FEBRUARY TBR ⇀ Attempting 28 in 28 ðŸ“š

In January I read a riduclous amount of books so guess who’s trying to make lightining strike twice! 😂🙈 I have to go back to Uni in March so I’m trying to fit in as much reading as I can before I am forced to really slow down and focus on other things. I will be going back to working two jobs this month so I have literally no idea how reading a book every day will go for me but I’m hoping I can catch up on the weekends.

Also, a fun update for my reading throughout this year. My tbrs have always been more of a guide for my reading and a show of the mood I’m in at the beginning of the month, but I’ve decided this year that I’m going stop forcing myself to read off my tbr if I’m not in the mood for the books. 2021 is about getting through out and being realistic. 2021 is the year of the mood read.
*If you’re interested to know my thoughts on a particular book though, please do still tell me because that will definitely give me extra motivation to pick it up!
Continue reading “FEBRUARY TBR ⇀ Attempting 28 in 28 ðŸ“š”

January Statistics Wrap Up! ⇀ 2020 Stats â¤

Hi friends welcome back to my blog! So far 2021 has been a good year reading-wise so I’ve been making a lot of progress with my monthly graphs, so I figured why not show you all? Yeah… that’s right, today we’re talkin’ stats!

You can find my January wrap up here. I always go through all of the books I read throughout the month, as well as the tv and movies I watched.

Continue reading “January Statistics Wrap Up! ⇀ 2020 Stats â¤”

January Love/Hate Challenge: 2020 Releases ðŸ“šðŸ’•ðŸ¥±

Hey everyone, welcome back to my blog and welcome to my new 2021 series! Last year I saw the two Emmas on Booktube doing this really fun Love/Hate challenge and I thought it looked like a lot of fun and like a good way to get out of my comfort zone so I mentioned it to my friend Rebecca over @ Bookishly Rebecca and she said she’d do it with me for the year!

This is a challenge where the two of us recommend 2 books and 2 movies to eachother, one that we *hated* and one that we *loved* and then by the end of the month we have to guess which one the other peron liked/disliked and review them each ourselves.

I’m really excited for this challnege because while we watch similar movies, we rarely see eye to eye on books so I’m hoping this will get us both out of our comfort zones, especially since we have a theme for each month! January was 2020 releases and honestly, I had a blast with this theme!

Make sure to check out Rebecca’s wrap up to read her thoughts on this month’s theme!

Continue reading “January Love/Hate Challenge: 2020 Releases ðŸ“šðŸ’•ðŸ¥±”

JANUARY WRAP UP ⇀ I read 44 books in 31 days! ðŸ’•ðŸ“šðŸ™ˆ

Hi friends, welcome back to my blog! Today I’m coming to you with my (rather long) January wrap up! I’ve decided that this year I want to do my wrap ups differently and that they’ll be spread across 3 different blog posts… is that too excessive?

I’ll still have my usual cohesive wrap up, which is what you’re reading now, where I’ll review everything I read and everything I watched (which this month wasn’t much). And then I’ll have a monthly blog post reviewing the books and movies for my monthly challenge I’m doing with Rebecca. On top of that, I’m also going to start doing a monthly wrap up featuring my reading statistics for the month. This will feature graphs from my StoryGraph profile as well as from my reading spread sheets over on Notion. So, I hope you will all find them interesting since I’ve really enjoyed thinking abou them and diving deeper into my reading this month!

As for my quick summary of how January went for me, it was realllly long! I did a ridiculous amount of reading, far surpassing a book a day and often reading 2 or 3 per day. I also participated in the third round of the Graphicsathon so I got 7 graphics read during the mini-round! I started back at work, ran a readathon, house sat for some family friends and got super stuck into the Fast and Furious franchise. All in all, I’d say it was a success!

Continue reading “JANUARY WRAP UP ⇀ I read 44 books in 31 days! ðŸ’•ðŸ“šðŸ™ˆ”

WWW Wednesday 27.01.2021 | Regency Romances!

Hi friends, welcome back to my blog! Today I’m coming at you with an update for how my reading has been going for the last week, and what I’ll be reading over the next weeks!

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking On a World of Words and you can find my other WWW Wednesday posts and find my progress here.

🎧 – Audiobook
📚 – Library copy

Continue reading “WWW Wednesday 27.01.2021 | Regency Romances!”

