Blog update! – Hiatus

I have 2 scheduled posts for today and Monday but after that I will be on a hiatus as my gran is receiving end of life care.

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July Wrap Up

So I am home from Asia and have written a couple posts about Japan and Korea and the rest will be up eventually. Sadly I was back to work and it’s crazy busy because it’s the height of summer and everyone wants to come to Skye, I blame Outlander.

I start uni in August which is so scary because it’s a whole new course with people I don’t know and it’s completely out of my comfort zone but I’m super excited at the same time. I saw my flat a couple weeks ago and it’s so pretty and I’m going to love living there I think.

I’ve been super out of the blogging community because I have a lot going on with work but if there’s a post you feel didn’t get enough hits or you just want me to read leave me a comment.

I’m getting closer to 500 followers and I’ll be doing a giveaway when I hit that!

Books I read this month:

Mature Content by Megan Erickson and Satino Hassell
Glutton for Pleasure by Alisha Rai
Trade Me by Courtney Milan
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (reread)
Hold Me by Courtney Milan
So Right by Rebekah Weatherspoon
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee
The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Books I reviewed this month:
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
See You In The Cosmos by Jack Cheng
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
Haven by Rebekah Weatherspoon
Winger by Andrew Smith
Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

Books I bought this month:

Trade Me by Courtney Milan
Hold Me by Courtney Milan
Prom Queen Perfect by Clarisse David
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
So Right by Rebekah Weatherspoon
The Awakening of Ren Crowne by Anne Zoelle
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern
Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb
Seed by Lisa Heathfield
Persuading Austen by Brigid Coady

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Thank you to netgalley and Hodder and Stoughton for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Safe to say this was one of my most anticipated reads of the year I was constantly pestering publishers for an arc because I just could not wait. 

Dimple wants to be a computer something and is so jazzed when her parents agree for her to go to a camp at San Francisco for the summer when they’ve shown no interest in her studies prior to this. However Dimple finds out that her mother had an ulterior motive and is hoping she will spend time with a boy that she’s set her up with who thinks that Dimple is going to be his wife. 

I adored that they had it the opposite of stereotypes of a het relationship. The girl not wanting any commitment because she wants to go to uni and the guy being so set on getting married was different to the cultural norm. 

This book was super sweet and I loved the majority of my time reading it, however the ending did feel quite rushed compared to the rest of the book. It kind of felt like Menon realised she needed to start wrapping it up and panicked. 

There was a lot of racism dealt with in this book and you got to see what it’s like for Indian Americans. I could never understand what it’s like for them as a white woman but I felt like this brought me pretty close to it. 

I loved how the book explored familial bonds, as well as racism and young love between to Indian Americans, Dimple was so caught up in her own goals that she struggled to see how proud of her her mother really was. She just thought that her mum wanted her to get married and live a quiet life and as the novel goes on you see Dimple learning that that’s simply not the case. 

Now if you don’t like instalove you might not like this book, but I always remember when I read YA with instalove how when I was a teen I would crush on people without even having a conversation with them so it doesn’t ever bother me when I read fast feelings in YA because that’s what teens are like. 

If you want a sweet diverse summer contemporary by an own voices author then this is the book for you. Who wouldn’t want that though? 

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Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

Thank you to netgalley and Hachette Children’s Group for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

So Passenger was one of the first books I reviewed on my blog last year and I really liked it so when Wayfarer popped up on netgalley I was so quick to request it.

I felt like Wayfarer was definitely better than Passenger, but maybe thats because there’s a lot more of the time travelling world in it. Where the first book was getting to grips with the world and showing the reader what could happen the second book was a lot more fast paced and showed so much more of the time travelling aspect and the chases through time aspect that was originally advertised.

The main thing that I really liked about this book was that we got to know Etta and Nicholas away from each other. They were very reliant on each other in the first novel and yes there was insta-love, but in this book they spend the majority of it apart. We get to see how they tick in the time travel setting without each other there.

I liked how Bracken still continued with the world building in this novel. Things were introduced slowly, but not too slowly in that you were bored, and it built on previously explained things. There were times where I was a bit confused but that might have been my concentration levels rather than the actual novel. The little parts in each time period were well developed for the short amount of novel space they had and I got a good idea of the setting of each place without being overwhelmed.

I think I would’ve liked this even more had the end been different. It was kind of satisfying because it just ended with all the ends tied together, but it kind of left me feeling a bit like “oh of course it just all came together really nicely”. I’m not going to spoil anything but if anyone else had read it and felt like this please let me know so I can discuss it.

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From the Stars by C.S. Wilde

I was sent this novel by the author in an exchange for an honest review, so thank you C.S.Wilde!

