Letters to My…

Hello and welcome back to another blog post! This one’s going to be a bit different and slightly book-related today.

So at the end of December, a friend of mine from work and I went to Amsterdam for 5 days/4 nights to celebrate the New Year! We did want to go to Dublin in Ireland but it worked a lot more expensive than going to Amsterdam and plus it was a very last minute decision. We decided late September/early October that we wanted to go away for the New Year and looked up Dublin and then Amsterdam. Then we found a cheap hostel to stay in and booked it then and there. I have, honestly, NEVER booked a holiday only a couple of months in advance. Ever. And it was definitely not without it’s stresses but Amsterdam is without a doubt an amazing place to go. I want to go back during Summer/early Autumn just to experience it without the cold temperature.

Although I could have done without the sea legs for two days after we got back!

Anyway, whilst we were there we went into a cute little independent shop that sold nic nac’s and I saw this book (pictured above) on one of the tables towards the front of the shop. There was a bunch of different types of these books;

Letters to My Future Self

Letters to My Friend

Letters to My Dad

Letters to My Mum 


But I found the one to my future self really interesting and I liked the whole ‘time-capsule’ kind of feel except with letters instead. So each page has a piece of paper folded up in an ‘envelope’ style where you can write what you want (with little prompts along the top to help you along a little);

I thought it was an amazing idea, especially to see how my life would turn out to be in the future (or even how my hand-writing may have changed!). There’s a lot of prompts to help as well like: ‘These are my roots…’, ‘Where I want to go…’, ‘All the things I’d like to try someday…’, ‘This is what I live for…’, ‘It was an extraordinary day…’, ‘I promise to myself…’, ‘There’s no place like home…’, ‘A pep talk for the future me…’, etc…

But it also comes with little stickers as well to seal the envelopes, you can date what date it was written and what date you would like to open it in the future. I assume most of mine or going to be maybe 5 or more years later. Just to really get a feel on how much my life has changed since now.


It was created by the artist Lea Redmond, who has a creative workshop called Leafcutter Designs, in case any of you wanted to check her out. It’s also part of the ‘Letters to My…’ range so there’s bound to be one that you think you could use as a present or for yourself! And it only cost me €15.95 which is about £10, or $14, if you convert it. So not bad really!

I thought I would share this amazing idea with you all in case any of you are interested or looking for a personalised/touching gift for someone close to you! Or in case you quite fancy the idea of writing to yourself in the future! I know I certainly can’t wait to get started on this!

See you all on Thursday (hopefully!) and hope you enjoyed this blog post! Let me know what you think in the comments, I love to read them!

Happy reading!


Sunday Funday and New Purchases!

Hello all!

I’m back, finally, and managed to shift this bug that I’ve had for the last week that has left me practically bed-ridden! But I’m back and full of ‘umph’ to get this blog back up and running again.

So today’s blog is going to be a little update on where I’m up to in regards to my 2017 Book Challenge and some new books that I’ve recently purchased.

As some of you will already know, I finished reading ‘Dear Amy’ by Hellen Callaghan, I put up a blog post about it a couple of days ago, and moved onto ‘Hidden Figures’ by Margot Lee Shetterly and am currently still in the midst of reading that. I haven’t managed to get a lot of reading done this week mainly due to the sickness bug but I want to rectify that because I still have 3 books left for this month and only 2 weeks left to read them! My reading gear needs to shift into overdrive if I want to get this month’s reading list done!

But, without further ado, let’s get into my new purchases from this weekend. It’s a long one again because I have no self-control when it comes to books. I know, it’s a serious problem, but one that I’ll think about another day!


  1. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

I didn’t actually end up getting this book from a normal book shop, which is strange given that that’s practically where I live, but we were walking around Toys R Us in the next city over from us for my nephew’s Christening presents and I thought I’d have a browse through the book section (even though it’s only kids books) and lo and behold, I came across this one. Now I remember reading this in either Year 7 or Year 8 of High School and I absolutely loved it! I used to love reading Michael Morpugo books and I remember reading another one of his books, ‘Born To Run’ about a dog. So I knew I just had to buy this one. Plus it was cheaper than what I would have paid in a bookstore so it’s a win-win!


‘I saw the grey soldiers ahead of us raise their rifles and heard the death rattle of a machine gun…’

A powerful story of the truest of friendships in the worst of wars from the award-winning former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo.

