Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo was powerful, emotional and exhilarating

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)Title: Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Series: DC Icons #1
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publication: 29th August 2017, Penguin Publishers
Pages: 384 Pages, Paperback
Source: Thank you to Penguin Publishers for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review!
Rating: 4.5/5 cupcakes!
She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .
Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.
Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.
Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

Warbringer was my most anticipated release of 2017 and I most definitely fell in love with this dazzling book. It was rich in emotion, in humour, in suspense, and in mythology. It brought to light issues regarding sexism and racism; it featured romance, diversity, stellar storytelling and the reminder of the burning fire of a hero's heart that lies within us all. Leigh Bardugo's take on Wonder Woman was ferociously splendid and by the time you're done reading it, you'll be a changed person. Inspired to be courageously and fearlessly you - inspired to save the world and fight for justice. Which is a pretty incredible way to feel.

There were several ingredients poured into this book that resulted in a brilliant, explosive story of one of the most iconic DC heroes of all time, and I loved most of them. 

I loved how Leigh Bardugo made Wonder Woman her own. Diana in Warbringer isn't like Diana in the movie or even like Diana in the comics. She's young and slightly tempestuous, holding the kind of recklessness within her that only comes with youth. I loved glimpsing into the life of the Warrior Princess before she became Wonder Woman. Leigh Bardugo uses the model of Diana but she moulds her into her own wonderfully fearsome creation. Diano is a true hero and I adored her character. She's brutally loyal and incredibly kind. She's brave, she's selfless and she will risk everything, including the ultimate death, in order to save a single human life. I loved the complexities of Diana's character. Yes, she was brave, loyal, kind and honest but she also had insecurities and doubts that fuelled her private mission to prove herself to her Amazon sisters; to show them that although she was born into Amazonian life, she was worthy to have a place there. She felt like she needed to not only prove her worth to them, but also to herself. She experienced doubt, fear and uncertainty regarding the decisions she made – her feelings were raw and honest and it made her that much more realistic. I also liked how perfectly Leigh Bardugo captured Diana's immense strength and power, whilst still allowing her to be comprised of sensitivity, vulnerability, unfailing compassion and a fierce desire to love and protect. Leigh Bardugo perfectly portrayed Diana and all she represents – her cautious uncertainty and her breathless bravery, her warrior's heart, and her overflowing compassion. She's a young Warrior Princess: a hurricane of tender ferocity and relentless love.

I also adored Alia. I was quite surprised that the book focused primarily on her and not Diana but I really enjoyed that. I really liked Alia and I feel like she's a character that a lot of people will see themselves in. She doesn't always feel confident, she'd rather read up on biological facts than go out to parties, she sometimes feels insecure and as if nobody will ever want her. She struggles with feeling as if she's not enough which I think everyone will be able to relate to at some point in their lives. She feels stifled by her overprotective brother and she's still reeling from the loss of her parents. She's also incredibly brave and willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the world. I loved the complexities of Alia as well. People underestimated her, the insecurity that grew because of that, the prejudice she faced because of her skin colour...but she took it head on. She's an incredibly strong female character, different in strength to Diana, but strong all the same. She picks herself up and keeps going when everything seems to be caving in - is that not true strength? Also, it's awesome seeing a female character interested in STEM subjects. As I am also a young woman interested in pursuing a career in science, I adore reading about female characters who are interested in going into a career to do with biology, maths, physics etc too! 

There were other characters that completed the fantastic cast: Nim, Theo and Jason I really liked Nim's effervescent personality and her headstrong determination to be herself. I wasn't sure on Theo at first but by the end of the book, I had fallen completely in love with him and his brilliant personality. Then there was Jason with his fierce desire to protect Alia, his little sister, as well as his pursuit to be a hero in a warring world. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the dynamics between the group unfold and evolve and the intricate dynamics between the group. However, despite the great cast of characters I didn't feel fully connected to them at all times. Although I loved Diana and Alia and the others, I didn't feel as if I knew them as well as I would've liked. They didn't always feel three-dimensional to me and I sometimes found it hard to fully establish a deep connection with the others besides Diana and Alia, which was one of the reasons for not giving the book a full five stars.

