Books That Surprised Me!


Hello fellow bookworm! Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! Most of us are familiar with Top Ten Tuesday by now, but if your new to this, a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Books That Surprised Me. This can be either in a good or a bad way, so I’ve included 5 books which were unexpected in a nice way, and 5 which were unexpected in a not so nice way for me…

Pleasantly Surprising…

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


I was pleasantly surprised by how good this story was! I was worried it wouldn’t be to my taste, being aimed at slightly younger readers, but also having a scary edge to it. I proceeded to read the rest of the series which was fairly enjoyable, but the first book was definitely my favourite!

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus


I had heard good things about this book, but I never expected to be as hooked as I was. The storyline was so compelling and there was no way I could’ve guessed the ending!

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare


I was worried about buying the entire Mortal Instruments series, because I had absolutely no idea what I would think, but I was so surprised at how much I enjoyed the first book. I’m so glad I read it, and then carried on to read all of the other Shadowhunter books Clare has ever written!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


I had read Eleanor and Park, and it wasn’t really what I expected, especially after all of the good things I had heard, so I was a bit worried going into another on of Rowell’s books. However, I enjoyed Fangirl so much, the characters were a lot more relatable and the storyline as a whole was more driven in my opinion.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness


I knew this book was for younger readers, but this was my first Patrick Ness book, and I never knew how amazing his writing was! I pretty much spent the entire book in tears, and devoured it in a single day!

Unexpectedly Not So Great…

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins


I really enjoyed The Girl on the Train, so I had quite high expectations for this book, but I found it to be not so great in the end. There didn’t seem to be any major plot twists or intertwining story lines, and the end was quite predictable. A bit of a let down for me.

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera


Everyone had said how amazing this book is, and all other books by Silvera, but I was disappointed. I thought the characters were good, and the writing style made me want to try out another Silvera book, but I just wasn’t compelled by the storyline as much as I though I would be. It also promised to make me cry, and I do cry at most things, but I barely shed any tears reading this!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne, John Tiffany, and J.K. Rowling


Everyone on the entire planet was excited about a new Harry Potter book, despite the fact that it was a script and not a novel. I think I was blinkered when I first read it because it was Harry Potter and there’s no way I could ever be disappointed, but on reflection, there were some parts of the story that were a bit far fetched for me. However, because it is a script, as soon as you see it on stage, you experience the story in a completely different way! Reading the script was surprising not so great for me, but seeing the play was a completely different story!

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell


I mentioned this when I was talking about Fangirl, but I had really high hopes for this book, and it just seemed a little bit flat to me. I didn’t really feel the romance between the two main characters, which was really disappointing.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher


I tried reading this years ago, and I couldn’t get into it, but I thought I would try again when the Netflix series was released, so I could watch it along with everyone else. Sadly, my experience was indifferent to the first time. I managed to finish it, but I wasn’t moved by the storyline at all, and what was supposed to be the climax of the plot was a bit of a let down.

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Literary Quotes I Live By


Hello fellow bookworm! Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! Most of us are familiar with Top Ten Tuesday by now, but if your new to this, a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Favourite Bookish Quotes. There are so many quotes I absolutely love from literature, and a lot of quotes about books and reading which I love as well, so I’m combining the two today because I just couldn’t decide!

“What’s comin’ will come, an’ we’ll meet it when it does.”

– Rubeus Hagrid, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations”

– Hazel Grace Lancaster, The Fault in Our Stars


“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing”

– Scout, To Kill a Mockingbird


“One must always be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

– Tessa Grey, Clockwork Angel


“She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.”

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“There is no pretending. I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I’ll love you then.”

– Jace Herondale, City of Glass


“A good book is an event in my life.”

– The Red and the Black

“Your now is not your forever.”

– Turtles All The Way Down


“There are good days and hard days for me- even now. Don’t let the hard days win.”

