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I decided to search on Google, the words why are books and see what the four most popularly searched questions are and then try and answer them.

Why are books important?

Books are important because they give people a space where they can escape their world and be any they want to. They allow people the opportunity to be imaginative and learn more about all sorts things. They are also a platform for discussing difficult but relevant issues that people have to deal with. They give people somewhere they know they can turn to no matter what.

Why are books better than movies?

This is a debate that’s been around for as long as movies has existed and personally I’d say books are better than movies becuase they allow to imagine things and people as you like. You don’t have to rely on the casting director’s view on what the main character is like, you get to read the book and choose yourself. And though I know special effects can be pretty amazing, if we’re being they’re even more amazing in our heads as there is no reliance on science or technology, just our imagination. When we read, we have complete control over the movie in our heads.

Why are books so expensive?

For me, I’d say most books aren’t that expensive, but I guess it depends on your viewpoint and what type of books you buy. To try and answer that question, I’d say because an author has put so much time and effort and of themselves into that book so it is only fair that you pay them for that and allow them to try and make a living. If you are struggling with affording books, there are definitely cheaper ways of getting them like an eBook or borrowing it from the library.

Why are books banned?

Books are nominally banned becuase people feel that a part of them is inappropriate for the audience they are intended. It often occurs in school libraries where the school feel a book isn’t appropriate for their students. Obviously some banned books are banned for good reason, but I feel like lots of books are banned for no good reason and only tackle issues that students themselves may actually be dealing with such as mental health or sex.

So there we have it! The four most popularly Google searches questions about books answered by yours truly!

I decided to combine my hobby that is watching TV with books by recommending some books I love with some of my favourite TV characters.

Felicity Smoak – this feisty computer hacker that’s in love with a hero would love Kestrel and her brains from The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkowski. She would definitely be able to relate to a female heroine with razor sharp wit and the ability to come up with genius plans.

Thea Queen – This angry young billionaire with fighting skills to rival her brother’s would really enjoy Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley. I think she’d love to read about Sam’s adventure as one of the first female students in a Military Academy. She would definitely relate to Sam’s tough side and determination to prove herself, particularly to her brother.

Paige Dineen – This mother and carer of a team of geniuses would really enjoy some time relaxing with Emmy and Oliver. I feel like she’d enjoy the romance as a break from her high stress life and would appreciate the intriguing aspects of Oliver’s life and the circumstances behind his disappearance.

Peggy Carter – This determined, fierce and loyal officer would love Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. With both being strong and stubborn fighters with loyal friends to help them uncover the truth and complete their missions, I’m sure Peggy would love to read this book and would soon be firm friends with Celaena.

Iris West – This reporter with a nose for the truth and a determination to find out the full story would really enjoy reading about Lois Lane’s  adventures in Fallout. As a young journalist, who is very similar to Iris, I think Iris would definitely love to hear about her and her relationship with a certain superhero.


What’s your name?


Where in the world are you blogging from?

The lovely, although admittedly rather rainy England

How did you get into blogging in the first place?
I was bored one evening whilst babysitting so I decided to go for it and start a  blog, because why not?

How did you come up with your blog name?
I’m not quite sure, I spent a little time thinking about it and it was the only name I could think out that fitted me. Initially I was worried as my name didn’t link to books at all and I knew that was what I wanted to talk about, but I decided to go for it, as it was the best I had.

What genre do you read and review the most on your blog?
Always YA and mainly contemporary and fantasy although I’m trying to diversify my reading a little at the moment.

What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews?
I try to have a good range of posts, including  interviews, lists and discussion posts. Mainly talking about books but I do sometimes mix it up a bit and talk about movies, TV shows and sometimes other topics that have come up in books like feminism or mental health.

Best blogging experience so far?

That’s a tricky one. Either going to the My Kinda Book Club launch event with other bloggers or hosting the Book Blogger Olympics last summer. Both were great events that I loved being part of and helped me make new friends.

Favorite thing about the blogging community?
That everyone is nice and supportive and friendly. I feel like I’m friends with everyone! (And I hope they feel the same way!)

Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2016!
A Court of Mist and Fury
Lady Midnight
Walk the Edge
The Star Touched Queen
A Study in Charlotte

Name the 5 books you want to read this 2016 that you didn’t get to in previous years!
Red Queen
Only Ever Yours
I am Malala

What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read?
Hmmm, that’s a tricky one, but I’d say Thorn by Intisar Khanani. It’s a book I  recently read, reviewed and enjoyed.

Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF?
Hermione, always Hermione. There is never any other choice for me!

