My Favourite Autumnal Books For All Kinds Of Readers

It’s autumn for real now, and I’m so excited. Autumn is my favourite season, and I love nothing more than curling up with a book, a thick jumper, and a mug of coffee.

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To get into the spirit, I thought I would share 5 books that you can cosy up with and get totally lost in this autumn.

If you fancy a bit of murder, read… Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie – okay so this isn’t as autumnal as, say, Sleeping Murder, but it’s just so classic and easily the best Christie I’ve read so far! You will get completely sucked in, and the ending is by far the best bit. The perfect way to spend a few hours when it’s rainy and thundery outside. Continue reading “My Favourite Autumnal Books For All Kinds Of Readers”

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My Current Disney TsumTsum Collection (yes, I really have one)

Yes. I am that 20-year-old woman who is still obsessed with Disney.

However, I’m not just obsessed with Disney… yes, I’m even crazier, and fucking love tsum tsums.

In case you didn’t know, “tsum” basically translates to “stack” in Japanese, and tsum tsums are little plush toys that Disney have created of certain characters. I personally think they are the most adorable thing to grace this planet, hence I have a whole lot of them! I find that they’re not the easiest to get (and I am desperately hunting for a Captain America tsum if you have one to trade/sell!), but I really love it when I find a deal on tsums or just find one that I really love. Continue reading “My Current Disney TsumTsum Collection (yes, I really have one)”

Charms Extra Credit Magical Readathon | readathon sign up & tbr

Since I’ve decided to have this blog exclusively for books, and keep my other blog for writing, lifestyle, and travel, all of my bookish posts will now be on here. As such, this post is going to be a TBR for a readathon I’m taking part in next week!

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The readathon is called the “Charms Extra Credit” readathon, and it’s part of Book Roast‘s Magical Readathon series, which started with the OWLs and NEWTs earlier this year. I missed the earlier readathons, but when I saw this one I got really excited and decided to take part next week! The readathon dates are 8th – 14th October.

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3 Days, 3 Quotes | day three

Make sure you check out day 1 and also day 2 of this challenge I’ve done two of my all-time favourite quotes. I was tagged to do this by Louise @ A Little Fool Reads.

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote each day).
  3. Nominate 3 new bloggers each day.

The quote that I’ve chosen for my final day of this challenge is from a series that changed my life, and this quote really reminds me why I keep on writing.

Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable both of inflicting injury, and of remedying it.

– Albus Dumbledore, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS by JK Rowling

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he may be problematic as fuck, but man… dumbledore’s got style 

I’m quite mediocre at a lot of things. I would say that the only thing that I’m truly good at is writing.

For a world that shits on writers a lot, we sure read a lot, talk a lot, and our whole lives revolve around words. I’ve watched readers of my work laugh and cry, and I think that that’s unbelievably magical, powerful, and comforting to someone who feels lost most of the time.

And I’ve also chosen a second quote for today, because it basically has the same sentiment –

…words have the power to change us.

– CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare

Indeed, they do.

I nominate…

This time, I would like to nominate YOU, the person reading this. Over the past three days, I’ve really bared my soul through these quotes, and considering the sentiment I’ve written about above, I would love for you to do the same. There’s a catch, though – if you decide to do this challenge after seeing me do it, I would love it if you posted your blogs in the comments so I can read which quotes you chose! They don’t have to be as pretentious as mine are!

I hope you enjoyed reading!

Hannah x

3 Days, 3 Quotes | day two

Make sure you check out day 1 of this challenge – I did one of my new favourite quotes from Eliza and her Monsters! I was tagged to do this by Louise @ A Little Fool Reads.

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote each day).
  3. Nominate 3 new bloggers each day.

The quote I’m doing for this day isn’t a bookish post, but it’s been a quote that has got me through the last few months, so here it is…

Every step you take forward is another step you never have to take again.

– LEAST OF ALL YOUNG CAROLINE by Frank Turner

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This is a line from a song from Frank’s album ‘Positive Songs for Negative People’, and it’s a line that’s carried me through the past few months (and even well before then, since the song itself came out in 2016!). I’ve been struggling with various issues, and honestly this line has been like a mantra that I’ve repeated over and over again in my head. I know it’s not bookish, but I really wanted to share it with you!

I nominate…

The final instalment of this tag will be posted tomorrow, so make sure to stay tuned for that! 🙂

Until then,

Hannah x

Do You Keep ALL Your Books? | downsizing my book collection

An author I love shared a post on Twitter/Instagram lately, showing off her bookshelf in her new house. Yes, book SHELF, singular. And I saw that, and looked at my four (!!!!!) bookshelves, and kinda screamed.