Another thing that I struggled with was the dialogue. I've heard that Leigh Bardugo excels at complex, authentic dialogues which people love so I think this is a case of “It's not you, it's me”. I really enjoyed the dialogue for the most part; the banter had me laughing several times and it definitely aided in fleshing out the relationships and forming the dynamics of the group. However, I found the constant sniping between Nim and Theo to be too frequent, especially given the context of the situation. They were thrown into several deadly situations and I just found it highly improbable that given what they had just been through they would still make constant jibes at one another. I understand that Alia's power influenced and grew their annoyance with one another but it just felt too exaggerated at times and made the situation seem less serious than it actually was. Especially after something awful had just happened to them, they were quick to fall back into the pattern of banter and sarcasm and given the circumstances, it didn't feel as if they expressed adequate fear and sorrow for what they had just experienced. But again, that's probably just me!

Besides those two things, everything else was brilliant. I adored the plot and the writing and I'm SO excited to read more of Bardugo's writing! I absolutely LOVED the plot and I was just thinking to myself “WOW WOW WOW” whilst reading it - I found the concept of warbringers so fascinating! I loved the usage of Greek mythology and how it was woven through mundane life. It was such a brilliant concept and I appreciated that whilst it maintained the idea of Wonder Woman having to face down the personification of War, it was completely new and refreshing and utterly exhilarating. War had basically arrived in the shape of a petite seventeen-year-old girl genius – it's heartbreaking and brilliant and I LOVED IT. The writing was gorgeous, too. The descriptions were rich and vibrant, the figurative language was breathtaking and the startling honesty on human lives, their fragility and their beauty was eye-opening. This was my first Leigh Bardugo book and it certainly won't be my last. The action scenes were written with elegant fluidity and concise clarity. The actions scenes were like something out of a blockbuster and it was awesome seeing more of Diana's powers in action. The plot was beautifully developed as well. It was laden with suspense and plot twists and the pressure of time constraints which provided for a twisting, heart-racing read. There were several times I clapped my hand to my mouth and whispered no. There were tears, too. And the near stopping of my heart. It was intense and I loved it.

I loved the setting of Themyscira and although it wasn't featured much in Warbringer, I thought it was described brilliantly. I'm hoping that Leigh Bardugo will write more Wonder Woman books in the future and include the mystical isles of Diana's home as it seems like such an incredible place to live! I loved the different settings that lay as a backdrop for this book. The deliciously described landscapes made it easy to fall into a whole other place and have reality melt away.

I also adored all the important themes featured in Warbringer. One of my favourite parts of the book was when Diana entered into the mortal world and utterly annihilated the derogatory comments made by men. I LOVED IT. She challenged the stereotypes surrounding women and the damaging view society has developed about us in the most brilliant way possible. YOU GO, GIRL.

Racism was also something that was talked about. Alia is a wealthy girl of colour and it was heartbreaking to see that people would undermine her abilities and immediately assume awful things about her because she wasn't white. It was eye-opening for me to see things from Alia's perspective. Sometimes it's hard for me to believe that racism is still very much prevalent, not only as I've had my rose-coloured glasses on, but because I just can't grasp the fact that there is still prejudice and injustice surrounding people of colour. IT'S THE TWENTY-FIRST-CENTURY, DARN IT. I'm grateful that both sexism and racism were explored in a book about an iconic character by a best-selling author as it's things that many people will be enlightened on whilst reading this book. 

Another great thing about this book is that it's incredibly diverse! The whole cast of characters are pretty much people of colour. Alia and her brother are both black, Theo is alluded to being Portuguese and Nim, Alia's best friend is Indian, lesbian and curvy. I know it will mean a heck of a lot to those of ethnic minorities and varying sexualities to see themselves in such an iconic story!