Which book boy or girl would be your book boyfriend/girlfriend?
Only one? How do you expect me to pick? I suppose I’ll with Arin as he is one of my favourites from the books I’ve read so far this year.

Who would you recruit for your apocalypse squad (5 characters max)
Kestrel (The Winner’s Curse)
Sam (Rites of Passage)
Amani (Rebel of the Sands)
Penryn (Angelfall)
June (Legend)

Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests?
I must confess to being quite a boring person so I don’t have any wildly exciting hobbies. Like most people, I like eating, sleeping and watching TV.

Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for?
I don’t really do much shopping, but when I do, I like shopping for music, DVDs and funny t-shirts with quirky slogans on them.

At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song would be playing?
Probably a Taylor Swift song. I’m not sure I could pick just one as it depends on my mood, but one of hers.

Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book.
I’d love to see Rites of Passage as a TV show. If they got the casting right, I think it would end up making a great TV show that would be popular among those that have read the book and those that haven’t.

What would your dream library look like?
It would be one of those beautiful old libraries like you see in stately homes or palaces full of books, with two layers and a flight of stairs to reach all of my books. It would be wonderful.

Author you want to meet and sit down to tea with?
Obviously J.K. Rowling. Is there any other choice?

This week’s theme is books and songs, so I’ve chosen 8 songs (I couldn’t quite make it to 10) that I think would make great books.

All You Had To Do Was Stay

Here you are now, calling me up, but I don’t know what to say
I’ve been picking up the pieces of the mess you made
People like you always want back the love they pushed aside
But people like me are gone forever when you say goodbye

Say Something

And I… am feeling so small
It was over my head
I know nothing at all
And I… will stumble and fall
I’m still learning to love
Just starting to crawl

How to Save a Life

Some sort of window to your right
As he goes left and you stay right
Between the lines of fear and blame
You begin to wonder why you came

Fight Song

Like a small boat
On the ocean
Sending big waves
Into motion
Like how a single word
Can make a heart open
I might only have one match
But I can make an explosion

All Too Well

And I know it’s long gone,
And that magic’s not here no more,
And I might be okay,
But I’m not fine at all.

This is War

It’s the moment of truth, and the moment to lie,
The moment to live and the moment to die,
The moment to fight, the moment to fight
To fight, to fight, to fight!

Love Song

Head under water
And they tell me to breathe easy for a while
The breathing gets harder, even I know that
Made room for me but it’s too soon to see
If I’m happy in your hands
I’m unusually hard to hold on to


I’d take another chance, take a fall, take a shot for you
And I need you like a heart needs a beat, but it’s nothin’ new (yeah)
I loved you with a fire red, now it’s turning blue, and you say,
“Sorry,” like the angel heaven let me think was you, but I’m afraid…

There we have it! 8 great songs begging to be books!

Lois Lane is starting a new life in Metropolis. An Army brat, Lois has lived all over—and seen all kinds of things. (Some of them defy explanation, like the near-disaster she witnessed in Kansas in the middle of one night.) But now her family is putting down roots in the big city, and Lois is determined to fit in. Stay quiet. Fly straight. As soon as she steps into her new high school, though, she can see it won’t be that easy. A group known as the Warheads is making life miserable for another girl at school. They’re messing with her mind, somehow, via the high-tech immersive videogame they all play. Not cool. Armed with her wit and her new snazzy job as a reporter, Lois has her sights set on solving this mystery. But sometimes it’s all a bit much. Thank goodness for her maybe-more-than-a friend, a guy she knows only by his screenname, SmallvilleGuy.


I wanted to read Fallout because when I read the blurb, I was immediately intrigued by the idea of a book about Lois Lane before she met Superman. I must confess that I’m not an avid Superman fan and I think I’ve only ever watched one Superman film. However I do know the idea of Lois Lane and I was interested to see who she would be if you removed Superman.

If the premise isn’t good enough, check out the cover-it is so cool. It’s eye catching at first glance and then when you look closer, you can see as well as the epic graphics of the girl with cool hair and sunglasses, that the background of the the cover is text from the novel which is original and totally awesome. I’m definitely in love with this cover!

I don’t know what I was expecting from Lois, but it certainly wasn’t this. She was a sassy, determined teenage journalist, with a nose for the truth and a desperation to help her friends. She was by no means incomplete without Superman and was in fact the hero of her story. I really enjoyed reading her story.

The plot was really interesting, with an intriguing mystery to be solved by Lois and her team of journalists. Though I must confess at times it felt a little like this novel was a set up for the rest of the series, I liked that the novel focused on Lois Lane becoming a journalist and through that she ended up getting involved a high tech mystery.