– Mor, A Court of Mist and Fury


“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”

– Liesel Meminger, The Book Thief


That’s all for today’s list! I’d love to know how you feel about these quotes, and whether we share any favourites! Also, feel free to link your posts down below, I’d love to see some of your favourite quotes too!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂



Monthly Book Roundup for February

Hello fellow bookworms! Like January, February has been a shocking reading month for me, but I forgive myself because it is the shortest month of the year… is that a good enough excuse? Anyway, I have got some reading done (I use ‘some’ lightly) so before I make any more excuses for my lack of reading, here’s what I’ve been reading…

What books have I read this month?


A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

What am I currently reading?


The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin


Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (again…)

Average Rating: 4 stars

Number of total pages read: 859 (shocking!)

Books read toward 2018 Book Challenge goal: 3/50 books (I’ll go hide in a hole now…)

Books I plan to read in March:


The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin


The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

What do you think of the books I’ve read this month? What about the ones I plan on reading? Leave your comments below, and book recommendations are always welcome!

Happy March and Happy Blogging!

Jade 🙂

I Could Read You Every Single Day!


Hello fellow bookworm! Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! Most of us are familiar with Top Ten Tuesday by now, but if your new to this, a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Books I Could Re-Read Forever. I could easily fill 7 of of these spaces (I wonder what books they could be…) but I’m making it slightly more challenging for myself and collecting those 7 books as number 1…

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling


Of course these are on here, I re-read these book ever year, and if there weren’t so many other books in the world to read, I would happily read these books over and over again!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


I know so many people find it hard to re-read books like this because they know what happens or it’s too sad, but between the death and depressing moments, I find so much life and willingness to keep going no matter what the situation, as well as finding love even in the darkest times.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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There are so many small quotes and messages within this book, and I find a new one every time I pick up this classic novel! There’s always something new to learn, and a new moral to find.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


The writing in this book is so elegant and sophisticated, it’s honestly like reading poetry! This is another book that is all about finding light in dark times, and having the ability to look past someone’s appearance, or how other people may see them, and see true person with a personality and determination to keep going.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


I’ve only read this once, but I will definitely be reading it again! It’s such an easy book to read because the characters are so relatable, and the story is light-hearted and lovely with underlying lessons on how to love and treat each other in a relationship.

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild


This is my favourite children’s classic and it will never get old. While I haven’t read it as an adult (maybe I should!) I remember it as a story all about not giving up and pushing to get exactly what you want, even if other people don’t believe in you.

Matilda by Roald Dahl


I love Matilda as a character, she reminds me it’s ok to be smart and a little nerdy, even if society thinks it makes you introverted and unsociable (which it doesn’t!) It great reading about a fellow bookworm!

That’s it for today’s list (not quite 10 I’m afraid, but a book has to be really good for me to want to read it over and over!) I’d love to know what you think about these books, and whether you’d be able to re-read them forever, and feel free to link your own lists below as well!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂


Books I’m No Longer Interested In Reading


Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! Most of us are familiar with Top Ten Tuesday by now, but if your new to this, a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is ‘Top Ten Books You’re No Longer Interested In Reading. I have added so many books to my TBR, especially since I’ve started blogging and engaging more in the reading community, but a lot of them I don’t think I will ever get round to reading, purely because, while they sounded interesting at the time, they don’t really appeal to me anymore…

The Book of You by Claire Kendal


Daughter by Jane Shemilt


If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch


A Trick of the Mind by Penny Hancock


Matched by Ally Condie


You, Me, and Other People by Fionnuala Kearney


The Maze Runner by James Dashner


You by Caroline Kepnes


The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

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A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin


That’s all for today’s list, although I’m sure there are plenty others I could’ve added! I find that if I don’t read a book straight away after discovering it, I’ rapidly lose interest in reading it, unless it is an extremely hyped book that’s to my taste. I’d love to know if you’ve read any of these, and whether they are worth reading, and feel free to link your lists as well!


