Hello, My Old Friend… Books That Have Been On My TBR, like, Forever


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 TBR Veterans. These are books that ave been sat on my TBR pile for as long as I have had a TBR pile, which I still haven’t got round to reading…

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler


Left Neglected by Lisa Genova


Confess by Colleen Hoover


Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey


The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin


I will be reading this trilogy next so it won’t be a TBR veteran for long!

Alice and the Fly by James Rice


Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi


Just One Day by Gayle Forman


Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira


Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


Thank goodness for Goodreads for this post, it’s so easy to look back at the first books I added when I was just a naive bookworm with a wealth of books ahead of me! I’d love to know if you’ve read any of these, and what you thought, and feel free to link your lists down below!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂


Gilmore Girls Has Changed My Life


Hello fellow bookworms! I’ve been in a reading slump recently, and I’ve been watching a lot of Netflix… I’ve never had a chance to watch Gilmore Girls, there are so many series and I’ve always been so busy, but I wanted something new to watch in the new year, and my sister wouldn’t stop saying how much I would enjoy it, so I gave it a go. Here’s how, since watching, Gilmore Girls has changed my life…


This seems like a strange one, seeing as watching TV is something that usually takes away any productive time, but because Gilmore Girls isn’t a show you have to binge watch (although it’s nice to have the occasional marathon!), it’s easier to watch on work breaks and in the evening. Watching Rory study, working hard and succeeding in everything she sets out to do has been so motivational for me to continue to work hard in the last few months of my degree, and hopefully succeed as much as she does!



Gilmore Girls’ characters are built on their relationships with each other. I remember, after watching the first episode, reminding my mum just how much I loved her! The relationship I have with my mum is so special, especially now I’m old enough to do more mother-daughter stuff together. Seeing Lorelai’s relationship with her parents has also made me realise how much I should appreciate my parents and spend time with them. Friendly relationships are also so important, and Rory and Paris’ relationship has taught me that friendship is a rocky road, but when it succeeds it really is great!


I think one of the main relationships present, however, is the romantic ones! I know it never happens like it does in the movies or on the TV, but it was so inspiring seeing how Lorelai and Rory deals with everything their boyfriends threw at them. I’m only at the beginning of Season 5, so no Rory/Logan or Luke/Lorelai spoilers please! It’s also been motivational for me to try a bit harder socialising and meeting new people, as I can see how amazing being in a relationship can be!


Live more

Besides working my socks off at uni, Gilmore Girls has been inspired me to really live my life, and not be scared to do things outside my comfort zone. Lorelai and Sookie realised their dream with founding the Dragonfly Inn, and it wouldn’t have been possible without taking risks, as well as working hard! There were plenty of things Rory did with Jess that she never would have dreamed of doing, and it made me realise how important it is to live a little bit more. You only live one life, right?!


Laugh more

Sometimes stuff that seems like a big deal really doesn’t matter in the long run, and we should just laugh it off like we would do in years to come anyway! Enjoy comedy and funny cat pictures, and stop worrying too much about the future. Live in the here and now, and laugh it off! It’s great seeing how the characters of Gilmore Girls deal with their problems, and Lorelai is always looking on the bright side of life, making jokes and seeing the best in difficult situations.


Eat more

I often worry about how much I eat, especially junk food, and I don’t think I would ever go as far as eating out all the time or having takeaways and junk food on hand, but I’ve come to appreciate the fact that it’s okay to treat myself, it all comes down to living more and having a more exciting life!


That’s it for today’s post, I had so much fun writing this and thinking about how much this programme has influenced me, and if you’ve never watched Gilmore Girls, I highly recommend it! It’s such a feel good show and the characters are great, perfect for when you’re in a bit of a reading slump!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

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What I Read (or rather didn’t read…) in January

Hello fellow bookworms! I can’t believe January is over already! Time moves too fast for my liking, especially now I’m in my last months of university and, as much as the work is really piling up now, I don’t think I want to leave and go into the big wide world… I have to adult! Anyway, because I’ve has so much work to be getting on with, I’ve barely had any time to fit reading in! I’ve only really managed one full book this month… the start of the year reading slump didn’t help either…

What books have I read this month?


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

What am I currently reading?


A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas


The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura

I’m already behind on my Goodreads Challenge, and it’s only January… I’ve got the rest of the year to catch up I guess, but I’m not off to a great start!