I’m eager to see what happens next in Lois Lane’s adventures. I really hope that Gwenda ends up writing the part when Lois Lane discovers Superman and his powers, because so far, there have only been subtle references to him. I look forward to the next book.

Overall, I’d give a 4 out of 5 because I really enjoyed it, but I did feel like it was a set up novel at times

Today, I decided to mix it up a bit and list my top ten couples from TV rather than books, like I usually babble about. Besides, I think it would be impossible for me to choose only 10 couples from books!

There’s a huge range of couples on here, from new to old and from canon to my mind. Some of these TV shows are from my childhood (Robin Hood and Merlin) whilst most of the others are from TV shows I currently watch.

Oliver and Felicity – Arrow


This has to be one of my all time favourite couples. I have been shipping them from the very beginning and I’m so happy they’re now finally together and vaguely happy. They work so well together and manage to make me both laugh and cry. From the very beginning, they were good together and with the help of Diggle manage to save the city time and time again, whilst being so cute!

Snow and Charming – Once Upon a Time

Since I’ve only watched the first two series of OUAT, this is the only couple in this show that I’m properly invested in. I love seeing this couples’ progression through the flashbacks and living in Storybrooke. Together they’ve been on such a journey which I find really interesting.

snow and charming

Barry and Patty – The Flash

This is a relatively recent ship for me. In series 1, I very much shipped Barry and Caitlin, however now Barry has met Patty, I think they’d be well matched. I’m only up to the episode where they’ve had their first date, but they make each other laugh and she’s just really cool.

barry and patty

Djaq and Will – Robin Hood

This is perhaps one of the first couples I started shipping (miles before I even knew what shipping was!). The two of them were just so cute together, they were friends and comrades long before they were a couple. They both fight for justice in Nottingham and are just both fabulous separately so when you put them together, it’s fabulous squared.

djaq and will

Walter and Paige – Scorpion


This is a couple I have been shipping since episode 1 and they are getting closer, but they’re still not there yet. They suit each other perfectly, as she helps him be emotional and he helps her to understand her son. She doesn’t try to fix him but helps him to be a better person. I really hope they get together soon or I won’t be able to take it!

Peggy and Daniel – Agent Carter

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Despite not being an official couple, I must say, I personally fancy the two of them together. Although he was initially suprised by her skills, he is respectful and supportive of Peggy and tries to defend her, even though she doesn’t need it. I just think the two of them would be really cute together and it wouldn’t stop Peggy from being totally awesome.

Thea and Roy – Arrow

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Thea and Roy are so cute together and I’m heartbroken he left the show so they can’t be together. I loved how their relationship went from hate to like to love and how different they were, but how they managed to still be together. They certainly had their fair share of fights but I felt like they were good for each other when they were together.

Anna and Bates – Downton Abbey

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These two are possibly the most mature couple on this list, who have certainly been through a lot of hardship together. However, they’ve stuck together through thick and thin, never willing to give up on the other which is what makes them so great. I certainly wouldn’t blame either of them for calling it quits, during their tough time, but they never do. They stick together and manage to get through it all.

Arthur and Gwen – Merlin

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I must confess to not being able remember loads about this couple’s relationship, but I do remember thinking they were adorable. Like Djaq and Will, this is one of the earliest couples I started shipping, during my childhood and I remember liking these two together. She certainly made him a much better person.

Toby and Happy – Scorpion


These two certainly deserve to be happy together. They’ve both had tough pasts and have earned a bit of love. Where I’m up to, they’re not together yet, but I feel like they’re on the way to getting there. The two of them aren’t used to sharing their feelings, so their relationship has been a bit bumpy, but I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.

So there we have it! My top ten TV couples! Do you ship any of these couples? What are your favourite TV ships?

robin hood

Recently I rewatched the 2006 BBC series of Robin Hood and it got me thinking about why we all love the story of Robin Hood so much. I mean, we can all recite it off by heart, Robin Hood and his band of outlaws steal from the rich to give to the poor,  living in Sherwood Forest and helping the people of Nottingham.

Robin Hood (and his men, let’s not forget them!) break the law on a daily basis, yet we celebrate them as heroes and we have continued to do the same with some of our favorite heroes today. Robin Hood was the beginning of a new type of storytelling, with heroes that work against the law rather than with it.

Since then we have had countless books, films and TV shows all telling the story of Robin Hood as well as many new stories inspired by his. We have Arrow, from the comic books and recent TV show and the 1973 Disney animated film as well as Robin Hood appearing in Once Upon a Time for multiple series. As well as TV shows and films that feature Robin Hood as a main character, there are many that include a passing reference to the famous outlaw, including Doctor Who, Shrek, Charmed, Blackadder, Dangermouse and even the Smurfs!

