Freshers by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

It was really refreshing to read a YA set at a British university (Fangirl is my only other Uni-age example and that's in the US). I felt this book portrayed university life really well, particularly those first uncertain months away from home. Although set in York, I imagined my own Uni campus when I was... Continue Reading →


Six For Sunday: Favourite Covers of 2017

This is my first Six for Sunday post. I'd seen other bloggers posting each Sunday and thought I'd give it a go myself this week. It's hosted by Steph at A Little But A Lot and, if you want to join in too, you can find all the prompts for 2018 here. πŸ™‚ This week... Continue Reading →

Editing Emma by Chloe Seager

This book made me genuinely laugh-out-loud so many times! Told as a series of blog posts, messages and the occasional tweet, Emma's online diary is hilariously funny. It reminded me of a teenage Bridget Jones' Diary but for the age of social media and online dating. I experienced so much second-hand embarrassment for Emma that... Continue Reading →

Genuine Fraud by E Lockhart

A very clever book, written in reverse order, so that you start at chapter 18 and everything unravels from there. It was intriguing, unpredictable and sometimes it made my brain hurt trying to work out what was going on, but it was actually surprisingly easy to follow. Each chapter revealed something about the past that... Continue Reading →

My Year In Books

It's officially 2018 and I'm really pleased that I met my Goodreads Reading Challenge target by finishing 40 books in 2017. It was a bit touch and go - and I might have cheated by reading a 50-page Little Black Classic as my last book of the year - but I did it! I know... Continue Reading →


This year has been a weird one.   It's been a year that has somehow both dragged and hurtled past, pulling me along with it, whether I wanted to or not. It's been a year of constantly moving targets, of running to keep up, of adjusting to both big and small things. There have been... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo 2017

There’s less than a week left of October now, so the NaNoWriMo nerves are starting to set in: Have I done enough prep work? Have I chosen the right story to work on? Will I have enough time (and inspiration) in November to reach 50,000 words again? I’m at the point where I just have... Continue Reading →

Hope by Rhian Ivory

Hope tackles some big topics: grief, sickness in children, organ donation, periods and PMDD, which was something I'd not previously been aware of. I like it when a book teaches me something new without it feeling forced or like a lesson. This book is quite an emotional rollercoaster with lots of drama, sadness, and, of... Continue Reading →

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