James falls in love with this girl he works with at his office job, Miriam. They start to hang out then she tells him her secret: she’s an alien. Things begin to become complicated between them

I’ll be completely honest and say that this book wasn’t my cup of tea, there was a bit too much romance and not enough sci-fi for me, but that’s just me.

One thing I liked was that the aliens had both human and their alien names, I often find with sci-fi books that they’re either given human names, which isn’t really realistic or they have just alien names and you can’t pronounce it to save yourself.

The book shows a lot of potential, it was fast paced and engaging. I just found it hard to believe at times. I liked James, he was a character that I understood. He was happy to just be friends with Miriam if that’s what needed to happen. Whereas I found myself getting annoyed by Miriam a lot, she felt less like an alien and more like a self-aware robot sometimes.

I would also say it felt quite short, the book itself is short but it could have been fleshed out in places and though the pacing was fast I feel like some of the speed could’ve been sacrificed to add more to immersion and connection with the characters.

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The Blogger Aesthetic Award

Thank you to The Orangutan Librarian and Lauren for the tag!

THE RULES:

  • Collect any number of images that you feel represent you as a person—your personality, aspirations, favourite things, anything at all that makes you you.
  • Put your chosen images together into a collage of whatever size and shape you find pleasing.
  • Share your masterpiece with everyone, in all the places.
  • Maybe nominate other bloggers as a way to tell them, “Hey, you, I think you’re awesome, and we should celebrate that awesomeness.”
  • Share these rules (and maybe the below tips, if you’re feeling helpful).

TIPS:

  • Find inspiration by spending (minimum) three hours scrolling through aesthetic Tumblr posts relevant to you.
  • Two great places to hunt for pictures are Pinterest and WeHeartIt. Pinterest requires an account; WeHeartIt does not.
  • PicMonkey’s collage editor is free to use and doesn’t require an account, heck yes. YouTube has plenty of tutorials on how to use it; I watched this one (which begins with tips on how to find decent photos).

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  • I have a golden retriever named Lia, she is my one true love, I wish I could spend all day every day with her.
  • All Time Low are my favourite band and I’ve been to see them about 23 times, this photo is one of the times I went to see them. In general I just love live music.
  • Legend of Zelda is and always will be my favourite game franchise, my dad used to play Ocarina when I was little and I would watch him play it, completely entranced and also a bit scared and I continued to do that with every new release until I was old enough to play it. I picked a picture of Breath of the Wild because it just came out and it’s all I’ve been doing for the past week.
  • I come from the Isle of Skye and it was difficult for me to find a picture that wasn’t heavily edited so here is a pic of the Old Man of Storr.
  • I’m pansexual, in case you didn’t know, and it’s a very important part of my identity.
  • I’ve spent the majority of my new adult life living in Glasgow for Uni and it’s where I’ve met most of my closest friends and has came to be like a second home.
  • I’m a mathematician, I love maths a lot.
  • I go to every home Scotland rugby game that I can. My dad was a rugby player and rugby has just always been part of my life growing up so naturally I found a love for it.
  • I feel in love with kpop a few years ago and Girl’s Generation were the first group I discovered so whilst I enjoy many groups these days they will always be near and dear to my heart.

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Raven
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Celebrating the Little Things Tag

Thank you to Ines for the tag!

Who was your very first follower (if you can find them?) Tag them and give them a shout out! 

Raven and Beez!


What was the last milestone you reached?

Milestone by WP standards or by my own, because I hit 350 followers last week. No idea what my last WP milestone was.


What was the very first post you posted on your blog? Share it with us!

Captive Prince review!


Who was your most recent follower? Tag them and give them a shout out!

 


What was the last post you posted and who was the very first person who took their time to click the like button? Give them a shout out!

My February Wrap Up!


Do you have any bloggers you’re friends with? Give them a shout out.

I’m friends with quite a few, too many to give a shout out for fear that I’d forget someone, or they’d be thinking in their head “she’s not my friend lol wtf”. Don’t you just love anxiety?


Who originally created the last meme or tag you participated in? Give them a shout out!

I last did the 2016 Year in Review tag, which was created by A Booktube BookA Booktube Book


How many months have you been blogging for?

Coming up 1 year!


Have you any social media related to your blog?

Twitter
Goodreads
Instagram


Last but not least …. just say thanks to all your followers.

Thanks for following me everyone. I never thought I would get 100 followers let alone 360+, I just wanted to try something new to keep me reading I didn’t think I would last this long.

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The Bookish Book Lover Tag

Thank you to Kirstie for the tag!

Rules:

Use the original banner
Answer the questions!
Use lots of book covers
Tag your friends


Question 1:
What book are you currently reading?

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Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan 

This is technically a reread but I read it for the first time in 2011 and I have no recollection of it.

