Happy Friday bookish people! My goodness the end of the year has arrived very quickly and it is time to do my yearly wrap up. For this year I am going to show a picture of the book cover of every book I have read this year all broken down into categories determined by the star rating I gave the book.
overall, this year I have only managed to read 49 books, compared to over 100 last year.
This year I read no books that I disliked so much that I gave them one star, it was close but I eventually decided the books in the two star category are:
In my 3 star category are:
4 star ratings
and finally… my two books I read this year that I rated five stars are…..
Happy Monday bookish people! I hope you all had a lovely January. If you have seen any of my recent posts here on my Instagram posts (@the_blind_scribe) you will know that my January has been full of ups and downs, honestly mostly downs. After being unwell for most of it and then my partner and I breaking up and having to move back in with my parents I barely read anything in January.
So, onto my January Wrap-up!
Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte – I did not read
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik – I did not read
Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert – I did read!
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – I did not read
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody – I did not read
Daughters of Night by Laura Shepard Robinson – I have recently started to read this, I won’t finish it by the end of the month but I am really enjoying the atmosphere and the lead female character so far.
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton – I have not read
Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff – I did not get around to reading
European Travels for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss – I have read the first 20 pages or so of this book and I am enjoying it but I wasn’t in the right mood for it this month because of everything happening.
Finale by Stephanie Garber – I did not read
Furyborn by Claire Legrand – I did not read
The Killings at Kingfisher Hill by Sophie Hannah – I did read this!
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – I did not read this
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty – I did not read this
Pages and Co Tilly and the Lost Fairytales – I did read this!
Queenslayer by Sebastien De Castell – I did not read this
Shadowscent by P M Freestone – I did not read this
The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman – I did not read
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – I did not read
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley – I did not read
The Plague Letters by V L Valentine – I did not read
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas – I did not read
I also read The Enchanted Wood, The Magic Faraway Tree and The Folk of the Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton which wasn’t on my TBR. So that means I read six books and I started two more so I am actually really happy with the amount that I ended up reading this month.
That’s it for this wrap up I hope you all enjoyed it!
Happy Monday bookish people! I hope you’re all having a good day today. It is the new year and I am getting around to putting up my first book review of the year! The book review is for Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert and it is the final book in the Brown Sisters Trilogy.
In this book review I will give star ratings to four categories and I will write a little bit about each one. I will try to keep it as spoiler free as possible. I hope you enjoy my book review.
Act Your Age Eve Brown Plot:
Rating: 3 out of 5.
Okay so first I will admit that I only started this trilogy so that I could read this particular book. I thought the description of Eve was something that I could relate to and the grumpy and sunshine trope was something I hadn’t read before.
Now my actual reading of this book wasn’t as enjoyable as I hoped it would be. The beginning was something I did enjoy, with the introduction of Jacob and the setting of the Inn. It felt very warm and cosy and I was looking forward to the romance of it, which is very rare for me. However, one of the things that I really don’t like in books is when drama is added for the sake of having drama and that is what it felt like at some points in this book. A good point for it though is that it has representation of autism that I felt was good.
Act Your Age Eve Brown Characters:
Rating: 4 out of 5.
Eve was my second favourite of the sisters, Chloe being my favourite, and I loved her bubbly personality and how she went from being supported by her parents and having no confidence in herself to how she is at the end of the book. Jacob is the love interest in this book, he is the grumpy character at the beginning and I liked how he was represented.
Act Your Age Eve Brown Writing and Dialogue:
Rating: 4 out of 5.
Talia Hibbert’s writing is very enjoyable because of it’s witty dialogue and humour. It was clear and well structured.
Act Your Age Eve Brown Overall:
Rating: 3 out of 5.
I am giving the book three stars overall because it didn’t quite live up to my expectations but I did really enjoy the characters and the dialogue.
In Act Your Age, Eve Brown the flightiest Brown sister crashes into the life of an uptight B&B owner and has him falling hard—literally.
Eve Brown is a certified hot mess. No matter how hard she strives to do right, her life always goes horribly wrong—so she’s given up trying. But when her personal brand of chaos ruins an expensive wedding (someone had to liberate those poor doves), her parents draw the line. It’s time for Eve to grow up and prove herself—even though she’s not entirely sure how…
Jacob Wayne is in control. Always. The bed and breakfast owner’s on a mission to dominate the hospitality industry—and he expects nothing less than perfection. So when a purple-haired tornado of a woman turns up out of the blue to interview for his open chef position, he tells her the brutal truth: not a chance in hell. Then she hits him with her car—supposedly by accident. Yeah, right.