Price I Paid: £3.99
Retail Price: £6.99


2. Mini Classics: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

I was really excited when I saw these as well because we walking through yet another toy shop and I, again, was drawn towards the kids book section. These weren’t obvious at first, I was actually quite disappointed because there weren’t at lot of books to choose from in general as most of it was just nursery rhymes and books to help with reading for very younger children. Then I saw these and immediately picked them up! I’m a sucker for old stories and then I flipped through them, they are so beautifully illustrated as well (by Easter Garcia Cortés). I can’t wait to read through these books as they were part of my childhood as well. Plus, again, I saw how much it should have cost me and how much it actually cost me and it definitely was well worth it the buy!

Summary of The Jungle Book:

When the boy Mowgli is found by a wolf pack he embarks on a series of thrilling adventures with his friends and protectors Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther. 

Summary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass:

When Alice sees a white rabbit take a watch out of its waistcoat pocket she decides to follow it, and a sequence of most unusual events is set in motion.

Summary of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz:

After a cyclone carries Dorothy far from home on the grey Kansas prairies, she is stranded in the magical and mysterious land of Oz. Here she encounters adventures and surprising characters, including the Wizard of Oz himself, as she searches for a way back home.

Summary of The Wind in the Willows:

When Mole leaves his little underground home he meets up with a water-loving Rat. Together they mess about it boats, get lost in the Wild Wood, and join Toad and Badger in the battle to take back Toad Hall.

Price I Paid: £4.99
Retail Price: £40.00


3. As Old As Time: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell

These next 3 books were bought in a bookstore this time round and I had just had to pick these up! The first is As Old As Time by Liz Braswell because the premise and the book cover really intrigued me the most. It’s a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast (who doesn’t love re-tellings!) but it’s from the perspective of what if it was Belle’s mother who cursed the Beast. That just sounds mysterious and it makes me wonder how on Earth this is going to play out! I just had to pick this one up! And just in time as well as Beauty and the Beast was just released in the cinema as well!

What I really like about this is that it is the third book of a series where Liz Braswell takes fairytales and twists them into something else. I think the other two are Aladdin and Sleeping Beauty so I’ll have to invest in those two as well and look into whether she’ll be writing anymore in the future!


Can the enchanted rose reveal hidden truths? Could it be that Belle’s mother was the one who cursed the Beast all those years ago?

Experience the third title in a thrilling series that puts a twist in much-loved tales, exploring what would happen if key turning points did not work out as planned.

When Belle touches the enchanted rose hidden away in the Beast’s castle, memories flood her mind – memories of a mother she thought she would never see again.

And, stranger still, it seems her mother was actually the beautiful enchantress who cursed the castle and all its inhabitants.

Shocked and confused, Belle and the Beast will have to unravel the dark mystery about their families that is 21 years in the making.

Price: £7.99


4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

So, so, so excited for this book! I saw it a while ago, read the blurb and the first page and knew I had to buy it but I was saving up to go to Amsterdam with my friend at the time so I couldn’t. Boo! But I was just browsing through the shelves after picking up the book above and immediately saw the green cover out the corner of my eye! I picked it up almost straight away with no second thought! It’s such an intriguing story and I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where the main character is a fanfiction writer or a twin story for that matter either so really excited to read this!


Cath and Wren are identical twins and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She would rather bury herself in the fanfiction she writes where there’s romance far more intense than anything she’s experience in real life.

Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realising that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible…

Price: £7.99


5. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

This book was a bit of a guilty pleasure kind of buy because I was watching ‘Hailey in Bookland’ on YouTube again and I saw her mention this book in a couple of her videos (go check her out if you haven’t already!). I saw the cover and picked it up, knowing it’s not usually my cup of tea, and thought I’d give it a go! The synopsis and first page seem interesting enough but only time will tell I guess. Not as excited to read this but I suppose my mind will change once I start reading.


Before the scandal, Andie had important plans. And zero of them involved walking an insane amount of dogs, being in the same house as her dad or hanging out with Clark. Now there’s a whole summer stretching out in front of Andie without a plan. And Andie always sticks to the plan.

But here’s the thing – if everything’s always mapped out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?

Price: £7.99


I hope you enjoyed my long blog post again and enjoyed reading through the new purchases I have bought! Let me know if any have piqued your interests or if you’ve already read them! I love to read your comments!

As always, happy reading!