Until next time…

Jade 🙂

How I Tackled The Dreaded Dissertation


Hello fellow bookworms! It’s Sunday, so I decided to prepare a discussion style post for today. It’s not necessarily completely book related, but more a helpful hints and tips post for all you university students out there. As many of you know, I’m in my final year of university, which means I was required to write a dissertation. For those of you who don’t know what a dissertation is, it’s basically an extended piece of writing, like an essay but quadruple the length. Due to the fact that I study a creative course, I also have to complete one last project, the Final Major, which means I had slightly less time to concentrate on my dissertation (but it also meant it was a bit shorter than most!) I wanted to share a few things I did throughout the research and writing process which might help some of you, whether you’re just starting uni or panicking about essay writing (yes, these hints will hopefully help with essays too!)

Just a quick note to say I only handed my dissertation in early last week, so I don’t have my marks back yet, so if I end up failing I’ll let you know so you can completely ignore all the things I say in this post!

Start thinking of ideas over the summer

You know you have to write a dissertation, so why not start getting ideas about what you want to write about while you have the time to think and not drowning in other work to do. You might already have a rough idea what you want to do, but you have to have a fairly specific topic, but still open enough so you can conduct extensive and in depth research on it. Not too big, but not too small! Your supervisor can help, if you present them with some ideas, they can assist you in narrowing down the field of study.


Begin researching straight away

As soon as you have that rough idea, and you’re back at uni with the resources available to you, start researching. Gather quotes that interest you around the topic, and find books that might be of note later on. I did some reading before my first meeting with my supervisor, and I ended up actually using some of the quotes I found in that research session in the final dissertation! Get a head start, you won’t regret it!


Engage fully with your supervisor

It is so important to go to every meeting with your supervisor, and if you have a question about anything you are unsure of, email them, or organise an extra meeting with them if it’s quite a complex question, or if you are confused. They are there to support you every step of the way, so make sure you take advantage of them being there while you can. When it’s one week from the deadline and you are asking questions you should have known weeks ago, they probably won’t be too pleased! Your supervisor and your connection with them throughout the dissertation period will be invaluable, so make sure you get on well with them, and ask as many questions as possible. Pick their brains, because they know what they’re talking about!


Keep up with the workload

I’m not going to lie by saying a dissertation isn’t hard, because it is, but it’s even harder if you don’t keep up with the work. If you can, do a little bit every day, and write down everything that comes into your head, even if you think it might not be relevant in the end. Do some research, even if it’s just half an hour a day, you will soon see your research and collection of quotes growing. The more you read, the more questions you can ask your supervisor as well, which means they can point you in the right direction. if you don’t keep up with the research, how are they meant to know how to help? It will also save a lot of stress in the long run.


Get to know the guidelines

Most supervisors will tell you before you even start meeting with them that the dissertation will have to be formatted in a certain way. This includes making sure you have the correct font size, line spacing, and chapter system. Nailing the formatting, and knowing exactly how it needs to be presented in the first few weeks of researching will save a lot of stress at the end, because it’s one less thing to worry about.


Immerse yourself

It’s no good writing about a subject half-heartedly. To write a really good dissertation, just like any essay, you really have to immerse yourself in your topic. Try to know everything about this small corner of the world you have decided to research, know it so well that you don’t stumble if someone questions you about it. Getting to know your topic inside out will make you more confident when it comes to writing the dissertation.


Know when to stop researching

Even when I started the writing process, I still came across a few things I needed to research or get quotes to back up my argument, but it is so important to know when you have enough research to start writing, otherwise you really could be stuck researching forever. Set yourself parameters for everything you think you need to know about your topic and research them in as much depth as possible. Once you feel all bases are covered, start writing! Starting the writing process is the scariest part but it also feels so good, because you are on the home stretch. Researching and finding the information you need to form your argument can be the most stressful part!


