A girl with a mouth almost as big as her TBR list

Top Ten Books I wish had more emphasis on family

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt was vague and mysterious, leaving room for interpretation. It was “Top Ten Books I Wish Had (More/Less) X In Them “. I decided to write a list of books I wish had more emphasis on family because familial relationships are something I feel are really lacking in YA. That’s not to say these books don’t contain any family relationships at all, just that I think more emphasis could have been placed on family, rather than romance

  1. Kiss Camkiss-cam
  2. The DUFFthe duff
  3. Obsidianobsidian
  4. A Court of Thorns and Rosesacotar
  5. Fangirlfangirl
  6. Lois Lane: Falloutfallout
  7. The Raven Boysthe-raven-boys
  8. Alienatedalienated
  9. TroubletroubleSo those are my ten (I know there are only nine, but I tried…)  for this week! Send me a link to yours! I’d love to see how you interpreted this week’s prompt! Are there any books you think should have had more emphasis on family?

The Book Fests Award


I was nominated for this award by the lovely Aldii, so thank you very much to her! Let’s begin, shall we?


  1. It’s always proper and the right thing to do, when you receive something from someone, you thank them. It’s the same with this award. You can link the blogger who presents the award blog in the post you use to fulfil the requirements of the award.
  2. Answer the award questions that will be listed below.
  3. Write a Fifty Words Story, because it’s fun.
  4. Award five or more bloggers with this Award.
  5. Ask them a question of your making, you’ll like them to answer.
  6. Put up the award image badge on your blog via image widget.

A book you started but never finished…but want to finish. What stopped you from continuing to read it?

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. I don’t even know why I stopped reading this one, but I think I got too busy so I put it down and just never ending up picking it up again. From what I remember the book was a good one, so I have to get round to continuing to read it in 2017.

What elements attract you to a book, which makes you need to read it?

I actually wrote a whole post on this once, you can find it here but I’ll mention one of my buzzwords now. One thing I really love in books is feminism, feminist characters or any reference to feminism. For example books like Holly Bourne’s The Spinster Club and other books on My Favourite Feminist Reads list.

Which books do you prefer, e-copy or hard copy?

This is a difficult question for me, because I love the way physical books look and feel, but I actually read more ebooks and read ebooks faster than physical copies. It’s a real toss up for me, because I’m starting to run out of shelf space, but I love being able to lend books to my friends and obviously that’s not possible with ebooks. So in conclusion, I’m indecisive.

What book are you currently reading or going to read next?

I’m currently reading an ARC of The Memory Book by Lara Avery and it’s really good so far! I’m intrigued to see where it’s going to go next (I’m about half way through) and I’ve heard it has made a lot of people cry and that has yet to happen, so we’ll see.

Is it fair to judge a book by its film?

Definitely not! There are books out there that I loved but films I really disliked. You can’t really assume a book is anything like its film. I would say 9.9/10 the book is better than the film. I generally try and make sure I’ve read the book before I watch the film so the film doesn’t change my thoughts on the book.

What book did you badly judge by its cover and ended up loving?

For me, this would be The Mortal Instruments. Since I read them, they’ve been redesigned with beautiful covers however previously they had half naked men on them, making look slightly dodgy and somewhat awkward to read in public. Luckily the covers didn’t stop me from picking up the books and it ended up being a series I really enjoyed.

Which book character have you felt the most kin with and able to relate with?

The answer to this question has to be and always will be Hermione Granger, from the Harry Potter series. When I first read the books, aged around 9 or 10, I clicked with her immediately and she still remains one of my favourite book characters of all time. As a geeky girl, who loved books I related to her so much and loved the fact she so often saves the day.

Aldii’s question:

If you had to choose a genre to read for all your life (you won’t be able to read any other genre) which one would you choose?

This one is a really tricky one because I love to read pretty much all genres of YA, but I guess if I had to pick one, I’d go with contemporary because that’s the genre I already own the most books from and one where I feel there is quite a lot of variety so I wouldn’t be stuck reading similar things.

My question: If you could trade lives with one book character, who would it be and why?

I nominate:

Bec at Bec’s Books

Tris at Tris’ Nook

Sofia at Bookish Wanderess

Bex at My Shelf and Myself

Jordan at Her Paper Adventure



January Wrap Up

So, here we are! We’ve reached the end of the first month of 2017, which I can’t quite believe. Where did the time go? Nevertheless, I feel like January went really well for me in terms of blogging and reading. I managed to stick to my Goodreads reading goal, reading a book a week. I also managed to blog consistently, posting 9 times in the month. Furthermore I got involved in multiple events in the blogging community, including a Bloggiesta and #BHPChat yesterday evening which were great fun!