Now his arm is broken, his B&B is understaffed, and the dangerously unpredictable Eve is fluttering around, trying to help. Before long, she’s infiltrated his work, his kitchen—and his spare bedroom. Jacob hates everything about it. Or rather, he should. Sunny, chaotic Eve is his natural-born nemesis, but the longer these two enemies spend in close quarters, the more their animosity turns into something else. Like Eve, the heat between them is impossible to ignore—and it’s melting Jacob’s frosty exterior.
That’s it for this book review, I hope you all enjoyed it!
Happy Tuesday bookish people! It’s the first month of the new year and it is time to share what I hope to be reading this month. I feel like I want to read a lot this month so far, I am hoping this will continue throughout the month and I’ll have a great month to start the year.
My January TBR:
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – I am really excited to read this book, I bought it with some vouchers I got for Christmas and it should be arriving today.
Furyborn by Claire Legrand – I’m not sure what I will think of this book but I want to read more outside of my comfort zone this year
Queenslayer by Sebastien de Castell – I am so close to finishing this series and I think this book will be another great one just like the rest of the series.
Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert – I will say at the time of writing this that I have actually finished reading this book and completed the Brown Sisters trilogy!
Daughters of Night by Laura Shepard-Robinson – A good Victorian mystery, that’s just what I want to read right now.
Shadowscent by P M Freestone – this is another book that I am not sure what to make of it yet but I hope I will enjoy it.
The Plague Letters by V L Valentine – a historical murder mystery, it sounds so different and intriguing and I am excited to get into it.
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – I am hoping that I will be able to get into this book easily.
Killings at Kingfisher Hill by Sophie Hannah – I read one of the books in her Poirot series and enjoyed it so hopefully the rest of the series will be the same.
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton – I loved his other book and a murder mystery set on a boat sounds intriguing.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas – It is time I got around to reading this book.
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody – I love any book to do with a circus or carnival so I have high hopes.
European Travels for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss – I have already started this one and just like the first book in the series, I am already immersed in the world.
Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte – I don’t actually know much about this book.
Hunting Party by Lucy Foley – I started reading her other book and ended up putting it down so I hope I will have better luck with this book.
Pages and Co 2 by Anna James – this is a lovely series of books that I am excited to continue.
The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman – another series that has a brilliant world that I want to get back to.
Finale by Stephanie Garber – finally I am hoping to finish up the caraval series!
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik – I’ve heard mixed things about this book but I am still interested in reading it.
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – this is an intimidating book but I am excited to get around to it
Empire of the Vampire – another book I’m not sure about but I have heard great things.
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty – I am excited to read more mysteries this month.
That’s it for my January TBR, I hope you all enjoyed it! Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?
Happy Monday bookish people! It is getting to the end of November and it is time to share my November wrap-up with you all. This month has gone by so quickly because I’ve had so much to do. This month has been for getting everything ready for Christmas and at last it is all done, prepared, ready. I’ve also been making all my posts for December because as I announced last week I will be trying to post every day in December, it has been fun but a lot of work. I haven’t finished them yet but I’ve done most and I am attempting to finish them today. On top of that I’ve been unwell for at least half of November and that has left very little time to read.
So, let’s talk about what I did and didn’t read and what I thought of the books!
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas – I did not read this book this month, I wasn’t in the mood for a long fantasy book but I have moved this book to my December TBR
Vampire Brat by Angie Sage – one of the books in the Araminta Spook series and I did read this book. I liked it but it isn’t my favourite of the series.
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – I did not read this book but I have moved this one to my December TBR
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas – I did not read this book
These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan – I did not read this book, it’s another fantasy that I just wasn’t in the mood for this month
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – I didn’t read this book
The Howling Hag Mystery by Nicki Thornton – I did read this book, it was interesting but not all that enjoyable for me
The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White – I did not read this book
The Devil Makes Three by Tori Bovalino – I did not read this book
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – I didn’t read this book either
Take A Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert – I did read this book! and it surprised me, I have posted a book review for this book if you are interested in my full thoughts
The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson – I did not read this book
Shadowscent The Darkest Bloom by P M Freestone – I did not read
Rose by Holly Webb – I wanted to get around to this book but in the end there wasn’t enough time
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch – I am currently reading this book and I will finish it before the end of the month and I am enjoying it a lot.