Average Rating: 4.25

Number of total pages read: 930

Books read toward 2017 Book Challenge goal: 1.75/50 books

Books I plan to read in February:


The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin


The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin


The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

I’ve heard mixed reviews about the Mara Dyer trilogy, but I thought it was about time I read them and formed my own opinion, and hopefully I’ll get them all read in February!

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 February and Happy Blogging!

Jade 🙂

Books I Can’t Believe I’ve Read


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 Can’t Believe I’ve Read. There’s a few books I’ve picked up because they’ve been bestsellers, or there’s been loads of hype surrounding them, that I never thought I would read because the synopsis didn’t sound appealing or whatever, but I did read them, and I did enjoy them! I think it’s so important to step outside your comfort zone like that, because it opens you up to so many new genres and authors you never would’ve dreamed of reading. Here are those books that took me places I never dreamed I go…

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare


I was never a high fantasy reader until I read The Mortal Instruments! I’d read Harry Potter (obviously) but that was pretty much the extent of my fantasy reading. I thoroughly enjoyed this series, and proceeded to read the next 2 series and all the companion novels and short stories!

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


Before TKAM, I never read classics. I hated the fact I couldn’t understand half of what was going on in them because they were written in old language, but TKAM completely changed that! Being more of a modern classic helped me understand the storyline better, because the language was more understandable, and gave me the confidence to move on and read other classics afterwards.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


It had been on my TBR list for a while, but only because it was a popular book! I’ve never been interested in history (how I came to fall in love with Hamilton I have no idea!) so historical fiction was never my thing, but I absolutely loved how the history was still their behind this little girls life, and the novel is incredibly written it made it even mo0re enjoyable!

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi


I’m not a non-fiction reader at all (although I have to be able to understand a textbook or two for my degree!) but this book took my breath away (no pun intended). It was such a rich descriptive recollection of everything this neurosurgeon went through across his career, and so moving it brought me to tears by the end!

Organ Reapers by Shay West


This book was great! The cover was very unappealing, which put me off a bit, as well as the title being a bit gruesome. I was skeptical at first, but I found amazing characters within, and storylines that were extremely well crafted.

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James


Yes, fine, I admit I’ve read all three book in the Fifty Shades trilogy. I picked up the first book a few days before my final GCSE exam and I found it highly intriguing (I was 15 at the time), and looking back, I can’t believe I read them, and at what is considered such a young age for borderline pornographic films! I can’t say I disliked them however, and I hate to say that they were ever so slightly educational when it came to things I was still quite naive about at the time!

The Hunger Games


My first dystopian novel and series, and I really loved them all! Divergent followed this, and it was in that time when dystopia YA was really starting to take off! Again, the concept didn’t seem very pleasing (children killing each other in an arena…) but there was hype, so off I went…


That’s it for today, I know there’s only 7 but I couldn’t complete the list this week! I’d love to know what you think of these books, and whether you couldn’t believe you read them either, or feel free to leave a link to your list in the comments!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

Books I’ve Read But Can’t Remember


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’ve Read But Can’t Remember The Plot. We all know those books we read ages ago that we remember absolutely loving, but years later, when someone asks what it’s about, you have no idea! This is list of all of those books for me…

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky


So many people sing this book’s praises, and I remember it not being a bad book, but if someone wants details, then they’ll have to go elsewhere!

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins


The Hunger Games is such a fab series, and I remember the first and second book so well, and it helped that I could follow the story! By the time I read Mockingjay, I think I was losing the plot a but, but I still remember really enjoying it!

The Giver by Lois Lowry


Such an amazing book, but I think the alternative-world building threw me off a bit. I remember most of what happens, butthe end confused a little!

Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer


One of the Twilight series I don’t seem to remember as well as the others! I vividly remember Twilight, and New Moon is kind of unforgettable with the whole werewolf thing, and of course Breaking Dawn was the finale so it’s quite easy to remember, but Eclipse is that middle book that I can’t quite seem to remember.

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty


I whizzed through this book a few years ago and I loved it, but I just can’t recall any details about it at all!

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger


Another book I loved, and fell in love with the characters as well, but can’t really remember the turn of events throughout the book!

Project 375/The Killing Files by Nikki Owen


Great books, amazing concept and storyline, but another one that’s got so much too it and has quite a complex series of events that it’s difficult to place them.

Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson


Admittedly, I read this years ago, when it was first published, but it’s an adult book, and I was a young teen at the time, so trying to get the stuff to stick was a bit harder. I remember the gist, but details are hard to recall.

Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy


Another book I read years ago, and while I remember the main event, the bits around the edges are blurry! I might reread it before I read the sequel!

