Before I start this post, I just wanted to say a big, fat HAPPY PRIDE MONTH to you lovely lot!! We'll be hitting our local Pride festival this weekend and I can't wait!
Now, onto the post, but don't worry, more Pride stuff below!
Do you ever feel as though you're running, trying desperately to catch up but no matter how fast you go, you're never fast enough, so you keep running but you never get any closer to where you're supposed to be?
So, this is pretty much how I feel right now. Work is crazy, I love my job but it's been a little up and down lately and trying to get things moving in the right direction is challenging. Homeschooling my daughter is an absolute whirlwind, I love it, but combined with running a business full-time it's draining to say the least and I honestly can't remember the last time me and my partner went out on a date and some days I just want to stay in bed and read (don't we all though?)
All of this is why, again, I haven't been seen around here or book Twitter much lately but I am trying, I promise!
Last weekend was fantastic, my daughter and I went to visit a family friend at her stables and we helped to groom the horses, collect chicken eggs and I even had a short ride (it's been a long time since I last sat on the back of a horse and it was a lot scarier than I remember!)
For those of you who don't know, I'm sort of low-key obsessed with horses and have been devouring Heartland on Netflix. My gosh I love this show! The only way that I can describe the tone of the show (for those who haven't seen it) is sort of like Gilmore Girls but with horses and cowboys - in that there's a fair amount of drama but plenty of laughs and smiles too.
Anyway, since my visit I'm sort of feeling the need to re-read Blind Beauty by K.M. Peyton. I adored this book growing up; the drama, the tragedy, the love and, of course, the horses, and I keep eyeing it on my bookshelf so I'm guessing I'll be reading this again soon.
I recently invested in Kindle Unlimited and I've been reading an absolute ton of M/M romance (I don't know why I love it, but I do). Some of it good and some of it just wasn't my cup of tea. Here's a quick run-down of a few titles I've read so far this month:
How to Howl at the Moon by Eli Easton - I was drawn to this one because it sounded a little like Wolfsong by TJ Klune, which is a truly stunning book. How to Howl at the Moon is a shifter book with a bit of an unexpected twist and truthfully, one that felt a little cringe-worthy at times but there were plenty of heartfelt moments and I adored the two main characters.
Stuck With You by Jay Northcote - not too sure why I decided to read a Christmas novel in the middle of June, but hey, the weather in the UK is so utterly rubbish at the moment that it may as well be the middle of winter. This book just didn't do it for me. It started off really well with an enemies to lovers romance that was fun but then it took a turn for the far too predictable and whilst I did read it to the end, I found myself skipping pages just to get it over with.
I'm currently reading Light Years by Kass Morgan, the second sci-fi book that I've read this month (which is bizarre for me as I don't usually read sci-fi) and I'm really loving it. I'm only 124 pages into this 372 page novel but I can't get enough. The pacing is fantastic, I love the 4-way split narrative and that each character is distinct and different enough that it's never difficult to tell them apart.
This book does feature one queer character (so far) and so fits nicely with my Pride Month reading goals and I can't wait to see how his storyline develops.
I haven't been so quickly invested in a new book for a while so I'm excited to see where this one goes!
Have you read it? Let me know what you think, but please, no spoilers!!
I do have a couple of exciting blog tours on the horizon, one is the final book in a trilogy that I've loved since I read the first one two years ago and the second is a new LGBT novel that I'm really excited to get my hands on so do keep your eyes peeled for those.
In the meantime, I'd love to know what you're currently reading? Are you reading any books specifically for Pride Month? Send me your recommendations!
As you know, I'm doing my best to catch up on all of the things I've missed lately and so today, I'm catching up on The Unique Blogger Award!
I was nominated by the incredible and lovely Noly over at The Artsy Reader (seriously, go check out her stuff!) last September (has it really been that long??) and I really love these tags. They're just short, fun little ways for you us all to get to know each other a bit better.
First up, the rules:
So, without further ado, here are Noly's questions and my answers:
1. If you could pick three book characters to have as close friends, who would they be and why?
OMG, why is this so hard? Okay, so here goes, off the top of my head:
- Amren from A Court of Thorns and Roses so that we can drink the blood of our victims together and adore all the shiny things.