Pages and Co by Anna James – I did read this book and I enjoyed it so much I want to get the rest of the series.
Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T A Willberg – this is another book I wanted to get to but in the end I didn’t
Last Chance Books by Kelsey Rodkey – I did not read this book
Ghostsitters by Angie Sage – another book from the Araminta Spook series and I did read this
Fable by Adrienne Young – I did not read this book
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody – I did not read this
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare – I did not read this
By the Book by Amanda Sellett – I did not read this book
Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert – I did not read this book either
So I ended up reading five books off my TBR and I am in the middle of a sixth book from my TBR, outside of my TBR I read You’ll Be The Death of Me by Karen M McManus for a book tour so that makes my overall total for the month 7 books which I’m pretty pleased with.
Happy Friday bookish people! I was looking for something fun to post today and I thought I haven’t done a book tag in a while so I will have go at ones of them and so I chose the ’90s Movies book tag. I was born at the very end of the 90s so I wasn’t really a 90s kid but I have seen a lot of the films from that decade. I found this tag on Zeezee with Books’ blog but it was created by A Book Lovers Playlist. I hope you enjoy the book tag!
She’s All That: Name a book couple that are an odd pairing but they still fit perfectly.
For this one I instantly thought of Jeremy and Sophia from Deadly Curious by Cindy Astley. Jeremy is a new recruit to the Bow Street Runners who is investigating a murder and Sophia is the daughter of a wealthy family and she desperately wants to become a detective and constantly puts herself in the middle of the investigation to help with it. As a couple, they shouldn’t work but they do.
10 Things I Hate About You: A Book Series that you have a love/hate relationship with
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefavater. I have read the first book in the series and I didn’t love it but I liked it enough to continue the series, mainly because the premise is intriguing and I want to see what happens with it but I keep putting the second book on my monthly TBR’s and never getting around to reading it.
Clueless: A character that is totally clueless but you love them anyway
Kai in The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman. He isn’t as clueless as he comes across sometimes but in comparison to Irene that is how he sometimes seems but I love him anyway.
Titanic: Name a book that made you cry
I can’t really answer this one, I actually can’t think of any books right now that have made me cry. There must be loads of them but I just cannot think of one.
American Pie: A Book that makes you laugh
The Spellslinger series by Sebastien De Castell, his books always make me laugh.
Can’t Hardly Wait: A book with a crazy party
This was a difficult one but what I came up with in the end is Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz. Technically the reader doesn’t actually see the party but they hear about it and how different people were acting during it.
Cruel Intentions: Name a character you can never fully trust
Victor Vale from Vicious by V E Schwab. He is a morally grey character that I love but I’m never completely sure what he’s doing is right or whether he will turn into a villian at some point in the near future.
Drive Me Crazy: Name your favourite boy next door or girl next door couple
For this one all I could think of is Eve Brown in Act Your Age Eve Brown, which I haven’t read yet but I feel that it gives off girl next door couple vibes.
Scream: A book with a memorable villian
Shadow and Bone. Whenever I read something about villians I always think of the Darkling. I’m not even sure why.
The Craft: Name a book with witches
Serpent and Dove is one of my favourite books with witches in, I loved everything about it – even though I haven’t gotten to the second book in the series yet. The magic system and the way the witches are treated is a part of the book that is written so brilliantly.
That’s it for this book tag, I hope you all enjoyed it! What books would you have said for your answers?
Happy Monday bookish people! Today I am bringing you another book review of a book that is outside of my usual genre – Take A Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert.
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!
Take A Hint, Dani Brown Plot:
Rating: 4 out of 5.
I read the first book in the Brown Sisters trilogy, Get A Life, Chloe Brown, earlier this year and I was surprised how much I ended up enjoying it. It is rare for me to enjoy a romance book, I sometimes don’t mind romance in books but a romance book isn’t a genre I gravitate towards. However, as I said I enjoyed Get A Life Chloe Brown and so I was excited to continue the series. I have to be honest, after reading the synopsis of Take A Hint Dani Brown, I wasn’t sure if I would like the book because it features fake dating and that isn’t a trope I usually like. In this book, I didn’t love the fake dating aspect but I understood why it was there and it did add to the overall book. I enjoyed the story, less than the first in the series, but I still enjoyed it.