Over the past year, I’ve gotten rid of about 50 books in total, but I still have a heck of a lot. I reckon about 2/3 of them are unread, which is an unbelievable amount – maybe nearing on 200 books in all.

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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge | day one

I did this challenge a couple of years ago, and I was nominated again by Louise from A Little Fool Reads, so thank you very much for nominating me!

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote each day).
  3. Nominate 3 new bloggers each day.

Image result for francesca zappiaFor day one, I’ve chosen this quote from Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia:

I think [writers] always do [have an ending], somewhere in our hends, even if we don’t seriously consider them. Like life, what gives a story its meaning is the fact that it ends. Our stories have lives of their own – and it’s up to us to make them mean something.

ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS by Francesca Zappia 

To me, this quote is really powerful, and I truly love it, especially the final two sentences. It means a lot to me, and really hit me in the chest when I first read it. I had to pause and reread the quote a couple of times, and after I finished the book I typed it up on my typewriter and carry it in my journal with me, and it takes a lot for a quote to rattle around my brain constantly like this one does.

I nominate:

Thanks so much for reading, and make sure to check back tomorrow for another quote!

Until then,

Hannah

10 Books To Read To Get To Know Me

If you’ve been about on Twitter recently, you might have seen the viral tweets that normally follow the lines of ‘share 5 books/films/songs to consume to get to know me’. Books are so important in my life, and I thought I would share 10 (because I couldn’t fit it to 5!) to get to know me as a writer, reader, and person.

1.First Term at Malory Towers by Enid Blyton – this is the series that got me into reading, and I am so thankful to both Enid Blyton and Darrell Rivers! Not only do I highly recommend this series, but it’s definitely the basis for me as a reader.

2.Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by Harry Potter – I know I put HP in some form or another on basically every list I do, but I owe so much to this series. I’ll write a whole post (read: essay) on this series and what it means to be sometime, but book 3 was the turning point from like to love for me so that’s why this one is on the list.

3.Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – similarly to HP, this series needs its own essay! But I recommend it all the time and honestly Percy Jackson (the series and the character) mean so much to me.

4.Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce – HP may have turned me into a writer, but Sisters Red was the series that made me go, “This. I want to write something like this.” And also, it’s a great book series!

5.The Lady in the Tower by Marie-Louise Jensen – this book evoked a huge love of historical fiction, my favourite genre. I’ve reread it so many times (and actually perhaps I should reread it again soon…).

6.The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer – recently I’ve been getting into WWI and WWII literature and Guernsey is a fantastic example. I love this book (and the film, btw, is very good too).

7.A Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens – this series sparked my love of crime and thriller novels. I loooooove it.

8.Moonstone by Sjón – this novella made me realise how much I want to both read and write novellas. It’s so beautifully written too.

9.Saga by Fiona Staples and Brian K Vaughan – this is a graphic novel series but I think it deserves a place anyway! Saga is one of the best things you’ll ever read. It’s a sci-fi fantasy series and honestly? I love it so much.

10.Burial Rites by Hannah Kent – like The Lady in the Tower, this book was the turn of two things: my renewed love in historical fiction, and my introduction to faction novels, a type of novel I want to both read and write! And, like every single book on this list, it’s a fantastic read.


So here are 10 books that have changed my reading and writing life (and my life in general) in one way or another. All of these pieces of literature hold a special place in my heart!

There are so many pieces of literature that I wish I could’ve added to this list, such as Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, but I just couldn’t fit them in and feel like they didn’t have the profound affect some of these books did. It’s hard to narrow it down!

What’s on your list? I’d love to know in the comments!

Until the next time,

Hx

My Top 4 Summer Reads of 2018

Googling “when is summer” brings up some helpful results – June 21st to September 23rd, apparently. But, for me, summer ends on September 1st with the Hogwarts Express. For that reason, I’m going to be doing my top 4 summer reads between those two dates!

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I’ve had a pretty great summer, working my first summer camp, going away with my family, and generally just chilling. Now it’s time to go back to university and face up to the reading lists, but I thought I’d reminisce about some summer reads, and perhaps give you some recommendations too! These books are in no particular order, but we shall start with…

White Rabbit, Red Wolf by Tom Pollock (read: 25th July)

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I really loved this book, so much. The ending completely fucked with my mind, and then I was lucky enough to meet Tom at YALC, and he is honestly one of the nicest guys in the whole world. I really wish I could buy him a cup of coffee and talk about books and knives and stuff.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James (read: 27th July)

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This book was so heart-raising, I swear I spent most of it with my heart pumping 100bpm+! There were so many twists & turns, I loved the climax and the ending, and it’s gotten me really interested in reading books about space. I think, for example, I might try and pick up The Martian by Andy Weir pretty soon. (That one kinda helps that Sebastian Stan is the movie, BUT STILL.)