- Reichis from Spellslinger because who wouldn't want a cute and furry yet bloodthirsty squirrel cat as a close friend?
- Sam of Wilds from The Lightning Struck heart because you'd always end up on the best adventures, laughing your head off and receiving the all-time best hugs ever!!
2. What makes a good book for you?
Good question, difficult to answer because it depends, mainly on what mood I'm in. Sometimes the book I need is a delicious and hilarious slow-burn enemies to lovers romance where the plot focuses on their relationship. Other times, I fall in love with books that make me cry with laughter and are filled with oblivious wizard's apprentices, occasionally douchey knights, monologuing evil wizards, gay unicorns and disturbingly sexually active dragons. And then sometimes, I'll enjoy a book about two boys who meet by chance, become friends and fall in love over the course of single day and then both die in equally horrific ways while I cry my eyes out - NO, ADAM SILVERA, I AM STILL NOT OVER IT NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES WE WERE WARNED!!
So, I guess, any book can be a good book for me if I fall in love with it. Here are some of my favourites to help demonstrate my answer:
- Jed Had to Die by Tara Sivec (romantic comedy/murder mystery)
- Eragon by Christopher Paolini (epic fantasy with dragons)
- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (epic female-led fantasy with magic)
- Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (epic female-led fantasy with magic, murder, sex and shadow cats)
- They Both Die in the End by Adam Silvera (heart-breaking contemporary)
- Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (heist-style fantasy with magic)
- The Bones Beneath My Skin by TJ Klune (sci-fi m/m romance )
- The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee (historical LGBT romance/fantasy - it has pirates!)
- Children of Blood and Bone (epic female-led fantasy with incredible magic and battle scenes)
- Clean by Juno Dawson (gritty YA contemporary)
Okay, so writing that list sort of gave me an answer because each book title I wrote was inspired by a character (that I love) from said book popping into my head and so I guess, yeah, it's the characters who make a good book for me. It doesn't matter what the genre is or the setting or whether or not it has romance. If the character is compelling and amazing, that's usually what hooks me.
Sorry for the massive answer!
3. What is the first book you remember to have read by yourself as a child?
It was either The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe or Lyrico. I loved both as a child and found both in my grandparents attic but I don't remember which came first. I do know that they sparked my love of reading, particularly fantasy. I'm currently reading Lyrico to my daughter so I've gone full circle.
My three questions for you:
Thanks for reading lovelies, I'll tag a bunch of accounts on Twitter but feel free to join in via the comments (you don't need to be a blogger to take part). Let me know your answers to my questions and what you think of my own (slightly lengthy) answers.
Want to know the number one secret to writing the perfect book review?
There isn't one.
That's it, blog post over! Just kidding...
The truth is, a book review is an extremely personal, subjective thing, as is the process of actually reading a book.
Think about it, how many times have you spoken to someone about a book you've both read and found that you've had differing opinions/feelings?
Maybe you even both loved the book but your favourite character was someone different or there was a particular thing that you both had contrasting opinions about.
Whilst you've both, in theory, read the same book, your own personality, experiences, mindset (and a whole load of other things) have shaped how you read and processed that book in a completely different way than the other person did, so in essence, you've both actually read a different book.
That leads me to the trickiness of writing a book review, especially when it comes to 'negative' reviews because what's negative to you (or positive for that matter) might not be for someone else.
Your thoughts and feelings towards a book and whether it was good or bad, what worked or what didn't is subjective to you and your preferences. Those same preferences might not apply to someone else and so the truth is, or at least this is the way that I see it, you can only be as honest as you can when writing a review.
If you say that something didn't work for you, say why i.e. writing, 'I prefer a faster plot' is much more helpful to readers than 'the plot pacing was terrible' - the second phrasing leaves too many questions, why was it terrible? Was it too fast, too slow? etc.
With the first phrasing, other fast-paced book lovers might choose to steer clear of this particular book but other readers who enjoy or prefer a slower-paced book might find their next favourite author.
