My Book Cart! | what is a book cart and how to use one

Ever since Matilda pulled her cart home from the library, stuffed with books, I’ve wanted my own portable bookshelf too.

Back in the years of 2018-2019, smaller versions of Matilda’s book carts were all the rage on bookish Instagram and YouTube! And after thinking about it for a long time I decided to get one about two years ago.

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BLOG TOUR | Kill or Cure by Pixie Britton | including Author Interview!

Today I’m excited to participate in the Creative Blog Tour for Kill or Cure by Pixie Britton hosted by MTMC Tours! Kill or Cure is the gut-wrenching first book in the Kill or Cure post-apocalyptic dystopian teen fiction series. If you like feisty young heroines, struggles against chaos, and teenage love, then you’ll adore Pixie Britton’s action-packed trilogy! The ebook is ON SALE for 99p during the tour!

Thank you so much to MTMC Tours for inviting me to take part!

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Talking About My Recent Bookish Photos!

I’ve recently started posting on my bookstagram again, so I thought a nice return to blogging would be sharing some of my most recent pictures!

I’ve been loving the “vintage” style of bookish photography with warm brown tones, doilies, dried roses, and book pages. But I also like the “quieter”, “clean” style of photos with white backgrounds and bright colours.

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Lockdown 2 Book Haul

Just before the second UK lockdown started, I was able to venture into a Waterstones and purchased some books! It’s weird going back into “the outside world” but I was very excited to pick these up. I haven’t finished any yet, but I’ve got all of that to look forward to…

PINE // Francine Toon

I’ve heard so much about this book! Apparently it’s a ghost story/thriller set in Scotland. The cover itself is super spooky too. The protagonist’s mother went missing when she was young, and now with another woman going missing, could secrets about to be discovered?

THE CONFESSION // Jessie Burton

I won’t lie to you – I mostly have no idea what this book is about. However, The Miniaturist is one of my favourite books. This book is about a mysterious writer and it’s about an old mystery (already sensing a theme…) being solved, so right up my street.

NINTH HOUSE // Leigh Bardugo

This is the adult debut from one of my favourite YA authors! I think it’s going to be pretty spooky. Our main character, Alex Stern, is given a full scholarship to university – with a catch. She must spy on 8 secret, occult societies. It has had incredible reviews and I cannot wait.

THE HAUNTING OF ALMA FIELDING // Kate Summerscale

Kate Summerscale is one of my favourite creative non-fiction writers. This book follows the true 1934 story of Alma Fielding, who reported to be haunted by a poltergeist. Nandor Folder investigates, but discovers that Alma is not all that she seems…

REQUIEM OF A KNAVE // Laura Carlin

THE WICKED COMETH is one of my favourite debut books, so I preordered Carlin’s second novel without even reading the description and it arrived this week – I completely forgot! This one seems to be set in the medieval period, where our main character takes a pilgrimage – and is witness to a number of horrific crimes. I’m excited to dive into this one!

What have you bought recently? Have you read any of these? Let me know!

Mid-Year Reading Goals

Why do I get halfway through the year and decide to do something new? Honestly. I cause myself headaches sometimes.

After watching a few videos by the amazing booktuber Nayareadsandsmiles, I thought I would re-evaluate what I’ve been reading and how much I read! Therefore, I have a few more goals that I want to aim towards for the rest of the year.

2:1 Diet (of books)

Naia said that she wanted to read 2 books during the week and 1 at the weekend. I think this is a brilliant target and I want to take it on myself. Obviously I probably won’t always reach this, and I won’t stress about it, but it’s nice to aim for something.

1 eBook per week

This one is pretty self explanatory but I’ve already had this goal for 2 weeks and I have so far failed. Oops. I have a massive backlog of unread eBooks and I would like to get through some!

More BAME books

I want to read so many more BAME books! You can see my blog post about examining my white privilege through literature in which I talk about this in more detail.

And that’s it! What do you think about my goals? After evaluating your reading from the first half of the year, do you have any more yourself?

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon April 2020 | Hour 10

The original plan (after I discovered there were no mini challenges) was to post every 6 hours (so every 1/4 of the way through) to update you guys.

Unfortunately, as always with me and Dewey’s, plans never really work out.

I have read to page 200, which I’m pretty proud of (214 in fact), even though the original plan was to read 400 today and 400 tomorrow.

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Book Review | Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini

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Ada, the only legitimate child of the poet Lord Byron, was destined for fame before she was born. Chiaverini explores Ada’s life, from birth, her introduction into London society, and her exciting friendship with renowned inventor Charles Babbage.

I didn’t know much about Ada Lovelace before I read this book, and whilst I know that a lot of this was fiction, I do feel like I know her a lot better. Jennifer Chiaverini has brought this wonderful woman to life completely vividly.

I’ll admit that the first 100-or-so pages were a little dull, considering the fact they either didn’t have Ada in it, or she was a baby. The only thing that kept me reading was Chiaverini’s wondrous prose – it was like music being played in my mind with every word I read.

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2020 Reading Goals

It’s been a hot minute since I last posted – June, apparently. But I want to get back into blogging in 2020, because I love it and I miss it so much.

Today I thought I’d share with you my 2020 goals for reading and this blog! Last year, I read 53 books in total, which, considering how busy I was, I think is pretty good. I want to read about the same this year, as my TBR is constantly getting bigger!

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