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (read: 8th August)

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Have I shouted at you about how much I love Dame Agatha Christie? No? Well, deep breath, because AGATHA CHRISTIE IS AMAZING AND YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY READ AT LEAST ONE BOOK OF HERS IN YOUR LIFE TIME AND IF YOU ARE GOING TO READ ONLY ONE, MAKE IT THIS ONE. *gasps* Seriously, this book is FANTASTIC and I loved it, and you should definitely read it.

Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton (read: 18th – 19th August)

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This is the third in the Rebel of the Sands trilogy, and I can’t decide if I preferred the 2nd or 3rd one more, but I think this one. Despite the second two books being like 500+ pages, I still read them in only a couple of days because the plot and characters draw me in completely! Absolutely love this trilogy, I really wish I’d read it sooner.

Honourable mentions also go to Big Bones by Laura Dockrill, Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake, Sadie by Courtney Summers, and Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli. I loved all of these books, too!

Overall, between 21st June – 1st September, I read 23 books, yay! Just glancing at the star ratings on Goodreads, my average rating seems to be about 3.5/5; I read some books that I didn’t like as much, but, as you can see above, I also read some crackers.

And out of all those 23 books, I read 13 in one day! As in…. 13 books in 13 days. 13 books in one day would probably be a world record! I’ve started reading entire books in single days a lot more now, and then having a break between novels. It’s quite a nice way to do it, because I can get sucked all the way in, but I think that reading books over multiple days draws out the enjoyment a little more. Hmm, maybe this is a topic for another blog post!

8 Totally Bingeworthy Book Series

looooove binging book series, and if you’re reading this blog post I guess you either love it, or you want to start too. I’ve suggested 8 book series below, all of which I’ve binged, or read pretty close together, and one point or another. They’re all fantastic, I recommend them highly, and only, like, 2, are series that you would see on every single other blogger’s list… yes, they’re totally Harry Potter and The Mortal Instruments. 

  1. Harry Potter by JK Rowling (7 books) 
    Image result for harry potter seriesOf course this has to make the list, despite being the most cliche recommendation on here. When I first read the series, I read them all back to back within about 3 weeks! #WorthIt
  2. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (6 books) 
    Image result for the mortal instruments seriesThis is a series that I don’t think I actually binged, but I forget details so quickly it’s basically necessary to binge. They’re not too long, so perfect to snuggle up with and just pick up one after the other!
  3. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (3 books) 
    Image result for rebel of the sands trilogyI binged this trilogy and thoroughly enjoyed it! It’s definitely worth binging this series because you will be in agony knowing if your favourite characters are going to live or die…!
  4. Fairytale Retellings by Jackson Pearce (4 books) 
    Image result for fairytale retellings jackson pearceI frickin’ adore this series, and it definitely doesn’t get the hype it deserves! All of the books are interlinked in a way that you’ll only notice if you’re perceptive (it’s so satisfying realising that though!) and this is definitely a series that made me want to be a writer. It’s brilliant, and I can’t recommend it enough!
  5. Murder Most Unladylike series by Robin Stevens (6+ books) 
    Image result for murder most unladylikeEarlier this year, I spent about a week reading one of these books every night, and it was brilliant. The 7th comes out pretty soon, so right now is the perfect time to binge books 1-6 before Death in the Spotlight is released.
  6. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare (3 books) 
    Image result for the infernal devices seriesI don’t know why TMI is earlier on this list than TID, because I preferred this series wayyyy more, and I so wish it’d been 6 books too. Jem, Tessa, and Will are three fantastic characters and the setting is one of my favourites – steampunk Victorian London! If you’re hesitating reading these hyped books, pick up the first, and you’ll be desperately wanting the rest.
  7. Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco (2+ books) 
    Image result for stalking jack the ripper seriesThis might be my all time favourite series. I LOVE these books so much, and would actually scream it from the rooftops if I could, but I think the neighbours would call the police on me. *ahem* It’s fantastic. Book 3 comes out soon, so there’s only 2 books for you to binge before then!
  8. The Young Elites by Marie Lu (3 books) 
    Image result for the young elites seriesI feel like this series should be way more hyped than it is. Maybe it was when it first came out in 2014, I don’t know, but it’s a fantastic, short fantasy series, and I would highly recommend binging the lot. They’re short enough that they could probably be in a bind-up, and would be the size of all these fantasy books of a monstrous size that are beginning to appear (read: Sarah J Maas…).

I hope that these series have given you some ideas to binge read in the future! As I said, I love all of them, and can highly recommend them all.

What’s a bingeworthy series you love?