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S4S – Books I wanna snuggle with

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This prompt is absolutely perfect. As I sit writing this I am currently in my comfiest PJ’s wearing my snuggliest pair of bed-socks and I’ve just managed to spend an entire hour snuggled up with a blanket and a book in my reading corner and let me tell it was pure bliss. I’ve found recently that I was snatching time to read books wherever and whenever I could, reading a few pages at a time etc but a couple of days ago I decided no matter how busy I get, no matter just how much I have to do, I am going to get comfortable and I’m going to spend at least half an hour on my sofa in the evening, in my reading room with a book, just reading and chilling out. Let me tell you, it’s only been a few days but I just feel so much more relaxed and calmer for it. I cannot recommend it enough. So now that I’ve enlightened you let’s crack on with books I wanna snuggle with.

Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
My copy of the last book (I think?) in the folk of the air series came early and it’s taking all of my willpower right now not to just immediately devour the entire damn thing. I’m currently reading a book for a blog tour in early December so I need to finish that and I’d promised to buddy read it with a friend who hasn’t received their copy yet and is away for the weekend. As a result, I’ve asked my husband to hide the book somewhere I can’t find or get to it because I have no willpower. This morning I found it on top of our board games which live on my bookshelves, it’s the highest point in our flat and I can’t reach it. Smart guy! So what I’m trying to say is that I would really love to snuggle up and read this damn book right now.

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
This is a prime snuggling up book, there are so many lovely sweet moments and it’s such an easy book to just fall into it’s absolutely perfect.

Star Wars: Resistance Reborn by Rebecca Roanhorse
Much like with Queen of Nothing this is a book I desperately want to read as soon as I can. I’ve been looking forward to this book ever since it was announced and I can think of nothing better than snuggling up with a long-awaited book,

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
This is one of my favourite reads of the past few years and a book I would happily read again, this definitely feels like it would be a good book to snuggle up with on a cold night just thinking about it is making me want to reread it!

Finding Home by Hari Conner
Another brilliant graphic novel and quite possibly my favourite I’ve ever read. The slow burn is SO on point that I cannot explain and the art is absolutely exquisite. I could read this anywhere but I feel like snuggled up in bed is probably the best to enjoy it.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Another book that I tend to enjoy rereading which is weird because I actually hated it the first time I read it. I think this one might be interchangeable with A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury as well as these are all books that hold a lot of nostalgia for me I think nostalgia and nice, warm comfy blankets are a good combination,

I feel like I need to crawl back into bed with a good book now! What books do you love to snuggle up with?

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S4S – Books with Blue Covers

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Happy Six for Sunday! Today’s prompt from the lovely Steph at A Little But A lot is “Books with Blue Covers.” Most of my book covers tend to be on the darker side but I feel like blue is pretty achievable so let’s take a look!

The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
This was one of my favourites and most memorable reads as a young child, I liked the differences between the two princesses and even though I absolutely identified with the strong-willed, dark-haired princess who  enjoyed sword fighting this was an important lesson for me where I realised you didn’t have to be strong or physically tough to be brave. I still love sword fighting more than embroidery though not gonna lie.

The Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James
One of my current favourite reads and peak Lauren James. This book is super interesting with important themes and a slightly different but fun format that really allowed the story to unfold by layers that worked really well. Not to mention, as always, THAT TWIST. Cannot explain how much I love this gorgeous book.

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Another departure from my usual reading habits, again I picked this contemporary up due to liking the authors’ previous work which was in-fact another contemporary! Summer Bird Blue is a beautiful, interesting and enjoyable read that had me in tears multiple times!

Blue Salt Road by Joanne Harris
Another beautiful poetic fairy tale by Mrs Harris, like A Pocketful of Crows this tale is inspired by the Child Ballads and feels just as iconic, this time though we follow the path of a selkie. I was always fascinated with selkies as a child so this was a fantastic read for me.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Speaking of beautiful poetic prose, Strange the Dreamer reads like a five hundred and thirty-six page poem and has a gorgeous blue and gold cover to boot. This was also the very first book that I had ever since and/or brought with sprayed edges and it changed my whole world.

