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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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”

Anticipated YA Releases | Spring 2017

The Winter lull has finally ended. We’ve hit Spring, which means more YA releases are heading our way. The following is a list of my most highly anticipated series starters and standlones publishing this Spring. Make sure to keep an eye out for these new releases and support the authors behind them. Continue reading “Anticipated YA Releases | Spring 2017”

February TBR

Now, I know my attempts at setting a TBR in the past have been pretty awful. I have never been able to stick to them, either falling into a slump or ending up reading something completely different. But, 2017 is a new year. New year, new me….hopefully. So, these are the books I hope to read in February. Continue reading “February TBR”

January Wrap-up

January has allowed me to begin 2017 on a good note. I’ve so far completed 3 books out of my 20 books target for this year. And, although my goal is significantly smaller than other avid readers, I thought it best to keep my goal realistic and achievable, considering my actual reading habits as of late. So here is a wrap up of all the books I read in January and my general opinions on them. Also, a mention of what I am currently reading and what I think so far.


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The Diabolic by S.J.Kincaid

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The Diabolic is an all out there Sci-fi, that feels more like an intense political drama, which is set in space. Kincaid’s representation of the main protagonist, Nemesis, was brilliant. I related so strongly to this leading lady and because of that, I engaged with the novel on an emotional level – which has been a difficult task for a while now. I rated this 5/5 stars, so I certainly recommend checking this out.

I plan on releasing a review for this read soon, so keep your eyes peeled.

Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen

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I was sent a copy of Optimists Die First for review by Penguin Random House over on Netgalley – you can find that review here. I genuinely adored this book, despite its flaws, and awarded it a 4.5/5 stars. It’s a quirky and funny easy read that addresses some sensitive topics in a respectable manner. The cast is brilliant and entertaining, allowing you to engage with the story. This book brought me to tears, and lifted my spirits, sometimes within the same page. I would definitely recommend this book to someone who likes The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

With Malice by Eileen Cook

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With Malice was an enjoyable read and the writing and the mystery were fairly engaging. Plus, I adored the ending. But, it’s one of those reads that you enjoy, and then forget about it 2 months later.  Compared to my other reads of January, it was average. I rated it a 3/5 stars and plan on doing a review, where I will explain my reasons why.


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The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

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Synopsis: A teenage misfit named Hawthorn Creely inserts herself in the investigation of missing person Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared mysteriously while camping with her boyfriend. Hawthorn doesn’t mean to interfere, but she has a pretty crazy theory about what happened to Lizzie. In order to prove it, she decides to immerse herself in Lizzie’s life. That includes taking her job… and her boyfriend. It’s a huge risk — but it’s just what Hawthorn needs to find her own place in the world.

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett was released at the beginning of the year and I was sent a copy from review from Sourcebooks Fire. I’m not that far through it yet, however it’s interesting. The main protagonist is unusual compared to other main protagonists as she is not a nice person. She says the wrong things and judges people immensely. It’s a perspective I am not used to reading. I’m intrigued. Hopefully, I will finish this book soon so that I may release a full review.


As always, have you read any of these books? Share your opinions down below!

What’s on My Kindle

My Kindle is a constant companion, always in my bag whenever I leave the flat. With my Kindle I have the opportunity to carry hundreds of books, however, I like to be organised. I keep a small amount of books on my Kindle, only adding new books that I plan to read soon. So, here is a list of all the books on my Kindle that I hope to finish/read within the next few months.  Continue reading “What’s on My Kindle”

Christmas Book Haul | 2016

As I have gotten older I’ve found it harder and harder to decide what I would like for Christmas. Especially when it comes down to which books I am going to ask for. Like many people I develop quite the Goodreads TBR pile throughout the year, making it nearly impossible to narrow down a handful of books for me to ask for. But, somehow I managed to do just that. This is a list of all the books I got for Christmas, or around Christmas, this year.

*Note: the photos below are taken from the internet as the lighting in my house is terrible so I won’t be using my own.*


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Anticipated YA Releases | Winter 2016/17

Winter, my favourite time of the year. The air is cold, the snow is falling, and I am reading while snuggled in a blanket drinking hot chocolate. It’s the time of year when YA releases dry up after the Autumn splurge. However, luckily for us little book nerds, there are still some amazing books waiting to join our never-ending TBR piles. The following list is that of this winter’s most anticipated releases (that are all either, stand alone or the beginning of a brand new series). Continue reading “Anticipated YA Releases | Winter 2016/17”