Review: Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan

Hello! Bonjour! Guten Tag!

Welcome back to another blog post and this one is going to be a review of the book I finished reading on Saturday night – ‘Dear Amy’ by Helen Callaghan. I’m sorry I didn’t post this on Monday like I stated before on the other blog post and if you’ve seen my Twitter, you’ll know I currently have a viral infection that has kept me pretty much bed-ridden for the last two days but it’s up now! And I hope you enjoy!

I bought this book a while back and then recently signed up for GoodReads to keep a list of all the books I’ve read and want to read. It’s handy in that sense so it helps with my goal of at least 30 books to read this year. So far, I’ve read two! But anyway, that’s beside the point, I read the reviews of the book and a lot of people were saying it was quite slow and dragged a bit. Even my colleague at work (because I take the books with me to read on my breaks) said she’d read it and that it was very good but it was slow to start with.

I went into reading it with an open-mind because I don’t tend to let people’s judgement’s cloud mine when reading. I like to form my own opinion. I didn’t really think it was that slow to begin with, I feel like all the plot lines were very relevant to the story (even more so towards the end) but the only thing I did notice was the narrative style. It switched quite a bit between different timelines which felt a bit jumpy and a bit disorganised, that being said, I did manage to keep up with the storyline. Another thing I noticed was the use of language, it felt quite repetitive and sort of listing-ish in that, she was just listing what was happening followed by a huge bout of description with long, hauty words. It’s not a simple read, mind you.

Overall though, I did really enjoy the storyline! And totally did not see that ending coming at all (I won’t give any spoilers in case anyone did want to read it!) but when you think back to all the points/little Easter eggs hidden in there, you can kind of see that it was leading to the point all along but you never even realised. Maybe that’s just me and other people could guess what was going to happen. But I just thought it was very well thought out and very mysterious/suspenseful. 

I thoroughly did enjoy this book and gave it a 4/5 stars on GoodReads and would definitely recommend it to someone who enjoys mystery/thrillers. It definitely kept me gripped that I didn’t realise I’ve read 4 or 5 chapters until I stopped.

Hope you enjoyed my review! Let me know what you think it the comments below if you’ve already read it! Or if it’s on your ‘To Read’ list!

Happy reading!


Sunday Funday!

Welcome back to another edition of Sunday Funday!

So I’ve managed to finish reading ‘Dear Amy’ by Helen Callaghan by today so I can finally cross that off my list! Yay! And I can move onto my next challenge of the year which will be *drumroll*…

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly for challenge number 8; ‘A book that became a film’ and this book has 265 pages so I should hopefully finish that by either Wednesday/Thursday this week and get onto the next book to be read! And I’m also really excited, because if you haven’t seen on my Instagram, we visited some family today for my nephew’s Christening (I was a Godparent, it was very nerve-wrecking!) and my Grandma brought along a HUGE bag full of second-hand James Patterson novels and he is definitely one of my favourite authors so I was super excited! It’s just been a very good day indeed!

My review for ‘Dear Amy’ should be out tomorrow so be on the lookout for that as well as I don’t want to spoil anything on here about it.


Updated 2017 Book Challenge List;

  1. A book you read in school.
  2. A book from your childhood.
  3. A book published over 100 years ago.
  4. A book published in the last year.
  5. A non-fiction book.
  6. A book written by a female author.
  7. A book written by a male author.
  8. A book that became a film.
  9. A book published in the 20th Century.
  10. A book set in your hometown/region/country.
  11. A book with someone else’s name in the title.
  12. A book with a character with my first name.Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan
  13. A book with a number in the title.
  14. A book somebody else has recommended to you.
  15. A book with over 500 pages.
  16. A book you can finish in a day.
  17. A book that has previously been banned.
  18. A book with a one-word title.
  19. A book translated from another language.
  20. A book that will improve a specific area in your life.
  21. A book set somewhere you’ll be visiting this year.
  22. An award-winning book.
  23. A book on the New York Bestseller’s List.
  24. A book published in your birth year.
  25. A book where the main character is part of the LGBT community.
  26. A book where a character has a physical illness.
  27. A book where a character has a mental illness.
  28. A playDoctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe


I hope you enjoyed this blog post for today and let me know any suggestions you may have for future challenges in the comments below.

As always, happy reading!


Anticipated Releases for 2017!