So, in summary, the secret to writing the perfect book review is to simply write how you feel, be honest but be descriptive. Simply writing that you don't like something, or that you do like something isn't much help because you're you and we're not, but maybe we share some reading interests/preferences and it'd be really helpful as readers to understand why you did/didn't like something.
Oh, and just a personal preference from me, where possible, try to keep your reviews spoiler free. I HATE SPOILERS! For example, before watching any big movie (i.e. End Game) and TV Show (i.e. GOT) I avoid the internet and social media like the plague (as much as I can since I have to use it for work) and even with my efforts, some careless twit managed to ruin yesterday's episode for me, and it completely spoiled my mood. Surely the last thing you'd want to do is ruin a book for a reader? On My Endless Shelf, I try my hardest to keep reviews spoiler-free whilst still sharing my thoughts and feelings (and the occasional out-of-context snippets) and, in the case of sequels, I always put a warning at the start in case you haven't read the previous installment. Saying that, I'm only human and if you do spot a spoiler in any of my posts, feel free to let me know!
What about you? What are your tips for writing the perfect book review and how do you feel about spoilers?
I read 9 books in April and all but one of them was m/m romance - it wasn't an intentional choice, I guess I just subconsciously chose a reading 'theme' for this month.
For those of you who haven't joined me for a monthly book roundup before, here's where I list all of the books I read over the last month and give much smaller 'micro' reviews.
It's also probably one of the only times you'll read about any of my DNF's and books I rated less than 3 stars etc.
Here goes (you can click on the title to see the full review if there is one or to visit GoodReads):
Downtime by James Allen - This book was so interesting! I read it because of a recommendation by one of my favourite m/m romance authors, Anyta Sunday, who recommended it as a slow-burn romance. Whilst, I wouldn't actually agree that it's a slow burn, it was definitely an interesting read. This book had a bit of everything really, time travel, magic, murder mystery, ghosts and a truly sweet love story. The direction of the book and some of the elements took me by surprise but I really enjoyed it. Here are two of my favourite quotes:
Words I live by - "I can put up with anyone who comes bearing cinnamon rolls."
Words everyone should live by - “Any fellow who’s not on the side of love—” Derry’s voice went soft. “He’s to be pitied.”
IRL by Lucy Lennox - This book was so much fun, making it quite different from the book above, which was more serious. This book had me giggling throughout and I did not put it down until I'd read the whole thing from start to finish. I loved how the relationship between the two characters started via a misunderstanding and it grew to be something amazingly funny and touching. The boardroom scene will forever be etched into my memory!! I don't usually buy into the whole billionaire romance thing but this was fab!
How to Be a Normal Person by TJ Klune - I don't know how TJ Klune keeps pulling off these great books that are all so very different. This book gets bonus points for its fantastic asexuality rep. The characters are adorable, quirky and so likable it's hard to leave them once you've gotten to know them. A great start to the series!
The Deal by Elle Kennedy - Looking at other reviews, I seem to be the minority with this one as I just didn't enjoy it at all. Maybe it was the lack of trigger warnings, the stalker-like/controlling behaviour of the main character or the fact that the plot just seemed to fizzle out at one point, but this was definitely not my kind of romance.
Looking for Trouble by Riley Hart - This book on the other hand, I really did enjoy. The characters are complete opposites in lifestyle, personality and age but their excruciating, slow-burning connection was beautiful, especially in how it changed both men for the better.
Deke by Eden Finley - Like the other books in the Fake Boyfriend series, Deke did not disappoint. "Sweet Neil Patrick Harris, I’m fucked." It was fun, surprising and sweet, all at once.
Blindsided by Eden Finley - This book was a little different to the previous in the series as it didn't actually contain a fake boyfriend trope. However, it is another great coming out story this time featuring bi rep (whoop!!!) and two very clueless but very sweet and sexy characters. I'm now really itching to get my hands on Jet's book - he's quickly become my favourite character!
Made for You by Anyta Sunday - This was easily my book of the month. Anyta Sunday is the queen of slow-burn and this book was so dreamy and sweet. I love each of the characters individually and their relationships with each other were perfect. I read this book in one sitting with a big grin on my face from start to finish.