The Goodreads Tag // TAG MONDAY

Hi friends, welcome back to my blog and welcome to Tag Monday! This is a new feature on my blog that I’m hoping to keep up with for the whole of 2021. I’ve been a bit slack with posting over the last year so I’m hoping that having a dedicated day to write up some tag answers will give me the motivation to also write other posts and talk with all of you!

So, today I’m starting with the Goodreads tag, which is of course, ironic as I’ve been using my StoryGraph account more regularly this year, over my Goodreads. At the moment I’m still updating them both every week, but I’m hoping to completely switch over to The StoryGraph once there are more users!

I couldn’t find the original source for this tag, but if I do I’ll update it here.

Continue reading “The Goodreads Tag // TAG MONDAY”

My 2021 Reading and Blogging Spread Sheets! // 💕📚💕 Walking you through my Notion pages

Okay, so originally I wasn’t going to make this post because I didn’t intend to make a big spreadsheet for the year but then I remembered how much easier life is at the end of the year when you have all your stats ready for you and in one place.

So, where do I have my spread sheets and my stats? Well, I didn’t make some tables because I know The Storygraph will calculate them for me along with the graphs, but for other things like genre specifics (which I prefer to o myself) and blog statistics I’ve got those on Notion so they’re easly accessible to me on either my computer or my phone.

You can also find my 2019 Spreadsheet here.

Continue reading “My 2021 Reading and Blogging Spread Sheets! // 💕📚💕 Walking you through my Notion pages”

Currently Reading & What I’m Reading Next // Late January 2021 ðŸ“šâ¤

So, as I’m writing this blog post I’m currently house sitting for some family friends so I’ll have their house to myself for the next couple of days. Because of that, I have a lot ot time to myself and because wok and uni hasn’t started yet, I’ll have a lot of time to read and that’s what I’m really hoping to focus on. (That, and continuing my Fast and Furious movie marathon).

I don’t usually do posts like this on my blog but I’m hoping to do mid to late updates throughout each month because I really like update posts but for some reason, never write them. 🤷‍♀️

Continue reading “Currently Reading & What I’m Reading Next // Late January 2021 ðŸ“šâ¤”

An Informal Review of The Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn

#1 The Duke and I

  • Problematic for literally no reason and definitely worse than the show’s first season.
  • I really really love the writing for this series and I loved getting to know the charcaters but overall, no matter how much I enjoyed this book I will never re-read it because it’s tainted by the rape scene, and by default I can never view Daphne (or Simon because he was not blameless in her lack of knowledge of understanding) in the same way again.

TW: rape, death of a parent, abuse/neglectful parent, death during childbirth, rape

#2 The Viscount Who Loved Me

  • enemies to lovers??? beautiful???
  • their stupid game of pall-mal gives me L I F E
  • I loved getting to know the characters more through this book and I really appreciated that Anthony was actually a good guy and not a complete tool.
  • Prepare yourselves for a whole lot of marriages of convenience in this series! 😂
  • Not my favourite book in the series but, I love Kate!

TW: discussion of death of a parent, grief, injury

#3 An Offer From A Gentleman

  • defintiely the best cinderella retelling i’ve ever read
  • i really hope we get a third season of the show because this might be my favourite story visually
  • I think this is the book I’m most likely to re-read in the future, I truly am a sucker for the cinderella trope.
  • Not the most amazing character development on Benedict’s part, compared to Anthony, but I still loved him and I 100% LOVE Sophie!

TW: abuse, death of a parent

#4 Romancing Mr Bridgerton

  • absolutely my favourite book in the series
  • such a good pay off
  • friends to lovers stop my beating heart i can’t take it
  • the final reveal of lady whistledown
  • we love and support penelope featherington in all things
  • we also love how funny Colin is tbh, I prefer him in the book to the show
  • It’s soo easy to tell why this is a fan favourite.

#5 To Sir Phillip, With Love

  • we hate it
  • I never had a problem with Eloise until I read this book and decided not only do I not like her but if I ever have to hear about any of these characters in any of the fiture books I can and will scream.

TW: depression, suicide, loss of a loved one, death, child abuse

#6 When He Was Wickked

  • so different to all of the other books
  • best friends to lovers with so much angst and banter oh my god
  • This, along with Benedict & Colin’s books is the most likely for me to re-read in the future! I absolutely loved it!