The Extinction Trials by S.M Wilson
Described as The Hunger Games with dinosaurs and I gotta say I usually hate those stickers that say things like that plastered all over books but honestly it’s pretty damn accurate and a trilogy I absolutely love.

So all done and dusted for another week! Apologies for being a little slow getting back to comments at the moment as I’m either doing the being a parent thing (and it’s been a busy week for meetings – yay) writing frantically or reading just as frantically because oh my GOSH there are so many great books coming out right now and honestly I just want to read them all. Are there any books coming out right now that you’re super excited to get to reading?

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S4S – Books with Snow/Ice in the title

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Happy Six for Sunday folks! I hope you’re enjoying November so far and that you had a great Halloween if you celebrate it. For the first Six for Sunday prompt of the month by Steph at A Little But A Lot, we have “Books with snow/ice” in the title.

Warriors: Fire and Ice by Erin Hunter
This was the first one that came to mind! Mainly because where it’s displayed on our bookshelves it’s really easy to see the tide of Warrior cats books.

Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh
The third (I think) in the psy-changeling book series by Nalini, these are one of my ‘guilty pleasure’ reads that I’ve always loved the story surrounding, especially the Psy side of things.

Ice Study by Maria V. Snyder
This is one of the short stories Maria wrote in-between the first and second half of the study series. They may be short novellas of a sort but some important stuff happens in them AND they’re pretty awesome so well worth a read.

Snow like Ashes by Sara Rasch
I haven’t read this one but I DO own it after the cover intrigued me and it was part of a 3 for 2 sale when I was already planning to buy two books. It sounds interesting it’s just not too high on my TBR list at the moment.

Girls made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
Another book I own yet haven’t read. A friend told me about this one and I brought it immediately, desperate to read it. Then, of course, I do what I always do and get distracted by another book and then pretty much forget about it. I will get to it eventually though because it sounds fantastic.

Snow White and the Seven Samurai by Tom Holt
Oh look, yet again a book I own but have not read! This was another casualty of a 3 for 2 sale. It sounded like a fun read and I’m sure it is but it just doesn’t grab me enough to be especially high on my TBR.

Does anyone else have a physical TBR that could easily crush them at any given moment? This just reminded me how many books are on my shelves that I’ve actually not read yet and it is scary. At least I’ll likely never run out of things to read though right?

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S4S – Autumn Coloured Books

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Autumn is well and truly underway now and it’s brought some seriously weird weather with it, cold and wet in the mornings then sunny but usually windy in the afternoons. I am enjoying the darker evenings though which has been nice and all the orange, red and brown leaves on the trees or the crunchy ones underfoot. Appropriately, this weeks Six for Sunday prompt from Steph at A Little but A Lot is “Autumn Coloured Books” and it’s been a lovely one to think on.

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How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
This lovely deep red book with a dragon scale effect was the first that came to mind for this prompt. I’ve been reading this at night to my little boy and it’s been really fun! I’ve loved reading it for a week or two now with just a few pages usually an evening and I’ve enjoyed noticing the similarities to the films and TV shows, not to mention it’s really quite funny!

The Deathless Girls by Kiran Milwood Hargrave
Although I didn’t enjoy this book quite as much as I thought I would (not a bad read just not what I was expecting, you can check out my review here) this beautiful cover just screams autumn.

Finding Home Vol. Two by Hari Conner 
I’ve just finished reading this stunning graphic novel this weekend (review coming Tuesday) and it is a slow burn, character driven, funny and sweet masterpiece. The second volume cover is also full of Autumn feels.

Star Wars: Resistance Reborn by Rebecca Roanhorse 
This one I’ve not read yet as it’s not out until November Seventh and I’m SO excited about it. I eagerly read everything I could get my paws on when The Last Jedi came out and I’m determined to read all the build-up for The Rise of Skywalker with Resistance Reborn being the story of how the resistance is rebuilt after TLJ.

