke a book buying ban – yes. Many times.
  • Started a review and forgotten about it – No, I always finish them in one sitting.
  • Wrote in a book you were reading – Nope, I’ve never done this.
  • Finished a book and not added it to Goodreads – No, I always make sure that I add them to my goodreads.
  • Borrowed and book from a friend and not returned it – I couldn’t do this to a friend.
  • Dodged someone asking to borrow a book – No, I don’t think so.
  • Broke the spine of someone else’s book – not somebody else’s no.
  • Took the jacket off a book and damaged it – no, definitely not.
  • Sat on a book accidentally – No, I haven’t but this one made me laugh at the thought.

So, I got 6/20 which means I’m on the Nice list! Thank goodness.

Are you on the naughty or nice list?

Bookmas 2021

Merry Bookmas Day 17 – 17th December – Bookmas Trees

Happy Friday bookish people! Merry Bookmas Day 17!

Last year, and this year, I saw a lot of photos of people making trees out of books. Not ripping up the books of course, or anything like that but piling books on top of each other to make the shape of Christmas trees. I really liked them so for today’s post I thought I would see if I could find any this year and I would put them here to show you all. And just to say I found all these images doing a google search of ‘bookmas trees’.

How to Build a Bookmas Tree (With Commentary by Fisher) | Smart Bitches,  Trashy Books
https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/2018/12/how-to-build-a-bookmas-tree-with-commentary-by-fisher/
https://klkranes.com/2016/12/07/how-to-make-a-book-mas-tree-part-2-the-secret-to-success/
Guess How Many Books are in the Bookmas Tree Survey
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2015bookmas
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https://ireadyabooks.tumblr.com/post/168929469948/rockin-around-the-i-read-ya-bookmas-tree

These are some of my favourites that I have seen, I hope you all enjoyed looking at these few trees as well. Have you ever tried to make a bookmas tree?

Bookmas 2021

Merry Bookmas day 16 – 16th December – Books on my Christmas Wishlist

Happy Thursday bookish people! Merry Bookmas day 16! One of the best things about Christmas is that I get some of the books that I have wanted for a while. My family asks for my list in like September so then I can’t buy any of the books that I have mentioned or written on a list before that and it feels great after Christmas because then I can buy books again. Anyway, I thought I’d share some of the books I have asked for this year and I’ll also share with you my Amazon wishlist here which has all the books that I want but didn’t tell my family about:

On my Christmas list I have: https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/3H1PW8BGD9KF7?ref_=wl_share

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout

From Blood and Ash (Blood And Ash Series Book 1) eBook : Armentrout,  Jennifer L.: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

Any of the Robin Hobb Books

All Robin Hobb books colllection, finally ! : r/robinhobb

The Murder Most Unladylike series by Robin Stevens

Murder Most Unladylike Pack x 9 - Scholastic Shop

The Scarlet and Ivy Series by Sophie Cleverly

The Lost Twin: Book 1 (Scarlet and Ivy) : Cleverly, Sophie: Amazon.co.uk:  Books

These are the four series’ of books that I have put on my Christmas list and I really want to get the From Blood and Ash and Robin Hobb series and if I don’t get them I will probably buy them immediately after Christmas.

What books are you hoping for?

Bookmas 2021

Merry Bookmas Day 15 – 15th December – Things I’m Looking Forward To In 2022

Happy Wednesday everyone! Merry Bookmas day 15! I wanted to be a little personal today and share a few things that I’m looking forward to in 2022. There are so many things that, if they go ahead, are going to give me great memories and help me spend time with my family and friends and I thought it would be nice to share a few of them with you today.

