At the end of May, I spent a Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday at Hay Festival in Hay-on-Wye. Despite my love for books, I’d not been before, and it was quite an experience! It’s huuuuge compared to other Literature Festivals, and much busier. There were possibly too many people… But understandable with the number and renown of the authors who were speaking. It is very well organised – parking was actually really good (always something I worry about!) and it was all under cover, which…Continue Reading “Hay Literature Festival 2018”

Welcome to another monthly round up! I feel like I had an excellent reading month in May, and there are a ton of books here which I cannot wait to tell you about – enjoy! A Skinful of Shadows – Frances Hardinge I picked this book up because I’d bought tickets to see the author speak at Hay Literary Festival on a bit of a whim. And this book was truly brilliant, so that was a stroke of luck! A Skinful of Shadows follows Makepeace,…Continue Reading “Reading Round Up {May}”

Genuinely can’t believe it’s May! Even though Christmas feels like an age ago, the ensuing four months have passed in a flash. I managed to read 6 books in April, definitely not my best but to be fair one of the them was well over 700 pages (looking at you Gaiman). I actually really enjoyed everything I read this month, so read on if you want to know what books have been gripping me and why! Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas I’m a…Continue Reading “Reading Round Up {April}”

This past weekend marked the annual literature festival in our nearest town. It’s a small town, so I was extremely surprised to find out that they had a book festival every year, especially one that actually attracts pretty big-name authors. This year, there weren’t too many events which I was keen to see, but the two I did attend were fantastic! Matt and I went to see Robert Peston, the political/economics/business journalist/commentator, who spoke in the cute little theatre in Chippy. It was technically a…Continue Reading “#ChipLitFest”

Phew! So I’m finally up to date (kind of, I know this is late too!). I actually did really well in March and read 10 books, although I have to admit that some of them were slightly shorter than average. For mini reviews of everything I read this month, just keep reading! The Light Fantastic – Terry Pratchett This follows the continued adventures of Rincewind, Twoflower, and the suitcase, as they travel often unintentionally around the Discworld. As I think I mentioned in my first…Continue Reading “Reading Round Up {March}”

I was going to do this post as a combined round up from January and February, but it’s now the end of March and I’ve still not finished it… And quite honestly I’ve now read 22 books this year, and no one wants a post that long! So I’m just going to go ahead and do three separate posts for January, February, and March. Rewind to January… So this year I’m once again taking part in the Goodreads Reading Challenge, with the aim of reading…Continue Reading “Reading Round Up 2018 {January}”

You may have guessed by now that I’m a bit of a book obsessive! I go through phases of reading constantly and barely reading at all, but I always come back to my love of books. Whilst on holiday in Santorini, we did a bit of a road trip one day around all the main cities (towns?) on the island. In Oia, unarguably the most gorgeous and pristine place on the island, we accidentally stumbled across the Atlantis bookshop. I had absolutely no idea it…Continue Reading “Atlantis Books”

Sarah Perry’s second novel is seriously something else. It’s totally not something I would usually read, and I’ll admit that I was drawn in by the Waterstones special edition cover (it’s shiny and the pages are blue – what more could you want?!). I hadn’t read her first novel, but I have to say my expectations were high after the level of hype surrounding this book last year. This included being awarded the 2016¬†Waterstones Book of the Year award, winning both the fiction and overall…Continue Reading “[REVIEW] The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry”

I started off this post last week, and was planning on doing something totally different. I was aiming to do a kind of summary of last month, the ups and the downs, and what I’d been up to. However, I was reminded recently of a rule I’d set myself regarding tweets a couple of years ago. I was constantly tweeting out negative things, and as well as no one actually being interested in reading my depressing tweets, it also put me in a cycle of…Continue Reading “6 Happy Things”

Royal Wedding is the new book by Meg Cabot, intended as a sequel to the Princess Diaries series, but aimed at older readers (i.e. not 13 year olds). It follows Princess Mia years after the tenth book ended – she is 25, living at the Genovian Consulate in New York, and still going out with the infamous Michael. I’m only slightly ashamed to admit that the Princess Diaries books were some of my all-time favourite books as a teenager, and honestly I probably would have…Continue Reading “[REVIEW] Royal Wedding – Meg Cabot”