Something else I ADORED about Warbringer is the focus on empowering, strong female friendships. For far too long it's been the norm for women to tear other women down out of jealousy, desire for power and such and I'm loving this new movement that women are working on to empower other females instead of allowing their own insecurities to bring others down. Alia and Diana forge an unbreakable bond and consider themselves to be not just friends, but sisters. There's unwavering loyalty, honour and love between Alia, Nim and Diana and I loved seeing that. I loved Alia and Nim's friendship; their banter and their constant support of one another. The dialogue between the three girls were always ones of compliments and praise, be it about their physical appearance or their beautiful strength and zeal.

Lastly, the romance. Romance isn't the main focus and I appreciated that. Now, I'm a reader that loves romance in books but sometimes when there are wars to be stopped and worlds to save, I'm more than happy to have kissing scenes take a back seat. There was romance in Warbringer but it was eclipsed by the strength of Diana and her comrades, a quest to save the world and incredible friendships which I think is how it should be. I won't say much about the romance as it would probably be spoilery...but let's just say I ship Alia and Theo a heck of a lot.

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Wonder Woman: Warbringer was fast-paced, mesmerizing and immensely powerful. It not only featured a brilliantly recreated version of Diana, Princess of the Amazons but it also featured a host of splendid other characters. The writing was sensational, the plot was exhilarating and the profound truths about human nature were hard-hitting. This book made me laugh, it made me cry and it made me feel empowered. It made me want to love others and love myself, it made me want to fight the injustice of the world with my bare hands and it made me want to live as courageously as Diana and her comrades. It made me realise who the true heroes are. It's inspiring, it's emotional, it's evocative and I loved it.

I give it: 4.5/5 cupcakes!

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

How to nerdify your home

When I received a suggestion to write a post on my favourite bookish decor I thought it was a fabulous idea! As a book lover, I adore anything to do with literature and there are so many incredible products we can purchase these days to proudly display our love of all things bookish!

I thought I'd create a post on how we can nerdify our homes. From pillows to candles to utterly magical bookshelves - there are so many incredible, creative ways we can turn our home into one that celebrates the beauty of books! There are incredible places to look for decor inspiration, one of them being Havenly, an online interior design company who offers their clients a unique experience tailored to their individual wants and helps them get their dream room! If you need more help thinking of ways to adorn your house with bookish decor, Havenly has various designers that can help you with that! 

So, here are my top tips on how to show your love of reading in ways other than your bookcases!

How to Nerdify Your Home:

1. In the kitchen
You might think this is a hard place to display your bookish pride but FEAR NOT, I am here! There is a myriad of wonderful utensils that will show any one who visits your kitchen that books > people.

  • Spoons - who doesn't love a pretty spoon? I have a favourite spoon. His name is Wallace. Nothing extremely special about him but he's got a wonderful shape. However, you get some pretty magical spoons that will express your love for a certain type of story featuring a boy with a wand and a scar on his forehead...

How wonderfully Harry Potter-y are these spoons? VERY. If you had these in your kitchen you might actually want to slave over a hot stove every day. Also, if you had visitors and these were not-so-subtlely displayed in the background I'm pretty sure you'd have a cracking conversation flowing in no time at all. 

  • MUGS - I am obsessed with bookish mugs. I don't actually own any (cry for me) but it's definitely something I need for my kitchen! There are so many exquisite bookish mugs that if you had some in your kitchen, people would not only admire your impeccable decor taste but they might be so awestruck by the designs that they'd want to become a reader themselves just so they could drink out of a cup that pretty (without feeling like a fraud, ya know). 

Book Dragon Mug

Paperfury has some stunning designs on her Society6 shop that you should check out! (No, she's not forcing me to say that or maybe I should say she is to maintain her image as evil overlord?...)

  • Book lunch boxes - I didn't know this existed until I wrote this post but I have been B.L.E.S.S.E.D. LOOK HOW CUTE IT IS. Look. I would've loved taking this to school with me when I was younger! Maybe I'll get it for myself, I've been needing a lunch box whilst volunteering so this will most definitely come in handy! You could get three and line up all the different versions on your kitchen countertop - IT'S LIKE A LIBRARY IN YOUR KITCHEN. 
Book Lunch Box

2. The bathroom 

I'm only realising now how much potential a house holds to be filled with literary-themed objects. There's nothing even slightly bookish in my bathroom. SACRILEGE. I'd quite like to add the following to my abode...
  • Literary soaps - I love baths and I love deliciously scented soap but you know what's even better? Baths that feature bookish soaps. I didn't even know such a thing has existed but it does. Can today get any better? Look how pretty these Harry Potter soaps are, I don't think I'd ever want to get out the bath if I had these!