Good morning/afternoon/evening/night to all of you reading, depending on where you are.

I thought I’d do something a little different for today’s blog, something I’ve never done before, and something that makes me excited for the year ahead! So 2017 is going to be a good year for books, or at least I’m hoping it will, because I’ve been having a look at some of the anticipated releases for this year. And honestly, it makes me so excited to see all of them! So I’m going to make a list, yes another list (lol), about all the books I can’t wait to be released/to read in 2017!


1. Lord of Shadows: The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare

I already mentioned this one in my ‘Wishlist Wednesday’ blog yesterday but I honestly cannot wait for this to be released. I haven’t yet read ‘Lady Midnight’ which is the first book in The Dark Artifices series but it’s down for my either April/May monthly reading list in anticipation for this one.

Release Date: May 23rd


2. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

This one has been on my Wishlist since I subscribed to ‘Hailey in Bookland’ on YouTube, I’ve mentioned her already but I love her reviews of books and how honest they are. But I definitely wanted to read this book after it was in one of her videos and she did a vague sort of synopsis of the book and it really intrigued me.

Release date: March 28th


3. Hunted by Meagan Spooner

I first saw this and thought it was another YA novel about a girl with a bow and arrow/almost a spoof of Red Riding Hood… how wrong I was! It’s actually a re-telling of the Beauty and the Beast story (umm, hello, who doesn’t like re-told stories of fairytales?!) so I was instantly hooked. Need to definitely buy this once it’s released!

Release date: March 14th (so soon!!)


4. A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi 

This is the 2nd book, I believe, in The Star Touched Queen series and, again, although I haven’t yet read that book/nor do I own it yet, I will eventually buy both books and get to reading them. The story to me is super intriguing and sounds magical, so I definitely need to invest in these.

Release date: March 28th 


5. One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

THIS! This I really excited for! I’ve got ‘Three Dark Crowns’ in my list to read either next month or in May but the release for the 2nd book in this series is too far away! I’m just going to have to re-read it before the next one comes out. I’m just really stoked for this come out because both the synopsis’ are very mysterious and sound amazing so, yeah, definitely also going to have to buy this when it comes out.

Release date: September 19th


That is all the books that I’m really excited for, for now, and I’m sure the list will increase as the year goes and I get into my book series and more publication dates are set. I hope you enjoyed reading through this list and feel free to give me some suggestions on any other books that are being released this year! I’d love to hear what you’re looking forward to reading this year too!

Happy reading!


Wishlist Wednesday

Hello all! I’m back with another little update to my Wishlist Wednesday list. It’s grown substantially since I last wrote it so hopefully you can bare with me. I have a tendency to make lists of books I want and just keep adding them and then adding them before realising the list is now 3 pages long.

I, of course, can cross off one of the books that I have already purchased recently and the rest I can hopefully buy before the end of this year. I’ll write the new additions in bold so it’s easier to distinguish. Let’s get on with the list, shall we?


1. The Girl in the Glass Tower by Elizabeth Fremantle

2. The Harrowing by James Aitchen

3. The Crow Girl by Axl Sund

4. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

5. The Clifton Chronicles by Jeffery Archer

6. The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman

7. Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley

8. History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

9. Ever the Hunted: A Clash of Kingdoms Novel by Erin Summerhill

10. Windwitch by Susan Dennard

11. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

12. The Star Touched Queen by Roshanu Choksi

13. The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser

14. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

15. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

15. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

16. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

17. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

18. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

19. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

20. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

21. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

22. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

23. The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (cannot wait for this to come out!)

24. The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

25. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

26. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

27. King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

28.Skellig by David Almond – I read this in English Literature class one of my last two years in High School and I just remember how much I loved this story!

29. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd

30. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

31. The Borgia Bride by Jeanne Kalogridis

32. The Scarlet Contessa by Jeanne Kalogridis

33. The Devil’s Queen by Jeanne Kalogridis

34. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

35. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

36. Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

37. Lord of Shadows: The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare – this is coming out this year and is the sequel piece to Lady Midnight! I’m really excited to read this!

38. All Grown Up by Jami Attenburg – I remember reading a review of this a couple of days ago and though the premise of it was completely unique. It’s a coming of age story but for someone who is middle-aged. I can’t wait to read this!


There’s certainly a lot more books than I planned on there being but hey ho, one can never have too many books! I really hoped you enjoyed today’s blog and I’d love to hear your comments on some of these books. Have you already read them? What did you think? Would you recommend them to anyone? Or are you excited to read one of these?

