The DNF Pile | Part 1

With an ever-growing TBR pile and not enough time to read every book, it’s a saddening prospect when you realise you must put one down in order to move onto another. Typically, books are added to the DNF pile because they failed to meet expectations, or you didn’t jive with the characters/story/writing. It’s always a struggle to admit that maybe this book isn’t right for you, that it’s time to move on to something better. Sometimes it’s a reluctant goodbye as you fall into a reading slump or must focus on important real world work.

There is no shame in it. That book may not be your cup of tea, or the timing just isn’t right, and that’s fine. So here is a list of some of the books on my DNF pile as of April 2017 and why they were added to the pile.

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ARC-ish Readathon Update

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Well, the #AvaReadathon has been going for 19 days now and as expected, I haven’t jived with any of the ARCs on my TBR for this readathon. Instead, I’ve been reading everything else on my ‘immediate’ TBR list. So, let’s have a little look at what those reads are.

I began reading the ARC of One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus at the beginning of the month; sadly, I had some issues with the pacing and the general writing style, so I put that one down.

Then, I picked up The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares. This ARC really drew me in by spending plenty of time introducing us to the main characters through their belongings and relationships with one another – an approach I haven’t seen too often before. However, I found myself getting confused as to what the family dynamic is within this novel, constantly having to refer to the family tree/guide featured at the beginning. As a result, I put this one down. Although, I do aim to return to it within the month.

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Also, I finally  finished A Gathering of Shadows by V.E.Schwab. I began reading this on the 13th of March and managed to complete it on the 11th of April. While one month may be seen as a long time to take to read a 500 page book, I do wish to note that I was reluctant to finish it; I adored this instalment, however now that there is only one book left in the series for me to read, I wish I had read it even slower. I never want the ADSOM series to end! The review for this read will be up next Wednesday 🙂

Following this, I have began reading:

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver– This novel was recently adapted into a movie starring Zoe Deutch as main protagonist Sam. So far, it presents the toxic ideologies of high school life through Sam’s first person perceptive – I expect this is play into her character development later on in the story.

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs – a recent release that I have been desperate to read. The story follows Min, an average teenage girl, aside from the fact that every two years, on her birthday, a man in a black suit and sunglasses murders her. Then, she wakes up in a clearing with no evidence of what happened, not even a scratch or bruise. The story presents a multi-layered mystery that I cannot wait to uncover.

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig – a book recommended to me by a friend, it follows author Matt Haig’s struggle with depression and suicide. It’s a non-fictionalised account of his life, which gives an insight into the mind of a depressive, while also urging others to receive help.


Hopefully, I manage to finish some of these reads soon so that I may review them for you. But for now, are you taking part in the AVAReadathon? If so, how is your progress so far? 

The Episode Where I Share Easter Stories

Easter has never really been a massive celebration in my family. The most we have done in recent years is have a Sunday dinner – something we have almost every Sunday anyway. And this year, since I am at University, I spent Easter alone for the first time in my life. So, I thought it would be fun to look back at Easters past, and laugh at my younger self – I was a peculiar child and these stories perfectly show that.

Story One

When I was little, Easter was the highlight of the Spring season (besides my birthday which happens at the end of April). Easter, for me and for many children, is the day when our parents would hide chocolate eggs of all shapes and sizes around the house and you’d have to spend the morning searching for them.

During one Easter, when I was a wee little chubby cheeked 5-year-old (2004ish), the greatest achievement of my life thus far was locating the Barbie Easter Egg under the rocking chair in the living room. Looking back, it wasn’t that hard to miss, but my younger self felt so utterly accomplished. Everything felt brighter in that moment. I felt as if I was having a sugar rush before having eaten any chocolate. I remember crouching down on to the floor, reeeeaaaching under the chair, and pulling this bad boy out:

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I was like a detective, hunting for the hint of pink out the corner of my eye, struggling to grasp it, then holding it tight, like it was a life or death matter. This egg was mine and mine alone. I felt amazing, because I knew this was my main egg, that all the other eggs would be inferior to this one; which ended up being very true as my mum later revealed some milky bar eggs hidden in the fruit bowl and I remember hating them with a passion. So much so, that the next Easter when she got them again, I avoided them like the plague. To younger me, white chocolate was an insult to all other chocolate. I mean, I don’t mind it now. Dark chocolate is better. But younger me held a grunge.

Story Two

Before I was a reader and writer, I fancied myself an artist. On one Easter Sunday, possibly the same year as the great Barbie accomplishment, my family were at my grandparents house for Sunday dinner. While waiting for the meal, my grandmother suggested that my brother and I should make Easter cards for people. Now, I was a young child prone to mishearing things, and when I was told to draw Jesus on the cross (yes, I was asked to draw a religious figure hanging from the cross where he suffered and eventually died) man did I mishear that request. Not much later did my grandmother ask, “Devon, what are you drawing?”, to which I eagerly replied, “Cheeses on the cross”.