A Pocketful of Crows by Joanne Harris 
This gorgeous book is a small hardback in black and gold. It’s beautiful and although not the orange, red, yellow or brown colours of Autumn I still think it gives off that Autumnal feel, as does the story inside. (You can read my spoiler-free  review here).

Chasing the Stars by Maria V. Snyder 
Another one that I am yet to read but is on my list to read next (once I’ve finally finished Angel Mage) I’ve been lucky enough to have received an early copy ready for its release next month and the UK cover is full of lovely Autumn colours!

Now I’m off to grab a hot chocolate and a blanket as I return to my natural state which will now become my evening ritual until Spring appears next year! Don’t forget to check out my Inktober update tomorrow and Tuesday brings with it a spoiler-free review of Finding Home Vol. Two. Have a lovely rest of your weekend!

 

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S4S – Books you’d take on an Autumn Walk

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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
I read this around autumn last year and I did actually take this out on an Autumn walk so I couldn’t leave it out. I’m hoping to get the second book read before the end of this year with any luck as I really enjoyed the first immensely.

The Near Witch by V.E Schwab
This is another book I’ve taken out on an autumn walk, I spent a good couple of hours in a book shop reading this while the rain poured and the wind howled outside as I sipped a lovely hot chocolate. It was basically perfect.

City of Bones by Cassie Clare
This is a book I genuinely love to snuggle up with and just enjoy reading but because I’ve read it so many times I tend to just flick through to my favourite parts which I could honestly see myself doing a nice Autumn walk.

The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
A great chunk of Tolkiens books just feel like they have this connection to nature and The Hobbit is no exception and this is defintley a book that would fit an Autumn walk.

Hex Life Anthology by Various
I still have to read this (it’s next on my list, Angel Mage is just taking me quite a while to read) but I feel like this would be perfect with all its witchy stories!

City of Ghosts by V.E Schwab
I feel like this is a fairly obvious one as it is full of creepy, spooky vibes that are perfect for an early evening Autumn walk, but maybe not after dark eh?

I think if the weather improves next week I may have to grab a book and go for a nice walk! At the moment it’s just been raining almost non-stop and I don’t want my book to get wet. What books would you choose to take on an Autumn walk with you?

 

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S4S – Books with Leaves on the Cover

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Okay so this weeks prompt is “Books with Leaves on the Cover” and after searching through my bookshelves I only have one book that matches that description so although I will still be adhering to the prompt this will actually be more of a “Books I want to read/look interesting that have leaves on the cover – only one of which I actually own” but that was a bit of a mouthful for a blog title so here we are.

Circe by Madeline Miller
This is the one I actually own and I KNOW I need to read it and I promise I will but I have so many books from publishers to get through at the moment and I feel like this will defintley be a book that’s worth the wait, so it can wait a bit longer.

Wuthering Bites by Sarah Gray
So Wuthering heights except Heathcliffe is a vampire born of a vampire hunter mother and a vampire father. Basically, Wuthering Heights meets Blade? All I know is I need it.

Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner
I’ll let the Goodreads synopsis speak for this one.
“The war between humanity and Faerie devastated both sides. Or so 15-year-old Liza has been told.
Nothing has been seen or heard from Faerie since, and Liza’s world bears the scars of its encounter with magic. Trees move with sinister intention, and the town Liza calls home is surrounded by a forest that threatens to harm all those who wander into it. Then Liza discovers she has the Faerie ability to see into the past, into the future and she has no choice but to flee her town.
Liza’s quest will take her into Faerie and back again, and what she finds along the way may be the key to healing both worlds.”

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
I’m sure I have this somewhere on my shelves but I just couldn’t it!! I brought it years and years ago because the cover was pretty and werewolves *shrugs*

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
One of the only “classics” I actually want to read. I’ve heard good things but I’m still fairly sceptical. Also, I figure it’s not going anywhere, it can wait.