I also was lucky enough to receive two ARCs in January – Soulmated by Shaila Patel, which I read and reviewed and The Memory Book by Lara Avery, which I’m about a third of the way through.

This month I read:

These Vicious Masks (3.5 stars)


Soulmated (4 stars)


Mia and the Bad Boy (2 stars)


Kiss Cam (3.5 stars)


This month I posted:

Looking back at 2016’s resolutions

Five ways Twitter makes me a better person

Top Ten 2016 Releases I meant to read, but didn’t get to 

Bloggiesta Winter 2017 Sign Up

Bloggiesta Wrap Up

How To Get Out of a Blogging Slump

Soulmated Review

Soulmated Release Day Celebration

What’s up with this DNF business?

All in all, I think January was a pretty good month for me personally and I’m hoping this will continue into February and the rest of 2017.

How was your January? Have you stuck to your goals so far?


What’s up with this DNF business?


DNF stands for ‘did not finish’ and is a way book bloggers label books that they stopped reading and didn’t pick up again.

Within the book blogging community, there is a whole spectrum of opinions on choosing to DNF a book. Some people are all for it and believe it’s the only way to ensure you get the most of your reading whilst others don’t like it and feel as though you have to keep going to fully try out the book. Now I’m not quite sure how I feel. This post is prompted by the latest book I read and rated 2 stars. Multiple times throughout the book I wanted to put it down and not ever pick it back up but for some reason I kept pushing through and finished the book. Maybe it’s because I watched to give the book a chance or because this is my third book of 2017 and I want to stick to my Goodreads reading goal or maybe a combination of both. Even now it’s finished I don’t know whether I’m glad I kept reading or not.

So this debate about to DNF or not to DNF is all very well and good, but what about when the book in question is an ARC or a book that you’ve been sent to review? How does this change our feelings on DNFing? Luckily I have never yet had this problem. All the books I’ve been sent to review, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and finished but I know of other bloggers who have DNFed books they’ve been sent and that must have been a tough decision to make. I certainly think if I’d been sent a book, it would make me more likely to keep going with the book but I honestly don’t know what I’d do if I really disliked the book.

Another query that comes along with DNFing books is whether or not you qualify the book as part of your total number of books read in a year. The vast majority of us set a Goodreads reading goal for the year and are really determined to reach it, so are we allowed to qualify DNFed reads as part of that total? Personally I wouldn’t choose to qualify a book I DNFed as part of my total but I know that others do. I cant certainly see the appeal of doing so if you’ve spend ages reading a book, only to put it down 75% of the way through.

So where have we got to, now we’ve asked all these questions? Have we reached a conclusion about DNFing? I certainly haven’t! I think all I can say is it’s up to you! I’m going to try and be less afraid of DNFing so I don’t waste time on books I quite frankly am not enjoying.

What do you think? Do you DNF books? What about books you’ve been sent to review? And how do you feel about counting DNFed books in your yearly total? Let me know in the comments!

Soulmated Release Day Celebration

I am so excited that SOULMATED by Shaila Patel releases today and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Shaila Patel, be sure to check out all the details below and have a read of my review, which you can find here!

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a Perfectly Posh, Posh To Meet You Set ($20 value), US Only courtesy of Month9Books. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


soulmatedSome info about The Book:

Title: SOULMATED (Joining of Souls #1)

Author: Shaila Patel

Pub. Date: January 24, 2017

Publisher: Month9Books

Format: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 300

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | TBD

Two souls. One Fate.

Eighteen-year-old Liam Whelan, an Irish royal empath, has been searching for his elusive soulmate. The rare union will cement his family’s standing in empath politics and afford the couple legendary powers, while also making them targets of those seeking to oust them.

Laxshmi Kapadia, an Indian-American high school student from a traditional family, faces her mother’s ultimatum: Graduate early and go to medical school, or commit to an arranged marriage.

When Liam moves next door to Laxshmi, he’s immediately and inexplicably drawn to her. In Liam, Laxshmi envisions a future with the freedom to follow her heart.

Liam’s father isn’t convinced Laxshmi is “The One” and Laxshmi’s mother won’t even let her talk to their handsome new neighbor. Will Liam and Laxshmi defy expectations and embrace a shared destiny? Or is the risk of choosing one’s own fate too great a price for the soulmated?