One thing I would like to mention that I liked a lot about this book was how anxiety and panic attacks were portrayed. I don’t talk a lot about my own mental health on here but I do have panic attacks and anxiety, I had two years where every time I tried to sleep I would have panic attacks and it took a lot to get through them, I’m not free of them now, I still get them daily, but I am much better at dealing with them. It was something that I struggled to see that I didn’t need to go through them alone and seeing one of the main characters in this book struggle with it too and see them start to accept help and support was a really nice thing for me.
I didn’t really like the end of the book, I can’t say too much without spoiling what happens but the way the end scene goes didn’t sit very well with me. It isn’t the last last scene of the book but it is near the end.
Take A Hint Dani Brown Characters:
Rating: 4 out of 5.
I loved Dani as a main character. I liked how confident in herself she is, which is completely the opposite to the way I am. I also liked how the character grows throughout the book and she becomes a great character, she has strong family values and I liked the way she interacted with other characters.
Zaf is the very charming love interest in this book. I really liked that this book switches around the stereotypical ideas of a romance. In this book the man is the overly romantic one and I thought this fit Zaf so well.
Take A Hint Dani Brown Writing and Dialogue:
Rating: 4 out of 5.
I already knew I liked Talia Hibbert’s effortless writing style from reading Get A Life Chloe Brown and reading Take A Hint Dani Brown only reinforced my opinion that I love her writing.
Take A Hint Dani Brown Overall:
Rating: 4 out of 5.
I gave this book four stars overall because although I liked it less than the first book I still was surprised by how much I did enjoy this book. I think it is down to the way that Talia Hibbert writes her books, both the writing style and the plot.
Talia Hibbert returns with another charming romantic comedy about a young woman who agrees to fake date her friend after a video of him “rescuing” her from their office building goes viral…
Danika Brown knows what she wants: professional success, academic renown, and an occasional roll in the hay to relieve all that career-driven tension. But romance? Been there, done that, burned the T-shirt. Romantic partners, whatever their gender, are a distraction at best and a drain at worst. So Dani asks the universe for the perfect friend-with-benefits—someone who knows the score and knows their way around the bedroom.
When brooding security guard Zafir Ansari rescues Dani from a workplace fire drill gone wrong, it’s an obvious sign: PhD student Dani and ex-rugby player Zaf are destined to sleep together. But before she can explain that fact, a video of the heroic rescue goes viral. Now half the internet is shipping #DrRugbae—and Zaf is begging Dani to play along. Turns out, his sports charity for kids could really use the publicity. Lying to help children? Who on earth would refuse?
Dani’s plan is simple: fake a relationship in public, seduce Zaf behind the scenes. The trouble is, grumpy Zaf’s secretly a hopeless romantic—and he’s determined to corrupt Dani’s stone-cold realism. Before long, he’s tackling her fears into the dirt. But the former sports star has issues of his own, and the walls around his heart are as thick as his… um, thighs.
Suddenly, the easy lay Dani dreamed of is more complex than her thesis. Has her wish backfired? Is her focus being tested? Or is the universe just waiting for her to take a hint?
That’s it for this book review, I hope you all enjoyed it!
Have you read this book? What did you think of it?
Happy Tuesday bookish people! I was meant to be putting this post up yesterday but I ran out of time because my partner and I were visiting his parents. So I’m putting it up today instead!
This month I have used the prompts for Believathon round 4: Escape from the Jungle – hosted by Gavin from How To Train Your Gavin on YouTube, but I am twisting the rules just a little bit…
The premise of the Readathon is to read middle grade books that fit the prompts – there are thirty prompts in total. I don’t own that many middle grade books so I am just going to use any books I have to fit the prompts and get some of the middle grade I own in there as well.
Onto my TBR for November!
Take A Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert – This is from my October TBR but I still want to read it so I have moved it to this month
Rivers of London by ben Aaronovitch – another book taken from my October TBR
Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert – and another brought from October
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas – it is about time I read this book, I have had the whole series for ages now
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – have read one or two of her books before and really enjoyed them so I am looking forward to this one.