Use the holidays

You’ll hate me for saying this, but you need to make use of your Christmas holidays. Personally, I wrote my first draft over Christmas, and while it meant I didn’t have a lot of free time to relax, I was ahead of schedule when I got back in January. This also means that, as soon as the first draft is written, that’s it. All of your ideas are down on paper, and editing is a breeze compared to everything you have tackled up until then! But please make sure you do take time to relax as well, to keep the stress levels down (if possible!)


Writing the first draft

Don’t write in chapter order. I always leave the introduction until last, because even though you have an idea of what you want to talk about in each section, your writing can take you to wild places, and you can end up discussing some things you didn’t initially plan to discuss. Write the main chapters first, and make sure you form a strong argument. They say the reader shouldn’t have to read a sentence twice to understand it, so make sure the writing is clear. I learnt a great argument structure in school, which was known as P.E.E. Some of you may know it, but it stands for Point, Example, Explain. You need to go slightly further with a dissertation considering the level of work that is expected, so I swap the Explain for Analyse (P.E.A, it still works!). Make your point, give an example in the form of an visual or description, and then analyse that point. That structure was really helpful for me to make sure I was fully explaining my arguments. Do this for every point you make, making sure you back up everything you say with quotes, and you’re on the right track. I recommend finishing your first draft slightly under the word count, so when you come to edit, if you’re adding loads in, you don’t tip over the maximum (I was so close to doing this, but I managed to keep it under the max word count by about 100 words in the end!)



Once the first draft is written, editing feels a lot easier. All of your ideas are there, and you just have to make sure they are explained clearly, and you are getting your point across without using too many words. Simplify it right down, and get others to read parts you are unsure of. You have just spent 4 months researching and writing, you know the topic so well it makes absolute sense to you, but someone who knows nothing about the topic needs to be able to understand the point you are trying to make. Now no offence to any members of your family, but get them to read it, because if they can understand it, it means you have done a good job! In the end, I completed about 5 edits of my dissertation, each one taking about a week to complete. There is so much to keep in your mind when reading through your writing, so it’s sometimes easier to just focus on one thing at a time, for example, does everything make sense, have I explained this clearly, have I backed up my argument, etc. These are all key things to be on the lookout for. Whilst editing, make sure you make a note of any parts you are unsure about, and get your supervisor to read through them in your meetings. They will be able to see if there is anything missing, or reassure you that it does make sense and you are just overthinking it (which happened to me quite a bit!)


Print and finish early

It may seem like a waste of time, but printing early and handing in even a few days before the deadline saves so much stress on your end. Make sure your printing is fairly good quality, and all the pages are in the right order. If you need to bind the dissertation, make sure this is done in good time in case something goes wrong and you have reprint and rebind it. Giving yourself that extra time means you have leeway if things go wrong. You also feel a lot less rushed, which means less stress (and it also makes you look super organised if your ready to hand in days before anyone else!)

And once you’ve printed, bound, and slotted your piece of blood, sweat and tears dissertation into your supervisor’s pigeon hole, all will feel right with the world, and a weight will be lifted off your shoulders…until it’s time to start the next assignment!


For those of you who are writing your dissertation now, or getting to the point where you are thinking about writing, even if you’re not writing it until next year, I wish you all the best of luck, and I hope you found these hints and tips on how I tackled the dissertation helpful to your own studies. Feel free to leave comments if you want to know anything else, and I will try my best to help. Of course, I am only a student, but I can advise the best I can based on my own experience!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

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Do You Really Love Tea?


Hello fellow bookworms! This is a really quick post today, as I am in need of your assistance. I’m currently completing my Final Major Project in my final year at university, and it’s all about tea! I’ve designed a survey, it’s super short and takes less than 5 minutes to complete! I would be so grateful if anyone who read this would be so kind as to answer a few questions about your tea drinking habits, it would be a massive help to me!

Here’s link in case you feel the need to help a fellow reader out:

Thanks a bunch!

Jade 🙂