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Little me had drawn a cross with triangle cheeses – you know, the laughing cow kind – sitting along the horizontal panel. Not once, during the entire production of this masterpiece, had I questioned why cheeses would be on a wooden cross. I recently asked my grandmother what became of this card and apparently her best friend still has it, 14 years on. This is one of those embarrassing childhood memories that someone will likely recite at my future wedding. So, I’m getting it out into the world now, then it can’t pop up and surprise me in the future.

Some Notes:

My headers have lacked a consistant style recently because I am playing about with layout and design. As much as I like my blog design and previous headers, I’m not in love with them, but I’m also a novice when it comes to design so please bear with me.

I hope you enjoyed this post. I thought it would be nice to have a little laugh after the serious nature of Friday’s post. If you’d like to see more content like this, make sure to leave a like – I have a large stock of embarrassing childhood memories suitable for every holiday.

Also, I realised that WordPress has been marking a lot of comments as spam and deleting them without notifiying me. So, if you left a comment and I never got back to you, I’m sorry! I try to reply to all comments, however I didn’t notice just how many had been deleted as spam. I’ll be working on sorting this out for the future.

For those who celebrate Easter, I hope you had a lovely suger filled day. And, For those who don’t, I hope you had a lovely day anyway.


Have you got any embarrassing Easter stories? Feel free to share them down below!

13 Reasons Why: Changing the Face of Teen-Targeted Media

*Note: This post discusses issues regarding suicide, rape, and bullying. If you are sensitive to these issues, please be aware that, while not discussed in graphic detail, these topics are mentioned. If you or anyone you know is affected by these issues, please remember to seek help.*

Since March 31st, discussions regarding the Thirteen Reasons Why TV adaptation have been inescapable. It seems that people either love it or they hate. Those who love it, merit the show for it’s presentation of reality, it presents a non-fluffed up portrayal of teen suicide, far from what teenagers are usually presented with in today’s media.

Those who hate it, target it’s realism, stating that what the show presents is damaging, that the producers ‘showed the exact things they were advised not to show’, content that may trigger those who are sensitive to the subject matter.
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“I’m not going to die,” she said. “Not till I’ve seen it.”
“Seen what?”
Her smile widened. “Everything.”
— V.E. Schwab, A Darker Shade of Magic

How to Have the Perfect Night In

Since beginning University, I have spent many nights out with my friends, dancing and drinking along to early OOs soundtracks in our local clubs and pubs. For my friends, this is how they let loose after a long few months on full-time placement and essay deadlines that are never far enough away.

For me, it’s my chance to socialise. However, I’m an introvert, so socialising – especially at this level – drains my energy pretty quickly. In the aftermath of a good night out, I like to treat myself to a ‘recovery night’, where I curl in a big blanket, make a Bailey’s hot chocolate, and munch on a cheesy pizza.

Below, I will be recommending the most binge-worthy movies, TV-shows, and books that you may devour in one evening (or two). So draw your blinds, post that ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign, and prepare to have the best night in.

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The Episode Where I Discuss Asexuality

At this point, I’m not certain whether or not I have discussed my sexuality on this blog. It’s been over a year since I started posting, so it’s likely to have popped up once or twice. However, for the longest time, I have been plucking up the ‘courage’ – for lack of a better word – to talk about who I am and how I identify in a proper post.

Previously, on a post regarding how to be productive while lacking motivation, I mentioned my mental health, a topic I found quite straightforward to describe. But, sexuality, for me personally, it a trickier concept to talk about as you can’t rely on the science behind it.

Luckily, I’m learning how to, not so much explain, but educate those around me as to what being Asexual means. The more I become confident and comfortable discussing my asexuality, the more relaxed I feel when I have to educate new people. After all, I recognise that certain people don’t have access to the same information, or haven’t researched the topic as extensively as I have. Continue reading “The Episode Where I Discuss Asexuality”

March Wrap up/April TBR (Arc-ish Readathon) | 2017

March has been quite a successful reading month for me. In fact, I think this may be the most books I have ever read within one month. Wooohooo! Achievement accomplished. This is brilliant, especially following of the lull that occurred in February, where I only read one book – which I will feature down below.

Over all, March has been a successful month. Despite my two week hiatus from blogging, this month has allowed me to consider the direction I wish to take with this blog. Although books will remain my primary focus, I will also be creating posts that will discuss diversity in life and literature and the advice that I have collected over the years – things I wish I knew years ago. This month has allowed me to plot new posts, as well as conjuring up the confidence to talk more about what I wish to discuss and represent.

So, let’s get on with my reading wrap-up for February and March, and A Very ARC-ish Readathon TBR. Continue reading “March Wrap up/April TBR (Arc-ish Readathon) | 2017”