First up is a trip to the Theatre to see Les Miserables and there is a touch tour included. This probably sounds like such a small thing to be looking forward to but 2021 has been difficult health wise. There have been some scary moments for many different things but the one thing that is always the worst of it all is my eyes. I remember saying to my Mum the other day – I wake up every day knowing that day is going to be difficult from the moment I open my eyes because I can’t see the way most people can and I never like to focus on that. I always like to try and be as positive as I can about it, only a few people have seen some of my deeper emotions about it, because dwelling on it won’t help me. I now can only see colours in my left eye and this happened very suddenly and I only have about a metre of sight in my right eye. Doing things every day is challenging but I don’t like showing that and I hate asking for help so to be able to have a touch tour for my favourite Theatre show is going to be really special for me.

The second thing I am looking forward to is finishing my first year of my PhD. I get a little bit of imposter syndrome when I’ve been on each of my degrees and my PhD is just the same and I think looking forward to the end of the first year and taking it in milestones is going to help remind me how hard I’ve worked to get my degrees and that I actually deserve to be where I am.

I am also looking forward to turning 23 and spending my birthday hopefully doing something nice with the people I love.

Something else I am looking forward to is reading more books outside of my favourite genre. As I have shown to myself in 2021 there are many books outside of my preferred genres that I will actually love.

And finally I want to make more time for myself. I spend hours of the day focusing on everything I have to do, I have daily lists to check off and sometimes that gets a bit overwhelming because I am juggling all these different things all the time and on top of that there is cleaning the house, dishes, food shopping etc.. I can’t always balance it and I kind of do it all just because I can’t say no to other people.

Okay, so that’s my top five things I am looking forward to in 2022. What are you looking forward to next year?

Bookmas 2021

Merry Bookmas Day 14 – 14th December – Books I wish I’d got to this year

Happy Tuesday bookish people! Merry Bookmas day 14! Today I will be sharing with you ten books that I wish I had gotten around to reading in 2021. There are way more than ten of these but that would be come a really really long blog post. So I have limited it to just ten.

And they are:

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angelles

Where Dreams Descend: A Novel: 1 (Kingdom of Cards) : Angeles, Janella:  Amazon.co.uk: Books

In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.

As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.

The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost

The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told

The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide

Where Dreams Descend is the startling and romantic first book in Janella Angeles’ debut Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology where magic is both celebrated and feared, and no heart is left unscathed.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus: a novel: Amazon.co.uk: Morgenstern, Erin: 9780099554790:  Books

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel : Cassandra Clare : 9781406393279 : Blackwell's

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…

The Diviners by Libba Bray

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1) by Libba Bray

SOMETHING DARK AND EVIL HAS AWAKENED… Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries her uncle will discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer. As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho is hiding a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened…

A Winters Promise by Christelle Dabos

A Winter's Promise: The Mirror Visitor Book 1 (The Mirror Visitor Quartet,  1) : Dabos, Christelle, Serle, Hildegarde: Amazon.co.uk: Books

Long ago, following a cataclysm called “The Rupture,” the world was shattered into many floating celestial islands. Known now as Arks, each has developed in distinct ways; each seems to possess its own unique relationship to time, such that nowadays vastly different worlds exist, together but apart. And over all of the Arks the spirit of an omnipotent ancestor abides.

Ophelia lives on Anima, an ark where objects have souls. Beneath her worn scarf and thick glasses, the young girl hides the ability to read and communicate with the souls of objects, and the power to travel through mirrors. Her peaceful existence on the Ark of Anima is disrupted when she is promised in marriage to Thorn, from the powerful Dragon clan. Ophelia must leave her family and follow her fiancée to the floating capital on the distant Ark of the Pole. Why has she been chosen? Why must she hide her true identity? Though she doesn’t know it yet, she has become a pawn in a deadly plot.

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E Harrow

The Once and Future Witches: Amazon.co.uk: Harrow, Alix E: 9780316422048:  Books

In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.

But when the Eastwood sisters–James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna–join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote-and perhaps not even to live-the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.

There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.