Family Camp by Eli Easton - This was a lovely book, dealing with some tricky themes i.e homophobia, anxiety and adoption. The two main characters were great and I loved their building romance but what really made this book special was the kids and the transformative relationships that were just super sweet and moving to read.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think?
I'd love to hear from you in the comments, especially if you have some recommendations for me!
Long time, no see.
If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen a few posts from me over the past month or so saying how hectic my life has been lately and that completely coincides with the fact that I haven't posted here in over a month!!
My family have had a pretty rocky start to the new year, suffering losses and illness and then to top it off my daughter really struggled with her mental health which resulted in her needing to be removed from school. So, in short, I'm running a small business, homeschooling my daughter and trying desperately to finish my book. Which, hopefully gives some indication as to why I've been MIA from blogging lately. As much as I love reading and writing, my daughter and my work have to come first.
But, saying that, I have been reading when I can and since my last book review, I've read nine books - I just haven't gotten around to writing reviews for them, but I'm really hoping to try and get back into blogging a little more, especially since I recently earned my 80% badge on NetGalley (something I've been working towards for a year!)
Which brings me to my next topic: My Endless Shelf Turned 1!!!!!
I know, right? You want to hear the best part?
I completely missed it! ? That's right, I completely missed my own bloggerversary!
But, to make it up to you guys for sticking with me, even though I've been completely rubbish lately, I'm holding a giveaway to celebrate (more info below).
Anyhow, I'm going to be posting a few mini reviews of some of the books I've been reading lately as well as what's on my TBR right now.
As mentioned above, I am still working on my first book, a paranormal romance that I'm so, so excited to share with you. It's been my baby for so long now. I finished the first draft over a year ago and I'm currently working on story edits before going back to tidy up those pesky line edits. Eeek! I love these characters and I hope you will too!
If you enjoy teasers, feel free to follow me on Twitter, where I sometimes share snippets on Wednesday's under the #1linewed hashtag.
Thanks for sticking with me! If you'd like the chance to win the book of your choice (under £10), enter below!
Giveaway is open worldwide as long as Book Depository ships to you. Giveaway closes at midnight on 31st May. Winner will be announced here and on social media within 48 hours. Giveaway t's and c's apply! No giveaway accounts!
A big thanks to everyone who enters!
I can't believe it's been a full month since I last blogged! To give you the short version, my family and I had a pretty rocky start to the year with family stuff and illnesses.
On top of that my business is currently the busiest it's ever been, which is a really good thing and something I'm so happy and proud of, but it does often mean that I'm working longer hours and haven't been able to read/blog as much especially because I've been spending more quality time with my family on weekends.
This does mean that I've been neglecting My Endless Shelf and you wonderful readers. I am hoping to get back into a more regular blogging schedule now and also to catch up on the many unread emails in the My Endless Shelf inbox.
The other reason brings me to my first bit of 'news' - I'm writing again (YAY!)
What I'm Writing
Some of you might know that I wrote my first novel in 2017 and then after finishing the first draft I sort of put it to one side and just left it, not intentionally but, you know, life...
Well, my number one goal this year is to finally publish some of my writing. My lifelong dream has always been to be a full-time author, writing (and reading) are my two passions and I'm so sick and tired of making excuses and of life just getting in the way of me trying to realise my dream, which is why, since the beginning of February, I've been spending as much time as I can outside of work and family time to write and to edit my novel.
Editing is sooo hard! I thought that writing, actually getting those ideas and characters out of my head and onto paper, would be the hardest part but I couldn't have been more wrong. Editing just takes so much more time than writing because there are just so many editing 'passes' that need to be done and I'm a complete beginner with the whole process. I'm getting there, very very slowly, but still making progress which I'm really happy about.
I'm also writing more because sometimes I just need a break away from the soul-crushing reality of editing and it also helps to keep me creative. There's only so much I can take of various ideas and voices ringing in my head before I just have to start writing them down.
I mentioned on Twitter recently that I'd written a short story. What started as a 'quick' creative writing exercise based on a prompt somehow turned into a several hour writing sprint where I could not stop typing and that resulted in a 4,000+ word short story.
