February TBR

book haul (2)

I am doing well. Second month of 2019 and here is my second TBR list.

1. The Forgotten Guide to Happiness by Sophie Jenkins

2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K.Rowling

3. The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee

4. A Summer of New Beginnings by Lisa Hobman

I look forward to reading your TBR list for the month. 


January Wrap up 2019

book haul (1)

Here we go everyone, first monthly wrap up of the year. To be honest the start of 2019 was hopeful (it only lasted for a week or two). I’ve only read two books. One book I started in 2018 and finished in January 2019. It is disappointing because I have read two more books than I did in January 2018. Plus I am on track for my GoodReads goal. 2019 is all about thinking positive. 

We all fall down

We All Fall Down by Cynthia Clark. This book is proof that I get in a reading slump during the winter season. I started reading this ARC in November and I finished it on the 1st January 2019. I still haven’t reviewed this book which is not like me at all. This book was out of my comfort zone but I was drawn to this book by the synopsis. I gave this book 4 stars. I kept putting this book down and it was easy to remember the plot. 

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli & Francesca. I can finally say that I have read this book. It’s a shame to say that I have heard about 5 women mentioned in the book. I will be going back to this book for inspiration. This is book one ticked off my Beat the Backlist challenge. 


Was January successful for you to kick start your reading goals for the year?


The ABC Challenge (G)

I cannot believe has far behind I’ve got on this challenge but I’m back!

The aim of this challenge is to work your way through the alphabet each week and share some of the books beginning which each letter that are memorable to you and also those which are still on your TBR. The words ‘The’ and ‘A’ will be ignored.

Books I’ve read beginning with G

The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang – I need to continue reading these books.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

Geekerella by Ashley Poston 

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo


Books on my TBR beginning with G

Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2 by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo

Have you read any of these books?

January Haul 2019

book haul The same as creating TBR’s I don’t think I have shared much when it comes to buying books. 2019 is a fresh start and here is my first book haul of the year.

I have to say that my first Saturday shopping trip of the year, I went all out when I saw the books that were on offer. It wasn’t planned but I was drawn to the bargains.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Gryffindor Edition


I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t read the entire Harry Potter series. I got the motivation to read book 1 when the 20th anniversary edition came out. I bought it, read it and gave 5 stars. I have wanted to continue the series but never known which edition to buy. To my surprise I came across this edition of The Chamber of Secrets and I knew I had to buy it there and then.



Becoming by Michelle Obama is on my Beat the Backlist challenge. When I saw it was £5 I had to get it. I haven’t read an autobiography since 2017 and I’m excited to read it during 2019.


Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women


Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo. Every time I go into my favorite bookshop, this book always catches my eye and I never bought it because of the price. I’ve finally given in because I got £5 off.

An Edited Life: Simple Steps to Streamlining Life, at Work and at Home


My most anticipated book of the month was An Edited Life by Anna Newton. As my main aim for 2019 is change I thought this would be the book to inspire me. 


Have you read any of these books?

Did you have a book buying ban for January after receiving a ton of books over Christmas?

Five most popular books read in 2018

Here are the five most popular books I have read in 2018 according to GoodReads. 

5. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – 204,358 ratings on GoodReads.

4. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – 252,593 ratings on GoodReads.

3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell –  458,529 ratings on GoodReads.

2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – 1,445,375 ratings on GoodReads.

1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – 3,178,584 ratings on GoodReads.

What is the most popular book you have read in 2018?

My top 5 books of 2018

Here are my top 5 books of 2018.

Summer at Hope Meadows (Hope Meadows, #1)

  1. Top of the list has the be Summer at Hope Meadows by Lucy Daniels. Lucy is the author of the children’s series called Animal Ark. As a child I used to collect the Animal Ark books but I haven’t read them all. I discovered the Hope Meadow series from a youtube video, where a youtuber was sharing what books she has bought from charity shops.

The Little Perfume Shop off the Champs-Élysées

2. The Little Perfume Shop off the Champs-Elysees by Rebecca Raisin. This book has made it onto my top 5 list because it was my first 5 star book of the year. I thought the plot of amazing and it was exciting the read out a perfume competition set in Paris.

Summer at 23 The Strand


3. Summer at 23 The Strand by Linda Mitchelmore. This book was a lovely summer read. I enjoyed getting to know all the people renting out the chalet by the seaside during it’s last summer before being sold.


Snowy Nights at the Lonely Hearts Hotel


4. Snowy Nights at the Lonely Nights Hotel by Karen King. If you are a fan of the Christmas film The Holiday, this is the book for you. This was the last 5 star book I read during 2018.


On a Beautiful Day


5. On a Beautiful Day by Lucy Diamond. This was the ARC I read in 2018 and the first book by Lucy I have read in years.


What are your top 5 books of 2018?

WWW Wednesday 2/1/2019

The first WWW Wednesday of the year how exciting.

WWW Wednesday meme is by hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words and is a great way to do a weekly update on what you’ve been reading and what you have planned.

