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Favourite Books of the Year So Far:


I know, I’m late to the party, but I wanted to get this up.

Before July started, I had read 51 books. I’m on track to read roughly 110 this year, which is my new goal, but let’s focus on the first half of the year.

I had some good reading months, and some naff ones, but I’ve managed to whittle down 51 books to five *really* great onesMost of them, if not all of them actually, are historical. We’ve one non-fiction, and then the rest are historical fiction, mainly set in the Victorian period.

The Binding by Bridget Collins

I find it hard to believe this is Collins’ debut novel. It was complex, emotional and original.

Reminiscent of the 19th century, people can visit book binders to rid themselves of painful or treacherous memories. Once bound, their memories lose the power to haunt them. Emmett Farmer, our protagonist, is sent to be a binder’s apprentice. His curiosity is peaked when he is forbidden to enter the room in which the books are stored, and by the arrival of the lordly Lucian Darnay, with whom he senses a connection with.

The Binding had such an innotivate storyline, taking something we are familiar with and turning it on its head. Who would have thought that books could possibly be someone’s unwanted memories? It’s immersive and beautifully written, with an unexpected romance and an excellent set of characters. A must read!

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February Reading Wrap-Up:

I’ve been super busy in February, hence the lack of posts (I’m really sorry, OK). I’ve been at work pretty much every day as I head to Krakow next week and Belfast the week after. I did manage to get quite a bit of reading done, though, so let’s chat about that.

Here’s all the nine books I read this month:

– The Binding by Bridget Collins / 4.5 stars

– A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin / 4.5 stars

– The Foundling by Stacey Halls / 4 stars

– Glass Town by Isabel Greenberg / 4 stars

– The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins / 0 stars

– And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou / 0 stars

– No One is Too Small to make a Difference by Greta Thunberg / 3 stars

– A Storm of Swords: Part One by George R.R Martin / 4 stars

– The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker / 2 stars

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Bookish Favourites #3

It’s my first bookish favourites of the 2020! I haven’t done one of these since summer, where I raved about neo-Victorian literature and my tiny bookshelf made from wooden boxes. I have a fair few favourites to share with you today, so let’s not waste anyone’s time…

New Books:

It’s just been Christmas and payday and you know what that means: new books. Yeh, I’ve6235E0AB-E623-421B-B26F-736841090007 got quite a few new books over the past couple of weeks. I’m really excited about two of them, though.

Things in Jars by Jess Kidd will add to my ever-growing collection of neo-Victorian books and Bridget Collins’ The Binding will look very lovely on my shelves with that stunning purple cover! I’ve been waiting, ever so patiently, for the paperbacks to release this month and now I finally have them. I’m currently making my way through Things in Jars right now!

The Library:

After four and a half years of living in Liverpool I’ve finally joined my local library. It’s rather a small library, with very little books of my interest, but I’m hoping to use it for some new releases that can be ordered in.

There are quite a few books coming out this year that I want to read, like Sarah J. Maas’ new adult fiction, but I don’t want to wait for the paperback release in another year’s time. Hopefully the library will come in use then. I’m also helping to sustain the library for other people – it was my sanctuary when I was younger, so my joining is helping others to have that experience too!

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