Pax by Sara Pennypecker
The art always draws me to this book whenever I’m in a bookstore. It reminds me of the Shelter video game where you play a mama Badger protecting her cubs. That similarity may have drawn me in but is also what has been driving me away as I can sense just as much heartbreak coming. I absolutely need to read it at some point in the future though.

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S4S – Books I read in school

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Not sure if this is meant to be about books I had to read in school or books that I ended up reading in school because I spent almost all of my free time in the library (until the last year when I became a music/drama nerd but shh) so I read A LOT of books and I don’t remember most of them but a good few stuck with me.

Animorphs by K.A Applegate
I’m not sure if I read the books because of the TV show or watched the TV show because of the books but I know that I loved them both. I adored that this group of teenagers could turn into different animals but always had that element of risk that if they stay too long in animal form they would be stuck in it forever. The tension in these books was also so well done, there were so many close calls and reveals throughout, they were absolutely addictive. I think these were some of the first books I read that I found really interesting, not forgetting the blossoming of my first book crush in the form of Tobias who I fell head over heels in love with. Turns out I’ve always had a thing for the angsty boys.

The Vampire Diaries by L.J Smith
I found the first Vampire Diaries Books not long after I finished Animorphs. I spent a lot of time at my local library by this point and they had a lovely YA section with nice comfy chairs where I would go to read in peace while my mum thought I was out playing. I had finished the Animorphs books and didn’t really know where to go from there but there was a whole section of the YA shelves that were just black and I was a little nerdy goth girl then so naturally, this drew my attention and there I found the first of the four Vampire Diaries books. I sat in the library from opening until close reading The Awakening in one sitting. It rocked my damn world and I took the other three out and barely left my room for the weekend. I think I’ve loved vampire books ever since.

Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
A possibly obvious one I know. I actually hadn’t heard of Harry Potter until I started secondary school and a friend I made there (I knew no one when I started so it was nice to find bookish friends) told me I needed to read Harry Potter…so I did and I fell in love with that too, it was perfectly timed with my starting of secondary school so I just felt like I was going on the same journey I think. It was nice to identify with the trio as they got older. I also distinctively remember that I made me and my friend our own full length (with book lists) Hogwarts acceptance letters.

The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
I think this was a read from primary school and I read it often, over and over again, I loved that there were girls who liked to fight with swords but it also showed me that you didn’t always have to have a sword to be brave or to fight for the people you love. I’ve learned recently that there was also a sequel that I absolutely have to read.

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
This one I discovered my first half-year of college. I had discovered sometimes we had free periods and once a week I had a two-hour free period and approaching Christmas I decided to use those two hours to head into town and do some Christmas shopping. Waterstones was running its 3 for 2 offer that it ran every Christmas for years, I brought two for gifts and at the desk, they had a selection of books also on the offer, one of those was Poison Study. It had the classic purple UK Cover and it looked pretty cool so I brought it and it was brilliant, Maria went on to become one of my absolute favourite authors.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Another free period college find, this time with book vouchers from Christmas. I actually picked up New Moon first because it was new out and caught my eye but they had sold out of copies of Twilight itself so I couldn’t start the series. I managed to find out about the series online and found somewhere to order it from. I was able to read the first chapter or two online while I waited and did so immediately, then also the equivalent of the first couple of chapters of Midnight son (Twilight told from Edwards point of view). I fell in love with these books pretty quick and although I wasn’t an over the top “Twihard” I was definitely a fan. Even though now I’m older and I’ve read a lot more and can see the problems in both the books and films, not to mention Edwards behaviour (and Jacob’s) I still love them both and the films in particular (THOSE SOUNDTRACKS Y’ALL) hold a lot of brilliant nostalgia and I watch them every few months.

I hope you enjoyed reading about some of the books I read when I was in school/college and would love to check yours out too, don’t forget to let me know if we have any in common! I also want to give an honourable mention to The Crucible by Arthur Miller and Macbeth by (duh) Shakespeare, which were two books/plays we were required to read for my English literature classes and I utterly adored both of them.