  • Bath/hand towels - THESE ARE SO CUTE (and almost too pretty to use, if I'm being honest!). I think having bookish towels hanging up in your bathroom is the perfect way to display your book pride! 

One More Chapter -Baby Blue Hand & Bath Towel

  • Bookish soap dispenser and toothbrush holder - How cute is this? It says "read a book" on it! So whenever someone uses your bathroom they might subconsciously store this very important suggestion and turn to the nerd side which is the best side! *evil cackling ensues*

3. Living Room 

Ah, the living room. A place brimming with opportunity. A place where all your visitors have no choice but to be bombarded with all things nerdy, how lucky are they? Very. I agree with you.

  • Tables - One of my best friends' dad has a coffee table made of books! A+ for his interior design skills. Not only can it give your home such a unique, warm look and subtly flaunt that you are, indeed, very well-read but it's also a perfect conversation topic for pesky, awkward silences! It's a win-win situation!

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  • Chairs - To make sure you're adequately expressing your love for books, a table might not be enough. Behold CHAIRS. CHAIRS MADE OF BOOKS, to be specific. We read books, we write books, we photograph books, we buy books and we collect books...why not sit on your bookish throne and rule your books to take it just a small step further?

And if you think that design is too subtle...let me grace your eyes with the actual book chair. You're literally in a book. LIFE GOALS = ACHIEVED.

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  • Lamps - It's always a good idea to have some objects in your house that enlighten (ha, I made a pun) your family and friends on what your favourite books are. I mean, you're keeping them in mind, right? You're making gift-giving so much less stressful. Look at you, you considerate bean. 

Harry Potter Snape's Patronus Lamp Additional Image

  • Pillows - There are so many gorgeous bookish pillows to buy! Perhaps you don't have space or you can't afford to deck your place out with new furniture but FEAR NOT, THE PILLOWS ARE HERE. There are so many gorgeous designs that will not only spruce up your place but also make your Instagram very aesthetically pleasing! Evie Seo's designs are stunning and they would definitely improve my living room by 103%

ACOMAF - Torn Apart The World by eviebookish

  • Candles - who doesn't love candles?! Not only are bookish candles a) super pretty, they also b) smell really good and c) have super cute titles that give you all the feels.

  • Bookshelves - Ah, the perfect place to have bookcases (aside from your own personal library complete with floor to ceiling shelves and ladders, Beauty and the Beast style). I love bookcases in a living room. It immediately shows people that you love reading, your visitors might be enticed into a conversation about one of the books on your shelves and lastly, it's just so aesthetically pleasing. You might be tempted to stare at your shelves for a somewhat worrying about of time. Not that I speak from experience or anything...

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So, if you were looking for some ideas (or perhaps you weren't but you've been inspired by this post 🙆) then HERE THEY ARE! Which of these are your favourite? Which room would you like to nerdify more? What's your favourite bookish item?
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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Ten books to read when you don't have a lot of time!

The title of this post may have you thinking that I'm about to recommend several books that are under three hundred pages that you can fly through but (plot twist) it's not

Ooh, the suspense.

 It's about books that are so fast-paced/adorable/magnificent that you can't bear to put them down for a mere five seconds because that would be literal torture. It's about books that you can finish in a few hours because they're just SO GOOD.

I've read several books this year that I've absolutely flown through! Now, I'm not a super fast reader and I don't generally read a book in a day but all the books below are books I've finished in a day.


I got this book out of the library last week because a) It had sprayed edges and b) it was a newish release that I'd been wanting to read and I wasn't expecting to love it as much as I did but boy, I flew through it. I didn't finish this in one day but I read over half of it the day I got it, I stayed up late reading it and I didn't stop at one more chapter. It's gripping, it's dark and it's eerily real. I recommend you pick it up. Now, preferably. 