Furyborn by Claire LeGrand

Furyborn: The Empirium Trilogy Book 1 (The Empirium Trilogy, 1) : Legrand,  Claire: Amazon.co.uk: Books

The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Throne of Glass: Sarah J. Maas: 1 : Maas, Sarah J.: Amazon.co.uk: Books

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel | Waterstones

England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe opposes him. Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell: a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people, and implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph?

The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson

The Box in the Woods: 4 (Truly Devious, 4) : Johnson, Maureen:  Amazon.co.uk: Books

The Truly Devious series continues as Stevie Bell investigates her first mystery outside of Ellingham Academy in this spine-chilling and hilarious stand-alone mystery.

Amateur sleuth Stevie Bell needs a good murder. After catching a killer at her high school, she’s back at home for a normal (that means boring) summer.

But then she gets a message from the owner of Sunny Pines, formerly known as Camp Wonder Falls—the site of the notorious unsolved case, the Box in the Woods Murders. Back in 1978, four camp counselors were killed in the woods outside of the town of Barlow Corners, their bodies left in a gruesome display. The new owner offers Stevie an invitation: Come to the camp and help him work on a true crime podcast about the case.

Stevie agrees, as long as she can bring along her friends from Ellingham Academy. Nothing sounds better than a summer spent together, investigating old murders.

But something evil still lurks in Barlow Corners. When Stevie opens the lid on this long-dormant case, she gets much more than she bargained for. The Box in the Woods will make room for more victims. This time, Stevie may not make it out alive.

That’s it, that’s ten of the books that I wish I had gotten around to reading this year but never did. Hopefully next year!

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Merry Bookmas Day 13 – 13th December – The Best And Worst Books 2021

Happy Monday bookish people! Merry Bookmas day 13! I am really excited to be writing this post. I will be talking about what the best and the worst books are that I read each month. I had to think very hard about which books I wanted to feature because some months there were lots of books that I enjoyed and then I had to choose between them which one I liked most and that was hard. Then other months there were books that I really didn’t like so it was overall quite a balanced year.

January

For my favourite book I read in January I was trying to decide between two options, both were fantasy books and they were very different to each other. I ended up choosing A Court of Thorns and Roses as my favourite book of January because it’s a book I still think about and not just because I haven’t continued with the series yet.

For the worst book I read in January I chose The Sisters Grimm by Menna Van Praag, actually I didn’t even finish the book this year. I Dnf’d it at about the halfway point of the book. I don’t know if I just wasn’t in the mood for it at that point or if I just found the plot a little boring but I do plan on giving the book another chance at some point.

February

My favourite book in February was Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell which surprisingly is a contemporary romance and not at all what I was expecting but I really loved it.

My least favourite book in February was What A Way To Go by Julia Forster. There was nothing about the book that I liked, that doesn’t mean that someone else won’t love this book it just wasn’t for me.

March

My favourite book was The Strange Case of the Alchemists Daughter by Theadora Goss which I saw some of my favourite youtubers talk about and so I read it and loved the premise, I am excited to continue the series.

My least favourite book of March was Skyseed by Bill McGuire. It’s another book that just wasn’t a genre or plot that I enjoyed.

April

My favourite book for this month was Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin and I can’t believe it took me so long to read that book because it is definitely a contender for my overall favourite book of the year.

My least favourite book was Mirrorland by Carole Johnston. I couldn’t sleep after reading this book I just found it way too scary for me so I didn’t end up enjoying it.

May

My favourite book of this month was Get A Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert. Another romance, I am surprising myself by reading outside of my comfort zone this year.

My least favourite book this month was Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch. So, I’m not loving every book I read that is outside my comfort zone. I didn’t really like the characters in this book and that made it a struggle for me to read it.

June

My favourite book was The Hatmakers by Tamzin Merchant. It’s a fantastic middle grade book that I would highly reccomend.

My least favourite book was I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan because I hit a chapter that felt too disturbing for me, there was something about it that didn’t sit well with me so I Dnf’d it for the moment.