My mind wandered to a vision of what Laxshmi’s eyes would look like if I kissed her. It caught me by surprise, making me cough. Grand. Now I was the one with the concentration problem. If I kept this up, I’d have a hard time blocking out my classmates’ feelings. I stretched my legs a bit and tugged at my jeans. Jaysus.

Was I thirteen again?

Keeping other people’s emotions out of my head was like blocking calls on my mobile. Normally, most empaths had about a ten- to twenty-foot reading range, so it wasn’t too taxing on me, having been an empath since childhood. Unless my concentration was shot to hell, blocking was as simple as breathing. Soon, staying open to Lucky meant she’d have her own ringtone in my head, and I’d be able to lock on to her feelings without having to do anything at all.

When the class bell rang, Lucky bent to pick up a small pile of textbooks from the floor. I hoped she wasn’t one of those geeks who carried her books around with her all day. Then again, maybe she was avoiding her locker because of me. The thought left me frowning.

As she got ready to leave, I waited for her. “Going to your locker?” I pointed at her books.

Her surprise came over to me in a gentler ripple than had her other emotions. The gentleness reminded me of a calm day on Galway Bay—the sand, small waves nipping at my toes, and the sun, glorious on my back. The surprise felt like a warm ocean spray I hadn’t been expecting.

“Yeah,” she said with a sheepish grin.

“Brilliant. I’m heading there too.”

She bit back a smile, her excitement feeling like a frothy surf tickling my toes.

When we approached the door, she rushed to catch it before it shut, almost dropping her books. Most girls would’ve stood back and waited for me to make a dash to open it, making sure I was being attentive. Lucky didn’t seem to want any such nonsense, and I felt a bit off, like I’d put my trainers on the wrong feet. I couldn’t shake the feeling of being in unchartered waters.

She stepped to the side and held the door open for me—for me—and I had to dive forward to help her steady the load of books threatening to fall.

“Here,” I said. “I’ll help you carry these—”

“No. I mean, that’s okay. You’ve got your own to carry.”

I sensed a genuine concern from her, as if she were afraid to be imposing on me, not something I’d been expecting. I stepped closer, meaning to convince her to let me help, but then her eyes snapped up and met mine. The softness and sincerity in them froze me to the spot. Lighter and more vibrant than the other brown eyes I’d forced myself to stare into—all in the name of being romantic— her eyes drew me in like a kaleidoscope, with amber and black flecks peppering her irises. A soft gasp escaped her lips, and I understood how she felt. With each blink of her long eyelashes, it felt like an eternity before I’d see her eyes again. I had a strange urge to brush my finger over the tips of her lashes.

I swallowed against the dryness in my throat. “I–I just have one book. In my bag.” Jaysus Christ. What is she doing to me? I couldn’t get sucked in. I wouldn’t. If I expected anything, it’d only turn into another disappointment.

shaila_photo_purpleAbout Shaila:

As an unabashed lover of all things happily-ever- after, Shaila’s younger self would finish reading Cinderella and fling her copy across the room because it didn’t mention what happened next. Now she writes from her home in the Carolinas and dreams up all sorts of stories with epilogues. A member of the Romance Writers of America, she’s a pharmacist by training, a medical office manager by day, and a writer by night. She enjoys traveling, craft beer, and teas, and loves reading books—especially in cozy window seats. You might find her sneaking in a few paragraphs at a red light or connecting with other readers online at: http://www.shailapatelauthor.com

Find Shaila:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Goodreads

Giveaway Details:

(1) winner will receive a Perfectly Posh, Posh To Meet You Set ($20 value), US Only.

(10) winners will receive a SOULMATED Swag Pack, US Only.

The Giveaway:








Soulmated Review


Two souls. One Fate.

Eighteen-year-old Liam Whelan, an Irish royal empath, has been searching for his elusive soulmate. The rare union will cement his family’s standing in empath politics and afford the couple legendary powers, while also making them targets of those seeking to oust them.

Laxshmi Kapadia, an Indian-American high school student from a traditional family, faces her mother’s ultimatum: Graduate early and go to medical school, or commit to an arranged marriage.

When Liam moves next door to Laxshmi, he’s immediately and inexplicably drawn to her. In Liam, Laxshmi envisions a future with the freedom to follow her heart.

Liam’s father isn’t convinced Laxshmi is “The One” and Laxshmi’s mother won’t even let her talk to their handsome new neighbor. Will Liam and Laxshmi defy expectations and embrace a shared destiny? Or is the risk of choosing one’s own fate too great a price for the soulmated?

I received an eARC of this book from the author but that does not affect my views in any way. All my opinions and thoughts are completely my own.