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Gun to my Head by Dira Lewis

Not sure how I feel about this currently, it’s a bit weird.


 Question 2:
What was the last book you finished?

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Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

I was quite excited for this book but I felt let down by some of the elements of it. It had some really interesting concepts but then fell prey to some really bad tropes.


 Question 3:
Favourite book you read this year?

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

This was one of my most anticipated reads and I somehow managed to get on netgalley even though everyone else seemed to get denied. IT WAS SO GOOD.


 Question 4:
What genre  you read most this year?

I would say so far I’ve read fantasy the most at the moment but I kind of have a solid eclectic mix so far.


 Question 5:
What genre have you read the least this year?

Well I mean, I never read Horror, so that, but if we’re talking genres I actually like probably historical.


 Question 6:
What genre do you want to read more of?

YA Fantasy because I always want to read more of YA fantasy


 Question 7:
How many books did you read last year and what was your goal?

I read 131 and my goal was 30


 Question 8:
What was the last book you bought?

THE HAMILTOME


 Question 9:
What book are you saving up to buy next?

I’m on a book buying ban don’t let me answer this!!!!!


 Question 10:
How many books did you check out last library visit?

Only 1 but I have a list of requests so I don’t normally browse I just get sent them on a drip.


 Question 11:
What’s a book you can’t wait to read?

All of them???

I have a pile of books that I think I’ll probably read next and Six of Crows is on that so lt’s go with Six of Crows.


 Question 12:
What’s a series you’d recommend to everyone?

Harry Potter of course


Question 13:
Who’s an author you’re hoping writes more?


 Question 14:
A few books your heart adores?


 Question 15:
What series’ coming conclusion makes you sad?

Throne of Glass #6, it was the first series that I got hooked on when I started reading again and I can’t believe it’s ending.


 Question 16:
What books are on your Wishlist?

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Tera
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December Wrap Up 

So December has been a very hectic month for me. I’ve had 2 interviews for unis and a late trip to London to figure out if I wanted to volunteer abroad (I don’t 12 weeks is too long for me). So instead I’m planning a month backpacking through Asia. I’ve been given a place at Strathclyde, and the woman said to me at Aberdeen that she’d be giving me a place though I haven’t heard officially.

I had a horrendous cold. Which I got the morning of travelling to London so that was an absolute whale of a time.

I hope you’ve all had a fantastic festive season and if you received gifts you got everything you wanted. Book wise I got the Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown, Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy, The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adieh, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screenplay.

I also got Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE for the WiiU and have been playing that constantly. Why does this game have no hype, it’s so good!

This month I read 18 books:

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Corrupt Me by Jillian Quinn
Sabriel by Garth Nix
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee
One by Sarah Crossan
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
The One We Fell in Love With by Paige Toon
the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace
Always With Love by Giovanna Fletcher
Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
From the Stars by C.S. Wilde
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
How To Make A Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

I posted previous months reviews:

Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
The Martian by Andy Weir
Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys
How to Find Love in a Book Shop by Veronica Henry
Half Wild by Sally Green
Champion by Marie Lu

I posted a discussion post on periods that I was quite proud of to be honest.

I bought these books:

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (preorder)
Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake
The Reader by MK Harkins
Black-Eyed Susans by Julie Heaberlin
What Light by Jay Asher
My True Love Gave to Me
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
The Longest Holiday by Paige Toon
History is All You Left by by Adam Silvera
I Heart Christmas by Lindsey Kelk
Iron to Iron by Ryan Graudin
The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
Soulmates by Holly Bourne

It looks like a lot but there was a huge Kindle sale so literally every single book bar More Happy Than Not and ACOWAR were 99p.

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The Stationary Book Tag

Thank you to The Orangutan Librarian for the tag!

Pencils: Favourite MG or children’s book

I mean, how is this even a question

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Pens: A basic staple for any reader

Hmmmm basically all the classics? Even though I haven’t read them all, you know.

Notebooks: What books do you own multiple copies of

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

I have your regular penguin classics copy then I have a special edition hardback copy my gran got me

Markers: A book with a beautiful cover


Lost Stars by Lisa Selin Davis which I featured as a blog tour post a couple weeks ago has a gorgeous cover.

Glue: Two characters that work well together even if they aren’t together


Dorian and Celaena work so well together as the Throne of Glass books develop. I just love them for what they are

Scissors: What book would you like to destroy

I don’t think there’s any book I would destroy it would feel so wrong

Art kit: What completed series do you own

Oh there are just far too many honestly

Bonus: Show us your desk/ stationery that you own for each question

Hahahahahahahaha this is just no, I don’t even have a desk right now and my room is such a tip that I don’t even know where any stationary is