TW: loss of a loved one, death, miscarriage, grief

#7 It’s In His Kiss

  • I had no idea what to expect going into this because I feel like we never really got to know Hyacinth very well in the series but joke’s on me because this was one of my favourites in the series!
  • I loved the two main characters as well as the bigger focus on Lady Danbury, I would have absolutely no problem with re-reading this book!
  • Probably the only book in the series with an actual plot and I loved it.

TW: relationship cheating

#8 On The Way to Wedding

  • Unfortunately, I didn’t like this as much as I wanted to. I adored book 7 so I had higher hoped going into this one, but I just feel like we never really got to know Gregory until this book, and that did him a disservices because we were playing catch up in a way we didn’t have to do with most of the main characters in the series.
  • I also thought that a lot of the characters, inlcuding Gregory (but discluding Lucy) were too naive and young-feeling (compared to the other MCs from the series) and by default, it felt like I was reading about children playing house, rather than adults looking for a happy ending, or in other character’s cases, just trying to live.

TW: bribery, blackmail, loss of a loved one

#9 The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After

The Bridgertons by Julia Quinn

09/01/2021
2.5 ⭐
Exactly what the Goodreads star prompts say: It was ok. I am the most underwhelmed I have ever been by these epilogues…

#1 The Duke and I Epilogue II – Pretty boring. I’m sure this would be great for fans of the series but I’ve only read the first book so I’m not very attached to the family at this point. ⭐⭐⭐
#2 The Viscount Who Loved Me Epilogue II – God damnit, okay that was fun ⭐⭐⭐
#3 An Offer From A Gentleman Epilogue II – A bit boring but just because I feel literally no attachment to Posy ⭐⭐.5
#4 Romancing Mr Bridgerton Epilogue II – Like the other stories this was pretty boring, but I did really enjoy seeing Colin again. ⭐⭐.5
#5 To Sir Phillip, With Love Epilogue II – b o r i n g ⭐⭐
#6 When He Was Wicked Epilogue II – Definitely my favourite story so far, but I think that’s due to these two being some of my favourite characters and the story actually properly focusing on them, which the others don’t always do. ⭐⭐⭐.5
#7 It’s In His Kiss Epilogue II – Thanks, I hate it. ⭐⭐
#8 On The Way To The Wedding Epilogue II – This was very sad but I appreciated it. Definitely an improvement on the original story. ⭐⭐⭐
#9 Violet In Bloom Novella – Such a sad way to end an anthology, I did like getting to know the characters more though. ⭐⭐⭐ 

  • Not worth your time unless you’re a DIE HARD fan

Ranking:

1 ↣ best // 6 ↣ worst

  1. Romancing Mr Bridgerton
  2. When He Was Wicked (I gave this the highest rating, but I would be more likely to re-read my #1 book, over this one)
  3. It’s In His Kiss
  4. An Offer From a Gentleman
  5. The Viscount Who Loved Me
  6. The Duke and I
  7. On The Way To Wedding
  8. The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After
  9. To Sir Phillip With Love

Would I re-read this series?

Yes! Absolutely! I would 100% re-read books 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7! I didn’t enjoy the other 3 and if I’m honest, while *some* of the second epilogues from book 9 where fun to read, they weren’t particularly fulfilling and sometimes didn’t even focus on the main characters from the story they were meant to be from so, I probably wouldn’t pick them up again.

[spoilers for The Duke and I!]

I think it says a lot about how much I didn’t enjoy books 8 and 5, that I prefererred the book with the rape scene tbh. God damn, those three books were so off-putting and the writingstyle and tone were th eonly thing that saved them.

Have you read the Bridgerton series?
Who’s your favourite Bridgerton sibling?

Goodreads | StoryGraph | Instagram | Letterboxd | TV Time | Twitter | Tumblr

WWW Wednesday [20.01.2021] // 2021 is off to a good start!

Hi friends, welcome back to my blog! Today I’m coming at you with an update for how my reading has been going for the last week, and what I’ll be reading over the next weeks!

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking On a World of Words and you can find my other WWW Wednesday posts and find my progress here.

Continue reading “WWW Wednesday [20.01.2021] // 2021 is off to a good start!”