I WILL NEVER FORGET MY READING EXPERIENCE WITH THIS BOOK. Three years ago, a rainy day in Cape Town, South Africa. I had picked up Boy Nobody at the library, mainly because of the sprayed edges (I didn't realise this post was going to have a theme but I'm clearly a basic bookworm. I see sprayed edges. I must have sprayed edges) and I started reading it the following morning whilst eating my breakfast...and I stayed like that for the next three hours whilst I finished it. I couldn't put it down and I doubt you'll be able to either. Also, THAT ENDING.

I really wasn't expecting to finish this book in one day...but I did. I think I finished it in around 3-4 hours and holy schnitzels, I should have listened to the hype sooner because this book was INCREDIBLE. Like, the plot and the world-building and the characters and EVERYTHING, BASICALLY. I couldn't put it down, I felt all the feels and V.E. Schwab is on my auto-buy authors list.

I didn't exactly read this book in a day BUT I read almost 400 pages of it in one day and then finished the other 100 pages the next day so I'm counting it. I LOVED this book. It was rich and it was complex and it was slow-paced. If you're looking for a high-action fantasy (I thought this was a fantasy but it's not, it's historical fiction and it's INCREDIBLE) this isn't it. The author takes time introducing us to the characters, setting the scene, introducing the politics. This book was developed slowly and intricately yet I flew through it. One of my other favourite books also was quite intricate and slower-paced and I've realised I will almost always love books like that because it provides such an in depth reading experience. 

One of the things that really stands out for me when I think of this book is a) how utterly unique it is and b) how the ending made me ugly cry. I remember just chilling in the lounge, reading my book, reaching the last few pages and then NOT BEING ABLE TO SEE BECAUSE MY EMOTIONS WERE ATTACKING MY EYES. My parents were staring at me like

 I still haven't recovered. BUT SERIOUSLY, this book is amazing and I also read it in a day (I think) and if you want to read my thoughts on it, you can click here. It's an amazing book that you'll fly through. Now go. Go read my review. Then buy the book. GOOO.

THIS BOOK WAS SO ADORABLE AND I'M SO EXCITED FOR THE MOVIE!!! I read this book in one day and I was so invested in the story. I cried, I laughed, I felt le anxiety...it was such a wonderful story with wonderful characters and a wonderful romance. READ IT! If you haven't already. Read my thoughts here!

Whenever I think of the summer of being sixteen, I think of this series. I marathoned the entire series the August of '15 after getting the first three books from a charity store (the first books I bought in England, if you were wondering, which you probably weren't but FUN FACT) and I fell completely in love with them and proceeded to spend my summer reading the whole series. IT WAS GREAT. I think most of them took me a day or two to read. They're fast-paced, they're witty, they're brilliant and SO PRECIOUS TO ME.

THIS SERIES IS MY LIFE. I read Pushing the Limits when I was 13 (it was one of my first e-ARCs!) but I didn't love it because I think it was slightly too mature for me BUT I read Dare You To, Crash Into You and Take Me On two years ago during my holidays and I LOVED THEM SO MUCH. They're pretty thick books (over 400 pages) and I read them in a day. Katie McGarry is hands down one of the best YA contemporary writers out there.

The Skulduggery Pleasant series is incredibly close to my heart and it's one of my all-time favourites. These books are thick, the last few are over 600 pages (if I recall correctly) but I read them over a 24 hour period. They're fast-paced, they're filled with plot twists, the characters are incredible and they play like a movie in your head. PLEASE READ THEM. I'LL LOVE YOU FOREVER.

This book was SO CUTE! The characters are amazing, I LOVED the premise, the writing was gorgeous, the family and friendship dynamics were beautiful, too! This book is also over 400 pages but I read this in one sitting. I couldn't put this book down and it's so easy to fly through! Here are more of my thoughts, if you need more convincing! PLEASE READ IT, KTHXBAI. 