Where do I begin with this book? There were so many unique and different aspects to this book that made it a step apart from all the other urban fantasies that I’ve read.
The first thing I loved about this book was the different cultures it portrayed. One of the main characters Laxshmi is an Indian American that is trying to balance her Indian identity with her American one. Whilst the other main character is Liam, an Irish boy who has spent almost half his life in America, looking for The One. They both come from such different backgrounds which I thought were portrayed wonderfully in Patel’s writing. I personally found it so interesting to be immersed in a culture so different from mine and see how Lucky combined both cultures to make her who she is. Both of these teens face pressure from their parents in different ways and for different reasons. Lucky’s Mum wants her to either get married or go to Medical School, whilst she dreams of becoming a dancer. Liam’s parents move him from city to city in hope of him finding The One when he just wants to give up. These pressures both stem from the cultures they come from yet together they are able to escape these stresses whilst also embracing the people they are. I felt like Patel wrote Lucky’s POV better than Liam’s though that is probably due to the fact she knows more about her culture and can relate more to her, however both points of view were entertaining and a good read.

Aside from the main two characters, there was a wonderful cast of supporting characters such as Lucky’s Mum, a hardworking and traditional Indian parent who only wants the best for her daughter, Liam’s Dad an Irishman who wants the best for his son in a world of complex empath politics and Liam’s Mum a woman who is so keen to hear about her son’s love life and meet her future daughter in law. The only character I found a little lacking was Jack, Lucky’s best friend who got annoyed when the new boy arrives. He just seemed like a bit a stereotype and didn’t really get that much character development other than being jealous of Liam.

Another aspect of this book which I really enjoyed the idea of being an empath and the powers that came with that. In urban fantasies you so often see the same paranormal creatures again and again but this is something I’ve never seen before. These people aren’t great fighters or strong warriors but instead they’re in touch with their emotions and those of the people around them. It does contain the classic trope of the heroine not knowing of her powers until she meets the hero but it is refreshingly different when combined with the other elements of the story.

The only thing I wish this story did contain was more information about the society of empaths and how it works. I’m someone who always wants to know more and hear the whole backstory. You get lots of hints and subtle references throughout the book but you never get to know the full story which bugs me a little however I suspect you will get to know more in the next book so I am eagerly awaiting that!

Overall it was a entertaining blend of diversity, originality, romance and the supernatural resulting in a great read for any YA fan!

How To Get Out of a Blogging Slump

Now, I don’t claim to be an expert at this blogging thing at all, in fact after 2 and half years I still feel like I’m stumbling about in the darkness some days. However one thing I would say I’m almost an expert of is blogging slumps. I love blogging and books and reading yet every so often I just stop completely and can’t bring myself to blog or read or join in with the community at all for over a month. But, despite all these blogging slumps I’m still here and I love blogging as much as ever so I thought I’d share some of my top tips for how to get out of a blogging slump.

  1. Don’t feel guilty. This is the most important one. It’s ok if you need to take a break or don’t feel up to blogging for a while. Blogging is a hobby so it shouldn’t feel like a chore. If you take a break, the book blogging community will still be here to welcome you back with open arms when you want to come back. We all understand and probably most of us have been through exactly the same thing.
  2. Remember why you started blogging. If you don’t feel like blogging, think about what caused you to choose to start blogging in the first place. Look back at your first post and when you read it, I’m sure you’ll be able to hear the excitement. Take trip down memory lane and look at your proudest blogging achievements and favourite comments.
  3. Get involved in the community again. Visit other people’s blogs, get involved in conversations on Twitter, message some of your best blogging friends, do whatever you want to be part of the community. For so many of us, the community and the people we get to meet are the reason we keep blogging. Chatting with these people might encourage you to start blogging again.
  4. Think of something you want to write about and write it. Don’t be held back by reviews you need to write or memes you have to take part in. Don’t worry about what you think you should write or what your readers want to read but write something you’re interested in. Sometimes as bloggers we can get carried away by what we think our responsibilities are, when really we should just be writing posts that we would like to read.
  5. Pick up an old favourite. Reread a book that you loved, whether it’s from last year or when you were a kid, there’s nothing like reading a book you know you will enjoy, to get back into the reading and hopefully blogging spirit. Then if you’re feeling it, you could write a post about this is a book you love and want to reread

These are just a few of my tips, but that’s not to say they’ll work for everyone. Each person is different and has different ways of dealing with stuff so share your best tips for getting out of a blogging slump. What do you do get yourself back into blogging?