After a bit of research, I decided to publish the story on Wattpad because I like the simplicity of the platform and also because editing 4,000+ words is a hell of a lot easier than editing 100,000+ words and so I'm working through the story chapter by chapter, editing it and uploading it to Wattpad.
So far, I've had a small number of readers and a positive response but I'm hoping for more readers & feedback once the full story is live.
If you're interested, it's a contemporary romance with a hint of magic. It is LGBT and centers around a f/f relationship with both bi and lesbian rep.
If you'd like to read the first 3 chapters, of The Midnight Cab which are now live, you can do so over on Wattpad by clicking the link above - I hope you enjoy it and I'd love to know what you think.
I'm releasing a new chapter every few days (hopefully with another this weekend) and so the full story will be available very soon for those of you who prefer not to start an unfinished story.
Depending on the response, I might also post the story up on the blog.
What I'm Reading/Reading Slump!
In the gap since my last blog post I attempted to read at least 4/5 different books in various genres but none really stuck, even though I know that at least two of them are amazing and I do want to read them.
I've found myself in a pretty big reading slump, I haven't had one like this for such a long time where I just haven't felt motivated to read at all. I'm guessing it has a direct link with my mental health because over the past month I've been so mentally exhausted and all I've wanted to do is sleep.
Fingers crossed, I think that I'm slowly coming out of the slump now, I re-read one of my favourite romance novels (Checkmate by R.L. Mathewson) and I've also been doing quite a lot of reading on Wattpad. I ventured into poetry which is an odd one for me as I'm not usually taken by poetry and I'm currently reading Bite Me by Alicia Wallace which is a paranormal (vampire x werewolf) m/m romance and I'm really enjoying it so far.
Next up, I'm hoping to finish one of the books I started last month and will do my best to have some reviews posted as soon as possible.
In other news, the NYALitFest is taking place in two weeks and I'm so excited!! After the incredible time I had at their Supernatural and Fantastical in YA event last year, I cannot wait to attend their main festival on March 16th!
I've booked tickets for pretty much every panel, and it's not too late if you want to come along. You can book your free tickets here!
The theme this year is Mental Health & Inclusiveness in YA and the author line-up is just fantastic including; Melinda Salisbury, Alice Broadway, Samantha Shannon, Bali Rai and Alexandra Sheppard.
There will be panels and workshops covering; Creative Writing, YA Thrillers, Inclusiveness in YA, Mental Health and Feminism in Fantasy.
There will also be author signings throughout the day and stalls filled with bookish goodies and run by several fantastic publishing houses including Bloomsbury, Macmillan, Walker and, of course, the organisers of the event, UCLan Publishing (I have everything crossed that I can grab some beautiful books for review and/or to giveaway on the blog!)
There's loads more going on in the day too - click here for the full programme!
I'll be updating Instagram and Twitter throughout the day if you want to follow along with what's happening and I will do a blog recap after the event.
I can't wait to meet everyone and catch up with the fantastic people I met last year (although I will try not to turn up 4 hours early this time!!)
In other news, thanks to the lovely folks at Penguin Random House, I'll be hosting a giveaway very shortly for a paperback copy of Jack of Hearts by L.C. Rosen. This unapologetically honest LGBT YA is a great read and you can find out exactly what I thought of it in my review.
Stay tuned for the giveaway coming soon!
I think that's all for now - this turned out to be a much longer post than I'd intended!
So, over to you! What are you reading at the moment? I'd love to know your recommendations!
As always, happy reading!
Last month I went on a bit of a 'requesting' spree on NetGalley and requested a bunch of books, with little hope of being approved, but it turns out that I was accepted for almost all of them, so I thought it might be fun to share with you the books that I'll be reading over the next month or so.
They're mostly YA with one exception and all completely different!
As always, just click on the cover to add it to your TBR:
What do you think? Do any of these books take your fancy?
Keep checking back for my reviews of these four books over the next month or two. I'm particularly excited for Proud and We Are Blood and Thunder!
Welcome to my very first book roundup of 2019!
How is 2019 treating you so far?