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – this is a series I have seen a lot of good things about
The Howling Hag Mystery by Nicki Thornton – this is the first middle grade book on my TBR so I’m excited to get this one on there
Rose by Holly Webb – this is a book that was a favourite of mine when I was a child and I am looking forward to trying it again now
Fable by Adrienne Young – I love books that feature water so I have high hopes for this one
Shadowscent by P M Freestone – I’m not sure how I will find this one but hopefully I enjoy it
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas – I’m so excited to finally get around to reading this one and to be back with Feyre and Rhysand
Pages and Co by Anna James – another middle grade that sounds like it will be really good
Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T A Willberg – this was on my October TBR but now I am really in the mood to read it
The Devil Makes Three by Tori Bovalino – I’m scared to read this one
Ghostsitters by Angie sage
Vampire Brat by Angie Sage
Last Chance Books by Kelsey Rodkey – a book about a book shop, I’m definitely excited about it
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare – I am excited but scared to read this book
The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson – I love the cover of this book
By the Book by Amanda Sellet – I really want to read this book immediately
These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan – I love books with fae in them
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
That’s it for my October TBR I hope you enjoyed it and let me know in the comments if you have read any of these and what you thought of them!
Happy Monday bookish people! It is the first of November and that means it is time to share with you my wrap up for the month of October.
October was once again a really busy month for me, I officially started my PhD course and I have had to sort lots of things out in preparation for my Masters graduation while also dealing with some issues with my health. It has been a long feeling month that is for sure, but we are now in November and I am feeling great about reading and the books I have chosen (my November TBR post will be going up later today!).
So, in October I was planning on reading lots of spooky books and mysteries and… well, I didn’t do as well with my TBR as I’d hoped. I wasn’t feeling the books I had on my TBR when it came time to read them and then now – the first day of November I am really in the mood to read them. That is very annoying.
Anyway, let’s get into what I did and didn’t read in the month of October!
October TBR and Thoughts:
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik – I did not read, I was very excited this book was finally on my TBR but I just didn’t get a chance to pick it up.
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody – another book I was so excited for but didn’t get around to.
Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert – I didn’t read this one but it has been moved to this month’s TBR…
Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco – I NEED to get around to reading this soon but I didn’t manage it in October
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab – I did read this one, I actually read this entire trilogy this month
Cream Buns and Crime by Robin Stevens – I also read this one
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton – I did not read this one
Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff – I’ve heard such good things about this one but I haven’t read it yet
Good Girl Bad Blood by Holly Jackson – I didn’t get to this one
Legendborn by Tracey Deonn – I’m disappointed I didn’t get to this one it was the perfect month for it
Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T A Willberg – This is the one I’m now really in the mood to read so I’m just going to do it, I’m going to read it in November
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – I am so scared to read this because I heard it’s classed as a horror so I didn’t read it in Ocotber
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo – I did not read this one
Once Upon A Crime by Robin Stevens – I did read this one
One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M McManus – I did not read this one
People of Abandoned Character by Clare Whitfield – I didn’t get around to this one but I am very excited to read it soon
Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price – I did not read this one
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch – I didn’t read this one
Take A Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert – I didn’t read this one
The Devil Makes Three by Tori Bovalino – Another book I was too scared to read
The Painted Dragon by Katherine Woodfine – it turns out this book is from a series and I don’t have the first ones in it and I’m not sure if I need to read them first
The Winterhouse Mysteries by Ben Guterson – another book that it turns out is in a series and I didn’t read because I don’t have the first few to read before this one
The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava reid – I did not read this one
So, out of my TBR I read five of the books which isn’t great but it isn’t awful either. Outside of my TBR I also read the first three books in the Araminta Spook series by Angie sage which takes my October total to eight books. Considering everything that has happened this month I’m pretty happy with that total. Although I definitely plan to read more in November so we will see how that goes.
That’s it for my October wrap-up I hope you all enjoyed it! Let me know how you all did with your October reading.
Happy Friday bookish people! I hope you’re all having a lovely day! It is finally time to share my October Tbr! It is the month for all things spooky and I thought I might as well join in with that and get out all the books that fit the season.
So, this month my TBR game was horrible to me and I got so many doubles. I always start by doing twelve rolls and after all my doubles I ended up with 25 books on my TBR. Yes, I’m worried about this too.
Onto the books I will be reading in October!
Once Upon A Crime by Robin Stevens – I found this in a charity shop and I’m excited to read it
Cream Buns and Crime by Robin Stevens
The Winterhouse Mysteries by Ben Guterson
The Devil Makes Three by Tori Bovalino
The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid
Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco – I’m so excited to read the final installment of this series
Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T A Willberg
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton
City of Ghosts series by V E Schwaab
Take A Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Painted Dragon by Katharine Woodfine
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
One of us is Lying by Karen M McManus
Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Legendborn by Tracey Deonne
People of Abandoned Character by Claire Whitfield
So that’s my TBR for the month of October and I’m excited but scared to start on it. I hope you all enjoyed reading about it!