To take part all you have to do is answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently ReadingSpringtime at Wildacre (Hope Meadows, #3)

Today I have started reading Springtime at Wildacre by Lucy Daniels. I’m excited to read thins and I’m glad that this is the first book I’ve chosen to start reading in 2019. Springtime in Wildacre it the 3rd book in the Hope Meadows series.

Recently Finished

We all fall down

I have falling in the trap of reading a book at the end of 2018 and finishing it the first day of 2019. This has been counted to the first book I have read in 2019. We all fall down by Cynthia Clark is an ARC I received via NetGalley. This was published at the start of December and I don’t need to point out that I’m behind sharing my review. I haven’t written a review yet and I haven’t decided yet when I will be posting one.

Reading Next

As I’m aiming for 2019 to be a fresh start in all aspects in life, reading wise I have created a TBR for January. I don’t think I have made a TBR and shared it on blog before, it will be interesting to see if I stick to it or just use it as a guide. Two books that are on my TBR is The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris and an Arc from NetGalley called The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker by Jenni Keer which will be published on the 10th.

Which book shall I read next?


January TBR

Quarkton Book Drive I’m not one for making monthly TBR’s but I am aiming to make 2019 a year of change and making an effort in my life. 

  1. Springtime at Wildacre by Lucy Daniels -This is the 3rd book in the Hope Meadows series. 
  2. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris 
  3. The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker by Jenni Keer – ARC choice of the month.
  4. An Edited Life by Anna Newton – I can’t wait when this is released.
  5. Adventures for Your Soul by Shannon Kaiser – This book is from 2018 that is a working progress.

Here is my first TBR list of the year. I’m mostly looking forward to Springtime at Wildacre and An Edited Life.

What is you TBR for the month of January? Are there books that you didn’t finish at the end of 2018, or are you start 2019 with a clean slate?

I look forward to reading your TBR’s for January.



My 2019 Bookish Goals

I want to say back in October/November I started thinking about reading goals for 2019. It’s a good thing I did because I am currently in a huge reading slump so I’m not feeling positive at the moment. 

I have created a schedule to follow and hopefully keep me on track and reading more than 2018. If you are interested and would like me to share this idea of a schedule, I will share in another post.

So here are my bookish goals for 2019.

1.GoodReads goal – For 2019 I will be setting GoodReads goal to 35. I have read 32 books in 2018 and every year I set my Goodreads goal 3 books more than the previous year.

2. Beat the Backlist Challenge – My Backlist for 2019 will be an ambitious one for a good reason. During 2018 my TBR has grown in size and I want to decrease this as much as I can. With this, the first 11 books on my GoodReads TBR list have been there since 2016, the first year I joined GoodReads. I would like to get rid of them this year either read, DNF or removed off my TBR it doesn’t bother me. I have also included books that have been on my TBR the least just to balance things a bit. 

3. Popsugar Reading Challenge – I haven’t decided for sure if I will be taking part in the challenge. One half of me wants to take part and the other thinks it will be too much to take on. I have made a list and I have fitted a lot of my Beat the Backlist books into the popsugar challenges so we’ll see.

4. ARC’s – This goal will be the same as every year and that is to read 1 ARC a month.

5. Blogging goals – Since I created this blog and haven’t been a serious blogger. What I mean by this is that I haven’t got a schedule and I just blog when I want to. In 2019 I want the change this by blogging at least once a week, comment more and increase my followers. Finally I would like to change the layout of my blog and add more picture in my blog posts. I’m not the most creative person so any suggestions would be great.

So here are my 2019 bookish goals. I would like to hear from you, what are your bookish goals? Do you have any tips for me to make my blog better?

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog. I wish you all the best of luck for 2019.


Reviewing my 2018 reading goals

I cannot believe we are preparing for 2019!. So let’s see how I did with the goals I set for 2018.

1. GoodReads Reading Challenge read 43 books – Compared to the my past GoodReads 2018 was a disaster. I’ve read 32 books. Normally I read 3 books more than the previous year but I have read 6 books less than last year. I might get it to 33 books before 2019 but it will be a close call. The reason I haven’t done as well in 2018 is because, the first book I finished was in February and I haven’t finished a book since the start of November. The last two years I have noticed during November, I get into a huge reading slump and it lasts for a couple of months. 

2. ARC’s read 1 ARC a month – In 2018 I have read 13 ARC’s which I am proud of. Looking at my stats for this goal, I have a pick & mix. A couple of months I didn’t read an ARC, some I read 1 and the rest I read 2 ARC’s in a month. 

3. Classics 1 every three months a total of 3 – I’ve manage to complete 2 classics. I did start a 3rd but for now I DNF. I may pick it up again in the future. 

4. Fairy Tale Retellings read 5 – To my surprise I have read 4 retellings.  

5. Beat the Backlist Challenge 15 books – By the end of 2017 my TBR list was 54. At the end of 2018 it is now 88. During the year I added two more books to my Beat the Backlist Challenge and I have crossed off 14 out of 17 books.  

What a year 2018 has been for me. I have to say I am proud of myself how much of my goals I have achieved. I didn’t realize how well I had done in all my goals (apart from #1) as the GoodReads and Beat the Backlist was on my mind throughout the whole year. 

  I would like to hear from you. Please share you 2018 reading goals and how did you get on.