SO, I hope you like my list! I devoured all of these so quickly and I couldn't put them down. If you're looking for a book to read in a short amount of time...here you go. You're welcome.

Have you read any of these and what did you think? Which books have you read in a few hours? Are you a fast reader or a slow one? LET'S DISCUSS! 
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Monday, 14 August 2017

What I've Been Reading #19


I hope you all are well! 

I had a good weekend. I went to Nando's on Friday with a friend which was a lot of fun. I spent Saturday morning volunteering and then on Sunday I attended my church's morning and evening service which was great! I'm so happy we found a church and I'm learning so much about the Bible during the services, which is always good! I also went to the park on Sunday with my parents and we had tortilla chips, chocolate buttons and cherries. The sun was shining, a brass band was playing and I read some of Carve the Mark - it was a lovely day!

I didn't read as much as I would've liked last week as it was quite a busy week. We were out a lot and I was volunteering a lot so I didn't get to read much. However, I did finish two books! GO, ME! 

I also started my final year of school today and it was quite relaxed. I started at 8:30 and I finished before 14:00 which was awesome! It probably won't be like that again so I enjoyed it while it lasted. 😂 I wasn't really able to do physics though as I realised I'd ordered the wrong textbook but my new one should be here tomorrow! I'm so excited for this year's physics because although it looks SO HARD, there's an astrophysics unit and the topics look amazing! I'll write a post about it once I get the book so I can show you what I'll be learning! 

I'm also getting my maths exam results on Thursday and I'm so nervous because I'm pretty sure I messed up the first exam. I had two other maths exams and I think those went quite well but I don't know if I did well enough in them to make up for the first exam. I'M SO SCARED FOR MY RESULTS.

ANYWAY, I have tomorrow off from school (yay!) and every Tuesday for the next three weeks because I'm volunteering so I'll hopefully spend the morning reading and blogging and then, if work is quiet, I can read there too! YAY! 

Contagion (Dark Matter, #1)How to Fly with Broken Wings

Contagion - ⭐.5 | How to Fly with Broken Wings - ⭐.5

Contagion was SO GOOD. I absolutely flew through it. It was addictive, gripping, horrifying...I LOVED IT SO MUCH. I need the next book so badly. You should all read it, like, now.

How to Fly with Broken Wings is a cute middle-grade novel and although I enjoyed it I didn't absolutely love it. My review will be up this week! 

Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark, #1)

I LOVE THIS BOOK. The characters are wonderful, the world building is wonderful, the writing is wonderful and I love it a lot. I'm so happy that Veronica Roth still remains one of my favourite authors! I've been reading this for a week and I'm not sure why it's taking me so long? All I know is that I don't want it to end! 

Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1)Since You've Been Gone

Same as last week! I'm hoping to finish Carve the Mark tonight or tomorrow morning (I have 142 pages left) and then read Ink and Bone tomorrow during volunteering (provided the library isn't too busy!) as Wednesday is book club and I haven't read it yet. I'm not the most organised person when it comes to reading, clearly.

What did you read last week? Did you enjoy it? Have you read Carve the Mark and what did you think?

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Friday, 11 August 2017

Stacking the Shelves #106 - In which I splurge on books before going on my book buying ban

Hi everybody!

How are you all doing? How has your week been? I've had a pretty good week which I'm so happy about after having a rough few weeks towards the end of July. Why was it a good week? LET ME TELL YOU.

So the main reason why it was a good week is because I got my English exam results back yesterday and I was SO NERVOUS for them because it's very hard to get a high mark in the Cambridge International Exams English syllabus and I was sure I got 80% at most but I got 92%!!! I'm so, so incredibly happy that all my hard work paid off! To celebrate, my dad bought me a copy of Carve the Mark (THANKS, DAD!) and my parents got us this really nice pizza. THURSDAY WAS SUCH A GREAT DAY.

I then went to Nando's tonight with my friend I met at volunteering and we had such a lovely time chatting about so many different things and eating wonderful food! I get along so well with her and I'm so happy I met her!