Let me know!

Happy reading!


New Purchases!

Hello all!

I’ve gone a little bit overboard with the books this month I think which I usually don’t do but I’ll explain why I bought this books down below and it’s going to be a pretty long one today as well as I’ve bought 16 books in total. Whoops…


1. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

The first book I picked up was Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. Now, I’ve not read any of the Mortal Instruments series yet but I have watched the movie and started watching the TV show on Netflix recently as well so I have a vague understanding of how those stories are going and I will get to them eventually! Anyhow, this story is separate from Mortal Instruments, I believe, but still in the same world. The first thing that drew me to the book in the first place was the front cover, it’s so artistic and very pleasing to the eye that I picked up. And then, oh my God! The pages on the side/top/bottom are blue! The pages are actually blue! And you all know my favourite colour is blue so I had to buy it. Plus the first page was really interesting!

lady midnight


“In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word. A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other – but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter. She lives for battle. Alongside her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries – the most powerful of supernatural creatures – teeter on the edge of war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries are found murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held by the faerie Courts. All they have to do is solve the murders within two weeks… and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents – and can she bear to know the truth?”

Price: £7.99


2. Roald Dahl Collection by Roald Dahl

I was really excited when I came into work maybe a week or so ago because we have this company called The Book People who come in every month (I think, don’t quote me on that) to deliver a bunch of books. You can then choose which ones you like and buy them off them but it always varies and because of where I work, a lot of the choices are usually for younger children. But every so often I hit a goldmine and they have some AMAZING books on sale. For instance, this collection here of Roald Dahls’ books and all I could say when I saw it was ‘Whoa! I need these books!’. At first I was a bit put off by the price but then I realised you get 15 books in there and that works out quite cheap per book… so why not? 

But seeing as there are 15 books I’ll only do a quick picture of each one and a quick summary. These are my childhood books and I used to love reading his books in Primary School and then the early years of High School, the think I loved the most were the illustrations (all done by Quentin Blake, brilliant artist by the way!). They really brought the stories to life!

  • The BFG



“Human beans is not really believing in Giants, is they? Human beans is not thinking we exist.”


  • Matilda



“We saw Miss Trunchbull grab a girl by the pigtails and throw her over the playground fence!”


  • Esio Trot

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“I do actually happen to know how to make tortoises grow faster, if that’s really want you want.”


  • George’s Marvelous Medicine

Georges Marvelous Medicine


“The rule would be this: whatever he saw, if it was runny or powdery or gooey, it went in.”


  • Fantastic Mr Fox

fantastic mr fox


“Did you hear that, Mr Fox! It’s not over yet! We’re not going home till we’ve strung you up dead as a dingbat!”


  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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“I, Willy Wonka, have decided to allow five children to visit my factory this year. These lucky five will be allowed to see all the secrets and magic.”


  • Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

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“What a load of luck!’ cried Mr Wonka. ‘We’ve landed ourselves slap in the middle of the biggest space operation of all time!”


  • Danny the Champion of the World

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“A stodgy parent is no fun at all. What a child wants and deserves in a parent who is sparky.”


  • The Magic Finger

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“Suddenly a sort of flash comes out of me. Like something electric. It jumps out and touches the person who has me cross…”


  • The Twits

the twits


“To pay Mrs Twit back for the worms in his spaghetti, Mr Twit thought up a really clever nasty trick.”


  • The Witches

the witches


“One child a week is fifty-two a year. Squish them and squiggle them and make them disappear.”


  • The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

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“My jewels! Somebody’s stolen my jewels!”


  • James and the Giant Peach

james and the giant peach


“Bigger and bigger grew the peach, bigger and bigger and bigger.”


  • Boy



“I am only eight years old.’ I told myself. ‘No little boy has ever murdered anyone. It’s not possible.”


  • Going Solo

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“A life is made up of a great number of small incidents and a small number of great ones.”

Price for the whole collection: £20


I really hoped you enjoyed my long winded blog post about my new purchases! I’m excited to get stuck into them eventually, especially the Roald Dahl books because they were the dominant books of my childhood – even before Harry Potter!

Let me know if you have any of these books or if you have already read them, leave me a comment and tell me what you thought about them! I love to hear your opinions!

Happy reading!