Cover Buys of 2018

There have been so many beautiful books come out this year, and I saw a post the other day on Matilda’s Library where she showcased some of these and I thought that I’d love to have a think about my favourites! Below you’ll find a selection of these beauties, a mixture between books I’ve bought this year, have come out this year, or requested this year!

Okay, so it’s pretty evident that I buy a lot of books based on their covers! What books have you bought this year because of a pretty cover?



The Christmas Stocking Tag

Day 10 of Blogmas is here and with it comes a new tag to have a go at! This time, I really want to do a brand new tag from Kate who has created The Christmas Stocking Tag featuring all the things you’d hope to find in your stocking at Christmas! If you haven’t already, go check out her Blogmas posts; I’ve been really enjoying her content!


  • Link to the person who tagged you

  • Link to me, as I’d love to read your answers

  • Answer all 10 questions, choosing books for each theme

  • Tag five people to do this

You get up on Christmas morning and your stocking is full! You take it down and start to unwrap the treats inside. The first thing you see is…

i was born for thisAn orange! Which book is refreshing and vibrant, both inside and out?

I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman. It’s bright orange. Of course I had to go for it! This is one of my top books of 2018, with some fantastic characters who are diverse and very real.

The next thing you see is a bag of chocolate coins. (Yum) Which book have you recently bought that was expensive, but totally worth the high price?

I don’t buy expensive books these days (saving for a house costs lots!), but I did recently pay full price for a picture book which was totally worth it. Last Stop on the Reindeer Express is absolutely beautiful and worth every penny!

You also pull out a bath bomb. Tell us about a book that had explosive action scenes.

I’d probably have to go for the Throne of Glass series. I’m not a big action reader, but this one keeps me on the edge of my seat as I can’t wait to turn each and every page!

Next is a pack of playing cards. Which series won you over?

A Court of Thorns and Roses. At first I hated it, but I tried it again and fell completely in love with the story!

You also get a candle. Which character is a symbol of hope in their story?

Hmm…I’d have to go for All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. Although this book is a total sobfest, there is so much hope and brightness tucked in among its pages.

to kill a kingdomThere are socks inside too. Is there a book that you think really encompasses all the distinctive tropes of its genre?

I’d have to go for To Kill a Kingdom. It’s absolutely wonderful, but definitely covers all the bases!

There’s also a notebook. Which author’s writing process do you find most interesting/inspiring?

I don’t really know a lot about the writing processes many authors go through, but I am really enjoying seeing how Lucy Powrie‘s debut novel The Paper & Hearts Society is developing!

To go with the notebook, there’s a fancy pen. Is there a book or a series that you’d change if you’d written it yourself?

I’d probably change Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen because it started off so promising but ended up being a big disappointment.

There’s also a small bedside clock. Which book took you a long time to pick up but was worth it in the end?

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I was so wary of this one, especially once all the mixed reviews started coming in, but I adored it when I finally got around to it!

opposite of alwaysYour pile is getting really big. You reach in to pull out the last gift and it’s… a lump of coal? You’re a little disappointed. But you look closer and realise there’s a seam running through the coal. You crack it open and sitting inside is a tiny golden snitch. Tell us about a book that surprised you in some way.

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds is one that definitely surprised me; I’m not a big reader of diverse books, but I found this one really easy to engage with and get in to. It was such a pleasant surprise!

I really enjoyed this tag! It’s one where you have to think a little bit more, but that was half of the fun. I tag Jenn and Cora, and anyone else who would like to have a go at seeing what’s in their Christmas stocking this year!


Six for Sunday: 9th December 2018

Hello and welcome to Day 9 of Blogmas! This week’s is a lovely reflection on my year of blogging. Only three left of this half of 2018’s prompts – you can find the prompts here! This week’s topic is:

2018 Blogging Highlights

1.  Sunflowers in February. I’m very proud of this post as it has my highest views to date and really got me feeling good about starting up my blog and developing my Twitter!

2. Being added to a blogger list for a publisher.

3. Hitting 1000 likes.

4. My first author interview, which was with Heather Trim.

5. Posting the first review of Fierce Fragile Hearts that the author was aware of!

6. Taking part in some fab blog tours, especially Differently Normal and No Sad Songs.


What have been your blogging highlights for 2018?


Bookish Advent Calendar 2018: Week 1

So, over on my Instagram, I’ve been hosting a bookish advent calendar where I am showcasing some of the best wintery and festive books! Each week, I am going to round up the doors that I’ve opened and show you which books I’ve discovered!

Week One:
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I wonder which books I’ll discover next week!


PENGUIN PROBLEMS – Jory John, Lane Smith

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Penguin Problems is SO GOOD!

What I love about this book is that it can be both hilarious and meaningful at the same time with a wonderfully grumpy penguin as the main character. His life is just full of problems…or so he thinks, because, whilst he may be having a difficult time, he’s got so much that isn’t a problem.

We start off meeting this fed up penguin and see him have a particularly trying day full of things that irritate him (which I’m sure many people can relate to!), but, after he meets a walrus who shows him how he’s exactly where he needs to be, he starts to see the positivity in everything…for a while anyway!

This is definitely one of my go to books to buy for all my friends and family just because of how relatable and entertaining it is, as well as Lane Smith’s beautiful illustrations which capture Penguin’s personality perfectly!