Insurgent by Veronica Roth


Like with Mockingjay and The Giver, the world building and action clearly throws me off! Divergent is easier to remember because it’s more setting the scene for the trilogy, and Allegiant is still fairly clear, if a little fuzzy, in my mind. Insurgent, however, is the middle book and again, its those ones that just disappear from memory.

That’s all for today! If anyone would like to enlighten me on the events in these books, then feel free! If not, then you can link your posts below so I can hop on over and check them out!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

My 2018 Bookish Goals


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 Bookish Goals for 2018. Like a lot of people, I like to set myself goals for the new year. I don’t like the word resolutions, as I feel like it’s more something I need to stick to, rather than something I can work towards. I have come up with a list of goals for myself, and figured out action steps on how I might go about accomplishing them by the end of the year…

Read 50 Books

My Goodreads Challenge for the year! This is just under a book a week, which I feel is an achievable goal for me. Some books will take longer, but some will be quicker reads. Hopefully I will find that balance (and not hit massive reading slumps like last year)!

Make at least an hour for reading each day

Action Steps

  • Read at breakfast time
  • Be early and read whilst waiting
  • Read before bed

If I stick to these three, any extra time during the day is a bonus!

Tackle at least 2 fantasy series

Action Steps

  • Finish the ACOTAR series (currently ongoing)
  • Try a new fantasy author (Leigh Bardugo or Maggie Stiefvater)

Read Les Miserable by Victor Hugo

Action Steps

  • Purchase a copy of Les Miserable (this would help!)
  • Read at least 10 pages a day

I don’t want to push myself through it, and I will be reading it alongside other books, as I can see it taking a while to get through! I’ve heard it’s very description heavy, so I want to really focus on what’s going on. I chose Les Mis over something like War and Peace because I am already familiar with the story, and if I do get lost, I still roughly know what’s going on!

Read some non fiction

Action Steps

  • Pick up a memoir
  • Track reading from my research project

I realised I do a lot more reading than I think I do, because I have all the books I read for uni. I don’t tend to count these, because I don’t read the entire book, but there are a few shorter books that I might be getting into that I can keep track of and add to my Goodreads goal!

Read the Mara Dyer series

Action Steps

  • When stuck for something to read, pick up the first in the series

I’ve had Mara Dyer on my shelf for ages, and so many people say how amazing it is, 2018 is the year I finally get round to reading it!

Accept reading slumps

I know I said in the first point that I was hoping for less reading slumps, I know I’m tempting fate by saying I can get through the entire year avoiding them!

Action Steps

  • Put the books down, watch some Netflix/catch up on all those great movies you’ve never seen
  • Don’t force reading. Wait until you’re struggling to function without them. Then you know it’s time!

Blog at least once a week

I really need to keep up with blogging this year, as I feel like it will be an important factor when applying for jobs later in the year…

Action Steps

  • Complete Top Ten Tuesday every week
  • Have fun with some tags
  • Don’t stick too closely to a schedule, just post when you can

I love planning and schedules, but I never know when I’m gonna have loads of work to do, so it’s best if I just post when I can (besides TTT of course!) so I don’t push myself too hard into posting.

Apply for jobs in publishing

So as some of you might know, I’m graduating this year! It’s crazy, my time at university has gone so quickly, but it’s got to the point where I really have to start thinking about my future! I’ve always wanted to work for Penguin, and having my tutors fully backing my career aspirations gives my the boost I need to really go for it!

Action Steps

  • Research into every area of publishing I’m interested in
  • Apply for every job and paid internship I can
  • Try and get some work experience?
  • Spend time and put effort into every single application, make them unique and stand out

I have a lot of other personal goals I want to achieve this year, and I have already started working really hard to make them happen! Do we share any of the same goals? Feel free to link your lists in the comments so I can check them out!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

My Life In Books Tag


Hello fellow bookworms! It’s been a while since I’ve done a tag post, and I came across this one on Kristin Kraves Books and I just had to do it because it looked like loads of fun!

Find books for each of your initials

Count your age along your bookshelf, what book is it?

I’m not next to my bookshelf at the moment so I guessed…


Update: I counted and I was only 3 off my guess! It’s meant to be Catching Fire!

A book set in your country


A book set somewhere you want to travel to


Book cover in your favourite colour


Book(s) you have the fondest memory of

Book you had the most difficulty reading


Book on your TBR that will be your biggest accomplishment when you finish it


That’s all for today, if anyone fancies adding another tag post to their never ending post list, then consider youself tagged! I hope you enjoy writing this as much as I did!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