I'm also starting school next week (MY FINAL YEAR - WHAT?!) and I'm equal parts excited and sad. I've always loved school and it's (obviously) been a huge part of my life and it's going to be quite disorientating not being homeschooled anymore as for the past five years that's what I've done and I've gotten into quite a nice routine now, I don't really want it to be over! 

I'm probably going to be quite scarce this year (unfortunately each year I seem to grow more scarce the more hectic school becomes) but I hope you can understand, as I need to get my grades so that universities will accept me. It's a very important year...which makes it quite stressful. HOWEVER, I'm going to be taking a gap year (or two) because I need to have my indefinite leave to remain to qualify for the UK university fees (the international fees are almost £20k a year which I definitely can't afford) so although I'm hoping to work/tutor/do online courses during that time, I'll definitely have a lot more time for blogging, reading and writing so I'm hoping to really throw myself into my blog before I go to university! 

I also created a poll on Twitter asking what content you'd like to see more of on my blog and the winning answer was homeschooling/study posts so I'll definitely be including more of that! I might turn it into a fortnightly/monthly feature where I post various study tips, how I plan my revision, what it's like being homeschooled etc! 

If you visited my blog last week you might've seen that I'm now officially on a strict book buying, borrowing and requesting ban in attempts to tame that towering TBR! This was all bought and borrowed and requested before the ban - just a disclaimer. 😉

SO, I was kind of naughty and I bought TWO BOXSETS. Both by the same author whose books I've never read before - was that optimistic or stupid? A bit of both, I suppose haha! They were on sale each for £6 - how could I say no to that?! 

I've been wanting to read The Young Elites trilogy forever as well as the Legend trilogy! I actually started reading Legend in the library and I thought to myself well, darn it, this book is fan-freakin-tastic. So I went on Ebay to see if anyone was selling the first book and then I saw that The Works was selling the boxset for £6. So I bought it. With not much thought. I still don't regret it and it's been over a week so it was a good decision! 😂

I also purchased Nerve, The Last Star, Nightshade, The Potion Diaries, The Moonstone and The Woman in White. I've been wanting to read Nerve before I watch the movie (the movie looks so good!) and I've heard the movie is better than the book which is quite rare so we'll see how it goes. I also FINALLY got The Last Star which I'm SO EXCITED ABOUT. I absolutely loved the first two books and I'm so excited to read the conclusion! Nightshade looks like your typical YA paranormal book but, let me be real with you guys, I love those books. They're generally full of cliches and tropes (hello, love triangle) but there's something so addictive and enjoyable about them, isn't there? I'm really looking forward to reading it! 

I also purchased The Potion Diaries as it looks so cute and I absolutely love the cover (there needs to be more pink on books. I LOVE PINK). I'm also trying to read more classics so when I went to Whole Foods (one of the best shops food shops ever) and I was looking at their little book sale collection they have at the exit my eyes strayed towards The Woman in White which I've heard is a definite must read and The Moonstone which sounds SO INTRIGUING. I've been wanting to delve into mystery books lately but mystery books without gore and murder and stuff and - correct me if I'm wrong - although these are gothic mysteries they're not that horrifying, or so I've heard? Anyway, I'm SO EXCITED TO READ THEM! 

I got one review book this week and it's one I'm SO EXCITED FOR I COULD PRACTICALLY DIE. 
Are you ready?! 
Are you?
I think you're going to be...wonderstruck...


I'll be reading this next week so look out for my review which will probably be up a week prior to publication (31st of August)! 


 *heavy breathing*

I'M SO FRIKKIN EXCITED FOR THESE. I read Shatter Me back when I was an ickle 15-year-old and I fell completely in love with it so I'm VERY excited to reread it and read the next two books! 

Also, when I saw Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index I'm pretty sure I let out an audible squeak. I've been wanting to read this book forever and I had actually reserved it ages ago but then cancelled it because I had a lot of books out. However, as I volunteer at the library four times a week and I'm generally there on days I don't volunteer as well, I was leaving my shift at the library when I saw this sitting on the shelf. I think it had probably just arrived as I was about to leave and I was SO HAPPY to see it there! I love YA contemporaries and I have a feeling I'm going to love this one, too! 

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