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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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!

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk*

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Edition: UK Paperback, 310 pages

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Synopsis: Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window, and suddenly, a door opens. But does Maddie dare to step outside her comfort zone?
Everything, Everything is about the thrill and heartbreak that happens when we break out of our shell to do crazy, sometimes death-defying things for love.


If you have read my list of Overrated YA Novels, you will probably already know my general opinion regarding this novel. To me, this was one of the most overrated novels of 2015, with its hype even moving into latter end of 2016. It’s not a bad book by any means, it’s just not worth the excessive hype it received. I did take pleasure in reading the book, especially when I considered that this is Nicola Yoon’s debut novel, however, it is difficult to pinpoint why I enjoyed this read.

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Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen

*I received an advanced readers copy from Penguin Random House UK for review*


Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books, February 21st 2017

Edition: Ebook, 224 pages

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Synopsis: Beware: Life ahead.optimists-black-uk
Sixteen-year-old Petula de Wilde is anything but wild. A former crafting fiend with a happy life, Petula shut herself off from the world after a family tragedy. She sees danger in all the ordinary things, like crossing the street, a bug bite, or a germy handshake. She knows: life is out to get you.
The worst part of her week is her comically lame mandatory art therapy class with a small group of fellow misfits. Then a new boy, Jacob, appears at school and in her therapy group. He seems so normal and confident, though he has a prosthetic arm; and soon he teams up with Petula on a hilarious project, gradually inspiring her to let go of some of her fears. But as the two grow closer, a hidden truth behind why he’s in the group could derail them, unless Petula takes a huge risk. Continue reading “Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen”

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”

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

My rating: 4/5 stars

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Prior to reading Isla and the Happily Ever After, I had not considered YA Contemporary Romance as a genre I would enjoy. Romance in general has never been something I searched for in what I read. However, this read has definitely influenced my outlook on YA romance. Admittedly, I placed a huge pressure on Stephanie Perkins and this novel as, at the time, I decided that it would influence whether I read more YA ConRom or not.
Stephanie Perkins did not disappoint.

The opening chapter is charming and funny, making you instantly fall in love with the central character, Isla. The first person narrative allows you to experience Isla’s inner dilemma’s, alongside her joy and love and every other emotion this novel emits. It’s immersive. You become Isla through this narrative. And you rooted for all the characters to have a happily ever after as they were three-dimensional.

The pacing does lull at times, however the overall plot is engaging and amusing. Additionally, Stephanie’s piece is heavily influenced by art, in every form; which is fitting considering the settings, such as Paris, Barcelona and New York.

This was an easy, fluffy read which made me laugh, cry and smile. Hopefully, I will be able to read the previous books in the companion series soon. Praise to Perkins.


Have you read Isla and the Happily Ever After? Share your opinions down below!

Bout of Books 17 | Day 4 + Kindred Spirits Review

It is day 4 of the Bout of Books 17 Readathon! How is everyone’s progress?

My progress has been quite slow so far…

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I read Rainbow Rowell’s short, Kindred Spirits, on Monday. This book wasn’t on my TBR, however, I read it late at night as a way of redeeming myself for not reading anything during the day. You can find my Goodreads review of Kindred Spirits down below.

On Tuesday, I did not read anything; however, on Wednesday, I finally began reading Clockwork Angel, which is on my TBR. I most likely will not complete this read this week as I think I may be in a bit of a reading slump and I have spent a lot of time planning, and even writing, future blog posts for when I’m in University. So I have not been sat doing nothing, just not doing the one thing I should be doing, which is reading.


Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

My rating: 2/5 stars

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I wasn’t blown away by this novella. In fact, I feel as if it was kind of a pointless read.
It feels as if it is a recount of a real life Star Wars event. Which, I guess is great in a sense, as some stories fail to convey a realism where it is needed. However, I was hoping for a little more from this short.
I have read shorter stories that have generated stronger emotions, however, this failed to make me feel anything.

The main character is quite whiny and rude for no a reason, and the reasons that are provided are immature for an 18 year-old protagonist.
I could not relate to the main character and cannot even remember her name…

The writing was not bad, although it was not anything to brag about. Sadly, I feel as if this read will be easily forgotten in a few weeks.


What have you read so far? Leave a comment down below!