July

My favourite book of July was A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn. It was nice to read a murder mystery that is set in Victorian times and I ended up realising I love books set in this period of time.

My least favourite book was Pumpkin by Julie Murphy. Now, I liked the book but it wasn’t a stand out book for me.

August

My favourite book was The Appeal by Janice Hallett because it was so different and engaging and one of the best mysteries I read this year.

My least favourite book this month was The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels. There was a lot about this book I liked, such as the pirate style assassin Ned who I loved but there was something missing for me but I can’t pinpoint exactly what.

September

My favourite book of this month was A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder by holly Jackson without a doubt. I loved this book and I am still thinking about this book now months later.

My least favourite book of this month was The Woman In The Woods by M K Hill. The mystery itself would have been okay but the characters were so hard to like.

October

My favourite book of this month was City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab, it was a reread but I enjoyed it just as much the second time around.

My least favourite book was Once Upon A Crime by Robin Stevens. I am not the biggest fan of short stories so I liked the writing but I needed more from the stories.

November

My favourite book of this month was Take A Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert – another romance book!

My least favourite book of this month was the Howling Hag Mystery by Nicki Thornton. The plot was too predictable for my liking, even as a middle grade book.

December

Now, I’m writing this in December so I am gong to say what I predict will be my favourite and least favourite books of the month. I think my favourite book will be either Eliza and her Monsters or All of us villains. My least favourite book I predict will be In the Crypt with a Candlestick.

That’s it for the best and worst books for 2021, I hope you all enjoyed it!

Bookmas 2021

Merry Bookmas Day 12 – 12th December – The Christmas Song Book Tag

Happy Sunday bookish people! And Merry Bookmas day 12! I thought it would be really fun to do another book tag today. I found the questions over at thesassygeek.wordpress.com.

Let’s get into the book tag!

You’re A Mean One Mr Grinch – Name A Villainous Character You Can’t Help But Love

For this one I had to choose Victor Vale from Vicious by V E Schwab because he’s a morally grey character and as a reader you’re never really sure if he’s a good guy or a bad guy and I really liked that. I also really liked his dialogue and his interaction with other characters – he is what made the book enjoyable for me.

All I Want For Christmas Is You – Which book do you want to see under the tree this year?

I have quite a few different books on my wishlist but one of the books I really want is The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi.

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer – Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves

There are so many characters I could choose for this but I eventually chose Zaf from Take A Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert because at the beginning of the book Zaf has so much anxiety and he has ideas of what he wants to do but there are things holding him back and by the end his character has really grown and I loved that.

Santa Clause is Coming To Town – Which character is on the naughty list and which character is on the nice list?

I’d put Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas on the naughty list and Elizabeth Scrivener from Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson.

Frosty The Snowman – Melts your heart?

For this I thought of Cath and Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell because I felt there were lots of similarities between Cath and myself and it was nice to see the romance in this book even though usually I don’t like romance at all.

Feliz Navidad – Choose A book that takes place in a country other than your own

Again, there were so many books I could choose for this one. I settled on The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden because it is one of my favourite books that I have read.

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year – Which holiday themed book do you use to spread Christmas joy?

I’ve struggled to think of an answer to this question because I haven’t read any holiday themed books yet.

Sleigh Ride – A fictional character to spend the holidays with?

I haven’t got a reason for this choice but my mind instantly went to Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Baby It’s Cold Outside – A book you didn’t like and that you would sacrifice to a fire to keep yourself warm?

First of all, I wouldn’t put any books into a fire but a book that I didn’t like is a good question. I would say We Are Blood and Thunder by Kesia Lupo because I just did not like that book at all, I actually gave it to my best friend and they enjoyed it so I’m glad I gave it to her.

Do You Hear What I Hear – Which book do you think everyone should read?

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco!

That’s it for this Christmas Song book tag, I hope you all enjoyed reading my answers. What would you all have put for your answers, let me know in the comments!