I'm guessing it's not just me who feels as though January lasted forever! Honestly, it was not the best start for me and my family this year and so I just have to hope that the rest of the year will take it easier on us.
Oddly, despite all of that, I somehow managed to finish 9 books in January. I can only guess that we somehow had what felt like a 3-month, month. In addition to that, I actually started 12 books last month, which gives you an idea of the kind of head space I've been in lately.
Anyway, for those of you who haven't joined me for a monthly book roundup before, here's where I basically list all of the books I read over the last month and give much smaller 'micro' reviews.
It's also probably one of the only times you'll hear me saying anything negative about a book as I also list any DNF's and books I rated less than 3 stars etc.
Here goes (you can click on the title to see the full review if there is one or to visit GoodReads):
The Princess of Baker Street by Mia Kerrick - As my first book (and first ARC) of the year, this was a great way to start. This is a really powerful story about true friendship and being true to yourself, and it was definitely not an easy read. There was a lot of pain in this book, these two extremely young characters have so much to deal with that it's heartbreaking to witness. But, all the more important because of it.
Tell Me It's Real by TJ Klune - My first audiobook of the year was so much fun! TJ Klune is now one of my absolute favourite romance writers and it's all because of his fantastic characters. This book is the perfect mix of light, sweet romance alongside real sadness and heartache.
Match Me If You Can by Tiana Smith - Admittedly, I felt a little let down by this book. I was excited by the synopsis but didn't like or feel any connection with the main character. There were so many clichés and so much drama that I did become slightly irritated. However, the writing and pace were great and I loved Logan, who was my saving grace!
Fake Out by Eden Finley - This is my first ever book by Eden Finley. I actually had really low expectations for this book but it was so much fun! Plenty of humour, great chemistry and a really sweet story.
Let's Get Textual by Teagan Hunter - Ah, this book was so cheesy but in the best possible way. I absolutely loved this book. Get ready to grin, laugh out loud and swoon!
The Wicked King by Holly Black - This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2019 and it did not disappoint. If anything, it drove me pretty crazy with all of the plot twists. If you enjoyed The Cruel Prince, you'll devour The Wicked King!
Trick Play by Eden Finley - Since I enjoyed the first book in this series (Fake Out) so much, I guess it's no surprise that I decided to read the second. Picking up where the last book ended, this one focuses on a different couple and I loved their dynamic. Funny, cute and sexy - this book checked all the boxes.
Kissing the Teacher by Nora Phoenix - So, it turns out that I'm really not into reading about BDSM. I guess I should have figured that much out when I tried (and spectacularly failed) to read Fifty Shades of Grey. Don't get me wrong, there were some really sweet moments in this book, Baxter is just precious but the trope/relationship just wasn't my thing. Baxter also came off waaay younger than he was supposed to be which made me feel a bit uncomfortable given the age difference.
Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat - Yeah, so I think when this book was recommended to me as an "amazing m/m romance" I was intrigued. Sadly, this book left me feeling absolutely sick to my stomach. I won't sugar coat this for you. This book strongly features; slavery, abuse, torture, rape, sexual abuse and paedophilia. To me, it felt glamorised and, even if the main character Damen abhorred most of what he witnessed, he still condoned slavery. To put it lightly this book horrified me and I massively regret the £8 I spend on the eBook.
The books that I started but haven't yet finished are:
Fairies, Robots and Unicorns - Oh My! by Sarina Dorie - I spotted this book (a collection of short stories) on NetGalley last month and was drawn to the humour. The first story was great but sadly, for me, it's gone a bit downhill from there. I blame the story that seemed to be only relevant to Star Trek fans (I am so not a Trekkie) which really threw me off.
The Lost Witch by Melvin Burgess - I really don't know how to feel about this book right now. I'm around 1/3 of the way through and struggling with the narrative. I just don't feel any connection to the characters and it's written almost passively which is making it really hard to be invested in the story. I'm going to give it another try because I loved the opening scene which gave me huge Watership Down vibes. Fingers crossed I fall into it soon.
Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff - This book I am 100% into and eager to keep reading. The only thing stopping me has been the ridiculous illness I've been trying to deal with over the past two weeks. The first couple of chapters already have me fully immersed in the story and more than a little hot under the collar. How anyone could mistake these books for YA is beyond me!
Have you read any of these books? What did you think?
In my next blog post, I'll be sharing the books that are currently on my ARC shelf. What 2019 release are you most looking forward to?
If you come here often, you'll know that I'm slowly, and I mean very slowly, working my way through the award/tags that I was nominated for last year.
So, this month, I'm finally getting around to my Liebster Award post which I was nominated for in July 2018 (*facepalm*) by the very lovely Noly @ The Artsy Reader! Thanks Noly 😄
Let's get down to the rules (which I admittedly copied from Noly's post):
Here are Noly's questions for me:
1. What is your favorite time of year?
Those two weeks between autumn and winter where it's not too hot and not too cold. It's the perfect time for both reading outside and drinking hot chocolate.
2. If you didn’t have to worry about calories and health, which one food would you eat for the rest of your life?
Ice cream ...or bacon.
3. If you would write a book, which genre would it be?
I am writing a book lol but this is a tough question since I'm struggling to define the genre. The best way that I can describe it right now is a paranormal romance combined murder mystery, with some humour thrown in along the way.
4. What’s your favorite time of day to read?
I'd read all day if I could but it's usually in the evening after work.
5. What super power would you love to have?
The power to stop time. Imagine how much more you could get done!?!
6. What is the last book you finished but didn’t like?
Professor's Kiss - way too many issues for me in this one.
7. What is the best book you’ve read so far in 2018?
This is a tricky one as there were sooo many amazing books I read last year but two that really stood out were Nevernight by Jay Kristoff and The Bones Beneath My Skin by TJ Klune.
8. What is one book that surprised you (because you didn’t expect it to be so good)?
The Lightning Struck Heart by TJ Klune - I didn't expect it to be so hilarious!
9. Which celebrity would you most like to meet and why?
I'm not much of a celebrity nut and my mind has gone completely blank on this one...not a clue!
10. What place would you love to visit next?
I have my heart set on visiting Venice. Aside from a trip to Disney Land Paris when I was 11, I've never been out of the UK and I'd love to travel more.
11. What’s your most embarrassing childhood memory (only tell if you’re comfortable with sharing it)?
I have so many. I've always been a complete klutz so my life was basically a series of small disasters. I was also EXTREMELY OBSESSIVE and looking back, a pretty big liar when I was a child and so, the most embarrassing was probably telling everyone at school that I was second in line to play Hermione Granger in Harry Potter (and that I owned an Owl) 😂
After that embarrassing recap, let's move onto my 11 questions:
1. If you had to choose just one book to read for the rest of your life, which would it be?
2. What book are you most looking forward to in 2019?
3. What's the first book you remember reading?
4. When you're feeling low, what book is guaranteed to pick you up?
5. Do you listen to music whilst reading?
6. What's your favourite reading snack?
7. Bookmarks or dog-ears?
8. What's your favourite book-to-film adaptation?
9. Which book character do you relate to the most?
10. If you could pick any author's brain, who would you choose?
11. What standalone book do you wish had a sequel?
Phew! Now, let's move onto my eleven nominations:
1. Asha @ A Cat, A Book, and A Cup of Tea
2. Manon @ Cafe Manon
3. Nelo @ Booked Unicorn
4. Kayla @ A Book A Day
5. Amy @ The Little Booknerds in the Corner
6. Kelsey @ There's Something About KM
7. Luana @ Book Storm
9. Julie @ That Bookish Princess
10. Princess of Pages
11. Beth @ BooksNest
There we have it! 11 questions, 11 answers and 11 nominations. Feel free to take part if you want to, I'd love to read your answers!
Until next time x
Who's excited for some amazing new books this year?
I certainly am! There are so many books I'm looking forward to reading this year, so to kick the year off to a great start, I wanted to share with you the books that are currently on my ARC shelf.
I'll be taking part in blog tours with Xpresso Book Tours for both of these books so be sure to keep an eye out for those as there's almost always a giveaway involved!
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