Thank you to Jo at Walker for sending me a copy of this book!

LAST STOP ON THE REINDEER EXPRESS – Maudie Powell-Tuck, Karl James Mountford


No picture can quite do justice to the sheer beauty of this meaningful Christmas picture book. This was a total cover buy – as soon as I recognised it as being illustrated by  Karl James Mountford, I bought it there and then having no clue about what was inside. So, when I sat down to read this book, I was captivated by story and the beautiful illustrations!

Last Stop on the Reindeer Express is a Christmas tale full of warmth and meaning. With more and more families not being the traditional nuclear family, at Christmas children can often feel torn and unsure about who they’ll spend Christmas with. This book tackles this difficult topic in a sensitive way that shows those children that they’re not alone, and that no matter who they spend Christmas with, they are loved.

I can’t recommend this book highly enough; whether or not it’s a book that’s relevant to your own situation, it’s a joy to read and the illustrations are magical! It’s definitely one to add to your bookshelf this Christmas.


WWW Wednesday: 5th December 2018

Hello and welcome to my first WWW Wednesday of Blogmas 2018! I’ve slowed down my reading a little bit this week; I’ve had another exam for work (passed, yay!) and am starting to prepare for Christmas and Blogmas meaning that I just haven’t had a chance to read!

What are you currently reading? 

I started How To Make Friends With The Dark by Kathleen Glasgow last week after being very lucky and getting sent a beautiful proof copy! I loved Girl in Pieces so had high hopes for this book, and so far am definitely not disappointed! The only reason I’ve stalled a bit is because I just can’t put it down once I start reading so I need time!

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What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds, which I actually really enjoyed! I also got sent a copy of The Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker by Jessica Courtney-Tickle, just in time for the Christmas season!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I still want to get around to reading Enchantée!


The Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

So I’ve found my first Blogmas tag to do…and it looks so fun! I saw it on Golden Books Girl the other day, after she was tagged by the creator Jenn last year, and knew straight away that this one was a good’un! 

  • Received an ARC and not reviewed it   

Very much guilty. Although, I’m not so bad these days; I’ve learnt to be a lot pickier and not go too crazy!

  • Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley

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…just going to leave this here.

  • Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)

I’m feeling quite nice so far; I only review on Goodreads after reviewing on here or on retail sites!

  • Folded down the page of a book

NEVER EVER EVER. I have too many bookmarks to be guilty of this. I’m a spine breaker anyway.

  • Accidentially spilled on a book

Who hasn’t?

  • DNF a book this year

A few this year! The Sacrifice Box comes to mind as an example.

  • Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it

Not guilty. I always intend to read them…doesn’t mean I do, but the thought’s there!

  • Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework)

All. The. Time.

  • Skim read a book

Yup, but not very often!

  • Completely missed your Goodreads goal

Nah; I like picture books too much!

  • Borrowed a book and not returned it

Might have a small collection…

  • Broke a book buying ban

I never ban myself from buying books. It ebbs and flows anyway!

  • Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about


  • Wrote in a book you were reading

Absolutely not; it’s one of my pet hates!

  • Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads

Only a few!


I’d say that I’ve made it on to the nice list this year; my bookish sins are few and far between! Have you made the nice list for 2018?


Picture Books for Christmas

It’s getting closer, and it’s definitely time to start to thinking about Christmas gifts and Christmas reading! Some of my favourite gifts to give people are picture books, and at this time of year there are lots of brilliant picture books to choose from! I think that beautiful hardbacks and christmassy paperbacks are wonderful to share with others. Here are my top picks!

Grandpa ChristmasGrandpa Christmas – Michael Morpurgo, Jim Field

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Dr. Seuss)How The Grinch Stole Christmas – Dr Seuss

Sproutzilla vs. ChristmasSproutzilla Vs. Christmas – Tom Jamieson, Mike Byrne



Ollie's Christmas ReindeerOllie’s Christmas Reindeer -Nicola Killen

The Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker: Press the Note to Hear Tchaikovsky's MusicThe Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker – Jessica Courtney-Tickle

The Night Before the Night Before ChristmasThe Night Before The Night Before Christmas – Kes Gray, Claire Powell



Last Stop on the Reindeer ExpressLast Stop on the Reindeer Express – Maudie Powell-Tuck, Karl James Mountford

The Worm and the BirdThe Worm and the Bird – Coralie Bickford-Smith

The Fox and the StarThe Fox and the Star – Coralie Bickford-Smith



The Nightmare Before ChristmasThe Nightmare Before Christmas – Tim Burton

The Queen's Present (The Queen Collection)The Queen’s Present – Steve Antony

Penguin ProblemsPenguin Problems – Jory John, Lane Smith




Blogmas 2018


I’ve realised that I never actually said what you can expect from me this Blogmas, but I finally have a clearer idea! I actually have a week’s worth of posts scheduled for Blogmas 2018, and I’m very impressed with myself for being organised, for now anyway!

So. Over the coming weeks I intend to post:

  • Christmassy book reviews
  • Christmassy recommendations
  • Christmas/End of Year tags
  • Looking forward to 2019
  • WWW Wednesday (let’s face it, it’s likely to feature a lot of Christmas picture books!)
  • Six for Sunday (this month sees some festive and end of year themed posts)
  • Any random Christmassy content I think of!


I hope you enjoy the content I put out this month! I’m looking forward to it!