When I asked you guys on Twitter you said 70% of you said you had read or watched something featuring Robin Hood including Once Upon a Time, the animated Disney movie, the BBC TV series, Doctor Who,  the novel Shadow of the Wolf and even musical versions. One person said they themselves had been in a production of his story. So it seems obvious that Robin Hood is a much loved tale that we all still enjoy watching and reading about.

However, Robin Hood is by no means a modern tale, as the first recorded ballads about him were written and told in the 15th century. There are very few stories that have survived the passage of time this well, so why did Robin Hood make it?

I think it is because inside each of us there is something that longs to be the hero. And this urge has been in mankind for as long as we have existed and will continue for as long as we exist. Robin Hood fights injustice, which is something we all want to do with our lives. He is brave and strong and kind, characteristics we all hope we have. He embodies the classic hero that everyone, at one point or another, wishes that they were. His story is timeless because now there is still injustice in the world that we should fight against so we can still relate to his tales.

So, what have you watched or read about Robin Hood?
Why do you think his story is a timeless one?


For Princess Alyrra, choice is a luxury she’s never had … until she’s betrayed.

Princess Alyrra has never enjoyed the security or power of her rank. Between her family’s cruelty and the court’s contempt, she has spent her life in the shadows. Forced to marry a powerful foreign prince, Alyrra embarks on a journey to meet her betrothed with little hope for a better future.

But powerful men have powerful enemies–and now, so does Alyrra. Betrayed during a magical attack, her identity is switched with another woman’s, giving Alyrra the first choice she’s ever had: to start a new life for herself or fight for a prince she’s never met. But Alyrra soon finds that Prince Kestrin is not at all what she expected. While walking away will cost Kestrin his life, returning to the court may cost Alyrra her own. As Alyrra is coming to realize, sometimes the hardest choice means learning to trust herself.

The Review

I went into this indie fantasy novel, not quite knowing what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. Intisar Khanani has created an unusual fantasy world full of an intriguing cast of characters. The main character – Thorn is not a conventional fantasy heroine, she is not loud, brash or good with a sword. She instead has a quieter more hidden strength that comes from her resilience in times of hardship and her continuous kindness to all she meets. I found her personality a really refreshing change to what you normally see in YA fantasy becuase she felt more genuine and realistic and someone that I’d like to be friends with.

However Thorn wasn’t the only impressive character, the characters were all really vivid and enjoyable to read about. There were quite a few bad guys, some good guys and some morally ambiguous ones as well. It was interesting that good and bad weren’t always clear cut. Another thing which was good about this novel was the intriguing fantasy aspects that were carefully interwoven and relevant to the plot without being too in your face or overwhelming.
I didn’t know where this book was going until the end, there were so many twists and turns and the plot really keep me on my toes. Sometimes fantasy novels can fall into the trap of being predictable, but this one couldn’t be further than that. However I must confess I wasn’t 100% satisfied with the ending as I really wanted to keep following the characters on their journeys rather than being forced to wrap up nicely. I felt like there was definitely more to say and that the ending was a little rushed.

Overall this book was a truly enjoyable read that is unlike any I’ve ever read. I would definitely recommend this to people that enjoy fantasy with a twist.

Wow, the first month of 2016 has passed so quickly and it is time for my first wrap up of the new year.

Books received:

  • Waiting for Callback
  • The Abyss Surrounds Us
  • Burning Midnight
  • Lois Lane: Fallout
  • The Baby
  • Circus Mirandus

Books read:

The Winner’s Crime – 5 stars

winners crime

Courage – 4 stars


Flawed – 4.5 stars


Thorn – 4 stars


Waiting for Callback – 4 stars

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My posts:

2016 New Year’s Resolutions

Birthday and Christmas Haul

Introductions Part 1: The 2016 Debut Authors

A Thousand Nights Review

#Rock My TBR Sign Up

Bloggiesta Jan 2016 Sign Up

Beautiful Broken Things ARC Review

Introductions Part 2: The 2016 Debut Books


Bloggiesta Wrap Up

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag

That’s all for this month! I didn’t do too badly with reading, I’m on track with my reading target for this year of 64 but I’m hoping to read 6, maybe 7 books in February. I was also very lucky in the month of January to receive lots of lovely books so I’m looking forward to reading some of them in February.

Which of my posts this month was your favourite? I must say I’m most proud of my #ToTheGirls2016 post as I think it has a really important message but the most popular post was the first Debut 2016 Authors post. What do you think?